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College Football Final Four Preview
Michael Black Sep 1, 2015  

NCAAF Final Four:

1. Ohio State - I thought the Buckeyes were a year away from rising to dominance and they still went on to win the National Championship with a 3rd string QB. Going into this year they upgrade at QB and have a much easier schedule. It's tough to see this team not going undefeated this year. The one team I could see them sleeping on is Penn State but with that game go ...  read more

Shell Houston Open Preview and Picks
Michael Black Mar 31, 2015  
The Shell Houston Open takes center stage this week back in its familiar spot the week before the Masters after preceding the first Major by two weeks two years ago. Taking place at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, this is the final tuneup before players head to Augusta next week and the field is again a strong one. Last week at the Valero Texas Open, we won with Jimmy Walker who became ...  read more
Ice Bowl Part Deux: Dallas at Green Bay
Michael Black Jan 11, 2015  
It's been nearly half a century since the most famous football game was played in Lambeau Field, the Ice Bowl, and we're getting a rematch early this Sunday as the Green Bay Packers play host to the Dallas Cowboys. This is the first time the Dallas Cowboys have played a game in Lambeau Field since 1967, that in itself is amazing. Dallas has upgraded QB Don Meredith to Tony Romo while the Packers h ...  read more
College Football 4 Team Playoff Prediction
Michael Black Aug 26, 2014  
Team 1: Florida State Team 2: Oregon Team 3: Baylor Team 4: Wisconsin I like to be a contrarian and I know this is gonna sound like a reach but my bold prediction is that the SEC won't be represented in this year's maiden College Football Playoff. It's not because the SEC isn't good this year, it's just that, they're too good and they're gonna beat up on each other and I just don't see a two ...  read more
College Football Team Totals
Michael Black Aug 31, 2013  

As much as we want to think that we can't really predict who will be playing for the National Championship in August, this year might be one of the most predictable ones. Alabama has one of the easiest schedules in the nation this year and it's tough to see them being dethroned. Let's take a look at some teams that should be playing Over the suggested Team Total of Wins this year.

Al ...  read more

MLB Preview: Team Totals
Michael Black Mar 31, 2013  

Baseball is back with the 2013 MLB season getting underway tonight. One of my favorite things at the start of every season is betting on the Team Totals for season wins. You're getting action on all 162 games for which ever team you want, be it pulling for them or hoping they get killed and riddled with injuries. Let's take a look at teams we think will be going Over their season win Totals.

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Head Coaching Moves in the SEC
Michael Black Dec 14, 2012  

There's been a lot of coaching moves in College Football over the past two weeks, let's take a look at some major moves. When the year started who would've guessed that the conference with the most fired coaches would be in the SEC. Arkansas has now hired their second coach in 8 months. After Bobby Petrino went Evil Knievel he was replaced by John L Smith, that didn't last too long and now the ...  read more

Power Ratings and Winning with NFL Picks
Michael Black Oct 21, 2012  

There are many ways to handicap NFL Picks each season. They include statistical analysis as well situational analysis. The statistical analysis, like it sounds, just looks at raw numbers to come up with teams power ratings. These ratings are then compared to that particular teams opponent. The difference in ratings generates a point spread differential.

After the last weeks NFL Picks ...  read more

Big XII Preview 2012
Michael Black Sep 1, 2012  

The Big XII diminished to eight teams with the departures of Texas A&M and Missouri but went back to ten teams adding BIG names in West Virginia and TCU, both come in ranked in the Pre Season Top 20. The same can not be said about the SEC’s additions of the Tigers and Aggies. With that being said I still think the SEC is the dominate conference and that OU and UT are completely over rated. How ...  read more

MLB Wednesday 2 Game Series Previews
Michael Black May 16, 2012  

MLB fires off some brief two game series getting underway today, let's preview some of the match ups.

Milwaukee Brewers(EVEN) at the Houston Astros(-120)

The Astros just dropped 2 straight in Philly and have now lost 4 in a row including seven of their last nine. Sounds crazy that Vegas sets them as the home favorite tonight to the Milwaukee Brewers who are off an impressive ...  read more

MLB Preview Team Totals
Michael Black Mar 27, 2012  

As this year’s MLB season rapidly approaches let’s take a look at where to buy and sell on some team totals.


Chicago Cubs Over 73.5:

Theo Epstein gets out of the hot water in Boston and comes into Chicago, hoping to work his magic for a team that hasn’t won a title in 103 years. They say he was able to break the curse of the Bambino, Boston hadn’t won a titl ...  read more

NBA Surprises
Michael Black Jan 26, 2012  

A month has passed on the young NBA season and we’ll take a look at a few surprises and disappointments so far this year.

Flying Under the Radar:

Minnesota Timberwolves: (11-7 ATS) Don’t let their 8-10 record fool you, these guys are young and hungry and they’ve been dealing with a Michael Beasley injury. Kevin Love might be the best shooting forward in the league and Ricky ...  read more

Mike Leach to Washington State
Michael Black Nov 30, 2011  

Over the last week there have been a ton of openings at the head coach position in College Football, at a lot of prestigious programs. Penn State, UCLA, Ole Miss, Illinois, Kansas, Arizona, and Arizona State just to name a few. There's already been some BIG name hires at some of these schools. Urban Meyer went to Ohio State, and Rich Rodriguez just signed with Arizona. But one of the biggest hi ...  read more

Possible SEC National Championship, Even With a 1 loss LSU or Bama Team
Michael Black Oct 31, 2011  

The SEC Champion will more than likely be determined this weekend in Tuscaloosa when Alabama hosts LSU as a five point favorite. The Winner of this one should cruise to be SEC Champs, probably facing a Georgia Bulldog team in the SEC Championship who is yet to have an impressive win this year. The question becomes whether or not the NCAA and BCS will allow 2 teams from the same conference to pl ...  read more

