Thursday, November 17, 2016

Moose's Weekly Picks

I started out strong last week, but faded in the late games to finish at 7-7 for the week.  Not a complete catastrophe, but things looked so promising in the early offing.  Oh well, the work goes on.  Let's keep the good vibes going this week.

NEW ORLEANS (+3.5) at CAROLINA: Both of these teams got stung by some late-game heroics by their opponents last week.  Carolina is starting to somewhat resemble the Super Bowl runner ups from last year though.  I like them to knock off the Saints on Thursday night.  PICK: Carolina Ribs

TENNESSEE (+3) at INDIANAPOLIS: Marcus Mariota and Demarco Murray demolished the Packers last week.  This week they face a similar team in the Colts with AFC South bragging rights on the line.  The Titans keep rolling.  PICK: Tennessee

JACKSONVILLE (+6.5) at DETROIT: Who would have thought the Lions would be at the top of the NFC North heap in week 11?  Not me, but here we are.  #notmyjimcaldwell  PICK: Detroit

TAMPA BAY (+7.5) at KANSAS CITY: Fat Andy and his boys are 4-0 at home this season, but the Bucs are 3-1 on the road.  This should be a good game, but I think Andy has some tricks up his sleeve for friend of the blog Jameis Winston.  Look for Tyreek "Reek" Hill to have a big game.  PICK: Kansas


CHICAGO (+7.5) at NYG: The G-Men need to take advantage of all of these home games they have now because four out of their last six are on the road.  No Alshon Jeffery for Chicago?  No thanks.  PICK: NYG
JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: It is well known that people in the midwest are much fatter than people on the East coast.  Probably the deep dish pizza.  That should give the Giants the edge.  PICK: NYG

ARIZONA (+2) at MINNESOTA: Oh dolly are the Minnesota Vikings reeling.  Four losses in a row and now they get a hungry Cardinals team.  Sam Bradford might die in this game.  PICK: Arizona (No Doubter)

BUFFALO (+2.5) at CINCINNATI: The Bengals are such a boring team.  If AJ Green doesn't have 200 yards and 2 touchdowns they don't win.  Look for Rex and the boys to run them over.  PICK: Buffalo

BALTIMORE (+7) at DALLAS: God I thought the Steelers had the Cowboys beaten last week.  I don't think the Ravens have the firepower to stay with them this week.  PICK: DALLAS
JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: Similar to the city of Baltimore, the majority of the population of the Ravens are criminals.  Those are just facts.  I saw the Wire.  PICK: DALLAS

PITTSBURGH (-8) at CLEVELAND: Nothing boosts your spirits after a tough loss like a game against the Brownies.  Pittsburgh should be right back in the mix for the AFC North after this week.  PICK: Pittsburgh

MIAMI (-1.5) at LA RAMS: Goff dynasty baby!  The Rams average 15 points a game.  That's bad.  Time to see what the kid can do.  I personally think he might suck.  PICK: Dolphins

NEW ENGLAND (-13) at SAN FRANCISCO: Chip managed to knock off the Pats last season, but not so this year.  Brady is back home in California, and out for blood after a tough home loss last week.  Chipper can put that ninth straight loss on the board.  PICK: NEP

PHILADELPHIA (+6.5) at SEATTLE: The Eagles showed resolve in a big win against the Falcons last week, but that was at home.  This team doesn't perform well on the road, let alone in one of the toughest road environments in the NFL.  I gotta go with Seattle.  PICK: Seattle
JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: Moose picked against his own team?  Man he is a bigger fraud than RFK.  I like Seattle too though.  PICK: Seattle

GREEN BAY (+2.5) at WASHINGTON: Green Bay just doesn't have it this year.  They are similar to the Colts in that they don't seem to address areas of weakness in the offseason well at all.  Look for that bitch boy Kirk to have another good game at home.  PICK: Washington
JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: Big game for the Skins.  Might have to watch with that pretty boy Shears.  Gotta go for the cheeseheads here in honor of my jeans stench.  PICK: Green Bay

OAKLAND (-5.5) vs. HOUSTON: Hola! This game is coming at you live from Mexico City!  Look for Los Asaltantes to score in a muy rapido fashion against Los Tejanos.  Senor Derek Coche will be playing the part of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna as he massacres the boys in rojo y azul.  PICK: Oakland


LAST WEEK: 7-7
OVERALL: 47-52-3
NO DOUBTER: 4-3
JOHN LOADS: 7-8

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Moose's Weekly Picks

The bye weeks are over (I think) and teams are beginning to make their playoff push as we enter the second half of the season.  We ended last week in the black.  Let's go for two in a row.

CLEVELAND (+8) at BALTIMORE: I took Cleveland +7 against Dallas last week.  Damn right I'm taking them +8 this week.  They won't win but they will keep it close enough.  PICK: Cleveland

HOUSTON (+1.5) at JACKSONVILLE: Houston was on bye last week.  They should be ready for the high-powered Jaguars offense.  Could this be the last stop for the Gus Bus?  PICK: Houston

KANSAS CITY (+3) at CAROLINA: I'm sick and tired of hearing the Panthers complain about hits on Cam Newton.  Do a better job of protecting his ass.  PICK: Kansas

DENVER (+3) at NEW ORLEANS: I was surprised the Broncos lost last week.  I think they right the ship against the Saints this week.  The Dome is always tricky though.  PICK: Denver

LOS ANGELES (+1.5) at NYJ: Jeff Fisher is now two games under .500.  He desperately needs a win.  Could Jared Goff make his first appearance of the season?  What about Bryce Petty?  It would make this shitty game a lot more interesting if they did.  PICK: LAR

ATLANTA (-2) at PHILADELPHIA: The Eagles were who we thought they were last week.  Dougie P's decisions are starting to get more and more confusing.  Somehow though, home games have managed to cure all ills.  Julio Jones will no doubt romp, but I think the Iggs get the win.  PICK: Philadelphia
JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: This game in Philly?  I couldn't walk anywhere in that city.  Too dangerous.  I'd have to take an Uber all the way through.  PICK: Atlanta

MINNESOTA (+2.5) at WASHINGTON: Minnesota's offensive line is abysmal, and Sam Bradford looks like the Sam Bradford we all know and love.  Look for Ryan Kerrigan to light him up at some point.  PICK: Washington
JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: I wonder if those pussies Dump and Shears will want to meet up for the game.  Come to think of it, Dump has only hung out with me once since he moved here.  Maybe it's because my jeans smell like cheese.  PICK: Washington

GREEN BAY (-2.5) at TENNESSEE: Bad loss to the Colts last week, but A-Rod and co. look to be working better on offense.  I think the Pack pull this one out.  PICK: Green Bay

CHICAGO (-1.5) at TAMPA BAY: The Bears are a different team with Cutty from the cut at quarterback.  However, I think Jameis should be able to eat their defense alive.  PICK: Tampa (No Doubter)


MIAMI (+4) at SAN DIEGO: Both of these teams have come on strong lately and could make a surprise playoff push.  Jayjay Ajayi is a monster out of the Phins backfield.  I like Big Phil and the Chargers at home though.  PICK: San Diego

SAN FRANCISCO (+13.5) at ARIZONA: The first big line of the year.  Why didn't Cleveland get at least this much last week?  It's no secret that I am enjoying the denouement of Chip Kelly.  I hope they lose by 30 in the Desert.  PICK: Arizona

DALLAS (+2.5) at PITTSBURGH: The one-time Super Bowl contending Steelers have now lost three in a row and are sitting at 4-4.  They are at home, need a win, and Big Ben is presumably healthy.  I think they knock Dallas off this week.  PICK: Pittsburgh
JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: I didn't think Primanti Brothers was anything special.  The second I got my order I said "not sure about the bread."  Mighty Subs or GTFO.  PICK: Dallas

SEATTLE (+7.5) at NEP: Game of the week right here.  BB is 12-4 with the Patriots after a bye week.  They go 12-4 every season though so that doesn't say much.  The Seahawks have played better on offense, but the defense is giving up more points than they have in the past.  That doesn't bode well against the potent NEP offense.  PICK: NEP

CINCINNATI (pick em) at NYG: NYG played well last week, but would have lost if the Eagles had made the right calls.  Cincy is 1-3 on the road this year.  The G Men are 3-1 at home.  Look for Ladell to have a big game. PICK: NYG
JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: I once saw my friend Moose puke all over a garage in Cincinnati.  I would have taken a perv pic, but my phone was dead.  It was nine in the morning.  PICK: NYG

LAST WEEK: 6-5-1
OVERALL: 40-45-3
NO DOUBTER: 3-3
JOHN LOADS: 4-7



Friday, November 4, 2016

Moose's Weekly Picks

Well folks, this season is not going so great.  I was 6-9 two weeks ago, and missed last week's action altogether.  Another shaky week and this blog could fall completely by the wayside.  I will try to be more committed going forward.  One game at a time.  Let's go!

JACKSONVILLE (+7.5) at KANSAS CITY: Interesting game with Foles under center.  He looked ok last week, and we know what he is capable of.  Easier game with him at home.  PICK: Kansas

DETROIT (+6) at MINNESOTA: Minnesota looked invincible for five weeks.  Now they look putrid.  I think Detroit adds to their woes here.  PICK: Detroit

PHILADELPHIA (+2.5) at NYG: It is known that this Eagles team does not travel well.  With Josh Huff being released this week, the offense becomes somehow even worse.  Also, I am extremely worried about the Giants edge rushers.  But it could also be one of those games where Dougie P completely redeems himself.  I gotta call it like I see it though.  PICK: NYG

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: I'm not a big cheesesteak guy.  I like the components, but never together.  However, it's well known that New York doesn't have any good corner delis.  PICK: Philadelphia


DALLAS (-7) at CLEVELAND: I don't know what it is, but for some reason this game is raising a flag in my head as too obvious.  There is no way Dallas loses though, right?  Something is weird; the line should be double.  Vegas knows something. I can't believe I'm doing this. PICK: Cleveland

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: I picked Cleveland to win the World Series, can't believe they didn't win.  Tribe!  Most people from Dallas are not actually from there, so I'll take them.  PICK: Dallas

NYJ (+3.5) at MIAMI: Jay Ajayi is a beast.  Or is it just that he has braids so I assume he is really good and fast?  Gimme that fish!  PICK: Miami

PITTSBURGH (-1) at BALTIMORE: Rumor has it Ben is back this week.  The Ravens lost to the damn Jets two weeks ago.  That's bad.  PICK: Pittsburgh

NEW ORLEANS (-4.5) at SAN FRANCISCO: Five of the 49ers six losses have come by double digits.  Things are not looking great for the old Chipper.  PICK: New Orleans

CAROLINA (-3) at LA RAMS: The Rams are 3-4.  You know what that means.  PICK: LAR

INDIANAPOLIS (+7.5) at GREEN BAY: When is Pagano going to get canned?  Meanwhile the Packers are slowly putting it together.  PICK: Green Bay

TENNESSEE (+5) at SAN DIEGO: I feel like the Chargers are this year's Titans for me.  I don't think I've picked them correctly all season.  They fact that they are playing the Titans makes it even worse.  PICK: San Diego

DENVER (+1) at OAKLAND: Oakland is 6-2 and atop the AFC West, but look at their six wins.  The Jags, Ravens, Bucs, Saints, Chargers and Titans are a combined 18-27.  I'll take Denver with Demarcus Ware back in action.  PICK: Denver (No Doubter)

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: Akeem Talib plays for Denver.  He makes bad decisions.  I'm going with the Raiders.  Their owner seems like a real bozo.  PICK: Oakland

BUFFALO (+7) at SEATTLE: Throw the damn ball to Jimmy Graham for me!  Seattle is a little dinged up this week.  I think they get the win at home, but it will be close.  PICK: Buffalo

LAST WEEK: 6-9
OVERALL: 34-40-2
NO DOUBTER: 3-2
JOHN LOADS: 2-6

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Moose's Weekly Picks

7-6-2 last week.  Baby steps back to the promised land.  Injuries have affected a lot of games this week, so the picks become that much more difficult.  To the action!

CHICAGO (+7.5) at GREEN BAY: The Packers looked miserable last week, and lost their home mojo.  Everybody is starting to question Aaron Rodgers.  Does he bust out of his slump this week?  Methinks not.  PICK: Chicago

NYG (-3) at LA (London) RAMS: Good win for the G-Men last week despite more antics from Ladell Beckman.  I understand that the criticism of him is probably overblown, but when somebody acts like that regularly you can tell that they are very concerned about what others think of them.  Therefore Ladell is already in his own head.  With that said, I think the G-Men put Fisher back on the hot seat this week.  PICK: NYG

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "Can't trust a country that calls french fries "chips".  Chips are the greatest snack ever invented, although I try not to eat a lot of them." PICK: Giants

MINNESOTA (-2.5) at PHILADELPHIA: Two bad losses in a row for the Iggs.  The Jim Schwartz effect of taking a lot of penalties is starting to rear its ugly head.  Some are calling this a trap game for the Vikes, but I think the Eagles probably end up beating themselves here.  PICK: Minnesota

