Predictions: We’re not with leather; rather, with Dungy

Friday, January 19th, 2007

We’re so glad “You’re with me, leather,” is part of a growing portion of this country’s vocabulary. It’s a story and a phrase that keeps on giving. While ESPN does not list Chris Berman among its NFL experts hoping to somehow duplicate their 14-18 march to mediocrity from last weekend, we’re going to have to go against that throng picking the Saints and go with the Bears. Vicariously, by extension, we are not with leather on that one. In the later game, however, we are talking ourselves into something foolish: The Colts. Yes, just last week we said never go against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. We’re just trusting our gut, which has led us astray on more than a few burrito expeditions. It just feels like Indy’s time, the way things have fallen into a place. To echo sentiments heard on KFAN this morning — sentiments we were thinking first, before we even heard one Jeff Q. Dubay launch into them, damn it! — the Colts have a little of last year’s Steelers in them. So we’re picking along with Tony Dungy, who would like to see the Colts and Bears make it. That would be terribly convenient for him, seeing as how he coaches Indy. For us, it would purely be the satisfaction of a job well done, even if it’s mostly just instinct and guesswork at this point. Scores? You want scores. How about these:

Bears 21, Saints 16.


Colts 23, Patriots 20.

Your thoughts?

The gluttony for punishment continues

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Right, so last week the NFL predictions weren’t too shabby. 3-1 as a winner-picker, 3-1 as a would-be gambler, with points deducted for saying “Romomania” would start all over again after Dallas won on a last-second field goal. Points were also deducted Monday after Ohio State did not, in fact, win 38-20. Close on that one, with 41-14 … except for the pesky fact that Florida won. So what about this weekend? Let’s do the four NFL games. It’s Saturday, about 9:30 a.m., and we’re fully rested after watching Tony Bonsante pick apart Matt Vanda at Target Center last night. Who will be picking apart one another today and tomorrow?

Indianapolis 24, Baltimore 17: This is our limb. The Colts’ problem is when there are expectations, and we have to think the majority of folks are siding with Baltimore at home this weekend. Peyton Manning will save his folding act for next week. He gets it done today.

New Orleans 31, Philadelphia 14: This is the game it all comes crashing back to earth for Jeff Garcia and the Eagles.

Bears 20, Seahawks 10: Yes, that’s a cover (Bears -8.5). What, exactly, does Seattle do well? The Hawks should have lost to a shaky Dallas team at home last weekend. And they’re supposed to win at Chicago? Even with party-loving Rex Grossman at the helm? We don’t think so.

New England 27, San Diego 24: Just can’t go against Brady and Belichick. It’s like arguing against Michael Jordan. Even if they’re leading the underdog, which they are this week, it doesn’t feel right to pick against them.

Yes, that’s two home teams winning and covering in the putrid NFC. And it’s two road underdogs winning outright in the AFC. We fully realize this has the potential for a disastrous weekend, but that’s what makes it fun.