ATS - MLB: 116-91 - NFL: 14-15 - College: 20-20 - NBA: 2-2
The sweetest part about the end of baseball season is how College Football takes ova the weekday nights and combines with the NBA to give an investor more options than the Hanson brothers at a Jr High dance circa '97. Tonight, we have one of the fiercest rivalries in college football since Miami (FL) and Florida International were stomping on each other like it was a street-fight…no, not Ohio St/Mich...I’m talking bout the Western Michigan/Central Michigan tilt on ESPN2. Throw-in a full docket of NBA action and some leftover happy brownies, and I’m bettin' there’s a 50% chance I’m late to work tomorrow. As for the Monday Night contest, the Ravens look like they should be playing in an old-timers game and the Steelers look to have a swagger that’s eerily similar to 2005-06…minus the Jerome Bettis over-the-top Farewell Tour. With that, here are Four Picks & Four Pics…enjoy the day BEEATCHES!
TUESDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FOOTBALL
CENTRAL MICHIGAN (5-4) (4-0) (-3) @ WESTERN MICHIGAN (3-6) (2-3)
All four of CMUs losses have come at the hands of football powerhouses (@ Kansas, @ Clemson, @ Purdue, & 9-0 ND St.)...when compared to their MAC competition. As for their performance in league play, the undefeated Chippewas have been dominate on offense averaging 47 ppg and winning by an average of almost 20. Sophomore QB Dan LeFevour has been 'Mike Tyson interview' good this year completing 67% of passes with18 TDs & 7 INTs, and rushing for 546 yards and 8 scores. At 6-3 with an acurate arm and solid quickness, he’s not a typical MAC QB and proved it early to these WM Broncos by leadin' the Chips to a 24-point victory last year. Speaking of WMU, their coming-off a bye week having lost 3 of 4, including another rivalry game two weeks ago to EMU where they were embarassed 19-2. No point in writing any more about a team that’s not very good and is getting way to much ATS luv because it’s a rivalry game.
Final Score: CMU 41 WMU 27
NBA ACTION IS FRAT-TATSTIC!
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (2-0) (+8) @ CHICAGO BULLS (0-3)
With limited expectations following the injury to Elton Brand, the Clippers have played inspired ball and seem determined to prove their not a one-man show. Chicago-native Corey Maggette finally seems to have an opportunity to shine and has been sweeter than Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball so far this season (22 ppg 7 rpg 4apg 52 fg%) and uses athletic frame to get to the FT line at will (almost 10 attempts per contest and 89 ft%). Throw-in Tim Thomas (20ppg 5 rpg 54 3pt%) who will look to embarrass a team that threw him under the bus, a legitimate big man in Chris “Caveman” Kaman (18 ppg 17 rpg 2 bpg), a bench scorer who always defends Ben Gordon well in Cuttino Mobley (19 ppg 6 rpg 53 fg%), and two veteran point guards in Sam “Supermodel” Cassell & Brevin “Mr. Assist” Knight...and I’m calling for an upset tonight…even though the Clipp won both contests last year. As for Paxson, Skiles, & Co's team, their forcus and confidence always seems to drive their success. While they always seem to start-out like crap, this year, the youngsters were also dealing with contract extensions (which never happened) and the obvious Krabby Kobe trade distractions. No reason to think they’ve resolved these issues, and no reason to think Ben Gordon has learned how to play defense, Luol can handle Maggette’s strength and speed, and any PF on the Bulls will enjoy chancing 6-10 Tim Thomas on the perimeter…Clippers on a last second bucket
ORLANDO MAGIC (2-1) (-6.5) @ MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (0-2)
After blowin'-away Milwaukee in the home-opener, the Magic looked sluggish two nights later in a loss to Detroit. Following the game, new coach Stan “Ron Jeremy” Van Gundy was adamant that while the young Magic were unbelievable talented, they needed to play every game like it was a playoff game to become a dominate team. The result…his youngsters responded Saturday with an impressive 12 point road-victory against Washington and Agent -2. With Howard dominating everybody down-low and the long-range threats of Turkoglu & Lewis, Van Gundy is using a structured offense to make sure the touches hit the right hands. As for the Wolves, anytime you have Sebastian Telfair running the point, Rashan McCants as your leading scorer, and your go-to-guy is 22-years old and on a new team, it’s not a very good sign when a disciplined team with the best young big-man in the league comes to town. BTW, it looks like Theo Ratliff will be spending the most time on Mr. Howard tonight…if that doesn’t scream call Vegas, I don’t know what else does…Magic by 8-12 points
TORONTO RAPTORS (2-1) (-3.5) @ MILWAUKEE BUCKS (1-2)
While I’m a big fan of many of the Bucks pieces, they have too many new guys in the starting line-up (Yi Jianlian & Desmond Mason) and coming back from injury (Bobby Simmons & Charlie Villanueva) to really look comfortable yet. Even PG Mo Williams was out of the loop until late in the preseason because of a contract issue. After opening up with loses at Orlando and Charlotte, they finally bounced back at home against Chicago…but that was possibly the worst game I’ve ever watched. As for Toronto, T.J. Ford is finally healthy and been unbelievable so far (18 ppg 8 apg 53 fg%), while Chris Bosh (17 ppg 6rpg 3 bpg) & Andrea Bargnani (17 ppg 6 rpg 57 3-pt%) are the most versatile frontcourt in the league. Throw-in some disciplined spot-up shooters (Jason Kapono - 50 3-pt% & Anthony Parker - 63 3-pt%), the best back-up playmaker in the league (Jose Calderon 19 min 9 ppg with a 6-1 assist-to-turnover ratio), and a underrated defensive-minded coach (Sam Mitchell), and I see a young Buck squad struggling to find a rhythm both offensively and defensively tonight. Not to mention, T.J. Ford is playing in-front of the arena that drafted him, while the aggressive Bargnani will want to prove that he’s the real deal next to the timid Yi Jianlian….Raptors by 6-10 points