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WNST’s Frankovic believes the Capitals will not retain GM George McPhee

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Audio

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionMixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Roy Nelson vs. Minotauro Nogueira (Friday 2pm from Abu Dhabi live on UFC Fight Pass); Auto Racing: NASCAR Southern 500 (Saturday 6:30pm from Darlington, SC live on FOX); Tennis: ATP Tour U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships (Thursday 7pm Friday 2pm Saturday 3pm from Houston live on Tennis Channel)

10. Katt Williams (Friday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Lewis Black (Thursday-Saturday Warner Theatre); Mick Foley (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Privateer Festival (Friday-Sunday Fells Point); The Gathering: Food Trucks Rally (Friday 5pm War Memorial Plaza); Bay Bridge Boat Show (Friday-Sunday Bay Bridge Marina); Decanter Wine Festival (Saturday & Sunday Pimlico Race Course); Draft Day“, “Oculus” and “Rio 2” out in theaters (Friday); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“, “August: Osage County“, “Grudge Match” and “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a trailer that has made me want to see a movie LESS than Draft Day. But since Monday was the 25th anniversary of a REALLY good movie about a Cleveland sports franchise, let’s just remember that.

9. Avicii (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Aaron Lewis (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Phil Vassar (Friday 6:30pm Rams Head Center Stage); Carolina Chocolate Drops (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Ashley Monroe (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Emmylou Harris (Friday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Rick Ross (Friday 9pm Echostage); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Southern Soul Assembly feat. Marc Broussard/JJ Grey/Anders Osborne/Luther Dickinson (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre)

You know what drives me nuts? I hate the idea of Avicii but I actually like some of his tunes.

I love Carolina Chocolate Drops. I also love Charm City Devils. I feel like if someone started a band called Cool Colorado Demons, I’d probably like them too. It’s a CCD thing.

I could use much more Dirty Dozen Brass Band in my life.

Marc Broussard is a totally unfair type of talented.

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Bovada gives Capitals 1/10 odds to miss playoffs

Posted on 02 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

NHL

Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup (Teams in red have longer odds from last month, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)     

                                                Odd on 3/6/14               Current

Boston Bruins                           15/2                              9/2

St. Louis Blues                          5/1                                5/1

Chicago Blackhawks                 13/2                              13/2

Pittsburgh Penguins                  13/2                              7/1

San Jose Sharks                       10/1                              8/1

Anaheim Ducks                         15/2                              10/1

Los Angeles Kings                    12/1                              12/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    33/1                              14/1

Colorado Avalanche                  20/1                              20/1

Montreal Canadiens                   25/1                              22/1

New York Rangers                     20/1                              22/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                 28/1                              25/1

Detroit Red Wings                     40/1                              33/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             50/1                              40/1

Minnesota Wild                         33/1                              40/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 25/1                              50/1

Dallas Stars                              50/1                              66/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       66/1                              66/1

Washington Capitals                  40/1                              66/1

New Jersey Devils                     66/1                              150/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins                           8/5

Pittsburgh Penguins                  11/4

Philadelphia Flyers                    8/1

Montreal Canadiens                   10/1

New York Rangers                     10/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                 12/1

Detroit Red Wings                     16/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             20/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 25/1

Washington Capitals                  33/1

New Jersey Devils                     75/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Western Conference 

St. Louis Blues                          5/2

Chicago Blackhawks                 7/2

San Jose Sharks                       17/4

Anaheim Ducks                         5/1

Los Angeles Kings                    13/2

Colorado Avalanche                  10/1

Minnesota Wild                         20/1

Dallas Stars                              33/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       33/1

 

Odds to win the Presidents Trophy

Boston Bruins               1/3

St. Louis Blues              5/2

Anaheim Ducks             10/1

 

Playoff Odds

Will the Detroit Red Wings make the playoffs?

Yes      1/5

No        3/1

 

Will the Columbus Blue Jackets make the playoffs?

Yes      1/4

No        5/2

 

Will the Dallas Stars make the playoffs?

Yes      1/3

No        2/1

 

Will the Phoenix Coyotes make the playoffs?

Yes      2/1

No        1/3

 

Will the New Jersey Devils make the playoffs?

Yes      4/1

No        1/6

 

Will the Toronto Maple Leafs make the playoffs?

Yes      6/1

No        1/10

 

Will the Washington Capitals make the playoffs?

Yes      6/1

No        1/10

Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship (Teams in red have longer odds, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same) 

Odds on 3/4/14             Current Odds

Miami Heat                                11/5                              9/4

San Antonio Spurs                    11/1                              7/2

Indiana Pacers                          5/2                                9/2

Oklahoma City Thunder              15/4                              9/2

Los Angeles Clippers                12/1                              8/1

Houston Rockets                      16/1                              18/1

Golden State Warriors               20/1                              20/1

Brooklyn Nets                           66/1                              33/1

Portland Trailblazers                  20/1                              40/1

Chicago Bulls                            50/1                              50/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     66/1                              66/1

Toronto Raptors                        66/1                              75/1                             

Dallas Mavericks                       66/1                              100/1

New York Knicks                       250/1                            100/1

Phoenix Suns                            75/1                              100/1

Washington Wizards                  100/1                            150/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     500/1                            300/1

Atlanta Hawks                           250/1                            500/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Eastern Conference

Miami Heat                                5/7

Indiana Pacers                          13/10

Brooklyn Nets                           14/1

Chicago Bulls                            25/1

New York Knicks                       40/1

Toronto Raptors                        40/1

Washington Wizards                  66/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     100/1

Atlanta Hawks                           250/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Western Conference

San Antonio Spurs                    7/4

Oklahoma City Thunder              2/1

Los Angeles Clippers                9/2

Houston Rockets                      8/1

Golden State Warriors               11/1

Portland Trailblazers                  20/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     28/1

Dallas Mavericks                       50/1

Phoenix Suns                            50/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Atlantic Division

Toronto Raptors                        1/2

Brooklyn Nets                           3/2

 

Odds to win first seed in Eastern Conference

Miami Heat                                2/5

Indiana Pacers                          7/4

 

Playoff Odds

Will the New York Knicks make the playoffs?

