Another lonely board today with only four matchups. The UEFA Champions League takes up half of the day beginning with David Beckham's former club, Real Madrid on the road at Zenit St Petersburg. Real is the favorite to win the match with the obvious advantage in talent but the home crowd should help out St Petersburg. Our second UEFA matchup features Dynamo Kiev @ Fenerbahce with the away team receiving the draw. We also have some college football on ESPN2 for you to enjoy with Middle Tennessee (-3) hosting Florida Atlantic .
AL Central Playoff: Twins @ White Sox
It doesn't get much better than this. Can the White Sox avenge the three-game sweep in Minnesota last week, to win the AL Central crown? Or will the Twins continue to have Chicago's number? With the crowd on their side, the White Sox are favored to win the game with the line at -140.
Overall, Streakers took care of business with an overall winning PCT of 78.3%. Our leader is now at 17 and with only a few matchups on our board it can be a great day for Streakers or a horrible day. We'll see what tomorrow brings.
This has to stop, the Mets need a change.
ddpayton100 has a firm grasp in the most wins category with a total of 51 with the next Streaker at 48, with only a few matchups to go. I'm sure that $2,500 will put a smile on her face if she can hold on. Also, I have taken it upon myself to be the new hope for the New York Mets. As a fan, it has been devastating to watch them falter towards the end of the season for two straight years. Here is my proposal: Sign me, The StreakMaster to a 1-year, 1 dollar contract. I will be the leader, the motivator and of course, Mr.Clutch. I'll be the utility infielder during the 8th and 9th innings, and I don't even have to hit. Omar, just think about it! I mean how worse can it get? Why not bring on a guy with above-average fielding skills and a .624 batting average, in men's softball of course. My fellow Mets fans, you know what I'm talking about, we need something...anything! Support the StreakMaster!
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4:38 PM ET: Rain Delay in Chicago
The make-up game in Chi-town between the White Sox and Tigers has been delayed over two hours now but reports are saying they will get the game in. MLB.com reports that the rain will stop around 6:00 p.m. ET. We will keep you updated as soon as we hear anything more at Streak Headquarters.
Unfortunately, today's action is nowhere near yesterday's with only three matchups making our board. Our first matchup of the day features the long awaited make-up game with the Tigers at the White Sox. The White Sox need a win today to keep their playoff hopes alive, but even if they do win there will be a one-game playoff for the AL Central crown on Tuesday. Chicago is favored heavily in this one but the Tigers would love to spoil the party. Our Monday Night Football prop features the total rushing yards of the Ravens and Steelers. Pittsburgh is missing Willie Parker due to injury and Rashard Mendenhall will get the start. I expect Mendenhall to perform well on the big stage even with the trash talking he's supposedly been doing this week.
Monday Night Football: (2-0) Ravens @ (1-1) Steelers
The undefeated Ravens look to stay unbeaten as they take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are favored by six points at home, but expect the Ravens to come out fired up and try to steal a division win. Expect a hard-hitting defensive battle and the Steelers winning this one by a slim margin.
Our former leader went down today at 18 wins thanks to a huge day from Santana Moss. Other Streakers didn't have a great day either, tallying up a 40.7% overall winning PCT, just what the StreakMaster ordered. The top streak breaker were the Eagles losing 24-20 to the Bears and the top streak extender were those impressive Titans, who took care of the Vikings pretty easily. Hope you all had a great weekend!
Welcome to another action-packed "Streak Sunday". Our 1:00 p.m. games features the Vikings (+3) at Titans and Cardinals (+1) at the Jets. Our prop for this time-slot puts the top two projected fantasy players of the day, Reggie Bush and Frank Gore, up against each other. Remember, this matchup is for more total yards, not just rushing. At 4:05 p.m., we have a larger margin of victory matchup between the Bills and Chargers (both favored by eight). T.O looks to bounce back this week against the Redskins, but he goes up against Matthew Berry's fantasy sleeper pick of the week, Santana Moss, in a more receiving yards prop. The Sunday Night Football game between the Eagles and Bears is featured as a straight up matchup as well as a prop featuring both fantastic defenses battling it out for most sacks.
Sunday Night Football Eagles @ Bears
The Eagles have looked great this year but with Brian Westbrook listed as questionable, they could be vulnerable to a solid Bears team. But if the Bears have a chance to win this game, Orton and Forte need to have monster nights.
Yes, a 46.4% overall winning PCT. Thanks to Alabama win over Georgia, Streakers are below .500 for the day. The Georgia loss made me happy with a few Streakers on the leaderboard going down, but our leader still sits at 18. We'll see if he makes a pick on NFL Sunday and if not, the question remains, is the pressure too much for him?
Our weekly "ESPN channel surfing" matchup features Miami (vs. UNC) against Michigan St. (@ Indiana). Both teams are favored by eight points, but I'd take the home team here especially with UNC's quarterback out for the game. At 3:30 p.m., Notre Dame hosts Purdue which is a "pick 'em" game, but once again I think Notre Dame is overrated and will lose this game. Also at 3:30, we have another "largest margin of victory" prop featuring Wisconsin against Florida State. Both teams are favored around 6 points, but Wisconsin should blow Michigan out to win this one. The last Big Ten matchup of the day features Illinois and Penn State. The game starts at 8 p.m., but we're looking for the team that will score last.
SEC Showdown: Alabama @ Georgia
In our game of the night, two SEC powerhouses take the field in Athens, Georgia. No. 8 Alabama is receiving seven points against No. 3 Georgia. Georgia will have the black jerseys and do not underestimate the power of uniforms to the mentality of their players. As much as I like Alabama, I think Georgia squeezes it out at home by 3.
Yesterday's Notes: Another above .500 day for Streakers with an overall winning PCT of 51.1%. Our leader is now up to 18 and with a variety of choices today it could be tough to keep the streak intact when the day is through. The top streak extender was Mr.Reliable, Anthony Kim who defeated Ernie Els on the front nine yesterday and the top streak breaker were the Louisville Cardinals who lost a close one, 26-21 to the UConn Huskies.
