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Freelance writer. Editor and web-video producer. Former Atlantic City Press and Philadelphia Weekly staff writer, City Paper managing editor/columnist and Dougherty for Senate campaign manager. Comments welcome here or emailed to brianhickey9 [at] hotmail. Now on: Facebook (Brian Hickey, in Philly) Twitter at www.twitter.com/brianhickey Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/people/brianhickey/. Be sure to check out Hickey on Divorce Court: divorcecourting.blogspot.com.

29 November 2007

Week 13 picks (early) and this week's column

Since the weekend slate starts on Thursday - same day as the column being printed - figured I'd run through all the picks now. So, good luck and godspeed.

At Dallas -7 Green Bay OVER 51.5

At St. Louis -4 Atlanta UNDER 42
At Washington -6 Buffalo UNDER 37
At Minnesota -3.5 Detroit OVER 45
At Tennessee -3.5 Houston OVER 42
At Indianapolis -6.5 Jacksonville UNDER 44.5
At Miami -1.5 NY Jets OVER 38
San Diego -5.5 At Kansas City OVER 37.5
At Philadelphia -3 Seattle OVER 42
At Carolina -3 San Francisco OVER 35.5

At New Orleans -3.5 Tampa Bay UNDER 42
At Arizona -1 Cleveland OVER 51.5
Denver -3.5 At Oakland UNDER 42
NY Giants -2 At Chicago OVER 42

At Pittsburgh -7 Cincinnati UNDER 45.5

New England -20.5 At Baltimore UNDER 50.5

Best bets (And in famous-last-words mode, there look to be many of them this week):

Cleveland -1
Carolina/SF Over 35.5

27 November 2007

Record through Week 12


Finally, the kind of week that justifies me putting these picks up. As in, 11-5 on the spread and 9-7 on the line, for a lucrative 20-12. Season stats to date follow:


Line: 80-84

O/U: 80-95

Total: 160-179


Overall records through Week 12 (Before MNF)
(9 teams over .500; 2 at .500; 21 under .500)

Carolina 15-5
Baltimore, NYJ 12-7
NE 12-8
Indy, Buffalo 11-8
Atlanta 11-9
KC, Tennessee 10-9

NY Giants, Dallas 10-10

Detroit, Minn, Pittsburgh 9-10
Jax, SD 9-11
Philly 9-12
Washington 8-10
Houston 8-11
Chicago, Denver, Oakland 9-13
Arizona, Cleveland 7-12
Miami 6-9
GB 6-11
SF, Seattle, Cincy 6-13
St. Louis 6-14
New Orleans 5-13
TB 4-13

TEAMS (BY SPREAD RECORD)
(11 over .500; 4 at .500; 17 under .500)

Atlanta, Carolina 9-1
Indy 7-2
NE 7-3
Baltimore, Jets 6-3
Oakland, Dallas 6-4
Washington 5-3
KC, Buffalo 5-4

SD, Philly, Pittsburgh 5-5
Miami 3-3

Cleveland, Denver, Seattle, Tampa, Minn 4-5
Jax, Cincy 4-6
Tennessee 3-4
Arizona, Houston, Detroit, GB 3-6
St. Louis, Chi, NO, NYG 3-7
SF 2-7

TEAMS (BY O/U RECORD)
(10 over .500; 1 at .500; 21 under .500)

Houston 7-3
NY Giants, Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Carolina, Buffalo 6-4
Jets 5-4

Indy, KC, Denver, GB, NE 5-5

Minn, Dallas, Tennessee 5-6
Pittsburgh 4-5
Jax 4-5-2
Arizona, SF 4-6
SD, Philly, Cincy 4-7
Cleveland 3-6
Seattle, NO, TB 3-7
Miami 3-7
Washington, StL, Oakland, Atlanta 3-8

* pushes taken out of the records

21 November 2007

Week 12 Picks

Early, courtesy of Gobbleday.

