2015 NFL Draft Props


The NFL will take center stage on Thursday April 30 in Chicago when the NFL Draft begins. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the No. 1 overall pick and are almost certain to select former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

Bookmakers are so certain of this that many offshore books have already stopped taking action on whom the No. 1 pick will be in the draft.

The odds makers feel why take any more money on what already looks to be a certainty.

However, while the intrigue over who will be chosen No. 1 is now gone, there is still much debate over who the rest of the picks will be. Because of that, there is an array of NFL Draft props available to the bettor.

Marcus Mariota the winner of the Heisman Trophy has been picked by many to be the No. 2 overall draft pick on Thursday by the Tennessee Titans. Nevertheless, many suitors exist in the league for Mariota and that means he very well could be traded by the Titans to a host of different teams. Amongst the teams showing a great deal of interest in the quarterback are the New York Jets, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns.

While running backs are no longer fashionable with a high pick, two backs are expected to be selected in the first round. Todd Gurley from Georgia and Melvin Gordon from Wisconsin both should factor in the first round. Gurley torn his ACL last November, but that has not kept teams from being interested in his services. Gordon broken the single game rushing yards record this past season, only to see his record broken the following week.

The following are a few examples of the different props that are available to NFL bettors during the NFL Draft this week. Offshore sportsbooks Bovada, betonline, topbet and sportsbook.com have these and more to choose from.

Who will be chosen No. 2 overall

Marcus Mariota -550

Kevin White 7 to 1

Leonard Williams 8 to 1

Dante Fowler 10 to 1

The Field 6 to 1

Which NFL team on Sunday at the conclusion of the NFL Draft will have the rights to Mariota?

Titans +125

Browns 5 to 2

Jets 7 to 2

Eagles 4 to 1

Chargers 10 to 1

Rams 30 to 1

Texans 60 to 1.

Draft Position for Amari Copper

Over 5.5 (+190), Under 5.5 (-220)

Draft Position for Kevin White

Over 7 (-120)

Under 7 (-120)

Draft Position for Todd Gurley

Over 14.5 (-150)

Under 14.5 (+125)

Draft Position for Melvin Gordon

Over 22 (-120)

Under 22 (+125)


American Pharoah Odds on Favorite at 141st Kentucky Derby


On May 2, horsing fans and bettors will be focused on Churchill Downs for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert one of the best trainers in horseracing should saddle the top two favorites in the race.

American Pharoah is currently listed as the favorite at 3 to 1, on most sportsbooks, while Dortmund a stablemate is currently 4 to 1. Trainer Richard Violette has Upstart next in line at 9 to 2.

The morning line odds are to be posted upon the postposition draw at Churchill Downs on Wednesday.

Since 1978, horseracing has waited for a Triple Crown winner. That year Affirmed won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

However, this year, American Pharoah is being showered with superlatives. The horse is just 10 to 1 to win the three races. One sportsbook is offering odds of 7 to 1 for any horse to win the Triple Crown in 2015.

One horse agent that has been in the business for over 35 years says American Pharoah is the best horse he has ever seen.

He called American Pharoah the Michael Jordan of horseracing. He stays in the air for so long and its seems he does not have just one gear remaining but possibly two or more, added the agent.

Of course, the veteran Baffert is holding back on his excitement. Baffert said the horse surprises him each time he runs and that he was looking forward to everything going well. However, he will still need a bit of racing luck, like getting a decent post, will have to break well and get the trip. Baffert added that a great deal could happen around the track so nothing will be taken for granted.

Here are the current odds for the 141st Kentucky Derby along with a few props.

American Pharoah    3/1

Dortmund                4/1

Carpe Diem             12/1

Upstart                                9/2

Mubtaahji                 12/1

Materiality               12/1

Frosted                       14/1

Firing Line               15/1

International Star 15/1

El Kabeir                   22/1

One Lucky Dane        25/1

Keen Ice                    25/1

War Story                 30/1

Itsaknockout              30/1

Bolo                        30/1

Danzig Moon              35/1

Frammento             40/1

Madefromlucky          50/1

Stanford                    50/1

Tencendur                60/1

Ocho Ocho Ocho        60/1

Mr. Z                       60/1

Bold Conquest             75/1

St Joe Bay                125/1

Pain and Misery         150/1

Firespike                   150/1

Metaboss                  150/1

The Truth or Else   250/1

Task from glory          150/1


Will American Pharoah win – Yes +310, No -380

Will a Horse win the Triple Crown – Yes +700, No -380

Will a horse win two of the three races in the Triple Crown Yes +140, No -160

Kentucky Derby Official Winning Time – Over/Under 202.2

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MLB Thoughts on the DH and Early Season Surprises


Max Scherzer sprained his thumb while batting and he thinks the National League needs the DH because of it.

