Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday Three Play

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Quick post for Sunday's suggestions - the total for the year is at a very respectable + $1270. The good times keep rolling with four early games in the NFL.

Buffalo + 1 over MIAMI - Dolphins wild cat offense getting way too much respect - they'll be in tough against the Bills today. Lay $100 on the Bills.

New Orleans +3 over San Diego - neutral site game, so why are the Chargers favoured? They are terrible when traveling east - it doesn't get much further east than London England. Lay $100 on the Saints with the points.

Washington - 7 over DETROIT - this looks like a trap game, but it isn't. Detroit will be hard pressed to score a TD against the Skins (I just threw up in my mouth saying that). Lay $100 on Washington, unfortunately for Cowboys' fans, they'll get it done big time today.

NY JETS - 14 over Kansas City - Favre has made his reputation pounding bad teams...Chiefs start Tyler Thigpen, that's all you need to know. Lay $100 on the Jets.

There you go - four early winners, back before 3:30 pm with late afternoon picks. Good luck if you play them - ride the wave here.

Weekend recap at some point - highlighting Leafs win over the SenaTards.

Hazel, here's hoping things are groovy in your world - enjoy your NFL Sunday.

I'm Out!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thursday Night Threep

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Quick post for tonight's suggested Three Play - late, but you still have time if you are playing them.

Tampa Bay over Philadelphia - Myers gets beaten around tonight. Lay $100 on the Rays - $174.

Dallas over NY Islanders - the Stars were embarrassed last night in New Jersey, they'll make the Isles pay tonight. Lay $100 on Dallas - $115.

Washington over Phoenix - Ovechkin scores two tonight - count on it. Lay $100 on the Caps - $115.

That's it for today gang - thanks for taking the time to check in.

Hazel, here's hoping things are groovy in your world.

I'm Out!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Emerging from the mushroom cloud

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special “Hey” goes out to Hazel Mae.

Well, I’m getting over what has to be considered one of the worst weeks in the history of sports fans – everything that could possibly go wrong, did…in spades.

The Dodgers get bounced from the NLDS, thanks in large part to the contributions of a couple of fat slobs – one, an alleged wife beater (Brett Myers), the other, a Blue Jays castoff that should be playing senior men’s softball (Matt Stairs). Still can’t see how those jokers won.

Cowboys lose twice in eight days, one to the consistently inconsistent Arizona Cardinals and another to the previously thought to be awful St. Louis Rams.

The Maple Leafs find new ways to multiple goal leads – put Ryan Hollweg on the ice to pick up a momentum changing five minute major. Leaf Nation can accept that this team is going to struggle against any team that is average (or better). We accept that we are going to lose a lot of games – but to blow a three-goal lead to a team like the St. Louis Blues on Thanksgiving Monday…unacceptable and disheartening doesn’t begin to describe things.

Portugal, welcoming back Captain Cristiano Ronaldo, is held to a goalless draw by freaking Albania – IN PORTUGAL of all places. Their World Cup qualifying campaign has started with a win and a draw on the road, coupled with a total collapse resulting in an unjust loss and a tie at home. South Africa in 2010 is in doubt right now.

So the dream of a “Manny returns to Boston” World Series is dead – with fans of both respective team (and supposedly, network execs at Fox) are disappointed, but I can’t understand anyone who counts themselves as a fan of Major League Baseball saying that they won’t watch the World Series. It sucks that our teams didn’t make it, but you have to give the Rays credit for an unbelievable season. They are THE story of the 2009 season – it is close to impossible not to root for these guys – they play the game the right way. I’ll be watching, in hopes that the Rays will crush those fat slobs in red.

Speaking of the Rays – how are fans of the Toronto Blue Jays feeling right now? The Rays have risen from the ashes to be odds on favourites to beat the Phillies to win the World Series. J.P. Ricciardi was brought in years ago to dismantle the Jays, build up the farm system and make the Jays competitive, working with a modest payroll. His only accomplishment was dismantling the team – his original five year plan is going into its eighth year and Jays look like they will be battling with the Orioles to avoid last place… all this with a payroll in excess of $100 million. For all this – he gets an extension. Wonder if John Ferguson Jr. wishes that Ted Rogers owned the Maple Leafs.

