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  1. #511
    Sunday’s 6-pack
    Major league leaders in walks (by hitter):

    50— Yasmani Grandal CWS (he’s hitting .163)
    47— Joey Gallo, Tex
    46— Max Muncy, LA
    45— Yandy Diaz, TB
    44— Carlos Santana, KC
    41— Yoan Moncada, CWS

    Quote of the Day
    “I’d never play for Andy Reid again … I’d retire first.”
    Former Chiefs’ RB LeVeon Bell, on Instagram. He didn’t say why.

    Sunday’s quiz
    In the movie Dave, where Kevin Kline plays the US President, what famous actor played the Vice-President?

    Saturday’s quiz
    When Dodgers’ P Clayton Kershaw was in high school, he was the center on the football team; Rams’ QB Matthew Stafford was the quarterback on that team.

    Friday’s quiz
    Clippers star Kawhi Leonard played his college basketball at San Diego State.

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    Sunday’s Den: Mixing in some baseball with Big X football knowledge

    Someday, someone will explain to me why teams bat their pitcher 8th; it makes zero sense to me. Hopefully next year, everyone will use the DH so this will be a moot point, but it still kind of bugs me that in a multi-billion dollar business, things are done for no apparent reason.

    10-12 years ago, Tony LaRussa batted the pitcher 8th in St Louis, and people assumed that since he did it, it was a good idea. No one has done it in a playoff game, which is the truest tell; it seems like a useless gimmick, something to yak about.

    I’m convinced that Joe Maddon sometimes does things just to mess with people; he has batted the pitcher 8th too. What do you say to a position player when you bat him behind a pitcher?

    Texas Rangers’ TV crew is very good; Dave Raymond/CJ Nitkowski or David Murphy. They talk calmly about the game, they’re good natured, they give the other team credit if it is due. Easy to listen to.

    Overall, the quality of local TV baseball telecasts has gone downhill; lot of homerism, and not the funny Harry Caray-type. More the “we can’t say anything bad, ever” kind.

    Good news on the TV front; Showtime announced that the series Billions will have new episodes on the air, starting September 5. Billions was airing its fifth season of shows when the pandemic shut everything down; think they’ve the filmed the seven episodes from season 5 that were already written, but never got filmed before the pandemic. Excellent show, worth watching.

    Mets 4, Padres 1— Mets allowed 3 or fewer runs in their last 11 home games, their best such streak since 1968, when Seaver/Koosman worked in Queens.

    Cubs 7, Cardinals 2:
    — St Louis starter Gant faced 11 hitters, gave up 5 walks and a homer.
    — Cardinal pitchers have hit 51 batters, most in the majors.
    — Kris Bryant played 3B, for first time since April 20.

    In three games in Minnesota during the week, Giancarlo Stanton went 6-15 with three HRs and eight RBI, but when New York played the Phillies Saturday, Stanton was on the bench, since there is no DH in National League parks.

    Whats the deal here?
    — Is Stanton so brittle that he can’t stand in outfield for nine innings?
    — He makes $28M a year; would be nice if he played in all the games, especially when his bat is hot.
    — Are the New York trainers coddling him too much?
    — (Stanton was a pretty good outfielder for the Marlins, by the way)
    — I’m 61 years old, I could play the outfield and not get hurt. Might not catch any baseballs, but good grief, Stanton looks like an NFL tight end- he can’t play the outfield?

    Elsewhere, today ends Game 10 of our fantasy baseball league’s regular season, the halfway mark for us; time goes by quickly. Season isn’t half-over yet; our fantasy playoffs are in September, but it has been great to have things seem more normal this year.

    This time last year, we were still a month away from the baseball season starting.

    Here is some knowledge on Big X college football:
    Baylor
    — Baylor’s 4-year starting QB bolted Waco, will play at Utah.
    — Maybe he left because he was sacked 31 times in nine games LY.
    — Baylor has 10 starters back on defense.
    — Bears ranked 123rd in rushing LY, 100th in scoring.

    Iowa State
    — Haven’t won a league title since 1912; they lost Big X title game 27-21 LY.
    — QB Purdy is back for his 4th year as the Cyclones’ QB.
    — Iowa State returns 26 players who’ve started 6+ games in their career/
    — How has a big $$$ money school/NFL not hired Matt Campbell away from Ames?

    Kansas
    — Lance Leipold is their sixth coach since 2009; he was 37-33 at Buffalo.
    — Leipold’s Buffalo team ranked #2 in country in rushing LY; Kansas was 116th.
    — Leipold was hired the day before the Jayhawks’ spring game; not ideal.
    — Anyone else wondering why they fired Mark Mangino 10 years ago?

    K-State
    — Wildcats have only 3 starters back on defense.
    — K-State lost their last five games LY, giving up 40.6 ppg.
    — Wildcats added five players via the transfer portal.
    — Freshman QB TJ Rubley is the son of a former NFL QB.

    Oklahoma
    — 8 starters back on offense, 9 on defense
    — They’ve won Big X six years in a row.
    — Scored 43 ppg but lost twice (38-35/37-30)
    — Sooners dropped 9 TD passes LY; the receivers need to be better.

    Oklahoma State
    — Only five starters are back on offense, but QB Sanders is a 3rd-year starter.
    — Over last 11 seasons, OSU is 101-40, one of 10 programs with 100+ wins since 2010.
    — Cowboys’ punter is Tom Hutton, a 31-year old Australian.
    — Cowboys have never played in Big X title game.

