Jeremy Shockey says he won $10k betting on Thunder in Game 3

Las Vegas oddsmakers had a lot of faith in the Oklahoma City Thunder for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday, and apparently so did Jeremy Shockey. The tight end claimed that he won $10k betting on the Thunder:

Talk is cheap, so folks told him to tweet a picture of his betting ticket Floyd Mayweather Jr.-style otherwise they didn’t want to hear it. Shockey failed to produce, probably because he’s on vacation after recently marrying his wife.

Whether you believe him is up to you, but we know people were surprised to see the Thunder favored by 4.5 points despite losing the first two games of the series to the Spurs which had won 20 straight games. While I thought giving 4.5 points was hefty, I knew the series wasn’t over after two games the way so many others felt. Things change in a big way when series switch to the other team’s home court.

H/T Hot Clicks

Former ESPN.com writer Sarah Phillips addresses allegations by Deadspin exposé

The Internet was set ablaze Tuesday following the release of Deadspin’s amazing exposé of now-former ESPN.com columnist Sarah Phillips and her alleged exploits as an online scammer.

We highly recommend you take time out to give the lengthy story a read. But, in short, the article chronicles her meteoric rise from gambling message board commenter to gambling columnist for Covers.com to columnist for ESPN.com in a span of just 13 months. Along the way, she allegedly used her employment with ESPN (her apparent good looks probably helped, too) to con people into investing in Web sites she was purportedly setting up — one about sports comedy, another about sports gambling — all under the too-familiar lofty assurances of a lucrative return on their investment.

Deadspin interviewed two people Phillips managed to dupe: “Ben,” whom Phillips recruited for her sports humor site and whose popular NBA Memes Facebook page was hijacked by Phillips and her shady associates; and Matt, whom Phillips coaxed into giving her thousands of dollars.

The story also raises questions about Phillips’ actual identity — Who is she? Is she who she says she is? Is her name actually Sarah Phillips? Is she the actual person she claims to be in photos? What’s more, is she even a she? (This issue on her identity first arose when, as a writer for Covers, photos purportedly of her were clearly of two different people.)

Those questions were exacerbated by the fact that nobody whom she worked for even bothered to meet with her in-person — only online correspondence and phone calls took place. Yep, you read that correctly. The World Wide Leader in Sports has hired people without meeting them.

ESPN terminated Phillips shortly after the story was published.

Deadspin’s initial report is only the tip of the iceberg. We’re still waiting for ESPN to comment. Meanwhile, there are still a lot of questions with no answer. Such as, who are Nilesh and Navin Prasad? Are they even real? Many enterprising hounds on Twitter have dug up bits of info, trying to piece together who exactly this woman is. And as those pieces come together, we’re starting to see just how crazy this person might be and how elaborate the scheme was.

LBS reached out to Phillips but she declined to comment at the moment. She did go on a Twitter binge Tuesday evening in an attempt to give her side of the story. Among other revelations, she admitted to “concealing” her identity and making “poor choices with who to trust.” Here are those tweets:

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College student reportedly bet $75 on Clippers comeback, won $41,000 (Picture)

The screenshot you see above was emailed to Barstool Sports by a reader. The emailer claims his friend bet around $25 to win over $13,000 when the Clippers were trailing the Grizzlies by 27 points in the fourth quarter on Sunday. Then, he claims his buddy threw another $50 down to win more than $27,000 after the Clippers sank a three-pointer right after he placed his initial bet. As we know, L.A. completed a ridiculous comeback and pulled off the Game 1 victory. Unless this is a photoshop scam, some kid won about $41,000 just screwing around and expecting to throw $75 away for no reason.

The friend also said the winner is about to graduate college, so he’s probably in for a decent amount of partying over the next week or so. Between this $41,000-winner and the gambler who allegedly won a similarly amazing amount of money over the weekend playing the ponies, I’m starting to think I’m in the wrong business.

