Game

Doc

Dude

Green Bay at Detroit +6.5

Detroit

Detroit

Miami at Dallas -7

Dallas

Miami

San Francisco at Baltimore -3

San Francisco

San Francisco

Arizona at St. Louis -3

Arizona

St. Louis

Buffalo at NY Jets -8

NY Jets

NY Jets

Cleveland at Cincinnati -7.5

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Houston at Jacksonville +3

Houston

Houston

Carolina at Indianapolis +3.5

Carolina

Carolina

Tampa Bay at Tennessee -3

Tennessee

Tennessee

Minnesota at Atlanta -9.5

Atlanta

Minnesota

Chicago at Oakland -4.5

Chicago

Oakland

Washington at Seattle -4

Seattle

Seattle

New England at Philadelphia +3

New England

New England

Denver at San Diego -6.5

Denver

San Diego

Pittsburgh at Kansas City +10

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

NY Giants at New Orleans -7

New Orleans

NY Giants

Category:general -- posted at: 7:23pm CST

The Dude is back and feeling strong as he looks at the past week's football action and previews all the Thanksgiving and weekend excitement.  Throw in a dash of old school kung fu flicks, hatred for the Harbaughs and John Elway, and medicinal whiskey and you've got the Dude Presents!

Direct download: D_and_D_11_21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11pm CST

Game

Doc

Dude

NY Jets at Denver +4.5

Denver

Jets

Tennessee at Atlanta -6

Tennessee

Tennessee

Buffalo at Miami -2.5

Buffalo

Buffalo

Cincinnati at Baltimore -7

Cincinnati

Baltimore

Jacksonville at Cleveland +1

Cleveland

Cleveland

Oakland at Minnesota +1.5

Minnesota

Oakland

Carolina at Detroit -7

Detroit

Detroit

Tampa Bay at Green Bay -14.5

Green Bay

Green Bay

Dallas at Washington +7.5

Dallas

Dallas

Arizona at San Francisco -9.5

San Francisco

San Francisco

Seattle at St. Louis -2

Seattle

St. Louis

San Diego at Chicago -3.5

Chicago

Chicago

Philadelphia at NY Giants -4

Philadelphia

NY Giants

Kansas City at New England -14.5

New England

New England

Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm CST

The Dude is to talk the fights from this weekend, why pro wrestling is the best combat sport going, and all the football that fits.  Check the show out now to get a leg up on your weekend of betting action!

Direct download: D_and_D_11_14F.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:43pm CST

Game

Doc

Dude

Oakland at San Diego -7

San Diego

Oakland

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati +3

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Denver at Kansas City -3

Denver

Kansas City

Jacksonville at Indianapolis +3

Jacksonville

Jacksonville

Buffalo at Dallas -5.5

Buffalo

Dallas

Houston at Tampa Bay +3

Houston

Tampa Bay

Tennessee at Carolina -3

Tennessee

Tennessee

Washington at Miami -3.5

Miami

Miami

New Orleans at Atlanta +1

Atlanta

Atlanta

Detroit at Chicago -3

Detroit

Detroit

St. Louis at Cleveland -3

Cleveland

Cleveland

Arizona at Philadelphia -14

Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Baltimore at Seattle +7

Baltimore

Baltimore

NY Giants at San Francisco -3

San Francisco

NY Giants

New England at NY Jets -1.5

NY Jets

NY Jets

Minnesota at Green Bay -14

Minnesota

Green Bay

Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm CST

All is back to normal and right in the world as the Dude takes a look at the good, bad, and ugly of the last week and previews what should be an interesting slate of action for the weekend.  Download now and learn all you need to know about the NCAA and NFL for the week!

Direct download: D_and_D_11_7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20pm CST

The Dude, Mustached...

Before...

Category:general -- posted at: 10:29pm CST

The Dude, Shaved

I'm nothing if not a man of my word!

Category:general -- posted at: 10:28pm CST

Game

Doc

Dude

Atlanta at Indianapolis +7

Atlanta

Atlanta

Tampa Bay at New Orleans -8

New Orleans

Tampa Bay

Cleveland at Houston -11

Houston

Houston

NY Jets at Buffalo -1.5

NY Jets

Buffalo

Miami at Kansas City -4.5

Kansas City

Kansas City

San Francisco at Washington +3.5

Washington

San Francisco

Seattle at Dallas -11.5

Dallas

Dallas

Denver at Oakland -8

Oakland

Oakland

Cincinnati at Tennessee -3

Tennessee

Cincinnati

St. Louis at Arizona -4

St. Louis

St. Louis

NY Giants at New England -8.5

New England

Giants

Green Bay at San Diego +5.5

Green Bay

Green Bay

Baltimore at Pittsburgh -3

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Chicago at Philadelphia -8

Chicago

Chicago

Category:general -- posted at: 9:50pm CST

Game

Doc

Dude

Indianapolis at Tennessee -9

Tennessee

Tennessee

Jacksonville at Houston -9.5

Houston

Houston

Minnesota at Carolina -3.5

Carolina

Minnesota

New Orleans at St. Louis +15.5

St. Louis

New Orleans

Arizona at Baltimore -13

Baltimore

Baltimore

Miami at NY Giants -10

NY Giants

NY Giants

Washington at Buffalo -6

Washington

Buffalo

Detroit at Denver +3.5

Detroit

Detroit

New England at Pittsburgh +3

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Cleveland at San Francisco -9.5

Cleveland

San Francisco

Cincinnati at Seattle +3

Seattle

Cincinnati

Dallas at Philadelphia -3.5

Dallas

Philadelphia

San Diego at Kansas City +3.5

San Diego

San Diego

Category:general -- posted at: 11:51pm CST

The Dude is back on Mondays and all is back to normal.  He takes a look back at a rough week in picks, breaks down the early action for this coming weekend, and wallows in a full blown case of Vegas fever as he gets ready for the Doctor and Dude's big Vegas blow out this weekend.  Check it out!

Direct download: D_and_D_10_24R.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:21pm CST

The Dude is all by his lonesome taking a look at all the NFL action for week 7, the best in college, the World Series, and golf!  Hear where the Doctor is hiding, about Vegas fever, and why the Steelers should always be the lock of the week.  Only at www.doctorandddude.com!

Direct download: D_and_D_10_19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm CST

Game

Doctor

Dude

Chicago at Tampa Bay +1

Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay

Washington at Carolina -2.5

Carolina

Washington

San Diego at NY Jets -1.5

NY Jets

San Diego

Seattle at Cleveland -3

Cleveland

Cleveland

Houston at Tennessee -3

Tennessee

Tennessee

Denver at Miami -3

Miami

Denver

Atlanta at Detroit -3.5

Detroit

Detroit

Kansas City at Oakland -3.5

Oakland

Oakland

Pittsburgh at Arizona +3.5

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

St. Louis at Dallas -11 to -13.5

Dallas

Dallas

Green Bay at Minnesota +8

Green Bay

Green Bay

Indianapolis at New Orleans -14

Indianapolis

New Orleans

Baltimore at Jacksonville +7.5

Jacksonville

Baltimore

Category:general -- posted at: 6:16pm CST

The Dude is sleeping it off and the Doctor is stepping in to take a look at the early lines and the week that was.  Get ready for the coming weekend with the Doctor taking a look at the NFL and NCAA football.  Check it out now!

Direct download: DudePresents10_17_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:37pm CST

Game

Doc

Dude

St. Louis at Green Bay -15

Green Bay

Green Bay

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh -12

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Philadelphia at Washington +1.5 to Pick

Washington

Washington

San Francisco at Detroit -4.5

San Francisco

Detroit

Carolina at Atlanta -4

Carolina

Atlanta

Indianapolis at Cincinnati -7

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Buffalo at NY Giants -3.5

Buffalo

Buffalo

Houston at Baltimore -7.5

Baltimore

Baltimore

Cleveland at Oakland -6

Cleveland

Oakland

Dallas at New England -7

Dallas

New England

New Orleans at Tampa Bay +4.5

New Orleans

New Orleans

Minnesota at Chicago -3

Minnesota

Chicago

Miami at NY Jets -7

NY Jets

Jets

Category:general -- posted at: 9:55pm CST

The Dude is rasping and raving this week about the Steelers finding their mojo, Buffalo getting no respect, and people waking up to Philly being a nightmare team. He breaks down the early NFL and college lines and all the gambling goodness that is coming up.  Check it out now as the Dude Presents!

