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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso Monday Night Football - Ravens at Colts
When emotion is involved in any game—preseason or not—one must get behind the scenes to figure which is most likely to be the winner. I have done just that for tonight’s game, am confident I have the winner and will be releasing this contest as a 15-unit play.

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Jim Feist NFLX Monday Night Football
Jim Feist’s NFLX Monday Night Football

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Richie Baccellieri MNF Adds Up To Richie B. Right Number - $10
Richie B. Adds Up All The Angles, Coaching Intent And Playing Time. Comes Up Wit Ravens-Colts MNF Right Number

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso First Place Showdown Keys 2-0 MLB Monday
First Place Indians-Red Sox Showdown Highlights 2-0 Night

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Jim Hurley Hurley FB Network Huddles Up For MNF Winner
The Monday Night Football Line Says Toss Up. Jim’s Network Sez One Team All Out To Win The Other Works Personnel And You Cash

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Richie Baccellieri Richie B. Monday Baseball A Hurler Closeout
On Monday’s Baseball Schedule Richie B. Says A Hurler Is Going To Dominate And The Line Doesn’t Show It. Play And Win This Hurler Closeout

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Kelso Sturgeon Kelso 50 Unit Monday MLB Run Line Winner
My Personal Best Club For Highroller Goes For Its 3rd Straight 50-Unit Run Line Winner And Improve On Its 14-4 Big Game Record In August

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Jim Hurley Baseball Dogs Make Money - Hurley Finds Them - $10
When The Dogs Are The Best Bets You Make Even More Baseball Profit. Jim Hurley Spots Them And You Cash Them

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Jim Feist MLB Home Field Dominator
Jim Feist’s MLB Home Field Dominator - Monday

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Hank Goldberg Hank Goldberg NFL 5-Star Monday Night TV Insider
Hank Goldberg is set to hammer the books on Monday night in the NFL preseason with his call on another one-sided rout, a number that the oddsmakers went to sleep on. When that’s the case, Hank is happy to pull in the CA$H!

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Hank Goldberg Hank Goldberg Baseball Bettors Bonanza
“Hammerin’ Hank” Goldberg is Now Homer Hittin’ Hank!. Get His Top Baseball Plays Every Day

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Blog Headlines

Richie Baccellieri: Building your NFL Power Ratings

The great thing about studying betting markets during dress rehearsal week is that you get to see how oddsmakers (by way of opening lines) and sharps (by way of early betting) are viewing team quality entering the regular season.

This will help you build your own Power Ratings for teams. If your own evaluations seem off…you’re probably wrong (at least a little bit)…and should consider shading your numbers in the direction of the market. If you’re in synch…you’re ready to start digging deeper to find situational or stat angles that might help you find betting value each week.

Of course, the problem…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping NFL Dress Rehearsals

Though KELSO STURGEON is always very serious about handicapping, it’s time for YOU to really get focused in these final days of August, 2018. The arrival of dress rehearsal week in the NFL preseason is the sign on the calendar that REAL football is about to begin.

*NFL teams will be going at it for at least a half at regular season intensity THIS week.

*We also have a couple of regular season college football games THIS week.

*Next week, almost EVERYONE in college football is in action. Sure, there are some cupcake games. But, bowl caliber showdowns are also on that first…

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More NFL Preseason Week 2 Tilts -- Including Bengals-Cowboys

THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 WEEKEND UPDATE ... PLUS, IT'S THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE

So, just in case it's too hot or too stormy out there for you at the start of this summer weekend, there's back-to-back-to-back-to-back NFL Preseason Week 2 games "on the tube" for your viewing pleasure on this Saturday and we'll be glad to get y'all quick-hitter previews just below but first this reminder ...

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers keep bashing the books this NFL Preseason with lots more winners straight ahead as this week's card continues with Seven (7) games on the Saturday menu…

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Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Winning in NFL by Studying Backup QB’s

If you’ve been following the NFL betting markets this week, you’ve seen some major line moves already come through. Two steamed favorites won Thursday night (New England and Green Bay). Steamed totals did well. Sharps are making the right moves at the right times.