Yes      3/1

No        1/5

 

Will the Atlanta Hawks make the playoffs?

Yes      1/5

No        3/1

 

Will the Memphis Grizzlies make the playoffs?

Yes      1/6

No        4/1

 

Will the Dallas Mavericks make the playoffs?

Yes      1/2

No        3/2

 

Will the Phoenix Suns make the playoffs?

Yes      5/6

No        5/6

 

NBA Draft Odds

Andrew Wiggins – Will he be selected #1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft?

Yes                  -400     (1/4)

No                    +250     (5/2)

 

NFL

Free Agent Specials – Total Receiving Yards in the 2014 Regular Season – DeSean Jackson           

Over/Under                    1000½

 

Free Agent Specials – Total Receptions in the 2014 Regular Season – DeSean Jackson      

Over/Under                    72½

 

Free Agent Specials – Total TD’s in the 2014 Regular Season – DeSean Jackson    

Over/Under                    7

 

Specials – Who will record more TD Passes in the 2014 Regular Season?

Nick Foles (PHI) QB                  -5

Robert Griffin III (WAS) QB        +5

 

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Bovada gives Caps 40/1 odds to win title, Wizards 100/1

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV).

NHL Odds

Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup (Teams in red have longer odds from last month, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)     

                                                Odd on 2/4/14               Current

St. Louis Blues                          6/1                                5/1

Chicago Blackhawks                 11/2                              13/2

Pittsburgh Penguins                  6/1                                13/2

Anaheim Ducks                         7/1                                15/2

Boston Bruins                           9/1                                15/2

San Jose Sharks                       10/1                              10/1

Los Angeles Kings                    16/1                              12/1

Colorado Avalanche                  20/1                              20/1

New York Rangers                     25/1                              20/1

Montreal Canadiens                   33/1                              25/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 28/1                              25/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                 20/1                              28/1

Minnesota Wild                         40/1                              33/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    25/1                              33/1

Detroit Red Wings                     33/1                              40/1

Washington Capitals                  40/1                              40/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             40/1                              50/1

Dallas Stars                              75/1                              50/1

NBA Odds

“After looking at the rest of the schedule for the Philadelphia 76ers, it is possible that they will not be favored in any games for the rest of the regular season. We currently have them projected as small underdogs for their home game against Utah on Saturday. Seeing as Utah is probably one of the weaker teams left on their schedule, and they are still not favorites to win, we think the Sixers may be barking the rest of the season.”

Kevin Bradley, Bovada.lv Sportsbook Manager

 

Will the Philadelphia 76ers win another game during the 2013-2104 Regular Season?

Yes                  1/5

No                    3/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship

Miami Heat                                11/5

Indiana Pacers                          5/2

Oklahoma City Thunder              15/4

San Antonio Spurs                    11/1

Los Angeles Clippers                12/1

Houston Rockets                      16/1

Golden State Warriors               20/1

Portland Trailblazers                  20/1

Chicago Bulls                            50/1

Brooklyn Nets                           66/1

Dallas Mavericks                       66/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     66/1

Toronto Raptors                        66/1

Phoenix Suns                            75/1

Washington Wizards                  100/1

Atlanta Hawks                           250/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                   250/1

Detroit Pistons                          250/1

Minnesota Timberwolves            250/1

New York Knicks                       250/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     500/1

Boston Celtics                          750/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Eastern Conference

Miami Heat                                10/13

Indiana Pacers                          11/10

Chicago Bulls                            25/1

Toronto Raptors                        28/1

Brooklyn Nets                           33/1

Washington Wizards                  50/1

Atlanta Hawks                           100/1

New York Knicks                       100/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                   125/1

Detroit Pistons                          125/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     200/1

Boston Celtics                          400/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Western Conference

Oklahoma City Thunder              5/4

San Antonio Spurs                    9/2

Los Angeles Clippers                11/2

Houston Rockets                      15/2

Golden State Warriors               9/1

Portland Trailblazers                  9/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     28/1

Dallas Mavericks                       33/1

Phoenix Suns                            40/1

Minnesota Timberwolves            100/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Atlantic Division

Toronto Raptors                        1/4

Brooklyn Nets                           5/2

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Northwest Division

Oklahoma City Thunder              1/7

Portland Trailblazers                  4/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Pacific Division

Los Angeles Clippers                1/7

Golden State Warriors               9/2

Phoenix Suns                            15/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Southwest Division

San Antonio Spurs                    1/5

Houston Rockets                      3/1

 

2013-14 NBA MVP

Kevin Durant (OKC)                   1/3

LeBron James (MIA)                  2/1

 

2013-14 Rookie of the Year      

Victor Oladipo (ORL)                 5/7

Michael Carter-Williams (PHI)      1/1

 

Odds to make Playoffs

Will the Atlanta Hawks make the playoffs in the 2013-14 season?

Yes      1/6

No        4/1

 

Will the Detroit Pistons make the playoffs in the 2013-14 season?

Yes      4/1

No        1/6

 

Will the Dallas Mavericks make the playoffs in the 2013-14 season?

Yes      1/4

No        5/2

 

Will the Phoenix Suns make the playoffs in the 2013-14 season?

Yes      5/7

No        1/1

 

Will the Memphis Grizzlies make the playoffs in the 2013-14 season?

Yes      1/1

No        5/7

 

Will the Minnesota Timberwolves make the playoffs in the 2013-14 season?

Yes      2/1

No        1/3

2013-14 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – Odds to Win (Teams in red have longer odds, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)         

      Odds on 2/17/14           Current Odds

Florida                          6/1                                5/1

Arizona                         9/1                                8/1

Kansas                         15/2                              8/1

Wichita State                 14/1                              9/1

Duke                            9/1                                10/1

Syracuse                      6/1                                10/1

Michigan State              17/2                              12/1

Louisville                      12/1                              14/1

Virginia                         25/1                              14/1

Kentucky                      14/1                              16/1

Creighton                      25/1                              20/1

Wisconsin                     25/1                              20/1

Michigan                       22/1                              22/1

Oklahoma State            33/1                              22/1

North Carolina               50/1                              25/1

Villanova                       28/1                              28/1

Iowa State                     40/1                              40/1

Ohio State                    40/1                              40/1

Cincinnati                      40/1                              50/1

Connecticut                   50/1                              50/1

Iowa                             25/1                              50/1

San Diego State            33/1                              50/1

St. Louis                       40/1                              50/1

UCLA                            66/1                              50/1

VCU                             75/1                              66/1

Oklahoma                     150/1                            75/1

Pittsburgh                     66/1                              75/1

Memphis                       100/1                            100/1

New Mexico                  150/1                            100/1

SMU                             100/1                            100/1

Texas                           50/1                              100/1

UMass                          150/1                            100/1

Oregon                         150/1                            150/1

Xavier                           200/1                            150/1

Arizona State                150/1                            200/1

George Washington       200/1                            200/1

Gonzaga                       100/1                            200/1

Kansas State                150/1                            200/1

Stanford                       300/1                            200/1

Tennessee                    150/1                            200/1

LSU                              150/1                            200/1

Baylor                           250/1                            300/1

California                      200/1                            300/1

Colorado                      500/1                            300/1

Florida State                 250/1                            500/1

Georgetown                  250/1                            500/1

Harvard                         250/1                            500/1

Indiana                          250/1                            500/1

Minnesota                     250/1                            500/1

Missouri                        250/1                            500/1

Ole Miss                       300/1                            Off the Board   

Arkansas                      500/1                            Off the Board   

Clemson                       500/1                            Off the Board   

 

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 25 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MISL-Baltimore Blast @ Pennsylvania Roar (Sunday 4:05pm from Reading, PA live on YouTube); Women’s College Basketball: Virginia Tech @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Bryan Vera (Saturday 9:45pm from San Antonio live on HBO)

10. David Koechner (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Eddie Griffin (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Thor: The Dark World“, “Gravity” and “Nebraska” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); Non-Stop” out in theaters (Friday); Canton Irish Stroll (Saturday 1pm Canton Square)

I find David Koechner to be a humorous individual.

Also, I might like this t-shirt, you.

9. Eagles (Saturday 8pm Verizon Center); Robin Thicke (Thursday 8pm Patriot Center), Avett Brothers/Old Crow Medicine Show (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Young The Giant (Tuesday 9pm Rams Head Live), ZZ Ward (Saturday 8pm Rams Head Live); Nelly’s Echo (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Los Lobos (Friday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Flogging Molly (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Shaggy (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Brett Dennen (Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), St. Vincent (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Talib Kweli (Sunday 9pm Howard Theatre); Band of Horses (Thursday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre), Josh Ritter (Friday & Saturday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Beck “Morning Phase” and The Fray “Helios” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I wish I could tell you I’d be in Fairfax Friday night. I fully support this tour.

Not familiar with OCMS? You probably know more about them than you think.

Couple of good shows in Charm City this week as well.

ZZ Ward is just so marvelous.

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For USA Hockey, Sochi Memory will Sting

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For USA Hockey, Sochi Memory will Sting

Posted on 24 February 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

Perception can be amazingly unstable in sports. One day you can be on top of the world and the next, rock bottom. Perception of the USA hockey team entering the Olympic semi-finals in Sochi was that the Americans could potentially bring back the gold.

Team USA went undefeated through the preliminary round match-ups, including a thrilling shootout victory over the Russian’s. That victory on top of being the highest scoring team entering the semis, had people convinced that the Americans were ready to earn the respect from the rest of the hockey world.

You had a good feeling about this US team entering the semi final game versus their border rivals. Even though the Americans had a good showing going into the semis throughout the tournament, they were a huge under dog to the reigning champions. If team USA wanted to be taken seriously across the world, they would have to defeat the team that took away their gold medal in 2010.

The first period was competitive both ways, but the tides turned quickly. Canada defeated team USA 1-0 in the semi-final round. It was a hard fought match by both teams, but the game was a bit more lopsided than the score indicated.

Jonathan Quick was remarkable throughout the sixty minutes, keeping his team alive until games end. He was the sole reason why team USA always had a chance to get back into the match. The team that entered this round as the highest scoring nation could not find the back of the net.

The Canadians defense was smothering all game long. The Americans were unable to find holes through the neutral zone to utilize their great team speed. Once in the offensive zone, USA could not get off the boards. With the bigger ice surface in Sochi, they were not a threat to score from the boards. They could not get near the slot to give themselves a better chance on Carey Price.

