I’ve wrestled with these games like Angela Keathley and Renee Thomas yet I’ve been unable to come up with a viable conclusion. Who to pick, what to choose? These games seem tougher than ordinary. With this mental predicament in mind, I have no choice but to turn to a higher power for enlightenment.
Patriots (+156) – There are several rules that must be invoked here. 1) Never pick against Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in the playoffs – especially against Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy. Never. For good measure, last week’s win over the Chargers put me back in place. 2) Can’t take a guy with a lame comb-over instead of a buzz-fo-hawk and sideburns. Nothing speaks conservative tight ass quite like the comb over. Think about it, who do you want leading your team with 2 minutes left in the game, the straight arrow comb over or the reckless yet refined model look? The Sports Almanac Pick – Patriots 27 Colts 20
Bears (-2.5) – 1) life sucks. The only reason we have movies with happy endings is because they are scripted that way. There’s no way the Saints’ story ends with them reaching the Super Bowl, much less winning it. 2) Never take a dome team playing in cold weather in January. Never. 3) It’s the Aints we’re talking about here. This is their first appearance in a conference championship game. A Super Bowl berth would just be far too overwhelming. Henceforth, they physically cannot win. The Sports Almanac Pick – Bears 17 Saints 13