Summer betting boredom leads to CFL success
June 27, 2017 3:07 AM
by Alan Berg
Sometimes even I get bored with the sports I bet on. I’m not a big baseball bettor but love the future market. I love watching hockey but I am not crazy about betting on it, though I do mess with the occasional over bet. I don’t bet basketball. So I have been a bit bored. This past week I made my UFC bets and did decent, lost an under bet and a women’s match but closed strong with Kevin Lee and Tim Boetch.
However UFC was not the star of my week; shockingly it was Canadian Football.
Crazy I know, but clearly I am dying for football betting. I went online and read a bunch of things, including GamingToday’s Ian Cameron, and made a few bets. In Week 1, I was 4-1. Winners included Saskatchewan +7 (lost but covered, 17-16), Ottawa +6 (tied and covered, 31-31; nearly played ML), Ottawa-Calgary OV 57 (hit 62, which really was lucky thanks to OT), and finally Toronto ML +145 (won, 32-15). My loser was BC Lions -4.5 (lost, 30-27).
I was super close to a 5-0 week but the Lions completely melted down. They tied the game at 27 with under a minute to play, kicker missed the Extra Point, great news for those laying 4.5, but then the D gave up a 76 yard pass setting up the game-winning Edmonton field goal.
So why am I telling you all this? I decided to try and keep my run going and let you in on the fun. If you think it was complete luck feel free to go the other way. Otherwise, let’s keep it going.
(lines from Westgate Superbook)
Ottawa Redblacks at Calgary Stampeders (-7, 58.5) on WATCH ESPN App or ESPN.com/watch: Interesting line switch here as Calgary was laying -6 at Ottawa literally last week. The rematch gives the Redblacks much more respect. While I agree they deserved more respect, I think this line is close to where it should be. I point more toward the total as I think both teams left points on the board. I think they go OVER in back-to-back games. OVER
BC Lions at Toronto Argonauts (-1, 55.5) on ESPN2: Ahh this is my kind of week. Toronto did look good defensively against Hamilton but that’s a huge rivalry and I think the Lions shake off some offensive rust that they showed in Week 1.
With that said, it’s hard not to like Toronto but I also like some high scoring. TORONTO -1, OVER
Montreal Alouettes at Edmonton Eskimos (-9, 51.5) WATCH ESPN App or ESPN.com/watch: Montreal is getting a lot of points after a solid Week 1 defensive performance. I think they do enough to stay within nine points. MONTREAL +9
Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Saskatchewan Roughriders (+1, 51.5) on ESPNEWS: The Blue Bombers had the opening week off, the ridiculous side effect of having a nine-team league. Regardless they open at Saskatchewan, who comes off the before mentioned loss to Montreal. The opening bye week team has lost three straight since adding the ninth team, Ottawa, to the league. That shows an advantage to the team who has already played. SASKATCHEWAN