Carey Price posted a shutout with 31 saves, but he was not nearly as battle tested as Quick was on the opposite end. There are only a handful of golden chances that Price denied of the Americans to find the back of the net.

The defense was considered the weaker part of Team USA heading into Sochi, but they held up their end of the bargain against Canada. Canada is stacked with forwards across all lines, but they were held to just one goal. USA had seven 20+ goal scorers in the NHL on their roster, but was unable to muster one goal against Canada.

It was a tough defeat for team USA, there was so much hope for this team coming into their match up vs. Canada. Having the chance to break the hearts of those that did the heartbreaking just four years ago. It was difficult, but they had a chance to move on and play for a bronze medal the next day.

Team Finland knocked off Russia in the quarterfinals led by Tuukka Rask. Rask had an illness the day of their semi-final game against Sweden, so he was unable to go. If he had not been ill facing team Sweden, they could have won. Instead, Finland fell 2-1 to Sweden.

Finland gave everything they got to receive the Bronze medal. Finland went on to a  5-0 rout over team USA. The first period of action was competitive, but Finland scored two goals within 11 seconds in the opening minutes of the second frame. Once Patrick Kane missed two penalty shots in the game, the air was sucked out from the USA bench. This same USA team that came into the semis as the highest scoring team, failed to score one goal in their final two games.

So perception of team USA entering Friday’s semi final game was promising. They were perceived as a team that could make a gold medal run. Perception of the same team just two day’s later, a complete failure.

When everyone look’s back at the 2014 Sochi Winter games, they will remember T.J. Oshie and his amazing shootout performance. They will remember defeating Russia on their home ice in a nail biter. They will also remember losing to their archrivals in Canada while failing to score one goal in the two most important games of the tournament.

This will be a painful memory for the Americans because they had a golden chance to earn respect everywhere by making a run. Instead, they overwhelmingly underachieved when it counted the most.

NHL play resumes this Tuesday with a make up game from earlier in the season. It will be interesting to see how the majority of these players play right after the Olympics. Some players will thrive off of the excitement they had playing in Sochi for their countries. Some of them will have painful memories of what could have been at the Olympics. These athletes will need to get it all together quickly because this is the most important stretch of the season.

Playoffs are near upon us and some teams are in need of making a run just to get there. Which players will be able to get past the Olympic games and put their sole focus just on their teams chances at a post-season birth? We have the months of March and April to see just that.

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What is Wrong in DC? Evaluating the Current State of the Caps

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What is Wrong in DC? Evaluating the Current State of the Caps

Posted on 23 January 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

 

The Washington Capitals are currently on a six game losing streak as they head into a five game road trip that starts Friday. They currently sit in sixth place in the Metropolitan division and the fans in DC are starting to become frustrated. The fans deserve to be, as the team had possession of second place within the division for such a long stretch during the season, due to the rest of the division struggling early. Now that the Caps have struggled, losing 13 of the last 17 games, they have let the rest of the competition not only catch up, but surpass them in the standings. A season that looked like they were going to be in the playoffs, now looks uncertain as they could risk missing the playoffs for the first time in seven years. So what has gone wrong?

Alex Ovechkin is the scapegoat of criticism by the media, especially when it comes to the post season. The experts always criticize Ovechkin for “not showing up” in the playoffs. You can say what you want about that, but the numbers prove he does more often than not. In his career, he has never made it past the second round into the conference finals. He gets the bulk of the criticism for it, but his surrounding cast has never been the best either. This season is a fine example of just that.

It was evident in Tuesday night’s loss to the Ottawa Senators that the rest of the team struggles to score. In their current six-game losing streak, the team has only scored seven goals; Ovechkin has three of those seven. Jason Chimera has two, Brooks Laich and John Carlson have one. As you look at the top six, where is the production you would expect out of players like Troy Brouwer, Marcus Johansson and even Nicklas Backstrom? Referring to production, the Capitals have scored 134 goals this season as a team. Ovechkin has 35 goals, which equates to 26% of the goal scoring for the team. That is a quarter of the offense to just one player, not one line, one player. He has 35 goals and the next leading scorer on the team is Joel Ward with 13 and Mikhail Grabovski with 12.

So Alex Ovechkin leads his team’s second leading scorer by 22 goals; that is what you call a one-dimensional offense. To put it in better perspective, look at the division leading Pittsburgh Penguins. Sidney Crosby leads the team with 26 goals, followed by Chris Kunitz at 24 and James Neal with 17. They are the top tier team in the east and you see why with one superstar that has a super supporting cast as well. So who is to blame for the lack of supporting cast that surrounds Alex Ovechkin?

Media and fans have scrutinized General Manager George McPhee for years as he has failed to put together a team that can get to the Stanley Cup. He has made questionable moves in the past and some of them are starting to catch up to haunt the team. One move that stands out is the Martin Erat trade that occurred last season. The Capitals were in a “win-now” mode and tried to acquire a player at last seasons trade deadline that would help them make a playoff push. McPhee took a risk in trading one of the clubs top prospects in Filip Forsberg to Nashville in exchange for Martin Erat. Erat’s role has diminished over the course of the season and he requested a trade earlier this season. His stats so far, zero goals and sixteen assists in 42 games played. Now you can argue that Filip Forsberg has not exactly lighted it up for Nashville, but at least he is a young player that has a lot of upside and potential. So this is one of McPhee’s failed moves that has not worked out.

