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Sports Notes - 11-25-2008

Nov 25, 2008 5:02 PM

AT LEAST PROPS CAN DEPEND ON LIONS

Those bettors who rode the prop bets across Las Vegas sports books having Tennessee go 16-0 during the regular season are out of luck. At Harrah’s properties, Tennessee would have paid bettors +800 for running the table. Those smarties who figured the Titans would lose along the way, like last Sunday against the Jets, had the odds very much in their favor at -1200.

There’s still hope for the goose egg, as the Detroit Lions blew a 17-0 lead to Tampa Bay and fell to 0-11 entering Thursday’ matchup with the Titans. The Lions are +300 at Harrah’s to go winless, while any win pays bettors -400 who side that way. Lucky’s also has props (page 15) on the Jets or Pats winning the AFC East and the Packers taking the NFC North.

HATTON FIGHT FLOORS BOXING SOME MORE

There hasn’t been a decent fight in Las Vegas since Antonio Margarito stopped Miguel Cotto in the 11th round back on July 26. Not that there has been much to choose from since then, but the Ricky Hatton-Paulie Malignaggi bout last Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena wasn’t good enough for Pay Per View.

Hatton’s favored price of -250 was cheap as he made Malignaggi look so bad his own handlers threw in the towel in the 11th round. Even my dad, a devout fight fan, couldn’t stomach it. As for the wagering at MGM, not so much.

The one saving grace is the much anticipated card at MGM on Dec. 6 between Oscar de la Hoya and Manny Pacquiao. De la Hoya is currently a -210 favorite in what could well be the last fight of his Hall of Fame career. – Mark Mayer