In the NFL, it's the divisional round. On Saturday, Baltimore is at New England and the Carolina Panthers are at Seattle. My former assistant Ty is a big Panthers fan, so my feelings for them are largely positive... but I like the Seahawks too. I had a very pleasant breakfast with their owner a few months ago. I have no favorite in that game. Of couse, I will be rooting hard for the Ravens to defeat Evil Little Bill and his Patriots. Hey, they are named in honor of Edgar Allen Poe, a fellow writer... and while it is true they beat my Giants in a SuperBowl once, it's been a long time, I forgive them.
On Sunday, it is Dallas at Green Bay and Indianapolis at Denver. I am for Denver in the AFC game; after all, Peyton is Eli's big brother. And the Colts should never have left Baltimore besides, so pfui to the Irsays. The early game, hey, no contest, I have hated and despised the Cowboys even longer than I have hated the Patriots, so I will be pulling hard for Green Bay and that baaaaad man Aaron Rogers.
(Meanwhile, I will also be rooting for the Jets to get a kickass GM and head coach, for Rex to get another head coaching job, and for my Giants to bring back Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator).
The NFL isn't the only contest this weekend. This year's Golden Globe Awards will also be presented on Sunday night, and GAME OF THRONES is nominated in Best Dramatic Series. The competition this time around is HOUSE OF CARDS, THE AFFAIR, THE GOOD WIFE, and DOWNTON ABBEY. David Benioff and Dan Weiss and Carolyn Strauss and a number of our other producers and cast members will be on hand at the ceremony, though I won't be there myself this year. But I will watching from home and cheering loudly for the show, and hoping that my friends and colleagues get a Globe (the GG rules are such that I would not get one myself, even if we win).
So in conclusion: