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College Football Week Nine: The biggest test yet for 7-0 Temple

Oct 30th, 2015 at 07:32 American Football 0 comments

Week Eight saw 14 undefeated teams become 12 as both Utah and Florida State fell to defeat for the first time in 2015. The upcoming week is a big one as Tuesday sees the playoff committee convene for the first time this season in advance of their first rankings which will be released on Tuesday. Staying unbeaten is important but four conference winners made up the Final Four last year …

The only way is up after a Doughnut last week

Oct 29th, 2015 at 18:30 Other Football 0 comments

After some close calls since winning with the first blog of the season, the past weekend was a major disappointment as all four picks came up short. It takes the singles into a loss for the first time this season whilst the profit from week one's accumulator win is quickly being eroded. Nevertheless, it's onwards and upwards this week and after the FA Cup last weekend, we have a full …

College Football Week Eight: A look at three of the unbeaten teams

Oct 23rd, 2015 at 08:17 American Football 2 comments

Some weeks in College Football it's often difficult to know where to look, especially at this stage of the season when conference games take up the majority of the schedule. With only a couple of weeks to go until the first playoff committee rankings of the season are released, teams will be keen to both win and perform well in order to catch their eye. The Top Three In my season …

Another weekend, another shot at landing an acca

Oct 22nd, 2015 at 18:41 Other Football 0 comments

Another winning week in terms of the singles, albeit a minute 0.01 point profit but with two losers, it was another loss on the accumulator with Burton Albion being especially poor in a 4-0 loss at Fleetwood. Another weekend, another series of picks and it's a four team acca this weekend as the FA Cup takes centre stage for the non-league teams Running Totals Singles: 20/36 (55.56% strike rate), 3.84 pts profit …

College Football Week Seven: Battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy

Oct 15th, 2015 at 22:07 American Football 0 comments

Week Six didn't disappoint in terms of drama with some close calls once more for some of the top teams but it was the off field incidents that caught most of the attention on Monday with the 6-0 Florida Gators losing their impressive freshman QB Will Grier to a one year drugs suspension whilst the USC Trojans sacked head coach Steve Sarkisian. Both schools have big matchups this week with …

Injury time heartbreak last week, will combining odds-on favourites change my luck?

Oct 15th, 2015 at 18:50 Other Football 0 comments

Lady Luck giveth and Lady Luck taketh away. So close to a second winning acca of the year as Coventry made it two from two on Saturday with a last minute goal before Exeter blew a 2-0 and 3-2 lead to concede an injury time equaliser and send the accumulator crashing down. A full house of action this week as the International break is over and after missing with just …

ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai

Oct 11th, 2015 at 22:31 Tennis 0 comments

We're now into the home stretch of the season with places in the end of season Tour Finals in London up for grabs and what better way to jump up the rankings than with a Masters Series win? A quick glance at the 2015 Masters Series events so far will notice a distinct pattern. The top three players in the world have won all seven whilst only Tomas Berdych and Rafael …

College Football Week Six: A defensive battle in the SEC awaits

Oct 8th, 2015 at 22:27 American Football 1 comments

Week Five was a huge week in terms of playoff implications with quite a bit of movement amongst the teams in contention. Michigan State almost let a big lead slip at home to Purdue and that cost them favour with AP voters as they fell to 4th whilst big wins for TCU and Baylor lifted them to 2nd and 3rd respectively. Ohio State remain number one despite struggling in Indiana and they …

Weekend Football: How hard can it be to land a three team acca?

Oct 8th, 2015 at 20:35 Other Football 1 comments

As soon as West Ham fell to a 2-0 deficit, it was never going to be a good week for the blog and so it transpired as only one of the five picks won although it could have been so much better had at least a couple of the three draws fell down on the right side. Onto this week and with the International break, it's a truncated acca …

NHL: Which teams are ready to end a postseason drought?

Oct 6th, 2015 at 23:40 Ice Hockey 0 comments

The NHL season gets underway in under a week and every year, teams who weren't very good in the previous season get better and make a run at the postseason. Since the 2004/05 season was lost to the strike, 45 of the 144 postseason places over the last nine seasons have been taken by teams who failed to make the playoffs in the previous year. That's an average of five per …

MLB Wildcard Games

Oct 5th, 2015 at 22:38 Baseball 0 comments

Back in April, thirty teams started off with hopes and dreams of making it to the postseason. Six months and 162 regular season games later, we're down to the final ten and that number will be trimmed by two over the next couple of days as the New York Yankees host the Houston Astros and the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Chicago Cubs in the American and National League wildcard games. The …

My New York Jets Wembley Experience

Oct 4th, 2015 at 23:45 American Football 1 comments

I was lucky enough to go to the International Series game in 2009 when the New England Patriots played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As a fan of neither team, it was disappointing to see the game become a blowout quickly and as it was only the third game in the series, the atmosphere felt very forced. Almost as if the NFL thought it was being watched by 80,000 robots. Whilst I …

NFL: International Series Trends

Oct 1st, 2015 at 22:33 American Football 2 comments

This weekend sees the International Series take centre stage once more in the NFL as Wembley hosts a regular season game for the 9th straight season. Last year was another milestone for the NFL in London as they hosted three games for the first time and the first early morning kick off in the States. It was so successful that all three matches in 2015 will kick off at 9.30am Eastern time …

College Football Week Five: Another big test for Notre Dame in prime time

Oct 1st, 2015 at 19:22 American Football 2 comments

Whilst the Big Ten has the top two teams in the country in Ohio State and Michigan State, the Pac-12 looks to be getting stronger and stronger whilst the SEC has many questions to answer. It promises to be another exciting week in College Football as the conference schedules start to ramp up. This week's blog takes a look at another non Power Five team to watch, the underdog of …

Just one selection let me down last week. Will this week bring more luck?

Oct 1st, 2015 at 06:30 Other Football 0 comments

After laying an egg the previous week, it was nice to get back to winning ways last week although for the second time this season, the accumulator fell one win short as the exertions of a penalty shoot out at Anfield cost Carlisle in a 1-0 home defeat to bottom club Newport. This is the last week before the International break so before a truncated accumulator next week, it's another …