On the final night of the NFL preseason, Johnny Manziel was scrambling around and leading the Cleveland Browns to a victory. But his exhibition was mostly meaningless, and his replacement stole the show.
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It is the time of year for bold predictions, and several will be made Friday, when “SuperContest Weekend” kicks off at the LVH with a seminar featuring some of the top football handicappers in their field.
It’s not always easy being famous. The curious case of Jameis Winston, the Florida State quarterback and controversial face of college football, is another example.
Horse racing and football provide adrenaline rushes of different kinds. The races can present instant gratification, with bets decided in two minutes. A football game can be a three-hour grind. Wagering on regular-season win totals is a totally different story, a roller-coaster ride extending for four months. Yet, sometimes, the payoff is worth the wait.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, and Pete Carroll is wearing it now. But if Carroll is worried, he never shows it. This is not about the Seattle Seahawks’ quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions, not yet anyway. Before he won the biggest game of the season, Carroll was king of the NFL preseason.
On a snowy day on the Chicago lakefront, Aaron Rodgers’ value to the Green Bay Packers became crystal clear. Without him, they had no prayer. With him, their prayers were answered.
Barring an unforeseen collapse by Rory McIlroy, the final round of the British Open will be his 18-hole victory lap and a bore for long-shot bettors.
The Chicago Bulls are putting the most impressive team on the floor in the NBA Summer League, and it’s no secret to basketball bettors.
In several ways, Billy Beane is a gambler working with a bankroll. But there’s not much money to play with, so the Oakland Athletics general manager must be smart with it, and he needs to make the right moves.
As he’s showing more signs of old age, the old Tiger Woods is missed. He was far more fascinating when winning majors and scoring with porn stars.
At some point, LeBron James is probably going back home to Cleveland, and not just for a summer vacation. The odds say he will follow his heart and return to play for the Cavaliers, sooner or later.
It was loud and clear. BJ Penn danced through the crowd, headed for the cage for perhaps the final time, and heard the roars. It was obvious he was the favorite.
In three weeks, the New England Patriots open training camp, and the sight of Tom Brady’s passes will ease our sore eyes. The sports betting world revolves around football season, which is almost here.
A sure thing is hard to find in sports betting and basketball scouting, although some players are guaranteed to be great. Jabari Parker is a next-best-thing player.
Instead of shooting for back-to-back championships, the San Antonio Spurs spent the entire season bouncing back, and their comeback Sunday in Game 5 of the NBA Finals was symbolic of it all.
With the final round falling on Father’s Day, and especially because he has played second fiddle six times in the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson will be the sentimental favorite of most fans and media this week.
No asterisk goes next to this result, and no excuses will come from the Miami Heat. Only one player pulled up lame and limped off with cramps, but it just happened to be LeBron James, the best player in the game.
Old-age jokes no longer bother Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs, who continue to age gracefully and inspire senior citizens everywhere.
A depressing era is ending. It spanned eight years, years of mostly mediocre and sometimes really bad baseball. Tim Chambers finally has put an end to it.
Sooner or later, something needs to change. The Oklahoma City Thunder are going out with a whimper again, and Kevin Durant deserves better.
Time will tell if LeBron James stepped into a time machine this season and traveled back to Cleveland. That was where he spent seven years trying to resuscitate a corpse.
Fourteen quarterbacks were called during the three-day NFL Draft marathon, and at least half will be busts in the long run. Expect none to make a bigger impact this season than Josh McCown will for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
It could have been dumb luck that brought the Cleveland Browns and Johnny Manziel together. He was there for the taking, but team after team passed him by, and eventually everything fell perfectly into place.
As a quarterback, Johnny Manziel is a playmaker and risk taker, the definition of a gambler. Sometimes that’s a problem. But even the cynics can see his entertainment value is a sure thing.
At one point, it was almost a given that Paul George, the NBA’s next big star, would lead the Indiana Pacers to the stratosphere. The sharps and squares often are at odds and see things differently, but on this point, almost everyone agreed.