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Alan Matthews Writer Bio and Archives

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Alan Matthews is a University of Miami graduate and former small-college basketball player before moving on to the "U". He was a sports journalist, covering most major professional team beats at one point or another, at a several newspapers throughout the Northeast for nearly 20 years. Alan has been a full-time freelance writer for the past five-plus years. His favorite sporting memory -- participatory version -- is playing in pickup games against several ex-NBA players at an adult fantasy camp and fairly holding his own. From a fan perspective, the top memory was attending Super Bowl XX when the Super Bowl Shuffle Chicago Bears of the Punky QB, Sweetness and the Fridge took New Orleans by storm and still had enough in the tank to pummel the New England Patriots for what remains the franchise's only Super Bowl title.


Nick Markakis Baltimore Orioles

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Saturday August 23, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 8/22/2014

I love baseball and will continue these stories through the end of the regular season, but let's not kid ourselves here: This is the last Saturday that baseball is front and center on our betting minds with college football season set to kick off. There are six matinee matchups on the MLB schedule this Saturday, so that's a good thing. There need to be more matinee games every day of the season and always at least one. Listening Rob Manfred? Here's a look at five interesting matchups.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Saturday August 23, 2014 Opening Line Report.

Tennis player Maria Sharapova

2014 US Open Tennis Picks, Odds and Predictions for Menís and Womenís Draw
by Alan Matthews - 8/22/2014

Dedicated tennis fans tend to favor Wimbledon as the most prestigious of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments each year. I can't argue with that. However, obviously the vast majority of American tennis fans and bettors prefer the U.S. Open. Obviously, there's the simple fact it's played in the States and thus at normal times to our body/betting clocks. The Australian Open is played in the middle of the night U.S. time, while the French and Wimbledon have their finals in the morning USA time. The U.S. Open is all about prime-time TV.
Read more about 2014 US Open Tennis Picks, Odds and Predictions for Menís and Womenís Draw.

Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt

Clemson Tigers Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship
by Alan Matthews - 8/21/2014

When you hear about the top coaches in college football, is Clemson's Dabo Swinney mentioned? He should be. The guy can recruit -- currently the school has the No. 2 Class of 2015 -- and all Clemson does is win under him. True, he can't beat South Carolina, but that's about it.
Read more about Clemson Tigers Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Friday August 22, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 8/21/2014

Well, so much for my belief that the Los Angeles Angels would win not just the AL West but also the pennant. Now I see neither as happening barring an unlikely waiver trade after the major knee injury suffered by ace pitcher Garrett Richards on Wednesday night in Boston. If you haven't seen the video, well, it's not quite Paul George disturbing but close.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Friday August 22, 2014 Opening Line Report.

PGA golfer Rickie Fowler

FedEx Cup Picks: The Barclays Odds and Betting Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 8/20/2014

I always thought Colombia's Camilo Villegas would be a pretty big star in the golf world. The former Florida Gator had personality, good looks -- he was featured in the magazine GQ in 2006 and on People's "Hottest Bachelors" list -- and a game to match. Villegas won the 2008 BMW Championship and Tour Championship (finishing second to Vijay Singh in the FedEx Cup playoffs) as well as the 2010 Honda Classic.
Read more about FedEx Cup Picks: The Barclays Odds and Betting Predictions.

Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Thursday August 21, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 8/20/2014

Any day now, Cuban star Rusney Castillo is going to sign with a big-league club, and he could make an impact on the pennant races when the rosters expand in September if he goes to Detroit, San Francisco or the New York Yankees, three teams that could use outfield upgrades and are in the mix for him. Castillo can also play second or third. He isn't considered as powerful as Jose Abreu or Yoenis Cespedes but has above-average power and very good speed. He could be an interesting late-season addition. The Red Sox, Cubs and Phillies are in the mix too.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Thursday August 21, 2014 Opening Line Report.

Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kenny Hill

Texas A&M Aggies Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship
by Alan Matthews - 8/19/2014

I think it's fair to say that one of the best decisions by any school in Division I football that has been made this century was Texas A&M jumping at the chance to leave the Big 12 -- and the shadow of Big Brother Texas -- for the SEC. Now it's not even close which program in the Lone Star State has more national relevance.
Read more about Texas A&M Aggies Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship.

Cincinnati Reds Johnny Cueto

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Wednesday August 20, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 8/19/2014

There are four afternoon getaway day games on Wednesday -- all interleague matchups -- so be on the alert for some starters getting the day off in Rangers at Marlins, Mariners at Phillies, Blue Jays at Brewers and Mets at A's. Here's a look at five interesting matchups on the schedule. Bovada offers live betting on a whopping six games on Wednesday.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Wednesday August 20, 2014 Opening Line Report.

Fullback Mark Weisman (45) of the Iowa Hawkeyes

Iowa Hawkeyes Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship
by Alan Matthews - 8/18/2014

If you type the words "most overpaid college football coaches" into Google or the search engine of your choice, I'm fairly confident that Kirk Ferentz's name will feature prominently. It's hard to believe that Ferentz has been at Iowa since 1999, and he did turn around a program that nosedived under Hayden Fry.
Read more about Iowa Hawkeyes Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship.

