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  1. Peter added a blog entry in Nature is not a Book   

    Beating the Bounds
    Having found the new optimism more mundane than the image it projected of itself, I returned towards the jet d’eau to set off round the perimeter of its “parish” in the hope of finding whatever might remain of the earlier optimisms it had displaced. My perambulation uncovered no less than thirteen ghosts, relics and living examples.

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  2. davidm added a post in a topic Benefits of Relativity   

    Why should accurate theoretical constructs entail shorter lines at the supermarket? 
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  3. davidm added a post in a topic Benefits of Relativity   

    TGL is still here! Last time I looked it was a page that could not be accessed.
    Maybe it's time for a revival? 
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  4. Peter added a blog entry in Nature is not a Book   

    Suicide Bomber in Miller’s Wynd
    This place is now deleted. It persists only in memory. to be continued… This post is Part Four of a Series.  |<<   <   > 

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  5. Peter added a blog entry in Nature is not a Book   

    The Evolution of Optimism
    On finally facing the Enquiry Centre, I saw that it consisted of three parts, representing successive stages in its evolution. The oldest section exhibited the brutalist style typical of many British university buildings of the 1960s and early ’70s. McKean and Walker describe it as “a muscular medieval fortress”, and its concrete buttresses and small windows…

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  6. Peter added a post in a topic Benefits of Relativity   

    Whether they are or whether they're not, I doubt it was because of any application of relativistic thinking (in the sense I take to be yours). But then, I'd also doubt it had anything to do with anyone's reading of Shakespeare either. What of it?
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  7. Theophilus added a topic in History and Philosophy of Science   

    Benefits of Relativity
    I mean this as a legitimate question; I'm no trying to start an argument. What have been the practical (non-theoretical) effects, of  Relativity Theory (Special or General), i.e. are lines shorter at the supermarket; do we have better gas mileage; are airline schedules more reliable?
     
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  8. Peter added an answer to a question Socratic Method   

    Try this:
    https://streetepistemology.com/
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  9. Theophilus added a question in Help   

    Socratic Method
    I posted this to Hugo, but I'll accept answers from others.
    Is it possible to practice the "Socratic method" in teaching without accepting Socrates theory of knowledge?
     
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  10. Big Blooming Blighter added a post in a topic E-mail to Petkov   

    A pitfall of so many philosophical discussions is that the nuances of meaning are overlooked, and what ought to be cogent arguments and valuable discourses becomes shouting matches.
     
    IOW, I think it would be conducive to your discussion if you each defined free will. It's entirely feasible that the good professor and yourself might disagree that the free will you're thinking of can exist in a 4D world, while the free will he's thinking of does not (and, perhaps cannot).
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  11. muraii added a post in a topic PBS Crash Course Philosophy on U-Tube   

    Thanks for the link to that YouTube series. I'm a perpetual neophyte so I'm finding it pretty valuable so far.
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  12. Mathsteach2 added a post in a topic PBS Crash Course Philosophy on U-Tube   

    I think I have learnt to copy and paste!
    Thank you for your post, The Heretic, I hope you do not mean the whole website, just this Extend Forum. My last post here was confusing, this thread was intended to find out what anyone thought about the Crash Philosophy course on U-Tube. I would open a thread on ID in the Science Forum, perhaps under a sub-title "Science or Pseudo-Science?". I also need to look at what is already here on ID. The last post in my thread on the TES website questions my suggestion that philosophy does not, and never has, provided absolute answers to anything!
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  13. Mathsteach2 added a post in a topic "Does Fascism lurk around the corner for the US?"   

     
    Now that Trump is President Elect, I have had a re-read of this thread, including the links in it. We certainly seem to be heading for a tumultuous term of office (if it lasts), and I remain interested but glad to be out of it now, at my age.
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  14. The Heretic added a post in a topic PBS Crash Course Philosophy on U-Tube   

    Sorry, Mathsteach2, but it looks like this forum is dead. The last post besides your threads was in September.
     
    And the world has moved on.
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  15. Mathsteach2 added a post in a topic PBS Crash Course Philosophy on U-Tube   

    I realize this is a quiet website, but I am a little disappointed that I have had no responses so far.  I came here to avoid the eristic interchanges on the TES (UK) website, but at the moment I   have something going on in their RE Forum.

