Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2011 01:05 PM
Don’t poke the bear Toronto. Has Cleveland taught you nothing?
The Big Smoke is bracing for former star Chris Bosh’s return to the Air Canada Centre for the first time he dumped the Raptors and joined LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami.
The Heat are in Toronto tonight, giving nine points to the frenzied home side. But are oddsmakers selling a motivated Miami squad short?
The last time the Heat played with vengeance, LeBron shut the Q up with a 118-90 thumping as 5.5-point chalk in Cleveland on December 2. And we all know what happened to the Cavs after that.
“I’m as ready as I’ll ever be,” Bosh told the Miami Herald about his return to Toronto. “Pretty much it’s been every arena that we’ve been at — [players] have been extra motivated, fans have been extra motivated to either talk crap or cheer a little louder but I’m as ready as I’ll ever be, so bring it on.”
Bosh will get the standard jeers thrown at him, much like Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter before him, who were also tagged as quitters. Bosh is under fire for sitting out the final five games of the schedule with a facial injury last year, leaving Toronto to place one game back of Chicago for the eighth and final postseason spot in the East.
The sound of boos won’t be lost on Bosh’s teammates, who are looking to quiet the Canadian crowd in support of the former No. 4, who now sports No. 1 in South Beach.
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Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 02:18 PM
The NBA is one of those rare leagues where one man can make all the difference.
Just look at the Cleveland Cavaliers and their drop off since losing LeBron James to free agency this past summer. With the two-time MVP playing for the Miami Heat, what remains of the Cavaliers have dropped 26 straight games heading into Friday’s home tilt with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Sure, injuries and a coaching change have stunted Cleveland’s growth since losing LeBron, but this is pretty much the same team that finished first overall in the NBA last season with a 61-21 record. This season, the Cavs are 8-45 with a horrific 19-32-2 record against the spread.
If there was a bigger case for James’ third straight MVP title, basketball bettors haven’t seen it yet. The fact that Cleveland has gone from first to worst strictly based on LeBron’s departure adds to the legend of “The Chosen One”.
So while it’s easy to feel bad for the Cavaliers and the city of Cleveland for LeBron’s so-called betrayal and their incredible losing streak, basketball fans should look beyond Ohio and realize just how good James is.
At +200 to win another Most Valuable Player honor, LeBron is a steal.
Bet on the NBA at BetJamaica.com.
Posted Sunday, February 06, 2011 05:48 PM
Move over Paul the Octopus (RIP), my dog Fritz is the new handicapping king of the animal kingdom.
Sure, there have been a lot of imitators heading into Super Bowl XLV, with elephants and monkeys laying down their plays. But all are just followers of Fritz, who made his third Super Bowl selection this Sunday after correctly calling the New Orleans Saints (+5.5) upset over the Colts in last year’s big game and falling short in Super Bowl XLIII by taking the Steelers (-7) against the Cardinals.
For those of you who don’t know (most of you), Fritz is a 4-year-old, alpha-male, 85-pound English Bulldog. He enjoys short walks on the lawn, cheese, chasing bubbles (see picture right) and tearing the squeaker out of his toys.
The name of the game is simple. I lay down a treat for each team and whatever one Fritz sucks back is the winner – ATS of course. This year, the Super Bowl contestants were represented by a yellow denta-bone (Pittsburgh) and Greenie (Green Bay) dog treat.
I placed both on the floor and called in the big guy to take a whiff. This being his third season of picking Super Bowl winners, Fritz knew the deal and quickly snatched up the Greenie (Green Bay), gladly giving the points for tonight’s game.
Myself, I’m on the Steelers (+3) and the under.
Enjoy the game.
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Posted Saturday, February 05, 2011 03:58 PM
One of the biggest rules for betting on sports is to leave your heart out of it. But sometimes that can be hard to do – especially when one of your sworn enemies could hoist the championship trophy in your own house.
As a Dallas Cowboys fan, you feel like you’re in constant competition with the other historically-successful franchises in the NFL. Teams like the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, New York Giants and Green Bay Packers are constantly measuring themselves against the Cowboys and visa versa. However, in recent years, Dallas has fallen off as the league’s top franchise thanks to the play of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh has won two Super Bowls in the past six years while Dallas has failed to meet its overhyped expectations in that span. The Steelers have won six Super Bowl titles to the Cowboys’ five and could pick up No. 7 inside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas this Sunday – a stadium built with a Dallas Super Bowl XLV title in mind.
Some would even claim that the Steelers, not the Cowboys, are now "America’s Team" – a title given to Dallas by NFL Films’ Bob Ryan back in 1978.
Of course, things didn’t pan out for Jerry Jones and Cowboys this season. And now, instead of becoming the first team to play in a Super Bowl it's hosting, Dallas is forced to sit back and watch the hated Steelers climb another rung higher, right in the heart of Texas.
Like a good sports bettor, I’m removing that disgust from the equation and ta... [More]