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College Football Betting Preview Podcast 6-28-2016: Miami Hurricanes

06.28.2016     10:29 AM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Rob Veno. Rob broke down the Miami Hurricanes who this past offseason hired former Georgia head coach Mark Richt.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ROB'S ANALYSIS

Date: 6/28 
Handicapper: Rob Veno 
Team: Miami Hurricanes 
2015 Record: 8-5 SU, 7-6 ATS, 6-7 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 8un-160 
Odds to Win Title: +12500 
Odds to Win ACC Coastal: +180 
Odds to Win ACC: +800 
Week 1 Line: Miami NL vs. Florida A&M

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: College Football Miami Hurricanes ACC Rob Veno



College Football Betting Preview Podcast 6-28-2016: LSU Tigers

06.28.2016     10:25 AM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured handicapper Drew Martin. Drew took a look at the LSU Tigers who open the season as -10 favorites vs. Wisconsin at Green Bay.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO DREW'S ANALYSIS

Date: 6/28 
Handicapper: Drew Martin 
Team: LSU Tigers 
2015 Record: 9-3 SU, 6-7 ATS, 7-6 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 9.5ov-160 
Odds to Win Title: +1500 
Odds to Win SEC West: +230 
Odds to Win SEC: +385 
Week 1 Line: LSU -10 vs. Wisconsin (Green Bay)

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: College Football LSU Tigers SEC Drew Martin



MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Texas Rangers at New York Yankees

06.28.2016     09:05 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

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Texas (Hamels) -110 at New York (Sabathia) O/U 8.5 
Recommendation: Texas


A lack of betting market respect has been commonplace with the Texas Rangers with +30 units in the bank despite being 33 games over .500. Cole Hamels has been exceptional over his last three starts allowing just two runs in 20.2 innings of work with Texas winning all three of those games. On the season, lefties have hit only .208 off of Hamels with a miniscule OPS of .630. New York has had a tough time offensively particularly against lefties with the 27th ranked slugging percentage (.386). On the flip side, C.C. Sabathia’s magical ride of a season came to a bit of a halt in this last outing as Colorado got him for 6 runs on 7 hits in 4.1 innings and he left that game with an ankle injury. The Yankees said he is good to go for this start but I’m left to wonder if maybe that rough outing is the beginning of a tailspin for an aging arm that is north of 3,000 innings and currently sporting the best numbers we’ve seen since 2011.  Also note that Texas has mashed lefties this season with the fourth-best OPS in the league. At a near pick ‘em price, Texas deserves our support.

Tags: MLB Texas Rangers New York Yankees Ian Cameron



MLB Handicapping: Market has adjusted to increased home run rate

06.28.2016     08:55 AM     Printer Friendly

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Home runs have returned at a rate MLB hasn't seen since the Steroid Era. The league is on pace for 5,500 dingers -- the only two seasons to top that mark was in 1999 and 2000 when dudes like this mysteriously belted 35 bombs. From a betting perspective, the markets have adjusted. The league is trended over the total but at a modest 51.9%. Last season, there were 41 games lined at 6 or lower. This season, there have been only 10 at the halfway point.

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NFL Betting Preview Podcast 6-27-2016: Denver Broncos

06.27.2016     10:45 AM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy kicked off his coverage of the AFC West with the defending Super Bowl Champions Denver Broncos.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO TEDDY'S ANALYSIS

Date: 6/27 
Handicapper: Teddy Covers 
Team: Denver Broncos 
2015-16 Record: 12-4 SU, 8-8 ATS, 6-9-1 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 9.5un-150 
Odds to Win AFC: +875 
Odds to Win AFC West: +180 
Odds to Win Super Bowl 51: +1900 
Week 1 Line: Denver +2.5 vs. Carolina

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: NFL Denver Broncos Teddy Covers



Teddy Covers' Las Vegas Wiseguy Report: An early look at the NFC South

06.27.2016     09:11 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

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Continuing my summertime tour through the eight NFL divisions, this week, I’ll be taking an in-depth look at the four NFC South teams.  As always, teams are listed in alphabetical order within the division.

The Atlanta Falcons (lined at 7 or 7.5 wins for 2016, depending on the book) went 6-1 SU to open the season last year, but stumbled down the stretch with a 2-7 finish, finishing the season with an improved, yet still disappointing 8-8 SU record.  They were money losers (6-10 ATS, including a 2-10 slide to close out the campaign) despite their two win improvement from 2014 to 2015.  That came on the heels of a two win improvement (from four to six victories) from 2013 to 2014. 

