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  • Quick Picks - NFL Divisional Playoffs

       January 10, 2008

    First off, on the topic of football, I'd like to officially congratulate Squibby for her victory in our college football bowl poll. Squibbly pulled out a narrow (409-400) victory over Kilabe. I came in 9th of 11. Go, me! ;-)

    So, on to the NFL. The Big Four are back in action in what's usually the NFL's best weekend. Who's moving on? Who's making tee times? Let's find out.

    Seattle at Green Bay: The Packers had a week to get healthy while the Seahawks had a week to get hurt. The weather in Green Bay isn't going to be that cold, but I think it'll be a little mucky. The Packers' emerging running game with Ryan Grant (leading rusher over the 2nd half of the season) will be the difference as the Packers roll to victory, no matter what Matt Hasselbeck may say after the coin toss. The pick: Green Bay

    Jacksonville at New England: Jacksonville is the sexy upset pick this week, but it's not going to happen. I hate to spoil the rest of the season, but New England is going to win the Super Bowl. This whole season has felt like one of those awful late 1990s/early 2000s Packers/Vikings games where one of our corners would blow the coverage and Culpepper would launch an easy TD pass and all you'd hear is Pat Summerall saying "Randy Moss". Then, they'd show him and the rest of the Viqueen asshats yukking it up on the sidelines of their stupid dome and you want to punch them through your TV. It's all going to happen again. I can feel it. I'm not looking forward to it. The pick: New England.

    San Diego at Indianapolis: I love the city of San Diego, but I don't like the Chargers. They seem like a team filled with a bunch of finger pointers. Even great players like L.T. are just waiting for something to go wrong so they can blame it on someone else. That's not the attitude of a winner. I'm no fan of Peyton Manning either, but you've got to respect the Colts for the record they've put up and they way they've dealt with injuries this year. This is going to be an ugly, ugly blowout. The pick: Indianapolis

    New York at Dallas: Dallas has looked ordinary lately. The Giants have looked inspired. I think Dallas is the better team, but the Giants have got the kind of fire under them now that may only be extinguished by a trip to Lambeau Field. I envision New York's pass rush knocking Tony Romo on his sweet behind as well as causing him to throw a few passes to the wrong side (no, I'm not talking about Jessica Simpson. Maybe this is just wishful thinking, but the pick is New York.

    I was 3 for 4 last week, can you beat me this week?


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    #  January 10th, 2008 8:27 AM      Squibbly
    While I would love to see the Seahawks beat the Packers, I don't think it will happen... Seattle doesn't have a balanced enough game anymore... they rely too much on Hasslebeck and he looked all too human last week.

    New England SHOULD win, though I think the Jags will put up a pretty good fight. (After growing up in the Pacific NW and then moving to New England, I am happy to be able to root for the home team and have the home team have a good shot at winning a championship.)

    There is no way that Philip Rivers is going to lead the Chargers past the Colts...unless Peyton breaks his leg, and Bob Sanders gets in a car accident on the way to the game, and Addai has to go to the dentist... and even then, just maybe.

    I hate Dallas and they are going to lose. But this one is tough because I don't really like the Giants either... but they are the lesser of the two evils.

    Well I definitely can't beat you because my picks are the exact same as yours.  
     
    #  January 10th, 2008 8:41 AM      kris
    The Shehawks? Really? Oh Squibbly, you're killing me.

    Oh, if any of you are watching Big Ten basketball on ESPN tonight, I might be sitting right behind the Badger bench in the second half. Is there any super secret symbol I should flash?  
     
    #  January 10th, 2008 9:28 AM      BVBigBro
    The homers will all win. They just haven't lost games like these to teams like these.  
     
    #  January 10th, 2008 12:42 PM      Squibbly
    Hey now... I am enjoying the fact that the Seahawks are respectable after so many years of sheer pathetic impotence. But I am a realist... they can't beat the Packers at Lambeau with no running game and a questionable defense.

    And that is why I am totally jumping on the New England sports scene since moving here (Windsor, CT). I rooted for Seattle through all the pathetic years and now my sports karma is finally improving.

    Maybe thats how I won the Bowl game picking thing... luck and good karma.  
     
    #  January 10th, 2008 1:03 PM      kris
    Oh, I'm just giving you some friendly hell
     
     
    #  January 10th, 2008 1:55 PM      Squibbly
    Oh I don't mind... aren't you going to bring a HUGE sign to flash at the game tonight? You know, something along the lines of "Randy Moss 4 Prez"  
     
    #  January 10th, 2008 3:24 PM      kris
    Actually, I should probably just have a sign that says "I'm sorry" since the Bo Ryan-era Badgers have lost just 6 games at home and I think I've been to 2 or 3 of them. I had the misfortune of being at the infamous North Dakota State game a couple of years ago. Ugh.  
     
    #  January 10th, 2008 7:23 PM      themandownthehall
    Dang, down to the final 4. Like Squibbly, I am a Seattle fan. Don't know why, just like them. That being said, a Seattle win is as likely as Hillary's tearup being unscripted and spontaneous. Zip, zero, nada. Packers big.

    Jax/New England: The sexy upset pick huh. About as sexy as Obama and Hillary making an adult video. HA! Not enough brain bleach to cleanse that thought. No way New England loses. As big a winning margin as the Packers, probably bigger.

    SD/Indy: Manning wants to play and beat Brady bad. Real bad. He is tired of being second fiddle and will let nothing stop him from his chance at getting New England. I agree Kris, this will be an ugly blowout.

    NY/Dallas: This could be the only close game of the weekend too. I agree with your assessment Kris. NY is playing very good and Dallas was playing average. However, Dallas is a very good playoff team I think they step it up. Dallas in a squeaker.

    I've got the game TiVo'ed. I'll look for you. I was going to ask what shirt would you be wearing, but if it is anything but a Wisconsin shirt, I'd be shocked. Enjoy the game.
     
     
    #  January 11th, 2008 8:32 AM      kris
    We were actually about 6 rows up from the bench, so I'm sure you didn't see us.

    Observations:

    • Illinois coach Bruce Weber constantly yaps
    • Erin Andrews is just tiny in person. The belt she was wearing over her top may not actually fit around other people's thighs
    • Trevon Hughes is going to be a player, but he still has to curb his tendencies to play the game on his own
    • Brian Butch has really come into his own. I'm so proud of him.
     
     
    #  January 11th, 2008 11:00 AM      kris
    James,

    No picks? I was looking forward to beating you like a drum. Again.  
     
    #  January 11th, 2008 4:05 PM      james
    Pack, Jags, Colts, Dallas.

    I'm picking the Jags based on wishful thinking, mostly b/c I think it'll be really funny for opponents to hold up "16-0" signs all next year.  
     
    #  January 13th, 2008 4:26 PM      Squibbly
    San Diego v Colts? Glad I didn't put any money on that one.  
     
    #  January 14th, 2008 9:15 AM      kris
    I'm a little worried that the Packers are going to overlook the Giants Sunday. I could see them thinking that they're already in the Super Bowl since they're playing a team they already beat and it's going to be really cold and it's at Lambeau. I think if they played at Dallas they'd be more focused on actually winning that game. Hopefully McCarthy will spend part of the week getting that notion out of their heads.

    I've never been so happy to see a specific player score as I was to see Grant get his TDs on Saturday. In addition to the usual suspects, I thought that A.J. Hawk had a quietly fantastic game and that Atari Bigby figured out how to play hard and with passion, but not to take dumb penalties.

    So, it looks like the going rate for tickets is between $500-$700 per seat. Wow - that's tempting. It'd be one hell of a first game at Lambeau!  
     

     

     


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