I’m hearing from my sources, and noticing on my own, that many of these moves are connected to expectations for backup quarterbacks.

*If sharps (professional wagerers) are expecting production from the backups, particularly with A LOT of passing, then they’re betting that team and/or the Over.

*If sharps are expecting unimpressive play with a lot of incomplete passes and…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Prepare for a Wild NFL Season

Just 20 games into the 2018 exhibition season, it’s become very clear that this is going to be a wild NFL campaign. Many teams are going to become even more pass-heavy than they already were on offense. Defenses have to back off because they don’t want to get penalties for illegal hits. Things are about to get messy!

That doesn’t mean EVERY game is going to see 90 or more combined passes (Eagles/Pats made it to 91 total passes Thursday night), or that EVERY game is going to fly Over its total (Green Bay beat Pittsburgh 51-34 Thursday night, going over…

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NFL Preseason Week 2: Foles Injury Plus Five Games Tonight

 

 

NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 –

THURSDAY RE-CAPS PLUS TONIGHT’S TILTS TOO …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE UPDATES:

IT’S THE SUN BELT

 

This just in:

The defending Super Bowl champions may need a “Philly Special” should QB Nick Foles be out for any prolonged period of time. Last night Foles suffered a now much-discussed shoulder sprain in that 37-20 loss at 4.5-point favorite New England and we’ve already witnessed those video clips of one-time Eagles’ starting QB Carson Wentz (and he doesn’t appear to be very mobile now, does he?).

Hey, is this any way to start a run to back-to-back titles?

Naturally, Foles’ injury was / is the…

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2018 College Football’s Top 21-40 By Jim Feist

2018 College Football’s Top 21-40By Jim Feist

It’s time to kick off a new football season!  College football begins on August 25, so here’s a look at the top teams, starting with my top 21-40.  I have the odds to win the NCAA Championship next to team name (if they have odds) and the odds to win their respective conference championship next to that.  Let’s get started with teams 40 through 21.

40.  Georgia Tech: 50/1 ACCReturning Starters: 13 (8 offense, 5 defense, 1 QB)Last Year’s Record: 5-6Projected Finish: 6-6The ACC is one of the tougher FBS conferences with Boston College, Clemson,…

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Jets-Redskins on ESPN Tonight

 

 

THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 REPORT –

THE LOWDOWN ON TONIGHT’S THREE (3) GAMES …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE:

IT’S TIME TO CHECK OUT THE PAC-12

 

Okay, so we let ‘ya know in yesterday’s Jim Sez column that NFL Preseason Week 1 Betting Favorites wound up going 7-7-2 ATS (against the spread) and thus we enter this full week of exhibition games with NFL Preseason Betting Favs at 7-8-2 ATS overall this summer (remember Chicago’s cover as 2.5-point underdogs versus Baltimore in the Hall of Fame Game back on Aug. 2nd).

Now, what we need to tell you is that NFL Preseason Home Teams are a…

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Network Notebook: New NFL Head Coaches Struggled in Openers

We hadn’t expected to come back to this topic so quickly here in JIM HURLEY’S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK. But, teams for new head coaches (that we introduced to you last week) mostly struggled very badly out of the gate. Smart bettors must monitor these situations very closely through the month.

We mentioned there were seven new faces in new places. Only Jon Gruden could be considered a “veteran re-tread” with significant head coaching experience. Gruden’s Raiders did get a win and a cover. For the rest…

 

Arizona Cardinals: Steve Wilks

Result: Win and Cover despite HORRIBLE stats

It’s a miracle that Arizona cashed tickets last…

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Checking Out Some NFL Preseason Week 2 Bits

NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 WHAT-TO-WATCH ITEMS FOR THURSDAY'S GAMES AS WE WHET YOUR GRIDIRON WHISTLE...

