Saturday, April 22, 2017

Getting Ready For 2017

I've already sorted out the NFL betting book that I like to have with me through the season.

What I always do every year is have a book - or two! - where I look for certain betting angles and use these situations as a guide to my betting.

A big part of these plays rest on what the schedules are. As they were released yesterday, I was able to get to work on them immediately. I spent a good part of yesterday highlighting the big games for 2017.

We'll have to wait and see if the effort was worth it!

Friday, April 21, 2017

NFL Releases Its '2016' Schedule

The NFL released its 2017 schedule at 1am BST today.

Shortly before all the games were announced, the league revealed that the opening night's game will see the New England Patriots face the Kansas City Chiefs.

If you read yesterday's post, you'll know that this is the game that I predicted. I don't usually get these picks right, so I'm going to give myself a pat on the back.

To be fair, either Atlanta or Carolina would have been my choices of opponent for New England, but I did a good job - I believe - of cancelling out the respective chances of the teams being selected.

Anyway, as soon as I knew what the opening game would be in September, I figured there was no other reason to stay up for the publication of all the other games. So, I turned everything off and went to bed with the plan to look as soon as I woke up.

I did that. This is what I was met with this morning...

As a fan of the Indianapolis Colts, I have the NFL website set up to give me any Colts news. The first thing I saw was the horseshoe and the announcement of the....

2016 Schedule Release!


It's obviously an error as the link sends me to the 2017 match-ups. I will now spend the rest of the day working out what I'll be doing throughout the autumn months.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Predicting The 2017 Season Opener

The NFL will release its schedule for the 2017 season later on tonight, so it's that time of the year again.

Time for me to predict what the season opener will be when things kick off in September.

As per usual, the first game of the year will see the previous Super Bowl winners at home.

That means it'll be the New England Patriots.

The Patriots home games will be contested against the following teams: Buffalo, Miami, NY Jets, Kansas City, Los Angeles Chargers, Atlanta, Carolina and Houston.

Atlanta is the team the Patriots defeated in the Super Bowl, so it would be interesting to see them immediately go for the rematch. The only problem with this scenario is the NFL did the 'Super Bowl rematch' thing last year when Denver played Carolina.

This should also technically rule out Carolina as well. I can't see the league giving the Panthers the opening night game two years running.


I think the Kansas City Chiefs or Houston Texans have a shot this time. It's a toss-up and if I had to pick one, it would be...

The Chiefs.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Did Mahal Win Last Night? I Guess He Did

I haven't watched last night's episode of WWE Smackdown yet.

I have a few things to get out of the way this morning, but will end up watching it before lunchtime.

However - there were rumours last night that Jinder Mahal would end up winning the number one contenders match to determine who will challenge Randy Orton for the WWE Championship next month.

By the way, let's be realistic, Bray Wyatt isn't going to defeat Orton for the strap next weekend. Therefore, it's Orton who'll be holding the title when he faces the other challenger.

Mahal is quite a crazy pick because he has done nothing since his return to WWE. In fact, he didn't really do anything during his last spell with the company.

If there's a clue out there that would let me know that Mahal did win last night, it's the fact that he's trending on Twitter as of the time of writing.

That's enough of a tell where I'm concerned. I'll find out for sure in a couple of hours.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Cleveland Shootings And The 'Vigilante'

I was following the story about the Cleveland shootings on Sunday night.

A guy was on Facebook live and shot an innocent person dead while streaming to the social platform.

What a thing to do.

I read a few stories after hearing about it and - apparently - the murderer claimed to have killed more. I don't believe he has, but one is more than enough.

There was another guy on YouTube driving around the area looking for the gunman. Or something. I actually don't know what his intentions were, but he was in his car with thousands of people watching the live stream. I caught most of it. He and his associates were claiming to be doing it for media/reporting purposes, but it seemed a bit OTT to me.

The police thought the same. They pulled him over and ordered him to stop. It actually didn't help that the driver was wearing a Punisher t-shirt.

Great idea driving around with the emblem of Marvel Comics' most iconic vigilante on your chest. 

As of the time of writing, the killer is still at large. The police has announced that he could have passed into other States.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Return Of The Super Mario Bros. Easter Egg

It had been a few years since I last saw a Super Mario Bros. Easter egg, but they made a comeback in 2017...

The last time I saw Mario egg was 2014 (I wrote about them in this post). I had purchased one in Easter 2013 as well (Read about it in this post).

So, it has been three years since they were last around.

The latest egg once again has - or should that be 'had' now that Easter is over? - a mug just like in 2014. This one, however, is a heat changing mug that has a black background when it's in normal temperature, but changes to sky blue when hot liquid is poured in.

There was one large egg and three smaller eggs inside along with the aforementioned mug. 

They've also gone old school. The image is taken from the original Super Mario Bros. game. The previous two eggs were from the modern versions of the franchise.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Thoughts After Watching The Last Jedi Trailer

I've watched the trailer for the upcoming Star Wars film a few times since it was released on Friday.

My intial thoughts aren't that positive, if I'm to be honest.

Even though I liked The Force Awakens, there were parts within it that seemed to be a rehash of A New Hope.

This new film - The Last Jedi - based on the two minutes that I have seen appear to be a recycling of The Empire Strikes Back.

Rey is going to be trained by Luke in a remote land just like Luke was trained by Yoda on a remote planet in the second film of the original trilogy.

I guess we'll then find out later in the story that Rey is related in some way to Kylo Ren (cousins or siblings) and she'll be the person who leads him back to the good side at the conclusion of this trilogy.

We'll have a few years to wait and see if I'm right.

Now, onto a positive thought - Empire is my favourite Star Wars movies because of its tone. I also have a bit of a soft spot for the dark movie in the prequel trilogy - Revenge of the Sith - so I might end up enjoying The Last Jedi a lot more than I am expecting right now.

Episode VII: The Last Jedi will be released in December.