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Bob Owens Handicaps the College Bowls

18 December 2001
There are really no qualifications -- no masters degree from Yale, for instance -- needed to publicly make sports selections against the spread. A certain amount of hard crust, I suppose, is an essential, as well as a plump ego. And, oh yeah, some knowledge of the game and how it's played does help. With a ... (read more)
 

Casinos in Mexico? The Formal vs. The Actual

1 November 2001
During fairs in Mexico, some gambling operators request permits to stage gambling events that are officially illegal. By the time the permit is denied, the fair is over. Meanwhile, the operator can display a paper proving that he has applied for a permit. This dichotomy between the formal and the actual often presents problems to the literal and legalistic mind of the Anglo businessman. ... (read more)
 

Casinos in Mexico? The Endless Question

30 October 2001
It's a topic of perpetual fascination to those in the American and Canadian gaming industry, and one that causes considerable head scratching. In the past dozen years, especially in the last few, the matter has sporadically roiled the body politic in Mexico itself. Earlier this year the new president of the ... (read more)
 

Bob Owens' Advice to the XFL: Go for the Gamblers

20 February 2001
I'll confess up front that I'd rather watch -- and wager on -- a mediocre football game than the NBA. In fact, I don't even watch pro basketball until the playoffs. Like many diehard football fans I sink into a post-season depression come February. So, I welcomed the brash advent of the XFL. I wasn't ... (read more)
 

SUPER BOWL XXXV -- And the Winner Is . . .

22 January 2001
Roman numeral time again. Giants vs Ravens, and these are not the two teams the ratings-worshipping NFL executives would have preferred: a pair of clubs with no-name quarterbacks, low-scoring outfits defined by their defenses. Surely the NFL nabobs would rather have in their showcase event the zippy Minnesota Vikings, who also have a nice quarterback storyline. ... (read more)

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Bob Owens
Bob Owens has been a freelance writer for 20 years, authoring numerous articles on sports and betting. In the late 1980s, he was an advisor on betting and promotions for the Caliente bookmakers in Mexico. He's based in San Diego.
Bob Owens
Bob Owens has been a freelance writer for 20 years, authoring numerous articles on sports and betting. In the late 1980s, he was an advisor on betting and promotions for the Caliente bookmakers in Mexico. He's based in San Diego.