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NFL Week 16 Christmas Lineman picks


By Steve Keating

Well, after two weeks of 4-2 the Lineman is still searching for that perfect Christmas gift and hopes he has found it with this six-pack of holiday picks.

Keeping in the spirit of the holiday season, the Lineman offers you all the best and may all your picks be winners HO HO HO.

Record: 47-43. Last week 4-2; Pick of the Week: 13-2


Denver Broncos (8-6) at Buffalo Bills (5-9) (Line Broncos minus-2.5)

You do not need to be one of the Three Wise Men to know this has the look of a Christmas Special.

Tim Tebow, Christmas Eve, all that is missing is a shining star over Orchard Park and I would not bet against that either.

Post-Christmas cheer in Oslo for out-of-contract players


By Philip O’Connor, Scandinavia sports correspondent

For many football fans, the post-Christmas blues will be banished by the prospect of their club buying big when the transfer window opens in January.

But the out-of-contract players taking part in the FIFPro Winter Tournament in Oslo are hoping to get their futures sorted out before the window opens again.

from Shop Talk:

Detroit Tigers bring Xmas in July

CUBA USA BOYIt's the story that keeps on giving as more and more organizations hold "Christmas in July"-type events in the final nine days before the timeline becomes unusable.

Today's entry comes from the Detroit Tigers, who announced that they will be celebrating the unseasonal holiday in style this Thursday, transforming Comerica Park into a winter wonderland complete with live holiday music, toys soldiers, Christmas trees and yes, the man himself, Santa Claus, will be there.  He'll even be bringing some of his elves.