Starting our day once again is the Tour Championship with one matchup between Tim Clark and Ken Duke in the late-morning. In WNBA action, the Shock take on the Liberty on the road at 7:30 p.m., with New York favored by just 1.5 points. On ESPN2 at 8:00 p.m. the 4-0 Connecticut Huskies take on the 2-1 Louisville Cardinals. Surprisingly, the Cardinals are actually favorites, but being at home does have its advantages. Streakers also have another football option in the CFL, with Edmonton on the road taking on Winnipeg who is favored by 2 points. MLB odds for the day: Orioles -110, Astros -115 and Mariners -115.
Brewers Battle For The Last NL Playoff Spot (Cubs @ Brewers)
The "Brew Crew" look to use the building momentum to their advantage against their divisional rival, the Chicago Cubs. Milwaukee is favored by -120 and needs to keep on winning to grab the NL wild card. Can Braun and Fielder take the Brewers to the promise land? Turn in to ESPN at 8:05 p.m. to find out.
Yesterday's Notes: Another decent day for Streakers overall as you all finished with an 51% overall winning PCT. Out leader did not make a pick yesterday and with the same kind of matchups on the board, I wonder if he will pick today or wait until the weekend. harry4312 still sits on 16. I can't believe USC lost to Oregon State last night! But the worst part is that the Trojans still won our prop since they scored last in the game.
Yes, The Streak Master already has fans, even if he's occasionally wrong with his pick.
3:12 PM ET: Showing Monthly Leaders Some Love
The million dollar grand prize (for a streak of 25 consecutive picks in a row) often overshadows our monthly leaders. Leading the monthly contest is just as impressive as going for the 25-game win streak. In order to win this part of the game, you have to visit the game multiple times per day and not only pick the games, but get them correct. The leader right now is ddpayton100 with 42 wins this month. Anybody on the leaderboard has a chance to take her down with six days left, so good luck to all. Forty-two wins is impressive and for October, I think I'm going to switch my efforts towards winning the month just to showcase my talent even more. Good luck trying to win next month, Streakers.
The Tour Championship tees off today so I decided to put two golf props on the board. First at 11:50 a.m., Chad Campbell goes up against Bubba Watson in our head-to-head "lowest score after nine holes" matchup. Our second golf matchup features Vijay Singh against Camilo Villegas in a nine-hole matchup as well. Campbell and Singh are favored to win their respective pairings but with our nine-hole props, anything can happen. At 9:00 p.m. on ESPN2, David Beckham and the LA Galaxy take on the Chicago Fire. The Fire are favored to win outright at home even with the Galaxy receiving the draw. MLB odds for the day: Cardinals -115, Cubs -112, Twins -145, Dodgers -125, and Giants -111.
NCAA Football (USC @ Oregon St.): Which team will be the LAST TO SCORE?
The top-ranked Trojans are in Beaver country for the first time since their shocking loss to Oregon State in 2006. USC is favored to win the game by 26 so were wondering, "Which team will be the last to score? With USC expected to blow out Oregon State, I have to give USC the edge to win our prop even though there is a decent chance the Beavers could score last.
Streaker's sure know how to get some wins, as proven by the astonishing 68.7% overall winning PCT. Our leader harry4312 has come out of nowhere to take the lead with 16 wins in a row. Streakers did get lucky with the Angels barely getting past the Mariners in a 6-5 ball game. 95% of Streakers who played this matchup received the win and were part of yesterday's top streak extender's club.
1:33 PM ET: Beat The StreakMaster Mini-Games Group Update
Pigskin Pick'em: 60th place out of 105. I am taking a beating here but I will bounce back like always but with four Streakers already at 29 it's going to be tough to catch them.
Gridiron Challenge: Struggling here as well but I am not doing as bad here. I am only 82 points behind so watch out leaders.
Eliminator Challenge: Tied for first-place with...well basically everyone else in the group. I have already used the Pats, G-Men and Bills. Going with the Steelers this week.
College Pick'em: As a pre-season favorite to win this group, I started off strong leading the way after three weeks but thanks to North Carolina blowing it against Va Tech, I am in 7th place. No worries here though, I will be back on top before you can say, "I love the StreakMaster".
Major League Baseball takes over our board today, including a few games with playoff implications. The A's are in Texas for an afternoon matchup at 2:05 p.m. against the Rangers, who are favored at -115. Our lone soccer matchup is from the English Carling Cup and features Tottenham at Newcastle. Tottenham gets the slight edge on the road, but it should come down to the final minutes. The Mets look to build off of last night's win and are favored at -130 against the Cubs' ace, Carlos Zambrano. Other MLB odds for the night: Tigers -118, Cardinals -128 and Mariners -125.
AL Central Battle for 1st Place: White Sox @ Twins
Game 2 of this highly important series takes place tonight at 8:10 p.m. in Minnesota. With their lead down to 1.5 the White Sox need a win and turn to Mark Buehrle for a quality start. Personally, I'm not sure Chicago can hang on and I wouldn't be surprised if Mauer and company can snatch the AL Central title.
The WNBA does it again! Our leaders that started on top went down thanks to the L.A. Sparks who took down the Seattle Storm. It was actually a rough day all-around with an overall winning PCT of 36.7 percent. If it wasn't for the Red Sox pulling out a victory against Cliff Lee and the Indians, which took down the StreakMaster's streak of five, it could have been a lot worse for Streakers.
Tuesday kicks off with a English Carling Cup matchup featuring Fulham at Burnley in third round action. Since this round is single elimination there are no draws on either side of the matchup and the game will go to penalty kicks to determine a winner if necessary. A series deciding game-three takes place tonight in Seattle where the Storm host the Sparks to see who moves on to the Western Conference Finals. Something to keep in mind: Seattle has lost in the first round in their last three playoff appearances. MLB odds for the night: Red Sox -105, Royals -125, Astros -110, Cardinals -110. Also, In a last minute change of starting pitchers for the 7:05 Cubs-Mets game (Harden being pushed back), the game has been taking off the board due to a drastic change in odds.
AL Central Battle for 1st Place: White Sox @ Twins
The White Sox are looking to hold onto their 2.5 lead over first place when they travel to Minnesota for a three-game series. Both teams are limping to the finish line but only one can make the playoffs. The Twins are favored at home at -130 but with the postseason on the line, who knows what will happen. I'd go with the Twins at home to be safe.
