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Canada Day Sports Traditions to Bet On
Between the spilled beer, sunburns and great BBQ, Canada Day also has some sporting traditions that can be wagered on. July 1, 1867, is when it gained its independence from the U.K. and became its own country and many use this date to celebrate the nation, while others are glued to the TV for their favorite Canada Day event. To make those more exciting, I’ve taken a look at some betting odds to make it a little more fun.
Toronto Blue J’ehs
Despite what has been one of the poorest Toronto Blue Jays teams assembled in recent memory, the Rogers Centre will still be packed to capacity and fans across all of Canada will watch the Jays in their series finale with the Kansas City Royals. Rough schedule making, in my opinion – a couple of basement-dwelling teams with subpar pitchers toeing the hill. Fans in the stands can cheer for home runs and those watching at home can too.
The total has opened at 10.5 (-105) for today’s game, which I’ve done a preview on, and that could be a profitable play. It is an exciting wager too because it makes you celebrate those long balls even more. The starting pitcher for Toronto is Clayton Richard and he’s sporting a 6.89 ERA and has given up eight home runs in seven starts! On the other side, Glenn Sparkman has a 4.07 ERA and he has surrendered 10 homers in 15 appearances.
Canadian Football League
So, the NFL’s preseason is a few weeks away and the AAF lasted just eight weeks, but football betting isn’t dead right now. The CFL is playing the final game of its Week 3 schedule with the Toronto Argonauts visiting the Saskatchewan Roughriders. An 0 has to go as the Roughriders have opened the season 0-2 and the Argos are 0-1, but Saskatchewan is a 10-point favorite (-110).
Toronto was wallpapered in its season debut last week against Hamilton. The Argos barely put up a fight in front of their home crowd, falling 64-14. On the flip side, Saskatchewan has dropped both of its games by less than a touchdown, with both defeats coming on the road. The Roughriders have had to deal with the injury bug early with starting quarterback Zach Collaros getting injured in Week 1 vs Hamilton, but Cody Fajardo has stepped up nicely and I think Saskatchewan gets in the win column in a big way today.
Free Agency? Yes, You Can Bet On It!
Then there is the more obscure betting than your regular sporting events such as the Blue Jays or the CFL game, and that’s NBA and NHL free agency. Diehard hockey and basketball fans often hope for an exciting Canada Day in which their favorite franchise shakes things up a bit and lands a big free agent which can turn the fortunes of the team around.
For Toronto Raptors fans, the hottest topic is where will Kawhi Leonard play next year and our very own Gilles Gallant broke down the odds on where he may land – it’s an exciting read if you’re from the Six. On the hockey front, there’s a handful of big free agents set to test the pool and I took a look at some prop betting odds you might want to take advantage of if you think you’ve got some inside knowledge on where players like Sergei Bobrovsky or Matt Duchene are going.
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