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  • October 31, 2017 12:36 PM | Anonymous

    October 31 2017

     

    BASEBALL

     

     

    Playoffs so far: 11-13....-$2.70

     

     

    LA Dodgers -115 Houston

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Monday record: 2-1-1....Season so far: 11-12

     

     

    No plays tonight

     

    October 30, 2017

    FOOTBALL

    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's game in the NFL.

    REGULAR PLAY: Denver +7 Kansas City

    BASKETBALL

    Sunday record: 1-0.....Season so far: 9-11

    Boston -3 1/2 San Antonio

    Minnesota -3 Miami

    Charlotte +6 1/2 Memphis

    New Orleans -7 1/2 Orlando

    BASEBALL

    Sunday record: 1-0.....+$1.35

    Playoffs so far: 11-13....-$2.70

    No game today

     

     

    October 29, 2017

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Oct. 29

     

     

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None

     

     

    STRONG PLAYS:  Pittsburgh -3 Detroit

                                   Houston +6 1/2 Seattle

     

     

    REGULAR PLAYS:

     

     

    Carolina +1 1/2 Tampa Bay

    New Orleans -9 Chicago

    Washington +2 Dallas

    New England -7 LA Chargers

    Tampa Bay---Carolina OVER 46

    Cincinnati---Indianapolis OVER 42

     Dallas---Washington OVER 48

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I'm going to be very careful with that "strong play" on Houston. We can't know how that locker room will react to the turmoil caused by the statements by the  club's owner this week which so angered many on the team. In addition, Seattle may be finding at least a small amount of rhythm offensively (small!!!). I'm going to pass this game because of variables we can't measure though I respect the handicapper where the pick came from.

     

     

    BASEBALL

     

     

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

    Playoffs so far: 10-13.....-$4.05

     

    Houston +135 LA Dodgers

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Saturday record: No plays.....Season so far: 8-11

     

     

    Charlotte -3 1/2 Orlando

     

     

    Good hunting today!

     

    October 28 2017

    BASEBALL

     

     

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

    Playoffs so far: 10-12....-$2.85

     

     

    Houston -130 LA Dodgers

     

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Friday record: 1-0....Season so far: 8-11

     

     

    No plays tonight

     

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

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

     

     

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: Arizona +2 1/2 Washington State

     

     

    STRONG PLAYS: San Diego State -9 1/2 Hawaii

                                  N. C. State +7 Notre Dame

     

     

    REGULAR PLAYS: 

     

     

    So. Carolina -7 Vanderbilt

    West Virginia +7 1/2 Oklahoma State

    Florida +13 1/2 Georgia

    Colorado -4 Cal

    Northwestern +2 1/2 Michigan State

    W. Kentucky 6 1/2 Florida Atlantic

    Clemson---Georgia Teck UNDER 48 1/2

    Penn State---Ohio State UNDER 57 1/2

    So. Florida---Houston OVER 56 1/2

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I have a pair of games for you today. Tennessee whips Kentucky all the time. They've won 31 of the last 32 played in this series. UK has come close at times but simply can't break through---until today. Tennessee is a pathetic, error prone team whose coach will be fired. Their season's gone. UK shows spirit and spunk at appears headed for a bowl. The torture ends today.

     

    And Michigan got ripped last weekend by Penn State. The Wolverines appear a step down from previous seasons. But that result combined with some phony Rutgers results has brought today's line down.  I believe the UM defense simply stuffs Rutgers. So:

     

     

    TAKE: Kentucky -3 1/2 Tennessee

               Michigan -23 Rutgers

     

    Good hunting today!

     

    October 27, 2017

    BASEBALL

    Playoffs so far: 9-12.....-$3.80

    Houston -130 LA Dodgers

    BASKETBALL

    Thursday record: 0-1....Season so far: 7-11

    Washington +11 Golden State

    FOOTBALL

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Another easy winner in this spot last night with Toledo. I have made both Tulane and SMU Picks of the Pole in Friday night action. Cheers.

    October 26, 2017

    BASEBALL

     

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

    Playoffs so far: 9-12....-$3.85

     

    No game today

    BASKETBALL

    Wednesday record: 2-1.....Season so far: 7-10

     

    Portland -3 LA Clippers

     

    FOOTBALL

     

    Here is a Late Consensus Pick for a solid handicapper on tonight's NFL game:

     

    REGULAR PLAY: Miami +3 Baltimore

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: We've been clicking along in this spot and have another game for you tonight. Toledo's a really solid mid=major team. Ball State's junk. Yes, three-and-a-half-touchdowns is a lot to lay on the road. But consider that Toledo's 11-4- ATS their last 16 road games and Ball State is 5-14 ATS their last 19 home games.  They've allowed 13 sacks their last two games and their backup QB Miles is basically awful. Smells like a blowout to me.

     

    TAKE: Toledo -24 1/2 Ball State

     

     

    October 25, 2017

     

    BASEBALL

     

     

    Tuesday record: No selection

    Playoffs so far: 8-12....-$4.90

     

     

    Houston +105 LA Dodgers

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Tuesday record: 0-2.....Season so far: 5-9

     

     

    Minnesota -1 1/2 Detroit

    OK City -14 1/2 Indiana

    Dallas +4 Memphis


  • October 25, 2017 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    October 24 2017

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Monday record: 0-2.....Season so far: 5-7

     

     

    Cleveland -14 1/2 Chicago

    Minnesota -11 Indiana

     

     

    BASEBALL

     

     

    While I don't have a play on tonight's opening game of the World Series, I do have an overall idea about handicapping the best-of-seven.

     

    The Dodgers have home field advantage here but Houston counters with the best road record in all of baseball during the regular season at 53-28. The Astros also boast being the best of all this years playoff teams when facing a LH starter. And, if this series goes seven games, they'll face FIVE lefties. LA's only RH starter is Yu Darvish and the Astros are very, very familiar with him from his years with the Rangers. Conversely, LA's mid-pack when facing RH starters and again, if it goes seven games, the Dodgers will face FIVE RH starters in the series.

     

    My final lean to the Astros is simply based on value. We're getting to taker +145 in a series that seems far closer than that.

     

    TAKE: Houston +145 LA Dodgers in the series.

     

     

    Good luck and good hunting

     

    October 23, 2017

    FOOTBALL

    There is one regular strength Late Consensus Pick on the NFL Monday night game:

    Washington +4 Philadelphia

     

    BASKETBALL

     

    SUNDAY RECORD:  1-0.....Season so far: 5-5

     

     

    Houston - 7 1/2 Memphis

    Toronto +3 San Antonio

     

    October 22 2017

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the games of Sunday, Oct. 22

     

     

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None

     

     

    STRONG PLAYS: Cincinnati +4 1/2 Pittsburgh

                                  Cincinnati--Pittsburgh UNDER 40 1/2

                                  Jacksonville -3 Indianapolis

     

     

    REGULAR PLAYS: 

     

     

    Tennessee -6 Cleveland

    Tennessee---Cleveland OVER 44 1/2

    Arizona +3 LA Rams

    New Orleans -4 Green Bay

    Chicago +3 Carolina

    Baltimore--Minnesota OVER 38 1/2

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: The more I study the Dallas game the more I like Dallas. The return of Sean Lee at LB means that Dallas for the first time all year will have its complete LB corps together  and that should help them stop the run. Dallas is 50 yards per game better against the run over the last two years plus when Lee is healthy. That will shift the emphasis on SF's rookie QB Beathard making his first NFL start ever. SF's a hard-trying outfit but I believe the rested Cowboys eventually put this one away.

     

    TAKE: Dallas -6 San Francisco

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Saturday record: 1-0.......Season so far: 4-5

     

     

    Minnesota +4 OK City

     

     

    Good hunting today!

    October 21, 2017

    FOOTBALL

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

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None

    STRONG PLAYS: Navy +7 1/2 UCF

                                  Oregon +6 1/2 UCLA

     

     

    REGULAR PLAYS:

    Syracuse +17 1/2 Miami Fla.

    Purdue -10 Rutgers

    Tulane +11 So. Florida

    Idaho +13 1/2 Missouri

    Texas +7 Oklahoma State

    Iowa State +7 Texas Tech

    Michigan State -6 Indiana

    Cal +3 1/2 Arizona

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: No. Carolina's becoming a strictly go-against team at this point. They're battered by injuries and have posted only a single win and that was against down-trodden Old Dominion which last night lost its fifth straight. Virginia Tech's rested and with very high aspirations given their 5-1 record with only a single loss and that was 23-10 to Clemson. I just can't see the Tarheels hanging around with VT.

     

    TAKE: Virginia Tech -21 No. Carolina

     

     

    BASEBALL

     

     

    Friday record: No selections

    Playoffs so far: 8-12.....-$4.90

     

     

    When this started we recommended the Yankees +155 in the series. If you have that play you have them at a far superior line to the one in today's game (+120). If you're on the fence  here and don't feel  good about that play then you can easily have a "no play" on the game taking Houston.

    I'll hang with the Yanks at that good series price.

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Friday record: 2-2......Season so far: 3-5

     

    San Antonio -9 1/2 Chicago

     

     

    Happy Saturday!

     

     

    October 20, 2017

    BASEBALL

     

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

    Playoffs so far: 8-12....-$4.90

    No play tonight

     

    BASKETBALL

     

    Thursday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 1-3

     

    Charlotte -6 Atlanta

    Portland -3 1/2 Indiana

    Portland--Indiana OVER 225

    Minnesota -4 1/2 Utah

     

    FOOTBALL

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: After last night's very easy winner on Arkansas State lets step out on the Colorado State--New Mexico game. CSU has dominated this series and has also covered 10 or their last 12 conference road games. CSU's simply the better team here and I expect them to bounce back and whip NM as they have done for years.

     

    TAKE: Colorado State -7 New Mexico

     

    October 19, 2017

    BASEBALL

     

     

    Wednesday record: 1-1....-$0.05

    Playoffs so far: 8-11......-$3.75

     

    Cubs +145 LA Dodgers

     

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: The Arkansas Red Wolves run their conference and have won 18 of their last 19 conference contests. The one they lost? Last year to U La La when a TD with two seconds left that would have won the game was overturned. Revenge is the theme of the night at home for these Wolves who again appear to be a solid side. Lafayette's defense has been much better  the last two weeks but that was against Idaho and Texas State. Lets go with the Red Wolves to gain their "pound of flesh."

     

    TAKE: Arkansas State -12 1/2 U La Lafayette

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    Wednesday record: 0-3

     

     

    Toronto -12 1/2 Chicago

     

     

    Happy hunting today

    October 18, 2017

    BASEBALL

     

     

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

    Playoffs so far: 7-10......-$3.80

     

    NY Yankees +105 Houston

    LA Dodgers--Cubs OVER

     

     

    BASKETBALL

     

     

    New Orleans +2 1/2 Memphis

    Minnesota +1 1/2 San Antonio

    Dallas -6 Atlanta

     

    Good hunting today!

    October 17, 2017

     

    BASEBALL

     

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

     

    Playoffs so far: 6-10.....-$4.80

     

    LA Dodgers----Cubs UNDER

     

    October 16, 2017

    BASEBALL

     

    Sunday record: no selections

    Playoffs so far: 5-10 .....-$5.80

     

    NY Yankees -125 Houston

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    There are no Late Consensus Picks of note on this game from my sources. I would lean slightly to Tennessee to handle this team. But a "lean" is about as afr as I'd go.


