NFL Is #1
Franchise tags, transition tags, rfa’s, urfa’s, contract restructures, salary cap adjustments and player pay cuts have been dominating the sports world over the last week for one simple reason, the NFL in #1. I’m not sure how anyone really could have seen this coming, the NFL off-season schedule dominates the 24 hour sports news cycle and is bigger news than sports where games are actually being played. One could argue that the NFL’s progressiveness is a key factor.
The fans like scoring, lets legislate defense out of the game. Oh crap concussions are actually caused by strong large fast men crashing into each other, lets change the rules to make the game “safer”. But crap if playing football is bad for your how can we convince the world we should play more games? Extra playoff game, GREAT IDEA. The NFL needs to slow down and look in the mirror, lets not go to far.
Look at other sports leagues where 50% or more of teams make the playoffs, the regular season means almost nothing in hockey, and the players don’t care until the playoffs in the NBA. And don’t even get me started on the extra point issue. I guess my point is sometimes progressiveness can be to aggressive, plus if you mess with the extra point it could make 30+ years of valuable statistical scoring data completely invalid and put a major ripple in the line/key number fabric of NFL betting.
Poor Jim Harbaugh
All this NFL talk and I almost forgot to mention the most interesting off-season situation in the NFL. Jim Harbaugh is a douchebag, don’t believe me type “Jim Harbaugh is a” into google and see what the 1st suggestion is…thats right its “Jim Harbaugh is a douchebag”.
So much so that the GM of the 49ers is willing to risk FIRING him over this fact. Look I hate Jim Harbaugh as much as the next guy but come one the guy has gotten your team at least to the NFC Championship game over the last 3 years. Perhaps the cat is out of the bag, Jim Harbaugh can’t win the big game.
Whatever the reason this is great for me as a hater, and for fans of teams that play the 49ers because they wont be as good with out him, but im not sure if Id gambling my job as GM by firing one of the best coaches in the NFL.
NBA In The Home Stretch
On to some sports that are actually playing games, the NBA is passing the 3/4 pole and I think I speak for a lot of people when I say I cant wait for the Western Conference playoffs, so many intriguing match-ups and so many high level teams, Memphis could end up being the 8 seed?! That’s pretty crazy.
I also think I speak for everyone when I say lets just skip to the Eastern Conference Finals and watch Lebron and Miami take on Paul George and co, will Lebron be on his way to 3 peat or will Indian show that winning home court and playing their physical brand of basketball be the difference in advancing to the NBA Finals.
March Madness Is Almost Here!
Speaking of exiting tournaments, College Basketball is kicking off the most exciting time of their season and with march madness getting ready to sweep the nation it only seems right that we pick some of the early Conference tourneys to get you started off on the right foot. Happy Hunting Y’all.
COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT College of Charleston+750 Delaware+180 Drexel+300 James Madison+2500 Northeastern+1200 Towson+300 William & Mary+750 Field (Any Other Team)+4000
Ryan’s Pick: Towson +300 – Riding a 6 game winning streak I like the hot team.
Sean’s Pick: Drexel +300 – Got to represent Philadelphia.
MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT Wichita St-400 Field (Any Other Team)+320
Ryan’s Pick: Wichita St -400 – Their 1st loss won’t come until the Elite 8.
Sean’s Pick: Wichita St -400 – Don’t expect a shocking disappointment until the tournament starts.
WEST COAST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT BYU+200 Gonzaga-125 San Francisco+500 St Marys+550 Field (Any Other Team)+800
Ryan’s Pick: BYU +200 – Fresh off a win over the Zags and with the best offense in the conference.
Sean’s Pick: Gonzaga -125 – Too much of a beast.
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT Chattanooga+1000 Davidson-120 Elon+400 Western Carolina+600 Wofford+400 Field (Any Other Team)+3500
Ryan’s Pick: Davidson -120 – They dominated the conference all year, with their only loss coming in OT.
Sean’s Pick: Elon +400 – Pulling this one out of my ass.
HORIZON LEAGUE Cleveland St+350 Wisconsin Green Bay-250 Field (Any Other Team)+400
Ryan’s Pick: Wisconsin Green Bay -250 – Chalk isn’t fun but you cant go against the clear cut #1 team
Sean’s Pick: Field +400 – Got to love the field at +400, feels like their is value here.
It’s all very silly and inevitably we will over hype some work out warriors and down grade some proven players because they run a 4.7 instead of 4.5, just talk to Antonio Pierce, Anquan Boldin or more recently Vontaze Burfict. High lever Pro Bowlers who fell in the draft or went un-drafted due to their 40 times, where are the lessons learned, watch the dude with pads on don’t let the Under Armor and flashy neon colors distract you from the fact that its a track and field work out with some football drills.
