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  • November 11, 2019 11:42 AM | Anonymous

    November 10, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Nov. 10.


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: Minnesota +3 Dallas


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Cincinnati +10 1/2 Baltimore

    Buffalo +3 Cleveland

    NY Jets +3 NY Giants

    Indianapolis -10 1/2 Miami


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: We were fortunate enough to see Tennessee rally to edge Kentucky yesterday giving us another win in this spot (Now on a 16-5 run!). Today, a cautionary piece of advice. 

    Everyone (including me) chose Buffalo to beat the Browns. And I do mean everyone! In the past such a uniform rush to one side has proven a negative. Norm's thought today is to sit out this game  or perhaps make only a very light touch on Buffalo.


    BASKETBALL


    Saturday record: 5-2

    Season so far: 24-18 (And we're on a 15-5 run here!)


    NBA


    Denver -3 Minnesota

    Orlando -3 1/2 Indiana

    Portland -8 1/2 Atlanta


    COLLEGE


    Boston College +6 1/2 So. Florida

    Florida -6 Florida State


    Good hunting today!



    November 9, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Nov. 9.


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: TCU +2 1/2 Baylor


    REGULAR PLAYS


    Boston College -2 1/2 Florida State

    Minnesota +6 1/2 Penn State

    Wake Forest -2 1/2 Virginia Tech

    Oklahoma -15 Iowa State

    LSU +6 Alabama

    LSU--Alabama OVER 63 1/2

    Texas -7 Kansas State


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Lets step into the lower rungs of the SEC for a selection today. Tennessee seems to be making some progress albeit a progress much slower than their fans wants). Today they face a Kentucky team that's really nothing special and in virtual toss up game I'll go with the Volunteers.


    TAKE: Tennessee +1 1/2 Kentucky (I'd play TENN on the money line

                                                             to save the "juice")


    BASKETBALL


    Friday record: 3-1

    Season so far: 19-16


    NBA


    Dallas -4 1/2 Memphis

    Houston -6 1/2 Chicago


    COLLEGE


    Iowa State +2 Oregon State

    Oklahoma State -16 Missouri KC

    E. Tennessee State -10 Tennessee Martin

    San Diego State +4 BYU

    UC Riverside -12 1/2 Idaho


    Good hunting today!



    November 8, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks of Lat Thoughts on tonight's college card.


    BASKETBALL


    Thursday record: No selections

    Season so far: 16-13


    NBA


    Orlando -6 1/2 Memphis

    Sacramento -1 1/2 Atlanta


    COLLEGE


    Harvard -3 Northeastern

    West Virginia -11 Akron

    Vermont -1 St. Bona

    Santa Clara -16 Cal Poly Slo


    Happy Friday!!!



    November 7, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on a college game tonight. It's rated as a REGULAR STRENGTH PICK.


    TAKE: U La La---Coastal Carolina UNDER 58 1/2


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Very plain and simple tonight. I believe the Chargers are a better team than Oakland


    TAKE" LA Chargers -1 Oakland.


    BASKETBALL


    Wednesday record: Our one pick was a "push"

    Season so far: 16-13


    No selections tonight.


    Happy days!!!



    November 6, 2019

    There are no Late Consensus Picks or Late Thoughts on the lone MAC game tonight.


    BASKETBALL


    Tuesday record: 2-0-1 (Now on a 7-0 run)

    Season so far: 16-13


    Utah -2 Philadelphia


    Cheers!




  • November 06, 2019 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    November 5, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks on the pair of MAC games tonight. But I do have an opinion


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Over the years Toledo's made its home in the Glass Bowl a very formidable place. These Rockets aren't quite the same level but I believe they're still good enough (even with their #1 QB hurt) to handle a very mediocre Kent State team. Our winning selection of the Cowboys last night in "Late Thoughts" brought our recent streak to 15-4 and we'll step out again tonight behind the Rockets.


    TAKE: Toledo -7 Kent State


    BASKETBALL


    Monday record: 3-0

    Season so far: 14-13


    Boston -6 Cleveland

    Orlando--OK City UNDER 204 1/2

    Denver -5 Miami


    Lets go get 'em again tonight!



    November 4, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks on the NFL Monday nighter between Dallas and the Giants. But.........


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: The more I've studied this game the more comfy I've gotten with the Dallas side. They'll be healthy and, after wasting the Eagles, they appear primed to make a bit of a run. The NFL world seems to have figures out the Giants some and they carry a four game losing streak into this one. I might be wrong but I believe we're seeing the start of a run by the Cowboys. And, the line has gotten more favorable over the last 2-3 days.


    TAKE: Dallas -6 1/2 NY Giants


    BASKETBALL


    Sunday record: 2-0

    Season so far: 11-13


    Brooklyn -3 1/2 New Orleans

    Houston -6 1/2 Memphis

    Milwaukee -6 Minnesota


    Happy Monday!



    November 3, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Nov. 2


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: Baltimore +3 New England


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Minnesota -4 Kansas City

    Houston -1 1/2 Jacksonville

    Tampa Bay +4 1/2 Seattle


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: We split our two plays yesterday making us 14 -3 our last 17 in this spot. Today we have two plays for you. The more I considered Pittsburgh the more I felt that the Steelers were circling the wagons around young QB Mason Rudolph.

