The overnight bags are packed, the car seat is set up (sort of) and my cell phone is fully charged. It’s D Day Plus 1 at the Grewal household. My wife is overdue and could go into labour any moment now.
And while Mrs. Grewal busies her self with triple checking the baby room and to-do lists, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the big show doesn’t interfere with any of the four NFL games this weekend.
I wish things ran like they did in the early ‘60s or at least the way the TV show Mad Men depicts them. The nurse told Don Draper his work was done after he dropped wife Betty off at the maternity ward and sent him off to the waiting room with the other soon-to-be dads.
Yes, I’m sure 50 years ago I could drink brandy and watch the football game while my wife was in labor and no one would judge me.
Some might call this progress but I’m not one of them.
Of course if the games this weekend are anything like the ones from the first round of the playoffs, I won’t feel too bad about missing anything.
Things were so bad even the Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers was having trouble staying awake during his team’s game against Arizona.
I’m convinced the Divisional round is going to deliver the goods. The matchups are better (despite what the pointspreads suggest) and so are the potential storylines.
Another reason I’m feeling so bitter about the wild card results: I went 1-1 with my underdog picks even though three of the four dogs covered.
Arizona Cardinals (+7) at New Orleans Saints
God bless the stat nerds over at FootballOutsiders.com. Their numbers tell me that only Philadelphia blitzed six rushers more often than the Saints – and we all know few quarterbacks have ever handled the blitz better than Kurt Warner.
If New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams sends the extra rusher, Warner will burn his stop unit worse than Jimmy Kimmel did to Jay Leno.
Don’t worry about the Cardinals’ defense. The group is better (much better) than it demonstrated against the Packers and will be anxious to prove it on Saturday.
New York Jets (+7) at San Diego Chargers
I misinterpreted last week’s Jets-Bengals line movement as public support for a New York-based team. That was sharp action and the wise guys snatched up the Jets when this line opened at +9.
Even with the line dropping to the key number (7), you’ve got to like the visiting side. Gang Green’s defense is playing better than it did during the 3-0 start and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is doing a fantastic job playing to his team’s strengths.
Speaking of Schottenheimer, don’t forget about what happened with his dad, Marty, in San Diego. Chargers GM A.J. Smith hated Marty so much he forced team president Dean Spanos to fire the coach even though the Bolts were coming off a 14-2 regular season.
Payback’s a bitch.