  • October 11, 2017 12:33 PM | Anonymous

    October 15, 2017

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Late  Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Oct. 15:

     

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None

     

     

    STRONG PLAYS: Green Bay -3 Minnesota 

                                  Pittsburgh +4 Kansas City

     

     

    REGULAR PLAYS:

     

    New York Jets +9 1/2 New England 

    Chicago +6 1/2 Baltimore

    Houston -9 1/2 Cleveland

    LA Chargers +3 1/2 Oakland

     

     

    NORM’S LATE THOUGHTS: That NY Jets play scares me. Yes, NE looks shaky so far but the Jets seem extraordinarily fortunate to have their three wins. i’m Often reluctant to lay that many to an NFL home team but I still see a big gap between these two. I’ll lean to NE here against the pick of the handicappers.

     

     

    BASEBALL

     

    Saturday record:  1-1.......EVEN

    Playoffs so far: 5-10......-$5.80

    No selection today

    October 14, 2017

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    Here are your Lat Consensus Picks for the games of Saturday, October 14.

     

     

    VERY STRONG PLAYS— —None

     

     

    STRONG PLAYS:  LSU +7 Auburn

                                  No. Illinois -7 Buffalo

                                  So. Carolina +3 Tennessee

     

     

    REGULAR PLAYS

     

     

    Arkansas St. -17 Coastal Carolina

    Navy +3 Memphis

    Kansas State +7 TCU

    TEXAS+8 Oklahoma

    Utah +13 USC

    Wyoming +2 1/2 Utah State

    UTEP + 23 So. Miss

    Virginia -3 No. Carolina

     

     

    NORM’S LATE THOUGHTS: Oklahoma State has had some time to digest thei defe`at to TCU and can now see their path, with other upsets in thi1s conference having happened, is a clear one. sweep the rest and they’re in the national title picture. Baylor has played well the last couple weeks but their D may not be bale to handle this angry

    And upset Okie State club. I smell blowout.

     

    TAKE: Oklahoma State  -26 Baylor

    BASEBALL

     

    Friday record: No selection

    Playoff record so far: 4-9......-$5.80

    Cubs +160 LA Dodgers

    Houston -135 NY Yankees

     

    October 13 2017

     

    BASEBALL

     

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

    Playoffs so far: 4-9.....-$5.80

     

     

    Take the NY Yankees in the series +170 versus Houston

     

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

     

    NORM’S LATE THIUGHTS;  It appears Cal’s nice early run may have run its course and Washington State just continue to mow teams down. Let’s stay with present form:

     

    TAKE: Washington State -15 Cal

     

     

    Good hunting!

    October 12, 2017

    BASEBALL

     

     

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

    Playoffs so far: 4-8...-$4.45

     

     

    Washington---Cubs UNDER

     

     

    FOOTBALL

     

     

    No Late Consensus Picks

     

     

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Lately Philly's feasted on some lesser teams. But as Dallas fans know very well, just because you're considered the better team doesn't mean you're going to win (LA Rams).  Carolina's been equally impressive in matching Philly at 4-1 and has beaten better teams (not that such a fact necessarily makes you the better team either). This is a rugged match-up between two solid looking NFC teams who could possibly meet again in the playoffs. I'd lean to Carolina but that far as I'd go on this one---LEAN.

     

     

    Good hunting!

    October 11, 2017

    BASEBALL 

    Tuesday record: no plays

    Playoffs so far: 3-8....-$5.70

    Cubs--Washington UNDER 7 1/2


  • October 11, 2017 9:41 AM | Anonymous

    October 9, 2017

    FOOTBALL


    There are no Late Consensus Picks on tonight's NFL game


    BASEBALL

    Sunday record: 0-1....-$1.15

    Playoffs so far: 2-3....-$1.25



    Washington -115 Cubs

    Arizona EVEN LA Dodgers

    Arizona---LA Dodgers OVER 9

    Houston -115 Boston

    Houston---Boston OVER 10 1/2

    NY Yankees---Cleveland UNDER 7 1/2


    Good hunting today

    October 8 2017


    BASEBALL


    Saturday record: No plays
    Playoffs so far:2-2....-$0.10


    Cleveland -115 NY Yankees


    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks from top handicappers in Sundays NFL games:


    VERY STRONG PLAYS; None


    STRONG PLAYS; Seattle +1 LA Rams


    REGULAR PLAYS: Pittsburgh -7 1/2 Jacksonville
                                    Miami + 1 1/2 Tennessee
                                    Green Bay +3 Dallas


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Though our regular picks continue to struggle we hit another easy winner in this spot yesterday with Florida Atlantic. Today we're going to a totals play in a game between two mutts. SF and Indy have each moved the ball better than expected this season and the more looked at this one the more it seemed to me that these two might produce more points than the linemaker estimated. So:

    TAKE: San Francisco--Indianapolis OVER 44


    Good hunting!


    October 7 2017

    BASEBALL



    Friday record: 0-2.....-$2.10
    Playoffs so far: 2-2......-$0.10


    NO PLAYS TODAY


    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks from handicappers around the country:


    VERY STRONG PLAYS;  None


    STRONG PLAYS: Minnesota +3 1/2 Purdue
                                  Utah +4 Stanford
                                  LSU +2 Florida


    REGULAR PLAYS: 


    Vanderbilt +17 1/2 Georgia 
    Tulsa +4 1/2 Tulane
    Michigan State +10 Michigan
    Oregon +2 Washington state
    Colorado -6 1/2 Arizona
    E. Michigan +14 Toledo
    Florida State +3 Miami Fla.
    So. Carolina +3 Arkansas
    Alabama -26 1/2 Texas A&M


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Boy, was that ever an easy winner last night on Memphis! Lets find another one. Not much interest in a game like Florida Atlantic versus Old Dominion. But  I like the progress FAU is making. Last week's pounding of a decent Middle Tennessee State team was pretty nice. Old Dominion beat bottom feeders Albany and Umass before getting pounded twice.
    Not normally interested in a mediocre road favorite. But I believe FAU simply a better team.