Green Bay -3 At Detroit OVER 47
At Dallas -14.5 NY Jets UNDER 47.5
Indianapolis -12 At Atlanta UNDER 41

At Chicago -2 Denver UNDER 41
Tennessee -1.5 At Cincinnati OVER 47
At Jacksonville -7.5 Buffalo OVER 36
At Kansas City -5.5 Oakland UNDER 34.5
At Cleveland -3.5 Houston OVER 51
Seattle -3 At St. Louis OVER 45
At NY Giants -7 Minnesota OVER 41
New Orleans -3 At Carolina UNDER 41
At Tampa Bay -3 Washington OVER 38

At Arizona -10.5 San Francisco UNDER 38
At San Diego -9 Baltimore OVER 38.5

At New England -23 Philadelphia OVER 51

At Pittsburgh -16 Miami UNDER 41


Best Bets
Denver +2
NE/Philly over 51

20 November 2007

Record after Week 11

What do I get for picking against the Mighty Broncos? Why, a straight down the middle, 15-15-2 tally for the week, bringing the totals to date to:


Line: 69-77-15

O/U: 71-88-2

Total: 140-165-15


Overall records through Week 11
(9 teams over .500; 3 at .500; 20 under .500)

Carolina 13-5
Baltimore, NYJ, Indy, KC 10-7-1
Atlanta, NE 10-8
Houston, Buffalo 9-8-1

Oakland 10-10
Chicago, Denver 9-9

Tenn 8-9-1
NY Giants, Dallas, Pittsburgh 8-10
Washington 7-9-2
Arizona, Cleveland, Detroit 7-10-1
Minn 7-10-3
Jax, SD 7-11
Philly 7-12-1
Miami 5-9-4
SF, Seattle 6-11-1
St. Louis 6-12
GB 4-11-1
Cincy 4-13-1
New Orleans 3-13
TB 3-12-1

TEAMS (BY SPREAD RECORD)
(10 over .500; 3 at .500; 19 under .500)

Atlanta, Carolina 8-1
Indy 6-2-1
Oakland, NE 6-3
Baltimore, Jets, KC 5-3-1
Dallas 5-4
Washington 4-3-2

Cleveland, Buffalo, Seattle 4-4-1

SD, Pitt, Denver 4-5
Philly 4-5-1
Minn 3-5-2
Arizona, Houston, TB 3-5-1
Tennessee 2-4-2
Miami 2-3-4
Jax, St. Louis, Chicago 3-6
Cincy 3-6-1
Detroit, GB, SF 2-6-1
New Orleans, NY Giants 2-7

TEAMS (BY O/U RECORD)

(10 over .500; 1 at .500; 21 under .500)

Houston, NY Giants, Chicago 6-3
Baltimore, Detroit, Carolina, Buffalo, Indy, KC, Denver 5-4

Jets 4-4

Arizona, SF, Pittsburgh, GB, NE 4-5
Minn, Dallas, Tennessee 4-6
Jax, Cleveland 3-5-1
Seattle 3-6
SD, Washington, StLouis, Miami, Oakland, Philly, Atlanta, Cincy 3-7
NO, TB 2-7-1

* some might be off by a game

16 November 2007

Alright, alright, alright

Week 11 picks

At Jacksonville -3 San Diego UNDER 40.5
At Indianapolis -14.5 Kansas City UNDER 44
At Minnesota -5 Oakland UNDER 35.5
Cleveland -3 At Baltimore UNDER 43.5
Tampa Bay -3 At Atlanta UNDER 36
At Cincinnati -3 Arizona UNDER 48.5
At Philadelphia -10 Miami OVER 40.5
At Houston -1 New Orleans OVER 48
At Green Bay -9.5 Carolina OVER 37.5
NY Giants -3 At Detroit UNDER 49

Pittsburgh -9.5 At NY Jets UNDER 40.5
At Dallas -10.5 Washington UNDER 47
St. Louis -3 At San Francisco OVER 40
At Seattle -5.5 Chicago OVER 38

New England -16 At Buffalo OVER 46.5

At Denver -2 Tennessee OVER 38

Best Bets
The Birds -10 over the Fins.
GB/Carolina over 37.5

15 November 2007

Weed! Weed! Weed!



For those of you who don't see the City Paper blog, this one bears repeating: Our local NBC affiliate, last night, blew the lid off the type of story that Pulitzers are made of. As in, people smoke weed at 4:20 p.m.!
Check out the post here. And my column this week as well, which isn't about weed but might read as if I was on some when I wrote it. Tomorrow, football picks and the start of a weekend bender.
Go Cubs.

13 November 2007

Today, in Pacman news

... beyond the fact that today is 124 till Vegas ...

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones is expected to take a plea deal that will get him probation in return for testimony about a Las Vegas strip club triple shooting, his lawyer said Tuesday.

The Tennessee Titans cornerback intends to plead no contest to one charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, a gross misdemeanor, in return for a promise to suspend a sentence of one year in county jail, according to a written plea agreement obtained by The Associated Press.