NCAA FOOTBALL UPDATE: HERE'S THE BIG 12 CONFERENCE UPDATE

The National Football League Preseason Week 2 menu swings into high gear on Thursday night with three games - including a "Super Bowl rematch" between the Philadelphia Eagles at the New England Patriots - and we're here to tell you that last week NFL Preseason Betting Favorites wound up going 7-7-2 ATS (against the spread) with a pair of Pick 'Em games tossed into the mix, so that means NFL faves now are 7-8-0 spreadwise when you include…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: I’m Impressed by the Vikings

You should never draw a conclusion after one NFL Preseason game. I can assure you that’s not what I’m doing regarding my enthusiasm for the 2018 Minnesota Vikings. I’m taking what I saw from a stellar 2017 season…and adding in perceptions from this past Saturday night’s exhibition win in Denver.

First, we have a team that made it all the way to the NFC Championship game a year ago. Plenty of PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS already on the roster. Though, many of those are on DEFENSE. But that’s okay in the current era. Defenses may not win championships all by themselves. It…

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Richie Baccellieri: Cubs Sunday Night Drama was NOT Historic!

Even if you’re not a big baseball fan or bettor, you’re surely aware that the Chicago Cubs had a dramatically rally in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday night to beat the Washington Nationals.

Washington carried a 3-0 lead into the Cubs’ final at bat. Chicago loaded the bases, then won on a walk-off grand slam home run.

Sure, walk-off grand slams are rare. But, I couldn’t believe the number of bettors who are calling that “their worst beat ever,” or “one of the worst beats in the history of baseball.” Give me a break! This one got a lot of…

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Quarterbacks All the Talk in Preseason

NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 / PRE-WEEK 2 CHATTER ...PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATES: THE MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

Okay, so what did we all learn about the National Football League's opening week of preseason play ... and what might we be looking for in Preseason Week 2 action straight ahead?

Let's face it, most of the chit-chat regarding the NFL Preseason Week 1 games revolved around quarterbacks - the new ones such as rookies Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns, Sam Darnold of the New York Jets and Josh Rosen of the Arizona Cardinals along with second-year stud Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City…

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The NFL Preseason Week 1 Card Wraps Up Saturday Nite

NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 WINDS DOWN WITH SATURDAY NITE ACTION , PLUS THE FRIDAY RECAP AS WE CHECK OUT JETS' DARNOLD (AND BRIDGEWATER, TOO)

Wait ... there's more!

The NFL Preseason Week 1 menu wraps up with a pair of games on this Saturday night card - it's Minnesota at Denver on NFL Network and the Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona - before getting Sunday "off" but we've got plenty to say about all the first full week of preseason play following this important reminder:

Folks, Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers will be bashing the books plenty this NFL…

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Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Surprised by High Scoring NFLP Action

If you watched the first full night of NFL Preseason action Thursday, you noticed a lot of road teams cashing tickets by winning outright…and you noticed a lot of high scoring games.

The first was not a surprise to sharps (professional wagerers). Home field advantage isn’t worth much in preseason action. The market usually gives it about 2 to 2.5 points because squares (the public) would auto-bet every home team if it was cheaper. You saw Thursday night that home field might have been worth about ZERO!

The second point WAS a surprise to sharps. There’s usually not this much offense and…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Don’t Fall in Love with Browns Yet

After watching the Cleveland Browns’ victory over the New York Giants Thursday night on the NFL Network, I have one thing to say to students here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping. Don’t fall in love with the Browns yet!

Now, they might be a good betting team through August. No doubt about that. There’s a lot of new enthusiasm within the franchise. And, they appear to finally have some quarterbacks who know what they’re doing. But, please remember all of the following.

*Upgrading from “D” on the report card to “B-minus” doesn’t mean you’re suddenly an “A” caliber…

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Jets-Falcons, Lions-Raiders on Tap Tonight in NFL Preseason Play

 

 

THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 LANDSCAPE –

TONIGHT’S TWO TILTS (THAT’S FALCONS-JETS

PLUS IT’S LIONS-RAIDERS) AND KEY NEWS/NOTES

FROM A BUSY THURSDAY NIGHT MENU

 

Okay, so if you want to just “get the facts, Jack” regarding the first full night of NFL Preseason action, then here they are:

Betting Favorites went 3-7 ATS (against the spread) with two Pick ‘Em games last night as the only chalk-eaters to cover the numbers were Baltimore (- 3.5) besting the Los Angeles Rams 33-7, New England (- 2.5) charging from way back to down Washington 26-17 and Green Bay (- 1.5) bopping Tennessee 31-17.

