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South Carolina at LSU Odds and Picks
Doc's Sports Oct 10, 2012  
by Alan Matthews - 10/10/2012

You really can’t criticize any SEC team for scheduling a cupcake nonconference schedule these days. For example, look at LSU’s conference schedule. The Tigers played and lost at No. 10 Florida last week, host No. 3 South Carolina this week, then have to go to No. 22 Texas A&M, host No. 1 Alabama and host No. 19 Mississippi State. That’s borderline criminal.

...  read more

 
2012 Kansas City Chiefs Predictions and Odds to Win AFC West
Doc's Sports Jul 26, 2012  
by Alan Matthews - 7/26/2012

Every NFL team has to deal with injuries – it’s part of the game. But perhaps no club’s season was derailed earlier in 2011 by major injuries than the Kansas City Chiefs’. Fresh off a surprising AFC West title in 2010, many had the Chiefs as a chic pick to reach the AFC title game a year ago. But stud running back Jamaal Charles, who was second in the NFL in rush ...  read more

 
Golf Odds and Predictions: 2012 British Open Championship
Doc's Sports Jul 18, 2012  
by Alan Matthews - 7/18/2012

With all due respect to the PGA Championship, to me the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open all stand out much more significantly than the year’s final major. At the Masters, it signals the start of golf season and seeing all those azaleas in bloom reminds those stuck in cold climates that spring is here. The U.S. Open means it’s summertime and it’s great to watc ...  read more

 
This Week in Sports Betting, A-Z
Doc's Sports Jun 20, 2012  
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 6/20/2012

A – Arrests. In the most telling sign that nobody gives a shit about hockey, the Los Angeles Police Department reported only six arrests after the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup. No word on if those fans even watched the game or if they were just standard Los Angeles Monday night arrests. The six "rioters" were about 40,000 less than when the Lakers won ...  read more

 
2013 Super Bowl Contenders
Doc's Sports Jun 20, 2012  
by Robert Ferringo - 6/20/2012

Right now everyone thinks they are a Super Bowl contender.

Super Bowl XLVII (47) will take place on Feb. 3 at the Superdome in New Orleans. And while players and fans alike spend the summer dreaming of world domination in the fall and championship glory in the winter, the truth is that only about a half-dozen NFL teams have a shot to hoist the Lombardi Tr ...  read more

 
NBA Handicapping: The Chris Bosh Factor for Miami
Doc's Sports Jun 4, 2012  
by T.O. Whenham - 6/04/2012

Since the first game of the second round Miami’s Big 3 has been a Big 2. Chris Bosh has been sidelined with an abdominal strain, and his return is still uncertain — and surrounded in some mystery. He’s working out, but the efforts have still been light, and no one around the team is indicating just when he might be back in action.

For bettors the absence of ...  read more

 
2012 Kentucky Derby Prop Bets Odds
Doc's Sports May 2, 2012  
by David Schwab - 5/2/2012

This Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville marks the running of the 138th Kentucky Derby, which is the Crown Jewel of the Triple Crown racing season for the top three-year-old thoroughbred horses in the United States.

While the betting public tends to focus most of their handicapping efforts on picking the winner for this race, there are a number of prop ...  read more

 
UFC on Fox 3 Odds and Betting Predictions
Doc's Sports May 2, 2012  
by Scott Johnson - 5/1/2012

Jim Miller and Nate Diaz will meet in the main event of the latest UFC on FOX card this Saturday. Miller (-225) has long been at the top of the division, but despite an 8-1 record since mid-2009, a shot at UFC Lightweight Title has eluded him. Diaz (+175) has been living in the shadow of his older brother, but with back-to-back impressive performance he has thrust ...  read more

 
Sweet 16 Props Odds and Betting Predictions
Doc's Sports Mar 22, 2012  
by Alan Matthews - 3/21/2012

We are down to a Sweet 16 from 68, with the NCAA Tournament’s second weekend set to tip off on Thursday night in the East Region (Boston) and West Region (Phoenix). So it’s time to do a Bovada props reset from the opening of the Big Dance.

When writing about the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player before the tournament, one guy I really liked was Nort ...  read more

 
This Week in Sports Betting, A-Z
Doc's Sports Mar 22, 2012  
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 3/22/2012

A – Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson. The ESPN tag team of Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson broke the Peyton Manning to Denver news with a simple tweet around 11:30 a.m. EST on Monday morning. Kind of like how the LeBron James to Miami Heat story broke minus a one-hour ESPN primetime special with Jim Gray.

B – Big Ten. The Big Ten has four teams in the ...  read more

 
2012 Milwaukee Brewers Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
Doc's Sports Mar 8, 2012  
by Aaron Smith - 3/7/2012

A couple months ago the Milwaukee Brewers expected to be without Ryan Braun at the beginning of the season. Fans were preparing for a disappointing season without Prince Fielder and Braun for the first 50 games. Fast forward to today and the fan base is rejoicing after Braun stunningly won the appeal of his 50-game suspension. Major League Baseball is up in arms reg ...  read more

 
College Basketball: 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament Predictions and Betting Odds
Doc's Sports Mar 8, 2012  
by Robert Ferringo - 3/7/2012

With as much depth and talent as any mid-major league in the country the Atlantic 10 Tournament should be one of the most competitive and hard-fought March Madness brackets played this weekend. With as many as eight teams with a realistic chance to win the A-10 tournament a lot of teams on the bubble should be watching this one closely this week and hoping that ...  read more

 
Beyond the Top 25 – A College Hoops Weekly
Doc's Sports Feb 29, 2012  
by Taylor Jordan – 2/28/2012

It’s more or less the final weekend in the regular season. You’ll see some of the mid-major leagues begin their conference tournaments in the next week or so, and this last week in February pretty much wraps up the schedule in terms of a full load of games.

Around this time is when it starts to get a bit tricky for a college basketball handicapper. The unde ...  read more

 
2012 NFL Mock Draft
Doc's Sports Feb 9, 2012  
by Robert Ferringo - 2/9/2012

Hey, Giants fan, the rest of the NFL outside of New England (and probably Philly and Dallas) was happy for you for winning the Super Bowl. For about 12 seconds.

But now the 2011 season is in the books and it is officially the start of the 2012 NFL betting season. And whether it is a new wave of Super Bowl futures odds or a brand-spanking new NFL mock draft ...  read more

 
This Week in Sports Betting, A-Z
Doc's Sports Feb 9, 2012  
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 2/9/2012

A – Austin Rivers. The older sister of Duke guard Austin Rivers, Callie Rivers, is dating North Carolina guard Dexter Strickland. This news surfaced just in time for the first Duke/UNC game this season. Rivers drilled the game winning three-pointer Wednesday night in the rivalry game so apparently he is not affected by his sister’s dablings in Carolina Blue. A ...  read more

 
NFC Championship Game Predictions: Giants at 49ers Odds and Betting Picks
Doc's Sports Jan 18, 2012  
by Robert Ferringo - 1/18/2012

Apparently defense does still win championships.

