My Wife Handicaps Super Bowl XLVIII


Actual wife still not pictured

The legend of Mrs. Sacks continues. Three years ago, I was struggling to pick a winner against the spread for the Super Bowl. So I decided to do something wacky and consult my wife for her pick, even though she knows next to nothing about football. Three years later, she is a perfect 3-for-3 in her picks.

In Super Bowl 45, she predicted the Packers would top the Steelers and cover the number—and she nearly got the score exactly right. In Super Bowl 46, she said the Giants would upset the Patriots, and last season, she prognosticated that the underdog Ravens would cover the spread and win outright over the 49ers.

So here I am again, consulting my wife in hopes she can pick me a winner for the fourth year in a row. Here’s what she had to say…

(As a reminder, this conversation is completely real) Continue Reading »

Rap Lyrics Translated for White People Volume 7

nerdy-white-guyAt long last, Rap Lyrics Translated for White People has returned to Living with Balls! It’s been over a year since the last Rap Lyrics translation. But just when you thought this feature was dead, I have returned like Jay-Z coming out of retirement. In the words of Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy, “I won’t stop now, because I can’t stop now.”

Enjoy translated lyrics from 2 Chainz, Jay-Z, The Game and Lil’ Kim.  As usual, there are added notes at the bottom of the post for further understanding.   Continue Reading »

Which NFL Teams Have the Best Odds Against the Spread?

nfl logoWe are now through 11 weeks of the 2013 NFL season and the good teams are beginning to separate themselves from the bad teams. But perhaps more importantly, we are getting an idea on which teams perform the best against the point spread.

I took some time to review all 32 NFL team’s records against the spread and I have some interesting findings. Continue Reading »

Watch “Grand Theft Auto” Play Out For Real

Grand Theft Auto V was recently released for all major video game consoles.  And while stealing cars, running over pedestrians and creating all-out havoc is common in the video game, you don’t expect to see it play out for real.

Well that’s exactly what happened in the streets of Chicago recently. The driver of the black SUV in this video stole the vehicle, got into a standoff with an angry cab driver, and then smashed up a bunch of cars before leaving the scene.

I’d say that would get him at least two stars in Grand Theft Auto.

He was arrested shortly after.  He should have went to the paint shop to clear his wanted level.

Children’s Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes are Fucked Up

Jack-and-Jill-nursery-rhymeEver since the birth of my son, things have been quiet here at Living with Balls. If I’m not working or taking care of my son, then I’ve probably been passed out from exhaustion somewhere in my house. That leaves little time to write anything. However, I’m determined to get this site going again.

In these first few months of raising my child, one of the more challenging aspects of caring for him, is getting him to go to sleep. Like many parents, I have resorted to singing lullabies or reciting nursery rhymes to calm him down.

I never gave much thought to the words of popular children’s songs and nursery rhymes when they were recited to me as a child. but now that I am singing them, it has occurred to me that many of them are FUCKED UP.

Let’s take a look at a few popular ones to show you what I mean. Continue Reading »

Observations from My First Days as a Dad

father sonYou may have noticed things have been pretty quiet on this site of late. That’s because my wife gave birth to our first child recently. It’s been just over a month since my son was born and it’s been quite an adventure to this point. I’ve had many new experiences during this time and I’ve learned a lot already. Here are a few things I’ve taken from my first days as a father. Continue Reading »

The Five Most Memorable Movie Car Crashes

Ferris Bueller Car Crash SceneSome movies impress with shocking or mesmerizing special effects, others would offer you valuable advice and will guide you through the hard times. There are also those movies that will stick in your memories and will make you speechless for quite a while. Movies that will leave you completely dumbfounded are rare to find, especially in these days, when we are showered by all kinds of TV series, action, thriller, sci-fi and horror film productions.

Guess what? There are quite a few examples of absolutely shocking movie scenes that have given quite a scare to a number of people. We are talking about the golden scenes that you could hardly ever forget, so let’s check them out: the most memorable car crashes in famous blockbusters: Continue Reading »

“Arrested Development” Season 4 Review

header-arrested-development-season-4-first-full-trailer“Arrested Development,” the Fox series that was cancelled seven years ago, has returned with a 15-episode season on Netflix.

The show has become a cult classic, with its popularity growing after it was cancelled in 2006. I never watched it when it originally aired but I checked it out a couple years back and loved every minute of it.

So I definitely was excited for the return of “Arrested Development,” on Netflix. Just like many fans, I had high expectations. After finally completing the season, here’s my advice to the people who haven’t sent it yet…

BE PATIENT. Continue Reading »

It’s Time For Pitchers to Wear Helmets

JA Happ line driveOn May 7, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was struck in the head by a line drive and suffered a head contusion and small fracture behind his left ear.

One year earlier, then Oakland A’s pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck in the head with a line drive and required emergency surgery after suffering an epidural hemorrhage, a brain contusion and a skull fracture.

And it seems like every year, this happens at least once during the Major League Baseball season.

It’s only a matter of time before a pitcher is killed. Continue Reading »

Gambling on Football

The football season is over once again for the summer break, and like every season this one was very entertaining to watch fold out in front of your eyes. It was not really a race for the top two spots as they were sealed up quite early–won by Manchester United and Manchester City. Instead, it was a fight for third and fourth between Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham that really lit up the second half of the season. This fight ended with only four points separating the three teams in which a single lost game would have changed the order and maybe put one team out of the running. With all that over though there is only the next season to look forward to after the summer. Because of this, people who like to place a bet each week on the different outcomes have nothing but who they think will win next year to bet on, and that is no easy task to guess. Continue Reading »