May 1, 2013

The increasing success of sports betting

Sports betting has always been a popular form of gambling – as the number of bookmakers’ shops that used to be a feature of the British high street proves – but unlike so many other formerly popular pastimes, sports betting has thrived during the internet era. Most of the major bookmakers have set up online versions of their services, and this has led to greater numbers of people than ever before opting to bet on the outcomes of sports matches – with perhaps only online casino matching it in popularity.

When it comes to the reasons for this increase in enthusiasm for sports betting, the greater convenience of being able to do everything from finding odds information, to actually placing the bet, online has undoubtedly been a major reason for this. The internet has made sports betting seem more accessible to people than it was in the past, while another reason for the rise in popularity may be the increase in public enthusiasm for the sports themselves – with football in particular now having a much bigger audience base than ever before. Indeed one of the few activities nowadays that can rival public enthusiasm for sports and betting on them is playing at online casino sites.

Many of these sites offer sports based variations on standard casino games – with sports themed slots games proving to be a particularly successful area for online casino companies. While this certainly does not account for the whole of their customer base – or even the majority of it – it does mean that many of those using online casino sites are the same people who are choosing to gamble on sports. Many people consider the best Australian online casino games at OnlineCasinoAustralia.com.au Both casino and sports betting have been around for a very long time, but both have enjoyed a significant increase in success during the internet era, and it seems likely that many of the same people enjoy both forms of gambling.

March 22, 2013

Information about football betting

Gambling in general is one of the most favoured ways of spending leisure time for many people in the UK, with one of the forms of gambling that has proven to be consistently popular being football betting. While betting on all different kinds of sports has thrived throughout the digital era, as the major companies have set up websites to allow people to place their bets online, there is little doubt that the type of sports betting that attracts the most customers is football betting. This reflects the fact that football holds a central place in the hearts of many sports fans, but it doesn’t make betting on football any easier to do successfully.

If you want to be successful betting on football it helps to know something about the game – even if you are not a natural football fan. Finding out about the form of teams and individual players before putting any money on them may not guarantee your success, but it will at least greatly reduce the risk of you losing your money. In this respect it is no different from other types of betting, such as playing casino games, because some knowledge of what you are choosing to play will always help your chances.

There are a lot of websites available offering football betting tips, which is perhaps not surprising given how big an industry it has become, but these cannot substitute for learning about the game yourself. While there are certainly some sites which offer useful tips, which are grounded in stats, probability and knowledge of the football betting markets, many of them are simply a waste of your time and money. It is certainly worth trying to find out a little about what kind of reputation a tips website has and how long it has been around, before you decide to use it as the basis for your football betting. If you are more of a horse race betting man then make sure you check out the grand-national.me.uk to get the latest free bets offers.

February 23, 2012

Is LaRon Landry Too Big?



















Is LaRon Landry too big?  I couldn't believe it when I saw these pictures on Redskins Talk.  The guy looks more like a body builder than a football player.  He only played 8 games last year and I don't think that will change.  Guys this big just tend to be less flexible and get injured more.  Let's hope that is not the case though.

Make sure you check out the Redskins at FedEx Field next year.  They should be a much improved team.


March 6, 2011

Talking Clinton Portis On 106.7 The Fan

Scott Jackson and Mike Prada had me on to talk Clinton Portis this morning on 106.7 the Fan in DC. With Portis recently released it's the end of an era for the Redskins, but it's up for debate as to what his legacy meant to the team.

As I wrote earlier, I think Portis made the Redskins relevant again, but he never displayed the skills of the elite back he was in Denver. However, there was rarely a dull moment when Portis entered a room and his impact was often felt on and off the field for better or worse.

We discuss this and the future at running back for the Redskins. Is Ryan Torain the guy or will the front office target a new back in the draft or free agency?

Listen to the segment here and thanks to the guys for having me on.

February 28, 2011

With Clinton Portis On His Way Out, What Is His Legacy In Washington?

A column for SB Nation DC.




