Super Bowl XLIII Preview

Super Bowl XLIII Preview from the team at Bodog Sports.

Sunday, Feb. 1 is the singular red-letter day on the betting calendar, the mother of all sporting events: Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

The matchup between the Arizona Cardinals (12-7 SU and ATS) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (14-4 SU, 11-7 ATS) is being treated as a watershed moment for the sports gambling industry.

Action is already coming in fast on both sides with the Steelers opening as 7-point favorites (-105). The total is 47, and according to market reports, roughly 70 percent of bettors at press time were taking the over at +100.

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Giants shut down Redskins in season opener

The New York Giants kicked off their Super Bowl title defense with a tight win – displaying a very strong defense.

Playing without Pro Bowl linemen Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora, the Giants defense limited the new-look Washington Redskins to 11 first downs and 209 total yards as they edged a 16-7 victory.

Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, run in the first drive of the night for what turned out to be the ONLY Giants touchdown of the match.

Down 0-16, Reskins QB Jason Campbell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss with 13 seconds to play in the first half to narrow the gap to 9 points.

But there was no further scoring in the second half.

Football Preview: Community Shield 2008

Ahhhh….good old football, our dearest of friends, returns after a short break this weekend. Despite a full fixture list of Championship, League One and Two and lower league football, all Premier League eyes will be on Wembley come Sunday afternoon.

Man Utd v Portsmouth - photo courtesy traditional Community Shield is seen by most people as the start of the Premier League season. Ok, so it is basically a fancified friendly, but unlike the rest of the pre-season fixtures this is one that managers and players are always determined to win.

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NCAAF : Penn State head to the Rose Bowl

The Penn State Nittany Lions have clinched a berth in the Rose Bowl thanks to the  49-18 victory over Michigan State University on Saturday afternoon.

After jumping out in the first quarter and taking a 28-7 lead into the half, the Nittany Lions registered 14 in the third quarter. An 11-7 Spartan effort in the forth was enough to seal the final score.

Quarterback Daryll Clark threw for four touchdowns and a whopping 341 yards while Michigan State QB Brian Hoyer struggled on the afternoon throwing a pair of interceptions, no touchdowns and just over 200 yards.

This will be the first trip to the Rose Bowl for Penn State in 13 years.

Big Sam Allardyce to manage West Ham?!

Sam Allardyce has been the big mover with Betfred in the market for next permanent West Ham manager as there was plenty of betting support for the former Bolton and Newcastle boss.

But surely if Hammers fans were unhappy with the way their side played under Curbishley there is no way that they’d accept the UGLY FOOTBALL that has been a trademark of all Big Sam’s teams?!

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Packers trade Favre to Jets

The Brett Favre era in Green Bay is now officially over. But his legendary career is not.

The month-long saga has finally come to an end, with the Packers agreeing to trade their future Hall-of-Fame quarterback to the New York Jets, first reported Wednesday night.

Favre’s new No. 4 Jets jersey already was for sale on the team’s Web site about an hour after the trade was announced.