Editor's Note--There is some basketball this weekend. Tonight, in something called the CBI Tournament in Pittsburgh. Tomorrow, in a place called "The Big Easy". Tomorrow just happens to be the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. With 65,000 screaming fans at the arena in N'awlins, and millions watching at home. Sounds like a good time. Oh there's also the biggest purse for a horse race in the world. Sounds like we need a man who understands all these things, like no other. That man is Big D. Big D, please BRING it.--R.B.
Well, well, well, Richie B, and all your women, men, and monkeys, how goes it? A little bit better come Saturday night we suspect. These days, only a few college hoops teams get to finish their seasons saying they won their final game. Stanford did it last night in the NIT. Tonight is one of those chances in the CBI. Monday is the NCAA final game. One horse gets to say they've won a $10mm horse race in a year. No, thats not a misprint. The Dubai World Cup Race is tomorrow from Meydan Race Course in Dubai. Let's get it on........
Tonight from Pittsburgh, the Panthers host the COUGARS of WASHINGTON STATE. In a funky, best of 3 series to determine the champion of the CBI tournament, both teams have won once. Tonight is for all the marbles. Well, the CBI marbles, anyway. Both teams have been winning nicely, to finish their seasons. But only one has been winning even nicer against the spread. And that team is WASHINGTON STATE. 8 points is the line. Seems like way too many. Take pal. Take.
In the horse racing tomorrow, Race 9 from Meydan in Dubai, at 1:40pm Eastern time, let's go with the #10 TRANSCEND from Japan. He came in 2nd last year in this very race. He's run 20 bigtime races in his career and finished 1st 10 times and 2nd 5 times. His morning line odds are 8-1. What's not to like? Win, place, and show on #10 TRANSCEND baby.
In the Final Four from New Orleans, 6:05 pm Eastern time tomorrow, there are some nice matchups. 2 teams (and coaches!) that hate each other are Kentucky and LOUISVILLE. I wonder if the Governor of Kentucky wears a half red suit/half blue suit to the game like Gov. John Brown did in 1983 when they played each other in the tournament?!?! We'll be wearing RED because..... Both teams have been playing "lights out" for at least the last 10 games. It's just that LOUISVILLE has been playing a smidge better, certainly versus the spread. The line, you ask? Well that is NOT a smidge. Its Kentucky minus 9. Hellooooooooooooooooo. Coach Pitino with a veteran team and a shot blocking maniac in the post getting 9? Hellllooooooooooooo. Big D wonders if this team has been playing the song "This Is It" by Kenny Loggins all week like the NCAA champion 1980 LOUISVILLE team did back in the day. Take!
Finally, these are two hard knocking midwest teams, in Ohio State and KANSAS. Looks like very evenly matched. The bookmaker thinks Ohio State needs to be favored by 3. NEEEEEEEEED. We will take KANSAS with the points. Rock. Chock. JAYHOCK. or JAYHAWK. Something. Take.
Sooooooooo, in an incredibly exciting 24+ hours of sporting events we choose: WASH ST+8 @ pitt tonight, #10 TRASNSCEND win,place, and show tomorrow Race 9 Meydan, LOUISVILLE +9 vs Kentucky, and KANSAS+3 vs Ohio State. This IS it for some teams and horses. But not for us. We still like the song though. Enjoy.