It's week ten...do you know where your children are?
Joe Concha below the fold:
Pigskins and Politics: Week 10
What a horrific week for everyone at Pigskins and Politics headquarters in Hoboken!
First, the President-Elect/Dear Leader does what the Yankees used to do so well: Throw money at the problem and buy a victory in autumn.
Then two nights later, after months of preparation during the summer and nine weeks of nearly flawless management of my fantasy team, I forget to update my lineup on Thursday night before the Broncos-Browns game. So I say to my opponent, enjoy the fat "0" next to my out-for-the-season running back, Michael Pittman.
In the span of two days McCain lost and I put myself in a position for my own defeat...but why should my loyal NewsBusters readers suffer? That said, let's get to our not-for-profit-picks for Week 10:
Giants (+3) over Eagles: No word on whether the Black Panthers will continue their merry ways (as seen on election day when they stood outside of one Philadelphia poling place with a nightstick looking for McCain voters to intimidate) and threaten Giant fans if they dare to root against the Eagles inside city limits.
Rams (+9) over Jets: Not sure the Jets are at that place where they can be favored by more than a touchdown over anyone.
Panthers (-3) over Raiders: Some say Al Davis is too old to be running the Raiders anymore. Speaking of old, despite the outcome of the election, are there any doubts about John McCain's age anymore after campaigning non-stop for the past 11 months? The media had us believe he would be pushing daisies within 2 years of taking office, but amazingly never bothered to speculate about the health of PEBO (President Elect Barack Obama), who smoked at a Sarah Jessica Parker rate of over a pack a day for the past 20 years.
Falcons (-1) over Saints: The only matchup of teams from two states that voted McCain. You would think after the catastrophe that was Katrina and all the overwhelmingly negative media coverage about Bush's reaction to the crisis that Louisiana would absolutely, positively go to Obama. By the way, meet the next President of the United States, Bobby Jindal.
49ers (+10) over Cardinals: See: "New York Jets" above and "adverse to prosperity" at a Google near you when seeing a gaudy point spread like this when it comes to El Cardinal.
Pats (-3.5) over Bills: Hate to go against Russert's Bills, but I'm honestly still conflicted on what noise was louder on election night: The euphoria coming from MSNBC headquarters or the sound of former host of Meet the Press turning over in his grave. Stating the obvious here, but after watching the most blatant propaganda from one media outlet since the days of Baghdad Bob, it worth repeating that journalism was the true loser in this election.
Chargers (-15) over Chiefs: What will happen first?
Missouri puts one of its NFL teams in the playoffs.
Missouri calls its state election results for McCain or Obama. I have friends who took McCain and the electoral points who are getting a bit impatient.
Titans (-3) over Bears: After going against the Tennessee every week since, like, 2006, I finally believe. Bears plan to have hometown fave Oprah Winfrey do her Obama victory scream while the Titans have the ball to draw some false start penalties, but it will not be enough to overcome the Rex Hex at QB.
Dolphins (-9) over Seahawks: Rumor is that Dolphins coach Tony Sparano will imitate Tony Soprano/Rahm Emanuel before the game and yell "Dead!" while driving a steak knife into a pair of shoudler pads for all those Seattle players who may have talked smack leading up to the game.
Packers (+2.5) over Vikings: Just like you should never trust a guy who spells his name R-A-H-M, the same applies for all quarterbacks named G-U-S.
Texans (pick) over Ravens: Pick 'em means there is no favorite either way...Vegas basically sees this game as a tie. The same can be said for FOx News, who were cited in a Pew Research Study as being truly fair and balanced. In fact, during the last six weeks of the campaign, their study concludes that 40 percent of all stories on McCain were negative while, yes, 40 percent of all stories on Barack Obama were negative. This pales in comparison to MSNBC, who proudly had 73 percent of stories on McCain go negative with only 12 percent who dared to criticize The One.
The good news: With no Palin, McCain or Bush to kick around, the channel will revert back to its community access station ratings in no time.
Steelers (-3) over Colts: More good news: Very relaible sources confirm that Chris Matthews will not have his contract renewed to allow him to run for the PA Senate with campaign stops in places like the Steel City. Unlike his program, he won't be able to scream down anyone who doesn't ask "How high?" when being asked to jump.
If there was ever a 2010 election for the GOP to rally around as a starting point in getting a thrill up their leg once again, defeating this blowhard would be a great place to begin.
Joe Concha can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org