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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I Got a Proposition For Ya...

Well, folks, it's almost here. We're finally less than a week from the start of the Super Bowl, but seeing as I'm not quite ready to make my pick yet, I'm choosing to attempt to stimulate your minds with a bunch of other shit that's been goin' on in the lead up to the big game...

Super Bowl XLII


First thing that comes to mind, obviously, is the gambling aspect of Super Bowl 42. I could talk about Brady's health status, the soaring price of tickets (up to $4,300 on average at last check) or pre game strategy, but if you really wanna take a look at this stuff right now, you'd be better off gonig here http://www.patriots.com/ or http://www.scoreamfm.com/ . At those sites you can get all the press conference coverage you want, and on my station's site, you can follow along with Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak LIVE everyday this week from radio row in Phoenix from 2-7. That stuff is very interesting, don't get me wrong, but too much of it can be nauseating, and you know you can get all the important "quotes" when they trickle into the normal media cycle. I'll get that stuff to you later in the week if any of it proves to be relevant, but until then, let's chew on this...

It seems most people's favorite part of the Super Bowl, especially if "their team" isn't in the big game, is the gambling. Whether it's a straight up bet with a friend, those office pools with the squares, or a prop bet online or in Vegas, everyone wants to have some sort of action down on the big game. And let me tell you, with this game, the trouble isn't finding the action, it's finding the good bets to put the smart money on, and the insanely crazy bet to throw a little on, in hopes of winning the lotto. The following is a list of possible wagering opportunities, both crazy and normal, that you should consider droppin' some cakes on, should it happen to strike your fancy...

9 to 1
Wes Welker gets between 111-120 yards receiving

-It could turn out that Randy Moss again becomes the focus of the offense here in the Super Bowl, but should the G-Men decide to take him out like a lot of teams here late in the season, then it could turn into another big game, for little Wes. Think Deion Branch against the Panthers...

-300 money line
Kevin Faulk does not score a touchdown in Super Bowl XLII

-Hey, I love Faulk as much as the next guy, but the fact is he doesn't score nearly enough TD's to warrant this low money line. Sounds like tasty action to me...

+500 money line
Patriots to win the EA Sports Madden simulation before the game

-This is an easy one. The Pats dominate on paper, and that's all this thing is based on. Steep line, I know, but when it's a sure thing, you just have to choke down the lousy odds, grow a few stones, and slap down the scazole...

Over 5
How many times Joe Buck will mention Peyton Manning's name during the broadcast

-Do I even need to give a reason?? Slam-a-lama...ding dong! I just had to double check and make sure this line wasn't just for the 1st quarter...

+800 money line
Victoria's Secret will have the highest rated TV commercial

-In all honesty, this is a rather unlikely occurrence with all the power guys like Bud, Pepsi, Coke and various other fly-by-night Intraweb companies can bring, but anytime I get odds like this when dealing with hot babes in lingerie, I'm takin' 'em, and not asking any freakin' questions! Budweiser is the favorite in this category, taking bets at -200...

over 1 minute 42 seconds
How long it will take Jordyn Sparks to sing the National Anthem

-I love taking the anthem bet, and seeing as I think all these "entertainers" are grand-standing, egomaniacs, I figure they always go over. Hey, I know I'd be hammin' it up and grabbin' as much of the spotlight as I possibly could. I just wanna know when one of them gets smart enough to throw a ton of loot on this thing, and rakes in a ton of loots! I know all bookies put a small cap on a lot of prop bets, but still! It's not that hard to make it happen, people!

+140 money line
Tom Petty will sing "Runnin' Down a Dream" to end his halftime show performance

-It fits with the theme of the Pats run to perfection, and it's a rockin' jam. I see him startin' it up with maybe "American Girl", workin' in a few remixes with maybe a special guest or two, and then closin it out with this. "Free Falling" is the favorite at -150, with "Learnin' to fly" the longshot at +1200...

Peyton Manning -2
Eli's # of completions vs the 25 Peyton had in last year's Super Bowl

-So, Eli needs 23 completions, huh? I won't say this is any sort of lock, but there's no way I see Eli lighting it up, so I'll take this low number and hope for the best...

10 to 1
Brandon Jacobs to win Super Bowl XLII MVP

-I figure, if the Giants win, Jacobs is gonna be a major reason why, at least on the offensive end. More or less, I didn't like any of the odds for the guys I wanted to take ( Brady: 1 to 2, Moss: 4 to 1, Welker: 5 to 1), so pretty much I sided with the bet with the best "odds vs talent" guy available. Granted, my MVP should be on the winning team, but should the unthinkable happen, I like to at least have a possible silver lining to fall back on, if not only monetarily...

4 to 1
Plaxico Burress will have the longest pass reception of the game

-Randy Moss is the best deep threat playing in the game on Sunday, but Plax get's more targets, and therefore gets my pick. Eli likes going up top to Plax, so at least this bet can keep me in the game even til the final seconds...