NFL Preview: Team Totals
Michael Black Sep 7, 2011  
NFL Preview: Team Totals

After all the hype that we might be going this fall without NFL, New Orleans and Green Bay kick things off tomorrow night. This season is getting off to a different start than most, teams have had limited practice and study time. I wouldn’t expect this year’s rookie class of QBs to do much, this year more than ever. It’s going to take all of them a few weeks and gam ...  read more

College Football Preview: Team Totals
Michael Black Aug 30, 2011  

Fall is approaching and College Football is amongst us. We had two undefeated teams meet for the National Championship last year in Oregon and Auburn, and TCU remained unscathed through their Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. That being said, I don’t see too many teams going undefeated this year. I don’t think there’s a clear cut Champion this year and it looks to be pretty wide open. Most e ...  read more

Texas A&M Desires a Move to the SEC, Dumb or Just Plain Crazy?
Michael Black Aug 17, 2011  

To quote Forrest Gump, “Mama says stupid is as stupid does.” Texas A&M might as well insert their right foot into their own grave if they are really considering moving to the SEC. From the all recent hysteria in the Big XII conference, from Nebraska leaving for the Big 10, to Colorado heading west for the Pac-10. But, the one rubbing most teams the wrong way was UT signing a huge deal with ESPN ...  read more

Young Talent Running Rampant in MLB
Michael Black Jun 30, 2011  

It seems like there hasn’t been any new BIG names to appear in baseball since Ryan Braun and Evan Longoria. This year young talent is popping up all over the league. It all started last year when Stephen Strasburg made his debut in June. I hadn’t seen a kid have such an impressive debut since LeBron James, especially when you consider what the level of expectation was on him. Strasburg allowed ...  read more

Tressel's Resignation=Death to the Big 10
Michael Black May 30, 2011  
Jim Tressel stepped down from Ohio State this morning. After allegations of players selling merchandise for money and tattoos and not coming forward with the information, Ohio State gave the ultimatum to resign or be fired. Tressel chose to save face and resign. We're at the tip of the iceberg on this investigation and I can only imagine how many other former players will now come forward with the ...  read more
NFL Draft in Review
Michael Black Apr 30, 2011  

The first three rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft are in the book. Now that the smoke has cleared and we’ve had a day to think about all 32 teams’ first half selections.

Some teams are setting up for Championship runs as soon as 2011. Others are setting up their future for two or three years from now. Other teams, however, including contenders, are falling short of completing their teams a ...  read more

MLB Team Totals
Michael Black Mar 31, 2011  

The 2011 MLB campaign gets underway today and here is a look at some Team Totals for this season.

Baltimore Orioles Over 76.5 games. I know what you're thinking, Baltimore?!?! The O's have gone under the Total 5 seasons in a row, now Vegas sets them to be a .500 ball club. Buck Showalter completely turned this team around after becoming the team's manager towards the end of last s ...  read more

NBA Rollercoaster: East Becoming the West of the Last Decade
Michael Black Feb 22, 2011  

Well, the Mello-drama is over. The Knicks pulled the trigger on the 11 player deal last night, that lands Carmello Anthony on Broadway. Yet another player from the Western Conference heads to the East. You now have all the glamour cities with Stars in the NBA, and the NBA is at it's most interesting in years. LA has Kobe, Dallas with Dirk, Miami with LeBron and D-Wade, Boston with their Big 4, ...  read more

Big XII Rookies Shine
Michael Black Jan 20, 2011  

Well, the 2010 NFL Season has almost come to an end and what a year it was for Big XII rookies. Nebraska Cornhusker Ndamukong Suh lived up to all the hype. From his Pre Season body slam on Jake Delhomme to giving Jay Cutler a concussion, this guy proved that he is a lethal defensive linemen. A boy named Suh finished with 66 tackles, 10 sacks, a forced fumble, and an interception. After just o ...  read more

NHL East and West Standings Worlds Apart
Michael Black Dec 31, 2010  

If you're looking for parity in this year's NHL Season you might have to look elsewhere. The West has been hands down the superior conference this year. While the East does boast 2 of the leagues best teams, Pittsburgh and Washington, the West is stacked top to bottom. I wouldn't go as far to say that it's like the American League to the National League, but it's pretty close.

Pittsbu ...  read more

Dallas Cowboys: The Rap Industry of the NFL
Michael Black Nov 30, 2010  

In the day and age of glitz and glamour, Dallas has it all: the QB whose relationship status is more important than his playing status, the underachieving Big Name WR in Roy Williams, their other WR, Miles Austin is on Reality TV shows starring his own girlfriend, a "3-headed monster" at running back that never sees the end zone and misses blocks all over the field. The question becomes: Are yo ...  read more

Is the End near for Mack(ovic) Brown?
Michael Black Nov 2, 2010  

You'd have to go back to 1997 to find a season where the University of Texas lost 3 games in Austin. 1997 just so happened to be John Mackovik's last year as the UT Head Football Coach. They might lose 5 this year. The Longhorns still host Oklahoma State and their Thanksgiving Day in-state rival, Texas A&M. There's no question that Mack Brown has unbelievable recruiting capabilities, UT has had ...  read more

Big 10 Preview for Saturday, October 9th
Michael Black Oct 6, 2010  
With five teams still unbeaten in Big Ten play, the chase for roses is far from decided. But, with this week’s headline game in Ann Arbor, some key questions about the power in the conference could be decided. Yes, the marquis game features unbeaten Michigan State at the Big House, against the unbeaten Wolverines. But, in other key action, Ohio State (hosting Indiana) and Northwestern (hosting ...  read more

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