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The PGA tour swings to Bourbon street for the Zurich Classic, but I’ve been too caught up in the Bruins – Montreal game and this ridiculous Spurs – Grizzlies ending to research the Zurich Classic at all.  I did not bet nor did I watch this event last year, I have no clue where I was that weekend.  I was thinking about putting money on Jason Bohn who is the defending champion, but I do not have odds on him.  Gonna roll with these guys…

Bubba Watson +1400 – You hear New Orleans you think shrimp…like Bubba Gump shrimp.  I like Bubba as always.

Justin Rose +1500 – He finished well at the Masters (11th) and had a 2nd, 5th and a 3rd in three straight PGA events, all were very tough courses.  Rose in 1st on the Tour in Greens in Regulation.

Spencer Levin +2500 – A young gun who was in the hunt at the Heritage last weekend. He has had some very strong events like Rose, 4th at Pebble, 2nd at Riviera and 6th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.  Players that are getting top tens like these will eventually win. Probably not the best odds, but a solid bet

Good luck this weekend,

-SD

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I really enjoy the NFL draft, especially since they changed the format so the first round is on a primetime week night. This year the draft is also loaded with big College Football stars like Cam, Marcell Dareus, Von Miller, Blaine Gabbert, Robert Quinn, Julio Jones, Nick Fairley, A.J. Green and so on.  To ratchet it up a notch My Guy is offering betting props for the NFL Draft. Last weekend I scanned the available props and one popped right off the page…

Will Ryan Mallett  – the 6’8″ Quaterback from Arkansas with a cannon arm – be picked in the first round. YES or NO.  I had just watched a segment with Mel Kiper Jr. on ESPN that morning, in which he said Mallett’s stock is dropping worse than Blockbuster Video’s.  Kiper is projecting Mallett to be a 2nd or even a 3rd or 4th round pick.  Mallett has undeniable skills and transferable NFL talent, but the Moose in the room is that he has alleged drug ‘use.’  At the 2011 NFL combine Mallett was grilled by the media and deflected all questions about his character and drug use.  He then recently worked out for several teams and made the interview rounds.  Since those meetings it’s been reported that he took the risky moral high ground and admitted to NFL GMs that he enjoys doing blow of strippers tits ( I made the stripper part up).  He even allegedly got drunk  the night before a meeting with the Carolina Panthers and had to cancel because he was “sick.” He has completely turned off several NFL teams.  For Mallett to drop this deep his past of recreational drug use must make Lawrence Taylor’s coke habit look like he was snorting pixy sticks.  I caught some flack from a reader Always Sloppy because the Patriots worked him out and I’ve been reminded that Mel Kiper Jr. hasn’t got a mock draft right since McShay came on the scene.  Ok fine.

Peter King does not have Mallett going in round one. Todd McShay addressed the buzz around the Dolphins making him the next Marino with the 15th pick and buried Mallet a few weeks back by saying he has “Ryan Leaf written all over him” ouch!  Also Jerry Thorton of Barstool Sports tweeted back to me that he has 7 mock drafts and none with Mallett going in round one.  Anonymous NFL people have said some other things about Mallett like he is  “White ghetto”, one scout said “I got stuff on Mallett that no one even knows about and I wouldn’t touch him” and he’s been compared to Big Ben.  I’ve got my bet locked in for a nice pay day and pending any 25th hour news I’ll be buying a Ryan Mallett Oakland Raiders jersey when they select him with the 81st pick.  Snoop a Loop!

Good luck,

-SD

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I took a much needed rest after The Masters from golf bets.  Year to date I’ve won two events, Doral (Nick Watney) and Shell Houston Open (Phil).  I’m glad I took last week off as Tour Rookie, Brendan Steele, took home the Valero Texas Open trophy…he would not have been on my radar.  The randomness continues which is begging me to start betting the field.  This week the tour stops in Hilton Head at the Harbour Town Golf Links, a Peter Dye course which requires precision and good ball striking.  The Field is +135 and I’m reluctantly staying away again.  After shutting down the engine and recharging my batteries I’m looking to go on an LA’esque run.  Gonna roll with these guys…

Matt Kuchar +1200 – He has the perfect game to win this week, straight off the tee, 24th in driving accuracy, ranked 16th in Greens in Regulation, 3rd in scoring average and 6 top tens.

Bo Van Pelt +3000 – Van Pelt had a nice run at Augusta, he finished 8th.  Van Pelt is very good off the tee and is ranked 4th in total driving on the Tour.  He also is 9th on the Tour for total Eagles.  Bo finished 3rd last year at the Heritage.

Ernie Els +3000 – Adding Ernie here, just read an article that he has 7 top 10 finishes at Harbour Town and always plays the course well. Don’t love his game right now, but has a real good history at the Heritage.

Charles Howell III +3500 – He didn’t qualify for the Masters, but is still having a solid year.  CH3 has 2 top tens and has a decent history at the Heritage, he’s finished in the top 25 in 3 of 5 starts here.

Ricky Barnes +4000 – I was big on Barnes at the Masters and he had an admirable effort, he finished 20th. Barnes has never won on the Tour, but most analysts expect him to soon.  His strength is his iron play which translates well on the Peter Dye course.  I’m a bit concerned because he has been injured this year and is coming off back to back events. Ricky finished 5th last year.  Also, his girlfriend is one half of ‘team gorgeous’, a professional beach volleyball team, is also my choice for the blog post picture, enjoy.

Good luck,

-SD

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Happy Marathon Monday.  I am putting this post up now, because you should know, Marathon Monday is an early start in Boston.  If you polled 9/10 people from New England they would say their favorite day of the year is Marathon Monday.  So much epicness happens on this day that it’s talked about for years.  The day starts early with a trip to the Fenway for a Sox game or just to drink on Landsdowne Street, followed by haziness as the group you are with stumbles to Comm Ave to cheer on the marathoners.  After 2pm anything goes.  You might break your hand punching a wall, pass out in a taxi for a $85 ride home, piss in a friends trash can, or  somehow get a 3rd wind and continue on drinking until dinner time.  One thing for sure is Tuesday is a big time hangover day for the City of Boston.

A tradition on Marathon Monday is to bet the Sox game.   If I could bet the Marathon I would put money on Lolo Jones or Kara Goucher, it’s about time a fucking American won this race.  There’s a reason tomorrow is Patriots Day, it’s not called Ethiopian or Kenyan Day for a reason.  I’m not even sure if Lolo is running this year, but at least it gave me an excuse to Google image her, enjoy.   I think Kara Goucher finished 3rd a couple years ago, both are hot.  Since I can’t take the Marathon, I’ll put some action on the Sox – Jays, which I’ll watch 1/2 of and remember nothing past the 3rd inning.  All I know is that it’s an early, sunny, start with Dice K on the mound which screams home runs to me. Tomorrow my Marathon Monday bet is the Sox – Blue Jays Over 9 1/2 runs. 

Good luck and Happy Marathon Monday,

-SD

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So one of the big stories yesterday on the interweb was that China is putting a ban on movies, television and books about time travel because the Government says it lacks “positive thoughts and meaning” and time travel can “casually make up myths…and weird plots.”

Today this video was released showing two kids hacking down a couple a cigs on the T.  In a normal society there are two obvious things wrong with this.  People can still smoke butts on public transportation. And this country allows toddlers to smoke.  I’m thrilled that China is disallowing people to even think about time travel.  If I had to bet, the Chinese would be the favorite to invent time travel.  Now that the Governemnet is discouraging it, I think it gives the US a slight edge – US -150 to China +300.  Once we pop this whole time travel thing I will be on the first Delorean back to 1955 and will pick up my copy of Biff’s Almanac.  I’ll then time travel forward to 2015 and win billions of dollars betting on sports.  I’ll take my winnings and invest heavily in a China based cigarette company and hire closet cigarette smoker Miley Cyrus as my spokesperson.  The youth of China will be riddled with emphysema in no time and the US will get back to world domination.

-SD

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Welcome to Masters week. I can’t believe this time last year I was writing my Masters blog about Tiger Wood’s comeback to golf.  I wrote that he had no shot at winning the Masters and then he proceeded to shoot 11 under and place 5th, since then he has lost 1/2 his money and not won a PGA event.  I bet Phil +1000 and to quote Jim Nantz “won one for the family”.  His wife with tit cancer was by the 18th green to greet Phil when he walked off.  It was a great moment.  Good defeated Evil as Tiger couldn’t keep up Phil’s Day 3 pace when he Eagled the 13th, 14th and almost had  three in a row, but missed holing out from the fairway by inches on 15.  Personally, this 4 day stretch is my favorite sporting event of the year, unless the Yankees play the Red Sox in the ALCS or are in the World Series.  Me and a fellow Big Rip reader Big Mick have a standing bet for $100 each year, he gets Mickelson, I get Tiger to win. We keep meaning to get a green jacket for the loser to put it on the winner during the trophy ceremony.  I’m 1-3 since we started this tradition and Big Mick noted this week in an email that we were on the right side of our 20s when Tiger last won, at least he has had a whole lot of whores in the last 6 years.

