This Is The Week That Was, Sportsfans
We Yankee fans hate to admit it.
Mic and Ike are picking early this week so as to not miss out of the fun. To start with: “the home dog” of the week are actually Panthers.
The talk in USA Today today is of political debates, football, baseball and women’s basketball playoffs, the stock market, and stock car and horse racing, too.
Obama’s team is our Tuesday pick is to outshine Romney’s forces on foreign policy and other matters. Candy Crowley is a referee that will prove to be better than Jim Lehrer who had moderated the first presidential debate.
Stock followers had better take a watch of four companies that made big gains this past week. Barnes & Noble, True Religion, Nordea Financial, and Questcor Pharmaceutical all rose over 13% in a flat market. Has the American economy gotten worse during the last four years? Not so – according to the Dow Jones Industrial Average index numbers.
Shanghai Bobby, Indiana Jones, Power Broker, Carving, Steeler, River Seven, and Joha are a few of the horses to watch. Yes, “The Road to the Kentucky Derby” has begun and the odds are already out. A 36-race series precedes the Triple Crown races. Next comes the two million dollar purse of the Juvenile Breeders’ Cup on November 3 at Santa Anita and the $1,000,000 Delta Downs race. The series runs throughout the winter and the winning purses get back up to that million dollar level beginning with the March 31st Florida Derby.
As it stands, the WNBA Indiana Fever are hot and the San Fran Giants and Yankees have become underdogs.
Monday night in San Francisco, the Giants should even up the St. Louis series with Vogelsong on the mound. Hot hitter Melky Cabrera has been reinstated from the testosterone suspension list and will make a big difference in the field, too. Count on a six or seven game National League Championship Series.
We Yankee fans hate to admit it but Detroit will likely win the American League pennant 4 games to 1. Oh my, if this week Derek Jeter could play shortstop!
Are You Ready for Some Football?!?
One sure bet is that the Atlanta Falcons will remain undefeated after this week’s games are played; at 6 and oh, they are the only NFL team that has not lost this season. See, they have a bye week and cannot lose.
The NFL’s Thursday night game will be held at cold and windy Candlestick Park. The red-hot Seattle Seahawks are coming to play the San Francisco Forty-Niners. San Fran got trashed by the New York Football Giants here last Sunday. Nonetheless, the odds makers have them favored by eight. We figure this is really a “home dog” and think that the 49ers (-8) will win but not cover the point spread.
The Carolina Panthers are the real home-field “under dogs” of the week. This is one of eight early NFL Sunday games; only two are scheduled at 1pm PDT/4pm EDT and there is a single night game.
That NBC game features two Midwestern teams from what was once popularized as “The Black-and-Blue Division.” The Detroit Lions head to Soldiers’ Field as 6 point underdogs. The Chicago Bears (-6) are well-rested and prepared for this contest after a bye week. Meanwhile, the Lions should be tired after playing an overtime game in Philadelphia. Although they ultimately defeated the Eagles 26-23, don’t expect the Lions to have another four or five winning quarters left in them. The Bears could come out flat and a bit out of sync but we predict Chicago will own the end zone and goalpost uprights in the second half.
What follows are the best shots at winning bets this Sunday:
Pick the team that smeared formerly undefeated Houston Texans on the road. We like the Green Bay Packers (-4) to win in St. Louis against the Rams.
Take the Browns. Indianapolis (-4) and QB Andrew Luck – we hope we are lucky – will win but not cover the point spread. A late rally finished by a field goal should happen in front of the hometown Hoosiers in Lucas Oil Drum Stadium.
The New Orleans Saints (+1) ought to win straight up in Tampa versus the Buccaneers.
Baltimore’s Ravens (+4) may need the points to prevail in Houston against the Texans.
The poorly Jacksonville Jaguars must fly west to Oakland. The Raiders should have been the first team to beat the Falcons. You got to like the Oakland Raiders (-3.5) with their “Black Hole” in the south end zone.
The other later game will be held in New England. Two quarterbacks should be better than one. The Patriots better win but won’t likely cover the point spread versus the NY Jets (+9.5) that rendered the Colts.
Bonus Collegiate Football Parlay Tip
- Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (-2; and over) are playing at home in Bowling Green (or has it been renamed Bowling Red after Coach Willie’s team colors) against Louisiana State University at MONROE (not LSU Baton Rouge). Monroe scored seven touchdowns in their last game but WKU are likely to do one better this week.
- In the game at Iowa City, take the Iowa Hawkeyes (-1.5) versus the over-penalized Penn State Nittany Lions. We suspect a low scoring game.
- West Virginia will pin the first loss of the season on #3 Kansas State in the state of Western Virginia. The Mountaineers (5-1) quarterback only had one bad game. Some will think this is an upset. I don’t think so.
- Ohio State (-14) at home should be a safe pick. The visiting Purdue Boilers are coming off two consecutive losses against Michigan and Wisconsin in which they never scored more than two touchdowns. Meanwhile, OSU scored bunches during their 52-49 win over IU.
Can you believe Notre Dame is #5? Can you believe Florida is #2?
Shirley Oklahoma and Alabama are better. USC could even beat all four of these – on a good day for QB Barkley.
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As they say, “Good luck and enjoy the games!”
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