90’s Sitcoms

Major sports are officially over for the season after the Cavaliers were crowned this week.  Sure there are  plenty of sports to bet on for that coveted action fix but once the NBA finals go dark the casual gambler usually turns his or her attentions towards summer vacation. Football season gets here before we know, rest assured the apparently interminable window of non-gambling gets shorter by the year.  To help bridge that time I wanted to get everyone involved in a bracket that could spark serious debate.  Thanks to everyone on twitter for submitting their favorite 90 sitcoms to crowd source our seeding. Basically any show that aired a single episode during the decade was eligible for inclusion in our bracket. I’m fully aware that these seedings have the makings of chalk talk with the top seeds on the Mount Rushmore of network television.  Regardless of the favorites there are a few other intriguing match-ups bound to prompt a swell of nostalgia.  All match-ups will be voted on using twitter’s polling tool with the opening round expected to wrap-up next Friday.  We’ll take time off for the holidays and then come back firing so keep on voting to push your favorite shows onto the next round. My goal is to post a match-up a day from now through the end of next week Here’s IMDB’s top 30 Seinfeld (-300) Friends (+225) Cheers (+550) Home Improvement (+900) Simpsons (+2000) Saved by the Bell (+2000) Married with Children (+3000) Fresh Prince of Bel Air (+4500) Everybody Loves Raymond (+7500) Full House (+10000) Wonder Years (+10000) Boy Meets World (+25000) Family Matters (+40000) Frasier (+50000) Coach (+75000) Roseanne (+100000) Opening Round Match-up Results 1. Seinfeld 93% 16. Roseanne 7% 8. Fresh Prince 77% 9. Everybody Loves Raymond...

Belmont Stakes

There may not be a triple crown at stake in this year’s Belmont but that doesn’t mean there’s not an opportunity to pick up a few books at the race window.  Kentucky Derby Jay provides his third and final installment of comprehensive race analysis for the third jewel. Governor Malibu — Improving Christophe Clement-trained colt seems to be a very trendy pick.  Rallied nicely to close for 2nd in the Peter Pan, generally considered a key prep for the Belmont.  Likely to be overbet, and I’m not crazy about his ability to get the lengthy 1.5 mile trip.  Will let this one beat me. Destin —  Wasn’t a huge fan of his chances in the Derby, but seems to be in a better spot here.  Ran a decent Derby, making a nice middle move to get to 4th, before encountering a little traffic and dropping back to 6th.  That same move today will put him in the mix.  Key is how much Pletcher got this guy to improve in the five-week layoff.  Contender, but probably just for bottom part of exotics. Cherry Wine — Could probably just copy my Preakness notes for this guy.  He passed a bunch of exhausted horses at Pimlico to rally for 2nd, and will now likely catch a lot of action today off that effort.  Myth among many bettors is that closers fare very well at Belmont, but that isn’t really the case for deep closers like Cherry Wine.  Can certainly be on the trifecta ticket with similar performance as Preakness, but doubt that gets him in the winner circle. Suddenbreakingnews — Might as well just say “See Cherry Wine.”  Made a late move to rally for 4th at Churchill Downs, and is another that is coming off a...

Copa: Mexico vs Uruguay Jun05

Copa: Mexico vs Uruguay...

For more Copa America and Euro 2016 analysis all summer long be sure to check out www.sportsline.com Mexico vs Uruguay University of Phoenix Stadium: Glendale, AZ – 8PM ET Uruguay +225 Mexico +145 Draw +215 Total 2 (Over -125) El Tri supporters have reason to be optimistic; their beloved national team hasn’t conceded a single goal since Juan Carlos Osorio took over for Miguel Herrera last October. The green and white find themselves on an 11 game undefeated streak including eight straight victories. Mexico’s depth and home field advantage they’ll see throughout Copa America are a major reason they’ve become a trendy selection, not named Brazil or Argentina, to win the tournament. If Mexico is to extend their 600 minute clean sheet steak they’ll be tasked with limiting Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani. Luis Suarez is nursing a hamstring injury and although he might be available should Uruguay advance to the knockout stage his status is tenuous at best during group play. I don’t buy Cavani’s scoring prowess as the primary attacker considering he’s always been surrounded by world class talent like Suarez on the international stage and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG. While defense has been the strength of this Mexican side, they’ve yet to display that attacking flair in Osorio’s 4-3-3 formation. Javier Hernandez (Chicharito), Andres Guardado, and Jesus Corona need to be that trio on offense capable of leading Mexico on a deep tournament run. With Suarez out of the mix Urguay needs to rely on their veteran defensive core led by Maxi Pereira and Diego Godin. I can’t see Uruguay taking on a full blown defensive posture but I contend that’s their best chance to stay in the mix for top billing in Group C especially against Mexico. Couple all the tactical...

