If you are a sports betting enthusiast like all of us at BangTheBook.com are, then you probably start thinking about the betting impact of the day’s top stories. Not every top story has a relevance to betting, but you probably try to connect the dots anyway. In a new feature each weekday, we will take a look at the top six sports stories of the day in an article titled the Daily Six Pack. They say that an apple day keeps the doctor away. Well, we like to think that a six pack a day keeps the bookie away.
With that, let’s take a look at the six top stories for Tuesday February 17:
Amar’e Stoudamire has reportedly agreed to join the Dallas Mavericks for the stretch run as the New York Knicks roster has taken yet another hit. Stoudamire negotiated a buyout with the Knicks over All-Star Weekend and was subsequently waived. The Mavericks were one of a handful of suitors, but Stoudamire quickly decided on Dallas in order to get situated before the NBA season begins again on Thursday night.
The Knicks also lost Carmelo Anthony, who will rest the remainder of the season to try and rehab some knee ailments he has been having. Without Anthony and Stoudamire, the Knicks lose their top two scorers and most consistent offensive players. On a team that was poor on offense to begin with, the Knicks are going to see some insanely low totals in their games the rest of the season and some very big spreads.
As for the Mavericks, there may be too many cooks in the kitchen right now. Stoudamire will want to play and could be a bit of a malcontent if he doesn’t get in the game enough. Dallas was already one of the deepest teams in the Western Conference, though they were deeper on the guards and the wings than at the rim. Stoudamire would seem like a good fit because of Dallas’s offensive scheme, but the job for Rick Carlisle has gotten a lot tougher because he’ll need to find playing time for everybody.
This could be subtraction by addition for the Mavericks and it’s something to watch for the next couple of weeks. The Mavs may be a stay away team until everything shakes out. On the other hand, the Mavs are clearly going for it and that may add a psychological edge for the team during their final push.
Dallas was pegged as a team to play on after the All-Star Break because they desperately needed the rest after a miserable stretch of games over the four weeks prior to the break. That may hold true, but integrating Stoudamire into the rotation may take time.
The Mountain(eer)s Win Again
West Virginia knocked off Kansas in a Big 12 thriller on Monday night as Perry Ellis’s layup failed to fall and Juwan Staten and the Morgantown faithful celebrated a win over a top-10 opponent. The Mountaineers downed Kansas at home last season as well, so the WVU Coliseum has not been a friendly place for Bill Self’s team.
West Virginia is going to be a very interesting team in the NCAA Tournament. They take an obscene amount of shots and don’t make most of them, but they are one of the country’s top offensive rebounding teams and lead the country in steals. They chuck a ton of threes, but they are capable of pulling upsets like this. The Mountaineers were 24-of-64 from the field and 8-of-21 from three and still won the game. They are also one of the country’s least efficient defensive teams, so if they don’t force a turnover, they’re giving up points.
Kansas, on the other hand, still leads the Big 12, but it feels like this isn’t the same Kansas team that we have seen in past seasons. However, the Big 12 is the top conference in the country, so the Jayhawks will get a high seed, especially if they can win the conference tournament. This was a great game to watch and learn about both teams for the future and we learned a lot.
Not A Sterling Moment
Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall’s leading scorer, dropped an atomic elbow on Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacano during the Wildcats’ blowout win over the Pirates. The elbow drop was ruled a Flagrant-2, which means that it is automatically reviewed by the conference and Gibbs will probably be suspended for at least one game. Gibbs took to Twitter right after the game and issued a public apology, tagging Arcidiacano in his Tweets. Arcidiacano took the high road and accepted the apology, but it probably won’t be enough for Gibbs to avoid a suspension.
The Pirates were ranked at one point and won at home over Villanova earlier this season, but the Wildcats got revenge in a big way. They are the class of the Big East and should win the conference tournament and pick up a high seed in March Madness. As for Seton Hall, they are ticketed for the CBI or CIT.
The Giambino Calls It A Career
Jason Giambi officially retired yesterday at the age of 44. He told the New York Daily News of his decision and rides off into the sunset as one of the most respected players in the league by his peers, despite his steroid usage in the early 2000s. Giambi spent the last two seasons of his career as a player-coach for the Cleveland Indians, though the Indians planted Giambi on the 60-day disabled list for most of the 2014 season.
Giambi ends his career with a place in baseball history. He is one of 20 players with 400 home runs, 1,400 RBIs, 1,200 runs, and 1,300 walks. During his prime, Giambi was one of the best hitters in the game, but he probably tried to hold on too long. Giambi’s announcement and subsequent praise comes a day after the Yankees announced that Andy Pettitte, former HGH user, will have his jersey number retired.
It seems that we’re starting to embrace PED users now that MLB’s witch hunt is largely over. It helps that players like Giambi and Pettitte owned it, rather than lying to Congress and the American people like Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro, and Alex Rodriguez did. Giambi and Pettitte both owned up and apologized almost immediately.
Giambi’s future is as a big league manager, but he will take some time to catch up with family and decide where the best fit is. He could also do some analyst work this season if he decides that he can’t stay away from the game.
The San Diego Chargers want a new NFL stadium and they met with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer to discuss the issue on Monday. The Chargers have threatened to move to Los Angeles if the city fails to meet their demands and came prepared with some facts and figures, including the fact that 25 percent of the team’s season ticket base comes from LA.
Part of San Diego’s consternation likely has to do with the fact that the Padres now play in Petco Park. The teams used to have to share a facility and Qualcomm is one of the oldest, non-historic venues in the NFL. It opened in 1967 and the Padres played there until Opening Day 2004.
This is an interesting situation to watch because St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke already unveiled plans to open a new stadium in Inglewood, CA that would include moving the Rams out of St. Louis and back to Los Angeles.
There will be a lot of political posturing and some heated debate over the next few months.
Ryders On The Storm
Davis Love III is expected to be named the captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team for the 2016 event Hazeltine in Minnesota. The U.S. lost in devastating fashion in 2012, blowing a 10-6 lead on the final day. The European team is deciding between Darren Clarke and Miguel Angel Jimenez for their captaincy.
Tom Watson was the captain in 2014 and the U.S. really struggled in that event. Fred Couples was reportedly interested and his perfect record in President’s Cup matches would have been a nice achievement on the resume, but PGA of America seems dead set on going with Love. The U.S. has not won the Ryder Cup since 2008 and a lot of the American players have voiced their thoughts on the selection process of both the captain and the team. The players have been vocal in their support of either Couples or Paul Azinger after some of Love’s questionable Sunday decisions led to the loss.
This event is a major point of pride for the players and fans of golf and it seems that the PGA of America has tunnel vision right now.
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