Chuck

Posted on December 05, 2011

Heading into my senior year of high school basketball I knew we where in for a tough season. We had graduated most of the starting line-up the previous year. The other guard, Randy, and I were named co-captains by our coach and had the duty of starting the fall “captains’ practices”. These were merely a rouse to start the season before you were allowed, made “legal” as long as the coach did not participate. Our coach would just stand near the door of the gym pretending to talk to someone, while actually taking notes on all the younger, unknown, new crop of kids. Around the first week of the practices coach called Randy and me over to him. He wanted us to meet Charles. I remember thinking that Charles sounded like a very grownup name for a kid.  And a kid he was.  Coach went on to tell us, with Charles standing nervously next to him, that he was from Boston and just starting his first week as an 8th grader and wanted to play basketball with us.  This of course was code for “take this kid out there so I can see what he can do”.  He was, like Randy, an African American but with much darker skin.  He was about 5 foot 10 inches tall to my 6 feet, and he sported the Kid N’ Play type triangle haircut.  I started with the ball at the top of the key and drove the lane looking to dish it off as I got swallowed up by the defense.  I tossed it off to our junior center who stood all of 6 foot 4 inches.  He attempted to lay it in but was too strong, it shot over to the other side of the rim.  Then Charles appeared.  Like a rocket, and playing closer to the rim than I had ever seen anyone in that gym, Charles, in one motion, collected the ball and kissed it off the glass for the bucket. The power and speed of that play told me in an instant that this kid was here for the sole purpose of playing basketball.

Charles went on to be the first player in the school’s history to make the varsity as an 8th grader.  He played a healthy amount of minutes that year as well.  We used to joke with him that he played like he had springs in his shoes.  I had never seen an 8th grader dunk before I saw Charles. He was a quiet kid who kept to himself and struggled with the structure of team basketball.  We were a horrible team and had a losing record that year, but I kind of had a feeling that would not be the case for long, as Charles would be there for the next four seasons.  I went on to college and left high school behind for good.  I was not one of those people that attended every alumni event and stayed in touch with my high school friends.  In fact I have never been to any event at my high school…. ever!  So it came as a bit of surprise to hear today that Charles is suing the Boston Red Sox for five million dollars.

The front page of the Boston Globe told the story of Charles Crawford.  In the year after I graduated, Charles got a job working for the Red Sox as a clubhouse attendant.  The clubhouse manager at that time was Donald Fitzpatrick. This is a scandal that has been told already, when back in 2003 the Red Sox settled a lawsuit for $3.15 million with seven Florida  clubhouse attendants victimized during spring training by Fitzpatrick.  There is a second unidentified student from my school who is joining Charles in the current suit.  I cannot imagine the horror felt by these two, when this occurred, and I am sure it is something that one can never forget or truly recover from.  But I think they face an uphill battle to say the least.  First, this is all coming in the wake of the Sandusky Penn State scandal, which was quickly followed by the Syracuse Basketball scandal.  Are these two, now men, simply empowered by what has happened with these other stories and have the courage to speak about it?  Maybe.  It certainly is not to stop Fitzpatrick from doing harm to others as he died in 2005.  Certainly there will be some public perception that this is an “after the fact” grab for compensation, in effect, striking while the iron is hot.  Another problem with their case is they do not have any witnesses like in the Sandusky case.  While a witness is not the “end all-be all” when it comes to this type of accusation the case would be a different animal if one existed.  The alleged events happened 20 years ago, and one could wonder why this did not come up during the 2003 case that was already settled?  Not to mention Charles, or Chuck as we called him, has a bit of a checkered past after leaving high school, including 5 children with 5 different women and child support issues as well.  Was what is being alleged to have happened to him a cause for how things have turned out for Chuck, or are the current life problems the reason for the allegations?  I guess that is for the courts to decide.

We know based on that case that Fitzpatrick was a pedophile sicko, who in my opinion deserved to die a lot sooner than at the age of 75.  We know that this will not be the last time in the next few months that allegations of sports coaches taking advantage of students or kids will be making the front pages.  If you are a molester of children and still alive today, having never been accused or caught, this current environment has to have you shaking in your sick, twisted, dirty old man, slippers.  Do us all a favor, coach, and end it before that knock on your door comes.

Good luck Chuck.


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Horror Show

Posted on December 02, 2011

Horror ShowEveryone has moments they would deem as “cringeworthy”.  A cringe worthy moment sticks with you.  You try to forget and not think about it but without fail something will trigger the awkward moment to rise up in your brain and attack. As fast as it comes in you try to shake it out and leave it behind again.  Impossible to erase for good they haunt you.  A true cringe worthy moment does not have to be a seminal moment in ones life.  Often these moments are small instances that for some unknown reason stick like glue and when rediscovered cause the cringe to occur.  It seems for some a gateway to the cringe moment involves a lack of inhibitions.  Your guard is down at the office party after too much potent egg nog and you say the wrong thing, at the wrong, time, to the wrong person.  Sometimes you realize it right away and start down a horrible path of apologizing for the cringe factor you have introduced to the conversation.  But more often that not these cringeworthy remembrances occur in bed the next morning or over your first coffee of the day.  When the cringe hits that first time it stings.  You can almost feel it physically pinch your brain.  You wish you had a time machine to go back and right the wrong, but you know that will not be the case and so your have to begin the process of repression as much as you can.  Over time the cringe can lesson, and one way to speed this process is to have a little therapy session with others.  To discuss with people your worst cringeworthy moments can be both hysterical and relieving.  The only problem with this method is you run the risk of having your audience cringe worse than you upon hearing your tale, and say something like “no you did not”!!

I have had many cringeworthy moments for sure, but for some reason the one that keeps coming up in my head (which does not seem all that bad on the surface), has affected me the most.  It was freshman year of college.  I was attending a church service for a reason I cannot recall.  It was attended by most of the students of our class, some of which I knew, most I did not.  I was three rows from the front and sitting with a few of my friends.  We were located in the middle of the pew.  Then came the moment in the mass when the priest says “let us offer one another a sign of peace”.  At the church I grew up in this means shaking the hand of all the strangers within a reasonable distance and saying “peace be with you”.  After shaking hands with my friends next to me on my left, I turn to my right where I am sitting next to a group of three girls.  The girl furthest from me is moving past the other two girls and making her way towards me.  She opens her arms, looking for a hug.  While this is not customary in my home church I have seen it done at other churches when my family would be on vacation and we ended up at one of those free spirt guitar playing churches (not a fan).  So i think to myself in an instant: “OK, new church, new school, cute girl who wants to hug me, just do it stupid”.  As I spread my arms open and move in for the embrace I notice out of the corner of my eye a look of sheer horror and terror on her face.  At this exact moment I feel a hand on my back and it dawns on me.  She was trying to hug a girlfriend that was coming up behind me!  Unfortunately, I am so deep into this hug there is no way not to complete the action.  I spew out a quick “peace be with you” and back away.  Actually I was more pushed away than anything.  Her friend gets around me with a smirk on her face and gives the originally intended hug.  I have since turned away and feel a searing heat rise in my face.  My two friends have a “what the hell are you doing” look on their faces confirming the total awkwardness of the situation and validating my flushed look even further.  The last ten minutes of that mass felt like the remainder of the semester, and I walked out with a cringeworthy moment that has lasted twenty three years.

What spawned this topic was the dog and pony awkwardness that took place in Boston yesterday.  I wonder which one of these guys will put this moment in their cringeworthy file?  Its all downhill from here.

Bets of the Weekend

Steelers -6.5 vs. Bengals  Bet $210 to win $200

Cowboys -4.5 vs. Cardinals  Bet $210 to win $200

Lions +9 vs. Saints  Bet $210 to win $200

Just going with my guts on these.  I really feel almost silly giving any reason for betting anything right now. I am back to using my heart and not the head because its clearly not working.  I am going on first instinct going forward and letting it fly.

News & Notes

- Re-upped again….

- Played five games of Texas Hold’em last night with only five players.  Finished 3rd, 2nd, 1st, 5th, 1st.  Second place got buy in back and the rest to the winner.  I need to drop the sports betting.

- Recently recommended “I Melt With You” to a friend after only getting through half of it On Demand.  It’s about four friends on their annual guys weekend.  Then I watched the 2nd half and lets just say I did not see that coming!

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  103-114-4
Win/Push Percentage = 48.41%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 25-36-2

Monday Night Bets Record = 6-9

Best Bets = 16-13
Best Best Win Percentage = 55.17%

Kitty Total = $1,000.00

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  -($2.141.43)

Long Odds Bets

Record = 2-26

Money Invested = $710.00

Winnings = $1,300.00


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Roasted Chestnuts

Posted on December 01, 2011

What a month November was.  The month to give thanks.  The month of my birth.  And the month of the worst performance in tracked betting history that I know of.  There are a lot of sites out there that claim to be the best.  ”Here are my locks of the week”, “first pick free”, “guaranteed winner”, “I will give you my first born if this pick loses”.  They have sign-up fees, and flashy add links to betting websites.  Short on analysis and big on promises are how these sites work.  Trying to find a true and completely accurate time stamped record of every “pick” they make is an impossible task. This is not the case at Ross Vs. The Loss.  I show you everything I do and the reason I do it.  The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.  This past month was a heavy dose of the latter two.  My “Stats” are shown on the front page here every day and that will continue, but I thought I would take it a step further so we are all clear on what took place between November 1 and November 30th this year.  So without further ado, here is somthing you will never see on those “other” sites:

November Record Overall:

10 wins

26 losses

Win/Loss Percentage

Nov 1 = 52.71%

Nov 30 = 48.63%

Change = (-4.08%)

Percentage for November = 27.77%

Best Bets Record

0 wins

5 losses

NFL Record

7 wins

18 losses

Monday Night Football Record

1 win

3 losses

Kitty (Bankroll) Change

Nov 1 = (-$444.25)

Nov 30 = (-$2,112.51)

Change – (-$1,668.26)

Long Odds Bets

1 win

1 loss

Money spent = $150

Money earned = $1,000

There you have it.  No hiding behind that!  The most amazing part of this is the long odds win at World Series of Poker.  Even with that $1000 win I still am where I am!  But here I stand on December the 1st with the hope of bettor days to come.  So how appropriate that I have taken my last twenty eight dollars and ninety two cents, on this first day of the Christmas month and placed it all on the NFL offering for the evening.  I am playing the ultimate short stack game and I find myself once again “All In”.  Will there be a Christmas miracle starting tonight?  Will the new month, the new chilled air, bring me a possible turnaround to the numbers I have so painstakingly presented above?  How long can a man run this bad?  So pass the egg nog, throw a log on the fire and sit back.  It’s Christmas time.

Bet of the Night

Eagles -3 vs. Seahawks  Bet $28.92 to win $26.29

The crazy Seahawk fans in that crazy shaped stadium have a true home field advantage, one of the best in the league.  The Eagles are a mess.  They just lost to the Patriots, they are coming off a short week and had to fly out west.  Andy Reid is about to burned at the cheesesteak, and Mike Vick is out for this one.  So why on God’s green earth would I bet them to not only win but win by more than 3 points?  Pete Carroll.

News & Notes

- I will start my December winning streak watching this game while playing some live poker.  FYI, my November Texas Hold Em record is 0-7.  Will it all change tonight?

- Life and Times of Tim is back on demand on HBO.  I cannot recommend this show enough. If South Park, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Office Space had a uncensored baby it would be this show.

- One positive for this month was I had a sex worker follow me on Twitter, funny thing though, she follows 712 other people also, but no one follows her?

- Bobby V was named Red Sox Manager.  The Boston Globe headline: “Valentines Way”.  Clever take on “Day” missed that one.

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  103-113-4
Win/Push Percentage = 48.63%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 25-35-2

Monday Night Bets Record = 6-9

Best Bets = 16-13
Best Best Win Percentage = 55.17%

Kitty Total = $28.92

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  -($2.112.51)

Long Odds Bets

Record = 2-26

Money Invested = $710.00

Winnings = $1,300.00


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When I Paint My Masterpiece

Posted on November 28, 2011

Matter of TimeAfter watching just about every minute possible of NFL football this week, including every touchdown (thank you NFL Red Zone), there is one question to be answered.  Who will the other opponent be in the Super Bowl at the end of this season?  The obvious answer would be the Green Bay Packers.  Last year’s winner, undefeated and rolling right along with the hottest quarterback of the last season and a half.  Could the Giants strike lighting in a bottle like 2008 and win enough playoff games on the road as the wild card team?  Maybe the Saints get back to the big show for the second time in three years?  How about the surging 49er’s making a long awaited return trip under the first year exuberance of coach Jim Harbaugh?  Any of these teams would be a more than interesting match.  I say that not because of some TV generated storyline of old roommates facing each other or a coach who once worked under the other coach.  No, the interest comes from seeing what ridiculously calculated and masterful strategy that Mr. William Stephen Belichick decides to display this February the 5th, 2012.

The New England Patriots will be inside Lucas Oil Stadium to face whoever the NFC produces.  They will be confident, prepared, and ready to win the Lombardi Trophy for 4th time in ten years.  I may sound like a homer and that is a fair criticism, after all I was born and raised in New England and I am a Patriots fan.  Every reporter, broadcaster, announcer, out there has a home town team.  Some display it, and others falsely claim they have no bias whatsoever.  I am being upfront and honest when I say that if Bill Belichick coached the Jets I would still claim him to be the best football coach in the history of the game because it is just fact.  He game plans like no other ever has.  Active coaches can’t say it now, but in 5 years or so we will hear guys like Andy Reid say that Belichick was in another league when it came to finding a winning formula for each individual opponent.  Belichick takes players and makes talent, not the other way around like most coaches strive to do.

This will not be the first time he wins a Super Bowl in which his defense is made up of cast off five and dimers.  In 2004 (where are you now, wide receiver )Freddie Mitchell of the Philadelphia Eagles said he didn’t even know the names of the Patriots defensive backs.  The “No Name” defense with the likes of Earthwind Moreland, Hank Poteat, Dexter Reid, and JeRod Cherry made Philly look silly on the way to the title. Does this sound familiar to this years cast of characters on the Patriots defense?  On the recent Sunday night game the telecast did not even have time to film two players saying what college they went to because they were signed days earlier.  Also, on that 2004 team was Troy Brown , a full time wide receiver that moonlighted as a corner back when Bill needed him, hello Julian Edelman 2012.   Bill is doing it again and the rest of their weak schedule will serve as even more training time for this defense to become sharp and potent like the offense already is, and has been for years.  So who will it be?  Who will Bill take to the woodshed in Indianapolis?  In the end the opponent does not matter, it will only determine the route, not the outcome.

Bet of the Night

Giants Vs. Saints Yes there will be a field goal over 45.5 yards  Bet $115 to win $100

More 50 plus yarders made this year than any other season in NFL history.  That, and the fact they are in the Super-dome.

News & Notes

- Sorry for the late entry, I know you can’t wait for these picks!

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  103-112-4
Win/Push Percentage = 48.85%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 25-34-2

Monday Night Bets Record = 6-8

Best Bets = 16-13
Best Best Win Percentage = 55.17%

Kitty Total = $143.92

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  -($1,997.51)

Long Odds Bets

Record = 2-26

Money Invested = $710.00

Winnings = $1,300.00


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Happy Football Day!