    And the more I looked at a desperate Cleveland team the more it seemed they'd focus on a kid QN starting for Denver in an already awful Denver offense. So:


    TAKE: Pittsburgh -1 Indianapolis

               Cleveland -4 Never


    BASKETBALL


    Saturday record: 0-1-1

    Season record so far: 9-13


    Sacramento -1 1/2 NY Knicks

    Dallas -4 1/2 Cleveland


    Good hunting today!


    November 2, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday 

    Nov. 2.


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: USC +3 1/2 Oregon

                                  Michigan -21 1/2 Maryland

                                  Bowling Green -6 Akron 


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Memphis -6 SMU

    N. C. State +7 Wake Forest

    Northwestern +10 1/2 Indiana

    Boston College +3 Syracuse

    Texas A&M -38 1/2 UTSA

    Washington +3 Utah

    Fresno +2 1/2 Hawaii


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I have a pair of plays for you this week. I expect a nice "bounce back" effort from Pitt today and they catch Georgia Tech celebrating its recent success. But I believe GT's still a very poor side that Pitt handles. Also, Charlotte's been a very, very poor home team and, despite their rally against defenseless North Texas last week, I believe Mid Tenn's the superior side


    TAKE: Pitt -7 1/2 Georgia Tech

               Middle Tennessee -3 1/2 Charlotte


    BASKETBALL


    Friday record: 0-1

    Season so far: 9-12


    Portland -1 1/2 Philadelphia

    Denver -4 Orlando


    BREEDER'S CUP


    Here are a handful of the horses I like to win today. In many of these cases I like the anticipated prices over horses that may be just a tad more talented


    RACE 4---#9 Spiced Perfection


    RACE 5--#10 Eddie Haskell (Alas there is no horse named "The

                    Beaver" to wager on today)


    RACE--7--#2 Sistercharlie (Most likely winner on the card)


    RACE 9---#9 Circus Maximus


    RACE 11---#9 Bricks and Mortar


    RACE 12--The Classic is a VERY contentious race. I'm passing because I'm leery of the favorite McKinzie but have major questions about the rest of the real contenders also. The filly Elate interests me but not enough to recommend as a play.


    Have a fantastic Saturday!!! 



    November 1, 2019'

    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks on the lone college game tonight,


    BASKETBALL


    Friday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 10-11


    Dallas +1 1/2 LA Lakers


    HORSES


    On this first of the two day Breeders Cup at Santa Anita here are horses I like in some of the races:


    RACE 5---#10 A'Ali


    RACE 7---#4 British Idiom


    RACE 8---#13  Selflessly


    RACE 9---#6 Eight Rings


    Good hunting today!



  • November 03, 2019 9:09 AM | Anonymous

    October 31, 2019

    BASEBALL


    The Nationals comeback last night capped an incredible baseball season for us. Before the playoffs began we recommended playing the Nationals as huge underdogs to win the National League pennant and World Series which they completed last night. We have now finished the most remarkable baseball season ever


    REGULAR SEASON: 323-258....+$53.00

    PLAYOFFS:                  15-13......+24.90

    TOTAL BASEBALL:    338-271....+$77.90


    What this means in money terms is that a player who wagered $100 on every one of those 581 selections wound up ahead $7,790!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ah, but, that now becomes yesterday's news. Lets pick some more winners!


    FOOTBALL


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's football action. It's a REGULAR STRENGTH play:


    TAKE: San Francisco--Arizona UNDER 43


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: All I have for your tonight is a "lean." Baylor's gotten very "pricey" lately and I think that laying 17 points to West Virginia may simply be too much. My feeling isn't enough to make it a full play here but I'd lean to taking those points.


    BASKETBALL


    Wednesday record: 3-2

    Season so far: 9-1


    LA Clippers -5 San Antonio


    Congrats to all those who had a fantastic baseball season and now lets find more "good hunting!"



    October 30, 2019


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Tuesday record: 1-0...+$1.60

    Playoffs so far: 14-13...BUT....for +$9.50


    Today we need to talk betting strategy. If you have NO PLAY on the series I would:


    TAKE Washington +125 Houston


    But, weeks ago before the playoffs began we recommended taking the Nats +1500 to win the World Series. If you have THAT PLAY you might consider playing a small amount on Houston to cover your wager should the Nats lose. But bottom line--I like the Nats to win tonight and complete  a massive post-season profit for us!!!


    BASKETBALL


    Tuesday record: 1-1

    Season so far: 6-9


    Philadelphia -6 Minnesota

    Detroit +8 1/2 Toronto

    Utah -2 LA Clippers

     Sacramento -7 Charlotte

    Phoenix--Golden State OVER 229


    Good hunting tonight!

    October 29, 2019

    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Monday record: No game

    Playoffs so far: 13-13....BUT...for +$7.90


    Washington +160 Houston


    BASKETBALL


    Monday record: 2-1

    Season so far: 5-8


    Denver -6 Dallas

    LA Lakers -12 Memphis


    Happy Tuesday!



    October 28, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks on tonight's game. I "lean" to the Steelers to beat up Miami.


