a blog by Brian
Hot n spicy, that is how we like our picks, hot N spicy. We are closing in on the holiday season, which means, important sports games. Why waste your time talking over turkey about the nation of Turkey, when you could be watching some football, MMA, or basketball.
Fortunately, the baseball season is over.
Take a gander at this live look of the streets this morning. Once people realized there was no more baseball to take up five hours of air time and countless more talk radio hours, they celebrated for hours on end. The age old problems of world hunger, and poverty were solved in less than hour by crowds masses.
Congratulations, though, to the Houston Astros. This was the franchises first World Series victory. Which brings me to this, can we stop this already? Now that most teams have won the World Series, at least once, must something be done with this thing we call a professional baseball season? I think so.
Cut it in half, or cut it out entirely.
Yea and you guys championing the, "Return of Baseball", because the ratings of the world series blew well past any game the league has hosted in the past few years. Please stop. What is wrong with going out on a high note? If this were the end of professional baseball as we knew it, wouldn't we all be happy? How couldn't you be?
Baseball had its time, and that time was 70 years ago.
Now onto the actually interesting sports.
Syracuse +5.5 -110
Florida State -5.5 -110
Saturday November 4th, 2017. Kickoff at 12:20 PM EST.
The 2-5, Florida State Seminoles are pretty much done this season. The team has lost a good portion of key players. They lost starting QB Deondre Francios in a week one loss to Alabama. They will also be without starting running back Jacques Patrick, and a couple of wide receivers.
The Seminoles have struggled defending the run for two weeks straight, they've surrendered 200+ yards these past two weeks to the likes of Louisville and Boston College, two quality ACC teams. Boston College has been sturdy this season, beating Louisville earlier this season. The big win earns them respect, but not much else. Despite the putrid run defense, Florida States biggest deficiency has been turnovers, they are at a -10 differential (15 for, 5 against).
Of the Seminoles losses, three of the five were close games. North Carolina State (21-27), Miami (20-24), Louisville (28-31). Syracuse holds two common loses with the Florida State team, North Carolina State (25-33), Miami (19-27), but what Cuse has that the Seminoles don't is a quality win.
Syracuse beat Clemson two weeks ago. Clemson, ranked 4th in the CFB Playoff rankings, has a real opportunity to repeat as champs this year, even with their one loss to the tough Cuse team. They also have a legitimate dual threat quarterback. Eric Dungey (The Cuse QB), has thrown for over 2,000 yards and rushed for 486 off 121 attempts. The starting running back for the orange is nothing too special, but enough to challenge the Florida State defense.
The Syracuse offense will have no problem running on the Seminole defense. The Syracuse defense is very average as they are ranked 52nd of 130 division I teams in terms of points allowed per game, my expectation is their defense will cause the Florida State 2nd string QB to struggle.
I'm taking Syracuse at +5.5. It's a great line especially with the -110.
odds from www.vegasinsider.com
Curtis Blaydes -365
Aleksei Oleinik +300
Saturday November 4th, 2017. UFC Fight Pass Prelims start 6:30 PM EST.
Gotta love BestFightOdds.com. No, that is not a promo. If you know how we play it here, then you know we don't fucks with ads (at least for now).
The UFC Fight Pass Prelim headliner, should be a great scrap. Two touted grapplers will get the night going as the third fight on the card.
Aleksei Oleinik has the opportunity to vault himself, in the years to come, as a Heavyweight contender. The UFC needs new Heavyweights to break out and show that they should be challenging for the belt. The man has fought 66 times professionally, he's won 55 of those 66. Of his 55 wins, 45 are by submission. Now, why isn't this Russia Heavyweight already deeply within the conversation? He's only fought five times in the UFC, against middling competition. Oleinik's first professional fight was in 1996, only four years before Y2K, yet he never fought for the original UFC or Pride. He fought on a lot of western European circuits, early in his career.
Oleinik is a ruthless man with the build of a fire hydrant. Looking at him, I doubt it is human. The Russian Sambo fighter looks like a god damn gorilla. Curtis Blaydes is another powerful heavyweight with a good record. At 8-1, he of course has a fraction of the professional experience that the 40 year old Oleinik does, but Blaydes is powerful wrestler with seven knockouts.
Blaydes put his wrestling on display against Adam Milstead and Cody East. He has some serious strength, as he repeatedly slammed Milstead into a knee injury, which forced a referee stoppage. The battle between these two is most certainly ending on the ground. I wouldn't be surprised if the two men decide to spend, at least, half a round trading strikes on the feet. I don't know about Blaydes submission ability, while he is a great wrestler, I don't know if his team wants to put him into the guard of Aleksei Oleinik.
I'm taking the dog here. Oleinik has too much experience and skill as a submission artist for me to pick against him. What does make it a little sweeter, the +300. Even though this should be a great match up, and a close fight (despite the odds), I really think you have to pick the experienced grappler.
odds from www.oddsshark.com
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6.5 -110
New Orleans Saints -6.5 -110
Sunday November 5th, 2017. Kickoff at 1:00 PM EST.
Some old school logos, back when Riddell was a football monopoly.
My time for loving the Saints, is over. Since Brees beat Peyton Manning in one of the most exciting Super Bowls of all time (Almost all of them are), I lost interest. Their defense has been traditionally terrible over the past three seasons, while I do appreciate them keeping the Patriots away from the worst defense in the league moniker, I can't continue to love them.
Not like I ever did.
The Saints have surprised a lot of people, including myself, with their hot start to the season. I hate to say it, but their opponents have been less than stellar. They beat the Bears, the Packers without Aaron Rodgers, and the Jay Cutler led Miami Dolphins, which makes up three of their five wins. They also beat the Lions, in a widely embarrassing game for the sport of Football, who seem to be a bit overrated coming into the season and the Panthers who are a messy 5-3 team.
The Saints are not a terrible team this season, and I think they finish second in their division. Atlanta, at this point, should hit a stride because they're the same team as last season. The Falcons didn't lose much of anything, in the off-season, and I could contend that NFC South teams didn't do much of adding significant players to their rosters.
The Saints have played good defense seven games into the season. They've gotten turnovers (9 INT, 2 FUM) and managed the ball well themselves (only 7 turnovers). Which is not good for the Buccaneers. Jameis Winston suffered an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder a couple weeks ago. He looks to be less than 100% going into the game on Sunday. The former Florida State QB, did participate in more practice time this week than last, but an AC joint is a few weeks of pain before the injured area starts to feel normal again.
Another problem for Tampa, is their defense. It has not looked sharp this season. They are ranked 24th in points allowed per game and 29th in total yards allowed. The good side, their offense. They have a lot of talented weapons Doug Martin, Desean Jackson, Mike Evans, OJ Howard, and of course their QB.
This will be a high scoring game. I'm taking the dogs here, Tampa Bay +6.5 -110. I don't think the Bucs will beat the Saints, but I do think it will be close at the end.
odds from www.bookmaker.eu
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