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I am very intrigued, very intrigued, for the upcoming weekend of sports. College football scheduled exciting games again this week; Michigan State v. Ohio State, Oklahoma State v. Iowa State, Georgia v. Auburn, all games I won't be picking. The UFC is in the midst of a hot streak of events. They will host events for the next six weeks. Bellator, also has a fight card this weekend. Airing tomorrow in Dublin, Ireland. AJ Mckee will battle Brian Moore in the main event.
The Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots play games this weekend. Neither of the three, play overtly meaningful games.
Cleveland Cavaliers +6 -110
Houston Rockets -6 -110
Thursday November 9th, 2017. Tip off at 6:05.
I got to get this blog off fast. A 6:05 start is fairly early for the boys.
I've been terrible on NBA picks, that mixed with the early start, makes for a quick analysis.
Cleveland is obviously, either the best, or one of the better Eastern Conference teams. That shit just happens when you have LeBron.
The Rockets will be without Chris Paul. My guess, if LeBron loses this match up, then the Cavs really need Isiah Thomas. Not only to come back earlier in the season but, return as the same player he was prior to the hip issues. All the struggles of the Cavalier team, have come as a surprise. Cleveland has a roster stacked with veterans, and talented ones at that. Maybe, these early season struggles are just a bit of dust gathering on the bones. More likely though, they will be fine in a few weeks. They have too much talent to be floating around .500 for an entire season. I might hate LeBron, but I have never denied his use of steroids... excuse me... his skill.
Easy money with the dogs here. Take LeBron and the +6. Easy Money.
Odds from bookmaker.eu
Matt Brown -340
Diego Sanchez +280
Saturday November 11th, 2017. Main Card at 10:00 PM EST.
The fair-well fight for a fan favorite, Matt Brown. He will face another fan favorite octagon veteran, Diego Sanchez. Both beloved fighters are Ultimate Fighter winners. Sanchez, the winner of the inaugural season and Brown, winner of the seventh season.
Both men, bolster impressive careers. Brown has fought some of the best his era had to offer. Brown beat the likes of Pete "Drago" Cell, Douglas Lima, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson, Mike Swick, Jordan Mein, Mike Pyle, Erik Silva, and Tim Means. "The Immortal", fought and lost to killers like Chris Lytle (twice), Ricardo Almeida. Robbie Lawler, Demian Maia, Johnny Hendricks, and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. If you look at Matt Browns record, it may not impress you (20-16) but, that list of dominant fighters should.
Diego Sanchez has done very similar things in the sport of MMA. Other than winning the inaugural season of the Ultimate Fighter, in dominant fashion, he's also faced a who's who of talented MMA fighters. His wins include bouts against, John Alessio, Karo Parisyan, Nick Diaz, Joe Riggs, Joe Stevenson, Clay Guida, Takanori Gomi, Martin Kampmann, Ross Pearson, and Jim Miller. I didn't even realize, before I researched this, he beat some of these guys (I 100% should have). Sanchez has taken on and lost to other greats, but to avoid continuing to list names, we will move on.
Matt Brown has said he will retire after this bout. Brown has taken on a lead coaching role at his gym/team, Elevation Fight Team. He looks to focus more on that aspect of the sport once this match up has been realized. Brown is an interesting guy, he has a custom walk out song, written specifically for him. Jamey Jasta, lead guitarist for the metal band Hatebreed, wrote the song, "The Immortal", for the Denver based fighter.
He has a brown belt in Judo, paired with a purple belt in BJJ. Despite having desirable belts in two grappling arts, the man is a brawler. His style is extremely similar to the style of his opponent, Diego Sanchez. The two of them force action on their feet. Which has left them with many scars from past wars. Sanchez especially, has been involved in tough, grueling bouts which has chiseled away at one of the fighters best weapons, his chin.
In his last fight, against Ragin' Al Iaquinta, it was fairly evident. While Iaquinta is a bruiser with the hands at lightweight, Sanchez, uncharacteristically went down after a volume of strikes from the Matt Serra/Ray Longo product in the first round. While both Brown and Sanchez have been involved in many wars, their records won't show it. They have a combined five KO losses to their names.
The biggest difference between the two, their frame. Yet, even this difference is fairly similar. Brown stands at six feet tall, a reach of seventy five inches. While Sanchez, stands five foot, ten inches tall with a reach of seventy two inches. Again, the difference is slight and my expectation of this fight claims the size difference won't factor.
The two should stand in the pocket and trade. Brown has at least said as much. If that happens, it's 50/50. Both have had problems with taking shots later in their career and one perfectly placed shot from either, will most likely, put the lights out.
I am going with Diego Sanchez for a couple of reasons. One, he's a big dog. In my deepest of opinions, I believe this could go either way. So, with a +280 dangled in my face, I'll take the dog. Two, Diego Sanchez is one of those people who can (probably) will things to reality. I say probably, because not even god could have stopped Al Iaquinta's right hand from smashing his chin. The attitude, mindset, confidence, what ever you want to call it, is on another level with Diego Sanchez. I can't bet against a guy like that. Three, Matt Brown has said some questionable things leading up to this fight. I don't mean to be dismissive or disrespectful, he made this statement to mmafighting.com, "when I was sitting in the locker room, it literally crossed my mind to not even walk out. I thought about just walking outside, getting an Uber, going back to the hotel and just being done with it. It wasn’t out of fear, it wasn’t out of nerves, it was just no excitement. I was kind of tired, a little bored. And just like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I feel like doing this right now'". Brown was speaking of the wait in the locker room before his last fight, a KO loss to Donald Cerrone in the third round.
I'll be taking the +280 with Diego Sanchez (One thing I forgot to mention is the difference in grappling skill, Sanchez is the better grappler but I doubt it ultimately factors much in this bout).
Odds from Oddsshark.com
New York Jets -2.5 -110
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +2.5 -110
Sunday November 12th, 2017. Kickoff at 1:00 PM EST.
CALM DOWN, CALM. BE CALM, I am not picking Tampa Bay again this week. I am done with the Bucs this season, they have played like garbage and now are having to deal with an injured Jamies Winston. Winston, won't be playing Sunday and you can add Mike Evans, the star wide receiver, to the list of inactives. Not to continue to crap on the Bucs, but not only has their offense played down but their defense has been horrible. They've been gashed this year, and without even looking at the stats, I can guess they are in the bottom five in each and every defensive category.
The Jets have been surprising since the opening couple weeks of this season. The New York team handled the Bills last Thursday. The most surprising performance of the season since the Bills had built some steam behind them before that Thursday game. The Bills defense had played great but, somehow Josh McCown and the Jets offense put up 34.
The only scary aspect of this match up is the Jets record away from Met Life Stadium. They have won only once outside the confines of their state, beating the Browns. The Cleveland ,Non-Competitive, Browns. The Cleveland, lighter than my Brown, Browns. The Cleveland, Stinky, Browns. The Cleveland Browns, which might be the worst professional sports team in the last twenty years.
Even with that, I am still taking the Jets -2.5. They should dominate this Bucs team, who won't have anything on offense without Winston and Mike Evans.
Odds from bookmaker.eu.
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