If our Ida, football fantastico, were to fill a up book with the wisdom she’s learned along the way, there would be something in there about self-reflection. Examining the present circumstances of your life is a bit like watching a newscaster: there’s a bit of a tape delay, so when things aren’t looking so good — heck, even when they are — it’s probably a product of moments passed, months or even years ago, and certainly not an indication of things to come. Which brings us back to our Ida. Look at her now, sitting by her bureau in Sheepshead Bay; the phone ringing off the hook. The line has been jammed with desperate calls from her connections in Cuba. It’s a bit strange that these old hardliners from the chicken fights would waste their hard-earned pesos calling Sheepshead Bay (which they pronounce “Cheese-ha bay”).
Perhaps they see the call as a small investment — a direct line from Matanzas or Vedado or Habana del Este or wherever the Cuban breeze blows, to bricks and mortar Brooklyn, and Ida.
Futbol Americano is a pastime for men with some spare change on the isla del cayman, like it is in many others, and it should come as no surprise. For who would you rather put your money on, a riled up rooster, or Ida?
And when she answers the phone, Ida share a few words from American scribe Ernest Hemingway: “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”
Ida’s picks: Rams (1.5), Falcons (−3), Steelers (−3.5), Packers (−7), Vikings (−5.5), Bengals (−4.5), Ravens (−4.5), Seahawks (3), Bears (−4), 49ers (−9). Texans −7.5), Patriots (−7).
Giants (−10) over Browns
“I like the Giants”
Chargers (−3) over Saints
“Saints are going to lose again.”
Kryptonite Lock of the Week:
Texans over Jets (−7.5)
Total: 25–37–1, 2–2 Kryptonite Lock (6–9 last week)Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg