Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Tuesday, January 01, 2013 1 comment
What’s that New Year’s Day Smell?
Happy New Year to all. Ol’ Uncle Louie and all of the crew here at GambLou World Headquarters want to wish you all Health, wisdom and perspective. To us Lord, Famiglia and Friends comprise a rich life and we simply wish you all a rich life.
We now turn our focus to the pungent stench getting more astringent as we approach it….we speak of he Wild Card round of the 2013 NFL Playoffs.
Those 20 or so of you with us last year recall that we went ‘tout’ for the Playoffs charging for our positions. That was one of the dumbest moves Uncle Louie ever made. We are not ‘bury your man’ and ’25 star lock’ guy Enthusiasts. Those of you who read us regularly realize our goal is to educate and inform. The stress we felt trying to profit for the paying client was more distraction than anything. At a measly $150.00 each client got 100% of our time and effort. The 3 grand or less we made for the month from the subscriptions was time, commitment and agony as it took from our own pursuit of profit. While we did knock it out of the park for our clients it was clear that the time and energy it took from our own positions and profitability will never be recaptured. Lesson learned and the lesson is simply this:
We are here to teach not poach.
Bungles at Texans -4.5:
Cudo’s for the Bengal organization to hold pat and give Sherm Lewis’ coaching staff the time and confidence required to build a winning culture. We have been rough on Sherm but the fact is that he has delivered the Bungles to the playoffs three of the last four seasons. Converting a culture is no easy task….ask any Cleveland fan.
The Texans have slowly eroded from the dynamo we saw mid season to one that is decimated by injury on defense and relatively predictable on offense (double AJ and stack the box).
This line opened Texans -5 and compressed to today’s -4.5. This is a revenge game from last year’s playoffs where Cincy went into Houston and the public was introduced to JJWatt via a spectacular defensive interception and TD. Revenge to Ol’ Uncle Louie, to Coaches and to those in the locker room is a deep rooted motivator…
Vikings at Packers -7.5:
So the Vike’s beat the Pack at home then come +7.5 in Lambeau? Raunchy eh!
Here’s the inside and we apologize to all for saying what must at least be put on the table. In our lifetime there has never been a recovery from an ACL by a RB in the way we have seen with AP. We love the kid’s drive, we love his grit and we admire his God given abilities but we must pose this for responsibility sake. We will be watching AP not only this week but into next year to see if there is any breakdown in dense tissue (Achilles, hammy, quad etc.). We accuse him of nothing but we must note that never has any player returned from such a comprehensive injury (especially at this position) to excel the way he has. With the money in Today’s game coupled with the drive and competitiveness of a great football player we believe anyting is possible….Point taken and hopefully, point noted.
As far as this Football game is concerned let us pose this question to you. Give Adrian Peterson his 200 yards and 2 TD’s and tell me where the Vike's will get the other 200 yards and minimum of 10 more points needed to beat the Pack in the Tundra? That’s what I thought.
Dolt’s at Ravens -6.5:
Here come the overachieving and believing Colts. This team has wrung every bit of talent and prosperity out of itself in this most unique and unusual year. A rookie that may go down as best ever and a victory over a life threatening cancer for Coach Pagano highlight one emotional year for these Colts players, fans, coaches and organization. We here at GambLou headquarters consider Andrew Luck not only the Rook of the year but a probably victim of his own greatness. What the Colts asked this young man to do was play QB as a rookie like an experienced veteran at the top of his game and Luck exceeded those requests. He may not win the popularity contest that is Rookie of the year and we take nothing from the other handful of players we feel fall into second place but make no mistake about it Enthusiasts. Andrew Luck is the real stinking deal.
Meanwhile back to football where the overachieving Colts have to get ready to play a team in the Ravens that have fallen completely off the playoff radar. I believe Coach Johnny H is pleased his team is as overlooked as it is. If there is a team carrying a chip in this year’s payoffs it may well be the Ravens. Add the health of Suggs, the return of Ray Ray and a wested Way Wice from Wutgers and you have what we consider to be one ‘live’ home team. We see this one as the Ravens home determination and veteran cunning and guile against a spent and depleted group of Dolts that have simply shot they wad.
Seahawks -3 at Redskins:
It looks like they saved the best contest for last. How about the return of the Skins to the playoffs? How about the razor blade Seahawks?
This game opened Even and early money jolted the number to its current Hawks -3. Absolutely know that we got all over this game (the whole slate really) early and that we have what we feel is dynamic advantage over the market as we write today.
These two teams each want to be physical, run the rock and play dominating D. We feel that these two dynamic young stalwart QB’s each play to their strength. RG3 plays with a God Given talent and natural abilities not to mention the intellect to be able to dominate at the position but he won’t be able to play long if he does not limit his exposure to today’s defenses even with the new pussy rules they have in place today.
Wilson the Rook for Seattle is less flashy but every bit as mature and perhaps more reliable. Wilson avoids punishment well better than Robert does and has the all tools to be great in his own right. Add to that the chip he carries because everyone told him he could not play QB and we have the basis for a great offensive match up.
The differences in these two teams is evident in the defense.
Redskin DC Haslett and his bunch play based on the guile and prowess of one London Fletcher and the use of scheme to overcome the injuries sustained and overall lack of depth in this Skin squad.
The Defense for the Seahawks is one of the fiercest and most physical defenses we have seen in some time (Niners, Cardinals and Rams all sport dominating defenses) and it is here where the Seahawks will have an edge in talent.
Mix the Redskin home field advantage to the edge on D the Seahawks own and we have a game that could be tight and decided on the bounce of the football.
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