    TAKE: Florida Atlantic -4 1/2 Old Dominion


    Good hunting today!                               

    October 6, 2017


    BASEBALL



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

    Playoffs so far: 2-0-----+$2.00


    Houston---Boston UNDER 8 1/2

    Arizona +240 LA Dodgers



    FOOTBALL


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Uconn's s terrible defensive team and especially so against the pass. Memphis laifda huge egg last week but their QB Ferguson is very competent. With their full attention after last week's debacle I expect them to focus on and whip up on Uconn. So:


    TAKE: Memphis -14 1/2 Uconn



    Good hunting today.


    October 5, 2017

    BASEBALL


    Playoff record so far: no selections yet

    Cleveland -130 NY Yankees

    Houston -130 Boston

    FOOTBALL


    Here is a Late Consensus Pick on one of the Thursday night games:



    REGULAR PLAY: N. C. State +3 1/2  Louisville



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Up and down NE with the worst defense in the league travels to Tampa to take on a Bucs team that's 2-1. Initially this line seemed too big to me with the Pats favored five on the road. But NE seems historically to react well to losing. Tom Brady's a remarkable 16-3 SU and ATS on the road after a straight  up loss. Perhaps I'm getting sucked in a bit here by history but that's the way I'll lean in this one. Bucs defense seems pretty suspicious to me.


    TAKE: New England -5 Tampa Bay


    I'd also lean a bit to the OVER but not enough to make it a play.



    Good hunting 



    October 4, 2017

    BASEBALL


    Playoff record so far: no selections yet

    Cleveland -130 NY Yankees

    Houston -130 Boston


    FOOTBALL


    Here is a Late Consensus Pick on one of the Thursday night games:


    REGULAR PLAY: N. C. State +3 1/2  Louisville


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Up and down NE with the worst defense in the league travels to Tampa to take on a Bucs team that's 2-1. Initially this line seemed too big to me with the Pats favored five on the road. But NE seems historically to react well to losing. Tom Brady's a remarkable 16-3 SU and ATS on the road after a straight  up loss. Perhaps I'm getting sucked in a bit here by history but that's the way I'll lean in this one. Bucs defense seems pretty suspicious to me.


    TAKE: New England -5 Tampa Bay


    I'd also lean a bit to the OVER but not enough to make it a play.



    Good hunting  


    October 3, 2017

    BASEBALL



    The AL playoffs begin with the Yankees a huge favorite (-240) over a Twins team that has been over-looked and ignored all season. This LOOKS so easy. But---Santana's been very, very good for the Twins this season and virtually the equal of the Yankees starter Severino who is the answer to the question: Who is the AL's hardest throwing starting pitcher?


    NY hits the ball out of the park. Minny scratches for runs. Oddly, NY hit 35 more homers than did the Twins but out-scored them by just 43 runs. The Yanks look like the obvious choice here but that price looks pretty well out of whack.


    I have only a very slight lean here to the Twins at +215 or 220. But it's only a SLIGHT lean.


    Cheers


    Norm





  • October 02, 2017 12:27 PM | Anonymous

    October 1 2017

    BASEBALL


    SATURDAY RECORD: 1-1.....EVEN

    SEASON SO FAR: 391-366.....+$0.75


    Philadelphia -120 NY Mets

    Texas -145 Oakland


    FOOTBALL

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Oct. 1:


    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None



    STRONG PLAYS:  Houston +2 1/2 Tennessee

                                   Cincinnati -3 Cleveland



    REGULAR PLAYS:



    LA Rams +6 1/2 Dallas (Disagrees with a Pick of the Pole)

    LA Rams---Dallas UNDER 48 1/2

    Carolina +9 New England

    NY Giants +2 1/2 Tampa Bay

    Denver -3 Oakland

    Buffalo---Atlanta OVER 48 1/2



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: The more I studyJacksonville versus the Jets the more I believe defenses will rule this day. The Jets aren't much of a team overall by head coach Todd Bowles is a terrific defensive mind and has that side of the ball playing well. Jacksonville's strong "D" should stop the Jets tepid offense. So:


    TAKE: Jacksonville---Jets UNDER 39



    Good hunting today.

    September 30, 2017

    BASEBALL


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

    Season so far: 390---365.....+$0.75


    San Francisco EVEN San Diego

    Texas -125 Oakland



    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Sept. 30:



    VERY STRONG PLAY:  Virginia Tech +7 Clemson



    STRONG PLAY:  Cal +16 Oregon



    REGULAR PLAYS:



    So. Florida -21 E. Carolina

    Troy +20 1.2 LSU

    Louisiana Tech -11 1/2 So. Slabama

    New Mexico State +17 Arkansas

    Bowling Green +2 1/2 Akron

    Miami Ohio +20 1/2 Notre Dame

    Stanford -17 1/2 Arizona State

    Fresno -9 Nevada

    Oregon State +27 1/2 Washington

    No. Illinois +10 San Diego State



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I believe Virginia Tech has a shot at taking down Clemson and made them a "Pick of the Pole." Then, a couple of respected handicappers each take Va. Tech and one

    of them makes them avery strong play. Consider taking a light play on Va. Tech on the money line. If they should pull the upset your return for one dollar bet would be $2.20. That's a hefty profit and I think possible. Good hunting today. 


