Hello and welcome back! Hopefully this finds you well, and staying cool enough not to blow up! A slight change in topic, as we’re going to have a #QuestionsCorner special – focusing on sport, with a bit of politics in between. But first, as always, it’s…
Reads Of The Week:
The UK is now in recession. That surprises nobody – this is a pandemic after all – but it’s worth considering all parts of the UK’s Coronavirus response, and this is a brutal, forensic and clear headed inspection of the British state and why it failed in comparison to so many other nations by Tom McTague:
This is perhaps the most unpredictable election season in history, and the modellers and analysts have never been under more pressure than now. Here’s Mike Goodman talking to Nate Silver about how Five Thirty Eight’s forecast gives Biden the same chance at this point as one… Hillary Rodham Clinton:
We are big fans of interviews here, and Rachel Moss’s fine sitdown with Edith Bowman is worth reading, especially for music lovers:
Listens Of The Week:
You’ve all read the memes from the amazing Trump interview with Johnathan Swan – but what about the deeper meaning? This from Midfield Politics is worth the time if you can find it as Luke James (@LukeJames_32) and Zak Green (@Zakiavelli_v2) tell you all you need to know!
There are so many podcasts on the Kamala Harris pick, but Americast – as ever – does a phenomenal job of making sense of the decision and this is one of their best episode. Props to Studio director Emma Crowe, Producers Harriet Noble and Morgan Gisholt Minard, and editor Dino Sofos for the quick turnaround:
The #QuestionsCorner special:
Golf can be a cruel game. Our tipping ace Blue Horseshoe – who is well in-front since the restart of professional golf – had put readers into a superb position in the US PGA, the first major of the year. Of his five selections, four were no more than two shots back going into the final round, with Dustin Johnson leading. Johnson would make a strong early start, whilst Tony Finau would also take the lead at one point. Neither could match the brilliance of Collin Morikawa – and what a final round performance he gave – but 4 finished in the top ten including tied second and tied third, all agonisingly watched by yours truly.
It reminded me about this tweet, posted by friend of the column and gambling analyst Alun:
And it got me thinking…
What are your least favourite betting sports? I asked, and Twitter didn’t disappoint:
For one, a few of you share the same view RE Golf…
I love golf betting but man it's frustrating. Last Saturday I had 4 3ball dbls on at the USPGA, ended up with 1 winner & 1 loser on each. On Sunday same. English Championship where I had 3 dbls on, 1 winner & 1 loser in each.! Plus 4 singleson, and 3 of them lost by 1 shot!
— Jonny Bell (@Jonny_beeeeeee) August 12, 2020
Basketball coz nothing seems to matter til the last couple of minutes
Golf – 4 day torture
— Diego (@gentsdeal) August 12, 2020
And a couple of you aren’t huge fans of football betting…
Ifootball, so hard to get anything decent in return and there’s so many people that no more than me vetting it seriously that I see no point
— SebastianSidnell (@SebastianSidne4) August 12, 2020
— Garreth Porter (@PorterG94) August 12, 2020
Rugby came in for it’s fair share of scorn…..
— Niall Bermingham (@Berminn27) August 12, 2020
A no tryscorer bet in Rugby Union is the most painful bet to have.
Willing for 80 minutes of knock ons and reset scrums and the team in possession to always be in their own 22.
— murray bates (@reprobates) August 12, 2020
Rugby union since when I get told a line is off and I bet it, I have to watch the game to see if the bet wins
— NFL Bettor (@NFL_Bettor) August 12, 2020
I love rugby but hate betting on it as the odds are always awful.
— Blue Horseshoe (@Betteranbetter1) August 12, 2020
Formula 1 wasn’t forgotten either….
Formula 1, William.
Perceived ‘value’ and/or ‘edge’ can be blown quicker than a tyre, in any given race.
A good position can disappear in a puff of brake dust, for an obscure reason.
Therefore, haven’t traded it for a long time.
— Ed (@Mr___Ed) August 12, 2020
F1. It's so predictable until it's not.
— Chris Snell (@chrissnelltweet) August 12, 2020
And the rest, of course:
Snooker. Got on Ronnie at 4s yesterday to beat Williams. Aye he won easy in the end but he kept missing easy shots, very frustrating to watch ( obv easy for a pro and impossible for me and you 😂). Most enjoyable is golf 2/3 ball betting on doubles/trebles – prices 9/10 wrong.
— Craig (@craig10g) August 12, 2020
tennis, specifically WTA. And basketball
— Bradley Green (@cafcbrad) August 12, 2020
Darts, I would say it’s the one sport where a bet retracts from the enjoyment.
— Jon Annable (@jon_annable) August 12, 2020
This all got me thinking – what are you looking forward to (in pure sporting or betting terms) most over the next month? Again, plenty of good answers, with a lot of love for Rugby:
Leinster v Munster 22nd August
— James (@gortoshay) August 12, 2020
Premiership Rugby is back this weekend and I couldn't be happier about it (though I'm bloody glad I'm not playing in this heat)
— Bart Crisp (@crispy_bart) August 12, 2020
This fan, along with yours truly, was keen to see the Tour de France – although he didn’t want to bet it (and we’ve no opposition to that here!)
Tour de France. But no betting 🤢
— Owen Edwards (@o_ensan) August 12, 2020
There was a shout for the Ebor (and don’t miss our coverage of that next week, featuring the Zoom Room and also Silvestre De Sousa’s blog).
— Colin Hudson (@Colzoss) August 12, 2020
This Chelsea fan was looking forward to some new faces in Blue:
The first time I get to see Ziyech, Werner + the rumoured signings play for Chelsea
— Luca (@EICrisco) August 12, 2020
But the right answers were….
CL one leg quarters and semis
— NFL Bettor (@NFL_Bettor) August 12, 2020
— roders (@oneandonlymr0) August 12, 2020
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