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March Madness Consensus Rankings as of Valentines Day from Las Vegas

March Madness Consensus Rankings as of Valentines Day from Las Vegas

By | February 15, 2017 at 1:35 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler March Madness is just about a month away and the best sports books contenders are definitely emerging to win the national title. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the only unbeaten team left in college basketball betting and they are ranked #1 in the country. Big 12...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene, Week 02/16 - 02/22 2017

Rare – “Bad Beat” For Vegas Over Super Bowl

Rare – “Bad Beat” For Vegas Over Super Bowl

By | February 8, 2017 at 4:14 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler According to the folks at William Hill US, a popular Las Vegas sportsbook, the Patriots winning, covering and hitting the over led to a "fitting end to a terrible pro football season." "For Nevada's largest sports book operator, William Hill, it was a...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene, Week 02/09 - 02/15 2017

Super Bowl 50 Props: Picking 3 Winners Off The Betting Board

Super Bowl 50 Props: Picking 3 Winners Off The Betting Board

By | February 1, 2017 at 1:25 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The thing that makes the Super Bowl so entertaining for sports bettors is also what makes it soprofitable for sports books.  Gamblers love proposition wagers because they provide hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to bet on the biggest game of the...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene, Week 02/02 - 02/08 2017

Superbowl Showdown

Superbowl Showdown

By | January 25, 2017 at 11:35 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler  A season that began with Tom Brady serving a four-game suspension will end with him in the Super Bowl, where his New England Patriots will take on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. While much of the attention between now and the NFL championship...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene, Week 01/26 - 02/01 2017

Empire Polo Club to Dedicate Sunday Polo Field In Honor of General George S. Patton

Empire Polo Club to Dedicate Sunday Polo Field In Honor of General George S. Patton

By | January 18, 2017 at 11:30 am | No comments

General Patton was an avid polo player and experienced equestrian Emcee: Sylvester Stallone Guest Speaker: Helen Patton – Honorary Chair of the General Patton Museum On Sunday, January 29th, the Empire Polo Club is hosting a field dedication ceremony in honor of General...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

Sports Gambling in California Around The Corner?

Sports Gambling in California Around The Corner?

By | January 18, 2017 at 11:25 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler With Trump It’s A Strong Possibility. Legalized sports betting might expand over the next four years as President-elect assumes the White House and the Republican Party controls both chambers of Congress. That’s according to R Street Institute, a...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene, Week 01/19 - 01/25 2017

Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival Set to Host 330 Teams

Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival Set to Host 330 Teams

By | January 11, 2017 at 11:54 am | No comments

Record Setting 9th Annual Tournament attracts 18,000+ to Valley Synapse Sports has announced the ninth annual Sand Storm Lacrosse Festival, being held Jan. 16-17, 2016 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Cal., has been expanded to include competition on 51 fields. A record 330...

Posted in: Columns, Events, Feature Stories, Sports Scene, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

Las Vegas Raiders Becoming more and more a reality…

Las Vegas Raiders Becoming more and more a reality…

By | January 11, 2017 at 10:40 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler With the recent approval of $750 million in public money for a new football stadium in Las Vegas, Mark Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders, said Wednesday that he was more determined than ever to move the team there. The governor of Nevada, Brian...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene, Week 01/12 - 01/18 2017

College Football Playoff Needs 8 Now Not Later…

College Football Playoff Needs 8 Now Not Later…

By | January 4, 2017 at 10:30 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Here we go again. The semi-finals were once again a pair of garbage games. No one actually thought Washington would take down Alabama and naturally this game was essentially over at halftime. Meanwhile, Clemson defeated Ohio State, 31-0, (may as well been)...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene, Week 01/05 - 01/11 2017

NFL MVP Race Heating Up…

NFL MVP Race Heating Up…

By | December 28, 2016 at 5:12 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The annual discussion about who is the NFL’s MVP is heating up, but this season features a group of players with plenty of imperfections. Through all the imperfections, one must look at the player who has done the most to improve these faults and lead his...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene, Week 12/29 2016 - 01/04 2017

