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Kelso Sturgeon

Kelso Sturgeon is not a shadow or a mirage. I am a real person, a man who has been handicapping football for more than 4 decades, and I bring to the table a set of credentials you can't find anywhere else in this business.

And so there is no misunderstanding, Kelso Sturgeon is my real name and I make my home in Las Vegas, the betting capital of the world.

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Wayne Root

Wayne Allyn Root is the only man to create a multi-million dollar empire out of nothing but picking winners! Long-time host of his own shows on Fox and USA Network, he has been celebrated in the business press and by all the TV pundits. He set the record for most outright upset winners in football in three different seasons and has enjoyed another winning and profitable basketball season. Wayne is the only oddsmaker/handicapper with his own Star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

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Jim Hurley

JIM HURLEY is the founder and president of the most unusual organization in sports wagering.

Created as a small handicapping service back in 1985, Jim's NETWORK has evolved into a nationwide TASK FORCE of, handicappers, scouts, number crunchers, draftniks and former pro players who study and analyze every team and every game to develop BETTER information, make SMARTER picks and win MORE money!

In simple words, Jim's system approach to handicapping picks more winners and makes more money for their customers. And they are able to do this not because they are a one-man band, but because of the "TEAM" approach that utilizes a huge information gathering system to fine tune every selection.

But because they truly are a "Network" and cover the colleges and pros wall-to-wall, they know what's going on inside the locker rooms and dugouts. They know who's hot, who's hurt and who's ready to kick butt. NETWORK’s computer department analyzes upcoming matchups like it was the Dow Jones. They dig beneath surface factors to find out how two teams really compare. Who needs it more? Who's tapped out? Who's out for revenge? NETWORK finds those answers.

So when they run NETWORK'S number up against Vegas', we can immediately spot whether a game is off, and how much, and just cherrypick the contests that are giving us the most points

That's why JIM has racked up twentyone consecutive money making season for his customers.

Now what about YOU? Wouldn't you like to know who the big winners are going to be this week? NETWORK can tell you. Want to make money off that knowledge? Jim's NETWORK can help you there, too.

Want the best shot at the most money? There are dozens of ways to get you there, no matter what your wagering patterns or budget. So, why not get started NOW!

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Richie Baccellieri

In case you don't know me, for years people in Vegas knew Richie B as a kind of linesmaker's linesmaker - a kind of numerical purist who, when every other sports book in Vegas was posting Ohio State (-7) over Texas, I was saying... "NO! It ought to be Ohio State (-8)!"

I took a position. I didn't just put up a "betting middle" where I could draw even betting action from both sides. Instead - if I really felt the Buckeyes were stronger than generally thought - I'd put up (-8) or even (-9) and dare the bettors, "Come and get me! Prove me wrong!"

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Jim Feist

Jim Feist for decades has been the leader in the sports wagering information field. Beginning in the 1970s Jim has been ahead of the curve with Proline, the longest running sports football handicapping show on USA Cable Network and the Internet. Also, National Sports Services, utilizing the first telephone line services (Jim Feist’s Personal Line Service), former publisher of the Official Nevada Rotation, creator of Sports Tracker, Internet Web Sites (Jim Feist.com; DonBest.com)

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Hank Goldberg

Hank Goldberg has been involved in sports media and the wagering industry since the 1970s. He was dubbed the “Greek’s Ghost” from 1974-77 when he wrote syndicated columns for Vegas handicapper Jimmy “the GreeK” Snyder. Those columns were read in newspapers and magazines all over the nation, examining sports and Vegas betting lines.
 
From 1978-92 he was a radio talk show host in Miami, Florida, on WIOD. He was also the Miami Dolphins color announcer on television, as well as working for ABC TV on horse racing’s Triple Crown shows. From 1983-92 he worked for WTVJ sports in Miami, a CBS affiliate.
 
Hank is most noted for his work on ESPN from 1993-2014 as a football reporter and analyst. He has been featured on NFL Countdown on Sports Center analyzing and predicting games, as well as horse racing analyst and an ESPN radio host.
 
Hank is a horse racing expert, involved in Triple Crown Draw and Post Derby TV shows as a handicapper since 1996. He participated as a host or guest in 24 shows, including the Belmont and Breeders Cup.
 
In addition, Hank hosted a radio show on WQAM radio in Miami, Florida, from 1993-2009 including the “Jimmy Johnson Show.” The program was rated No. 2 in he 3-7 PM slot with men aged 25-54. he also worked on a dozen Sports Illustrated radio shows since 2006. Hank Goldberg knows sports and Vegas numbers inside and out!

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SportsMasters Consensus

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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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HEISMAN DARKHORSES THAT CAN MAKE YOU MONEY

The race for the Heisman Trophy tends to be seen as something for casual fans, not bettors, but when there's odds posted on anything there's money out there to be made. And this year's race for the Heisman Trophy, with some vulnerable favorites, offers just such an opportunity.

