|"Guys, we're only playing the Lakers, so don't go all out."|
The one good thing about all this is when the Lakers aren't good, the rest of us indulge in delicious shadenfreude. And, guess what? Rejoice, non-Laker fans, because they are done. Even after being dominated and swept in embarrassing fashion by the Dallas Mavericks last year, there was a chance the Lakers could come back this year for one more run. A shortened season could have helped their aging vets with their creaky knees and octogenarian fingers.
|Artest should have changed his name to "Misses Wide Open 3s".|
Then, the unbelievable happened, the best point guard on the planet was traded to the Clippers. The price was steep: emerging shooting guard Eric Gordon, plus a 1st round pick, two promising youngsters and goofy center/turnover machine Chris Kaman. No matter though, because the Clips are now relevant and their is a real buzz about them in LA. They added proven vets Caron Butler and Chauncey Billups and are now one of the deepest teams in the league. It's only preseason, but the Clips handily embarrassed the Lakers two games in a row this week, and more impressively, they acted like they expected it.
|Kobe will be a bit lighter in the wallet soon.|
Let's get to the week 16 picks in a lightning round format, since I have some coal to put in some stockings:
Kansas City -2 vs. Oakland
Oakland needs this one more. Oakland 23 - K.C. 17
Denver -3 at Buffalo
I'm not going against Tebow on Christmas Eve. Denver 20 Buffalo 13
Jacksonville +7.5 at Tennessee
The Insignificance Bowl, brought to you by People Who Don't Care. Tennessee 21 Jax 20
Arizona +4 at Cincinnati
The Cardinals take to cold weather like fish take to land. Bengals 27 Cards 14 (lock of week)
Miami +10 at New England
Hide your sheep and goats, because the Patriots will have home field advantage through the playoffs.
Cleveland +13 at Baltimore
If you enjoy zero offense and punts, you'll enjoy this one. Baltimore 17 Cleveland 3
NYG +3 at Jets
This has all the makings of a tie, so both fan bases will remain depressed as required. Giants 20 Jets 20.
Minnesota +6 at Washington
The only thing more unnecessary than this game are bank tellers. Redskins 28 Vikings 20
Bears +13 at Green Bay
|Say hello to the CFL, Caleb Hanie.|
San Diego +2.5 at Detroit
It's Christmas, which means it's time for Norv Turner to crush the dreams of Chargers fans once again. Lions 34 Chargers 30
Dallas -1.5 over Eagles
The Eagles hit the snooze button on their alarm until Week 13...so lazy. Cowboys 30 Eagles 28
Tampa Bay +7.5 at Carolina
No one is happier about the Colts last 2 wins than Tampa, who still have a shot at Luck. Carolina 31 Tampa 17
San Fran -2 at Seattle
Alex Smith in the NFL's most hostile environment. Seahawks 21 San Fran 17.
New Orleans -6.5 over Atlanta
A good game on a Monday night...it's a Christmas miracle, God Bless us, everyone! Saints 31 Falcons 27
Have a Merry Christmas and great holiday, everyone!