Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 12/18/18

  • December 17, 2018

That was weird. I’m referring to the finish of the Monday night football game between the Saints and Panthers. I can’t really put it in the bad beat category as the Panthers squandered a couple of really good scoring chances that might have made them relatively easy winners. 

But if you had a Saints -6 ticket, you’ve got to be shaking your head at having to tear it up. Carolina scored nine points. One touchdown on a fourth down trick play that went the distance, two points on a pick-two when the Saints tried to put a deuce on the board following a touchdown. 

And then there was that wacky finish. The Saints were in great shape to add either three or six points with a late first and ten at the Carolina 11 yard line. But thanks to a fumble that went resulted in a touchback, they got nothing and the game finished 12-9.

That was, by the way the second time in three days I got burned by a player extending the arm and losing an unprotected football that kept points off the board. It happened with Fresno State on Saturday at the Las Vegas Bowl. Fortunately that one didn’t hurt me in the long run as the Bulldogs eventually pulled away for the win and cover against Arizona State.

I wasn’t so lucky this time.

A step backward for me on Monday night. I was way on the wrong side of a hockey play on Montreal, as the Canadiens were absolutely awful in an ugly loss to Boston. But sitting 17-5 on my last 22 NHL plays, I can live with one bad decision. My NFL week finished 2-1, as did the first set of bowls, so 4-2 overall for the football weekend. I also clinched a winner on my Carolina Panthers Under wins prop, one which I thought I had zero chance of cashing when the Panthers were sitting 6-2.

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The Monday free plays split. The Saints had been posted a few days ago, while Ball State won its hoop visit to Valparaiso. Here’s today’s comp on one of Tuesday night’s college roundball games. Note that for the time being I’m playing only games that fit on my power ratings, so I’m skipping any additional analysis. No need for extraneous words that aren’t really factoring into the equation.