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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Week 4 Results and Standings


Here are the Week 4 results and standings in the NFL Picks Contest.

Two Steelers fans (ggrouchie and Coach) are near or at the top. I DO NOT want to have to purchase a Steelers shirt. The rest of you need to pick up the pace :)

angerisagift- New England (L 14-41) = (27) pts.
MOJO- San Diego (W 33-14) = 29 pts.
Vegas Vic- San Diego (W 33-14) = 29 pts.
Captain Crunch- San Diego (W 33-14) = 29 pts.
OneAndDone- Indianapolis (W 41-17) = 34 pts.
mrben09- San Diego (W 33-14) = 29 pts.

ggrouchie- Indianapolis (W 41-17) = 34 pts.
Coach- San Diego (W 33-14) = 29 pts.
TeamMiRketti- Pittsburgh (L 24-27) = (3) pts.
lightning36- San Diego (W 33-14) = 29 pts.
Neophyte-0 pts.
Music City Momma- San Diego (W 33-14) = 29 pts.

TwoMinuteWarning- San Diego (W 33-14) = 29 pts.
Grange95-  San Diego (W 33-14) = 29 pts.
Fullhouse538- Pittsburgh (L 24-27) = (3) pts.
M Prosk- Indianapolis (W 41-17) = 34 pts.
cokeboy99- Indianapolis (W 41-17) = 34 pts.

Here are the current standings;

OneAndDone- 27+17+17+34 = 95 pts.
ggrouchie- 27+17+17+34 = 95 pts.
Coach- 27+17+21+29 = 94 pts.
Vegas Vic- 27+17+21+29 = 94 pts.
MOJO-  27+17+17+29 = 90 pts.
Captain Crunch- 27+17+17+29 = 90 pts.

lightning36- 27+17+17+29 = 90 pts.
mrben09- 27+17+17+29 = 90 pts.
Music City Momma- 13+17+21+29 = 80 pts.
TwoMinuteWarning- (3)+17+37+29 = 80 pts.
cokeboy99- 27-(8)+21+34 = 74 pts.
Grange95- (3)+17+21+29 = 64 pts.

TeamMiRketti- 27+17+17-(3) = 58 pts.
angerisagift- (16)+41+37-(27) = 35 pts.
M Prosk- (3)+ 0+ 0+34 = 31 pts.
Neophyte- 27+17-(19)+0 = 25 pts.
Fullhouse538- (13)+17+17-(3) = 18 pts.


Thanks for playing.

Week 5 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Good luck!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Week 4 Picks


Here are the picks for this week's NFL Picks Contest. The San Diego Super Chargers are the pick of the litter in Week 4.

lightning36- San Diego
TwoMinuteWarning- San Diego
Grange95- San Diego
Full House538- Pittsburgh
cokeboy99- Indianapolis

Music City Momma- San Diego
Coach- San Diego
MOJO-  San Diego
Vegas Vic- San Diego
Captain Crunch- San Diego
grrouchie- Indianapolis

One&Done- Indianapolis
MProsk- Indianapolis
angerisagift- New England
Neophyte-
mrben09-  San Diego

Please let me know if I missed your pick before the first games kickoff Sunday.

Good luck!!!

MLB Picks, September 27th



Three games look promising on today's menu.

$16 @ -160 on Pittsburgh (Liriano) over Cincinnati (Simon)
Both hurlers are throwing well, with Lariano posting a 3-0 record with a 0.45 ERA in his last 3 outings. Simon isn't far behind, with a 2-0, 1.77 in his last 3.
$15 @ -150 on St. Louis (Lynn) over Arizona (Miley)
Lynn has had a solid season, posting a 15-10 record with a 2.73 ERA. Miley is 1-2 with a 6.75 in his last 3 outings.
$17 @ -165 on Kansas City (Duffy) over ChiSox (Danks)
Duffy is 1-0 with a 0-71 ERA in his last 3. Danks has been solid too, posting a 1-1 record with a 2.00 in his last 3 trips to the bump.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $101.00
Current Bankroll              $1,601.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Friday, September 26, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Picks Due Tomorrow


Just a friendly reminder that your pick for the NFL Picks Contest is due by 6 pm (CST) Saturday evening. I have most of them, but if you haven't sent yours yet, it's time to get with it!

Please e-mail me at nfl.picks@ymail com or leave a comment here with your pick.

Good luck!