The DC sports landscape is often devoid of star power, but in 2004 the Washington Redskins landed one of the premier running backs of the past decade from the Denver Broncos. Seven years later, the Clinton Portis era has come to an end as the Redskins have cut ties with the high profile running back in an effort to jumpstart a youth movement.
Portis will leave Washington with the team mired in the same uncertainty present throughout his time here. The woeful state of the franchise diminishes his individual accomplishments, but it seems fitting the Redskins were as volatile as their star player during this emotional roller coaster of a relationship.
The enigmatic yet talented Portis flew to the top of the Washington sports scene during his tenure here. He brought a vibrant presence to the Redskins as an entertainer off the field, and as a warrior on it. There was little question he established himself as the face of the franchise during his stint with the Burgundy and Gold, and with his release on Monday, he leaves a legacy which will be heavily scrutinized in the coming weeks.
The most impressive aspect of Portis' time with the Redskins is his loyalty to Joe Gibbs. Gibbs expected Portis to change his running style and the young back bought into the new system regardless of his comfort level with it. He bulked up to prepare for the bruising role Gibbs wanted him to play and abandoned the one-cut mentality he had been taught in Denver. He wasn't a great fit for Gibbs' scheme, but rather than voice his displeasure at the situation, he adapted and rushed for over 1,000 yards in three of the four years he spent with the coaching legend.
He burst out of the gate with a 64-yard touchdown run on his first carry as a Redskin, led the team to playoff berths in 2005 and 2007 and departs as Washington's second leading all-time rusher behind the great John Riggins.
While Portis managed to succeed with Gibbs, it is easy to think about what could have been. Gibbs handed him the ball 695 times in his first two seasons with the Redskins. He was never quite the same afterwards. It's no secret that Portis refused to commit to a steady workout regimen during the offseason. Preparing for football in the weight room wasn't a priority and it hampered his production.
Neither Gibbs nor his predecessor Jim Zorn could ever convince him to come to training camp in tip-top condition and as the workload wore him down, Portis found his skills eroding. The extra weight cut into his speed and injuries forced him to think twice about seeking out contact.
However, when he was at the top of his game, there weren't many better. In 2005, he posted nine 100-yard games on the ground including five straight to end the season. The Redskins won their last five games that year and made the playoffs.
His most memorable season might have been 2007. Portis and the Redskins overcame the emotional toll taken on them by the murder of Sean Taylor, winning their last four games to surge into the postseason. Portis scored twice in a Week 17 elimination contest against the Cowboys, spurring a dramatic victory to clinch a trip to Seattle. After his second touchdown, he paid tribute to his friend by revealing a Sean Taylor t-shirt under his jersey. The image of Portis flipping into the end zone after breaking two tackles is one of the lasting memories created at FedEx Field.
The entire team fell apart after a 6-2 start under Zorn in 2008, and Portis was never the same after an incredible eight game stretch that year. By the time Mike Shanahan entered the scene to reunite with him, the back was already well into the twilight of his career.

February 25, 2011

Weekend Roundup: Combine 2011

It's that time of year again. We're already starved for football, so we tune into a weekend of guys sprinting 40 yards at a time and throwing up an inhuman amount of repetitions on bench press. And for some reason, it's entertaining.

Here's what I'm reading to keep up to date with all the latest comings and goings from Indianapolis.

Mike Jones has been doing a fantastic job as the new Redskins Insider. He has a great offering on spread QBs trying to make it in the NFL.

Who's been taken with the tenth overall selection in years past? Larry Weisman gives us some recent history about the pick.

The Redskins have a ton of needs so why force it and take a QB if Mike Shanahan isn't sold on any of the top prospects at the position? Rick Snider advises patience and I couldn't agree more.

Snider believes Gabbert won't fall to No. 10 and he isn't a Cam Newton fan. I'm of like mind in regards to Newton. Like Snider writes "there's just something about Newton that says pass."

I have watched a lot of Gabbert the past week and there's a lot to like. He has a great arm and a solid release. Still, he's unpolished and a spread QB. I'll be writing about him for SB Nation DC next week so stay tuned.

But back to the main point, the Redskins might be better off making a lower profile selection that fills one of the other many holes on the roster.

Rich Campbell addressed those holes specifically on the defensive front in his latest article. It's getting tougher to find 3-4 talent and the Redskins are picking in a tough position if they want a nose tackle or outside linebacker.

Another Rich, this one of the Tandler variety, had a good article on the youth movement that should be taking place in the next few seasons for Washington.

Rich and I have discussed this before and though I agree the Redskins need to get younger, I don't think it should be at the expense of every veteran player on the roster. There are a few who can still be productive while remaining affordable, but on the whole, it is time to inject some youth.

