Happy Football Day!

Posted on November 11, 2011

Football and TurkeyNo other sport has a stranglehold on a holiday like the National Football League has on Thanksgiving.  Of course, the tradition of football on Thanksgiving started long before television cameras were there to cover it.  The oldest public high school Thanksgiving game dates back to 1882 (Wellesley vs. Needham Massachusetts), and while I was not around to catch it, I can safely say I would have bet the under, only to watch in horror as a play called the “forward pass” was introduced leading to a last minute touchdown and another loss.  I am sure there are plenty of households across the country that do not have the TV on starting at 12:30pm, but I did not grow up in one.  NFL football and Thanksgiving day were like peanut butter and jelly in my house, like soup and crackers, like leftover turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce on Friday.

Years ago these games held the casual fans interest as background noise, occasionally checking in to see if the horrible Lions could maybe make a game out of it against whoever their fortunate opponent was.  And once the Dallas game came around you were hard pressed to even make halftime before the belt came undone and the turkey slumber began.  Then came fantasy football.  All of a sudden the cousins and uncles started to check in a little more and even huddle around the set.  What were once abundant chairs in the den were now coveted spots with paper plates of dessert balancing under hand.  Banter back and forth of who has what player, or who was not started and should have been, began to happen.  Bonding through NFL Thanksgiving football, who would have thought?  The talk and chatter is not solely due to fantasy football.  There was always the uncle that would seem a little too into the game.  Flinching and wincing at big plays, which would always lead to the inevitable question from someone in the room, “who do you have”.  I remember this moment happening for me as a little tike sitting indian style down in front.  Once I found out the Uncle Joe had a “sawbuck” on the game (I had no idea what that was or how much it represented), I was riveted.  Now this seemingly useless game was very exciting to watch.  I now had a side, I had a new feeling as I watched and missed my mouth with my eclair, eyes focused on 3rd and ten.  I got the itch on that day and I am still scratching.

Bets of the Thanksgiving Day

Lions +6.5 Vs. Packers  Bet $75 to win $68.18

With only $295 left to work with this gobble day, and wanting to have action on all three games I had to base my amount to wager on these games on how much I like each match-up.  This is my least favorite of the three.  The Pack is rolling right along and scoring points in bunches.  The Lions defense has a great pass rush but not a good secondary.  They can give up the big play as well.  But for the first time in a while we have the Lions playing at home on this big stage with a winning record and a good offense.  The Pack defense has given up decent points to worse teams than this one.  I have to go with the fire that the Lions will come out with and take the points.  I think it will be a shoot out, and the Lions make a play to keep it close.

Jason Garrett Thanksgiving Day Game

Solid Coach or Turkey?

Cowboys -7 Vs. Dolphins  Bet $110 to win $100

Of the three I like this one the best.  The fact that Miami just jacked up the Bills and are playing fairly well is the best thing for the Cowboys.  Jason Garrett is a good coach and will not let his team take these guys lightly.  I think the Cowboys come out banging and Matt Moore will see a ton of pressure in the pocket.  Miami and Sparano will throw the kitchen sink at this game with a few tricks for sure.  Miami has killed me this year but in this game Dallas cruises and bruises to a cover.  Best Bet.

Harbaugh Brothers Thanksgiving

Family Time

Ravens -3 Vs. 49er’s  Bet $110 to win $91.67

The 49er’s are another team that has killed me this year.  I just kept thinking that Jim Harbaugh was smoke and mirrors.  A rah rah joke type of coach who would get his ass handed to him by a better coach.  That has proved not to be the case….I think.  Now we have the Brother on Brother match-up to round out the night (tremendous job NFL scheduler guy).  This game is basically a pick ‘em game with the home field advantage 3 points nod going to the Ravens.  I think Big Bro takes Baby Bro out to the woodshed in this tight battle.  The Niners defense is good but not Ravens good.  I also think that Joe Flack answers the critics and has a good game, while Alex Smith makes the big mistake his coach has tried so hard to protect him from this whole season.  A special day for the parents of these boys and I am sure we will see our fair share of crowd shots of Mom and Dad.

News & Notes

- Every dime is on the line tomorrow (once again).

- Need a Running back for your fantasy team, you may want to take a sleeper run on Shane Vereen of the Patriots for a fantasy playoff boost.

- Happy Thanksgiving to all the faithful readers, feel free to tell your Uncle Joe about me.


50/50Bets:Record Overall =  100-108-4
Win/Push Percentage = 49.05%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 23-30-2

Monday Night Bets Record = 6-8

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

Kitty Total = $295.00

Profit/Loss =  -($1,846.43)

Long Odds Bets

Record = 2-26

Money Invested = $710.00

Winnings = $1,300.00

Categories: sports-commentary

One Response

  1. Ross:

    Just put out two picks on Twitter and Facebook for todays 1:00 and 4:00 including Tebow game.

    27.11.2011 11:55 Reply

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