Tuesday Morning Self-Esteem Check (Speed Round Edition)

No Jinx.

No Jinx.

I’ve got to get moving here, because I don’t have much time, but I also am in a bit of pain about a .3 point fantasy semi-final loss last night.  I know no one cares–but it still hurts!  Anyway, I’m just going to say, I don’t believe in the SI cover jinx.  Jordan seemed to do fine after his 50 covers.  If you want to think your team, or player got jinxed?  Go ahead, it probably just means they aren’t that good–or that anything can happen in the NFL, including bumbling into the Metrodome and getting knocked around by Matt Asiata.

NFL Pick ‘EM Standings:  

  1. Kraft, 43-30-2
  2. Big Dub, 39-29-3
  3. Grossy, 40-31-4
  4. DC, 38-33-4
  5. Nichols, 36-37-2
  6. JCK, 32-37-1

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The “Christmas Cookie Platter,” Pick of the Week:  Big Dub, St. Louis (+6)

The Rams have haunted me all year to the point that I finally came around and picked them a few times.  If I had been feeling really frisky, perhaps I might have gotten this game, but I was awash in a sea of lesser dogs.  It was a nice pick for Big Dub, to get a winning week and to stay in the hunt.  Kraft is in good shape with 10 picks to go, but still some challengers lingering.  It’s amazing how some teams play so differently home and away.  The Saints are an extreme example.  They go to ANOTHER DOME, but still look like they’ve never even practiced together and get hammered.  Beware the Saints on the road, it’s coming in the playoffs.

The “Creepy Mall Santa,” Awful Pick of the Week:  Multiple, Jacksonville (+2)

As Kraft said, how exactly did the Jags become the darlings of the handicappers here?  Is this still earth?  How did we all get so carried away?  The Jags were hot* and the Bills are terrible in their own right, but there is always an inherent amount of stupidity in picking Jacksonville, because they are Jacksonville.  Nothing could surprise you with the Jags.  If next Sunday they forfeited because only 20 players showed up for the game, I wouldn’t be THAT surprised.  Oh, those dysfunctional Jags.  Picking the Jags is like skulling a wedge into the green.  It is always embarrassing, just some of the time, you line it into the false front and it pops up and lands softly.  That didn’t happen this week.

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D.A. of the Week:  ELI MANNING!!!!!

Great Job Eli.  Go read about Eli’s sexy five picks and the huge impact it had on the D.A. Semi-Finals.  Decemeber is when D.A. legends are born.

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The Definitive, Yet Arbitrary, Top-10:

  1. Seattle, 12-2.  Fairly convincing win.
  2. Denver, 11-3.  We’ll call it a short-rest hiccup.
  3. San Francisco, 10-4. High water mark.
  4. Kansas City, 11-3.  Jamaaaaal Charles, One a for every TD.
  5. Carolina, 10-4. Because they aren’t as bad on the road as…
  6. New Orleans, 10-4.  Ugly, ugly game. Speaking of which…
  7. New England, 10-4.  Could be in trouble without Gronk.
  8. Indianapolis, 9-5.  Not a good team, but…
  9. Cincinnati, 9-5. Neither are the Bengals.
  10. Miami, 8-6.  Or the Dolphins.
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