That's it for now. Grab your popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the combine. I'll be here this weekend providing you all with my thoughts on what's going down in Indy.

February 24, 2011

Redskins Roundtable: Offseason Musings Part Two

Here's round two. Part one can be read here.

3. Out of all the Redskins set to hit the free agent market, which one does Bruce Allen have to re-sign?

Pappas: Santana Moss (Editor's note: I was hoping for some elaboration, but seeing as I agree with Pappas and have argued this point ad naseum, I think you guys get it).

Murf: Jammal Brown, Santana Moss and Carlos Rogers are the three guys I feel the Redskins should make a strong push to bring back. Brown and Moss have said repeatedly that they want to be back in Washington, but Rogers looks like he's hoping for a big pay day. If the money is right though, I'd love for all of them to return.

Ed: Fortunately, the Redskins would not be hit hard if they lost every FA available on their roster. If they are to continue building off their six win season, retaining WR Santana Moss is essential. I wouldn't go beyond a three year deal with Moss, but they may prove to be difficult unless the Redskins can front-end the bulk of his salary in 2011 and 2012.

Rajan: He got a fair bit of criticism this season, but in my book, it's gotta be Tackle Jammal Brown.

When Brown is healthy, we're talking about a player who has been to the Pro Bowl twice in the past five years, and is versatile enough to play either left or right tackle. We have to remember that he was still recovering from surgery that he had on his hip. While his injuries did manage to heal (to some extent) as the season went on, it's impossible for anyone to fully recover from that injury, given the wear and tear they go through during the season.

Coming into 2011, Brown has a chance to finally start the season healthy. Pairing Brown with Trent Williams would give the Redskins Pro Bowl-caliber bookends on the offensive line for at least another half decade.

Keely: The ‘Skins cannot afford to lose their most reliable receiver, Santana Moss. Moss' accomplishments last season included a career-high 93 catches for a second best 1,115 yards. He placed 3rd in the league in receptions and 10th in total yards. Without his contributions, the team would have been in even worse shape.

4. What concerns you the most about the current state of the roster?

Pappas: A lack of talent across the board. At this point it is easier to list the areas where they don't need help - and that would be tight end.

Murf: Too old. Too slow. Too few playmakers on all sides of the ball.

But other than that, they're great.

Ed: The biggest concerns I have with the Redskins' roster heading into the 2011 season is age and Albert Haynesworth. Haynesworth needs to go. If they can't trade him, cut him.

It is my hope that the Redskins will let some of the aging veterans go and bring in faster, stronger, and hungrier players. There are too many players on the Redskins roster who play not to get hurt. Although that is the culture in today's NFL with no guaranteed contracts, there are younger players out there who don't have the big contracts that will sell-out for their big pay day.

New England has mastered managing players who start to show signs of playing only for the money. They ship them out quickly and bring in players looking for opportunity. Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan will turn things around, but it is a process and it won't happen overnight.

Rajan: Honestly, it's the severe lack of quality depth at so many key positions. I've been saying this all along: most people don't realize how unbelievably bare the cupboards were once Cerrato was dismissed and Allen & Shanahan came aboard.

I know it's cliche to say when it comes to the Redskins, but when you keep trading away multiple draft picks, year after year, for a single player, it eventually comes back to bite you. They're dangerously thin at running back, wide receiver, the interior of the offensive line, inside linebacker, cornerback (with Carlos Rogers and Phillip Buchanon being free agents), and free safety.

Redskins fans can cross their fingers that a "bigger name" prospect in the draft falls to Washington's selection at No. 10, but if they have an opportunity to trade back (ideally into the mid-to-late-teens) and pick up a second and/or third rounder, they have to do it. This team needs depth, youth, and speed - and lots of it.

Keely: Our wide receiver and quarterback situations give me most cause for concern. Despite the poor defensive performance last season, the Redskins have enough talented on defense to give them an opportunity to succeed. The offense, however, lacks a viable long-term candidate for quarterback.

After benching Donovan McNabb, the Redskins found themselves without a starting-caliber quarterback. Santana Moss, whose contract expired in February, had an excellent season, but has been the only consistent playmaker at wide receiver. Though Anthony Armstrong showed big-play potential and made considerable progress, his production was sporadic.