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Hey everyone

A little recap from last week's somewhat successful pickage.  I posted my best record to date (10-6)! A record like that would certainly put me in the AFC playoffs, and I might even win a division in the NFC. I picked quite a few upsets, such as the Dolphins over the Chiefs, and the Packers over the Vikes. How do I decide who to pick? I literally just look at the teams, factor in their last game's results, and imagine a score of the game. Usually some wild things happen and therefore the final scores are usually wrong, but I feel like if you overstat yourself and look too deep for trends, you tend to hurt your judgement. So, if you wish to try and make your own picks, I'd suggest going from your gut and not look too deep into each game. 

I don't want to look too far back into the NFL season, as I picked this prediction thing up from Josh and ran with it. Since I've started, I've posted a record of 21-21. Not too shabby, but I'd like to get that winning percentage up towards .600. I don't think John Madden's .714 is really within reach, although crazier things are possible. I want to get that perfect week. Perhaps this is the week where it happens?

Off topic, big ups to my Red Sox, paying a Japanese man 5 BILLION yen to TALK with him. I think that might be the coolest conversion in a sports context I have ever seen. I mean, 5 BILLION? Well, apparently D-Mat, as the Boston Press has affectionatley called him, throws a Gyroball. For those who don't know, a Gyroball is a pitch thrown by Matsuzaka which is thrown like a screwball (instead of snapping arm inside, snaps arm outside) but moves down and away from a right handed batter. I have no idea how that is possible, but it certainly sounds intriguing! It was developed by two Japanese scientists, and it looks like a fastball to the hitter, only goes much slower and has as very late break. Interesting. Now only if Arod and Jeter can't hit it, we can all hail the Gyroball!

Also, one more quick question for my readers. The NFL network is televising the games on Thanksgiving. Does this mean that the Thanksgiving games aren't going to be on the network stations? Can someone please clarify that? Thank you! 

You'll have to wait til Friday to see Week 11's picks. For now, I am excited to travel back home and see my whole family for Thanksgiving next Thursday. I hope everyone can have the same luxury. Peace out

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