Archive for December, 2017

Betting with Britt: Bowl Edition

Posted: December 16, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Kenny Britt

Bowl season is upon us, it’s one of my favorite times of year! Not counting the national championship game, there are 39 games to be played in just over 2 weeks. Most of these games are meaningless to everybody but the Universities involved and of course, Vegas. Handicapping them, especially in advance, is very difficult. You have coaches that have left or are leaving, star players transferring or sitting out to avoid injury, players becoming academically ineligible right before kickoff, or kids get arrested for shoplifting or selling their gift cards they are given for the bowl they’re in and being suspended. HAPPENS EVERY YEAR, lol. So basically, you need to try and find the team in each game that has the most to play for. Especially in the first half of the bowl season. So, I’m going to give you every game, side and total, for a whopping 78 picks.  Am I betting every pick? HELLZ NO!!! I will however try and give you some of my favorite plays. This is just a lot of fun for me to do. Honestly, if I go 1 game over .500 here, I’d be happy.

HERE WE GO:

NEW ORLEANS BOWL: Troy -7/Under 62.5

CURE BOWL: Western Kentucky -6.5/Under 53.5

LAS VEGAS BOWL: Boise St +7/Under 61.5

NEW MEXICO BOWL: Colorado St -5.5/Over 58     ***STRONG PLAY ON THE OVER***

CAMELLIA BOWL: Arkansas St -4/Under 64

BOCA RATON BOWL: Florida Atlantic -22/Over 64.5   ***Like FAU***

FRISCO BOWL: Smu -5/Over 70   ***STRONG PLAY ON THE OVER***

GASPARILLA BOWL: Temple -7/Over 56

BAHAMAS BOWL: UAB +7.5/Over 55

FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL: Wyoming -1/Under 44.5

BIRMINGHAM BOWL: Texas Tech +2/Over 68

ARMED SERVICES BOWL: Army +6.5/Under 46.5

DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL: Toledo -7.5/Over 62

HAWAII BOWL: Fresno St +2.5/Under 49 ***STRONG PLAY ON FRESNO ST***

HEART OF DALLS BOWL: Utah -7/Over 57 ***STRONG PLAY ON OVER 57***

QUICKEN LANE BOWL: Northern Illinois +5.5/OVER 47 ***STRONG PLAY ON N. ILLINOIS +5.5***

CACTUS BOWL: Ucla +2/Over 64.5

INDEPENDENCE BOWL: FSU -15/Over 49

PINSTRIPE BOWL: Iowa -3/Under 46

TEXAS BOWL: Texas +3/Over 60.5

FOSTERS FARM BOWL: Arizona -3.5/Over 65 ***STRONG PLAY ON OVER 65***

MILITARY BOWL: Navy -1/Under 55

CAMPING WORLD BOWL: Ok st -4/Over 63 ***STRONG PLAY ON OVER 63***

ALAMO BOWL: Stanford +2.5/Under 49

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION BOWL: Washington St. -2/Over 45

BELK BOWL: Texas Am +3/Under 65

SUN BOWL: NC ST +6.5/Over 59.5

MUSIC CITY BOWL: Kentucky +7/Over 51

ARIZONA BOWL: Utah st -4/Under 62

COTTON BOWL: USC +7.5/Over 64.5 ***BET THE FARM, HOUSE, TRUCK AMD DOG ON USC***

TAXSLAYER BOWL: Louisville -6.5/Over 63 ***STRONG PLAY ON VILLE AND THE OVER***

LIBERTY BOWL: Memphis -3.5/Over 65.5 ***STRONG PLAY ON OVER 65.5***

FIESTA BOWL: Penn St-2/Over 55

ORANGE BOWL: Miami +6.5/Over 45

OUTBACK BOWL: Gamecocks +7.5/Over 42.5

PEACH BOWL: Auburn -9.5/Over 66.5 ***STRONG PKAY ON OVER 65.5***

CITRUS BOWL: Notre Dame +3/Over 51.5

ROSE BOWL: Georgia -2/Under 60

SUGAR BOWL: Clemson -3/Over 47

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:

CLEMSON 31 GEORGIA 24

I’d like to wish everybody a sincere Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Be safe, don’t drink and drive, and remember what the great Ricky Bobby says, “If you ain’t first, you’re last”

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Betting with Britt

Posted: December 15, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Jeff Henning

(Editors Note: Jeff Henning went 6-4 last week so Kenny isn’t dressing this week. Betting with Britt continues with Henning’s hot picks. Let’s. Go!)

