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Wayne Allyn Root - Focus on Downfield Passing When Evaluating NFL Quarterbacks

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 1:04 PM

It's funny to hear so many NFL game announcers talking about the importance of "mobility" or "escape-ability" when discussing NFL quarterbacks. While it's true that having good feet can get you out of trouble, or help you make plays in clutch situations, if footwork was THAT important, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning wouldn't have been the biggest stars of the modern era!When you're trying to pick NFL winners, particularly UPSET CALLS that score those nice moneyline returns (and make handicapping headlines!), you need to focus on downfield passing. Successful quarterbacks can stretch the defense, or throw in the short or…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Are the Oakland Raiders For Real?

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 12:56 PM

OAKLAND RAIDERS WILL GET RARE NATIONAL AUDIENCE SUNDAY NIGHT IN DCThere was a lot of disagreement in Las Vegas this past summer regarding the likelihood that the Oakland Raiders were going to be an NFL power. A lot of "locals" were supporting the Raiders with futures bets and Regular Season Win bets because the team would be moving to Las Vegas within a couple of years. But, many of the so-called sharps thought the team was going to fall back to earth after playing over their heads in 2016.Why were the 12-4 Raiders seen as pretenders?*They won a lot of…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 3

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 6:22 PM

A wild start to the NFL week with that 41-39 thriller featuring the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers Thursday night. Let's see how sharps have been betting the rest of the card. As always, games are presented in Nevada Rotation order.Baltimore vs. Jacksonville (in London): Remember that this is a neutral site game. Baltimore isn't laying -3.5 or -4 "on the road." All stores are showing those two numbers. I'd say that dog lovers are happy to take the plus 4. The public may like the Ravens as we get closer to kickoff because of their 2-0 start,…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez College and NFL Previews

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 6:18 PM

IT'S A BLAST-OFF WEEKEND IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL AND NFL WEEK 3 -- WE HAVE GAME PREVIEWS AND MUCH MORE!Don't let anyone tell you "there's nothing good on TV anymore" 'cause this weekend's College Football and NFL card are chock full o' good stuff on the tube. We'll get to a batch of game previews that hit the TV screens but first a couple of business items on the agenda:The College kids are playing more and more conference games but there's still some rock-solid non-league games out there and whether it's Notre Dame at Michigan State or Syracuse at LSU or…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Thursday-thru-Saturday Football

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 12:49 PM

Back with you for another week of running through how professional wagerers have been betting the football board. We'll look at all the Thursday and Friday action today, as well as select games from Saturday's big college schedule. As always, I'll return on Friday for a game-by-game rundown of the NFL.THURSDAYLA Rams at San Francisco: The public may be getting tired of these ugly Thursday night matchups. But, San Francisco does have a "locals" following in Nevada because of proximity and past TV history...so this could still be an actively bet game. The opener of Rams -3 as a road…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Thursday NFL and College Previews

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 12:43 PM

NFL WEEK 3 KICKS OFF THURSDAY IN CALI - IT'S RAMS VS. NINERS IN AN NFC WEST WARTHE COLLEGE GRIDIRON UPDATE: THURSDAY NITE PREVIEW PLUS KEY SPREAD STATS FROM 'ROUND THE LAND, AND OUR FIRST EDITION OF THE JIM SEZ TOP 10Here's the straight facts, Jack: The NFL Week 3 card features five divisional duels in all - and it all begins with the Thursday Night showdown in the NFC West between the Los Angeles Rams at the San Francisco 49ers - and so far NFL Divisional Betting Favorites hold a slim 5-4-1 ATS (against the spread) while Home Teams…

Kelso Sturgeon - Coaches a Bigger Key Than Ever

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 3:16 PM

As I was listening to New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo throw his quarterback and offense under the bus...I decided I should devote this week's classwork to emphasizing the importance of handicapping head coaches in the NFL, college football, and really ALL betting sports.My clients and I won with the Lions plus the points this past Monday. It's not that I thought the Giants had no chance to cover. It was just a 15-unit play. But, I was confident that the Giants weren't going to play well enough to justify that price. Odell Beckham Jr. was either going to…

Jim Hurley’s Network - THE NFL WEEK 2 MNF RECAP: LIONS ROAR 24-10 AGAINST PUNCHLESS JINTS

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 12:08 PM

Gotta say that there were a ton of "experts" out there this past summer that were fearlessly predicting a fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy for the New York Giants this year. Wonder if any of 'em now wish to show their faces in public!The Giants - now one of two teams in the metropolitan New York City area to be 0-and-2 SU (straight-up) so far here in the 2017 season and one of nine NFL teams in all to be winless after the first two weeks of play - were downright rotten in Monday Night's 24-10 loss to the 3-point road…

Wayne Allyn Root - Ranked Teams Face Challenges as Road Favorites

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 2:15 PM

You know that THE KING OF UPSETS WAYNE ALLYN ROOT loves nothing more than calling for outright upsets in high profile games and nailing them. I might be stepping out this coming Saturday because several ranked teams find themselves on the road as favorites against home dogs that are chomping at the big to make headlines.Some quick examples:#1 Alabama (-18) at Vanderbilt: That's a tall spread for calling an upset. But, Vandy is coming off a home upset of Kansas State (a Power Play winner in The Root Trust last week), and will try to shorten the game to hang…

Jim Hurley’s Network - TCU at Oklahoma State Preview

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 2:05 PM

Before the season began, few had circled this coming Saturday's TCU/Oklahoma State showdown as must-see TV. Maybe Oklahoma State would have a chance to play spoiler in the Big 12. Maybe TCU would end its recent downward slide to mediocrity. We'll watch something else and check on the score when the game's over!Not now...with Oklahoma State a very real threat to crash the Final Four party at the end of the season...and with TCU catapulting from a blowout at Arkansas into Big 12 contendership...this is suddenly the best game of Week Four. Other than this one, only #17 Mississippi State…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NFL Week 2 Recap and MNF Preview

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 10:40 AM

IT'S TIME TO HIT THE RE-WIND BUTTON ON SUNDAY'S NFL WEEK 2 ACTION PLUS WE'VE GOT A LIONS VS. GIANTS MNF PREVIEWCOLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS/NOTES: THINK WE'RE HEADED FOR A CLEMSON-ALABAMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PART III?No doubt about it: The Atlanta Falcons wanted to "christen" their brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a really big win against the Green Bay Packers - then call it "mission accomplished" with Sunday night's rollicking 34-23 win/cover as QB Matt Ryan threw for 252 yards (and he was razor-sharp) and star WR Julio Jones (5 catches for 108 yards) was a first-half demon against an overmatched Packers…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 2

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Week Two is already under way with the Houston Texans and the Under cashing pretty easily Thursday night in Cincinnati. Sharps who moved the line from Cincinnati -3 to Cincinnati -6 didn't like that result! I took a shot on the value dog for an outright winner, part of a 2-0 night for clients that also included New Mexico (+14.5) at Boise State...fading a favorite that's been overpriced at home for quite a while now.Let's get to the rest of the week's pro football action. As always, games are presented in Nevada Rotation order.Tennessee at Jacksonville: Tennessee opened at pick-em,…

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: Bi-Coastal Tests

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:33 AM

I was looking through the games involving teams I usually write about here in my web articles...the New York NFL teams because I was born as a true S.O.B. in Mt. Vernon NY (son of a butcher!)...USC and UCLA because I was known as "handicapper to the stars" in Hollywood for many years because of my high profile clientele (which is still true, but they're much more subtle about their betting now!). I finally decided I should just write about ALL of them.Not only will this be a bi-coastal web article. But, bi-coastal will be a theme inside because one…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Packers/Falcons Huge in NFC Picture

