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Your NFL Week 2 Betting Line Movement Chart

BWanksCB - September 16, 2018

I find it sometimes useful to know how the point spreads shift as the week progresses because it’s good to have a sense of how the public is approaching each game and how bookmakers subsequently react. Lines move for plenty of different reasons. For instance, injury developments can play a key role. In the Packers/Vikings game, the previously uncertain status of Aaron Rodgers kept DraftKings from offering odds on early Monday morning, but his injured knee has clearly impacted the spread in that game. The Packers opened as a 2-point favorite at FanDuel earlier in the week, but are now a 3-point favorite. That’s an absurd 5 points of movement.

Team performance has shaken things up in a few games, too. The dreadful Week 1 performance of the Detroit Lions helped transform the 49ers from 3-point to 6.5 point favorites. Same goes for the Jets who received some love for that win over the Lions. Look at the Rams and Cardinals. There was an aggressive 3.5-point shift in that one after the Rams’ emphatic win in Oakland.

In other cases, the line may move in response to how a specific game is being bet by the public. This week, we see subtle movements in the Panthers/Falcons and Saints/Browns games.

Above, I’ve provided a chart with the FanDuel and DraftKings odds from Monday morning and the odds as of 10 a.m. this morning to help give you a sense of how the lines have shifted at these popular books as we close in on the Sunday slate.

While FanDuel and DraftKings are both easy to use and offer users both good bonuses and a wide-range of betting options, I also recommend taking a look at the BetStars NJ and PlaySugarHouse apps to ensure you are getting the best odds and prices if you happen to be in New Jersey and plan to play this weekend. Always look for the best value before locking in your wagers.

Jemele Hill’s ESPN Stint Ends Not With a Bang but With a Whimper

Philip Keidel - September 14, 2018

Rumors of Jemele Hill’s impending departure from ESPN have been circulating for weeks.

Today, Hill announced her departure from the Worldwide Leader:

Hill proclaims that the past 12 years at ESPN was “where I became the best version of myself, both personally and professionally.” That’s a fairly glossy summation.

Professionally, Hill’s biggest chance at ESPN came when the network entrusted its six o’clock SportsCenter — traditionally one of its most coveted slots — to her and co-host Michael Smith. “SC6” never really took off, though, and lasted just over a year.

Well, the show did, anyway.

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Sports Betting Updates

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Your Friday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - September 14, 2018

Despite a 48-point outburst against the Saints, I don’t think the Buccaneers are as good as the Falcons.

I’d take Matt Ryan over Ryan Fitzpatrick any day. Same goes with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman over Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers and both of Atlanta’s two top wide receivers. With that being said, it will still be a tough game for the Birds. Especially since it’ll be in the low 90s and humid with the chance of rain on Sunday.

Tampa doesn’t have the best personnel, but that doesn’t mean they’re not able to put up 48 points against a potential NFC champion like New Orleans. It was something that Malcolm Jenkins called “eye-opening.”

“They did put up 48 points. After watching them, it was definitely eye-opening. They didn’t [score 48] by accident. They made plays. The last time we played them a few years ago, we went into that game thinking that this team takes a lot of shots downfield. It’s easy to see that storyline remains the same. They’re attacking the deep end of the field.

“They have guys making plays on the ball. Their quarterback isn’t afraid to sling it around. We look back at our game against Atlanta, one of the things we want to improve on are those chunk plays. It’s definitely going to be an opportunity to right some of those mistakes. And I’m sure they watched the same Eagles everyone else has, so they’re going to have a plan [for dealing with the Eagles’ pass rush]. Pressure like that makes it a lot easier for us to have success on defense.

“I can’t imagine they won’t prepare for us up front.”

It might be a little tougher for the Eagles if Shelton Gibson and Darren Sproles don’t play. The two special teams returners didn’t practice yesterday, which could mean Nelson Agholor and Corey Clement could take over kick and punt return duties, respectively.

As for the Bucs, they didn’t have starting corner Brent Grimes or rookie defensive tackle Vita Vea practicing yesterday. DeSean Jackson and Jason Pierre-Paul were limited participants. They’ll also have some inside intel, thanks to former Eagles Vinny Curry and Beau Allen.

It will be an interesting test for the Eagles, especially with a long break. But they better be prepared for another possible magical performance from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Elsewhere, plenty of former Eagles were announced as nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.