    BASEBALL


    Sunday record: No plays

    Playoffs so far: 13-13....BUT....for +$7.90


    No game tonight


    BASKETBALL


    Sunday record: 0-1

    Season so far: 3-7


    NY Knicks +1 Chicago

    Utah -4 1/2 Phoenix

    Denver -6 Sacramento


    Happy Monday!



    October 27, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Oct. 27.


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: New Orleans -12 Arizona 


    REGULAR PLAYS: 


    Tampa Bay +2 1/2 Tennessee

    Carolina +4 1/2 San Francisco

    Kansas City +5 Green Bay


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS---First, the winning in this spot continued yesterday with Texas A&M popping Miss State. That's now 13 of our last 14 Norm's Late Thoughts that have hit. New England's a very good team that has played perhaps the worst schedule in the NFL. I believe that creates some value for us. In reaction to the NE run the Pats are being made bigger and bigger favorites. Today, last grab some of that value.


    TAKE: Cleveland +11 New England


    BASKETBALL


    Saturday record: 0-2

    Season so far: 3-6


    Dallas -2 Portland


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Saturday record: No plays

    Playoffs so far: 13-13... BUT..... for a +$7.90


    No play today


    Happy Sunday everyone!


  • November 01, 2019 9:07 AM | Anonymous

    October 26, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks on the college games of Saturday, Oct. 26.


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: Michigan State +5 Penn State


    STRONG PLAYS: TCU +1 Texas


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Temple +11 UCF

    New Mexico +10 Hawaii

    Duke +3 1/2 No. Carolina

    Stanford -1 1/2 Arizona

    Boston College +34 1/2 Clemson


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Let keep our big run going (12 of our last 13 in this spot) by going with with a potential butt kicking at Kyle Field in College Station. The Aggies catch a Mississippi State team that looks properly mediocre. The Aggies record includes losses to Alabama, Clemson and Auburn. A&M just might be a solid team who needs a softer opponent and Miss State looks that part. A&M started to perk up winning  a mistake filled contest at Mississippi last week.

    I think the Aggies are simply a better team here and look for them to pull away from Miss St.


    TAKE: Texas A&M -10 1/2 Mississippi State.


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Friday record: 0-1....-$1.00

    Playoff record so far: 13-13....but a terrific +$7.90


    No selections in Game 4 tonight


    BASKETBALL


    Friday record: 2-0

    Season so far: 3-4


    Orlando -1 1/2 Atlanta 

    San Antonio -12 Washington


    Have a spectacular Saturday!


    October 25, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks or Norm's Late Thoughts on the one college game this evening. Glad we started the weekend with a solid Houston winner last night.


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Thursday record: No games

    Playoff record so far: 13-12....+$8.90


    Washington +125 Houston


    BASKETBALL


    Thursday record: 0-1

    Season so far: 1-4


    Dallas--New Orleans OVERV 228

    Sacramento--Portland OVER 226 1/2


    Good hunting tonight!


    October 24, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on a college game tonight. It is rated a REGULAR  STRENGTH PLAY:


    TAKE: Houston +14 1/2 SMU


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Wednesday record: 1-0....+$1.65

    Playoffs so far: 13-12....+$8.90


    No game tonight


    BASKETBALL


    Wednesday record: 1-3

    Season so far: 1-3


    Golden State +2 LA Clippers


    Go get 'em tonight!



    October 23, 2019

    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Tuesday record: 1-1....+$0.70

    Playoffs so far: 12-12....+$7.25


    Washington +165 Houston


    BASKETBALL


    Tonight we kick off  a loooong season of hoops.Be careful. Have a plan. Stick to it. Lets have another winning season!


    NBA


    Orlando -8 Cleveland

    Dallas -8 1/2 Washington

    Utah -9 1/2 OK City

    Sacramento -1 1/2 Phoenix


    Good hunting today!



    October 22, 2019

    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Monday record: No game

    Playoffs so far: 11-11....+$6.55


    Washington +180 Houston

    Washington--Houston UNDER 6 1/2


    ABOUT THE SERIES: Back a few weeks before the playoffs even began we recommended wagering on the Nats to win the NL pennant  (at +600) and the World Series (at +1500). W've already cashed on them as a huge dog to begin and if you have them in a Series bet there's no need to wager on them at this point. But if you aren't currently holding a ticket on Washington the oddsmaker is offering what appears to be very generous odds on them to win the Series (+195). There's a great deal of value there considering that since June 1 these two teams have won at virtually the same pace.


    Go Nats!



    October 21, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on the Monday night NFL game. It's a REGULAR STRENGTH selection.


    TAKE: NY Jets +9 New England


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS---We hit yet another selection Sunday---a strong recommendation on Jacksonville to handle Cincy which they did. That means we're 10 of our last 11 "Late Thoughts Picks."

    We've already made our picks on this game as part of the Picks of the Pole so lets put our feet up, cheer for those selections and get ready for next weekend.



  • October 21, 2019 8:34 AM | Anonymous


    October 20, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    We had a freaking spectacular day yesterday!!! Both "STRONG" college plays hit. So did 6 of the 8 "REGULAR" plays and NORM'S LATE THOUGHT scored again with that putrid Akron offense never registering a point against the Buffalo defense! Here are your Late Consensus Picks foe the NFL games of Sunday, Oct. 20.


