by Gerald Udowiczenko
Well its only 20 odd days to Christmas and I've started my Christmas
shopping already, though but the time you read this, there will be a lot less
shopping days left. Though this year I will be cheating, as I will bring a
lot of presents back with me from Australia. Anyone want anything?
Well now that I've depressed you all, by talking about events a good
three weeks off, I'm going to do so again. Superbowl XXXVI (I think?).
So does anyone know who is going to be showing the game live? I assume Sky
have it exclusively, though maybe C5 will show it? If Sky are the only ones
showing it, does anyone know if it will only be on Sky Sports Extra and hence,
a lot of people will be unable to watch it in the comfort of there own home?
Or have they put it onto SS1?
As to last weeks Crystal Ball, I really let the side down by getting three
wrong, while Richard was perfect and Graham and SPLATT only got one wrong.
As always thanks to those who sent something in. This week my thanks go to
Graham & Tim for their contributions. Cheers guys.
SR (8-3, W3)
@ BB (10-1, L1)
Last time : wk 12, 2002 (28 - 25)
Gerald : Should be a great game and especially
after the Bills lost their unbeaten record, they could be looking to make
someone pay. I think that the Bills will just edge it, but only just. Bills
Graham : The continuation of a long rivalry. Looking
forward to it, but the odds are stacked against us.
NE (4-7, L1)
@ SF (8-3, W4)
Last time : wk 6, 2001 (8 - 20)
Gerald : No comment.
Graham : I could really do with a Pats win but
who knows what they're going to do these days. The Niners aren't likely to
beat themselves. SF 3.
NS (2-9, W1)
@ MD (7-4, W1)
Last time : wk 6, 2001 (11 - 21)
Gerald : Troy will probably still be tweaking the
gameplan, though how much tweaking the offence needs after last weeks display
is debateable. The Fish are looking good for a wildcard and also have a good
'O', a lot of points here I feel. Fish by 3.
Graham : Could be an offensive shootout. Fish need
it more and Troy might still be experimenting. MD 6.
NY (7-4, W1)
@ AF (6-5, W1)
Last time : wk 12, 2001 (24 - 17)
Gerald : Well just as Graham's Rams need me to
will, I need the Falcs to do me a favour here if our playoffs dreams are to
be kept alive. Both teams need the win, but more so the Falcs. If the Jets
of last week turn up then it could be a long hard day for the Men in Black,
thought they should just pull though. Falcs by 1.
Graham : A crucial game for both teams as the playoff
race hots up. I'll just plump for the Jets, but it could be very close. NJ
WR (9-2, W6)
@ CL (10-1, W5)
Last time : wk 6, 2001 (16 - 13)
Gerald : This will be a great game, the Skins have
the 'D' to slow down the Browns, but it's their 'O' that will either win it
or lose it for Paul. If the Skins can produce offensive yardage and thus points,
then they should sneak a win. But I just don't think they'll be able to pull
it off. Browns by 2.
Graham : Don't think I've predicted the Browns
to lose yet this season and I'm not about to start now. Skins D will need
to be at its best if they're to pull it off. CL 10.
TT (3-8, W1)
@ PE (8-3, L1)
Last time : N/A.
Gerald : After last weeks defeat the Eagles will
want to bounce back with a vengeance and I feel the Titans will suffer. Eagles
Graham : Since Mark arrived the Titans look a much
tougher proposition. But the Eagles are at home and they have a lot more at
stake. PE 7.
DC (3-8, L4)
@ PS (6-5, L1)
Last time : wk 12, 2002 (11 - 35)
Gerald : The Steelers are hot on the heels of the
AFC East for a wildcard, but did suffer a setback last week. Though the Boyz
are better than their record suggests, I don't think they'll be able to win
on the Road. Steelers by 10.
Graham : Steelers still gunning for an AFC wildcard
berth and they should stay on course here. PS 10.
CI (3-8, W1)
@ AC (0-11, L24)
Last time : N/A.
Gerald : Well they've got to win sometime don't
they? I don't think so, possibly the first 0-16 season in AB history? Bengals
Graham : First Law of successful predicting - don't
back the Cards. Even when they play quite well (like last week) they still
seem to lose. CI 7.
