FRIDAY FOOTBALL SHOWDOWN 2014

Presented by the Golden Nugget sports book

and Las Vegas Review-Journal

Hosted by The Las Vegas Sportsline and ESPN Radio (1100 AM)


Each Friday throughout the football season, two handicappers go head to head in a bracket format. The contest will be broadcast from 2 to 3 p.m from the ESPN Radio studio.

* A blind draw for the contest bracket was held Tuesday, Aug. 26 on radio.

FINALS
Friday, Dec. 19
(1) BRYAN LEONARD vs. (2) SCOTT KELLEN

SEMIFINALS
Friday, Nov. 28
(2) BRYAN LEONARD (5-2)

1) Michigan State -13.5 W

2) Texas State -14 W

3) Colts -9.5 W

4) Florida +7.5 W

5) Boston College -11 W

6) Mississippi State -2.5 L

Best Bet) Louisville -13 L


(3) MARCO D'ANGELO (3-4)

1) Chiefs +1.5 L

2) Wisconsin -15 L

3) North Carolina State +6.5 W

4) Packers -3 W

5) Mississippi +2.5 W

6) Florida State -7.5 L

Best Bet) Panthers +2.5 L


Friday, Dec. 5
(1) SCOTT KELLEN (3-3-1)

1) Jets +6 P

2) Cardinals +1 W

3) Dolphins -3 L

4) Panthers-Saints over 49.5 W

5) Buccaneers +10 L

6) Browns +3.5 W

Best Bet) Patriots-Chargers over 51.5 L


(4) RON BOYLES (3-4)

1) Connecticut -12.5 L

2) Missouri-Alabama under 48.5 L

3) Saints -10 L

4) Rams-Redskins under 45 W

5) Titans pick L

6) Bills +10 W

Best Bet) Raiders +8 W


(Contest results)
First round = 55-56-1
Second round = 30-26
Semifinals = 14-13-1
Finals = xx-xx
Overall = 99-95-2
Best bet record = 14-14

SECOND-ROUND MATCHUPS
Friday, Oct. 31

(4) SCOTT KELLEN (6-1)

1) Jaguars +10.5 W

2) Dolphins -2.5 W

3) Colts -3.5 W

4) Eagles-Texans over 49 W

5) Eagles -1 W

6) Broncos -3 L

Best Bet) Colts-Giants over 51 W


(5) KELLY STEWART (3-4)

1) Middle Tennessee +3.5 L

2) Indiana +7 L

3) Arkansas +11 W

4) Western Michigan -7 W

5) Arizona +6 L

6) Old Dominion +7.5 L

Best Bet) Kansas State -13 W


Friday, Nov. 7

(2) RON BOYLES (3-4)

1) Kansas State-TCU under 58 L

2) UNLV +5.5 L

3) Duke-Syracuse under 51 W

4) Oklahoma -5.5 L

5) Alabama -6.5 W

6) Oregon-Utah under 61 L

Best Bet) Texas +3.5 W


(7) FRANK BETTI (2-5)

1) Jets +4 W

2) Kansas State +5.5 L

3) Lions -2.5 W

4) Rams-Cardinals under 43 L

5) Wyoming +7.5 L

6) Panthers +6.5 L

Best Bet) Steelers-Jets over 45 L


Friday, Nov. 14

(1) BRYAN LEONARD (5-2) advanced

1) Wisconsin -6.5 W

2) Marshall -21.5 W

3) Stanford-Utah under 43 W

4) Penn State-Temple under 39 L

5) Florida State -2.5 W

6) Auburn-Georgia over 69.5 L

Best Bet) Texas -2.5 W


(8) SAM CAHOE (5-2)

1) South Carolina +7 W

2) Navy -2.5 W

3) Stanford-Utah under 43 W

4) Southern Methodist +11 W

5) Nebraska-Wisconsin under 57 L

6) Arizona State-Oregon State under 61 L

Best Bet) Rutgers -7 W


Friday, Nov. 21
(3) MARCO D'ANGELO (3-4) advanced

1) Utah -4 L

2) Connecticut +10 L

3) Vikings +9 W

4) Mississippi -3.5 L

5) Chargers -4.5 L

6) Virginia +6 W

Best Bet) Dolphins +7 W

(6) CHUCK McDOWELL (3-4)

1) Missouri +3.5 W

2) Boston College +17.5 W

3) Texans -2 L

4) Cardinals +7 L

5) Louisiana Tech -12 L

6) Arkansas +3.5 W

Best Bet) Louisiana Tech-Old Dominion over 67.5 L


FIRST-ROUND MATCHUPS

Friday, Sept. 5

RICHIE BACCELLIERI (2-5)

1) Middle Tennessee +16 W

2) Michigan State +13 L

3) Toledo +3.5 L

4) Cowboys +5 L

5) Vanderbilt +20 L

6) East Carolina +16.5 W

Best Bet) Chiefs -3 L


FRANK BETTI (3-4)

1) Ravens -1.5 L

2) Buccaneers -2.5 L

3) Colorado-UMass under 49.5 L

4) Vikings +3.5 W

5) Chargers +3.5 W

6) Jets -5.5 L

Best Bet) Redskins-Texans under 45 W


Friday, Sept. 12

AL McMORDIE (3-4)

1) Saints -6.5 L

2) Jaguars +6 L

3) Packers -8.5 L

4) Bears +7 W

5) Chargers +6 W

6) Rams +6 W

Best Bet) Texas State +10 L


CHUCK McDOWELL (4-3)

1) Panthers -2.5 W

2) Cardinals -2.5 W

3) Redskins -6 W

4) Massachusetts +16 W

5) Western Kentucky +1.5 L

6) Seahawks -6 L

Best Bet) Titans -3.5 L


Friday, Sept. 19

CHUCK EDEL/KEN THOMSON (2-5)

1) 49ers -3 L

2) California-Arizona over 70.5 W

3) Syracuse -1.5 L

4) Navy -6.5 L

5) East Carolina -3 W

6) West Virginia +7.5 L

Best Bet) Jets -3 L


SCOTT PRITCHARD (3-4)

1) Redskins +6 W

2) Colts-Jaguars under 45.5 L

3) Washington State +24 W

4) Bears +3 W

5) Cowboys-Rams under 45 L

6) Florida-Alabama under 51.5 L

Best Bet) Bowling Green-Wisconsin under 64.5 L


Friday, Sept. 26

SAM CAHOE (3-4)

1) Texas-El Paso +28 L

2) Mississippi-Memphis under 59 W

3) Iowa-Purdue over 46.5 L

4) Nevada-San Jose State over 54 L

5) Colorado +14 W

6) Western Kentucky-Navy over 66.5 L

Best Bet) Southern California -9.5 W


RON BOYLES (5-2)

1) Tennessee +17 W

2) Connecticut +6 L

3) Wyoming +28.5 L

4) Rice -9 W

5) Akron +20 W

6) Iowa State +21.5 W

Best Bet) Buccaneers +7.5 W


Friday, Oct. 3

CAESAR ESPINOSA (1-5-1)

1) Air Force +3.5 W

2) Maryland +7.5 L

3) Baylor-Texas over 58 L

4) Rutgers -2 P

5) Purdue-Illinois under 57 L

6) Southern California -12 L

Best Bet) Virginia -5.5 L


BRYAN LEONARD (6-1)

1) Michigan State -7 L

2) Mississippi State -2.5 W

3) Colorado State -17.5 W

4) Chargers -6.5 W

5) Notre Dame +3 W

6) Memphis +3.5 W

Best Bet) Kansas State -14 W


Friday, Oct. 10

ERIN RYNNING (3-4)

1) Texas-Oklahoma under 47 L

2) Texas Christian-Baylor over 65 W

3) Rice-Army under 60.5 L

4) Alabama-Arkansas under 56 W

5) San Diego State-New Mexico under 55 W

6) Panthers-Bengals under 43.5 L

Best Bet) Central Michigan-Northern Illinois over 56.5 L


PAUL STONE (3-4)

1) Wisconsin -26.5 L

2) Texas-Oklahoma under 47 L

3) Georgia State +10 L

4) Alabama-Birmingham -6.5 W

5) Idaho-Georgia Southern over 64.5 W

6) Iowa State -3 W

Best Bet) Texas A&M -2 L


Friday, Oct. 17

SCOTT KELLEN (5-2)

1) Panthers-Packers over 50 W

2) Jaguars +5.5 W

3) Browns-Jaguars over 45 L

4) Seahawks -7 L

5) Dolphins +3 W

6) Ravens -7 W

Best Bet) Chiefs +4 W


KELLY STEWART (4-3)

