- results thru Sheraton Hawaii Bowl -
New Mexico Bowl (UTEP) - Correct
Humanitarian Bowl (N. Illinois) - Correct
New Orleans Bowl (Troy) - Correct
St. Petersburg Bowl (Louisville) - Push
Las Vegas Bowl (Boise State) - Correct
Pointsettia Bowl (SDSU) - Correct
Hawaii Bowl (Hawaii) - Incorrect
Total (incl. vig): (+$390)
NFL 2010 Wager Total: (+3,700)
*I had to go out and cobble together some teasers to PAY for the lesson I needed to teach everyone last week on just going for the EASY MONEY parlays of home favorites... That "LESSON" cost me $150 to illustrate, but I made it back with a +$180 on my own teaser selections...
This week in da bowls... (damn there are a lot of them)! I'll revert back to this page to compile the results after the week is done...
OK... That's a quaint little buggy that you built there!
Why does it remind me of this?
Here's the AIR FORCE Academy's quaint version of a Ramblin' Wreck
Tuesday, December 28th (6:30 EST)
Champs Sports Bowl - ORLANDO, FL
aka the "We came in 4th in the ACC or Big East so... WERE GOING TO DISNEYLAND" Bowl
Line: West Virginia by 2
Tuesday, December 28th (10:00 EST)
Insight Bowl - TEMPE, AZ
aka "The Big Toaster Bowl"
Missouri Tigers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Line: Missouri by 1
Wednesday, December 29th (2:30 EST)
Military Bowl pres. by Northrup Grumman - WASHINGTON, D.C.
aka the "Shucks Obama couldn't make it because he was vacationing in Hawaii" Bowl, or, the "Let's throw THE FRIDGE under the bus" Bowl
Line: Maryland by 9
Wednesday, December 29th (6:00 EST)
The Texas Bowl - HOUSTON, TX
aka the"GHW Bush ought to show up if we offer a nice shrimp platter" Bowl
Line: Baylor by 2
Wednesday, December 29th (9:15 EST)
Valero Alamo Bowl - SAN ANTONIO, TX
aka the "If Little Caesars and Alamo Car Rentals ever merged, this could be the Pizza Pizza Alamo Alamo [where Led Zeppelin & Billy Idol could do the half time concert and sing Livin' Lovin' & Mony Mony] Bowl)
Line: Oklahoma State by 6.5
Thursday, December 30th (12:00 EST)
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl - DALLAS, TX
aka the "When the wars stop, we'll just lease our choppers to THE BERNANK" Bowl
Army Black Knights vs. SMU Mustangs
Line: SMU by 8
Thursday, December 30th (3:20 EST)
New Era Pinstripe Bowl - BRONX, NY
aka the "We gotta pay for this fiasco of a stadium somehow until the Yankees win another World Series Bowl"
Line: Kansas State by 2.5
Thursday, December 30th (6:40 EST)
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl - NASHVILLE, TN
aka the "Mortgages? Don't you mean Musical Chairs Bowl? When they foreclose on Nashville this will move to Branson, Missouri" Bowl
Line: UNC by 1
Thursday, December 30th (10:00 EST)
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl - SAN DIEGO, CA
aka the "How does one rationalize putting "EDUCATION" & "HOLIDAY" in the same package?... Nevermind - don't answer" Bowl
Line: Nebraska by 13.5
Friday, December 31st (12:00 EST)
Meineke Car Care Bowl - CHARLOTTE, NC
aka the "Muffler Bowl"
Line: Clemson by 4
Friday, December 31st (2:00 EST)
Hyundai Sun Bowl - EL PASO, TX
aka the "We used to be a New Years Day Bowl until Korean beer can car companies started sponsoring us" Bowl
Line: Miami by 4
Friday, December 31st (3:30 EST)
Auto Zone Liberty Bowl - MEMPHIS, TN
aka the "You can NEVER have enough muffler sponsors" Bowl
Line: Georgia by 7
Friday, December 31st (7:30 EST)
Chick-fil-A Bowl - ATLANTA, GA
aka the "McFearless eats here" Bowl... (This USED to be the "Peach Bowl" but "Chick-fil-a-Peach" sounds kind of kinky)...
Line: South Carolina by 3
Some people may have the coin, but they will never have the "COIN"... It worked out for Rod, Jerry Maguire & Co. back then, so why not?... I intend to put some "coin" into my pocket by taking the CARDINALS for (2 units)... "You complete me"... "You had me at 'hello'"...