Posted on November 23, 2011

Football and TurkeyNo other sport has a stranglehold on a holiday like the National Football League has on Thanksgiving.  Of course, the tradition of football on Thanksgiving started long before television cameras were there to cover it.  The oldest public high school Thanksgiving game dates back to 1882 (Wellesley vs. Needham Massachusetts), and while I was not around to catch it, I can safely say I would have bet the under, only to watch in horror as a play called the “forward pass” was introduced leading to a last minute touchdown and another loss.  I am sure there are plenty of households across the country that do not have the TV on starting at 12:30pm, but I did not grow up in one.  NFL football and Thanksgiving day were like peanut butter and jelly in my house, like soup and crackers, like leftover turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce on Friday.

Years ago these games held the casual fans interest as background noise, occasionally checking in to see if the horrible Lions could maybe make a game out of it against whoever their fortunate opponent was.  And once the Dallas game came around you were hard pressed to even make halftime before the belt came undone and the turkey slumber began.  Then came fantasy football.  All of a sudden the cousins and uncles started to check in a little more and even huddle around the set.  What were once abundant chairs in the den were now coveted spots with paper plates of dessert balancing under hand.  Banter back and forth of who has what player, or who was not started and should have been, began to happen.  Bonding through NFL Thanksgiving football, who would have thought?  The talk and chatter is not solely due to fantasy football.  There was always the uncle that would seem a little too into the game.  Flinching and wincing at big plays, which would always lead to the inevitable question from someone in the room, “who do you have”.  I remember this moment happening for me as a little tike sitting indian style down in front.  Once I found out the Uncle Joe had a “sawbuck” on the game (I had no idea what that was or how much it represented), I was riveted.  Now this seemingly useless game was very exciting to watch.  I now had a side, I had a new feeling as I watched and missed my mouth with my eclair, eyes focused on 3rd and ten.  I got the itch on that day and I am still scratching.

Bets of the Thanksgiving Day

Lions +6.5 Vs. Packers  Bet $75 to win $68.18

With only $295 left to work with this gobble day, and wanting to have action on all three games I had to base my amount to wager on these games on how much I like each match-up.  This is my least favorite of the three.  The Pack is rolling right along and scoring points in bunches.  The Lions defense has a great pass rush but not a good secondary.  They can give up the big play as well.  But for the first time in a while we have the Lions playing at home on this big stage with a winning record and a good offense.  The Pack defense has given up decent points to worse teams than this one.  I have to go with the fire that the Lions will come out with and take the points.  I think it will be a shoot out, and the Lions make a play to keep it close.

Jason Garrett Thanksgiving Day Game

Solid Coach or Turkey?

Cowboys -7 Vs. Dolphins  Bet $110 to win $100

Of the three I like this one the best.  The fact that Miami just jacked up the Bills and are playing fairly well is the best thing for the Cowboys.  Jason Garrett is a good coach and will not let his team take these guys lightly.  I think the Cowboys come out banging and Matt Moore will see a ton of pressure in the pocket.  Miami and Sparano will throw the kitchen sink at this game with a few tricks for sure.  Miami has killed me this year but in this game Dallas cruises and bruises to a cover.  Best Bet.

Harbaugh Brothers Thanksgiving

Family Time

Ravens -3 Vs. 49er’s  Bet $110 to win $91.67

The 49er’s are another team that has killed me this year.  I just kept thinking that Jim Harbaugh was smoke and mirrors.  A rah rah joke type of coach who would get his ass handed to him by a better coach.  That has proved not to be the case….I think.  Now we have the Brother on Brother match-up to round out the night (tremendous job NFL scheduler guy).  This game is basically a pick ‘em game with the home field advantage 3 points nod going to the Ravens.  I think Big Bro takes Baby Bro out to the woodshed in this tight battle.  The Niners defense is good but not Ravens good.  I also think that Joe Flack answers the critics and has a good game, while Alex Smith makes the big mistake his coach has tried so hard to protect him from this whole season.  A special day for the parents of these boys and I am sure we will see our fair share of crowd shots of Mom and Dad.

News & Notes

- Every dime is on the line tomorrow (once again).

- Need a Running back for your fantasy team, you may want to take a sleeper run on Shane Vereen of the Patriots for a fantasy playoff boost.

- Happy Thanksgiving to all the faithful readers, feel free to tell your Uncle Joe about me.

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  100-108-4
Win/Push Percentage = 49.05%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 23-30-2

Monday Night Bets Record = 6-8

Best Bets = 16-13
Best Best Win Percentage = 55.17%

Kitty Total = $295.00

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  -($1,846.43)

Long Odds Bets

Record = 2-26

Money Invested = $710.00

Winnings = $1,300.00


One Response

  1. Ross:

    Just put out two picks on Twitter and Facebook for todays 1:00 and 4:00 including Tebow game.

    27.11.2011 11:55 Reply

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Dark Days Looming

Posted on November 21, 2011
Bobby Valentine

Hey Fans!

Car racing at its highest level takes significant resources.  Just ask John Henry.  Hedge fund wizard, and majority owner of the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football club, and Roush Fenway Racing.  One product from his racing barn, Carl Edwards just lost the Sprint Chase Cup in a bizarre tie-breaker situation after Tony Stewart won the final race of the series.  To be so close and see it slip away is never fun, and Henry is not the type to accept losing.  He came to Fenway and got two championships after all.  But since that time the other ventures mentioned above have come into play.  Despite claims that this multi-level platform of sports ownership has not, and will not, affect any of the decisions regarding the ole town team from Boston, it seems a bit disingenuous.  Red Sox nation should begin to prepare itself for some lean years.  Maybe some lean decades.  Henry’s number one guy when it comes to the Red Sox operation has always been Larry Lucchino.  Larry has always had the power to do what Larry wanted for the most part.  Now Larry finally got his wish to let Theo Epstein go (never a warm fuzzy between those two) and have a general manger in place in which he can really pull the puppet strings.  The new GM, Ben Cherington, clearly wanted Dale Sveum as the next manger of the Boston Red Sox.  However, the strings tugged and Lucchino and Henry have decided that the post game show on NESN (which Henry owns) will be much more exciting to have a personality in front of the brick wall and not a snoozer like Sveum.  Guys like Sveum are meant more for teams who think field management first and ratings and money second, which is why Theo and the Cubs made the move to secure the impressive candidate.  Henry needs his cash cow to continue to generate buzz, and be on the front page, and the lead topic on sports radio.  That need was evidenced last year when ratings were dropping, the Red Sox responded with free agent signings that were designed to make splashes, not a better team.  Now with the team coming off one of the worst season ending collapse’s in history, complete with stories of beer and chicken, and disarray, they need to do something to drastic.  Meet the new Manager of the Boston Red Sox, Bobby Valentine.

If this happens, and it appears a good bet, it will be the worst move possible.  Valentine is a clown.  Just ask any fan of the Mets.  He single-handily took down the 2002 New York team with a collapse similar to the one just experienced in Boston.  Instead of keeping the clubhouse together, he divided it.  He called out players in a ugly fashion and lost it in the clubhouse.  The thought that he will kick ass and take names, and that is what the Red Sox need right now only works if you have the players respect.  He will not get it.  After his failure with the Mets he became the american funny jester of the Japan leagues for six years.  Once sick of noodles and managing midgets, he came back to the states and started his broadcasting stint at ESPN.  In this format one can really see the lack of depth in his baseball mind.  Saber-metrics be dammed, this guy is a hunch guy, a feel guy, also known as a old school baseball idiot, with an ego well overstated based on his flimsy resume.  This circus will be fun for talk show hosts and columnist for sure.  This will not be fun for the fans of this beloved team who buy tickets.  The aging pitching staff, old veteran players, and depleted minor league system will not be served well by a dolt running things for two years or so.  This will set the team back for years to come and fans will be left watching the Yankees, Blue Jays, Rays, and Orioles (new VP Dan Duquette) take over the American League.  The most excited person in this whole saga that is about to ensue will be the newspaper editors, who get to take a vacation from thinking as the headlines will write themselves.  Here is a listing of future headlines in order of appearance.

Be Your Valentine (announced as manager)

Valentines Day! (first day of spring training)

Not So Sweet (first sweep by the Yankees)

Bloody Valentine (first clubhouse fisticuffs)

Valentines Day Massacre (Sox eliminated from playoff race)

I for one am not a secret admirer of this Valentine.   But I know that the Red Sox machine is.  They are just starting to rev their engines with the possibilities of selling thousands of Red Sox pink hats with hearts on them, and the Bobby-head doll night. Think of all that added revenue!  No 2nd place for Mr. Edwards next year. Checkered flags all the way.

Bet of the Night

Chad Ochocinco will have Over 1.5 receptions Vs. Chiefs  Bet $180 to win $100

He has been slowly (very slowly) coming along this season, with the last game being his best.  I think that Bill really wants him to do well and almost needs him to pick up his play so as not to have another free agent failure to add to the growing list.  I think he gets thrown to 4-5 times and he will catch at least two.

News & Notes

- I almost can’t help but laugh when I write the reason for my bet as I just did above.  I have been soooo…wrong soooo…many times lately its a joke.

- Worst cup clinching play by play ever for this recent Presidents Cup.  I am not sure the guys in the towers even knew it right away.  Tiger wins the hole and oh yea they won the cup?

- If the Shogun Vs. Henderson fight this Saturday was the national fight on FOX, the sport would have exploded!

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  100-107-4
Win/Push Percentage = 49.28%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 23-29-2

Monday Night Bets Record = 6-7

Best Bets = 16-13
Best Best Win Percentage = 55.17%

Kitty Total = $475.00

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  -($1,666.43)

Long Odds Bets

Record = 2-26

Money Invested = $710.00

Winnings = $1,300.00


2 Responses

  1. kevins:

    Did Ochocinco play last night? I don’t think I heard his name once!

    22.11.2011 09:43 Reply

  2. Ross:

    Tweet from Last night: Ochocinco on the field for maybe three plays total! I love the helmet off shot on TV with 3 min left. Crazy bad bet!

    22.11.2011 10:27 Reply

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Ross Vs. The Curse

Posted on November 19, 2011
Ross Vs. The Curse

Don't let me bet on you!

As I wrote on Twitter last night, quite a run to go from $1,100 to zero in 8 days.  I put money into my account to replenish the Kitty for the first time.  With my new funds I put them to work right away.  I took Tiger and Dustin Johnson over the clearly overmatched unknowns in K.T. Kim and Y.E. Yang.  These two had not won a match all week and Tiger and DJ were just coming off their first win from the morning round of Alternate Shot.  Of course I doomed the american duo by wagering $200 to win $100 on them and they went onto lose on the 18th hole after about 17 lip out putts by Tiger.  The Curse of Ross continues.  Today I have decided to curse two NFL teams, two American golfers, and one UFC fighter.  I am not holding back as I have all but $70 in play over this weekend.  This streak can’t last forever right?

Bets of the Weekend

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to defeat Dan Henderson UFC 139  Bet $140 to win $100

Coming off of the big fight on Fox Tv Dana White wanted to have another PPV event to try to cash in on the possible newfound fans.  Although these guys are big names to MMA fans the regular Joe has no idea that its actually a not so great main event.  Shogun has had is share of ups and down since joining the UFC.  He last fight was a big win over Forest Griffin, after losing the belt to the amazing Jon Jones.  Henderson is coming off beating up the most infamous fighter to never have fought in the UFC , Fedor Emelianenko.  And while that may seem like a big deal, Fedor is not what he once was.  Henderson’s cauliflower ears are a sign of having been in this game too long.  His brain concusses with a stiff breeze.  That breeze will be Shogun’s right hand.

Hunter Mahan to defeat Jason Day Presidents Cup Singles Match  Bet $105 to win $100

These two dropped back to back putts on each other last night and both over celebrated their moments in each other faces.  This will be a spirited match with Mahan looking to revenge his chipping choke in the Ryder Cup from last year.  Day looks as if the putter is getting away from him, a little and he is not sticking every shot like he has been all year leading up to this event.  Different things can happen once they are one on one though, but I still like Mahan to Mahan up.

Matt Kuchar to defeat Retief Goosen Presidents Cup Singles Match  Bet $145 to win $100

Here we have one of the hottest players of the year and of this Cup, taking on a fading player with putting issues.  Seems like a no brainer to me (Although I think I may actually have no brain lately).  Kuchar has appeared to love this team format and will have to take the smile to the solo arena today/tonight (coverage 6:30pm Golf Channel).

Bills +1.5 vs. Dolphins  Bet $220 to win $200

Decided to take a different approach when it comes to the NFL.  I took a list of all the games for this weekend with no spreads on it and one by one wrote down what I thought the spread should be.  I was either dead on or off by 1 or 2 points on all but 2 games.  This is one of them.  I thought this spread would be the Bills giving 3 points despite being on the road, instead they are getting 1.5 points and its the Dolphins.  Best Bet

Raiders -1 vs. Vikings  Bet $220 to win $200

By taking the approach I mentioned above , I had this game as Oakland giving 6 points.  Palmer seems to be gelling a bit more with the team.  The Vikings are crumbling. Their coach is losing credibility with the team and the community.  This team is not built to come from behind either, so if Oakland gets off to a good start, its over and 1 point is a steal. Best Bet

News & Notes

- Within five minutes of betting Tiger and DJ for the afternoon session they lost the first hole to the Koreans and never lead the rest of the day.

- I will most likely tweet a Sunday night bet on the Eagles/Giants game.

- With so much money tied up in bets I am only betting one UFC fight, but off the record I like: Bowles, Le, Kampmann, and Kingsbury to defeat Faber, Silva, Story,and Bonnar respectfully.

- Dropped below 50% win/push percentage for the first time ever.

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  98-103-4
Win/Push Percentage = 49.75%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 22-26-2

Monday Night Bets Record = 6-7

Best Bets = 16-11
Best Best Win Percentage = 59.25%

Kitty Total = $950.00

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  -($1,191.43.)

Long Odds Bets

Record = 2-25

Money Invested = $660.00

Winnings = $1,300.00


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Mission Critical

Posted on November 18, 2011
Adam Scott Fist Pump

Scott Fist Pump Needed!

I am not in good shape.  The Jets blew chunks all over Invesco Field last night, pleasing my inner sole while crippling my Kitty total.  I tweeted a bet on the Presidents cup that saved my night.  I took Ogilvy and Choi over Haas and Watney and they won 1UP (Bet $60 to Win $48).  That leaves me with a total of $110.22 in the Kitty and $50 pending on the Toms bet to be the American with the most points overall.  That bet took a hit yesterday with Mahan and Toms losing to Goosen and Schwartzel 2 and 1.  So I have the option of holding onto those last dollars and betting it on one or two NFL games this weekend or I can try to increase the Kitty before Sunday and take another Presidents Cup Match-up bet.  I decided to take a shot on the Presidents Cup first and let the remaining balance ride on one selection.  Win or lose I will be picking NFL games tomorrow instead of the promised Friday picks as usual.  If I do lose this last ditch bet (I can’t believe I am at this point so quickly after winning the 10-1 odds Poker bet for $1000…I suck) then I will replenish the Kitty for the first time ever since putting in $300 on September 1, 2010.

Bet of the Night

Adam Scott & K.J. Choi to defeat Tiger Woods & Dustin Johnson in Foursomes  Bet $110.22 to win $81.64

My instincts are about as bad as you can get when it comes to picking a winner these days.  My confidence is shaken to the core and every time I think I am going to turn it around…I don’t.  I sink further into doubt.  Sound familiar?  Tiger just does not have it.  I keep thinking today is the day and it seems to never come.  I think his playing partner is not a good match for alternate shot at all, as they can both spray it around sometimes.  On the other side I think Scott and Choi, and Williams (head games with Tiger) for that matter, are playing well and consistent.  The home crowd for Scott does not hurt either.

