Today’s Hot Plays
My Biggest 2-Day Weekend of the Month
Sat: College Basketball Grand Slam
Sun: AFC-NFC Championship Games Side & Totals
I Won Last Week’s Saturday Night Special In Blowout Fashion As Arizona (-8.5) Crushed California 87-65 And Intend To Do It Again Tonight
Professional Handicapper Kelso Sturgeon
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.
Betting The NFL Conference Championships
A fast-paced week just flew by, and now we're closing in quickly on Championship Sunday in the NFL.
Today's coursework here in my College of Advanced Sports Betting and Handicapping will focus on handicapping angles for the NFC Championship game matching the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, and the AFC Championship game matching the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.
So far this week, I've heard three main angles being discussed from the mainstream and gambling media (it's getting harder to tell them apart these days). Those are...
AFC Championship Game
Here's a strange-but-true factoid when it comes to the NFL Championship Games: As is the case in the NFC - the last time an AFC Championship Game road team advanced to a Super Bowl was way back in the 2012 season (see Baltimore 28, New England 13).
For the last five years in a row, AFC title tilt hosts not only have moved on to the SB, but in four of the last five, the home teams have covered the Las Vegas price tags as you can witness for yourself when checking out our accompanying chart below. The lone time in the last handful of years that we've had a non-cover win for an AFC Championship Game home team was just last year ... New England (- 7.5) roared from behind to best Jacksonville 24-20.
It's rather odd how both the NFC and AFC Championship Games have been so similar in that regard: Both conferences have seen home teams experience clean sweeps SU (straight-up) the past five years with home sides covering four-of-five of these games.
And there's been one other similarity: In each of the conferences, there's been one home dog winner in championship game play with 3-point pup Philadelphia beating Minnesota last year in the NFC and back in 2015 there was Denver (+ 3) downing New England on the AFC side.
Seahawks' Kam Chancellor: 'Time for the next chapter'
RENTON, Wash. (AP) Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor said scans on his injured neck have shown no improvement and declared it was ''time for the next chapter.''
Longtime Iowa sportscaster killed as rain swamps Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A longtime Iowa sportscaster has died in flash flooding in Des Moines amid heavy rain that forced the evacuation of some homes and businesses in one suburb.