The three favorites for the 2016 Heisman are Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson (7-2), LSU running back Leonard Fournette (5-1) and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (6-1). All of these players are outstanding, but all have extraneous issues that can hinder a Heisman campaign.

Watson plays on a team with a rebuilding defense that has…

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Jim Sez NFL Presason Week 3 Previews
HERE ARE SUNDAY'S NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3 TILTS PLUS MORE COLLEGE GRIDIRON GOODIES

Let's go ahead and finish out the NFL Preseason Week 3 menu with the Three (3) games on tap for Sunday:

SAN DIEGO (1-1) at MINNESOTA (2-0) - 1 p.m. ET, FoxGonna get to see both QB Philip Rivers and TE Antonio Gates here for the Lightnin' Bolts after both sat it out in last Friday's 19-3 yawn-fest win against 2-point road favorite Arizona … but all eyes continue to be on second-year RB Melvin Gordon (six carries for just 18 yards last week) as he could be diff-maker…

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Houston Football - College & NFL

CAN HOUSTON COUGARS WIN 10 GAMES AGAIN?

The Houston Cougars were one of the feel-good stories in college football last season. They started 10-0 and finished 13-1, capping it off with a Peach Bowl win over Florida State. Greg Ward, a terrific dual-threat quarterback is back in the fold and there's every reason to expect 2016 to bring more winning to Houston. But just how much and is there any money to be made?

Let's begin by eliminating two propositions. As nice as the Houston story might be and as attractive as 50-1 to win a national championship looks, the…

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Arizona and Arizona State Football

WHY ISN'T VEGAS EXCITED ABOUT ARIZONA?

Rich Rodriguez is entering his fifth year at Arizona. He's never failed to win at least seven games and he's taken a team to both a Pac-12 Championship Game and to the Fiesta Bowl (both in 2014). He's got a quarterback both explosive and experienced in Anu Solomon and veterans at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. So why isn't Las Vegas more excited?

Arizona is a 40-1 shot to win a conference title in a year the Pac-12 has no clear frontrunner. The Over/Under for wins is only 6…

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Jim Sez Saturday NFL Previews and SEC
MORE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3 QUICK-HITTERS PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL GOODIES - WE LOOK AT THE SEC

Let's get right to a busy six-pack of NFL Preseason Week 3 games here set for this final Saturday in August:

On Saturday, it's ...

KANSAS CITY (0-2) at CHICAGO (0-2) - 1 p.m. ET, NFL NetworkAre the Bears gonna get any production here from first-round draftee OLB Leonard Floyd who is battling hamstring woes that have limited his practice time? No pass rush and the Bears are staring at another lost season, folks.Current Line: Chiefs (- 1.5) and 41 points

PHILADELPHIA (2-0) at INDIANAPOLIS (1-1) - 7…

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Jim Sez Friday NFL Previews and College Opener
IT'S A BUSY FRIDAY EVENING CARD AS NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3 ACTION REALLY HEATS UP! PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL 2016 STARTS WITH A CALIFORNIA VS. HAWAII PREVIEW AND WE HAVE A QUICKIE GLANCE AT THE BIG 10 TOO!

Folks, earlier this week we informed you that NFL Betting Favorites were getting crushed so far when it came to this summer's preseason games - the chalk sides entered the Week 3 tilts at a dreadful 10-20-0 ATS (against the spread) with a pair of pick 'em games tossed into the mix - and so now you ask whether that will "correct itself" here…

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Jim Sez Thursday Preseason Previews

GET YOUR RED-HOT NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3 PREVIEWS/COMMENTS AS WE GET YOU STARTEDWITH THURSDAY'S GAMES -- THAT'S THE FALCONS-DOLPHINS ON NBC AND COWBOYS-SEAHAWKS ON NFL NETWORK ...

PLUS OUR JIM SEZ COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE-BY-CONFERENCE GLANCES - HERE WE CHECK OUT THE ACC & SUN BELT

Okay, so we're allowed to "plagiarize" if it happens to be what we said here at Jim Sez one year ago at this very time ... so here goes:

"The NFL's Preseason Week 3 games have long been called "dress rehearsals": Starters -- or "ones" -- tend to play at least a half and coaches take one really…

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College Football Top 25 Plus Preseason Notes
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL AP TOP 25 IS OUT - AND WE HAPPILY WEIGH IN ON ALL THE TEAMS ...NFL PRESEASON REPORT: KEY NEWS/NOTES FROM THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES

So, is it a blessing or a curse to be named the #1 team in the season-opening Associated Press Top 25 poll?

Well, recent history tells us that since the 1999 season, only two teams that started the year off at #1 finished as national champions - see the 1999 Florida State Seminoles and the 2004 USC Trojans ... okay, so there's your "blessing" or "curse" answer, eh?

No shocker that the defending national champion Alabama…

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Can The Chiefs Win it All

The race for the AFC title appears open to a darkhorse, what with Denver going through transition at quarterback, New England having to play four games without Tom Brady and Cincinnati still completely unproven in the postseason. The Kansas City Chiefs haven't been to a Super Bowl in 47 years, but it's worth asking - why not the Chiefs?

