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These are a few of my favorite 'dogs

The players in our charity pro football underdog game have spoken, and here are their selections for the week. Once again two teams draw quite a few votes of confidence (or hope, at least):

12 TENNESSEE at Houston - Gordon, Ted, Drewbob
9 NEW ORLEANS at Green Bay - Jeremy, Lucas, Bob, Bayou Baby, Cinderella Story, Tinknocker, Juicen, Eric W., Gary
7 CAROLINA at Atlanta - Dr. D, Annie, John Cr.
6.5 OAKLAND at Denver - Sola, Rudie, Bad Brad, PDXileinOmaha, Biggest Cubs Loser, Grizfan, Paul, Coastal Storm
6 MIAMI at Arizona - Broadway Joe
4 BUFFALO vs. New England - NoPoGuy, Pdxmick, genop's gal
4 NEW YORK JETS vs. San Francisco - Carol, Pete Rozelle, Usual Kevin
3 WASHINGTON at Tampa Bay - Ricardo, Tung, Pete Rose, Michael K., DB Cooper, John Ch.
3 MINNESOTA at Detroit - Dave A., Will, MickeyMac, genop, JMH

Nobody's got either of the night 'dogs, the Giants or da Bearss.

As usual, these are the picks as of earlier this morning, several hours before the deadline. (This post is being triggered by a robot.) If additional picks have come in (or changes have been made) after this post was written but before the deadline, they will be added to this post as soon as we can get to it later today.

Have a great day and enjoy the last games of September, everyone!

UPDATE, 1:01 p.m.: Just added timely picks by DB, Mac, the genops, John Ch. and JMH.

UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: Minnesota scores for five of our players in an early game.

UPDATE, 4:56 p.m.: Washington wins a late game, earning points for six players. New Orleans loses a heartbreaker in Wisconsin, marred by terrible officiating. By the regular refs.

Comments (5)

I fear the season is passing much too quickly. As much as I love watching football in the fall, I cannot sit in front of my big screen with the weather such as it is. So, by the time I finally get interested, the season will likely be half over. At least the real refs will have had a chance to practice in a real game or two by the time I start watching.

Here are my TV viewing picks if you don't have Direct TV.

Plan A: Walk around in the sun today and catch the Giants-Eagles tonight.

Incidentally, I was up on Tabor yesterday and I heard tons of sirens and saw smoke on around Division and 60th. It wasn't on the news. I hope that went okay.

Plan B: Listen to the radio. The 49ers are playing the Jets, and you can also hear Atlanta-Carolina. If you have to watch TV watch the Ryder Cup with a game on the radio.

Life is too short to watch the Seahawks/Rams, and the 1:00 games are problematic too: The Raiders-Denver thing could be good, but Peyton is starting to be a little depressing, for me anyway.

In the other game the Packers and the Saints could end with both teams 1 and 3. I can't look at the Pack right now - although I probably will. They let their QB get sacked 8 times by the Seahwaks in the first half. Life is too short to watch that kind of football, especially when you spend 3 days whining about getting jobbed. After a while America doesn't want to hear about it. That's one key point that Conan didn't understand either: If you get screwed, and complain, eventually you will be seen as a loser. If you laugh it off, the public will appreciate it. You're not dying in Afghanistan. Make a few jokes and move on. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid always made jokes when they were in trouble. Be cool about it and you can gain fans.

In retrospect I thought the replacement refs debacle was kind of funny.

I'm an Eagles fan so I must return to chanting and praying for tonight.

Finally! I'm on the board with a whopping 3 points! Go Vikes!

Plus I get to watch a heated rivalry in the NFC East when my Giants take on the Eagles in Philly. A one-point spread for a grudge match with Michael Vick's job starting to ride on each performance. Should be a great game for SNF.

I'm an Eagles fan, but I love this Giants team. Why? They beat the Pats twice in the Super Bowl. I've hated the Patriots ever since they cheated their way to victory - including a Super Bowl win over the Eagles.
Watching the Giants knock Brady around in the Super Bowl, and then to have Eli Manning stick it to Belichick, etc...not once, but twice, is a form of justice rarely seen anywhere in the world.
The villain in our division is the Cowboys.

Meanwhile, Michael Vick losing his job could be exactly what the Eagles need. The backup is terrific.

Bill,
True dat, re Cowboy villainy in the NFC East. And you're right that the Eagles may improve if they give MV the boot from the starting role.


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