    TCU
    — Gary Patterson has been head coach at TCU for 21 years.
    — Junior QB Duggan has already started 19 college games.
    — Horned Frogs are thin at LB and safety.
    — TCU won five of last six games LY, after a 1-3 start.

    Texas
    — Longhorns scored 42.7 ppg LY, finished 7-3; the coach got fired after going 32-18.
    — There will be a QB competition in summer camp.
    — Texas has only 6 starters back on offense, 5 on defense.
    — Steve Sarkisian is the new coach; six years ago; he got fired as head coach at USC for showing up drunk to practice. If you work for Nick Saban, people forget things about you.

    Texas Tech
    — Tech is 8-14 since Matt Wells replaced Kliff Kingsbury as coach.
    — Red Raiders gave up 36.7 ppg last year.
    — Tech hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2017.
    — One of Tech’s QBs is Tyler Shough, who was Oregon’s starting QB LY.

    West Virginia
    — Last time they won a league title was 2011; they won the Big East back then.
    — Mountaineers have only 5 starters back on defense.
    — WVU is 11-11 in two years since Dana Holgorsen bolted for Houston.
    — Mountaineers’ shortest road trip in Big X is Iowa State, 872 miles away.

  2. #512
    81NY ISLANDERS -82 TAMPA BAY
    NY ISLANDERS are 24-10 ATS (16.2 Units) against good offensive teams - >=29 shots on goal, convert >=17% pp in the current season.




    NHL
    Dunkel

    Sunday, June 13







    NHL

    Sunday, June 13


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    NY Islanders @ Tampa Bay
    NY Islanders
    NY Islanders is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    NY Islanders is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Tampa Bay
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 7 games
    Tampa Bay is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games


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  3. #513
    SUNDAY, JUNE 13
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    NYI at TB 03:00 PM
    NYI +163
    O 5.0

    +500 +500

  4. #514
    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    06/13/2021.......1-1-0......50.00%........+2.65
    06/10/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%......+10.00
    06/09/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%......+11.10
    06/08/2021.......1-3-0.......25.00%.......-13.35
    06/06/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% .......- 0.65
    06/05/2021...... 2-1-1 ......62.50%...... + 6.70
    06/04/2021 ......1-3-0 ......25.00%...... -11.60
    06/03/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% .......- 3.25
    06/02/2021 ......2-2-0 ......50.00% ......+ 0.50
    06/01/2021 ......1-1-0 ......50.00%....... - 0.60

    Totals:...........16-15-1......51.61%.........+ 0.50


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    BEST BETS:

    06/13/2021.......1-1-0.......50.00%........+2.65
    06/10/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%.......+10.00
    06/09/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%.......+11.10
    06/08/2021.......1-1-0.......50.00%.........- 0.50
    06/06/2021.......2-2-0.......50.00%.........- 0.65
    06/05/2021.......2-1-1.......62.50%........+.6.70
    06/04/2021 ......1-3-0...... 25.00% ........-11.60
    06/02/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% ........+.0.50
    06/01/2021 ......1-1-0 .......50.00% ........-.0.60

    Totals............14-11-1........56.00%.......+ 17.60

  5. #515
    Monday’s 6-pack
    Best records in the major leagues:

    42-24— Tampa Bay
    41-24— Chicago White Sox
    40-25— San Francisco
    39-26— LA Dodgers
    40-27— A’s
    38-27— Chicago Cubs/Milwaukee

    Quote of the Day
    “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.’’
    Chuckles the Clown

    Monday’s quiz
    Marv Levy went 123-78 as coach of the Buffalo Bills, winning four AFC titles; what other NFL team was he also head coach of?

    Sunday’s quiz
    In the movie Dave, where Kevin Kline plays the US President, Ben Kingsley played the Vice-President.

    Saturday’s quiz
    When Dodgers’ P Clayton Kershaw was in high school, he was the center on the football team; Rams’ QB Matthew Stafford was the quarterback on that team.

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    Monday’s Den: Hard to believe its been 20 years already. Happy Armadillo Day

    Hard to believe, but 20 years ago today, this website got its start; time flies when you’re having fun, and this has (mostly) been fun.

    I’d like to thank all of you for reading this space (I’m hoping someone is out there reading)

    I’ve had the pleasure of learning from a lot of smart people over the years; hopefully I’ve passed some of that knowledge on to you. Lot of what is posted here is trivial, but trivia can be fun. If it makes you smile or makes you think, then it is useful trivia.

    — Random joke from comedian Rip Taylor: “The economy is so bad, even the price of down is up”

    — A coach rips into one of his players, who dislikes the coach: “You’re playing lousy because you’re ignorant and apathetic!!!!” Kid looks at the coach, shrugs and says, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”

    Someday I’ll do a big thing thanking everyone who has helped me, but right now it is really late and I would leave someone out and that would make me sick, so I’ll do it another day. Just know that I appreciate what I’ve learned from those of you who I’ve met.

    One of the things I believe is that certain people come into our lives for a reason; we may not know it at the time, but eventually we do. They may even be cruddy people, but we learn from them too and we use that knowledge to make ourselves better.

    I’ve made several new friends because of this site; you never have enough good friends.

