Editor's Note--We hope you are all enjoying your summer. There's sports
news everywhere still, eh? Lebron, and "The Decision 2", baseball pitchers
blowing their arms out everyday, and there's that "little tournament"
going on in Brazil. Big D has been quietly, stealthily, wagering
(and winning of course) with his old pal, "Strat". Who is "Strat"
you may ask? Why he happens to be the best soccer handicapper around,
that's who. He was kind enough to show us his analysis, and
share it with you on these very pages below. Big D doesn't
even need to be heard from today. It's just fine to read and heed.
Strat, whachu got?!?--R.B.
This weekend, you may be hanging out with Kim Kardashian and her
entourage in the Hamptons,or fist bumping with the Situation at
DJais in Belmar. You may be sweating it out in NYC taking selfies
with backpackers in front of office buildings, or chilling at your
inlaws' upstate lake estate sipping some rose. You may be taking
your partner out to a nice brunch in Soho, or rushing the kids around from sporting event to camp. One thing however won't change. 2bn people will be watching as long time foes Argentina and
Germany square off at the historic Maracana stadium in Brazil at
3pm on Sunday. If you need some walking around money and are one
of those "history predicts future results" guys, it ain't gonna
help. Argentina took down the Germans in Mexico 3-2 in 1986 and Germany returned the favor 1-0 in Italy in 1990. But hey,
if you are a "pattern guy", history suggests that Argentina wins
in the Americas and Germany prevails on the Continent. Baloney I
say. These are all new players now. We need to do the real work.... Germany was a bunch of terminators this Tuesday. 7 goals vs
Brazil. World record. Everyone is scoring. Neuer their
goalkeeper making Playstation saves from point blank range.
Invicible. The reality? Germany vs Ghana 2-2. Germany vs
Algeria 2-1 in overtime. Germany vs USA 1-0. That hardly looks invicible to Strat. The backline isn't that good, and hasn't
been tested by a potent offense. Brazil Strat? Are they not
potent? No. Fred doesn't start for the NY Red Bulls and that
Brazil team we saw on Sunday loses to my high school team in Athens. Argentina. "Boring". "Can't score". Media keeps saying
"not playing well". Cut the crap guys. This team blanked
Belgium and Holland over 210 combined minutes. Go ahead - you
give that a shot. They also happen to have a short forward/attacking midfielder who is pretty decent. Romero, their
goal keeper, (a weak spot historically in Argentine play) is
playing at a high level. To the trained eye, the team is superbly
organized, tactical, quick on the ball, and a very very difficult
team to beat. The only question I have is "can they come from
behind?" The mid market line is Germany -120
(risk 120 units to win 100) and Argetina +120 (risk 100 units
to take home 120).
When in our lifetime will we get value like this? The Albiceleste as a real dog?
Strat's prediction: 500 units on the South Americans. It won't be easy.
2-1 in overtime is my call and the most underappreciated, unloved modern
day sports star Lionel Messi will lift the cup.
Well Strat, that was some keen insight pal. The happy recap?
ARGENTINA+120 to win somehow, someway, anyway on Sunday.
And of course, we would have to post this little song, now wouldn't
we? This is the practice version. Then they took it outside and did it
Live at Live Aid. 29 years ago TODAY. Can you name all the stars?!
Good luck and god bless. Enjoy!