TOPSY-TURVY START TO MLB FOR 2019

MLB LOGONow hold on a minute. That’s not the way it was supposed to go.  Early MLB Power Rankings had the Yankees, the Red Sox and the Astros at the top of the heap. After just 5 games, Boston has only racked up one win, the Yankees lost 2 of 3 to the lowly Orioles and Houston has already lost 3 of their 5 games.  What’s going on?

Obviously it’s way too early to draw any lasting conclusions to these wacky opening series of games.  We still have 140 something games to go!  However, it is a bit puzzling how things could start off so upside down.

Recalling last season, the Dodgers started off 16-26 and spirits were lower that Chavez ravine. They ended up 92-71 and won the National League pennant.

Meanwhile, the New York Mets got off to a great 11-1 start and ended up winning only 71 games and losing 85.  So let’s not put too much stock in the first few of weeks of major league baseball action.

What did get every ones attention was the Dodgers dropping four straight games to the Cardinals in St. Louis.  The Dodgers’ prolific offense sputtered almost to a halt and the expected excellence of the rotation never really solidified as Los Angeles got swept for the first time this year.

Not a lot of bettors wagered for that to happen, especially after the Cardinals had just been beaten 3 out of 4 games by the Milwaukee Brewers.  But that’s baseball and obviously we are off on another totally unpredictable MLB season.

The poor Yankees are in a hospital zone early on this year.  In mid April they have 12 players on the IL (formally the DL).  The latest causality is catcher Gary Sanchez who is now out with a left calf strain, which, for a catcher, is a shut down injury.

No one had any optimistic projections for the Mariners, but here they sit at 13-2. This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Seattle baseball, but someone forgot to tell the Mariners.

The Houston Astros were predicted to be a powerhouse in the American League West, but, 15 games into the season, the Astros trail division leading Seattle by 4 games.

Las Vegas oddsmakers still show the Astros having an 83% chance to reach the post season while the Mariners are only at 54%.  But it’s a long season with lots of great baseball games left to play.  Anything can happen before September rolls around again, so enjoy the ride!

MODERN SOFTWARE MAKES BOOKMAKING EASY

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Modern online betting services present easy to understand, user friendly software that gets them onto the wagering interfaces quickly and allows them to place their wagers with a minimum of time and effort.

The bookie reporting software page will provide you the bookmaker with all of your record keeping information in real time so as to eliminate the need to carry around that incriminating ‘little black book’.  A really good Pay Per Head Service will offer a multitude of reporting options for you to choose from depending on how you like to run you business.

If a quick overall view is all that you are looking for, the reports will be there for you. If you prefer to micro-manage your business, those options are also available for you. Modern betting software even allows an agent to move his own lines be they sides, totals or money lines. You can even hide whole games as well as the sides, totals and money lines and then put them up whenever it suits you best. In short, becoming a bookie has never been easier.

For your players, today’s expanded mobile options allow them an even faster connection to the betting page. The wagering software employed today cuts directly to the wagering platform, with no buzzers, bells, ads or distractions.

Today’s savvy bookie will always have a good personal contact to back up all of that cutting edge sports betting software. The best pay per head sportsbook providers will always have a friendly and knowledgeable personnel available to you or your players to speak with directly in English should the need arise as part of their online betting service.

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THE LAKERS LOSE THEIR MAGIC

magic j 2The man whom most people thought of as the very heart of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team has thrown in the towel at a non-scheduled press conference before the Lakers last game of the season with the Portland Trail Blazers.  Apparently Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson told no one about his decision to leave the legendary Los Angeles basketball team, not even team owner Jeanie Buss or LeBron James, whom Johnson himself recruited to the Lakers team.

Citing one of the best reasons ever for giving up the presidency of the Lakers, Magic simply stated that ‘it was not fun anymore’.  Actually he said, “Tomorrow, I’d have to affect somebody’s livelihood and life. That’s not fun for me.  That’s not who I am”.  Anyone familiar with Magic Johnson could have told you that.

