Cokin’s Corner, Friday 2/24/17

  • February 23, 2017

Baseball previews start Monday! In the meantime, I’m taking a few days off from the commentary portion of this blog.

I’ll spend a moment or two happily recapping Thursday, however. This was a dream day. Eight college basketball underdogs, and they each covered, with all but one winning outright. I also got on the right side of a shootout in the NHL and won that as well with the Rangers topping Toronto. That’s a 9-0 day, and those sure don’t happen all the time.

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Thursday’s free play was an easy winner as Cal Poly earned a virtual wire to wire win at Long Beach State. I’m quite sure the Friday comp will meet with consensus approval.


Take: 861 OAKLAND -1

I’m landing on what is going to be a very heavy public side on Friday evening. I don’t think there’s any question the Grizzlies will be as square as it gets here. It’s an obvious spot, as Oakland is a hot team, they’re in revenge from the earlier home loss to Green Bay, and all the Grizzlies have to do to cash a ticket is win the game.

Nevertheless, this Oakland team is back to playing the best ball in the Horizon, and they have lots of incentive tonight. The Grizzlies are still one game behind Valparaiso for the conference title with each team having two games remaining. Valpo has to get through Wright State and Northern Kentucky on the road, or hope that Oakland loses twice. If the two teams were to end up tied, the Grizzlies would own the tie breaker because they swept the season series.

Actually, Green Bay is still in the hunt as well as the Phoenix have quietly moved into third place and they’re only two games back of Valpo. So this is a big game for both teams.

I still can’t figure out what happened to the Grizzlies in their one bad stretch that saw them lose four out of five, with shocking home losses to Detroit and Cleveland State in that mix. But whatever the issue was, it has cleared up and the team is on a roll.

I don’t think this is that easy as the Phoenix have lost just two home games all season, and only one in league play, But I’m also of the belief that if Oakland brings its “A” game, they’re the best team in the league. Square to be sure, but I grabbed Oakland at pick ’em to get the win tonight.