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Super Bowl XLIX

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

The Chickenhawk Super Bowl Lock

Most of our longtime followers (RIP – Mike, Bryan, & Dick) are dead. Somehow, for now, we’ve survived. It got so bad, our NFL Locks ™ column was abandoned mid-season and we were left wagering other people’s money on Opposite Picks ™ at the Caesars Sports Book.

A virtual lifetime ago (http://www.thechickenhawk.com/blog1/?p=5736), when asked, during an interview with WEEI’s Dale & Holley, if we ever considered Gamblers Anonymous, we told Holley: “I’m in too deep.” He laughed but I wasn’t kidding.

As degenerate bettors know, and Kris Kristofferson wrote:

Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.

Ladies and Gentlemen: we got nothin’ left to lose.

This makes us dangerous bettors. Dangerous to The Book and Dangerous to ourselves.

We could, yawn … talk about Xs and Os, offense vs defense & defense vs offense. Or we could compare cities, personalities and review betting trends. We could compare players, coaches and match-ups. We could roll out tape and inflate/deflate Deflategate. Yawn again.

Instead, after surveying this year’s Super Bowl scene, we’re betting everything: the mortgage, family farm, auto payment, college tuition savings, 401 K, and the big fat loan from Rocco The Wiseguy on this year’s …

Super Bowl Locks ™

New England PK vs Seattle            W

OVER 47 1/2                                 W

Coin toss:   Tails                                W

Disclaimer: The Chickenhawk’s NFL Super Bowl Locks™ is not for entertainment purposes. It is for making you serious amounts of ca$h. Remember: the more you bet, the more you win.

Ted

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

As Ted Kennedy found out, power is a fickle bed fellow.

In our interview with Joan Kennedy, when asked about the Warren Commission, she explained:  “He (Ted) didn’t think it did anyone any good to believe otherwise. It wouldn’t be good for The Country. It wouldn’t be good for The Kennedys.”

Author Jefferson Morley suggests, “Teddy had a choice. Investigate his brother’s death and kiss off public service for the rest of his life. Or embrace public service and avoid looking into the terrible and painful realities of Dallas. He made his choice and he had to figure out how to live with it.”

NFL Locks ™-

KC -10.5 vs Oakland

Jacksonville +14 @ Baltimore

Atlanta +3 vs Pittsburgh

 

Stones Sell Out

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Why have the gutted live performances of Sympathy for the Devil by removing “- who killed the ?”

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The season, officially, down the shitter, it’s nearly impossible for us to make up for this season’s losses. Unfortunately we’ve become the punchline in a long series of unsubstantiated gaming jokes. Still, per usual, we flog on.
Week Whatever NFL Locks ™-
Miami -3 vs Baltimore
Cincinnati -3 vs Pittsburgh
Indianapolis -3 @ Cleveland
Houston -6.5 @ Jacksonville
NY Giants -2.5 @ Tennessee
Carolina +9.5 @ New Orleans
Detroit -10 vs Tampa Bay
St. Louis -3 @ Washington
Minnesota -4 vs NY Jets
Buffalo +10 @ Denver
KC -2.5 @ Arizona
San Francisco -8 @ Oakland
Seattle -1 @ Philadelphia
New England -3.5 @ San Diego
Atlanta +13 @ Green Bay

Sympathy for the Devil

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Beggars Banquet

The Rolling Stones began recording Sympathy for the Devil on June 4, 1968.

Lyrics included:   I shouted out, who killed Kennedy?

On June 5, 1968 RFK was assassinated.

The Stones went back into the studio and changed the words to:

I shouted out, who killed the Kennedys?

Thanksgiving Day NFL Locks ™-

Chicago +7 @ Detroit                         L

Dallas -3 vs Philadelphia                      L

Seattle +1.5 @ San Francisco                    W

Indianapolis -9.5 vs Washington                    W

Houston -7 vs Tennessee                           W

Cleveland +3 @ Buffalo                             L

San Diego +6 @ Baltimore                          W

NY Giants -3 @ Jacksonville                         L

Tampa Bay +3.5 vs Cincinnati                        W

St. Louis -6.5 vs Oakland                            W

New Orleans +4.5 @ Pittsburgh                     W

Carolina +2.5 @ Minnesota                        L

Arizona -1.5 @ Atlanta                               L

New England +3 @ Green Bay                     L

KC +1.5 vs Denver                                   L

Miami -6.5 vs NY Jets                                       L

TCh NFL Locks ™ vs Spread (70 – 89 – 2) (.436%)

Disclaimer: The Chickenhawk’s NFL Locks™ are not for entertainment purposes. They are for making you serious amounts of ca$h. Remember: the more you bet, the more you win.

