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MOJO'S WEEK 13 PICKS plus why Mike Vick is a bust!

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MOJO'S WEEK 13 PICKS plus why Mike Vick is a bust! Is Michael Vick a bust? Well that depends on what you mean by a bust now doesn’t it? The guy can flat out ball. He’s a superior athlete who has all the tools. If he was a baseball player they’d say he was a 5-tool guy. But that doesn’t make him a good quarterback just like it never made the highly touted journeyman outfielder Felix Pie an All-Star. Throughout his life Vick’s athleticism has been superior to everyone he lined up against. All the strategy in the world couldn’t consistently corral his explosiveness and that laser southpaw arm. He was and is a human highlight reel. It intoxicates fans, coaches, scouts and apparently the front office guys who sign the checks. But now a few things are working against Vick. Since the amazing come from behind victory over the Giants on December 19, 2010 Vick has won just 3 of 11 games. It’s safe to say that opponents have finally figured out how to corral the 2001 NFL Draft’s No. 1 overall p...

MOJO'S PICKS: How do you spell jerk? S-U-H

MOJO'S PICKS: How do you spell jerk? S-U-H During my gridiron days which were rather unimpressive, Mojo met a few players who were absolute gentlemen off the field. BUT, when they buckled up their chinstraps and popped in their mouthpieces, something happened to them. It was as though the smell of dirt, sweat and sometimes blood would awaken something within them, akin to the way a full moon might awaken a beast from the haunted moors of England. Ndamukong Suh is one of those players. At least Mojo used to think so. Tolerating fools and jerks isn’t a skill that comes naturally to me. Suh is a jerk. It’s one thing to lose your mind on the field but don’t play us all for fools and tell us that what we saw we didn’t really see at all and you aren’t worried about the court of public opinion because God understands your intentions. Really? So what now for Suh? Well like with most children who don’t learn from previous “time outs” the next one will get a bit more severe. If Ryan Cl...

MOJO'S TURKEY PICKS

Ok, Mojo is a bit detained at the moment. Somehow this morning morphed from a Bloody Mary to overcome the greatest happy hour night of the year (Thanksgiving Eve) and then that became a pumpkin ale (which Mojo actually hates) and then a coffee with Bailey’s. Needless to say, it’s already a Happy Thanksgiving… But, let me get to today’s 3 games and I’ll hit up the balance of the schedule tomorrow. Packers (-4) @ Lions ~ Many are predicting an upset and the line suggests that it’s possible. But Mojo can’t get beyond the matchup between Aaron Rodgers and the Lions’ inviting secondary. Packers cover. Dolphins @ Cowboys (-7) ~ Mojo is think Romo is a bit full of himself these days and thinks he’ll get the stuffing beaten out of him by the Phins’ Cameron Wake. Cowboys win by the fish cover the line. 49ers @ Ravens (-3 ½ ) ~ The sibling rivalry…I’m sure you are tired of hearing about it. Let’s talk about t...

MOJO'S TURKEY PICKS

MOJO'S TURKEY PICKS Ok, Mojo is a bit detained at the moment. Somehow this morning morphed from a Bloody Mary to overcome the greatest happy hour night of the year (Thanksgiving Eve) and then that became a pumpkin ale (which Mojo actually hates) and then a coffee with Bailey’s. Needless to say, it’s already a Happy Thanksgiving… But, let me get to today’s 3 games and I’ll hit up the balance of the schedule tomorrow. Packers (-4) @ Lions ~ Many are predicting an upset and the line suggests that it’s possible. But Mojo can’t get beyond the matchup between Aaron Rodgers and the Lions’ inviting secondary. Packers cover. Dolphins @ Cowboys (-7) ~ Mojo is think Romo is a bit full of himself these days and thinks he’ll get the stuffing beaten out of him by the Phins’ Cameron Wake. Cowboys win by the fish cover the line. 49ers @ Ravens (-3 ½ ) ~ The sibling rivalry…I’m sure you are tired of hearing about it. Let’s talk about t...

MOJO'S WEEK 11 PICKS plus some "love" for "Cro"

MOJO'S WEEK 11 PICKS plus some "love" for "Cro" Will he play or will he sit out? That’s the question Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is hoping resonates in the collective mind of the Bengals coaching staff. Earlier this week it was reported by the Carroll County Times that Ray Lewis would miss at least this week’s game against divisional rival, the Cincinnati Bengals. From what we’ve seen from Coach Harbaugh at a recent presser is that he’s feeling a little testy about the info leak. Apparently he feels it gives Marvin Lewis & Company a tactical edge. So instead of the “out” status, Harbaugh is labeling Ray “questionable” and the Ravens have been sure to let the national talking heads such as Peter King in on the “possibility” that Ray Lewis, being Ray Lewis and the consummate warrior, just might tough it out and play. Obviously Harbaugh believes the mystery requires a greater planning effort on the part of the Bengals staff. For me the cover up suggests one thing &...

MOJO'S WEEK 10 PICKS: Plus The Steelers are Crying Another Three Rivers

MOJO'S WEEK 10 PICKS: Plus The Steelers are Crying  Another Three Rivers Nobody asked me but the Redskins organizationally put themselves in a pickle and here’s why… Dan Snyder being Dan Snyder pulls a Dan Snyder move and hires Mike Shanahan. Now Shanahan was a great offensive coordinator for the 49ers back in a day, and he pretty much sucked as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He moved on to Denver as we all know and rode the back of the great John Elway and an awesome rushing attack to two Super Bowl titles. But what has he done since “Mr. Ed” refused to saddle up again? So Snyder, desperate for a winner gets snookered in to another head coach (Joe Gibbs being the other) looking to use his resume to milk the Redskins for millions and millions. Gibbs happily took the money and ran to the closest NASCAR raceway. Snyder indirectly financed Gibbs’ next life adventure. And now he’s helping along another career – advancing Kyle Shanahan’s career. Now here’s the rub –Shanahan has no street cr...

MOJO'S WEEK 9 PICKS & the 2 point conversion

MOJO'S WEEK 9 PICKS & the 2 point conversion Peyton Hillis, the cover boy of Madden 2012 (thanks to the citizens of Cleveland who have nothing better to do than vote on line) is still bitching and moaning and aching over his itty bitty salary and his hamstring. Well boo-freakin’-hoo! This dude isn’t too bright now is he? When did they tell Hillis that pretending to PMS is a great way to create leverage in contract discussions? Man up and pretend you are Matt Forte or Ray Rice. Now there are two players digging in and doing it the old fashioned way – earning it! Speaking of Ray Rice, let’s get this straight – Rice gets a $7,500 fine for stiff arming a would-be tackler. His teammate Bernard Pollard is hit up for 10 large for delivering a textbook albeit crushing blow to a would-be receiver. And then Matt Birk gets a $5,000 fine for removing a microphone wire from his shoulder pads that was sticking him in the neck (later rescinded by the league). But Troy Polamalu gets nothing for mistaking Wes Wel...

MOJO'S WEEK 8 PICKS plus something to Ponder

MOJO'S WEEK 8 PICKS plus something to Ponder Today I heard an old Beatles track called, “I’m a Loser” and immediately thought of Donovan McNabb. In an interview that will air on the Sunday Night Football broadcast, the very capable Andrea Kremer asked McNabb if he should be the starter in Minnesota. “Absolutely!” was 5’s reply. “Well, I mean, everyone focuses on my position,” McNabb continued.  “We should be sitting here, I’ll be honest, at about what, 4-3, 5-2, or whatever?  We had games that we should have won, but we just didn’t. Now is it the quarterback position?” This guy isn’t too bright is he? Come to think of it, he’s not very good any more either. Heading into last week when Christian Ponder was named the starter, the Vikings were 1-5. So why should the Vikings stay with a quarterback whose career is pretty much done while the No. 1 pick sits on the bench? It’s not as if he can learn much from McNabb or if the quarterb...

MOJO'S WEEK 7 PICKS and the Rex Ryan Countdown

MOJO'S WEEK 7 PICKS and the Rex Ryan Countdown Rex Ryan should be the poster child for Hee Haw! His behavior certainly suggests that he’s auditioning for the part. Jets fans should be embarrassed by his jackass antics and if they aren’t then that might tell you something about them too. Ryan’s players will defend him and say that they love playing for the Thrill of De-Feet; that he’s a player’s coach and that he allows men to be men. Blah-blah-blah. Ravens fans are ecstatic that his ample parts don’t man the south sideline at M&T Bank Stadium as the team’s head coach.  Word is that everyone at the Ravens' headquarters not donning shoulder pads is happy that Rex is somewhere, anywhere other than 1 Winning Drive. There was a day when the Jets didn’t even matter. All of the Bruce Coslets, Pete Carrolls, Rich Kotites, Herm Edwards and Eric Manginis in the world could muster nothing more than a collective yawn from fans around the league. The Jets were...

Mojo's Week 6 Picks

Plus cat fights in New Jersey
Mojo's Week 6 Picks GOT MIDOL? Current and former New Jersey based footballers are PMS-ing these days. Let’s start with the Toe Monster’s Gang Green. Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes has deciphered everything wrong with the Jets inept offense – it’s the O-Line and he’s gone public with his opinion. Jets guard Brandon Moore took exception to Holmes’ allegations, particularly the public delivery method.  This one should be fun to watch. Wouldn’t it be great to be a fly in that huddle if things break down against the Miami Guppies this weekend? Staying with the Big Apple and menstrual cramps, Osi Umenyiora is ovulating over criticisms from ESPN’s Antonio Pierce and FOX’s Michael Strahan. Both former Giants have questioned the toughness of current Giants Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs who sat out games with injuries. Interesting, there was a day when Pierce and Strahan were quick to throw former teammate and NBC analyst Tiki Barber under the bus for c...
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