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Thanksgiving brings back old memories

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year, it always brings back great memories of my young days growing up in Steubenville, Ohio and the great turkey dinners such as the picture in this article shows: “Broadway Bennie” Saber carving our turkey dinner in 1962. I am at the table along with my pool shooting buddy Bob “Zak” Kozick

Those dinners and all of the family just bring back so many good memories and thanks. When I was a lot younger in the 50’s, sometimes when my mother Mary wanted to get things cleaned up she would let me and my brother walk downtown, which was just a few blocks away and we would go into one of the smoke shops, which were actually bookie joints, with my dad while he made his usual five dollar parlay and bet his numbers and my mother’s numbers.

We would meet up with guys by the name of Cigar Frank, Big nose “MO,’ liver lips Louie, Tony the Tin (he always and a can of sardines with him) and many others; I loved it as they would all reach into their pockets and pull out this big roll of money and give me and my brother a dollar bill toward our college education … yeah right.

I have many things to be thankful for especially being lucky enough to grow up in the “Ville” with such a wonderful family and friends but as my mother would always say after stuffing ourselves with the turkey, we need to be thankful not only for the good things that happened to us but also for some of the bad, as many times things like losing a job can lead to a better job, losing a girl or boyfriend can lead to a better girl or boyfriend; being down on your luck can bring a family together and she was right as usual.

She was laughing one time and I knew there were bills due and little money to be had and I said why are you so happy, why are you laughing? Even if there is nothing to laugh about, she said, I can laugh on credit.

Those days after the turkey and just sitting around watching the games and falling asleep from the Tryptophan, which is a natural sedative you get from eating turkey, was the greatest, so even in these hard times go make a bet down at the smoke shop or your favorite casino and even if you lose just sit back and laugh on credit.

Let’s see if we can get some turkey day winners.

Thursday, Nov. 26

Packers -8½ at Lions 9:30 am FOX TV: The Lions showed some spark in comeback win last week against the lowly Browns, the were shut out in first meeting this year at Lambeau 26-0. Inclined to take the points this time around. LIONS +8½

Raiders +14 at Cowboys 1:15 CBS TV: Raiders off big win as a nine point dog and actually played well covering the spread at San Diego, they just may be coming around. The other side of the coin are the Cowboys coming off a one point gift win over the Redskins, a game they should have never won and I would never lay two touchdowns with them. RAIDERS +14

Giants -6 at Broncos 5:20 pm NFL TV: Broncos are gone and so is their QB, the Giant defense is a sive but they will outscore Denver in a must win game for them. If you are still awake for this game lay the six. GIANTS -6


Texas -22½ at Texas A&M 5 pm ESPN TV: As the Trypotophan starts to click in I will be switching back and forth between games as the Longhorns try and keep their BCS title hopes alive with a win at College Station. The Aggies have really stunk it up on the road but have played good at home going 5-1 SU and ATS. The Longhorns crushed A&M last year in Austin 49-9 and won’t let up in this game if they get a big lead but prefer to take the points with the big home dog and if for some reason it’s a blow out I will be out for the count by then. TEXAS A&M +22 ½


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