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Kentucky Derby Free Picks & Predictions: Top 5 Contenders

April 30th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in Horse Racing   Comments Off on Kentucky Derby Free Picks & Predictions: Top 5 Contenders

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Our coverage of the 2010 Kentucky Derby betting lines continues here at Bankroll Sports with a look at the Top Five horses that you should have on your radar as potential winners for the Super Bowl of horse racing this Saturday afternoon!

Lookin At Lucky (4/1 at BoDog Sportsbook): Lookin At Lucky is going to try to become the first horse since 1986 to win the Kentucky Derby from the rail. Traditionally, what ends up happening is that the inside horses get shoved, bumped, and crammed early, which often makes for a very uncomfortable ride. This isn’t a colt that is going to burst right out to the front of the pack either, so navigating traffic could be difficult. However, there’s no doubt, with five stakes wins to his credit, Lookin At Lucky is most certainly the horse that is going to have the bulls-eye on his back no matter what post he is starting out of.

Sidney’s Candy (13/2 at BoDog Sportsbook): Here we have a horse that dominated out in California in all of his prep races, winning three times, including at the highly touted Santa Anita Derby. Many think that Sidney’s Candy has the ability to go wire-to-wire, but if that’s what he goal is, he has the worst post draw in the world. Unfortunately, the race could be over right at the gate for this horse, as he is going to try to race out to the front of the pack from the far outside position at gate #20. His only hope is that the horses to his immediate inside also don’t try to get out to the front of the field, but in all likelihood, Sidney’s Candy is going to be running a significantly longer race than any of these other horses are, as he could easily be pushed seven or eight wide in that first turn. If he does get to the front of the pack and to the rail without using too much energy though, Sidney’s Candy is going to be tough to run down.

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Conveyance (16/1 at BoDog Sportsbook): Though Conveyance hasn’t exactly run against the best crops of three year olds in the world in his prep races, it’s hard to argue with the fact that he has never finished worse than second in any race that he has run. Conveyance has a perfect starting gate right in the middle of the field at #10. He’s got a tremendous bloodline, with the great Holy Bull sitting there in his lineage. There have been a number of champion racers that have come through Holy Bull in one form or another, and Conveyance may be the next in line. Trying to weed his way through this field will be difficult, but there is no doubt that Conveyance has the tools and the stamina to be able to win the Kentucky Derby.

Ice Box (10/1 at BoDog Sportsbook): This is probably a great price on a horse with a lot of upside and potential. Ice Box won the Florida Derby and has a tremendous sire in Pulpit, who has both won and produced a number of champion horses. The question is whether or not he can make it the mile and a quarter or not. A rail post position at #2 won’t bother Ice Box that much, as he is going to be content to just fall straight to the back of the pack and stay out of trouble anyway. Trainer Nick Zito is a multiple time Kentucky Derby winning trainer, and he knows what it takes to get his horse the bed of roses at the end of the day. If you’re looking for a closer to make a huge move and try to steal this race at its conclusion, Ice Box is your colt.

Dublin (16/1 at BoDog Sportsbook): Trainer D. Wayne Lukas knows that he hasn’t seen the potential of Dublin quite yet in his prep races. Once a heralded young gun, Dublin is a horse that has come up short a number of times. He does have his necessary stakes win at the Hopeful as a two year old, but he hasn’t crossed the finish line first in any of his other prep races at this level. Of course, neither had last year’s winner, Mine That Bird, before he shocked the world at 50/1 and won the Kentucky Derby in 2009. 2010 could be the year for Dublin and for Lukas, as this horse just needs to find one more kick to best this field. At 16/1, this is a tremendous price for a colt that has never gone off at more than 9/2 in any race that he has run.

MLB Baseball Power Ratings (After 4/25/10)

April 26th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in MLB Baseball   Comments Off on MLB Baseball Power Ratings (After 4/25/10)

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1. Tampa Bay Rays (13-5) – The Tampa Bay Rays come into Sunday’s action tied for the best record in baseball; 13-5. Tampa Bay has been successful via their offense that has slugged 107 runs; tops in the major leagues. The Rays offensively have been led by Carl Crawford and his .319 batting average. B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist have done their share to assault American League pitching thus far as well. Tampa Bay currently holds just a ½ game lead on the New York Yankees for the top spot in the American League East. The Rays, after finishing their series Sunday with the Jays, will take Monday off, then host Oakland and Kansas City to finish up the first month of the season.