Small Potatoes Poker and (Occasional) Sports Betting

After giving it careful thought, I've decided to stop posting my sports bets on this blog. However, I will continue to post on other subjects here, just not on a daily basis. And you may still see an occasional sports bet listed :)

I've made over 1,700 posts since Black Friday, the vast majority of them related to sports betting. I still enjoy the research (and small profits), but between this blog and my website (#1SportsPicks.com) it has gotten to be a second job. One that is taking too much time and effort.

With baseball and football seasons currently playing simultaneously, and both basketball and hockey just around the corner, it's just too much of a load.


That being said, my plan is to shut down #1Sportspicks at the end of the month. My business plan with it was to make a little money by selling ads on the site. It did okay for a while, but right now it's only bringing in a little north of $60 a month, and that contract ends on September 30th. So if you have promoted #1 on your blog (thank you!), you will want to take down any ads the next time you do maintenance.

I will continue to post baseball picks here thru the end of the season, but as the playoffs begin, my picks will not be as plentiful because the games become more difficult to call.

I've begun to occasionally play in a $1-2 NLHE cash game and will post any interesting happenings with that game. I'm also participating in a $35 buy in tourney on Mondays that I'll write about when I play. And of course, I'll keep you updated on the poker league in which I'm playing.

The NFL Picks Contest will continue as scheduled and the occasional Lotto posts will go on. I'll also continue to update my mother's condition as she fights the good fight against cancer and write about any other subject that strikes my fancy.

Thank you for your continued support of Small Potatoes. I hope you'll stick around to see where we go from here.




Thursday, September 25, 2014

MLB Picks, September 25th

One game on tap today is worth a peek.

$18 @ -180 on Washington (Gonzalez) over NY Mets (Wheeler)
Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA in his last 3 starts. Wheeler is 2-1 with a 3.94 in his last 3.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $91.00
Current Bankroll              $1,591.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Texas Lottery Chronicles- Bingo!

 This episode of our lottery adventure features another $5 scratch-off ticket titled "Bingo."

The top prize is $50K, with the odds of cashing for ant amount at 3.5-1. The ticket has six separate games, with the object to score a "bingo" on any of the six. There are three ways to achieve a bingo, the first being a straight linr bingo, which is the most well known. You can also win by matching the numbers in each of the four corners (a "corner" bingo), or an "X" bingo, which is making an X across the card.

To begin we are to scratch off all the "Caller's Card" numbers and also the "Bonus" numbers, so let's do that first. I think I'll use my "lucky chip" to do the deed.


After revealing the numbers we'll need to match, I noticed "O-67." Six-seven (sooooted of course) is my favorite non-premium hand to play, so that's got to be a good sign. Right?



Let's move on to the first two games and see if we can hit anything.

Oops! It looks like we don't have to scratch off the lower part of the ticket, just match the numbers. After going across the top line of the "Caller's Card" and "Bonus" numbers, and marking an "X" on the ones that match (just like the real thing), here's what our cards look like. Hopefully, you can read the prize amounts in the picture. So far we only have three corner numbers, but also have three of the five numbers we need to make a straight line bingo on two cards.


Let's take a look at the second line to see if we hit anything.

After marking the matching numbers on the second line, it looks like we have a shot at a corner bingo on two of the cards, with one of them  (game 6) a $200 winner if we hit. If we hit on game 4, it'll pay $75 and would definitely put a smile on my face!


On to the last line.

So close. As you can see in the picture, we came close on several of the games, but couldn't pull off a win.


Although this ticket is a loser, I think I enjoyed playing it more than any of the others I've tried. Next time I think I'll scratch off the "Caller's Card" and "Bonus" numbers one line at a time. It's hard not to look ahead when you're close to a bingo, so scratching one line at a time will increase the expectation.

So we drop a redbird to the great state of Texas. Here's hoping the next one will be a winner :)

Tickets                      8
Winners                     2
Investment             $40.00
Winnings                $15.00
Net                      ($25.00)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MLB Picks, September 23rd

Two games are worth a peek on today's docket.

$16 @ -155 on Washington (Roark) over NY Mets (Colon)
Roark is 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA in his last 3 starts. Colon is 2-1 with a 4.08 in his last 3.
$16 @ -160 on Seattle (Hernandez) over Toronto (Dickey)
Hernandez has a 0.90 era in his last 3 starts. Dickey is 13-12 with a respectable 3.82 ERA this season.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $96.75
Current Bankroll              $1,596.75

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Monday, September 22, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Week 3 Results


Here are the Week 3 results and standings in the NFL Picks Contest.

angerisagift has the top score for the second week in a row and moves near the top in the standings. Must be that Colorado weed :)

angerisagift- Indianapolis (W 44-17) = 37 pts.
MOJO- New England (W 16-9) = 17 pts.
Vegas Vic- New Orleans (W 20-9) = 21 pts.
Captain Crunch- New England (W 16-9) = 17 pts.
OneAndDone- New England (W 16-9) = 17 pts.
mrben69- New England (W 16-9) = 17 pts.

Vegas Vic- New Orleans (20-9) = 21 pts.
ggrouchie- New England (W 16-9) = 17 pts.
Coach- New Orleans (W 20-9) = 21 pts.
TeamMiRketti- New England (W 16-9) = 17 pts.
lightning36- New England (W 16-9) = 17 pts.
Neophyte- Miami (L 15-34) = (19 pts.)

Music City Momma- New Orleans (20-9) = 21 pts.
TwoMinuteWarning- Indianapolis (W 44-17) = 37 pts.
Grange95-  New Orleans (20-9) = 21 pts.
Fullhouse538- New England (W 16-9) = 17 pts.
M Prosk- 0 pts.
cokeboy99- New Orleans (20-9) = 21 pts.

Here are the current standings;

Coach- 27+17+21 = 65 pts.
Vegas Vic- 27+17+21 = 65 pts.
angerisagift- (16)+41+37 = 62 pts.
MOJO-  27+17+17 = 61 pts.
Captain Crunch- 27+17+17 = 61 pts.
OneAndDone- 27+17+17 = 61 pts.

ggrouchie- 27+17+17 = 61 pts.
TeamMiRketti- 27+17+17 = 61 pts.
lightning36- 27+17+17 = 61 pts.
mrben69- 27+17+17 = 61 pts.
Music City Momma- 13+17+21 = 51 pts.
TwoMinuteWarning- (3)+17+37 = 51 pts.

cokeboy99- 27-(8)+21 = 40 pts.
Grange95- (3)+17+21 = 35 pts.
Neophyte- 27+17-(19) = 25 pts.
Fullhouse538- (13)+17+17 = 21 pts.
M Prosk- (3)+ 0+ 0 = (3 pts.)

Thanks for playing.

Week 4 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Good luck!

MLB Picks, September 22nd

Two games look good on today's menu.

$37 @ -185 on St. Louis (Wainwright) over ChiCubs (Wood)
Wainwright is 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA in his last 3 starts. Wood is 0-1 with a 6.57 in his last 3.
$16 @ -160 on Detroit (Lobstein) over ChiSox (Bassitt)
Lobstein is making his 5th start and is 1-0 with a 3.24 ERA at home. Bassitt is making his 4th start and has no decisions on the road, but a sports a hefty 7.71 ERA.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $92.25
Current Bankroll              $1,592.25

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Week 3 Picks


Here are the picks for this week's NFL Picks Contest. The Pats and Saints are the most popular selections.

lightning36- New England
TwoMinuteWarning- Indianapolis
Grange95- New Orleans
Full House538- New England
cokeboy99- New Orleans

Music City Momma- New Orleans
Coach- New Orleans
MOJO-  New England
Vegas Vic- New Orleans
Captain Crunch- New England
grrouchie- New England

One&Done- New England
MProsk-
angerisagift- Indianapolis
Neophyte- Miami
mrben09-  New England

Please let me know if I missed your pick before the first games kickoff Sunday.

Good luck!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Football Picks, September 21st



Quite a few games that are worth a peek on the NFL schedule today.

$22 @ -110 on Green Bay (+2 1/2) over Detroit

$22 @ -110 on Oakland (+14) over New England

$22 @ -110 on San Francisco (-2 1/2) over Arizona

$22 @ -110 on Miami (-3 1/2) over Kansas City

$22 @ -110 on Carolina (-3) over Pittsburgh

$10 @ +240 on Washington over Philadelphia

$10 @ +210 on Denver over Seattle

Starting Bankroll                           $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                      ($58.50)
Current Bankroll                           $1,441.50

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at your own risk.

Good luck!

MLB Picks, September 21st



Another large group of good picks on today's agenda.

$17 @ -165 on Washington over Miami

$20 @ -200 on St. Louis over Cincinnati

$15 @ -150 on NY Yankees over Toronto

$16 @ -155 on Baltimore over Boston

$15 @ -150 on Tampa Bay over ChiSox

$16 @ -160 on Cleveland over Minnesota

$19 @ -185 on LA Angels over Texas

Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $119.00
Current Bankroll              $1,619.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Football Picks, September 20th



Six games stand out on a busy college football schedule.

