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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 comes faster than a speeding “Bullet”

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This week’s #WNSTSweet16 comes faster than a speeding “Bullet”

Posted on 08 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

We certainly got some people fired up last week.

We’re 22 weeks into our #WNSTSweet16 celebration, and we’re a week removed from perhaps the most controversial list of the year. It’s going to be a hard act to follow. The rest of our staff is grateful Nestor Aparicio handled last week’s prep list so that we could avoid the heat-and the difficulty.

If you’re not familiar with what I’m talking about (I mean…there’s always one), 2014 marks our 16th year of serving the Baltimore community as sports media leader here at WNST.net. We’re celebrating by taking a different “water cooler” topic every week and dissecting it before declaring an “official” list every Tuesday.

We then continue the celebration by yelling, screaming, name calling and then ultimately agreeing to hug it out. Well, most of us do anyway. Luke never really gets involved with the name-calling. Actually one time he did. He said “I have to be honest, I respectfully disagree” and then apologized for such an outburst.

If you’ve missed any of our #WNSTSweet16 lists thus far this year (including Nestor’s hotly debated list from a week ago), here’s your chance to catch up. (The #WNSTSweet16 is brought to you by Jerry’s Automotive!)

Week 22: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 all-time greatest local high athletes
Week 21: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 greatest local lacrosse players of all time
Week 20: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 most unsung Orioles
Week 19: Gary Quill-Sweet 16 all-time Maryland horse racing moments
Week 18: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 most important picks in Ravens draft history
Week 17: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 worst draft picks in Baltimore Ravens history
Week 16: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest players in Washington Capitals history
Week 15: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 games we’ve been treated to
Week 14: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 Masters moments of the last 30 years
Week 13: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 greatest pro wrestling moments in Baltimore history
Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

And in Week 23, we’ve got the NBA on our mind here at WNST.

I’m in the cockpit for this week’s #WNSTSweet16 for the second time in three weeks. We’re in the throws of the NBA Finals, with the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat offering a couple of classics to start the series.

With that in mind, we thought this week would be appropriate to look back on the area’s own professional basketball history. Our topic this week is the “Sweet 16 best ever Baltimore/Washington Bullets/Wizards”.

Sure, that sounds like a disjointed topic title, but we have to imagine you understand why. The pro franchise that currently plays down in DC’s Chinatown neighborhood once called Charm City home-beginning their existence playing games at the historic Baltimore Arena. We wanted to recognize Baltimore’s pro history (albeit brief) and then also recognize the players who played for the franchise in Washington since there are a number of Wizards fans in our area as well.

This means that not only are Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and Wes Unseld eligible for our list, but so are John Wall and Bradley Beal-and everyone in between.

I’m struggling already with the list. There are a couple of Hall of Famers that immediately go to the top of the list-but how does the list shake out after that? There were a number of players during the Bullets/Wizards’ lean years in the District that were good for a short time, but not for an extended period of time. Where does Gilbert Arenas fit into this picture?

These aren’t easy determinations to make.

I want your suggestions. You can leave them here in the comments on this blog post or email me (glenn@wnst.net). We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, I will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew and Luke on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. I will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday with Nestor on “The Happy Hours”.

I need to hear from old Baltimore Bullets fans and (frankly) younger Washington Wizards fans alike for this one. Who are the greatest players in franchise history? Make your voice heard!

-G

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Watching the Wizards — from a distance

Posted on 08 May 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

It’s hard not to watch the Wizards’ playoff run.

They’re young.  They’re exciting.  They’re from Washington.

This is Baltimore.  Just down Interstate-95, about 35-minutes south, is Washington.  Baltimore isn’t Washington–and the Wizards aren’t the hometown team.

For a decade, the Civic Center–Baltimore Areana/First Mariner Arena–housed the red-white-and-blue uniforms that represented the city’s NBA franchise.  And then, after the 1973 season, they whisked away to the greener pastures of the Washington DC suburbs of Landover.

And, like that, the Bullets were no longer property of Baltimore.

Though the franchise made an effort to travel to Charm City for several home-games each year, it was never quite right; almost like having dinner with an ex-girlfriend who says she’s confused and needs space, but you know she’s been sleeping with some other guy for quite some time.

On a personal level, a kid like me never knew any better.  Born in 1983,  I knew nothing other than vivid memories of Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, told to me by my basketball-crazed father.

Sure, as a kid we watched the Bullets on Home-Team-Sports (big-time throwback), and we went to any games that the team played in Baltimore–even though it was routinely against bottom-feeders like the Barkley-less-Sixers, the Laettner-led Timberwolves, or the JV team that used to be the New Jersey Nets.

Rex Chapman bombing threes over Hersey Hawkins, or Pervis Ellison going body-to-body with Dwayne Schintzius, wasn’t exactly a premier brand of basketball–but it was all Baltimore had.

As a kid, it was perfectly acceptable to run around the Bear Creek and West Inverness playgrounds with a handmade Tom Gugliotta jersey while bellowing out “Guuuuuuuugs.”