Kansas City made the playoffs last year and advanced to the divisional round in spite of playing without Jamaal Charles and digging a 1-5 hole to start the season. Charles is back healthy and KC was able to retain several key veterans…

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100-Unit Pre-Season Game of the Year Wins Friday
100-Unit NFL Preseason Game Of Year Wins As Redskins (-3) Beat Jets 22-18Browns Owner And Front Office Have Destroyed Team And Set It UpTo Go 0-16 This Season25-Unit Play Tops 3-0 NFL Preseason SaturdayBaseball Highrollers Set To Win Another 50-Unit Bet

By Kelso Sturgeon

As the saying goes, “abandon all hope for a better past” and in the case of the Cleveland Browns one can add the same thought for the immediate future. The Browns have had one winning season in the last 10 (10-6 in 2007), have not been to the playoffs since 2002 where as a wildcard team they lost…

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Jim Sez Saturday Preseason Previews
NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2:CHECK OUT OUR SATURDAY GAME COMMENTS ... PLUS THE COLLEGE GRIDIRON NOTEBOOK EXAMINES THE INDEPENDENTS

Who knew that the biggest lesson learned last night in the NFL Preseason is folks really need to keep sharp objects (like scissors) away from New England QB Tom Brady? Egads!We'll get to the Saturday sked when it comes to Preseason Week 2 but first this reminder:

The 2016 NFL Preseason continues to rock-n-roll with Three (3) games on the Friday Night card including the New York Jets at Washington plus the Seven (7) games on Saturday featuring Kansas City at Los Angeles. The…

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Jim Sez Friday NFL Preseason Previews
HERE'S THE FRIDAY NITE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 MENU FEATURING JETS-'SKINS, DOLPHINS-COWBOYS & CARDS-CHARGERS PLUS PRESEASON POINTSPREAD STUFF

Just for the sake of review, note that in NFL Preseason Week 1 games last week the home teams and road teams split the 16 overall SU (straight-up) decisions while road sides actually sported a 9-7 ATS (against the spread) mark including outright upsets by the likes of Denver, Miami, Detroit, Oakland, Seattle, Indianapolis and Houston ... hey, the only Preseason Week 1 game in which the Las Vegas pointspread "meant something" was in the 28-24 non-cover win by the Los Angeles Rams…

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Can Louisville Keep Improving

This is Bobby Petrino's third year at Louisville. He started by winning eight games in 2014. Last year he did that one better and won nine. Will the pattern continue? With Louisville's Over/Under for wins at an even 9, their backers have to hope so, since it will take a 10-win campaign to cash an Over ticket in 2016. Are these Cards up the challenge?

There's a lot of talk in the media about whether Louisville can make a run at the ACC title and one of the spots in the big "New Year's Six" bowl games. It's not out of…

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Charlie Strong Faces The Pressure at Texas

The pressure is on Texas head coach Charlie Strong. The Longhorn head coach has been sub-.500 in each of his first two seasons with a combined record of 11-14. To say that won't cut it in Austin is the understatement of the century. Texas has gotten some love as a possible sleeper, as they gathered up players in the aftermath of the scandal at Baylor. But the market is still cool to the Longhorns - the Over/Under on wins is a modest 6.5 with the price a clean (-110) either way.

There's good reason to be cautious about Texas. The non-conference…

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Jim Sez NFL Preseason Week 2 Thursday Previews
IT'S NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 PREVIEWS/COMMENTS WITH SIX GAMES ON THE THURSDAY DOCKET ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK TACKLES THE AMERICAN CONFERENCE

Don't know if you're superstitious or not when it comes to past Preseason results but last year's Super Bowl teams - the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers - each won their Preseason Week 1 games ... so there!

Hey, there's some folks out there that'll tell you the Preseason "doesn't matter" but it does to us here at Jim Hurley's Network and we banged out a batch of Week 1 winners including Minnesota's 17-16 triumph over Cincinnati (a Pick 'Em game…

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Did Texans Just Blow $72 Million On A Quarterback Who Looked Awful
Did Texans Just Blow $72 Million On A Quarterback Who Looked Awful In 1st NFL Pre-Season Game?Cowboys Rookie QB Dak Prescott And Giants Defense Send Strong Message NFL BettorsCalifornia 20-Point Favorite Over Hawaii In College Football Opener – Just 10 Days AwayGet NFL Preseason Free When You Sign Up For Entire College & NFL Seasons – Just $245

By Kelso Sturgeon

I closed out a subpar Week #1 in the NFL preseason with a win by the underdog Houston Texans (+3) which got it done at the San Francisco 49ers, 24-13, even though their new $72-million quarterback Brock Osweiler smelled up the…

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IS A BALTIMORE BOUNCE-BACK A VALUE BET?

