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The Bettor's Edge

Starting season on positive note

By Ed Ryan
Globe Staff / September 8, 2011

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It’s rare when you can write about gambling and not include any bad news. This is one of those times.

At the beginning of any season, everything looks good. Your confidence is high, your balance is zero, and you haven’t had a chance to be rushed into taking a game you really didn’t want to take.

So with a clean slate and tonight’s terrific matchup to begin the season, the bonus for this space is we can not only look forward and feel good about what’s to come, but we can look back on last year and feel even better.

I finished the 2010 season on a roll, collecting $300 on my final straight bet of the year - laying 2 1/2 points in the Super Bowl on Green Bay over Pittsburgh. That wager brought my winnings to $822 and my final record to 43-31-1. More gratifying was the run it took to get to that point. Entering games on Nov. 21, The Bettor’s Edge was floundering at minus-$373. A closing hot streak of 25-13 in the last 10 weeks, though, provided a much-needed swing of $1,195 and a bridge to respectability.

The news gets better. I took five props in the Super Bowl - all for $50. Four were cancelled out - two winners and two losers. But the fifth was a huge hit: Green Bay receiver Jordy Nelson to score the game’s first touchdown. At 14-1, that brought in $700 and pushed my season winnings to $1,522.

Tonight’s game - Green Bay hosting New Orleans - pits two outstanding teams. This is not an official pick, but my advice is to take the 4 points that New Orleans is getting. The Saints are for real and can withstand an emotional night in Lambeau Field.

Official picks will start tomorrow. Same rules as previous years: I’ll select 3-5 games per week against the spread, and the money I risk will generally range between $50 and $300 per play. We’ll track my record and see where I land. If it’s a good year, I’ll be in Las Vegas for the Super Bowl. If not, there are plenty of televisions in Cleveland Circle.

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