ON THE CLOCK
Australian Open Finals
Williams v. Sharapova, Saturday, 3:00am et, ESPN- #1 v. #2, let’s do it.
Murray v. Djokovic, Sunday, 3:00am et, ESPN- it’s the new Federer-Nadal as these two meet for the 5th time in a Grand Slam Final.
Cavs @ T-Wolves, Saturday, 8:00pm et, ESPN
K-Love makes his triumphant return to Minnesota as Cleveland is doing everything to find some sort of rhythm and consistency.
Silva-Diaz, Saturday, 10:00 pm et
The Superbowl is far from the only event around as this MMA match is sure to feature some top flight action.
ONE FOR THE WISEGUYS- PROP BET EDITION!
Bet 1- Coin Toss: Heads (-101) v. Tails
Heads has come up 5 of the last 6 times, but Tails is 10-7 over the last 17. I’m taking the hot hand and chances of evening up the statistics.
Bet 2- Will there be a roughing the passer penalty? Yes (+150)
Pete’s teams are consistently the most penalized team in football. Meanwhile, RW scrambles behind the line enough that a brutal blow is likely.
Bet 3- First half under 24 (-115)
Since 2000, Superbowls lined 47 or higher have gone under 6 out of 8 times. I’m extrapolating this to a first half line. Why not?
Bet 4- Marshawn Lynch to score a TD and Seahawks win (+137)
Maybe this parlay isn’t worth it (Seahawks already -105), but it’s fun to root for, I think the Seahawks pull this out, and if they do, you know Lynch will score.
Last week: Blazers (+1); Result: W; 2015 Record: 2-1.
The argument phase of the criminal trial of Aaron Hernandez got under way this week. Here’s a synopsis. This feels strikingly similar to another landmark, NFL player trial of a few years ago…
ON THE BEAT
STAT OF THE WEEK
JUST A THOUGHT…
Why does every scandal have to be “_____gate”? I get that deflate-gate has a cool rhyme, but come on. Watergate was the actual name of the hotel, not some clever moniker. It’s just getting annoying.
HASHTAG REAL TALK
“When I was in college, I was going to class and some student came up to me and said, ‘I’m paying your tuition.’ I said, ‘You don’t pay my damn tuition. My mom paid that when she worked two jobs and I woke up every morning at 6 a.m. and worked hard.’”
– Michael Bennett, Seahawks D-End.
SHOT OF THE WEEK
This ball was served at 196 kmph. That’s roughly 122 mph for you non Europeans.