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14 November 2014

5 Things You Need To Know Before You Go

I haven't done one of these posts in a while, probably because I talk about Tennessee football too much.  So legooo! 

College basketball starts today! Doin a little dance, doin a little dance, doin a little dance...

Tennessee opens their season tonight against my hometown school, #15 VCU. I love VCU's coach and would be rooting for them in any other situation... but not ta-ta-ta-today junior! I'm pretty sure everyone is clear where my loyalties fall at all times though... 

If you haven't checked out the pre-season top 25 yet, that can be found here! Plus pretty much every single team in the NCAA plays tonight, check out a full list of tonight's matchups here

The New England Patriots will be announcing a job opening today. They will be trying to fill the position of Social Media Director, with the new hire needing to start immediately. Because look what happened while you were sleeping:
It all seemed like a cute idea at first...

Until this guy wanted his own digital Pats jersey...

Ohhh no no no no nooooo!!!! PATS NO! Whyyyyy? 

So if you are looking for a job in sports social media, and live in New England, it will only be moments until that position becomes available. 
Let's talk about the "spread" and how to read the odds on your ESPN app. Because I'm sure this is a confusing topic to those of us who have never bet on sports! This should probably be its own blog post... note to self.

Game 1 Listed: Tennessee at VCU. VCU is listed second, so they are the home team.  As you can see on the right side it is televised on CBSSN at 5:30pm. But what does VCU -8 mean? 

VCU -8 means that VCU is an 8 point favorite to win the game. 

When two teams play each other, Vegas perceives that one team is as more likely to win over the other. They then award points to the underdog, to make betting on said underdog more desirable. 

In this example, Tennessee is the underdog. So if you were in Vegas and wanted to bet VCU against "the spread", VCU would not only need to WIN the game, but would need to win by at least 9 points for you to win your bet. 

Winning is hard :( 

Aaron Rodgers told a radio show his back feels a little tight from standing around so much during the second half of Sunday’s 55-14 route of the Chicago Bears. 

Meanwhile, boxes of kleenex in Chicago are sold out and no longer available within a 50 mile radius of the city center. 

Lets run an experiment. Is betting on mascots better, or betting using actual knowledge and reason better? 

Last Friday, I dropped all football knowledge and bet solely based on the team's mascot matchup of the week. When the final results were tallied, I went 6 and 6... 50% accuracy. 

Here are my predictions for week 11, having nothing to do with mascots and everything to do with actual football knowledge. Lets see check back in on Tuesday and see how they compare! 

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! 
What matchups are you most excited for this weekend??  

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  1. I still can't get over that patriots thing. that's just crazy. i'm sorry how did they not catch that???

  2. Wow, that Patriots situation is horrible! I am so excited for college basketball, though we're probably going to suck this year. Have a great weekend! PS-I love your handwriting! :)

  3. UNC is number 6, not too bad. What is too bad is how much shit we're in right now because of scandals. That makes it a little difficult to be overly excited.

  4. For shame Patriots!!! I mean... how on earth do you POST THAT, even if it was the millionth??? Go 1 million and 1 for pete's sake!

    FYI I feel like we're long lost soul buddies with all the Bill Madison and the League and CB and what not. It's a good thing, trust me!

    P.S.S. I'm personally never rooting for the Steelers mascot ever again... it did them no good... oye!!! WTF?

  5. Thank you for picking the Redskins :) hehe
    Have a great weekend!!

  6. You know what I'm about say, right?

    I love basketball season!!!


    GO CATS!

  7. Thanks for having hope the Vikings can win this weekend! #SKOL!!

  8. That Patriots Twitter thing is just crazy. I feel like this stuff happens far too often. I don't get it. Are these people trying to lose their job? It's clearly obvious.

  9. I love these posts with the 5 before you go!! That Patriots post is hysterical! I am sending it to my husband now.

  10. oh man. I feel like more than one person in New England might get fired for that. maybe it was an automatic thing that someone still should have been monitoring.

  11. I saw that Patriots tweet last night and couldn't believe it. Obviously an automatic response generator gone wrong. Sigh.... But it still looks really bad!! And I can't believe basketball is already starting. March will be here before we know it!

  12. Cowboys won me $$$ in Vegas weekend before last, which is surprising since I'm so used to them breaking my heart & shattering my hopes and dreams.

    I do what I want.

  13. I'm all about choosing March Madness brackets based on team colors or whether I like people from that state. Ya win some, ya lose some. Whatevs.


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