    So much has happened since 2001; now isn’t the time to look back, its time to look ahead, to try and figure out what’s going to be happening in the coming months.

    — Baseball is going to look a lot different next year. Will be lot of new rules; eventually, they will add two expansion teams, maybe the A’s/Rays will also move.

    Hopefully, everyone will use the DH next year, and 7-inning doubleheaders will go away; I’m not too opinionated on the other potential rule changes— oh yeah, no robot umps either.

    — NFL teams will play 17 games this season for the first time; eventually, they’ll play 18, with the Super Bowl on Presidents Day weekend.

    — College football will expand to an 8-team or 12-team playoff; too much money involved for them to say no to that.

    — College basketball is undergoing a huge change right now, not necessarily for the better. I am hoping that soon kids can go right from high school to the NBA, which might reduce the amount of roster-hopping that is happening at a ridiculously high pace right now.

    Random odd stat: NFL went to the 16-game schedule in 1978. Since, the QB who has started all 16 games for his team and thrown the fewest TD passes?

    In 1995, Trent Dilfer started 16 games for Tampa Bay, but threw only four TD passes all season for the 7-9 Buccaneers, who were 5-2 in games decided by 7 or fewer points. Five years later, Dilfer won the Super Bowl starting for the Baltimore Ravens. Go figure.

    Suns 125, Nuggets 118— Phoenix is in playoffs for first time in a decade; they sweep Denver here, advance to the Western Conference final.

    Bucks 107, Nets 96— Kyrie Irving hurt his ankle, Bucks evened series 2-2.

    — Guy named Garrick Higgo (played college golf at UNLV) was six shots down when he began play Sunday, but the leaders stumbled, and Higgo won his first PGA Tour event, in only his second try. He’s also won twice on the European Tour in the Canary Islands. Higgo is only 22 years old; he is a lefty golfer from South Africa.

    — Former Colorado QB Sam Noyer, a 2nd-team Pac-12 guy last year, is transferring to Oregon State, because every QB who doesn’t start seems to transfer to somewhere where he will start. Unusual for a QB to transfer within the conference, though.

    Toronto 18, Boston 4— Blue Jays hit eight home runs.

    If the playoffs started today (they don’t):
    NL: Mets/Cubs or Brewers/Giants. Wild Card: Chi/Mil @ Dodgers
    AL: Rays, White Sox, A’s. Wild Card: Houston @ Boston

    Today we start the next 20 years, hopefully filled with laughter and good health for everyone. Thanks again for reading.

    Happy Armadillo Day, and happy birthday to my friend Big Dawg, who celebrates a birthday today. He is a smart, funny man; don’t believe me?

    Before my ill-fated marriage way back in 1992, Big Dawg comes up to me at work, and in front of several other people says: “Don’t spend too much time with her. Remember, she’s only your first wife.”

    Then he walks away. Oy. Happy birthday, Big Dawg!!!!

  6. #516

  7. #517
    1MONTREAL -2 VEGAS
    MONTREAL is 8-3 ATS (4.7 Units) as a # 4 seed in the playoffs in the current season.




    NHL
    Dunkel

    Monday, June 14







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    Monday, June 14


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    Montreal @ Vegas
    Montreal
    Montreal is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing Vegas
    Vegas
    Vegas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Vegas's last 5 games when playing Montreal


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  8. #518
    MONDAY, JUNE 14
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    MON at VEG 09:00 PM
    MON +226
    O 5.5

    +500 +500

  9. #519
    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    06/14/2021.......0-2-0.......0.00%........-10.50
    06/13/2021.......1-1-0......50.00%........+2.65
    06/10/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%......+10.00
    06/09/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%......+11.10
    06/08/2021.......1-3-0.......25.00%.......-13.35
    06/06/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% .......- 0.65
    06/05/2021...... 2-1-1 ......62.50%...... + 6.70
    06/04/2021 ......1-3-0 ......25.00%...... -11.60
    06/03/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% .......- 3.25
    06/02/2021 ......2-2-0 ......50.00% ......+ 0.50
    06/01/2021 ......1-1-0 ......50.00%....... - 0.60

    Totals:...........16-17-1......48.48%.........- 10.00


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    BEST BETS:

    06/14/2021.......0-2-0.......00.00%........-10.50
    06/13/2021.......1-1-0.......50.00%........+2.65
    06/10/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%.......+10.00
    06/09/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%.......+11.10
    06/08/2021.......1-1-0.......50.00%.........- 0.50
    06/06/2021.......2-2-0.......50.00%.........- 0.65
    06/05/2021.......2-1-1.......62.50%........+.6.70
    06/04/2021 ......1-3-0...... 25.00% ........-11.60
    06/02/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% ........+.0.50
    06/01/2021 ......1-1-0 .......50.00% ........-.0.60

    Totals............14-11-1........56.00%........+ 7.10

  10. #520
    Tuesday’s 6-pack
    Worst records in the major leagues:

    20-47— Arizona
    22-43— Baltimore
    23-42— Pittsburgh
    26-40— Minnesota
    26-41— Colorado
    25-41— Texas

    Quote of the Day
    “I definitely see it as Jimmy’s (Garoppolo) the starter. But if Trey’s ready to compete, I have no problem with it. I don’t sit there and say, ‘Hey, we’re not playing a rookie quarterback. We have to rest him the first year.’ … I don’t really make any decisions like that until I actually have an opinion on it. And that’ll take to how I see him in camp. If he comes in and he’s playing at a high level and we think he gives us the best chance to win, we wouldn’t hesitate to do that.”
    49ers coach Kyle Shanahan

    Tuesday’s quiz
    Jim Mora Sr coached the Saints/Colts in the NFL, but what team did he lead to two USFL championships?

    Monday’s quiz
    Marv Levy went 123-78 as coach of the Buffalo Bills, winning four AFC titles; he went 31-42 as coach of the Chiefs, from 1978-82.

    Sunday’s quiz
    In the movie Dave, where Kevin Kline plays the US President, Ben Kingsley played the Vice-President.

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    Tuesday’s Den: Nobody asked me, but……..

    13) An infielder in Korean pro baseball scratched the cornea in his eye last week, when he rubbed sweat out of his eye, only did it too vigorously.

    I meant to mention this last year, after my cataract surgery; the surgeon had mentioned to me to be careful when washing around the eyes— you can do damage to a delicate area.

    12) If I was a big league ballplayer and they told me they traded me, the first thing I’d want to know, other than where I was going, is who did you get for me?

    11) Giants 5, Diamondbacks 2— Arizona has now lost 20 in a row on the road.

    10) A’s 8, Angels 5:
    — Mitch Moreland got his 1,000th career hit in this game.
    — Mark Canha is 9th Oakland player ever to play LF-CF-RF, all in the same game.

    9) Hawks 103, 76ers 100:
    — Atlanta wins after trailing by 18 at one point; series is 2-2.
    — Joel Embiid went 4-20 from floor, 0-12 in 2nd half. He is playing with torn meniscus in his knee.

    8) Clippers 118, Utah 104:
    — LA led 30-13 after first quarter, never looked back.
    — Home side won all four series games.
    — Utah’s subs shot a combined 4-20 from the floor.

    7) Do young actors get starstruck when they do scenes with really famous actors?

    I’m thinking of one of the last scenes in Last Vegas; the young concierge is saying goodbye to the four older dudes he helped out during the movie, but not just any older dudes:

    Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline.

    Has to be the young guy’s career highlight, right?

    6) Red Sox 2, Blue Jays 1— Toronto won 18-4 Sunday, then trailed 1-0 here with two outs in 9th, when Vladimir Guerrero tied the game with a dramatic homer. Rafael Devers walked it off in bottom of the 9th by hitting a ball off the Green Monster.

    Coming into this game, Red Sox starting pitchers had allowed 40 runs in their previous 39 IP, so this had to be a relief for them.

    5) Baseball injuries:
    — Cleveland P Shane Bieber (shoulder)
    — Royals OF Andrew Benitendi (ribs)
    — Rays P Tyler Glasnow (elbow)

    4) A’s manager Bob Melvin got his 1,300th career win over the weekend, making him the 35th big league skipper to hit that milestone.

    3) There is going to be a new NHL team in Seattle next fall; the expansion draft is next month, which should be interesting.

    — How hard will the new team try to win quickly?
    — Which players will be left unprotected?
    — When is Seattle getting a new NBA team?

    2) There is apparently a chicken wing shortage in Buffalo, which has raised prices.

    “This time last year, an order of 20 from us came to $25 even [after tax]; right now it’s $31.53” s restaurant manager told the New York Post.

    — Back in 2018, an oversupply in chicken wing production forced the process to slow.
    — During the pandemic last year, a shortage of workers and bursting demand for takeout worsened the crunch.
    — The big winter storm in Texas in February made supply-chain matters worse when farmers had to euthanize hundreds of thousands of chicks and destroy hundreds of thousands of eggs.

    So far, no one is suggesting that fowl play is involved.

    1) RIP to the great actor Ned Beatty, who passed away over the weekend, at age 83. One of our best character actors, Beatty has 228 movie credits, including Network, Superman, Deliverance and He Got Game. He was even a judge in Law & Order once. RIP, sir.

  11. #521

  12. #522
    11NY ISLANDERS -12 TAMPA BAY
    NY ISLANDERS are 25-10 ATS (17.8 Units) against good offensive teams - >=29 shots on goal, convert >=17% pp in the current season.




    NHL

    Tuesday, June 15


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    NY Islanders @ Tampa Bay
    NY Islanders
    NY Islanders is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    NY Islanders is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
    Tampa Bay
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games when playing at home against NY Islanders


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  13. #523
    NHL
    Dunkel

    Tuesday, June 15



  14. #524
    TUESDAY, JUNE 15
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    NYI at TB 08:00 PM
    NYI +169
    U 5.0

    +500 +500

  15. #525
    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    06/15/2021.......0-2-0.......0.00%........-10.50
    06/14/2021.......0-2-0.......0.00%........-10.50
    06/13/2021.......1-1-0......50.00%........+2.65
    06/10/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%......+10.00
    06/09/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%......+11.10
    06/08/2021.......1-3-0.......25.00%.......-13.35
    06/06/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% .......- 0.65
    06/05/2021...... 2-1-1 ......62.50%...... + 6.70
    06/04/2021 ......1-3-0 ......25.00%...... -11.60
    06/03/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% .......- 3.25
    06/02/2021 ......2-2-0 ......50.00% ......+ 0.50
    06/01/2021 ......1-1-0 ......50.00%....... - 0.60