Streakers come back strong to finish the day with a 64.5% overall winning PCT. The only big upset was our afternoon matchup with the Marlins losing to the Reds 4-2. There is now a tie on the top of the leaderboard with two Streakers at 16, lets see how long it lasts.
Monday brings only five matchups for the day, so be careful which one (or two) you choose. Starting the day off are the Florida Marlins who need a win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive in Cincinnati. The Reds are actually favored in this game -105. Our two MLB night games feature Arizona -105 @ St.Louis and Tampa Bay -125 at Baltimore. One of our Monday Night Football props features a total points scored matchup. The over/under is 44.5 so take your guess if the score will be lower or higher.
Monday Night Football: Which QB will throw for MORE PASSING YARDS in the game?
Two great Quarterbacks face-off in our featured Monday Night Football prop. Brett Favre takes on Philip Rivers in a most passing yards battle. Favre is projected to have 231 to Rivers' 247 according to our fantasy experts.
What a day! One of our most action-packed boards of all-time yesterday. Overall winning PCT was 41.4% but there is a Streaker a 16 heading into a tough day today. The biggest streak breaker of the day was Jason Campbell (a StreakMaster pick) who beat Kurt Warner by one yard! Congrats to the fellow 1% who took the 'Skins QB with me.
11:52 AM ET: Clarification on Ryder Cup Saturday
After numerous comments on yesterday's Ryder Cup matchup, I wanted to clarify the issue with Streakers. The question was indeed changed after it first went up because of confusion in the wording. It was changed as quickly as possible and was not touched after the deadline (11:59 p.m.). We apologize for the change and we do our best here at Streak Headquarters to keep the game fair for all. Thank you for your understanding and enjoy some football today!
For the 1:00 p.m. NFL matchups we have Kurt Warner going up against Jason Campbell for most passing yards. Warner is projected to have 270 to Campbell's 223 by our fantasy experts. For straight-up matchups the Skins -3 take on Arizona and the Vikings -3 host the Panthers. In the 4:00 slot Hines Ward goes up against the impressive rookie, DeSean Jackson for most receiving yards. Fantasy projections have Jackson winning this matchup 102 to 101. Philly is favored by 3.5 over Pittsburgh and the Ravens are favored by 2.5 over the Browns. At 8:15 the Cowboys -3 are on the road at Green Bay and T.O. takes on "I am pretty awesome" Greg Jennings in a most receptions matchup. MLB odds: Reds -120 and Rays -110.
MLB Final Game at Yankee Stadium: How many TOTAL RUNS will be scored?
Can you believe it? The final game at Yankee Stadium has finally arrived. Every sports fan should tune into the game to watch this historic game. Shockingly, the over/under for runs scored is 10 but with so much emotion that will be shown on the field and in the stands, it wouldn't surprise me in the Yankees scored 10 ny themselves.
Streakers stay above .500 for the day ending with a 52.6% overall winning PCT. The top streak breaker was Iowa with a one point loss to Pitt and the top streak extender was the Georgia Bulldogs who looked awfully good on the road at ASU. Our new leader sits alone with 15 wins in a row.
Lots and lots of college football today, just what The StreakMaster ordered. But, before kickoff day two of the Ryder Cup takes center stage and the Americans looked to capitalize on a great first day. Europe is still favored to win the day but the U.S. squad is looking pretty solid out there in Kentucky. In football action there is a great matchup at noon with Iowa visiting Pitt and odds say it is a "pick" game but Streakers so far love the Hawkeyes but I'm not sure why. Another one of my favorite matchups is on at 3:30 p.m. featuring the largest margin of victory between Michigan State and Florida. Both teams are going against tough opponents but I'd give the edge to Tebow and Co. because I'd take Notre Dame to pull off an upset before Tennessee. Some other NCAA odds: Miami -3, UNC -3.5, Florida State -5, and LSU -3. MLB odds: Indians -110, Mets -114 and Rangers -133.
NCAA F: Which team will have a HIGHER TOTAL after the adjusted points?
Georgia visits the west coast for the first time since 1967 in what could be a game that comes down to the wire. Georgia should be able to pull the game out but with the board giving ASU 7 points it makes me think, home underdog on ESPN at primetime = upset special. I still think Georgia comes out victorious but not by more then 6.
Streakers bounce back nicely with an overall winning PCT of 64.5% and our leader won his lone matchup today which moves his streak up to 17. The biggest streak extender of the day was the Detroit Shock which 99.2% of Streakers picked correctly. Also, thank you for everyone who participated in the chat yesterday, it was a great success and keep the comments coming on the blogs and on my Facebook fan page! I try to answer as much as I can.
One of the biggest golf event's in the world, the Ryder Cup tees off today at 8:00 a.m. in Kentucky. The Europeans are favored to win day one by a slim margin, but are probably the smart pick here against a Tiger-less USA. The WNBA playoffs continue with Eastern Conference #1 seed Detroit Shock on the road against #4 Indiana Fever, with the road team favored by two points. Five MLB matchups make our board with the odds favoring the Astros -125, Blue Jays -110, Phillies -115, Twins -120 and Rockies -105.
NCAAF (Baylor @ Connecticut): How many POINTS WILL BE SCORED in the game?
A half-hour down the road in UConn country, the Baylor Bears take on the 12-point favorite Huskies. Vegas has set the over/under at 51.5 therefore we made a prop featuring how many total points will be scored. I have seen UConn play a few times and I don't see the final score being this high nor a blowout, so I'd suggest taking the less then 51 side.
Fargonauts' 19 game streak has ended! As they say, "all good things must come to an end", but he did put on quite a show (not to mention a scare at Streak Headquarters). Our new leader sits on top with 16 in a row, only 9 away from a cool million. The StreakMaster also guaranteed a Colorado win, but Streakers overwhelmingly chose West Virginia which destroyed even more streaks. The overall win PCT was another low 34.5%.
