Its all about a Protestant Work Ethic

Or is it? Savvy Handicappers Find Edges In Off-season Information Nuggets. This and more in the latest Sports Book Scene

We’re not going to take sides, except to note it is amazing how many bettors do neither.

Hard core players – the ones who make money – stay on top of their handicapping all year long.

Little edges obtained during the off-season have a cumulative effect for those sharp enough to find them. The net result is an ability to know just a little more than other bettors, and maybe than the oddsmakers.

A case in point was noted by a local wiseguy who grinds out a comfortable living betting on sports. He cited as a handicapping aid a recent article in the Review-Journal, which analyzed recruitment by football teams in the Mountain West Conference for next year.

He absorbed the article’s contents and filed it away for future reference. The analysis was done by a local reporter who is eminently familiar with the MWC. His expertise is deeper and more specific than what you’ll find in the preview annuals, said the wiseguy.

Similar insight is available for other conferences, written by local reporters who are in a position to make informed value judgments. Surf the Internet for such material, we were told, and it will pay off handsomely next season.

Here are representative capsule comments regarding the Mountain West Conference extracted from the piece by R-J writer Mark Anderson:

BYU: The Cougars simply cleaned up, signing one quality player after another, including QB Danny Southwick who turned down a scholarship to Penn St.
According to Pac-West, they signed 13 players who were anywhere from two- to four-star players (maximum of four stars). said they picked up five three- and four-star players (maximum of five stars).
Plus, BYU did its best to keep its fine quarterback tradition going, signing Danny Southwick, who turned down a scholarship offer by Penn State.

San Diego State: The Aztecs didn’t pick up the number of name players BYU did, but they signed many top athletes at just a notch below.
In particular, San Diego State upgraded its roster at offensive line and running back. On the line, the Aztecs signed Steve Navarez, Mike Kracalik and Ryan Morris – all considered to be among California’s best. Kracalik even went back on a commitment to Colorado. Running backs Justin Green, Jason Van and Fale Poumele were All-San Diego County.

Utah: It was a mixed bag for the Utes. They beat out some of the nation’s top conferences for players, and lost athletes to those same leagues.
They did enough, though, in landing players such as cornerbacks Yohance Scott and Quincy Watkins and running backs Dameon Hunter and Adam Tate. Utah also signed four 300-pounders for the offensive line.

New Mexico: The Lobos lost three oral commitments, damaging their class.
This would have been a better class, but the Lobos lost three oral commitments. Offensive lineman Jerod Fields decided to go to Oklahoma, and cornerback Joiner to BYU. The worst loss was when Albuquerque, N.M., star running back Kenneth McCandless reneged and went to Stanford.

For a complete recruiting analysis of the MWC, reference the Las Vegas Review-Journal sports section, February 5.

Bring in the Clowns. Who’s funnier – Jim Carrey, Chris Rock or a Nevada politician? If you live in the Silver State, the answer is obvious.

Recently, the sports gaming community in Las Vegas was in an uproar over proposed legislation, which intended to ban legal wagering on college athletics.

After much Sturm und Drang, including an overwhelming amount of hypocritical verbiage from the NCAA and politicos in the organization’s hip pocket, the bill appears to be dead.

Republican leaders have bottled up the bill, which reportedly won’t make it to the floor of the House for a vote.

Here’s where it gets interesting – or funny, if you’re cynical.

Our elected leaders playing politics as usual are attempting to obfuscate who deserves credit for engineering this strategy.

Incredulously, Republicans are suggesting a state senator, Jon Porter, deserves a big piece of the credit for lobbying congressmen about how the bill would negatively affect Nevada.

Not so coincidentally, Porter is a candidate for congress in the next election, and his opponent, incumbent democrat Shelley Berkley, reportedly was instrumental in persuading top House democratic leaders to oppose the measure.

If the scuttlebutt is correct, candidate Porter and his fellow propagandists are exposed as a pack of jackals trying to steal a scrap of glory. Just a little duplicitous campaign fodder with which to befuddle voters.

Given that this is a presidential election year, we shouldn’t be surprised at the posturing and manipulation that goes on at the lower levels.

The hypocrisy, half-truths, deliberate misconceptions and ludicrous spin control put on by candidates from both leading parties, is enough to turn anyone’s stomach.

It is obvious that many candidates for high public office consider those of us in the general populace to be a bunch of lazy, misinformed, easily influenced lemmings.

When we look at some of the people we’ve voted into office, it would seem their insulting and self-serving assessment of us is correct. | February 11th, 2000

– – – – – – – – – – – –About the writer
A long time sports betting columnist, Buzz Daly

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