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "People say I look a lot like Carson Wentz because of the red hair and the beard.  If he's anything like me, his knee is probably in extreme pain from pulling his pants up in the bathroom.  So I'll take the Vikings." PICK: Minnesota

NEW ORLEANS (+6.5) at KANSAS CITY: Interesting dichotomy here: one team with a great offense and no defense versus a team with a good defense and minimal offense.  This is a tough one.  I'll take Fat Andy at home.  PICK: Kansas

WASHINGTON (+1.5) at DETROIT: This one seems like Vegas knows something we don't.  Washington has won four in a row and is getting points?  I'm stupid enough to fall for that I suppose.  PICK: Washington

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "The Skins have been cursed by Shears this year.  That probably has something to do with the black smoke I saw from 200 miles away the other night.  Bad omen." PICK: Washington

CLEVELAND (+10) at CINCINNATI: Toilet Bowl 2016.  Cincinnati has lost all discipline whatsoever, and the Brownies are still looking for a win this season.  They might not win this weekend, but they cover at least.  PICK: Cleveland (No Doubter)

BUFFALO (-3) at MIAMI: Buffalo has looked like a juggernaut the last few weeks.  Seems like the perfect time for a dumbfounding loss for Rex Ryan, right?  PICK: Miami

OAKLAND (+1) at JACKSONVILLE: Long trip for the Raiders, but I think they get the job done in the Bold New City of the South.  The return of Latavius Murray should help give the run game of the Raiders a little juju.  Also, I never bet against the van.  PICK: Oakland

INDIANAPOLIS (+2.5) at TENNESSEE: I have never seen a more impotent finish to a game than the Colts pathetic squandering of the lead against the Texans last week.  Every season it seems like the Colts come into the year with glaring weaknesses at some positions, and they never seem to address them.  Its just the same cast of characters every year.  Pagano has gotta Pagan-GO.  PICK: Tennessee

BALTIMORE (+1) at NYJ: Geno Smith.  PICK: Baltimore

SAN DIEGO (+6.5) at ATLANTA: Tough loss for Atlanta last week, but they showed a lot of moxie in one of the toughest places to play.  I think they take care of the Chargers pretty easily this week.  PICK: Atlanta

TAMPA BAY (-2) at SAN FRANCISCO: It's been a while since we had the Jameis TD counter.  Purely an oversight on my part.  We still love Jameis here on the blog.  We do not love Chip Kelly though.  Fat toad.  PICK: Tampa




NEP (-7) at PITTSBURGH: No Big Ben for Pittsburgh means that this should be a cakewalk for Brady and the boys.  Hopefully the Brady/Edelman connection is rekindled this week. PICK: NEP

SEATTLE (+2) at ARIZONA: Ooh man this is a tough one.  We are in the DESERT, but I suggest we pump the brakes on saying the Cardinals are back.  They beat 49ers and the Jets.  A highschool team could do that.  Gimme Seattle and the points.  PICK: Seattle

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "Arizona?  Isn't that where all those lungers went in that movie that wasn't as good as Wyatt Earp?  I bet there are some good honky tonks there."  PICK: Arizona

HOUSTON (+7.5) at DENVER: Denver has been shaky the past two weeks after looking unbeatable for the first four.  I think the absence of Demarcus Ware is really hurting them on defense.  Also, Trevor Siemian is a rookie after all.  Call me crazy, but I think Brock Ostreicher and the boys pull off an upset in Denver this week.  PICK: Houston

LAST WEEK: 7-6-2
OVERALL: 28-31-2
NO DOUBTER: 3-1
JOHN LOADS: 1-3


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Moose's Weekly Picks

And we're back!  After an inconspicuous two week absence we return to the game we love so much.  This hasn't been a great year so far, but there is still plenty of time to right the ship.  Now that each team is starting to show its identity, let's try to really nail down these week six matchups.

DENVER (-3) at SAN DIEGO: Trevor the Kid is back for the Broncos tonight, that should put the team at ease after a tough loss to Atlanta last week.  The Chargers meanwhile have injuries at several key spots.  PICK: Denver

CINCINNATI (+9) at NEP: The Bengals looked feckless and weak against the rough and tumble offensive line of the Cowboys last week.  Now they have to head to an even tougher place to play in New England in Brady's first home game since returning from his suspension.  PICK: NEP (No Doubter)

BALTIMORE (+3) at NYG: The NYG have lost three in a row, and two tough road contests.  They should rebound against the Ravens at home.  PICK: NYG

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "The Giants don't run the ball outside enough which really confounds their offense.  I've got Baltimore steamrolling them." PICK: Baltimore

CAROLINA (-3) at NEW ORLEANS: Carolina is definitely suffering from the Super Bowl hangover.  They are on a short week and now have to head to the Dome.  I think the beat goes on and the Panthers fall further behind the 8 ball.  PICK: New Orleans

PITTSBURGH (-7.5) at MIAMI: The Steelers have responded to the drubbing the Eagles handed them with two 20+ point wins.  They should be too much for Miami to handle this week.  PICK: Pittsburgh

JACKSONVILLE (+2.5) at CHICAGO: Barf.  PICK: Jacksonville

SAN FRANCISCO (+8) at BUFFALO: True wildcard game here.  Kaepernick is IN, Gabbert is OUT.  I think Shady runs wild on Chip Kelly's boys.  PICK: Buffalo

LA RAMS (+3) at DETROIT: Detroit can beat anybody if they get the calls that they got at home last week.  Two mediocre coaches doing battle here.  PICK: Detroit

CLEVELAND (+7) at TENNESSEE: Here we are in week 6 and there are already so many teams whose seasons are over.  Cleveland is obviously one of them.  Meanwhile, I am over here with my Carson Wentz jersey (soon to be arriving from China) with plenty to play for still.  Thank god for the Browns.  PICK: Tennessee

PHILADELPHIA (-2.5) at WASHINGTON: The Iggs got screwed by the refs last week to be sure, but they also didn't look so great for much of the game.  Are they beginning to show their weaknesses? Quite possible.  I can't in good conscience take them on the road while giving points.  PICK: Washington


JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "Curse of RAT strikes again here as the Skins lose on the final series.  Now, should I watch the game at 4 Courts or Clydes?" PICK: Philadelphia

KANSAS CITY (pick em) at OAKLAND: The Raiders are riding their fancy Carr to victory.  Should it break down, they always have a nice van as a backup option.  PICK: Raiders


ATLANTA (+6.5) at SEATTLE: The Falcons have racked up some nice wins in hostile environments so far.  In Seattle after a Seahawks bye week is a different story altogether.  I think they get their wings clipped this week.  PICK: Seattle

JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "Mark Ryan, good BC product at qb for Atlanta.  However, the Falcons offense seems a little unwieldy, and the defense is basically useless." PICK: Seattle

DALLAS (+4.5) at GREEN BAY: The Dallas offense is legit.  Even without Dez Bryant they made it look easy against the Bengals last week.  This game has all the makings of a shootout, and since the Packers are at home I will give them the nod.  PICK: Green Bay


                                            
JOHN LOADS GUEST PICK: "I wonder what kind of cheese the Packers fans wear on their heads.  Its well known that Swiss doesn't keep well in cold temperatures.  Probably some kind of gruyere." PICK: Dallas

INDIANAPOLIS (+3) at HOUSTON: The AFC South is an abomination.  PICK: Indy

NYJ (+7.5) at ARIZONA: Oh yes baby, we are in the desert.  The Cardinals looked putrid for a few weeks, but I think big bad Bruce Arians has turned the corner with the team.  Meanwhile, Fitzy is the Fitzy of old, throwing numerous INTs.  PICK: Arizona



LAST WEEK: 7-8
OVERALL: 21-25
NO DOUBTER: 2-1

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Moose's Weekly Picks

Not a great week last week, and I missed the Thursday night game again this week.  Time to kick this thing into high gear in week 3. 

DENVER (+3.5) at CINCINNATI: Denver had looked flawless at home so far this season even with a rookie quarterback.  I'm thinking young Trevor might take his lumps on the road this week though.  PICK: Cincy

OAKLAND (-1.5) at TENNESSEE:  I feel like these teams play each other every week.  Didn't they play each other in week 1?  Probably.  You know I'm staying with my boy Mark Davis.  PICK: Oakland

ARIZONA (-4.5) at BUFFALO: The clock is ticking for Rex.  PICK: Arizona

BALTIMORE (-2.5) at JACKSONVILLE: Baltimore hasn't done much offensively this season, but is 2-0 nonetheless.  The Jags have yet to take it to the limit or steal the show.  PICK: Baltimore

CLEVELAND (+9.5) at MIAMI: Miami threatened in the second half last week, and Tannehill seems to be establishing some rapport with his young receivers.  I wonder if the Browns are still happy about passing on Carson Wentz.  PICK: Miami

WASHINGTON (+3.5) at NYG:  Tricky game.  The Skins need a win on the road.  I think Josh Norman will probably overshadow the team needs though, and Kirk Cousins will continue to show regression.  PICK: NYG

DETROIT (+6.5) at GREEN BAY: The Packers have looked shaky the first two weeks to be sure.  I think playing at home will cure some of those ills.  PICK: Green Bay

MINNESOTA (+6.5) at CAROLINA: Tough test for Sam Bradford on the road here.  I don't think the Vikings can keep up with the Panthers offense.  It should be closer than 6.5 though.  PICK: Vikings

SAN FRANCISCO (+10) at SEATTLE: Welcome to the NFC West Chip Kelly.  The Seahawks right the ship at home.  PICK: Seattle

LOS ANGELES (+3.5) at TAMPA BAY: Jameis was terrible last week, while the Rams stunned Seattle.  A big win by Jeff Fisher is usually followed by a confounding loss, so I'll take the Bucs.  PICK: Tampa

PITTSBURGH (-4) at PHILADELPHIA: Huge test for the Iggs here.  The defense has been great so far, but I don't think they will be able to keep up with the Steelers offense.  On offense, just let Carson Wentz survive.  PICK: Pittsburgh

NYJ (+3) at KANSAS CITY: The Jets are starting to look pretty good overall with several key players returning to their lineup.  I expect this one to be a field goal-y kind of game.  Gimme the Jets.  PICK: NYJ

SAN DIEGO (+2) at INDIANAPOLIS: Indy had a chance last week in Denver, but got burned by a few big turnovers.  Meanwhile, I think Phil Rivers is going to have to hand off to Phil Rivers, and pass to Phil Rivers today.  PICK: Indy

CHICAGO (+6.5) at DALLAS: Chicago is an abomination of a team.  PICK: Dallas (No Doubter)

ATLANTA (+2.5) at NEW ORLEANS: In the dome.  Tricky one.  I'll take Matthew Ice.  PICK: Atlanta

LAST WEEK: 6-9
OVERALL: 14-17
NO DOUBTER: 1-1



Sunday, September 18, 2016

Moose's Weekly Picks

Ok, after an 8-8 week last week I bricked and forgot to make my posts by Thursday afternoon.  I can assure you though, I did pick the Jets in that game.  I won't take credit for it because that would be dishonest, but the proof is in the pudding:
See, I told you so.  Too bad for me,but now I have 15 games to make up for that gaffe and am essentially on even footing after week one.  I am 0-1 in the No Doubter column after the Pats pulled the upset in the Desert of all places.  Need to be better there.  Let's get into it.

TENNESSEE (+6.5) at DETROIT: The Lions won in a thriller against the Colts last week, and the Titans are basically a mini version of the Colts.  With that said, 6.5 seems like a lot to lay on the line.  I'll go Tight-ones here.  PICK: Tennessee

KANSAS CITY (+1) at HOUSTON: Speaking of thrillers, Fat Andy did some damage to his heart last week after that comeback against San Diego.  The Texans handled the Bears, but I'm still not sold on Ostreicher.  PICK: Kansas

MIAMI (+6) at NEP: The Pats defense seemed legit in week one against Arizona.  If they could bottle up 'Zona, they should have no problem at home against Tannehill.  Tannehill is kind of a bottle guy anyway.  I just hope big Suh doesn't try to kill Garoppolo.  PICK: NEP

BALTIMORE (-4.5) at CLEVELAND: The Browns versus the old Browns.  While they sprung from the same womb, the two teams couldn't be more different.  The Browns looked putrid last week, and RGIII is already out for the year (LOL).  Meanwhile, the Ravens have an ELITE Joe Flacco and seem healthy.  At least the Indians play at 1:10pm.  PICK: Baltimore (No Doubter)

CINCINNATI (+3) at PITTSBURGH: Bad blood here.  Hoping to get to see a little bit of this game.  James Harrison is on one of these teams, I cant remember which one.  He will aim to decapitate someone from the other team.  Other than that, these teams are extremely similar.  Gimme Ben in a pinch though.  PICK: Pittsburgh

DALLAS (+3) at WASHINGTON: I hate both of these teams.  At this point, I think I hate Washington more.  PICK: Dallas

NEW ORLEANS (+4) at NYG: This was a shootout last year.  I'm thinking that a change of location and a somewhat improved Giants defense will change the outcome a bit.  I shall choose the NYG.  PICK: NYG

SAN FRANCISCO (+12.5) at CAROLINA: File Chip Kelly under: things I hate almost as much as the Cowboys and Redskins.  With that said, 12.5 points is so much.  I think I'm gonna take the Chipper.  PICK: SF

TAMPA BAY (+7) at ARIZONA: Oh my god.  Jameis in the Desert.  Trying to decide between these two outstanding forces has me more stuck than Homer in the vending machines.
PICK: Tampa

SEATTLE (-5.5) at LAR: It seems well established that we shouldn't trust Jeff Fisher's Rams after, without hyperbole, the worst performance I have ever seen last week.  People seem to think that the Rams will come out and beat Seattle this week.  I'm not buying it.  Bury the Rams, fire Fisher.  PICK: Seattle

INDIANAPOLIS (+6.5) at DENVER: Indy has seemed to have Denver's number recently.  The Colts have won 8 of the last 9 games between these two teams.  After dispatching the Panthers last week, the Broncos look like world beaters.  I think Trevor Siemian sees how the other half lives in week 2.  PICK: Indy

ATLANTA (+4) at OAKLAND: Huge win in Week 1.  A man, a plan, a van.  OAKLAND.  PICK: Oakland

JACKSONVILLE (+3) at SAN DIEGO: Eww.  Gimme the Jags to take it to the limit.  PICK: Jacksonville

GREEN BAY (-1) at MINNESOTA: Salami Sam looks good in purple, but I think the Vikes will be blue after this game.  He is going to struggle.  PICK: Green Bay

PHILADELPHIA(+3) at CHICAGO: I get excited about our quarterback every year, but after last week I am thinking about Super Bowls.  Delusional Eagles fan level is probably at about 83% after only one week.  Keep it going against a bad defense this week.  PICK: Philadelphia

LAST WEEK: 8-8
OVERALL: 8-8
NO DOUBTER: 0-1






Thursday, September 8, 2016

Moose's Weekly Picks

::coughs while blowing dust off of blog:: Ok!  We're back here at global corporate headquarters of TPLIYP!  Last season we learned a lot.  The No Doubter record was not as good, but the overall record was better than .500 (take that Vegas!).  I can't give you exact numbers on either because I am way too lazy, but suffice it to say we did good. Just good. We also met a lot of new characters, including the BB-8, the Famous Jameis touchdown counter, and the deep desolate DESERT in Arizona.  Let's take these with us, and add some new features in what is shaping up to be a great 2016 season.  To the games!

CAROLINA (-3) at DENVER: Super Bowl rematch right off the bat!  We are dealing with two forces here: the Super Bowl loss hangover, and the rookie quarterback struggles.  Now Peyton Manning did not set the world on fire as the Broncos qb last year, but in the stretch run he didn't make a lot of mistakes either.  I think Trevor Siemian might struggle out of the gate trying to do too much.  Look for Cam and the Panthers to get a measure of revenge tonight.  PICK: Carolina Ribs

TAMPA BAY (+3) at ATLANTA: Lovie Smith was fired in the offseason, and the Bucs promoted qb guru Dirk Koetter to coach the Famous One and Co.  I think Jameis takes a big step forward this year.  Some experts are even projecting him for 27 touchdowns.  Meanwhile, the Falcons stay mired in mediocrity.  PICK: Tampa

(but ready to shoot right up)

MINNESOTA (-2.5) at TENNESSEE: The Vikings chances took a big hit when Teddy Bridgewater's knee fell into troubled water.  They traded for Salami Sam Bradford, but is he really better than the Shaun Hill Gang?  I'm not so sure.  Regardless, I still think the Bikes march into to Nashville and thrash the Titans.  PICK: Minnesota

CLEVELAND (+4) at PHILADELPHIA: Eagles fans have special powers.  We have the ability to whip ourselves into a frenzy each year, regardless of what our team looks like.  Whatever the kool-aid is, we drink it and become convinced somehow that our team will be good.  This year is no different.  We have a new coach who isn't a shy know-it-all.  Our defense should be dominant, and we have a rookie qb ready to take the reins.  The pundits hated the signing, but I've come to become a big fan of Doug Pederson.  Maybe if only because he is a pretty even keel guy.  Doesn't try to do too much.  Knows what he knows, knows what he doesn't know.  Goes about his job every day.  Kind of like an inanimate carbon rod.  Well, I say "In Rod We Trust!"  PICK: Iggs



CINCINNATI (-2.5) at NYJ: Steady Marvin at the helm.  You can count on this team to go 10-6 and lose in the playoffs.  Meanwhile, the Jets added Matt Forte and brought back Fitzy.  Should be a good game.  I guess I'll take Cincy?  PICK: Cincy

OAKLAND (+1) at NEW ORLEANS: The Silver and Black are back Jack!  The Raiders are going to be my sweethearts this year.  How could you ever bet against this man:
And his van:
A man, a plan, a van: the 2016 RAIDERS.  PICK: Oakland


SAN DIEGO (+6.5) at KANSAS CITY: Andy Reid is a good man and a good coach.  The Chargers are getting pretty old and rickety.  Gimme Big Red in Arrowhead til I'm dead.  PICK: Kansas

BUFFALO (+3) at BALTIMORE:  Flacco is bacco.  The Bills just gave T-Mobile a huge contract extension.  I don't see that playing out well.  Also, sometimes you just have to look at the obvious.  This is a game featuring Super Bowl champion head coach John Harbaugh against the two dopey Ryan brothers.  PICK: Baltimore

CHICAGO (+6) at HOUSTON: I don't really like John Fox as a coach, but I think he will make this Bears team respectable.  Meanwhile, I don't think Brock Ostreicher is the answer to anything but "Who is the best player on the East Great Falls High lacrosse team?"  PICK: Chicago


GREEN BAY (-5.5) at JACKSONVILLE: Madman Shahir Khan is starting to build something down in Jacksonville.  Blake Bortles seems like the real deal at quarterback, and the "take it to the limit" fan gave the team an identity they sorely needed.  Neither of those things is going to help them against Rajahs and the Pack though.  PICK: Green Bay


MIAMI (+10.5) at SEATTLE: How many games into this season until Tannehill gets benched?  He is clearly not the guy.  Seattle is going to demolish them this weekend.  PICK: Seattle

NYG (pick em) at DALLAS: With Romo injured in record time for Dallas, Dak Prescott now has a chance to be the guy.  He's got all the weapons in place, but I don't think he will be quite as good as he showed in the preseason.  Even though they scored like four points in the preseason, I'm taking the NYG here.  PICK: NYG

DETROIT (+3.5) at INDIANAPOLIS: Two things I don't get coming into this season: the hype surrounding the Colts yet again, and the lofty expectations for Matthew Stafford.  Both will underwhelm.  PICK: Detroit