4:26 PM ET: Leader Makes A Pick, StreakMaster Chats Friday at 1:00
Fargonauts has made a pick, ladies and gentlemen! Could today be the day he goes down or will he be the first Streaker ever to hit 20 wins in a row? We will find out tonight. Also, I will be chatting tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. Check out SportsNation and get your questions ready!
As you can see there are not many games that fit the criteria to make our streak board today. With only five matchups, Streakers must be very careful as they make their picks. Do you go for your one confident pick? Or do you take a chance and try to squeeze in two picks that you're not quite sure of? There are a pair of WNBA playoff games to choose from, starting at 7:00 p.m. the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference, Connecticut Sun take on #3 New York Liberty with the Liberty favored at home by 3.5 points. Then in the Western Conference at 9:00 on ESPN2 #1 seed San Antonio Siver Stars are on the road at #4 Sacramento Monarchs with Sacramento favored by 3. In MLB action, the Reds -130 host the Cardinals and the Giants -110 are at the Diamondbacks.
Thursday Night Football: West Virginia (1-1) at Colorado (2-0)
Coming off a bye week, the Mountaineers of West Virginia look to come back strong on the road at Colorado. It is always a tough game to win in Big 12 country, therefore it is surprising the see West Virginia as a 4.5 favorite. Colorado is 2-0 to start the season and if they keep their eyes on West Virginia instead of Florida State, whom they play next week the Buffaloes have a good chance to pull an upset here.
Our leader took a day off keeping his streak intact at 19. As for Streakers that started the day close to him, they were taking down by choosing Arsenal to win outright on the road. 98.1% of Streakers chose Arsenal and were let down as they tied Dynamo Kiev 1-to-1. A 30.9% overall winning PCT put the StreakMaster in a better mood, and he's hoping the number continues to stay that low.
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2:48 PM ET: Streak Leader Speaks, StreakMaster Doesn't Have Fans?
I reached out to our leader, Fargonauts to see what is going through his mind as he is only 6 wins away from a life changing amount of money. Here is what he had to say:
"I am a HUGE sports fan and I tend to follow college sports more regularly. My favorite team is the Iowa Hawkeyes since I received my bachelors and MBA degrees from there. I am a life long fan and have had football and basketball season tickets for many years. As I get closer to #25, I am starting to feel more and more pressure which I feel is a good thing. However, last night was excruciating as the game was in doubt until the final pitch. The reality is that we are talking about a potentially life changing amount of money. However, I certainly have to keep things in perspective and reminding myself that the goal is still a ways off. Until I get to #20, I can't really worry about #25 and what that may bring with it. It's a lot of fun and it is definitely exciting and I hope to continue as long as possible."
It seems like Fargonauts has a good head on his shoulders although, I don't think he is "feeling good" about the pressure as he moves closer to the magic number. I mean if you were 6 picks away from 1 million dollars, wouldn't you be a going over every possible stat for every matchup on the board while pacing back and forth in your office for hours? I know for a fact he is more nervous then Sergio Garcia on every 18th hole.
Oh, and another thing. 3 fans of the StreakMaster on Facebook? Really? Where are my fans? Is there anyone out there? Throw me a bone here!
Today marks the second day of group play in the UEFA Champions League. At 2:30 p.m. Manchester United takes on Villarreal at Old Trafford in what should be Cristiano Ronlado's first match of the season even though he is projected to come off the bench. Man U is favored by a good amount so we decided to provide a goals prop. The over/under made by Vegas in 2.5 total goals, therefore each side is split 50/50 in our matchup. Another fan favorite, Arsenal hits the pitch at 2:30 on the road against Dynamo Kiev. Arsenal is favored to win outright on the road but only by a slim margin. The final regular season meeting between the Rays and Red Sox takes place tonight at the Trop. The Rays are favored to win with the line at -128, and with first place on the line again, tempers could fly. Other MLB lines: Mets -118, Cubs -119 and Rangers -134.
Wednesday Night Football: Kansas State (2-0) at Louisville (1-1)
The Wildcats head to Cardinal country trying to keep their undefeated record intact. Kansas State is favored to win the game by 4 and I am surprised it is not by more. Louisville is at home but the Big 12 is very strong this year and I'd take Kansas State in this one.
Wow, what a game last night! The Phillies and Braves had a instant classic, which came down to Atlanta's final at-bat. The Braves had the bases loaded with two outs but failed to get a run home, which gave Philly and our leader the win. Fargonauts is now at 19 wins in a row, and if I was nervous during this game I can only imagine how he was. The overall winning PCT was a decent 54.1%.
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3:11 PM ET: Barcelona - Sporting Lisbon Taking Off Board Due To Tape Delay
Our 5:00 p.m. matchup has been taken off the board because of the game starting at 2:45 p.m. The game is broadcasted at 5:00 p.m. on ESPN Classic but because of the tape delay this matchup has been deleted. We apologize for the inconvenience but all picks are now unlocked if you picked this matchup.
The UEFA Champions League group stage has begun! Be ready for some great matchups on soccer's biggest stage, as they will make it to our board on a regular basis. At 2:30 p.m. last year's runner-up Chelsea takes on Bordeaux but with Chelsea being the heavy favorite in the game we threw out a "fewest yellow cards" prop to make the matchup a toss-up. Some great MLB matchups finish out our night with odds favoring New York (AL) -135, Philadelphia -127, Cincinnati -123, Texas -133 and Kansas City -108.
MLB NL Central Showdown: Brewers at Cubs
C.C. Sebathia tries to stop the bleeding for the Brew Crew as they take on the NL Central leading Cubs. Will the firing of Ned Yost help or hurt the Brewers and their run to the postseason? Milwaukee is favored in the game with C.C. on the hill but don't sleep on Dempster and the Cubs at home.
Looks like Streakers got the best of the StreakMaster today with a 67.5% overall winning PCT. Mutiple double-digit entries our on the leaderboard and leading the charge is Fargonauts with 18 straight wins. Can you imagine? Someone is only 7 wins away from 1 million dollars!