The Falcons mainstream stats show one clear weakness from 2015, despite facing one of the easier scheduled in the NFL last year.  Their 30 giveaways ranked among the bottom five teams in the NFL at avoiding turnovers.  They finished +0.0 yards per play, (obviously) right at the league average with the #7 ranked offense and the #16 ranked defense based on yardage numbers.   Both coordinators return from last year’s units; Kyle Shanahan (and his complicated playbook) on offense and Richard Smith on defense.  This year’s schedule (based on 2016 season win total numbers) is significantly tougher than it was a year ago.

Atlanta got a big upgrade on the OL when they signed center Alex Mack, who worked in Shanahan’s system in Cleveland; a perfect fit for what they needed.  And the addition of WR Mohammed Sanu was much needed after Roddy White’s no show last year while Leonard Hankerson moved to Buffalo.   But the Falcons still have significant salary cap problems.  They have major Issues with a non0-existent pass rush, hoping Vic Beasley can stay healthy after a promising but injury riddled rookie season.  Top 2 picks safety Keanu Neal (Florida) and LB Deion Jones (LSU) are being counted on to shore up areas of need on defense right away.

The Carolina Panthers are lined at 10.5 wins after a breakout 15-1 season last year.  The Panthers were significant money winners on their way to the Super Bowl last year, finishing 11-5 ATS in the regular season; 10-5-1 to the Over. 

Carolina’s key mainstream stat was their +20 turnover margin, best in the NFL by a wide margin.  The defense generated 39 takeaways, again, by far the best in the league.  Carolina’s +192 point differential in 2015 lapped the league – only six other teams were even +75 or higher.  Based on yardage, the Panthers had the #11 ranked offense and the #6 ranked defense.  Their +0.7 yards per play differential between offense and defense ranked #6 in the NFL. 

In short, the Panthers run to the Super Bowl was well supported by their impressive stats – it didn’t come out of nowhere.  And even though the Panthers faced a very easy schedule last year, their SOS for 2016 didn’t take a huge jump; still facing one of the weaker slates in the NFL.

Personnel wise, the Panthers have big questions in their secondary.  Charles Tillman is coming off a torn ACL and still unsigned.  Pro bowl cornerback Josh Norman left for a big payday in Washington.  Bene Benwikere is coming off a broken leg.  And Roman Harper is gone at safety too.  For a team that was +20 in turnovers last year, losing that much veteran talent out of the secondary is clearly problematic.  Carolina is counting on 2nd, 3rd and 5th round draft picks to contribute right away as well as free agent signee Brandon Boykin.   
Still, Carolina’s Front 7 is lethal.  DC Sean McDermott was passed over for a head coaching gig, back guiding a D that has ranked in the Top 10 each of the L4 years (one of two teams, Seattle is the other).  Mike Shula is back as the offensive coordinator after engineering a massive improvement from Cam Newton in his fourth year as the starter.  Even if the defense declines, they’ll get Kelvin Benjamin back at WR after a season lost to injury.  This offense might be really dangerous; and the OL is loaded with a pair of pro bowlers anchoring the unit. 

Since winning the Super Bowl to close out their 2009 campaign, the New Orleans Saints have a grand total of two playoff wins in the last six seasons.  They’ve gone 7-9 SU three times in the last four years, a record that was good enough to earn Sean Payton a massive contract extension.  They’re lined as a 7 or 7.5 win team again this year. The Saints did finish with a winning ATS mark last year (8-7-1 ATS), while going 9-6-1 to the Over.  They had a positive turnover margin (+2) and the #2 ranked offense in the NFL. 

That being said, their #2 ranked offense was outgained by 0.7 yards per play for the season, thanks to a defense that was historically bad.  New Orleans ranked dead last (#32) in the NFL in DVOA (a key advanced metric stat).  The #31 defense (Chicago) was close to New England (ranked #12) than they were to the Saints (ranked #32).  Coordinator Rob Ryan got axed, replaced by Dennis Allen. 

Allen brought in Nick Fairley to shore up the DL, and drafted DT Sheldon Rankins #1 (Louisville) who has drawn Aaron Donald comparisons.    The Saints signed James Laurinaitis in free agency to be their starting MLB.  These are upgrades, yes.  But this D has issues all over the secondary and lacks quality depth everywhere.  It’s hard to picture a dramatic improvement from a team in a terrible salary cap position, especially given their skill position talent decline and Drew Brees’s advancing range.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are lined at 7 wins in 2016, coming off a 6-10 season.  The Bucs put together some impressive mainstream stats last year – the #5 ranked offense, the #10 ranked defense and a +0.7 yards per play differential that ranked #5 in the NFL.  Still, those stats weren’t good enough to make money with Tampa as they finished 7-9 ATS and 9-7 to the Over.

