It's good to try to find some humor when things go south, and they sure did for me yesterday. Yesterday was a perfect example why kickers are the most hated players in football. Bryant misses a relative chippy that would have sealed things for me in that game, while the kicker for the B.C. Lions drilled one to sink me up north of the border. You know what's really eerie about those 2 situations though? The Dolphins scored their game winner with 38 seconds to go in the game. In Saskatchewan, the Riders scored what should have been the game winning TD with---you guessed---38 seconds to go in the game. How the Riders let that game get away has still got me scratching my head.
After taking a donut for all of yesterday's plays, I'm in a deep hole to start the week. It's not like I haven't been in this situation before, but there's no Steelers, Giants or Vikings on my schedule either. On the good side, I get to choose where those "weak sister" are from a plethora of games every day. Here we go with what I've come up with to get on the comeback trail.
THE SHOW (3-2 yesterday)
BUTTA (0-2 yesterday)
1. Tigers (Verlander -190) over TWINS (PELFREY) - One more win and the Tigers wrap up their division once and for all. Verlander has been the last guy on that Detroit staff that I have wanted to get behind over the last several weeks, but he's got one more good one left in him, and he is 14-7 lifetime against the Twinks.
2. Royals (Ventura -130) over MARINERS (MAURER) - The M's have done one thing well all season, and that is pitch. That is, except when Maurer gets the ball. He's been horrid just about every time out, but this play isn't solely against him. Yes, the Royals are still alive with a week to go, and no, I don't think they're going to make it, but this kid, Ventura, looks like he's got a chance to be something special with a 96-100 fastball that he was bringing with ease through all 6 innings of his first start last week, and wicked breaking stuff that had the Indians hitters waving at air. Go Royals!
ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
1. REDS (CUETO -270) over Mets (Harang) - The Mets turned the Phils inside out over the weekend. A change in uniforms will make a big difference. Cueto was great last week in his return from injury, but can we trust him? Not yet.
2. CARDINALS (WAINWRIGHT -185) over Nationals (Roark) - The Nats made a good surge over the last month or so that brought hope to D.C., but one more loss and it's all over for them. There's a very good chance that loss comes tonight in St. Louis.
BROOMOLOGY (4-3 ATS & SU yesterday)
Road Dog (3-2 ATS & SU yesterday)
Orioles (+1 1/2) at RAYS
RUN-(NING) LINES (4-12 ATS/5-7 SU/8-8 TOTALS yesterday)
1. Tigers (-1 1/2, U8) over TWINS
2. Athletics (+1 1/2, U8) at ANGELS
3. Royals (-1 1/2, U7 1/2) over MARINERS
4. Astros (+1 1/2, U9) at RANGERS
5. Orioles (+1 1/2, U7 1/2) at RAYS
6. Blue Jays (+1 1/2, U7 1/2) at WHITE SOX
7. Brewers (+1 1/2, U7) at BRAVES
8. CUBS (+1 1/2, O7 1/2) vs. Pirates
9. MARLINS (+1 1/2, O7) at Phillies
10. Mets (+1 1/2, U7 1/2) at REDS
11. Nationals (+1 1/2, U7 1/2) at CARDINALS
12. D-Backs (+1 1/2, U7) at PADRES
THE NFL (5-9 yesterday)
BRONCOS (-14) over Raiders - I hate the Raiders, but I'd like to see them hang with the Broncos tonight. At least that would show that it can be done. I doubt it will happen though.
So, what else is new? One day into the week, and I've got a hill to climb. Anybody out there worried? Me either. Have a great day, and I'll see you tomorrow.