Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Shows you what I know.

Over the last 16 years, I am 0 for 4 when it comes to the Democratic candidates I have supported in the presidential primaries. 1992 was Bob Kerrey, 2000 was Bill Bradley, 2004 was General Wes Clark, and now 2008 it is John Edwards.

The Southpaw Spot now officially endorses Senator Hillary Clinton for president.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Headline on Yahoo!:


"Clinton's stunning upset and McCain's triumphant win throw both races into turmoil."

Let's take a step back, shall we?

Comeback kid? as recently as 5 days ago, Clinton had leads in the polls in New Hampshire. Obama wins Iowa and the media acts lie the race is over. Clinton wins NH. This is not a "comeback." This is the media being caught with their pants down and trying to make a story out of it. The race is exactly where it was only 6 days ago. Obama scored three in the top of the first, Clinton scored three in the bottom of the first. That is not a "comeback."

Chaos? Turmoil? Oh, you must be referring to the DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. You know, the one that made America what it is today. If you want "chaos" and "turmoil," go check out Kenya and see what their elections have done to the country.

When Bush won NH in 1988, it did not throw the GOP race into chaos, it just made it more competitive. Same goes for Buchanan's win in 1996.


Thursday, January 03, 2008

As a sports fan, I was curious to learn more about the matchups in the upcoming first round of the NFL playoffs. On one website, CBS Sportsline, they had an area called "Experts picks." In my mind, to be an expert, you must be learned and experienced in a particular area. You must know more than the average bear.

So imagine my surprise when I saw what the records of these "experts" was when picking games vs. the spread this year. The spread is designed to make every game a 50-50 proposition. The experts in Vegas (and yes, they really are experts) set the spread so that an even amount of money comes in on both sides. It is an equalizer. When making picks vs. the spread, your odds are usually 50-50, which is why a bet vs. the spread pays even money.

So, if a game is a 50-50 proposition, that means a blindfolded chimp with a pencil in his mouth should have a .500 average over the course of a season. Two of these "experts" have losing records vs. the spread, and four have winning records. Of the four with winning records, one has a winning percentage of .521, and another has a winning percentage of .541


I propose that CBS have a new section: "Blindfolded chimps with pencils in their mouths picks."