We make it a practice (once) every year of making the trek to Vegas and donating money to the "cause," that is, those poor casinos, by wagering on all manner of sporting events.
Unfortunately, we were not up there last week to put down our hard-earned shekels on the four National Football League wildcard games.
Unfortunate because we picked all four correctly, including the Arizona Cardinals' classic 51-45 win over Green Bay, a game in which the fella to the left (Mr. Warner) threw more touchdown passes (five) than incompletions (four).
We even nailed all of the over-unders right, which obviously (if you knew us) was more guesswork than anything else.
So, let's do it again, shall we?
We are tempted to call our pal, who uses a bookie (or maybe it's the other way around) to satisfy his betting jones, but, nawwww.....a surefire loser if we put any real money down on this shit.
The four games:
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1. Arizona at New Orleans: Sorry, locals, don't shoot us. The Saints are going to march into the NFC Championship game in a tight one, 31-28.
2. Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts: Relatively low-scoring battle (arent't they all, after last week's monster out in Glendale), with Colts moving onto the next round, 24-14.
3. Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings: Don't have much of a clue how this one will wind up. Cowboys have killer D, Vikings have Favre. Let's flip a coin--Vikings prevail, 21-17.
4. New York Jets at San Diego Chargers: We put down $10 months ago on the Chargers to win the Super Bowl, and have seen nothing to persuade us otherwise. Jets' nice run ends, 28-14.