IS A BALTIMORE BOUNCE-BACK A VALUE BET?

The Baltimore Ravens suffered through what amounted to a lost season in 2015. They struggled to a 5-11 record, easily the worst since head coach John Harbaugh arrived here in 2008. Injuries piled up early on defense, most notably to linebacker Terrell Suggs. And they hit the offense late, with the great wide receiver Steve Smith going out in midseason, running back Justin Forsett soon after that and finally quarterback Joe Flacco falling with six games to go.

The combination of the injuries and the excellent track record of this organization prior to last…

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Jim Sez NFL Preseason Report
THE NFL PRESEASON ROCK-N-ROLLS ON WITH WEEK 2 ACTION BEGINNING THURSDAY NITE AS WE GETCHA A WEEK 1 REVIEW PLUS NEWS/NOTES

Funny how the "hands of fate" works sometimes:

Last year following a full week of National Football League Preseason action - plus the Hall of Fame Game (of course!) - NFL Betting Favorites shot out of the gate with a snazzy 11-5-0 ATS (against the spread) record along with one Pick 'Em game.

Now, fast forward to this here-and-now Summer of 2016 following an NFL Preseason Week 1 that's in the books and NFL Betting Favorites are 5-10-0 ATS with one Pick…

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Jim Sez Weekend Update
NFL PRESEASON WEEKEND UPDATE: WE PREVIEW SUNDAY'S TEXANS-49ERS CLASH PLUS THERE'S COLLEGE FOOTBALL & MLB TOO!

A few Jim Sez columns ago, we discussed the notion that it was "more important" for certain NFL teams to win their 2016 Preseason games - we cited the fact that there are teams that need to make some summertime statements with "W's" and we preached that there were some NFL head coaches that also needed to win these exhibition games if, for no other reason, to get a winning taste.

Well, when the NFL Preseason Week 1 menu finally wraps up here on this Sunday…

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Jim Sez NFL Preseason Notes and Saturday Previews
IT'S OPENING-NIGHT NEWS/NOTES FROM NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 PLUS A TASTE OF SATURDAY'S MENU

If you happened to watch the first episode of HBO's Hard Knocks featuring the Los Angeles Rams, then you already know that rookie QB Jared Goff - the first overall selection in this year's NFL Draft - has some issues as in he didn't know the sun rises in the East and sets in the West.

Well, maybe he'll be a bit sharper tomorrow night when his new-look Rams host the Dallas Cowboys in an NFL Preseason Week 1 bash - last night we eyeballed the pro…

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Jaguars At Jets Highlights 2-0 Opening Night For The NFL Preseason

Nationally Televised (CBS) Jaguars At Jets Highlights 2-0 Opening Night For The NFL Preseason

Elephant In Room Is Fear Of Injuries To Key Players Before Regular Season Begins And That Will Determine The Outcome Of Many Week #1-#2 Games

By Kelso Sturgeon

In the world of the NFL preseason there is but one elephant in the room - the fear of injury to any number of players who will make or break the season for their teams. It is something often mentioned but seldom discussed. Just hold your breath and hope.

The injury factor is the one thing that makes betting…

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STEER CLEAR OF STANFORD...AT LEAST FOR NOW

Stanford has won the Pac-12 three of the last four years. Twice, they've won the Rose Bowl. They have one the nation's best players in Heisman-contending running Christian McCaffrey. And in spite of all that, there are good reasons to stay away from the Cardinal at their current 3-1 odds to win another conference championship.

McCaffrey is truly great, but the offensive line has to be rebuilt with three new starters. The defensive front is in similar re-tool mode, replacing two of three starters. Stanford has thrived in recent years because it's controlled the trenches in a throwback style of football.…

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Jim Sez Friday NFL Preseason Previews
THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 - HERE'S THE FRIDAY NITE MENU ... PLUS MORE COLLEGE GRIDIRON NEWS/NOTES

Let's continue our Jim Sez look at the NFL Preseason Week 1 card ... here's the Friday night sked:

MIAMI at NEW YORK GIANTS - 7 p.m. ETThere are two Preseason Week 1 games pitting rookie head coaches against one another ... and here's one of 'em as the Dolphins' Adam Gase and NYG's Ben McAdoo each get their first crack at a "W" as first-time sideline bosses but the really interesting on-the-field stuff revolves around how both offenses evolve. The Giants say backup QB…

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More Jim Sez NFL Preseason Week 1 Previews
THERE'S MORE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 PREVIEWS PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS/NOTES TOO!

Hope you caught yesterday's Jim Sez column that commented/previewed on three of Thursday's NFL Preseason Week 1 games - that's Washington-Atlanta, Tampa Bay-Philadelphia and Jacksonville-New York Jets - and be sure we'll keep you up to date on all the league's Preseason News/Notes right throughout this summer but a quickie question before we get y'all three more Thursday Night Preseason Week 1 games ...

Are you - and more importantly, the NFL - getting that much closer to embracing a two-game Preseason and an 18-game regular season?

