I began this season with $50 of Monopoly money. I will mock bet, against the line, five games from college/NFL every week. Over the last two years, I am plus $110 which confirms what we already know - I am a winner.
The comeback continues for The Big Mac Blog in its lame attempt to get fake rich. I was 3-1-1 last week. Overall record: 19-21-1
LAST WEEK: 3-1-1 1. Baylor (-8) at West Virginia. WVU. WIN 2. Tennessee at Ole Miss (-16.5). VOLS. LOSS 3. Kansas at Texas Tech (-13). RED RAIDERS. PUSH 4. Bengals at Colts (-3). COLTS. WIN 5. Texans at Steelers (-3). STEELERS. WIN
THIS WEEK: 5-0 1. Michigan at Michigan St. (-17). SPARTANS. Rivalry game against a bad team. 2. TCU v. Texas Tech over/under: 72.5: UNDER. Tech can't score. 3. Miss State (-14) at Kentucky. MSU. Too worried about UK defense. 4. Texans (-2) at Titans. TEXANS. Tennessee starting a rookie QB v. Watt & Clowney. 5. Bills at New York Jets (-3). JETS. They are playing for Rex.
IRVING, Texas - Bill Parcells was worried that when Tony Romo became the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys in 2006 that he may not have the build and body to survive the job.
In an interview I conducted with Parcells in 2007 for a book I was working on about Romo, Parcells expressed concern about the pounding Romo would take. Parcells had always preferred bigger guys for nearly every position.
Parcells was right - Romo took a pounding, and he is still playing. Along with a variety of other ailments, the two that stand out the most:
On Sept. 18, 2011, Romo suffered a punctured lung and a cracked rib in an overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers. On Dec. 22, 2013, Romo suffered a herniated disc and led the Cowboys to a come-from-behind 24-23 win against the Washington Redskins in Maryland. Romo did not learn of the severity of the injury until the next day, and he was forced to miss the finale.
I asked Romo what he remembers about that game in Washington, and specifically what that injury felt like.
"Yeah, I ... uhh ... sometimes I cringe thinking about it playing in that game," he said. "Just part of playing professional sports. You are playing in a game and your banged up and whatever and you just kinda play through it."
Re-watching that game, it was apparent Romo was hurt. His throws had little velocity, and he was noticeably limping during and between plays.
As a competitor, you kinda feel like, 'I'll worry about it after the game,'" he said. "You do everything you can. It felt like the season was on the line at the time. You lay it on the line and let the chips fall after the game. But you definitely don't want to be playing like that every week. That would be more difficult."
Romo was asked which was more difficult - the game in San Francisco or Washington.
"Neither was is good," he said, "but that one was difficult."
When a public relations person approached me about interviewing a waitress from Hooters who is also featured in the Hooters Calender, my thought was "What a perfect opportunity to Howard Stern" an interview. The tired idea is to ask a series of questions to a pretty girl, assuming they don't know how to spell their own name.
Nicole Raybion, 27, is from Stephenville, Texas and a veteran #Hooters waitress. She was also picked to be in the hallowed 2015 Hooter's Calendar. She also ruined this interview.
Raybion, who works at the Hooter's in Fort Worth near I 820 and Bryant Irvin Road, will be all over DFW next week as Hooter's promotes it's #SupportOurHooters to fight breast cancer awareness events at multiple locations.
She took a quiz and answered a few hard hitting Big Mac Blog questions.
ME: The Ebola virus came into the US from what continent? a.) Australia b.) The Soviet Union c.) Africa d.) Toronto Nicole Raybion: Africa.
ME: Those outfits you all wear are “awful” – is there is anything good about wearing one of them? NR: There are lots of good things. They are actually very comfortable. They are made to be athletic clothing. They hold everything together and in.
ME: Do Hooters waitresses mock, ridicule and make fun of the waitresses at Twin Peaks? NR: Oh, no. A lot of us are a lot of good friends with the employees there. It’s very different. At Twin Peaks, they can show tattoos and wear gaudy jewelry. It’s a little more flirtatious.
