Issue #23/48, September 24 - October 8, 1998

Burt's Gridiron Picks

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Well, eXholes, hantavirus must be one hell of a motivating tool, because Burt, our defenseless prognosticating lab chimp, got his act together versus the spread right quick the instant we laid our hypodermic full of the painful cell-munching disease out in front of his cage. After a lousy debut against the spread in week 2, the syphillitic chimp bounced back with a vengeance in week 3, going 9-3-1 against Las Vegas lines and winning the eXile a big gnarly pile o'coin.
Burt's Performance
Burt overall
Week 2 :11-4
Week 3: 11-2
Burt vs. spread:
Week 2: 6-8-1
Week 3: 9-3-1
Overall: 15-11-2
Burt's winnings (starting with $1000):
Down 15 bucks after his needle-inviting week 2 performance, big winning bets on New England, Minnesota and Seattle left Burt with an overall kitty of $1368 bucks, a whopping sum he'd almost certainly have a great time spending, in the unlikely event that he were ever let out of his cage. We're pocketing the $368, thank-you-very-much, and re-betting his initial $1000 this week, which is week 4 and AFC East bye week to you NFL fans.

We've got a special surprise in store for ol' Burtie this week-a big fat pork patty stuffed to the brim with Trichina worms, just waiting to be shoved into his food slot. If he loses money or drops more than five games against the spread this week, he'll find every muscle in his body teeming with these hungry little buggers, which will ball up in painful little nests and send him careening into what will almost certainly be an extended and ultimately fatal bout of laboratory-pure Trichinosis. We're looking at the bottle we drew the sample from right now-the label says it was a very good year. Burt beter hope he never finds out. In any case, here's how our sports chimp is calling week 4:

sea.GIF  Seahawks (3-0)  at  pit.GIF  Steelers (2-1):
Steelers by 3

Burt thinks that even he might be 3-0 if he'd played NFC East teams three weeks in a row. They will need a big steel sling to hang Pittsburgh's collective ass in if Kordell and co., whose owners expected to make the playoffs this year, lose this one at home to Rickey (give me the ball every motherfucking time) Watters and 936 year-old Seattle QB Warren Moon. Our bet: $30 on Pittsburgh.

cin.GIF  Bengals (1-2)  at  bal.GIF  Ravens (1-2):
Ravens by 5

This is just the kind of game Burt likes: a duel between two sub-.500 AFC Central teams with obnoxious white-bread quarterbacks and preposterous helmet designs. With tough games like this, Burt always goes with the points, which in this case means Eel No Donnell and his slithering Bengals. Our bet: $40 on Cincinnati.

tb.GIF  Bucs (1-2)  at  det.GIF Lions (0-3):
Bucs by 1 1/2

A new lesion appears on Burt's body every time a rookie quarterback starts a game, and it looks like he'll get no relief this week. Our chimp figures that either Charlie Btch will be driven several miles under the astroturf by Warren Sapp and the vicious Bucs, or Scott Mitchell will somehow find a way to throw a game-losing interception from the bench. Our bet: $250 on Tampa Bay.

alt.GIF  Falcons (2-0)  at sf.gif  49ers (2-0):
49ers by 11

Burt received a mild shot of common cold virus this week when it was revealed that he couldn't name a single player on the Atlanta Falcons roster. Little did he know: we can't either. Our bet: $80 on San Francisco.

jac.GIF  Jaguars (3-0)  at  ten.GIF Oilers (1-2):
Jaguars by 3

The Jags have caused Burt nothing but pain this year, so like the good little Pavlovian animal that he is, he's now oozing reverent pus all over the north Florida area. Tennessee will make a bold move and switch Eddie George's first and last names around to confuse Jacksonville's defense, but it won't work. Our bet: $30 on Jacksonville.

oak.GIF  Raiders (1-2)  at  dal.GIF  Cowboys (2-1):
Cowboys by 5

Burt's previous scientific employers were Nike marketing technicians, so he's genetically conditioned to buy whatever Deion Sanders is selling. Fortunately, we keep his cage and his credit cards away from the phone. That means we're safe from any threat that our chimp might buy into this Deion-at-option-quarterback nonsense. The Cowboys are worse than their record, and the Raiders are due. Our bet: $60 on Oakland.

den.GIF  Broncos (3-0)  at  was.GIF  Redskins (0-3):
No line

Burt doesn't care what the line ends up being for this game; he's picking Denver. We agree. Our bet: $120 on Denver.

gb.GIF  Packers (3-0)  at  car.gif  Panthers (0-2):
Packers by 6 1/2

Dom Capers can probably smell that post-season hantavirus shot already. The smell will be stronger after the Pack gets through with him. Our bet: $100 on Green Bay.

kc.GIF  Chiefs (2-1)  at  phi.GIF  Eagles (0-3):
Chiefs by 8 1/2

"Grbac" in Burt's native Rwandan means "Deliverance from bleeding rash". Our bet: $100 on KC

nyg.GIF  Giants (1-2)  at  sd.GIF  Chargers (2-1):
Giants by 1

More rookie quarterbacks, more lesions. Our bet: $30 on the Giants.

min.GIF  Vikings (3-0)  at  chi.GIF  Bears (0-3):
Vikings by 6 1/2

Burt's seeing purple, and it's not just the bruises from all those burst blood vessels. Take the Vikes minus the points to keep the Bears a league joke. Our bet: $100 on Minnesota.

no.gif  Saints (2-0)  at  ind.GIF  Colts (0-3):

As Burt would say, if there weren't so much pus in his mouth, this is a game it's a shame someone has to win. Burt's pick influenced by news that we'll be making one three-inch incision in his belly every time Peyton Manning throws an interception. His and our bet: $30 on New Orleans.

ari.GIF  Cardinals (1-2)  at  stl.GIF  Rams (1-2):
Rams by 3

Watching this game will be like watching Burt thrash around in agony after an injection of strychnine: lots of activity, none of it constructive. When all else fails, bet with the home team. Our bet: $50 on St, Louis.