Book It Archive

Current Status: Betting On The Olympics

It’s been tough to get excited this year for the Olympics with all the issues Brazil and the IOC have these days. But do you know the best way to turn sports you are unenthused about into something compelling, dramatic, and intriguing? That’s right! Gamble on it!! Wait. Did you have a different answer? There are two superpowers in the Summer Olympics these days, Team USA and China. Oddsmakers have set the gold medals won by each at 41.5 for the Americans and 34.5 for the Chinese. Of those two, we’re taking the Over on China. Sure, they are the new Evil Olympic Empire, although Russia’s doping scandal has been a spirited effort to regain that crown that slipped away with the Soviet Union.  But China is also the team that rakes in gold medals every four years, doing so in a lot of under the radar sports. Expect more of the same this year. After winning 51 and 38 gold medals in the last two Olympics, we like the Chinese to go Over 34.5 golds in Rio. We wont lie. Some of the motivation of this bet is to give us a reason to keep an eye on some of the more obscure events of the Olympics. The cornerstone of China’s medal haul will

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Big 10 Picks: The Conference Race Begins

Coming off  rough week at the window? Some bad luck got in you? Don’t worry you’ll survive. This song will you turn you around. I can not say the same for my Big 10 picks this weekend.   MINNESOTA AT NORTHWESTERN, NOON, BTN. LINES: NW -4.5; O/U 39.5 We’ve seen these teams play TCU, Stanford and Duke already this season. We’ve also seen them go 3-0 against MAC opponents, albeit winning by only a combined 11 points. The Gophers come in at 3-1, which is exactly where everyone thought they would be before the season started. But how they’ve won the last two weeks has slowed the ‘Gophers As A Darkhorse To Win The West’ Train. They’ve labored to 10-7 and 27-24 wins over Kent St and Ohio.  On the other hand, not much was expected out of Northwestern after consecutive losing seasons. Then the Wildcats streaked out of the gate and using a surprisingly dominant defense notched a pair of outright underdog wins over Stanford and Duke. They sit 4-0 and have crashed into the top-20. The Gophers are seen to be underachieving and the Wildcats overachieving. That’s why we’ve seen a shift in this line from Minnesota -1 over the summer to Northwestern -6 when the line

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Conference Tournament Odds

 We’re arriving at the meat of Championship Week. All the power conference leagues tip off their sectional as well as plenty more mid-major leagues. Here’s a quick rundown of the future odds for the remaining league tournaments. And, we have a five pack of picks afterwards. We might even add another future or two as we go along. We played four futures on some of the mid-major tournaments over the weekend. Three of our teams made it to the finals, but only two won. But we still have a profit to play with. Manhattan, +500 and Wofford, -120 cashed while William/Mary +250 and Monmouth +800 did not. Because of that Jaspar win, however, we’re four units to the good. Since a gambler’s money knows no home, let’s reinvest it…… MID AMERICAN CONFERNECE TOURNAMENT ODDS BUFFALO, +135 CENTRAL MICHIGAN, +250 TOLEDO, +500 KENT, +1200 BGSU, +1600 AKRON, +1600 WESTERN MICHIGAN, +2500 EASTERN MICHIGAN, +2600 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERNECE SMU, +160 CINCY, +390 UNCOON, +400 TEMPLE, +675 TULSA, +800 MEMPHIS, +1200 TULANE, +16000 HOUSTON, +25000 ECU, +35000 UCF,  +100000 USF, +15000 CONFERENCE USA LA TECH, +165 OLD DOMINION, +250 UTEP, +365 UAB, +700 WKU, +1700 MTSU, +2300 UTSA, +400 CHARLOTTE, +800 NORTH TEXAS, +11000 RICE, +11500 FIU, +19000

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