Betting on baseball cards – Jul. 28, 2006

“The vintage market is still the place for people to get involved purely from an investment standpoint,” says Kelnhofer. “The questions are still out there as to whether it will have an impact or not.”

Even though the hobby struggles to bring young collectors into the fold, there have been some promising signs for baseball card collecting as of late.

Even in good times, collecting is a tough hobby. (See the most valuable cards.)

Hope for future?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Once a year, baseball-card collectors gather for the granddaddy of all sports collectible conventions – the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Dealers like Stephen Dickler, who runs SD Trading, located just outside of Philadelphia, says moves such as this could work, but it’s too early to tell. “Investors just need to hear it’s safe to go back in.”

Take Cal Ripken Jr.’s 1982 Topps rookie card. “There’s no guarantee it will happen,” says Dickler. Best baseball books

Earlier this year, the Major League Baseball Players Association lent their assistance, cutting in half the number of licenses it offers to card manufacturers in an effort to rid the glut of new cards on the market.

Up until the late 1980s and early 1990s, collectors were living in a golden age, says Madec – returns of 20 percent in just six months were not unheard of. “This market has incredible potential,” he says.

But many in the industry, like Madec, who is currently attending the National Sports Collectors Convention, is certain that is there is a future for this enduring hobby, despite its setbacks in recent years. But that was until the card companies tried to get in on the fun. In 1996, the year after Ripken broke Lou Gehrig’s record for number of most consecutive games played, a card in mint condition that had not been professionally appraised would have sold for $90. It boils down to a couple of simple principles — how many there are and what kind of condition the card is in.

The market has been bouncing back, particularly vintage cards, those that date backs 25 years or more. Flooding the market with multiple versions of new cards, the manufacturers drove down card values.

Rookie cards of players like Mickey Mantle, who typified the golden era of baseball, are always in high demand among older collectors.

The hobby looks like it has rebounded from the doldrums of the 90s, but is there money to be made in collecting Aarons and Ruths?

Andy Madec, a dealer based in Camarillo, Calif., remembers that time vividly.

Then there are the cards from the 1970s and 1980s, which predate the card explosion, that some experts like Kelnhofer say could experience the next wave of popularity.

Cards dating back to the turn of the 20th century that were produced as promotional items for ice cream, candy and tobacco companies are some of the hottest cards on the market right now, according to collectors.

But there is a lot of fickleness too, says Scott Kelnhofer, editor of Card Trade, the monthly trade journal for the sports collection industry

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Currently underway in Anaheim, Calif., the four-day event will not only be a place for collectors to haggle over the value of their Lou Gehrigs and Jackie Robinsons, there’s bound to be a few collectors who reflect on how the hobby took a nosedive during the 1990s.

“It’s a tricky thing,” Kelnhofer says. “There’s always buyers and sellers for that material.”

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And in June, Major League Baseball and the players’ association teamed up with card manufacturers Topps and Upper Deck to launch the first ever National Baseball Card Day, giving out 500,000 card packs at hobby shops and retailers nationwide in an effort to promote the hobby.

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“It just got too out of hand,” says Madec, who runs his own firm, Andy Madec Sports Cards Inc. “It turned people off.”

Most valuable cards. But with Ripken’s achievement faded from the minds of collectors, that same ungraded card would only fetch $40 today.

In fact, the fabled Honus Wagner card, which was produced by the Sweet Caporal Cigarette Company in 1909, is currently the most expensive card in existence, worth a cool $1.265 million

NY AG opens inquiry into allegations of fantasy sports insider betting

The CEO of the ubiquitous DraftKings website made no effort to get cozy as he sat in front of a crowd of casino executives at a trade show last week in Las Vegas.

The allegations, which amount to profiting from insider trading, have brought into question the practices of the fantasy sports industry. The NFL agrees with their legal stance.

Signing up for a DraftKings account involves choosing a username, providing an email address, clicking a box that says the person is older than 18 or 19, depending on the state, and providing credit card information. And on Tuesday night, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his office was opening an inquiry into the allegations.

Macias said the company takes a multi-layered approach to check age and identity. “It’s really the same type of person who, on the game side, likes chess,” Robins said. Daily fantasy sports allows online players to pick a roster of point-earning players from various teams for a single day of competition and win money, in some cases $1 million.

“This screams and cries out for regulation,” said sports betting law expert Dan Wallach during a different panel at the gambling conference, suggesting it could be a haven for money laundering.

Robins cites an exemption in a 2006 federal law for fantasy sports that he believes allow his site and others including FanDuel to offer contests that normally spanned an entire season down to a single day. “A rose is a rose.”

Observers, though, believe that after spending hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising during football games, the spotlight on the daily fantasy sports industry may ultimately lead lawmakers and regulators to keep a closer watch.

Two major fantasy sports companies are under fire over allegations that amount to insider trading, the New York Times reported Monday night. He said the casino industry sees fantasy sports as a potential partner “to grow both of our businesses.”

