Monday, January 26, 2015

My Picks of some of the Super Bowl XLIX props

How long will Idina Menzel take to sing the National Anthem? Over/Under 2 min. 1 sec.
Idina Menzel is a widely successful Broadway performer and the voice of Elsa in “Frozen”. Enough reason to expect her the draw out the key notes of “The Star Spangled Banner”

Will Menzel omit or forget to say at least one word of the National anthem?  No ⅙, Yes 4/1
No, her experience in theater should mean she won’t make a mistake.

How many times will "Deflated Balls" be referred to during the game? Over/Under 2 ½
NBC’s top-of-the-line NFL broadcast should stray away from talk of Deflategate.

Which color will Bill Belichick's hoodie be? Grey ½, Blue 7/4, Red 7/1
Belichick is usually found wearing his grey hoodie, but one of the few times he has wore the red hoodie once was in Super Bowl XLII.

What color will Katy Perry's hair be when she begins the Halftime show? Black/Brown 2/1, Pink/Red 3/1, Blue/Green 3/1, Blonde 4/1, Purple 5/1
Probably will be her natural black hair, but it has been spotted as plum-colored lately.

Will Al Michaels refer to the point spread, total, odds on who wins game or any prop bet? Yes 2/1, No ⅓
Yes, Michaels is well known for this (

What Color will the Gatorade (or liquid) be that is dumped on the Head Coach of the Winning Super Bowl Team? Orange 3/2, Yellow 5/2, Clear/Water 3/1, Red 15/2, Blue 15/2, Green 10/1
Orange has been poured 3 of the last 5 years.

Coin toss? Heads 20/21, Tails 20/21

What will be higher? Total Points scored by Michigan State Guard Travis Trice or Total 1st Half Points by the Patriots
I’m expecting Trice to show up against a lackluster Michigan team, while the Seahawks defense shuts down the Patriots.

Who will have more? Arsenal goals (v. Aston Villa) 31/20 or Tom Brady TD passes 4/7
Arsenal should have a field day against relegation-battling Aston Villa. See previous comment about Seahawks defense.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Don Kelly to Marlins + Scherzer is gone too

Don Kelly has signed with the Miami Marlins on a minor-league contract. Over the last six years, Kelly served the Tigers as a super-utility player. He played every position at least once, including catcher and even pitcher. Kelly is known for coming up in the clutch or just coming in to pitch when we are getting smoked by the Mets. Here are some of his greatest moments with the Tigers:

  • Don Kelly gets the last out of the 9th inning
    • DK was called on to spare another relief pitcher in a 16-9 loss to the New York Mets. Kelly got the last batter to pop-up to end the game, using an effective changeup to battle to a 2-2 count.
    • Video:
  • Walk-off sacrifice fly in the playoffs against Oakland
    • It was pretty awesome.
  • He can use his glove, too
  • Solo home run in Game 5 of the World Series against the ALCS: 

Max Scherzer has signed a 7 year, $210 million mega-deal to pitch for the Washington Nationals. What a relief! He would have added so much money to our payroll. Now the Tigers can sign a couple players for the same price as Scherzer -- signing maybe David Price or a more average starter next year. Trading for Price last year was so he could replace Max's spot as the ace. Justin Verlander should bounce back this year as well.

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