I didn’t realize that today was a holiday until I saw that the Rangers and Islanders were playing a matinee. That made me ask a question: why are they playing Monday afternoon? Answer: Hockey is not a major sport and it really doesn’t matter. It wasn’t that way when I was growing up. There were four major professional sports; baseball, football, hockey and basketball.
Today is Columbus day, a holiday that’s not really a holiday. The stock market is open, UPS is delivering, everyone I know is working and so forth. It’s fitting that the NHL would choose to have a special event on a day that isn’t really special.
There are only 3 major professional sports and most people are fine with that. Hockey holds a special place in my heart as I grew up enjoying the game. Like most people, I’ve moved on from it. That’s too bad, but these things happen.
On the flip side, the lack of hockey passion makes “Slap Shots” only $5 on DVD. That’s awesome!
It seemed as if the state of New Jersey was going to fight to get sports betting legalized a few months back. Well, today Governor Chris Christie decided not to move the efforts forward.
“At this time, given the unprecedented economic crisis and other challenges facing the state, the governor has determined that the state’s limited resources would be better utilized by focusing on other, more immediate issues facing the citizens of New Jersey,” (Jeff) Chiesa wrote.
A Christie spokesman, Michael Drewniak, said “there were just too many steep legal hurdles to clear, and it would at best be a legal long shot.”
I’ll never understand politics anywhere, let alone New Jersey. New Jersey is in dire need of income to keep balancing its budgets, so it seems strange that the state is turning away from a possible new income stream.
I expect this to be looked at by the state again in the near future.
I was checking the 2010 NBA Draft Prop bets last night and found some interesting opportunities and figured I’d share them. I love the NBA draft because it’s right after the end of the season and followed closely by free agency. This is the time where the losing teams get ready to turn things around for next year. I find building the team as much fun as playing the season.
I present you with odds to win the FIFA World Cup that begins this week. I know less about national teams than I do about the specific leagues, which isn’t much. Because of my lack of knowledge here I would stick with the favorites, but that’s no fun.
The USA at 80-1 could be fun, but no team from this side of the world has ever won the World Cup so I don’t see that as a reality. Here are the odds from sportsbook.com all based on a moneyline of 100. For example Argentina is 6.5-1.
Yesterday, Disney announced that they would be closing most of the ESPN Zone restaurants across the country.
It’s unclear what has prompted Disney to close the establishments, although the bars may well be a casualty of the recession. A poll released in March by AlixPartners found that 30% of consumers planned to eat out less frequently, and spend less per meal than they did the year before.
I understand why people would shy away from a bar/restaurant that charges a bit more for average bar food and drinks. I happen to like the ESPN Zone’s that I’ve been to and there’s always something inside me that wants to install a TV in my bathroom after every visit.
Specifically, I’ve had a great time at the Las Vegas location inside of NYNY. The NYNY sportsbook is almost non-existent, so I have to imagine that MGM will find another name to slap on the ESPN Zone and re-brand it as something similar to Legasse Stadium at the Palazzo. I’m thinking that MGM’s relationship with the Light Group will come into play here, but I’m not sure how just yet.
I like to bet of sports and baseball season is all about moneyline betting. Things are just getting rolling in baseball so I figured it would be a good time to touch on what a moneyline is. Moneyline betting is basic for me because I bet on sports regularly, but I get asked often “what’s up with the pluses and minuses.” I’ll break it down as easily as I can.
Moneyline is a simple bet as there is no worry about point spreads. You’re just picking winners.
The moneyline is based around $100. For example, +200 means you will win $200 if you bet $100. If the moneyline is -200, you must bet $200 to win $100. I’ll get a little more specific:
Moneyline favorites usually come with a minus next to their name. For example if the Yankees are -190 you would have bet $190 to win $100.
The underdog usually has a plus next to their name. For example if the Red Sox are +150 against the Yankees you bet $100 to win $150.
It’s pretty simple when you’re looking at head to head moneyline sports bets. The same form holds true if you’re betting on a race or multi-participant event (golf, NASCAR, etc.)