Ah, but ignorance is bliss.  As time went on, it became more and more apparent that the Bullets couldn’t really care less about Baltimore.

Even though mainstays like Wes Unseld and Phil Chenier claimed love for Baltimore and its fans who created a college-type of atmosphere, the organization decided that in 1997, it was the end of the yearly trips to Baltimore–officially closing the door on memory lane.

By 1998, the re-branded Wizards took to the court at the newly constructed MCI Center in the heart of one of the worst crime-laden neighborhoods in our Nation’s Capital.  And, even though Baltimore has been the backdrop of drug-infested war-stories like HBO’s The Wire, try and convince a Dundalkian, Overlean, or Parkvillian to venture into DC.

You’d have a better chance of convincing a Fallston girl to leave a Fed Hill bar and go to a keg-party in a Dundalk basement.

And that’s just it.  It’s not that Baltimore and its fans lost interest in the Bullets-turned-Wizards.  It’s that the franchise lost interest in its roots.

The official statements that the organization made and would continue to make if anyone still asked the question, would be that they aren’t going to keep piling into a dilapidated arena when they have a newer facility less-than-an-hour away.

But there’s more to the story than that; perhaps most importantly, it’s not the arena that the Bullets-Wizards franchise shunned, it’s the fans.

The fans of Baltimore who had memories of Gus Johnson and Elvin Hayes.  The fans who clamored to get tickets to watch a couple of games per year from obstructed view seats.  The fans who still think that the Wizards are part of Baltimore.

And that’s what it’s become.  A fallacy of what once was.

These days, as a kids who never really knew the Bullets like my dad did, I watch the Wizards and appreciate their youthful enthusiasm and the growing chemistry of budding superstars like Bradley Beal and John Wall.

But I look at them as I look at Oklahoma City’s franchise; or Indiana’s, or Brooklyn’s.

This is Baltimore.  And while it’s certainly understandable to like the Wizards and enjoy their run in the playoffs, it’s important to remember, they’re Washington’s team–not Baltimore’s.

Baltimore is watching–albeit from a distance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Schedule set for Wizards/Pacers semifinal series

Posted on 04 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Here is the full schedule for the Washington Wizards/Indiana Pacers NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinal series, courtesy of Monumental Network:

GAME 1: Monday – May 5 – Wizards @ Pacers – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 7pm – TNT

GAME 2: Wednesday – May 7 – Wizards @ Pacers – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – 7pm – TNT

GAME 3: Friday – May 9 – Pacers @ Wizards – Verizon Center – 8pm – ESPN

GAME 4: Sunday – May 11 – Pacers @ Wizards – Verizon Center – 8pm – TNT

GAME 5*: Tuesday – May 13 – Wizards @ Pacers – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Time TBD – TNT

GAME 6*: Thursday – May 15 – Pacers @ Wizards – Verizon Center – Time TBD – ESPN

GAME 7*: Sunday – May 18th – Wizards @ Pacers – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Time TBD – TV TBD

*if necessary

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Portland Timbers (Saturday 10pm from Portland live on Comcast SportsNet); MLL: Long Island Lizards @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Tennis: ATP Tour Mutua Madrid Open (Tuesday-Sunday from Madrid live on Tennis Channel)

10. Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Towsontown Spring Festival (Saturday & Sunday Downtown Towson); Ocean City Springfest (Thursday-Sunday Ocean City Inlet); Kevin Nealon (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Kinetic Sculpture Race (Saturday American Visionary Art Museum); The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Walk of Shame” out in theaters (Friday); Legend of Hercules” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Kevin Nealon is such an underrated part of the greatness of the Chris Farley Chippendale’s sketch.

I could use some more Emma Stone in my life.

9. Against Me! (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), All Time Low (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Pop Evil (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Rob Zombie (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Sevendust (Friday 9:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Ledisi (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Kerfuffle feat. 311/SOJA/KONGOS/Cage The Elephant/J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Saturday 1:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ben Kweller (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Ozomatli (Monday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Iggy Azalea (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Black Label Society (Monday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); CHVRCHES (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Future Islands (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Nickel Creek (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Dave Grohl (Monday 8pm 9:30 Club); Three Dog Night (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere), Pat McGee Band (Saturday & Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); David Gray (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Saliva (Saturday 9pm Fish Head Cantina); Ray LaMontagne “Supernova”Old 97′s “Most Messed Up”Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots”Chris Robinson “Phosphorescent Harvest” and Johnnyswim “Diamonds” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Support our boys in All Time Low. They’re good boys.

Sometimes I forget how much I freaking love some Against Me tunes.

Would it be awkward for me to leave Kerfuffle hours early after J. Roddy???

Ozomatli is a damn fine way to celebrate Cinco.

(Continued on Page 2…)

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Ravens among top ten “smartest spenders” in all of sports according to Bloomberg

Posted on 24 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Rays Lead Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Smartest Spenders in Sports” 2014 Ranking

 

“Efficiency Index” ranks how well all 122 franchises in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB turned wages into wins over last five seasons

 

NEW YORK (April 24, 2014) – Today Bloomberg Businessweek released its Smartest Spenders in Sports 2014 ranking of all 122 franchises in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB, rating them based on how much they spent in player payroll for every win during the last five seasons. The NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks come in #1 thanks to their five playoff trips, two Stanley Cups, and placing 13th in spending. The Blackhawks are followed by MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals at #2, NHL’s Boston Bruins at #3, NFL’s New England Patriots at #4, and MLB’s Tampa Bay Rays at #5. Coming in last on the ranking at #122 is MLB’s Chicago Cubs, with an average five-year payroll of nearly $120 million and no post-season victories during that time. The Smartest Spenders in Sports is online now at businessweek.com at http://buswk.co/SmartSports2014, and will be in the new issue of the magazine on newsstands tomorrow, Friday, April 25, 2014.

 

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Ira Boudway and Evan Applegate compared each team against the average price per win in its league to produce a score called the “efficiency index”: The less a team spends compared to its peers, the lower its score. Playoff victories and championships get extra weight. Boudway is available for interviews as well.

 

Payroll data come from the best available published sources. Season records included for the NHL and NBA were from 2008-9 to 2012-13; records included for the NFL and MLB were from 2009-13. Playoff wins count for 10 percent of a season (e.g., 16.2 wins in baseball); Wild Card wins get half credit; Championships count for 50 percent of a season (81 wins in baseball).

 
Rounding out the top 10 teams on Bloomberg Businessweek’s Smartest Spenders in Sports 2014 ranking after the #1 Chicago Blackhawks (efficiency index: -1.59), St. #2 Louis Cardinals (ei: -1.55), #3 Boston Bruins (ei: -1.50), #4 New England Patriots (ei: -1.46) and #5 Tampa Bay Rays (ei: -1.43) are: #6 NBA’s Miami Heat (ei: -1.39), #7 NFL’s Baltimore Ravens (ei: -1.38), #8 NFL’s Green Bay Packers (ei: -1.38), #9 MLB’s San Francisco Giants, and #10 MLB’s Texas Rangers. Joining the Chicago Cubs (efficiency index: 2.61) in the bottom 10 least efficient spenders are #121 NHL’s Edmonton Oilers (ei: 2.21), #120 NBA’s Washington Wizards (ei: 2.17), #119 NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves (ei: 2.14), #118 MLB’s New York Mets (ei: 2.03), #117 NFL’s St. Louis Rams (ei: 2.02), #116 NFL’s Cleveland Browns (ei: 1.97), #115 NFL’s Washington Redskins (ei: 1.85), #114 NBA’s Sacramento Kings (ei: 1.60), #113 NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets (ei: 1.56) and #112 MLB’s Chicago White Sox (ei: 1.53).

 

An interactive version of the Smartest Spenders in Sports 2014 index is available on businessweek.com. Readers can sort the rankings by league and adjust the weights with their own values to see how the rankings change.

 

NOTABLE FINDINGS FROM BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK’S Smartest Spenders in Sports 2014:
By League:

 

MLB: Top team is the St. Louis Cardinals (#2); least efficient is the Chicago Cubs (#122)

NFL: Top team is the New England Patriots (#4); least efficient is the St. Louis Rams (#117)

NBA: Top team is the Miami Heat (#6); least efficient is the Washington Wizards (#120)

NHL: Top team is the Chicago Blackhawks (#1); least efficient is the Edmonton Oilers (#121)
By Market:
Boston: Three Boston area teams make the top 25 – The Bruins at #3, Patriots at #4, and Celtics at #23 – while the Red Sox come in at #86, due to their lost 2012 season.
ChicagoChicago teams claim the first and last spots on this year’s ranking – the Blackhawks are #1 and the Cubs are #122. The Bulls are #27, Bears are #57, and the White Sox are #112.
Los Angeles: The City of Angels sees the LA Kings at #13, Lakers at #18, Anaheim Ducks at #56, Clippers at #68, Dodgers at #80, and Angels at #102.

New York AreaNo New York area teams rank in the top 30, and five of the area’s nine teams rank in the bottom half of the list. The New York Giants are #32, New Jersey Devils are #43, New York Rangers are #47, New York Jets are #50, Knicks are #77, Islanders are #91, Yankees are #92, Brooklyn Nets are #98, and the Mets are #118.
Washington DC/ Baltimore: Washington is the only market to have two teams in the bottom 10 slots: The Redskins are #115 – and one of the three worst franchises in the NFL – and the Washington Wizards are #120. The Baltimore Ravens are #7, Washington Capitals are #30, Washington Nationals are #58, and the Baltimore Orioles are #70.

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How to be a Baltimore Sports Fan: Issue One

Posted on 23 April 2014 by Tony Wisniewski

Baltimore sports fans are irrational, unrealistic, unforgiving, and hard-to-fool.  Baltimore sports fans are unlike any other sports fans, because they’re–as Toyota used to say–”simply the best.”

Every Wednesday, over the next 40-years or so, I’m going to author a semi-regular feature entitled “How to be a Baltimore Sports Fan.”  The idea behind this stems back to a conversation I had with some college students during my time as an English professor at a local community college.

The conversation went something like this:

Me:  ”This season might be another ‘Why Not’ year.”

Student #1:  ”Why not what?”

Me:  The “Why Not” season in 1989; the year the O’s went from worst to ‘almost’ first.

Student #2:  I was born in 1992.

Me:  Don’t you know any Baltimore history?

Student #3:  Ain’t this English class?

Me:  It is.  But you’re clearly struggling with speaking the Queen’s language–and you’re from Baltimore.

Student #3:  How you know dat?

Me:  I can tell by your accent.  I’m from Dundalk.  I could pick out a Bal-murr accent halfway around the world in a room full of people screaming Chinese expletives.

Alas, it’s this conversation that has sparked this column.  Some people–local youth, sheltered stepchildren, non-local-Ivy-Leaguers-of-the-”local media”–need some help on understanding what it means to be a Baltimore sports fan.

Without further ado.

How to be a Baltimore Sports Fan…

#1 Be Irrational: Fire Dave Wallace and release the entire starting rotation.

Miguel Gonzalez went five-and-two-thirds last night.  Wei Yin Chen went five the night before.  Ubaldo Jimenez hurled five-and-a-third on Sunday.  All three pitchers topped the 100 pitch mark.  It’s impossible, yes impossible, to win more than you lose when your starting rotation consistently throws a full-game worth of pitches at the half-way point in the game.

Show me a team who has a rotation that consistently gives way in the 6th and I’ll show you a sub-.500 record.

Perhaps we’re starting to see why Dave Wallace has been away from the Major Leagues since 2007.  Even though he’s still been around baseball, you have to wonder if his tactics and his style are working, some seven years later.

Think about it, what were you doing seven years ago?  Me, I was finishing college and chasing girls around Canton and Fed Hill.  If my wife ditched me tomorrow and I jumped right back into the bar scene, I’d be as effective as water-logged firewood.

 

#2 Be Unrealistic: The Wizards are 2-0 in the NBA Playoffs, build an arena and give Baltimore the ball!

The Wizards look legit.

Down in the fourth-quarter of both games in Chicago, the Wiz–coincidentally, that’s my name too–have come out on top and carry a 2-0 series lead back to the Mid-Atlantic region–Baltimore sports fans refuse to use the word that describes the area in which Congress meets to discuss their vacation plans and fantasy football teams.

All this Wizards’ success means that Baltimore should definitely build a new arena and focus on attracting an NBA team.

 

#3 Be Unforgiving:  Jonathan Schoop doesn’t belong in the Big Leagues.

He can hit.  He’s got some talent.  But he doesn’t understand the game of baseball and desperately needs to return to a slower-pace at Norfolk.

 

#4 Be Hard-To-Fool:  The Ravens aren’t looking for character guys, they’re looking for cheap talent.

Like it or not, the Baltimore Ravens have shifted their focus.  There was a time when the organization steered clear of troubled players–think of all the receivers they passed on during a time when the roster was devoid of anyone with play-making ability.  Brandon Marshall was a head-case, Chad Ochocinco-Martinez-Wong-Abdullah-Kazamakos-Johnson-Smith was a jerk, and so on.

If the flirtation with Rolando McClain proved anything, it’s that the Ravens have given in when it comes to looking past a players’ off-the-field issues or personal flaws.

Maybe it’s just the state of the NFL and society, but if you told me that this organization would have allowed itself to be yo-yoed around and attached to the negative press that Rolando McClain created, I’d have bet you’d first see Peter Angelos doing the Wild Bill O-R-I-O-L-E-S cheer atop the Orioles’ dugout in game seven of the World Series.

 

#5 Be The Best:  Ubaldo Jimenez needs some love.

This Friday night, in Baltimore, Jimenez will make his fifth start as an Oriole.  It’ll come against a spry and aggressive Kansas City lineup.  He’s ranged from horrendous to decent thus far.  If you’re at the Yard on Friday night, get behind Baltimore’s $50Million man.  Give him some love.

