NFL begins

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Cincinnati squares off vs. Dallas

Finally we get some football, albeit NFL Preseason, but we will take it as we get our first football game of the big upcoming season.

I really like taking a few shots at these games, watch the moves and pick up on some angles, and that is just what I will be trying to do the next four weeks.

Sunday, Aug. 8

HALL OF FAME GAME
– CANTON, OHIO

Bengals -2 vs. Cowboys (total 32) 5 p.m. NBC TV: For betting purposes, America’s team the Cowboys are listed as the home team in the Hall Of Fame game, but in reality the Ohio fans will be cheering for the Bengals. The send out from LVSC on this game was the Cowboys -3 but the books put the game up Cincinnati -2, and from what I have dug up, it looks like the right way to go.

In the last six previous games that the Cows have played away from home in preseason they have gone 1-5 SU and ATS under the guidance of head Coach Wade Phillips. His teams do most of their winning in front of their home fans and this game looks like it will stay right with this trend. We will lay the two points with the Bengals and hope we start the season off on the right foot.

With the regular football season right around the corner that means parlay cards and football contests and I love both. I will be taking my shot on some 10-team parlays and one or two football contests; and that brings me to something a player said to me the other day as we were talking about the upcoming football season.

He said that he has never won a football contest and he has never hit a 10-team parlay let alone an eight team parlay.

Now before we get to the gist of this conversation there is an old story about this guy that prayed to God every weekend, asking God if he would just let him hit the lottery once, that is all he wanted.

Well, this went on for years and finally one day as he was praying a bright light shined and a soft voice said “you have to buy a ticket.”

So I asked the guy that I was having the conversation with how many 10 team parlays and contests does he play, and he told me that he has never played a parlay over four teams and that he don’t like contests because they are too hard to win and that he has never gotten into one.

A great Roman poet by the name of Ovid once wrote, “Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.”

Now, if you don’t but a ticket, if you don’t play a 10 or eight team parlay card, if you don’t get into one of the great football contests around town you have no chance to win, no fish to catch.

And remember what that great American chief, my dad “Broadway Bennie” would always say, make a bet everyday as you could be walking around lucky and not even know it.

I know two contests that I will surely be taking part in and they are the Last Man Standing at Station and the Survivor NFL contest at Wynn – check them both out and if you happen to have an extra dime you can scoot over to the Hilton and get into their SuperContest; and I do believe “M” will be offering up a good contest, and Bob Scucci, the head guy at Coast Casinos, will be having a big contest for all us little guys, so you won’t need to dig too deep in those short pockets.

As I was betting the ponies over the weekend, the gate scratches just would not go away at Saratoga. New York racing has been plagued with this, but lots of stuff continues to have gate scratches. At least you guys who bet on post don’t need to worry about getting shut out.

As broke as New York is, I just wonder how much money those gate scratches cost them over the course of the season.

I also noticed that it continued to be very hot and humid at the Spa while on Sunday at Del Mar it was 72 degrees and beautiful as the cool ocean air just breezed in.

That wild and crazy guy over at Palace Station, Zack Goldberg, will be extending race comp Saturdays throughout the Del Mar meet … what a guy.

Wynn will be hosting its big horse contest this Friday and Saturday so if you have an extra $2k that is just sitting around, get over there and take a shot at some big dough; yours truly will be there taking my shot thanks to the Diamond King, “Last race Lenny.”

I will be covering the full slate of NFL Preseason games in next week’s column and don’t forget to buy a ticket.

 

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