Fans starved by AFL-free weekend: Inside Word’s mail for September 1

Updated: August 31, 2017

The AFL has recently introduced a week off between the last round of the home and away season and the first week of the finals. We’re not fans, but we can at least pay tribute to one of the greats of the game who was born on this day (September 1) in 1963. Stephen ‘Sticks’ Kernahan started his career with the Glenelg in the SANFL. He topped the voting in the Magarey Medal of 1983 but was ineligible due to being suspended. Kernahan was signed by Carlton in 1981 and, after winning the 1985 premiership with the Tigers, finally joined the Blues in 1986. He played 251 games with Carlton until his retirement in 1997. Kernahan’s achievements included two premierships (1987 and 1995), a decade as captain, a trio of best & fairest honours and Hall of Fame status at both club and league level. He is also famous for one of the most unique vocal performances ever recorded by an AFL/VFL player!


MLB betting (September 1)

Emotions are still running high in the Houston Astros’ camp as they head into this finale against the Texas Rangers. The series was relocated from Houston, which is still dealing with heavy flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg (home of the Tampa Bay Rays). The emotion of returning home to Houston will make today’s match-up a difficult assignment for the Astros, who still have a three-game lead over Cleveland for the best record in the American League with 30 games left in the regular season. The Rangers have easily taken the first two games of this series but we’re expecting a sterner performance from the Astros here; overall record: 269-14-246, +30.89 units

Confirmed bets (early games, late games T/C)

Texas Rangers @ Houston Astros -8.5 (one unit @ $2.11)
Chicago White Sox @ Minnesota Twins -1.5 (one unit @ $2.27)
Los Angeles Dodgers @ Arizona Diamondbacks -9 (one unit @ $1.90)
Atlanta Braves @ Chicago Cubs -1.5 (one unit @ $2.00)
Washington Nationals WIN @ Milwaukee Brewers (one unit @ $2.02)

Today’s other games

New York Mets @ Cincinnati Reds
Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees
Toronto Blue Jays @ Baltimore Orioles
Philadelphia Phillies @ Miami Marlins
St. Louis Cardinals @ San Francisco Giants

Yesterday’s results: 4-0-3, +3.1 units

Miami Marlins @ Washington Nationals -1.5 (three units @ $2.00) WIN (0-4)
St. Louis Cardinals @ Milwaukee Brewers -9 (one unit @ $2.05) LOSE (5-6)
Detroit Tigers @ Colorado Rockies -12 (one unit @ $1.95) WIN (6-2)
Cleveland Indians @ New York Yankees (2) -8.5 (one unit @ $2.03) LOSE (9-4)
San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres WIN (one unit @ $1.80) WIN (0-5)
Los Angeles Dodgers WIN @ Arizona Diamondbacks (one unit @ $1.85) LOSE (4-6)
Oakland Athletics @ Los Angeles Angels -1.5 (one unit @ $2.35) WIN (8-10)


CFL betting (week 11, September 1)

A huge weekend of Labour Day competition kicks-off tonight in Montreal where a pair of underperforming East Division teams will kick-off week 11 in the CFL. The Alouettes have dropped two in a row albeit by single scores against a vastly improved Winnipeg Blue Bombers outfit. The Redblacks will aim to build on last week’s win over BC and re-establish themselves as contenders in the East but we’ll be opposing the reigning Grey Cup champions in this spot; overall record: 16-1-10, +7.49 units

CFL week 11: Ottawa Redblacks (3-1-6, 1-0-3 away) @ Montreal Alouettes (3-0-6, 3-0-2 home)
Where: Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, Montreal, QC, Canada
When: Friday, September 1, 9.30am (AET)
Lines: Pick’em, O/U 51.5
Confirmed bet: Montreal WIN (one unit @ $1.94)

Week 10 results update: 1-0-0, +1.02 units
Saskatchewan Roughriders +5.5 @ Edmonton Eskimos (one unit @ $2.02) WIN (54-31)


NCAA Football (week 1, September 1)

After an entrée last week, the College Football season kicks-off in earnest tonight with a slate of 15 games on offer including a pair of ranked schools – Tulsa head to #10 Oklahoma State while the #2-ranked Buckeyes of Ohio State journey to Indiana. For our best of the session, we’ll be taking the Oklahoma State Cowboys to cover against intrastate rivals Tulsa. The Cowboys return the bulk of an offense that ranked ninth nationally in passing (323.9 yards per game) and 17th in scoring (38.6). Quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington are both prominent on the preseason award watch lists. With Rudolph, Washington and running back Justice Hill, Oklahoma State boasts an attack that returns a 4000-yard passer, a 1000-yard receiver and a 1000-yard rusher.

Confirmed betting

Tulsa @ #10 Oklahoma State -18.5 (one unit @ $1.94)
Tennessee State @ Georgia State -14 (one unit @ $1.94)
#2 Ohio State @ Indiana TT/-18.5 (one unit @ $1.83)

Today’s other games

Florida International @ UCF
Presbyterian College @ Wake Forest
Austin Peay @ Cincinnati
Buffalo @ Minnesota
Elon @ Toledo
Rhode Island @ Central Michigan
Holy Cross @ Connecticut
North Dakota @ Utah
Florida A&M @ Arkansas
Louisiana Monroe @ Memphis
Sacramento State @ Idaho
New Mexico State @ Arizona State


Racing preview for September 1

Imported stayer Sayed could give champion trainer Chris Waller another Carlton Mid Wyong Cup Victory today. Waller has trained five of the past seven Wyong Cup winners – Hawk Island (2010), The Verminator (2011), Wazn (2013), Multilateral (2014) and Beyond Thankful (2015). Sayed is a slightly raced five-year-old with five wins and four placings from 12 starts. The gelding is a stout stayer and won a BM85 over 2400 metres at Randwick on August 5; overall 2017-18 season record (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 58-4-87, +16.35 units

Today’s racing: Goulburn (NSW – good 4), Wyong (NSW – good 4), Bendigo (Vic – soft 5), Cairns (Qld – good 4), Carnarvon (WA – good). Harness racing: Albion Park (Qld), Kilmore (Vic), Young (NSW), Gloucester Park (WA), Hobart (Tas). Greyhound racing: Healesville (Vic), Strathalbyn (SA), Casino (NSW), Bendigo (Vic), The Gardens (NSW), Ipswich (Qld), Dubbo (NSW), Traralgon (Vic), Geelong (Vic), Richmond (NSW), Mandurah (WA).

Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Bendigo R6 #1 Our Boy Charlie (win)
Bendigo R10 #2 Written Attraction (E/W)
Goulburn R7 #4 Don’t Give A Damn (win)
Wyong R3 #1 Princess Posh (win)
Wyong R7 #6 Sayed (win)
Cairns R2 #3 We’ll Beat It (win)

Yesterday’s results (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 2-0-2, +0.7 units

Pakenham R1 #3 Swing (win) 1st ($2.10)
Pakenham R6 #9 Something Violet (win) LOSE (3rd)
Pakenham R7 #3 Red Velvet Swing (win) LOSE (4th)
Rockhampton R1 #2 The Real Spiel (win x2) 1st ($1.30)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Pinnacle (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s game will follow in the next post.

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