Through Week 10

Another mediocre showing. 8-5-1 on the line; a putrid 4-10 on the O/U; bringing the season to date (can't really abbreviate that one, y'know?) to:


Line: 61-71-13

O/U: 64-79-2

Total: 125-150-15


Overall records through Week 10
(8 teams over .500; two at .500; 22 under .500)

Carolina 11-5
Baltimore 10-6
Houston 9-6-1
Oakland 10-8
Atlanta 9-7
NYJ, Indy, KC 8-7-1

NE, Denver 8-8

Buffalo, Tenn, Arizona 7-8-1
Minn 7-8-3
Jax, SD, Cleveland, NY Giants, Dallas, Chicago 7-9
Washington 6-8-2
Detroit 6-9-1
Miami 5-8-3
Philly 7-11
Pittsburgh 6-10
St. Louis 5-11
SF, Seattle 5-10-1
Cincy 4-11-1
New Orleans 3-11
GB, TB 2-11-1

TEAMS (BY SPREAD RECORD)
(8 over .500; 5 at .500; 19 under .500)

Atlanta, Carolina 7-1
Oakland 6-2
Indy 5-2-1
Baltimore, NE 5-3
Jets, KC 4-3-1

Denver, SD, Dallas, Cleveland 4-4
Washington 3-3-2

Philly 4-5
Minn 3-4-2
Arizona, Houston, Buffalo, Seattle 3-4-1
Tennessee 2-3-2
Miami 2-3-3
Jax, Pitt 3-5
Cincy 3-5-1
Detroit, TB 2-5-1
New Orleans, St. Louis, Giants, Chicago 2-6
GB, SF 1-6-1

TEAMS (BY O/U RECORD)
(4 over .500; 7 at .500; 21 under .500)

Houston 6-2
Baltimore, NYG, Chicago 5-3

Detroit, Carolina, Arizona, Buffalo, Indy, Denver, KC, SF 4-4

Minn, Dallas 4-5
Jax, Cleveland, Jets 3-4
Tenn, SD, Wash, StL, Miami, Pittsburgh, GB, NE, Oakland 3-5
Philly, Atlanta, Cincy 3-6
NO, Tampa, Seattle 2-6

* some might be off by a game

10 November 2007

Why couldn't have this been the first Philly show?

All I can wonder is this: how different is Bruce with the band than the Arcade Fire, in the nonstop-sound category?

09 November 2007

Week 10 Picks

On the plus side, only 128 days till Vegas. On the down side, I'm in such a prognosticating hole that this year's voyage to the desert would prove disasterous. In any event, the week in picks:

At Tennessee -4 Jacksonville UNDER 35

At Kansas City -3 Denver OVER 37.5

Buffalo -3 At Miami OVER 41

At Pittsburgh -9.5 Cleveland UNDER 47.5

At New Orleans -11.5 St. Louis UNDER 46

At Carolina -4 Atlanta OVER 36.5

At Washington -3 Philadelphia UNDER 38

At Green Bay -6 Minnesota OVER 40.5

At Baltimore -4 Cincinnati OVER 44

Chicago -3.5 At Oakland UNDER 38.5

Dallas -1 At NY Giants OVER 48.5

At Arizona -1 Detroit UNDER 45


Indianapolis -3.5 At San Diego OVER 48.5


At Seattle -10 San Francisco UNDER 39.5


Picks of the Week:
New Orleans -11.5
Indy at San Diego Over 48.5

07 November 2007

Updated prognostication; news of the week


Things have been rather hectic down here in Philly town. This week's column will deal with the mayoral race that ended yesterday, with a touch on the tragedy of a cop that got assassinated at a Broad Street Dunkin Donuts. (Photo from the Inquirer's John Costello).


STATS THROUGH THE END OF WEEK NINE.

