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A Hollywood Moment – Ten Takeaways from Eagles 30, Rams 23

Kevin Kinkead - December 17, 2018

Turns out a healthy Nick Foles is better than an injured Carson Wentz.

Shocking, I know.

That should really be the extent of the “Foles vs. Wentz” argument that will stink up social media and sports radio this week. One guy is healthy, one guy is not. THEREFORE – at this current moment in time, I’m gonna roll with the healthy Super Bowl MVP. It seems pretty straightforward to me, but unfortunately we’re just gonna have to deal with the frothy nothing-burger quarrels for the next seven days.

I’ll tell ya what; that was the first Eagles game I enjoyed watching this year, at least for three quarters. They moved the ball up and down the field, they played aggressive and nasty defense, and I swear I saw glimpses of the 2017 squad out there.

This, of course, begs the question –

Where was this Eagles team against the Buccaneers, Titans, Vikings, Panthers, Cowboys, Saints, and Cowboys?

Surely the quarterback change was not the sole catalyst for the win, right? Nick Foles did play the first two games this season, and he wasn’t exactly Joe Montana against the Falcons or Bucs. The banged-up defense was lights out for 3+ quarters last night as guys like Avonte Maddox and Cre’Von LeBlanc made big plays. Did they miraculously transform into legitimate NFL starters overnight?

Gut feeling: the Eagles still believed in themselves while the Rams believed they were going to trash a 6-7 team in a rebound game coming off a bad loss. It’s the same underdog mentality that got the Birds a Super Bowl ring last year. “No one likes us, we don’t care” was the rallying cry then, but this year it’s more, “No one thinks we have a prayer, and we probably don’t, but we’re gonna at least go down swinging.” Maybe we can get that on a T-shirt.

I’ve been totally unenthusiastic about this team and actually mostly ambivalent over the past three or four weeks, so I won’t flip flop here and tell you how excited I am going forward. That would be the Skip Bayless thing to do, to just hop back on the bandwagon. I’m still skeptical that a banged-up Eagles team does much of anything in the playoffs, but at least they’ve given themselves a chance at 9-7 and a postseason return after slogging through a mostly miserable title defense in 2018.

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We Are Doing Ski Masks Now, Aren’t We?

BWanksCB - December 17, 2018

I gotta say, I’m 1000% looking forward this week, the week prior to Christmas no less, to a city inhabited by people wearing Nick Foles jerseys and ski masks. Just a suggestion–maybe stay away from Amazon packages.

After 12 games spent mostly sitting on its heels with opposing offenses dictating play, the Eagles’ defense decided it needed a new mentality and something to rally around before last week’s game against the Cowboys. Maybe a prop, something that played off last year’s unexpected title run? Like, say, a mask:

Although it didn’t pay immediate dividends in last week’s crushing loss at Dallas, the Eagles ran it out again last night:

This time around, it most definitely paid off in their shocking 30-23 win over the Rams that suddenly breathed life into what seemed for sure was a lost season:

So here we are once again, with the backup quarterback leading a team left for dead, rallying around a mask for motivation. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

We exist this morning in what I imagine to be Kevin Kinkead’s personal hell. And I’m here for it.

Say no more, man.

Sports Betting Updates

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FanDuel Sportsbook Review

Things have picked up for NJ online sports betting. FanDuel Sportsbook launched their sports betting app in September and they, along with DraftKings, have quickly become the leaders in the space. If you want to know how the sites compare to each other, read our DraftKings Sportsbook vs. FanDuel Sportsbook post. Otherwise, keep reading to get our review of FanDuel and their current bonus offers. Bonus: First deposit matched up to $100 Minimum Deposit: $10 FanDuel

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After an Unprofitable Season, Bettors Finally Win Big With Eagles

There’s really no way to sugarcoat it, the Eagles have been a bad bet this season. With a 5-9 overall record against the spread, the defending Super Bowl champs have been one of the NFL’s least profitable teams. Think they’ve been tough to root for this season? Try betting on them. The Eagles have disappointed in all situations: both on home and on the road, as a small and big favorite, and even as underdogs,

