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  • November 26, 2018 7:11 AM | Anonymous

    November 20, 2018


    Monday record: 6-4

    Season so  far: 53-36


    Pacific +4 UNLV

    Wright State +7 Penn State

    ****I also like the following three teams but lines are not up yet:

    UC Irvine vs Tulane

    Detroit versus Bowling Green

    Auburn versus Duke


    No games tonight

    Happy Tuesday

    November 19, 2018


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's Monday night NFL game. It is a Regular Strength play:

    Take: Kansas City +3 1/2 LA Rams


    Sunday record: 2-4-1

    Season so far: 47-32


    UC Irvine -10 1/2 UTSA

    Georgia State -3 St. Bona

    Auburn -10 Xavier

    Detroit -2 Loyola Maryland

    Nebraska -14 Missouri State


    New Orleans -7 1/2 San Antonio

    Memphis---Dallas UNDER 204 1/2

    OK City -3 Sacramento

    Happy Monday

    November 18, 2018


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Nov. 18:

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: Minnesota +2 1/2 Chicago

    STRONG PLAYS: LA Chargers -7 Denver


    Indy -1 1/2 Tennessee

    Indy--Tennessee OVER 50 1/2

    Philadelphia +7 1/2 New Orleans

    Houston -3 Washington

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: The more I looked at the Cowboy game today the more it appeared to me that these two teams can score on each other.That total seems a bit high but I believe we'll see a shootout in Atlanta today. So:

    TAKE: Dallas---Atlanta OVER 49 1/2


    Saturday record: 2-1

    Season so far: 45-27


    Indiana -3 Arkansas

    Pepperdine +2 Miami Ohi

    Alabama -3 1/2 Wichita State

    Michigan -7 1/2 Providence

    Georgetown -10 So. Florida

    Minnesota -5 Texas A&M


    Minnesota -5 1/2 Memphis

    Happy Sunday!

    November 17, 2018


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Nov. 17:


    STRONG PLAYS: Liberty +29 Auburn


    Iowa -14 Illinois

    So. Miss +1 La. Tech

    Ohio State -14 Maryland

    Minnesota -2 1/2 Northwestern

    Temple -14 So. Florida

    Michigan State--Nebraska UNDER 48

    Wisconsin +4 Purdue

    Tennessee +6 1/2 Missouri

    Nebraska PICK Michigan State

    Cincinnati +7 UCF

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Yes, Arizona State's beaten up. But their injuries have been factored into the line. Herm Edwards has the Sun Devils playing inspired ball and I believe today's contest at Oregon is truly a toss up. Thus, getting to take slightly more than a field goal spread represents value. So:

    TAKE: Arizona State +3 1/2 Oregon


    Friday record: 2-2

    Season so far: 43-27


    St. Louis +6 Seton Hall

    So. Carolina +1 1/2 Providence


    LA Clippers -5 1/2 Brooklyn

    Happy Saturday!

    November 16, 2018


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on a college game tonight:

    REGULAR PLAY: SMU +7 1/2 Memphis

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I like the other game tonight. New Mexico's going totally in the tank while Boise's ripped off five in a row.

    The NM program's embroiled in controversy and the head coach will be fired at season's end. Only one way to go here:

    TAKE: Boise -20 New Mexico


    Thursday record: 2-1

    Season so far: 41-24


    Harvard +4 Rhode Island

    LSU -12 Louisiana Tech

    San Francisco +1 Arizona State


    Utah +3 Philadelphia

    Memphis -7 Sacramento

    Happy Friday!

  • November 16, 2018 9:40 AM | Anonymous

    November 15, 2018

    Late Consensus Plays

    Regular--Green Bay plus the points vs Seattle

    Norm's Late Thoughts

    Tulane's program is pointed upward and they've been competitive in just about every game.

    Houston's wobbly defense is not the kind you want when laying a big spread.

    Take Tulane plus the 10 points


    Last night 1-1 Overall 39-23

    Houston/Golden State Under 219


    St Joe's -3.5 vs Wake Forest

    WVU -19.5 vs Monmonth

    November 14, 2018


    Again tonight there are no plays on the two MAC games on the card.


    Tuesday record: 2-1

    Season so far: 38-23


    Oklahoma State -11 1/2 UTSA


    Utah -4 1/2 Dallas

    Good hunting again tonight!

    November 13, 2018


    There are no picks on the one college game tonight.


    Monday record: 5-0

    Season so far: 36-22


    Charleston -2 Rhode Island

    LSU -10 1/2 Memphis


    Denver--Houston UNDER 214 1/2

    Good hunting again tonight!

    November 12, 2018


    There are conflicting opinions on tonight's NFL game with good handicappers on different sides. No question SF has their act together better than NY. But can out-of-nowhere QB Mullens work more miracles? NY has stripped its team down a bit defensively with trades but has weapons on the field SF does not have offensively. I'd lean to NYG but a "lean" is all that would be.


    Sunday record: 0-2

    Season so far: 31-22


    Detroit +26 Butler

    Oklahoma -9 UTSA


    Washington -7 1/2 Orlando

    Philadelphia +2 1/2 Miami

    Utah--Memphis UNDER 203

    Happy Monday!

    November 11, 2018


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Nov. 11:


    STRONG PLAYS: Seattle +9 1/2 LA Rams

                                  LA Chargers -10 Oakland


    Indianapolis -2 1/2 Jacksonville

    Philadelphia -7 Dallas

    Kansas City -16 Arizona

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: As I looked over Sunday's sheet more and more I came back to the Tennessee-New England game. The Pats are rolling along now with a fat win streak but also face some significant injuries today. Tennessee's upset of Dallas brought them back to even on the season. But two of those four Titans losses have been by one point and the Titans defense has been solid. If this game were in NE and the home field advantage shifted to Foxboro the line on this game would become NE -12 1/2 and that's simply too much. I believe there's value on the Titans side.

    TAKE: Tennessee +6 1/2 New England


    Saturday record: 1-2

    Season so far: 31-20


    Marshall---Hofstra OVER 168


    Denver -3 1/2 Milwaukee

    Good hunting today!

  • November 16, 2018 9:37 AM | Anonymous

    November 10, 2018


    Here are you Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Nov. 10:


    STRONG PLAYS: Michigan State +3 1/2 Ohio State

                                  Nebraska -17 1/2 Illinois


    Virginia Tech +3 Pittsburgh

    West Virginia -11 1/2 TCU

    Boston College +20 Clemson

    Ohio State--Michigan State UNDER 49 1/2

    Northwestern +10 1/2 Iowa

    Oregon +4 Utah

    Wisconsin +9 Penn State

    Cal +4 USC
    Alabama -23 Mississippi State

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I have a pair pf games for you this morning. There are a slew of numbers that recommend Auburn against Georgia. But I added those trends to the feeling that these teams just don't seem to be two touchdowns apart. When the year began the projected line on this game was Georgia a 6-point favorite.

    That has ballooned and provides potential value for bettors:

    TAKE: Auburn +14 Georgia

    Secondly, we present a Nevada team that's having a solid season versus a Colorado State team that's headed nowhere. Nevada's offense should rule the day here against an opponent that struggles to move the ball. I like the home team to eventually put this one away:

    TAKE: Nevada -14 Colorado State


    Friday record: 3-6

    Season so far: 30-18


    St. Louis -10 1/2 Troy

    North Texas PICK Portland


    LA Clippers +3 Milwaukee

    Good hunting this Saturday!

    November 9, 2018


    Thursday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 27-12


    Yale -3 California

    Northeastern +3 1/2 Harvard

    W. Virginia -10 Buffalo

    UCLA -15 1/2 Long Beach

    Providence -5 Wichita St.


    Washington -2 1/2 Orlando

    Philadelphia -5 1/2 Charlotte

    Utah -3 1/2 Boston

    Denver -10 Brooklyn


    There are no Late Consensus Picks or Norm's Late Thoughts tonight. I picked both games on the card as part of the Picks of the Pole.

    Good hunting tonight!

    November 8, 2018


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

    TAKE: Carolina +3 1/2 Pittsburgh


    Wednesday record: 2-3

    Season so far: 26-12

    Portland -5 LA Clippers

    Happy Thursday!

    November 7, 2018


    There  is one Late Consensus Pick on college games tonight. It's a REGULAR

    STRENGTH play:

    TAKE: Ohio -4 Miami Ohio


    Tuesday record: 0-2

    Season so far: 24-9


    Denver--Memphis UNDER 206

    Indiana -3 Philadelphia

    Utah -9 Dallas

    LA Lakers -5 1/2 Minnesota


    Cincinnati -5 1/2 Ohio State

    Happy Wednesday!

    November 6, 2018


    It's very unusual but we have a Late Consensus Picks on the Tuesday night MAC game. It's REGULAR STRENGTH:

    TAKE: Buffalo--Kent State UNDER 43 1/2


    Monday record: 1-0-1

    Season so far: 24-7

    Washington -1 Dallas

    Brooklyn---Phoenix OVER 218 1/2

    Good hunting tonight!

    November 5, 2018


    There is one Late Consensus Picks on the NFL Monday night game. It's a REGULAR STRENGTH play:

    TAKE: Tennessee +4 1/2 Dallas

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Our excellent run in this space continued Saturday with Stanford and Sunday with the Vikings. Today, is simply a "be careful" recommendation. I actually lean a bit toward Dallas tonight. I know the trends here are all wrong for the Cowboys. But 

    this match-up of similar looking teams with 3-4 records look priced about right to me. In light of the above recommendation from a solid handicapper I'll be passing this one with just a "lean" to the UNDER>


    Sunday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 23-7

    OK City -4 New Orleans

    OK City---New Orleans OVER 238

    Happy Monday!

    November 4, 2018


    Here are your Late Consensus Plays for the NFL games of Sunday, Nov. 4


    STRONG PLAYS: Green Bay +6 New England

                                  Pittsburgh +2 Baltimore


    Washington---Atlanta UNDER 48

    Buffalo--Chicago UNDER 37 1/2

    Houston +1 1/2 Denver

    Seattle PICK LA Chargers

    New Orleans +2 LA Rams

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Stanford gave us a nice winner in this spot yesterday so lets step out today with one of the best "Against The Spread coaches on planet earth--Minnesota's Mike Zimmer. If we put teams in the NFL playoffs every year based on their ATS records Zimmer's teams would be there every year. Today he finds the public weighing in on the opponent, the Detroit Lions. Wagerers have drive this line from 5 1/2 down to 5 and, in some places, 4 1/2.

    I just see Minny as a "sleeping giant" in the NFC and that line's a  small price to pay for what appears to be the better team playing at home. So:

    TAKE: Minnesota -4 1/2 or 5 Detroit


    Saturday record: 3-0-1

    Season so far: 22-7

    Milwaukee---Sacramento OVER 235 1/2

    Good hunting today!!!

  • November 04, 2018 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    November 3, 2018


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Nov. 3:


    STRONG PLAYS: Iowa +2 1/2 Purdue

                                  Texas -2 West Virginia


    So. Miss +2 1/2 Marshall

    Air Force +6 1/2 Army

    Air Force--Army UNDER 42 1/2

    Florida -6 1/2 Missouri

    Washington State -9 California

    Kansas State +9 1/2 TCU

    Wyoming---San Jose UNDER 38

    FIU -2 1/2 FAU

    Oklahoma State---Baylor UNDER 69 1/2

    LSU +14 Alabama

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Washington started the year as one of the favorites to be in the final four. But this ultra-disappointing squad will now be fortunate to get even a pretty good bowl to invite them.

    Today's opponent Stanford has also fallen on hard times. But under standout coach David Shaw they've proven time and again that they can bounce back from adversity. This spread simple seems to large to me and represents 2-3 points of value for me. So:

    TAKE: Stanford +10 1/2 Washington


    Friday record: 1-1

    Season so far: 19-7

    Philadelphia -7 1/2  Detroit

    Charlotte -9 Cleveland

    Houston -8 Chicago

    Denver -4 Utah

    Good hunting today!!! 

    November 2, 2018


    After yet another terrific night in this spot (Late Consensus winner plus a Norm's Late Thoughts winner) there's only one game that interested me and I've made that game (Colorado) a Pick of the Pole.


    Thursday record: 2-0

    Season so far: 18-6

    Oklahoma City +2 1/2 Washington

    Dallas -6 1/2 NY Knicks

    Happy November!

    November 1, 2018


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's football action:

    REGULAR PLAY: No. Illinois -6 Akron

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: After a couple of nice, winning recommendations the last couple of nights lets try to keep a very good season for "Late Thoughts" going this evening. Temple got drilled by UCF last year 45-19. BUT---four Temple turnovers undercut the Owls in a game where the yardage was right at even. Unbeaten UCF has everything to play for

    but these Owls have been rugged on the road and the spread is pretty generous here:

    TAKE: Temple +10 1/2 UCF

    Also, lean to:

    Ohio -3 W. Michigan


    Wednesday record: 0-1

    Season so far: 16-6

    Philadelphia -5 LA Clippers

    Atlanta--Sacramento OVER 231

    Milwaukee +2 Boston

    Milwaukee---Boston UNDER 215

    Good hunting tonight!

  • November 04, 2018 9:04 AM | Anonymous

    October 31, 2018


    We were fortunate that our "lean" to Buffalo turned out OK last night. Tonight we have just the single MAC game but I have a bit of a feeling in this one also. Toledo's been tangling with some pretty decent teams with losses to Miami, Fla., Fresno and Buffalo. But don't ever confuse Ball St. with that list of decent teams. This spread seems petty high but Ball State is #111 in the country in rush defense and Toledo runs it for 5.0 yards per carry. That allows them to control the game all night long. 

    But this is, like Buffalo, only a "lean" for me:

    Toledo -18 1/2 Ball State


    Tuesday record: 1-1

    Season so far: 16-5

    LA Lakers -7 Dallas

    Good hunting again tonight!

    October 30, 2018


    Only a pair of games in college football tonight but one of these contests holds some limited appeal for me. Buffalo's been a team we've been on with solid success this season. They are wonderfully quarterbacked by Tyree Jackson and at this level of competition having a very solid triggerman elevates a team greatly. At 3-5 Miami's just another collection of uniforms these days. This isn't a strong play but I do lean to:

    TAKE: Buffalo -7 Miami  Ohio


    Monday record: 2-0

    Season so far: 15-4

    Orlando -4 1/2 Sacramento

    Oklahoma City - 2 1/2 LA Clippers

    Good hunting!

    October 28, 2018


    Handicappers seem pretty split on whether to lay all those points (14) with NE tonight or to take the points at home with Buffalo. I'm not a big fan of either side and do not have a strong feeling here. But my continuing opinion that Buffalo is simply hideous keeps me from playing the underdog here. I'd slightly lean to the favorite but must believe

    there will be better spots to truly step out down the road


    Sunday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 13-4

    Philadelphia -11 Atlanta

    Minnesota---LA Lakers OVER 237


    Sunday record: 2-0....+$2.30 (game plus 

                                       series winner)

    World Series record: 5-1....+$4.75

    Season over!


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL is games of Sunday, Oct. 28.


    STRONG PLAYS: Kansas City -9 Denver


    New Orleans -1 1/2 Minnesota

    Seattle +3 Detroit

    Green Bay +8 1/2 LA Rams

    Green Bay---LA Rams OVER 57

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: This smaller slate leaves me a bit cool but I would suggest one game for consideration. I'm not certain what Cincy is at this point. They started fast but now have lost two in a row, but to solid teams. But the Bengals defense scares me a lot and Tampa has players who can break down poor defenses. This is a moderate recommendation ar best but lets;

    TAKE: Tampa Bay +3 1/2 Cincinnati


    Saturday record: 1-1

    Season so far: 12-4

    Utah -3 1/2 Dallas


    Saturday record: 1-0....+$1.45

    World Series so far: 3-1.....+$2.45

    Boston +130 LA Dodgers

    Good hunting today!


    October 27


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks of college games of Saturday, Oct. 27.

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: Texas Tech +6 Iowa State

    STRONG PLAYS: Kentucky +7 1/2 Missouri


    No. Illinois +7 BYU

    S. Florida +8 1/2 Houston

    Navy +23 1/2 Notre Dame

    San Diego State -2 1/2 Nevada

    Florida +6 1/2 Georgia

    Texas A&M +1 Mississippi State

    Arkansas +1 Vandy

    Florida State +17 1/2 Clemson

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS---I must be dead honest with you. I'm not a fan of either of the really strong plays and  several of the other Consensus picks. Not at all in love with So. Florida and I actually like the other side of the Clemson--Florida State game. Now, this is not to say that I'm heavily on on the other sides. I just thought I should tell you that this card really does leave me pretty cold on many of these games. But, I do have three "late thought" selections for you:

    TAKE: Charlotte +7 So. Miss

               TCU -13 1/2 Kansas

               Stanford -3 Washington State

    But let me also add that some of my handicapper friends also like the other side of a couple of these games. BE CAREFUL today!!!


    Friday record: No plays

    Season so far: 11-3

    Philadelphia minus the points versus Charlotte

    Indiana minus the points versus Cleveland


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

    World Series so far: 2-1....+$1.00

    Boston +150 LA Dodgers

    Happy Saturday!!!

    October 26, 2018



    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I've already made three of these Friday games Picks of thePole but there's a still another game that interests me a bit. Miami's a small favorite over Boston College and that makes this an intriguing value play. BC's pretty solid. Points worth taking I think.

    TAKE: Boston College +3 1/2 Miami Florida


    Thursday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 11-3



    World Series record so far: 2-0

    Boston +145 LA Dodgers

    Good hunting tonight!!!

    October 25, 2018


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

    TAKE: Houston -7 1/2 Miami

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I just get a feeling that tonight is where a solidly superior West Virginia team steps out against Baylor. The Mountaineers are still fully in the thick of the playoffs f they can run the table and swiping out Baylor would be a fine springboard to November.

    Baylor's an improved bunch but this appears a shaky spot for the Bears to me.

    TAKE: West Virginia -14 Baylor



    Season so far: 11-4

    Detroit-7 Cleveland

    Denver---LALakers OVER 239 1/2


    Wednesday record: 1-0

    Series so far: 2-0

    No game tonight

    October 24, 2018


    Tuesday record: 1-0 plus an extra "lean to"


    Boston -135 LA Dodgers


    Tuesday record: 2-0-1 (Push Philly--Detroit)

    Season so far: 10-3

    Dallas -1 1/2 Atlanta

    LA Lakers -3 Phoenix

    Good hunting tonight!

  • November 04, 2018 9:04 AM | Anonymous

    October 23, 2018


    There are no Late Consensus Picks on tonight's lone college game. The line has been steadily moving toward Troy here going from -11 1/2 to -13. That's still the way I'd "lean" but the value's disappearing here so I'll hunt for better places this week.


    GAME 1---Boston -140 LA Dodgers

         ---I would also "lean" to the OVER 7 1/2

         ---I also like Boston -155 in the Series


    Monday record: 0-1

    Season so far: 8-3

    Philadelphia minus the points vs. Detroit

    New Orleans -6 1/2 LA Clippers

    Denver -11 Sacramento

    Happy Tuesday!!!

    October 22, 2018


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's Monday night "football game."

    REGULAR PLAY: NY Giants +3 1/2 Atlanta


    Sunday record: 1-0

    Season  so far: 8-2

    Utah -10 Memphis

    Good hunting!

    October 21, 2018


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, October, 21.


    STRONG PLAYS: Philadelphia -5 1/2 Carolina

    REGULAR PLAYS: Miami +3 Detroit

                                    Tampa Bay -3 1/2 Cleveland

                                    Chicago +2 1/2 New England

                                    Buffalo---Indianapolis UNDR 50 1/2

                                    San Francisco +8 1/2 LA Rams

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Another Sunday where the card is pretty well picked over. I've already put out some strong opinions on some games and will stand on those. But yet one more reminder of possible use of the money line. If you like underdogs like Chicago and New Orleans, you might consider taking them on the money line to win straight up instead of taking the small point spread. The odds

    can works in your favor in such situations.


    Saturday record: 2-1

    Season so far: 7-2

    Atlanta--Cleveland OVER 230

    Happy Sunday!!!

    October 20, 2018


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Oct. 20.


    • None


    • Purdue +12 Ohio State
    • Oklahoma -7 1/2 TCU


    • Michigan State +7 Michigan
    • Auburn -4 Mississippi
    • Virginia +7 Duke
    • USC +7 Utah
    • Navy +12 Houston
    • Arizona---UCLA UNDER 56


    I have a pair of games for you today.

    Winless Nebraska's player perhaps the most difficult schedule in the country and today gets a very mediocre Minnesota team to visit Lincoln. This appears a good spot to take out a bit of frustration for the Huskers.

    TAKE: Nebraska -5 Minnesota

    Wester Kentucky's another former top program that's fallen on tough times. But today's opponent Old Dominion has little to recommend it. The small spread  does scare me much here.

    TAKE: W. Kentucky -4 Old Dominion


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

    Playoffs so far: 8-13.....-$7.65

    DOUBLE PLAY: Milwaukee EVEN LA Dodgers


    Friday record: 1-0

    Season so far: 5-1

    Indiana -8 1/2 Brooklyn

    Boston -9 NY Knicks

    Houston---LA Lakers OVER 234 1/2

    Good hunting today!!!

    October 19, 2018


    There are no Late Consensus Picks on tonight's limited college football card. But we had another nice winner for you in Stanford last night along with keeping you away from a pretty popular NFL selection on Arizona last evening.

    We've had very good success of Friday's this year (DOUBLE PLAY WINNER two weeks ago and a SINGLE PLAY WINNER last week). This week won't be as strong but Air Force seems to be playing with lots of purpose which can't be said for a UNLV team that's not very good and I don't believe can be trusted very highly at  home. This is not a strong play but call it a "lean" to:

     Air Force -9 1/2 UNLV


    Thursday record: 2-0

    Season so far: 4-1

    New Orleans -11 Sacramento


    Out struggles here continue.

    Thursday record: 0-1....-$1.80

    Playoffs so far: 6-13.....-$9.75

    DOUBLE PLAY: Milwaukee +105 LA Dodgers

    Good hunting tonight!

    October 18, 2018


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Most of my handicapping friends like Arizona tonight in the NFL Thursday night game. And I know of Denver's dreadful road record over the last year plus. But I simply cannot take a very poor team like the Cardinals in a "must win to cover" situation. It's not that I'm in love with Denver either but that's the way I'd "lean" in the Thursday nighter.

    I do have a college pick for you. I simply feel Stanford's the better team in this matchup with Arizona. And that's my recommendation for a REGULAR STRENGTH play:

    TAKE: Stanford -2 1/2 Arizona State


    Wednesday record: 2-1

    Season so far: 2-1

    Philadelphia -11 Chicago

    Portland---LA Lakers OVER 222


    Wednesday record: 0-1....-$1.50

    Playoffs so far: 6-12....-$7.95

    Houston -135 Boston

    Happy Thursday

  • October 18, 2018 1:12 PM | Anonymous

    October 17, 2018


    Tuesday record: 1-0....+$1.20

    Playoffs so far: 6-11.....-$6.45

    Houston -140 Boston


    Denver -1 1/2 LA Clippers

    Utah -8 1/2 Sacramento

    Houston--New Orleans OVER 228 1/2

    Happy Wednesday

    October 16, 2018


    Monday record: 0-1....-$1.70

    Playoffs so far: 5-11....-$7.65

    Geez, we're not going along very well now. 
    BUT, I do like the underdog Red Sox tonight. Eovaldi's seemingly back in form and Keuchel doesn't look like the ace he was a couple years ago. Lets take the price on the underdog here.

    Boston +120 Houston

    October 15, 2018


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

    Playoffs so far: 5-10.....-$5.95

    LA Dodgers -170 Milwaukee


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on the Monday Night NFL game. It's a REGULAR strength play:

    San Francisco +8 1/2 Green Bay

    NORM's LATE THOUGHTS: I'm not in love with the above play on the Niners. Green Bay's wounded but still potent offensively.

    At home and in need of a stellar performance to steady the ship I look for  Rodgers to have a truly fine game. But also, there are some very fine trends toward the OVER in this game. So, lets "lean" to Green Bay in the game and "lean: to the OVER also.

    October 14, 2018


    Saturday record: 1-1.....EVEN

    Playoffs so far: 5-9......-$4.95

    Houston EVEN Boston


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Oct. 14

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: Pittsburgh +2 Cincinnati

    STRONG PLAYS: New England -3 1/2 Kansas City


    Indianapolis +2 1/2 NY Jets

    Seattle -2 1/2 Oakland

    Pitt--Cincinnati OVER 50

    Tennessee+2 1/2 Baltimore

    Miami +4 Chicago

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Not much left on this card to handicap.

    Given the shaky nature of each of the offenses involved I almost made Dallas--Jacksonville UNDER a Pick of the Pole.That's the way I'd still lean in this game though not enough to make it a full recommendation. For now, lets just call it a "LEAN." Good hunting today.

    October 13, 2018


    Playoff record so far: 4-8....-$4.95

    Boston--Houston Over 7 1/2

    Milwaukee +115 LA Dodgers

    TAKE: Houston -135 Boston in the series


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Oct. 13.


    STRONG PLAYS: Wisconsin +10 Michigan

                                  Colorado+7 USC


    Michigan State +13 Penn State

    Boise State -16 1/2 Nevada

    Iowa State +6 1/2 W. Virginia

    North Texas---So. Miss UNDER 54

    Texas -14 Baylor

    LSU +7 Georgia

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I have three games for you today.

    Temple again got off to a slow start and has now found their stride just as they did last year. Navy appears a full cut beneath the level of recent Navy outfits.  So:

    TAKE: Temple -7 Navy

    Toledo's controlled E. Michigan for years now (11 wins in a row). The Rockets record is deceiving with their losses coming to very good teams from Miami Fla. and Fresno. EMU's improved but there's lots of bad history and trends here. So: 

    TAKE: Toledo -2 1/2 E. Michigan

    Oklahoma State's a full TD favorite at Kansas State. When Okie State simply folded versus Iowa State last week it seemed to validate the fact that these Cowboys are nothing but a mediocre team. Kansas state's also taken a step backward in their program. But coach Bill Snyder is a fantastic 32-15 ATS his last 47 games as an underdog. There appears to be value here. So:

    TAKE: Kansas State +7 Oklahoma State

    Good hunting today! 