Don’t Trade Wade

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Don't Trade Wade

Winter Haven, FL –  March 24, 1989

Somewhere Tammy Wynette softly sang Stand By Your Man.

The Red Sox were a team divided.

Camp was a disaster.

It was the story that wouldn’t go away.

Boggs’ estranged girlfriend, Margo Adams, had gone public with their longtime affair on Donahue, Larry King and Arsenio. Now she was promoting a racy, tell-all interview in Penthouse magazine.

Among other things, the Penthouse article revealed:

  • Boggs often criticized black, teammate Jim Rice because he ‘thinks he’s white’ and resented that Rice showed affection to Adams.
  • Boggs held stereotypical beliefs that suggest anatomical differences between blacks and whites.
  • Boggs criticized white teammates who had affairs with black women rather than white women because the players believed that, if discovered, their wives would not care as much.
  • Boggs told her about Jose Canseco’s steroid use.

Boggs kept trying to convince everyone, especially Jim Rice, the stories weren’t true.

He decided to take his anguish to the airways and allow Barbara Walters to interview him on national television.

Red Sox managing general partner, John Harrington, advised Boggs and his agent not to do the interview. Harrington didn’t think it would do anyone any good. Not the third baseman and not the Red Sox.

Snuggled like a hot dog between buns, Wade sat between Debbie and Barbara and tearfully acknowledged his sex addiction.

He proclaimed his sorrow and innocence relating to many of Margo’s allegations, including the racism charges.

Fast forward 23 years, it’s deja vu all over again:

Oil Can’s allegations, followed by Wade & Debbie’s rabid, tearful radio rant denial seems to incriminate more than exfoliate.

Boggs explained he takes his Hall of Fame responsibilities very seriously.

Historically not adverse to a freak show, & although inadmissible in court, Wade quickly put Debbie on the phone with WEEI listeners to vouch for his character. Meanwhile, he scurried to his car to listen in on satellite radio.

Debbie, sounding unemotional, apologized for how emotional she was.

She knows the drill.

Week 11 NFL Locks ™ –

Miami -4 vs Buffalo                        W

Houston +4 @Cleveland                   W

Chicago -2.5 vs Minnesota                  W

Green Bay -6 @ Philadelphia              W

Seattle +1.5 @ Kansas City              L

Carolina +2 vs Atlanta                   P

New Orleans -7 vs Cincinnati             L

Washington -7 vs Tampa Bay              L

Denver -9.5 @ St. Louis                      L 

NY Giants +4 vs San Francisco              L

San Diego -10 vs Oakland                   L

Arizona -1 vs Detroit                     W

Indianapolis -3 vs New England              L

Pittsburgh -6 @ Tennessee                  L

TCh NFL Locks ™ vs Spread (65 – 81 – 1) (.445%)

Disclaimer: The Chickenhawk’s NFL Locks™ are not for entertainment purposes. They are for making you serious amounts of ca$h. Remember: the more you bet, the more you win.

Birdie Wallace

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

The Fast Picker: NFL Locks Week 3

If you did blow in Las Vegas in the early ’80s it probably came from someone who got it from someone who go it from Birdie Wallace.

He supplied coke to everyone who supplied coke to everyone in Las Vegas: dealers, valets, bartenders, taxi drivers, strippers, whores, hotel managers, stars and performers.

Steve & Edie, Phyllis Dyller, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Brando, Eric Estrada, Goldie Hawn: either directly or indirectly, Max Steingrout sold cocaine to them all.

Birdie Wallace’s cocaine.

Peru was the world’s leading producer of cocaine. The Colombian traffickers turned it into a dirty, bloody business and the cartel cocaine wars turned violent. This spelled the end for ’60’s pacifists like Las Vegas’ Birdie Wallace.

He didn’t have the stomach for the rough stuff.

Birdie made too many people nervous and he started to make too much money.

Birdie was fine doing the hustle, rolling a junkie or slapping around an under-aged runaway hooker, but once he started to move mountains of coke and make the kind of money reserved for Wayne Newton, he no longer knew his place.

One day he flew away.

Allegedly with a bullet to the back of his head.

