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    Monday’s six-pack


    — Bryce Harper has a bad bone bruise but no ligament damage; he is on the DL.


    — Padres extended manager Andy Green’s contract thru 2021.


    — Nationals 6, Giants 2– Washington salvages a twinbill split with Howie Kendrick hitting a walk-off homer.


    — San Diego State’s football team has had an outbreak of chicken pox this week.


    — Alex Mack of the Falcons lost 12 pounds during a practice this weekend. Oy.


    — DL happenings:


    Milwaukee put P Brent Suter (shoulder) on DL


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    Monday’s Den: Notes on NFC teams…….


    Random notes on NFC teams:

    Arizona— Carson Palmer turns 38 on Dec 27; only 27 NFL QB’s have thrown 200+ passes at age 38 or older— 13 of those 17 are or will be in the Hall of Fame. Arizona had the oldest offense in the NFL last year; their time to win a Super Bowl is this year, or else. Over is 13-3 in Arizona road games the last two years; since 2014, under is 14-9-1 in Cardinal home games.


    Atlanta— Blew a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl, fired their DC, lost their OC, have a new stadium this year. Falcons scored 58 TD’s last year, punted 48 times with only 11 turnovers— they were only the third team since 1996 to score a TD on more than 33.3% of their drives. Now what? Underdogs are 13-3 vs spread in Falcon home games, since Quinn has been coach.


    Carolina— How is Cam Newton’s shoulder? That is Question #1. Panthers were -2 in turnovers LY (6-10), after being +20/+3/+11 the three years before that (15-1/7-8-1/12-4). Over last four years, Carolina is 4-10-1 vs spread as a road favorite- their front office had in-fighting this winter— the GM got fired— will that affect the players?


    Chicago— QB Mike Glennon played QB at NC State after Russell Wilson bolted for Wisconsin; then he went 5-13 over two years as a starter in Tampa Bay before they drafted Jameis Winston. He’s thrown 11 passes the last two years, is now renting the Bears’ #1 job until they decide that #1 pick Mitch Trubisky is ready to be the starter. Awkward situation.


    Dallas— Dak Prescott makes $540K this year, $630K next year, which bails Dallas out of a lot of its salary cap quandries. Cowboys ran the ball 59.4% of time on 1st down LY, averaged 5.1 yds/rush on those runs, and averaged 8.9 yds/pass on play action passes. As a result, Cowboys faced 3rd-lowest number of 3rd downs in NFL. Will Prescott fight the sophomore jinx this year?


    Detroit— As a Ram fan, I was frustrated by how bad OT Greg Robinson was for the Rams the last few years; now he is a Lion and is the LT, protecting Matthew Stafford’s blind side. Detroit’s backup QB’s are Jake Rudock/Brad Kaaya. Lions have lost nine playoff games in a row- their last playoff win was in 1991. If Detroit makes the playoffs this year, I’ll be very surprised.


    Green Bay— Since 1992, Packers have had Favre/Rodgers at QB, two first-ballot Hall of Famers. They won Super Bowl in ’96 and ’10, lost in ’97- should they be winning more than they have? Pack made playoffs last 7 years and 14 of last 20 years, but are just 13-13 in playoff games since Favre won his Super Bowl. Last three years, Green Bay is 14-7-2 vs spread as a home favorite.


    LA Rams— 31-year old Sean McVay was hired to develop Jared Goff as a QB, but before that, they have to put together an offensive line that can protect him. 35-year old Andrew Whitwroth was brought in from Cincinnati to play LT and fortify the line. Rams were 4-5 LY, led Miami 10-0 with 5:00 to go in Goff’s debut in Game #10— had they won that game, Jeff Fisher would likely still be the Rams’ coach.


    Minnesota— Vikings went 8-8 with a +11 turnover ratio; no bueno; they had 54 third-and-1’s last year, converted 11-15 (73.3%) times when they threw the ball, 25-39 (64.1%) when they ran it. Sam Bradford is 32-45-1 as an NFL starter, 14-15 since leaving the Rams. Minnesota hasn’t won a playoff game since 2009; since ’05, they’re 1-4 in playoff games. Vikings have had eight #1 QB’s over the last 12 years. Bridgewater’s knee injury last summer was incredibly bad luck.


    NJ Giants— Giants have had one #1 QB since 2005; Eli Manning has played all 192 games, and that is his greatest strength— he shows up to work every week. Giants won Super Bowl after 2007/2011 seasons, going 4-0 in playoffs both years; other than those two years, since 2001, Big Blue is 0-5 in playoff games. Have been in playoffs twice in last eight years, are 1-5 in Week 1 the last six years- they open vs Dallas this year for 5th time in last six years.


    New Orleans— Does signing Adrian Peterson mean Saints will run ball more to protect a poor defense and a 38-year old QB? NO scored 400+ points the last six years, but made playoffs only once in last five years, going 7-9 in other four. Last three years, Saints are 5-13-1 vs spread as a home favorite, 5-0 as home dogs- they’re 3-8 in last 11 tries as a road favorite. Over is 16-8 in Superdome games the last three years; over is 13-11 in NO road games during that time.


    Philadelphia— Eagles missed playoffs five of last six years; their last playoff win was in 2008, but they had to be happy with rookie QB Wentz LY. This will be first time since 2012 that Iggles had same #1 QB as year before (Michael Vick). Philly was 4-1 vs spread as a home underdog LY, after being 1-10 in that role from 2007-15. Eagles were favored in only two of their eight home games LY; the last five years, they’re 5-9-1 vs spread in home games vs divisional rivals.


    San Francisco— Four head coaches in four years is never good; they’re 7-25 since Jim Harbaugh took his act to Ann Arbor. Over last five years, 49ers have averaged 3.96 starts per draft pick, which is poor, so John Lynch runs franchise now; smart guy, but he’s never done this before. As of June 3, 51 of 90 players on roster were acquired since Lynch took over- they let 27 of 31 free agents walk. Kyle Shanahan is the new coach, after helping Falcons win NFC title last season.


    Seattle— Seahawks are 56-23-1 the last five years; they’ve won at least one playoff game in 8 of last 10 seasons, but throwing that INT on goal line at end of Super Bowl will haunt them until they win another Super Bowl. Russell Wilson is 8-4 in playoff games; he was a 3rd-round pick, just like Joe Montana, who was 16-7 in playoff games. Seattle is 6-10 vs spread as a road favorite the last three years; under Carroll, they’re 26-11 vs spread as a home favorite.


    Tampa Bay— Bucs haven’t made playoffs since 2007; their last playoff win was the Super Bowl 15 years ago- they were 9-7 LY, their first winning season since ’10. Adding DeSean Jackson will give Jameis Winston another explosive option; listening to the first episode of Hard Knocks, this is a confident team that expects to make the playoffs, but they’ll need to play better at home. Last three years, Tampa Bay is 8-16 vs spread at home, 2-6 in divisional home games.


    Washington— Sean McVay is in LA; they fired their DC, so two new coordinators this season for Jay Gruden, who goes back to calling plays. Skins were 17-14-1 the last two years; since 2006, they are 0-3 in playoff games. Last time Washington was a playoff game, Joe Gibbs was coach. Gruden is 4-8 vs spread as a home favorite; last two years, Washington is 9-4 vs spread coming off a loss. Last five years, over is 25-14-1 in Redskin road games.
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    Thursday’s six-pack


    — Eagles cut RB Ryan Mathews, saving themselves $4M on the salary cap.


    — Nick Markakis has 2,009 career hits, but has never made an All-Star Game, the 4th-most hits of anyone on that list.


    — Juan Pierre had 2,217 hits but never made an All-Star Game; he is on top of that list.


    — Maine graduate transfer Wesley Myers committed to South Carolina. He averaged 16.9 ppg last season. Gamecocks had a player suspended this week, so this helps replace him.


    — If a major leaguer changes uniform numbers, he has to buy all the inventory that is in stock with his name and the old number on it.


    — Wyoming QB Josh Allen might be the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft; Wyoming and Eastern Michigan were the only schools to offer him a scholarship coming out of junior college.


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    Thursday’s List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud…..

    13) I hope Ryan Fitzpatrick writes a book someday; he went to college at Harvard, which means he didn’t get an athletic scholarship, but he still made the NFL and entering his 13th year as an NFL quarterback. Tampa Bay is his 7th team.


    Fitzpatrick played for four teams in four years, but what is weird is that he started 9+ games in all four of those years— there is no way anyone else has ever done this before, not at QB.
    2012 Buffalo, 16 starts
    2013 Tennessee, 9 starts
    2014 Houston, 12 starts
    2015 NJ Jets, 16 starts


    What a unique career; if he makes the Buccaneers this summer and it looks like he will, it is unlikely he’ll play much, with Jameis Winston entrenched as the Bucs’ starting QB.


