I’ve been watching White Sox games my entire life, and throughout my journey with the team, Hawk Harrelson has been in the booth. I’ve spent a lot of hours with Hawk, and as a result, I was pretty sure I’d heard every story Hawk has to tell.
The other title I was considering for this post was “I Just Wasted $5.”
I just figured that with all four teams playing at the same time tonight, I might as well have a little bit of fun. I don’t bet on sporting events very often, and as you can see by the wager, when I do I don’t risk much. I’ve basically been living off the same $50 deposit at 5Dimes for two years now.
For those of you that can’t do the math, betting on all four of our local teams to win tonight — not cover, just win — is paying roughly 26.5-to-1. And if you’re wondering, betting against all four teams to lose is paying out at roughly 7.3-to-1 at 5Dimes.
Tonight would be a good night to have multiple televisions in your house. Thanks to the NBA’s quirky playoff scheduling that gives teams consecutive days off between games at time, the Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs and White Sox will all be playing at the same time tonight. In fact, all four games are scheduled to begin within 10 minutes of one another.
So I want to know: which game will you be watching? If you have multiple televisions and will be watching multiple games, which game is going to command most of your attention?
Bloomberg Businessweek released its list of the “Smartest Spenders in Sports 2014” on Thursday. The list ranked all 122 franchises in the four major sports (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) based on how much money the team spent in player payroll for every win during the last five seasons.
Chicago teams were featured prominently in the rankings.
The New York Times released what it’s calling “a map of baseball nation” using Facebook data (probably what MLB gear babies are wearing in pictures their parents posted), and when it comes to Chicago, the map shows us what anybody who has been paying attention already knows.
We’ve known for a while which teams the Bears would be playing next season, but now we also know the order in which the Bears will be playing those opponents, on what dates they’ll play them, and what time they’ll play them.