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The Vegas Sports Masters

  1. Kelso Sturgeon
  2. Wayne Root
  3. Jim Hurley
  4. Richie Baccellieri
  5. Tony Salinas
  6. SportsMasters Consensus
  1. Kelso Sturgeon

    My Personal Best Baseball Investment Club has been hotter than a pistol, stands a perfect 7-0 in its last seven plays and tonight goes for its 3rd consecutive 100-unit winner with a team that should absolutely dominate and crush its opponent. As is the case with all 100-unit baseball releases this team too has better than a 90% chance to win for us and you can take down the cash for just $25, charged to your major credit card.

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  2. Wayne Root

    People are always coming up to me and telling me, "Wayne, you’re like the Energizer bunny… do you ever stop?" As long as there are games to trends and angles to exploit and money to be made, the answer will always be, "NO!" On Tuesday, I see an over-priced favorite having a great season by all metrics… but based on a combination of factors they should be heavy underdogs tongiht. You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss this one! Win my Early-Week Master Play plus a BONUS TREND PLAY for JUST $25!

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  3. Jim Hurley

    We’ve got an National League game tonight trending around 90% to get the cash… you heard that right… 90%! Based on the numbers, all the edges and angles are in our favor. This is the one you do not want to miss!

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  4. Richie Baccellieri

    As an Ex-Linesmaker, it was my job to make the line. Now watch me help you break it tonight and cash in on public error. The squares don’t know any better: they constantly gravitate to the wrong side, giving us sharps extra value! I’ve got a play tonight that not only gives us that extra moneyline value… the "underdog" has an 80% chance to win. GET THIS WINNER + BONUS ACTION! JUST $15

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  5. Tony Salinas

    If you’ve been with me in July, then I don’t have to say another word: you know all about how my baseball selections have been money in the bank. But in case you haven’tt, you’ve missed out on the opportunity to snag an amazing 185 stars worth of winners! Not to worry: I’ve got 3 more moneymakers tonight that’ll help you catch up. DON’T WASTE ANOTHER SECOND: GET WITH ME TONIGHT FOR MORE BANKROLL BUILDERS! JUST $15

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  6. SportsMasters Consensus

    In the world of Handicapping, the average bettor is up against a well financed, information-rich, experienced Casino Sportsbooks and Linesmakers.
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    YOU ARE NO LONGER ALONE!
    Five professional handicappers have stepped forward to beat the line. If getting one strong man to help you win a fight, surely finding six is a dream come true. Isn't it time you learned more about the Vegas Sports Masters?

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The Vegas Sports Masters Blog Headlines

Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Rays/Cardinals Preview

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:00 AM

One of the biggest surprises in Major League Baseball through the first half of the 2014 season was how lousy the AL East had become amidst disappointing campaigns from the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox. Both have been red hot since the All-Star Break, and are now dangerous teams who could at least play spoiler from this point forward…with an outside shot of contending if Baltimore falls apart.

Tampa Bay will get a quick two-game chance to play spoiler when they visit the St. Louis Cardinals of the NL Central Tuesday and Wednesday nights in Interleague action. St. Louis…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Betting Pennant Races

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM

I was going to wait a few more weeks before talking specifics about handicapping “pennant race” baseball. But, the 2014 season is so unique that there truly is a pennant race feel to what’s happening RIGHT NOW even though we just passed the All-Star Break.

As I put together these notes for you early Monday afternoon Las Vegas time…

 

NL East: Washington and Atlanta are in a virtual tie for first place, with just a thousandth of a point separating the two in winning percentage.

 

NL Central: St. Louis and Milwaukee are tied for first place with the same exact record; while Pittsburgh…

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Wayne Root: The Yankees are in Deep Trouble!

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

The last time we were together, I talked about the potential for a “Miracle Mets” replay given the positive recent form of one of my hometown teams. I thought it would make sense to devote a day to the New York Yankees, who I also grew up watching very closely in my hometown of Mt. Vernon, NY.

