Editor's Note--The football gods were slightly unkind, especially in game 2, 2 weeks ago. But, Big Dick has had time to dust off. We got the last game of the NFL season happening for the first time in the New York City area. That was my cue to "let" out my pad in Manhattan to some Super Bowl attendees, and get on a flight to Vegas this afternoon! Look, if you can't be at the Big Game, the next best place IS Las Vegas. I'll see Big D there. I'll see other A-listers there. I'll hopefully see some money there. In my wallet. Now Super Big D, what say you this Super weekend?!?!--R.B.
Well Richie, have a safe flight, and for those of you who are also making the journey to Las Vegas, we look forward to seeing you! Now enough with the pleasantries......
First, the NBA has decided to back off their normal 2 or 3 marquee games on Sunday, prior to the SuperDuper Bowl. That's quite ok. They have a full slate on Saturday night. One of which is the Heat vs the Knicks. In New York City......Think there will be some A-listers THERE? The night before the Super Bowl a few miles away in Jersey?! Well, there will be. They will be cheering on Lebron, Wade, and Melo. We will be cheering on the UNDER, no matter what it is. These games tend to end up different from how the public thinks. So we think LOW scoring. Keep that thought in mind.....
Next, TORONTO is a nice surprise in the basketball. The RAPTORS remain in first in their division. Sure its weak division BUT, they remain in first. Portland started out real nice vs the spread but has done a bit of cooling. Take the points pal with the RAPTORS Saturday late night.
Now, the Big Game. Every angle has been hashed and rehashed over and over. You know what has kind of been the least angle talked about? The Denver DEFENSE! Sure the Pats and Chargers weren't world beaters, BUT Denver railed them both. Even the last few games of the season, they smushed people. Now we have all heard about this "Legion of Boom" for Seattle, and they are no joke on DEFENSE either.
This game reminds Big D of the 1st time Denver got into a Super Bowl. And it was way before even Johnny "HorseMouth" Elway was part of 2 titles in the 90s. Oh this game was in 1978. Dallas vs Denver. Both teams came in 12-2 (this was the last season for 14 games). Both teams are 15-3 in this game. Both teams had major defenses. Both teams in this game now have major defenses.One could argue too, that Dallas had a very powerful offense. The Hall of Fame names Staubach, Dorsett, and Pearson may come to mind for some of you older timers.....representing Dallas' offense. It's a safe bet Denver has a good offense right? However, this game in 1978 would be about Dallas' "Doomsday Defense", as the Cowboys prevailed 27-10 as a 6 point fave. We think there's a great chance someone's defense in THIS game will be the story come the final bell Sunday.
Big D is tickled pink (and green for money) that the weather forecast is "not too bad" for the swamps of Jersey Sunday, considering what people thought earlier this week. High 30s to Low 40s and no real wind sounds ok. But, we are tickled, because that means the public will push this total higher by kickoff. And we will go LOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWEEERRRRRRRRRRR. As in, UNDER!!! Both teams UNDER the last 5. Moreno for Denver will get the ball more than you think. Look for conservatism on both sides. Besides, both head coaches made their bones on the defensive side of things.
Now the game itself, has proven too diffcult to come up with an easy winning side for Big D. But before you get all out of sorts, just remember the object of THIS "sports investing" game is to WIN. We feel best about a WIN with the UNDER, pal. UNDER it is.
The happy recap? In the NBA Saturday eve.....UNDER NY/MIA, TORONTO+ @ Portland. In the Big Game? UNDER 47.5 or whatever it might be come kickoff.
Good luck and god bless. And what better song to leave you with, which is a great motto for the teams this wknd.....It also pays tribute to the New York tri-state area.....AND it also was the #1 song in the land, the day they played that aforementioned Dallas vs Denver Super Bowl. Enjoy. 33 million people--and counting--seem to find it interesting. Us too.
Editor's Note--Hey, did you know it's National Peking Duck weekend this weekend? Yep. The national dish of China. I wonder if Big Dick will be imbibing on some special duck dish to go along with his lobster and champagne? He may not be in a great mood, but he should be in a good one, after going 2-1 last weekend. This Sunday? Football's Final Four. Sweet gawd amighty!! I can't even contain myself. Big D what are the calls?!?--R.B.
Well, yes. We really thought the Colts had a shot to stay in there to give us another perfect weekend. Alas, it was not to be. There are 2 more NFL games on Sunday aren't there? Many prop bets too. Let's focus on the 4 "main" wagers. 1 side + 1 total times 2 games = FOUR selections. You read that right.
In Denvaaaaah, the start time is 1pm local time. The temperature? A BALMY 55 degrees. The total? A "high" 55. Balderdash. These are 2 scoring machines WITHOUT great defenses. It seems like every time Brady vs Manning occurs (14 times to be specific), there's an OVER. We aint touchin that if it aint broke. OVER.
Quick! The last 10 times the PATSIES have gotten 4.5 or more, how many times have they covered? TEN. Sheesh. This line opened at 6. Moved to 4.5. Now is at 5. Wiseguys are on NEW ENGLAND. There is NO bigger wiseguy than BigDick. Um, the PATS are dogs. Take pal. Takey take.
In the great northwest, the starting time will be 3:30 local time. And it will be chilly, rainy, and windy. PERFECT football weather!! This will be one of these old school, drag it out, bone jarring, hitting games. Both teams sport top 10 defenses and neither defense disappointed last week. More of the same in this HUGE rivalry. UNDER pal. UNDER.
Finally, did yahs see the commercial of Colin Kaepernick on the bus listening to his earphones to basically ignore the SEAHAG fans? Um, the SEAHAG fans saw it. He's gonna need more than earphones this Sunday friend. He has NOT enjoyed his two times up in SEATTLE. Not sure why that's going to change. We know the 49ers are hot, but there's a reason this game is being played in SEATTLE, handsomes. SEATTLE has the better team. Yep. Lay it pal. Lay IT.
The happy recap: OVER 55 Denver/New England, NEW ENGLAND +5 @ denver, UNDER 39.5 Seattle/San Francisco, SEATTLE -3.5 vs San Francisco.
In these 2 games of many stars, both in the game, and on the sidelines, which star will really step up to be a SHINING star? Our wagers are on TOMMY BRADY and MARSHAWN LYNCH. Good luck and god bless. Speaking of SHINING STARS? Back by popular demand, minus the pantsuits, but still stylish.......and yes, that's Wolfman Jack introducing them......
Editor's Note--Wow so close to 2-1 last weekend in the NFL, but alas, it was 1-2 for the Big Kahuna, BigDick. The only way you can get in touch with him now is perhaps by passenger pigeon. He's not talking to ANYONE, and all the while burning the midnight oil, studying. We like that. Your bookie does not. But his work is now complete and before he is off to parts unknown, he will drop by for a few minutes with us. Thank God. What say ye, Big D?!?--R.B.
Well, Richie some of the fine folks probably went 1-1-1 last week with our selections as the SF/Green Bay line happened to drift to 3 at some outposts. We will go on the record as stating that as a loss, as we did say play it, at +2.5. As the kids say today, "whateves". The outcome will be different this week. Watch.
The house will be pumpin in Seahag nation, for sure, come Saturday afternoon. N'awlins might have discovered a decent running game last week in Philly. How do you lull a vicious crowd on the road? With a "boring" ball control offense. That's how. Don't know if there's enough firepower for the Saints, BUT both teams go UNDER a fair amount. 47 points is almost 7 TDs. Don't see that happenin. UNDER pal. UNDER.
Quick! In the last 9 playoff games, the Pats have covered how many? TWO. DUE. DOSE. And your quick math tells you, that means they have LOST 7. That's a 22% covering rate. Sowwy Patsies. Oh they could still win one with Belichick/Brady magicianry. BUT this COLT team seems to rise to the occassion all the time. Too many points pal. TAKE with INDY.
Finally, wanna know the biggest margin of defeat this year for the SAN DIEGO SUPER CHARGERS? Why, it's 10 points. The line in this playoff matchup with the "donkeys"? 10. Temps will be in the 30s with 30 MPH winds in the forecast. That don't help "ol Mann" Manning. It does help one of the better game managers in the NFL, "ol man RIVER(S)". Again, well tooooo many friend. SD+10 and a possible outright victory here, handsome.
The happy recap? UNDER 47 Seattle/New Orleans, INDIANAPOLIS+7.5 @ new england, SAN DIEGO+10 @ denvaaaah.
4 more teams to say goodbye this weekend. Who will it be? Will they be kissed when they leave? Only time will tell. Speaking of, Richie, I will wear my jumpsuit this wknd, if you wear yours. Just like these fellas have on in this 8.6mm downloaded (and counting) classic, that topped the charts around this time in 1976. Good luck. God bless. Enjoy.
Well, the pro balls didn't bounce so well. The college balls? Perfect! Hows about Big D going 3-0 with almost THREE outright underdog winners in the college? That's about as good as it gets. Now the NFL playoffs show up. Everyone talking about the weather......We're talking about money. And how we get more of it. You too, Big D? Excellent. Go forth........R.B.
That was some rough stuff in the NFL and pure bliss in the college, eh? Well 4-2 still pays the heating bills. Speaking of heat, let's give some more to your bookie....
Much chatter about the Saints being a different team outdoors. Yep. We know. However, Philly barely escaped a 50% healthy Dallas squad on Sunday. Here's some numbers for you though pally. New Orleans scores 34 at home. 17 on the road. Look for a big defensive game for the Saints if they want to advance. Rob Ryan can do that for us. UNDER 54.5 in Filthydelphia.