The Green Bay win/cover was…

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Here’s All 12 of Tonight’s NFL Preseason Week 1 Tilts
Thursday Night Preseason Kickoff12 Games in Action

Thursday really kicks of the first full weekend of preseason action, and what a good card it is! We have last year's Super Bowl teams kicking off their seasons, with Philadelphia hosting Pittsburgh and New England hosting Washington. There's Florida rivalry action between the Buccaneers and Dolphins, plus Panthers-Bills, Bears-Bengals, and TV action between Browns and Giants and Cowboys at 49'ers on the NFL Network.

Thursday night we have a rivalry game and two AFC-NFC scores for just $10. These games rate high enough to build your August bankroll, just like I did last Thursday…

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Network Notebook: Spotlighting New NFL Head Coaches

We’ve finally reached the first FULL week of NFL Preseason action in advance of the 2018 campaign. One of the most important handicapping angles every summer involves recognizing how new head coaches will influence their teams.

Coaching changes almost always involve:

*Something that WASN’T working before

*A new guy who can fix THAT

Occasionally a legend will retire…or, just have a falling out with ownership. But, typically, teams making changes are trying to fix something. And that thing getting fixed is a top priority in exhibition games. Sometimes that influences team side results because the new coach wants to set a tone with victories.…

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Welcome to NFL Preseason Week 1

 

NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 –

HERE’S QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS

ON HALF OF THURSDAY’S DOZEN GAMES

 

The heat may be on full blast throughout the U.S.A. but there’s no foolin’ the calendar … it’s Football Season!

The National Football League served up a little appetizer last week with a Hall of Fame Game clash between the Baltimore Ravens and the Chicago Bears but now the Preseason has arrived for good with a full slate of games and we’ll tackle half of the dozen showdowns on the Thursday night calendar in just a moment (the other six Thursday previews come your way in tomorrow’s Jim Sez) but…

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Richie Baccellieri: So Many Cheap Home Favorites!

If you’ve looked over the first full week of NFL Preseason action, you’ve surely noticed that almost every game shows the home team favored by just under a field goal. Minus 2, minus 2.5…the occasional -1.5.  Boring!

What does this mean in terms of sharp betting?

*First, it means that home field advantage is worth less than a field goal in August. So many exhibition games are virtual coin flips in terms of team Power Ratings, that all of those lines would be -3 if home field was worth three.

*You can also deduce that sharps would POUND the underdog if the public…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: 11 of 15 AL Teams are Down Units

Here’s a stat you wouldn’t have expected to see before the season started. Or, even a few weeks ago. Through Sunday’s action, fully 11 of the 15 American League teams are down money in terms of betting units in the 2018 season.

There are two main reasons for this:

*Boston and Oakland have been crushing everyone for weeks…gobbling up all the money! After sweeping the New York Yankees this past weekend, Boston is plus about 28.5 units. Oakland’s on another hot streak. The A’s are plus 26.5 units as they get ready for a big series against the Los Angeles Dodgers that…

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NFL Preseason Week 1 Insights ... and More

 

 

NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 GOODIES:

MORE THURSDAY NITE QUICK HITTER PREVIEWS …

THE BASEBALL REPORT:

ARE THE RED SOX NOW GOING, GOING, GONE

IN THE AL EAST RACE? …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE NOTES

 

Okay, so when we last left you this past weekend we were busy sharing thoughts about a handful of NFL Preseason tilts slated for this Thursday night – remember there’s a dozen games on that night’s docket – and so let’s scoot ‘round the NFL and get you more goodies on a few of the other games on 8-9-2018:

 

THURSDAY, AUG. 9

TAMPA BAY at MIAMI -- If you check out all the current depth…

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NFL Preseason Week 1 Games Straight Ahead

THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 REPORT - WE TAKE AN EARLY PEEK AT A BATCH OF GAMES ...

