The Good, the Mad and the Ugly: 2/16/20

The Good
Man, Curb Your Enthusiasm is so damn good this season. If you don’t want Curb, it’s like an unfiltered and R-rated version of Seinfeld. Larry David is not holding back any punches this season as he deals with the Me Too phenomenon and opens up a spite store because he gets some cold coffee.
Also good, the quality of dunks we got out of Aaron Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. last night in the dunk contest. I gotta say I was certain that Gordon was going to win this one but Jones Jr put up some amazing dunks. I was a little bothered that his former teammate Dwayne Wade was a judge but Gordon’s attempt at jumping over Tacko Fall was a little short so I can’t argue with the dunk off results here.

What I think could make the dunk contest better is have non-NBA players involved. I saw one dunk from a Harlem Globetrotter recently that was ridiculous. So basically have an online dunk off with 3 finalists chosen based on Twitter votes. Bring them in on Friday to dunk before the shooting stars game. And the winner of that gets a spot on Saturday to take on 3 NBA players. That would make things really interesting.

Some good shit here.

The Mad
The Astros cheating scandal took an interesting turn this week when the owner of the Astros came out and nonchalantly shrugged off the cheating. Would have Houston won in 2017 without cheating? I think so. They were still a damn good team. But the Nationals knew they were cheating and created a system to break their code. And they ended up winning the World Series. 

But the thing that has me mad in this is that some pitchers will want to throw at some Houston players this season and they will get suspended for it. So MLB will end up further protecting cheaters. Manfred didn’t have the balls to go after the players and instead, a manager and gm became the fall guys. It’s the equivalent of putting away street corner drug dealers and giving a pass to the drug lords. MLB took the easy way out and now they will further fucking protect these cheaters.

Listen, I’m fine with retribution from pitchers but there’s risk there. A good plunk in the leg or back is fine. But a fastball to the hand or face could be devastating. So I don’t want to encourage more pitchers doing this but for those who do I think they should get a pass on their first offense this season as long as it’s not a dangerous hit by pitch. 

Let each of the remaining 2017 Astros hitters get pegged in the leg at least once this year. And we can call our version of an MLB code red.

Some happy motherfuckers here.

The Ugly
Could start off with my Saturday hockey picks. I went 0-3 as the Blackhawks dropped 8 goals on the Flames last night and the Islanders and Capitals both shit the beds too.

But the Ugly happened yesterday in Colorado as fans were stuck in hours of traffic to get to the Avalanche game at Falcon Stadium. This is just ridiculous. When leagues plan for these types of special games their needs to be an analysis of whether it’s feasible or not. We’ve seen this shit before in other leagues. Good intentions aren’t always enough. 

Traffic, traffic, looking for my chapstick.

Today’s Board
Looking at today’s games in the NHL I am seeing a few I like.

Blue Jackets at Devils
Blue Jackets are mired in a huge losing streak and head to NJ where the Devils have played decently at recently. Money and public are on Columbus and line is getting better. I’ll bet my home team and take the Devils +123.

Blackhawks at Jets
The Jets have lost 2 in a row both at home and face a Blackhawks team that might still be scoring goals from last nights game. But I’m going to bet the Jets here and regret it tomorrow.

Other Games
• No value in taking Detroit +367 over Pittsburgh today
• I might like the Rangers today if Shesterkin starts. They have won 4 in a row and even against the mighty Bruins them as a home dog right now seems right.
• Money is all over Carolina and getting worse for them. Seems like Vegas wants you on Edmonton. I would avoid that one.
• St. Louis is slumping but will get out of it. Could be nice to get them at a slight plus line today but it’s trappish. Money is all over them and line getting better.

The Good, the Mad and the Ugly: vol. 4

The Good
Zach LaVine got benched for playing allegedly shitty defense and I thought he might disengage from his head coach. Instead the dude dropped 49 and hit the game winner Saturday night over the Bobcats, er, Hornets. LaVine hit 13 three pointers joining an elite group of guys who have done that: Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

Also good? OKC against the spread. They are 10-5 on the season ATS and covered twice as dogs against the mighty Lakers this week.

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The Mad
Where to begin? How about the Pelicans storming back from 20 down against the to get it to within 4 with with 39 seconds left. They ended up losing by 8 with free throws by the Jazz. I had New Orleans +7.5. Goddamn.

Also on Saturday night I had a nice value play going in the NHL. Minnesota was winning 4-2 with 2 minutes left in the game. The payout was +187. They lost 5-4 in OT.

This guy might have been in goal on Saturday night for the Wild.

The Ugly
Should I start off with my bets on the Flames this week? They lost 6-0 to Vegas and then 5-0 to the Blues. Moratorium on the Flames!

In the NBA my ugly was Memphis -6 on Tuesday against the Warriors. They didn’t cover. In fact they didn’t win. They lost. By 19…

Uglier? Kemba Walker’s scary injury on Friday night. It seems like he’s got some concussion issues but he avoided a neck injury. He’s a damn good player and just a nice guy. I hope he’s back soon and helping the Celtics continue their winning ways.

Ugliest? My 0-6 record in the NFL week capped off by an absolute shitshow by my Rams on Monday night…

Saw a lot of this on Monday night.

