Eatin' crow

Posted 1/11/19

Does anybody have a good recipe for crow?My good friend Mike Shipp once reminded me that, as a Southerner, anything fried will work and it will taste like chicken anyway, so that may be the direction …

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Eatin' crow

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Does anybody have a good recipe for crow?

My good friend Mike Shipp once reminded me that, as a Southerner, anything fried will work and it will taste like chicken anyway, so that may be the direction I go. And then for dessert, a big piece of humble pie.

For someone who occasionally picks the winners of sporting events (1-5 last week) then foolishly puts it them in print in the local newspaper, I should seriously consider having my head examined. My results from last week’s picks are the exact reason I am not a betting man and live in Tennessee, and nowhere near Las Vegas. Oh, the ups and downs of a Pigskin Prognosticator!

Which brings me to all the wonderful feedback from last week’s column. I have been reminded by more than a few of my friends and loyal readers that I didn’t need to quit my day job(s). But, it was always good-natured ribbing, with a smile and a laugh and that is what it’s all about. Having a little fun. By the way, the forecast calls for an unusually low Tide for the next several months ... at least until football season rolls around again!

Wait a minute, what was that noise? Uh, oh! BREAKING NEWS:  Clemson just scored again!

Apologies to all of my ‘Bama friends who are still out there driving around with a roll of toilet tissue and an empty Tide detergent box on their car antenna and that look on their face like, ”What just happened?” I couldn’t resist just one more jab after the stunning result of the NCAA National Championship game last Monday night.

OK, enough of that. Let’s talk football for a minute. I picked Alabama to win a close game, but I had no doubt that Clemson had a good chance to win. But, by four touchdowns, no way. I don’t think anyone could have seen that one coming, not even the biggest Tigers fan.

The game started just like I had envisioned, both teams scoring quickly in the first quarter. A shootout was surely on the way. But, then Clemson kept going and the Tide stumbled, made uncharacteristic mistakes, seemed unprepared at times and didn’t score another point in the final three quarters.

Did I really hear Tide coach Nick Saban actually say at halftime that Clemson had run some plays that they hadn’t practiced for? That tells me that the Tide intended to win by just tossing their jerseys out on the field and expecting that to be enough to secure a win. Wow.

In the end, Clemson was the better team. Dabo Swinney and company outcoached their counterpoints, and the Tigers deserved to win the game. And boy, did they ever.

Since my glass is always half full and not half empty, I will not be deterred from taking another shot at the NFL playoffs. How many times have three of four visiting teams won on wildcard weekend? Not very often.

So with that in mind, here goes; Grisham’s fearless (but with much less confidence than last week) playoff picks.

In the AFC, is Indianapolis for real? Just ask Houston. Andrew Luck is definitely back from his injury and could pull off a second straight upset, at Kansas City. Still, it seems like a tall order to me, and I am going with the Chiefs and Pat MaHomes to win a shootout. I was about to pick the Chargers to upset New England, but then I saw where it might snow in the Northeast this weekend, and that swung my pick over to the Patriots by a slim margin.

In the NFC, can the Cowboys go to Los Angeles and beat the Rams? Or, will the Rams shake off their recent troubles and put 40 points on the board after a week of rest? That’s the million-dollar question. I’ll take the Rams. Philadelphia found a way to upset the Bears (in Soldier Field, no less) in the “double doink” game. Their luck should run out in New Orleans this time around, but you never know. As the immortal Rick Flair once said, “To be the man, you have to beat the man.” That is what the Saints will have to do and I lean toward Drew Brees and his pals to win that one at home.

Maybe, I’ll be able to crow next week, instead of eating one. You never know, even a blind squirrel … Well, you know the rest.

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