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A Sucker Bet

by Tom King

Gamblers on the NFL this season must be pulling out what little hair they have left. There has been very little rhyme or reason to who wins or who loses every week. And some of the individual performances defy belief. Just yesterday saw Nick Foles of the Eagles throw 7 touchdown passes just a couple of weeks after he was putrid in a game. Joe Kapp's record, which was set back in 1969, has now been tied twice this season. Kansas City ran their record to 9-0 after beating Buffalo. I'm sure that everybody had the Chiefs as the last undefeated team when the season began. The Jets have a sub-par rookie quarterback, no good running backs and no good receivers and somehow beat the high scoring Saints yesterday. Tom Brady looked injured, frustrated and washed-up the last few weeks...and he hung 55 on the board yesterday as New England trounced Pittsburgh. It seems that this has become the norm in the NFL. Nothing is certain (except Jacksonville and Tampa Bay losing). Gamblers beware.

The Packers face the Bears tonight and even with most of his receivers out with injuries I think Aaron. Rodgers picks the Bears apart. And if the D can keep Matt Forte in check (and I think they can) The Pack should win this one and continue on to a sneaky good season. I'm not going to be surprised if they win out.

Congrats to the Wausau East and Wausau Newman volleyball teams that earned trips to State. For Newman it's becoming routine. They are going for the 3rd straight year and 5th out of the last 6. And they are doing it in overwhelming fashion. They swept every match in the playoffs so far.  For the Lumberjacks its the first trip to State since 1978. They face Neenah on Thursday night. Newman plays Hilbert on Friday.

Congrats also to the Stevens Point Boys Cross Country team...they won their 10th state title on Saturday.

The Bucks have been a mixed bag so far. They have fallen behind in all three games but came back to make all three competitive at the end ...but...only have one win to show. They host Cleveland on Wednesday.

The NBA pundits may have been wrong about Philly. The thought was that the 76ers were going to tank this season, putting together a non-competitve roster, and would have trouble winning 10 games. They have started the season 3-0 including wins over the Heat & Bulls.

Songs of The Day   (from my I-pod)

Michael From Mountains-Joni Mitchell (1969) a track from her debut album "Song From A Seagull" introduced us to her incredible voice and song-writing capability.

Midas Shadow-Al Stewart (1976) a rumination on wasting your life in pursuit of money from "The Year Of The Cat"