NFL Commish Roger Goddell is very careful to protect the image of the league and its employees – the suits frown upon drug and alcohol consumption; so much so that a player can be suspended for violating league policy if he chooses to consume or over-indulge (see Pacman Jones’ latest suspension). I get that – sorta. But it is interesting to see the league’s silence on reports that Brett Favre contacted the Detroit Lions to discuss strategy against his former employers – the Green Bay Packers. Everyone is in denial mode about what was or wasn’t said between Favre and the Lions – but surely, that kind of contact calls into question the integrity of the game. If something like that happened with one of the league’s notorious big mouths – the Commish would have been all over that. But hey, it is John Madden’s favourite player – everybody’s favourite good ol’ boy, so we’ll just let it slide. Favre is a jackass.

Things must be slow in the NHL, when the big story is about how the NHL’s Governors have discussed the idea of putting a second franchise in “Southern Ontario” (read Toronto). This of course has provided fodder for some of Toronto’s noted curmudgeons to speculate how Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment would block any team infringing on their territory – the rudimentary argument being made is that MLSE is afraid of any competition, in a market that is supposedly begging for another team. So it’s up to the Maple Leafs (and ostensibly the city of Toronto) to save the NHL from itself? Why should Toronto bail out some of these jokers that put franchises in non-hockey markets? What the NHL needs is a combination of contraction and relocation – starting with re-establishing teams in cities like Winnipeg and Quebec City. But when you talk about NHL Governors, the sensible option is rarely (if ever) considered.

Congratulations to Eric Hinske on a World Series ring.

Damien Cox actually makes a good point when he says the Leafs should release Ryan Hollweg.

Jerry Jones, please call Daunte Culpepper – after watching Brad Johnson against the Rams, I’d rather have Culpepper filling in for Tony Romo. Tilt is laughing at me as posts this.

Tomas Kaberle, please reconsider waving your no-trade clause – Leaf Nation would hate to lose you, but re-opening trade discussions with the Flyers starting with Jeff Carter and a 1st round pick would really accelerate the rebuild.

I agree with TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s opinion keeping rookie D Luke Schenn on the Leafs roster for 40 games would be the best for his development. The consensus seems to be that the Leafs would be making a huge mistake by keeping him with the big club and starting his entry-level contract. McKenzie rightly argues that the goal is to develop the youngster while protecting the period before he is eligible for unrestricted free agency.

Thank you Manny Ramirez – thank you for making Dodgers baseball somewhat relevant this year – whatever happens with free agency, no hard feelings…just best wishes.

Morning sports reports north of the border just got a whole lot brighter; in two words: Nikki Reyes.

Well, the first seven weeks of the NFL have been very good – total (virtual dollars) stands at + $1,130…time to push the envelope and get back into baseball and hockey. Today’s suggestions

Tampa Bay over Philadelphia – Cole Hamels has been great for the Phillies, but he’ll be facing a pretty potent Rays offence tonight – his career numbers against them are ugly. Go with Scott Kazmir to neutralize Ryan Howard and Chase Utley tonight. Lay $100 on the Rays - $105.

Florida over the SenaTards – upset special. Call it a hunch, call it seeing the Tards for what they really are – overvalued. This should be a low scoring game tonight – which means it could come down to who makes a mistake. Tards G Martin Gerber is good for at least one big gaff per game. Lay $100 on Florida + $160.

I’ll leave it at that for today – thanks for taking the time to check in.

Hazel, here’s hoping things are groovy in your world.

I’m Out!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Late Games

Suggested plays for late afternoon games.

Indianapolis - 2.5 over GREEN BAY - Manning is heating up which is bad news for Pack. Lay $100 on the Colts.

Cleveland +7.0 over WASHINGTON - Redskins are getting too much love, they aren't as good as they were built up to be after beating Dallas. Lay $100 on the Browns and take the points.

That's it for this afternoon.

Back for Sox v Rays...leaning towards Rays, not buying the "momentum" crap.

Sunday's Suggestions

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Quick hit this morning - more to follow through the day.

Sunday Three Play split last week, so the total for the year is about + $830. Today's suggestions

BUFFALO -1 over San Diego - Chargers don't travel well and Bills coming off a bye week after getting crushed by the Cardinals. Lay $100 on the Bills today.

