Johnny Manziel is taking his turn in the spotlight as an alleged rule-breaker. Instead of commenting on what he is alleged to have done, I think it is interesting to see what the folks who set the lines for college football wagering think about Johnny Football’s imminent future.
The LVH sportsbook stopped taking future bets on Texas A&M football games as of late last week. In addition, they will take no further wagers on the Aggies’ win total for the year, which had been at 9.5.
Texas A&M’s odds to win the SEC next year were at 9-1; last week they jumped to 12-1.
One of the offshore books has a prop wager on whether Manziel will play in the first game of the season (against Rice).
Not play is at -270
Plays is at +190
For sure, that offshore book thinks that Manziel is going to sit out at least the opening game of the year…
As the Manziel saga evolves – building on his celebrity appearances, drinking and partying events of the past 6 months – I wonder when he will reach the point where he morphs into the male version of a Kardashian…
Allow me to interject a public service announcement here. The United Nations has 193 member states at the moment. Getting a majority of them to agree on anything is a chore requiring negotiation, tact and diplomacy. Nonetheless, the UN passed a resolution recently unanimously – every member state in the organization agreed to it. What might that resolution have been – short of declaring that the sun rises in the east every morning – to garner such widespread support?
The resolution declares November 19, 2013 as World Toilet Day.
The mission for World Toilet Day includes the following:
“World Toilet Days′ vision is to grow as a collective campaign uniting on 19 November everybody who is passionate about toilets to ensure that access to proper sanitation, which has been declared a human right, becomes a reality for all.”
People who are “passionate about toilets” may not be the kind of folks I would want to sit next to at a dinner party, because they find it necessary to offer up the following data:
Currently 1.1 billion people defecate in the open.
I do not know how you will plan to celebrate World Toilet Day, but I know that here in Curmudgeon Central I will take a moment to ponder this problem and to convince myself that I give a sh*t…
There was a lot of talk recently about the movement of statistical uber-mensch, Nate Silver, leaving the New York Times and taking a job at ESPN. Given his demonstrated prowess in forecasting as shown by the Presidential election of 2012, here is the first modeling challenge I would like Nate Silver to tackle at ESPN:
Develop a ranking scale for college football and college basketball teams that bears a small resemblance to reality. I am not asking for a pre-season poll; those can only be meaningless. What I would like is a ranking system that I can believe has some basis in reality once it is published and updated after half of the season has gone by.
Demonstrating the nonsense of pre-season rankings, recall last year that USC was considered to be the #1 team in the country by many pre-season rankings and USC wound up losing 6 games last year.
I found this item in a recent column by Gregg Drinnan in the Kamloops Daily News:
“In the world of hockey, the talent pool has become depleted to the point where third-line NHLers are signing for US$4 million per season. And now there are whispers that Gary Bettman wants an expansion franchise in Seattle. . . . Which makes about as much sense as putting a franchise in Atlanta. Oh, wait.”
I agree that the NHL need not expand further. However, given Gary Bettman’s monomaniacal focus on keeping a team in Phoenix, the idea of putting a franchise in Seattle is preferable to putting one in Albuquerque, El Paso or San Juan.
Red Sox owner, John Henry just agreed to buy the Boston Globe and another small newspaper in Worcester MA for $70M cash. Let me put that purchase of two newspapers in perspective for you:
On opening day 2013, the Red Sox carried $154.6M in salaries guaranteed to the 25 players on the roster that day. That is 220% of the purchase price for the two newspapers.
In July, the Red Sox signed Dustin Pedroia to a contract extension that guarantees him $110M in the next 8 years. That is 157% of the purchase price for the two newspapers – and the papers do not expire at the end of 8 years.
Finally, here is an item from Dwight Perry in the Seattle Times:
“Twins’ closer Glen Perkins recorded two outs the other night before realizing his pants were unzipped.
“Guess he’s not a big fan of the Infield-fly rule.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………