$16 @ -155 on New Mexico over New Mexico State

$17 @ -165 on Wyoming over Florida Atlantic

$16 @ -160 on Michigan over Utah

$17 @ -165 on Kansas over Central Michigan

$22 @ -110 on Missouri (-13 1/2) over Indiana

$11 @ -110 on Rice (-6) over Old Dominion

Starting Bankroll                           $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                      ($38.75)
Current Bankroll                           $1,461.25

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at your own risk.

Good luck!

MLB Picks, September 20th



Quite a few games look worthwhile on today's schedule.

$16 @ -155 on Washington over Miami

$19 @ -185 on St. Louis over Cincinnati

$18 @ -180 on Baltimore over Boston

$17 @ -165 on Tampa Bay over ChiSox

$20 @ -195 on Oakland over Texas

Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $98.25
Current Bankroll              $1,598.25

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Friday, September 19, 2014

NFL Picks Contest-Picks Due Tomorrow


Just a friendly reminder that your pick for the NFL Picks Contest is due by 6 pm (CST) Saturday evening. I have most of them, but if you haven't sent yours yet, it's time to get with it!

Please e-mail me at nfl.picks@ymail com or leave a comment here with your pick.

Good luck!

MLB Picks, September 19th

A couple games look good on today's schedule.

$20 @ -200 on St. Louis (Lackey) over Cincinnati (Holmberg)
Lackey is 1-0 with a 2.73 ERA at home this season. Holmberg is making his fourth start and is 1-1 with a 6.00 this season.
$18 @ -175 on Baltimore (Gausman) over Boston (Webster)
Gausman has a 2.53 ERA in his last 3 trips to the bump. Webster is 1-1 with a 6.46 the last 3 times he has taken the horsehide.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $106.25
Current Bankroll              $1,606.25

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

MLB Picks, September 18th

Only one game on tap today that is worth a peek.

$17 @ -165 on LA Dodgers (Greinke) over ChiCubs (Wada)
Greinke is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last 3 trips to the bump. Wada is 0-2 with a 5.93 in his last 3.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $96.00
Current Bankroll              $1,596.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

MLB Picks, September 17th



 

Several games look interesting on today's MLB line up.

$18 @ -175 on San Francisco (Bumgarner) over Arizona (Delgado)
Bumgarner is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his last 3 outings. Delgado is 3-4 with a 5.48 this season.
$17 @ -165 on Pittsburgh (Liriano) over Boston (Buchholz)
A great pitching match up in Pittsburgh. Liriano is 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA in his last 3 starts. Buchholz is 3-0 with a 1.66 in his last 3.
$17 @ -165 on Detroit (Price) over Minnesota (Gibson)
Price is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his last 3 trips to the bump. Gibson is 0-1 with a 7.20 in his last 3.
$20 @ -195 on Oakland (Samardzija) over Texas (Holland)
Samardzija has a 2.05 ERA in his last 3 trips to the hill. Holland is 1-0 with a 0.86 in his 3 starts this season.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $112.25
Current Bankroll              $1,612.25

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MLB Picks, September 16th

Two games look good on today's line-up.

$18 @ -175 on Cleveland (Kluber) over Houston (Tropeano)
Kluber is 2-1 with a 1.80 in his last 3 starts. Tropeano is 1-0 with a 3.60 in his only start.
$17 @ -170 on Pittsburgh (Morton) over Boston (Ranaudo)
Morton is 3-4 with a 2.58 ERA at home this season. Ranaudo is 1-2 with a 6.14 in his last 3 outings.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $92.00
Current Bankroll              $1,592.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Monday, September 15, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Week 2 Results and Standings


Here are the Week 2 results and standings in the NFL Picks Contest.

Still looks like a logjam at the top.

angerisagift- Washington (W 41-10) = 41 pts.
MOJO- Denver (W 24-17) = 17 pts.
Vegas Vic- Denver (W 24-17) = 17 pts.
Captain Crunch- Green Bay (W 31-24) = 17 pts.
OneAndDone- Denver (W 24-17) = 17 pts.
mrben69- Denver (W 24-17) = 17 pts.

Vegas Vic- Denver (W 24-17) = 17 pts.
ggrouchie- Denver (W 24-17) = 17 pts.
Coach- Denver (W 24-17) = 17 pts.
TeamMiRketti- Green Bay (W 31-24) = 17 pts.
lightning36- Denver (W 24-17) = 17 pts.
Neophyte- Green Bay (W 31-24)= 17 pts.

