Saturday, February 13, 2016

Reliving The Smell Of Success

I have been sitting on this story for a few weeks already. There was only one day I really could run with it. 

And it's today.

I've been maintaining this blog for ten years now and - on this date every year - I like to leave a post remembering my uncle who passed away. It has been quite a few years since he died, but I find doing these annual posts help along the way.

This year's post is more about me, though. 

Sort of.

You see - one of the final few memories I have of my uncle is from 2001-2 when I had placed a bet on Triple H to win the Royal Rumble of 2002. I was telling my uncle about having placed £100 on him to win the battle royal and was telling him he should join along with me. 

This was in the early days of Internet betting. In hindsight, I should have helped out by telling him where to find the bet. The story here is he didn't place the bet, I did. So - he had to deal with me going on about it for months until the match itself.

If you're a wrestling fan, you'll know that I did end up winning the wager. The following day was great as I was on top of the world. I made a lot of tips at work that day and recall heading over to my uncle's work following my shift to tell him about the victory.

The thing that makes me smile the most is I was telling him about how good the shift was as well. I came to the conclusion that what may have helped was the aftershave he and my aunt had given me for Christmas. 

In the years that followed, I have saved that aftershave to wear whenever I have won big in betting. More as a tribute and acknowledgement to the Royal Rumble 2002 bet. Obviously, my uncle played a part in that so I it's a good excuse to remember him that way.


Okay, so let's catch up to 2015 and 2016..

In the latter part of 2015, I started talking myself into betting on Triple H to win the 2016 edition of the Royal Rumble. Things were making sense to me, so I placed a number of bets on him when he was 50/1.

I didn't end there, I placed a few more on other things like him coming out at number 30. 

To put it bluntly, I was going all-in on a Triple H win.

Fast forward (or is it going back now?) to a fortnight ago and my instinct turned out to be correct. Triple H did end up winning the match.

As soon as I knew my bet had cashed, the first thought was 'I'm going to write about this on the February 13th post' because the similarities to 2016 and 2002 are there.

There's also the thing that wasn't there like being able to tell my uncle about the bet and potentially having a better chance of telling him how to have a punt on it himself.

However, the aftershave is still going. It's running low, so I have been rationing its use lately. It's now only used for BIG wins.

And this year's Royal Rumble bet is a big win. It turned out to be the most I have ever won in gambling. Period.

There was no doubt in my mind, I wore that aftershave the following day proudly.

It would have been even better to head back to that shop, sit down and tell my uncle about the win. But that's impossible. Writing about the punt wouldn't have felt right without my uncle around to tell just like I did in 2002, so today was the right day to chronicle the win here on the blog.

He may not be here to read or listen, but he's right at the top of my mind right now. And he will be for the rest of the day.

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Controversy That Was Overshadowed This Week

Lost in the Daniel Bryan retirement and Titus O'Neil suspension (I didn't write about the latter), was a controversy that I thought was kind of dangerous in so many ways.

What I am referring to took place on the most recent episode of the WWE Network's Ride Along show.

Each episode, upwards of two WWE celebrities travel from one venue to another with a camera filming their interactions.

I was the first installment the other day, so thought I'd catch up with the second. I wish I didn't. I ended up having to turn it off because of how bad a driver Summer Rae is.

She was travelling with WWE wrestler, R-Truth, and commentator/interviewer Renee Young. Rae was the driver and - for the majority of the time I watched - she had one hand on the steering wheel and the other on her phone. Her attention was more focused on the phone.

People took to Twitter to complain about her lack of awareness. Rae's response was to state that she wasn't texting, she was simply using the phone as a GPS device.

Is that supposed to make it okay?

It doesn't matter what she was using the phone for. She was using it while driving. That's illegal, isn't it?

And even if it wasn't breaking the law where she was - it's still dangerous.

What also surprised me is the fact that it went through all the stages of production and made it to broadcast. Did anyone at WWE figure out how bad this looked?

Ironically, WWE edited out the Titus O'Neil and Vince McMahon mini-fracas that was caught on camera in the closing seconds of the Daniel Bryan retirement special that aired on the Network on Monday night.

Had Bryan not retired and McMahon/O'Neil had their situation, I am confident this would have been a huge story.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Super Bowl LI Bet

It hasn't been a week since the Super Bowl and I've already placed my bet on next year's game.

Yep - I am hardcore.

Well, I'm that and I'm also a value shopper and there was a price I could not resist.

Bet365.com has the Indianapolis Colts at 25/1. That's a superb price, if I say so myself.

The Colts could have one of those bounce-back years after a disastrous 2015 season. One of the main reasons why they did so poorly was Andrew Luck - their star quarterback - missed a bunch of games through injury.

With Luck, the team has made the playoffs every year. As long as he's healthy, I think my bet is in with a chance. It.. needs.. Luck.

25/1, though. I would have had them in the 12-15 region myself so had to take the odds.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Look At This Crowd!

I watched the Denver Broncos celebrating their Super Bowl win live on the NFL Network yesterday evening.

I've been watching these rally events for the past few Super Bowl winners. This year's seemed more packed than previous years. Just look at the picture below. It'll highlight my point.



The last time I saw anything like this was when there's a royal wedding in London and there is a crowd outside Buckingham Palace. This looked bigger than that.

Or am I being biased?

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Daniel Bryan Retires

I can't help but feel sorry for Daniel Bryan.

The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion has announced that he'll be retiring and tonight's episode of WWE Raw - which starts in an hour from the time this gets published - will feature him going into detail about his in-ring career coming to an end.

He suffered a concussion in the spring of 2015 and hasn't been cleared to wrestle ever since that time. This sort of injury is a hot topic in all sports at this time, so it goes without saying that the people in WWE have Bryan's welfare to take into consideration.

Even though I am gutted for him, retirement is evidently the best thing for him. His life is more important than wins in a pro wrestling ring.

Hopefully, he'll find something to do within wrestling to keep him a part of the business.

I just hope he doesn't decide to return to the ring outside of WWE when his contract with the company is done.

Monday, February 08, 2016

The Annual Post-Super Bowl Ramble

It's nearly 4am as I type this.

The Denver Broncos have just won the Super Bowl.

And I am so bloody glad!

I have to be honest, it wasn't the best offensive Super Bowls. However, Denver - and Carolina for that matter - did defend well.

The final score was 10-24.

Peyton Manning didn't reveal whether it was going to be his last game or not. He left it up in the air for the time being, but I have a feeling that that's it. I don't care what anyone writes or says - Manning is the greatest quarterback.

Oh yeah - my Super Bowl programme got here in time. It didn't arrive here until the morning after last year. This time it landed on the Saturday.

Okay, that's me done for now. Roll on next season!

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Super Bowl L

Yeah, I know. The NFL did away with the Roman numerals this year, but I thought I'd be smart and use it for today's post.

Just like yesterday, I'm still anxiously looking forward to tonight's game. It's one of the weirdest Super Bowls for me as I really want the Broncos to win but have so many people in my ear telling me that tonight isn't going to be their night.

All I hope is that I'll enjoy the evening. Not asking for too much am I?