The biggest decision that McPhee faced in the off-season was whether to give Mike Ribeiro a new deal or let him test the free agent market. Ribeiro came off of a good season, as the club’s second center in his first season with the team. He is 33 years old and is set to turn 34 in February. So a long-term deal was risky with the age he was playing at. McPhee let him walk in free agency and the Phoenix Coyotes signed Ribeiro. At first, McPhee claimed that Brooks Laich was going to be the teams second line center to replace him. Then down the road he signed Mikhail Grabovski.

I was a big fan of the Grabovski signing; as I had written during that time he was a necessary signing with the departure of Ribeiro. I still like Grabovski with what he brings in the offense under Adam Oates. To put this into better perspective, lets look at some numbers. In Riberio’s 48 games played last season due to the shortened season, he recorded 49 points (13 G, 36 A). Grabovski has played 48 games this season and has put up 33 points (12 G, 21 A). The difference in production between the two players is 16 points. That is crucial production that the team so desperately needs right now as they have struggled to score.

I do still side with the Grabovski signing, he is 29 years old and much younger than Ribeiro at soon to be 34. Ribeiro wanted a long-term deal at 33 years of age and that was risky to invest in him. In Grabovski’s defense, he had great success early for a large part of the season, playing along side Joel Ward and Jason Chimera on the third line. He ended up getting switched around to the second line with Brooks Laich and Troy Brouwer, which was ineffective all around and even was put up on the Ovechkin line.

I like the Grabovski signing, but felt like the comparison of these players stats were interesting to point out and make what you want of it. Bottom line, he was brought in to be a top six player and has shown inconsistency. Sometimes he looks fully capable of it and at other times he does not. As I look at it, I don’t think he is the problem in the top six.

Brooks Laich was an un-restricted free agent after the 2010-2011 season and George McPhee gave Laich a six-year contract extension for $27 million dollars. Laich showed at that time that he was an effective 2-way center that was just about to hit his prime. Since his extension, his first season went well as he played all 82 regular season games and put up 41 points. Since then, Laich has not been as productive. He got injured during the lockout, so during the shortened season, he only played 9 games. He has gotten healthier this season, but still has battled  through some injuries. He has played 36 games this season and only has 8 points.

This is the same player that McPhee came out in the media during the offseason and said this was going to be the teams second line center heading into the regular season. Now the Grabovski signing looks a whole lot better especially since he is at least the team’s third leading scorer. And on top of that, McPhee traded away Mathieu Perreault to Anaheim earlier in the season.

Another top six forward that hasn’t put out the best production consistently is Troy Brouwer. If you look at his numbers from the lockout season, it is what you expect from a player like Brouwer on the second line. In his 47 games played last season, he had 33 points. Of those 33 points, he scored 19 goals. So over the course of a regular season, those numbers equate to a 30+ goal scorer and that would be the kind of production you need from a top six player. His production from last season has not carried over into this season. In his 50 games played this season, he has only scored 9 goals. That simply is not enough especially when he has played slightly more games this season than the last and put up 10 fewer goals.

Where the offensive supporting cast is a big part of the problem, it is not all of it. Three Capitals players have requested trades this season, Martin Erat, Dmitry Orlov and Michal Neuvirth. Orlov has since then gotten much more playing time, serving as the second defensive pairing with Mike Green. Orlov is a young player still learning, but consistently makes defensive miscues that lead to problems in the defensive zone. He is yet to show discipline on the ice on a consistent basis.

The goalie situation has been often pointed out as a big problem during the season. I always pointed out that the situation has been overblown and is not the true problem. Holtby started the season and played well for a while, but it became a problem once Michal Neuvirth got injured. When Neuvirth went to the IR, it forced Holtby to keep starting numerous games in a row without getting any games rest. It began to show during games, Hotlby was not the same and he had simply looked overworked.

So Washington was forced to call up Philipp Grubauer from Hershey. The rookie was impressive in net for a while, but it looked as if he was getting overworked as well. Grubauer started 15 games and won 5 of his first 7 games. In his last 8 starts however, he only won one game. Clearly the young goalie was getting overworked, just as Holtby had earlier during the season.

Now Braden is back in net as the starter, with Grubauer being sent back down to Hershey. Holtby needs to start for Washington, it is important for the team’s success. He got the contract extension last season and has shown in the past two Stanley Cup playoffs he can go toe to toe with some of the games best goalies when it counts. He had a solid outing in Tuesday night’s loss to Ottawa, which is a good start for him to regain his confidence. The defense needs to improve substantially in helping him out for the rest of the season, defending the odd man rushes better and clearing the puck out of the defensive zone more effectively. The offense also needs to do their part in giving Holtby some goal support.

Right now it is chaotic for Capitals fans. The team is in a shaky situation, but they have been here before. Last season was similar, with at one point being at the basement of the Eastern Conference behind the Florida Panthers. They dug themselves a hole, but rallied to get into the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Caps this season, they are not in the Southeast division anymore. They are in a tougher division, but the rest of the teams are not far in reach in the points standings. Last season it was Alex Ovechkin, who went on an absolute scoring tear to rally the team to the playoffs and rightfully so won his third Hart trophy. For Washington to make another late season run, it is going to take more than Ovechkin to get them back. He needs the rest of his supporting cast to step up and start producing. If the surrounding talent does not start producing and they fail to make the playoffs, George McPhee will be on the hottest seat in all the NHL. Some of his moves over the course of the past few off-seasons could wound up costing him his job.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Syracuse @ Maryland (Thursday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Georgia Tech @ Maryland (Sunday 2pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Jean Pascal vs. Lucian Bute (Saturday 10:15pm from Montreal live on HBO), Ivan Redkach vs. Tony Luis (Friday 10pm from Memphis live on Showtime); MISL: St. Louis Ambush @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Baltimore Blast @ Syracuse Silver Stars (Sunday 1pm from Syracuse, NY live on YouTube)

10. Paul Mooney (Saturday 7:30pm Howard Theatre)l Iliza Shlesinger (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Doug Stanhope (Thursday 8pm Magooby’s Joke House); Todd Glass (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday throughout Baltimore County); Enough Said“, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler“, “Riddick” and “Carrie” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit“, “The Nut Joband “Ride Along” out in theaters (Friday)

Iliza Schlesinger is both humorous and not safe for work.

I have no interest in seeing Jack Ryan, but I could use some more Keira Knightley in my life.

9. Jay-Z (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Stone Sour/Pop Evil (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Rusted Root (Monday 7:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Big Daddy Kane (Friday 9pm Howard Theatre); Charles Bradley (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Big Head Todd and The Monsters (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Gipsy Kings (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Dangermuffin (Friday 8pm Gypsy Sally’s); Bruce Springsteen “High Hopes”Switchfoot “Fading West” and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings “Give The People What They Want” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’ve seen Jay-Z a few times, probably won’t make down to DC Thursday night. But if he ever toured with The Roots there would not be a price I wouldn’t pay.

Charles Bradley > Charles Barkley > Matt Barkley > My elementary school friend Matt Besche. Actually, strike that. Matt Besche is WAY better than Matt Barkley.

Drew Forrester said the new Springsteen record isn’t a home run. Fair enough. I really like this tune though.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are example number 6,789,403 why Brooklyn is now the capital of the music world.

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Bovada gives Capitals 28/1 odds to win Stanley Cup

Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV).Included below are 2014-2015 College Football Championship Odds, updated NFL Odds (Super Bowl, Conference, and Exact SB Matchup Chances) updated NBA odds (Title, Conference, Division, MVP, and ROY), updated NHL odds (Stanley Cup, Conference, Division, Hart and Calder Trophies), and updated Golf odds (all four majors and the Ryder Cup).

NHL

Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup (Teams in red have longer odds from last month, teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)     

                                                Odd on 12/3                 Current

Chicago Blackhawks                 15/2                              11/2

Pittsburgh Penguins                  7/1                                13/2

St. Louis Blues                          15/2                              13/2

San Jose Sharks                       8/1                                15/2

Boston Bruins                           9/1                                8/1

Anaheim Ducks                         16/1                              10/1

Los Angeles Kings                    14/1                              14/1

Colorado Avalanche                  18/1                              20/1

Montreal Canadiens                   25/1                              25/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    40/1                              25/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                 25/1                              25/1

Vancouver Canucks                   33/1                              25/1

Detroit Red Wings                     18/1                              28/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 20/1                              28/1

Washington Capitals                  25/1                              28/1

New York Rangers                     25/1                              33/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    50/1                              40/1

Minnesota Wild                         28/1                              40/1

Ottawa Senators                        40/1                              40/1

New Jersey Devils                     40/1                              50/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       33/1                              50/1                 

Columbus Blue Jackets             66/1                              66/1

Dallas Stars                              50/1                              66/1

Nashville Predators                   66/1                              150/1

Winnipeg Jets                           100/1                            150/1

Florida Panthers                        300/1                            250/1

New York Islanders                    75/1                              250/1

Calgary Flames                         300/1                            500/1

Edmonton Oilers                       200/1                            500/1

Buffalo Sabres                          500/1                            1000/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Eastern Conference       

Pittsburgh Penguins                  5/2

Boston Bruins                           11/4

Montreal Canadiens                   12/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    12/1

Tampa Bay Lightning                 12/1

Washington Capitals                  12/1

Detroit Red Wings                     14/1

New York Rangers                     14/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 14/1

Ottawa Senators                        18/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    22/1

New Jersey Devils                     251

Columbus Blue Jackets             28/1

Florida Panthers                        125/1

Buffalo Sabres                          400/1

New York Islanders                    125/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Western Conference      

Chicago Blackhawks                 11/4

St. Louis Blues                          15/4

San Jose Sharks                       4/1

Anaheim Ducks                         11/2

Los Angeles Kings                    7/1

Colorado Avalanche                  12/1

Vancouver Canucks                   12/1

Minnesota Wild                         18/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       22/1

Dallas Stars                              33/1

Nashville Predators                   75/1

Winnipeg Jets                           75/1

Calgary Flames                         250/1

Edmonton Oilers                       250/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Atlantic Division

Boston Bruins                           2/3

Tampa Bay Lightning                 5/1

Montreal Canadiens                   6/1

Detroit Red Wings                     7/1

Toronto Maple Leafs                 9/1

Ottawa Senators                        18/1

Florida Panthers                        100/1

Buffalo Sabres                          500/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Metropolitan Division    

Pittsburgh Penguins                  1/10

Washington Capitals                  10/1

Philadelphia Flyers                    16/1

New York Rangers                     20/1

Carolina Hurricanes                    25/1

New Jersey Devils                     33/1

Columbus Blue Jackets             40/1

New York Islanders                    250/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Central Division

Chicago Blackhawks                 10/11

St. Louis Blues                          11/10

Colorado Avalanche                  7/1

Minnesota Wild                         25/1

Dallas Stars                              33/1

Nashville Predators                   200/1

Winnipeg Jets                           200/1

 

Odds to Win the 2014 Pacific Division 

Anaheim Ducks                         11/10

San Jose Sharks                       7/4

Los Angeles Kings                    4/1

Vancouver Canucks                   9/1

Phoenix Coyotes                       20/1

Calgary Flames                         500/1

Edmonton Oilers                       500/1

 

NHL Special – Who will win the 2014 Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player?        

