Monthly Archives: October 2015

2015 NFL Week 8 Picks

After a short European-induced Bye Week from betting (and saving $10 to boot!) we’re back

(Home Team in caps)

Thursday Night Football

NEW ENGLAND (-8) over Miami

Sunday 930am

KANSAS CITY (-3.5) over Detroit (London)

Sunday 1pm

 

Minnesota (-1) over CHICAGO

Tampa Bay (+7) over ATLANTA

New York (N) (+3) over NEW ORLEANS

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Anti-Tanking

No Tanks

On October 15, Mets closer Jeurys Familia shut down the 2015 Los Angeles Dodgers season with a bevy of hard sliders and 98+ mph fastballs.  For a series marked by illegal slides, dominant pitching performances from the likes of DeGrom and Kershaw, and the final nails in the coffins for Yoenis Cespedes MVP campaign (.250 AVG/.800 OPS, albeit 2 HRs) and Jimmy Rollins career as a starter, the Mets will go on to compete with the Chicago Cubs for the honor of representing the Senior Circuit in the 2015 World Series.

As the media usually does, the off the field story lines come to the forefront when playoff teams are eliminated: What went wrong?  Is next year a re-compete or a rebuild?  Time to be a buyer or seller during Hot Stove season?  With the Dodgers, the spotlight, as it has the past several seasons, tends to shine on the “Luxury Tax Be Damned!” team payroll which at season’s end will hover around the $300 million range.  Actually, $314,168,414.00 to be exact (thank you Spotrac).  Yes, this figure represents the highest season team payroll in MLB history (breaking previous record holders, the Los Angeles Dodgers…) and yes, it is almost $100m more than the 2nd highest payroll of the New York Yankees, and even more than the COMBINED salaries of the 4 lowest payrolls.  We here at The 500 know all about what sacrifices the Dodgers have made to earn this Pyrrhic title.  And yes, the media, in LA, New York, and everything in between, have harped on the “Money Can’t Buy You Happiness” moniker, to the chagrin of Molly Knight.

But here’s the thing, that $800m plus the Guggenheim and Friends have thrown at player salaries since they finalized their purchase from the Evil Owner Who Shall Not Be Named in May 2012 has bought something for Dodgers fans everywhere: winning.   Continue reading

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2015 NFL Week 6 Picks

(Home Team in caps)

Thursday Night Football

Atlanta (-3.5) over NEW ORLEANS

Sunday 1pm

Cincinnati (-3.5) over BUFFALO

CLEVELAND (+4) over Denver

MINNESOTA (-3.5) over Kansas City

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Fashion Friday: TS Edition

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It’s been far too long since our last Fashion Friday.  So why not press the restart button with a FF long in the making and long overdue.  Taylor Swift (aka TS, T-Swift, Tay Tay, Queen Taylor, by the Grace of God, Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Calvin, Defender of the Red Album).  We all know that if she wasn’t shaking it off, she’d be strutting it off on Paris and New York runways.  But thankfully she can sing too.

As always, less words, more style…

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2015 NFL Week 5 Picks

(Home Team in caps)

Thursday Night Football

HOUSTON (-5) over Indianapolis

 

Sunday 1pm

Jacksonville (+3) over TAMPA BAY

TENNESSEE (+1.5) over Buffalo

Cleveland (+6.5) over BALTIMORE

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2015 Roto Recap: Auction Look Back

Joey Votto

Fantasy baseball is a tricky thing.

On one hand, human civilization has progressed from rubbing sticks together for fire to the atom bomb and putting a man on the moon.  On the other hand, humanity has not found a way to make sure I start my probables on a week to week basis.  We’ve come so far, but have so far to go.

After finished a tight second place last year, only to have Cy Young/MVP/Guaranteed HOFer/Future Nobel Peace Prize Winner Clayton Kershaw edge out the pitching category for the opposing Roto-er during the Championship Week, 2015 looked to be a tipping point year.  To note, this is a very casual league set up by someone who is unlikely to even sign into ESPN.com after the auction every year.  Think of it as the Donald Trump of Roto League Commissioners, willing to splurge time and effort on building something, only to let it fester away like a seaside Jersey casino.  This year ended with a 5th place standing in a league that has 4 playoff spots.  Aka, I am this year’s 2015 loser of the TCU/Baylor game.  So where did things go wrong?  Probably in Jeff Samardzija’s head.  Or probably in the inability to control myself on the waiver wire/free agents pool.  But really, as with all things, let’s go back to the beginning.  Time for an auction recap 5 months too late.

The auction strategies, as always:

For Hitters

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2015 NFL Week 4 Picks

Vikings Broncos

Despite Denver’s win, Peyton will soon be handing over the “Never Bet Against Me in a Night Game” Belt to Mr. Rodgers soon

(Home Team in caps)

Thursday Night Football

PITTSBURGH (+2.5) over Baltimore

Sunday 930am

New York (A)  (-1.5) over Miami (London)

Sunday 1pm

Jacksonville (+9) over INDIANAPOLIS

Houston (+6) over ATLANTA

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