Lovie Smith got the axe following the campaign, replaced by Dirk Koetter.  Koetter is the reason why we talk about Boise State every year in college football – he built the program, but left for a mediocre tenure at Arizona State.  Koetter has been an NFL offensive coordinator since with the Jags, Falcons and Bucs.  For a team that has had nothing but coaching turmoil since Jon Gruden left eight years ago, Koetter seems like a good fit.  Mike Smith (former Falcons head coach) is the new defensive coordinator.  Todd Monken, who has worked with Koetter before and is coming off a successful gig as the Southern Miss head coach, will be Koetter’s offensive coordinator.

Jameis Winston enters his second season in the league off an impressive rookie campaign, with a solid receiving corps to throw to and a workhorse back to rely on in Doug Martin.  Most of the offseason personnel moves came on the defensive side of the ball; looking to improve a stop unit that allowed a QB rating of 102.5 while giving up 70% completions (in sharp contrast to their mainstream total defense numbers); intercepting only six passes all year.  The Bucs brought in veteran help on D in the form of pass rusher Robert Ayers and LB’s Brent Grimes and Darryl Smith. First round pick Vernon Hargraves (CB Florida) should help right away.  But the Bucs schedule is much tougher this year compared to last; a potential stumbling block to their continued improvement in 2016.

Tags: NFL Atlanta Falcons Carolina Panthers Tampa Bay Buccaneers New Orleans Saints Teddy Covers



SuperContest no longer 100 percent payback

06.27.2016     09:05 AM     Printer Friendly

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Due to growth, the world famous NFL SuperContest will no longer offer a 100 percent payback. Instead, the Westgate will take 8 percent to cover the cost of running the contest.


“I know it’s not something that’s looked upon in a positive way, but we just can’t have a loss leader,” Kornegay said. “We’re not looking to make it profitable, but we’re trying to cover our expenses. We thought this number is fair.”

“We reviewed the contest over the offseason, and the numbers were not really flattering,” Kornegay said. “When we had 400 contestants, it wasn’t that big of a deal. But as it escalated in growth the past four or five years, the costs have really grown.”



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College Football Handicapping: Penn State says offense will be much improved

06.27.2016     08:59 AM     Printer Friendly

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Penn State head coach James Franklin believes his offense is poised to make big strides in 2016. It wasn't massive, but in Franklin's second season, the Nittany Lions' offense did improve. In 2014, PSU finished dead last in Big Ten play at 267.5 ypg and allowed a whopping 44 sacks. Last year, the offense jumped to seventh (369.5 ypg) though still struggled at protecting the quarterback with 39 sacks allowed. PSU's first four opponents Kent State, Pitt, Temple, and Michigan all ranked 37th or better nationally in total defense in 2015.


"All the things are in place for us to make a significant jump offensively," Franklin said. "And we knew that."

"There are so many aspects now that are falling into place that you're going to have to deal with defensively," Franklin said. "As we all know, you can be very, very successful with a traditional-style quarterback. But if you're going to do that, the complementary pieces have got to be in place for you."



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MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: San Diego Padres at Cincinnati Reds

06.24.2016     10:11 AM     Drew Martin     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Drew Martin

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San Diego (Rea) at Cincinnati (Reed) 
Recommendation: 1st 5 inning Under 5


The Cincinnati Reds host the San Diego Padres for the second game of a four-game series. The Padres took the first game last night 7-4. Both teams are dealing with key injuries to the lineup and both are throwing young promising starting pitchers tonight. The Reds send Cody Reed the hill for his second MLB start. Reed allowed four earned runs in seven innings in his first outing. The 23-year-old from Horn Lake, Miss., was a second-round pick in 2013 out of Northwest Mississippi Community College. “He’s a lefty with real good stuff,” Price said. “Very athletic. Fastball, slider, changeup. Extremely competitive. He just seems to me to be a guy who’s really comfortable in competition and doesn’t see an environment as being imposing as others would.” The 6-5 225-pound southpaw will be facing a San Diego lineup that may be shorthanded without Jon Jay, who hasn't played since being hit by a pitch on Sunday. Jay is still experiencing some soreness.On the other side, the Reds lineup might be without their best player, Joey Votto who was not in the starting lineup for the third straight game because of an illness. His availability is still unknown. Votto out of the lineup should benefit Padres starter Colin Rea who is coming off one of his better outings of the season; a 6.1 inning performance where he allowed two runs (one earned) in a no-decision against the Nationals.Each of these young starters project to have success against the opposing lineup, however anytime the Reds bullpen is involved run suppression is in jeopardy. I recommend a wager on the 1st 5 innings under 5.