Sidney Crosby (PIT)                  1/6

Patrick Kane (CHI)                     13/4

Alex Ovechkin (WAS)                13/2

Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)                   7/1

John Tavares (NYI)                    18/1

 

NHL Special – Odds to win the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year        

Nathan Mackinnon (COL)           5/2

Chris Kreider (NYR)                   3/1

Hampus Lindholm (ANA)            3/1

Torey Krug (BOS)                      7/2

Seth Jones (NAS)                      6/1

Sean Monahan (CAL)                 17/2

Valeri Nichushkin (DAL)             17/2

Jacob Trouba  (WIN)                  20/1

College Football

 

“It was a stressful night as we were pretty much all in on FSU, needing them to win the game because of our tremendous exposure on our BCS Future Odds and on the Auburn money-line, and I have to say I slept well.  However, there’s no time to rest as I spent all morning calculating next year’s College Football Championship odds. It has been more of a challenge this time around due to some key players still undecided on the NFL Draft and also the new playoff system which is still a little obscure. Therefore, some teams who would normally stand little chance may be able to sneak in. I expect these odds to move over the next few days quite a bit based on those factors.”

-Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager, Bovada.lv

 

Odds to win the 2014-2015 College Football Championship  

Florida State                 11/2

Alabama                               13/2

Stanford                       9/1

Ohio State                    10/1

Oregon                             12/1

Auburn                          14/1

Michigan State              20/1

Oklahoma                            20/1

Clemson                       25/1

Florida                          25/1

Georgia                            25/1

LSU                              25/1

South Carolina                   25/1

Texas A&M                   25/1

UCLA                            25/1

Baylor                           25/1

Notre Dame                  33/1

USC                             33/1

Wisconsin                            40/1

Oklahoma State            40/1

Missouri                               40/1

Iowa                                  40/1

Louisville                              50/1

Miami                               50/1

Michigan                              50/1

Nebraska                             50/1

North Carolina                    50/1

Texas                           50/1

Oregon State                66/1

Washington                         66/1

Mississippi                          66/1

Arizona State                66/1

UCF                              66/1

Arkansas                              100/1

Arizona                            100/1

Boise State                   100/1

Boston College                 100/1

BYU                             100/1

California                             100/1

Cincinnati                             100/1

Georgia Tech                100/1

Kansas State                100/1

Mississippi State           100/1

Pittsburgh                            100/1

Rutgers                            100/1

South Florida                     100/1

TCU                              100/1

Tennessee                           100/1

Virginia Tech                 100/1

West Virginia                      100/1

 

NFL

Odds to win the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII  

Seattle Seahawks                      12/5

Denver Broncos                        13/5

San Francisco 49ers                  11/2

New England Patriots                15/2

Carolina Panthers                      11/1

Indianapolis Colts                      14/1

New Orleans Saints                   14/1

San Diego Chargers                  14/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 AFC Conference    

Denver Broncos                        5/7

New England Patriots                3/1

Indianapolis Colts                      7/1

San Diego Chargers                  7/1

 

Odds to win the 2014 NFC Conference    

Seattle Seahawks                      10/11

San Francisco 49ers                  11/4

Carolina Panthers                      9/2

New Orleans Saints                   7/1

 

Exact Super Bowl Matchup        

Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers                            8/1

Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints                         12/1

Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers                       11/2

Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks                           9/4

Indianapolis Colts vs. Carolina Panthers                         40/1

Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints                      50/1

Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers                     25/1

Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks                         14/1

New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers                    18/1

New England Patriots vs. New Orleans Saints                 25/1

New England Patriots vs. San Francisco 49ers               12/1

New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks                   13/2

San Diego Chargers vs. Carolina Panthers                      40/1

San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints                   50/1

San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers                 25/1

San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks                     14/1

 

In order of odds:

Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks                           9/4

Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers                       11/2

New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks                   13/2

Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers                            8/1

Denver Broncos vs. New Orleans Saints                         12/1

New England Patriots vs. San Francisco 49ers               12/1

Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks                         14/1

San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks                     14/1

New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers                    18/1

Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers                     25/1

New England Patriots vs. New Orleans Saints                 25/1

San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers                 25/1

Indianapolis Colts vs. Carolina Panthers                         40/1

San Diego Chargers vs. Carolina Panthers                      40/1

Indianapolis Colts vs. New Orleans Saints                      50/1

San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints                   50/1

 

SUPER BOWL XLVIII – Early Line           

AFC      +2½

NFC       -2½

 

NBA

Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship  (Teams in red have longer odds , teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)

                  Odds on 12/313            Current Odds

Miami Heat                                2/1                                2/1

Indiana Pacers                          4/1                                7/2

Oklahoma City Thunder              6/1                                6/1

San Antonio Spurs                    7/1                                7/1

Golden State Warriors               16/1                              12/1

Los Angeles Clippers                14/1                              14/1

Houston Rockets                      16/1                              16/1

Portland Trailblazers                  22/1                              16/1

Brooklyn Nets                           28/1                              50/1

Chicago Bulls                            33/1                              50/1

Dallas Mavericks                       50/1                              50/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     40/1                              66/1

Atlanta Hawks                           100/1                            75/1

Denver Nuggets                        50/1                              75/1     

Minnesota Timberwolves            50/1                              75/1

New York Knicks                       50/1                              75/1

Los Angeles Lakers                   50/1                              100/1

Phoenix Suns                            250/1                            100/1

Toronto Raptors                        125/1                            100/1

Washington Wizards                  125/1                            100/1

Boston Celtics                          200/1                            150/1

Detroit Pistons                          100/1                            150/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                   100/1                            200/1

