Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday's football picks (and other stuff)

First, some other stuff...

Air America is shutting down:
"Liberal talk radio network Air America is planning to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the company said Thursday. "The very difficult economic environment has had a significant impact on Air America's business," according to a statement on the network's Web site. It cited a "perfect storm" in the media industry and plummeting advertising revenues."

Hmmm. Funny--others involved in talk radio, such as Rush or Sean Hannity, seem to be doing just fine in this economic environment. Well, now...

Unsurprisingly, in the wake of Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts (which simply confirmed what some had seen building for some time), Americans don't want a big health care bill:
"In the wake of Republican Scott Brown's victory in Tuesday's U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, the majority of Americans (55%) favor Congress' putting the brakes on its current healthcare reform efforts and considering alternatives that can obtain more Republican support."

About the only ones who haven't gotten the above memo are some liberal Democrats.
Peggy Noonan, on the other hand, has gotten it:
"What does the Massachusetts election mean? It means America is in play again. The 2008 election settled nothing, not even for a while. Our national politics are reflecting what appears to be going on geologically, on the bottom of the oceans and beneath the crust of the Earth: the tectonic plates are moving. America never stops moving now. Massachusetts said, "Yes, we want change, but the change we want is not the change that has been delivered by the Democratic administration and the Democratic Congress. So we will turn elsewhere"...Is it a backlash? It seems cooler than that, a considered and considerable rejection that appears to be signaling a conservative resurgence based on issues and policies, most obviously opposition to increased government spending, fear of higher taxes, and rejection of the idea that expansion of government can or will solve our economic challenges."

Read the whole thing. Noonan makes the case that what we need now is a "non-snarling" Republicanism/conservatism, one that lives up to its promises on spending. I agree.

Okay, now...on to the football picks!
i was 2-2 last week.

INDIANAPOLIS 8 over NY Jets. PICK: COLTS. Yes, I know, the Jets are the hot and trendy pick these days, thanks to their defense, their running game, and their ability shown last week to throttle a team like the Chargers on the road. But--I like the Colts. They showed against the Ravens they can stop the run. Yes, the Jets' blitz package is tough. But Peyton Manning saw it not long ago, and anyway there ain't much he can't handle. The Colts play well at home. I respect the Jets. But I see the Colts winning this game by 10 to 14 points.

NEW ORLEANS 4 over Minnesota. PICK: SAINTS. Again, I see the Vikings being the trendy pick. But let's remember something--in the 2nd half of the season, the Vikings had big time troubles away from home; and the Superdome is easily the toughest building in which they've played yet. The noise could affect Minnesota's O-line. Meanwhile, the Vikings have a rookie at middle linebacker due to injury..and the Saints come at you with multiple formations, and can run the ball and do other other things to slow down the Viking pass rush. If the Saints get a lead in this game, or at least stay close and thus stay multi-dimensional on offense, they'll win behind Drew Brees and his pinpoint passing attack. And I think they'll do it.