CB (4-7, L4)
@ DB (9-2, W5)
Last time : wk 12, 2001 (3 - 10)
Gerald : A great offensive display last week form
the Broncos will have deeply worried the Bears. Though they are better then
their record, as always the Broncos are one of the top teams in the AFC. Broncos
Graham : Bears struggling to build on last year's
success and they won't get any gists from the Broncos. DB 13.
SS (1-10, L7)
@ MV (11-0, W13)
Last time : wk 12, 1996 (22 - 10)
Gerald : Can't see them losing their unbeaten record
this week, against a Seahawks team that seems to have given up on the season.
Will probaly be a high score, though not as high as the Eagles Titans game.
Vikes by 21.
Graham : Mismatch of the week. Watch only from
behind the sofa. MV 27.
DL (2-9, L2)
@ KC (4-7, L1)
Last time : wk 12, 2002 (9 - 20)
Gerald : Both teams are better than there records,
more so the Lions, who just need to find an O. If you took the best out of
each team (Chiefs - Offence, Lions - Defence) you'd have one unstoppable team.
But alias you can't, or maybe that should be fortunately? Chiefs by 3.
Graham : How are you supposed to make predictions
for the Chiefs???? Suppose they're due to be good this week. KC 3.
OR (3-8, L5)
@ TB (4-7, L1)
Last time : wk 12, 2002 (0 - 25)
Gerald : Tough one to call, so I'll go with the
AFC. Raiders by 3.
Graham : Buccs are a team on the rise, while Raiders
have faded after early season promise. TB 6.
by Graham Canwell (Week 11)
||Nicely balanced and almost flawless. Dolphins were
damned fine too but given how their D performed (see below) they did have
the advantage of being on the field pretty much all day.
||Even given the Chiefs erratic tendencies of recent
years this was one of their more dramatic turnarounds - from unstoppable
to unmentionable. Full marks to the Miami unit that stopped them stone
||Ended the AFC's last 100% record in devastating
fashion to take over possession of the conference's best record.
A real statement from the World Champions.
||A new coach heralds the return of explosive football
to New Orleans. Good to see (until week 14 when I'm sure I'll
be less impressed). Vikes, it almost goes without saying, were terrific
||Not against one of the league's greatest offences
(not that there are many of those in the NFC anyway) but the best performance
of the week.
||However classy the opposition you stick in front of
him Tim keeps producing the goods. Jon was the victim this week, but you
can bet he won't be the last . . .
||No obvious candidate stood out. I was determined to
dish out a Diddley however and plumped (after much deliberation) for the
Falcons, who lost both the yardage and turnover battles to the winless
Cards but still came out on top. Paul isn't on my remaining schedule
either, which helped!!
Gerald to SPLATT : I hate you I hate you I hate
Gerald to Graham : Bit of a typo on the Rammys
(Diddley), but I was able to rectify it. As I'm sure Richard didn't really
deserve it for losing his unbeaten record. Or perhaps that what you meant?
Gerald to Richard : Commiserations on losing
the unbeaten record. I was hoping to be the one to do that to you come week
16. Oh well, with a little luck I may still need to do that?
Gerald to Julian : Well done on breaking that
unbeaten record. Looked like an explosive 4th quarter?
Gerald to Jon : Commiserations. Better luck when
you two next meet?
Gerald to Paul Meskill : Well done, even though
it was only the Cards. With a bit of luck you could get to the play-offs?
Gerald to Tim : Yeah I am looking forward to
sun at Christmas. But I fear then when I get back, January and February will
be bloody cold and not just because I've come from 30ÉC plus temperatures.
I think we are going to have a harsh winter next year.
Gerald to AFC : Come on guys lets do them!
Gerald to SPLATT : I hate you I hate you I hate
Graham to Gerald : I guess I need a favour from
you this week!!!