Tags: MLB San Diego Padres Cincinnati Reds Drew Martin



NFL Betting Preview Podcast 6-24-2016: Los Angeles Rams

06.24.2016     10:05 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy finished off his coverage on the NFC West by breaking down the Los Angeles Rams.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO TEDDY'S ANALYSIS

Date: 6/24 
Handicapper: Teddy Covers 
Team: Los Angeles Rams 
2015-16 Record: 7-9 SU, 7-8-1 ATS, 4-12 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 7.5un-150 
Odds to Win NFC: +3000 
Odds to Win NFC West: +835 
Odds to Win Super Bowl 51: +6300 
Week 1 Line: Los Angeles -2 at San Francisco

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: NFL Los Angeles Rams Teddy Covers



College Football Betting Preview Podcast 6-23-2016: Alabama Crimson Tide

06.23.2016     10:14 AM     Drew Martin     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Drew Martin

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured handicapper Drew Martin. Drew took a look at the Alabama Crimson Tide who last season won their fourth National Championship in seven years.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO DREW'S ANALYSIS

Date: 6/23 
Handicapper: Drew Martin 
Team: Alabama Crimson Tide 
2015 Record: 14-1 SU, 8-7 ATS, 6-9 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 9.5ov-140 
Odds to Win Title: +700 
Odds to Win SEC West: +105 
Odds to Win SEC: +175 
Week 1 Line: Alabama -10 vs. USC (Arlington)

To listen to past football previews be sure to visit the Sportsmemo Podcast archive.

Tags: College Football Alabama Crimson Tide SEC Drew Martin



CFL Week 1 Betting Podcast 6-23-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Ian Cameron

06.23.2016     10:13 AM     Printer Friendly

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Thursday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Ian Cameron. Ian and host Andrew Lange broke down all four CFL Week 1 matchups.

Today's segments 
Ian Cameron - CFL Week 1

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Canadian Football League Betting Preview: Edmonton Eskimos

06.23.2016     08:51 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

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Edmonton Eskimos (2015: 14-4 SU, 11-7 ATS, 9-9 O/U)

The Edmonton Eskimos will have a target on their back as they look to repeat as Grey Cup champions following a tremendous 2015 season. It will however be a challenge because the offseason was not particularly kind to the Eskimos. Edmonton saw their very smart and winning head coach Chris Jones depart after he completely turned around this franchise in two seasons. He took the head coach and GM job in Saskatchewan but the Eskimos moved quickly and hired a quality replacement in Jason Maas. Maas, a former CFL quarterback, was the architect of a very prolific Ottawa Redblacks offense as their OC last season. He’ll be installing his familiar up-tempo, no huddle offense which the Eskimos embraced during the preseason. The offense was hard to stop late last season as quarterback Mike Reilly developed into an elite-level player. Edmonton does have some personnel issues to deal with though as Jones managed to woo several of his starters to Saskatchewan including WR Kendial Lawrence, WR Shamawd Chambers, OL Andrew Jones and DB Otha Foster. Meanwhile, two key members of last year’s solid secondary left for the NFL with Dexter McCoil (San Diego Chargers) and Aaron Grymes (Philadelphia Eagles) now gone. In addition, starting DL Willie Jefferson will be in Washington Redskins training camp next month and one of their top corners, John Ojo, was lost to a season-ending injury. On the positive side, Edmonton signed veteran receiver Chris Getzlaf from Saskatchewan to bolster an already solid receiving corps. Their entire offensive line remains intact so there is no reason this team shouldn’t have one of the best offenses in the CFL. Former BC Lions head coach Mike Benevides takes over as defensive coordinator so there could be a learning curve at the onset of the season. And it’ll be very tough to duplicate last year’s defensive production. Coupled with Maas’ new and likely prolific offense, I expect this team to play in a lot of high-scoring affairs.

Be a part of Canadian resident Ian Cameron's 2016 CFL campaign. Action gets underway late June and runs through late November. Ian has been a consistent producer in the CFL with 55% winners since joining Sportsmemo in 2012.

