Not a good sports weekend…

When I came up with the idea of this blog last Friday, I was hoping to kick it off with great news – i.e. a Cubs sweep of the Yankees and winning money on the Kentucky Derby. Not so much.  Below is a LONG recap of the weekend and what’s going through my head on this second Monday of May.

Cubs-Yankees:  I sat through 18 innings of baseball last night…only to watch my team score in only 2 of them. Give me a break! You’re the World Series champs and you can’t score in 16 of 18 innings…most of them against subpar pitching.  Add on to the fact that I needed the Cubs for a large parlay and it made the night all that much more disgusting.

For 8 innings on Friday, things were cruising.  Then Hector Rondon gave up a 3-run HR to Brett Gardner and the Cubs lost 3-2.  They were dead in the water in the 1st inning on Saturday and no need to further discuss last night’s marathon.  Swept…at home…by the freaking Yankees!

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The World Series champs are one game over .500 and are 7-9 at home, having been swept twice.  Last year they went 57-24 at Wrigley Field.  Think about that…they’re on pace to LOSE 46 games or so at Wrigley.  Do something Cubs management – you have most of the pieces to repeat in place…make some changes!  And no – Kyle Schwarber shouldn’t be hitting leadoff either.

I thought a repeat appearance to the World Series was a virtual lock at the start of the season. Right now, it’s looks to be in doubt…at best.  The worst case scenario as I see it isn’t THAT bad though – another NL Central Title.

Ducks-Oilers: The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – where the predictable is unpredictable.  I have never previously rooted for the Ducks except in the movies until I saw this year’s playoff bracket.  Then I saw their potentially easy road to the Finals IF Chicago lost – which happened in 4 games to Nashville.  Anaheim cruised to a first round sweep of Calgary…but honestly they’ve been thoroughly outplayed against Edmonton.

I have futures wagers on them to win this series (+450 when they were down 0-2), the Western Conference (+700), and the Finals (+1400)…so when they lose 7-1 in a potential elimination game, yes I’m seriously annoyed.  The Ducks stunning three goal comeback in the final few minutes on Friday night was amazing and stunning…yet the momentum clearly didn’t carry over as the Oilers scored five times in Sunday’s 1st period.

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I’m not wasting time writing about the NBA Playoffs because there’s nothing to say.  We know we’re getting a Warriors-Cavs Finals so let’s get on with it already.  The NHL is SO much more exciting and it doesn’t hurt that I stand to win some money if Anaheim succeeds.

I’m thinking with my heart and clearly not my head…but give me Anaheim 3-2 in OT on Wednesday night in what should be a dramatic Game 7.

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My horse racing crew, Queen Bee Racing, at Turf Paradise for the Kentucky Derby.  And yes, I take awkward pictures!

Kentucky Derby: My top four projection was Gunnevera (10), McCracken (15), Irish War Cry (17), and Always Dreaming (5) in that order.  Well at least I had the winner, right?

But let’s be honest about handicapping that race…all of the forecasts predicted a wet-fast track if not dry.  Instead the race goes off as a slop-filled quagmire.  How in the hell can anyone handicap that accurately?  Don’t get me wrong, I would’ve loved to have gotten one of those crazy exacta or trifecta payouts!

It doesn’t help that the 15 and 17 played bumper cars at the start (see below)…talk about never having a chance!  Always Dreaming was much the best in the race and should be a force to be reckoned with in the Preakness.

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With that said, I’m hesitant to predict that Always Dreaming runs to daylight again in the Preakness, though. Watch out for Classic Empire and Gunnevera among others.  There is certainly some money to be made at Pimlico on the 3rd Saturday of May! (Full predictions coming late next week).

Unemployment: I parted ways with my employer, Yeager Marketing, less than two weeks ago.  I wish them nothing but the best and thank them for the 8 month opportunity to be a Project Manager but it wasn’t a good fit for either side.

Having worked the previous 8 years at AZ-TV, this was a career experiment that just didn’t make sense for the long term.  But now what?

Some people have a fear of the unknown…right now, I’m not one of them.

I’m excited for the challenges that lie ahead.  I don’t know if the next step is in media, sports, or something completely different but I want to get it right.  I need to be passionate about what I’m doing on a daily basis and sadly I never felt that at Yeager.  If you have any suggestions for me as to what’s next, I’m all ears.

Onward and upward!

Later this week I’ll make my pre-pre-season game-by-game predictions for UofA football in 2017, explain why it’s title or bust for Arizona basketball next year, and talk a little fantasy football.

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