First of all, I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. I know that I have a lot to be thankful for with a good job, good health, great family and friends along with a great bunch of readers.
I always get a little nostalgic around the holiday season especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. They bring back great memories of my childhood days back in Steubenville, Ohio. Thanksgiving was the big parade when Santa came to town doing his Ho Ho’s and tossing candy from his big sleigh. After the parade we would all head over to Grumets Restaurant and have a great lunch courtesy of good ole dad. He ran the place, which was one of the best cafeterias of all time.
I would have the fish "sangwich" and real fries, which he would cut from every morning. Wow, was that good. Then it was home to watch the parades and football on TV and smell the bird cooking, I can still smell it.
But there is some bad news to report. The mighty Steubenville (Ohio) Big Red went down at the hands of (Canton) Mooney this past weekend, ending the streak. It’s on to next year when Big Red can try to extend their regular season win streak of 50 straight wins.
This will also be my last "Boob" of the Week award. I will give out the "Boob" of the Year because it is so easy. They start with a B and end with a B. It’s none other than Barry Bonds. No need to explain why. Nobody could top Mr. B.
With Christmas just around the corner, I decided to put out an early college football wish list. I would love to see Arkansas beat LSU, Missouri beat Kansas and West Virginia lose to Connecticut. We could top it off with Virginia beating Virginia Tech.
Now that would put a fork in the BCS standings and create a big cry for a playoff. Now for an attempt to get some winners for Turkey week and hope I don’t become one.
Thursday, Nov. 22
Packers -3Â½ at Lions (48Â½): I am so impressed with the Packers and Brett Favre that I find it hard to bet against the. They are 8-2 ATS. The Lions are much improved but have failed in their last two games with the Cardinals and Giants. Green Bay has gone 16-1 SU in Game 11 the past 17 years. The Lions have gone 0-7 as a dog of six points or less before a division road game. They play at Minnesota next week. PACKERS.
Jets +13Â½ at Cowboys (47Â½): This is a tough game for me to get excited about. Can’t lay the lumber with the "boys" or get excited about the Jets coming off big win against the Steelers. When in doubt, take the points in a small bet. It may be wise to wait awhile to bet this game. You may get +14 closer to game time. JETS.
Colts -11Â½ at Falcons 42Â½: Indy has fallen on hard times since the loss to New England and is plagued with injuries. Colts having hard time getting the ball in the end zone, but I can’t find one reason except for the point spread to bet the Falcons. Atlanta is 0-7 ATS in Game 11 off a division game. COLTS.
Sunday, Nov. 25
Texans +4 at Browns (NT): Cleveland kept its OVER streak intact last week with 33-30 OT win against the Ravens. It’s now 10 in a row. OVER.
USC -3Â½ at Arizona St: This should be a good one to watch and may be decided by a field goal from the team getting the ball last. USC’s offense is not what it used to be. Sun Devils have revenge in mind, having not defeated Trojans since 1999. ARIZ ST.
Friday, Nov. 23
Ole Miss +6Â½ at Miss St: Most abnormal people will be out shopping the Malls today, while I’m in the book betting ponies and football parlays starting with this game. Ole Miss is off tough game with No. 1 LSU, while State was taking it on the chin at Arkansas. The host Bulldogs are much improved from last year when they lost at Ole Miss 20-17. MISS ST.
Arkansas +12 at LSU: Baton Rouge will be in a frenzy, but I would not jump on the bandwagon and lay the two TDs. LSU has only covered four times all year. Arkansas hasn’t been much better and have lost to Alabama, Kentucky, Auburn and Tennessee. LSU.
Boise St +4 at Hawaii: Host Hawaii is 10-0 and trying to stay perfect before playing Washington next week. Giving red hot Boise State points is too much to ask, especially with all the distractions of the home game. Hawaii has covered only three times. Boise is on a 4-0 SU/ATS run. BOISE ST.
Saturday, Nov. 24
Tennessee +3 at Kentucky: Kentucky at one time was looking at a great season, but has fallen on hard times since beating LSU back on Oct. 13. The Volunteers have been on big roll of late and made a big comeback last week beating Vanderbilt 25-24. They now look to finish the season with five straight wins, a nice bowl game and a 9-3 record. TENN.
Temple +12 at W. Mich: The Owls catch the host Broncos coming off a huge upset win of Iowa, a pretty fair member of the Big 10 Conference. TEMPLE.
Miami, FL +14 at BC: I really thought the Hurricanes would show some heart last week, but they just tanked and playing like they want the season to end. The Eagles are fresh off their upset of Clemson. A win makes them 10-2 and a probable BCS Bowl game. BEST BET: BC.
UL Monroe -3 at UL Lafayette: Visiting Warhawks off unbelievable win at Alabama as a 25 point dog. Ragin’ Cajuns are looking to avenge last year’s 39-20 loss to Monroe. LAFAYETTE.