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Weekly lesson: profitable benefits to loving sport

It's this site alone that has made me open my eyes to the financial possibilities of the sporting world. To begin with, i didn't think there was much gain to be made in sport besides the love of the game. But with blogs, articles, short columns in the paper, sports betting and much more, my eyes have opened to a whole new world of possibilities.

I am currently a student at a writing course in Australia with the ambition to become a sports journalist, something I never even considered before this site. The idea of making money just by watching something i loved seemed to good to be true. But it could soon become a possibility if I commit myself.

Professional sport is full of financial possibilities, you just have to look. 

Sports betting is something that I have become a bit addicted to. And although I am not very good at it, there is always a potential profit to be made there (please gamble responsibly).

There are also blogs and columns which I also mentioned before, which is a great way to make a few dollars on the side just for giving people your say on sport. It really is fantastic for sports enthusiasts to be a part of.

I am only new to this blogging site, but so far it's been great. I have made next to no money so far, but just the thought of it being a possibility has opened up my eyes to a whole new side of sport.

(Saying that, I am not drawn to sport to make money. But the idea of being able to make a living watching something I love does get me a bit excited).

NBA scoring title: Durant on Melo?

When I first looked at this I thought; simple, Kevin Durant. He is the better scorer. Then I actually thought about it.

Carmelo is playing on another level right now, draining 40 points all over the place, which has currently found him sitting in front of Durant in the scoring title lead. And you know what? Durant doesn't care.

There is a key difference between Carmelo and Durant. Durant wants to win, Carmelo wants to score.

Everyone has seen Durant's game lift to another level this season. He is grabbing boards, dishing the ball and scoring at a dangerously efficient rate. Carmelo is the same old Carmelo. All he wants is points. 

While I love that about Carmelo, it's left me thinking how self-centered he is as a player. Durant is willing to get better with every part of his game, and if that means passing more, he will pass. Carmelo will not.

Carmelo is a pure shooter, one of the best in the game. He will win the scoring title because he wants to win the scoring title. Durant just wants to win games. This will separate not only the two players, but the two teams come finals time.

One off night for Carmelo and the Knicks will suffer. One off night for Durant and he will find his team mates instead. That's why OKC are such a better team, because they are a team.

Carmelo will win the scoring title with ease late in the season, but who really cares? I'm more impressed with Durant's ability to be a team player despite the fact he could take all the shots every given night.

AFC North predictions

Baltimore Ravens: 9-7 (5-3 home, 4-4 away)

The Superbowl champs don't find it so easy this season.

The Ravens still make the playoffs, but they don't look as good as last season. Also, is anyone else sick to their stomach that Joe Flacco is the highest paid player in football? A six-year $120.6 million contract is an absolute joke. He isn't even a top 5 quarterback. 

Cincinnati Bengals: 7-9 (4-4 home, 3-5 away)

The Bengals miss the playoffs.

I know we are all starting to get use to the Bengals making the first round and then getting knocked out, but this year they just miss out. Their schedule is just a bit too tough.

Cleveland Browns: 5-11 (3-5 home, 2-6 away)

They still suck. Moving on.

Pittsburgh Steelers: 8-8 (4-4 home, 4-4 away)

They look better then last season.

This is good news for Steelers fans, but i still cant see them making playoffs. Dont expect the Steelers to be on the end of too many average seasons though, they will figure it all out. They will be back up to the 10 win seasons we are use to seeing them have.