- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Most teams haven’t had their mini camps. Training camp is still six-plus week away. No first-round draft choice has been signed. The Washington Redskins’ season opener isn’t for three months and five days.

Don’t tell that to the Las Vegas Hilton sports book, where if there was a world competition for twiddling one’s thumbs, they would have odds on it.

Oddsmakers at the Hilton have posted betting lines on 80 NFL regular season games — four games plus the Monday night game for all 17 weeks. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the book has also posted point spreads and over/unders for each Week 1 game.

What a country.

Indianapolis is a 6-point favorite over New Orleans in the season’s first game and the over-under is 50 points.

I searched the Hilton’s home page and Google for a few minutes and couldn’t find an official posting of the games. I was hoping to see what the spread was for Miami-Redskins in Week 1 and Redskins-Philadelphia in Week 2. I’ll guess the Redskins will be installed as a five-point favorite against the Dolphins and a seven-point underdog to the Eagles.

* It was a landmark day for the “Redskins 360.” I received my first e-mail comment from Africa. Neil was writing from Botswana — located above South Africa and also connected to Zimbabwe. He asked about Todd Collins making the team as the third quarterback (I think he will with Jordan Palmer ticketed for the practice squad), he doesn’t like the offensive line depth aside from Mike Pucillo (the depth isn’t ideal but Tucker, Fabini, etc. are better than last year) and what the prospects are for Byron Westbrook (if he makes a good impression, he’s a practice squad candidate).

* I thought Clinton Portis handled himself pretty well talking to us media folk earlier today at Redskin Park. He got his dog fighting thing out of the way and now it’s a dead issue. Of bigger concern for the Redskins should be Portis’ knee. He isn’t expected to go full speed at mini camp. Although he’s only 25 years old, he has a ton of mileage and running backs don’t gradually decay, they fall off the face of the earth. Even more reason why re-signing Ladell Betts was a smart move.

* On a horse racing note, people wonder why the sport doesn’t catch on with the sporting public. This week showed another reason why. Just as average fans were getting to know Street Sense and Hard Spun, it was announced their breeding interests have been sold and they will not race beyond this year. If a sport’s stars race for only one year, that sport loses any chance of attracting new customers.

* Finally, a big-time recommendation for “Knocked Up.” As I wrote in an e-mail to columnist Dan Daly, it’s refreshing to see people use the ‘f’ word more than us. Very funny. Very good story. Very good supporting actors.

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