Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Fix Is In

Found a few others who believe sports are fixed and they even wrote a book about it.  Check out The Fix Is In.  I have not ordered or read this book yet but when I do I will report back.  I love some of the points they make up front though.  "Would you leave a multi-billion dollar business up to chance?"  My other favorite is, "There are no coincidences."  If anyone else has read this please let me know.

Friday, December 17, 2010

F1 Going Back on Words

Earlier this year during the F1 season Felipe Massa let his teammate pass him per team orders to help in the standings.  F1 angrily spoke up, fined the team and warned the rest of the teams.  Now the governing body of F1 has dropped this ban on team orders and will allow teammates to pass each other in certain situations next season.  I personally think you should be able to work with your teammate for the benefit of the team but I'm sure their is some other motive behind this ban reversal.  I'm not sure the level of action over in Europe but I'm sure this huge sport has its share of gambling.  Are teams on the take?  How about F1?  Who knows but this is a pretty big turnaround from a few months ago.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

More NFL High Jinx

Just an observation of last Monday night's football game between the Colts and Titans here.  I see it every week but since this game was the only one on the board it probably stuck out more.  Both teams hurting but a Manning led Colts team desperately needing the win only favored by 3 to 4.5 depending on where you got it.  With a 21-7 lead at halftime against a Kerry Collins led Titans offense that cannot score most bettors thought this was in the bag.  Remember the last two games the Titans only put up 6 total points.  So how in the world did the Titans almost come back and score 21 second half points and back door the spread with a 30-28 final score?  Vegas my friends!  Before this game started I checked two of my sources and found 85% and 81% of bettors backing the Colts on the spread.  Rarely is it that lopsided and anytime I see percentages that high I either lay off that game or bet against the public.  What else can explain an anemic offense to rumble back in the second half like that?  Let alone get penalties and interceptions called back in their favor just to get that last touchdown with no time left.  It didn't matter in the standings, it only mattered in Vegas and once again they made a killing on this game.  I will disclose that I took the Titans on the spread and won but I also lost by taking the under.  Before the game I spoke with one of my fellow gamblers and laughed at the predictable fix about to happen.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

More Poor MMA Judging

I watched The Ultimate Fighter season 12 finale last night and once again the judges had their heads stuck up there asses.  Nam Phan clearly beat out opponent Leonard Garcia as he was the pursuer for most of the fight and inflicted plenty of damage.  When the decision was announced as a split for Garcia the crowd erupted in boo's and chants of bullshit.  Even television announcer Joe Rogan went off on the judges during the next fight.  He explained that these judges are from the Nevada State Athletic Commission and urged everyone to write, tweet, email and do whatever you can to get some competent judges.  These judges are either completely incompetent or on the take and fixing these fights.  There is no excuse for last night's poor decision.  Check out these articles for more on this outrageous decision at Opposing Views and MMA Torch.