NEP (+6) at ARIZONA: We in the desert baby!  As if that wasn't enough, the Pats are without Tom Brady.  If the preseason was any indication, Jimmy Garoppolo is toast in this game.  PICK: Arizona (No Doubter)
(Garoppolo's car)

PITTSBURGH (-3) at WASHINGTON: Late last year we established that the Redskins hadn't played anybody good to get to 9-7 and win the NFC East.  They then proceeded to get stomped by the Packers in the playoffs.  Up against another big test in Pittsburgh, I think the Skins flounder again.  Also, I can't wait for Josh Norman to be a bust.  PICK: Pittsburgh

LOS ANGELES (-2.5) at SAN FRANCISCO: Remember before when I was talking about the Ryan brothers as coaches.  The same theory rings true for the Rams.  After watching Hard Knocks, it appears that they are coached by a pretty large collection of imbeciles led by Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams.  Fortunately this week, they are facing an equal match in Chip Kelly and his band of nitwits.  If the Raiders are my darlings this year, these two teams will be deep in my doghouse.  PICK: LA

Enjoy week 1 everybody!  

Friday, April 8, 2016

Requiem for The Process

Here lies "The Process" (2013-2016).  With Sam Hinkie's resignation on Wednesday night, the era known as The Process came to an end in Philadelphia.  Over the past three years, the Philadelphia 76ers have had the worst winning percentage of any team (though only having the worst overall record in one season) and have gotten worse every year.  In doing so however, they were able to acquire numerous draft picks, several young talents that have yet to all play on the same court, and shed payroll to the bone.  Most fans that do not have intimate knowledge of The Process will probably not understand, but Hinkie's resignation was a death knell for a huge number of Sixers fans, and any future success the Sixers have will seem hollow for those who "trusted the process."

I have highlighted it before, but I will briefly recap again where the Sixers were when Sam Hinkie was hired as GM.  After the glory years with Allen Iverson as the team's centerpiece, the Sixers were mired in mediocrity.  From 2003 to 2012 the Sixers finished anywhere from 6th to 13th in the East, and only won one playoff series (thanks in major part to an injured Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah).  In an attempt to escape this mediocrity, the Sixers GM and new owners decided to swing for the fences.  They traded most of their current and future assets to acquire Andrew Bynum.  Boom.  Bynum never played a minute and the Sixers were sunk.  Enter new GM Sam Hinkie.  The only man willing to take on this train wreck of a franchise.

From the get go, Hinkie admitted that he was going to rebuild the team from the ground up and that it was going to take time.  Surprisingly, Sixers ownership seemed ok with it.  This radical new plan clicked with a lot of Sixers fans.  Sixers fans were used to bad drafts, (Sharone Wright, Shawn Bradley, Larry Hughes) bad signings, (Elton Brand, Kenny Thomas) and some of the worst trades of all-time (Charles Barkley, Moses Malone, Wilt Chamberlain all shipped out for nothing).  Seeing Sam Hinkie fleece other teams in trades, expunge bad contracts, pile up draft picks and draft reasonably well gave us hope.  This new plan was radical, but Sixers fans needed something different and were ready to embrace it.

Fast forward to three years later.  The Sixers have started the season 1-30, the team has no point guard, and Jahlil Okafor is getting in to street fights in Boston.  As a result, Sixers ownership decides (perhaps at the prodding of the NBA) to bring in respected, yet unemployed and a dinosaur, former GM Jerry Colangelo as special advisor.  "Bring in" might not be the right word since he has maybe been to Philly three times since he was hired in December.  Colangelo swiftly hired Mike D'Antoni as an assistant coach and swung a trade for point guard Ish Smith.  The Sixers responded with a few wins, and Colangelo looked like a genius.  Colangelo used this favorable reception to minimize Sam Hinkie's role at every turn, and make him look bad with the media whenever he could.  Fast forward a few more months and the Sixers are just as bad as they were before Colangelo was brought in.  Yet somehow, Colangelo has become the only voice of the Sixers front office.  These Sixers owners that were once totally committed to The Process have pulled a complete 180.  As a result, Hinkie felt that he was being forced out (and might have been told as much) and penned his beautiful resignation manifesto.  I know I won't be able to persuade you to read the whole thing, but I did.  Hinkie was a genius, and it comes through in his letter.

So why are Sixers fans so mad?  There are several reasons, which I will try to break down with minimal rambling (good luck).  Here they are in bullet form:

  • The Sixers owners are full of shit: They were committed to this process for 3 seasons.  Why change your mind now?  Because Jahlil Okafor got in a fight?  Because the losing got to be too much?  If it was that bad, fire Hinkie.  Don't neuter him publicly like you did.  You gave him no choice.
  • Jerry Colangelo is a piece of shit: For so many reasons.  He badmouthed Hinkie at every turn publicly.  He leaked so many things (including the wonderful letter that Hinkie wrote) that were private to make Hinkie look bad.  He doesn't even live in Philly, and has only been to the city a handful of times, yet took increasing control of the team.
  • The worst was almost over: This season was awful.  No question.  But you can't tell me that the team won't be significantly improved next season with three (possibly four) first round picks, the return of a hopefully healthy Joel Embiid, Dario Saric joining the team from Europe, and a ton of money to sign free agents.  Ownership knew this was going to take time, and they forced Hinkie out the door when it was 80% complete.
  • Colangelo hired his fucking son to be GM: And waited all of an hour after Hinkie resigned to do it.  Did he conduct an interview process?  Did he even look past the speed dial on his phone?  That is indefensible.
  • Fear: Sixers fans are deathly afraid that these draft picks will be squandered, money will be wasted, and mediocrity will return now that Hinkie is gone.
  • Owners have said nothing: One of the things the media was critical of Sam Hinkie for was how he failed to address Jahlil Okafor's off court troubles in a timely manner.  Hinkie has now been resigned for two days.  Has anyone from the Sixers brass said anything?  Nope.  We have a press conference scheduled for tomorrow.  Let's see if anything of substance is said in that.
As we often discuss, the success of a franchise starts at the top.  The Sixers owners looked like they were committed to pursuing a different path, similar to some of the radical methods that have been so successful in other sports.  Towards the finish line, they lost patience with their idea and look more like the same shitty Sixers owners that we have always had.  That is the truly depressing fact of this whole thing.  Even though we sucked, Sixers fans had hope.  Now that has been stolen from us as well.  This whole thing just sucks. If you read this whole thing, good for you.  Whatever.



Friday, January 15, 2016

Can You Doug It?

First things first, I would like to apologize for the title of this blog.  I wanted to avoid anything "teach me how to Dougie" related (RIP Cali Swag District) so I chose to paraphrase the early 1980s classic "The Warriors" instead.  Corny, but I can live with it.  Now let's get down to business.  The tumultuous offseason for the Eagles gained a bit of stability this week as Doug Pederson has been reported to have accepted the head coaching position for next season.  Plenty of Eagles fans are already up in arms about this decision, as well as the selection process itself.  While I can empathize with them about how the process went, I think the hiring of Pederson is as good as any other candidate available, with the possible exception of Tom Coughlin.

The biggest reason that Eagles fans are skeptical of this hiring in my opinion, is because of the absolute disarray that the Eagles front office is in.  In a traditional front office, the team Owner and the General Manager make most of the decisions regarding hirings.  Not so in the Eagles front office, because they don't have a GM.  They have Executive VP of Football Operations Howie Roseman, who was stifled during Chip Kelly's reign and is power hungry again, and Director of Player Personnel Tom Donahoe.  These two men worked with owner Jeffrey Lurie during the hiring process, which probably led several coaches to wonder who was really calling the shots for the team.  Howie Roseman's difficulty working with others has also been well documented over the years.  I guarantee you several coaches saw this corporate structure in their interviews and said no way (Adam Gase, Ben McAdoo, Tom Coughlin) or decided to ignore the Eagles requests altogether (Hue Jackson).  This is a major problem going forward for more than just coaching.  It will no doubt affect the NFL draft as well as free agency.  The organization is not reputable from a front office stand point, and this led to a mangled coaching search.  This is why the fans are really angry in my opinion.  If the front office was better organized, the team would have been able to pick exactly the coach they wanted.  It appears that Pederson might have been the only guy left by the time they made their decision.  Going forward Jeffrey Lurie will have to make some tough decisions regarding the front office, including making sure his ego isn't getting in the way.

With that complete indictment of the Eagles front office aside, I for one don't think we got ourselves too bad of a head coach.  Fans are upset that Doug Pederson wasn't a "hot" candidate, and that no other team was interested in him.  I can think of several coaches that were hired under the same circumstances that turned out to be great.  Andy Reid was one.  Two seasons ago, nobody was lining up to interview a coach by the name of Bruce Arians, and where is he now?  John Harbaugh had never coached above special teams before taking the Ravens job.  Meanwhile, what ever happened to the sexy coaching candidates like Mike McCoy, Charlie Weis (that is the only time in history that the words sexy and Charlie Weis will be used in the same sentence), Steve Spagnuolo etc.?  The point is that a lot of different things go into being a good coach at any level, with player personnel being a huge factor, and you never know who will be a good coach and who won't.  So give Doug a chance for crying out loud.

Three paragraphs in and I haven't given one reason why I dig Doug.  Well, here it is.  He is a former quarterback.  Like it or not, the NFL has become completely quarterback driven.  Look at the teams still alive in the playoffs and you will see the following players at quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Russ Wilson, Carson Palmer, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Alex Smith.  Alex Smith is probably the only one you could argue who is not an elite quarterback.  With this importance placed on quarterbacks, I think it will be great to have Doug Pederson in charge because he can groom young quarterbacks, like he did with Donovan McNabb when they were both on the Eagles, and knows what it takes for a quarterback to succeed in the NFL.  Any stability a coach has had in the NFL is most likely based not so much upon his coaching prowess as it is the talent of his quarterback.  Therefore, I think Doug Pederson will be invaluable in finding the correct quarterback for the Eagles and building from there.  It's a pretty sad state of affairs that quarterbacks are the only thing that matters in the NFL, but if you look at almost every Super Bowl team in the last 25 years you will find that they had a great quarterback.  Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson were probably the two exceptions, but both of those teams had once in a lifetime defenses.

The hiring of Doug Pederson might not have been the most popular move, but in my opinion it will turn out to be a good one.  The success of the Eagles will start at the quarterback position, and Doug Pederson should be able to help the organization figure that position out.  Let's give him some time before instead of burying him right out of the gate.  Eagles fans, I only have one question for you...

Friday, January 8, 2016

Processing the Process

"In Hinkie We Trust" is a phrase you hear a lot around Philly.  The Sixers half GM-half mad scientist has completely stripped a once competitive basketball team to the studs and is in the...process...of totally rebuilding the team.  Die-hard and mostly younger Sixers fans have embraced "the Process" while the old guard has rejected it and is embarrassed by their team.  Moreover, the Process is universally disgusted by fans of other teams and the NBA in general either because it violates the competitive nature of the game in their opinion, or because they are jealous that their team isn't embracing it.  I for one, am a fan of the Process, but I would like to take a deeper dive into the successes and failures of it.  After reviewing it, I think you might agree that it is definitely not a shortcut to being competitive.  It also is probably no more or less successful than any other strategy for rebuilding a team.

