NFL Picks: Week 10

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NFL Picks: Week 10

By Rich Levine
CSNNE.com

I realize how important these imaginary bets are everyweek, but every once in a long, long while, something will come aboutthat takes precedence. CelticsHeat: Round 2 is one of those rareevents.

So enjoy an abridged version of this week's NFL Picks, and pay no attention to last weeks record.

The Game: Baltimore at Atlanta (-1)

Thetwo teams aren't on the same level, but Roddy White is to the 2010Falcons, what Randy moss was to the 2007 Pats. Once Roddy officiallydecided to give it a go, I officially put my money on Atlanta.

The Pick: Falcons (-1)

The Game: Minnesota (-1.5) at Chicago

Ifeven one of your players tells reporters from another city that hehates his coach, then youve got a problem. If six do it? Well, you'vegot Brad Childress. Don't get me wrong; the Bears are a bad team. ButMinnesota isn't even a team anymore. It's a mutiny.

The Pick: Bears (1.5)

The Game: Cincinnati at Indianapolis (-7)

Bythe end of the season, Peyton Manning may be playing alongside a teamof third-stringers and practice-squad legends . . . and he'dstill be able to beat a team like the Bengals.

The Pick: Colts (-7)

The Game: Tennessee (-2) at Miami

Welcomeback, Randy! God, I've missed being able to gamble against whateverteam's crazy enough to open itself up to your terror. Seriously,thanks buddy. Look forward to having a lucrative final six weekstogether. Straight cash!

The Pick: Dolphins (2)

The Game: N.Y. Jets (-3) at Cleveland

IfCleveland pulls this one out and makes it three straight wins -- againstthe Saints, Pats and Jets -- dont we have to consider the Browns alegitimately dangerous and talented and maybe, playoff-bound team?

The worlds not ready for that.

The Pick: Jets (-3)

The Game: Houston at Jacksonville (-1.5)

It's official. The Texans have the worst defense in the NFL. And it's not even close.

The Pick: Jaguars (-1.5)

The Game: Carolina at Tampa Bay (-6.5)

The Team of the Millenium isn't even favored by a touchdown at home against Jimmy Clausen's Panthers? Show me the fake money!

The Pick: Bucs (-6.5)

The Game: Detroit at Buffalo (-3)

OK,Lions fans. I've got good news and bad news. Which do you want first?OK, well the bad news is that you just lost Matthew Stafford, again,for the season.

The good news? Just kidding. Theres not any. You're underdogs in a game against the 0-8 Bills.

The Pick: Bills (-3)

The Game: Kansas City (-1) at Denver

Man,Vegas is really testing my allegiance to the Chiefs. Honestly, if itwere any other average team going into Denver as one-point favoritesI'd jump on the Broncos faster than you can say "Fire McDaniels!" Butas you know, I'm just a huge sucker for KC.

The Pick: Chiefs (-1)

The Game: Seattle at Arizona (-3)

It'sa disgrace that these two bogus teams are still fighting for a divisiontitle. It's even more a disgrace that I have to put my faith in one ofthese teams to win this. Eh, whatever. I'll go with the home team.

The Pick: Cardinals (-3)

The Game: Dallas at N.Y. Giants (-14)

"Win one for Garrett!"

No?

OK, how about: "Lose by less than two touchdowns for Garrett!"

The Pick: Cowboys (14)

The Game: St. Louis at San Francisco (-6)

Idon't care if they're playing the Marshfield High School Rams, the49ers should never be favored by this much. There should be anautomatic six-point penalty for "Coach's Insanity."

The Pick: Rams

The Game: New England at Pittsburgh (-4.5)

This games decided by a field goal, either way. Remembers Shayne Graham is now the kicker, searches frantically for Klonopin.

The Pick: Patriots (4.5)

The Game: Philadelphia (-3) at Washington

MikeShanahan says Donovan McNabb's not in good enough shape to run thetwo-minute drill. I say Andy Reid's not in good enough shape to callplays in a two-minute drill.

The Pick: Redskins (3)

The Record:&8232;

Last Week: 4-8-1&8232;
Season: 62-62-5

Rich Levine's column runs each Monday, Wednesday and Friday on CSNNE.com. Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrlevine33

WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

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WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

Now THIS is old-time hockey!

There's bad blood between the Bruins' David Backes and the Stars' Jamie Benn that goes back a long way, most recently in last spring's Dallas-St. Louis playoff series when Backes was still with the Blues. They met again today -- and the ungodly (hockey) hour of 11:30 a.m. Dallas time -- for a nationally televised game between Backes' new team, the Bruins, and the Stars.

And it didn't take long for the two to renew acquaintances . . .

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons will retire the jersey number of former UConn star Rip Hamilton tonight, an instrumental figure in the Pistons’ success in the early 2000s that included an NBA title in 2004.
 
Although Hamilton never played for Boston, his impact can be felt within the Celtics locker room.
 
Boston’s Amir Johnson spent his first four NBA seasons as a teammate of Hamilton's in Detroit.
 
In that time, Johnson acknowledges how many of the positive things folks associate with him come from lessons he learned from Hamilton.
 
“He was so relentless when he ran,” Johnson told CSNNE.com. “I remember working out with him one summer. For him to even get his shot off, he sprints full court, goes back down shooting shots, and he just kept doing this over and over and over again, full court sprinting . . . To see that as a young kid, and at his age, just working hard like that, it was great to see.”
 
James Young grew up in nearby Rochester Hills, Mich., so he watched Hamilton’s scoring prowess up close and personal.
 
And as he continued to evolve as a player, Young would see Hamilton during the summer months while attending Hamilton’s basketball camps.
 
“I was there every year, won MVP a few times,” Young told CSNNE.com. “He’s a great guy, a great player.”
 
And, like Hamilton, Young has a lanky frame for an NBA player, which was among the many reasons Young acknowledged Hamilton as being one of his first significant basketball influences as a youth.
 
“For sure,” Young said. “His mid-range game was crazy, great shooter. He was always consistent.”
 
And that consistency has paid off in the highest honor an NBA franchise can bestow upon a player.
 
“That’s big time,” Johnson said. “He’s a champion, great father, great baller. To have his jersey retired is an honor. To see the success he had in the league, and to see his jersey retired with the greats, it's definitely an honor. I’m glad I’ll be there to see that. Kudos to him. He’s a hard worker. Had a great career. I had my high school jersey retired, but to get your NBA jersey retired, that’s great.”
 
Hamilton played 14 seasons in the NBA, nine of which were with the Pistons. A career 17.1 points per game score, he averaged 18.4 with Detroit and was named an Eastern Conference All-Star three times (2006-2008).
 
Although he is known as one of the greatest mid-range shooters of his era, Hamilton began to expand his range over time. During the 2005-06 season, Hamilton shot 45.8 percent from 3-point range (most of them being corner 3’s), which led the NBA that season.