Two struggling American League teams will square off on ESPN’s Monday Night Baseball when the Texas Rangers host the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series. The Red Sox (48-48) are in a much different position though — currently sitting in last place in the AL East — while the Rangers (56-38) still lead the AL West by five games despite losing two of three on the road to the second-place Los Angeles Angels over the weekend. Read more…

 

The New England Patriots recorded an AFC-best 13-3 record last season behind future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, who threw for a career-high 5,235 yards. Brady also benefited greatly from All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski until he suffered a high ankle sprain against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game. Gronkowski put up historic numbers for his position, recording 90 catches for 1,327 yards and set an NFL record for a tight end with 18 touchdowns. Read more…

 

The Denver Broncos started last season 1-4 under quarterback Kyle Orton but turned things around in Week 7 after head coach John Fox made the switch to Tim Tebow, who led them to seven wins in eight games, which was good enough to win the AFC West. The Broncos are hoping another QB switch to future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning will prevent them from getting off to a another slow start and help them reach their ultimate goal of winning another Super Bowl title. Tebow’s departure to the New York Jets via trade could only be justified by bringing in a replacement of Manning’s caliber, and signing him to a five-year deal worth $96 million shows the team is committed to winning with him despite the fact that he is coming off a severe neck injury. Denver is a slight favorite to win the AFC West this year at +170, 15/2 to win the AFC Championship and 16/1 to win Super Bowl XLVII. Read more…

 

SEC Looking to Win Seventh Straight BCS National Title

On July 18, 2012, in News, by Vegas Matty

Last year, the SEC continued its annual dominance of college football, winning the national championship for the sixth year in a row. The Alabama Crimson Tide went 11-1 during the regular season, with their only loss coming to their SEC rivals the LSU Tigers in a 9-6 defensive grind in early November. The Tide turned though as they took full advantage of their shot at revenge, shutting out LSU 21-0 in the BCS title game. While Alabama did lose star running back Trent Richardson to the NFL along with seven other players, the team is still returning seven offensive starters, including starting quarterback A.J. McCarron, as well as four defensive starters. Bama is expected to be a major contender for another national championship this year at 11/2 odds and is one of two co-favorites to win the SEC at 11/5 co-favorite. Read more…