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The Best New Jersey Online Sports Betting Offers This Weekend

Christmas is just a little more than a week away, so if you still haven’t gotten in on New Jersey’s legal sports betting action, now seems like the right time give yourself the gift of great promos and generous signup bonuses being offered by the best betting apps.  And who knows, maybe you’ll make a little extra spending money to finish up your holiday shopping, or, you know, pay for a round at the bar. Either

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Jimmy Butler Dished on “The Practice” and the Sixers on JJ Redick’s Podcast

JoyOnBroad - December 12, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered how interested Jimmy Butler was in joining the Sixers, what really happened at the now-infamous Minnesota Timberwolves practice, and what he thinks of Philadelphia now, you got your wish on the most recent episode of The JJ Redick Podcast.

Redick asked Butler if the Sixers were a team on his radar when he first requested a trade out of Minnesota.

Butler said:

When they were talking, Minnesota and Philly, they liked the deal that they were starting to get and then put together. So that’s when I became kinda aware that I could end up in Philly. Did I think this was gonna be where I ended up? I didn’t think so. And the only reason I didn’t think so was because it’s like, Philly is already a really, really good team. If you put me on there, I would like to think I’m a good enough player to add a little something and maybe get us to the hump of Eastern Conference finals, maybe even Finals.

At one point, Butler channeled his inner Allen Iverson when talking about the buildup to “The Practice”:

I would keep going into the office talking with management, talking with Thibs, and they would be like, “Hey, you need to come in and practice.” I was like, “Thibs, what I need to come in and practice for? Y’all gonna trade me.” What’s the point of practicing—going in there, getting up and down—and then I’m gonna be gone in a day. ’Cause it was always like: We almost got a deal, we almost got a deal, we almost got a deal.

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PA Sports Betting Is Now Live: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Kyle Scott - November 1, 2018

As you may have noticed, we’ve been writing quite a bit about sports betting around here. Part of the reason is because Philly, specifically, will serve as almost ground zero for the new legal sports betting wave that will eventually change sports consumption as you know it. With the opening of the sportsbook at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, PA sports betting has arrived.

With New Jersey, Delaware, and now Pennsylvania being among the first three states to offer legal wagering – with New Jersey and Pennsylvania now being among the only states to have online sports betting – Philly is essentially the test market for how this all goes down, how it impacts the viewing experience, and what it means for team and in-stadium partnerships.

Now we have some dates for PA sports betting.

in October, the PA Gaming Control Board approved three more licenses for SugarHouse Casino, Harrah’s Chester and River Casino in Pittsburgh. They’ll join Parx Casino in Bensalmen and Hollywood Casino in Grantville as the five licensed operators, so far, that can offer sports betting.

 

Current PA sportsbooks

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

777 Hollywood Blvd.

Grantville, PA 17028

In November, Penn National Gaming launched the first legal sportsbook in Pennsylvania. The physical location is managed by William Hill, which is the largest sportsbook operator in the US, running several joints in Vegas and New Jersey.

SugarHouse Casino

1001 N Delaware Ave.

Philadelphia, PA 19125

On December 16, SugarHouse Casino, which operates under the same brand for owner Rush Street as SugarHouse Sportsbook, which is expected to launch for PA online sports betting early in 2019, opened its temporary facility as part of a soft launch. They’ve outlined their plans in a proposal to the state for a permanent space that is expected to open in the spring. Here’s the mockup:

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Rivers Casino

777 Casino Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Rivers Casino opened their space for testing on the same day as SugarHouse.

 

Coming soon

Harrah’s

Parx

State officials plan to test these four facilities, in some order, over the first few weeks of December. Their launch should come any time now.

 

PA sports betting updates

 

Where and when for PA sports betting?

Parx has said that it plans to open its sportsbook soon. I actually toured the temporary space and, while not large, it’s fairly impressive, but will pale it comparison to the 10,000 square foot behemoth they plan to open in the spring. I can tell you there is a lot of construction going on at Parx, and they seem poised to capitalize on PA sports betting– their location and brand recognition in the Philly area will help that get out of the gate early.

