Some folks are born, made to wave the flag,
Oooh, they’re red white and blue
And when the band plays “Hail To The Chief”
Ooo, they point the cannon at you, Lord
– Creedence Clearwater Revival

Before you read these Week 4 NFL Picks, please stand for our national anthem.

Here comes the second paragraph, so please stand again for our national anthem.

Yesterday, going about my daily business I heard the national anthem 4,327 times, from when when the light at the corner turned from red to green, to when I pumped gas and had to pause for our national anthem just after choosing to fill up with unleaded regular.

My favorite football team, the Cleveland Browns, have traditionally played the national anthem before they lose football games. Once last year, they played it before they won, but I think the idea is to play it

before they lose.


I have never understood why the national anthem is played before sporting events but not before a movie, or a play or a concert, or…. a goofy football predictions column.

Therefore, please stand for our national anthem before you find out whatzgonnahappen.

BEARS AT PACKERS – Packers 35, Bears 10

SAINTS AT DOLPHINS IN LONDON – Saints 27, Dolphins 26

PANTHERS AT PATRIOTS – Patriots 29, Panthers 20

JAGUARS AT JETS – Jets 20, Jaguars 19

TITANS AT TEXANS – Titans 24, Texans 22

LIONS AT VIKINGS – Lions 33, Vikings 23

RAMS AT COWBOYS – Rams 28, Cowboys 20

BILLS AT FALCONS – Falcons 36, Bills 19

STEELERS AT RAVENS – Steelers 22, Ravens 14

BENGALS AT BROWNS – Browns 33, Bengals 10

GIANTS AT BUCCANEERS – Buccaneers 41, Giants 3

49ers AT CARDINALS – Cardinals 24, 49ers 13

EAGLES AT CHARGERS – Chargers 30, Eagles 26

RAIDERS AT BRONCOS – Broncos 24, Raiders 21

COLTS AT SEAHAWKS – Seahawks 20, Colts 17

REDSKINS AT CHIEFS – Chiefs 31, Redskins 21

Apologies for missing week 3. Things come up and only two of you read this anyway.

This column is sponsored by Rick Pitino’s conscience.

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