Music City Momma- Green Bay (W 31-24) = 17 pts.
TwoMinuteWarning- Denver (W 24-17) = 17 pts.
Grange95-  Denver (W 24-17) = 17 pts.
Fullhouse538- Denver (W 24-17) = 17 pts.
M Prosk- 0 pts.
cokeboy99- San Francisco (L 20-28) = (8 pts.)


Here are the current standings;


MOJO-  27+17 = 44 pts.
Vegas Vic- 27+17 = 44 pts.
Captain Crunch- 27+17 = 44 pts.
OneAndDone- 27+17 = 44 pts.
ggrouchie- 27+17 = 44 pts.
Coach- 27+17 = 44 pts.

TeamMiRketti- 27+17 = 44 pts.
lightning36- 27+17 = 44 pts.
Neophyte- 27+17 = 44 pts.
mrben69- 27+17 = 44 pts.
Music City Momma- 13+17 = 30 pts.
angerisagift- (16)+41 = 25 pts.

cokeboy99- 27-(8) = 19 pts.
TwoMinuteWarning- (3)+17 = 14 pts.
Grange95- (3)+17 = 14 pts.
Fullhouse538- (13)+17 = 4 pts.
M Prosk- (3)+ 0 = (3 pts.)

Thanks for playing.

Week 3 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Good luck!

MLB Picks, September 15th


Two games look worthwhile on today's schedule.

$16 @ -160 on San Diego (Cashner) over Philadelphia (Williams)
Cashner is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his last 3 starts. Williams is 1-1 with a 5.51 in his last 3.
$17 @ -170 on Detroit (Scherzer) over Minnesota (Swarzak)
Scherzer is 16-5 with a 3.19 ERA this season. Swarzak surrendered 1 run in 5 innings against Cleveland in his only start on July 23rd. 
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $72.00
Current Bankroll              $1,572.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Week 2 Picks


Here are the picks for this week's NFL Picks Contest. It looks like Bronco-mania is in full force.

lightning36- Denver
TwoMinuteWarning- Denver
Grange95- Denver
Full House538- Denver
cokeboy99-San Francisco

Music City Momma-Green Bay
Coach- Denver
MOJO-  Denver
Vegas Vic- Denver
Captain Crunch-Green Bay
grrouchie- Denver

One&Done- Denver
MProsk-
angerisagift-Washington
Neophyte-Green Bay
mrben09-  Denver

Please let me know if I missed your pick before the first games kickoff Sunday.

Good luck!!!

MLB Picks, September 14th



Five games on tap look like winners.

$17 @ -165 on Milwaukee over Cincinnati

$18 @ -175 on St. Louis over Colorado

$18 @ -180 on LA Dodgers over San Francisco

$16 @ -160 on Kansas City over Boston

$18 @ -175 on LA Angels over Houston

Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $75.50
Current Bankroll              $1,575.50

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Football Picks, September 14th



One game looks good on today's NFL menu.

$17 @ -170 on Tennessee over Dallas

Starting Bankroll                           $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                      ($21.75)
Current Bankroll                           $1,478.25

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at your own risk.

Good luck!

Football Picks, September 13th



Three games look profitable on today's foot ball schedule.

$19 @ -185 on Syracuse over Central Michigan

$17 @ -165 on Penn State over Rutgers

$16 @ -155 on Maryland over West Virginia

Starting Bankroll                           $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                      ($26.25)
Current Bankroll                           $1,473.75

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at your own risk.

Good luck!

MLB Picks, September 13th



Three games look good on the Saturday MLB docket.

$15 @ -150 on Atlanta (Teheran) over Texas (Baker)

$19 @ -190 on Pittsburgh (Locke) over ChiCubs (Doubrant)

$15 @ -150 on Seattle (Hernandez) over Oakland (Gray)

Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $124.50
Current Bankroll              $1,624.50

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Friday, September 12, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Picks Due Tomorrow


Just a friendly reminder that your pick for the NFL Picks Contest is due by 6 pm (CST) Saturday evening. I have most of them, but if you haven't sent yours yet, it's time to get with it!

Please e-mail me at nfl.picks@ymail com or leave a comment here with your pick.

Good luck!

MLB Picks, September 12th


Two games look good on a full MLB schedule.

$17 @ -170 on Kansas City (Ventura) over Boston (Webster)
Ventura is 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in his last 3 starts. Webster is 0-2 with a 9.88 in his last 3. The Royals are 6-4 in their last 10 games and the Red Sox are 1-4 in their last 5.
$20 @ -200 on St. Louis (Wainwright) over Colorado (De La Rosa)
Wainwright is 17-9 with a 2.62 ERA this season. De La Rosa is 4-8 with a 5.29 on the highway this year. The Cardinals have won 9 of their last 13 while the Rockies have dropped 3 in a row.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $131.50
Current Bankroll              $1,631.50

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Football Picks, September 11th


Only two games on the menu tonight, but one of them looks good.

