Monthly Archives: September 2012

Half-Asian Sports Guy’s 2012 NFL Week 4 Picks

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Let’s all just pretend last week never happened (for betting purposes and GoldenGate).

Thursday

BALTIMORE (-12) over Cleveland

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Top 15 Non-PC (and would cause a Twittergeddon today) Travel Posters of the 20th Century

The Orient Express.  Pan-American Airlines.  The Queen Mary.  These were the glory days of travel, when planes were for the super rich, mighty sailing vessels crisscrossed the world’s oceans carrying the super rich and everyone in steerage, and trains represented the fastest travel alive, and most comfortable overland if you were super rich.  Of course, before the 1960’s and iPhone 5, getting onto Google images and Expedia were a difficult venture, given the lack of 4G at the time.

So, how were our forefathers and subservient foremothers supposed to know where and how to travel?  Well via the best travel posters of the era, of course!  National Geographic wasn’t sending around photographers to the far corners of the globe, so artists were drafted to conjure up the most enticing and of course accurate depictions of far away, exotic lands that screamed adventure and leisure.  Of course, most of the traveling clientele at the time were your European and American 1%’ers, assisted with the power of their respective currencies and easy access across borders due to the fondly remembered days of colonialism.

And it is that last aspect that weighed most heavily on the depiction of the world’s most sought after locales for travelers.  Nowadays, we’ve democratized travel so any fool can hop on a 777 at Dulles and soar over to Guatemala, Angola, Thailand, Cuba, Austria, you name it.  However, back then the super wealthy needed more than just a reason to set foot in another place for the sake of satiating curiosity.  So, why not experience that “White Man’s Burden” for yourself and live like a colonial lord for a week or two!  Now that’s a golden marketing campaign for the 30’s.  Without further ado, I present to you the 15 most inappropriate, non-politically correct (in today’s overly politically correct world) travel posters that may or may not reflect how racist Americans (and for those living south of the Potomac, still are) and Europeans were during the first half of the 20th century.

[All photos courtesy of eBay.com]

1. Palestine

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Fall 2012 Movie Guide/Power Rankings

The summer is over, along with its splurge of graphics, Michael Bay-esque induced cinematic adventures.  All that concerns the 0.93 viewers of The 500 Section now is the lineup of upcoming movies that appeal to that said 0.93 sized audience.  As always, after a strict, comprehensive, and highly analytic review of the 2012 fall movie schedule, the 500 Section Committee on Feature Films has come out with the seasonal power rankings of which movies you’d be most interested in taking part in at your local cinema house.  To help you out, we’ve included our highly scientific Movies Above TNT-Classic aka MATC (pronounced MATT-SEE) metric as a reference point.

1. Gangster Squad

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CFB Week in Review: Week 4

My picks: I went 1-3 last week and 2 and 1 this week for a season total of 3-4. I was in my upset special for a second week in a row. Michigan Quarterback Denard Robinson looked absolutely atrocious, accounting for five turnovers (4 of them coming in the first half). To round out my picks, I was correct in predicting Florida State to beat Clemson and Oregon to beat Arizona.

Trending… Up: Oregon, Florida State, Kansas State;  Down: Michigan, Boise State,

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2012 NFL Week 3 – Prop Bets

Who will record the most Passing Yards in the 1pm games?

Drew Brees (7/4)

Matthew Stafford (11/4)

Tony Romo (13/4)

Andrew Luck (15/2)

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The Football Picks Prognosticators: Week 3 (Grantland)

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http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8407097/the-mailbag#8211referee-armageddon

NFL 2012 Picks – Week 3

Half-Asian Picks Simmons Picks
New York (N) +2.5 CAROLINA -2.5
St. Louis +7.5 St. Louis +7.5
San Francisco -6.5 San Francisco -7
Buffalo -3 CLEVELAND +3
Detroit -3.5 Detroit -3.5
MIAMI +2.5 New York (A) -2.5
DENVER +2 Houston -2
DALLAS -7 DALLAS -8
INDIANAPOLIS -3 INDIANAPOLIS -3
NEW ORLEANS -8.5 Kansas City +9
WASHINGTON -3 Cincinnati +3
ARIZONA +3.5 ARIZONA +3.5
SAN DIEGO -3 Atlanta +3
Pittsburgh -4 OAKLAND +4
BALTIMORE -3 BALTIMORE -2.5
SEATTLE +3 SEATTLE +3.5

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CFB Week 4 Picks

Since we have already posted the Grantland Week 4 preview, I’ll pass on doing a lengthy preview of the weekend in college football. Here is a quick link to a week 4 college football watching guide put together by SB Nation. Now for my picks:

(ACC) The College GameDay game of the week: #10 Clemson at #4 Florida State (Line- Florida State -14.5): Herbie, Corso and the gang will be in Tallahassee for about as good match-up as you’re going to get in the ACC this year. Two quarterbacks form Virginia’s Tidewater area go head to head with E.J. Manuel squaring off against Tajh Boyd. The ‘Noles look like the complete package this year. Calling it…’Noles 27 to 14 over the Tigers.

(Pac-12) # 22 Arizona at #3 Oregon (Line: Oregon -21.5): The first real test for the Ducks after a Betty Crocker non-conference schedule. The wildcats will hang around for 2.5-3 quarters but the no-huddle spread offense of Oregon wears Arizona down in the later stages of the game. Calling it….Ducks 45 to 27.

UPSET SPECIAL (Big 10/Independent) #18 Michigan at #11 Notre Dame (Line: Notre Dame -6): The Irish upset #10 Michigan State last week, but I see them open for a letdown this week. Quarterback Denard “Shoelace” Robinson and the Wolverines won in a miraculous overtime game last year. I see Michigan with just enough magic left to make it two years in a row. Calling it…. Michigan over the Irish 28 to 24.

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