Archive for January, 2008

Alain Vigneault – to Roberto Luongo Play Better?

January 24, 2008

Alain Vigneault, head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, reportedly informed star goaltender Roberto Luongo that he needs to play better. While it is true that the Canucks have not been playing well as of late, you can hardly blame that on our beleaguered goalie.

Sure the Canucks could use a little help on defense right now but that isn’t even completely to blame for the Canuckle-heads losing streak. This entire season there has been a serious lack of scoring and while this is a problem it isn’t even the main problem as people used to go to see this team play even when they were losing in the past.

The biggest problem for this team is the boring style of play that can only be blamed on the Vancouver Canucks brain trust. This defense first style is absolutely boring, boring, boring. The other night a co-worker couldn’t attend the Canuck VS. Wild game and he had the hardest time even giving the tickets away.

In fact he ended up giving them to me and the only people that I could give them away to were a couple of women I know that had never been to a pro hockey game before. They had fun but that was probably attributable to the alcohol and not having a basis for comparison.

Was Alain Vigneault’s suggestion to Roberto Luongo warranted? Perhaps he could play a little better and that might happen if he had the inspiration of his teammates scoring some goals of their own.

So Alain Vigneault’s message to Roberto Luongo of “Play better” could probably be read as “Play better Luongo – or I’ll lose my coaching job because my system isn’t keeping the fans entertained.”

I gotta be honest here folks – even when the Canucks are winning games these days it is so boring to watch that I find myself not even caring because I am far more entertained by the grass growing and some paint drying. Thank God for alternative forms of entertainment!

E. Zack Lee

Tom Brady’s right foot kicks up a fuss

January 23, 2008

The Super Bowl media circus got off to a flying start Monday when New England Patriots pivot Tom Brady was videotaped and photographed favoring his right foot, and apparently sporting a walking cast. Brady was in New York City with his girlfriend, model Gisele Bundchen, and he appeared to have a slight limp.

The foot scoop hit a fever pitch Tuesday morning, when media outlets – including the venerable New York Times – began speculating on Brady’s boot and what it could mean for his Patriots as they prepare to meet the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII on Feb. 3.

The Boston Globe had the video on its website. The New York Times wondered if the point spread, which had already shrunk from 14 to 12 in favor of the Pats, should move lower still.

But as Sports Illustrated pointed out, if Brady really does have anything even remotely close to an injury serious enough to jeopardize playing in the Super Bowl, he’d be back in Boston receiving treatment. If Brady is injured, it’s something very, very minor.

But that won’t stop the media circus, especially in the Big Apple. At least it was a different, somewhat creative way to kick off the 13 days of hype leading up to the most watched TV event on the planet.

Hockey Fights

January 21, 2008

If the NHL is good for 1 thing it is good for watching fights. These guys get so wound up with emotion that it often manifests itself into fisticuffs and for some reason; some people, especially Americans, are offended by this. To me this just doesn’t make any sense given all of the violence and crime related programming on American television. Don’t believe me? Tune into A&E one day and make note of all of the shows on there during the day, CSI this and CSI that, The First 48, American Justice and Cold Case files to name but a few. Perhaps the reason Americans don’t tune into hockey is because it actually isn’t violent enough?

To those who think that it isn’t violent enough and for those who think it is just another part of the action packed game, check out the video from a game between the Ottawa Senators and the Philadelphia Flyers and let me know what the hell is wrong with this product?

E. Zack Lee

Gambling Social Network, Betting Bookmarking – BetHYPE.com

January 19, 2008

As a blogger who deals a lot with sports and sports betting I spent some time looking for a social network and social bookmarking site where I could add my content and bookmarks. You know what I found out – there are very few available and of the ones I found, they were either so full of spam or seemed to be completely self serving.  Then I found BetHYPE.com and even though it apears to be fairly new it does appear that someone is actually maintaining the site.

As a new site I’ll bet that there are plenty of good membership names available. As of this moment the site appears to be still mostly a template from the software provider Pligg but I am sure that they will be sprucing up the site and adding features to make it more of a community. At least I hope so.

A quick look around the site shows me that they will be accepting submissions for sports betting, casino, poker and horse racing. Judging by some of the posts on the site already they don’t seem to mind that people are using words like betting, wager and gambling within their titles; an act that generally gets your account banned in most social networking and bookmarking sites.

Given the popularity of social marketing these days is it any wonder that this type of site was going to pop up? Thank you I say for the thought of putting this together and only time will tell how popular BetHYPE.com will become.

E. Zack Lee

Sprinter Marion Jones Goes To Prison

January 11, 2008

After many years of setting records, collecting gold medals, earning big money from sponsorship deals…and lying, the arguably best female sprinter of all times will go to prison for six months.

The disgraced US track and field sprinter Marion Jones is being sent to prison for six months for lying to federal prosecutors over steroid use and drugs fraud. Over the past few years she was indicated to be heavily involved in the BALCO scandal.

At the end she admitted the lying as well as a use of a banned substance tetrahydrogestrinone, known as “the clear”, which at the time was the most sophisticated steroid on the “sports doping market”.

On one hand this is a great news as it shows how far sports doping can take a cheater – from the top of the podiums to the very bottom of everything.

On the other hand though, in Marion’s case, it is sad to see someone who finally admitted everything in front of all public to go to jail. But I guess that is the consequence anyone would face if lying to a federal judge.

From the bettor’s perspective this case raises many questions. Many people won or lost money based on Marion Jones performances. Now, we learn they were product of cheating. As long as they won money by betting on her they are probably happy but some of those that lost might be in the prison, waiting for her to produce her last run…

7 things that Jessica Simpson is…

January 8, 2008

A lot of people are talking about the so called Jessica Simpson curse. Jessica Simpson may be a lot of things but a curse isn’t one of them unless of course she was your over zealous ex-wife out to ruin you through a family court situation. Seeing as she hasn’t squeezed out a gaggle of kids in an effort to increase her situation on the dole, this is hardly a concern for any man.

Things that Jessica Simpson is…

  • A major distraction; simply by being a beautiful woman
  • A decent singer; based upon her album sales
  • A capable dancer; based upon the music videos I have watched her body parts move to
  • A reported actor; I haven’t seen any of her movies to accurately judge but once she does a nude scene I swear I will go and rate her performance
  • A dumb blonde; not that there is anything wrong with that
  • Wealthy; music, film and spokes model earnings are envious to be sure
  • Single; given her wealth, looks and IQ this one just doesn’t make any sense

Jessica Simpson is many things but a curse… I don’t think so. If she is a curse by just being beautiful then wouldn’t all of the cheerleaders at the games be a curse as well? Seeing as every team has them I could hardly say that they are.In an effort to disprove the whole “Jessica Simpson curse” thing I say let’s stick her in a cheerleader outfit and send her to the game to cheer on Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. I don’t know about you but I would love to see her in those “tighty whities” with the little blue stars.

Things that Jessica Simpson isn’t…

  • A curse; give your head a shake
  • Giving me any; that might make her a bitch but a curse – never
  • A porn star; mores the pity

Jessica – don’t let those jealous souls try to make you think that you are a curse. Tony may be a little distracted at the moment but who can blame him. Sure you may look down and see the number “6” while wearing his jersey but hey, that kind of thing only makes you more endearing.

Go to the game and enjoy your relationship while it lasts. Who cares about the Super Bowl as it is only “a cup” and as long as Tony is with you he has a couple of  “d cups” and I ask you – who really is the winner?

E. Zack Lee

2007: The wackiest College Football season ever?

January 8, 2008

Tonight’s BCS National Championship Game between the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes and the second-ranked LSU Tigers caps one of the craziest College Football seasons in recent memory. 

And it didn’t take long for the weird and wacky stuff to start. On Sept. 1 – in Week 1 – the Appalachian State Mountaineers took out the fabled and heavily favored Michigan Wolverines in what is undeniably one of the biggest upsets in the long history of College Football.  The 110,000 fans at the Big House must have thought they were hallucinating when they watched the team from Boone, North Carolina take the lead with 26 seconds left when Julian Rauch kicked a 24-yard field goal. They were probably fainting when Corey Lynch blocked a 37-yard try on the final play, allowing the Mountaineers to accomplish the unthinkable. 

While that may have been the biggest upset, it was far from the last surprise of the season.  

In South Bend, Indiana, the iconic Notre Dame Fighting Irish looked lame all season, limping to a 3-9 record. 

In West Virginia, players and fans alike were getting all hyped up for the national title game. All they had to do was beat Pitt in their final game. As four-touchdown favorites, West Virginia shot itself in the foot, losing 13-9 to the Panthers, killing their BCS Championship Game hopes. 

And in the Pac-10, the Stanford Cardinal came close to equaling the shock and awe produced by the Wolverines’ loss to the Mountaineers when they, as a 41-point underdog, edged the mighty USC Trojans, which cost the Trojans a shot at the national title. 

So what completely unexpected event will happen tonight? The Tigers are only 3½-point favorites in what is expected to be a tight game, so a Buckeyes’ win wouldn’t be a surprise. A blowout? That would certainly raise some eyebrows. One thing’s for sure: to close out this College Football season, nothing will be too strange. 

The Tigers are 3½-point favorites at Sportbet.

NFL Wild Card Weekend

January 4, 2008

By Scott Burgess

The NFL Playoffs get under way this weekend with what’s called the Wild Card Weekend with both the AFC and NFC Wild Card qualifiers going head to head.

Sat, Jan 5, 2008 4:30 PM ET

The first is the Washington Redskins at Seattle Seahawks as part of the NFC Wild Card. Can the Redskins win another game for Sean Taylor?

Sat Jan 5, 2008 8:00 PM ET

The second game on the night has the Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers as part of the AFC Wild Card. This should be a good game on the SLOPPY Heinz Field. Joking!

Sun, Jan 6, 2008 1:00 PM ET

The first game Sunday has the the N.Y. Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers as part of the NFC Wild Card. Can QB Jeff Garcia knockout the Giants in the playoffs three times straight?

Sun, Jan 6, 2008 4:30 PM ET

The final Wild Card game has the Tennessee Titians at San Diego Chargers as part of the AFC Wild Card. RB LaDainian Tomlinson vs the Titians new star QB Kerry Collins.

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Chargers vs Titians

January 4, 2008

By Scott Burgess
Kick Off: Sun, Jan 6, 2008 4:30 PM ET
Odds provided by BodogLife

The San Diego Chargers(-10) play host to the Tennessee Titians(+10), at Qualcomm Stadium, for a chance to advance into the AFC Divisional game.

The Tennessee Titians(10-6) are coming of an impressive win over the Indianapolis Colts, 16-10 , in Indy. Since QB Kerry Collins took over for the defunct QB Vince Young they’ve looked like a new team excited to play. The Titians can take advantage of both the Chargers average pass defense and rush defense. But with the Titians new pass game and their 5th ranked rushing offense their options are unlimited. On defense their ranked 5th at stopping the rush and they’ll need to be in peak performance with RB LaDainian Tomlinson rushing. Their defense gives up a low 17 PPG.

The San Diego Chargers(11-5) are on a serious roll winning their final six games in a row. The Chargers defense has been great with LB Jyles Tucker in the lineup. Last week against the Oakland Raiders he had three sacks, two forced fumbles one which was recovered, by him, in the end zone for a TD. The Chargers aren’t really known for their passing game, which is ranked 27th, but rather their 7th ranked rushing game. Their offense averages 25 PPG. On defense they’ll have to watch the Titians pass and rush because the Chargers are just average at stopping these.

Bottom Line: The Chargers have the advantage playing at home and with the multi-talented RB LaDainian Tomlinson who can run, catch and throw. I don’t think they can beat the wide spread, so look for the Titians to cash in on the spread.

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Giants vs Buccaneers

January 4, 2008

By Scott Burgess
Kick Off: Sun, Jan 6, 2008 1:00 PM ET
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers(-3) play host to the New York Giants(+3), at Raymond James Stadium, for a chance to play in the NFC Divisional game.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers(9-7) lost last week to the Carolina Panthers, 31-23, but they rested most of their starters for the playoffs so no big deal. QB Jeff Garcia has had the Giants number beating them three times straight in the playoffs, not necessarily in a Bucs jersey. The Bucs are going to have to throw the ball against the Giants 8th ranked rush defense if they want to put points on the board. Neverless fourth year RB Earnest Graham has filled in nicely for the injured Bucs RB’s as he’s got 898 YDS for 10 TD so far. The Bucs defense is the best in the league at shutting down their opponents pass game, which should prove useful against the Giants weak pass game. Their defense allows the 3rd least points in the league allowing 16 PPG.

The N.Y. Giants(10-6) will have to forget their passing game and take advantage of the Bucs 17th ranked rush defense if they want to advance. The Giants are the 4th best team on the rush. Word has it that WR Plaxico Burress has a ankle sprain and will still start, this might be a key factor for the Bucs defense. On defense their going to have to watch for the arm of QB Jeff Garcia because the Giants aren’t the greatest a stopping the pass. The Giants give up an average 21 PPG. The Giants are 7-1 on the road and they’ll need to be on their toes in the football crazed city of Tampa.

Bottom Line: QB Jeff Garcia has a great arm with great receivers who’s had the Giants number three playoff games in a row. The Giants are plagued with injuries and they should expect some more. Go Bucs!

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