Braves and Rays for the Cash-Man on Tuesday!

  • Tuesday, June 22, 2010 8:42 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Monday is on:

Reds (under 7 1/2) at Oakland.

A consolation prize to anybody who layed 2 goals with Spain against Honduras because the Spanish literally should have won by at least 5 goals and superstar goal scorer David Villa missed a penalty kick. Any over players (2 1/2 or 3) also got hosed pretty much beyond belief.

The beat of the day though comes on the diamond out in Oakland and involves the total. Both Mike Leake and Gio Gonzalez did their thing and runs were extremely hard to come by. In fact the score was tied at one in the 9th inning. The Reds grabbed the lead 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 9th.

But Kevin Kouzmanoff went deep to lead off the bottom of the frame and we were tied at 2. The game headed to extras and wouldn't you know it the Reds smashed a whopping three home runs in the 10th inning to take the 6-2 lead and pretty much push the game over that total.

In case there was any doubt as the line did open at 8 in some places the A's plated a pair in the bottom in the 6-4 loss and definite over.

1-1 in the 9th and the game went over 7 1/2. Yikes!

Your winners for Tuesday are on:

4* Braves (minus 120) at Chicago.

3* Rays (minus 130) vs. San Diego.

One Monday play and a quality 3* winner on the Diamondbacks plus 155ish. AJ Burnett is horrific!

I'm all about the Braves here at US Cellular as Atlanta is just flat out the much better team and have the better pitcher here.

Tommy Hanson is a bona fide ace and a guy that is going to be around for a long long time. John Danks is a quality hurler himself but not on the pedestal of Hanson.

Finally the Sox have started to pick up their play and Ozzie's boys are playing the best ball of their season. This team hasn't lost in a few weeks but they also haven't been playing the likes of the Braves.

Look for Heyward, Glaus, Prado and these visitors to react just fine to American League style baseball and continue their hot ways in an interleague victory on the south side of the windy city.

I was shocked at this price here at Tropicana Field. Yes the Padres are a lot better than anybody imagined but to only be around a 130 dog in this spot seems crazy!

Tampa Bay is a borderline great team unlike San Diego who still has a sketchy offense and is not a club that anybody is truly buying into as even good. Adrian Gonzalez is awesome but Crawford, Pena, Longoria and the boys from Tampa went to the World Series a few years ago and have a shot to return as they are playing that well.

The Rays have had some issues with the Marlins this season but put aside the records as Hanley and the fish are a better team than these Padres.

Mat Latos is pretty good but there's no pitcher batting today and there's no spacious Petco Park to help him out and if you don't think both factors won't make a difference than you are crazy with a capital C!

Wade Davis is solid himself and in the end will get more offensive support as the home squad wins this thing going away.

Cashin In on the Rays!

  • Friday, June 4, 2010 8:52 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Thursday is on:

Nationals (plus 105 AND under 9) at Houston.

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Another day of a lot of choices in the Bad Beat department and I almost did not go with the Nats here because they actually came back themselves in the top of the 9th inning just to get there but in the end the way Washington lost was pretty freakin' bad AND the way it affected the total was fairly wild as well.

Washington rallied with two outs and nobody on in the 9th to take a 4-3 lead after trailing 3-2 which could have been the beat of the day that way.

But then.

Matt Capps came in looking for the save and with two outs and a man on second he needed one more out for the solid 4-3 comeback victory. But then an error by Cristian Guzman prevented the game from ending, tied things up at four and kept the under players from winning. Yuck.

And wouldn't you know it the next batter Carlos Lee went big-fly and the game ended 6-4 Astros.

Talk about a swing of emotions on both the side and the total!

Your winner for Friday is on:

3* Rays (plus 105) at Texas

A bad bad 0-2 Thursday, flat out stunk!

One play today and it's on what is clearly the much better team getting a steal of a price. CJ Wilson has had a successful season thus far but the lefty is still a converted reliever who I just do not put too much faith in.

I'm not saying that Wade Davis is the next CY Young award winner but the young guy has a huge upside and some high quality stuff. To get Davis along with arguably the best team in the game led by superstars like Crawford and Longoria is way too good to pass up.

The Rangers have been very good at Arlington this season and are not a bad club at all. Cruz, Hamilton, Young and Kinsler are all great hitters but Ron Washington's offense still is not what it was a few years ago. I don't know what has happened but collectively the Rangers do not achieve or score the amount of runs that individually it would appear they would.

Tampa has been a great team everywhere this season and I see that success continuing today.

Once again and the bottom line is that we are getting much better team and a steal of a price, period!

How did that happen to the Orlando Magic?!?!?

  • Friday, February 19, 2010 11:45 PM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Friday is on:

Magic (minus 270, moneyline) vs. Dallas

A 19-0 run!?!?!??!

Orlando was the 5 1/2 or so point favorite over Dirk and the Mavs and they looked good early. The Magic got out of the gate well and held the 33-23 lead after a quarter.

The lead was at 11 late in the third quarter and then in shocking fashion the Magic imploded a bit. Dallas ended the third on a 7-0 run and then opened the fourth on an additional 12-0 run making it in total a 19-0 run against the defending Eastern Conference Champions. Wow!

In the end the Mavericks outscored the Magic 30-16 in the final period and won the game going away 95-85.

Your winners for Saturday are on:

4* Boston College (minus 3 1/2) vs. North Carolina.

3* Stanford (plus 5) at Oregon State.

3* UCLA (plus 11 1/2) at Washington.

A poor Saturday and now back-to-back losing days but still ahead of the game thanks to that 9-0 four day run. The 4* on Yale came up well short for sure as did the 2* Nets.

The North Carolina Tar Heels are without a doubt the most disappointing team in the nation this season. Roy Williams' squad is just dreadful right now. This team is a sinking ship and after Ed Davis went down so went the NCAA Tournament, if not the NIT Tournament.

Boston College is not great at all and after losing Tyrese Rice after last season the leadership roll was and still is somewhat left open. But at home the Eagles, who just competed in a tight tight loss and cover against Duke a few weeks back, are going to be too good. North Carolina is at a stage where they have regressed too far to come back from the dead, at least in the here and now that is.

I'm not really that sure what the Heels are going to be able to salvage this season but I don't see it being much on the road.

Oregon State just had a great great upset win over Cal the other night at home as the six point dog. That was an amazing result as the Golden Bears were and probably still are the best team in the Pac-10. But I also think that win gave them much too much credit here.

Stanford is not good and on the road has been fairly miserable. But Green and Fields are high quality players that did just finally break through on the highway in Oregon. I'm not saying we will see a weekend sweep up in the great Northwest by the visitors but Johnny Dawkins' squad is certainly as talented as this Beavers team and in the end I don't see Craig Robinson's team having another great effort and an easy win. They're still not good and that last win was an aberation.

Maybe I'm getting sucked into UCLA here because of this number but Washington really has not done all that much this season.

Big things were expected of the Huskies as Pondexter and Thomas are really good but many more times than not Lorenzo Romar's team continues to disappoint. They finally got over the hump with that impressive road win over Stanford only to just lose as the hefty favorite against USC.

The Huskies are clearly not the top 25 type team that people believed they were. They are much better than UCLA as Ben Howland's team has been a disgrace by UCLA standards but the Bruins still do have a little something and proved just that in the blowout win at Washington State.

If Washington wins by a ton which their high powered offense is always capable of doing then so be it. But the bottom line is they have no business as this much of a chalk, none!

OT Did it For A Fourth Straight Day!?!??!

  • Saturday, January 30, 2010 9:58 PM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Saturday is on:

Kansas (minus 4 AND total of 153) at Kansas State.

In some ways this is not really a true "Bad Beat" in terms of the side at least because the Wildcats clearly deserved to cover this game but in the end any Jayhawk backers and under players are cursing up a storm.

The game went to overtime tied at 69 and that eventually destroyed the under players. That in its own right was a terrible beat. Now to the side. It was back and forth pretty much throughout and Kansas had the one point lead and the ball in the waning seconds. The game clock was 41 and the shot clock was obviously 35.

Frank Martin opted to play it out instead of fouling. With 9 seconds remaining Kansas' Sherron Collins drove the lane and scored plus the foul to go up three. The free throw was missed badly short but Cole Aldrich scooped it up and eventually Brady Morningstar was fouled with just over four seconds to go. He made both free throws to extend the lead to five and all of a sudden it looked like KU had the very very lucky frontdoor cover.

But in "meaningless" backdoor fashion Kansas State' Jacob Pullen nailed a 30 footer at the buzzer and this thing ended 81-79 in a Kansas State cover.


Your winners for Sunday are on:

4* North Carolina (minus 8 1/2) vs. Virginia.

2* Maryland (plus 5) at Clemson.

A phenomenal 2-0-1 Saturday led by the 4* on SMU outright against Memphis as the 7 1/2 point pup! Then my 3* on the Georgetown Hoyas pounded Duke and I feel like Nostradamus right about now.

Can you say cheap? The Tar Heels have struggled mightily at times this season but do not doubt Roy Williams' team. There is a boatload of talent with guys like Davis and Thompson and Ginyard and others and to basically only lay single digits at home against Virginia is a deal and a half.

The Cavaliers have played better overall than most people thought they would as Tony Bennett has done a nice job but a whacking is in the cards here in Chapel Hill.

North Carolina may not repeat as national champions as they lost a ton to the NBA but don't think that this current team is not good. I can't explain why they have looked so feeble at times but the tide is turning as we just saw at NC State and today is going to be another solid solid victory for the Heels.

Maryland right now is flat out better than Clemson!

Littlejohn Coliseum can certainly be a beast for a visitor and Trevor Booker is a beast himself but I am not really all that impressed with the Tigers right now. Somehow they did pummel North Carolina about a month ago and nailed a bunch of three's in the process but that game was a total aberation.

Oliver Purnell's Tigers were horrendous offensively against Duke in that last home game and looked terrible in that last overall game at Boston College.

Clemson has actually dropped three straight and four games ago were horrific in the second half blowing basically a 20 point lead at NC State.

Maryland on the other hand is a house on-fire right now. I am not going to belittle going on the road here because that could make any team wilt but Gary Williams' squad is playing at a higher level than I have seen the Terrapins play in a long time. Greivis Vazquez always had the potential but was too inconsistent. Now the guy has been money leading the way and Milbourne, Mosely and Hayes are quality experienced guys that will bring some game today.

The turtle have been blazing, covering game after game of late. This is a tough spot for sure but right now I do fear the turtle and will therefore back them plus a handful!

Rolling into the Weekend!

  • Friday, December 18, 2009 8:38 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Thursday is on:

Suns (plus 2) at Portland.

This line opened up at three but didn't last there long as it pretty much immediately plummeted to 2. Guess where it landed!?!?!?

Phoenix totally blew this thing building up the 10 point lead after three quarters and losing in the end 105-102. Obviously this is the NBA and teams blow big leads very often but on a small slate this is the worst beat of all.

Steve Nash missed a three at the buzzer after the Blazers Jerryd Bayless covered the game on a free throw with four seconds remaining as Phoenix was outscored 35-21 in the fourth quarter.

Your winners for Friday are on:

3* LA Clippers (plus 3) at New York.

1* Senators (plus 155) at New Jersey.

A small loser on the Jags on Thursday as I deserved a better fate for sure in that one but it just wasn't meant to be I guess.

The Knicks are awful! They showed that one more time last night in Chicago as they went nutz nailing three pointers but yet still found a way to lose and not cover. Tonight they are back at good old MSG and I don't see why David Lee and the boys will change anything.

The Clippers are obviously not the Lakers but this LA team is not that bad. Baron Davis is a floor general who, when healthy, can lead a team. These guys just beat up the T-Wolves on the road and Chris Kamen continues to assert himself and look as he did a few years backin that All-Star type season.

It is asking a lot to still trust Mike Dunleavy's squad anywhere and at anytime because they are still one of the worst professional franchises ever but right now they are well superior to these dreadful Knicks who continue to crap on themselves and will do so yet again!

The New Jersey Devils have once again proven to be an elite NHL squad. Martin Brodeur never gets old and this organization is doing things the right way once again.

The Senators are inferior in probably every single aspect today and especially after just losing Jason Spezza for a few months. Ottawa is on the road which never helps but I love the way the Senators have overachieved this season as they are competitive game in and game out.

Ottawa is having a nice little bounceback season after trading away Dany Heatley and to get a handsome price back like this against anybody is worth a small play.

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Riding Rider to the Grave!

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2009 8:59 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Tuesday is on:

Rider (plus 7) at Rutgers.

A great great Tuesday for "Bad Beats" as there were no shortage of them. Just look in the NBA where I can rattle off three alone. The Bulls nailed a "meaningless" three in the waning seconds to cover by a point. The Blazers went ballistic in the fourth quarter to push a game that was seemingly lost outright, no less hit the number of seven and the Hornets outscoring the Knicks 28-13 in the final period for a narrow cover was harsh.

But the beat of the day comes from the college hardwoods where in amazing fashion Rutgers covered the seven at home against a game Rider squad (for at least 40 minutes they were game)in overtime, 80-70.

I can't say that I have ever seen this happen before but not only did Rider not muster a point in the extra session but neither team made a field goal in the full five minutes as Rutgers shot 10-for-14 from the line for the only points of overtime and an amazing amazing cover.

If you had Rider, well,...

Your winners for Wednesday are on:

3* Mississippi (minus 7) vs. UTEP.

2* UAB (plus 2) vs. Cincinnati.

Another small losing 1-1 day on Tuesday as the 3* Spurs lost but the 2* boys from Georgia State covered with ease.

A couple of college hoop plays today including a 3* on Ole Miss. Andy Kennedy has been doing a great job with this Rebel program and today I just do not see them having much competition. Sure UTEP is pretty good and this isn't a true home game for Ole Miss but in the end I do not see the Minors traveling to Mississippi and being able to hang.

Ole Miss is 8-1 and loaded. It's not a fluke with this team as Chris Warren is a stud point guard who is back from that injury last season and guys like Terrico White and Eniel Polynice are experienced and ready to make a run in a deep SEC this season.

Tony Barbree brings in a decent enough, but far from good, 5-1 squad that just suffered their first defeat to New Mexico State, no not New Mexico but a now 3-6 New Mexico State team.

After beating cupcakes and then losing to the Aggies I do believe the Minors are in for it in a major way today against an Ole Miss team that really is very very good.

Cincinnati is a really solid squad this season but they are coming off of that tough double ot loss in Xavier and I'm not really sure if Mick Cronin's kids will now be ready to play another tough physical game like this.

UAB is quietly once again a quality team. Mike Davis has done a better job with the Blazers than he did at Indiana and with only one loss will have his team fired up for the Big bad Bearcats from the Big Bad Big East.

I'm not calling this game a mortal lock because Cincinnati does scare me as they are the more skilled club of these two but it's a difficult situation for Stephenson, Bishop, Gates and these visitors and in the end I will back the home boys from Birmingham and expect them to eek this thing out.

A Big-Time Missed PAT!

  • Monday, December 14, 2009 10:16 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Sunday is on:

Saints (minus 7, first half) at Atlanta.

A hearty consolation prive to any Cavalier/Thunder over players as they watched that game basically go from an easy win to around a push thanks to only 37 combined fourth quarter points.

The "Bad Beat" of the day, or push in this instance, though is clearly fron the Georgia Dome where the Saints scored a touchdown with 51 seconds remaining in the first half on a Drew Brees to Marques Colston pass with to increase their lead from 4 to what should have been 11.

But kicker Garrett Hartley doinked the upright and the ball went out so the lead was only 10 at 16-6 Saints. With the first half number being a solid seven that meant that an Atlanta final minute drive and field goal would all of a sudden make a push from a pretty certain defeat.

Well wouldn't you know it, that's exactly what happened!?!?!?

Atlanta backup and mediocre at the very very best quarterback Chris Redman led a great 10 play drive, including a boneheaded unnecessary roughness penalty on the Saints' Charles Grant, in only 51 seconds and Matt Bryant capped it off with a 27 yard field goal.

16-9 at the half and a, 1 in 1,000 maybe, missed PAT screwed any New Orleans backer!

Your winners for Monday are on:

3* Cardinals (m inus 3 1/2) at San Francisco.

2* Timberwolves (plus 13) at Utah.

A poor 0-2 Sunday as neither Dallas nor Chicago was able to muster enough to take care of business as each just fell short.

It's tough to beat any team twice in one season no less a clear superior one which Arizona is. In week one the 49ers went into the desert and smacked around the reigning NFC champions. But for the most part ever since Kurt Warner and the Cards have stepped their game up and especially so on the road where they have been great all season long.

Mike Singletary's squad is alright, meaning average, as Alex Smith has proven to sort of be able to be an NFL quarterback and Vernon Davis has been great but in the end San Francisco just does not have enough firepower to match their opponent.

Warner and Larry Fitzgerald and this offense can score from anywhere at all on the field. There is even a running game now with Tim Hightower chewing up some yards. No doubt winning on the road and laying points like this on the road is never easy or can be deemed a great play but I don't see the 9ers sweeping this season series and in the end the Cards should be just too stout offensively and good enough defnesively to win and cover this thing!

Utah at home certainly is light years better than a terrible Minnesota team but it's too good of a sport for the visitor to pass up the points.

The Jazz just beat up Kobe and the Lakers last time out and could easily be in for a letdown today. Talent-wise Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer are too good to lose this game against a dreadful 'Wolves bunch but Al Jefferson is a beast down low and Johnny Flynn is looking like a player that will at least hold his own.

This game could be somewhat ugly if Jerry Sloan's team comes to play but I'm not sure they will be all that into this game against the lowly T-Wolves.

In typical NBA fashion this thing may teeter around that number but I'll take my chances on this big dog.

What Happened to The Scoring!?!?!?

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2009 9:35 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Monday is on:

Patriots (total of 56 1/2) at New Orleans.

I'm sure most of you saw the game and if not I'm sure you saw all of the hoopla over and over and over again on that four lettered network. Points were aplenty and the over really never seemed in doubt. The Saints were scoring at will and quickly and the Patriots had 10 points at the break as they trailed 24-10.

Then less than six minutes into the third quarter the score was 31-17 meaning that a touchdown and a field goal in almost a full half of football would put this thing over that total.

But it just didn't happen.

Marques Colston caught Drew Brees' fifth touchdown pass of the night midway through the fourth quarter and that was it.

Final score: 38-17.

My oh my!

Your winners for Tuesday are on:

3* Virginia Tech (minus 2 1/2) at Iowa.

2* North Carolina (minus 2 1/2) vs. Michigan State.

A bad loser on the 3* Patriots on Monday as the last three days have been crap, flat out crap!

A couple of college basketball plays for today and I feel pretty good about them.

The bigger one comes from Iowa where the awful Hawkeyes are going to get their doors blown off. People still do not understand how bad this Iowa team is this season and the oddsmakers have not adjusted accordingly.

Virginia Tech is not going to win the NCAA Tournament and is not much better than average but the Hokies do have a stud in Malcolm Delaney and are just on a level well above this Iowa team.

Todd Lickliter's team lost basically all of their talent as they transferred after last season. This team right now is awful and has looked awful. They have lost at home already to teams that should not even be on the court with them.

Seth Greenberg is a quality coach and he will have Tech ready to go today as they roll with relative ease.

Michigan State is clearly the more experienced and quite possibly the more talented team right now when compared to North Carolina. Plus the Spartans also have a matter of revenge after getting killed twice against Roy Williams' squad last season including in the National Championship game. But I don't care.