San Francisco will host New York at 4:30 p.m. EST on Sunday for the NFC Championship Game. The winner advances to the Super Bowl (you may have heard of that) to face either Baltimore or New England.

The 49ers and Giants advanced to the NFC Title Game thanks to incredible defensive efforts last week, o ...  read more

 
2011 NFL Power Rankings – Week 12
Doc's Sports Nov 25, 2011  
by Robert Ferringo - 11/25/2011

Family and feelings are the enemy of good gambling and good writing about gambling. So I apologize for the soggy lead in this week, but I am trapped in Northern New York with my kin and only have a quick moment here in between dodging passive-aggressive barbs from my in-laws and skirting out to refill my cocktail from my depleting liquor supply to pass on this ...  read more

 
2011 NFL Power Rankings: Week 10
Doc's Sports Nov 10, 2011  

by Robert Ferringo - 11/10/2011

The weather is getting colder, the hits are getting harder, and the games are getting more critical as teams ride the elevator of expectations and expanded standings. In my opinion, November is the most crucial of months on the NFL schedule because it really sets the tone for the stretch run: some teams gain momentum and find the will for a strong finish, ...  read more

 
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Advice: Week 10
Doc's Sports Nov 10, 2011  
by Alan Matthews - 11/10/2011

There were a handful of upsets in Week 9 that hopefully you avoided (and did if you took my top pick of the week) and kept you going in your survivor pool.

One game I warned you to stay away from was the winless Dolphins visiting a suddenly streaking Chiefs team. But if you looked closely at that matchup, Miami had come close to winning in back-to-back wee ...  read more

 
NFL Week 7 Player Props and Betting Predictions
Doc's Sports Oct 21, 2011  
by Alan Matthews - 10/21/2011

In my Week 6 player props story, there weren’t too many immediate results for us to look back on – in other words I tackled a few season-ending totals for NFL players, such as 50-yard field goals for Oakland’s Sebastian Janikowski (he was two-yards shy of adding one in Week 6), sacks for Minnesota’s Jared Allen (he added No. 9.5 against the Bears on Sunday) or t ...  read more

 
2011 NFL Power Rankings – Week 7
Doc's Sports Oct 19, 2011  
by Robert Ferringo - 10/19/2011

One of the most overrated angles in NFL betting is to bet on a team that is off a bye week. Most people assume that a week of rest and preparation is just what the doctor ordered for pro football players and that they will return extra focused and fresh the next week when they finally get back on the field.

The problem is that betting on NFL teams coming ...  read more

 
NFL Predictions – Which Team Will Be Last to Win a Game?
Doc's Sports Oct 7, 2011  
by T.O. Whenham - 10/7/2011

We are a quarter of the way through the NFL schedule, and we have four teams — Indianapolis, Minnesota, Miami, and St. Louis — that haven’t won a game yet. It’s always interesting to watch which team stays winless the longest. Tracking futility is especially significant this year, though, since the worst team in the league will have a chance to draft Stanford’s An ...  read more

 
2011-12 Winnipeg Jets Predictions
Doc's Sports Oct 3, 2011  
by T.O. Whenham - 10/3/2011

Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets

If you have ever met a Winnipeger — and they are everywhere because it seems like everyone leaves the city when they are old enough to do so — you have heard about the Jets. A Winnipeg native is incapable of speaking for more than two minutes without mentioning the Jets. It’s a law.

The town was obsessed with their te ...  read more

 
2011 NFL Power Rankings – Week 3
Doc's Sports Sep 22, 2011  
by Robert Ferringo - 9/22/2011

Who needs the preseason?

Scoring is through the roof in the National Football League and through two weeks of the year seasoned quarterback play and horrendous defense have been front-and-center. With the lack of a traditional offseason and with a truncated training camp the thought was that teams would be a little sluggish out of the gate and that we may ...  read more

 
NFL Futures Betting: Value in 2-0 and 0-2 Teams
Doc's Sports Sep 22, 2011  
by Darin Zank - 9/22/2011

This NFL season may be headed into Week 3, but that doesn't mean we can't continue to search out value in the NFL futures betting market. There have been a few early surprises this season, such as the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins, and some early disappointments, like the Kansas City Chiefs. The trick now is to figure out if there's any long-term value in an ...  read more

 
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Advice: Week 1
Doc's Sports Sep 7, 2011  
by Matt Severance - 9/6/2011

Hello again readers here at Doc’s, it’s that time of year that we all love the most: football season. And of course that means I’m back to deliver my weekly Survivor Pool picks advice column for Week 1 of the NFL 2011-12 NFL season.

For those of you who may not know what a Survivor Pool is, it’s pretty simple: You pick one team per week that you are most su ...  read more

 
2011 AFC North Predictions and NFL Futures Betting Odds
Doc's Sports Aug 24, 2011  
by Robert Ferringo - 8/24/2011

You know exactly what you’re going to get from the AFC North each year:

Blood and pain.

Pittsburgh will again be a Super Bowl threat. Baltimore will again be the able challenger led by a violent defense. Cleveland and Cincinnati? Yeah, they suck just as badly as they have for the past 20 years.

In a way it’s comforting, especially as an NFL ha ...  read more

 
2011 Pac-12 Football Predictions and Futures Odds
Doc's Sports Aug 10, 2011  
by Robert Ferringo - 8/10/2011

Maybe now the Left Coast will get some love.

The Pac-10 is no more, choosing instead to swell its ranks to 12 teams, institute a new divisional system, and implement a championship game that should keep this conference in the news well into December. It is a pretty heady time in the Pac-12. And with new promise and potential comes new expectations.

...  read more

 
2011 NFL MVP Predictions and Odds
Doc's Sports Aug 10, 2011  
by Alan Matthews - 8/8/2011

We continue our look at some NFL player props with the biggest regular-season award of them all: the league’s Most Valuable Player. We will offer some predictions for the NFL MVP along with futures odds for 2011.

And in essence, the MVP has become the NFL’s version of the Heisman Trophy. By that I mean the MVP is only going to go to a quarterback or running ...  read more

 
MLB Handicapping: Tips and Advice on Betting Doubleheaders
Doc's Sports Jul 8, 2011  
by Robert Ferringo - 7/8/2011

It is not a stretch to say that no one in baseball likes doubleheaders.

The players dislike putting forth that much effort in one day. Managers cringe at the thought of having to burn their bullpens. Umpires loathe having to sit out there for a double-dip, especially the guys that have to work the plate in one game and the field in another. The vendors and ...  read more

 
Tour de France Odds and Betting
Doc's Sports Jul 8, 2011  
by Richard Gardner | Bodog Sportsbook Manager - 7/8/2011

The Tour de France is underway over in Europe and you might be surprised how much betting interest in the race we’ve had from our players over at Bodog’s online sportsbook.

Cycling isn’t a particularly popular sport in North America. It’s had its surges in media exposure, particularly during the heyday of Lance Armstrong, who won ...  read more

 
MLB Odds: Surprise Teams Good for the Book
Doc's Sports Jun 8, 2011  
by Richard Gardner - 6/8/2011

Not many people expected Cleveland to be one of the best teams in baseball.

Nor did many think Arizona would be neck and neck with the World Series champs.

They didn’t believe Seattle had much of a chance either.

And they especially didn’t foresee Pittsburgh flirting with .500.

But all four of those teams have failed to live up (or down) ...  read more

 
2011 Belmont Stakes Jockeys
Doc's Sports Jun 2, 2011  
by T.O. Whenham - 6/2/2011

The little guys in the saddle are important in every horse race, but they are especially significant in the Belmont Stakes. The race is much longer than the horses have ever run before, and the track is unique thanks to the very long stretch and the wide turns. If a jockey doesn’t have a good day then he can cost his horse the race.

The most obvious recent ex ...  read more

 
NFL Odds: Props Predictions for 2011 Defensive Rookie of the Year
Doc's Sports May 11, 2011  
by Alan Matthews - 5/11/2011

Since we may not see any NFL transactions for months, depending on a June 3 court hearing on the lockout, and with the draft still fresh in everyone’s memory, let’s take a look at one of the few NFL player props out so far this year: the 2011 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (check back at Doc’s for a story on the Offensive Rookie of the Year as well).

Wage ...  read more

 
MLB Betting: The Importance of Defense in Baseball Handicapping
Doc's Sports May 11, 2011  
by Aaron Smith - 5/11/2011

When is the last time you sat down and analyzed a Major League Baseball team’s defense? The answer is likely either a long time ago or never. The average sports bettor thinks a lot about defense when analyzing a football or basketball game, but I’m convinced that most people don’t think nearly enough about defense when it comes to baseball. It may not mean as much ...  read more

 
2011 NFL Mock Draft
Doc's Sports Apr 13, 2011  
by Robert Ferringo - 4/13/2011

The NFL is a copycat league. If a team has even a modicum of success, however fleeting or trivial, it seems like the rest of the league immediately enters an unsanctioned race to mimic Said Team’s path to success.

The Cover-2. The 3-4. The audible attack of Peyton Manning. The blitz-crazed schemes of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia or the New York Giants. Zone b ...  read more

 
NFL Draft: Offensive Skill Players a Hot Commodity
Doc's Sports Apr 7, 2011  
by David Schwab - 4/7/2011

Anyone who seriously follows professional football understands that championship teams are built around a strong offensive and defensive line. Yet, when it comes to the NFL Draft, much of the focus revolves around the top prospects in the offensive skill positions.

This year’s crop includes Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton at quarterback, A.J. Green and Julio Jo ...  read more

 
MLB Odds: Orioles and Other Early Surprises
Doc's Sports Apr 7, 2011  
by Richard Gardner | Bodog Sportsbook Manager - 4/7/2011

The Baltimore Orioles have been a bad team for a long time. The last time they won 70 games was 2006. The last time they had a winning season was all the way back in 1997. Trapped in the AL East with the free-spending Yankees and Red Sox, making the playoffs has been a challenge to say the least.

So when the Orioles won the first ...  read more

 
March Madness Predictions: Potential Cinderellas
Doc's Sports Mar 10, 2011  
by T.O. Whenham - 3/10/2011

Every year there are teams that are surprisingly strong at the NCAA Tournament. They might not get a whole lot of attention coming in, but they are ready to play, they are talented, and they make some noise. Obviously it’s not always easy to see these Cinderella teams coming -- if it were then they wouldn’t be surprises. You can make a guess about who will come th ...  read more

 
2011 Philadelphia Phillies Predictions and MLB Futures Odds
Doc's Sports Mar 5, 2011  
by Robert Ferringo - 3/6/2011

If you weren’t sure, the Philadelphia Phillies are pretty good.

Philadelphia made the most daring and surprising move of the offseason when they usurped Cliff Lee from the Rangers and Yankees. Lee has become the final piece to what is potentially one of the best starting rotations in recent baseball history and has automatically made the Phillies one of th ...  read more

 
Bracketology: NCAA Tournament Projections and Bubble Watch
Doc's Sports Feb 17, 2011  
by Robert Ferringo - 2/17/2011

All I know is this: 68 is a whole lotta teams.

For those of you that have been kicking it with the Tea Party/mountain folk in the hills of Tennessee over the last few months, I am here to remind you that the NCAA Tournament has actually expanded this year. The Big Dance will now feature 68 teams, with four at-large squads taking on four automatic qualifie ...  read more

 
Betting on the Super Bowl Coin Toss
Doc's Sports Jan 26, 2011  
by Alan Matthews - 1/26/2011

Is betting on the Super Bowl coin toss one of the most inane bets out there? I certainly think so, but it’s also one of the most popular Super Bowl bets there are (hey, bettors want to start the game off right and reinvest their winnings), and that’s why Bodog has had odds up on the Super Bowl coin toss, for example, since well before the 2010 NFL season even beg ...  read more

 
2011 Super Bowl Predictions
Doc's Sports Jan 25, 2011  
by T.O. Whenham - 1/25/2011

After a very long, often brilliant season we finally have our Super Bowl matchup set. After everything that has happened, it’s interesting to note that this is one of the more predictable finals we have seen in a while. The last five years we have seen at least one Super Bowl team that could be called a surprise. This year, though, both teams came into the season ...  read more

 
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Sunday Predictions and Betting Odds
Doc's Sports Dec 4, 2010  
by Robert Ferringo - 12/4/2010

I’m guessing not a lot of prognosticators had Dec. 5 circled as a critical juncture in the trajectory of the 2010 NFC South.

But when Atlanta hits Raymond James Stadium at 4 p.m. on Sunday to face Tampa Bay, the division is going to take a significant swing one way or another. This game is not only a crucial one for both of the teams involved, but also it ...  read more

 
NBA Betting: Top Point Guards Causing Trouble for Miami Heat
Doc's Sports Nov 17, 2010  
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 11/17/2010

The Miami Heat are not going to finish the NBA season 82-0. They have lost four of their first 10 games and the so-called Miami ‘dream team’ is in third place in the Southeast Division.

How can this be happening with all that talent down there in South Beach? Dwyane Wade was joined by Chris Bosh and LeBron James this offseason to form arguably the most ...  read more

 
Football Betting: Weekly Public Action Report
Doc's Sports Oct 22, 2010  
by T.O. Whenham - 10/22/2010

It has been a very strong year for the Public Action Report, and this past week was no exception. Three of the six games that were identified wound up being winners, so there would have been a slight loss betting all games against the spread. It was straight up, though, that the report shone - the three underdogs that covered were all upset winners - Wisconsin, M ...  read more

 
NFL Survivor Pool Picks and Advice: Week 4
Doc's Sports Oct 1, 2010  
by Matt Severance - 10/01/2010

I’m thinking your Survivor Pool was pretty static last week as there really weren’t any big upsets in Week 3 in the NFL. New England over Buffalo, Baltimore over Cleveland and Minnesota over Detroit were the three big favorites last week – I recommended the Ravens as my top choice – and all three won pretty easily. Perhaps the New Orleans Saints losing to Atlan ...  read more

 
This Week in Sports Betting, A-Z
Doc's Sports Sep 15, 2010  
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 9/15/2010

A – Arian Foster. He was undrafted out of Tennessee and probably undrafted in your fantasy football draft. Foster who has been cut once by Houston and spent most of a season on a practice squad, exploded for 231 yards and three touchdowns for the Texans in a romp over Indianapolis. Even the most fascist fantasy scoring system rewards a day like that.