Direct download: D_and_D_10_10_F.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:14pm CST

Game

Dude

Doc

Kansas City at Indianapolis -2

Kansas City

Indianapolis

Arizona at Minnesota -2.5

Minnesota

Arizona

Philadelphia at Buffalo +3

Buffalo

Buffalo

Oakland at Houston -6

Oakland

Houston

New Orleans at Carolina +6

New Orleans

New Orleans

Cincinnati at Jacksonville -2.5

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Tennessee at Pittsburgh -3.5

Tennessee

Tennessee

Seattle at NY Giants -10

Giants

Giants

Tampa Bay at San Francisco -3

Tampa Bay

San Francisco

NY Jets at New England -9

Jets

Jets

San Diego at Denver +4

San Diego

Denver

Green Bay at Atlanta +5.5

Green Bay

Green Bay

Chicago at Detroit -6

Chicago

Detroit

Category:general -- posted at: 9:52pm CST

The Dude is back at you to recap a great weekend of football, which the Doctor owned.  There's weird rulings for the Giants, Clemson showing consistency, and the Buffalo bandwagon hitting the off ramp.  Add in a rundown of all the NFL lines and the best of the NCAA, and it's pure goodness!  Check it all out now and enjoy the knowledge of the Dude Presents!

Direct download: D_and_D_10_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:19pm CST

We didn’t get a chance to talk about the impending playoff matchups on our last show, since they were still being decided by one of the most exciting nights of baseball in recent memory. So here’s a quick breakdown of each matchup and where we think the smart money will fall.

Tampa Bay (+145) vs. Texas (-165)

Hitters: Despite health issues, Texas holds a big edge here. Beyond Longoria and Zobrist, the Rays have been a light hitting squad all season. Whether you consider Upton or Jennings their third best hitter, either guy would rate only about seventh best for this deep Rangers group. EDGE: RANGERS

Starting Pitching: The Rays have maybe the best 1-2 punch on the AL side in Shields and Price. They will certainly have a pitching advantage in Games 1 (Shields vs. Wilson) and 2 (Price vs. Harrison). After that it gets tricky, because it isn’t entirely clear who will pitch for the Rays. But regardless, the advantage will likely swing to the Rangers with Ogando taking the hill. EDGE: RAYS

Bullpen: Tampa’s bullpen has been an issue all season, but it’s hard to say how they’ll look in the playoffs with Wade Davis moved out of the rotation and the phenom Matt Moore added to the postseason roster. Texas has made great strides since last year in the ‘pen, though it’s worth noting that Neftali Feliz saw a spike in his walk rate and a reduction in his strikeout rate this year…not a great sign. EDGE: RANGERS

Other Factors: Joe Maddon is one of the best managers in the majors. He’s not afraid to think outside the box when it comes to deploying his personnel, which is a big advantage in the playoffs where every at bat counts for so much. Ron Washington is fine…he doesn’t really add or subtract much from his team. The Rangers enjoyed a substantial home field advantage (as most teams do) this year, posting a 52-29 record in Arlington.

The Pick: The Rays are a great story, coming from behind to grab a playoff spot on the last day while eliminating the rival Red Sox. At +145, they’re a tempting pick. But it’s hard not to think that they used up their magic just making the playoffs, and the run differential advantage for Texas (+178 compared to +93 for Tampa) indicates that the Rangers are really the better team here. TEXAS -165

Detroit (+130) vs. NY Yankees (-165)

Hitters: The Yankees are known for big name veteran hitters like Alex Rodriguez and Mark Texeria, but it’s been Robbie Cano and Curtis Granderson leading the way in 2011. New York is definitely blessed with a deep lineup, but the question is whether some of the older hitters will contribute against playoff pitching. Hold on to your drawers, because I’m about to drop a knowledge bomb on you: the Tigers’ top three hitters have been more valuable than the Yankees’ top three this season. Seriously. Look up the season Alex Avila is having...the guy is a stud. Throw in Cabrera and Peralta and you have one of the best middle of the order groups in the playoffs. Where Detroit is lacking is depth, as they get very little production at the bottom of their lineup. EDGE: YANKEES (but not by much).