So there you have it. Everyone loves to bet on the Super Bowl, everyone loves crazy prop bets and now you can satisfy both those vices by plopping your money down right where I advised to put it. As for my pick on the actual game, never fear. I'll have my special Super Bowl tease locked and loaded on Friday, so make sure to come back and check it out...

Until then, I'll leave you with this surreal video made in support of the Patriots before they got clocked by the Bears in Super Bowl XX. Is it me, or does it look like these guys went straight from a kid touching seminar, and right into the recording booth? OH, and Pats fans can officially stop wondering why people don't like them after they take a look at this disaster...

...on second thought, I'd like to apologize to the alleged petafiles. Apparently, the clothes they're wearing in the video (which gave me reason to call them kid touchers) were perfectly hip in the 1980's. I mean, if it was cool enough for Eddie Murphy and Rick James, then who the Hell am I to argue?! Then again...cocaine was one Hell of a drug...

News and Notes
As most of them will be from this point forward, this weekend in college hoops was very entertaining as well as very educational. In essence, great weekends like this embody exactly what the student athlete experience should be all about, right? You learn shit, you play some hoops, and then you go drink your face off with a bunch of scantily clad co-eds, right? It's a beautiful thing. But when these guys aren't starring in homemade "Girls Gone Wild" clips, and hittin' the books with their favorite tutor/test taker + paper writer, they actually manage to get a few games in there. Here are some notes of what I took away from the games I scoped out this weekend.

-I gave the Indiana Hoosiers the kiss of death on Friday when I said I would be talking about how good they were in my next post. I still believe in the power of freshmen Eric Gordon and senior forward DJ White, but droppin' a home game to a depleted UCONN team didn't exactly do much to enstill confidence. When Jim Calhoun has to suspend two of his top scorers for an alcohol violation, from a team that's not very deep anyway, and you still let them beat you in your own place, it's not a good sign. For now, chalk it up as just a bad game, but should IU continue to slide, we can point to this game as the jumping off point...

-Fresh off beating conference rivals Dayton and UMASS by an average of 24 points this week, the Xavier Musketeers have established themselves as the team to beat in the Atlantic 10. What was once a conference that seemed destined to get 4 or 5 teams into the dance, the A-10 squads have struggled a bit of late as they've begun to beat each other up. Good thing for Xavier, is they're the ones doing the beating. Led by former Oklahoma point guard Drew Lavender, they run an uptempo style game, game defend on the ball, and can streak shoot like no body's business. Sounds like your run of the mill Xavier team, and those teams always screw up brackets come tourney time...

-Don't look now, but the two time defending National champion Florida Gators are back in the rankings at #19, with a white hot bullet. Virtually written off for dead after sending all their talent to the NBA last season, the Gators stormed into the polls this week after trouncing #13 Vandy by 22, and improving their impressive record to 18-3, and 5-1 in the SEC. Funny thing is, is that despite that convincing W, it wasn't enough to push Billy Donovan and the boys head of Vandy in the latest National polls. Gee, and you wonder why I question their validity. To give you the 4-1-1, as the kids say, these new look Gators are led by 6'6" freshman swingman Nick Calathes (16 ppg / 5 rpg / 6 apg) and 6'10" sophomore big man Marreese Speights (above) (14.1 ppg / 7.9 rpg). They may be young, but they're deep and they're hungry, and that's always a dangerous combo...

Here are the big tilts to watch for this week. Hey, picture it as a way to quell your boredom until the weekend starts...

Tuesday
none

Wednesday
Kansas @ Kansas St.
Villanova @ Pittsburgh
Memphis @ Houston
Vanderbilt @ Mississippi
Creighton @ Drake
Texas @ Texas A&M
Syracuse @ DePaul

Thursday
Boston College @ North Carolina
North Carolina St. @ Duke
Arizona St. @ UCLA
Providence College @ Notre Dame

There's the lowdown in the world of college basketball, and in case you forgot, I have my top 10 posted on the right from Friday morning. Watch these games, and get back to me...

Just when we were all setting into a Patriot-like grove with the Boston Celtics, they go and throw a bunch of wrenches right into the finely tuned machine that had been their season. After starting the season at a blistering 29-3 clip, the C's have gone 5-5 over their last 10, a time span that has seen Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett miss time due to injury. The problem here is, you can't possibly overreact when a team finally comes back down to earth, and the truth in the NBA is that injuries do happen. That being said, my main concerns going into the season were depth, age (or being prone to injury), and lack of a good coach. Well, my amigos, after watching the play of this team over the last 3 weeks or so, I can soundly say that all my fears, while not necessarily realized, have definitely risen to the surface. The depth issue has been brought to the forefront mostly with the injury to Rondo. I know you can't really have depth to replace guys like Ray and KG, but having a reliable back up point guard is something that this time is in desparate need of, whether Rondo is healthy or not. I love Eddie House and Tony Allen as much as the next guy, but neither is anything remotely resembling an NBA point guard. As for Ray and KG, while you can't chalk those injuries up to lack of depth, you can attribute them to these being old, and having a ton of minutes under their legs. I'm sure they will come back healthy, and sooner rather than later (as Ray is already back on the court), but it just goes to show that when you're dealing with older guys like this, it can all be a house of cards. Again, I'm not saying Ainge and crew would have been better off holding on to Al Jefferson, it's just that this is the risk you take when you put all your eggs in a basket that's a few years away from an AARP card.

