This Steelers fan wasn’t surprised

Jan 24, 2006 2:47 AM

Wow, how about those Pittsburgh Steelers!

They went into Indianapolis and Denver and just crushed two teams that looked unbeatable at home —two of the meanest and toughest places to play in the NFL. My guess is that the Steelers just thrive away from Heinz Field, now having won 16 of their last 18 away from "The Burgh."

Maybe "Big Ben" & Company just don’t like ketchup or any of the 57s. Now it’s on to the Super Bowl as one very hot team (7-0 SU and ATS) with most of the wins in do or die situations.

The Seahawks, on the other hand, went 5-3 SU and a dismal 3-5 ATS on the road. They are one very well coached team under Mike Holmgren, so I won’t jump to any conclusions this week. I am sitting on a very nice ticket with Pittsburgh to win it all, so my thinking is a little hazy right now. Tune in next week for my thoughts on the outcome and maybe some nice prop bets.

Speaking about prop bets, I just saw some futures on "over / under" wins for baseball and noticed two very good ones. If you have a few extra bucks and don’t mind tying up money for several months, consider betting MARLINS UNDER 70½ and PIRATES OVER 74½.

The Pirates will have one of the best young pitching staffs in the league and could even surprise with showing up in postseason. The city of Pittsburgh could be looking at one of those years when the Steelers win the Super Bowl, the Pirates win the pennant and World Series, plus the Penguins winning the Stanley Cup!

Well, I won’t go that far. The Pirates, however, do have a shot to make a lot of noise so get on them early and win some cash.

In sports, time just seems to fly. The Super Bowl in less than two weeks, March Madness right around the corner and then Kentucky Derby time. Since I am on future wagers there are several places (Palms, Bally’s Wynn resorts) that have posted Derby odds.

Brad Bryant over at Planet Hollywood (Aladdin) has thrown his hat in the ring, putting up two full pages of Kentucky Derby futures including a gutsy move —listing a field (all others). Just looking over some of the odds, it looks to me like Mr. Bryant knows his ponies and has a little opinion on some of the prices.

If you like taking a shot at KD future bets like myself, Planet Hollywood is a must stop and shop. By the way they have moved their race and sports book to a new location in the casino, but it is very easy to find.

Last week I wrote a story on IPT wagering on horses and this week it really came in handy. I was playing the ponies at Palace Station this past Saturday on my favorite IPT machine when I noticed the very long lines at the windows. Up comes one of my favorite horse players Donnie Bader, who was in a huff.

DB said all the machines were down and asked me to put in his bet. I said sure but DB couldn’t get the bet out fast enough and the race was off. Seemed the hub had gone down, but all of us using IPTs were still able to play. Well Donnie saved money (his horse lost) and I had one of the weirdest racing days in a long time.

The toughest loss came at Turf Paradise. I liked this filly Karlee’s Kitten, who had been entered at Bay Meadows to run in the Burlingame Handicap. Kitten was scratched and sent to Turf Paradise to run in the Sun Devil Stakes. This girl looked like a mortal lock coming down the stretch with a commanding eight length lead.

I was counting my money. Then jockey M Baze just kept after the filly when all he had to do was sit to the wire. Karlee’s Kitten swerved and Baze took a leap along with my money.

It just never ends.