Friday, September 22, 2006

Shabbat Shalom 29 Elul 5766

Good News for Judy
Women showing ignorance

Chicago Sun Times readers were speechless earlier this week when the publication released a poll that showed Governor Blagojevich (D) with a commanding 30 point lead against challenger Judy Baar Topinka (R). The results were taken by a sample of only 400 voters, overwhelmingly Democratic with the final results reached by a weighted scale. Everyone and their mother disputed the results including your brilliant blogger.

A poll released today by the St. Louis Dispatch paints a much tighter race and in fact shows Topinka within 6 points of the governor. The results are layed out in the above hyperlink and contains fascinating results. Topinka has a strong lead among male and Independent voters. However, Blagojevich has an overwhelming lead among woman. The same Sun-Times polling company also released a poll showing Todd Stroger (D) leading Tony Peraica (R) by over 30 points in the race for Cook County Board President. Every poll to date shows a dead heat or Peraica up by 2-4 points with the exception being this one...It will be a fun final 5 weeks.

Harkin defends Chavez
Rangel rips him a new one

I was not planning on given Venezuelan dictator, Hugo Chavez, the time of day after his pathetic performance at the UN Thursday. However, when I learned about the shameful defense of Chavez by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, I found myself unable to remain silent.

Comments made at the UN as well as press conferences in New York City by Chavez as well as Iranian Warlord Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should serve as a reminder of why America is the greatest country in the world. If anyone went to Venezuela or Iran and made similar derogatory statements about their leadership, they would be imprisoned, tortured and most likely executed. However, in the land of freedom you can criticize our President and not be afraid of punishment, even if the words uttered are by a sworn enemy of America and a finacier of terrorism.

However, if you are an elected official who chooses to defend these comments made by our enemies on U.S. soil, than you aren't worth the shit in my children's diapers. Even New York Congressman Charlie Rangel who often has harsh words for President Bush,
condemned Chavez for coming to his district and talking about Bush in this manner. Harkin on the other hand decided to defend Chavez and legitimize the hateful remarks. Read for yourself the shame Harkin has brought to Iowa and himself.

Weekend Sports Picks

For the season my record is 3 wins and 1 loss, so let's continue the winning ways. Remember this sports analysis is for fun only, but if you choose to use the information for wagering purposes, it's your right, so good luck.

NCAA Football Saturday

#1 Ohio State coming off their 30 point victory is hosting #24 Penn State. The Nittany Lions have looked mediocre, but even after last week's win, I'm not convinced the Buckeyes are as tough as their ranking. OSU is a 16.5 point favorite and will not cover the spread. Look for a 24-14 Buckeye win.

#12 Notre Dame is coming off one the teams worst losses in team history. They will go to Lansing to take on the unranked Michigan State Spartans. MSU is still not getting any respect and plans to seize this opportunity to get the Rodney Dangerfield off their back. The Fighting Irish are a 4.5 point favorite and they will not cover the spread. Look for a great game and a game winning field goal that can go either way. My guess MSU wins 27-24.

NFL Sunday

Carolina is a 3 point favorite against Tampa Bay. Carolina should easily cover 24-9.

The Steelers are surprisingly favored by 1 point over the Bengals. Last week Pittsburgh looked so bad they couldn't beat me. Vegas is on dope, Cincy will win outright 24-10.

Upset Bonus: Detroit is a 6.5 point favorite against Green Bay. I believe the Packers win straight up 20-17.

Shanah Tovah



At 9/25/2006 1:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


If you're going to pick games, you have to pick a slate of them. Otherwise it's pretty easy to show a few winners.

As an example, I'd pick OSU v IU and of course that's a no-brainer. You should be picking the entire top 25 to prove your skills.

At 9/25/2006 4:16 PM , Blogger Paulie said...

Anonymous, thank you for your interest. The problem with your argument is that I am not picking straight out winners, I am making my selection with respect to the betting odds. Example: last week OSU played Cincinnati. Everyone knows OSU was going to win and they were favored by 29.5 points. I believed OSU would win by more than the spread and predicted they would win by more than the 29.5 points. I was right they won by 30.

This past weekend Notre Dame was favored by 4.5 and won by 3. I said Notre Dame would not cover the spread. I called the game correct.

As far as predicting the entire top 25, I don't have the time.

I hope you understand.


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