    12) In 42 games batting in the #4 or #5 slot this year, Giancarlo Stanton hit .262 with 11 HR, 30 RBI, and an OB% of .335.


    In 71 games since moving to the #2 slot in the order, Stanton is batting .302, with 33 HR’s, 64 RBI and a .404 on-base %age.


    11) They told a funny story on the Padres’ game yesterday; there used to be an umpire named Frank Pulli, who was considered to be one of the better umpires. Pulli was doing an exhibition game behind the plate and after he calls a borderline strike on David Bell, he says to Bell:


    “You better swing the bat today; it’s my grandson’s birthday”, inferring he had a party to go to and this was going to be a fast game.


    10) Good grief; heard the other night that they change the bases in major league games every three innings, and then sell the bases online. Game used bases!!!! Greed knows no bounds.


    9) Interesting comment from an NFL coach/executive, I can’t remember who it was, someone with the Colts or Lions, but they came out and said that NFL teams get more out of joint practices during the week than they do from the exhibition game that is played on the weekend, which is a good piece of knowledge.


    8) Houston Astros swing at more first pitches than any team in baseball; they’ve hit 47 homers not eh first pitch of an AB, most in the majors this season.


    7) Didi Gregorius batting cleanup, Todd Frazier batting 8th; interesting lineups Joe Girardi puts on the field. Manager of the Year in the AL will be tough to decide, if the Angels make the playoffs. Girardi and Mike Scioscia are both doing really good jobs this season.


    6) Mets have saved a total of roughly $9M from their salary dumps this summer (Duda, Walker, Bruce, Reed). Too bad they’re not in a big city with a new, publicly-funded stadium, then they could actually try and w— oh wait, New York City is a big city. The Wilpons are slimy; thank the Lord they don’t own the A’s.


    5) Strange ballgame in Oakland Tuesday night; A’s led Kansas City 4-3 after seven innings but their bullpen imploded in the 8th and KC led 8-4- there was no joy at Armadillo World HQ, that is for sure. Then Oakland scored six runs in the bottom of the 8th; Matt Joyce hit a bases loaded double after the Royals walked Rajai Davis intentionally so they could pitch to Joyce with the bases loaded (lefty-lefty BS).


    Weird game with a happy ending, unless you had the Royals or the under.


    4) Last season was first time since 2003 that both Super Bowl teams missed the playoffs the following season.


    3) Since 2005, the defending Super Bowl champ is 4-7 in playoff games the next season, with Seattle in 2014 getting two of the four wins.


    2) Last year was first time in eight years that the Super Bowl loser missed the playoffs the following season. Last time the Super Bowl loser made it back to the Super Bowl the next season? The 1993 Bills, losing their 4th consecutive Super Bowl.


    1) 1994 Patriots are the last team to repeat as Super Bowl champs.
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    CFL Betting Notes - Week 9


    Week 8 Recap


    The West Division continued to dominate the East in the CFL with Edmonton kicking off Week 8 with a 27-20 victory against Ottawa as a two-point road underdog last Thursday night. In an East Division battle for first place, Montreal got past Toronto 21-9 on Friday night as an eight-point favorite at home.


    Winnipeg kept things rolling for the West on Saturday with a 39-12 rout of winless Hamilton as a two-point road favorite and in a West Division tilt on Sunday, Saskatchewan stunned British Columbia 41-8 after closing as a three-point home underdog.

    Thursday, Aug. 17


    Edmonton Eskimos (7-0 SU, 3-4 ATS) vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS)

    Point-spread: Edmonton -2
    Total: 58


    Game Overview


    This could be the matchup of the week in the CFL given both of these team’s proven ability to put quite a few points on the board. Through the Eskimos’ first seven games they have averaged 29.1 points behind the play of quarterback Mike Reilly. He is third in the CFL in both passing yards (2,329) and touchdown throws (13). He threw for 384 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win, but he was also intercepted twice.


    Winnipeg is second only to Calgary when it comes to scoring and with 39 points in last week’s win against Hamilton its PPG average currently stands at 34.4. Led by another gunslinger under center in Matt Nichols, the Blue Bombers have put up at least 33 points in each of their last five games. He has thrown for 2,024 yards and 13 scores while completing 68.9 percent of his 264 attempts.


    Betting Trends


    -- Edmonton has won eight of the last nine meetings SU and it has a 6-2-1 edge ATS in those nine games. The total has gone OVER in four of the last six meetings in Winnipeg.


    Friday, Aug. 18


    Ottawa RedBlacks (1-6-1 SU, 5-3 ATS) vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-7 SU, 2-5 ATS)

    Point-spread: Ottawa -2
    Total: 55


    Game Overview


    Unless there is a tie, the good news in this matchup is that one of these beleaguered teams is going to get a SU win this week. Ottawa has been snake bit in its early slide with a tough schedule and a number of close calls. The RedBlacks have lost those six games this season by a combined 20 points and the total has stayed UNDER the closing betting lines in five of their last six matchups.


    Hamilton did play Edmonton tough twice this season in a pair of losses by a combined eight points to cover ATS in each contest; however there have been some really bad losses as well including a 60-1 beatdown at the hands of Calgary in Week 6. The total stayed UNDER 58.5 points against Winnipeg last week after going OVER in the Tiger-Cats’ previous five games.


    Betting Trends


    -- Ottawa has a 4-1 edge in this matchup both SU and ATS over the last five meetings and it is 6-2 ATS in its last eight road games against the Tiger-Cats. The total has stayed UNDER in six of the last nine meetings in Hamilton.


    Calgary Stampeders (5-1-1 SU, 4-3 ATS) vs. British Columbia Lions (5-3 SU, 4-4 ATS)
    Point-spread: Calgary -3
    Total: 56


    Game Overview


    The Stampeders return to action following last week’s bye with a three-game winning streak both SU and ATS. The total has gone OVER in three of the last four games behind an offense that has put up an average of 36.3 PPG. On the other side of the ball, Calgary has held its opponents to 20.7 points a game. Bo Levi Mitchell is fifth in the league in passing yards (2,081) and Jerome Messam is ranked first in rushing with 490 yards.


    BC has now dropped two of its last three games SU and it is just 1-3 ATS in its last four outings. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their first eight games. Quarterback Jonathon Jennings returned to action in last week’s backend of a home-and-home series against Saskatchewan and he came out flat with a completion rate of just 46.7 percent on 30 attempts while getting picked off four times.


    Betting Trends


    -- Calgary has owned this series in recent years with a SU 8-1 record in the last nine meetings and it has covered the spread in four of the last six games. The total has stayed UNDER the closing line in five of the Stampeders’ last six road games against BC.


    Saturday, Aug. 19


    Montreal Alouettes (3-4 SU, 4-3 ATS) vs. Toronto Argonauts (3-5 SU, 2-6 ATS)

    Point-spread: OFF
    Total: OFF


    Game Overview


    Montreal comes into the backend of this home-and-home series with a chance to cement its place at the top of the East Division standings despite the SU losing record. In last week’s win at home, Darian Durant did enough at quarterback to get his team that much needed victory by completing 18-of-27 passes for 237 yards and two scores. This was just the third time this season that the Alouettes scored more than 20 points.


    The Argonauts have been outscored by a combined 40 points during this current SU three-game losing streak and they have failed to cover in their last five games. The loss of quarterback Ricky Ray for last week’s game did not help the cause with backups Cody Fajardo and Jeff Mathews combining for 142 yards through the air while connecting on 18 of their 28 passing attempts. Ray remains day-to-day heading into this week’s games.


    Betting Trends


    -- With last week’s victory, Montreal has won seven of the last eight meetings both SU and ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in five of the last six meetings in Toronto.
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    Thursday, August 17


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    EDMONTON (7 - 0) at WINNIPEG (5 - 2) - 8/17/2017, 8:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    EDMONTON is 38-62 ATS (-30.2 Units) after 2 or more consecutive straight up wins since 1996.
    WINNIPEG is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WINNIPEG is 2-2 against the spread versus EDMONTON over the last 3 seasons
    EDMONTON is 4-1 straight up against WINNIPEG over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Friday, August 18


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    OTTAWA (1 - 6 - 1) at HAMILTON (0 - 7) - 8/18/2017, 7:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OTTAWA is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.
    OTTAWA is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) in road lined games over the last 3 seasons.
    OTTAWA is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) versus division opponents over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    OTTAWA is 4-1 against the spread versus HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
    OTTAWA is 4-1 straight up against HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    CALGARY (5 - 1 - 1) at BRITISH COLUMBIA (5 - 3) - 8/18/2017, 10:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BRITISH COLUMBIA is 55-29 ATS (+23.1 Units) as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points since 1996.
    BRITISH COLUMBIA is 92-65 ATS (+20.5 Units) as an underdog since 1996.
    BRITISH COLUMBIA is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) off a loss against a division rival over the last 3 seasons.
    CALGARY is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    CALGARY is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    CALGARY is 46-27 ATS (+16.3 Units) in August games since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CALGARY is 5-2 against the spread versus BRITISH COLUMBIA over the last 3 seasons
    CALGARY is 6-1 straight up against BRITISH COLUMBIA over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Saturday, August 19


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    MONTREAL (3 - 4) at TORONTO (3 - 5) - 8/19/2017, 4:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MONTREAL is 3-2 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    MONTREAL is 3-2 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the las
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    Thursday, August 17


    8:30 PM
    EDMONTON vs. WINNIPEG
    Edmonton is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Edmonton is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Winnipeg
    Winnipeg is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Edmonton
    Winnipeg is 4-8-1 ATS in its last 13 games at home




    Friday, August 18

    7:30 PM
    OTTAWA vs. HAMILTON
    Ottawa is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ottawa's last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Hamilton's last 6 games when playing Ottawa
    Hamilton is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Ottawa

    10:30 PM
    CALGARY vs. BRITISH COLUMBIA
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
    Calgary is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of British Columbia's last 9 games at home
    British Columbia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home




    Saturday, August 19

    4:00 PM
    MONTREAL vs. TORONTO
    The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Montreal's last 17 games when playing Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    Toronto is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Montreal
    Toronto is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Montreal
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    Week 9



    Edmonton (7-0) @ Winnipeg (5-2)— Eskimos won 8 of last 9 games with Winnipeg, winning last five visits here, by 8-23-1-4-14 points. Under is 5-2 in last seven series games. Edmonton is 7-0 but has only one win by more than 7 points; they’re 1-3-1 vs spread as a favorite this season- underdogs are 5-1-1 vs spread in their games. Three of last four Eskimo games went over. Blue Bombers won their last three games; they’ve scored 33+ points in each of their last five games. Bombers are 2-1 at home. Four of Winnipeg’s last five games went over.


    Ottawa (1-6-1) @ Hamilton (0-7)— Takes onions to lay 4 points on road with Ottawa team that lost its last three games by total of 13 points, is 0-3 on road; they’re 1-4-1 this year in games decided by 5 or less points, 1-3 vs spread as a favorite. Under is 5-1 in last six RedBlack games. Hamilton is really bad, with five losses by 15+ points; they’re 1-5-1 vs spread this year, 0-2-1 at home, with home losses by 15-3-27 points. TiCats allowed 31+ points in every game; their only close games were 31-28/33-28 losses to unbeaten Edmonton.


    Calgary (5-1-1) @ BC Lions (5-3)— Stampeders won three in row, 8 of last 9 games vs Lions, crushing BC 42-15 (-7.5) in last meeting in LY’s playoffs. Calgary won three of last four visits here, with wins by 17-21-28 points. Under is 4-2 in last six series games. Calgary had last week off; they’ve won last three games, are 2-1-1 on road, with only loss at Montreal. Lions got waxed 41-8 at Saskatchewan LW; BC is 2-1 at home, with only loss 30-27 to Edmonton. Lions allowed 37+ points in three of last four games. Under is 5-3 in Lion games, 5-2 in Calgary tilts.


    Montreal (3-4) @ Toronto (3-5)— Alouettes (-9) beat Toronto 21-9 at home last week, game that was 18-3 at haftime; Argonauts had only 142 passing yards in the game. Toronto lost its last there games, by 11-17-12 points, allowing 33.3 pts/game; Argos split their four home games; under is 5-3 in their games. Montreal is 0-3 on road, losing by 4-1-5 points, including a 51-50 loss at Winnipeg when they led by 13 with 1:00 left. Under is 5-2 in Alouette games this season. Under is 7-1-1 in last nine series games.


    Favorites vs spread for season: 15-17-1
    over/under: 16-17
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    Week 9



    Thursday, August 17

    Edmonton @ Winnipeg


    Game 351-352
    August 17, 2017 @ 8:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Edmonton
    120.575
    Winnipeg
    114.035
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Edmonton
    by 6 1/2
    54
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Edmonton
    by 1
    59
    Dunkel Pick:
    Edmonton
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    Thursday's CFL betting preview and odds: Eskimos at Blue Bombers
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    Mike Reilly completed 27-of-38 passes for 384 yards and two touchdowns last week against Ottawa to extend his touchdown passing streak to a franchise-record 17 games.


    Edmonton Eskimos at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (+1, 58.5)


    The Edmonton Eskimos look to remain unbeaten when they battle the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a West Division showdown Thursday. The Eskimos held off the Ottawa Redblacks 27-20 in Week 8 to improve to 7-0 for the first time in 56 years, and hope to keep their unblemished record intact by notching their fifth straight road win in the series.


    "It's something special and I know it," Edmonton coach Jason Maas told reporters. "I just love it because they're a great, hardworking group and they do it the right way on a week-to-week basis so I'm happy we're able to continue the streak." Winnipeg rolled past the struggling Hamilton Tiger-Cats 39-12 to notch its third consecutive win. The Blue Bombers are currently firing on all cylinders, averaging 38.7 points over their last four contests and hope for more offensive fireworks to turn the tide in a one-sided rivalry, which has seen Edmonton win seven of the last eight meetings. "We know we have a tough team coming into our house and it's going to be a tough four-quarter game," Winnipeg quarterback Matt Nichols told reporters. "It's going to be a tough battle but I have all the faith in the world in our guys."

    TV:
    8:30 p.m. ET, TSN, ESPN3

    LINE HISTORY:
    The Eskimos opened as one-point road favorites and the total hit the betting boards at 58.5. Neither number has moved off their opening figure as of Wednesday evening.

    ABOUT THE ESKIMOS (7-0 SU, 3-3-1 ATS, 3-4 O/U):
    Mike Reilly completed 27-of-38 passes for 384 yards and two touchdowns against Ottawa to extend his touchdown passing streak to a franchise-record 17 games. Edmonton continues to be bitten by the injury bug as all-star defensive tackle Almondo Sewell (upper body) and defensive end Marcus Howard (leg) were hurt in the second half and their status is up in the air for Thursday's clash. Wide receiver Bryant Mitchell has done an admirable job filling in for an injured Brandon Zylstra as he's caught 15 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown in his last two contests.

    ABOUT THE BLUE BOMBERS (5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS, 5-2 O/U):
    Andrew Harris ran for 107 yards on 14 carries against Hamilton to move past George Dixon (5,615) for 32nd place on the CFL's all-time rushing list. Nichols finished 25-of-35 for 267 yards and two touchdowns against the Tiger-Cats to improve to 15-5 since replacing Drew Willy as the starting quarterback in July 2016. Defensive end Faith Ekakitie, who was selected first overall in the 2017 CFL Draft, was a healthy scratch in Week 8 as the former Iowa Hawkeye continues to struggle with his footwork and the nuances of the Canadian game.


    TRENDS:


    * Eskimos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 9.
    * Blue Bombers are 8-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
    * Over is 11-5 in Eskimos last 16 games following a straight up win.
    * Over is 12-3 in Blue Bombers last 15 games overall.
    * Eskimos are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

    CONSENSUS:
    The home underdog Blue Bombers are getting 55 percent of the side action from Covers users and the Under is picking up 51 percent of the totals wagers.

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    * The Eskimos have won 12 of their last 13 regular-season games dating back to last year.
    * Winnipeg hasn't beaten Edmonton at home since July 26, 2012.
    * The Blue Bombers lead the CFL with 10 interceptions.
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    THURSDAY, AUGUST 17


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    GAME RECAP
    BOMBERS WIN FOURTH IN A ROW, SNAP ESKS STREAK



    WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers won their fourth game in a row while snapping the Edmonton Eskimos’ seven-game streak in a 33-26 victory in which they never trailed.


    The crucial West Division matchup went the way of the Bombers, who held off the Esks fourth quarter comeback attempt.


    Andrew Harris did it all for the Bombers, earning 120 receiving yards combined with 105 rushing yards. Matt Nichols added 390 yards through the air, a rushing touchdown and a touchdown pass.


