This Week in Sports Betting, A-Z
by Nicholas Tolomeo - 2/24/2011
A – A.J. Green. In one of the greatest advancements in the history of sports betting, Bodog.com delivers NFL Combine odds. You can bet on the freakish athlete from Georgia, A.J. Green (-130) to have a higher vertical leap than Julio Jones (-110). There are lines on who will have the faster 40-yard dash, Green (-120) or Jon Baldwin (-120). You can bet on the fastest 40-yard dash time of the day (over/under 4.30 seconds), who will run a faster 40, Cam Newton (-135) or Tyrod Taylor (-105), most bench press reps (over/under 41.5) and who will have the most bench press reps, Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo (-120) or Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi (-120). I predict record ratings for NFL Network’s live coverage of the combine.
B – Brett’s Beard. Pittsburgh Steeler defensive end Brett Keisel gained more notoriety during these recent playoffs for his beard, the length of which has not been seen in professional sports ever. Keisel is now shearing the beard to raise money for charity in an event at the popular Pittsburgh night club “Diesel.” The event will also offer door prizes, live music from Donnie Iris and a lot of beard clippings on the floor.
C – Carmelo on Conan. Mere hours before his season-long soap opera was about to come to a conclusion, Carmelo Anthony appeared on the Conan show. Conan asked Melo point blank if he were hungry what would he prefer, a Denver omelet, New Jersey salt water taffy or Manhattan Clam Chowder. Anthony chose a Denver omelet, turns out he has a fickle appetite. Conan closed the interview by saying, “You can catch Carmelo Anthony Tuesday night with the Denver Nuggets against the Memphis Grizzlies….maybe.” Conan was right to add the maybe; Anthony would never make that game on Tuesday.
D – Defecating in Dusty’s Dugout. Somehow it took five years but this story finally sees the light of day. Former Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker recently revealed that on his final day as Cubs manager after a horrific 66-96 season, “somebody took a dump where I stood in the dugout every day,” Baker recalled. “The grounds crew guy cleaned it up. He said, ‘Oh, I think it’s dog crap.’ I said, ‘No it ain’t. That’s human crap.” And that my friend is the quote of the year.
E – Eddie Murray. The former baseball great was one of many former and current major leaguers to party with Charlie Sheen last Friday. Sheen, a huge baseball fan, flew in Murray along with Kenny Lofton, Todd Zeile and Brian Wilson to party at his Los Angeles mansion.
F – Fedor Emelianenko. A physician from the New Jersey Athletic Control Board called off Fedor’s latest fight after the second round because his right eye was completely swollen shut from repeated punchers from Antonio Silva. The NJACB then went ahead and issued a 90-day medical suspension for Fedor because of head strikes. Many were expecting for Fedor to retire, instead the 34-year-old Russian brushed off the ban and retirement talk and went ahead and entered himself in Russia’s national championship for Combat Sambo February 26-27 for which Fedor, “The Last Emperor” owns four titles.
G – Goligoski, Alex. On Super Bowl Sunday in Pittsburgh there was at least one person pulling for the Packers. It was Penguins defensemen Alex Goligoski. So can anyone be surprised that two weeks later the Penguins traded Goligoski to Dallas? During Super Bowl week when Goligoski admitted he was pulling for the Packers, he even predicted it would come back to bite him. I guess this is what he meant.
H – Howard’s Baby Mama. Royce Reed may be getting the boot from “Basketball Wives.” The former Orlando Magic and Miami Heat dancer and Dwight Howard’s baby mama, is apparently headed out of the show after fellow castmates were upset with her gyrations at a pool party hosted by Terrell Owens and Ludacris. Check V to see who her replacement will be.
I – Italian Escort. Aurora Oliveria is a famous Italian escort and former porn star and recently she revealed who some of her more famous customers were. Oliveria admitted to sleeping with many Italian soccer players, including Serie A players and players from the Italian National team. Further details were provided including the fact that many of the hookups occurred a day or so before big games and that all the players were married with children.
J – Jim Calhoun. The NCAA: The home of the delayed punishment. First the NCAA suspended five Ohio State players for NCAA violations but not until next season. They were allowed to play in the upcoming Sugar Bowl. Then Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl was suspended eight games for recruiting violations but those suspensions did not come into effect until SEC play started two months later. And now the NCAA is laying the smack down on UConn coach Jim Calhoun by suspending him for recruiting violations for three games….but not until Big East play of NEXT year.
K – Khloe Kardashian. Lamar Odom did not make the NBA All-Star Game but his wife Khloe and her see-through black shirt and camel-toe inducing cheetah print stretch pants did. Khloe was spotted courtside during the celebrity basketball game on Friday night of All-Star week with her step dad Bruce Jenner and younger sisters, Kylie and Kendall, yes there are more Kardashians on the way.
L – LeBron vs. Melo. Now that Carmelo Anthony is out of New York, this following prop finally makes sense, “Who will win a NBA Championship first, Lebron James or Carmelo Anthony.” Sportsbook.com posted the prop and James is the heavy favorite at -500 ahead of Anthony (+300).
