By TED SANSON
OTT’s Jerk-Of-All-Trades and Wannabe Badass
While this “rapper” turned actor has never been regarded as a “thespian” with range and versatility in his roles, there’s no one in Tinseltown who can better portray an undersized, big-mouthed, shit-talking tough guy with the balls to back up his snarky, dickheaded remarks (a talent which I envy extremely). This knack has seen Wahlberg transform from pop star (did he have any hits besides “Good Vibrations”? Does it even matter?), to Calvin Klein model (dude was YOKED, no h0m0), to one of Hollywood’s top leading men with one of the most unique niches in the business.
Mark has depicted numerous testosterone-fueled, machismo characters in his career – everything from NFL player, to Navy SEAL, to meadhead, to porn star – so take a seat, pack a lipper from your Skoal tin, smoke a few Marlboro Reds and wash it all down with a cold Budweiser and prepare to be floored by some good-ole-fashioned American bad-assery. Without further ado, I bring to the Trax Pack “Mark Wahlberg’s 7 Most Badass Movie Roles.” Continue reading Sanson: Mark Wahlberg’s 7 Most Badass Movie Roles
By IAN WUKITSCH
Welcome back football fans! I start this week’s column with a question for everybody: if you’re the Cleveland Browns, who would you have started this week? Do you stick with the game manager in Brian Hoyer? Or is it time for the electric Johnny Football? Personally, I would go with JFF. He presents the best chance to compete in a high scoring game, something that the Browns will face this week against the Colts. I don’t see Hoyer even having a chance to keep this team in the game this week, but we will see. Anyway enough of my nonsense, here are my Week 14 picks. Continue reading Wukitsch: Week 14 NFL Spread Predictions
By SAMANTHA DESMOND
It’s the same story, but a different season. Notre Dame football has, once again, broken the hearts of so many Irish faithful.
After a season that began with so much promise, and a 6-0 start to boot, the Irish hobbled (painfully) to a 7-5 finish, losing five of their last six – some by a blowout margin. Ravaged by injury, the defense is a hollow shell of its once-dominant former self, and the offense is reeling and surely entrenched in a new quarterback controversy heading into bowl season. All of this should matter more, but for many Irish fans, it’s simply the same old song and dance. Continue reading DESMOND: GOLSON’S LUCK MIGHT HAVE RUN OUT AFTER DISAPPOINTING IRISH CAMPAIGN
By DARRYL BLAIN
This week there was a Monday Night Football game played in East Rutherford and prior to kickoff it felt just like any other Monday nighter. There was a huge concert in Times Square featuring names like U2 and Bruce Springsteen, a packed house, hours of over-done pre-game coverage on ESPN—you name it. To the unknowing, it was business as usual. Continue reading BLAIN: It Ain’t Easy Being Green — 3 Burning Questions the Jets Need to Answer
By IAN WUKITSCH
Happy late Thanksgiving football fans! I hope everybody enjoyed a safe and food filled holiday. If you didn’t lose too much money Thursday – like I did – then I’m sure you’re ready for some more action come this Sunday. So shake off that food coma, get your bookie’s number at the ready, and start betting. Continue reading Wukitsch: Week 13 NFL Spread Predictions
By SAMANTHA DESMOND
Good news Giants fans! Christmas has come early this year – or at least it should – because come Sunday afternoon, Big Blue faces off against a less-than-stellar Jacksonville squad, an almost certain victory.
It would be a welcome change of pace in a completely underwhelming season that has seen the Giants squeak out only three wins. Jacksonville, led by the struggling rookie, Blake Bortles, has managed to ink only one win in their 2014 campaign, which can only be described as a fluke victory against an rather solid Browns squad. Add Bortles’ borderline abysmal play, and even the lackluster boys in blue should have no problem putting the Jags away early. Continue reading DESMOND: CHRISTMAS COME EARLY FOR THE GIANTS? PLUS MATCHUP VS. JAGS SHOULD GIFT FANS WITH A WIN
By TED SANSON
The Mouth of OTT
Good evening, Trax Pack! As ya’ll know, tonight – Thanksgiving Eve – is the biggest party night of the year (#CoolMove)!!! For those of us who still live at home (here, here) and those fortunate scumbags who don’t, we’ll all be traveling back to our local watering holes to get polluted (On Trax) and say “whaddup” to some old “friends.” In the process, we’ll see people we haven’t seen in YEARS – or at least since last year’s TGE festivities – some we like, and some can get Ebola and die a miserable death for all we care. Since misery loves company and bad news sells, I bring to you “The 5 People to Avoid on Thanksgiving Eve.” Continue reading SANSON: The 5 People to Avoid on Thanksgiving Eve