by Gerald Udowiczenko
Well no sooner have I got a new PC (which I have hardly used so far), then
the old (serial) mouse, dies on me. I was about halfway though transferring
data from one PC to the other and I have no spare mouse. Looks like another
expense I wasn't expecting. Damn!
But that shouldn't stop me doing the newsletter on the new PC, so that's
no problem? Or so I thought. Now the Monitor has given up the ghost. So as
I type this up (at work) I'm hoping I can sort something out by the weekend?
If not the whole newsletter will have to be done at work, which as I put the
finishing touches to the newsletter was the case.
Well no real surprises last week, other then me surprising the Tipsters and
getting a Gameplan in on time and just how close the Lions kept it against
the unbeaten Vikes. Those 3 interceptions looked exceptionally costly, for
The Pub Meet went ahead on the Saturday, but unfortunately I was unable to
make it. Which in the end was probably a good thing? As if I had made it,
I wouldn't have got there till about 7ish and probably wouldn't
have found anyone? As the Firkin pub was closed, for the weekend? Mad fools.
But with true adventuring sprit, or were they searching for sprit? I'm
not too sure, another pub was found not too far away.
As always thanks to those who sent something in. This weeks thanks goes go,
in no particular order, Graham, Brucey & Richard for their contributions.
BB (10-0, W10)
@ CL (9-1, W4)
Last time : wk 1, 2003 (35 - 18)
Gerald : Game of the week and a possible glimpse
of the Championship Game? The Browns have improved a lot since these two teams
last met. But I still think the Bills are the better team. Bills by 2.
Graham : Game of the Season so far. Homefield for
the playoffs possibly on the line. Could be the week the Bills meet their
match. CL 6.
Richard : Browns by lots.
SPLATT : Cleveland by 3.
NE (4-6, W1)
@ TT (2-8, L1)
Last time : wk 7, 2003 (17 - 3)
Gerald : No comment.
Graham : What will Drew do this week? Could be
a great game. More at stake for the Pats but the Titans look pretty useful.
Richard : Titans by 3
SPLATT : New England by 2.
MD (6-4, L1)
@ KC (4-6, W1)
Last time : wk 4, 2003 (30 - 20)
Gerald : The Chiefs seem to have found that offence
of last season and it's still not too late for them to mount a challenge for
a wildcard, though they will have to win all their remaining games. Tough
one to call, but I think the Chief can just do it, though this may go to overtime.
Chiefs by 3.
Graham : After being ambushed by the Pats D the
Fish now meet that juggernaut KC offence. Another potential thriller. KC 3.
Richard : Fish by 7
SPLATT : Miami by 2.
NY (6-4, L4)
@ OR (3-7, L4)
Last time : wk 3, 2003 (45 - 14)
Gerald : The Jets have gone from a good looking
unbeaten team in week 6, to poor wildcard chasing team in week 10. They seem
to have the (bad) knack of getting into steaks and not being able to break
them easily. This week however, the Raiders should provide easy opposition.
Jets by 10.
Graham : Time for the Jets (who were a trifle unlucky
last week) to get back on the winning trail. NJ 10.
Richard : Jets by 3
SPLATT : New York by 11.
PS (6-4, W5)
@ DB (8-2, W4)
Last time : wk 7, 2003 (21 - 56)
Gerald : Mark has turned this team around since
taking over. But this will probably be his biggest test (so far) and an important
one, as the Steelers are well positioned for a wildcard. But the Broncos 'D'
looks just that little bit too good at present. Broncos by 6.
: Denver's D is in great form, and it will have to be again. Close, but
those Broncos usually find a way to win. DB 3.
Richard : Broncos by 7
SPLATT : Denver by 8.
CI (2-8, L4)
@ SS (1-9, L6)
Last time : wk 7, 2003 (10 - 31)
Gerald : Normally I would go for the Hawks, but
as of late them just haven't been able to do anything on either side of the
ball and I see little changing here. Bengals by 10.
Graham : Two teams having disappointing seasons.
After pushing the Browns all the way last week the Bengals look in slightly
better form. CI 7.
Richard : Seahawks by 3
SPLATT : Seattle by 7.
WR (8-2, W5)
@ CB (4-6, L3)
Last time : wk 1, 2003 (38 - 13)
Gerald : The Skins look quite unstoppable at present.