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Canadian Football League Betting Preview: Calgary Stampeders

06.23.2016     08:42 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

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Calgary Stampeders (2015: 14-4 SU, 8-10 ATS, 5-13 O/U)

After winning the 2014 Grey Cup, the Calgary Stampeders were upended by the Edmonton Eskimos in last year’s West Finals. This organization remains on good footing and I expect them to be in the title hunt once again this season. They should enjoy an absolutely seamless transition with long time head coach John Hufnagel retiring (now GM) and handing over the reigns to offensive coordinator Dave Dickenson who has been with the Stampeders since 2009. Calgary will have a new face at running back after veteran Jon Cornish retired. Jerome Messam was brought in late last season and figures to be the starter. The offense, led by quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell who is clearly one of the best in the CFL, will be potent. Though they did lose a pair of dynamic receivers with Eric Rogers and Jeff Fuller departing for the NFL. The team brought in veteran Bakari Grant who joins the likes of Anthony Parker, Joe West and Marquay McDaniel. Rogers led the CFL in touchdowns and receiving yards but the Stamps did a solid job addressing that void. The defense should be extremely good as they have added Hamilton linebacker Taylor Reed to replace Juwan Simpson. Reed and Deron Mayo form one of the league’s best duos. Charleston Hughes remains the ringleader of a ferocious defensive line and the secondary is loaded with playmakers. This organization is extremely well run and they still possess some of the best Canadian player depth in the league which is vital considering a certain number of Canadian players must suit up in every game. Calgary will be in the mix for another division title and Grey Cup in 2016.

Be a part of Canadian resident Ian Cameron's 2016 CFL campaign. Action gets underway late June and runs through late November. Ian has been a consistent producer in the CFL with 55% winners since joining Sportsmemo in 2012.

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Canadian Football League Betting Preview: BC Lions

06.23.2016     08:32 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

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BC Lions (2015: 7-11 SU, 8-9-1 ATS, 10-8 O/U)

The BC Lions managed to make the playoffs last year despite a very unimpressive 7-11 record. One positive was the emergence of dual threat quarterback Jonathon Jennings who clearly established himself as the future of the offense. Jeff Tedford lasted just one season as Lions head coach before he stepped down. Long-time head coach Wally Buono has returned to the sidelines after serving as GM the last four years. The last time he patrolled the sidelines for BC, they won the Grey Cup in 2011. Buono kept both coordinators from last season with Khari Jones returning as OC and Mark Washington returning as DC. In order to compete, Jennings will need to continue to improve. And the defense needs to step up which should be aided by a healthy Solomon Elimimian. Elimimian is one of the single biggest impact players in the CFL and alongside Adam Bighill forms a very formidable LB unit. On offense, they resigned their top WR Emmanuel Arceneaux which is huge. The offensive line was spotty at times last season but they have a solid mix of young players and veterans and should takes strides forward. I think there is some money to be made with BC as they are a team that could be an ATS sleeper. But how that translates into SU wins and being able to compete with West Division behemoths Edmonton and Calgary remains to be seen.

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Canadian Football League Betting Preview: Winnipeg Blue Bombers

06.23.2016     08:21 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2015: 5-13 SU, 8-10 ATS, 6-12 O/U)

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are hoping they can finally get back into the playoffs which they have failed to do since 2011 when they reached the Grey Cup. The pressure is on third-year head coach Mike O’Shea who went 12-24 his first two seasons. Winnipeg has major question marks along its offensive line and the unit didn’t look particularly sharp during the preseason. Keeping injury prone quarterback Drew Willy on his feet once again projects to be a weakness. Matt Nichols is a solid backup option but he is still very erratic. After Nichols, the drop off in production and experience is immense. Making matters worse is the preseason injury to starting center Jeff Keeping (knee) who will be out eight weeks. The team brought in former BC Lions running back Andrew Harris but he’s had injury issues as well as a drop in production in recent seasons. Willy was lost for the season in Week 7 and after that, Winnipeg was forced to play Brian Brohm and Robert Marve. Neither played well and both ended up retiring from football after the season. Nichols came in late but never got on track. In the end, Winnipeg finished 5-13 and failed to beat a team with a winning record.

Winnipeg hired former head coach Paul LaPolice to take over as offensive coordinator. It’s a positive hire but growing pains are expected. The defense should be the strength of the team but the West Division is littered with potent offenses. If the offensive line can improve and give Willy time be effective in the pocket, there is some potential. But if the line struggles and Willy ends up hurt, we’re talking about the weakest team in the division and another sub-.500 season.

