Friday, July 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM
I haven’t had any time yet this month to talk about the NFL here in our College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. With the opening of training camps across the nation this week, today felt like a good time to review some keys for smart analysis during this onslaught of media hype.
The first thing to remember is that Preseason coverage of all 32 teams is generally optimistic. You need to see through this and keep your head on straight! I even read an article on ESPN’s website about how great Geno Smith is going to be this year. Hey,…
Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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The NFL preseason gets in gear with all 32 training camps opening later in…
Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL CAMP REPORT:
WHAT’S UP WITH LAST YEAR’S SUPER BOWL SQUADS? WE CHECK IN ON THE BRONCOS AND THE SEAHAWKS AND SOME NEW PERSONNEL ON BOTH SIDES…THE BASEBALL UPDATE: WHAT TO WATCH THIS WEEKEND AS DODGERS-GIANTS AND TIGERS-ANGELS ARE THE MARQUEE MATCHUPS ON TAP
Remember back last summer when the Super Bowl Odds came out?
The Denver Broncos (at 4-to-1) and the Seattle Seattle Seahawks (at 7-to-1) were among the NFL’s shortest favorites—along with New England (5.5-to-1) and San Francisco (4.7-to-1)—and they zoomed to their rightful place alongside one another in Super Bowl 48.
No Cinderellas there, my friends!
Now, just mere months removed…
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM
The Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants Friday Night in a matchup that will be one of many garnering significant media attention this week. The pennant races are really heating up!
We’ll preview that matchup for you momentarily. Be aware that JIM HURLEY’S NETWORK will be scouring that stats and angles for every game in that series, as well as Detroit vs. the LA Angels, Baltimore at Seattle, Toronto at the NY Yankees, and any others that influence the divisional and Wildcard races. What a weekend of baseball!
Our showcase series is Dodgers/Giants because of the…
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL REPORT:
WE ROUND OUT OUR JIM SEZ TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES WITH THE PATRIOTS & SEAHAWKS…COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: THE UP-TO-DATE BCS ODDS TO WIN IT ALL
By Jim Hurley
The summer camps keep on openin’ all around the land—today the veterans report for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Miami Dolphins, the Oakland Raiders, the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, the St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Bucs…
In other words, it’s everyone into the pool by Friday and so we’re declaring it officially Football Season… is that okay with you?
Lots of goodies on the docket…
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM
We’re most of the way through our summer series of college football conference previews already, with only the Big 12, American Athletic, and Southeastern Conferences remaining for July coverage. Yet, this is the first time we’ve been able to talk about a truly exciting divisional race.
In the mid-majors, any sort of competitive race is going to involve relatively mediocre teams by national standards. In the majors, few divisions have three teams who are real threats. The ACC Coastal did with Virginia Tech, Miami, and North Carolina, but all three of those teams are projected to be worse than the three…
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Seems like this is the story every season. The Oregon Ducks have one of the best teams in the nation, and are a popular pick to win…or at least play for…the national championship. As the season plays itself out…Oregon IS a great team, yet can’t even with their own division of their own conference…let alone play for a national championship!
Entering 2014…Oregon is on the short list of national hopefuls, and Stanford is right there behind them in the Pac 12 North race ready to steal the division and the conference. It’s been STANFORD representing the league in the Rose Bowl…
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…
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…
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…
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.
No doubt we’ll have a slew of things to report on during training camps but let’s just saunter…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
2013 Record: 8-5
2013 Rankings: 101 on offense, 4 on defense
Returning Starters: 8…
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…
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…
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
LA Angels +20
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…
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…
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"…
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…
Monday, July 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Going For 7th Straight MLB All-Star Game Win With 25-Unit Play Tuesday Night
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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…
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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”
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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…
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…
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…
2013 Record: 9-4
2013 Rankings: 63 on offense, 17 on defense
Returning Starters: 5 on offense, 4…
Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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…
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…
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.
*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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
2013 Record: 11-2