Sunday, June 24, 2018

Scratchin' 2018 : Week 25

I have just scratched off today's National Lottery scratch card. This is something I have been doing every day this year. I've been tracking my progress and posting a weekly update here every Sunday.

This week wasn't that great. I broke even on a £2 card with today's card. And that's all. Every other day was a losing effort.

As of today, I'm £84 in the red.

Another 2 For Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku scored another two goals for Belgium at the World Cup today.

His two goals were part of a 5-2 rout against Tunisia.

I have a bet on the player to be the top goalscorer in the tournament. He's currently sharing top spot - alongside Cristiano Ronaldo - with four goals.

According to reports - he mightn't play the final group game where the Belgians will face England.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Two Things

Croatia's 3-0 win yesterday highlighted a couple of things to me about the 2018 World Cup.

Firstly - there is absolutely no way Argentina, who were my picks to win, will make it to the final on July 15th.

Secondly - I have no idea anymore who will.

Right now, my head is telling me to just back the home team. As crazy as that seems.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Onto A Loser

Today's World Cup game is on.

It's the fortieth minute and I've already lost the £1 bet I placed on the correct score.

I had Denmark to win 1-0. They scored within the first seven minutes and have since conceded a goal to Australia.

The other scores I have for today are:

France 3 Peru 1
Argentina 2 Croatia 1

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Vader Passes Away

Leon White, who was best known under the wrestling moniker of Vader, passed away on Monday night.

I read the news on WWE's Twitter account a few minutes before writing this.

White had been in poor health for years and has had recent surgeries on, what I believe, was his heart.

VaderWhen somebody from professional wrestling passes away, I like to write about something from their career that I'll remember.

I have far too many to write about Vader because he was a major part of the industry during the time when I was building a knowledge of the business.

He was the champion of World Championship Wrestling during most of my favourite years of following the company (the early-to-mid 1990s) and defending the strap in the main event of the first American wrestling show I went to.

The twenty-fifth anniversary of that show is coming up later this year, but I wrote about it in 2013 if you'd like to read it.

He wrestled 'The British Bulldog' Davey Boy Smith in the match. So, this obviously means both of the main eventers have now passed.

Vader was amazing in his role as the monster heel during those years. Unfortunately, his time at the top was compromised when Hulk Hogan signed for WCW in the summer of 1994.

By late-1995, he found himself out of WCW and debuted for the WWF at the 1996 Royal Rumble.

When Vader was announced as a participant for the battle royal, I was so excited to see him coming in. I truly thought he would flourish in the WWF but it didn't pan out as well as I had expected.

He had only a small handful of great bouts in the company before departing and heading back to Japan where he was already an established name.

I might spend the evening watching some Vader matches now!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Senegal 2 Poland 1

I'm sure I've written about it many times over the years, but I'll do a quick one for now.

On the eve of the 2002 World Cup, I placed a £5 bet on Senegal to beat France in the opening game. I had a strong feeling they would and liked the 10/1 on offer.

It turned out to be a winning bet as the defending World Cup champions fell 1-0 in what was an upset.

As soon as the game ended, I walked up to the bookies to cash in my betting slip and was asked by the cashier a silly question.

'Did you really think they would win?'

Why would I bet on them?!?!

Anyway, I've often reminded myself of that match whenever I've fancied an underdog in a sporing event.

The reason why I'm reminded of that game today is because in my World Cup bets, where I've placed £1 correct score bets on all of the group games, I took Senegal to beat Poland 2-1.

The odds were 11/1, so I didn't return as much as sixteen years ago. I did have a smile on my face when the final whistle blew, though. Why? Because I know that - the next time I recount the 2002 World Cup opener story - I know I'll end up having to add today's chapter to the story.

Monday, June 18, 2018

2 NFL Bets Placed

I have placed a couple of NFL bets this evening.

I've gone for the Indianapolis Colts to make the playoffs in bet number one and then - in the second - I've backed the New York Giants to also make the post-season.

The former is 10/3 and the Giants are 4/1.

I won't know if I've won this until later this year, if not the beginning of 2019!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Scratchin' 2018 : Week 24

I have now completed week twenty-four of playing at least one scratch card a day - a mission I have set myself for 2018.

As of the time of writing, I am £76 in the red.

This week saw me return £3 on a Match Three Tripler and £5 on a Royal 7s.

Must. Do. Better.