But if he gets chased after giving up more than five runs in less than five innings, boo him like he’s the lovechild of Billy Cundiff and Mark Teixeira

 

 

 

 

 

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Bovada gives Wizards 17/10 odds to upset Bulls

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

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

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Championship     

Miami Heat                                2/1

San Antonio Spurs                    3/1

Oklahoma City Thunder              4/1

Indiana Pacers                          6/1

Los Angeles Clippers                9/1

Houston Rockets                      20/1

Brooklyn Nets                           25/1

Golden State Warriors               28/1

Chicago Bulls                            40/1

Portland Trailblazers                  40/1

Dallas Mavericks                       66/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     66/1

Toronto Raptors                        66/1

Washington Wizards                  150/1

Atlanta Hawks                           250/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     250/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Eastern Conference         

Miami Heat                                2/3

Indiana Pacers                          2/1

Brooklyn Nets                           9/1

Chicago Bulls                            12/1

Toronto Raptors                        20/1

Washington Wizards                  50/1

Charlotte Bobcats                     75/1

Atlanta Hawks                           100/1

 

Odds to win 2014 NBA Western Conference        

San Antonio Spurs                    3/2

Oklahoma City Thunder              2/1

Los Angeles Clippers               9/2

Houston Rockets                      9/1

Golden State Warriors               14/1

Portland Trailblazers                  18/1

Dallas Mavericks                       33/1

Memphis Grizzlies                     33/1

 

2014 NBA Championship Exact Matchup

Miami Heat vs San Antonio Spurs                      3/1

Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder                4/1

Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Clippers                  8/1

Miami Heat vs Houston Rockets                         14/1

Miami Heat vs Golden State Warriors                 22/1

Miami Heat vs Portland Trailblazers                    28/1

Miami Heat vs Dallas Mavericks                         50/1

Miami Heat vs Memphis Grizzlies                       50/1

Indiana Pacers vs San Antonio Spurs                 13/2

Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder           8/1

Indiana Pacers vs Los Angeles Clippers             14/1

Indiana Pacers vs Houston Rockets                   28/1

Indiana Pacers vs Golden State Warriors            40/1

Indiana Pacers vs Portland Trailblazers               50/1

Indiana Pacers vs Dallas Mavericks                    100/1

Indiana Pacers vs Memphis Grizzlies                  100/1

Brooklyn Nets vs San Antonio Spurs                  20/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Oklahoma City Thunder           25/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Los Angeles Clippers              50/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Houston Rockets                    75/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Golden State Warriors             100/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Portland Trailblazers                150/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Dallas Mavericks                     300/1

Brooklyn Nets vs Memphis Grizzlies                   300/1

Chicago Bulls vs San Antonio Spurs                  30/1

Chicago Bulls vs Oklahoma City Thunder            33/1

Chicago Bulls vs Los Angeles Clippers              66/1

Chicago Bulls vs Houston Rockets                    100/1

Chicago Bulls vs Golden State Warriors             175/1

Chicago Bulls vs Portland Trailblazers                200/1

Chicago Bulls vs Dallas Mavericks                     400/1

Chicago Bulls vs Memphis Grizzlies                   400/1

Toronto Raptors vs San Antonio Spurs               50/1

Toronto Raptors vs Oklahoma City Thunder        60/1

Toronto Raptors vs Los Angeles Clippers           100/1

Toronto Raptors vs Houston Rockets                 200/1

Toronto Raptors vs Golden State Warriors          300/1

Toronto Raptors vs Portland Trailblazers             350/1

Toronto Raptors vs Dallas Mavericks                 700/1

Toronto Raptors vs Memphis Grizzlies                700/1

Washington Wizards vs San Antonio Spurs        125/1

Washington Wizards vs Oklahoma City Thunder  150/1

Washington Wizards vs Los Angeles Clippers     275/1

Washington Wizards vs Houston Rockets           500/1

Washington Wizards vs Golden State Warriors    700/1

Washington Wizards vs Portland Trailblazers      900/1

Washington Wizards vs Dallas Mavericks           1500/1

Washington Wizards vs Memphis Grizzlies          1500/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs San Antonio Spurs            175/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Oklahoma City Thunder     225/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Los Angeles Clippers        400/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Houston Rockets              750/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Golden State Warriors       1000/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Portland Trailblazers          1250/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Dallas Mavericks               2000/1

Charlotte Bobcats vs Memphis Grizzlies             2000/1

Atlanta Hawks vs San Antonio Spurs                  250/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Oklahoma City Thunder           300/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Los Angeles Clippers              500/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Houston Rockets                    1000/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Golden State Warriors             1500/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Portland Trailblazers                1750/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Dallas Mavericks                    2000/1

Atlanta Hawks vs Memphis Grizzlies                   2000/1

 

NBA SERIES PRICES

Atlanta Hawks (Series Prices)                 +425     (17/4)

Indiana Pacers (Series Prices)                -650     (2/13)

 

Charlotte Bobcats (Series Price)             +1000   (10/1)

Miami Heat (Series Price)                       -2500   (1/25)

 

Brooklyn Nets (Series Prices)                 -160     (5/8)

Toronto Raptors (Series Prices)             +140     (7/5)

 

Washington Wizards (Series Prices)       +170     (17/10)

Chicago Bulls (Series Prices)                 -200     (1/2)

 

Dallas Mavericks (Series Prices)            +550     (11/2)

San Antonio Spurs (Series Prices)          -900     (1/9)

 

Memphis Grizzlies (Series Prices)           +300     (3/1)

Oklahoma City Thunder (Series Prices)   -420     (5/21)

 

Golden State Warriors (Series Prices)     +300     (3/1)

Los Angeles Clippers (Series Prices)      -400     (1/4)

 

Portland Trail Blazers (Series Prices)      +180     (9/5)

Houston Rockets (Series Prices)            – 220     (5/11)

 

 

Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers

Atlanta Hawks (Series Prices)                 +425     (17/4)

Indiana Pacers (Series Prices)                -650     (2/13)

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Exact Series Result           

Indiana Pacers win 4-0               4/1

Indiana Pacers win 4-1               3/2

Indiana Pacers win 4-2               4/1

Indiana Pacers win 4-3               19/4

Atlanta Hawks win 4-0                66/1

Atlanta Hawks win 4-1                33/1

Atlanta Hawks win 4-2                12/1

Atlanta Hawks win 4-3                16/1

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Total Games in Series       

4                      7/2

5                      3/2

6                      3/1

7                      7/2

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Paul George        

Over/Under                               22

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Paul George  

Over/Under                               7

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – David West          

Over/Under                               15

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – David West    

Over/Under                               7

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Lance Stephenson          

Over/Under                               14

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Lance Stephenson    

Over/Under                               7

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – George Hill         

Over/Under                               10½

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Paul Millsap        

Over/Under                               17

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Paul Millsap  

Over/Under                               8

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Jeff Teague         

Over/Under                               15½

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Jeff Teague        

Over/Under                               6

 

Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kyle Korver         

Over/Under                               11

 

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat

Charlotte Bobcats (Series Price)             +1000   (10/1)

Miami Heat (Series Price)                       -2500   (1/25)

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Total Games in Series

4                      3/2

5                      3/2

6                      5/1

7                      7/1

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – LeBron James

Over/Under                               28

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – LeBron James           

Over/Under                               7½

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Assists Per Game – LeBron James   

Over/Under                               7

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Dwyane Wade     

Over/Under                               19

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Chris Bosh          

Over/Under                               16

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Chris Bosh    

Over/Under                               6½

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Mario Chalmers  

Over/Under                               10

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Al Jefferson        

Over/Under                               23

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Al Jefferson   

Over/Under                               10½

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kemba Walker     

Over/Under                               17½

 

Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Bobcats – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Kemba Walker   

Over/Under                               6

 

Brooklyn Nets vs. Toronto Raptors

Brooklyn Nets (Series Prices)                 -160     (5/8)

Toronto Raptors (Series Prices)             +140     (7/5)

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Exact Series Result         

Toronto win 4-0                         14/1

Toronto win 4-1                         11/2

Toronto win 4-2                         9/2

Toronto win 4-3                         9/2

Brooklyn Nets win 4-0                12/1

Brooklyn Nets win 4-1                11/2

Brooklyn Nets win 4-2                4/1

Brooklyn Nets win 4-3                4/1

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Total Games in Series    

4                      6/1

5                      5/2

6                      2/1

7                      2/1

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – DeMar DeRozan

Over/Under                               24

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kyle Lowry       

Over/Under                               19

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Kyle Lowry      

Over/Under                               7½

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Jonas Valanciunas       

Over/Under                               12½

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Jonas Valanciunas  

Over/Under                               9

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Terrence Ross

Over/Under                               12

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Joe Johnson     

Over/Under                               16½

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Deron Williams 

Over/Under                               17

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Deron Williams

Over/Under                               6

 

Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets – Average First Round Points Per Game – Paul Pierce       

Over/Under                               14½

 

Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls

Washington Wizards (Series Prices)       +170     (17/10)

Chicago Bulls (Series Prices)                 -200     (1/2)

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Total Games in Series          

4                      6/1

5                      5/2

6                      2/1

7                      2/1

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Jimmy Butler         

Over/Under                               14

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Joakim Noah          

Over/Under                               13½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Joakim Noah    

Over/Under                               11½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Joakim Noah    

Over/Under                               6.5

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Taj Gibson 

Over/Under                               13

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Carlos Boozer        

Over/Under                               12½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Carlos Boozer  

Over/Under                               8

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Mike Dunleavy       

Over/Under                               12

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – John Wall  

Over/Under                               20½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Assists Per Game – John Wall

Over/Under                               8

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Bradley Beal          

Over/Under                               16½

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Points Per Game – Marcin Gortat         

Over/Under                               13

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Marcin Gortat

Over/Under                               9

 

Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs

Dallas Mavericks (Series Prices)            +550     (11/2)

San Antonio Spurs (Series Prices)          -900     (1/9)

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Exact Series Result

San Antonio Spurs win 4-0                     11/4

San Antonio Spurs win 4-1                     3/2

San Antonio Spurs win 4-2                     7/2

San Antonio Spurs win 4-3                     6/1

Dallas Mavericks win 4-0                        100/1

Dallas Mavericks win 4-1                        50/1

Dallas Mavericks win 4-2                        12/1

Dallas Mavericks win 4-3                        16/1

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Total Games in Series        

4                      5/2

5                      3/2

6                      7/2

7                      9/2

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Tony Parker         

Over/Under                               17½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Tim Duncan         