    Mike Reilly had 356 passing yards on the night with two touchdown tosses as well.


    What started as a defensive battle between the two clubs opened up offensively in the second quarter.


    Aided by a strong kick return by Ryan Lankford to start the game, a reception by Clarence Denmark and rushes by Harris kept the positive start going. Nichols earned a first down on his feet to get the Bombers inside the red zone. Medlock booted a field goal to open the scoring.


    The teams traded defensive stops throughout the rest of the first quarter with neither team able to create much momentum.


    Edmonton crossed midfield to open the second quarter via a 14-yard catch by Vidal Hazelton. Hugh O’Neill’s field goal attempt went wide left, leaving the Esks trailing. Lankford’s return was erased by a penalty, and the Bombers had to start again from near their own goal line. Nichols found TJ Thorpe over the middle for a big gain before Harris carried Winnipeg into scoring territory. Pushing forward for extra yards, the Esks stripped Harris of the ball and recovered the fumble to end the threat.


    The defence by the Bombers held strong again as Nichols went back to work under centre midway through the frame. Harris and Tim Flanders broke tackles to power the ball through and Thorpe’s short reception put Winnipeg just outside of the end zone. Dan LeFevour did the rest as the lead grew to 10-0.


    Bryant Mitchell’s 25-yard gain boosted the Esks offence as they looked to respond with some points on the board. In double coverage and on second-and-25, Duke Williams caught the deep ball to keep the drive rolling. O’Neill capped it off with a 31-yard field goal as Edmonton cut the deficit to 10-3.


    Looking to add more points before the halftime whistle, Reilly was instead intercepted by Chris Randle with 37 seconds remaining in the quarter. Now in field goal range, the Bombers used the clock and Nichols found Darvin Adams for another Winnipeg major.


    LaDarius Perkins got the third quarter off to a rumble for Edmonton with a pair of rushes before Reilly found Kenny Stafford with a 40-yard touchdown strike as the Esks still trailed 17-10.


    The Bombers didn’t take long to answer, finding paydirt on their next drive. Again, Harris kept his team’s offence moving while his rushing partner Flanders added a quick gain of his own. Stopped just short of the goal line, Nichols snuck in his second touchdown of the season to put the Bombers up by a pair.


    Not to be outgunned, Reilly and the Esks chipped their way downfield. Going back to the long ball, Williams found the end zone on a 33-yard catch to cut the score to 24-17.


    A 35-yard gain by Adams opened up the next Winnipeg drive and Harris added a 26-yard run of his own to pass Ron Stewart for fourth all-time on the Canadian rushers list. The Bombers lead would grow again after another Medlock field goal.


    The final play of the third quarter brought Winnipeg past midfield on another Harris reception, this one for 35 yards. Euclid Cummings sacked Nichols and Medlock missed a 51-yard field goal attempt as the Esks limited any more damage.


    An illegal block call on the Esks during a Bombers punt kept the ball in Nichols’ hands and it costed Edmonton. Medlock kicked another field goal, this a chip shot from 15 yards out, as the lead grew to 30-17.


    Cory Watson did not let the Esks fall behind any further, breaking open for a 71-yard pass on the sideline. Taken down just outside of the end zone, Reilly lunged in for a touchdown. O’Neill missed the extra point to keep Edmonton down 30-23 with 5:42 remaining.


    Another penalty against the Esks kept the drive alive for the Bombers, who looked to put the clinching touches on the victory. Using up the clock, the Bombers kept the offence to the ground game before Medlock booted a 33-yard field goal to go up 33-23.


    With 1:22 remaining in the comeback attempt, Reilly found Mitchell and Williams to push the Esks to the red zone. A 16-yard field goal attempt by O’Neill was good with 16 seconds left but that’s as close as Edmonton would get.


    Next week, the Bombers visit the Montreal Alouettes while the Esks host the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
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    Ottawa RedBlacks (1-6-1 SU, 5-3 ATS) vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-7 SU, 2-5 ATS)

    Point-spread: Ottawa -2
    Total: 55


    Game Overview


    Unless there is a tie, the good news in this matchup is that one of these beleaguered teams is going to get a SU win this week. Ottawa has been snake bit in its early slide with a tough schedule and a number of close calls. The RedBlacks have lost those six games this season by a combined 20 points and the total has stayed UNDER the closing betting lines in five of their last six matchups.


    Hamilton did play Edmonton tough twice this season in a pair of losses by a combined eight points to cover ATS in each contest; however there have been some really bad losses as well including a 60-1 beatdown at the hands of Calgary in Week 6. The total stayed UNDER 58.5 points against Winnipeg last week after going OVER in the Tiger-Cats’ previous five games.


    Betting Trends


    -- Ottawa has a 4-1 edge in this matchup both SU and ATS over the last five meetings and it is 6-2 ATS in its last eight road games against the Tiger-Cats. The total has stayed UNDER in six of the last nine meetings in Hamilton.


    Calgary Stampeders (5-1-1 SU, 4-3 ATS) vs. British Columbia Lions (5-3 SU, 4-4 ATS)
    Point-spread: Calgary -3
    Total: 56


    Game Overview


    The Stampeders return to action following last week’s bye with a three-game winning streak both SU and ATS. The total has gone OVER in three of the last four games behind an offense that has put up an average of 36.3 PPG. On the other side of the ball, Calgary has held its opponents to 20.7 points a game. Bo Levi Mitchell is fifth in the league in passing yards (2,081) and Jerome Messam is ranked first in rushing with 490 yards.


    BC has now dropped two of its last three games SU and it is just 1-3 ATS in its last four outings. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their first eight games. Quarterback Jonathon Jennings returned to action in last week’s backend of a home-and-home series against Saskatchewan and he came out flat with a completion rate of just 46.7 percent on 30 attempts while getting picked off four times.


    Betting Trends


    -- Calgary has owned this series in recent years with a SU 8-1 record in the last nine meetings and it has covered the spread in four of the last six games. The total has stayed UNDER the closing line in five of the Stampeders’ last six road games against BC.


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    OTTAWA (1 - 6 - 1) at HAMILTON (0 - 7) - 8/18/2017, 7:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OTTAWA is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.
    OTTAWA is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) in road lined games over the last 3 seasons.
    OTTAWA is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) versus division opponents over the last 3 seasons.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    OTTAWA is 4-1 against the spread versus HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
    OTTAWA is 4-1 straight up against HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


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    CALGARY (5 - 1 - 1) at BRITISH COLUMBIA (5 - 3) - 8/18/2017, 10:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    BRITISH COLUMBIA is 55-29 ATS (+23.1 Units) as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points since 1996.
    BRITISH COLUMBIA is 92-65 ATS (+20.5 Units) as an underdog since 1996.
    BRITISH COLUMBIA is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) off a loss against a division rival over the last 3 seasons.
    CALGARY is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    CALGARY is 18-9 ATS (+8.1 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    CALGARY is 46-27 ATS (+16.3 Units) in August games since 1996.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    CALGARY is 5-2 against the spread versus BRITISH COLUMBIA over the last 3 seasons
    CALGARY is 6-1 straight up against BRITISH COLUMBIA over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 7 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


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    Friday, August 18


    7:30 PM
    OTTAWA vs. HAMILTON
    Ottawa is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ottawa's last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Hamilton's last 6 games when playing Ottawa
    Hamilton is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Ottawa


    10:30 PM
    CALGARY vs. BRITISH COLUMBIA
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
    Calgary is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of British Columbia's last 9 games at home
    British Columbia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home


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    Ottawa (1-6-1) @ Hamilton (0-7)— Takes onions to lay 4 points on road with Ottawa team that lost its last three games by total of 13 points, is 0-3 on road; they’re 1-4-1 this year in games decided by 5 or less points, 1-3 vs spread as a favorite. Under is 5-1 in last six RedBlack games. Hamilton is really bad, with five losses by 15+ points; they’re 1-5-1 vs spread this year, 0-2-1 at home, with home losses by 15-3-27 points. TiCats allowed 31+ points in every game; their only close games were 31-28/33-28 losses to unbeaten Edmonton.


    Calgary (5-1-1) @ BC Lions (5-3)— Stampeders won three in row, 8 of last 9 games vs Lions, crushing BC 42-15 (-7.5) in last meeting in LY’s playoffs. Calgary won three of last four visits here, with wins by 17-21-28 points. Under is 4-2 in last six series games. Calgary had last week off; they’ve won last three games, are 2-1-1 on road, with only loss at Montreal. Lions got waxed 41-8 at Saskatchewan LW; BC is 2-1 at home, with only loss 30-27 to Edmonton. Lions allowed 37+ points in three of last four games. Under is 5-3 in Lion games, 5-2 in Calgary tilts.