Graham to Troy : A belated welcome to the Wild
West. Look forward to many a thrilling duel. I suspect you've picked a good
time to enter the fray, as we're a team that's likely to be on the slide next
Graham to Richard : Great to be going up against
you again. Hope its not the last time for a while. A season without a game
against you would be like not meeting Jon in the playoffs. Not quite right.
Tim Whitfield to Richard : You can bet that I
will be rooting for you in the AFC Championship Game this season
Tim Whitfield to Julian : That was awesome, particularly
Tim Whitfield to Jon : Close for a long while
but not close enough. Can you come from behind for the Division now?
Tim Whitfield to Bruce : How do you always play
so well against me? You get 20 hurries against Graham and he still manages
3 passing TDs.
Tim Whitfield to Graham : My remaining five games
are against teams with a collective record for the season of 12-43 and I know
that you are looking for any opportunity to hand me a Diddley. Well I don't
care. 16-0 means nothing the only game in town is Super Bowl.
Tim Whitfield to Anyone : Please, please take
over the Cardinals - they are so awful I cannot bear seeing their pathetic
result each week.
Tim Whitfield to Gerald : You don't have to go
all the way to Australia to get out of doing the newsletter you know. Although,
on the other hand, it may have other compensations.
||Single, but living with Melanie (and three cats - though
not in the biblical sense!!!!!).
||Just outside Norwich (a wonderful place to live - which
is just as well because from here it takes forever to get anywhere else
in the country!)
|Fav NFL Teams
||I'll watch most things if I'm at a loose end.
Mainly football (I've been a season ticket at Norwich City for years
and years and years . . .), but also baseball (go Mariners!) and cricket.
No time for such boring non-events as snooker, formula 1, horseracing
and basketball (a pet hate - for scoring points to be an exciting event
it should at least look vaguely like an achievement, which does not apply
to 7-foot tall giants dunking a ball repetitively into a net every 30
Usually things which are dark and moody (Radiohead, Depeche Mode) or
atmospheric (obscure ambient electronica like Biosphere, Neural Network,
Synaesthesia). Also (possibly rather bizarrely) Bruce Springsteen.
Travel. In the last five years I've been lucky enough to visit
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Morocco, Peru (the trip on which I met Melanie),
Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Turkey, India, Namibia and Egypt. Haven't
been away for a couple of years (apart from a weekend in Paris) since
we bought the new house but am looking forward to jetting off again
(to Senegal and The Gambia) at Christmas.
Currently studying for a degree in Geography & Politics with the
Open University. Got a fair way to go, mind you . . . . Comedy wise,
I love "The Simpsons", "Malcolm in the Middle" and
"The Fast Show".
Been playing Gameplan since January 1990 (still coaching that original
team in AC). Been coaching these AB Rams since late 1995 or 96 (can't
remember exactly - seems a long time ago).
Mobile phones (a curse on soiciety!!), Sky TV's "home-made"
programs (the "Uncovered" series, "Prickly Heat",
"The Villa", "Single Girls" etc. etc.), the Denver
Broncos and Oakland Raiders, people with no sense of humour, Terry Venables,
those Standard Life adverts with the talking babies. Oh yes, and (now
I'm starting to sound like Mr. Angry) anywhere abroad where it
is physically possible to buy steak and kidney pudding and drink at
a pub called something like "The Mucky Duck".
Now although I suspect I sound like a ranting maniac sometimes I am
generally fairly placid and easy-going (probably a fatalistic streak
brought on by all those depressing games at Carrow Road and by being
a Seahawks fan!)
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.
More on that when I know.
Don't forget to visit the following sites :
(though I believe that this address may be changing soon, as Yahoo Clubs
is joining Yahoo Groups)
Don't forget we need an Editor for the start of next year while I'm
away. My last issue will be 19.12.01, which is one issue away, which is the
week 13 results.
So someone will need to do the newsletter for,
- Week 14, between Christmas and the New Year, with a deadline of the 2nd
- Week 15, with a deadline of 16th January 2002.
- Week 16, with a deadline of the 30th January 2002.
Yes I've decided I may as well have a break in January and let someone
else work around the Superbowl, though I'm not sure yet where I'm
going to watch it?
As always send anything and everything to the usually address.