$17 @ -165 on North Texas over Louisiana Tech
Both teams dropped their openers by large margins to ranked teams, but came back last week with big wins. The Mean Green has trouble moving the ball consistently, but also has a tough defense, surrendering only 7 yards on the ground last week. The Bulldogs feature a balanced attack on offense. Turnovers will rule the day in this one.
Starting Bankroll                           $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                      ($9.25)
Current Bankroll                           $1,490.75

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at your own risk.

Good luck!

MLB Picks, September 11th


Two games are worth investing a few bucks on today's schedule.

$18 @ -175 on San Francisco (Peavy) over Arizona (Delgado)
Peavy is 2-1 with an impressive 0.44 ERA in his last 3 starts. Delgado is 2-2 with a 6.03 on the highway this season.
$16 @ -160 on LA Angels (Rasmus) over Texas (Martinez)
Rasmus is 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA this season, but this is only his third start. Martinez is 0-5 with a 6.81 at home this season. The Angels have won 7 straight while the Rangers have dropped 10 of 11.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $111.25
Current Bankroll              $1,611.25

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cancer Returns-Update

Mom completed the last of her 33 radiation and 7 chemos yesterday. She celebrated by putting her foot above her head.


Typical 85 year old. They're so cute at that age :)

Now we wait for a few months, then do some follow up testing to see how well the treatment has worked.

She has the heart of a poet and the spirit of a great warrior.

MLB Picks, September 10th


Three games are worth a peek on today's MLB menu.

$18 @ -180 on Washington (Strasburg) over Atlanta (Harang)
Strasburg is 8-2 with a 2.60 ERA at home this season. Harang is 0-3 with a 7.98 in his last 3 starts. The Nationals have won 3 straight and the Braves have dropped 3 in a row.
$16 @ -160 on LA Angels (Shoemaker) over Texas (Tepesch)
Shoemaker is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last 3 trips to the bump. Tepesch is 0-2 with a 5.71 in his last 3. The Angels have won 6 in a row while the Rangers have lost 9 of 10.
$18 @ -175 on Oakland (Samardzija) over ChiSox (Bassitt)
Samardzija is 1-2 with a 2.74 ERA in his last 3 starts. Bassitt lost his only start and brings a 7.36 ERA to the party. The A's have lost 9 of 12 and the White Sox have dropped 5 of 6.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $137.25
Current Bankroll              $1,637.25

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

MLB Picks, September 9th

A couple games are worth investing a few bucks on.

$17 @ -165 on Cleveland (Bauer) over Minnesota (May)
Bauer is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his last 3 starts. May is 1-4 with a 9.38 this season. The Indians have won 3 of their last 4 and the Twins have dropped 4 straight.
$16 @ -160 on NY Mets (deGrom) over Colorado (Bergman)
deGrom is 4-3 with a 1.68 ERA at home this season. Bergman is 2-2 with a 5.23 this year. Both teams are playing well with the Mets winning 5 of their last 6 and the Rockies 4 of 5.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $144.25
Current Bankroll              $1,644.25

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Monday, September 8, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Week 1 Results and Standings


Here are the Week 1 results and standings in the NFL Picks Contest.

Looks like a logjam at the top.

MOJO-  Philadelphia (W 34-17) = 27 pts.
Vegas Vic- Philadelphia (W 34-17) = 27 pts.
Captain Crunch- Philadelphia (W 34-17) = 27 pts.
cokeboy99- Philadelphia (W 34-17) = 27 pts.
OneAndDone- Philadelphia (W 34-17) = 27 pts.
mrben69- Philadelphia (W 34-17) = 27 pts.

Vegas Vic- Philadelphia (W 34-17) = 27 pts.
ggrouchie- Philadelphia (W 34-17) = 27 pts.
Coach- Philadelphia (W 34-17) = 27 pts.
TeamMiRketti- Philadelphia (W 34-17) = 27 pts.
lightning36- Philadelphia (W 34-17) = 27 pts.
Neophyte- Philadelphia (W 34-17) = 27 pts.

Music City Momma- Pittsburgh (W 30-27) = 13 pts.
TwoMinuteWarning- Chicago (L 20-23) = (3 pts.)
Grange95-  Chicago (L 20-23) = (3 pts.)
M Prosk- Chicago (L 20-23) =  (3 pts.)
Fullhouse538- New England (L 20-33) =  (13 pts.)
angerisagift- Kansas City (L 10-26) =  (16 pts.)


