When I heard about all the changes NASCAR was making to better the sport for it’s fans and drivers, all I could think about was how this giant in the business world must have hit rock bottom, or at least the depths close to the bottom that NASCAR has never seen.
The announcements made by the NASCAR suits in Charlotte this past week were highlighted by NASCAR saying they would be “more relaxed” and encourage drivers to show more emotions. They also said changes would be made to increase the hole in the restrictor plates and go back to the spoiler instead of the rear wing.
Many companies in the current economic climate have had to regroup, change strategies and come up with new game plans to be able to realistically forecast growth, but seldom do they admit their faults to the public or financial analysts.
Since 1970, 62% of all games (78) have been won by 11 points or more showing that when it comes down to all the marbles, one team goes for the throat while the other plays beneath the level that got them there.
In reference to Championship game points spreads and how those teams have finished that are similar to this weeks lines, you can see that the Colts have history on their side, not just winning, but covering the spread as well. Teams that were favored by 7 to 9.5-points are 14-4 against the spread.
Things are a little more competitive with the Vikings-Saints game, and how history relates to that spread. Teams that have been have been favored by 3.5 to 6.5-points in this round have gone 12-12-2 against the spread. The tightness of the number and team rating, minus the standard 3-point home-field advantage, basically make these pick 'em games.
In New Orleans case, the home field advantage -- one of the leagues better home edges -- is worth an extra half-point. So essentially the game is a tossup between the two best teams in the NFC, being played in a hostile environment. The big questions is, ho much of a difference will the crowd make?
Overall, home teams vs the spread are 44-32-2 all-time.
Current Line Through Friday Afternoon offered by the Las Vegas Hilton SuperBook
Minnesota Vikings +3.5 @ New Orleans Saints - Over/Under Total 52
New York Jets +7.5 @ Indianapolis Colts - O/U Total 39.5
The 2010 racing season will soon be here and that means another great Trifecta season. This year, we will be competing for the coveted Triple Lug Nut Trophy which will be awarded to the season champion. The season champion will be the player with the most wins(hey, NASCAR, there's a novel idea).
The "Build Your Own" Trifecta will return this season on weekends with 4 or more races. This will allow competitors to choose which races they wish to follow instead of having races imposed upon them. There will also be a new rule change for the "BYO" format- if your driver in a chosen race has a less than spectacular finish, you will be allowed to substitute one of the remaining races with a 5 point penalty.
The 2010 racing schedule poses some problems. Following Daytona, we will not be able to field a complete Trifecta lineup again until March 27.
Another scheduling change affects the Memorial Day Weekend Trifecta. There are 4 races scheduled for that weekend; however, the Trifecta for that weekend has traditionally been the Indy 500, the Coke 600, and the Monaco Grand Prix. Unfortunately, F1 has moved the Monaco race back two weeks, and they will be racing in Turkey Memorial Day weekend. Do we want to keep that a 3 race weekend(IRL, Cup, F1) even though it will not be the traditional races or do you want it to be a build your own(Nationwide series is also racing that weekend)?
Let me know what you think.
The spreadsheet is ready. All we need now are the races.
I have started a Fantasy NASCAR Group on Yahoo.com if anyone would like to join. It's pretty fun to keep up with every week and more fun if you're playing with folks you know. If you haven't tried it, trust me, you'll love it.
Group: Las Vegas League
Group ID# 8844
Remember, it is the Group ID#, not the group name, that other people must use to join your group. First race starts with the Daytona 500 February 14.