    October 11, 2018


    There is a Late Consensus Pick on the Thursday night NFL game and it is a STRONG PLAY:

    TAKE: Philadelphia -3 NY Giants

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I also have an opinion tonight.  Georgia Southern is really running the ball again like they a couple years ago before a brief, unsuccessful coaching change. Tonight they face a Texas State team that's 7-29 SU their last 36 games with their only win this year coming against a pathetic Texas Southern outfit. T State has yielded 41 to mediocre So. Alabama, 25 in a loss to UTSA whose only other wins came against awful teams from Rice and UTEP and 42 to U La La which hasn't scored over 28 against any other of its four Division 1 foes this season. I smell a blowout:

    TAKE: Georgia Southern -17 1/2 Texas St.


    Take Houston -145 Boston in the ALCS

    October 9, 2018


    Monday record: 0-2....-$2.20

    Season so far: 4-8....-$4.95

    NY Yankees -135 Boston

    October 8, 2018


    There is one Late Consensus Pick on tonight's MNF game. It's  regular strength play:

    TAKE: Washington +5 1/2 New Orleans


    Sunday record: 0:2....-$3.15

    Playoffs so far: 4-6....-$2.75

    Atlanta PICK LA Dodgers

    Cleveland -120 Houston

    Good hunting today!

  • October 04, 2018 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    October 7, 2018


    Here are you Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Oct. 7.


    STRONG PLAYS: Pitt -3 Atlanta

                                  KC -3 Jacksonville


    Denver -1 NY Jets

    Minnesota +3 Philadelphia

    Green Bay PICK Detroit

    Arizona +3 1/2 San Francisco

    Oakland +5 LA Chargers

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I must advise you that the handicapping world is more than a but mixed on that above play on the Minnesota Vikings. For me, this game is simply confusing and I'll pass.

    As for the other games, this Sunday left me a bit cold. I came close to making Carolina a Pick of the Pole and for today a very tepid recommendation on the Panthers is about as much as I can offer.

    But there are much better places down this road. Be careful.

    LIGHT play on Carolina -6 1/2 NY Giants.


    SATURDAY RECORD: 1-1....+$0.05

    PLAYOFFS SO FAR: 4-4....+$0.40

    Colorado -145 Milwaukee

    LA Dodgers -170 Atlanta

    Happy Sunday! 

    October 6, 2018


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

    Playoffs so far: 3-3.....+$0-35

    Cleveland +135 Houston

    NY Yankees +105 Boston


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for  the college games of Saturday, Oct. 6:


    STRONG PLAYS:  Florida +2 1/2 LSU

                                   Colorado -2 1/2 Arizona State


    Wake Forest +20 1/2 Clemson

    Texas +7 Oklahoma

    Virginia Tech +6 1/2 Notre Dame

    E. Michigan +4 W. Michigan

    Kentucky +5 1/2 Texas A&M

    San Jose +2 1/2 Colorado State

    Hawaii -2 1/2 Wyoming

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Let me begin by saying that, while I deeply respect the handicapper who made the above pick on Kentucky, I'll be staying away  from this game. My sense is that A&M's a bit better than  every believes and that Kentucky might be a tad worse than their 5-0 record suggests. Give me a PASS  on this game

    I do, however, like three games today:

    For me the line on the Georgia Souther--So. Alabama game has simply fallen to far.I like Geo. So. when the line was -13 1/2. Now it's -11 or -11 1/2. I'll bite.

    TAKE: Georgia So. -11 1/2 So. Alabama

    I know Rutgers is just awful. Just awful! But today Illinois is favored on the road which just as distasteful/\.Give me the Scarlet Knights.

    TAkE: Rutgers +5 Illinois

    Buffalo's a solid team with a start QB coming off a poor game. C. Mich looks like just any other raggedy outfit.

    TAKE: Buffalo -7 1/2 C. Michigan

    Good hunting today!

    October 5, 2018


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

    Playoffs so far: 3-2...+$1.35

    Friday: NY Yankees +170 Boston

    In the series: NY Yankees +130 Boston

    Good hunting today!

    October 4, 2018


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

    Playoffs so far: 2-2....+$0.35

    Atlanta--LA Dodgers UNDER 7


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

    TAKE: New England -10 Indianapolis

    October 3, 2018


    Tuesday record: 1-0....+$1.20

    Playoffs so far: 2-1....+$1.35

    Oakland +175 NY Yankees

    Good hunting today

    October 2, 2018


    Monday record: 1-1....+$0.15

    Playoffs so far: 1-1....+$0.15

    Colorado +120 Cubs

    October 1, 2018


    Milwaukee +115 Cubs

    Colorado +165 LA Dodgers

    Good luck


    There is one Late Consensus Pick (actually a couple on the same team on Monday Night Football). It is a REGULAR STRENGTH play:

    TAKE: Denver +3 1/2 Kansas City

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHT: The more I looked at this game the more it looked like a high scoring affair. I'd "lean" to the OVER.

    Cheers everyone and happy October! 

    September 30, 2018


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the NFL games of Sunday, Sept. 30:


    STRONG PLAYS: Seattle -3 1/2


    Detroit Lions +3 Dallas

    NY Giants +3 New Orleans

    Chicago -2 1/2 Tampa Bay

    Baltimore +3 Pittsburgh

    New England -6 1/2 Miami

    Tennessee +3 Philadelphia

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Another reminder that REALLY applies to these games---consider the money line. It takes some nerve to bet underdogs to win the games straight up and, for example, taking the NYG +3 to win straight up exposes you to the possibility that New Orleans wins the game by a very narrow margin and you lose a straight up play when taking +3 could have produced a winner or a push. But, you can get the Lions, Giants, Titans and Ravens all at +125 or +130 straight up in their roles as small dogs. If you like CLE (which I do)  or DEN tomorrow night you can get similar to higher prices. The money line's a nice, rewarding alternative ways to play games and make prices work for you. Cheers!


