The Fuzz: Fri May 7th
We only sing when we're fishing ...
Hi one and all, this is The Fuzz. It's my weekly betting based blog and I write this through blurry eyes because I stupidly stayed up to watch the votes get counted AND I'm still geting over Dott v Robertson.
Yes after weeks of arguing, scoring political points, bigots, fat cat paymasters, agreeing with Nick Clegg and copying Tony Blair's every move (if you need proof here's the vid) we have no Government, but I do have more money in my betting account than yesterday.
I don't know if it's the late night and too much caffeine, but the last twelve hours made me think how falic this whole business is ... a huge election, members standing, a hung parliament and a bunch of pr!cks leading our country!
I'm going to keep this week's blog to a minimum because even my fingers are tired and I have my daughter's room to put back together after decorating (it currently has an onion floating in a bucket of water to get rid of the paint smell - I'll let you know if it works!?)
I spent last weekend in Edinburgh for the Super League Magic weekend 'wowing' the crowds in the Fanzone and my big bets this weekend are on the Challenge Cup fifth round. I like Blackpool with a 60 point start at Leeds Rhinos if the weather is a bit mucky, I also fancy Hunslet to get over Barrow with a 28 point start, but my bet of the round is Crusaders to beat Catalans in Wrexham. If you can get anything less than a ten start for the French then take it.
For all the best bets from Mr McDermott and Mr O'Connor have a listen to our Rugby League podcast (I found out in Edinburgh that Angela Powers from that there Sky Sports listens to it, so we had better clean it up a bit!)
On the football front it looks like a drab last day of the Premier League season unless Chelsea manage to cock things up at home to Wigan. To be fair on the previous two visits to Stamford Bridge they have drawn 1-1 and lost 2-1 (to a last gasp John Terry winner) so it's not a done deal ... yet.
I'm looking forward to the play-off matches in the Championship and I reckon two home wins are on the cards for Blackpool and Leicester. Forest's away form is crap and although Cardiff are a decent enough side they've only scored 1 in the last 3 on the road. I can see two low scoring games too. Don Goodman is our man on the non-Premier stuff - listen to his thoughts on the two semi final first legs here.
I'll finish by describing my pain this weekend. My team, Grimsby, face relegation to the Conference. Long gone are the halcyon days of waving inflatable fish at the camera on Match of the Day after we had sailed down to Plough Lane (arguably the most apt name for a football ground). Successive promotions in the late 80s under the guidance of Alan Buckley are a dim and distant memory.
This Saturday The Mariners go head-to-head with Barnet (and mathematically Cheltenham) for survival.
We play Burton away who're 14th and done for the season, Barnet are at Rochdale who have already sealed promotion to League One (aaaah League One, we can only dream of such flowing beautiful football. There is one point in it and GTFC have a six goal inferior goal difference. It doesn't look good. Wish me and the boys luck. PS. Any fellow Town fans I couldn't find a picture of a Harry Haddock so I picked the most ludicrous blow-up fish I could find.
All of our football podcasts live on my page on the William Hill news site - have a listen if you get half an hour or so.
Right, sorry for the slightly truncated version of The Fuzz this week, I'll be back awake and inspired next week when I'll have news of a big new project at William Hill and a big weekend in boxing.
Until then bet well and good luck.
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