Wednesday, June 21, 2017

We'll Be Back...

Good evening everyone.  It's the first day of summer, so it seems like as good a time as any to let you know that Joey, Pete, and myself will be back giving you our favorite weekly bets for the 2017 football season.  It's still a bit early, but I see that this blog page continues to receive traffic from time to time, so I just wanted to let you know that we'll be here again come football season.  I have never touched any of the blog archives, so feel free to look through the older posts to see how things work here.  In a nutshell, we'll each pick our three favorite bets during each week of the football season (college or pro, including totals if we feel so inclined).  Later in the season, we'll give you score predictions to accompany our bets on the NCAA and NFL playoff games.  As always, our bets are for entertainment purposes only, and there is no charge for you to see what three random guys in Las Vegas think of the weekly football landscape.  I don't have much more to say right now, other than the fact that I wanted to let you know that we'll be back.  I do write three other blogs that are listed at the top of this page if you're interested in giving those a read.  Have a great summer, and we'll see you in late August, and probably a little sooner...

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Super Bowl 51

Good morning everyone.  It's hard to believe that it's February, and that this is the last entry of the football season.  My INTENTION is to start posting weekly at Bikini Hill, which is one of my other blogs, and I should be able to accomplish this, since I won't be making this weekly post, but we'll see.  My sincere appreciation goes out to Joey and Pete for all that they've done for me, both "on and off the field..."  Not only have they got their favorite bets to me every week, but Joey has chauffeured (yes, I had to Google that spelling) me several times to buy groceries, etc..., and Pete and his family put me up for about a month when I returned to the desert at the end of May.  Yes, I have been back in Las Vegas for over eight months already.  We would all like to thank you for dropping by and checking out our picks each week.  Like I always say, our picks are for entertainment purposes only, and we hope that you've been entertained.  As this long weekend progresses, the total pageviews for this blog will creep ever closer to the 10,000 mark, which is pretty impressive considering that it's pretty quiet here outside of football season.

We'll lead off with Joey, who will once again be our blog champion.  Someday he may even let me use some of my Caesar's comps to buy him a meal...  :)  Live from the Palace Station Race & Sportsbook, here's Joey...

Joey's Parlay Card (Last Week 1-3/Overall 42-34-1)

Falcons 31  Patriots 24 --- Falcons (+3)/Under 59

It's the final game of the NFL season.  2016 was the Chinese year of the dog, and major sports showed that as the Cavs won the NBA, the Penguins won the NHL, and the Indians were one inning away.  I'm gonna keep the trend going.  Both defenses are pretty good, which will keep the game under 59.  I'm not dismissing Brady and Belicheat, but the Falcons have a few more weapons that the Pats D has not had to contend with all season.  Both teams are close stats wise, so I'll take the dog Falcons (+3) to win outright 31-24.

Now it's my brother's turn, and his bets are the complete opposite of Joey's.  I share one bet in common with Joey and one with Pete, for those of you who like foreshadowing...  Live from Caesar's Entertainment, here's Pete...

Pete's Parlay Card (Last Week 1-3/Overall 37-40)

Patriots 34  Falcons 28 --- Patriots (-3)/Over 59

And now it's my turn, last bets of the season.  I can't tell you how much I'm going to miss football.  Here our my bets for Super Bowl 51...

Coach's Parlay Card (Last Week 1-3/Overall 39-37-1)

Falcons 37  Patriots 27 --- Falcons (+3)/Over 59 --- My crystal ball brings me back to the Presidential Election, where the media was constantly telling us that Hillary Clinton was leading in the polls, yet Donald Trump is our President.  All of the talk seems to be revolving around Tom Brady and the Patriots.  With all due respect, the Pats got a Texans team with Osweiler and without Watt (who beat a Raiders squad with a rookie QB making his first NFL start).  Then New England only had to face Le'Veon Bell for six carries when facing the Steelers.  The Falcons crushed the Packers, who had previously knocked out the Giants and Cowboys, both teams that had been playing well.  I think that the Falcons will feel at home in Texas and on the fast turf, and that many people will be surprised when this one is over...

And that's a wrap everyone.  Expect a high-scoring game and have an outstanding Super Bowl Weekend!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Conference Championship Weekend - 2017

Good morning everyone.  It's hard to believe that Conference Championship Weekend is already staring us in the face.  It's not hard to believe that Joey went on another heater last weekend, going 7-1 for the weekend on his blog bets.  My brother and I went an understated 4-4, but we're all back to give you our next to last football bets for the season.  Let's start things off with our leader, live from Palace Station, here's Joey...

