The New ESPN “Odds And Info” Page

by A.J. Coltrane

ESPN has what I think is a new page — “Odds and Info”. It’s on their front page tab right above “Poker”. Clicking through takes you to a page called “Chalk”, which is about as neutral a name as they could have picked so as not to upset the squares.

The funny […]

The NFL. What A Crapshoot.

by A.J. Coltrane

Over time I’ve decided that NFL outcomes are more random than I prefer to be involved with (read: gamble on). There are too few possessions per team, and too few scores — if the NFL awarded one point for a touchdown instead of seven a “normal” result would be something like 4 […]

Predicting the 2013 NFL Season

By Blaidd Drwg

The great thing about baseball is that you can generally use advanced metrics to make a prediction about the performance of a team in an upcoming season with reasonable accuracy. There are certainly things you can’t predict (injuries, guys significantly over/under performing, luck, etc.) but those metrics have been tested and tweaked […]

The Stink About The Patriots – Panthers Game

by A.J. Coltrane

Last night the Patriots lost to the Panthers, 20-24. New England had the ball on the Carolina 18 yard line. Tom Brady tried to throw a pass into the end zone as time expired. The officials threw a flag, then picked it up and declared the game over. All of the talking […]

2013 NFL MVP Odds

by A.J. Coltrane

2013 NFL MVP Odds at ESPN.

Rank Candidate Odds 1 Peyton Manning 5-1 2 Aaron Rodgers 13-2 3 Colin Kaepernick 10-1 3 Drew Brees 10-1 5 Adrian Peterson 12-1 5 Tom Brady 12-1 7 Matt Ryan 15-1 8 Robert Griffin III 18-1 8 Russell Wilson 18-1 10 Andrew Luck 25-1 10 Calvin Johnson […]


by A.J. Coltrane

I’m playing in a restaurant pool where contestants pick the winner of each NFL game. The restaurant awards gift certs if you have the best weekly record, or the best record at the end of the season. Underdogs won 10 out of 14 games outright last week. I didn’t pick anything like […]

Uglier And Uglier, Or Something

by A.J. Coltrane

Predictably, expectations for the Seahawks’ season are headed south (Grantland):


Seattle Seahawks OPENING LINE: 7 wins, Over EVEN, Under -120 NOW: 6.5 wins, Over +145, Under -165

Even at 6.5 wins, the Seahawks’ odds keep falling. On Monday, that over was at +130. Now it sits at +145. Although they beat […]

Las Vegas And The Ashtray Of Shame

by A.J. Coltrane

It was a good long first weekend in Vegas of March Madness gambling. I made over 50 (straight) bets on college basketball and won about 65% of them — I had money on all but about two games between Thursday and Sunday. (For the record, betting on every single game is *not* the recommended way […]