B – ...  read more

 
This Week in Sports Betting, A-Z
Doc's Sports Sep 10, 2010  
By Nicholas Tolomeo of Doc’s Sports

A – Al Michaels. In a previous life the NBC commentator must have been a degenerate gambler. Always mindful of the point spread and willing to discuss it on the air, Michaels apparently even follows preseason football point spreads. His reaction along with color commentator Chris Collinsworth was almost as stunning as the shocking ending in the San Francis ...  read more

 
This Week in Sports Betting, A-Z
Doc's Sports Aug 25, 2010  
By Nicholas Tolomeo of Doc’s Sports

A – Al Michaels. In a previous life the NBC commentator must have been a degenerate gambler. Always mindful of the point spread and willing to discuss it on the air, Michaels apparently even follows preseason football point spreads. His reaction along with color commentator Chris Collinsworth was almost as stunning as the shocking ending in the San Francis ...  read more

 
Super Bowl Picks
Doc's Sports Aug 25, 2010  
by T.O. Whenham of Doc’s Sports

It’s amazing how much things can change in the NFL - even when games aren’t being played. Back in February I wrote an article looking at my Super Bowl picks for the upcoming season. Since then we’ve seen the NFL Draft, free agency, more trades than we are used to, some injuries, a couple of holdouts, a few suspensions, and all sorts of other changes. Looking b ...  read more

 
NFL Predictions: Player Props Betting Picks for Wide Receivers
Doc's Sports Aug 17, 2010  
by Alan Matthews - 8/17/2010

We’ve already given you our look at the 2010 passing yardage leader here at Doc’s, so now let’s take a gander at the guys who catch those balls and try and project the best value bet on the player with some NFL predictions the most receiving yards in the league this season.

And unlike with the quarterbacks, there is one player who is the overwhelming favor ...  read more

 
College Football Predictions: Ole Miss with Jeremiah Masoli at QB
Doc's Sports Aug 11, 2010  
by T.O. Whenham - 8/11/2010

Never have we seen a situation quite like this one. In January QB Jeremiah Masoli led the Oregon Ducks to the Rose Bowl. Neither he nor his team had a good day in Pasadena, but he showed enough last year that he was a logical, strong Heisman Trophy contender heading into his senior season. But then things really went to hell.

First he was suspended for the s ...  read more

 
Miami Heat NBA Predictions: Will Big Three Play Defense?
Doc's Sports Aug 6, 2010  
by T.O. Whenham - 8/5/2010

The NBA season is still a long way off, but I obviously can’t help but be intrigued by the same thing everyone else is - the bizarre collection of star power that has gathered in Miami. What makes sports betting so challenging and satisfying is that you are constantly presented with new problems and situations - puzzles really - that you haven’t seen before and hav ...  read more

 
2010 Heisman Trophy Futures: Odds and Predictions
Doc's Sports Jul 7, 2010  
by T.O. Whenham - 7/7/2010

The Heisman Trophy futures have been posted, and they give us a lot to think about. Anyone who pays attention to the Heisman process knows that the winner very often isn’t being talked about at all right now. That makes it even more fun to speculate and look at the odds that are available. 5Dimes has odds listed for 26 different players. Here’s a look at 10 of the ...  read more

 
The Brett Favre Circus Starts Again
Doc's Sports Jul 5, 2010  
by T.O. Whenham - 7/5/2010

Brett Favre just couldn’t handle being out of the news. Maybe it was all the attention everyone is paying to where LeBron James will play next year. Or maybe he was jealous because Phil Jackson, the second most diva-ish retirement fiend behind Favre, has been gaining headlines surrounding his indecision (although he re-signed with the Lakers yesterday). Or perhaps ...  read more

 
2010 Indianapolis Colts Strength of Schedule, Futures Odds and Predictions
Doc's Sports Jun 29, 2010  
by Alan Matthews - 6/29/2010

Our second team-by-team NFL schedule breakdown focuses on the second-place team from last season, the Indianapolis Colts. And other than death and taxes there seems to be one sure thing in life: Indianapolis winning at least 12 regular-season games, as it has done for a record seven seasons in a row.

In reality, the Colts haven’t lost a regular season game ...  read more

 
NBA Betting Props: Next Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Doc's Sports May 28, 2010  
by Alan Matthews - 5/28/2010

Has one player in NBA history ever controlled who his head coach would be more than LeBron James? Sure, Magic Johnson supposedly orchestrated Paul Westhead’s firing in the early 1980s and got him replaced with Pat Riley, but Magic was at least going to be a Laker for a while. The Cleveland Cavaliers don’t even know if James will be on their roster next year. Thus ...  read more

 
2010 World Cup Group Stage Predictions - Who Will Make The World's Sweet 16?
Doc's Sports May 21, 2010  
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 5/21/2010

It’s time to make some World Cup group stage predictions with the start of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa just three weeks away. Be sure to check Doc’s Sports homepage each day leading up to the World Cup as we will be previewing many of the games in the tournament (with free betting picks, as well) and we will cover the tournament from every possible angl ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A-Z
Doc's Sports May 11, 2010  
by T.O. Whenham - 5/11/2010

A - Ainge, Danny. Boston's GM learned a lesson he should already have known this week - you can't get away with anything in an era when everyone is watching everything you do. On Monday Ainge was having some fun at his team's game against the Cavs, and he threw a towel in the air to distract J.J. Hickson on a free throw attempt. It turned into a much bigger deal t ...  read more

 
Team-by-Team NFL Draft Grades
Doc's Sports Apr 27, 2010  
by Robert Ferringo - 4/27/2010

The NFL Draft is in the books and there were, as always, plenty of successes and failures. As always, we won’t be able to accurately assess how each organization managed until about three or four years from now, but based on value, addressing need, and overall talent hauled in I have put together my 2010 NFL Draft grades.

In the meantime they overlooked a ...  read more

 
Final Four Coaches
Doc's Sports Apr 1, 2010  
by T.O. Whenham - 3/31/2010

Despite the lack of NBA Draft lottery talent and the biggest-named teams, there are still a whole lot of reasons why this Final Four is at least as interesting as several we have seen before. At or near the top of that list is the set of coaches that are leading their teams into Indianapolis. There's a bit of everything here - from the legends to the future star. ...  read more

 
March Madness Handicapping: the Aftermath of Kansas Upset
Doc's Sports Mar 24, 2010  
by T.O. Whenham - 3/24/2010

Northern Iowa did more than just pull off a miracle on Saturday night - they also exploded a stunning number of March Madness brackets. The stats are beyond belief - 98 percent of the 4.8 million people who filled in a bracket on ESPN.com had Kansas in the Sweet 16, almost 60 percent had them in the Final Four, and more than 40 percent had them winning it all. The ...  read more

 
NBA Playoffs Seeding Predictions
Doc's Sports Feb 23, 2010  
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 2/23/2010

Eastern Conference

This could end up being a banner year for the Eastern Conference. It looks like the requirements to get into the playoffs in the East have just gotten a little stricter. Currently, the top eight teams in the East are all at least .500 ball clubs. That is something that could not have been said the last few years at the end of the regular ...  read more

 
College Basketball Handicapping: Bracket Buster Betting Trends
Doc's Sports Feb 18, 2010  
by Robert Ferringo - 2/18/2010

I've analyzed the last five years of the mid-February mid-major hoops orgy known as Bracket Buster Weekend to see if I could establish any useful betting angles or trends. Instead of working over every single "official" Bracket Buster game I squared my focus on the ones that featuring the mid-major conferences that were routinely wagered upon. That includes the ...  read more

 
Super Bowl Betting Recap
Doc's Sports Feb 10, 2010  
by Robert Ferringo - 2/10/2010

It was another great NFL betting season at Doc’s Sports and I couldn’t leave it without a wrap-up of thoughts on another excellent Super Bowl. So here is a special edition of the Ferringo Report on Super Bowl 44:

- Whenever I talk to people before the Super Bowl they still all say the same thing, “I just hope it’s a good game.” It’s as if the blowouts of ...  read more

 
Betting the Super Bowl Total
Doc's Sports Feb 4, 2010  
by Robert Ferringo - 2/4/2010

Drew Brees Saints quarterback

Apparently, defense isn’t allowed in the NFL anymore.

This January we have seen a dizzying display of offensive artistry as points have been a-plenty through the 10 games that we’ve witnessed. And the two teams that have survived the splurging are – not surprisingly – the two best offensive clubs in the NFL, Indianapolis ...  read more

 
NBA Handicapping: Road Success Doesn’t Equal Betting Success
Doc's Sports Jan 15, 2010  
by T.O. Whenham - 1/15/2010

I'm a fan of the NBA, but it's not a sport that I follow as closely as others, and I don't handicap it very often. When there are sports that I'm not avidly following I find that I like to have little rules in my mind that I can use to quickly get a sense of how a team is performing - a snapshot of where they are at.

In the NFL, for example, I can get a sens ...  read more

 
College Basketball Totals Betting
Doc's Sports Jan 8, 2010  
by T.O. Whenham - 1/8/2010

We are well into college basketball conference play now, so teams have played more than enough games for us to get a sense of what they really are and how we should be dealing with them. Here's a look at 10 teams that have proven themselves trustworthy on totals so far this year - the ones that most consistently stay ‘under’ or go ‘over’. (‘over/under’ record follo ...  read more

 
AFC Playoff Picture: In and Out
Doc's Sports Dec 17, 2009  
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 12/17/2009

Unlike the situation in the NFC, the AFC playoff picture is completely up in the air. Six AFC teams are on the outside looking in right now but each of those teams is well within striking distance. In the NFC, however, only three teams have a chance of crashing the playoff party. Besides the Colts, who not only have a playoff spot locked up, but also the divi ...  read more

 
College Bowl Predictions
Doc's Sports Dec 16, 2009  
by Robert Ferringo - 12/16/2009

Loyalty can be one of a gambler’s worst enemies. That’s why bettors should never – or at least rarely – wager on their favorite teams. They lose objectivity and are sometime blinded by their feelings about their teams.

Well, no time on the sports betting calendar puts loyalty to the test like college bowl season. This time of year I’m certain that colleg ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Nov 25, 2009  
by T.O. Whenham - 11/25/2009

A - Ageless. Brett Favre just keeps getting it done. I fully expected him to be disappointing this year - last season with the Jets all over again. Instead, you don't even have to exaggerate to say that he is probably playing the best football of his career. He was virtually flawless on Sunday, completing 22 of 25 passes and connecting on four touchdowns as his V ...  read more

 
Passing Yards Key to ATS Success for NFL Teams
Doc's Sports Nov 19, 2009  
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 11/19/2009

It used to be in the NFL that if you could run the ball you could dominate your opponent. The teams atop the NFL rushing leaders list were the same team atop the NFL rankings. Things have certainly changed.

The top four rushing teams in the NFL are the New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins. All four teams are exactly 4-5 ...  read more

 
NFL Sunday Predictions - Week 9
Doc's Sports Nov 6, 2009  
by Josh Nagel - 11/6/2009

Game: Miami Dolphins (3-4, 3-4 ATS) at New England Patriots (5-2, 4-3 ATS)

Spread: Patriots -11.

Sure, the Patriots have looked like their old selves of late, friendly to backers and brutal to opponents against whom they have no reservations about running up the score until coach Bill Belichick is satisfied.

New England has won its past two games b ...  read more

 
NBA Betting Tutorial for the Casual Fan
Doc's Sports Oct 28, 2009  
by T.O. Whenham - 10/28/2009

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavs.

After a long summer, the NBA gets underway again this week. For those of you who are hardcore fans and bettors of the league these are happy times. I, too, am happy to have it back, but the league doesn't particularly change my life. I'll put it this way - it would kill me to go 10 minutes without knowing what's going on ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A-Z
Doc's Sports Oct 21, 2009  
by T.O. Whenham - 10/21/2009

A - Alabama. The Tide came into Saturday looking like the best team in the country. They still looked the same when the day was done. Their offense wasn't overwhelming against South Carolina - other than running back Mark Ingram - but it rarely is. Their defense was just as potent as always, though, and made for another easy win. The AP voters took note, and did ...  read more

 
Thursday NCAA Preview: No. 8 Cincinnati at No. 21 South Florida
Doc's Sports Oct 14, 2009  
by Matt Severance - 10/13/2009

The number of unbeaten teams in college football, currently at nine, will for sure dwindle by at least one on Thursday when Big East contenders Cincinnati and South Florida face off in Tampa. The Bearcats are currently 3.5-point favorites.

It’s a little hard to figure out what to make of either of these teams yet. Neither one has played a team currently r ...  read more

 
NFL Betting: Saints Soaring And Scoring
Doc's Sports Sep 25, 2009  
by T.O. Whenham - 9/25/2009

The most offensively impressive and dominant team in the NFL so far this year has clearly been the New Orleans Saints. We knew that they were going to be offensively strong, but they have so far been even better than expected, and they have been competent on defense as well. The bandwagon for this team is quickly getting crowded, and that means that the betting pu ...  read more

 
Notre Dame at Michigan Betting Preview
Doc's Sports Sep 9, 2009  
by Strike Point Sports - 9/9/2009

There’s no second-guessing which premier matchup takes the cake in college football’s second week. Southern Cal travels to Columbus to take on Ohio State at the Horseshoe, so there will be enough coverage of this Top-10 collision.