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11:29 AM

A week ago at this time, we talked about how the best four teams in the NFC were matched up to play each other head-to-head right out of the gate. We gained a lot of insight from those games...and will now be treated to another huge matchup featuring the defending conference champs against the current market favorite.First, a review of last week. You'll recall these were the Super Bowl odds for teams playing in the big TV games...Seattle (8/1) at Green Bay (8/1)NY Giants (12/1) at Dallas (12/1)Green Bay only beat Seattle 17-9, but crushed them in the statistics. Dallas…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Thursday NFL Preview

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 1:19 PM

THE NFL WEEK 2 UPDATE: THURSDAY'S TEXANS-BENGALS BASH NOT THE ONLY GAME BETWEEN A PAIR OF WINLESS SQUADS PLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S SNEAKY-GOOD TEAMSFolks, we usually don't start attaching a "must-win" label to any pro football game until we get to NFL Week 3 play - and take note that for many, many years here at the Jim Hurley Network we've liked to side with what we consider "good teams" plus points when they head into a Week 3 sked without yet cracking the "W" column.So, not about to believe that any of these NFL Week 2 games are "must win"…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Late Week Football

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 1:11 PM

Back for another week of analyzing sharp action. Today we'll look at Thursday and Friday football, along with marquee matchups from Saturday's college slate. Then, I'll be back by midday Friday for our weekly look at the weekend NFL card. Thanks again to all of you who have been checking in for these sharps reports for so many years.We start with tonight's NFL matchup...THURSDAYHouston at Cincinnati: An opener of Cincinnati -3.5 has been bet all the way up to -6 since it became clear that Deshaun Watson was going to get the start despite having a sore ankle. Sharps were…

Jim Hurley’s Network - THE JIM SEZ COLLEGE FOOTBALL MID-WEEK REPORT

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Okay, so east coasters had to stay up till nearly 1:20 a.m. to watch the Denver Broncos' 24-21 win/pointspread push against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night - yes, we continue to absolutely hate the rule that allows coaches up to the last nano-second to call a time out to freeze a kicker - but at least if you had the Chargers (+ 3) you got out with the shirt on your back after being down 24-7 in the early stages of the fourth quarter.In the wagering world, that's almost like a win, right?From the what-else-is-new department, the Chargers…

Wayne Allyn Root - Finding DOGS That Can Score Might be Tough in New NFL

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 10:19 AM

Well, that had to be the ugliest NFL Sunday in decades! Even smash mouth football back in 1960's wasn't that ugly because there weren't interceptions being returned for touchdowns every five minutes. What are DOG LOVERS like WAYNE ALLYN ROOT going to do when so many dogs can't find the trail to the end zone?First, I'm going to remember that defenses are WAY ahead of offenses in Week One these days because it's easy to get a quality defense up to regular season speed, while offenses are so "protected" during August by conservative coaching that most aren't in synch. Think…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: #3 Clemson in Danger at #14 Louisville

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 10:03 AM

This past Saturday night, the Clemson Tigers stuffed highly respected Auburn thanks to a stingy defense that just wouldn't allow any big plays. So much for Jarrett Stidham's Heisman Trophy campaign! This coming Saturday night, the Tigers have to go on the road to face another highly regarded opponent...one that gained 705 yards last week at North Carolina!It's going to be one of the best defenses college football trying to contain one of the most dynamic offensive forces the sport has ever seen when #3 Clemson visits #14 Louisville in prime time on ABC. Will the Tigers derail the 2017…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NFL WEEK 1 SUNDAY RE-WIND: WHERE DID ALL THE OFFENSE GO

Monday, September 11, 2017 at 8:58 AM

OUR NFL WEEK 1 SUNDAY RE-WIND: WHERE DID ALL THE OFFENSE GO?PLUS QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS OF TONIGHT'S SAINTS-VIKINGS, CHARGERS-BRONCOS BASHESTHE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT: BUCKEYES GET A DOSE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINEHats off to NBC's post-game commentator Mike Tirico: Last night while following on the heels of the Dallas Cowboys' 19-3 win/cover against the 6-point underdog New York Giants (more on them in a moment here at Jim Sez) the broadcaster addressed the fact that a half-dozen NFL teams scored in single digits in their season-opening games.From low-to-high ...Cincinnati was shut out at home versus Baltimore;San Francisco registered just 3 points in…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: NFC Powers Square Off Sunday

Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 12:41 PM

Though it's widely understood that the NFC was going to have some "good games" to watch on TV this Sunday, you may not be aware that the TOP FOUR teams in NFC Super Bowl futures prices are going to battle head-to-head in these two games:Seattle (8/1) at Green Bay (8/1) at 4:25 p.m. ET on FOXNY Giants (12/1) at Dallas (12/1) at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCEven though the Atlanta Falcons are the defending NFC champions, there's skepticism that they can get back to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. There are so many "decent" teams…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting NFL Week 1

Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 12:10 PM

Already a big surprise to start the 2017 NFL season, as the Kansas City Chiefs stunned the New England Patriots by two touchdowns Thursday night. That made it a big night for sportsbooks because the general public had tied up New England in a lot of parlays and teasers with other games later in the weekend. Sharps were mostly on Kansas City, which got there easily. There was a lot more money on the Over than the Under, coming in from sharps and squares. That cashed easily in a very high scoring game.Let's move to Sunday and Monday. Here's how…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Oklahoma at Ohio State Preview and NFL

Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:49 AM

Heck, the main headline for NFL Week 1 could already be written ... Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots already lost! Now - following on the heels of Kansas City's stunneroo 42-27 win in Foxboro -- we're gonna see how many other outright upsets on are the NFL Week 1 menu. We'll zip through a few of Sunday's key games in a moment but now hear this:The Jim Hurley Network is ready to cash in big-time with yet another slam-bang NFL Season straight ahead and we want you to come along for the ride! Cash…

Wayne Allyn Root - How to Find Shockers in Week One NFL Action

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 2:07 PM

Another new NFL season is upon us, which means it's time to refresh your memory about the keys to finding SHOCKERS and other great underdog bets in the first week of an NFL season. You longtime readers know I can't post official selections here in my web articles. That wouldn't be fair to paying clients. But, I'm happy to outline the general strategies I use when making "outright upset" calls early in a new pro football season.The first, and most important thing to remember is that the pointspreads are largely based on what everyone remembers from LAST YEAR rather than…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Friday-Saturday Action

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 2:01 PM

This season, I'll be posting two "sharps" reports per week. Each Thursday I'll take a look at how the Wise Guys have been betting all the Thursday and Friday action, along with the most important marquee matchups in Saturday's college football. Then, on Friday, I'll have the traditional NFL report that covers Sunday and Monday.FRIDAYOhio at Purdue: College football decided not to put anything exciting up against the NFL opener. So, we move to Friday to begin the regular board. Purdue opened at -4 off their impressive performance against Louisville last week. Sharps are looking at the dog figuring the…

Kelso Sturgeon - How to Rate NFL Quarterbacks

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 12:05 PM

With the NFL regular season about to begin, it's time for students here in my Advanced College of Sports Betting to focus on the single most important PLAYMAKER position of all. I'm talking about the quarterback position in the NFL.No single position in any other sport even comes close to the importance of NFL quarterback in terms of YOUR bets. College football has gamebreakers at various skill positions. Cy Young award winners in Major League baseball only start every fifth day, and pitching is only about half of baseball given the wide variance of hitting talent. You could make the…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Hurley Super Bowl Odds and College Notes

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 3:59 PM

THE 2017 NFL SEASON ARRIVES THURSDAY AND WE HAVE THE UP-TO-THE-MINUTE ODDS TO WIN IT ALLCOLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS/NOTES: TENNESSEE SNAGS TWIN-0T VICTORY AGAINST GEORGIA TECH, BUT DID THE "WRONG TEAM" WIN?Let's do a little NFL history lesson here: Since the 2000 season, the New England Patriots have copped five Super Bowl championships - far and away more than any other organization during this time frame - while the Baltimore Ravens (2), the New York Giants (2) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (2) also have been multiple SB champs. The Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks…

