GELFAND: Betting the Big Game — Super Bowl 54
By Mike Gelfand - Jan 31, 2020
I’m not a guy who likes to stroll down memory lane. Too many potholes. As my friends in The Program say, after a few falls into the […]
GELFAND: …on Tom Brady — and Immortality
By Mike Gelfand - Jan 25, 2020
No quarterback in the NFL playoffs this year looked as lifeless and disconsolate as Tom Brady. If you somehow construe Brady as a sympathetic character, you might […]

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GELFAND: Scandal Makers and Conference Championship Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Jan 17, 2020
For some, it’s no scandal at all. Hey, everybody does it. For others, it places baseball just above cockfighting on the sports ladder of disgrace. As a […]
GELFAND: Life on the Tundra and Divisional Round Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Jan 10, 2020
Don’t let anyone tell you that winter came early this year. In fact, by the frosty calendar that numbers our Minnesota days, winter has yet to officially […]
GELFAND: Wild Card Round Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Jan 3, 2020
No charming tales or self-loathing confessions of failure this week. I’ll save those for the Super Bowl. Instead, I’m going to take the plunge with three significant […]
GELFAND: Humility, or a Lack Thereof, and Week 16 Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Dec 20, 2019
It has come to my attention that humility doesn’t seem to be in fashion these days. Which is bad enough, except that humility — a quality that […]
GELFAND: The Most Popular Clichés of the Year and Week 15 Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Dec 13, 2019
It’s days like this when I put on the thermal underwear, flannel pants and shirt, my thickest hoodie and a snowmobile suit before I battle the arctic […]
GELFAND: Avoiding the Vikings and Week 14 Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Dec 6, 2019
I will probably have my Minnesota citizenship revoked — or perhaps even deported to Wisconsin — for making the following confession, but I’m tired of hiding in […]
GELFAND: Happy Endings and Week 13 Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Nov 29, 2019
I’ve always contended that I stopped rooting for the home team when I started betting on games, but as the snow piles up outside my window, I […]
GELFAND: Gambling, Anger and Shame…and Week 12 Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Nov 23, 2019
I think I speak for most of us, regardless of our political bent, when I say that I am quite relieved now that the impeachment hearings are […]
GELFAND: Clichés from Sociopaths and Week 11 Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Nov 16, 2019
As I force myself to again view the video of Myles Garrett’s criminal assault on Thursday night, I am baffled by what seems to be a willingness […]
GELFAND: The Huge Score and Week 10 Picks
By Mike Gelfand - Nov 9, 2019
Give me a few minutes and I can recall at least 20 movies about gambling. The themes tend to be of a piece. All gamblers die broke […]