2. New York Yankees (12-5) – The Yankees are in the midst of a nine game road trip; which is their longest this month. After winning two out of three in Oakland, the Yankees seek the rubber game of a three game series at Angel Stadium on Sunday. New York trails Tampa Bay by just a ½ game for the American League East lead. The Yankees have allowed just 59 runs on the season, led by their two left handed starting pitchers C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte. New York will take Monday off, and then play a three game series in Baltimore. Following the road trip, the Yankees will come back home and play a weekend series with the Chicago White Sox.

3. Philadelphia Phillies (11-6) – The best team in the National League appears to be the Philadelphia Phillies. Charlie Manuel’s team has the combination of pitching and powerful and timely hitting that defines champions. After winning the 2008 World Series, and falling in 2009 – Philadelphia looks to get back to the October Classic for the third straight season. The Phillies have seen their ace Roy Halladay win all four of his starts to begin the season. Halladay, in those starts, has accumulated 28 strikeouts and has an ERA of 0.82. Philadelphia will continue their nine game road trip, after leaving Arizona on Sunday, as they head to San Francisco for three to start the week. Following the trip, Philadelphia will come back home and host the New York Mets over the weekend.

4. Minnesota Twins (13-5) – Minnesota, along with Tampa Bay, has the best record in all of baseball. The Twins won their second straight over Kansas City on Saturday night; in 12 innings. The Twins have a three game lead over Detroit coming into play on Sunday. Justin Morneau is leading the team in homeruns, with 3, as catcher Joe Mauer is batting a team high .381. Minnesota has out scored their opponents 98-66 through the first 18 games of the season. The nine game road trip will continue for Minnesota, after leaving Kansas City they will make their second stop in Detroit on Tuesday, and Cleveland on Friday.

5. San Diego Padres (11-6) – The biggest surprise in all of baseball to this point has been the San Diego Padres. Winners of eight straight games, San Diego holds a one game lead over San Francisco for the top spot in the National League West. The Padres have enjoyed three straight games where slugger Adrian Gonzalez has knocked one over the boards. San Diego has the best pitching statistics in the national league, ranking 1st in ERA and WHIP, and 2nd in batting average against. San Diego will look to finish the three game sweep in Cincinnati on Sunday, before heading south to Miami, to take on the Marlins. On Thursday, San Diego will be back home, in time to face the Brewers in a four game series, finishing up on Sunday.

6. St. Louis Cardinals (10-7) – The St. Louis Cardinals won their first five series of the season, winning 2 out of 3 in them all. The streak was snapped Saturday when the Giants blanked St. Louis 2-0. The win was the Giants second straight over the Cardinals. Albert Pujols and the Cardinals will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday. St. Louis has shown inconsistency in scoring runs, as they rank 12th in the National League. The pitching has been solid for the Cardinals, behind aces Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter. The team’s 2.87 earned run average, ranks them second in the NL. After completing the series with the Giants on Sunday, St. Louis will start a seven game home stand on Monday, starting with four against the Atlanta Braves, followed by a visit for three by the Cincinnati Reds.

7. Oakland Athletics (11-8) – Oakland enjoys a 1.5 game lead in the American League West over the Seattle Mariners. The Athletics have enjoyed playing at home, winning 8 of 13 there, while going just 3-3 on the road. The Athletics will play the rubber match of a three game set with Cleveland on Sunday, and then hit the road. On Tuesday, Oakland will play in Tampa Bay, against the Rays, and then Friday the Athletics and Blue Jays meet north of the border. Oakland has seen a power surge from Kurt Suzuki, who already has four homeruns and 11 runs batted in.

8. Florida Marlins (10-8) – The Florida Marlins are getting a red-hot start out of second basemen Dan Uggla. Known more for his power, Uggla has kicked the season off with a .333 batting average, along with his four homeruns and 11 RBI’s. The Marlins offense ranks 5th in the National League with 87 runs. Florida, after being postponed in Denver on Friday played a doubleheader Saturday, splitting the two games. The teams will play the final game of the three game series on Sunday. Following the trip to Denver, the Marlins will be home Monday to host the San Diego Padres. After taking Thursday off, Florida will welcome divisional rival Washington Nationals to town on Friday.

9. San Francisco Giants (10-7) – With possibly the best pitching in the National League, the San Francisco Giants are off to a 10-7 start. After getting swept by San Diego, the Giants have held the Cardinals to just 1 run in 2 games, winning the first two. They will attempt the three game sweep on Sunday behind Matt Cain. The Giants rank 1st in the National League in batting average against (.219) and OPS (.617), along with 2nd in ERA (2.82). San Francisco will continue their nine game home stand, starting Monday, when the National League East leading Philadelphia Phillies come to town. The final three games of the home stand will be over the weekend, against divisional foe Colorado.

10. Detroit Tigers (10-8) – In an attempt to keep pace with the Minnesota Twins atop the American League Central, Detroit is off to a 10-8 start. The Tigers have played 12 of their first 18 games on the road this season. They have two more games in Arlington, before coming home on Tuesday to host Minnesota and the Angels for the week. The Tigers rank first in the American League in on base percentage, with a 3.72. They are 2nd in batting average, as they are hitting .278. Detroit’s main cog has been Miguel Cabrera. He leads the team with a .361 batting average, along with 4 homeruns, and 22 runs batted in. The Tigers, despite the 10-8 record, have been out scored by their opponents 85-84.

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11. Toronto Blue Jays (10-8) – The Toronto Blue Jays will look to win two of three in Tampa Bay on Sunday. The Blue Jays are making an effort to stay near the top with the two powers within the division; Yankees and Rays. Toronto has gotten solid offensive numbers from Vernon Wells, who is batting .306 with 7 homeruns and 13 runs batted in. The Blue Jays will head back home on Monday, to start a seven game home trip. Monday the Red Sox will come to town, and then on Thursday, a four game series with the Oakland Athletics will begin.

12. Boston Red Sox (8-10) – The Red Sox have struggled to start the season, with an 8-10 record. On Sunday, the Red Sox will look to pick up a three game sweep over the Baltimore Orioles. Boston has struggled both offensively and pitching, as the team is just 11th in earned run average, with 4.61.  Their team batting average is .250, which is 7th in the American League. Dustin Pedroia is leading the team with a .284 batting average, along with five homeruns and 13 runs batted in. The Red Sox will head north of the border on Monday to take on the Blue Jays. After taking Thursday off, the Red Sox will head to Baltimore to take on the Orioles.

13. Colorado Rockies (9-9) – The Colorado Rockies are hovering around .500 through the first 18 games of the season. Colorado split a doubleheader Saturday at home with the Florida Marlins. The Rockies and Marlins will finish up their series Sunday. On Monday, the Rockies will welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks to town, and then on Friday will head to San Francisco to take on divisional foe – the Giants. The Rockies are 5th in earned run average, with a 3.54, led by Ubaldo Jimenez and his 0.95.

14. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (9-10) – The Angels, with their 9-10 record, are just two games behind the Oakland Athletics for the top spot in the American League West. They are hitting .257 as a team, as that ranks them 6th in the National League. The pitching has not been up to the usual standards for Angels baseball, as they rank 12th in the American League with a 4.63 earned run average. Joel Piniero, coming over from St. Louis has been decent for the Angels, with two wins and a 3.42 earned run average. The Angels, after finishing their series with the Yankees on Sunday will host the Cleveland Indians for three on Monday, and then play in Detroit for three over the weekend.

15. Los Angeles Dodgers (8-9) – The Dodgers, who come into Sunday ranked first in the National League in both batting average (.297) and runs (103) managed just 5 runs in the first two games of a series in Washington D.C., against the Nationals. The Dodgers will look to take two of three on Sunday. Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp have been the main cogs in the Dodgers lineup, as Ethier is batting .356, while Kemp has 7 homeruns and 20 runs batted in. Los Angeles has struggled pitching, as they are 13th in the NL with a 5.12 earned run average. The Dodgers will stay out east and play at Citi Field against the Mets, Monday through Wednesday. On Thursday, the Dodgers will host the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first of a four game series.

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16. Chicago Cubs (8-10) – The Cubs are looking to get back on track, after winning just 6 of their first 16 games in 2010. Chicago beat Milwaukee on the road in the first two games of a three game series. The Cubs big news of the week was sending starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen. Ted Lilly came back to the starting rotation and pitched very well in the win over the Brewers. New comer Carlos Silva has been solid, compiling a 0.95 earned run average through the first three weeks of the season. The Cubs will host the Nationals for three and Diamondbacks for four this week at the friendly confines.

17. Milwaukee Brewers (8-10) – The Milwaukee Brewers will look to avoid a three game sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. The Brewers have been out scored 13-2 in the first two games of the series. This comes after the Brewers pounding the Pirates 36-1 in three games on the road. The Brewers rank second in the National League with a .281 batting average, along with 99 runs. Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun is batting .366, with 5 homeruns and 20 runs batted in. The Brewers will host the Pittsburgh Pirates starting on Monday, before they head to San Diego for a four game set on Thursday.

