WWE Network Does What You Should’ve Expected

netSo the WWE Network numbers came out after Wrestlemania. They announced 667,000 or so people signed up for the WWE Network for the pleasure of watching Mania and the next five PPVs, plus literally every PPV WWF, WCW, and ECW ever put out, plus a bunch of other stuff. For this people agreed to pay $9.99 a month over six months. This seems pretty great to me, but I’m a wrestling fan. This is the problem.

The thing about the WWE Network that has never made sense to me, and with the benefit of these numbers proves my non-sense makin’ made sense, is that in 2014 there are very few wrestling fans. The WWE stock shot over thirty dollars before the Network number announcement and is currently sitting at about twenty-one bucks because a million people didn’t buy the Network like they promised. This was predictable, and I assure you my greatest life regret will be not buying WWE stock in January so I could sell it before Mania. It was probably literally the only thing I’ve understood ever.
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The Odds-On Favorite: Wrestlemania XXX Odds

Yes, you know you might have a gambling problem when you’re looking for lines on a completely scripted, predetermined event. But every year, online sportsbooks (and some, shall we say “less than legal” live action takers…) will offer up lines on the WWE’s showcase celebration, Wrestlemania.  This year is no different – with eight matches on the PPV card, and almost fifty options to bet on throughout the night, there is a real chance to make some real money. So let’s dive in.

** Expect that the rest of this column may contain spoilers, storylines, and recaps of previous shows.

Disclaimer: Gambling on sports is illegal unless you are in Las Vegas or Delaware. Also, if I’m horribly incorrect with these picks – as I have occasionally been in the past – I’m sorry in advance. If you can’t afford to lose, don’t play. John Anthony – “The Million Dollar Man with the Billion Dollar Plan” – is not a real person. All lines from Bovada.LV are accurate as of the time picks were made – Thursday Night. That about covers it.

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Ian Darke shines in ESPN FIFA World Cup ad

ESPN ‘s last FIFA Men’s World Cup as rights holders (for a while) will take place in Brazil later this year, and they are pulling out amazing tricks to put pressure on the next rights holders (Looking at you, FOX) with regards to their football (nee soccer) coverage.

Take a gander at this YouTube ad that tWWL just put out earlier today.

Americans have come to love this English announcer, for many a reason. For Landon. For Abby. For Dos A Cero. For many many more.

The power of Gus has a lot of work to do to try to meet the standard set.


Infographic: Cost of Proposals at Baseball Stadiums

Another infographic that came out yesterday aside from the Facebook Data Science to commemorate Opening Day came from Swimmingly. The site asked all 30 MLB franchises about their rates when it comes to proposals.

Five teams (Blue Jays, Angels, Royals, Orioles, Mets) don’t offer such an event to be a part of the official baseball in-game experience.

PNC Park has the cheapest (at just $39 for a message that is written on the scoreboard). In contrast, Dodger Stadium has the most expensive (at $2500 for a live video board proposal).

But hey as what the site said, you could just pop the question during a pitching change. Or do what Kanye West did.


Facebook illustrates dominant Yankee fandom across the US

To mark Opening Day, Facebook Data Science revealed a map illustrating baseball fandom on a per county basis throughout the United States.

As you can see, the Yankees are the most “liked” team in baseball, yet they are considered by many as the most “hated” team in the sport.

Three teams are devoid of counties that support them (on a majority basis): the Mets, the A’s, (who each have a team to share a metropolis with) and the Blue Jays (Canadian, eh).

Feel free to analyze and poke fun at the map.


Photo: Thurman Thomas helping Jim Kelly’s spirits

Jim Kelly was a warrior on the football field, and he is now battling for his life, as he fights inoperable but treatable form of cancer. He certainly isn’t alone, as family and friends have come to show support, like former Buffalo Bills teammate Thurman Thomas.

Thomas visited Kelly along with Bruce Smith and Andre Reed and while spending time with Kelly to raise his spirits, Thomas helped his old signal caller to put together a puzzle.
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