Friday, December 30, 2011

It seems like only yesterday we were fretting over whether there would even be a 2011 NFL season. We got one, and somehow it's already just about finished.

With Week 16 in the books, it is about time to start taking a long hard look at the playoffs.

There are only a few berths left to decide, so Week 17 will be mostly about positioning. The upcoming playoff picture is an interesting one no matter how you look at it, with the Detroit Lions in their first postseason since 1999 and the Houston Texans in their first since—ever.

Between the 12 teams in the playoffs, there are a few possible matchups that should be on everyone's holiday wish list, along with a throng of games that would cause the salivation of NFL fans everywhere.

Here they are.

A Bleacher Report list of the potential playoff matchups for this season that would make for some classic games. Written by Jake Silver

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011 by Jake Silver

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thanks for the post from Al Mills

Saving money has become a game in our house and it’s actually been a lot of fun. The kids don’t necessarily understand why they’ve had to give up so many of their favorite things but they’re participating and it’s actually helping us get by paycheck to paycheck right now until my husband’s able to find a new job. I love him to death but it was hard on all of us when he got laid off last year and we’ve been working to recover ever since. We sold the second car and looked for some good dish deals so we wouldn’t disrupt the kids’ lifestyle too much and I know we’ve cut back on our general shopping and whatnot. I know that my husband feels bad he can’t do more but at the end of the day he’s a wonderful man and I’m so proud of what all he’s been able to accomplish for us. It won’t be long before we get back on our feet and I’m sure of it!

Posted on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 by Zack Pumerantz

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Friday, December 23, 2011

The New York Post's depiction of the battle for New York. Has Eli Manning ever looked this goofy??

Posted on Friday, December 23, 2011 by Jake Silver

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Obviously for the 2011 Houston Texans, playing the lowly Cleveland Browns in November was not much of a test.

That didn't mean that All-Pro linebacker Brian Cushing was playing with any less of his usual firey demeanor. Clearly he doesn't like any "Big Fat F*ck" that tries to take him on.

The major question we have to ask, is what possessed this guy to TAKE OFF HIS HELMET? To prove he's just that awesome?

A year or two ago we'd have said roid-rage.

Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 by Jake Silver

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Friday, December 16, 2011

While most fans cling to their couches in preparation of their favorite team's games, there are those who get just as vicious an adrenaline rush by placing their own wager regarding the score or final outcome.

Not only has sports betting become an integral part of society, but it's begun to play a significant role in the sports world itself. For the deprived fans of losing teams and the expectant diehards of prolific franchises, betting has become a serious aspect of every game.

It's safe to say that those who have an affinity for betting on the NFL can get their fix from With accurate spreads and justified moneylines, fans can properly execute any bet.

Betting may seem like a risky chance to some, but it's a worthy activity for most. For casual fans, betting can present a reason to watch the game or an intriguing extra element for any matchup. For the hardcore fans in sports, betting can act as an expected profit or an added incentive to care.

As betting takes over the world of sports, fans will continue to study their teams, research the expected matchups and place their wagers.

It's only a matter of time before fans can automatically place a bet by clicking the remote.

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 by Zack Pumerantz

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Thursday, December 15, 2011 listing of the funniest NFL Interviews of all time, complete with Steve Smith's rules and regulations and Jared Allen's mullet!

Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2011 by Jake Silver

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

JZSports Week 15 Blitz Predictions 12/14 by jzsports | Blog Talk Radio

JZSports Week 15 Podcast, Broadcasting Live at 4:30!

Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 by Zack Pumerantz

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Here we are people. The major crossroads for the New York Giants and New York Jets. Both of our city's teams need to scrape out a win today to keep their destinies in their own hands.

The Jets have the favorable game against the Kansas City Chiefs, though the Chiefs are now firmly settled into the spoiler role after upsetting the Chicago Bears last weekend. A loss here would hurt badly due to the Chiefs being a conference opponent, where the Jets have not fared quite as well this season as they have against NFC teams. Recent history tells us that this is right where the Jets should get hot for a playoff run, and they had better hope Mark Sanchez sticks to that formula today. Fact: Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan have yet to miss the playoffs together.

The New York Giants' season is more on the line tonight. A loss to the division rival Cowboys while already sitting a game behind in the NFC East could seal the deal for the Giants, not to mention Tom Coughlin and his staff. Recent history tells us that this is the part of the season where the Giants start to flop. They'll have to buck that trend if they want to avoid a three-year playoff drought. Fun fact: the last time the NYG lost a game to an undefeated team 38-35....they won every following game including the Super Bowl. Another fun fact: The last time the Giants lost the season opener (also to a division rival) as they did this year, they won the Super Bowl

Since the animosity will be running high when the Football Roommates of New York meet in a clash at the Meadowlands, today is a day where Giants and Jets fans need to give some mutual support. Let's face it: if you are a fan of the Jets or Giants, you at least know somebody who is a fan of the other team.

Show some support to New York Football this week everyone. Send a text, write a status, or just be happy for a touchdown. This is a day for New York football fans to come together.

Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2011 by Jake Silver

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Jake Silver's list of the five top candidates for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
It's pretty easy pickins this time around, as you can probably guess...but check it out for some cool highlight videos anyway!

