What has been your best bet?
With March Madness in full swing, many people have been geared up to fill out their brackets, while others are putting bets on multiple games. Events like this and the Super Bowl certainly raise the excitement level, and it gets many of us thinking about our best bets over the years.
One of my all-time best bets involved the Super Bowl matchup pitting the undefeated New England Patriots vs the New York Giants following the 2007 NFL Season. The Patriots looked unbeatable, yet there was something about the New York Giants that made them the perfect matchup for the high-flying Pats – their pass rush! Going into the game, some experts were pointing out that if the Giants front four could pressure Tom Brady without resorting to blitzes, then the Giants had a real chance to win the game, let alone cover the point spread. With that in mind, instead of taking the points and the Giants, I decided to go with the money line on the Giants to win outright, which gave me a much better payout given that the Pats were big favorites. The Giants won of course 17-14, as their defense got a pass rush and slowed down that many thought was an unstoppable offense. The win was even sweeter several months later when I ran into one of the most notorious gamblers – Pete Rose – who was complainign that there was no way the Patriots should have lost that game. He called the money line bet stupid, but he didn’t have much of an answer when I simply pointed out that it was a winning bet.
As for March Madness, my favorite bet involved taking Kentucky over Duke in 1992 even though I wanted Duke to win. Christian Laettner famously won that game on the incredible shot in overtime, but I already had my bet won as I was getting plenty of points with Kentucky. So I got to celebrate that incredible shot watching the game at Caesar’s Palace, while also celebrating a winning bet.
You can check out these top 5 best bets for other great examples and follow #bgoBestBets on Twitter as well.
Why Khan and Mayweather needs to happen
Many in the boxing world felt slightly cheated when Floyd Mayweather announced that he would face Argentinian Marcos Maidana on May 3rd, rather than Amir Khan. The undisputed pound-for-pound king had stated that he would let the fans decide whom he would fight, but despite Khan coming out in the poll, “Money” opted to face Maidana.
Mayweather has since announced that he will fight Khan if the British boxer beats Adrian Broner on the May 3rd undercard. However, Khan has claimed that he has offered to fight Broner but has been rejected, but he is still thought to be willing to fight someone on the undercard, so hopefully we will still get to see a Khan Mayweather showdown as it has the promise to be one of the greatest boxing bouts ever witnessed.
Bookmakers such as Titan Bet have Mayweather as an overwhelming 1/16 favourite for success over Maidana. If he were to fight Khan, the odds would be a lot closer. Khan, who beat Maidana three years ago, is viewed by many as the only boxer who could pose a threat to the champion.
Mayweather’s biggest trait has always been his speed, something that most boxers he has faced have struggled to deal with. In Khan, though, you have a boxer who has the hand-speed to keep up with Mayweather, if not exceed him. If both were to square off in the ring it would be an explosive high-octane affair that should last the distance, and one that could see Mayweather lose his unbeaten 45-0 record. The Bolton boxer is the only person in the world that can cause Mayweather some serious problems and as such the fight must go ahead. People question the strength of Khan’s chin. He’s been knocked out twice and in his last match against Julia Diaz he was floored in the fourth. Now obviously Khan’s chin is a worry but against a fighter like Mayweather it isn’t a pressing concern. Mayweather is not a knock-out puncher; he’s a points winner, and of his 45 fights only 26 have been won via knockout. What’s more, in his last ten fights, he has only won twice via knockout. It’s this fact which gives Khan a real chance. Mayweather will not knock Khan out, meaning that the fight will be won on points. It will be a battle of speed, something that both these fighters excel at.
This fight needs to happen due to the heat surrounding it. We have been waiting for this fight to be announced since Mayweather’s last fight against Saul Alvarez in September. Due to the way Khan had this match ripped out of his clutches there is a certain animosity between the two. The only way to settle this is in the ring and if Mayweather doesn’t get in the ring then he can be accused of ducking Khan.
This fight has to go ahead and hopefully come May 4th there will be a contract signed between the two!
Ultimate Pick Up Moment Bracket Challenge
We’re partnering up with Enterprise Rent-A-Car regarding the Ultimate Pick Up Moment Bracket Challenge just released today in connection with the NCAA Tournament starting this week with Kenny Smith as the official spokesperson. Enterprise is an offical partner of the NCAA and naturally is very familair with the notion of the “pick up” since they do that all the time.
