"EXTRA, EXTRA" CAPECE SPORTS ON AN "NHL" ROLL

by misterd 12. December 2009 03:38

Attention all "playahs"!  CAPECE SPORTS is on a nice little "Holiday Roll" with the NHL going 11-4 in the last 15.  With the NHL, it can take a little time for stats to really tell the necessary story for the strongest of plays, but now at this point in the season even game stats within the divisional games are bearing "fruit".  Take a look at our home and view the link to 2008/2009 and you will how this played out last year just the same.  Remember, it is a "marathon, not a sprint" when it comes to the "play".  All this in time for the upcoming OUTDOOR January 1st "Winter Classic" game for 2010 that will feature the Philadelphia Flyers against the Boston Bruins at HISTORIC Fenway Park.  The NHL has put this game on the last few years to recruit new fans to the game, kick start their national television schedule and from my perspective to bring a little of the old time flavor to the present day game that is so special and unique to the history of the NHL.  Look for some special NHL packages to start up right after the New Year, but for now, sit back, relax and let CAPECE SPORTS do the "grunt work" for you and reap the benefits.

Seasons Greetings from Capece Sports

by Capece 9. December 2009 08:14

Season's greetings my friends! Everyone here at Capece Sports wishes every one of you a happy and prosperous holiday season. You gotta love this time of year when the NFL, NBA, NHL, Horse Racing and college football bowls are all in full swing. Stay tuned for all Capece Sports bowl picks. Our analysts currently are working overtime to ensure you will get the best insight and advantage this bowl season. This being Christmas time, it is also time for Ol' Santa Zeke to check his list of who has been naughty and who has been nice. Topping the list of who has been naughty is, who else, Tiger Woods. Who would've ever thought Tiger had a wild side! I'm glad Capece Sports doesn't do a lot of golf handicapping because the sport is in for a long down period if Tiger decides to avoid the spotlight, and therefore the tour, for an extended period of time. Next on the naughty list is Charlie Weiss and Notre Dame. It wasn't that long ago that the prognosticators were predicting an undefeated season for the Golden Domers. What a difference twelve weeks makes! Also on the list are the Florida Gators. Florida was the odds on favorite to repeat as national champions. I think it just shows how much Percy Harvin meant to this team.

 

At the top of the nice list is Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton is looking more and more like the NFL MVP and he has his team in position for an undefeated season. Same for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. You must admit, in the preseason there was not much talk of the Saints being title contenders. Who is the better quarterback today, between Peyton and Drew, can fuel a lot of debate. Also on the nice list are the New York Yankees. Congrats to them on number twenty-seven. Sure their payroll is huge, but a huge payroll does not guarantee a championship. Gotta give credit where credit is due.

 

And speaking of giving credit where credit is due, let's talk about Florida State coach Bobby Bowden. In recent seasons Florida State has floundered and Bowden has taken a lot of criticism. But as he enters his final game on New Year's day, let's not forget what a great coach he has been. The younger folks probably don't remember Bobby B. when he was known as the Road Warrior and the Riverboat Gambler. Bobby took his teams on the road as huge underdogs to play the top teams of the day so Florida State could pick up a paycheck. Those top teams would not reciprocate with games in Tallahassee but that did not stop Bowden. Back then college football was a game of "three yards and a cloud of dust." But Bowden, who does not get enough credit for this, emphasized the forward pass and defeated the likes of Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma on the road by going over the top and pulling out all the stops. Pro football noticed and the West Coast offense followed. Bowden also was criticized for relying too much on trick plays but it was what he had to do get Florida State where he wanted them--on top. And the on-top lasted for 14 seasons of top five finishes, two national championships, and an NCAA anointed "dynasty." Coach Bowden has earned his place next to the greats in college football history. Thanks for everything Coach, you will be missed.   

 

Happy Holidays everyone and remember, keep it real, stay within your limits and have a prosperous holiday season with Capece Sports.

Come Get Some!

