2 Things Bettors Need to Know Today (Aug. 4)

It’s Friday, so here’s the two things you need to know before you go off for the weekend.

1. Conor McGregor’s sparring partner quit

As if you needed any more reasons to bet on Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor’s sparring partner, Paulie Malignaggi, quit. The dispute appears to be over nonsense personal strife, not any athletic reasons, but still: losing your sparring partner three weeks before the biggest fight of the year isn’t great. McGregor is already playing catch-up, with no boxing victories to Mayweather’s historic 49-0 record, and setbacks like these don’t help the cause.

Betting tip: How many different ways do I have to tell you not to bet on McGregor? This is a free-money fight, and I look forward to looking very stupid for saying so.

2. Please stop betting against Steph Curry

Betting against the Golden State Warriors proved to be a really bad idea this year, and now betting against Steph Curry in golf is its own bad idea. The two-time MVP got a sponsor’s exemption at the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic, and the over/under for his lowest round was 76.5. Steph cruised to the under comfortably, shooting 74 on Thursday. While he’s not likely to make the cut, and very not likely to win the tournament, he can ball.

Betting tip: Just don’t. He keeps winning stuff. Also: go golfing this weekend! It’s a lot more fun than you remember, I promise.

Geoff Johnson

MTS co-founder Geoff Johnson is a lifelong Mets fan, something he can't do anything about. He has a great track record when it comes to wagering on baseball – largely because he's more than willing to bet against the Mets. His career profits are impressive, but not quite as good as his handsome friend Frank Lorenzo. He wishes he hadn't let Frank write his profile.