Marc Lawrence – The much anticipated sequel to “The Match” between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson tees off today. When the first match took place last year I felt it was a contrived ‘made for television event’, not something I had an interest in speculating on. Roll the clock forward one year and it’s still a contrived ‘made for television event’ with the addition of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as playing partners – still not something I have an interest in wagering on. But because the sports betting world is jonesing for action right now, this match will likely be the most heavily wagered event on today’s card. That being the case, for your edification, CBS Sports broke down the Tale of the Tape on today’s match: The handicap: Tiger: 179th (PGA Tour ranking), Phil: 132nd (PGA Tour ranking), Manning: 6.4, Brady: 8.1 … The arm: Tiger: B, Phil: A, Manning: B+, Brady: A- … The swing: Tiger: A, Phil: A-, Manning: B+, Brady: A … The championships: Tiger: 15 (majors), Phil: 5 (majors), Manning: 2 (Super Bowls), Brady: 6 (Super Bowls) … The trash talk: Tiger: B-, Phil: A-, Manning: A, Brady: B. With it Tiger and Peyton are favored -195 (on Wood’s home course) over Phil and Tom. FYI: Mickelson topped Woods in “The Match” last year.
In a follow-up to yesterday’s “1943” report on the start up of the college football season, ESPN revealed that colleges across the country would reportedly see significant financial losses if the 2020 football season has to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic as schools would lose a combined $4 billion if no games are played this season. A number of Division I programs have already cut athletic programs in cost-saving moves because of the pandemic. TCU’s athletic director said that a canceled season or reduced schedule could potentially lead to “massive cutbacks.” It remains to be seen if the 2020 college football season will take place, though Dr. Patrick Rishe, director of the sports business program at Washington University in St. Louis, told ESPN that he anticipates it will be played even if it has to be moved to the spring because of the “astronomical financial implications” of canceling football. Rishe estimated the 65 schools in Power Five conferences would stand to lose a combined total of $1.2 billion in ticket revenue. For more on this evolving story click here.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: The only time Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher had a team that dropped five-plus games in a season he went 9-4 SU and 8-4 ATS the following year. With LSU’s Joe Burrow and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa now in the NFL, automatic losses to those teams are no longer the case. With only three foes – including the Tigers and the Tide – on the Aggies schedule this season sporting winning records last year, Jimbo could turn up Jumbo this season.