Line: 53-66-9

O/U: 60-68-1

Total: 113-124-10


Overall records through Week 9

Carolina 10-4
Baltimore 9-5
Houston 9-6-1
Atlanta 8-6
NYJ 8-7-1
Tenn, Indy. Arizona 7-6-1

Oakland 8-8
NE 8-8
Jax, Buffalo 7-7
Minn 7-7-2

Detroit, KC 6-7-1
Den, SD, Cleveland 6-8
Miami, Washington 5-7-2
Philly 6-10
NY Giants, Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Dallas 5-9
SF, Seattle 4-9-1
New Orleans 3-9
Cincy 3-10-1
GB 2-9-1
Tampa Bay 2-11-1


TEAMS (BY SPREAD RECORD)
Atlanta, Carolina 6-1
Oakland 5-2
NE 5-3
Indy 4-2-1
Baltimore 4-3
Jets 4-3-1

Minn 3-3-2
Arizona, Seattle, KC 3-3-1
Tennessee 2-2-1

Miami, Washington 2-3-2
Houston 3-4-1
Jax, Denver, SD, Dallas, Cleveland, Buffalo 3-4
Philly 3-5
Detroit 2-4-1
New Orleans, Pittsburgh, St. L 2-5
Tampa Bay, Cincy 2-5-1
NY Giants, Chicago 1-6
GB, SF 1-5-1

TEAMS (BY O/U RECORD)
Houston 6-2
Baltimore 5-2
Detroit, Carolina 4-3
NYG, Chicago, Arizona, Buffalo, Indy 4-3

Minn 4-4
Jax, Cleveland 3-3

SF, Tenn, Denver, SD, NYJ, Washington, StL, Miami, Pitt, GB, KC 3-4
Philly, Dallas, Atlanta, Cincy, NE 3-5
Oakland, NO 2-5
Tampa Bay 2-6
Seattle 1-6

* some might be off by a game

01 November 2007

Week 9 Picks

Still riding the Brady train to fantasy victory, now at 5-3, tied for second place, still wishing I'd never gotten myself into it. But anyway, the weekend picks:

Washington -3.5 At NY Jets UNDER 35.5
At Kansas City -2 Green Bay OVER 37.5
At Tampa Bay -3.5 Arizona UNDER 38
At Tennessee -4 Carolina OVER 35.5
At Atlanta -3 San Francisco OVER 37
At New Orleans -3.5 Jacksonville OVER 40
At Detroit -3 Denver UNDER 46
At Buffalo PK Cincinnati OVER 43.5
San Diego -7 At Minnesota UNDER 41
At Cleveland -1 Seattle UNDER 46.5
New England -5.5 At Indianapolis UNDER 57
At Oakland -3 Houston OVER 42
Dallas -3 At Philadelphia UNDER 46.5

At Pittsburgh -9 Baltimore OVER 36.5

Best Bets (which I forgot to post last week):
Jacksonville +3.5
Buffalo/Cincy over 43.5

This week's paper and It's Always Sunny


Football picks tomorrow, y'all. Today, just some links and highlights of a few things I wrote in this week's CP. It's our annual choice issue (Best of Philly variation), plus a column and a news piece from Tuesday night's Democratic Presidential Debate. Choice highlights (I edited the newsmakers section):

Most Fantabulous, Visionary-est Voters in the History of Democratic Elections
The 10,150 proud Philadelphians who pulled the lever in the May City Council at-large primary for T. Milton Street, aka "Big Balls Milton." If only 40,189 more followed their lead, we might have a 10-grand-strong army of residents patrolling the streets. Wait, are the people who voted for Milton going to be deputized? If so, where's my badge and Taser? The more Tasers we have on city streets, the better off we'll all be. Click, click, click, click ... —H


Most Inane Coverage in the History of a 169-Year-Old Sport

The homepage read, “Philebrity will be liveblogging from the first game of the Phils vs. Rockies at 3 p.m.” We’re all for pertinent liveblogging, so we checked it out. Here’s a sampling of the insights we found. “Never seen so much red at a game.” (Deep.) And, “Yo at this time i’d like to thank the weblinc and national mechanics posse very very much for the ticket hookup. Go to their quizzo, have them build your”… (So this is the future of advertising recruitment?) When I dropped a drunken line to MLB correspondent Joey Sweeney that night noting that he’d have to “do better than that,” he responded, “Dude you try blogging via cel phone.” And then, “If you were here [in parking lot section ‘fuck u’] right now i would beat the cirrhoses out of you.” Classy. Shame I wasn’t there; bigger shame that I didn’t show up at his “faggot” office in the morning as threatened and just accept my 36 Roundhouse hours. The lesson? Just because we have the technology, don’t use it unless you have something to, y’know, actually offer. —H


Oh yeah, tonight's the night I might appear on It's Always Sunny, so check out the pre-show interview, and tune in to FX tonight at 10. I'll be the guy in a green Phils hat walking past Charlie and Dee as they try to peddle blow on Market.

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