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES: VERLANDER, PORCELLO KICK OFF SUMMER WEEKEND WITH MONSTER MOUND SHOWINGS

You got it ... the 2018 NFL Preseason is off-and-runnin' following the Baltimore Ravens' 17-16 non-cover win against the Chicago Bears the other night - we cashed here at the Jim Hurley Network with a solid play on "under" 35 points and that just meant we had to sweat out the Bears' two-point conversion attempt in the fourth quarter.

Well, there's lots more NFL Preseason winners straight ahead this summer and…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Much is Urban Meyer Worth?

There was immediate reaction at sports books earlier this week when it was announced that Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer was placed on administrative leave. Futures prices were taken down at some spots. “Game of the Year” betting was halted in matchups involving the Buckeyes.

Part of the reason for that is that sports books hate uncertainty. Would Meyer be suspended for a game, or a month? Would he be fired before the season started? Maybe he’d just get a slap on the wrist and not miss any games. As I write this, we still don’t know.

No sports book…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Football Prep Time Running Out

This will be the last weekend without a busy football schedule until after the New Year. You can use it to rest up for the coming onslaught. Better…use it to really hunker down and prepare for the betting challenge ahead.

If you haven’t yet started your college football preparation, you’re behind everyone who has! Summer annuals have been out for weeks. Vegas sports books have had their Regular Season Win props and “Game of the Year” point spreads up for months. It will be hard to find betting value on those or future prices at this point because everything has been…

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We Hit the Rewind Button on NFL Hall of Fame Game

NFL HALL OF FAME GAME - THE REAL KEY STORIES FROM THURSDAY NIGHT'S PRESEASON-OPENING TILT FROM CANTON ...

THE WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT - EVERYONE'S TALKING YANKEES-RED SOX (BUT DID YOU NOTICE THERE'S A WORLD SERIES REMATCH GOING IN HOLLYWOOD!)

The Baltimore Ravens have seen their future ... and rookie QB Lamar Jackson is not it just yet!

True, Thursday's NFL Hall of Fame Game - a 17-16 non-cover win by the Ravens over the 2.5-point underdog Chicago Bears - featured a slew of rookies / free agents / gridiron journeymen but most eyes were focused on the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner who wound…

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It’s the NFL Hall of Fame Game -- Ravens-Bears Collide

THE NFL PRESEASON SWINGS INTO HIGH GEAR - IT''S RAVENS VS. BEARS IN TONITE''S ANNUAL HALL OF FAME GAME ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT: RE-VISITING THE TRADES THAT WERE NOT MADE!

The National Football League has pulled back the curtain on the 2018 preseason ... and that means it''s time to play ball and we''ll get right to it with tonite''s Hall of Fame Game showdown between the favored Baltimore Ravens (- 2.5) and the underdog Chicago Bears (total price is 34 points). Folks, we''ll clue you in shortly with what to expect from this pro football lid-lifter but first things first:

Jim…

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Network Notebook: Why Oddsmakers Hate the NFL Preseason

The 2018 NFL Preseason officially kicks off Thursday night when the Baltimore Ravens take on the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame game in Canton Ohio. That marks the return of football to the airwaves and our betting portfolios. If you typically pass the Preseason waiting for the regular season to arrive…you should be aware of this one key fact…

ODDSMAKERS HATE THE NFL PRESEASON!

And, if oddsmakers hate the preseason, smart bettors should love it.

Why do oddsmakers hate the preseason?

*They don’t have the resources or time to track down the drive-by-drive quarterback plans for all 32 teams. Think about…

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Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps Bet the NFL Preseason

Thursday brings the start of the 2018 NFL Preseason when the Chicago Bears take on the Baltimore Ravens in the Hall of Fame game on NBC. If you want to think like a sharp and bet like a sharp, you should be relatively conservative throughout the month of August. The Preseason is for building bankroll, not burning it.

