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Eye-Opening Efforts on a Sleepy Sunday

March 23, 2015 @ No Comments

Monday meanderings: Sometimes life just passes you by. OK, maybe not you. Maybe just me. Such was the case Sunday — mainly because most of the day (and part of the evening) was spent sleeping. Sleep is good. It can help ward off or diminish things like illness — that’s the upside. The downside is sleep can cause you to miss magical moments. Such was the case Sunday. Sleep helped me deal with some lingering winter malady (it is spring now, so maybe it’s an early spring sinusitis attack or something); that was good. On the other hand (or nostril or whatever), I did miss some sports moments. Given the choice, I’ll take sleep any day. Or night.

Basketball-themed video below of model Samantha Hoopes.

Basketball-themed video below of model Samantha Hoopes.

* So in catching up to what did occur Sunday, it goes something like this: Jeff Samardzija got battered around in the White Sox 13-4 loss to Milwaukee. He gave up three Brewers home runs in 4 1/3 innings during which he allowed eight hits and five runs. Don’t worry, Sox fans. Pitchers need these games to get them out of their system; they were working on something and are pleased after such outings. Spring training games mean nothing.

* Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel struck out nine in five scoreless innings in a 6-1 loss to San Diego. Be thrilled, Cubs fans. Pitchers need these games to show their value in establishing themselves as a top-of-the-rotation guy. Spring training games (or at least parts of them) mean everything.

Swimsuit-related videos of model Samantha Hoopes below.

Swimsuit-related videos of model Samantha Hoopes below.

* And there were a bunch of NCAA basketball tournament games (most of which I slept through). The one game that I would have enjoyed viewing was the Wichita State-Kansas contest. In part because I am a University of Missouri grad (hard to believe, I know, but standards to be admitted and receive degrees were much lower decades ago); and in part because the Jayhawks lost. And for the Illinois fans out there, there’s always that part where KU coach Bill Self exited the Illini for Kansas.

* Yep, all of this was nothing to lose sleep over.

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* From the fine folks at Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV) we have some numbers for you perusal. Also known as some baseball odds. For entertainment purposes.

2015 Regular Season – Odds to Win AL MVP
Mike Trout 1/1
Jose Abreu 4/1
Miguel Cabrera 7/1
Robinson Cano 7/1
Michael Brantley 16/1
Josh Donaldson 16/1
Jose Bautista 22/1
Adrian Beltre 22/1
Adam Jones 22/1
Victor Martinez 22/1
Jacoby Ellsbury 33/1
David Ortiz 50/1
Alex Rodriguez 100/1

A photo of Charlotte McKinney vs. one of Michael Sam? Hard call.

A photo of Charlotte McKinney vs. one of Michael Sam? Hard call.

2015 Regular Season – Odds to Win NL MVP
Giancarlo Stanton 3/1
Andrew McCutchen 11/2
Jonathan Lucroy 6/1
Clayton Kershaw 7/1
Paul Goldschmidt 15/2
Yasiel Puig 10/1
Troy Tulowitzki 10/1
Adrian Gonzalez 16/1
Bryce Harper 16/1
Matt Kemp 16/1
Buster Posey 16/1
Anthony Rendon 16/1
Joey Votto 16/1
Anthony Rizzo 20/1

2015 Regular Season – Who will win the AL Cy Young?
Felix Hernandez 13/5
Corey Kluber 4/1
Chris Sale 5/1
David Price 11/2
Sonny Gray 12/1
Masahiro Tanaka 12/1
Alex Cobb 20/1
Jeff Samardzija 25/1
Justin Verlander 25/1
Hisashi Iwakuma 33/1
Garrett Richards 33/1
Yordano Ventura 33/1
Jered Weaver 33/1
Dellin Betances 50/1
C.C. Sabathia 50/1
Anibal Sanchez 50/1
Rick Porcello 75/1
Matt Shoemaker 75/1
R.A. Dickey 100/1
Derek Holland 100/1
Fernando Rodney 100/1
Edinson Volquez 100/1

2015 Regular Season – Who will win the NL Cy Young?

Gossip is Samantha Hoopes might be dating Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.

Gossip is Samantha Hoopes might be dating Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.

Clayton Kershaw 1/1
Max Scherzer 15/2
Stephen Strasburg 10/1
Madison Bumgarner 12/1
Johnny Cueto 16/1
Adam Wainwright 16/1
Jon Lester 20/1
Jordan Zimmerman 20/1
Zach Greinke 25/1
Cole Hamels 25/1
Matt Harvey 25/1
Gerritt Cole 33/1
Henderson Alvarez 50/1
Jake Arrieta 50/1
Jacob DeGrom 50/1
Doug Fister 50/1
James Shields 50/1
Julio Teheran 50/1
Tyson Ross 66/1
Aroldis Chapman 75/1
Craig Kimbrel 75/1
Lance Lynn 75/1

2015 Regular Season – Who will hit the most home runs?
Giancarlo Stanton 7/1
Jose Abreu 10/1
Edwin Encarnacion 10/1
Chris Carter 12/1
Mike Trout 12/1
Jose Bautista 14/1
Anthony Rizzo 14/1
Miguel Cabrera 16/1
Chris Davis 16/1
Kris Bryant 25/1
Josh Donaldson 25/1
Evan Gattis 25/1
Paul Goldschmidt 25/1
George Springer 25/1
Nelson Cruz 33/1
Prince Fielder 33/1
David Ortiz 33/1
Mark Trumbo 33/1
Bryce Harper 40/1
Troy Tulowitzki 40/1
Pedro Alvarez 50/1
Ryan Braun 50/1
Jay Bruce 50/1
Carlos Gonzalez 50/1
Adam Jones 50/1
Yoenis Cespedes 66/1
Matt Kemp 66/1
Brandon Moss 66/1
Albert Pujols 66/1
Lucas Duda 100/1
Adam LaRoche 100/1
Andrew McCutchen 100/1
Justin Upton 100/1
Todd Frazier 150/1
Ryan Howard 150/1
Carlos Santana 150/1

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