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Toronto Mayor Ford Week 14 NFL Picks

His critics say he isn’t much of a civic leader, but maybe Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will have a future as an NFL handicapper when he is inevitably dumped from city council.

The controversial politician, who has admitted to smoking crack and been accused of crass and lewd behaviour, gave his opinion on Week 14 NFL games to a Washington radio station.

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Rob Ford Odds: Will TO mayor quit?

Toronto's embattled Mayor Rob Ford has pledged to remain in office in the wake of a drug scandal, but one sportsbook isn't so sure that he won't change his mind. What will the mayor, who admitted to smoking crack cocaine after denying it for many months, do before Dec. 31? Online sportsbook Bovada made it a 9/4 payout (a little better than 2/1 odds) that he will resign.

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Emmy Odds: Breaking Bad leads list

Breaking Bad leads the way on the Emmy odds at the sportsbooks with the 65th annual ceremony taking place on Sunday night this week.

Breaking Bad is the 2/5 favorite on the Emmy betting lines at Bovada to win Best Drama Series on Sunday, putting it ahead of last year's winner, Homeland (7/2). Netflix's House of Cards is next at 6/1 on those odds, with Game of Thrones at 15/2, Downton Abbey at 20/1, and Mad Men at 40/1.

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Twitter IPO odds: NYSE vs NASDAQ

Twitter's planned IPO (initial public offering) has created tons of buzz and, not surprisingly, plenty of Twitter action.

But which exchange will the mega-microblogging site get listed on? Will Twitter go public before or after December 1?

As always, when the public is wondering, sportsbooks are offering odds on it. Today, online sportsbook Bovada offered numerous props on the pending Twitter IPO.

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Pageant Betting: Miss America Odds

Miss Kansas might be getting all the ink, but it's Miss Oklahoma who sits as the favorite at the sportsbooks to win the Miss America pageant at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday night.

Miss Oklahoma is the 13/2 favorite at Bovada to claim the crown this weekend, with Miss Florida, Miss Georgia, and Miss Mississippi all at 12/1 odds, and Miss Kansas joining Miss Minnesota, Miss New Hampshire, and Miss South Carolina at 15/1 odds.

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Betting the ESPYs

Johnny Manziel, the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy, appears to be a lock to win the ESPY for Best Male College Athlete over a field of relative unknowns. However, the most value in betting the ESPYs might be found in the Best MLB Player category. 
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American Idol Betting Odds Preview

Candice Glover is favored over Kree Harrison at the sportsbooks to pay out on the American Idol betting odds this month as Season 12 of the singing competition comes to a close.

 

Glover is the 5/9 favorite at Bovada over the 7/5 Harrison with the finals of the show on tap for this week. A female hasn't won American Idol since Jordin Sparks back in Season 6.

 

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Academy Awards: 2013 Oscar Odds

Lincoln has received the most Academy Awards nominations this year, but it's no longer the favorite on the Oscar odds at the sportsbooks to win the Best Picture category at the 85th edition of the ceremony on Sunday, February 24.

Lincoln scored 12 nominations and sits at 5/1 on the odds to win Best Picture at Bovada - putting it now behind Argo (1/7) but ahead of Silver Linings Playbook (25/1), Les Miserables (50/1), Life of Pi (50/1), Django Unchained (50/1), Zero Dark Thirty (66/1), Amour (100/1), and Beasts of the Southern Wild (100/1).

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Sportsbooks offer new Pope odds

The Pope has quit his post for the first time since the 1400s, leaving online sportsbooks to scramble to get odds up on the next man to be elected as the leader of the Catholic church.

And at Bovada the opening favorite on the odds to be the next Pope is Marc Ouellet, who sits at 7/2 on that list. Ouellet is the head of the Congregation of Bishops, and formerly held the post of Archbishop of Quebec.

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2013 Grammy Odds Hit Sportsbooks

Kelly Clarkson vs. Taylor Swift is just one of the battles on tap for this weekend as the sportsbooks offer up their odds to win the Grammys, with the annual music awards show getting underway at 9:00pm ET on CBS on Sunday night.

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