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: Philadelphia +3 Dallas


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Minnesota -2 1/2 Detroit

    San Francisco -10 Washington

    Miami--Buffalo UNDER 41

    Baltimore +3 Seattle


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I've taken a STRONG liking to a play today. The reports of Injuries in the Cincy line are particularly distressing when facing the very solid DLine of Jacksonville. Cincy already has trouble running the ball and this certainly won't help. With the drama of the Jalen Ramsey thing behind them I look for Jax to roll today.


    TAKE: Jacksonville -5 Cincinnati


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Saturday record: 0-1....-$1.00

    Playoffs so far: 11-11.....+$6.55


    No games until Tuesday.


    Good hunting again today!!!


    October 19, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks on the college games for Saturday, Oct. 19


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: Michigan +7 1/2 Penn State

                                  Air Force -3 Hawaii


    REGULAR PLAYS: 


    Baylor +4 Oklahoma State

    Louisville +24 1/2 Clemson

    Florida State +1 1/2

    Kansas +21 Texas

    USC -9 1/2 Arizona

    Oregon State +11 California

    Maryland +6 1/2 Indiana

    Appalachian State--U La Monroe UNDER 66


    NORMS LATE THOUGHTS: BE CAREFUL today!!!!!!! There are a lot of odd line movements today.. Some of them may indicate  actual advantages for the favorite or underdog depending on the direction of the line move. But some of those movements may mean nothing at all. As far as I'm concerned, more and more I believe Buffalo drills Akron which is a very, very poor football team. Buffalo cam move the ball while Akron struggles to score being held to 7 or less in three of their six games and losing to a pathetic outfit like UMass along the way.


    TAKE: Buffalo -17 1/2 Akron


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Friday record: 1-0 ....+1.30

    Playoff record so far: 11-10....+$7.55


    NY Yankees +130 Houston


    Good careful hunting today!!!


    October 18, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    In the Picks of the Pole I've already posted two plays I like Friday. There is one more Late Consensus Picks from a solid handicapper who likes a totals play tonight. It would be rated a REGULAR STRENGTH play.


    TAKE Pitt--Syracuse UNDER 52 1/2


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Thursday record: 0-1....-$1.30

    Playoffs so far: 10-10......+$6.25


    NY Yankees -130 Houston


    Got get's em tonight!



    October 17, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's Thursday night NFL game. It's rated a REGULAR STRENGTH play.


    TAKE: Denver +3 Kansas City


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Wednesday record: No game

    Playoff record so far: 10-9....+$7.55


    NY Yankees -130 Houston


    Lets have a big start to the weekend!



    October 16, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There are no significant late opinions about tonight's lone college football game.


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Tuesday record: 1-1...EVEN

    BUT, With Washington winning the NL pennant our recommended play on them to do so hit giving us a +600 (Sweet!!!) on that play. So...

    Total playoff record thus far: 10-9....+$7.65 !!!


    No play today.


    Happy day off!


  • October 21, 2019 8:33 AM | Anonymous




    October 15, 2019

    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Monday record: 0-1....-$1.10

    Playoffs so far: 8-8...+$1.65


    NY Yankees +145 Houston

    Washington -155 St. Louis


    Happy Tuesday!



    October 14, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's NFL Monday nighter.

    It's rated a STRONG PLAY.


    TAKE: Green Bay -3 1/2 Detroit


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Sunday record: 0-1....-$1.00

    Playoffs so far: 8-7....+$2.65


    St. Louis--Washington UNDER 7


    Happy Monday!



    October 13, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Coming of our first truly poor Saturday of the year, here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Oct. 13:


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: None


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Cincinnati +11 Baltimore

    New Orleans +3 Jacksonville

    Dallas--NY Jets UNDER 44


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Our 9-game winning streak ended in spectacular fashion yesterday. Toledo, a 26 1/2 point favorite, didn't even win the game against Bowling Green. In fact, they didn't even close close losing 13 points! Undaunted we'll step out again today with a totals play. Tennessee versus Denver looks like a grinder game to me. Tight, clock runs, lots of punts, a game of field position. Thus we'll go for a lower scoring affair.


    TAKE: Tennessee--Denver UNDER 40 1/2


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Saturday record: 0-1...-$1.10

    Playoffs so far: 8-6....+$3.65


    NY Yankees +145 Houston


    October 12, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks on the college football games of Saturday, Oct. 12:


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: Iowa +3 1/2 Penn State

                                  Michigan State +10 1/2 Wisconsin

                                  Boise -13 Hawaii


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Michigan -23 1/2 Illinois

    Michigan--Illinois UNDER 49

    Georgia Tech--Duke UNDER 49

    Temple + 4 1/2 Memphis

    Washington State PICK Arizona State

    Arizona +6 1/2 Washington

    Fresno +3 Air Force

    Michigan State---Wisconsin UNDER 40 1/2


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS---We've won NINE in a row in these picks over the last three weeks. Today, we'll focus on a very old rivalry that most folks don't know about. Toledo--Bowling Green has been played since 1948. These schools are precisely 24 miles apart.