18. New York Mets (9-9) – The New York Mets are looking to improve upon their 70 win season in 2009.  They are off to a better start, but still hovered around .500. The Mets rank 14th in the National League with a .230 batting average and 13th with 74 runs scored. New York’s offense sees Jeff Francouer lead the team in many categories, including batting average (.279), homeruns (3) and runs batted in (10). New York will look to complete a three game sweep of the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night baseball. Following that game, New York will host the Los Angeles Dodgers for three games starting Monday. On Friday, the Mets will play in Philadelphia, against the Phillies.

19. Atlanta Braves (8-9) – The Braves have lost four straight games, and will look to snap that streak on Sunday Night Baseball. Atlanta has been out scored 75-70 in their first 17 games. The pitching has been average for the Braves, as they rank 4th in the National League with a .237 batting average against. Rookie Jason Heyward has paced the offense, with 4 homeruns and 16 runs batted in. The team batting average for Atlanta is poor, at .227, ranks 15th. The Braves will finish up their series Sunday night and then head to St. Louis for a four game series with the Cardinals. On Friday, Atlanta will host the Houston Astros for the start of a three game series.

20. Washington Nationals (9-9) – Washington was pleased to see rookie Luis Atilano earn his first professional winning, shutting down the Dodgers offense on Friday night. The future looks bring for the Nationals, and 2010 has been a decent start to the season. At .500 on the season, Washington is tied with the Mets for third place in the National League East. Ivan Rodriguez, in his first season with the Nationals is batting .411, while Josh Willingham has pounded 3 homeruns and drove home 11 runs. The Nationals will head to Chicago on Monday to take on the Cubs, and then on Friday, in Miami, against the Marlins.

21. Seattle Mariners (9-9) – The Mariners have climbed back to .500, despite losing the first two in Chicago. The Mariners have made hay at home this season, winning seven of nine. On Sunday, the Mariners will look to avoid the three game sweep from the White Sox. Following that game, Seattle will head to Kansas City to face-off with the Royals. On Friday, Seattle will be back home, to host the Texas Rangers. Seattle ranks third in the American League with a 3.41 earned run average, along with fourth in quality starts; with 11.

22. Cleveland Indians (8-9) – Following a slow start, the Cleveland Indians have climbed back towards .500 within the American League Central. The Indians are led offensively by Shin-Soo Choo, who leads the team in batting average (.300), homeruns (4), runs batted in (13) and runs scored (10). The Indians offense, as a team has struggled, ranking 14th with a .223 batting average. Following the final game in Oakland on Sunday, the Indians will head to Anaheim to take on the Angels for three. On Friday, the Indians will host the American League Central leading Minnesota Twins.

23. Texas Rangers (7-10) – Despite a good start from Vladimir Guerrero, and his .371 batting average, the Texas Rangers have started the season 7-10. Texas is in last place in the American League West, trailing the front running Oakland Athletics by three games. Nelson Cruz has provided the power for Texas, bombing 7 homeruns and driving in 17 runs. The Rangers and Tigers are playing the third of a four game series on Sunday. On Monday, they will play the final game of the series in Arlington. On Tuesday, the Rangers will welcome the White Sox for a three game set. Over the weekend, Texas will head out West to Seattle to take on divisional foe – Mariners.

24. Arizona Diamondbacks (7-10) – Winners of just one of six games on the road this season are the Arizona Diamondbacks. After losing two of three at home to St. Louis, the Diamondbacks will look to win the 2nd of 3 over Philadelphia on Sunday. The Diamondbacks are led by Kelly Johnson, and his .327 batting average, along with 6 homeruns. The offense ranks fifth in batting average (.267), fourth in runs (90) and fourth in OBP (.792). Arizona will head to Denver on Monday for a three game series; followed by a trip to Chicago for a four game- weekend set.

25. Houston Astros (7-10) – After such a bad start, the Astros are moving their way back to the .500 point in the season. The Astros took two of three from the Marlins at home, and will look to sweep their divisional foe Pittsburgh on Sunday. Houston has gotten solid offensive numbers from Jeff Keppinger. He is hitting .327, with 6 runs batted in. The Astros have scored a league worst 50 runs on the season. Houston will take Monday off, then welcome the Cincinnati Reds to town for a three game set on Tuesday. Over the weekend, Houston will head to Atlanta, to take on the Braves.

26. Pittsburgh Pirates (7-10) – After getting off to a quick start, the Pittsburgh Pirates have lost five straight games. The worst of those losses came on Thursday afternoon, when the Milwaukee Brewers pounded them 20-0. Pittsburgh will look to avoid a three game sweep in Houston on Sunday afternoon. The Pirates rank last in the National League with an earned run average of nearly 7. They also rank last in batting average against, as opponents are hitting .304 against Pirate pitchers. Pittsburgh will play in Milwaukee for three starting Monday, and then head out west to take on the Dodgers for four.