With that said, we’re going to take a peek at another key tilt, our matchup of the week pitting Notre Dame against Michigan ...  read more

 
NFL Injury Situations for Week 1
Doc's Sports Sep 2, 2009  
by T.O. Whenham - 9/2/2009

As we head into the NFL regular season, it's a good time to remind ourselves of the importance of injuries to our NFL handicapping. A key injury can turn a good bet into a bad one if it changes the complexion of the team, or it can make a good bet a great one if the public overcompensates for the injury and moves the betting lines in your favor. Here's a look at te ...  read more

 
NFL Handicapping: Final Two Preseason Games
Doc's Sports Aug 26, 2009  
by T.O. Whenham - 8/26/2009

We're about to enter an inner circle of hell - the last two NFL preseason games. I suppose that there are a couple of good reasons why these last two games exist, but by far the biggest is that it allows NFL owners to charge full price for two more games.

From a football perspective, the importance of these games range from reasonably slim to absolutely none ...  read more

 
College Football Season Win Totals Predictions
Doc's Sports Aug 13, 2009  
by Matt Severance - 8/13/2009

Every year in college football, a few high-profile teams go well over their projected win total and a few fall well short. This probably isn’t really news to you. With the season about to kick off, however, I’m here to give you a bit of advice on which teams are trending upward or downward. So I will pick one team to focus on as the best value. All odds are cour ...  read more

 
Sweet Sixteen Predictions
Doc's Sports Mar 25, 2009  
by T.O. Whenham - 03/25/2009

Thursday

Connecticut (-7) vs. Purdue - Strong defense tends to thrive in the tournament, and both of these teams have top-rate defenses - in the Top 5 by defensive efficiency. The difference here is going to be the pace of play. UConn plays a far more up-tempo style that capitalizes on their size advantage over virtually everyone they play. Purdue will need ...  read more

 
College Basketball Conference Tournament Predictions
Doc's Sports Mar 11, 2009  
by T.O. Whenham - 03/11/2009

Big East - We'll start with a tough one. The odds would logically suggest that three teams are favored well above the rest - UConn and Pitt at 7/4, and Louisville at 9/4. Head to head matchups don't help much - Pitt beat UConn twice but lost to Louisville, and the Cardinals lost to UConn. My personal bias would lean towards Louisville, but in this case I think th ...  read more

 
College Basketball Handicapping: Motivation Big Factor in Conference Clashes
Doc's Sports Mar 11, 2009  
by T.O. Whenham - 03/10/2009

Maryland Terrapins, ACC - Maryland played one of the most exciting and impressive games I saw all season when they beat North Carolina in overtime last month. Greivis Vasquez had a triple-double and was as good as a player can be. If you evaluate this team based on that performance, or when they beat up on Michigan State, then you would assume that this team is a ...  read more

 
Washington Huskies: The Toast of the West Coast
Doc's Sports Mar 4, 2009  
by Max Powers, Doc's Basketball Handicapper - 03/04/2009

They have struggled to score points in some games and their once-revered defense has vanished and teams are consistently hitting the high 70s in points against UCLA during conference play. With the Bruins recent struggles, once team has jumped them in the standings and that is the Washington Huskies. Although the Huskies are led by a f ...  read more

 
College Basketball Handicapping: Bubble Teams
Doc's Sports Feb 26, 2009  
by T.O. Whenham - 02/26/2009

Michigan - My beloved Wolverines are in dire straits. With four games remaining they needed two wins to likely made the tournament. That prospect took a serious blow when they turned their brains off and threw away a win in overtime against Iowa. That means that they need to win two of their last three, and it's hard to find those two amongst a home game at Purdu ...  read more

 
The Missouri Valley Conference: One and Done
Doc's Sports Feb 18, 2009  
by Max Powers - 02/18/2009

The Missouri Valley Conference had been the media darling on Selection Sunday during the middle part of this decade. The conference would receive multiple tournament bids and was able to shed the label of mid-major for most of the decade. But last year this conference seemingly fell back to mid-major status when it received just one bid to the Big Dance with Drake ...  read more

 
Big Ten Basketball Betting: Stay Away From Boilers
Doc's Sports Feb 11, 2009  
by Max Powers, Doc's CBB Analyst - 02/11/2009

But once conference play opened up things went south and they dropped their first two games to Illinois and Penn State, both middle-of-the-road teams in the Big Ten. The main reason for this setback was the injury to Robbie Hummel, as he was out with a stress fracture in his lower back. This is an ongoing injury and appears that it will make him ...  read more

 
Super Bowl Betting Recap: Late TD Helps Books Win Big
Doc's Sports Feb 4, 2009  
by Robert Ferringo - 02/04/2009

I think it's a pretty safe bet that Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes will never have to pay for another drink in Pennsylvania for the rest of his life. And if Las Vegas sportsbook managers are half as grateful as the members of Steelers Nation then Mr. Roethlisberger and Mr. Holmes should be welcome (and well-comped) guests in Sin City for the rest of hi ...  read more

 
Super Bowl Betting: Five Keys to the Game
Doc's Sports Jan 29, 2009  
by T.O. Whenham - 01/29/2009

We have so much time on our hands before the Super Bowl that we can afford the luxury of breaking this game down from a million different angles. It also means, unfortunately, that we have more than enough time to become very sick of talking about some aspects of the game. Yes, I'm talking about you, Anquan Boldin. That aside, the more I look at this game, the mo ...  read more

 
Big Ten Basketball Betting: Weekly Notebook
Doc's Sports Jan 21, 2009  
by Matt Severance - 01/20/2009

It appears the Northwestern Wildcats actually won't be Big Ten doormats for one season (thank you, Indiana). Behind Craig Moore's 22 points, NU beat No. 18 Minnesota, 74-65, on Sunday. That's a significant win for the program in that it was the Wildcats' first victory over a ranked team since Feb. 8, 2006. And they had dropped 27 of 28 Big Ten games (going 1-17 ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Jan 6, 2009  
by T.O. Whenham - 01/05/2009

A - Andy Murray. With the Australian Open just around the corner, the tennis season is slowly and quietly off to a start. It's way too early to know how the year is going to turn out, but early indications are that Andy Murray, the talented but underachieving British star, is ready to unleash a big season. He beat Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on consecutive day ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Dec 23, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 12/22/2008

A - Atlanta. I have to be a man and admit that I was wrong about the Falcons. I didn't believe that Michael Turner was going to get the job done, that Matt Ryan was going to adjust easily to the pro game, or that the team stood a chance of making .500, never mind the playoffs. That's an 0-fer for me. With a nice road win over the flailing Bucs on Sunday the Falco ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Dec 16, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 12/15/2008

A - Arena Football League. The AFL is taking a year off to get their business in order. The question is whether anyone will care, or even notice. The most telling indication of the state of the league was that the New Orleans VooDoo had decided to fold even though they had been near the top of the league in attendance the last two years and were owned by Tom Bens ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Dec 9, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 12/08/2008