    And no love it lost in this competition. I think Bowling Green is awful. I believe Toledo's finding its groove. The spread is a heavy one but I think this could be a "leg lifting."


    TAKE: Toledo -26 1/2 Bowling Green


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Friday record: 1-0....+$1.05

    Playoffs so far: 8-5....+$4.75


    NY Yankees--Houston OVER 9


    Have a wonderful Texas--OU Saturday!


    October 11, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks on the college games of Friday night and I've already made Virginia a Pick of the Pole


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Thursday record: 0-1....-$1.00

    Playoff record thus far: 7-5 ...+$3.70


    Washington EVEN St. Louis


    In the NL pennant I'd recommend playing the Nationals -130. However, if you already have them (a recommendation we made late last week) you have them at a huge underdog price so there's no need to play any more on them. In fact, you might consider "hedging" just a bit by playing a small amount of the Cardinals thus insuring you either make money or don't lose money which ever way the series goes.


    Cheers!



    October 10, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on the NFL game tonight. It's a REGULAR STRENGTH PLAY:


    TAKE: New England--New York UNDER 41


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Texas State's won two in a row but beating Georgia State in triple OT and Nicholls State doesn't, for me, constitute any kind of a "buy" signal. Monroe's offense helped them hang in there against a much superior Memphis team and it's that offense that I believe carries them tonight.


    TAKE: La. Monroe -3 Texas State


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Wednesday record: 1-0....+$1.30

    Playoffs so far: 7-4....+$4.70


    Tampa +230 Houston


    Keep the roll going


    October 9, 2019

    Yesterday 1-0 +_2.15  Overall 6-4 +3.40

    Washington +145 vs Dodgers


  • October 20, 2019 8:32 AM | Anonymous

    October 8, 2019

    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Monday record: 1-0....+$1.00

    Playoffs so far: 5-4...+$1.25


    Tampa Bay +215 Houston


    Lets roll with a BIG dog!


    October 7, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    We have lots of opinions on tonight's Monday Nght Football affair. Unfortunately those opinions are conflicting. Solid support for BOTH team. Line rising due to lots of SF money showing up. But I'll pass tonight and we'll wait for another day. Our "late Thoughts run of selections reached 7 in a row with New England skating past Washington.


     PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Sunday record: 1-1....-$0.20

    Playoffs so far: 4-4....+$0.25


    NY Yankees -145 Minnesota


    Good hunting tonight!



    October 6, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Oct. 6


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: None


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Pittsburgh +3 Baltimore

    Jacksonville +3 1/2 Carolina

    Chicago -6 Oakland

    Tampa Bay +3 New Orleans

    Denver--LA Chargers UNDER 44 1/2


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: We had another winner here yesterday with Toledo (That's 6 in a row dating back to last Friday). Washington's totally fouled up. The coach is on the verge of being fired. New QB Colt McCoy's task is too knock the rust off against the nasty New England defense. The Skin's line is banged up. I know that the spread is large but I can see this one getting totally away from Washington.


    TAKE: New England -16 1/2 Washington


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Saturday record: 0-1....-$1.00

    Playoffs so far: 3-3...+$0.45


    Washington -120 LA Dodgers

    Atlanta -115 St. Louis.


    Great hunting today!



    FOOTBALL

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks on the college game of Saturday, Oct. 5


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS:

    • Michigan State +20 Ohio State
    • Pitt +4 Duke


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Army +2 1/2 Tulane

    Florida +2 1/2 Auburn

    West Virginia +10 1/2 Texas

    Northwestern +7 1/2 Nebraska

    Cal--Oregon UNDER 46 1/2

    Navy +3 Air Force

    Mississippi---Vandy OVER 63 1/2


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: We had a spectacular weekend in this

    spot last week (Two money line winning underdogs on Friday and winners Saturday, Sunday and Monday for a 5-0 sweep). But this day's card leave me feeling a bit cold. I know there's an above play recommending West Virginia but I actually lean a bit toward Texas so be a tad careful there. I do like Toledo's continuing home dominance in the Glass Bowl so lets recommend this:


    TAKE (moderately): Toledo -1 1/2 Western Michigan


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Friday record: 1-1....+$0.45

    Playoffs so far: 3-2.....+$1.45


    Minnesota +165 NY Yankees


    Happy autumn!




    October 4, 2019


    FOOTBALL


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on a college football game tonight.

    It is a REGULAR STRENGTH play:


    TAKE: UCF -3 1/2 Cincinnati


    PLAYOFF BASEBALL


    Thursday record: 1-1....EVEN

    Playoffs so far: 2-1.....+$1.00


    Washington +145 LA Dodgers

    Tampa Bay +195 Houston


    Have a good Friday!


    October 3, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There are no significant Late Consensus Picks on either the NFL or the two low profile college game. But there will be opinions tomorrow.


    BASEBALL


    Regular season record: 323--258....+$53.00 (Our best year ever)


    PLAYOFFS


    Wednesday record: 1-0...+$1.00

    Playoffs so far: 1-0....+$1.00


    St. Louis--Atlanta OVER 9

    Washington +150 LA Dodgers


    Also, earlier this week we posted recommendations on Washington to win the NL pennant and World Series. If you already have those there's little reason to wager on them to win this Dodgers series but it's my feeling that they will.


