Five reasons the sharps are smart

When I do the NFL line moves columns on Friday (here's the one from last week), I inevitably get an insight into games that I wouldn't have been thinking about otherwise. Sometimes it's an old betting axiom -- like wise guys fading West Coast teams traveling east for 1 p.m. starts -- and other times, it's just hearing sharps talk about these teams. Even though I write about gambling every day, my default thought process is who will win and who will lose, not necessarily who will cover and why. That's why I call handicappers -- and tell you what they tell me. As I've often said, think of it as a bet-for-a-life philosophy rather than a bet-for-the-day philosophy.