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Three books of football stats

Jul 15, 2008 6:52 PM

Book Reviews by Howard Schwartz | Many years ago, before computers gained popularity, the dedicated, curious gambler did it the hard way – game by game, spread-by-spread and meticulous hand-written notes about whether it was a home dog, road favorite, etc.

Early pioneers included the late Ernie Kaufman, a unique lady handicapper by the name of Barbara Nathan, Gary Anderson and perhaps others. Starting in the mid-1980s, the growing popularity of totals and teasers were added to the analysis.

Now eight years into the 21st century, we’ve got three interesting books to save you time and energy. And there’s more on the way.

NFL Teasers and Totals by Andy Iskoe (73 pages, 8x11 plastic spiralbound, $29.95). This volume focuses on 6-point teasers for each year since 2002. The amazing Green Bay Packers did well in many teaser situations. As a home favorite for the past three years they covered in 11 of 14 chances and were 17-1 versus conference teams getting those extra six points. Indianapolis is a solid 11-1 since 2005 getting six points in a teaser situation against interconference teams.

Iskoe, a noted columnist for GamingToday, provides more than two dozen situations for readers and bettors to study.

Bob Frederick has been analyzing sides and totals for more than two decades. His two books are now locked and loaded for handicappers. They are called the NFL Football Notebook Trends: Sides and Totals (74 pages, 8x11 paper bound, $34.95) and the College Football Trend Notebook (141 pages, paperbound, $34.95).

 His trend books give what is called a "workout of previous matchups." For example, "Since 1998, the NY Jets show a record of 16-2-2 against the Miami Dolphins." But it’s unique in that for each game you can see what the line was and the final score for each game. Frederick tells you the Jets travel to Miami on Sept. 7 and host the Dolphins Dec. 28.

The book contains 156 winning trends hitting at a 70 percent or better efficiency level. His college book follows the same format. For example, Southern Mississippi is 15-4 ATS against Memphis since 1979. Yet in 2005 and 2007 USM failed to cover.

This book contains 297 winning trends, winning at a 70 percent or better rate.

Frederick has done the work for you. If you’re entering a contest, need some quick winning angles or want to be an "instant expert," go right to the book, flip to the team or matchup and you’re in business.

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