The Yanks are in trouble! You only have to look at this week’s pitching rotation to see that:

Monday: Shane Greene (two career starts at age 25)

Tuesday: Chase Whitley (11 career starts at age 25, with a 5.10 ERA)

Wednesday: David Phelps (proven mediocrity better suited…

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Jim Sez: NFL Training Camps Open + NFL Capsules Cont’d and Baseball Report

Monday, July 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL CAMPS ARE OPENIN’ UP AND WE CHECK IN ON LEAGUE-WIDE

NEWS & NOTES…PLUS OUR SUMMER TEAM-BY-TEAM CAPSULES CONTINUE WITH THE CHIEFS, REDSKINS & VIKINGS…THE BASEBALL REPORT: WEEKEND NEWS & NOTES

By Jim Hurley

How’s this, NFL fans?

The Hall of Fame Game is now less than two weeks away—the New York Giants at Buffalo Bills kicks off the preseason menu on Sunday, August 3rd in Canton— and by the end of this week each/every one of the league’s 32 teams will be entrenched in camp.

Hot-diggity-dog!

No doubt we’ll have a slew of things to report on during training camps but let’s just saunter…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Dodgers/Pirates Preview

Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM

The National League pennant races are tight indeed as we enter the first full week of action after the 2014 All-Star Break. There’s no margin for error for any of the contenders right now…which creates a lot of drama when contenders play each other!

That’s the backdrop for the Dodgers/Pirates series that begins Monday Night in Pittsburgh. The Pirates are in that four-team logjam in the NL Central where any team could get hot and win the division…and perhaps THREE of the four teams could make the playoffs depending on what happens in the Wildcard race. The Dodgers are neck-and-neck with…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Big 10 “West” Preview

Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM

As the Big 10 begins its first season as a 14-team league split into Eastern and Western halves, it looks like the West will be the weaker of the two halves out of the gate. There’s no guarantee it will stay that way because college football is always in a state of flux. But, THIS YEAR, Wisconsin may be at least a touchdown better than everyone else even after getting hit hard by graduation.

Yesterday we studied Ohio State, Michigan State, and the rest of the East. Today, it’s Westward Ho as Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska move into the spotlight…

 

Big 10…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Big 10 “East” Preview

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM

It’s always dangerous to make bold predictions in the middle of July about the coming college football season. But we are VERY confident when we say that there will NOT be a replay this year in the Big 10 Championship game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan State Spartans. There’s just NO way both of those teams will return to the title tilt.

How can we be so confident? They both play in the new EAST Division of the Big 10. No more “Legends” and “Leaders.” The newly expanded Big 10 (which now includes Maryland and Rutgers) is now…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Should You Bet “Early” College Football Options?

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Many Las Vegas sportsbooks have now made available betting options for the 2014 college football season. Among the choices for gamblers living here in the world capital of sports betting:

*Futures Odds to Win the National Championship

*Futures Odds to Win the Major Conferences

*Over/Unders on Regular Season Win Totals

*Special “Game of the Year” pointspreads on select matchups

Generally speaking, I would advise against all of you who are regular students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping from betting what’s available. Here’s why:

*Futures Odds are nowhere near the “true” odds, and therefore offer no value

*You can often get better value…

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Wayne Root: Could There Be a “Miracle Mets” Replay in 2014?!

Friday, July 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Many of you are too young to have experienced the “Miracle Mets” shocker of 1969. That was 45 years ago…when a young franchise that had been nothing but a doormat in its early years of existence suddenly rose up and won a World Championship. My All-Star Break research about possible Cinderella stories for the rest of the 2014 season led to me to a startling conclusion. This year’s New York Mets are best positioned of any “losing” teams to make a run at the playoffs!

Yes, I know…it’s still a longshot. And, maybe it’s the native New York in me that’s…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Orioles/A’s Series Preview

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Are the Baltimore Orioles for real? They pulled away to extend their lead in the American League East in the days leading up to the All-Star Break. But, some of that was the rest of the division floundering. The REAL test for the championship possibilities of this team are about to happen in the next few days:

*Baltimore at Oakland Friday thru Sunday

*Baltimore at the LA Angels Monday thru Wednesday

The A’s are the best team in baseball this year. But, the Los Angeles Angels are poised right on their heels because of a red-hot streak in recent days. If Baltimore can…

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Kelso Sturgeon: Five Handicapping Tips for Preseason Football

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Five Handicapping Hints To Get You ReadyFor NFL Pre-Season That Begins In 19 Days

Tigers, Dodgers & Athletics Come Out Of All-StarBreak As 9-2 Favorites To Win World Series

2nd Straight 100-Unit Winner Breaks BankFriday Night As Baseball Resumes

By Kelso Sturgeon

Major League Baseball returns from the All-Star break Friday night and I am off the run to the money and a spot in the World Series with another winning 100-unit play. For the record, I went into the All-Star break with a winning 100-unit Solid Gold Game of the Month as the surging Los Angeles Angels (-150) knocked off the fast-fading Texas…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: ACC “Coastal” Preview

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Yesterday we talked about the likely cakewalk Florida State will enjoy in the “Atlantic” Division of the ACC. That’s because their quarterback was the Heisman Trophy winner, and nobody else has any good quarterbacks! We have a very similar story in the ACC, where erratic Anthony Boone of Duke, and similar Marquise Williams of North Carolina are the only signal callers assured of having some sort of positive impact on their teams.

Where did all the quarterbacks go?! Let’s jump into Part II of our ACC preview…

 

ACC Coastal Division

 

Virginia Tech

2013 Record: 8-5

2013 Rankings: 101 on offense, 4 on defense

Returning Starters: 8…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: ACC “Atlantic” Preview

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Whenever the defending national champions of college football return their Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, they’re usually a virtual lock to win their conference the following season. That’s certainly the case for the Florida State Seminoles, who will have to deal with graduation losses on defense…but in a conference with very few experienced quarterbacks.

In fact, the “Atlantic” Division where FSU resides only has one other returning signal call besides “Famous” Jameis Winston! And, that’s Terrel Hunt of Syracuse…who lead an offense that only ranked #85 last season.

Clemson and newcomer Louisville aren’t going to just roll over and play dead. But, Florida…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Biggest MLB First Half Surprise

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 7:00 AM

The All-Star Break is historically a spot on the calendar where serious sports bettors take a respite from the day-to-day grind to review what’s happened thus far in the season. Since we have class time here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping falling right during the Break, I wanted to use this as a learning opportunity to review what I consider to be the biggest surprise thus far of the 2014 Major League season.

There are several surprises that could qualify, but to me, it’s the COMBINATION of the Boston Red Sox AND the Tampa Bay Rays both…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: AL at the Break

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM

The best baseball is once again being played in the American League. That’s group has been dominating the National League for several seasons now in Interleague play. They hold a significant edge through the midpoint of 2014. What’s most important for handicappers to know though is that the true elite in the sport are all in the American League.

 

AL TEAMS GAMES OVER .500

Oakland +23

LA Angels +20

Detroit +15

Baltimore +10

Seattle +7

Toronto and Kansas City +2

To give you some context for the whole Major Leagues, the best mark in the NL belongs to the LA Dodgers at +11. The “big three” in the…

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Wayne Root: 2013 Losers Becoming 2014 Money Makers

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM

As the documented KING OF UPSETS in the sports betting world, I’m always on the lookout for teams who are likely to play better than their reputations in upcoming action. That’s a bit part of how I made my name in this industry. I was willing to step out with plays that “don’t make sense” by traditional standards, but make total sense if you’re looking at sports betting the right way.

A review of what’s happened so far in the 2014 Major League Baseball season helps make that point very clearly. You might not believe this…but almost EVERY team in the…

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Grading the MLB Teams Thru the First Half

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES: GRADING THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON

AND SO THAT MEANS IT’S TIME FOR THE MLB REPORT CARDS

By Jim Hurley

It’s time to grab the red magic marker and grade the MLB teams in this edition of "Jim Sez"…

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Grade: A+MILWAUKEE (53-43)—The one-and-only National League team to receive such a high mark, the Brewers were expected to be an 80 or 81-win team but monster years from CF Carlos Gomez and C Jonathan Lucroy plus some dandy pitching—did you realize RHP Wily Peralta’s 1.34 WHIP is the worst among this starting staff?—has really propelled Ron Roenicke’s club into…

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Kelso Sturgeon: Going For 7th Straight All-Star Game Win With 25-Unit Win

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Going For 7th Straight MLB All-Star Game Win With 25-Unit Play Tuesday Night

Most Books Have National League The Favorite But Giant Book That Handles HighrollersHas American League Favorite

I Boldly Picked Seattle To Win Super BowlLast Season And Predict Seahawks Will Repeat In 2014

Get Entire NFL Pre-Season Plus Regular NFL and College SeasonsFor Early-Bird Price of Just $199—A $1,200 Value

By Kelso Sturgeon

The 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday night at Target Stadium in Minneapolis and betting on the game once again tells just how difficult the game is to win. Most books have the National League the…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: NL at the Break

Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM

What’s amazing to see as you work your way through the National League standings at the All-Star Break is how little has been decided. There are certainly several teams who have been eliminated from the playoff picture barring miracles. But, few if any of those teams were truly expect to contend.

The projected contenders are so tightly bunched that the 2014 season basically starts after the Break! That’s when:

*Atlanta and Washington will have to figure out which one of them is going to rise up and grab the NL East by the throat while the other drifts back to Wildcard status.

*St.…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Preview of Independents

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

The stage is set for BIG NEWS from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this season. They have the kind of schedule that could launch them into the national championship picture if they score one or two marquee wins…but one that could inflict a losing record on them if new talent doesn’t step up and get the job done.

If you’ve peaked ahead at the 2014 slate, you already know that Notre Dame (the most important of the four major Independents we’ll be covering today) visits defending National Champion Florida State in mid-October. That’s assumed to be a loss, as early Vegas…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Sun Belt Preview

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 7:00 AM

If there was ever a conference where you really needed to buckle down and FOCUS, it’s the 2014 Sun Belt. Teams with the most promising financial futures have moved up in recent years to Conference USA (including Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, and Florida International). And, there are plenty of new faces now playing for the Sun Belt trophy.

Idaho and New Mexico State: Both were Independents last year, now both are inexplicably playing in a league associated with the Southeast part of the country because it’s so hard for non-entities to make a go of up as Independents.

Appalachian State and Georgia…

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Jim Sez: AL Report Cards + Chargers and Cowboys Capsules

Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM

OUR WEEKEND MLB NEWS & NOTES:

IT’S TIME FOR THE AL REPORT CARDS AS WE ZOOM INTO THE ALL-STAR GAME BREAK…OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORTS TODAY FEATURES THE CHARGERS & COWBOYS

By Jim Hurley

So, here’s the lowdown…

We’re just days away from this year’s Major-League Baseball All-Star Game in Minnesota and—at last check—you get the sense that there’s really a case of the “haves” and “have-nots” in the junior circuit with the likes of Oakland, the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit a combined 163-108 (that’s a .601 winning rate) while there’s six other AL teams that are each five-games-or-more below the .500 mark.

Hey, the…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Be Wary of Championship Futures Prices!

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Earlier this week, I talked about how the whole LeBron James soap opera was distracting the sports world whether than informing it. Isn’t it interesting that it took the legal betting markets to inform the sports media world about what was actually happening! You probably read in the media that many bettors in Las Vegas were suddenly flocking to sportsbooks to bet on the Cavaliers to win the NBA. Vegas “knew” before everyone else.

And, that’s because…

*Somebody connected to the LeBron James entourage must have wanted to make some money on the side…or

*Somebody connected to Sports Illustrated wanted to make some…

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Wayne Root: Take Command!

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 1:00 PM

If you’ve been paying any attention this week to mainstream sports coverage or social media, you know that the NBA free agency landscape was at an absolute standstill for a few days because EVERYONE was waiting to see what LeBron James was going to do.

