Week 15 NFL Picks

Its hard to believe there are only three weeks left in the NFL Season in a season rich with storylines that continued last night when Peyton Manning led the Colts to an NFL Record 7th comeback win in the 4th quarter during the regular season.  This year’s Colts are basically zombies at this point: they cannot be killed no matter how hard you try.  In case you are one of the unlucky viewers who remain dark on the NFL Network because of your Cable company there was really only one other place to turn last night in primetime and that was to MTV’s Jersey Shore.

For the third straight week this show brought an A++ fastball into our living rooms culminating the dramatic seen where some colossal d-bag with extraordinary low self esteem wound up and clocked Snooki (a female cast member) square in the face.  MTV decided not to show the impact of the punch but the dude was promptly arrested and we were left with a cliffhanger for next week (For a slow-mo .gif of the punch, click here).  Snooki appears like she is fine as these house members continue to soak up their new found fame.  Just last week Snooki, The Situation and Pauly took to the late night circuit for a sit down with Conan on the Tonight Show and recreated the story of the three wise men on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  For those of you who wrote Santa this year looking for a nickname as good as “The Situation” or “Snooki,” I have good news for you.  As part of the phenomenon this show has become, you can now receive your own Jersey Shore nickname by clicking here. My nickname: “The Tan-gent.”  In the spirit of my new favorite television show I figured it is my duty to live up to this name the best I can time for a couple tangential rants before we get into the Week 15 Picks.

-I can’t remember a free agent signing that has excited me less than John Lackey signing with my beloved Red Sox.  Don’t get me wrong, I think it was a good signing, especially now that he will be going against other teams’ #3 starters consistently when he was good enough to be the Ace of a playoff pitching staff in Anaheim last year.  It just lacks spark. Lackey is a guy who I never feared…he doesn’t bring thoughts like: “Oh man, we’re screwed..Lackey is pitching tonight” if you’re the opposing team.  But then again neither does A.J. Burnett and he makes just as much money.  My ultimate hope is that this move is a precursor to a big splash for Adrian Gonzalez to spice up the offense because quite frankly a lineup of Pedroia, Youkilis, the corpse of Big Papi, JD Drew’s contract, Mike Cameron, Marco Scuturo and others isn’t doing it for me right now.  I know I sound like an insufferable Yankee fan when talking about these moves but hey, that’s the hand baseball dealt me.

-I get the sense that everyone is going to be scratching their heads about Philadelphia landing Roy Halladay up until the beginning of next season, especially considering what they gave up.  But then the season will start and Halladay will have 15 wins and have thrown a no hitter by the time the all star break rolls around.  This was the most dominant pitcher in the AL and mowed through the Red Sox, Rays and Yankees consistently the last three years (the last three AL Champs).  Now he moves over to a league where CC Sabathia (in Milwaukee) and Cliff Lee (in Philadelphia) looked like Cy Young and Sandy Koufax that last two seasons.  Get ready for some dominant pitching performances in Philly.

-I really am starting to care less and less about Tiger’s tribulations.  I get it…he is a womanizer with an unquenchable thirst for more.  Not a good dude or a family man.  I fully expect his wife to leave him and he’ll pick up the pieces and be playing golf in Augusta this April.  It remains shocking considering the wall he built around him but is there really much of a difference between floozies 1-15 and the rest that will surely come forward?  I say no.  I will say that I think there is at least 1 more bombshell coming–if what these porn stars and loose ladies of the night are saying holds true there is not a chance that hard drugs weren’t involved somewhere in that scene as well.  I’m not saying that I think Tiger partook but he was running with a rough crowd.  I think we should rename him Icarus Woods because he flew way too close to the sun and has violently plummeted back down to earth.

-Last Saturday night helped confirm why I don’t get too invested in college football.  The best player in the country (Ndamukong Suh) wasn’t recognized as such with a Heisman Trophy and the only “good” reason anyone could come up with was because “No one on defense wins that award.”  Really?  So the best player in the game won’t get recognized with the most prestigious award because he plays defense?  That’s sound logic right there.  So if we’re looking to sum up the 2009 college football season we can just say: “This was the year that the best player in the country didn’t win the Heisman because he plays defense and we had no idea who the best team was because there were 4 undefeated teams that played each other in their bowl games, assuring us there will be 2 unbeaten teams with absolutely no resolution.”  Awesome job all around by the brain trusts involved in botching this.  I knew it was fishy when Pete Carroll was such a resounding success in this sport after watching him drive the Patriots 6 feet into the ground in just 3 seasons at the end of the 90s.

A couple things that made me laugh:  My Alma mater’s library embracing a rager during Finals week.  Nice job Marquette!  Here’s a photo gallery of the year’s best mugshots, some high comedy in there for you.

Finally, for my last “Tan-gent,” click here for McGinn and I’s week 15 NFL podcast to hear me go bonkers on a rude Chicago Florist in regards to my wedding planning.  Email me if you want his name, I will gladly reveal his identity if it means it will cost this a-hole business.

Onto the Week 15 Picks, Winners are in bold.

McGinn:

Indianapolis at Jacksonville
Dallas at New Orleans
Cleveland at Kansas City
Houston at St. Louis
Atlanta at New York Jets
Miami at Tennessee
San Francisco at Philadelphia
New England at Buffalo
Arizona at Detroit
Chicago at Baltimore
Oakland at Denver
Cincinnati at San Diego
Tampa Bay at Seattle
Green Bay at Pittsburgh
Minnesota at Carolina
New York Giants at Washington

Last Week: 11-5
Overall: 124-70*

*Didn’t Pick Week 5

Hugh:

Indianapolis at Jacksonville
Dallas at New Orleans
Cleveland at Kansas City
Houston at St. Louis
Atlanta at New York Jets
Miami at Tennessee
San Francisco at Philadelphia
New England at Buffalo
Arizona at Detroit
Chicago at Baltimore
Oakland at Denver
Cincinnati at San Diego
Tampa Bay at Seattle
Green Bay at Pittsburgh
Minnesota at Carolina
New York Giants at Washington

Last Week: 11-5
Overall: 141-67

Hugh’s Picks vs the Spread: Jags (+6.5), Saints (-7.5), Chiefs (-2.5), Texans (-9.5), Falcons (+6.5) Titans (-3.5), Eagles (-7.5),  Bills (+7.5), Cardinals (-10.5), Ravens (-10.5), Raiders (+13.5), Chargers (-6.5), Buccaneers (+7.5), Packers (+.5), Vikings (-7.5), Giants (-3.5)

Last Week vs Spread: 8-8
Overall vs Spread:113-95

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