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GGG Beats Canelo for the Second Time This Weekend

Kevin Kinkead - September 13, 2018

The summer of 2017 featured three of most intriguing and anticipated combat sports matchups of the past five years, if we’re being honest.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor wasn’t the greatest fight ever, but it was absolutely entertaining. Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 was, of course, derailed by another controversy. But the bigger travesty was the result of the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight.

Not sure how much you remember about the score cards, but one judge had it 115-113 Triple-G, another had it as a 114-114 draw, and a third judge inexplicably went 118-110 in favor of Alvarez.

That’s Adalaide Byrd, whose card was universally destroyed by pretty much everybody. She wasn’t suspended, but essentially sidelined for a bit by the Nevada State Athletic Commission before returning to judge UFC 222.

If you recall anything about the fight itself, GGG was the aggressor and Canelo spent a lot of time defending. It was a classic case of volume vs. efficiency, with Golovkin outlanding Canelo 218 to 169 and landing more punches in 10 of the 12 rounds.

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Ric Flair Got Married for the Fifth Time

Kevin Kinkead - September 13, 2018

I’m on my first marriage but Ric Flair is approaching a half-dozen.

The 69 year old tied the knot yesterday with Wendy Barlow, his longtime fiance, at a North Florida resort. Barlow is a Canadian former professional tennis player, and if you’re an OG wrestling fan, you might remember her as “Fifi the French Maid” who used to be ringside with Flair during the 1990s.

Wedding details from TMZ:

We’re told it was a low-key deal … but The Undertaker was there and, for some reason, Dolph Ziggler walked Wendy down the aisle.

The wedding is Ric’s fifth — but he and Barlow have been dating for over six years … and have known each other since she worked as Fifi the Maid in Flair’s WCW days.

Flair walked down the aisle to “Ric Flair Drip,” which has something like 157 million youtube views:

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Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - September 12, 2018

This stick figure video pretty much sums up my interest in the Phillies right now.

It’s not good at all. They played two against the Nationals yesterday and lost both. The first game was a 3-1 defeat and featured Spencer Kieboom losing a tooth and hitting his first career home run:

You probably saw it on TV or social media during the game or after. If you saw it live at Citizens Bank Park, congrats? You’re part of a really exclusive club:

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Sports Radio 94 WIP is Moving

Kevin Kinkead - September 11, 2018

They’re not moving far, just about 20 blocks up the street to a new location.

This is technically old news and a badly kept secret, but there just hasn’t been much reporting on it.

Jeff Blumental and others at the Philadelphia Business Journal have dropped some information here and there, and there’s a new story up on the PBJ website from Natalie Kostelni, who reports that the lease has been signed to move 94 WIP to 2400 Market Street:

Long story short, Entercom’s national headquarters has always been located in the region, even though they never owned any Philly radio stations. When they purchased WIP, WOGL, WPHT, and the other CBS stations for $2.4 billion last year, they finally had a local cluster in the same market as their HQ.

Right now the stations are located in three different areas. 94 WIP and 1210 WPHT operate out of 400 Market Street. KYW News Radio shares the same floor at 15th and Spring Garden with CBS 3, who used to be their television counterpart and sister station. The recently acquired 101.1 More FM is based in Bala Cynwyd along with 96.5 and WOGL. The country station, 92.5 WXTU, is being sold to Beasley.

Under the new arrangement, Entercom would move all six of these stations to the new space at 24th and Market, shared with Aramark, who is also moving west from their previous location at 11th and Market. It just makes more sense for Entercom to get all of their local properties under the same umbrella and consolidate everything into one building. At least I’m assuming that’s the goal here.

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Eagles Tuesday: Jim Schwartz and Mike Groh on Tampa Bay and Other Topics

Kevin Kinkead - September 11, 2018

Gotta be honest, when I saw Tampa Bay on the week two schedule and thought about the Jameis Winston suspension, I figured this might be an easy win for the Eagles.

I did not see the Bucs going out to New Orleans in week one and winning a shoot out against Drew Brees. I don’t think anybody did.

The task at hand looks tougher than originally thought for a 1-0 Birds team that showed some great defensive stuff last Thursday but needs to get the offense in gear moving forward.

Today coordinators Jim Schwartz and Mike Groh talked about weeks one and two.

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