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Sunday, October 31, 2004

A scary Halloween

It's still early in the day, but my three home-team splits are all trailing at this moment. Will this be the weekend that the law of averages falls in the Junior Bro's favor? Once again, I am siding with the homies in 10 out of 12 games. That's always a recipe for catastrophe. We'll just call it the "Six-pack Rule," which states simply that on any given weekend you'll get at least six teams winning on the road. You can't break the rules too often and hope to win.

...OK, maybe I can hope.

Glenn 8-D 10:37:00 AM

Wednesday, October 27, 2004


Junior Bro returns at last from a long absence from NawFul Notes. Time and illness have not alloted me much time to post lately, but I have a few brief thoughts:

1) Prior to this weekend, Eric Johnson was leading the NFL in receptions. Who is Eric Johnson you ask? He's the starting tight end for the 49ers, Bill Walsh's final pick as a GM, from Yale University. He had more catches than Issac Bruce, Randy Moss, or Terrell Owens. Eric Johnson has proven himself to be a solid tight end, but it also goes to show the woeful state of the 49ers receiving corps.

2) The 49ers appear to only be capable of playing one half of offense per game. Most games, the offense takes the first half off, comes roaring back in the second half, only to fall short, usually by an untimely turnover. Against the Jets, the 49ers scored 14 points in the first half and were shutout for the rest of the game.

3) With a combined three victories, the 49ers and Raiders are prime contenders for the Blooper Bowl this year.

4) The Raiders have a great deal of competition for that dubious distiction however, as the Dolphins and the "back to reality" Bengals are in a battle for the AFC worst.

5) Jerry Rice can still play somewhere, although he passed his prime long ago. My question is, if the Raiders weren't intending to use him this season, why did they resign him? The Raiders let Tim Brown go, after all. The Raiders need to dump a lot of aging dead weight from their roster, including some of the free agents they picked up in the offseason.

6) Notice how all the 49er castoffs seem to be doing well? Terrell Owens, Jeff Garcia, and Steve Marriucci. Whatever happend to Garrison Hearst though?

7) You have to believe that charma is going to come back to bite Terrell Owens at some point, but it may not happen until the playoffs the way the Eagles are playing.

8) The Detroit Lions are by far the biggest surprise in the NFL this season. It's also surprising how bad the Kansas City Chiefs started the year, before turning it on in the last couple of weeks.

9) How about this for a Super Bowl matchup: Minnesota vs. New England, will see if I'm close on this one.

10) The 49ers didn't lose last weekend. I had to say it now, because I'm not likely to be saying if very often this season (if ever).

Junior Bro 9:21:00 PM

Monday, October 18, 2004

So long, Jerry

Flash 80 is going long this time. Not to the end zone for another Raiders touchdown, but to Seattle where he will be reunited with Coach Mike Holmgren. The Bay Area is gonna miss Jerry Rice. He's given the football fans here a lot of memorable years. Maybe the Seahawks will go all the way and we'll get to see him in the big game one last time before he calls it a career.

Glenn 8-D 10:40:00 PM

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Happy birthday, Sean!

We'll see if there are any gifts wrapped up in the Week 6 games. I said that I was worried about last week -- well, this one isn't much better. A lot of games that look good for the home teams, but that's always a recipe for disaster. Will Seattle end the New England victory streak?

Glenn 8-D 9:40:00 AM

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Not so bad after all

I think I dodged a bullet this week. No... I know I dodged one. I took a long look at my picks after initially coming away with the home team in 13 of the 14 games and tried to figure out the half dozen visiting teams that would pull upsets. But in the end I didn't change anything because doing so usually leads to disaster. Besides, I don't know which of yesterday's road winners I would have picked beside Minnesota. Let's see...

Detroit?... They had one win on the road after a 24-game drought. Against undefeated Atlanta, I don't think so.

New York Giants?... Maybe, and I almost did.

Tampa Bay?... Hadn't won yet and saw no reason why New Orleans would be their first.

St. Louis?... Seattle plays too well at home these days. It was an overtime loss, after all.

Baltimore?... OK, I could have picked the Ravens and almost did. But Sunday night and Monday night games are always bad news. If I'd picked them they would have lost.

Tennessee?... Not at Lambeau. No way. Oh yeah, it was Monday night.

And still more ways to trip myself up... I almost picked Arizona over the 49ers. That would have looked like a good pick until five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, when the Niners tossed two TD's and made 2-point conversions, then kicked a game-winning field goal in OT.

So in the end I might have picked up two games I didn't get, but I would have thrown away one that I did. I can't say I'm disappointed in a 3-for-4 split performance.

Glenn 8-D 1:53:00 AM

Sunday, October 10, 2004


I'm very worried about this week. There are too many home teams I'm siding with -- 13 out of 14 -- and when was the last time at least six of the roadies didn't win? Will this be a big week for the Junior Bro? I'm not liking this at all. I like the Patsies' chance to win a record 19 in a row a lot better.

Glenn 8-D 9:34:00 AM

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Big Bro's back

My whirlwind tour of the South is complete and now it's time to get caught up on the past couple of weeks. Thanks, Sean, for the Week 2 update. And thanks to all one or two of our regular fans who toughed it out without your weekly dose of Gehlke Bros. Football picks. We'll have Week 4 picks on schedule (for a change) Sunday morning. I'll post the Week 2 and Week 3 updates as soon as I can.

Glenn 8-D 8:01:00 AM

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