Disturbing Trend: A Growing Pandemic facing Men Aged 10 to 80 in Sports Bars

There is a real issue facing American Men aged 10 to 80 and it isn’t ISIS, Ebola, Heart Failure or Prostate Cancer.  It may not even be on the CDC radar but it tops my list at number 1.  The biggest issue facing American Men is the growing trend of Soccer being overplayed and overvalued at our local sports bars, and it’s ripping our very souls from us.  (see my full rankings below story)

It was a cold wet night on the East Coast when I decided to see firsthand how this pandemic has crippled a otherwise unknowing society.  I walked into a local Buffalo Wild Wings where all seemed well.  There were the usual kids playing Pop-A-Shot or Deer Hunter while waiting for their parents to finish their 4th drink so they could leave.  I also noticed many kids playing on tablets while their parents ate ungodly amounts of overpriced wings.  I didn’t really think anything out of the ordinary was going on until I surveyed the area a bit further and found that 5 out of the 8 projectors in the building were playing Soccer and that no one was upset by this.  This wasn’t the Wold Cup or Olympic Soccer…heck it wasn’t even the girly Premier League that NBC has been trying unsuccessfully to push on us…it was meaningless third world country Double A type soccer.  My Knees almost buckled at that moment.  Luckily I was sitting my Fat American Ass on a bar stool or that could have been ugly.

There used to be a pride with this country, that we would help our sick and poor…those who couldn’t fight back we would stand up for.  The country I knew growing up had standards and ideals, we didn’t just allow people to get away with things.  I sat there watching all of these American Males not do anything about meaningless soccer being displayed on the beautiful gifts China gave us (known as Projectors and Big Screen TV’s).  There isn’t enough SMDH’s in the world to express my anguish that night.

There are certain points in life where you pick a cause that you have to stand up for.  Some people pick Gay Marriage, Marijuana Legalization, Equal Pay, fighting Cancer or Ebola…well I’m picking a fight far less important than those but it’s still important.  The cause I’m choosing to stand up for is M.A.V.S., or Men Against Viewing Soccer.

I’ll keep you updated on my journey.

Hole’s Rankings of issues facing Men in America that the CDC missed

  1. Soccer being played in sports bars outside of the Legal every 2 year allowance during World Cup or Olympics
  2. Beer price inflation. (Getting 18 beers in a case rather than the old 20 while price stays same or goes up)
  3. Colonoscopy visits
  4. Gender friendly Baby Showers
  5. Any Event during a major sporting event where there is no television
  6. The Yumbo
  7. Dogs
  8. Standard Definition Television
  9. Getting warm food at Sonic. That shit always gets cold so fast.  Sonic should really rethink their business mission, they could provide that service to do some good, like keeping my beer colder for longer.
  10. Skip Bayless

Daily Basketball – Cheap Fanduel picks for November 1st

Rough day yesterday for my cheap picks but some played well, like Donald Sloan.

Here are my picks for todays (November 1st) stacked amount of games:

Donald Sloan ($4,700): Still cheap and still one of the only options.  Back to back solid games to start the year.

Sebastian Telfair($5,300): Starting PG while westbrook and jackson recover.

OJ Mayo ($4,600): Been on fire and is a solid play even coming off the bench.

Hollis Thompson ($4,500): Not a great machup but if you need a SF on the cheap…


Daily Basketball – Cheap Fanduel picks for October 31st

Just entered a 50/50 last night and had reasonable success at 263 points.  Last nights games seemed a tad lower scoring with a lot of the higher percentage players taken going lower than expected.  If you went John Wall, he exceeded the expectations that come with his salary..going for over 50 points in Fan Duel.

Here are my cheap picks for October 31st:

Donald Sloan ($4,700): Won’t be as favorable a matchup as his first game where he far exceeded his salary but he starts and Indiana has little else.

Tony Wroten ($6,800): Although this isn’t really cheap and he’ll need to get mid 30’s in fan duel to justify, he has a favorable matchup vs the Bucks so I’d expect him to at least get upper 20’s.

Darren Collison ($5,800): Could get minutes stole from by Sessions but he’s clearly better and had a great 40 point fan duel night to start the season.

Ed Davis ($4,200): His price has rose a few hundred dollars after the first two monster Fan Duel games to start the year.  Watch and see if Ryan Kelly is going to play tonight leading up to the game…if he isn’t, Davis is a must start at the low price tag.

Marcus Morris ($5,600): The Morris brothers get solid minutes and should put up 20-25 fan duel points each time they play.  If Marcus starts tonight, he’s worth the $5,600.

Taj Gibson ($5,800): Until he reaches $7,000 in Fan Duel cost, he’s probably a must play even though he comes off the bench.  Personally, I believe he’s the best player on the Bulls and clearly turned the opening game against the Knicks into the Bulls favor.  He had 35+ in fan duel that night…

Manu Ginobili ($5,600): Probably safe going with him coming off the bench if you want since they don’t have a game tomorrow.  I’m always looking ahead when playing any spurs player as minutes are never guaranteed during regular season.

Please Note: This is strictly who I’m going with personally.  I don’t suggest you using these players without doing some research as well…especially leading up to the game for the latest injury reports.

Daily Basketball – Cheap Fanduel picks for October 30th

After a pretty successful night finding cheap picks (Ed Davis and Donald Sloan), I’m back at it again.  You’re looking to score 300+ in each Fan Duel you play.  If you’re doing the 50/50’s…275+ usually places.

Here are my cheap Fanduel plays for October 30th:

Steven Adams ($3,800) – I’m not a huge fan of his matchup vs the Clippers but he should get you 15-20 fan duel points by default due to the numerous injuries on the Thunder.  I’d use him if you simply have more money wanting to be spent at the PG, SF and PF positions.

Derek Favors ($6,000) – He really only has to hit around 28-30 points to meet his worth in salary.  He had 38.4 last night in a tougher matchup.  Watch out for injury news though coming off an early season back to back nighter…

Chandler Parsons ($6,500) – Awful first game but favorable matchup vs Utah at home….I expect him to get around that 30 Fan Duel range which puts him in decent value.


Daily Basketball – Cheap Fanduel picks for October 29th

What a great start to the NBA season last night with some high scoring and highly successful Fantasy outputs.  Anthony Davis, Terrance Jones, Omer Asik and others had huge stat nights.

Today feels like the real start to the season as most teams are making their debut tonight.  I’ve been scowering the web looking for injury updates and have come across some decent fanduel plays at a few positions.

Here are my cheap picks for October 29th:

PG: Donald Sloan for Indiana.  Today he’s worth $3,500 and starting as George Hill is out.

SF: C.J. Miles for Indiana.  Injuries are killing the Pacers and he’s only going for a mere $4,400.

PF: Ed Davis for the Lakers: Ryan Kelly is assumed to still be out and he played solid enough to make the $3,700 well worth the investment.

C: Enes Kanter ($4,700), Miles Plumlee ($4,700) or Samuel Dalembert ($4,800) are all starters that should give a solid output.

Please Note: This is strictly who I’m going with personally.  I don’t suggest you using these players without doing some research as well…especially leading up to the game for the latest injury reports.

Week 3 Predictions

Here are some quick predictions of each game this week.

Bills 27, Chargers 13: EJ continues solid play and defense gets important turnover to break open game.

Bengals 28, Titans 9: Too much on the road for the Titans.

Ravens 23, Browns 21: Ravens kick late FG

Lions 34, Packers 28: Megatron early and often.

Colts 24, Jaguars 17: Colts too much offense to lose this one.

Patriots 26, Raiders 13: Thaaaa Rayyyyderrrss….lose again.  Bucs and Raiders are clearly worst teams in NFL.

Saints 38, Vikings 6: I see this one getting really ugly.

Giants 17, Texans 13: Giants find a late score to win finally.

Eagles 34, Redskins 21: Skins keep it close through 3, then the better team takes over.

Cowboys 23, Rams 10: Cowboys have way better QB…usually that matters a lot.  Even if it is Romo…

49ers 27, Cardinals 17: I could see Cardinals winning if Palmer plays and plays well…49ers bounce back.

Dolphins 21, Chiefs 20: Late score too much for the Chefs.

Seahawks 34, Broncos 27:  I could see this getting ugly too but I think Broncos play well.

Panthers 18, Steelers 12: Has the makings for a fg shootout…

Bears 24, Jets 14: Bears upset Jets on road.

Breaking: Bet Update now includes new punishment

(UnAssociated Press) Fredericksburg, VA – A unfriendly wager between two college friends has turned into a nightmare for a local Fredericksburg man.

Fredericksburg resident Duane Smellian, bet with longtime friend Nick Conninger on this past weekends Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals game.  Smellian was required to eat a bag of regular size pretzels if the Falcons lost the game.  Smellian rebuffed the bet earlier this week when witness to the bet, Wilhem Floss, handed down further punishment.

If Smellian fails to complete his end of the bet within the two week window, he will now receive one Mitch Cupcheck and be required to turn over his Facebook Username and Password for one day.  Keep it here for story updates.

Week 1 and 2 thoughts: Fantasy Football, Falcons and more

The first two weeks of the NFL regular season end tonight with a primetime matchup of the Eagles and Colts.  It’s been a rough last 7 days for the NFL with the Ray Rice Video, Adrian Peterson’s photo leak of Child Abuse, and a few other domestic abuse cases to round out the week.  My love for the NFL hasn’t wavered, although I am tired of the bad news and the constant over coverage of cases that have yet to hit the final stages of the court room.

After Two weeks, Here are my thoughts on each team:

  • Buffalo Bills: Solid Defense, steady play from EJ Manuel have them off to hot start.  Need to win 2 out of the next 3 to continue momentum.
  • Miami Dolphins: Injuries at Linebacker and now RB have reason to believe this may be a tough few weeks for the Phins.
  • New England Patriots: I need to see a few more weeks on whether its the same old Patriots or just the old Patriots.  I’m not high on their offensive weapons outside of Gronk but when you have Belicheat and Brady…pencil em in for 11 wins.
  • New York Jets: I’m a fan of them keeping Rex Ryan for as long as possible.  Everyone always says he has a great defensive mind (same with his brother) but I continue to see teams score high on the Jets (and Saints).  The bungled timeout and a shaky Geno = 1-1.  I’d expect that trend to continue as their offense is very average.
  • Baltimore Ravens: Steve Smith adds toughness where their Front office lacks it.  This team could be solid but I’d tend to believe they go 7-9 this year with the Bengals giving them two L’s and probably splitting with Browns and Steelers.
  • Cincinnati Bengals:  Injuries at WR and an average arm strength can’t keep them down (Sanu clearly has best arm on team).  Good defense, Good RB and Ginger has played really well…easily going to win the division.
  • Cleveland Browns: Surprised they are 1-1.  Could really care less about this team.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: Lack a consistent running game either by design or lack of faith in O-Line.  Don’t get the Todd Haley coordinator move still and Big Ben has a lot of up and down games the last few years.
  • Houston Texans: May be 2-0 but haven’t played great competition.  Redskins should have beat them week 1 but had too many mental lapses in the Red Zone.
  • Indianapolis Colts: Cream of the Division, I don’t care their record through the first few weeks, will win this division simply because of Luck.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: Stink
  • Tennessee Titans: New Coach, inconsistent at qb for the past few years continues.
  • Denver Broncos: Offense looks really good at times, i’m holding out judgement to see how Welker and Von Miller look later in the year. They’re beatable though…at least slightly more than last year.
  • Kansas City Chefs: 0-2, have a decent shot of picking up some wins but I could see a bad year with injuries and average QB play at times
  • Oakland Raiders: They may go winless.  Not a Carr fan.
  • San Diego Chargers: Biggest threat to Broncos by far this year but they lack something on offense to me.
  • Dallas Cowboys: Dez Bryant may be best WR in NFL.  Shame he’s on this team.
  • New York Giants: By far one of the worst teams i’ve seen so far.  Tough to watch on offense, they have little talent outside of Eli and Cruz…
  • Philadelphia Eagles: Not a fan of their WR’s but McCoy, Sproles and Ertz are as good as any in the division.
  • Washington Redskins: No RG3 and the Cousins lovers rejoice.  Let’s see what they think after the Eagles game this coming week.
  • Chicago Bears: Cutler can be really good, he can also be really bad at times.  If he plays well they will a lot of games.
  • Detroit Lions: Typical Lions letdown game…ton of talent on offense, they  need to score more.
  • Green Bay Packers: Rodgers is good, defense is bad.  He better ice that arm this year…he will need it.
  • Minnesota Vikings: Pats whooped the Vikings like Peterson did….nevermind.  Let’s hope Peterson helps them this week because they need him bad.
  • Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan is over hyped after last year and that continued with week 1’s result.  Not saying he’s bad but he gets more hype than he deserves.
  • Carolina Panthers: Defense is very good.  Cam solid in his return, they could win this division again…which I don’t think has ever happened since the NFC South was formed. (Back to Back winners)
  • New Orleans Saints: I think the preseason has carried over for this team. No Drew Brees all preseason but he hasn’t been their biggest issue.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Same ol same ol.  See Raiders.
  • Arizona Cardinals: 2-0, more a result of the schedule and luck vs the chargers.  Lets see if it continues.
  • San Francisco 49ers: Kap needs to play better. looked bad in the 2nd half…
  • Seattle Seahawks: Road game vs solid team means they could lose any week.  Not panicking if I’m them though.
  • St. Louis Rams: Lucky they played the Bucs…they had no business winning with their QB situation.


Syracuse Basketball and their biggest issue: Ball Handling

Syracuse Men’s Basketball is in a bit of a slump and after watching last night’s game at Marquette, it’s pretty obvious what causes most of their issues…Ball Handling.

Michael Carter Williams and Brandon Triche can impress with their ability to run the floor and get to the hoop.  The very next minute they get caught in the air and turn it over.  When you have a lead, you need to value each possession and at least get good looks at the basket.

If Syracuse wants to get by Louisville this Sunday, they’ll need to be a bit more consistent with their ball handling and their passing.

Reaction to All Star Weekend. Over hyped and over hated.

Do you ever get tired of every sports event being so debated?  Why can’t we simply just enjoy the event for what it is?  Why does everything always have to be “improved” or “removed”?

I may sound like an old man but I can’t stand that everyone has an opinion on every topic and that they either over hype or over hate it.  I don’t think the All Star weekend was great nor do I think it was bad.  It was somewhere in the middle and was actually as entertaining as I thought it would be.  If you go into everything expecting to be on the edge of your seat, you’re gonna be highly disappointed more times than not.

I’m not going to be the one to call for the Slam Dunk Competition to change, or force the stars to enter.   Would it be nice? Sure.  I do expect the NBA to try and come up with some new competitions or try and entice more stars to enter.  What would be really nice is to see a 2 on 2 or 3 on 3 competition on Friday or Saturday with the Rising Stars.  Who wouldn’t like watching a little make it take it and first to 11 wins?

Just my thoughts….