ME: What is the most offensive thing a man has said to you in order for you to go out with him? NR: Someone asked me if was on the desert menu.
ME: Did it work? NR: No. I say they can take me home for $14.95 when they purchase a calendar.
ME: What is the most effective pickup line a man has used? One that caused you to say, that would work. NR: They are never effective. They never work.
ME: Where, allegedly, were “wings” created? a.) The Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York b.) Wings R Us in Ft. Wayne, Indiana c.) Leftover Chicken Parts ‘n’ Things in Wala Wala, Washington d.) McDonalds NR: In Buffalo.
ME: Why does Hooters even bother to offer a salad on its menu? NR: Because during lunch time we have ladies that come in that prefer to eat something. Have you had our salads? ME: No. Absolutely not. Why would I eat a salad at Hooters?
ME: Who is the running back of the Dallas Cowboys that just broke a record previously held by Jim Brown set 56 years ago? a.) DeMarco Murray b.) Emmittt Smith c.) Mac Engel NR: I am a Cowboys fan … uhhhh DeMarco Murray. I knew it wasn’t Emmitt Smith and I knew it wasn’t the other guy.
ME: Who is the vice president of the United States? a.) John McCain b.) Joe Biden c.) Walter Mondale d.) Dan Quayle NR: Joe Biden
ME: If you could invite three dead people to dinner, where would you eat? A: Where I would I eat? I was thinking they can't come to dinner - they're dead. I thought it was a trick question.
ME: Finally, you slipped. I'm kidding - if you could invite three dead people to dinner, whom would you invite? NR: Michael Jackson. I’m a big fan of his. Paul Walker. Let’s bring back Brittney Murphy. I'm a big Hollywood fan. I really just like people with talent.
ME: Paul Walker and Brittney Murphy??! NR: OK, Kurt Cobain.
ME: This is garbage - why am I not on this list? NR: Because you aren't dead.
ME: Well played.
2015 HOOTERS CALENDAR TOUR WHAT: Select Hooters Girls, including 2014 Miss Hooters International and 2015 Hooters Calendar Cover Girl Janet Layug, will be autographing calendars and asking guests to #SupportOurHooters locations in the fight against breast cancer, all benefiting The V Foundation for Cancer Research. WHEN: Oct. 27 to Oct. 29.
WHERE: Mon., October 27, Hooters of North Richland Hills, Noon – 2 p.m.; Hooters of West End, 6 – 9 p.m. - Redskins at Cowboys viewing party begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, Hooters of Addison, Noon – 2 p.m.; Hooters of Fort Worth, 7 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 29: Hooters of North Arlington, Noon – 2 p.m.
FORT WORTH, Texas - In the span of a few weeks TCU reduced the number of teams it had never defeated as a member of the Big 12 in half.
Before the season began, TCU was winless in the Big 12 against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Texas Tech.
TCU current record vs. the Big 12 since becoming a conference member: Kansas: 2-0 Baylor: 1-2 Texas: 1-1 Iowa State: 1-1 T. Boone State: 1-2 West Virginia: 1-1 Oklahoma: 1-2 Texas Tech: 0-2 Kansas State: 0-2
On Saturday, when Coach Bro's Texas Tech Red Raiders visit Fort Worth, TCU should be down to one such opponent. TCU is favored by 23 points. Considering the circumstances, Gary Patterson should step on Coach Bro's throat and do everything in his power to cover the spread, and then some.
TCU has a shot at the Big 12 title, and the college football final four. There is a committee involved, and when there is a committee that means there is the eye-ball test.
"Supposedly if you won out ... (TCU) beat Kansas State, at West Virginia and go to Texas and win. On the road at (Kansas)," Patterson said. "I think the quality of the schedule that is left would" make it a possible situation to reach the final four.
In Patterson's mind, it's not about points or margin of victory but who you played, and beat.
"You are looking at the quality of opponent, where you played," Patterson said. "I think the Baylor game being in Waco helped us even in a loss."
Despite the loss in Waco two weeks ago, TCU only dropped to 12th in the polls. The Horned Frogs are in the right spot to make a run at the final four, provided they don't lose. If they keep winning, they will be right on the edge of the top four.
Every team not in the SEC is going to need all the help it can get, so a few blowouts are in order.
Even though the college football playoff will lean heavily on data, when it comes to people they always use the vague and person-specific eyeball tests. As much as voters will insist margin of victory does not sway opinion, blowouts help.
Gary Patterson always likes to say "One point", but when it comes to impressing the playoff selection committee, always go for two.
There is no greater surprise this season than the 6-1 start by the Dallas Cowboys. Before the season started, pretty much everybody who followed the team predicted the defense would rival that of the 2013 unit, which was one of the worst in the history of the NFL.
The fear of not having DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher has proven to be needless, so far.
The odd part is that the Cowboys' defense ranks 23rd in the NFL in points per game allowed (21 ppg.) and 19th in yards allowed (343.9 ygp.).
Seven games into the season, some ofthe statistics don't make sense.
Here is a look at the Cowboys defense through seven games of the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
ARLINGTON, Texas - When talking to Derek Holland one could: A.) Ask about the #TexasRangers. B.) Ask about his dominating return from microfracture surgery late in the 2014 season when he was 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA in five starts. C.) Ask about his involvement in the new movie, Dumb & Dumber To.
Option C is the better pick. The sequel to the Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniels classic comedy is scheduled to be released on November 14, Holland has a small role in the movie, and said he had the chance to see a decent amount of the raw footage.
"I saw a good chunk of the movie and it's awesome. It's as good as the first one. If it's not, then I will take the credit for it's not. Dude, it's really funny. I promise," he told me last week when the Rangers introduced Jeff Banister as the team's new manager.
Holland hopes to, in conjunction with Ben and Skin of 105.3 The Fan, hold a premiere in Dallas as part of a fund raising venture for a family in need.
"I got to see a lot of it. When I was out there making it and I got to see a lot of behind the scenes, stuff. I know what's going to happen," Holland said. "It's very entertaining, I promise you. It's got everybody - the whole original cast. Obviously Fraida Felcher comes back. Her kids are in it. The hockey player who played Sea Bass (Cam Neely) - they are all back."
Holland said he plays a mental patient in an institution. His scenes were filmed in Atlanta, and he did have the chance to spend some time with the film's stars - Carrey and Daniels.
"(Carrey) does a great job of staying in character. His big thing is he tries to stay in character so he never loses it. When he goes out, he was very chill, but he keeps the character going," Holland said. "The haircut never comes off, and he stays in that character.
"I talked to Jeff Daniels a little bit, and it's the same thing. He's not like that, but he's there (in character). The haircut never leaves. He probably grooms it a little bit."
ARLINGTON, Texas – For all the well deserved heat Jerry Jones took for some of his many stinker drafts, the class of 2013 looks like one of those classes that make a team relevant for many years.
The Cowboys were killed for trading down in the middle of the first round, and taking a center in the first round.
Of the seven players selected in that class by the Cowboys, six are with the team, and five contributed on Sunday in the Cowboys’ 31-21 win against the New York football Giants. Three of the players are starters.
The difference is the increased play, visibility and production of tight end Gavin Escobar. The second round pick out of San Diego State is starting to do things like a second round pick should. The Cowboys were roasted for selecting a tight end, and last season Escobar looked lost, but now it appears this may work out thus making the draft of 2013 one of the team’s best.
Against the Giants … * First round draft pick Travis Frederick started at center. He has been an outstanding pick, and should be this team's center for eight to 10 years.
* Second round draft pick Gavin Escobar had three catches for 65 yards with two touchdowns. The man they call Pablo Escobar has three TDs in the last two weeks. “(Defenses) like to roll their safeties towards Dez Bryant because he’s unstoppable, and the same way with (Jason Witten),” Escobar told me on Sunday. “It leaves guys like me, Terreance. Beasley. We are all going to have single coverage. Take advantage of it. It’s not always going to be like that. When they do give you that, you have to win the one-on-one.”