News & Notes

- This event is just about to start so check out the progress online.

- Got spanked in live Poker never cashing in any game, bad beats and bad play abound.

- Stay tuned for a second Golf bet later today/tonight (if I win this one) as they play Fourball matches later tonight as well.

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  98-101-4
Win/Push Percentage = 50.24%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 22-26-2

Monday Night Bets Record = 6-7

Best Bets = 16-11
Best Best Win Percentage = 59.25%

Kitty Total = $160.22

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  -($981.21)

Long Odds Bets

Record = 2-25

Money Invested = $660.00

Winnings = $1,300.00


One Response

  1. Ross:

    Making Bets on Twitter Tonight, Re-uped as well

    18.11.2011 21:18 Reply

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Tim Tebow May Be The Devil?

Posted on November 17, 2011
Tebow is the Devil

For God so loved the world he gave us Tim Tebow?

I hate the Jets.  This fact is well establish in the article below (Rex Ryan…Tool).  Nothing would satisfy me more as a Jets hater than to see them choke tonight.  To watch Rex Ryan’s face as Denver trots off the field with the same record as the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jest, Jets, would be priceless.  The only problem with this scenario is that it seems almost impossible.  Can the Jets stop the run?  If the answer is yes, then Denver gets crushed.  Tim Tebow cannot throw the ball over 10 times and expect to win this game.  Last game he threw 8 passes total!  As a betting man I cannot let my Jets hatred get in the way.  When I saw the spread was under a touchdown, I had to take the Jets.  If Tebow runs rampant over the Jets for over 100 yards, throws for one score, and the Denver defense holds sucky Sanchez and the running game down, then so be it.  I deserve to lose.  But it ain’t gonna happen folks.

Bet of the Night

Jets -6.5 vs. Broncos  Bet $220 to win $200

Best bettin this one.  For how much I despise our toe sucking friend, I will say he get the troops fired up when he has to. Look for the them to come out firing on both sides of the ball.  There may even be a little Joe McKnight to the house on special teams action tonight as well.  The negatives in this one are clear.  Short week for the Jets, banged up, on the road, in altitude, yadda, yadda, yadda.  I still think that 6.5 points is stealing.  The fraud ends tonight, Tebow fumbles a few, INT’s a few, and this thing is history.  Denver will start to wonder about the future of the QB position once again.

Pending Long Odds Bet

David Toms to be the Top American Points Scorer in the Presidents Cup.  Bet $50 to win $600

(Placed Nov 14th) With so many young guys and first timers on the U.S. team, Freddie Couples will be likely to pair Toms a lot.  This will give him more chances for points.  I also think he will get a day with Tiger who may respond to the team aspect of this event as just what the doctor ordered.  Toms is super steady and this course in Australia is a classic design and not crazy long.

News & Notes

- I got so slaughtered with my Presidents Cup matchup bets.  Tiger and Stricker got demolished by the Ross curse, and my other bet (Els/Ishikawa) was a typical tease.  Get 2UP early and then blow it the rest of the way.

- Longshot bet Toms, looked like one of the sharper players on the day and got a full point so that saved the evening (kind of).  He will stick with Mahan tonight (5:30pm coverage on the Golf Channel due to weather concerns) as a partner for the Friday Four ball format and will be against Goosen and Schwartzel, with neither one of them having played well yesterday.  Good chance for another point for Toms.

- Tomorrow will be Week 11 NFL picks, so tune in for those.  I may even have some money to bet with?

- Sorry for the short article, but I am playing Poker tonight and I need to practice.  I may need to refresh the Kitty soon, a win or two tonight could help.

- Match-up bets are not available yet for the Presidents Cup tonight, I may tweet a bet once they are posted.

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  97-100-4
Win/Push Percentage = 50.24%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 22-25-2

Monday Night Bets Record = 6-7

Best Bets = 16-10
Best Best Win Percentage = 61.53%

Kitty Total = $332.22

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  -($809.21)

Long Odds Bets

Record = 2-25

Money Invested = $660.00

Winnings = $1,300.00


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Down Under & Dirty

Posted on November 16, 2011
Tiger Woods Vs. Steve Williams

Awkward!

You were in each others weddings.   You were friends and partners for thirteen years.  Now you face each other as bitter rivals on a world stage for all to see.  Tiger Woods and Steve Williams.  Golf’s greatest player ever and his former caddie who helped him get there, will meet and compete against each other in the first round of the Presidents Cup tonight.  Williams now on the bag for Adam Scott will partner with K.J. Choi in an alternate shot format (Foursomes) against Tiger and Steve Stricker.  Ever since Tiger let Williams go a few months back it has been nothing but a steady stream of comments from good old Stevie.  Everything from taking credit for Tigers successes, to saying his first loop with Adam Scott (who won at Bridgestone) was”the best win of my life”.  Then, just the other week at the Caddie Awards in Shanghai, Williams received the award for best caddie celebration for that same Bridgestone win, he came up to accept, and said into the microphone that “it was my aim to shove it right up that black ass”!  In typical Tiger fashion he said nothing in response to the media, but a “friend” reported that Tiger had said “keep him away from me”.  Just the other day Williams was stirring the pot again about Tiger’s infidelity saying “I thought I knew him, but obviously I did not”.  Clearly denying knowledge of Tiger’s actions over the past two years which seems hard to fathom knowing how much time they spent with each other.

