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07/31/2014 03:28 PM

Jon Lester traded to Oakland by Peter Abraham USA Today Jon Lester, the most accomplished lefthanded pitcher in Red Sox history, has been traded to the Oakland Athletics along with Jonny Gomes. The Sox received Yoenis Cespedes and a draft pick in return. The trade, although anticipated for several days, is still shocking in that the Red Sox are taking the unusual step of dealing a healthy and productive ace pitcher. Lester, 30, leaves the Red Sox at the top of his game, having gone 10-7 with a 2.52 earned run average in 21 starts. His 149 strikeouts are sixth in the American League and he is fifth in ERA. Related Lester’s career highlights with Red Sox Lester joins an Oakland team that is in first place in the AL West. After helping lead the Red Sox to a World Series title, he has a chance to repeat that accomplishment. The Red Sox and A’s are not scheduled to play again this season. Cespedes, who turns 29 in October, is signed through the 2015 season. He was second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2012 but has seen his batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage drop since. Cespedes has 17 home runs this season (for comparison, all Red Sox outfielders have only 14), but is hitting .256 with a .303 on-base percentage. His numbers could improve at Fenway Park, a better environment for hitters than Oakland Coliseum. Gomes, a platoon outfielder, had a big impact on the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox but was hitting .234 with six home runs and 32 RBIs this season. He returns to Oakland, where he played in 2012. As part of the deal, the Red Sox also will receive Oakland’s “competitive balance” round B draft pick in 2015. That pick will come at the end of the second round. Lester will be a free agent after the season and said earlier this month that he would consider returning to the Red Sox. But the trade was seen throughout baseball as a sign the Red Sox were not willing to give Lester the kind of contract he was seeking and decided to generate some value by trading him now. There was division within the organization on the matter, with many lobbying to keep Lester, saying he was worth the risk of a long-term investment. Lester said in January he wanted to stay with the Red Sox and was willing to accept a hometown discount to make that happen. He repeated that idea at the start of spring training and expressed hope a deal could be struck before Opening Day But the Red Sox made what now looks to be an error in judgment by offering Lester four years and $70 million, a deal not close to the market rate for pitchers of his caliber. Lester and his agents, Seth and Sam Levinson, rejected that offer in March and the sides agreed to postpone negotiations until after the season. The Red Sox, cognizant of the kind of contract Lester was seeking, started trade discussions in recent weeks and by this week had multiple teams interested in Lester. Red Sox players, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia among them, were stunned on Tuesday when it became apparent Lester would be dealt. “Of course you want to keep Lester around and continue playing together. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game. No question about it,” Ortiz said. “I don’t know, man. It’s frustrating to see him going somewhere else. It’s just the situation that we’re facing right now.” Without Lester and Jake Peavy, who was traded to the San Francisco Giants last week, the last-place Red Sox will rely on a rotation headed by righthanders John Lackey and Clay Buchholz. Young starters Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster, and Brandon Workman are in the rotation for the moment. They have 16 career wins. Lester was drafted by the Red Sox in 2002 out of Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Wash., and found immediate success in the minor leagues. He made his major league debut in 2006 before learning that summer he had been stricken with anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Lester was placed on disabled list in late August and underwent a series of treatments in Seattle. He was declared cancer-free in December and started the 2007 in the minor leagues. He returned to the majors in July and finished the year by winning the clinching game of the World Series. Lester was 110-63 over parts of nine seasons with the Red Sox. He is ninth in team history in wins, fourth in starts, and fourth in strikeouts with 1,386. Only Roger Clemens, Tim Wakefield and Pedro Martinez had more. Lester made the All-Star team three times, including this season, and was fourth in the Cy Young Award voting in 2010 when he finished 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA. He also was durable. From 2008 to 2013, Lester made 31 or more starts each season, joining Cy Young, Roger Clemens, and Luis Tiant as the only Red Sox pitchers to accomplish that over six consecutive seasons. Lester also threw at least 200 innings five times. Outside of the bout with cancer, Lester’s only stint on the disabled list was for a pulled lat muscle in 2011. He missed 18 days. Lester was the team’s Opening Day starter from 2011-14 and threw a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals on May 19, 2008 at Fenway Park. It was the first by a Red Sox lefty since Mel Parnell in 1956. It was in the postseason where Lester made his greatest impact on the franchise. He was 6-4 with a 2.11 ERA in 12 postseason games and helped the Red Sox to championships in 2007 and 2013. Lester was a colossus last fall, going 4-1 with a 1.56 ERA in five postseason starts. He dominated the Cardinals in the World Series, allowing one earned over 15⅓ innings in two starts and striking out 15 with one walk. Lester won the pivotal game of the Series, beating the Cardinals in Game 5 in St. Louis to send the Red Sox back to Fenway Park with a 3-2 lead. Lester also made an impact off the field. He partnered with the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation to form the NVRQT (“Never Quit”) Foundation. Lester has been a frequent visitor to patients the Dana-Farber Cancer Center and a supporter of The Jimmy Fund.