NFL Combine Results
Sure I could list out all of the results but why re-invent the wheel, check out all the NFL Combine results here. The NFL has been very intelligent in their offseason schedule allowing for the NFL to never really leave the sports news cycle for more than a couple weeks, and for that thank you Roger Goodell.
The real season is a little more than 6 months away and that time cant go fast enough. In the mean time we will pass the time wagering on March Madness, UFC, NBA playoffs, MLB, Golf, Soccer (both Champions league and World Cup) and Horse racing. Lastly we are often asked for online sports book recommendations, the guys over at Top Betting Reviews have put together a nice list with ratings and reviews. Happy Hunting Y’all
Sean and Ryan welcome back Rich Slaton (@mmacomic) from the U of MMA to help break down all the UFC 170 gambling action. Rich provides his UFC 170 picks and provides valuable insight for the masses on how to successfully bet on the up coming PPV. The guys celebrate their correct NBA All Star weekend picks, talk Olympic Hockey and break down the latest NFL news.
Current UFC 170 Betting Odds:
|Women Bantamweight:||Ronda Rousey (c)||-450||Sara McMann||+400|
|LightHeavyweight:||Daniel Cormier||-1200||Patrick Cummings||+975|
|Welterweight:||Rory McDonald||-260||Demian Maia||+245|
|Welterweight:||Mike Pyle||-180||TJ Waldburger||+165|
|Welterweight:||Stephen Thompson||-125||Robert Whittaker||+115|
|Women Bantamweight:||Alexis Davis||-140||Jessica Eye||+130|
|Bantamweight:||Raphael Assuncao||-210||Pedro Munhoz||+200|
|Bantamweight:||Aljamain Sterling||-230||Cody Gibson||+220|
|Flyweight:||Zach Makovsky||-170||Josh Sampo||+160|
|Lightweight:||Erik Koch||-390||Rafaello Oliveira||+350|
|Welterweight:||Yosdenis Cedeno||-290||Ernest Chavez||+250|
How To Bet The NBA All Star Game
Shooting Stars Pick: Team Tim Hardaway Jr. +250. I’m gonna regret fading Currys.
Skills Contest Pick: Team Carter-Williams & Oladipo +325. I’ll take the young bucks as the longshots.
3 Point Contest Pick: Joe Johnson +1000. Hard to pass on Curry +225 but give me the old vet at 10-1.
Dunk Conest Pick: The weekend of John Wall +500.
NBA All Star Game Pick: East +3.5 and Over 291. Dog and the Over.
NBA All Star MVP Pick: John Wall +2500 again weekend of John Wall.
Shooting Stars Pick: Team Curry +200. Family tradition of draining threes!
Skills Contest Pick: Team Carter-Williams & Oladipo +325. Highlight of the 76ers season.
3 Point Contest Pick: Marco Belinelli +800. Spurs are all about fundamentals.
Dunk Conest Pick: Damian Lillard +650. Just Blaze!
NBA All Star Game Pick: East +3.5 and sprinkle on EAST ML.
NBA All Star MVP Pick: LeBron James +350, small play on Damian Lillard +3500.
Every year after the Super Bowl we all are faced with the same reality, football is over. Yeah it sucks that we cant watch football for 7 months, but more importantly we now have a void in our gambling universe. Where will we get that rush, that burn that we find every Sunday from labor day to Super Bowl Sunday.
Winter Olympics Preview
The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia!!! Its a bit of a stretch I know but how often do you get to bet on your country. Doesn’t tickle your fancy, well inevitably you will be in a situation where you are watching, NBC will have ~9 million hours of coverage, and what better way to make something interesting than a little action.
Fortunately for you guys we aren’t stuck on the streets of Sochi like these members of the media. On to the picks, remember make it fun throw out the rules when it comes to betting with your heart and GO USA. Happy Hunting and good luck to the Jamaican Bobsled Team (750:1)!
Ryan’s Pick1: Shaun White to win Half Pipe Gold Medal -200. He goes harder, higher and will debut a new trick.
Ryan’s Pick2: Continent to win Mens Hockey Gold, North America +150. I get the USA and the team with the best player in Canada vs the socialist and the communist, Im in.
Ryan’s Pick3: Mikaela Shiffrin to win gold in the Women’s Slalom +180. The 18 year old phenom is ranked #1 in the world USA!!
Sean’s Pick1: USA Mens Hockey will medal +125. Do you believe in quasi miracles?
Sean’s Pick2: Shaun White to win Half Pipe Gold Medal -200. Russia has gotten their ass kicked this hard since Rocky IV.
Sean’s Pick3: USA to win most overall medals +110. America is awesome.
Walt the Super Seahawks fan partying down: