NFL has too many inconsistent teams, is a conspiracy brewing with gambling/odds?

United States
December 26, 2006 12:15pm CST
Is it really true teams that were doing soo well early in the season are doing soo horribly now and teams that we didn't even think of being close to being in the playoffs actually have a shot. It is impossible to bet on any teams in the NFL this year. It makes me wonder if something under the surface is brewing with the gambling world and sports. Why is the NFL afraid of allowing a team into Las Vegas. Why isn't there aleady a team in Los Angeles? Is Los Angeles too close to Las Vegas? Would any of these scenarios blow the cover some kind of conspiracy already going on in the NFL? How badly would such a conspiracy ruin the reputation of sports in general? We all know "dirty" things happen all the time with college sports and gambling, but to what extent does it exist in professional sports?
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• United States
27 Dec 06
That is the beauty of professional football. On any day any team can win and any team can lose. It is this fact that makes the game enjoyable. Nobody likes to watch a blowout week after week. There is no conspiracy it is just sport.
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• United States
27 Dec 06
Simple statement that sums it all up--well done!
• United States
27 Dec 06
There are a lot of rookie and backup QBs running teams right now. Also, there have been a number of teams with injuries to key players. Broken bones and blown knees to QBs and running backs can really put a damper on a teams game plan. Vegas has professional sports teams. I don't think they are big enough to draw an NFL team though. It is a tourist town, which would make selling 10s of thousands of season tickets tough. As for Los Angeles, they have had NFL teams in the past. They are trying again to get a team and they might end up with one in the next few years. As for a conspiracy for the gambling community, the bookies want to see games go exactly like the spread. The spread is based on the bets. If a game ends up way out of wack compared to the spread, the bookies can end up paying out way more than expected. I must tell you though... I'm so glad to see an NFL related post/discussion. Thanks!
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@all_n_one (2005)
• United States
26 Dec 06
It is still the same the NFC has always been very close at the end when the playoffs were coming up. The AFC has always had the top teams like they do now. Gambling has to do with how some games are setup though and how college bowl games are setup but there are also allot of other money making factors aswell.
@srhelmer (6930)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
26 Dec 06
The AFC has less competition. There's usually 4-5 elite teams there who dominate their conference. The NFC teams are more closely matched. And, by the time the Super Bowl comes around, are usually so depleted by injuries they can't compete with the AFC.
• United States
26 Dec 06
I totally disagree with this comment particularly this year. The Bears WHEN Grossman is playing well are a solid team in the NFC and Sean Peyton has the Saints playing pretty good football, especially on the offensive side of the ball. You have to credit Drew Brees and rookies Colston and Bush, but the NFC is SIGNIFICANTLY weaker than the AFC this year which boasts the Pats, Colts, Chargers, and the Ravens. I think the parody in the NFL has a lot to do with the expansion to 32 teams and there's various other reasons, but there's no doubt that there's a lot of medicore teams in the middle. I mean should the NY Jets be a playoff team? How do the Giants still control their own destiny? I mean c'mon.
• United States
27 Dec 06
SAINTS ALL THE WAY, BUD!!!!!!GO NEW ORLEANS!!!!!!!!!!
@lulylove (1561)
• Brazil
27 Dec 06
I think that it is not a theory... I believe that many teams do not have to play in professional level therefore are not capable there to be good.
@katprice (807)
• United States
27 Dec 06
Gambling is just that. You're taking a gamble every time you place a bet. That's how it works. I know what you mean about teams that were doing well in the early part of the season are now playing horribly. I thought it was funny the other night when one of the commentators said that the Colts were leaking oil. A good bet is always the San Diego Chargers. 13 - 2 GO BOLTS!
• India
27 Dec 06
MAY BE IT IS NOT TRUE FULLY
@bimmer999 (1160)
• Philippines
27 Dec 06
hmm could be.. money is everything it seems..