27. Chicago White Sox (7-11) – The White Sox, after a 5-11 start, have found some energy over the weekend, winning two straight games via the walk-off homerun. Friday night it was veteran Andruw Jones, while Alex Rios did the honors on Saturday. Rios is batting .281 with 3 homeruns and 9 runs batted in for Chicago. The White Sox will seek a three game sweep of the Mariners on Sunday afternoon. After taking Monday off, the White Sox will head to Texas for a three game set, then a trip to the Bronx, to take on the Yankees.

28. Cincinnati Reds (7-11) – The Reds, at 7-11, are towards the bottom of the National League Central Division. They will look to avoid a three game sweep at home, from the Padres on Sunday. Following the Padres, Cincinnati will take Monday off, before heading out to Houston and St. Louis. The Reds have struggled offensively, batting just .238, ranking 12th in the National League. The pitching has also been poor, as they rank 15th with a 6.19 earned run average.

29. Kansas City Royals (6-11) – At the bottom of the American League Central, are the Kansas City Royals. The offense has been sharp for Kansas City, as they rank first in the American League with a .296 batting average. The pitching has been just as bad, with a 5.55 earned run average, which ranks last in the American League. Jose Guillen has mashed six homeruns and drove home 15 runs batted in, along with scoring 13 runs. The Royals are looking to avoid the sweep at the hands of the first place Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Following that series, the Royals will host Seattle for three, and then head to Tampa Bay for a four game series.

30. Baltimore Orioles (2-16) – The Baltimore Orioles have won just 2 of 18 games to start the season. Baltimore will look to avoid a three game sweep over the weekend in Boston on Sunday. Ty Wigginton has been the lone bright spot for the Orioles offense, batting .333, with 6 homeruns and 12 runs batted in. The pitching has been awful for Baltimore, ranking 13th in ERA, batting average against and OPS. After the road trip, the Orioles schedule will get no easier, as they host the Yankees for three and the Red Sox for three.

2010 NFL Draft: Don’t be Surprised at these Surprises

April 21st, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on 2010 NFL Draft: Don’t be Surprised at these Surprises

Every single season, there are surprises that happen in the NFL Draft that just shock us all. Here at Bankroll Sports, we’re prognosticating about some of the potential surprises, and how you can cash in by betting on some of the props available to you at BoDog Sportsbook!

The Buffalo Bills are going to have their chance to grab Jimmy Clausen, but they’re going to pass… as will a ton of other teams: Now here’s a shocker! First of all, Clausen lasting all the way to #9 seems like a bit of a surprise, as the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, and Oakland Raiders are all potential prospects for Clausen as well. But it seems as though Buffalo is the likely destination for the Notre Dame quarterback, right? Think again. The Bills may see value in grabbing RB CJ Spiller or WR Dez Bryant just as much and take one of them off of the board. At that point, the free fall could be on. It doesn’t seem like that Jacksonville, Denver, or Miami are great candidates for Clausen. That’s when the fall could stop. San Francisco would love to see Clausen fall to it at pick #13, its first of two first round draft picks. You can grab that to happen at 5/2 at BoDog Sportsbook right now! You can also wager on him to slip past pick #9 as well at -110.

The prospects of getting a franchise left tackle may be enough for the Pittsburgh Steelers to trade Ben Roethlisberger: Sure, these rumblings have been going on for awhile now that Big Ben will be dealt for a first round draft pick, and though you may find that concept crazy, don’t discount the idea. Roethlisberger has definitely fallen out of favor in Pittsburgh, and with the way that the Steelers play football, many in Steel Town feel as though backup QB Charlie Batch could lead the team to wins just as easily as Roethlisberger could. Are you paying attention Buffalo? What about you, Jacksonville? The blockbuster very well could happen, and if it does, expect to see the Steelers try to grab a left tackle to sure up an offensive line that was woeful at times in 2009.

After Sooners go #1 and #2, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to get the best player in this draft at pick #3: If the St. Louis Rams did this right, they’d draft Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh with the #1 overall pick in the draft. But they won’t… They’ll grab Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford. That would make the Detroit Lions foolish to pass on him. But really, they’re the Detroit Lions… For whatever reason, they seem to prefer Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy. If that’s the case, the Bucs should be running up to the podium with their selection right after Commissioner Roger Goodell start to utter “Ger-“. By all accounts, Suh was accepted as the top player in this draft after the Big XII Championship Game when he totally dominated a solid offensive line of Texas. Suh is a huge force in the middle of a defense, and he will anchor Tampa Bay for years to come at that position, where DT Warren Sapp made a living. Regardless of what else happens in this draft, if the Bucs end up with Suh, they’re going to be thrilled with their findings.

