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Bad Habits

Wednesday January 31, 2007 08:56 pm EST

January 31, 2007

Record thus far: 19-21-2

Daddy�s really been takin� it on the chin lately, going 1-2 on both of my last two nights of picks. That�s how a slightly winning record becomes an embarrassingly losing record, and to quote a great MTV advertisement from a few months back, I deserved to be punched �right in my assey-face.� I�m trying my hardest to end January �...

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Monday January 29, 2007 10:54 pm EST

January 29, 2007

Record thus far: 18-19-2

Daddy is ready for January to end. With a new month comes a new beginning � or just a continuation of the abuse my pride has taken since this column�s inception. Be that as it may, I�m pretty excited for the Super Bowl on Sunday. I�ll try to make good picks until then, when I, along with the rest of the betting world, will gamble way...

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Friday January 26, 2007 10:38 pm EST

January 26, 2007

Record thus far: 17-17-2

Daddy�s tired from working all week, and since it�s Friday he�s too drunk to type up long explanations and insight. Here are the picks � boom, baby!

1) Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz OVER 217 points

2) Miami Heat �3.5 at New York Knicks

3) Phoenix Suns �12 at Milwaukee Bucks

Please bet responsibly, although I...

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Wednesday January 24, 2007 09:39 pm EST

January 24, 2007

Record thus far: 16-15-2

Perhaps self-deprecation and limited explanation are the keys to success. After I spent a paragraph bitching about myself and then avoided providing any real reason as to why you should trust my bets, Daddy went 3-0 last night! And since I�m now going head-to-head against Casey McIntyre and her Mama Needs a New Purse column, please realize...

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Tuesday January 23, 2007 10:24 pm EST

January 23, 2007

Record thus far: 13-15-2

Alright everybody, the jig is up. I know I had you all fooled with my occasional, over-achieving nights of 2-1 predictions, but after my second 0-3 performance in this column�s brief two-week history, I must come clean: I am not a professional gambling tout. I know a lot about sports, but apparently not enough about statistics to...

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Monday January 22, 2007 10:17 pm EST

January 22, 2007

Record thus far: 13-12-2

In an attempt to save face and protect a winning record, Daddy laid off the bets this weekend. After crying myself to sleep last night realizing either Peyton Manning or the Chicago Bears, both of whom I dislike, will win a Super Bowl, I woke up refreshed and ready to bet. In honor of Carmelo Anthony rejoining my Denver Nuggets after a 15-game...

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Friday January 19, 2007 10:21 pm EST

January 19, 2007

Record thus far: 11-11-2 (NHL: 4-1; NBA: 5-6-1; NFL: 2-1-1; NCAA BB: 0-3)

Daddy apologizes for not posting last night, but I was busy harnessing all of my energy into praying that Brad would win the �Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Duel� finals. Unfortunately, Brad lost and I once again feel as though God doesn�t care. Oh well, back to sports talk. On Jan....

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Wednesday January 17, 2007 10:02 pm EST

January 17, 2007

Record thus far: 9-10-2 (NHL: 3-1; NBA: 4-6-1; NFL: 2-1-1; NCAA BB: 0-2)

Ouch, Daddy bent over and took it without Vaseline last night, going 0-3! In an attempt to comfort myself - since I couldn�t sleep - I started digging through some old pictures and notebooks in my room, and I stumbled across a college notebook from my history of Western philosophy class. I...

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Tuesday January 16, 2007 10:28 pm EST

January 16, 2007

Record thus far: 9-7-2 (NHL: 3-1, NBA: 4-4-1, NFL: 2-1-1, NCAA BB: 0-1)

Daddy advises all of you to strike while the iron is hot. For the first time since this column�s inception, I did not lose a single game last night! (Sure, I pushed one, but that�s still not a loss, ya� smartass.) If gambling has taught me anything, it�s that my success probably won�t...

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Monday January 15, 2007 10:21 pm EST

January 15, 2007

Record thus far: 7-7-1 (NHL: 2-1, NBA: 3-4; NFL: 2-1-1, NCAA BB: 0-1)

Wow, what an interesting weekend of football! I�m actually getting an erection thinking about the Colts/Patriots AFC championship, and much to the dismay of CL�s staff photographer Joeff Davis and operations editor Chante LaGon � both from Chicago � I hope the New Orleans Saints whoop the...