NY GIANTS -10 over San Fran - the Giants were embarrassed by the Browns, expect them to get back on track with a 17+ point victory over the Niners. Lay $100 on the Giants.

Pittsburgh -9 over Cincinnati - the Bengals have had a couple of good performances in recent weeks, but those were against NFC East teams, Steelers smother Fitzpatrick today. Lay $100 on the Steelers.

That's it for this morning - back in the afternoon for 4 pm games AND Game 7 of the ALCS. Thanks for taking the time to check in...good luck if you play the suggestions.

Hazel, here's hoping things are groovy in your world.

I'm OUT!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Thanksgiving Three Play

While there is plenty to be thankful for - none of them are sports related.

Dodgers down 0-2 to the Phillies;

Leafs get spanked by hated Habs;

Cowboys having personnel issues;

Portugal ties the stinking Swedes in World Cup qualifiers.

Ugh, things better turn around with some wins.

Last week would up being pretty good - pushing the total up to + $850. Today's suggestions:

Jacksonville +3 over DENVER - the Jags have issues on both sides of the ball, but they are still physical enough to overpower the Broncos. Lay $100 on the Jags.

Carolina +1.5 over TAMPA BAY - Panthers on a roll right now - best to ride with them. Lay $100 on the Panthers.

HOUSTON -3 over Miami - the Dolphins are getting a lot of love and way too much respect; the Texans are going to win this game, they shouldn't be this bad. $100 on Houston.

Green Bay +1 over SEATTLE - the Seahawks are just plain bad - the Packers are just counterfeit...Lay $100 on the Pack.

That's it for today gang - to Canadian readers, Happy Thanksgiving. To American friend, I'm sure you guys have some sort of long weekend coming up, it wouldn't be like you to work while we're enjoying a holiday...haha

Hazel, here's hoping things are groovy in your world - enjoy your thanksgiving.

I'm Out!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Sunday Afternoon Three Play

Early aft isn't going great - three winners for late afternoon games.

New England -3 over SAN FRAN - Lay $150 on the Pats, they are the pick of the day.

Buffalo +2.5 over ARIZONA - lay $100 on the Bills.

WHITE SOX over Rays - Can't see both Chicago teams getting swept out of the playoffs - Lay $100 on the White Sox - 127.

That's it for this afternoon - good luck if you play them.

One Step Closer To Boston

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Get ready Red Sox Nation - you'll be seeing this scene in a couple of weeks if all goes to form. Dodgers sweep the Cubs! No time to gloat now - maybe a little later this afternoon.

Time for NFL Picks - Week 5. If you have read the page, you know the drill - confidence pool, spreads locked on Wednesday, so they may not reflect most current spreads.

16) DALLAS -10.5 over Cincinnati - that was the line on Wednesday. Cowboys rebound from loss to Skins (ugh) with a beatdown of Ocho Cinco and the Bengals.

15) New England -3.5 over SAN FRAN - Patriots rebound from embarrassing loss to Dolphins, though I'm still hating them for blowing up my suicide pool.

14) CAROLINA -9.5 over Kansas City - back to reality for the Chiefs.

13) Indianapolis -3.5 over HOUSTON - Manning's career numbers against Houston are great.

12) JACKSONVILLE -3.5 over Pittsburgh - injuries to Jags secondary aside, that front seven will get after Roethlisberger.

11) Tennessee -2.5 over BALTIMORE - not trusting Ravens offense to score much against Titans.

10) NEW ORLEANS -3.5 over Minnesota - Brees has a big day against Vikes's secondary.

09) Buffalo +1.5 over ARIZONA - no Boldin? long day for Warner

08) San Diego -6.5 over MIAMI - Chargers have issues when they travel to east, but they have too much O for Dolphins to keep up with.

07) Washington +5.5 over PHILADELPHIA - YUCK

06) Atlanta +6.5 over GREEN BAY - With Rodgers doubtful, I'll take the points.

05) Seattle +6.5 over NY GIANTS - no Burress? who is going to make a play for Giants? Seahawks, like Chargers, suck when they travel east, but they'll keep it close.

