My super-duper-short prediction for NFL Conference Championship Weekend, 2016.

Aside

The Patriots and Panthers will win.

Short Predictions for the NFL Wild Card Round (2016)

Some short predictions for this week’s NFL playoff games:

 

The Chiefs are hot, and have been hot ever since they got out of a very poor start to the season. So much of the NFL playoffs is who is hot at the right time, so I think the Chiefs will beat the Texans.

The Bengals would have been my pick to win against the Steelers… but then Andy Dalton got hurt a few weeks ago. So, I’m picking the Steelers.

Seattle beat up on the Vikings earlier in the year, and even with Marshawn Lynch not available (again) I think they will win again in the freezing cold of Minnesota.

The Packers have been stumbling a ton the later part of the season, but I feel like Aaron Rodgers is ultimately going to wake up (and hopefully be protected long enough) to beat Washington.

 

So… I picked…. all road teams.

Weird.

 

Headlines From Around The Continuum (November 2, 2015)

A sampling of baseball-related headlines from the Newseum, elsewhere, and occasionally some websites, with the occasional note from me on what they are talking about:

Headline: Royals win first World Series title since 1985, outlasting Harvey and Mets in Game 5

(Note: So that I don’t have a thousand papers from around the country that just say something along the lines of “Royals win World Series”, I focused on the hometown papers and papers that went a different route in their headlines.)

Kansas City Star: ROYALTY

Daily News (front): THE DARKEST KNIGHT (“Mets Amazin’ season comes crashing down in 9th, Royals take crown in 12”)

Daily News (back): CRUEL HAND LUC (on Lucas Duda’s bad throw)

NY Post (front): AMAZIN’ DISGRACE

NY Post (back): NIGHTY KNIGHT!

Newsday (front): YA GOTTA BEREAVE

Newsday (back): A ROYAL SHAME

El Diario- La Prensa (Brooklyn): Los pecados de Collins (“The sins of Collins”)

News-Leader (Springfield, MO): TOOK THE CROWN

St. Joseph (MO) News-Press: WORLD RENOWNED ROYALTY

Joplin (MO) Globe: WORLD CHAMPIONS

Hutchinson (KS) News: THEY DIDN’T QUIT

Lawrence (KS) Journal-World: NEVER-SAY-DIE ROYALS WIN WORLD SERIES

Salina (KS) Journal: CHAMPIONS!

Wichita Eagle: ROYALS RALLY FOR WORLD SERIES TITLE

The Record (Bergen County, NJ): Mets’ magic runs out

Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ): It’s all over

The Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa): Royals are champs

Alaska Dispatch News (Anchorage): Royals crowned champions after another late meltdown by Mets

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock): Kings of 2015

Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, CA): BASEBALL CROWNS ITS ROYALTY

Ventura County Star (CA): ROYAL THRONE

Denver Post: ROYALS REIGN

Idaho Press-Tribune (Nampa): CROWNED ROYALS

Decatur (Ill.) Herald & Review: Royals flush

Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press: ROYALS GET THEIR CROWN

The Sun (Lowell, Mass.): ROYALS!

St. Paul Pioneer Press: K.C. MASTERPIECE

Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star: CROWN ‘EM

Omaha World-Herald: K.C. BRINGS BACK THE CROWN

Morning Call (Allentown, PA): BASEBALL ROYALTY (This headline was also used at the Edmonton Journal in Canada)

Times-Tribune (Scranton, PA): MIGHTY K.C.

Daily Herald (Provo, Utah): ROYAL CORONATION

USA Today: ROYALS RALLY, WIN WORLD SERIES

Winnipeg Free Press: ROYALS ARE WORLD SERIES KINGS

El Heraldo (Baranquilla, Colombia): Reales de Kansas City, campeones de la Serie Mundial (“Kansas City Royals, World Series Champions”)

Novedades de Quintana Roo (Mexico): Reales se corona 30 años después (“Royal crown 30 years later”)

Milenio (Guadalajara, Mexico): REALES, CAMPEÓN (“ROYALS, CHAMPION”)

Reforma (Mexico City): Se coronan Reales (“They are crowned Royals”)

Vanguardia (Saltillo, Mexico): VUELVAN A LA GLORIA LUEGO DE 30 ANOS (“TO GLORY AGAIN AFTER 30 YEARS”)

El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua): !REALES CAMPEONES, EN CASA DE LOS METS! (“Royals champions, in the home of the Mets!”)

