picks for Sept 27th
Watching the Patriot Dynasty die, learning
about Cowboy Money
Sunday began with the depressing viewing of the
Patriots being soundly outplayed and beaten by the Jets.
Every drive further reminded me that the 07 Patriots
are long since dead and gone, no more running up the score,
no more making Joe Gibbs cry, no more angry 72
Dolphins on TV hoping the Patriots would lose a game.
No, these Patriots are not very good, Brady was
iffy at best, the offensive line can't run block to save it's life,
the defense is easy to push inside it's own 20,
and then it's just a question of if you score a TD or a FG. All in and
it was horrible.
Compounding matters was the fact that I had a
bunch of Jets fans standing around me, cheering every Jet play,
rooting for their new hero Mark Sanchez, bemoaning
the conservative Jet playcaling. "Let the kid throw it!"
one guy would yell after every big play where
the Jets elected to run rather then pass. Having another guy
scream "J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS" after big plays.
It was irksome
But it was the Jets day, I give the devil their
due, I have no idea if the Patriots can have their problems fixed,
it seems so weird how good they were two years
ago and how just out of touch they appear now, if not for
the crazy string of events to end the game Vs
Buffalo they would be 0-2
The 'late' games (If by late you mean 1PM in Vegas,
damn time zones) featured the Steelers blowing a game to the Bears,
and the Ravens of all teams getting themselves
into a shoot out with the Chargers and winning. During all this time I
watch the true power of Cowboy money.
When I walked into the Sportsbook on Monday last
week, I saw the truth and the future told me, it was as if angels
were singing (Or since this is Bartcop, Shirley
Manson.) I saw the Giants listed as a 3 point underdog to the Cowboys.
Now I felt the Giants should be the favorites,
so to see Dallas giving three was amazing, this was stealing, it was to
good to be true.
There was one minor catch to it all, the fact
that Vegas was making Dallas an "even money" bet, and the Giants were a
this means, you had to wager 120 on the Giants
to win 100, the standard 11-10 odds were now 12-10 odds, meanwhile the
Cowboys were 10-10 odds. The bookies were letting
you get points with the Giants, but you had to pay a little extra to get
Behold the power of Cowboy Money.
After the 1PM games finished around 4, and there
was an hour before the Sunday Night game, Looked up at the betting lines,
and now the Cowboys were -105, or 10.5-10 odds,
and the Giants were now -115. Cowboys fans had bet their team so much
the book was now adding vig to the Cowboys and
taking it off the Giants, trying to get people to bet the Giants to help
their books. But it wouldn't happen thanks to
the power of Cowboy Money. 15 minutes before kick off, the numbers vanished
completely off the screen, now both teams were
a straight 11-10 bet, Cowboy Money pushed the vig completely out of the
I'm almost shocked it didn't move the line a
half point further, to make the Giants a 3.5 point underdog.
Of course as the game was ending, the Cowboys
were clinging to a 31-30 lead and while the Giants were trying to win the
on the field, their gamblers had already won,
barring an Eli Manning interception run back for a touchdown, the Giants
the spread and win the game for those that bet
them, and in the end they ruined the opening of the Cowboy's new stadium
on the field too, and odds are made the MGM sportsbook
very happy, as all that Cowboy Money would be staying with them.
CONTEST BET LINES
These are the official Bartcop picks lines, all
of them are set to be on half points so there will be no ties, only wins
or losses, if you
don't see a game listed here, it's because there
was no line for it when I wrote this up, so sadly you can't pick it. Pick
any 5 teams
and send the picks in to Mikethedealer@hotmail.com
and I'll store them and post results with next week's report. I'll also
picks this Friday, feel free to send yours in
anytime before Sunday Mornings kick offs, and be sure to mock my horrible
If you don't get how the spread works, here goes.
The first team listed is the favorite, they will
give starting the game losing by however many points I list. So if we have
Steelers -5.5 Browns,
that means that when this game starts, as far
as our contest is concerned, the Browns are winning 5.5 to 0. The half
points make sure there
can't be a tie. So if you take the underdog,
you get extra points, if you take the favorite, you give extra points.
You'll hear people talking
about a team "Getting 6" or "Giving 3 and a half"
and that's what they mean.
BET LINES FOR WEEK 3 (Home team's name is listed
in CAPS, so you know where the game is being played.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are always lists as
Bucs because that's a way too long of a name.)
COWBOYS -9.5 Panthers
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