Before Qoxhi was established in 1981, there were a number of experiences, interests and lessons that fed the development and introduction of the company. My name is Dennis Ranahan, and my professional sports experience dates back more than four decades, while my interest in the games has been a lifelong passion.
Perhaps Qoxhi roots can be traced to the dinner table with my Dad, who grew up on the campus of Notre Dame while his Father served as a groundskeeper during the days of the Knute Rockne and the Four Horsemen. His love for sports was passed on to all four of his children, but it was he and I that most often would sit at the dinner table or in his den and go over every point spread and game for the upcoming weekend of NFL action.
The premise for Qoxhi can be traced to my high school years, where I served on the school paper as Sports Editor and played two sports, and college, where each Sunday during the football season I would host a point spread challenge in my dorm room.
Yet, if any day truly stands as the crossover point to where my opinion on what is going to happen next between two NFL teams based on a myriad of factors and stats developed over years and countless hours of research, it was Thursday, September 27, 1973. On that afternoon I was in the hallway of the Oakland Raiders Oakport Street offices.
Al Davis was on his way to his Thursday afternoon workout at the Raiders practice field located on Doolittle Drive about a mile and half from where we met that day. In 1973 the Raiders offices were directly across the freeway from the Oakland Coliseum on the frontage road. I am certain now, as I was then, that Al Davis asked me how the team was in an absolutely benign manner, but before I responded that way, I said, “We are in big trouble, sir.”
I had been working for the Raiders less than two weeks as a full time employee, a position born out of an internship that summer and a subsequent eight week position working at the Raiders training camp in Santa Rosa. Davis talks with a southern charm somehow twisted into a New Jersey thug dialect, and that is what he sounded like when he said, “How ya doin young man,” that Thursday afternoon.
“How’s the team lookin,” he said, and I know this now and for sure, he expected me to answer with a pleasantry as common as ‘how ya doin,’ ‘how ya doin,’ exchanged between two friends walking past each other. Or, and perhaps this adds to how he was stun-gunned by my response, he wanted to hear all about his beloved Silver and Black because four days earlier we had stopped the Miami Dolphins two-year winning streak with a 12-7 decision in a game won by virtue of four George Blanda Field Goals.
Davis was already by me when my answer jerked him around like a snake pouncing on a mouse.
“We are in big trouble, sir.”
In an instant, his face went from shock, to surprise, to dismissal of the information, to disgust with its source.
“What do you mean,” he said as if I had just ratted out his best friend.
I didn’t know how to respond. In my minds eye I could see all those check marks and arrows on the sheets of paper sitting on my apartment table that pointed to a high percentage point spread play against the Raiders that week. Indicators showed the home underdog Kansas City Chiefs were in a perfect spot to upset the Raiders, factors that weighed the human condition of motivation were against Oakland after their emotional win over Miami.
If I didn’t care about the Raiders, if I wasn’t working for them, I would just simply back the Chiefs and expect a win. But now, here, in the presence of the declared genius of the football world, I’m telling him that his beloved Raiders are in trouble.
“It’s Thursday,” Mr. Davis, “In three days we play the Chiefs, and they are still in the locker room talking about beating Csonka, Kiick and Warfield.”
The same eyes that can smile with an undeniable charm when he wants them to, are also capable of turning reptilian and menacing when challenged. It was those eyes that stalked me as Davis said, “Listen, young man, you just do your job, I’ll take care of the team.”
It was reassuring.
I wanted the Raiders to win, that’s for sure, yet I reported out that they were in trouble because it was based on the rules that dictate spread results just as surely as a solid running game is geared to penetrate a weak defense. As Davis walked away I watched him while now leaning up against the wall. It was one of my favorite moments of my life. I had gotten to use my knowledge of what motivational traps exist for teams, and I had gotten the information to someone who could truly change the course of nature.
Perhaps Davis didn’t really take my warning seriously, or maybe whether he did or didn’t, even he couldn’t interrupt a course of action set in motion by previous events. In any case, the Arrowhead Stadium crowd had a field day as their Kansas City defense limited the Raiders offense to a single field goal. Late in the game, with the Raiders still within a touchdown of a win while trailing 9-3, John Madden pulled quarterback Daryle Lamonica in favor of lefthander Kenny Stabler.
A Stabler pass over the middle to Pete Banaszak hit off the veterans shoulder pads and hung in the air long enough for Chiefs linebacker Willie Lanier to pick it off and return it for a game clinching touchdown.
Davis said nothing then, but in the owners box where we sat in Kansas City I could see his furor even while looking at the back of his head. A few minutes later when the final second ticked off the game clock, Davis spun to his feet faster than his normal rate of motion and grabbed my right bicep with his right hand while pointing at me with his left index finger, “And you knew. You knew.”
The snake eyes were back, and I was hoping he only viewed me as the messenger and not the cause.
He said it again, “And you knew,” now with more respect than malice in his tone, and that day Davis and I forged a partnership that endured long after my time of working in his organization concluded.
In 1981, after serving with the Raiders from 1973 to 1976 and positions with three other professional teams, I dedicated full time to my true passion, identifying motivational factors that feed the performance of one team and flatten the play of another in professional football. With motivation the key factor in identifying consistent point spread winners, the name Qoxhi was developed to represent this method of handicapping.
The name is derived while using the “Q” for quarterback, “O” for offense, “X” for defense, and “HI” for motivational high. The name is described in these teams; find a quarterback with a team on a motivational high, align the offense and defense between, and you have a “Qoxhi.”
For three decades the Qoxhi service has delivered NFL information to clients on game days by phone, while also featured in both the electronic and print media. The bottleneck of needing to talk with every client in the final two hours leading up to kickoff to deliver game day selections was transformed with the advent of the Internet.
Today, Qoxhi game day information is delivered clients online, offering each subscriber complete access to all the stats, facts, trends, line moves and point spread selections leading up to kickoff. The Qoxhi site now posts selections on all the games beginning on Friday, while the game day rated selections, including the 15-minute before kickoff Bullet Plays, are delivered to every subscriber on NFL game days.
Partnership for Profit
When Qoxhi opened their doors in 1981 my sole objective was to deliver winning NFL point spread selections to valued clients. As my experience in the business of wagering grew through the years, I realized that generating bottom line profits for clients required more than just winning selections, but also a way to manage the amounts wagered on each selection in accordance with a business plan that best assured profits each season.
Few endeavors are more wracked with opportunities to mismanage funds and turn what should be winning seasons into losing ones than wagering on sports. Solid gains can create confidence that prompts a person to wager inordinately more money on the next set of games than the ones that recently showed significant profits.
From a business standpoint, the objective is to consistently wager on games in alignment with a bright money management strategy, never risking the success of a season on a single game no matter how attractive the play appears to be. The purpose of the Qoxhi business approach in making money from point spread results is to adhere to an overall strategy that in a typical season grows an account balance to 154% of the opening amount.
A self-managed fund that earns 54% profit over a five-month period while utilizing the Basic Money Management strategy would be considered highly successful in most financial circles. Higher annual gains are also common when utilizing any of the four more aggressive money management strategies offered on the Qoxhi site; Percentage Play, Top Pick Double, Top Pick Aggressive and Top Pick Exclusive.
While the handicapping field is full of self proclaimed experts that spend more time on advertising campaigns and how to earn money from you, Qoxhi has built a solid reputation with an honest approach to the games and business to best assure you earn profits from point spreads.