04) Tampa Bay +3.5 over DENVER - taking Tampa's D to keep it close, and Chuckie to keep Griese on a short leash.

03) DETROIT +3.5 over Chicago - little known fact, Kitna plays like a champ against the Bears. They still suck though.

There you have it - this week's pool picks.

Last week was a 3-0 week, meaning the total is up to about + $450 - stay with picks while they're HOT.

Tennessee -2.5 over BALTIMORE - going with Titans D to dominate and offense to create enough first downs to make it a field possession game. Lay $100 on the Titans.

CAROLINA -9.5 over Kansas City - going with Panthers to build up big lead early in this one. Lay $100 on the Panthers.

Indianapolis - 3 over HOUSTON - remember, Manning's numbers against Texans are very good. Lay $100 on the Colts.

Back before 4 pm for late games - thanks for taking the time to check in.

Hazel, here's hoping things are groovy in your world.

I'm OUT!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

It's not over yet...but

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "MLB Playoffs Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Perhaps a little premature - but yesterday was a day of celebration after the Dodgers' 10-3 shellacking of the Cubs. They pretty much handed the game to Big Blue with a couple of errors in the 2nd inning - but the Dodgers still had to capitalize and execute. The series could be over tonight.

Chad Billingsley was dominant - giving up one earned run over 6.2 innings, limiting the Cubs to 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out seven.

Canada's own Russell Martin broke things open with a two-out three-run double in the 2nd inning. The kid is a champ!

Shortstop Rafael Furcal had three hits, including a game changing (and GUTSY) bases loaded, rbi bunt single just before Martin's hit.

Oh yeah, Sox P Jon Lester and "Manny's Replacement" Jason Bay are to be commended for their performances in Anaheim against the Angels - see you in a few weeks guys!

That's it for today gang - back later with this week's NFL picks! Thanks for taking the time to check in.

Hazel, here's hoping things are groovy in your world.

I'm Out!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Chi-town - Meet Manny!

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

Well, late again with predictions for the MLB playoffs - but I went on record telling the gang at yahoo that the Dodgers would win the series against the Cubs in four games, and Big Blue is off to a great start with a 7-2 win over the Cubs.

"The Dodgers were 0-3 at Wrigley this season - but that was before Manny."

That sentence was uttered over and over during the first few innings of the game - how true, "before Manny". "Before Manny" the Dodgers were fourth from the bottom in terms of runs scored in the National League - "Since Manny" they were fourth in the league. Theo Epstein should be given a World Series ring when the Dodgers win the big one this year - the 20th anniversary of their last World Series win over Oakland.

Remember this Eck?

Come on Red Sox - we want YOU in the World Series...yeah, you read that right!

Other picks

Angels over Red Sox in five - sorry Red Sox Nation, as great as it would be to play the Sox, don't see it happening this year.

Phillies over Brewers in four - Brewers are just happy to be in the playoffs, enjoy your week guys.

White Sox over Rays in four - Rays had a dream season, just don't see it lasting too long this year.


Derek Lowe pitched like a bulldog and kept Big Blue in the game until the bats got going.

Lowe gave up 2 earned runs (on a wind aided home run to Mark DeRosa) on seven hits and a walk, while striking out 6 (a few of them in big situtations).

He looked like the Derek Lowe of the 2004 World Series.

Manny Ramirez was his usual self. Two hits, including a solo HR, and a walk.

Ramirez drew a two out walk in the fifth, after starting out 0-2 to Ryan Dempster, to set the table for James Loney's heroics (Andre Either walked after Ramirez).

This guy has made the Dodgers LEGIT!

James Loney had one hit - one VERY big hit after starting out 0-2...Manny's influence on the Dodgers runs deep.

Loney hits a Grand Slam in the fifth to put the Dodgers up 4-2.

They didn't look back!

Happy times here - even with the Leafs getting smoked by St. Louis in preseason Hockey.

Sox and Angels get started in a few minutes. Good luck Red Sox...Red Sox West will be waiting for you!

That's it for tonight gang - thanks for taking the time to check in.

Hazel, here's hoping things are groovy in your world - it'll be a long season for the Leafs, but there is plenty to be excited about.

I'm Out!

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