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Getting Real Edition: D’s Picks

My picks the last two weeks have been a little crappy. OK they’ve royally sucked. I rushed in those picks last Sunday 5 minutes before the National Anthem was sung, but that is no excuse. Our bearded friends deserve better football predictions.

Here’s where we stand:
D’s record to date: 9-10
D’s record last week: 2-2

In celebration of our (almost) 1000 Likes on Facebook, how about we get to .500 again this week?

All lines from Vegas Insider

This is a tricky call.  Chicago is missing Jay Cutler, but they’re at home and their defense is playing great football right now.  KC, led by Tyler Palko (Hail to Pitt) has no chance in Chicago against the Bears’ defense.  I’d love to see the newly acquired Kyle Orton get the start for KC against his old team here, but either way, they lose and by more than 10.  D’s Pick: Bears

Houston is another team hobbled by broken QBs.  They’re down two actually, but somehow I think they will pull this one out.  Call me crazy, but it’s another team with a great defense at home…I think they show up for this one and stop Atlanta.  Arian Foster goes crazy for 150 yds and 2 TDs and Atlanta sputters.  D’s Pick: Texans

Oakland is a hot team right now.  Carson Palmer is proving that he’s a legit QB and their running game has been lights out…WITHOUT Darren McFadden.  Not sure if he’s coming back this week, but even without him, they will beat Miami, in Miami by more than 3 measly points.  D’s Pick: Oakland

Curtis Painter
Curtis Painter grows a manly beard about as well as he wins games.

Let’s not mince words here.  The Colts are terrible this year.  Dreadful.  They’re mixing things up by starting Dan Orlovsky.  Really Indy?  That’s the spark you’ve been looking for?  Hey, they won’t win this game, there is no way…but lose by 21?  This isn’t LSU vs. Kentucky Barber College, the Colts are (barely) an NFL team.  They will not lose by 21.  20, maybe, but not 21.  D’s Pick: Indy

I hate the Redskins.  Jets win by 4.  D’s Pick: New York

Just like the Indy/New England line is too big, this one is too small.  Yeah, Kolb might be back for the Cardinals, and sure, Beanie Wells had 600 yards and 5 TDs last week.  Big deal.  Dallas wins this one by at least 2 TDs.  If you get to see any of this on TV, take a look at the crowd.  Arizona is where people from Texas go to die retire.  Read: Dallas at Arizona is like a home game.  D’s Pick: Dallas

I feel best about the Dallas pick, so that’s my lock of the week.  Second most confident in the Oakland pick.  They are MUCH better than they come off some weeks.  Houston beating Atlanta is a major stretch, especially w/ T.J. Yates at QB, but I feel like that defense is only getting better and will find a way to win this game for them.

Please comment/post your own picks.  We’d love to see them.

D’s Picks – Lightning Round

Sorry for the rushed post today…been a crazy week…and I’m on the injury report today.  Google: Sole Skate

No Cutler…No Way…Oakland wins this one.

Seattle.  Skins suck.

New England all the way.


A Perfect Week Affords Me Some Tardiness, Right? D’s Picks: 3-0 Edition

Did you happen to notice who was 3-0 last week? Yeah, this guy. I do apologize for being so late with this week’s picks. I was a little under the weather this past week. I blame the removal of my beard for the weakening my immune system. Regardless, no more excuses and on to the picks!

Brett Keisel Wearing a Troy Palamalu Wig
Obligatory Brett Keisel picture.

Take the Bills and the points here.  Yes I was burned by them a few times already…and they’re on the road against an improving Miami team.  Still going Buffalo, it’s time for them to turn it around.  I think this game will be ugly and close, but Buffalo will win by a FG.

The Raiders are way better than 1.5 point favorites against the Vikings.  Yes it’s tough to play the Vikings at home with all those stupid Viking horns blowing, but they’re really bad this year.  Palmer throws more TDs than interceptions this week and they win by 7.

I hate the Redskins.  Have we established that?  I’m picking against them every week.  Rex Grossman couldn’t make a team in the CFL let alone the NFL.  The Cowboys will win this game by 21 points.  DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant run wild in this one.  God I hate the Redskins.  Cowboys minus 1000 in this one.

This is my stretch pick.  The 49ers are great this year, they really are.  I think they win this game.  The John Skelton Cardinals find a way to get within 10 and hang around in this one.  It won’t be pretty, but it will be closer than 10 points.  Take the Cardinals and the points.

Dallas is my lock of the week, fairly confident in Oakland and Buffalo; pick Arizona with caution.

All lines from Vegas Insider

D’s record to date: 6-5
D’s record last week: 3-0
D’s days without touching a razor or shaving product of any type: 20

Staying the Course – This Will Even Out Somewhere, Right? D’s Picks! 11-11-11 Edition

Er, I guess it’s the 11-12-11 edition, I’m late again, sue me.

DISCLAIMER: I’m not a bookie, prognosticator or professional gambler.  These picks are for entertainment (and ridicule) only.  If you are dumb enough to use this picks for an attempt at financial gain, you my friend have not been keeping up.