My 1 week cameo has turned into two. I’m ok with that,  because although we did finish 6-4 last week, I was hoping for a little bit more.  Kenny is focusing this week on the 39, yes 39 college bowl games that will be played over the next 3 weeks, therefore, I am going to take another swing for 10 NFL picks!  If you played 100 on all 10 last week, you would have profited 160.  Lets make that much more this week.  The winners train is coming thru, are you gonna ride?

Denver -2 at Colts

My top pick of the week is the Atlanta Falcons -5 at Tampa.  Tampa is 4-9, going nowhere, and Atlanta needs to keep winning for a playoff birth. They currently sit in the projected 6 spot as a wildcard.  They are dangerous inside, or in good weather, and Tampa should be a nice venue for the dirty birds to keep rolling.

Next is a road dog that I think vegas has missed the line on big time.  Of course they have the billion dollar casinos and literally print money every day so its pretty dumb of me to think I’m in some way smarter, but we shall see on this one.  Arizona +5.5 at Washington.  Take the points, and thumb your nose at the sports book when you collect.

Next is a two for one.  I really like what Baltimore has done recently and look for them to continue their push to get in the playoffs.  They are -9 on the road at Cleveland where the weather could be a little sketchy, but I’m gonna ride with the Ravens -9 and take the over 40! Two for one, sounds like fun to me, just don’t let the wife catch ya!

In any division game, no matter the teams, it’s hard to give up more than 10 points and still cover the spread.  The AFC South is garbage as usual, but they are still professionals and getting paid, so that should be enough to make you compete. Houston is +12.5 at Jacksonville, and even though I think Jacksonville wins this game easily, I don’t think they will cover. Take Houston +12.5  and pray that the defense can do enough to keep it close.

The balance of picks:

Chargers -1.5 at KC

Vikings -10 vs. Cincy

Pats/Steelers OVER 53

Packers +2 at Carolina (Aaron Rodgers is the only reason to make this bet)

Happy hunting!  Let’s build that bank roll to invest in Kenny’s 39 bowl games!

*Season (74-63-1)

Brace Yourselves for the Return

Posted: December 13, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Chad Schrump

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He’s back.

Paul George, a man that tried as hard as humanly possible to leave the Indiana Pacers with absolutely zero leverage when attempting to trade him to another NBA team this summer, potentially leaving a proud franchise decimated, is back.

Paul George, a man that told then new Pacers’ President Kevin Pritchard he was “all-in” on building a winner in Indianapolis – then just a week later, allowed his agent to leak to the media that he had no intention of resigning with Indiana when his contract expired next summer, is back.

Paul George, a man that essentially told Indianapolis that your city isn’t good enough for me – even though the city and its fans treated him like a second son for seven seasons, is back.

Paul George, a man that upon playing in his first game back after suffering a potentially career ending, gruesome leg injury – returned to a sold-out stadium, his fans showering him with love and affection, wanting their star to know he was badly missed and was “one of them”, is back.

Tonight, Paul George, Public Enemy #1, returns to Indianapolis in a much different capacity, as his Oklahoma City Thunder…, no, whoa – that’s not accurate… as Russell Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Paul was never much of a leader, so obviously, OKC is not Paul’s team. It’s Westbrook’s.  Matter of fact, Paul George was so bad at leading that David West decided he’d had enough.  He literally left over $10M on the table to go work with real professionals out west.  He knew Paul couldn’t lead – wouldn’t lead – just didn’t have the internal makeup for it.  Paul will never, ever be a Batman.  He’s always going to be a poor man’s Robin.

