Tim Time

Posted on December 16, 2011

Tebow ManiaWhen my son and I retire to the basement this Sunday at 4:15pm it will be a little different.  All season long we have watched in stunned amazement, the outcomes of the Denver Bronco’s games. Each week I say out loud “it can’t happen again”, and each week I get the response of “I think he can do it”.  It is with enthusiasm, that I used to remember when I was 9 years old, that he utters those words.  Youthful exuberance, lack of football knowledge, and endless questions, are all traits I had when sitting with my father watching football as well.  But I never had a run of “I told you so” like my son has had with me.  Each week Tim Tebow pulls it out, he smiles wide, knowing he has bested the old man once again.  Little does he know that his old man has been routinely bested all year by his sportsbook, but that’s another matter.

You see, my son has more than just the normal reasons a kid roots for an underdog like Tebow.  About a month ago he just finished his second season of youth football.  He plays quarterback and loves it.  His first season was a big success.  The team went for 7 wins and 2 losses.  It was his first year and he played a majority of the snaps because the other QB on the team also played hockey and (predictably) missed quite a few games.  There was not a lot of passing, as is customary at his age level, so half the scoring came from handoff’s to some great little running backs.  The other half was on the strength of his legs and the quarterback sneak.  He carried the ball a ton, and had multiple (not that I was counting…) touchdowns over 50 yards.  Speed at this level is a tremendous asset.  Year two came around and with it a new head coach.  This coach was not afraid of the pass, and with him also came a new quarterback to share time with.  This new QB came from a baseball background and has a rocket arm.  On two point conversions (no kicking for extra points at this level) the new guy would come in and throw.  My son had a hard time with it at first.  Even as he was still making big plays, no turnovers, and scoring touchdowns, I could tell it stung him a little when he would come out on some passing plays.  To his credit he never let it show on the field, and was always ready to go back in and do what the coach asked.  He always rooted for his QB teammate, who is a friend as well.   Then the coach started to work with him in practice on his throwing, followed by backyard sessions with Dad.

What followed were multiple completed passes to the end-zone for scores.  He still ran it most of the time, but when he passed, it worked.  Sound familiar?  So the love is there for Mr. Tebow from little number 12 in this house.  It is also important to mention that despite my sons early throwing struggles and doubting himself, his team was undefeated (9-0, only team in the whole program). He just wins, he is a lefty, and his first name is Tim.  So when we sit to watch the home town Patriots take on Tebow this weekend I know where his heart will really be, as would mine, at age nine.

Bets of the Weekend

Buccaneers +7 vs. Cowboys  Bet $50 to win $43.48

Taking some light action on this first Saturday night NFL offering of the year.  I know that Tampa seems to be imploding after a surprising year last year.  I also know that the solo stage, and being at home may be just what the doctor ordered for this team.  I think they play hard and try not to get embarrassed again.  Dallas will be playing for Jason Garrett’s job so will they be ready, or will they play tight?  And of course there is always the Romo factor.  He loves to find a way to blow a cover, I think he helps me as usual.

Saints -7 vs. Vikings  Bet $100 to win $100

Getting even odds on this game which kind of gives me the creeps.  The Vikes have been playing OK as of late and Ponder is starting to get it going a little.  But I just think these are two different classes of teams here, and the Saints will be playing on turf, even if it’s not their own, I think that helps their speed offense.  The Saints can be a little Jekyll and Hyde from week to week and did not look so smooth last week. This week they are trying to move forward on getting the 2 seed and a home playoff game and they need a win to do it.  Lay the 7.

Patriots -7 vs. Broncos  Bet $125 to win $100

Sorry little man but I got be smart.  This spread was 7.5 so I paid $125 to get it to a straight 7.  I think that Tebow mania runs its course this week.  I see a blow out.  I see the Pats taking a early lead.  I see Tebow tossing multiple picks.  I see a smiling Belichick giving a nice hug/backslap to Tim as he walks out with the victory.  The march continues.

Ravens -2.5 vs. Chargers  Bet $105 to win $100

San Diego kills me.  I bet with them, I lose.  I bet against them, I lose.  This time I am picking a side for good.  I still think Norv Turner is a moron and will be fired at the end of the season.  The Ravens defense crushes Rivers and will most likely win this game outright.  Ray Rice runs wild and the Ravens coast to the W, or cover, whichever.

News & Notes

- So I am on a hot streak.  I have won two games in a row.  This has only happened twice in 31 days.  That is how bad it has been.

- Bet over 4 sacks for last nights game and got 6.  Wow, Blaine Gabbert is bad.  I think the new Pakistani owner of the Jags will give it one year max before looking to move out of Jacksonville.

-  Red Sox have pretty much said they are not spending any money on big players this year.  The Bobby V slide begins, buckle up.

-  Set you DVR’s, for tonight at 9:00pm on HBO.  Back by popular demand a brand new season of “The Life and Times of Tim”.  Disclaimer Statement: There is no correlation between this show and Tim Tebow or my son, it is just pure coincidence, and by no means do either of the aforementioned represent in any way the character of “Tim” from said show. Thank you.

- Just realized that I will actually be attending two different family Christmas parties this Sunday.  One starts around 1:00pm and the other around 4:00pm.  Kill me.


50/50Bets:Record Overall =  108-122-4
Win/Push Percentage = 47.86%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 29-43-2

Monday Night Bets Record = 7-10

Best Bets = 16-13
Best Best Win Percentage = 55.17%

Kitty Total = $427.22

Profit/Loss =  -($2.714.21)

Long Odds Bets

Record = 2-26

Money Invested = $710.00

Winnings = $1,300.00

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