Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to watch football on Sunday! Hey! I know that's a brutal lyrical attempt, but you get the idea.
The column's first losing week (7-9) in over two months has left the Sultan of Sides desperate for answers.
The column got back on the winning side of things with a thoroughly boring 8-7-1 performance in week 14. Our season mark now sits at 111-95-2 against the spread. We have another weekend full of great games to throw darts at this week.
It's the time of year to give thanks. I'm thankful for having a great dad, someone who has always had my back even when I didn't deserve it. I'm thankful for my smoking hot and ultraintelligent fiancee. I'm thankful for my dog most of the time.
The New England Patriots are emerging as one of the most remarkable franchises in the history of sports. The level of consistent excellence Darth Belichick's men have displayed for over a decade is all but impossible to attain.
The Law of Averages continues to confound the Sultan of Sides. Another near .500 week (7-6 ATS) leaves the column at 81-65-1 for the year. A number of bizarre results a week ago foiled what could have been a positive mark.
November is my favorite time of year because I'll be able to stuff my stomach with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, rolls, biscuits, pumpkin pie, funky cranberry stuff, and all the other delightful things I associate with the month. November is also the time of year when NFL contenders separate themselves from NFL pretenders. There are three definite contenders in the AFC. The Denver Broncos are still the favorite to visit Glendale, Arizona in early February, but the New England Patriots are certainly vying for the crown.
The margin for error in the NFL is razor thin. The 6-1 Dallas Cowboys entered week eight with the most feared rushing attack in the NFL, an overachieving defense, and a veteran quarterback playing some of the best football of his career.
Tackling NFL point spreads isn't for the faint of heart. Need evidence? Just take a look at last Sunday's games. The New York Jets, 10-point dogs, trailed the Denver Broncos 24-17 with under a minute left on the game clock.
The Sultan of Sides is riding a tidal wave of excellence into the fifth week of the NFL season. A pocket book pleasing 9-4 mark against the spread in week four followed an even fatter 11-4-1 tally in week three.
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