Fun With Super Rugby Handicapping – Round 19

Last Week – an embarrassing 1-3; Overall (Since Round 15):  8-8  - in our defense, if you've taken the band off when we suggested, you're still ahead.  Anyhow, gotta have a good finish. As we hit the final week of the regular season, 10 of the 15 teams could have something to play for.  Oddly though, … Continue reading Fun With Super Rugby Handicapping – Round 19

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Fun With Super Rugby Handicapping – Round 18

Friday Update, Adding some totals commentary.  Got off to a good start to the week last night. Last Week - 2-2; Overall (Since Round 15):  7-5 As a wise man once said, we're back to attack and sharp like barbed wire.  Round 18 is something of a demarcation point where the top 2/3 or so … Continue reading Fun With Super Rugby Handicapping – Round 18

Fun With Super Rugby Handicapping – Round 17

Friday 6/29 Update.  How about that last 14 minutes in Melbourne last night?  Wasn't that awesome! Might have me rattled, adding a couple of overs to the bets this week, which is unusual. Round 16:  3-1  Total (Since Round 15):  5-3 Super Rugby returns from the June international break with three weeks of regular season … Continue reading Fun With Super Rugby Handicapping – Round 17

Fun With Rugby Internationals Handicapping – Week 4

Last week:  2-0.  Overall:  2-1.  Also, really want to credit myself for the RSA/Eng total, which I proclaimed everywhere I would take again, but couldn't actually find a line on it.  Dammit. The final week of the June Internationals is largely about motivation.  For the teams playing in already-decided series (New Zealand, France, South Africa, … Continue reading Fun With Rugby Internationals Handicapping – Week 4

Eagles v. Scotland Aftermath – Raise One for the Eagles! Then Squint Your Eyes at USA Rugby

Any discussion of last Saturday's USA Eagles triumph over Scotland must necessarily begin with undying admiration of the players and coaches involved.  Once you get that out of the way, then two other items must be tended to - you've got to pay homage to every current and former Eagle who poured their blood and … Continue reading Eagles v. Scotland Aftermath – Raise One for the Eagles! Then Squint Your Eyes at USA Rugby

Eagles v. Scotland – The Biggest Rugby Game in the History of the World!

The USA Eagles, in the midst of their greatest run of form since I don't know when, will host Scotland on Saturday in Houston in what may be one of the Eagles' greatest opportunities to topple a rugby titan since I don't know when. Seriously, this is big stuff.  The Eagles, winners of their last … Continue reading Eagles v. Scotland – The Biggest Rugby Game in the History of the World!

Tuesday MLR Update – The Western Domination Edition

This past weekend's MLR results bucked a recent trend where the comp's most Western teams had been struggling to travel successfully to Texas and Louisiana.  No such problems this week for the likes of Seattle and San Diego, who both prevailed in the Texas/Louisiana heat and humidity. Equally noteworthy is the fact that those two … Continue reading Tuesday MLR Update – The Western Domination Edition

Fun With June Rugby Internationals Handicapping, Week 2

Last week:  No record, didn't take a strong position on the Wales/RSA match.  Did, however, go 3-1 in Super Rugby, including the ol' "take the rubber band off" call. Week 2 of this year's June Internationals is where things really get rolling, with pretty much all of the world's major rugby-playing nations in action.  In … Continue reading Fun With June Rugby Internationals Handicapping, Week 2

Tuesday MLR Update – The Ridiculous Heat and Humidity Edition

Did you happen to notice the geography of this past weekend's MLR games?  Austin, New Orleans and Houston all hosted games.  In June.  All with pre-sundown kickoffs. It was like a contest as to who should be forced to play a match in the most inhospitable of conditions (I think NOLA won).  Is there no … Continue reading Tuesday MLR Update – The Ridiculous Heat and Humidity Edition