California Chrome is better than even money to win the Preakness Stakes this weekend, and the legendary Calvin Borel is once again riding a filly in the second leg of the US Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing. We also have a female trainer and a female jockey in this year’s Run for the Black-Eyed Susans, and a handful of talented thoroughbreds with middle-of-the-road odds. Nearly half of the field is showing Las Vegas odds on a Preakness win of 20 to 1 or higher, but if you remember the Kentucky Derby, last-minute add and longshot Commanding Curve paid off handsomely for his second place finish, and almost won the race outright.
We made 4 bold predictions for the 2014 NFL Draft, Round 1. Nailing 3 of those 4 predictions was nice, but Houston could have helped us out by trading away the #1 overall pick. That didn’t happen, as they drafted arguably the best raw physical talent in the entire draft, and some say of the past few years, in Jadeveon Clowney, the All-World defensive end out of South Carolina. Johnny “Football” Manziel was another big name going into the first round of the 2014 National Football League Draft Thursday, but he slipped, slid and tumbled all the way to … the team that wanted him and the team he wanted to play for anyway. The Cleveland Browns originally had the #9 overall pick, and they traded up from there to […]
The 2014 NFL Draft is upon us. A record 30 college football players have been invited to the Radio City Music Hall in New York, as anticipation of the always exciting first round gets underway Thursday, May 8 at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time. And while it is very easy for even the average fan to predict that DE Jadeveon Clowney and QB Johnny Manziel will be big money makers on Thursday’s first round, no picks are guaranteed until they are announced. This includes the number one overall selection. That belongs to the Houston Texans this year, and they could stick with Clowney, a virtual lock as a 10 or 12 year dominant defensive presence, they could trade that pick away, or they could do any unpredictable number of things. […]
3 up, 3 down may sound like the result of one inning of major league baseball with a great pitcher, but we are referring of course to the 140th Kentucky Derby. It seems like this time of year there are one or two three-year-old thoroughbreds which look like locks to make a run for the Triple Crown, only to have injuries or head scratching poor performances remove them from that designation, if not the race altogether. But this year we have no fewer than six major names moving up and down the Kentucky Derby odds board. And the smart equestrian gambler need only look back to 2006 (Barbaro at 6 to 1) and 2011 (Animal Kingdom at 21 to 1) for some relevant Kentucky Derby betting information. Barbaro won easily […]
March Madness 2014 has culminated with the lowest-seeded combination ever to play in the National Championship Game. The 2014 pairing of #7 seed Connecticut and #8 seed Kentucky takes place Monday night, 9:10 PM at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. We pointed out in our Final Four update that the Vegas odds on the surging Kentucky Wildcats would provide a lot of value. And that underdog wager made many sports gamblers extremely happy, as Kentucky narrowly edged by the favored #2 seed Wisconsin Badgers 74 – 73 to advance to the championship game.
Three of the four Elite Eight underdogs scored upsets and advanced to the March Madness Final Four. #4 Michigan State appeared to sleep-walk through a 60 – 54 loss to #7 UCONN in the Eastern region, and #8 Kentucky kept the possibility of an all-SEC championship game alive with a stunning victory over #2 Michigan in the Midwest. #2 Wisconsin edged #1 Arizona by a single point, 64 – 63 in the West. And in the Southern region, Florida was the only Elite Eight favorite that won. They had a relatively easy time against the #11 Dayton Flyers, the Cinderella darling of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. One team from the American Athletic Conference, one team from the Big Ten and two squads from the SEC remain with hopes of […]
It’s Miller Time for March Madness Quick! When was the last time that a pair of brothers coached in the same Elite Eight NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament? The answer is, never. But Archie and Sean Miller, head coaches of the Dayton Flyers and Arizona Wildcats respectively, will pull off that feat this year. Dayton flew past another lower-ranked seed, with the #11 Flyers beating #10 Stanford 82 – 72 this past Thursday. Sean is the senior of the two brothers, and he piloted his #1 seed Arizona Wildcats to a 70 – 64 victory versus an SDSU team that kept hanging around the entire game. Dayton has joined the Elite Eight for the first time in 30 years, behind depth balance and defense. Four players scored in double figures against […]
6 days and 52 games later, the Las Vegas odds on March Madness 2014 reveal the carnage that lays in the wake of the incredible upsets we have seen so far this year. The #11 Dayton Flyers continue to soar, and after knocking off #6 Ohio State in the first round, they probably would’ve been content if they lost to powerful #3 Syracuse. However, after a one point victory over OSU, they scored a two point win over the Orangemen. And as luck would have it, or destiny, #10 Stanford edged #2 Kansas in another huge upset, which puts Stanford and Dayton head-to-head in what will probably be a great game. In another upset that delivered a Sweet Sixteen spot, #8 Kentucky edged #1 Wichita State 78 – 76 to […]
The bracket bashing of March Madness has begun. No doubt Friday morning hopeful bracketologists everywhere were throwing their picks in the trash bin, as a record 4 of Thursday night’s 16 games reached overtime. And yes, there were upsets galore, delivering the ecstasy and agony that is the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Things got started quickly, as a big upset began March Madness in the very first game of the round of 64 after play-in games closed out Tuesday and Wednesday. Following the 11th seeded Dayton Flyers upending of 6 seed Ohio State 60 – 59, who many felt were over-seeded, only 19% of the brackets filled by CBS Sports basketball prognosticators remained in play for perfection. There were 15 lead changes in the rivalry, and the two schools are […]
March Madness is a much better moniker than the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and the term actually originated back in 1939 and had nothing to do with college basketball. Henry V. Porter wrote an article called “March Madness” for the Illinois High School Association magazine, referring to the fanatical high school basketball fans in his state. It wasn’t until 1982 when CBS broadcaster Brent Musburger mentioned March Madness during that network’s NCAA tournament coverage that the term was applied to NCAA basketball, and one year later, madness was in full effect. Even though filling out a perfect NCAA tournament bracket is 18 times more unlikely to happen than being killed by a waterspout, bracketology will be running wild after the NCAA Selection Committee announces the teams that it has chosen […]