by Gerald Udowiczenko
As some of you may be aware, I got engaged last Monday, to Pam. We have
been going out for three years this Monday (today), so I thought it was about
time I made an honest woman of her.
Though no date has been set yet, we are looking at sometime in 2003. Though
Im sure there will be more developments after Pam has spoken to his
Sisters and found out when they are free to come over.
As pointed out by someone (they will remain nameless), this is the reason
for the Patriots current lack of form, as I have had a lot on my mind. Should
have spoken to Pam a couple of weeks earlier, to give me a shot at the Play-Offs?
But as long as the Real, Patriots make it, I dont really care. It is
a stupid game after all
Who care about that little brown envelope anyway
Boo hoo boo hoo sniff sniff.
Thanks as always to Graham & Brucey, for this weeks contributions.
BB (10-2, L2)
@ SS (1-11, L8)
Last time : wk 15, 2003 (23 - 7)
Gerald : No contest really. Even though theyíve
lost their last two games, the Hawks wonít put up much resistance. Bills by
Graham : Back into the groove for the Bills, who
really should wallop the Hawks. BB 17.
SPLATT : Buffalo by 11.
NE (4-8, L2)
@ DB (10-2, W6)
Last time : wk 9, 2003 (10 - 14)
Gerald : No comment. But maybe, just maybe?
Graham : Games up for the Pats, while for the Broncos
points difference is starting to look crucial in the quest for homefield.
SPLATT : Denver by 7.
MD (8-4, W2)
@ TT (3-9, L1)
Last time : wk 1, 2003 (20 - 38)
Gerald : The Fish are looking good for that first
wildcard spot and I canít see the Titans being able to do much to stop them.
Fish by 10.
Graham : Dolphins are looking a class act now after
that dodgy start. Titans looking to next year. MD 7.
SPLATT : Miami by 7.
NY (7-5, L1)
@ CL (10-2, L1)
Last time : wk 7, 2003 (20 - 23)
Gerald : Well the Jets do seem to have streaks
of at least a couple of games, so I canít see it been a good result for them.
Browns by 10.
Graham : Jets season has recently suffered almost
total meltdown. Still time to put it right, but not ideal opposition . . .
SPLATT : Cleveland by 10.
CI (4-8, W2)
@ KC (4-7-1, T1)
Last time : wk 1, 2003 (19 - 43)
Gerald : Tough call, the Chiefs donít seem to be
there at present and the Bengals have strung a couple of wins together. Bengals
Graham : Could be a shootout, although with KC
you never know. Bit of a coin-toss job! KC 1.
SPLATT : Cincinnati by 3.
PS (7-5, W1)
@ OR (3-9, L6)
Last time : wk 1, 2003 (27 - 20)
Gerald : The Steelers are in with a shout of the
last remaining wildcard in the AFC, but with the negative points spread, itís
going to be tough. Though not as tough as the Raiders this week, who will
be finding their feet. Steelers by 6.
Graham : Steelers looking to secure a wildcard
spot, while the Raiders new coach might be experimenting and looking to the
draft. PS 10.
SPLATT : Pittsburgh by 5.
WR (10-2, W7)
@ SF (9-3, W5)
Last time : wk 13, 2003 (38 - 12)
Gerald : Game of the week part one. Both teams
have a good run going and will both figure in the post season. The Skins have
the ëDí, but if the 49ers are as lucky as last week, then they should just
nick it. But Iím Bitter n Twisted. Skins by 28.
Graham : This could be real bone-crunching stuff.
Two teams that like to run against two strong defences. Iíll just tip the
Skins, but that might be wishful thinking . . . WR 3.
SPLATT : Washington by 4.
PE (9-3, W1)
@ SR (9-3, W4)
Last time : wk 13, 2003 (17 - 37)
Gerald : Game of the week part two. These two old
timers just love to play each other. But the Rams look the more vulnerable
this season having lost three game already. (god what a record Graham has
if a season with just three losses is bad ( ). Eagles by 3.
Graham : Thatís what I love about this league.
Weeks 8 & 10 ‚ two games against Paul Meskill. Week 12 ‚ Richard. And now
Jon. Great old rivalries. Great coaches. Great challenge. Great game. If only
I could get a great result too . . .
SPLATT : St Louis by 1.
DC (3-9, L5)
@ MV (12-0, W14)
Last time : wk 15, 2003 (3 - 31)
Gerald : The Vikes Steam Roller continues unabated.
Vikes by 17.
Graham : Cruise control for the Vikes as theyíre
already gearing up for the playoffs. MV 17.
SPLATT : Minnesota by 12.
AC (0-12, L25)
@ CB (4-8, L5)
Last time : wk 7, 2003 (8 - 47)
Gerald : Humm. Theyíve got to win sometime? Donít
they? Not sure they can this week. Bears by 10.
Graham : A Cards win? No, I donít think so. CH
SPLATT : Chicago by 15.
