I'm calling it a draw.
NFL thoughts: AFC West
Denver, 13-3 last season, over/under 11.5.
Broncos have been knocked out in the playoffs the last two years by eventual Super Bowl participants -- New England and Baltimore. They are loaded. Oddly enough I think their biggest worry is Peyton Manning. When will the decline begin? But, again, they are loaded on both sides. They open the season on Thursday, Sept. 5, by hosting champ Baltimore. Talk about a great way to get Big Mo on your side. If you like someone in the AFC better, let me know who and why.
San Diego, 7-9 last season, over/under 7.5.
Seriously, I am so sick of these guys. Every year they look good on paper, play terribly and then win a few at the end to keep you wondering. They do have new management including a new coaching staff, which must help. No! I will not be suckered again. Forget them.
Kansas City, 2-14 last season, over/under 7.
Everyone's preseason sweetheart to jump from bottom to possible wild-card contention. New coach in Andy Reid and new QB in Alex Smith. Of course both were available for a reason but they certainly are upgrades. And there is a fantasy favorite in RB Jamaal Charles who should be about No. 6 on your RB cheat sheet. An 8-8 season sounds about right.
Oakland, 4-12 last season, over/under 5.5.
And then there are the Raiders. They were rotten and now they are rebuilding from there. Best shot for next year's first pick in the draft.
A moment about Paula Deen . . .
"What? Paula Deen? Greene, are you all right?"
Who ever knows if I am all right but I need your help about Paula (and this gives some of you a break from all that NFL stuff.)
Not my place to tell you how you should feel about Ms. Deen. That's up to you. We know because of prior offensive racial language that she was dropped by Food Network and numerous sponsors, including Ballantine Books.
Here's my question: Why have sales of her previous cookbooks quadrupled? Stir that in your pot.
Summer vacay at — Snake Island?
Looking for that special getaway that will impress your friends when you get back (or if you get back)? Let me tell you about a little island 90-some miles off the Eastern coast of Brazil. Officially known as "Ilha de Queimada Grande," it's usually called Snake Island.
That's because the most conservative estimates suggest you will find a snake every three feet. And most of these snakes are the golden lancehead, a nicely named but extremely poisonous pit viper.
That makes the island so dangerous that the Brazilian Navy has forbidden anyone to set foot there. The snakes, incidentally, feast upon migratory birds who must be extremely stupid to keep landing there.
There's a story about a fisherman who landed there to pick bananas.