Psychologyof “bowling”

Dec 11, 2007 6:02 AM

About the bowl games, again I’ll expound on two significant points. The first being: "Is your team happy with their selection for a particular bowl?" I’ve seen many better teams get beaten badly due to the disappointment of not obtaining the height they were expected or shooting for in past bowl games.

One must reason out the psychological approach of the players as well as the coaches, as this attitude reflects in their performances. If a head coach is leaving for another job and coaches your team, he may not have his focus entirely on the game itself, and may portray that attitude to his players.

If an assistant takes over, his practice routine may differ, and the players may or may not approach the game with the same enthusiasm as during the regular season. These facts will be discussed in this column the week of each encounter.

The second and perhaps most important information you should look for is injuries and player suspensions. To my knowledge no bowl season has ever gone without some young men being barred from playing due to their incorrect behavior. The value of the player or players is difficult to judge, but you should make every effort to obtain their value as it relates to the efficiency of the team.

With no bowl games coming up this week, let’s go to the NFL and see if we can eke out a few winners before the forthcoming bowls, which start on December 20, and go on forever.

The NFL week begins on Thursday again, and the matchup with the Broncos at Houston figures to be a very close game. I favor the Texans at home, as their team is playing well, and the Broncos are having an off year, with little chance of making the playoffs. Houston has a good team, as the Tampa Bay Bucs will attest to, especially at home. Lay the point or two and start the weekend with a winner!

The most important matchup this week is Jacksonville at Pittsburgh. The line will jump some in my opinion, as the Jaguars don’t get as much respect as the Steelers do. But don’t overlook the fact that Jacksonville has an awesome defense that may slow down the Steelers’ excellent run game. I’ll take the points, more are better, and hope for the break of Big Ben throwing a few picks. The other quarterback, Garrard, does not throw many and if he plays up to his past history, they’ll sneak out of Pennsylvania with a very significant victory.

I wonder if they’ll put a total up this week as the mighty Pats are facing the lowly Jets in New England. Sunday night the Redskins are getting at least 4 points from the Giants, and "as advertised" the dog always seems to get the money.

It’s early December and this ridiculous writer is declaring the Detroit Tigers the winner of the 2008 World Series. With the acquisition of Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis, this club now puts a team on the field that nobody can match. Think about Ordonez, Sheffield, Rodriguez, Granderson, Renteria and Palanco being joined by the best young hitter in the game, Cabrera, and a pitching staff that includes Verlander, Rogers, Bonderman and now joined by Willis, whose deceptive delivery of the baseball will utterly confuse American League hitters for at least one season. Who can argue with my thinking?

The Yankees and Red Sox are the only teams that can even come close, and they’re in the same division and figure to beat up on each other. This imbalance of rosters will eventually destroy the sports attendance and interest and will lead to the status of National Hockey League’s indifference.

When you can pick a winner four months before the season starts it’s difficult to root for the other twenty something teams. Years ago the Yankees started it, now the Tigers are finishing it.

Is there an analogy here that reminds you of the world we live in today with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer? How many of us have ever gotten a tax break or a federal subsidy while many major corporations and individuals pay no tax due to allowances for research and development, and any other loophole they can find? Ah hell, who cares, bet the Tigers to win it all, but don’t bet over $2,000 or they’ll write you up when you cash in.

Which brings me to another topic that I guess I shouldn’t talk about. If a horse player bets a pick 3, exacta or other exotic and hits it, the determining factor is based on the singular bet. He may bet $500 on different combinations at $2 each, but he doesn’t get credit for the losers and has to fill out a signer for the IRS. They only figure the winning bet and the other $498 he lost is not calculated. How is that fair?

In video poker a player may be playing 3, 5, 10 or 100 games at the same multiple machine, and his winnings are only based on the singular bet that produced a jackpot which exceeds the taxable amount. The losing amounts are not calculated; so on a $1,250 jackpot the taxable amount shows only one game and not the total amount invested on each game, which would eliminate many taxable amounts. Worse yet, every jackpot or signer on your tax return must be claimed as income, which increases your gross earnings and definitely affects your deductions, whether they are offset or not. I better knock off this subject, as they know where I live.

Have a great week!