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I haven’t written much about the NFL this year as a teacher, Sister Mary Hubert, once scolded me with these words, “If you don’t have anything good to say then just keep your thoughts to yourself.”

This was while she whacked me on my knuckles with her ruler.

Sorry, my beloved Sister Mary Hubert, but I don’t have anything good to say about the NFL. I will, however, write down these thoughts anyway as I’m really writing and not talking.

The NFL is in panic mode as for the first time their ratings have crumbled faster than the Cleveland Browns. TV ratings are down 11% across the board with all stations – CBS, FOX, ESPN and NBC – all down, and the sponsors who spend huge sums of cash on the advertisements are looking to step back. The Sunday night game alone is down 13% and the Monday night game is down 17%. The NFL is trying to blame it on the Thursday game. Come on, give me a break and get your elite heads out of the sand!

First of all your product stinks, second, a game used to last around three hours; now with all the stupid reviews and commercials a game could go as long as four hours. Not to mention all the political crap with the stupid kneeling and what not.

The NFL was a great spectacle but now it has turned into a zoo. Vince Lombardi is rolling over in his grave. The last ditch for me was watching the NFL game this past Sunday when the Broncos were going for an onside kick. It was noted that in the NFL it is hard to recover an onside kick today because the new rule does not allow a team to load up on one side as it could cause an injury. That is it, as “hands of stone” said “no mas”!

Mr. Goodell, it’s your product and if you are worth 35 million a year salary then something is wrong with the world and the NFL.

Just a note: This will not stop me from making my bets here in Vegas as the NFL hates us here and is opposed to betting. That makes it a must for all of us to play parlay cards and bet those 10 teamers and round robins. Sorry, Roger.

Well, my plays last week got a big break as two got hurricane canceled and that left me with just two plays. I went 1-1, breaking my losing streak.

So let’s move on to see if we can get a winning week.


UNC +7 at Miami Fla.: The Hurricanes suffered their first loss last week vs. Florida State, 20-19, in a very tough beat. We look for them to get back on the winning road vs. the Tar Heels, who poured it on them last year in Chapel Hill, 59-21. The ’Canes have gone 8-0 ATS with revenge when they are off a loss and playing a team with a win percentage of over .350. MIAMI.

Northwestern +4 at Michigan State: Spartans in a big funk losing three straight games and will have a hard time rebounding here as they have gone 0-5 ATS in the second of back-to-back homers. The Wildcats have gone 8-0 ATS as a road dog of 4 or more points vs. a team off back-to-back losses. The visitor in this series has gone 7-0 against the spread. NORTHWESTERN.

Kansas St +10 at Oklahoma: The Wildcats look to make this game close after getting humiliated in Manhattan last year, 55-0. Both teams are coming off tough wins. The visitor in this series has gone 7-0 ATS. This should be a dog fight. KANSAS ST.

Alabama -11 at Tennessee: The Vols’ luck ran out last week as they suffered their first loss of the season in double OT, while the Tide just rolled on. Last year in Tuscaloosa, Tennessee gave Bama a scare, losing 19-14. Saban will have his troops ready this time around. The Vols have gone 0-8 ATS as dogs of 14 or less in games after they scored 35 or more points in their previous game. ALABAMA.

Ohio State -11 at Wisconsin: I will take more heat for this selection but we just can’t bet with our heart! The Badgers are off an extra week of rest after taking Michigan to the limits, losing 14-7 as a plus 10 underdog in Ann Arbor, Mich. Now they get 11 at home and the Buckeyes have gone 0-6 ATS the last six after playing Indiana. Take the points and go to the bank. Sorry, friends and relatives. WISCONSIN.

Season record: 10-22-2

Last Week: 1-1

Racing News

This is big, the Breeders’ Cup is right around the corner. This year, in the newly remodeled racebook and sportsbook at Palace Station, I will be hosting a Breeders’ Cup seminar, coffee and donuts with the boys on Friday, Nov. 4, from 8 until 9:30 a.m. Joining me will be the legendary Professor Gordon Jones and the Track Phantom, Dave Valento, who will be handing out his very successful handicapping sheets for all of the BC races. You just could be walking around lucky and not even know it.

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