I can’t exactly explain how these weeks get away from me. And now, on a Saturday just before Jets kickoff, I’m trying to find a plumber. That’s going well.
“This Week in Football” has few flaws, in my mind. (Producer Jared Boshnack sees to that.) But this is one: In an unprecedented move, we are continuing to make our picks during the postseason. Which means I still could finish last in the standings. Ugh. Gary is a mere game behind me, to which I say, “Go Cardinals!”
My picks: Jets over Bengals, and I believe this was a unanimous selection among our crew. I think the Jets can beat the Bengals again, even in a game that matters, by sticking with the run and limiting the damage Sanchez can do.
Went with the Cowboys over the Eagles because Romo and Co. have home-field advantage and because the Eagles, with the No. 2 seed on the line, uncorked a complete clunker last week in Big D.
Sunday’s picks: Patriots and Cardinals. Can’t see Belichick and Brady losing at home to the Ravens, even without Welker. And I’m alone among our group in picking the Cards. Love Warner and Fitzgerald. But if the Packers win, I’m in last place. Yikes.
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.
Where 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.