The legal stance by Jason Robins of DraftKings that daily fantasy sports leagues are not a chance-based gamble has done nothing to tamp down what has become an intensifying national debate around the country.

“Fantasy is real gambling,” said Dennis Drazin, chairman of New Jersey’s Monmouth Park Racetrack, during a panel discussion. No other identification is sought.

The daily fantasy sports industry has gone to great lengths to distance itself from traditional sports wagering. The AG’s office says this is in initial inquiry designed to allow the companies to provide a quick reply, and includes the names of possible employees involved.

An employee with one of the companies, DraftKings, admitted last week to inadvertently releasing data before the start of the third week of NFL games.

Robins, though, implied there should be no confusing his operation for a casino’s.

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A screen grab from the Draft Kings fantasy sports web site.

Meanwhile, a New Jersey congressman has asked for a hearing on the legal status of daily fantasy sports, the commissioner of the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference has barred daily fantasy site ads on the SEC Network, and the casino industry’s American Gaming Association is looking into the industry as part of a broader look at legalizing sports betting beyond a few states.

He didn’t say where that number came from and didn’t take questions after the moderated panel discussion to clarify, walking quickly out a side door as reporters asked questions. Others suggest the sites could be a potential haven for money-laundering.

In letters to DraftKings and FanDuel, obtained by CBS News, Schneiderman’s office asks both companies to identify the employee or employees who may responsible for insider trading. DraftKings spokeswoman Sabrina Macias said later that the number is based on internal research.

Many in the highly regulated casino industry insist daily fantasy sports leagues are gambling sites, shouldn’t be treated any differently than traditional sports betting and, as a result, should be regulated. The mid-level content manager later won $350,000 at rival site FanDuel that same week, the Times reported.

Robins said fewer than 15 percent of the people using his site bet on sports the traditional way, either legally or illegally.

On the question of money laundering, DraftKings referred questions to a statement from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association that said the sites have “instituted monitoring systems to identify and prevent fraudulent or suspicious transactions.”

“If it’s gray, our job is to make it black and white,” said Geoff Freeman, the association’s president and CEO. He said his industry is much more likely to attract customers who play chess and the stock market than people who make bets at sports books.. “It isn’t that different from the stock market.”

The debate was a hot topic of conversation at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas.

The debate comes as the websites have flooded the airwaves with commercials in recent months touting how average fans became overnight millionaires by playing daily fantasy leagues

Nebraska college football player dies after practice

Randy Rhine said in a statement.

Arrangements for memorial services are pending.

Chadron State College officials said 20-year-old freshman Eric Goll of Haines City, Florida, was taken from the practice field to Chadron Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about 12:30 p.m.

CHADRON, Neb. Chadron police and the Dawes County Attorney’s office are investigating Goll’s death.

Chadron State College says it will cooperate in the police department’s investigation.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Goll’s family, teammates, and friends from the entire Chadron State College community,” Chadron State College president Dr. They have our condolences and our prayers,” Long said in a statement.

No cause of death was announced. — A football player at a small college in western Nebraska has died following the team’s practice Thursday.. The school’s football coach Jay Long said Goll was one of the happiest people he had ever met.

“Our hearts are broken for Eric’s family

Top 10 Reasons Why MLB Sucks

The small market teams will never hold onto a franchise player, and this hurts the fanbase. Here are my top reasons why…

#8 No Salary Cap

This is a problem. Where did these types of pitchers go? The intimidators, not on roids –I might add –where are they in the league. Granted there are some hard nosed athletes which could be considered baseball purist still around, but the Mark Graces of the World are few and far between.

#5 Boring Commentary

The T.V. The free agent market paired with large market clubs will snuff out any such chances of restoring that to baseball. Pitching is relatively the same.

#7 No Parity in the League

Parity is defined as:equality, as in amount, status, or character. But without a doubt he wanted to be a Red, even though they were horrible. Too many prospects are being forced up too early. There are fewer African-American playing the game of baseball today then in the 70′s. He put up Hall of Fame numbers while in Seattle.

#9 Too Many Tampered Seasons

This blemish dates all the way back to the Sox throwing the World Series. This is what happens without a salary cap. There isn’t a whole lot more coaches can do to teach players to throw 100 mph. For a purist of the game the DH opened a window for a single tool baseball player to make it to the bigs. The Yankees payroll is out of control! Lucky for us the remaining fans that talent and money doesn’t always win championships. They also forgot that it took away some fundamental aspects of managing.

#4 Free Agency and the Death of the Franchise Player

Free agency is a curse! This has destroyed the franchise player. At least Jeff Gordon’s helmet size didn’t grow two sizes in a single season.

Counting Down the Downfall of Baseball

I am a baseball fan first and foremost. Ole’ George will do whatever it takes to win because he loses so grasiously. Your best 9 against my best 9, everybody hits!

It all goes to say, baseball has lost the interest of the African-American community. These types of players survive their MLB bootcamp with Kansas City or the Reds and then after those teams can no longer afford them they have them well groomed for the “big money franchises.” The rich get richer, the poor keep calling up rookies! . With no salary cap Major League Baseball has let a whiny bunch of babies be the face of the organization. The double switch, the bunt, and the art of the pitcher moving a runner over. But no the franchise players are as dead as the suicide squeeze in the MLB. The already thin pitching talent being spread across the league to play in empty stadiums. Spice it up a little bit, if Golf can up their ratings due to Tiger and a few dicy commentators..what is MLB or the broadcast networks doing to change it up?

#1 Loss of the Inner City Development

Just when you thought I had nothing intelligent to say: The main reason that Major League Baseball is below average is because the inner cities do not produce baseball players like they have in the past. Too much controversey for the fair weather fan, they are probably Nascar fans now.

#10-The players are overpaid. And the small teams get hit the hardest..these teams survive by calling up the next great hope from AA or AAA to fill a gap.

#2 The Designated Hitter

The designated hitter was devised in 1979 by the American League to up attendance and run production…blah..blah..blah. This is the shoot’em up Nintendo generation here that we are trying to interest in our beloved sport. Baseball hasn’t been able to appeal to elite African-American atheletes. ratings are falling because people would rather watch people drive around in a circle at high rates of speed then listen to another has-been drooling all over the microphone about baseball. So how does pitching get back to where it was..Let’s start a couple more expansion teams..that will fix it. The head of the Yankee player monopoly will pout until he wins another World Series. Pitching is usually something you have that is innate and polished, hitting can be developed and is so more effectively in all the ametuer ranks of baseball. He is the anti-christ of the purist movement. But somewhere between being a kid that loves the game and being an adult who gets paid to play the game a transformation happens. I know the revenue sharing scam that MLB has put into place to hush up the small teams enough for them to keep a star of two, but this is out of control what these players make. To me that is a player that should get to stay wherever he wants, and the MLB market should be to a point that some salary could be eatin’ by the Reds to ensure the Hall of Famer goes out exactly as he wanted to go. The purity of the sport is not represented at the Major League level. Contemporary craziness is Pete Rose betting on baseball, strikes, and now the “roid rage.” There are just too many factors to list! It just well…sucks! The game has been tarnished in so many ways. Even the struggling Reds lost Ken Griffey Jr., no he is not a franchise player for Cincinnati. League expansion is a cluster of uncanny proportions. Baseball has a unique dynamic that is referred to as chemistry, and it isn’t for sale!

#3 George Steinbrenner

Don’t get me started on this figure. Or heaven forbid, my favorite argument, a picher that might be able to hit (Babe Ruth ring a bell). It let’s good hitter loose empasis on defense, and it takes away from the original nature of the game. You can find it the dictionary, but don’t look for it MLB clubhouses. I love the game. Now we have records that are going to have undeniable question marks beside them. The only thing that makes it bearable for a fan is they are in third place, and they haven’t had a World Series monopoly. I like the commentary, but it isn’t exciting television. The problems are many for this little pickle the MLB has put itself in. They give the poor kid a cap and a prayer and send him out there to compete. I am a teacher of the game at many different levels. This of course helps prepare them for free agency. It’s a joke that MLB pulled in order to do away with having pitchers go to the plate and flail out the ball in crucial parts of the game. Hitters have developed, even without the use of human growth hormones, the art of hitting a round ball with a round stick squarely has become a science. MLB has been slow to move on this, but some initiatives are starting to funnel money back into developing solid inner city youth baseball programs. Maybe the other 9 reasons the MLB sucks has something to do with it!

#6 Pitching

Now that Nolan and the Goose have hung up their cleats who is left to make these lumber lugging neanderthals look retarded at the plate. Maybe its boring, maybe there are no role models, maybe they have no place to play? For whatever reason there has been a lost link, and it shows. He has publicity stunts that take the focus off the game, and puts on a show for our young adoring fans about the urgency to win, and gives them a seminar on the art of whining about losing

Don’t Be a Square: 10 Tips for Betting on Football

Oakland comes to mind) seem like the Super Bowl.

Michael Konik, a sports writer and best-selling author of The Smart Money (Simon & Schuster 2006), explains why it is so hard for the recreational gambler to win at betting on football. And why not? We have unconditional love for the sport and betting $50 or $100 on a game adds an extra rush of adrenaline. “He is not jaded by teams and does not bet with his heart. “The sharps are usually members of a betting syndicate privy to the most up-to-date information on injuries, weather, game plans, and, most important, the real power of the teams involved.

Another difference between squares and sharps is how they approach betting on game day.

Certainly not back into the pockets of the average bettor. Slim underdogs regularly win outright. Also, being “in action” can make a dull late-afternoon game (Buffalo vs. Money Management – “This is without a doubt the most important aspect of betting on sports and possibly the most neglected,” says Morey “Doc” Moseman, a professional gambler and sports consultant with DocSports.com for nearly 40 years.

“Most people with an understanding of football gambling bet between 3 percent and 5 percent of their bankroll, increasing when they win and reducing when they lose,” Vaccaro says. They use powerful computers that can process millions of bits of data and produce a more accurate point-spread line than the bookmakers.”

4. On college you will be able to find different lines at different sports books. The only locks that exist are those that need keys to open them.”

6. Focus on Conferences – “The best way to win money betting football is to develop a niche and follow it closely,” Moseman advises. “Squares usually bet later in the week and they tend to pick the favorites. These books change their numbers according to the betting patterns of their customers, so it is not entirely uncommon to find two or three point differences in the lines.”

“The bookies fear and despise a tiny coterie of professional bettors known as ‘the sharps,’” Konik says.

But that doesn’t mean you have to bet like a “square” and throw away your hard-earned money.

But even though the math says it’s virtually impossible to win on a consistent basis, Americans continue to bet on football. “Teams play inspired ball at home. “Because alcohol clouds your judgment and usually helps you to make rash decisions you usually wouldn’t otherwise make. Giving 11 to 10 odds is almost always the cheapest price you can give.”

Ted Sevransky, a well-known Las Vegas gambler and sports consultant with Sportsmemo.com, agrees.

“A sharp or smart has a plan of what he wants to do,” says Vaccaro, the director of sports operations and public relations at Lucky’s Race and Sports Book in Las Vegas. “There will be more discrepancy in the numbers at different sports books. Big underdogs often find ways to cover the spread and they rarely give up toward the end of a game in front of the home crowd.”

8. To be a successful sports bettor you need to operate with a clear mind.”

7. “Thus, the bookies love and cherish the squares.”

So, how much should you bet a game?

Newspapers and popular sports sites routinely publish the lines or point spreads for games, and football insiders offer their picks to viewers each week on ESPN and other cable networks. Research Football Services – “Most sports services realize that most people who sign up with them are insecure,” Gordon warns. Shop For Numbers – “Another important aspect of betting on football is shopping for the best number,” Moseman explains. “The key to proper money management is to be sure not to bet more than you can afford to lose.”

“There is probably no better bet in sports than playing an underdog at home,” Moseman says. The NFL, for example, will have very similar numbers at most of the betting shops you visit. “Over the course of several seasons, the percentage of bettors who turn a profit is minuscule.”

Although exact figures are impossible to calculate, according to Jimmy Vaccaro, widely considered to be Las Vegas’ most influential bookmaker, Americans probably wager more than $50 billion a year on NFL and college football combined. There is a wealth of information on the Internet; it is just up to you to find it and research it daily.”

Also, it’s probably a good idea to disregard advice from the myriad of ex-players and football experts you see on television each week. “As for me, the best bet in football is betting the point spread or over/under totals on individual games. If North Texas is his best bet on a Saturday then that is his bet. He loses year after year, according to Dan Gordon, a top football handicapper and author of How to Beat the Sports Books (Cardoza Publishing 2005).

“In an average season, fewer than one bettor in twelve turns a profit,” Gordon says. But, when you’re struggling, that’s when you want to reduce your bet size until you get out of your slump. Drinking and Gambling Don’t Mix – “There is a reason the casinos in Las Vegas supply you with free drinks while you are gambling,” Moseman says. “In the NFL, a game will often be totally turned around by one or two plays, or even a single penalty. “If you become an expert on a smaller conference like the WAC, you have a good chance to beat the house because sports book operators do not have the time or resources to follow this conference the way you can. The only touts bettors should consider are the ones who talk about the long haul and realistic winning percentages, which are in the upper 50 percent to lower 60 percent range.”

So, how much are we gambling each football season?

And remember, in the immortal words of “Fast” Eddie Felson, “Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.”

Even Hollywood is not immune – think Two for the Money with Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey.

10. “Common wisdom says that over the course of a long football season the average man or woman will pick approximately 50 percent winners. Not all games work according to this formula, but it is usually a good rule of thumb.”

So, is it possible for the average square to become a little sharper in making football bets this season? According to professionals like Vacarro, Konik and Gordon, amateur bettors have the best chance to win if they demonstrate a little patience and follow the 10 basic tips below. “When you’re in a good rhythm and winning, you want to increase your bets. There are almost an infinite number of scenarios that can happen in a single football game. “In trying to bamboozle potential customers, many services make claims about having scouts all over the country that give them inside information and promise 70 or even 80 percent winners, as if the bookmakers were the biggest suckers in the world. Consider Underdogs – “In the long-run, it’s easier to win betting on the underdog,” Konik says. If you are going to go with a favorite, it is best to place your bet early in the week when the sharps are laying heavy money on the points. Thanks to the juice, the only one who profits in this scenario is the bookmaker. Locks Don’t Exist – “Anyone who has watched sports for about a month realizes that the difference between winning and losing, especially against the spread, can be infinitesimally small,” Gordon says. If you want advice about sports betting, find someone who has a successful track record. “Most people prefer to bet on the ‘better’ team, the one that will probably win the game. If you like an underdog, it is best to get your bet in as late as possible, where there is heavy action from squares on favorites.

