It’s been a strange week in the Tuley’s Takes home office. The NBA regular season wrapped up with a lot of drama regarding the new play-in tournament, and the NHL started its playoffs even though regular-season games were still being played. Strange, indeed.
However, most of our focus was on the Preakness, the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown. It was run under a cloud of controversy after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit had a positive drug test, trainer Bob Baffert blamed everyone and everything (including “cancel culture”) except himself and the colt was allowed to run in the Preakness after being subjected to more tests. I’ve never seen so many people openly cheering against a Derby winner in the Preakness — though he ended up going off as the favorite — whether it was because they felt he was a juiced-up horse or because of Baffert backlash. I have to say it was a relief that Medina Spirit didn’t win so we wouldn’t go through three more weeks of controversy if he were going for a tainted Triple Crown. That would have been ugly. You know your sport is becoming a joke when it gets lampooned on “Saturday Night Live.”
But now we can concentrate on the NBA and NHL playoffs, even though I’m still looking for live MLB underdogs on a daily basis and betting the White Sox on the run line against left-handed starters as they’re 24-2 SU in their last 26 games vs. lefties and 22-4 on the run line, many at plus prices.