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Teams Shaking up the World Series Odds

A number of teams have narrowed their World Series odds considerable from the first day of the season to now, and you would probably be surprised at which two teams have cut those odds the most.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Yes, the Dodgers entered the season as one of the favorites to win the World Series, which would be their first title in 29 years. However, they have shortened those original odds of 10-1 by four-fifths to 2-1. Only one other team has cut its odds by that large of a ratio.

L.A. opened its season with a 15-14 record, losing to the rival San Francisco Giants, 4-1 in 11 innings, on May 3 at Dodger Stadium. That result dropped the team to that mediocre mark and 2-1/2 games out of first place in the NL West as well. However, they went 18-6 over their next 24 contests in taking over sole possession of first place for the initial time on May 30. Although they quickly dropped back to second place, they remained close and took over the NL West’s top spot for good on June 21 and now lead the division by 20 games.

Will Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger and Clayton Kershaw be able to lead the Dodgers through the series of sprints that the playoffs are comprised of and to the team’s first World Series title since Kirk Gibson hobbled around the bases in 1988?

Arizona Diamondbacks

The other team to cut its odds by four-fifths is Arizona as the Diamondbacks were 100-1 to win the World Series at the start of the season, and those odds are currently 20-1. Still a long shot for sure, but now with a shout. The reason for that is because the team has exceeded expectations this season in improving upon its 69-93 record a year ago to being 67-56 heading into the final full week of August. The Diamondbacks may be 20 games back of the Dodgers in the NL West, but they are looking solid for earning a wild card spot, and just getting into the playoffs is half the battle.

Are Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and Zack Greinke going to be able to secure that wild card spot, get the Diamondbacks past that game and then through three playoff series? If they do, it will be Arizona’s second title and first since Luis Gonzalez stunned Mariano Rivera and the Yankees to win game seven of the 2001 Fall Classic in walk-off fashion.

Pick

Between the two teams that have shaken up the World Series odds the most, the Dodgers’ odds are inflated the most. Playoffs in baseball are nothing like in football and basketball. They’re very unpredictable. So, the Dodgers being 12 games ahead of every other team in baseball is not as meaningful as it would be in those other two sports. As a result, Arizona at 20-1 is more likely to be accurate World Series odds than 2-1 for L.A., and a better pick.

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The new headwear for MLB pitchers

protective helmet caps

ESPN is reporting MLB is set to roll out a new set of protective headwear for pitchers in Spring Training, as 20 pitchers will get a new hybrid helmet cap which was made collaboratively by MLB and the MLB Players Association.

The product is designed to be lighter than the previous incarnations, which drew criticism for how they looked (See Mets pitcher below). The new version is said to resemble visors.

Some protective helmet caps are available for youth baseball too. Check them out here.

[ESPN]

protective headwear for pitchers

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 26: Alex Torres #54 of the New York Mets pitches against the New York Mets in the eighth inning on April 26, 2015 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees defeated the Mets 6-4. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Hilarious Basketball Videos of Women Trying To Dunk

One of the more painful things you will watch this week.

via Bag of Nothing

Seahawks vs Vikings – Missed field goal reaction COMPILATION

Worth watching (warning strong language).

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The kick is good!

Minnesota Vikings Steve Harvey

What Vikings fans call the Seattle Seahawks

rainy bitch pigeons

Thanks Brooke

Did this really happen?

At the Canucks Fan Zone, blogger Derek Jory asks the questionwhether the following photo, ostensibly from 1984, is real:

michael jackson hockey

It’s a pre-game faceoff between Stan Smyl and Mario Lemieux, with Michael Jackson  doing the honors. Jory asserts that there is actually a confluence:

The Canucks hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Pacific Coliseum on November 16, 1984 and beat them 7-6.
Michael Jackson’s Victory Tour stopped in Vancouver to play three shows on November 16, 17 & 18 at BC Place.

It’s possible this is the correct date. 1984 was Lemieux’s first season in the NHL, and (there is no C on his sweater) was not yet captain of the Penguins.

On the contradicting side, Jory also points out that there’s “no red carpet” as there is in this photo. However, if you look behind Michael Jackson, you’ll notice the penalty box. The red carpet typically extends from the players’ benches for these sorts of things, since the penalty boxes and scorekeeper’s bench do not have exits, and those benches are clearly behind the photographer. Furthermore, the photog is clearly standing on the ice, and for safety reasons would only be standing on carpet himself… so just because you don’t see the carpet doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Resposted from ianbell.com

The real answer is that it was a look-alike. See this story here.

Tootoo

Jordin Tootoo has previously played for the Nashville Predators and the Detroit Red Wings.

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Rogers finding out that the Vikings are also 6-2. SKOL!

Kevin Garnett’s touching Facebook photo tribute to Flip Saunders

MN Timberwolves legend, Kevin Garnett, posted a simple and touching tribute to his former coach Flip Saunders on Facebook after his death. The photo shows Garnett sitting in front of Saunders’ parking space. 

Kevin Garnett's touching Facebook photo tribute to Flip Saunders

via Kevin Garnett’s Page