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Updated: Sep 22, 2020

Last week was just horrendous as I went 6-9 to open the season. Gotta do better and it starts this week. Here we go.

I have to provide full disclosure here. I am watching tonight Cincinnati at Cleveland and its the 2:00 minute mark of the first half and The Browns lead 14-10.

Thursday Night

Cincinnati at Cleveland - I think Joe Burroughs gets the come from behind win.


12:00 PM Games

Giants at Bears

My Bears win home openers despite no fans in attendance

Rams at Eagles

Rams go to 2-0 after last weeks win over Dallas

Falcons at Cowboys

Look for Dak and the boys to have a big win over Atlanta

Panthers at Buccaneers

Brady/Gronk ignite the Tampa fans in first home game

49ers at Jets

San Fran makes the dreaded cross country trip and even their records at 1-1

Broncos at Steelers

Steelers rout Denver at home

Jaguars at Titans

Titans win their home opener

Lions at Packers

Look for Aaron Rodgers to rout the Lions in NFC North game

Bills at Dolphins

Bills take care of business on the road

Vikings at Colts

Colts pick up the home win

3:00 PM Games

Washington at Cardinals

Cards push their record to 2-0 to start the season

Ravens at Texans

Lamar Jackson and the Ravens will force the Texans to have to win their first game next week

Chiefs at Chargers

Patrick Mahomes. Nuff said.

7:20 PM

Patriots at Seahawks

Patriots can’t handle the cross country trip

Monday Night 7:20 PM

Saints at Raiders

Raiders will show off their new digs in Vegas and puck up the win

There ya go and Lets Go Bears!

*************************Updated Tuesday September 22*********************************

What a week!

After going 6-9 in week one, I knew I needed to turn things around quickly and the football pick gods came through this week as I picked every single Sunday game correctly. I did miss on the Thursday night game as the Bengals couldn't beat the Browns, but I’ll take it.

So overall I’m 16-10 heading into week three.

Hopefully, i can stay on a hot streak.

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A Covid Version of the ACM Awards

This years ACM’s were supposed to be held in Vegas back in April but due to Covid the were held tonight.

Keith Urban was the host and almost the entire show was acoustic performances from the artist.

Every single performance was fantastic but my favorite of the night was Eric Church and his rendition of Johnny Cash’s Ragged Ol Flag/Stick That In Your Country Song.

Overall it was just a great show.

It was so cool that they were spread between the Grand Ole Opry, The Bluebird Cafe and of course the Ryman Auditorium.

And in the surprise of the night there are Co-Entertainer Of The Year winners!

2020...of course!

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Luke Bryan Eric Church Luke Combs Thomas Rhett -- WINNER/TIE Carrie Underwood -- WINNER/TIE

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Maren Morris -- WINNER Kacey Musgraves Carrie Underwood

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Dierks Bentley Luke Combs -- WINNER Thomas Rhett Chris Stapleton Keith Urban

DUO OF THE YEAR Brooks & Dunn Brothers Osborne Dan + Shay -- WINNER Florida Georgia Line Maddie & Tae

GROUP OF THE YEAR Lady A Little Big Town Midland Old Dominion -- WINNER The Highwomen

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Ingrid Andress Gabby Barrett Lindsay Ell Caylee Hammack

Tenille Townes -- WINNER

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Jordan Davis Russell Dickerson Riley Green -- WINNER Cody Johnson Morgan Wallen

ALBUM OF THE YEAR Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett GIRL – Maren Morris Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs -- WINNER Wildcard – Miranda Lambert


"God’s Country" – Blake Shelton -- WINNER

"One Man Band" – Old Dominion

"Rainbow" – Kacey Musgraves

"Rumor" – Lee Brice

"What If I Never Get Over You" – Lady Antebellum

SONG OF THE YEAR "10,000 Hours" – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber "Girl Goin’ Nowhere" – Ashley McBryde "God’s Country" – Blake Shelton "One Man Band" – Old Dominion -- WINNER "Some of It" – Eric Church

VIDEO OF THE YEAR "10,000 Hours" – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber "God’s Country" – Blake Shelton "One Man Band" – Old Dominion "Remember You Young" – Thomas Rhett -- WINNER "Sugar Coat" – Little Big Town


Ashley Gorley

Michael Hardy

Hillary Lindsey -- WINNER

Shane McAnally

Josh Osborne

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Updated: Sep 16, 2020

On Thursday night the Kansas City Chiefs faced the Houston Texan's to "officially" kick off the 2020 NFL season.

Of course Patrick Mahomes was Patrick Mahomes in leading the Chiefs to a 34-20 win in KC.

But for me the official kickoff to the season is tomorrow. This is the day that set back all afternoon and turn on Redzone and watch all the action on one channel...except when the Bears are playing.

I'm not a fantasy sports kinda guy. I don't get into watching stats for individual players. That's too much work for me. I just enjoy watching the games. I just love watching great performances on the field of competition...I don't care who you are (thanks Larry The Cable Guy).

I thought I might just start documenting my picks each week. Feel free to play along if you like.

So here ya go! Here are the games for Sunday and Monday in week one.

12:00 Noon Games

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills - Bills 27-17

Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings - Packer 43-34

Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington - Washington 27-17

Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens - Ravens 38-6

Indianapolis Colts @ Jacksonville Jaguars - Jags 27-20

Las Vegas Raiders @ Carolina Panthers - Raiders 34-30

Chicago Bears @ Detroit Lions - Bears 27-23

Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons - Seahawks 38-25

Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots - Patriots 21-11

3:00 PM Games

Los Angeles Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals - Chargers 16-13

Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers - Cardinals 24-20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints - Saints 34-23

7:20 PM

Dallas Cowboys @ Los Angeles Rams - Rams 20-17

Monday Night Football

6:10 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Giants - Steelers 26-16

9:20 PM

Tennessee Titans @ Denver Broncos - Titans 16-14

There are my picks. I'll come on Tuesday to see how I did.


Updated 9/15

Wow! What a terrible week. In week one I went 6-9. Looking for major improvement coming up in week two.

On the bright side, my Bears are 1-0.

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  • Began his radio career in radio at WXAN (Ava, IL) in 1985

  • Has worked at several radio stations in the Southern Illinois area including, WDQN (DuQuoin, IL),  WQRL (Benton, IL), WDDD (Marion, IL).

  • Currently works for Max Media in Carterville, IL.  Dave has worked on each of the five station in that group including WOOZ (New Country Z100), WCIL-FM (Today's Hit Music 101.5CIL-FM), WUEZ (Magic 95.1), WJPF-WCIL-AM (NewsRadio WJPF), WXLT (103.5 ESPN).

  • On-Air Talent on New Country Z100 since 2004 and host/producer of the Saturday Morning Oldies Show.

  • Host of "Riding the Pine", on 103.5 ESPN, a weekly sports talk show covering the Southern Illinois Miners, Southern Illinois' minor league baseball team in Marion, IL.

  • Program Director for 1035 ESPN

  • Play-by-play announcer for Carterville High School sports including football and basketball on NewsRadio WJPF.

  • Fill-in host for the Morning Newswatch with Tom Miller, heard Monday-Friday on NewsRadio WJPF.

  • Emcee/host for Music & Motion Marching Band field competition held each October at Saluki Stadium hosted by the SIU School of Music (2011-2016).

  • Emcee/host for the Walk for a Cure for Arthritis held every May at the University Mall in Carbondale, IL.

  • Main stage Emcee for the first Bluegill Music Festival held July 4th, 2015 at the Rend Lake Dam.  Over 20 music acts performed throughout the day.

  • Herrinfesta Italiana stage host for various music acts

  • Commercial voice-over work

  • Live remote broadcasts at various businesses and events throughout Southern Illinois.

  • Event Coordinator for five station group

  • Experienced HR/Safety/Environmental Manager for manufacturing and transportation companies.

  • Public Address Announcer for the Southern Illinois Miners Minor League Baseball team (2016).

  • 2016 Illinois Broadcasters Association "Silver Dome Award" 2nd place for Best Sportscaster in Medium Market radio.

  • 2017 Illinois Broadcasters Associations "Silver Dome Award" 2nd place for "Best Radio Play-by-Play for Medium Market Stations".

  • 2017 Southern Illinois Miners On-Field Host

  • Two-time segment host of the "show that made country music famous", the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN (February 7, 2010 and May 6, 2017)

  • 2017/2018 Emcee - Barry Apple Festival Pageant (Barry, IL)

  • On-Field Host for the Southern Illinois Miners Minor Leagues Baseball team (2017-2021)

  • 2018 & 2019 Illinois Broadcasters Association Silver Dome Award Winner for Best Play-by-play in Illinois.

  • 2018/2019/2021/2022 PONY Baseball International Colt World Series Play-by-play

  • 2019 Play-by-play Broadcaster for National Pro Fastpitch TV (Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois)

  • 2022 - Play-by-play Broadcaster of John A. Logan College Men and Womens Basketball

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