Jim Hurley’s Network - THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT

Monday, September 4, 2017 at 11:53 AM

THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL REPORT:WE WRAP UP THE BIG HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH #25 TENNESSEE VS. GEORGIA TECH TONIGHT PLUS HIT THE RE-WIND BUTTON ON #1 ALABAMA'S BIG VICTORY AGAINST FLORIDA STATE ... PLUS VIRGINIA TECH AND UCLA WIN SUNDAY NIGHT THRILLERS AND A BACKWARD TEXAS TWO-STEP TOO!C'mon, are you kidding me?The Sunday night thrill-a-minute finishes in both LA and DC really put a major exclamation point on a great first full weekend of College Football but the fun-and-games ain't over yet!There's a big game in Hot-lanta this evening - our #25 Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech preview is straight ahead for your…

Wayne Allyn Root - USC and UCLA Both the Start Season Overrated

Monday, September 4, 2017 at 4:00 AM

Las Vegas is basically a suburb of Los Angeles in terms of sports betting interest. While we do have residents from all over the country here. The city really buzzes when any of the Los Angeles teams are great. That's was true for the Lakers when Kobe Bryant was there. It was true when USC was an annual championship threat under Pete Carroll. The Dodgers are in a lull the past couple of weeks...but EVERYBODY got rich on them through the summer, and will be rooting hard come playoff time.I watched both the USC and UCLA games with great interest…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Can Oklahoma win a Big Game without Bob?

Monday, September 4, 2017 at 3:00 AM

OKLAHOMA LOOKING TO SCORE HIGH PROFILE UPSET SATURDAY IN COLUMBUS AT OHIO STATEThe early line for this Saturday night's BLOCKBUSTER college football showdown matching Oklahoma and Ohio State shows the Buckeyes as a favorite of -7.5 points. Even though Oklahoma looked sharp in a season-opening win over UTEP, it's likely that line will stay around -7.5 because:*Ohio State exploded for a huge second half against Indiana in a TV game*Everyone who laid -7, -7.5 or -8 with Alabama over FSU in last Saturday's big TV game cashed their tickets!Squares love to bet national superpowers as TV favorites...and they got to…

Jim Hurley’s Network - COLLEGE FOOTBALLS MONSTER LABOR DAY WEEKEND IS HERE

Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 12:49 PM

Who said anything about barbecues, beaches and backyard parties?It's College Football time, ladies and gents, and so put all those other outdoor activities on hold for what figures to be one of the great all-time first full weekends in recent gridiron memory.Hey, it's not every day we get a first-weekend-of-the-year showdown between the nation's preseason #1 and #3 teams plus you can never really get enough of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh now - what, he's back from Rome? - as his 11th-ranked Wolverines have a marquee matchup on tap too.The Jim Hurley Network is ready to cash in big-time…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Marquee College Football Games

Friday, September 1, 2017 at 2:56 PM

The first full weekend of college football action isn't exactly rife with great matchups. That's why everybody's talking about Alabama/Florida State! It's rare to have a game that great on opening Saturday. But, in terms of pure entertainment value...that's about it.Here in Las Vegas, we gamble for money rather than entertainment. So, I've added in a few other games of interest for us to study this week. I've also included Sunday's doubleheader and the Monday nighter, which will at least match up bowl caliber teams in early Power Ratings.I'll run through these handpicked games in schedule order, starting with Saturday…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Thursday/Friday College Football

Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 5:39 PM

We're going to transition from Preseason to regular season for 2017 beginning today. No reason to worry about all of those Week Four exhibition games in the NFL where very few starters will be seeing any action. Most sharps only have token involvement because limits are small and there's so much randomness when backups are playing the whole way.We have plenty of college football action Thursday and Friday to talk about. Then, I'll be back with you tomorrow to look at how sharps have been betting the marquee college football games scheduled for Labor Day Weekend (including that huge game…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL and College News and Notes

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12:05 PM

HEY, NFL FANS, WE'RE GETTING CLOSER TO THE START OF THE '17 SEASONPLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES: WHAT TEAM(S) THIS WEEK COULD MAKE A HUGE LEAP IN THE RANKINGS (OR EVEN CLIMB INTO THE RANKINGS)?Here's a word to the wise when it comes to the NFL: Just be patient, folks, the 2017 regular season will be here before you know it when the Kansas City Chiefs challenge the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Thursday, Sept. 7th and then that's followed by an array of great Week 1 games on Sunday, Sept. 10th and Monday, Sept. 11th.The…

Wayne Allyn Root - How to Find Week One College Football Upsets

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 4:40 PM

The first full week of college football action for the 2017 season is upon us. Last week barely counts! Your Thursday, Friday, and Saturday handicapping schedule will be very busy from now through early December. This weekend, you'll also have some Sunday and Monday action to consider as well for the Labor Day holiday.You may have noticed there was only one "upset" in that abbreviated appetizer last weekend. Hawaii scored very late to barely beat UMASS. But, Hawaii was the better team to begin with, which is why they were getting less than a field goal on the road. Oregon…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NFL Dress Rehearsals Expose QB Issues

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 2:49 PM

It's becoming very clear that successful NFL handicapping during the 2017 season is going to involve fading teams who are in trouble at the quarterback position. There just aren't enough good quarterbacks to go around! Teams experimenting with various options through the Preseason haven't found much to get excited about. In fact, this past weekend's dress rehearsals basically confirmed that serious issues are ahead for many teams...even those expected to contend for at least Wildcard spots.Among the contenders...HOUSTON has given the starting job to Tom Savage. But, he mostly just completes short passes that don't threaten the end zone. He…

Kelso Sturgeon - Mayweather Proves Value of Favorites Again

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 2:28 PM

I don't talk much about boxing here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting. And, I'm not really talking about boxing today even though I'm going to reference this past Saturday Night's spectacle here in Las Vegas featuring Floyd Mayweather and Colin McGregor. My point in bring up that bout is that it proved once again that there could be tremendous value in betting big favorites.It's become overstated in the extreme that the best way to make money in sports betting is to focus on underdogs. While it's generally true that sports books shade the line against the public by…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFLX Week 3 Wrapup

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 12:45 PM

THE NFL 2017 SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE BEND, BUT TODAY WE'RE ANSWERING ALL YOUR PRESEASON POINTSPREAD QUERIES AND WE PUT A  WRAP ON NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3 PLAYCOLLEGE FOOTBALL '17 IS OFF-AND-RUNNIN' AS #14 STANFORD COVERS THE WEEKEND'S HEFTY PRICE TAG IN OPENER, BUT #19 USF DOES NOT!Go ahead ... Ask us how NFL Preseason Betting Favorites have fared so far this month and the answer may surprise you:The NFL chalk this summer is just 19-21-4 ATS (against the spread) with 5 Pick 'Em games tossed into the mix (that's a .475 winning percentage) and if you happen to…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Saturday NFL and College Football

Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 12:51 PM

MORE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3 QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS/COMMENTS AHEAD PLUS PATS LIKELY LOSE WR EDELMAN FOR THE YEAR, WHILE KC'S WARE HUST TOOPLUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL '17 IS HERE AND WE HAVE "ONE-LINERS" ON THE FIVE (5) GAMESThe 2017 NFL Regular Season is now less than two weeks away - but first things first: The two preseason games on Friday night turned into "worst nightmare" stuff for the visiting sides as New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (98 catches for 1,106 yards last year) was seen being carted out of Ford Field in Detroit with crutches in hand while Kansas City RB…

