Friday, January 22, 2010

Who Owns Purim?

This past Monday, the NBA couldn't seem to tell me enough about their twelve-game smorgasbord in honor of Martin Luther King Day.  It was almost as big a deal as they made of their Christmas coverage, clearly trying to 'own' these holidays the way the NFL owns Thanksgiving.

Well, if owning holidays is becoming the rage, then plenty are still up for grabs.  And FVG has some suggestions for the ones upcoming....

Valentine's Day (2/14): The Westminster Dog Show needs to make a move here.  It's always within a few days of Valentine's Day anyway, why not make it a holiday tradition?  I mean, it's not like any girl's gonna let her man watch a real sport.

Presidents' Day (2/15): Washington and Lincoln played horseshoes. Teddy Roosevelt loved to hunt. Gerald Ford was a standout football player, and the Bushes loved baseball. But it's Obama time now, and as we all know, he looooves to fill out his NCAA bracket.  Until horseshoes makes a comeback, this is yours to lose, college hoops.

Lindsey's Birthday (2/26): This is just to help me remember it's coming.

Purim (2/27): I can't remember what this holiday's about, but let's go ahead and give it to the NBA in honor of Omri Casspi, the Kings' rookie shooting sensation from Tel Aviv.

St. Patrick's Day (3/17): ESPN could show some initiative here and televise a professional drinking contest...  Or they could just show a Celtics' game.

Passover (3/29-4/6): The Haggadah says that "On all other nights we sit, but on this night we recline."  So whichever sport owns this holiday would have to be really relaxing, and slooooow.  Wait a minute....

That's the first week of baseball!

Conference Championship Picks

Jets (+8) @ Indianapolis (3:00 ET).  This little playoff run by the J-E-T-S has been painful, but at least it's been profitable.  They're a hot team, people.  Ride it out.

Saints (-3.5) vs. Vikings (6:40 ET).  I think two Favre interceptions plus a Peterson fumble equals a Saints win by more than three. I also think that no matter what happens, we'll be treated to another offseason of non-stop Favre retirement talk.  I've given up.  It's never gonna end.

Last Week: 1-1
Record to Date: 41-41-3