The Fuzz: Sat May 22nd
Hello there, The Fuzz is back with a brand new invention! It's not, that just popped into my head as I started writing. Anyway, I hope you read this in rude health and good wealth on one of these fine late Spring days filled with sunshine and moaning.
I say moaning because one of the biggest British clichés has to be people whinging about the crappy weather, only to utter those terrible words "it's too 'ot" as soon as the temperature goes above 18C. I love the sun, because I also love wearing shorts and flip-flops and our usual weather doesn't really fit that attire - if you've tried walking in wet flip-flops you'll know what I mean.
Talking of moaning have you heard about the footballers calling for bigger goals and dwarf keepers? Or the pro' tennis players asking for bigger rackets and lower nets? Maybe you caught the story about Rugby League and Union players joining forces to call for padding and helmets to make the game easier? No? Well how about the multi millionaire privileged elite of the golf world crying and bleating about a hole being elevated a little too much so they can't weach the gween with their ickle cwubs!
COME ... ON!! These men are the worst example of spoilt namby pamby sportsmen. They make Premier League footballers look like selfless charity workers. So, the owner of Wentworth decided to make the course better for fans and tougher for the players (with Ernie Els's help by the way). Els hit the 18th green seven out of ten times when they were testing the course and when you listen to the fans' thoughts on the changes they are universally positive.
If I was Richard Caring I'd tell them to take them silver spoon out of their mouths, shut up moaning and get on with their jobs.
On the subject of the PGA tournament the punters' friend (or should that be enemy) was sat next to me in Studio 3 of William hill Radio berating poor old Ross Fisher for not putting for par as his round teetered on the edge. Does Ross not know Dinky has backed him at a big price? Maybe he does and the pressure of being tipped by one of the world's best sports tipsters is getting to him (there should be a SHIFT <IRONY> key on keyboards).
Speaking of Studio 3 at William Hill Radio, the new station In Play Radio launched this week (the link is at the bottom of the blog). It's basically a live betting commentary on the In Play sports Hills cover. So on our first night we had the televised Super League game between St Helens and Hull KR, Surrey v Glamorgan in the 40 over league, England v Greece at the Under 17 European Championships and some Irish Premier League footy.
Slim pickings I think you'll probably agree if you're a general sports fan, but get this: we put up a 9/1 winner in the St Pat's v Bohemians game and Surrey at 5s to beat Glamorgan in running. It proves the point you don't necessarily need to know a sport inside out to make some decent money.
St Pat's were a goal down at home to Bohemians after about 15 minutes. Now the home side are above Bohemians in the league and as far as form goes were fairly even, so there is no way St Pat's should have been 9s in running with over an hour of the game left. Ten minutes after bringing the price to Mr Listener's attention and it was 3-1 after a remarkable turn around and so it stayed right until that beautiful final whistle.
The 40 over cricket was meandering to an easy Surrey victory, when they started losing wickets. The key one was Ramprakash. Then Batty picked up a strain of some kind and had to use a runner. They were still 12 overs from the end with 4 wickets remaining and 50 odd needed. Surrey went out to 5/1. Once again the price was too big and the over after highlighting the odd odds, a few big shots and Surrey were a shade of odds against. They went on to win.
The only downside was that I was presenting the show and couldn't back them myself. Don't get me wrong we didn't win every bet all night, but those two definitely put us well in the black.
Have a listen when you get chance. We're on 6pm til 10pm weeknights and 12pm til 10pm weekends.
I'll finish with the Champions League Final and some interesting (well I think so) stats. Since the inception of the penalty shoot out, every final that has been a draw at full time has gone on to be won on pens, so there has never been an extra time winner (on nine occasions). Either Bayern or Inter to win on spot kicks is 9/2 with Hills.
Also since the year 2000 (ten finals) there has been one goal-less final (Milan v Juve n in 03) and that is also the only game that hasn't featured at least one goal in the first half. The price for the first goal to be scored in the opening half is 2/1 ON, so no value there, but Inter are 6/5 to score in the first half. When you add the fact that Jose's boys have scored nine goals in this Champions League campaign and six of those have been in the first half, maybe the 6/5 is worth backing. After all tactics are everything for Mourinho and he loves nothing more than a first half goal, a few decisive positional changes and voila a bus is parked in front of the goal.
One other quick tip is Huddersfield at +10 on Saturday in Super League or if you're really brave 3/1 on the 80 minutes, but for safety take the +10 and double it up with Wigan -14 at Crusaders.
Right I'm off out in the sunshine, bet well and good luck.
In Play Radio can be found at William Hill Radio's page. Click where it says "station" until In Play Radio comes up.