M – Miguel Cabrera. The oddsmakers at BetUS.com are not at all worried about Detroit Tiger slugger Miguel Cabrera’s recent DUI. They have pegged him as one of the favorites to lead the league in home runs this season. His odds are +800, tied with Ryan Howard and Prince Fielder and just behind Albert Pujols (+700).
N – NBA All-Star Saturday. A record audience tuned in Saturday night to watch Blake Griffin jump over a Kia and put on a spectacular show in the dunk contest. Griffin, a heavy -250 favorite, won the event by garnering 68% of fan text message votes. The record audience also witnessed the first ever NBA player to drive a Kia, the alleged official car of the NBA. It may have only been a few feet and for a few seconds but Baron Davis drove the Kia out onto the court where he tossed Griffin an alley-oop through the sunroof.
O – Oscars. The biggest non-sporting gambling night of the year is upon us with the Academy Awards this Sunday. The heavy favorites on online sportsbooks are: Best Actor - Colin Firth (1/33), Best Actress – Natalie Portman (1/9), Best Picture – The King’s Speech (1/4) versus The Social Network (4/1), Best Supporting Actor – Christian Bale (2/11), and Best Supporting Actress – Melissa Leo (8/15).
P – Piers Morgan. The former editor of the Daily Mirror with the English accent, snarky attitude and in your face questions is bound to get in a Jim Rome-esque scuffle on his set at some point. And now you can wager on it. Bodog has the odds of Morgan being physically attacked during his CNN show at +2000. You can also wager on when the show will be canceled, before December 31, 2011 (+500) or after (-800).
Q – Quade, Mike. Mike Quade is relatively unknown but he is about to embark on one of the toughest managerial jobs in sports when he takes over as Cubs skipper this season on a full-time basis. Since 1972 Jim Riggleman is the only manager to last four full seasons on the North Side of Chicago. Not only does Quade have the pressure of trying to end the 102-year curse but if you check out letter D, you’ll find out what Cubs players do to managers they don’t like.
R – Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn. Aside from plans to hook up with more prostitutes and snort more coke, Charlie Sheen also has plans to appear in “Major League 3” a proposed sequel he recently made up during a four-day bender. One proposed name for the movie that popped up on Twitter was “Doubleheaders, Foreplay and Eight Balls!”
S – Stromile Swift. The 2000 NBA Draft debacle continues to get worse. The draft that brought us Kenyon Martin (No. 1), Darius Miles (No. 3), Marcus Fizer (No. 4), DeMarr Johnson (No. 6), Chris Mihm (No. 7), Keyon Dooling (No. 10), Jerome Moiso (No. 11) and Mateen Cleaves (No. 14) also brought us No. 2 overall pick Stromile Swift who finally got back in the news after arriving at a woman’s home with a loaded gun. In case you were wondering what Swift has been up to, he is currently playing for the Shandong Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.
T – Trevor Bayne. Twenty-year old Trevor Bayne stunned the racing world by winning the Daytona 500 in only his second ever race. Bayne knew his way around the track just fine in pulling the shocker but he got lost on his way to Winner’s Circle. The only people happier than Bayne and his pit crew were those who wagered on Bayne, an 80-1 longshot.
U – Under the Influence. This week in athlete DUIs we have New Orleans Hornets backup point guard Jarrett Jack and Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera. Both arrests really stretch the limit of DUI. For one Jack only blew a .079 which is under the league limit of .08 but since the BAC was taken 90 minutes after Jack was pulled over, some crazy calculation says he actually blew a .081. And then there is Cabrera, he was not actually driving, but rather on the side of the road after his car broke down. He was however wandering in the middle of the road at times with a bottle of scotch opened in his car.
V – VH1. The baby mama of Chris Bosh is headed to a VH1 channel near you. Allison Mathis will be a part of the third season of “Basketball Wives.” Mathis and Bosh had a legal battle over paternity payments in 2009.
W – Williams, Kenny. In a word Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams thought signing Albert Pujols for $30 million a year was “asinine.” Williams says he would rather see a work stoppage than a $30 million a year player. I guess that is one team you can rule out of the Albert Pujols’ Sweepstakes.
X –eX Senator. This one has country music conspiracy written all over it. The Ottawa Senators traded Carrie Underwood’s husband Mike Fisher to the Nashville Predators. Nashville just happens to be the home of country music. How convenient.
Y – Yankee Drama. When Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner started popping off about his players celebrating too much and being busy building mansions and not concentrating on winning, he never named Derek Jeter, it just seemed like he did. After all it was Jeter who had an awful 2010 season and it was Jeter who just finished construction on his $7.7 million, 30,975 square foot waterfront mega-mansion in Clearwater.
Z – Zambrano, Carlos. After six consecutive opening day starts, Big Z gets the bump in Chicago. Manager Mike Quade announced that Ryan Dempster will take the hill on April 1. Zambrano will pitch the second game and newly acquired Matt Garza will pitch the third game. But basically it is all a moot point because the opening series is against the Pirates so it really doesn’t matter who is pitching.
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