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Since it’s Super Bowl Sunday, were doing a double dose of NFL Quick Slants to get you ready for the big game. If you would like to see a link here, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- The evolution of the zone blitz. A great read. (Smart Football)
- If filmmakers directed the Super Bowl. (Slate)
- The two Super Bowl teams differ on safety issues. (NY Times)
- The best Super Bowl food recipes. (SB Nation)
- 10 Things to watch on Super Bowl Sunday. (Peter King)
- A Super Bowl Mailbag. A Super Bag. (Bill Simmons)
- Some easy prop bets to take advantage of. (Cousin Sal)
- How Brett Favre aided in the Packers Super Bowl run. (Adam Schefter)
- 10 types of fans at Super Bowl Parties. (SportsPickle)
The tumultuous NFL regular season has come to an end. We have to wait 8 long months before we have Sunday football from 1 o’clock to midnight.
I didn’t post as much as I would have liked during the regular season, but the one consistent post I did every week all year long was my picks against the spread.
In Week 17, I finished 9-7 against the spread. That brought my final regular tally to 138-110-6. That is good for a .556 winning percentage. Not too bad right. Just for fun I decided to see how I stacked up against some of the higher profile forecasters on the internet. I looked at 3 of the most well known sites/people who deliver picks against the spread each week. It turns out I did much better than I thought.
Bill Simmons (ESPN) – 131-119-5 (.524)
Walter Football – 130-119-7 (.522)
Cold Hard Football Facts – 140-112 (.555)
Wow! Beat all 3 of them. Though I just barely, and that’s being generous, beat the Cold Hard Football Facts. Turns out I might know a thing or two about this game.
I don’t know whether this says more about me or about the professionals picking games online. I’d say it’s a combination of my knowledge and the unpredictability of every game in the NFL. You can do as much research as you want, but come Sunday anything can happen.
Maybe I should have taken my own advice and put some wages on these bets. I could have made a pretty penny, you know if gambling was legal and all.