Friday, June 30, 2006

We are the Champions!!

What an accomplishment! The lowly Carolina Hurricanes, a team that finished last in the league 2 years before the lockout won the Stanley Cup!! Not only did they win the Cup, they had the best regular season in franchise history, broke franchise record after record, and were one of the favorites to win it all! Every hockey fan had to feel good for old-timers like Rod Brind'Amour, Glen Wesley, Doug Weight, and Bret Hedican who after many long years never won a Cup. Caniacs were obviously thrilled, as this win helped to ease the pain from the 2002 finals loss and helped to put the team, area, and fans on the hockey world map.

Who could have predicted this? Well, I didn't predict it but I did bet on it. In August 2005 the odds of the Canes to win the Cup were 100-1. The odds of the Canes winning the Eastern Conference were 50-1. I placed a small wager on both of these events while the odds were so attractive and ended up with a huge payday! Not only did I win these bets, I also won several times during the year on game day situations. This year I have decided to blog entry my bets and share them with the world. We will look at the odds and the possible payouts, make specific bets, and track the results for all to see. Right now the odds of winning the 2007 Cup (favorites listed first) are as follows:

Detroit 6-1
Ottawa 7-1
Anaheim 10-1
Buffalo 12-1
Calgary 12-1
Carolina 12-1
New Jersey 12-1
Philadelphia 12-1
Dallas 15-1
San Jose 15-1
Colorado 20-1
Nashville 20-1
NY Rangers 20-1
Vancouver 20-1
Tampa Bay 25-1
Atlanta 30-1
Edmonton 30-1
Florida 30-1
Montreal 30-1
Columbus 40-1
Toronto 40-1
Boston 50-1
Los Angeles 50-1
Minnesota 50-1
NY Islanders 50-1
Phoenix 50-1
Chicago 100-1
Pittsburgh 100-1
St Louis 100-1
Washington 100-1

As you can see there are plenty of longshots again this year for the taking. The Canes are one of the favorites this year at 12-1, with Detroit and Ottawa the top favorites. As we all know though, the favorites don't always do as well as predicted. If anyone has hunches now might be a good time for a bet on a longshot before the odds change. The odds can change daily but are available like this now at: