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2023 NFL Divisional Round Playoff Predictions

Last week, we made our picks for the wild card round. Let’s recap how we did. We all incorrectly predicted a Vikings win over the Giants; otherwise, our NFL correspondent Rodolfo Garcia was perfect in his other predictions.

  • Rodolfo Garcia | 5-1
  • Mr. Higgins | 4-2
  • Richard Sanchez | 3-3
  • Michael Rodriguez | 3-3

It is now time to move on to round two of the NFL playoffs, otherwise known as the Divisional Round. The top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs now join the fight, hosting the lowest remaining seeds in these Divisional Round games.
*For this round of predictions, our sports editor Carlos Lopez replaces Michael to make picks.

NFC:

Giants @ Eagles | Saturday, 5:15pm on FOX

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Rodolfo GarciaEagles
Richard SanchezEagles
Carlos LopezGiants

Cowboys @ Niners | Sunday, 3:30pm on FOX

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Richard Sanchez49ers
Carlos Lopez49ers

AFC:

Jaguars @ Chiefs | Saturday, 1:30pm on NBC

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Rodolfo GarciaJaguars
Richard SanchezChiefs
Carlos LopezChiefs

Bengals @ Bills | Sunday, 12:00 noon on CBS

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Richard SanchezBengals
Carlos LopezBills

Check in with us next week when we wrap up these predictions and get down to the final four teams playing for the Conference Championships and a chance to go to the Super Bowl.

2023 NFL Wild Card Predictions

Before the big games this weekend, Shoemaker Bugle sportswriters and editors give their quick predictions for the 2023 NFL Wild Card round.

Let’s get right to our picks:

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers

Saturday, Jan. 14, 1:30pm on FOX

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Los Angeles Chargers @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Saturday, Jan. 14, 5:15pm on NBC

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Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills

Sunday, Jan. 15, 10:00am on CBS

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New York Giants @ Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, Jan. 15, 1:30pm on FOX

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Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, Jan. 15, 5:15pm on NBC

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Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday, Jan. 16, 5:15 on ESPN

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Check in with us next week to see how our predictions turned out, and we will also preview the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

Top 10 Christmas Movies of All Time

By Michael Rodriguez

#10: The Santa Clause 2

Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) has been in the role of Santa for the past eight years, and his loyal elves consider him the best one ever. But the world of the “Merry Old Soul” turns upside down when he’s dealt a double whammy of news: Not only has his son, Charlie (Eric Lloyd), landed on this year’s naughty list, but Scott discovers that he must marry by Christmas Eve — just a month away! — or he will stop being Santa Claus forever.

#9: Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

A handful of Disney’s famous characters spread the Christmas magic and love through three separated heartwarming animated stories. Discover the true meaning of the holiday season along with beloved Donald, Goofy, and Mickey.

#8: The Polar Express

Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump; Cast Away) reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

#7: A Charlie Brown Christmas

When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism that he sees amongst everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but it is a frustrating struggle. When an attempt to restore the proper spirit with a forlorn little fir Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to learn the meaning of Christmas.

#6: A Christmas Carol (2009)

Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) thinks it’s all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Later, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit him tonight. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness.

#5: Krampus

While the holiday season represents the most magical time of year, ancient European folklore warns of Krampus, a horned beast who punishes naughty children at Christmas time. When dysfunctional family squabbling causes young Max (Emjay Anthony) to lose his festive spirit, it unleashes the wrath of the fearsome demon. As Krampus lays siege to the Engel home, his mom (Toni Collette), his pop (Adam Scott), his sister (Stefania LaVie Owen) and brother must band together to save one another from a monstrous fate.

#4: It’s a Wonderful Life

George Bailey (James Stewart) has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence – who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.

#3: Elf

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman, takes a DNA test with Buddy that proves that Walter is his father. Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

#2: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

In this live-action adaptation of the beloved children’s tale by Dr. Seuss, the reclusive Grinch (Jim Carrey) decides to ruin Christmas for the cheery citizens of Whoville. Reluctantly joined by his hapless dog, Max and the Grinch come down from his mountaintop home and sneak into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos. However, the bitter grump finds a hitch in his plans when he encounters the endearing Cindy Lou Who (Taylor Momsen).

#1: Home Alone

When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O’Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

Bring Your “Bestea” and Drink Some Boba

By Michael Rodriguez, Richard Sanchez, and Genesis Garcia

Besteas Boba knocked it out of the park for the grand opening on August 20th 2022.

Located at 13041 Rosecrans Avenue, STE204 in Norwalk, Besteas Boba customers were spotted lining up around the building just for a taste of their delicious boba. Exclusive Besteas boba tumble cups, coming in either baby blue or pink, and tote bags were given to the first 50 customers purchasing any of their delectable treats and drinks. Grand opening deals were also included, such as “Buy 2, get 1 free” on all drink options. 

Norwalk Mayor Rick Ramirez was present at the opening and eagerly waited to cut the red ribbon with owners, Young and Dave. With Mayor Ramirez’s help, Dave and Young cut the ribbon to welcome their customers into the shop. 

The name Besteas Boba is a portmanteau, which means the name has multiple meanings, such as Best-Teas referring to the shop having the best teas in the area and another for Besties, because in most cases when getting boba people bring their best friends along.  

Many guests were in a hurry just to be one of the first 50 people to receive a tote bag and tumbler cup. Some customers even reported a lady repeatedly trying to grab a tumbler cup and tote bag through plexiglass until she was finally able to reach around and grab the items. A customer reported, “She kept trying to get the bag and the plexiglass kept shaking, when the lady grabbed the bag and cup she tried to hide it away and play it off like nothing happened, then she just scooched her way out and left.”

Besteas Boba now includes new milk options such as almond and oat milks; it serves macarons in 6 flavors (Strawberry & Cream Cheese, Vanilla Bean, Espresso, Taro, Earl Grey, and Green Tea).

You can check their Instagram @Besteasboba, where they constantly post their BTS pop up events, happy hours, and boba deals, plus their regular updates to the menu, and much more. They have even reduced prices for students and are currently having happy hour from 12-4pm. At happy hour, you can spin a wheel after a purchase to possibly win prizes, such as a free drink, free macaroon, free snacks and many more deals.

Besteas is open every day from 11:30am-9pm.