Starting Pitchers: You may have heard about this Justin Verlander guy. He’s good. Really good. As in maybe AL MVP good. The Yankees sport the second best pitcher (Sabathia) in the AL postseason, but he’s second by a WIDE margin. The Tigers will also start the astonishing Doug Fister and the slightly disappointing Max Scherzer in this series, while the Yankees will counter with Ivan Nova and Bartolo Colon. Translation: Detroit will have the better starter in every game of this series. EDGE: TIGERS

Bullpen: The Yankees bullpen was in shambles earlier this season but has come around of late, and they still have Mariano Rivera, who has attended this little postseason dance once or twice before. Detroit’s bullpen is more of an unknown commodity given manager Jim Leyland’s penchant for using his starters until their arms fall off, though Valverde remains one of the best closers in the business. EDGE: YANKEES

Other Factors: Girardi and Leyland are mostly “by the books” guys, so don’t expect any surprising tactical decisions. Girardi is just hoping his team doesn’t blow this series so he doesn’t get blasted by the New York press, and Leyland is too busy applying Nicotine patches to care what’s happening on the field. Like the Rangers, the Yankees were 52-29 at home, so having the home field advantage will be big.

The Pick: A lot was made of the Red Sox collapse, but this Yankees team is slumping into the postseason as well. The only effective starter in their rotation will be matched up against Verlander twice, and the veteran lineup is looking old and gimpy right now. I have a lot of respect for Cano and Granderson, but they’ll need help against a tough pitching staff and I don’t think they’ll get it. New York was the better team in July, but the Tigers are the better team now (and the worst possible matchup the Yankees could have drawn). DETROIT +130

Arizona (+135) vs. Milwaukee (-155)

Hitters: Arizona features a young nucleus in Upton, Montero, and Parra that should keep the future bright in the desert for quite some time. But for the Milwaukee hitters, their time is now. Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder constitute the best middle of the order of any team in baseball, and yes that includes the Cardinals. Throw in the rest of this deep lineup (minus an even replacement level shortstop…yikes!) and it’s not hard to see which offense is more potent. EDGE: BREWERS

Starting Pitchers: If you’re looking for a reason for the Diamondbacks enormous improvement this season, look no further than their starting rotation. Kennedy, Hudson, and Collmenter all took huge steps forward this year despite pitching in a tough home park. As for the Brewers, Greinke and Gallardo got off to tough starts but have been huge for Milwaukee in the second half, while Marcum and Wolf remain very steady options for Games 3 and 4 of this series. EDGE: DIAMONDBACKS

Bullpen: The Arizona fans are wincing at this point, because they know what’s coming. This has been a major problem area all year for the Diamondbacks, as their main strategy has been to get leads early and then hold on for dear life in the late innings. J.J. Putz is a capable closer though. Bullpen issues hurt the Brewers in the first half of the season as well, though the acquisition of K-Rod to pair with John Axford have solved those to some extent. Regardless, expect some late game heroics in this series. EDGE: BREWERS

Other Factors: Kirk Gibson and Ron Roenicke are the postseason noobs this year, so it’s a bit ironic that they’re matched up against one another. More importantly, the Brewers sport baseball’s biggest home field edge (57-24 in 2011), so Arizona will need to steal one in Milwaukee to win this series.

The Pick: The turnaround in Arizona has been impressive this year, and Gibson gets my vote for Manager of the Year (even despite the second half that Tony La Russa coaxed out of the Cardinals). But the Diamondbacks feel like the “happy to be here” team in the NL, and as impressive as their young pitchers have been in the regular season, they saw a steady diet of terrible lineups from their NL West counterparts. We’ll hear more from Arizona in the future, but with Fielder headed to the free agent market, the Brewers need to win right now before their window of opportunity closes for good. MILWAUKEE -155

St. Louis (+245) vs. Philadelphia (-290)

Hitters: You’ve probably heard of these St. Louis guys – Pujols, Berkman, and Holliday are a productive trio in the middle of the lineup. Not surprisingly, the Cardinals rode their Big Three to the highest run production in the National League. As for Philadelphia, the dirty secret about this team is that their offense has been in decline for years. Shane Victorino posted a career year, but the rest of the team had major issues, including more injuries for Chase Utley and a career worst on base percentage for Ryan Howard. The addition of Hunter Pence is the wild card for Philly. Still they were only 5th in the NL in runs scored, despite playing in one of the best run-scoring parks in the majors. EDGE: CARDINALS