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Sunday January 14, 2007 05:19 pm EST

January 14, 2007

Record thus far: 6-6 (NHL: 2-1; NBA: 2-4; NFL: 2-0; NCAA BB: 0-1)

Yesterday I claimed that I would make a comeback with the football picks and I did just that, going 2-0 on the gridiron. Unfortunately I incorrectly picked the over/under on a hockey game for the first time, which left me 2-1 on the day and 6-6 so far. I admittedly had no real reason for taking the...

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Saturday January 13, 2007 05:50 pm EST

January 13, 2007

Record thus far: 4-5 (NHL: 2-0; NBA: 2-4; NCAA BB: 0-1)

Daddy apologizes for a poor performance last night (and for speaking in the third person). After a humbling 1-2 record on Friday, I�m looking to bounce back in a big way with the inclusion of some pigskin playoff picks.

1)?Baltimore Ravens/Indianapolis Colts UNDER 42 points

Last week against a...

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Friday January 12, 2007 10:28 pm EST

January 12, 2007

Record thus far: 3-3

Whoo! Daddy made a comeback last night going 2-1 with my picks. That sets me at dead-even so far, and in Vegas a push is a win, so let�s go make that money, don�t let it make you (shout out to Ronnie, Diamond, Dolla' Bill and The Players Club). Anyhow, I�m feeling good about tonight, I must say. There�s lots of NBA action which left me...

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Thursday January 11, 2007 10:12 pm EST

January 11, 2007

Record thus far: 1-2

OK, so I hit a bump in the road on my first day because Duke fucked me by losing to a team that they historically dominate, but whatever, moving on � There�s not much NBA action tonight, with only two games being played, but I like the lines that exist. For the third pick, I consulted our neighbors to the north and took a hockey game. On a...

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Wednesday January 10, 2007 10:26 pm EST

January 10, 2007

OK, Bad Habits readers, today is the launch of a new daily blog on Bad Habits called Daddy Needs New Shoes. I am a gambling addict and a sports junkie, so naturally I bet on sports daily. I win, I lose, I cry, I cheer � I cannot guarantee that my picks will work all the time, but I will guarantee that there�s reason behind them beyond �I like the color of their...

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Wednesday January 11, 2006 12:04 am EST
Wrestling fans say, 'I'm with Stupid'The Game Dork | more...

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Wednesday January 4, 2006 12:04 am EST
Worst games of 2005 were infinitely dull | more...

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Wednesday December 28, 2005 12:04 am EST
Some were bloody, others more kid-friendly | more...

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Wednesday December 21, 2005 12:04 am EST
Condemned another pretty-ugly game | more...

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Wednesday December 14, 2005 12:04 am EST
King Kong is sometimes awesome, but often dull | more...

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Wednesday December 7, 2005 12:04 am EST
Give me Liberty to give me death | more...

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Wednesday November 30, 2005 12:04 am EST
What to play and rent | more...

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Wednesday November 23, 2005 12:04 am EST
For the holidays, game gifts can be old or new | more...

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Wednesday November 16, 2005 12:04 am EST
These are the days of our gaming lives | more...

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Wednesday November 9, 2005 12:04 am EST
Star Wars game brings war to life, minus blood | more...

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Wednesday November 2, 2005 12:04 am EST
'Were' are all those crazy rabbits coming from? | more...

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Wednesday October 26, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Bloody Prophecy shows evolution of thrillers | more...

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Wednesday October 19, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Games with pucks, balls take tumble | more...

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Wednesday October 12, 2005 12:04 am EDT
A prisoner kills — to find out if he's a murderer | more...

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Wednesday October 5, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Nintendo is still right for kids and adult gamers | more...

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Wednesday September 28, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Crashing cars at 200 mph is more fun than everNew To You — Used Game Of The Week | more...

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Wednesday September 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Fantastic is anything but | more...

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Wednesday September 14, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Games act as puzzling distractions from disaster | more...

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Wednesday September 7, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Nintendogs is ruff, not rough, on heavy petting | more...

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Wednesday August 31, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Cowboys slay vampires in fun Darkwatch | more...

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Wednesday August 24, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Some games are too restraining to finish | more...

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Wednesday August 17, 2005 12:04 am EDT
There is a tendency among geeks to compare the video game industry to the entertainment behemoth affectionately known as Hollywood. But where, we ask, is the game that truly shows American culture at its worst? Where is the game so crappy that you have to play it? In short, where is the Plan 9 from Outer Space of video games? Well, weep no more my friends; the train wreck of a game we've been... | more...

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Wednesday August 10, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Geeked | more...

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Wednesday August 3, 2005 12:04 am EDT
It happens from time to time, and when it does, you're never quite prepared. A great game can hit you like a 250-pound linebacker at a full sprint. Months of playing less than impressive titles, waiting for that one great game you know comes out in the middle of the summer, has left your senses dulled, so when the game finally does come out and you sit down to play it, it almost knocks you... | more...

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Wednesday July 27, 2005 12:04 am EDT
There's just something about giant robots battling in outer space as the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance that brings out the true geek in me. And if those giant robots are actually huge mechanized battle suits, piloted by angry heroes, all the better. Unfortunately, not every mecha title is created equal. While Bandai's Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam may end up pleasing... | more...

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Thursday July 21, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Recently, due to the vagaries of the videogame release schedule, we've had to review a lot of movie tie-in games. It hasn't exactly been fun. Movie tie-in games tend to be short, wreck the movie by giving away plot elements, and ultimately make you feel like you wasted your money. While all of that is true for Activision's new Fantastic 4 game, it's actually better than one would assume from... | more...

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Thursday July 14, 2005 12:04 am EDT
1/2The universe is vast and, when you think about it objectively, it seems pretty likely that it's only a matter of time before humanity is attacked by a race of slimy, green, betenticled aliens intent on eating our skeletons. Videogame developers seem particularly concerned about the possibility, and many of the industry's most popular titles and franchises put players in the role of Earth's... | more...

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Thursday July 7, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Batman BeginsGeeks have spent years waiting for a decent Batman game, or at least for one that didn't suck, and the developers at EA have finally heard the cry. Their answer, Batman Begins, is a decent game as movie-based games go, but unfortunately, not good enough to make you stop longing for a decent Batman game.

Essentially, this is a linear stealth game, with a neat (and all too short)...

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Wednesday June 29, 2005 12:04 am EDT
The Napoleonic era seems to be getting a lot of attention these days, and perhaps that's not so odd considering that 2005 marks the 200th anniversary of Adm. Nelson's historic victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. Odd or not, though, it is nice to see. The 19th century was an amazingly interesting period in military history, and war gaming geeks should celebrate any new title set in this period.... | more...

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Wednesday June 22, 2005 12:04 am EDT

You've likely seen the commercials for European Assault, the latest in the Medal of Honor franchise, and thought for a fleeting moment that this video game might actually help you to understand the Allies' heroism in World War II. Relax. This game doesn't do that. It is pretty fun, however, even despite all its limitations.

European Assault is a fairly standard first-person shooter in the...

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Wednesday June 15, 2005 12:04 am EDT
When I first heard that Pyro Studios was developing a Total War clone set in the age of Napoleon, I have to admit, I was pretty excited. I'm a sucker for strategy titles and a big fan of Napoleonic history, so, naturally, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this game. Reports on early builds were solid and the fact that Eidos signed on for distribution was another positive sign. Imagine my... | more...

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Wednesday June 8, 2005 12:04 am EDT

Some games are so good you can't stop playing them. Some games are so bad you can't stop soon enough. The PSP version of MVP Baseball looks so good and plays so bad it's like having bad sex with a supermodel - you may look really good doing it, but don't count on having a whole hell of a lot of fun.

Where this game is good, though, it's actually pretty impressive. The sound is excellent -...

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Thursday June 2, 2005 12:04 am EDT
When the folks at Blue 52, the developers of this stealth-action title, named their first project Stolen, I don't think they quite understood how apropos the name would be. The sad truth is that the few poor, unfortunate geeks who bought this game when it first hit stores are probably still scratching their heads and wondering if there's any way they can submit a police report on the $40 that... | more...

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Wednesday May 25, 2005 12:04 am EDT
Last week saw the release of the last Star Wars film that we're likely to see for quite some time (if, in fact, there is ever another), and while that's probably all the excitement the average geek can handle, it would have been nice if the accompanying video game had added just a little bit to the momentous occasion. Instead, Revenge of the Sith packs the punch of your 12-year-old kid sister.... | more...

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Wednesday May 18, 2005 12:04 am EDT
When you were a kid, did you identify with Gargamel rather than the Smurfs? Does the mere sight of the Teletubbies make you want to grab a grenade launcher? Would you pay good money to see the combined cast of "Tiny Toon Adventures" and "Muppet Babies" get torn apart by a mob of vicious apes? Well, if you answered yes to any one of these questions, then you need to pick up a copy of Majesco's... | more...