"I'm on 'dipsalucious' vacation. What about that don't you understand?"
And while I may be spending most of my time these days soaking up the maximum amount of holiday cheer, it doesn't mean I still won't make time to put you in prime position to cash in on this weekend's games. Granted my psychic powers have been a little off the last 2 weeks as I've begun to limp down the back stretch, but with the new year approaching, I feel I can pull it back together and give you a week 17 that's more reflective of my impressive 2008 performance...
So without further dudes, here we go! And what better place to start, than the 3 games that will directly determine whether or not the Matt Cassel led Patriots make it to the playoffs. And despite what my picks might lead you to believe, I like New England's chances of dancing on, and living to fight another day...
Get some, and enjoy...
Week 17 Picks
New England Patriots (-6) @ Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins (+3) @ New York Jets
Jacksonville Jaguars (+11) @ Baltimore Ravens
Atlanta Falcons (-10) vs St. Louis Rams
Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5) vs Kansas City Chiefs
Green Bay Packers (-9.5) vs Detroit Lions
Indianapolis Colts (-4) vs Tennessee Titans
Minnesota Vikings (+1) vs New York Giants
New Orleans Saints (+3) vs Carolina Panthers
Pittsburgh Steelers (-12.5) vs Cleveland Browns
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-13) vs Oakland Raiders
Houston Texans (+3.5) vs Chicago Bears
Philadelphia Eagles (-1) vs Dallas Cowboys
Arizona Cardinals (-5.5) vs Seattle Seahawks
San Fransisco 49ers (-3) vs Washington Redskins
San Diego Chargers (-7.5) vs Denver Broncos
Last Week: 6-9-1
Overall: 127-87-11 (.589)
Top Picks: 64-36-7 (.631)
If you're a keen observer, you'll notice that while I may have been tankin' it up the last 2 weeks, my "Top Picks" have remained eerily consistent. Well, that's because I haven't made any. Pretty much I've been taking the uber-selfish route. If all my picks do well, I'll count them towards my "Top Picks". If they tank again? Well then I'll flat out just pretend they never happened. Pretty Christmassy of me, huh? Hey. I figure it's the season of "giving", right? And I'm using this opportunity to give myself a break. Clever? No. Selfish? Yes. But that's just how I roll. You should know that by now...
And with that I'm gone for yet another long week. I'll try and make another appearance before the calendar flips over, but for a full, legit edition of Rooch Nation, you'll have to wait until 2009...
Until then, have a safe and happy holiday season, and try not to knock out anyone's eye with a champagne cork. Take it from me, that can really put a damper on your New Year's celebration. Hey, nothin' says "I'm sorry" like a nice festive eye patch...