March Madness plan -- avoid my pal Syl's picks

Mar 17, 2009 4:05 PM

Getting Rich with Saber by Richard Saber |

March Madness is upon us so basketball bettors and fans will be gushing into Vegas for the wide open tournament.

My good friend Syl, featured in last week’s column, hasn’t had a winner since 1973. The three he liked (North Carolina, Pittsburgh and UConn) all lost last week, Well, now he has Louisville and Memphis as longshot picks. You can eliminate them, too.

Among the happenings this week is GamingToday’s online Win A Million Contest. It’s free and a must play. You could walk around lucky and that guy John Beers Stratton could show up at your door with a check for a cool million.

An interesting parlay card is John Avello’s at Wynn. It’s called the Pick 5, which involves selecting the winner from each of the four regions and then making a final pick for the overall winner. For a saw buck you can win $500. Now that I am armed with Syl’s losers, I will scoot over.

I’ll pass on commenting on the three Kentucky Derby Prep races this past weekend. I was in a book checking the races when Patty the ticket writer said the glare of all the bald guys was getting to her.

Most race bettors are old and bald. A clinical study has proven that if you have a pet you will live longer. And, if you make a bet you will live longer especially horse players. I made my first bet when I was 14 and have been trying to get even since.

Horse players see tomorrow through rainbow colored glasses as a chance to get some of that money back from years past. If you have a pet and make a bet you will be way ahead of the game.

At the Louisiana Derby, Friesan Fire destroyed the group by more than seven lengths. If he can beat horses on a different track, then we will take a bigger look. He is trained by Larry Jones who ran the filly Eight Belles in the Derby last year. Eight Belles finished second only to break down after the finish line.

In the Rebel Stakes, previously undefeated Old Fashioned lost to a 56-1 long shot Win Willy and didn’t look like a horse that can go 1¼. At Santa Anita, Pioneerof The Nile won the San Felipe, but it was hard fought over a very weak field. This son of Empire Maker has to prove he can run on dirt against top-notch horses.

In exhibition baseball, home teams in the Arizona Cactus League are 61-53 winning at a .535 clip. The Angels are the best at 12-4 (.750). In Florida, home teams are 70-52 (.575). The Braves, Cards and Pirates are better than .700. The worst team is Houston at 1-14-2, losing every road game. Kansas City, Oakland, Milwaukee and the Braves have lost just once at home.