Former Naval Intelligence officer Thomas Magnum resigns his commission to become a private investigator on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. He lands a home in the guest house on the estate of millionaire author Robin Masters in exchange for testing the estate’s security, but is forced to work under the strict and ever watchful eye of Jonathan Higgins, a former British Army soldier who serves as the estate manager.

Here are Magnum’s “Must-starts” for week 8 followed by a recipe for Apple Cider Marinated Pork Loin with Apple City Barbecue Sauce.


 Thomas Magnum’s “must-starts” week 8


When I was a kid, three older guys decided to beat me up. I held my own until a fourth showed up. And from that day on, I vowed that three was my limit.”

“Living alone has some terrific advantages, you can eat, sleep, go in and out, and burp whenever you want. It also has on terrific disadvantage – when you lose something, you’ve got no one to blame but yourself.”

One of the cliches of my profession is that to get information from a bartender you have to slip him bills of various denominations. Bills that you can’t afford with pictures of unfamiliar presidents and usually for information that isn’t worth it.




Adrian Peterson

Marshawn Lynch

Frank Gore

Jamaal Charles

Darren McFadden

Willis McGahee

Chris Johnson

Stevan Ridley

Ahmad Bradshaw

LeSean McCoy

Alfred Morris

Trent Richardson

Matt Forte

Reggie Bush




Brandon Marshall

Percy Harvin

Wes Welker

Victor Cruz

Julio Jones

Jordy Nelson

Demaryius Thomas

Calvin Johnson

Vincent Jackson

Reggie Wayne

Roddy White

Mike Wallace




Drew Brees

Peyton Manning

Matt Ryan

Aaron Rodgers

Ben Roethlisberger

Andrew Luck

Tom Brady

Eli Manning

Cam Newton

Robert Griffin III

Michael Vick

 Tony Romo




Rob Gronkowski

Jason Witten

Jared Cook

Tony Gonzalez

Aaron Hernandez

Greg Olsen

Jimmy Graham

Heath MillerKyle Rudolph

Antonio Gates

 Brent Celek


Depending on your league settings, chances are that you have some kind of combination of the above for your starting lineup. These are the top options for this week and it is hard to make a case to bench any of them. It’s when you get into the players not on this list where it gets tricky.

For most leagues, your team needs at least 110 points to have a chance of winning. To get to this number and above, you will need at minimum 12 points from each of your starters (a little more from your QB and a few from your kickers and defense). This is the threshold for my IN/OUT predictions.






Ryan Mathews @ CLE

Ryan had the most activity of the season last week, touching the ball 26 times. It looks like he is all the way back as the RB1 for the chargers. He is going up against the Brownies who have given up more than 100 rushing yards in more than half their games. This might be the start of “Mathews the workhorse” that the bolts hoped for.



Christian Ponder vs. T.B.

I don’t normally put QBs on my IN/OUT list, because everyone has 1 QB they start all year except for bye weeks. But if for some reason, you are in need of a QB to start this week, you might want to convert to “Christian”ity. Tampa’s pass defense is pretty bad, giving up an average of 323 yards a game. He could be in for a shootout in the dome, and I have this feeling he will throw for more.



Brandon Gibson/Chris Givens vs. N.E. (London)

For the first few weeks of the season the only receiver that mattered in St. Louis was Danny Amendola, but since his injury it’s been a group effort to replace him. It seems Brandon Gibson has become Bradford’s favorite target, while Chris Givens has become the big play guy, catching a pass of at least 50 yards in 4 straight games. This week the Rams face a Patriots offense that seems to have issues keeping leads. A lot of that having to do with not being able to stop the pass, giving up the 4th most passing yards per game at 290 — many of those yards coming on big plays. You could do worse as your FLEX than either of these two.



Rashad Jennings @ G.B.

The Pack will Attack this banged up offense. They will stack the box and make whoever starts for the Jags beat them through the air. I really don’t see any scenario where Rashad rushes for enough yards or scores to make him starter worthy.



Vernon Davis @ ARI

It’s hard to trust Vernon, or as his friend’s call him VD. As we all know by now, the Cards are playing great defense in the desert and what you may not have known is that they are giving up the leagues second fewest points to TE’s. I don’t like VD.



Andre Roberts vs. S.F.

What a start Roberts has had to the season. 5 TDs. He has become a popular waiver wire pick up. The question is, can you start him this week against a tough 49er defense that have allowed 121 or less to WRs in 5 of seven games and only allowed 2 TDs? Answer: NO.




Apple Cider Marinated Pork Loin with Apple City Barbecue Sauce



1 Pork Loin (4 to 6 pounds)
1 can (6 ounces) frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
1/3 cup apple jelly
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tsp dried sage
2 tsp kosher salt, finely ground
1 tsp ground black pepper


set the loin in a shallow dish

combine the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy.

pour the marinade over the loin, coating thoroughly. Marinade, covered, chilled overnight.

Discard the marinade and smoke at 200-225 degrees for about 3 hours or until the internal temperature measures 165 degrees.

Serve with following barbecue sauce and some type of apples, baked, fried or even applesauce.



Barbecue Sauce:


1 cup Ketchup
2/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
1/2 cup apple juice or cider
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce or Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp yellow mustard
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/3 cup bacon bits, ground in a spice grinder
1/3 cup peeled and grated apple
1/3 cup grated onion
2 tsp grated green bell pepper


combine ketchup, rice vinegar, apple juice or cider, cider vinegar, brown sugar, soy or Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic powder, white pepper, cayenne, and bacon bits in a large saucepan.

bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

stir in the apple, onion and bell pepper.

reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 10 to 15 minutes or until it thickens slightly. stirring often.

allow to cool, then pout into sterilized glass bottles.

Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

makes 3 cups.





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