    This forum here is entitled "whatever else we want to talk about". I want to talk  about Intelligent Design, and I am sure that here I can avoid eristic arguments. Please respond, and I will move my discussion here (but which I am holding in TES) perhaps as well, to answer my dilemma (explained in my last post in TES - I will try to give the link if required ). I do hope this website is not due to fold, it has been the most supportive of my own particular philosophy  (viz-a-vix Paul Feyerabend), and I really do not want my life's motivation  (anarchy, Feyerabend version of course - Dadaism) to flounder.
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  16. Mathsteach2 added a topic in Site   

    copy and paste
    THIS IS A TEST  (copy and paste)
    Oops its worked! But what did I do? At first I got my window described below now(!), with no paste option, then touched a few buttons e.g. <ENTER>, then my paste option window appeared. I will try again now with my first intended OP:
    "I have had trouble trying to copy and paste my posts into forum threads here. I use WordPad to compose, giving me time to do corrections, then a right click on the mouse allows me to copy it. When I sign onto TGL and go to a reply window, the right hand click returns a window which does not have the paste option."
    Success, but I still do not know what I did! Any suggestions?
     
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  17. Mathsteach2 added a topic in Extend   

    PBS Crash Course Philosophy on U-Tube
    I do not seem to be able to copy and paste, so I will try this:
    Crash Psychology.rtf
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  18. Michael S. Pearl added a post in a topic 2016 NFL Week 3 Picks   

    WR Willie Snead IV is not playing tonight.
    SS Kenny Vaccaro is not playing tonight.
    LT Terron Armstead is not playing tonight.
    All that on top of the previously noted injuries. Sheesh.
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  19. Michael S. Pearl added a post in a topic 2016 NFL Week 3 Picks   

    What the what?!?!?! On the 10th anniversary of the Gleason punt block?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIGgBhNtOP4
    One year after the Mauti punt block?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbKz-WC6Oxg
    With the Saints having lost their top two CBs? With Byrd having finally at least made a couple of big boy tackles? In the Superdome for the game which Saints fans want more than any other year in and year out? Wait. Huh? In the dome? Oh oh. Doesn't matter. You're wrong, wrong, wrong! New Orleans wins. Because if they don't win this one, when will they win? This game might not even be close if the Saints had a TE. And/Or a fourth WR other than Coleman.
     
    So, this game was last night. Obviously. I'll post what I had written about it, because there are two important lessons to learn from it: I agree with every point in your analysis. I remain especially doubtful about Osweiler. But Tyche or no Tyche, the goddess of Contrariness reigns here so that Houston wins.
    Lesson #1: Yup, Osweiler ain't gonna cut it.
    Lesson #2: This game is evidence that there is no goddess of Contrariness. Hmmm. Maybe she's a he; maybe it's a god. Anyhow, on to additional comments.
    I cannot allow my general agreement with your other analyses cloud my wisdom, vision, whatever. Contrarian picks are demanded, not only by the goddess god(?) but also by my admiring audience. Okay, I have neither admirers nor audience. Still, that won't stop the eruption of some contrarian picks.
    If I can find any.
    I'm liking the Jets. But the game is in Missouri. But I'm liking the Jets. Therefore, New York wins.

    Okay, that's all I got. Because, what with Ware injured, I'm intuiting that Cincinnati will manage a win. Also, the Oakland defense is so bad that it's worse than the Saints defense. That's saying sumfin. Oh what the hell, let's get one more contrarian pick in here: Oakland wins.

    And that's all I have.
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  20. The Heretic added a topic in Play   

    2016 NFL Week 3 Picks
    2016 NFL Week 3 Picks
     
    After two weeks, it seems that the preseason favorites like the Seahawks, Packers, and the Cardinals are not as good as we thought, and the class of the NFL mostly reside in the AFC (Broncos, Patriots, Steelers).
     
    Going 13-3 last week means I have nowhere else to go but down, right? Then again, we know nothing, especially when it comes to the NFL. Tyche, the goddess of Luck is at her most powerful when we are at our most confident.
     
