GREG GAMBLE’S 2008-09 HARDWOOD Picks: 71-61 ats…54%
NBA 50-45 - NCAA 15-14 - Teasers 6-2 - Church League 69-0
In all honesty, my slightly-unda .500 record the last two weeks had me waking-up more depressed than Heathler Locklear when she realized she wasted the hottest, most successful years of her life with third-tier dudes. From the innocent girl next door cuteness of Tara Reid in American Pie & Van Wilder, I feel like I punished my fans with 4 years of lipo, booze, and plastic implants from a chimp all in one evening.
But unlike Reid’s ability to go into hiding or head to a rehab clink, Insideplays doesn’t get a vacation day and doesn’t have time to respond to the 244 messages of hate mail I received yesterday…I just have time to ramble about the leagues of balls and find the next winner. So without further ado, like Jenna Jameson’s current retirement, it’s only a matter of time before I get back to the one thing I’m good at.
I GUESS MANNY BEING MANNY WORKS
I have three thoughts on ManRam re-signing with the Dodgers:
1- When the Eastern Seaboard Programming Network’s “BOO-YA” comedy anchors would ask every diamond-guru why LA didn’t lower their offer since no one else was interested, every single one I heard said they had no idea. Are you serious…it’s MFin simple. If you want Manny on your roster, he has to be somewhat happy. If the Dodgers waited till the last minute and hardballed him down to 15 Mill, they’d be gettin a cat giving Joe Torre a Tim Thomas type of effort…aka, I’ll try really hard 75% of the time.
2- While the Dodgers desperately needed his bat, the biggest reason they didn’t want to live without him was the turnstile sales. And if the dropped into the teens, that would’ve brought in a bunch of teams thinking the same thing in, not to mention some AL heavy-hitters willing to pay that for a dominating DH. BTW, speaking of the DH, I don’t understand how a National League squad can stomach paying Manny when they have to play him in the field.
3- The talk of Boras & Manny getting shafted is hilarious because it is so far from the truth. Whatever Boras said prior to negotiations means absolutely nothing. The long-haired freak will be paid more money this year than the contract he opted out of, and next year, considering this economy even has professional athletes taking a pay-cut, Manny has the option if he wants to take ova 20M next year. Love him or hate him, Boras is like Nautica Thorn…a superstar at what he does.
CALIFORNIA BEARS (+5) @ ARIZONA WILDCATS
As you’ve heard me preach like a professional athlete after being arrested, I love the Bears. The former Stanford & NBA coach Mike Montgomery has all the genius-ness he had before, but now, seems to motivate his players in a more relaxed and rational style. Throw-in three guards/wings on the perimeter shooting a shade below 50% from deep and paired with a veteran frontcourt, and I’m expected an nice road win against the draft-intrigued, newly coached Wildcats…CAL BY 5-10 POINTS
GREGGY G'S 75% ATS SUCCESSFUL TEASER SPECIAL
Just like Jessica on a boat, Greg Gamble luvs to Tease!
TOUCH ME HERE TO TAKE A PEEK HOMEBOYS!
DALLAS MAVS @ NEW ORLEANS HORNETS (teased -2)
No way the Mavs handle another dominate PG…especially after a back-to-back and an emotional victory against the rival Spurs…HORNETS BY 8-12 POINTS
PORTLAND BLAZERS (teased +11) @ DENVER NUGGETS
Lots o drama in Nuggetland and the Blazers looked poised for a run!
ROY OR MELO IN A BUZZER-BEATER