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Mitch Moss: Was The Alvarez-GGG Fight A Draw?

Canelo Alvarez, right, and Gennady Golovkin celebrate following a middleweight title fight Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Las Vegas. The fight was called a draw.
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Canelo Alvarez, right, and Gennady Golovkin celebrate following a middleweight title fight Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Las Vegas. The fight was called a draw.

It says something when the best performance in Nevada college football this past weekend came from UNLV.

They had the weekend off.

The Wolfpack of UNR lost to Idaho State in a nail-biter.

UNR still hasn't won this season.

Meanwhile, UNLV plays Ohio State this weekend.

How much of a bloodbath will it be?

And the Alvarez-Golovkin fight may not have had the same attention as Mayweather-McGregor, but it had its own share of controversy.

As usual, Mitch Moss has some thoughts about it all.


What did you think of the scoring for the Canelo-Golovkin fight?

I've gone back and forth on this fight. I scored it 8 to 4 in favor of GGG [Golovkin]. I could see 7-5 -- you could talk me into a draw. I would want to go back and watch it again with someone who thought it was a draw. I could -- maybe -- if I watched again see Canelo winning.

But there is absolutely zero chance on earth that you could watch that fight and score 118 to 110 in favor of Canelo Alvarez. That means he won 10 rounds to 2. Impossible.

But I could buy into people thinking it was a lot closer than what a lot of people thought. I had it 8 – 4. I think a lot of people had it 9 – 3 in favor of GGG. All in all, it was a terrific fight, in my opinion, that got marred because of one really bad scorecard.

Does the judging of this fight hurt boxing?

I think it has always been a black eye on the sport. When you have somebody like a Teddy Atlas, who was on ESPN and on SportsCenter and he's supposed to be a spokesperson for the sport -- he's been involved with it for forever -- he absolutely lambasted it and said that it's crooked. That's terrible for the sport.

Are sportsbooks unhappy that they had to refund so much money, or are they thinking the rematch will be better?

They're not upset. I don't think they agreed with the scoring. I think they had GGG win it, but when you pay out 15 or 20 to 1, or maybe even higher than that on a draw, you might get dinged a little bit. But […] once they get their rematch -- even though you had the 118-110 -- I think it was such a good fight. I think people would buy it again and I think people would bet it again.

UNR are 28 point underdogs against the Washington State Cougars, but do they have a shot against the Bulldogs of Fresno State?

I think they have a shot at Fresno State to win it outright. I think they have a shot to cover against Washington State, plus the 28 points and the reason why is Mike Leach's crew up there with WSU: I think they're going to overlook Nevada for this game. A couple of reasons why: they're going to look at the Nevada game film and see how easily they struggled against Idaho State. So, in their heads, they're probably going to think -- okay we can go out there with our C+ game and win this game.

UNLV is a 40 point underdog against Ohio State -- are they going to cover?

I have no opinion on it. They could be trailing by 40 points at halftime but… what I would anticipate here is Urban Meyer probably calling off the dogs at some point. But you just don't know when that's going to be. Are they going to be up 63 to nothing when that happens? Or are they going to be up 45 to 10 when that happens, or 45 to 3 when that happens? Then maybe allow UNLV to score one link.

With big spreads like that, I never like betting them, because you don't know what the mentality is going to be like with the opposing coach. I guess they could cover, but I would not bet on it.

The Raiders looked good in their first wins against the Titans and the Jets. They play Washington next. Is that going to be a tougher test?

I think Tennessee was a tough test for them, even though they controlled it from the get-go. The Jets were obviously an easy opponent for them. This is a tough spot because they have to go all the way across the country and play again. It is their second cross-country trip in three weeks.

The Raiders have been so good in this spot over the past couple of years -- it is not easy for West Coast teams to go all the way across the country and play on the East Coast and then to cover the spread or outright win -- but they have been magnificent at both.

I think the Raiders are really good. I think they are absolutely one of the two or three maybe four top teams in the NFL. I don't think Washington is very good. I think it's going to be a shootout. I've been really impressed with Oakland's defense so far.

Spend Mitch's Money

NFL Regular Season Week 2

Colts  (+1.5) vs. Browns -- $50

I'll take the Colts getting points at home because I don't think the Browns should be favored over any team on the road in the NFL. The last time they were favored on the road was 2014. They were 4.5 point favorites at Jacksonville and they got blown out.

Cardinals (+3.5) vs. Cowboys -- $50

I'll take Arizona at home, catching three points Monday night against Dallas. It's the Cardinals' first home game. I think they're going to be jacked up and their defense is really good. I'll take the field goal at home with the Cardinals.


Mitch Moss, VSIN

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Casey Morell is the coordinating producer of Nevada Public Radio's flagship broadcast State of Nevada and one of the station's midday newscast announcers. (He's also been interviewed by Jimmy Fallon, whatever that's worth.)