BOOK IT! Friday: Road Warriors That Cash

Welcome back to BOOK IT! Friday, where Fish Hack picks some NFL winners so you steelhead bums can put some cash in your pockets without returning that garage full of empties.

Had a bad weekend last week, but Fish Hack’s coming off the canvas with three road winners, something heard more often than usual this NFL season.

First, there’s Green Bay laying 10 points at Tampa Bay. The Packers haven’t played well this year on the road, and Tampa just hasn’t played well period. The Pack needs this game to make next week’s show-down at home with Detroit mean something. Lay the points.

Detroit travels to Chitown needing just what Green Bay needs…a road win to stay in the division hunt. Fish Hack layed the 4 1/2 points before the news leak that Jimmy Clausen is starting in place of Jay Cutler. That sent the line instantly to 7 points and look for that to climb even more before kickoff.

This ain’t Notre Dame, bro. Detroit covers.

And lastly, New England travels to the Meadowlands to sign that Rex Ryan going-away card. The Jets are getting 10 points, actually bet down from 11 by bettors who think the Hoodie will take his foot off the pedal and rest starters. Luckily, they need this win to stay ahead of Indy for the overall first seed in the AFC and both play in the morning round Sunday. Look for the Pats to keep it rolling with a double-digit win here, then tank it next week


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HAIKU MONDAY: On Steelhead Rumor Mill

Welcome to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack has his eyes aimed West in search of the first winter steelhead in the Rogue Valley this year.

A good slug of early winters usually mean a good run, and rumor has it that there were a slug of ‘em downstream of Rainie Falls before this last rain swelled the Rogue River, Hack’s home waters.

Whackin’ winters rocks./Something new to play with close/No coast drive for Hack.

For you Haiku Monday virgins, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors and whatever the hell else comes to mind, with some bad forms of old Japanese poetry sprinkled in as the schtick.

Cuz in the bloggosphere corner of Cyber Crapland, you need a schtick to stick out.

Haiku schtick fits Hack/Lowbrow humor fits the bill./Still beats honest work.

So the rumors milling around Grants Pass is that the middle Rogue should start boiling with the first of the winter steelhead to hit the valley this year.

Water flows look like they should be bending rods around Ennis Riffle or Hog Creek as early as tomorrow as the Rogue starts to drop.

Pure steelhead knowledge:./River goes up, fish don’t bite./Always fish the drop.

Chances are, you won’t know what a good thing that will be.

One solid about winter steelhead on the Rogue is that an early run usually means a strong run.

Historically, on years the early run are late, it could be a good year or a bad year. But a good early showing usually means us steelhead bums will start playing that “working from home” or “sick kid” cards before Christmas.


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BOOK IT! Friday: Playing the Extremes

Welcome back to BOOK IT! Friday, where Fish Hack is laying out some NFL picks so you steelhead bums can turn a buck without having to clear the garage of empties.

Got two extremes for you Fish Heads on Sunday. Chances are the Rogue River, which is Hack’s home waters, will be pulling into steelheading shape around kickoff, so make those phone calls early.

First, there’s Jacksonville at Baltimore. The Ravens are 13 1/2-point faves and that’s a lot to lay. But remember, one of this year’s constants is that Baltimore beats up on bad teams, especially at home. Got those ingredients cookin’ here, so lay the points and watch the blowout commence.

Next is Oakland at K.C., where the Chiefs are 11 1/2-point faves. Oakland may be bad, but they are good against the number (4-2 against the spread on the road) and this is a rivalry game. Take those points and watch the field goal show.


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HAIKU MONDAY: On High Water and North Chick BBall

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is busy chasing Tax Deduction No. 2 and the rest of the North Medford High School girls varsity basketball team around Southern Oregon.

Rising water in the upper Rogue River made it easy to watch North whack Ashland on Friday, for first win of the season.

The Predator, aka TD#2, led all scorers with 18 in the comeback win.

My Mags: She’s the nuts/People call their dogs Maggie./Can dogs drop 18?

For you few Haiku Monday virgins out there, this is when and where Fish Hack has waxed on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors or whatever the hell else comes to mind, with some bad versions of old Japanese poetry sprinkled in. It’s the schtick that keeps on schticking.

Planned on steelhead fishing Friday but the upper Rogue River — Hack’s home waters — was on the rise. Tough steelheading in those conditions.

Hung out at the Ashland High gym to watch North sweep the other Bear Creek chicks in hoops.

Number 33/For North. She’s just a Freshman/But she’s Hack’s baller.

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BOOK IT! Friday, Thursday Edition

Here’s some bonus coverage on BOOK IT! Friday, Fish Hack’s way of using NFL wagering against the numbers for you steelhead bums to keep yourself in micro brews and pheasant tails without having to take your empties to that new collection facility.

After a loss-less November, Hack dropped the Turkey Bowl game ‘cuz the Lions scored too many points.

But here are two winners on tonight’s Dallas at Chicago game.

Dallas is favored by 3 1/2 points, largely because they’ve gone 5-0 on the road this year and Jake Cutler’s insulin appears stronger than his arm in recent weeks.

Chicago is just plain bad. Celibates score more at home than the Bears this year. And tonight shouldn’t be much different.