I understand that the tone of this column seems to have been set, that it’s just another rip Paul George piece but I promise, it’s not what you think. No, really!  Stay with me, here.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to hear the boos. Oh, how I’ve waited for this moment – to wrap my cold soul in a warm blanket of Pacer fan resentment.  The boos will be thunderous, rolling down from the rafters to the floor like an avalanche of anger, hurt and bitterness – perhaps unlike anything, and I mean anything, we’ve ever heard before in this town.  This fan base has been waiting for months for this moment but I’m here to tell you, they’re not nearly as angry as they thought they’d be.  Not even close.

You see, this town has fallen in love with Victor Oladipo.

And love heals all wounds.

On June 30th, when Paul George was traded to OKC for former Indiana Hoosier basketball star Victor Oladipo and 2nd year forward Domantas Sabonis, most thought the Pacers had essentially given George away for free.  Most believed, at worse, Indiana could have at least gotten a couple of late, 1st round picks for their franchise player and that if they were really lucky, could turn one of those picks into a star but clearly, draft picks weren’t even on the table.  The Pacers were left with OKC scraps.

Take it or leave it, Pritchard. Those were the options.

He took it.

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How incredibly fortunate for the Pacers that he did because Sabonis has been nothing short of outstanding and Victor Oladipo? This man has been a Godsend.

Vic plays hard. Man, does he play hard!  He rarely complains.  He hustles – no, he sprints! He defends.  He’s passionate.  He’s a skywalker.  He’s fun.  He’s a leader.  He’s clutch.  He’s cool.  He’s marketable.  He’s a role model.  Best of all, he’s a closer!  He’s everything to this team, to this franchise, to this basketball loving state, right now.

He’s almost too good to be true.

Most importantly, when Oladipo hits big shots, and man – he’s already hit a bunch of them, just watch him look up into the stands, his stands, point to his floor with both hands and say, “This is my house!  This is my city.  This is where I want to be!”  He makes Pacer fans feel good again, like they’re good enough, like this city is good enough.

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Victor Oladipo wants to be an Indiana Pacer. He’s not looking for the next best landing spot.  This is where he wants to be and it feels good.  It feels right.

So, even though Paul George thought he’d left this team for dead, leaving Kevin Pritchard the unenviably task of trying to salvage a franchise for just pennies on the dollar, know this: Oklahoma City was absolutely fleeced in this trade.  There were a lot of jokes circulating in the print media, radio/TV and social media about how bad the Pacers looked coming out of the deal but who’s laughing now?

If the season ended today, the Indiana Pacers would be the #5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and they’re just mere percentage points out of the 4th slot – where they’d actually have home court advantage in their first round series.  No chance you’d have believed that in July, right?  I wouldn’t have.  I know there’s a long, long way to go but this is fun.

OKC? They wouldn’t even be in the playoffs!  They’re the 9-seed out west where only 8 teams get in.  They’re a lottery team!  See, I think that’s funny.  I think that’s absolutely delicious.  Karma can be a real mutha, right?

When they introduce the 6’ 9” Forward from Fresno State, boo with all your might, as I know you will. But deep inside, smile and say a special thank you to PG.  After all, without his desire to dump Indianapolis like a bad habit and move on to wherever he wants to move on to, we’d never had been given the building blocks for the next 10 years in Oladipo and Sabonis.  Indiana’s foundation has been firmly built.

So, thanks PG and by the way – don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way back out of town.

 

Betting with Britt

Posted: December 7, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

(Editor’s note: I received a text from Kenny this Wednesday. After going 2-7-1 last weekend, he tapped out and wanted a one weekend break so he chose a red hot gambler as our guest picker. If he has a good weekend, we ain’t goin’ back. Kenny might have gotten Wally Pipped. Buckle up. —Chad)

by Jeff Henning

This weeks picks are coming to you from cold, wet, dark, gloomy England. I am your “guest prognosticator” Jeff Henning.  Kenny has done a good job this season with picks. After having a rough week, he needed some time away to gather his thoughts and get his winning mindset back!!!

(Chad here again… check out Kenny Britt’s text to me. You can almost taste the salty tears.)