Kelso Sturgeon - Study Offensive Lines for College Handicapping

Friday, August 25, 2017 at 6:12 PM

We have four college football games on the main board in Las Vegas this Saturday. Five if you count the "added" TV game involving Portland State and BYU on ESPN. This is a great way for students here in my College of Advanced Handicapping to get their feet wet in advance of the full flood of college games coming next week.You hard workers are probably already up to speed on the basics like won-lost records from last year, returning starters, quarterback experience and the like. And, obviously, you've already made your lists of PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS that are going to…

Kelso Sturgeon - 100-Unit NFL Preseason Game Of Year Wins Saturday

Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 2:04 PM

Nationally-Televised Oregon State At Colorado State Saturday Helps Launch 2-0 College Season 100-Unit NFL Preseason Game Of Year Wins Saturday And It Is Yours Free...Won Last Year With Redskins Vegas Bookmakers Say They Will Suffer Biggest Loss In History If Cage Fighter McGregor Beats Undefeated 49-0 Mayweather Saturday By Kelso SturgeonIt's time to get serious about the football season as the colleges launch their season a bit early this Saturday, offering four games (three on national TV) including Oregon State at Colorado State where the Rans will open their new 36,500-seat on-campus stadium, powerful South Florida at San Jose State and…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Week Three of NFLX

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2:54 PM

The dress rehearsal games are finally here. Las Vegas is really looking forward to these because the public loves getting a chance to bet games where starters are going to play into the second half. It will be the biggest football week of the Preseason by far in terms of handle, and attendance in the showrooms with all the big screen TV's.Normally, I'd run through each game to talk about sharp action. But, we have a very unique circumstance this week where oddsmakers have settled many matchups on "Favorite -3" or "Favorite -3.5." It takes a lot for the Wise…

Wayne Allyn Root - NY Jets Projected to Have Worst NFL Record

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Last week we talked about the New York Giants in this spot. As a native New Yorker (born as a true S.O.B. in Mt. Vernon, NY...a son of a butcher!), it's my responsibility to give equal time this week to the New York Jets.There's been so much pessimism about the Jets here in Las Vegas that their "Regular Season Win Total" proposition has fallen all the way down from 4.5 to 3.5...with the Under now a slight favorite at 3.5! That means 3-13 is the best expectation for the 2017 season based on a composite of market influencers.What does WAYNE…

Jim Hurley’s Network - The Top Teams in College Football

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 12:00 AM

THE NFL PRESEASON REPORTBROWNS DOWN GIANTS 10-6 BUT BECKHAM'S THE NEWSMAKER (AGAIN!) PLUS A LOOK AT THE TOP TEAMS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S PRESEASON AP TOP 25One way or the other, it was New York Giants' WR Odell Beckham Jr. that figured to "make news" in Monday night's NFL Preseason Week 2 tilt in Cleveland:Oh, yes, the 1.5-point underdog Browns held off the Giants 10-6 in a game that featured plenty of fourth-quarter bloopers but it was a first-half left ankle sprain suffered by Beckham (three receptions for 37 yards) that created all the buzz in a game that illustrated the…

Kelso Sturgeon - Rookie Coaches Struggling with Fundamentals

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 2:46 PM

As I was studying this past weekend's NFL boxscores, it struck me that some of the new head coaches are having big troubles getting their teams to execute on offense so far this Preseason. How are their teams going to be ready for the regular season if they're still kicking the ball around now?Let's run through how the five teams with new head coaches have performed so far.BUFFALO: Sean McDermottThe Bills turned the ball over FOUR times this past Thursday in a 20-16 loss to Philadelphia. Buffalo fell to 0-2 in the Preseason because they also lost to Minnesota the…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Best and Worst from NFLX Week 2

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 1:07 PM

It's very easy for handicappers to take the second week of the NFL Preseason "off" in terms of real analysis. After Week One, you watched every game either live or on replay. You scoured the boxscores. You missed football so much all summer you couldn't wait to dig in! In Week Two? You just watched the scoreboard update while you rooted for your bets. Mistake!This week in particular, you really needed to be paying close attention. Some offenses made statements about regular season readiness, even if they didn't light up the scoreboard with 38-45 points. Other teams created the illusion…

Jim Hurley’s Network - THE JIM SEZ NFL PRESEASON NOTEBOOK

Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11:18 AM

If you've been looking at how the NFL Preseason Favorites vs. Underdogs have been playing out through the first two full weeks, then you've noticed something ... there's been really no set pattern at all.In fact, NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting Favorites will enter tonight's New York Giants at Cleveland Browns clash with a 6-6-1 ATS (against the spread) mark with a pair of Pick 'Em games tossed into the mix, so take note that through two-plus weeks of NFL Preseason activity the chalk sides are a dead-even and vig-losing 13-13-2 ATS with Four (4) Pick 'Em's.Okay, so dig a…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Most Important Preseason Stats

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 2:35 PM

A LOOK FOR HANDICAPPERS AT KEY STATS YOU SHOULD STUDY IN THE PRESEASONWith starters beginning to see more and more action in NFL exhibition games, this is a good time for JIM HURLEY'S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK to review the most important boxscore stats to study in the Preseason.Some pundits will tell you that stats are meaningless in the Preseason. Then they'll use stats to tell you how great their favorite player is, or how horrible the latest embattled quarterback is. Pundits have no attention span! You're not a pundit. You're a Las Vegas sports bettor. You need to be smart about…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Rating The New NFL Coaches

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 2:29 PM

THERE'S MORE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 2 QUICK-HITTER PREVIEWS PLUS RATING THE 2017 HEAD COACHING HIRESWE CHECK OUT THE SEC IN OUR NEXT-TO-LAST CONFERENCE-BY-CONFERENCE SNAPSHOTHere's the straight facts, jack: There were six new hires to the NFL head coaching ranks prior to this 2017 season and those "newbies" banged out a 4-2 SU (straight-up) and 4-2 ATS (against the spread) in their first full week of Preseason games but then last night two new guys (Buffalo's Sean McDermott and Jacksonville's Doug Marrone) both suffered SU/ATS setbacks. So, things are dead-even spreadwise as we report to y'all today.Obviously, everyone in the handicapping…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Week Two of NFLX

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 3:38 PM

Action begins Thursday night for the second full week of the 2017 NFL Preseason. Let's see how the sharps have been betting these games so far. We'll take them in Nevada rotation order.THURSDAYBaltimore at Miami: Looks like we're going to have a soft tug-of-war between the opener of Miami -2.5 and Baltimore +3. The field goal isn't as important a number in preseason football, though two games landed on it last week (one dog, one favorite winning by that much). Baltimore didn't play as well as the score made it look last week vs. Washington. Miami is still working out…

Wayne Allyn Root - NY Giants Now Favored to win NFC East

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 3:16 PM

You longtime readers know that I follow New York-based teams very closely in all sports. Even though I've lived in Las Vegas for a few decades now, I was born a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!) in Mt. Vernon, New York. You can bet that it caught my eye when the New York Giants slide into the favorite position to win the NFC East at some Las Vegas locales this week.What happened? It really wasn't anything directly tied to the Giants. Ezekiel Elliot of the Dallas Cowboys was suspended without pay for the first six games of the coming…

Kelso Sturgeon - Stay on Top of Personnel Developments

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 3:16 PM

Just this past weekend, there was news that the University of Florida had suspended SEVEN players for the season opener against Michigan. In days prior, news of various season-ending injuries across the college football landscape had made temporary headlines. It's very important if you're serious about beating the pointspread this season that you stay abreast of all developments that involve starters and key bench players...particularly those with potential to be PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS.I know far too many folks here in Las Vegas who kinda/sorta "half-hear" the news headlines, then forget about them. They figure they'll worry about it when the…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: NFLX Week 2 Outlook

