Author Archives: Makeda

About Makeda

Makeda grew up in the DC suburbs – in VA, not MD, an important distinction – where for most of her life, she chose to (mostly) ignore football rather than have her heart ripped to shreds by the 20-year travesty known as the Washington Redskins. However, she did manage to pick up an undying hatred for the Dallas Cowboys, a stance that is a constant point of tension between her and Lauren. When she moved to DC after college, she was surprised to find none of her female friends were interested in Sunday brunch because they were all at the bar watching the games. Having spent the past four years in Philly (yeah Penn!), she adopted the Eagles as her team. The irony of forsaking the Skins only to bind her heart to a team that has never won a Super Bowl is not lost on her. Makeda does not have any college football affiliations as her alma mater’s Fighting Quakers are not exactly nationally ranked. She looks forward to watching her fellow Receivers duke it out over their various SEC rivalries as the season unfolds and to yet another Wild Card playoff loss for the Eagles.

NFL Recap: Gotta Play All Four Quarters

Oh yeah, we're definitely going to talk about this call.

I know, I've been gone for a bit. I took Week 17 off because I was sick -- and still depressed about the Cowboys making the playoffs -- but I am back and will carry you through the postseason. This week, we've got the Wild Card games, which only kind of went like I expected.

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Sideline Picks: NFL Week 17

It's the last week of the regular season, meaning this is our last week of standard picks. Next week, we'll each pick a full playoff bracket with an increasing number of points assigned to each round of games. Plus, we'll update our brackets week to week with commentary on the past and upcoming matchups. Get excited!!

But before we get into all that, let's take a look at Week 17.

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Sideline Picks: NFL Week 16

Ravens @ Texans

Pick Sideline Commentary
Allen
36-24-1
Karma and J.J. Watt are on Houston's side. Who needs a QB?
Madeline
35-25-1
Ravens have too much to play for.
Jackie
32-28-1
The Ravens are a solid December team and need the win.
Makeda
28-32-1
Things I have learned this season: I'm not good at picking games. Therefore, my picks this week are based purely on which team/players I like better. This one goes out to my boy J.J. Love you, boo.
Lauren
22-38-1
Because Papa SumSum said so, that's why.

Chiefs @ Steelers

Pick Sideline Commentary
Allen
36-24-1
The Steelers have been inconsistent all year. Time for a down week.
Madeline
35-25-1
Why not?
Jackie
32-28-1
The outcome depends on which Steeler team show up. Hopefully it is the good one for their sake.
Makeda
28-32-1
Because I've been loving on them all season and I see no reason to stop now. Also, I love running backs, and Jamaal Charles is what is statistically referred to as "a fucking beast."
Lauren
22-38-1
A Steelers fan did me a solid this week by a) agreeing to watching Friday Night Lights and b) reserving judgment on Tim Riggins until the end, so I'm going to do him a solid back by picking his team.

Falcons @ Saints

Pick Sideline Commentary
Allen
36-24-1
They'll win to keep teasing me.
Madeline
35-25-1
How is it week 16 and I still have no idea how any of these teams will perform on any given Sunday?
Jackie
32-28-1
These crap teams have a lot to play for. I give it to the home team, but I think the Falcons would be slightly better in the playoffs.
Makeda
28-32-1
Every time I'm in New Orleans, I'm reminded of how awesome the Saints colors are. Do you realize how many options there are for accessorizing with black and gold? I saw a woman my mother's age wearing gold sequined pants. At a football game!! So baller.
Lauren
22-38-1
I just really really want Drew Brees to be happy. Sorry, Allen.

Seahawks @ Cardinals

Pick Sideline Commentary
Allen
36-24-1
With all due respect to the Cardinals, no way they're winning this one. In answer to my earlier QB question: Arizona does.
Madeline
35-25-1
Sorry Cards, you are on like your 25th QB.
Jackie
32-28-1
I love the Cardinals team, but at some point you have to falter once you have your 18th string Joe Schmoe behind center.
Makeda
28-32-1
I don't need to talk about how much I love Richard Sherman again, do I? I didn't think so. As everyone has pointed out, props to the Cards for making it this far despite starting 37 QBs over 16 weeks. But the L.O.B. is bringing this one home.
Lauren
22-38-1
Fun story (mostly for Keets): On Sunday I'm going to a bottomless mimosa brunch and then watching "the game". It's a very DC thing to do except "the game" is this matchup and involves no burgundy or gold and certainly no racist names. God bless America.