#WWE Hell In A Cell predictions #HIAC

26 Oct

Quick predictions here right before the card begins…

AJ Lee def. Paige to retain Divas Championship

Nikki Bella def. Brie Bella

The Miz def. Sheamus (Miz wins U.S. Title)

Cesaro def. Dolph Ziggler in 2 out of 3 falls match (Cesaro wins I.C. Title)

Rusev def. Big Show

Goldust/Stardust def. Usos and retain Tag Team titles

Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins in HIAC match

John Cena def. Randy Orton in HIAC match

I actually hope I’m wrong on both HIAC matches and the IC Title match.

My two teams in 2014 MLB Fantasy Baseball Playoffs Parlay

30 Sep

C Salvador Perez KC
1B Miguel Cabrera DET
2B Dee Gordon LAD
3B Josh Donaldson OAK
SS Ian Desmond WAS
IF Kolten Wong STL
OF Mike Trout LAA
OF Adam Jones BAL
OF Starling Marte PIT
DH Buster Posey SF
P Clayton Kershaw LAD
P Gio Gonzalez WAS
P Zach Britton BAL
P Jon Lester OAK
P Edinson Volquez PIT
P Max Scherzer DET
P Trevor Rosenthal STL
P Madison Bumgarner SF
P James Shields KC
P Huston Street LAA
Tiebreaker – Dodgers over Tigers in 7

C Buster Posey SF
1B Eric Hosmer KC
2B Anthony Rendon WAS
3B Josh Harrison PIT
SS Jhonny Peralta STL
IF Victor Martinez DET
OF Yasiel Puig LAD
OF Mike Trout LAA
OF Josh Reddick OAK
DH Nelson Cruz BAL
P Sonny Gray OAK
P Greg Holland KC
P Santiago Casilla SF
P Francisco Liriano PIT
P Chris Tillman BAL
P Jordan Zimmermann WAS
P Adam Wainwright STL
P Clayton Kershaw LAD
P David Price DET
P Huston Street LAA
Tiebreaker – Nationals over A’s in 5

2014 MLB Fantasy Baseball Playoff Parlay – All the details you need!

26 Sep

It’s time once again for Fantasy Baseball Playoffs! This is the 7th annual parlay!  It makes watching all the playoff games so much more fun!  We had 31 teams in the Parlay last year and my goal is to hit 50 this year.
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you know, and if somebody you know does want in, just make sure they let me know you referred them.  I’m going to post this on some fantasy message boards and on Twitter, so it’ll be out there.

Here’s how it works. Cost to participate is only $10 per team. One owner may have a maximum of two (2) team entries.

RULES: Choose one (1) batter AND one (1) pitcher from each of the 10 playoff teams to fill out positions of a roster with your 20 players. You must have ONLY 2 players from each playoff team; one hitter and one pitcher – no more, no less.

You must fill these positions with one hitter and one pitcher from each playoff team:

IF (any infield position)
DH (can be a batter from any position)

10 pitchers (can be either a starting pitcher or relief pitcher). May be any combination of SP’s and RP’s but must meet a minimum of 15 innings pitched combined for all pitchers in the Wild Card/Division Series round, then a minimum of 10 innings pitched in the Championship Series round. This is to prevent any team from picking only relief pitchers.

***and Tiebreaker – see below

YOU are responsible for submitting a legal team. I will do my best to catch any errors, but if your team is illegal and is caught at ANY TIME, you will be eliminated and refunded your money.

*PLAYER POSITION ELIGIBILITY – An offensive player needs to have played a minimum of 20 games this year at a position to be eligible at that position. If an offensive player has not played a total of 20 games, then the position he’s played for the majority of games will be his eligible position. Pitcher eligibility is determined by the majority of games played. If you are picking a player that is only eligible at DH, then that player must occupy the DH spot.  Otherwise the DH spot may be a player from any offensive position.

