Best Bets From @SamsSportsPicks
By Sam Ekstrom - May 6, 2016
It’s time once again for the weekend’s Best Bets from your Cold Omaha betting authorities Sam Ekstrom and Sam Verhulst. Then again, if you’ve followed our tips […]
LaQuon Treadwell Should Fit Right Into Vikings’ Offense, Culture
By Sam Ekstrom - Apr 29, 2016
For months, fans, journalists and talking heads alike projected the Minnesota Vikings would take a big-bodied possession receiver in the opening round of the NFL Draft. Thursday […]

A Collection of Refs Screwed Us Moments in Minnesota Sports
By Sam Ekstrom - Apr 25, 2016
The only thing fans love more than a moral victory in the landscape of local sports is a good old-fashioned scapegoat referee. Minnesota Wild fans, to their […]
Best Bets From @SamsSportsPicks
By Sam Ekstrom - Apr 22, 2016
Welcome back for another edition of Sam and Sam’s Best Bets for the sports betting weekend. Last week we went 1-2 with one future that’s yet to […]
DON’T DREAD THE SPREAD: Andy Carlson & NFL Win Totals
By Sam Ekstrom - Apr 20, 2016
Plagued with regret over the Rockets and Ducks, Sam Verhulst takes a hiatus from the show for a week, so Andy Carlson steps in admirably like Randall […]
Getting Nostalgic With the Vikings Schedule
By Sam Ekstrom - Apr 18, 2016
The Minnesota Vikings schedule was officially released last week with a great deal of anticipation. At last, fans knew the date, time and opponent of the team’s […]
Best Bets From @SamsSportsPicks
By Sam Ekstrom - Apr 15, 2016
Hey there, it’s Sam Ekstrom, co-host of Cold Omaha’s Don’t Dread the Spread podcast. If you’re unfamiliar with the podcast (shame on you), my co-host Sam Verhulst […]
DON’T DREAD THE SPREAD: NBA/NHL Playoffs & Baseball Betting Model Unveiling
By Sam Ekstrom - Apr 14, 2016
Sam and Sam commiserate over Jordan Spieth’s devastating loss in the Masters, preview the current NHL playoff series lines, look ahead to the NBA postseason and unveil […]
Breaking Down Preseason Football Like it Actually Matters
By Sam Ekstrom - Apr 9, 2016
While it doesn’t carry with it the same excitement as the draft, the schedule release or the first day of training camp, the Minnesota Vikings’ offseason hit […]
DON’T DREAD THE SPREAD: Masters Preview; Final Four Drama
By Sam Ekstrom - Apr 7, 2016
Sam and Sam recap a National Championship Game that was dramatic on several gambling levels. They also discuss their early returns on baseball betting and preview their […]
How the Minnesota Twins Can Avoid Regression
By Sam Ekstrom - Apr 2, 2016
Set to embark on a new season, the Minnesota Twins are once again getting very little respect from national pundits. Entering last season, most win projections pegged […]
What Will Harrison Smith’s Contract Extension Be Worth?
By Sam Ekstrom - Mar 25, 2016
When the Minnesota Vikings drafted Harrison Smith 29th overall in 2012, they landed an immediate starter out of the University of Notre Dame who took the field […]