 

Zeke   

NHL trends beginning to emerge

by misterd 14. November 2009 03:56

Well, we are finally deep enough into the NHL season that certain statistical trends are beginning to make it much easier to recommend plays to "playahs" looking to get into some NHL ACTION at Capece Sports.  So today, as Capece's NHL specialist I have made Saturday, November 14th "FREE PICK TO ALL" Saturday with 6 plays in the NHL that I hope will wet some appetites for "action on the ice" heading into the main portion of the NHL campaign.  Things such as divisional game stats, home and road scoring differences, goalie home and roads stats, team home and road scoring are all beginning to show strong patterns that I analyze hoping to give Capece members an advantage over their "man".  I will always include key statistical evidence to support plays and since I finished both of the last two years (entire 2008/2009 posted on home page) at 64% or above you can do the math and see for yourself that treating the entire season like a marathon, not a sprint can bear nice results.  Good Luck

Are You Ready for Some Football?

by Capece 12. September 2009 13:44


The time has come that we've all been waiting for. Fall is in the air, the coeds are back on campus, and footballs are flying nationwide. As much as we like major league baseball, college and pro basketball, and the NHL, nothing compares to football season. The NFL is the undisputed king of sports betting and handicapping and for good reason. Compared to college football and basketball there are far fewer teams in the NFL to track and analyze and there is much less player turnover in the NFL. Also, there is not the daily grind associated with games everyday as there is in the other sports. That said, you still have to do your homework. The old timers will tell you that you should lay off for the first few weeks and see what the teams look like--you shouldn't be basing your decisions on how the teams played last year and you need some time to see how the teams play this year. However, you can hit big early in the season if you have insight and sound analysis on your side. That's where Capece Sports comes in. When betting pro football, in addition to analyzing matchups and team stats, you  also have to understand how public perception influences the oddsmakers, especially for the big market teams. At Capece sports we are looking at all aspects. So, even if you take it slow early in the season, you still need sound handicapping advice. Remember, even a little action on a game makes it much more interesting and fun to watch. Waking up on saturday morning, checking the lines and weather reports and putting a little action on the saturday afternoon college games is an American tradition! Betting on college football is different than betting on the NFL. There is much less parity in college because of the constant player turnover. However, as with the NFL, all the relevant stats have to be analyzed and adjusted to suit the situation--you can't just look at the polls and the line. Bottom line, keep it real, stay within your limits, do your homework, and let's make money together. Come get some! 
 
Zeke
 

Sunshine showdown CANES VS NOLES

by MiamiRice 6. September 2009 06:17

Many would lead us to believe this contest is over before it begins. Vegas books have moved the line to 6 and a half from the opener of minus 4. Certainly this would appear warranted in light of the recent injuries and number of players for the Canes that will not be playing. But further analysis may suggest otherwise. In order for Canes to win they will have to control the clock, get a turnover or two and prevail on special teams, the latter being their strength. Miami's running game WILL be able to move the ball agaisnst FSU and this may in turn open up the passing game, the long ball threat and tight end in particular. The special teams are going to be great with the leading ACC place kicker and punter wearing the Canes colors. So it may just come down to a turnover. I have been waitng for this game and have watched the money line Canes plus $210. Lay $100 to win $210. FSU is minus a heafty $250.00 to win $100. I have the PLatimum pick on this game and total. Join Capece Sports...

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NHL Free agent thoughts

by misterd 27. July 2009 05:04

Thoughts on some NHL free agents still without a new team:  I really tried to stay away from familiar names, but these two, Petr Sykora and Mats Sundin stick out to me as "curious".  Sykora had a solid regular season but seemed to disappear in the playoffs and Sundin was a much ballyhooed pick up for Vancouver that supposedly guaranteed a Stanley Cup run for the Canucks.  At 32 and 39 respectively the two may be looking at greatly reduced roles wherever they may land.

From defensemen the one that sticks out to me is Darryl Sydor of Dallas.  A leader on and off the ice, he would be a good fit looking for a team that needs to improve defensively quickly.  This could apply to a contender looking for a specific role to be filled, or a young team that would benefit from a "player coach" of sorts.  At 38 and a couple of Stanley Cups to his credit the idea of teaching while finishing his career might be appealing to him.

Goaltenders, a soft spot for me.  Olaf Kolzig and Curtis Joseph are out there, but lets stretch our imaginations a bit here as both those storied netminders have had long successful careers.  Manny Fernandez (Boston) comes to mind for me.  Every time I get to see him I think he could be that dependable #1, but only in Minnesota did it happen for a long stretch of games.  Is he one of those guys that perhaps despite solid numbers there is something under the surface that scares teams from bestowing #1 status to him?  Hard to tell, so perhaps if you are a team a year or so away with a young netminder in the pipeline, Fernadez could be your man at the right price to fill the gap and solve the mystery once and for all.