TB (5-7, W1)
@ NS (2-10, L1)
Last time : wk 9, 2003 (17 - 24)
Gerald : Both teams are out of the post season
so have little to play for. Both teams are better than their records suggest.
But what the hell do I know? I though we had a change this season. Buccs by
Graham : Daveís Buccs have made progress since
last year. I think Saints will be challengers next season, and I tip them
to win here. NS 7.
SPLATT : New Orleans by 3.
T1) @ AF (7-5, W2)
Last time : wk 15, 2003 (24 - 17)
Gerald : A must win for Paul as he chases not only
a winning record, but post season action. The Lions, well they spend way too
much time on Macs & the Internet. Falcons by 10.
Graham : Pressure is on the Falcs, who are still
in contention but canít afford to slip up here. They responded well to the
challenge last week and I think they will again. AF 6.
SPLATT : Atlanta by 11.
by Graham Canwell (Week 12)
||The Broncos didnt used to get many offensive
Rammys, but thats changing fast! They absolutely destroyed the Bears
defence. Actually AFC offences had a fairly poor week, but then this week
they werent matched up against their own dodgy defences.
||Like the Broncos the Fish rack up a second successive
award. The only other real contenders were the Bengals, but they were
playing the Cardinals. Enough said.
||A magnificent display all round. Honourable mentions
to Stuart and Mark Dixon, but it really wasnt a great week for the
||Dont like giving ourselves awards, but we gained
more yards than anyone else and we didnt commit a turnover. And
the opposition was pretty useful. Quite a few good efforts, led by the
Niners, Vikings (surprise!) and, yes, even the Lions.
||Again. Holding the Browns to just 7 points was pretty
damned impressive, and just edged them this award ahead of a great performance
from the Falcons against the Jets.
||Has his team steadily improving week by week. Always
a good sign at this time of year. Paul Meskill was the runner up here
his was a real must-win game and he came up with the goods.
||Ive decided not to dish this out this week.
In the spirit of Christmas, you know, and not because I cant find
a worthy contender. Honest (!)
Gerald to Graham : Bar humbug. Its Christmas
so we wonít have a Diddley. Youíre going soft in your old age.
Gerald to Gary : Welcome to the league.
Gerald to Richard : Looked a close game? Even
closer for homefield.
Gerald to Steve : My mum said if youíve nothing
nice to say, say noting.
Gerald to Steve : NOTHING!
Gerald to Paul Meskill : Looks like youíve a
battle to get a wildcard, but with luck you should still get a winning record.
All the best for that.
Gerald to Mark : I think youíre just going to
fail to clinch a wildcard.
Gerald to Dean : Glad to see youíre still with
us. I know youíve been doing badly. But wavering you QB isnít going to help?
Or maybe it willÖ..?
Graham to Richard : Great game! I hope weíll
meet again next year (not even thinking about the possibility this year) but
Iíve still got a lot of work to do.
Graham to NFC : Well done guys. I get the feeling
those AFC boys like to view us as the weaker conference, but we showed them
last week what we can do. Maybe defence can still beat offence.
Graham to Jon : Here we go again. Hereís to another
Graham to Tim : Right now Iím looking for an
opportunity to give anyone a Diddley!! (Iíd happily settle for one cos you
donít get one for losing!!!). When I get back from the sun after Christmas
Iíll probably be in a grumpy mood so it wonít take much to persuade me to
dish one out!
Graham to Gerald : Well you didnít give me much
help last week. Feel like deporting you to Australia myself !!
The Coming Issues
Next weeks issue (Week 14, between Christmas and the New Year, with a deadline
of the 2nd January 2002) is to be penned by Bruce Henderson.
You can contact him at ..............
Brucey does have a postal address but bearing in mind how bad it has been
of late its probably best to e-mail your stuff to him. If I can get
hold of Bruce & confirm his address I will included it.
The issue after that (week 15) will be Jon Heaths little baby. Which
should have a deadline of 16th January 2002.
You can contact Jon on .................
Again Jon does have a postal address, but Bruce will be able to confirm that
in his issue.
Graham has told me he doesnt expect to be able to do any for the next
issue (Brucey), as he will barely be back from holiday. But will send a bumper
double dose the week after (Jon).
Now I made a bit of a boo boo with the Week 16 newsletter (deadline of the
30th January 2002). The Superbowl isnt the weekend before, its
the first Sunday in February. Due to them missing a week earlier on in the
season. So if no one has volunteered, then I will do it. But it would be nice
to have the whole of January off.
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)
Well Ill be off in four days time, even less by the time you read this.
Ive got money, presents, shorts & sun cream. What more could I need?
Oh yes the Fiancé, how could I forget :o)
Well Ive written 6 gameplans. Should be interesting to see if it makes
a blind bit of difference, writing gameplan in advance? Just hope I can surprise
a couple of you.
Anyway, wishing you all the best for the coming year and I hope the best
of your past is the worst of your future.