I apologize for the lateness, as this is usually done on Saturday night. We were Otherwise Occupied with the Sox, who lost in such a manner that I actually may have repressed it.
Sports fans will have to cash in a lot of Currency to survive this weekend. You have the World Series (Sox down, 1-2), the NFL on Thursday, Sunday and Monday, and college games on Saturday. You also have the Bruins and Celtics in action.
Any guy with half a brain in his head took his wife out to dinner somewhere nice on Friday, sat through a rom-com afterwards, and then went home and performed Kama Sutra stuff for her. An ounce of preparation, as they say....
Non sports fans should know that the next day where there is no baseball or football is Tuesday. Plan accordingly.
Anyhow, onto the games.....
10/27 1:00 ET At New England -6 Miami 45.5
New England, as battered as they are, got screwed last week. Sure, we've done wrong by the NFL before, with Spyate. We paid for that with a top draft choice. Is the NFL going to pay us back for stealing a division game from us? I think Not. We take it out on the Fish.
10/27 1:00 ET San Francisco -15 Jacksonville
(At London) 40.5
Jacksonville beat the 28.5 point spread against Denver, but 15 points against actually-can-play-defense San Francisco sounds about correct. It's fun betting the over when expecting Jackie to score less than 2 TDs.
San Fran, 28-13
10/27 1:00 ET At Detroit -3 Dallas 51
Things were probably different when Norm Van Brocklin was playing, and things change year-to-year and even -week-to-week... but, in the post-Vietnam era, one generally picks Dallas to win, and one picks Detroit to lose.
10/27 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -5.5 NY Giants 51.5
At least 3 of the best Giant players (Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Hakeem Nicks) went from playing at All Pro levels to being among the worst in the NFL at their positions. "Pierre-Paul" is what the company that makes Almond Joys is called in France.
10/27 1:00 ET At Kansas City -7.5 Cleveland 39
The big problem that Cleveland is having is that their best QB is currently quarterbacking Texas A&M.
10/27 1:00 ET At New Orleans -11 Buffalo 49
There is a good city contrast here. New Orleans is generally considered to be the planet's party capital. Buffalo... not so. I went to Canada on a drink-at-18 Spring Break, and we stopped in Buffalo for a night. We drove around, looking for people. We found no one. If you've ever seen 28 Days Later, it looked like London. We ate at the first place we saw with lights, an Arby's. That's all that you ever need to know about Buffalo.
New Orleans, 34-10
10/27 4:05 ET At Cincinnati -6 NY Jets 41
Maybe the Jets will get saved by an obscure rule this week. I am tempted to assume that the NFL wants New York to have winning football, and that they have told the refs to make it happen somehow.
10/27 4:05 ET Pittsburgh -2.5 At Oakland 40.5
Pittsburgh should be the Steelworkers, as "Steelers" sounds like you can't turn your back on them.
10/27 4:25 ET At Denver -11.5 Washington 58.5
They have to rename Washington's team soon, "Redskins" is barbaric. You can't name them the Presidents, as it is bad for morale if the news every Monday was "Presidents beaten again." You also can't name them for Congress, because people would boo and the wealthier players would try to shut the team down.
10/27 4:25 ET At Arizona -2.5 Atlanta 46
Tony Gonzalez may want to get himself deported into Mexico if the Falcons lose this game.
10/27 8:30 ET Green Bay -9 At Minnesota 47.5
Monday Night Football Line
10/28 8:40 ET Seattle -11 At St. Louis 42.5
St. Louis just lost their starting QB for the year, and the backups are good enough that the team made a call to see how Brett Favre was doing. If he's still alive (Editor's Note: He isn't), they ought to try calling Johnny Unitas.
HIGH SCHOOL RESULTS
Dennis-Yarmouth 40, Marshfield 36
Corey Desimone and Spencer "For Hire" Tyler hooked up for a 4th quarter TD to beak Marsh Vegas.
Plymouth South 14, Falmouth 0
Dylan Oxsen took it to the house yet again, as South clinched the Atlantic Coast League title.
Plymouth North 21, Sandwich 0
Plymouth, combined, handled the Upper Cape (not Upper Cape Tech) 35-0.
Martha's Vineyard 18, Coyle and Cassidy 7
Joe Turney had 120 yards rushing for Marty, and he scored 2 TDs
#6 Barnstable 41, Dartmouth 6
Barney clinched the Old Colony League title. If you can put "Kristian Lucashensky" on a Triple Word Score in Scrabble, it's worth like 700 points.
#7 Duxbury 27, Quincy 14
Marcus Urann, who I hope is to tough to be teased for that last name, had a fumble return for a touchdown to help the Green Dragons clinch the Patriot League (Keegan).
Hingham 21, Whitman-Hanson 0
Caleb Brodie, who should be playing for Martha's Vineyard, had a TD run and a TD pass.
Scituate 38, North Quincy 20
Dawayne Kirton ran for 151 yards and three touchdowns. I should add that if I ever name a kid "Duane" or "Anton," I plan to add as many vowels to it as possible, go for an Ahnahtahwoine or something.
Hanover 15, Pembroke 6
Two landlocked South Shore towns slug it out, with Hanover getting the pin.
Dighton-Rehoboth 35, Fairhaven 6
Jacab Juncker had a pair of TDs for D-R. So did "Norm!" Norman Manchester. I should add that I finally drove through Rehoboth last week, for the first time ever... lovely place.
Apponequet 46, Wareham 16
?ham got beat to the street and burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrnt like mesquite.
Greater New Bedford 35, Bourne 14
Bourne and Wareham may somehow figure out a way to BOTH lose on Thanksgiving, even though they play each other. On that subject... Bourne and Wareham should move their Thanksgiving game to 6 PM, and yes, I said PM.
Old Rochester 41, Seekonk 14
OR could not be bargained, begged, or reasoned with. They had no mercy, no compassion....
Cohasset 42, Mashpee 0
Cohasset may be the top seed in Division 6.
Hull 36, Monomoy 12
Notice that I'm not tooting that "Cape Cod rules local football" horn this season.
Rockland 26, Carver 0
Ouch. Well, they'll have all of November to harvest cranberries in Carver, without playoff football getting in the way.
Nauset 21, Durfee 14
Frankie DeStefano punched through the winning TD for Nauset By Nature.
New Bedford 21, Brockton 19
I pick on New Betty a lot, but those kids put up a huge win yesterday over B Rock City.
Pope John Paul II 46, St. Joseph’s Prep 0
Sean Reardon had 3 TDs as the Pope handled business.
Nantucket 17, West Bridgewater 8
Nice weekend overall for the Island kids.
Upper Cape 41, South Shore VT
John Dumont had 147 yards rushing... in the first half.