    Thursday Game of the Week
     
    Houston Texans @ New England Patriots (+2.5)
    The Patriots are now down to their third string QB, Brisett, but will that even slow them down? Even up against a terrific defense in the Texans, led by the incomparable Watt and company? QB Osweiler remains unproven, and the Pats will confuse him to no end. He does not have the vision for accurate passing required to beat the Pats’ schemes. While the Patriots are underdogs at home for the first time in near forever, but they manage to win 9 of 12 of those games under coach Belichick.
    New England by 4
     
    Game of the Week
     
    Denver Broncos @ Cincinnati Bengals (-3)
    The Bengals finally return home, but they’re now facing the defending Super Bowl champs, and their world-class defense with that topnotch blitz package. Hopefully the Bengals’ own defense will terrorize QB Siemian and control the game.
    Cincinnati by 1
     
    Tame of the Week
     
    Arizona Cardinals @ Buffalo Bills (+5)
    Although the Cardinals had a long flight, they are facing a weakened Bills team with shitty defense and uncertainty on offense after firing their OC. All the extra days will not change anything in their favor. The Cardinals seemed to rediscover their mojo last week, and should keep on steamrolling the rest of the way by going long early and often.
    Arizona by 9
     
    Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee Titans (-1.5)
    The Raiders aren’t meeting expectations – their defense is incapable of stopping anyone. I expect the Titans to run the ball down their soft pliable middle and control the game with clutch throws from QB Mariota who can both run and pass well.
    Tennessee by 6
     
    Baltimore Ravens @ Jacksonville Jaguars (even)
    After falling flat on their faces last week in San Diego, the Jaguars need to redeem themselves, rediscover their offensive form from last year. While the Ravens are 2-0, they haven’t really beaten anybody good so far. They had so much trouble covering WR Robinson last year. But in a tight game, go with QB Flacco to WR Wallace deep.
    Baltimore by 3
     
    Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers (-7)
    Yes, everybody knows the Packers have fallen short of expectations, and QB Rodgers doesn’t look like his terrifying self, having fallen below 100 in passer rating for the last 14 games. It looks like WR Driver, Jennings, and Nelson no longer can win in isolation and get separation. But they’re finally home and should force the Lions into a high scoring shootout. It will be Last Man Standing.
    Green Bay by 3
     
    Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers (-7)
    No rest for the wicked. After surviving a tough NFC North tilt with the Packers, the Vikings have to face the class of the NFC in the Panthers without their lead back Peterson, out with a knee injury. The key matchup is the Panthers’ offense versus the Vikings’ defense. QB Newton has to step up and succeed where QB Rodgers failed, and force the Vikings’ ultra aggressive defense to play contain. They won’t.
    Carolina by 4
     
    Washington Ethnic Slurs @ New York Giants (-4.5)
    The Giants have the perfect opportunity to seize control of the NFC East, and bury the Ethnic Slurs six foot deep. QB Cousins hasn’t looked like his 2015 self at all this year, and the rebuilt Giants’ defense will not give him a chance. Their corners are deep and savvy enough to neutralize the Slurs’ receiving corps. Moreover, will the Slurs even let their high priced cornerback Norman cover WR Beckham?
    New York by 4
     
    Los Angeles Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-5)
    The Rams have yet to score a touchdown, and this will be 3000 miles flight for a morning game. The Buccaneers will be playing in front of their fans for the first time this year. The score will be close, cuz the Rams have a stubborn defense, but the Buccaneers will pull it off. QB Winston is still angry over that Delhomme he pulled last week, and the Rams do not have the required secondary to slow him down.
    Tampa Bay by 4
     
     
    San Francisco Forty Whiners @ Seattle Seahawks (-9.5)
    The Seahawks have only one touchdown in two games cuz they can neither pass-block nor run block. But the Whiners have the immortal Gabbert at QB and the Hawks are at home, at the Century Link where they become a different monster. Even with a one-legged QB Wilson.
    Seattle by 3
     
    New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs (-3)
    Both teams are similar that they have tough as nails defenses, powerful offensive lines, and QBs that don’t turn the ball over. But the Jets aren’t as good on the road, and it’s always tough to match the Chiefs’ energy at Arrowhead.
    Kansas City by 1
     
     
    San Diego Chargers @ Indianapolis Colts (-3)
    The Colts are still in hibernation, whereas the Chargers picked themselves up last week and destroyed the Jaguars. I expect a shootout, but the Colts are incapable of rushing the QB, or field enough healthy defensive backs, allowing QB Rivers time to decimate their secondary. QB Luck will have to come back against three excellent Chargers cornerbacks: Flowers, Verrett, and Hayward.
    San Diego by 3
     