A - Auburn. Tommy Tuberville is out as coach of the Tigers, but the circumstances, if the reports are to be believed, are odd. Even though his job was reportedly safe despite a lackluster 5-7 season, Tuberville stepped down this week. The administration says they were shocked, yet they decided to pay him his $5.1 million buyout even though they didn't have to. Ge ...  read more

 
College Basketball Betting: Is Louisville Doomed?
Doc's Sports Dec 4, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 12/04/2008

What the heck was that? Louisville was the No. 3-ranked team in the country, and a popular early choice to be a No. 1 seed in March. They have four established guards, a near-certain lottery pick in forward in Earl Clark, and last year's High School Player of the Year at center. On Sunday night they played the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, a team best known for b ...  read more

 
NHL Betting: The Week's Biggest Stories
Doc's Sports Nov 25, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 11/24/2008

There's a whole lot going on in the NHL that should be of interest to bettors, so let's not waste time:

Hot, But Soon To Be Not

There is no team in the NHL playing better right now than Vancouver. They have points in nine straight games, and 11 of the last 12. That puts them comfortably on top of the Northwest Division, and third in the conference. Th ...  read more

 
NHL Betting: The Week's Biggest Stories
Doc's Sports Nov 18, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 11/18/2008

We're settling into the slow, steady rhythms of the middle of the NHL season when nothing happens too quickly. This is when we start to learn which teams are here to stay, and which ones are just killing time until golf season starts. To an outsider that may all sound a bit dull, but to hockey fans this is heaven. It's also pretty exciting when there are owners l ...  read more

 
2008-2009 College Basketball Predictions
Doc's Sports Nov 13, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 11/13/2008

The college basketball season is slowly but surely get underway. It will be a while before people start paying a lot of attention, but it's never too soon to start making some college basketball predictions. College basketball culminates in the single best spectacle in sports, but there is a lot of excitement and intrigue between now and the madness of March. As ...  read more

 
NFL Betting: Best and Worst Against the Spread
Doc's Sports Oct 30, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 10/29/2008

We are halfway through the NFL season, give or take. This is a good time, then, for us to take a look at the teams that are being particularly kind to bettors, and those that are soaking the money bet on them in gas and lighting a match. Here, then, is a look at the good, the bad, and the downright ugly.

The Best

Tennessee (7-0 ATS) - Despite the Vinc ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Oct 23, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 10/22/2008

A - Alexander, Shaun. The incredible fall from grace has taken a potentially brief detour to the nation's capital. The former MVP needed a job, the Redskins needed running depth, and Daniel Snyder is more than happy to spend money without thinking about it - it was a match made in heaven. Not surprisingly, Alexander had almost no impact in his first game since he ...  read more

 
Fourth Down and Inches
Doc's Sports Oct 16, 2008  
by Doc - 10/15/2008

I wish I could have started this column out with some good news as far as last week's selections are concerned. However, that is not the case. We did nail a nice 5-unit winner with Penn State, as they completely destroyed Wisconsin, 48-7. We also had a nice winner with Mississippi State ending Vanderbilt's perfect season, but those two wins did not come close to covering ...  read more

 
Option Teams Paying Off For Backers
Doc's Sports Sep 30, 2008  
by Robert Ferringo - 09/29/2008

The Option Offense in football is one of the most venerable and classic nuances of America's New National Pastime. The Wishbone. The Wing T. The Single Wing. The very thought of The Option brings one back to Yesteryear, Better Days and Days of Yore. Those were simpler times - The Option reflects that - and a Golden Time when speakeasies, jazz, hard work and ra ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Sep 23, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 09/22/2008

A - Anderson, Derek - A year ago the Cleveland Browns' QB and his team were one of the best stories in the league. Now it seems almost certain that his days as a starter, at least for now, are nearing an end. Anderson has been, in a word, brutal. He reached a new low this week against Baltimore, completing just 38 percent of his passes, with three picks and just ...  read more

 
4th Down and Inches
Doc's Sports Sep 18, 2008  
By Doc

Even though it’s still early in the college football season, a few teams have already packed it in. One of those teams is Syracuse. We used them as a selection two weeks ago at the dome against Akron and I felt that was a make-or-break game for them. The latter turned out to be the case, as they lost by double digits and they were pounded by Penn State last week, 55-13. I wanted to us ...  read more

 
Early Week Line Movements
Doc's Sports Sep 10, 2008  
by Robert Ferringo - 09/09/2008

Last year we tracked the opening steam movements of lines in both college football and the NFL. The idea was to see if the "sharp" money was really that, or if the idea of trailing these severe early line movements was merely a myth. Well, I'm glad to say that we are back at it this season and ready to build on last year's research.

Here is the basic met ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Sep 3, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham

A - Appalachian State. A former Michigan man took it upon himself to avenge the crushing embarrassment dished out to the Wolverines by App State last season. Les Miles and his LSU Tigers emphatically popped the Mountaineers' balloon with a thoroughly overwhelming 41-13 victory. We didn't learn a lot about LSU's offense in the game, but we did see that the defense is going to ...  read more

 
4th Down and Inches
Doc's Sports Sep 3, 2008  
By Doc

Once again it’s that time of year, as this is the kickoff issue for our annual Fourth Down and Inches. What was most gratifying about the past weekend was that our top selection, Temple, completely destroyed Army, 35-7. I spotted that game early in the summer and, believe me, it would have been a rough Saturday had that game gone down Friday night. This is a much-improved Owls team, a ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Aug 26, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 08/25/2008

A - Arizona Cardinals. The Cards beat the Raiders, 24-0, this week, but it wasn't nearly as promising as it might sound. Matt Leinart is supposed to be emerging as a star by now, but he was truly terrible in his half of play - four completed passes and three interceptions. Kurt Warner was much better in the second half. So much better, in fact, that the ageless f ...  read more

 
Preseason NFL Power Rankings
Doc's Sports Aug 12, 2008  
by Robert Ferringo - 08/11/2008

"Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face."

- Mike Tyson

I know what you mean Mike. I do. See, in the world of the Betting in the National Football League, expectations, perceptions, and preparation are fundamental components of achieving success. And everyone has a plan, until they see some 255-pound gorilla of a linebacker spear his ...  read more

 
This Week In Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Aug 7, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 08/06/2008

A - Artest, Ron. The Rockets are clearly looking to win while they still have a solid core in place. That's pretty much the only reason that they would take the gamble they have - adding Ron Artest to their line-up. There's little doubt that Artest is as good as anyone defensively. He's just also a locker room menace, and he can rip a team apart and cause trouble ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Jul 29, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 07/28/2008

A - Anthony Kim. didn't win the Canadian Open this week - Chez Reavie did. Still, his eighth place finish deserves a bit of discussion. In his last nine tournaments he has won twice, finished second once, and had two more top-10s, including the British Open. He's made over $3 million in that stretch, and is sitting in fifth in the money list. Keep in mind that he ...  read more

 
2008 NFL Division Winners Futures Betting
Doc's Sports Jul 22, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 07/19/2008

