It’s time for those pre-season guides

Jul 17, 2007 3:42 AM

With a sense of pilgrimage, football fans will be journeying to the Gambler’s Book Shop in Las Vegas to pick up the latest pre-season football guidebooks.

Here are four of the most highly-sought-after football betting resources, each with something special for the handicapper angling for an edge.

Phil Steele’s College Football Scorebook(410 pages, spiralbound, 8x11, $29.95); Jim Feists’s Football Workbook-Pro and College (317 pages, plastic spiralbound, $39.95); Pointspread Encyclopedia — NFL Teasers and Totals (73 pages, 8x11 plastic spiralbound, $29.95) and Bob Frederick’s Inside Sports View’s NFL Notebook — Trends, Sides and Totals (71 pages, 8x11, paperbound, $$34.95).

Steele’s scorebook is different from his magazine in that it includes betting angles against the spread, whereas the magazine reflects only straight up winning angles. There are also more than 20 pages with a history of overs-unders (totals) in the colleges going back as far as 1993.

Just as the magazine does, there are schedules; room to keep records and notes; five years of results; projected starting lineups on offense and defense; number of returning starters and lettermen on offense and defense and key statistics from every game played last year.

Feist’s workbook — the "Bible" for many bettors — is two books in one covering colleges and pros. It contains 10 years of spreads and totals (totals for pros only) and quickly helps you isolate how a team did against a team it is playing this year as far back as the 1990’s.

The book also reflects how often a team covered or didn’t cover the spread in a variety of situations, home, away, as dog, as favorite, favored by under three to over 10, looking back 1,2,3,5 and 10 years back.

Again, plenty of room to keep records here.

There are many bettors who believe history has a tendency to repeat. Thus the rationale for Andy Iskoe’s Pointspread Encyclopedia’s special volume titled NFL Teasers and Totals.

Teasers can be 6, 6½ or 7 points. This book goes back six seasons and is keyed to the six-point teaser. You can see how a team did in two-dozen situations for one year, three years or all six years.

Some results are real eye-openers. Samples: As a home dog, the KC Chiefs are 5-1 as a home dog with a six-point teaser since 2004. The Philadelphia Eagles are 18-4 as a road dog since 2001 with a six-point teaser and 17-1 in their second game of the year, also since 2001. Personnel change, teams change coaches and other variables fluctuate.

Bob Frederick has been producing angle books for 21 years. His Sides & Totals contains 153 winning trends with a minimum efficiency of 70 percent. His book is unique since it allows you to see if an angle is holding steady or "breaking down." Here are several examples:

Looking at the Arizona Cardinals, in their first home game of the year, they are 2-17 against the spread. In 1997 and 1998 they did cover, but have lost their last nine against the line.

The Atlanta Falcons are 22-6 as a visitor to Divisional rival New Orleans Saints since 1978. However, that angle seems to be corroding, since the Falcons have lost the last three against the spread to the Saints. Until 2003, it was a fantastic angle, but again the quality of teams change, some improve, some slide.

Wondering when the angle will play again? It’s listed right below the summary.

With more than 150 winning angles, it’s sure to keep you busy and interested in 2007.

These football guides and more are available from Gambler’s Book Shop (Gambler’s Book Club). The store’s web site is www.gamblersbook.com, or call toll free at 1-800-522-1777.