Starting Pitchers: Do I have to do this? Really? Carpenter continues to be a workhorse for St. Louis, while Lohse and Garcia are above average pitchers. But the Phillies counter with Halladay, Lee, and Hamels, who would all be the staff ace of the Cardinals (and many other teams). The Phillies will have the edge in starting pitching against any team they face in the 2011 postseason. EDGE: PHILLIES

Bullpen: The Cardinals have improved their ‘pen markedly in the second half, which is a good thing considering they traded away their best young player to do so. Salas has looked good in the closer role and they’re deep with a variety of arms, so expect plenty of pitching changes as Tony La Russa engages in his textbook over-managing. Like the Tigers, it’s hard to say much about the Philadelphia bullpen since they rarely need it. Expect to see a lot of Charlie Manuel sitting calmly with his arms crossed while his starters pitch deep into games. EDGE: CARDINALS

Other Factors: While we’re not overly enamored with Tony La Russa’s managerial style here in Doctor and Dude land, it’s hard not to admit that he seems to get the most out of his teams. But really, both the Phillies and Cardinals are veteran squads…they know what they need to do, so this series will mostly be decided on the field. The Phillies posted a 52-29 home record, though they also won 50 games on the road so it’s hard to tell whether they have a home field advantage or are just an awesome team no matter where they go.

The Pick: This is actually the easiest series to analyze for one specific reason: the lines. -290 is just a stupidly high number for a five game baseball series. Are the Phillies the best team left in the postseason? Yes, definitely. But that line implies that Philadelphia would win this series over 70 percent of the time, and there’s no way that’s right. Strange things happen in a short series...the Cardinals just swept Philly earlier this month. It makes no sense to bet on Philadelphia, so either give this one a pass or make the gutsy move and take St. Louis. ST. LOUIS +245

Category:general -- posted at: 8:51pm CST

Game

Dude

Doc

Detroit at Dallas -1

Detroit

Detroit

New Orleans at Jacksonville +7

New Orleans

New Orleans

San Francisco at Philadelphia -7.5

Philadelphia

San Francisco

Washington at St. Louis Pick'em

St. Louis

Washington

Tennessee at Cleveland -1

Tennessee

Tennessee

Buffalo at Cincinnati +3

Buffalo

Stay away

(under 44)

Minnesota at Kansas City +1.5

Kansas City

Minnesota

Carolina at Chicago -6.5

Chicago

Stay away

Pittsburgh at Houston -4

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Atlanta at Seattle +4.5

Atlanta

Seattle

NY Giants at Arizona +1.5

NY Giants

NY Giants

Miami at San Diego -7.5

San Diego

San Diego

Denver at Green Bay -13

Green Bay

Denver

New England at Oakland +4.5

Oakland

New England

NY Jets at Baltimore -3.5

NY Jets

Stay away

Indianapolis at Tampa Bay -10

Indianapolis

Indianapolis

Category:general -- posted at: 8:35am CST

The Dude recaps a week that saw winners, losers, and bums fighting it out.  He recaps the Patriots losing, LSU winning, and the Steelers struggling.  He breaks down the early lines for the NFL and college, highlighting some great match ups for the week to come and college lines going wild.  Check out this show and start getting ready for your weekend of action early!

Direct download: D_and_D_9_26_F.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:50pm CST

Game

Doctor

Dude

49’ers at Bengals (-2.5)

49'ers

49’ers

Patriots at Buffalo (+8.5)

Patriots

Patriots

Texans at Saints (-4)

Texans

Saints

Giants at Eagles (-7.5)

Stay Away

Giants

Dolphins at Browns (-2.5)

Dolphins

Dolphins

Broncos at Titans (-7)

Titans

Titans

Lions at Vikings (+3.5)

Vikings

Vikings

Jaguars at Panthers (-3.5)

Jaguars

Jaguars

Chiefs at Chargers (-14.5)

Chargers

Chargers

Jets at Raiders (+3)

Jets – LOCK!

Jets – LOCK!

