so, if we learned anything from last week’s games, we learned that when a terrible team plays another terrible team it will be a GREAT game… also that when a terribly overyped but utterly woeful team plays another team of the same caliber, it will be three and a half hours that you want back from your life…

of course, the former refers to the Lions/Browns game, which was perhaps the most exhilarating game of utterly zero consequence we’ve seen this year… and the latter refers to the mind-numbing showdown between the Redskins and the Cowboys… also a one-point victory, but one that was marked more by disfunction than anything else…

Anyway, i went 12-4 with my predictions, bringing my totals on the season to a whopping 112 right with only 47 miscues… on the other hand, my lack of attentiveness in regards to fantasy football have left me falling and failing week in and week out… i got swept this week and have completely lost all hope in one of the leagues, but am still holding out hope in the other two… but enough about me… let’s talk about some football…

TURKEY DAY CLASSICS

now playing: Jive Turkey – Theory Hazit ft. Ohmega Watts

tradition is a pretty funny thing… everyone tends to despise the notion that they may have fallen into a rut during their daily lives… everyday patterns are considered boring and irritating… traditions, however, are welcome repetitions possibly because they have some sentimental attachment to particular events… i say, tomato, tom-ah-to…

anyway, Thanksgiving is steeped in tradition… there’s the feasting, the family gathering, and, of course, the football games… well this year, tradition has let us down with abismal matchups between the Lions and Packers, the Raiders and Cowboys, and the Broncos and Giants… the obvious problems in the early games are that the Lions are 2-8, the Raiders are 3-7 and the other four teams are struggling to find themselves, which isn’t the best place to be in going into week 12… all of these games have the potential of being really boring… i guess what i’m really saying is that you might consider dusting off the VCR and watching Doug Flutie make Thanksgiving history leading Boston College against Miami 25 years ago…

anyway, here are my picks for Thursday’s actual games…
– Packers trounce the ailing Lions 42-17
– Raiders put up quite a fight, but end up letting the Cowboys win 20-16
– Giants – see, this one’s tough to pick – well, the Giants win 28-20

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY (AND MONDAY)…

now playing: Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2

moving on to Sunday, after sleeping off the big feast.. we’ve got a cornucopia of games to pick and early on, the most interesting stop is the rematch between the 10-0 Colts and the hobbling Texans… it would be easy to pick the Colts in a blowout since the Texans have really had some rough outings and plenty of problems over the past couple weeks, but then again, they are the Texans… and they’ve got a top wide receiver, i mean, quarterback, i mean, running back, i mean all three… there’s always the potential of a high-scoring game… then again, they are playing the Colts… and no matter how many points the Texans score, i’m pretty sure that one Mr. Manning can score at least one more… Colts: 38-23

the rest…
– Bills over Fins (i know, shut up) 27-25
– Bengals over Browns (i should hope so) 40-19
– Panthers over Jets (J-E-S-T, er) 21-7
– Falcons over Bucs (like a weather balloon over Denver) 29-17
– Eagles over Redskins (please not like last week) 22-13
– Seahawks over Rams (the Rams still stink, right?) 14-10

at the later hour, the key matchup has to be the Cardinals and the Titans… both teams have a bad case of trying to prove that they are who they… were last year… and crucial to the outcome may be whether or not Kurt Warner is able or allowed to play, given the concussion “like” symptoms he experienced last week… not sure that Leinart can really rally the team, less sure that the Cards can contain Chris Johnson, not looking good for the Cards… i wouldn’t normally, but i’ve gotta go with Tennessee 35-23

more “middle” games…
– Chargers over the Chiefs (that’s the resurging Chiefs to you) 27-21
– Jags over the 49ers (maybe next year 5-0) 20-10
– Vikings over Bears (doesn’t Adrian Peterson play for the Vikings?) 31-15

Sunday Night… the prime time spot goes to the Ravens and the Steelers… and it may be Batch vs Flacco… wait, scratch Batch… Dennis Dixon… Big Ben has that concussion thing going on, but, i’d bet he plays anyway, i mean, Dixon has a perfect completion percentage (1-1 for 3 yards), but no one wants to see him against the Ravens… the Steelers are reeling from a weird loss last week and the Ravens are just reeling in general… i see the Steelers coming out of this one with a 28-9 victory…

Monday Night… could be the second biggest game of the year… (up until the 17-0 Colts meet the 17-0 Saints in the Superbowl)… anyway, the Patriots have more reason than any other team to stop the Saints from a perfect season… and the bitterness that fuels them perhaps will be their undoing… i think this will be a great game and will end up as a 45-42 shootout tilted towards the 11-0 (after this week) Saints…

okay everybody… that’s all from me for now… have a super spectacular Thanksgiving… i’m going to try to rest up and get some long overdue work done during my brief, but highly anticipated break…

peace… love… bdg…