The Chargers are barely here. But they are hot. The Bengals have been scoring machines. Lots of comparisons to the "Freezer Bowl" with these two teams in 1982. It was -59 for that game. Fahrenheit, folks. Its going to be 32 for this one. That's rather balmy in comparison. Yes? Yes. OVER seems to be logical here. Yessir.
Finally, the new "Ice Bowl" will be in GREEN BAY when the sun goes down at 430pm kickoff Sunday. -7 degrees is going to be the HIGH. -20 will be the low. Hello! The last 6 times the Super Bowl LOSER from the year before has played in the 1st round of the playoffs? ZERO covers. Cant you see a magical run by the PACK now that Rodgers is back? We can.....Home diggity dog too? GREEN BAY plus the points, handsome.
The happy recap? UNDER 54.5 Phi/New Orleans, OVER 47 SD/Cincy, GREEN BAY+2.5 vs sf.
Good luck, god bless. Now let's talk about the weather with this sweet sounding songstress.....
Editor's Note--Welp, there were about 3 plays that turned BigDick's weekend from 5-1 to 2-4. Hey it happens. He remains determined. How do I know? I spoke to him last eve. Whilst he was burning the midnight oil. He didn't have much to say other than, "This week will be different." Ahem. Take note bookmakers of the world. Big D sounded very businesslike. Now.....drum roll please......Big D? The floor is yours--R.B.
Yikes, all the balls bounced against us last weekend. The balls will bounce our way this week. Watch.
The final Sunday of the NFL season is upon us. A few teams neeeeeeeeeeed the games. You should know the drill by now. We will play the "stinky" teams who are playing for "nothing", versus those teams that are playing for "everything". Funny right? When your wallet is thick, it'll be funny, pal.
J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS! The whole gang will be down in South Beach for the A-list New Years' Parties. And by the whole gang, we mean, Big D, Richie B and his crew, and other illuminati and hoi polloi. Miami neeeeeeeeeeds the game, but didn't look too hot last week. "GANG GREEN" still playing hard for "Sexy Rexy". 6.5 points? Too many pal. Take.
Steelers hanging on by a thread. They've beaten CLEVELAND outright 18 of 20 times. "Easy" to pick Pittsburgh, right? Nothing is easy friends. Smells like a field goal game from BigDick's seat. Take the 7 points.
Finally, New Orleans is 15-0 straight up and 14-1 versus the spread at home the last 15 with Coach Payton and QB Brees. They are at home this Sunday. They neeeeeeeeed the game. 13.5 is the line versus the "stinky" BUCS. Look for Darelle Revis to have a big game here. TAMPA keeps it close, friend. Take.
In the Bowl games around the New Year, Johnny Football is now a household name. DAVID CUTCLIFFE is not. Who is CUTCLIFFE? Why he's the coach of DUKE. He is also the former coach of fellows named Eli and Peyton. How are the Manning brothers doing? Texas A+M has a leaky defense, chum. 12.5 points? Takey Takey.
"The Grandaddy of them All", the Rose Bowl, is quite a dandy this year. Pac-12 rep Stanford is now a back to back league champ. But let Big D ask you this, pal, You wanna play SPARTY now? MICHIGAN STATE is 11-1 friend. Big bruising team. Could give Stanford the willies. Stanford is a 6 point favorite. We made the line a pick em when it first came out. 6 points is plenty. Takey Takey.
And the final Take?! Baylor got 15,000 seats for their fans to enjoy the Fiesta Bowl in sunny Phoenix on New Year's Day. You know what? They RETURNED 7500. Hey ho! No interest from the Baylor faithful, eh?!?? UCF an up and coming program. Playing now in a big time bowl. Oh, the line you ask? Why its Baylor minus 17. Say what?!? Take and bake friend. Take and bake.
The happy recap? NFL: NY JETS+6.5 @ Miami, CLEVELAND +7 @ Pittsburgh, TAMPA BAY +13.5 @ new orleans. College: DUKE+12.5 vs Texas A&M, MICHIGAN STATE+6 vs Stanford, UCF+17 vs Baylor.
Happy New Year to you and yours. Good luck and god bless. Bowling for dollars indeed......
Editor's Note--Ummmm. That's SIX in a row in the NFL for the grandmaster, big kahuna, large richard, bigdick. And many of you already KNOW that THESE upcoming 2 weeks are his FAVORITES in the NFL. Why? Well, let the grandiose prognosticator explain.....Oh and Merry Christmas, if we don't get to chat. I gotta get to an undisclosed location in midtown Manhattan for the VERY A-list Christmas Party sponsored by the now famous BenSalz Productions LLC. Paparazzi, champagne, lobster will be flowing. Speaking of........let's have maaaaaaaaaaawwww winners Big D!!--R.B.
