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“Four Dog” Weekend

January 8, 2018

Though I marvel at their great music, which includes seeing once lead singer, Chuck Negron perform some of it recently, I do not know the “Three Dog Night” musical catalog well enough, to choose a possible title, to describe all four “dogs” (underdogs) covering the point spread, two winning outright, in the just completed wild card round.

Last year all four faves won and covered, however, this year the opposite occurred.

Yesterday, Jacksonville won its first ‘offs game since winning at Pittsburgh (they go there next, opening as SEVEN, now 8 point “dogs”) in the 200(SEVEN)7 wild card round, repeating a 1996 such win, then as a nice road underdog as a second year expansion team, yesterday (10-3) in a boring tilt as a 9 point favorite.

The Saints beat Carolina for the third time, in the maximum 3 season/postseason meetings, winning (31-26) as 6 plus point favorites.

Thus the Saints go to Minnesota in the slot 4/later Sunday/Joe Buck/”quarter’/divisional round game on January 14th, the exact 50 year anniversary of the late Vince Lombardi’s last game as Packers’ coach.

In that game Green Bay eased (33-14) vs the Oakland Raiders in the second Super Bowl, giving Lombardi, whose grandson Joe is a Saints’ assistant coach, a still never equaled or topped 5th NFL crown in 7 seasons.

 

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