Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Raw Is 25

In an hour from when this post sees the light - or rather dark, considering it'll be 12am - of day, WWE will begin airing its twenty-fifth anniversary episode of WWE Raw.

As I've been a pro wrestling fan for the best part of my life, it should come as no surprise to see me write that Raw has been my favourite wrestling show in all of these years.

Some of my best - and maybe worst - memories of being a pro wrestling fan have came from religiously watching this programme week in and week out over the years.

Raw didn't air over here in the UK until 1995. However, we got to see highlights of it on some of the other weekend shows we had on Sky. When it did come on two years after its birth, we got to watch it on Friday evenings. I recall rushing home from college to watch it at 5pm.

Then, it moved to a later Friday night time-slot which was somewhat of an inconvenience considering I either worked or partied on a Friday night. Therefore, the VHS machine had a good working out.

I believe it was 2005 when we finally got to have the show live in the early hours of Tuesday morning. This was great for many because - due to the Internet - it was difficult to avoid spoilers from Tuesdays right up to Friday nights.

Monday, January 22, 2018

The Finalists

So...

It's going to be New England versus Philadelphia for this year's Super Bowl.

I got the game that I least wanted when I ranked the combinations it could have been last week. Typical!

As I've written countless times in the past, I dislike the Pats. With that said, I'm not so hot on the Eagles, so this will be another Super Bowl where I sit back and watch.

Usually, I would be against the Pats - so this certainly is an improvement.

Can't help but feel sorry for the Minnesota fans this morning. It would have been so cool to see the Vikes compete for the Vince Lombardi Trophy on home field.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Scratchin' 2018 : Week 3

I have just completed the third week of scratching one National Lottery scratchcard a day - a thing I am planning to do throughout 2018.

When I published an update last Sunday, I was nine pounds in the red after fourteen days. I continued scratching through the week and had ONE winning card. As luck (?) would have it, it was today's card.

I won £10 on it. Therefore, the overall win/loss so far is now minus six.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Super Bowl I'd Like To See (2017 Season)

With the NFL Conference Championships taking place tomorrow night, today is the only opportunity I have left to do my annual 'The Super Bowl I'd Like To See' rankings.

With New England once again in the mix, third and fourth on this list shouldn't come as a shock...

4. New England .vs. Philadelphia
As you've probably worked out already - I despise New England. Add on top of this the fact that I would like to see Minnesota host a Super Bowl in its home ground and you have the game that I would least like to see play out in early February.

3. New England .vs. Minnesota
The only thing I would want out of this game is a win for the Vikings.

2. Jacksonville .vs. Philadelphia
If this is the game, I would prefer Jacksonville win the Vince Lombardi Trophy. 

1. Jacksonville .vs. Minnesota
This game would achieve two 'wishes' for me - no New England Super Bowl appearance and would put Minnesota in position to be the first team to win a Super Bowl on home turf. I'd really like to see that storyline play out. 

We'll find out which game we get in the early hours of Monday morning.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Brady Hand Issue

Hours after writing yesterday's post, where I noted that my spreadsheet had recommended taking Jacksonville +9 for the AFC Conference Championship game against New England, I checked back in on the line and noticed it had changed.

The Jags were down to +7.5.

'Hmm,' I thought.

I checked the news and it read that the Patriots' quarterback, Tom Brady, had sat out of Thursday practice.

Apparently, there is a hand issue.

I know that I'm anti-Patriots and would like the Jaguars to go through to the next round. I just don't want them to have the 'But, Brady was injured' excuse if they proceed and make it to the Super Bowl.

The line has since dropped to +7.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Handicapping The Championship Games

I have been trying to think of things to write about today. It has taken a few hours, but I've decided to put the stats for this weekend's NFC and AFC Championship games into spreadsheets to see what they're projecting.

For the NFC Championship game, it has the Philadelphia Eagles to win by one. It has the total amount of points at 45.

Therefore, it's recommending the following plays:

Philadelphia +3
Over 38.5

Before putting everything in for the AFC Championship game - which will see the Jacksonville Jaguars head to New England - I was sure it would lean in favour of the Pats.

I was wrong.

Sort of.

It has projected a tie between the two teams. With Jacksonville +9 underdogs, it seems like something I would consider (although I am not betting!).

As for the totals - the spreadsheet states 48, the line is 46.

So, to be clear. it's recommending the following plays in the AFC Championship:

Jacksonville +9
Over 46

I'm not happy about the spreadsheet selecting the Eagles. I'll be happy with a tie in the other game just as long as the Jags win in overtime.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Peculiar Combination

I don't know how true this story is, but I read - on IMDB - that, back in the 1990s, there was a script doing the rounds in Hollywood for a movie starring Eddie Murphy and Paul Hogan.

Okay, not THAT much of a big deal, right? What If I told you the plan was to have their characters from Beverly Hills Cop and Crocodile Dundee respectively?

That is a crossover I would have been interested in seeing as I loved both of the franchises back then.

I know, I know. The likelihood of this movie being crap isn't lost on me. I've seen Beverly Hills Cop III.

And I've also seen Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles, which is what the idea eventually evolved into.