TIW blog (for August 10-16)

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Updated: August 9, 2015

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Inspired by the Last At Cannington, the blog that was the precursor to The Inside Word, the TIW blog features breaking news, betting whispers, market updates, late mail & other items that have piqued our interest – we might even find a funny cat video or two!

 

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Jets hit a new low just weeks out from season opener (August 13)

When it comes to professional sporting clubs and franchises throughout the world, few can match the sustained level of incompetency established by the NFL New York Jets. Now, according to coach Todd Bowles, their much maligned quarterback Geno Smith (pictured above with the equally stable presence of Michael Vick) will miss up to 10 weeks with a broken jaw after he was punched in the face by linebacker (and teammate) IK Enemkpali in the locker room. It’s said the fracas resulted after Smith accepted a $600 plane ticket from Enemkpali to appear at the reserve linebacker’s football camp in Pflugerville, Texas, on July 11, but failed to turn up due to a personal issue. That means veteran journeyman and off-season signing Ryan Fitzpatrick is the likely starter for the forseeable future. Ouch.

 

High hopes for Rams in League & Cup (August 12)

After last night’s huge card, there are just three Capital One Cup first round games scheduled for tonight with our only bet of the tonight coming up at Fratton Park where former EPL club Portsmouth host top flight aspirants Derby County. Pompey’s financial woes sent them tumbling through the grades but they appear to have bottomed out in League Two. Meanwhile, the Rams are in promotion mode and expect to be among the leading contenders for promotion to the Premier League next May. Derby County have won three and lost none of their past four meetings with Portsmouth, and we expect that record to continue here.

Confirmed bet: Portsmouth v Derby County WIN (one unit @ $1.80); yesterday’s results: 5-4, +1.75 units

Port Vale +1 v Burnley (one unit @ $1.90) WIN (1-0)

Cardiff City v AFC Wimbledon -2.5 (one unit @ $2.10) WIN (1-0)

Yeovil Town +1 v Queens Park Rangers (one unit @ $1.90) LOSE (0-3)

Milton Keynes Dons v Leyton Orient/double chance (one unit @ $2.05) LOSE (2-1)

Luton Town v Bristol City WIN (one unit @ $2.10) LOSE (3-1)

Bristol Rovers v Birmingham City WIN (one unit @ $2.25) WIN (1-2)

Southend United v Brighton & Hove Albion WIN (one unit @ $2.20) WIN (0-1)

Blackburn Rovers WIN v Shrewsbury Town (one unit @ $1.83) LOSE (1-2)

Sheffield Wednesday -1 v Mansfield Town (one unit @ $2.30) WIN (4-1)

 

Seattle striker injures himself celebrating goal (August 11)

 

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Evil Geniuses crowned Dota 2 world champs (August 10)

In another sign of the stratospheric growth in the popularity of esports, the five members of Evil Geniuses (pictured above) have shared a staggering USD $6.6 million after winning Valve’s fifth world championship for Dota 2, The International. The US team Evil Geniuses won the series 3-1 over Chinese team CDEC, who had previously knocked them into the loser’s bracket. The five members of the winning team (Fear, PPD, Aui, Sumail, and Universe) took home the lion’s share of Valve’s unprecedented, crowd-funded USD $18 million prize pool. Viewership numbers for the final are still rolling in, but livestreams indicated more than several million viewers were watching the finals concurrently. Dota 2 remains the most popular MOBA in the world, second only to League of Legends, but The International has been the biggest global eSports tournament in existence the past few years due to its enormous prize pool.

 

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Keep your EPL powder dry (August 10)

Over the past five years, our decision not to bet on any EPL games for at least the first fortnight of the new seasons has been repeatedly vindicated. Examples? Chelsea held to a draw by Swansea at Stamford Bridge; Aston Villa defeats Bournemouth on the road; Leicester is the high scoring team on opening day with a 4-2 win over Sunderland and; Arsenal lose 2-0 at home to West Ham (pictured above). This is a tough league to cap, and watching from the sidelines for a couple of weeks won’t cause any harm.

 

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