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Giants less of a mess than Redskins, figure to cover

It’s that time when adversity sets in, hope disappears and some NFL teams get torn apart while facing the certainty of a losing year. But coach Tom Coughlin is not going to allow any of that nonsense to wreck the New York Giants, at least not yet.

Bad beats unlucky realities

Learning how to deal with devastating setbacks is an important aspect to the psychology of gambling. Absorbing bad beats is part of betting sports, and it helps to have a bottle of whiskey and a short memory.

Super Bowl hangover hits 49ers hard

After the party, the hangover is due to hit. And the better the party, the worse the headache gets. Right about now, it’s hitting quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers right between the eyes.

It’s close call, but stick with Saints at home

Not that it’s a negative, but San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has a huge ego. He’s out to win games, not friends, and does not care if he annoys people with his arrogance and combative attitude.

Odds tell tale: Losing elite QB knocks teams out of playoff contention

It’s easy to envision the Green Bay Packers without Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, if only because we witnessed it five days ago. It was not pretty, and it’s almost impossible to picture them as a playoff team unless he returns before December.

Hail Mary nearly provides cruel twist ending

Some point-spread decisions lack drama. A bet on Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints was easy money, and there’s nothing better than cashing in without breaking a sweat. But it’s rarely that easy.

Cutler needn’t be hero for Bears to cover against Lions

Money is obviously a great motivator, even for NFL quarterbacks who already have a ton of it. So with his job security being questioned in a contract year, Jay Cutler is playing hero and returning earlier than expected to rescue the Chicago Bears.

College basketball wagerers flying blind

Without seeing Andrew Wiggins play, most media pundits are assuming the Kansas freshman will be the No. 1 pick in next summer’s NBA Draft. That might turn out to be true, but remember to always wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle and jumping to conclusions.

Coin lands right for Redskins, backers

A coin was flipped into the air, and when it landed, Robert Griffin III was smiling. A short time later, bettors on the Washington Redskins were lining up at the windows to cash.