Editor's Note--Well, I am still waiting for my new car to arrive on "Das Boot from Deutscheland" (that's on the boat from Germany, in German). But I am patient. Everyone should be patient at some point in their lives. Some more than others. But, I digress. Thanksgiving is here! You know what goes with the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, lobster, and champagne, right!?! FOOTBALL! So let's get to the man who has "Football" as his middle name. Not really, but you get what I'm saying. Oh, and a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving to all of you and yours. And in the spirit of giving, do try and help out those who are less fortunate than yourself, this Thanksgiving season, and all the time for that matter. Now for the football!--R.B.
Ah yes, the Football. The NFL didn't go so hot for us last week, for the first time in a LOOONG while. The college we won. Again. Still. Now to get you in the holiday mood, a scene very similar to Richie's house tomorrow:
Now we are going to lay down 3 college plays and 3 NFL plays for your enjoyment. But FIRST, tonight in the roundball! Richie's team, YALE, is at mighty Duke in the basketball. You smile and say, "haha that's nice that Duke let's YALE play them for a nice little "fun" game early in the season". Not sure if you have been following the college hoops, but YALE is an absolute DESTROYER vs the spread these last 2+ years. Now they get 13.5 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tough place to play. You watch how this BULLDOG team fights, and does NOT mess around. You'll be thrilled to start your Thanksgiving weekend with a winner. YALE, pal, in the hoops tonight.
Now let's go chronologically. (That means in time order. Come on. Follow along people!)
The Packers and the Bears continue their big rivalry late on Thanksgiving night. What do people talk about when they talk Green Bay? Aaron Rodgers of course. Well, not so fast friend. He's got a few issues this year. Da Bears have been playing some defense and going UNDER a lot. So have the Pack. Green Bay is 7 out of 10 UNDER this year. This is a wonderful spot to go against the public when they all think Cutler vs Rodgers, and a bunch of TDs! How about defense versus defense? 47 is a lot baby. UNDER.
Friday brings us leftover turkey and some college football. At noon eastern and 9 a.m. pacific, wake up to the Conference USA battle between the THUNDERING HERD of MARSHALL and the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky!! Both teams are 9-2. Both teams have powerful offenses. Both teams can win the division with a victory here. One team is favored by 10.5?!?!?. (TEN AND A HALF POINTS!). Um, we'll take those points with the flaming hot versus the spread, THUNDERING HERD. MARSHALL plus the wood, friend.
Saturday night brings us the "Egg Bowl". Yep. Ole Miss at MISSISSIPPI STATE this year. Similar records as well. Huge rivalry. Ole Miss is favored by 1 AT the BULLDOGS of MISS STATE. Why?!? Takey takey.
In the last game Saturday night, the ol' WOLF PACK of NEVADA-RENO (Big D IS the old school. They are just referred to as "NEVADA" now, but for many years were NEVADA-RENO) travel to San Diego State. The WOLF PACK have had real trouble closing games out the last few years. We aren't going to really worry about that now are we, with San Diego State laying 17.5? No, we are not. Sure the Aztecs are better, but the WOLF PACK tend to play to their competition. Take the points handsomes.
Now Sunday brings us, some real interesting matchups. We think the points get harder to come by as the weather turns worse. Now, the weather wont be a factor in Atlanta, cause they play in a dome. Falcons vs Minnesota. Both teams layed clunkers last week. But BOTH of these teams, to many folks surprise (Not Big D's), go UNDER a lot. We don't see a change here. UNDER in Hotlanta.
Finally, remember the lock of the playoffs for Big D, way back when, when the Seahags played the Steelers in the Super Bowl? Yeah, well, we picked UNDER. Final 21-10. Waaaaaaaaaaaaay under. Nice and boring, and money making. You know what we are picking this week in the wind and rain in Seattle, when Pittsburgh travels there? You got it baby. U-N-D-E-R.
So the rather lengthy, but huge money making, happy recap: Tonight YALE+13 at duke in the college hoops. Tomorrow UNDER 47 Green Bay/Chicago. Friday MARSHALL+10.5 @ Western Kentucky. Saturday MISSISSIPPI STATE+1.5 vs Ole Miss, NEVADA+17.5 @ san diego state. Sunday: UNDER 46 Atlanta/Minnesota. UNDER 45 Seattle/Pittsburgh.
As Richie said earlier, we wish you and yours a most Happy Thanksgiving. And if you GIVE (You can't have THANKSGIVING without GIVE, baby!) this year to others, they may be able to get what they want. Speaking of, this song wasn't their greatest seller, or the most popular at the time. But this ditty recorded for the first time 47 years ago this week, is perhaps their greatest accomplishment. It still makes you move after 47 years. It has something for everyone. Little choir. Little soul. Little rock and roll. Something for everyone. Perfect for this time of year., wouldn't you say? 1) We've declared this the official Thanksgiving song. 2) Richie will also be wearing an ascot all weekend long in honor of this video.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Good luck and god bless.