NawFuL Notes

Friday, October 31, 2003


Glenn and Ben are taking a break from strategizing this weekend's football picks to scare up some non-NawFuL fun with the trick-or-treaters. Ben is going as the Grim Reaper. The only thing more frightening than the Grim Reaper is the San Diego offense, but I digress...

Happy Halloween.

Glenn 8-D 6:03:00 PM

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

That's better

Figured out the problem with the archives. Had some coding errors in the template. Now all should be right with the NawFuL world.

Glenn 8-D 1:00:00 PM

Well, maybe...

OK, I tried the archive links just now and they aren't working. Don't know what's up with that as they were fine the other night. I'll keep experimenting.

Glenn 8-D 12:42:00 PM

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Hooray! The archives are back!

Tried to drown my gridiron sorrows tonight by tinkering with the NawFuL Notes template and finally figured out how to get the archives working properly. Now you can enjoy the past two years of Gehlke Bros. wit and insight when you are really bored and have nothing better to do. ... Or you can hold our feet to the fire as you rediscover our preseason predictions in which we told you how great the Bengals would be in '03. (NOT!)

Blogger is a nifty little outfit. Too bad the premium service doesn't offer a crystal ball for football prognosticators.

Glenn 8-D 12:29:00 AM

Sunday, October 19, 2003

Lucky 7?

...Well, lucky for one of us. The Bros. divided the first six splits of the weekend, with Ben looking like the the big "winner" at 8-5 so far. Sean and I dueled to a 6-7 Sunday. The week once again rests in the hands of the Monday night warriors. Ben and I have the Raiders while Sean is looking to the Chiefs to remain undefeated.

How about the Niners! The Bros. were about to write them off when they rose up and trashed the defending Stupor Bore champs this afternoon. But the 24-7 final might be symbolic of the round-the-clock worrying the Niner faithful are doing this season. We can rest perhaps a little easier next week when the boys in red and gold head to the desert to take on the woeful (yet well rested) Cardinals.

Glenn 8-D 6:46:00 PM

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Some Birthday Present

I can accept losing four games to the Senior Bro, but it was the way I lost them. Now I know how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers must have felt on that Monday night game.

The 49ers remain the only team in the league to have a sub-500 record, but still have outscored their opponents. What does that mean? It means that they have lost a lot of close games, in short, the 49ers this year always seem to find a way to lose.

The Raiders aren't any better. Their only wins this year have come against pathetic San Diego and almost equally pathetic Bengals, and those games were far closer than they should have been.

The class of the NFL appears to be Kansas City and Minnesota. Sorry, but I just don't believe in Carolina. Not a single team that won a division last year is leading in their division this year...that's a total of eight new division leaders for those of you who can't do the math.

Thanks for the birthday wishes Glenn and Ben! Hopefully the added age will bring added wisdom in terms of my prognosticating abilities! Well...probably not.

Junior Bro 4:33:00 PM

Friday, October 17, 2003

Happy birthday to the Junior Bro

It's the Big 2-8! (Hey, you might have something in common with the 49ers in a few weeks!) Best wishes for another eventful year ahead.

From your fellow prognosticators and instigators, Glenn and Ben.

Glenn 8-D 2:03:00 PM

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Ben responds

(Ben takes exception to suggestions that America's armchair football prognosticators should not side with his predictions, due to his 2-12 record last week. Following are his comments:)

"I shouldn't be on a stupid losing streak! I should win! I shouldn't be close to a losing streak!

"The Raiders should have won and they didn't. Last week was an outrage because the Raiders lost. I don't know why, but they're just stupid when they lose."

(So, how do you account for the other 11 losses?)

"Those weren't supposed to happen either."

(Should people still trust your picks?)

"Yes, because my teams shouldn't lose."

(There you have it, right from the source.)

Glenn 8-D 1:44:00 PM


This was an edge-of-your-seat sorta morning for the Senior Bro. Four splits with Sean, including a couple of tough road games. Somehow they all came through winners, including the Chiefs in OT against Green Bay. That sort of makes up for Monday night's disaster in Tampa Bay. Puts me three up in the season standings, but as I have been reminded all too many times, it is a long season and there are still 11 weeks left.

Glenn 8-D 1:34:00 PM

Thursday, October 09, 2003

When In Doubt, Pick the Opposite

Another tough week for Ben who only won two games. I guess it's a fair bet to pick against him until his losing streak ends.

I don't know whether the 49ers or Raiders look worse right now, but neither look like playoff material. The Niners squeaked by a dreadful Lions team and the Raiders lost to the previously ofor Bears, whom the Niners demolished in week 1.

That was quite a Monday night game. I turned it off when the Bucs were up 21 to 0, but tuned back in when the Colts were battling for the game tying touchdown. The Bucs aren't looking like a repeat Superbowl team right now. Thanks to that game, I have my first lead of the season.

Junior Bro 8:05:00 PM

Monday, October 06, 2003


If there were an award for Most Monumental Collapse by a Team With an Insurmountable Lead in a Football Game, Tampa Bay would win it for what happened to the Bucs tonight.

Maybe Gruden was relying on the prevent defense. It sure didn't prevent Peyton Manning from stinking up the joint in the fourth quarter. And it didn't help that the officials flagged Simeon Rice for unsportsmanlike conduct on what looked like a routine leap to block a Vanderjagt field goal attempt in OT.

The Bucs will probably make a lot of excuses for tonight's (tomorrow morning's) loss, but the fact is they should never have let Indy back into the game with four minutes left to play. That is a simple failure to execute on defense as much as it was a stellar performance by a future Hall of Fame quarterback.

Glenn 8-D 11:03:00 PM

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Monday's gonna be big

For the first time this season the Bros. have a Monday night split. I've got Tampa Bay at home while Sean has visiting Indy. Following today's results, in which we each won two of the four split games played, Monday will determine who takes a 1-game advantage in the Gehlke Bros. Football season standings.

Things have been tight so far. We compared notes this morning on our season-to-date performance through four weeks this year versus the same period in 2002 and found that my record coming into Week 5 is seven games better and Sean's is eight games better than last year, while Ben was one game worse. Also, we have more than twice the number of splits we had at this point last year.

So does this mean that more splits result in better overall records? Perhaps not, but it is an interesting stat nonetheless.

Glenn 8-D 5:22:00 PM

Thursday, October 02, 2003

Random thoughts from the road

Seattle is a beautiful city, and do they ever love football. Everywhere we went there were reminders of how important the Seahawks, Huskies and Cougars are to the local fan base.

Ironically, the weekend we were in the Emerald City, the Seahawks had a bye, but there is lots of excitement about their next home game Oct. 12 against the 49ers. And why shouldn't there be? The Niners have looked NawFuL in their recent misadventures. The 'Hawks are a remarkable 3-0 going into this week's game at Green Bay, where head coach Mike Holmgren should know the opponent as well as anyone, having coached the Packers for many years. If the Seahawks should somehow emerge from Lambeau Field with their perfect record in tact, they will be a mighty force to be reckoned with. Imagine the confidence boost!

Safeco Field, where the Mariners play, and Seahawks Stadium are literally side by side on the Seattle waterfront. We drove between the two of them on our way back to our hotel. How they ever find room for all the cars on game days is a mystery to me, but they must be used to it. The A's and Mariners were in town for the final weekend of the regular baseball season and we never noticed a traffic influx, so either nobody was going to the games or they have things better organized than it appears.

Glenn 8-D 2:22:00 PM

Sorry 'bout that...

We were experiencing technical difficulties otherwise called "vacation." The Senior Bro attempted to do the hi-tech thing and take the website and the Gehlke Bros. picks on the road with him to Seattle, but wouldn't you know that the roaming Internet access account I purchased wasn't working properly! Thank Heaven for Kinko's in Kent, Wash., without which we wouldn't have been able to post our Week 4 picks in a timely fashion.

A special thank you also to Sean, who did a great job with the Monday recap. Anyone who wins with a Cincinnati pick deserves to crow about it sooner rather than later.

Glenn 8-D 2:12:00 PM

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