Your roster will be 20 players to begin with, and as teams are eliminated, those players won’t accumulate any more stats for you. Any roster can have any player from any team, as long as you don’t have more than one hitter and one pitcher from a team. For example, in a year when Philly made the playoffs, if one entrant’s roster has Philly’s catcher Carlos Ruiz, that doesn’t mean any other entrant can’t have him, but you couldn’t have Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard on the same team. Pick whomever you’d like. Odds are there won’t be any exact rosters with all the possible combinations, but we have a Tiebreaker just in case.
***Tiebreaker – Pick the two (2) World Series teams, the winner, and in how many games.
The categories that we’ll use are the traditional 5×5 fantasy baseball categories – AVG, HR and RBI, Runs, and SB for hitters, Wins, Saves, ERA, WHIP and K’s for pitchers.

Scoring will be done Rotisserie style, meaning….
However many teams are in the parlay, that number will be the most points available in each category. The leader in each category will get that number of points for the category, the 2nd place team in a category will get 1 point less than the max, and so on down to 1 point for the last place team in a category.

For example, if there are 10 teams in the Parlay, the AVG leader gets 10 points, 2nd place team gets 9 points, 3rd place gets 8 points, and so on down to the last place AVG team getting 1 point. Maximum number of points in this scenario would be 100 (10×10). If there are 18 teams, then 1st place in HRs gets 18, second place would get 17, and so on down to 1. Maximum number of points in this scenario would be 180 (18×10).

Stats will be cumulative, and the total stats after the completion of the World Series will determine the winner(s).

PAYOUTS (changed from previous years):

  • The leader after the Wild Card/ALDS/NLDS wins 10% of the overall pot
  • Winner of the ALCS/NLCS round wins 10% of the overall pot
  • Remaining 80% of the pot will be split up to go to the 3 overall leaders after the World Series – 1st place (65%), runner-up (25%), and 3rd place (10%).

The 10 playoff teams are:

  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Kansas City Royals
  • Oakland A’s
  • Washington Nationals
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Pittsburgh Pirates
  • San Francisco Giants

Sample team:
C – Andrew Susac SF
1B – C.J. Cron LAA
2B – Omar Infante KC
3B – Kelly Johnson BAL
SS – Nick Punto OAK
IF – Juan Uribe LAD
OF – John Jay STL
OF – Jose Tabata PIT
OF – Nate Schierholtz WAS
DH – Don Kelly DET

P – Buck Farmer DET
P – Ross Detwiler WAS
P – Joe Smith LAA
P – Jason Vargas KC
P – Jason Motte STL
P – Charlie Morton PIT
P – Ubaldo Jimenez BAL
P – Brian Wilson LAD
P – Tim Lincecum SF
P – Scott Kazmir OAK
Tiebreaker – Pirates over Angels in 4

Team rosters are due by this Tuesday, September 30th, 8:00pm EST, prior to the first Wild Card playoff game.
If you can, get your team(s) to me as soon as possible so I have ample time for data entry.
 Please forward this on to anyone you think might be interested.

I ask that all entree fees be sent by Friday, October 10th. Please make this easy on my part and submit payment on time. If you’re mailing a check, please email me for the mailing address.  Or you can PayPal from bank checking accounts only please to me at teachhr8992@comcast.net.  If you want to send payment via PayPal (from a PayPal balance or bank account only please), make sure you use the option to “Send Money to a Friend.”  When you enter the amount it will show you the fees:
$0.00 USD fee if you use your PayPal balance and/or a bank account.
$0.59 USD fee if you pay using your credit or debit card (for $10).  If you do 2 teams (for $20) the fee is $0.88.  This is why I ask to use only a PayPal balance or bank account so there’s no fee taken out on either end.  Please do not use this option as I won’t receive the full $10 or $20 from you.
**Teams with fees not received by 10/10 will be subject to disqualification from the parlay.

If you have any questions, please email me at scotty.ballgame@comcast.net. If you think there’s anything I missed, or anything that could improve/enhance this Parlay, please let me know ASAP. Otherwise, put together a team or two you think will do well and send it over. Keep in mind, there’s a decent amount of strategy involved.  I will email a spreadsheet with all teams’ rosters as soon as all of the data is entered, and detailed updates will be sent after LDS, LCS and World Series rounds.
Follow me on Twitter at @Scotty_Ballgame as I’ll also tweet Parlay updates over the next month.

Good luck!


SummerSlam 2014 predictions

17 Aug

Have to do this quickly. Poolside on vacation in Florida…

Pre-show: RVD vs. Cesaro. Really? Mania XXX Battle Royal winner relegated to pre-show. Really?  Well I still think Cesaro beats RVD tonight.

Rollins vs. Ambrose Lumberjack Match: I think Ambrose somehow gets the win. Rollins is still Mr. Money in the Bank.

Rusev vs. Jack Swagger in a Flag Match: It’s the biggest party of the summer! Russian flag gets waved? Well maybe only after Swagger gets the win. Then Rusev beats him up after the bell, cinches on the ol’ camel clutch, and we see him wave his flag too.

Paige vs. AJ Lee for Divas Title: It’s Paige’s 22nd birthday. Would they really make her lose? I don’t think so. Paige regains Divas Title.

Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon: Have to go with The Authority. Maybe Nikki Bella has something to do with sis losing. Principal owner emerges victorious. Yes! Yes! Yes!

Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho: Would love to see Y2J get a win but I think they have to give Wyatt the win after he lost the Cena feud and did nothing at MITB or Battleground.

Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton: Have to think we continue to see the major main event push for the Roman Empire. Just read somebody’s tweet that suggested a surprise return by Batista to screw The Viper. That’d be cool. Either way Reigns wins clean tonight.

The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler for Intercontinental Title: Excited to see a real good match here. Can only hope they don’t extend Miz’s little title reign. Get the gold to Ziggler with a Zig Zag.

John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar for WWE World Heavyweight Championship: I’ll put it exactly how my 10-year-old just put it. He said, “Dad, I want Lesnar to win but I think Cena will win.” Will The Beast be conquered tonight or will a part-timer become the champ?  Somehow someway I believe we get same old, same old Super Cena. The Champ is still here. If not then I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

And with a Cena win, G-d only knows how many unhappy customers will not renew the WWE Network for another 6 months for only $9.99/month.

BHS Class of ’89’s Arapoff riding in 2014 Pan Mass Challenge

23 Jul

Just put this out on Twitter, supporting Susan (Oliver) Arapoff – fellow classmate from Burlington High School Class of 1989!

WWE Battleground predictions – 7.20.14

20 Jul

Not going to submit a long and detailed post today, but I just want to get these out there.  Feel free to comment and/or pass along your reaction and thoughts.

Pre-Show Kickoff match: Naomi vs Cameron
Umm, I think I’ll still be “tailgating” or helping my boys get ready to enjoy the first hour of the main card (before their bedtime at 9:00 of course).  I honestly don’t know anyone that really cares about this match, and I hate to have my Swami Says predictions start off on a missed pick with a match like this.  Eeny Meeny Miny Mo.  Go with Naomi.  Cameron is horrible in the ring.

Jack Swagger vs Rusev – I just read a report that WWE might be dropping the evil Russian storyline due to the tragic events in the Ukraine this past week and everything that’s really going on with Vladimir Putin.  If this match does happen tonight, and IF WWE is still giving Rusev the monster push, then Rusev goes over Swagger.  I of course could see them going the other way in light of recent events.  The crowd chants of “We The People!” are one of the most popular chants going.

The Usos vs Erick Rowan and Luke Harper of The Wyatt Family (WWE Tag Team Championship match) – My predicting the Wyatts to win the title at MITB last month was incorrect.  They of course continue to beat The Usos on TV in non-title matches.  I’ll stick to my guns and go with Harper/Rowan once again.  New champs tonight!

AJ Lee vs Paige (WWE Divas Championship match) – Paige respects AJ.  AJ respects Paige.  WTF!  Just get it on!  AJ retains tonight.

Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins  – Should be one of the best, if not THE best, wrestling match on the card tonight.  Rollins cannot lose the Money In The Bank briefcase in this one, or his chance to cash in anytime for the World Heavyweight Championship.  I have a feeling they give Ambrose a little bit of revenge tonight and a win in this match, but it won’t be the last time we see them both on the Battleground broadcast.

Bray Wyatt vs Chris Jericho – Is Y2J back part-time to put over another young up-and-coming Superstar?  He did put over Fandango at WMXXIX which was a bit of a surprise.  Wyatt has so much more potential than Fandango ever had or ever will have, and the crowd is still pretty much into Bray and his “He’s got the whole world in his hands” mantra.  Look for a big win by Wyatt tonight although we could still see Y2J/Bray in some fashion together again at SummerSlam.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E vs. Bo Dallas vs. Cesaro vs. Curtis Axel vs. Diego vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango vs. Heath Slater vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. R-Truth vs. Ryback vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. The Great Khali vs. The Miz vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Xavier Woods vs. Zack Ryder (WWE Intercontinetal Championship battle royal) – I truly believe there are only a handful of guys with any chance of winning this battle royal and claiming the vacant IC Championship.  They are Cesaro, Sheamus, Dallas and possibly the recently returned Miz.  My gut is telling me they want Sheamus to win and unify the US and IC titles.  I’m also thinking they’d like to call Cesaro the “King of Battle Royals” since he won the Inaugural Andre The Giant Memorial battle royal at WMXXX.  Former (and currently injured) IC champ Wade “Bad News” Barrett is supposedly going to be there to award the winner the belt.  I only include Bo Dallas in this conversation because of his current huge push and his history with Barrett (eliminated him from the Royal Rumble a couple years ago, and then they had a mini feud with a match at the next PPV).  Miz could be a sleeper or wild card or whatever you want to call it with his “Moneymaker” being protected all the way to a win.  But I’ll stick with my first instinct and that’s Cesaro.

John Cena vs Roman Reigns vs Kane vs Randy Orton (WWE Championship fatal four-way match) – If you’re reading this blog then I’m guessing you may have read some other predictions too or maybe even have listened to some pro wrestling podcasts or radio shows. (like I do when I can – Busted Open Radio on SiriusXM being the absolute best!)  Regardless, my expectations for this bout are probably very similar to many diehard fans’ thoughts as well.  Super Cena wins and retains the title.  The Authority has their Plan B (and possibly Plan C as has been alluded to on Raw this past week) and will not stand for Cena being the face of the WWE.  Look out for a probable return of The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar tonight after this match is over and a nice little beatdown on The Champ.  Then out comes Mr. MITB Rollins to cash in, with Dean Ambrose on his tail to interfere and thwart Rollins’ chances once again.  But it just might happen tonight.  Lesnar & The Authority hold off Ambrose allowing Rollins to cash in on Cena.  Rollins walks away the new Champ.  Cena is left laying as Lesnar stands over him, setting up their SummerSlam main event.

Then we all look forward to Monday Night Raw tomorrow night as is always the case following the par-per-view event.

Money In The Bank #MITB Predictions

29 Jun

My WMXXX predictions were not up to my standards, so here goes my shot at redemption.  WWE invades TD Garden in Boston tonight for what’s perennially one of the best shows of the year.  Here’s what I’m expecting to see tonight…

Pre-Show Kickoff interview with Daniel Bryan: Not exactly sure what to expect, but I don’t think Bryan will be returning to action anytime before SummerSlam, if by then at all.  I do think we’ll see some sort of angle with The Authority on the Kickoff Show tonight as they have the perfect opportunity to sell more WWE Network subscriptions and get the most-over face in the company back in the spotlight as he’s been off TV for a while now.

Rusev vs. Big E:  No brainer here.  Monster push for Rusev.  Lana screams “Rusev crush!!”  It’ll be over shortly after that.  Winner: Rusev

Summer Rae vs. Layla (Fandango as guest ref): Does anyone really care about this?  I stopped watching Total Divas too since Legends House blows it away.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fandango turn on his sweet Layla and help Summer Rae so they can hook up again.  Plus Layla’s past her prime and Summer Rae is still considered one of the BFFs!  Winner: Summer Rae

Goldust/Stardust vs. Rybaxel: I hate Rybaxel.  I was actually a big fan of Curtis Axel when he was announced as Heyman’s guy what seems an eternity ago before he won the IC Title.  Goldust is actually still entertaining and in great shape for being one of the older guys in the locker room.  Ryback is a complete waste of time.  I see the push going to the boys in gold here.  Winner: Goldust/Stardust

Paige vs. Naomi for Divas Championship: More success for the young blood.  Have I mentioned I’m now a big NXT fan since becoming a WWE Network subscriber?  Paige should have a bright career ahead of her and I think her title reign is safe and just getting started.  Until Charlotte arrives on the main roster, I don’t see the belt changing hands quite yet.  Let’s finally do away with this Funcadactyl duo.  Maybe Cameron (Arianne) will snap and slap her friend/partner/foe Naomi (Trinity) and cause the loss.  Winner: Paige, retains Divas title

Usos vs. Wyatt Family for WWE Tag Team Championship:  I’m sick of the Usos.  Just being honest here.  They’ve had the belts way too long.  I wanted them to lose to the Real Americans at Wrestlemania XXX.  Harper and Rowan can work for two big guys.  The crowd loves the Wyatts, and did you hear their new entrance music – that creepy version of “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands?”  Get the smartphone lights ready and dim the lights.  One of the Usos will run into Harper’s version of a clothesline from hell.  1-2-3. New Champs! Winners: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, NEW Tag Team Champions

Money In The Bank Contract Ladder Match: Is there any chance that Wade Barrett actually participates in this match with a separated shoulder?  If not, is there any chance of a surprise replacement?  How awesome would it be to see Brock Lesnar all of a sudden come out and destroy whoever’s still standing and ascend the ladder and grab that briefcase?  What a storyline that would be as the champ would always be looking over his shoulder and wondering when Lesnar was coming to cash in.  But alas, I don’t see it happening.  We’ll see Lesnar sometime before SummerSlam but likely not in a MITB capacity.  There may be some good spots in the match by these guys, but there’s absolutely no chance in you know what that Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, or Rob Van Dam win this match.  I wish they’d give Dolph Ziggler another big push and potential title run, but I don’t see that happening either.  So without Barrett that pretty much leaves the SHIELD remnants of Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.  Rollins is now Authority material and I can’t imagine Ambrose and WWE World Heavyweight Championship being one anytime soon.  I love Rollins’ Curb Stomp too much.  Winner: Seth Rollins, new Mr. Money In The Bank

Ladder Match for WWE World Heavyweight Championship:
How and why is Alberto Del Rio even in this match.  Give me a freakin’ break!
Sheamus – Current US Champion (whatever that’s worth because the title is rarely defended).  He’s not getting two more belts to carry around.
The Demon Kane – What happened to The Big Red Monster Kane?  I feel he was a worthy championship contender 10 years ago, although he can still work a decent match for his age and size.
Bray Wyatt – Down 2-1 in the Cena feud.  Can’t see the company putting the belt(s) around his good sized waist yet.  Crowd loves this guy but he still needs another year or so of grooming in the big leagues.
Cesaro – Heyman’s client Brock Lesnar conquered the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania.  Ever heard that before?  Can Heyman’s new sidekick be pushed to the max tonight and grab that yellow hanger that holds the belts.  YES he can, but he won’t tonight.  Crowd loves him and maybe we’ll get Cena in the Cesaro swing tonight (which the crowd will eat up), but he’s not walking out with the title.
Roman Reigns – Talk about still needing some grooming.  I think we can all see the company WANTS Reigns to be the future.  Is he ready to run with it?  Possibly, but I don’t expect it’s coming tonight.  Great Rumble performance.  Great reaction when the qualifying Battle Royal came down to him and Rusev.  He’ll definitely get some spears tonight, but he might actually get FU’d or RKO’d off the ladder.
That leaves me with Randy Orton and John Cena.  Really?  What is this – 2011 and 2012 all over again?  I don’t want to see it but I’m expecting it so I’m not pissed off at 10:47 or whatever time it is when the PPV goes off the air.  One of these guys will be a safe bet to be Champion for the next two months taking us to SummerSlam in August.  Regardless if it’s Bryan returning then to challenge for the title, or maybe that’s when Reigns or Cesaro finally get the chance to run as Champ, tonight it’s possibly Orton but more likely the hometown West Newbury native Cena is golden again.  Hey, just figured I’d throw this out there.  Any chance CHT happens tonight enroute to the Championship?  CHT is what those of us waiting for the last several years affectionately call a Cena Heel Turn.  How awesome would that be to happen in Boston?  Possibly as shocking as the Hogan heel turn when he formed the original NWO.  We can dream, but don’t hold your breath.
Winner: John Cena, NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion 


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