     
    Pittsburgh Steelers @ Philadelphia Eagles (+6.5)
    The Eagles have surpassed all expectations in the first two games – thanks to rookie QB Wentz, and a stubborn defense. But they’re facing a powerful offense in the Steelers, who are fond of disguising their blitz, and that’s a death sentence for rookie quarterbacks. Moreover, there’s nobody on the Eagles that can cover WR Brown in the slightest.
    Pittsburgh by 4
     
     
    Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys (-5)
    The Bears looked godawful, no thanks to injuries – DT Goldman, QB Cutler, LB Trevathan, etc. The Cowboys OTOH have withstood their own injury problems nicely thanks to QB Prescott. They will force-feed RB Elliott & Morris the ball all game long, then shock the Bears with play-action passing to WR Bryant.
    Dallas by 7
     
    Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints (+3)
    Every divisional tilt is exciting, and even more so when one of them has their backs to the wall. In a high scoring shootout, I expect QB Brees to beat QB Ryan any day of the week and twice on Mondays. Too bad the Falcons have the best 53 players in this matchup.
    Atlanta by 6
     
     
     
    Shame of the Week
     
    Cleveland Browns @ Miami Dolphins (-10)
    Like the Patriots, the Browns are now down to their third string QB in Kessler. Unlike the Patriots, the Browns are a godawful team, and with a shitty QB in Kessler, they have no chance against the Dolphins’ stout defense in their home opener. QB Tannehill has enough weapons at hand to blow this game wide open.
    Miami by 9
     
     
    Last Week: 13-3
    Season to Date: 24-8
     
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  21. Michael S. Pearl added a post in a topic 2016 NFL Week 2 Picks   

    Fleener is going to be another Saints free agent bust. He's simply not athletic enough. Coleman is also a waste at fourth WR, but he's an undrafted free agent; so, they don't pay him the big bucks.
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  22. Michael S. Pearl added a post in a topic 2016 NFL Week 2 Picks   

    Since I noted my concern about the Saints o-line last week, let me start off my better-than-expert, my experter-than-expert remarks by stating that, barring injuries (of course), this o-line should be just fine. Where were Mack and Irvin last week? Huh? Sure, Irvin had the Raiders' one sack, but that sack was on Brees, not the o-line. And as far as the Giants' allegedly improved defense goes, I wouldn't so facilely try extrapolating from success against the extremely limited capabilities of the Dallas WRs to high expectations against the Saints' Cooks-Snead-Thomas triumvirate. Of course, that extrapolation also involves going from Dak to Drew. Nah. Then again, having Fleener at TE is, so far, as good as not having a TE and not playing an additional WR in place of the TE; in other words, it's like playing offense with 10 rather than 11 players. That could be a problem. Maybe not this week. But sometime. All that being said, the issue, as always, is the Saints defense. Delvin Breaux done broked a leg in the Oakland game. So, the Saints had to play the fourth quarter with three - count them three - CBs who had never before played in an NFL game. Even so, they might have been at least close to adequate (who knows?) if the Saints ever managed to put pressure on the opposing QB, but that ain't the Saints way. Sterling Moore will suite up to give (on paper) some bit of experience (good or bad is the question) to the CB corps, but can that really help much -- especially when there is no pass rush? Oh, and when Jairus Byrd is your FS. So, yeah, you right. New York wins.
    Ah, finding picks where you are wrong is difficult this week. But, as is my custom, I'll give it a go.
    Wait! What?!?!?! Anger ain't enough; therefore, Seattle wins, no matter how poorly their offense plays. I guess. Because that is one sorry offense even though Wilson is one hell of a QB.
    Nah. Jacksonville wins despite the fact that (or is it because? -- whichever) they are not as good as so many think they are (or would like them to be).
    Other notes:
    My reservations about Houston, at this point, rest entirely with Osweiler, Houston should have scored more last week. Fuller looks like he'll be a lot like Ted Ginn - as in he can get behind anyone and you have to expect him to drop a good number of passes. At least I think we can expect Houston to keep going to Fuller more than Carolina seems to want to remember Ginn. Will Carolina start to remind themselves to remember Ginn's skill set? Finally, if Houston's relative lack of scoring was the result of the Bears defense more than failings on the part of the Texans, then I expect Chicago to be in good shape against Philadelphia.
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  23. The Heretic added a topic in Play   

    2016 NFL Week 2 Picks
    After going 11-5 last week, I feel good about 2016. Week 1 is usually the hardest week to predict, because we are still stuck with the results of the previous year, and incapable of deciphering the preseason. Onto Week 2!
     
