Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 9/19/17

Loose lips sink ships. That's an old axiom evidently not adhered to by New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo. McAdoo put the blame squarely on the shoulders of QB Eli Manning for derailing a key third quarter drive as the Giants were trying to rally on Monday night against the Detroit Lions. The head coach called it "sloppy quarterback play" when Manning let the play clock run out, forcing a critical delay of game that ended up resulting in just three New York points rather than perhaps seven. No question this was a pivotal turn of events. Also no question Manning made a mistake. But McAdoo is not absolved of blame as well. There was an option to call time out that didn't get used. The bottom line for me is that while agree the fault is primarily on Manning, I really cannot stand it when coaches point fingers in their postgame pressers. There as ample blame to go around for another lethargic Giants performance and I thought the play calling as a whole throughout this game ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 9/18/17

Break up the Golden Knights, they're simply too strong for the rest of the NHL. Okay, I'm kidding. But the debut for the first major league professional franchise to call Las Vegas home was a rousing success. The Knights took the ice for the first time in an exhibition game at Vancouver, and it was all Las Vegas. Tyler Wong registered the hat trick, the Knights blew out the Canucks 9-4, and of course, there was an Elvis impersonator on hand for the proceedings. Even in Vancouver, it just doesn't get more Las Vegas than that. In other news, the Chargers are still the Chargers, regardless of whether they're located in San Diego or Los Angeles. This team was remarkably creative in finding ways to lose football games in 2016, and they're off and running in 2017. Rookie kicker Younghoe Koo is already very much on the hot seat. Koo missed a kick on Monday to force overtime at Denver. Koo was wide left on what would have been the game winner on Sunday against the Dolphins. Head coach ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 9/17/17

"Years and years of the same trash. I've been in this business 40 years. I'm a lifer. Where am I gonna go? Got nowhere to go. But if I did, I'd get the hell out of it. I'd get the hell out of it!"... Teddy Atlas on ESPN following the split draw between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin middleweight championship bout held here in Las Vegas. Triple G and Canelo waged a terrific fight. It was close. I happened to score it 115-113 Golovkin, but I sure wouldn't have argued with 116-112 GGG, or 114-114. I might even bend enough to say okay to 115-113 Alvarez. But 118-110 Canelo? That's ridiculous. What makes it even worse is that this particular judge has been ridiculed in the past for horrible scores. Yet she keeps getting big even assignments. She's clearly not competent enough to be working major fights. But evidently boxing's attitude is basically something along the lines of "we don't give a shit and if you don't like it, that's just too damn bad." Whenever something like ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 9/16/17

There cannot be a more copycat sport than college football. If it works for Coach A, then Coach B figures he has to try it as well. I'm referring to the fast break offenses that are now the norm in college football. In fact, seeing anything other than this mode of attack is now the exception rather than the rule. Here's the problem as I see it. There are way too many lousy offensive teams running this scheme, and to me it's completely counterproductive. If your offense is garbage, all you're accomplishing is more short breaks for your defense, which then proceeds to wear out that unit. This really makes no sense to me. If I'm the game planner and I know my offense is not especially talented, my goal is going to be to shorten the game as much as I possibly can. Chew up as much clock as I can when I have the ball and hope my defense can generate enough stops to keep me in the game for as long as possible. To be honest, I'm also not crazy about this offense when it's the ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 9/16/17

Abbreviated blog today with just a quick recap of Thursday's action and the Friday free play. I didn't have any official plays on Thursday, but sent out leans to my clients on New Mexico plus the points and the Texans-Bengals Under. The Lobos got a fortunate cover with a last minute garbage time TD to slip inside the number at Boise State. Nevertheless, the game was actually closer than the final score as neither offense was particularly effective. The same can be said and then some for the Houston-Cincinnati game, which was actually just plain awful. Quick plug for the personal service. The current special is two months for the price of one. All selections across the board are included, along with leans that didn't make my card but that I have some perspective on. The pros vs. joes reports are part of the package as well. Analysis included on virtually all the plays (the only exception would be the occasional halftime plays, where time is of the essence). I email the plays out ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 9/14/17

Big news out of Albuquerque regarding the University of New Mexico football program. And it's not good. The school has retired an outside investigator to get the bottom of serious allegations made against head coach Bob Davie. According to nmfishbowl.com, the investigation was initiated in recent months following exit interviews conducted this past spring. This is serious stuff. Evidently the volume of the allegations were enough to warrant outside review. The investigation has been confirmed and everyone connected with the program is keeping very quiet. The crux of the situation is twofold. Player mistreatment and allegations regarding the athlete drug-testing process are each in play here. I have no inside information or anything like that. But I can state confidently that the numbers have to fairly compelling as far as these allegations are concerned for the school to be going this route. It's an unfortunate case of deja vu for Lobos fans. Davie had inherited a  prog... More

