It all comes down to what have you done for me lately.
Two weeks ago I was hearing from my readers on my college football picks as I did give out some losers. If I knew who all the winners were going to be I would be at my villa in Naples, Italy!
What a difference a week makes. This past week I posted a 5-0 college weekend and my airport NFL game of the week scored, making me a hero this week going 6-0. How quick my loyal followers are to forgive, and I would too with a six team parlay.
I have one question, what would Vince Lombardi and Woody Hayes do? As Forest Gump said, “stupid is as stupid does,” and it carries over from college into the NFL. These players are plain stupid and cannot be coached.
Plain and simple.
I doubt with the players right now in the NFL, Lombardi would be hard pressed to field a team. The players who cannot be coached would demand to be traded. If Woody was alive and well and coaching today, he would last a week before they sent him to jail for abuse. He would be grabbing so many players by the helmet dragging them off the field for stupidity.
I will just mention two games I watched this past weekend. First, the Georgia and Auburn fiasco. Auburn tosses a Hail Mary. There is not a Tigers player near the ball. As the Georgia player goes for the interception, instead of just batting the ball down, his teammate wants to grab the ball out of his hands. It goes up in the air and right into the hands of an Auburn player running down the field – for the winning score!
Stupid is as stupid does. They cannot be coached.
In pro wrestling, or as they refer to it in some circles, the NFL, a Saints defensive back (whose name I will not mention to protect the dumb and dumber) intercepts a pass and is hot dogging it down the field for a score while bobbling the pigskin. He loses control and it goes out of the end zone. The 49ers get the ball back.
Even more stupid, he commits pass interference on the next play. This all adds up to a 14-point turnaround and costs the Saints the cover. I doubt he would be in a Green Bay uniform the following week if Vince was the coach. Back then Lombardi didn’t need to put up with the ultra strong players union that protects the dumb and dumber.
That is my rant of the week. If you agree, or even if you disagree, email me here at [email protected]. I know I will be hearing from some Bruno Sammartino or George “The Animal” Steele fan saying I am giving pro wrestling a bad name, but are they still living?
I know I cannot improve on last week but we will try and get some more winners this week. The card is ugly and some things should be illegal, like why is No. 1 Alabama playing UT Chattanooga. To top it off, No. 2 Florida State gets to hammer 1-8 Idaho as a 56-point favorite.
I know it gives these schools a chance to make some cash for their program but it should be illegal.
ECU -7 at NC State: The Wolfpack have lost the season and are not going anywhere, having dropped six straight both SU and ATS. The surging Pirates have won and covered three straight, running their record to 7-2. If the Pirates can win out they should get a very nice bowl game. EAST CAROLINA.
Duke -5 at Wake Forest: Say it ain’t so. The Duke football team, not their hoops team, is sitting at 8-2 and 9-1 ATS and off a huge win over Miami last week. Wake Forest has dropped three straight and any bowl shot is gone. Deacs have only scored a field goal in their last two games. DUKE.
Wisconsin -15 at Minnesota: The Golden Gophers had a week off but before that they put together a four game win streak, and three of those four were as an underdog. Wisconsin is good and they have a bruising ground game, but they did lose on the road at Arizona State and Ohio State. Their two road wins were against sorry Illinois who scored 32 against them and no offense Iowa. Minny can stay close. MINNESOTA.
Texas A&M +3½ at LSU: The Aggies have done it all behind the arm and running of Johnny Football, but in their two road games at Arkansas and at Mississippi they did not cover the spread. Now they must travel to Baton Rouge, a very ugly place for a visitor, especially when the Tigers will be angry coming off another loss against Alabama. LSU.
Baylor -9 at Oklahoma St.: The undefeated Bears will be tested to the fullest in this road game, especially playing revenge minded Okie State, which lost in Waco last year, 41-34, as a 4-point favorite. The 9-1 Cowboys, who would love to have that West Virginia game back, have won and covered five straight, including a blowout win at Texas. Revenge will be sweet. OKLA ST.
Broncos -3 at Patriots: As Telly Savalas would say, “Who loves ya, baby?” There will be no lollypops at Gillette Stadium when Manning arrives to meet up with the Brady bunch and the hated Bill Belichick, who you can bet will have a game plan that will work. The Pats, who rarely lose at home, beat the Broncos here last year, 31-21. The 7-2 Pats are 5-0 at home, all as the chalk. PATRIOTS.
Richard Saber, a former director of race and sports at the famed Stardust book, is GamingToday’s horse racing and sports handicapper. Follow Richard on Twitter @SabesBet. Contact Richard at [email protected].