The Tar Heels are young but they are also still loaded with talent and at home are just too cheap of a favorite today. Ed Davis and Tyler Zeller and Marcus Ginyard and Deon Thompson do not form nearly as quality of a team as last season but these guys are still total studs that are up and coming and at home should win this game.

Tom Izzo has a stacked club this season as a ton of talent returns. The Spartans have a great shot to win the Big Ten Title and can win this game. But not many teams go to Chapel Hill and actually walk off of the court as a winner. It could happen here but I'm going to go with the trend and back the Heels at home at this dirt cheap price.

One Falcon to Another

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2009 8:16 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Monday is on:

Falcons (plus 7 1/2, first half) at New Orleans.

Mike Smith's Atlanta Falcons scored on a perfect opening drive and then on a defensive touchdown after knocking Drew Brees to the ground in the first quarter and picking up the fumble for six. That last play led to the 14-7 Atlanta lead and anybody who backed the visitors from Hotlanta in the opening half had to be feeling pretty good about themselves as this thing went into the second quarter at that 14-7 score.

But we all know how potent Brees and this New Orleans offense can be and they showed it once again before the half. The quarterback hit Marques Colston with about 10 1/2 to play in the half and the game was tied at 14.

The Falcons responded with a solid drive but veteran kicker Jason Elam missed a 34 yard field goal. So this thing was still tied at 14.

New Orleans marched down the field looking to take its first lead but Brent Grimes leaped higher than thought even possible for the unreal interception with a tad over four minutes remaining in the half and anybody who backed the Dirty Birds had to be feeling pretty good about their play.

The Saints though forced a three and out and would get the ball back with 2:46 remaining and marched down the field for the Reggie Bush one yard touchdown run with 1:10 remaining in the half. Anybody plus the 7 1/2 was much more than likely going to be a winner and whoever only grabbed seven was looking like at worst a push but maybe a winner if the Falcons offense could muster up something late.

Uh oh!

With 53 seconds to go and Atlanta on their own 39 young quarterback Matt Ryan was picked off by Jabari Greer who went the distance and all of a sudden this thing was 28-14 Saints. There probably should have been a penalty on New Orleans on the play as the Atlanta receiver was impeded allowing Greer to get to the pick.

One last chance for the Falcons as they still had 36 seconds to go and they actually did drive down to the NO 33. But the time was short and that just set up another Elam miss and the game was 28-14 at the half.

Your winner for Tuesday on:

3* Bowling Green (plus 3 1/2) at Buffalo.

An even 1-1 Monday as the 2* Atlanta Falcons came through but the 2* Yankees as the dog failed in the end.

One play today and it's from the MAC between the Bowling Green Falcons and the Buffalo Bulls. Last season Turner Gill took his boys from Buffalo to the MAC Championship game and was expected to be fodder for the juggernaut known as Ball State. But the Bulls knocked around Nate Davis and the Cards and as the huge underdog won the game and the conference title. Things though this season have not been nearly as fruitful as running back James Starks is out for the year thanks to an injury before the season and all in all UB is mediocre at the very best.

Bowling Green is certainly not a national championship contender but they are the best team on the field today with the best quarterback on the field today. Tyler Sheehan is pretty solid and the Falcons have proven to be a pretty good team this season. They have been competitive in every game except for the blowout loss to Boise State but those Broncos are legit and in the top five for a reason.

This game at the very worst can go either way and to get a field goal plus with the more potent overall team, eve on the road, is my play of the day for sure!

The Phils Are Fightin!

  • Thursday, October 29, 2009 10:00 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Wednesday is on:

Rockets (total of 213) at Golden State.

A huge consolation prize to the Nets who blew the 14 point lead after three in Minnesota and lost on a Damien Wilkins jumper as time expired capping a 24-6 Timberwolves run. New Jersey was laying two and not covering that game was flat out criminal!

The "Bad Beat" of the day though comes out west. In typical NBA fashion the total from Golden State came right down to the wire. The number was right around 213, give or take a point for most and the waning seconds determined whether one was a winner or a loser.

The Rockets were leading 108-105 with a few seconds to go. Former Georgia Tech star Anthony Morrow shot up a three for the tie but missed. Now remember it's a three point game, not two, but rookie Stephen Curry, at the buzzer, got the offensive rebound and put in the layup as there was not enough time to kick it back out for a three. That "meaningless hoop" had Curry's Warriors lose the game by a point but definitely eclipse the total and make all of the over players giddy as schoolchildren.

Your winners for Thursday are on:

3* North Carolina (plus 16 1/2) at Virginia Tech.

2* Phillies (plus 170) at New York.

A pretty much dead even Wednesday as the 2* Phillies plus 155 came through but the 3* on the 76ers got drilled.

I'll take the points with the visiting Heels tonight in Blacksburg. Virginia Tech is clearly the better overall team with athletic Tyrod Taylor calling the plays but after just losing fairly badly at Georgia Tech I can see a bit of a hangover here. Frank Beamer's team has played some great games this season including the last home one against Boston College but for them to be laying this number against at least a quality UNC defense is too good to pass up.

