I find it ironic that a Durango woman named Laws won the Week 2 Gridiron Green.
Consider, one anonymous Rams player described the current state of (replacement) officiating affairs as such: “It’s lawless land out there.”
Well, right here in Durango, we’ve got Laws around these parts – Ann Laws.
Based on “mostly hunches and favorite teams,” the Durangoan with the online handle packerfan finished first out of 715 local Green entrants, and she finished 111th out of 177,763 national players – that’s the 99th percentile.
Take heed, NFL: Laws has returned. (Now if only the real referees would please stand up.)
Brent Jordan of Joplin, Mo., finished first overall in the national Green with 15 out of 16 picks. Laws picked 14 of 16 correctly.
And speaking of the Rams, that was the highlight of my 10-6 week. Based on the strength of my upset pick in St. Louis, the ole Guru is 18-13 overall through two weeks.
On to Week 3:
Thursday, Sept. 20
N.Y. Giants at Carolina, 6:20 p.m. (NFL Network) – Cam Newton is just the cure for a Jason Pierre-Paul-led pass rush. I smell upset. Pick: Panthers, 23-20. Line: Giants by 1.
Sunday, Sept. 23
Tampa Bay at Dallas, 11 a.m. (KASA) – I predict the ’Boys will look more like the Week 1 ’Boys than the Week 2 ’Boys. Pick: Cowboys, 24-23. Line: Cowboys by 7.
St. Louis at Chicago, 11 a.m. – While Jay Cutler yells at his linemen and his fans, I’m going to keep beating the Rams’ drum. Pick: Rams, 27-16. Line: Bears by 7½.
San Francisco at Minnesota, 11 a.m – I told you ... Pick: 49ers, 23-10. Line: 49ers by 7.
Detroit at Tennessee, 11 a.m. – Still searching for Chris Johnson ... Pick: Lions, 27-19. Line: Lions by 3.
Kansas City at New Orleans, 11 a.m. (KCNC) – Just what the struggling Saints need. Pick: Saints, 34-21. Line: Saints by 9.
Cincinnati at Washington, 11 a.m. (KREZ) – It was a loss, but it wasn’t a bad effort by RG3. Pick: Redskins, 24-20. Line: Redskins by 3½.
N.Y. Jets at Miami, 11 a.m. – Two words: Reggie Bush. Pick: Dolphins, 17-16. Line: Jets by 3.
Buffalo at Cleveland, 11 a.m. – Browns’ rookie duo trumps Spiller at the Dawg Pound. Pick: Browns, 16-14. Line: Bills by 3.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 11 a.m. – Luck required. Pick: Colts, 17-9. Line: Colts by 3.
Philadelphia at Arizona, 2:05 p.m. – Can the Cardinals lose? Yes. Pick: Eagles, 20-17. Line: Eagles by 4.
Atlanta at San Diego, 2:05 p.m. – Falcons are good. Really good. Pick: Falcons, 24-20. Line: Chargers by 3.
Pittsburgh at Oakland, 2:25 p.m. – It’s Steel Curtains in Oaktown. Pick: Steelers, 23-14. Line: Steelers by 4.
Houston at Denver, 2:25 p.m. (KCNC, KREZ; KRSJ 100.5 FM) – Texans are steady as she goes. Pick: Texans, 20-16. Line: Texans by 1½.
New England at Baltimore, 6:20 p.m. (KOBF, KUSA) – Trouble with the Brady Bunch? Pick: Ravens, 21-20. Line: Ravens by 3.
Monday, Sept. 24
Green Bay at Seattle, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN) – And, finally, last but not least, here’s to the packerfan. Pick: Packers, 27-21. Line: Packers by 3.