Joey's Parlay Card (Last Week 7-1/Overall 41-31-1)

Falcons 42  Packers 17 --- Falcons (-5.5)/Under 60.5
Patriots 21  Steelers 17 --- Steelers (+6)/Under 50.5

Final Four.

Falcons (-5.5) - Both of these games will show why the NFL is so popular.  Game one could be a shootout at the Falcon Corral.  Both teams have high-powered offenses, so this game comes down to which team plays D.  Atlanta has improved on D throughout the season and I believe the Falcons move on to the Super Bowl by beating Green Bay 42-17.

Steelers (+6) - Tom Brady and company are on a mission started by Roger Goodell.  It may come down to the final possession, but the Pats meet the Falcons after winning 21-17.

Come by Palace Station race and sports, and may all your parlays cash!

I've gotta give another personal shout out to my friend Joey as he once again helped me transport food and other goods to restock my man cave with supplies for the rest of the winter yesterday.  Everytime we hit the road, it's nonstop talk about football and poker...  :)  Speaking of nonstop talk about football, my brother has some bets for this weekend also.  Pete's game results are very similar to Joey's, although half of his bets differ.  Live from the Las Vegas Strip, here's Pete...

Pete's Parlay Card (Last Week 4-4/Overall 36-37)

Falcons 34  Packers 30 --- Packers (+5.5)/Over 60.5
Patriots 24  Steelers 20 --- Steelers (+6)/Under 50.5

As I peruse everyone's bets, it's funny how similar we see the total scoring going.  However, I hope that my partners in crime totally whiff on the winners of Sunday's games...  Live from somewhere in the desert, here are my picks...

Coach's Parlay Card (Last Week 4-4/Overall 38-34-1)

Packers 34  Falcons 30 --- Packers (+5.5)/Over 60.5 --- I picked the Giants and Cowboys over the Packers, and I got burned both times.  I saw Rodgers play, and now I'm a believer.  I expect a competitive shootout in the dome, with the Packers winning another thriller...

Steelers 27  Patriots 23 --- Steelers (+6)/Under 50.5 --- I thought that the Steelers played one of their better games of the season when they lost by 11 to the Patriots.  If my memory serves me correctly, Roethlisberger was out that day, while Rob Gronkowski and Jamie Collins suited up for the Patriots.  I know that I have Steelers jerseys hanging in my closet, but I'll be surprised if Pittsburgh doesn't win this one, and more surprised if they don't cover...

And that's all for now my friends.  As always, remember that these picks are for entertainment purposes only.  Thanks for following along, and have a great football Sunday!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Divisional Weekend - 2017

Good evening everyone.  It's hard to believe that we're already to 'Divisional Weekend' in the NFL.  We're down to eight teams, and seven of those are going to lose before we go to bed on Sunday, February 5th.  It's been an interesting season here at 'Parlay Card' and any of us could still finish with the best record with our football bets.  We'll lead off again with Joey coming to us from Palace Station...

Joey's Parlay Card (Last Week 6-4/Overall 34-30-1)

Falcons 31  Seahawks 30 --- Seahawks (+5)/Over 51.5
Patriots 35  Texans 10 --- Patriots (-16)/Over 44.5
Steelers 17  Chiefs 3 --- Steelers (+1.5)/Under 44.5
Cowboys 34  Packers 31 --- Packers (+4.5)/Over 52.5

All four favorites covered this last weekend.  Now those favorites have to go on the road as dogs, but historically road dogs have been 48-16 since 1978 2-2-1 in the last three years.  I'll take three of four dogs...

Seahawks (+4.5) - A rematch of Week 6 when the Seahawks won 24-20 and the Falcons did not get a pass interference call at the end of the game.  Both teams are full strength and this game is inside.  Falcons win 31-30, but don't cover.

Patriots (-16) - This is one of the biggest spreads in the postseason since the Jets were 17-point underdogs to the Colts in Super Bowl 3.  Tom Brady keeps the machine rolling 35-10.

Steelers (+2) - Big Ben left Pittsburgh in a walking boot last week, but unless they cut off his legs, he will play in this game.  Pittburgh has the better team, and the temp will dip below freezing.  Pittsburgh wins 17-3.

