Monday, December 22, 2014

Final Fantasy II

I am currently in the final of the NFL fantasy football league I have participated in for the past two years.

Things are not looking good at all.

I entered last week's semi-final as the fourth seed, so was up against the player that finished top of our league. I was lucky to fluke a win there, so wasn't holding out much hope on winning this weekend's game against the player who finished in second place.

He had Andrew Luck as quarterback and I fancied the Colts to do well against the Dallas Cowboys.

I was wrong.

Luck had a dreadful game and ended up being benched as the game was in its third quarter because there was little point putting the play-off player at risk in a game that was a lost cause at that point.

The problem is, Luck wasn't the problem.

My opponent had other players like Green Bay's Eddie Lacy (16.40 points), Dez Bryant from Dallas (13.30 points) and New Orleans' Mark Ingram (11.50).

My star, as he has been throughout the season, was Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell (13.20).

As I sit here, I have one player left to suit up. I have 38.80 points in total. My rival has 71.06.

The final player - Peyton Manning.

Can he save me by scoring 32.27 points?

It might be asking a little too much of the great one.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

What I'll Be Watching Tonight : Week 16 2014

Here are the NFL games that I'll be watching tonight on both Sky Sports & NFL GamePass.

6pm Sky: Kansas City @ Pittsburgh
6pm GamePass: Baltimore @ Houston

9:25pm Sky: Indianapolis @ Dallas
9:05pm GamePass : Might watch NFL RedZone as the other two games aren't appealing to me right now.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Picking The Champs

The college football bowl season begins today, so I spent a few hours yesterday playing around with the stats and my system to see what the scores would be.

This is the first year that there will be a play-off to decide the National champion, so I took particular interest in the semi-final matches to decide which two teams will face-off in the final on January 12th.

Now, before I start, I should point out that the method I use is for fun and mainly for the NFL games. So, what I'm doing here is simply having a guess at what will happen. I'll return to this topic once the champions have been crowned to see whether I had the winner correct.

The system has Oregon (who are 2nd in the rankings) beating third-placed, Florida State.

In the second semi-final, it has 4th ranked,Ohio State, shocking number one Alabama.

I then placed the two winning teams into the system and it selected Oregon as the overall winner.

We'll find out what happens in mid-January.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Queen To Abdicate? No Chance!

One of the betting stories that grabbed my attention this week was the one that revealed Coral Bookmakers had closed a market for the Queen abdicating on Christmas Day due to wagering activity raising an alarm.

The thing is, I'm not buying for a minute that the Queen will stand down.

And I'm certainly not going to believe that a message, such as her abdicating from her throne, will take place during a pre-recorded Christmas message.

Her address is already in the can and ready to air next week. If, and that really is a big 'IF', she were to abdicate - she'll announce it live.

It's a non-story.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Final Issue (For Now)

I typed up and emailed out the sixteenth and final issue of the American football betting newsletter that I have been doing this season.

It was one of those ideas that struck me a few months ago. I wanted to test myself and see if I could do it.

And I did.

I had a small amount of people signed up for the free mailer, so that was good.

One of the only things I didn't like about the experience was the selection process where I picked my best bets. I didn't do too well there.

I didn't know how to feel when I sent out the issue. I was relieved that I managed to stick the course and complete something I had set out to do. Then - on the other hand - I realised something I enjoyed doing during the 2014 season was finally coming to an end.

As will the season in a week's time.

I plan on doing it again next year.

If you're interested, you can find out more on the website -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Viz 2014

I went and done one of my Christmas traditions the other day - I bought a copy of Viz.

I've probably written about it in the past, but - when I was a teenager - I always used to buy the publication around Christmastime because there was a character in it that made me laugh.

Simon's Snowman was a adult version of Raymond Briggs' Snowman. He appeared in one issue in the 1990s and for a few Christmases afterwards, I would go out of my way to buy it hoping there would be another strip with him in.

He did show up about two years later. Haven't seen him since.

Anyway, a few years ago - I was in the shop and saw the Christmas edition of Viz on the shelf. I decided to relive the tradition and buy it. I have continued doing so for the past few years.

Still no Simon's Snowman, but there are some humourous comic strips and letters.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

End Of An Era

It was an end of an era on Sunday when Sky Sports aired WWE Tables, Ladders, Chairs & Tables.

The reason why is because - from next month - all WWE pay-per-view shows will be moving to Sky Sports Box Office.

I believe the first time Sky put a WWE main card on their Sky Sports platform was in 1992 with SummerSlam from Wembley Stadium. So, it had a decent run despite losing a few PPVs to Channel 4 between 2000 and 2001 and then moving a select few events to Sky Box Office from 2002 onwards until they all move over in 2015 and beyond.

It certainly isn't a good time to be a WWE fan in Ireland and the UK.