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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.

Tags: CFL Calgary Stampeders Ian Cameron



Canadian Football League Betting Preview: BC Lions

06.23.2016     08:32 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

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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

Submitted by ICC

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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

Submitted by ICC

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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

Submitted by Teddy Covers

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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!

Tags: MLB Philadelphia Phillies Minnesota Twins Teddy Covers



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

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

Tags: NFL Seattle Seahawks Teddy Covers



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

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

Tags: College Football Virginia Tech Hokies ACC Rob Veno



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

Submitted by ICC

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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.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ROB'S ANALYSIS

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

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

Tags: College Football Louisville Cardinals ACC Rob Veno



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

06.21.2016     10:19 AM     Printer Friendly

SportsMemo.com blog entry.
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

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

Tags: NFL San Francisco 49ers Teddy Covers



CFL Betting Preview Podcast 6-21-2016 with Sportsmemo Handicapper Ian Cameron

06.21.2016     10:19 AM     Printer Friendly

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Tuesday's Sportsmemo Podcast featured Sportsmemo Handicapper Ian Cameron. Ian provided listeners with a preview of all nine Canadian Football League teams.

Today's segments 
Ian Cameron - CFL Preview

To listen to past shows, be sure to visit our Sportsmemo Podcast Homepage.

ITunes users can subscribe to the show by searching "Sportsmemo" in the podcast directory.

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: Toronto Argonauts

06.21.2016     08:25 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

Submitted by ICC

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Toronto Argonauts (2015: 10-8 SU, 9-9 ATS, 8-10 O/U)

It is a very momentous season for the Toronto Argos who finally have a home stadium to call their own as they play their first season at BMO Field; site of the 2016 Grey Cup. Toronto was very active in free agency during the offseason by bringing in the likes of offensive lineman Josh Bourke to bolster a suspect front five. The suspect o-line has played a big part in veteran quarterback Ricky Ray’s inability to stay on the field. Brian Bulcke has a chance to be a solid addition on the defensive line but health is an issue for him. They also added Bryan Hall and Justin Hickman to the defensive front and Keon Raymond in the secondary. The Argos did a solid job filling a lot of their holes but the key for this teams remains Ray’s health. Behind him this season, there is no more insurance policy after Trevor Harris signed with Ottawa. Logan Kilgore will be the team’s backup and he doesn’t have a ton of CFL experience. It is vital for Ray to stay on the field if the Argos are going to make a run at the Grey Cup on their home soil. Veteran CFL defensive coordinator Rich Stubler takes over. His defenses in BC and Calgary performed well over the years so his addition to the team combined with some upgrades should result in a better stop unit. Special teams will be an area to watch as the Argos no longer have terrific place kicker and punter Swayze Waters who signed with the Carolina Panthers. If Ray can remain on the field, Toronto looks to be sitting on a great season. If not, all bets are off.

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: Montreal Alouettes

06.21.2016     08:10 AM     ICC     Printer Friendly

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Montreal Alouettes (2015: 6-12 SU, 8-10 ATS, 6-12 O/U)

Montreal Alouettes finished last in the East in 2015 and will look to take strides forward this season. General Manager Jim Popp decided not to hire a head coach and will instead fill the role. The Alouettes have a lot of uncertainty at quarterback behind veteran starter Kevin Glenn. Brandon Bridge, Rakeem Cato, Tajh Boyd and Vernon Adams Jr. are currently locked in an intense training camp battle for the backup spot. Cato appears to have the edge heading into Week 1. The return of receiver Duron Carter from an NFL stint should bolster the position and they have a pair of quality veteran slotbacks in S.J. Green and Nik Lewis. The running back position is a bit thin with Tyrell Sutton and Brandon Rutley the team’s top two options. Defensively the Alouettes will continue to be solid under defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe. The unit completely dominated the play in the trenches in their first preseason game against Winnipeg. Offensive play calling duties will go to legendary CFL Hall Of Fame quarterback Anthony Calvillo. There’s potential for the change to pay dividends but expect an adjustment period. Montreal has the profile of a surprise team this season but they will need to be more productive offensively, particularly at the quarterback position. The defense is pegged to once again be the strength of the team which puts them in position to post similar “under” numbers to that of last year (6-12 O/U).

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MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers

06.21.2016     07:54 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Otto Sports

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Seattle (Paxton) at Detroit (Verlander) -130 O/U 8.5 
Recommendation: Under


The buy sign appears to be on Seattle's James Paxton who has looked very sharp over his last three starts. Paxton's velocity is way up (mid-90's) which has his strikeout rate just below 12 per nine innings. He's also managed to improve his command with a respectable six walks over 22 innings. Despite command and mechanical issues throughout his career, Paxton still flashes an impressive 3.13 ERA over 187 innings. After a slow start to the year, Justin Verlander has found his stride -- and his ability to miss bats with 64 strikeouts over his last 58.1 innings. He's no doubt been a bit fortunate with only 75 hits allowed in 93 innings, but he's pitched like a middle-of-the-rotation arm for much of the season and I don't see any major "red flags" that scream serious regression at this point. What should also help both starters tonight is umpire Mark Ripperger who over last four seasons has produced nearly 61% unders over a 74 game sample. In 13 games behind the dish this season, his games have averaged only 5.6 runs. We'll look that way for tonight's contest with 8.5 even money currently widely available.

