Archive for July, 2007

2007 English Premiership League

July 27, 2007

The English Premiership gets underway August 12, 2007 and should prove to be another exciting season of English soccer

Last year’s Premiership Champion was Manchester United followed closely behind by Chelsea. Chelsea has had a firm grip on the League the last couple of years and Man Utd proved they had what it takes to beat the former champs. If you think you have what it takes to predict who will win the English Premiership got to Bodog.com to place a wager.

This year all teams are starting with a fresh slate and any of the top 10 teams have a good chance to compete. The obvious powerhouses of the premiership are Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool. Liverpool had a disappointing season in the premiership but managed to make it to the Champions League final. Go figure! Another team that’s a premiership favorite is Arsenal but they’ve lost their best player, Thierry Henry to Real Madrid. They won’t have the scoring capabilities to compete with the other top teams. The other notable teams that MIGHT be able to compete are Tottenham, Everton, Aston Ville and Newcastle.

To make wagers on individual English Premiership games go to Bodog.com

By Scooter

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The 2007 Allstate 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

July 26, 2007

The NASCAR Nextel Cup Series pulls into the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, and most sportsbooks have driver Jeff Gordon as the favorite.

That makes sense, considering Gordon was raised in Indiana (although he was born in California) and, perhaps more importantly, he has had some of his greatest success at the Indy oval. He won the inaugural Brickyard 400 in 1994, and is the track’s Cup leader in victories (4), top-fives (7), top-10s (10), poles (3) and laps led with 433, which far surpasses second-place Dale Jarrett’s 186.

Last year was an off year for Gordon at the Brickyard, finishing 16th, his first non-top-10 since 2000.

Another driver to watch this weekend is Juan Montoya, who will be making his first stock-car race at the famed speedway. The 2000 Indianapolis 500 champ could make history by winning the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, as no driver has won both races.

NASCAR has been coming to Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1994, and for the first 10 years the race was known as the Brickyard 400. Before ’94, the only race at the Indianapolis Speedway was the famed Indy 500.

The NASCAR Allstate 400 starts at 1 pm ET on Sunday and can be seen on ESPN.

The top favorites at BetOnline are:

  1. Jeff Gordon (+400)
  2. Jimmie Johnson (+420)
  3. Tony Stewart (+600)
  4. Martin Truex Jr. (+750)
  5. Denny Hamlin (+750)

Nick Bailey

UFC 74 Respect

July 26, 2007

Mandalay Bay hosts UFC 74 Respect on August 25, 2007 at 7PM PT. UFC 74 should prove to be a face pounding night of fun. Here are the top 2 fights on the card.

Randy Couture (15-8-0) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (8-1-0)

Randy “The Natural” Couture recently beat Tim Sylvia for the UFC Heavyweight Championship in a unanimous decision; on March 3rd. Randy’s putting his title on the line against Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga who recently knocked Mirko Cro Cop right the F%#K OUT! Randy is a world class wrestler with an excellent clinch who likes to stand up to his opponents and pound away. Napao is a large strapping individual he’s 6’1”, 242lb while Randy is 6’2” 220lb. Randy can handle heavy fighters, as he’s proven against Silva who was 255lb when they fought. Napao is a striker and submission specialist, he’s got the power to drop you in a heartbeat. Couture is the fans favorite in this one, when he beat Silva everyone was so happy for him. I would like to see Randy win. Unfortunately Randy is currently the underdog in this fight. Bodog.com has Gabriel Gonzaga (-135) and Randy Couture (+105) as the underdog.

Josh Koscheck (11-1-0) vs. Georges St-Pierre (13-2-0)

Canada’s favorite George “Rush” St-Pierre takes on Josh Koscheck in a welterweight battle. St-Pierre recently lost his last fight to Matt Serra in an embarrassing fight. St-Pierre has beaten some seriously good fighters in the past and is looking to get his title back. Rush excels in takedowns, his ground-n-pound is exceptional and he has some serious strength. His opponent will be Josh Koscheck who is an athletic fighter who can go the distance and is a wrestling style fighter. His last fight against Diego Sanchez was an absolute bore. He respected his opponent too much and didn’t want to initiate anything. St-Pierre is 5’10”, 170lb while Koscheck is 5’10”, 170lb, so they’re pretty much the same in this department. If Koscheck had troubles with Sanchez he’s definitely going to have a hard time against St-Pierre. Bodog.com has George St-Pierre (-240) and Josh Koscheck (+190) as the underdog.

By Scooter

US PGA Tour Championship 2007

July 26, 2007

This year’s annual PGA Tour Championship takes place at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma on August 9, 2007. Southern Hills is a very tough course to play. This Perry Maxwell designed Championship Golf Course has been the site of three U.S. Open Championships, three PGA Championships, and seven other major championships. Last year’s winner Tiger Woods is excited about getting the chance to defend his title. Tiger has not played Southern Hills since the U.S. Open was played there in 2001, in which he lost.

There are many favorites in this year’s Tour Championship. Bodog.com has odds on golfers like Tiger Woods (4/1), Phil Mickleson (12/1), Ernie Els (18/1), Jim Furyk (16/1) and Vijay Singh (22/1). All have the skills to win but none of them have been playing any good lately. Some of the hottest golfers out right now are Sergio Garcia (33/1), Padraig Harrington (28/1) and K.J. Choi (40/1). P.Harrington is coming off his first major win by winning the 2007 British Open in a playoff with Sergio Garcia. S.Garcia has adapted a new belly putter to his game and it seems to be working for him. K.J. Choi has 2 wins under his belt so far this year and finished in the top 10 at the British Open.

Bottom Line:

The hottest golfers that have a great chance of winning the Tour Championship are Tiger Woods (4/1), Sergio Garcia (33/1), Padraig Harrington (28/1) and K.J. Choi (40/1). Phil Mickleson’s having an awful year so far and isn’t a threat to win. Mike Weir (66/1) is due for a win, he finished in the top 10 at the British Open and depending on how he does at the Canadian Open he could be a contender. Retief Goosen (28/1) has won at Southern Hills before and might be able to pull it off again.

If you’re looking to put some money down on the winner, go to Bodog.com for all your betting needs.

By Scooter

Tigers, Gators expected to eat up SEC Conference

July 24, 2007

The College football season is just weeks away, and until the first game is played on August 30, You Wanna Bet will feature a preview of a different NCAA Football Conference each week. This week: the SEC.

The Southeastern Conference is considered by many to be the best in NCAA Football, so it would make sense that the conference’s two divisions would be highly competitive. The SEC East and the SEC West are again expected to feature some of the most heated battles in the nation heading into the upcoming 2007 College Football season.   

You can bet on the winners of NCAA Football divisions at Bet Online , which is offering a number of Football Futures wagers. 

The SEC West has one of the best teams in the country, the LSU Tigers, who are also among the favorites to go all the way to the BCS National Championship game in January. The Tigers are a big favorite (-110) to win the division. LSU (11-2 overall last season, 6-2 SEC) returns 14 players from the team that tied for second in the SEC West last season. 

Not to be outdone, the SEC East features the Florida Gators, the reigning national champions who beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 41-14 in the 2007 BCS National Championship. While the Gators may have a tough time shutting down offenses this season – they’ve lost nine players from last year’s defense – they are still favored to win the SEC East (-110).

Nick Bailey 

 

Mixed Martial Arts Vs Boxing

July 24, 2007

The rise of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting has all but knocked out boxing. With MMA groups like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Pride and BodogFight the level of skill and excitement has risen way above anything boxing can produce. Here are my thoughts on why MMA is taking over the fighting entertainment industry.

Boxing was once a multi-million dollar business with the best boxers in the world providing excitement and skill in the ring. Since back in the day when boxers like Muhammad Ali, George Forman and Sugar Ray Leonard fought there was such a build up to the fight that the whole world anxiously waited for the fight to happen. People all over the world would sit around there TV’s watching the fight of the year. Then a decade later we had heavy weights like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield. They were big exciting controversial boxers that pounded the shit out of each other. They provided good action and heavy knockouts. After these boxers retired or faded out we lost boxers with size and moved to boxers with skill like Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley and Roy Jones JR. This era of boxing was great but it always ended in a decision and this created controversy; oh this person should have won. It kind of started to take the fun out of watching boxing and people were getting tired of paying $50 for a crappy ending with no KO.

