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NFL picks, week 10. Wichita Lineman stands in

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Week Nine had some great finishes with the Giants topping the Patriots, and Ravens overtaking the Steelers in the final seconds of road upsets. A couple of favorites let the Lineman down, as the Dallas Cowboys failed to cover against the underwhelming Seattle Seahawks and 7.5-point favorites Oakland Raiders lost by 14 points to Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos. Go figure. Otherwise a splendid week of prognostication. This week, cousin Wichita Lineman fills in, “searching in the sun for another overload” or at least enough good picks to match last year’s 4-2 fill-in mark.

As the teams pick up steam for the second half of the season, let’s not waste time on the riff-raff and take our stabs at some of the most meaningful tilts in Week 10.

Record: 29-25; Last week 4-2; Pick of the Week: 7-2

PICK OF THE WEEK

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) (Line Steelers favored by 3)

The young, hungry Bengals (6-2) have a better record than the Steelers (6-3) and are riding a five-game winning streak, but it is Cincinnati with something to prove in Sunday’s intra-division game against an angry Pittsburgh posse. The Bengals have taken advantage of a soft schedule, with wins over Seattle, Indianapolis and Jacksonville among their last five. To earn their AFC North stripes they need to claw their way past the Steelers in the first of four meetings to come against Pittsburgh and the Baltimore Ravens (6-2).

The Lineman: Week Nine NFL Picks

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Week Eight was full of surprises, not many of them pleasant. The St. Louis Rams taking down the New Orleans Saints was the big shocker while the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens managed to escape with wins but were unimpressive failing to cover.

It all it added up to a disappointing 2-4 week but we bounce back in Week Nine.

Record: 25-23; Last week 2-4; Pick of the Week: 6-2

PICK OF THE WEEK
Atlanta Falcons (4-3) at Indianapolis Colts (0-8)
(Line Falcons minus-7.5)

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Barcelona is a sect full of school boys, says Ibrahimovic

By Phil O'Connor

A new tell-all autobiography by Zlatan Ibrahimovic is already making headlines in Sweden this year -- the question is whether anyone outside of the Scandinavian country will notice.

"I am Zlatan" will hit the shelves on November 15, in good time for the Christmas market, and already journalists are being offered the chance to read and report on excerpts from it.

‘Real deal’ Kvitova has talent to dominate

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The season-ending WTA championships had many story lines. Could Maria Sharapova recover from her ankle injury to threaten at the year-end championships and become world number one again? Would one of the new major winners lift the trophy? Could Caroline Wozniacki continue her reign as world number one for a second straight year and win the end of season championships for the first time?

This is the first time the end of season championships have been held in Istanbul, Turkey. The crowds have been packed all week so it was an excellent choice of city. The stadium looked great and so did the green tennis court with the purple outer court. The tennis throughout was brilliant.

A break from reality: Why Cardinals fans wish the ride didn’t have to end

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St. Louis Cardinals celebrate advancing to the World Series after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Sunday. (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)A personal view from St.Louis Cardinals fan Brett Wolf.

The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series this year. Or, to be more accurate, they won four “World Series” this year, at least that is how it felt to many in Cardinal Nation. Oddly, the final victory – the actual Commissioner’s Trophy winner – was in a sense the least thrilling because it meant the, at times surreal, run was over and it was time to return to the bleak reality we as Americans have become accustomed to.

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

United speculation grows as Solskjaer secures first Molde title

By Phil O'Connor

No sooner had Molde stumbled across the finish line to win their first Norwegian league title in their hundred-year history than the speculation had started.

Would Molde coach and former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer be the man to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at the English champions when the 69-year-old finally decides to retire?

The Lineman: Week Eight NFL picks

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Back on track with a combined 9-3 record over the past two weeks which means I head into Week Eight on Halloween weekend showing no fear for what lies ahead.

Yes, it’s Halloween and the Lineman would never let it go by without all kinds of frightening references.
Record: 23-19; Last week 4-2; Pick of the Week: 5-2

from Reuters Soccer Blog:

Have City knocked United off their perch?

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini was quick to say that his team’s 6-1 mauling of arch-rivals United meant little more than another three points in the bag, but the Italian must surely be hoping it could signal a shift in the balance of power.

Having knocked Liverpool off their perch when they won a record 19th league title last season, United now face the prospect of playing second fiddle to City in England and Manchester, should their heaviest defeat to their neighbours in 56 years prove to be more than just a temporary setback.

The Lineman: Week Seven NFL Picks

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By Steve Keating

That was more like it, a very solid 5-1 effort in Week 6 after a very tough month of average results.

Could we be perfect in lucky Week 7? Feels good.

Record: 19-17. Last week 5-1

Pick of the Week: 5-1

PICK OF THE WEEK

Green Bay Packers (6-0) at Minnesota Vikings (1-5)

(Lines Packers minus-8.5)

Doesn’t it seem a long time ago that Brett Favre was the only storyline that matter in this NFC North rivalry?

Shooting the Rugby World Cup

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In the latest installment, South Africa-based photographer Mike Hutchings describes the gear he can’t live without and what makes shooting rugby different from his usual assignments.

Reuters RWC Photographers #4 from Tim Wimborne on Vimeo.

In the xxx third installment, Sydney-based photographer Tim Wimborne describes what is necessary to keep the file fresh throughout the tournament and to satisfy different client needs.

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