    Thursday Game of the Week
    New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills (even)
    The Jets might have the best defense in the league, at this point – stocked with pass rushers in Williams, Wilkerson, and Richardson. QB Taylor won’t have the time to even scramble – OL Glenn is injured, WR Watkins is banged up, and the backups Kouandjio & Mills won’t make a difference.
    New York by 3
     
    Game(s) of the Week
    Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers (-6.5)
    Both teams are out for revenge – believe it or not. This will be a classic slobberknocker – both defenses looked good last week, and both quarterbacks had no problem with the long ball, blessed with talented receivers. The Steelers have an edge with their OL, and they may attack Geno Atkins, the Bengals’ swamp monster.
    Pittsburgh by 3
     
    Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings (+2.5)
    The Packers’ defense is quite good – thanks to a talented secondary with Randall and Rollins – and may be the best unit since 2010. If QB Rodgers gets a lead, that defensive backfield will become even more effective. Expect nothing from QB Hill.
    Green Bay by 3
     
     
    Tame of the Week
    New Orleans Saints @ New York Giants (-4.5)
    After a scintillating shootout last year, this time it should be different because the Giants have improved their run and pass defense. Vernon & JPP & company shoved around the mighty Cowboys’ offensive line last week. Moreover, the Saints miss Rankins – they gave up a 75 yard TD run in the fourth quarter last week. Expect the Giants to pull guards, run zone and establish the trench early.
    New York by 5
     
    Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots (-6.5)
    What a tough start for the Dolphins. After a 2 point loss in Seattle, they have to face a team that’s dominated them for the last decade or so. The Patriots are thoroughly competent on defense, and Coach Belichick will line up Sheard, Collins, & Hightower over the Dolphins’ weak right side all game long.
    New England by 4
     
    Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Racial Taunts (-3.5)
    The Cowboys will exploit the Taunts’ run defense by force-feeding RB Elliott 25 times or more. The Taunts will try to spread out the Cowboys with 3 or 4 wide sets and exploit the most favorable matchup – which is almost a given because Cowboys’ DC Marinelli likes a single high safety too much. But since the Taunt failed to apply pressure on the Steelers whatsoever, I expect QB Prescott to have all the time he needs to wait for WR Bryant to get open.
    Dallas by 3
     
    San Francisco Forty-Whiners @ Carolina Panthers (-13.5)
    Expect a physical donnybrook type of a game. The Panthers should try to manipulate ends Buckner and Armstead with misdirection and brute power. When the Forty Whiners stack the box with safeties, the Panthers will throw over them to Olsen and Benjamin. Nobody should expect QB Gabbert to keep up with big plays of his own.
    Carolina by 10
     
    Tennessee Titans @ Detroit Lions (-5.5)
    The Lions’ defense has to switch from a high powered passing offense last week to a physical smashmouth offense this week in the Titans. Luckily they have enough at hand: Ngata, Ansah, and Hyder, who should neutralize a ground & pound offense. Leaving QB Stafford to exploit that shitty Titans’ secondary.
    Detroit by 6
     
    Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns (+6.5)
    The Browns are recycling quarterbacks, while the Ravens are reviving their legendary defense. Backup QB McCown has the arm, but nobody to throw the ball to – the Browns’ receivers can’t get open. They need more than that against the Ravens, who will stop the gaps with gigantic DTs. QB Flacco can either gun it or hand it off to RB Stanley. But take the under – the Ravens are weaker on the road.
    Baltimore by 3
     
    Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Texans (-1.5)
    The Texans are still spitting mad about the last two losses to the Chiefs – one was in the playoffs and the other was a lopsided beating. The Texans’ defense will be at least tougher than the Chargers’ last week. They couldn’t stop the pass, but the Texans love it if opponents test their pass defense. Watt, Clowney, Simon, and Mercilus are ready.
    Houston by 3
     