“The biggest mistake that amateur bettors make is they increase their bets when they are losing,” Sevransky says. Avoid Exotic Bets – “For very skilled handicappers, with a proven track record, there can, at least in theory, be value in betting parlays,” says Gordon on the type of bet that combines two or more individual wagers.

9. Bet at the Right Time – “The sharp bettors tend to bet underdogs, and they tend to bet them early,” Moseman says.

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“A square is the average, unsophisticated gambler whose decision making is based on hunches, media manipulation, or spurious systems that cannot overcome the bookmaker’s inherent mathematical advantage,” Konik explains. Otherwise, you’re better off doing your own research.”.

However, Konik adds that there are some bettors who actually know how to beat the bookies. Avoid Chasing Bets – “Don’t do it! There is no worse way to mismanage your bankroll than to chase your bets after a losing day,” cautions Moseman on the dangerous practice of trying to immediately win back your losses.

While these tips don’t guarantee you’re going to win, hopefully they can make you a little less square and a little more sharp in your picks this season. The payout is just the same as far as he is concerned. He is not taken in by being involved in USC-Notre Dame just because it is the biggest watched game of the day.

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“A square or recreational player might have a vague plan, but after two Corona’s he will definitely run to the window and make a hasty decision on the USC-Notre Dame game because he wants to be involved in the party atmosphere,” Vaccaro says. Chasing losses is the fastest way to the poor house.”

“The talking heads on TV know nothing about sports betting,” says Sevransky. So underdogs tend to be slightly undervalued – except by the sharps.”

Betting on football games; whether it’s through a local bookie, an offshore Internet site or a Nevada casino (still the only legal place in America to make football bets), most of us have done it or know of someone who has. “For example, if you have a $1,000 bankroll for the season, you should generally bet no more than $50 a game.”

Moseman agrees and especially likes home underdogs.

“The standard bet requires gamblers to lay $11 for every $10 they want to win with the extra $1 or 10 percent known as the juice,” Konik says. “If you listen to their advice, you are sure to lose. In fact, sports bettors must pick 52.4 percent winners just to break even.”

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And where does all that money go?

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Best College Football Players of All Time

Walker had over 2,000 rushing and receiving total yards, 14 passing touchdowns and over 1,600 total pass yards.

1. Grange had 2,071 rushing yards and over 900 yards from punt and kick off returns. He also had 49 rushing touchdowns. He won the Maxwell Award and he played lots of positions which is amazing. Bo knows best.

2. John Elway (Stanford): He was an All American in 1982, and finished second in the running for The Heisman Trophy voting that same year. Doak Walker (Southern Methodist University): In 1948, as a Junior he won the Heisman trophy and was a three time All America which is outstanding. In the 80s John Elway was a household name. He played wide receiver and quarterback on occasion. Also, tell me who you think the number 1 player in college football history is.

5. Jim Thorpe (Carlisle Indian): In 1911 and 1912 he was an All American and he led his team to a National Championship in 1912. He won the Holiday Bowl and had nice stats including: 3,556 rushing yards, 47 TD’s and over 1,400 yards from punt and kick returns. Walker was a legend in his own time, he was another great and entertaining player. He was a corner back and knocked downed lots of football passes and made lots of interceptions as well.

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8. Bo Jackson was fortunate to be a part of the winning Auburn Tigers for the Sugar Bowl and the Liberty Bowl and was the MVP of both football contests. Bo Jackson (Auburn): Bo Jackson won the Heisman trophy in 1985 and he was the consensus All American in 1983 and again in 1985. Red passed for 575 yards and tossed three touch downs.. Charles Woodson (Michigan): In 1997 Woodson won the Heisman trophy playing Iron man for the Wolverines. Jackson had 43 rushing touchdowns and 4,303 total rushing yards in his four year college stint. Red Grange (Illinois): Grange won All American honors three years in a row. He has played all over the field including running back, punt returner and even quarterback. He helped Michigan go undefeated and win the National Championship He was a true defensive talent that helped him get 18 interceptions, 395 yards receiving and even two rushing scores. He rushed for 5, 259 yards in his three year NCAA playing days. Thorpe had over three thousand yards on the ground, 330 passing yards and over 700 yards in kick off and punt returns.

Please feel free to leave comments in the comments box at the bottom of this page because I love reading others’ opinions. In 1923, he won, The Helms Athletic Foundation Championship. You must have respect because Bo knows multiple sport success. Herschel Walker (Georgia): Walker had statistics that can not be denied when he was the half back for the Georgia Bulldogs. 88 passing touchdowns, 57 rushing touchdowns and 9, 285 passing yards to go along with 2,947 rushing yards. When he touched the ball you knew great things were going to happen.

10. He passed the football for a very high 77 touchdowns and his yards for his four year career were outstanding with 9,349 passing yards. He could run, jump, slide and score like no other quarterback could.

9. He led his team to National Championships in 2006 and 2008. Tim Tebow was one of my favorite college players to watch play. Look at these numbers. I really enjoyed watching Woodson go on to play for the Oakland Raiders. He is the only Two time Heisman trophy recipient and had some nice stats including 25 rushing scores and over five thousand career rushing yards.

6. He was a corner back, kick returner and a wide receiver. Barry Sanders went on to play for the Detroit Lions as a running back and although he never won a Superbowl, he is widely considered one of the top running backs in Detroit Lions history.

4. Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State): He easily won the Heisman trophy in 1986 while rushing for 2,628 yards. Archie Griffin (Ohio State): Griffin had a banner Junior year rushing for 1,695 yards and scored a total of 12 touch downs in 1974. He won the Heisman trophy in 1982 and he helped to defeat Notre Dame to win the Sugar Bowl. What a player he was nominated three times for the Heisman winning it once in 2007. That is to say he played offense and defense. Tim Tebow (Florida): The Florida Gators star quarterback has amazing statistics. He was a half back, defensive back, kicker and punter. He could do amazing thing when he touched a football.

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Top 10 Reasons Why MLB Sucks

Where did these types of pitchers go? The intimidators, not on roids –I might add –where are they in the league. Pitching is relatively the same. This of course helps prepare them for free agency. Here are my top reasons why…

#10-The players are overpaid. Hitters have developed, even without the use of human growth hormones, the art of hitting a round ball with a round stick squarely has become a science.

#4 Free Agency and the Death of the Franchise Player

Free agency is a curse! This has destroyed the franchise player. He put up Hall of Fame numbers while in Seattle. They give the poor kid a cap and a prayer and send him out there to compete. He is the anti-christ of the purist movement. The double switch, the bunt, and the art of the pitcher moving a runner over. Even the struggling Reds lost Ken Griffey Jr., no he is not a franchise player for Cincinnati. With no salary cap Major League Baseball has let a whiny bunch of babies be the face of the organization. I am a teacher of the game at many different levels. But no the franchise players are as dead as the suicide squeeze in the MLB. I know the revenue sharing scam that MLB has put into place to hush up the small teams enough for them to keep a star of two, but this is out of control what these players make. The already thin pitching talent being spread across the league to play in empty stadiums.

It all goes to say, baseball has lost the interest of the African-American community. But somewhere between being a kid that loves the game and being an adult who gets paid to play the game a transformation happens. They also forgot that it took away some fundamental aspects of managing. Spice it up a little bit, if Golf can up their ratings due to Tiger and a few dicy commentators..what is MLB or the broadcast networks doing to change it up?

#1 Loss of the Inner City Development

Just when you thought I had nothing intelligent to say: The main reason that Major League Baseball is below average is because the inner cities do not produce baseball players like they have in the past. Ole’ George will do whatever it takes to win because he loses so grasiously. The purity of the sport is not represented at the Major League level. To me that is a player that should get to stay wherever he wants, and the MLB market should be to a point that some salary could be eatin’ by the Reds to ensure the Hall of Famer goes out exactly as he wanted to go. There isn’t a whole lot more coaches can do to teach players to throw 100 mph. The head of the Yankee player monopoly will pout until he wins another World Series. Maybe its boring, maybe there are no role models, maybe they have no place to play? For whatever reason there has been a lost link, and it shows. Granted there are some hard nosed athletes which could be considered baseball purist still around, but the Mark Graces of the World are few and far between.

#8 No Salary Cap

This is a problem. And the small teams get hit the hardest..these teams survive by calling up the next great hope from AA or AAA to fill a gap. The only thing that makes it bearable for a fan is they are in third place, and they haven’t had a World Series monopoly. Or heaven forbid, my favorite argument, a picher that might be able to hit (Babe Ruth ring a bell). Pitching is usually something you have that is innate and polished, hitting can be developed and is so more effectively in all the ametuer ranks of baseball. There are fewer African-American playing the game of baseball today then in the 70′s. The free agent market paired with large market clubs will snuff out any such chances of restoring that to baseball. The small market teams will never hold onto a franchise player, and this hurts the fanbase. League expansion is a cluster of uncanny proportions. I love the game. You can find it the dictionary, but don’t look for it MLB clubhouses. This is what happens without a salary cap. Maybe the other 9 reasons the MLB sucks has something to do with it!

#6 Pitching

Now that Nolan and the Goose have hung up their cleats who is left to make these lumber lugging neanderthals look retarded at the plate. Your best 9 against my best 9, everybody hits!

