Professional Handicapper Kelso Sturgeon

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 501 MAVERICKS
 502 GRIZZLIES
4/16/2014 8:00 PM(et)
+3
-3
191 
+3½
-3½
190½ 
+3½
-3½
191 
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-3½
190½ 
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-3½
190½ 
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190½ 
 503 HAWKS
 504 BUCKS
4/16/2014 8:00 PM(et)
+4
-4
204 
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-3½
205 
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-3½
205 
+4
-4
204½ 
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205 
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204½ 
 505 JAZZ
 506 WOLVES
4/16/2014 8:00 PM(et)
+11
-11
212 
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-11½
210 
+11
-11
210 
+11
-11
210½ 
+11
-11
210 
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-11½
210 
 507 ROCKETS
 508 HORNETS
4/16/2014 8:00 PM(et)
+3
-3
211 
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-3½
210 
+3½
-3½
210 
+4
-4
210½ 
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-3½
210 
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-3½
210 
 509 PISTONS
 510 THUNDER
4/16/2014 8:00 PM(et)
+14
-14
213 
+14
-14
213 
 
+14
-14
212½ 
+14
-14
213 
+14
-14
213 
 511 LAKERS
 512 SPURS
4/16/2014 8:00 PM(et)
+8
-8
217½ 
+9
-9
217½ 
+9
-9
218 
+9
-9
217½ 
+9
-9
217½ 
+9
-9
217½ 
 513 WIZARDS
 514 CELTICS
4/16/2014 8:00 PM(et)
-8
+8
199 
-7½
+7½
198½ 
 
-8
+8
198½ 
-7½
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199 
-7½
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198½ 
 515 NETS
 516 CAVALIERS
4/16/2014 8:00 PM(et)
+6
-6
200 
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-7½
198½ 
+7½
-7½
199 
+7½
-7½
198½ 
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-7½
198½ 
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-7½
198½ 
 517 SIXERS
 518 HEAT
4/16/2014 8:00 PM(et)
+5
-5
206 
+5½
-5½
207 
+5½
-5½
207 
+6
-6
206½ 
+5½
-5½
207 
+5½
-5½
207 
 519 PACERS
 520 MAGIC
4/16/2014 7:00 PM(et)
+4½
-4½
185 
+3½
-3½
186½ 
+3½
-3½
186 
+4
-4
185½ 
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-3½
186 
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-3½
186½ 
 521 BULLS
 522 BOBCATS
4/16/2014 7:00 PM(et)
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-1
182 
+2
-2
181 
+1½
-1½
181 
+2
-2
181½ 
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181 
+1½
-1½
181 
 523 RAPTORS
 524 KNICKS
4/16/2014 8:00 PM(et)
off
 
-5
+5
198 
-5
+5
198 
-5½
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197½ 
-5
+5
198 
-5
+5
198 
 525 SUNS
 526 KINGS
4/16/2014 10:30 PM(et)
off
 
-2½
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207 
-2½
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207 
-2
+2
207½ 
-2½
+2½
207 
-2½
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207 
 527 WARRIORS
 528 NUGGETS
4/16/2014 10:30 PM(et)
+7
-7
211 
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-8½
208½ 
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-8½
209 
+8
-8
208½ 
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-8½
208½ 
+8
-8
208½ 
 529 CLIPPERS
 530 BLAZERS
4/16/2014 10:30 PM(et)
off
 
