, Gloucester, MA

March 23, 2013

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Odds turn on Welker

How much of an impact did the Wes Welker deal to Denver make in the NFL?

A look at one Vegas casino’s lines would prove it out.

The Patriots, with Welker, were a 5-to-1 bet to win the Super Bowl. After the free agent signed in Denver, New England bumped up to 7-to-1. Meanwhile, Denver, with Welker, went from 7-to-1 to 5-to-1 as the AFC favorite.

Adrian knows best

Asked Wednesday by the New England media, what sold him on the Patriots, new veteran safety Adrian Wilson noted:

“ Whenever Coach Belichick calls, you answer. That’s not a call that you send to voicemail. Obviously, being able to be competitive every year and being able to play not only for the playoffs and the division championship, but also to have a chance to go to the Super Bowl. New England was definitely my first choice. I don’t know what all the reports were saying that I wanted to stay out West, but that wasn’t true. It wasn’t a hard sell.”

12-5 curse

It seems like every year a No. 12 seed knocks off a No. 5 seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This year it’s been taken to the next level as three of the four No. 12 seeds have advanced to the round of 32.

Only Virginia Commonwealth won its first round game as a No. 5 seed walking all over No. 12 Akron. It was all 12 seeds in the other three games as Oregon beat Oklahoma St., Ole MIss beat Wisconsin and California beat UNLV.

The ironic thing about those four upsets was the fact that they really weren’t even upsets. There is so much parity in the tournament field now that nobody even bats an eyelash when a No. 12 beats a No. 5 seed.

-Compiled by Times Staff