2002-10-12 / Sports

Rolfe Is Back From Jacksonville...With Winning Track Record

By Rolfe
Rolfe Is Back From Jacksonville With Winning Track

Rolfe Is Back From Jacksonville...
With Winning Track Record

"I'm sick and tired of you setting me up
Setting me up just to knock-a knock-a knock-a me down"

"I'm Goin' Down"- Bruce Springsteen

Chad and the Jets looked like things were going to get turned around... until, of course, the Joe Walton-like call for a draw play on third and 8 deep in Chiefs' territory; and the great coverage on Priest Holmes with seconds to go.

On the positive side, Rolfe returned to his winning ways, going 9-4-1 last week. The wins could've been in the double figures if Pitt and Cincy didn't score those late TDs to cover the spread, but lose the game; never mind if the Jets didn't choke once again. But, as the philosopher Homer once said, "If ifs and buts were candy and nuts.... how does the rest of that go, Marge?"

Here are Week 6's winning picks....

GIANTS (+2) over Falcons- The spread could swing drastically either way before kickoff, with the injuries to Vick for Hotlanta and Shockey and about half of the defense for the G-Men. But look for Gang Blue to go into their bye week with a solid 4-2 record.

REDSKINS (+1) over Saints- Stevie Ball Coach has found a quality QB in Patrick Ramsey, and Steven Davis keeps coming up huge for the Hogs.

BENGALS (+6.5) over Steelers- They teach this in NFL Wagering 101- Go with the home dog when the away favorite QB is an old XFL guy and backed up by Kordell Stewart.

COWBOYS (-2) over Panthers- The Panthers run is over; look for the Boys to keep their lose-one, win-one streak alive.

Bills (-7.5) over TEXANS- If Drew and the Soldiers put up 31 again, they won't lose by 18 like they did last week.

COLTS (-6.5) over Ravens- Baltimore had a nice little 2 game run on back-to-back nationally televised games. That ends in Indy.

VIKINGS (-4) over Lions- Did Randy Moss send a thank you card to Latrell Sprewell for picking up the slack as "Sports' Bad Boy" while the Vikes were on a bye last week? Maybe he can donate a few bucks for Spree's $250 K fine.

Packers (+4.5) over PATRIOTS- Patsies are reeling; Packers are rolling; and everyone knows... never bet against Brett Favre.

TITANS (+1.5) over Jaguars- Maybe I'm still in denial after the last two weeks, but I just don't think the Jags are that good.

BUCS (-7) over Browns- Me-shawn caught his 2nd TD in 20 games with Tampa, after being on all the pre-game shows, swearing that he "just wants to win; the TDs don't matter; but 'Number 19' wants more TDs; blah blah blah..." To Rolfe, referring to yourself in the third person is OK once in awhile, referring to yourself by your number is just confusing. Anyhoo, Tampa looks for real, even with Meshawn/KJ/Number 19 running his mouth.

RAMS (+7) over Raiders- I don't really think the Rams will win this; they'll keep it close all game, then choke in the end, just to make the 0-6 record hurt that much more.

CHARGERS (-3) over Chiefs- The Bolts D should be smart enough to not leave Priest Holmes covered by only a LB in the late seconds of a game. Which reminds me- Note to Ted Cottrell- take advantage of the Jets dental plan as soon as possible.

Dolphins (+4) over BRONCOS- By far the best Sunday night game so far this season, although I'm still planning on watching the Sopranos at 9 pm.

SEAHAWKS (+3.5) over 49ers- No one has stepped it up more on prime time the last 2 seasons than Shaun Alexander.

(Home Team in CAPS)

***Special thanks to Sean D. of the JetsInsider.com for putting together the Jacksonville trip that Rolfe and some other Rockaway residents went on two weeks ago. Although he couldn't control the weather or the result of the game, everything else was top notch. Be sure and check out Sean's site: www.JetsInsider.com, which is by far the best fan website on the Net for any sports team, although that reputation may be in trouble if the rumors are true, and Rolfe starts contributing articles there.

***Also, a plug for the band Spacious K, which performed at Lynch's Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach when the Jet contingent was in town. They were a great Dave Matthews cover band, but also played a lot of their own stuff, which was honestly pretty good; and covered other bands from the Waterboys to Fuel, Petty to Pearl Jam. Click on www.spaciousk.com for more about the band.

***OTHER SPORTS- My favorite quote about the Sprewell fine comes from Kurt Thomas, when he was asked if $250K was too severe: "Hell, yes. A quarter of a million? That's a house."..... Rey Ordonez got into trouble the last weekend of the season when he called Met fans "stupid." But Rolfe agrees with Shea Rey- I mean, those morons used to try and tell me that a SS who can't get on base at a .300 clip, can't hit for power, can't bunt, but makes the occasional flashy play in the field was better than Derek Jeter. Don't hear that one much anymore.... Speaking of the Yanks, there is no more obvious sign of a lazy sportswriter than one who can't go a whole story without mentioning payroll.... Lost in the story of the Yankees elimination was that the A's were knocked out of the playoffs as well. To listen to the baseball media, it was the Yanks' big payroll that knocked Oakland the past two years. This year, they had a higher payroll than the Twins, and homefield advantage, but lost. But I'm sure somehow, it's Steinbrenner's fault.... Probably also George's fault- the A's had over 10,000 empty seats for every one of their home playoff games.... Theo Fluery, suspended indefinetly by the NHL?? What's next- Randy Moss getting in more trouble? The sun rising in the east??... Back to Ordonez- Rolfe thinks most Met fans smell, too.

BEST BET: Packers


LAST WEEK: 9-4-1

SEASON: 35-37-2

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