By Marc Lawrence — With all that is going on in the world today it is important that we take a step back and review where we are. More so now than ever, through the pandemic and recent protests, it’s critical that we learn from our mistakes to help better-guarantee our future. To cite one of my favorite quotes from Sir Winston Churchill, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” If we are going to make change we need to make change that benefits all of mankind, across the board for everyone. USA Today columnist Jarret Bell calls out the fact that the Washington Redskins are long overdue dropping their racist team nickname and mascot. Simply put, it is a derogatory label attached to the American Indian. In my honest opinion, team nicknames that pass along an acknowledgment or recognize a strong culture about them (i.e. Chiefs, Cowboys, Indians, Seminoles, Vikings, etc.) do so while conveying that of a proud tradition when looking to identify their brand. Those that do so using disparaging vernacular for the sake of perpetuating a long (and wrong) standing tradition have their heads in the sand and need to make changes. To which I ask, if Daniel Snyder were of American Indian descent, and not the owner of the NFL Washington football franchise, would he want to be referred to as a “redskin”? Highly doubtful. Remember, the original owner of this very same franchise, George Marshall, was an extreme racist who recently had his statute removed from RFK Stadium, the team’s former home field. How could it not be, with an owner who was the last to integrate his team’s roster in 1962 that once declared, “I’ll integrate when the Harlem Globetrotters integrate.” Well-meant protest leads to change, and it’s time. After all, no one is ever just a little bit pregnant.
MLB props are now being posted on what is scheduled to be a 60-game makeshift season. According to Josh Applebaum of VSIN.com, the first prop bet to hit the market is whether or not a player will hit .400 during the 2020 season. No player has finished with a batting average of .400 or better since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941 for the Boston Red Sox. Normally, hitting .400 would be virtually inconceivable, but with the shortened season, the chances are much higher this year. Applebaum goes on to note that since 1941, only seven players have hit at least .400 through the first 60 games of a season. This includes Williams a second time (.412 in 1948), Hank Aaron (.402 in 1959), Rod Carew (.411 in 1983), Paul O’Neill (.417 in 1994), Larry Walker (.417 in 1997), Tony Gwynn (.403 in 1997) and, most recently, Chipper Jones (.409 in 1998). The Westgate SuperBook posted “Yes” as a + 800 longshot and “No” as a -1400 favorite. “No” amounts to an implied probability of 93.3%. One stipulation with the Westgate prop: players must register a minimum of 186 plate appearances. The limit on the prop is $2,000. With that, it’s time to Play Ball.
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine reports: The NFL Over/Under chart in this year’s magazine reports a pair of teams that are on serious UNDER runs of late: The Las Vegas Raiders are 3-15 UNDER in division games the last three seasons, while the Pittsburgh Steelers are 4-19 UNDER away over the same span.