Be a part of Canadian resident Ian Cameron's 2016 CFL campaign. Action gets underway late June and runs through late November. Ian has been a consistent producer in the CFL with 55% winners since joining Sportsmemo in 2012.

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Canadian Football League Betting Preview: Saskatchewan Roughriders

06.23.2016     07:47 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

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Saskatchewan Roughriders (2015: 3-15 SU, 5-12-1 ATS, 12-6 O/U)

Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2015. They finished a dismal 3-15 which included a season-ending injury to top quarterback Darian Durant and the midseason dismissal of head coach Corey Chamblin who was two years removed from a Grey Cup title. In comes another former Grey Cup champion (2015), head coach Chris Jones. The hiring was one of the league’s most significant offseason moves as Jones will not only serve as head coach but also defensive coordinator, General Manager, and VP of Football Operations. Jones, a slick talking southerner from Tennessee, has been the architect of numerous top defensive teams in the CFL. In his first stint as head coach in Edmonton, he took a bad Eskimos team and in two shorts seasons won the Grey Cup. Montreal won the Grey Cup in 2002 when he was their defensive line coach. Calgary won the Grey Cup in 2008 with Jones as DC. And Toronto did the same in 2012. I’m almost willing to blindly accept that Jones in time will make this a better football team. The question is how quickly does Saskatchewan improve?

Jones immediately revamped the roster by letting veterans receivers Weston Dressler and Chris Getzlaf, defensive end John Chick, and cornerback Macho Harris all walk. He brought in several players from last year’s championship Edmonton team including prospective starters WR Shamawd Chambers, OL Andrew Jones and CB Otha Foster plus ST specialist and WR Kendial Lawrence. The team will by default be better offensively just from having Durant healthy and back on the field. The receiver corps has some new faces on it and running backs Curtis Steele and Matt Walter are not an overly impressive duo on paper. But overall, the offense should at least be more stable and productive just by having Durant back -- and four of five starting o-linemen. Last year, the OL led the CFL in rushing yards, rushing yards per game and yards per rush but also allowed a league-worst 64 sacks. There are still holes to fill with several players retiring including S Tyron Brackenridge, LB Shea Emry and DT Tearrius George. The good news is that Jones brought in a pair of immediate impact players with the additions of defensive linemen Shawn Lemon and Justin Capicciotti. The secondary is also totally revamped and could take time to develop.

The Eskimos went 26-10 SU, 23-13 ATS under Jones. That shouldn’t be lost on anyone as this guy simply knows what it takes to win. Saskatchewan will have some bumps in the road but don’t be surprised if this team peaks late season and challenges for not only a playoff spot but possible a West Division title.

Be a part of Canadian resident Ian Cameron's 2016 CFL campaign. Action gets underway late June and runs through late November. Ian has been a consistent producer in the CFL with 55% winners since joining Sportsmemo in 2012.

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MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Philadelphia Phillies at Minnesota Twins

06.22.2016     10:57 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

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Philadelphia (Morgan) at Minnesota (Gibson) -165 O/U 9 
Recommendation: Over


To say that the Twins have been trending Over of late is something of an understatement.  Minnesota is 14-1-1 to the Over in their last 16 ballgames.  My clients and I have been cashing betting the Twins Over repeatedly during that span, and tonight’s game has all the makings of another high scoring slugfest.  Here’s why: In most sports, what happens in one game doesn’t matter all that much when it comes to the next game, with the just concluded NBA or NHL Playoffs standing out as prime recent examples.  But when it comes to MLB totals, there is clearly a correlative effect from one game to the next.

Hot lineups stay hot until proven otherwise.  A series of poor outings from a starting pitching staff will result in tired, overworked bullpens that throw gas on fires, as opposed to putting them out.  And when you put those two factors together – a hot lineup and some bad pitching – you’ve got the Minnesota Twins right now!

When an MLB team wins 14 out of 16 games, they’ll be one of the lead stories on SportsCenter – even if they’re a bottom feeder.  But when a team goes 14-1-1 to the Over in a 16 game span, nobody notices.  The markets don’t significantly adjust off that short sample size.  The public doesn’t pay  much attention to totals streaks, because they don’t necessarily stand out. The bookmakers aren’t particularly concerned either.   But savvy bettors can take advantage of these streaks; cashing winning bets sometimes for weeks at a stretch.  That’s where I’m at with Minnesota right now.