*Both Cleveland and Miami expected to have him on their rosters

*Chris Bosh wouldn’t sign with Houston unless he was sure LeBron was leaving Miami

*Houston wouldn’t decide about Chandler Parsons until they knew about Bosh

*Carmelo Anthony wouldn’t get serious about Miami, or Chicago, or NY until he knew

This kind of waiting around to see what might or…

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Jim Sez: Baseball Grades and Titans, 49ers and Packers Team Capsules

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES: IT’S THE FINAL WEEKEND BEFORE THE ALL-STAR GAME BREAK

AND SO THAT MEANS IT’S TIME FOR THE NL REPORT CARDS(WE’LL HAVE AL REPORT CARDS TOMORROW!)…MORE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM REPORTS AS WE CHECK IN ON THE TITANS, 49ERS & PACKERS

By Jim Hurley

Don’t look now but we’re just a few days from Major-League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game break and not a single National League team is playing .560-or-better ball.

Call it shades of mediocrity, or maybe this is a case of some teams not yet having found their true “level”—after all, who’s to say the Los Angeles Dodgers can’t run off…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Cards/Brewers Series Preview

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM

It took a lot longer than most were expecting. But, the surging St. Louis Cardinals are rising in the NL Central just as the Milwaukee Brewers have started falling back to earth. Those teams meet this weekend in Milwaukee…and the Cardinals could very well have a piece of first place when the series is in the books.

It happened so quickly!

Heading into Thursday action, Milwaukee had lost four straight games and eight of their last 10, while St. Louis was on a three-game winning streak that had extended a good run. A six-game deficit for the Cards in the newspaper standings…

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Kelso Sturgeon: NFL Training Camps Two Weeks Away

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM

NFL Training Camps Open In Two Weeks With Hall Of Fame Game Set For August 3Get Entire NFL Pre-Season Plus Regular NFL And College SeasonsFor Early-Bird Price Of Just $199—A $1,200 ValueGermany +135 Favorite Over Argentina (+225) in Sunday’s World Cup Championship GameWin My American League Game of the Week Thursday Night!25-Unit Total of the Week is a Surefire Winner!

By Kelso Sturgeon

It is a busy time for sports handicappers these days with the National Football League opening its training camps in two weeks, the World Cup championship game between Germany and Argentina set for Sunday and a very interesting junior…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: MAC “West” Preview

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Things could get very interesting in the West division of the Mid American Conference in 2014. This was clearly the stronger division last year…and will very likely be again. But the three “powers” are all in the awkward position of having to replace star quarterbacks!

*Northern Illinois must replace Chandler Harnish (offense #5 in yardage and #11 in scoring in 2013).

*Ball State must replace Keith Wenning (offense #15 in scoring, #19 in yardage, #12 in passing offense in 2013)

*Toledo must replace Terrance Owens (offense #39 in scoring and yardage in 2013)

The rest of the division (the “directional” schools from Michigan) are…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: MAC “East” Preview

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

After Bowling Green won the MAC last year, highlighted by a dominant 47-27 rout of Northern Illinois in the title tilt…the team lost head coach Dave Clawson to Wake Forest. The safest bet in college football coaching is that doing well in the MAC will launch you to a major conference!

Bowling Green will have to transition quickly to the new style taught by Dino Babers. But, having an experienced star quarterback throwing passes should keep them way ahead of the rest of the pack in what’s still a disappointingly soft division (and conference for that matter). Falcons signal caller Matt…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Dodgers/Tigers Series Preview

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Wow is this going to be something special! It’s way too early to start projecting World Series matchups. And, with the Oakland A’s playing such fantastic baseball this season even before the recent blockbuster trade, it’s dangerous to pencil in anyone but the A’s as the American League entry. But, the LA Dodgers/Detroit Tigers series that begins Tuesday night (and only lasts about 20 hours!) will very much have a postseason feel to it.

*The Dodgers are once again surging midseason…and can make a very good case for themselves as the true National League favorite to reach the Fall Classic. Come…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: All of this LeBron Talk is Driving Me Nuts

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7:00 PM

That may strike you as a weird headline for the start of another class day here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. But, it actually reflects on a key point that all serious handicappers should keep in mind.

 

*Sports FANS want gossip

*Sports BETTORS need helpful information

 

If you spend too much time watching ESPN and the other major networks…or hopping around the internet trying to find out the latest on who might be going where…then you’re virtually guaranteed to fail as a sports bettor. You’re wasting too much time!

Now, I’m not saying that personnel changes aren’t important. Once something…

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Wayne Root: Oakland Focused on a CHAMPIONSHIP!

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Billy Beane is tired of hearing about Moneyball. He’s tired of being the guy who could get to the playoffs…but then lose before even experiencing the World Series. Sure, it must be as cool as can be to have Brad Pitt play you in a movie. But, if Brad Pitt is playing a LOSER who couldn’t win the big one…that’s not a great legacy.

It was one thing when everyone was saying “brains” could get you to the playoffs, but that’s it. Now the Boston Red Sox have won THREE World championships with the guy who invented sabermetrics…so Beane will always…

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Weekend Produces 9-0 and 13-0 Winners

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Shifting Gears In Handicapping Baseball’s NewSeason Produced 9-0 and 13-0 Winners This Past WeekendWith More To Come Each Week

You Can Bet All You Want The Cleveland BrownsWill Rue The Day They Drafted “Johnny Football”

25-Unit NL Game of the Week + One Gets It Done Tonight!

50-Unit Knockout Game of the Week... a Surefire Winner!

By Kelso Sturgeon

Many times during the football and basketball seasons the handicapping element of situation-and- circumstance is the engine driving teams to win. Please add baseball to that list now that its 162-game season is 90 games in with 72 to go and with the S/C factor…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Orioles/Nationals Series Preview

Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM

This had already developed into a nice regional rivalry to begin with…as the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals begin a four-game series Monday Night in the nation’s capital (first two games in Washington, last two games in Baltimore).

But the 2014 edition happens to feature a pair of teams who have a chance to win their respective divisions.

*The Baltimore Orioles recently nudged past the Toronto Blue Jays to sit atop the always interesting American League East.

*The Washington Nationals have been neck-and-neck for weeks with the Atlanta Braves at the top of the National League East.

Both teams are capable of winning their…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: CUSA “West” Preview

Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM

As if there wasn’t already a lot of great football being played in the state of Texas…the new power block of the West Division of Conference USA has an unmistakable Lone Star flavor. Last year’s champion Rice Owls will have their hands full in 2014 with surging North Texas and stunning Texas-San Antonio.

Yesterday we previewed the East Division, which could be dominated by the Marshall Thundering Herd. Today, let’s run the numbers (returning starter data obtained from the Athlon preseason annual) for the West…

 

CUSA “West”

 

North Texas

2013 Record: 9-4

2013 Rankings: 63 on offense, 17 on defense

Returning Starters: 5 on offense, 4…

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Jim Sez: Weekend Sports Feast

Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM

EXTRA, EXTRA…

IT’S A 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY WEEKEND SPORTS FEAST—WE’RE COOKING OUT WITH MLB AND THE NFL TOO!

By Jim Hurley

We know the deal:

The barbecues are cranked up, the kids are doing belly-flops in the swimming pool and you’re staying tuned with the sports world on this 4th of July holiday weekend by checking us out here at "Jim Sez" and watching all the Major-League Baseball action on your flat-screen TV… good for you!

Now that the USA is a goner in the World Cup, we’re sure lots of folks are getting back to baseball and so here’s some weekend observations…

AMERICAN LEAGUEMaybe…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: CUSA “East” Preview

Friday, July 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM

The Thundering Herd of Marshall aren’t just the class of Conference USA this year. Many pundits and ranking systems enter the season showing Marshall as the best team of all the mid-majors. Better than Boise State and Utah State out in the Mountain West. Better than the projected champs of the Mid-American and Sun Belt Conferences.

Marshall is the Preseason National Champion of mid-majors!

