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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.
NFL Summertime Looks
NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM / SUMMERTIME LOOKS
ARIZONA (3-13) – The Cardinals sported an ugly – 200 in points differential a year ago (scored 225 points or 14.1 ppg / allowed 425 points or 25.6 ppg per outing) and so right out of the starting gate there’s major pressure on rookie head coach Kliff Kingsbury and rookie QB Kyler Murray (Oklahoma) to produce. Murray’s being favorably compared to a younger Seattle Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson – says a couple of members of Arizona’s offensive line – but a rather mix-and-match blocking wall could mean Murray will take some mean hits in the pocket. Heads up, Mr. Heisman Trophy winner!
Pointspread Notes – The Cardinals are a sorry 9-15 against the odds away these past three seasons but take note that ‘Zona is an electric 7-2 vig-wise away versus divisional rivals (and thus 2-13 ATS against non-NFC West clubs away).
MLB Notebook and Hot College Caoches
Okay, so nobody in Minnesota or Houston press that panic button ... yet!
The Minnesota Twins (58-36) and the Houston Astros (59-37) once upon a time sported very comfy leads in the American League Central and AL West, respectively, but times they are a'changin.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Twins were beaten 14-4 by the New York Mets and it marked the first time this season that Minny had lost three consecutive games. Folks, the Mets' TV announcing team of Gary Cohen and Ron Darling had let us know that no team in Major-League Baseball had gone this deep into a season (see 90+ games) without losing three in a row since the 2009 Los Angeles Dodgers.
From a wagering standpoint, the Twins' back-to-back-to-back losses at Cleveland (- 145) on Sunday afternoon and then at home to the Mets - note the Twins were favored (- 166) in Tuesday night's 3-2 loss and then even bigger favs on Wednesday (- 178) - chipped away from Minnesota's overall profits this year that still stands at $+ 1403 but you've got to wonder if Minny's shaky defense, lack of timely hitting and bullpen failures are gonna rear its ugly head and make the Twinkies a "bet-against" squad more often than not these final 60-plus games. How about LF Eddie Rosario dropping a routine fly ball that really opened up the floodgates as the Mets scored 12 runs in the game's final three innings on Wednesday afternoon?
Orioles slugger Chris Davis can't shake extended slump
BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Davis doesn't blame the fans at Camden Yards for showering him with boos, especially when he's walking back to the dugout after another strikeout.
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.''