When I was a kid, my grandfather distributed soft drinks.
During some of the cold winters some of the drinks would freeze in his garage and the tops would pop off. Back then he only had a pot belly stove that would hold coal every morning and night to try and keep the garage as warm as possible.
Sometimes it just wasn’t enough, so my brother and I would get some of the spoils. There was nothing like those frozen bottles of grape soda, orange and root beer. They were fabulous.
Well, I got the idea one very hot August that if I could get a big block of ice there was some money to be made selling grape, orange and root beer ice balls. My grandfather Frank Lamantia got me a big block of ice and a nice ice shaver and I was in business. I had one bottle of each of the sodas and sold out within the hour.
What does this have to do with getting some winners in football? Well, I watched a ton of games and heard all the talking heads with the stupid remarks and reviews. Even after they reviewed them, they still couldn’t get it right. The best remark I heard all weekend was from my cousin Liz Lamatrice, who looked at her parlay tickets and said "this is one topsy-turvy weekend of football.
That made me think of the ice ball stand. This would have been a great weekend to have a parlay card stand on the strip. With all the cash I would have racked in I could be off to some beach in the tropics. Somehow, I still have a few bucks even after Sunday’s debacle, so let’s get going
Thursday, Sept. 20
Texas A&M +3 at Miami Fla.: The Hurricanes could only muster 23 points against Florida Intl and 13 against Oklahoma but they did get 31 against lowly Marshall. The Aggies have a great shot to win. A&M.
Friday, Sept. 21
Oklahoma -20 at Tulsa: Can’t fault the Sooners in any category so far. They are scoring and playing defense. The Tulsa offense can sure light it up and getting three TD’s at home is enough to pull for a Golden Hurricane. TULSA.
Saturday, Sept. 22
Syracuse +37 at Louisville: I never have had much luck laying a big number, but just have to keep playing against the woeful Orangemen. Off the loss to Kentucky, the Cards won’t be in a very good mood. LOUISVILLE.
Ball St +21Â½ at Nebraska: Cornhuskers off 49-31 loss to USC and it could have been a lot worse. Not really sure how good or bad Nebraska is. Ball St. is 3-0 ATS and may be in a good spot for the cover against a flat opponent. BALL ST.
Penn St -3 at Michigan: I haven’t been right with Michigan this year, but there’s no quit in me. Maybe not in Michigan either. If this game was played in Week 1. Michigan would have been the favorite so getting a field goal in Ann Arbor is a bargain. Michigan is 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS in last eight matchups.
Mich St -13Â½ at ND: We have to suffer through the Irish every week on national TV. The question still is how bad are the Irish? I think this week we will get the answer. The Spartans were very fortunate to get away with a win at home over Pittsburgh. State has gone 7-2-1 ATS in last 10 meetings. MICH ST
Arizona +17 at Cal: The Bears won their first revenge game this year against Tennessee. This is the second shot at revenge. Last year Cal went into Tucson a -13Â½ point favorite and lost 24-20. Last week, Arizona somehow could not beat New Mexico at home, losing 29-27. CAL.
Iowa St -3 Â½ at Toledo: Last year Toledo went into Iowa State as a 8Â½ point dog and it took OT for Iowa State to get the win. This looks like another good spot for a cover and possible win. The Rockets catch a happy Iowa State team off the upset of Iowa. TOLEDO.
Maryland +3 at WF: After seven years of getting whipped by the Terps, Wake finally got a big win last year and could be sitting on two straight. WAKE.
Marshall +22 at Cincinnati: The Bearcats have outscored their opponents 140-16 in first three games including a 34-3 win over Oregon State. The Thundering Herd are 0-3 after a 48-35 loss to New Hampshire last week. Cincy looks like it can name the score before going on the road for two straight games. BEST BET 1: CINCY.
Conn +9 at Pittsburgh: Pitt got robbed last week in 17-13 loss at Michigan State and took the worst of it in last year’s 46-45 loss at U Conn. Angry Pitt in revenge mood will get it done against the overrated Huskies, who were life and death to beat Temple last week 22-17 as a -29 point favorite. PITT.
S. Carolina +16 at LSU: Moved from night to day. Both teams are 3-0, but LSU has the better defense and offense. Once they get the lead, there will be no coming back for the Gamecocks. LSU is averaging 45 points a game and giving up less than 3. The Tigers may be heading toward a meeting with USC. I don’t see S.C. scoring more than 10. BEST BET 2: LSU.
Purdue -14 at Minn: Its hard to believe that Minnesota is getting two TDs at home, the Gophers are 1-2 SU and 0-3 ATS facing Bowling Green, Miami of Ohio and Florida Atlantic. The Boilermakers are 7-1 ATS in last 8 matchups and should be able to score at will. PURDUE.
Oregon St +11Â½ at Ariz St: Just couldn’t get the cover with ASU in my late game pick. Big time revenge for Sun Devils, which got hammered last year 44-10. No let up in Tempe. ARIZONA ST.
Now to the NFL.
Sunday, Sept. 23
Colts -5 at Texans: After getting crushed (0-5) in the NFL last week, I will attempt to make a comeback. The Texans have the look of a team that could cover seven or eight straight baring big injuries. At home against the defending champs, they get the shot to prove it. TEXANS.
Dolphins +3 at Jets: NY 7-0 ATS last 7 meetings and just laying a field goal at home provides great shot at 8-0. JETS.
49ers +8Â½ at Steelers: Pittsburgh defense playing with a purpose, giving up 7 in first game against the Browns and 3 against the Bills. STEELERS.
Bengals +3 at Seahawks: Cincinnati by all rights could be 0-2 going into hostile Seattle, but was very lucky getting past the Ravens in season opener. SEAHAWKS.