Week 14, Tats and Upsets
Before I get to this week’s Crystal Ball Picks I wanted to weigh in on the article written by David Whitley for AOL FanHouse, about Colin Kaepernick’s tattoos.
“San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick is going to be a big-time NFL quarterback. That must make the guys in San Quentin happy. Approximately 98.7 percent of the inmates at California’s state prison have tattoos. I don’t know that as fact, but I’ve watched enough “Lockup” to know it’s close to accurate. I’m also pretty sure less than 1.3 percent of NFL quarterbacks have tattoos. There’s a reason for that. NFL quarterback is the ultimate position of influence and responsibility. He is the CEO of a high-profile organization, and you don’t want your CEO to look like he just got paroled.”
Seems to me Whitley has reached an unfair conclusion about Colin Kaepernick and his tattoos. Frankly I don’t think Whitley was so much making a racial comment, as some have said, as much as he is clearly out of touch with this generation of athletes. And for that matter with the perception average people have about tattoos.
As a mother and a grandmother I won’t pretend to understand the fascination with body art. But I’m old enough to understand that every generation looks for ways to identify themselves and separate themselves from their parents and elders.
To say that Colin Kaepernick doesn’t represent his position in the NFL well because he has chosen to have tattoos placed on his body, seems more about creating controversy, something this article has certainly accomplished for Whitley.
But his parents, Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, who adopted him when he was five weeks old, have his back. Read the USA Today article, “Tattoos but a fraction of Colin Kaepernick’s story”.
“We were so lucky to get Colin,” Teresa says. “It’s the smartest thing we ever did. We get this really perfect child. It blows me away to think that we’re so fortunate.”
Raised by Rich and Teresa Kaepernick in a loving family Colin has never disappointed. He has been a caring and loving family member excelling in sports while maintaining a 4.0 average.
Placing tattoos on his body have nothing to do with the person he is.
Week 13 is in the books and I predicted upsets, but not these upsets!
Rams beat the Niners in OT.
The Steelers beat the Ravens with Charlie Batch.
The Redskins beat the G-Men.
Week 13 Picks, record 10-6
Niners at Rams – Pick Niners
The Jeff Fisher era has arrived in Saint Louis. Fisher and his staff out-coached the Niners and their defense played a good game. The Niners defense played an almost perfect game but gaffes late in the game spelled doom for the Niners.
The Kid, played well but had trouble escaping the pocket and getting the ball down-field. The Rams’ defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage. This was a tough loss for the Niners. They now need to win at least two games on the road.
The game on December 23rd in Seattle looks like the most important game of the season for the Niners.
Browns at Raiders - Pick Browns –
Seahawks at Bears – Pick Bears
The Seahawks are getting scary. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson has really opened some eyes. The come from behind win in OT puts the Seahawks in the mix for the wild card. If the Niners aren’t careful these Seahawks could derail the Harbaugh train.
Vikings at Packers -Pick Packers
Panthers at Chiefs – Pick Panthers
Texans at Titans – Pick Texans
Cardinals at Jets – Pick Jets Ugh, ugly.
Colts at Lions – Pick Colts
Jaguars at Bills – Pick Bills
Patriots at Dolphins – Pick Dolphins – Upset
Tampa Bay at Denver – Pick Tampa Bay – Upset
Bengals at Chargers – Pick Bengals
Steelers at Ravens -Pick Ravens
Eagles at Cowboys – Pick Cowboys
Monday Night Football
Giants at Redskins – Pick Redskins - Upset
Thursday Night Football
Denver at Raiders – Pick – Denver
Week 14 Picks
Rams at Bills: Pick Bills
This is a tough call, the Bills can get hot and they may do that on Sunday.
Cowboys at Bengals: Pick Bengals
Two teams with playoff hopes hinging on the next four games. The Cowboys are in a more precarious situation than the Bengals. Somehow the Cowboys seem to shot themselves in the foot at the most inopportune times, like they will on Sunday.
Chiefs at Browns: Pick Browns
The Chiefs are playing for the number one pick in the draft and not much more.
Titans at Colts: Pick Colts
The Colts are a real surprise this season.
Chicago at Vikings: Pick Bears
This can go either way. The Bears are another team that plays hot and cold. Urlacher is out and the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson is the bionic man. Could be a shoot out and I give Cutler the edge.
Chargers at Steelers: Pick Steelers
I don’t know how the Chargers can look any worse. Somehow they have gone downhill faster than a bobsled.
Eagles at Bucs: Pick Bucs
The Eagles are in the running for the most disappointing team of the season.
Falcons at Panthers: Pick Falcons
In have no idea why the Panthers haven’t shown up this season. The promise Cam Newton showed last season seems to have disappeared. Can it be due to his personality?
Dolphins at Niners: Pick Niners
I’ll be at this game. The Niners are in a must win situation. They have two very difficult road games coming up against the Patriots and the Seahawks. Expect the defense to harass Tannehill.
Saints at Giants: Pick Giants
The G-Men must be smarting from the loss to the Redskins. Drew Brees is going to get hounded all game long.
Arizona at Seattle: Pick Seattle
The Cardinals are on an eight game losing streak. The Seahawks are hot.
Lions at Packers: Pick Packers
It’s Lambeau Field, enough said.
Texans at Patriots: Pick Patriots
Game of the week. This one should be a great. The number one seed, Texans vs. the number 2 seed Patriots. The Texans are formidable and look for all the world as the AFC team that will represent in the Super Bowl. But the Patriots will have something to say about that on Monday.
In any other venue I would pick the Texans, but in Brady’s House, no can do.