Anyone who saw Magic at the services honoring the late Jerry Buss heard the former NBA All Star pour out his heart recalling stories of himself with Mr. Buss.  The relationship between the Buss family and Earvin Johnson runs deep.  It must have been very difficult for him to resign as he did.

Apparently there has existed a rift between Johnson and current Laker head coach Luke Walton, who is himself a former power forward for the LA Lakers, winning two NBA Championships in 2009 & 2010. Luke’s father is two time NBA All Star Bill Walton.

At just 39 years old, Luke Walton is one of the youngest head coaches in the NBA.  He is also one of the most successful in recent years moving from the interim head coach for the Golden State Warriors to the coveted position of head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Whatever the friction was or is between Walton and Magic, it must be pretty heavy to cause Johnson to walk away like this.  Magic told the press that he is sick of tampering rules, he’s tired of the “backstabbing” and also said the he ‘didn’t want to disappoint Jeanie by firing Luke’.  That’s about as direct an indicator as Magic would say that day.

When someone at the impromptu press conference asked Johnson if he had told Jeanie Buss about his decision, Magic got misty and said, “No I haven’t.  I couldn’t.  I could not stand to tell her.  But the one thing she had in me was somebody she could trust and was loyal to her”.

Obviously the affection goes both ways as Ms. Buss responded in kind, “Earvin, I loved working side by side with you.  You’ve brought us a long way.  We will continue the journey.  We love you”.

This off season will be huge for the Los Angeles Lakers.  LA fans wait with baited breath to see how the organization will move forward without their Magic.

A TRADITION UNLIKE ANY OTHER

masters 2Every golfer on the planet, no matter his or her skill level, dreams of one day playing a round or two of golf at the Augusta National course in Georgia. It is, to many players and fans, golfing Mecca.  The course is an awe inspiring and beautiful setting for one of the world’s greatest sporting events, the PGA Masters Tournament.

This year the greatest players in the game are all primed and ready to take on the challenge of the Augusta National course with its narrow tree lined fairways and those perfectly manicured greens that seem to get quicker and slicker with each passing year.  It’s pretty much every golfers ideal dream golf course.

Tiger Woods will be there.  He has only won the Masters four times. Woods has shown signs of returning to his winning ways this season with huge crowds following him around every time he swings a club.  That must be both exciting and a bit maddening, especially for a guy who named his boat ‘Privacy’.  But he hangs in there, pitching and putting with the best of them and is currently listed as one of the top favorites to win the 2019 Masters with odds of 14-1.

Oddly enough, excuse the pun, Rory McElroy, who has never won at Augusta, is listed as the favorite this year at 7-1 with Dustin Johnston at 10-1 and Justin Rose at 12-1 rounding out the top four at this point.

Rory took home a fat first place prize from the Players Championship back in mid March. The $12,500,000 purse at TPC Sawgrass yielded almost $2,000,000 to McElroy. Not bad for four days work.

As we have seen so many times before, golf is a game where any of the top players, and sometimes an unknown, can ‘get hot’ on any given day and pull away from the field while the rest just watch and wonder.  That’s why PGA Golf is such a difficult sport to wager on and such a fascinating sport to watch. You just never know who is going to have the hot putter that day.

Jordan Spieth won at Augusta in 2015 when he was only 22 years old.  He also won the U.S. Open and came in second for the PGA Championship that year.  Although Jordan has been in a bit of a slump of late, he is still listed at 20-1 and a lot of folks would like to see him make a run at The Masters and another Green Jacket this year.

One of the most interesting new players showing up this season has been Bryson DeChambeau, the guy who wears the funny hat.  Bryson and his team have broken down the game of golf into a scientific study like no one else on the course, and he has had quite a lot of success with his cutting edge methodology.  DeChambeau is also listed at 20-1 along with Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood.  The field is tight.

All of the ‘big boys’ will be there at Augusta this year.  We will be treated to four beautiful days of championship golf on one of the worlds’ most beautiful venues featuring those guys plus Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka, Rickey Fowler, Jon Rahm and Jason Day among others. It should be a good one. Enjoy!

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