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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Just a few more weeks until the return...
Who needs P90X? This will get you jacked in no time. Walk-off KennyPowers is poised to add another title to the resume. Honestly, I just wanted to post this video.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Lightweight TE Gets DUI, Regrets Making Mistake in CA, not WI
Happy 1,000th post, blog!
Monday, March 15, 2010
MU lands out west........again
Big Mac is kind of a doofus, though his blog is worth reading on espnmilwaukee.com.
Anyhoo, a 6th seed is what I thought the team deserved, but not what they would get. Now that they've been rewarded with a higher seed, they lose on the location, playing on the west coast again, for the 4th time in 5 years.
With matchups against Washington and then New Mexico (if all goes according to plan), does anyone else have a problem with this team traveling all the way to Cali every year for the NCAAs? Seems a little bit of a hose-job to me, though I'll never know what kind of impact early travel has on a game that's still 3 days away.
In other news, Cadougan is a butterball (a soon-to-be member of the All-Fat Team possibly) who can't control himself with a basketball in his hands...yikes.
Thoughts on the NCAAs in general?
Saturday, March 13, 2010
A topic that deserves to be revisited
We still have a team!
Sunday, March 07, 2010
2010 MLB Futures Gambling (Part 1)
It's March, time for MLB Futures gambling!
We'll start this year by looking at the World Series odds. After all, this is the bet that most of us are the most interested in making. What I'll do is provide the lines, then pick 5 bets that I think are the best to make. Here are the current lines courtesy of Bodog.com:
Chi. White Sox
Here are my picks for best bet, in the order that I believe they offer the greatest reward-risk ratio:
1) Cleveland at 75/1.
I would give Cleveland a 25% chance of winning their division, which projects to be the worst division in baseball by a wide margin. Add in the 8/1 chance in the playoffs, and this is a team that should be 32/1 to win the WS. This is a team that has star players and star potential. It is easy to conceive Cleveland running away with the AL Central because no other team is over .500 and the Indians get significant contributions from Grady Sizemore (star player, injured last year), Russell Branyan (great FA signing), Matt LaPorta (potentially huge upgrade at 1B/DH/OF), and Carlos Santana (great hitting C prospect who may make the majors at some point). What I like about the Indians is that every player in their lineup is there for a reason. What I don't like is the pitching, but pitchers, and the Indians' in particular, are a volatile bunch. If the Indians can get league-average pitching, they can win the Central and, thus, win the World Series. The Indians are a well-managed organization, which you'll see is a common theme amongst my picks. When betting for the WS, you have to anticipate whether the team is going to improve during the season. Teams with good GM's make that happen. Quite frankly, 75/1 are ridiculous odds for any team in the AL Central.
2) Arizona at 35/1.
The D'Backs are in a much better division than the Indians, but the also figure to more likely be a much better team. They have a great rotation, led by 3 guys who could post sub-3 ERAs. Their lineup has the right mix of star hitters and guys who don't suck. They lack depth and are in a division with 3 other good teams. But the NL wildcard is wide open, and this team has a much better than 20% chance of making the postseason, which their line would indicate they should have.
3) Oakland at 55/1.
Oakland on paper is the exact opposite of the Indians, but they share the same benefit of gamblers thinking that no team in the AL besides the Yankees or Red Sox have a chance. That's simply not true, and the A's have the benefit of also playing in a division which is relatively wide open. Unlike the Indians, this is a pitching staff (and defense) that I would not be surprised if it had the lowest ERA in the AL. It's ceiling really is that high. What the A's lack is hitting. They will probably be last in the league in HR. But the A's have used this formula before, and Billy Beane has shown a remarkable ability to squeeze league-average runs scored out of an otherwise mediocre lineup. With enough runs scored, they can ride their pitching staff to the postseason. Don't underestimate Beane, and don't underestimate the potential that the young pitchers and prospects Chris Carter and Michael Taylor bring to the A's.
4) Texas at 25/1.
The odds aren't all that impressive despite the fact that gamblers are giving the Angels the edge in the AL West and the Angels don't project to be nearly as good as the Rangers. This division is wide open, and there are only 4 teams in it. While none of the the teams should be really bad, none of them project to be great (though as I said before the A's could impress). The Rangers right now are the best team in the division. They also have by far the best farm system in the division. They are a very well-run organization. These odds are too good to pass up for a team with as much chance at the postseason as the Rangers.
5) Tampa Bay at 20/1.
I really debated about this or the Cardinals at 13/1 for my ultimate "odds not great, but really good team" bet. The Rays may be the best team in baseball already, and they also have the best farm system in baseball. They are extremely well-run. Yes, they have to fight off the Yankees and Red Sox, but they've done it before and one of those teams can get the wild card. The three best teams in baseball are all in the same division unfortunately. Nevertheless, this team is loaded, and with a rebound year from B.J. Upton and any rookie contributions from prospects Wade Davis, Jeremy Hellickson, Desmond Jennings or Reid Brignac, who are all MLB ready, the Rays could find themselves in the world series again. Also, this is one of the few teams who could easily assemble a package to acquire Prince Fielder to play DH this July.
What do you guys think?
Friday, March 05, 2010
Might as well get this thing warmed up
Thursday, March 04, 2010
This Is Too Good
[Video credited to "Bradforster" via MUScoop]
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Oops, Sorry Slick Rick
Let those highlights be my game summary. If you don't want to watch all of that, at least start at the 2-minute mark to see DJO's "go fuck yourself" dunk.
1) DJO is hilariously good;
2) Make sure to watch Buzz dancing and jumping around on the sidelines. He admitted it was not professional. And you know what? He and MU fans don't really care. Hey Slick Rick, was it professional to have your starters in the game and be pressing with 1 minute left when you were up by 47 against Marquette 5-years ago, a Marquette team that had just lost it's point guard and only good player for the season with a broken wrist? No. So, shut your mouth.
EDIT - Here's a good video I just found:
3) It probably also wasn't professional for MU fans to be chanting "Karen Sypher" at Pitino. Well, hey, Slick Rick, you probably shouldn't be banging everything. You're married, big guy. I hope every road game is like that for that asshole.
4) I know that 1 out of every 5 games Louisville takes a huge shit and plays such that they wouldn't win regardless of who they're playing (see e.g. Charlotte, Western Carolina, Seton Hall, St. Johns). But I can't remember them doing that against MU ever before, and damn it feels good. While I think Louisville could lose it's next 2 games and still easily make the tournament, at least this loss gives them some reason for concern.
5) I've stated my displeasure with the strength of schedule statistic with the RPI. MU's strength of schedule is something like 60th while Louisville's is something like 3rd. Why? Louisville played Kentucky, sure, but they also didn't play Wisconsin or Xavier or Florida State in the non-conference. MU's non-conference schedule was every bit as tough as Louisville's. Louisville's in-conference schedule is slightly tougher, but not to the tune of 55+ spots in strength of schedule. It all comes down to the fluff games. MU played teams ranked between 300-350 overall. Louisville played teams in the 200's. Any respectable team will win 99.9% of those games regardless of whether the team is 200th or 350th. Yet, that makes all the difference in the strength of schedule and RPI. It's incredibly stupid, and I haven't heard any of the idiots on ESPN ever mention that.