Kelso: College Football Almost Here
COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S 1st 100-UNIT PLAY GOES SEPT. 1
FLORIDA MARLINS UNDER A VOODOO CURSE
By Kelso Sturgeon
The college football season is 73 days away and I have already found my first 100-unit play of the season—and it will win on opening night, Thursday, Sept. 1. My college football research has been underway for a month and has also revealed Rice and Kansas State will be the two most under-rated teams early in the season.
Let this serve as a reminder that, if you have not yet begun to get ready for the college football season, you are already behind schedule. With 123 NCAA Division I teams to analyze, an early start is a must, since only fools will bet the beginning weeks of the 2011 season off what happened last year. That is a bad habit that will cost you a fortune.
For the record, you can sign up for the college and National Football League season right now for $199, and get free Best Bet Club baseball selections every day until the season begins. The Best Bets Club Package, which also includes four 100-unit game of the year plays, plus my 200-unit college game of the year, will later sell for $349.
Sign up now on this website or toll free at 1-800-755-2255 and start winning in baseball right now. All major credit cards are accepted. Best Bets Football Club membership at this early-bird price of $199 is the bargain of the year. Keep in mind, the baseball you receive in this package is worth $199.
As I have noted in this space, and on my football videos on this website, there will be an NFL season. Insider reports I have received say the lockout will end as soon as the small market teams such as Buffalo get a little more than is currently being offered.
The NFL regular season will start on time.
Please tune in this Friday and Saturday for two more football handicapping classes on the video page on this website. As you did last week, bring a pencil and take the notes that will help you get ready to win.
Now, on to baseball.
Marlins Under Voodoo Spell
There is nothing in baseball more baffling than the complete collapse of the Florida Marlins, a team that opened the season 31-12 and was challenging Philadelphia for first place in the National League East but which has since gone 1-18 in its last 19 games and finds itself in last place in its division.
I shall reach beyond logic and rational thought and suggest some enemy of the Marlins has put a voodoo curse on the team. A team with this much talent simply cannot go 1-18 in its last 19 games. If you have a better answer, let me know.
The Marlins' troubles began in a stretch of seven games from June3-to-9 when they lost six of seven games by a single run. Tonight, Florida is at home and is a -125 underdog to lose its seventh straight game—something very likely since the Marlins will be facing Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver (8-4, 2.06) who is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.36 in his last five starts.
Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez resigned three days ago after the Marlins suffered their ninth consecutive loss. The resignation came as a big surprise to the team but one has got believe Rodriguez had to choose between unemployment or a month or so in the nuthouse.
There is no question Florida is better than 1-18 but until the curse is removed, I will be a devoted go-against kind of guy against the Marlins.
Twins Making A Major Move
The Minnesota Twins have been flying under the radar for the past few weeks and it has paid giant dividends for those backing them at the betting windows. The Twins have won seven straight, are 9-1 in their last 10, 14-2 in their last 16 and, most important, have been an under in 12 of their last 16 games.
Talk about the key to Fort Knox.
The Twins are obviously going to be contenders for the American League Central championship and they are making up lost ground in a hurry. On June 2, they were 17-37 and 16 ½ games out of first place. They are now eight back and closing fast.
Phillies Big 3 Paying Big Dividends
It has been lost on many the fact the Philadelphia Phillies have the second highest payroll in the majors at $172,976,379 and they certainly are getting their money's worth. For instance there pitching 'big three'—Roy Halladay ($20,000,000 this season) is 9-3 with an ERA of 2.56, Cole Hamels ($9,500,000) is 9-3 with an ERA of 2.51, and that Cliff Lee ($11,000,000) is 7-5, with an ERA of 3.12—are proving to be worth every penny.
The Phillies have spent their money well in almost every aspect of their team and there is a reason they have the best record in baseball at 45-28.
Baseball Handicapping Hints
--The worst hitting team in baseball is Seattle with a .229 batting average. Still the Mariners are 36-35 on the strength of a pitching staff that is ranked second in the American League with an ERA of 3.40
--The worst pitching team in baseball is the Chicago Cubs who have an ERA of 4.72. They are 29-41.
--San Diego (30-43) remains a strong go-against team, regardless of the opponent or the opposing picture. The Padres are a team that has no offense. They are 0-5 in their last five, 2-8 in their last 10 and in those 10 games have scored three or fewer runs seven times. They have the worst batting average in the National League (.231) and have scored but 238 runs the entire season—the worst figure in baseball.
Tonight's Betting Menu
Highrollers Win Tonight With 25-Unit Underdog...$25
My Personal Best Club for highrollers split its 50-unit plays over the weekend, winning on Saturday with my Interleague Game of the Month as the Indians buried the Pirates 5-1 and then losing my Run-Line Game of the Month as the Rays (-1 ½ runs +105) beat the Marlins, but just by a 2-1 margin as they stranded nine base-runners and it is right back to winning today. I have found an underdog on tonight's schedule that grades out the outright winner and I'm releasing this team as a 25-unit play. Get the cash with this one for just $25, charged to your major credit card.
Windy City Showdown: Cubs at White Sox Tops 2-0 Night...$10
My Best Bets Baseball Club went 2-1 Saturday and 1-1 Sunday but intends to go 2-0 night with a two-game package that is topped by a 5-unit play on the Windy City rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. On the mound for the Cubs will be the fiery Carlos Zambrano (5-4, 4.59) and the host White Sox will go with Gavin Floyd (6-6, 3.94). It's a true showdown game and you can win this one, plus another unit-rated play, for just $10, charged to your major credit card.
15-Unit Situation Power Play Gets Cash Tonight...$15
My Chairman's Club goes for its third straight 15-unit win tonight with a situation-power play that has big-time winner written all over it. Sunday the club got the cash with the Minnesota Twins (-150) with their 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres and that followed an underdog win on Saturday by the Texas Rangers (+106) in their 5-4 win at Atlanta. Tonight's 15-unit play grades out much stronger than either of those winners and has a 90% chance to get the money. Win this one for just $15, charged to your major credit card.
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