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Jerry Reinsdorf wins a “major award”. Its fragile, must be Italian

June 30, 2011 Leave a comment

ChicagoAs the Chicago White Sox prepare to invade Wrigley Field to face the Cubs this weekend for another edition of the Crosstown Series, Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf already should feel like a winner. On June 21, Reinsdorf was one of the recipients of a Jefferson Award, regarded as the “Nobel Prize for public service.”

This sounds like a big deal and everything, but what did he get it for?  The article doesn’t say exactly what his charity work was, so I am going to assume that it’s for giving Adam Dunn a job and 56 million dollars.  I don’t know how he is supposed to feel like a winner.  The White Sox are the worst baseball team in this city not named the Chicago Cubs.  

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CUBS WIN!!!! If they win tomorrow, thats called a winning streak

June 27, 2011 Leave a comment

 

All the Cubs needed to start winning was to stop playing American League powerhouses like the Kansas City Royals.  Suck it Rockies.

 

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Rebuilding The Blackhawks: Free Agent Centers UPDATE

June 27, 2011 Leave a comment

I want Brad Richards.  That’s all there is to it.  People are saying they shouldn’t give him a big contract because it would be the same cap burden as Campbell.  That’s a ridiculous line of thinking.  How can you be “burdened” by a top 10 player in the league?  Richards would get a 100 points for the Blackhawks and would give the Hawks the best 1-2 punch of centers in the league.  I think the Blackhawks should offer Richards either 5 years and 35m, or 7 years and 42m.  The time to win is now.  The Blackhawks have cap space, and Richards at 7m a season provides more value than Brooks Laich or anyone else at 4 or 4.5m.  The Hawks can afford Richards and still have enough money to sign another defenseman and give Patrick Sharp a raise.

Forward Lines:

Patrick Sharp(5m, assumed contract extension) Jonathan Toews(6.3m) Patrick Kane(6.3)

Rusty Olesz(3.125m) Brad Richards(7m) Marian Hossa(5.275m)

Ben Smith($812,500) Dave Bolland(3.375m) Michael Frolik(2.275m,assumed raise)

Kyle Beach(1.171m) Marcus Kruger(900,000) Bryan Bickell($541,667)

13th forward(750k)

Defense:

Brent Seabrook(5.8m) Duncan Keith(5.538m)

Nik Hjalmarsson(3.5m) Nick Leddy(1.117m)

Chris Campoli(1.5m) 6th Defenseman(1.2m)

John Scott($512,500)

Goalies:

Corey Crawford(2.67m)

Alexander Salak($612,500)

Total: 64m.  And that’s rounding up.  The real total is a couple hundred grand less than that.  This team as presently constructed would probably go like 82-0.  Just do it Stan.

 

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Lock of the Century: MLB Edition

June 9, 2011 4 comments

Betting on baseball is so easy its unbelievable.  No wonder Pete Rose couldn’t resist.  Its like somebody giving you cash for being able to read or something.  I killed it yesterday.  Cubs had lost 8 in a row.  Their losing streak had no end in sight, except I saw it from a mile away.  Cubs were big winners.  For kicks I gave the citizens the Brewers win and the over…win and win.  The day before I gave you the road dog Red Sox to win 2 of 3 games on the series bet…and that cashed in too.  Just picking winners like its my job, good thing it is. I picked the Miami Heat in my NBA Lock of the Century, and I am pretty much hoping I lose that one so I am making up for it with baseball.

Seattle Mariners +168 @ Detroit Tigers -188

This one isn’t exactly brain surgery.  Terrible Mariners team on the road taking on one of the most dominant pitchers in the game. Verlander will probably have double-digit strike outs and breeze to a win.  The line isn’t the most attractive, but a win is a win is a win.  Also, I have never heard of this Fister guy pitching for Seattle.  One of my gambling rules is that if I have never heard of you, it means that you suck. Tigers roll.

Oakland A’s even @ Chicago White Sox -110

Honestly, the only game I really love on the board is the Tigers game, but you can’t win if you don’t play and I am on fire right now.  Playing with house money.  Give me the White Sox at home with Buerhle pitching.  Seems like a solid pick.  Decent moneyline for the favorite at home.  Good enough for me.  I am just going to keep racking up wins.

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Lock of the Century: MLB Edition

June 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Chicago Cubs +127 @ Cincinnati Reds -137

Not a lot of science to this one.  Law of averages says that the Cubs have to win eventually, right?  I’ll take Dempster pitching with all the good karma the Cubs probably got for drafting a Gretzky yesterday. 

New York Mets +145 @ Milwaukee Brewers -160

The Brewers are on fire since Corey Hart returned from a DL stint and the Mets are just awful.  Randy Wolfe is good enough to keep the Mets at bay until the Brewer bats wear down and beat down Pelfrey.  I also like the over in this game. Brewers could get there by themselves tonight.

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Lock of the Century: Baseball Edition

June 1, 2011 1 comment

Chicago White Sox +130 @Boston Red Sox -145

No way the White Sox keep this up, right?  They have won 6 in a row and two against the Red Sox in Fenway Park.  I always bet against streaks…except my own and I am on fire right now after going 4-0-1 last night in the Miami Heat vs Dallas Mavericks game.  White Sox are losing this game.  Sorry Chicago. Sox vs Sox series ends with a 2-1 Sox victory though.  Maybe they are getting on track.

