Let’s put all this anti-Penn State stuff to bed!

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You get up in the morning and go to work every day. All we ask for as bettors is getting a fair shake for our hard earned dough!

It’s hard enough to win when the games are played on the square but it gets even harder when the zebras take control as they did in the Penn State-Nebraska contest this past Saturday.

Penn State scored an apparent TD late in the fourth quarter that would have given them the lead. Now if you were taking +8½ points you were insured of a “W” in the win column. One zebra who was standing on the line called it a TD as the ball was knocked out after the Penn State player broke the goal line.

After watching the slow motion replay it was clearly a TD and even the TV announcers agreed it was. The zebras reviewed it and declared a fumble, taking the points away and giving Nebraska the ball. You know the rest. Another win for the zebras, a loss for those who took the Lions plus the points.

I know there is a lot of hate for the Penn State program but these players and coaches had nothing to do with it. Give them a break. Enough already!

A quick word about ticket writers. When I make my rounds to the Las Vegas books I talk to a lot of players who want to know why most ticket writers seem angry and non-caring.

After thinking about this for a while over a few glasses of grape, I know the answer. First of all, they are inundated with people who come to the windows and never have what they want ready – no betting numbers, parlay cards marked wrong and on and on.

They are under paid for the work they do, especially all the money they handle during football season in the sports books. When I wrote tickets we made around 50 bucks a shift before taxes, but it didn’t matter. It’s where we wanted to be. We made it up with customer friendliness, keeping our own tips. That inspired us to be as friendly and knowledgeable as possible, so when getting a question we knew the answer.

If writers kept their own tips you would see a big difference.

Last week I went 2-2 in college football as I tried to cover against the Oregon Ducks. I will give up on doing that even though I may take a little shot against them this week. I was a perfect 3-0 in the NFL heading into Monday’s game, so let’s see what we have this week.

NCAA

Saturday, Nov. 17

Indiana +17 at Penn St.: A blowout if the Nittany Lions are not down after getting heisted in Lincoln. PENN ST.

Tennessee +3 at Vandy: The Commodores with six wins so far would love to win their next two games and go to a decent Bowl. This is their best shot in a long time to get a win over the Vols. VANDY.

USC -3½ at UCLA: The upstart Bruins were humiliated last year in LA-LA land getting hammered 50-0. Revenge is sweet and they catch the Trojans looking ahead to next week’s huge game against the Irish. UCLA.

WF +24½ at Notre Dame: This one is a no brainer. We must take the Demon Deacons plus the points as the Irish will find it hard to score four TD’s especially with USC next. WAKE FOREST.

Ohio St. +2 at Wisconsin: This game means absolutely nothing to the Buckeyes. Nada, zip. They are going nowhere even if they pull off the perfect season. Their only concern is Michigan next week. That is the game they want to win with a big period. WISCONSIN (Best Bet).

NFL

Colts +9 ½ at Patriots: The Indianapolis players love Luck and are playing with a togetherness you don’t see often in the NFL. COLTS.

Ravens +3½ at Steelers: When these two teams get together it is fireworks and usually ends with a field goal. Take the +3½ as one of them will kick the late 3-pointer for the win. RAVENS.

Record

Last Week

6-2

NFL

14-5-1

NCAA

43-47

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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