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    Week 9



    Friday, August 18



    Calgary @ BC Lions


    Game 355-356
    August 18, 2017 @ 10:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Calgary
    117.475
    BC Lions
    118.734
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    BC Lions
    by 1 1/2
    53
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Calgary
    by 4 1/2
    56 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    BC Lions
    (+4 1/2); Under


    Ottawa @ Hamilton



    Game 353-354
    August 18, 2017 @ 7:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Ottawa
    110.594
    Hamilton
    103.002
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Ottawa
    by 7 1/2
    59
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Ottawa
    by 4
    56
    Dunkel Pick:
    Ottawa
    (-4); Over









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    Friday, August 18



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    Friday’s CFL doubleheader betting preview and odds
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    Jonathon Jennings struggled in his first game since hurting his shoulder on the opening possession against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on July 15 as he was limited to 195 passing yards and threw four interceptions against Saskatchewan.


    Ottawa Redblacks at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (+3.5, 55.5)


    The Ottawa Redblacks look to win their first game in nearly a month when they face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on the road Friday. The Redblacks dropped a 27-20 decision to the unbeaten Edmonton Eskimos to suffer their third straight defeat, but are only three points out of first place in a weak East Division, which does not boast a team at or above .500, and hope to stay within striking distance of the division leaders by topping the Tiger-Cats for the fourth time in five meetings.


    "We're going to hang together and we're going to keep working," Ottawa coach Rick Campbell told reporters. "If we can find a way to win a couple of games then all a sudden we're in the thick of it." Hamilton's season of misery continued with a 39-12 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Week 8. The Tiger-Cats had hoped new defensive coordinator Phillip Lolley would provide the struggling unit with a shot in the arm, but they surrendered 402 yards of offence en route to becoming the 16th team in CFL history to start a season 0-7, and face a stiff challenge shutting down Ottawa quarterback Trevor Harris, who leads the league in passing yards (2,468) and touchdowns (16). Hamilton's offence hasn't fared much better as they have averaged 13.7 points over their last three games and quarterback Zach Collaros hopes to end a ignominious streak of 11 straight losses as Hamilton's starting pivot.

    TV:
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    LINE HISTORY:
    The Tiger-Cats opened as 3.5-point home dogs and that number has yet to move. The total hit the betting board at 56 and like the line has held at the opening number.

    ABOUT THE REDBLACKS (1-6-1 SU, 5-3 ATS, 3-5 O/U):
    Ottawa released defensive backs C.J. Roberts and Imoan Claiborne, who registered four tackles and an interception against Edmonton. Wide receiver Kenny Shaw, who caught 77 passes for 1,004 yards and five touchdowns for the Toronto Argonauts in 2016, practiced this week and is ready to return after missing the last seven games with a leg injury. Running back William Powell, who leads the team with 272 rushing yards, returned to practice after sitting out a game with a lower-body injury and is likely to receive the majority of the carries Friday.

    ABOUT THE TIGER-CATS (0-7 SU, 1-5-1 ATS, 5-2 O/U):
    All-star defensive end Ted Laurent, who leads the team with four sacks, suffered a hamstring injury on the opening series against Winnipeg and his status is unknown for Friday. Zach Collaros struggled once again as he was limited to 216 passing yards and turned the ball over three times, including his league high-equaling seventh interception, against the Blue Bombers. "The quarterback position is me so I need to do better obviously," Collaros admitted to reporters. "It's tough to win in this league if the quarterback isn't playing well."


    TRENDS:


    * RedBlacks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games.


    * Tiger-Cats are 0-7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.


    * Over is 4-0 in RedBlacks last 4 vs. a team with a losing record.


    * Over is 5-1 in Tiger-Cats last 6 games overall.


    * Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

    CONSENSUS:
    The road favourite RedBlacks are getting 61 percent of the money line action from Covers users and the Under is getting 60 percent of the totals wagers.


    EXTRA POINTS:


    * Six of Ottawa's seven losses have been by a combined 20 points.


    * Hamilton has surrendered more than 30 points in every game this season.


    * The Tiger-Cats have been outscored 132-41 in their last three games.






    Calgary Stampeders at BC Lions (+4.5, 56.5)


    The BC Lions look to bounce back from their most disappointing loss of the season when they host the Calgary Stampeders on Friday. The Lions were thumped 41-8 by the last-place Saskatchewan Roughriders to spoil quarterback Jonathon Jennings' return from a four-game absence and hope to rebound quickly with the surging Stampeders, who have won seven of the last eight meetings with BC including a 42-15 thrashing in the 2016 West Division Final, striding confidently into town.


    "We have to get our minds right," BC linebacker Solomon Elimimian told reporters. "Everybody has to be accountable to knowing that's not good enough." Calgary hopes that a bye week doesn't rob it of the momentum gained from a three-game winning streak. The Stampeders had won five of their last six games, including a 41-24 victory against the Toronto Argonauts on Aug. 3, before having a week off, to stay within striking distance of the undefeated Edmonton Eskimos at the top of the division, and hope to continue their success in Vancouver where they have won three of the last four matchups. "Guys understand BC is a talented, high-powered football team," Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell wrote on Twitter. "They let a game slip on the road but we know who they are and the talent that they have."

    TV:
    10:30 p.m. ET, TSN, ESPN3

    LINE HISTORY:
    The Stampeders opened as 4.5-point road chalk and that number hasn’t moved. The total hit the betting board at 56.5 and still sits at the opening number.

    ABOUT THE STAMPEDERS (5-1-1 SU, 4-3 ATS, 5-2 O/U):
    Calgary received a boost with the news that linebacker Deron Mayo, who led the team with 77 tackles before suffering a torn patellar tendon on Oct. 15, 2016, is ready to make his season debut as is Junior Turner, who is fully recovered from a knee operation in the offseason. The Stampeders parted ways with defensive lineman Ben D'Aguilar, who appeared in four games this season, defensive back Osagie Odiase and wide receiver Jarett Boykin. Wide receiver Lemar Durant was enjoying a career year before he suffered a knee injury that will require surgery in the win against Toronto.

    ABOUT THE LIONS (5-3 SU, 4-3 ATS, 3-4 O/U):
    Jennings struggled in his first game since hurting his shoulder on the opening possession against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on July 15 as he was limited to 195 passing yards and threw four interceptions against Saskatchewan. "This was the toughest game of my career," Jennings told reporters. "I'm going to learn from this and get better." Bryan Burnham, who leads the team in receiving yards (546), missed the last game with a leg injury, but is expected to return in time for Friday's clash while fellow wide receiver Nick Moore suffered a hip injury against the Roughriders and is questionable going forward.y against the Lions and will be replaced by rookie kicker Hugh O'Neill.


    TRENDS:


    * Stampeders are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. West.


    * Lions are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. West.


    * Under is 5-1 in Stampeders last 6 games in August.


    * Under is 5-0 in Lions last 5 games in August.


    * Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in BC.

    CONSENSUS:
    The road chalk Stampeders are getting 59 percent of the action from Covers users and the Over is picking up 61 percent of the totals wagers.

    EXTRA POINTS:



    * Calgary has won 11 straight regular-season games against West Division rivals.


    * BC has given up 37 or more points in three of its last four contests.


    * The Stampeders have outscored opponents 128-35 over the last three games.




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    WEST DIVISION


    RK TEAM GP W L T PTS F A HOME AWAY DIV



    1 Edmonton 8 7 1 0 14 230 202 4-0-0 3-1-0 2-1-0


    2 Winnipeg 8 6 2 0 12 274 247 3-1-0 3-1-0 2-2-0

    3 Calgary 7 5 1 1 11 254 145 3-0-0 2-1-1 2-0-0


    4 BC 8 5 3 0 10 228 222 2-1-0 3-2-0 2-3-0

    5 Saskatchewan 7 3 4 0 6 197 172 3-1-0 0-3-0 1-3-0


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    RK TEAM GP W L T PTS F A HOME AWAY DIV



    1 Montreal 7 3 4 0 6 162 159 3-1-0 0-3-0 1-1-0

    2 Toronto 8 3 5 0 6 185 225 2-2-0 1-3-0 3-1-0

    3 Ottawa 8 1 6 1 3 214 229 1-3-1 0-3-0 1-2-0

    4 Hamilton 7 0 7 0 0 130 273 0-3-0 0-4-0 0-1-0
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    Friday’s six-pack


    — Maybe they should play the national anthem at NFL games before teams take the field.


    — Reds 13, Cubs 10— Jon Lester gave up nine runs in 1.2 IP, then left with a lat injury. Reds blew a 9-0 lead but rallied late for the win.


    — Buccaneers 12, Jaguars 8— Looks like QB Blake Bortles is about to lose his starting job.


    — Jaguars’ backup QB Chad Henne is the only NFL QB to be active for every game the last two seasons, who never threw a pass— he only took one snap and it was a kneel-down.


    — Eagles 20, Bills 16— Recently-traded Philly DB Ronald Darby picked off his old teammate Tyrod Taylor, in his first game against his old team.


    — Ravens 31, Dolphins 7– Jay Cutler was 3-6 for 24 yards in his Miami debut. Josh Woodrum was 8-10 for 110 yards for the Ravens- he played college ball at Liberty.


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    Friday’s List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here…….



    13) Joey Votto recently reached base 2+ times in 20 consecutive games, one short of Ted Williams’ all-time record of 21; an underrated record. Votto’s on-base %age this year is .448— muy bueno.


    12) Then why doesn’t Votto bat leadoff, with a .448 OB%? Isn’t that what leadoff hitters are supposed to do, get on base? Cincinnati bats fleet-footed Billy Hamilton 1st, but his on-base % is a woeful .298.


    As my late father liked to say, “You can’t steal first base.”


    11) Reds 13, Cubs 10— Jon Lester gave up nine runs in 1.2 IP, then left with a lat injury. Reds blew a 9-0 lead but rallied late for the win.


    10) Our thoughts/prayers go out to the people in Barcelona, after the terrorist activity Thursday; basketball teams from Arizona-Clemson-Oregon State-Tulane are all in Spain right now.


    Everyone on all four teams is safe and sound. They’ll be glad to get home.


    Oregon State’s team was having dinner in the hotel when the terrorist activity happened, right in front of that hotel.


    9) Atlanta Falcons’ new domed stadium has Chick-fil-A in it, but Chick-fil-A never opens on Sunday for religious reasons and the Falcons have only one non-Sunday home game this season.


    8) Angels had Thursday off, in between series with Nationals/Orioles, so Mike Trout was in Philly last night to see his beloved Eagles play Buffalo.


    7) Colorado has yo-yo’d OF Raimel Tapia up and down from AAA a lot this year; he is obviously major-league ready, but the Rockies don’t have a full-time slot for him right now.


    Since going back to Albuquerque the last time August 12, Tapia is 12-21 (.571) for the Isotopes. He will be a starter in the major leagues next year, whether in Denver or somewhere else.


    6) On July 23, 2013, Nicky Delmonico was traded from Baltimore to the Brewers for Francisco Rodriguez, in a deadline deal; in February 2015 he was released by Brewers.


    Now he is hitting .396 in his first 54 plate appearances with the White Sox— he homered twice in LA Wednesday. He is only 25; sometimes it takes a while to become an overnight sensation.


    5) Mets had catcher Travis d’Arnaud playing 3B Wednesday night, for the first time in his career; Asdrubal Cabrera and D’Arnaud swapped between 2B and 3B 23 times.


    4) Reds 13, Cubs 10— Jon Lester gave up nine runs in 1.2 IP, then left with a lat injury. Reds blew a 9-0 lead but rallied late for the win.


    3) Last eight years, Minnesota Vikings are 8-0 vs spread in the game just before their bye; they’re 1-7 vs spread in the first game after their bye.


    2) Colorado’s star 3B Nolan Arenado got hit on the hand by a batted ball yesterday and left the game; looked like the ball hit him in the same spot where he was hit by a pitch in Miami last weekend. Rockies need Arenado in the lineup and more importantly, in the field.


    1) If you’re a fantasy football owner, what do you do with Ezekiel Elliott? Dallas has an early bye, so for fantasy purposes, Elliott’s 6-game suspension is really seven games, since he isn’t eligible to play until Week 8 against Washington. Most fantasy regular seasons are 13 games, right?
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    Date w-l-t % units record


    08/17/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    08/13/2017 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    08/12/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    08/11/2017 1-1-0 0.00% -0.50
    08/10/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    08/05/2017 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    08/04/2017 2-2-0 50.00% -100
    08/03/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    07/29/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +950
    07/28/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +1000
    07/27/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    07/22/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +1000
    07/21/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +1000
    07/20/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +1000
    07/19/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50


    totals............20 - 12........62.50%.....+ 34.00



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    OTT at HAM 07:30 PM


    OTT -3.5


    U 55.5



    CGY at BC 10:30 PM


    BC +4.5


    U 56.0
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    STAMPS GRIND OUT 21-17 WIN OVER LIONS



    VANCOUVER — The Calgary Stampeders emerged victorious from a defensive battle royale at BC Place on Friday night, as they claimed a 21-17 decision over the hometown BC Lions.


    Fresh off the injured list, D-end Ja’Gared Davis was one of numerous defensive standouts in the win for Calgary (6-1-1), recording six tackles and a blocked punt, while star linebacker Alex Singleton registered a team-high eight tackles and an interception.


    Stamps running back Jerome Messam racked up 69 punishing yards, breaking the 5,000-yard mark on his career in the process, and a touchdown on the ground prior to leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an injury.


    Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell completed an uncharacteristically-low 48 per cent of his passes for 237 yards, no touchdowns and one interception, while BC (5-4) pivot Jonathon Jennings threw for 240 yards, one touchdown and two picks in the loss.


    The visitors opened the scoring on the first possession of the night, as Rene Paredes split the uprights from 38 yards out to give Calgary a 3-0 lead.


    Both Mitchell and Jennings were nearly intercepted on their first possessions; the latter was picked off on BC’s second possession, as his pass intended for Jeremiah Johnson was tipped and caught by Stamps linebacker Alex Singleton. The BC defence made a stand and limited Calgary to another Paredes field goal — this time from 29 yards — which made it 6-0.


    The Lions’ first-quarter woes continued; Ty Long‘s punt was blocked by Ja’Gared Davis in the Calgary D-end’s first action since Week 1, and Charleston Hughes recovered the loose ball to again give the Stamps good field position.


    After a near-interception from BC’s Loucheiz Purifoy on the goal line, Calgary was yet again forced to settle for a field goal: Paredes’s 17-yard effort extended the visitors’ lead to 9-0.


    Both offences struggled to find a rhythm in the first half; Mitchell and the Stamps failed to take advantage of solid field position, while Jennings and the Leos managed just one first down in the first 25 minutes of play.


    The Lions woke up late in the second quarter, as Jennings capped their first prolonged drive of the night with a one-yard rush touchdown. The BC pivot then zipped the two-point convert to Chris Williams, and the Leos had clawed back to within a single point.


    Momentum swung even further in the hosts’ direction on the ensuing possession, as a distinctly sub-par read by Mitchell was picked by Purifoy near midfield; Jennings returned the favour one play later, as he was intercepted by Calgary’s Ciante Evans.


    At the half, the Stamps led 9-8 on the trio of Paredes field goals despite Mitchell’s disappointing 6-for-19—0 TD—1 INT stat line.


    The Lions took their first lead of the night midway through the third quarter, when Jennings found Chris Rainey, who in turn slashed and dashed his way to the end zone. Long’s convert went wide left, and BC’s lead stood at 14-12.


    Calgary regained the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter, when Messam took a hand-off from the two-yard line and battered his way into the end zone. The Stamps’ subsequent two-point convert attempt fell incomplete, and the visitors led 18-14.


    A 28-yard field goal from Long on the next possession cut BC’s deficit to one with nine minutes to play, but a Paredes 27-yard boot with 2:37 remaining restored Calgary’s four-point lead.


    The Stamps thought they had secured the win with two minutes left, as Jameer Thurman recovered a fumble by Lions receiver Maurice Morgan. After review, the ruling on the field was overturned — the play called an incompletion — and BC was forced to punt.


    The Leos dramatically forced a two-and-out and got the ball back with 1:26 to play; Rob Maver’s punt was returned 29 yards by Chris Rainey, who was tripped up only by a desperate Maver at the Calgary 46-yard line.


    Jennings and co. marched down to the Calgary 29, but a crucial 3rd-and-4 completion to Manny Arceneaux came up inches short of the first-down stick, sealing the win for the Stamps.


    The Lions will look to regroup ahead of a cross-country trip to the nation’s capital for a Week-10 visit to the Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-6-1), while Calgary will return home to host the Toronto Argonauts (3-5). Both games will be part of next Saturday’s doubleheader on TSN: Ottawa-BC goes at 3:30 p.m. ET, with Calgary-Toronto kicking off at 9 p.m. ET.
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    Time (ET) Away Home
    4:00 PM Montreal Alouettes Toronto Argonauts


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    WEST DIVISION




    RK TEAM GP W L T PTS F A HOME AWAY DIV



    1 Edmonton 8 7 1 0 14 230 202 4-0-0 3-1-0 2-1-0


    2 Calgary 8 6 1 1 13 275 162 3-0-0 3-1-1 3-0-0

    3 Winnipeg 8 6 2 0 12 274 247 3-1-0 3-1-0 2-2-0

    4 BC 9 5 4 0 10 245 243 2-2-0 3-2-0 2-4-0

    5 Saskatchewan 7 3 4 0 6 197 172 3-1-0 0-3-0 1-3-0




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    RK TEAM GP W L T PTS F A HOME AWAY DIV



    1 Montreal 7 3 4 0 6 162 159 3-1-0 0-3-0 1-1-0

    2 Toronto 8 3 5 0 6 185 225 2-2-0 1-3-0 3-1-0


    3 Ottawa 9 2 6 1 5 251 247 1-3-1 1-3-0 2-2-0


    4 Hamilton 8 0 8 0 0 148 310 0-4-0 0-4-0 0-2-0
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    CFL Betting Notes - Week 9


    Saturday, Aug. 19


    Montreal Alouettes (3-4 SU, 4-3 ATS) vs. Toronto Argonauts (3-5 SU, 2-6 ATS)
    Point-spread: OFF
    Total: OFF


    Game Overview



    Montreal comes into the backend of this home-and-home series with a chance to cement its place at the top of the East Division standings despite the SU losing record. In last week’s win at home, Darian Durant did enough at quarterback to get his team that much needed victory by completing 18-of-27 passes for 237 yards and two scores. This was just the third time this season that the Alouettes scored more than 20 points.


    The Argonauts have been outscored by a combined 40 points during this current SU three-game losing streak and they have failed to cover in their last five games. The loss of quarterback Ricky Ray for last week’s game did not help the cause with backups Cody Fajardo and Jeff Mathews combining for 142 yards through the air while connecting on 18 of their 28 passing attempts. Ray remains day-to-day heading into this week’s games.

    Betting Trends



    -- With last week’s victory, Montreal has won seven of the last eight meetings both SU and ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in five of the last six meetings in Toronto.


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    Week 9



    Saturday, August 19


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    MONTREAL (3 - 4) at TORONTO (3 - 5) - 8/19/2017, 4:00 PM
    There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.


    Head-to-Head Series History
    MONTREAL is 3-2 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    MONTREAL is 3-2 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons


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    Trend Report
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    Saturday, August 19



    4:00 PM
    MONTREAL vs. TORONTO
    The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Montreal's last 17 games when playing Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    Toronto is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing at home against Montreal
    Toronto is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Montreal




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    Week 9



    Montreal (3-4) @ Toronto (3-5)— Alouettes (-9) beat Toronto 21-9 at home last week, game that was 18-3 at haftime; Argonauts had only 142 passing yards in the game. Toronto lost its last there games, by 11-17-12 points, allowing 33.3 pts/game; Argos split their four home games; under is 5-3 in their games. Montreal is 0-3 on road, losing by 4-1-5 points, including a 51-50 loss at Winnipeg when they led by 13 with 1:00 left. Under is 5-2 in Alouette games this season. Under is 7-1-1 in last nine series games.


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    Week 9



    SATURDAY AUGUST 19, 2017 Click Date To See Games


    Montreal
    @
    Toronto



    Game 357-358
    August 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating: Montreal
    113.165
    Toronto
    108.770
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total: Montreal
    by 4 1/2
    56
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total: Toronto
    by 2 1/2
    51
    Dunkel Pick: Montreal
    (+2 1/2); Over
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    cfl last 9 games:


    Date w-l-t % units record


    08/18/2017 4-0-0 100.00% +20.00
    08/17/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    08/13/2017 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    08/12/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    08/11/2017 1-1-0 0.00% -0.50
    08/10/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    08/05/2017 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    08/04/2017 2-2-0 50.00% -100
    08/03/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    07/29/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +950
    07/28/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +1000
    07/27/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    07/22/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +1000
    07/21/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +1000
    07/20/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +1000
    07/19/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50


    totals............25 - 13........65.78%.....+ 54.00
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    Week 9



    Saturday, August 19

    Montreal @ Toronto


    Game 357-358
    August 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Montreal
    113.165
    Toronto
    108.770
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Montreal
    by 4 1/2
    56
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Toronto
    by 2 1/2
    51
    Dunkel Pick:
    Montreal
    (+2 1/2); Over









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    Saturday's CFL betting preview and odds: Alouettes at Argonauts
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    Darian Durant completed 18-of-27 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns against Toronto to move past Sam Etcheverry (30,381) for 14th place on the CFL's all-time passing yardage list with 30,484


    Montreal Alouettes at Toronto Argonauts (-2.5, 52)


    The Montreal Alouettes can take sole possession of first place in the East Division when they hit the road to face the Toronto Argonauts in the second game of a home-and-home set Saturday. The Alouettes held the Argonauts to 296 yards of total offence en route to a 21-9 victory in the first matchup and hope to claim the season series, which would hand them the all-important tiebreaker, by registering their third consecutive home victory.


    "We wanted to make sure we play 60 minutes this week," Montreal defensive back Brandon Stewart told reporters. "Keep playing, don't relax and don't let up." Toronto hopes the likely return of Ricky Ray can provide the boost it needs to end a three-game skid. Ray took the majority of the first-team reps in practice after missing Friday's defeat because of a shoulder injury, and looks to breathe some life into a listless offence that was held without a touchdown for the first time this season in Week 8. "I'll be throwing a lot these next few days but I'm hoping I'll be ready to go," Ray told reporters. "Just having some rest last week and not doing anything other than rehab really helped it feel better this week."

    TV:
    4 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS

    LINE HISTORY:
    The Argos opened as 2.5-point chalk and that number appears fine with bettors and has yet to move. The total hit the betting board at 52 and hasn’t moved off the opening number.

    ABOUT THE ALOUETTES (3-4 SU, 4-3 ATS, 2-5 O/U):
    Darian Durant completed 18-of-27 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns against Toronto to move past Sam Etcheverry (30,381) for 14th place on the CFL's all-time passing yardage list with 30,484. Montreal traded backup quarterback Vernon Adams Jr., who appeared in 22 games for the Alouettes, to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in exchange for defensive back Tevaughn Campbell and two third-round draft picks. Montreal's win against the Argonauts came at a cost as offensive lineman Philippe Gagnon, defensive tackle Keith Shologan and fullback J.C. Beaulieu all suffered knee injuries and will miss Saturday's clash.

    ABOUT THE ARGONAUTS (3-5 SU, 2-6 ATS, 3-5 O/U):
    Toronto struggled mightily without Ray as Jeff Mathews was limited to 67 passing yards in the first half before he was pulled in favour of Cody Fajardo, who threw for 75 yards and added another 60 on the ground against the Alouettes. Toronto released wide receiver Khalil Paden, who caught nine passes for 107 yards during his brief stint with the team, after failing to make an impact on the field. Former Ohio State star DeVier Posey, who has caught two touchdown passes in 2017, is inching closer to a return as he practiced for the first time after missing the last five games because of a leg injury.


    TRENDS:


    * Alouettes are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.


    * Argonauts are 1-10 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.


    * Under is 5-1 in Alouettes last 6 games following a ATS win.


    * Under is 6-1-1 in Argonauts last 8 vs. a team with a losing record.


    * Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Toronto.

    CONSENSUS:
    The road dog Alouettes are picking up 73% of the action from Covers users and the Over is picking up 52 percent of the totals wagers.


    EXTRA POINTS:


    * Toronto leads the CFL in forced fumbles (nine) and sacks (27) .


    * Montreal WR Nik Lewis needs four receptions to move into second place on the CFL's all-time list.


    * Alouettes LB Kyries Hebert was fined an undisclosed amount for his late hit on Fajardo in the first meeting.
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    SATURDAY, AUGUST 19


    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    MTL at TOR 04:00 PM

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    RECAP
    ARGOS AIR IT OUT EN ROUTE TO 38-6 WIN OVER ALS



    TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts channelled some of the excitement of the neighbouring Canadian National Exhibition on Saturday at BMO Field, where they dominated the visiting Montreal Alouettes en route to a 38-6 victory.


    Ricky Ray threw for 377 yards and a quartet of touchdowns in the win for Toronto (4-5), while the double-blue defence limited Montreal (3-5) to just 163 yards of offence.


