Are you a degenerate gambler? Perhaps you’re someone who picks games against the spread just for fun and to see how smart you really aren’t? If this describes you, or if you just like to be entertained by a crazy sports columnist, you’re in luck, because you’ve stumbled across Against All Odds: NCAA and NFL Picks, a weekly post from the start of the football season, all the way to the Super Bowl, where me, Mike Drakulich (PSN), the man behind Pittsburgh SportsNation, takes on my father, Michael J. Drakulich (MJD), in picking NCAA and NFL games against the Vegas line! Check out the Draftkings welcome offer to see how you can win big and find many bonuses.
I cover both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers during the season for the fabulous NGSCSports.com!
Normally, we always include the local teams here in Western Pennsylvania, which are Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, and the Pittsburgh Steelers among our weekly picks. This gives me the chance to take shots at the opposing teams I really dislike, enraging certain readers, and adding delight to my busy weekends.
All in all, both my dad and I are pretty good at picking these games, but don’t take our word for it. You’re on your own when you place your bets, so don’t blame us if you lose… but you can share your winnings with us if you wish.
Itchy vs Scratchy. Black Spy vs White Spy. Cheers vs Gary’s Old Towne Tavern. History is full of rivalries, but none are better than father vs son! Who will rise above the other this season and become the 2021-22 Against All Odds Champion?
Against All Odds: NCAA and NFL Picks
Let the dynasty begin… for the 4th year in a row, my dad handed me my ass in picking Against All Odds. One of these years we’re going to have to start putting some cash on the line for a year end party from his winnings.
My how time flies… it just seems like weeks ago we started off the 2021 season, now here we are at the Super Bowl, prepping some good food, and trying to figure out how to get the Pittsburgh Steelers back to the big dance. Hell, we here in Pittsburgh will settle for a playoff win.
Thank you to those who have enjoyed my work throughout the year, and don’t forget to check out my Pitt and Steelers Game Previews when August gets here, as you will continue to get the best coverage of Pittsburgh football right here from yours truly.
Till next season…
Against All Odds Lines as of 2/12/2022
Sunday, February 13th
Super Bowl LVI
Cincinnati Bengals (13-7) at LA Rams (15-5)
Game Time: 6:30 PM at SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA.
Vegas Line: LA Rams -3.5
The Pick: PSN: LA Rams | MJD: LA Rams
I guess making fun of the Bengals is coming to an end here in Pittsburgh, as Cincinnati has won more playoff games this year than the Steelers have since Super Bowl XLV.
Joe Burrow is making his mark as becoming one of the best QB’s in the league, and with weapons like Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins to throw to, and Joe Mixon toting the rock, it looks as if the Bengals will be a tough out for the foreseeable future.
Problem for Cinci is the LA Rams with Aaron Donald leading a very tough defense that will be hunting Burrow all game long. Matt Stafford has finally found his footing in the City of Angels, and like Burrow, he has a bevy of weapons to chose from, including the league’s top WR in Cooper Kupp, along with Odell Beckham and Van Jefferson to boot. Cam Akers and Sony Michel lead a determined Rams rushing attack.
Like Tampa last year at Raymond James Stadium, the Rams will be playing at home at the incredible SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.
Since about mid-season, I’ve felt the Rams were on a mission, and now they are 60 minutes from completing that journey.
Should be a good game for most of the contest, as the Bengals always battle hard until the end, but when the clock strikes 0:00, it will be the Rams winning their first ever Lombardi and becoming World Champions.
Against All Odds Pick Results
MJD: Last Week: 2-0 | Overall: 96-86 — (.522)
PSN: Last Week: 1-1 | Overall: 89-93 -7 (.488)
Against All Odds: NCAA/NFL Picks History
2021 Champion: MJD
2020 Champion: MJD
2019 Champion: MJD
2018 Champion: MJD
2017 Champion: PSN
2016 Champion: MJD
2015 Champion: MJD
2014 Champion: PSN
2013 Champion: PSN
(MJD leads series 6-3)
From Midland, "The Basketball Capital of Pennsylvania", located 35 miles NW of Pittsburgh along the Ohio River. This former steel town was home to storied athletes such as Dave Alston, Norm Van Lier, Simmie Hill, and the legendary 1965 Midland High School Basketball Team.
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