Welcome to another Monday, Streakers. While you were laying tracks down with MC Hammer last night, I added some more matchups to the board for today. In the English Premier League, Tottenham looks for their first victory of the season when they host Aston Villa at 3:00 p.m. Aston Villa gets the edge with the draw, but not by much. The Red Sox looks to pull within a tie of first place in the A.L. East on the road at Tampa where Dice-K takes the hill against Scott Kazmir. The Rays are limping down the stretch but are favored to win game one of this three-game set. Tonight, our big Monday Night Football prop features two of the leagues best QB's as Tony Romo (with Jessica Simpson in attendance) takes on Donovan McNabb to see who will get more passing yards. MLB lines for the day: Cubs -120, Twins -118, Yankees -122, Rays -116 and Rangers -134.
MNF: Which team will have a HIGHER TOTAL after the adjusted points?
The Cowboys host NFC division rival Eagles tonight in a big game for both teams. Both Quarterbacks are coming off stellar performances last week and look to stay on top of the division. "America's Team" is favored by 7 so we gave the Eagles 7 points to work with in our prop. The game should come down to the wire, therefore I give the Eagles the slight advantage with the adjusted points.
Yesterday's Notes: Another +.500 day for Streakers finishing the night off with a 51.4% overall winning PCT. The Steelers top receivers took care of the Browns to earn the top streak extending matchup while the Saints loss to the Redskins was the top streak breaker. Our current leader has a two game cushion with 16 wins in a row but the lead could be in jeopardy with a tough day of picks coming up.
The world's most popular soccer club, Manchester United, takes the field early Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. Man U is at Liverpool, who has a great squad of their own and plays well in front of their home fans. At noon, Navy (1-1) takes on Duke (1-1) in Durham and surprisingly, Duke is favored by two. Duke could be above .500 for the first time after three weeks of the season with a win, but I can't see that happening. Also at noon, we have matchups on both ESPN and ESPN2: Cal is on the road at Maryland and Michigan State hosts Florida Atlantic. Both Cal and MSU are favored, -15 and -17, respectively. The can't miss matchup is at 3:43 p.m. (weird time, no?) on NBC when Michigan (1-1) takes on Notre Dame (1-0) in South Bend. Michigan is favored by 2.5 and I see this game being a 10-7 win in favor of the Wolverines. Lastly, there is a great "higher total" prop at 7:45 p.m. The Washington Huskies try to bounce back from their 0-2 start (due to a horrific call by the way) when they host No. 3 Oklahoma on ESPN. Washington's total points scored are matched up against the winning margin of the Sooners, who are favored by 21 points.
Ohio State at Southern Cal
Of course it has to be the Clash at the Coliseum! USC is (and should be) favored by 10 points against Ohio State. The game's outcome undoubtedly depends on if "Beanie" Wells will play. If he doesn't play, I don't think the Buckeyes stand a chance. It should be a highly entertaining game when these two talented teams take the field, but I give the edge to USC, even if Wells is in action.
Yesterday's Notes: Friday ends with a overall winning PCT of a decent 54.1%. We also have a new leader, JRStrong who sits at 16, and is now only 9 away from the million dollar grand prize.
A little English soccer action kicks off our day once again with Cheltenham at Hartlepool, with the home team favored to win outright. Starting off our evening, the CFL takes center stage. Toronto (-2.5) hosts Winnipeg on ESPN360. On ESPN at 7:05 p.m. The first-place Rays try to extend their lead in the AL East going up against the Yankees in New York. Will the Yanks pack it in or fight until the very end? Vegas has the Rays in this one but the Yankees have a winning record against the Rays this season. Also, the Cubs-Astros game has been postponed thanks to Hurricane Ike, therefore this matchup is unavailable to pick. MLB lines for the night: Pirates -119, Dodgers -124 and A's -123.
#13 Kansas at #19 South Florida
The Jayhawks travel to South Florida to take on the Bulls in a straight up matchup, with South Florida favored by 3.5. Can the Jayhawks prove that last year wasn't a fluke? Or will South Florida save the Big East's reputation as a legitimate football conference? Tune into ESPN2 at 8:00 p.m. to find out.
Yesterday's Notes: North Carolina did some major damage to our scoreboard last night, with wins in both matchups on the board (Win & less turnovers). The overall winning PCT was 49.1%, not bad for Streakers but could this be a start to a big slide? The top streak breaker was obviously Rutgers who got demolished by the Tar Heels. We have a new record holder on our leaderboard, Doghawks now has 16 wins in a row!
4:16 PM ET: StreakMaster On Fantasy Focus Tomorrow, TMR Picks UNC over Rutgers
Congrats to Streakers who chose the Minnesota Twins to have fewer errors then the KC Royals. I guess we should have put the game on the board as a straight up matchup with the Royals winning the game 3-2. Also, be sure to check out Fantasy Focus tomorrow afternoon when I join Nate Ravitz and The Talented Mr. Roto, Matthew Berry talking everything fantasy especially Streak for the Cash and taking some of your e-mails from FantasyFocus@espnradio.com. Speaking of TMR, he is joining the 9% of entries picking North Carolina to upset Rutgers tonight on ESPN. You trust him with your fantasy teams, but do you trust him here? Find out tonight at 7:30 p.m.
A bundle of evening matchups take over our board today. But first, for our lone afternoon matchup we bring out a "fewer errors" prop in Major League Baseball. Going into game three, both the Twins and Royals have had one error each. Next, choose one of our five matchups taking place between 7:00-7:30, most notably Chivas USA at New England on ESPN2 and North Carolina at Rutgers on ESPN. The MLB favorites for the night are: Brewers -118, Indians -106, White Sox -119, Cubs -133, and Giants -125.
NCAA Football: Which team will have FEWER TURNOVERS?
(1-0) North Carolina is on the road in New Jersey taking on (0-1) Rutgers, but besides the game matchup we put a "fewer turnovers" prop on the board. Both teams each had two turnovers in their first game of the season, but Rutgers should have the fewer amount of turnovers since they are favored to win the game. However, don't get too confident, stranger things have happened on our board, right Seattle Storm fans?
Yesterday's Notes: Streaker's came back with a vengence scoring a 70.6% overall winning PCT. No major upsets last night but our two leaders earlier in the day lost their streaks due to the White Sox defeating the Blue Jays 6-5. 84.2% of Streakers took the loss in this matchup, earning top streak breaker status. Our lone leader, Gibbs91588 now has 15 in a row!
