Making Money? UFC 189 Edition

Late Shuffle. Still Fun. (click image for direct link to image)

On Making Money?, we put together bets that may be worth the risk. I am not a professional gambler. I don’t recommend taking my advice. I just have fun putting these things together. If you lose, I told you not to take my advice.

Let’s Start off with the four fight parlay:

Parlay 1- Guys I See Taking This.
Cody Garbrandt (-650) vs. Henry Briones (+425)

Garbrandt is 6-0-0, which along is nothing too impressive, however he is a member of Team Alpha Male, and hasn’t won by any other method besides knockout. Pretty good move with Cody here.

Matt Brown (-205) vs. Tim Means (+165)

Matt Brown is always looking to take someone’s head off. He has two losses since 2011, and there were to the last champion, and the current champion of the division. Means is a good fighter, but I am not impressed by any of the wins when compared to Brown. Brown here.

Gunnar Nelson (+150) vs. Brandon Thatch (-185)

Both guys here were highly touted before their last fight. They both lost, however Nelson lost a split decision to someone in the division, Thatch lost to Benson Henderson, who moved up a weight class for the fight. I like Nelson here.

Welterweight Title Fight Robbie Lawler (+140) vs. Rory MacDonald (-170)

This is a stylistic match up. Lawler is going to come out swinging, and MacDonald will try to keep his range and pick Lawler apart. I like Robbie here based on recent outings.
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Ft. Lauderdale Strikers: Driving Fans Away

Parking– As a person with the ability to see, I understand that your parking choices are limited. As a person with the ability to reason, the amount of broken glass on the floor when there are literally no more than 20 cars in the section of parking is unacceptable. There is no respect for the fans at all in this situation. Last night we paid $15, to hope we didn’t run over glass and get a flat. I can’t say all the customers were as lucky as I was last night. It is shameful. I highly doubt that the employees last night were making more than $15 an hour to guide cars. Why aren’t they sent to ensure a safe environment for cars, and most importantly people walking? You want to charge to park on the property, that’s fine. However, you must give people a reason to spend this money and ensure safety. The ones who can, are driving away.

Tickets– I am not complaining about the price of the tickets. $26.00 seemed like a fair price last night. However, buying online would have saved me money last night. Do you realize how insane that is? I could have spent my money online, gone through a third party, and somehow spent less than to buy directly from the source. I spent an extra $5.00 per ticket last night, to be forced to pay cash, (because you know you’re scamming people on ATM fees) it is a disingenuous practice that should not, and will not be tolerated. You want disposable income from the 20-45 year olds? Don’t treat us like we’re stupid. We know this game, and it’s driving fans away.

Team– The team is a joke. Let’s be honest from management, as expressed in other sections, to on the pitch we need more. The “star” just left, because, well, uh. Yeah, we don’t have an actual reason. Rumors are that the team couldn’t afford to pay him, and he was done with it. However, that is speculation, because the team hasn’t been official, nor were they even the first to break the story. This is South Florida. This is a market made up of people who couldn’t care less about your team if you’re not winning. This is a spending market. You must spend money, to bring in fans. You must develop talent and bring in a winning product. You know what isn’t sustainable? Gimmick signings that leave your team. You brought back a coach that you fired after leading you to a championship appearance. That’s a good start, but there needs to be more. Until then, honk if my taillights are out.

Fan Experience– I go to many live sporting events. In the last year I’ve been to NASCAR races, a World Series of Fighting event, Miami Hurricanes games, Florida Panthers games, Tampa Bay Lightning games (including playoffs, and Stanley Cup Finals), and the NHL draft. I haven’t been in any of those places and looked at blacked out screens due to the inability to display something on them. In addition to that, I haven’t been in a dirtier bathroom. Oh, and here’s another big one, I haven’t felt like I am wasting my time (and money) on a product when I left. In case you missed it, we’re in 2015! Not 2005, or 1995, or 1985. I don’t believe that there is any level of justification for why I had no option to look at the screen that is there. You are trying to sell a sporting event in the United States, and yeah maybe in other countries a video board isn’t an issue, but here it is. ESPN shouldn’t have to broadcast the game in order for you to show your games in stadium to the fans. It’s dark out, time for headlights, oh wait it’s 2015, they’re automatic.

So as it is, I have no reason to go back. You price gouged me, left broken glass everywhere and made it a danger to drive through (even though nobody was remotely close to me at the time), don’t have clean facilities, don’t spend money on players (hell, you charge them to tryout), and you offer none of the things a professional sporting team should. Even being a second-tier event. I could have spent the same money and gone to a NASCAR Xfinity race, Florida Panthers game, or a Miami Hurricanes game. At the very least, I know those people are spending money to make the fan experience and the performance better.

