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As gamblers living in this great city of Las Vegas, we have a lot of things to be thankful for. But we sometimes let a little losing get in our “craw” and we “fester.” Festering is not a good thing for our health.

If possible, we should get up every morning and show gratitude. Did you know that it will help you live a longer, happier and healthier life? You will also sleep better.

This Thanksgiving week, we should try and look for the good in every situation, try to form a habit of gratitude, in every situation, winning or losing, not an easy choice to make, but if you can master it, you will master a much happier life, and we all want that.

Have you ever heard of neuroplasticity? It is part of the brain that controls our habits, the more we do something the more it affects our brain, that is one reason people can’t quit smoking or any bad habit. But if we practice something new like being thankful, our neuroplasticity will pick up on it. We can get rid of those old bad habits, so get in the mood to count the good things that happen and toss the bad things, you will be a much happier person and you will feel it in your body, it can even change you way of handicapping games. Always remember to stay humble and be thankful for what we have and not be upset for what we may not have.

Try this week to pick up the phone and make a call to someone you haven’t talked to in a while. No text. Talk is the way to go. You will be a winner on Thanksgiving Day, no matter who wins the Bears-Lions game.

With the college playoffs coming into focus, here are some lines that this bettor put together.

Alabama -7.5 vs. Clemson, Alabama -17 vs. Notre Dame, Alabama -14 .5 vs. Michigan (if they get by Ohio State),

Clemson -11 vs. Notre Dame, Clemson -7.5 vs. Michigan

Michigan -6 vs. Notre Dame, barring any upsets this weekend.

As for games that are still scheduled to be played, here are some college football games to consider:


Washington at Washington State (-2.5): Washington State would love to get that loss to USC back. They are looking for revenge from last year’s embarrassing loss in Seattle 41-14 and they will get it. WASHINGTON STATE


Tennessee at Vanderbilt (-3.5): The ‘Dores need this win to become bowl eligible. They come off big win last week and their offense has been getting better. Tennessee’s season is over. VANDERBILT

Notre Dame (-10) at USC: This is our trend game of the week. USC had gone 0-10 ATS the last 10 games as a ‘dog the last four years. Irish look to keep their third-place ranking for the CFP with a big win here, lay the 10. NOTRE DAME

Michigan (-4) at Ohio State: Even though this game is at the top of Saturday’s schedule, I decided to keep it for my last thoughts. First of all, Urban Meyer was hired for one reason and one job, to BEAT MICHIGAN! He has beat Michigan six straight times, but can he make it seven in a row with his Swiss cheese defense? I just don’t think so. In those six games, the Buckeyes were the favorite in all six. And by the way, this is the first time since Meyer has been in Columbus that the Buckeyes have been a ‘dog at home. MICHIGAN

Last week: 2-5

Season: 31-39-1

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