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Ladies Marathon 2017

The real London Marathon Race Although PR goons like to assert every year that London has assembled the strongest EVER line-up for a marathon, this year may be one of those rare occasions when public relations folk are telling the truth. Eight ladies in the field have gone below 2:22, making it a must-watch in an already bonkers tv weekend of sport, although it must be said, such competitiveness doesn’t serve the punter too well. Mary Keitany is 35 and this could be it for her in London. She may have even wanted to bow out last year, but after falling and finishing 9th, she will want to go out on a high this time. New York winner in November.... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
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Mens’ London Marathon 2017

Charity Begins at Home Yes yes, blokes dressed up as Smurfs running in aid of Osteoporosis Research (and that word doesn’t appear often on Oggs). But let’s face it – we could all do with someone dressed as a Minion running a marathon for us. Why should the do-gooder charities get all the money? What have they done to deserve it? Well luckily, as if to prevent too much thought going into the answer of those questions, one can always have a lovely punt on the marathon; the top end that is, not the bit on the telly with a lady dressed as a pantomime cow (or is she) trying to break ten hours. In truth, there isn’t much to... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
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London Marathon 2016

Clue – if he is wearing a big bear suit, he probably isn’t going to win How to annoy anyone who asks to be sponsored for the London Marathon? Easy – demand at the very least a top three finish in return. Here at Oggs HQ we demand excellence – nobody who trundles along dressed as Fred Flintstone, finishing in seven hours is getting a single penny from us thank you very much. Nevertheless, there is a financial angle of the Marathon we are interested in, and that is of course the betting side of it. The holder Eliud Kipchoge is the ante-post favourite, having won Berlin last time out in September, and should go off at a shade under... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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Weather

Yes Really What did the caveman bet on? Who knows quite frankly, or who really cares, but as timeless as time itself, is the weather, and having a punt on the top UK summer temperature, gives an opportunity for meteorological nerds to become popular. Such a bet is very much a punt in the traditional sense of the word. Nobody knows what the weather will be in a month’s time. Take last year’s official prediction of a BBQ summer – the only things being grilled were Met Office big dogs by the media, desperate to know what it was raining in a manner best described as antediluvian, and it was so cold, the frozen sausages for the BBQ, were freezing... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Sunday, July 5th, 2015
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Royal Baby Name Part 2

More Womb Win Action So having named the future King ‘George’, and in the process sent the name rocketing up the ‘most popular name’ charts for 2013/14, we now prepare for the second name. But before we get involved in this naming jiggery pokery, we must decide whether the baby will be a future him or her. Whether its lot will be to stagger out of nightclubs drunk a la Harry, or to flounce around on a horse a la Princess Anne, and the other attractive one knocking Mike Tindall. William was followed by Harry, whilst Kate was followed by Pippa (ah, good old Pippa). That’s a good enough pattern for us – we are backing a boy. The naming... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
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Mercury Music Prize 2013

Who will be named the next Speech Debelle… When a Mercury album shortlist contains a strong David Bowie effort, and you still aren’t sure that he deserves to win it, we know we’re dealing with a vintage year kids. After some dodgy selections since 2008, the winner of the 2013 Mercury Music prize will really merit an award. The critics may argue the entire thing is a sell-out these days. And is the list too mainstream and indie-rock-dominated this time around? Perhaps – but dance music is crap anyway, so who cares. Bowie would be a fitting winner, and not just because his album is a corker right up until that haunting last track. In a year when the Rolling... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
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World Championships 2013

The World Championship Athletics gets underway on Saturday in Moscow and if you can learn your Asbel Kiprop’s from your Silas Kilpagat’s then there are some terrific bets to be had. Moscow was of course the city where John Terry famously slipped when taking his crucial penalty for Chelsea against Manchester United in the 2008 Champions League final, let’s hope none of the following make such fatal errors at their moments of truth. First up we’ll select Ashton Eaton, the decathlon world record holder, Olympic champion and World Silver medallist from Daegu. Whilst he’s only had the 13th highest decathlon total this year, it’s misleading as he’s been working on individual events – so much so that he’s actually set... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Friday, August 9th, 2013
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Brit Awards 2013

Surprises – You Are Not Invited 1.  The world owes Adele: In terms of global injustice, being cut off towards the end of a self-indulgent Brit Award winner’s speech, isn’t quite up there with child soldiers or horsemeat in poor folk’s food. But the world reacted as if it was, with hoards of keyboard warriors abusing James Corden for following orders, and demands that Adele receive an apology. Cue an opportunity to make amends this time around. Back her to win Best UK Single for whatever waffle she is warbling around with at the moment. 2. It is Ben Howard’s Year: For the convenience of journalists, and the simple people who read their products, every major evening needs a narrative. In... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
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Manny Pacquaio vs Juan Manuel Marquez

Boxing without any Retired Cricketers!!  The heart-warming triumph of Nicola Adams aside, 2012 has been another piss-poor year for pugilism. Unlicensed fights at Upton Park, unwelcome and undignified comebacks (yes Hatton – looking at you), and even a cricketer deciding to have a quick fight – the boxing world is crying out for a serious bout. Better late than never – 2012 might just deliver one. Two of the finest fighters of their generation, Manny Pacquaio and Juan Manuel Marquez, meet for the fourth time, with the Pac-Man having won two and also claimed a draw. In the featherweight fight between the pair in 2004, the Mexican was floored three times in the first round but staged a miraculous comeback to control the... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2012
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NBA Season Preview 2012

Bounce, Bounce, Throw…Your Turn.  Western Conference The LA Lakers have plenty to look forward to this season. After months of procrastination, top center Dwight Howard has finally made the move from Orlando, and he will be a major force inside the painted area. Veteran point-guard Steve Nash has also arrived (this time from Phoenix) and should provide plenty of scoring opportunities for Kobe Bryant. Oklahoma City Thunder were comprehensively beaten 4-1 by Miami in last year’s NBA Final. Few changes were made during the off-season so expect Kevin Durant and company to be the Lakers main challengers. Other contenders include the San Antonio Spurs, a team with plenty of experience, but lacking an explosive guard who can score heavily, and... Continue reading...

This entry was posted on Thursday, November 1st, 2012
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