Here are the current standings;


MOJO-  27 pts.
Vegas Vic- 27 pts.
Captain Crunch- 27 pts.
cokeboy99- 27 pts.
OneAndDone- 27 pts.
Vegas Vic- 27 pts.

ggrouchie- 27 pts.
Coach- 27 pts.
TeamMiRketti- 27 pts.
lightning36- 27 pts.
Neophyte- 27 pts.
mrben69- 27 pts.

Music City Momma- 13 pts.
TwoMinuteWarning- (3 pts.)
Grange95- (3 pts.)
M Prosk- (3 pts.)
Fullhouse538- (13 pts.)
angerisagift- (16 pts.)

Thanks for playing.

Week 2 picks are due by Saturday at 6pm (CDT). Only Sunday and Monday games are eligible.

Good luck!

MLB Picks, September 8th

Only one game worth looking at on today's schedule.

$18 @ -175 on Toronto (Stroman) over ChiCubs (Turner)
Stroman is tough at home, posting a 6-2 record with a 2.97 ERA this season. Turner is 5-8 with a 5.54 this year. The Jays have won 6 of their last 8 and the Cubs have dropped 3 straight.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $134.00
Current Bankroll              $1,634.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Week 1 Picks


Here are the picks for this week's NFL Picks Contest. It looks like the Iggles are the pick 'o the day.

Should be fun!

lightning36- Philadelphia
TwoMinuteWarning- Chicago
Grange95- Chicago
Full House538- New England
cokeboy99- Philadelphia

Music City Momma- Pittsburgh
Coach- Philadelphia
MOJO-  Philadelphia
Vegas Vic- Philadelphia
Captain Crunch- Philadelphia
grrouchie- Philadelphia

One&Done- Philadelphia
MProsk-Chicago
angerisagift- Kansas City
Neophyte- Philadelphia
mrben09-  Philadelphia

Please let me know if I missed your pick before the first games kickoff Sunday.

Good luck!!!

Football Picks, September 7th



Quite a few games look good on the NFL's opening Sunday.

$16 @ -160 on New Orleans over Atlanta

$17 @ -165 on St. Louis over Minnesota

$17 @ -165 on Houston over Washington

$16 @ -160 on Kansas City over Tennessee

$19 @ -185 on New England over Miami

$19 @ -185 on San Francisco over Dallas

Starting Bankroll                           $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                      $38.25
Current Bankroll                           $1,538.25

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at your own risk.

Good luck!

MLB Picks, September 7th



Three games look good on today's docket.

$20 @ -195 on Cleveland (Carrasco) over ChiSox (Noesi)
Carrasco is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his last 3 starts. Noesi is 2-4 with a 4.59 on foreign soil this season. The Indians have won 3 of their last 4 and the White Sox have lost 3 straight.
$16 @ -155 on Pittsburgh (Cole) over ChiCubs (Wood)
Cole is 7-5 with a 3.86 ERA this season and Wood is 8-11 with a 4.81.
$20 @ -200 on LA Dodgers (Greinke) over Arizona (Cahill)
Grienke is 7-2 with a 2.60 ERA at home this season. Cahill is 0-2 with a 7.24 in his last 3 outings.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                         $103.50
Current Bankroll              $1,603.50

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Football Picks, September 6th



Half a dozen games are worth an investment on this second weekend of college football.

$16 @ -160 on Purdue over Central Michigan

$16 @ -160 on Army over SUNY-Buffalo

$16 @ -160 on Missouri over Toledo

$15 @ -150 on Navy over Temple

$19 @ -190 on Illinois over Western Kentucky

$17 @ -165 on Notre Dame over Michigan

Starting Bankroll                           $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                      $4.00
Current Bankroll                           $1,504.00

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at your own risk.

Good luck!

MLB Picks, September 6th



Three games on tap today are worth a nod.

$16 @ -160 on Washington (Roark) over Philadelphia (Burnett)
Roark is 6-5 with a tidy 2.36 ERA at home this season. Burnett is 3-9 with a 5.46 on the highway.
$16 @ -160 on Cleveland (Kluber) over ChiSox (Quintana)
Kluber is 7-3 with a 2.56 ERA when eating home cooking. Quintana is 1-1 with a 6.00 in his last 3 trips to the bump.
$17 @ -165 on Cincinnati (Cueto) over NY Mets (Gee)
Cueto is 9-4 with a 1.97 ERA at home this year. Gee is 2-3 with a 4.14 on foreign soil.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                          $99.25
Current Bankroll              $1,599.25

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Friday, September 5, 2014

NFL Picks Contest- Sign Up Today! (Bumped)

Tomorrow is the last day to sign up! Don't miss the fun!!!