Gotta say that following…

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The Redskins Get No Respect

The Washington Redskins aren't getting a lot of respect in the betting market as the preseason begins. In spite of being the defending NFC East champs, they're posted at 17-5 odds simply to win a weak division-- behind both the favorite Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants in market esteem. In spite of winning nine games in 2015, the Redskins' Over/Under for 2016 is a modest 7.5. The possibility for value is there.

Let's begin by acknowledging the legitimacy of the skeptics' position. The Redskins didn't beat a single winning team in 2015. They replace a last-place schedule with a…

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Sizing Up Vikings Value

The Minnesota Vikings enjoyed a breakout year in 2015, capturing the NFC North title away from the Green Bay Packers - with a prime-time win Lambeau Field to clinch it no less - before losing a heartbreaker to the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs. It follows that expectations are high for the Vikings this season. Is there value?

The key numbers we'll focus on here are the Minnesota is 2-1 to win the NFC North (trailing Green Bay), 20-1 to win the Super Bowl (10th-best in the league) and the Over/Under for wins is 9.5. That's the benchmark the betting market…

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OPTIMISM ABOUNDS IN OAKLAND

The Oakland Raiders are getting a lot of love as a challenger in the AFC West. The Raiders are a 5-2 bet to win the division, a number very close to what the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are at. The Raiders have an Over/Under for wins posted at 8.5 - a figure that assumes a winning season as not just a possibility, but a minimum prerequisite for success. There's a lot to like about this Oakland team...yet also reason to think the optimism train is running out of control.

Let's start with the positives. Derek Carr established himself as…

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Jim Sez Thursday Preseason Previews
HOLD THE PRESSES! NFL PRESEASON NOW WILL SWING INTO ACTION ON THURSDAY NIGHT AFTER HALL OF FAME GAME IS KAYOED BY "POOR PLAYING CONDITIONS"

Talk about your bad paint jobs!

The National Football League had to cancel Sunday night's Hall of Fame Game matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers because - according to league sources - the painted logo at midfield made the conditions too slippery and too much like "hard cement."

Call us conspiracy theorists but it's more than just that, folks:

The newly named Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton (OH) - equipped with the exact…

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THE MARKET ASSUMES A WISCONSIN COLLAPSE

Pessimism is rampant for the Wisconsin Badgers as we approach the beginning of college football season. They face a bear of a schedule that includes a non-conference game with LSU along with Big Ten games against Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa. The Badgers have to replace defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, one of the hot assistants in the country. And they have uncertainty at quarterback with the departure of Joel Stave. The result is Las Vegas has Wisconsin's Over/Under for wins in 2016 at 7 with the price a clean (-110) either way.

We could pile on further and note…

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A NEW ERA STARTS AT VIRGINIA TECH

It's a year of transition in Blacksburg as Virginia Tech begins a new era. For the first time since 1986 the Hokies begin a season without Frank Beamer on the sidelines. The coaching change is about more than personalities. Even though long-time defensive coordinator Bud Foster is staying on, new head coach Justin Fuentes promises to bring up-tempo offense to a program long built on defense and special teams. There's excitement among Hokie fans, but the betting market is staying cautious - the Over/Under on Virginia Tech wins this season is 6.5.

The logic of the number is hard to argue…

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Arkansas Razorbacks

When you talk about the top programs in the SEC West, the Arkansas Razorbacks don't immediately jump to mind. Not in a division that Alabama has dominated, LSU regularly challenges and in recent years has produced standout teams ranging from Ole Miss to Mississippi State to Texas A&M. But Bret Bielama has quietly been making the Razorbacks competitive and he won eight games in 2015. If he does it again this year, it will make Arkansas backers in Las Vegas very happy.

Arkansas has an Over/Under of 7.5 for wins in 2016. While taking the Over does come at a price,…

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Jim Sez NFL Pre-Season Report
THE NFL PRESEASON REPORT: WE'RE CHATTING UP SOME "UNDER-THE-RADAR" IMPACT PLAYERS IN NEW PLACES AS WE HIT HALL OF FAME GAME WEEKEND

A couple of weeks back we spent some time/column space here checking out some of the biggest off-season free-agent signings and - of course - we put at or near the top of the list the likes of Washington CB Josh Norman, Jacksonville DT Malik Jackson and Oakland OLB Bruce Irvin ... but there were more than a hundred free-agent signings and so let's chat up some of the "under-the-radar" impact players that have new homes as we…

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4 Factors That Will Win NFL Pre-Season Games
10-Unit Play Kicks Off Free NFL Preseason Sunday

Big Bettors Come Out Of Woodwork To Bet On Colts And The Under In Rare Move

4 Factors That Will Win NFL Pre-Season Games

By Kelso Sturgeon

The 65-game NFL preseason begins Sunday evening with the nationally televised Hall of Fame Game from Canton Ohio. It matches the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts and in a surprise move the sharps surfaced Thursday with big bets on the Colts and the ‘Under” in this one. It was a major move from those who normally shun the preseason became of its additional risk…

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Jim Sez Hall of Fame Game Preview
LET THE FOOTBALL GAMES BEGIN:

THE NFL PRESEASON SWINGS INTO GEAR WITH OUR HALL OF FAME GAME PREVIEW AS PACKERS-COLTS CLASH SUNDAY NITE IN CANTON

BASEBALL'S WEEKEND REPORT: CAN COLORADO STAY ON A ROCKIES MOUNTAIN HIGH VS. MIAMI?

Finally!

The National Football League is open for business come Sunday night when the Green Bay Packers battle the Indianapolis Colts in this year's annual Hall of Fame Game ... hey this matchup made plenty of sense considering that this weekend "The Hall" will welcome into its doors the likes of QB Brett Favre and WR Marvin Harrison, late of the Packers and Colts, respectively,…

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The NFL PreSeason - Week 1
SOME HANDICAPPING VIEWPOINTS FOR THESE SUMMER-TIME GAMES

The NFL’s Preseason sked kicks off Sunday Night with the annual Hall of Fame Game – it’s a fun (and pick ’em) matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts – but remember this is only just the beginning of these exhibition games and you can cash big-time if you play it right and listen to us here at the Jim Hurley Network.

In today’s Jim Sez column we’ll dispense some key information as to how we handle and handicap the NFL Preseason – it’s not giving away any "secrets" but rather some interesting…

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Oklahoma State Is 6-1 To Win The Big 12 - Is That Value?
OKLAHOMA STATE IS 6-1 TO WIN THE BIG 12—IS THAT VALUE?

College football bettors looking for moneymaking opportunities on the conference championship races have to look at the Big 12. With Oklahoma a prohibitive (-130) favorite against the field there are good prices up and down the board on accomplished programs. One of those is Oklahoma State at (+600).

The Cowboys started last season 10-0 before fading late, but they still reached a major bowl game. They’ll be returning ten starters from an offensive unit that ranked 14th in the country in scoring. The entire offensive line, stacked with upperclassmen…

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NFL Preseason Kicks Off This Sunday
NFL PRESEASON KICKS OFF THIS SUNDAY AND WE LOOK AHEAD AT PACKERS-COLTS… THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: CHECKING OUT RECENT POINTSPREAD BUSTS

If you’re looking ahead to Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game showdown between the Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts, than keep in mind we’ll see starters for just a brief period of time – if at all, in some cases.

Still, plenty of interesting items to check out such as what wide receivers the Packers will be eying closely as WR Jordy Nelson – injured in a preseason game at Pittsburgh last August and then out for the…

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A Look at the Packers and Colts
GREEN BAY IS A GOOD BET TO GO OVER

It's been the offseason of Aaron Rodgers' discontent. The two-time MVP quarterback of the Green Bay  Packers had his worst season in 2015. He's spent the summer listening to pundits talk about how he has "only" one playoff run in his career and his brother gain fame on The Bachelorette by talking about he and Aaron's problematic relationship. Yes, it's been a soap opera summer for the Packer quarterback. But the betting market is immune to all the chatter - Green Bay still comes into the season as one of the favorites…

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Jim Sez Preseason Tips

Okay, folks, so now we're just a full week away from the 2016 NFL Preseason opener - a/k/a the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton (OH) this time between the Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers - and then four full weeks of Preseason games will follow and so let's spend today's Jim Sez column space on some teams that may be "plays" and some that are "play againsts" this summer ... and we'll also tell you why:

P.S., the Las Vegas numbers-crunchers have this Colts-Packers clash at Pick 'Em with a totals price of 35.5 points.

Meanwhile, we always…

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Jim Sez Top 12 QB’s
THE NFL REPORT: WE RANK THE LEAGUE'S TOP DOZEN QUARTERBACKS IN TERMS OF WHO'S WORTH WHAT VERSUS THE VEGAS SPREADPLUS OUR BASEBALL NOTEBOOK FEATURES WEEKEND'S BEST MATCHUPS

There's been lots of quarterback talk in/around the start of these 2016 National Football League ...

The New York Jets' singing of veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (one-year, $12 million) was "breaking news" all 'round the Big Apple this steamy week and now comes word that first-year Cleveland Browns' head coach Hue Jackson is set to name a definite starting signal-caller and - more likely than not - his name is Robert Griffin III.

But we wanted…

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Cardinals Lurking in NL Playoff Picture

The St. Louis Cardinals continue to quietly lurk in the National League playoff race. While the Central-division leading Chicago Cubs continue to get all the oxygen in the room, from the media  to the trade market with Aroldis Champan and to the betting markets, the Cardinals are in striking distance as we come to the end of July. What's more, they are available at highly attractive prices, something not always the case for this proud and distinguished franchise.

