Sunday, January 18, 2009

I'm not normally a fan of watching videos of accidents or crashes, but this security camera video of the Hudson River plane incident is amazing. Wait until the end, where someone in the building sees what's going on and zooms in on the plane.

How this guy landed that plane that softly on glide ... incredible. I hope he gets a big-assed bonus from his employers for saving them about umpteen billion dollars in lawsuits.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Welcome to The Hoser's NFL Postseason Picks, Week Three, where we're wondering if former Cowboys star Michael Irvin actually avoided a carjacking by giving the thug one of his signature autographed crack pipes.

The Hoser posted another solid postseason week, going 3-1 both against the spread and straight up. We thought the weather would be worse in Pittsburgh, and frankly, we just didn't have a big enough sac to go with our gut and pick Arizona to win the game outright. To paraphrase Dabney Coleman in Dragnet, you'd have to have balls as big as church balls to have pulled that one off.

According to a report on, Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner can add as much as $4M to his base salary for next season if Arizona wins the Super Bowl. That's probably enough to buy the photographic rights to those shots of his wife where she's a dead ringer for Susan Powter.

Speaking of Arizona, the Cardinals are running a great promotion at this week's NFC Championship game -- buy a family four-pack of hot dogs and drinks and receive the Phoenix Coyotes for free.

As always, these picks are just for fun. Using them to wager money is advisable as taking the head coaching job in Detroit -- good luck, Jim "May I Be With You" Schwartz!

Philadelphia (-3.5) at ARIZONA -- O/U 47.5: It pains us to say this, but this is where the Cardinals' road ends. Last week's win over the Panthers was more about Jake Delhomme's collapse than Arizona's dominance, and now they face an Eagles team peaking at exactly the right time.
If Philadelphia could handle the Giants with little contribution from Brian Westbrook, there's no reason to think they won't score on Arizona's weaker defense with him being targeted more. McNabb and the Eagles will dial up an easy victory -- and Donovan won't have to pick up a sideline phone to do it. Eagles 30, Cardinals 17.

Baltimore (+5.5) at PITTSBURGH -- O/U 33.5: We like Ravens' rookie quarterback Joe Flacco all right. We're just not ready to say he's the greatest first-year QB ever. In fact, he'll be opposite the man who probably is -- Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger.
Flacco only managed to go 11-for-22 for 161 yards last week against Tennessee, and now he'll be facing the NFL's best defense both against the pass and overall. That doesn't smell like a third rookie playoff win to us.
The Steelers will ride their balanced offense just enough to win this game. However, at below-freezing temperatures and an 80% chance of flurries, we like the Ravens to cover. Steelers 19, Ravens 16.

Postseason Record:

Last Week ATS: 3-1

Last Week SU: 3-1

Total ATS: 7-1

Total SU: 7-1

Friday, January 09, 2009

Welcome to The Hoser's NFL Postseason Picks, Week Two, where we're wishing now-former Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski good luck with his next job interview -- at Burger King.

The Hoser nailed it last week, going a perfect four-for-four both against the spread and straight up. Why couldn't we be this eerily accurate during the regular season? Oh right, 16 games instead of four.

The Cowboys finally figured out having PacMan Jones around to average 4.5 yards per punt return and pick off exactly zero passes wasn't really worth it, cutting him loose this week. We swear to God, according to this article in the Kansas City Star, Jones actually said football isn't everything to him. "I loves me some me," Jones said.

No kidding.

You might think Jones's next stop would be prison, or alcohol rehab. We can only think of one more appropriate place -- Oakland.

As always, these picks are just for fun. Using them to wager money is advisable as going for a cruise in the Suez Canal.

Baltimore (+2.5) at TENNESSEE -- O/U 34: We have absolutely no faith in the Titans. Do we need to say anything besides that? Ravens 20, Titans 19.

Arizona (+9.5) at CAROLINA -- O/U 48: The Panthers are undefeated at home this season, and the Cardinals are 0-5 on the East Coast. That's enough to overcome my Kurt Warner mancrush. Panthers 28, Cardinals 20.

Philadelphia (+4.5) at NY GIANTS -- O/U 40.5: Is anything scarier than a division game in the playoffs? For New York -- who has already lost to Philadelphia at home this season -- there shouldn't be. A lot depends on Brandon Jacobs, but we'll take the Iggles on the road. Philadelphia 23, New York 19.

San Diego (+6) at PITTSBURGH -- O/U 38: We're not a huge fan of the Steelers right now -- but we're also thinking Darren Sproles is not going to run through Pittsburgh the way he did the Colts. The cold weather will keep it close, though. Steelers 17, Chargers 14.

Postseason Record:

Against The Spread: 4-0

Straight Up: 4-0

Saturday, January 03, 2009

As you can see below, The Hoser nailed the first pick, and now what we thought we be a shocker:

Indianapolis Colts (+1) at SAN DIEGO CHARGERS -- O/U 50: San Diego 27, Indianapolis 21.

Whether LT plays or not, we'll take the hot hand at home. Besides, even if Christmas is past, Chargers backup RB Darren Sproles is still our favourite little elf.

Baltimore Ravens (+3) at MIAMI DOLPHINS -- O/U 37.5: Baltimore 21, Miami 16.

Sorry, Charlie -- this is where The Tuna's amazing run ends. The Ravens will put the clamp down on Miami's only-adequate offense.

Philadelphia Eagles (+3) at MINNESOTA VIKINGS -- O/U 41.5: Philadelphia 31, Minnesota 16.

The lone blowout. Playoff experience trumps ... one really fantastic running back and not a whole lot else.

Cardinals 26, Falcons 23.

Rest later!