New York Yankees +105 @ Oakland A’s -115

Not the most attractive line, but if there is a road dog on the board to take today its the Yankees.  Burnett is due for a good start and the Yankees lineup is still one of the best in baseball.  Too much for the pesky little A’s even though Gio Gonzalez has pretty nasty stuff.

Still picking winners on a daily basis.  I am on fire right now.  Burning up Costa Rica.  Sportsbooks all over the world are in trouble.

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Lock of the Century: MLB picks of the Day

May 30, 2011 Leave a comment

The NHL and the NBA are almost over and if I am going to take down all of Costa Rica with my gambling picks then I am going to have to rely on a different weapon in my arsenal.  Baseball season is now upon and Chicago unfortunately will give up two locks today. 

Houston Astros +125 @ Chicago Cubs -135

Look, I know the Astros are terrible.  One of the worst teams in the league, and full disclosure…I have never heard of this guy they have pitching today.  However, I have heard of the guy the Cubs are sending out to the bump today.  Rodrigo Lopez.  The guy is awful.  They just signed him off the street.  This is a case of going with the devil you don’t know instead of the devil you know.  The Cubs also won yesterday, I don’t think they have put together back to back wins all year.  I am taking the road underdog.

Chicago White Sox +170 @ Boston Red Sox -200

The White Sox are just plain awful.  Ozzie Guillen seems more crazy than normal lately.  The Red Sox may be a little fatigued since they played a double-header yesterday, but they are throwing Jon Lester out there today.  Lester is a dominant lefty and the White Sox are going to get shut down.  The Red Sox are who we thought they were when they signed Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez in the offseason.  If the White Sox are going to win a game in this series, it could be today…but they wont and that’s why it’s a lock of the century. 

So there you have it Costa Rica.  No NBA, no NHL, no problem. 

Future First Lady of Costa Rica:

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Lock of the Century: NBA Edition

May 26, 2011 1 comment

Miami Heat +3 @ Chicago Bulls -3

Miami Heat +140 @ Chicago Bulls -160

I hate Miami as much as the next guy, but there is no way the Bulls win tonight.  The Bulls being favored makes no sense even with the home court advantage.  The Bulls don’t have the horses to beat Miami.  Derrick Rose has been shut down, Noah has rocks for hands, Boozer is getting out played by Bosh, and Korver couldn’t throw a three pointer into Lake Michigan. 

So why on earth are the Bulls favored?  If you know anything about the NBA, then you know the fix is in.  Bulls are going to be at the line all night.  Home-court and some extra possessions should be enough for the Bulls to stave off elimination.

Nice, try NBA and Costa Rica…you almost Jedi mind-tricked me into taking the Bulls by making me think you were trying to trick me into taking the Heat.  Better luck next time.  This isn’t my first rodeo. Take the Heat with the spread and the moneyline.  I don’t feel good about it, but the Heat are winning tonight.  2006 NBA finals rematch

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Rebuilding the Blackhawks: Trading Brian Campbell

May 26, 2011 1 comment

Full disclosure, I love Brian Campbell. He skates with a fluidity and elegance that is unmatched in the NHL.  From a pure entertainment value there is nobody on the Blackhawks that I would rather watch.  He makes everything look so easy and he probably makes one “wow” play a game.  However, as much as I love Brian Campbell, even I recognize that he isn’t worth the 7 million a year he is currently making.  There have been several rumors swirling around lately involving the Toronto Maple Leafs, and where there is smoke there is usually fire. 

Campbell for Phil Kessel

This rumor is circulating and was suggested in Jesse Roger’s most recent mailbag on ESPN Chicago.  This intrigues me quite a bit because this move would likely have a large domino effect on the Blackhawks roster for years to come.  Acquiring Kessel would likely make resigning Frolik a luxury instead of a need.  It also wouldn’t surprise me if the negotiating rights to Frolik were apart of this trade because the Maple Leafs struggle to score, and Kessel is by far their most dynamic player.  This trade could also make resigning Patrick Sharp next season less of a priority.  I think Phil Kessel is arguably the most talented player in the league not named Crosby or Ovechkin, yet he has been largely a disappointment in both cities.  If Toronto is willing to trade Kessel after paying a bounty to get him from Boston it is a red flag.  The reward is outweighs the risk here. Acquiring Kessel and having him be a piece rather than the star in a market much friendlier than Toronto could allow Kessel to excel.  The Blackhawks could shed salary and pick up a Stamkos type talent.  I think this trade would likely be Campbell, Frolik, Brouwer, and prospect Kyle Beach(a Brian Burke type of player) for Kessel and maybe another piece.  The Blackhawks would have to jump on this opportunity.

Campbell for Mike Komisarek

I will FREAK OUT if this trade goes down.  Saving 2.6m a year for a player that is injury prone and can’t skate well enough for the Hawks style of play would be a serious mistake.  Brian Campbell provides more value at 7m per season than Komisarek does at 4.5.  If this is the only option then the Blackhawks don’t have a viable trading partner and should look to keep Campbell as a part of their championship core.

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