GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 PIGSKIN Picks: 65-44 ats...60%
NFL 25-19 - NCAA 20-15 - Teasers 20-10 - Lovely Ladies 69-0
GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 HARDWOOD Picks: 39-33 ats…54%
NBA 24-23 - NCAA 9-8 - Teasers 6-2 - Church League 69-0
THE BULLS FRONTCOURT THE WORST IN THE NBA?
With more lottery selections the last few years than a white-trash dude at Citgo, it’s un-frickin-believable the Bulls have nobody worth a damn in the frontcourt. Yesterday, the combination of Al Jefferson & Kevin Love dominated the Bullies for 58 points & 24 rebounds in another come from behind loss that was beyond painful to watch. I know the media swirl is gaining for the ousting of Vinny Del Scott Baio, but the real problem is fan-favorite GM Johnny Pax. I hate to say it, but until he’s gone, this thing will never get turned around.
The great Greg Gamble had a birthday this past Sunday Funday and as part of the festivities was treated to a phenomenal movie and introduced to the new Bollywood rep for Insideplays Freida Pinto...she's stunningly flawless Homeboys. And trust me, see it soon. It is the absolute shiznit!
TRYING TO GET OFF THE CARDINAL BANDWAGON
I’ve desperately tried to jump off the Zona +7 bandwagon (for my initial Super Bowl thought...TOUCH ME HERE and scroll down), but can't get passed how the Cards spread attack and talented WRs have a huge advantage against the extremely pedestrian coverage skills for Pittsburgh’s corners.
I know if Kurt Warner gets knocked around early it usually results in a brutal overall performance, but with all the former Steeler coaches on Whisenhunt’s staff and two weeks to prepare, I just don’t see how they allow that to happen...so I'm still taking the Cards!
HOUSTON ROCKETS (-2) @ NEW YORK KNICKS
Like an adult entertainer after a retirement hiatus, her next few films always seem to be full of passion …even on back-to-back to scenes. Similarly, while the Association and investments on a back-to-back road team is dangerous, Sunday Funday saw the Rockets welcome back Ron-Ron & T-Mac to the floor after an extended absence and the result was an impressive victory in Mo-Town without Yao Ming. Speaking of Ming, considering he was trying to convince the coaches to let him play last night, I have a feeling the trip to the Garden in Gotham will ensure he’s on the floor tonight.
As for the Knicks, while they continue to play well-above their talent level, the undermanned squad will be playing their fifth game in eight days with a PG (Chris Duhon) with a bad-back forced to play over 40 minutes in a loss to Philly Saturday. Especially of Ming plays, the Knicks will be in major trouble as they have nobody with the size to defend the frontcourt. Throw-in the added energy from some superstars fresh off a stint in street clothes, and I expect the Rockets to put-on a show tonight…ROCKETS BY 8-14 POINTS
MARQUETTE WARRIORS (+3) @ NOTRE DAME IRISH
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MARQUETTE WARRIORS (-2) @ NOTRE DAME IRISH
So after winning 45-straight at home, is it crazy to think they’ll lose two straight? Besides the emotional drain from the streak being broken, with a limited rotation the Irish already seem drained seven games into the Big East schedule. Having lost three-straight, including an embarrassing 20-pointer at Syracuse, I’m expecting this tired squad to look tight from the opening-tip. And considering the majority of their offense besides Luke Harangody comes from downtown, that’s usually not a good combo.
Limited in their one-on-one abilities, the shooting struggles from Kyle McAlarney & Ryan Ayers (4-25 from the field against UCONN) and a bench without any scoring punch has the left Harangody to shoulder too much of the offensive responsibility and limiting his energy on the defensive end. While the Warriors are not what you call a low-post oriented power, they have aggressive athletes that attack the paint and luv to offensive rebound. Both G/F Wesley Matthews (19 ppg, 6 rpg, 53 fg%) and G Jerel McNeal (19 ppg, 5 rpg, 49 fg%) are extremely efficient in utilizing what the defense gives them, so look for those two to work hard at getting to the charity-stripe and getting the Golden Domers in foul-trouble.
While Harangody is too talented to expect Marquette to completely shut him down, Sr. Dwight Burke (6-8 250 lbs) has the size and experience to keep him from getting too many easy baskets and will enable the Warriors to play him straight-up for most of the night. But the main reason I expect Coach Mike Brey’s squad to start a new streak at home (losing streak, that is), is the match-up nightmare known as Lazar Hayward (17 ppg, 9 rpg, 48 fg%, 81 ft%, 38-3pt%) While only 6-6 and 225 lbs, nobody in the Big East is as creative or aggressive around the basket as Mr. Hayward, and now, the junior has added a solid stroke from the outside. Especially against an unathletic frontcourt, look for Hayward to demoralize the Irish with second chance put-backs and a couple buckets off the break. MARQUETTE ROLLS