Editor's note--Well for those who were counting, the last 7 selections that came out of Big Dick's pile of knowledge produced 5 winners, including 4 dogs winning outright. Good god amighty. With the holidays coming, we could all use the extra cash, but this is an avalanche of money. I am happy--jumping up and down happy--to report Big Dick is putting SEVEN (7!) selections in this one post!!. Enough about me. Big D YOU take the floor.--R.B.
Richie, how did the wagering go in Las Vegas? Uh huh. How did the rest of you do? Uh huh. You thought we were going to be quiet this week? Nuh uh. Here goes 3 college and 3 pro games. Like you like.
First off, Richie we wish you well as the "ESPN College GameDay" crew heads to Cambridge, MA this Saturday to opine on "THE Game". You all may ask, "What is "THE Game"? " Why it's the annual YALE vs Harvard football game, of course. This year the men of YALE bring their 8-1 record in to the 131st version of this rivalry. Harvard is 9-0. Believe it or not, a few of these fellows will be playing on Sunday's in the NFL. Thus, the ESPN coverage, we are sure. Keep in mind, TAD Jones, coach of YALE in the early 1900s said this before the BULLDOGS whupped up on Haaaavaaahd one year, "Gentlemen, you are about to play against Harvard. Never again in your whole life will you do anything so important." Whammmo! How's that for motivation? Richie B, whilst you and your fellow YALE alums sip champagne cocktails in Miami watching the game, BigDick is going to pick Big BLUE in THE GAME! YALE baby. YALE!
In another less important rivalry, that is tabbed "The Big Game", Stanford is at CALIFORNIA. Remember that game with the Stanford band going out onto the field when they thought Stanford had won? Then the trombone guy getting pummeled by the CAL guy scoring the winning TD? Yeah, us too. We look for more of that this Saturday. These teams have the same record, it's at CAL, Stanford has been a real disappointment this year, and they lay 6 points?!? Motivation? CAL BEARS. Check. Take the 6 pally.
Another some time rivalry is "The U" (Miami) vs The UVA (VIRGINIA). Miami almost scored the big upset versus Florida State last week, but didn't. Now they travel to VIRGINIA for a night game where the fans will be restless. Somehow "The U" lays 6 points AT THE UVA?!? Not sure what that's all about. Can you say Miami will be a bit deflated off of last week's tough loss? We can. Home doggie VIRGINIA friend. Take.
Finally, OREGON STATE has shown there's other college football played in the state of Oregon. Washington gets some hype based on it's past. Today is the present baby. Look for the BEAVERS to give the huskies all they want in this cross border rivalry game. 6 points again. 6 points again we take.
Now for Sunday, where we can't find a hotter outfit then ours in picking NFL games these days. Smokin hot. RAMS last week and they were outright winners. The RAAAAAAAAAAAAAYDUUHHHHHHHHHHSSS with a big cover. How about that "Autumn Wind" song last week too? You were definitely humming that during the 4th quarter of that nice victory at San Diego vs the spread. Here goes 3 more winners.....
Matty "Ice" Ryan and his "Dirty Bird" Falcons are in first place! No kidding. At 4-6 they stand atop the "mighty" NFC South. So they smell playoffs. You know who else smells playoffs? The Cleveland Browns! You read that right. You know how both teams somehow got here? DEFENSE. Yep. Check it out. It's an UNDER fest when these two take the field. Now they play each other? In Atlanta's dome? With the total posted at 47? Bookmakers begging you to go over? This is a real nice UNDER play for all of us and you. UNDER friend.
Chicago has some real issues. So does TAMPA BAY. But TAMPA has shown a bit of glimmer lately. Playing close games and even winning last week! Oh, this is also the return of LOVIE SMITH to Chicago after he was unceremoniously dumped by da bears as their longtime coach. The players on TAMPA like LOVIE. This is a perfect way to show love to LOVIE. Winning on the road! Despite Chicago's home cover last week, they are normally horrendous as a home favorite. Good for us. Take the road dog BUCS and the mysterious 6 points.
Finally, were we the ones pounding our chests about ST LOUIS last week with their defense, versus Peyton and the Broncos? Yes we were. You know who else has a decent defense? The MIAMI DOLPHINS. Yep. We're sure the public is saying, "Peyton had a bad game last week, he's going to bounce back, and KILL MIAMI!" Not so fast my friends. This TANNEHILL cat for MIAMI is playing smarter as a QB. Look for him to control the ball on offense. And look for the DOLPHINS defense to give Manning all kinds of headaches. 7.5 points looks a little low, no? That's why we will take them, of course. You can't pull one over on us, bookmaker.
So the happy 7 selection recap!?!?: Saturday: YALE+7 @ haaaaahhhhvaaahhhd, CALIFORNIA+6 vs Stanford, VIRGINIA+6 vs Miami, OREGON STATE+6 @ Washington. Sunday: UNDER 47 Atlanta/Cleveland, TAMPA BAY+6 @ Chicago, MIAMI+7.5 @ denvaaaaaaaaaaaaah....
Hopefully that's a nice lucky 7 winners above. Speaking of not going quietly, here's a snappy tune that has many words of wisdom, by a fella from Linden, Texas who used to room with Kenny Rogers. The singer, not the ballplayer. We really like the line, "a man with a briefcase can steal more than any man with a gun....." Think about that as you carry your briefcase around this weekend, making sports investments. Good luck. God bless. Enjoy.