Monday, December 25, 2006

A Sports Fan’s Guide to Christmas

All the presents have been opened and the mess is cleaned up so what are we supposed to do with the rest of the day? Relax sports fans! I’ve got it all planned out for you.

First make sure you assemble everything that needs it and help your wife out as much as possible because you don’t need to be in front of the television until 1:30 CST.

First up is Los Angeles Lakers (18-9) at the Miami Heat (12-14). It’s the NBA’s Christmas classic. It’s Kobe verses Shaq…er…strike that. It’s Kobe verses Wade in a game that’s really not as important as it was two years ago.

Bryant has averaged 33.8 points to Wade's 23.6 in five head-to-head meetings, but the Heat have won three of them.

My Prediction: I’ll take the Lakers to win 107 – 103.

Next up is the Philadelphia Eagles (8-6) at the Dallas Cowboys (9-5). The Eagles are fighting for a play-off birth and the Cowboys are fighting for a first round bye.

My Prediction: Sorry Saints fans but the Cowboys aren’t losing this one. They beat the Eagles 28-24.

Finally for the nightcap we have the New York Jets (8-6) at the Miami Dolphins (6-8). The Jets are still fighting for a play-off spot and the Dolphins haven’t really been fighting for anything this season. The play-off drought continues in South Florida and the Nick Saban era appears like it will only last two seasons.

My Prediction: Jets take this one 21 – 17.