El Universal (Caracas, Venezuela): Kansas City campeón (“Kansas City champion”)

Virgin Islands Daily News (Charlotte Amalie): WORLD CHAMPIONS- Baseball royalty

My Completely-Without-Explanation 2015 World Series Pick

Mets over Royals (in six).

 

 

(The explanation I didn’t include: The Mets have better starting pitching, more power hitters, and Terry Collins is way less likely than Ned Yost to do something crazy like leaving a pitcher in too long.)

Headlines From Around The Continuum (October 24, 2015)

A sampling of baseball-related headlines from the Newseum, elsewhere, and occasionally some websites, with the occasional note from me on what they are talking about:

Headline: Royals beat Blue Jays in Game 6, head to World Series vs. Mets

Kansas City Star: Ready for the world

Globe and Mail: IT’S OVER FOR THE JAYS

Toronto Star: HELL OF A GAME, HELL OF A SEASON

St. Joseph (MO) News-Press: BACK TO THE SERIES

Calgary Sun: DREAM RUN OVER

Joplin (MO) Globe: AL CHAMPIONS: K.C. back in Series

Guelph Mercury: It’s over

Lawrence (KS) Journal-World: AND WE’RE BACK!

Prince George Citizen: Heartbreak for Jays

Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune: WORLD SERIES BOUND

Salina (KS) Journal: BBQ or bagels? A tasty World Series set- Royals meet Mets

Wichita Eagle: AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPS

Bradenton (FL) Herald: ROYALS RUN INTO WORLD SERIES

NY Daily News (back): K.C. BEATS JAYS TO PUNCH SERIES TICKET

New York Post (back): K.C. YA TUESDAY

Newsday (back): GOING TO KANSAS CITY

New York Times: A Mets-Royals World Series

El Vigia (Ensenada, Mexico): Van por la revancha (“They go for revenge/rematch/another chance.”)

Vanguardia (Saltillo, Mexico): La hacen cardiaca pero vuelven a Serie Mundial (I think this means basically “The heart makes it to the World Series”, perhaps saying that the Royals have a lot of heart, or something like that.)

El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua): KANSAS CITY A LA SERIES MUNDIAL (“Kansas City to the World Series”)

El Nacional (Caracas, Venezuela): Kansas campeón de la Liga Americana (“Kansas champion of the American League.”)

 

 

Headlines From Around The Continuum (October 22, 2015)

A sampling of baseball-related headlines from the Newseum, elsewhere, and occasionally some websites, with the occasional note from me on what they are talking about:

 

Headline: Mets head to first World Series since 2000, sweep Cubbies

New York Times: Suddenly Invincible, Mets Are in World Series

Daily News (Back): ALL WORLD

NY Post (Front): WORLD CLASS!

NY Post (Back): DANIEL BROOM

Newsday (Front): YA GOTTA BELIEVE!

Newsday (Back): HOW SWEEP IT IS!

AM NEW YORK: BELIEVE IT!

Metro- New York: SWEEP

Staten Island Advance: The new Mr. October? (Murphy)

Chicago Tribune: MAGIC RUNS OUT

Chicago Sun-Times (Cubs Extra e-paper): BACK TO THE FUTURE (here meant to mean “Back to the drawing board”)

Daily Herald (Suburban Chicago): TIP YOUR HAT TO THEM

Hartford (Conn.) Courant: NEXT STOP, WORLD SERIES

The Record (Bergen County, NJ): UNSTOPPABLE

News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.): They’re gone

Jersey Journal (Jersey City): METS HEAD TO WORLD SERIES!

Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ): HOW SWEEP IT IS! (This was used by other papers as well)

Panama City (FL) News Herald: MVP Murphy leads Mets to World Series

Times Union (Albany, NY): Mets move on

Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.): CLEAN SWEEP

Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY): METS MANIA

Augusta (GA) Chronicle: MOVING ON

Times-Tribune (Scranton, PA): SWEEPING SUCCESS

USA TODAY: CUBS SWEPT BY METS IN 4 (A ironic echo of how the Back To The Future 2 USA TODAY said “CUBS SWEEP SERIES IN 5”)

Journal-Star (Peoria, Ill.): CHICAGO HOPE VANISHES

Naples (FL) Daily News: FOR CUBS, IT’S DO OR…. NEVER MIND

Daily Southern (Tinley Park, Ill.): Met their match

Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa): Wait until next year

Omaha World-Herald: Cubs’ dream swept away

El Vigia (Ensenada, Mexico): No se cumplió la profecía (“The prophecy is not fulfilled.”- not doubt referring to the Back To The Future Cubs joke)

El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua): Los Mets en la Serie Mundial (“The Mets in the World Series”)

Primera Hora (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico): Los Mets en la Serie Mundial (“The Mets advance to the World Series”)

Headline: Blue Jays send ALCS back to Kansas City for Game 6

Globe and Mail: ESTRADA GEM KEEPS BLUE JAY HOPES ALIVE

National Post: JAYS NOT DONE YET

Toronto Star: EXTRAORDINARY ESTRADA

Kansas City Star: Coming home

St. Joseph (MO) News-Press: BLUE JAYS FORCE GAME 6 AT KAUFFMAN

Calgary Herald: JAYS WIN TO FORCE GAME 6

Junction City (KS) Daily Union: Volquez struggles as Blue Jays force Game 6 in ALCS

Calgary Sun: Going back to K.C.

Lawrence (KS) Journal World: 3-2

Canada’s Metro Papers: 1 DOWN, 2 TO GO

Wichita (KS) Eagle: Royals’ bats silent as Blue Jays win Game 5

Edmonton Journal: JAYS FORCE GAME 6

Guelph Mercury: Jays still alive after 7-1 win over Royals

Chronicle-Herald (Halifax): Kansas City, Here We Come

Hamilton Spectator: Blue Jays win keeps World Series hopes alive

Waterloo Region Record: Still in the game

La Presse (Montreal): Les Blue Jays S’accrochent (“The Blue Jays hang on” or “The Blue Jays cling”)

Ottawa Citizen: JAYS FANS A LITTLE LESS BLUE

Prince George Citizen: Estrada gets it done for Blue Jays

El Nacional (Caracas, Venezuela): Los Azulejos no se entregan (“The Blue Jays do not surrender”)

 

Headlines From Around The Continuum (October 16, 2015)

A sampling of baseball-related headlines from the Newseum, elsewhere, and occasionally some websites, with the occasional note from me on what they are talking about:

Headline: Mets beat Dodgers, will face Cubs in NLCS

New York Times: Joy in Metsville

Daily News (Front): UT YOURS!

Daily News (Back): DAN-TASTIC

NY Post (Front): YOU METCHA!

NY Post (Back): DANTASTIC!

Newsday (Front): BRING ON THE CUBS!

Newsday (Back): YES!

METRO- NEW YORK: MIGHTY METS

LA Daily News: METS GIVE DODGERS THE BLUES… AGAIN (This was also used with affiliated papers.)

La Opinion (Los Angeles): Corazón roto (“Broken heart”)

Orange County Register: DODGERS’ BLUNDERS ADD UP

Bakersfield Californian: LIGHTS OUT ON DODGERS’ POSTSEASON

The Record (Bergen County, NJ): Mets’ faith pays off

Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Ca.): FIZZLING AT FINISH

Times Herald-Record (Middletown, NY): JUST AMAZIN’

Monterey (Ca.) Herald): Mets reach NLCS, send Dodgers packing

Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY): HOW ‘BOUT THE BIG APPLE?