    Cheers to you all!


    October 2, 2019

    BASEBALL


    Oakland---Tampa Bay UNDER 7 1/2


    Good hunting today! And thank heavens our huge underdog recommendation on the Nationals is still alive! 


    October 1, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Well, good morning to all. The Steelers whipping of Cincy completed a wonderful sweep this weekend in Norm's Late Thoughts. Now it's on to next weekend. But first, it's baseball time!


    BASEBALL


    The playoffs begin today. We'll begin, not with a pick on today's single NL game but on the National League pennant and World Series. I like a team at huge odds to win both the NL and World Series---the Washington. I know that the NL road to everything seems to go through the LA Dodgers. But consider the Nats if you would. In late May they were floundering at 19-31. A huge disappointment. The firing of manager Dave Martinez seemed imminent. Suddenly they got hot and stayed hot. From that point Washington went 74-38. That's a pace that, if projected over a full season, would have had them winning 107 games. Houston won 107 and LAD won 106. In short, for four months plus Washington has been one of THE very best teams in all of baseball---perhaps THE best. And there may not be a finer starting pitching rotation in all of baseball. Scherzer, Starsburg and Corbin all ranked in the NL top 10 in ERA and strikeouts. And once #4 starter Anibal Sanchez got well and returned from the DL in late May he went 11-2. I know the terrible history of this franc hise in the playoffs and know this could all go "poof" today if they lose to Milwaukee in the wild card game, but the prices being offered on these red hot Nats are incredible.


    TAKE: Washington +600 to win the NL pennant

    TAKE: Washington +1500 to win the World Series.


    Good hunting!


  • October 18, 2019 8:31 AM | Anonymous

    September 30, 2019

    SADLY, BASEBALL SEASON ENDS!!!


         We have just concluded the finest season of baseball handicapping we've ever had. The final record of 323-258 produced a profit of $53.00. That means a $100 bettor would have realized a season-long profit of $5,300 dollars. We've had some good seasons before but never quite this good. Congrats to those who've endured the grind that a baseball season can be. Now, it's on to the playoffs which begin Tuesday!

    FOOTBALL


    There are no significant Late Consensus Picks on the NFL game tonight but I do have some Late Thoughts. Cincinnati's played much better than expected for their new head coach while the Steelers have staggered to an 0-3 start. But there seems to still be optimism in the Steel City where the franchise continues to make trades to add to their roster. Young Mason Rudolph looks like he has the makings of being a more than decent QB going forward and has now had some time to knock the rust off. We've has a very nice weekend in this spot for you tabbing two upset winners Friday night, selecting the Michigan runaway Saturday and elevating our faith in the New England--Buffalo UNDER Sunday. Lets wrap up the weekend with a final winner.


    TAKE: Pittsburgh -3 1/2 Cincinnati


    Happy days!




    September 29, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    We had another really FINE day yesterday in these late selections. The VERY STRONG pick on Baylor hit and did 5 of the 8 REGULAR STRENGTH picks. And the NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS choice on Michigan was an easy, easy winner. But, that was yesterday. Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Sept. 29:


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: Seattle -5 Arizona


    REGULAT PLAYS:


    Cleveland +7 Baltimore

    Minnesota +1 Chicago

    Houston -4 1/2 Carolina

    New England--Buffalo UNDER 42

    Denver--Jacksonville UNDER 37 1/2


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Between these picks and the already posted Picks of the Pole we've covered just about every game. But, were I too have re-posted my selections I'd have made the UNDER

    on Buffalo--New England a Double Play. The more I've thought of this game the more I like it.


    BASEBALL


    Saturday record: 1-2...-$0.45

    Season so far: 319-257...+$48.55


    Miami +130 Philadelphia

    Pittsburgh ugh +125 Cincinnati

    Texas +155 NY Yankees

    Boston -250 Baltimore

    Kansas City +155 Minnesota


    Good hunting again today!


    September 28, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday  Sept. 28


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: Baylor +3 Iowa State


    STRONG PLAYS: None


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Northwestern +24 Wisconsin

    So. Florida +7 1/2 SMU

    Georgia Tech--Temple UNDER 47

    Toledo +2 1/2 BYU

    UCF -43 UConn

    Utah State---Colorado State UNDER 70

    North Texas--Houston OVER 59

    Fresno -19 1/2 New Mexico State


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS---Michigan's been a disappointment and the alums (big money backers) are rightfully alarmed. Today they get a rustable pig in Rutgers. And the more I looked at this game the more I believe that's what'll happen. This appears to be a "no mercy" game to me


    TAKE: Michigan -27 1/2 Rutgers


    And congrats to those who followed the suggestions here last night about both Duke and Arizona State being live underdogs who could win games straight up. Those money line profits are very tidy in an undertaking where any amount of extra profit is very appreciated!


    BASEBALL


    Friday record: 1-2....-$1.00

    Season so far: 319--255....+$49.00


    Miami +155 Philadelphia

    Atlanta EVEN NY Mets

    Baltimore +155 Boston


    Good hunting today!


