D&B Radio Talk Stanley Cup, NBA Finals

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2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final: It’s A Cup Thing

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

There is a pair of major league playoff final series beginning this week. The NBA on Thursday night, and in my opinion, the best of all playoffs, the NHL on Wednesday night between the upstart Tampa Bay Lightning, and the greatest franchise in sports, the Chicago Blackhawks. You may have just detected a slight Chicago bias, and you would be right. I’m unabashed. Chicago all the way.

Courtesy of NHL.com

Courtesy of NHL.com

I’m fully aware that hockey is fourth in the pantheon of “Big 4” sports. It’s a niche sport, they say. I don’t know the rules, they say. To this I say, do yourself a favor. Learn a few of the basic rules. Icing, offsides, line changes. And be advised, there are not quarters in a hockey game. There are three 20-minute periods in a regulation hockey game. And as the Blackhawks can attest, if the game isn’t settled in regulation, overtime is required to settle the score. Sometimes three. And if it does go to overtime, the Hawks ALWAYS win. [Read more…]

Bulls, Blackhawks Playoff Hopes Suffer Crippling Blows

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

In Chicago, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2015, was the sports equivalent of the day the music died. The best players on each of the windy city’s winter/spring sports teams, the Bulls and Blackhawks went down with sudden, likely season-ending injuries.

Photo Credit: csnchicago.com

Photo Credit: csnchicago.com

Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls point guard and hometown hero, suffered yet another knee injury, a torn medial meniscus to his right knee, the same injury that sidelined him for all but 10 games of the 2013-2014 NBA season. It is Rose’s third major knee injury since his MVP season in 2011, and here in the Chicago area the buzz is not so much whether he can return to MVP form or not, but whether he can even return to the court. [Read more…]

Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers…Lovie Smith Returns

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

My gut tells me most people don’t give a rat’s ass about my Chicago Bears, and frankly given my personal travails the last couple of weeks have dampened my enthusiasm. But here I am in front of the TV watching the epic return of Tampa head coach Lovie Smith to Chicago to face the team that sent him packing following the 2012-13 season. A gray, rainy day typical of the mood surrounding the disappointing Bears and the lackluster Buccaneers surrounds Soldier Field and the game itself.

Photo Credit: Brian Kersey/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Brian Kersey/Getty Images

Passes misfiring on both sides, defense as a rumor and special teams with no heart along with flags thrown every other play. No rhythm, no semblance of actual NFL offenses or defenses. The Bucs lead by a touchdown, the only one scored thus far in this extraordinarily boring game. Lovie’s game plan with the Bears during his entire tenure was to keep the game close giving his team a chance to snatch victory in the closing minutes. This year’s Bears shouldn’t have expected anything different. [Read more…]

They Didn’t Tell Me it Would Be Like This!

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Withdrawal. Most commonly associated with the detoxification process after addiction to drugs has taken over your life. Or perhaps it’s just a semi-effective birth control measure. Regardless, I’ve been suffering through them this past week with the end of the NHL and NBA playoff seasons.

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No more Blackhawks until October. Eleventh to be exact, at the United Center against the Sabres. The Hawks will be the favorites to win the Stanley Cup next season, despite the LA Kings cheating to “win” it this year. [Read more…]

Against All Odds: Back After a Break

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

Sometimes when things aren’t going the way you want the best thing to do is just take a break. The batteries have been recharged for Against All Odds and its time to make a move. This is the perfect time to get back in the swing of things because there are a lot of big sporting events this weekend. Time for the picks.

Last Week: +$3.00
Current Balance: $161.67 ($15 still pending)

$10 on the Los Angeles Kings -1.5 over the New York Rangers (+180): I think the Rangers blew a great chance in game one. The Kings are going to play a lot better tonight and I think they pour it on tonight.

$7 on OVER 199 points in the Game 2 of the NBA Finals (-110): While both teams are good on defense they are both even better offensively. And it’s always more fun to root for the over.

