Roper’s Ramblings: Saturday’s Sports Betting

Are the Olympics over yet? Note to the world: if you only pay attention to a sport every four years, the sport sucks. On the plus side, the Sochi Olympics can be declared a success when the only attacks on innocents come from Putin’s henchmen.

So I’m boycotting any TV that is showing the Olympics, with the sole exception being the hockey. Under in tomorrow’s Gold Metal game seems to be a lock, no? Under 4 for the first sixty minutes is my play. Calling it now: no goals will be scored in regulation. If I’m feeling a little punch drunk, I’m going to bet that the game will go to overtime. +310 is pretty juicy considering how low scoring the game will be.

My big play today will be the Miami Hurricanes over Boston College. BC is fat and happy after shocking the world with Wednesday’s night win over #1 Syracuse. Now they have an early morning game on the road? That’s not going to be easy.  Miami is coming off a solid home win against Notre Dame on Wednesday. They have struggled at home this year in conference play, losing to Florida St., Duke, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and North Carolina St. Not much shame in losing to those teams, but a solid college team should still be able to pull some surprises at home in conference.  Still, this play is more against BC, now 8-15-1 against the spread this year after their big win.

Today in History: Random facts that might make you look smart.

1630 – Quadequine introduced popcorn to English colonists at their first Thanksgiving dinner.
1819 – Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
1920 – The first dog race track to use an imitation rabbit opened in Emeryville, CA.
1969 – Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman to win a U.S. thoroughbred horse race.
1978 – Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen were arrested in New York and charged with drug possession.
1980 – The U.S. beat the U.S.S.R. 4-3 in Olympic hockey en route to a gold medal.
1989 – Milli Vanilli won a Grammy for Best New Artist. It was admitted later that they were not the vocalists on the album.
1997 – Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut and colleagues announced that an adult sheep had been successfully cloned. Dolly was actually born on July 5, 1996. Dolly was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell.

George Washington 1732
Frederic-Francois Chopin 1810
Ted Kennedy 1932
Julius Erving II 1950