Cheddar wk10, LSU +6.5 at Bama
Check it out: I made it through the entire baseball season without watching one full inning. Not even one full half-inning. Actually I don’t think I watched a full at bat.
Now for several years I had purchased the MLB package and watched most (all?) of the Indians games on my Apple TV. It was fine, like background noise. But I don’t know… the
farcical concept grasping mercantilism of MLB became too much. As laughable as it is that cities able to support $200 million payrolls play in the same league with those who struggle at $25 million, I think I finally grew actively offended when I heard the lip service from MLB about recognizing how dull the 3.5 hour games had become and wanting to improve its pace of play. The solution from the suits1 in baseball was:
- touch not the time used between innings for precious ad space;
- adopt instant replay;
- applaud selves on huge TV contracts and claim that data point as proof that game is strong.
Used to live in neighborhoods where I could walk to get will-call tickets at Fenway and Wrigley. It was cool old school: coming up the tunnel in Fenway is going from black and white to color. Hitting the bleachers in Wrigley at 11am for a 2pm start is its own unique Chicago tradition.
But now, even in those places, the focus is on the peripheral, the act of going to an event — any event. Christ Yawkey Way is like a Disney theme park imagineering of a city scape. Any resemblance to old Wrigley now is accidental because God forbid your city not have an overbuilt publicly-funded shrine to the distraction that are sports.
The baseball that takes place inside the facilities is incidental.
Anyway, baseball can just fuck off. I ain’t watching it, I ain’t funding it. Couldn’t actually care less.
No lines on UVA/Miami, Jags/Jets, Titans/Saints.
Early post for the NIU/Toledo game. Full lines up tomorrow. LSU/Bama will be the all-play.
Cheddar line for tonight: NIU +7.5 at Toledo
— mike b. (@603_brown) November 3, 2015
OHIO HIGH SCHOOL PLAYOFF LINES!!
Straight outta Steubenville, the pinnacle of sports betting purity or degeneracy depending on your point of view. Click to enlarge.
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