    Seotember 29, 2017


    BASEBALL



    THURSDAY RECORD: 2-1.....+$0.20

    Season so far: 388-364.....-$0.25



    Philadelphia -135 NY Mets

    Atlanta +140 Miami

    Tampa Bay -145 Baltimore

    September 28, 2017

    BASEBALL



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

    Season so far: 386-363.....-$0.45


    Milwaukee -155 Cincinnati

    Oakland -115 Texas

    Kansas City -180 Detroit



    FOOTBALL



    Here is a Late Consensus Pick on the college football game Tonight:



    REGULAR STRENGTH PLAY: Iowa State +6 Texas


    September 27, 2017


    BASEBALL

    Tuesday record: 2-4....-$1.60

    Season so far: 385-363.....-$1.45

    • Colorado -190 Miami



    September 26, 2017


    Yesterday 1-1 -.35


    Philadelphia +140 vs Washington

    Milwaukee -190 vs Cincy

    San Francisco +190 vs Arizona

    San Diego +230 vs Dodgers

    Chicago White  +110 vs LA Angels

    Oakland +110 vs Seattle


    September 25, 2017

    BASEBALL

    Sunday record: 2-2.....+$0.35

    Season so far: 382---358......+$0.40

    Colorado -165 San Diego

    White Sox +150 LA Angels


    Late Consensus NFL Selection

    Regular Play-Arizona +3 vs Dallas

    September 24, 2017

    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Sept. 24



    VERY STRONG PLAYS----None



    STRONG PLAYS: Seattle +2 1/2 Tennessee



    REGULAR PLAYS;:



    Detroit +3 Atlanta

    New England -14 Houston

    LA Chargers +3 Kansas City

    Washington +3 Oakland

    Cincinnati +71/2 Green Bay

    Miami -6 NY Jets

    Kansas City---LA Chargers UNDER 47 1/2



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS:First, I'm more than a bit concerned about massive injuries impacting today's games. We're through two weeks and teams like Washington, Green Bay, Jacksonville and others are already badly banged up. This weekend leaves me pretty unexcited. But there is one college game today in Uconn facing E. Carolina. The Pirates program looks awful. This is not a strong play but I believe E. Carolina is simply a "go against" team at this point. So:


    A LIGHT PLAY ON: Uconn minus the points vs. E. Carolina



    BASEBALL



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

    Season so far: 380-356.......+$0.05



    Milwaukee +115 Cubs

    Minnesota -170 Detroit

    Tampa Bay -110 Baltimore

    LA Angels +145 Houston


    September 23, 2017

    BASEBALL



    Friday record: 4-2.....+$2.50

    Season so far: 379-356.....-$0.95



    Tampa Bay -1.05 Baltimore



    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Sept. 23:



    VERY STRONG PLAYS; None



    STRONG PLAYS: Cal +17 USC



    REGULAR PLAYS: 


    North Carolina +1 1/2 Duke

    Purdue +10 1/2 Michigan

    Vanderbilt +18 1/2 Alabama

    FIRST HALF:  Vandy---Alabama UNDER 22

    TCU +12 1/2 Oklahoma State

    Michigan State +3 1/2 Notre Dame

    Tulsa 101/2 New Mexico

    Iowa +12 1/2 Penn State

    BallState +11 1/2 W. Kentucky



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: The last time Kentucky beat Florida Ronald Reagan was in the midst of his second term. No internet, no IPhones, no Snap Chat. THIRTY consecutive wins.

    And Florida always covers (9 of the last 10). But such facts  are pretty easy to find. Yet the linemaker has installed FLA as just a 1 1/2 or 2 point favorite. This LOOKS too easy. I smell a rat here. Kentucky's much improved. Florida appears a couple of steps below the usual level of the program. So:


    TAKE: Kentucky straight up on the money line (+120) to defeat Florida 


    September 22, 2017

    BASEBALL 

    Thursday record: 3-0.....+$3.70

    Season so far: 375--354.....-$3.45


    DOUBLE PLAY: St. Louis -145 Pittsburgh


    SINGLE PLAYS


    NY Mets -140 Washington

    Colorado -160 San Diego

    Cincinnati +125 Boston

    White Sox +120 Kansas City

    Texas +115 OaklandSeptember 21, 2017

    BASEBALL

    WEDNESDAY RECORD: 3-2.....+$1.75

    Season so far: 372-354.....-$7.15



    DOUBLE PLAY: Texas +135 Seattle


    SINGLE PLAY


    St. Louis -150 Cincinnati



    FOOTBALL



    There are no Late Consensus Picks games tonight:



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: At the start of the season it was hard to picture the Rams favored on the road. But the LA offense (tied for second in the entire league in points scored) seems pretty far ahead of that of the Niners.  With star DT Aaron Donald making more and more impact now that his holdout is over we may have a Rams team better on both sides of the ball tonight. So:


    TAKE: LA Rams -2 1/2 San Francisco



  • September 21, 2017 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    ember 20, 2017

    BASEBALL


    WEDNESDAY RECORD: 3-2.....+$1.75

    Season so far: 372-354.....-$7.15

    DOUBLE PLAY: Texas +135 Seattle

    SINGLE PLAY

    St. Louis -150 Cincinnati


    FOOTBALL



    There are no Late Consensus Picks games tonight:



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: At the start of the season it was hard to picture the Rams favored on the road. But the LA offense (tied for second in the entire league in points scored) seems pretty far ahead of that of the Niners.  With star DT Aaron Donald making more and more impact now that his holdout is over we may have a Rams team better on both sides of the ball tonight. So:


    TAKE: LA Rams -2 1/2 San Francisco


    September 19, 2017

    BASEBALL

    Tuesday record: 2-3....-$1.80

    Season so far: 369-352.....-$8.90


    DOUBLE PLAY: Oakland -120 Detroit


    SINGLE PLAYS:



    Colorado -130 San Francisco

    Philadelphia +215 LA Dodgers

    Pitt---Milwaukee UNDER

    September 18, 2017


    FOOTBALL



    Here's a Late Consensus Pick on tonight's Monday night game:



