Does anybody know how to reverse NFL gambling mojo?
I'm serious. Last week's two losses by a total of 1.5 points and another loss where the Kansas City Chiefs recovered a fumble two yards away from a cover-saving touchdown combined to create a perfect microcosm of my season.
The breaks haven't fallen my way this year. Ever. If I could have been on the winning side of the borderline calls just once a week, my record would actually border on respectable.
This mojo problem needs to be addressed quickly. It isn't only affecting my record, it's overflowing into other facets of my life.
How often does a second-string running back (Ben Tate), whom you've started way too many times out of necessity, get hurt as soon as the starter goes down?
Or how often does a sports town endure the weekend that Detroit was recently handed? The Tigers squandered historic pitching on their way out of the ALCS, beloved manager Jim Leyland retired, the Lions lost on a last-second field goal and the Red Wings lost to the Phoenix Coyotes after charging to a two-goal lead.
I'm not sure whether to be upset and quit, take heart and plow on, or just marvel at the accuracy of the oddsmakers. However, the best option is to trust that the mojo will return with the proper sacrifice to the gambling gods (Barry Sanders rookie card?).
So while wearing a tinfoil hat and a garlic necklace and holding a burning football card from 1989, which is being contained by my tears, I humbly offer my Week 8 picks against the spread.
Last Week's Record: 5-10
Season Record: 41-63-3
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