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Favorites to bet on for the MLS season

Posted by GameSetMatch on February 15th, 2013

The MLS (Major League Soccer) remains relatively obscure outside of the States, despite the recent presence of David Beckham in the league, and indeed many of the UK-based sports betting sites do not offer MLS betting markets or odds information. However in the U.S. betting on the league is every bit as popular as other forms of gambling like playing at online casino sites, meaning that there is plenty of interest there as to who might win the MLS. Picking one of the favorites is not always the best option, and is certainly not a guarantee of success, but knowing who they are at least provides a basic guideline.
Unsurprisingly the favourites for the MLS at many sports betting sites are LA Galaxy, the side that Beckham played for during his time in the States, and probably the MLS team that people outside of the U.S. will be most aware of. LA Galaxy currently have odds of around 4/1 to win the MLS, and they certainly represent a pretty safe bet, but also not one that would stand to win you very much. Instead you may want to pick a side with slightly longer odds, such as San Jose Earthquakes or Houston Dynamos as, although it is more risky, it also presents a better chance of a good return on your bet.
For fans outside of the U.S., betting on the winner of the MLS will represent a serious challenge – as there is little coverage of the league in England. Of course for some sports betting fans this is part of the kick, but for others they may prefer to stick to playing at an online casino instead, when they want a break off standard UK sports betting markets. Have a look at http://www.luckynuggetcasino.com/au/online-pokies/ for a good start. After all there are plenty of quirky football slots at these sites, which will offer a real alternative to betting on the same old English and European matches, while also offering the traditional benefits of slots – like being easy and cheap to play, with the chance of big jackpots. For those looking to keep more control over their wagers there is always the opportunity to have a go at poker – a more skill-based game that is actually down to skill, more than luck.

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Ravens

Posted by Decker on August 27th, 2012

The Ravens are the best team in DC-Baltimore. That is no knock on the Orioles or Nationals, however.

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Rafael Nadal Out, Again

Posted by kirsch17 on August 15th, 2012

More bad news came for Rafael Nadal and his fans today as he just announced that he has to withdraw from the US Open later this month. Nadal, who also missed The Olympics and lost in the 2nd round of Wimbledon to someone ranked 100th in the world, will now miss the last Grand Slam tournament of the year. Nadal’s knees are not yet healed after citing tendonitis again for the reason of his withdraws. This is a huge blow to the 3rd ranked player in the world because he needs all the points he can get. Losing in the 2nd round of Wimbledon cost Nadal a lot of points after making it to the finals the previous year, and missing The Olympics cost him points he could have picked up (and defending his Gold metal he won in 2008). Andy Murray is now only 600 points behind Nadal for 3rd with the entire US Open still to be played. Because Nadal made it to the final last year he loses 1,200 points and if Murray makes it back to the semis again like he did last year, he doesn’t lose any of his 720 points he made from that, thus moving him into the 3rd spot ahead of Nadal. This is bad for Nadal fans, but this is even worse for Nadal himself. Not only for himself but also for the sport, hopefully the fiery Spaniard can get healthy again and come back to the sport that he loves to the fans that love him.

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The 100 Million Dollar Man

Posted by Decker on August 4th, 2010

Everybody has a price.

For Albert Haynesworth, it is doughnuts and cookies.

What a waste of $40 million guaranteed. Will the Redskins ever learn their lesson? Probably not. They just spend and spend with no regard. Acquiring Donovan McNabb could bring them to new heights, but it will not alleviate their pain. They are paying Haynesworth so much money, and all he is doing is complaining about defensive schemes and failing conditioning tests. Mike Shanahan needs to get his “star player” in check, otherwise the season could be over before it starts. That is, if Haynesworth is able to walk on the field for game one.

