There is just so much to write about, but so little time and space with selections to be made and all that stuff. I’ll try and make this short and sweet. Then, on to some picks for this week.
First, the big boys play for real starting this Thursday with Saints at the Colts. There is still time to get into some big money paying contest. We here at GT are in the Stations Last Man Standing and their BIG challenge contest. You can still enter either contest at any of your favorite Stations Sports Books.
One thing I like about the Challenge is that Stations puts a few key college games in the mix which gives you a little flavor to choose from. Other big contests are at the Hilton Super Book with their Super Contest and Harrah’s Glory of the Gridiron. If you don’t happen to have any big bucks, take a little drive north to Jerry’s Nugget and for $5 l play their NFL pick’em all contest.
There is also still time to get into the Palms 300k NFL contest. Perhaps, a Playboy Bunny will be at the Sports Book counter. If not, just deal with Sam. And by all means don’t forget the big Fantasy contest at the Hard Rock. If you’re adept at fantasy football, take a shot at this contest. There won’t be a ton of contestants to fight against.
Also, the Rampart-Cannery will be offering a Fantasy Football contest with all kinds of prize money. So if you happen to live on that side of town, stop in, see Kevin at the Cannery and take a shot at some of their money. There’s a lot to do this week, a ton of money for grabs and gas is much cheaper. Take in a bunch of different spots. Sometimes a little change can spark you up.
Sitting over at my cousin Lou’s this past Saturday sweating in some games, we happened to see Boston’s rookie pitcher Clay Buchholz in the process of pitching a no-no. We were all rooting for this guy, who looked all of 16. Now you all know how I just love a good conspiracy theory. We watched in amazement as the last batter, Nick Markakis, seemed to make little or no attempt to get a hit. His only try was a check-swing.
This past Sunday in baseball there were four teams that were -200 and higher, the Diamond Backs -215, Yankees -360, Indians -220 and Angels -230. They all lost straight up. A little $10 brought back over $200. In past years I would have gone 4-0 taking +1Â½ runs plus money. With the cutback this year, I was only able to get the Devil Rays +1Â½ +150. I did make the parlay.
Now on to some contest with that lucky money. And, here comes the picks.
Friday, Sept. 7
Navy +13Â½ at Rutgers: I just hate to go against a team that cost me big time the week before. Navy sunk a big five team parlay for me. The Middies are 1-5 ATS vs Rutgers in their last six meetings and the way they played in the second half against Temple last week, the number should go to 1-6 ATS. RUTGERS
Saturday, Sept. 8
Nevada +7 at N’western: Nevada could be a little beat up after getting hammered by 52-10 last week by Nebraska. NW had a nice easy tune up against Northeastern, winning 27-0. This is also a good revenge game for the Wildcats, having lost 31-21 last year at Nevada. N’WESTERN.
Buffalo +3 at Temple: I may try to get this Game of the Year on PPV. Could be very exciting if half as good as last year’s 9-6 cliffhanger won by Buffalo. This time it’s rare win for the home side. TEMPLE.
Alabama -4 at Vandy: The Commodores always gives the Tide fits even though they never get a straight up win. Vandy is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings. VANDY.
Utah St +24 at Wyoming: The Pokes come off a big revenge win last week, beating Virginia 23-3. They looked mighty good in the process, especially on the defensive end. Usually I don’t like betting a team off such a big win, the Cowboys can shut out Utah St. Also, Wyoming is super tough in Laramie, going 3-0 both SU and ATS against State. WYOMING.
Missouri -6 at Ole Miss: The Rebels look like a good home dog especially since they have some revenge on their minds after getting crushed last year in Missouri, 34-7. MISS.
Oregon +6 at Michigan: Michigan may have been looking ahead last week. Losing to 1-AA powerhouse Appy State 34-32. This game with Oregon will mean the season and possibly the job of HC Lloyd Carr. Michigan will also be seeking revenge from last year’s 31-27 loss at Oregon. MICHIGAN.
N. Dame -16 at Penn St: The not so Fighting Irish showed no heart in the second half last week at home against Georgia Tech. The Gipper must have turned over in his grave and Ronald Reagan may also have turned a little. It won’t get any easier for the Irish this week traveling to Penn State and facing an angry Joe Pa bunch that they crushed last year, 41-17. Big time revenge for the Lions, who come off a rousing 59-0 thrashing of Florida Int. PENN ST.
TCU +10 at Texas: The Longhorns last week opened as a 37Â½ point favorite at home against Arkansas State. The line was bet up to -41 in some spots and it was life and death to win that game 21-13. Were they holding back for this game? I think the Frogs can stay within 10 points if they play like last week’s 27-0 win against Baylor. TCU.
Va Tech +13 at LSU: The Tigers may have the nation’s best defense. There are few tougher places than Baton Rouge on a Saturday night. Tiger Stadium will be crazy and the 90,000 will be nuts. No mistakes for LSU in this important game. According to my Baton Rouge source Syl Friedman, LSU will not let up once ahead. BEST BET: LSU.
Sunday, Sept. 9
Chiefs +3 at Texans (38): KC stunk it up in preseason, while the Texans were great. TEXANS.
Steelers -4 at Browns (37): Defense will be the name of the game in this one. The Pittsburgh "D" will make the difference in trying to keep their 7-game winning streak alive. STEELERS, UNDER.
Bears +6 at Chargers (42Â½): San Diego just has way too much offense for the Bears. Chargers gearing up to make a Super Bowl run. CHARGERS.
BIG RED UPDATE
Steubenville High continued its historic winning streak, beating Akron Buchtel 20-6 last week. The Big Red will be featured Sept. 16 on NBC during the Patriots-Chargers game. Tune in and see what prep football is like in the Steubenville area. There will be another segment Sept. 23 on the Bears-Cowboys 5:15 p.m. NBC game.