I have taken on a new role at the Kodiak Daily Mirror as a paperboy these past two weeks. As a little guy, I was never a paperboy, but I did play the video game Paperboy on the old school Nintendo. It still is to be determined if the video game has helped in delivering real papers. 

I’m sorry to the subscribers who live on Rezanof, Selief and Thorsheim who could not find their paper because I placed them in a different spot. Think of it as a treasure hunt. 

A few times, Cody and Pepper Jack were my sidekicks. Cody barked at cars driving by, while Pepper looked like he would have preferred I left him on the sofa, shivering why the car heated up.

Pepper has grown soft in his old days. I don’t remember him hovering on laps when he first joined the Clarkston Zoo. I don’t mind him trying to plop his tushy on my lap unless I’m trying to eat Fruity Pebbles. But then again, more often than not, he is trying to lick the bowl. 

Curious as to why dogs prefer to sit in their humans’ laps, I went to my good friend Google. This is what I found on wagwalking.com

“Since dogs consider their owners a part of their family and pack, they want to lay on top of them to show them that and to provide them with comfort and security as well as receive it in the process. Dogs will lay next to or on top of people they feel connected to or have a close bond with.”

The website went on.  

“For almost all dogs, having a person they love by their side is simply a pleasant experience that can calm them down, make them feel safe and keeps them happy. In most cases, the owner feels the same way and enjoys the bonding experience as well. In short, in many cases, our furry buddies lay on top of us for the companionship and cuddles.”

We will not be bonding during Saturday’s playoff game between Seattle and the Los Angeles Rams as I will be streaming the game on my phone instead of watching on our big-screen television.

Last week, GCI customers discovered that Fox — home of most Seahawks games, including this week’s Wild Card game — was replaced with a screen telling customers of a contract dispute with Vision Alaska and Coastal Television, which hold the rights to Fox, ABC and CW channels in Alaska. 

“For months, GCI has been communicating in good faith with Vision Alaska and Coastal Television, the operators of this channel, to try to reach an agreement that will allow our customers to keep their programming at a reasonable rate,” the note on Channel 654 said. “Unfortunately, they are insisting on an unfair rate increase that would ultimately drive up your TV costs. We’re standing up for our customers and are fighting back against their unreasonable demands. As a result, Vision and Coastal have pulled our right to air their programming but we;re working hard to get it back.”

Taking Fox off the air during the NFL playoffs is a travesty and left customers posting angry messages on GCI’s Facebook page. Not to worry my good Seahawks friends. The Yahoo sports app streams the games that appear on local stations. That means Saturday’s game — and any other national game on Fox or ABC — can be viewed on the Yahoo sports app. 

To comfort viewers, according to the Anchorage Daily News, GCI is crediting $4 to each account this month, and that could extend for the duration of the dispute. Let’s hope it doesn’t last long.  

While delivering papers, I’ve discovered that there are more Green Bay Packers fans here on the island than I thought — several houses on Bonaparte are decked with Green Bay decals, along with a few more on several other streets. They, too, will feel the loss of the Fox channel the deeper the Packers play into January. 

And now for this week’s Wild-Card weekend picks. 

SATURDAY

INDIANAPOLIS (11-5) at BUFFALO (13-3), 9:05 a.m. 

Josh Allen and the Bills are cooking, putting up 48, 38 and 56 points in their last three contests. That offensive production should bode well as Buffalo searches for its first playoff win since 1995. The Colts will most likely try to keep the ball out of Allen’s hands by riding rookie running back Jonathan Taylor, who is coming off a 253-yard, two-touchdown performance in Week 17 … Bills 45, Colts 28. 

L.A. RAMS (10-6) at 

SEATTLE (12-4), 12:40 p.m. 

Seattle vs. L.A. Rams Part III. The rubber match. The Rams won 23-16 in November, and the Seahawks grabbed a 20-9 victory two days after Christmas. It’s still up in the air which quarterback will start for the Rams, but it doesn’t matter. Even without the crowd noise at Lumen Field, the resurgent Seattle defense will get the job done and move on to the next round … Seahawks 24, Rams 14. 

TAMPA BAY (11-5) at WASHINGTON (7-9), 4:15 p.m. 

Tom Brady is in the playoffs, and Bill Bellichick is not. Brady used a plethora of weapons to get to the postseason in his first season with the Bucs. Washington won the NFC East with a sub .500 record, but its defense is legit and could cause problems for a 43-year-old Brady. However, Washington’s offense is ready for postseason play … Buccaneers 34, Football team 17.   

SUNDAY

BALTIMORE (11-5) at TENNESSEE (11-5), 9:05 a.m. 

Excluding the Seahawks, this is the game that I’m looking forward to the most. Both teams love to run the ball and both teams do it extremely well. Don’t blink, this contest could be done quickly. I was all-in on Tennessee earlier in the season, and, despite Lamar Jackson playing more like 2019 Lamar Jackson, I’m sticking with the Titans. Derrick Henry will once again hand the Ravens a playoff loss … Titans 42, Ravens 28. 

CHICAGO (8-8) at NEW ORLEANS (12-4), 12:40 p.m. 

Chicago won three of its last four games to sneak into the postseason as the NFC’s No. 7 seed. The Bears reward is a trip to New Orleans to play Drew Brees in his backyard. Not an easy task, but one made easier if Alvin Kamara remains on the COVID-19 list (he is slated to come off the list on Sunday). Last year, the Saints lost to the Vikings in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. That will not happen this year … Saints 29, Bears 16.   

CLEVELAND (11-5) at PITTSBURGH (12-4), 4:15 p.m. 

Poor Cleveland. The Browns end a long playoff drought, and their head coach will not be there for their postseason game because he tested positive for COVID-19. To get into the playoffs, Cleveland beat Pittsburgh in Week 17. The Steelers rested most of their headline players. Those players will be back for this Wild Card nightcap. Even though Pittsburgh’s offense hasn’t looked great over the final stages of the season, the Browns will find a way to lose … Steelers 32, Browns 28.   

BONUS PICKS

AFC Championship game – Buffalo over Kansas City

NFC Championship — Green Bay over Tampa Bay

Super Bowl — Buffalo over Green Bay

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