Sunday, September 30, 2012

Yo this is Nicky and now that the strike is over we might have a little more of a level playing field as I can’t help but feel for the guys that gave the number with the Packers and were on their way to the ticket counter when they had the cake taken right off their plate. We ended up in the same boat on Sunday night, obviously not quite as egregiously screwed but just same if that game is played this weekend it’s a different outcome. Anyway, we ended up splitting the weekend because of it so let’s get back into the win column. On Sunday I’m going to take the Bay Area ferry all the way to the bank as I like the both the Niners (-2.5 buy the hook) to go into New Yawk and beat the Jets minus Revis. The Niners have beaten the Jets 6 of their last 7 games and that includes the Mike Singletary eara, things are different now.
I also like the Nasty Raiders (+6) and all their penalties to go into mile high and play the Broncos tough if not win on the field. Despite not being very good the last few years they’ve beaten Denver 4 of the last 5 games in Mile High and have covered in ALL FIVE of those games. These are usually close and I like the Raiders coming off a little momentum after a victory at home against Pittsburgh. That’s the weekend chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Late Evening Chowder on Sunday Evening

Yo, This is Nicky and although it’s still in the 3rd quarter there’s no doubt that the Texans are covering for fun’, I’ve already popped a cold one for this game which moves our record to 7-3 on the season, so it’s time to move on to the late game where I like the Ravens (-2.5 buy the hook) to take the Pats to under .500 on the season. It goes unsaid that there’s a little payback on the minds of the Ravens as they still haven’t gotten over wide right from last year and I look for Ray’s Dogs to take a huge bite out of Tom Terrific and that Swiss Cheese offensive line they have in New England now. The Pats couldn’t protect the Golden Boy against the Titans or the Cards and now they’re going up an even better D in Baltimore. Lastly, the Ravens are 8-3 over their last 11 games including 5-0 their last 5. That’s the late evening chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!
Yo, This is Nicky and not even I expected Peyton to serve up three interceptions on Monday night but the cover still was a little in doubt in the 4th quarter which does make a case for not watching the game you place on but just checking the number after the game as we got our cover and moved to 6-3 on the year. We’re moving into the dog days of October and need a little cushion so let’s get to it. On Sunday I like the Houston Texans (-1) Strange but I’ve seen this as high as Houston +1 and as low as Houston -2 so a huge arbitrage opportunity if you got in early! But aside from trying to straddle the line, I’m not sure how this betting line is not Houston -6. I know the public loves Peyton at home but the truth is he’s not all that and a bag o’ chips to begin with and he’s just as susceptible to the Mile High Mayhem as the visitors as he’s not completely used to it yet. The Texans D will play similar to Hotlanta’s and give Peyton a ton of trouble. Denver is just not that good. Moreover Houston is 10-4 over it’s last 14 games and 5-2 on the road. That’s the Sunday chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Behind Enemy Lines on Monday Night Football


Yo, This is Nicky and we’ve hit our last two in the NFL with the Ravens keeping it close and almost winning on the field, and the Niners preventing the ‘back door cover’ to move our record to 5-3 on the season so let’s keep the mo’ going. On Monday Night I like the Falcons(-2.5 buy the hook) to hold serve at home against Peyton and the Broncos. The either of Peyton making his return to football, the pomp and circumstance of a home opener, and the altitude of Mile High are all gone and now they’re going to have to deal with a home opener and a home crowd themselves where the Falcons are 5-1 their last six and looked good in week one ( I know it was against the chefs) but a good road victory on opening day just the same. That’s the chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Behind Enemy Lines in the NFL

Yo, this is Nicky and we’re back in the trenches on a football Sunday coming off a touch beat as Mississippi State gave up 17 points in the 2nd half to blow our cover and drop us to 3-3 on the season which is means we’re in the red because of the vig so we’d better get to work. On Sunday I like the Ravens (+3.5 buy the hook) and their new high octane offense to keep it real close against Philly and possibly win it on the field. Philly looked horrible against Cleveland in week one and I do expect them to play better but the Ravens look in mid-season form already and Philly isn’t on par just yet. That’s the early Sunday chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Behind Enemy Lines on College Saturday


