Tis' the season players.
It's the time of the year in which the Lead Man decks the Leadquarters with boughs of hundys. And while everyone else is left to dream of a white Christmas, the Lead Man simply sets his Rolex this time of year to a green Christmas. Yes players, the Lead Man has not had a losing weekend since mid-October. What that means is he's gone through the entire holiday season and one Presidential election cashing each and every weekend, avoiding the tricks of Halloween and earning plenty of stuffing on Thanksgiving from his turkey of a bookie.
With only three short weeks left before Christmas it certainly appears the Lead Man will be celebrating a special birthday with plenty of holiday cash in hand. Happy birthday Jesus. Lead Man wasn't dodging every hump on earth Black Friday; he slept in and bought your gift at full price.
As a matter of fact, if Jesus H. Christ were here today, surely he would recognize two distinct realities;
1. In the Lead Man, his pops created a guy who can really pick football games; and
2. 90% of the people his Dad created are imbeciles.
As you can see, the Lead Man and JC are on the same page. Preaching the same gospel, if you will. Incidentally, perhaps the only group hotter than the Lead Man is the 90%. They've been on fire the last week or so. If they weren't trampling a Wal-Mart employee opening a door at 5:00 am they were shooting themselves in the leg with a sweat pants-concealed firearm or attending a Browns game. Lead Man has news for you. If you've ever in your life jogged thru a K-Mart at 5:00 am to beat some blue hair out of a VCR/TV combo in order to save 25 bucks, you are in the 90%. And it goes without saying, if you've ever fumbled your "piece" in da club, you're on the same list.
Yes, God and Jesus made a few errors, but it's tough to hold anything over on a cat that fed thousands with a couple loaves of bread and rose from the dead, and certainly we all continue to benefit from that wonderful eighth day - the day G-Man created Lead Man. And in the Lead Man he created a being in which the holiday season is not lost. In this season of giving in which we see the Marines giving toys, the Salvation Army giving food and the United Way giving money, clothes and time, the Lead Man is giving what he gives best: winners.
For you players that rode the Lead Man all year long this Christmas will find plenty of things under your tree. You found yourselves recession proof. For those not yet aboard, there are still a few weeks left for you to allow the Lead Man to earn your Christmas bonus.
As always players, as we head toward a lighter scheduled time in the football season, it is wise to be a bit conservative and not blow what you've accumulated the last 6 weeks. No ‘action for action's sake'. Stick to the solid wagers, preferably, Lead recommended ones. Lead Man has seen many a player who was in the black with a few weeks to go wind up redder than Rudolph's nose.
On to the picks;
Cincinnati travels to Hawaii in hopes of leiing one on the Warriors. Many believe Cincy will have their guard down a bit as they have already clinched the BCS berth and this game means little outside of the final record. Lead Man is not one of these people. Coach Kelley will have his team focused and ready to go. He has quelled all talk of future jobs and is ready to battle with his players. On the field you've got a quarterback in Tony Pike who is red hot, matching up against a Hawaii secondary that is banged up. The Hawaii secondary has been giving up big plays all season when healthy. Look for the Cincy offense to explode like Vesuvius as the Bearcats "Hang Loss" on Hawaii in this tilt.
In the feature game of the day - and year, the Georgia dome hosts the SEC championship game between Florida and Alabama. Recently for Florida it's been Good Times as no team in the last eight tilts has come within 30. No team is playing better in all phases of the game in the season's second half and Tim Tebow is making a late surge for his second Heisman. If these facts aren't reason for alarm in ‘Bama they've got match-up issues as well. Alabama needs to run the ball and play field position. We are all aware of the Tide's rush defense, but the Gators are 12th in the nation in stopping the run themselves. Florida's return game is tremendous while ‘Bama is last in the SEC in kick coverage. Look for Florida to score points via the special teams on Saturday.
‘Bama feels disrespected here, and Lead can't blame them, but disrespect isn't going to matriculate the ball down the field should they get down a couple scores. John Parker Wilson I going to have to make plays for ‘The Tide' to stay in it. Lead Man doesn't think he'll make enough of them. Never trust a guy using all three names. Lead Man is planning on Flo-Rida to make it rain outside the window.
Look for the Colts to jump out to an early lead at home and gallop to victory over the hapless Bengals. Cincy is ranked 30th in scoring defense meaning Peyton and the boys should get up early and allow Freeney and the fellas to pin their ears back and attack Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bengals 32nd ranked scoring offense. Cincy is ready to pack it in and this game should expedite the process. Black Friday provides no better bargain than the Colts as less than a two touchdown favorite in this one.
As always players, tune in tonight at 10:30 to ‘The Pipeline' where we will discuss all the big action this weekend and also deliver the radio-only bonus selections. Good luck!