Sunday, December 10, 2006

Dwight Eisenhower Picks Today's NFL Games

(Today ALR is lucky to have former President Dwight D. Eisenhower in to make today's NFL picks. Without further ado - here is President Eisenhower's picks.)

Baltimore at Kansas City (-3): An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows. Baltimore coach Brian Billick fashions himself as a football intellectual. I'm just glad I just have to watch the game and not his press conference after the game. Herm Edwards is tough to like too but I'm a Kansas man and I'm picking the Chiefs.

Atlanta (-3.5) at Tampa Bay: The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. I don't see Michael Vick as a leader. I do see the Falcons stumbling today against the Buccaneers. Pick Tampa Bay.

Minnesota at Detroit (-1): Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field. Being a General Manager must have looked awfully easy to Matt Millen when he was in the broadcast booth. The Vikings are 0-5 against the spread the past five weeks and I think they are due for a win. Pick Vikings.

Tennessee (-1) at Houston: Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. Tennessee did not wait for the future - they put Vince Young into the lineup to win now. And he has been winning. Tennessee has been a hot team and they have a superior coach. I like Houston and think they are moving in the right direction but I'm picking Tennessee.

New York Giants at Carolina (-3): I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone. Tom Coughlin has tried to persuade his team by treating them like adults and leaving it to them to handle the details. They have shown that they are not adults but children who need disipline. The team will be gone from Tom Coughlin at the end of the season and he will have to work hard to get them back. But for today - the Giants will put an end to their losing streak. Pick Giants.

Indianapolis (-2) at Jacksonville: Some people want champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs. I want to pick the beer and hot dogs team - Jacksonville - but I have to remember that last year the Colts clinched the division with a victory in Jacksonville and I think they will clinch the division again today with a victory in Jacksonville. Pick the champagne and caviar team Indy.

Philadelphia (-2) at Washington: The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion. The first problem Joe Gibbs had to fix was the QB position and since he's gone with Jason Campbell the other problems have become more manageble. I'm not saying that the Redskins have all their problems solved but I am saying that they have beaten both Dallas and Carolina at home and I look for them to win today. Pick Washington.

Oakland at Cincinnati (-11): History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. Al Davis does not long entrust the care of his team to the weak or timid either. The Raiders may be awful this season but they are still 6-2 against the spread the last 8 weeks. Too many points to give up. Pick Raiders.

New England (-3.5) at Miami: In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. Nobody plans better than Bill Belichick. Easiest pick of the day. Take the Patriots and give the points.

Green Bay at San Francisco (-4.5): The world moves, and ideas that were once good are not always good. Brett Farve was once good. Pick San Francisco.

Seattle (-3.5) at Arizona: Dennis Green must feel like the fellow in jail who is watching his scaffold being built. Pick Seattle.

Buffalo at New York Jets (-4): You don't lead by hitting people over the head-that's assault, not leadership. I'm not sure if Mangini is leading or hitting people over the head. Pick Buffalo.

Denver at San Diego (-8): Only Americans can hurt America. Only the Chargers can hurt the Chargers in this game. Pick San Diego.

New Orleans at Dallas (-7): Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg. The team that cooperates best in this game will win. Tony Romo seems to have the Cowboys cooperating on offense and I can't forget that the Saints have not beaten a team with a winning record yet this year. Pick Dallas.

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