Happy holidays from 60 degree Atlanta Georgia. While it is apparently good news that the NFL is simulcasting the game tonight between the Pats and the Giants on CBS and NBC, I have but one question for Roger Goodell:
What the hell, man?
I showed my undying appreciation and love for your product, the Shield, by becoming one of dozens (maybe) who paid the extra 8 dollars a month for the package that happened to include the NFL Network. I remember clearly looking at the schedule and thinking how the package would pay for itself just for this game. And now this. Needless to say, Roger, I am not pleased.
On to picks; home team in bold.
Terminators (-13) over Eli Manning
Yeah, the Pats might sit some players, focusing on the postseason over making history. And I might sprout wings and fly out this window. The latter is more likely.
Miami (-2.5) over Cincy
The Phins have something to prove to Parcells, namely that the entire team need not be fired. In that spirit, losing to the Dolphins may be the answer to the immortal question, "What does Marvin Lewis have to do to be fired?"
Buffalo (-8) over Philly
A young, up and coming team versus an underachieving team? Week 17? I bet Kolb gets some time, just to 'see what he can do'. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
Tampa (-3) over Carolina
I'll be starting this weekend for the Panthers, as a winner of a radio call in contest. I'm so proud to be caller number 8!! Oh, and to be starting over David Carr.
Jacksonville (+6.5) over Houston
Vegas apparently thinks the Jags won't play their starters all game, but I contend that their seconds are at least 6.5 points within the injury ravaged Texans.
Seattle (pick) over Atlanta
At least I don't have to watch this game, which is a mortal lock to be blacked out in my area.
Nawlins (-1.5) over Chicago
Donovan McNabb, they're already drawing up the contract.
Cleveland (-12) over San Francisco
If the Browns win and Tennessee loses, the Browns are in the playoffs. Well, at least the Browns are going to win...
Detroit (+5) over Aaron Rodgers
Favre will start to maintain the streak, but with nothing at all to play for, look for a preview of the post-Favre Pack.
Minnesota (-3) over Denver
Adrian Peterson is allegedly taking a number of offensive teammates with him to the Pro Bowl. Mr. Jackson, you will not be making the trip. This year, or ever.
Washington (-9) over Dallas
One team fighting to make the playoffs, one team with nothing to play for.
Pittsburgh (-3) over Baltimore
This game was supposed to matter.
St. Louis (+6) over Arizona
No one cares. No one playing, no one watching.
Oakland (+9) over San Diego
Kansas City (+6) over NYJ
The 'Herm Edwards ruined our team' Bowl! Clemens!! Huard!!
Tenn (-5) over Indy
While Fantasy Football players everywhere activate Jim Sorgi, the Titans have to win to get in, against a team that has nothing to play for. Marvin Harrison is allegedly coming back though, so this could go either way.