Bill Simmons answers more reader e-mail and makes his NFL picks - Grantland:
One of my sportswriting idols, a die hard Boston sports fan, the Sportsguy Bill Simmons share some emails he has gotten about this weekend's playoff matchups:
"'Every Patriots fan I talk to is on the same page — I don't expect to win the Super Bowl, or even the AFC Championship game. But we absolutely cannot lose this one.'
'I am more nervous for this football game than any I can remember. Right now, on Wednesday, I have the same feeling in my stomach that I had in the fourth quarter of the Giants Super Bowl. One of you: please tell me something that will make me feel better.'
'I have spent more time considering where to watch this game than what to feed my child this week. Home seems like a bad call — I really might break something and it might lead to divorce. I'm a mess about this game too. I really have nothing soothing to say.'
'My cousin Kristin's wedding reception is at the exact same time as this game. No TV's at the reception — my Dad already checked. We are going to have 40 people grimly huddled around my iPhone watching what promises to be one of the biggest upsets in sports history as we're watching some stolen internet stream that cuts off right as Tebow's potential game-winning pass is soaring in the air, followed by me giving my father CPR for the next 20 minutes. I have never felt more pessimistic about a sporting event in which my team would have to be beaten by a 7-to-1 underdog to lose — not ever.' (By the way, that last e-mail was written by me. And it's all true. Cousin Kristin — you're lucky I like you.)"
I love it! The Broncos have already psyched out all of Boston with their fears of being upset by Tim Tebow and the Broncos, the single scariest playoff team that everyone thinks will choke, but in the bottom of their hearts they fear that they will be the team to lose to this unbelievable story... See the overconfident Pittsburgh Steelers and their arrogant fan base.
I am so excited for tomorrow's game! Why can't it be in the early afternoon and not a late game?
In case you don't know the game will be on tomorrow, January 14, 2012 at 6:15 pm MT. The game will be broadcast on TV on CBS (Channel 4 in Denver, CO). The game will be played in Gillette Stadium, located in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
As of now 2:45 pm MT there is only 27 hours and 30 minutes until game time!!!
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