Shumpty’s Punt: The Weekend Mega Multi

It has been a while since I posted a weekend sports multi.  With the rugby league, rugby union and AFL seasons well underway in Australia and the NBA finals and the MLB season underway in the US there is just an array of sport to watch. 

I have come up with an eight (8) leg multi for this weekend that traverses all of these sports.  Here is the multi: 

Leg 1: New York Mets to cover the line (+1.5 runs) against the New York Yankees in the MLB. 

Leg 2: Chicago Cubs to cover the line (-1.5 runs) against the Cincinnati Reds in the MLB. 

Leg 3: Washington Wizards to cover the line (-.4 points) against the Toronto Raptors in the NBA. 

Leg 4: Total Game Score OVER 165.5 points in the game between Essendon and Collingwood in the AFL. 

Leg 5: Crusaders to cover the line (-8.5 points) against the Blues in the Super Rugby. 

Leg 6: Melbourne Storm to cover the line (-10.5 points) against the Manly Sea Eagles in the NRL. 

Leg 7: Atlanta Hawks to cover the line (-2.5 points) against the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA. 

Leg 8: Penrith Panthers to cover the line (+2.5 points) against the Cronulla Sharks in the NRL. 

This multi will pay circa $179 for each dollar invested. 

As always: 

  1. Please gamble responsibly. 
  2. Whilst all care is taken with these tips no responsibility vests for losses incurred. 
  3. Good luck and good punting! 

The Super Sports Multi: It’s Back!

After a summer hiatus, the start of the NRL season is a good enough time as any to return to this blog my weekend sports multi.  I will post one every Thursday afternoon focusing on the sport on the coming weekend.  

Here is this weekend’s multi:

Leg 1: South Sydney to cover the line (-4 points) against the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL. 

Leg 2: India to defeat the West Indies in the Cricket World Cup. 

Leg 3: South Africa to defeat Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup. 

Leg 4: Blues to defeat the Lions by greater than 12.5 points in Super Rugby. 

Leg 5: North Queensland Cowboys to defeat the Sydney Roosters by between 1-12 points in the NRL. 

This multi will pay around $20 for every dollar invested. 

As always: 

  1. Please gamble responsibly. 
  2. Whilst all care is taken with these tips, no responsibility vests for losses incurred. 

Super Rugby 2014: Winners and Losers

The Super Rugby competition for 2014 is now over and the Waratahs have been crowned champions. It has been a long season and as with any season there are always winners and losers. Here are my winners and losers from the 2014 Super Rugby season:

Winners:

New South Wales Waratahs:

What a season it has been for Michael Cheika and his Waratahs. Coming into this season they had not won in Super Rugby competition and were desperate to get that monkey off their backs. Simply put: they were the best team in the competition in 2014 and its biggest winner.

Highlanders:

2013 was the worst season the Highlanders have had in Super Rugby competition, particularly with the squad listing they had. 2014, after a clear out of playing stocks that saw many consider that they would be in the fight for the wooden spoon again. They over-performed with the line up they had and were in the running for a finals spot right up to the final weeks of the competition.

Western Force:

The Western Force have long been the perennial strugglers of the Australian conference in this competition whilst also being one of its off field success stories, particularly when you consider the excellent crowds the franchise garners to its games. Those die hard fans were treated this year to the best season on record for the Force. If they keep up their improvement from this season a finals birth can not been out of the question in future seasons.

Biggest Winner: Israel Folau

This is tough for me to say but after only two seasons Folau is fast becoming, if he is not there already, one of the best players in the game. Yet again this season he dominated opposition whenever had ball in hand and was the cornerstone of the Waratahs first championship victory.

Losers:

Cheetahs:

The Cheetahs came into the 2014 season off the back of a 2013 season in which they were finalists and, in my view, the biggest winner of 2013. What a difference 12 months can make. The Cheetahs were nothing short of ordinary this season and have lost any of the impetuous they had gained from the 2013 season.

SANZAR Referees:

It has not been a happy season for refereeing in the Super Rugby competition. 2014 has seen everything from the referees from inconsistent interpretations, incorrect decisions, over use of technology and suggestions of bias. There is no doubt that refereeing is a thankless task but this season has not been a good one for the whistleblowers.

SANZAR:

SANZAR this season has trumpeted its expansion plans with the addition of two more teams on the agenda. For all of the expansion talk I, for one, don’t believe we have seen a season where the gap between the best and worst teams in the competition has been more obvious. Frankly, I will never be convinced that the Australian and South African conferences do not have one team too many in them and the results again showed this season. Add that fact to another end of season exodus of players from the competition and I wonder if SANZAR is reconsidering its position on expansion.

Biggest Loser: Queensland Reds

I am a passionate Reds fan and have written earlier about my views on the Reds season. There can be no doubt that the Reds were hamstrung by injuries during the season. That said, the fact is that the Reds have gone from a team that was one of the bunch marks for discipline in the competition to the worst disciplined team in it. Add to that the fact that the skills of the Reds looked to evaporated the longer the season went on makes the Reds the biggest loser for 2014.

Super Rugby 2015 starts in seven months time: I am already counting down the days!

And then there were two … Super Rugby Final 2014: Just don’t tell me I should support the Waratahs!

After the predicted became reality last night and it was confirmed that the Waratahs would host the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final for 2014 an interesting, and not unusual, phenomenon started, both in my text messages and social media timeline: a call to arms that I, as an Australian, should support the Waratahs, as of right, in next weeks final.

Here are 5 reasons why, at best, I will be a neutral viewer of next weekend’s final:

1. I am a Queenslander, born in Ipswich, and I have never, ever, supported a team representing New South Wales in winning a sporting contest. And I never will. It is a parochial thing.

2. I have written before that my enthusiasm for any sporting code wanes once my supported side is out of the finals and, frankly, with the Queensland Reds out of contention it would be fair to say I am somewhat ambivalent to the outcome of the game on the weekend.

3. I keep hearing, particularly on Foxsports and in the Sydney media, that a Super Rugby final in Sydney is “one of the most important games in Australian Rugby’s history”. What an absolutely specious statement: if it was the Rebels or Force hosting the final that that statement would have merit but not in the current context. Just because the press think the Waratahs have earned some sort of special status above other finals combatants of the past does not mean I have to support them.

4. When my beloved Reds made the final, and won it, I did not ask, nor did I expect fans of any other franchise to support my team. To do so, in my view, would be to ask said fans to change their colours and is nothing short of disingenuous.

5. As a Queenslander and lover of Rugby’s hoodoos and history I, personally, find comfort in the Waratahs’ 18 year streak of not winning the Super Rugby title. It just feels right to me that that hoodoo remain for one more year.

The coming final will be an epic encounter between the two best teams in the competition this year. Make no mistake about that. I look forward to watching it: just don’t ask me to support the Waratahs!

The Weekend Wager

Here is a four leg multi for sports fans out there interested in having a flutter this weekend:

Leg 1: Gold Coast Suns to defeat the Brisbane Lions by less than 40 points in the AFL.

Leg 2: Crusaders to cover the line (-7.5 points) against the Sharks in Super Rugby.

Leg 3: Canterbury Bulldogs to cover the line (-4.5 points) against the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL.

Leg 4: New Zealand Warriors to defeat the Manly Sea Eagles in the NRL.

This multi will pay $16 for each dollar invested.

As always:

1. Please gamble responsibly.
2. All care has been taken with this tips but no responsibility vest in me for losses incurred.