    Totals:...........16-19-1......45.71%.........- 20.50


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    BEST BETS:

    06/15/2021.......0-2-0.......00.00%........-10.50
    06/14/2021.......0-2-0.......00.00%........-10.50
    06/13/2021.......1-1-0.......50.00%........+2.65
    06/10/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%.......+10.00
    06/09/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%.......+11.10
    06/08/2021.......1-1-0.......50.00%.........- 0.50
    06/06/2021.......2-2-0.......50.00%.........- 0.65
    06/05/2021.......2-1-1.......62.50%........+.6.70
    06/04/2021 ......1-3-0...... 25.00% ........-11.60
    06/02/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% ........+.0.50
    06/01/2021 ......1-1-0 .......50.00% ........-.0.60

    Totals............14-13-1........51.85%........- 3.40

  16. #526
    Wednesday’s 6-pack
    Odds to win US Open golf tournament:

    19-2— Jon Rahm
    15-1— Dustin Johnson
    16-1— Bryson Dechambeau
    18-1— Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele
    19-1— Collin Morikawa
    21-1— Jordan Spieth

    Quote of the Day
    “I’d probably quit football if I had to play for somebody else. I am a Raider for my entire life. I’m going to root for one team for the rest of my life — it’s the Raiders. So, I just feel that so strong in my heart I don’t need a perfect situation … to make things right. I’d rather go down with the ship, you know what I’m saying, if I have to.”
    Raiders’ QB Derek Carr

    Wednesday’s quiz
    What team did Orel Hershiser finish his 18-year major league career with?

    Tuesday’s quiz
    Jim Mora Sr coached the Saints/Colts in the NFL; he led the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars to two USFL championships.

    Monday’s quiz
    Marv Levy went 123-78 as coach of the Buffalo Bills, winning four AFC titles; he went 31-42 as coach of the Chiefs, from 1978-82.

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    Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings and Big 14 football knowledge

    Nets 114, Bucks 108:
    — Milwaukee was up 16 points at the half.
    — Durant scored 49 points, had 17 rebounds, 10 assists.
    — James Harden wasn’t expected to play, but played 46:00.
    — Brooklyn leads series 3-2.

    — Bad news for the Tampa Bay Rays; ace P Tyler Glasnow has a partial tear in his right UCL; team isn’t sure if surgery will be needed.

    — Oakland A’s announced that manager Bob Melvin will back next year, which will be his 12th year managing in Oakland. He’s a very, very good manager.

    — Royals’ OF Jorge Soler has already reached base on catcher’s interference six times this year; the record is 12, set by Jacoby Ellsbury five years ago.

    — CFL announced that their 14-game season will start August 5; the Grey Cup game will be played December 12, in Hamilton.

    Mets 3, Cubs 2
    — Mets threw tying run out at plate in 9th inning, on great relay from CF.
    — Cubs’ 3B Kris Bryant left game after he was hit on hand by a pitch.

    Giants 9, Diamondbacks 8:
    — Arizona led this game 7-0 in 2nd inning, 8-3 after five.
    — Mike Yastzremski hit a grand slam in the 8th inning.
    — Arizona has lost 12 in row overall, 21 in row on the road.

    Notes on Big 14 football teams:
    Illinois
    — Former Wisconsin/Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is new HC.
    — 7 starters back on offense, 6 on defense.
    — Illinois’ last winning season was in 2011.

    Indiana
    — Went 6-2 LY, gave the coach a raise to $4.9M a year.
    — Last two years, Hoosiers are 15-5 against the spread.
    — 8 starters back on offense, 9 on defense.

    Iowa
    — Lost first two games 24-20/21-20 LY, then won last six games.
    — Hawkeyes will have 3 new starters on OL this fall.
    — 6 starters back on offense, 7 on defense.

    Maryland
    — Locksley is 8-43 as a head coach, 6-17 at Maryland.
    — 7 starters back on offense, 8 on defense.
    — Former Florida HC Ron Zook will coach special teams.

    Michigan
    — Gave up 34.5 ppg LY, fired the DC.
    — Wolverines will have another new starting QB this year.
    — 7 starters back on offense, 9 on defense.

    Michigan State
    — Spartans brought in 20 transfers this season.
    — QB Anthony Russo started 26 games at Temple.
    — 6 starters back on offense, 7 on defense.

    Minnesota
    — 10 starters back on offense, 7 on defense.
    — Gave up 207.1 rushing yards/game LY (#102)
    — Gophers poached kicker from Kent State to help their special teams.

    Nebraska
    — Went 3-5 LY, with a minus-11 turnover ratio.

    — Cornhuskers have five 6th-year seniors on their defense.
    — 6 starters back on offense, 8 on defense.

    Northwestern
    — Played in Big 14 title game LY, beat Auburn in their bowl.
    — only 4 starters back on offense, 5 on defense this year.
    — Lost their QB and top four WR’s from last season.

    Ohio State
    — Ryan Day is 23-2 SU coaching the Buckeyes.
    — OSU has 6 starters back on offense, 5 on defense.
    — Buckeyes don’t have a QB who has a thrown a college pass.

    Penn State
    — Started 0-5 LY, won last four games; were minus-7 in turnovers.
    — Gave up 27.7 ppg LY, most in school history.
    — 9 starters back on offense, 6 on defense.