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Upcoming Autograph Signing: Earl Weaver

Posted by GameSetMatch on July 7th, 2010

 

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Revisiting 2002

Posted by Decker on June 28th, 2010

Revisiting trades can be brutal for some teams. Right now, the Nationals seem to have a very bright future ahead of them. However, they could be better now. In this case, when they were the Montreal Expos, the Nationals made a terrible trade. They acquired Bartolo Colon in 2002. Washington (or Montreal at the time) traded Cliff Lee, Grady Sizemore, and Brandon Phillips to get Colon’s services. That off-season, Montreal traded him anyway. So they parted with three all-star caliber players to get Colon for half a season. Just imagine if that trade had not been done.

by David at the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Strasburg Shines

Posted by Decker on June 9th, 2010

Tuesday night, Stephen Strasburg made his long awaited debut. And he did not disappoint. After three innings, he had already struck out six batters. Soon after, he let up a 2-run home run that just made it over the fence. But he kept his composure, and seemed to get better against the Pirates as the night went along. When it was all set and done, Strasburg struck out 14 batters in seven innings of work. Including that, he struck out the final seven batters that he faced.

The entire sports world is praising Strasburg, and he deserves it. Let’s just remember that Mark Prior dominated the Pirates in his debut, and look what happened to him. But so far, Strasburg looks like the real deal. Washington will likely be selling out whenever he pitches this season. Fans in Washington have something to be very excited about.

by David at the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Redskins want Super Bowl in D.C.

Posted by GameSetMatch on June 3rd, 2010

Now that the New York area is getting a cold-weather Super Bowl, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is going to try to do the same for the nation’s capital.

Snyder said Wednesday he doesn’t think it’ll be long before a Super Bowl comes to Washington. He’s anticipating a “great experience” for the NFL in 2014 at the Meadowlands. He thinks that will spur the league to give other nontraditional Super Bowl cities a chance.

The 2014 Super Bowl will be the first to be played outdoors in a cold-weather city. The league made an exception to its usual temperature rule and awarded the game to the Giants’ and Jets’ new stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Click here to read the full article – By Associated Press of ESPN.com



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Running Back Frenzy

Posted by Decker on June 2nd, 2010

It has been a busy off-season for the Washington Redskins, which is centered on the acquisition of Donovan McNabb. Some think that McNabb will lead the Redskins to new heights, but it is difficult to think this is true because he will not have too much to work with. From a coaching perspective, Mike Shanahan is at the top. The offensive line is garbage, and the wide receiving core is past their prime.

But Redskins fans are hoping that their running backs will produce. On paper, a running back trio comprised of Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, and Willie Parker looks good. But in reality, it is not. After some productive seasons, Willie Parker does not provide too much. And, injuries always come into question. With Larry Johnson, the risk has essentially no reward to lead to. He only averaged 3.3 yards per carry last year, and is absolutely a team distraction. Portis is a good player, but is coming off of a bad injury, and is aging a little bit, in terms of running-back standards.

The Redskins will certainly be a better team this year. At the very least, Donovan McNabb will provide a spark. But in reality, he has big names to hand off the ball to. That doesn’t mean those players will produce.

by David at the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Let’s Cool Down On Strasburg

Posted by Decker on June 2nd, 2010

Stephen Strasburg is set to make his Major League Baseball debut on June 8th against the Pittsburgh Pirates. So far, Strasburg has a 3-1 record with a 1.27 ERA in five Triple-A starts. Everyone seems so incredibly certain that Strasburg will dominate on the Major League level. While it is possible, it is not a guarantee. If his ERA in his first start is above a 3.00, will people assume that he will not instantly dominate? And if he does do well, it will not automatically bring success. Mark Prior dominated the Pirates in his first ever start, with ten strikeouts; and look at him now.

The Nationals need something to cheer about. They have not had a winning season in an extremely long time, and have not had a superstar since Vladimir Guerrero bolted from the Montreal days. Stephen Strasburg could be the franchise’s savior. But then again, he may not be.

by David at the Sports Fan Blog Network

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