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  • Online Sports Books Offer The Best Access for Fans

    Steelers Gab readers are passionate about sports, and placing a wager or two on their favorite team, whether it’s the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penguins or Pitt Panthers, often brings added excitement and investment to their fandom. Gone are the days of dealing with shady local bookies, making a special trip to Las Vegas, or fumbling through the laborious process of telephone wagering. Online sports betting has grown leaps and bounds over the last 20 years, and offers many advantages for the recreational bettor.

    Let’s take a look at these, and see where they apply to the teams, particularly with the NFL regular season a couple of weeks away.

    Easy, Safe, and Rewards

    First, let’s dispel the myth that online sports books are not safe and difficult to operate. People are cautious to transact money across the internet to unknown third parties, and rightfully so. There are a few scam books out there, and there always will be, but the majority are reputable operations owned by well-known companies. Resources like sportsbookreview.com offer rating guides and up-to-date news concerning the industry, and will help guide you to the most secure and trustworthy online options.

    Online books are incredibly easy to operate too. It takes minutes to open an account and all offer multiple deposit and collection avenues to transact money. You can place wagers at any time, the sites are easy to read and navigate, and most have mobile interfaces compatible with smartphone technology.

    Most appealing, especially for the football fan gearing up for the upcoming season, are the bonuses online sports books offer. The norm is a 20% cash bonus up to a certain limit on one’s deposit, or a 50% free play. Shop around, and better deals can be found, like matching dollar-for-dollar up to a $500 deposit.

    Opportunities & Odds

    Online sports books offer the best wagering opportunities, bar none. In addition to traditional point spread or totals listings, these sites will offer a multitude of futures wagers and proposition bets. The latter is really taking off with the rise of daily fantasy sports. If you think Browns RB Isaiah Crowell will have a big day on the ground in any given game, there will assuredly be over-under market on third-year pro’s rushing yards, attempts, scores, and more.

    Let’s be real, oddsmakers aren’t expecting the Browns to do much this season, and you’d likely be burning your money if betting on them at +20000 odds to win Super Bowl 51. But there are some attractive features offers out there to date. QB Robert Griffin III is tied for the 11th choice at 5Dimes to win AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year at +2500 odds. Cornerback Joe Haden, capable of putting up some special numbers,  is +10000 odds to win AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year. For the pessimist out there, Hue Jackson is way down the list of first coach to be fired at a price of +3300.

    Ultimately, finding value and betting good odds will help keep you in the sports betting game long-term, and online outlets offer the best at both. Better prices equal better returns when you win, and making money is added incentive to the thrill of betting. Opening accounts at multiple online sports books will give you the best opportunities to uncover the best number, but almost every line you find online will be better than Vegas or local bookies.

     
  • Steelers OL Marcus Gilbert Gives Team Cap Space with Restructured Deal

    Marcus Gilbert

    The Steelers today got some cap space, as offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert restructured his deal with the franchise.

    Gilbert generous deed reportedly gives the team a solid $2,392,500 worth of new money on their cap. Money that could be used to try and extend other players on the roster.

    The team just gave linebacker Vince Williams a three-year extension, but there’s plenty of moves that could be on the horizon for the team, like looking to get OL David DeCastro a new deal.

    Of course there’s always the drama around the deals of two key offensive players, that being running back Le’Veon Bell and wide out Antonio Brown. Bell, who will miss the first three games due to suspension, is in the final year of his deal, and Brown is in the 4th year of a five-year deal inked before the 2013 season.

     
  • Don’t Count on Keenan Lewis Coming and Helping the Steelers in 2016

    Keenan Lewis

    There was some excitement two days ago about the meeting with the Steelers and former cornerback Keenan Lewis, a player who left the team in free agency a few years back to ink with the New Orleans Saints.

    Lewis was released, and he did have a chat with the black and gold about a return to the teams’ secondary, but it looks like that’s not going to happen.

    Lewis’ hip very well may be his ticket of the league, as had surgery on it back in January, was on the PUP list for the Saints, and only was able to take the field once after coming off the PUP list.

    For now, it doesn’t sound or look like he’s going to be back with the team, and they will continue to upgrade the position, but also stay put with what they have on the roster.

     
  • Steelers to Meet with Former CB Keenan Lewis About a Return to Pittsburgh

    Keenan Lewis

    The Steelers may be getting another one of their former players back, as reports say the team is going to be chatting with former Saints CB Keenan Lewis tonight about a return to the Steel City.

    Lewis was released by the Saints after an injury filled season in 2015. In an interesting interview, Lewis said this week he saw the move coming, and also that he didn’t see eye to eye with DC Dennis Allen.

    The 30-year-old Lewis enters his 8th season, he was drafted by the Steelers out of Oregon State back in 2009 – he was the teams’ 3rd round pick that season.

    Last season Lewis started training camp on the PUP list, and although the team activated him , he practiced just one day and had been sidelined ever since

    Lewis was placed on IR last season and in January underwent hip surgery. He started the season on the PUP list, and despite being activated from the list on August 3rd, he has only practiced once this summer.

    He has interest from a reported six teams, but would be a nice fit to the Steelers backfield if healthy. Let’s see if the Steelers can convince Lewis a return to the Steelers, and who is the odd man out if he does come back.

     
  • Bell Owns Up to Mistakes That Will Cost Him First Three Games of 2016

    Le'Veon Bell

    Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell seems to be ready to take the punishment from the NFL and ready to sit out the first three games of the black and gold season.

    Bell spoke about the situation on Saturday, a day after it was announced the suspension was being reduced from four games to three.

    “I already apologized to my teammates, my coaches and Steeler Nation,” Bell said to the AP.

    “I’m sincerely sorry about everything I put everybody through. It’s been frustrating, and I own up to everything. It’s all my fault, and I can’t blame nobody else for that.”

    The running back had to sit out the first two games of 2015, and now missing the first three of 2016 it will again be a chance for DeAngelo Williams to step up again.

    For Bell, it will be interesting to see how him missing the first three games will effect his free agency for 2017, and if it will hurt his potential earnings.

    “I’m glad they shaved a little bit of time off,” Bell said. “The sooner I can get on the field, the better.”

    He’ll have plenty to prove once he gets to the roster that week, and plenty of time to redeem himself to the fans and organization for his mistakes.

     
 
 
 
 

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