Archive for November, 2012

By Brad Lafratte

Another basketball season is upon us once again.  Like most college basketball fans I’ve been anxiously awaiting the ‘madness’ known as college basketball to begin.  The Big 12 conference has a rich tradition and it was never more evident with Kansas taking Kentucky to the wire last March in the national championship game.  Looking forward to Friday, the Jayhawks are the odds on favorite to win the conference for a ninth straight time.  Even with that being said the conference’s depth is deeper than it’s ever been heading into this season.   Conferences throughout the country have taken part in realignments and the Big 12 is no different.  The Big 12 has welcomed new traditions West Virginia and TCU, as Texas A&M and Missouri have left for the SEC.  The shake-up will provide the opportunity for new rivalries to develop.  I have had the pleasure of putting together how I think the conference will shape up. Read the rest of this entry »


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  • The Star* rating is how much I like that team against the spread.  14* is my favorite pick.
  • The bold team indicates the team I like against the spread.  (ATS)
  •  The CAPITAL team is the home team.

Gamblers Key
O/U – Over/Under
ATS – Against the Spread
DOG – Underdog
FAV – Favorite
CON – Conference
DIV – Division
SU – Strait Up

As I promised my fans last week I would cash in a good solid week to make up for the World Series week. Solid is an understatement as we here at TSB went 4-0 on **LOCKS** and 9-5 on the week. I have done my studying and even though it looks like Vegas has some tough spreads this week im am well prepared as I am giving 5 **LOCKS** this week!

**LOCK** 14 **************
Denver Broncos -4 over CAROLINA PANTHERS by 14 Read the rest of this entry »

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While I am pulling triple duty today, I took it upon myself to prepare a special Thursday Night Football WAGs post.

This year’s clear-cut rookie of the year, Andrew Luck seems to be doing just fine on and off the field.  If he’s not setting rookie passing records, he’s most likely snuggling up with his dime piece.  Luck is dating world class gymnast Nicole Pechanec.  Nicole was on the Czech World Championship team in 2006 and 2007.  In 2010, she finished second on her team at the World Championships as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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This week, Hook is appearing on National Geographic’s Border Wars, as he attempts to go to Mexico and then return safely some time next week. So it’s Earl here for this week’s picks.  Hook went 7-7 last week (1-1 on LOCKS) while  Jorel went 9-5 (3-0 LOCKS).  Screw the Heisenberg’s this week.  I’m throwin’ down T-Dog’s on this bitch.  Check out my picks for week 9: Read the rest of this entry »

Kasey Kahne celebrates in Victory Lane at Phoenix International Raceway. (AP)

Thirty three races are in the book as the NASCAR boys head to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend.

Phoenix International Raceway, or PIR, is a one-mile, low-banked tri-oval race track located in Avondale, Arizona. The track opened in 1964 but didn’t start hosting NASCAR Sprint Cup races until 1988. A fun fact about the track: Alan Kulwicki performed the first “Polish Victory Lap”, his celebration lap.

In this race last year, Kasey Kahne celebrated in victory lane, but it was the two gentlemen who were fighting for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title that dominated the action.

There is definitely no rest for the weary this weekend as all three of NASCAR’s top series will be racing at Texas Motor Speedway.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series:
Laps: 150
Distance: 150 miles Read the rest of this entry »

Andrew Luck and the Colts have been #ChuckStrong, while the Cards have has their wings clipped.

We are more or less at or just past, the halfway point in the NFL season.  Some teams are looking strong, and others are positioning themselves early for the Matt Barkley sweepstakes.

We gathered up the usual suspects (@ttlsportsblog@HookTSB and making his first appearance @PhiLthyMcNasty_) and took an average of everyone’s rankings to come up with TSB’s week 10 NFL power rankings.

There have been some massive swings in the rankings this week.  Our biggest mover up the charts is the Indianapolis Colts.  Andrew Luck & Co. have shot up 16 spots since week 5 to 11th.  While the biggest free fall is out in the desert with the Arizona Cardinals.  The Cards have fallen 15 spots from 6th down to 21st.  If there is one thing that these moves signify, it’s quarterback play.  Luck has looked great and relief pitcher John Skelton has looked abysmal.

So without further adieu…your TSB Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Read the rest of this entry »

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After going 13-5 in Week 10, look for my predictions to remain worthy of recognition. There has been little movement within the top batch of teams, but Notre Dame did fall one spot after struggling with Pittsburgh all the way into triple overtime. West Virginia continues their fall from the glory of national spotlight to the glory hole of a rest stop bathroom off I-75. Little upsets this deep into the season, but this week there could be some serious shake-ups in the Top 25–especially with the grouping of one-loss teams. It remains to be a three-way race of who will lose first to determine who will play Alabama in the National Championship. The wait continues… Read the rest of this entry »

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Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.

34 races down. 2 to go.

With the way Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson have been competing, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series may not be decided until the final lap at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

On Sunday, Jimmie Johnson showed the NASCAR world that he is ready to edge his name in the record book as he won his fifth race of the season, and the second in just a week, at Texas Motor Speedway. Johnson led 168 of the 334 scheduled laps to increase his points lead to seven points ahead of Brad Keselowski. This is the biggest points deficit Keselowski has faced since entering the chase. Aside from the points battle, the two drivers also battled on the track with eight laps to go, Keselowski’s Dodge made contact with Johnson’s Chevrolet battling for the lead. Read the rest of this entry »

Shit, the gate was left open!

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**SPOILER ALERT** If you have not watched Season 3 Episode 4 “Killer Within” of The Walking Dead and don’t want to know what happens, stop reading here as it is a re-cap and kill count. Read the rest of this entry »

Jimmie Johnson celebrates in Victory Lane by firing the commemorative Turnbull pistols as Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage (L) looks on after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. (Tom Pennington/Getty Photo / November 4, 2012)

A week after winning at Martinsville, Jimmie Johnson is in victory lane again. On Sunday, the five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ passed Brad Keselowski in a green-white-checkered finish and hung on to win the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The win was Johnson’s 60th and the 700th for Team Chevrolet.

“It was an awesome race,” Johnson said. “The gloves are off, and it’s bare-knuckle fighting. I have a lot of respect for that 2 team, those guys are doing a great job. Today I think our cars were pretty equal throughout the course of the race. At the end of the race we were on four (tires) and had to take advantage of it.” Read the rest of this entry »