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Posted Friday, July 30, 2010 12:12 PM

Trendy Super Bowl pick has glaring weakness

John Harbaugh faces some lofty expectations this season. He’s got a young, improving quarterback with two full seasons and three playoff wins under his belt. He’s got a do-it-all running back with a motor that doesn’t stop. And he’s got one of the best offensive lines in football.

But the Ravens head coach has lots to worry about. The defense, long considered the back backbone of Baltimore’s football team, is in bad shape, particularly the secondary.

Domonique Foxworth, who was projected to be a starting cornerback, torn his ACL and is done for the season. It gets worse. DBs Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb are both still recovering from torn ACLs and neither is practicing with the team yet. Oh yeah, and some guy named Ed Reed expects to miss the start of the regular season because of an ailing hip injury.

Anyone who watched the Ravens play last year knows that their pass defense wasn’t as good as the stats indicate. That secondary got beat deep and was dinged for way too many pass interference calls.

I’m not saying we should bail on Baltimore – I just think we should keep in mind that they’ve got some holes. I expect some high-scoring games early on with plenty of over value on the game totals.

Betjamaica.com has the Ravens at -125 to win the NFC North with the Pittsburgh Steelers second at +225. That leaves the defending division champion Bengals the third choice at +350. I love the value there.

Cincy went 2-0 SU and ATS last y... [More]

Posted Monday, July 19, 2010 09:05 AM

Refried taco meat affecting Charles Barkley’s memory

You can’t blame the guy, really. I mean if I had an endorsement deal with Taco Bell, I’d be thinking outside the bun at least once a day.

But all those beans and cheese are tampering Chuck’s recollection; either that or the guy just has a selective memory.

Barkley and Michael Jordan chatted with Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley at a celebrity golf event this past weekend about how they would never have made the same decision that LeBron James made.

MJ is the guy who’s grabbing all the SportsCenter headlines but his comments were pretty tame and, really, Mike can say whatever he wants because he’s got six rings.

But Chuck, well... he bit off a little more than he can chew.

“It’s disappointing from a competition standpoint,” Barkley told Bickley. “You want to beat these guys. Sports are all about competition, and you want to beat the best. You want to beat Kobe. You want to beat Dwyane Wade. You want to beat the Celtics, who beat you last year. That’s what competition is about.”

Wait a second… didn’t Barkley join a Big 3 of his own? That’s right, Chuck pouted his way out of Phoenix in 1996, forcing the Suns to trade the then 33-year-old forward to the Houston Rockets. He played with Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon and later, after Drexler retired, Houston brought in Scottie Pippen.

So that’s two Big 3’s Chuck played for. And to get back to that competition argument - people close to the Rockets know that things never wor... [More]

Posted Sunday, July 11, 2010 12:18 PM

Can we please start talking about football now?

These are the days normally dedicated to the lady in our lives. A peace offering for all the big games – and some of the not so big ones – she’s had to put up with over the last 10 months.

But before we commit to that two-week camping trip with the in-laws, remember that the most important sport in the betting world is just a couple weeks away training camp and we haven’t done anything to ready ourselves.

Instead of analyzing the each team’s Super Bowl chances, we’ve been caught up in the World Cup and LeBron’s “Decision”. I suggest we take a rain check on camping trip, roll up our sleeves and put on our NFL thinking hats.  

Here are a few of the questions kicking around in my cranium heading into the 2010 season:

Are the Jets really this good or are they just paper champions?

Gang Green surprised most of us last season making it all the way to the AFC Championship Game. They continued to carry the headlines in the offseason by grabbing name players like LaDainian Tomlinson, Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie.

Some books have them behind only Indy and San Diego to win the AFC, but others, like Betjamaica.com, don’t even have them favored to win the AFC East.

I’m not quite as bullish as others on the Jets. Don’t forget they start a second-year quarterback, they cut an All-Pro interior lineman (Alan Faneca) and their best player (cornerback Darrelle Revis) is really pissed off about his contract situation.

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