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I have said, in the past, that the New England Pansies were completely incapable of winning without the help of the officiating.

But now it’s beginning to look like they can’t win without help, period.  Last week at the New York J-E-T-S JETSJETSJETS!!!!!, the Pats apparently got caught with their hand in the cookie jar, as someone on their staff – posing as a credentialed reporter – was seen videotaping the Jets’ defensive signals.

Belichick reportedly has talked to NFL commish Roger Goodell about the matter, and a decision is expected on how to sanction New England by tomorrow.  Probably’ll be a slap on the wrist.

On to the PFW.  It’s week three on Friday night for my (Ft Worth) Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets, which the last couple of years has meant former arch-rival (R.L.) Paschal High.  The sibling unit & I went to see this last year and were treated to a 57-7 drubbing of pooooooooor Paschal (any Heights alumni reading this will get the reference).  It’ll be Heights’ homecoming, and Rule Number One™ of homecoming games is that you schedule a squash.  The Panthers should do very nicely.

Tonight, the TCU Horned Frogs are in Colorado Springs to take on the Air Force Falcons and attempt to avert a two-game losing streak.  TCU’s an 8½-favorite against the Birds, but they’re still a young team, and they’re still on the road.  A field-goal difference is not  out of the question here.

Saturday, Turner Gill will (as mentioned previously) take his UBuffalo Bulls to Happy Valley, PA, to get their asses handed them by JoePa and the 12th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions.  The Vegas line is 34; thus, as long as Buffalo can keep it within 50 (48, actually), we’ll take it.

Even at that, the Bulls are still not as much of an underdog as Utah State is to the 3rd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday in Norman.  The line there is 46, and Bob Stoops might just let up enough on the Aggies to allow them to cover.

Also Saturday, Middle Tennessee plays the role of sacrificial lamb for the second-ranked LSU Tigers and Bo Pelini’s defense.  This game is gonna be such a squash, Vegas doesn’t even have a line on it.

Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys will be in Miami to take on a bunch of guys wearing Miami Dolphin uniforms.  The program’s in a little disarray since the departure of Nick Saban, and new coach Cam Cameron hasn’t quite gotten Miami’s offense up to speed yet.

Interestingly enough, this will be a matchup of last year’s San Diego Charger coordinators – Wade Phillips & Cameron.  Given that Miami’s infamous humidity will also be a factor, this may not be the shootout that Cowboys-Giants was.  But we’ll see.

We’re back Monday or so for the recap.  In the meantime, the Humble Devildog has promised us a PFW of his own – one which looks to be “Bucky”-heavy… 

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