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MARCH MADNESS: SPORTS BETTING OPTIONS ABOUND

March MadnessMarch Madness is upon us once more . Office betting pools, lost productivity in the work place and days & nights spent watching countless basketball games! As fans of a certain sports broadcaster would sing:

“Come on and watch some basketball/ You’ll watch it all/ Day and all night …”

If you plan to win your office bracket pool get ready to put in a little time. Filling out a strong March Madness bracket requires doing research, including picking the right double-digit seeds to pull off the inevitable Upsets. Identifying those teams that will break other people’s brackets while making your own pay off isn’t easy. Continue reading

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS SUPER BOWLS

Steelers infographPITTSBURGH STEELERS SUPER BOWLS 

With college football season closing in on its end here’s a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers and their trips to the Super Bowl. This will include all eight of their appearances, not just their six victories. For game by game odds and other info on the Steelers click HERE or HERE

SUPER BOWL IX

Date: January 12th, 1975

City: New Orleans, LA

Opponents: Minnesota Vikings 

The Game: Back in those days when the saying went “Offense wins games, but DEFENSE wins Championships” this Super Bowl lived up to that particular piece of conventional wisdom. By Halftime the only points had come from a Safety in the 2nd Quarter, giving the Steelers a 2-0 edge at the break.

Pittsburgh added 7 more points in the 3rd and 4th Quarters while the Vikings could muster a mere 6 total and those in the final frame. The Steelers won the game 16-6.

SUPER BOWL X

Date: January 18th, 1976 

City: Miami, FL

Opponents: Dallas Cowboys

The Game: A 7-7 tie in the opening Quarter became a 10-7 lead for the Cowboys come Halftime. After a scoreless 3rd Quarter the Steelers outscored Dallas 14-7 in the 4th to win back to back Super Bowls. The final score was 21-17.

SUPER BOWL XIII

Date: January 21st, 1979 Continue reading

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UNSURE ABOUT COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS? LOAD UP ON DATA FROM THE EXPERTS

College footballCollege football season 2017 has just gotten underway but is already proving that it’s harder than ever to make picks.

My own personal opinion is that the overabundance of details to be had in this internet age creates a virtual “fog of war” and makes it even more difficult to separate vital information from mere noise. Sites like Yahoo Sports or even outright sports machines like Sports Illustrated often get too clever for their own good. 

Cutting through the confusion calls for an approach like the one in this article  which omits the tiresome name-dropping that the guys at those other sites are so dependent upon. Continue reading

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OKLAHOMA AND OKLAHOMA STATE EDGING CLOSER TO THE COLLEGE PLAYOFFS

bedlam-series-oklahoma-vs-oklahoma-stateRival teams Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are both hopeful that they will make it to the college play offs, although they have mountainous challenges to overcome before they get there. Their performance in recent games has seen their rankings improve, which is a good sign for both teams.

Oklahoma moved from position 9 to 8, while Oklahoma State finally made it to the top ten teams by ranking 10th according to the Tuesday rankings. Both have something to celebrate now that Louisville is out of the picture, as they have one less rival to deal with. Here is a more detailed account of what the Oklahoma teams are up against. You can get more NCAA football lines from sites like MyBookie.

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YOUNGER COACHES ARE THE NEW TREND IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROGRAMS

 

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Coach P J Fleck

In the recent past, schools have preferred to seek up-and-coming coaches, such as P.J. Fleck or Tom Herman when they need a new head football coach instead of looking for veteran coaches with a proven track record like Les Miles. Last season, FBS schools recorded the youngest average age (43.2 years old) of head coaches signed up by various teams in the last six years.

Out of 26 hired coaches, eight of them had not attained the age of 40 at the time of employment. In the 2010 and 2011 season, FBS schools hired 48 coaches with an average age of 47, with eight of them under 40 years of age. This trend should help the teams reach their goals and at the same time, should move around the college football odds for most major games that are left in the season.

Various FBS schools have unique needs and those hiring coaches for them defy trends to pounce on the right employee in the market. Currently, the market favors young coaches, such as the 35-year-old Fleck of Western Michigan and the 41-year-old Herman of Houston, while overlooking veteran coaches like the 62-year-old Miles. The ex-LSU coach completed almost a dozen seasons with Tigers and won 77 percent of his games to clinch a national title before his September sacking. Continue reading

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JORDAN REED AND JOSH NORMAN MIGHT NOT MAKE IT TO LONDON

redskins-and-bengalsThe Redskins and the Bengals have a game on Sunday. What makes the game especially interesting is the fact that it will be situated in London; and that matters because Redskins players Jordan Reed and Josh Norman are dealing with a few health complications at the moment, complications that could affect the NFL odds for the Sunday game.

Reed and Norman’s situations fall under the auspices of the NFL concussion Protocol. Both players have to see a Neurologist who will determine whether they can play the Wembley stadium game on Sunday before they take their flight on Thursday. Continue reading

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS: THE ONLY UNBEATEN TEAM IN THE NFL

Minnesota VikingsThe Minnesota Vikings are the only unbeaten team in the NFL, and it is the sort of unexpected surprise that keeps the NFL interesting. No matter how you choose to interpret the NFL odds no one thought it would all come down to the Vikings.

The Vikings had nothing going right for them for the longest time; their 2012 MVP was away for several weeks while the starting quarterback was absent for the whole season.

And taking into account the fact that they had to put Matt Kalil on injured reserve, you cannot help but commend the Vikings for maintaining a certain level of resilience throughout all the turmoil.

Quarterback Sam Bradford said as much. The Vikings have had to overcome a number of obstacles and adversities during the first half of 2016, and still, the players answered the call when it came. 

The NFL season is already at a third of the way through, and the Vikings have essentially taken the lead. Everyone thought the Super Bowl champions would eventually stand unopposed, but the Broncos took their first loss on Sunday. Continue reading

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