A few comments before getting into some early selections for football.
First, the election last Tuesday. I always remember just like it happened yesterday. My mother Mary, who loved to bet on anything that moved, asking my dad in the late 50’s or so why would a guy spend $100k on his election for Sheriff and the job only pays $10k a year?
My father Bennie, with out even moving his head up from his hand of cards (we played pinochle every morning for years before he went to the restaurant) says he will get that all back in illegal fireworks sales in July.
These players in politics now spend millions so how much fireworks do they need to sell and who has the money to buy all those M80’s and sparklers?
My next question is would John Wooden, Woody Hayes or Vince Lombardi make it today in the world of coaching? I doubt it; and Bobby Knight would not last through one practice without slugging one of his long-haired, tattooed, earring wearing players and ending up in Sing Sing!
Wooden, one of my favorite people in the world of sports and coaching, was called The Wizard of Westwood. He won the national title at UCLA 10 times in 12 years and would not stand for it today.
When Bill Walton showed up for his freshmen year he went down to see Wooden one day before practice started. Wooden looks him in the eye and tells him how he respects his free spirit but if he wants to play basketball for him he has rules. No hair below the ears, no facial hair and no jewelry!
Wooden tells Walton how he will understand if he wants to play somewhere else and will not hold it against him. The next day Walton shows up clean shaven, no jewelry and a haircut.
Now these players have braided hair down to their butts, you would never see them at Johnnie’s barber shop at the South Point. More like the beauty shop at Wynn Resort. They have so many tattoos you can’t see any skin. That’s why there is a tattoo parlor on every corner.
They wear more jewelry than Len Shaw has on stock at Shaw Jewelry store in Pittsburgh. Wooden, Knight, Woody and Lombardi would never make it in a sports world where it is all about the players.
When a team is getting hammered by four TD’s and a guy makes a tackle and pounds his chest or makes a first down and points his finger down the field, they should all go see the second making of Dumb and Dumber. We’re watching it every weekend on the NFL stations.
Took some tough beats last weekend with Northwestern losing by 1 to Michigan in a game they should have won. Most bettors could have gotten +1.5. Purdue lost late by 18 to Wisconsin. We took +16.
The ultimate beat was LSU losing by 7 in OT to Alabama. We could have easily gone 7-1 in college football instead of 4-3.
The Saints turned the game over to SF, losing in OT for my loss in the NFL. We need some luck and hopefully this is the week to get some.
Ohio St. -13 at Minn: Buckeyes off a huge revenge win last week vs. Michigan State. Urban is Urban but his team just does not play two games the same. Don’t see them sky high, but do see Golden Gophers energized. They are 7-2 and a win here is a must with back to back road games coming up at both Nebraska and Wisconsin. MINNESOTA.
Va. Tech +6.5 at Duke: It’s been all downhill for the Hokies after somehow beating Ohio State. Have gone 2-5 SU/ATS since that win, including 0-3 in last 3. Blue Devils have lost just once, a close call to Miami, FL. Have won and covered four in a row and are 9-1 ATS vs. teams with a losing record. DUKE.
Washington +8.5 at Ariz: The last six times these two have met, the home team is 6-0 against the spread. ARIZONA.
Florida St. -2.5 at Miami: I am not Seminoles or Winston fan, though he is a great QB and athlete. Why FSU is just -2.5 in this game is the question. Somehow Winston seems to get the job done even though the Noles have covered just twice this year. Hurricanes were hammered last year 41-14. Closer this time. FLORIDA ST.
N’western +17 at ND: Any hopes for a Bowl went out the window for the Wildcats after last week’s loss at home vs. Michigan. The 7-2 Irish want to win out with some authority to secure a big bowl game. NOTRE DAME.
UL Lafayette -7.5 at UL Monroe: The Ragin’ Cajuns have been just that, going 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last 5. They look to avenge last year’s 31-28 loss in Monroe. Road team has gone 4-0 ATS the last four years. UL-LAFAYETTE.
Miss St. +7 at Alabama: A game that will shape the playoff picture. If the Tide goes down they are out! Bama beat State 20-7 last year in Starkville as a -23 point favorite, but this is not the same Bulldog team. This should go down to the wire. MISS ST.
Last week: 5-3
Patriots +2.5 at Colts: Young vs. the old as we get Brady and Luck. First of three straight home games for the Colts coming off a bye week. Colts still remember getting crushed last year in the playoffs 43-22. Pats have gone 0-8 ATS when coming off a non-division game, back to back wins and then meeting a team that is .500 or higher. COLTS.
Have a great week. I am heading to South Point for a haircut at Johnny’s Barber Shop.
Last week: 0-1 (w/oMNF)
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].