Twins starter Kyle Gibson got roughed up in April before an extended stint on the DL, and he’s been roughed up in two starts since coming off the DL, allowing eight earned runs in 12 innings of work.  Gibson’s advanced metrics stats are terrible, issuing nearly as many walks as strikeouts on the season.  The Twins bullpen behind him has been a disaster area all year, allowing another four runs last night in six more innings of work.

The Phillies pitching has been so bad that despite scoring three runs or less nine times in their last 13 ballgames they’re still trending Over the total during that span (9-4 to the Over).  Starter Adam Morgan is barely holding on to his spot in the rotation while showing extremely vulnerability to the home run ball, a bottom tier pitcher on a bottom tier team.  And the Phillies exhausted bullpen hasn’t had a day off since June 9th, primed to pour gas on any late inning fires should we need it!

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NFL Betting Preview Podcast 6-22-2016: Seattle Seahawks

06.22.2016     10:52 AM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy took a look at the Seattle Seahawks who finished last season 10-6 and lost to Carolina in the Divisional Round of the Playoffs.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO TEDDY'S ANALYSIS

Date: 6/22 
Handicapper: Teddy Covers 
Team: Seattle Seahawks 
2015-16 Record: 10-6 SU, 8-7-1 ATS, 7-9 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 10.5ov-140 
Odds to Win NFC: +485 
Odds to Win NFC West: -115 
Odds to Win Super Bowl 51: +875 
Week 1 Line: Seattle -8 vs. Miami

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College Football Betting Preview Podcast 6-22-2016: Virginia Tech Hokies

06.22.2016     10:51 AM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Rob Veno. Rob took a look at the Virginia Tech Hokies who for the first time since 1986, won't be coach by Frank Beamer. Beamer retired and Tech hired Memphis head coach Justin Fuente though retained long time defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ROB'S ANALYSIS

Date: 6/22 
Handicapper: Rob Veno 
Team: Virginia Tech Hokies 
2015 Record: 7-6 SU, 6-7 ATS, 6-7 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 6.5ov-195 
Odds to Win Title: +30000 
Odds to Win ACC Coastal: +370 
Odds to Win ACC: +1250 
Week 1 Line: Virginia Tech NL vs. Liberty

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MLB newest league to consider Las Vegas for expansion

06.22.2016     08:42 AM     Printer Friendly

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What is with everyone wanting to set up shop with a professional sports team in Las Vegas? The NHL is giving it a go, the Oakland Raiders are efforting, and now MLB is saying it "would not disqualify" Sin City -- whatever that means.


“I think the whole, ‘You can’t go to Vegas because there are casinos there,’ we passed that by a long time ago. There’s casinos all over the place. I see Las Vegas as a viable alternative. I would not disqualify it just because of the gambling issue.”



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Canadian Football League Betting Preview: Ottawa Redblacks

06.22.2016     08:21 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

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Ottawa Redblacks (2015: 12-6 SU, 12-6 ATS, 10-8 O/U)

The defending East Division champions will have a major challenge on their hands in trying to duplicate 2015’s success. Everything went right for Ottawa as it jumped from 2-16 in their expansion season to 12 wins and in the process advancing to the Grey Cup. Regression almost seems too obvious but keep in mind the East continues to be the weaker of the two divisions and the remaining teams all have question marks of some kind. Ottawa’s success came in large part because of 41-year-old quarterback Henry Burris who posted a 70.9% completion rate and an incredible 101 QB rating; 93.4 and 78.7 the previous two seasons. It’s not realistic to expect him to match 2015’s production. Burris does however possess one of the best receiving corps in the CFL led by Greg Ellingson, Chris Williams, Ernest Jackson and Brad Sinopoli.

Ottawa did lose upwards of a half dozen of their veteran players to free agency. The departures of offensive lineman Colin Kelly and defensive stalwarts Shawn Lemon, Justin Capicciotti, Keith Shologan and Jovon Johnson will be big obstacles to overcome early in the season. The Redblacks also suffered a critical injury in the preseason as projected starting running back William Powell was lost to a ruptured Achilles. They did sign a critical insurance policy at quarterback in Trevor Harris who performed well for an injured Ricky Ray with the Toronto Argos last season. Harris threw a CFL best 33 TDs last season and ranked third in passing yards at 4,354. With the aging Burris unlikely to make it through an entire season unscathed, Harris is top notch backup.

