Christmas cheers never a loser

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First things first, Merry Christmas to all.

I have a ton of memories growing up back in the 50’s and 60’s in Steubenville (Ohio) when it was a booming mill city. Great memories that no one can take away.

Just loved going to midnight Mass with the family and then coming back to my grandparents’ home and eating a late night feast of the seven fishes. My mom loved Christmas, especially trimming the tree and putting angel hair on it, I’m sure that would be illegal today.

One of my favorite gifts was a small pinball game. I played it morning, noon and night and as the great one Elton John sang, I became a pinball wizard. One thing I do miss is each year we could always depend on new Christmas songs coming out. Now we have no more “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” Elvis having a “Blue Christmas,” Paul McCartney and Wings singing “A Wonderful Christmas Time” or the Beatles singing “Christmas Day.”

Loved the great Ronettes’ Christmas Album, but nothing new lately. I can remember trolling the hallowed halls of Steubenville Big Red with my Spanish Club singing the Christmas songs in Spanish, Cascabeles tra la la la, Noche de Paz, Noche de amor. We would all be tossed in jail today.

With that said, we will move on and look for some winners. We need some cash to buy some Christmas gifts.

Wednesday

Frisco Bowl

Frisco, Texas

La. Tech +5 vs. SMU (70): Ya think there will be some scoring in this game? Well, yes. The fans, how many we don’t know, will no doubt be on the side of SMU but as bettors we will be on the taking end. Coach Chad Morris for SMU jumped ship for some cash as he heads to Arkansas. His players can’t be happy. Sonny Dykes, who was at La. Tech one time, takes over. Skip Holtz for La. Tech will have his group of Bulldogs ready. Holtz has been nothing but an ATS money maker as a dog. LA. TECH

Thursday

Gasparilla Bowl

St. Petersburg, Fla.

Temple -7 vs. FIU (56): This is actually called the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl sponsored by the Poulan Weed-Eater. I love St. Petersburg. The bottom line is the Owls have played the tougher schedule and should get the win. Fans will be on the side of FlU playing in their home state. Temple fans would need to travel almost a thousand miles but coming to Saint Pete is well worth the trip. We will take the points again as the AAC teams have gone 0-4 vs. CUSA. FIU

Friday

Bahamas Bowl

Nassau

UAB +7.5 vs. Ohio U (56): At least we know there will be no fan advantage here but what a nice trip for team and coaches. The UAB Blazers had a great season. There is no momentum here for Ohio as they lost their last two games as favorites to Akron as a -15 point chalk and Buffalo as a -7 point choice. We think both teams will score and if the Blazers can stop the Bobcat option they will cover. UAB

Famous Idaho

Potato Bowl

Boise, Idaho

C. Michigan +1 vs. Wyoming (44.5): QB Josh Allen was out for Wyoming’s last two losses but the last one vs. San Jose State… well come on now, and you’re in a bowl! Oh well, it is in Boise. Wyoming owns one of the worst offenses in the nation, No. 125. The Chippewas are making their fourth straight Bowl trip. Like their chances of winning straight up. C. MICHIGAN

Saturday

Birmingham Bowl

Birmingham, Ala.

Texas Tech +2 vs. S. Florida (67.5): The Red Raiders had a tough last part of the season but USF has gone 0-2 in bowls the last two years. We like the tough schedule TT played and will take the two points. TEXAS TECH

Armed Forces Bowl

Ft. Worth, Texas

Army +6 vs. San Diego St. (46): The Black Knights got the win they wanted vs. Navy. Doubt their run-run game will get it done vs. the Aztecs, who have won and covered their last two bowl games. SAN DIEGO STATE

Dollar General Bowl

Mobile, Ala.

App. State +8 vs. Toledo (62): The Rockets own the offense that will put the Mountaineers away. As much as we hate to lay this kind of number, well, we won’t. We will just play the total. OVER 62

Sunday

Hawaii Bowl

Honolulu, Hawaii

Houston -2.5 vs. Fresno State (49.5): Merry Christmas Eve. No better present for these two clubs along with their families, friends and supporters who will follow them to Honolulu. First-year head coach for the Cougars Major Applewhite did a good job and got a nice reward but we will take the Bulldogs from Fresno as they already made this trip back on Nov. 11. FRESNO

Note: GT will not go out till next Wednesday so if you don’t get us on the net, here are some games for Tuesday: West Virginia +7, Duke -3.5, Kansas State -3. Wednesday: So. Miss/Fla. State OVER 50, BC +3, Texas +3, Purdue/Arizona OVER 66

Last week: 2-0

Bowl record: 2-0

You could be walking around lucky and Santa will bring you what you ask for, have a very Merry Christmas.

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