    Purdue
    — Went 6-12 SU the last two seasons.
    — ranked 124th in country in rushing LY (81.5 ypg)
    — 7 starters back on offense, 7 on defense.

    Rutgers
    — Hasn’t been to a bowl game since 2014.
    — K-State transfer Youngblood ran three kicks back for TD’s in 2019.
    — 10 starters back on offense, 8 on defense.

    Wisconsin
    — 7 starters back on offense, 8 on defense.
    — Ranked 103rd in country in yards/game LY.
    — Last time Badgers didn’t go bowling; 2001.

  17. #527

  18. #528
    21MONTREAL -22 VEGAS
    MONTREAL is 9-20 ATS (-13 Units) after covering 4 of their last 5 against the spread in the last 3 seasons.




    NHL
    Dunkel

    Wednesday, June 16







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    Wednesday, June 16


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    Trend Report
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    Montreal @ Vegas
    Montreal
    Montreal is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 6 games when playing Vegas
    Vegas
    Vegas is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Vegas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


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  19. #529
    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    MON at VEG 09:00 PM
    MON +227
    O 5.0

    +500 +500

  20. #530
    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    06/16/2021.......1-0-1.....75.00%.......+11.35
    06/15/2021.......0-2-0.......0.00%........-10.50
    06/14/2021.......0-2-0.......0.00%........-10.50
    06/13/2021.......1-1-0......50.00%........+2.65
    06/10/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%......+10.00
    06/09/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%......+11.10
    06/08/2021.......1-3-0.......25.00%.......-13.35
    06/06/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% .......- 0.65
    06/05/2021...... 2-1-1 ......62.50%...... + 6.70
    06/04/2021 ......1-3-0 ......25.00%...... -11.60
    06/03/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% .......- 3.25
    06/02/2021 ......2-2-0 ......50.00% ......+ 0.50
    06/01/2021 ......1-1-0 ......50.00%....... - 0.60

    Totals:...........17-19-2......47.22%.........- 9.15


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    BEST BETS:

    06/18/2021.......1-0-1.....100.00%.......+11.35
    06/15/2021.......0-2-0.......00.00%........-10.50
    06/14/2021.......0-2-0.......00.00%........-10.50
    06/13/2021.......1-1-0.......50.00%........+2.65
    06/10/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%.......+10.00
    06/09/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%.......+11.10
    06/08/2021.......1-1-0.......50.00%.........- 0.50
    06/06/2021.......2-2-0.......50.00%.........- 0.65
    06/05/2021.......2-1-1.......62.50%........+.6.70
    06/04/2021 ......1-3-0...... 25.00% ........-11.60
    06/02/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% ........+.0.50
    06/01/2021 ......1-1-0 .......50.00% ........-.0.60

    Totals............15-13-2........53.57%......-. + 7.95

  21. #531
    Thursday’s 6-pack
    Odds to win the College Baseball World Series:

    5-2— Vanderbilt
    7-2— Texas
    5-1— Tennessee
    8-1— Arizona, Mississippi State, Stanford
    16-1— NC State
    18-1— Virginia

    Quote of the Day
    “There’s no quit. We always talk about playing a 48-minute game. It’s a long game. And it took all 48 minutes tonight to get it done.”
    Atlanta Hawks’ coach Nate McMillan

    Thursday’s quiz
    Where did Nate McMillan play his college basketball?
    (Hint: That school is in the College World Series)

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Orel Hershiser pitched for the Dodgers for 12 years, then played for three other teams, before finishing his career back with the Dodgers in 2000.

    Tuesday’s quiz
    Jim Mora Sr coached the Saints/Colts in the NFL; he led the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars to two USFL championships.

    *******************************************

    Thursday’s Den: Doing some thinking out loud……..

    13) Robert Griffin III hasn’t retired as an NFL player yet, but if he does, TV networks will be scrapping for his services as an analyst.

    Apparently, RG3’s TV auditions went so well that FOX/ESPN will be bidding for his services as soon as he puts his retirement papers in.

    Griffin was the 2nd player taken in the 2012 Draft; he went 9-6 in his rookie year as a QB with Washington, but has gone 7-20 since then, drifting to Cleveland, then Baltimore.

    12) Hawks 109, 76ers 106:
    — Atlanta trailed by 24 with 2:10 left in third quarter.
    — Hawks scored 54 points on their first 66 possessions.
    — Hawks scored 55 points on their last 31 possessions.
    — Atlanta leads series, 3-2.

    11) Over the last 25 years, 76ers are ONLY TEAM to blow a lead of 18+ points in consecutive playoff games.

    10) Clippers 119, Jazz 111— Clippers grab 3-2 series lead despite Kawhi Leonard missing this game with a leg injury. LA leads this series 3-2.

    9) Red Sox 10, Braves 8:
    — Arroyo hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the 7th inning.
    — Atlanta has four losses this year when they scored 8+ runs; in the last three years combined, they lost a total of five such games.

    8) Giants 13, Diamondbacks 7:
    — Arizona has lost 13 in row, 26 of its last 28 games.
    — Arizona lost its last 22 road games.

    7) Alex, I’d like Strange Scheduling for $100— Mets’ last four games before the All-Star break are against Pittsburgh; their first three games after All-Star break are also against the Pirates, so the teams will play seven consecutive games against each other, which is odd.

