Archive for October, 2010

NFL – Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati Bengals – Preview

October 28, 2010

This weekend, the Miami Dolphins will head to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals. Being the 2.5 point favorites, these two teams will square off with the Bengals. Currently, at 43.5 sits the over/under for the game.

Last week, the Bengals had an offensive explosion as Carson Palmer assaulted his opponents through the air. With more than 100 yards and Terrell Owens was close to 100 yards as well, the Bengals had 2 receivers. It seems that Palmer has not been consistent enough to keep this team going, although the Bengals have shown the potential to light up the scoreboard.

While the offense was solid, the defense could not stop the Falcons, which was the problem in the last week. on the season, they are now 2-4.

To this point in the season, they’ve struggled, while the Bengals have a solid home tradition. Of their last 8 home games, they have won 6. The problem is, at home recently, the Bengals have struggled against Miami, winning just 1 of their last 6 home competitions against Miami.

Last weekend, the Dolphins suffered a close lose to the hands of the Steelers. On the season, the loss dropped the Dolphins to 3-3. With confidence this weekend, the Dolphins should go into Cincinnati. Overall, against Cincinnati, they have won 8 of their last 10 and they have won 4 of their last 5 road games against all opponents.

After tough losses last weekend, this game will feature two teams trying to get back on track.

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Middleweight Bout – Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen – UFC 121

October 21, 2010

On Saturday, October 23, Spike TV will show two undercard fights from UFC 121. Court McGee against Ryan Jensen will be pitted in the second of the two fights.

For the first time since winning The Ultimate Fighter this past June, McGee will return to the octagon. By submitting Kris McCray via rear-naked choke in the second round, he won the crown. To earn McGee “Submission of the Night”, the submission was also good enough.

The win was McGee’s sixth in a row, against McCray. With six of his wins coming by submission, he has amassed a 12-1 record in his career. At the Ultimate Combat Experience in December of 2007, his lone loss was by unanimous decision against Jeremy Horn.

Since 1997, Ryan Jensen has been competing in MMA. In the timeframe, he has compiled a 15-6 record and he is 2-4 in UFC fights. Jensen, in his last four fights is 2-2. At UFC Fight Night 19, he lost to Wilson Gouveia and to Mark Muñoz at UFC 108. By way of submission came both the losses. He defeated Jesse Forbes with a guillotine choke submission 66 seconds into the first round, in his most recent fight.

Sports betting online experts favorite, McGee comes into the fight with a lot of hype, as the winner of a popular reality show. Jensen believes he can win back-to-back UFC fights for the first time and he isn’t concerned about the hype or about McGee’s strong record. Jensen said, “I’m not really worried about this dude at all technically. He hasn’t fought anybody tough.”

Bulls @ Mountaineers – Preview – NCAA College Football

October 13, 2010

On Thursday, the South Florida Bulls and the No. 25 West Virginia Mountaineers battle in a clash of Big East conference rivals at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium (7:45 pm ET, ESPN).

On Saturday, South Florida lost its last game 13-9 against conference rival Syracuse Orangemen. The 22 combined points kept the score under the total, while South Florida failed to cover as an 8-point favorite.

Against the UNLV Running Rebels, West Virginia was a 49-10 winner in their most recent outing at home. The score went over the total and they cashed as a 27–point favorite.

West Virginia is 4-1 SU and 3-1 ATS, while South Florida is 3-2 SU and 1-3 ATS this season.

West Virginia is 9-1 SU in October and 7-3 SU in the Big East, while South Florida is 4-6 SU in October and 4-6 SU in the conference.

On the road, the total has gone over in 4 of South Florida’s last 5 games, and South Florida is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road. At home, West Virginia is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games.

NHL – New York Rangers – Season Preview

October 5, 2010

The New York Rangers, sports betting favorite lost in a shootout on the last day of the season to the Philadelphia Flyers, denying the Rangers a playoff bid in 2009-2010 season and they hope that their 2010-2011 season ends much better. The Rangers appear to be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, on paper.

Key Additions:

With the additions of Alexander Frolov and Todd White, the Rangers are looking to bolster their offensive lines. At the goaltender position, Martin Biron will provide quality depth, as he backs up one of the game’s best net minders in Henrik Lundqvist.

Key Losses:

Forward Olli Jokinen is decided not to re-sign by the Rangers after acquiring him at the trade deadline. Often struggling to get on the score sheet, Jokinen did not live up to the expectations of the Rangers front office.

This season, the Rangers are hoping to spread the offense around so that star forward Marion Gaborik does not have to shoulder the load of the scoring. Leaving Gaborik as their only scoring threat on many nights, many times last season other forwards did not contribute enough points.

If the Rangers hope to make the post season this year, another aspect where they need to improve is on defense. From the likes of Michael Del Zotto and Matt Gilroy, who now have a season of experience under their belts, head coach John Tortorella hopes to get more consistent play. The New York Rangers have a good shot at making the playoffs in 2010-2011, with more balanced scoring and consistent play from their defensemen.