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November 20, 2009 6:10 AM

O no! Say it ain't sO!

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Rolled out of the wrong side of the bed today and proceeded to put on my pajamas. Forgot to take 'em off before I got in the shower.
Finally dressed, I made my way to the Grill Room only to discover I had forgotten my keys. Then I remembered that I forgot to lock the door last night, so I let myself in and promptly tripped over a case of empties.
Made some coffee and put two spoonfuls of salt in it.
What the...?

Finally flipped on the computer to catch up on some NFL news and even Jeremy Shockey seemed to be making sense. Guess he carefully took two hours out of his Thursday to post this on Twitter:
"Everyone trust me Lebron James could not play in the NFL! espn is crazy to even think he could even make a practice squad. hes a 4.9 40 time."

Right on, Jeremy, that's crazy talk! What?! I am actually saying, "Right on, Jeremy?!"
 
I checked the calendar, but Friday the 13th was last week. Still, something bizarre was going on here. The world just didn't seem right.

Maybe there had been an awful Tsunami somewhere devastating some nation bordering the Pacific Ocean that 87% of Americans had never of. Or maybe the Republicans had announced they agreed with Obama on...on...well, anything!
Or maybe...

So I surfed over to my favorite hard-news website, otherwise known as the NY Post, and saw this:
OPRAH TO QUIT   

Holy crap!
Let me say that again with feeling: HOLY CRAP!
Our worst fears had been realized. No wonder I was so out of kilter! Consider the ramifications! The world's third-biggest economy is just up and quitting? Where will we turn when we need a good cry? Who will our moral compass be, Dr. Phil?!

Thankfully, things have calmed a bit here in SW Germany since that awful news broke. Chancellor Angela Merkel will be addressing her somber nation shortly. Oprah is very, very big over here, ya know. When she's on the tube, the Germans can pretend that they actually live in a culturally diverse society.   

Maybe it's good we have a diversion like football to take our minds off of this tragic, tragic news this weekend. It's important we carry on.

Hold on, Shockey just sent out another Tweet.
Yes, Jeremy, we agree again, Oprah better not even think of carrying her ass on the football field.  

Take your pick
For informational purposes only...some picks for Week 11 action around the NFL brought to you by folks who most likely know as much about the game as you do:
ESPN
YAHOO!
CBS Sports
CNN/SI
NBC
SportingNews
AP

College:
SportingNews
CBS Sports
NBC

This week's NFL 100-proof lock, brought to you by the Grill Room:
Pittsburgh minus-9.5 at Kansas City.
Well, we pulled our reputation out of the fire, and saved a few bartenders' jobs along the way last weekend when we served you Cincinnati and the points in Pittsburgh. That service went off without a hitch and was never in doubt.

That's how we like doing business around here -- we barely break a sweat and you get what you came for.

That in mind, is there a better choice than that Pittsburgh ball club this week? That really wasn't a question. In fact, there isn't a better choice.
At 6-3, the Steelers need to right the ship and start feeling good about themselves pronto before heading to Baltimore next week.
What better place to do that than at Kansas City? That wasn't a question, either. There isn't a better place.

Expect angry Todd Haley to pull the hair out of Matt Cassel's head after about their seventh three-and-out in the first half Sunday. We aren't sure how Kansas City scores in this game. Nope, that wasn't a question, either.

The Steelers will roll big this weekend. No question.

(Season record: 5-5)

Tape it up
TV Time
If you can't stop by the Grill Room, here's the college and pro football fare that's cooking on the tube this weekend:
(For our U.S. military viewers and their families overseas, the games the American Forces Network will be showing are in bold.)

COLLEGE:
Friday, Nov. 20
Akron at Bowling Green, 5:30 p.m., ESPNU
Boise State at Utah State, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2

Saturday, Nov. 21
Ohio State at Michigan, Noon, ABC

Minnesota at Iowa, Noon, ESPN
North Carolina at Boston College, Noon, ESPN2
Duke at Miami, Noon, ESPNU
Harvard at Yale, Noon, Versus
Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 12:30 p.m., FSN
TCU at Wyoming, 2 p.m., Mtn.
LSU at Mississippi, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Connecticut at Notre Dame, 2:30 p.m., NBC
Penn State at Michigan State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Virginia at Clemson, 3:30 p.m., ABC
North Carolina State at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Wisconsin at Northwestern, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Purdue at Indiana, 3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Air Force at BYU, 3:30 p.m., CBS CSN
Arizona State at UCLA, 4 p.m., FSN
San Diego State at Utah, 4 p.m., Versus
Colorado State at New Mexico, 6 p.m., Mtn.
Vanderbilt at Tennessee, 7 p.m., ESPNU
California at Stanford, 7:30 p.m., Versus
Kansas State at Nebraska, 7:45 p.m., ESPN
Kentucky at Georgia, 7:45 p.m., ESPN2
Kansas at Texas, 8 p.m., ABC
Oregon at Arizona, 8 p.m., ABC
Nevada at New Mexico State, 10:30 p.m., ESPNU

Tuesday, Nov. 24
Ball State at Western Michigan, 7 p.m., ESPN2

NFL:
Sunday, Nov. 22
Indianapolis at Baltimore 1 p.m., CBS
Washington at Dallas 1 p.m., FOX
Cleveland at Detroit 1 p.m., CBS
San Francisco at Green Bay 1 p.m., FOX
Buffalo at Jacksonville 1 p.m., CBS
Pittsburgh at Kansas City 1 p.m., CBS
Seattle at Minnesota 1 p.m., FOX
Atlanta at N.Y. Giants 1 p.m., FOX
New Orleans at Tampa Bay 1 p.m., FOX
Arizona at St. Louis 4:05 p.m., FOX
San Diego at Denver 4:15 p.m., CBS
N.Y. Jets at New England 4:15 p.m., CBS
Cincinnati at Oakland 4:15 p.m.. CBS
Philadelphia at Chicago 8:20 p.m., NBC

Monday, Nov. 23
Tennessee at Houston 8:30 p.m., ESPN

(All times EST)


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