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

06.20.2016     01:50 PM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Teddy Covers

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In this week’s Wiseguy Report, I’ll continue my summer series, breaking down one NFL division each week.  This week, it’s time to take an in-depth look at the four teams from the AFC South, with some very early leans regarding their expected improvement or decline in 2016.  As always, within the division, I’ll list the teams in alphabetical order (NOT in predicted order of finish).

The Houston Texans went 9-7 SU, 9-7 ATS and 9-7 to the Over last year.  They won the AFC South for one reason and one reason only – Andrew Luck got hurt, allowing the Texans to dominate the rest of their division rivals with a 5-1 mark.  They only beat two teams with a winning record – Cinci on a bad Andy Dalton day, and the Jets, when New York was slumping midseason in the midst of a 1-4 stretch.  The Texans defense was clearly their strong point, finishing with the #3 stop unit in the NFL based on mainstream stats.  It is worth noting how healthy that defense was, losing only eleven games from their starters all season!

Houston’s 2016 schedule is a good notch or two tougher than it was last year.  Their first three road games come at New England, Minnesota and Denver.  Then, the Texans get only one home game from Halloween through late December, playing four roadies in five weeks with a bye.

Let’s be real about grading the Texans offseason.  They made one huge move – signing former Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler to a fat free agent contract.  Denver saw what Osweiler could do and chose the unknown quarterback void over re-upping a player they had been around for four years.   If Osweiler plays above replacement level, this team has enough skill position talent and defensive stardom to be a legit AFC contender.  But if Osweiler crashes and burns, and or the defense can’t stay healthy, it might be a long year for Bill O’Brien and company.

The 2015 Indianapolis Colts were a true model of mediocrity, finishing 8-8 SU, 8-8 ATS and 8-8 Over/Under in their 16 ballgames.  They went .500 despite some awful mainstream numbers: the #28 ranked offense, #26 ranked defense and a -5 turnover margin.  The Colts compiled those numbers against a true league average slate of opponents, very comparable to this year’s schedule in terms of toughness.

Andrew Luck was riddled with injuries last year, playing behind a very suspect offensive line with mediocre skill position talent surrounding him.  Luck enters his fifth NFL season with only one previous campaign where his QB rating was above 87.  He’s completed more than 60% of his passes only once in those four years.  Only once has he averaged less than an interception per game.  And only once has he averaged 7.0 yards per pass or higher.

Most of those relatively mediocre numbers are not Luck’s fault.  His offensive line is still loaded with question marks.  The defense routinely hasn’t been able to get off the field. Indy’s skill position talent remains mediocre at best.  They made no splashy free agent signings, still suffering salary cap woes from previous offseason spending sprees.  Their schedule offers a legit possibility for a 5-2/6-1 type start, but things get much tougher down the stretch: at Green Bay, at the New York Jets, at Minnesota, and at Oakland in their last four roadies plus the Chiefs, Steelers and Texans at home.  A hot start for Indy might not correlate with a hot finish.

After years of true bottom feeder status, the Jacksonville Jaguars showed some legitimate signs of improvement last year, despite finishing 5-11 SU with a losing record ATS.  Their mainstream stats weren’t very good: #18 on offense, #24 on defense and -10 in turnovers, ranked #29 out of 23 NFL teams in that key category.

Head coach Gus Bradley is clearly on the hot seat as he enters his fourth season on the job.  Jacksonville has ranked 20th or worse in DVOA (a key advanced metric defensive stat) in each of the last four years, even though Bradley – the original architect of the Seattle Seahawks stop unit – was brought in to fix this leaky defense.

On paper, that defense looks MUCH better in 2016.  They signed impact defenders Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson in free agency.  They drafted potential impact rookies with their first two picks in Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack.  And they’ll get last year’s #3 overall draft pick Dante Fowler back, after he went out for the year in his very first practice with the team last summer.  That’s a major talent upgrade for a team that is already loaded with young skill position playmakers.

There is one big red flag surrounding the Jags however – their schedule.  Last year, they won only five games despite facing one of the weakest opposing slates in the league.  This year, their schedule toughens considerably when you analyze based on the 2016 season win total numbers.  In fact, only two teams have a greater year-over-year jump in strength of schedule than the Jags do – they could legitimately get better this year without having a .500 record to show for it.

And then there’s the Tennessee Titans, who finished with the worst record in the NFL in 2015, earning the #1 draft choice as a result.  The Titans did the smart thing with that draft choice, trading it to LA and netting two #1’s, two #2’s and two #3’s over the next few years.  That being said, this team had the worst record in the league last year for a reason – there are holes all over this roster, most of which were NOT filled this past offseason. 

Tennessee's 3-13 record last year was nearly mirrored by their ATS mark, covering only four spreads all season.  And none of their three wins was even remotely impressive, beating the Bucs when Tampa wasn’t ready in Week 1, the Saints in OT and the Jaguars by a field goal.  Meanwhile, seven of their losses came by two TDs or more. 

The Titans have a tougher schedule this year compared to last.  They have room to improve on their -14 turnover margin, ranked #31 in the NFL, but with a young QB in Marcus Mariota, a very limited group of skill position weapons around him, and a bottom tier defense, it’s hard to picture this sorry team putting together a positive turnover margin in 2016.

The Titans retained interim head coach Mike Mularkey despite the fact that he’s gone 9-32 as a head coach in his last three stops since an inaugural 9-7 campaign with the Bills back in 2004.  Tennessee can consider this a successful season if their upgraded offensive line -- drafted Jack Conklin #1, signed C Ben Jones from Houston, and now with a healthy Taylor Lewan in 3rd year at the other tackle spot –gels and allows Mariota to develop.

Next week?  NFC South!

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MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros

06.20.2016     01:45 PM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly

Submitted by Rob Veno

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Los Angeles (Chacin) at Houston (Fister) O/U 8.5 
Recommendation: Houston -1.5 R/L


Houston is now gaining some traction going 17-8 in its last 25 games and creeping to within 2.5 games of second place Seattle in the AL West and 4.5 games of the AL's second Wild Card spot. Part of the recent surge is due to the pitching of tonight’s starter Doug Fister who has now rattled off six quality starts in his last seven appearances including four straight heading into this game. Over this 44.1 IP span, Fister has gone 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. Three weeks ago he faced this Angels team in Anaheim and went 6 innings allowing just 1 earned run. Countering Fister will be Jhoulys Chacin who outings lately have gone in the opposite direction. After closing out May with three quality starts in four trips to the mound, Chacin has pitched poorly in June recording a 7.04 ERA, 1.83 WHIP with eight walks and only six strikeouts. Expect the Astros strikeout prone lineup to feast on Chacin’s pitch to contact trend while Fister tames the LA lineup. Each bullpen is thoroughly rested but Houston carries a major advantage in that category since the Angels relief corps still minus setup man Joe Smith is very capable of yielding middle to late inning run. Lean here will be toward a run line play on the Astros at +145. 

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MLB Handicapper Free Betting Pick: Texas Rangers at St. Louis Cardinals

06.17.2016     10:55 AM     Teddy Covers     Printer Friendly

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Texas (Hamels) at St. Louis (Wacha) -108 O/U 8 
Recommendation: Over


Cole Hamels has had one fatal flaw this season that has doomed his chances of cashing many Under bets.  Hamels has been flying Over the total with regularity – six of his last seven starts have cashed Over tickets.  A pitcher with a career home run to fly ball ratio of 11.4% has seen that percentage nearly double to 22.7% this year.

Hamels has allowed 15 dingers in 83 innings of work this year.  To put that number in perspective, he had allowed only 36 home runs in 417 innings of work over the previous three seasons.  Of 99 pitchers with enough innings to qualify, Hamels home run rate ranks dead last in the majors here in 2016.

It’s surely worth noting that Hamels walks per nine innings is also at a career high this season – clearly, the home runs are making him hesitant to throw strikes; bad news against the patient, potent Cardinals lineup that has pounded out five runs or more in seven of their last ten contests.

But Michael Wacha is not a trustworthy hurler tonight either.  Wacha has been an Over machine all year, cashing seven straight Overs and 10 Overs in his 13 previous starts.  Wacha has been more unlucky than ‘un-good’ this year – his batting average on balls in play (BABIP) is 55 points higher than last year and his strand rate is way down, sitting at 60.2%.

Wacha is coming off a 105-pitch effort against the Pirates.  Following his last two 100+ pitch outings, in his next start, Wacha allowed a combined ten runs in ten innings of work.  Facing a potent and hot Rangers lineup that just pounded out 27 runs in a four game set at Oakland, we can expect some crooked numbers on the scoreboard tonight!  Take the Over.

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College Football Betting Preview Podcast 6-17-2016: Florida State Seminoles

06.17.2016     10:02 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 Florida State Seminoles who finished 10-3 including a loss to Houston (38-24) at -7.5 favorites in the Peach Bowl. After losing 11 players to the draft in 2015, only two were selected this past offseason. As a result, the Seminoles are projected to return as many as 17 starters.

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Date: 6/17 
Handicapper: Rob Veno 
Team: Florida State Seminoles 
2015 Record: 10-3 SU, 8-5 ATS, 5-8 O/U 
Season O/U Wins: 10un-125 
Odds to Win Title: +1500 
Odds to Win ACC Atlantic: +125 
Odds to Win ACC: +150 
Week 1 Line: Florida State -6 vs. Ole Miss (Orlando)

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

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