Sharps (professional wagerers) do have some involvement in the NFL Preseason. But, lower limits make it tough to really fire hard at any game. Plus, oddsmakers are quick to move their numbers if they sense smart money is attacking based on personnel news…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping Huge MLB Favorites

I can’t recall a baseball weekend that had SO many big favorites all over the card. The Yankees laid more than -400 in many spots Saturday against Kansas City. Boston was a big favorite all four games against Minnesota. Houston was big chalk in all three games vs. Texas. Cleveland wasn’t cheap as a road favorite in Detroit.

Because we’re going to see a lot of this through the rest of the season…particularly when any projected AL playoff team is matched up with one of the many stragglers “rebuilding” for the future…it’s time to review the smart way to bet these…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Get ready for the NFL Preseason

Hopefully you’re aware that the NFL Preseason is now less than a week away. The annual Hall of Fame game is on Thursday nights instead of Sunday nights. NBC will televise the Chicago Bears vs. the Baltimore Ravens this coming Thursday.

Though the rest of the league doesn’t play until the following week, you should be getting your ducks in a row in terms of handicapping the exhibition games. It might take you two weekends to get everything in place. Here’s a longer-than-usual homework assignment for students of my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping that you can complete as…

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Richie Baccellieri: Will Judge’s Injury Slow Down the Yankees?

Earlier this week, I talked about how the general public (squares) often overvalue the impact of individual players. Now we get a great way to test that with Aaron Judge out of the lineup for the New York Yankees for a few weeks after suffering a fractured wrist Thursday night.

Do the Yankees become an auto-fade with Judge out? Does this doom the Yankees to a Wildcard because it will be much harder to chase down the Boston Red Sox from behind without Judge? Should you just burn your Yankees futures tickets because there’s no way to win the World Championship…

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Network Notebook: Many MLB Teams Blowing Hot or Cold

If you’ve been following Major League Baseball, you know that several teams are on fire right now. The Oakland A’s continued a hot run that started long before the All-Star break with a huge come-from-behind win over Texas Tuesday night. Pittsburgh, supposedly dead in the water a few weeks ago, posted a double-digit winning streak against a slate of contenders. Boston’s been hot all season.

Here’s a list of teams that have won 60% or more of their games over the last 30 days heading into Wednesday’s action…

Best Records the Last 30 Days

Oakland 19-5

Boston 19-5

Pittsburgh 17-8

Colorado 15-7

Chicago 16-9

Houston 15-9

LA Dodgers 15-10

Philadelphia…

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AFC East Quarterbacks Not Named Brady Are Camp News

THE NFL CAMP REPORT - WHAT WE'RE WATCHING THIS WEEK ...

BASEBALL NEWS & NOTES: HALL OF FAME TALK

It may be hot. It may be sticky out there ... but the National Football League is open for business and camps are open all 'round the league where they play for pay. Finally, some real football talk!

Gotta say that we're paying particularly close attention to the quarterback battles in places such as Buffalo and Miami and the New York Jets - ahh, all AFC East teams and all teams that keep dreaming the big dream that somebody out there can finally KO…

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Richie Baccellieri: Player Value in Major League Baseball

It started last week and should continue for several days. Buyers and sellers in Major League Baseball. High impact players being acquired by contenders in hopes that they will be a difference-maker in divisional races and the postseason.

There were a couple of big stories last week. Manny Machado is now a Los Angeles Dodger (championship contender) rather than a Baltimore Oriole (rebuilding doormat). Brad Hand is now a Philadelphia Phillie (divisional contender) rather than a San Diego Padre (rebuilding doormat, though not as bad as Baltimore).

Interestingly, those high-profile acquisitions both addressed clear needs for the contenders, yet barely moved the…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Handicapping the NL Playoff Chase

As of Monday morning, fully 11 of the 15 teams in the National League had records at .500 or better. Because nobody is running away and hiding from the field just yet (though the Cubs are starting to), that means all 11 are still playoff contenders. Any of them could win their own division or earn a Wildcard.

