Friday, August 29, 2008

Happy New Year!!

Well, it is BEST time of year if you are a sports fan, particularly a sports fan who likes to occasionally “dabble” and get a little action. Those of you who are new to the site won’t know me but I go by Nicky “the fish” and I am a combat general in minefield that are the weekly betting lines. What I try to do is walk with you through them, finding value where we can, and approach the season as one long “West Coast Offense” drive. If we show black numbers at the end of the week, then it was a successful week. I don’t parlay, have a “pick of the year” or even a “pick of the season”. I will certainly let you know when I think we got something real and when you should MAYBE deviate from what your standard betting unit is. We don’t try to break the bank, just work our way up the positive side of the ledger a little at a time, but ENJOYING the ride and that’s part of the game. I use both qualitative and quantitative data, but mostly the simple knowledge of how the game is played and who’s on the field or court. Those of you who WERE on the train last year know my track record (please view the history) and that will be hard to top but we’ll give it a shot. Now, we normally would NEVER make a pick on opening week unless you literally have seen a practice in person, are son of a coach, or father or a player, and I am none of the afore mentioned, HOWEVER the Tennessee line at 7 does look attractive and with all of the injuries that UCLA has had in pre-season, it still is not clear how their starting JC quarterback will play in his first D-1 start. I know UCLA was actually a decent home team to place on last year, largely due to the fact that they were usually GETTING points, but at 7, I would buy it down to 6 ½ for one-half my normal units just to get my feet wet. It should be a nice day and a good game to watch, so let’s get started with that one. That’s the chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

12-5 college for the year, 9-3 in pro. If you have comments, questions on a game, or need injury and weather reports, list your question in the blog for answers. ‘Nikki the Fish’ in the Player’s Club chat room every Wednesday.