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Archive for October, 2012

Free Agency in the NBA: Ray Allen and Jason Terry

Posted on: October 26th, 2012 by Jeff Allen Sports

To the surprise of many, Ray Allen refused a deal from the Celtics that included twice the pay and a no-trade clause. Despite being offered a 2-year $12 million dollar contract, Allen decided to pack his bags and head to reigning champions The Miami Heat. Even if he had taken the offer, he would have […]

The Los Angeles Lakers: 0-8 Straight Up Preseason Record

Posted on: October 26th, 2012 by Jeff Allen Sports

Despite signing major acquisitions Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the Lakers have gone winless in this year’s NBA preseason. In their latest loss, 94-82 to the Sacramento Kings, the Lakers were owned in the fastbreak point department, 24-2. They also were smothered in the paint, with a 44-26 point deficit. NBA ATS Info Make no […]

2012 NFL Line Killers

Posted on: October 26th, 2012 by Jeff Allen Sports

What do strange bed-fellows the New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Houston Texans, and the Seattle Seahawks all have in common? They’ve all covered the spread five times going into week 8 of this year’s NFL season. The Jets only covered the spread a total of 6 times last year, going 6-9 ATS in 2011. […]

Sports Psychology: Creating Winning Ways

Posted on: October 26th, 2012 by Jeff Allen Sports

When the Dallas Mavericks won their first NBA championship in the franchise’s 31-year history, they utilized a sports psychologist to help get them in a winning frame of mind. Even more impressive, this same sports psychologist, Don Kalkstein, was working with the Boston Red Sox – a team which until their World Series victory was […]

NBA: The Need for Speed

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012 by Jeff Allen Sports

If you’ve read enough of our Oddsfather articles, you’ll know that we have a strong general distaste for the referee’s whistle. The main reason behind this is it slows down the pace of the game, ruins momentum and team flow – ultimately, taking away from the fan experience. One aspect of the NBA fan experience […]

Duke – NCAA Basketball’s Modern Day Standard-Bearer: 2012-2013 Season

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012 by Jeff Allen Sports

Though they lose Austin Rivers and Miles Plumlee (as well as Andre Dawkins as he redshirts), Duke has a host of starters returning alongside role players off the bench. The frontcourt is expected to be comprised of Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly, both veritable studs and team leaders. Seth Curry will take on the role […]

Cam Newton Isn’t Enough: Carolina In The Dumps

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012 by Jeff Allen Sports

Don’t get me wrong, Cam Newton is a great football player. I mean he won the national junior college championship, the NCAA championship and the Heisman Trophy. All of that said, the Carolina Panthers just plain stink. Today versus the mediocre Dallas Cowboys, the Panthers defense didn’t get a single hit on quarterback Tony Romo, […]

Indiana Basketball and ‘The Movement’ Pre-Season Ranked #1

Posted on: October 21st, 2012 by Jeff Allen Sports

The USA Today Coaches Poll has Indiana ranked #1 leading up to the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball season, garnering 21 1st-place votes. For a year or so, Indiana’s recruiting prowess has earned itself the nickname of ‘The Movement.’ With a cream of the crop recruitment draw this past year, the team is as stacked as […]

Derrick Rose Tries To Convince The Bulls They Have What It Takes To Win

Posted on: October 21st, 2012 by Jeff Allen Sports

Word on the street in Chicago is that all-star point guard Derrick Rose is making progress coming back from a torn anterior cruciate knee-ligament, which he injured in the first round of last year’s playoffs. Rose has a routine that he’s been holding to this pre-season, performing his rehab in the gym the team uses […]

Last Year’s Los Angeles Lakers – From A Handicapping Perspective

Posted on: October 20th, 2012 by Jeff Allen Sports

I went ahead and broke down last year’s Los Angeles Lakers performance from a handicapping perspective. Teams like the Lakers are trap teams for the general public. Why? For one they are a big-market, extremely popular team. Typically the bigger market teams lack line-value, making them less attractive options over their small-market (often underdog) counter-parts. […]