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Bookie Busters: Weekend vibes

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Just when your heart started to develop a sense of emptiness as the confetti fell on Mahomes beautiful head of curls, you reminded yourself that the XFL was only a week out, and yes football would continue.

The opening weekend of games brings us 4 matchups on 3 different television networks giving fans opportunities to check out Vince McMahon's newly refined product. For the gambling fanatic, more action is never bad. For the fantasy fanatic, another league to dive into and search for diamonds in the rough.

DraftKings seems to agree and is offering a XFL $350K Kickoff Special with 100k going to first place.


We will attack soccer and hoops as always, play smart. There will be plenty of action. I'll list a few parlays over the weekend too.

New Plays

Coming soon

2/11 1241 CST

England league one

Peterborough vs Southend

Peterborough FH ML 3U

-1.5 3U

Game over 3. 3U

550 CST   2/10

Jazz / Mavs Over 217.5 3U MAX BOMB

Mavs TT over 108.5 1U


Timberwolves +9. If 8.5 buy the hook 2U


RADFORD @ WINTHROP over 141.5 2U



355

Renegades -6 Fh 2U XFL

337 CST

Parlay 1U

Grizzlies/Wiz FH over 117.5

ND/Clemson over 137.5

Renegades -6 FH XFL

2-9 336 CST

Notre Dame/Clemson

Over

137.5 3U

Previous Plays

AUSTIN PEAY @ TENNESSEE STATE Over 149 3U MAX BOMB

TEXAS TECH @ KANSAS (#3)2nd half over 72.5 3U MAX BOMB

Kansas TT over 38 3U MAX BOMB

618 CST

Minnesota U at Illinois Illinois -6 2U

For any questions or comments reach me @Jerryboknowz Twitter.

Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Josh Jordan on ESPN 97.5. We're on every Sunday from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling. Also, be sure to follow us @Moneyline975 on Twitter.

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The Houston Astros 2020 redemption tour – better known as the Major League post-season - starts today with a quicky best-of-three series against the Minnesota Twins, kings of the American League Central division.

All games will be played at Target Field in Minneapolis. While the Twins had baseball's best home record, 24-7, and the Astros were roadkill with a disastrous 9-23 mark away from Minute Maid Park …

I'd still rather be us than them, and there are sweet 16 reasons why.

It's a hard-to-believe stat, but the Twins have lost 16 consecutive playoff games, the Major League record for post-season futility. You can look it up, the Twins were bamboozled 13 times by the Yankees and three times by the A's since 2003.

A more important date, however, is 1991, the last time the Twins sniffed the World Series. Most of the Twins' regulars, including Miguel Sano, Jorge Polanco, Eddie Rosario. Byron Buxton, Max Kepler weren't even born yet when the Twins last played in the Fall Classic. You know Newton's First Law, right? An object in motion stays in motion. With even a little effort, the Twins will extend their playoff losing streak to 18.

In the Astros dugout, all you have is experience under pressure. The Astros have seen the World Series from both sides – winning in 2017 and losing in 2019, sandwiched around another playoff appearance in 2018. The Astros succeed under the gun.

OK, this season the Astros are a rare playoff team with a losing record, 29-31, successfully managing to lose less than the Angels and Mariners. But thanks to an expanded playoff scheme concocted by commissioner Rob Manfred, 29-31 was good enough for second place in the American League West and automatic entry to the post-season. Hey, the Astros didn't make the rules, don't blame them.

The Twins are a heavy favorite to smack the Astros this week thanks to their regular-season record. That was then, this is now. It's a whole new ballgame, everybody's starting 0-0.

Look at today's starting pitchers (1 p.m. on ABC 13). The Twins are throwing Kenta Maeda, a pretty good pitcher for sure. We'll have Zack Greinke, a future Hall of Famer, with a lifetime 208-126 record. He's the winningest active pitcher and would have 209 wins if a certain bonehead manager left him in Game 7 of last year's World Series. And I say bonehead with love and admiration for dearly departed (from Houston) manager A.J. Hinch.

I like our chances in Game 2, too. The Twins will have Jose Barrios on the mound, the Astros are starting TBD. It's practically impossible to prepare for that guy TBD, so the Astros could wrap up the series in two games.

I'm sticking with the Astros in 2020. More important, the Astros are +150 on the money line today. The over/under is 7.5 runs. In the words of the world's greatest gambler, Cosmo Kramer, that's some sweet action.

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