Giving thanks means getting paid to pick

Nov 22, 2005 5:47 AM

I got out of bed Monday very thankful that the past week was over.

Very few tickets were cashed, but thankful that I still had a few bucks in my pocket and would again be able to fire. I was breathing (always a good sign), took a shower and headed to work at GamingToday.

It’s really not like work and that’s another thing for which I’m thankful. Eileen Di Rocco, my boss, actually lets me come in here every day, do what I do, and pay me. Now that can really put a smile on your face after a week of losses.

We all have so much to be thankful for, especially all of us fortunate enough to live in Vegas. With all the things we can do and the fabulous weather, you almost forget about snow storms.

I feel thankful not to have earthquakes, hurricanes or any other tragedies here, while also thinking about some of my friends who got wiped out and how they are glad just to be alive. So betting on a few losers seems such a trivial thing when you think of our men and women embattled around the world protecting our freedoms.

I will be blessed this Thanksgiving, not only with the race and sports tickets in my pocket, spending time with great relatives and friends. Yes, having a few drinks, watching the games, ripping tickets and sitting down to a bountiful Thanksgiving.

So thanks to all our loyal readers, who have made GT such a huge success over the years. I hope yours will be also a wonderful and thankful Thanksgiving and wish everyday that your tickets will be winning ones. If not, still be thankful that the next day provides that deep breath and another shot at victory. Have a happy one and good luck.

Regarding the four football games this Thursday, our goal is to win at least three,

Season records:

NCAA 40-43

NFL: 9-17-2.

We slapped the editor with a 15-yard personal foul penalty for messing up my college record last week.

Thursday, Nov. 24

Falcons -3 at Lions ( 41): The Falcons are off losses as a 9-point favorite to Green Bay and a 6-point chalk to the Bucs. Detroit doesn’t score much and off a hard-fought 20-7 loss at Dallas in a game that was close until late. The Lions beat Atlanta last year at the Georgia Dome, 17-10. We could see a similar score. LIONS.

Broncos +1 at Dallas (41): The Cowboys should have never defeated the Eagles two weeks ago. Nobody is playing better than the Broncos, except the Colts. Denver has gone 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in the last five games. BRONCOS.

College football

Kent +11½ at Akron (43½): I suggest you bet this game the night before, unless you are like me and get up at 5 a.m. Neither team has much offense. These guys just want to get the game over with and head over for some turkey. UNDER.

Pitt +13½ at W.Va (44½): Now this will be a good one to just lay back and watch, especially after the turkey has set in and you are not able to move. WVU is having a great season and heading off to a nice bowl. The Mounties’ only loss came to Virginia Tech in a matchup closer than the 34-17 final. WVU has some revenge in mind, having lost 16-13 as a 3-point dog last year at Pittsburgh. WVU will play hard to go 10-1, but just have to take the points. PITT.