There are some things that clearly call for caution.
When that Nigerian prince writes to tell you that $500,000 is waiting for you if you just play $1,000 to free his father, the king, it's time to use caution.
If you're sitting at home in your sweats and there's a knock on the door and a voice says it's Katy Perry and she wants you to teach her how to slow dance, I'd say caution should be used before opening that door.
But if you are the Green Bay Packers, or one of their fans, ignore all the talk you are going to hear this week about exercising caution. Our Packers are going to out-and-out whip the Giants of New York in the playoff game next Sunday.
Oh, I know that it's not politically correct to say that. Here's what we are going to hear a lot of this week.
"We only beat the Giants by three points during the season and it took a miracle drive to do that. The Giants are hot. They're like we were last year, hot at the end of the year.We can't afford to be overconﬁdent. We've been off for a couple of weeks and we're going to be rusty. The playoffs are a whole new season." And on and on and on.
I understand all of that. Over the years I've written lots of columns that say the same thing, over and over. And each time I was driven by the need to not make the Gods angry or to offend those who might be offended. I've always wanted to be politically correct.
No more. Maybe it's age. Maybe it's just being tired of trying to make people happy all the time. Now, it's time for the way I really feel. I don't think the Giants of New York stand much of a chance at all. Here's why.
First of all, I don't think they stand a chance against our offense. We've got a healthy offensive line. We have all our receivers back. We have an invigorated Ryan Grant. And we have Aaron Rodgers.
I know all about Drew Brees. But I wouldn't trade the Packers offense for the Saints for all the money in the world. I just think this is an offense where everybody is in sync andthat's ready to stuff the Giants of New York. Those men in blue have been crowing loudly about their fearsome front four, but I think our offensive line is going to make them feel more like the frantic front four.
It's our defense that I think is going to be the big surprise here.
All season long we've been worried because this defense seems to give up a lot of yards and then comes up with a big play when it's needed. But I have faith in Dom Capers.
People I know who really know football use words like "genius" to describe Capers. He is, by all accounts, a coach who engenders incredible respect and faithful support from his players. I fully expect Capers to come up with schemes that knock Eli Manning and the rest of the Giants of New York off their collective feet.
If you want to go through this next week with anxiety riding on your shoulder and searching for the right combination of liquor, rest and sex to keep you anesthetized to worry and concern, go right ahead.
But if you just want to coast through this week, have some fun, relax and start thinking about getting seats in Indianapolis, then believe me.
Green Bay 45, the Giants of New York 17.
Book it, Dano!
With a history in Milwaukee stretching back decades, Dave tries to bring a unique perspective to his writing, whether it's sports, politics, theater or any other issue.
He's seen Milwaukee grow, suffer pangs of growth, strive for success and has been involved in many efforts to both shape and re-shape the city. He's a happy man, now that he's quit playing golf, and enjoys music, his children and grandchildren and the myriad of sports in this state. He loves great food and hates bullies and people who think they are smarter than everyone else.
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Despite some opinions to the contrary, Dave likes most stuff. But he is a skeptic who constantly wonders about the world around him. So many questions, so few answers.