• United States
27 Dec 06
the nfl is cool and i love it GO TITANS
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
27 Dec 06
It certainly seems to be true for some of the teams anyways, like the Giants and the Cowboys. They were doing well early in the season and are now falling apart as well as the Falcons. I would not bet on any team right now with the way things are going but if I had to bet on a team, it would be my Philadelphia Eagles as they have gotten hot at the right time and nobody is giving them credit or giving them a chance. I like the underdog role. I think they are talking about having a team in Vegas in the near future, either by expansion or moving another franchise to that city.
• United States
27 Dec 06
I haver had that thought too. I am not sure if it is a reason for concern. I am a Pittsburgh Steelere fan and there might not be a better example, last years Superbowl Champs, same basic team(minus Jerome Bettis), really sloppy play. The salary cap in pro-football makes it even somewhat week to week. But I see teams that have a clear advantage losing quite often and it does concern me. Organized crime has long tried to infiltrate the professional sports business, and has succeeded in a few instances. It is quite possible that with the amount of money floating around in the world that this would be possible. I highly doubt it but can't rule it out.
@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
27 Dec 06
I don't think its a conspiracy. I do notice the inconsistency in the NFL compared to college teams. I enjoy NCAA footbnall much more, NFL is all premadonnas and finesse. Too many upsets and inconsistent teams that change week to week. The playoff teams will have abysmal records this year.
@rackback (121)
• United States
27 Dec 06
No conspiracies. however the human interest stories for the Superbowl have been there. Last year Superbowl was in Detroit, home of Jerome Bettis, who was retiring. Good story. This year it's the Saints. A city ravaged by a hurricane and having to play everywhere else suddenly comes back the next season and wins it all. That would be a hell of a movie. If the Saints win, I might start entertaining the idea of conspiracies.
• United States
27 Dec 06
You are kidding, right? -- No, seriously, you are entitled to your opinion, but because there are inconsistent wins and losses, this should be an indication that there is NO conspiracy. If there was a conspiracy, the same team(s) would be winning year after year after year. Let's look at my team, the Buffalo Bills ( I can hear all of you laughing already)...I have been a loyal fan since I was old enough to make that decision and a fan since the age of 5. I have even met Don Bebe and Jim Kelley several years ago...and yes I stuck through the times they went to the Super Bowl four times and lost all four times... Did I think it was a conspiracy that they went four times and lost, no. In football it comes down to the team--is there team work or are there renegade individuals that think they are the team?!... The NFL is a different kind of league and they have gotten better over the years. It's not perfect, but there is no conspiracy when it comes to gambling and odds.
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
26 Dec 06
well don't bet on the raiders, because they always start off doing good, and end up doing bad, the niners were def. an underdog team this yr. they were close to making playoffs, but this loss this week hurt their chances. l.a. had the raiders and rams b 4 but maybe that venue didn't help financially idk.
@Melizzy (1381)
• United States
26 Dec 06
I am a conspiracy theorist, but I don't think there is a conspiracy in the NFL. LA has been lobbying for a team for a decade now. I just moved back from LA and that discussion comes up at least once a week on sports talk shows. As for Las Vegas, have you ever been to Vegas in August/September and October? It's still very, very hot. Nobody wants to sit in that heat and while they could enclose it, it's not a likely scenario. Professional sports are just as corrupt as college sports. More so maybe because there is a lot more money involved.
@classy56 (2883)
• United States
26 Dec 06
i watch the nfl ,i dont know much about he gambing, i never wonder why los angeles didnt have a team.you gave me something to think about..thank. go colts one of good team went bad
@srhelmer (6930)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
26 Dec 06
I don't think it's a conspiracy theory. When the NFL went to 32 teams a few years ago, that meant you had at least 104 more players making NFL rosters that wouldn't have been on them prior to that. I think many teams are now fielding players that probably shouldn't be playing at the professional level and that, in turn, is making it tougher for them to build a dominant team. It's the same reason the NFL won't expand to add more teams. As for the Los Angeles controversy, they, at one point, had two teams and neither of those did well. The reason, I think, is there's just too many other things to do in that area and nobody cares about the NFL there.