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08/01/2014 06:10 PM

Free to enter (20 points)...with the normal great prizes.....OK it isn't until the 28th but College Foots is part of the contest!!!! 20 picks minimum so you have a little while to get started but don't wait too long! Don't think you'll be able to sign up until tomorrow (8/1) To enter the contest please click HERE Good Luck this month everyone - looks like we have a barnburner finish for July!

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07/22/2014 07:15 PM

Used to be able to cancel a pick in contests (before the game's start time, of course) was a nice feature in the event you clicked wrongly. Now with the revamped BTB site, one cannot remove a selection. Previous feature was superior, I find. No chance to return this functionality to the site?

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07/31/2014 06:46 PM

On Monday we will be launching the new design for the Forum and our blog so get ready for some big changes! Since there is a chance for issues we figure doing it during the break will allow us to fix any issues found before it gets busy again. Please post any issues you find in this thread! Then in about a month there will be another new addition to the site, one I am really excited about and I think everyone will love and a new mobile version of the site. The current one I believe is now is pretty old and in need of a update!

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02/15/2014 03:17 PM

Been a while since I posted anything, been going thru some crazy shit here at home... But that said we are less then a month away from a new forum design and.... I got what I think is a huge play today UNC -3.5 Pitt 4 games, 10 days. Off brutal loss to Cuse and also might be missing 2 top players! KILL IT

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02/05/2014 10:00 PM

Free to enter (only 10 points per square) with a max of 2 squares per poster...once the pool fills up or the game starts the numbers will be randomly generated and we have some great prizes! To enter please click HERE

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12/02/2013 09:42 AM

refs had the two biggest fu@kups this season so far. In the baltimore game tomlin was on the field and not even supposed to be in the white space during a play, much less on the field. baltimor should have been given a TD on the play and tomlin a personal foul and kicked out of the game. what were the fu@king refs thinking about or looking at as I ref has to run behind tomlin on the play. tonight washington had ball in last minute of game and ran a 2nd down play which looked like a 1st down for them and they moved the chains and washington threw an incompletion down the field and refs said it was 4th now and inches. why in the fu@k if it was 3rd and inches did they not measure and why did they move the chains. ball should have been whistled dead for them to get their shit together and it was either 3rd and inches or 1st down. outcome of game may have been no different but who knows. hope everyone had a great thanksgiving weekend.

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11/11/2013 07:35 PM

What an awful decision! TB has been pretty awful so far this year and Miami's mindset is most likely in a bit of turmoil with all the scandal talk! So what do we do with this one? Bet it over hoping both teams bungle it often causing some TD's? Or bet it under (I hate unders) but will these two be in any state to score? Or do we lean toward Miami (I think they have the better team) or lean toward TB for some reason (that I personally can't think of of the moment)? PLEASE HELP ME WITH ANY THOUGHTS YOU GUYS HAVE!

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11/02/2013 01:42 PM

NCAAF Virginia Tech vs. Boston College, 11/02/2013 12:00 Virginia Tech -3½/-110 Units: 10 of 10 NCAAF Wake Forest vs. Syracuse, 11/02/2013 12:30 Wake Forest +5/-110 Units: 10 of 10 NCAAF Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State, 11/02/2013 13:00 Western Kentucky -18½/-110 Units: 10 of 10 NCAAF Arizona vs. California, 11/02/2013 15:30 Arizona -15½/-110 Units: 10 of 10 NCAAF Clemson vs. Virginia, 11/02/2013 15:30 Clemson -18/-110 Units: 10 of 10 NCAAF Georgia vs. Florida, 11/02/2013 15:30 Florida +3/-110 Units: 10 of 10 NCAAF Iowa State vs. Kansas State, 11/02/2013 15:30 Kansas State -17½/-110 Units: 10 of 10 NCAAF Kent State vs. Akron, 11/02/2013 15:30 Kent State +1½/-110 Units: 10 of 10 NCAAF Kent State vs. Akron, 11/02/2013 15:30 Under 52/-110 Units: 10 of 10 NCAAF Navy vs. Notre Dame, 11/02/2013 15:30 Over 49/-110 Units: 10 of 10 NCAAF Miami vs. Florida State, 11/02/2013 20:00 Florida State -21/-110 Units: 10 of 10 To see more of finance's plays click here.

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11/02/2013 11:56 AM

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10/29/2013 09:56 AM

NHL Montreal vs. NY Rangers, 10/28/2013 19:30 NY Rangers -115 Units: 10 of 10 To see more of btb's plays click here.

