Three Gimme’s = Indians, God, and Points on Sunday Night

Posted on October 16, 2011

Big Night?

Skins +3  $115 to win $100

Saints -6.5 $110 to win $100

Vikings + Bears Over 42  $110 to win $100


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Iceberg Straight Away!

Posted on October 14, 2011

Not So Sure?

The NBA first announced that the preseason games would be canceled as a result of the lockout.  Then we were told that the first two weeks of the regular season would be missed.  Today the headline is that the traditional “premier” Christmas day game is in jeopardy and maybe even the entire season.  Many people are writing that we as fans do not want to hear the owners and the union fight over how to split 4 billion in revenue.  While this may be true there is a much larger concern for the NBA.  A concern that David Stern, Kobe Bryant, ESPN, NBA TV, and the owners are not thinking about.  And that is: No one seems to give a shit.  I know I don’t, I know that when I go to my son’s and daughter’s games this weekend no one at the fields will be talking about the NBA lockout, and I mean NO ONE!  This stands in stark contrast to the situation this past spring when the NFL was going through the same issues. Every dad, every grocery store bagger, every cigar chomping old man was talking about what would happen if there was no football.  No NFL?  What would we do?  What would Sunday be like?  There was a sense from everyone as it got closer to the start of the season that the sides would come together simply for the reason that it was unfathomable not to have football.  It is that sense, that sheer desire, and need, and expectation that this part of our lives could not be taken from us.  This feeling does not even come close to existing when it comes to basketball and the NBA.  This for me is clearly the most alarming realization of this latest lockout.  Basketball is not an event, it is not special, it is not must see!  Is there a segment of the population that I am missing?  Do diehard NBA fans exist that are watching every moment of negotiations with chewed finger nails?  I guess.  But I have also been told Bigfoot is real and I am not quite sure I believe that until I see him with my own eyes (jerky in hand of course).

David Stern needs to turn on and tune in.  He needs to face that the Bird/Magic era is gone.  The fact that the Jordan logo still remains the most popular shoe line is a grim reminder that no new star has come along in years that excites people.  The game itself has become boring and heartless.  Three point shot’s rain all night followed by the tired dunk.  The NBA slam dunk contest is a mockery of itself.  Passing is passe. Ticket sales are down, franchises are failing in multiple cities and the NBA owns a few of them because no one else wants them.  The players are looked at as entitled, spoiled, tattooed, gun toting criminals…or europeans.   Eighty two games are too many.  The ticket prices are out of control.  The supposed biggest current star LeBron James starred in the most embarrassing televised moments in ESPN history with “The Decision”.  Then he proceeded to “take his talents to South Beach” where he was accused of giving up in the NBA Finals.

Now a season is on the brink.  This is a sinking ship, the holes are everywhere and this lockout may just be the iceberg that finishes the job.  Will the NBA fold? No. Will it return to prominence?  Here is the problem….who cares.

News & Notes

- I ended up 2-1 with my bets yesterday.  Winning the Cabrera Over 2.5 Hit, Runs, RBI’s bet for $120, as well as the Brewers to beat the Cards bet for $124.  I lost the Hamilton Vs. Cabrera most total bases bet in the 9th inning when Hamilton hit was turn out to be a junk double at the end of the game, losing me $125.  For the night I was up $119.

- Poker went well.  We had seven players for most of the night.  We played 5 games of Texas Hold’em knockout style starting with $100 worth of chips, blinds starting at 1$/2$ and escalating every 15 minutes.  I won two games, finished 2nd twice and fourth in the final game.  Profitable evening.

- Latest Red Sox rumblings from the rumor mill now that all the dirt is coming out… Nelson was the secret love child of Pedro and Heidi Watney.



Bets of the Night

Cardinals To Win Vs. Brewers Bet $126 to Win $100

I think the pitching matchup is favorable for the Cards in this one, and the Brew crew is content to have gotten the road win last night, so they play soft and head home down 3-2 for the final two at home.

Albert Pujols Will Not Strikeout Tonight Vs. Brewers  Bet $100 to Win $100

For starters I think he gets intentionally walked once or twice, so there is good reason for the bet right there!  Next is he is a damn good hitter who likes the big stage.


Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  80-75-4
Win/Push Percentage = 52.83%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 12-9-2

Monday Night Record = 4-5

Best Bets = 15-7
Best Best Win Percentage = 68.18%

Kitty Total = $743.22

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  - ($398.21)

Long Odds Bets:
Record = 1-24
Money Invested = $510.00
Winnings = $300.00


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Gamble Night

Posted on October 13, 2011
Poker Night

The other way to gamble

Went 1-1 again last night and broke even.  So the Kitty stays at $624.22 and I am feeling lucky with three bets on the table risking $325 for a potential win of $344.  A loss in all three bets would leave me with $299.22.  This would be bad.  But I am unfazed by this fact as the confidence level on these bets are high.  Two of these bets are proposition bets.  The proposition bet is a bet that is not based on the outcome of a particular team winning or losing.  Instead it is usually based on a particular player’s statistical performance.  For instance I have a feeling that with Justin Verlander (the best pitcher in baseball this year) on the mound tonight for Detroit in a do or die game, the hitters for Texas may not fair so well.  Therefore I like the chances of Miguel Cabrera getting more hits than Josh Hamilton.  Hamilton happens to be 1 for 5 against Verlander with 4 strikeouts in recent at bats.  I am putting more eggs in the Cabrera basket with another bet that I made as well.  This other bet states that Cabrera will have over 2.5 total Runs, Hits, and RBI’s in tonights game.  One home run wins this bet, and I think this could happen.  The last of the three bets is that the Brewers will pull off the slight upset win tonight over the Cardinals.  I liked what I saw from them last night as they gave up 4 runs to the first four batters last night and only lost 4-3 in the end.

I am also playing Live Poker tonight.  Standard Texas Hold’Em, multiple tourney style games and I will post results from this tomorrow as always.

News & Notes

– I plan to also be a resource for my readers who play Fantasy Football.  Fell free to use the comments section to ask any question you may have with your line-up and I will respond with my opinion.  I have tried to get opinions in the past from other sites for my teams and the site either never responds or responds after the games have already started!  So send in your Start’Em/Sit’Em questions for some advice.  I have played for over 10 years and won several times so I think I can tell you whether to start Arian Foster against Baltimore or not.

- Still getting set-up on Facebook and Twitter.  Looking forward to Tweeting comments during live games.  I will have to give up my TiVo affinity in order to do this in real time, but so be it.

- Please feel free to subscribe to the RSS feed on the Front Page so you can be aware of when I have posted my new articles or any updated content appears.  Also feel free to forward my site link to friends, relatives, acquaintances, random strangers, whoever.

Bets of the Night

Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) Total Hits+Runs+RBIs Over 2.5  Bet $100 to Win $120

Player to Record the Most Total Bases (Single =1, Double = 2, Triple = 3, HR = 4) Josh Hamilton Vs. Miguel Cabrera  Bet $125 to Win $100 on Miguel Cabrera

Brewers to Win Vs. Cardinals Bet $100 to Win $124

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  78-74-4
Win/Push Percentage = 52.56%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 12-9-2

Monday Night Record = 4-5

Best Bets = 15-7
Best Best Win Percentage = 68.18%

Kitty Total = $624.22

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  - ($487.21)

Long Odds Bets:
Record = 1-24
Money Invested = $510.00
Winnings = $300.00


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The Case For Sweet Lou

Posted on October 12, 2011

What could have been?

Lets imagine for a moment that Terry Francona’s knee problems, marital issues, and resulting pill popping (caused by the former or latter?) all started in 2010 not this past year.  Let’s imagine that Francona was already gone to start this year.  A result of seven good years and two championships.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.

