John Manoogian's NFL Pick 'em: Week One

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John Manoogian's NFL Pick 'em: Week One
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Much like Regina Falange or Art Vandelay, John Manoogian is my jack-of-all-trades alter ego. Here's his back-story and why you should trust him as an NFL prognosticator.

A frustrated high school football coach from Huntsville, Missouri, John R. Manoogian was fired after a successful eight-year tenure at George Washington High after he kicked one of the opposing players as he was running down the sideline.

"There were two blatant holds on the line. I was just evening the play out," Manoogian recalls.

After interview requests with ESPN, CBS, NBC, FOX, Yahoo Sports, The Alaska Free Press and Puerto Rico Futbol Caliente were denied, Manoogian approached me for a regular spot on Bleacher Report.

I calmly explained to him that he could create his own user and publish his analysis directly, but he refused. "Don't trust computers. Never have. In accordance with The Manoogian philosophy which states: 'Always be aggressive, play the whole 60 minutes and never trust computers.'"

After several ideas for articles were discarded for being too specific and/or wacky ("Calculating how many times Philip Rivers lick his fingers during the third quarter and how often does this correlate to victory in October night games"), I've given him a weekly picks column to get his feet wet.

This first week will be purely win/lose, while future weeks will also include spread lines.

Take it away, John!

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