Instant Hippo Thoughts – Lucky Week 13, 2017

Hey, when you follow up a craptastic day of JV GAMBLOR with a beautiful 6-match unbeaten run (sullied only by a longshot moneyline bet on Los Gigantes, which didn't play out THAT crazy), you give the number its props. There's no luck in Buffalo, where the usual P*ts hammering also came

TGISF… AKA “Are Ya Feelin’ Lucky, Punk?” Sexy Friday Open Thread

Note:  While I wasn't paying attention, BallsofSteel once again invaded my personal space.  At least this time I didn't need antibiotics afterwards. But I digress... In all seriousness, I've got a busy week, including packing for and going to Vegas.  Balls has been kind enough to "volunteer" to contribute his vast and

NFL Assistant Coaches: Pictorial Omnibus, Part Seven

In our continuing series portraying the vagaries of life as an NFL assistant coach, I am honored to present our latest installation of photographs that will hopefully open up a new perspective on this demanding and captivating profession.                           We sincerely hope you have enjoyed our presentation, and please look for our

Instant Hippo Thoughts – Week 12, 2007

I hope everyone enjoyed the wonder that is football, the perfect escape from the foul clutches of family.  On to the most Monday of Mondays. Shit, those late fixtures were pretty good, eh?  RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAM IT!!, urged on by a screaming, packed house was able to turn back the Saints, 26-20.  Aided

Instant Hippo Thoughts – Week 11

This week was indeed a Thing that Happened. First off, let's congratulate Buffalo Bills first-year coach Sean McDermott, who benched Tyrod Taylor (perfectly decent QB of a 5-4 side) for J. Peterman.  You know, the catalog guy from Seinfeld's later years.  I guess he wanted to see what he had, and

Instant Hippo Thoughts – Week 10, 2017

CJ Cregg broke the glass ceiling this week!  Plus other things!!  Read on... From the very first hour, there was intrigue.  One saw #ThePauls race out to a 10-point lead, lose it, then go back up 7 in the 2nd half.  Alas and anon, Detroit put baby in the corner at

Instant Hippo Thoughts – Week 9, 2017

This was a week for FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!! apparently, as we had fisticuffs of various intensity break out in three matches.  Guess the time change has everyone a bit grumpy, even if fall is the one we like. We lead off with our intrepid RRRRRRRRRRRRRAM IT!! pals, who came out of the

Boots on the Ground: Valhalla

On Saturday 10-21-17 through Tuesday 10-24-17, I fulfilled a major goal and visited Minneapolis to see a Vikings game and to just as importantly see the new US Bank Stadium. Holy fucking shit kids. This stadium is incredible. Some of the reasons for choosing this weekend was; it was right around my

Instant Hippo Thoughts – Week 8, 2017

Welcome to The One Where Everyone Went On Bye.  Except Vikes and #ThePauls, who went to London, with predictable results (Vikes broke away late to win, in a very forgettable contest). That meant a 7:2 RedZone split, which usually is some bullshit.  But in this Week 8, it meant seeing almost

Instant Hippo Thoughts – Week 7, 2017

There was a lot of bad football played yesterday (even if you don't count fookin' Everton).  Wanna talk about it?  Here it goes. There is deep voodoo, whereby Jacksonville is awesome on odd weeks, and dogshit on even weeks.  There is no other commonality to explain it, and all seven data

Instant Hippo Thoughts – Week 6, 2017

Twas a wacky week, with lots of points, reversals of fortune, untimely deaths, and blown giant leads. Of course, the biggest news was the broken collarbone of Aaron Rodgers, ruining the Vikes/Packers matchup (as Brett Hundley made Case Keenum look like Fran Tarkenton).  As noted during the liveblog, I am on