#3 George Steinbrenner

Don’t get me started on this figure. He has publicity stunts that take the focus off the game, and puts on a show for our young adoring fans about the urgency to win, and gives them a seminar on the art of whining about losing. It’s a joke that MLB pulled in order to do away with having pitchers go to the plate and flail out the ball in crucial parts of the game. ratings are falling because people would rather watch people drive around in a circle at high rates of speed then listen to another has-been drooling all over the microphone about baseball. Contemporary craziness is Pete Rose betting on baseball, strikes, and now the “roid rage.” There are just too many factors to list! It just well…sucks! The game has been tarnished in so many ways. This is the shoot’em up Nintendo generation here that we are trying to interest in our beloved sport. It let’s good hitter loose empasis on defense, and it takes away from the original nature of the game. At least Jeff Gordon’s helmet size didn’t grow two sizes in a single season.

#7 No Parity in the League

Parity is defined as:equality, as in amount, status, or character.

Counting Down the Downfall of Baseball

I am a baseball fan first and foremost. These types of players survive their MLB bootcamp with Kansas City or the Reds and then after those teams can no longer afford them they have them well groomed for the “big money franchises.” The rich get richer, the poor keep calling up rookies!

#2 The Designated Hitter

The designated hitter was devised in 1979 by the American League to up attendance and run production…blah..blah..blah. The Yankees payroll is out of control! Lucky for us the remaining fans that talent and money doesn’t always win championships.

#5 Boring Commentary

The T.V. But without a doubt he wanted to be a Red, even though they were horrible. The problems are many for this little pickle the MLB has put itself in. Baseball has a unique dynamic that is referred to as chemistry, and it isn’t for sale!

#9 Too Many Tampered Seasons

This blemish dates all the way back to the Sox throwing the World Series. Too much controversey for the fair weather fan, they are probably Nascar fans now.

. So how does pitching get back to where it was..Let’s start a couple more expansion teams..that will fix it. Too many prospects are being forced up too early. Now we have records that are going to have undeniable question marks beside them. I like the commentary, but it isn’t exciting television. MLB has been slow to move on this, but some initiatives are starting to funnel money back into developing solid inner city youth baseball programs. For a purist of the game the DH opened a window for a single tool baseball player to make it to the bigs. Baseball hasn’t been able to appeal to elite African-American atheletes

He Bets Life Savings, Wins $270K

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The ball bobbled into various slots before landing on Red 7.

Rose said Revell claimed he came to the hotel “with nothing but the clothes on his back.”

After trading the cash for chips and engaging in some low stakes gambling as a warm-up, Revell placed it all on red.

The idea for the bet was hatched earlier this year during a casual conversation between Revell and a friend, Rose said.

The owners of the Plaza, however, saw the publicity value and quickly agreed to take the double-or-nothing bet.

Revell’s winnings were paid at the table. The hotel had him sign the roulette felt and will put it on display in the lobby, Rose said.

Norm Clarke, a columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, reported that the bet was no sure thing. All Rights Reserved. The two explored their options and enlisted a film crew to record the event for possible future release.

A crowd, including his mother and father, watched as the roulette wheel was spun.

Wearing a rented tuxedo, he brought cash to the casino, said Rich Rose, the Plaza’s president of sports and special events.

Revell received a bottle of champagne and a suite from the hotel. The cash is now nestled in a safety deposit box at the hotel. Negotiations to place the wager at the Hard Rock Hotel broke down Saturday night, and the Sky TV crew that accompanied the gambler rewrote the script to fit a new theme: “The Bet Las Vegas Wouldn’t Take.”

. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A man who put his life savings on the line took home $270,600 in a double-or-nothing roulette wheel gamble at the Plaza Hotel and Casino.

Ashley Revell, 32, a London man who said he liquidated all his possessions to fund his leap of faith, put $135,300 on red at the roulette table Sunday as a film crew videotaped his wager.

Columnist Clarke said Revell chose red at the last minute, saying he was influenced by fan polls in Britain that favored the color. Messages left for Revel were not immediately returned.

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College Football Nation Blog- ESPN

And if he can win by five touchdowns, all the better. I’m excited for him and his opportunity at BYU.”

“I don’t see it as a big-time rivalry with hatred as a lot of others see it,” Sitake said. They talk and text frequently … There are still fan bases to appease.. Heck, Kyle Whittingham was the WAC’s 1981 Defensive Player of the Year for the Cougars. “It’s a lot of fun, and it’s exciting, and a lot of good people involved with both fan bases.

“This is one of those weeks where we want to respect their preparation,” Sitake said.

Let’s be clear, neither coach is saying he doesn’t want to win. I could list 20 anecdotes about the rivalry through the years, and there would be at least 50 more that I’d be leaving out.

Where’s the vitriol? Where’s the bulletin board material? Where’s Seni Fauonuku dropping “D” bombs. This is going to be one of those things that extends our friendship where we get on the football field and compete and we’ll hug afterwards.”

