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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Madness resumes...

March Madness resumes tonight with the first four games of the Sweet 16 taking place. Liking the favs across the board tonight, and expecting Syracuse to roll big, though I have feeling Kentucky could be pressed.

The World Cup coverage schedule for this summer has been released, and all games will be broadcast in HD, with all of them live except where two games are taking place at the same time. Awesome news, CBC.

In other World Cup news, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has to be a little embarrassed that 650,000 tickets of the 2.95 million available remain unsold. Even England's federation returned 1,000 of its 29,000 tickets. Guess people don't want to fly that far for that much in a country not exactly known as being overly secure. When you're scaring the English off, that's something.

Here's why Toronto Raptors pylon Jose Calderon sucks: "it was too easy and it was kind of a straight line (to the basket) sometimes, so it was my fault. What are you going to do? It happens." Wrong, Jose, it just happens to you, over and over and over again. For those that loved him up two years ago, where are you now? His horrible defending is only exceeded by his worse contract.

BMO Field in Toronto, home of Toronto FC, will host the MLS Cup on November 21st, a good get for TFC. Wonder if they'll be the first team to host but not make the playoffs.

Word is Tim Tebow, Florida's QB that is preparing to enter the NFL draft, tried to get other prospects to join him in prayer before taking the Wonderlic test. One player responded with "shut the fuck up". I'll never understand why some people feel the need to shove their faith down other people's throats.

Donovan McNabb may end up a St. Louis Ram, if you believe the rumors coming out of St. Louis. For their part, Philadelphia coach Andy Reid isn't denying trade discussions regarding their three QB's have taken place.


Kristian said...

Agree on Kentucky. Does Kentucky have the defense to limit Cornell's hot shooting? Hoping for Cornell and Purdue today... anything to make WVU's (if they win tonight) road to the final easier (they do have the defense to stop Cornell).

B. Kennedy said...

I loved (by which I mean, hated) Doug Smith praising Calderon for admitting he got curb-stomped defensively. Yeah, that's really laudable: get demolished, hang your team out to dry, and then say, "yeah it was my fault, but he had a really good game. What can you do? It happens." Yeah, that's accountability.

BronxBomber said...

MLS season starts today with Philly Union going at it against Seattle Sounders...betting all MLS games a draw this year.

gbvh said...

I'm taking Seattle I think.
Story in Sun today saying the MLS released a statement that it hasn't been decided Toronto is hosting MLS Cup.

Hey BB:
Have you done any homework on that?
As in, if you were to do that last year, would it have made money?

gbvh said...

Game is on live on GOLTV.

Napoli just came back from 1-0 down at the half to bitch slapp Jve ... 3-1.
Could have been four if they didn't miss a PK.

gbvh said...

>Going to check out the tie chart right now . . .

Edit: Unless my math is wrong (very well could be), 69 of 225 games finished tied.
So 30 per cent?
Say a tie is, on average, +250 ... I think if you were to bet, say, $10 a game ... you'd be up $5 for every 10 games bet.
So $112.50 on the season (?)
Again, I'm no math wiz ... but is that right?
Doesn't sound quite worth the trouble/risk from here.

BronxBomber said...

GBVH, your stats are right. made give or take 600 on 50/game.

gbvh said...

Yeah but I don't think that's convincing enough.
I mean...what's the max you could possibly win?
Saying, I think it's more likely there would be, say, 10 to 20 per cent ties than 40 to 50 or something like that.
I just think the risk is not worth the measly potential reward.