Saturday, December 23, 2006

Ladainian; Cut your nails

If any of you have seen the cover of Sports Illustrated, you know what I am talking about. His nails are too long. That is disgusting. I love his humility, but until he cuts those nails I am backing Larry Johnson of the Chiefs, and betting against you this week.

Money and his underdogs have not gotten off to a good start in the bowls games, but our scientific research still points to this advantage. Money says to be patient.

Keep checking Money's Bowl predictions and offer up any comments you may have on future locks. 50 Cent and Thumbs for fingers predicted the BYU blowout. That was an obvious omission from Money, a frequent Vegas insider. Taking the whole "vegas experience" a step further and learning from it, makes Money think the Hawaii pick is a great one. The ASU coach is on his way out, but still coaching the team. The "sundevils" are in Hawaii for an all expenses trip. They will be surfing (without sunblock) and partying it up all night, with no regard for a curfew and no thoughts on a football game until kickoff. Meanwhile, UH is good team with a Heisman candidate QB will be playing at home. Blowout.

Great games in college hoops today. Texas at Tennessee should be a close game, where I give the edge to the Volunteers. UCLA is playing at home against Michigan, where two defensive-minded teams will duke it out. It should be a low scoring game, but UCLA will pull it off (by 10 points). My readers need locks though. Here they are:

College Hoops:

DEPAUL -6 vs. Cal
Bear fans have seen this before. Trip across the country to play an underrated team in Depaul. Do this now without your best player, Hardin, who is out with a broken foot. Thank you Cal, for another year of mediocrity.

OHIO STATE +5.5 @ Florida
Al Horford may not play, Brewer will be coming back from his sickness and will be rusty. Florida will still play and they are deep, but Ohio State will be better. Oden will abuse skinny little Noah.

LSU -23 vs. Louisiana Tech
Bounce back game for the tigers after an embarrassing loss to the huskies.

NFL picks (for those of you still paying attention to Money):

HOUSTON +9 vs. Indy
Did you see how good the colts were last week? They are back! Now watch them play to the level of their opponent and keep this game close.

CLEVELAND -3 vs. Tampa Bay
Not sure why I like this team. They really suck, but they play hard. The Bucs are worse try less. Plus the weather will be awful, just like Rattay.

SEATTLE +4.5 vs. San Diego
I love the home dogs, plus the whole finger nail thing as explained above.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Let's go Bowling!

32 bowl games? Are you kidding me? I would say that there are a handful of meaningful games and the rest is just a big pile of Poop. Butt, if you place on bet on these insignificant games, they now are significant to you. Let’s go through them and I will rate them by dollar signs. 5 $ is one of my top games and 1 $ means Money thinks you should walk away from the game and play Bingo with your kid.

As I have said all week long, if you pick more than 10 favorites, you are doing something wrong. Money must be doing something wrong. Convince yourself that you need to take the favorite, and there better be a pretty compelling reason.

December 19
TCU vs. Northern Illinois
Pick: Northern Illinois + 12 ($$$$)
Let’s jump right into this and take the underdog in the first bowl game.

December 21
Las Vegas
BYU vs. Oregon
Pick: Oregon +3.5 ($$)
I am not real enamored with this pick, but it is an underdog. The ducks are a talented team but they have really underachieved all year. Go with the Power conference here getting some points.

December 22
New Orleans
Rice vs. Troy
Pick: Troy +4 ($)
I have no clue what either team offers. I can’t even name a mascot in this one. Great night to rekindle your relationship with your wife

December 23
East Carolina vs. South Florida
Pick: South Florida -3 ($$$)
Money’s first favorite. This should be a high scoring game, and 3 points is not too much to ask for in this high scoring game.

December 23
New Mexico
New Mexico vs. San Jose State
Pick: San Jose State +3.5 ($)
I suppose I could give the edge to New Mexico as they are playing this game in their home state, but the Spartans appear better on paper, so I am taking the underdog here as well.

December 23
Armed Forces
Utah vs. Tulsa
Pick: Tulsa +1.5 ($$$$$)
This will be a home game/crowd for Tulsa, who should route a very mediocre Utah team.

December 24
Hawaii vs. Arizona State
Pick: Hawaii -7 ($$$$$)
I love this game. ASU is without a coach and the kids are in Hawaii on a dream vacation. Curfew? What curfew?

December 26
Motor City
Central Mich. vs. Middle Tennessee
Pick: Middle Tennessee +10 ($$$$)
A team that just lost its coach to Cincinnati is giving 10 points? Thank you, I’ll take them

December 27
Florida State vs. UCLA
Pick: UCLA -4.5 ($$$)
UCLA will try and build off their fantastic victory over USC. They should have a good following as the fans just travel up north to San Francisco. Keep an eye of Fagg of FSU. He could be the difference-maker.

