Be a better bettor.

. Cheddar Bay is off to a slow start this year.  Our weekly win rate has gone from 48.7% to 44.6% to 44.0% as of Monday night.  Compare to last year (49.0-40.2-49.7) and 2011 (49.5-48.8-45.4) and we’re down a tad. (Note:  we always figure it out after the slow start.  We closed positive in those last two years:  2012, 50.9%;...

Browns/Ravens preview.

I doubt I’ll be in the business of previewing games but in this case, it seems like a lot of points are being missed.  Since it’s not fun or fair to point these out after the game here are the factors the will lead to an easy Ravens -7 cover.  (And super easy current Ravens -6.5.) 1.  Chris Canty versus...

Cheddar Bay Week 3: Browns +7 at Ravens.

This week’s lines are posted here. _____ Late lines:  OSU -15.5 at Cal; Ole Miss +3 at Texas. Reminder:  use the “Current” column for your point spreads, not the “Open” column. _____ All-play is Browns -7 at Ravens. We had three solid candidates for the All-Play this week.  My pref, I admit, was the Niners/Seahawks.  A great case can be made...

Breaking faith with Browns fans.

Speaking only for myself:  I found my Browns fan experience yesterday largely unchanged from past years.  How was yours? The CSAT numbers can’t be good; perhaps a note to the VP of Fan Experience is in order. Because, I kid you not, the Browns can afford such an executive although apparently they cannot afford a probowl, never-missed-a-start center.  (We’ll get...

2013 NFL Preview: The year of Andrew Luck.

This kid Andrew Luck is incredible. Don’t miss it by silly debates. He’s the best quarterback from last year’s draft class and he is ready to emerge as one of the league’s best signal callers, period. Before you know it, he will be the league’s most valuable player as well. And honestly, it’s not too far fetched to imagine that...

Cheddar Bay open thread #2; Irish at Michigan.

Welcome to Week 2 of Cheddar Bay.  This week’s lines are linked here. Our all-play this week is: Notre Dame +4.5 at Michigan. 8pm Saturday, Ann Arbor, ESPN. The Browns’ opener was considered for the all-play but after consultation with the Chairman Emeritus, we agreed Mich/ND is the better game and also that we were somewhat blasé going into the Browns...

Browns 2013 preview: The year of indifference.

. The Cleveland Browns had five wins last year.  They’ve had four wins or five wins in each of the last five seasons.  The recent Browns teams have been pursuing mediocrity in vain.  Average would be a step in the right direction for 2013.  Trending upward would be something to be excited for.  Fill some holes, get some luck, and...

Cheddar Bay open thread #1; UGA at Clemson.

  The only reality football league where media types and Vegas sharps and a good share of the Cleveland Bar match football wits with the hoi polloi and in all in a judgment-free and supportive community is now off and running. Week one’s all-play game is Georgia -2 at Clemson (Saturday 8pm, ABC). The scoring is half points this week:...

Quick halftime Colts/Browns observations.

Just had a few notes and they’re a little too big to tweet.  Nothing happy, I’m afraid. _____ 1.  TRich still stops. This was something we noticed from watching him at Alabama and last year too (mute before click).  I’m moving past benefit of doubt, e.g., “he’s setting up his blockers.”  T-Rich doesn’t attack holes.  There is zero Marshawn Lynch in...

Arcane CFB preview.

As the prime of the wagering season approaches we all are embarked on finding an edge or if not, we should be.  It is a search for value in trends.  What datum is unseen and ripe for exploit?  Or in my case… what nuggets of fool’s gold will Google search drop in front of me. ______ Coaches who do well...

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