By Marc Lawrence — Victor King of Playbook Totals Tipsheet fame lends this treatise for today: If Tom Brady is the GOAT of Professional Football, then that same label can be attached to Joey Chestnut… when it comes to competitive eating. And that takes us to today, July 4th. The 104th Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog eating contest takes place at 12:00 noon ET and will once again be broadcast live on ESPN TV. Up until this year, one could only place a wager on the contest at unlicensed offshore sports books. But earlier this week, two states made the move to officially offer authorized betting on this event. Special thanks are in order to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement and the Colorado Division of gaming. If you live in ether of those states, you can now get some action down on Independence Day. Since I’m one of Playbook’s OVER / UNDER guys, I was asked to offer my analysis of this year’s event. For me, I’m gonna be making a wager on the most popular OU bet for the entire day: HOW MANY doggies will this GOAT eat on Saturday? As of this writing, Joey Chestnut’s OU line for how many hot dogs he will eat is at 72.5. If you bet the OVER, its going to cost you quite a bit more in juice (-175). If however, you choose the UNDER… you can get back an additional +135 for every 100 bucks that you bet. For more on this fabled event and to find out how I’m betting and why click here.
ESPN reports that as a precaution, the Los Angeles Clippers shut down the team’s practice facility on Thursday after a positive coronavirus test within the traveling party headed to Orlando, Florida, for the league restart. The Denver Nuggets and Brooklyn Nets temporarily shut down their facilities last week after positive tests for the virus. Teams are allowed to send a 35-person group to the NBA’s campus at Walt Disney World Resort as part of the 22-team restart. It’s getting scary out there.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: Try this one on for size: Wisconsin is 27-1 SU since 1997 versus losing opponents in seasons in which they do not face Ohio State. The Badgers will not face the Buckeyes this regular season. They’re also No. 17 in overall defensive Returning Production from the nation’s second-best unit that allowed 2.1 points per game in the first quarter of games last season. Remember, Wisconsin has played in the Big Ten title game in six of the last nine years.