by Michele Christopher
Hey what's goin' on Foosball Fanz? Hope your weekend is going good so far and you’re not hung-over or anything like that this morning. Welcome to The NFL, Week 6!
This is the time of year when the weather is absolutely perfect for football. The air is cool and crisp, but not too cold. There's no need for the cold weather gear yet. A sweatshirt sporting your team's logo will do you just fine. The sun is starting to go down noticeably earlier, but the days are still bright and sunny and the skies are a vibrant blue.
This is primo tail-gating weather my friends, so get that grill fired up and crack open a cold Octoberfest Ale. Mmmmm. Yeah. What time does the game start? Not too soon I hope, because we've got some pre-game festivities to enjoy.
Let me tell you, I love tailgating. Fucking love it. I feel all excited right now just thinking about it. Tailgating is one of the best things about football. If I can't get to a game, sometimes I'll have a tailgate at home. I'll fire up the grill in the back yard, throw on some sausages, peppers and onions, break out some salsa and guacamole and kick back from some pre-game.
When you're tailgating, all the rules are set aside. Eat what you want, smoke a stogie, have a few beers. Psych yourself up and talk about the game. How you think the teams are going to perform today? How's our defense look? Brag about how good your team's offense is and rag on your opponent’s quarterback. It's all in good fun.
Then when the game starts, ahhh. There's nothing like sweet, soothing football on a Sunday afternoon. I love to get the game on, turn down the TV volume and tune in my radio to the completely and unashamedly biased home team announcers who are calling the game. Then the game gets underway and the adrenaline is flowing and you are into it.
Of course, watching the game is not always sweet or soothing. Sometimes it's a heart rending, chest tightening, pull your hair out experience too.
When my team is having a bad game and I'm pacing around the room, yelling, clutching my lucky totems and generally acting like a maniac, my Wife will say to me, 'I don't get it. You are wreck right now. How is this fun?'
Well you know what, there are times when football is NOT always fun, especially if you are like me and are somewhat (ok completely) fanatical about your team, but sometimes you gotta go through some pain to get that greater reward, ya know? There's nothing like the feeling of a win the week after your team has suffered a heart-breaking loss. It's like, redemption. And that's what Sunday is for, I think…
Ok. Here endeth the sermon. Let's go look at the games!
Cincy at Tampa Bay - Ooohh. 0-5? Believe it Bucs fans. Sorry. I honestly hate to see other football fans suffer, most of the time that is, unless you root for Denver, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis or Miami. I'd like to see The Bucs get a win, but I don't see it happening against Cincinnati.
Tennessee at Washington - Tennessee finally notches a win this week. My gut says so.
Carolina at Baltimore - Baltimore. I am officially on the Baltimore pain train. Even though they lost last week to Denver, they are still looking like one of the best teams in the league right now.
NY Giants at Atlanta - Atlanta. These teams are pretty evenly matched so I'll go with the home team.
Houston at Dallas - Dallas is going to be fired up to get a win after being yelled at all week by Bill Parcells. Last week’s loss to Philly was a tough pill to swallow for Dallas.
Buffalo at Detroit - Buffalo. I feel bad for Detroit fans. I don't see a lot of wins in their future this year.
Kansas City at Pittsburgh - Kansas City. Pittsburgh is on a downward spiral and K.C. Quarterback Chandler Bing, a.k.a. Damon Huard, has stepped up and is playing great for K.C. (I always thought he looked like Chandler Bing from the show 'Friends' in a football helmet. Don't tell me you don't see it...)
San Diego at San Fran - San Diego. No need to discuss.
Miami at NY J-E-T-S - The J-E-T-S are going to keep their playoff hopes alive while the Fish start looking forward to next year's draft. I see Miami's current state as punishment from the Football Gods to all of those NFL 'Experts' that said they'd be in the Superbowl this year. Yeah, I know it's not Miami's fault that a bunch of talking heads in the media hyped them up before the season. Who ever said The Football Gods were fair?
Oakland at Denver - For me, this is one of those games where the two teams you hate the most out of all the teams in the league happen to be playing each other. Who do you root against? That's the hard question here. As far as the game goes, this one won't even be a contest. Denver.
Chicago at Arizona - Chicago. Come on.
Enjoy week 6! And have some CHILI!
Ernie writes daily about football and other stuff at Mr. B and W. You should check it out.