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 3:08 PM

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS HIGHLIGHTS SECOND WEEK OF EXHIBITION ACTIONThe second week of NFL Preseason action is often pretty dull. Everybody's biding their time until the dress rehearsals in Week Three. (Well, some teams are just biding their time for ALL of August!). Some offenses have to keep sitting their projected starting quarterbacks because of injuries (certainly Baltimore and Indianapolis, possibly Carolina too). Out of the 16 games on the card, there are probably only a handful that are truly worth your attention in terms of preparing for the regular season.GAME OF THE WEEK: Minnesota at SeattleBoth head coaches…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Preseason Report

Monday, August 14, 2017 at 10:54 AM

THE NFL PRESEASON REPORT:ELLIOTT'S SUSPENSION ISN'T THE ONLY PROBLEM THE COWBOYS HAVE THESE DAYS PLUS PRESEASON NOTES AS LIONS, SEAHAWKS WIN SUNDAY GAMES. JIM HURLEY GOES 4-3 OPENING WEEK OF PRESEASONCOLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE SNAPSHOT: LET'S ZOOM IN ON THE MOUNTAIN WESTThe Dallas Cowboys can kick, scream and holler all they want - but second-year superstar running back Ezekiel Elliott is gonna be suspended for a batch of games (we still say it won't be six!) and the appeal/ruling could be coming down the pike any day this week or next week.Still, that's apparently not the Cowboys' only problem as we…

Kelso Sturgeon - Anticipating the Coming NFL Season

Friday, August 11, 2017 at 3:35 PM

Earlier this week, I gave you a bunch of homework to get you ready for handicapping and beating the NFL Preseason. Today, I'm going to focus more on how to get ready for the regular season. Even though the exhibition slate is a completely different animal, your understanding of a team's regular season needs will help you understand what's happening on the field during the month of August.*First, get access to the current Regular Season Win Totals that have been posted in Las Vegas. There are now several mainstream websites and broadcasters who make these available to the public. I…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook - Pennant Race Preview

Friday, August 11, 2017 at 3:24 PM

EXCITING RACES ON TAP IN BOTH MAJOR LEAGUES AS WE APPROACH THE FINAL TURNWe're about to transition from a baseball-heavy summer to a football-heavy fall here in JIM HURLEY'S HANDICAPPING NOTEBOOK. So, instead of previewing a big weekend series (and there are a few of them!), we're going to outline the pennant races from this point forward. Then, we'll be talking football for the for-seeable future.NL EAST: Washington looks to have shorn up its bullpen issues, which will make them even more dangerous in the postseason. We know they'll win this division…but can they beat the LA Dodgers in the…

Jim Hurley’s Network - THE NFL PRESEASON WEEKEND REPORT

Friday, August 11, 2017 at 2:50 PM

ZEKE GETS ZAPPED WITH 6-GAME SUSPENSION (IT'LL BE LESS!) AND NOW COWBOYS MUST COPE...MORE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 GOODIESThe hammer came down - and it came down hard - on Dallas Cowboys' second-year RB Ezekiel Elliott for his alleged domestic violence episodes as the NFL stole the Friday afternoon headlines with the announcement that "Zeke" will be suspended for the first six games this season.Folks, no way will this stay a six-game suspension as Elliott's people will appeal the ruling this weekend (if they have not already by the time you're reading this) and when it all shakes down we…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Friday NFL Previews

Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 5:56 PM

THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 REPORT - THE FRIDAY NITE MENU PLUS SOME KEY/DAUNTING QUESTIONS REGARDING THE UPCOMING '17 SEASON ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL ODDS & ENDSLadies and gents, if you listened to all the "experts" out there this summer than you might be so inclined to think NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should just hand off the Vince Lombardi Trophy to the New England Patriots one mo' time even before a single game has been played.But wait a second!The Pats - who are the defending champs, have won two of the last three Super Bowls and have five shiny trophies in their…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps are Betting Week One in NFLX

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 3:16 PM

Richie Baccellieri: How Sharps are Betting Week One of NFLXThe first FULL week of NFL Preseason action has arrived. Everyone here in Las Vegas is happy to have football back on the board. Oddsmakers and bettors!Sharps have been most active in just a handful of games, including the Wednesday night opener featuring the Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers. I'm going to focus on those games of interest first before summarizing the rest of the 16-game card.Houston at Carolina (Wednesday)The Panthers opened at -3. There was a lot of sharp interest in the underdog from the get-go. We're now seeing pick-em…

Kelso Sturgeon - Why Wyoming And Tulane Will Be Two Of Most Surprising College Teams This Season

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 3:03 PM

NFL Officially Begins Unofficial Preseason Wednesday With 25-Unit Game Of Week Set For ThursdayIf Ravens QB Mallett Falters Thursday You Can Bet The Shunned Colin Kaepernick Will End Up As Baltimore’s Starting QuarterbackWhy Wyoming And Tulane Will Be Two Of Most Surprising College Teams This SeasonDodgers (79-32) On Track To Break Single Season Win Record Of 116 Held By 2001 Mariners (116-46) And 1906 Cubs (116-36)By Kelso Sturgeon Maybe it’s just me, or a faulty memory, but the opening week of National Football League practices has been far more chaotic than those of the past. Much of the uncertainty belongs to…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Thursday NFL Peviews

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 2:46 PM

NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 - HERE'S THE THURSDAY NITE MENU WITH SEVEN GAMES ON THE DOCKET ...THE BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: CHECKIN' OUT THE CURRENT WIN-IT-ALL ODDSIt's the age-old question when it comes to handicapping NFL Preseason action: What teams really want to win these exhibition games?No doubt that there are a slew of teams each/every summer that would like to get a feel of a "winning culture" beginning in the preseason though it's no secret than many (most?) NFL teams simply want to let their starters get enough reps for the regular season, steer clear of major injuries and then hash…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Dodgers/Diamondbacks Series Preview

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 2:24 PM

TWO OF BASEBALL'S BEST SQUARE OFF WHEN LA DODGERS VISIT ARIZONA BEGINNING TUESDAYThe National League playoff brackets aren't exactly set in stone yet. But, it's very clear that the Los Angeles Dodgers will be a #1 seed and a strong favorite to win the pennant. They could well be playing the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round, given the likelihood of Arizona and Colorado meeting in the Wildcard play-in game.Tuesday night, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks begin a three-game series in the desert. This will definitely have a playoff feel to it. This has become a nice rivalry (even when Arizona…

Kelso Sturgeon - Doing Your NFL X Homewor

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 2:12 PM

Kelso's Advanced Sports Betting: Your NFLX HomeworkHere in my "Advanced Sports Betting" study course, I've always encouraged hard workers to do their homework. My role as The Dean of Sports Handicapping is to point you in the right direction. I assign the homework. You do the work. You learn from your work. You develop the skill sets it takes to pick winners and make money as a professional gambler. Sounds great on paper...but only if YOU are able to do the work!Here's your first batch of homework for the 2017 NFL Preseason. It should go without saying that you should…

Kelso Sturgeon - This Is Lesson #1 On How To Bury Your Sleeping Bookmaker For The Entire Season

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 2:03 PM

This Is Lesson #1 On How To Bury Your Sleeping Bookmaker For The Entire Season By Just Paying AttentionAlabama, Ohio State, Penn State, FSU Top My Opening Top 20...Badgers, Huskies The SleepersNFL Preseason Returns Wednesday Night - Panthers 3-Point TV Favorites Over Texans Bears Castoff QB Cutler Signs One-Year $10,000,000 Contract With Miami DolphinsBy Kelso SturgeonThe college football season begins in less than three weeks and the work to be ready for it continues at a feverish pace. Analyzing and rating the 150 teams on which we will be betting this season is seemingly impossible but it must be done and…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NFL Preseason: Fish sign Cutler - MAC Snapshot

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 1:48 PM

THE NFL PRESEASON WEEK 1 - THE CUTLER SIGNING WITH THE FISH IS WEEKEND'S BIGGEST STORY BUT WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AHEAD TO TEXANS-PANTHERS (ON WEDNESDAY) AND MORE! ...THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL UPDATE: MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE REPORTReunited ... and it feels so good?Hmm, the weekend past was chock full of fun National Football League stories but none was bigger than the news that former Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was signing with the Miami Dolphins - and that means a reunion between quarterback and one-time Bears' offensive coordinator Adam Gase.It also meant that the Las Vegas and off-shore betting houses put Miami's over/under…

Kelso Sturgeon - Finding PLAYMAKERS in NFLX Action

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 12:41 PM

You longtime readers know that I always emphasize PLAYMAKERS and GAMEBREAKERS when making my selections in all sports. It's important that sports bettors know which athletes are most likely to determine which teams will win straight up and cover point spreads.When trying to find edges in the NFL Preseason slate, this is more difficult, but arguably more important! I can't tell you how many times over my long career in this industry where I've made big money because I recognized one key BACKUP quarterback or running back who was likely to carry his team to a cover. That's easier for…

Jim Hurley’s Network - A Sneak Peek at Preseason Week 1

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 12:34 PM

NFL NOTEBOOK - A SNEAK PREVIEW ON WHAT TO WATCH IN PRESEASON WEEK 1 ACTION PLUS TWO OF BASEBALL'S MOST UNDERRATED STARTING PITCHERS THIS YEARFolks, if Thursday's Hall of Fame Game - see Dallas 20, Arizona 18 - was any indication, than we figure to see a whole lot more passing in the preseason than ever before ... and that makes total sense.Therefore, we can expect more scoring in these summertime games and - sooner or later - the Las Vegas totals prices will go up, up, up too.So, that means the Jim Hurley Network will be checking out which…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Nationals - Cubs Series Preview

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 3:57 PM

ANOTHER POTENTIAL PLAYOFF PREVIEW WHEN WASHINGTON VISITS WRIGLEY THIS WEEKENDEven though the Chicago Cubs have been playing much better ball since the All-Star Break than they were during their long World Championship hangover, a major problem still looms. The Cubs struggle vs. good teams! They just lost two of three games at home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, dropping them to 16-24 this season against opponents who are currently at .500 or better.The Washington Nationals come to town for a weekend series with a gaudy 63-43 record, a smidge better than Arizona. This potential playoff preview between the projected #2 and…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Hall of Fame Game Recap - Conference USA Snapshot

Friday, August 4, 2017 at 3:18 PM

NFL HALL OF FAME GAME RE-CAP: COWBOYS BEAT CARDINALS 20-18 BUT IT'S 'ZONA QB GABBERT THAT STEALS SHOWPLUS OUR COLLEGE CONFERENCE SNAPSHOTS ROLL ON WITH A LOOK AT CONFERENCE USABASEBALL NEWS/NOTES TOOMake no mistake: There is no quarterback controversy in Arizona this year - 38-year-old Carson Palmer is gonna be the man - but last night's NFL Hall of Fame Game showed that journeyman QB Blaine Gabbert plans on making the most of this summer.The one-time high draft choice of the Jacksonville Jaguars was the numero uno story line in last night's 20-18 Dallas Cowboys' win against the Cardinals -…

Richie Baccellieri - How Sharps Bet Preseason Football

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 4:17 PM

Even though the 2017 NFL Preseason begins Thursday night, I can't say that sharps are exactly coming out of the woodwork to bet the Hall of Fame game matching the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. Nevada sportsbooks have relatively low limits for the game anyway. And, it's pretty clear that neither team is prioritizing getting a result. If they were, one of them would be favored by at least three!*Arizona has already made public that they won't play any of their starters.*Dallas is often no-shows exhibition games under this coaching regimeA team that was focused on getting a result or…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: NFL Preseason Starts Thursday!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 4:06 PM

DALLAS COWBOYS AND ARIZONA CARDINALS KICK OFF NFL PRESEASON THURSDAYIt's a shame that the teams themselves aren't taking Thursday's exhibition opener very seriously. Head coach Bruce Arians of the Cardinals has already announced he won't play any of his starters. Dallas isn't interested in risking any injuries to key players either. So, handicappers are forced to pick a winner based on which backups care more than the coaches do!The great thing about JIM HURLEY'S NETWORK is that we know we can pass a game if there's no edge. We focus on finding you BIG, JUICY WINNERS!  We'll be working with…

Wayne Allyn Root - How to Find Upsets in the NFL Preseason

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 12:23 PM

The NFL Preseason is now just hours away, with the Hall of Fame game kicking off Thursday Night featuring the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. THE KING OF UPSETS is always looking for value, and the August exhibition slate is no exception. Today, we're going to discuss how to find smart underdog bets over the next five weeks.When it comes to Preseason football, I always emphasize patience. Too many bettors missed football so much that they get crazy when games are back on the schedule. They imagine advantages that aren't there. They think they've found a few trends that turn…

Jim Hurley’s Network - MLB Trade Deadline Winners - HOF Game Preview

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 12:17 PM

THE MLB TRADE DEADLINE REAL WINNERS AND LOSERS ... PLUS THURSDAY'S NFL HALL OF FAME GAME PREVIEW AS COWBOYS, CARDINALS CLASH IN CANTONDo you think that the 74-and-31 Los Angeles Dodgers were the biggest winners at the Major-League Baseball Trade Deadline on Monday? Yu bet!The acquisition of RHP Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers was an absolute stroke of genius on many fronts by the Dodgers' brain trust - first and foremost it protects the National League West team by having a true ace in case these recent back problems by LHP Clayton Kershaw are worse than imagined and it…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Indians/Red Sox Series Preview

Monday, July 31, 2017 at 2:45 PM

POTENTIAL PLAYOFF PREVIEW AS CLEVELAND VISITS BOSTON IN AMERICAN LEAGUE SHOWDOWNJust like the Chicago Cubs, their World Series counterpart who they've been mirroring all season, the Cleveland Indians have gotten red hot in the second half of the season. They are 9-1 their last 10 games...but haven't created much distance at the top of the AL Central because the Kansas City Royals have been just as hot.In a three-game series beginning Monday Night, Cleveland will take on the staggering Boston Red Sox. Boston is just 2-6 its last eight games, and 5-10 over the last 15. Worse for the Sox,…

Jim Hurley’s Network - MLB Trade Deadline - Big Ten Football Snapshot

Monday, July 31, 2017 at 2:35 PM

THE BASEBALL TRADE DEADLINE HAS ARRIVED - WHAT LAST-MINUTE MOVES ARE GONNA ROCK THE MLB WORLD TODAY? ...THE NFL REPORT - COWBOYS-CARDINALS ZOOM IN ON THURSDAY'S OPENER IN CANTON ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S CONFERENCE SNAPSHOTS ROLL ON WITH A LOOK AT THE BIG 10Glory be! It's finally July 31st and that means the Major-League Trade Deadline is upon us and we expect plenty of fireworks prior to the 4 p.m. Eastern time deadline ... and so should you!There's been plenty of chatter regarding the "glut" of available outfielders and so that likely means New York Mets OF Jay Bruce, Baltimore OF Chris…

Wayne Allyn Root - Can the Kansas City Royals be a Cinderella Again

Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 2:04 PM

We've seen it several times in recent seasons. Everybody (particularly the analytics guys) writes off the Kansas City Royals in terms of being championship material. Then, somehow, some way, the team rises to the occasion when it matters most to play its best baseball.The most obvious instances...2014: KC was a Wildcard who went 8-0 in the American League brackets before losing the World Series to the San Francisco Giants 4-3. How does a Wildcard team go 12-3 in the postseason?!2015: KC went 11-5 in the playoffs and won a World Championship by dominating the NY Mets 4-1. That's 23-8 over…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Cubs Brewers Series Preview

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 1:26 PM

IT'S THE BIGGEST SERIES OF THE YEAR IN NL CENTRAL AS CHICAGO CUBS VISIT MILWAUKEE THIS WEEKENDChicago Cubs fans have had this series circled for weeks. And, now, thanks to some extremes in recent form, it's actually a three-game set that could virtually cement an NL Central title for last year's World Champs.Recent FormCubs: 11-2 since the All-Star BreakBrewers: 2-9 their last 11 gamesChicago has the more talented roster, and a much better starting rotation. They're finally starting to play like a playoff team rather than a bunch of guys enduring a long hangover. Milwaukee seems to realize they're a…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez Weekend Report

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 1:05 PM

THE MLB REPORT - CUBS-BREWERS, RAYS-YANKEES ARE WEEKEND'S BEST MATCHUPS ...PLUS THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: MORE "OVER/UNDER" WINS TOTALS AS WE CHECK OUT LSU, OHIO STATE AND WEST VIRGINIA ...AND NFL QUICK-HITTER NEWS TOO!Gonna head into the final weekend in July with lots of good stuff on the Major-League Baseball menu - how does a pair of intense intra-division matchups sound to you with the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers banging heads at Miller Park with the National League Central Division teams fighting it out for first place ... and then don't sleep on the Tampa Bay Rays at New…

Kelso Sturgeon - College Football Teams Report Monday With First Games Just 25 Days Away

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 12:57 PM

Alabama 7-2 To Win 5th National Championship In Last 8 Years…USC Which Lost To Crimson Tide 52-6 Last Season Second Choice At 4-1, Buckeyes In 3rd Spot At 9-2 College Football Teams Report Monday With First Games Just 25 Days Away Best Futures Bet On Board Is To Take 18-1 Washington To Win More Than 7.5 Games NFL Preseason Begins Thursday And You Can Get All The Winners Free By Kelso SturgeonThe nation's 130 NCAA Division I football football teams open their training camps Monday and it surprises no one the Alabama Crimson Tide are the 7-2 favorites to win their…

Richie Baccellieri - Lessons from Bizarre McGregor/Mayweather Betting

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 4:25 PM

The biggest sports betting news story this summer hasn't involved Major League Baseball, or early betting for college and pro football. It hasn't involved any of the big NBA trades, or even the drama surrounding New Jersey's pending visit to the Supreme Court in hopes of getting sports betting legalized everywhere.The biggest story, FAR AND AWAY is the intense betting activity for the upcoming "fight" between famous sports bettor (and boxing legend) Floyd Mayweather and MMA combatant Conor McGregor.We don't release betting selections for boxing or MMA here at this website. But, the lessons from what's happening with the MONEY…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Who Will Win the AL East

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 4:03 PM

RED SOX, YANKEES, AND RAYS IN A REAL DOGFIGHT IN THE TIGHT AMERICAN LEAGUE EASTJust as the Boston Red Sox looked like they were ready to pull away to fulfill their futures prices and win the American League East, they went on a four-game losing streak that has tightened the race back up heading into Wednesday action.Boston leads the NY Yankees by only ONE game. Tampa Bay is just 2.5 back. All three are around the 100-game mark in a 162-game season. There's plenty of time for either of those three to get hot and coast to a playoff spot.…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NFL Camp Notes and College Over Unders

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 12:33 PM

NFL CAMP NEWS/NOTESPLUS BASEBALL'S THREE BIGGEST NAMES THAT WON'T BE TRADED AT THE JULY 31ST DEADLINE ...HERE'S SOME COLLEGE FOOTBALL OVER/UNDER WINS TOTALS FOR 2017Okay, so not all news coming out of the NFL Training Camps is good - just ask now-former Dallas Cowboys return specialist Lucky Whitehead who was handed his "release" after he was initially (and mistakenly) charged with misdemeanor petty larceny in his home state of Virginia.Never a dull moment with the Cowboys, even in late July!Now, let's get to a few more NFL camps set to open here on this Thursday/Friday:KANSAS CITY - at Missouri Western…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Jim Sez NFL Notes and AAC College Forecast

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:43 AM

NFL CAMPS OPENIN' UPALL OVER THE PLACE PLUS WE'VE GOT THE FIRST OF OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE-BY-CONFERENCE FORECASTS WITH THE AMERICAN IN OUR SIGHTSIf it's late July, it means NFL training camps are opening up for action and today we will touch on a few teams that are setting up shop Wednesday/Thursday:BUFFALO - at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NYThere's a whole new feel to this year's Bills camp with new head coach Sean McDermott refusing to term this a "rebuilding year" even though this AFC East squad is coming off a 7-9 SU (straight-up) and 6-10 ATS (against…

Wayne Allyn Root - Don’t Over-rate Motivation in MLB Handicapping

Monday, July 24, 2017 at 4:39 PM

While you definitely want to back motivated teams in Major League Baseball, particularly when they're priced as underdogs, you can't fall into the trap of assuming that EVERY team that's technically in the playoff race is playing with meaningful intangibles.Mediocre teams are mediocre for a reason (usually a few reasons), and the fact that they "must win" to stay in a divisional or Wildcard hunt isn't going to make them any better. That "us against the world" mentality has to combine with real skill sets or it's not going to go anywhere. Many current "contenders" don't have enough skill!*Too many…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Red Sox/Mariners Series Preview

Monday, July 24, 2017 at 4:20 PM

STUMBLING SEATTLE HOSTS BOSTON IN HUGE SERIES FOR BOTH TEAMSThe Seattle Mariners had a real chance to make a statement this past weekend when hosting the New York Yankees. They did! That statement was "we're probably not good enough to make the playoffs." Seattle lost three of four at home to fall back below the .500 mark in a very crowded race for just two Wildcard spots.Boston dropped two of three themselves. But, that was on the road in Anaheim against the Angels who were playing with their backs against the wall. Boston still leads the AL East, and is…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Dodgers Without Kershaw - Heisman Trophy Odds

Monday, July 24, 2017 at 10:12 AM

THE BASEBALL START-OF-THE-WEEK REPORT: IS THERE ANY LETTING UP FOR THE LA DODGERS (WHO MAY BE WITHOUT STAR LEFTY CLAYTON  KERSHAW TILL FURTHER NOTICE?) OUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE FORECASTS ARE STRAIGHT AHEAD THIS WEEK BUT NOW WE'RE TALKING HEISMAN TROPHY ODDSIt's a brand-new week ... but we're asking the same old story: Is there anyone out there in Major-League Baseball land that can derail the sizzling-hot Los Angeles Dodgers (68-31)?Heck, it seemed as if it was a "successful" weekend past for the visiting Atlanta Braves who managed to split the series with the Dodgers - note the Bravos were +…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Gearing Up For Football Season

Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 2:00 AM

EXTRA, EXTRA - WE'RE GEARING UP FOR THE FOOTBALL SEASON - NFL AND NCAA QUICK-HITTER DITTIES BELOW ... PLUS OUR BASEBALL WEEKEND NEWS/NOTES TOOCan you really believe it?The National Football League kicks off its 2017 Preseason sked in two weeks (that's Thursday, August 3rd) when the Dallas Cowboys battle the Arizona Cardinals in the annual Hall of Fame Game ... and we're trusting the league that the field in Canton will be in a playable condition, right?One week later it's a case of "everyone into the pool" as all 32 NFL teams will play a Preseason Week 1 game between…

Wayne Allyn Root - Wayne Root: Are the Seattle Mariners Ready to be a Money Team

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 3:27 PM

You longtime readers know I pay very close attention to all the New York based sports teams. Even though I moved to Las Vegas many years ago, I'm still a New Yorker at heart. I was born a true "S.O.B." (son of a butcher!) in Mt. Vernon, NY.This weekend, I'll be closely watching the team that's playing the New York Yankees. That's the Seattle Mariners, who climbed back into the Wildcard race after the All-Star Break by sweeping a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox, then taking two of three from the powerful Houston Astros. (And, all six of…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Nationals/Diamondbacks Series Preview

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 3:20 PM

HUGE MLB SERIES THIS WEEKEND WHEN WASHINGTON VISITS THE DESERT TO DEAL WITH THE DIAMONDBACKSThough it's not likely to be a playoff preview the way the National League brackets will probably align, we will definitely see some playoff caliber baseball this weekend when two of the best teams in baseball square off in the Washington/Arizona showdown.Washington was already on the short list of potential World Series teams before upgrading their bullpen with a recent trade. Arizona will likely have to settle for a Wildcard play-in game behind the unbelievable Los Angeles Dodgers. That's a shame, because the D-Backs might end…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NFL Camp Notes and Weekend Baseball

Friday, July 21, 2017 at 2:50 PM

 HIP-HIP-HOORAY, THERE'S MORE NFL CAMP NEWS/NOTES...PLUS WHAT'S UP THIS BASEBALL WEEKEND?The National Football League summer camps are in full bloom—there will be pads popping in all 32 team sites by this time next week with rookies reporting to a host of different teams these past couple of days.So, let's pick up where we left off in yesterday's column and bring you another handful NFL team notes as training camps swing into action:BALTIMORE - at Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, MDThe Ravens ranked a horrid 28th in the league in rushing last year while averaging just 91.4 yards per…

Jim Hurley’s Network - NFL Camps Opening All Around

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 9:56 AM

THE NFL SUMMER CAMPS OPENING ALL AROUND - AND WE GET YOU SOME QUICK-HITTER SNIPPETS ...OUR BASEBALL NOTEBOOK HAS SOME FUN FACTS FROM WEDNESDAY'S GAMESNo lie. Here we are on the 20th of July and NFL rookies are reporting to camp in five different locations and by this time next week most (and almost all) NFL teams will have their veterans in camp too. Right, you're ready for some football! Let's zip 'round the league a bit and check out some of the training sites and stories that will be key to a batch of NFL teams:ATLANTA - at Flowery…

Richie Baccellieri - Richie Baccellieri: Sharps Betting Baseball Hard

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 5:11 PM

If you've been following the daily moneylines, you've probably noticed some HUGE line moves in recent days from the openers to the closers. Sharp action has been very aggressive since the All-Star Break. And, while they're not winning them all (so many games come down to late coin-flips), the sharps are generally getting the best of it.What's going on?First of all, the Wise Guys are keyed into a handful of teams that they want to either back or fade. Many are in love with the Toronto Blue Jays because of some analytics indicators. You saw the Blue Jays get hit…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Handicapping after MLB Trades

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 4:53 PM

HOW TO HANDICAP MLB TEAMS AFTER A BIG MID-SEASON TRADEHeadlines the past few days have already been full of news about important trades in Major League Baseball (and, unfortunately, injuries!). Properly handicapping how all the "new faces in new places" will perform is vital if you want to keep making money as a baseball bettor.JIM HURLEY'S first key piece of advice is not to overrate the impact of a smart acquisition. Even if a team is going to improve because they've filled a need...baseball is the kind of sport that "filling a need" is only worth a few games over…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Midweek Baseball Update - August College Football

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 12:33 PM

IT'S THE MID-WEEK BASEBALL UPDATE: HOW THE NEXT 10 DAYS WILL DETERMINE WHAT GIVES TRADE-WISE FOR THE ROYALS, M'S, METS AND CARDINALS ...COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: CHECKING OUT THE LATE AUGUST SKEDTurn on any Baseball talk show this week and everyone's talking the upcoming Trade Deadline:Who's buying, who's selling ... and why.Well, as we all discovered last week when the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox pulled off a major blockbuster deal that brought LHP Jose Quintana to the "North Side", not everybody was in the loop with that one.Heck, we heard rumors that Quintana was headed to Houston or to…

Wayne Allyn Root - How Do You Price the Los Angeles Dodgers?!

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 2:41 PM

I've talked a lot about the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. They keep doing amazing things! And, right now, the betting markets in Las Vegas and around the world have no idea how to price this team on a day-to-day basis. Prices that seemed expensive in the past may now be bargains whenever the Dodgers take the field.I know that sounds a bit over-the-top. Las Vegas is a virtual suburb of Los Angeles (a four-hour drive) in terms of media and fan support. Maybe I'm just overreacting to all the local buzz about this team at sportsbooks.I don't think so.…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook Yankees Twins Series Preview

Monday, July 17, 2017 at 12:08 PM

TIRED YANKEES START ANOTHER BIG SERIES MONDAY NIGHT IN MINNESOTAEven though it seems that most AL teams are still in the playoff discussion because so many are floating near the .500 mark, there's actually only ONE league series beginning Monday that matches realistic contenders who BOTH really NEED to win.That's the NY Yankees at Minnesota, a three-game set featuring teams very much in the thick of the Wildcard race. Both still have a chance to chase down their respective division leaders for first place. Yet, the margin of error is so tight this season that both teams could ultimately miss…

Jim Hurley’s Network - The MLB Trade Deadline Approaches

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 12:23 PM

OUR WEEKEND BASEBALL REPORT: TRADE DEADLINE IS APPROACHING FAST AND WE SUGGEST WHO IS BUYING, WHO IS SELLINGTHE NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES TODAY GETS YOU THE BROWNS AND STEELERS There's no crying in Baseball ... and, of course, there's no sleeping at the wheel either when it comes to playing "let's make a deal" whether you're the buyer or the seller.Just ask the Chicago Cubs who shipped off a batch of prospects for now-former Chicago White Sox LHP Jose Quintana and are full speed ahead for a second straight World Series championship. Gonna happen now?Now, without further ado, let's get you…

Wayne Allyn Root - What’s Ahead for the Yankees and Mets

Friday, July 14, 2017 at 4:19 PM

You long time readers know that I'm still very much in touch with what's happening in the New York sports scene even though I've lived in Las Vegas for many years. I was born a true S.O.B. (son of a butcher!) in Mt. Vernon, NY. I still have great sources with New York teams in all the betting sports.The All-Star Break provides a great opportunity to take stock of what's happened in the first half of a baseball season, and to map out expectations for what's ahead. I've just done that in my own handicapping process for the Yankees and…

Jim Hurley’s Network - Network Notebook: Yankees/Red Sox Series Preview

Friday, July 14, 2017 at 4:10 PM

Finally, the New York Yankees have posted their probable pitchers for this weekend's four-game set with the Boston Red Sox. So...finally...we can preview the series for you!Luis Severino had tentatively been penciled in for Friday's opener at the time first odds were posted. But, he's been pushed back a day. Jordan Montgomery goes Friday night. Don't forget that there's a double-header Sunday. Your "rotation" schedules may not have accounted for the make-up of a previously postponed game.Let's get to it! Huge series with the top two teams in the AL East squaring off...and it also has Wildcard ramifications because the…

Jim Hurley’s Network - BASEBALL IS BACK. HERE ARE THE TOP WEEKEND SERIES

Friday, July 14, 2017 at 4:01 PM

Ladies and gents, the four-day All-Star Game break is in the rear-view mirror ... and now it's time to rev up the engines for the back half of this 2017 Major-League Baseball regular season and we'll begin in a moment with a look at a couple of top series this hot-hot-hot July weekend.MLB REPORTHere's some key MLB series to check out this summertime weekend:NEW YORK YANKEES (45-41) at BOSTON (50-39) - Fri, Sat & Sun DHThe Bosox opened up a 3.5-game lead over both the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays (47-43) as we hit the All-Star break but the big…