Tiger Woods -150
Phil Mickleson +500
Clearly Tiger Woods is favored over Phil Mickleson. Mickleson is 5-1. Pretty long odds. A $150 bet on Tiger would give you returns of $100, while $100 on Phil would return $500.
Moneyline betting doesn’t take center stage for all sports. Basketball and football are more about the spreads while baseball and hockey are more focused on the moneyline.
Hopefully this helped simplify how to make a moneyline bet.
It’s time for the Kentucky Derby and the beginning of the Triple Crown of horse racing. It is supposed to rain all day tomorrow. I’m not sure what that means for the races, but that usually only favors a few horses. I’ll do research just before the race and tumble or tweet my picks. Here are the odds from sportsbook.com.
If you have a real strong feeling and want to go for broke there are odds if anyone will be a triple crown winner this year. I wouldn’t make a -800 bet, but that’s the odds of no Triple Crown winner and the smart money.
Earlier this week there was an awesome and funny twitter meme #SeinfeldDerbyHorseNames. I know Seinfeld like the back of my hand. There were tons of funny entries. Here is a sample, but check out the up to date offerings.
calbears96 1. Gipple 2. Mulva 3. Man Hands 4. Eats peas with a fork 5. Stella! 6. Be my latex salesman #SeinfeldDerbyHorseNames
Coach_07840 @richeisen: Master Of His Domain #SeinfeldDerbyHorseNames
bonilla_ #SeinfeldDerbyHorseNames Hello Newman, No Soup For You, and Master of My Domain
dPain119: #SeinfeldDerbyHorseNames “Puddy”
noel_nitecki Take The Pen #SeinfeldDerbyHorseNames
A new, and free, iPhone application is available for sports betters – Bet Tracker Pro. The app keeps track of your sports bets so you don’t have to keep checking you bet tickets. Of course, you can’t use a mobile phone in a sportsbook without getting yelled at but if you’re anywhere else this could be an easy way to track your bets.
This looks like a pretty cool app and the ratings are good. I wish I had this last week in Las Vegas to be be able to review it accurately. For the time being I’ll test it out in a less than perfect situation.
Note that the free version of the app only allows for tracking of one bet.
The Masters begins tomorrow morning. I won’t be touching this with a 10 foot poll. As of now Tiger Woods is just 3 1/2 – 1. Those are not odds I like. I prefer larger odds. I haven’t thought about golf all year so I have no idea who I’d choose.
I love baseball. I have many ties to baseball, but growing up on the east coast baseball season usually meant spring was just around the corner.
I’m a Yankees fan. I grew up a Yankees fan and I’ll always be a Yankees fan. With that said, I would be looking to the National League for any baseball futures bets. I don’t see any surprises in the AL. However, the NL has a chance at an upset. Odds are below.
Arizona Diamondbacks +3000
Atlanta Braves +2000
Baltimore Orioles +6000
Boston Red Sox +600
Chicago Cubs +1500
Chicago White Sox +2000
Cincinnati Reds +3000
Cleveland Indians +6000
Colorado Rockies +2500
Detroit Tigers +4000
Florida Marlins +3000
Houston Astros +10000
Kansas City Royals +10000
Los Angeles Angels +2500
Los Angeles Dodgers +2500
Milwaukee Brewers +5000
Minnesota Twins +2500
New York Mets +4000
New York Yankees +275
Oakland Athletics +4000
Philadelphia Phillies +600
Pittsburgh Pirates +10000
San Diego Padres +10000
San Francisco Giants +3000
Seattle Mariners +2000
St Louis Cardinals +1200
Tampa Bay Rays +1200
Texas Rangers +2500
Toronto Blue Jays +10000
Washington Nationals +10000
Managing the playoffs in baseball is different than any other sport. The game changes. Pitching staff strategies change. A team only needs 3 starting pitchers. Maybe 4. Because of that I look towards NL teams with a few good starting pitchers.