November 2009

Week 12 NFL Picks


Happy Thanksgiving! May your hearts
and tummies be equally full. My “This Week in Football”

Giants over Broncos because I believe the Giants defense will be better.
The alternative is hard to imagine.

Panthers over Jets because of the
running back tandem of Williams and Stewart. (In fairness, these picks were
made on Tuesday before the guys and I knew Kerry Rhodes had been benched and of
the new code system for Sanchez. Presumably one of those codes translates to
“Throw the ball away. Now.” Not saying either development would have
changed my mind. Just saying.)

And Saints over Patriots in what
should be a tremendously entertaining Monday night affair.

By the way, I’ll still never pick
the Lions again. But what a comeback!

Lions, Yankees and Giants

hughes275.jpgThis is a resolution I will have no trouble abiding by: I will never, ever pick the Lions again. Ever.

So, it’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Giants Stadium, which makes perfect sense on Nov. 22. Better weather than Yankees had on Oct. 22. Figures.

The Giants are plodding along and Tynes somehow just missed a 31-yard field goal. Tynes won’t be back next season. If the Giants had an alternative, he wouldn’t finish this season.

Bronx cheer for Tynes, after he converted the PAT after the Manning-to-Boss TD. Fun times.
Phil Hughes: The kid has changed my life. Stay with me. He recommended “The Office” a million times before I finally gave the show a chance. Over the past few weeks, I’ve watched dozens of episodes. Hysterical. Thanks, Phil.
Antonio Pierce: Unless he comes back from the bulging disc in his neck this season, he almost certainly has played his last game as a Giant.
The Lions: They’ve rallied and trail 27-24 in the third quarter. Yes! Should have taped the Mangini interview with CBS’ James Brown in pregame. Forgot. Considering the number of episodes of “The Office” on the DVR, might not have had room anyway.
The Yankees: Whenever anyone asks me if the Yankees will sign a free agent, my response is: “Yes, if they want to.” I mean, is there any other appropriate answer?
The Lions again: They’re winning. There’s hope in the Motor City! 

Week 11 NFL Picks

Bradshaw_275X235.jpgMy picks for “This Week in

Giants over Falcons because the Giants are a better team
than they’ve shown since Oct. 11

Patriots over Jets because Belichick’s team
won’t be embarrassed again

And Lions over Browns because it seems like it
should be a competitive game in a strangely captivating kind of way.

blogging tomorrow from Giants Stadium.

Week 10 NFL Picks

jones275.jpgIt’s Saturday and I haven’t submitted my picks for “This Week in Football.” Producer Jared Boshnack doesn’t like that.

My picks have stunk most of the season, but here goes:

I’ll go with the Jets over the Jags, for no particular reason.

And for my other pick, the rationale is this: I got burned last week picking the Giants over the Chargers and the Eagles over the Cowboys. So, I’ll take the Chargers over the Eagles on Sunday.

Meanwhile, it seems like a very good Sunday for the Giants not to have a game, wouldn’t you say?

Perfect end to a memorable season

Well, it’s been extraordinary, the length of the season matched by its success, excitement and abundance of compelling story lines.

Today’s parade provided perfect punctuation to a memorable year — and that’s coming from someone who generally loathes parades. This one was fun.

arod286_110609.jpgWhere did the Yankees season turn? There are several reasonable answers, but one ultimately stands out: When Alex Rodriguez returned.

With one swing of the bat he instilled confidence. And regained confidence. You could argue, and I have, that this was his most valuable season as a Yankee. Really.

The MVP always comes down almost solely to numbers, which I find silly. There is an intangible nature to the word “valuable.” Voters never seem to take that into consideration.

(If the award were Most Outstanding Player, I would understand all the obsessive numbers crunching. It’s not.)

And, to be clear, I’m not suggesting Alex should be the league MVP; Joe Mauer’s season was remarkable and the award should be his. Just suggesting that Alex has never been more valuable to the Yankees.

And who could have imagined that seven or eight months ago?

“This Week in Football”: I have been delinquent in making my picks for the week. Giants over Chargers. Why do I continue to pick the G-Men? Because their defense is getting healthier and because they have to win this game. Have to. And the Eagles over the Cowboys. The birds looked like a team ready to take off last week against the Giants. DeSean Jackson in particular.

I’ve been called for jury duty on Tuesday. If I don’t have to go, I’ll see you on “This Week in Football” next week.

I’ll pop up on WFAN in the meantime. And will continue to blog. As always, thanks for reading.

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