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Colts seem to be a stable bet; After last year's Superbowl disappointment, Indianapolis will be out to make amends.

IT'S hard to pick just one reason why Christmas is a bad time for gamblers.

There are the obvious ones. The bad weather and postponements. The review of the annual accounts. The sudden increase in traffic on the phone to Ocean Finance.

But once the latest crisis loan has been sorted it's time to look forward once again.

Which is good news really. Having put up some utter turkeys recently it isn't the moment to review the 2010 highlights reel.

But with two of the biggest sporting events coming up in January and February we've picked out two crackers from abroad and from home. First up is a high value 25-1 shot for the Superbowl on Betfair.

The Indianapolis Colts came close to achieving American Football's perfect season last time round and went to the big game only to lose to the New Orleans Saints. Things haven't been as straightforward this time around. Injuries have taken their toll but they will only get better and a bet at these over generous odds can be laid off as they progress through the play-offs.

Murray's magic

Elsewhere it's the first tennis grand slam of the year with the Australian Open and our suggestion is (gulp) Andy Murray.

There appears to be a bit of a Murray backlash in Scotland but we have a feeling this could be his time. We are firmly of the belief that his Grand Slams are a matter of when, not if.

Monogrammed Swiss metronome Roger Federer at least seems to be on the wane and Murray is likely to want it much more than Rafael Nadal.

The best High Street price is Totesport's 13/2.

Kicking off

Sky's early boxing day clash between Fulham and West Ham is a battle of the posh v paupers.

The West End parks v The East End mean streets. Hugh Grant v Ray Winstone. Harrods v the contents of a very downmarket newsagent's top shelf.

At 3/1 with William Hill the Hammers are the ones to back to come out on top in relegation fight.

Teed off

Congratulations to Rob Brydon on winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

Seriously though, what is this event all about? A darts player in second place is a sign that the country has collectively lost the plot.

Graeme McDowell not finishing in the top five, having won a US Open and sunk the clutch putt which won the Ryder Cup was even worse.

And does it do racing any favours to have such a highly organised campaign the produce a pre-ordained winner in Brydon, sorry McCoy?

Isn't this the kind of image they are trying to shed?

The odds for next year are in already and despite the unfair shake given to his sporting compatriot, Rory McIlroy, left, looks huge at 33/1 with Stan James.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 22, 2010
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