The Green Side of Life

You got to hand it to ole Dale Valencia in Week 14; the Bayfield resident did everything right EXCEPT heed my advice down south in Jacksonville.

I told him to bet on Maurice Jones-Drew and the Jaguars, but noooo, he had to go and bet the Buccaneers to win. This is the point, Dale, where I say I told you so.

Like the ever astute Guru, however, Valencia picked the Cardinals to strike gold in the desert over the 49ers, and he won the Week 14 Gridiron Green with a tiebreaking victory over Durangoan Mike Cyphers.

Cyphers, too, could’ve been perfect had he listened to the Guru: He should’ve picked the Falcons to fly in Atlanta, and then, my friend, it would be your name in the headline instead.

I told you so.

Yep, the ole Guru went 14-2 last week to run my overall record to 136-73 and my record the last four weeks to 48-16. I’m as hot as Tim Tebow; that’s to say I’m as hot as the burning bush.

Thursday, Dec. 15

Jacksonville at Atlanta, 6:20 p.m. (NFL Network) – Speaking of the Falcons and the Jaguars ... Pick: Falcons, 28-15. Line: Falcons by 11.

Saturday, Dec. 17

Dallas at Tampa Bay, 6:20 p.m. (NFL Network) – The Bucs’ season is swashbuckling down the drain. Pick: Cowboys, 27-17. Line: Cowboys by 7.

Sunday, Dec. 18

New Orleans at Minnesota, 11 a.m. – There’s a cool Brees at the Mall of America Field. Pick: Saints, 33-13. Line: Saints by 7.

Seattle at Chicago, 11 a.m. – My guess? Marion Barber stays in bounds, then fumbles. Marshawn Lynch runs hard, then scores. Pick: Seahawks, 16-13. Line: Bears by 4.

Cincinnati at St. Louis, 11 a.m. (KREZ) – Pick: Bengals, 21-7. Line: Bengals by 6½.

Carolina at Houston, 11 a.m. – T.J. Yates? The kid’s got moxie. And the Texans have a defense and a running game, too. Pick: Texans, 31-20. Line: Texans by 6½.

Green Bay at Kansas City, 11 a.m. (KASA) – Go get ’em, Romeo (Crennel). Pick: Packers, 33-13. Line: Packers by 13½.

Tennessee at Indianapolis, 11 a.m. – Pick: Titans, 23-14. Line: Titans by 6½.

Miami at Buffalo, 11 a.m. – Miami? At Buffalo? December? Pick: Bills, 16-13. Line: off.

Washington at N.Y. Giants, 11 a.m. – Eli is growing from his brother’s shadow. Pick: Giants, 30-20. Line: Giants by 7.

Detroit at Oakland, 2:05 p.m. – Judging by their performances over the last fortnight, I cannot and will not pick the Raiders to win. Pick: Lions, 24-23. Line: Lions by 1.

New England at Denver, 2:15 p.m. (KREZ; KRSJ 100.5 FM) – What happens to the Tebowlievers when he loses? Let’s find out. Pick: Patriots, 23-18. Line: Patriots by 6.

Cleveland at Arizona, 2:15 p.m. – Make that two in a row in the desert. Pick: Cardinals, 27-14. Line: Cardinals by 7.

N.Y. Jets at Philadelphia, 2:15 p.m. – Are the Eagles back? Pick: Eagles, 21-17. Line: Eagles by 2½.

Baltimore at San Diego, 6:20 p.m. (KOBF, KUSA) – Ravens could use a road win. Pick: Ravens, 21-20. Line: Ravens by 2½.

Monday, Dec. 19

Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN) – Honestly, does Ben Roethlisberger ever truly get hurt? He’ll play. Pick: Steelers, 20-17. Line: off.