    REGULAR STRENGTH PLAY: NY Giants -3 Detroit




    BASEBALL



    SUNDAY RECORD: 3-3....-$1.15

    Season so far:  366---348.....-$6.90



    Baltimore -120 Boston

    Oakland -115 Detroit


    September 17, 2017


    BASEBALL


    Saturday record: 2-1.....+$0.55

    Season so far: 363-345.....-$5.75

    • Cincinnati EVEN Pittsburgh
    • Cubs -160 St. Louis
    • NY Yankees -180 Baltimore
    • Toronto +120 Minnesota
    • Oakland -120 Philadelphia




    FOOTBALL

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for NFL games of Sunday, Sept. 17:

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: NONE


    STRONG PLAYS: Cleveland---Baltimore UNDER 38 1/2

                                  Green Bay +3 Alanta

                                  Green Bay--Atlanta Over 56 1/2



    REGULAR PLAYS: Philadelphia +5 1/2 Kansas City

                                    Minnesota +6 1/2 Pittsburgh

                                    Carolina -7 Buffalo

                                    Washington +2 1/2 LA Rams

                                    Minnesota--Pittsburgh UNDER 44 1/2

                                    NY Jets---Oakland UNDER 43 1/2



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Arizona stunk up the joint against Detroit last week  and now travel to Indianapolis which was dreadful against the Rams on opening weekend. Indy's QB troubles with Andrew Luck are severe and may be exaggerated against a ball-hawking Arizona defense. I

    simply don't see Indy as a competitive team right now. So:


    TAKE: Arizona -7 Indianapolis

    September 16, 2017


    FOOTBALL

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Sept. 16:

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None

    STRONG PLAYS:  

    • Old Dominion +10 1/2 North Carolina
    • Louisville +3 Clemson


    REGULAR PLAYS:

    • La. Tech +6 1/2 W. Kentucky
    • Memphis +3 UCLA
    • Tulsa +8 Toledo
    • No. Illinois +13 Nebraska
    • Cal +3 1/2 Mississippi
    • New Mexico State +7 Troy
    • Mississippi State +7 LSU
    • So. Carolina -5 Kentucky



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS:  Akron got wasted by Penn State (uncompetitive) and then blew out one of the worst tiny programs in America in Arkansas Pine Bluff. Today they entertain an Iowa State team that took a pretty solid Iowa program into OT last week. I'm generally not a bit fan of playing OT losers the next week but I just believe there's more difference between these programs than a touchdown and a half. So:

    TAKE: Iowa State -10 1/2 Akron


    BASEBALL



    Friday record: 2-2.....+$0.10

    Season so far: 361---344.....-$6.30



    Milwaukee -145 Miami

    Colorado-190 San Diego

    White Sox EVEN Detroit

    Good hunting today!!!




    September 15, 2017

    BASEBALL

    Thursday record: 1-3....-$1.95

    Season so far: 359-342......-$6.40

    White Sox EVEN Detroit

    Toronto -110 Minnesota

    Oakland +110 Philadelphia

    Mets +140 Atlanta


    September 14, 2017

    FOOTBALL


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the games of Thursday, Sept. 14:



    REGULAR PLAYS:


    COLLEGE FOOTBALL


    New Mexico + 14 1/2 Boise



    NFL



    Houston---Cincinnati UNDER 37 1/2



    BASEBALL



    Wednesday record: 1-3.....-$2.30

    Season so far: 358--339....-$4.45



    Colorado +160 Arizona

    Mets +185 Cubs

    White Sox +115 Detroit

    Texas -110 Seattle



    September 13, 2017

    BASEBALL



    Monday record: 1-4.......-$2.85

    Season so far: 357-336......-$2.35



    Mets +250 Cubs

    St. Louis -165 Cincinnati

    Colorado +135 Arizona

    White Sox +135 Kansas City


  • September 21, 2017 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    September 12, 2017

    BASEBALL

    Monday record: 0-1.......-$1.60

    Season so far: 356-332......+$0.50



    Atlanta +160 Washington

    Pittsburgh +105 Milwaukee

    San Francisco +240 LA Dodgers

    NY Yankees -145 Tampa Bay

    White Sox +165 Kansas C

    September 11, 2017

    BASEBALL

    Sunday record: 3-2....+$1.25

    Season so far: 356--321.....+$2.10

    Milwaukee -165 Pittsburgh

    FOOTBALL

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for NFL games of Monday, Sept. 11:

    STRONG PLAYS: New Orleans +3 Minnesota

                                  LA Chargers +3 Denver


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I'm not in love with either of these plays but each comes from solid handicapping sources. Good hunting today!

    September 10, 2017

    BASEBALL



    Saturday record: 2-1.....+$1.05

    Season so far:353--229....+$0.85



    St. Louis -170 Pittsburgh

    Milwaukee +150 Cubs

    Texas +130 NY Yankees

    Seattle -125 LA Angels

    Minnesota--Kansas City OVER 10



    FOOTBALL



    Here are your Consensus Late Picks  for NFL games of Sunday, Sept. 10:



    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None



    STRONG PLAYS: Seattle +3 Green Bay



    REGULAR PLAYS:



    Pittsburgh -9 1/2 Cleveland

    Arizona -2 1/2 Detroit

    San Francisco +5 Carolina

    Indianapolis---LA Rams UNDER 41 1/2



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS----Just an early season reminder again that some games may be better played using the "money line" in which you take an underdog straight up win the game at odds rather than taking the points. For example: If you like Seattle today to potentially beat Green Bay, instead of taking +3 you can take Seattle to win the game at +135 or so. It makes an interesting strategy to keep in mind during the season. The Giants today and both dogs tomorrow night would also hold some interest for me on the money line.



    Good hunting!!!



     

    September 9, 2017

    FOOTBALL 



    Here's are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Sept. 9.



