Can Man United Win the 2014/15 Title?

Now there’s an interesting question to pose? Is it at all humanly possible for them to drag themselves back into the title race?

You might say they are almost mid table, but that would be unfair. They currently sit within the top 10, but with stiff competition from the likes of Tottenham and Crystal Palace who have hearts desirous of a win against Man United – anything could happen.

The odds on who will win the Premiership have been focussing on Chelsea and Man City, but with Southampton having such a blistering start, companies like Sbobet and Mansion M88 are changing their odds weekly.

Let’s have a quick look at the teams involved and their current season so far.

Man United – well we all know they’ve not had a great start with only 2 wins so far this season in the Premiership. But it’s not that they haven’t been scoring, the problem is they’ve been conceding goals at the wrong times. With a 5-3 defeat against Leicester, they hit a low patch and now they need to start to turn things around. For all your Man United fans out there, we feel for you, we really do.

Tottenham – a dark horse and a silent favourite of many fans. Many of us like to see Tottenham do well, and this season could be their crowning glory. Last season 2013/14 they managed to get 6th position, just outside qualification to European competition. Always a great disappointment but a great catalyst for this year’s Premiership.

Swansea have had a fabulous run over the last few years, reaching the Premiership for the 2011/12 season reaching 11th. Then in the 2013/14 season they won their 1st piece of major silverware- the League Cup. They are definitely a team to watch this season!

So even looking at those three teams, excluding the BIG 2 – it really is anyone’s championship.

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Mets and Clear Channel Come to an Agreement

The Mets will have a new home in 2014 and it’s with a very old name.

The Amazin’s and Clear Channel reached an agreement to put the Mets on WOR 710, one of the five 50,000 watt stations on New York’s AM dial (the others being WABC, WCBS, WINS and of course the vacated WFAN).

“This breakthrough partnership provides us with the ability to serve our loyal fans and attract a new generation of fans through Clear Channel’s massive reach and ability to target key demographics across the New York market,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon in a statement. “Our agreement delivers more promotion of the club to a broader audience than this franchise ever has had before with additional opportunities to advance our efforts to make Citi Field one of the leading sports and entertainment destinations in the country.”

So before everyone gets worked up about not having the Mets in their favorite place and looks forward to Super Bowl XLIX, this seems like a pretty decent deal for the Mets. They will be promoted on all Clear Channel New York Stations, including, Z100 (100.3 WHTZ-FM), KTU (103.5 WKTU-FM), LITE FM (106.7 WLTW-FM), Q104.3 (104.3 WAXQ-FM), Power 105.1 (105.1 WWPR-FM) and WOR 710 AM and on the digital properties like iHeartRadio.

Plus Clear Channel will be helping to run the in game entertainment for the Mets, something that may need a little boost.

“WOR is a powerful, high potential complement to our existing New York brands, and it’s an incredible opportunity for us to be able to bring the Mets programming to WOR’s lineup and the rest of our New York cluster,” said John Hogan, Chairman and CEO, Clear Channel and Entertainment in a statement.  “We look at this investment not only as an opportunity to establish WOR as a destination to a broader audience, but to also to drive further awareness and growth of the Mets through our unique multiplatform capabilities and programming — radio, digital, outdoor and live events.”

So this could be a very good relationship, and maybe even help the Met fans forget about WFAN.

Maybe.

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Betting on the New York Mets

During the summer months, one of the most watched sports would be that of Major League Baseball. Today, many people around the world watch the sport as it is broadcast internationally. One team that has quite a following is the New York Mets. Fans for this team are very loyal, sticking by their team through the thick and thin. Another way these fans express themselves is by placing sports bets on their team’s games.

Fans have many different kinds of baseball bets they can make. Some will stick with one type while others may place multiple bets of different types. One of these includes over and under betting. This particular bet isn’t dependent upon which team wins but rather what the combined final score is. Bookmakers will set a total prior to the game. This number will always include a decimal to prevent any bets needing to be cancelled. An upcoming game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals may have the total set at 7.5. An over bet would win if the total score is 8 or higher. On the flip side, an under bet would win if the total score is 7 or less.

After sports bets have been made, if fans want some more baseball related fun they should try out one of the many baseball themed slot machines that can be found at online casinos like Lucky Nugget. A popular one is the King of Swing. This slot machine game actually lets players have a turn at bat when they get to the homerun derby bonus round. Nine pitches are thrown and depending upon the result of each hit, free spins and bonus multipliers may be awarded. With many successful hits, the rewards could pile up fast. The homerun derby is triggered with pitcher symbols appearing on the reels.

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The 4 Craziest Arrests In MLB History

When it comes to living under the microscope of the public eye, pro athletes have to endure the same level of public scrutiny as their silver screen counterparts. This often means that their bad behavior is broadcasted to the world — especially when one of our beloved ball players has broken the law.

While criminal activity and sports is nothing new, these MLB baseball players top the charts in terms of outlandish arrest stories. Here are the top 5 craziest arrests in all of major league baseball’s storied history.

1) Mike Leake

You’d think that a salary of $425,000 (plus a signing bonus of 2.3 million) would be enough cash for Leake to enjoy a comfortable living. However, many Reds fans were left scratching their heads in bewilderment when this wealthy pro athlete was arrested in 2011 for. . . misdemeanor shoplifting? Apparently Leake took a page from fellow five-fingered celebrity bandit, Winona Ryder, when he stole six t-shirts off the clearance rack at a Macy’s Department store. Maybe he just didn’t want to wait in line?

2) Pete Rose

Rose was yet another well-paid ballplayer who felt the need to have a side hustle to make extra cash. In 1990, Rose plead guilty on two counts of tax evasion for failing to report earnings he made through selling autographed memorabilia, and horse race winnings.

Unlike his colleague Mike Leake, Rose’s crime amounted to over $366,000 which he eventually had to pay in back taxes and interest. His punishment was more severe as well. While Leake merely received a slap on the wrist and an embarrassing  charge on his criminal arrest record, Rose was sentenced to five months in a medium security prison, fined $50,000, and ordered to complete 1,000 hours of community service.

3) Jim Leyritz

Our list takes a more serious turn when Yankees playoff hero, Jim Leyritz, when he was arrested in 2007 after he was involved in a drunk driving crash that killed the other driver. Leyritz was charged with a DUI and vehicular manslaughter. It was later discovered that the other driver who killed was also intoxicated and Leyritz was acquitted of his manslaughter charge three years later in 2010. To make legal matters even worse for Leyritz, he was also arrested in 2009 on an unrelated charge of battery against his former wife.

4) Byron McLaughlin

McLaughlin proves that pro baseball players getting arrested is nothing new. Back in the late ‘70s, McLaughlin played baseball for the Seattle Mariners by day, and ran a shady counterfeit shoe business by night. McLaughlin partnered with Korean manufacturers to create knock-offs of popular name brands such as Converse, Adidas, and Vans.

McLaughlin was selling the shoes across the border in Mexico, sometimes bringing in over $750,000 in just one month! The craziest part of this story? After McLaughlin plead guilty to money laundering charges, he fled the country and has never been seen since!

The 2013 MLB season has just started, and hopefully the latest round of draft picks won’t struggle with the same ethical dilemmas as their pro baseball predecessors.

Author byline: Jessica Ruane is a writer for Instant Checkmate.com, an online service that provides arrest records to the general public.

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Mets Sign Lefty Laffey

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Needing some help in the pitching staff, the Mets went out and signed lefthander Aaron Laffey to a minor league deal and invited him to Spring Training.

The former Yankee, who made 11 relief appearances in the Bronx. Last year in 22 appearances – 16 starts – he went 4-6 with a 4.56 ERA in Toronto.

Sports betting review says, the 27 year-old held lefties to a .262 batting average and a .721 OPS in 148 career games, 65 of them starts with four teams over six seasons. He also pitched for the Indians and Mariners.

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Main Goes to Florida

Maine is now in Florida

The former Mets pitcher that is. John Maine signed a minor league deal with the Marlins and will be invited to Spring Training, the Marlins said in an email.

He last pitched in the Majors on May 20, 2010 for the Mets before having season ending surgery on his right throwing shoulder.

In five seasons with in New York, Maine went 39-32 with a 4.17 ERA and 467 strikeouts over 542 innings. He battled a number of injuries with the Mets including a strained right rotator cuff, a bone spur in the shoulder and arm fatigue. He didn’t have many sports gambling options.

In 2011 he pitched with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Rockies and last year he was with the Yankees organization going 8-5 with a 4.97 ERA in 16 games with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, also a Triple-A club.

Maine pitched for two seasons with the Baltimore Orioles prior to joining the Mets. He was part of the Jorge Julio/Kris Benson trade that brought him to New York.

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FALLING AX ? MORE LIKE FALLING BUTTER KNIFE

The off season is not even 24 hours old and I want to rip someone throat out in the Mets front  office. The shit heads in charge have made their big announcement on the changes in the coaching staff.  Sandy Alomar Sr and Luis Alicea get the ax and Hojo, Razor Shines and Old School Dan Warthen  get to stay.

Sandy Sr. will be reassigned to another job in the organization most likely tending bar in the Aclea Club, Alicea will be reassigned to body and fender work across the street at Minaya’s Auto Repairs.

Hojo stays because David Wright says he stays, and Wright is the highest ranking Caucasian in the clubhouse so he gets to make a minority hire . You wouldn’t have to be an online betting specialist to know that was going to happen.

Razor Shines stays because he and Jerry are tight which makes Shines, Jerry’s Art Fowler with the cirosess of the liver of course. Thankfully Razor will be assigned to bench coach job so no more innocent base runners get injured. Look for Obie One Oberkfell named as third base traffic cop.

Old School Dan Warthen stays because he has threatened to go public with stories of Jeffey Skill Sets, Mr. Met and Charlie Samuels hooking up at the Holiday Inn on Roosevelt Ave for an erotic adventure. My sources tell me there is a picture of all three involved in a ménage au trois while wearing black Mets uniform tops and black Mets caps with blue bills. Mr Met now answers to the name “Lucky Pierre.” NFL Odds weren’t even taken on this one.

Sandy Alomar Jr and Randy Niemann are staying as well because there is no definitive proof that Sandy Alomar Jr or Randy Niemann actually exists.

So far the off season is off to a less than rousing start.

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An October Run

Since Jerry Manuel took over, the Mets haven’t just been good, but wicked good. As a result, Mets playoff tickets are out there as the team looks to play into October.

After last year’s collapse, the Mets rebounded from the Willie Randolph era with Manuel taking over and revitalizing the players. Carlos Delgado had a MVP-like year and this one of Carlos Beltran’s better years, which is surprising after having his knees scoped this past offseason.

It’s one reason why New York Mets tickets have been as hot as Broadway tickets and Boston Red Sox Tickets.

Now all the Mets have to do is hold serve over the next 14 games and make an October run.

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