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Bookies Corner – Local Elections 2018 – Labour tipped to capitalise on Tory turbulence

first_img Betway ends all football transfer markets June 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share It’s difficult to remember a time when political turmoil was so commonplace. Neither party is exactly blossoming in the opinion polls, but it’s Labour that will be feeling most confident heading into Thursday’s local council elections, with many analysts suggesting the Tory Party could suffer its worst ever result in London.SBC News caught up with three political betting experts to try and gauge some key betting patterns, and to assess how the election will affect the wider political landscape.  _____________________________________________________SBC: Which party do you believe will win the most seats at the forthcoming local council elections?Matthew Shaddick, Head of Political Betting at Ladbrokes: There’s no real doubt that Labour will win most seats – this cycle contains ways more metropolitan, Labour-friendly contests than average; the focus will be on how many gains Labour make and whether that will convert into control of many more councils.SBC: What tips would you give to punters interested in making some quick cash from these elections?Paul Krishnamurty, Owner of politicalgambler.com and freelance political analyst: At this stage, the betting revolves around a dozen or so competitive councils. As a general rule, I think we should oppose the Conservatives in these elections. Governments invariably get punished in mid-terms and this one is not all that popular after eight years. Council tax is rising, austerity hitting local services. I’ve heard talk of tactical anti-Tory voting over police cuts. I expect them to shed votes to both Labour and the Lib Dems and struggle to get their core vote out. Labour are in far better shape to fight local elections in the Corbyn era. In contrast to recent decades when membership was a small fraction of today, they shouldn’t have much trouble getting boots on the ground. There may be voters who would never vote Corbyn who are prepared to back Labour locally. That is very much reflected in their odds, however, and the one-way narrative could even make them under-priced in some London contests – Barnet in particular. Where there may still be some good value in opposing the Tories is with the Lib Dems. They are 10/11 to regain Richmond Upon Thames – a classic Con/Lib marginal – and that would be my pick of the current odds. This area voted overwhelmingly Remain and the Lib Dems pulled off a massive turnaround in a post-referendum by-election here. Whatever their national problems, they are strong in West London and will fancy reaping some dividends from their anti-Brexit stance. If you don’t mind backing odds-on, 1/3 about them winning Sutton should be a banker too.SBC: Are there any novelty markets that punters ought to be paying attention to?Alan Alger, Betway Head of PR: We currently have a market on the ‘Next Party Leader to Resign’ – and Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Vince Cable are almost tied in the betting. A good or bad performance in the local elections could see a clear favourite emerge in who will be struggling to see their party into the next General Election.SBC: In what ways do you believe the local council election results will affect the wider political landscape?AA: Incumbent governments always struggle in mid-term local elections, so unless we see earth-shattering gains from Labour the Tories will likely see losses as the price of power. A strong Labour performance in London would certainly shore up Sadiq Khan’s position as strong favourite to retain the Mayoralty in 2020. Malta revamps rescue package to focus on workforce protections March 25, 2020 Countdown to Cheltenham: The Festival will have its highs and lows says Betway March 3, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Cleveland Browns sports talk ready for ‘happy revolution’ after Odell Beckham trade

first_img #DawgPoundThe Odell promo is fittingly set to “O Fortuna” on 92.3 The Fan, only this is a different ode blaring across the airwaves.”The AFC North will never be the same now that OBJ will be wearing the colors of the Cleveland Browns.”This is the trade of a lifetime for a fan base that has been riddled with losing since the Browns’ return to the NFL in 1999. Carman and co-host Anthony Lima are taking turns asking ESPN analyst Damien Woody how this might not work. Other than saying, “There is only one ball,” Woody can’t find a substantial answer.”They’re explosive on every position on the depth chart,” Woody says. “For a fan base that loves football, it feels good to have the Browns back in the thick of things.”MORE: Timeline of Browns’ wild transformationQuarterback Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, is developing into a franchise passer on an accelerated timetable. Jarvis Landry, last year’s big offseason get, was a college teammate of Beckham. The backfield features Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt (when and if the former Chiefs back returns from a probable suspension). The defense is padded with Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon on a unit built around Myles Garrett, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.The universal euphoria streams across both morning shows. Woody goes on to say what everybody is figuring out: The Browns will be the favorite in the AFC North in 2019.”Euphoria” is the word used most on the opening of “Browns Daily” show on later in the afternoon ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland. Browns senior media broadcaster Nathan Zegura and co-host Beau Bishop are wearing trademark Dorsey fleece sweatshirts. Bishop recounts the number of texts that poured into his phone when the news broke. He says his sons jumped on their bed in jubilation. He points out that Beckham has twice as many followers as Tom Brady on Instagram.Directly from #Browns GM John Dorsey’s closet. On loan for today from the man himself. Dont spill anything on them @BeauBishop @NathanZegura. pic.twitter.com/I0jhI8fv1B— Browns_Daily (@Browns_Daily) March 13, 2019″This is a global, superstar, rock-star who has been the best player at his position the last five years, and now he’s wearing orange and brown,” Bishop says.Zegura compares the event to Christmas and points back to the Steelers, who have lost Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown this offseason. Cleveland is on the other end of the spectrum this time.”This doesn’t happen with Antonio Brown torpedoing his value,” Zegura says. “I think the Giants got scared by that.”Bishop ends the first two segments with “Odell Beckham is a Cleveland Brown!”Laughter — the kind that only comes with amazement — follows both. When was the last time the Browns were the model of upward mobility and the Steelers and Giants were being roasted?MORE: What Beckham does for Browns’ offense#TBTRizzo tries to slow the hyperbole after recounting a Tuesday trip to the dentist during which the hygienist asked him if Beckham would be coming to Cleveland. A few hours later, it happened.”I am giddy,” Rizzo said. “I’ve got to slow my roll now. Lord knows we haven’t played the Steelers, Ravens and Bengals with this kind of firepower in 35 years. You’d have to go back to Slaughter, Brennan and Ozzie, Mack and Byner.”Cleveland fans can fill in the first names there.Browns radio play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan can, too. He points back to the 1986 season, when Marty Schottenheimer brought in offensive coordinator Lindy Infante to a team that featured Bernie Kosar and all those names Rizzo rattled off.”That ’86 season they went 12-4 and were the top seed in the AFC,” Infante said. “But that team did it differently.”MORE: New York tabloids react to OBJ tradeThat Browns team reached the AFC championship and lost to Denver. Cleveland came within one game of the Super Bowl three times in four years in that stretch. Are those days coming back?Carman points out how much inept football Donovan and Doug Dieken have called over the years and asks him to put into perspective what it means for young Browns fans who cannot recall 1986 and have only experienced losing seasons.”It’s going to be a revolution,” Donovan said. “It will be a happy revolution. There will be times when the week flies by, and you can’t wait for Sunday to come.”#SB54Donovan closes his segment with Carman and Lima by going where the Browns have never been. The intent of the Beckham trade is to take advantage of a window that has not been in Cleveland since the 1980s. That is the organizational message Dorsey and owner Jimmy Haslem have sent.”There is no room for baby steps at this point,” Donovan says. “Let’s go get it.”Donovan signs off, and Carman beams at what is to come.”To see him have really good football to call, he’s going to be a great,” Carman said. “I hope Doug and him have a lot of fun.”On the “Really Big Show,” Dino the trucker is next. He wants to solute Dorsey one more time. As far as he is concerned, it is a national holiday.”I just got off the oxygen, Riz,” Dion says to Rizzo. “I want to have a national wear a sweater for ‘The Dors’ in Cleveland.” Ken Carman, the morning host on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, did what any rational fan would do after hearing about the trade that delivered Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns on Tuesday night.He set off a bunch of fireworks in his driveway. By the afternoon, Bishop, Zegura and producer Jason Gibbs are fielding a run of “Where were you when Beckham was traded?” calls on the air. Browns fans call in with their stories about texting their friends who root for Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. They bring in The Miz, a professional wrestler from nearby Parma, for the 2 p.m. segment. A caller orders up Browns vs. Patriots in the Thursday-night NFL season opener.Jim in Akron is next. He talks about his grandma making cookies for the “Kardiac Kids” and the pain of “Red Right 88.””I’m telling all my buddies we need to start planning on being in Miami,” he said. ” I’m probably getting a little head of myself …”That is the location for Super Bowl 54. Bishop lets him play along before Zegura points out what happens if the Browns deliver the AFC North.”Is this city ready for a home playoff game?”MORE: Will OBJ get a contract restructure?Bishop and Zegura sign off a few minutes later, and Bishop reels off the star power that has rolled through Cleveland across three sports for a city that spent 52 years as the easiest punchline. LeBron James. Francisco Lindor. Baker Mayfield. Now, Odell Beckham, Jr.All of that is big, but a Browns Super Bowl would trump everything, and then some. I wasn’t joking about the fireworks. pic.twitter.com/pvldeqMWOm— Liz C (@lizzy297) March 13, 2019Yep, that’s him. You can hear him screaming, “Super Bowl! Super Browns! Hell yeah!”Carman is the real-life hashtag for all those texts Cleveland fans sent and received after news of the Beckham trade broke. They spent Wednesday telling the stories about those texts and what it means for a franchise that has morphed from an 0-16 laughingstock to a Super Bowl contender in less than 15 months.To understand that, all you need to do is listen to analysts and fans on Cleveland radio Wednesday. It was a four-stage process that circles back to Carman in the driveway — and with good reason.MORE: Grading OBJ trade for Browns, Giants#OMG it’s #OBJWhere were you when Beckham was traded to Cleveland? That is a question Browns fans will ask for years — for better or worse. The “Really Big Show,” hosted by Tony Rizzo, Aaron Goldhammer and Eric Wiliams on ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland, takes a call from John in Strongsville.”I was in the shower,” John blurts out. “I haven’t stopped smiling. I’m in the shower. I live with my brother. My brother knocked on the door and screamed, ‘We got Odell!’ I get out of the shower. I had soap all over me. I couldn’t get off my phone for an hour.”This is the “I-can’t-believe-it” vibe that prevails the day after Browns general manager John Dorsey pulled off the trade. And it is accompanied by “I want more.”John finishes his story with what he and many Browns fans want next.”I cannot wait to play the Pittsburgh Steelers.” That explains why Carman lit off the fireworks in the driveway. It is the moment Cleveland wants now, and it was not a coincidence that it is how 92.3 The Fan signed off the morning show.”Super Bowl! Super Browns! Hell yeah!” Super Bowl.Super Browns.Hell Yea.— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) March 13, 2019Pin that tweet. Use whatever hash tag you want.last_img read more