Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Four Corners

Every Monday-Thursday (and occasional weekend games) renowned college basketball expert, Money will be handicapping the games for you. Picks and thoughts will be posted prior to tip-off, typically by 3:30 pm pst.

Before we speak about the hoop games this week, I wanted to quickly discuss the Superbowl. Some of my predictions were quite accurate. Yes, I did receive very bad information regarding the coin toss. My “sources” in Detroit were obviously partying too much with Ben Roethlisberger. But my best prediction about this game was how much this game would suck (click here for the link http://veracitysports.blogspot.com/2006/01/super-toiletbowl-sunday.html). This was the worst superbowl I have ever seen. This was not two great defenses shutting down the opposing team’s offense. These were just two very average teams playing in the pinnacle of professional sports. I wish both teams had lost. Bring back the dynasties of the 49ers, Cowboys and Steelers. It was more fun to root against them.

Don’t talk to me about the poor officiating either. Yes, there were some bad calls, but good teams and good players overcome mistakes like that. These referees are human beings and they will make mistakes. What are we expecting to see, computers making the accurate call? We are getting close to that, and when we get there, we won’t even have to play the game. That will be fun.

The commercials were not that great either, the worst being the Hummer 3 add with the robot and Godzilla-creature having a baby, the car. Who was the audience for that commercial? My 6 year old son? He does not have any money, nor does he know how to drive. He did like the commercial though. I gave him a timeout after he voiced his approval for that commercial.

Football is over, baseball will soon begin, but right now our focus is on March Madness. In case you did not know, it is “Rivalry Week” on ESPN. Next week on ESPN will be “Ally Week”, followed by “ACC week”, culminating in “Dukie Vitale picks Duke to win it all Baby” week. Whatever.

Money’s trip to the Bank: (Money’s Cash cow to date – 16 wins, 11 losses). The team in ALL CAPS is my pick.

VIRGINIA +7 @ Maryland 4pm
A good gambler has a short (or no) memory. I still like the Cavaliers getting points here even though they burned me on Saturday.

TENNESSEE +2.5 @ Kentucky 4pm
Kentucky has had the upper hand in this rivalry recently, but this is our hill and these are our beans.

ST. JOSEPH’S +7.5 vs. Villanova 4:30pm
This rivalry game is being played at a neutral site. Villanova is a great team, but they never blow anybody out. They win the game, but keep it close.

WICHITA STATE +6 @ Northern Iowa 5pm
Ben Jacobsen has been struggling with his shot. They will win, but this game will be close.

NORTH CAROLINA +5 vs. Duke 6pm
These games are always close. The Tar Heels are playing very well now. NC wins this game.

NOTE: There is a comment field at the end of each article if you feel like expressing your anger publicly.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Money--
Please spare me your wisdom on life : "good teams and good players overcome mistakes like that. These referees are human beings and they will make mistakes." When I want to learn about life, I will read Ecclesiates or listen to Green Day. What I need from The Truth is sharp gambling advice. So how did the worst refs in the histgory of the world affect the game? I say they affected it for 11 points. More to the point, when should we see this coming and how should we quantify the impact of bandwagon-jumping refs on the point spread?

4:20 PM  
Blogger Money said...

Dear Mr. Anonymous,
Thanks for reading. The Truth is you can't calculate bad officiating into the handicapping of games. There were some blown calls that surely changed momentum. But if you were to say that it cost Seattle 11 points and ultimately the game, then I would have to call you an "American Idiot".


7:34 PM  

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