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by Chad Schrump

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Groundhog Day.  What a classic.  You remember this movie, right?  Bill Murray plays a surly TV weatherman that gets stuck in a time loop in Punxsutawney, PA and eventually falls for gorgeous Andie MacDowell.  Love that movie.  Still, to this day, one of my favorites of all-time.  If I see it on TV while channel surfing, you can bet your bottom dollar I’m stopping on it.

Isn’t it the same damn thing with the Indianapolis Colts? Stop me if you heard this one before… Colts play well in first half – take a lead into the 3rd quarter, fail to make any adjustments and proceed to get their doors blown off in the 4th quarter.  Groundhog Day.  It’s a formula as right as the rain – as true as the sun coming up in the morning.

I don’t even know who to blame anymore. Do you?  Pagano?  Sure.  Donte Moncrief?  Why not?  Jack Doyle?  Probably.  T.Y. Hilton?  Yes.

There’s certainly enough to go around.

Tennessee ended an 11 game team losing skid against the Colts last night, winning 36-22, in a game that the Colts led by 10 in the 3rd quarter.  It’s just mind numbing how this continues to happen, week in and week out.  I could literally write my column before the game starts and then see how close I was to nailing it.  I would almost guarantee you that I’d be close because I know what this team is and what this team isn’t.

It is a team that quits.  When things get really uncomfortable, especially on the road, the Colts will fold faster than Mike Pence in a Donald Trump staff meeting.

There’s no reason in the world that Titan RB Derrick Henry should have taken a handoff with less than a minute to play, and run it all the way to the house 70+ yards for a backbreaking touchdown.  The Colts knew Tennessee was going to pound the ball into the line to kill the clock – but it just seemed a little too uncomfortable, too painful to keep fighting, right?  Instead, let’s just get the killing over with and take it all in one, clean shot.

Pitiful.

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T.Y. Hilton isn’t a leader.  What he is, however, is the king of the disappearing act.  I have never, and I mean, never – seen a supposedly superstar player fall off the face of the Earth like this guy does.  How can a guy that is 4th in the league in receiving yards only have 1 grab for 17 yards in a division game when you’re playing for 1st place?  How does that even happen?  At what point does Hilton bring it every, single week?  The Colts are essentially starting a rookie QB in Jacoby Brissett, with a less than fluent grasp of the offense and his #1 weapon disappears like that?  Inexcusable.

While we’re on the subject of Brissett – can we all stop the nonsense that this is “his team now” and trade Andrew Luck for “some high draft picks?” Can we quit saying that ridiculous crap, please?  If you’re still saying it – go back and watch video of Andrew Luck playing the Denver Broncos a couple years ago in the game that he was almost killed, literally, by lacerating his liver.  Go back and watch the video of him singlehandedly bringing his team back from the dead in a playoff game against Kansas City.

I think people forget what kind of talent that they have in #12 and it annoys that ever-loving hell out of me. Some “fans” are so dumb that it’s frightening.  Quit being stupid.  Okay?  Just stop.  Andrew Luck will once again be your quarterback and it’s going to happen, sooner rather than later.

Jack Doyle is a good football player.  He just didn’t play like one last night.  At all.  Blame it on the concussion from a couple weeks ago or whatever you want but his performance last night was simply brutal.  His 3rd down drop was a serious momentum killer and his fumble fuelled an already roaring Tennessee fire.  He’s depended on too much in this offense to play like he’s played that last few weeks.

To be quite frank, Doyle hasn’t played well since he signed his lucrative contract extension. No idea if that has anything to do with his subpar play but it’s just a fact.  This popular fan favorite needs to figure this thing out and quickly.

Marlon Mack is a playmaker so why doesn’t Chuck Pagano play him more? It’s obvious that he’s Indy’s best playmaker running the football so why, at a minimum, is he not getting equal carries with Frank Gore?  Does Pagano lack the balls to have an uncomfortable conversation with Frank letting him know that Mack is going to be a larger part of the offensive equation, going forward?