    September 27, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    I like a couple games on the college schedule tonight and will use them as a reminder of the differing ways to play games. Duke is a 3-point underdog to Virginia Tech tonight and Arizona state's a 4-point dog to Cal. A wagered can take the points and risk 110 to win 100. Or----the games can be played on the money line in which, instead of taking the points one can play the underdog to win straight out. In the case of Duke, playing them on the money line one risks 100 to win 115 and with Arizona State the return for a 100 investment is +165. I believe each of these teams has a chance to win these games outright. But taking the points can also create the feeling of having a "safety net" for the wagerer. Whichever you choose, have a wonderful evening


    BASEBALL


    Friday record: 4-0....+$5.10

    Season so far: 317-253...+$50.00


    Miami +160 Philadelphia

    Tampa Bay -185 Toronto

    LA Angels +190 Houston


    Happy Friday!


    September 26, 2019

    FOOTBALL



    There is one Late Consensus Pick from a very solid handicapper on tonight's NFL game:


    STRONG PLAY:  Green Bay -4 Philadelphia


    I agree with the above selection especially in light of the injuries dogging the Eagles this early season. The Pack's playing at a very high level and multiple trends and angles support the GB selection.


    Also, in college, I'd have a "lean" but that all to Navy getting 10 1/2 from Memphis. Navy's a tough team to prepare for and while Memphis is off to a fine start I do't see these teams as being that far apart.


    BASEBALL


    Wednesday record: 3-1.....+$2.75

    Season so far: 313--254...+$44.90


    San Francisco -120 Colorado

    Oakland -240 Seattle

    White Sox +185 Cleveland

    Pittsburgh +125 Cubs


    Good hunting today!



    September 25, 2019

    BASEBALL


    Tuesday record: 1-2....-$2.10

    Season so far:310-252....+$42.15


    Pittsburgh +175 Cubs

    Washington -175 Philadelphia

    San Diego +145 LA Dodgers

    Boston--Texas OVER 12


    Good hunting today!



    September 24, 2019

    Yesterday 1-0 +1.05

    Overall:  309-250 +44.20

    Cleveland -220 Vs White Sox

    Oakland -205 Vs LAAofA

    Miami +210 Vs NY Mets


    September 23, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    While no one of the handicappers I regularly check has a firm opinion on tonight's Monday Night NFL game, the more I looked at it the more

    I lean to the underdog. The Bears stodgy offense allows underdogs to "hang around" in games like this and I've long thought of Jay Gruden as an under-rated coach.Washington done just that---hang in there--against the then-healthy Eagles and the good-looking Cowboys. Just not certain the Bears should be laying more than at FG against anyone on the road right now (except for Miami)


    TAKE: Washington +4 Chicago


    BASEBALL


    Sunday record: 1-4.....-$3.00

    Season so far: 308-250....+$42.25


    Miami +195 NY Mets


    Happy Monday!



  • October 03, 2019 8:30 AM | Anonymous


    September 22, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks on NFL games of Sunday, Sept. 22.


    VERY STRONG PLAY: Cleveland +3 1/2 LA Rams


    STRONG PLAYS: Dallas -22 1/2 Miami


    REGULAR PLAYS: Atlanta + 1 1/2 Indianapolis

                                    NY Giants--Tampa Bay UNDER 48


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Cincinnati simply can't run the ball and Buffalo can be tough to run on. That leaves Andy Dalton's throwing alone to move Cincy and in the past that has meant some mistakes.

    Buffalo has the look of an up and coming team. Lets take the Bills at home to take care of business.


    TAKE: Buffalo -6 Cincinnati


    BASEBALL


    Saturday record: 2-2.....-$0.40

    Season so far: 307-246....+$45.25


    Cincinnati +115 NY Mets

    St. Louis +150 Cubs

    Tampa Bay-150 Boston

    Kansas City +200 Minnesota

    Philadelphia +115 Cleveland


    Happy Sunday!




    September 21, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college football games of Saturday, Sept. 21.


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: Nebraska -13 Illinois


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Pittsburgh +10 1/2 UCF

    W. Virginia -4 1/2 Kansas

    Stanford +10 1/2 Oregon

    Tennessee +14 Florida

    Temple -14 Buffalo

    Notre Dame +14 1/2 Georgia

    Washington -6 1/2 BYU

    Nevada--UTEP UNDER 52


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Phil Montgomery's Tulsa team has tackled a pretty tough early season schedule facing Michigan State and Oklahoma State and begetting bounced by each. But Wyoming's a huge step down in class from those two. The Cowboys now meet their first "real team" on the road this year. I look for the toughened Golden Hurricane to handle their b business today.


    TAKE: Tulsa -4 Wyoming


    BASEBALL


    Friday record: 1-2....-$1.20

    Season so far: 305-244....+$45.65


    St. Louis +120 Cubs

    Milwaukee -230 Pittsburgh

    Detroit +115 White Sox

    Cleveland -160 Philadelphia


    Have a wonderful Saturday!


    September 20, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on a college game tonight. It is a regular strength selection:


    TAKE: Utah -4 USC


    BASEBALL


    Thursday record: 2-0.....+$2.00

    Season so far: 304-242....+$46.85


    Miami +185 Washington

    San Diego -120 Arizona

    White Sox -135 Detroit


    Good hunting today!