St. Louis is 52-46, only a half-game out of a wild-card playoff berth and still a reasonable seven games behind Chicago. Yet the…

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Jim Sez NFC Training Camp Notes

The National Football League training camps keep popping up all over the grand U.S.A. and today we'll get you our "one-liners" about the 16 teams in the NFC ... hope you caught our AFC quick hitters earlier this week:

NFC TRAINING CAMPS

Lots to examine in training camps 'round the land and here's some rapid-fire bold comments regarding the NFC teams and some really important topics this summer ... here goes:

NFC EAST -

WASHINGTON - The 'Skins have some uber-interesting battles at linebacker this training camp and all eyes are on ILB Perry Riley who's hoping to bounce back from a 2015 season-ending…

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The UCLA Bruins - A Team to Watch

Josh Rosen is as hyped of a young quarterback as there is in college football. The UCLA sophomore was a five-star recruit and while his freshman campaign of 2015 had its rocky moments, you could see the promise. He completed 60 percent of his passes, averaged a solid 7.5 yards per attempt and finished with a TD-INT ratio of 23-11. Now, can he lift the Bruins to the next level - to their first conference championship since 1998 and into the College Football Playoff?

Rosen's true believers will undoubtedly be tempted by the 50-1 price on UCLA to win the national…

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Jim Sez 2016 NFL Overview

WE ANSWER KEY QUESTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO THE NEW FREE AGENTS, IMPACT PLAYERS, DRAFT STUFF, NEW COACHES/COORDINATORS ... AND MORE

The National Football League training camp sites all summer long will be filled with the usual stuff ... lots of blood, sweat and tears from the first-year players to the grizzled veterans but there's been a whole lot of changin' going on when it comes to the NFL 2016 season and in today's Jim Sez column we'll dish the details regarding a batch of topics. But first this key reminder:

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers are banging…

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Make Way For Clemson Tigers Who Are Set To Win 2016 National Championship.
Step Aside, Alabama, And Make Way For Clemson Tigers Who Are Set To Win 2016 National Championship. This Teams Offense Is Unstoppable

Vegas Bookmakers Tell The World Just How Valuable Patriots QB Tom Brady Is To Team - Number Will Shock YouNFL Training Camps Will All Be Open In Next 24 Hours - College Players Report In Just 5 DaysSign Up For Entire College And NFL Seasons For Just $245 And Get NFL Preseason Free

By Kelso Sturgeon

Handicapping each new football season - and the 2016 edition is now here - always begins with the numbers. What do bookmakers and…

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Jim Sez AFC Training Camp Notes
NFL TRAINING CAMPS OPEN AND WE'VE GOT LOTS TO CHIRP ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE AFCTHE BASEBALL REPORT: NOT SO FAST, INDIANS, AS AL CENTRAL NOW FAR FROM A DONE DEAL

The National Football League is open for business ...

From places such as Flowery Branch and Florham Park to Mankato and Oxnard, the NFL Training camps swing into action all week long and we're gonna get your football summer started with quick-hitter one-line bold comments about all 16 AFC teams here (we'll cover the NFC squads in our next Jim Sez column) plus the latest NFL News & Notes but…

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Jim Sez Weekend Baseball and More College Pointspeads

THE WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT: WILL THERE BE ANY "COMEBACK KIDS" THIS YEAR IN THE DIVISIONAL RACES?

THE WEEK'S FINAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL SUMMERTIME NOTEBOOK HAS SPREAD STATS GALORE!

Folks, it was just a little less than a full year ago when the Toronto Blue Jays overcame an 8-game deficit against the New York Yankees in the American League East standings ... a deficit the Jays erased in an amazingly short amount of time - just 15 calendar days!

Remember?

Okay, so that may seem truly out-of-the-ordinary stuff but as the '15 Jays proved it can be done and so in today's edition of Jim Sez…

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Jim Sez Weekend Baseball and Alabama 2016 Preview

BASEBALL'S BEST WEEKEND SHOWDOWNS AS DODGERS, CARDINALS, INDIANS-O'S AND GIANTS-YANKS TAKE CENTER STAGE ON THE DIAMOND

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK EXAMINES THE DEFENDING CHAMPS AND WHAT LIES AHEAD IN '16 SEASON

How did that classic Mungo Jerry tune used to go? Oh, yeah:"In the summertime when the weather is hot You can stretch right up and touch the sky ..."

Well, there's a batch of Major-League Baseball teams trying to "touch the sky" this summertime but be sure that no divisional race is locked up just yet even though the likes of the Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers were playing absolutely…

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The San Francisco Giants Are A Flawed Favorite

The standings and the betting market and the calendar all love the San Francisco Giants right now. The Giants hold a 4½ game lead in the NL West over a Los Angeles Dodger team that is dealing with the injury problems of Clayton Kershaw. If you look at the championship odds, San Francisco is a spiffy 4-1 to win it all and 2-1 to at least reach the World Series-second only to the Chicago Cubs in market esteem. And for the team that won championships in 2010, 2012 and 2014...well, you can do the math. It should be their year.…

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Jim Sez Baseball Notebook and New College Coaches
THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: LOTS OF NEWS/NOTES AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THIS SUMMER WEEKENDCOLLEGE FOOTBALL'S NEW FACES/NEW PLACES INCLUDES THE BOSSES AT BYU, GEORGIA, SOUTH CAROLINA & V-TECH

No question there are more stats to shake a stick at when it comes to Major-League Baseball but here's a couple of interesting ditties that we wanted to bounce past you in today's edition of Jim Sez ...

The Cleveland Indians - right now the runaway leader in the American League Central with a 7.5-game lead over the Detroit Tigers - are not exactly a lights-out team in day-time games. In fact, following yesterday's commanding…

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28
Aug
Siemian, Lynch lead Broncos past Rams

DENVER - Quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch each led touchdown drives and the Denver Broncos beat the Los Angeles Rams 17-9 on Saturday night.

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27
Aug
Titans scoot past Raiders

OAKLAND -- If you like offense, the first half of Saturday night's Tennessee Titans' 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders provided it.

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27
Aug
Nassib throw winning TD pass for Giants against Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Quarterback Ryan Nassib connected with wide receiver Tavarres King on two touchdown passes, including the 11-yard game-winner to give the New York Giants a 21-20 victory over the New York Jets on Saturday in the annual MetLife Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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27
Aug
Flacco returns with sharp showing in Ravens' win over Lions

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was sharp in his first live action since last year's knee surgery and the Ravens won their third straight preseason game by routing the Detroit Lions 30-9 on Saturday night in Baltimore.

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27
Aug
Cal tops Hawaii to kick off season

Senior quarterback Davis Webb passed for four touchdowns and rushed for one in his California debut and junior receiver Chad Hansen had the best game of his career as the Golden Bears rolled to a 51-31 nonconference victory over Hawaii in college football's season opener at Sydney, Australia, on Saturday afternoon.

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26
Jun
Sacramento State, Fresno State extend series

(STATS) - Set to play Fresno State for the first time this season, Sacramento State has added games against the Bulldogs in 2019 and 2022.

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25
Jun
Former Vols pay tribute to Phillip Fulmer at charity roast

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer issued a reminder to his former players and colleagues Saturday before they gathered to roast him at a charity event.

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24
Jun
Briles officially out at Baylor after sexual assault scandal

WACO, Texas (AP) Baylor and Art Briles have mutually agreed to part ways, almost a month after the release of a scathing report over the university's handling of sexual assault complaints against football players which led school regents to suspend the coach ''with intent to terminate.''

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26
Jun
Former Temple hoops star Hal Lear dies at 81

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Hal Lear, the sweet-shooting guard who starred for the Temple Owls in the 1950s and still holds the school record for points in a season, has died. He was 81.

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26
Jun
Nebraska's Andrew White will get release so he can transfer

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Andrew White, the second-leading scorer for Nebraska last season, plans to play his final season at another school as a graduate transfer.

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24
Jun
Fields set for 39th annual Great Alaska Shootout

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Nevada will be among the eight teams in the men's field for the 39th annual Great Alaska Shootout while Southern California will highlight the women's side.

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24
Jun
NC State adds forward Ted Kapita to recruiting class

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State has added another player to its men's basketball roster.

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26
Jun
NBA, WNBA first pro leagues with float in NYC pride parade

NEW YORK (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA President Lisa Borders marched in New York City's pride parade Sunday.

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26
Jun
Whiteside hoping to decide his free-agent future on July 1

MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside cannot wait to become a free agent.

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26
Jun
NBA top draft Simmons' cousin killed in NJ hit-and-run

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) The cousin of Ben Simmons, who was picked first by the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA draft, died after being struck by a sport utility vehicle in a New Jersey neighborhood, family members said.

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26
Jun
NBA top draft Simmons' cousin killed in NJ hit-and-run

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) The cousin of Ben Simmons, who was picked first by the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA draft, died after being struck by a sport utility vehicle in a New Jersey neighborhood, family members said.

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28
Aug
Mets hammer Phillies 12-1

NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard is a pretty good hitter for a pitcher as well as an All-Star on the mound.

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28
Aug
Kemp homer lifts Braves past Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Kemp gave Atlanta an early lead with a three-run home run and right-hander Mike Foltynewicz carried it into the eighth inning with a five-hit pitching performance, lifting the Braves to a 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.

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27
Aug
Pirates top Brewers for third straight win

MILWAUKEE -- Through the first 12 starts of his rookie season, Jameson Taillon has been a something of a stabilizing force for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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27
Aug
Cowart's homer helps Angels defeat angry Tigers

DETROIT -- Kaleb Cowart's first home run of the season, a two-run fly ball to right in the third inning and strong relief pitching by scratched scheduled starter Jhoulys Chacin led the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-2 victory over Detroit in a game marked by two Tigers players, their manager and hitting coach being ejected for disputing home plate umpire Mike Everitt's strike zone.

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