Over/Under                               16

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Tim Duncan    

Over/Under                               10

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kawhi Leonard     

Over/Under                               13½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Kawhi Leonard           

Over/Under                               6½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Manu Ginobili      

Over/Under                               12½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Dirk Nowitzki        

Over/Under                               22

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Dirk Nowitzki  

Over/Under                               6½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Monta Ellis           

Over/Under                               18½

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Monta Ellis         

Over/Under                               5

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Vince Carter         

Over/Under                               12

 

San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Average First Round Points Per Game – Jose Calderon      

Over/Under                               11

 

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

Memphis Grizzlies (Series Prices)                       +300     (3/1)

Oklahoma City Thunder (Series Prices)               -420     (5/21)

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Exact Series Result  

Oklahoma City Thunder win 4-0              9/2

Oklahoma City Thunder win 4-1              2/1

Oklahoma City Thunder win 4-2              13/4

Oklahoma City Thunder win 4-3              4/1

Memphis Grizzlies win 4-0                      66/1

Memphis Grizzlies win 4-1                      33/1

Memphis Grizzlies win 4-2                      7/1

Memphis Grizzlies win 4-3                      12/1

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Total Games in Series          

4                      4/1

5                      9/5

6                      5/2

7                      11/4

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Kevin Durant          

Over/Under                               32½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Kevin Durant    

Over/Under                               7

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Russell Westbrook 

Over/Under                               21½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Kevin Durant         

Over/Under                               5.5

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Russell Westbrook

Over/Under                               7

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Serge Ibaka

Over/Under                               15

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Serge Ibaka      

Over/Under                               8½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Zach Randolph      

Over/Under                               18½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Zach Randolph 

Over/Under                               10

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Mike Conley           

Over/Under                               16½

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Mike Conley          

Over/Under                               6

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Points Per Game – Marc Gasol

Over/Under                               15

 

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Marc Gasol       

Over/Under                               8

 

Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Golden State Warriors (Series Prices)                 +300     (3/1)

Los Angeles Clippers (Series Prices)                  -400     (1/4)

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Exact Series Result

Los Angeles Clippers win 4-0                 11/2

Los Angeles Clippers win 4-1                 2/1

Los Angeles Clippers win 4-2                 4/1

Los Angeles Clippers win 4-3                 7/2

Golden State Warriors win 4-0                40/1

Golden State Warriors win 4-1                20/1

Golden State Warriors win 4-2                6/1

Golden State Warriors win 4-3                12/1

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Total Games in Series        

4                      4/1

5                      2/1

6                      5/2

7                      5/2

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – Blake Griffin         

Over/Under                               24½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Blake Griffin   

Over/Under                               9½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – Chris Paul

Over/Under                               18½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Chris Paul           

Over/Under                               10½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – J.J. Redick           

Over/Under                               15½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – DeAndre Jordan   

Over/Under                               11

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – DeAndre Jordan           

Over/Under                               13½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – Stephen Curry      

Over/Under                               25

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Assists Per Game – Stephen Curry     

Over/Under                               8

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – David Lee 

Over/Under                               18½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – David Lee       

Over/Under                               9½

 

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors – Average First Round Points Per Game – Klay Thompson    

Over/Under                               18

 

Portland Trailblazers vs. Houston Rockets

Portland Trail Blazers (Series Prices)                  +180     (9/5)

Houston Rockets (Series Prices)                        – 220     (5/11)

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Exact Series Result

Houston Rockets win 4-0                       13/2

Houston Rockets win 4-1                       4/1

Houston Rockets win 4-2                       3/1

Houston Rockets win 4-3                       5/1

Portland Trailblazers win 4-0                   20/1

Portland Trailblazers win 4-1                   10/1

Portland Trailblazers win 4-2                   6/1

Portland Trailblazers win 4-3                   5/1

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Total Games in Series   

4                      4/1

5                      3/1

6                      2/1

7                      2/1

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – James Harden  

Over/Under                               26½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Assists Per Game – James Harden

Over/Under                               6

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Dwight Howard

Over/Under                               18½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – Dwight Howard      

Over/Under                               12½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Chandler Parsons        

Over/Under                               16½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – LaMarcus Aldridge      

Over/Under                               23½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Rebounds Per Game – LaMarcus Aldridge 

Over/Under                               10½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Damian Lillard 

Over/Under                               20½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Wesley Matthews         

Over/Under                               16½

 

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers – Average First Round Points Per Game – Nicolas Batum 

Over/Under                               14

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Columbus Crew (Saturday 7:30pm from Columbus live on MLS Direct Kick); Tennis: ATP Tour Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (Tuesday-Friday 6am Saturday 7:30am Sunday 9am from Monte-Carlo live on Tennis Channel)

10. PEEPShow (Tuesday-Monday Carroll Arts Center); Spring Football Festival (Saturday 12pm McHenry Row); The Gathering: Food Trucks Rally (Friday Baltimore Museum of Industry); Baltimore Green Week (Saturday-Monday throughout Charm City); “Transcendence” out in theaters (Friday); Philomena“, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“, “The Nut Job” and “Ride Along” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Here’s your annual reminder that there’s only one thing that matters on Easter (despite the fact that Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs and Staburst Jelly Beans are the vastly superior Easter candies)…

Yes, it’s Cadbury Creme Eggs Benedict and it’s more important than anything else.

9. Pat Green (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Alter Bridge (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Eric Hutchinson/Saints of Valory (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Charm City Devils (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Keller Williams (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); French Montana (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Saturday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Cloud Nothings (Wednesday 8pm Black Cat), Andrew WK (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Stephen Marley (Thursday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Local H (Saturday 6:30pm DC9); NEEDTOBREATHE “Rivers In The Wasteland”, Nas “Illmatic XX” and Sevendust “Time Travelers & Bonfires” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I enjoy the work of Eric Hutchinson, friends.

I also enjoy the work of Saints of Valory.

I’m not particularly witty this evening. I’m just going to say “Charm City Devils” and we can move forward.

And here’s a tune from the new NEEDTOBREATHE record. Let’s all move forward from here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n1oH9q4vgc

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Bobcats Drop Wizards in OT, Crucial Loss for Wiz

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Bobcats Drop Wizards in OT, Crucial Loss for Wiz

Posted on 10 April 2014 by Nick Dorsey

 

The Wizards were back in action at the Verizon Center against the Charlotte Bobcats last night. This game had huge implications for the NBA playoff seedings and the Wizards were looking to rebound after a tough loss to the Bulls over the past weekend.

Washington had a horrendous first half in a matchup that was essentially a playoff game. John Wall struggled early as he was turning the ball over often and failed to penetrate the defense. The Bobcats were getting easy baskets in the paint led by the good guard play of Kemba Walker.

The Bobcats entered the third quarter with a 13-point lead and that’s when the Wizards began to find their groove. John Wall led the way in a 14-2 scoring run to open the third quarter and the Wizards were right back in it.

The fourth quarter was back and forth and the Wizards finally gained the lead with just over five minutes to play. Kemba Walker hit a big three to tie the game at 83 and Wall hit a jumper on the other end with just over 50 seconds to play. Washington had possession with a tied game and just 17 seconds left and coach Wittman took a timeout.

Marcin Gortat finished a nice feed from John Wall to take a two-point lead with just 9 seconds left. Al Jefferson was found down low on the other end, wide open for a layup to tie it with just second’s left. Gortat mentioned after the game he did not want to foul and give Jefferson a chance at a 3-point play to win the game.

The Wizards were abysmal in overtime as they only scored one point and fell to the Bobcats 94-88. With the opportunity squandered, the race is now on with just four games left in the regular season. The two teams are now tied with a 40-38 record and the Cats hold the tiebreaker. The Bobcats have two games at home remaining against the 76ers and Bulls and road games against the Celtics and Hawks.

With how the standings shake up after last nights round of games the Wizards are set to face the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat. It is imperative that Washington finishes strong down the stretch so they can still get a shot at the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Here are more of my thoughts from last night’s game:

- Trevor Booker was a big-time spark player for the Wizards last night and Wall credited Booker postgame for being the sole reason they still had a chance to be in the game after the first half. He was active on both ends of the floor and his prescence was felt defensively as he finished with five blocks.

- Wall struggled early on, but as he turned it on early in the second half the rest of the team followed. He finally was able to get through the interior of the defense and make plays for his big men. Wall registered his third triple double of his career ( 14 pts 12 reb 11 ast) his last triple double came against the Celtics this past January.

- Washington is the second best three point shooting team in the NBA behind the Spurs and have four players that have made over 100 three pointers this season. It was difficult to watch the solid three point shooting squad shoot just 1-15 from long range. Wall did mention after the game your not going to win any games shooting from downtown like that, especially when your first three comes in the fourth quarter.

- Marcin Gortat was a force on the inside once again and keeps showing he was quite the acquisition this past offseason. Gortat finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds which makes up for his 34th double-double this season. Antawn Jamison was the last Wizards player to have over 34 double-doubles in season when he had 38 during the 2008-09 season.

- Nene was back in action for the first time since his injury against Cleveland this past February. He was certainly rusty at first, but he eventually started to find his groove. After the game, Nene mentioned the staff said he looked good throughout the game so his minutes per game will be something to monitor the rest of the way.

- Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza were the players on the floor who struggled the most tonight. Beal finished with just 8 points and was 4-15 from the field. Trevor Ariza was 0-6 on the night and failed to score one point. If Beal and Ariza go for a combined 4-21 from the field in a game, the Wizards chances of winning will never be good.

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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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