1. Cry Me a 'Rivers': Packers Lead Trio of NFL Week 9 Predictions Against Spread

    There's a lot great football going on this weekend in both the NFL and college. Alabama and LSU will square off this Saturday in one of the biggest college football games in years, ...

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  2. Get "Luck-Y": 3 Halloween Weekend NFL and NCAAF Predictions Against Spread

    Welcome to this season's third "weekend prediction" slideshow, with each of the first two slideshows bringing home the bacon...

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  3. NFL Prediction Against Spread: Chiefs (+2) at Colts Could Be the "Luck-Y" Choice

    Sometimes you have to lose the battle in order to win the war. For Colts fans, especially those wager-savvy types, this taste of reality came dramatically in late 2009. Indianapolis came into their game vs...

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  4. Get "Luck-Y" with Frogs and Bears: 3 NFL and CFB Predictions Against the Spread

    Welcome to this season's second "weekend prediction" slideshow, which comes four weeks after the first slideshow that featured five selections over college football's opening week (3-2)...

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  5. Oakland Raiders Look to Cut the Mustard as Underdogs vs. Sanchez, N.Y. Jets

    It might not have been "easy as pie". For the Jets , instead, it seemed easy as a "hot dog". One week after their surprise win over Philadelphia as a 14 point underdog, the ...

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  6. NFL Week 3 Top Play vs. Spread: Chiefs (+15) at San Diego Chargers? You Bet!

    Those in and around the Steel City might remember when the Pittsburgh Steelers opened the 1988 season with a 51-0 loss followed by a 41-10 loss. That's enough to make any Steeler fan lose their appetite, even in the face of a Primantis sandwich...

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  7. Buffalo Bills (-3) vs. Oakland Raiders Headline NFL Week 2 Top Plays vs. Spread

    It was September 28, 2008. I was up early to tee off at 8 a.m. for a shotgun start and found myself in a foursome with an old friend who did 95 percent of the talking over the 18 holes...

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  8. NCAAF Thursday Night Prediction: LSU Gets Their First Loss at Mississippi State

    With eight seconds left and the ball at Auburn's two yard line, Chris Relf called his own number. "I feel great about this run" said the fleet footed quarterback, who ended the day with 196 yards passing and 106 yards on the ground...

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  9. 5 Underdogs to Keep in Mind for NCAA Football's Opening Week

    The opening week of college football is always an exciting time for those wager-savvy types as such fans have several weeks to analyze, prepare and predict which teams are going to do what...

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  10. Miami-Ohio vs. Missouri: Matchup Highlights Week 1 College Football Favorites

    In 2001, Gary Pinkel took over the head coaching job at Missouri, inheriting a team that was 3-8 in 2000 and in need of solid leadership and direction after going bowling just twice over the prior 12 years...

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  11. NCAAF Week 1 Prediction: Georgia Is Boise's Season, and That's No Bull(dog)!

    Al Pacino said it best in "Any Given Sunday." "You find out life's this game of inches, so is football. Because in either game—life or football—the margin for error is so small...

    Mark Crystel Written by Mark Crystel about 3 years ago 1,503 reads 9 comments

  12. Dirk vs. Durant: Maverick's Sweep of Lakers Could Lead to a Thunder-Storm

    It was raining threes in Dallas on May 8 when the Mavericks exploded for 60 points from beyond the arc in a 36-point win over the Lakers ...

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  13. From Underdog to Bulldog: Butler's Experience Could Have RAMifications vs VCU

    If you told fellow NCAAB fans in mid-March that your bracket included VCU and Butler in the Final Four, you probably would have garnered more than a few surprise reactions. You also probably would have won your bracket...

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  14. NCAA Tournament: Florida Gators Get Another Crack at Jimmer Fredette and BYU

    Last week, I wrote about Wofford’s chances to stay within the number against BYU in the first round of the NCAA tournament. After failing to win by nine points, BYU took on Gonzaga as about a one point favorite...

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  15. NCAA Tournament 1st Round Prediction: Jimmer Fredette, BYU Can't "Screw" Around

    When interviewed about BYU’s upcoming first round tournament game against Wofford, star guard Jimmer Fredette told ESPN he got some information about the basketball team from a friend of his who is enrolled there as a student athlete...

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  16. Los Angeles Lakers vs Spurs, Miami Heat vs Chicago Bulls Highlight Sunday's NBA

    It was raining inside the AT&T center in San Antonio on Friday night. Raining threes, that is. The Miami Heat were in need of a statement game after blowing big leads in consecutive games that resulted in losses...

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  17. Cleveland Cavaliers Big Underdogs Looking To End Streak at Memphis Grizzlies

    In 1996, Byron Scott played through a 23-game losing streak with the Vancouver Grizzlies . Fifteen years later he is coaching through a streak that’s one game away from tying ...

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  18. Internet Irresponsibility Could Fuel Syracuse out of Slump at Connecticut

    Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has been around campus for 35 years and has led his team to 27 NCAA tournament appearances and a national championship...

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  19. Pittsburgh Steelers Vs. New York Jets: Don't "Sleep" On Mike Tomlin's Defense

    Jets safety Antonio Cromartie knows what it's like to be a father, but he didn't need to put any of his nine children to bed in Gillette Stadium over the weekend...

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  20. Dallas Mavericks Head To San Antonio As 10-Point Underdogs: A Decade of De-Ja-Vu

    The only thing constant in life is change. For the Dallas Mavericks , one man helped change an entire decade. The Mavericks spent the 1990s home with their families while other teams were enjoying the NBA playoffs...

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  21. Michael Vick, Andy Reid, Eagles vs. Packers Highlight Wild Card Weekend

    "I’ll think of something for him." That was Andy Reid ’s response when asked to comment on his acquisition of Michael Vick in August of 2009...

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  22. The 2011 Rose Bowl and The Case For TCU Over Wisconsin

    Across the country on Christmas morning, millions of Americans were waking up to open their gifts. The TCU football team was at practice and they weren’t in Texas...

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  23. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons Are Flyin' (for Third Straight Time) into Seattle

    Pending the status of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers at New England , this weekend’s slate of NFL matchups features zero games with a point spread of more than a touchdown, ...

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  24. Rose Bowl Prediction: TCU Horned Frogs All Business, No Holiday vs. Wisconsin

    TCU coach Gary Patterson had an agenda for the holidays. The schedule included football practice on the morning of Christmas Eve, sending the players home to be with their families, then the football team would fly to Pasadena after the holiday...

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  25. LeBron James' Miami Heat Ride 1-12 ATS Streak in Return to Cleveland

    In 1995, Michael Jackson was coming out with a new multi-disc album, HIStory , which was supposed to be the biggest thing to hit music stores since the compact disc was invented...

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