Notes from the North
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Why, oh why, did I pick the Chiefs???? Why? Somebody please tell me. And, even worse, why did I assign six precious points to them?

I went 12-2 this weekend and you'd think I'd be celebrating. Problem is, everybody else in the pool seems to have gone 12-2, 13-1 or even 14-0. Must have been a pretty easy week.

I'd still be golden if I hadn't assigned a big six points to the Chiefs-Bengals game. And picked Kansas City. What a ridiculous pick, in retrospect. I let the Chiefs' performance the previous week fool me into thinking they could play well two weeks in a row. Wrongo. They got pummelled Andy Dalton and Co.

My other mistake? I picked Carolina to beat Tampa Bay. I know: close call, eh? The Panthers looked like they were going to win it, right up until the last couple of minutes. I should have had more faith in that resilient Buc squad I guess.

The reason I'm not lamenting that pick as much as the KC pick is simple: first, I was almost right; second, I only lost a single point. I figured the game would be close and hedged my bets with the lowest number of points I could assign.

So I didn't win the weekly pool. I'm not even sure I moved up, despite my impressive 12-2 record on the picks themselves.

The only thing that might set me apart is the fact that I managed to foresee the Jests win over St. Louis. Not many people picked New York in that game so a lot of poolies lost a lot of points on that one. I guess it made up for the ridiculous Chief pick!

Meanwhile, how about that Kaepernick guy for San Fran? Not a bad back up, I'd say. Not that I think his performance will create the quarterback controversy everybody is suddenly predicting. Alex Smith is the number three passer in the league. You don't mess with that. Just keep the backup on a learning curve and ready.

And let's not give too much credit to Kaepernick for the Niners win over Chicago. I have a feeling Aldon Smith and his incredible 5.5 sacks had a little something to do with as well!

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