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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Marc Lawrence — David Purdum of ESPN put it best when he wrote: With kickoff of the Super Bowl just minutes away, the scene inside the backroom of the Las Vegas sportsbook is intense. Bookmakers stare at their computers, and an executive paces back and forth, already sweating through his Sunday suit. Bets are pouring in; millions of dollars are at stake. It’s nonstop action. Suddenly, the room goes silent and everyone stops to look up at the TVs. Referees, team captains and the honorary coin-flipper are gathering at midfield. Out in the sportsbook, there’s a gasp of anticipation as the coin is tossed into the air. Heads or tails to determine which team gets the ball first – and who gets to keep the money bet on the coin flip. The coin turns end over end, bounces on the field and settles on heads. The stressed-out boss quickly asks, “How’d we do?” An employee hastily grades the bets, takes a deep breath and replies with trepidation, “We just lost $38,000. We’re stuck 38 dimes, and the game hasn’t even started.” The boss asks another question: “What the f—?” Yes, the coin flip is actually the most popular Super Bowl prop of them all. Bookmakers don’t know exactly what drives the betting interest on the coin flip, and they don’t really care. It’s nice being able to charge a 5-cent vig on a 50-50 bet, after all. To read more on past results of the coin flip and more on this popular prop in-person at sportsbooks this year, down 61% from 2020. click here.

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The Chiefs (303.4) and Bucs (289.1) finished 1-2 in passing yards per game during the regular season. Per Elias Sports Bureau research, this will be the first Super Bowl ever to feature the top two passing offenses in the NFL.

Grinding Out The Profits

From the Playbook Super Bowl Report: What would a Saturday of college basketball be without the Tar Heels being a featured play? Say what you want but Roy’s boys know how to clean the glass, outrebounding the Tigers 38-28 in their last game to remain the No. 2 team in the land in Rebound Margin (+11 per game). But as humbling as Carolina’s loss on Wednesday was, it was nowhere near as humiliating as Duke’s mind-numbing 77-75 loss to Miami Florida as 9.5-point road chalk on Monday. Coach K’s Blue Devils show up at Cameron Indoor Stadium today as winners of only 2 of their previous six contests. That’s not good news against a North Carolina team that’s gone 5-1 ATS in its last six series meetings with Duke and 16-7 ATS at Durham, including 6-1 ATS with a win percentage of .618 or greater. While it’s been since 1960 since the last time these two teams got together as unranked opponents, the points are the play on Tobacco Road today.

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