Wednesday, December 11, 2013

2013 Vindy's Picks Army-Navy


With as much as eight inches of snow on any noted part of Lincoln Financial Field in the 4th Quarter this past Sunday, Detroit coach Jim Schwartz called a time-out following a 98-yard kickoff return for six to give his players additional opportunity to kick-away the white stuff with their cleats and clear a stable area for David Akers’ point-after try. The kick was ultimately blocked, contributing to what had to have been a record number of attempted two-point conversions (or what the Oregon Ducks call “any given Saturday”). During the post-loss interview, Schwartz said if he’d thought it through, he “would have instructed players to do snow-angels or grab Akers by his ankles and use him as a snow-plow!”

Meanwhile, in chilly-but-flake-less (snowflakes…we’re talkin’ snowflakes!) Sin City, from the safety of our own couch and warmth of the artificial video-display fireplace, we compiled the second of our back-to-back 7-3 Championship Week forecasts (126-113-4,.527). This Saturday, we’ll don the camouflage, microwave the MREs and strap on the rucksack full of…

(Getting better grades than the 91st Missile Wing at Minot AFB!)

Navy (-10) over Army (55) (@ Philadelphia, PA):Middies are 7-4 SU, with two of the losses by 1 at Toledo and by 4 in the shadow of Touchdown Jesus in South Bend. Their best victories are perhaps the 41-35 win at Indiana to open the year and most recently in triple-extras by 58-52 at San Josie prior to the break. Navy has been kind to betting-backers, going 7-3 ATS vs. FBS competition. Including this season’s triumph over USAF, the Admirals have knocked-off other military schools 20 times in the last 22 tries, including 11 consecutive years over Army. On the downside, Midshipmen have gone just 1-3 against the number in the past four contests of this series (layin’ about a touchdown in each of the past three); winning by 14, 14, 6 and 4 last year. Nine of the Sailors’ wins in the eleven-year streak have been by 12 or more. Argonauts have been poor bets following time off, failing to cover 5 of last 6 with rest. Ensigns’ rush D has basically deteriorated, making no improvement or giving up an increasing number of ground-yards, in each of the past three years. Army’s chant in the 2012 pre-game huddle was “Re-Write It!”. The Soldiers had a chance to do just that last year, but were sloppy, and turned it over (again!) with a fumble at USN’s 15-yard-line late, on what coulda’ been the game-winning drive for the Keydets. That Platoon played some solid run-D and forced the Middies receivers into making some nifty catches, while being led on offense by four-year starter QB Trent Steelman, who’s now moved-on. Army posted just three outright victories this year and a two-TD loss at Air Force, the only I-A victory for the Falcons this season, and has now lost 19 of its last 21 facing the other military schools. Losses by 4 vs. Western Kentucky and by 7 at Hawaii notwithstanding, the Black Knights defeats came by 14 or more. Seven of the West Pointers’ games have finished below this total, while only four of the Armada’s contests ended up below this number. On the basis of a more-veteran (no pun intended) backfield, superior red-zone offense/defense and a better turnover-margin, unless the Infantry can pick-off a few errant throws, we figure Army will have to cover on defense, and we don’t think so…Da’ Fleet 31 Army 14


BTW, Vindy woulda’ also called the time-out in the situation above, but only for purposes of hastily building a player ice-sculpture as an extra blocker (which would’ve drawn a flag for “twelve snowmen on da’ field”!)

A naval cruiser ended up in dry-dock late last month after “accidentally” being hit by a drone, leading to just a few cosmetic injuries, near San Diego in mid-November. Air Force Academy officials couldn’t be reached for comment (nor could Amazon!), but Vindy’s spies say the Flight-Platoon hatched the scheme to de-rail the Middies’ quest for yet-another Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy!

Former Colorado Buffaloes SLASH Pittsburgh Steelers stand-out Kordell Stewart finalized his divorce this month. He got hosed, while she got da’ house SLASH da’ kids SLASH da’ car SLASH…well…you get the picture!

This Saturday night on NBC…an angel shows a famous Major League baseballer what life woulda’ been had he never existed in…”Ichiro’s a Wonderful Life”!

Oh the shame! With the kNucklehead Freakin’ Rodeo in Sin City this past week, the Las Vegas Review-Journal ran an article about fantasy rodeo and how a $40K vehicle goes to the winner of said-endeavor! The 2014 Winter (is Coming) Olympics are on the horizon. If you’ll excuse us, we need to go review the mock-drafts for our fantasy curling and fantasy rhythmic-gymnastics teams!!!!!

Black Shirt: Has been Fed-Ex’d to Bearkats QB Brandon Kay for tossing three straight incompletions in OT from the Louisville 14-yard-line to secure the Cardinals’ 6-point win and cover, starting Vindy on his way to the 7-3 forecast! Honorable mention to da’ Rice Owls’ defense, who kept Marshall pretty-much under wraps until the 4th Quarter, validatin’ our “upset pick of da’ week”!

“Locked in a Box?”: Bane-of-our-existence Fresno State covered the line, as predicted, despite five (count ‘em, five!) turnovers vs. USU, evening the lock tally at 7-7-1 (.500) and giving us our 4th correct lock in the last 5 tries!

Shoppe Talk: Oklahoma (now 3-9, .250) took us out behind our own woodshed, upsetting Oklahoma State. We’re stuffin’ Huskies this week too after Northern Illinois (2-6, .250) fell to Bowling Green!

Vindy’s Army-Navy Best Bets: none Last Week: 0-3 (OUCH!) Season: 48-29-1 (.623)

Don’t touch that dial! We’ll be back circa December 20 with Part One of our infamous bowl predictions!

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