Week 10 in the NFL started with a surging Oakland Raiders team serving the San Diego Chargers their 4th straight loss.  Ouch.  I’m actually a closet SD fan (except for when they play the Steelers), but I have to say the Raiders are looking great.  Carson Palmer looks like he’s time warped back to the Chad Johnson/Housch days and the young receivers on that team sparkle every week.  Yeah I said sparkle.  They might win 10 games next year.

On to the mediocrity that are my weekly picks!

All lines are from Vegas Insider

I’m thinking there are 1000 people in the stadium for this one.  Probably less watching it on TV.  Snooze fest in the making.  Blaine Gabbert and Curtis Painter will probably throw 6 interceptions, MJD will rush for 100 and The COlts take one more step towards their heir apparent, Andrew Luck.  Jags, powered by MJD, win this one by 7.  Take them and the points all day long.  LOCK OF THE WEEK.

Brett Keisel Beard!!
Keisel says: “We’re winning this one!”

I’m doing it again, picking a Steelers game.  This time, I’m picking the Steelers.  Pittsburgh’s defense looked OK against Baltimore last week and should feast on Andy Dalton.  Ike Taylor will keep A.J. Green out of the endzone and Cedric Benson will rush for less than 50 yards. I’m picking against the AFC North leading Bengals at home and going with the Steelers here.

I’m picking against the Redskins every week.  Miami is dreadful, but not dreadful(er) as the Redskins.  Everyone seems to think that Roy Helu is the second coming of Thurman Thomas but this week he’ll be bottled up and Beck will be forced to look for plays down the field.  Translation: Beck throws 3 interceptions and the Dolphins find a way to squeak this one out.  Look for Brandon Marshall to get 100 and a TD.

D’s record going into this week: 3-5


I Owe Our Sports Fans an Apology

I’m Sorry, there, I said it.

I’m realllly not cut out for this sports gambling/betting thing am I?  Through two weeks I’m a paltry 3-5 and for that I apologize for letting any of you who were stupid enough to take sports betting advice from a complete stranger on the Internet.

Let’s breakdown what happened:

Jets defense showed up, Fitzpatrick sucked.  The darling Bills have a ton of tough games coming up too.  This might be the beginning of the end for them.

ALABAMA (-4.5) vs. LSU
If Alabama had one decent kicker instead of two shitty ones, they win this game.  Maybe not by 4.5, but still…this one was a toss up.

TEXAS TECH (+12.5) vs. TEXAS
I had flashbacks to Texas Tech in the Michael Crabtree era when I was making that pick.  Texas is legit, Texas Tech blows.

My other two picks were a little closer than I had hoped for as well.

Look, I’m a guy with a beard who writes a blog about beards, sports, beer, etc with his buddy.  If I could make sports picks, I’d be living in Vegas.

OK, now that we’re over all of that…stay tuned for D’s New and Improved Can’t Miss Take Them To the Bank Picks of the week in a few days!


One in Three Is OK in Baseball – D’s Picks: Redemption Time

So I let you guys down last week.  My apologies.  I was pretty confident in the Bills pick and came through. The Patriots and Panthers crapped the bed though.  What did I learn?  Two things: 1.) Don’t pick against your team at home, ever.  Just let that one go.  And 2.) The Panthers got the #1 overall pick for a reason last year, they’re not a good team.

For my lock of the week, I’m a believer, the Buffalo Bills!

The Bills annihilated the dreadful Redskins last week.  While I’ll go on record as the DC area’s biggest ‘skins hater, their defense isn’t terrible.  The Bills made them look bad.  So what happens when they face Dr Rex, podiatrist of love’s overrated green machine?  More of the same.  I think the Jets put up some points, but Buffalo and Fred Jackson will win this one.  In fact, I’m guaranteeing AT LEAST 1 Jackson TD, probably two.  Bills win this one by 7.

I’m not calling this one a lock, but I’m pretty confident with this pick.  The Titans have flashes of mediocrity and above average-ness but at the end of the day, they have an old QB, their best WR is long gone for the season and their super star, highest paid, RB is on pace for what, 500 yds this year?  Had I picked this game preseason, I would have undoubtedly picked the Titans, because even though they were spotty at best going into this season, the Bengals were awful looking.  Well, guess what?  The Bengals are looking pretty good.  Cedric Benson comes back from his suspension and racks up close to 100 and a TD and Andy Dalton finds a way to keep the ball away from Cortland Finnegan and tosses a few TDs.  Take Cincy and the points here, they’ll win outright.

I really don’t like the Redskins so don’t be surprised if I pick against them every week.  Thing is, regardless of my emotions getting in the way of my picks…picking the ‘skins out of spite, should net me a few wins this year.  They are terrible on offense.  Fred Davis is the only thing they have that could be moderately described as a weapon.  The addition of Tashard Choice was an OK move, but he’s out this week and guess what, John Beck is starting at QB again.  No Santana Moss, no Chris Cooley, no Tim Hightower = no win for the ‘skins.  But why waste any more space on them, San Francisco is SOLID this year.  Frank Gore is putting up MVP numbers and Alex Smith is actually doing a pretty good job.  Harbaugh has found a way to dodge the old West Coast team going East and losing curse as well.  I think either Braylon Edwards or Crabtree has a HUGE day and the 49ers coast in this one.  I’m thinking they win by 14, but I’ll go on record as saying they win by 7.


