Do you know how much people who pay attention to baseball don’t know how to figure this postseason?
Of course you don’t, so we’ll tell you.
All four underdogs won their division series, and the Giants were the only favorite to even win their Wild Card game (Madison Bumgarner cures all evils). So Bovada decided the Giants and Cardinals are both 13/5 to win the World Series, and the Cardinals and Orioles are favorites in their respective series.
In other words, bet on Royals-Giants and one more round of Bumgarner trying to pour a beer truck down the front of his shirt.
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Meanwhile, one of the losing teams, the Los Angeles Angels, just learned they have four more years of a guy who decided to take on his own fan base. No extra points if you figured out it’s Josh Hamilton.
“I thought it was pretty funny, after my third at-bat of the first game, I got booed,” Hamilton told reporters. “I’m like, seriously? I’m out for a month, put all kinds of poison in my body to even attempt to play, and get booed. Whatever. It’s kind of comical.”
Then he doubled down on the joke.
“We don’t necessarily play for the people in the stands,” he said. “We play for each other. We spend every day with each other. We have relationships with each other. We love each other. We fight for each other. That’s what we play for.”
Yeah. That’ll play well.
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Speaking of fan relations, credit to Dallas Maverick and former Houston Rocket Chandler Parsons for at least knowing whom to antagonize. This is from the Mavs media day back in late September, but players ripping towns is always its reward.
“It’s cleaner here,” Parsons said when asked to compare Dallas and Houston. “It’s just like a nicer, cleaner city. In downtown Houston, there’s not much to do. It’s just businesses, and it’s just kind of . . . dirty.”
Of course, Parsons’ departure from Houston was fairly distasteful for all involved, and Dallas owner Mark Cuban and Houston general manager Daryl Morey have been taking swipes at each other for months. Still, Parsons told ESPN Dallas, “I don’t understand why it got messy. It wasn’t my choice, it was their choice to not pick up the option, so I don’t understand why there’s hard feelings toward me.”
He’s about to.
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Now Mark D’Antonio, the Michigan State coach, has decided to ratchet up his team’s playoff attractiveness by hitting ‘em with his remote.
“If we do what we’re supposed to do or what we’re attempting to do and get in the (Big Ten title game) and win that game, then I think good things are possible,” he said. “I think we turn on a lot of TV sets, and let’s not be naive. It’s about who is watching the game, too. And so you’ve got a quarter of the country watching a football game. They want to see a football team from this part of the country in that game."
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Wednesday night’s exhibition game between the San Antonio Spurs and German club Alba Berlin was played under the boot of the NBA’s more prudish music critics. According to German tabloid B.Z., the league apparently nixed three songs from the cheerleaders’ routine because the tracks were excessively suggestive.
T-Pain’s “Shirt Off” and “Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll” as well as Justin Timberlake's “SexyBack” all died noble deaths, but one question lingers.
Justin Timberlake? Alba won the game on a buzzer-beater, so maybe that's the answer.
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As you know, we worry about the NFL’s revenues, so Seattle linebacker Michael Bennett’s idea, which he shared on ESPN Seattle, is downright ingenious:
“They ought to start selling the referee jerseys,” Bennett said after Seattle’s 13 penalties Monday night in Washington. “Because the referees are getting more time than the players these days. The referees, they’re getting paid. Their jerseys are on sale so make sure you go on NFL.com and get a referee jersey.”
That’s $249.99, $349.99 if it’s Ed Hochuli’s.
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FIFA’S anti-corruption campaign now may include independence referendums. According to AP, Catalan clubs like Barcelona and Espanyol could be barred from playing in Spain's La Liga if a non-binding vote to approve of independence for the Spanish region passes.
Catalonia has fought for autonomy from Spain for hundreds of years, and with the country’s healthiest economy it is ready to become Europe’s 48th nation.
This of course has nothing to do with soccer, but La Liga president Javier Tebas said that current La Liga rules only allow teams from Spain and Andorra, the thumbnail-sized country stuck in the Pyrenees between Spain and France, to participate in the league. He then said Catalan independence would be “a disaster to the development of the football industry.”
He didn’t say how. He doesn’t know how. But he’s definitely not blowing the Barca-Real Madrid rivalry over that. Unless of course he is narrow-minded and cowardly as most sports executives are. And the chances of that are only 1 in 1.
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And finally, the hideous FIFA schmoozie (movie that’s really schmoozing) about itself called United Passions debuted, and it went over as well as you would have hoped, specifically:
Cost to make: $27 million. Money taken in on first weekend: Approximately $200,000.
Rotten Tomatoes is impressed.