Bucks Celebrate while playing the Suns Game 5
Milwaukee Bucks' P.J. Tucker, from left, celebrates with Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Pat Connaughton during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Hangover Monday: The Suns are Holding the Bottle, July 19th

Oh no…it’s happening again. It is a curse, perhaps maybe a spell. I’m not sure if it was the Morris Twins who cast it, Curt Schilling, or Ken Wisenhunt. But, Arizona sports are doomed. It feels like they always have been and after losing three straight NBA Finals games, it feels like they always will be. 

Phoenix was on top of the world after Western Conference Finals. They were celebrating as if they had already won the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The streets in Phoenix were packed and the fans were already popping the champagne. Playing a Milwaukee team with a hurt Giannis…what could go wrong? 

Then Phoenix jumped out to a 2-0 lead and I was even on the “Suns in 4” bandwagon. But it has all come crashing down. It has been a triumphant trouncing that not even I believe is happening. Sure, I took Milwaukee and the points in Game 5 and I suggested to all of you that it was the best play. But I thought that Phoenix was going to win that game. When the score was 120-119 and Devin Booker had the game in his hands, I was certain. But the town is cursed. After all, there is a lot of tribal land, who knows who may have pissed someone off some 150 years ago. 

Now, the Suns are the ones waking up with a Hangover on this Monday. Monty Williams keeps reiterating that everything they want is on the other side of hard but in the last three games I have seen a team that is incredibly soft. Phoenix has raced out to a lead, beaten the Bucks to the punch, only to get knocked down and beat in the end. 

I’m not even sure why I’m so invested in this squad. I am not from Arizona, I don’t actively root for their teams, and I hardly like Chris Paul. But here I am, hoping for a Game 7, praying that we get one more fan shot from the ABC broadcast from inside the Footprint Center. Let’s talk gambling. 

Did you bet on Jordan Spieth? I’m sorry if you did. But my god you have to give it to Collin Morikawa for the way he played over all four rounds at Royal St. George’s at the British Open. He nearly tied the score for best aggregate in a golf major before missing the putt on 18. He joins Tiger Woods as the only two players in history to win a PGA Championship and The Open Championship before they turn 25. 

The most impressive part of his win was that it was his first Open Championship. Links golf isn’t what most are used to, but he handled it like a pro. Morikawa was a +5000 underdog heading into the weekend and cashed in big time. The best bet that I saw placed was from a guy who meant to throw $5 on Morikawa to win the Masters Tournament but accidentally placed it for the Open. He won $255. The biggest winner was a guy who put down the cash on Morikawa and won $10K. 

A Pirates Life for Me
The Pittsburgh Pirates are an embarrassing franchise right now. But yesterday they got some relief when the Mets made a humiliating play in the infield against them and they scored three runs on a single. When people opened the highlight, it was assumed the Pirates would be the dunces. Anyways, the Pirates jumped out to a 6-0 lead and sports twitter was talking about the death of the Mets. I went back on Twitter to find the Mets, who I had a parlay on, winning the game in the bottom of the ninth by a score of 7-6. Thank you, Pittsburgh. 

In the Buck of Time
Let’s go back to Game 4 of the Finals when the Bucks hosted the Suns. Milwaukee was favored by 4.5 points because they are unbeatable at home right now. Many bettors took that bet and sweated it out. The Bucks were able to cover it, but they only had it covered for a full 19 seconds in the game.

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Free Play
Okay you hangover degenerates. The bet that I like most tonight is Boston vs Toronto OVER 10. The Sox bats were asleep in Sunday’s loss to the Yankees and they are bound to wake up. Toronto is crushing the ball right now and they’ve averaged 5.16 runs per game against Boston so far this season.  

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