Note To Bengals And Self: Don’t Lose Stupid

by Kevin Burton    Two takeaways from Sunday’s Chiefs-Bengals AFC Championship game, one a smirking aside, the other more lasting.    To set up the first one, I remember when the late great John Madden had just left his brilliant career as Oakland Raiders coach and just begun what would prove to be a brilliant …

Bengals Roar, Bills Snore, Cowboys Lose

   My father used to say that NFL games were fixed.  Then and now I scoff at that, but sometimes I wonder.    Like Sunday, when Buffalo was so passive and so awful in a blowout 27-10 loss to Cincinnati.  Maybe this is just me needing to adjust my expectations for teams as they coalesce …

Bills-Vikings Super Bowl Just Has To Happen

by Kevin Burton    Right this minute, even the Seahawks fans have hope, or should I say Super Hope.    The NFL playoffs start Saturday. With seven teams in each conference there are 49 possible combinations of pairings for the big game.  In that strictly mathematical sense, all teams are equal.   But to paraphrase …

A Heartwarming Family Fantasy Football Story

by Kevin Burton    I am 6 feet, 1½ inches tall. My wife Jeannette is only 5’4”. But I bet you five dollars we see eye to eye!    How do I know this? I let her know recently that my brother has a whopping eleven fantasy football teams. This knowledge floated for a time, …

When Thumbs Up Doesn’t Come, Then What?

by Kevin Burton    When I was a sort of young beep baseball player, I had a team mate who always talked about heart guards.     Beep baseball is baseball for blind players. The ball is slightly bigger than a softball and depending on who made the ball, it can be quite hard.     When …

Marriage Advice And Pleasant Surprises

by Kevin Burton    There may never be a more heart-felt but quieter airing of Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration” than the one at my house Monday.     My spirit was sky high because L.A. Rams running back Cam Akers had finally stopped running the ball, and the team just in front of me lost …

Two Teams To Fantasy Football Playoffs

by Kevin Burton    This could be my last happy fantasy football moment, so I’ll celebrate it here.    In life, as in fantasy, when you can celebrate, celebrate. Enjoy the moment because you never, never know what’s around the corner.    In football that oblong ball bounces funny (funnily?) sometimes.  Life can be even …

Are My Teams Facing SEC Beatdowns?

by Kevin Burton    My two favorite college football teams, Ohio State and Kansas State, have had very good seasons and are set up for prominent bowl games.    That’s the good news.    The bad news is they are both cruising for a bruising perhaps, facing SEC powers Georgia and Alabama respectively.    Best …

The Fickle Bounce Of The Fantasy Football

by Kevin Burton    The morning orange juice is sweeter, the song of the birds outside more melodious, even the cats’ litter box is less odoriferous, when all four of your fantasy teams have won.     This is silliness, even profound silliness, but it’s a thing, I promise you.    Winning at fantasy football is …

Remote Adventures In South Dakota

by Kevin Burton    Checked into the Hampton Inn in Sioux Falls on a Monday, settled into our room. One thing was missing.    We were two days into a much-needed vacation and having a great time, ready to watch the Chiefs-Raiders game on Monday Night Football.    The room was nice, lots of space …