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.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Bad Start

I've had a rubbish start to the World Cup with my correct score predictions.

I've been a goal out in most of the games so far. Last night's game between Portugal and Spain was a kick in the teeth.

I backed it being a 2-2 draw. I got the draw right. I just didn't think it would be 3-3!!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Leslie Grantham Passes Away

The news that Leslie Grantham has passed away has started to filter through just as I was about to write today's post.

Grantham will best be remembered for his role on Eastenders. He played the character of Den Watts who was the landlord of the Queen Vic during the show's earlier years. In fact, if I recall correctly, he is credited with being the first person to utter a word on the series (I might need to clarify this!).

I don't watch the soap opera anymore, but one of my favourite strorylines in its history was the one in 2003 when 'Dirty Den' - as he was called - came back from the dead. Sort of. You see, many years earlier - when Grantham left the programme - his character was killed off after being shot by a hit man. 

They sort of did a decent job explaining how Watts faked his death because there were gangsters after him. 

It was a short-lived return. Watts was killed off not long after that after Grantham was sacked. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Day One Of The 2018 World Cup

It's the day many football fans have been waiting for - the start of the 2018 World Cup.

Tournament hosts, Russia, play Saudia Arabia in the first game.

I think it's safe to presume that Russia will end up winning this one.

Writing about the kick off has be reminiscing about the beginning of the 2002 World Cup. The 1998 winners - France - lost to Senegal in the opener.

I remember it mainly because, the day before, I placed a £5 bet on Senegal to win. They were 10/1.

As soon as the final whistle blew, I walked to the bookmakers to cash in my betting slip. The lady behind the counter asked me quite a silly question.

'Did you really think they would win?'

As for today - I don't think the underdog has a chance of winning. Therefore, I won't be betting £5 on them. That should have answer the sixteen-year question!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Morocco .vs. United

We'll find out who's going to host the 2026 World Cup later today.

As of right now, there are only two possible outcomes - Morocco or a trio of countries in a joint bid.

The three countries that are 'United' for 2026 are the USA, Canada and Mexico.

I think it's safe to conclude that the first-ever three country bid (well, I think it's the first time a trifecta has made a play to host the tournament!) will end up getting the most votes.

The first World Cup that I watched was Mexico '86, so - in a way - I am kind of rooting for the United bid.

Look at it like this - anywhere is better than Russia and Qatar!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

David Haye Retires

David Haye has announced his retirement from boxing.

I won't miss him.