January football is meant to be played in the cold. If it was meant to be played any other way, the football gods would have given us domes and artificial turf long before they were created by defiant mad scientists in the 1960's. That's why I'm pleased temperatures in both New England and Green Bay are likely to be below freezing this weekend (except in
None of this is meant to belittle the crucial games in Dallas and Indianapolis, but warm weather playoff games are like an Olympics on foreign soil -- they just don't feel as important. Perhaps it's because there are fewer lifeless businessmen wining and dining potential clients in 25 degree weather, perhaps it's because the only way fans can deal with low temperatures is by pumping their bodies full of alcohol. Whatever the reason, cold-weather playoff games encapsulate entire stadiums in a fervent do-or-die atmosphere that's unmatched -- even the Super Bowl doesn't compare. On Saturday we get two of those games. I recommend watching them.
By the way, in case you didn't read about it in the papers, I was 4-0 last week. Is a perfect 11-0 postseason on the horizon? Certainly not if I keep jinxing myself by touting my record. And now let's move onto this week's picks.
Last Week: 4-0