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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Unfriendly Skies Of Fantasy Football

by Kevin Burton    This is exploratory, just in case. I am doing this just in case.    One needs to keep one’s options open. Old dogs need to at least consider new tricks, right?    So, the fantasy football flight has encountered some turbulence, shall we say? Four teams, two wins six losses among …

Broncos Fans And The Countdown To Chaos

by Kevin Burton      Bronco Nation, sarcasm becomes you.    The new NFL season is underway, in case you hadn’t noticed.  One team, the Denver Broncos, could have used a little more pre-season practice, not just for its players but for its coaching staff.     Denver blew a quite winnable game last Monday at …

Overchoiced And Underconfident

by Kevin Burton My longtime beep baseball team mate Mike Miller who pitched for the Columbus Vipers is famous for calm under pressure and for saying “It’ll all work out.” So it was his voice I heard in my head Sunday night when I realized, against all odds, I was in position to get four …

Bills, AFL And I Get Good Start To Season

by Kevin Burton    Super Thursday anyone?    Yeah, you’re used to Super Sunday. Big meals, commercials as big deals and oh yeah, a football game, the Super Bowl.    Did you ever want to skip the five months of preliminaries and cut straight to the chase?  Ever want to skip all the insurance commercials …