Finally, Green Bay (+4.5) takes on Dallas.  This should be the best game of the weekend.  Dak and company have steamrolled through the regular season, but at the end they are starting to come back to earth, going 1-5 ATS.  Looks like the Pack will be with Jordy Nelson, but the Dallas defense has the edge over the Green Bay defense.  It's a close one, but Dallas wins 34-31.

Good luck this weekend and may all your parlays cash!

I can't believe that my brother picked against the Steelers, but I'll publish his bets anyway...  ;)  Live from the Strip, here's Pete...  

Pete's Parlay Card (Last Week 4-6/Overall 32-33)

Falcons 27  Seahawks 21 --- Falcons (-5)/Under 51.5
Patriots 31  Texans 17 --- Texans (+16)/Over 44.5
Chiefs 24  Steelers 20 --- Cheifs (-1.5)/Under 44.5
Cowboys 28  Packers 24 --- Packers (+4.5)/Under 52.5

It's interesting how closely Pete and myself see these games playing out.  I actually made my predictions before recording his scores.  Live from somewhere in the desert, here's what I've got for this weekend...

Coach's Parlay Card (Last Week 4-6/Overall 34-30-1)

Falcons 27  Seahawks 20 --- Falcons (-5)/Under 51.5 - Falcons have been the more consistent of this pair this season...
Patriots 27  Texans 16 --- Texans (+16)/Under 44.5 - I think the Texans may finally be tired of the jokes and will actually show up for this one...
Steelers 23  Chiefs 20 --- Steelers (+1.5)/Under 44.5 - This has all the makings of a dogfight as Arrowhead is a tough place to play, and both teams have been streaking...
Cowboys 33  Packers 24 --- Cowboys (-4.5)/Over 52.5 - I think that Dallas is the deeper team, but this matchup should be very entertaining...

And that all folks.  We'll have four teams left at this time next week.  As always, remember that these picks are for entertainment purposes only, and have a great football weekend!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Wild Card Weekend - 2017

Good afternoon everyone.  It's playoff time, and we're leading off with Joey from Palace Station...

Joey's Parlay Card (Last Week 2-5/Overall 28-26-1)

Texans 10  Raiders 3 --- Texans (-3.5)/Under 37
Seahawks 28  Lions 24 --- Lions (+8)/Over 43.5
Steelers 35  Dolphins 10 --- Steelers (-10)/Under 46
Giants 31  Packers 28 --- Giants (+4.5)/Over 44.5
Clemson 38  Alabama 35 --- Clemson (+6.5)/Over 50.5

Time now for the playoffs.  Since the second wild card was started by the NFL in 1979, road dogs are 29-52-4.  This weekend all four road teams are more than a field goal underdog.  I don't think any win outright, but maybe we can get a couple to cover.

Texans (-3.5) - Both teams offense is on life support.  The Texans have the better defense and have been playing close games all year long.  A last minute touchdown drive by Brock and Houston wins 10-3.

Lions (+8) - The Seahawks have been playing well at home and will win this game, but Matt Stafford has been able to score a last touchdown in many games this season.  Seattle wins but fails to cover.  Seattle 28-24.

Steelers (-10) - QB Matt Moore has done an okay job for Miami but the Pittsburgh defense will be more than he can handle.  Roethlisberger throws 3 TD's and runs for another as the Steelers roll 35-10.

Giants (+5) - This will be the best game of the weekend.  Green Bay has to find a way to run the ball to keep their D off the field.  Eli has been great in previous playoff games and could have a field day.  Giants are only road dog I think win.  A last second moves the Giants on 31-28.

Clemson (+6.5) - I think Clemson is motivated to show that they can beat the Tide.  If Clemson can take care of the football, they can win this game.  I like the Tigers to pull out a 38-35 victory and take the national championship back to Clemson.

Good luck and may all your teasers cash!

And now we're on to Pete, who crushed it last week.  Live from the Strip, here's Pete...

Pete's Parlay Card (Last Week 5-2/Overall 28-27)

Raiders 17  Texans 14 --- Raiders (+3.5)/Under 37
Seahawks 24  Lions 21 --- Lions (+8)/Over 43.5
Steelers 28  Dolphins 17 --- Steelers (-10)/Under 46
Packers 24  Giants 20 --- Giants (+4.5)/Under 44.5
Clemson 27  Alabama 24 --- Clemson (+6.5)/Over 50.5

And now it's my turn.  Somehow I managed to find the Wisconsin game and my first tie of the season last week.  Live from somewhere in the desert, here are my scores and bets...

Coach's Parlay Card (Last Week 2-4-1/Overall 30-24-1)

Raiders 21  Texans 17 --- Raiders (+3.5)/Over 37 - Gut feeling maybe?  Raiders had a better record against a tougher schedule...
Seahawks 21  Lions 17 --- Lions (+8)/Under 43.5 - Seahawks have not been blowing out opponents, and forecast calls for rain...
Steelers 28  Dolphins 21 --- Dolphins (+10)/Over 46 - Steelers lost by 15 to Dolphins earlier this season.  Flipping that to an 11-plus point win won't be easy...
Giants 27  Packers 24 --- Giants (+4.5)/Over 44.5 - Giants had better record against tougher schedule, including two wins over Cowboys...
Clemson 24  Alabama 20 --- Clemson (+6.5)/Under 50.5 - Tigers have superior QB and have the same OC they had last week...

As I always say, remember that these picks are for entertainment purposes only.  Have a great football weekend everyone!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Football (2016-17) - Week 18

Good morning everyone.  Shockingly, it's approaching midnight again as I type another entry for you, but the actual surprise is that you're getting this a full two days ahead of the first games to be played.  These NCAA semifinal playoff games are the first of many on the very busy holiday weekend ahead.  Joey, Pete, and myself will be seeing many wagers over this New Year's Weekend, which actually made doing this post tonight a necessity for me.  I will be working for the next four days, so let's get started.  We had an excellent weekend here the last time around, going 8-1 on the bets that we provided for you.  This time, each of us will be giving you seven bets for the weekend, as our score predictions for the semifinal games will be broken down into two bets each (against the spread and the total).  For our "normal" three weekly bets, I gave all of us the option of choosing from Sunday's NFL games or Monday's NCAA bowl games.  Naturally, Joey and Pete, who ALWAYS pick more college games than me, each chose to go with ALL NFL bets for Sunday and Monday - go figure...  :)  Since they wanted to throw curveballs, I decided to go with three bets from Monday's bowl games.  Once again, thank you for visiting this little blog.  We'll surpass 8,000 total pageviews this weekend, and we'll make a serious run at the 10,000 mark by the Super Bowl.  Leading off for us from Palace Station, here's Joey...

Joey's Parlay Card (Last Week 2-1/Overall 26-21-1)

Alabama 42  Washington 35
Ohio State 31  Clemson 27

Washington (+13.5) vs. Alabama
Alabama/Washington (Over 54)
Ohio State (-3) vs. Clemson
Ohio State/Clemson (Under 59)
Texans/Titans (Under 40) - Now neither team has an offense...
Raiders (+1) @ Broncos - Broncos could lose and make Chiefs Wild Card team...
Packers (-3) vs. Lions - Lions could go from division winner to out of the playoffs...

I'm glad that the Breaking Bad marathon is on right now, because this is a long entry...  Live from the Strip, here's Pete...

Pete's Parlay Card (Last Week 3-0/Overall 23-25)

Alabama 37  Washington 21
Clemson 21  Ohio State 17

Alabama (-13.5) vs. Clemson
Alabama/Washington (Over 54)
Clemson (+3) vs. Ohio State
Ohio State/Clemson (Under 59)
Eagles (-3.5) vs. Cowboys
Ravens (+1) @ Bengals
Saints (+7) @ Falcons

Okay, so maybe Breaking Bad is slowing me down...  ;)  Live from my man cave somewhere in Las Vegas, here are my picks...

Coach's Parlay Card (Last Week 3-0/Overall 28-20)

Alabama 42  Washington 17
Ohio State 38  Clemson 27

Alabama (-13.5) vs. Washington - USC beat Huskies 26-13, and Bama throttled USC, so....
Alabama/Washington (Over 54) - The game is indoors, and 14 points a quarter covers the over...
Ohio State (-3) vs. Clemson - I think Buckeyes defense has more stops in it than opposing Tigers D...
Ohio State/Clemson (Over 59) - After reviewing Clemson scores especially, I see a track meet here...
Wisconsin (-8) vs. Western Michigan - The Badgers defense should be stingy enough to cover in this one...
USC (-7) vs. Penn State - I like that this is basically a home game for the Trojans...
Auburn/Oklahoma (Under 63.5) - Auburn has been involved in SEVERAL low-scoring games this season...

And now we're ready for a busy weekend of football.  As always, remember that these picks are for entertainment purposes only.  Also remember that we'll be including our score predictions for the NCAA Championship Game, and for every NFL playoff game, up through and including the Super Bowl.  Have an outstanding football weekend, and an incredible 2017!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Football (2016-17) - Week 17

Good morning everyone.  I may actually hit the 'publish' button before midnight here in Las Vegas, but you get the idea...  Somehow, I'm getting this post online over a full day before this weekend's early Saturday schedule.  Today/tonight I was lazy and stayed home on my day off.  Not going to the Strip saved me money as I surely would have bet some money on the Giants over the Eagles.  Joey went 2-1 last week and pulled to within a half-game of the blog lead.  Without any further ado, here's my friend from Palace Station...

Joey's Parlay Card (Last Week 2-1/Overall 24-20-1)

49ers (+4.5) @ Rams
Broncos (+3.5) @ Chiefs
Lions/Cowboys (Over 44.5)

Like Joey, one of my favorite bets is on a game that has absolutely no playoff implications, and those games are hard to find this weekend.  My brother Pete is diving right into the thick of the playoff races however.  Live from the Strip, here's Pete...

Pete's Parlay Card (Last Week 0-3/Overall 20-25)

Texans (Pick) vs. Bengals
Ravens (+5.5) @ Steelers
Chiefs (-3.5) vs. Broncos

Pete was winless last week, but after bowling a perfect 300 game and an 820 series on Monday, he could miss every single bet for the rest of the season and still ride into the sunset a happy man.  Congratulations Pete!  I actually like Pete's bets, but being a Steelers fan, I can't bring myself to put in print that I like the Ravens with the points, so I'll give y'all three fresh bets...

Coach's Parlay Card (Last Week 1-2/Overall 25-20)

Falcons (-3) @ Panthers - Falcons may have Jones, and will have motivation...
Browns (+5.5) vs. Chargers - If there was ever a week for the Browns to win (or cover), this is it...
Colts/Raiders (Over 53) - Footballs should be flying in this game, and two premier kickers should mop up anything within fifty yards...

As a bonus this week, we're going to give you all of Joey's bowl bets, with scores, only omitting the NCAA semi-final playoff games (which all three of us are going to give you next week).  Joey bets all of the bowls every season, and I do apologize for the delay in getting this information out to you (you'll see that some of the bowls have been played).  For better or worse, these picks will not be included in Joey's blog record, and are just a Christmas bonus for y'all...

New Mexico (-7) - New Mexico 35-14
Houston (-4) - Houston 34-28
Arkansas State (+6) - UCF 26-21
Appalachian State (+1) - Appalachian State 28-23
Louisiana-Lafayette (+6) - Louisiana-Lafayette 40-36
Tulsa (-13) - Tulsa 45-21
Memphis (+6) - Memphis 35-34
Wyoming (+9) - BYU 26-20
Idaho (+13) - Colorado State 34-27
Old Dominion (-3) - Old Dominion 41-27
Navy (+6) - Navy 41-35
Ohio (+4) - Troy 28-26
Hawaii (NL) - Hawaii 38-35
Mississippi State (-12) - Mississippi State 35-20
Boston College (+2) - Boston College 21-17
North Carolina State (-4) - North Carolina State 21-14
Wake Forest (+13) - Temple 30-20
Washington State (-9) - Washington State 42-10
Boise State (-8.5) - Boise State 45-30
Pittsburgh (-5) - Pittsburgh 35-28
Utah (-8.5) - Utah 37-20
Kansas State (+2) - Kansas State 42-28
South Florida (-10.5) - South Florida 41-20
Virginia Tech (-6.5) - Virginia Tech 38-28
Colorado (-2.5) - Colorado 38-35
Georgia (-1) - Georgia 35-31
Stanford (-3) - Stanford 35-14
Air Force (-13) - Air Force 35-10
Nebraska (+3) - Nebraska 28-24
Michigan (-6.5) - Michigan 34-24
Louisville (+3) - Louisville 28-27
Georgia Tech (-4) - Georgia Tech 42-35
Iowa (+3) - Iowa 17-14
Wisconsin (-7) - Wisconsin 35-24
Penn State (+7) - USC 38-35
Oklahoma (-5) - Oklahoma 34-28

And that's all folks.  As always, remember that these picks are for entertainment purposes only.  Thank you for checking out the blog again.  It looks like we'll be approaching 10,000 total page views here by the time that the Super Bowl rolls around.  Remember that each of us will give you score predictions on next week's NCAA semi-final playoff games, in addition to our three favorite NFL bets.  Have a great football weekend and a Safe and Merry Christmas!