Ravens at Rams (+3.5)

Ravens

Ravens

Falcons at Bucs (-1.5)

Falcons

Bucs

Cardinals at Seahawks (+3)

Seahawks

Cardinals

Packers at Bears (+3.5)

Packers

Packers

Steelers at Colts (+10.5)

Steelers

Steelers

Redskins at Cowboys (-6.5)

Redskins

Cowboys

Category:general -- posted at: 9:38pm CST

The Dude is on his own again, taking a quick run through the highlights of NFL week two and week three of the NCAA.  He then runs down the early lines for all the hottest action, insults Notre Dame and Cris Collinsworth, and takes joy in the Steelers showing some life.  Down load and enjoy your early week D and D action!

Direct download: D_and_D_9_19_F.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:06pm CST

Game

Doctor

Dude

Chicago at New Orleans -7

Chicago

New Orleans

Kansas City at Detroit -8

Stay Away (but love Detroit -7)

Kansas City

Jacksonville at NY Jets -9.5

Jacksonville

Jets

Oakland at Buffalo -4

Buffalo

Oakland

Arizona at Washington -4

Washington

Arizona

Baltimore at Tennessee +6

Baltimore

Baltimore

Seattle at Pittsburgh -14.5

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

Green Bay at Carolina +10

Stay Away

Green Bay

Tampa Bay at Minnesota -3

Minnesota

Tampa Bay

Cleveland at Indianapolis +2.5

Browns

Browns

Dallas at San Francisco +3

San Francisco

Dallas

Houston at Miami +3

Stay Away (but Miami if it moves to +3.5)

Houston

San Diego at New England -7

New England

San Diego

Cincinnati at Denver -4.5

Cincinnati

Denver

Philadelphia at Atlanta +2.5

Philadelphia

Atlanta

St. Louis at NY Giants -4.5 (lines vary widely due to injuries)

Stay Away (but you can try to middle it with the widely ranging spreads

NY Giants

Category:general -- posted at: 9:40pm CST

The Dude is all by his lonesome, looking at the past week in NCAA and NFL action.  He's hating Notre Dame, lamenting USC blocking kicks, and crying over the Steelers.  He breaks down the most interesting of the early lines and gives an early preview of this weekend's upcoming action.

Direct download: D_and_D_9_12_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35pm CST

Doctor and Dude's Full Slate of NFL Picks!

Feast your eyes on the Doctor and Dude's complete slate of NFL picks!  Shoot us an email if you have a question or comment at doctoranddude@gmail.com!

Game

Doc

Dude

Saints at Packers (-4.5)

Saints

Saints

Bills at Chiefs (-5.5)

Bills

Bills

Lions at Bucs (-1)

Stay Away

Lions

Falcons at Bears (+3)

Bears

Falcons

Eagles at Rams (+4.5)

Eagles

Rams

Colts at Texans (-8.5)

Stay Away

Texans

Bengals at Browns (-7)

Browns

Browns

Steelers at Ravens (-1 to -3)

Steelers

Ravens

Titans at Jags (-3)

Jags

Titans

Panthers at Cards (-7)

Panthers

Cards

Seahawks at 49ers (-5)

49ers

49ers

Giants at Redskins (+3)

Stay Away

Giants

Vikings at Chargers (-9)

Stay Away

Chargers

Cowboys at Jets (-4)

Jets

Cowboys

Patriots at Dolphins (+7)

Stay Away

Patriots

Raiders at Broncos (-3)

Stay Away

Raiders


Category:general -- posted at: 10:49pm CST

The Doctor and The Dude Show - 6/15/11

With the NBA and NHL playoffs finished, the Doctor and Dude give their final impressions.  Hint: Dirk was great, Lebron less so.  And for those who prefer sports betting picks to armchair psychology, baseball rolls on with the Pirates threatening the sunny side of .500.  Plus, more mailbag questions answered, and a Dude's Lines Around the World potpourri!

Direct download: DoctorandDude6_15.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:16am CST

The Doctor and The Dude Show - 3/30/11

Down to the Final Four, the Dude celebrates a great week of college weekend betting and gives the scoop on who he likes for the final weekend of the Tourney.  Plus the guys break down baseball futures...will the Phillies, Red Sox, and Giants be as good as advertised?

Direct download: DoctorDude03-30-11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04am CST

Wrestlemania Contest!

