Note: The famous Doc Moseman of Doc’s Sports passed away this past week.
Longevity in a competitive business set Doc apart from so many others.
“I would not trade all the accomplishments or disappointments for the many great relationships that have developed over this time,” Doc wrote as the introduction to the 2012 Sports Journal, the 41st annual edition.
He and his crew were legendary with their winning sports service, especially their Big Ten games. All of us here at GamingToday extend our condolences and wish his family well.
Back to business. It was a tough week for the books. Bettors have to go Christmas shopping. The NFL took me down the tubes, especially the no show Giants and the Steelers, who just gave the game away.
The boys down at the Spot Bar in Steubenville will be going over what happened over some of Mick’s coffee and those great homemade raison cookies. If you are ever in “the Ville” stop by the Spot.
For a buck you can sit there, read the paper, talk sports with the group and have coffee donuts and cookies all for the tip of your choice. He has no menu except for sports betting. See you guys in June and save me a seat.
The College Bowl season got off with a bang. It looked like Arizona was down and out but somehow rallied for a last minute win. It looked like Toledo would get the cover but they really gave it up late.
Let’s take a look at this week’s bowl games through Christmas Eve for some winners for my friends at the Spot.
Poinsettia (at San Diego)
BYU -3 vs. San Diego St. (49): The Aztecs ended the season with seven straight wins and six covers plus the advantage of playing their home games at Qualcomm. The wins over Nevada and Boise stick out. SAN DIEGO ST.
Beef O’Brady (at St. Pete, Fla.)
Ball St. +7 vs. UCF (61): The Cardinals from Muncie (Indiana) and the MAC West won their last six, covering five. They catch a team that lost in OT to Tulsa. Ball State comes to play in its first bowl game since 2008. They will have many fans taking the trip to beautiful St. Pete. BALL ST.
New Orleans (at Superdome)
ECU +5½ vs. UL-Lafayette (64): C-USA vs. the Sun Belt in a game where both teams can light up the tote. Bet this total early as it can only go up. No weather concern. Lafayette is averaging 34.8 points a game, the Pirates from Greenville (N.C.) 42 in their last six. East Carolina allowed 40.2 in their last five. Sit back and watch the points. OVER.
(at Sam Boyd Stadium)
Wash +5 vs. Boise St. (46): Boise finished 10-2 with a 3 point loss at Michigan State and by 2 at home to San Diego St. But, the Broncos went 6-6 ATS. The Huskies went 7-5 both SU and ATS, beating San Diego St. in Seattle to start the season. They also own wins over Stanford and Oregon State – two bowl teams. The better schedule says take the points. WASHINGTON.
Hawaii (at Honolulu)
SMU +12 vs. Fresno St. (59): Family and friends get a major reward for the Christmas vacation. So how did these two average teams get to Hawaii? SMU at 6-6 SU and 7-5 ATS got the needed win in their last game of the season beating Tulsa 35-27. Fresno St. went 9-3 SU and 11-1 ATS losing at Boise 20-10 when getting 7. They won and covered their last five, crushing Nevada 52-36. Plus, the Bulldogs beat San Diego State and held their own against Oregon. We see a blowout. FRESNO ST.
We have a Saturday game and no Monday games for the rest of the season as we move toward the wild card games. Just general talk here
In the NFC North the slumping Bears have gone 1-5 SU and ATS in their last six games while the Vikings got two big wins the last two weeks. Chicago is on the road at Arizona and if they lose that game Lovie will be in a tizzy. The Vikings will most likely lose at Houston so advantage Bears.
The big fight is in the East as we have three teams sitting at 8-6 – Cowboys, Giants and Skins. The Giants were humiliated last week but stay on the road in Baltimore where the Ravens are hanging on for dear life. New York comes back and gets the big win.
The Redskins with RG III back will beat the Eagles in Philly as the Cowboys go down at home against the Saints who will win outright, so get some extra stocking stuffer money and bet New Orleans.
Huge game in the West as the 49ers are off a wrenching win in horrible weather in New England and must now travel to Seattle to play the surging Seahawks, who look to get revenge from a 13-6 loss in San Fran back in October. Seattle will get it.
The AFC North is still up for grabs as the Ravens will be desperate for the win. So will the Bengals who will be in Pittsburgh meeting a very angry Steelers team. Pittsburgh gets the win at home to keep the light burning.
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].