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When I heard Tim Wakefield was getting the start today vs Felix Hernandez, I figured the bookies would either keep the game off the board, or make the defending Cy Young Winner -1500.  Surprisingly, King Felix is just -120 over the knuckleballer.  Knowing who my 17 readers are,  I think our fathers are about the same age as Wake and probably in better shape.  So if your dad was pitching against a 25 year old stud and there was a bet of who would pitch more innings what would you wager.  Your wife? First born? Your house/condo ? Wife’s wedding band? Your home? Your left testicle? Your right arm (or left if you are Big Mick)? Eye sight? Your life savings?

Well how about a couple hundred bucks for starters.  Today if you are looking to make some free money and to start the month of May off on the right foot, bet the Seattle Mariners -120 over the Boston Red Sox or if you have the prop bet King Felix -150 to pitch more innings than Tim Wakefield.

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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Welcome to baseball season. I know Opening Day is always the last day of March, but this year it seems way too early.  Maybe because we are getting hit with snow on April 1st, the Masters is next weekend and the C’s and B’s are getting ready for the playoffs.  If you are a new reader to Big Rips, you should know that I am a Yankees fan.  Yep, blow me.  Everyone needs at least one friend who lives in Boston, but is introduced as “he’s a Yankee fan” as they sit in their seat when Youk hits a home run at Fenway.  That’s why I always bet overs when I go to a Sox games.  It’s a bitter sweet year for me. As one of my top five Yankees that I have followed in my lifetime has retired.  Andy Pettitte hung them up in the offseason, creating a gaping hole in the Yankees rotation, that Brian Cashman couldn’t even fill with Gabourey Sidibe.  What he did was drive around Queens and found fat Freddy Garcia and fatter Bartolo Colon eating at McDonalds, then signed them with a Big Mac and fries as incentives.  What an offseason for Cash, he whiffed on Crawford, Greinke and Cliff Lee, my vote for executive of the year.  He filled holes with guys who haven’t been good since the crack down on steroids and HGH such as Colon and Garcia then Kevin Millwood (4-16 in ’10), Eric Chavez (yes the ex-Oakland Athletic 3rd baseman who is making $12.5m) and Mark Prior.  I’m always a realist when it comes to the Yankees, this year the outlook is bleak.  So to make this unbearable season fun, I am doing what most Pittsburgh Pirate fans should do and that’s place some long-term bets.

O/U 15 1/2 regular season wins by John Lester I blogged a couple of weeks ago that My Guy is offering the O/U for Wins by any MLB pitcher, a few of us hammered this bet last year and won. I should have locked it in earlier, the line has now conveniently jumped to -200.  No worries I’ll just out smart him by winning loads of money on individual pitchers.  Lester has averaged 16.6 wins the last three years and now has a better lineup and defense behind him with Crawford, Jacoby and Nancy Crew, plus Gonzalez and Youk at the corners. I love this bet, taking the OVER of 15 1/2 wins by Lester.

O/U  20 1/2 Total Wins by any MLB pitcher (-200) – I still think this is free money, not going nuts like last year, doing it for the tradition we started.  Bet the OVER of 20 1/2 wins by any pitcher.

O/U  30 1/2 Home Runs by Ryan Braun – He had a down year last year with 25 dingers after hitting 34, 37 and 32 in the previous 3 seasons, more of a reason to like this bet.  I see a solid comeback from Braun, who said recently ” There’s no doubt in my mind I’m better than I’ve ever been at baseball” I wish I could say that about myself for gambling.  Bet the OVER of 30 1/2 home runs and put some money on Braun to win NL MVP +2250 .

NL Manager of the Year – I mentioned  that Pettitte is one of my all time favorite Yankees, the other 4 are Giambi (documented a lot last year when I tried getting him to my birthday party), Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Don Mattingly. Donnie Baseball is finally getting a shot as Manager and is taking over a very difficult situation in LA.  The McCourt divorce settlement is the headline story, not the team.  The Dodgers are coming into season with low expectations and the NL West has the defending champs.  We all know the NL West is major crap shoot and a team can win the division by winning 84 games.  They’ve got one of the best starting rotations, maybe enough to win the division and make Mattingly look like a genius.  The unsettled ownership could help his case too, if he can win.  Bet Donnie Baseball as NL Manager of the Year +1200, maybe we’ll see him in Cooperstown as a Manager someday.

O/U 76 1/2 Regular Season Wins Baltimore Orioles – Buck Showalter has already started to make enemies in the AL East, by talking some shit about Derek Jeter and Theo Epstein.  The guy is a notorious prick who players can either really love or hate.  If Buck is able to get this team off to a decent start I think the O’s can win about 80 games.  They signed some solid free agents like Vlad, Derek Lee, J.J Hardy and Mark Reynolds.The pitching is young and suspect, they don’t have a # 1 guy.  If they start slow and the players turn on Buck, then look out  for 100+ loses.

Good luck this season,

-SD



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Raise your hand if you like free money.

