Get San Diego Chargers while a dog

Dec 30, 2008 5:03 PM
Vaccaro’s View by Jimmy Vaccaro |

Looking at the screen this morning we find four road favorites for Wild Card Weekend. I don’t know if that’s ever happened before, but I would not be surprised if the Chargers end up a small favorite. A few spots had San Diego favored late Sunday.

This exercise deals with how the dollar is chopped up in the next seven days. In normal times and according to what your client base is, around 40 percent of money on a game is straight bets. Parlays run also at 40 percent with the remaining 20 divided up among totals, money lines etc.

But this is not a normal week.

It is just too hard to pass up sticking something early or late concerning bowl games, even if you think your best playoff bet is in your sights. There’s nothing like having a winner under your belt connected to Eagles and Colts because you can always reload if that first bet becomes an "L" on Friday.

I believe our parlay action will outdistance straight bets even with the limit wagers we will take because of five great days of games. Not to be the moral compass here, but don’t choke yourself on these parlays. I have seen it year after year. One voice will not change anyone’s betting habits.

The numbers have been pounded out and you will not see any great line moves especially from Wednesday on. With all the mayhem, both us and our competitors will try and put something up that will draw some added attention. Of course we all hope we’re the only ones that do it.

Player and team props will be the soup of the day, but a little thinking may also be included. Yes, I don’t recall four road favorites and don’t remember anyone booking the four roadies to all win or lose in the first round.

Mull this over. If road teams win all four, you get 7-1. If home teams win all four, you get 14-1. Stop by Lucky’s Race and Sports Books (Terrible’s and Plaza locally) and let me know.