redietz
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October 16th, 2020 at 10:20:43 AM permalink
Well, today was interesting. I alluded to being very careful in earlier posts regarding having your head on a swivel if sports gambling during this pandemic. I check numbers all the time -- at 2 AM, at 6 AM, and throughout the day.

Anyway, the point is, I just got kneecapped by a virus cancellation, and it could have been worse. I had bet four digits for myself (and some for others) on Southern Miss -3 and -4 vs. UTEP a few hours after lines opened. I was about 80% sure the line would go up. I had an opinion on the game, but also thought it might make a good middle shot if the line went to -7, which I thought was eminently possible. So the line was sitting at -6 1/2 when I went to the post office this morning, and when I got back, the game had been refunded. The game had been cancelled due to covid issues with Southern Miss, who had their previous scheduled game cancelled because Florida Atlantic had problems. Well, there had not been one peep about Southern Miss issues at all. Not a hint. I thought if any problem with this game arose, it would likely be on the UTEP side.

So I be wrong, is the bottom line. If the game had been played, and Southern Miss had announced after kickoff, oh yeah, we have eight starters out with covid, well, not good for me.

This is just friggin' ridiculous. My excellent middle shot (and being on the right side of the line move) out the window the day before the game. And if the game isn't cancelled, I'm on the wrong end of everything.

Man, I wish all these red state teams had just cancelled the damned season and tried to play it in February or whatever. I had actually been having a little bit of fun because there are so many head-spinning variables during covid to consider, but this was the first game where I had serious money invested and almost got whacked. Changes the funsy-ness of it, is what I'm saying.

So beware.
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ThatDonGuy
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October 16th, 2020 at 10:34:37 AM permalink
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Man, I wish all these red state teams had just cancelled the damned season and tried to play it in February or whatever.


The problem with that is, far too many of the best players would have declined to play out of fear that it might affect their NFL draft chances since they would have to play college football and then NFL football within 3-4 months of each other.

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So beware.


No need to tell that twice to the eight people in the Circa NFL Survivor Contest that selected the Patriots last weekend, only for the game to be moved to Tuesday after the deadline for making changes, and the rules saying that if a game is not played before 5 AM (Eastern) on Tuesday morning, it is treated as a tie - which counts as a loss for anybody who selected either team in that game.
redietz
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October 16th, 2020 at 10:49:03 AM permalink
That's infuriating. This is going to just increase as the season continues, so it'll be a complete mess.

At least the NFL announces when people test positive. In college football, unless games are cancelled, some teams choose to announce nothing until after kickoff. It's a ridiculous crapshoot.
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redietz
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October 16th, 2020 at 10:59:24 AM permalink
Just got word five minutes ago that my nephew's undefeated high school team up in Pennsylvania cancelled their big game tonight and next week. Must be coronavirus. Wow.

I was going to plug the game here. It was unbeaten North Schuylkill versus 4-1 Pottsville. That neck of the woods produced top notch Berwick teams a couple of decades ago (Berwick was multiple national champs via the USA Today poll).

My nephew had a five-minute stretch a couple of weeks ago where he caught a pass, had an interception, punted down to the opposition two-yard-line, returned a punt, and kicked an extra point.

Well, I hope they are all safe and that they all recover. And I hope it's not the coaching staff.
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October 16th, 2020 at 12:33:33 PM permalink
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It was unbeaten North Schuylkill versus 4-1 Pottsville. That neck of the woods produced top notch Berwick teams a couple of decades ago



Speaking of good football in that area, and you don't want to mention the 1925 NFL CHAMPIONS (disputed) Pottsville Maroons? lol

And I am sorry, but I can't let a mention of Pottsville go by without referencing the greatest beer in the universe, Yuengling Lager. (that too is unofficial). God, how I miss that beer from my Pennsylvania days.

Good luck to your nephew for the remaining year. Hopefully the game will be rescheduled.
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October 16th, 2020 at 1:05:32 PM permalink
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Speaking of good football in that area, and you don't want to mention the 1925 NFL CHAMPIONS (disputed) Pottsville Maroons? lol

And I am sorry, but I can't let a mention of Pottsville go by without referencing the greatest beer in the universe, Yuengling Lager. (that too is unofficial). God, how I miss that beer from my Pennsylvania days.

Good luck to your nephew for the remaining year. Hopefully the game will be rescheduled.



I was recently told that Yuenling is soon to be available in Arizona, so I imagine it is coming to Nevada as well. Molson/Coors has extra operating capacity in some of its western breweries and Yuenling needed a distributor so it should work well.
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October 16th, 2020 at 1:31:56 PM permalink
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I was recently told that Yuenling is soon to be available in Arizona, so I imagine it is coming to Nevada as well. Molson/Coors has extra operating capacity in some of its western breweries and Yuenling needed a distributor so it should work well.



Interesting. I will keep an eye out for that development.
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October 16th, 2020 at 2:04:01 PM permalink
So you can lose money if a game on which you have bet is not even played? Am I reading that correctly? If so, it would be to the advantage of the bookie to have the game cancelled since I assume he pockets whatever you lose.

Under present circumstances, I would hesitate to place a bet on a team if players can decide that it's not worth it, healthwise, to play and yet the game goes on. The opportunity to mess with an honest outcome by convincing a star player to sit out the game? Point-shaving by another name, for those old enough to remember what that is.

-graduate, Boston College, 1974

As to brands of beer - Narragansett was a local brand here in the sixties. The brewery went out of business and Narragansett Beer was resurrected a few years ago. It was a horrible beer back then, and the new offering was actually better than the original. The point being - don't judge the beer by its label. Will a western-brewed Yuenling taste the same as it's eastern namesake?
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October 16th, 2020 at 2:27:43 PM permalink
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As to brands of beer - Narragansett was a local brand here in the sixties. The brewery went out of business and Narragansett Beer was resurrected a few years ago. It was a horrible beer back then, and the new offering was actually better than the original. The point being - don't judge the beer by its label. Will a western-brewed Yuenling taste the same as it's eastern namesake?



Sorry to "nit pick" but some of you are leaving a "g" out of Yuengling. lol. I know it is an unusual name.

So I discovered Yuengling upon moving to Philadelphia. At just about the same time early 2000's, Yuengling expanded into Florida where I grew up and never heard of it. Yuengling purchased an old Stroh's brewery in Florida, expanding into the southern eastern U.S. (Anyone remember Stroh's beer? Fire brewed.....whatever that means. lol)

So I have never had a Yuengling from the Florida brewery, but several people have told me it is not the same taste as the traditional Yuengling from Pottsville. ??? So I wonder too if I would think a Yuengling from Arizona brewery tasted the same. I'd like to find out though. :)
redietz
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October 16th, 2020 at 2:33:28 PM permalink
One of my friends, back in his youth, worked at the Yuengling brewery in Pottsville and gave tours. A few years back, another friend ran in the first Yuengling 5K in Pottsville, and sent me a shirt, which I proudly wear jogging.

Yuengling lager is my beer of choice.

Pottsville is also home to the jail where the Molly Maguires were imprisoned and then hung. If you haven't seen the old Sean Connery film, check it out. It's pretty much all true.
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