*Week 10 NFL Locks ™

Cincinnati -6.5 vs Cleveland                   L

Jacksonville +7.5 vs Dallas                   L

Miami +3 @ Detroit                             L

Buffalo -1 vs Kansas City                         L

New Orleans -5.5 vs San Francisco            L

Tennessee +10 @ Baltimore                      L

NY Jets +3.5 vs Pittsburgh                      W

Tampa Bay +3 vs Atlanta                      L

Oakland +12 vs Denver                       L

St. Louis +7 @ Arizona                        L

NY Giants +9.5 @ Seattle                         L

Chicago +7.5 @ Green Bay                        L

Carolina +7 @ Philadelphia                      L

* Editor’s note: with the exception of Thursday Night’s Cincinnati debacle, this week we’ve invoked the Opposites betting system.  Tried & true, when things are spiraling out of control, you study the lines, look over the injury reports, check the weather, make your pick, then bet the opposite. After all, nobody – but nobody – beats the boys in Vegas.

TCh NFL Locks ™ vs Spread (64 – 69 – 1) (.468%)

Disclaimer: The Chickenhawk’s NFL Locks™ are not for entertainment purposes. They are for making you serious amounts of ca$h. Remember: the more you bet, the more you win.

Cronkite

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Cronkite cried the day he told us Kennedy died.

For the next quarter of a century, “the most trusted man in America” became the media flag bearer for Warren Commission apologists.

In a 1987 interview with Rolling Stone, the retired Cronkite hedged his bet.

Rolling Stone –  Twenty years ago you did a documentary on the Warren Commission report on the assassination of President Kennedy. You said that the report was flawed, but the most plausible that could be expected, and that CBS News concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole assassin. In the years since, have you had any reason to doubt that?

Cronkite –  Yes. We did not know, at that time, a rather important, salient matter: the CIA plot to assassinate Castro. An additional little fact was that Lyndon Johnson thought there was a conspiracy. I’m assuming that what he knew probably was just what we learned later about the CIA’s involvement in Cuba.

Rolling Stone –  As you look back on the late Sixties, do you think there’s a connection between the trauma of the assassination of President Kennedy, and the doubts about the circumstances of it, and so much of the trauma and disenchantment that took place in this country after that? Did it manifest itself in the streets?

Cronkite –  I wouldn’t say that the Kennedy assassination alone could have triggered that, but I think the series of assassinations – Martin Luther King, then Robert Kennedy – has a cumulative effect, which, I think, broke down our natural resistance to violence and kind of set loose hysteria. It manifested itself in the streets.

Week 9 NFL Locks (tm)-

Carolina +3 vs New Orleans                         L

San Diego +2 @ Miami                               L

Cincinnati -10.5 vs Jacksonville                       L

Cleveland -6.5 vs Tampa Bay                        L

Washington +1 @ Minnesota                         L

Houston +1.5 vs Philadelphia                          L

NY Jets +9.5 @ Kansas City                             L

Arizona +3 @Dallas                                   W

San Francisco -10 vs St. Louis                          L

Denver -3 @ New England                                L

Seattle -14.5 vs Oakland                               L

Baltimore -1.5 @ Pittsburgh                          L

Indianapolis -3 @ NY Giants                            W

TCh NFL Locks ™ vs Spread (62 – 58 – 1) (.517%)

Disclaimer: The Chickenhawk’s NFL Locks™ are not for entertainment purposes. They are for making you serious amounts of ca$h. Remember: the more you bet, the more you win.

Oswald

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Dealey Plaza, Dallas, TX. November 22, 1963 –

Dallas Sheriff Roger Craig broke ranks at the sound of gunfire and ran to Dealey Plaza moments after the Leader of the Free World was assassinated.

Sheriff Craig reported to the Warren Commission: “I heard a shrill whistle coming from the north side of Elm Street. I turned and saw a white male in his twenties running down the grassy knoll from the direction of the Texas School Book Depository Building. A light green Rambler station wagon was coming slowly west on Elm Street. The driver of the station wagon was a husky looking Latin, with dark wavy hair, wearing a tan windbreaker type jacket. He was looking up at the man running toward him. He pulled over to the north curb and picked up the man coming down the hill. I tried to cross Elm Street to stop them and find out who they were. The traffic was too heavy and I was unable to reach them.

After the Oswald arrest, Sheriff Craig was brought to Captain Fritz’s office to identify Oswald.

Captain Fritz said: “What’s this about a station wagon?”

Oswald interrupted, “- That station wagon belongs to Mrs. Paine. Don’t try to tie her into this. She had nothing to do with it.” He continued, “I told you people I did” adding dejectedly, “everybody will know who I am now.”

Week 8 NFL Locks ™-

San Diego +9 @ Denver                             L

Detroit -3 @ Atlanta                                    L

Minnesota +2.5 @ Tampa Bay                  W

Chicago +6 @ New England                      L

Kansas City -7 vs St. Louis                        W

Seattle -5.5 @ Carolina                             W

NY Jets -3 vs Buffalo                                 L

Miami -6 @ Jacksonville                            W

Houston -3 @ Tennessee                            W

Cincinnati -1.5 vs Baltimore                      W

Philadelphia +2 @ Arizona                      L

Indianapolis -3 @ Pittsburgh                    L

Oakland +7 @ Cleveland                           L

Green Bay +2 @ New Orleans                 L

Washington +9.5 @ Dallas                   W

TCh NFL Locks ™ vs Spread (55 – 49 – 1) (.539%)

Disclaimer: The Chickenhawk’s NFL Locks™ are not for entertainment purposes. They are for making you serious amounts of ca$h. Remember: the more you bet, the more you win.

The Death of Elvis Presley

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Elvis

August 16, 1977 – Graceland, Memphis, TN

Elvis had become a paranoid, pill-popping parody of himself. He suffered from glaucoma, high blood pressure, liver damage, constipation, and an enlarged colon, brought on by years of drug abuse. In the first eight months of 1977, his doctor prescribed him more than 10,000 doses of sedatives, amphetamines and narcotics.

He had a hard time finishing 45 minute concerts. He forgot words and was unable to enunciate. His lips, tongue, cheeks, neck and fingers were fat and swollen.

Privately he feared the world had passed him by. The Beatles were all the rage and the drug-taking, war-hating hippies considered Elvis the music of their parents. In their eyes he was, in his eyes the worst thing in the world: a square.

A square? The King of Rock & Roll?

Presley was scheduled to fly out of Memphis to begin another tour. Instead he was discovered dead on his bathroom floor.

President Carter issued a statement:

Elvis Presley’s death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable. More than 20 years ago, he burst upon the scene with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equaled. His music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense, and he was a symbol to people the world over of the vitality, rebelliousness, and good humor of his country.

The King is dead. Long live The King.

Week 7 NFL Locks ™

NY Jets +9.5 @ New England                             W

Indianapolis -3 vs Cincinnati                             W

Tennessee +6 @ Washington                            W

Chicago -3 vs Miami                                         L

Cleveland -5 W Jacksonville                          L

St. Louis +7 vs Seattle                                   W

Green Bay -6.5 vs Carolina                          W

Atlanta +6.5 @ Baltimore                           L

Buffalo -5.5 vs Minnesota                            L

Detroit -2.5 vs New Orleans                         L

San Diego -3.5 vs Kansas City                     L

NY Giants +6.5 @ Dallas                             L

Arizona -3.5 @ Oakland                                W

San Francisco +7 @ Denver                        L

Houston +3 @ Pittsburgh                             L

TCh NFL Locks ™ vs Spread (49 – 40 – 1) (.551%)

Disclaimer: The Chickenhawk’s NFL Locks™ are not for entertainment purposes. They are for making you serious amounts of ca$h. Remember: the more you bet, the more you win.

Don’t be a cynic …

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

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Week 6 NFL Locks ™

Houston +3 vs Indianapolis                L

Denver -10 vs NY Jets                       W

Cleveland -1 vs Pittsburgh                    W

Tennessee -4.5 vs Jacksonville                L

Atlanta -3 vs Chicago                           L

Green Bay -2.5 @ Miami                     W

Detroit +2.5 @ Minnesota                      W

Carolina +7 @ Cincinnati                       W

Buffalo +2.5 vs New England                     L

Tampa Bay +3.5 vs Baltimore                    L

San Diego -7 @ Oakland                           L

Dallas +8.5 @ Seattle                                W

Washington +6 @ Arizona                      L

Philadelphia -2.5 vs NY Giants                  W

St. Louis +3.5 vs San Francisco                  L

TCh NFL Locks ™ vs Spread (42 – 32 – 1) (.581%)

Disclaimer: The Chickenhawk’s NFL Locks™ are not for entertainment purposes. They are for making you serious amounts of ca$h. Remember: the more you bet, the more you win.

“Don’t be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don’t bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Challenge us with incessant affirmatives. Don’t waste yourself in rejection, or bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson