The Daily Sports Beat 1-26-2013
The Beantown Blues Part II
I mentioned on Wednesday that the Celtics were unbettable until they start to move in the right direction. On Friday, they were able to do just that as they built a 27-point lead through a quarter and a half and the seemingly endless corner had been turned. Or so they thought. That lead vanished 12 minutes later but a nine-point lead with under four minutes left had them back in control. Or so they thought.
Overtime came and with a chance to build another lead in the first extra session, Boston folded again. Eventually the Celtics ran out of gas and were run out of Atlanta in the second overtime, getting outscored 16-4. For those bettors that took Boston, the roller coaster ride ended as bad as it could have as it failed to cover and by a wide margin at that.
What's next for this team? Fire Doc Rivers? Trade Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo or Kevin Garnett? Changes need to come and quickly. For you Lakers fans thinking you have it bad, just be thankful you aren't a Celtics fan.
Props to Kaepernicking
The "Har-Bowl" is certainly getting a lot of press leading up the Super Bowl but one player is getting a lot of attention and no, it isn't Ray Lewis. San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick is making headlines and not because of his recent play on the field in leading the 49ers to the NFC Championship victory.
He has picked, or at least his agents have, this week to go out and trademark "Kaepernicking", the move where one flexes a tattooed arm and kisses the bicep. Something says this fad will take hold more than "Tebowing" did last season. His popularity is being seen in the Las Vegas sportsbooks as well as his prop bets are being played at a record pace.
Jimmy Vaccaro of William Hill said, "We put 10 props on him last week and generated more than $100,000 in bets. To put that in perspective, a good prop is when you can draw $2,500 to $5,000 in bets." He expects Kaepernick prop bets to exceed $300,000 when it's all said and done. Let's Te-Bow to that.
Questions of the Day
Are the Capitals and Kings done already? Neither team has a win yet but it's not time to panic yet. In the last shortened season where 48 games were played, 1995, the Devils did not win their first game until five games in and they went on to win the Stanley Cup.
Will the Jets really trade Darrelle Revis? They are concerned they will not be able to resign him next year so a trade may make sense as some teams will be interested. However, new GM John Idzik should have talked to Revis before letting it out to the media that anything is possible.
Is Toronto making a move as a major sports city? The Blue Jays overhauled the roster and are now American League favorites. The Leafs have looked decent in the early part of the season and the Raptors are playing much better after a slow start. Oh, and the Argos are reigning Grey Cup Champions. If this keeps up, Poutine may become an American delicacy.
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- August 27, 2016 - 7:10 PM
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1* Boston (7:10 ET): I'm just not sure that I buy into this late season Royals' resurgence. A 6-3 win last night at Fenway Park does make it 11 wins in the 12 last games for the two-time defending AL pennant winners. But they were outhit 15-9 in the victory. Then there's the matter that despite being six games over .500 for the year, they've actually been outscored by 19 runs. That's a win expectancy of 62, a five-game difference from their actual record. Their road record is still 27-40, which is third worst among AL teams. I'm taking Boston to bounce back Saturday night.
The Red Sox have the best run differential in the entire American League at +116. No other team has outscored its opponents by more than 100 runs. This is largely due to having the #1 offense in the game (692 runs scored). For the sake of comparison, the Royals have scored only 507 runs this year, which is actually the fewest among AL clubs.
The price has come way down on Boston since the line opened. Speaking of "price," it will be David going for the Sox tonight. He's won his L3 starts w/ a 1.64 ERA and 0.864 WHIP. On Monday, he shut Tampa Bay out for eight innings, allowing only two hits. He's opposed by Danny Duffy, who I suspect is the driving force behind the line move. The Royals have won each of his last 11 starts. But he hasn't faced an offense quite like this one (Red Sox average 6.0 rpg at home). Off three consecutive losses (as they are here), the Red Sox are 7-1 this season. 1* Boston