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$5 on Novak Djokovic to beat Rafael Nadal in the French Open Final (+115): Breaking a common betting rule with this pick because I am making it purely with my heart. Nadal has a 65-1 record at the French Open. That is just insane. But Djokovic is one of my favorite athletes so I’m taking him to pull off the upset. [Read more…]

Blackhawks Remain Alive in Western Conference Finals

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staffer & Chicago Guru

Sunday night on the sports docket will feature what I consider to be the greatest spectacle in sports. The seventh game of an NHL playoff series. But then I’ve never seen a World Series. #damncubs

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Consider this, the Chicago Blackhawks, once on the wrong end of a 3-1 deficit in the series against the LA Kings, have come back to tie the series following a thrilling double overtime win on Wednesday in Chicago, and Friday night in that hockey hotbed, Los Angeles.

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Against All Odds: Hoping for a Recovery

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

Last week took all of the hope and promise of the three week winning streak and threw it in the garbage. The week of doom provided an unprecedented zero winners. To be fair three of the bets are still pending. So, basically they are just waiting to lose.  But Against All Odds is all about the comeback which is why Rob Ford being reelected is one of the pending bets.

Last Week: -$38.00
Current Balance: $158.67 ($25 still pending)

$10 on the Miami Heat -7: Every time I watch the Pacers I feel like they are on the brink of completely melting down. I think the Heat win this game by double digits.

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$5 on Montreal to win Game 4: I try to bet against logic when it comes to hockey. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – Rose Colored Passes

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

The sports news this week has me doing a little reminiscing, which is more than just a song by The Little River Band. While realizing that’s only the 7th or 8th most obscure musical reference I’ve ever used on this show, this reminiscing got me to thinking about thinking itself, which told me that A) Deep thoughts often make me dizzy, and B) we as a people love to romanticize the past. [Read more…]

Against All Odds: Don’t Call It a Comeback

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

Don’t call it a comeback. After a rough start the Against All Odds pot is growing. Unfortunately, the success had nothing to do with the Kentucky Derby. Nevertheless, the bottom line grew as I inch back to the original balance. I also still have two future bets that remain alive. The Heat/Thunder finals match up and Anaheim winning their series against Los Angeles.

Last Week’s Results: +$20.38
Current Balance: $213.37

$5 on Mr. Irrelevant being a defensive player: The Texans currently have the last pick in the draft. This is purely a guess but I think a linebacker will be this year’s Mr. Irrelevant.

Photo Credit: NFL.com

Photo Credit: NFL.com

$5 on Portland to win Game 3: The Trailblazers have looked over matched in the first two games. I’m betting on the bounce back here. [Read more…]

Against All Odds: Fourth Edition

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

The Against All Odds pot took a hit in the first two weeks. After those learning experiences, I finally had a positive week. The pot grew a whopping 44 cents. It would have been a much larger victory if the Avalanche hadn’t blown their 3-2 series lead against the Wild. I guess that’s what I get for betting on Patrick Roy. This is a huge weekend of sports. Not only do we get the NBA and NHL playoffs but there is also the Kentucky Derby and a Mayweather fight. In other words, the Against All Odds pot will look very different next week. Let’s hope the change is in the right direction.

Last Week’s Results: +$0.44
Current Balance: $192.99

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

I have to start with the Kentucky Derby. Who doesn’t like to bet on the Derby? I once predicted the winner three consecutive years. The only problem is I was in middle school and had no money on them. California Chrome is the favorite at nearly 2/1. I would stay away from that. Not enough return for correctly picking the winner of a 19 horse race. It should be noted that I make my picks purely off of the horse’s name and if I’ve heard of the jockey. With that said, here are my Kentucky Derby picks. [Read more…]

Against All Odds: Third Edition

By Keith Alrick
PSDC Writer

They say it’s not a mistake if you learn from it. The first week I picked nothing but golf props and the stash took a big hit. Last week I spread my picks out among several sports and only took a small loss. Some might say the real lesson is to not bet on anything but that’s not happening. It’s time for some more Against All Odds.

Last Week’s Results: -$1.45
Current Balance: $192.55 ($24 still pending)

$5 on Golden State +3: After losing by 40 points in Game 2, most people don’t have much confidence in the Warriors but I think they win this game outright. I’ll happily take the three points just in case.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

$4 on the Anaheim Ducks +1.5 (+170): I think the Ducks will come out on fire after losing two straight in Dallas. [Read more…]