Tim Tebow Will be Drafted in the First Round: Ok, so maybe this isn’t that much of a surprise to all of you, but Tebow is a proven winner and he brings a ton of versatility to the table to the right team. There are a number of teams that have shown a tad bit of interest in the Florida Gator, but no one is ready to commit to him, particularly as the team’s top draft pick quite yet. Still, we think that the New England Patriots may be willing to take a flier on him at pick #22. If not then, at some point, someone is going to become enamored with the idea of having an arm and legs that strong on their team and will snare him before Thursday is complete. You can bet on Tebow to go in the first 29 picks right now at even money at BoDog Sportsbook.

2010 NFL Draft: Top 10 Quarterbacks

April 20th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on 2010 NFL Draft: Top 10 Quarterbacks
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The quarterback position has always been the make or break position for teams in the NFL. There aren’t a slew of signal callers that are most likely guys that are going to lead franchises to Super Bowls, but here at Bankroll Sports, we’re breaking down the top ten QBs available and projecting what teams that they might be suitable for.

1: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma Sooners: By all accounts, Bradford is most likely going to be one of the first names that you hear come off the board. The only question that surrounds him is whether or not he is able to stay healthy after suffering a pair of shoulder injuries at Oklahoma. We expect to see the St. Louis Rams take him with the top pick and make him the franchise’s QB for years to come.

2: Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Clausen could find himself being draft in the Top 5, but one must also remember that his predecessor at Notre Dame, Brady Quinn was once thought to be a Top 5 pick as well, and he ended up slipping all the way to pick #22. Things probably won’t be that bad for Clausen, but a drop out of the Top 10 is possible. Don’t be shocked if he’s playing in Buffalo next season with the Bills.

3: Colt McCoy, Texas Longhorns: If you’re looking for a guy who is just a proven winner, McCoy is your man. The Texas gunslinger had the most wins in the history of the Longhorns, which is saying something considering the fact that some guy named Vince Young started there for three seasons. There’s a chance that he could be drafted in the back end of the first round either via a trade from the top of Round 2 or by a team that is banking on the future, but don’t expect to see him suiting up too much in his first year in the pros. Perhaps the Washington Redskins could nab him as a project pick at the front end of Round 2.

4: Tim Tebow, Florida Gators: It’s anyone’s guess where Tebow is going to go in this year’s draft. We know he’s a winner and we know he can run Florida’s offense like none other, but he’s not a prototypical quarterback and rarely took snaps under center. Still, the Jacksonville Jaguars seem likely to snare him somewhere to try to boost ticket sales for a struggling franchise.

The rest of these quarterbacks are going to be mid to late round picks. If you’re looking for teams that may be in the market for these QBs in addition to the ones that are listed above, consider the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, and Denver Broncos as legitimate options.

5: John Skelton, Fordham Rams: The Baltimore Ravens hitting a home run with Delaware QB Joe Flacco is going to make Skelton an interesting project pick for someone in the late rounds. At 6’5″, there’s no doubt that Skelton is built like a legitimate NFL quarterback, but his lack of competition is always going to be scary. Someone may pull him off the board at the end of Round 3, but most likely, he’s slipping to Round 4.

6: Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan Chippewas: The Chippewas just aren’t going to be the same without LeFevour under center as he has been for the past four years. He’s a duel threat, having rushed for over 3,000 yards in his collegiate career. This is a great project pick for a team that is looking for a Wildcat quarterbacks, so LeFevour should hear his name called by Round 4.

7: Jarrett Brown, West Virginia Mountaineers: If Pat White made it in the NFL, Brown will probably get drafted at some point as well. His 40 time was an impressive 4.54, making him a Wildcat threat as well. A team that uses a lot of creative offensive sets would love to add Brown to the arsenal, especially since he could also be used as a wide receiver if need be. He may be a fourth round pick as well.

8: Jevan Snead, Mississippi Rebels: For whatever reason, Snead decided to forgo his senior season at Ole Miss and enter the draft. Many thought that he’d be a first round pick at this time a year ago, but now, he’ll be lucky to go in Round 5.

9: Tony Pike, Cincinnati Bearcats: Pike has a strong arm and a big upside, but his lack of time under center at Cincinnati is going to scare off a lot of NFL GMs. Still, he led a solid Cincinnati team to last year’s Sugar Bowl with a perfect record before getting whooped by UF, and he’ll get drafted most likely at some point in Round 5 or 6.

10: Max Hall, BYU Cougars: Just having the name “BYU” next to your name means that you know how to throw the football. The downside for Hall is that he is already going to be 25 years old by the start of next season, and he still needs some seasoning to be a legitimate NFL quarterback, even as a backup. Still, he’ll get drafted and could make an impact on someone’s roster in a few years.

NFL Betting: 2010 NFL Draft Props by Position (4/19)

April 19th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NFL Football   Comments Off on NFL Betting: 2010 NFL Draft Props by Position (4/19)

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NFL Draft betting action kicked off this morning at BoDog Sportsbook, as a plethora of props opened up for us to pick apart. Here’s a few that we’re focusing in on for Thursday night’s first round!

Prop Bet #1: How many running backs will be drafted in Round 1?: Taking the over 1.5 at -350 odds seems like an absolute slam dunk, but maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to react this way. Sure, Clemson RB CJ Spiller is going to go at some point during the first round. However, beyond him, there really aren’t a ton of running backs that just scream first round talent. Unless someone is reaching, grabbing a guy like Fresno State’s Ryan Mathews isn’t going to be likely until the 20s. Yes, Cal’s Jahvid Best could also be a possibility, as could Auburn’s Ben Tate or Georgia Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer for real reaches. The Houston Texans at #20 could come out and draft a running back, and they could also do so by trading back into the back end of the first round as well. Aside from that though, perhaps Philadelphia could use some running back depth, as could Arizona at #26 or San Diego at #28. Though the prospects are good for another back to be taken, it’s probably worth the stab at the long price that Houston goes with a safety or a corner and everyone else in the draft decides to go with either linemen or defense.

Selection: Under 1.5 running backs drafted in Round 1 +275 at BoDog Sportsbook

Prop Bet #2: How many wide receivers & tight ends will be drafted in Round 1?: This may not be a slam dunk of a prop either, but it really may look like it when the round is said and done. Someone at some point is going to take Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant in Round 1, and whomever that is will probably get themselves a steal, particularly if he lasts into the late teens or early 20s. Though there aren’t a lot of teams out there that are guaranteed to draft offense, there are some other fantastic playmakers that are going to be available at the back end of this round as well. Look for TE Jermaine Grisham to hear his name called in the 20s, which could set the stage for a guy like Notre Dame’s Golden Tate, Illinois’ Arrelious Benn or Georgia Tech’s Demaryius Thomas to fill out our allotment of pass catching options to cash a winning ticket for us.

Selection: Over 2.5 wide receivers & tight ends drafted in Round 1 -115 at BoDog Sportsbook

Prop Bet #3: How many offensive linemen will be drafted in Round 1?: Let’s just throw some names out there of absolute sure fire first round locks for the hogs up front. Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung, Iowa’s Bryan Bulaga, Oklahoma’s Trent Williams, and Maryland’s Bruce Campbell are probably all coming off the board in the first ten selections. It seems likely that Rutgers’ Anthony Davis and Florida’s Maurkice Pouncey will also be picked amongst the first 32. Beyond that six, USC’s Charles Brown, Idaho’s Mike Iupati, and Indiana’s Rodger Saffold are all possibilities. So basically what we’re asking for with this prop is to see the six should be first rounders go, and then just one more. It is becoming more and more trendy to spend first round picks on offensive linemen, and we expect that to continue with at least seven selected in Round 1.

Selection: Over 6.5 offensive linemen drafted in Round 1 -240 at BoDog Sportsbook

Be sure to keep it tuned to Bankroll Sports for all of our coverage of the 2010 NFL Draft!

Weekly Sports Betting Rap Sheet (4/19/10)

April 19th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in General Handicapping   Comments Off on Weekly Sports Betting Rap Sheet (4/19/10)

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It’s playoff time once again for the men of the hardwood and on the ice! Here at Bankroll Sports, we’re still taking our best shots at the teams, players, and situations that really cost us sports bettors in a big way in the week that was.

Rap Sheet Picture of the Week
Montreal Canadiens G Jaroslav Halak, who blew a three goal lead and gave up this game-winner 31 seconds into overtime.

