Ive been picking football games since I was in elementary school. My dad was in a pool and eventually he and his friends let me in.
Ive had great NostraThomas seasons and Ive had not so productive seasons. But I have never a season such as this.
I pick (alleged) winners Friday mornings for the John Boy & Billy Big Show. Ive noticed that every week my chair gets a little smaller, my bottle of water a little warmer and my seat a little further away from John Boy.
If I miss my Lock of the Week one more time I suspect Im out in the hall.
The Charlotte Bobcats defense is better than my Lock. The Big Easts future is better than my Lock. The NHL is having a better season than my Lock.
My Lock is 3-11. But my greyhound picked two of the three. On my own I am 1-9.
That means that if you bet against me your economy is thriving. But I wouldnt advise it this week. Im back.
Just as there are days when every bounce pass goes into the hands of the teammate breaking to the hoop, there are weeks when I can do no wrong. I feel it.
And Im never wrong except, you know, almost all the time.
Last Week: 8-8
Lock: Missed Chicago
Upset of the Week: Houston chose not to upset New England
This weeks picks, with the home team in CAPS:
Carolina 29, SAN DIEGO 28
Name three starters in Carolinas secondary and the schools from which they come.
TENNESSEE 10, New York Jets 9
This is the Monday night game. Im serious. If you want an empty parking lot and an absence of shoppers hit the mall Monday night. Everybody will be at home mesmerized by the Titans, the Jets and heavily spiked eggnog. Insiders call it nog.
Denver 26, BALTIMORE 19
I like Jim Caldwell, the former Wake Forest and Indianapolis head coach who suddenly is running Baltimores offense. But its going to take more than the Ravens to get me to pick against the Broncos.
ST. LOUIS 26, Minnesota 24
The Rams have no stars and attract little attention. But theyre pretty good.
MIAMI 23, Jacksonville 16
You can, too, see good football in Florida. If youre driving from Charlotte, work your way to Interstate 95, take a right before you hit Jacksonville, swing through Starke and stop when you reach Gainesville.
Green Bay 27, CHICAGO 24
HOUSTON 33, Indianapolis 24
NEW ORLEANS 35, Tampa Bay 31
CLEVELAND 28, Washington 23
Detroit 24, ARIZONA 13
Seattle 29, BUFFALO 23
OAKLAND 12, Kansas City 10
DALLAS 30, Pittsburgh 28
Upset of the Week: New York Giants (+1) 34, ATLANTA 33
The Falcons lose games and, it appears, the qualities that made them special.
Lock of the Week: NEW ENGLAND (-5) 34, San Francisco 26
You have to be a fool to pick against New England this time of year, especially on a Monday night or Sunday night (this is the Sunday night game).
I was a fool last week. The 49ers wont get pushed around the way the Texans did. But they dont have the offense to hang with the Patriots.