If you want to see the ultimate in knee-jerk reaction than I give you Major League Baseball. Two pitchers in the National League both went down with injuries and both did so while batting. Cue the “We need the DH in the National League” screams.

In St. Louis, Cardinals’ fans are dealing with the loss of star pitcher Adam Wainwright. He is out for the season with an Achilles’ injury suffered while legging out a struck ball to first base. His injury is far worse than that of Washington Nationals’ pitcher Max Scherzer who suffered a sprained thumb while batting today against the Miami Marlins.

“If you look at it from the macro side, who’d people rather see hit: Big Papi or me?” Scherzer told CBS Sports. “Who would people rather see, a real hitter hitting home runs or a pitcher swinging a wet newspaper? Both leagues need to be on the same set of rules.”

Actually, Scherzer has it backwards. What I’d like to see is pitchers actually take hitting more seriously and I’d like to see the American League do away with the designated hitter altogether.


Adam Wainwright is likely out for the season after an injury suffered while batting.

God forbid we actually force American League managers to have manage a game rather than just send guys up to hit bombs all the time. That may be a stretch but I think you know exactly what I’m talking about. Look at Joe Maddon for example, the new skipper of the Chicago Cubs. He came over from Tampa Bay which is an American League team.

He’s already batted pitchers in the eighth spot rather than the traditional ninth in order shake things up increase the chances of an actual fielder in the ninth hole serve as a “second lead-off man.”

Another reason you have pitchers bat is to shorten games. Ya I know, time is money right? The longer fans are at the ball park the more beer, soda, food and merchandise they buy. Well count me as one who would much rather watch a 2 hour and 30 minute game than a three or four hour slugfest. I’m probably in the minority on that but too bad. I get more out of watching a good 4-3 game then I’ll ever get out of 10-7 one.

Want to eliminate the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox brawling every other game? Get pitchers up there in the box. I’m not saying for one minute that pitchers batting would eliminate benches clearing or guys getting beaned but I would be willing to bet that you’d see a drastic reduction in such actions. Teams are not going to sacrifice one of their starting arms just for “revenge.”

At the end of the day, I get it; chicks really do dig the long ball don’t they? I’ll bet they’d also dig being able to get out of the stadium in under five hours too.

MLB a Month In – With baseball about a month old, here’s what I’m seeing so far in the early season.

Biggest Surprises: Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets and Houston Astros. Did you see any of these three teams leading their divisions even this early?

Biggest Disappointments: Washington Nationals, Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians. It’s early, but there are some disturbing trends already emerging with these teams.

Manager on the Hottest Seat: Matt Williams, Nationals. This team was basically penciled in as the NL East winner from day one and many experts had them winning the World Series.

Best Offseason Acquisition: Alfredo Simon, Tigers. With Justin Verlander still not ready to go, Simon’s 4-0 record has been a welcome sign for the Central leading Tigers.



Previews of Two of Four NBA Playoff Games on Sunday


The NBA playoffs continue on Sunday with the possibility of the broom coming out as three teams look to sweep their series. Three of the four games played on Sunday could end with sweeps and in the other. San Antonio took a 2-1 lead on Friday over the Clippers. Here is a look at two of the four games.
Cavaliers vs. Celtics

Cleveland leads the series 3-0. The current line has Cleveland favored by 7.5 points with the point total sitting on 203. Even though the Celtics do not have any wins so far for their effort, the team has played well in this series.

Cleveland wants to win to get additional rest before the next series begins.

If Cleveland is able to bottle up guard Isaiah Thomas in this game as they did in Game 3, the Cavaliers will likely win and cover the 7.5-point spread. Thomas only hit 2 of his 9 shots in the game and scored only 5 points. After Thomas shot 18 times from the free throw in Games 1 and 2, he only attempted two free throws in Game 3.

After a game that was high scoring in Game 1, the past two games have cashed on the UNDER, with both games staying under 200.

