Posts Tagged ‘empty throne’

King Says, Benji Says (Week 15 Thursday Edition)

December 11, 2008


Surprise! His Majesty didn’t show up for work on time yet again. I’m okay with it, really, because if I had sustained the beating that he did last week, I would be too embarrassed to show my face around these parts too. Whatever, he can play football by himself in an empty studio—now that I’ve proven that I can live up to my true picking potential, I am in search of cooler friends. How about Brian? He almost picked as many games correctly as I did last week (12 to my 13) so I guess that he’ll do for now…

New Orleans Saints (7-6) at Chicago Bears (7-6)

Benji says:

I’m sure that His Majesty will have something to say about the warm weather Saints traveling to cold weather Chicago. He might be onto something there—while the conditions won’t be terrible (a low of 19 degrees with scattered snow showers and 10-15 mph winds), they certainly will work in Chicago’s favor: The Saints are 6-1 in their weather-neutral domed stadium, but only 1-5 on the road; quarterback Drew Brees has 19 touchdown passes and four interceptions at home, and seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions on the road; finally, the Bears seem to have the Saints’ number at home, as New Orleans’ season has ended in Chicago each of the last two years. There’s also a 50/50 chance that The King wastes his entire paragraph of analysis on some inane anecdote about Bears running back Matt Forte. I do tend to agree with His Majesty that Forte gives Chicago an edge, because in late season, cold weather games, passing games are neutralized to a degree and the team that can run the ball more effectively usually wins—still, unlike The King, I try to make comprehensive and coherent arguments in my analysis. Is that too much to ask for? Far too often His Majesty ends up being right, but is right for the wrong reasons or for reasons that only make sense to him.

Prediction: Chicago Bears 23, New Orleans Saints 16


King Says, Benji Says (Week 12 Empty Throne Edition)

November 20, 2008


Okay, it’s official—His Majesty stood me up. I feel like Lloyd Christmas right now. I’ve been eagerly awaiting his arrival since Wednesday afternoon and as of 1:40 P.M. (EDT) on Thursday, I’m still left sitting next to an empty throne. He must have found a better date—maybe his mom offered to take him out to an all-you-can-eat buffet? Anyway, lucky for me, he left his picks outline on his throne before he took off so I should be able to piece together his prediction…

Cincinnati Bengals (1-8-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3)

The King’s Outline says:

Waste a sentence or two reflecting on the Bengals/Eagles 13-13 tie last Sunday. Be sure to include a comical comment about Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis’s reaction to the outcome. Probably include a useless comment about #85 with the sole purpose of calling him by his former name (Chad Johnson) instead of his new legal name (Chad Ocho Cinco). Most importantly, do not include any actual analysis of this match-up between the Steelers and Bengals. Try not even to mention the Steelers if it can be helped.

Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 25, Cincinnati Bengals 5

Benji says:

There’s not a whole lot that the Bengals can take away from their tie with the Eagles. Donovan McNabb played probably the worst game of his career and Cincinnati was completely unable to capitalize. McNabb completed less than 50 percent of his passes while turning the ball over four times and the Bengals were still only able to score 13 points in five quarters of football. And it’s not even as though the Bengals’ defense played particularly well. I witnessed two different occasions when McNabb missed Westbrook when he was wide open and had no defenders in front of him. Cincinnati has scored the second fewest points in the league this season (13.8, ahead of only Oakland) and Pittsburgh has surrendered the second fewest (15, behind only Tennessee). The Bengals’ offense is no match for the Pittsburgh defense—the only way that Cincinnati could win this game would be if Roethlisberger completely imploded. But would that even be enough? Last week, the other team’s franchise quarterback played as poorly as he possibly could and the Bengals still couldn’t muster a win.

Prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Cincinnati Bengals 9

I’ll be back with the rest of my picks tomorrow…hopefully His Majesty will decide to join me this time…