For the second time this off-season, Mike Holmgren gave a press conference in which he promised that the Browns would take a “good jump” next season in terms of wins and losses. And for the second time this off-season, Vegas has followed up with a swift rebuke.
About three weeks ago, Cantor Gaming — the same outfit that released early regular season lines that have the Browns installed as underdogs in every game they’ll play next season — set the Browns’ 2012 win total at 5.5, the lowest in the league along with the Colts and Jaguars. But over the weekend, the Las Vegas Hilton (LVH) Super Book lowered the bar, setting the Browns at 4.5, just below the Colts and Jags at 5, and the lowest win total for any team in the league.
“Despite the two other books [Cantor and MGM] currently shaping the market, the LVH went their own way with some pretty different numbers,” says Micah Roberts of VegasInsider.com. “They know exactly who they want their first bets taken to be on and they’ll get it.”
So in the third season of Mike Holmgren’s rebuild plan, the leading sports book in Vegas is aggressively wagering on things being worse than they were in the first two years. Everyone should at least be able to agree that it’s weird that Dawg Pound Mike hasn’t called for another protest yet. You can review all the totals from the three major books at the VegasInsider.com post linked above and here, including from MGM (who’s got the Browns with the Vikings at 6 wins, right above the Colts and Jags at 5) and let us know who you got and why in the comments.
In other news, it’s never not fun when a member of Colt McCoy’s family deletes a tweet about the Browns, and big ups to the PD’s Bud Shaw for getting a good idea for a column on the Jim Brown/Holmgren rift.
Finally, another thing we should all be able to agree on is that Kevin Durant is now Kevin Dur-choke after last night’s fourth quarter. Totally despicable, though not as bad as some other people, since Durant re-signed with the Thunder after they managed to surround him with three other top-5 draft picks/All-Star types. Have to appreciate one who knows his place. Still, what a choker.
ALRIGHT, should be another fun week here as always. Hope everyone’s is off to a decent start.