Yo, this is Nicky and we’re back at it after that poor excuse for a football game on Thursday Night where we looking for some offence, a little offense, ANY offense from Chicago and Green Bay to get over 50 and didn’t get it, so we dropped to 3-2 on the young season. Now it’s time to get back into the win column so let’s get to it. On Saturday morning I like Mississippi State (-13.5 buy it if your book has it at 14) to beat Troy on the road. I think Louisiana-Lafayette was exposed today for not being able to hang against really tough competition as Ok State really took them to school so that Troy home win now has a bit measuring stick. Miss State has won impressively at home against Jackson St. and Auburn to work the kinks out and now are ready to go on the road. Take Miss St. and lay the heavy lumber. That’s the morning chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Behind Enemy Lines on Monday Night Football

Yo, this Nicky and if I’m not on your payroll by now, I should be as we’ve won three straight games after the Titans easily had our cover in the first quarter and never looked back. That actually was easy pickens but it gets a little more tough on Monday night so let’s get to it. In the early game on Monday night I like the Ravens (-6.5 buy the hook) to start off the season with a win at home. Baltimore has had to live with the memory of “wide right” for a year now and look for them to come out and unleash some real bad attitude on the Bengals. Cincy does have a good defense (top 10) but they will have problems moving the ball against that perennial wall that is Purple Rain. That’s the early evening chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up! I’ll be back for the late game.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Behind Enemy Lines in the NFL

Yo, this is Nicky and we’re coming off two straight wins as Purdue kept it close against ND well within the 14.5 points we were allotted. That brings our football season record to 2-1 now we need so separation so let’s get to it. On Sunday morning I like the Texans (-12.5 buy the hook) to take out the Dolphins and their rookie quarterback in relatively easy fashion. Houston is among the favorites to take the AFC and had they not been riddled by injuries last year they may have taken it already. They have a balanced attack that only got better over the off season and the fish still have issues on both sides of the ball. That’s the early morning chowder, I’m Nicky, back with more later…..

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Behind Enemy Lines in NCAA Football

Yo, this is Nicky and we’re back for more damage this weekend. We evened up our record at 1-1 on the young season by hitting the under in the NYG/Dallas game on Wednesday night. This will be our first full weekend of college and pro games, there’s is a lot on the agenda, so let’s get to it. On Saturday I like Purdue Boilermakers (+14.5 buy the hook) to beat the Irish who are making their first appearance on US soil this season. It’s been highly publicized that the Irish gave up a ton of passing yards to a non-passing school in the Naval Academy and when they match up against a pro-style offense like Purdue’s they could give up even more. This is a game where Purdue could even win this on the field as 372 pass yards in their first contest is a good harbinger that they should be able to keep this one close. That’s the afternoon chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up! Back with more later on today………

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Behind Enemy Lines as the NFL Kicks Off

Yo, this is Nicky and we’re still in the trenches of opening week in both college and pro where we got off to a bad start as the Michigan Wolverines choked on all of their pre-season hype and got dismantled by the Tide who covered a HUGE number for a game between two top ten schools. So, as we say let’s stay in the ring and keep our gloves up.
On opening night of the NFL I am going to take the Under (47 buy the hook) between the GMen and Ca’Boys. I know it’s a small line at a field goal but there is no way the Offenses have caught up with the defenses and if we have to pick just one I think the percentages are higher there will not be enough big plays in this game to make up for the lack of ability to drive down the field and sustain drives, than the chances of one team covering the 3. That’s the opening day chowder, I’m Nicky, stay in the ring and keep your gloves up!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Behind Enemy Lines on Opening Day


Yo this is Nicky the Fish and let me be the first to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wow, it seems like just yesterday we were closing out the year with a victory in the National Championship game to close out a great college football season but we can’t rest on our laurels especially this season now that every pick in every sport will be documented on the main site with the Pigskin Pick’em contest (make sure you log in and play) so let’s get to it.

On opening day I am going to not mess with the JV games and get right into the mix with the marquis game of the day I am going to take Michigan (+14.5 buy the hook) going into Tuscaloosa to take on the Tide. I know it’s an SEC home domain on opening day but the NFL draft wasn’t kind to the Tide and they’re going to have to replace a ton of quality on D. Of course, they normally just reload in the SEC but those new bullets may not pack the punch of the previous ones and I’m thinking they may need a game or two to really galvanize. They may pull it out but I like the huge lumber with a Denard Robinson led offense to keep it close. That’s the opening day 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.