’07 cheers,
shoes, W’s

Dec 25, 2006 4:29 AM

Before I get into my Bowl picks, I just would like to wish everyone a very happy, prosperous and most importantly a healthy New Year. Wow 2007!

We must go on. Life isn’t for sissies so take the winners and the good that comes your way, enjoy them and live.

I very seldom get involved with the NBA, rarely watch a game and hardly bet on it. If I could wager on the last two minutes I probably would take some shots, but can’t so won’t. I was just a little confused when the Denver Nuggets picked up Mr. Tatoo Iverson from the 76ers. Now I know that their top guy Carmelo Anthony is sitting for awhile, but when he comes back will they have to use two balls so that both get off enough shots and be happy? Perhaps they will just play Anthony and Iverson?

I happened to have dinner last week with top Red Rock supervisor Jerry "Shoes." As for the nickname, he got it back in the late 70s when walked up and down the Strip looking for different numbers. At the same time, there was another bettor "Jerry the Hat." So people wouldn’t get the Jerrys confused they called him "Shoes." The legend told me that in the NBA you could only use one ball, so that solved some of my worries.

Now to the upcoming college bowl games:

Wednesday

Emerald City

FSU +4½ vs UCLA (41): Little movement on this game. After watching Oregon play in the Las Vegas Bowl, I will find it pretty hard to back another Pac 10 team this season. FSU / UNDER.

Thursday

Independence

Okla St -2 vs Alabama (51): Almost no betting interest. The line has basically been stable, while the total has moved up just a tad. Like Oregon, the Crimson Tide enters on a three game losing streak. The Cowboys lost their last two, but could have actually won both. OKLA ST.

Texas Bowl

Kansas St +7 vs Rutgers (45): I really love Rutgers and HC Schiano. The Scarlet Knights have had a memorable season, just a couple ticks away from a BCS game. The Wildcats had an up and down season, but did beat Texas. This game is about which team wants it more. RUTGERS

Holiday Bowl

Texas A&M +5 vs Cal (52): The Aggies were never out of a game all year and could easily be 12-0. Their biggest loss was 31-27 to Texas Tech. That followed narrow defeats to Oklahoma (17-16) and Nebraska (28-27). Cal had no covers in their last five games. TEXAS A&M.

Friday

Music City

y +9½ vs Clemson (58): Nobody happier than Kentucky to be here and they enter on a high, going 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS in their last five games. The only loss was a narrow 17-12 defeat at Tennessee. KENTUCKY.

Sun Bowl

Missouri +4 vs Oregon St (53): Normally we would favor Mizzu, but the loss to Iowa State and only winning one of the last four troubles me. The Beavers were 7-1 in their final eight games, including wins over USC and at Hawaii. OREGON ST.

Liberty Bowl

Houston +5½ vs. S.C. (56): Strength of schedule tells me bet South Carolina in this game. The Gamecocks came within a whisker of beating Florida, losing late 17-16. If they can’t beat Houston, HC Spurrier may have some recruiting problems. I will bet against the money here and wager big on the favorite. CAROLINA.

Champs Sports

Purdue PK vs Maryland (52): All the money has been on Purdue. Maryland opened as high as -4 in some spots. Now I even see Purdue as the favorite. I’ll bet small on the total, being wary of big moves. UNDER.

Insight Bowl

Minn +6 vs Tex Tech (66): Both teams can score and I think that’s the way to go. Just sit back and root. OVER.

Saturday

Meineke Car Care

Navy +6 vs BC (46): The early money has stormed in on Navy, but I will once again copper that money and go with the better team. The Middies had a good season, but never beat good teams (lost to Rutgers 34-0 and Notre Dame 38-14). The Eagles beat Clemson, BYU, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Maryland — all bowl teams. BC.

Alamo

Iowa +9 vs Texas (53): Money is on Iowa, but have no idea why. The Hawkeyes lost their last three games and Texas dropped its last two Kansas State and Texas A&M. I would much rather look at the total. UNDER.

Chick-Fil-A

Va Tech -2½ vs Georgia (38½): Formerly the Peach Bowl. I’ll lay less than a field goal with Tech in what most likely will be a boring game. VT.

Sunday

The MPC Computers Bowl

Nevada +3 vs Miami (42½): I really don’t like this one. Will take the Canes in a small two-way parlay. MIAMI, UNDER.

Monday

Cotton Bowl

Nebraska +2 vs Auburn (45): All the money is on the Cornhuskers. I will go with the flow, not believing Auburn can muster enough offense. NEBRASKA.

Outback

Penn St +4 vs Tenn (41): Old saying is you never give Joe Pa more than two weeks to prepare. I will take the points and go with 80 year old Paterno to get another Bowl win. PENN ST.

Capital One

Wisc +2 vs Arkansas (45): Can’t choose a side so will focus on total and hope for overtime. OVER.

Gator Bowl

Ga Tech +10½ vs W.Va (48): Years ago in a Bowl game Lou Holtz suspended several starters on his Arkansas team and the line zoomed to +17 for Arkansas. In this game, Tech’s starting QB won’t play and the line jumped from Tech +7 to +11 in some places. I look for the Yellow Jackets defense to come up with a big time effort and keep this result a lot closer than most people would think. GT / UNDER.

Rose Bowl

Michigan +1 vs USC (47): Michigan opened -1 and now up to +1½ in some spots. The Wolverines have something to prove. MICHIGAN.

Fiesta Bowl

Boise St +7 vs Okla (50): This should be one good game to watch. If for some reason Boise wins, they will claim a piece of something. No blue carpet in Glendale, so no worries. OKLAHOMA.