Say It Is So -- Cubs Win The World Series!
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THE CHICAGO CUBS – FINALLY – END THEIR TITLE
DROUGHT WITH THRILL-A-MINUTE 8-7 EXTRA-INNING WIN
IN GAME 7 OF THE WORLD SERIES …
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT:
WHY NOBODY SHOULD GET TOO JUICED UP
ABOUT TEXAS A&M BEING SLOTTED IN THE #4 HOLE
PLUS KEY PREVIEWS BEGINNING WITH TONIGHT’S
UCLA AT #15 COLORADO CLASH …
NFL WEEK 9 QUICKIE PREVIEWS OF LIONS-VIKINGS & COLTS-PACKERS
Now, that wasn’t such a long wait, was it Cubs’ fans?
Geez … not only did the Chicago Cubs’ organization and their loooong-suffering fans have to endure 107 years without a World Series title before last night’s 8-7, 10-inning win in Cleveland but they had to sweat out a rain delay that wound up being the most beneficial in-game rain delay in Major-League Baseball history.
Hey, that’s what all the Cubs players were saying afterwards and who’s gonna argue with a team that blew 5-1 and 6-3 leads and still won a Game 7 on the road and came back from a three-games-to-one series deficit … and know this: Aroldis Chapman won’t go down in history as the modern-day Ralph Branca (see 1951) and Joe Maddon won’t ever again be labeled the “best manager that never won a championship”.
The Cubs were the huge betting favorites throughout the 2016 season and they were laying – 235 versus San Francisco (NLDS), -210 versus the Los Angeles Dodgers (NLCS) and – 190 versus Cleveland (World Series). Okay, so it wound up being a major sweat job, but congrats if you happened to have a “laundry ticket” on the ’16 Cubs.
P.S., if you wish to take a sneak peek at 2017 and for all the folks that believe we’ll see a repeat World Series matchup, let’s go on record here at Jim Sez that the Cubs’ “hangover” could last a while … anyone for a Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros showdown in next year’s Fall Classic?
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT
We knew it, we knew it!
The smarty-pants folks that comprise this year’s College Football Playoffs committee just had to throw a proverbial monkey wrench into the mix with the year’s debut announcement of this year’s rankings.
No surprise that Alabama, Clemson and Michigan were part of the “first four” – although we had it as ‘Bama, Michigan and Clemson as #1, #2 and #4, respectively – but chucking in Texas A&M over unbeaten Washington was the committee’s version of “we’re smarter than y’all” and we say two things:
They done got it wrong; and life will take care of itself as the Aggies (7-1) won’t get the same benefit of the doubt over an unbeaten Power 5 team in the end even if Kevin Sumlin’s crew doesn’t lose another game.
What, the CFP folks are gonna reward Texas A&M with a playoff berth even if it doesn’t play in the SEC Championship Game? Go on!
Tonight, it’s …
UCLA (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12) at #15 COLORADO (6-2, 4-1 Pac-12) – 9 p.m. ET, Fox 1
The biggest/best feel-good story around when it comes to the Power 5 leagues isn’t in Tuscaloosa or Ann Arbor but rather in Boulder where the Colorado Buffaloes have been a born-again bunch and now they catch another break with the announcement that Uclans’ QB Josh Rosen won’t play here with a shoulder injury.
Spread Note – Colorado is a perfect 8-0 ATS (against the spread) this year and that includes home favorite covers versus Idaho State, Oregon State and Arizona State.
On Saturday, it’s …
#4 TEXAS A&M (7-1, 4-1 SEC) at MISSISSIPPI STATE (3-5, 1-3 SEC) – 12 p.m. ET, SEC Network
Now, is the aforementioned move to put the Texas A&M Aggies in the playoff picture gonna work for – or against – this SEC West crew here? No doubt that the two-TD road betting favorites are expected to roll over a downtrodden Miss State team that sure could use a little Dak Prescott these days (right?) but will that bulls-eye on A&M’s collective backs be a little larger now that it’s received so much “pub” for being CFP’s fourth-place team? One thing for certain is that Aggies’ QB Trevor Knight must stay in the upright position and maybe he’ll be asked to run for a couple of first downs too.
Spread Note – Texas A&M’s actually lost its last four consecutive pointspread verdicts and overall the Aggies are an ugly 12-17 versus the vig as betting favorites the past three-plus seasons.
#5 WASHINGTON (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) at CALIFORNIA (4-4, 2-3 Pac-12) – 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Yes, the UW Huskies were the gang that was (for now) left out of the CFP picture but savvy head coach Chris Petersen’s likely gonna use that as motivation here against a very banged-up California club that’s down to third-stringer in some key defensive positions – get a feeling Heisman Trophy hopeful QB Jake Browning could unload for five or six TD flings here?
Spread Note – Did you realize the Washington Huskies have covered seven of their last 10 head-to-head matchups versus the Cal Bears?
Extra, extra …
Lots of fantastic matchups on this early November card including tonight’s NFL Week 9 tilt between the Atlanta Falcons at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – and don’t forget there’s four College Football games on tonight’s docket and three more prime-timers tomorrow before we get into a jam-packed Saturday menu and a Sunday card in the NFL that features the night tilt between Denver at Oakland.
Jim Hurley’s Handicappers and Bloggers have everything all scoped out and you can get all the NCAA Football, NFL Week 9 and NBA and upcoming NCAA Hoops winners when you check with us here at our toll-free telephone # of 1-800-323-4453 or else right here online. Don’t miss out!
NFL WEEK 9
On Sunday, it’s …
DETROIT (4-4) at MINNESOTA (5-2) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox
The big news coming out of NFL-land (and Minnesota) yesterday was the sudden resignation of offensive coordinator Norv Turner – so what can we expect from the all-too-often pedestrian Minnesota attack here? Hey, it would be nice if this leaky O-line decided to block someone before QB Sam Bradford got killed. Gut feeling is Bradford gets more blocking help here and targets TE Kyle Rudolph (5 catches in Monday Night’s loss in Chicago) plenty against a Lions team that has some secondary issues these days.
Spread Notes – Minnesota has covered six of its last eight NFC North games dating back to the start of last year while Detroit’s 10-16-1 ATS as underdog sides since the middle of the 2012 campaign.
INDIANAPOLIS (3-5) at GREEN BAY (4-3) – 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Word to the wise when it comes to these here-and-new Green Bay Packers: Enjoy this home bash because you won’t be back at leapin’ Lambeau Field till December 4th after back-to-back-to-back road games at Tennessee/Washington/Philadelphia.
And, while we think about it, the Packers hope some of their walking wounded (see LB Clay Matthews and WR Randall Cobb) can return – although GB must be encouraged by the stronger throws from QB Aaron Rodgers in last week’s 33-32 loss-but-cover thriller in Atlanta.
Spread Notes – Green Bay is a nifty 12-7-2 ATS at home since the start of the 2014 season while Indianapolis enters this tilt with six covers in its last nine games versus NFC competition.
Note: More NCAA Football/ NFL Week 9 Previews in tomorrow’s edition of Jim Sez.
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