December 28
Oklahoma State vs. Alabama
Pick: Oklahoma state -2.5 ($$$$)
A good rule of thumb is that if you have not hired a coach, then you probably have not prepared too much for this game. Bring back Mike Price and the strippers!

December 28
California vs. Texas A&M
Pick: Texas A &M +5 ($$$$)
The Bears won’t be up for this game. If it were Texas or Nebraska or Oklahoma they would be, but they don’t know anything about A&M so they take the game lightly and lose.

December 28
Rutgers vs. Kansas State
Pick: Kansas State +7.5 ($$$)
Rutgers had a good season but they are probably a bit disappointed this early in the bowl season.

December 29
Music City
Clemson vs. Kentucky
Pick: Kentucky +10 ($$$$$)
Clemson was playing for a BCS bowl, not this toilet bowl. I think their play will reflect this.

December 29
Oregon State vs. Missouri
Pick: Oregon state -3.5 ($$)
The Beavers had a good season and are more than capable of pulling this one off.

December 29
Houston vs. South Carolina
Pick: Houston +7.5 ($$$)
I think the SEC is overrated.

December 29
Minnesota vs. Texas Tech
Pick: Texas Tech -6.5 ($$$)
The red raiders like to throw the ball. The gophers like to run the ball. The red raiders will do their thing better

December 29
Champs Sports
Purdue vs. Maryland
Pick: Purdue +2.5 ($$)
Both of these teams limped into this bowl game. Do I have to pick a winner? Ok, I’ll take the underdog.

December 30
Meineke Car Care
Navy vs. Boston College
Pick: Navy +6.5 ($$$$)
Having to play Navy in a bowl game is about as bad as it gets. Impossible to prepare for. BC’s coach is off to better pastures.

December 30
Iowa vs. Texas
Pick: Iowa +10.5 ($$$)
Texas may be pissed after losing their last game and come in hungry and focused. I think they are more pissed that they are not playing for a national championship and they sleepwalk through this game.

December 30
Virginia Tech vs. Georgia
Pick: Virginia Tech -2.5 ($$$)
Again, the SEC is overrated and Frank Beamer excels in games like this. Va Tech wins this game on a blocked punt.

December 31
MPC Computers
Miami (Fla.) vs. Nevada
Pick: Miami -3 ($)
Yuck. This game is awful, but a part of me thinks that the new head coach (the defensive coordinator) will keep this team motivated and use this as a springboard for next season.

January 1
Penn State vs. Tennessee
Pick: Tennessee -4 ($$$$)
The SEC is overrated but Penn State is not very good.

January 1
Auburn vs. Nebraska
Pick: Nebraska +2.5 ($$$$)
How does Auburn score any points? Their offense sucks.

January 1
Georgia Tech vs. West Virginia
Pick: West Virginia -7 ($$)
This game should showcase a lot of NFL talent. I will take the team with more.

January 1
Capital One
Wisconsin vs. Arkansas
Pick: Wisconsin +1 ($$$$$)
Nobody has talked about Wisconsin all year because Ohio state and Michigan did so well. The Badgers are right up there with them.

January 1
Michigan vs. USC
Pick: Michigan +1 ($$$$$)
This should be a great game if both teams show up to play. Why wouldn’t they? Bus breaks down? Michigan has a better bus.

January 1
Boise State vs. Oklahoma
Pick: Boise State +7.5 ($$$$)
We can thank Adrian Peterson and his return from injury for the .5 increase in the line. That seals it for me.

January 2
Louisville vs. Wake Forest
Pick: Louisville -9.5 ($$)
Louisville’s offense is explosive. Wake Forest is out of place here.

January 3
Notre Dame vs. LSU
Pick: LSU -9 ($)
9 points is a lot, and it surprises me how high it is. The SEC is overrated, but ND is just a golden helmet. I probably should be taking the underdog here, but I just can’t.

January 6
Western Michigan vs. Cincinnati
Pick: Western Michigan +8 ($$$$)
This game seems a bit out of place. Why are they playing on Jan 6? Is this tape delayed from Canada? Nevertheless, I will bet against the team that has a new coach.

January 7
Ohio vs. Southern Mississippi
Pick: Ohio +6.5 ($)
Flip a coin.

January 8
BCS Title Game
Ohio State vs. Florida
Pick: Ohio State -7.5 ($$$$$)
While Florida does belong in this title game, they will be no match for the Buckeyes

Post a comment below with your locks!