The usual abbreviated late Friday night blog as the Saturday game breakdowns continue well into the wee hours. I'll have a very deep card today, which is the norm for me in late February.
My Friday was okay. No repeat of the Thursday 9-0, but not bad. 3-1 on the colleges, a win with the Jazz in the NBA, but two losses on the ice. The NBA and NHL plays were 0.5x each. I also missed the cut with both of my Honda Classic picks, so that cost one unit. Bottom line is a small 0.4 net profit for the day. Bottom line for the month is beautiful with three more days left before the arrival of the new month.
The Friday Pros vs. Joes rundown was helpful, thought there were no real standout sides. But the sharper sides identified did well overall, which has been the rule rather than the exception. Contact me via email at email@example.com for details on my personal plays and/or the Pros-Joes.
Friday free on Oakland got there, and I'll try and grab another one with a Saturday SoCon ...
Baseball previews start Monday! In the meantime, I'm taking a few days off from the commentary portion of this blog.
I'll spend a moment or two happily recapping Thursday, however. This was a dream day. Eight college basketball underdogs, and they each covered, with all but one winning outright. I also got on the right side of a shootout in the NHL and won that as well with the Rangers topping Toronto. That's a 9-0 day, and those sure don't happen all the time.
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Thursday's free play was an easy winner as Cal Poly earned a virtual wire to wire win at Long Beach State. I'm quite sure the Friday comp will meet with consensus approval.
861 OAKLAND at 862 GREEN BAY
Take: 861 OAKLAND -1
I'm landing on what is going to be a very heavy public side on Friday evening. I don't think there's any question ...
No editorializing tonight, as I'm still breaking down a big Thursday schedule. But here's the quick blog game plan for MLB '17. I intend to get rolling on the individual team previews beginning next Monday. I'll likely have a few Over/Under win prop plays included where I see value, but the main task will be get something together on each of the 30 teams.
My Wednesday was a 3-3 split, so no complaints. Couple of close losses to be sure, but they're going to happen. February has been a banner month so far, and I'll be trying to add to the bottom line with what is going to be very deep Thursday card.
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This will be one of my abbreviated blogs, with just a quick recap of Tuesday's plays, plus the free selection for Wednesday.
My Tuesday resulted in a minimal profit of +0.35 units. I won two of the three full game plays, missing on Eastern Michigan, but getting there with Clemson and Colorado State. However, I hedged at halftime of the CSU-New Mexico game. That was due to an ankle injury suffered by Gian Clavell right before halftime. With no knowledge as to the severity and therefore in the blind as to whether Clavell would be able to return, I thought it wise to at least protect a portion of my investment on the Rams. It also enabled me to have a chance at winning both the full game and the 2H wager. As it turned out, Clavell had just twisted the ankle, and he returned to lead the Rams to a terrific revenge win over the Lobos. And that's how I wound up the proceedings at +0.35.
The Pros vs. Joes report had another tremendous result, and I can't exaggerate how good this info ...
I might as well weigh in with my two cents on the big NBA deal between Sacramento and New Orleans. DeMarcus Cousins is now a Pelican, and pairing the explosive superstar with Anthony Davis now gives the franchise a frontcourt that will be the envy of most NBA teams.
I understand Cousins has some temperament issues, and there is no question he has to cut down on the volatility if he really wants to help make the Pelicans a contender. Whether or not New Orleans makes the playoffs this season doesn't matter much. Cousins and Davis together is sure to be an attractive lure for an elite backcourt free agent. Pelicans fans have every right to be in a highly optimistic state of mind right now.
As for the Kings, they're still the Kings. Here comes yet another rebuilding phase. I think this trade was beyond awful for Sacramento. Buddy Hield was a terrific college player at Oklahoma, but I see him with limited upside at the NBA level. If he's the crown jewel of the deal from Vlade ...
No show on Monday thanks to the holiday, and with a very light overall schedule (no NBA, just two NHL, and a small handful of college hoops), I'm going to enjoy as close as it gets for me to a day off. So no commentary on anything tonight.
My Sunday turned out to be pretty sensational thanks to the Dustin Johnson win at Riviera. The overall tally for the day was +7.15 net and the February bottom line is looking mighty nice right now.
I've got just one play on Monday, and that's in college basketball. Here's what is for now an added opinion for Monday evening. Note this is NOT a personal play at this time.
711 COASTAL CAROLINA at 712 SOUTH ALABAMA
Take: COASTAL CAROLINA +3
Both Coastal Carolina snd South Alabama are showing signs of life down the Sun Belt stretch. The Chanticleers had won four of five before falling at Troy on Saturday. The Jaguars are also 4-2 in their last six games following Saturday's win at home against Appalachian State.
