Another Supercontest weekend was held this past weekend. Each year this platform for acute gaming information and outstanding networking continues to improve. Led by Jay Kornegay, Rosemary Rocco and Ray Kuhles as well the whole staff at the Westgate sportsbook this epic weekend continues to provide tremendous access, information and insight to those wishing to improve their football knowledge. One may simply show up at the designated ballroom in the Westgate Hotel and Casino and be presented with professional seminars on the NFL’s AFC & NFC Conferences and College football. Every year this event is free and open to the public!
Handicapping professionals from throughout the Country as well as Canada fill the room with the public. Gaming enthusiasts are afforded the opportunity to introduce themselves to many icons of sports gaming, converse, ask questions and network. This is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed by any serious handicapper. Besides the known handicapping professionals in the room are also several ‘under the radar types’ that are private handicappers who choose to keep more of a low profile. All these minds….in one room for two nights of networking and seminars are simply too much of an opportunity for us to miss. We encourage all to participate next year as this well run event called the Supercontest will no doubt continue to grow and prosper under Korneygay and his crew’s oversight.
We’ll release our breakdown of each panel over the course of the next three days. Today we’ll discuss the NFC dialogue and the information shared by each professional panelist. Tomorrow we’ll present the AFC panel with its handicapping highlights then Wednesday we’ll discuss the College notes we made during these breakout sessions.
*Please understand that the comments below are from notes we took while listening to these professionals speak on each panel. These notes represent my paraphrasing of their thoughts….we’ll even offer a comment or two if we feel compelled!
The NFC panel was masterfully moderated by Mr. Gil Alexander (@beatingthebook). Gil is the host of “Beating the Book” podcast which is as highly informational based platform for weekly NFL insight as is available. To mention all of Gil’s (as well all the other panelists) accomplishments in this article is not possible but we will provide Twitter handles for those interested in following…and we highly recommend that you do.
Todd Fuhrman (@ToddFuhrman), Todd is helping direct the CBS launch of CBS Sportsline. Todd has had leadership positions at both Fox Sports 1 and Caesars Palace prior to the recent news of his move to CBS. His website, ToddsTake.com is a resource regular GambLou.com readers know well as we are pleased to have our UFC articles posted there.
Todd in his dialogue pointed out that the Under season wins for Seattle at 11.5 (with juice) was a solid position. Schedule and other specifics were attributed to this opinion. We made note of this point because in early August we released to our Clients this exact position (Seattle Under 11.5 -130)!
Todd feels as though the Lions are being a bit undervalued thus far and he also feels as though the Eagles would be up to the task in both over season wins (9.5) as well at -140 to make the playoffs. The Eagles do seem to be a team that is more than capable. Todd spoke of focusing on the NFL season in quadrants which makes great sense to handicappers for NFL teams themselves view the season the same way. Understanding how any NFL team is playing in the current quadrant was his point and a strong one in our opinion.
Marc Lawrence (@MarcLawrence), is as well known a name in the handicapping arena as there is. Marc’s Playbook.com website offers comprehensive knowledge from a handicapper that since 1975 has won more documented top 10 handicapping awards than anyone in the U.S.
The varying ways handicappers view their profession is one of the great takeaways from these seminars. Marc Lawrence was quick to point out that he is not a proponent of Futures plays in the NFL rather Lawrence prefers to derive his value from week to week opportunities. Marc views weekly handicapping as ‘safer’ than playing futures and to this few will debate. That said Marc was willing to offer some insight into the futures…
Marc mentioned the numerous miles the Niners have to travel this year, the losses to their roster and the difficulty of their schedule as being factors that made him believe that this would be would be a team that struggles mightily this year in the NFC.
On the other hand he mentioned the Saints as a team that had a very favorable schedule in that they had NO back to back road games scheduled for them all year (a rarity). Lawrence felt that the Cardinals would be a team to look at in Under season win terms while he viewed the Vikings with a lean to the over….again his feelings overall.
Lawrence’s nugget of wisdom: When working trends, stick to League and Coach trends as opposed to Team trends; also on the subject of a well-rounded handicapper Lawrence pointed out the need to incorporate “Fundamental, Statistical and Technical” abilities into ones repertoire….advice as sound as it gets!
Steve Fezzik (@FezzikSports), Won the Supercontest in 2008 and then followed that up in 2009 with another title. Steve is the only 2 time Supercontest winner and is featured on Pregame.com
Fezzik mentioned the Cardinals as a team he thought would overachieve this year….and he made no apologies for saying it. This contradicts comments from an earlier panelist but this is how we obtain value from these handicappers…..allowing them to voice their thoughts and back it up with their logic. At the end of the day we need to gather all the data available and pull the trigger on the best position based on the information available. In the best case scenario one’s due diligence results in a win! The fact that handicappers may be on other sides of a game provides opportunity for listeners for we can take the information and use it to our own advantage. Steve’s major point of emphasis came in two different mentions of the Falcons as the team he felt would overachieve. He pointed out that this division is one that is wide open and he feels strongly that the Falcons are true players in the NFC South.
There you have it Enthusiasts….Supercontest information hot off the press. Tomorrow we will release our notes for the AFC then Wednesday the College intelligence
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