Welcome to a soccer and baseball filled Wednesday. Kicking off our day is the World Cup Qualifying (European Division) featuring Greece at Latvia. Both teams won their opener and although Greece seems like the obvious pick, don' underestimate Latvia at home. The Yanks try to make best out of the last few weeks of their 2008 season on the road against the Angels. With Pettitte on the hill, New York is favored at -108. Seattle, Baltimore, Toronto, and St. Louis are all favored as well.
World Cup Qualifying: Which team will record FEWER YELLOW CARDS?
With the U.S. favored to beat Trinidad & Tobago, we had to put our great sports minds to the test here at Streak Headquarters to come up with a prop for this match airing on ESPN2. Both teams have been getting a little frustrated with the referees in their past few games, so we decided to see which team will receive fewer yellow cards. Both squads had 3 in their last qualifying match, therefore it makes this matchup a toss-up.
Yesterday's Results: INSTANT STREAK CLASSIC!!! The Monarchs win in the closing seconds against the Storm in a spectacular WNBA matchup late last night, with the final score: 77-74. Both leaders whom reached 15 earlier in the day saw their streak come to an end thanks to the Storm loss. Seattle was the days top streak breaker, with 93.8% of entries taken them in this matchup. The overall win PCT finally came down to 39.8%, just where the StreakMaster likes it.
2:56 PM ET: Norway Defeats Scotland, Three Streakers At 14
Norway's U-21 team just took down Scotland at home, 1-0. With that victory, Tacaws has moved into a first-place tie with co-leaders: travtheman87 and JHill34. For all those that have been wondering, JHill34 is not ESPN.com columnist Jemele Hill. Our Insider's version of the Streak winner has the all-time record of 15 consecutive wins, but that record is in serious jeopardy. Also, last Thursday during The StreakMaster chat, an idea was suggested that I shave my head bald if a streak hit 15. Although I refuse to shave off my newly frosted tips, I am now taking suggestions on my new Facebook page on what to do if someone reaches 20 wins in a row.
Be sure to listen to Thursday's Fantasy Focus Podcast when Nate Ravitz and Matthew Berry bring me, The StreakMaster on the show to talk Streak, all things fantasy and of course, 90210.
10:19 AM ET: Monday Night Football Issues
Last night after the Vikings and the Packers game on ESPN, the next matchups on our board (Denver vs. Oakland and longest TD play) became locked while we tried to extend the matchups for Streakers to pick. Unfortunately, we ran into some technical difficulties and were not able to unlock them. We are working on this issue so it will not occur in the future. Keep streaking everybody!
The U-21 Euro Championship makes its debut on our board with Scotland on the road in Denmark. Scotland is favored in the match with the draw but just by a few percentage points. In the evening, the Rockies try to continue their playoff push in Atlanta, but with time running out they need a win today to stay alive. The Braves are favored -117 going up against Colorado's ace Aaron Cook. The Cubbies try to stay on top of the NL Central as they take on their arch-rivals in St. Louis. The Cubbies get the edge at -117 as well but don't sleep on the Cards. The WNBA finishes off our night with the Seattle Storm on the road against the Sacramento Monarchs. The Sue Bird led Storm are underdogs and rightfully so, by 4.5 points but I'd take the Storm here.
Pitchers Duel in Boston: Rays @ Sox: Which Ace will have MORE STRIKEOUTS?
Two stud pitchers take the hill in this very important game at Fenway Park. In this strikeout matchup, they seem to be dead even with 33 strikeouts a piece in their last 5 starts. But with the Sox at home, Dice-K gets our pick at Streak Headquarters.
Yesterday's Results: You guys can't be taken down! 61.1% overall winning PCT, another day over 60? Wow, I'm not sure if these matchups are too easy or you all are on a hot streak, I am hoping for the latter. Anyway, the top streak breaker of the day were the Minnesota Vikings whom 65% of users picked in that matchup (should have listened to the StreakMaster) but the Broncos saved the day with their pounding over the Raiders 41-14, earning them the top streak extender of the night. Two leaders have reached 14, but entries with 13 are breathing down their neck...Can they all hang on?
After getting over the much anticipated VMA appearance by Britney Spears that wasn't anything close to special, we get a late start on this Monday streak board. Monday Night Football on ESPN takes over most of our night with both straight up matchups as well as a prop for each game. Our first matchup in the 7:00 p.m. game we put fantasy football stud Adrian Peterson's rushing yards against "Sweet fantasy hall-of-fame jacket" Ryan Grant's rushing + receiving yards. Then at 10:00 p.m. we throw a "toss-up" prop at you with which team will record the longest TOUCHDOWN play. MLB odds for the night: Cleveland -129, White Sox -124, Angels -126.
NFL Monday Night Football: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers takes over quarterback duties for the Packers, who have a quality team on both sides of the ball. They will go as far as Rodgers takes them, but one team standing in their way are the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes should have a stellar defense this season and they could cause some major problems for the Pack. Oh yeah, Minnesota has this pretty good running back who goes by the name of AP. StreakMaster predicts Packers by 6 (Vegas Line is GB -1).
Yesterday's Results: Streakers seem to know their football! A 62.3% Overall Winning PCT for NFL's first Sunday. Joseph Addai's measly 44 yards rushing held no torch to the Bears running attack, as the Bears won the game and were the biggest streak breaker of the day. The top streak extender were the Brett Favre led Jets who squeaked past the Dolphins 20-13. Three leaders sit at 13, more then halfway there!
The first NFL Sunday has arrived! Our two "straight-up" matchups feature the Seahawks +1 at Buffalo, then one of the biggest games of the day featuring the debut of Brett "The Jet" Favre -3 at Miami and revenge seeking Chad Pennington. Our prop for the 1:00 p.m. slot features the Patriots winning margin against the Chiefs points scored. The Pats are favored by 16 and were thinking the Pats win 31-13. Also, NASCAR takes over ESPN at 1:00 in Richmond as we matched up Carl Edwards against Denny Hamlin. Both have 6/1 odds to win the race. At 4:15 a superb tight end matchup takes place featuring 2007 pro-bowlers going head to head when Dallas visits Cleveland. Our fantasy experts predict a 75-80 yard games from both Witten and Winslow.