Everyone loves filling out brackets, and this is a unique one that focuses on some of the best “Pick Up Moments” in NCAA Tourmanent history. In the frenzied pace of these basketball games, sometimes a player will have a “pick up moment” where he will left his team up and propell them to victory. Fans will be able to visit the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Facebook page and vote on a bracket of the best NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Pick Up Moments.
Below are four of those great Pick Up Moments along with a clip of the first one. Check them out and then use the Facebook app to place your votes for the Ultimate Pickup Moment. Just like the basketball tournament, videos will be paired together and only one of them will advance to the next round based on the voting of followers. In addition to voting, you can enter to win some great prizes, including a free trip for two and tickets to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis!
We’ll be following the NCAA Tournament and the Ultimate Pick Up Moment Bracket Challenge on our Twitter account @bullzeyedotcom so join us there along with the other bloggers covering the bracket, including Mike Johnson of Next Impulse Sports, Allen Moll of The Hoop Doctors and Cory Panati of Guys Gab. We’ll be having a Twitter chat on Wednesday, 3/19, at 1pm ET, so visit the app to fill out your bracket and then join us Wednesday on Twitter.
Is there a more famous play in the history of the NCAA Tournament? Duke is down one with 2.1 seconds left in overtime against Kentucky and in need of a miracle to go to the 1992 Final Four, but a court-length inbound pass from Grant Hill finds Christian Laettner with his back to the basket at the top of the key, who then hits the incredible, turn-around, game-winning jump shot for Duke.
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Michelle Beadle is back on SportsNation
Yes, that wild and sexy blonde is back on ESPN, and suddenly things are a little better in the world. ESPN never should have let Michelle Beadle go, but at least they corrected the mistake, and now SportsNation can be fun again.
From Olympics to the NHL
With the dust settling on the end of a wonderful 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, all eyes will focus back on the NHL and the exciting race for the Stanley Cup Play-Offs. The recent Olympics followed the tradition of providing wonderful stories and shock results as Russia came out on top of the medal standings, with many other countries showing their pedigree across the multitude of events that make up the Winter Olympics. Cam Fowler, Ryan Getzlaf, Jonas Hiller and Sami Vatanen are to name but a few NHL stars who featured in Sochi, with Getzlaf being part of the Canadian team who won gold in the Final against Sweden. Their attention now turns to domestic ice hockey in a regular season who looks set to be one of the closest in modern NHL history, with those who want to bet on NHL games finding it difficult to call a winner and predict who will go all the way to lift the Stanley Cup. There can no doubt that every team will fight and scrap their way into contention for a Play-Off stop, with undoubted passion and commitment from every player often boiling over on the rink as a sign of how much making it to the Stanley Cup Final means to them.
Stars of the 2013-2014 season
Any review of the current NHL season would be remiss without talking about the wonderful achievements of Nathan MacKinnon who, in his first rookie season for the Colorado Avalanche, could reach over 30 goals. His goals record in the current calendar year has been outstanding, and the 22-year-old could be set to follow in the footsteps of legendary Avalanche right winger Milan Hedjuk who has recently retired from the sport. Head coach Patrick Roy could be willing to keep providing MacKinnon with a starring role in the roster alongside Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene who have also made an invaluable contribution to the cause.
Alan Vigneault should remain grateful that he has one of the best goaltenders in the NHL on his New York Rangers roster. Henrik Lundqvist remains at the top of his game, and at the age of 31 has many more years left in him to perform at the highest level. Lundqvist is one of the main reasons behind the Rangers’ resurgent form which has put them well in contention in the wildcard race for the Stanley Cup Play-Offs.
Leading the goal-scoring charts is something that has almost become second nature to Alex Ovechkin who continues to find the net with regular ease for the Washington Capitals. Head coach Adam Oates must pray every day that his star player does not succumb to injury as his team strives to battle through the wildcard field.
Stanley Cup Contenders
Defending their title may be more than possible for Joel Quenneville and the Chicago Blackhawks. Triumphant in the 2012-2013 season, the Blackhawks have started where they left off and are perfectly placed in the Central division to make a push for the title and secure a Play-Off spot. The serious injury sustained to Steven Stamkos in early November has not derailed the Tampa Bay Lightning who continue to look impressive in the Atlantic division under John Cooper. The Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks are currently top of the Eastern and Western conference respectively; with both looking perfectly set to qualify for the Play-Offs. A potential outside shot for the Stanley Cup are the Los Angeles Kings who, under Darryl Sutter, look strong in every department and know what it takes to win the illustrious trophy. The same team as 2012 has more than enough quality to seal a Play-Off spot, although a slight injury to Alec Martinez may come as an untimely blow for the Kings.