Speaking of baseball, I have to admit that I'm enjoying the lackadaisical base-running of Manny Ramirez for no other reason than it annoys the heck out of FOX's Tim McCarver. You see, Red Sox fans (which I sort of am) expect that out of Ramirez, and would only be surprised if Manny actually ran out deep fly ball to right-center or scored from second on a two-out single to rightfield.
If the ever modest and humble Ramirez homers on Saturday night, and stands to admire what assuredly is the prettiest homerun ever hit in the history of mankind, McCarver's head might physically explode on live television. Can't you already hear the mock disgust in Joe Buck's voice?
As for the picks, the 8-5 week I had in Week 6 will hopefully get me pointed in the right direction.
Last week: 8-5
2007 Season: 42-43-4
New England (-16 ½) at Miami – This weekend, you'll probably hear a lot of things like "Oh, Tom Brady always struggles in that stadium" or "The Dolphins are going to step up and win one of the '72 team". Both of which are meaningless.
The truth is Tom Brady and New England Patriots are on a mission to dominate the NFL. This means running up the scores (which is why he's on two of my fantasy teams) and smashing all preconceived notions people had of the team. Since the Patriots have the perfect season of the '72 Dolphins clearly in their sights, you can bet they're going to try to dominate this game, as well, and mercy isn't something Bill Belichick is known for. Pick: Patriots -16 ½
Tennessee (-1 ½) at Houston – I know Vince Young really wants to play against his hometown team, and one that passed over him in the 2006 NFL draft, but the Titans are a good team who need him healthy for the second half of the season. In other words, he won't play, and Kerry Collins can't make the plays the Titans need Young to make for them to win. Pick: Texans +1 ½
Tampa Bay at Detroit (-2) – I'll say it again: This is the week that losing their top two starting running backs and their starting left tackle catches up to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, right? Pick: Lions -2
Now the Giants are 4-2, a game behind the Dallas Cowboys, and a schedule that should have them at 6-2 by the time they take a week off. Don't ever let it be said that this isn't a crazy game. Pick: Giants -9 ½
NY Jets at
However, I do have a 102-game streak of picking the Seahawks, regardless of what the spread says. Pick: Seahawks -9
Minnesota at Dallas (-9 ½) – Adrian Peterson is a monster, and he'll be motivated in his first trip back to his native Texas as a professional, but the Cowboys run defense is very good and Dallas gets a nice bounce-back win against a team people can't take lightly anymore. I just don't think the Cowboys can cover this large of a spread. Pick: Vikings +9 ½
I know the Jags have won four in a row, and I know that David Garrard has played the mistake-free football that has allowed people to forget about Byron Leftwich, but I don't think they'll be a road-block for the Colts. A speed bump, maybe, but I like the Colts minus the points. Pick: Colts -3