Betting On College Football’s Final Four? Timing Is Everything…

Betting On College Football’s Final Four? Timing Is Everything…

By | December 22, 2016 at 10:22 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler When gambling on the biggest football games, the general rule of thumb has always been to either bet the favorite immediately or wait until kickoff to back the underdog. Why? The season’s premier games draw abnormally large action from recreational...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene, Week 12/22 - 12/28 2016

Rams Hiring (Already)…

Rams Hiring (Already)…

By | December 14, 2016 at 7:40 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The Los Angeles Rams finally did what they had to do and, they fired Jeff Fisher — telling a coach with the most losses in NFL history and a guy who couldn’t help but pick a fight with the Hall of Famer who is the face of the franchise to hit the...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene, Week 12/15 - 12/21 2016

Final 4 Takes Shape For NCAA…

Final 4 Takes Shape For NCAA…

By | December 7, 2016 at 5:49 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The debates are hardly over, but regardless, matchups are set for college football’s New Year’s Six bowl games, including the College Football Playoff semifinals. I spoke with Rusty Justice, lines manager for an offshore sportsbook and my former co-host...

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Wild Rivalry Week Shakes Up Ranking

Wild Rivalry Week Shakes Up Ranking

By | November 30, 2016 at 3:35 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Washington's dominating 45-17 win over Washington State in the Apple Cup moved the Pac-12 one step closer to the College Football Playoff. The Huskies will face either Colorado or USC next week in the conference championship game. If Washington wins that,...

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The Best Teams Don’t Always Make The Best Bets

The Best Teams Don’t Always Make The Best Bets

By | November 22, 2016 at 4:20 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler That statement rings true in the early workings of the 2016-17 NBA season, where the best teams in the NBA are among the worst wagers basketball bettors could make. And, conversely, the worst teams in the NBA are among the top moneymakers against the...

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FBS Bowl Picture Gets Stirred Up…

FBS Bowl Picture Gets Stirred Up…

By | November 16, 2016 at 8:25 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 teams (all unbeaten entering this week) lost in the same week for the first time since 1985 and five Top 10 teams went down. One of the beneficiaries will play early on the Week 12 docket, on Thursday night. No. 3 Louisville...

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NBA’s Warriors Huge Favorite in Early Action

NBA’s Warriors Huge Favorite in Early Action

By | November 9, 2016 at 8:45 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler A new season awakens slowly, like newlyweds on the sixth day of the honeymoon, like campers in the midst of a morning downpour. What has happened before lays out the possible, but is not predictive. Every season develops with its own rhythm, with new story...

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Lots to learn in early NBA Action….

Lots to learn in early NBA Action….

By | November 2, 2016 at 10:56 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The NBA season got off to an unpredictable start when the San Antonio Spurs stunned the basketball world by annihilating Golden State, 129-100, in the opener for both teams. Many thought the Spurs would take a step backward this season, following the...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene

Cubs Wait Is Finally Over…

Cubs Wait Is Finally Over…

By | October 28, 2016 at 12:25 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series. Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw; Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early; and the...

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Week 7 Key Matchups

Week 7 Key Matchups

By | October 20, 2016 at 8:10 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Can you believe it’s week 7 already? Almost the halfway point of the NFL season includes a great AFC clash that looked like it would feature two of the best quarterbacks of this era. But that won’t happen now. I reached out to my buddy Chester Vargas,...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene

Ryder Cup New & Notes

Ryder Cup New & Notes

By | October 6, 2016 at 10:40 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The 2018 Ryder Cup course will be different from Hazeltine. It is Ryder Cup tradition for the home team to preside over a setup of their choosing. In that regard, the USA can claim “job done” in Minnesota. Professional golfer Justin Rose criticized it...

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Teams Stock Up on Coaching Hope

Teams Stock Up on Coaching Hope

By | September 28, 2016 at 9:08 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler NCAA coaching carousel ride is finally come to a halt. However as of this writing, the L.S.U. Head Coach, Les Miles, is looking for a job. Some schools have made better choices then others. Below I’ve listed this season best hires as of yet. I see at least...

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NFL On Twitter A Work In Progress

NFL On Twitter A Work In Progress

By | September 21, 2016 at 11:20 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Thursday night represented our first look at a very big bet by Twitter on its future as a live events platform. The social platform live-streamed the first of 10 Thursday night football games, with the stream available on mobile as well as its brand new...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene

NCAA Football Early Season Tidbits

NCAA Football Early Season Tidbits

By | September 15, 2016 at 2:55 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler With 2 weeks in the books for college football. As overreactions go – here are 3 predictions that will happen over the course of this 2016 season: 1) Alabama will be the most entertaining team in college football this season Will the Crimson Tide win...