1) Indiana +16 L

2) North Carolina +1 W

3) Kansas State +7 W

4) Northwestern +6.5 L

5) Colorado +21 L

6) California +7 W

Best Bet) Jaguars +5.5 W


Friday, Oct. 24

CRIS ZENIUK/FRANK PEREZ (3-4)

1) Eastern Michigan +20 W

2) Vikings +3 W

3) Redskins +9.5 W

4) Colts -3 L

5) Mississippi -3.5 L

6) Lions -4 L

Best Bet) Bears +6 L


MARCO D'ANGELO (5-2)

1) Kansas State -10 W

2) Pittsburgh -3.5 L

3) Wisconsin -10.5 W

4) Virginia -7 L

5) Central Florida -7.5 W

6) Utah pick W

Best Bet) Saints -2.5 W

The field of 16 for the FRIDAY FOOTBALL SHOWDOWN

PAUL STONE

The 2013 winner of the Friday Football Showdown. A Texas-based professional handicapper for more than 20 years, Paul specializes in college football and is a member of Sportsmemo.com.

@paulstonesports


SCOTT PRITCHARD

The runner-up in the 2013 Friday Football Showdown. A professional sports bettor for more than 30 years, Scott is a radio host and handicapper on PritchardsPicks.com.

@ScottPritchard4


SCOTT KELLEN

The 2011 winner of the Cantor Football Showdown. Scott runs SixthSenseSports.com from his home in Minnesota. He has earned a reputation as one of the nation’s top NFL handicappers.


BRYAN LEONARD

In his 25th season as a professional handicapper, Brian owns Footballwinners.com and also can be found on Pregame.com. He has participated in several prestigious Las Vegas contests, with runner-up finishes in the 2011 and 2012 Cantor Football Showdown.

@BLeonardSports


RICHIE BACCELLIERI

A former top oddsmaker at Caesars Palace and the Palms, Richie B. is a featured member of “The Linemakers” on SportingNews.com and handicaps at RichieBwins.com. He went 12-2 in last year’s Friday Football Showdown.

@vsm_Baccellieri


RON BOYLES

Ron is recognized as one of the sharpest professional sports bettors in Las Vegas, where he has been beating numbers since the 1980s.


FRANK BETTI

A former finalist in the Cantor Football Showdown, Frank is a longtime professional sports bettor who works with Anthony Curtis at LasVegasAdvisor.com.

@LVA_Tweet


CHUCK EDEL and KEN THOMSON

A team entry from SportsXradio.com and Pregame.com. Chuck is a professional bettor who owns Sports Executives in Las Vegas and runs ChuckEdel.com. Ken is a national host on Yahoo! Sports Radio.

@sportsxradio


CAESAR ESPINOSA

A Las Vegas handicapper on Vegassportsbrokers.com and podcast host on MMAjunkie.com, Caesar won the William Hill College Pick’em contest last year with a 50-20 record.

@sammytsquid


ERIN RYNNING

The winner of the 2006 Leroy’s Money Talks Invitational, Erin is a major NBA and NFL bettor and a handicapper at Sportsmemo.com.

@ersports1


KELLY STEWART

Kelly is the nation’s most recognized female handicapper, making appearances on ESPNU and several radio shows. She has been featured in the Las Vegas Review-Journal and on DonBest.com, and runs her website, kellyinvegas.com.

@kellyinvegas


SAM CAHOE

A professional bettor from Portland, Ore. His primary focus is college football, with college basketball and tournament soccer mixed into the fold. Sam blogs plays and thoughts at underdogsofwar.com.


MARCO D'ANGELO

Entering his 35th season as a professional handicapper, Marco is also an avid race horse owner and breeder. In 2010, he won 25 baseball games in a row, never laying more than -120, as documented by The Sports Monitor. He handicaps at WagerTalk.com.

@MarcoInVegas


CHUCK McDOWELL

A professional bettor from Nashville, Tenn., Chuck specializes in college football. He started in the handicapping industry by opening Music City Sports in 1982. “Chuck Luck” now releases 90 percent of his plays on his comp phone line.

@ChuckLuck


AL McMORDIE

One of the nation’s top technical handicappers, “Big” Al won the Stardust Invitational in 2004. He is a corporate attorney from Hollywood and handicaps on various websites, including BigAl.com.

@bigal_com


CRIS ZENIUK and FRANK PEREZ

Winners of the 2011 $100,000 Wynn Survivor contest and 2011 Palms NFL contest, Cris and Frank are successful high-volume players and specialists in sports betting arbitrage.

@lasvegascris


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