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I really did not want to get into this NBA strike as it is a real non event.

I’d rather get a root canal without Novocain than suffer through an entire NBA game.

In my humble opinion the NBA stinks and I wouldn’t pay the $150 for a ticket under any circumstances and I would not attend a game if I had a front row seat free.

The main reason I am giving my opinion on the strike is that my friend Rocky Brando hasn’t been able to sleep of late. He’s worried there will be no NBA on Christmas Day. I didn’t even know they played on Christmas Day.

Rocky also voiced his utmost concerns about the welfare of Kobe Bryant, who may not get his $1.9 million pay check from the Lakers every other week. I guess he will go without an extra Bentley and tattoo. As for the other NBA players, they can cut down to just one girl friend.

I actually could show some feelings for these greedy multimillion dollar babies who want more and more and more if they would do one thing. I would like to see the players and owners get together and, out of their huge war chest, pay all the lowly employees who will do the suffering because of all their greed.

Pay the parking attendants, ticket sellers, vendors, people who clean up after the 30 or 40 movie stars who can afford to go to a game and so on and so forth. No, these classless bums don’t care about those lowly people, only their own large habits.

The do-nothings who have been picketting Wall Street are sitting in the wrong place! I wonder if the NBA knows how bad their product is?

The players union wants half. Well, the way to settle this is if the owners lose money then the players should pay half of what they lost back. That will happen when they pay the lowly employees sitting on the sidelines wondering how they are going to pay their rent.

Watching all the football games this past weekend in the book and at home it seemed like every play there was some kind of review. The refs would look at the play, sometimes overturn it and sometimes let it stand. It really got to the point where enough was enough.

The whole thing reminded me of this old guy I ran into the other day. He was well dressed, but he must have been 80 or 90. He comes up to me and just starts talking.

He mentions how hard things are nowadays, that as a kid his mom would give him two bucks to go to the store and come back with a couple loaves of bread, two dozen eggs, two packs of bacon, some batteries and other stuff.

Anyway, he’s complaining there are just too many cameras everywhere. He should watch some of the football games.

After a real good week my picks last week looked like an NBA game – lacking. I will try and pick things up this week.


UNC +10 at Clemson: The Tigers stayed unbeaten with a big time comeback at Maryland and now look to get some revenge from last year’s 21-16 loss in Chapel Hill. CLEMSON.

Temple -12½ at B. Green: The Owls are working on two straight shutouts and seeking win No. 6. TEMPLE.

Tennessee +28 at Alabama: If I were behind the counter I would just put this game up at -30½ and never move it unless someone layed it. The books will be in real jeopardy with this game at kickoff time. The Tide dismantled Ole Miss last week. Everyone will have this on all parlays and teasers. I don’t blame them. Bet early. ALABAMA.

Wisconsin -7½ at Michigan St: The books may get a little two way on this game, but as far as I am concerned the Badgers are the way to go. They catch the Spartans off a huge effort at home against their main foe Michigan and I doubt they can sustain that momentum into this week. I will be keying the Badgers on all teasers and, if able to, bet down to -7. WISCONSIN (-1 on teasers).

My pro football selection (Vikings) was a no show last week so what to do?


Steelers -3½ at Cardinals: The Cards come off an open date and Pittsburgh heads West. All things favor “Zona.” CARDINALS.

Packers -7½ at Vikings: After watching the Vikes this past Sunday, I say no way. Green Bay is by far the best in the land. PACKERS.

Don’t forget to make your plans to attend our big Breeders’ Cup Seminar in the Palace Station race book on Thursday, November 3. It’s free and we have a good one planned. Food and drinks are on Josh Pool.


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