Great disappointment over Chiefs win at Everett Super Sunday party

Watching the game in Everett on Sunday. (Photo by CHRISTIE MACDONALD)

By Christie MacDonald
Special to the Leader Herald

My Everett home consisted of majority Philadelphia Eagles fans. Real fans, not the bandwagoners.

My apartment on Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday, was a small green oasis in the middle of Everett.

Let’s face it, Sunday was a rough day if you bet on the Eagles.

My friends all bet on the Eagles.

The mood was pensive and full.

The Eagles ended a beautiful season with a 3 point Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs in Glendale, Arizona.

It was clear that most of New England wanted Patrick Mahomes to lose. This was proven by the utter lack of Eagles paraphernalia to be found on the shelves at party shops throughout the city.

On my dinner table sat a Super Bowl LVII table cloth with matching plates because that’s all that was left at the store. On top of that sat an array of food including; five different kinds of wings, taco dip, chicken broccoli Alfredo, Jalapeño poppers, garlic knots, brownies and cupcakes. I included some vegan options as a sign of the times.

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Smart money betting against Mahomes

By Josh Resnek

I consider myself about the sports betting handicapper in the area.

When it comes to making sports bets, I’m like a guy going down a road who needs to turn left but instead turns right.

That doesn’t mean I can’t have my own opinion about big games like the Super Bowl coming up.

I’m told by many who claim to know that the smart money has bet on the Eagles to beat the Chiefs.

The Eagles defense is better than the Chiefs.

Mahomes will be hit again and again by the Chiefs powerful front line pass rush at a time when he’s without any wide receivers due to injuries.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts will be too much for the Chiefs defense, according to the experts.

Here’s how CBS/NFL sees the contest.

Kickoff from State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. is set for 6:30 p.m. ET. Philadelphia is a 1.5-point favorite in the latest Eagles vs. Chiefs odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/ under for total points scored is 50. Before locking in any Chiefs vs. Eagles picks, make sure you see the latest NFL predictions from SportsLine’s proven projection model.

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All eyes on Encore as Super Bowl hysteria rules the nation

By Josh Resnek

Legalized, organized, major league sports betting began in earnest in Massachusetts last week.

Encore’s betting kiosk and locations inside the casino experienced lines of bettors waiting for their chance to wager on the Super Bowl and other sporting events locally and nationally.

There are only, at this time, guestimates of the kind of numbers being generated by Encore at the Everett location.

First indications judging by crowd size and media buzz touting the sports gaming era that dawned last week, are that the numbers are strong and growing stronger every day.

Neither Encore nor Wynn will report early results.

However the flow of new money coming into the coffers is like that of a tidal wave, according to sports betting experts who follow the industry.

Legal sportsbooks are projected to take in over $1.1 billion in bets when the Philadelphia Eagles play the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII, a 16% increase from last year’s total. That would make it the most bet-upon sporting event in US history,” writes Bloomberg News business writer Brad Stone.

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Sports betting began Tuesday in Massachusetts; Encore leads way

Encore Casino

Special to Leader Herald

Five months after legalization, the first three brick-and-mortar sportsbooks in Massachusetts opened Tuesday. Sportsbooks at Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield, and Plainridge Park took their first bets at 10 a.m., and each location featured a Boston sports celebrity as part of its opening day ceremony.

Massachusetts lawmakers approved legal sports betting on Aug. 1, 2022, and 10 days later, outgoing Governor Charlie Baker made it law. Tuesday marked the start of multiple launches in the state, as live digital wagering is set for early March and two more physical sportsbooks, one each at the Raynham Park and Suffolk Downs horse-racing facilities, are expected later in 2023.

The new law allows for five retail locations and up to 15 digital platforms. Every major operator will be in the state, including Boston-based DraftKings and rival FanDuel, both of which have initial approval for standalone digital betting licenses.

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Shayna Foppiano delivers a left uppercut.(Photo by Emily Harney)

By Lorenzo Recupero
Leader Herald Sports Editor

The legend of Everett boxer Shayna Foppiano continues to grow.

Her latest feat — to remain undefeated and improve to 6-0-1 professionally — a third round TKO victory.

At the sold out Castleton in Windham, New Hampshire Friday night Foppiano, who co-headlined the main event hosted by Boston Boxing Promotions, showcased how turning boxing into life has turned into punishment for her opponents.

It was Bourne, Massachusetts’ Sarah Click that got the unpleasant privilege of being the next one up, and subsequently put down, at the hands of Foppiano.

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