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Nothing is Settled Until the Buzzer on Monday Nights

By Chris Brocoum
Sports Columnist

Let's talk about the possibility of players being paid off in the NFL. I don't mean to sound skeptical, but one has to look no further than the last few Monday Night Football games to see the evidence in full detail.

Cowboys squeeze to victory. The Eagles barely beat the Packers. This week on the winning play, the Steelers just gave the game away to the Jaguars. I'm sorry but there is no other explanation for this absurd trend of good games.

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has indicated that the NFL is investigating ABC and the possibility of moving the Super Bowl from Sunday afternoon to Monday night in an effort to promote a competitive, engaging game. Amen to that.

In other news, it is official, believe it or not Tampa Bay is 40. This is as in tied with the Patriots. What has come over the NFL. Like I said, all the games have to fixed. That's all there is to it.

Somewhere there is a vault with the entire season planned out in gory detail like some intricate murder mystery. In this case the crime was committed in Jacksonville, by the Jaguars, using a ridiculous TD return. More intrigue than is fit to print.

The picks, week 5:

Arizona is heading to Tampa Bay. Who am I to fiddle with the trend. Go Bucaneers.

Baltimore is going to San Diego. Baltimore has been doing amazingly good lately. San Diego isn't going to win.

Denver is one of the class acts of the NFL well maybe the AFC. Atlanta is the subject of a class action lawsuit by Falcons fans requesting refunds for their season tickets since Atlanta's season is already over.

Green Bay is having all kinds of problems this year due to a condition known as the "Q: Doesn't winning the Super Bowl last year count for anything now? A: Nope!" syndrome. Au contraire, everyone is gunning for the Packers this year. They will rise to the Detroit challenge.

The Tennessee Oilers are coming into Three Rivers Stadium to take on the Steelers. The Steelers win.

Jacksonville pulled out an amazing victory over the Steelers last week. But Washington is still the better team.

New Orleans, New York Giants. Both these teams need a new look. I am going to have to go with Ditka.

Chicago at Dallas. This would appear to be a first-class matchup. Too bad the Bears are 04. At least they are consistent. Dallas is consistently a whole lot better.

The New York Jets are playing the Bengals. I am going with the Jets.

St. Louis playing Oakland. The Rams are looking for McGuire to belt a couple more homers this weekend. The Oakland Raiders would settle for settle for that, sure beats those six point TD's.

Seattle is heading to Arrowhead. For some reason I just have a feeling for the Seahawks.

Philly is heading to the Metrodome to play the Vikings. Now this will be a good game. Guaranteed. Take the Vikings for reasons I could divulge, but then I'd have to kill you.

Monday Night Special: Judging the past few Monday night games, if this lives up to its billing even remotely, there ought to be about nine controversial calls in the last minute and a safety to clinch the win. Take the Niners in a key game with the Panthers.

Don't miss it. Last week: 93, season record: 2812.