Butch Davis' Heels have struggled at times and they did so once again in that brutal second half against Florida State. That loss was horrific and inexcusable but when push comes to shove the Heels still have too much on the defensive end to be such a hefty pup here. It's not like Tech is exactly an offensive juggernaut of major proportions. The Hokies are still a team that lives on the runa nd their defense. They are not to be confused with Texas Tech anytime soon and in the end today the points are the way to go!

I understand that we are not looking at the Pedro Martinez of old but for the Yankees to be laying around $2 to the defending World Champions led by superstars in Howard, Rollins, Utley and other high quality bats is pretty much criminal!

I'm sure Martinez will get hit a lot harder than he did in Los Angeles as the guy dazzled on that day but the Phillies offense is as good as they come and will be very loose after winning game one last night.

Charlie Manual's team just continues to win game after game after game and are not intimidated in the least about playing at Yankee Stadium. Plus it's not like AJ Burnett is exactly a seasoned playoff veteran that you can fully trust will go out there and be great. In my opinion the jury is still out on Burnett and I would not be all that surprised to see him wet his pants a little today.

The NBA Is Back!

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2009 8:26 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Monday is on:

Redskins (total of 37 1/2) vs. Philadelphia.

The game was 27-10 Philadelphia at the half with a total of 37 1/2 so basically this game was a total over game. Therefore calling the under the Bad Beat of the day is a little silly but with nothing else on this small slate day that is what I am going to do.

Neither team could muster much offense and with Jom Zorn for some reason passing up field goal after field goal the game all of a sudden was still amazingly 27-10 in the waning minutes. The Redskins drove the ball late and got down to within the five yard line in the final minute, literally. It was apparent that Washington was going for broke, touchdown or nothing so the total was going to be in doubt the hard way.

On first down Jason Campbell hurled it in the end zone and the ball was dropped. Then finally after right around 29 minutes of scoreless second half football Campbell completed his second pass in the end-zone for a touchdown and the 27-17 final leading to an over.

Any under player couldn't truly have expected zero second half points and a winner but when you get to the game's final minute I guess maybe you can.

Your winner for Tuesday is on:

2* Clippers (plus 10) at Los Angeles.

The 2* Eagles came through with relative ease on Monday so a much needed winning day!

I am not going to push the envelope just yet in the NBA because I'm really not all that sure about it. But I will steal these points from Staples Center between the two Los Angeles teams.

There is no debate that Kobe Bean Bryant and the Lakers are still much better than the Clippers, after all Phil Jackson's squad are the reigning NBA champions. But in this first game I can see it being the Clips as the more motivated team and even with top pick Blake Griffin out these Clips may not be your father's Clips.

Don't forget how today's "visitors" still have quality players like Baron Davis and Marcus Camby and Chris Kaman and Al Thornton. The Clippers were a mash unit last season but really do have some players. I can see that talent come to play today against their in-city rival and keep this thing tighter than most may think.

The Huskies Weren't Too Freakin Husky!

  • Saturday, October 24, 2009 11:10 PM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Saturday is on:

Florida (minus 12 1/2, first half) at Mississippi State.

Short but sweet right here. A huge consolation prize to any over players in that Texas-Missouri game as the Longhorns led 35-7 at the half and the game still somehow stayed under the 51!?!? Now that is craaaaaazzzzzzyyyyyyy!

Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators were leading 13-3 very late in the first half, as in the final minute. They had a first and goal at the Bulldog six and were pretty much assured of at least a field goal and a 13 point halftime lead.

After a few plays the situation became 3rd and goal from the 6. Tim Tebow was picked off by Johnthan (that is not a typo as that is really how his name is spelled) Banks and 100 or so yards later this thing all of a sudden went from a 13 or 17 point Florida lead at the break and a first half cover to a 13-10 score and a loser for Gator backers.

Oh my!

Your winners for Sunday are on:

3* Chiefs (plus 6) vs. San Diego.

2* Raiders (plus 6) vs. New York.

A losing 1-2 Saturday as the big 5* on the Washington Huskies was a terrible call in the end.

Even with all of the losses and underachieving play it seems like the linemaker continues to believe in Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Sure San Diego has a talented team but at what point will people begin to realize they are an extremely soft team that is coached by a semi baffoon in Norv Turner?

Turner may be a good coordinator but as a head coach the guy is a joke. LT has gotten old in a hurry and to lose last week at home against Denver in that spot was flat out awful. I will admit that I thought San Diego would man up in that spot but I see now that they just do not have it in them. If the Bolts could not take care of business in pretty much a must win then I just don't see it happening here even if the Chiefs are not a very good team.

Matt Cassell and the fellas have played two straight decent enough games. They almost beat the Cowboys in that overtime loss a few weeks ago and did just win in Washington last week so things are looking a lot better for Todd Haley's crew of late.

To get almost a touchdown at Arrowhead with Kansas City is fine with me because to be honest with you I can see the Chargers season continue this downward spiral as they are just not a very good team right now and I emphasize the word team.

There was no hotter and more up and coming team in the NFL just a short three weeks ago than these Jets, well maybe the Ravens were up there as well but not higher than Rex Ryan and the men in Green. But all of a sudden things have just hit the proverbial shitter.

New York has declined in a major way of late and Marc Sanchez was pathetic and inept all wrapped up into one in losing that last game at home to Buffalo. The rookie looked good managing games early on but things have not come nearly as easy of late and across the country in Oakland is not going to be easy.

Say what you want about Al Davis and the Raider organization but they do have some pieces and are coming off of that confidence building win against Donovan McNabb and the heabily favored Eagles.

As long as Jamarcus Russell doesn't play his worst, which is terrible at times no doubt, then I can't help but think we are looking at two poor teams and either can implode and find a way to lose the game.

The home dog is never a terrible strategy and that is the way I am going right here!

Nice Job Butch!?!?!?

  • Friday, October 23, 2009 8:36 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Thursday is on:

North Carolina (minus 2) vs. Florida State.

What a joke the Tar Heels have truly become and Butch Davis should be 100% accountable for this nonsense. I got completely skunked with UNC in this terrible beat of a finish on Thursday.

Florida State had zero momentum and was becoming the joke of all jokes. North Carolina jumped on the Seminoles early and had the 17-6 lead at the half. The FSU deficit grew in the third quarter to 24-6 and pretty much this game was in the bag anybody with any sense would have thought.

I mean how could this down and out Florida State squad prove resilient and come all the way back in this game after being so bad for the entire season!?!?!?! Not possible, right?

Well that is exactly what shockingly happened.

TJ Yates couldn't complete a pass and the North Carolina offense and defense pretty much peed all over themselves.

In the end the 'Noles rallied in the fourth quarter and took the 30-27 lead with around a minute to play. North Carolina got the ball back with 47 seconds and looked inept not being able to move the ball in a spot where every team at least makes things interesting getting close to a field goal attempt, if not better. Defenses normally are a bit softer in this spot playing some sort of prevent as to not allow a big play but the Heels were so horrible it didn't even matter.

In the end the Heels proved to be the biggest joke on this field in the 30-27 defeat and that says a ton!

Your winner for Friday is on:

2* Army (plus 10 1/2) vs. Rutgers.

A 3* terrible loser on North Carolina (see above) but a sweet plus 180 or so hockey winner on the 1* Predators to absorb the bigger loss.

This game could be pretty painful to watch for any Army backers as the Black Knights slowly try and plod up the field and against the clearly more talented team in Rutgers but at home I can't help but believe the home dog is the right side.

It's going to be a little intimidating for Greg Schiano's young team to go to West Point and play with the tough minded boys that defend us. Sure the Scarlet Knight players are better football players as Tom Savagae may be a good player when he matures but I'm not sure that the quarterback is there just yet. Today in this big-time type of a road start may try and do a little too much which could come back and bite him in the arse.

Rutgers has lost a lot of players over the past few seasons and the talented level is not close to what it was. No doubt they are the superior team in all aspects today but Army is alright at 3-3 and can boast about a pretty big win for them a few weeks ago against a Vanderbilt team which is probably around the level of this Rutgers group.

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'Noles and Heels Oh My!

  • Thursday, October 22, 2009 9:18 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Wednesday is on:

Tulsa (moneyline, minus 340) at UTEP.

It looked rough early for any Golden Hurricane backers as they layed a huge number and trailed 13-0 in the first quarter but GJ Kinne and the Tulsa offense finally got it cooking in the second half and by the time the fourth quarter rolled around it was Tulsa with the commanding 28-17 lead.

Understanding that Tulsa was the 8 1/2 or so point favorite and had the 11 point lead in the fourth anybody who backed the visitors had to feel pretty good that they were going to win the game. Sure it was prime backdoor territory but if you weren't laying the number then you don't care about that.

Minor Donald Buckram though finished off a big 165 yard night on the ground night with a pair of late touchdowns and Tulsa couldn't run out the clock in between those scores making this thing an improbable 28-24 UTEP shocker.

Your winners for Thursday are on:

3* North Carolina (minus 2 1/2) vs. Florida State.

1* Nashville (plus 165) at Ottawa.

One play on Wednesday and it was a quality 2* outright winner on the big underdog Minors of UTEP!

Florida State has been the epitome of a total dog with fleas this season and to be able to get a pretty good North Carolina team at home and lay less than a field goal really may turn out to be a total steal.

Bobby Bowden's squad has been beyond pathetic this season. Throw out the win in BYU, which was great, and this team is one of the worst in the country, no joke. Obviously there is still talent on the Semilone roster but I have no clue where it is anymore. These guys were lucky to beat Jacksonville State!?!?!? Then they were completely shutdown and embarassed at home by South Florida, lost at Boston College and couldn't stop Georgia Tech and their option at all. What gives anybody the feeling that Christian Ponder and FSU can now all of a sudden just turn it around like that?

The Tar Heels are 4-2 and coached by a guy in Butch Davis who, like him or hate him, knows what he's doing. Granted the two losses were not very good at all as they were drilled by the Yellow Jackets and lost at home in poor fashion to a mediocre Virginia team but they have won four games and with TJ Yates and the home field advantage should, without a doubt walk off of the field as the winner tonight.

Florida State may turn things around at some point but 2-5 is in their near future!

The Ottawa Seantors have really jumped out of the gate nicely at 5-2 but they are still a fairly average team that when all is said and done should be in the 80's in points. The Senators after getting rid of Dany Heatley may be a better overall team through addition by subraction but they are still not a good enough team to be laying such a number, ever, to a Nashville team that is at least capable. Tonight's visitors have not been good as that 2-5-1 record shows but that is what is giving us the value here that we are getting and I'll take it.

The Sens may be a better team that the Predators but this really is not that far from being a 50-50 proposition and at this price I can't help but back this dog.

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Take a Darn Knee!

  • Monday, September 7, 2009 8:33 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Cash


Your "Bad Beat" for Sunday is on:

Mississippi (Total of 55) at Memphis.

A hearty consolation prize in today's "Bad Beat" to the Tampa Bay Rays and unfortunately for the second straight day yours truly. Carl Crawford and company were up 3-1 with one out in the top of the 9th inning and blew it thanks to an eventual Brandon Inge Grand Slam.

But the real beat comes on the gridiron to all of you under players in the game from the Liberty Bowl. The total was right around 55 and the score was only 17-7 Ole Miss heading into the fourth Quarter. You don't have to be a mathematician to know that the under is looking really really good.

Each team had solid touchdown drives to open up the final Quarter so things became a little more interesting as the score was now 24-14 with about 12 to play. Pretty much three more touchdowns were needed to go over so the low was still a huge favorite to cash that ticket.

The game exploded though, or I should say Jevan Snead and the heavily favored Rebels exploded, and with six minutes to play the romp was on at 38-14. But the contest was still under that total and it appeared to be staying that way for the duration.

Because Memphis had their timeouts remaining Houston Nutt and the Rebels could somewhat justifiably run a few more plays instead of taking knees and end the game at 38-14. In the final minute and the backups in, Memphis had a big 12 yard sack to push Ole Miss back to the Tiger 29 yard line. But with the play clock winding down and it being less time than the game clock the Rebs had to snap the ball one more time, on third down, and boom! Enrique Davis bust through the middle with relative ease as the defenders looked ridiculously outclassed on the play and Davis scooted 29 yards to paydirt with a measley six seconds remaining making the final score 45-14 and an over!

35 points in the final quarter, 35! All of the under players out there have got to be just seething mad as that is almost impossible and especially with the way the last score went down.

Your winners for Monday are on:

3* Cincinnati (plus 5) at Rutgers.

2* White Sox (plus 120) vs. Boston.

Another beyond belief beat on Sunday as my 2* Rays imploded in the ninth inning, see above, blowing the 3-1 lead in the 5-3 pathetic defeat. But the day turned out very positive as the 2* Padres plus about 185 took care of business in wire-to-wire fashion in Los Angeles!

I'll grab some points here with Tony Pike and the Cincinnati Bearcats. I fully understand that Brian Kelly's squad is returning literally one starter on defense, which could be absolutely dismal for this game, as 10 new starters are lining up and that is a bit too much to feel comfortable with but it's not like Rutgers is exactly returning their core group from last season.

Greg Schiano has done an amazing job with this Scarlet Knight program as they were ranked as high as two a few years back with Ray Rice around but this team this season is lacking a lot, compared to those past few seasons. 'Gers has lost a ton and the jury is very much out on them. I do expect the Knights to play hard and "chop wood" but Pike is a returning stud who came out of nowhere last season to prove himself as a legit and possible future NFL player. The guy was basically a fourth string Quarterback who was given a chance thanks to injuries and made the most of it in a major major way.

The road is never easy but this game should be tight throughout as both teams feel themselves out. I expect a fairly ugly and tight game that in the end grabbing the points with a quality signal caller is the clear cut way to go.

Mark Buehrle has not been the same guy since the perfect game but Josh Beckett has been terrible over the past month or so. The Boston righty has been giving up Home Runs with the best of them and is either not right, has a semi dead arm, or lost all confidence in his abilities. Or quite possibly a few of those.

The Red Sox certainly need to win this game as they are leading the Wild Card but not exactly by enough over the Rangers to be complacent. So I do expect Terry Francona's club to come to play but the home boys from the Windy City just won four in a row, before getting outclassed by Jon Lester yesterday, and should be feeling a lot better about themselves compared to the horrible 1-8 run they were on to start that last road trip.

Beckham, Konerko, Ramirez, Podsednik, Pierzynski, Dye and the ChiSox are a far better team at US Cellular than on the road and to be getting some coin here from a fairly ice cold Beckett is just fine with me.

I expect Buehrle to hurl a decent enough six or seven innings and then for Thornton and Jenks to close this thing out.

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