* Third round pick Terrance Williams had one catch, an 18-yard touchdown reception. He has a team-high six touchdown catches this season. "I have full trust in Terrance at this point," Tony Romo said after the game. "He is showing over and ovre again that he is going to do the right things."
* Third round pick J.J. Wilcox started at safety and had one tackle. He has not been a turnover machine, but he looks like he can play.
* Fourth round pick B.W. Webb was cut in the offseason, and is this class’ only bust.
* Fifth round pick Joseph Randle ran the ball twice for seven yards and had one catch for 14 yards. He’s a competent backup to DeMarco Murray.
These are the types of classes that can make a team, and this one is developing into one of the best in recent memory for the Cowboys. ….
The New York Giants “do not travel well”. The crowd of more than 90,000 sounded like they were dressed – nearly all for the Cowboys. Jerry World was loud when it needed be loud, and the quarterback/Sr. director of ticket sales gave his approval rating. After the game, Romo compared the atmosphere on Sunday to what the Seahawks have in Seattle. That is Grade A butt kissing, sir.
This is going to be a problem - New York Giants QB Eli Manning is a statue, and the Cowboys defensive line still could not get a sack on him. Eventually, the likes of Anthony Spencer or Jeremy Mincey or one of these guys has to get home.
What in the name of Tom Hicks was Alex Rodriguez doing at the game on Sunday? He was nearly run over by Tony Romo on the field as Mr. Romo ran out of the tunnel onto the field before the game. Mr. Rodriguez was not exactly a popular athlete in his tenure with the Texas Rangers, but at this point he is likely a New York Giants fan.
The absence of Doug Free (right foot) from the offensive line was not catastrophic, but it was noticeable at the beginning of Sunday’s game. Replacement Jermey Parnell looked a tad bit overmatched against New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka at the start, but as the game progressed Parnell improved dramatically. Many of DeMarco Murray’s bigger runs were on the right side, behind Parnell. “One thing, it’s way faster than preseason,” Parnell said. “It’s fast. Individually, I started to settle and relaxed and got settled into it and had fun with it.”
FYI: DeMarco Murray has 913 rushing yards in his first seven games. In Eric Dickerson's historic season of 1984, he had 780 rushing yards in his first seven games. Dickerson finished with an NFL record 2,105 yards that season.
"I'm not a criminal," Randle told me, exclusively and no one else on the face of the earth. "This is just something I can do that is positive for the community."
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant abused and battered Giants corner Prince Amukamara. Other than one interception that Prince had only because Dez fell down on a second-quarter go route, Prince played like a guy who had no chance. Dez caught nine passes for 151 yards and was this-close to a touchdown. Dez's big day nearly all came at the expense of the Prince.
You know the referees blew the call when Cowboys coach Jason Garrett lectured the crew after defensive lineman Terrell McClain stuffed and stripped Giants running back Andre Williams in the third quarter. “How do you think I saw it,” Garrett asked after the game. “It’s a tricky thing because they called forward progress.” Replays showed the refs’ blew the whistle too early, thus taking away a forced fumble from McClain.
The biggest boring reason the Cowboys are 6-1? Third downs. The Cowboys were 9 of 14 on third down conversions on Sunday, and are 54 of 94 in that stat on the season. "Third and eight or nine feels like third and three," Tony Romo said.
UP NEXT: The Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Colt McCoy led Washington Redskins come to Jerry World for a Monday Night Football game on Oct. 27. The Redskins are, again, terrible. Four of their losses are by double digits, and they needed a weird miracle to rally to defeat Tennessee on Sunday in Maryland. The Redskins are without starting QB RGIII because of an injury, and benched Cousins on Sunday in favor of McCoy. This is not going to go well for Dan Snyder’s toy.