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Coaching Salaries Getting Out Of Control…

Coaching Salaries Getting Out Of Control…

By | September 8, 2016 at 12:20 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Coaches who win big deserve big dollars, even millions. Some of the winningest coaches are raking in more revenue for the school than it costs to keep them around. But without any order to the chaos nationwide, the number of employee furloughs in English...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene

NFL Changes Rules & U.S. Open Predictions…

NFL Changes Rules & U.S. Open Predictions…

By | September 1, 2016 at 1:12 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler A little over a month ago owners approved seven new rules for the 2016 season. There were still several more proposed rule changes being discussed on in the following weeks. Of those, three more were approved. For next season, the ball will be placed on...

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MLB Flipping Coin for Hall of Fame Criteria…

MLB Flipping Coin for Hall of Fame Criteria…

By | August 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Alex Rodriguez left baseball shunted quickly and quietly out the back door. Awkwardly the Yankees staged a pregame ceremony on Friday to honor the player they’d just shoved suddenly into forced retirement. There would be no fond national farewell, no...

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Early Rio 2016 Olympic Betting

Early Rio 2016 Olympic Betting

By | August 11, 2016 at 11:25 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler “They’re mostly betting as expected, on basketball, soccer and tennis,” said Jason Simbal, vice president of risk management for CG Technology and betting insider with Fox Sports West. This early into the Olympics, the wagering trend can simply be...

Posted in: Columns, Sports Scene

Rio Men’s Basketball – U.S.A. Stacked The Deck…

Rio Men’s Basketball – U.S.A. Stacked The Deck…

By | August 3, 2016 at 8:42 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Many of the NBA's top players decided to skip the 2016 Rio Olympics, but the United States men's basketball team is still filled with stars. With a 12-man roster that includes nine All-Stars from the 2015-16 season, Team USA is the overwhelming favorite to...

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NBA Shows South Still Regressive Not Progressive..

NBA Shows South Still Regressive Not Progressive..

By | July 28, 2016 at 2:34 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The city of Charlotte is losing the 2017 NBA All-Star Game over controversy stemming from North Carolina's House Bill 2. "The NBA has decided to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte with the hope of rescheduling for 2019," a statement from the...

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Pac-12 Preview

Pac-12 Preview

By | July 21, 2016 at 9:08 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler Most preseason predictions and rankings have the Pac-12 on the outside of the playoff picture for 2016, but there's no shortage of intrigue or potential surrounding this league. The battle to win the South Division is likely to come down to one of the...

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UFC Sets Record Payout – British Open Picks

UFC Sets Record Payout – British Open Picks

By | July 14, 2016 at 6:44 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler The most massive event in UFC history also had the largest purse payout in this sports History. Try not to compare this to "Money Mayweathers" payday. Remember when he defeated Pacquiao and the two fighters split $500 Million ($300 went to Money). UFC is...

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Chaos in Brazil – Is it worth it…

Chaos in Brazil – Is it worth it…

By | July 7, 2016 at 1:59 pm | No comments

By Flint Wheeler One of the Olympic stadiums just had its water and lights cut off because of unpaid bills. The builder for two other venues has had to lay off workers and hasn't paid suppliers. Cutbacks All Around Athletes are also feeling the crunch. Davilani Cruz, a...

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Early NFL Season Over Unders….

Early NFL Season Over Unders….

By | June 30, 2016 at 3:24 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler If for no other reason than the unpredictability of injuries, the NFL win total over/under props traditionally include a few misfires. Last year, for example, the Cowboys’ number was initially set by the Bovada sportsbook at 9.5 (they won four) and the...

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Monkey finally off DJ and Cleveland’s back…

Monkey finally off DJ and Cleveland’s back…

By | June 24, 2016 at 12:25 am | No comments

By Flint Wheeler It may have arrived in controversial fashion but Dustin Johnson described his first major triumph at the U.S. Open as a "monkey off his back." The new world No. 3 overcame a one-stroke penalty awarded in bizarre fashion to secure a three-shot victory at...

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