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals (-6.5)
    The preseason Super Bowl favorite is on the verge of falling into a 0-2 hole. The Buccaneers are solid, led by the powerful QB Winston and talented WR corps, but the Cardinals should be even more fired up after last Sunday night’s near-miss. They should probe the Bucs’ offensive line for any weaknesses. Moreover, despite the fact that the Patriots’ defense is topnotch, QB Palmer had a clean pocket most of the time. I expect him to finish the deal this week.
    Arizona by 3
     
    Seattle Seahawks @ Los Angeles Rams (+3.5)
    The NFL is back in LA after 22 years, but it’s still as shitty as ever. And now they’re facing the Legion of Boom? However, the Rams are angry after that embarrassing loss last Monday. Moreover, QB Wilson is hobbled by a bad ankle, and he’s facing DE Donald?
    Los Angeles by 3
     
    Atlanta Falcons @ Oakland Raiders (-5.5)
    This game depends on which defense can make stops. The Raiders had trouble with QB Brees, like almost everyone else, but they have the talent to bounce back, and unleash the rabid beast in DE Mack. The Falcons will stick to their cover-three and try to stop WR Cooper from big plays. But the Raiders have alternatives in WR Crabtree, Walford, or RB Washington.
    Oakland by 3
     
    Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos (-5.5)
    The Colts’ WR are solid, but they won’t be given a chance against the best secondary in the league. Moreover, the Colts’ OL is shitty, and here comes Von Miller! QB Luck will not have much time to make his reads, and he doesn’t have a RB to fall back on. The Broncos have a solid running game, so expect them to use it early and often against that mediocre Colts defense.
    Denver by 6
     
    Shame(s) of the Week
    Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego Chargers (-2.5)
    The Chargers have solid corners capable of handling the Jaguars’ WRs.
    They are proficient against fades and back shoulder throws, exactly what QB Bortles excels at. QB Rivers is familiar with the Jags’ defense – he sees it twice a year in Oakland’s defense.
    San Diego by 1
     
    Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears (-2.5)
    After a nice debut last week, can we expect more of the same from rookie QB Wentz in Chicago? At least Wentz has the easier job facing the Bears than QB Cutler has in facing the Eagles, and that ferocious front four.
    Philadelphia by 3
     
    Last Week: 11-5
    Season to Date: 11-5
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  24. Michael S. Pearl added a post in a topic 2016 NFL Week 1 Picks   

    Raiders overrated. Saints still suck. And that's all I have to say about that.
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  25. Michael S. Pearl added a post in a topic 2016 NFL Week 1 Picks   

    The Saints' o-line was horrendous in the pre-season. Armstead has been hurt; he is probably still hurt. Andrus Peat is on the verge of being a bust; we'll see if he is adequate at LG instead of LT, RG, and RT. Jahri Evans has just been re-signed;he certainly knows the playbook, butis he ready to step in at RG in place of Lelito or Kelemente this week? Also, the Saints have three CBs who have absolutely no NFL experience. The LBs are much improved; the d-line probably is as well - even with Rankins on IR. Still, all this leaves me in the position of expecting something from the Saints ONLY after they show a lot more than they showed in pre-season. OAKLAND wins.
    So, this game was already played, I am posting my original position: "I'm going to make believe that Ted Ginn has finally learned how to catch the ball. Because, were he ever to become almost reliably pass-catching capable, then Carolina could spread the field on anyone. So, making believe, Carolina wins."
    Now that the game is over, instead of talking about how many times Cam Newton got hit in the head without penalties being called, I'll simply note that Carolina needs to have a downfield threat to succeed. Odds are that they will develop that capability as the season progresses. Of course, I'm never in the least bit upset when Carolina loses -- or when the Falcons lose or when the Bucs lose.
    I've been a Dak fan for the last 2 years, and it's reasonable to expect the Dallas o-line to be able to make this a run-heavy offense, and it is rare that a team spends so much on new players and those players gel well. Still, I'll say that New York wins this one simply because it's too early for Dak. But, then, there is the Spags factor. Hmmm. Nah. I'll stick with my pick.
    "Indianapolis wins" is the first purely contrarian pick of the year.
    Tennessee has to have someone playing WR! Right? I haven't paid enough attention to know who that would be. I know it's not DGB. But, so what. The Vikings QB situation is too unsettled - not that Hill's career stats are bad or anything; then again, they might play Bradford, and that's enough of a reason to say: Tennessee wins.
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