The only thing that makes me cautious here is that the "public" is suddenly in love with the Lions (who will probably be rotating Shawn Hill to replace Drew Stanton who replaced Shawn Hill, who replaced Matt Stafford, who came back after initially feeling better while Shawn Hill replaced Stafford for being injured...
IOW - Screw this line... Take the UNDER for (1 unit)...
McNabb has done zero... squat... for the Redskins in 2010... This league is about performance and about "what have you done for me lately"?... I don't care about McNabb's past (with the Eagles)... What has he done in Washington (but cash checks)... Want to get into a pissing contest about "the past" with Shanahan?... OK, I'll make it easy... Just count the fingers on your hand that you have a ring on, and the ones that Shanahan does... Go ahead... I'll give you the benefit of extra time to figure it out... I hope you do it faster than you can count your "checkdowns" on offense...
McNabb was the beneficiary of an Andy Reid scheme in Philly (which he no longer had the physical skills for)... Worse... Now he's in a system that is utterly different and is no longer viable... Want to talk about QB's ending their careers with dignity? How about Joe Montana in KC?, Namath on the bench with the Rams? Johhny U with the Chargers?... Hell - at least those guys won some jewelry in the process...
Get TF out of my face... & Get TF out of Washington... If I were you, I'd check to see if you had another year of eligibility in the NCAA... Syracuse might be able to use you vs. Kansas State in the fucking "Pinstripe Bowl"...
Look - Sexy Rexy Grossman probably isn't the solution in Washington either... But at least let Shanahan make that decision, and nove on from there... rex put up better numbers last week than your lazy ass did all year...
I'll go with the REDSKINS here for (1 unit)... Jags always suck the week before and after playing Indy...
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams (1:00 EST)
So, that said, you have to consider that this is much more a pressure situation for the Rams than it is for the 49ers... The Rams have gotten this far based on Sam Bradford being a QB who has showed the poise to manage games... plus a decent "home" record, plus a fairly light schedule, plus a bunch of sacks on defense...
OTOH, it was the 49ers who had to travel to London... Travel to the East Coast to play 1PM games twice (Carolina & Atlanta - both "almost" wins)...
It may be a surprise to some that the 49ers are "technical" favorites here (basically, they're 0.5 favorites due to the home team skew)... They're coming off a blowout loss to the Chargers last week, but the Chargers have been playing with fire as of late (as they always seem to have to do in December)... Moreover, it's HARD for a team to travel on 3 days rest and play on Thursday Night... Instead, now they're on 10 days rest and might be able to get it done here... Who knows? Maybe that was the strategy all along... I think I gotta go with the 49ERS here for (2 units) if for no other reason than I think the NFC West title will come down to the last week of play...
The Bills would normally be my pick here, but they have a curioius habit of playing poorly the week after playing the Dolphins...
I'll go ahead and side with the PATRIOTS for (1 unit)...
The Bears already seem to have been forgiven for having been manhandled by the Patriots the week before... And only because they came in and dismantled the hapless Vikings on national TV...
Think about it this way... For MOST of 2010, the Patriots and the Jets have been more or less mentioned in the same breath... The Jets even handed the Patriots one of their two losses this year (the other loss for the Patriots coming vs. former Jet coach Eric Mangini & the Browns)... Yet, the fact that the Patriots blew out the Jets on MNF, combined with a lackluster performance the week after vs. the Dolphins (a game CV "warned" everyone about)... All of a sudden, the Jets suck...
Looking more closely, it's apparent that the "oddsmakers" don't think the Jets suck (because without the 3 point home advantage, the Jets would be 2 point favorites here)... But the public is busy "gift giving" this time of year... I think the linesmakers are hoping the public will just blindly bet the Bears...
The only "knock" I have on the Jets right now is that in many ways, this game is unimportant... They will be either a #5 or #6 seed NO MATTER WHAT in the playoffs (while the Bears still have the incentive of playing for a 1st round bye)...
I'm going to try and look past that... I think the Jets aren't the type of team that's going to just hang around and wait for the playoffs to arrive (call it - my "I know Rex Ryan" instincts from having had Rex Ryan In Baltimore for a few years)... They've (Jets) had some hard times lately, but I think they need some positive momentum going into the post-season if they're going to live up to what they boasted about at the beginning of the season... Rex Ryan is the type to get his team going when it counts...
JETS for (2 units)...