Maybe you’ll see me when you at least address some of the issues. Until then, keep price gouging at the door, that’ll have people driving back!

NASCAR’s Biggest Problem, Fan Relations

When people brag about NASCAR one of the first things they mention is how you can easily meet all of the competitors. This aspect of fan relations, they’ve done a great job with. However, these drivers are not NASCAR, and NASCAR has a problem, not the drivers.

This Saturday NASCAR was supposed to run the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona, but instead we were met with rain. Hey it happens, and in this case NASCAR only took about an hour and a half from the scheduled start time to call the race for the night. At this point many fans were soaked, angry, and ready to go back home.

Thirty minutes before this point, I was on twitter, watching the news, and talking to my friend and my dad. We saw, as many other people did a clear shot to get the entire race in. When? 9:00 A.M. Sunday. The radar showed for rain to start around 11:30 and 2.5 hours would be just enough to hope for the rain to hold out. Drivers were hoping for a time in that range, as were spotters, and fans. Not NASCAR. Going with our only source of track update from the Daytona International Speedway official twitter feed, we were left with 140 characters that gave no explanation as to why it would start so late (11 A.M.). We were just left knowing that the first major rain storm would end our race the next day.

Now, many people might be saying, “big deal.” Well, here’s why it’s a big deal, this is nothing new for Daytona. Two of the last four Daytona 500s were pushed back, or moved due to rain. Much like this past Saturday, fans were stuck in the rain, waiting for official word. Much like this past Saturday, people were forced to go home without seeing the race due to work. Much like this past Saturday, fans had no way to get money back, unless they buy an insurance policy on tickets. Finally, much like this past Saturday, people who wanted to come back drove all the way back home, in high volume traffic. Most people had a minimum drive of 1.5 hours, including 45 minutes to get down International Speedway Blvd.

NASCAR has shown they have trouble getting younger fans. If you go to any NASCAR race you can see that the fan base is getting older. NASCAR wants young fans, but they won’t give the instant satisfaction many young people crave, they are seemingly 100% against social media, they will not make changes to try to bring in new fans, but they will placate the old guys. They will suck every dime out of these people before they die.

Why? It’s simple NASCAR is old, the people that run it don’t seem to think that anything is wrong, but new people aren’t coming out in droves to see these races. Is anyone paying attention to the way ESPN is cramming the World Cup down our throats? It’s amazing, I could go all day without a TV and have live second to second updates on scores, fouls, and injuries. I could have live updates on who moves on, and what their chances to win it all are. I could look at my phone at any time during any game and be informed. By multiple sources too, Google, FIFA, ESPN, TSN, Official Team accounts. NASCAR has one app, which is a paid app for the good features and alienates fans that decided Sprint was officially too horrible of a service to handle.

NASCAR needs to realize that a new approach to an old game isn’t a bad thing. They also need to realize that the people spending money at the event are doing so because they want to have fun. Sporting events are meant to be fun, exciting, and leave you wanting to come back for more. Now, if the action on the track just isn’t up to par for the day, that’s to be expected every once in a while. People will sit in the rain for football, or soccer games because there is a game going on. They’re not upset because they’re getting their promised money’s worth. They’re not upset because when there is rain it just isn’t cancelled due to rain. The NFL doesn’t let fans wait around for hours before they say, “Come back tomorrow.” They don’t play one second of the second half and go, “Yeah, no way anything else could change.” It’s disgusting how NASCAR fans get treated because they’re loyal.

NASCAR needs younger fans, or soon their fans will all be dead. They need to do this through smarter planning, social media and maybe even changes in race structure (but that’s for another day). NASCAR needs to help us help them, answer the tweets asking about weather updates don’t wait 45 minutes, or longer between updates. We are asking for simple communication, you know that thing NASCAR always says their athletes have with fans? Yeah that, but this time from NASCAR. Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, and Dale Jr. shouldn’t have to be telling fans about what they “think” the race status is because the social media is lacking.

Build a relationship with fans, or go away. As a life long fan, and fan of other sports I’m sick of the treatment. The NHL, NFL, NBA, and NCAA have never treated us like we should stick around and wait for them. They’ve never tried to play parts at a time all day long to say they did it. They rely on putting on the show they claim to put on. No more of this on the day of stuff, if it won’t happen. No more of well we tried, when you knew 50% was the best outcome for the time you chose. No more ridiculous waiting period for updates.

Transparency is the key, try it sometime.

