In College Pick 'Em, I managed to beat the family guys and picked eight of ten games correctly. The gap closes one week at a time. Ole Miss and Penn State let me down, or else perfection would be mine. That Georgia vs. Tennessee game was so exciting that the hubby and I paused it, ran to Firehouse Subs to grab some sandwiches for dinner, and then came back to watch the events unfold. I would not even look at a television screen while gone. There was no sense is spoiling the surprise. I was pulling for the Vols to defeat the Dawgs. The Aggies don't face Georgia this year, but the Dawgs merit a good study on how to contain LSU when we end our season in Louisiana in November.
Big Papi had two homeruns in the Boston Red Sox's victory over Tampa Bay in the ALDS. Oakland and Detroit have tied up their series. All-Star Batting Champ Yoenis Céspedes made Scherzer pay on Friday night, then Vogt manages a walk-off homer in the second game. We'll see how Prince Fielder and the Tigers handle their trip to the Motor City tomorrow evening.
Later this week, the famous Yellow Flag of Shame will be unveiled. NFL Red Zone is queued up for this afternoon to catch the touchdowns and field goals for the pros today.
1. New Orleans at Chicago - the Saints wear bearskin coats in Chicago. Brees will put on a show. Saints win. They will win in a big air show; Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles will play rochambeau to decide who's going to catch the fourth TD pass.
2. New England tames the Cincinnati Bengals even if I want A.J. Green to have a monster afternoon burning the Patriot secondary for every yard possible. Pats win.
3. Detroit rolls in to Green Bay. I hope Megatron has a fantastic afternoon, but Aaron Rodgers is often Antaeus at Lambeau Field. Packers win.
4. Kansas City at Tennessee - Andy Reid is a formidable coach who motivates his players despite what they think in Philly. Chiefs win.
5. Seattle at Indianapolis - an opportunity to see two exciting young quarterbacks in their sophomore year. They slick their jerseys in lard and elude defenders trying to catch them. Frustrating for the DBs but fun for the fans to watch. Seahawks triumph in the last seconds of the game.
6. Jacksonville at St. Louis - how bad could it be? Perhaps Jacksonville will score more points against a terrible Rams defense. Their win records would then be the same. I don't have much hope. That Jags mascot needs to stop accepting silly bets. Paintballs hurt! Jags? Nah, push.
7. Baltimore at Miami - Ryan Tannehill (Whoop!) will want to make someone pay after their loss to the Saints. They're playing at home. Fins win.
8. Philadelphia at New York Giants - these guys are in my division. If they could both come away with a loss, hubby would be ecstatic. Not sure I care who wins. Push.
9. Carolina at Arizona - My son loves the Panthers and has been a fan since the age of seven. Who knows why? He'll want them to win in the desert, but Mama is a realist. Four words: Larry Fitzgerald and Patrick Peterson. Cardinals.
10. Broncos at Cowboys - as much as I would like to dream of a Cowboys victory, I know that my current fave quarterback Peyton Manning is coming to do some serious damage. Look for the Dallas secondary to be scratching their heads on the sidelines as he spreads out the passes to his gravity-challenged receiving corps led by Eric Decker and Wes Welker. Broncs win in a BIG fashion. At least five TDs by the end of the third quarter. And the Cowboys are playing at home? Ha! Broncos.
11. Houston at San Francisco - the 49ers have been smarting after some interesting games so far. Even though I'd love to see Matt Schaub and company whip 'em, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman have other ideas. 49ers win.
12. San Diego at Oakland (yawn) - Peck's Bad Boy Philip Rivers traveling north to play in Oakland? Bolts will put on a show, but I think the Raiders will find a way to beat them. I won't be staying up late to see how it turns out, though. That 10:35 P.M. kick-off is a precedent. Raiders in a sleeper victory.
13. New York Jets at Atlanta - the Jets will land expecting a nice, warm Georgia welcome. They'll get a thrashing instead. Falcons win.