Now its spring training April 2011 in Fort Myers Florida and in walks Lou Piniella.  He was last seen in the Cubs dugout (irony) in August 2010 and left saying he was ready to walk away from the game.  But the issues with Terry and the season starting right around the corner have forced Theo and the Sox brass to make a godfather offer to Lou.  The team wants a solid veteran presence in the clubhouse to guide a team that they believe has the makings to be “the best eva” regardless of who is steering the ship.  Sure, they know he won’t want to listen to the Moneyball crap and be told who to put in the lineup, but Theo is cocksure and confident he can convince even a guy like Lou to drink the kool-aid.  What follows are the headline stories for the 2011 Red Sox season:

April 19, 2011 Sox Drop to 5-11 Lackey Loses to Oakland “defense is an issue” says despondent Lackey.”

April 20, 2011 Piniella punches Lackey in clubhouse scuffle.

May 4, 2011 Sox lose 5-3 in 13 innings to Angels, Matsuzaka takes loss in relief.

May 5, 2011 Piniella screams about Dice K in clubhouse, “Does anyone know how to say Throw Strikes in Jap?”

May 11, 2011 Lackey loses 9-3 to Toronto, says “I made good pitches, not sure what happened”

May 12, 2011 Piniella punches Lackey in the face in 2nd clubhouse mix-up.

May 13, 2011 Lackey sent to minors for “some much need adjusting”.

May 20, 2011 Sox win 7 straight including 3 over the Yankees.

May 21, 2011 Sox lose to Piniella’s former Cub’s team 9-3

May 22, 2011 Piniella laments “Traffic in this town sucks”

June 29, 2011 Sox go 5-7 in first 12 inter-league games with losses to Pirates and Padres.

June 30, 2011 Piniella accused on damaging players clubhouse. “What the hell are those console video things anyway, we are playing the goddamn game for real, my grand kids play that crap, not my players”.

Sept 4, 2011 Lackey loses to Texas not happy about being taken out “I think I have earned to right to get out of that spot”.

Sept 5, 2011 Red Sox Pitcher John Lackey assaulted. Found unconscious in players clubhouse with a chicken wing stuffed in his mouth.

Sept 13, 2011 Wakefield gets 200th win after the 8th try. Wake states “I think the fans deserved to to see that, and the wait was worth it”

Sept 14, 2011 Piniella says “the knuckle ball is stupid”.

Sept 21, 2011 Beckett Loses 6-4 to Baltimore in big spot.

Sept 22, 2011 Piniella calls Beckett “Fat”.  Removes fridge, phone and take-out menu’s from players clubhouse.

Sept 28, 2011 Sox complete 6 game run and sweep Yanks and Baltimore to roll into playoffs.

Sept 29, 2011 Lackey ready for the playoffs. “I am so glad to be in this position”

Sept 30, 2011 Piniella announces Lackey not on playoff roster “I want my best guys out there”

Oct, 1 2011 Lackey cleans out locker will not travel with the team.

Oct, 2 2011 Piniella knee’s Lackey in the groin area “She had it coming” states Piniella.

Nov 2, 2011 Red Sox win World Series, Piniella to retire.

News & Notes

- I lost the over 8.5 runs bets in the Tigers/Rangers game.  The total ended up being 7 runs.  Plenty of chances in this one but certainly not the slug fest predicted, although the Detroit bats did wake up as I thought they would including three home runs.  Today this series is a 4:19pm start.

- Believe it or not casual sports fan, playoff baseball (even with your team not in it) is hard to match for drama, story lines from night to night, and just plain tension.  Give it a go.  I am very excited to get my first real look at the Brewers.  This team seems fun, the players are quirky, the town is beside itself, looking forward to this for sure (tonight 8:05 on Fox).

- I have heard Whitney Cummings on the radio, I have seen her in Comedy Central roasts, all very funny appearances.  But I cannot stomach her for two seconds on her new show on NBC “Whitney”.  Is it because she is so bony?  Is it because I hate women who try to be to “guy” funny…hello again Jenny McCarthy?  Is it because the show is just not that funny?  Not sure but I am hoping for a quick death so I can stop seeing the promos.

- How long before this Foster The People song “Pumped Up Kicks” gets blamed for a kid shooting a bully in school?

Bets for the night:

Texas Rangers To Win Vs. Detroit Tigers Bet $120 to win $100

Martinez looks hurt for the Tigers as does Beltre for the Rangers, but I think that hurts the Tigers more.  Also I have a feeling that Porcello the starter for Detroit gets rocked hard.

Milwaukee Brewers To Win Vs. St. Louis Cardinals Bet $100 to win $143

Not the favorite in this one with Carpenter on the mound but I think he lets up some big hits in this and the momentum keeps going for this loose group.

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  77-73-4
Win/Push Percentage = 52.59%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 12-9-2

Monday Night Record = 4-5

Best Bets = 15-7
Best Best Win Percentage = 68.18%

Kitty Total = $624.22

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  - ($487.21)

Long Odds Bets:
Record = 1-24
Money Invested = $510.00
Winnings = $300.00



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State of the Union

Posted on October 11, 2011
Tiger Stadium

Moving Across The Street

Have you hit the waiver wire in your fantasy league to see if Jahvid Best is available yet?  If not, take a moment before continuing with this blither and check it out.  I think it would be worth it.  What a performance for the 2nd year back from Cal.  Talk about explosive speed, and dare I say some Barry Sanders like cuts to boot.  Look out for this guy.  Once the Lions get Stafford comfortable throwing to backs out of the back field and giving this guy some space to work with, this team could be looking at an NFC Championship game.

I had predicted that Lions would cover by seven or more points and they did winning the game by eleven points.  I also bet that Cutler would be knocked out of the game by the flying Detroit defense and therefore not have over 20.5 total completions.  Cutler was officially sacked three times but was knocked down many more times and slow to get up twice as well.  That being said this bet still had a great chance to be a winner even if he did stay in the game.  He was being rushed and flushed all night and this is Jay Cutler we are talking about, but instead of throwing picks and pouting, he launched bullets and was making out of this world type throws!  The result was 28 completions by the end and a net loss of $5.00 for the evening on the 1-1 night.

Overall this season I am 12-9-2 in NFL Bets.  That is a Win/Push percentage of 60.86% on the season so far.  I have yet to select any of these games as Best Bets.  A Best Bet game is a game at which I typically bet double my normal amount because I have a strong feeling that the spread given by Vegas is just plain wrong and a clear advantage exists.  I have also been trying to pick one 1:00 PM game, one 4:00 PM game and the Sunday night game each week.  I have then followed this with one or two bets on the Monday night game as well.  While this makes for good viewing to have a bet at each time slot, it does not always make good betting sense.  Sometimes the 4:00 games have only 4-5 games or so to chose from and if I do not like one very much I find myself picking one just for the sake of picking one and that is not good strategy.  I think you will see in the coming week a more judicious picks schedule with a focus on the outcome not so much the fun.  The result should be more money and finally getting the Kitty back in the black.

News & Notes:

I am doing a fantasy team this year with my son.  He is loving it.  I have spent three of these opening weeks with him from 1PM to about 7PM watching Red Zone network football action.  No joke, that entire time.  After all, this Red Zone bliss is no commercials, no filler, no weeping montage stories of heroism.  This is just pure football.  Wall to wall for 6 plus hours of nothing but the good stuff.  I have to remind myself that no commercial is coming for that bathroom break, you just have to pick a spot and go.  I take turns with my son so we can describe what the other missed.  Now that’s bonding. By the way we are 2-2 so far and have the following lineup (ten team league):

QB Drew Brees (NO – QB)
RB Frank Gore (SF – RB)
RB Stevan Ridley (NE – RB)
RB LaDainian Tomlinson (NYJ – RB)
WR DeSean Jackson (Phi – WR)
WR Eric Decker (Den – WR)
TE Vernon Davis (SF – TE)
K Neil Rackers (Hou – K)
D/ST Houston (Hou – D/ST)
BN Cam Newton (Car – QB)
BN Reggie Bush (Mia – RB)
BN Javon Ringer (Ten – RB)
BN Mark Ingram (NO – RB)
BN Mike Thomas (Jac – WR)
BN Dez Bryant (Dal – WR)

The Sunday night football broadcast on NBC is so far superior to any other in the sport.  From the camera angles, to the announcers (Collingsworth is the best in the business), to the overall production value.  The only backlash for this dominance is how poorly it reflects on the once great Monday Night game.  Monday night was once the crown jewel but now has a depressing line-up of not great match-ups, coupled with the slightly dimmer lighting look, that reminds you its Monday and on ESPN.  Then you have Jon Gruden, who at first was on track to be a real honest fireball and great addition tot the announcing arena, but now two years under the belt is becoming a caricature of himself.  He even went so far as to drink the Megatron drink that Charles Johnson drinks during the opening and then handed it to Jaws so he could take a sip?  Even Turico seemed put off by that stunt.  What’s next wearing the mascots head.  Gruden has to stop over doing the praise of every player they are talking about.  Hey Jon… they are not all the best ever!

I am also in a drop dead pool this year as well.  For those of you not aware what that is here is a brief synopsis: You pick one team to win each week.  No point spread is involved they just have to win.  Seems easy enough right?  The trick is you cannot use the same team more than once.  I entered this pool with 3 other people and we each entered a team and tried to coordinate picks.  This was a big pool with over 470 people entered.  Here we are in heading into Week 6 and only 68 people remain.  We have lost 3 of our 4 teams and have one shot in 68 to win a nice pot.  The teams we have used already are:

Week Pick
1 Houston Texans
2 New Orleans Saints
3 San Diego Chargers
4 Green Bay Packers
5 New England Patriots

So this will be an interesting week to say the least.  The Giants losing the other day knocked out 170 people.  It will be funny to note that Pete Carrol’s biggest contribution to the NFL season was being the coach that screwed hundreds of thousands of people out of week six dead pool action.  Way to be relevant Petey.

Bet for the night:

Texas Rangers Vs. Detroit Tigers Over 8.5 Runs Total  Bet $120 to win $100

Not the best hurlers going and a new setting in Detroit awaken some hometown bats to go with the always rolling Texas bats and this one soars this number with ease.

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  77-72-4
Win/Push Percentage = 52.94%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 12-9-2

Monday Night Record = 4-5

Best Bets = 15-7
Best Best Win Percentage = 68.18%

Kitty Total = $744.22

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  - ($392.21)

Long Odds Bets:
Record = 1-24
Money Invested = $510.00
Winnings = $300.00


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Lions, Tigers And Bears….

Posted on October 10, 2011

Sorry for another quick pick evening.  Articles start tomorrow. Went 2-1 yesterday on NFL. Here are tonight’s gems.

Detroit -7 ($110 to win $100)

Lay the points and watch the gooey drippy comments of the ESPN crew as they talk about Detroit’s new found sports success and how it is raising the sports of the down trodden in the Motor City… Gag.

Cutler will have under 20.5 completions ($105 to win $100)

I pick this solely because I do not think Cutler finishes the game or walks off this field on his own power.

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  76-71-4
Win/Push Percentage = 52.98%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 11-8-2

Monday Night Record = 3-4

Best Bets = 15-7
Best Best Win Percentage = 68.18%

Kitty Total = $749.22

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  - ($392.21)

Long Odds Bets:
Record = 1-24
Money Invested = $510.00
Winnings = $300.00


2 Responses

  1. Ross:

    I am watching on TiVo so I am behind, but I just saw the ESPN broadcast show the Detroit Free Press Headline from today: “Lions, Tigers, and Bears….Oh My!!!!” Anyone looking for a chief sports editor…

    10.10.2011 23:01 Reply

  2. Ross:

    No need for the “Oh My!!!”. I considered it but I knew that would be insulting to my readers.

    10.10.2011 23:03 Reply

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Quick Sunday Picks

Posted on October 09, 2011
Saints -6.5 110 to win 100
Pats -7.5 105 to win 100
Packers -6 115 to win 100
Current Balance 659.22

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Welcome To The New Ross Vs. The Loss

Posted on October 07, 2011

Roy Halladay PhilliesSo here you have it. The new look and feel of Ross Vs. The Loss. If you happen to be new to the site and have no clue what’s going on check out the FAQ section for some answers.  I still have some tweaking to complete with the site such as setting up Facebook and Twitter link tags.  I will also be making changes to the live feeds as seasons change.  I will be writing near daily articles starting on Monday and will be posting my NFL picks for this Sunday prior to game time.

So to celebrate the new site what better way to do it than with a bet on the deciding Game 5 in the Phillies/Cardinals series tonight on TBS.  If you look into the archives dated June 28, 2011, I spoke very highly of the Halladay and the rest of the Philly pitching.  I also happened to appropriately bash the Red Sox pitching once again as I did all season.  Little did I know that the Sox starters were clinking cans of High Life in the dugout at the time, and laughing at Tito.

Bet $100 to Win $105 Cardinals (StLouis) Vs. Phillies (Philadelphia) Under 6.5 Total Runs Scored

Both good pitchers in this one, its the National League, and the hitters will be nervous.  CanHoward be the strikeout king for one more night?  Lets hope.

Bet $173 to Win $100 Phillies (Philadelphia) To Win

Halladay is the difference maker and gets to the bullpen with little damage and the Phillies move on to the NLCS.

News & Notes:  A little housekeeping, The other day I made two bets (or so I thought) on the Monday Night Colts/Bucs game.  One bet was that there would be a defensive touchdown by either team which was a loser.  But as it turns out I neglected to click that one off properly on the betting system and the bet was never taken.  I have counted it against my stats regardless since I still posted that pick but I did not lose the $100.

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  73-69-4
Win/Push Percentage = 52.73%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 9-7-2

Monday Night Record = 3-4

Best Bets = 15-7
Best Best Win Percentage = 68.18%

Kitty Total = $727.22

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  - ($414.21)

Long Odds Bets:
Record = 1-24
Money Invested = $510.00
Winnings = $300.00



4 Responses

  1. kevins:

    First! Looks good. When you mention a past article (or pat yourself on the back) you should inbed the link to the page.

    07.10.2011 15:15 Reply

    • Ross:

      Good Point I will try that.

      07.10.2011 16:17 Reply

    • Ross:

      Now that you mention it my back has been hurting recently.

      07.10.2011 16:23 Reply

  2. Todd Adams:

    Is that 3CPO sitting on the football? I do like the gangster roll! What about having your logo be poker chips or the welcome sign to las vegas?

    08.10.2011 22:33 Reply

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Tampa Bay Center of the Sports World?

Posted on October 03, 2011

The Rays are playing the Texas Rangers in the ALDS while down the street in Tampa the Bucs take on the Colts in the afterthought game of the week.  Which will the fans choose?  Neither as usual. I went 2-1 yesterday and still looking to break into 4 digits.  The new site is days away keep checking in! Here are the bets for tonight:

Bet $105 to Win $100  What Will (Colts QB) Throw First vs The Buccaneers Interception or Touchdown.  I Say Pick.

Bet $100 to Win $145 Colts vs Buccaneers – Will there be a Defensive or Special Teams Touchdown Yes+145

TOTAL POTENTIAL Bet$ 205.00 to Win$ 245.00

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  73-67-4
Win/Push Percentage = 53.47%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 9-5-2

Monday Night Record = 3-2

Best Bets = 15-7
Best Best Win Percentage = 68.18%

Kitty Total = $832.22

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  - ($309.21)

Long Odds Bets:
Record = 1-24
Money Invested = $510.00
Winnings = $300.00


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Sampson Cuts the Hair…

Posted on October 03, 2011

Tom Brady HaircutNot so hot on Monday night with the 0-2 evening. Redemption today?

Bet $110 to Win $100 49ers (SanFrancisco)Under 43.5 Eagles (Philadelphia)
Bet $110 to Win $100 Giants (NewYork)-1.5
Bet $110 to Win $100 Ravens (Baltimore)-4.5

TOTAL POTENTIAL Bet $330 to win $300


Stats

50/50Bets:Record Overall = 71-66-4
Win/Push Percentage = 53.19%

NFL Record Overall (2011 Season) = 7-4-2

Monday Night Record = 3-2

Best Bets = 15-7
Best Best Win Percentage = 68.18%

Kitty Total = $742.22

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss = – ($399.21)

Long Odds Bets:
Record = 1-24
Money Invested = $510.00
Winnings = $300.00


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