The Good, the Mad and the Ugly: vol. 3

The Good
My NHL picks continue to be good. Since Halloween, I am 20-10. I’ve jumped into the black for the first time this year. Also good? Tool. I first saw them live back in 1998. Two decades later and I am still floored by both their music and their live performance.

Fun fact is that Tool drummer Danny Carey is a huge Lakers fan. I still like him despite that.

The Mad
I could easily write an essay on the sham that was the NFL giving Colin Kaepernick a workout on Saturday. A last minute, slapped together tryout on a Saturday as teams are traveling and preparing for a game that requires a last minute waiver, no visibility into the teams and personnel attending and no media coverage sounds exactly like a Roger Goodell “cover our ass” bullshit maneuver. But there’s better people in the world who can explain this clusterfuck so instead I’ll focus on not cleaning up after your dog on a walk.

For those of you who access our NFL Patreon exclusive show you heard me interject as I did play-by-play of a dog taking a giant shit while is owner nonchalantly walks away leaving it to be stepped in. That’s just fucked up, dude. Dante described a layer of Hell dedicated to dookie deserters like yourself and it consists of a continuous loop of Browns football games over the last 30 years with a soundtrack of original songs by the Spin Doctors.

So yeah, there are at least 85 QBs in the NFL better than this guy?

The Ugly
Overall my NBA betting has been ugly. I was 10-10 this past week but I had some big misses. Let’s looks at Saturday when I took the Minnesota +1.5 over Houston. The result? The Rockets won by 20. On Wednesday I took Golden State +12 against the Lakers. LA won by 26. And for good measure here’s a couple others I sucked at: Portland -2 (lost by 8 to the Kings), Mavs -7.5 (lost by 3 to the Knicks) and Detroit -3.5 (lost by 3 to Charlotte). I’m off to a slow start so my suggestion is to fade me for now in NBA until I can get some consistency going.

I can’t figure out the Knicks. Or any NBA team just yet.

The Good, the Mad and the Ugly: vol. 2

The Good
Well, there wasn’t much good for me this week. It was an overall down week for me on all sports. But I had some glimmers of success again in the NHL centered around betting on the Washington Capitals. They are hot right now and won me two games this past week.

Also good? Lamar Jackson. Jesus this guy looks legit. After dismantling the Bungles with a perfect passer rating, he’s got the inside track to MVP.

I’ll also throw my Saturday night concert under good. Went to go see Slayer’s “farewell” tour and it was badass. Phil Anselmo played a full Pantera set and then Ministry and Primus both did greatest hits collections. Amazing stuff.

The mad man got drunk while listening to some metal. He then went on to make horrible NFL picks.

The Mad
While I was rocking out to Slayer the Celtics went into San Antonio and stomped the Spurs. But in their win they lost Gordon Hayward with a broken hand. It’s his non shooting hand and he might not miss a ton of time. But goddamn! This poor fucker finally looks like the All Star he was (and even better) and this shit happens. What a fucking shame.

And like that, poof! The Celtics hot start will be tested.

The Ugly
The ugly could have been me after the Slayer show. I drank way too much beer. For those of you who listen to the NFL Patreon show, you heard me struggle through that episode.

But no.

My ugly is NBA this past week. I was 5-9-2 and had some terrible whiffs. Memphis +7.5 on Friday was an awful one. They lost to the Magic by 32. The Bulls +6.5 on Saturday was another bad play. But they only lost by 23.

Or maybe my ugly goes to the NFL who also took my money this week. My 0-5-1 in NFL betting this week headlined by the Giants losing to the Jets. What the fuck was I thinking betting on that game? Why didn’t Arch try to stop me? I blame the beer and hangover.

The battle over mediocrity in New Jersey goes to the Jets.

The Good, the Mad and the Ugly: vol. 1

Hey everyone, Mad Max here. Since my voice has been silenced on the show lately I felt the need to put on paper some additional thoughts for the week. Welcome to the first edition of the Good, the Mad and the Ugly.

The Good
NHL has been an experiment for me this season. I had some success in the NHL playoffs last season until the Islanders decided they were done with the whole winning games thing. So I started some light NHL betting and have had mixed results. Recently though? I’ve won 8 of my last 10 NHL bets. My favorite game this past week was the aforementioned Islanders +105 on Friday over the Tampa Bay Lightning. I loved that game and nailed it. Also, Saturday’s match-up of the Canucks and Sharks was clearly a trap and I bet against it. Hit that at +125.

Don’t believe me? Download and listen to every episode.

The Mad
As good as I did in the NHL this week one game haunts me. I picked the Predators over the Flames on Thursday night and was feeling good going into the 3rd period with Nashville up 4-1. Before I knew it, it was 4-4 and then 5-5. The Flames ended up winning in OT. It was ugly but not as ugly as…

The Ugly
…Wednesday night’s matchup of the Timberwolves and Sixers was memorable because Karl Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid got into a slap fight. Ben Simmons put the camel clutch on KAT and he could t get to the ropes so had to submit. But that’s not what makes me mad. I had the T-Wolves in that game +7 and they got beaten by 22. It was my worst loss of the week (even edging out my over confidence with the Celtics over the Knicks).

The Iron Sheik would be proud.