You can’t make up these NFL calls

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As the old saying goes, what goes around comes around, and it was never truer than this past Sunday in Green Bay.

The Cowboys, who got the gift vs. the Lions in the Wild Card game with the flag pick up debacle, got the prize of meeting Green Bay. On Sunday what went around came around as the flag pick up was taken back with a ruling that still mystifies me.

It looked to everyone like Dez Bryant made a great catch and the Cows were going to take down the Packers and their limping QB Aaron Rodgers. Then there was a relook and somehow it was ruled he did not make a football move or something out of a movie.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Most games are no longer decided by the football players any longer, but by the zebras who control the spectacle. I have never seen calls like these in all my years watching the NFL but I guess the game has passed me by.

Now the second game of the Sunday spectacle was the Broncos who opened as a 7-point favorite and were bet up to -9.5. They looked good on their opening drive but after that it was just an average team completely losing its offensive power.

Watching the game you could see that their 38-year-old QB Peyton Manning just may have had too many chicken parmesan “sangwiches” as he just would not take a chance and run the ball at all. His pocket got smaller and smaller as the game progressed and that was all she wrote for him.

Peyton may end up being a very good coach.

We move on to the league championship games, which we will be calling Spectacle Sunday as we really do have two very good matchups. The Zebras will be out in force and the good thing for me is I won’t be seeing Jerry Jones or the Santa-wannabe-look-alike Chris “the fat boy” Christie.

Thank you, zebras.

NFC

Packers +7.5 at Seahawks (47): The first game (12:05 p.m. PT) we get the rematch that most fans and maybe the NFL wanted. Green Bay will go to Seattle looking for revenge from an opening day loss at Lambeau when the Seahawks whipped the heck out of them 36-16.

The cheeseheads in the bleachers were not a very happy group as they did not like their loving Packers turned into Swiss cheese at home. The Packers will need some serious help from the doctors and zebras, without a mobile Rodgers. It will be ultra-tough to get the win in Seattle with a defense that will be teeing off on him.

As for myself I will take a wait and see approach for this game. If the line gets out of hand I will be taking the points. If not I will be just watching and betting UNDER 47.

AFC

Colts +7 at Patriots (54) at 3:40 p.m. PT: Tom Brady proved his top QB status as the Ravens looked to have the Pats on the ropes but he kept bringing them back. We can’t take anything away from Andrew Luck’s performance and his defense in hostile Denver. Both are winners and this should be a great game.

In their game earlier this season the Pats crushed the Colts in Indianapolis, 42-20, when getting 3 points. The Colts have had some interesting losses this year. The Pats escaped Baltimore this past weekend.

We look for Brady to come up big at Foxborough and head to the Big Game, or as we call it in Las Vegas “the Super Bowl.” The books and the NFL get the matchup they wanted in Seattle and the Patriots. We look for New England to get some home cooking. PATRIOTS -7.

Last week: 1-3

Season: 15-20

College Basketball

Hoops are in full swing and the advice here is if you like the favorite – pass. Look for some live dogs when betting round ball.

In the course of my adventures here in Las Vegas I have had the good fortune of meeting some great basketball bettors, Sam “the plumber,” Pete White and Jerry “shoes” Z. They all worked hard making their own lines and all were successful winners betting college hoops.

Once the shot clock came into existence and the three point play was added it all went bad. You have a sure winner and then here come the treys.

There’s a huge schedule of games this Wednesday and we will take a shot with the “Rambling Wreck” from Georgia Tech as a small dog at home. GT has some revenge on its mind and catch the Irish in a sandwich position as they were losing to Virginia at home on Saturday. We will take GT as a dog.

I will start to look at some baseball future bets soon so keep picking up that GamingToday at your favorite sports book. Remember, when you are in the book, make a bet. You just may be walking around lucky and not even know it.

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].

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