The Curious Case of the Hot, But Not Seared Marlin

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With their best record since 2009, the Marlins are off to a hot start. Finally. After today’s loss to San Diego the Fish are a division leading 5-2. As a life-long fan it’s a great feeling to be doing this well, but its hard to not keep wondering when it’s going to all come crashing down.

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What Do The Panthers Do?

Are you scared?

If there is one thing I know how to do very well, it’s hate South Florida professional sports teams. I have grown up here my whole life. I hate the Heat, the Panthers, and the Dolphins. At the end of the day, I just really hate baseball. Here’s the deal, I have one option when it comes to hockey live, The Panthers.

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Baseball season is upon us.

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Once again it is that time of year. Birds singing, bugs buzzing, and wood bats cracking. Baseball season is finally upon us and with it comes the sun and warmer temperatures, at least in most places. I feel as though my first post should be one that tells a little about me. Who I am. What I love about baseball. Why my voice is worth paying attention to.

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Are We Missing Something? (UFC Edition)

Is it worth all the hype? No, really I’m asking.


 

So recently the UFC unleashed their “Fight Pass” on-line subscription service, and in my opinion only furthered the gap between traditional sports fan and MMA extremist. 

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UFC 159 Picks, Not Predictions

So after a season of minimal trash talking on The Ultimate Fighter, and even less trash talking in the promotion of the fight, Chael Sonnen will take on Jon Jones for the Light Heavyweight Title. I do not care to tell you who is actually going to win, so if you bet based on my expertise, well let me know how you do.

Main Card

Chael Sonnen vs. Jon Jones
So many people say Sonnen has done nothing to deserve this fight. So many people say Sonnen will lose in the first round. So many people say this fight hurts the legitimacy of MMA. So many people are going to lose out. Chael Sonnen will walk into that cage, smash Jon Jones into a million pieces and walk out. Will he be the champion? I’m not sure, it depends on the rules of DQ with a title change. I do however know that Chael Sonnen will win, just because I really would like to see how the UFC uses Jones after a loss.
Chael by Decision.

Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping
Alan Belcher hates people. He was once quoted as saying so. That’s a problem for Bisping, because he is exactly what Belcher hates. Okay, I don’t think any of that is true. In fact, I’m pretty sure Belcher hates Bisping for the same reason most of his opponents do, talking crap. Belcher will come out to some awesomely American song, and Bisping will come out to Song 2 again. I hate Song 2.
Belcher by TKO in 2.

Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo
Nelson made a promise to the Devil once. He agreed that in exchange for awesome head and facial hair, he’d knock out anyone. Kongo on the other hand, made a similar deal with God in exchange for a perfectly smooth head. The problem in this fight lies in whether you believe the Devil was good or evil. Well, it doesn’t matter because the Devil’s guy punches harder.
Nelson by TKO in 2.

Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Vinny has spent time with Sonnen, a lot of time. There’s no way someone can spend that much time around greatness and not have some rub off on them (See). Davis is at a major disadvantage there. Fighting has nothing to do with skill, it’s all luck. Just ask Leonard Garcia .
Vinny by Sub in 2

Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy
Jim Miller is from Jersey. Where’s Jersey? I don’t know either. They say he’s going to fight with the spirit of some guy named “The Boss”. Healy is from Strikeforce and everyone from Strikeforce fights with a chip on their shoulder, because they aren’t good. Honestly they’re horrible, nobody even saw them on that channel. These two bearded men will be fighting in the hopes that someone can point out where their from on a TV Guide, or better yet a map.
Miller by Sub in 1

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Check Out The New Spider-Man Costume

Comingsoon.net has posted a first-look at the new costume in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Now this looks muy Amazing

Finally, the costume looks more traditional. In fact, it looks very similar to The Ultimate version of Spider-Man, which is exactly where the film seems to be headed plot-wise.

I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man and thought that the best things it had going for it were the cast and crew. They had to re-tell the origin story, which was fine too, I just wasn’t a big fan of The Lizard. That said, I’m looking forward to the sequel and trust in the creative team developing the film to finally give Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone a chance to blow the first film out of the water. With a fresh new story and casting like Jamie Foxx as Electro and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, I have faith that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will impress everyone.

If nothing else, the costume looks good so far.

IOC Drops Wrestling, Let’s Get It Back

Starting in 2020, the Olympics will no longer contain wrestling.(ESPN) I don’t understand this move one bit. What I do understand though is how to get this sport back in the games. I’m not going to sit here and be cynical about which sports to take out, instead I’m going to suggest we boycott these products until we know wrestling is safe.
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