All of the home teams in the NHL playoffs should be ashamed of themselves. Not a single one of the are hitting the road up two games this week. However, the team we really need to take a stab at right off the bat is the Montreal Canadiens. The rest of the NHL hates you right now, Montreal. After all, the Habs were up 1-0 in the series after stealing Game 1 at the Verizon Center, and they held a 4-1 lead following LW Andrei Kostitsyn’s third goal of the game with just over two minutes to play in the second period. G Jose Theodore had already been ran out of the game and replaced by G Semyon Varlamov, and the Habs looked primed to take a 2-0 lead back to the Great White North. Not so fast, my friends. They were outscored 4-1 during the next 20 minutes of hockey, and then just 31 ticks into the overtime, C Nicklas Backstrom connected for the game-winner, his third goal of the game. Enjoy being bounced from this series in five games, Montreal. You had your chance to slay the giants in the playoffs, and now you’re going to pay the ultimate price for not succeeding.

Give it up for Jason Marquis, ladies and gentlemen! The right-hander has been an absolutely abortion of a signing for the Nationals on the outset of this season, as he has given up at least six earned runs in each of his starts and is 0-3 to show for it. On Sunday though, he had one of the more embarrassing starts that any pitcher has seen in this ’10 MLB betting campaign. Marquis gave up a single to Rickie Weeks, a single to Craig Counsell, a single to Ryan Braun, plunked Prince Fielder, walked Casey McGehee, plunked Jim Edmonds, and gave up a single to Gregg Zaun, and was promptly removed without recording an out. Seven batters faced. Seven batters scored. Solid job, Marquis. Your numbers for the year now? 8.1 innings pitched, 18 hits, 20 runs (19 earned), 2 HRs, 7 walks, 3 plunks, 3 strikeouts, a WHIP of 2.88, a batting average against of .419, and an ERA of 20.52. Doesn’t get much better than that.

Hey, Kevin Garnett, you haven’t cost us any money yet, but we totally see this one coming. For whatever reason, you decided to elbow G Quentin Richardson in the face with 40 seconds to play in a game in which your Celtics stormed back from a 61-47 deficit halfway through the third quarter to win by nine. Now, the NBA’s sheriff, Commissioner David Stern, is inevitably going to suspend you for Game 2 of this series (if not longer). Isn’t your team already woeful enough at home with you in the lineup that you can’t afford to take yourself out of a playoff game for no good reason? C’mon KG, you’re better than this.

Crazy KG May Cost Celtics Series

April 18th, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist) | Posted in NBA Basketball   Comments Off on Crazy KG May Cost Celtics Series

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Remember a few years ago when the Boston Celtics were considered the “feel good champs” in the NBA? After all, F Kevin Garnett finally got his ring after all of those years mired in one of basketball’s many purgatories with the Minnesota Timberwolves, F Paul Pierce was finally recognized as one of the true warriors in the game, G Ray Allen was now an East Coast hero after being a Seattle send off that almost always flew under the radar, and other role players like G Rajon Rondo and F Glen Davis were just generally loved.

Now, the C’s are nothing more than the bad boys of the NBA that we can’t wait to see get knocked out of the playoffs.

One thing is for certain, and that’s that this team is becoming a lot like the Detroit Pistons both of the Chuck Daly era and the Larry Brown era. This Boston squad isn’t afraid to bloody you up a bit and smack you right in the mouth to get their point across.

Unfortunately, KG took that mantra a wee bit too seriously on Saturday night.

Kevin Garnett led the Celtics with fifteen points and nine rebounds on Saturday, but
will the elbow he threw at Miami’s G Quentin Richardson cost Boston the series?

The term “flipping the switch” was heard in the Boston locker room for the entire second half of the season. The Celtics went 27-27 in their final 54 games of the year, which is hardly acceptable for a team that was the most feared in the NBA over the L/2 seasons. After falling behind 14 points halfway through the third quarter in their Game 1 of the NBA playoffs against the Miami Heat, the proverbial switch was flipped.

Boston was fantastic over the next 19 minutes of play, outscoring the Heat by a whopping 23 points in that stretch to win the game going away. The switch has been flipped.

However, that same switch might’ve been flipped for Miami as well, and it had nothing to do with the basketball going into the net.

Garnett threw an elbow at G Quentin Richardson with 40 seconds to play in the game that earned him a pair of technical fouls and an immediate ejection. Commissioner David Stern is likely to suspend Garnett for at least Game 2 on Tuesday night, if not Game 3 in Miami on Friday as well.

Richardson responded after the game by referring to both Garnett and Pierce as “actresses.”

One thing is for certain though, and that’s that Miami is going to be ready to go regardless of whether KG is a part of the action in Game 2 or not. The Heat were nearly 3-1 underdogs to win this series at the outset of it. All action is off the board at all of the sportsbooks due to the potentially pending suspension.

Regardless of what the odds say about this series, you can bet that Miami has already taken Boston’s best shot and will be ready to take aim at the second round of the playoffs.