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Rededicating Myself

Posted by Andrew Zercie on January 3, 2011

I haven’t posted here since last March, which is somewhat emblematic of my truly being the Master Procrastinator, and also somewhat due to my poor personal management skills.

One of the things I want to do in 2011 is write more often, and I think the remedy to that is not to limit myself in terms of topics. So in the year ahead, expect more content, expect a wider variety of pieces, and expect to be entertained…to some degree.

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Thoughts on LOST–“Sundown”

Posted by Andrew Zercie on March 4, 2010

He's a bad, bad man?

This week’s episode of LOST, titled “Sundown,” gave viewers much to think about. We learn why Dogen came to the Island, but we don’t know how long he has been there. We learn about Sayid’s off-Island “reality,” but are left wondering what kind of person he is in the end. There are lots of ideas to delve into, so dive in with me, won’t you?

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Thoughts on LOST–“Lighthouse”

Posted by Andrew Zercie on February 25, 2010

"Lighthouse" focused on Jack Shephard, and his fractured father-son relationships.

I’m not going to write an in-depth analysis or an episode recap of “Lighthouse,” because there are many, many others out there on the web who do a great job and will do into much more detail.

What follows, instead, is a collection of random thoughts based on what I saw in what was another instant classic episode for one of TV’s best-ever series.

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Rambling Thoughts on LOST

Posted by Andrew Zercie on February 17, 2010

Four hours into the new season of LOST, and the mysteries just keep on coming. Of course, mysteries lead to new theories, which I enjoy concocting when I have time on my hands (something that I’ve had precious little of in the last month, sadly).  If you’re not a fan of LOST, or not a fan of my writing when it’s unrelated to sports, take heart: I’ll post something Yankees-related soon, now that pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training. And, if you’re not a fan of my writing at all…what are you doing here?

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Among First-Timers Alomar, McGriff, Martinez Stand Out

Posted by Andrew Zercie on January 4, 2010

Roberto Alomar: Hall of Famer in my book

Of all the various sports Halls of Fame, none invites more debate than the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Every January, the inductees are announced, followed by countless arguments, in print and over the airwaves, about the players who should have gotten in but didn’t. For each snubbed player, there is a statistic that backs up their claim.

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Spread ‘Em: Week 17 NFL Picks

Posted by Andrew Zercie on January 1, 2010

My New Year’s resolution is to provide better picks. I don’t expect them to pan out, just like some of my resolutions of years past, such as:

–lose weight

–exercise more

–write more

–complain less

–be a better husband/father/son/friend/professional

In the end, I’ve wound up being the same person year after year despite the empty promises I’ve made to myself. I expect the promise about better picks against the spread to also be an empty one. Without further ado…

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Spread ‘Em: The Rest of the Week 15 NFL Picks

Posted by Andrew Zercie on December 18, 2009

Aaron Rodgers Leading a Sleeper Super Bowl Contender?

Like a playoff contender fading down the stretch, my picks have faltered as the regular season winds down. Following a horrid 4-12 week, and a loss on Thursday night (see my mistake here: https://masterprocrastinator.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/week-15-thursday-night-pick/), I’m now just 108-101 as week 15 begins.

My advice would be to see who I’ve picked, and go with the opposite team. I haven’t been on the money in a while, and I certainly wouldn’t want anyone out there losing cash they probably need to use on presents this holiday season. Without further ado, here are my selections for this week.

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Week 15: Thursday Night Pick

Posted by Andrew Zercie on December 17, 2009

As Mark McGwire deftly said to Congress a few years back…I’m not here to talk about the past. Referring to last week and my horrendous picks as “the past,” I have moved on. I’ll post the rest of the weekend’s game tonight or tomorrow. As for now, here’s the pick for tonight’s game.

Jacksonville (+3) over Indianapolis

The Colts have won 22 straight regular season games, are 13-0 this season, and have clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. What, exactly, do they have to play for? Sure the starters will play in this game, but finishing 16-0 isn’t a stated goal of the organization. The Colts aim to win the Super Bowl. If players get nicked up during this game, the Colts won’t risk blowing their shot at a title just to have them return in this game to help preserve an undefeated season.

With that in mind, the Jaguars are the pick here. Jacksonville is in a tight race for a wildcard berth. They’re at home, their stadium is sold out for the first time this season, and they should be hungry and motivated to earn a win tonight to strengthen their chances to reach the playoffs.

Jaguars 20, Colts 17

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Spread ‘Em: Week 14 NFL Picks

Posted by Andrew Zercie on December 11, 2009

Can the Colts get to 13-0?

There are many storylines to follow as the season winds down. Will the Saints and Colts both finish undefeated? Can the Steelers overcome their recent losing streak, catch a few breaks, and reach the playoffs? Will Chris Johnson reach the 2,000-yard plateau? Who will emerge as the league’s MVP in what promises to be a tight race?

If you’re a faithful reader you already know this, but all picks are for entertainment purposes only. As evidenced by my run of losing weeks lately, if you’re betting with me, you’re not going to do well financially.

Hoping to mitigate the damage caused by the Steelers’ loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night, here’s the remainder of my week 14 picks against the spread:

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The Ledger: NFL Week 13 Review and Steelers-Browns Pick

Posted by Andrew Zercie on December 9, 2009

Mike Vick turned the boos to cheers in Atlanta last week.

As the season winds down, unpredictability seems to be on the rise in the NFL.

As a result, it was another losing week for me, as the picks were 7-9 against the spread, bringing my overall record to 104-88 on the season. While the record is still far above .500, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve had 10 or more correct picks.

What follows is a review of the week 13 games, along with my pick for the Thursday night game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns.

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