Bad News Steelers Fans: The Prognosticator Picks Pittsburgh, or NFL Conference
by Lou Fontaine,posted Jan 21 2011 8:40PM
Of all the football Sundays in all the world this Sunday has always beenÂ my favorite.Â More than the Superbowl, and more thanÂ those wonderful New Years Days of old when a college bowl game meant something Â special.Â The four teams left in the tournament are the best of the best.Â The oneâ€™s who have shown up in the big games.Â This is why players make the millions they do; to play bigger than the weather when it counts the most.
Just a quick note:Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Cris Carter,Dermontti Dawson, Richard Dent , Chris Doleman, Marshall Faulk, Charles Haley , Chris Hanburger, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin , Andre Reed, Les Richter, Willie Roaf, Ed Sabol, Deion Sanders , and Shannon Sharpe .Â Is this the fattest Hall of Fame final roster in recent memory?Â Who would you leave off?
Okay letâ€™s look at some games:
Bears (+3) over Packers.Â Iâ€™m not sold on the Packers.Â Philadelphia had a banged up defense and a coordinator who game planned badly after loosing â€śthe roomâ€ť mid season and yet had Michael Vick thrown the ball 6 feet further Â the Pcakers lose that game.Â They looked good last week against a Falcon team that should have played better.Â I know Aaron Rodgers is playing lights out, but take him out and the Pack is just an average team.Â The Bears have three things I like: A better running game, Peppers, Harris and Urlacher on defense, and the worst field in football since the Vet blew up.Â Players slip and fall at solder field who arenâ€™t wearing Bear blue and orange.Â The Bears know what shoes to wear and how to run on that disaster field.Â Three things.Â Like three points.Â When the snow flurries come youâ€™ll think somewhere Poppa Bear Halas is sitting next to Walter Payton retelling the tall tales and loving it.Â Bears here.
Steelers (-3.5) over the Jets.Â Sorry Steeler fans.Â The only thing surer than the kiss of death all year has been the kiss of yours truly when picking games.Â I know I loved the Jets all year, but this isnâ€™t a spite pick.Â Last weeks game between the Jets and Patriots reminded me of Larry Holmes-Mohammad Ali.Â You thought Holmes had a real chance to win, but you expected so much more from the champ; just like I expected so much more from the Pats. I donâ€™t see the Steelers not showing up in a big game. Â I see the Steelers winning the whole thing.Â In my mind it comes down to Roethlisberger or Sanchez. Sorry Steeler fans.Â Black and gold is my pick.
Enjoy the games