But if anyone can stop them, then the Bears have a mighty good chance. Even
with a grudge to settle (as the Bears beat them post season), I don't thing
it will be as wide open as their last regular season game. But probably the
same result. Skins by 3.
Graham : Bears were the most recent team to inflict
the traditional playoff trauma on the Skins, so revenge could be in the air.
Richard : Skins by 4
SPLATT : Washington by 5.
PE (8-2, W1)
@ MV (10-0, W12)
Last time : wk 3, 2003 (17 - 13)
Gerald : Two great games this week (the other being
the Bills Browns game), with unbeaten records on the line. Both teams are
good, but the Vikes have been lucky on a number of occasions and I think this
week that luck will run out. Eagles by 7.
Graham : NFC Game of the Week. Eagles D might put
a bit of pressure on that Viking D but not sure the Philly offence will be
up to the job. MV 7.
Richard : Viking by 7
SPLATT : Minnesota by 8.
DC (3-7, L3)
@ NS (1-9, L7)
Last time : wk 11, 2003 (14 - 20)
Gerald : The Saints are better then their record
shows and now with a new coach, will probably mean a new direction? They could
cause a few upsets in the weeks to come. Saints by 10.
Graham : Saints are probably better than their
record and now they have a new coach. NS 10.
Richard : Saints by 10
SPLATT : New Orleans by 4.
AC (0-10, L23)
@ AF (5-5, L1)
Last time : wk 11, 2003 (3 - 14)
Gerald : Now I know I've tipped the Cards to break
their duck a number of times this season. But this week isn't one of those
times. The Falcs are a good team and are looking good for at least a wildcard
and maybe more (depends on what the other do, or don't do). I can't see them
blowing it. Falcons by 21.
Graham : Cards don't really look like beating anyone,
and they won't beat the Falcons. AF 14.
Richard : Falcons by 7
SPLATT : Atlanta by 9.
DL (2-8, L1)
@ SR (7-3, W2)
Last time : wk 3, 2003 (6 - 24)
Gerald : They came close last week to upsetting the form book and their 'D'
seem to have awaken, but the Rams and especially coach Graham will be just
too strong. Though it will probably be another close game. Rams by 6.
Graham : Bruce has given me problems before now and his team are in good form. We'll
need to be as professional as we were last week.
Richard : Rams by 3
: St Louis by 15.
TB (4-6, W1)
@ SF (7-3, W3)
Last time : wk 4, 2003 (17 - 34)
Gerald : Tough one to call as both teams are good. But on current form the
49ers have got to be favourites. But they (49ers) have shown in the past that
they can fall apart towards the end of the season, but I don't think we're
that close to it yet. 49ers by 4.
Graham : Given the nastiness of my closing schedule
I could really do with a Buccs win here, but the Niners don't look in the
mood to throw this season away like last year. SF 6.
Richard : 49ers
SPLATT : San Francisco by 2
by Graham Canwell (Week 10)
||The Chiefs don't have to share the award this
week after racking up some more amazing numbers (admittedly against the
Seahawks). Surprisingly little offence in the AFC this week (compared
to usual anyway) but the Pats deserve a mention after Drew was let loose
(at last) on the Fish.
||Got to grips very quickly with a very useful Dolphin
offence. This was the Pats defence we remember from last year . . . and
which has so rarely turned up this campaign.
||Actually got his Gameplan in this week, which usually
helps - especially when (like this week) it's a good one. Best
of the Rest this week are messrs. Dixon and Ogg.
||Not the Vikes for once, thanks to Bruce's beefy
Lions D, but the award remains in the Central as Dave's Buccs had
a very good day against the Bears. Minnesota were still pretty damned
fine, of course, as were the Niners. We were too, thank God.
||OK, it was against the Cards - but it was still
pretty awesome. My Rams were MUCH improved on week 10. Eagles and Cowboys
both stifled each others offences. So quite a few NFC contenders as usual
. . .
||D Jones (TB)
||Has got the Buccs in much better shape than last year.
But will another draft push him within touching distance of the Vikings?
Bruce deserves a mention for pushing Minnesota so close. He's one
of the league's best post-week 8 coaches and one of the worst pre-week
8. Answers on a postcard. Bruce?
||I'm feeling in a mean mood so Buffalo's
4th quarter comeback against the Jets sneaks them a rather harsh Diddley.