NFL: Da Bears at Indy: Which side will record a HIGHER TOTAL?
The primetime matchup of the night features pro-bowler Joseph Addai's rushing yards against Chicago's total team rushing yards. Rookie, Matt Forte of the Bears needs to have a solid game for the Bears to win this matchup against Addai who ran for over 1,000 yards last season.
Yesterday's Results: Looks like Streakers are finally getting a hold of this thing, with another solid day of picks the overall winning PCT was 63%. The top streak breaker were the Ohio State Buckeye's who looked sloppy against Ohio University. The top streak extender was Roger Federer as he advanced to his fifth straight U.S. Open final. Two streaks of 12 sit on top of our leaderboard heading into NFL week 1.
The day starts off with a weather alert at the U.S. Open. After almost two weeks of perfect weather it looks like Mother Nature will pay a visit up the East Coast today and might wash the Djokovic v Federer match off the court. With an 11AM start we're hoping they can get it in but stay tuned it might be a PUSH. At high noon ET you'll find Michigan and Ohio St. playing on ESPN and ESPN2 and we've created a channel surfing matchup for it. At 3:30 PM you can play props from two of the ABC Regional games where early pick counts have both the road teams winning. MLB fills the board later in the day ending with the NY Yankees trying to keep their playoff hopes alive all the way out in Seattle. Good luck!
Tebow can run and pass
NCAA Football: The U vs. Tebow TDs
In '07 Florida QB Tim Tebow became the first college football player to rush AND pass for 20 touchdowns in a season (55 total, 4.2/game). But last year's amazing stats won't mean jack when the U comes into Gainesville hoping to gain some respect and crush Tebow's thoughts of a second Heisman Trophy. Vegas line has Florida -21 1/2 with an O/U of 51, so we're expecting score around 35-17. With the Canes good for at least 2 touchdowns, can Tebow get 3? Watch ABC at 8PM and find out.
Yesterday's Results: Streakers are starting to make some moves all over the leaderboards thanks to a 63.1% overall winning PCT. The Red Sox were the biggest winners of the day thanks to a strong comeback on the mound from Josh Beckett. The top streak breaker was Ghana in a tough loss on the road at Libya.
The Women's semifinals of the U.S. Open starts us off today with a straight up win matchup. Our Vegas book as Elena Dementieva as the -163 favorite though early returns show most picks going Jankovic's way. The second semi features Serena vs. Dinara Safina with the prop matching up Games Won vs. Aces + Double Faults. No Vegas lines here on paper it appears pretty even. Here's Serena's stats in her previous five U.S. Open matches (Games Lost/ACE+DF) = 12/12 vs Venus, 4/4, 5/3, 9/2, 6/5. The evening offers four MLB games, all with playoff implications, featuring the ESPN late night game - Arizona (Haren) vs. LA Dodgers (Lowe).
NCAA Football (Navy @ Ball St.): Which side will record a HIGHER TOTAL?
Last 5 games: Navy Rushing Attempts: 58, 58, 61, 60, 57. Vegas game Over/Under = 59. This one is a coin toss. Good luck!
Rain washed out Thursday's round
Remnants of Hurricane Gustav blew through St. Louis today and washed out the first round of the BMW Championship. As such we set both golf props as "Postponed" and anyone who picked them were scored as a "PUSH", as if they didn't happen. Play should resume tomorrow AM and 36 holes are scheduled for Saturday over what's sure to be a soggy course.
12:01 AM ET: Chat With The StreakMaster This Morning at 11:00 AM
Back by popular demand is the SportsNation live chat with me, The StreakMaster this morning at 11:00. Be sure to stop by and ask a question or two!
The BMW Championship in St. Louis starts off our Thursday. Two pairings make it to the board, starting off at 11:51 a.m. ET with Tim Clark against Geoff Ogilvy. Both golfers have the same odds to win the pairing, both with 7/4 odds but Clark is playing better as of late. The next streak pairing hit the links at 1:41 with Angel Cabrera taking on Rory Sabbatini. Cabrera is the favorite to win this group at 11/8 odds. Not sure if you heard but the NFL season is finally here! The Redskins are on the road taking on Super Bowl champion New York football Giants at 7:00 on NBC. The spread for the game is -4 for the Giants, so we decided to have a total yards prop featuring both starting quarterbacks: Jason Campbell vs. Eli Manning. In our MLB prop of the night, we have Scott Kazmir and his strikeouts against the New York Yankees total hits. Kazmir is averaging 6 strikeouts a start in his last 5 outings while only giving up 4.6 hits in that time. Lastly, the MLS comes back to the board with Colorado visiting Dallas.
NCAA Thursday Night Football: Which matchup will yield a HIGHER total?
Vanderbilt hosts #24 South Carolina tonight in ESPN's Thursday Night Football. The Cammodores are 10-point underdogs, but the prop tonight puts their longest rushing touchdown against the winning margin of South Carolina. We'll see if Vandy can give the Gamecocks a fight and rush for another 13 yard touchdown like they had last week.
Yesterday's Results: A nice looking day for Streakers on the board with a overall winning PCT of 65.4%. There was no major upset, which is very rare for our game but that means everyone moves up on the leaderboards. The top streak extender was Serena Williams who defeated her sister Venus in a back and forth battle at the U.S. Open. 82.6% of entries were picked correctly in that matchup. We have two Streakers who have reached 9, sitting on top of the leaderboard.
11:55 AM ET: Quentin Scratched, Pick Unlocked
Carlos Quentin has been giving the day off resting his sore forearm, therefore picks used for the 12:05 p.m. matchup are now UNLOCKED. You can now select any other matchup today, good luck.
10:18 AM ET: If Quentin Is Hurt, Matchup Will Be Taken Off Board
According to the Associated Press, Carlos Quentin was held out of the lineup yesterday because of a sore left forearm. If Quentin does not start, the matchup will be taken off the board. It will be ruled as "postponed" or "push" and no streaks will end or be extended because of it. Sometimes these issues occur if a player is injured that we have on the board, and we try our best to stay away from the players in these positions. Also, I had some broken links for the football mini-games for Beat The Streaker's. Here are the correct links: Pigskin Pick'em , Gridiron Challenge , Eliminator Challenge.
