Sweetbob’s Hipster Music Playlist: October 2014

hipster weird funny nerd nerdy Sweetbob's Hipster Music Playlist October 2014The first day of October is here and instead of writing my weekly college football and NFL picks against the spread post tonight, I took a break and decided to post this month’s Hipster Music Playlist.

…don’t worry, I’ll have my college football and NFL picks up Thursday afternoon-ish.

I always keep an ear out for new music. I love discovering new bands/songs, it’s a habit from my days as a music journalist. Even though this is mostly a sports blog, I still add quite a bit of music and pop culture content.

I have been called a hipster on more than one occasion. I like indie music more than any other genre of music. Don’t get me wrong, I can rock out to Richard Marx or Ace of Base (depending on the amount of alcohol in my system).

Here are 15 new indie songs I’m currently listening to. All of the songs are fresh and most have only been released within the last two months.

Your ears will thank you for listening!

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How Did We Do?: 2014 MLB Team Win Over/Under

San Francisco Giants Hunter Pence 2014 CelebrationIt’s time to pop the champagne, guys!

Before the season began, we wrote a team preview for each MLB team. We broke down all the new players, former players, possible fantasy sleepers and (most importantly) picked an over/under win total.

We’ve always done really well with our MLB Over/Unders in the past and we kicked ass in 2014.

We went 19-11 on the year. We hit on all the sleepers, but missed horribly on the Texas Rangers. Vegas definitely cleaned house on them this year. I don’t know a single person who picked their under win total.

We list all the teams and what their over/under win totals were at the beginning of the 2014 MLB season. See which ones we hit and missed on this year.

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2014 NFL Week 4 – Betting Picks Against Spread

steve smith sr baltimore ravens carolina panthers nflIt’s time to bob and weave in the NFL. Teams that have been consistently covering spreads will finally become vulnerable. The value in their spreads will either be non-existent or razor-thin. Yes, even the Jacksonville Jaguars are looking good in Week 4.

Last week, I went 9-7 in my betting picks against the spread. I am now 26-22 on the season.

I had a decent season betting against the spread in the NFL last season (133-95-10). Any year you hit nearly 60% of the NFL games against the spread is a damn good year. I hope to keep it going in 2014.

I’m sorry about posting this weeks’ picks so late, but they didn’t automatically post like I had this article setup to do.

We pick every NFL game against the spread and throw out a few upsets in Week 4 of the 2014 NFL season.

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ESPN Suspends Bill Simmons After Roger Goodell Rant

ESPN suspends Bill Simmons sad Roger Goodell Grantland Sports GuyIf you’re a sports fan, you know Bill Simmons. He started as a blogger in Boston as ‘the voice of the common sports fan’ and then somehow morphed into an occasional blowhard and talking head on ESPN. He’s also the creator of the 30 for 30 documentary series and is the editor at Grantland.

Simmons used to write a lot more, but now he’s mostly just does his ‘The B.S. Report’ podcast and is a member of ESPN’s studio team during NBA games. He writes a weekly million-word NFL picks column during NFL season and random NBA articles (his NBA preview with Jalen Rose is about to drop).

Well, on ‘The B.S. Report’ this week, Simmons went off on a tangent and called Roger Goodell a liar (while using a few adult words). He then dared ESPN executives to punish him for his rant. ESPN did just that and suspended Simmons for three weeks.

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2014 NCAA Football – Week 5 Betting Picks Against Spread

Florida State hot cheerleaders 2014 seminoles sexyI went 12-7-1 with last week’s college football picks against the spread. I could have had a historic week if a play went my way late in a few games…but that’s sports betting for you. You always focus on the late-game plays that didn’t go your way.

I love this portion of the college football schedule. Teams start playing conference games and you have less 40-point spreads. I love it. I hope to keep the positive picks going into Week 5. I am currently 30-28-1 on the season.

We were 134-79-8 against the spread betting on college football games last season. We hope to keep it going and help you guys out again this season.

We pick against the spread for all the big college football games on Saturday (September 27th, 2014), and picked some smaller conference games as well. Enjoy!

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Toy Crazy: Mattel’s WWE Elite Series 31

WWE Elite 31 Lineup Mattel Kane The Rock Vader Flashback The Usos Dean AmbroseI’m a self-confessed vintage toy nerd. I collect vintage wrestling action figures from the 80′s & 90′s. I had a hard time getting into new action figures. I started purchasing the old toys I had as a kid out of nostalgia. Well, the WWE finally figured out a way to suck me into their new products…release quality figures of wrestlers I grew up watching.

As soon as I saw the line-up for Mattel’s WWE Elite Series 30, I basically just threw my money at my laptop screen. The lineup for Elite 31 was announced awhile ago and are due to hit retail early October. They have already hit Amazon and eBay.

The WWE Superstars included in Elite 31 are Kane, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Dean Ambrose, The Rock (Rock Concert Flashback) and Vader (Flashback).

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2014 NFL Week 3 – Betting Picks Against Spread

Wes Welker Funny Molly PED NFL Denver BroncosThe first two weeks of football have been marred with off-the-field issues. We have a few surprise teams and two Super Bowl contenders (Indianapolis & New Orleans) that currently sit at 0-2.

I went 8-8 in my betting picks against the spread. I am now 17-15 on the season.

I had a decent season betting against the spread in the NFL last season (133-95-10). Any year you hit nearly 60% of the NFL games against the spread is a damn good year. I hope to keep it going in 2014.

I didn’t overthink my picks this week. I re-ranked each NFL team after last week and feel really confident with my picks this week.

We pick every NFL game against the spread and throw out a few upsets in Week 3 of the 2014 NFL season.

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2014 NCAA Football – Week 4 Betting Picks Against Spread

Hot Sexy West Virginia Mountaineers cheerleader fans girls chicksLast week’s slate of games was full of nailbiters and complete surprises (see: East Carolina). I ended up going 9-11 putting my season record at 18-21-1. I’ve taken some risks so far, but I am putting the reset button my betting strategy this season. I haven’t put much emphasis on home teams and I had to re-evaluate the Big Ten. I valued them higher than I should have the first few weeks.

I went heavy on home teams and I feel great about my betting picks against the spread for Week 4 of the 2014 college football season.

We were 134-79-8 against the spread betting on college football games last season. We hope to keep it going and help you guys out again this season.

We pick against the spread for all the big college football games on Saturday (September 20th, 2014), and picked some smaller conference games as well. Enjoy!

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Sports Crush: Jenny Dell

Jenny Dell Hot Sexy Bikini CBS Football Sideline Reporter NFL Will Middlebrooks 2 tits boobsWe’ve written a handful of ’Sports Crush‘ posts since we launched America’s White Boy. We’ve spotlighted female MMA fighters, WWE Divas and female sports reporters like MLB Network’s Heidi Watney and NFL Network’s Erin Coscarelli. We decided to profile another female sports reporter, former NESN reporter and current NFL on CBS sideline reporter Jenny Dell.

Dell first made national news when NESN decided to let her go after her relationship with Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was made public. They are now engaged and her career couldn’t have gone in a better direction. She is now a sideline reporter on CBS during NFL telecasts.

We are crushing on Jenny Dell and once you look at our photo gallery, you will understand why.

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MLB: Should You Buy Into September Stats?

Javier Baez Chicago Cubs 2015 MLB Fantasy BaseballAfter the September roster expansion, MLB teams become diluted. You no longer have the best of the best facing against each other. Young players are brought up to get seasoning and Four-A players are also given time so teams can rest their stars (especially if a team is out of the playoff race).

If you play fantasy baseball, you’re always looking for an edge. Some of these players are going to look great, because they are facing sub-standard pitching/hitting every couple days.

I will show you some examples and explain to you why I am either buying or selling their stats so far in September.

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Is Washington Better Without Robert Griffin III?

Sad Robert Griffin III RGIII RG3 Washington Redskins Kirk Cousins NFLIf you watched the Washington Redskins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars game on Sunday, I’m sorry. You are either a fan of one of those teams (sorry!) or you have a bunch of Jaguars and Redskins on your fantasy team (again, sorry!).

Washington defeated Jacksonville 41-10, but played most of the game without ‘star’ quarterback Robert Griffin III. RGIII dislocated his ankle in the first quarter.

Backup Kirk Cousins came into the game and immediately threw for a 20-yard touchdown. The crowd went crazy and RGIII looked like someone stole his girl.

Are the Redskins better off with Cousins as their quarterback?

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2014 NFL Week 2 – Betting Picks Against Spread

Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions funny NFL gambling point spreadsI cannot explain the euphoria I felt while watching NFL Sunday Ticket last weekend. I remembered why I pony up every month for DirecTV. I also went 9-7 against the spread and hit on a few underdog moneylines…so that was nice too.

I had a decent season betting against the spread in the NFL last season (133-95-10). Any year you hit nearly 60% of the NFL games against the spread is a damn good year. I hope to keep it going in 2014.

I went heavy on road teams this week. I usually try to avoid road team favorites this early in the year, but they just make sense. You definitely need to do your homework this week and don’t fall in love with a team after Week 1.

We pick every NFL game against the spread and throw out a few upsets in Week 2 of the 2014 NFL season.

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