• I watch and play basketball. I also watch boxing and a little UFC.

  • I'm roughly $1600 in the plus for sports betting the past 30 days.

    Not sure if anybody hits the sportsbooks time to time, but down to discuss bets if anybody touches NBA, NHL, NFL, Boxing, MMA.

    Lowkey might put $20 on Max Verstappen to win the F1 Driver's Championship. I don't think he'd sign with Red Bull for 3 more years if he didn't think they were gonna win.

  • Sooo I've already watched the entire 2001 NBA Finals on YouTube. Might watch the 2001 NHL Stanley Cup.

    I have some gaping holes in my Formula 1 knowledge because I stopped watching around 2004. From let's say 2006-2014, which season should I watch? I heard 2010 and 2011 were fantastic seasons. I found a whole race archive Dailymotion page a while back so now is a good of time as any to watch some old races:

    This too:

  • @dipset Ray Bourque!

  • Two wonderful things happened in the English Premier League today: Liverpool won their first title since 1990 and Manchester United didn't win the title for the 7th straight year. I hope Steven Gerrard sleeps well tonight because I know I will. I'm not a Liverpool supporter but I'm glad they finally got one for their fans and for Gerrard.

  • hockey's back
    and by that I mean the rangers just got swept out of the qualifiers lol

  • @hanabi funniest part being the Hurricanes were the one and only team to vote against this format and most pundits thought it was because they were afraid of the Rangers after they swept the season series. The bunch of jerks strike again!

  • 5OT, like the third or fourth longest game in NHL history (with most of the games ahead of it being from way back in the 30's mind you). What an intense game of hockey. Don't even care for the Blue Jackets or Lightning but I gotta respect that.

  • @hanabi yeah, for the uninitiated, a regular game is 3 periods. These teams played 7 and a half tonight. And that's only game 1 of a series that could be as long as 7. They gonna be tiiiiiiiiired.

  • That Blue Jackets vs Lightening game made my bet card void when I hit on the two other bets I had. My parlay was:

    Vegas @ -1.5
    Vegas vs Chicago Under 6.5 goals
    Carolina to Win
    Carolina vs Boston Under 5.5 goals

    But the last two went void and I only got $397 on a $100 bet. Bullshit. I wanted to let that riiiiiiide.

  • the reffing in game 2 of boston/carolina is a fucking embarrassment and I straight up stopped watching it after that no-goal.

  • Game 1 reffing was bad too.

  • @dipset yeah, I won't deny that for a second, but there's a point where it stops feeling like "wow this is some bad reffing" and it starts to genuinely feel like it becomes a game of the players vs the refs instead of against the other team.

  • I got really angry about the reffing in game 2 but honestly I think I'm far, far more upset about that complete and utter collapse in the third period on game 4. They can't blame that on anybody but themselves.

  • @hanabi Absolutely crazy how much they dropped the ball

    Edit: figure of speech

  • Carolina has had some bad luck this series. Not seeing them pull off the victory but they’ll come back strong.

    My Avalanche will probably wrap this up in game 5 after scoring a touchdown last night.

    The Toronto Raptors also completely mopped up the Brooklyn Nets in an effortless destruction. I expected a badly injured Nets to be a bit better because they managed to get some wins in the bubble but this should be a 4-0 sweep.

  • @dipset I can't imagine a person in Toronto not being a hardcore Leafs fan. Even our stadium fills with their jerseys when the Leafs are in town. And a western conference team no less. How did that come about? When I was a kid, I hated the Canucks and was a huge Habs fan because I loved Patrick Roy. I would see humour in your reason being the same.

    Back to the Canucks, they are officially in a series. I think most would say the odds now favour the Blues but either way, these two have played a pretty good series to-date.

  • If you haven't started it yet, I really encourage you to check out this years NFL Hard Knocks. It's fascinating watching a team try to start training in the middle of a pandemic.

  • Is anybody else beyond done with baseball's unwritten rules?

  • @e_zed_eh_intern

    Loooooong but easy two pronged answer.

    I'm from Hamilton and moved to Toronto for my career. Hamilton and Toronto are sort of soft rival cities despite being nothing alike. Our only professional sports team is the Hamilton Tiger Cats in the CFL and our insane working class fan base of drunk steel workers over the years will get in full blown flights with Toronto Argonauts fans at the old Ivor Wynne Stadium. Among other insane things I've seen at TiCats games over the years was a drunk Hamiltonian taking a full blown piss on the Toronto fan next to him.

    I went to the final game of our Ivor Wynne Stadium because I used to film high school and university sports for the local TV station. I stuck around after our shoot day to watch the final home game. Fans in the box seats were leaving garbage everywhere, while the fans in the stands ended up ripping out benches, seats, retirement plaque's and anything else they could physically steal as the stadium was to be demolished.

    Good times, but the new culture at the stadium doesn't have that good Hamilton grit like it used to. For example, there was a massive smoking section which had pretty much every body shoulder to shoulder in this massive lot just hacking darts. Still glimmers of those old days though. I saw one fan at a soccer match during the PanAm Games, smoking a cigarette with her kids in a little alcove. I knew the Hamilton spirit will live on somewhat in the new stadium...

    Maple Leafs are a complete JOKE of a franchise. I can't stand the Leafs. They are a poorly managed franchise with idiotic fans who overpay for tickets to a consistently losing team (about half a century).

    The prices MLSE charges for tickets is insane, making hockey, a staple of Canadian culture, completely unaffordable for working class fans in Ontario. Maple Leafs are a franchise for the rich and there isn't any other way around it. Corporations buy all of the tickets and give them out free to woo clients. Leafs have been "sold out" every game for decades, yet, the stands have plenty of gaps if not mostly unattended throughout the years. Then the corporations buying all of the tickets jacks up the prices for the average joe who wants to see a hockey game in their home town.

    It was cheaper for my entire family of 4 to drive to Detroit, get 4 first bowl tickets, and stay in a hotel for 2 nights, than it was to just get 4 tickets to a Leafs game in 2010. That is ridiculous.


    The MLSE have no incentive to make a winning franchise because morons keep buying overpriced tickets to watch them lose. Their old majority shareholder was the Ontario Teachers Pension who just cared about making money and didn't care about the Leafs actually winning.

    FYI, Ontario Teachers Pension sold their shares in MLSE and bought either a majority or massive minority share in Ubisoft, who again, are a horribly run corporation with massive corruption, abuse, etc. Same idea, they only care about money.

    I used to also loathe the Raptors for the same reasons - they were AWFUL but the tickets were priced insanely. They had no incentive to try because people still bought tickets. At least the Raptors for the majority of a decade hired the right staff to turn the franchise around and start a "winning culture" with management who knows what they are doing. The Leafs are starting to get there, but they still seem to be run by complete idiots and I'm not convinced they will make it unless they rebuild the management and staff again.


    Also, fun fact, but other than my ONE friend who grew up here, I don't know any Leafs fans. Everybody in Toronto likes the Raptors. I barely even know anybody from university, work, general life who even gives a shit about hockey in general. For example, my girlfriends family comes from the Philippines none of them really caee for hockey. Her little siblings in grade school and high school don't even have a hockey team, nobody plays, watches or cares about hockey, but everybody loves and plays basketball. Their schools are mostly filled with Asian kids from Asian families who outright don't participate in sports outside of volleyball and basketball.

    I assume the Leafs fanbase are Ontarian's from other cities or white rich people who can afford a house in the city and don't interact in my circle.