GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 PIGSKIN PICKS: 37-25 ATS...60%
NFL: 12-11 - NCAA: 14-8 - Teasers: 11-6 – Hotties 841-0
* GREG GAMBLE’S 2008 HARDWOOD PICKS: 4-4 NBA ATS (click here)
Before we roll to my Wednesday Night Pigskin Pick or brag about my Buffalo Bulls victory last night, there’s a Sunday Funday ATS gem that could only look better if it was displayed in Megan Fox’s navel area. Without question, no NFL ship is sinking faster than Al “Darth Sidious” Davis’s captain-less Raider craft. While the final weeks of the Lane Kiffin Era at least saw the Black & Silver playing with passion, since Darth Sidious’s embarrassing school-girl tattletale tirade, the players have not only checked-out on the season, but demanded their agents get them the hell out of Oakland asap. Throw-in a divided, interim coaching staff with little experience and praying their careers are not permanently tainted, and I’d be shocked if Raider Nation saw a competitive half of football from here on out.
With the precision and concentration needed to prepare every week and the passion required for every play on Sunday, how do you think the latest news that Darth Sidious wants to cut everybody he demanded by brought in will work on team morale (De’Angelo Hall, Javon Walker, etc.). Considering they gave-up a sacred 2nd round pick for the combustible Hall and outbid themselves for a WR with robotic knees, recently released from the hospital after getting jumped in Vegas, and still morning the horrific death of friend & Bronco teammate Darrent Williams, from top-to-bottom you realize the organization has been reading “How to Run a Successful Business” written by the former CEO of Enron with special assistance from Isiah Thomas. As a result…
CAROLINA PANTHERS (-9) @ OAKLAND RAIDERS
It’s hard enough to develop a franchise QB in a perfect situation, let alone in the circus Poor JaMarcus is dealing with. And even in the right situation, I had my reservations about a QB drafted soley because he was enormous and could throw the ball twice as far as Chad Pennington. Last week, making the 9th start of his 2-year career at home, the former LSU Tiger was 6 of 19 for 31 yards and a pick…did I mention the agile giant was also sacked four times! Overall, if you take away the two “run-for-your-life” scrambles by Russell, the offense gained…are you ready…21 TOTAL FRICKIN YARDS against a Falcons squad that had allowed almost 800 yards the previous two weeks!
This week, in addition to dealing w/ the craziness surrounding Darth Sidious’s latest delusional threats, the players & coaches must prepare for a disciplined Panthers squad off a Bye & only a game behind NY for the top-spot in the NFC. Unfortunetly, I'm guessing Oakland’s focus will be hindered this week as they implement a game-plan while staring out the Raider facility like a cat in the clink! While some may be scared about the cross-country trip or the potential of overlooking a hapless opponent, with Jake DelSpazzhome, the fiery Steve Smith, and two weeks of Jim Fox convincing them they can be the best, I have feeling we’re going to see “No Mercy” from Carolina and an early season college-type blow-out.
Final Score: PANTHERS 34 RAIDERS 6
GREGGY G’S ATS COLLEGE PIGSKIN ON HUMP NIGHT
N. ILLINOIS HUSKIES @ #16 BALL STATE CARDINALS (-9.5)
Muncie, IN should be rocking tonight as the undefeated Cardinals host ESPN’s Wednesday Night College Football contest. Besides the expected emotion from a mid-major on the national stage and the unexpected emotion of Ball State being a player in the polls, the rallying-support & season dedication to WR Dante Love following his career-ending injury has raised the focus & passion of the entire football progam. After 100 catches & 10 TD last season, Love passed on an opportunity to go pro as expectations soared for a Cardinals squad returning almost every starter on offense, including the most underrated QB in the nation Nate Davis (this year: 67%, 15 TD, 5 INT). Unfortunately, while doctors have said Love should live a normal & happy life, a spinal cord injury in the 4th game of the season completely changed the Cardinals goals. No longer looking to prove they were the best team in the MAC with top-20 potential, the Cardinals enter the gridiron with their hearts desperately wanting to win every game for Dante.
For the season, Ball State has beaten every opponent by double digits averaging over 450 yards/gm and scoring less than 31 points just once this season. While the 6-2 Jr. signal-caller has seen his numbers dip from last season’s ridiculous totals (3667 yards, 30 TD, 6 INT), the reason has been the health & dominance of one of the nation’s leading rushers lil MiQuale Lewis (989 yards, 5.8 avg, 14 TD). Throw-in a veteran O-Line, a bevy of skilled WR/TEs playing for their fallen friend, and a QB that can tuck in run when in trouble, and even the Huskies stout defense won’t be able to slow this balanced attack.
Speaking of (5-3) Northern Illinois...(KEEP READING & DROOLING)
Speaking of (5-3) Northern Illinois, after a slow-start under the new Jerry Kill’s Era, the Huskies jumped on the back of their defense and have won five of their last six. While that may scare you away from giving-up 9.5 points, the combined record of the teams they’ve beaten is 10-35…did you get that, 10 and f*cking 35!!! Freshman QB Chandler Harnish was handed the key two weeks ago after injuries & inefficient play sidelined the two cats in front him, and while he’s shown a mobility & ability to make plays with his feat, he was 5-12 for 45 yards & 2 INT in an ugly 16-13 home victory versus Bowling Green. Considering their only other playmaker is banged-up Fr. RB Me’co Brown (478 yards, 5.1, 2 TD), look for Ball St. to load the box and make Harnish beat them with his arm on the road. And as mentioned, while the D looks good on paper, considering they’ve played some of the worst teams in the nation, what would you expect?
Final Score: HUSKIES 13 CARDINALS 30
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (+3) @ SACRAMENTO KINGS
Just a little FYI fellaz, the boys from Sac-Town have the worst team in the Association. Besides the one-dimension sweet-stroke of Kevin Martin, they Kings just don’t have anybody to consistently put the rock in the tin. Combine that with a terrible defensive backcourt (Martin & Udrih) and a frontcourt starting Spencer Hawes & Mikki Moore, and the Kings have been forced to let Rider rookie PF Jason Thompson learn on the fly, while career bench baller John Salmons has become their #2 scoring option. Is it really that badyou ask…well, the Kings have lost their last three games by a total of 78 points!
As for the Grizz, considering the Kings frontcourt is non-existent, tonight’s contest comes down to how well Sacramento can contain O.J. May, Rudy Gay, and the ridiculous power in speed combo of Kyle Lowry & Mike Conley at the point…oh yeah, did I mention PG Beno Udrih is horrific on D? Especially with the (2-2) Grizz still competing as if they have chance to make the playoffs, I expect them to enter the weekend with a winning record…Memphis by 4-9 points