Race Day America

Memorial Day triggers a few constants for most of us; time with family, sunshine (for some of the country), unofficial start of pool season, BBQ’s, and most importantly remembering those that have served to protect our freedoms.  It’s also become one of the single greatest sports days for anyone that shares a love of motorsports.  While some of you read this for the first time the Monaco Grand Prix will be wrapping up (or completed) leaving two of the most iconic races on the domestic sports schedule still to go on this holiday weekend.  Grab a cold beverage or cooler’s worth if needed and buckle-up; we have 1,100 miles of racing and plenty of wagers to make. Indianapolis 500 Open wheel racing has become an after thought in this country.  That is except for the fourth Sunday in May where the entire racing world turns hopeful eyes to the 2.5 mile Brickyard, this year for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Sunday’s race is extra special being tabbed by race organizers as a sell out.  While the track doesn’t divulge exact numbers for spectator capacity, the number of grandstand seats is roughly 250,000 with the track selling at least an additional 70,000 infield tickets.  Doesn’t take a math wizard to realize 320,00 tickets to a sporting event is quite the haul making it one of the greatest spectacle in all of sport. Here are the drivers worth watching and a few match-ups worth investing in for the race (Prices courtesy of the Westgate Superbook) Favorites: Scott Dixon 8-1 & Will Power 10-1 Values: Carlos Munoz 12-1 & Tony Kanaan 12-1 Longshots: Graham Rahal 20-1 & Alexander Rossi 25-1 Matchups: Carlos Munoz +100 vs Marco Andretti & Will Power -120 vs Simon Pagenaud Coca...

Adam Silver Stance

There’s one commissioner that understands sports gambling isn’t going anywhere; Adam Silver.  Unlike some of the old boys network that  lives in the stone ages with taboo attached to sports betting, Silver understands a legalized and regulated betting market only helps the integrity of the sport.  Yesterday he shared his thoughts with ESPN on the topic. Here’s a brief transcript of that conversation courtesy of an American Gaming Association press release sent out earlier today. ESPN: “Of all the commissioners in the four major professional sports, you have been the most outspoken when it comes to gambling. There’s a lot of other leagues that are very skittish on that particular issue. Why do you think you’ve been so bold about talking about what generally is – whether people want to admit or not – a huge part of why people watch sports?” ADAM SILVER: “I can’t speak for the other leagues. I’d only say in my case…my many years in the NBA and I used to run NBA Entertainment and we do a lot of business internationally where sports gambling is legal and because the NBA is well known outside the United States there’s a lot of legal betting on the NBA going on just like there is in Nevada in the United States. And for me as I began to study the issue, I realized that there’s this enormous – measured in the hundreds of billions of dollars – underground betting market in the United States.  And ultimately my job as Commissioner is to protect the integrity of the game. Just like the stock market with insider trading, if you don’t have an open exchange you can’t know what insider trading is going on and to me when there’s an enormous amount of betting; it’s...