Wednesday gets started with some baseball at noon with Carlos Quentin of the White Sox taking on Grady Sizemore of the Indians in a most total bases matchup. Quentin is 5 for his last 19 at-bats while Sizemore is 7 for his last 22. At 2:05 p.m. you can either chose the straight up matchup between Seattle and Texas or go the prop route in Milwaukee with which team will record the first extra base hit. The Mets hit first, so I give them the slight advantage but not by much at all. If you don?t trust baseball, put your streak on the line with Scottish soccer. We gave Ross County the draw on the road. The Williams sister battle it out on the hard court at 7:00 on USA. Serena has the slight edge in this installment of the Williams sister rivalry. Lastly at 10:00, we have more WNBA action with the Lynx +3 at Mercury.
MLB Wednesday Night Baseball: Which result will yield a HIGHER total?
Pavano has had only 6 strikeouts in his two starts this season. He is going against a solid lineup in the Rays, specifically Carlos Pena who is hitting well of late. Pena is only batting .249 on the season, but I would take him over Pavano because we have not seen that much of him this season.
Yesterday's Results: Turned out to be a rough day for Streakers, picking only 35.4% of picks correctly. The top streak extender of the day were the St.Louis Cardinals who took down the Diamondbacks, 8-2. Our top streak breakers were both tennis matches, both of whom took down some long streaks including our previous leader of 11. There have been multiple complaints about the tennis matches on the message boards but entries need to make sure they read the questions thoroughly before making a picks. If it looks like a gimmie, it probably isn't, therefore double check the question each time.
Muller makes the StreakMaster look smart once again...well maybe for the first time.
7:14 PM ET: Instant Streak Classic
In one of the most back and forth matchups we have had in Streak history, Gilles Muller pulled off a great upset of 5th ranked Nikolay Davydenko. He also won our matchup 20-19 in a dramatic last second victory. The StreakMaster has a huge streak at . . .2.
12:31 PM ET: Patty Schnyder Takes Down NOExplode225
Our highest streak so far (11) has ended thanks to the 109 mph serve of Schnyder over the 107mph serve of Dementieva. The StreakMaster tallies the win and is making moves towards the top of the leaderboard, the monthly one that is. Only a few spots remain the in Beat The Streaker's fantasy football custom league. The draft will be held tomorrow so be sure to email me at TheStreakMaster@hotmail.com asap to get a spot.
The U.S. Open is starting to get very interesting heading into the later rounds. Our first prop at 11:00 a.m introduces a new kind of matchup, who will record the fastest serve. Both, Patty Schnyder and Elena Dementieva have reached 109mph in this tournament, so it is a bit of a toss-up. Our Men's matchup features 5th ranked Nikolay Davydenko against Gilles Muller in a aces versus games won matchup. Davydenko is a heavy favorite to win the match but Muller has recorded a good number of aces throughout the tournament. In WNBA action, the two games on the board both have lines less than 3 points a piece so there should be some nail-biters. MLB lines for the day: Rays -130, Brewers -137, Royals -150, DBacks -127.
MLB PHI @ WAS: Which side will record a HIGHER total in the game?
Cole Hamels pitches in Nationals Park today in our matchup against the Nationals with his strikeouts versus Washington's walks + runs scored. Hamels has recorded over 3 strikeouts in his past 6 starts and does not give up many walks. The matchup may be won or lost by the Philadelphia relievers.
Yesterday's Notes: An average day for users, totalling out at 53.1% winning PCT. The biggest streak breaker were the UCLA Bruins who came back on their home field to steal a win away from Tennessee. Over 75% of entries in that matchup took the loss including the Streak Master. The top streak extender were the Cleveland Indians with 77% of entries picking correctly. Our leader seems to be taking it slow, making only one pick today. NoExplode225 sits alone with 11 wins in a row.
1:48 PM ET: Clarification on Total Bases
Streak Headquarters has been flooded with e-mails about the scoring ruling from last nights matchup between Brandon Webb and Kemp/Manny. The score was indeed correct with Webb recording 3 strikeouts and Kemp only scoring a single. Walks do not count towards total bases, nor do runs scored. The scoring for total bases is the following: Single: 1, Double: 2, Triple: 3 and Home Run: 4. Keep this in mind for future props of this sort.
Happy Labor Day Streakers. While many of you will be watching some sports at your friends BBQ, I will stay captive in hiding, creating more matchups that will demolish your streaks. Golf kicks off our morning with the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. The first matchup on the board features Scott Verplank against Robert Allenby at 9:10 a.m. Our big golf matchup is at 1:30 p.m. on CBS featuring a rematch of Friday's prop between Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia. We all know Sergio's final round habits, but can he finally come through in the clutch? The U.S. Open kicks off its fourth round today and we decided to put American Mardy Fish against Frenchman Gael Monfils at 11:00 a.m.. Fish is the slight underdog here, but he has the momentum to take down the ranked favorite. Also, some big college football matchups on our board starting with Fresno State +4 on the road at Rutgers. Some MLB lines: Mets -120 and Indians -175. Lastly, keep in mind the monthly challenge starts today for September. The most correct picks from now until September 30 will win the $2,500 prize.
NCAA Football: Which side willl record a HIGHER TOTAL?
On ESPN at 8:00 p.m. Tennessee takes on UCLA in Rick Neuheisel's debut as Bruins head coach. The Vols are favored to win the game by 8, so we put a fan favorite prop on the game: Tennessee's winning margin versus UCLA's longest rushing touchdown. Tennessee should win this game by more then 8, therefore I am giving them the edge here but anything can happen with these kinds of props. Plus, UCLA will definitely come ready to play. It will be a good one.
Yesterday's Notes: Another tough day for Streakers as the total winning PCT sits at 41.8%. The top streak breaker were the Louisville Cardinals who got routed by Kentucky. The top streak extender was Brandon Webb who got rocked by the Dodgers but still somehow came out with the victory. Webb managed to get 3 K's and was helped out by 3 walks to Manny and a Matt Kemp single.