Hangover Monday: NASCAR is Wild, Feb. 15

Happy Monday, or shall we call it, the day after Jordan Spieth usually undergoes a meltdown. That couldn’t be more true after yesterday’s collapse at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. It sucks too because everyone desperately wants to root for Spieth. He was once the golden child of gold, winning Masters and Majors like it was nothing, but now he’s at the bottom. 

If you’re a fan of a team in Texas, that sucks. The whole damn state feels like Antarctica right now. I mean seriously, I’ll take swamp ass in the dead of summer before Tex puts on snow boots and plows through snow, falls on my ass, and the outcome is the god damn same. 

I digress, but I am also tired, cold, and pissed off so let’s just get into it. 

If you bet on NASCAR this weekend, that probably sucks for you. No one thought Michael McDowell, a dude known for an insane wreck back in the early 2000s was going to win the Daytona 500, but here we are. Interestingly enough, he was one of the main reasons there was a crash that went down but he was still able to win the tournament which seems sketchy as hell if you ask me. I don’t know much about NASCAR but that situation seems like a dude who charges the pitcher, breaks his nose, stays in the game, pimps a big-daddy walk-off on the next pitch off the shortstop, and then sleeps with the pitcher’s wife after. Just seems wrong. 

What I didn’t realize is that NASCAR dudes are like bitchy NBA players. There is some drama that goes down in this sport and I was all about it last night. For starters, McDowell is objectively a bad driver. He hadn’t won a race in 357 prior attempts…. Let that sink in. He was a 100-1 dog at the time this thing started. Supposedly he had less than 1% of bets where a $100 wager would net you $10,000. And guys like Brad Keselowksi didn’t think his “crash” was an accident

“I don’t feel like I made a mistake,” Keselowski said after the race. “But I can’t drive everybody else’s car.”

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In baseball, pitchers typically throw at guys who hit bombs off them the night before so I’m interested to see if the same rule applies in NASCAR the next time they hit the track. Nothing like a “I’m gonna plow your car into the side of a wall” revenge hit. Anyways, the largest shareholder of the handle was Denny Hamlin, he was +750 to win and he came in fifth so I imagine there were some pretty pissed off dudes from Alabama yesterday. 

Let’s circle back to golf for a moment. This sport is so damn hard to bet on but also the fact that I can just take a stab at this guy finishing in the Top 20 and winning money on it is a massive dub. Daniel Berger was a +675 to cash and he absolutely did that. But so many bettors had a guy like Spieth just finishing Top 10 and he pulled it off. If you threw a ton on him to win the thing before Round 4 at +200, now that is just unfortunate. Part of my late New Year’s resolution will be to bet more Top 10 finishes. 

The Ultimate Bad Beat

This has to be one of the most painful things I have read in a minute. This comes from Ben Fawkes.

“A bettor at @tabcomaumedia had a five-leg $15,000 NBA parlay tonight at odds of +2376 (would’ve collected over $356K). Raptors -5.5 W Hawks +4 W Nets -2 W Grizzlies -4 W Clippers -9 Malik Beasley’s dunk with 0.4 seconds makes the final 119-112 Clippers. Bettor loses parlay.”

Shitty Stat of the Day

We absolutely hate when the books win and that’s why we are especially upset at this stat. There was over $117.4 million bet on the Super Bowl in New Jersey sportsbooks. The books netted $11.3 million profit. If that isn’t the worst thing you’re going to hear this Monday then I do not want your life. 

Free Play

You loyal readers, you. We love ya. So here is our Free Play of the Day. I like the Warriors to cover at -9 against Cleveland tonight. The Cavs haven’t covered in 10 straight games and Golden State has won two of three, covering in 50 percent of their last 6. They are 7-2-1 ATS when it is Cavs vs Warriors and I like those odds.

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