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trading deadline around the corner

by misterd 24. July 2009 06:50

Ok, I'm from Cleveland so here are some baseball thoughts as the trading deadline nears.  The Tribe has two guys that are very attractive to contenders in Cliff Lee & Victor Martinez.  I don't necessarily think the Indians are that far from contention in the near future, so I don't think they will "push" getting rid of either.  A small, but potentially interesting move they did make was moving Rafael Betancourt to Colorado to clear his 5mill for next year from payroll.  Reports also from inside the Indians are that other non baseball related jobs are being cut such as ushers, ticket takers and such as cost cutting measures since attendance and revenue are way down.  Since the team on the field right now isn't producing any excitement or has any real identity with fans it shouldn't come as a surprise that steps are being being taken to reduce the entire organizations payroll.  Another thing I have noticed as an alarming pattern with the Tribe, is how ex-Indians seem to thrive when given a chance elsewhere that started under Eric Wedge.  Two that stick out are Franklin Guttierrez and Jeremy Guthrie that seem to have become very solid players when out from under what appears to be Wedge's extremely thin line of failure.  Young players seem to be afraid of making mistakes in his lineups.  Another example for this year is Jeremy Sowers.  Admittedly he cannot seem to get past the 5th inning, but isn't that what development is about, taking your lumps?  Why is he not pitching every 5th day for the seaon as David Huff is?  Toma Okha, are you kidding me?  It could be because the Tribe has too many of the same guy in Sowers, Huff, Laffey and even Scott Lewis, soft tossing lefties.  They all can benefit from being around Cliff Lee, so that is why I think Lee may stay and Martinez may go.  Chris Jimminez made his 1st ML start at catcher yesterday and that could be a sign that Martinez will be on the move in the next few days.  Just a few thoughts to consider.

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Take Me out to the Ballgame

by Capece 6. July 2009 07:06



 
Sitting poolside the other day, sipping my drink and taking a long draw on my San Cristobal El Morro, it occurred to me that the only two days of the year that there aren't any regular or preseason professional U.S. sporting events are the days before and after the MLB Allstar Game. That means, when action is your income, you've got to get a piece of the Midsummer Classic. Talk about baseball running in streaks, the AL currently is on a 12 game unbeaten streak and are 17-3-1 since 1988 winning the last three games by just one run. The AL streak follows a NL streak tht saw the NL win 22 of 25 over the years 1963 to 1987 with the NL winning 11 in row starting in 1963. As usual both teams are loaded, but three of the AL sluggers, Jason Bay (BOS), Josh Hamilton (TEX), and Evan Longoria (TB) have been slowing down going into the final week before the game and Mark Texiera (NY) has cooled off following a scorching June. We will keep an eye on them. Both teams have plenty of pitching with Zack Greinke (KC) and Roy Halladay (TOR) taking a back seat to nobody. NL starters Tim Lincecum (SF), Matt Cain (SF), Josh Johnson (FL), and Chad Billingsley (LA) are an outstanding group of young hurlers. Will the NL finally end the AL winning streak? No team has ever one more than 11 in a row--2002 was a tie. Will the NL ever be the home team in a World Series? Will "Capece Sports" be named the most interesting handicappers in the world? For the answer to these and all other questions, stay tuned for our Allstar Game picks whether you are gonna play the moneyline, the runline, or the totals. And let's make some money because that's what its all about...
 
Come get some! Zeke     

Hot Fun in the Summertime

by Capece 19. June 2009 03:03

Now that the NBA finals are over and the Stanley Cup is cooling down comfortably in Lemieux's pool, it's time to concentrate solely on baseball until we can start feeding our football Jones in August.  Hey, when action is your income, you have to go to work every day. Thinking about some old friends the other night reminded me of how those old timers used to bet baseball. They said baseball runs in streaks. So they would keep betting on a team to win until it lost, and once it lost they would keep betting on them to lose until they won, and on and on. Now, I'm not recommending you follow that strategy, just passing along some historical perspective. What I do recommend is that you keep in mind that you must do your homework and must exercise discretion. Remember, there is no substitute for hard work. Even though our experts (CapeceSports & Associates) are working hard to bring you the best insight and picks available, make sure you access all the information you realistically can when making your decisions. Obviously, this means you can't be betting on ten or twenty games a day and doing your due diligence. So keep it real, check our picks every day, especially our top picks, do your homework and make money. That is what we are doing and that's what it's all about.

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Penguins Take The Cup!!

by misterd 16. June 2009 14:10

At the beginning of the series I felt the fact that the first six games of this series would be played within 10 days was going to be the downfall of the RedWings.  They expended so much energy winning the frst two at home that with their injuries the Penguins were able to get back into the series using their speed.  I'm not at all surprised that they won a game seven on the road as they did it in their series with Washington as well.

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