While I often encourage you to study “indicator” stats that help you see your challenges more clearly, the best thing to do right now is study these teams against each other! With 11 teams in the hunt, there will always be games where…

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NFL Camps Popping Up Open All Over

NFL NEWS & NOTES:CAMPS OPENING ALL AROUND THE LEAGUE THIS WEEK AND WE'RE ALL OVER THE ACTION! ...

THE BASEBALL REPORT: THE BIGGEST OUT-OF-THE-BREAK NOISEMAKERS

The National Field League is open for business ... from Owings Mills to Latrobe to Metairie to Renton and all places in between it's time to pull on the spikes and get down to the nitty-gritty as all 32 teams will be in full-speed ahead camp mode by the time we get to the end of this July week.

Excited yet?

There's new head coaches in Arizona, in Chicago, in Detroit, in Indianapolis, with the New York Giants, in…

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Baseball Q&A and Heisman Odds Too

 

 

THE BASEBALL REPORT:

IT’S A MID-SUMMER Q & A SESSION …

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK:

HERE’S THE CURRENT HEISMAN TROPHY ODDS

 

It’s a fact:

We’re grinding our way to the final third of this month of July and most Major-League Baseball teams have played right around 100 games … so everyone should have a handle on this 2018 season, right?

Well, there’s plenty of questions in mind as we draw near August and so let’s have some fun and explore a quickie Q & A session in today’s weekend edition of Jim Sez:

 

Q: One of the factoids regarding this here-and-now ‘18 MLB season has been the…

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Baseball’s Best This Weekend: There’s Some Natural Rivalries on Deck

 

 

THE MLB REPORT:

TOP WEEKEND SERIES

FEATURES THE NEW-LOOK DODGERS AT BREWERS

PLUS, BAY AREA BATTLE IN OAKLAND …

NCAA FOOTBALL TIDBITS

 

You might have noticed that this year’s Major-League Baseball All-Star Game came upon us all a little later than usual on the calendar and so that means crunch time here in the season’s “second half” starts a bit sooner … like now!

No better way to get the post-All Star break off and rollin’ with a batch of high-profile (and highly important) weekend series, so let’s kick it into high gear right after we let you know that …

Jim Hurley and his Network of…

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Baseball’s Back -- Play Ball Part II

Jim Hurley Wins Side & Total of All Star Game with American League & OVER!

THE 2018 BASEBALL SEASON – WE’RE BAAAACK! …CHECKIN’ OUT SOME UNDER THE RADAR STORIES …

COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S POINTSPREAD GOODIES

The “Boys of Summer” are back after that little All-Star break respite – yes, the St. Louis Cardinals at the Chicago Cubs (Thursday, 7:05 p.m. ET) get shorted the extra vacation day but all’s good in the world of Major-League Baseball – and so we resume the epic Boston Red Sox / New York Yankees race in the American League and the what-could-be-epic four-team donnybrook race for first place…

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Network Notebook: MLB Check-up During the Break

The annual Major League Baseball All-Star break is a time for reflection and preparation. Let’s take a quick look at a couple of our favorite ways of measuring performance.

First, we look at the big picture. Here’s how each of the six divisions has performed this season based on games above or below .500.

AL West: plus 47

NL Central: plus 20 (plus 22 vs. AL Central)

AL East: plus 19

NL West: plus 8

NL East: minus 11

AL Central: minus 83

The American League Central is so bad, that it’s helped three other divisions seem better than they are (the other two AL divisions, plus the…

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AL Grabs All-Star Win For 6th Straight Year

 

 

THE MLB ALL-STAR GAME:

LONG BALLS THE STORY OF THE NIGHT

IN AL’S 8-6 EXTRA-INNING WIN …

THE MACHADO-TO-DODGERS TRADE …

PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL UP-TO-DATE

ODDS TO WIN IT ALL

 

Talk about a game of Power Ball!

The American League’s slug-it-out 8-6 win against the National League last night in Washington in the 89th edition of the Major-League Baseball All-Star Game featured 10 home runs – an All-Star record (of course) -- and some 25 strikeouts and so afterwards everyone naturally was sounding off about how this clash “typified” the 2018 season with lots of dingers and K’s and not much in between.