Ok now put it down and pick up your phone and call your book or go to your online site and bet the freest of free money bets.  If you recall Building Up that Base and a few other Big Rips followers last year bet the over of 20.5 wins for ANY pitcher in Major League Baseball.  Just to refresh everyones memory there has been like 3 seasons (not including strike years) that a pitcher hasn’t won 20 games over the last 30 years.  Once again My Guy has decided to give away thousands of dollars this year and put up the same prop.  We had to sweat it out a bit, even though the bet was marked in July when Ubaldo Jimenez had 15 wins at the All Star break. But in the end we prevailed as C.C. Sabathia and Doc Halladay both came through with 21 wins each.  Now that Cliff Lee in the Philly, CC has kicked his box of Captain Crunch a day habit (he dropped 25 lbs), John Lester and David Price are emerging as Aces, I’ve got a real good feeling this will hit again. It’s nice to pencil in free rent in October.  Bet the over of 20.5 wins for any pitch in 2011 baseball season.

Good luck,

-SD

 

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What’s in the fucking water today, cause everyone has been going a little nuts. We’ve Big Mick coming out of retirement to hammer Pitt for a Nickle, then another Big Dawg Hammer “I only bet $500 per game” is going large on the over of the Phillies – Giants over 5 1/2 runs tonight (which I love) and Duceman is putting his life savings on The Ohio State and 281 is doing his best Erin Andrews impersonation and watching from the sidelines.

For me this afternoon I am in love with the Texas Ranger over team total 4 1/2 runs.  If you recall I took this bet exactly one week ago on my Over Saturday.  Phil Hughes pitched lights out against the Twinkies, but he won’t repeat, the Rangers can rake.   Don’t let the ESPN Bottom line fool you (it’s running that Phil Hughes hasn’t allowed an ER in 15 1/3 innings in Arlington).  Take the over 4 1/2 Hughes and the bullpen blow up.

Good luck

-SD

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I love technology.  Delta has WiFi on pretty much all of their flights so I can pump out a Monday Night Football/rant blog.  Delta also has planes that have faulty landing gear as the folks on Delta flight 4951 find out last night.  I type this as I’m flying down to the Shit-lanta for a few days of Chick-Fil-A and work before I head up to Montreal for a fellow Big Rips reader’s bachelor party, the O/U of how many people get arrested + die is 1.5.

First, I am fresh off a huge weekend of golf.  I picked Jm Furyk to win The TOUR championship which he took home on Sunday along with the FedExCup a nice $11.3 million pay day.  No one has won that much cash on a Sunday since Base, when he would bet on the Daunte Culpepper/Randy Moss Vikings team.  Also, over the weekend was the Duceman Invitational Golf Tournament. The feeling players have when in contention in the final round of the Masters is the same as what I felt yesterday during the Duceman Invitational.  What a great weekend of golf.

Tonight, I have Roy ‘Doc’ Halladay going for win number 21.  If you didn’t already know Base and I along with a few others bet that a MLB pitcher would win more than 20.5 games this season. I talked to My Guy about this and he is definitely well aware of the situation, so much that he is tracking the weather patterns for the Phillies – Nationals game tonight.  It’s come down to the wire as we have 3 guys (Halladay, CC Sabathia and Adam Wainwright) with 20 wins and 1 start left.  Strike that 2 guys Wainwright might not make his final start, we’re fucked.  Anyone want to buy my bet?

Monday Night Football is in Chicago, as Jay Cutler and his bangs take on their division rival Green Bay Packers.  I have a lot of action tonight, I’ve got 2 fantasy football leagues with Aaron Rodgers and need big numbers from him to secure wins and beat my Lawyer on a side bet.  So I might as well go nuts and take the favorite on the road team that the public will be all over, a bookies wet dream.

Green Bay Packers (-3) @ Chicago Bears, I watched the Bears – Cowboys game 2 Sundays ago and the Bears couldn’t protect Cutler at all.  He was constantly getting knocked on his ass thus prompting him to scream like the cunt he his offensive linemen.  I foresee a lot more of this tonight.  The front 7 for the Packers are filthy, best against the run last year and they have Clay Matthews (who has to be on a combination of HGH and Steroids) check out his head in tonights game, the dude shops at the same hat store as the 1999 National League All Star team. He’s a freak.  I like the Packers D a lot plus I’m be pulling for Rodgers to have a monster night and anticipate Culter coming back down to earth and chucking up at least 3 INTs. Go Pack Go.

The question I have is if my Delta flight takes a turn for the worst on the landing (plus we’re flying through thunderstorms) who owns my MLB O/U 20.5 wins prop bet?  I can’t wait to brace for impact.

Good luck tonight

-SD

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Late update on this, but Giambino is rolling.  Jason Giambi pinch hitting in the 9th, hit his 2nd walk off home run of the season last night to help Colorado win their 10th consecutive game.

415th of his career 43rd All time and 347 behind *Barry Bonds*

“Party like a rock star, hammer like a porn star, rake like an all-star.” JG

-SD

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