Another week down and that means its time for some more football.
First, the Philadelphia Phillies finally won the marathon Game 5 to clinch the World Series beating the Tampa Bay Rays four games to one. As a baseball nut I was shocked at some of the moves that Joe Maddon didn't make during the shortened resumption of Game 5. Letting the pitcher pitch, not putting David Price in, simple stuff that it seems like you or I could have seen Joe Maddon did not.
Nevertheless, Cole Hamels asserted himself as one of the best young pitchers in the NL this postseason. And that makes him the early choice for NL Cy Young in 2009. What I have always and will always love about baseball though, is that its not always the best team that wins. No one player can win a series. It takes a total team effort and whoever is playing the best team baseball at a certain time can certainly win.
That being said, my early early picks for the 2009 World Series: Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago Cubs. This match up would pit the two teams with the longest championships draughts against each other, which would be a great story.
Now onto the football picks. Heading into this week we stand at 20-20.
I am hopping on the bandwagon and going to take Duke +7.5 for the second weekend in a row when they play at Wake Forest. Duke beat Vanderbilt last weekend 10-7 and now return to the ACC to take on the Deacons. I do not know what to think of Wake Forest any longer so it would be no surprise to me to see Duke win its second straight game.
I like Notre Dame -4.5 at home against the Pitt Panthers. Notre Dame is considerably better than a year ago especially on offense. And they face a Panther defense that gave up more than 50 to Rutgers last weekend.
In the world's largest outdoor cocktail party I like Florida -5.5 against the Bulldogs of Georgia. I think this game is going to be a blow out. You cannot tell me Florida and Urban Meyer don't remember the gator stomp from a year ago. I wouldn't be the least surprised to see Meyer run the score up if he gets the chance to.
I am going to go with the Texas Longhorns -3.5 on the road at Texas Tech. I think this will obviously be a shootout, but I don't think the Red Raiders have seen anything close to the defense they will see from Texas. And Colt McCoy can all but seal up the Heisman Trophy with a half-way decent performance and a Longhorn win.
I'll take Michigan State -4.5 at home taking on the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers got a big win last weekend but I expect Javon Ringer to run wild against the Badgers kind of like Shonn Greene did for Iowa.
Finally my upset pick is Florida State +2.5 at Georgia Tech. The 'Noles have been playing great football lately. The kicker in this game is that FSU can score. And when the Jackets get into a scoring duel they just cannot score quickly enough. Their triple option offense is not built to come from behind. If FSU gets an early lead it will be tough for Georgia Tech to come back.
I'll take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -9 at Kansas City. The Bucs defense is one of the best in the NFL this year. In this one, their offense scores just enough to cover. Buccaneers 14 and the Chiefs 3.
My upset special is the Green Bay Packers +5.5 at Tennessee. The Titans are easily one of the best teams in the NFL, but they have to lose sooner or later. The Pack, coming off of a bye week, are poised to spoil the Titans' bid at perfection.
I'll go with the Falcons -3 in Oakland. These two teams are young, and have potential. But I like the weapons that Matt Ryan has to utilize more than the ones JaMarcus Russell has.
Finally I like the Eagles -7 on the road in Seattle. Seattle had a nice win last week, but it was against the 49ers. This Philadelphia team is poised to make a run at the post season and with Brian Westbrook back in the lineup they are a potent team.
There you have it, my picks for the weekend of 11/1 and 11/2. Check back on Tuesday to see how we did and where we stand on the year. Good luck!