Just to annoy Richard before he plays me in week 12. Probably rather unwise
. . .
Gerald to Troy : Welcome back to the fold. You
just missed out on coaching the Steelers by four weeks. You can have a quiet
word with Mark Dixon if you want? Any idea who else is uncoached?
Gerald to Mark D : You're looking like you've
got a shoot at a wildcard this year. Damn, just wish I'd beaten you it would
have made things so much easier.
Gerald to Terry, Stuart & Mark D : Watch
out watch out the Pats are about! I'm hot on your heels for one of those wildcard
Gerald to Paul M : Unlucky. I was really hoping
you were going to win, as I think you could have easily filled up the newsletter
Gerald to Brucey : That looked a very close game,
you seemed to almost have him. I'd say Tim was unlucky not to get the Diddley.
But that's just my opinion. Though being the editor I could always change
Gerald to SPLATT : Nooooo!!. After doing a sterling
job last week tipping us to lose, you've now tipped us to win. Don't you understand
English, tip us to lose. You are the Kiss of Death.
Gerald to All : Wot nothing to say?
Gerald to Brucey : I always assumed that you
lived in Scotland. Didn't realise that you travelled up from Brum to catch
the Claymores games. I think when the Bollocks, sorry Monarchs were still
around I missed one home game in London and the odd one when they started
moving around the Country, but I think they only did that for one season and
then they folded, or were they kicked out? I never did hear what the official
||Elgin, Scotland :o)
||Analyst Programmer (yep, I get paid to play with computers!).
|Teams in Gameplan
||Only the Lions these days, though, in AB, I previously
coached the Bears for a couple of seasons. Spent a few seasons in AK with
the Eagles too. I ain't very good, but it's the thought that counts !!
(and these days, I'm at least putting a little more thought into it!!!).
|Fav Football teams
||In the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles. Think I'm still living
in the late 80's early 90's with Randall and that wonderful defence. *sigh*.
And, of course, there's the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe. Missed two
home games in their first season, but been to every one since. Also made
it to Worldbowl 2000 in Frankfurt where they lost by a missed field goal
at the end. Go Claymores !
Sporty stuff : American Football (funny, that) in many
shapes and forms, computer games, Statis Pro, books, history, the telly,
and of course my Claymores Season Ticket!! Also a big fan of F1, and
most other motorsports. Actually, if there's sport on the telly, I'll
probably watch it.
Internet : spend far too much time building web-related
things and generally having no life. Most of my time goes into development
of the AB website (surprised ? nah, didn't think so).
Computers : You'd think spending all day sitting at one
at work, I'd be fed up by the time I got home? Shucks, I cannae keep
away !! Includes lots of reading and stuff. Power is knowledge, after
Reading : Mainly Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, and
Star Wars novels. Just recently getting into real life things... huh?
oh, I mean Non-Fiction. I'm intrigued by the Napoleonic period. Oh,
and I also have a rather large library of computer books.
PUB MEET V
As to when the next one will be I don't know, but I assume that there
will be one, sometime next year.
As to the venue, as it appears to be shut on the weekends, I don't know
if a new pub will be found, or if the Pub Meets will be kept to Fridays only?
More on that when I know.
But I gather that this new pub, which isn't too far away was better,
as you could hear yourself think? Perhaps one of those who went could write
a short report? Assuming that they've recovered enough of their memory?
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Before I sign off, an important message from your Editor, that me that is.
Just to let you know, I'll be in Oz for Christmas and the New Year,
which will mean that I will be unable to do a couple of issues of the newsletter.
Looking at the calendar, my last issue will be 19.12.01, which is two issues
away, which is the week 13 results.
So I will need someone to do the newsletter for week 14, between Christmas
and the New Year, with a deadline of the 2nd January 2002 and for week 15,
with a deadline of 16th January 2002.
I should be able to do the week 16 newsletter, deadline of the 30 the January
2002? But bearing in mind that that will be the Superbowl (Real Life) weekend
and my Birthday, I'm not sure yet. But I thought I would give volunteers
time to step forward.
So roll up, roll up, roll up for the chance to write babble and get your
name in print.
I'll stand well back as the stampede of coaches rush in to get the power
that is the newsletter.
As always send anything, even money (I'm not proud) to the usually address.