Gambling on Hockey, Favo(u)rites in Hockey MediaShareThis
I often get my blog done before my columns post, so my apologies for occasionally bombarding you with my work, but….. HERE’S MORE COLUMN READ-EY FUN TIME:
USA Today: The panel’s complete power rankings, in which the Kings are grossly overvalued, but everything else is pretty much spot-on.
The Hockey News: An obscure topic – early contact when racing for a loose puck, and how TJ Oshie uses it to occasionally plow guys.
Puck Daddy: Claude Giroux and short-handed goals – why more teams should be pressing to score them.
Gambling on hockey is hard. Does anyone out there ever do it?
I rarely do because of our sports completely random, parity-filled nature, but frankly, I need to start watching more hockey (being that I have to comment on it often) so this seemed like a good convincer for me.
I had $34 left in my bodog account from god-knows-when, so I decided to turn it into a Scrooge McDuck-swimming-in-gold-coins-like fortune tonight. Let me know what you think of my bets.
All three are three-team parlays, because it’s really the only way to get-rich-quick, and I have no interest in doing this every day.
Washington minus 1.5 goals over the New York Rangers (in NY)
- Tampa Bay minus 1.5 goals over the Toronto Maple Leafs (in TBay)
- Calgary plus 1.5 goals over the Colorado Avalanche (in CO)
That one was my big swing at the fences – An 18 dollar bet will pay a little over $200 if I nail all three.
Montreal plus 1.5 over Vancouver (in Van)
Calgary plus 1.5 over Colorado (In CO)
Tampa Bay to beat Toronto straight up (in TBay)
Eight buck bet pays $17.47 on that one.
And then, as a random “if I lose the other two, maybe I’ll win this one and almost get back to square one,” I had:
Carolina to beat Edmonton (in Carolina)
The Capitals to beat the Rangers (in NY)
The Sens to beat the Thrashers (in Ottawa)
My remaining eight bucks here can win me back my $30.
…..I just pissed away 34 dollars didn’t I? …..Damnit.
Ah well. Easier to get rid of it this way then try to get it back from bodog. I actually had to fax a pencil shading of my credit card last time I won money. Jeez.
Apparently Versus is getting a nightly hockey show (Greg Wyshynski tweeted about it earlier today) that’ll run Monday through Thursday, regardless of if hockey is being played or not.
If I correctly recall his tweet, it was to be called NHL Overtime ….or something or other. Either way, that’s great news.
I was wondering…. who should they hire? Who shouldn’t they hire?
That got me thinking about people from all walks of hockey media that do a great job. So, instead of trying to fill those analyst jobs on “Overtime”, I thought I’d divulge a list of names that I enjoy from around the hockey world. It’s a little exercise in being nice, feel free to join in.
Ron Maclean is still my all-time fave. He’s just so even-tempered and smart.
I grew up with Bob Cole and Harry Neale, can we find a way to hear from these guys more? Or are they both like, 90?
Mike Johnson is just out of the NHL, young, and seems pretty damn reasonable. He doesn’t set any shows on fire just yet, but I think he will as he gets more comfortable. Seems like a pretty sharp guy.
I didn’t use to have any feeling for Bob McKenzie of TSN one way or the other when I was a kid, because he was a pretty serious on-air personality (as Dreger is now). I think he’s done an awesome job of incorporating the new media (twitter) into his repetoire, and has loosened up in recent years. Thus, I’ve become a fan.
Jiggs Macdonald was a classic back when my Dad played.
Rick Jeannerret has the best goal calls since that soccer guy.
Unless you count Randy Moller. Lovin’ what that guy is doing with the movie references.
Elliotte Friedmann and his 30 Thoughts column are a must read, and you can always trust his knowledge of the game.
I mean, really, I shouldn’t have started this. I could go on and on and I’m going to forget a ton of names, so I’ll leave you with: Doc Emrick, Jim Hughson, John Buccigross, James Duthie, Eddie Olczyk, Steve Kouleas, and Cabbie Richards. I wish Al Michaels did more hockey too.
(BTW, I haven’t seen much Canadian hockey coverage lately, some of those names might be dated, and I’m sure I missed some of the newer, quality analysts.)
Then there’s the whole blogmunity, from the guys at Puck Daddy to the guys at AOL, to guys like Bruce Arthur and James Mirtle and it’s just not worth continuing.
Who’s on your list?