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Friday, January 20, 2012

Championship Picks: Setting the Stage for Some TYREEVENGE


Well, it's finally snowing in New England, and much like when you roll into the VIP with Michael Irvin, the white stuff has arrived right on time. After all, this is New England and this is the AFC Championship game. If we're not gonna have any sort of inclement weather, or at least the remnants there of, then what's the freakin' point? Without that, all you've got is a GQ QB chuckin' that thing around in the Robert Kraft & Sons upscale strip mall. So yeah, while I won't be hitting the slopes, and I likely just had a minor heart infarction while shoveling my driveway, I'd say if there had to be a weekend where this long awaited Winter weather finally arrived, then I'm glad it's this one. After all, it's been a while since the fans in that strip mall really had anything to cheer about by their standards, right? Maybe a little wintry mix is all they'll need to get them off their feet, while they watch their team attempt to win their first AFC Championship since 2008...

I like their chances, but let's just say, it's been a long week. Which is cool, because now it's time to play for a shot at the Super Bowl, and most importantly, a chance at some TYREEVENGE. So let's get to it...

This run ranks right up there with Tyree's catch. It stung, real bad...
New England Patriots (-7) vs Baltimore Ravens + OVER 51

When I say it's been a long week (and I seriously blame the fact that the Patriots last played on Saturday), I mean there's just been too much talk about this game. I know, and here I am talking about the game. But that's not what I mean. It's just that you get so hyper focused right when you learn about the match up, that by the time you're 72 hours in, you're sitting there rocking back and forth like a mental patient, muttering into your beer stained bath robe, "just play the freaking game!". Then, naturally, in your altered state, you begin to question the thinking behind your original though that the Patriots were going to win this thing in a fairly comfortable manner. Thoughts like, "well Baltimore did beat them before in basically the exact same spot" and facts like, "teams scoring 38+ in a playoff game are only 4-20 against the spread the following week" are bouncing around your head like a midget on Meth, and with the news coming in that all the smart money in Vegas is on the Ravens, you've officially began to question your sanity...
I'm still not sure whom this jersey is mocking...

But then it's cool, and you remember...probably because you had it written in cheese on that same robe from a similar incident a few months back...but you remember to never fall victim to paralysis by analysis. Sometimes, Vegas is wrong (they've been 4-4 in the playoffs & I've been 6-2). I mean, I'm not trying to stir up a hornets nest and get the gambling Gods pissed at me, but sometimes you're better off going with your opinion on Sunday, after just watching the game, than going with the new conclusions you may have come to after having been so immersed, that I found that picture of the guy in the Joe Flaccid jersey. Yeah, I think I'm gonna go ahead and stick with my gut. If only because I'm still not sure if that guy is making a point, or shadily the grossest and possibly most confused sexual predator in the history of the planet...

Yep, so while I respect Baltimore, and everything they bring to the table on both sides of the ball, I just think the Patriots are playing too well right now to let this one slip away. As for covering the spread, that could prove to be a sticky proposition. I think this game should be close, and while I don't envision the Patriots needing a last second score to win, I do see this game being decided by fewer than 10 points. But, ultimately I decided that while I still think it's likely that this one stays close, I also like the Pats chances of blowing out Baltimore more than I do Baltimore's chances of winning. Sort of a tiebreaker...


Four touchdown passes from Brady, and the Pats hold on to win this one 31-23, advancing to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2008. I don't wanna say it comes to down to Joe Flacco not being good enough, so let's just say Tom Brady is that much better. And I just find it hard to believe that he and Bill Belichick won't find a way to win what they must know will likely be one of their last chances to get to the Super Bowl. Sounds corny, I know, and it doesn't play well on paper. But I don't mind having that little nugget in my corner...

Pats 31 Ravens 23


New York Giants (+2.5) @ San Francisco 49ers + OVER 42

"Oh, could it be? Yes, it's David Tyree. The ball stuck on his head, like some honey on a bee!"

I actually heard that on the radio in New York, one time. No joke. Made that Kars for Kids ad sound like it was scored by John Williams. But I do like the idea of TYREEVENGE. Has a decent ring to it, right? Granted it's no, Bags Munman, which is now my #1 alias, and a phrase that I merely mention so that I can become the #1 site referenced on Google when I search for that term later on. But let's not get distracted. TYREEVENGE. For that to happen, the Giants will need to win, and I like their chances. Even if Alex Smith is 16-1-1 in his last 18 home games against the spread. Stupid Vegas...

Both of these guys have been called soft (or slow). Meanwhile, they're
playing for their 2nd NFC Championship in 4 years...
No, my love for the Giants centers completely around two things. 1) The eye test. When I watched football last weekend, the best team I saw play was the New York Giants. AND They won on the road. So why wouldn't I pick them now? And 2) I've been pushing for this Patriots/Giants rematch before the Giants even played the Cowboys in the NFC East play-in game, so I'm certainly not giving up on my prediction now. They're playing like a team on a mission, and as impressive as the 49ers have been, and boy have they, it's too much for me to ignore when the team I consider the best in the league is getting points. Home, away, whatever. They're the best team, and even without my prediction, I'd still consider the fact that they are getting points in this match up a flat out steal...

I expect a strip sack TD late to be the difference, with Brandon Jacobs coming up large in one way or another. I don't know, I just don't think Jerry Rice calling him soft is gonna sit well with him. Just a thought...

Get ready to sweat, Vegas. Because if I'm right, and the Giants advance, there will be a lot more on the line in two weeks than a Vince Lombardi trophy. Can you say, lopsided futures bets? Uh oh...

It's 2012, and the world can't end until the Pats get their TYREEVENGE. And after this one, you can consider the date with destiny

Giants 27 49ers 24


Last Week: 3-1-0

Overall: 170-115-6 (.595)


Have a good weekend, friends, and make sure to enjoy this Sunday. It's the closest thing we have to a real day of football for quite some time, and while we will still have college basketball, there's just no sport that can fill the void that football leaves behind. Until the Summer comes. Then we can go outside. But until then, football will most definitely be missed. But hey, it's not gone yet, so let's enjoy it...


Teddy Williams...
100...

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey there Michael Irvin! I'm with you on everything except for the over in the Giants game...24-17 Giants.

Ktomasso said...

Bags Munman!! (I just increased your Google relevance)

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