Hi, everybody. I was out of town this weekend, which meant the preceding week was insanely busy. I'll be out of town this coming weekend, too, so who knows about the posts? Quickly, the Cardinals sweep the Padres, which means they'll be underdogs nationally when they play Houston (East Coast bias favors former Yankees pitchers Clemens and Petitte). The Blues should have stayed on strike; as Mel Brooks once said, they stink on ice. The Vikings have a bye week, which is about the only thing that can save them now. The White Sox swept away the eternally obnoxious Boston Red Sox, which sent my schadenfreude meter through the roof. I'll do my best to post more this week, but they'll all be short—such is the life of a college instructor, alas!
NFL Quick Picks:
Green Bay (H) over Saints—Favre finally gets a win.
St. Louis (H) over Seattle—The Rams own Seattle at the Jones.
Tennessee over Houston (H)—I like the way the Titans look, despite their record; Houston has been a big disappointment.
New England over Atlanta (H)—Vick's hurt, and everyone's writing off the champs.
Cleveland (H) over Chicago—ESPN.com's Bill Simmons is recommending a Favre to the Bears trade. Well, yeah, they could use a QB!
Tampa Bay over NY Jets (H)—Vinny Testaverde is older than me!
Detroit (H) over Baltimore—Ravens have no QB, and the Lions played tough on the road last week.
Miami over Buffalo (H)—I don't like the Bills anymore, not one little bit.
Indianapolis over SF (H)—What's the spread here, like three touchdowns?
Carolina over Arizona (H)—Don't get so exciting; it was the Niners, after all.
Denver (H) over Washington—I think both these teams are bogus, but Denver's at home, so...
Philadelphia over Dallas (H)—McNabb for President; this guy is battle-tested and crazy tough.
Cincinnati over Jacksonville (H)—I think the Bengals are for real, and Jax hasn't shown me a thing yet.
MONDAY: San Diego (H) over Pittsburgh—the beatdown in Foxboro was one of the most impressive wins I've seen.
Last week: 10-4
Season: 37-23 (.617)