This is the only meeting ...
Our Monday editions of "The Las Vegas Sportsline" (weekdays 2-3 PM, ESPN Las Vegas) have a segment called the "Clown of the Weekend." It would appear as though we have a runaway leader in the clubhouse for the next award.
LaVar Ball has every right to be a very proud father. Lonzo, LaVar's son, is one of the most talented and exciting players in college basketball this season. There appears to be little question Lonzo will be plying his trade in the NBA as a future lottery pick.
But, even while allowing for some bias on the part of Dad, LaVar went beyond ridiculous when he declared that his son is better than Steph Curry. That's not down the road. He said today. Right now.
"Put Steph Curry on UCLA's team right now, and put my boy on Golden State and watch what happens," LaVar said.
Okay, I'll offer my opinion as to what would happen. UCLA would have a great chance to win the national championship. The Warriors would not have a great chance to win the NBA championship.
My usual cut right to the chase wee hours of the Saturday morning blog. The variables I put the most trust in as far as college basketball is concerned show up in great volume late in the regular season. So the task for me on days like this is not to find good spots, but actually to find reasons to throw out a good number of the opinions. As of now, I've played six college games, plus one in the NHL. I'm sure to add some hockey in the morning and will likely end up grabbing a couple more colleges at some point once I assess the market.
Friday was fun as I win another huge NHL underdog with Colorado upsetting Carolina. The hoops went 2-1 with only a needless late game foul by UALR costing me the sweep. No complaints, though. For info on my personal service plays or the daily Pros vs. Joes rundowns, contact me via email at email@example.com.
Here's one of the games on my Saturday college slate. I play more dogs than chalk, especially late in the season, but this is a favorite that ...
Thursday was Grapefruit League media day, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was center stage. Baseball's head honcho spent much of his press conference talking about some proposed rule changes designed to speed up the game along with one that would likely increase offensive production. I'll offer my take on the possibilities that were discussed.
Manfred talked about streamlining instant replay in a couple of ways. One was a 30-second rule for managers to issue challenges. Another was imposing reasonable time limits for the replay center umpires. Thumbs up on both ideas. The whole concept of replay challenges is to get bad calls correct. I have no problem if a really marginal call goes one way or the other, and I really don't think we need to sit on our collective hands for three or more minutes on those types. That's why I'd like a one-minute time limit for the reviews. If no decision can be made after viewing for sixty seconds, the call stands.
I think MLB is going to do away ...
I'm skipping the commentary tonight as the editorial is part of the daily free play. As for the Wednesday results, 2-1 on my full game plays but I did lose a half unit second half selection. One of those days where I wish I'd gone a bit deeper with the personal plays, but hindsight is almost always 20/20.
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Oklahoma City started slowly on Wednesday night, but the Knicks turned back into the Knicks midway through the second quarter and the Thunder got the win and cover as the daily free play. I'll head to the Big West for my ...
Well, that didn't take long.
Pitchers and catchers just reported to camp, and it now appears as though Alex Reyes will likely be reporting for surgery.
Reyes, the crown jewel of the St. Louis Cardinals organizational prospects, and a consensus top five guy overall, has elbow problems. Results of his MRI will likely be released today. But word is Reyes is going to require TJS, and that he's already looking for a second opinion. No one looks for a second opinion unless the first one is lousy news.
This is a huge blow to the Cardinals. Reyes was very likely to be at worst the #5 starter coming out of spring training. I know there was some speculation he might start the season in the minors, but I just wasn't buying that. Reyes was ready to take his place in a big league rotation, particularly one that at least had some question marks already.
As it now stands, the St. Louis rotation is Carlos Martinez, Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, Mike Leake and Michael Wacha. That sounds ...
LaMarcus Aldridge is a little bit peeved. The Spurs forward doesn't think it's right that his team will have only representative participating in this weekend's NBA All-Star game.
In spite of being 42-13, the second best record in the league through tonight's action, Kawhi Leonard will be the only San Antonio player in uniform this Sunday for the festivities taking place in New Orleans.
Aldridge has a point. It does seem a little peculiar that a team as sound as the Spurs was able to land only one All-Star roster spot. But then again, that's kind of what the Spurs are all about. It's been all about the team and not the individual for as long as I can remember.
Perhaps that's why Monday night's win over the Pacers got little fanfare, despite the fact it clinched an amazing accomplishment for this franchise. That victory insures the Spurs will finish the season with a winning record for the 20th consecutive campaign, and that's a new all-time NBA record.
Congrats to the ...