Let’s start with the Thundering Herd as we continue our summer series of college football previews with the East Division of Conference USA. We’ll talk about North Texas, Rice, and the rest of the West in our Sunday…

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Wayne Root: Finding Cinderellas a Year-Round Endeavor

Friday, July 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM

As I was reading through the sports headlines this week, it occurred to me that this is the perfect time to point out to you that beating Las Vegas in ANY sport is a year-round endeavor. Since I’m the undisputed KING OF UNDERDOGS, that means applying my strategies for finding great underdogs. But, no matter what type of bettor you are, you really need to be in focus year-round.

Consider:

*The biggest newsmakers during July Fourth week in the whole sports world are current or potential NBA free agents! It’s like the NBA is suddenly the most important July sport. How did…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: MLB Handicapping Homework

Friday, July 4, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Historically, July Fourth Weekend is when everyone in baseball media puts together their report cards for how the season has gone thus far. There are all these stories about how “so-and-so has never won a division if they weren’t leading on July 4,” or “such-and-such percentage of division leaders on July 4 go onto win their divisions.” So on and so on.

As handicappers, you should read as many of those stories as you can…particularly those written by writers who follow the game closely. I’m less concerned about historical trivia (the AL East is so different this year than in the…

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Jim Sez: MLB Top Weekend Series + NFL Quick-Hitters

Friday, July 4, 2014 at 12:00 AM

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!! NOW HERE’S A LOOK AT THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND’S TOP SERIES IN EACH LEAGUE AS WE CHECK OUT BREWERS-REDS AND BLUE JAYS-A’S…

OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES ROLL ON WITH THE COLTS, DOLPHINS & RAMS UNDER OUR JIM SEZ MICROSCOPE

By Jim Hurley

Remember that old baseball bromide…

You know, the one about the team(s) leading their divisions on the 4th of July usually are the ones that wind up winning their divisions?

Well, if that’s true than come October we should expect Detroit, Oakland and Milwaukee to be part of the post-season action while there’s a mad scramble right now for first…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: July 4 MLB Marker

Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Major League Baseball fans and handicappers often use July 4 as a measuring point to evaluate where things truly stand as the sport transitions into its second half of the season. We’re going to help you do just that today as we apply one of our favorite pet stats to your newspaper standings. We’ll adjust for uneven home/road splits across the landscape with a stat we call “Wins Minus Home Games Played.”

This approach helps you find teams who may have misleadingly good records because they’ve played several more home games than road games…and helps you find teams who may misleadingly…

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Jim Sez: Underrated Starting Pitchers + NFL Team-By-Team Quick Hitters Continued

Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

THE MLB REPORT—THE TOP NL & AL STARTING PITCHERS WHO AREN’T GETTING ENOUGH MEDIA "LOVE"…

OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES CHECKS OUT THE BENGALS, BUCS & EAGLES

 

By Jim Hurley

Okay, so it’s no secret that scoring is way down in the bigs this year—the no-hitters thrown by Los Angeles Dodgers’ stars Josh Beckett and Clayton Kershaw and San Francisco RHP Tim Lincecum were the real gold-star specials among moundsmen this first half of the 2014 Major-League Baseball season—but you watch “MLB Tonight” on the MLB Network or “Baseball Tonight” on ESPN and all those guys seem to talk about are the likes of…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Mountain West “West” Preview

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Yesterday we kicked off our 2014 summer series of college football conference previews with the Eastern division of the Mountain West (where Boise State and Utah State will battle it out). Today we move West through Nevada, California, and all the way to Hawaii to study the other half.

Fresno State is still heavy favorite to win this group even though they lost star quarterback Derek Carr to graduation. Other teams are also dealing with quarterback issues. And, there’s room for an 11-2 team to fall back to earth and still be the best!

 

Mountain West “West” Division

 

Fresno State

2013 Record: 11-2

2013 Rankings:…

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Jim Sez: Mid-Week Baseball Update + NFL Quick Hitters

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

OUR MID-WEEK BASEBALL UPDATE:

THE SECOND-HALF TEAMS TO WATCH (AND WE’VE GOT OUR EYES ON THE INDIANS AND THE PIRATES!)…

PLUS IT’S ANOTHER INSTALLMENT OF OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM SUMMER QUICK-HITTERS AS WE TRACK THE BILLS, BRONCOS & BEARS

By Jim Hurley

The Major-League Baseball All-Star Game doesn’t get here till July 15th—the National League and American League stars will be bucking heads in Minnesota on that summer night—but we know you’ve been checking the standings each/every day and know that we really are beyond the season’s halfway point at this stage.