It's here, the very first Doctor and the Dude contest!  The rules are simple, pick your winners, email them to doctoranddude@gmail.com.  We'll tally the points and the winner will get a super awesome Wrestlemania prize.  Here are the matches:

Rey Mysterio (65 points) vs. Cody Rhodes (180 points)

                                      

Randy Orton (85 points) vs. CM Punk (140 points)

                                            

Sheamus (90 points) vs. Daniel Bryan (110 points)

 

Morisson/Stratus/Snooki (120 points) vs. Ziggler/Lay-Cool (90 points)

                                  

The Undertaker (10 points) vs. Triple H (1000 points)

                                      

Jerry Lawler (65 points) vs. Michael Cole (180 points)

 

Will Steve Austin give Cole a stunner? Yes (85 points) or No (140 points)

                                            

The Miz (160 points) vs. John Cena (70 points)

 

Will The Rock give Cena a Rock Bottom? Yes (70 points) or No (130 points)

 

Edge (130 points) vs. Alberto Del Rio (110 points) vs. Christian (140 points)

Tie Breaker:  How long will the main event go in minutes and seconds? 

Category:general -- posted at: 9:10am CST

It's that special time of year filled with last second shots and bracket busting everywhere.  The Doctor and The Dude break down every line in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Plus, the guys try to stay hot in the NBA and the Dude gives some love to the ladies.

Direct download: DoctorDude03-16-11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:14am CST

Get Us on ITunes!

You can now subscribe to The Doctor and the Dude Show on ITunes.  Go to http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-doctor-and-the-dude-show/id422774526 and sign up today.  It's free and it's awesome, so what are you waiting for!

Category:general -- posted at: 7:32pm CST

The Doctor and The Dude Show - 2/23/11

The guys continue their look at over and undervalued college basketball teams by examining the SEC, ACC, and Pac10.  Plus, there's a conference ranking shakeup after Bracket Busters and the Dude handicaps the Academy Awards.

Direct download: DoctorDude02-23-11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12pm CST

Confused by some of the jargon we use on the show?  Check here for an explanation of some commonly used sports gambling terms.  And don’t forget to let us know if there are any other entries you’d like to see added.

BOOKMAKER:  Someone who works in the field of setting lines and payouts for sports gambling.  Also sometimes used to describe sportsbooks themselves, particularly ones that make their own lines.

MONEY LINE:  If you don’t like betting against a spread, you’ll often have the option of taking the money line instead.  A money line is usually expressed as a plus or minus followed by a three or four digit value (examples +125, -400, +1400).  The number indicates the payout if that side wins, so a team that is listed as +200 will pay two dollars for every dollar you wagered, while a team listed as -200 will pay 50 cents for every dollar you wagered.  The advantage of a money line wager is that you don’t need to concern yourself with the margin of victory – just pick a winner!

POINT SPREAD:  When we talk about a game and mention something like “The line is Cleveland -3 for this game,” we’re talking about the point spread.  In this case, Cleveland is expected to win by three points.  So if you’re betting against the spread and want to take Cleveland to win, then you need them to win by MORE than three points.  If they win by exactly three, it’s a push and you get your money back.  If they win by 2 or less (or lose the game outright), then you lost the bet.  It’s important to note that while the point spread generally reflects the expected final score, other factors come into play when sports books set the spread, including the popularity of the teams involved and the amount of action that the book is expecting.

PROP BET:  Short for “proposition bet”, a prop bet is simply a bet that something will or won’t happen during a game.  This can be anything from a certain player hitting a home run in a baseball game to the singer of the national anthem going over a certain amount of time.  Prop bets often have lower maximum bets so sportsbooks don’t get burned by people with inside information.

 SHARP:  An experienced gambler who makes decisions based on a number of factors, including the teams involved, the spread or line, and the distribution of bets in the contest (to name a few).

SIDE BET:  This is confusing to a lot of people, because most of us think of a side bet like if you’re playing golf with a buddy and bet him or her that you’ll sink a long putt or something.  You know, a little side action.  But in sports gambling a side bet is when you’re PICKING A SIDE.  So if the Steelers play the Ravens and you put 20 bucks on the Steelers, you’re making a side bet.

SPORTSBOOK:  Also known as “books” for short.  A sportsbook is pretty much any institution that accepts wagers on sporting events.  This can include anything from a dedicated area of a casino to a simple website. 