Then in 1993 along comes this Ultimate Fighting Championship where eight men are pitted against each other in a caged octagon ring in a winner takes all tournament. There were only two rules, no eye gouging and no biting. You could do anything else to win. To get the win you either knocked your opponent out or submitted him. There were many different styles of fighting, anywhere from Karate and Kung Fu, to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, to Muay Thai and Bar Room Brawling. That’s why it’s so good because anybody who had fighting experience had a chance. When it first started there were a lot of mismatched fights, and guys were getting knock the F%*K out! This is great entertainment. People started paying to watch these fights and with the media putting a negative spin on it, UFC blew up.

In 2001 the UFC was sold to new owners and Dana White was named president. Dana White is responsible for making UFC and other MMA events so popular today. Dana White is the Don King of boxing. He changed the rules so that there were two fighters competing for the win, instead of a tournament style fight. Also there would be 6-7 fights on a pay-per-view event. So that means on a pay-per-view event you have the chance to see 6-7 people get knocked out or submitted. Unlike boxing where you watch 12 rounds of boxing to get a lame decision. Dana White decided to increase the popularity of UFC even more by introducing The Ultimate Fighter reality show in which the winner gets a contract to fight in the UFC and a shot at stardom. This show has a firm grip on guys in the age range of 18-34. It has been recorded that, in this age range, the show’s ratings have surpassed NBA and MLB playoffs. As for the pay-per-view money, in 2006 the UFC made $223M, HBO made $177M and WWE made $200M. Dana Whites definitely doing something right. Fighters are getting more popular than ever as their fan base increases. With popular fighters like Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz and Diego Sanchez the level of entertainment has risen.

So why is UFC more popular than boxing? It’s simple. People want to see fighters get their face punched in. Fans want blood, pain, knockouts and broken limbs. That’s the beauty of the sport too; you never know for sure who will win. All it takes is someone to get a lucky shot in and his opponent drops like a sack of potatoes. Boxing hasn’t produced that in a long time. That’s not to say UFC has its faults. Sometimes fighters are a little reluctant to jump in and start brawling, their cautious. In Pride fighting there is a yellow card system in which fighters are penalized money, from their winnings, for not fighting. I believe this system needs to be implemented because there have been a few fights that weren’t entertaining. The fighters just walked around each other for 15 minutes waiting for the perfect time to strike. This is not fun for the fans watching at home and the fans in the stands will let you know that their displeased. UFC recently purchased Pride fighting and they’re going to start bringing in Pride fighters to fight in the UFC. This will be the undoing of boxing. Pride has some of the biggest, strongest and deadliest fighters in the world and that’s going to draw in huge ratings and fans. So say goodbye to boring boxing and say hello to MMA and UFC.

To learn more about MMA and get the inside scoop on fights, check out Fighting-MMA.com. If you want to make your MMA viewing even more exciting, why not place a bet on it? Go to Bodog.com to place a bet. It makes the fight so much more exciting when you know that you will win some CASH!

By Scooter

Woods gets lucky drop but Garcia leads at British Open

July 19, 2007

It was almost deja vu for John Daly on the first day of the British Open Championship at the venerable Carnoustie Links in Scotland on Thursday.

Daly, the 1995 British Open Champion, briefly took the lead when he went to five-under-par after holing out a short wedge shot for an eagle on the 11th hole. But Daly then went double-bogey on the 12th hole and triple bogey on the 14th hole to drop from contention and finished the day with a three-over-par 74.

Spain’s Sergio Garcia ended the day as the leader as he shot a six-under-par 65 and is two shots ahead of Ireland’s Paul McGinley who fired a four-under-par 67. Garcia used a stretch of four birdies in five holes, midway thru his round, to take the lead away from McGinley who had been on top of the tournament most of the day. Garcia, who has never won a PGA Major, was in contention at last year’s British Open until the final day when a 73 dropped him into a tie for fifth place.

There was a five way tie for third place Thursday at three-under-par 68. That group includes Michael Campbell of New Zealand, Markus Brier of Austria, US Open Champion Angel Cabrera of Argentina, Boo Weekly of the United States and 18 -year-old Northern Ireland amateur Rory MciLroy. MciLroy had the only bogie-free round of the day.

Defending champion and World No. 1 Tiger Woods is in fourth place after finishing with a two-under-par 69. Woods started out hot getting an eagle on the sixth hole but cooled off on the back nine holes. Tied with Woods in fourth are Korean KJ Choi, American Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington of Ireland, and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain.

Woods benefitted from a nice drop on the tenth hole. After an errant shot, Wood’s ball landed among television cables. But he was told by tournament officials he could drop the ball away from the rough without penalty. After taking the drop, Wood’s ball was in a much more favorable position, and he managed to make par on the hole.

Nick Bailey

World Poker Champion crowned at the 2007 WSOP

July 18, 2007

After around 16 hours of poker at the final table of the Main Event at the 2007 World Series of Poker the champion was crowned – Jerry Yang. This Laos born Californian is a 39 year-old psychologist that qualified for the Main Event through a $225 buy-in.

The WSOP Main Event hosted 6,350 players and lasted over 6 days. With a buy-in fee of $10,000 the prizes we spectacular. The prize money spots started at around 600 and the winner took home just little over $8.2 million.

Second place finisher was Tuan Lam from Canada and took home over $4 million. Going heads-up against Yang in the finale, he was seriously short-stacked but never the less he put in a good fight.

With the Main Event finished the 2007 World Series of Poker is officially done as well. The whole Series that lasted almost 7 weeks attracted more players then ever before thus suggesting that poker’s popularity is rising with a lightning speed around the globe.

British Open Betting: Take Tiger

July 17, 2007

Unlike past years, Tiger Woods has not been money in the bank on the 2007 PGA Golf Tour. But like all superstars – like all professionals who are leaders at what they do – Tiger has the ability to rise to the occasion and save his best for when it really counts.

When Tiger tees off this week at the 136th British Open Championship at the 7,421-yard, par-71 Carnoustie Golf Club in Carnoustie, Scotland, he will be a man on a mission.

For a whole slew of reasons, it’s time to take Tiger for the win this weekend. First, he’s going for a three-peat, a feat that’s only been accomplished once before, by Peter Thomson in 1954-56. Second, Tiger has had enough time to put aside two big events – the birth of his daughter and hosting the AT&T National – and, for the first time this year, focus on the task at hand.

And third, the British Open is Tiger’s favorite tournament, especially when it’s at Carnoustie.

“I love playing over here because it allows you to be creative,” Woods said after a practice round Monday. “Augusta used to be that way. The U.S. Open is obviously not. The PGA is kind of similar to a U.S. Open setup. Over here, you can create shots. You get to use the ground as an ally.”

It’s debatable whether Tiger will ever again be in a position to match or break Thomson’s record of winning golf’s oldest championship three straight times. He will be driven this week.

Bet the British Open at Sportbet, which has Tiger favored at +225.

Nick Bailey

Dana White: The Next Don King

July 16, 2007

Have you seen the latest numbers the UFC is making on their pay per view and revenue gates? Zuffa and the UFC are making money hand over fist. Now with rumors with an HBO deal in the works and their cross marketing shared relationship with Xyience someone is making a lot of money and that is not the fighters.

It is too bad that it is not the UFC fighters like former UFC welterweight champion Georges St Pierre or the recent The Ultimate Fighter Reality TUF show contestant Rashad Evans.

Despite the rise in UFC pay per views and ticket receipts, Dana White is not paying his fighters the amount they deserve. For example, in UFC 59 Terry Martin got paid 2000 to fight.

You have to realize that fighters that take these fights know they are to fighting the UFC about 3 month in advance so basically Terry Martin gets 650 per month minus taxes.

Does that seem like a good deal to train everyday for 3 month? What if you get injured than you get paid nothing? Dana White is fast become this centuries Don King. If you want to read more about UFC fighter salaries read UFC: It’s Time to Pay Up by Greg Miller or check out MMA Weekly for their UFC salary disclosure