    VERY STRONG PLAYS: None



    STRONG PLAYS: Georgia +5 Notre Dame



    REGULAR PLAYS:

    • Iowa state +3 Iowa
    • Navy -10 Tulane
    • Nevada +10 1/2 Toledo 
    • Auburn +5 Clemson
    • Oklahoma +7 1/2 Ohio State
    • Wisconsin -33 Florida Atlantic
    • Stanford +6 USC
    • Hawaii +23 1/2 UCLA
    • Middle Tennessee State---Syracuse UNDER 74
    • Auburn---Clemson UNDER 57



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Last week Middle Tennessee was a 3 1/2-4 point dog to Vandy and did not cover for us. this week the Blue Raiders are sudddenly a more than 10 point dog at Syracuse. This line simply seems too high to me. The linemaker is suggesting that Syracuse is a slightly better team than Vandy which I do  not believe. So:



    TAKE: Middle Tennessee +10 1/2 Syracuse


    BASEBALL 



    Friday record: 3-2....+$2.10

    Season so far: 351 -328.....-$0.20



    St. Louis -200 Pittsburgh

    Kansas City +105 Minnesota

    Texas +150 NY YankeesSeptember 8, 2017

    BASEBALL

    Thursday record: 0-3.....-$3.15

    Season so far: 348-326.....-$2.30



    • St. Louis -160 Pittsburgh

    • Colorado +185 LA Dodgers

    • Tampa Bay +120 Boston

    • Texas +145 NY Yankees

    • White Sox -120 San Francisco

    September 7, 2017

    Late Consensus NFL Selection

    • New England -9 vs Kansas City

    BASEBALL


    WEDNESDAY RESULT: 1-5......-$3.90

    SEASON SO FAR: 348-323......+$0.85



    • Pitttsburgh +120 Cubs

    • Cincinnati -115 NY Mets

    • Kansas City EVEN NY Mets



    September 6, 2017

    BASEBALL 

    Tuesday record: 2-1.....+$0.90

    Season so far: 345--318.....+$4.75

    • Pittsburgh +125 Cubs
    • Miami +110 Washington
    • Colorado -145 San Francisco
    • Arizona +155 LA Dodgers
    • Toronto +155 Boston
    • Detroit +135 Kansas City.

    September 5, 2017

    BASEBALL

    Monday record: 3-2....+$0.95

    Season so far: 345--317.....+$3.85


    • Arizona +110 vs LA Dodgers

    • NY Yankees -120 vs Baltimore

    • LA Angels -140 vs Oakland


    September 4, 2017

    BASEBALL

    Sunday record: 2-3 ......-$0.65

    Season so far: 342-315....+$2.90

    Milwaukee -125 Cincinnati

    St. Louis -155 Sn Diego

    Arizona +145 LA Dodgers

    Kansas City -140 Detroit

    Baltimore -125 NY Yankees


    FOOTBALL

    Here are your Late Consensus Picks forthe college game of Monday, Sept. 4

    REGULAR STRENGTH PLAYS


    Georgia Tech +3 1/2 Tennessee

    Georgia Tech---Tennessee UNDER 55 1/2


    September 3, 2017

    FOOTBALL 


    With only two major college games on the schedule there are no Late Consensus Picks of Norm's Late Thoughts today. But we do have one early selection for Monday


    REGULAR STRENGTH PLAY: Tennessee---Georgia Tech UNDER 51

    BASEBALL

    Saturday record: 0-3....-$3.15

    Season so far: 340-312....+$3.55

    • Cincinnati +125 Pittsburgh
    • San Diego +190 LA Dpdgers
    • Cleveland -190 Detroit
    • Minnesota -140 Knsas City
    • LA Angels -115 Texas
    • Oakland +140 Seattle

    September 2, 2017

    BASEBALL

    Friday record: 6-0.....+$6.20

    Season so far: 340-309.....+$6.70

    • Cincinnati +135 Pittsburgh
    • Milwaukee +155  Washington
    • Baltimore -115 Toronto

    FOOTBALL

    Here are you Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Sept. 2

    VERY STRONG PLAY:  None

    STRONG PLAYS: None

    REGULAR STRENGTH PLAYS:

    • Alabama -7 Florida State (Win) 
    • Middle Tennessee +3 1/3 Vanderbilt (Loss)
    • So. Alabama +23 Mississippi St (Win)
    • BYU +14 1/2 LSU (Loss)
    • Appalachian State +14 Georgia (Loss)
    • Wyoming +12 1/2 Iowa (Loss)


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS:

    Michigan's turned into a monster program for Coach Harbaugh and has recruited spectacularly in recent years. The Wolverines suffered mightily in graduation losing 11 drafted players t the NFL. But this program's begun to stack up players and should not be greatly hurt by graduation. So:


    TAKE: Michigan -5 versus Florida (Win)



  • September 02, 2017 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    September 1, 2017

    BASEBALL

    THURSDAY RECORD: 2-0....+$2.15

    Season so far: 334-309.....+$0.50

    Cincinnati +120 Pittsburgh

    Milwaukee -140 Washington

    Arizona---Colorado OVER 12

    St. Louis -110 San Francisco

    Baltimore -165 Toronto

    Cleveland -165 Detroit (When Clevenger opposes Farmer)