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10/29/2013 10:18 AM

probably not many of us, but I waited until today to bet because it was obvious the public would hammer Seattle. I would suggest a parlay of Rams +13.5 and UNDER 43.5 I really don't see the Rams covering a high scoring game. If they cover, I believe it'll be because they hold Seattle to 24 or less

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10/27/2013 02:14 PM

Atlanta over Arizona . this game should be a pick but I like Atlanta to win out right !!

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11/02/2013 11:55 AM

Miami Hurricanes at Florida State Seminoles: Preview and Pick There is one game that stands out above the rest heading into week ten of the college football season. That game is the ACC throw down between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles. The Canes will hit the road looking for the victory and some respect after the near loss to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The Seminoles are cruising right along and realize that the Canes are just their next hurdle on their way to the National Championship game. A win here for Miami would propel them up the college football rankings. Miami Hurricanes at Florida State Seminoles Odds The college football odds for this game will favor the Seminoles since this game is in Tallahassee. The Seminoles may get even more action after the college football fan bases watched the lackluster performance by the Canes against Wake Forest, but that was obviously a look ahead game as the Canes have had this game circles all season long. While the Canes had some letdown, the Seminoles did not. The Seminoles, just one week after further distancing themselves from the rest of the ACC with a convincing road win against then-No. 3 Clemson gave the conference exactly what it needed in Week 9, a chest-bumping, spear-throwing, old school national title contender that can win it all. Florida State looked no different in its 51-14 dismantling of Clemson last week than it did in its 49-17 win over unranked NC State on Saturday, and that’s what’s different about the Seminoles this year. The Canes will see it firsthand this weekend. The college football betting trends for this game reveal just how good both of these teams are. Miami is 8-0-1 straight up in its last 9 games overall and 4-2 straight up in its last 6 games on the road. However it should be noted that Miami is 1-4 straight up in its last 5 games when playing Florida State, but they do play better when the game is at Tallahassee. Florida State is 8-0-1 straight up in its last 9 games overall and 11-1-1 straight up in its last 13 games at home. This game is expected to be highs coring as the total has gone over in 6 of Miami's last 8 games on the road and over in 4 of Miami's last 6 games when playing Florida State. Miami Hurricanes at Florida State Seminoles Pick With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check back on the day of the game to see who we select as our winner for this big game.

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10/19/2013 02:21 PM

Programmers are working to get the lines up but there's obviously been a glitch...if you want to make picks with NFL sides or totals in them you can post them in this thread, PM them to me or e-mail them to me at - hopefully they will be up soon and if you can wait that would be best but if you want to combine parlays or teasers with the college games please do so....REMEMBER all bets are final so no changes after you have sent them....I've posted lines from the monitor below - please use these...will post back when the lines are available.... 10/20/2013 13:00 Buffalo Miami NFL +7/-105 -7/-115 +275 -335 over 43½/-110 under 43½/-110 10/20/2013 13:00 Chicago Washington NFL 0/-110 0/-110 -115 -105 over 49/-110 under 49/-110 10/20/2013 13:00 Cincinnati Detroit NFL +2/-110 -2/-110 +105 -125 over 46½/-110 under 46½/-110 10/20/2013 13:00 Dallas Philadelphia NFL +2½/+100 -2½/-120 +125 -145 over 54½/-110 under 54½/-110 10/20/2013 13:00 New England NY Jets NFL -3/-125 +3/+105 -180 +155 over 43½/-110 under 43½/-110 10/20/2013 13:00 San Diego Jacksonville NFL -7/-120 +7/+100 -350 +290 over 45/-110 under 45/-110 10/20/2013 13:00 St. Louis Carolina NFL +7/-115 -7/-105 +250 -300 over 42/-110 under 42/-110 10/20/2013 13:00 Tampa Bay Atlanta NFL +6½/-105 -6½/-115 +235 -285 over 43½/-110 under 43½/-110 10/20/2013 16:05 San Francisco Tennessee NFL -3/-120 +3/+100 -175 +150 over 40/-110 under 40/-110 10/20/2013 16:25 Baltimore Pittsburgh NFL +3/-120 -3/+100 +125 -145 over 41/-110 under 41/-110 10/20/2013 16:25 Cleveland Green Bay NFL +9½/-110 -9½/-110 +400 -520 over 45½/-110 under 45½/-110 10/20/2013 16:25 Houston Kansas City NFL +6½/-110 -6½/-110 +227 -275 over 39/-110 under 39/-110 10/20/2013 20:30 Denver Indianapolis NFL -6/-110 +6/-110 -265 +220 over 56/-110 under 56/-110 10/21/2013 Date Teams League Point Spread Money Line Total 10/21/2013 20:40 Minnesota NY Giants NFL +3½/-120 -3½/+100 +155 -180 over 46½/-110 under 46½/-110

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