It is no surprise that Scott has stuck with Williams despite the controversy and the giant sized ego from what is typically considered a profession where you just shut up and carry the bag.  The reason for the loyalty is that fact that Scott has blossomed since pairing with Williams, and combined with his newfound long putter, he has been a force all season.  Tiger on the other hand did not even qualify for most of the season ending PGA events and has continued to just focus on his struggling game.  The question for this event,  this day one battle down under, is simple.  Who gets in whose head first.  Granted, Scott is the one making the shots out there and not Williams, but there is no denying that this is an extra distraction for Scott.  Williams, who will no doubt have the home country crowd behind him every step of the way, seems to be the type that will try and do or say something that no one else on the course (even Scott) would know is meant to tweak Tiger.  Williams could even just say something to Scott with Tiger in ear shot that is meant to remind Tiger of their past life together, a small inside dig from the Aussie.  The possiblilites are endless.  It could even lead to a fracas out there with Tiger wielding a nine iron, with Elin like precision, to Stevie’s cranium.

In reality though, this could be where Tiger shines.  Could this be just the motivation Tiger needs?  He is actually playing well, coming off a third place finish last week in the Australian Open, so his golf game may finally be coming around.  There were reports of low 60′s rounds while he had time off to “work on his game” in Florida.  He has a new caddie of his own that he seems to be relaxed with, Joe LaCava, who was with Freddie Couples for years and just left Dustin Johnson to join team Tiger.  Johnson is no slouch as a player and has earned much more purse money than Tiger in the past two years, so that tells you where LaCava thinks Tiger’s game can go.  As far as Tiger playing head games with the Scott/Williams combo tonight (coverage from 9:00pm to 2:00am, Golf Channel) it seems unlikely.  Tiger will just go about his business and attempt to let his play do the talking in this alternate shot format.  Its a bit of a shame that this years Presidents Cup is in Australia making for a time change disaster for the US golf viewer and the networks that cover it.  Because this will be more than interesting appointment television.  I think the best way to get in the spirt is to grab a Foster’s, grill some shrimp, make a few racist comments, and get in that outback mood… no rules, just right, mate.

Bets of the Night

Woods/Stricker to defeat Scott/Choi in Thursday Foursomes Match  Bet $135 to win $100

This duo of Stricker and Woods are 6-1 in Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup play, so they clearly are comfortable playing partners.  This could not be more important than in the tough alternate shot format.  You have to trust each other, lift each other, and putt well, and I think this duo does just that.  Nothing bad to say about the other side of this coin as Scott and Choi are having solid years, but as a duo their chemistry is just not there.  Sometimes that can be good, because it is harder to disappoint someone you are less familiar with and trying to impress.  But I just think that Tiger is getting a little tired of the B.S., is playing well, and has something to prove. Look out.

The Japan Man

Bigger than Tiger in Japan

Els/Ishikawa to defeat Watson/Simpson in Thursday Foursomes Match  Bet $100 to Win $110

The smooth swinging South African seems to have rediscovered his game this year.  His kids have gotten older and things are starting to settle in his life.  He is playing well enough, loves the format, and is very familiar with this course.  His partner (the Tiger Woods of Japan) is in his 2nd Presidents cup at age 20!  He is playing with the perfect partner who will guide him around this course since Ryo showed up late for this event and only has one full practice round.  This classic young gun/veteran combo is taking on the brash basher in Watson along with his, awestruck to be here partner, in Webb Simpson.  I think these two will clunk heads like Larry and Mo in this round and get frustrated with each other, and the consistent play from the opponent.  Best Bet

Pending Long Odds Bet

Sports Illustrated 2003 Shoot

Longshot Toms & Wife Sonya

David Toms to be the Top American Points Scorer in the Presidents Cup.  Bet $50 to win$600

So as it turns out my boy Toms was paired with Hunter Mahan and is going against Y.E, Yang and K.T. Kim.  Needless to say I am more than happy with this outcome for the first round.  This is one of the most favored match’s on the board for day one.  Here are my original comments when I made the bet:  With so many young guys and first timers on the U.S. team, Freddie Couples will be likely to pair Toms a lot.  This will give him more chances for points.  I also think he will get a day with Tiger who may respond to the team aspect of this event as just what the doctor ordered.  Toms is super steady and this course in Australia is a classic design and not crazy long.

News & Notes

- Split the Monday night NFL bets by missing the under by 1 point!  Can I ever have a sweep night…ever?

-  Possible headline in the next week or two in the Penn State scandal “Sandusky dead from self inflicted gunshot wound”.

- Another UFC event this Saturday (Henderson Vs. Shogun), bets to come on this for sure as well as Presidents Cup bets the rest of the week.

- Some great stuff on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO this past episode.  Check it out On Demand.

-  Is there any conceivable way the Jets could lose to Denver this Thursday night?

Stats:

50/50Bets:Record Overall =  97-98-4
Win/Push Percentage = 50.75%

NFL Record Overall  (2011 Season) = 22-25-2

Monday Night Bets Record = 6-7

Best Bets = 16-10
Best Best Win Percentage = 61.53%

Kitty Total = $567.22

Sportsbook
Profit/Loss =  -($574.21)

Long Odds Bets

Record = 2-25

Money Invested = $660.00

Winnings = $1,300.00


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