Too frequently, when Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes center stage, fans overpay to see something resembling a dance competition and a pillow fight.
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When it goes bad, it tends to get worse before it gets better. Eli Manning’s first pass was a screen thrown directly to a defensive lineman and intercepted. That’s how the season started for the New York Giants.
With his passing accuracy and ability to make plays out of the pocket, a strong argument can be made for Aaron Rodgers as the NFL’s most complete quarterback. At 29, he’s going to be at or near the top for a while.
One game into the season, Peyton Manning appears unstoppable and the Denver Broncos are back with a vengeance and about to bring some serious pain to every opponent in their way. Maybe that’s an overreaction.
Preseason hype is often a lot of hot air. But anything that has been said or written to pump up UCLA and its sophomore quarterback, Brett Hundley, was not an error.
Lightning strikes lit up the opening night of the college football season, and there was a threat of point-spread shenanigans after a severe weather delay chased Steve Spurrier off the field.
Hundreds of guys will flock to a ballroom Friday night, eyes fixed on a stage, and no dancers resembling Kate Upton will be shedding clothes and sweeping up $1 bills. The power of football, and how to bet on it, will be on display.
In the old days, when Jimmy Vaccaro first rolled into town and there were fewer rules and Las Vegas was more like the Wild West, it was easier to get deals done.
It was hyped by some scribes and talking heads as a potential Super Bowl preview. Peyton Manning led one drive that resulted in a punt, and that put an abrupt end to the hyperbole.
Horse racing and football are thrill rides of different kinds. A wager on a football game is often a three-hour grind, and a regular-season win total bet is a long-term investment.
A lifeless group of losers, the Los Angeles Dodgers needed some kind of miracle to revive their season. That’s when Yasiel Puig arrived, armed with a bat and a defibrillator.
A player with five letters in his last name took the British Open by storm and threatened to blow away the field. It had to happen eventually. What everyone was waiting for finally arrived, and it was Shiv Kapur.
At the peak of his career, Tiger Woods was better than an ATM. A wager on the world’s most dominant golfer was an investment that typically produced a solid return.
Most quarterbacks are judged by wins and losses. Using that measuring stick, Drew Brees came up short for the New Orleans Saints last season.
With apologies to Andrew McCutchen, one of the best center fielders in the major leagues, the Pittsburgh Pirates are basically a team of no-names. Not a lot was expected from them again this season, for obvious reasons.
Sometime Friday , Dwight Howard is expected to announce his dramatic free-agent decision, and one lucky NBA team will feel compelled to throw a party and maybe shoot off some fireworks.
If speculation proves true, the magic number for Bobby Hauck is six. That’s how many games the UNLV football coach likely needs to win this season to keep his job.
A fine line often separates the winners and losers. LeBron James walked a tightrope, tripped and still somehow ended up putting the Miami Heat on the right side of the line.
At this point, despite the agony of another defeat, LeBron James has to like his chances. The Miami Heat are headed home, and only their margin for error has been eliminated.
It was turn-back-the-clock night for Dwyane Wade, and as a result, a wild series is right back where it started. But maybe it’s not that wild, because this is what was expected.
One game into the NBA Finals, buzzards in the media were circling over the Miami Heat, and only a superhuman effort by LeBron James could keep the team’s carcass from being picked apart.
Extending a run of negative events for Notre Dame, quarterback Everett Golson recently was suspended for an academic issue. Set to emerge as a star, Golson instead is gone for the season.
If the San Antonio Spurs are going to beat the odds and win four more games, Tony Parker will need to be the best player on the floor in the NBA Finals.
Without fanfare and media hype, Paul George took his talents to South Beach, became a star and put a scare into the Miami Heat.
Side by side on a couch were Dana White and Mike Tyson, a pair of lifelong boxing fans, explaining why they rarely get excited to watch boxing anymore. That’s how times change.