SQUARE:  An inexperienced gambler who places largely uninformed wagers.  Squares are usually strongly influenced by media trends and recent results, and will often wager on well-known popular teams.

THE VIG:  Also known as “juice”.  Casinos like to make money, and this is how they do it in sports gambling.  The Vig (short for vigorish) is like a small “tax” applied to your winnings that goes to the casino.  It assures that even if a bet is a 50-50 proposition, the sportsbook has an advantage.  Typically the Vig is 10 cents on every dollar, which is why most bets pay -110.  Consider a game between two teams in which The Doctor bets 100 dollars on one side and The Dude bets 100 dollars on the other side.  If the Dude wins, the Doctor loses 100 bucks, but the Dude only gets paid about 91 dollars.  The book keeps the other 9 dollars as their take.  Note that this illustrates how advantageous it is for the books to take in a similar amount of money on each side of a contest, as it guarantees that they will make money.

TOTAL BET:  A “total” is a prediction of the total number of points or goals that will be scored in the contest.  Usually you can find these offered for individual teams or for both combined.  When you place a bet on either the “over” (more points will be scored than predicted) or the “under” (less points than predicted), then you are making a total bet.

 

Category:general -- posted at: 7:29pm CST

How to Read a Betting Line

Next to a craps table, the sportsbook can be one of the most confusing places to put down a bet in a casino.  It seems like it should be pretty straightforward – you just need to go in and say, “I want to put 50 bucks on Dallas!” and they hand you a ticket, right?  But that approach isn’t going to get you very far.  What sport?  Money line or against the spread?  Did you want to buy points or just go with whatever the board is offering?

And even more difficult to comprehend is that board displaying available wagers.  What the heck do all those numbers mean?  Well, worry not because this page is meant to help you decode the mystery and understand the basics of placing a wager on a sporting event.

First thing’s first: this is a game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons.  Since Atlanta is the second team listed, they are the home team for this contest.  The first number on the board identifies which team you want to bet.  That way instead of asking the teller for New Orleans and forcing them to clarify who you want, you can just say that you want your money on #205.

Now, in this game, the Falcons are favored by three points (see Point Spread in the Glossary).  This is indicated by the -3 next to Falcons.  If the Saints were favored, the -3 would be next to them instead.  So if you say to the teller, “I want 206 against the spread,” then you mean that you’re picking Atlanta to win the game by more than three points.  Remember that ten cent lines (-110) are pretty standard in sportsbooks, so you will win ten dollars for every eleven dollars you bet if Atlanta is successful.

OK, that’s the spread, but what about the rest of the numbers?  Well, “45.5” is the Total Bet, meaning the combined score of the two teams at the end of the game is predicted to be 45.5.  You can bet over or under that total and, like bets against the spread, get paid -110.

The last two numbers (+140 and -160) are the Money Lines for the game.  If you want to bet on one team winning the game without messing around with the point spread, you can bet the money line instead.  From the previous example, you could instead say, “I want 206 on the money line.”  In that case, you’d be a winner if Atlanta wins the game by any score.  The advantage is that you don’t need to worry that you’ll push or lose your bet if the Falcons win a close game.  The disadvantage is that you’d only be paid at -160…that’s $6.25 for every $10 you wagered.  On the other hand, if you correctly picked the Saints to win at +140, you would be paid $14.00 for every $10 bet.

One item to note is that if the spread is really high, there may not be a money line available.  Most sports books would rather avoid putting up bets with ridiculously high payouts (+5000, for example) because bettors could invest small amounts and win a lot of money on an upset.

So there you go…everything on the board explained.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us on doctoranddude.com! 

 

Category:general -- posted at: 7:26pm CST

About the Doctor

 Once a promising young scholar and all around math whiz, the Doctor’s life changed forever when he was challenged by friends to come up with a statistical model to predict the outcome of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  His model was an overnight success, resulting in an NCAA pool victory and a sweet cash prize.  They say money changes people - it makes them AWESOME.  Since then, the Doctor has eschewed a life of honest work in favor of the fast paced world of designing algorithms to make sports picks with, at best, sporadic success.  But he’s constantly tinkering and remains convinced that one day he’ll hit on the secret formula to predict games perfectly.  Until then, he’ll be right here tossing out crazy picks and even crazier theories alongside his co-host the Dude on doctoranddude.com!

 

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