I never played Pokemon past Yellow, which ended up being my favorite Pokemon game because it didn’t have to be hamstrung by any of that “pick your version” crap they’ve done since the beginning. I’m not a JRPG guy, I hate grinding with turn-based combat, and the idea of trying to catch even more of the damn things after barely getting t0 150 as a kid didn’t sound fun, so I never picked up any sequels.

You didn’t ask, but here are my Pokemon opinions
– The best starter was Squirtle. Bulbasaur is also cool, and Charmander is extremely overrated. Charmander fans are the most insecure and go on and on about how good he gets meanwhile Squirtle and Bulbasaur fans are just like “whatever, got my boi right here” and beat up the elite 4 anyway
– The best legendary bird was Articuno. Zapdos was cool and a close second, but Articuno wins. Moltres sucks.
– The best Eevee was Jolteon. If I ever played any of the other games I’d probably go with Umbreon or Espeon though
– Hitmonlee > Hitmonchan
– Kabuto > Omanyte
– Always thought it was weird that Dratini/Dragonair evolved into Dragonite, because the two look nothing alike.

My favorite pokemon as a wee child was Caterpie. My long-time favorite pokemon, since the last time I played it, is Dugtrio. I beat Yellow pretty much solo with my boy Duggy 3 by spamming Dig. Dugtrio rules. Other favorites: Haunter, Vileplume, Sandslash, Tangela, Ditto

Anyway this was a week of bad football.

DAVES BRAGGING CORNER – The GIANTS ARE 6-1 BAYBEEEEEE, we barely squeaked that one out and lost multiple starters in the process but we did it. I am still waiting for the Giants facade to break and a lot of their wins seem less impressive than they did at the time. The Titans are not that good. The Packers are a pile of shit. The Ravens choked. But this season is still playing with house money and even if we ride an easy schedule to the playoffs and get bumped in the wildcard, I’m happy. It’s just fun to watch them again and that’s all I wanted.

DAVES ANGRY SOAPBOX – Man the officiating in the Giants/Jags game was abysmal. Both teams got absolutely boned by various calls and that game looks so different if they get even half of those calls/misses right. It feels awful to win a refball game, because opposing fans immediately start calling the refs Biased instead of being mad at the actual problem. The refs problems are not bias and we need to stop throwing that word around willy-nilly. The problem is the refs are doing a hard job poorly, being told to emphasize specific calls, and patrol an increasingly labyrinthine rulebook filled with more and more judgment calls instead of clearly defined rules. Worst of all, the NFL refuses to do anything to remedy the situation. Make some fucking changes!

THE OLD FOLKS HOME – Brady and Rodgers are having delightfully pitiful seasons and I am relishing every second of it just in case they get out of this funk. Both faced backup QBs today and lost. The Bucs were a deep embarrassment and I think the forceout of Bruce Arians had a bigger impact on this team than we suspected. I’ve never seen a Brady led football team kick a pity field goal late down multiple scores just to prevent the shutout. I once saw any game with (large score) – 3 be called “the gentleman’s shutout”, and that applied today. What’s outstanding was they lost to the PANTHERS, who just traded away their only great player days before and are openly tanking. Absolute embarrassment.

THE REDEMPTION ARC – I have been skeptical of the Seahawks pretty much every week, and they keep proving me wrong. I think I must finally believe in the magic of Geno.

THE JUNGLE YOU CANT TAKE YOUR TIGER OUT OF – The Browns and Chargers will never stop being the Browns and Chargers. Never trust them.

THE WHO CARES MAIN CAFETERIA – Nothing else of note really happened. Mid teams were mid. Good teams were good. Bad teams were bad. The Broncos offense is broken. The Lions suck. The Cowboys are solid. The Bengals are strong. The Saints are flawed. The Ravens almost gave up another 10-point 4th quarter lead. I highly doubt Patriots/Bears surprises us.

I did okay this week. Pretty average. I feel like most of my better ideas didn’t end up happening.


Halloween week is back. Time to get spoopy.

Brady isn’t known for losing multiple games in a row very much but this team might be one of the most underperforming, flawed squads he’s had recently. They look lost. I love it. I do not trust the Ravens but I’m gonna pick ’em.
If the Bucs win, I will draw Brady as Black Phillip

The Broncos have one of the best defenses in football and it is being utterly wasted on this offense. A disgrace. The Jaguars aren’t awful and I want to put my faith in them here, so I will, and I will probably change this pick by week’s end.
If the Broncos win, I will draw Russ as Basket Case

The Lions were really fun for a few weeks! Not good, but fun! Now they just suck all around.
If the Lions win, I will draw Jared Goff as Pennywise

The Panthers shocked the Bucs but I doubt the high carries over week to week.
If the Panthers win, I will draw….someone, who the hell is left? as a xenomorph

The Cardinals had their best win of the season on Thursday and get extra rest before heading into Minnesota to face the frauds. Sadly, it’s hard to pick against a 5-1 team until they lose, so I’ll go Vikings
If the Cardinals win, I will draw Kyler as Chuckie

Oh man the Bears offense is going to be ripped to shreds
If the Bears win, I will draw Justin Fields as Leatherface

Raiders might be able to start stringing together some wins soon and the Saints are a big pile of mid
If the Saints win, I will draw Andy Dalton as Ghostrider

The Battle of Pennsylvania is not very balanced. Eagles
If the Steelers win, I will draw Kenny Pickett as that serial killer from the stories with the hook hand, but it’s a pickaxe

The Jets have a real test here, and I’m going to take the Patriots. If they beat the Pats, I’m on the Jets train. Plane? Blimp?
If the Jets win, I will draw Robert Saleh as Nosferatu

The Titans are reliably decent but not great. The Texans are reliably bad.
If the Texans win, I will draw Davis Mills as The Pale Man

I think the Hawks are a bad matchup for the Giants. The Hawks defense has tightened up somewhat as of late and the offense is still on fire. The Giants might be able to hold them down but probably not for the whole game.
If the Giants win, I will draw Brian Daboll as The Kraken

Denied the Carson Wentz revenge game we all wanted. I’ll go with the Commies though, probably explicitly BECAUSE Wentz isn’t playing.
If the Colts win, I will draw Matt Ryan as a centaur. In a reverse way.

The Rams are not good this year and the 49ers made an upgrade, plus Shanahan owns McVay.
If the Rams win, I will draw Aaron Donald as the Babadook

Man this game probably looked a lot better before the season started
If the Packers win, I will draw Aaron Rodgers as Sadako

Bengals seem to have figured it out.
If the Browns win, I will draw the Brownie as The Thing

QBs as Freddie vs Jason