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NFL and College football results, NFL Westgate SuperContest Picks and Westgate top and bottom 5.

We are heading into Week 2 of the NFL with a nice weekend going. On Thursday I sent out a play on Tampa Bay +7-115 and they won the game outright 20-14.

Then on Saturday, I sent out two plays in college football:

Temple +6.5 and Arizona St +15.5

Both won the games outright:) With Temple a 20-17 win and Arizona St a 10-7 win. Three dogs and three outright wins!

That puts us at 5-2 for College football plays and 2-1-1 for NFL Plays. Not a bad start to the football season for betting.

In the Westgate Supercontest I went 2-3 last week. My picks this week in the order I liked them at the time:

Raiders +7

Miami +18.5

Detroit +2.5

Indy +2.5

Cleveland -2.5

It’s too early to take a contrary view on Cleveland. The line jumped to -6.5 after the news that the starting quarterback for the jets is out. These plays are not automatic for me, as usually with a field of 3300 I like to be a bit of a contrarian on these. But the jump was too large and it’s too early in the season to take a view like this. As it turns out at least 1000 entrants did not take Cleveland as a pick.

So far today I have sent out 1 play to subscribers.

The Westgate top 5 picks started out week 1 going 3-2. Historically it has been a money maker fading the top 5 especially early in the season.

The Westgate top 5 this week is:






I am fading none of the top 5 and am with the herd on Cleveland.

The bottom 5 were:



New England



I had a play on Tampa Thursday night , but in the Westgate the line was +6.5 so I did not play it in the contest. Also, I am on the other side of NE.

It’s still not too late to join us as we are in the beginning stages of the NFL and College football. All subscriptions have a 3-day free trial. Just go to the PayPal drop-down menu on this site and choose the monthly option. Hope to see you join us!

Good Luck Today:)


RickJ’s Handicapping Picks


Skype: riccja


MLB Regular season results, NCAA FB record, NFL Westgate NFL super contest picks and contest top 5.

Before starting the NFL, I want to go over regular-season baseball and then move onto the NFL.

We had an interesting season in MLB. My season for betting MLB ends on Aug 31st. September as it turns out is typically a graveyard for MLB bettors. Not that the months before that are a piece of cake:) But September for me anyway, is not worth risking any dollars on.

We ended up the regular season this year +13.7 Units. That was on 465 Plays. Giving us an ROI of 2.946 %. Just to put things in perspective. I would take that happily ever MLB Season. As a friend of mine said, (a big bookie) Rick, nobody beats baseball:)

The season was interesting in that our top to bottom swing was only about 20 units. We were negative 7 units at one point and finished on the high side of the range. This season it was all about August. Until the first of August, we hovered around breakeven. Then finally broke out to the upside.

As I tell my subscribers, MLB is not for everyone. It’s unforgiving if you get out of line. There is no other sport where you have to stay as disciplined as MLB.

This puts us on a nice streak in MLB. 2017/2018 we were +13.43 UNITS

A few years ago I started a special where I would give back a 50% refund for subscribers if I had a losing MLB regular season-ending 8/31st. So far I have not had to refund any money:)

NCAA FB has begun and we are 3-2 for our plays so far this season.

The NFL has a full slate of games today for Week 1. My Westgate NFL Supercontest picks in the order I liked them at the time:

Carolina +2.5

Jacksonville +3.5

Indy +6.5

Bears -3 (Loss)

Arizona +3

Bears never had a chance Thursday night. So I need a 3-1 day today to end up on the positive side for the first week.

The Westgate top 5 picks this week are:






Historically you want to be on the other side of these:) But this week I am with them on Indy and am not fading any of them.

The bottom five picks teams are:


Green Bay



New Orleans

What is interesting about the Westgate top 5 picks is that two of the picks are on dogs, two on even games and only 1 on a big public favorite. Perhaps there will be more sharp action in the contest this season. As usually its big public favorites that end up in the top 5. Although Denver is -2.5 in some spots now, and is getting pounded for Monday night. Oakland is getting no love:)

I have sent out two plays for today to subscribers.

Good Luck Today:)


RickJ’s Handicapping Picks


Skype: riccja

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I have been following you for years and been paying down my mortgage with your plays year after year. There is services out there that are 10x more expensive with nowhere near the data and thought that you put into your plays (not that I want you to raise your price!:)) and most of them are losing bettors (trust me I have been thru them all) I will say that this year too is the first year I have had a book quit me because I beat them so bad, not many services can say that.




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8 years beginning 2007

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Letter From a Long Time Follower

“Rick,I am still amazed how you do it. I have followed you almost from the beginning not only from your posting on your website but also you time at 2+2 forums.

I have noticed a continuous improvement year to year in your methods. But the more remarkable thing to me is your persistence in educating and putting out your picks. Almost every site I am familiar with has gone by the wayside. Yet yours keeps getting stronger and stronger.

I have to ask “Where do you get your focus and energy” to keep this up?

You have taught me a lot over the years and I have gone from a “punter” to a reasonable handicapper. Whereas before I was a typical undisciplined sports bettor I am now very aware of the necessity of a disciplined approach. It has done wonders.

In addition, you’re going from a free site to a subscription based site was long overdue. I appreciate your keeping the membership fee low and not trying to “milk” money out of the sports bettors. I know there are many that would pay substantially more to follow your site.

But that goes hand in hand with your persona that you have established in the sports betting world. You most likely do not know it but your name “RickJ” is very well-respected as one of the leading handicappers in sports betting. In addition, your reputation for integrity is as high.

There are very few real things out there but you are definitely the real thing.

Again thank you for all you have done over the years.”

My Response:

It’s hard for me to respond to that as humble a person as I am:) But it’s emails like this that I get from time to time that help keep me motivated.

I have always said in the past that I approach sports handicapping the way crossword puzzle addicts approach their morning routine. I can not think of anything more challenging than trying to figure out EV on sports games.

As far as the subscription cost I have mentioned before my goal was to defer my expenses that keep rising every year as I get more advanced in my techniques. I look at subscribers as partners in this handicapping endeavor rather than customers. Subscribers help me defer my costs and allow me to justify keeping my expensive hobby going.

Thanks for the mail. It’s nice to know I am appreciated!

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