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The stage has been set for the big BCS Championship game Monday, Jan. 7. It just may turn out to be as exciting as Alabama/Georgia this past Saturday with the Tide holding on 32-28 for an SEC title that could have gone either way.

At first thought I was thinking about heading to the window and getting down on the Tide but, after watching this game and re-watching their lone loss to Texas A&M and the win over LSU they should have lost, I just took Notre Dame +10½ and will sit on it.

Speaking of games that kept you in suspense, the entire NFL was like that this past Sunday. One side looked to have the game locked and then the other team somehow came back to get the win. These games get more like professional wrestling every week and, please, I don’t want to get any Bruno Sammartino or George “The Animal” Steele fans upset at me. I am just stating what I see with my eyes!

I loved watching Bruno and George go at it at the Arena in Steubenville in the late 60’s, and as I tried to get an autograph from George “The Animal” Steele he spit on me, now those were the days!

Teams trade wins, the divisions get closer and the wild cards stay up for grabs, keeping the fans in touch. Telelvision ratings stay high and all is good for the NFL. Well, not quite everything as you know.

The end of the Pittsburgh-Baltimore game was just so great. If you are a Steelers fan, there has to be love – especially watching QB Charlie Batch hugging Big Ben while in tears. Charlie is a great guy who loves living in Pittsburgh and he does many good things for the area no one hears about.

The press seems to be relentless in just broadcasting bad stuff, but Charlie was perfect in that last drive so we are giving you the GamingToday weekend game ball. You deserve it.

Now just a few lines about the bad stuff, and I hate to talk or write about bad things as I am a positive person. I think I will win when making my bets even when wagering on the ponies. If you think about losing, might as well stay at home.

This shout out is to Bob Costas: Are you an idiot?! You are covering a football game and your take on gun control is your own stupid opinion. Just try and announce the game the best you can. This isn’t an Op Ed piece in the New York Times so stuff it!

Well, now I feel a lot better getting that out of my system. I have been thinking about never turning the sound up on my television except for Christmas shows and movies like “Miracle on 34th Street” – the black and white original with Natalie Wood.

I already had the horn on my car turned off as, God forbid, I honk at someone and offend them. I would need to take my Glock 32, 9mm and defend myself even though Costas may not like it.

Not much in college football this week with only the Army Navy clash on Saturday. There are some good NFL games.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Navy -8 vs. Army (59): The game moves from Baltimore to Philly. 

The Midshipmen have at least won seven games this year and owning a big victory over East Carolina who will be playing in the New Orleans Bowl. Navy also defeated Air Force, which is playing Rice in the Armed Forces Bowl and a win over Central Michigan, playing Western Kentucky in the Little Caesars Bowl.

Army has gone 0-12 SU in Game 12, but did have time off after getting crushed by Temple 63-32. The Cadets did cover last year’s game, losing by 6 when getting 7. Look for Army to make one last stand and somehow get the cover. ARMY.


Thursday, Dec. 6

Broncos -10½ at Raiders: Oakland lost the first meeting in Denver 37-6 and on paper they can do no better this time. However, they do come up with a good game every now and then as most NFL teams do. Looking at this past season you just can’t lay double digits, especially on the road. RAIDERS.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Ravens -1 at Redskins: Not good going on the road after playing the hard hitting Steelers. REDSKINS.

Falcons -3½ at Panthers: Atlanta is the worst 11-1 team I have ever seen. Somehow Carolina pulls off the cover. PANTHERS.

Rams +3½ at Bills: After the Rams played the 49ers even on 11/11 they lost to the Jets in their next game 27-13. Last week they beat the 49ers and now travel to Buffalo, not good! BILLS.

Have a great week and remember to turn the sound down and when you walk to that betting window. Put in your mind you are making a winning wager. 

Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Contact Richard at [email protected].

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