Category Archives: Sports

What would the great A.J. Liebling think?

A.J. Liebling, one the great journalists of the 20th century, was a big boxing fan. He fought some as a youth and continued to spar into his late 30s, when he was punched by an elderly former fighter named Jack … Continue reading

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Can America’s most hated team win Super Bowl LI?

The New England Patriots enter Sunday’s Super Bowl game against the Atlanta Falcons with two seemingly contradictory distinctions–they’re favored to win the game, and they may be America’s most hated team (football division). The Patriots are favored primarily because of … Continue reading

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Contrarians cleaned up in the college bowl games

Bookies know from experience that football bettors like to put their money on the favorites when betting sides and the over when betting totals. That prompts bookies to inflate the numbers, forcing you to pay a premium if you want … Continue reading

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Who’ll win the national title? The bookies love Alabama

The Washington Huskies had a terrific season, going 12-1 in the third season of coach Chris Petersen’s regime and beating Colorado impressively to win the Pac-12 championship. That was good enough to get the Huskies into the national championship tournament. … Continue reading

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NU, Bear River watching playoffs from the stands

The high school football playoffs started last night–a day earlier than usual because a lot of schools didn’t want to play on Veterans Day–and our two local schools are watching the action from the stands. Nevada Union and Bear River … Continue reading

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Nevada Union, Bear River need a new approach to winning

Bear River’s football team is playing for pride in tonight’s final game of the season at home against Center, which is playing for a better post-season playoff position.┬áCenter has the stronger incentive (and the better team), but my projections show … Continue reading

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Bear River has to win last 2 games to maintain streak

Bear River has to win its last two Pioneer Valley League games–starting tonight at Placer–to have a shot at post-season play and extend its streak of non-losing seasons to 30. The Bruins find themselves in a win-or-else situation after losing … Continue reading

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