Hey Yankees fans. We are hoping — and planning — for a pretty cool interview for Thursday’s “Hot Stove.” I’ll let you know Wednesday if it’s a done deal.
As for today’s games, here are my “This Week in Football” picks. I actually pity the Colts. They have no chance. If you believe NY media and talk radio, the Jets will savage Peyton and Co. What?!?
It’s been an unbelievable week in these parts. No one is picking the Colts. It’s like THEY’RE the road team, the fifth seed and the team with the rookie QB. And the local media — and NY writers love to fancy themselves a tough, cynical gang — are nearly unanimous in picking the J-E-T-S.
On WFAN, Rodney Harrison picked the Colts. In Neil Best’s column, Ron Jaworski did, too — in a squeaker. And I think we all know where Mike’d Up stands on the issue. That’s it. Everyone else, including Gary Myers, picked the Jets. I’ll join the minority. I’m picking the Colts today. Simply because I think they’re better. Especially at home. With Peyton. And Wayne. And Clark. And Freeney and Mathis. And an underrated LB named Gary Brackett.
As for the second game, I like both teams but will go with the Vikings. But I will admit, a Jets-Vikings Super Bowl would be epic, with Brett Favre right in the middle of it all. There’d be something to be said for that. Actually, a lot — an awful lot — to be said.
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.
Happy New Year!
I’m late with blogging my “This Week in Football” picks this week. Unlike the Giants, at least they’re showing up at some point.
The choices: Vikings over Giants, Eagles over Cowboys, Jets over Bengals. We actually make the picks on Tuesday, so I’m not cheating. (At 31-0, the Vikings halftime lead would appear safe.)
What does Harry Carson think now? The Giants look like the least disciplined — and perhaps simply the worst — team in the league. They are playing like a team that wants to get its coach fired. Or, in this case, its defensive coordinator.
More Tuesday on “TWIF.” Hope to see you then.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!
Can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve. I swear, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas shrunk this year. Wishing all of you the Happiest Holidays!
And wishing me some upward movement in our season-long picks on “This Week in Football!” The Giants saved me from an 0-fer last week, so I’ll pick them again. Two things: Someone (with help) has to block Julius Peppers and someone (with help) has to keep Steve Smith — the Carolina Panther — from having a monster day.
The Colts will beat the Jets because there is no way Peyton is going to stand and watch an undefeated season go up in flames during the final regular season game in Indy. No way.
And the Patriots will win against the Jags because the game is in New England and because these are the games the Pats always win.
That’s it for now. I’m planning to blog Sunday from the final Giants game at Giants Stadium. See you then!
It’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?
One out of every three people asks if I have washed the champagne out of my hair. The answer, mercifully, is yes. There are a lot of things to like about champagne; its smell after drying isn’t one of them.
“This Week in Football” picks for this week: Saints over Giants, Jets over Bills, Vikings over Ravens. I’m no longer in sole possession of last place, I think, which is a good thing.
This is a (very) short post. It’s turned into a busy week. See you Friday for ALCS Game 1!