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Every blog and interweb site will post this video today, but I feel obligated to post it in case Big Rips is your only source of news and sports coverage.  I could watch this 20x in a row, I love how Ernie Johnson smoothly goes to break.

-SD

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Lots of good things happening this weekend with The Tour.  It’s finally back on the main land.  CBS has coverage so were not subjected to the Golf Channel and endless promos for the Hank Haney Project with Rush Limbaugh.  And Tiger is back…

Of course he is.  The last time we saw Tiger at Torrey he was paired with Rocco Mediate in probably one of the greatest sports events of my lifetime.  It was the 2008 US Open when it took him 91 holes, on a busted knee, draining back-breaking putts and chips to win his last Major.  Last week Martin Kaymer trumped Tiger for 2nd place in the World Golf Rankings when he won in Abu Dhabi, Tiger needs to get back on top.  He’s the heavy favorite at +250 because  of his six career victories at Torrey and seems like a smart bet.  Instead I am gonna roll with these guys…

Rickie Fowler +1250 – The Sophomore is probably one of the most exciting players on the Tour.  Not great odds, but I like that he shot an  -11 under 5th place last year and he’ll have the Southern Cal home field should advantage.

Nick Watney +2000 – Last time I bet Watney he was a close 6th at the BMW Championship in ’10 and I had money on him at the PGA Championship when he had a lead on Sunday, but hacked it up for an 81 on the final day.  He also won at Torrey in’09.

Charles Howell III +2250 – He hasn’t won since 2007 at Riviera.  Has 4 top ten finishes at Torrey, not great odds for a long shot, good record in So Cal courses

Hunter Mahan +3000 – My first of many Mahan’s bets this year.  He wins at least 3x in 2011, don’t want to miss out.

Brandt Snedecker +4000 – He finished  2nd place last year and 3rd in 2007. My long shot.

Good luck,

-SD


 

 

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I was going to post my Bob Hope Classic blog tonight, but just realized that’s 5 day tournament that started today.  I can safely say that Derek Lamely, J.J. Henry and Jhonattan Vegas were not my favorite picks in the Classic.  Speaking of Bob Hope, is that guy still alive (googling…) Nope. he died in 2003 at 100.  Since I skipped the Sony Open last week and caught some shit for it, I feel obligated to post something this week.  Also, a good friend of mine let’s call him, Killa, called bull shit that I could actually pick golf winners…hey the blogs don’t lie Killa check this out for validation.

So I am left over this week with pick the Abu Dhabi Gold Championship in sunny Abu Dhabi.  Isn’t this the event where Tiger would get pat a million bucks to show up, hit golf balls off one of the tallest buildings in the Mideast and then bang Abu Dhabi hookers? Well, he must have spread a venereal disease, because Phil got the invite instead of him this year.  Yes Phil is in the field.  Five of the top ranked golfers including Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell, who is everywhere, are teeing it up this weekend.  Martin Kaymer +750 has won two out of the last 3 years,  I’m a bit green to this event so it will take some luck to win, but I have some confidence after a bit of research.  I’m gonna roll with these guys…

The Field Even, The Field is jam packed with European players, I don’t know the course and it’s in the middle of the desert, anything can happen so throw some small money on Field.

Paul Casey +1200, Has won it the last two years. I bet on Casey a lot last year and was just missed on a few events.

Phil +1500, First event back, probably out of shape but I’m a Phil fan now.  He’s trumping Tiger by getting paid a $1.5 million appearance fee.

Henrick Stenson +3500, Stenson has finished 2nd in 2006 and 2008, great value here

Retief Goosen +3000, trying to wrap this up so I can get up for an early flight.  Goose has finished in the top ten twice.

I’m looking forward to the PGA tour getting back to normal with an event at Torrey Pines next weekend,

Good luck,

-SD

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Seth your that big of a degenerate that you bet on movie award shows? Yep, and if you’ve never experienced betting on movie or music and award shows, I’d suggest you start. It’s almost as exciting as betting on on a player putting on the 18th hole at the Masters or a last second field goal in the Super Bowl. Big Mick, Base and I have won some epic award bets, most notably a best picture winner for the Last King of Scotland and Stadium Arcadium for album of the year.

Tonight in the Golden Globes I’m eyeing two bets. Big Mick is Big Rips resident movie insider and has a strong feeling on the following.

Best Supporting Actor – Christian Bale -550. He portrayed Mickey Wards crackhead half brother in the Fighter. He played the role perfectly. I read an interview with Bale and as part of his character development he hung around lowell with his family, friends, went to his old drinking hangouts and dabbled in the crack (I made that last part up). Bale should be a lock. Bet Bale -550

Best Supporting Actress – The Globes notoriously give out sympathy globes, could reward Amy Adams for her role in the Fighter after she’s lost the last 3 times she been nominated. Still the consensus around Hollywood and movie insiders say Melissa Leo – Adams counterpart in the Fighter – is the sure bet. Bet Mellissa Leo -105

Best Picture – The Social Network -260 is the heavy favorite and all the talk is around this picture cleaning up. I’m going to take a flyer and bet a long shot. I think it’s The Fighters night and it wins as a long shot. Bet the Fighter at a healthy +875.

Good luck and fuck the Jets,

-SD

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Finally golf is back.  The offseason is about 2 weeks, but there hasn’t been a meaningful PGA event (besides the Ryder Cup) since September.  That was when Jim Furyk pulled the FedEx cup out of his ass after being DQ’d from the first playoff event. Last year was my first full year of betting and blogging on golf, now I’m hooked.  It may sound boring, but betting on golf and having players on the first page of the leaderboard on Sunday is as exciting as betting on the Super Bowl.  Since the odds are so high it makes it possible to bet small and win big, I like that.

I consider last year a success and I’m looking to improve on my win total this year  I won six tournaments last year (I’m sure a lot of people just said bullshit) but the blogs don’t lie.  They are the following: WGC Match Play – Ian Poulter, Phoenix Open – Hunter Mahan Barclays – Matt Kuchar, Shell Houston Open – Anthony Kim and The Tour Championship – Jim Furyk.  I should have won 7, but Dustin Johnson’s infamous US Open choke job at Pebble Beach cost me my biggest payout of the year.  I won one Major and went 2/4 in the FedEx Cup.  For my new readers, I use to be a Tiger fan, big time.  I converted to the Good side last year, now I’m a Phil fan.  Also, there are a couple of golfers I always bet on, I get stuck on players and bet and bet until they force me to stop (then they usually win the next weekend).  Be aware of these PGA players that I bet on a lot: Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Phil, KJ Choi, Ian Poulter and Kuchar.  I know that golf has the most parity out of any other sport so I do my best to get at least one guy on the leaderboard each Sunday.  If he’s there you almost always have a shot to win.  On to the tournament.

The 2011 PGA season opening event – the Hyundai Tournament of Champions – kicks off in Maui.  The catch about this event is that you are only invited if you won last year, so no Tiger and unfortunately Phil declined the invite.  You’ll see plenty of low scores this weekend on   The Plantation Course, it was the easiest ranked course our of the 52 Tour events last year.  This exclusive field of winners should have no problem with the wide open fairways and big greens.  I’m gonna roll with these guys…

Dustin Johnson +950, Started to heat up during the FedEx cup, he finished in the top ten in 3/4 events, including a win at the BMW championship.  DJ is a big hitter and those types of players do well in Maui.

Graeme McDowell +1000, the Irishmen is the hottest player in the world.  He just did to Tiger what no one can do, at the Chevron Golf Challenge.  He was down 3 strokes on Sunday, mounted a comeback and won in a playoff.  He won 4 times last year, including the US Open and dominated at the Ryder Cup.

Stuart Appleby +1550, He has low odds because he owns the Plantation course.  Stuart won this event 3 years in a row ’04-’06.  He also shot a 59 last year, you can’t pass on a guy with that history at one course.

Bubba Watson +3000, Bubba is the longest driver on the Tour and like I mentioned earlier this course is low scoring and plays to the strength of long hitters.  The par 5 18th hole is almost 700 yards (670 yards) he should be able to pick up some strokes throughout the week.

I’m looking forward to a great season.

Good luck,

-SD

 

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…and New Year.  A ton of action today, hope everyone kicks off 2011 with a bunch of winners.

G00d Luck,

-SD

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