    Facing his former team, Argos receiver S.J. Green was nothing short of dominant in catching nine passes for 145 yards and two spectacular touchdowns.


    Saturday’s contest was over by the half; Toronto scored four majors in the second quarter to pull away, while allowing Montreal just 77 total offensive yards in the opening 30 minutes.


    The lone bright spot on the afternoon for the Alouettes was receiver Nik Lewis, whose six catches vaulted him over Ben Cahoon and into second on the CFL’s all-time receptions list


    The Argos opened the scoring on their first possession of the afternoon, as Ray led the Boatmen down the field on a methodical eight-play drive before finding S.J. Green in the end zone through double coverage. The ensuing Lirim Hajrullahu convert made it 7-0 Toronto.


    Montreal then drove the length of the field on a 10-play drive only to have the 11th play, a Darian Durant pass, intercepted on the Argos goal line by Toronto linebacker Cassius Vaughn.


    A catch-and-run touchdown for Declan Cross early in the second quarter was brought off the board by a holding penalty; two plays later, Ray aired one out to the end zone via S.J. Green airways for a 28-yard touchdown connection. Hajrullahu’s convert then made it 14-0 for the double blue.


    Toronto found the end zone on the very next play, as Alouettes return man Stefan Logan muffed a punt and rookie Justin Tuggle returned the loose ball for a scoop and score. Hajrullahu’s convert pushed the Argos’ lead to 21-0.


    The hosts continued to dominate, and Declan Cross found the end zone again — this time legally — on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Ray. Hajrullahu’s fourth convert of the afternoon brought the Toronto lead to 28-0.


    Armanti Edwards got in on the action in the final minute of the first half, hauling in a seven-yard Ray pass for a touchdown; following Hajrullahu’s convert, Toronto took a 35-0 lead into the locker room.


    Hajrullahu sent a 54-yard field goal attempt wide right late in the third quarter.


    It was Montreal’s defence that broke the Argo shutout bid with 30-odd seconds left in quarter, as Dominique Tovell stepped up and intercepted Ray for a 61-yard pick-six. Durant’s two-point convert attempt fell incomplete, and the score stood at 35-6.


    A 22-yard chip shot from Hajrullahu rounded out the afternoon’s scoring.


    Defensive leaders in Saturday’s contest for Toronto included Tuggle, who in addition to his scoop and score had three tackles and a pass breakup, and Marcus Ball, who recorded a team-high six tackles. Montreal defensive Dondre Wright registered a game-high eight tackles.


    Drew Willy took over at quarterback for Montreal on its final possession, relieving Durant after an underwhelming 14-for-27, 93-yard, one-interception performance on the veteran’s 35th birthday.


    The win was not without a cost for the Argos, who lost starting cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and slot back Anthony Coombs to injury.


    The Alouettes will face a short week, with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers due to pay them a visit on the Week-10 edition of Thursday Night Football (Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m. ET), while Toronto will head west for a date with the red-hot Calgary Stampeders on Saturday night (Aug. 26, 9 p.m. ET).
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    WEEK 10


    Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home
    7:30 PM Winnipeg Blue Bombers Montreal Alouettes

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home
    9:30 PM Saskatchewan Roughriders Edmonton Eskimos

    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Time (ET) Away Home
    3:30 PM British Columbia Lions Ottawa Redblacks
    9:00 PM Toronto Argonauts Calgary Stampeders


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    WEST DIVISION


    RK TEAM GP W L T PTS F A HOME AWAY DIV



    1 Edmonton 8 7 1 0 14 230 202 4-0-0 3-1-0 2-1-0


    2 Calgary 8 6 1 1 13 275 162 3-0-0 3-1-1 3-0-0

    3 Winnipeg 8 6 2 0 12 274 247 3-1-0 3-1-0 2-2-0


    4 BC 9 5 4 0 10 245 243 2-2-0 3-2-0 2-4-0

    5 Saskatchewan 7 3 4 0 6 197 172 3-1-0 0-3-0 1-3-0


    EAST DIVISION


    RK TEAM GP W L T PTS F A HOME AWAY DIV



    1 Toronto 9 4 5 0 8 223 231 3-2-0 1-3-0 4-1-0

    2 Montreal 8 3 5 0 6 168 197 3-1-0 0-4-0 1-2-0

    3 Ottawa 9 2 6 1 5 251 247 1-3-1 1-3-0 2-2-0


    4 Hamilton 8 0 8 0 0 148 310 0-4-0 0-4-0 0-2-0
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    cfl last 17 games:


    Date w-l-t % units record


    08/19/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    08/18/2017 4-0-0 100.00% +20.00
    08/17/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    08/13/2017 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    08/12/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    08/11/2017 1-1-0 0.00% -0.50
    08/10/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    08/05/2017 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    08/04/2017 2-2-0 50.00% -1.00
    08/03/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    07/29/2017 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
    07/28/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    07/27/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    07/22/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    07/21/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    07/20/2017 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    07/19/2017 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50


    totals............26 - 14........65.00%.....+ 53.50
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    Sunday’s six-pack


    — Cardinals-Pirates ESPN game tonite is from Williamsport- they’ve got a NY-Penn League team there. Little League WS is going on now in Williamsport.


    — Dodgers are now 52-9 in their last 61 games- they lead the NL West by 20 games, and the 2nd/3rd place teams are the two NL Wild Card teams.


    — Going into Sunday, Angels/Twins are tied for the 2nd Wild Card in the AL.


    — There were five penalties on the same play in the Broncos-49ers game; four on Denver, one on the 49ers. Somehow, all five penalties offset.


    — Blue Jays acquired P Tom Koehler from Miami for a minor leaguer.


    — DL moves:
    Washington puts P Max Scherzer (neck) back on the DL
    Dodgers put P Yu Darvish on the DL.


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    Sunday’s List of 13: Random stuff for a summer Sunday……..



    13) Lot of major league umpires wore white wristbands Saturday to protest Ian Kinsler not being suspended after he verbally thrashed umpire Angel Hernandez earlier this week.


    Earlier this month, umpire Joe West was suspended for three days, simply for saying that Adrian Beltre complained more than any other player.


    The statement from MLB is clear; players matter more than umpires.


    12) Mets’ game Friday night ended around midnight; Curtis Granderson was traded right after the game, and was in Detroit Saturday afternoon, batting 5th for the Dodgers in a game that started at 4:00. Joc Pederson was sent to AAA to make room for Granderson.


    11) Is great to hear 82-year old Dick Enberg calling the Dodgers-Tigers games this weekend. One of the all-time great broadcasters, Mr Enberg called Padre games up until last season. To me, he is best-known for doing college basketball on NBC in the late 70’s/80’s.


    10) Umpire Adam Hamari is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; he had the plate in Detroit Saturday, and had lot of family at the game. Do friends/relatives of umpires cheer loudly for good calls? Do they take grief if a call goes against the home team?


    9) Giancarlo Stanton is the 4th big leaguer to hit 23 homers in a 35-game span; the other three were Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa.


    8) Brooklyn Nets will play regular season games against the Thunder and Heat in Mexico City in December.


    7) Detroit’s Justin Upton hit a homer Friday night; when he was between 2nd and 3rd base, he suddenly backtracked and went back to touch first base again, just to make sure he got it. Never saw that before If you miss first base, you dion’t even get credit for a hit, much less a homer, run scored and an RBI.


    6) Tight end Nick O’Leary caught three passes for 50 yards for Buffalo Thursday night; the Florida State alum is the grandson of golfing great Jack Nicklaus.


    5) Not only did Joc Pederson get sent to AAA, but San Diego sent RF Hunter Renfroe down to AAA El Paso— he was in an 8-for-64 skid at the time of his demotion.


    4) 53-year old Davis Love III is three shots out of the lead after three rounds of the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina. Love’s son is also in the Wyndham field; the last time a golfer won a PGA Tour event when his son was in the field? Craig Stadler, at the 2003 BC Open.


    3) Seattle Seahawks lost starting LT George Fant for the year with an ACL injury; Fant was a basketball player at Western Kentucky but had improved enough to become an NFL starter.


    2) Dodgers are now 52-9 in their last 61 games— this is a historic run, which won’t mean a thing once the playoffs start. Clayton Kershaw better get healthy.


    1) Former Boston Bruins’ coach/TSN hockey announcer Don Cherry sang Take Me Out to the Ballgame at Wrigley Field Saturday, dressed in a suit jacket, with, um……cherries on it. Cherry was a really good coach who is a complete character as a TV analyst.
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