+3½
-3½
207 
 
+3½
-3½
207½ 
+3½
-3½
207 
+3
-3
207 
 901 PIRATES
 902 REDS
4/16/2014 12:35 PM(et)
+125
-125
7u 
+104
-114
7u 
+111
-121
7u 
+110
-130
6½o 
+108
-118
7u 
+115
-135
7u 
 903 CARDINALS
 904 BREWERS
4/16/2014 1:10 PM(et)
+115
-115
8½p 
-101
-109
8½u 
-109
-101
8½u 
-120
even
8½u 
-103
-107
8½u 
-105
-115
8o 
 905 METS
 906 DIAMONDBACKS
4/16/2014 3:40 PM(et)
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-125
9½p 
+134
-144
9u 
+135
-150
9u 
+130
-150
9u 
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9u 
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9u 
 907 BRAVES
 908 PHILLIES
4/16/2014 7:05 PM(et)
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-120
7p 
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-125
7u 
+118
-128
7u 
+110
-130
7u 
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-129
7u 
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7u 
 909 NATIONALS
 910 MARLINS
4/16/2014 7:10 PM(et)
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-140
6½o 
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-133
6½o 
+132
-142
6½o 
+125
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6½o 
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6½o 
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6½o 
 911 ROCKIES
 912 PADRES
4/16/2014 10:10 PM(et)
+135
-135
6½p 
+132
-142
6½u 
+130
-140
6½u 
+125
-145
6½u 
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6½u 
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-150
6½p 
 913 DODGERS
 914 GIANTS
4/16/2014 10:15 PM(et)
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-115
8p 
even
-110
8o 
even
-110
8o 
-105
-115
8o 
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-111
8o 
-110
-110
8o 
 915 RAYS
 916 ORIOLES
4/16/2014 12:35 PM(et)
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8½p 
-108
-102
8½u 
-109
-101
8½p 
+105
-125
8½u 
-107
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8½u 
even
-120
8½u 
 917 INDIANS
 918 TIGERS
4/16/2014 7:08 PM(et)
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-150
8u 
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-142
8u 
+132
-142
8u 
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8u 
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-142
8u 
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8u 
 919 MARINERS
 920 RANGERS
4/16/2014 8:05 PM(et)
+135
-135
7p 
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-115
7u 
+105
-115
7u 
even
-105
6½o 
+108
-117
7u 
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-130
6½o 
 921 ROYALS
 922 ASTROS
4/16/2014 8:10 PM(et)
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9u 
-115
+105
8½u 
-120
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8½u 
-125
+105
8½p 
-117
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8½u 
-125
even
8½u 
 923 BLUEJAYS
 924 TWINS
4/16/2014 8:10 PM(et)
-140
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8p 
 
 
 
 
 
 925 REDSOX
 926 WHITESOX
4/16/2014 8:10 PM(et)
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8½u 
-124
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8u 
-126
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8u 
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8u 
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8u 
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8u 
 927 ATHLETICS
 928 ANGELS
4/16/2014 10:05 PM(et)
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8½u 
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-115
8½u 
-105
-115
8½u 
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8½u 
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8½u 
 929 CUBS
 930 YANKEES
4/16/2014 7:05 PM(et)
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-150
7½p 
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-150
7½u 
+140
-155
7½u 
+135
-155
7½u 
+140
-150
7½u 
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-165
7½u 
 931 CUBS
 932 YANKEES
4/16/2014 1:05 PM(et)
+200
-200
7½p 
+180
-190
7½u 
+180
-200
7½u 
+175
-210
7½p 
+175
-190
7½u 
+165
-195
7½p 
 951 BRAVES
 952 PHILLIES
4/17/2014 1:05 PM(et)
-130
+130
8u 
 
 
 
 
 
 953 DODGERS
 954 GIANTS
4/17/2014 3:45 PM(et)
+110
-110
7o 
 
 
 
 
 
 955 ROCKIES
 956 PADRES
4/17/2014 6:40 PM(et)
+120
-120
7½u 
 
 
 
 
 
 957 BREWERS
 958 PIRATES
4/17/2014 7:05 PM(et)
-120
+120
7u 
 
 
 
 
 
 959 CARDINALS
 960 NATIONALS
4/17/2014 7:05 PM(et)
-150
+150
7o 
 
 
 
 
 
 961 INDIANS
 962 TIGERS
4/17/2014 1:08 PM(et)
+170
-170
7½p 
 
 
 
 
 
 963 BLUEJAYS
 964 TWINS
4/17/2014 1:10 PM(et)
off
off 
 
 
 
 
 
 965 MARINERS
 966 RANGERS
4/17/2014 2:05 PM(et)
+120
-120
9p 
 
 
 
 
 
 967 YANKEES
 968 RAYS
4/17/2014 7:10 PM(et)
+170
-170
7p 
 
 
 
 
 
 969 ROYALS
 970 ASTROS
4/17/2014 8:10 PM(et)
off
off 
 
 
 
 
 
 971 REDSOX
 972 WHITESOX
4/17/2014 8:10 PM(et)
+110
-110
7½u 
 
 
 
 
 
 973 BLUEJAYS
 974 TWINS
4/17/2014 7:10 PM(et)
off
off 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kelso Sturgeon has been a professional handicapper for 40 years and has a deep understanding of all facets of the game, be it football, basketball, baseball or horse racing. He's worked as a football scout in the SEC and studied under Hall of Fame coaches like Alabama's Bear Bryant, winner of five national titles and Hank Stram of the Kansas City Chiefs, who won the 1970 Super Bowl. He's been a Regional Sports Editor for the Associated Press, worked as a successful jockey agent and authored several books teaching people how to be a handicapper, including the bestseller, THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SPORTS BETTING. Kelso also understands that to be a successful handicapper means knowing the business of gambling, and to that end he is personal friends with most of the big linesmakers in Las Vegas and gets the daily scoop on what is happening on the other side of the counter. There is no one better qualifed to be your personal handicapper than Kelso Sturgeon.