Now, I completely get that you don’t want to crap all over Gore because even at 34 years old, he’s running well and cares as much as anyone on the entire roster – but it’s apparent that large chunks of ground yardage don’t come easy anymore. He’s still quick to a hole and cuts well but his speed is shot.  Done.

Mack, on the other hand, looks like he’s one missed tackle away from a 50 yard run, at any time.  Pagano has got to get him more involved.   If he’s not playing because he doesn’t block well enough, then coach him to be a better blocker.

Do your job, Pagano. Coach the kid!  Give this team a chance to win.

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This football team has been outscored by 80 points in the second half of football games this season. 80 points.  That equates to a couple touchdowns per game.  That’s not something any team can overcome, much less this one!  That’s all on this pathetic coaching staff

Come on, Chuck… Figure out a way to control the ball some. Get your defense off the field.  Run Mack more.  If he’s going to drop touchdown passes, play Moncrief less.  Make a worthwhile adjustment coming out of halftime now and then.  Get in players’ faces when they screw up.  Quit encouraging all of the time.  Toughen up.  Expect good play.  Hold players accountable.

Your job is on the line, Chuck.  This will be your last head coaching job in the NFL if you don’t figure some things out.

Like Bill Murray said, “You want a prediction about the weather? I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.”

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We’re 6 weeks into the 2017 season guys and we’ve essentially seen the same game, all season long.

Unlike Groundhog Day, none of us can keep watching this movie. This isn’t timeless.

This is just bad football.

 

 

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We are seven weeks into the season and only two, Notre Dame and Kentucky, of the teams below are still in the National Championship hunt but there is still plenty to play for.  Hopes are still very high in Bloomington as they continue to play the top end Big10 teams very closely and Purdue still has their sights on a very nice bowl.

Here are this weeks bowl projections. 

NCAABOWL

 

22 Teams Left Playing for 4 Spots

Posted: October 16, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

Week 8 is upon us and the College Football Playoff landscape is starting to come into view.  After seven weeks of games we are left with 22 teams that have a shot be one of the four playoff teams.

This weeks slate gives us a few juicy match-ups.  Included is one guarantee knock out game when the Men of Troy invade South Bend, a Big10 heavyweight for the Gameday crew with Penn St vs Michigan and some possible knock outs.

 

 

 

 

 

Coach Cal Doing What Coach Cal Does

Posted: October 13, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

This is a crazy time in college basketball.  The season is upon us and much of the talk is not on the teams or the upcoming season but scandal, University 6, and shoe companies.  With that said I love my coach and can’t wait to see my team.

Many have been waiting to catch Cal and Kentucky with their hand in the cookie jar but there is no program that is more in touch with where college basketball needs to go.  Away from the archaic and ineffective NCAA rules and to a future that promotes kids instead of prohibits them.  Watch the master do his work.

They’re Back……

Posted: October 13, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

Betting with Britt

Posted: October 12, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Kenny Britt

Last week 6-4. Decent bounce back last week, got beat on a last play of the game pick 6 in the Purdue/Minn or we would’ve gone 7-3.

I got a little something different this week. First, I’ll be giving 6 college and 4 pro games instead of the usual 5 and 5. You like what you like, don’t bet if you don’t like it. I can usually find more than 5 games each day that I like, but I just don’t like the NFL card as much this week.

Secondly, I’ve talked about value bets in the past. I love a lot of underdogs this week in college football. 5 of my 6 plays on Saturday are underdogs and I will be playing the moneyline on each game. When playing the moneyline, you don’t get the points, but you get a good value on your money. You can literally go 2-3 and make money, and 3-2 or better gets you a nice bankroll. So, here we go with my picks and I’ll give you the moneylines in parenthesis.

1) Kansas St +6.5  vs TCU. K St lost their starting QB last week and TCU is all the sudden in the title conversation. Although Gary Patterson is a good coach, he is no Bill Snyder, He finds a way to win, KANSAS ST +6.5 (+210)

2) Vandy +3.5 vs. Mississippi. Burn me once, shame on you, burn me twice, shame on me. Vandy has burned me twice this year, but this game just has a “feel” to it. If Vandy burns me again, I’ll need a new saying for burn me 3 times. VANDY +3.5 (+145)

3) Texas AM vs. Florida.   Game goes OVER 51.5

4) LSU +7 vs. Auburn. I think LSU puts it all together in this game and its at home. It’ll be a slug fest, but LSU +7 (+215)

5) Minnesota +4 vs. Michigan St. I’m stubborn sometimes. Chad made the comment last week that I still don’t believe in Clemson yet. And, I don’t. Same goes with Michigan St. Minnesota punches them in the mouth this week. MINNESOTA +4 (+150)

6) Georgia Tech +6.5 vs. Miami. Miami lost their starting RB and GT has a better defense than they have had in past years. I really think GT pounds the ball down the Miami D throat. GT +6.5 (200)

7) Lions +4.5 vs. Saints. Just don’t think the Saints are that good and the Lions are. LIONS +4.5

8) Atlanta -13 vs. Miami. Atlanta is pissed after their last loss and Miami is, well, Miami. ATLANTA -13

9) Cards +1.5 vs, Bucs. Cards are desperate and know they need a win. CARDS +1.5

10) Steelers vs. KC. Steelers need this and BIg Ben sucked so bad this week I don’t even know how to describe it. But, Steelers will open it up and may surprise some folks, beating the last undefeated team. Either way, game goes OVER 47

*Season (33-17)

Betting with Britt

Posted: October 5, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Kenny Britt

Well, last week sucked. 4-6 is not up to my standards. There, got rid of all the negative, time to turn it into positive, and I’m still 27-13 for the year, which is a 68% clip, who wouldn’t take that?

It’s October now, teams have formed identities and trends, and Vegas has caught up. And I love the challenge, it brings out the competitiveness in me. I REALLY like this week’s picks. So, here we go:

1) Western Michigan vs. Buffalo. Go ahead and laugh at the game selection, just remember money is money. Game goes OVER 49

2) Minnesota vs. Purdue. Purdue has played surprisingly good defense. Minnesota burned last week, but they still play good D and run the ball. Weather calls for rain and wind. Game goes UNDER 46.5

3) Michigan St. vs. Michigan. I still don’t think Michigan has played their best yet, and MSU just isn’t up to their regular dominance this year. Could get ugly. MICHIGAN -10

4) Tulsa vs. Tulane. Simply put, game goes WAY over. OVER 57

5) Georgia vs. Vandy. Georgia has looked tough, their run game is outstanding, and the freshman qb is playing like a junior. However, Vandy will stack the line and put 7-8 in the box and make the freshman beat them. Georgia wins but Vandy covers. VANDY +17.5

6) Buffalo vs. Cincy. Buffalo just won at Atlanta. Cincy has looked pretty bad, I mean beating the Brown’s don’t mean too much. So, why is Cincy favored? That’s all I need to know. CINCY -3

7) Carolina vs. Detroit. I think both teams unleash in this game and it goes over early in the 3rd. OVER 43.5

8) Seattle vs. Rams. Not on the Rams bandwagon just yet, but getting close. Meanwhile, my brain and heart still hate everything about Seattle, but my wallet likes them. SEATTLE +1

9) Baltimore vs. Oakland. Baltimore sucks. Manuel looked decent replacing Carr. Oakland is pissed and at home. Oakland wins by tons.  OAKLAND -3

10) Packers vs. Dallas. Cowboys got to get things straightened out before it’s too late. This game could make the difference in who hosts a home playoff game later on down the road. They leave it all on the field, should be a shootout. OVER 52.5

*Season (27-13)