Week Twelve of The Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill Picks of The Week

Tim McKernan, Wed, 25 Nov 2015 03:14:00 GMT

Week Twelve of The Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill Picks of The Week

This is beyond embarrassing now.

1-6 two weeks ago. 2-5 last week. That’s 3-11 to you and me, Russ.


But, 30-48 on the season?

Downright disgusting.

The thing is that I’m actually trying and using the same strategies that have been successful in the past, but I’m just getting buried with no reason for optimism.

You could say I’m the Jeff Fisher of football prognosticators.

Fortunately, @ProdJoe has dicked around this season as well, and he is 35-43. But, to his credit, Producer Joe went 5-2 last weekend. Tip of the cap.

Here’s a look at the standings:

Producer Joe: 35-43 (5-2 Last Week)/Locks of The Week: 4-7 (0-1 Last Week)

Tim: 30-48 (2-5 Last Week)/Locks of The Week: 5-6 (0-1 Last Week)

Congratulations to Alan Bowman who went undefeated last week. He receives a $25 gift certificate to Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill for his outstanding effort.

I would like to say I’m going to right the ship, but after close to 80 games, I am what my record says I am: garbage.

Game on.

(This is painful).

Missouri at Arkansas (-14)

Producer Joe: So this could be it for Gary Pinkel, one last game to get bowl eligible. I thought Pinkel should have been gone after the 2012 season, I wrote about it quite bit for this picks column. And yes, he took Missouri to two straight SEC Championship Games, but right now, is the Missouri Football program in a better place overall than it was following the 2012 season? After the 2012 season, you still had James Franklin coming back for 2013 & you still had DGB, plus a really solid DL. Right now, you hope that Lock will develop with the experience of this season & you hope that Beckner is ready to go at the start of the season, plus the same overall good DL. Missouri fans will be doing the same thing in 2016 that they could have been doing in 2013, new head coach and a lot of questions. But this time, Florida is getting better, Tennessee is getting better, and Georgia will be Georgia (so probably another 9-3 season). Yes, Gary Pinkel made Missouri relevant and they played for a 4 conference championships, but did he lay a foundation that can continue to grow and achieve more? That part I am not sold on. Oh, and I think they keep it close this week. Pick: Missouri (+14)

Tim: I believe I should be handed the 2015-16 HotShots’ Picks of The Week Championship right here and right now, because @ProdJoe is attempting to justify his calling for Gary Pinkel’s head following the 2012 season in the above wordvomit. I also said—in a more non #hottake manner—that I thought it was in the best interests of the Missouri program to let Gary Pinkel go after 2012. I laid out my reasoning, specifically citing the program’s performance since beating #1 Oklahoma in 2010, and his record against Top 25 opponents. However, Pinkel proved me wrong in 2013 and 2014. Period. And I couldn’t be happier about it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with pointing out that Pinkel not only never won a conference championship, his teams got worked over in conference championship games. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with pointing out the Bill Snyder Schedule Guide Pinkel followed in order to resurrect the program. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with pointing out the mediocre conference records. However, what took place in 2007 and 2013, and to a lesser extent 2008 and 2014, were not even on the radar of thought when he took over the job in December 2000. When Gary Pinkel took over the program, there were three main seasons on the St. Louis sports calendar: Cardinals, Rams, and Blues. Now there are four. And it wouldn’t be that way without the success in the best conference of them all in 2013 and 2014. Now, with that said, they get blown off the field Friday. Pick: Arkansas (-14)

Ohio State at Michigan (-2)

Producer Joe: I really dislike Urban Meyer. Seeing him on the losing end last weekend brought a smile to my face. I really like Jim Harbaugh. Seeing him win this weekend would bring an even larger smile to my face. Unfortunately I don’t think it happens. Ugh. Pick: Ohio State (+2)

Tim: Ohio State just isn’t that good. The most confusing line of the year was last Saturday with the Buckeyes giving 14 to Michigan State. If my 38% against the spread ass could see that, I can’t imagine what the sharps in Las Vegas were thinking. Pick: Michigan (-2)

Notre Dame at Stanford (-2)

Producer Joe: This game will finally end the talk of Notre Dame making it to the playoff this season. Oh, and this line shifted 6 points in about 48 hours. Really, Notre Dame opened up as a 2 point favorite. Pick: Stanford (-2)

Tim: Notre Dame is beat up, and even if they were to win, they’d likely need some help to get into the playoff. But, they’re going to give the committee something to sweat. Pick: Notre Dame (+2)

Rams at Bengals (-9)

Producer Joe: How bout those Rammies? How about the fact that the head coach of this team gets paid $7M a year, is surrounded by players that were either drafted or signed by a GM of his choice, and has a staff of “his” coaches? This is Jeff Fishers team. When the 2 minute warning occurred in the 4th quarter, the Rams had the ball 1st & 10 at the Ravens 39. The Ravens have 2 timeouts remaining. 1st down results in no gain for Gurley and the Ravens use their 2nd timeout. At this point, some genius on Genius Fisher’s staff decides that it is time for Case Keenum to throw a pass (mind you, this is Case Keenum, not Tom Brady). This is brain dead move #1. They complete the pass, but why in the world are you throwing when you are engaged in a tie game, with the ball, in FG range, & the other team is down to their final TO? Why? Next play, 3rd and 5-from the +34, 1:49 remaining & Baltimore out of TOs…..of course, this is the time to pass again. Fuck Jeff Fisher, his staff, and his owner. But really, this is mind blowing shit. Better use of the clock and play calling could have prevented Case Keenum from getting knocked onto Queer Street and then a play later fumbling. But, so could have making the FG. Pick: Bengals (-9)

Tim: I’m not sure who gets embarrassed more this weekend: Missouri or the Rams. Pick: Bengals (-9)

Steelers at Seahawks (-4)

Producer Joe: The March of the Seahawks is underway. Look out rest of the NFC. Pick: Seahawks (-4)

Tim: I agree with Producer Joe here. Pick: Seahawks (-4)

Patriots (-3) at Broncos

Producer Joe: I only have to lay three points in a match-up of Tom Brady and Brock Osweiler? Really? I do have one worry though. Brady got the shit knocked out of him on MNF, and the Broncos can send a bunch of rushers at him as well. I just don’t trust Brock. Pick: Patriots (-3)

Tim: The Patriots are decimated. They’ve got dudes coming off the practice squad catching passes. I think it catches up with them this weekend, and the Broncos win comfortably. Pick: Broncos (+3)

Locks of The Week

Producer Joe: Iowa State at West Virginia (-13.5): I have opened up a 5 pick lead over Tim. That lead can evaporate pretty quickly and I am losing the tie breaker. Really need to hit a Lock at some point. Pick: West Virginia (-13.5)

Tim: Oklahoma (-6.5) at Oklahoma State: I must be missing something on Oklahoma. I don’t see it. I think Oklahoma State and the money line has value here, nevermind the 6.5 points you’re going to get. Pick: Oklahoma State (+6.5)

Now’s your chance to partake in the fun and games. Pick the six games we picked and give your Lock of The Week using the latest spreads from scoresandodds.com. Give the total points of Missouri-Arkansas as your tiebreaker. Whoever does the best wins a $25 gift certificate to Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill.