Two hot football reference sources — favorites year after year— arrived at Gambler’s Book Club this month. They are Marc Lawrence’s Playbook Stat & Log Book (380 pages, 8x11 plastic spiral bound, $34.95) and Andy Iskoe’s Pointspread Encyclopedia: College Football (142 pages, 8xll plastic spiral bound, $29.95).
Those handicappers who like lots of room to take notes, while instantly being able to identify conference games, homecoming contests, the type of surface being used, the number of returnees and team web addresses will find Lawrence’s book to their liking.
With all this material, there’s also room to keep records for both the college and the pro schedules. There contains same-page data that includes 10 years of results (spreads and totals for the pros and spreads only for the colleges).
There is a complete preseason schedule and room to record results; preseason betting angles; charts showing how teams performed after a week off and how they did Monday nights (both extracted from Lawrence’s magazine, Football Handicapper’s Yearbook).
The entire pro football schedule is featured from Week 1 on, and a similar logbook format for the colleges (major game matchups) is on the first 62 pages. Also extracted from Lawrence’s magazine are totals records summarized for 1, 3 and 6 years at home, away, versus division, non-division teams; angles showing you how teams did before and after playing other pro teams; how coaches did ATS and a variety of other situations.
For the colleges, there are charts showing how teams performed SU and ATS since 1990; bowl results; the 2007-08 bowl schedule and pro playoff results since 1997.
Iskoe’s college football study (17 years worth of information) covers two dozen angles for each year since 2001, a three-year look and one for six years.
If you wonder about "smart money" bets (a line move of 1Â½ or more), Iskoe explains how college teams performed since 1990 — year by year, 3 or 6 years combined. Is it better to wager early or late? Does it matter?
The book may help you make the decision or come to a conclusion about the theory.
From Air Force to Wyoming, it’s there. These books and more are available at the Gambler’s Book Shop (Gambler’s Book Club) in Las Vegas. The store’s web site is www.gamblersbook.com; or you can call toll free at 1-800-522-1777.