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Ida’s got the NFL picks for the upcoming weekend

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Ida, a soft sea breeze blowing her hair, was about to tuck into a plate of camarones al ajillo when she got the call.

“Eee-da?” said the nervous voice on the other end.

“Yes.” Ida said, placing the prawn back on her plate. She was used to the mispronunciation by now.

“It’s about HOTROD. The book is gone.”

A less cool customer than our pigskin princess might have dropped the phone or emoted in some other visible way, but our Ida was taking her annual seaside siesta in the Canaries, and she remained as calm as the morning tide.

“Well, find another one,” she replied.

The book had been hard to find, and Ida knew that her source on the island would be unlikely to find another copy of “A Settler’s Garden.

“Okay, Senora,” the man replied, sensing that he was approaching a boundary. “One thing: how then, shall we receive your communications, Senora?” he asked.

Our pigskin princess paused. She glanced at the sweeping bay. She took another bit of the prawn, chewing slowly, audibly, making sure the man heard her.

“To hell with them,” she said.

The other line clicked.

Ida knew revolution and the scholarly pursuit of knowledge was never easy. But sometimes a man or a woman must do some things for themselves. It’s enough to remind our Sunday Senorita of one of her favorite lines, from a beautiful song she has long forgotten the title of: “A gardener of love sows the seed of a flower and leaves it. Another comes and grows it. Which of those will it be?”

Ida’s picks: Jets (−3), Packers (−11.5), Colts (−6), Saints (3), Vikings (7.5), Raiders (8.5), Dolphins (−4.5), Rams (3), Patriots (−14), Broncos (−13.5), Bears (−5.5), Giants (even)

Breakouts:

Bengals (4) over Steelers

“Steelers are too old and too late.”

Falcons (−3) over Lions

“The birds are hot.”

Redskins (−4) over Eagles

“Best football story of the year.”

Kryptonite:

Seahawks (−1) over 49ers

“Wishful thinking? We’ll see.”

Ida’s record: 98–118–7

Last week: 6–9

Kryptonite: 5–10

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. Follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.

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