H/T Deadspin

Kentucky woman wins $63,000 after 10-cent bet at racetrack

Sometimes you can bet on VCU going all the way in the NCAA Tournament only for it to blow up in your face. Other times you can make a small wager on the first score in the Super Bowl being a safety and end up winning big.

That’s the beauty of betting on long shots. No matter how badly the odds aren’t in your favor, you always have a chance. And a small bet on your part could end up making you look like a genius.

That’s exactly the lesson learned by an insanely lucky Kentucky woman, who is now reportedly $63,000 richer after winning big on a petty 10-cent bet at a New Mexico horse racetrack. From WLKY.com:

72-year-old Julia Kring, of Frankfort, Ky., won the bet last week when she hit the Solo Pick 6 at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Kring had placed her bet through TwinSpires.com.

Kring said she saw an ad for the Sunland Pick 6 and decided to take a chance on that racetrack that day.

“I spent a lot of time studying, but it was all luck,” she told the El Paso Times. “I was fortunate to hit the Pick 6, but I’ll take it. It was an exciting day for me. I love trying to figure out a race. There are so many things to figure out and try to pick a winner. Racing is my passion.”

Big congrats to Julia on what we hope was a totally legitimate win and not the indication of 2012 branching off into Alternate 2012.

H/T Sports by Brooks Live
Photo credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Tiger Woods favored to win the Masters

Is Tiger Woods back? If the odds are any indication, he certainly is.

Tiger shot a 13-under 275 to capture the Arnold Palmer Invitiational over the weekend, his first PGA Tour win since the 2009 sex scandal. Tiger actually went 923 days between PGA Tour wins; his previous victory was at the 2009 BMW Championship on Sept. 13, 2009 (he did win the Australian Masters two months later).

Thanks to his win at the Arnold Palmer, Tiger is now the favorite to win the Masters in two weeks.

Jeff Sherman, the golf oddsmaker at the Las Vegas Hilton sports book, set the following line for the major:

    – Tiger Woods 4:1
    - Rory McIlroy 5:1
    - Phil Mickelson 10:1

Tiger entered Sunday’s final round behind McIlroy as the Masters favorite, but that changed after he won the tournament. It looks like the public’s love affair with Tiger is back on.

Photo Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Broncos’ Super Bowl odds improve thanks to Peyton Manning’s impending signing

The Broncos’ Super Bowl odds instantly improved when it was reported Peyton Manning told his agent to finalize a contract with Denver. Denver’s Super Bowl odds were as high as 75:1 last month, according to Pregame.com. Now they’ve dropped to 10:1 which is lower than all but four teams. According to Pregame.com, only four teams have better odds to win the Super Bowl:

    - Packers 6-1
    - Patriots 7-1
    - 49ers 7-1
    - Saints 8-1

According to Todd Wright, the Broncos’ Super Bowl odds at the Las Vegas Hilton dropped from 30:1 to 10:1 from last Monday to this Monday. The 10:1 odds are too low for me. While Denver has a good defense and should be improved under Manning, I still think other teams are better, and I still doubt Manning will make it through the entire season. Keep in mind the odds represent the hype as much as the oddsmakers’ belief that Denver will win it all.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. won nearly $500,000 on the Thunder (Picture)

One of the most publicized gamblers in America has been going hard in Las Vegas this week per usual. I wonder if Floyd Mayweather Jr. actually profits from sports betting or if he makes it a point to tweet out only winning tickets. Not that $1 million even puts a dent in his bank account, but you’d swear the guy is Billy Walters with all the bragging he does. Anyway, here is one of Floyd’s latest tickets that shows he won close to $500,000 on the Thunder last week:

Add that to the $333,333 he won during the BCS National Championship game. He also tweeted out winning tickets of $20,000 on the Wizards, more than $40,000 on the Heat, over $90,000 on the Warriors, and over $120,000 on Ohio State. He also responded “No” to one of his followers who asked him if he ever loses in boxing or gambling. Man up and show us some losing tickets, Floyd. We know you have plenty of them.