Fish Hack is laying the points and ridin’ Romo. The 51 1/2 point over/under line is pretty egregious. Playin’ the under tonight as well.


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BOOK IT! Friday’s Special Turkey Edition

BOOK IT! Friday kicks off early for Thanksgiving and you steelhead bums will need the help picking holiday games so you  can keep cashing tickets instead of returning your empties for micro brew dough and fly-tying materials.

At 8-0 for November, Fish Hack’s Da Man for you.

Got just one pick for Thursday and that’s the Lions-Bears traditional Thanksgiving brawl. Lions are favored by 7 points and that looks pretty good to a former Detroiter who grew up scalping tickets at Lion games. Detroit should win but that’s a tough cover.

Fish Hack sees this game blamed between the 30s, with both teams turning touchdowns into field goals. That’s why Hack’s taking the under at 44.5 points.

Hack’s sleeping it off during the Dallas game, but ready to play big on the night game. New England at Green Bay is a Super Bowl preview, with the home team laying 3 points.

Again, it’s tough giving points to Tom Brady, but the over number is a paltry 57.5 points. Either one of these quarterbacks can take care of that himself. Lovin’ the over.


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BOOK IT! FRIDAY:Keep the Streak Alive

Fish Hack is starting to come correct more and more, taking a week off after dialing up a sweet three-team parlay win the week before.

That’s five straight you steelhead bums have hit playing Hack’s picks, allowing the micro-brew bottles to stack in the garage for someone else to cash.

Down to business…

The number to know in the Jets at Bills game isn’t the spread. It’s 70, as in inches of snow coating one of the Rustbelt’s rustiest towns. Love the under at 38 1/2 by two decent defenses with struggling offenses and a lot of running out the clock.

The Lions at New England has a feel like the Steelers soiling themselves against the Browns after two big-time scoring dates. Brady’s been lightin’ the town ablaze, but he hasn’t played a very good defense like the Lions, who help keep this under 49 points by systematically turning touchdowns into field goals.

And lastly there’s an upset abrewin’.

Not only is Cincy getting 2 points at Houston a nice get, the Bungles will right the ship and win it outright. Take ‘em.


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HAIKU MONDAY: On the Bears and Schools Beat

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is back on the black bear beat. Or is it the schools beat. Or both?

Bears in West Medford./Hanging out too close to schools./Bears and schools don’t mix.

For you Haiku Monday virgins, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors and sprinkles in a few forms of bad Japanese poetry as a schtick to stand out in this vapid expanse known as the Internet.

Everybody blogs/Few have something real to say./Does not stop them, though.

So a black bear found Sunday morning in a tree near Jefferson Elementary School was given a day to get outta town on her own. She didn’t and paid the price Monday morning before the toddlers came trotting by.

Read about it HERE.

Truth is, black bears are probably more afraid of you than you are of them. That said, you don’t want some freaked-out bear running around a bunch of kids.

Just shows you how wild Southern Oregon remains.

There’s bears in the woods/There’s also bears in the streets./Living in the wild.

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HAIKU MONDAY: On Big Bets and Big ‘Nooks

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack returns after a few weeks away from cranking out bad Japanese poetry to schtick up an outdoors blog.

Back to the Fish Wrap.Hack focused on betting blogs. Steelhead bums need coin.

For you few Haiku Monday virgins still out there, this is when and where Hack does the schtick. Get it?

At least Hack’s time off the Monday rants has been productive. With a 3-0 NFL weekend offf BOOK IT! Friday bets, Hack’s won his last five games and that’s something the Oakland Raiders haven’t been able to say for a decade.

This brutal cold snap heading our way will put the kabosh on fall chinook salmon fishing on coastal streams like the Elk and Sixes rivers.

Normally, you’d find Hack at the mouth of the Elk, 10-weight fly rod in hand, casting big streamers for big chinook on this nice tide series that comes annually right around Veterans Day.Had a couple 30-chinook days down there over the past 28 years of fly-fishing for ‘nooks there.

This year won’t be one of them.

Cast big flies for ‘nooks./1–weight hums as fish makes runs./Best sound in the world.

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BOOK IT! Friday: A Three-Team Parlay to Make Your Day

Welcome back to BOOK IT! Friday, where Fish Hack got the Battle of Ohio right on Thursday night, unlike Andy Dalton and the rest of the Bungles.

Cleveland beat Cincy for the right to live in Ohio. Loser stays.

As for the rest of this weekend’s pics, Fish Hack has a few winners for you steelhead bums too lazy to look for your own angles.

First, there’s Dallas laying six to Jacksonville. The Jags have beat the spread just twice this year, and there’s not much reason to think playing on Greenwich Mean Time will change that. Lay the points but don’t watch this dog of a scrum.

Kansas Citiy heads to Buffalo as a two-point fave during an up-and-down season for both teams. KC almost always covers as a road fave, so play that trend.

Then there’s Baltimore laying nine to Tennessee. Since Joe Flacco shaved off his porn stache this team’s been tough to read in serious games. The only solid is that the Ravens routinely blow out bad teams, and the Titans fit that bill. Take the Ravens, evermore.


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