Hockey is back, and once again podcasts and bloggers are getting together like pucks and Pekka Rinne’s glove. So when I was asked to appear on Off The Board With Bill Beatty to talk hockey, I said yes right away.
Bill Beatty used to be an oddsmaker for an online sportsbook, setting lines on the NHL and other pro sports. These days he’s the editor-in-chief of CalvinAyre.com, where he writes about all things gambling and sports (and, probably not coincidentally, edits my regular poker column). Part of those duties include the Off The Board podcast, which suits him just fine since it’s a lot of sports talk and YouTube videos and crazy stories. He’s been a little light on the hockey talk lately because of the lockout, which has been tough on him since he’s Canadian, but he got his fix with me this week.
On this week’s episode, Bill and I talk about the state of the NHL, who the short hockey season is going to favor, and some of my predictions. (I went with the Rangers over the Blues in 7 games for the final, which I’m sure I won’t look back on and shake my head, no sir, not one bit.) I also made the case for why 13/2 is a steal for Shea Weber to win the Norris. Bill says it’s a homer pick; I say TSN agrees with me and they’re Canadian so they must know what they’re talking about. After all the hockey talk I stick around to share a Pai-Gow story from one of the many late nights I’ve spent with fellow media members at the World Series of Poker.