I’m feeling really confident this weekend, after my Masters tune up last weekend when I picked Phil +1200 to win the Shell Houston Open.  It was his first win in almost one year.  He is now the odds on favorite to win the Masters, if you simultaneously watch the embedded YouTube clip of Phil you”ll easily talk yourself into putting your rent check on him this weekend.  I’m gonna roll with these guys.

Phil +550 – You have to bet Phil.  Even if you ignore the win last weekend, and call his game shit for the last year. Phil has owned Augusta.  He’s finished in the top ten 12 out of the last 15 Masters.  This includes 3 wins, two 5th place finishes, 4 3rds, one 6th and two 7th place finishes.  He was quoted yesterday as saying that he has more confidence when he goes to Augusta.

Matt Kuchar +2250 – What a difference a year makes.  Last year Kooch was +6500 to win the Masters.  He is probably the best player in my mind to not have won a Major, fuck Lee Westwood.  He is one of two players I highly recommend betting this week. Placed 25th last year.

Anthony Kim +2500 – Kim won the Shell Houston Open last year.  The course is designed and set up to play like the Masters.  Of course they cannot replicate it perfectly, but the superintendent set the pins to similar locations, shaves the greens to be Augusta quick, creates the openings in the fairways and around the greens to play like Augusta.  Kim has played Augusta 4 times and placed 20th two years ago with 11 birdies one round.   Last year he shot a 65 on Sunday to help him finish 3rd.  He’s a wildcard, because he has a reputation of partying all week. Have you listed to him talk?  He sounds like he snorted coke with Charlie Sheen for a weekend while smoking two packs of Newports each day.  Every time I hear him, I think it’s Barry White talking.  My other best bet.

Bubba Watson +2500– Left-handed, hits it a mile, creative around the greens and has a ‘fuck it’ attitude.  Sound similar?  Bubba doesn’t have the same skill set that Phil does, but Augusta can allow golfers to shoot low if they can play a driver – wedge game all day.  Bubba has been banged up this year with a stomach muscle strain and has withdrawn from a couple events.  A reason to be cautious with him.

Francesco Molinari +6000 – I’m guessing Bigrips.wordpress.com has just a handful of international readers, we really haven’t taped any oversees markets yet, so I don’t really care if lose all of my European readers which is probably about 7.  I’m trying to limit the number of international players I bet on, because the last thing I want is some nitwit who can’t speak english hosting the Masters Trophy and receiving a green jacket, there I said it.  I don’t care, the Masters is an American tradition.  Imagine August Busch went to Oktoberfest and a bottle of Bud won best beer?  It wouldn’t be right.  They have their things we have ours.  With that being said, there are plenty of players from Europe, the UK and Australia playing this weekend.  If one is gonna win I hope it’s the better Molinari brother. The other International Players I’m betting are KJ Choi +5000 and Justin Rose +2250.

Charles Howell III +9500 –  My guy had odds for every golfer, I went to do some morning research today when I woke up and was disappointed to see that the available golfers to bet  on went from the entire field to like 30 golfers. Luckily I locked Howell III in last week at +9500.  Howell is another player who should be better than his 2 career wins.  He has only finished in the top 10 once in a major, but he is quietly piecing together his game.  He finished -8 last weekend in Houston and has made 6 of 8 cuts in 2011 with 5 top 25s.  Plus the dude grew up in Augusta and played Augusta National as a kid.  I’m also was going to bet Rickey Barnes at +5000, but he fell off.  If he is available through your site or Guy, bet him.

I told myself I was going to bet ten guys and just realized I’ve listed nine, my final bet is Nick Watney +1200.

Good luck, I’ll be back for some weekend match ups.

-SD

 

 

 

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Welcome to April.  Big month for sports with the Final 4, NFL and NBA playoffs, Opening Day, the Masters and Marathon Monday.

Have a strong month.

-Seth

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