    September 19, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks on the two games on the board but I have a small opinion on one of them. Both Tulane and Houston have failed when stepping into the spotlight this year. Oklahoma drilled the Cougars in their opener and Washington State wore them down last week. Tulane could not move against Auburn. But each side beat up cream puffs in their other scheduled game. Houston slaughtered Tulane 48-17 last year as an 8 point favorite in Houston but now finds themselves a 4 or 4 1/2 point dog at Tulane. The obvious suggestion here is that Houston is descending a bit while Tulane is ascending.

    That may show up most in the ground game where shoddy tackling by Houston has resulted in them allowing 6 yards per carry. UGH! This isn't a strong opinion but I'd side with Tulane laying a small amount of points.


    BASEBALL


    Wednesday record: 3-1.....+$3.05

    Season so far: 302-242....+$44.85


    San Diego---Milwaukee UNDER 8

    Toronto -120 Baltimore


    Happy Thursday!



    September 18, 2019

    BASEBALL


    Tuesday record: 0-1....-$1.00

    Season so far: 299-241....+41.80


    St. Louis +145 Washington

    Miami +160 Arizona

    Philadelphia +140 Atlanta

    Tampa Bay +120 LA Dodgers


    Lots of underdogs today!



    September 17, 2019

    BASEBALL


    Monday record: 0-1....-$1.40

    Season so far: 299-240....+$42.80


    White Sox +125 Minnesota


    Happy Tuesday!




  • September 17, 2019 10:08 AM | Anonymous


    September 16, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks on tonight's NFL game. The line here opened with CLEVE favored 2 1/2 and jumped to 6 1/2 with the announcement that Jets QB Darnold was out sick. Sick is what CLEVE looked in their opener versus TENN. We just had a terrific weekend. Lets pass this and hunt for better spots down the road.


    BASEBALL


    Sunday record: 1-3...-$2.10

    Season so far: 299-239.....+$44.20


    Baltimore -140 Detroit


    Happy Monday!



    September 15, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Sept. 15. Hope we can come close to duplicating yesterday's 8-1 mark!

    WOW!


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: None


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Green Bay -2 1/2 Minnesota 

    LA Chargers -1 1/2 Detroit 

    New Orleans +2 LA Rams 

    Chicago -2 1/2 Denver

    Dallas--Washington UNDER 46 1/2 


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Entering this season I thought San Francisco was the sleeper team in the NFC. Their win at Tampa last week now looks even more impressive after the Bucs went on the road and won at Carolina. Cincy did look improved in their near-miss

    at Seattle. But, in a toss up game, I think the Niners are  the better

    team. So:


    TAKE: San Francisco PICK Cincinnati


    BASEBALL


    Saturday record: 1-3....-$2.05

    Season so far: 298-236....+$46.30


    NY. Mets +125 LA Dodgers

    Atlanta -110 Washington

    Colorado -110 San Diego

    Philadelphia EVEN Boston


    Lets have another big day! 



    September 14, 2019

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Sept. 14


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None


    STRONG PLAYS: Air Force +3 1/2 Colorado

                                  E. Michigan +7 Illinois


    REGULAR PLAYS:


    Pitt--Penn State UNDER 53

    Temple +6 1/2 Maryland

    Iowa state +1 1/2 Iowa

    BYU +4 USC

    No. Illinois +14 Nebraska 

    There's also general support for some games that are Picks of the Pole  like Navy and La. Tech.


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: While  it's hard measuring the quality of Texas Tech given the low quality of their opposition, the Red Raiders do appear to have something very, very valuable in the college game---an excellent trigger man for their pass-happy offense. And new coach Wells arrives with an excellent career resume. Arizona coach Sumlin has struggled to raise the level of play at AU since his arrival despite seeming to have some good pieces of the puzzle.

    Lets go with that shiny record of the new Tech head coach.


    TAKE: Texas Tech -2 Arizona



    BASEBALL


    Friday record: 0-3....-$3.60

    Season so far: 297---233....+$48.35


    Milwaukee--St. Louis UNDER 7 1/2

    Cincinnati +120. Arizona

    San Diego -105 Colorado

    White Sox EVEN Seattle


    Go get 'em today!



    September 13, 2019

    BASEBALL


    Thursday record: 1-2....-$1.00

    Season so far: 227-230.....+$51.95


    Washington -160 Atlanta

    NY Mets +120 LA Dodgers

    Miami +135 San Francisco

    Cleveland +105 Minnesota


    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks or Late Thoughts of mine on the limited card. I did like Kansas  bit but that game has been taken "off the board" in some places and games like that I simply ignore most weekends.


    Good hunting today!


    September 12, 2019


    FOOTBALL


    While there are no Late Consensus Picks on the one NFL game being played tonight, I'd lean to Carolina to beat and cover versus Tampa. This is NOT a strong feeling and "lean" is the most I'd recommend. Panthers lost at home last week and should be in a surly mood against division rival Tampa. In a battle between two often inconsistent QB's in Winston and Newton I feel much better backing Newton than Winston's who's so prone to simply throwing it to the other team. But no official pick---just a lean.


    BASEBALL

    Season so far: 293-225....+$54.45


    San Diego +125 Cubs

    Colorado +155 St. Louis

    Washington -115 Minnesota


    Good hunting today!


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