Handicapper Alex Smith is a Chicago native, but he won’t be on the Blackhawks today. However, he still likes them and the Boston Bruins to win their respective divisions and meet for a rematch in the Stanley Cup Finals.
A stand-up comic searching for new material might want to look to the Houston Texans and their clumsy quarterback, Matt Schaub, whose latest football-throwing folly is worth a lot of laughs. “That was a joke,” said Nick Bogdanovich, William Hill sports book director. “That’s unbelievable.”
With a break here or there, the San Diego Chargers could be unbeaten and quarterback Philip Rivers’ hot start would be celebrated.
Weekly news conferences with Bill Belichick wind up being hilarious simply because he is humorless. It’s all mumbling and terse answers from a football genius wearing a frown and a hooded sweatshirt.
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The next eight days will tell a lot about the horses prepping for the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita Park. By the way, the grand Great Race Place is opening today and will show off more than $15 million of improvements.
At this point last season, Alabama looked unbeatable. This year, coach Nick Saban appears to have a team that can be had.
Matt, Kelly and Tony are back with another week of free football picks, straight from the Golden Nugget sports book.
‘Big’ Al McMordie faces Frank Betti in Week 4 of the Friday Football Showdown.
Crimson Tide QB A.J. McCarron and his model sidekick, Katherine Webb, have split. Sources confirmed it in a New York Daily News story. I’m not into celebrity relationship gossip, but this is an interesting development and maybe a handicapping angle.