On Sunday, Bud Light, the official beer sponsor of the NFL, kicked off its NFL ad campaign for the season with a new Up For Whatever creative spot. The video features a Buccaneers fan who gets his house “Buccaneer’d” by NFL legend Warren Sapp wearing a parrot on his shoulder while facilitating a backyard cannon firing as beautiful pirate maidens cheer.
And remember, if you’re holding a Bud Light in your hand while watching a NFL game this season, it means you’re #UpForWhatever – and anything can happen!
Online sports betting is huge in every part of the world and it’s still growing, with sportsbooks now offering betting lines on all major league sports in the States, Europe and beyond.
NFL Football is by far the most popular sport to bet on, with the volume of betting on the Super Bowl setting records, year after year. It may seem straight forward, but understanding betting lines and choosing the smartest wagers to make can be a daunting task for the rookie sports bettor. Here’s some basics that’ll get you up to speed.
Understanding the Point Spread
The most fundamental thing to understand when betting on the NFL is the point spread. The point spread is a betting line that represents the number of points a team will win or lose by, with sports bettors wagering on whether a team will win, or lose, by more or less than the established line.
For example, let’s say the Oakland Raiders are visiting the Denver Broncos, and the Broncos are favored to win by 7.5 points.
This will be represented by a betting line that looks like this:
Oakland Raiders +7.5
Denver Broncos -7.5
The + symbol in the Raiders betting line indicates that they are 7.5-point underdogs and would be a winning bet if they win the game outright or lose by less than eight points. And conversely, the – symbol in the Broncos’ line indicates they are 7.5-point favorites, which means they must win the game by eight points or more to “cover the spread:” and win the bet.
Understanding the Moneyline
Another fundamental line to understand in football betting is the moneyline. With a moneyline bet, a team must simply win the game outright for the bet to win. Winners will be paid off according to the posted moneyline odds. For example, let’s say that 49ers, as the home team, is the moneyline favorite in a matchup against the Seahawks.
That betting line that could look something like this:
Seattle Seahawks +130
San Francisco 49ers -125
As longshots, a $100 bet on the Seahawks would win $130, while the 49ers are moneyline favorites, meaning it would require a $125 bet on San Francisco to win $100.
Understanding the Total
The third key element of an NFL betting line is the total, which predicts the total number of points that will be scored by both teams in the game. Total betting lines will look something like this:
The point total in the example above is set at 51.5. You can bet that the total points in the game will finish OVER or UNDER 51.5, with moneyline odds accompanying each option.
In the above example, to win $100 by betting on the OVER requires a wager of $110 while a $130 bet on the UNDER is required to win $100.
It’s pretty easy to find explore different online sportsbook options by visting a site like www.bettingsports.com. Check out different site options and tinker with different bet types before actually making a wager.
Once you get the basics down, you can add a layer of complexity to your NFL bets by combining multiple single bets into a parlay wager, or manipulating point spreads using teaser bets.
Big, skilled, tough on the ice, and nearly indestructible, Howe dominated both the sport and the record books like no one has before or since. Over an incredible six decades, the Hall of Famer had so many accomplishments that he set the record for the most records by any athlete ever in any sport.
I had the chance to read Mr. Howe’s autobiography before its release date. Whether you followed his career or are looking for an intriguing read than this book should be on your to buy list. “Mr. Hockey: My Life” does follow the traditional autobiography theme. It starts from his early childhood and follows his career into the sport where he set numerous records.
Howe writes about the violence in hockey, his salary issues with the Red Wings, and the toll hockey took on his body. You get to see Gordie’s love for hockey, how he discovered it, and the countless hours he spent honing his craft. Howe even speaks on famous players like Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky in which he passed the torch too in the NHL.
Gordie doesn’t just talk hockey. I loved hearing his take in his family. You can see that his family meant so much to him. His wife, Colleen has some of her letters to him in the book. His sons Mark and Marty even played with him in the NHL, which was one Howe’s best moments in his career.
“I’ve often thought that some of the happiest years of my career came in Houston when I had the chance to play with my sons Mark and Marty. I wasn’t the player I was during the glory years in Detroit, but how many fathers get the chance to play professional with their kids? It’s what kept me going into my fifties.”
Right there alone just goes to show how fantastic the man was. This book is an addictive read and it was hard for me to put down. You will definitely enjoy this memoir for a hockey legend.
Even some hockey greats shared their thoughts on Mr. Howe.
“The greatest is Gordie—he’s my man.”—Bobby Orr
“The greatest one of all . . . still the greatest in my mind and in everybody else’s mind.”—Wayne Gretzky
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Reebok Classic delivers a sneak peek of the kicks Isaiah Thomas will be rocking for a cause when he steps back on the court this October. A perennial favorite among players both on and off court, the Kamikaze II Mid will be dialed up with hits of pink on its distinctive zigzag design in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Limited pairs of the pink/grey Kamikaze II will hit stores on Friday, October 3rd at Finish Line, Jimmy Jazz, Champs, Eastbay, DTLR, Shoe City, Reebok.com for $110 for Men’s Adult sizing. Grade school sizes will retail at $85 and Pre-school sizing will retail for $50.
A portion of the proceeds for every pair sold will be donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Reebok is proud to be national sponsor of the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer and will donate a minimum of $300,000 through pink ribbon product sales to support access to care and to help find a cure for breast cancer.
I have never hit a hole-in-one on the golf course, but many golfers have accomplished it. Yet European Tour player Andy Sullivan’s hole in one this past weekend means a bit more than ones in the past. After making a hole-in-one on the 163-yard 15th hole at the Kennemer Golf & Country Club in the KLM Open, Sullivan could be blasting off into outer space.
As part of a promotion at the Amsterdam tournament, XCOR Aerospace offered a space flight to the first player to make an ace on the 15th hole. Sullivan aced the 15th on Sunday and ended up shooting a final-round score of 67.
XCOR Aerospace is an Amsterdam-based company that will offer trips to space for the public starting late in 2015. The trips cost between $95,000 and $115,000.
According to the company’s website, space tourists will travel on the Lynx Mark II, a two-seat piloted space transport vehicle. Total flight time is 62 minutes, and at the highest point, travelers will experience five to six minutes of weightlessness.
‘I’m not sure yet,” Sullivan said of joining a XCOR space flight next year. “I’ll see what the missus says!”
To kick off the NFL season, Campbell’s Chunky soup celebrated its newest Mama’s Boy – Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman – by creating a statue lined with Campbell’s Chunky soup cans and labels outside CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, on Thursday, Sept. 4, prior to the home opener against the Green Bay Packers. The structure commemorated Sherman’s iconic defensive play during the 2014 NFC championship, which helped punch Seattle’s ticket to Super Bowl XLVIII. In this photo, Richard’s mother, Beverly, poses with Seahawks fans that co-star in the new Chunky Mama’s Boy commercial.
Not only did the Seahawks put a whoppin on the Green Bay Packers last night, the team brought back some players from back in the day. Former Seattle Seahawks stars Joey Galloway, Jordan Babineaux, Jim Zorn and Manu Tuiasosopo celebrated the start of the 2014 NFL season with fans at McDonald’s exclusive tailgate party yesterday in Seattle. In its second year as the official restaurant sponsor of the NFL, McDonald’s is celebrating football fans’ love for the game with a new mindset of tailgating and exclusive football content and prizes for customers.
Manu Tuiasosopo poses with fans at the NFL season opener kickoff yesterday in Seattle, Washington
Jim Zorn, former Redskins head coach and Seahawks quarterback, signs a helmet yesterday.
At Seattle -5.5 Green Bay
They’re the champs for a reason and they’re at home, so it’s gonna take some serious juggernaughting for the Packers to edge ‘em out.
Pick: Seahawks -5.5
New Orleans -3 At Atlanta
Atlanta should bounce back this season, but not this week.
Pick: Saints -3
At St. Louis -3.5 Minnesota
Shaun Hill isn’t as bad as people think and the Vikings new offense needs time to click.
Pick: Rams -3.5
At Pittsburgh -6.5 Cleveland
Johnny Football, Brian Football – it really doesn’t matter without Josh.
Pick: Steelers -6.5
At Philadelphia -10.5 Jacksonville
Bortles may have kept this game respectable.
Pick: Eagles -10.5
At NY Jets -5 Oakland
I love the Derek Carr selection, but the Raiders don’t typically travel east and expect to win.
Pick: Jets -5
At Baltimore -2 Cincinnati
That newly erected statue of Ray Lewis in Baltimore won’t do anything to contain Cincy’s weapons.
Pick: Bengals +2
At Chicago -7 Buffalo
Chicago’s defense was surprisingly shitty last year, but the Bills don’t have the O to exploit ‘em and hang with that Trestman attack.
Pick: Bears -7
At Houston -3 Washington
JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney provide some much needed hope for a franchise that needs it. Gonna be fun to watch these two monsters disrupt Washington’s attack.
Pick: Texans -3
At Kansas City -4 Tennessee
Chiefs cruise past a team in transition.
Pick: Chiefs -4
New England -5 At Miami
Brady’s big year starts this week and Shane Vereen goes off.
Pick: Pats -5
At Tampa Bay -2.5 Carolina
Lovie’s first game inspires at home vs. a less-than-100-percent Cam.
Pick: Bucs -2.5
San Francisco -5 At Dallas
The Niners have looked less-than-menacing in the preseason, but I bet Dallas finds a way to lose.
Pick: Niners -5
At Denver -7.5 Indianapolis
Manning unleashes a full offseason of bitterness and frustration on his old team
Pick: Broncos -7.5
At Detroit -6 NY Giants
The Lions show the G-Men how to offense
Pick: Lions -6
At Arizona -3 San Diego
Cardinals remind people that they have a sick defense
Pick: Cards -3
Lock of the Week: Go with Pittsburgh. Trust.