Harrah’s says it will build a 4,322 square foot facility where there is now a concert venue:

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The physical sportsbooks are great and all, but the growth area for PA sports betting is, by far, online betting.

 

Online sports betting in PA

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It Doesn’t Look Like Manny Machado Will Return to Dodgers Next Season

BWanksCB - October 31, 2018

Manny Machado helped lead the Dodgers to the World Series, but it appears his brief and turbulent run in Los Angeles may have come to an end this past Sunday night. Machado posted to his Instagram earlier this evening what certainly reads like a goodbye to the Dodger faithful:

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I’d like to thank the Los Angeles Dodgers organization for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play for a World Series title. Wearing that iconic Dodger Blue everyday was truly an honor. To Doc, the coaching staff and the boys, it was a privilege going into battle with all of you! Something I’ll never forget!! Thank you to the Dodgers staff and front office for welcoming me and my wife with open arms from day one. To the Dodger Faithful and Pantone 294, you guys are amazing! 50,000 strong, bleeding Dodger Blue night in and night out. Thank you for making my experience as a Dodger, one I will cherish forever. I know we didn’t achieve our goal of bringing a championship back to Chavez Ravine, but there is no doubt in my mind that with this group of guys a World Series Title is on the horizon. Gracias por hacerme sentir como en casa. El Ministro

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Thank you…was truly an honor…something I’ll never forget…I’ll cherish forever…can’t wait to pop 40 BOMBS at CBP next season…

Fine. He didn’t write that last part, but it sure seems like he’s on his way out of there.

I know. I know. You don’t want him, he doesn’t always hustle, and, of course, this:

But here’s the silver lining: Boston fans HATE him, and I find that to be an extremely endearing quality:

Say no more. I’m in.

Golden Tate on “Strong Legs” and Yards After the Catch

Kevin Kinkead - October 31, 2018

Golden Tate spoke to the media for about 17 minutes today, which I think is the longest introductory press conference we’ve had in the past few years.

Two minutes of that was an opening statement, where Tate thanked the Detroit Lions and expressed his gratitude for now being a part of the Eagles’ organization.

Some notes from his first Philadelphia availability:

Initial reaction?

“My mouth kind of dropped a bit. I read all of the articles and talked to my agent several times. I think I found out before my agent did. It was a shock, information overload… it kind of threw me off.”

Your fit in this offense?

“You know, it’s still early, it’s been less than 24 hours at this point and just meeting with the coaches, I had a chance to meet with Mike Groh and Gunter Brewer and coach Pederson. My job is going to be to learn this material and system as fast as possible, learn my teammates, try to find a way to bond with these guys pretty quickly. I don’t get the offseason and the OTAs and all of that. I missed that. I’m gonna be working hard just to try to fit in, but I wanna do whatever is gonna help this team win. I’m not coming here demanding anything. I just want to learn it, and when the ball is in my hands I wanna make a play.”

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JOB OPENINGS: Betting Content, Video Editor

Kyle Scott - October 26, 2018

Hello, we’re hiring.

Two positions, for now.

 

Betting and sports content

Looking for someone who can write well, speak coherently, and appear on video to generate content targeted at a national audience about betting and at a local audience about sports.

 

Skills required:

Must have experience as a quality, self-sufficient writer who can turn in clean copy and knows the basic tenants to Journalism, which is what we do here.

Must have a deep understanding of sports betting, lines, odds, and the ability to conduct superior research and analysis well beyond being just a jackass who knows sports. But if you’re also a jackass who knows sports, fine.

Must know Philly sports, as well.

Self-styled NBA expert.

Someone who can speak in clear English sentences for the purpose of appearing on podcasts.

Must be comfortable and embrace appearing in video distributed to tens or hundreds of thousands of people who will look to you for wisdom, intellect, and then most likely shred you to pieces in the comment section.

Must have thick skin (see previous requirement).

Technical proficiency with basic web tools and recording and editing programs.

Knowledge of SEO or other online marketing tactics, and a history of building an audience, is a bonus.

Availability to occasional work nights and weekends and be willing to step up when the situation arises.

Your experience must be something other than “I like sports” — you must have prior samples to show for all or most of the above.

 

Unspokens:

Self-starter

Comfort in a startup-small business environment

Ability to work from home or make daily commute to an office (still deciding)

Engaging personality

Excellent work ethic

Position: Full-time

Compensation: Entry to intermediate level

 

Video editor and producer

Looking for someone to shoot and edit in-house video for the purpose of generating multiple pieces of daily content on every social media platform.

 

Skills required:

Ability to shoot video with professional camera and lighting equipment, because we’re mostly ugly and will need help in that regard.

Prior experience editing videos, bonus if for a social setting. Though we get many of you have shot weddings, please don’t send us wedding videos unless they were edited for the ‘Gram.

Graphics, audio and formatting knowledge.

General knowledge of sports and their basic concepts, terms and framing.

Willingness to appear on-camera a bonus.

Also a bonus if you have other digital marketing skills.

Availability to occasionally work nights and weekends, sometimes up to one day per week.

Must have prior samples to show.

 

Unspokens:

Comfort in a startup-small business environment

Ability to work from home or make daily commute to an office (still deciding)

Excellent work ethic

 

Position: Contract or full-time

Compensation: Commensurate with level of work

 

How to apply

OK, this is your first test. If you can’t figure out how to send me an email, you are unqualified for the position.

Send an email, including a little bit about yourself – a resume if you have it is fine – but please include links to your publicly available social profiles and any prior relevant work and content.

I may not be able to get back to everyone, so if I don’t, we are genuinely appreciative of your interest.

 

CB Sports LLC is an equal opportunity employer, so we welcome applicants of all backgrounds. Unless you’re a Mets fan.

BetStars NJ Review and $500 in Free Bets Promo

Kyle Scott - October 22, 2018

BetStars NJ launched their sports betting app which is now available for both iOS and Android, and they offering a pretty outrageous promo code and deposit bonus.

Owned by The Stars Group, a Canadian-based company that powers the popular PokerStars app, BetStars is targeting DraftKings and FanDuel directly, bringing its mobile-focused product to New Jersey with an AGGRESSIVE promo and deposit bonus.

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Bonus: $500 in free bets

Minimum Deposit: $10

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Interface
8
Odds
8
Bonuses
8
Deposit methods
9
Stability
7
Variety of action
9
Review

BetStars NJ is a very good sports betting app. It is clean and easy to use. Odds and action are laid out in an obvious way, and unique odds boosts and promos are clearly called out and add an element of fun to the app. The deposit methods and aggressive promo make it worth trying for anyone looking for an alternative to the big US brands.

8.17
Very good

BetStars NJ promo

BetStars is offering new customers up to $500 in free bets. Click on the link to get the offer and to download the app. Here’s all the details:

Place your first sport bet and get a matched Free Bet up to $50

Moreover, for every $150 you wager after that, you’ll get another $50 Free Bet up to $450 (bet a total of $1,350 to redeem the full value of your bonus)

If you already have a Stars Account, you can get started straight away! Use your existing Stars ID to start playing at BetStars and make the most of your Welcome Bonus!

BetStars is only available via the BetStars and PokerStars apps. Download now and enjoy everything we have to offer.

Minimum odds of +100 apply to all qualifying bets.

Not bad.

Currently, they are also running a series of boosts and promos.

Bet $25 and get a free $5 bet– pretty straightforward, available every week

NFL 2 Minute Drill– if you place any NFL moneyline bet and your team is leading with two minutes to go and loses, you’ll get a refund up to $20

Super Boost— get a boost on football 3-bet parlays

Stars Stack— better odds on multiple players scoring touchdowns

Lock in Your Profits— similar to DraftKings, you have the option to cash out of live bets, which has been popular and adds a whole new dimension to betting

Spin and Bet— spin the wheel to get up to a 10x odds boost

Overall, these are just really fun options. While I wouldn’t recommend basing your entire strategy on any promo offer, they can add a casual element to the betting experience, while also occasionally being a good strategic play.