ALABAMA (-4.5) vs. LSU
Depending upon how the BCS slices and dices things in December, THIS could be the game of the year.  LSU’s defense is just NASTY.  You know what though, Alabama has given up fewer points this year.  On paper, judging by defenses alone, this could be a 6-3 thriller but we all know in NCAA football it rarely works that way, especially when dominate offenses are on the other side of the field.  I think both teams get into the 20s, but I feel like ‘Bama will get a late TD in a deadlocked game to seal the deal and become the undisputed #1 in the land.  I’m not betting the farm here…in fact, this is a “giant game of the year, I have to make a pick” toss up, but I’m going with Alabama minus the points.

TEXAS TECH (+12.5) vs. TEXAS
I love this game.  Texas Tech can throw the ball, every year they are one of the best passing offenses in all of the NCAA.  Guess what, Texas, despite their top 25 ranking have been giving up a lot of points.  I still think that Texas wins this game, but it will be closer than 12.5 points.  Take Tech and the points.

In summary: Bills, Bengals, 49ers, Alabama and Texas Tech

Spreads are from Vegas Insider

D’s Record to date: 1-2

D’s Picks

I’ll begin by issuing a stern warning.  THESE PICKS ARE FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY.  I’m not a professional gambler, bookie or odds maker.  I do however have a pretty good track record at ESPN’s Streak For the Cash.

Every week (sometimes more than once a week) I will give you, our loyal readers a few picks for upcoming games that I feel are pretty solid locks.  I’ll keep track of my record as the picks go on so that you guys can heckle me for being terrible or herald me as the second coming of Jimmy the Greek.

Without further adieu, here goes (all NFL this week):

Carolina almost beats really good teams on a weekly basis.  Minnesota struggles to score points against bad teams.  That won’t bode well for the Vikings.  Some people are going nuts for Christian Ponder already, but don’t forget who he’s matching up with in this one.  Cam Newton has shown his share of rookie issues, but he’s the most solid rookie playing in the NFL right now.  Minnesota might have a shot if they can get AP running wild, but Ponder on the road against a team on the rise is a tough match.  Carolina, at home, wins this one easily.

In recent history, the Washington Redskins tend to have a mountain of hype and false hope following them into the start of the season.  This year was no different.  Rex Grossman was declaring the team as NFC East champs, Tim Hightower was supposed to rejuvenate a stale run game and the Shanahans were supposed to finally get everything clicking.  Recent history also shows that this hype tends to fizzle into a sub-.500 record and rumblings for someone’s head.  Well, it’s happening.  Hightower has been stale and is out for the season…Rex is on the bench…Their best 50 year old receiver (Santana Moss) is out with an injury for the next few games.  Let the skid begin.  While I’m not completely buying into Buffalo as a powerhouse, they win this game, way bigger than 6 points.  Fred Jackson, Stevie Johnson and Buffalo’s turnover grabbing defense are too much for the battered, John Beck led Redskins.  Take this one with confidence.

This one pains me to the core.  I grew up an hour outside of Pittsburgh and I am a hardcore Steelers fan.  In my heart I’m saying Steelers all the way.  Unfortunately I say that every week and the last 7 times WE played the Patriots, my heart was wrong 6 times.  I’m going to use my head on this one.  Brady has made punishing the Steelers’ secondary look like a walk in the park way too many times.  The Steelers will put up a fight.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Mike Wallace gets loose for a long TD, but Brady and his arsenal will prove to be too much for the Steelers’ secondary.  The Patriots, fresh and rested off of a bye week, steal a win in Pittsburgh.  Ugh, that hurts…I hope that I’m wrong.

Oh, if you are wondering the lines are from Vegas Insider


If you think I’m crazy, please comment and let me know.

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It’s Not All Whiskers Around Here

beer bottle cap

Just a heads up to our new friends, this site isn’t all about beards.  It’s just mostly about beards.  As a gross generalization, we’re assuming that guys with beards are also into sports and beer.  Beards and whiskey go pretty well together as well.  Also, I have a beard and I like to play fantasy football, cards and frequent the casino…so sure, gambling will be covered too.  Seeing that a beard is a hipster requirement, we’ll probably talk about cycling and music that you never heard of as well.  Yeah…let’s be honest here, this is a guy’s blog.

Ooh and cars too…yeah we love cars.

Ooh yeah, guys who like to climb things and sleep in tents usually have beards too…and axes.  Outdoorsy stuff is not off limit either.

In fact, if this thing takes off, I’m thinking we’ll have a huge anniversary party in the woods, complete with blackjack tables, a race track, a velodrome, some pretentious indie bands and of course a rock climbing wall…we’ll have REI, VW, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Jack Daniels and MGM sponsor the event.