Well, Richie this is AGAIN more like it. Nothing can be finer then another perfect NFL weekend. Oh and look at this, there are some college bowl games starting Saturday. Not to mention, as you mentioned, our favorite NFL weeks. Sweet lawdy. Here we go.
First the college......you want to put a high total on us bookmaker? Like 66? On Saturday's New Mexico Bowl? That's fine. We'll take the OVER. This will be a track meet tomorrow. Up and down the field all day long with Colorado State and Washington State. OVER baby.
Also on Saturday.....48 TD passes, 4900 yards passing, a mere 7 picks describes who? David Carr's little brother, thats who!! You still dont know who he is? Well he's the QB for the 11-1 FRESNO STATE, and after tomorrow, you will know who he is, pal. usc has a team who is grumpy that their interim coach is not the permanent coach, AND he is gone. Turmoil with a capital "T". Wrong team favored here friend. Take the 6 and FRESNO.
Monday is the BEEF O' BRADY bowl. Not a joke. Ohio is getting 13.5. Not sure why. We like the double digits. Take again.....
Sunday is Week 16 in the NFL. We try and tell people again and again. Most listen. Some dont. You NEEEEEED to listen.....Speaking of.......
Detroit neeeeeeeeeeds this game, and next week's game, AND help, to make the playoffs. The GIANTS are thinking about their offseason vacations. So the logical pick is......the GMEN of course! The only cat who has thrown more picks in the last 4 games than ELI MANNING? The Detroit QB, Matt Stafford! 9 points is the line! 9 points!! Take the gifts pally. Take the gifts.....
You know who else neeeeeeeds the game? Pittsburgh Steelers. And a whole lotta help. And funnily enough, GREEN BAY does not neeeeed the game. We'd prefer Mr Flynn at QB and not Mr Rodgers to keep the line nice and low. Pitt was a nice winner for us last week, but this week on the frozen tundra, lay it pal. GREEN BAY ends Pitt's season.
And now there's this:
The RAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYDUUUHS are 4-0 this year getting double digits. They and their fans HATE the Chargers. The Chargers Neeeeeeeeeeeeeed the game to have a shot at the playoffs. The Chargers lay 10. 10 friend. OAKLAND doesn't go away quietly. Take....
The happy recap: Saturday College: OVER 66 Wash St/Colorado St, FRESNO ST BULLDOGS +6 vs usc. Monday College: OHIO U+13.5 vs east carolina. Sunday NFL: NYG+9 @ detroit, GREEN BAY -2.5 vs pitt, and OAKLAND RAYYYYYYYDUHS+ 10 @ san diego.
From all of us here at Big Dick's Picks, to all of you and yours, a most Healthy and Merry Christmas. Here's to the champagne, lobster, winners, and all the other mother jazz. Check back next week around this time for more college and maaaaaaaaaaaawwww NFL winners. Now I'm off to Richie's A-list party. Good luck and god bless. And what would Christmas be without this.......
Editor's Note--Well, well, well. Big D was perfect in the NFL last week. The NFL has games this week too. And there's not too many college games until the bowl season kicks in Dec 21. You think Big D will do the 3-0 thing again? Me thinks yes. Go Big D. Please go.....--R.B.
Why yes, Richie. 3-0 is always nice. And yes, there just happens to be some NFL games on the slate for Sunday and Monday, isn't there? There are. Let's get to work.
Don't like the way the Pats are winning these games these days. Yes, they are now the #1 seed in the East, BUT they have won their last few, by pulling rabbits out of hats. Kudos to the MIAMIs for keeping focused on the games, instead of "bullygate". Take the 2 points for the home dog DOLPHINS. Brady may run out of trickeration here.
Philly? Minnesota? Indoors? Peterson is questionable? So what? That means the Vikes may throw even MORE. The old "take the OVER with the highest total on the board" play is in effect here. OVER 50.5. You dont scare BigDick, bookmaker.
Finally, much like the Pats, we don't like the Bengals on the road much. PITT missed a big victory by an inch last week. Survey says they show up here for the home crowd. No respect being shown by the line maker toward the "STILLERS". Take the precious 2 points, pal. Respect yourself.
The happy recap: MIAMI+2 vs New England, OVER 50.5 Philly/Minny, and PITTSBURGH+2 vs Cincy.
Now speaking of respecting yourself, and doing it again.......we present Cleotha, Mavis, Yvonne, and Roebuck "Pops" Staple ("Pops" parents clearly big shoppers at Sears). With the #2 song this week in 1975....and if you aint movin to this, you may be in need of medical assistance.
Good luck. God bless. And here's to doing it again.......