Sports Notes March 11, 2008

March 11, 2008 6:00 PM
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FAVRE RETIREMENT IMPACTS ODDS

Cause and effect. Action and reaction. Brett Favre retires from the NFL and Vegas books reshuffle the deck.

"Maybe the kid (Aaron) Rodgers will do the job, but Favre played every snap," said John Avello, director of race and sports operations at Wynn Las Vegas. "Right now, the Minnesota Vikings have passed Green Bay in the division."

Wynn wasted little time adjusting the odds on the Packers from 12-1 to 30-1 to win the Super Bowl. The odds to win the NFC Central rose from 5-1 to 12-1. Conversely, Caesars Palace dropped the odds on Minnesota from 18-1 to 10-1 to win the NFL title. But Mike Colbert at the Plaza is unconvinced. "We’re standing pat," he said. "Favre could come back."

CONFERENCE CALL: WHO’S BEST

Naturally there will be odds on all 64 teams that compete in the annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament, also known as March Madness. Except, we can’t say "March Madness" in Vegas, just like we can’t utter the words "Super Bowl" regarding parties and contests. But we just did.

Anyway, the Plaza downtown has come up with a nifty prop bet on the Big Dance, questioning which conference member will win the title. Right now the ACC is a 5-2 favorite, followed by the Pac 10 at 3-1. North Carolina (ACC) and UCLA (Pac 10) figure to lock up No. 1 seeds in the Dance, which begins Thursday, March 20. Other odds: Big 12 at 7-2, C-USA 5-1, Big East 7-1, SEC 8-1, Big 10 at 12-1, Mountain West 75-1 and the field 12-1. – Mark Mayer