Despite the Celtics being all but eliminated, Boston will continue fighting to the end. The line opened at Cleveland -5 and is up to -7.5 making it a tough call. However, the play here is the UNDER.

Clippers vs. San Antonio

The Spurs lead the series 2-1. The current line has San Antonio favored by 6.5 points with the point total on 200.

The best series thus far in the first round has been this one between the Spurs and Clippers. On Friday, the Spurs behind Kawhi Leonard routed the Clippers 100-73. Leonard scored 32 points on the night.

The Clippers scored their fewest points for the entire season and a record low for the franchise in the postseason. The series has cashed on the UNDER in 2 of 3 games. The OVER was in Game 2, which went to overtime.

The 6.5-point chalk for San Antonio is the biggest spread of this series. Los Angeles on the season was 22-19 against the spread on the road, but is now 0-1 in the postseason.

With a win, San Antonio would be on the verge of elimination the Clippers. However, the Clippers are a very talented team under the leadership of Doc Rivers.

The play her is Clippers +6.5. Off course, my thought is San Antonio will win straight up.

In the other two games, Washington can close out its series against Toronto. The Wizards lead the series 3-0. In the fourth game of the day, the Houston Rockets can eliminate the Dallas Mavericks.


NFL’s New Conduct Policy Still Needs Work


Greg Hardy deserves every bit of his suspension but is the NFL still missing the point?

I’m really tired of the National Football League’s personal conduct policy. It’s already in its’ new phase and wouldn’t you know it? It has wasted no time in creating controversy. Earlier this week the NFL suspended newly signed Dallas Cowboy Greg Hardy for the first ten games of the 2015 season. Hardy has appealed as he should have and I believe he will be successful in his appeal.

Don’t for one second think that I’m glad his suspension will be shortened; the problem isn’t in what Hardy did but with how the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell doled out the punishment.

Last season, Hardy played in one game and was then suspended for the rest of the season but was still being paid. Not exactly a “stern” punishment but that was what the NFL had in terms of its’ discipline policy. Hardy will argue that he’s already served his punishment because the games missed last season but is that really a punishment when you’re making millions of dollars for doing nothing?

The National Football League Players’ Association will argue on Hardy’s behalf that he’s being punished twice for the same crime. They will also claim that Hardy isn’t even guilty of the domestic abuse for which he’s being suspended for which is laughable.

Let’s remember that Hardy was cited in four different acts of domestic abuse against the same woman. Hardy was found guilty by a judge in what is called a bench trial. Under North Carolina law however, he exercised his option to have his case tried in front of a jury of his peers. When the state went to find and prepare his former girlfriend, she was nowhere to be found.

What ever could have happened to her???? She didn’t disappear into thin air my friends. She took a very handsome monetary payoff from Greg Hardy and away she went. For some reason, many people are claiming that this means Hardy’s original verdict from the judge doesn’t matter. Perhaps it doesn’t legally in the state of North Carolina but in the eyes of the NFL, you can’t hide from what has been proven.


If I'm Roger Goodell, I'm pushing for marijuana legalization since my guys can't seem to stop using it.

So how would I go about fixing the problem with the NFL’s personal conduct policy? I’m glad you asked.

First of all, I would start immediately pushing for the nationwide legalization of marijuana but I would do so behind the scenes until it happens. It’s obvious to me that many of the players already in the league and getting ready to enter the league (Hello Randy Gregory) are users of marijuana. Why continue to fight it? If it truly is worth fighting then players who use marijuana should be suspended longer shouldn’t they?

They know it’s illegal and they know it’s against the league’s personal conduct policy but why do they continue to do it? Until the drug is legal in all 50 states then I would punish it much more harshly.

The same goes for these persistent cases of domestic abuse and violence against women. Again, they know it’s wrong and they know it violates the law and the league’s personal conduct policy but they continue to do it.

Here’s an idea… Do it once and you’re out for a full 16 games. Do it again and you’re banned for life. Too harsh? Why? Why shouldn’t players be able to comprehend what is right and what is wrong?

Aren’t we in the rest of society supposed to know this?


Kevin Harvick Odds on Favorite at Richmond on Saturday


The NASCAR Sprint Cup heads to Richmond International Raceway for the Saturday night running of the Toyota Owners 400 under the lights. This 3.4-mile flat track layout will allow for speeds that are just fast enough to keep the fans happy and slow enough for drivers to send messages to fellow competitors during the race.

When trying to find a winner in the race on Saturday you must look back to March 15 and the Phoenix race as the tracks are very similar in layout and set up.

The raceway at Richmond is similar to both Phoenix and New Hampshire and drivers with success on those tracks the past few years will be the favorites on Saturday night.

Kevin Harvick, at Phoenix, led for 224 of the 312 laps, winning for the fourth consecutive time at that track. Brad Keselowski finished sixth but led for 52 laps. Joey Logano finished eighth after leading for 35 laps. Jamie McMurray led the only other lap and finished second. Only four drivers led the entire race, which is a rarity.

Due to how he raced in Phoenix and has raced in the first eight races this season, Harvick is the odds on favorite to win on Saturday. He might have finished in 38th at Bristol, but still led six times and for 184 laps in the race. He was hit with bad luck in that race, but has 6 finishes in the top two this season in just eight starts, which is not bad.

On two occasions, Harvick has won during the same season at Phoenix and Richmond. In 2006 as well as 2013, he won both at Phoenix and both at Richmond.

He has won three times in his 28 starts in Richmond compared to winning seven times in Phoenix. Even though he races better in Phoenix, he is still a notch or two above the rest that do well on these tracks including Logano and Keselowski.

Last season Keselowski took the checkered flag during the spring in Richmond and Logano followed up with a win in the fall.

Two solid long shots on this track to look at are McMurray and Ganassi teammate Kyle Larson. McMurray was second in Phoenix and fourth in two of the last three races at Richmond.

Jeff Gordon has not won since 2000 at Richmond and has only two wins there over his entire career, but he finished second each time last season at Richmond. He should have good value with odds of 14 to 1 in this one.

Harvick is 9 to 2 to win. He has only won twice this season but has led for 950 laps through eight races. If he reaches 1,000, he will become the ninth driver in NASCAR history to lead 1,000 laps over nine races.


The NFL Draft is a Week From Today, Thank God


The NFL Draft can't get here soon enough and I say that every year.

In a hotel room in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1936, the few teams that comprised the National Football League in those days were gathered to hold what would become the first-ever draft of collegiate players.

A grand total of 81 players were selected that day but only 24 would go on to actually play in the NFL. As amazing as this will sound, most collegians were more interested in pursuing further academia and starting their lives in the occupations they were in school to prepare for.

Flash forward to 2015 and we have ourselves a three-day event that will be televised from the first selection to the very last. There will be great picks and there will be “reaches.” There will be teams with draft grades of “A” and some with “D.” These grades are of course are about as asinine as they get because these players haven’t even laced up a cleat yet but hey, who am I to get in the way of entertainment and hyperbole?

It shouldn’t surprise us that the National Football League would capitalize on the draft’s growing popularity. No professional sport in America, or the world for that matter does better at marketing itself. It used to be that the NFL was about five to six months long. Now, it’s not a stretch to suggest the League is in fact a 365-day a year operation and the draft has become just one part of that.


There was a time when the Draft brought great hope for teams like the Lions.

There used to be a joke in places like Cleveland or Detroit for example that as soon as those teams lost a game their fans would already start thinking about the next season’s draft. Today, every fan base, whether their team is winning or not is always guilty of keeping an eye on the players who will be available.

It’s hard not to after all considering the amount college football on television these days. It’s also hard to avoid draft talk if you are on social media as well. There are so many “draft experts” on Twitter, Facebook, etc. that discussing the draft is impossible so all we can do is just grit our teeth and hope that April gets here.

But then there’s another problem…

Because of the popularity of the draft, the NFL has been able to pretty much dictate when it’s going to be held. Last year it moved into May and this year at has moved altogether. For the first time during the common era of the draft, it will be held outside of New York City. The Windy City of Chicago will host this year’s draft and hey! Great news! It starts on April 30th!!!

Yes, the draft is still in April but does it matter? The NFL could host the draft at midnight eastern and it would still pull in big ratings. With the growing popularity of the combine in February and the new fad of showing pro days on television, the draft really has become a must-see event.

Consider that it’s now held on two different networks at the same time and you’ve got yourself a bona fide hit when it comes to the sports world. I admit, I enjoy the draft. I know what these young men have gone through to get where they are. It’s a special time for them and for fans who could see their teams’ fortunes change with just one selection.

I just wish it would get here already because I’m tired of hearing about it!