Posted on Friday, December 09, 2011 by Jake Silver

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Surprising Trends of NHL Over/Under Scoring Lines

If you’ve ever bet on sports you know the thrill and you get why people do it. Often times you don’t even like the team you’re betting on but for the sake of your wager you cheer like it’s no ones business. The elements of a good sports bet are gathered from an array of sources. The ingredients of a typical wager generally consist of unequal portions gut instinct, expert analysis, inside tips, and a splash of greed from wanting to hit the long odds.
One realm of sports betting that has had some interesting trends lately is the Over/Under bets for NHL games. For anyone who has followed the game over the past few decades, it is clear that scoring averages have decreased since the barn-burner days of the late 80′s and early 90′s. (The graph below from demonstrates the change in scoring throughout the history of the game and its inherent changes.)
There are numerous factors that have lead to lower scoring games such as altered coaching and defensive systems, improved goaltending technique and equipment, and overall enhanced commitment to team defense.
What this all means for dedicated sports betting junkies is a lowered O/U line that has gravitated to a fairly consistent 5.5 per game.
In 2010-11 there were 5,550 total regular season goals in 1,230 games. That’s a measly 4.512 goals/game average.
With that said, we decided to delve a bit deeper to see if we could identify any trends for the 2010-11 season as well as the current 2011-12 season. What we found is quite interesting. We compared the number of games that had 6 or more goals in three different categories: Western Conference vs Western Conference games, Western Conference vs Easter Conference Games, and Eastern Conference vs Eastern Conference games.
- The NHL season is comprised of 1230 total regular season games.
  • 960 games are with opponents from the same conference.
  • 270 games are with opponents from opposite conferences (inter-conference games)
- Each team plays an 82-game regular season schedule.
  • Each team plays 24 Intra-Division games against teams in their division.
  • Each team plays 40 games against Non-divisional, in conference opponents.
  • Each team plays 18 games against opponents outside of their conference.
Here are the statistics from the 2010-11 season. Beneath the main graph is a breakdown of the total information sorted into what happened for each day of the week.

The daily breakdown is interesting here. It seems that Wednesday and Friday night games in 2010-11 showed a spike in league-wide goal scoring and in particular the Western Conference match-ups. Tuesdays and Sundays were the only days of the week when, on average, the Eastern Conference games had more overall scoring than games in the West. Travel and varying game start times seem likely causes here (guess/speculation).
Compare that to what has transpired in the first 2 months of the current  2011-12 season.

There has been a pretty obvious shift in scoring trends here.In 2010 the Western Conference games averaged higher scores than those in the East. This year it has flipped; in a big way. The scoring is up in the East and the Western conference games are more often under 6 goals.  Meanwhile, cross-conference games have remained steady in terms of Over/Under outcomes.
It is still too early in the season to decipher any meaning from the day-by-day statistics as the sample sizes are too small. By around mid to late January there should be a clearer picture of what’s actually going on on a nightly basis around the NHL.
At this point in the season, however, we can clearly see the overall trend is headed towards a mirror image of last years results in terms of Over/Under results with a 5.5 total goal baseline.

It will be interesting to see if this continues for the duration of the season or if things revert back to last years tendencies. This analysis will be updated every 2 weeks.
How to use this for NHL Over/Under betting.
This information is useful as a baseline guide for what to expect when approaching Over/Under NHL bets but obviously each unique game has it’s own unique factors to consider. The data does not account for individual team scoring averages, starting goaltender changes, travel schedules, player injuries, or adjusted coaching strategies etc.
As stated above, the science of sports betting is comprised of many parts and you have to use whatever information you have to improve your chances of winning.
Good luck.

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Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2011 by Zack Pumerantz

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This call was questionable about now? The New York Giants settled for a field goal against Green Bay after not being awarded this touchdown...they ended up losing by three. Do the math folks.

Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2011 by Jake Silver


JZSports' Jake and Zack bring you the predictions for all Week 14 NFL games in just 15 minutes. Tune in, see if your team is going to win!

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Posted on Wednesday, December 07, 2011 by Zack Pumerantz

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Travis Beckum's awesome 64-yard touchdown to open the Giants-Packers game was a pretty phenomenal catch-and-run, and LaRod Stephens-Howling made his case with a game winning screen pass touchdown. However, when you make a catch in the NFL, and Charles Woodson gives you a pound, you deserve a little recognition.

The Giants were scrappy and stayed with the Green Bay Packers to the very end, thanks in part to Nicks' incredible one-armed grab on this corner fade in the endzone from Eli Manning, a signature pass of the Giants' quarterback.

The Giants will look to ride the momentum from their Week 13 loss-but-moral-victory against the division rival Dallas Cowboys in a titanic showdown for the NFC East.

Posted on Tuesday, December 06, 2011 by Jake Silver

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Whether these people are born with their athletic gifts or just work consistently to achieve their goals, there is no doubt that these guys are all nuts. From a human rubber band to an epic car window leap and surfing a giant wave, at least one person in this montage is bound to amaze you. They amazed us for sure.

Everything is possible by Tixald

Posted on Monday, December 05, 2011 by Jake Silver

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Bleacher Report piece by Jake Silver discussing the merits of bringing Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte into the MVP conversation.

Posted on Saturday, December 03, 2011 by Jake Silver

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In a play that is eerily reminiscent of what happened last year against the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs, Marshawn Lynch once again defies all odds with a mind-blowing touchdown run. This guy just cannot be brought down when he goes "Beast Mode", as he calls it.
It's a good nickname, because this beastly running back is pretty fun to watch in action.

And here is the play from the 2010/2011 Wild Card Game, in case you forgot....

Posted on Saturday, December 03, 2011 by Jake Silver

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Friday, December 2, 2011

After a short hiatus, we are back with the JZSports weekly NFL Predictions, and of course we'll be talking a little about the suddenly upcoming NBA Season. Enjoy.

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Posted on Friday, December 02, 2011 by Jake Silver

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