Archive for January, 2009

Betting on the 2009 Academy Awards

January 28, 2009

Betting on the Academy Awards has become one the most popular forms of prop wagering. In Part 1 of a three-part series, we highlight the top Oscar award categories for the 2009 Academy Awards, and betting odds for the nominees.

The 81st Academy Awards take place Feb. 22 at 8 pm ET on ABC.

Best Picture: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Milk,” “The Reader,” “Slumdog Millionaire.”

The hype for Benjamin Button is everywhere with Brad Pitt smiling and enticing his fans and the voters. However, Frost/Nixon has good performances by both lead actors. Where the hell is The Dark Knight or Iron Man? If the academy wants to increase viewership, they need to nominate movies the public is paying to see. My prediction is that Slumdog Millionaire will be triumphant due to the unique look and licensing of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ – I mean the producers have the money to lobby hard.

Oscar betting odds at Sportsbooks have Slumdog Millionaire as the favorite at -300, followed by the Curious Case of Benjamin Button at +350, Milk at +500, Frost/Nixon at +1000, and The Reader at +1200.

Director: David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”; Gus Van Zant, “Milk”; Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”; Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Ron Howard is a genius and it shows in Frost/Nixon, I just don’t think there is much more he could do with two guys stuck sitting across from each other and he’s already won a Director’s Oscar. David Fincher did an amazing job with Benjamin Button but something seemed missing. I hope Danny Boyle wins because Slumdog Millionaire was a great way to tell a story and he made sure it translated internationally.

Academy Award betting odds at Sporting bet have Danny Boyle as a -250 favorite followed by David Fincher at +333, Ron Howard at +1200, Gus Van Zant at +1600, and Stephen Daltry at +1600.

Actor: Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”; Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”; Sean Penn, “Milk”; Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler.”

This is a hard one. Mickey Rourke is fantastic as The Wrestler but the academy may still hold animosity to the legendary actor. After the Homosexual marriage vote fiasco I don’t think Sean Penn has a chance and so my pick is Richard Jenkins in The Visitor. Jenkin’s an actor who has been in a million movies & TV shows and is always good and The Visitor is really his movie, it’s impossible to imagine any other actor pulling that character off.

Mickey Rourke is a -110 favorite in Oscar betting lines at Sporting bet. Sean Penn is at +150, Frank Langella is +700, Brad Pitt is +1400, and Richard Jenkins +4000.

Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”; Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”; Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”; Meryl Streep, “Doubt”; Kate Winslet, “The Reader.”

Even though I am a huge fan of Anne Hathaway and Kate Winslet I have to vote for Angelina Jolie for two reasons. First, her acting in Clint Eastwood’s movie Changeling is her best part since Girl Interrupted. Second, she is overdue since she hasn’t won an Oscar since 2000.

Academy Award betting odds at Sportsbooks have Kate Winslet favored at -125, followed by Anne Hathaway at +160, Meryl Streep at +350, and Angelina Jolie and Melissa Leo, both at +1000.

Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, “Milk”; Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”; Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”; Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”; Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road.”

This is another hard category to choose from. Josh Brolin acts just like Nixon (I remember watching the actual Frost/Nixon interview and this version is so realistic you’d think he was Nixon. I loved Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder, how could you not like him as a black man. Philip Seymour Hoffman is original and chooses roles that make you want to sit up and notice but everyone knows that Heath Ledger deserves the Oscar for his take on The Joker in The Dark Knight. I still can see his face when I close my eyes and plus, Ledger deserves it (he won’t be able to be nominated again).

Betting odds at Sporting bet  have Heath Ledger as a huge favorite at -2000. Philip Seymour Hoffman is +1800, while Josh Brolin, Michael Shannon, and Robert Downey Jr. are all +2000.

Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, “Doubt”; Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”; Viola Davis, “Doubt”; Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler.”

Even though Marisa Tomei acted the hell out of The Wrestler, Penelope Cruz made Vicky Cristina Barcelona her own. Mind you I would have voted for Kiera Knightly but she was not nominated (which just shows you the academy isn’t on top of its game).

Penelope Cruz is a -138 favorite at Sportsbooks. Marisa Tomei and Viola Davis are +350, Taraja P. Henson is +1200, and Amy Adams is +1600.

Kittens Used As Bait For Sharks And Marlin!

January 26, 2009

This has to be one of the most disgusting act of Mankind to animals. These sick individuals are abusing cats and kittens for their own twisted amusement and calling it “sport”.

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Steelers Face Off Against Former Coach in Super Bowl

January 23, 2009

Pittsburgh will see a familiar face on the other side of the field with Cardinals
’ head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt used to be the tight ends coach for the Steelers in 2001-2003 and the team’s offensive coordinator back in 2004-2006.

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AFC Championship: Pittsburgh Steelers VS Baltimore Ravens

January 16, 2009

The Steelers and Ravens are two of the undisputed most physical teams in the National Football League. Both teams realize the magnitude and importance of Sunday
’s event and will give fans more than their money’s worth.

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Hockey Betting Sure Winner

January 15, 2009

It seems that there is one sure bet in sports betting these days and that is if you bet against the Vancouver Canucks winning any game they are playing. The Canucks GM wasted ½ of the season waiting for the past his prime center Mats Sundin. Sure he was a hell of a hockey player but he never really helped the Toronto Maple Leafs win anything of significance so what makes him think he will do anything for the accolade starved Canucks?

While I am at it what about that useless coach Alain Vigneault? Sure the Canucks’ best player Roberto Luongo has been injured for the past 20 games or so but what about the rest of the team, have they not been playing and practicing for all that time? Sure the players have to take some of the heat for how bad they suck at the power play and the penalty kill but really does it not reflect more on poor management? And how about the ineffectiveness of this team on the shoot out, what’s that al about?

Sad to say that as far as betting on hockey games goes the only sure bet is that the Vancouver Canucks are not going to win their games, home or away, so why not make some money on a sure thing.

The Canucks suck and they always will because the Vancouver fan base will continue to support mediocrity by continuing to sell out this over priced, under performing bunch of junior players dressed up as professionals.

It is like I have always said…

it doesn’t matter how big of a super star you bring to Vancouver in the end all you are doing is turning him into a Canuck!”

E. Zack Lee

Boost America’s Economy with Legal Online Poker

January 15, 2009

Official Web Site of The Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team

Let online poker players in the US play legally and without fear of prosecution. Reform the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act to exempt poker, a game of skill, from the law.

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Public going with Florida Gators in BCS title tilt

January 6, 2009

No. 1-ranked Florida Gators battle the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners in the BCS National Championship game at Dolphin Stadium in Miami on Thursday (8:15 pm ET, FOX).

Florida is a 3.5-point and -170 moneyline favorite at Sportingbet. The over/under is 70.5. Public Betting information shows 58 per cent of wagers on the game are on Florida.

The Gators (12-1 SU, 10-2 ATS) won the SEC Championship while the Sooners (12-1 SU, 10-2 ATS) won the Big 12.

Florida won the inaugural BCS Title Game two years ago, beating the Ohio State Buckeyes 41-14.

The Gators’ only loss this season came against Ole Miss in September, a 31-30 setback. Otherwise, the Gators have rolled over most opponents, including one-sided road wins over Tennessee (30-6), Georgia (49-10) and Florida State (45-15), as well as LSU (51-21) at home.

Florida captured the SEC championship with a 31-20 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide to earn a spot in the national title game.

Florida scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally for the win. Florida failed to cover the 10-point spread and the score went under the total of 54.5.

The BCS National Championship will be Florida’s 18th straight bowl game and 36th bowl appearance overall (16-19).

Oklahoma won the Big 12 title with a 62-21 butt-kicking of Missouri.

It was the Sooners’ third-straight Big 12 championship. Oklahoma covered the 16.5-point spread and the score went over the total of 79.

Just like Florida, Oklahoma has had just one loss this season, a 45-35 setback to Texas on Oct. 11. The Sooners rattled off seven straight wins after that loss to end the season and wrap up the Big 12 championship.

The Sooners have won seven national titles since 1950 with the latest coming in 2000. and boast of a 24-16-1 all-time bowl record. The team is making its 10th straight bowl appearance, but has struggled in the postseason of late, losing two straight bowl games and four of the last five overall.

This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

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2009 NFL Mock Draft: #1

January 6, 2009

If you like reading other people’s mock drafts then be sure to check back with this site as the writer will produce many editions between now and the actual draft.

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Fantasy Hockey- Dobber’s Stock Market Tips

January 5, 2009

Before I get all the angry emails, let me preface this by saying that Parise is a great player who is only scratching the surface of his talent. He will regularly fall in that 85- to 95-point range year in and year out. He is in his fourth NHL season so this breakout is expected.

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