50-Unit Wild-Card Game Of Year Win By Ravens Highlight of 5-1 Playoff Weekend
Incompetent NFL Officials Beat Lions With Bad Call - Knock Them Out Of Chance To Win Super Bowl
Final Score: NFL Officials 24, Detroit Lions 20
UCLA Basketball Experiencing Season From Hell, And The Worst Is Yet To Come
By Kelso Sturgeon
Personally speaking I was quite pleased with the Detroit Lions' cover against the Dallas Cowboys because it capped off an excellent 5-1 start to the National Football League post-season and included a winning 50-unit Wild-Card Game of the Year win by the underdog Baltimore Ravens (+3) who knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers rather easily, 30-17. That means it is one to bigger and better things for the Ravens.
However, for the Lions Monday morning was unbearable and had many Detroit players wishing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, a man nastier and meaner than a cornered honey badger, had stepped on an official or two - something he has done frequently to opposition skill players during his young career to the tune of suspensions and just under $300,000 in fines.
Instead, all the Lions could do was try to figure out what the officials had done to them.
With 8:25 remaining in the fourth quarter, and with Detroit up 20-17 and driving, back judge Lee Dyer called pass interference on a third-and-one, keeping the drive alive. The penalty was marked off and then head linesman Jerry Bergman stepped in, called a meeting of officials, and then announced there was no foul on the play, making it fourth down and forcing the Lions to punt.
In addition to this travesty, Dallas was about to be penalized another 15 yards because Dez Bryant, sans helmet, had run onto the field to argue with the officials. The pass interference call and the additional 15-yard penalty would have put Detroit inside the Dallas 15.
But the officials decided, for whatever the reason, the Cowboys needed an extra chance to win and they gave it to them. The rest is history, with Dallas eventually winning 24-20.
Officials chiming in from coast to coast said the pass interference call was the right one and should never been changed. I could rant about this right-before-your-eyes swindle for pages but it is done and the record book should read: NFL Officials 24, Detroit Lions 20.
The Weekend's Divisional Playoffs
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-4) -7 over Baltimore Ravens (11-6)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (12-4) -11 over Carolina Panthers (8-8)
GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-4) -6.5 over Dallas Cowboys
DENVER BRONCOS (12-4) -7 over Indianapolis Colts (12-5)
My 5-1 NFL Wild-Card Weekend
Sunday, Jan. 4
15 Units...Colts (-3.5) 26, Bengals 10 WON)
10 Units...Lions (+6.5) 20, Cowboys 24 (WON)
5 Units...Colts-Bengals Under 48.5 Points (WON)
5 Units...Parlay of Colts and Under (WON)
Saturday, Jan 3
50 Units...Ravens (+3) 30, Steelers 17 (WON)
10 Units...Panthers-Cardinals Under 37.5 (Lost)
The Monday Night Betting Menu
Nationally Televised Notre Dame at North Carolina Heads Up 3-0 Night
My Basketball Best Bets Investment Club is coming off a subpar weekend (a winning Saturday and a losing Sunday) but will absolutely make amends today with a three-game package highlighted by the nationally televised (ESPN) ACC battle that finds Notre Dame (14-1) at North Carolina (11-3). I have a strong opinion on this one and will be releasing it as a 15-unit play. Win this game, plus an additional two 10-unit games, for just $15, charged to your major credit card. You can add another best bet to your day by joining my Best Bets Basketball Investment Club by signing up for the entire college and NBA seasons and get an average of 3 plays each day for the modest price of just $199. Sign up on this website or toll free at 1-800-755-2255. All major credit cards accepted.
Utah Crushed UCLA By 32 And Another 50-Unit Play Wins Tonight
My Personal Best Basketball Club for highrollers scored another easy 50-unit win Sunday as Utah (-12) crushed UCLA by 32 points, 71-39, and I am coming right back tonight with another 50-unit play on a team that should wipe the floor with its opponent in the same manner as the Utes buried UCLA. We again have all the edges in this game and you certainly can bet it with confidence. Score with another 50-unit winner tonight for just $50, charged to your major credit card.
Chairman's Club Goes For 3rd Straight NBA Blowout Tonight
My Chairman's Basketball Investment Club went 2-0 with 25-unit plays over the weekend, winning on Saturday with New Mexico State (-2) 70-67 over Cal-Irvine and winning on Sunday with the NBA's Detroit Pistons (-3.5) 114-95 over the Sacramento Kings. The Pistons were just the second NBA game I released this past week and it must be noted I won both games in blowout fashion, with the first one coming on last Tuesday when I collected another 25-unit ticket on the Golden State Warriors (-18) with their 40-point, 126-86, win over the Philadelphia 76ers. One win by 19 points, the other by 40 and I intend to get a similar result tonight. Win tonight's 25-unit NBA play for just $25, charged to your major credit card. As I have noted many times I am one of the few handicappers who has no fear of the NBA and beat it consistently. I work overtime to find NBA teams in the right spot and then send it in. Detroit and Golden State were obviously in the right spot - and so is tonight's team.
In Westwood It Is UCLA Basketball Season From Hell
There are few college basketball programs more storied than that of UCLA - 11 NCAA championships, 18 trips to the final four, 46 times in the NCAA Tournament, but there will be none of that this season. UCLA takes the court as quiet as a mouse this season and when the game is over hides in the locker room before slipping out the side door.
The Bruins went 28-9 in their first season under first-year coach Steve Alford, via Iowa and New Mexico, and made it to the Sweet 16 round of the Big Dance before losing to eventual Final Four participant Florida, 79-62. This was expected to be a rebuilding year in Westwood but the feeling was the quality of talent would carry UCLA right back to the NCAA Tournament.
There is no chance and nothing drives home that point more than Sunday's embarrassing 71-39 loss at Utah that left the Bruins 8-7 on the season. Against the Utes, UCLA made 29.0% of its field goals (15-of-52), 53.0% of its free throws (8-of-15), an amazing 9.0% of its 3-point shots (1-of-11), was out-rebounded 39-24 and had but eight assists.
This is a situation where Alford has been caught with his pants down. His lack of foresight left the team without anything close to a point guard, little experience and absolutely no depth. The team runs six players deep and no miracle is in sight.
Next up for UCLA is Stanford and if the Bruins do not win that one, they will have lost six straight, something that has not happened in Westwood since the 2003-04 season. It also is important for bettors to note, the UCLA offense is so lacking in everything it has averaged 47.3 points in its last four games.
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