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It’s Labor Day Monday and we are here at our beautiful GamingToday office complex on Post Road overlooking the Strip. In some spots people head to the beaches and have cookouts, but we here at GT are happily hard at work getting the paper out.

I love going to work and, for the most part, have always liked getting up and heading to the office because it’s not toil. It’s something I enjoy.

The only job I really didn’t care for was my short stint in the steel mill when I was just 18. But as my dad would tell me, “If you are not happy going to work, just find a job that you will like.”

My father was a chef and a good one at that, working in some high class spots in Pittsburgh before my mom made him come to the “ville.” He had a great work ethic and I can’t remember him ever missing work. He passed that down to me and my brother.

Well, maybe not so much to Tom. Even though he worked for over 20 years in the mill we never really knew what he did there as he never got dirty.

Last week we lost the juice going 3-3 and learned a lot. So let’s improve on that this week and head right to some picks.

College Football

Friday, Sept. 5

Wash St. -1½ at Nevada: The Cougars couldn’t handle Rutgers last week, losing 41-38 in Seattle. This week we see them coming back and getting the win in Reno. The Wolf Pack just did get by Southern Utah last week, 28-19. Head coach Leach has QB Halliday who will lite the Pack up. Leach has gone 19-0-1 as a favorite or dog of 7 or less points. We will be on that stat. Leach was not a happy camper after last week’s giveaway loss. WASH ST.

Saturday, Sept. 6

C. Michigan +3 at Purdue: Last week the Chippewas just did get by Chattanooga, 20-16, while the Boilermakers stopped a tough Western Michigan team, 43-34. Head coach Hazell (not the maid) has gone 7-1 ATS as a favorite vs. the MAC Conference. PURDUE.

Buffalo +2½ at ARMY: This will be Army’s first game while the Bulls beat Duquesne last week, 38-28. Buffalo has gone 7-0 as a road dog when coming off a SU win and facing a team with a win percentage of .600 or under. I will qualify them in this situation. Army has gone 1-9 ATS in their last 10 openers. BUFFALO.

USC +3½ at Stanford: Revenge will be sweet for the Cardinal in this game as they do remember losing in LA last year, 20-17. Look for the Cardinal “D” to smother the Southern Cal offense. STANFORD.

ECU +14½ at S.C.:You just didn’t want to be at practice this week if you were in Columbia. Steve Spurrier was not a happy camper and I doubt any members of the Gamecocks went barbequing today after getting humiliated at home last week by A&M.

South Carolina has gone 5-0 ATS vs. a non-conference foe when coming off a SU loss, and 5-0 ATS when coming off a loss when favored. The Pirates come into a hornets den. S. CAROLINA.

Last week’s record: 3-3.

NFL

Let’s take a look at a few NFL games that we like.

Sunday, Sept. 7

Saints -2½ at Falcons: Atlanta lost both games last year to the Saints, one by 6 and the other by 4. They were beaten in New Orleans in the opener last year and will be lookingfor payback. They’ll get it.

If we’re able to take +3 we will be running to the window, but we will make a money line wager.  FALCONS MONEY LINE.

Browns +6½ at Steelers: There is something about Cleveland that I like. Maybe a new Manziel attitude…we will soon find out.

There are a lot of people giving the Steelers a shot this year but to this bettor they are getting old, and Big Ben just doesn’t thrill the way the offense is run.

Brian Hoyer gets the start for the “dawg’s” and has gone 3-0 SU and ATS in his three starts. BROWNS.

Patriots -5 at Dolphins: The Pats are one of the most consistent teams of the decade. Look for the Brady bunch to open with the win and cover. No problems in Miami. PATRIOTS.

Horses

Jerry’s Nugget: In the final Del Mar contest for the year handicapper Stephen Schneider took down the first place prize of $800 when he posted a winner in the last race of the contest at 28/1.

That gave him 84.4 points, beating out Jennifer Franklin who finished second with 71.6

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

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