There is good news for the Eagles. Not only are they done with Veterans
Stadium, but you're looking at the 2004 Super Bowl champion.
At least that's what the
first Las Vegas Sports Consultants odds sheet projects. The Eagles are a 9-2
favorite to carry the Lombardi Trophy out of Houston's Reliant Stadium next
season. Second choice: Oakland at 5-1.
Tampa Bay? Try fourth at 8-1
with Pittsburgh. St. Louis is third at 6-1, despite missing the playoffs this
year. Whether Mark Bulger or Kurt Warner is at QB, might be a more relevant
concern at this time.
Imagine getting 8-1 on the
Bucs right now for next year! Those odds look mighty good prior to the Gruden
Bowl this Sunday against Raider Nation, which will be in all its glory in San
Diego. This is as close to a home game as any Super Bowl in quite some time,
which explains why the Raiders immediately jumped from 3Â½ to 4-point favorites
early in the week.
As far as the Bookies
Battle, don't ask. Our normally stellar group of experts from the finest race
and sports books around have hit a snag. The consensus is 0-6 over the last two
weeks. That puts the pressure heavily on the Bucs, which our panel selected to
cover the 4-point margin by nearly a 3-to-1 margin.
"I was surprised at how
well the Bucs played against Philadelphia," said Wayne Braddock, race and
sports manager at Eldorado in Henderson. "I thought the Eagles would win
4-2 in triple overtime."
Braddock had the right
score, but the wrong sport. The NHL Flyers beat the New York Rangers 4-2 a few
As far as early wagering on
Super 37, the money not surprisingly went on the Raiders.
"There are a lot of
Raiders fans in close proximity," said Braddock, who went against the
consensus by picking Oakland. "I think the window of opportunity is now for
As for this scribe, the
Oakland-Tampa Bay parlay worked to perfection. Unfortunately, choosing the Under
in both games my downfall. This week, Bucs -160 on the money line, a la carte.