So, we ask our annual "Jim Sez" question:

Who are the “teams to watch” now…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Mountain West “East” Preview

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM

We begin our 2014 college football conference previews with the mid-majors. We’ll talk about the two divisions of the Mountain West today and Thursday. Then, this weekend, we’ll do the same in Conference USA. Next week brings the Mid-American Conference (Wednesday and Thursday), followed by the Sun Belt (Saturday) and Independents featuring Notre Dame and BYU (Sunday).

After that…the rest of July will be devoted to the traditional power conferences…running all the way up through the SEC on the final two days of the month. To stay in touch with baseball’s pennant races, we’ll sprinkle in series previews on Mondays, Tuesdays,…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: Cards/Giants Series Preview

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 7:00 AM

After the games of Sunday June 8, the San Francisco Giants were 42-21 in your morning newspaper standings, and seemingly a certain LOCK to both win the NL West or at least reach the playoffs as a Wildcard They were 21 games over .500 in a year of parity! And, the hated Los Angeles Dodgers were way back in the rearview mirror.

Then, the bottom fell out…

1-3 vs. the Washington Nationals

0-3 vs. the struggling Colorado Rockies

0-2 on the road against the mediocre Chicago White Sox

2-1 on the road against the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks

1-2 vs. the poor San Diego Padres

0-4 vs. the…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Prepare for More College Football Blowouts

Monday, June 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM

As all of you regular students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Sports Handicapping prepare for the 2014 college football season…you’re going to notice something right off the bat.

There are going to be a few superpowers who will be running up the score week after week. It’s a case of “the rich stayed rich” for a few teams who were blessed with stellar quarterback play in 2013, and see their stars return to play again in 2014.

I’m referring specifically to:

*Jameis Winston of Florida State: The Heisman Trophy winner on the national champion will get to face a…

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Wayne Root: 7 Reasons the Denver Broncos Will Struggle to Repeat

Monday, June 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

The defending AFC champion Denver Broncos are the popular pick to repeat in their conference in many circles…with some pundits picking them to claim the Lombardi Trophy because they came so close last year.

As THE KING OF UPSETS, I’m aware that “just miss” teams often do come out with a chip on their shoulder the following season in a way that handicappers can repeatedly exploit. But, I’m skeptical that THIS team will be able to pull that off in 2014. Last week I gave you SEVEN reasons why the Seattle Seahawks won’t repeat as Super Bowl champions. I’ll hedge that…

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Jim Sez: MLB Busts At The Halfway Point

Monday, June 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM

THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: THE BIGGEST BUSTS AT THE “REAL MIDWAY POINT” OF THIS 2014 SEASON, PLUS THE WEEKEND NEWSMAKERS …OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM SUMMER QUICK-HITTERS BEGIN WITH THE JAGUARS, GIANTS & CARDINALS

By Jim Hurley:

So, you tell us … who’s really “dropped the ball” so far in this here-and-now 2014 Major-League Baseball season?

No doubt you have your own strong opinions – and that’s great – but we’re here today in this Jim Sez column to back up our analysis with cold, hard facts/figures as just about every MLB team has reached or soon will reach the 81-game mark thus getting ‘em halfway…

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Sports Betting Notebook by Jim Hurley: A’s/Tigers Series Preview

Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Though we still have more than half the season left to play, it’s starting to seem more certain that the Detroit Tigers will win the AL Central, and the Oakland A’s will win the AL West. Even if the A’s don’t win the West because the talented Los Angeles Angels are in the same division…Oakland is a virtual lock for a Wildcard given their extreme clearance from the rest of the field.

This week’s Oakland/Detroit series is a showdown of playoff caliber teams…and is very clearly a showdown of very serious World Championship contenders.

It didn’t seem that way for Detroit a…

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