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Tuesday August 19, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 8/18/2014

We have a new World Series favorite at Sportsbook.ag: The Oakland Athletics' slump has cost them the top spot. They are +450 to win the Fall Classic, now behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (+400). That exact World Series matchup is priced at +600. Both the A's and Dodgers open a series on Tuesday night. Here's a look at their games and three other interesting matchups.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Tuesday August 19, 2014 Opening Line Report.

Stanford Cardinal running back Barry Sanders Jr.

Stanford Cardinal Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship
by Alan Matthews - 8/15/2014

I don't mean this to sound like Stanford has a bunch of one-star recruits, but considering how tough the academic standards are at the school (ask Northwestern what that's like), has any coach in college football accomplished as much with in more challenging circumstances the past three seasons than David Shaw? And I include his ability to recruit.
Read more about Stanford Cardinal Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship.

Louisville's QB Will Gardner

Louisville Cardinals Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship
by Alan Matthews - 8/15/2014

Louisville has long had a tremendous basketball program, but even 15 years ago the team was still a football afterthought. That changed when Bobby Petrino took over the program in 2003 when it was still in Conference USA. He turned U of L into a force almost immediately, highlighted by a 12-1 record and Big East title in 2006 when Louisville played in its first BCS bowl, an Orange Bowl victory against Wake Forest.
Read more about Louisville Cardinals Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship.

Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Saturday August 16, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 8/15/2014

Here's hoping that new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred makes some substantial changes in the game. It's still great going to a game in person because it's so slow. You drink a few beers, chat with your friends or people around you, check your fantasy stats. But in the NFL, college football or NBA, people will watch teams on TV other than the one they root for.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Saturday August 16, 2014 Opening Line Report.

Charles Howell III, PGA golfer

PGA Tour Picks: Wyndham Championship Odds and Predictions
by Alan Matthews - 8/14/2014

The first three Grand Slams of the 2014 season frankly were rather boring. Bubba Watson (Masters), Martin Kaymer (U.S. Open) and Rory McIlroy (British Open) each deserved to win, no question, but there was no drama. The 2014 PGA Championship more than made up for that and it had to be the most exciting final round of a major in at least a few years.
Read more about PGA Tour Picks: Wyndham Championship Odds and Predictions.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Thursday August 14, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 8/14/2014

If I gave you five chances to name the five American League playoff teams this season, would you ever have a scenario in which the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners were part of the postseason? I didn't think so, but it could very well happen. As we get closer to September, look for individual teams' playoff odds at various sportsbooks. Here's a look at five interesting matchups on the schedule for Thursday.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Thursday August 14, 2014 Opening Line Report.

Ameer Abdullah of Nebraska

Nebraska Cornhuskers Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship
by Alan Matthews - 8/14/2014

The 2013 season was an interesting one for embattled Nebraska coach Bo Pelini. The Huskers thought they had a great shot to play in the Big Ten Championship Game entering the year, but the drama started in Week 1 when Nebraska had to escape a home upset bid by Wyoming. In Week 3, the Huskers were embarrassed at home by UCLA, 41-21, with the Bruins outscoring Nebraska 31-0 in the second half.
Read more about Nebraska Cornhuskers Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship.

Los Angeles Dodgers Zack Greinke

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Friday August 15, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 8/14/2014

To no surprise, the Colorado Rockies have ruled out Troy Tulowitzki for the rest of the season. It's a shame because Tulo might have been the NL MVP had he stayed healthy, and this move also will cost him the NL batting title. He leads the league by far in average at .340, but a player needs 502 plate appearances to qualify. Tulo will end his season with 375. Here's a look at five interesting matchups Friday around MLB.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Friday August 15, 2014 Opening Line Report.

The Kansas City Royals Jeremy Guthrie

Five to Follow MLB Betting: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Opening Line Report
by Alan Matthews - 8/12/2014

If you would have asked me a month ago, or, shoot, even two weeks ago, I would have said the Detroit Tigers were the biggest division locks in baseball. However, they are sputtering a bit with the Kansas City Royals red hot and just a half game out of the Central lead entering this week. The Royals are still +250 at Sportsbook.ag to win the division, with the Tigers at -700.
Read more about Five to Follow MLB Betting: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Opening Line Report.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson

Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship
by Alan Matthews - 8/12/2014

Might Notre Dame have returned to the BCS Championship Game last year if starting quarterback Everett Golson hadn't been expelled from school for academics? I would say no, but I do think the Irish might have reached a BCS bowl with Golson. As it was they finished 9-4 after playing for the national title in the 2012 season, Golson's first as a starter.
Read more about Notre Dame Fighting Irish Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship.

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Arizona State Sun Devils Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship
by Alan Matthews - 8/8/2014

When Arizona State hired Coach Todd Graham before the 2012 season, Graham's reputation wasn't great. Oh, everyone knew he could coach. But the guy bailed on the University of Pittsburgh after just one year. It made him look like a mercenary; simply always trying to find where the grass was greener. But now ASU fans aren't complaining.
Read more about Arizona State Sun Devils Odds to Win the 2015 College Football National Championship.


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