Ballcap Bet

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BREAKING: Riley banned from Ballcap Bet for Two Years

SAINT PAUL—By a margin of two votes to one, The Great Annual Big League Ballcap Bet Council has handed down the severest penalty in the contest’s five-year history.

Citing two seasons of “shenanigans,” the Council has banned 2012 Bet winner (and de facto loser) and 2013 loser William Riley until the postseason of 2016.

Riley’s only option for reinstatement at this point is the little-known “Pizza-and-Beer Clause”—whereby he can issue a formal apology for his actions over the past two seasons, and purchase for the eight current Bet contestants not only pizza, but also some beer (hence the name of the clause).

The council stated that they took this action not to punish Riley, but to “send a clear message” to Bet contestants that “this aggression will not stand.”

Story developing.

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Levinger’s Pre-season Predictions

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AL East: Boston Red Sox
AL Central: Detroit Tigers
AL West: Texas Rangers
AL Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays over Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
NL Wild Card: Atlanta Braves over San Francisco Giants

ALDS 1: Red Sox over Rays
ALDS 2: Tigers over Rangers
NLDS 1: Cardinals over Braves
NLDS 2: Nationals over Dodgers

ALCS: Red Sox over Tigers
NLCS: Nationals over Cardinals

World Series: Washington Nationals over Boston Red Sox

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Bryce Harper
AL Cy Young: Yu Darvish
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw

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Klueh’s Pre-season Predictions

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AL East: Boston Red Sox
AL Central: Detroit Tigers
AL West: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
AL Wild Card: Texas Rangers over Baltimore Orioles

NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
NL Wild Card: Pittsburgh Pirates over San Francisco Giants

ALDS 1: Red Sox over Angels
ALDS 2: Tigers over Rangers
NLDS 1: Cardinals over Dodgers
NLDS 2: Nationals over Pirates

ALCS: Tigers over Red Sox
NLCS: Cardinals over Nationals

World Series: St. Louis Cardinals over Detroit Tigers

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Bryce Harper
AL Cy Young: Yu Darvish
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw

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Heydinger’s Pre-season Predictions

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AL East: Boston Red Sox
AL Central: Cleveland Indians
AL West: Oakland Athletics
AL Wild Card: Detroit Tigers over Texas Rangers

NL East: Atlanta Braves
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
NL Wild Card: San Diego Padres over Washington Nationals

ALDS 1: Red Sox over Tigers
ALDS 2: Athletics over Indians
NLDS 1: Braves over Dodgers
NLDS 2: Cardinals over Padres

ALCS: Athletics over Red Sox
NLCS: Cardinals over Braves

World Series: St. Louis Cardinals over Oakland Athletics

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Yasiel Puig
AL Cy Young: Justin Masterson
NL Cy Young: Madison Bumgarner

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Pitman’s Pre-season Predictions

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AL East: Tampa Bay Rays
AL Central: Detroit Tigers
AL West: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
AL Wild Card: Oakland Athletics over Boston Red Sox

NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
NL Wild Card: Pittsburgh Pirates over Atlanta Braves

ALDS 1: Tigers over Athletics
ALDS 2: Rays over Angels
NLDS 1: Dodgers over Pirates
NLDS 2: Nationals over Cardinals

ALCS: Tigers over Rays
NLCS: Dodgers over Nationals

World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers over Detroit Tigers

AL MVP: Mike Trout
NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen
AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez
NL Cy Young: Jose Fernandez

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Drange’s Pre-season Predictions

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AL East: Boston Red Sox
AL Central: Detroit Tigers
AL West: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
AL Wild Card: New York Yankees over Minnesota Twins

NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: St. Louis Cardinals
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
NL Wild Card: San Francisco Giants over Milwaukee Brewers

ALDS 1: Yankees over Tigers
ALDS 2: Red Sox over Angels
NLDS 1: Giants over Nationals
NLDS 2: Cardinals over Dodgers

ALCS: Red Sox over Yankees
NLCS: Cardinals over Giants

World Series: Boston Red Sox over St. Louis Cardinals

AL MVP: David Ortiz
NL MVP: Matt Holliday
AL Cy Young: Jake Peavy
NL Cy Young: Adam Wainwright

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Levinger Wins, Riley Loses BCBIV

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Well, there you have it folks: The Boston Red Sox are World Champions for the third time in a decade, and newcomer Ben Levinger (123 points) is your victor in the Fourth Annual Big League Ballcap Bet. It was a hard fought battle by the other contestants, but with the sole Boston World Series Bracket Pick in hand, Levinger ended up walking away with it.

David Benanav took second with 98 points, and Joe Klueh third with 96. Both were in it until the end—neck and neck—but thanks to a few extra points in Game Five, Benanav edged Klueh for the bragging rights.

Cale Drange pulled in 88 points for fourth, while Todd Pitman and Joe Schweigert—a last second addition to this year’s Bet—tied for fifth with 76. (Worth noting is the fact that Todd Pitman is the Ballcap Bet’s only four-time non-loser.)

And Matt Robshaw missed a number of picks, but still eked out seventh place due to William Riley’s absolutely egregious showing this postseason.

Riley scored only seven points on game picks—averaging one per game he bothered to make picks for.

It was piddling. Pitiful. Pathetic. Pick your synonym: Whatever it was, it was enough of it to earn William Riley his rightful spot as this year’s loser in The Great Annual Big League Ballcap Bet Hall of Shame.

I’ll see ya next year, folks! It’s been one to remember… maybe. I dunno, who cares? I’m on the next plane to Acapulco anyway.

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For Your Consideration

Time will still tell who’s going to win this thing, but it’s become relatively clear that it will be one of Klueh, Levinger, and Drange—at least one of whom will end this Bet with well over 100 points, and the requisite off-season bragging rights.

No such mystery with last place. Riley has averaged one game pick per postseason series, and despite some pretty solid bracket picks, just isn’t going to have the points to avoid the ignominious distinction of the only first-to-worst bettor in modern BCB play.

So, as it stands, Riley is destined to wear yet another horrible ballcap, likely just days after removing this year’s punishment cap (Bet followers will recall that last year Riley actually won BCBIII, but was handed down the severest form of Bet punishment for failing to provide last year’s official loser Benanav with a crown in a timely fashion.).

In my mind, there is only one possible Bet Crown this year, regardless of who wins the World Series. 

Of course, with a relatively poor showing on my part this postseason, I can only influence from without, and hope that my compatriots nearer the top of the standings agree with me that, whatever the insignia, this is the cap design that must adorn Riley’s head for the next five-plus months.

I present, for your consideration, the New Era 59Fifty “Camo Swirl”:

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