THE PRO(CES)S

  • Cap Flexibility: By not signing coveted free agents, trading away expensive contracts, and relying on young players only, the Sixers have gotten themselves out of salary cap jail and in fact are well below the cap floor every season.  Because of this, they are able to stockpile assets from other teams that are in cap jail.  These assets could prove very valuable to the future of the franchise. Examples below:
    • For taking Javale McGee's $13 million contract off the hands of the Denver Nuggets, the Sixers also received a future first round pick (Thunder) in the deal
    • In exchange for two second round picks from Lithuania and taking the bloated contracts of Carl Landry and Jason Thompson, the Sixers receive 2014 first round pick Nik Stauskas and the right to switch first round picks with the Kings should they receive a higher pick.
  • The Players are Not Tanking: The popular word around the league is that the Sixers are "tanking" and somehow purposely losing games.  In my head, tanking means the players are purposely trying less hard to win; and that is not true.  While the team may have less talent than the other teams from an organizational standpoint of embracing "the Process", the players are still giving it their all every night.  While that may seem like splitting hairs to some, to me it is a win; because playing on a 4-34 basketball team might drain the life out of a locker room.  This team is full of guys that haven't given up, fight for each other and are giving 100%.  Just last night, T.J. McConnell sacrificed his body diving for a ball out of bounds.  The Sixers were down at least 20 at the time.  These guys are playing for their livelihood and they are treating it as such.
  • Finding Value in Unheralded Players: With plenty of holes in their roster, the Sixers are able to find diamonds in the rough in the summer leagues, the NBDL and in undrafted free agents.  These guys have helped the team, have value, and probably would not have had a chance to make it in the NBA otherwise.  Examples below:
    • TJ McConnell - An undrafted rookie PG out of Arizona is currently second among rookies in assists per game, first in assist to turnover ratio, and ninth in field goal percentage.  Any team could have had this guy, but because the Sixers had room on their team and could offer him playing time, they were able to unearth a valuable player.
    • Robert Covington - Not the best timing for this since he is in a major slump right now, but Covington was an undrafted player in the NBDL that the Sixers signed in 2014.  Since then, he has been one of the Sixers best shooters.  Last season, he averaged 13.5 points per game and shot 37% from three.  He was also supposed to represent the Sixers in the Taco Bell Skills Competition at the All-Star Game but had to withdraw due to injury.
  • Drafting the Right Players: While the Sixers haven't had the top pick in any draft (we will get into this later), they have made solid selections with the picks they have.  In 2013, they left the draft with Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams, two of the best players in what turned out to be a weak draft class (only CJ McCollum, the Greek Freak and maybe Rudy Gobert could be argued as better picks).  With pick number 39 in 2014, the Sixers selected Jerami Grant from Syracuse.  He is quickly becoming a defensive star for the Sixers and is still getting better.  This year's first round pick Jahlil Okafor is averaging 17 points and 7 rebounds at the tender age of 19 and should be in the running for rookie of the year.  Based on these successes, I also have high hopes for both Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, but those picks obviously remain to be seen.  These picks, along with the diamonds in the rough that I just mentioned, are probably a credit to the front office and talent scouts more than anything.  I bring it up though, because it is important not to squander the draft picks you have when rebuilding a team.  Example: In 2009 the T'Wolves had the 5th and 6th overall picks in the first round and chose point guards Johnny Flynn and Ricky Rubio consecutively.  The 7th pick that year?  Some guy named Steph Curry.
THE CONS
  • No Number 1 Pick: While the Sixers have been lousy for three seasons in a row, not once have they actually gotten the first overall pick/their rumored to be desired pick.  Last season, it was D'Angelo Russell who they were supposedly high on but they had to "settle" for Jahlil Okafor at pick three.  Two years ago, Andrew Wiggins was the player that the Process was invented for.  At pick three the Sixers selected, and are still waiting for, Joel Embiid.  This year the Sixers have the worst overall record by a comfortable margin.  Will it finally equate to a number 1 pick?  
  • Pieces Not Fitting Together: As I just mentioned, the Sixers have drafted three centers over the past three seasons.  We have yet to see what Joel Embiid can do, but right now it looks like Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel are having some trouble playing cohesively on the court at the same time.  This could get better over time, but what happens when you add Embiid and Saric to the log jam?  If you get the first pick this year, do you pile Ben Simmons on as well?  I understand you want to draft the best player available, and if need be the Sixers could trade some of these players for pieces they need; but it is clear that the pieces don't always fit together.  Also, if you trade some of these high picks, are you going to get max value for them?  Even when executing on high draft picks, stockpiling good players is not a cure all.
  • Revolving Door: I would argue that the Sixers this year have much more talent than they had last year.  However, last year's team was "able" to go 18-64, while this year's team is cruising at a miserable 4-34 pace.  Along with the pieces not fitting together, this team has no unity.  When players are treated as assets first, nobody is safe.  Tony Wroten was anointed this team's starting point guard coming into this season and was released on Christmas Eve.  Kendall Marshall was told that starting point guard was "his job to lose" and now he barely sees any minutes.  Finally before Christmas the Sixers traded for Ish Smith, whom they had last season and let walk in free agency, to bring some stability to the point with TJ McConnell.  That instability is awful for team chemistry, and I'm sure any player believes they could be the next to go if Sam Hinkie thinks he can "get value" in the deal.  Could creating this instability be a part of the Process in order to secure a losing record?  Sure, but I highly doubt it.
  • Not A Free Agent Destination: The Sixers do not actively pursue many free agents, but even if they did it has become clear that free agents do not want to sign with them.  Moreover, there have been rumblings from the camps of some potential draft picks that they were prefer not to get drafted by Philadelphia.  Players hate to lose, and losing is most certainly on the menu in Philly.  I don't see this as a huge problem, but it certainly doesn't help.  Here is a quote from an article over the summer: "One agent said he doesn’t want his max-level players in Philadelphia. He’s open to his midlevel players signing with the Sixers only if they overpay. The agent also said the Sixers are viewed as a landing spot for clients without any other NBA options….“The only way an agent will deal with the Sixers is the Jimmy Butler situation,” said a league source, noting that the restricted free agent identified the Sixers as possible destination this summer before he re-signed with the Chicago Bulls.“They’ll use the Sixers and [general manager Sam] Hinkie to get leverage for other teams,” he added. “They said, ‘OK, the Sixers have max money,’ and they’ll use that and put it out there in the press or whatever just to get leverage.”
  •  Divides Fan Base: As I mentioned much earlier, Sixers fans are divided.  Some love the Process, some hate it.  Every fan base has disagreements, but the Sixers fan are particularly fractured.  This team has been through enough, and could use every fan they can get.  At worst, I would say this is a net neutral though.  Some fans have disassociated with the team altogether, but some have become much more in tune with the Sixers.  As they often say, "winning cures all" though.
  • Not Getting Better: Like I said earlier, the Sixers are more talented than they were in the past two years, yet their record is much worse.  What hope does that give us that the Process will work?  We also have no time frame on the Process.  How long do we need to be patient for?  Will this plan every come to fruition?  Will next year be the year, or will we have to wait until next year?  It is extremely frustrating to see no progress from a team that you think is getting better.  Doubt starts to creep in.

For a lot of the negative reasons I just mentioned, I believe the Sixers have brought in former Suns owner Jerry Colangelo to assist with the Sixers rebuild.  Some tend to think he might abort the Process altogether, but I think he might just give the organization the credibility they need with players, owners and agents, while still letting Sam Hinkie do his thing.  As you can see, the Process is at best a mixed blessing.  Next season will be absolutely crucial in determining its success or failure.  It is not for every team, that is for certain.  However, you have to remember where the Sixers were before the Process.  They had just traded away their best player (Andre Iguodala), mortgaged their future (trading their 2011, 2012 and 2013 first round picks) and maxed out their salary in order to acquire Andrew Bynum.  Bynum proceeded to play 0 games for the Sixers.  They had to blow it up after that colossal failure.  The Process was their best option in my opinion and they went for it.  Like I said before, I don't think it is any better or worse than any other rebuilding plan and success is not guaranteed.  It should also not be criticized as much as it is.  I think that is out of jealousy more than anything (looking at you Simmons).  If the NBA really thought it was a shortcut to being competitive, they would outlaw it.  It is just an outside the box way of thinking.  It is a different strategy, that like every other one has its pluses and minuses.  Very similar to Moneyball in Major League Baseball in my opinion.  I for one support it, and am excited to see how it plays out.  If we ever get there...