    Saturday record:0-3...-$3.50

    Season so far: 345-334....-$14.20

    White Sox +125 Minnesota

    September 29, 2018


    Here are your LATE CONSENSUS PICKS for the games of Saturday, SepT. 29. Both picks last night were winners. Lets keep this going.

    VERY STRONG PLAYS: Virginia Tech +4 1/2 Duke

    STRONG PLAYS: Florida Atlantic -3 Middle Tennessee


    BYU +17 Washington

    Ohio -13 1/2 UMass

    Texas Tech +3 1/2 West Virginia

    Florida +7 Mississippi State

    New Mexico -7 Liberty

    Penn State +3 1/2 Ohio State

    Texas A&M -20 1/2 Arkansas

    Cal +2 Oregon

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I'm not big fan of a couple of the above plays. I'll tread very lightly on the FAU--Middle Tenn game. And, as you know from my selections, I go the other way on the Texas Tech game favoring W. Virginia. But I respect each of the handicappers whose study of these games has taken them in a different direction.

    Today I have two games for you. A couple years ago Indiana and Rutgers were both Big 10 bottom feeders. Rutgers still  is. But Indiana's making progress. One way to encourage progress is to smash lesser squads. That's what I believe happens today.

    Utah meanwhile visits Washington State. For me this one comes down to simply asking which is the better team in this virtual toss-up game. For me that's Utah. So:

    TAKE: Indiana -16 1/2 Rutgers

    TAKE: Utah -2 Washington State


    Friday record: 5-1....+$3.90

    Season so far: 345-331.....-$10.70

    Pittsburgh -135 Cincinnati

    Atlanta +145 Piladelphia

    Colorado -125 Washington

    Good hunting today

  • October 02, 2018 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    September 28, 2018


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

    Season so far: 340-330...-$14.60

    Cubs -155 St. Louis

    Atlanta -125 Philadelphia

    Colorado -180 Washington

    San Diego +135 Arizona

    NY Yankees -125 Boston

    Oakland -145 LA Angels


    There are two major college football games tonight and oddly we have Late Consensus Picks on both of them. Each play is a REGULAR STRENGTH PLAY:

    Colorado -9 1/2 UCLA

    Memphis -14 Tulane

    Good luck today!

    September 27, 2018


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Minnesota got torched last week by a shaky Buffalo offense. Don't expect that to happen back-to-back to a Mike Zimmer defense. And there's solid historical info to support a low scoring game here also. So:

    TAKE: LA Rams--Minnesota UNDER 49 1/2


    Wednesday's record: 2-2....-$0.15

    Season so far: 338-330...-$16.70

    Colorado -170 Philadelphia

    NY Mets +110 Atlanta

    Good hunting today!

    September 26, 2018


    Tuesday record: 1-2....-$0.75

    Season so far: 336-328....-$16.55

    Pittsburgh +160 Cubs

    Colorado -185 Philadelphia

    LA Dodgers -115 Arizona

    Oakland -110 Seattle

    September 25, 2018


    Monday record: 2-1....+$1.70

    Season so far: 335-326....-$15.80

    Pittsburgh +125 Cubs

    San Diego EVEN San Francisco

    Oakland EVEN Seattle

    Happy Tuesday!

    September 24, 2018

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

    Season so far: 334-326...-$17.50

    Pittsburgh +145 Cubs

    Milwaukee +130 St. Louis

    Toronto +180 Houston


    There is one REGULAR STRENGTH Consensus pick on tonight's game:

    Tampa PICK Pittsburgh

    Plus, I took this game UNDER as one of the Picks of the Pole.

    September 23, 2018


    Here are your Consensus Late Picks from various top handicappers on the NFL games of Sunday, Sept. 23


    STRONG PLAY: Washington +3 Green Bay

                               New England -7 Detroit

    REGULAR PLAYS: Carolina -3 Cincinnati

                                    New Orleans +2 Alanta

                                    San Fran +6 1/2 Kansas City

                                    LA Rams -7 LA Chargers

                                    Seattle -1 1/2 Dallas

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Well, we're on a nice roll in "Late Thoughts." Had a nice week last week, hit the Penn State winner Friday and two winners Saturday on UMass and Texas. As you well know I disagree with that Consensus pick on Dallas. But that's been on record for a couple of days now.

    Today lets go to a  total. There are a couple of heavy trend indicators that suggest a pretty fair number of points today in the Bears--Arizona game. Teams like 'Zona who've opened with two straight games scoring less than 14 points go OVER in week three at a 16-clip in recent seasons. Lets go with that angel. So:

    TAKE: Chicago--Arizona OVER 38 1/2


    Saturday record: 3-2....+$0.45

    Season so far: 333-326.....-$18.55

    Colorado +105 Arizona

    Good hunting today!

    September 22,2018


    Friday record: 2-2.....EVEN

    Season so far: 330-324.....-$19.00

    Miami EVEN Cincinnati

    Atlanta -150 Philadelphia

    St. Louis -170 San Francisco

    Tampa Bay -150 Toronto

    Texas -105 Seattle


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Sept. 22:


    STRONG: Purdue +7 Boston College

                     Navy -6 1/2 SMU


    Missouri +14 1/2 Georgia

    Wake Forest +6 1/2 Notre Dame

    Nebraska +18 Michigan

    Liberty +13 North Texas

    Rice +14 So. Miss

    Virginia -5 1/2 Louisville

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I have a pair of NLT's for you this morning.

    1. I like what appears to be growth going on in Austin. The home dog Longhorns offer some value today. Plus, there are  a handful of long term negative trend toward TCU in this situation and that's unusual for a terrific coach like coach Patterson

    2. UMass is a veteran team off to a struggling start. But weakling Charlotte may be just what the doctor ordered here. Give me the Minutemen to play away as this one goes along.

    TAKE: Texas +3 TCU

                UMass -7 1/2 Charlotte.

    Good hunting today!

    September 21 2018


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: We had a nice winner with revenge minded Temple last night and have a couple more thoughts about tonight's action.

    The Illinois program seems to be a total mess while Penn State seems to get some offensive things figured out last week during their waltz against Kent State. This looks like a mis-match and James Franklin's Nittany Lions have been solid at home. Illinois passing game seemingly doesn't give them much chance to trade points with PSU.


    TAKE: Penn State minus that bushel of points versus Illinois.

    Also, USC's back home against Washington State. Last week the Trojans went down in flames against Texas and are now 10-22 ATS their last 32 away from home. But they're a much tougher nut to crack at home.



    Friday record: 2-1.....+$3.20

    Season so far: 238-232....-$19.00

    Mets -135 Washington

    Pittsburgh +130 Milwaukee

    Atlanta -135 Philadelphia

    LA Angels +210 Houston

  • September 21, 2018 11:38 AM | Anonymous

    September 20, 2018


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Temple looks for conference revenge tonight when they face Tulsa who torched them 43-22. That's a role the Owls have been excellent in. Under coaches Ruhle and Collins Temple's a sterling 14-3 in that role. They've also been terrific (9-3) in the schedule-interrupting weekday night games. Temple started slowly last year and have again this year (losing their first two). But then the roll began. They drilled Maryland last week without allowing an offensive score by Mary. Can't see Tulsa hanging with the owls tonight.


    TAKE: Temple -7 Tulsa


    WEDNESDAY RECORD: 1-2...-$1.20

    Season so far: 326-321.....-$22.20

    Mets +240 Washington

    Miami +120 Cincinnati

    White Sox +180 Cleveland

    Good hunting today!

    September 19, 2018


    Tuesday record: 2-4....-$3.50

    Season so far: 325-319.....-$21.00

    Mets -120 Philadelphia

    LA Dodgers -200 Colorado

    Boston EVEN NY Yankees


    September 18, 2018


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

    Season so far :323-313.....-$17.50

    NY Mets +165 Philadelphia

    Atlanta -140 St. Louis

    Milwaukee -190 Cincinnati

    NY Yankees -135 Boston

    Toronto--Baltimore UNDER 9

    Tampa Bay -200 Texas


    September 17 2018


    Here is a Late Consensus Pick on tonight's NFL game. One of our handicappers has:

    REGULAR PLAY: Seatlle--Chicago OVER

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: I'm going to pass on the above play. Seattle has gone UNDER 9 straight times when playing the second of two in a row on the road. For coach Carroll they're also UNDER 6 of the last  7 Game Two's on the schedule.


    Sunday record: 0-4....-$5.00

    Season so far: 321-313....-$19.60

    Mets +110 Philadelphia

    Milwaukee -160 Cincinnati


    September 16, 2018


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks  for the NFL games of Sunday, Sept. 16


    STRONG PLAYS: LA Rams -13 Arizona


    Indianapolis +6 Washington

    Atlanta -6 Carolina

    Denver -6 1/2 Oakland


    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: San Fran played a solid, rugged game in their loss to Minnesota last week. The problem was their turnovers. The opposition weakens considerably today when they face Detroit at home. The Lions looked like puke getting trampled by the mediocre Jets. The more I looked at this game the more I was attracted by the Niners at home. So:

    TAKE: San Francisco -6 Detroit.


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

    Season so far: 320-306....-$14.60

    LA Dodgers -145 St. Louis

    Atlanta -130 Washington

    Kansas City -105 Minnesota

    Texas -120 San Diego

    Good hunting today!

    September 15, 2018


    Here are your Late Consensus Picks for the college games of Saturday, Sept. 15.


    STRONG PLAYS: Hawaii +6 1/2 Army

                                  Boise  State +1 Oklahoma State


    So. Florida -11 Illinois

    Ball State +15 1/2 Indiana

    Georgia Tech---Pitt OVER 54 1/2

    C. Michigan +14 1/2 No. Illinois

    Toledo +11 1/2 Miami Fla.

    Mississippi +22 1/2 Alabama

    Nevada -3 1/2 Oregon State

    UAB +3 1/2 Tulane

    TCU +13 Ohio State

    Arizona State -5 San Diego State

    NORM'S LATE THOUGHTS: Just a reminder that when playing underdogs, instead of taking the points, consider playing those games on the money line where your underdog must win the game straight up but the price you get in return is attractive. For example:

    Today you can play Syracuse +3 wagering 110 to win 100. Or you can play the Orangemen on the money line where you play 100 and, if they win the game straight out, your return is 125. There are other such underdogs today like Boise, Utah, UAB and, perhaps, even Purdue that could make attractive money line plays.


    Friday record: 1-4.....-$3.20

    Season so far: 320-309....-$15.60

    LA Dodgers -135 St. Louis

    Have a wonderful Saturday!

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