    6) Twins 7, Mariners 2— Coming into this game, Minnesota’s Williams Astudillo had batted 116 games this season, without drawing a walk. His first two at-bats in this game, he walked both times.

    5) Astros 8, Rangers 4— Jose Altuve is first player EVER to hit a walk-off grand slam, then lead off the first inning of the next game with another home run.

    4) Pretty good 4-team basketball tournament down in Florida in November: Yale, Bowling Green, Southern Utah and Western Michigan.

    3) Phoenix Suns’ guard Chris Paul is in COVID protocol, is out indefinitely.

    2) Sounds the Jets are committing to starting rookie QB Zach Wilson in Week 1, when they play Carolina and the Panthers’ new QB, Sam Darnold. Should be good theater.

    1) I’m not 100% sure this is true, but if it isn’t, it should be:

    — Chess is the most popular game in Czecholslovakia
    — There is a dating service in Prague that caters primarily to chess players.
    — The dating service is called Czech Mate.

  22. #532

  23. #533
    31TAMPA BAY -32 NY ISLANDERS
    NY ISLANDERS are 15-3 ATS (12.2 Units) in home games against good offensive teams - >=29 shots on goal, convert >=17% pp in the current season.




    NHL
    Dunkel

    Thursday, June 17







    NHL

    Thursday, June 17


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    Trend Report
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    Tampa Bay @ NY Islanders
    Tampa Bay
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games on the road
    Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    NY Islanders
    NY Islanders is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    NY Islanders is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games


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  24. #534
    THURSDAY, JUNE 17
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    TB at NYI 08:00 PM
    NYI +124
    O 5.0

    +500 +500

  25. #535
    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    06/17/2021......0-2-0.......0.00%........-10.50
    06/16/2021.......1-0-1.....75.00%.......+11.35
    06/15/2021.......0-2-0.......0.00%........-10.50
    06/14/2021.......0-2-0.......0.00%........-10.50
    06/13/2021.......1-1-0......50.00%........+2.65
    06/10/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%......+10.00
    06/09/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%......+11.10
    06/08/2021.......1-3-0.......25.00%.......-13.35
    06/06/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% .......- 0.65
    06/05/2021...... 2-1-1 ......62.50%...... + 6.70
    06/04/2021 ......1-3-0 ......25.00%...... -11.60
    06/03/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% .......- 3.25
    06/02/2021 ......2-2-0 ......50.00% ......+ 0.50
    06/01/2021 ......1-1-0 ......50.00%....... - 0.60

    Totals:...........17-21-2......44.73%.........- 19.65


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    BEST BETS:

    06/17/2021.......0-2-0.......00.00%.......-10.50
    06/18/2021.......1-0-1.....100.00%.......+11.35
    06/15/2021.......0-2-0.......00.00%........-10.50
    06/14/2021.......0-2-0.......00.00%........-10.50
    06/13/2021.......1-1-0.......50.00%........+2.65
    06/10/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%.......+10.00
    06/09/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%.......+11.10
    06/08/2021.......1-1-0.......50.00%.........- 0.50
    06/06/2021.......2-2-0.......50.00%.........- 0.65
    06/05/2021.......2-1-1.......62.50%........+.6.70
    06/04/2021 ......1-3-0...... 25.00% ........-11.60
    06/02/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% ........+.0.50
    06/01/2021 ......1-1-0 .......50.00% ........-.0.60

    Totals............15-15-2........50.00%........ - 2.55

  26. #536
    Friday’s 6-pack
    MLB leaders in runs scored:

    57— Bo Bichette, Tor
    54— Ronald Acuna, Atl
    51— Mark Canha A’s, Vladimir Guerrero, Tor
    50— Jose Altuve Hst, Chris Taylor LA
    49— Jesse Winker, Cin
    48— Fernando Tatis, SD

    Quote of the Day
    “I worship the dirt she treats me like.”
    Herb Tarlek, talking about Loni Anderson’s character in old TV show, WKRP in Cincinnati

    Friday’s quiz
    Bob Melvin manages the Oakland A’s; what other two MLB teams has he managed?

    Thursday’s quiz
    Nate McMillan played his college basketball at North Carolina State.

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Orel Hershiser pitched for the Dodgers for 12 years, then played for three other teams, before finishing his career back with the Dodgers in 2000.

    **************************************************

    Friday’s Den: Random stuff with the weekend here……..

    13) Bet you can remember where you were 27 years ago tonight; 27 years ago tonight was the OJ Simpson car chase, captured live and in color by every network in America, except the one that had an NBA Finals game on (Knicks-Houston).

    A white Ford Bronco driving along the freeways of Los Angeles, trailed by a parade of police cars, being cheered by onlookers. People cheering for a retired football star suspected of murder. What a weird night; think I saw three minutes of the basketball game, and I love basketball.

    12) If someone had asked me this trivia question today, I’d have sat here for hours before getting the right answer. Who is the only major league ballplayer, who in each of the last five years, including this one, hit 15+ home runs?

    I’ll give you a few minutes to think about it and post the answer at the end of today’s Den.

    11) Bucks 104, Nets 89:
    — Series is tied 3-3.
    — Giannis/Middleton combined for 68 points.
    — Durant scored 32 points, other four starters scored 42.

