Sunday, September 11, 2011

Are You Ready for Some Football?

In the spirit of the season, here is a little fun.  First a Garden Fresh Salsa, followed by my season picks.

Garden Fresh Salsa
This is a very simple recipe for a fresh salsa.  It will certainly keep for a few days in the refrigerator, but doesn't have the shelf life of a canned salsa.

4 tomatoes diced
1 small onion diced
3 jalapenos diced (the ones from our garden were kinda small)
1 chili pepper diced
1 clove garlic minced
juice from half a lime
4-5 sprigs of parsley chopped
salt to taste

Cut up the ingredients and combine.  Simple as that!  Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.  The salsa is a bit hot but it is a burn that builds slowly.  Don't put as many of the peppers in to reduce the heat, or if you want it extra spicy throw in a habanero!

2011-2012 NFL Picks

AFC East                                             NFC East
New England Patriots 12-4                    Philadelphia Eagles 13-3
New York Jets 9-7                                Dallas Cowboys 7-9
Miami Dolphins 6-10                             New York Giants 6-10
Buffalo Bills 6-10                                   Washington Redskins 6-10

AFC South                                           NFC South
Houston Texans 10-6                            New Orleans Saints 11-5
Indianapolis Colts 8-8                           Atlanta Falcons 11-5
Tennessee Titans 7-9                             Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-7
Jacksonville Jaguars 6-10                      Carolina Panthers 2-14

AFC West                                            NFC West
San Diego Chargers 11-5                      St. Louis Rams 8-8
Oakland Raiders 7-9                             Arizona Cardinals 7-9
Kansas City Chiefs 6-10                       San Francisco 49rs 7-9
Denver Broncos 5-11                           Seattle Seahawks 6-10

AFC North                                          NFC North
Pittsburgh Steelers 13-3                        Green Bay Packers 13-3
Baltimore Ravens 12-4                         Chicago Bears 9-7
Cleveland Browns 9-7                          Detroit Lions 7-9
Cincinnati Bengals 3-13                        Minnesota Vikings 5-11
AFC Playoffs                                   NFC Playoffs                      
Wildcard Round                                Wildcard Round
(3) Houston                                         (3) New Orleans
(6) Cleveland                                       (6) Chicago

(4) San Diego                                      (4) St. Louis
(5) Baltimore                                       (5) Atlanta

Division Round                                 Division Round
(1) Pittsburgh                                      (1) Green Bay
(3) Houston                                        (3) New Orleans

(2) New England                                (2) Philadelphia
(4) San Diego                                     (4) St. Louis

Championship Round                      Championship Round
(1) Pittsburgh                                     (1) Green Bay
(4) San Diego                                    (2) Philadelphia

NFC - Philadelphia Eagles
AFC - Pittsburgh Steelers

Not the most exciting pick, unless you live in Pennsylvania, but Pittsburgh's defense should be nasty and Roethlisberger always seems to do just enough to get them the win.  I am going to buy into the Eagles hype and assume with all the weapons they have they make it to the big game.  Once there, their all-star secondary should make passing difficult at best for the Steelers making them rely on the run game.  With all their weapons on offense, Philadelphia will score enough to come out on top!  Time will tell!

~ The Moose Lodge


  1. Love fresh salsa....but about those picks... ;o) (Go PACK GO!!) Robin


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