Usually this time of year I’m trying to drink as many Sierra Nevada Celebration Ales as possible. And why not, with it being the season and all. But, sometimes you wander into a six pack shop and see something unexpected. Such was the case as I eye-balled a neat little container of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. AKA, my favorite new beer of the past couple years. I’d never seen it in six pack form. So there it was and the price tag was pretty hefty. No surprise there, but when making a six pack investment you’d like to know you’re getting your money’s worth. Is this going to be skunked? Has it been sitting in the back since last winter? You’ve got to establish a track record with craft brews before you can start dropping that heavy coin, but you’ve also got to take that first plunge sometime and this time around I was rewarded with a great beer to babysit during dinner. Made up for another Pick ‘Em embarrassment…
NFL Pick ‘Em Standings:
- JCK, 44-30-1
- Big Dub, 41-32-2
- Nichols, 42-33
- DC, 41-33-1
- Kraft, 40-34-1
- Grossy, 34-38-3
The “Fresh Christmas Cookies,” Pick of the Week: Kraft (ATL -1.5)
Big Week for Kraft. He kept himself on the fringes of contention with a 4-1 effort and showed some unique insight picking Atlanta. For the last few weeks we’ve had a bunch of overlap, and it was even there this week with our affinity for Denver. But, I always like to reward a pick that goes a bit against the grain. There were a few folks touting NY this week and why not? They’d always answered the bell in big games this year and Atlanta had their doubters. The Giants have been one of the toughest teams to figure out all year, but with 3 games left, this is where they excel? Nope, just an easy 4-TD cover for Kraft.
The “Last Year’s Anchor Steam Christmas Ale,” Awful Pick of the Week: Dub (Buffalo +5.5)
Thanks to the Chad Henne exoneration/exemption we’re left with a team in almost as bad shape as the Jaguars. The Bills took their show to Toronto on Sunday and what a treat it was for the Canadian faithful. What more do you need to see to start the campaign to bring the NFL to Canada? This was just another Big 10 game for Russell Wilson who continues to get people’s hopes up before his inevitable demise. I think what we’ve learned this week is that you can’t pick bad teams that have totally given up on the season. Go ahead and put Buffalo on that list. Along with KC, Jacksonville and Philadelphia.
The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary Top-10
1. Atlanta, 12-2. Back to focusing on body of work, the Falcons got their biggest win since Vick in Lambeau?
2. Houston, 12-2. Ditto regarding body of work, dismissed Indy when they needed a win.
3. San Francisco, 10-3-1. Great win, but NE gift-wrapped that 1st half and the Niners blew a 4-TD lead.
4. Denver, 11-3. The Broncos have won nine in a row. I’m troubled.
5. New England, 10-4. Showed that firepower. Have to limit turnovers to spare the defense.
6. Green Bay, 10-4. Plodding along, don’t want to see them in the playoffs.
7. Seattle, 9-5. Beating up on the league’s worst. They won’t go any higher.
8. Baltimore, 9-5. Falling out of love with Flacco?
9. Indianapolis, 9-5. Hung in against Houston, but probably not their time yet.
10. Washington, 8-6. QB Controversy? Lulz.
3-PT D.A. of the Week: Matt Stafford.
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