Sure, the “experts” were correct…

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Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Successful in MLB First Half

The All-Star Break is when the media recaps the first half of the baseball season to get you ready for the second half. I should do the same from a sharp perspective, talking about how the Wise Guys have performed so far this season.

I’d have to say, there are a lot of smiling faces out there. Sharps have done well, generally beating the market to new developments. The most recent was probably betting on the Cincinnati Reds more than anyone expected just as the team caught fire. Pro bettors, who focus on personnel rather than trends and angles as a…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Post All-Star Break Handicapping

Now that the Major League Baseball All-Star Break has arrived, you have a few days to gather your senses and gear up for the final 2.5 months of the season. Today’s coursework will help you get in the right mindset for picking winners.

In recent seasons, it’s become very important to fully understand THE MOTIVATION FACTOR at the team level. The main reasons for that are:

*Some teams who coasted through the first half of the season kick up their intensity in the second half. This is particularly true for playoff caliber teams who had no reason to be “the champions” of…

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Baseball’s All-Star Game Break is Here; What Teams will Shine in 2nd Half?

THE ALL-STAR BREAK UPDATE:

WILL THE FIRST-PLACE TEAMS HANG ON? … IT’S THE SHORT-BUT-SWEET ALL-STAR GAME TRIVIA TEST

Ahhh, the annual Major-League Baseball All-Star Game arrives Tuesday night in the nation’s capital with most of the sport’s 30 teams fast approaching the 100-game mark – but the $64,000 question here is will the teams that currently occupy first place in their respective divisions be the same ones who are sitting on top at the end of this 162-game schedule?

Folks, we’re not gonna be a bit shy about revealing / sharing our thoughts on that matter and so get ready for our fast-paced…

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The All Star Break MLB Report Card

HERE'S OUR JIM SEZ ALL STAR BREAK REPORT CARD GRADES

The Major-League Baseball All-Star Game is right around the bend - it's here on Tuesday night from Washington D.C. (you might have heard!) - and so that means it's time for our annual Jim Sez Report Card Grades for the unofficial first half of this 2018 season.

THE NATIONAL LEAGUE REPORT CARD GRADES

Grade: A+MILWAUKEE (55-39) - The Brew Crew has yet to take its foot off the gas pedal this year while staying just above the archrival Chicago Cubs in the NL Central race for first place. You can thank manager Craig…

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Richie Baccellieri: Sharpest MLB Moves Tied to Personnel

Whenever there’s a big line move in baseball, you’ll hear pundits or your buddies trying to guess what caused it. They’ll often point to trends or angles, or some kind of intangible like “revenge” or a “bounce back” spot.

The fact is, sharps (professional wagerers) almost never bet based on those things. Many don’t believe in trends because it’s easy to dig through data and find stuff that sounds important but doesn’t really mean anything. They think emotional factors are overrated in pro sports (particularly baseball!). If there’s a line move, it’s usually because of a personnel change.

And, I’m not talking…

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Kelso’s Advanced Sports Betting: Preparing for the NFL Season

Last week at this time, we talked about doing initial preparations for the coming college football season. Today’s coursework in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping will focus on getting ready for the NFL. Did you realize that the Hall of Fame game is less than a month away?!

I’ll give you some initial help today. Several teams will have new starting quarterbacks in 2018. You need to start THERE before you do anything else. Some offenses will be better, some worse, just by the nature of the change they’ve made at this position.

Here’s a quick list of new…

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Our NL Report Card Grades Are Here!

 

 

HERE’S OUR JIM SEZ

NATIONAL LEAGUE REPORT CARD GRADES

 

The Major-League Baseball All-Star Game is right around the bend – it’s here on Tuesday night from Washington D.C. (you might have heard!) – and so that means it’s time for our annual Jim Sez Report Card Grades for the unofficial first half of this 2018 season.

We’ll get things jump-started today with the National League grades and we’ll clue you in on the American League in our next column space, so don’t dare miss out!

 

But first things first and so here’s an important reminder …

Jim Hurley and his Network of Handicappers and Bloggers…

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