Outside of Army/Navy, there aren’t any other college football games to worry about, so we will concentrate strictly on the NFL.  With the playoff push on, there are some intriguing matchups!  I won’t promise you a 10-0 card, but I will tell you that I’ve been hot the last couple of weeks and look to continue my collecting from “the man”, so if you want to have a good week and make a few $$$$ get on board and ride the winners train with me!

My top game and 10*** Lock is the Green Bay Packers -3 at Cleveland!  If you play one game, this is the 1. Hundley is doing enough to keep this team going until double check can return for a possible playoff push!  Double down, here with whatever you are comfortable with, I don’t give games 10*** for no reason.

Next I like Dallas -4.5 at the New York Football Giants. Firing the head coach and general manager will do nothing to drag this team from the cess pool it has been in since OBJ went down.  Jerrys boys will take them to the woodshed this weekend!

Seattle and Jacksonville both sit at 8-4 and both normally boast pretty good defense.  What does that mean?  Well to me it means take the Over at 39 and cash your ticket!

As much as I dislike Brady and Beli”cheat”, it’s hard to overlook what they continue doing! Winning, and winning big.  Gronk being out, is a slight concern, but that’s more about my fantasy team than it is the Patriots covering a 9 point line against the 5-7 Miami Dolphins. Lay the points and smile when you collect!

Possibly the best game of the weekend to watch will be the 10-2 Eagles going cross country to visit the LA Rams.  Everyone is high on the eagles, and I like them a lot, I’m just not sure they NEED this one as bad as the Rams do in their home stadium.  Tread lightly and enjoy this one, but I’m going with the Rams -2.

Balance of picks:

Chargers -6 over the Redskins

Atlanta +2 in a close one with the Saints

Minnesota -2.5 at Carolina

Oakland +4 at Kansas City

Chicago and Cincy are both hot garbage, but they can score a little bit against bad competition.  My theory is they are both bad enough to take the total over the 37.5 number.

Enjoy the weekend, have some fun, and watch a lot of the greatest game on Earth! Football!!!  American Football, not this thing in the UK they keep calling futbal.

*Season (68-59-1)

Betting with Britt

Posted: December 2, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Kenny Britt

Last week: 6-4

We were 1.5 points away from an 8-2 week. ND under got us by 1/2 point and Ohio St. under got us by 1 point. But, that’s how it goes and those types of things happen more often than you think. This is another solid weekend of football coming up, lots on the line. And remember what I’ve said a few times this year, I play the games I LIKE, not the biggest game on tv. I say this cause Auburn/Georgia is gonna be a dog fight and I just don’t have a feel on this game. I’m leaning towards Georgia and the Under, but keeping it out of my plays. Just watch and enjoy a potential game to be remembered.

1) Akron/Toledo- UNDER 58.5

2) OK/TCU- OVER 63.5 (probably by mid 3rd quarter)

3) Wiscy/OSU- This may be due to my total dislike of everything regarding OSU, including their head coach and both their coordinators, I’ll let you know around midnight Saturday, lol. WISCY +6 (OUTRIGHT WINNER)

4) Miami/Clemson- Never have liked Miami but I do like Mark Richt. But Clemson is too much here. CLEMSON -9

5) Miami/Clemson- Sometimes great defenses make games be 13-9 And sometimes great defenses cause lots of turnovers, giving their offenses good field position all night. The latter happens tonight. OVER 46.5

6) Detroit/Balt- Still don’t understand how Balt is in the wild card race. LIONS +3

7) Minn/Atlanta- Probably the game of the week. Two really good, one of them will lose to Philly in the NFC championship game. Hjome field makes a difference here. ATLANTA -3

8) NE/Bills- See analysis on #3. BILLS +9

9) Houston/Tenn- I won’t be at the game, but I’ll be right next to the stadium, so my mojo will be all over the place. TITANS -6.5

10) KC/Jets- KC can’t keep falling off the planet, right? KC can’t let Phil “cry me a” River(s) make the playoffs, right? KC can’t let Andy Reid have anymore donuts, right? KC can’t get beat by the Jets, right? KC -3

*Season (66-52)