It's BAAAAACKKKK!!!


If you participated in my NFL Picks Contest the last two years (and your name isn't Memphis MOJO), I hope you'll sign up for this contest and try to redeem your name. Right now, you're a loser and an embarrassment to both your family and the blogging community.

MOJO has won the first two contests and will be back to see if he can 3Peat.

Are you the one to take him down?

Here's your chance to redeem yourself.

You don't have to be a blogger, all readers of this missive are welcome to join in the fun!

Once again, the winner will receive either a tee shirt or sweatshirt with the logo of your favorite NFL team emblazoned on it. Cool!

Here are the rules;

1) You pick the winner of one NFL game each week. Must be a Sunday or Monday game (no Thursday or Saturday games).

2) If your pick wins, you receive 10 points.

3) You will receive additional points based on margin of victory. One point for each point your team wins by. For example, if you pick the Steelers to win this week and they are victors by a score of 29-17, you would receive 22 points for the week, 10 for the win and 12 for the margin of victory (29 minus 17 = 12).

4) If your pick loses, you receive 0 points for picking the winner and points will be deducted based on margin of loss. For example, if you picked the Raiders and they lost by a score of 30-14, you would have 16 points deducted from your point total (30 minus 14 = 16).

5) The person with the most points at the conclusion of the Super Bowl will be declared the winner and will receive a free shirt. If there is a tie, whomever picked the most "winners" on the season will win the tie breaker. If there is still a tie, then all players who are tied for first will receive a shirt.

Sign up today by either commenting below or e-mailing me at nfl.picks@ymail.com. Deadline to sign up is September 6th and your pick will also need to be in by 6pm (CDT) that same day.


Thursday and Saturday games are not eligible for this contest (too hard for me to keep up with), but that still leaves the majority of each week's schedule (Sunday and Monday) from which to choose.

Sign up today and let's have some fun!

Football Picks, September 5th

Two games on tap look good on today's schedule.

$19 @ -190 on Pittsburgh over Boston College
The Panthers destroyed Delaware 62-0 in their opening game while the Eagles posted a solid 30-7 victory over UMass. This game will come down to who can best stop the run. Both teams toted the rock well last week, with the Panthers gaining 409 yards on the ground and the Eagles rolling up 338.
$16 @ -160 on Washington State over Nevada
The Wolf Pack defeated Southern Utah 28-19 in their opener, gaining 547 yards in the process. The Cougars dropped a 41-38 heartbreaker to Rutgers and will be looking to bounce back. Washington State likes to fling the ball all over the playground as evidenced by their 532 yards in the air last week. Will the Cougar defense step up and play better this week?
Starting Bankroll                           $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                                      $10.00
Current Bankroll                           $1,510.00

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at your own risk.

Good luck!

MLB Picks, September 5th

Three games are worth a peek on today's menu.

$15 @ -150 on Seattle (Iwakuma) over Texas (Baker)
Iwakuma is 6-1 with a 3.06 ERA on the highway this season. Baker is 3-3 with a 5.23 this year. The Mariners have won 4 of their last 5 and the Rangers have lost 6 straight.
$15 @ -150 on LA Angels (Shoemaker) over Minnesota (Nolasco)
Shoemaker has been unhittable lately, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.00 ERA in his last 3 trips to the bump. Nolasco is 5-10 with a 5.96 this season. The Angels have won 7 of their last 9 games and the Twins have lost 5 of 7.
$16 @ -155 on LA Dodgers (Haren) over Arizona (Nuno)
Haren is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his last 3 starts. Nuno is 0-4 with a 3.23 this season. The Dodgers have split their last 8 games and the Diamondbacks have split their last 6.
Starting Bankroll              $1,500.00
Profit/Loss                          $69.00
Current Bankroll              $1,969.00

Action is considered dead unless both listed pitchers start.

All picks are for entertainment purposes only with no guarantees implied. Any money wagered is at you own risk.

Good luck!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cancer Returns- Update

Yesterday was a big one, as Mom completed her final chemo treatment. She still has four radiation treatments left, which should be completed next Tuesday.

Then we wait a few weeks to see how effective the treatment has been.

Finishing up the chemo yesterday :)
Please keep your thoughts and prayers coming her way.