Cokin’s Corner, Wednesday 12/21/16

  • December 21, 2016

I’m reading and hearing lots of complaints from the college football talking heads. They aren’t happy at all with the decision being made by a few star players to pass on playing in their team’s bowl games to try and ready themselves for what they hope will be a professional career.

Ir’s pretty much what one would expect. The players owes it to his teammates, the school and the fans, etc. Personally, I don’t agree with that assessment, but for the sake of argument, let’s say that I do. If I feel that way about the players shirking their supposed responsibility and being what amounts to disloyal, then shouldn’t I be feeling exactly the same way, and perhaps even stronger about coaches leaving for better jobs before these bowl games?

It really bugs me that these beefs are being aired about players who are not under contract, but there’s nary a word about the coach who opts to move on to greener pastures and hands the playbook over to an assistant. How come I’m not hearing or reading rants about those guys? And, oh by the way, these are coaches who are all under contract, which pretty much tells you all you need to know about those contracts.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem at all with the coaches doing what they feel they need to do to get prepared for their next assignment. Just as certain players feel as though the risk isn’t worth the reward to play in a pretty meaningless end of the season party, it’s pretty much the same for the coaches, only on a far more widespread basis.

My complaint is only with those seeing fit to rip the players while apparently understanding and endorsing what the coaches are doing.

Tuesday night was spectacular. 7-0 altogether for a net +6.0 unit gain. I won’t do as well tonight because I’m not going to have that many plays, but needless to say this was a very enjoyable night, and I’ll try to keep it rolling this evening. As of now, just a couple of college basketball plays, but I like those sides to get the job done. I won’t be involved in tonight’s bowl game, and will likely be blank in both the NBA and NHL.

The bowls are off to a great start at 4-1 with the easy Western Kentucky Tuesday night night winner. Lots more on the agenda in this post-season, so I’ll leave the Bowl Package on the menu for now. As for the December Special with the big guarantee, that’s available through December 31 and runs for an entire month. Considering the current form, not a bad time to join. Get all the details by emailing me at

Both Tuesday free plays were winners, with Western Kentucky and the Knicks chasing tickets. Tonight’s comp is currently not on my personal service card. I hope it eventually gets there, but I’ll have to wait for updated information before adding it.

721 ST. JOHN’S at 722 SYRACUSE

Take: SYRACUSE -12.5

I really like the Orange in this spot, but there’s a caveat involved as well.

As for the matchup, Syracuse is going to want this one pretty badly. The Orange have lost each of the last two meetings to their formal Big East rivals. So put a check mark next to ‘Cuse on the motivation variable.

The one thing that has stood out all season for Syracuse is that when Frank Howard plays well, the team wins. When he doesn’t, the Orange lose. This looks like a game where Howard should have his way, and if that’s the case, the Orange are going to get some great looks against a pretty average St. John’s defense.

So why the holdup? I don’t know if Trevor Lyden is playing. Don’t get me wrong, I still think Syracuse can win and cover without his presence. But I’ll feel a whole lot better if Lydon is on the floor rather than occupying a courtside seat on the bench. As of now, there is no definite word on his status. Lydon suffered a strained achilles late in the first half of Monday’s massacre of Eastern Michigan. He was at practice on Tuesday, but was described as moving gingerly. However, he has not been rules out.  With treatment, it conceivable that Lydon might be good to go tonight. Even at less than 100% he’s a plus factor for the Orange.

I would suggest checking the Twitter feed as game time approaches for updates on Lydon’s status. If he’s in the lineup, I’ll be laying the points with Syracuse. If he’s not, I might still add the Orange, but will reduce the wager accordingly.