Sports offered

As expect, BetStars, which uses its own proprietary technology platform, offers action on just about every sport you can imagine, including:

Baseball

Basketball

Boxing and UFC

Cricket

Cycling

Darts

Football

Golf

Hockey

Motor Sports

Rugby

Soccer

Tennis

Deposit methods

Being familiar to the online gambling space, BetStars predictably offers a range of deposit options: Visa, MasterCard, eChecks, PayNearMe, PokerStars Play+, Neteller, Resorts Casino, Instant Online Banking, Skrill and PayPal. This is probably second only to SugarHouse Sportsbook and the wide range of options they offer.

BetStars NJ initial thoughts

I’ve spent a good chunk of the summer chronicling this stuff, and from the beginning it was clear that BetStars would be one of the top companies to challenge DraftKings and FanDuel. They are mobile-focused and have experience in New Jersey with their popular poker app. All of this means that, unlike the casino apps, they have more of a focus on technology to compete with the daily fantasy brands while also understanding the sports betting market.

The most important thing is initial customer acquisition. While DraftKings and FanDuel have largely (and rightfully) relied on their well-established brand names, the casino sportsbooks and international companies will have to get inventive to lure new customers. So far, PlayMGM and Caesars haven’t done anything to stand out – no deposit bonus, lack of iOS app, poor interface – while several others have done well to differentiate themselves.

PointsBet, an Australian sportsbook which isn’t even live yet in New Jersey, will offer spread betting that allows users to win (or lose) multiples on over-under bets. Really interesting. Meanwhile, BetStars comes out swinging with an attention-grabbing bonus that almost guarantees new sign ups.

App availability

BetStars’ NJ sports betting app is available on Android and iOS and, soon, through a web-based interface. Their iOS app originally lived inside PokerStars until a standalone version was released on October 21, 2018.

BetStars’ app has been live in Europe for some time and it will carry over the same general look and feel, with US-based promos and call to actions. Here are some BetStars NJ screenshots:

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Things we like

BetStars NJ offers odds boost on popular stacks. For instance, for Thursday Night Football tonight, you can get Andy Dalton, Joe Mixon and AJ Green to all score at +350– all from the click of a banner at the top of the app.

BetStars NJ also offers the popular cashout option which allows users to minimize their losses or ensure a profit before the end of an event.

And while BetStars’ mobile interface isn’t maybe the most fancy or modern – that one goes to FanDuel – it’s super clean and easy to read. Almost like Google, it just makes sense. All the information is laid out in a clean and easy to read way. It’s no frills, but highly functional, which is exactly what you want when your own money is on the line.

Meanwhile, players will also enjoy the Super Boost feature which offers pumped up odds and better payouts on predetermined parlays.

The app’s cleanliness and entertaining offers makes for an easy to use and fun wagering experience.

History

BetStars, which is owned by Canadian company The Stars Group and has had a lot of success in Europe, is a mobile-first product built on the PokerStars platform. They launched their sports betting app in the US in late September in New Jersey under the Resorts Digital license, which is also used by DraftKings.

According to Google Trends data, BetStars has lagged behind DraftKings and FanDuel in terms of interest, for the obvious reason of not having anywhere near the same level of brand recognition. At least not yet. They had held off on their marketing push until the iOS app arrived, so now you can expect to see more of their branding.

A modern betting app

BetStars is the best of the international brands competing in the US betting space. First and foremost, they offer a user-friendly app. It lacks the slick interface of FanDuel and the familiarly of DraftKings, but it’s clean and simple and just works. The learning curve is very low.

So while BetStars has been slow on the uptick, they are worth checking out, both for the user-friendly interface and the range of fun promos and options they offer for casual and experienced bettors. You can download both the Android and iOS apps by clicking bet now.

Full disclosure: We are an affiliate of legal New Jersey sports betting sites, so we may receive a commission if you use our links.

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Bonus: $500 in free bets

Minimum Deposit: $10

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