The loss of offensive coordinator Jason Maas (HC Edmonton) and his highly efficient and effective no-huddle, up-tempo offense could be felt. Newly appointed OC Jaime Elizondo takes over and while capable, he’s simply not on Maas’ level at this point. The talent is there for another run at the East Division title but as mentioned, it’s tough not to project some sort of step back after last year’s 10-win improvement. It will be a question of value and where the betting markets price this team. If lined among the elite, Ottawa may have a difficult time making its backers money.

Be a part of Canadian resident Ian Cameron's 2016 CFL campaign. Action gets underway late June and runs through late November. Ian has been a consistent producer in the CFL with 55% winners since joining Sportsmemo in 2012. 

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Canadian Football League Betting Preview: Hamilton Tiger-Cats

06.22.2016     07:47 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2015: 10-8 SU, 11-7 ATS, 6-12 O/U)

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have been a strong fundamentally sound team and organization since day one of the Kent Austin era but that consistency will be tested in 2016. Hamilton will begin the season without their top quarterback, Zach Collaros, who was on his way to an MOP season before a torn ACL in September ended his year. Backup Jeremiah Masoli did a nice job stepping in late last season and had a very productive training camp. The receiving corps projects to be above average with Andy Fantuz, Chad Owens, Luke Tasker and promising talents Tiquan Underwood and Terrence Toliver. The offensive line should be very good once again and this team has arguably the best special teams unit in the CFL. The Ticats did lose their offensive coordinator but hired a quality replacement in Stefan Ptaszek. Ptaszek was a winner as a player and completely turned around the McMaster University football program. By all accounts, he has a brilliant mind for designing and implementing offenses and should emerge as one of the league’s top coordinators.

Hamilton’s did lose top flight kicker Justin Medlock in free agency to Winnipeg. He was Mr. Automatic so replacing him won’t be an easy task and it will interesting to see if the Brett Maher and Cody Mandell duo can step up in the punting and kicking department. The defensive line looks strong again and the addition of John Chick is a good one assuming the veteran defensive end can stay healthy. The biggest area of concern on this team is their secondary. It lost some key players from last season and has been hit hard by the injury bug in training camp and the preseason. Hamilton is already trying to find third and fourth stringers to fill starting roles which is something to keep an eye on early on. When fully healthy, Hamilton is among the best teams in the CFL but they’ve shown a pattern of slow starts. With five of their first their first seven games on the road to go along with the absence of Collaros and some shuffling on defense and specifically in the secondary, it could be a rocky June and July for this team. It is usually late August and September when the Ticats hit their stride. I could see history repeating itself here and come October and November, I expect this team to be in the hunt for a Grey Cup title.

Be a part of Canadian resident Ian Cameron's 2016 CFL campaign. Action gets underway late June and runs through late November. Ian has been a consistent producer in the CFL with 55% winners since joining Sportsmemo in 2012. 

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College Football Betting Preview Podcast 6-21-2016: Louisville Cardinals

06.21.2016     10:19 AM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Rob Veno. Rob took a look at the Louisville Cardinals who after opening the season 0-3 went on to win eight games including a victory over Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl. The Cards were one of the younest teams in the nation in 2015 and project to return as many as 18 starters.

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Date: 6/21 
Handicapper: Rob Veno 
Team: Louisville Cardinals 
2015 Record: 8-5 SU, 7-6 ATS, 6-6-1 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 9un-125 
Odds to Win Title: +6500 
Odds to Win ACC Atlantic: +630 
Odds to Win ACC: +1100 
Week 1 Line: Louisville -38.5 vs. Charlotte

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NFL Betting Preview Podcast 6-21-2016: San Francisco 49ers

06.21.2016     10:19 AM     Printer Friendly

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Covering sports from a Vegas perspective for over 20 years, the Sportsmemo Podcast kicks off its 2016-17 preseason football coverage. Join us throughout the summer as the Sportsmemo Handicappers provide listeners with in-depth analysis on NFL and College Football.

Today's segment featured veteran handicapper Teddy Covers. Teddy took a look at the San Francisco 49ers who finished last season 5-11. Former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and an entirely new coaching staff takes over.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO TEDDY'S ANALYSIS

Date: 6/21 
Handicapper: Teddy Covers 
Team: San Francisco 49ers 
2015-16 Record: 5-11 SU, 7-9 ATS, 7-9 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 5.5un-120 
Odds to Win NFC: +4500 
Odds to Win NFC West: +2100 
Odds to Win Super Bowl 51: +10000 
Week 1 Line: San Francisco +2 vs. Los Angeles

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