The plus side to this time of flux, is that it will give guys like Glen Davis and Leon Powe time to
actually contribute in crunch time, which should give them valuable experience come playoff time. As for the weak coaching I mentioned earlier? Well, I can never resist a chance to take a shot at my boy Glen "Doc" Rivers, so seeing as the team is in the midst of the worst streak they'll probably have all season long, I figured he has to somehow be blamed. I have no recent evidence to point to this, mind you, but at this point, I'm pretty sure he's already laid out a rather convincing argument that he's a tard of a coach, and is not to be trusted with such a talented squad. I guess only time can prove me right on that one, so good thing we got plenty of it left...

One guy that I can virtually guarantee won't have any injury or chemistry issues this year, is my main man Tiger Woods. It's been a mere minutes since Tiger blitzed the field by 8 shots to take his 4th straight Buick Invitational, but already the talk has begun on how good a chance he has at capturing all 4 Grand Slam titles in 2008. Personally, I think it's "realistic" that Tiger wins the Grand Slam every year, and the fact that he dominated at the Buick for a 4th year in a row does nothing to sway my opinion. He's the best player in the World, and while there are other great players out there, the only person that's going to keep him from winning all 4 major titles this year, is Tiger Woods. In my eyes, that makes it just another year on the PGA Tour. Go Tiger, I'm rootin' for ya buddy!

Speaking of guys that are often in the mix when it comes to racially charged sports commentary, I give you the new blog of one Stephen "A" Smith. As deadspin.com has so poignantly pointed out, the funny thing about this isn't that this blog exists, but that the people commenting on "A's" stories are utterly hysterical. Here's a sampling of a few. Mind you, the commenting apparently got so out of control (racist and just pure hatred for all things Stephen A.) that a filter needed to be put in to stop some of the less resilient lunatics. Still, this shit managed to make it through. I say bravo to you, fine sirs...Bra-Vo...


Remember that time you said the Chargers should kick a field goal on third down because if you miss, you can just kick it again on 4th down? That was awesome. I hope this blog is that awesome too.

To subscribe to the Offline version of this blog do I need to do anything besides unplug my Internet connection?

Loud, does not equal insightful.

As for politics, we shall gladly take your advice and vote for Hillary, Barack and McCain. But we all know the best candidate has not declared candidacy yet. You! And Isiah Thomas for VP!!

Quite frankly, those are some damn funny comments, but unfortunately, they aren't nearly as funny as this...






Now, I won't hate on the guy for having a blog, for obvious reasons, but I will hate on him for using it as a "last resort", while many of us use it as a kind of "stepping stone". It's kind of like Dennis Miller going from Monday Night Football, to some late night show on Versus. Face it, "A". People are sick of hearing you yell at other peeps, sick of hearing you talk about how much everyone sucks, and plainly put, they're just sick of you. You're shtick is old, and you had your 15 minutes. Get your big mouth off my TV, off my radio, and get the Hell off my world wide web!! This is my media entity, bitch! And I'll be damned if I'm gonna sit back and let you give an even worse name to something I personally hold in rather high regard!

And ya know, not to get all political on ya, but I have some thoughts on the presidential race as it sits right now. Going into this thing, I thought that former NYC mayor, Rudy Giuliani, had a good chance at winning the Republican nomination. As time's gone on, here, and primaries have been held, Rudy's been getting left in the dust, and it's had me confused. How is a guy, who seems to be loved all over the country, getting his ass kicked so thoroughly be a war veteran, a Mormon, and even a guy from Law & Order?!?! Well, my friends, mystery solved. When you have guys like this speaking on your behalf, it's no wonder you can't get any freakin' votes. At least all the flip-flopping frauds withe lisps will be voting for him...

http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=4166296&affil=wlne

Pretty weak, Johnny. You were once the representation of the "everyman", and now you're taking time out of your Cristal bath to stump for a Republican? Oh how the mighty have fallen. Learn to speak, you dumbass. Until then, get off my TV, and stop ruining people's chances at winning a race for public office!

Oh, and I heard the NHL All-Star game was played on Sunday, but I'm still checking with my sources. As of right now, I can neither confirm or deny that A) that league still exists or B) that game actually took place. Hey, man. Sometimes that tree falls in the woods, and you're inside rippin' bingers and watchin' TV. Dems da breaks...

That's all I got for today, boys and girls, but there's plenty more where this came from come Friday morning, so make sure to come back. I'll have a final score prediction and a complete breakdown for the Super Bowl, my new college hoops top 10, and tons of other entertaining shit to help get you ready for a fantastic weekend...Ciao...