With NFL training camps just around the corner now is the time we should be getting our head around how we think things are going to turn out by the time the playoffs roll around. That's easier said than done. A good place to start, though, and to get back into the swing of thinking about football again, is to look at the odds for each team to win their division. ...  read more

 
College Futures: Season Win Totals
Doc's Sports Jul 17, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 07/15/2008

College football is just around the corner, so it is a good time to look at college football season win totals. Looking at the totals this far after they have been released is mostly a frustrating situation - there isn't much value at all in the ones that seem to be the most straightforward or obvious. The only thing that makes sense to me in these situations is ...  read more

 
Season Home Run Props Predictions
Doc's Sports Jul 17, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 07/16/2008

There is a rare break in the constant stream of action that makes up the baseball season, so it is a natural time to take a step back and evaluate where we are at. One thing that we can do now is consider who is likely to hit the most home runs on the season, and then to see if we can make some money from that belief. Bodog has odds listed for a dizzying number o ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Jul 9, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 07/07/2008

A - A's. Not only was there a ridiculous amount of money spent on a 16-year-old pitcher, but it came from a very unlikely team - Oakland. The A' s signed Michael Inoa to a minor league contract that included a $4.25 million signing bonus. The guy may be young, but he obviously has enough ability to make a team lose their heads - he's 6 foot 7, and he throws in th ...  read more

 
The AFL Playoffs: Dogs Have Their Day
Doc's Sports Jul 2, 2008  
by Max Powers - 07/01/2008

The Wild Card Weekend of the Arena Football Playoffs was completed last week and the underdogs dominated, covering all four games and winning three of them straight-up. The AFL playoffs follow the NFL prototype with six teams in each conference making the playoffs and the top two seeds in each earning a bye. That being said, a major difference is that there are onl ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Jun 24, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 06/24/2008

A - Arnold, Benedict. If you aren't a hockey fan or a Canadian then you can't really understand the Toronto Maple Leafs. They are usually terrible and they haven't won a Cup since 1967, yet in the eyes of the team and their fans they are the only team that matters. Leafs fans are like really annoying Red Sox fans circa 1999. You can imagine, then, how thrilled fa ...  read more

 
2008 Wimbledon Predictions
Doc's Sports Jun 23, 2008  
Christopher G. Shepard - 06/23/2008

The draws have been selected for the 2008 Wimbledon Championships set to serve from June 23 to July 6 as five-time defending Champion Roger Federer will have to face Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic if he wants to return to Centre Court. There is a possibility for an all-Williams' final on the women's side if defending Champion Venus Williams can get ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Jun 3, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 06/02/2008

A - Andruw Jones. We won't have Jones and his oddly spelled first name to kick around for a month or more. Jones had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee on Tuesday and will miss four to six weeks. You'd never guess it if you just look at their payroll, but this is pretty much the best thing that could have happened to the struggling Dodgers. Jones, ...  read more

 
Melrose to Lighting: A NHL Coaching Joke?
Doc's Sports Jun 3, 2008  
by Max - 06/03/2008

Recent reports have named Barry Melrose as the next coach of the Tampa Bay Lighting. Yes, this is the same Tampa Bay Lighting that won a Stanley Cup under John Tortorella in 2004. Tororella is still under contract to coach the Lighting next season but the team is in the process of being solid to Oren Koules. Many believe Koules is looking for a fresh start and has tabbed ...  read more

 
MLB Overrated Pitchers
Doc's Sports May 29, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 05/28/2008

One of the hardest but most important tasks baseball handicappers face is deciding which pitchers are good value, and which one aren't worth risking your money on. The best and most obvious way to do that is by looking at statistics. Win-loss record and earned run average are the tools that most bettors rely on most heavily, but they can sometimes be misleading. ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports May 27, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 05/26/2008

A - A-Rod. After almost a month out of action, last year's MVP is back and in solid form. He's not lighting the world on fire, but he's not slumping either. What is more notable is that his team, the biggest disappointment in the league after the Tigers, has got their act together since his return, winning five of six. Of course, those six games have been against ...  read more

 
2008 Champions League Final Preview
Doc's Sports May 21, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 05/21/2008

For North American sports fans European soccer can be incredibly confusing. Not only do teams play in their regular league, but they also play in ongoing tournaments like the Champions League that seem to never end. On top of it all, the players on the teams regularly go to join their national squads to play in friendly matches or to qualify for the World Cup or ...  read more

 
After the Favorite, Preakness Field a Shame
Doc's Sports May 14, 2008  
by Robert Ferringo - 05/14/2008

"They're scared."

That was my initial thought when I first scanned the projected field for the 2008 Preakness Stakes, the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, which will be run at 6 p.m., on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Pimlico, Md. My first thought was that Big Brown's dominating win at Churchill Downs just two short weeks ago was enough to ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports May 13, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 05/13/2008

A - A-Rod. New York's most hated hometown boy had a rough week. He's on the DL and off the radar, but that didn't spare him from embarrassment. We learned that Rodriguez passed out at the sight of blood during the birth of his first child. That, of course, is irrelevant to sports betting. I just find it hilarious that the guy has so much trouble getting respect f ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports May 7, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 05/07/2008

A - Anthony Kim. Kim hasn't been quite the prodigy he was supposed to be since he joined the PGA in 2006, but the 22-year-old earned his first win in style. He ran away from the crowd at the Wachovia Championship this weekend, and ended up winning by five strokes. The victory was tainted somewhat because the defending champion, Tiger Woods, was not in the field. ...  read more

 
2008 World Series Predictions
Doc's Sports May 7, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 05/07/2008

We're only a month or so into the baseball season, and summer isn't even here yet, but that doesn't mean that we can't start looking towards October. Everyone makes World Series predictions before the season starts, so it only makes sense that you would revisit those predictions once you have seen 20 percent of the season. Things can change, even in a month - Det ...  read more

 
Breakdown of Six Kentucky Derby Favorites
Doc's Sports May 1, 2008  
by Robert Ferringo - 04/30/2008

"Total chaos, no way to see the race, not even the track...nobody cares. Big lines at the outdoor betting windows, then stand back to watch winning numbers flash on the big board, like a giant bingo game." - H.S.T, "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved"

Bingo.

We are just four short days away from the Fastest Two Minutes In Sports and one t ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Apr 30, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 04/29/2008

A - Alexander, Shaun. We have seen a lot of rapid falls from grace in sports, but few that haven't involved dog fighting have been faster than this one. Three seasons ago the Seahawks running back was the easy choice for league MVP. The next offseason he signed a massive eight-year contract. Now he is unloved and unemployed after the Seahawks cut him following tw ...  read more

 
This Week in Betting, A to Z
Doc's Sports Apr 22, 2008  
by T.O. Whenham - 04/21/2008

A - Anaheim. So much for a repeat Stanley Cup champion. The team should go back to being named after a Disney hockey team, because that was a truly Mickey Mouse performance. The Ducks got called for a ridiculous number of penalties, failed to show any interest or desire, and were handled easily by a Dallas team that is decent, but certainly wasn't viewed by a lot ...  read more

 


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