Cokin’s Corner, Wednesday 9/13/17

I've always got a list of college football head coaches on the hot seat ready to go prior to the season. I generally wait till we're a few weeks into the campaign to public the rundown here. It's about that time. Note these are in alphabetical order by school. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona: Off a 3-9 season and with 2014 fading into the distant memory category, RichRod is feeling some heat. Todd Graham, Arizona State: Back to back losing seasons for Graham, and the loss last week to San Diego State definitely mattered. Steve Addazio, Boston College: Continued lack of offense for the Eagles is increasing speculation at Chestnut Hill. Lance Leipold, Buffalo: Program needs to show some positive progress this season. Not bad first two weeks, but the Bulls need to start winning some games. Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina: Pirates program has clearly gone backwards since Montgomery took the job. Paul Haynes, Kent State: Make no mistake, the improvement of perennial doormat ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 9/12/17

I can pretty much guarantee that I'll be on the wrong side of a fluke finish in an NFL game very soon. That's not a doomsday prediction from an eternal pessimist. It's just an inevitability for anyone who bets on sports on a regular basis. There are invariably wins on games one should absolutely lose, and horrific losses on games that seemed destined to win. The bad beats generally last longer mentally. I can't really explain why, but nearly every sports bettor can rattle off lengthy lists of bitter pill defeats, recalling even some really minute details in the process. Ask the same wagerer about pure luck winners and it's often head scratch city. I guess that's just the way many of us are wired. That said, I can confidently state that by the end of this week, there's a great chance I'll have filed the Monday night result between the Chargers and Broncos in the distant memory file. So I'll comment on it now. At least that way, it'll be here for future reference the next time I ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 9/11/17

I'm very much looking forward to the Monday editions of The Las Vegas Sportsline. Starting with today's show, I'll be breaking down what took place on the Sunday NFL slate with oddsmaker Chuck Esposito. We'll be broadcasting live from Club Madrid at Sunset Station. The program airs from 2-3 Pacific time on ESPN Las Vegas. For those who can't listen live, either over the air or on the web, the podcasts are available at lvsportsnetwork.com. Chuck and I will give a summation on every game, offering both results from a betting perspective as well as what took place on the field. While ours is not a call-in show, we encourage listeners to get involved in the discussion at Twitter, where you can follow me @davecokin. Okay Sunday here with a bit more than one net unit in the win column. Good weekend overall, with better than three net units gained between Saturday's colleges and Sunday's pros. For those who might want to join me for what I am confident will be a rock solid ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 9/10/17

Let's give credit where it's clearly due. I had my share of fun poking fun at UNLV football following the disastrous outright loss as 45 point favorites against Howard. Now it's time to tip the cap to head coach Tony Sanchez and the Rebels. The team didn't hang its head after being the butt of countless rips, not only here in Las Vegas but nationally as well. UNLV hit the road for a revenge battle with Idaho and dominated the Vandals en route to a convincing 44-16 win. By no means am I ready to crown the Rebels as a program to suddenly keep a sharp eye on. They've got miles to travel before they get to that point. But I'll sure be happy to give the coaching staff and the players character points. It's not easy to put something really bad in the rear view mirror, but that's exactly what the Rebels did on Saturday. By the way, maybe Howard isn't as pathetic as it was thought to be. The Bison nearly made it two shockers in a row as they threw quite the scare into Kent State on ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 9/9/17

Chalk one up for Ezekiel Elliot. A federal judge's ruling on Friday appears to have cleared the way for Elliot to now play the entire season. Dallas Cowboys fans have to be rejoicing for the most part. In a sense, so am I. I don't have any idea what transpired as far as the accusations against Elliot are concerned. While the NFL has a lower burden of proof requirement than the law does, it still troubled me that a player was being suspended for six games in a case where legal authorities didn't press charges. Furthermore, the lead investigator for the NFL was not convinced by the girlfriend's testimony and she would not have recommended discipline based on her findings. This yet another example of the NFL commissioner making arbitrary rulings in spite of having little or no proof. You can also include the Tom Brady suspension, which was based on junk science. Sorry, but this free hand of Roger Goodell needs to be checked. There's seemingly neither rhyme nor reason with his ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 9/8/17

It's on Twitter and Facebook, so it must be true. Stick a fork in the Patriots. The defense is terrible, Tom Brady is old, and the dynasty is dead. Gotta love fans. I would have been shocked and disappointed if the reaction to the stunning come from ahead loss by New England to the Kansas City Chiefs didn't generate swift and over the top reaction. Whats most hilarious is that many of the people now dismissing the Pats off one bad result are the same folks who were ready to crown them 16-0 before the season started. Actually, I was seeing planes of that chatter even while the game with the Chiefs was looking like business as usual for New England. Betting tip: Try not to dwell on one result. It really doesn't mean very much. So many bettors only seem able to recall the last thing they witnessed and nothing prior to that. Personally, when it comes to one game, wagerers would be well advised to only lend some level of credence to misleading results that might end up creating a ... More