Woke up this morning to find some MLB trades went down last night as the trade deadline starts to get closer for MLB teams. I've always been a big fan of teams making deals before the trade deadline anyways. Why wait all the way until July 31st to make a trade that you can make a week or two earlier and get more games out of the players you are trading for? I know a lot has to do with leverage and teams waiting for other offers, but I always appreciate when teams get ahead of the game and make these trades weeks before the deadline.
I think Yankees fans have to be pretty happy with their deal from last night. Here's the whole trade breakdown here but basically the Yankees shipped out their weakest link so far this season in Tyler Clippard and prospects for a starting first basemen and quality middle relieve help. Those are moves that help teams down the stretch and in the postseason.
I've seen too many minor league studs not pan out when or before they get to the major leagues in my short lifetime. So I'm all for trading prospects to get immediate help from proven players. I'm not saying you sell the farm and gut the minor league system by any means but trading a prospect for immediate help that could strengthen what you already have in place to make a playoff run is a great move in my book.
Not only do the Yankees get two quality middle relievers in Robertson and Kahnle, they also send out Tyler Clippard who has been a letdown this year for Yankees fans. That should figure to be a huge upgrade in the middle-to-late innings for New York where many games are won and lost, particularly in September and October. We can't predict for certain how this trade will work out but I think Yankees fans have to be pretty happy waking up this morning.
After giving away the US Open champion Brooks Koepka in the Three Count last month (at 40/1 odds!!!!) this is a big event for us to go back to back in giving away a winner. I know many of you depend on us to give you locks and build your bank account, so that's what we will try to do again this week at the British Open.
We are going to go with Jason Day this weekend. Hard to pass up those odds (33/1) for a player of his caliber. He had a run a year or two ago where it seemed he was in at least the Top 5 of about every major event. He's came back down to Earth a little bit this year in that regard but you know the potential is still there. So our main bet of the week is Jason Day to win the British.
As always then, we like to pick about 3-4 more guys with good odds to hopefully be around that final pairing on Sunday. That's where our Brooks pick came from at the US Open so there is money to be made here. We won't always hit but when we do, like we did last month, it's a nice little pay day. Here's the guys we will ride this week:
Tommy Fleetwood (22/1) - I don't normally like to bet on players with less than 25/1 odds for a golf tourney but making an exception for the hometown kid this week.
Phil Mickelson (40/1) - I think Phil has one more Majors victory left before he's all said and done. Would love it to come this week.
Thomas Pieters (50/1) - Really liked Thomas going into the US Open and he really let us down by not even making the cut. Giving him more more chance and hoping he redeems himself.
And the longshots. Anybody over 100/1. Really odd to see Bubba on that list this week. Not taking him, but just odd to see.
Martin Kaymer (100/1)
Russell Henley (125-1)
Best of luck everyone!
Let's keep counting down my favorite One Genome Short films of all time heading into this year's Des Moines 48 Hour Film Project starting on Friday. Here's where we are at so far:
4. Bow Ties For Everyone (2012)
5. Eagle Eye and Sonar (2009)
6. S.T.U.F.F.E.D. (2013)
7. Wishing Well (2010)
8. Clap (2011)
9. Waffles With Betsy (2007)
10. Swept Away (2008)
11. The Good, The Bad, and The Hooty-Toot (2006)
My #3 film is going to be Commit, from 2014. I think if this is the only film I ever would have seen from One Genome Short, I wouldn't like it that much. As a stand alone short film, I don't know if I'd have it ranked this high. But when you watch it along with all the other films this crew has created, you really appreciate it...which is why I do have it all the way up at #3.
I'd compare this film to Mariano Rivera's four-seam fastball. It's not the pitch he's known for or that's made him famous. When you talk Mariano Rivera, you're talking about his Cutter. And he threw that Cutter a lot and it was very, very successful for him. But he had to mix in the that four-seam fastball just often enough to give batters a different look. He didn't throw it a lot but he mixed it in often enough to make his outstanding Cutter even more effective.
Comedy is like like One Genome Short's Cutter. That's their bread and butter and what they are really great at. Their humor and their ability to make audiences laugh has been what's won them Audience Choice awards at these festivals like 8 of their 11 years in the film, or some ridiculous stat like that. But every now and then, the great ones need to mix it up.
And that's what Commit did for me. I'm sure this was probably based on drawing the Thriller/Suspense category but One Genome Short set the comedy aside for a year and produced a compelling Thriller film. I'll let you watch the film for yourself but they kept setting the hook, waiting for you to grab it and figure out what was going on, and then provide a satisfying ending for a murder film which in my mind is tough to do.
When you put this into perspective with all their other films, it does make me appreciate it more. This was a nice change of pace if you are looking at the years these films were made. I thought they went with great humor in 2011 (Clap), 2012 (Bow Ties) and 2013 (STUFFED); mixed in this Thriller in 2014; and then really set the stage for the next two films in 2015 and 2016 that we'll see the next two days. Sometimes you have to pump in that four-seamer to set up the Cutter.