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Around FCS: Good Intentions Gone Awry

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Since 1986, the FCS playoffs have followed the same format. Sixteen teams have made the playoff field, and teams have played four consecutive weeks to determine a true national champion.

Over the course of the past 22 years, other things have changed, but the championship has grown and thrived using this same un-tampered-with format. But with the playoffs moving to a 20-team bracket in 2010, and potentially 24 teams in the future, the championship committee has decided to make major changes in the title game.

Now I'll announce my disclaimer right at the top. I am a traditionalist, who lives by the motto if it's not broken, let's not fix it. I have followed FCS exclusively since 1993, covered every title game in person since 2001, and I like the way our 125 teams determine their champion.

But the NCAA Division I Football Championship committee and the NCAA Sports Management Cabinet have approved a schedule that would move the title game for 2010 to Jan. 5, 2011 - nearly three weeks after the semifinals. The game would be televised by ESPN the night before the BCS title game.

The proposal was presented to the NCAA Presidents Advisory Group today in Indianapolis.

Since 2004, the semifinals have been held on Friday nights and Saturdays, with the championship game on the following Friday night.

Now, the championship participants will have to wait until after the holidays to conclude their seasons.

The expansion to 20 teams - with the Big South Conference and Northeast Conference receiving automatic bids beginning in 2010 - had forced the championship committee to investigate several options for changing the FCS calendar.

There was the idea of following Division II's lead and starting the season a week early, or doing away with the bye week in teams' schedules to begin the playoffs a week earlier than the traditional Thanksgiving weekend start.

Most schools were not in favor of starting the season earlier, mainly due to the costs associated with housing players on campus an additional week. Several conferences, particularly the Colonial Athletic Association, expressed concerns about the loss of the bye week.

Keeping the regular season on the same calendar and playing the championship game a week later was also looked at, but finding a slot to televise the championship game was problematic, with broadcast-partner ESPN embarking on its annual bowl schedule.

About three weeks ago, the tide for moving the title game into January began to build when ESPN approached the committee with the idea of playing the game the night before the BCS blockbuster. And that proposal got just enough support to win approval from the championship committee.

Unfortunately, it may just be a hasty solution, and one that could make the FCS championship game an afterthought to more football fans.

The current format has seen growing support and prestige in recent years, as the game has finally began to establish a firm foothold in Chattanooga. Attendance has grown to the point of overflow crowds in the midst of Appalachian State's record-setting run of three consecutive titles, and TV ratings have never been higher.

There has also been a noticeable increase in media attention over the past few years, and the quality of play has continued at a high level.

But most of those things could be compromised by moving the game to January.

I'll guarantee you that the quality of play will suffer. All you have to do is look at those awful performances in most bowl games, or at the difference between two weeks of preparation versus one in past Super Bowl contests, to see that most teams don't thrive on long layoffs.

Most coaches worry about rust issues coming back from a bye week. What will they think of having nearly three weeks to prepare for a national championship game?

There will also be financial ramifications, with schools having to house players for extra practice time at a point when almost all institutions are closed for semester breaks. Teams competing for a title will have to let their players go home for the holidays and then get them back on campus for championship preparations - not an easy task.

And how about weather concerns at many schools? Imagine trying to practice for a championship game in late December and early January when you go to school somewhere like Missoula, MT or Hamilton, NY?

Try telling anyone that there are not serious issues in terms of the welfare of student-athletes.

Even worse is the fact that the championship game will likely lose all of the momentum that has been built in the previous rounds of the playoffs. The championship game will be out of sight and out of mind for most football fans for a couple of weeks, instead of building to the crescendo as it currently does.

Some folks are already warning that the FCS championship could become lost in the excitement of the BCS game, with some even calling it the "JV" game. Another problem will be the possibility of the game being held on different nights of the week in the future, instead of in a consistent time slot.

There has also been talk this week of moving the game away from Chattanooga to some more temperate, destination setting, like Orlando, FL. What if the NCAA had taken a similar approach to some of its other championships, like the College Baseball World Series, which has grown and blossomed by staying in Omaha, NE for so many years?

The new proposal is not completely devoid of positives. The break will give fans more time and flexibility in planning travel for the title game, and it would give most athletes a break from having to take finals during championship week.

Players will be able to see injuries heal from a long, grueling season. There is also the opportunity to get more games televised by ESPN.

But the positives are far outweighed by what could be lost. It is simply a short-sighted approach that was born more out of financial considerations rather than what is best for the long term health of FCS.

Hopefully, the championship committee will make the 2010 experiment a one-time thing, and will learn from a decision that is rife with potential problems.

10/29/2008 5:42:48 PM