So this is my second post in about five days where I go through betting lines for the 2013 NFL season with a fine tooth comb. Keep in mind that none of the games I'm investing my time and energy in here take place until at least four months from now, but still, I pore over schedules, draft classes, ... More >>
It's always good to get in on something at the beginning, at the ground floor. In the world of sports wagering, for bettors equally long on hubris and illness (gambling is a sickness, my friends), some betting outlets realize that no time is too soon to put out lines on NFL games. The draft just en ... More >>
As a concept, the NFL salary cap is a fairly easy one to understand. Unlike the NBA, with its myriad of loopholes, exceptions, and fine print that allow teams like the Lakers and, well, almost everyone else to zoom past the artificial "cap", the NFL is a simple hard cap. What you spend is what what ... More >>
Before we get to this week's picks, a quick stock check on the "Houston Texans win the Super Bowl" prop bet. What exactly did the Patriots' 42-14 beatdown of our hometown team do to their wagering street cred? Well, prior to the game, the Texans and the Patriots were tied as the odds-on favorites t ... More >>
Yes, it's immature. Yes, it's kinda wrong, considering Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was hit so hard his moustache flew off and he suffered a concussion and had to leave the game. And yes, it wasn't a high-scoring game at all and looked for more like a losing Astros score. But our bulls ... More >>
A week ago, Texans coach Gary Kubiak said he'd have trouble sleeping after his team struggled in the run game on both sides of the ball - a concerning trend that began in the preseason. He should rest a lot easier this week. The Texans (2-0) physically demolished Jacksonville (0-2) up front Sunday ... More >>
Assessing all their strengths and weaknesses, we could be looking at a repeat or better.
Our long national nightmare, otherwise known as the football offseason, is nearing an end. Exhibition Preseason games are in full swing, for better or worse. (If you watched all -- or even most of -- the Cowboys' 3-0 win over Oakland Monday, seek help.) Still, the appearance of the pads and unis i ... More >>
Your time here is done.They call it "Black Monday." It's the day after the NFL regular season ends, when any still-employed head coach whose name has been remotely associated with the words "hot" and "seat" tiptoes cautiously into his office and hopes that there's not a box on his desk to pa ... More >>
All aboard!It's Christmas shopping season, and as someone who has to had to "overbuy" presents for years now, I understand the phenomenon of those Christmas bills showing up a couple weeks after December 25, and your asking yourself "How in the sparkly, tinsel hell am I going to pay these?" ... More >>
Photo by Marco TorresMark Schaub, the new Cam NewtonTo know the Houston Texans is to know drama, at least from a historical standpoint. Offensive explosions -- both from the Texans and their opponents -- fueled both spectacular wins and crushing collapses in 2009 and 2010. In the end, the ups ... More >>
Photo by Marco TorresTexans battlefought their way to a win in Battle Red"I still don't like them, and I have no respect for them at all. It was just the dirty stuff they were doing. I don't want to get into specifics; I just don't like them. . . . I'm not going to get into names or anything ... More >>
Tim Tebow, in the act of TebowingSo I said last weekend that we were in the midst of one of the most dominant, and in turn most predictable streaks in college football. The top ten teams each week were crushing the books to the tune of covering the number about 80 percent of their games. Two ... More >>
Photo by Marco TorresReasons to smile?"Its not that big of a stretch to think the Texans will be favored in every remaining game." -- @clintshane on Twitter last night It's funny, I mentioned in yesterday's post how drastically people's outlooks can swing based on a relatively small body of ... More >>
Football fans comment on "The New Normal."
Odd sare Brian Kelly won't look like this Satruday nightAs I get ready to drop some more decidedly mediocre wagering knowledge on all of you this weekend, I have one quick thought to share with you on the opening weekend of the NFL season: This time last season, these were your starting quar ... More >>
The Texans start operating like a bona fide NFL team.
Hail Mary, full of grace....Until eight days ago, it still felt different. Sure, the Texans were 4-3 and coming off a rough loss to the Colts. But until then, when the Texans had been beaten, they were clearly the lesser team -- losing by at least 13 points to physically superior opponents o ... More >>
Dr. Kubler-Ross is here to see you, Texan fansIn her 1969 book Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross describes in detail the five stages of dealing with grief and tragedy. Simply put, the human progression is to exhibit feelings of denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance (like ... More >>
Oregon Ducks: Ignore the uniforms and jump onboardOkay, it's the first officially great football weekend of the season (loaded college slate plus first weekend of NFL).Last weekend's college slate was sort of like a "soft" opening for a new restaurant, working out the kinks in anticipation of the ... More >>
Will Texans make it to playoffs?
It's often noted how the difference between the 7-7 Texans and an 11-3 powerhouse is two Kris Brown kicks and two conversions of a single yard. Turns out, the difference between 7-7 and 1-13 isn't all that great, either. As the Texans seem to do in late-season road games where they're hea ... More >>
"So you're saying there's a chance..." -- Lloyd ChristmasA couple weeks ago, when the Texans were sitting at 5-6, I spent the better part of about four hours constructing an easy-to-follow guide for Texans fans to know whom to root for in games throughout the balance of the season in order ... More >>
The internet has been a wonderful invention. It's allowed us to do all of our Christmas shopping in our underwear, go to college in our underwear, hell even go to work in our underwear. Basically, it's allowed us to do a lot of things in our underwear that we never thought possible, including giv ... More >>
The past, present and future of the Texans breaking our hearts
I can't believe I wasted over three hours of my life watching the Houston Texans last night. Sure, they won the game 30-17, but damn, that was an awful game to watch. I found the document review I was working on to be more interesting than most of that game - and you attorneys out there know that ... More >>
I've got to apologize to everyone. I didn't know that I was an idiot. I honestly thought that I actually knew something about football. But thanks to the Chron's John McClain, I now know that what I thought I knew I didn't know. Seriously. You see, I thought that Jacques Reeves, the defensive ... More >>
You're not going to believe this, but last week, I wrote a post in which I predicted the Texans would defeat the Browns. But I headed back out for Europe, and things got lost in the shuffle, so that post never ran. But trust me, I actually did write that the Texans were going to defeat the Cle ... More >>
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