Preakness

He made magic for us in the Derby like he’s done so many years before we’re getting spoiled around here.  KyDerbyJay returns for the second jewel of the Triple Crown with comprehensive analysis of the 11 horse field at Pimlico. 1 — Cherry Wine – Was an also-entry for the Derby, but failed to draw into the race.  Solid jockey/trainer combo of Lanerie/Romans alone merits a look.  Third last out in the Bluegrass Stakes to Derby also-ran Brody’s Cause.  Would need to take a major step forward to have a shot here, but in a race where looking for contenders for the bottom part of exotics is no easy task, he could offer significant value with a ground-saving rail trip. 2 — Uncle Lino – Half-brother to Nyquist, and that’s likely where the comparisons stop.  Looked good winning last out at Los Alamitos, but not sure that he faced too much.  Should be the early leader, but seems unlikely he will have it easy, and figures to succumb to Nyquist by the top of the stretch, beginning a descent to the back of the pack. 3 — Nyquist –  Prohibitive favorite who will run away with it if he runs anything close to his typical race.  Pace scenario seems advantageous and he’s just more talented and faster than the majority of these here.  The #3 post is totally ideal, and could offer the only scenario that sees him falter if he gets squeezed back at the start, and finds himself a lot farther off the lead than he is used to.  That possibility aside, he figures to be racing at Belmont in three weeks with a Triple Crown on the line. 4 — Awesome Speed – Winner via DQ of the Federico Tesio last...

3HL – Nashville May18

3HL – Nashville...

The weekly installment of betting banter disguised as entertaining radio.  Brief breakdown of the SEC outlook along with a random assortment of other content including me referring to a 30 year old goalie as “young.”...

Championship Sunday May14

Championship Sunday

It’s the final Sunday of the Premier League season and unfortunately it comes with less drama than we’ve grown accustomed to recently.  Heart felt thank you to James Kempton for yet again providing awesome analysis every week of the season yet again.  His insight and analysis is second to none when it comes to game capsules on each weekend fixture.  Let’s hope we can land him here on the site for yet another season.  Feel free to step into his mentions and goad him into some EuroCup analysis as well!!! Arsenal v Aston Villa Arsenal -2.25 and 3.5 goals The curtain falls on another wretched season full of disappointment and fan anger. It’s not been much better for Aston Villa either! Arsenal have won the last four meetings of the sides to nil by a total of 14-0 which funnily enough is the score that they would need to win by here, if Spurs draw at Newcastle, to finish second. This market and goal line is comparable to the lines we saw with the Luis Suarez led Liverpool side of a couple of seasons ago. Olivier Giroud is no Suarez! I can’t stomach the away team even with the huge start they receive but happy for a little piece of the unders. Chelsea v Leicester City Chelsea -0.25 and 2.75 goals If the sight of Andrea Bocelli singing for Claudio Ranieri turned you to tears then get ready for a repeat as there will be an enormous amount of love shown for the ‘Tinker Man’ at Stamford Bridge. It’s hard to assess the drive and determination of the Foxes given the outpouring of emotion last weekend when they received the trophy. I will repeat though what I’ve said on numerous occasions this season, nothing...

Dude’s Activity Alternatives...

Bachelor parties have been done…and in Vegas they’re almost becoming a cliché in certain circles. Sure, we all came here in our early 20’s to get drunk as shit, go to nightclubs, and spend our few remaining bucks at a strip club until 7 all the while falling in love with girls named after spices. Trust me, I’m all for this kind of debauchery because our window as guys closes all too soon but there are other legitimate “dude options” in Vegas. Here are a few different activities worth exploring with buddies the next time you head out to the desert. Fast Kart There’s no better way to turn back the clock and ramp up the competition levels than sucking down exhaust from serious horsepower go karts. The track is anything but easy to navigate and offers the racer in all of us a real challenge to rattle off top speeds without careening into tire barriers. It’s a quick Uber/Cab ride from the strip and in the sweltering summer heat you’ll appreciate the shelter of being inside with a chance to run your buddies off the road Shooting Ranges Option 1 Option 2 There are two very good options to shoot some heavy artillery right off the strip. Depending on what you’re after whether it’s assault rifles, machine gunes, or something more exotic one of these two locations will offer up the firearm of your choice. Make sure to call ahead, there are plenty of group deals to be found Paint Balling Option 1 Option 2 There’s no better way than taking out frustrations on your buddies than burying a few paintballs in the side of their skull. Unfortunately these venues aren’t that close to the strip but if you’re willing to take a...

Mid-Week Report May11

Mid-Week Report

The marathon that is the Premier League is winding down as most teams face at most two remaining league fixtures.  For our EPL insider James Kempton the hard work and heavy lifting is almost over.  However before we give him a proper send off he still has a few more wagering thoughts to offer for Wednesday’s matches. Norwich City v Watford Norwich -0.5 and 2.5 goals The Canaries need to win here and hope results go their way in other fixtures to avoid relegation. Thankfully there is not a better team for them to welcome to Carrow Road than this Watford side who seem to be freewheeling into the summer. Uncertainties over who will manage them next season seem to affecting the Hornets as recent results have been less than impressive. If Watford had been in even a semblance of form I’d look to side with them on this line but after just two wins in their last ten outings, I just can’t do it. Not that I’m rushing in on the home team although if I had to bet this game, which obviously nobody does, I’d side with the under. Sunderland v Everton Sunderland -0.75 and 2.75 goals Win and they’re safe is the carrot being dangled in front of Big Sam’s Sunderland men ahead of this game. Who better to welcome to town then than this doormat looking Everton side who appear to let everyone trample all over them. However, the Toffees are 7-7-2 against fellow bottom half sides whilst Sunderland have won just five of sixteen games in this same spot. I’ve been a huge critic of Roberto Martinez but this line is nonsense. I could stomach the home side being priced a quarter goal favourite but not three quarters of...

Kentucky Derby

He’s one of the best in the business when it comes to breaking down the triple crown races.  We’re thankful to bring him back yet again this year to offer his comprehensive analysis of every single horse in the field highlighted by his official picks and a few match-ups worth investing in come race day. Follow KyDerbyJay on Twitter 1)      Trojan Nation — Trying to become first horse to break his maiden with Derby win in over 80 years.  Seems highly unlikely.  Did run gamely in the Wood, but don’t think that was much of a field.  Don’t see anything to recommend. 2)      Suddenbreakingnews — The Arkansas Derby runner-up could offer some value to the back end of exotic tickets, as he’s likely to be doing his best running late. Think he’s a bit behind the top players, but is one to keep an eye on. 3)      Creator — The Arkansas Derby winner is another who should be flying in the lane.  Trackside reports have been raving about this guy has been training, and he’s eligible to take a big step forward.  Could it be enough to grab the roses? 4)      Mo Tom — Was well beaten last out in the Louisiana Derby, and would need to make a major improvement just to hit the board here.  Don’t like his chances at all. 5)      Gun Runner — Winner of 4 of 5 races, including last out in an impressive Louisiana Derby performance.   Seems to have the tactical style and an advantageous post position that can put him in a strong position to win this race.  I expect this guy to be ready for a career-best effort in his third start of the season, and...

EPL Weekend May06

EPL Weekend

The championship drama might be over with Tottenham’s collapse on Monday but there are still money making opportunities with the remaining fixtures.  James Kempton is here to finish out the grind with complete betting analysis of every weekend match-up. Norwich City v Manchester United Man United -0.5 and 2.5 goals Norwich had that famous 2-1 victory at Old Trafford when the sides met on the Saturday before Christmas. Prior to that though United had registered four successive victories to nil against the Canaries. Norwich are just 2-4-7 against the top third and they’ve failed to score in six of those thirteen games. United have a mixed record against the bottom third teams as they are 6-3-5 in this spot. In a game that offers minimal betting appeal I’d probably lean to the under 2.5 goals as United are sure to make sure the back door is shut before they attempt to unlock the front door. Aston Villa v Newcastle United Newcastle -0.75 and 2.5 goals It was 1-1 earlier this season when the sides met in the north east and that continued a run that has seen the last four meetings of the sides go under 2.5 goals and three of those went under the total. Newcastle are unbeaten in the last nine EPL meetings of the teams and it’s hard to make a case for them breaking that sequence here. Newcastle are 2-2-14 on the road and have a goal difference of -29 on their travels yet are priced as -0.75 favourites. Given those trends it’s hard to back this Newcastle side to win away from home…….unless they are playing Aston Villa. Greater need and greater desire makes players run further, tackle harder, and fight like lions. Games between the poorest sides in...