Archive for April, 2015

UVACavs

Every November I put out an article with my NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, Championship, and All-American predictions.  I’m easily the most accurate Champion predictor in the game.  Check the report card:

2012: Kentucky Correct. Everyone else loved UNC that year.

2013: Louisville Correct. Indiana didn’t live up to the hype.

2014: Arizona Wrong. C’mon, no one saw UConn coming.

2015: Duke Correct. I told y’all not to believe the Kentucky hype.

While our blog doesn’t go back further, I also correctly predicted UConn in 2011, Duke in 2010, UNC in 2009 (that was a no-brainer, though), and had Memphis in 2008 when Mario Chalmers stole that prediction from me with Kansas.  How do I do it?  I watch a shit load of NCAA Men’s Basketball.  We’re talking 100+ games a year (not including the 65 tournament games).  I also watch (or go to) the McDonald’s High School All-American game every year.  Then there’s the HoopMixtapes on YouTube of the incoming freshman.  Using all that information, I make an educated decision and pick the teams I like.

But this article?  This is for shits and giggles. It’s way too early as too many things can change with players going to the league and/or transferring, but you should probably read it anyway (and read the updated version here). Read the rest of this entry »

With the acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, the Boston Red Sox will be MLB's most improved team in 2015. (Photo courtesy of bostonglobe.com)

With the acquisitions of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, the Boston Red Sox will be MLB’s most improved team in 2015. (Photo courtesy of bostonglobe.com)

Opening day is finally here, and it is time for totalsportsblog.com’s 2015 MLB team by team record predictions. Last year, I did this in mid-February and should have clearly waited until the end of spring training.

Taking a look back at my predictions, I only correctly predicted the record of one team. The Chicago White Sox. I pretty much nailed the NL East and the AL Central. But after that, I was WAY off on some others.
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finalfourad

 

Inspired by a BaconSports.com article I read a couple of years ago, I decided to have a little fun on Craigslist tonight and see what people would be willing to trade for this weekend’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four tickets.  I posted an ad in the Indianapolis “for sale” section on craigslist.org, and waited for the responses to pour in. Read the rest of this entry »

derby

 

While much of the fun at the Kentucky Derby is in placing a bet and winning big, then celebrating your wins with a round of mint juleps for all your friends, there is also a fascinating culture that surrounds the Derby, which ranks the event right alongside the Master’s Tournament in Georgia and the Daytona 500 as the Big Three annual sports events in the south.

If you’re looking at odds at select venues like Sportsbook.ag (at https://www.sportsbook.ag/sbk/sportsbook4/horse-racing-betting/kentucky-derby-winner.sbkthen you know you’ve got that angle (and your bar tab) covered. But you are also investing in what is a deeply distinguished cultural event, honored by the state that bears its name. Read the rest of this entry »