    August 31, 2017

    BASEBALL

    Wednesday record: 2-4....-$3.15

    Season so far: 332-309....-$1.65


    • Cincinnati +115 NY Mets

    • Arizona EVEN LA Dodgers




  • August 31, 2017 1:13 PM | Anonymous

    August 30, 2017


    Tuesday record: No games

    Season so far: 330-350......+!1.50



    Cincinnati -130 NY Mets

    Arizona EVEN LA Dodgers

    Baltimore -130 Seattle

    Toronto -125 Boston

    Kansas Cit -145 Tampa Bay

    Colorado -120 Detroit

    August 29, 2017

    BASEBALL

    Monday record: 2-0....+$2.10

    Season so far: 330-305 +1.50

    Cleveland EVEN NY Yankees


    August 28, 2017

    Yesterday 3-3 even overall  328-305 -.60

    San Diego---San Francisco UNDER 7 1/2

    Boston +110 Toronto

    August 27, 2017


    Yesterday 1-3 -2.10  overall 325-302 -.60

    Pittsburgh - 105  vs  Cincinnati (win)

    San Diego +150  vs Miami (loss) 

    Atlanta     Even vs     Colorado (loss)

    Washington -190 vs     NY Mets (When Roark opposes (no play)

    NY Yankees -190 vs   Seattle (win)

    LA Angels + 110   vs  Houston (loss)

    Tampa Bay even vs     St. Louis (win)


    August 26, 2017

    Overall:  324-299 +1.50


    SATURDAY

    • Cincinnati -135 vs  Pittsburgh (loss0
    • Milwaukee +140 vs    LA Dodgers (win)
    • Minnesota +120   Toronto (loss)
    • Texas -115     Oakland (loss0

    August 24, 2017

    BASEBALL


    Wednesday record: 2-1....+$1.75
    Season so far: 322-299.....+$0.05

    Arizona -140 NY Mets
    • Cubs -175 Cincinnati
    • Tampa Bay -115 Toronto
    • Texas +110 LA Angels
    August 23, 2017

    BASEBALL 

    Tuesday record: 2-2......-$0.20

    Season so far: 320-298.....-$1.70

    • Baltimore -155 Oakland
    • Boston +175 Cleveland
    • Washington +140 vs Houston

    August 22, 2017

    BASEBALL

    Monday record: 3-1.....+$2.35

    Season so far: 318-296......-$1.50


    • Philadelphia -120 Miami
    • Arizona -145 NY Mets
    • Texas +130 LA Angels
    • NY Yankees -175 Detroit

    August 21, 2017

    Overall 315-295 -3.85

    • Pittsburgh +150 LA Dodgers
    • White Sox PICK Minnesota (When Rodon starts for the White Sox)
    • Texas +135 LA Angels
    • Seattle PICK Atlanta


  • August 21, 2017 9:01 AM | Anonymous
    August 19, 2017
    Yesterday 1-1 -0.10  Overall 315-295 -3.85
    • St. Louis pk vs Pittsburgh
    • Baltimore -150 vs LA Angels 
    • Texas -200 vs White Sox


     August 18, 2017
     Yesterday 1-1 -0.10  Overall 314-294 -3.75

    Friday


    • St. Louis -130 vs Pittsburgh (Win)
    • Toronto +155 vs Cubs (Loss)

    August 17, 2017

    Yesterday:  1-1 even  Overall: 313-293 -3.65  
    • San Fran/Philadelphia UNDER 7.5 (Loss)
    • NY Yankees -190 NY Mets (Win)
    August 16, 2017

    Yesterday:  4-1 +3.00  Overall 312 -292 -3.65

    • Texas -185 vs Detroit (Win)
    • St. Louis +120 vs Boston (Loss)
    August 15, 2017
    Yesterday:  2-1 +0.90. Overall 308-291 -7.65

    • San Diego -140 vs Philadelphia (Win)
    • Cleveland -170 vs Minnesota (Win)
    • Oakland pk vs KC (Win)
    • Boston -135 vs St. Louis (Win)
    • White Sox +270 vs LA Dodgers (Loss)

    August 14, 2017
    Yesterday: 2-3 -1.20  Overall: 306-290 -8.55

    • Miami -135 vs San Francisco (Win)
    • Philadelphia -110 vs San Diego (Loss)
    • Houston/Arizona Under 9 (Win)



    August 13, 2017
    Yesterday:  3-0 +3.00 Overall 304-287 -7.35
     
    • Philadelphia -120 vs NY Mets (Loss)
    • Boston -155 vs NY Yankee (Win)
    • Minnesota  -125 vs Detroit (Win)
    • White Sox +125 vs KC (Loss)
    • Texas +125 Houston (Loss)


    August 12, 2017
    Yesterday:  2-4 -2.80
    Overall:  301-287 -10.35

    • Philadelphia -135 vs NY Mets (Win)
    • St Louis -230 vs Atlanta (Win)
    • Baltimore pk vs Oakland (Win)

    August 11 2017
    Yesterday:  3-2  +1.45
    Overall:  299-283  -7.55

    • Philadelphia -105 vs NY Mets (Loss)
    • Milwaukee -180 vs Cincinatti (Loss)
    • Arizona -105 vs Cubs (Loss)
    • NYY -120 vs Boston (Win)
    • Texas +110 vs Houston (Win)
    • Baltimore pk vs Oakland (Loss)


    August 10 2017

    Football

     

    Thursday

    • Cleveland -3 New Orleans
    • Philadelphia +1 Green Bay
    • Philadelphia--Green Bay OVER  38 1/2


    BASEBALL

    Wednesday record: 4-2....+$1.95

    Season so far: 296--281 .....-$9.00

     

    Washington -150 Miami (Win)

    Philadelphia +135 NY Mets (Loss)

    Cleveland -140 Tampa bay (Loss)

    White Sox +185 Houston (Win)

    St. Louis -145 Kansas City (Win)

    August 9, 2017

    BASEBALL

     

     

    Tuesday record: 4-1.....+$3.05 (Texas game was no play because of changed pitchers)

    Season so far: 292-279....-$10.95

     

    San Francisco +105 Cubs

    Arizona +110 LA Dodgers

    NY Yankees -150 Toronto

    Texas--NY Mets OVER 9 1/2

    St. Louis -130 Kansas City


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