The Advisory Board: Weekly Prescription
by Doc's Advisory Board - 12/11/2007
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It appears we will be in for a remarkable season in the NFL, with a team going 16-0 and another team going 0-16. New England ran over another hurdle in their quest for perfection beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 34-14. Anthony Smith made a guarantee that his Steelers would win the game. However, things did not go as planned. Seriously, why do we continue to harp on these players getting a quick headline by making a guarantee they have very little control over? It has been done repeatedly this last decade and a month later nobody can remember who even said that. Teammates try and defend the response by saying, "How else are we supposed to think," but can't everyone just go out and play their best and see what happens? People only remember guarantees if they involve New York teams. Joe Namath backed up his guarantee in Super Bowl III and Mark Messier came through in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals, scoring a hat trick and eventually leading the Rangers to the Stanley Cup. To be honest, I have never heard of Anthony Smith before last week and this may have been a way to get some recognition, because it is truly all about him.
Here are a couple of games to keep an eye out for:
Xavier at Arizona State (Saturday, 4:00 p.m.)
Herb Sendek took his lumps last year playing a bunch of underclassmen, but many believe they will be better for it this season as the Sun Devils are off to an 8-2 start. Xavier has superior talent and should cruise through the A-10 this year and already has some marquee wins against Indiana and Creighton. This will be only their second true road game of the season and Tempe is a long way from Cincinnati. We will have a selection on this game.
Buffalo at Cleveland (Sunday, 1:00 p.m.)
Nobody would have guessed it, but this game has significant playoff implications and a win by the Browns will all but put them in as the sixth seed. Buffalo is currently 7-6 and, had they not gave away the Dallas game, they would be sitting pretty as well. This is a must-win game for Buffalo and expect a close, hard-fought affair where the underdog is the only side I would consider.
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I spent lat weekend in the mountains of Tennessee in a little slice of heaven called Pigeon Forge. The entire area - about three full towns - goes full-blast for Christmas and it was unlike anything I'd ever seen. I will say I was a bit terrified of the mountain folk that inhabited the area, as well as the Hillbilly Vegas atmosphere that pervaded the scene. But all in all it's a decent family destination if you still have little ones that don't think Santa is a rotten drunk.
In the sports world, we have been doing our thing in college basketball to the tune of $90,000 in profit for dime bettors from Nov. 10 to Dec. 10. Good times. We also scrambled our way to our fourth consecutive winning NFL weekend so it's safe to say that we are one of the hottest all-purpose handicappers in the nation. If you're looking for some last-minute cash to pay for those overpriced holiday gifts I know just the way to do it…and it doesn't involve selling blood or pawning old appliances!
Here's a decent start:
Miami, OH at Wright State (2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15)
The key to this game may not have anything to do with the matchup. Wright State is coming off a huge rivalry win over slumping Butler last Saturday. The Raiders have a grinder against Bradley on Tuesday, and if they win that game they could be ripe for a fall in this meeting of two top-notch mid-majors. However, if Wright State loses to Bradley then we may have Miami laying too many points to a team that plays sensational at home.
Charlotte at Atlanta (7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15)
A rare NBA game makes the cut this week for no other reason than I will be at this game as part of Bachelor Party festivities. My crew and me will be watching the suddenly spry Hawks from the pimped out TBS box. And while I'm sure it will be extra difficult to get thrown out of the stadium I'm sure we will manage to do so with gusto. As for a selection, daddy likes the hometown boys who are picking up steam.
VEGAS SPORTS INFORMER
We needed overtime for our 8-Unit NFL Game of the Year with San Diego, but a win is win! Overall, Week 14 in the NFL was outstanding for us as we go 3-1, +12 Units.
If anybody missed the mega fight in Vegas last weekend you might want to watch the replay on HBO because it was a good one. Floyd Mayweather not only beat the crowd favorite but also gave Ricky Hatton his first "L" in the process. I was at the fight and Hatton fought his game plan the first three rounds, but "Pretty Boy" Mayweather took control after that and knocked him down in Round 10 with a nasty uppercut. The public bet Hatton all weekend long but the smart money came in on Mayweather. What I heard around town is Vegas won overall on the fight with round props and the English crowd betting their heart out.
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Here are three games that I have my eye on this week:
San Antonio at LA Lakers (Thursday 12/13) NBA
If the Fakers want to show the TNT audience that maybe they can contend in the West this could be their chance. San Antonio comes to LA with a big injury question: when is Tim Duncan coming back? If the Lakers play Thursday against the Spurs without Duncan I do believe LA can win. If Tim Duncan plays the Spurs win big.
Texas Tech at New Mexico (Saturday 12/15) NCAAB
Another meeting between Bobby Knight of Texas Tech against pupil and new head coach Steve Alford of New Mexico. Both teams play tough defense so I will be looking at a possible under play here. Also New Mexico is tough to beat at home so we might see a possible upset in this one.
Baltimore at Miami (Sunday 12/16) NFL
I know you are probably wondering why I like this game? This could be the last chance Miami will have a shot at a "W". My gut tells me NO! Miami goes winless and now I'm saying New England goes undefeated.
The bowl match-ups are set, and while the big deal is about the BCS, some of the best games will be from lesser bowls. Clemson/Auburn, Missouri/Arkansas, Michigan/Florida, Boston College/Michigan State and a host of others; there are a ton of fun matchups that should be quite intriguing to watch and to see who comes out with the cover.
As for college basketball, we continue our weekend success, posting an 8-1 Saturday for +19 units. This now makes four consecutive weekends in all sports where we have posted strong numbers. We have racked up +114 units in the last four Friday-to-Sunday weekends and we'll continue to plug away as we head towards the holidays.
Here are several NFL match-ups we'll be eying this weekend:
Buffalo at Cleveland
Who would have thought this game would have playoff implications in the middle of December? Well, the winner arguably has a leg up for the final AFC wild card spot, and it will definitely be interesting to see what the weather is like for two cold weather teams and we know snow could be a strong possibility.
Jacksonville at Pittsburgh
Here's another AFC contender matchup that will surely be a good test to see where each team is at for the postseason. Home field for a possible wild card round match-up is definitely up for grabs, and coming off a thrashing at New England let's see how the Steelers respond. The only issue is that Jacksonville is playing some of the best football in the NFL.