Many of them are still good friends. because …

“I don’t know if that will have a major impact with the fan base,” Whittingham said. Whittingham never said the two were “best of friends.” Because they weren’t.

Enter Sitake, who branched out on his own in 2015 and was the defensive coordinator at Oregon State before BYU snatched him up. And new Utah receivers coach Guy Holliday coached at BYU from 2013-2015.

“He’s a guy I respect,” Scalley said. Ena was a three-time all-conference linebacker. Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham and his BYU counterpart and former protégé, Kalani Sitake, are exchanging pleasantries, not jabs, through the media. This isn’t entirely uncharted territory. It looks as though we might be in for a softer, gentler Holy War. “I’ve coached underneath him, and he’s always been there for me. “We’re the best of friends.”

Kalani Sitake brings his alma mater to Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday to try to snap BYU’s five-game skid against Utah and his longtime boss, Kyle Whittingham. Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports

Said Sitake: “I know I love Kyle and Kyle loves me, and we’re going to be friends no matter what. “I don’t see that happening.”

Now, about basketball …

Love! Hugs! Best of friends! Way to mix it up, fellas.

But on the field, it’s possible, and one hopes, we’ll see a more respectful game.

What?

That might be the most anti-bulletin board quote of all time!

And the fact is, Whittingham owned the rivalry with Mendenhall, going 7-3, including a current five-game winning streak. though not this week … And for that reason, friendships among the coaches probably won’t sway those in the stands.

“I can say that I have a great relationship with Kalani,” Whittingham said. “It’s about respect. Many have grown up choosing a side and bitterly defending their colors. Where’s Max Hall dropping “H” bombs? Doesn’t everyone (except in Oregon and New Jersey) pump their own gas now?

Take this season, for example. He put an exclamation point on it at last season’s Las Vegas Bowl, when the Utes won 35-28 to send Mendenhall to his new job at Virginia with yet another loss to the Utes (how’s that new gig working out, by the way?).

BYU has three former Utah assistants on its staff: Sitake, Ilaisa Tuiaki and Steve Kaufusi.

One of college football’s nastiest rivalries (historically), it appears, has smoothed over its edges. … While Whittingham and former BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall were never outwardly disrespectful, they weren’t going out of their way to be complimentary to each other, either. There are four former BYU football players on the Utah coaching staff: Whittingham, Aaron Roderick, Justin Ena and Fred Whittingham. And as Whittingham’s coaching tree continues to grow and players from each school become coaches, the crossover between the two staffs will probably breed more admiration and less acrimony.

The fans might not feel the same way. It’s a fawning that would make the Mutual Admiration Society jealous.

“To me, that’s what football is about,” Sitake said. Sitake and Whittingham golf in the offseason. Former Utah coach Ron McBride and BYU counterpart LaVell Edwards shared a friendship and a strong mutual respect.

“I’ll never say anything bad about the University of Utah, about the athletic program and especially about the football team, because they were great to me, and I think that’s important for me to share that with everyone.”

Welcome to the Holy Warm-and-fuzzy.

One thing is for sure: The Holy War is beginning a new chapter. I think they’ll play a much cleaner game.”

In a Q&A with ESPN in February, Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley praised Sitake, noting that he thought the rivalry had “gotten a little bit nasty” of late.

The history of the rivalry, frankly, is too extensive to dive into with one column, though our Sam Strong did a nice job here

12 Effective Tips to Get Rid of Gambling Addiction

There are chances that he has other psychiatric problems at the same time; for example, substance use disorder, mood and anxiety disorder, personality disorder, etc. He may lose his job and may commit crimes to get money for gambling. As he spends more gambling, he requires more money to recover his losses. To experience the same excitement, he needs larger wagers or more frequent gambling.. Addiction to gambling at a young age increases the risk of suicide. When a gambler with severe ludo mania meets certain criteria, the condition is diagnosed as ‘clinical pathological gambling’. Despite being aware of the serious negative consequences, or despite having a strong desire to quit, he cannot stop himself from gambling. Study results show that a gambler who has not been treated for compulsive gambling during his desperation phase is likely to commit suicide. Here are some useful tips regarding lifestyle changes to get rid of a gambling addiction.

‘Problem gambling’, also known as ‘ludo mania’, can destroy the life of the gambler and also of his/her family members. Analysis of casino customer data may help identify problem gamblers, but casino owners do not share this data for fear of losing their most lucrative customers (may be 25 – 50%). But studies show that suicide attempts are usually made by older people with problem gambling. He lies to his family and friends, borrows money, and loses control over his mind and behavior. Gambling addiction is referred to as ‘compulsive gambling’ or ‘impulse-control disorder’, where the behavior of the gambler is similar to that of a person who has substance addiction.

When an individual realizes that gambling is destroying his family and social life, he thinks of quitting, but in just a few hours or within a couple of days, he is again found in a gaming zone or casino. Researchers have noticed increased rates of mental health disorders in gamblers with severe ludo mania