New Orleans Pelicans                150/1                            250/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     300/1                            300/1

Philadelphia 76ers                     250/1                            300/1

Orlando Magic                          300/1                            500/1

Milwaukee Bucks                       350/1                            1000/1

Sacramento Kings                     500/1                            1000/1

Utah Jazz                                  500/1                            1000/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Eastern Conference     

Miami Heat                                2/3

Indiana Pacers                          7/5

Brooklyn Nets                           22/1

Chicago Bulls                            22/1

Atlanta Hawks                           40/1

New York Knicks                       40/1

Toronto Raptors                        50/1

Washington Wizards                  50/1

Detroit Pistons                          66/1

Boston Celtics                          75/1

Cleveland Cavaliers                   100/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     150/1

Philadelphia 76ers                     150/1

Orlando Magic                          200/1

Milwaukee Bucks                       500/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Western Conference     

Oklahoma City Thunder              9/4

San Antonio Spurs                    3/1

Golden State Warriors               6/1

Los Angeles Clippers                13/2

Houston Rockets                      7/1

Portland Trailblazers                  7/1

Dallas Mavericks                       28/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     33/1

Denver Nuggets                        40/1

Minnesota Timberwolves            40/1

Los Angeles Lakers                   50/1

Phoenix Suns                            50/1

New Orleans Pelicans                1251

Sacramento Kings                     500/1

Utah Jazz                                  500/1

 

Division Odds

Odds to win 2014 NBA Atlantic Division          

Toronto Raptors                        6/5

Brooklyn Nets                           2/1

New York Knicks                       11/2

Boston Celtics                          6/1

Philadelphia 76ers                     15/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Northwest Division      

Oklahoma City Thunder              2/5

Portland Trailblazers                  3/2

Denver Nuggets                        40/1

Minnesota Timberwolves            40/1

Utah Jazz                                  500/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Pacific Division           

Los Angeles Clippers                2/3

Golden State Warriors               3/2

Phoenix Suns                            7/1

Los Angeles Lakers                   50/1

Sacramento Kings                     200/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Southwest Division      

San Antonio Spurs                    1/4

Houston Rockets                      5/2

Dallas Mavericks                       25/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     100/1

New Orleans Pelicans                100/1

 

2013-14 NBA MVP – Odds to Win         

Kevin Durant (OKC)                   10/11

LeBron James (MIA)                  11/10

Paul George (IND)                     15/2

LaMarcus Aldridge (POR)          12/1

 

2013-14 Rookie of the Year – Odds to Win        

Michael Carter-Williams (PHI)      5/4

Trey Burke (UT)                         2/1

Victor Oladipo (ORL)                 5/2

Tim Hardaway Jr. (NY)               12/1

Ben McLemore (SAC)                15/1

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)    20/1

College Hoops

2013-14 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – Odds to Win (Teams in red have longer odds , teams in blue have shorter odds, and teams in black stayed the same)         

      Odds on 5/15/13           Current Odds

Arizona                         15/1                              11/2

Michigan State              12/1                              6/1

Kentucky                      5/1                                7/1

Kansas                         11/2                              15/2

Louisville                      17/2                              10/1

Oklahoma State            50/1                              10/1

Syracuse                      25/1                              10/1

Duke                            14/1                              12/1

Ohio State                    20/1                              12/1

Wisconsin                     50/1                              16/1

Florida                          18/1                              20/1

North Carolina               16/1                              25/1

Wichita State                 66/1                              28/1

Iowa                             50/1                              40/1

Pittsburgh                     50/1                              40/1

UCLA                            40/1                              40/1

Villanova                       66/1                              40/1

Colorado                      40/1                              50/1

Connecticut                   33/1                              50/1

Iowa State                     100/1                            50/1

Memphis                       33/1                              50/1

Michigan                       33/1                              50/1

Oregon                         100/1                            50/1

San Diego State            100/1                            50/1

Creighton                      50/1                              66/1

Gonzaga                       50/1                              66/1

Missouri                        50/1                              66/1

VCU                             50/1                              66/1

Baylor                           50/1                              75/1

Cincinnati                      100/1                            100/1

Georgetown                  50/1                              100/1

St. Louis                       50/1                              100/1

Virginia                         66/1                              100/1

UMass                          Off the Board                100/1

Florida State                 75/1                              150/1

Illinois                           66/1                              150/1

Indiana                          33/1                             

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 January 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Wake Forest @ Maryland (Thursday 7pm Comcast Center); Boxing: Arash Usmanee vs. Juan Antonio Rodriguez (Friday 9pm from Tacoma, WA live on ESPN2)

10. Jimmie’s Chicken Shack (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Cracker (Saturday 6pm 9:30 Club); Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere); Peter Gabriel “Scratch My Back & I’ll Scratch Yours” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

JCS is celebrating the 15th anniversary of one of the most important records OF MY LIFE.

I would like to go see Dirty Dozen Brass Band, yes, thanks for asking.

Cracker does that one song you kinda remember.

And now here’s Ricky Skaggs.

9. Blue Man Group (Friday-Sunday France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Jim Gaffigan (Friday & Saturday 7pm & 9:30pm Warner Theatre); Rob Schneider (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); “Archer” season five premiere (Monday 10pm FX); Lone Survivor“, “Her” and “August: Osage County” out in theaters (Friday); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Friday-Monday throughout Baltimore County)

Obviously the only thing that matters this week is the return of Archer. Enjoy the next eight minutes of your life. They won’t get better.

Also, this is great.

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