    10) Padres 6, Reds 4:
    — If you bet the under in this game, skip to the next paragraph.
    — Padres led 2-0 after eight innings; both teams scored 4 runs in the ninth.
    — Victor Caratini walked it off with a homer for San Diego.

    9) Dallas Mavericks won the NBA title ten years ago, but haven’t won a playoff series since; this week, they fired GM Donnie Nelson, after 16 years as the head of the Dallas front office. Not sure which one of these two happened first, but coach Rick Carlisle is out after 13 years as the coach of the Mavericks.

    Dallas employs a guy named Haralobos Voulgaris as director of quantitative research and development; he used to be a professional gambler. Apparently Voulgaris won a power struggle with Nelson/Carlisle for owner Mark Cuban’s ear, so now the franchise takes a new direction.

    8) Quick baseball notes:
    — San Diego Padres are 0-8 in Blake Snell’s road starts.
    — Oakland A’s are 7-0 in Chris Bassitt’s road starts.
    — New York Mets are 6-0 in Taijuan Walker’s home starts.

    7) Giants 10, Arizona 3— Diamondbacks set a new record, losing their 23rd straight road game; their last road win was April 25, when Madison Bumgarner threw his 7-inning no-hitter.

    Indians 10, Orioles 3— Baltimore has lost its last 19 road games. When the amateur draft happens next month, Orioles better be drafting a lot of pitchers.

    6) Mariners 6, Rays 5— Seattle scored twice in 9th, walking it off on a Kyle Seager single. Rays are 0-3 since Tyler Glasnow hurt his arm.

    5) I still have no idea why the Rams made the blockbuster deal with Detroit to get QB Matthew Stafford, but there is this:
    — In Sean McVay’s first two years coaching LA, the Rams were +18 in turnovers.
    — Last two years, Rams were minus-3 in turnovers.

    4) Baltimore Ravens’ QB Lamar Jackson ran the ball for 1,005 yards LY, 200 yards more than any of his teammates.

    3) Richmond Spiders are going to have a very experienced basketball team next winter, with two 5th-year seniors, and two 6th-year seniors starting. Remember, everyone who played college LY can come back and play this year. That’ll be a big thing to keep track of.

    2) It has taken me a while to get used to 7-inning doubleheaders, and its going to take time for me to get used to a 17-game NFL regular season. The 16-game season started in 1978, when I was in college. Regular season doesn’t end this year until January 9th.

    Answer to the really hard quiz: Cleveland SS Jose Ramirez is the only major league ballplayer, who in each of the last five years, including this one, has hit 15+ home runs.

    1) If the playoffs started today (they don’t):
    NL— Mets, Cubs, Giants. Wild Card: Milwaukee @ Dodgers
    AL— Rays, White Sox, A’s. Wild Card: Houston @ Boston

  27. #537

  28. #538
    41VEGAS -42 MONTREAL
    MONTREAL is 10-20 ATS (-12 Units) after covering 4 of their last 5 against the spread in the last 3 seasons.




    NHL
    Dunkel

    Friday, June 18







    NHL

    Friday, June 18


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    Trend Report
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    Vegas @ Montreal
    Vegas
    Vegas is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Vegas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    Montreal
    Montreal is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
    Montreal is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Vegas


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  29. #539
    FRIDAY, JUNE 18
    GAME TIME(ET) PICK UNITS


    VEG at MON 08:00 PM
    VEG -159
    U 5.0

    +500 +500

  30. #540
    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD

    06/18/2021......0-1-1.....25.00%.........-7.95
    06/17/2021......0-2-0.......0.00%........-10.50
    06/16/2021.......1-0-1.....75.00%.......+11.35
    06/15/2021.......0-2-0.......0.00%........-10.50
    06/14/2021.......0-2-0.......0.00%........-10.50
    06/13/2021.......1-1-0......50.00%........+2.65
    06/10/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%......+10.00
    06/09/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%......+11.10
    06/08/2021.......1-3-0.......25.00%.......-13.35
    06/06/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% .......- 0.65
    06/05/2021...... 2-1-1 ......62.50%...... + 6.70
    06/04/2021 ......1-3-0 ......25.00%...... -11.60
    06/03/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% .......- 3.25
    06/02/2021 ......2-2-0 ......50.00% ......+ 0.50
    06/01/2021 ......1-1-0 ......50.00%....... - 0.60

    Totals:...........17-22-3......43.58%.........- 27.60


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    BEST BETS:

    06/18/2021.......0-1-1.......00.00%.......- 7.95
    06/17/2021.......0-2-0.......00.00%.......-10.50
    06/18/2021.......1-0-1.....100.00%.......+11.35
    06/15/2021.......0-2-0.......00.00%........-10.50
    06/14/2021.......0-2-0.......00.00%........-10.50
    06/13/2021.......1-1-0.......50.00%........+2.65
    06/10/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%.......+10.00
    06/09/2021.......2-0-0.....100.00%.......+11.10
    06/08/2021.......1-1-0.......50.00%.........- 0.50
    06/06/2021.......2-2-0.......50.00%.........- 0.65
    06/05/2021.......2-1-1.......62.50%........+.6.70
    06/04/2021 ......1-3-0...... 25.00% ........-11.60
    06/02/2021...... 2-2-0 ......50.00% ........+.0.50
    06/01/2021 ......1-1-0 .......50.00% ........-.0.60

    Totals............15-16-3........48.38%........ - 10.50

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