Thursday Round-Up

Something of a cornucopia today, dear reader, as I catch up on all the bits and pieces I've been meaning to share with you since the weekend. (How on earth can it be Thursday already?!)

So let's get started...

Firstly, there was some excellent and insightful comment in response to yesterday's post on the subject of how racing can change for the better - particularly how it can stem the flow of falling attendances. It certainly seemed that we are all of one mind on the need to increase Sunday racing.

Further, most (though not all, Skint - I did read your fine reply) though not all would happily sacrifice the poor stuff on Monday's for a bit of extra Sabbath fodder (Christian, not Jewish - I'm on precarious ground here, but you know what I mean).

I'm actually thinking that I should probably forward our collective considerations to the suits in Portman Square, such that we've at least voiced our thoughts to them, rather than in the little Geegeez bubble. I suppose I will do that.

By the way, lest you missed yesterday's ramble or - equally importantly - didn't review other people's considered retorts, here's a quick link where you can go and scan any (or all) parts you overlooked, and add your two penneth should you so wish.

Read yesterday's post here

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Now then, what else is in the Geegeez kitchen today?

Ah yes, I've been waiting for a bit of stability to kick in on Gavin's marvelous new website over at Nag3 before telling you about it. Both Gavin, my best mate and excellent blog scribbler, and Nag Nag Nag, my former home which has been in Mr Priestley's curatorship for just over a year, are probably well known to many of you already.

But if you're not familiar with GP and Nag3, then you might well want to go and check out his little ethereal dwelling. He's currently undertaking a challenge to turn £100 into a 'bag of sand' (a grand, or a thousand notes) before Christmas. And... he's giving it all away to one lucky punter.

To find out how 'it could be you', hop on over to Nag3 now. Note, the site will open in a new window so you can continue enjoying my blusterous drivel here... 😉

[A quick side note: if you used to get Gavin's emails and don't any more, this is because he has changed his email provider. You can sign up on his website at the link above. He's always giving free money away, so it's well worth a look.]

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You may or may not have seen the Question of the Week this week (top right corner of the site). I'm guessing the lower than usual response rate is because many / most of you neither have a 'social media' account (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc) nor have any interest in wanting one.

That's reasonable enough of course and, knowing something about you fine people already, I sort of suspected that to be the case. But I'd be most grateful if you'd indulge my thirst for knowledge by clicking the relevant boxes and adding your info to the collective mass.

Incidentally, you'll also notice a little link up there called 'Polls Archive'. Clicking this will bring up a page with all the historical questions (and your answers). It's fascinating stuff... no, really!!!

Thanks in advance for your feedback, and for helping me understand more about you. (I ask these questions in order to make sure that what you see, read and are occasionally offered here matches as well as possible what I know that you want to see, read and be offered here. Make sense?!)

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Football, football, football. The season gets underway fully this week, with the addition of the Premier League's both side of Hadrian's Wall to the already underway junior league campaigns.

After my beloved Bournemouth's astounding 3-0 away win at Bury (my tip for the division!) last week, the Cherries were brought back down to earth with a bump, suffering an ignominious 4-0 thumping at Millwall. Concentrate on the league, lads! The superCherries entertain Rotherham this weekend, and my good buddy Gary tells me that the visitors are his strong fancy for the league this season.

Obviously, he's slightly concerned about both the form and the finance of a certain Notts County. But, he reckons rotherham are a side to... well, to side with. So consider yourselves told.

As far as the Premier League goes, I don't think there will be any major surprises. I reckon Burnley have a squeak of staying up, and are a bit of value to do so at 5/4.

Hull must go down. They were a side in total freefall at the end of last season, their manager was on the brink of losing the players' confidence (and is an egostistical buffoon - who will forget his half time team talk on the pitch during one game last season?!). 10/11 is hardly buying money, but they will struggle big time. They also have the dreaded 'Second Season Syndrome' to deal with.

At the top end, it's Manchester United for me. Not a huge surprise there, I know.

Best bet in the Premier League though has to be Chelsea to be top London club. Arsenal may have the best player in the league next season (Andrey Arshavin is an absolute class act - if you can get to see this boy, go see this boy!), but I reckon they're going to struggle overall and may not make top four with the new blue might of the monied Manchester mob. 44% interest on your money (4/9 in imperial terms) looks a steal for the money-buyers.

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If you want to get your hands on some top-notch footy info, gratis, there's a great service called The Oracle that is sharing all of its thoughts until the end of August, with not only no charge but also no need to enter any card details or such like. So, basically, you try the service out and, if you like it, only at that point will you need to consider paying for the information on an ongoing basis. Can't say fairer than that, right?

Here's the link for some freebie footy info: Get Free Footy Info Here

Good luck with your weekend footy wagers.

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Finally, and returning after a Summer holiday of its own, is the ever popular (with me, when I'm researching it, at least!) Thursday Fun slot.

Today, I've got some classic holiday 'On The Buses' for you. My dear, late uncle used to love this, and remember seeing it many times on video in the 80's. Aah, happy days...

That's it for today.

Ciao pronto!
Matt

8 replies
  1. Ronnie Nicolson says:

    the Oracle is proving a misnomer so far with 1 bet correct from 5 and totally pear shaped recommendations on the midweek cup matches.that coupled with uninspiring long term bets e.g boro for the championship! have led me to unsubscribe to save further embarassment!

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Ronnie

      Forgive me, but I think you may be a little hasty.

      I’m not sure why you consider a Premier League side that has retained all of its best players and was priced at around 8/1 to be uninspired. Perhaps you can suggest a better alternative? I certainly don’t remember you commenting when I asked if anyone had some ideas of who would win.

      And forgive me again, but it’s not the first time you’ve had something negative to say, without actually offering anything constructive to balance it out.

      I’d really rather not have whingers here (as you’ll know from reading previous posts). You’ve paid nothing to trial a service, and then you’ve made a judgment based on about 10% of the available information – without waiting for the other 90%.

      You may or may not be proved correct in the fullness of time, but to make a call like this at this time smacks of – forgive me one more time – amateurism..

      Matt (hot and ever so slightly bothered)

  2. Nathan says:

    Good call Matt 🙂

    I’m still reviewing in anticipation – you have to give things a chance Ronnie!

  3. Sim says:

    Hi matt, tried ticking the ‘question of the week’ but nothing happening, for your info its facebook only… keep up the great blog. sim

  4. Colin Metcalfe says:

    I agree with Matt. although the recommended selections have so far not proved too successful, we need to give the service a chance. It seems to be based upon value bets and he/she (hard to say from the title) wasn’t far away with his Shrewsbury tip to beat Ipswich.
    I suspect that his detailed research will come good over the next few weeks, and as Matt reiterates it is being
    provided for free at the moment.
    Patience is a virtue !

  5. Colin Metcalfe says:

    Ooops looks like I’ve assumed ‘the Oracle’ is male part way through my response.

  6. Ronnie Nicolson says:

    It makes me wonder if its worth giving an opinion!!
    anyway boro have lost their best player – Downing and several others want away.Alves and Tuncay look to be leaving..add to which it is always hard to turn round a losing team.
    As for a constuctive comment..I would give it if I had one.
    I have paid for a football service and will pass on a review in due course.
    My fancy for the premiership is Cardiff but the value has gone with an initial 28-1 now 14.
    I appreciate it was early to comment but I stand by what I said as such a bad start does not augur well.

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Thanks Ronnie.

      Opinions are always welcome, as you’ll see by the hundreds of comments here.

      I just prefer to hear positive stuff or, when that’s not possible (as it often isn’t), balanced stuff.

      As someone who sells systems, one thing that really disappoints me is when people make a judgement on a long term system after three days. Those people (and I’m not suggesting you’re one of them) are destined to always lose money, because they don’t have the patience and medium to long term approach to succeed.

      Cardiff is an interesting shout – value or no – so thanks for that.

      Matt

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