Santa Maria (Ca.) Times: Dodgers done

Ventura County (Ca.) Star:  Season at an end

Chicago Sun-Times: NLCS SET: CUBS VS. METS

Daytona Beach (FL) News-Journal: Volusia County’s Jacob deGrom pitches Mets to NLCS

Gainesville (FL) Sun: METS EDGE DODGERS, ADVANCE TO NLCS

Headlines from Around The Continuum (October 15, 2015)

A sampling of baseball-related headlines from the Newseum, elsewhere, and occasionally some websites, with the occasional note from me on what they are talking about:

Headline: Blue Jays advance to ALCS after bat-!@#$ insane Game 5

(Toronto) Globe and Mail: JAYS TAKE FANS ON A WILD RIDE TO REMEMBER

National Post: COMEBACK KIDS

Toronto Star: SING ALONG, YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO … JOSE! JOSE! JOSE! JOSE!

Dallas Morning News: A tough way to go

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Seventh-inning collapse collapse ends Rangers’ season

Calgary Herald: BAUTISTA POWERS BLUE JAYS INTO ALCS

Calgary Sun: TRUE BLUE!

Canada’s Metro papers: BRING ‘EM ON or FLIPPING OUT IN TORONTO

Edmonton Journal: JAYS MOVE ON AFTER WILD WIN

Guelph Mercury: Bautista’s big blast

Hamilton Spectator: WHAT A WIN!

Waterloo Region Record: What a game!

La Presse (Montreal): UN MATCH FOU! (“A CRAZY GAME!”)

Ottawa Citizen: SEVENTH-INNING SMASH!

Prince George Citizen: JOSÉ! JOSÉ! JOSÉ!

Le Journal de Quebec: Les Jays sensationnels (“The Jays sensational”)

Citrus County (FL) Chronicle: It’s been a while: Toronto Blue Jays advance to ALCS

Augusta (GA) Chronicle: A WILD RIDE

The Gleaner (Henderson, KY): BLUE JAYS FLY INTO ALCS

Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, PA): TORONTO’S WILD WIN

Vanguardia (Saltillo, Mexico): El héroe de Toronto (“The hero of Toronto”, referring to Roberto Osuna, who is Mexican)

La Prensa (Managua, Nicaragua): Toronto completa asalto (“Toronto completes assault”)

El Nacional (Caracas, Venezuela): Errores de Andrus coronaron a Toronto (“Andrus errors crowned Toronto“, referring to Venezuelan Elvis Andrus’ critical 7th inning errors)

Headline: Royals return to ALCS behind Johnny Cueto’s excellent performance

Kansas City Star: Cheers & tears

Houston Chronicle: CRUSHED CITY

Joplin (MO) Globe: ROYAL FLUSH

The Eagle (Bryan-College Station, TX): MAJOR STUMBLES (This technically referred to both Texas teams, but the picture was of the Astros.)

The Hutchinson (KS) News: AND IT’S ON TO THE NEXT ONE

Lawrence (KS) Journal-World: JOHNNY BE GOOD

Springfield (MO) News-Leader: ROYALS RETURN TO ALCS

Omaha World-Herald: K.C.’s ace in the hole

Salina (KS) Journal: ROYALS WIN! 7-2

Topeka Capital-Journal: On to ALCS

Wichita Eagle: ROYALS ADVANCE TO AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

The Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa): Royals move on to ALCS

Headline: Mets vs. Dodgers for final LCS spot tonight

Daily News (Back): READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP (with picture of Mr. Met)

New York Post (Back): TAKE FIVE

Newsday (Back): HOLLYWOOD ENDING?

METRO- New York Edition: HANGING BY A HAIR

Press-Telegram (Long Beach): Greinke vs. deGrom will be a battle of styles (This was also used for other papers of the same chain.)

Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ): Mets face yet another do-or-die

The Desert Sun (Palm Springs): Dodgers looking to Greinke to extend team’s run

The Times of Trenton (NJ): Mets staking their hopes on deGrom

Headlines from Around The Continuum (October 14, 2015)

A sampling of baseball-related headlines from the Newseum, elsewhere, and occasionally some websites, with the occasional note from me on what they are talking about:

Headline: Cubs beat rival Cardinals, head to NLCS as America catches Cubs Fever

Chicago Tribune: HAVING A BLAST

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: KNOCKOUT PUNCH

Chicago Sun-Times (“Cubs Extra”): HOUSE PARTY

Redeye (Chicago): W (as in, it’s a big picture of the blue W flown after every Cubs win)

Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, Ill.): W FLAG KEEPS FLYING

Springfield (Ill.) News-Leader: CARDINALS OUT

Daily Chronicle (Dekalb, Ill.): CUBS ADVANCE (This headline was also used elsewhere.)

Beacon-News (Aurora, Ill.): NO PLACE LIKE HOME (This headline was used with many other papers of the same chain.)

The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.): Cubs finish off Cardinals, reach NLCS

News-Gazette (Champaign, Ill.): They are good. Really.

Decatur (Ill.) Herald & Review: Cubs roar into NLCS

Courier-News (Elgin, Ill.): A NEW BLUE FLU (on Cubs fans playing hooky early from work to watch game)

Journal Gazette (Mattoon, Ill.) CUBS WIN NLDS

Naperville (Ill.) Sun: SENIOR CUBS FAN SAYS IT’S THIS YEAR

Rockford (Ill.) Register Star: LOVIN’ THE LONG BALL

Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune: Cubs clinch at Wrigley

Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.): Schwarber, Cubs head to NLCS

The Times (Munster, Ind.): FLY THE W

South Bend (Ind.) Tribune: Moving on

Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Ind.): IT’S CUBS IN 4 GAMES

The Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa): Bye, bye, birds

Des Moines Register: THAT’S HISTORY

Omaha World-Herald: A little history for Cubs

Arizona Republic (Phoenix): Cubs move one step closer to World Series

Panama City (FL) News-Herald: Young Cubs blast Cards, advance to NLCS

Sentinel-Record (Hot Springs, Arkansas): CUBS WIN (This headline was also used elsewhere.)

Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune: Cubs dispatch the Cardinals

St. Augustine (FL) Record: CUBS WIN DIVISION SERIES

Augusta (GA) Chronicle: CUBS MOVING ON

La Prensa (Managua, Nicaragua): Cachorros dejan atrás a Cardenales (“Cubs leave Cardinals behind”)

Primera Hora (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico): !Poder boricua! (“Puerto Rican Power!”, referring to Javier Baez’s home run)

El Nacional (Caracas, Venezuela): Hector Rondón sello el pase de Chicago (“Hector Rondon sealed the deal for Chicago.”)

 

Headline: Kershaw and Dodgers force Game 5

Daily News (Back page): KERSHES!

NY Post (Front): To live or die in LA

NY Post (Back): ‘SHAW SHANKED

Newsday (Back): ACED OUT

Los Angeles Times: Dodgers win, force Game 5

New York Times: Mets Strike Out, and It’s on to Game 5

Los Angeles Daily News: Turner, Dodgers win to bring series back to L.A.

La Opinion (LA): Kershaw salva a los Dodgers (“Kershaw saves Dodgers”)

The Record (Bergen County, NJ): Mets’ night ends in in frustration

Times Union (Albany, NY): Mets can’t close series out

Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA): ALIVE FOR FIVE

Republican-American (Waterbury, Conn.): METS LOSE

El Vigia (Ensenada, Mexico): Kershaw da vida Dodgers (“Kershaw gives Dodgers life”)

 

Headline: ALDS Game 5s Today

Kansas City Star: ROYALS WON’T HESITATE TO PULL JOHNNY CUETO

Dallas Morning News: Rangers turn to Cole

National Post (Toronto): ALL EYES ON STROMAN

Toronto Star: LET’S PLAY BALL!

St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press: BIG STAKES

Lufkin (TX) Daily News: Do or die!

Junction City (KS) Daily Union: It hinges on tonight: Royals prepare for Game 5

Salina (KS) Journal: ROYALS AT HOME!

Wichita Eagle: CUETO SET TO START GAME

American Press (Lake Charles, La.): NOW OR NEVER FOR ASTROS