Tennessee Titans' head coach, Mike Vrabel stated yesterday that his starting quarterback Marcus Mariota came back bigger and stronger since the last season ended. Vrabel, 43, has been in charge in Nashville since January 2018. The Titans missed the playoffs in his first year as a head coach. The loss … Read More... about Mike Vrabel Says Marcus Mariota is “Bigger and Stronger Than Before”
AFCON 2019 will conclude with a match between Senegal and Algeria for the soccer championship of Africa this Friday. That means a lot to the teams and nations involved, but it also means that at least 1 international Federation was wise enough to schedule its title fixture on a day when everyone can focus on it. Quite unlike FIFA, CONCACAF or CONMEBOL. Earlier this month, … [Read more...] about Picking a Winner in the Africa Cup of Nations Final
To my estimation there is only 1 group of individuals in the world who are happy about the FIFA Women’s World Cup, CONCACAF Gold Cup and CONMEBOL Copa América all coming to a conclusion on the same day. The media isn’t happy. It was stunningly tone deaf for the North American and South American federations to schedule men’s finals at the same time as a mega-important women’s … [Read more...] about Trifecta on Turf: A Game Plan for Betting 3 International Soccer Finals on Sunday
One of the best things about blogging on handicapping sites is that the “horse race” element is all we’re supposed to worry about. Who will win, who will lose, and will the outcome be a close call? That’s it. No reader cares a whit what I think (or what any other ‘capper thinks) about any other issues. That’s a nice security blanket to wear whenever I’m asked to cover … [Read more...] about Vegas Action Stalls on USWNT Headed Into USA-France Quarterfinal
I’ve been known to counsel futures gambling as the best way to attack any tournament. To use one common trope as an example, the “Bracketology” sweepstakes of March Madness encourage punters to put down their money on a tremendous long-shot. I suppose there’s no rush of adrenaline quite like nailing 9 picks in a 5-hour span and then trying to pull it off again overnight and … [Read more...] about 5 Matches You Should Gamble On at the Copa América This Week
One of the best stories of France ’19 could be over before it begins. The hosts might have made the same mistake as Nationalelf did last summer. I have to break a good-faith rule of sports journalism to explain. Announcers are a crashing boor when they constantly compare and relate a women’s international team to the players’ male counterparts in the same sport. “Well, … [Read more...] about 6 Underdogs Who Could Win Their Groups at the FIFA Women’s World Cup
Think of the moment you started to care about women’s international soccer. Chances are, it was during a USWNT match at the World Cup. Many journalists have said that the “mainstreaming” of the United States Women’s National Team occurred when Brandi Chastain scored to beat China and secure the FIFA gold medals in 1999. It was certainly a seminal moment in women’s … [Read more...] about FIFA Women’s World Cup: Which Group F Teams Could Threaten the USWNT?
I’m all about singing the praises of Liverpool and Mohamed Salah, especially after the superstar footballer and supporting cast somehow kept up with Man City in an exhausting sprint to the Premiership finish line. Reds couldn’t catch Citizens but sure had a lot of fun trying. And yes, absolutely, the 2nd-half comeback to beat Barcelona on May 7th deserves to live in … [Read more...] about UEFA Champions League Final: Liverpool a Popular Wager, Maybe Too Popular
We forget that the football moneyline is all-too often a “roulette wheel” of sports gambling by an exponential factor. When a casino gambler chooses red or black, she is assured of almost 50% success. When a sportsbook bettor chooses Arsenal or Chelsea on the moneyline, there’s at least a 20% or 30% chance neither market will pay off. There is always that “Draw” outcome lurking … [Read more...] about Europa League Final: Will Moneyline Gamblers Flock to Arsenal or Chelsea?