Posted Thursday, September 12, 2013 04:35 PM
Posted Saturday, July 14, 2012 11:50 AM
There’s been a bumper crop of bizzaro bets this week, and we’re not talking about Super Bowl flyers on the Jaguars at 1,000-to-1.
Weirdo wagers have ranged from the mayors of Tuscaloosa and College Station betting each other some tasty BBQ on the Alabama-Texas A&M tilt to one Redskins fan having to eat part of his beard after Washington lost to Philadelphia on Monday night football.
But the one backwards bet with the most on the line is the friendly - yet disturbing - wager between San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.
According to the story, these divisional rivals have a single eyebrow on the line when they clash on Sunday Night Football in Week 2.
Wilson shot down the wager this week, stating that the shaved eyebrow bet was all in good fun and that neither he nor Kaepernick will shed a face caterpillar if they lose in Week 2.
“It was more of just a friendly, joking around type deal. It’s not real serious. We’ll probably do something digitally. Something like that,” Wilson told KJR Radio in Seattle.
The two young QBs have been closely connected due to their NFC West feud and the fact they took their respective franchises to prominence in 2012.
They were also featured in commercials for the new Madden NFL 25 video game, which spins yarn of a childhood rivalry between Kaepernick and Wilson stemming from heated games of Madden at summer camp in the early 90's.
Eyebrow or no eyebrow, Sunday night is shaping up to be a doozy. Oddsmakers currently have Seattle set as a 3-point home favorite in front of the infamous “12th Man” at CenturyLink Field.
The Seahawks are an “eyebrow-raising” 41-20-2 ATS in their last 63 home games - a winning percentage of 66.6 percent.
Posted Monday, July 09, 2012 12:34 PM
Like a tree falling in the forest, the WNBA will shut off the lights and lock the doors for five weeks during its Olympic break – but is anyone around to care?
The women’s pro basketball league is officially on hiatus until August 17 with the top talent in the WNBA headed to play for their respective countries at the 2012 Summer Games in London.
The break makes sense from a marketing standpoint. The fans that are going to WNBA games aren’t going to reach deep into their pockets (or purses) if the stars, who are best – if not only – reason to watch, are away at the Olympics.
For sports bettors, the WNBA serves its purpose. It’s a break from the day-to-day grind of the baseball season, which can quickly make a Sunday afternoon women’s hoops matchup seem like March Madness. And for those cappers who dive into the “Dub” head first each summer, it’s a major wrench in their wagering plans.
While this stoppage may seem like a pain in the ass right now (hey, you can always wager on the Olympics), it may be a blessing in disguise when the WNBA restarts in mid August.
Unlike the other sports which take breaks during the Olympics, the WNBA will not be limited to how much teams can practice. In fact, there is a league mandate that states teams can’t go more than seven days without a practice.
That means toilet teams like the Washington Mystics or Tulsa Shock can work out the kinks while top squads like the Minnesota Lynx, who send stars Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen and Maya Moore to London, won’t have their full squad to practice with. The extra work in the gym could pay off in pointspread payouts for these underdogs in August.
The five-week break is also a huge boost to teams that have been bitten by the injury bug. The Phoenix Mercury may have Candice Dupree and Charde Houston ready to roll for the home stretch of the season, along with Diana Taurasi (who says she’s healthy enough for the Olympics), thanks in big part to the extended time off.
So, while we may take the WNBA for granted, there is plenty to look forward to in women’s hoops from a betting value perspective.
At least pay attention to the WNBA for the first couple weeks once they restart. Then you can go back to forgetting it even exists.
Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2012 04:06 PM
Some call it the worst day in sports. Others call it time off.
The Monday heading into the MLB All-Star break is the deadest day in sports betting, with no baseball action or even WNBA to get down on. The PGA Tour doesn’t start rolling until Thursday and NASCAR events are still a few days away.
For the die-hards - or the compulsives as they’re better known - there are some options. You can go nuts on the MLB Home Run Derby and the numerous props involved with that. Or, there is tennis action, random soccer games around the globe and even some international friendlies on the basketball court with the Olympics around the bend.
But for most of us recreational bettors, the “Mundane Monday” is a chance to step back, catch our breath and take a break from sports betting. Or maybe play some online poker…What are you doing this Monday: Betting or breaking?
Posted Wednesday, June 20, 2012 01:16 PM
No NBA team has drafted more poorly than the Toronto Raptors.
Sure, the Los Angeles Clippers have a longer history of piss-poor picks, but they selected Blake Griffin and he’s erasing a lot of those draft mistakes from the Clips’ history books.
But the Raptors – or the Craptors – as many Canadian hoops fans have come to know them, have bobbled the draft more times than not.
They’ve been sub-par for so long. But unlike other bad teams, like the Sonics - now the Thunder - the aforementioned Clippers and Timberwolves, Toronto doesn’t improve despite having some of the best young talent in the world at its finger tips.
The Raptors have wasted top picks on guys like Aleksandar Radojevic, Michael Bradley, and Rafael Araújo but have been able to acquire guys like Vince Carter (draft day trade), Tracy McGrady and Chris Bosh through the draft. However, those stars ran for the border the first chance they got.
The jury is still out on former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani and most recently Jonas Valanciunas, who was sold to Raps fans as the Lithuanian Dirk. The 7-footer, who was drafted fifth overall last year, is expected to join the team after the Olympics.
As for this year’s draft, it seems like the deep talent pool has made this nearly a foolproof draft for Bryan Colangelo and Co., who own the No. 8 overall pick.
The college ranks have produced one of the best crops of born-and-bred talent in some years, with French SG Evan Fournier projected as the highest-ranked foreign player (at No. 28 to Oklahoma City). So Toronto faithful can breathe easy knowing another Euro project is probably not in the cards.
But that’s not to say the Raptors can’t fudge this up. Toronto needs energy and scoring. And most mock drafts have them selecting Syracuse sparkplug Dion Waiters, who in my eyes is a perfect fit for the Raptors’ sluggish offense.
However, the Toronto Star has the team selecting Duke’s Austin Rivers, who is possibly the most overhyped player in the draft. The son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, Austin has plenty of basketball smarts, but rubbed a lot of people the wrong way in Durham and doesn’t have the frame or the skill to really blossom at the NBA level.
The Raptors could also make the mistake to go big again, and select a project big man like John Henson, Tyler Zeller, or even worse Illinois’ Myers Leonard. I watched nearly every Illini game this season, and while he may look like a stud he’s mentally soft.
If Toronto had of landed a Top-5 selection, I wouldn’t be sweating this upcoming pick. But, the Raptors, in true fashion, weren’t quite bad enough to grab one of those can’t-miss picks.
And now, Canadian basketball fans have to dwell on how the organization will throw up another draft-day air ball when the rim is 10 feet wide.
Starting your fantasy football season in June seems like putting up the Christmas decorations in August or telling an ill-timed celebrity death joke. Too soon, bro.
I was shocked to see a notice from Yahoo!Sports in my inbox this morning, announcing the official start to their 2012 fantasy football campaign. Starting at 6:30 p.m. ET tonight, I could log in, create my team and start drafting players even though NFL training camps don’t open for about another month.
While the excitement of the upcoming NFL season is tough to contain, I know better than to start drafting up my fantasy strategy and making doe eyes at guys like Arian Foster and LeSean McCoy.
Training camps and preseason tilts always dish out some unhappy injury news for fantasy owners and players that we thought would be high on the depth chart become buried.
I know a few of you will jump all over the chance to start playing something other than the daily grind of MLB fantasy, but remember that Week 1 doesn’t start until Sept. 5.
That’s a long time to think and overthink possible trades, read and re-read every NFL preview mag, and watch and re-watch all the DVR’d camp coverage on the NFL network.
Chances are if you played fantasy last year, you know who you want to select No. 1 overall this season. The toughest choice in many drafts is who do you select second?
Most years, this decision can make or break your entire season, whether you draft your team in June or an hour before the Giants and Cowboys kickoff.
Here are my top No. 2 selections for your upcoming (but hopefully not coming too soon) NFL fantasy draft:
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Depending on if you have some New England fans in your league, Tommy Boy may still be around for your second pick.
Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
His numbers went down in 2011 due to injuries and QB issues. However, if Matt Schaub can stay vertical so should AJ’s week-to-week numbers.
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots
If you can’t grab Brady, grab the guy catching all those TD passes. Gronk could be the best fantasy TE since Gates and Gonzalez were in their primes.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Were you one of the millions scrambling to pick up Cam after his Week 1 performance last September? Newton is worth the risk of a sophomore slump after passing for 21 TDs and rushing for another 14 scores.
Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Some mocks have the Saints breakout TE going in the first round, which seems a little careless. Graham reeled in 11 TD passes last season, but did so under the radar. It will be interesting to see what defensive coordinators throw at him this year.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
Thanks to those big numbers being put up by QB’s last season, running backs have been bumped in terms of importance. Peterson’s health could have him sliding to the second round in many fantasy drafts. He’s a make-or-break pick at No. 2.
Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
Cleveland thinks Richardson is an elite-level back that can have an immediate impact, which is contrary to what team great and former adviser, Jim Brown, had to say about the Alabama standout. The one thing fantasy owners can be sure of is that Richardson will see his share of the football with Peyton Hillis gone and the QB situation a mess.