Top 5 Worst CFB Beats of 2015

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Now that 2015 is complete, I thought it would be a great time to look back at the top five worst gambling beats of 2015. I know the barstool schtick is to be an absolute degenerate when betting, but I don’t consider myself down the rabbit hole as much as Bigcat and ElPres are (Let’s just say that bookies are currently lining up in the NYC streets as we speak). Nonetheless, I’ve lost quite a bit of money of some of these games, riding on a bit more stakes than Rico Bosco has (as in not betting pennies). Here’s to hoping you came out alive on the right side of some of these matchups.

P.S.- I apologize in advance for the PTSD.

#5- Week 10 Nebraska vs Michigan State (-3.5) 

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What a finish we had in this game. If you can remember, this game came at a week where we had multiple controversial calls, including the garbage Duke vs Miami lateral game where the refs missed about 10 calls in one play. To set the scene, Nebraska was down 12 points with 4:16 to play. Nebraska drove down the field and scored on a Tommy Armstrong run with about 1:45 left to play to bring the score within 5. After a quick 3 and out by Michigan State, Nebraska received the ball on its own 10 yard line. Then, this play happened:

Without question, the Nebraska wide out stepped out of bounds before the catch was made, although the refs sided with the team stating he was forced out. In the end, it was a 14 point comeback for the Cornhuskers and a huge cover.

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#4- Auburn vs Alabama (-14.5)

This was perhaps one of the most talked about beats at the time in CFB. I’m sure gamblers were having flashbacks of the Kick-6 game as this one progressed. Bama was up 9 points in the fourth quarter, pretty much dominating all aspects of the game throughout. Auburn turned the ball over to Alabama with 2:13 left in the game, with only one timeout left to stop the clock. Still, they had the cover all but locked up. Naturally, Alabama turned to Heisman Winner Derek Henry to run the clock out and finish the game. However, a delay of game penalty (how you get a delay of game penalty running out the clock I will never understand) made it 3rd and 10 for the Crimson Tide. Now having to go for the first down, Henry ran up the middle for 9 yards. On a 4th and 1, Bama hands the ball off one more time to Henry, except he breaks free for about 24 more yards for the score. I’m almost positive that Bama fans have never heard of the invention of “online gambling”, so the score most likely sent Bama fans digging through the trash for their tickets (not a foreign concept). Here’s the final drive, starting at about 3:45.

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#3- UC Davis Aggies at Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (-21.5) 

“I’m honestly not sure how the UC Davis Coach isn’t in jail”. The words of famous gambler Bigcat the day after this game aired. This one was highlighted on many forums, including SVP’s new Bad Beats of the Week segment. The game aired after midnight on the east coast, with about 70% of the money going to Hawaii. In true sports betting fashion, many gamblers probably loaded up on Hawaii to balance out the bad losses from the day. With three minutes left in the game, Hawaii was up 47-17, and many gamblers probably went to bed. What ensued can only be described as “should be illegal”. UC Davis scored to come within 23 points, and recovered the ensuing kickoff after a Hawaii fumble. UC Davis played defense well enough to create a 4th and goal at the nine yard line. Instead of going for the touchdown down 23(!), the coach brings out the kicker to kick a field goal. The score brought UC Davis within 20 to barely cover. This is the type of game to get gamblers to seek professional help. Highlights here:

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#2- Miami vs Duke (Total 51.5)

If the Nebraska vs Michigan State call got you amped, this call would send you over the top. As I’m sure many have seen, the last 10 seconds of this game were EXHILARATING. First, Duke scored a touchdown with six seconds left in the game to go up 27-24. The total is 51.5, so the over crowd still needed a half a point to cover. What ensued next can only be described as mayhem.

Miami received the kickoff and proceeded to use EIGHT laterals to get the ball to the endzone. Over bettors rejoiced, while under bettors questioned the two clear missed calls that the refs blatantly overlooked. One of Miami’s laterals was completed while a knee was down:

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and there was a clear block in the back on the return as well. Nonetheless, this was perhaps one the craziest finishes in CFB this year. What could top that?

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#1- Michigan State vs Michigan (-7)

The play of the NCAA College Football year. I was actually at the game in the end zone right where then State player returned the touchdown, and as a Michigan fan and bettor I was ready to call it quits on a career. Michigan was beating Michigan State 23-21 near the end of the game. A huge stop by Michigan over the Spartans came on a 4th and 19 giving the ball back to Michigan. All the Wolverines had to do was run out the clock to win the game. On a 4th and 10 with 10 seconds left to go, Michigan was forced to punt. The punter took the botched snap and fumbled the ball again, then tried to still punt the ball instead of laying down. And instead of laying down, I mean do anything else than what he did. This includes throwing it out of bounds, throwing it into the ground, throwing it up in the air, anything. What resulted was a kick right to the gut of a Michigan State defender, who took it back to the house and completed the upset. State had not been leading at any point in the game up until that moment. State went on to win the conference and get dominated by Alabama, but the result still stings bettors to this day.  That play will be remembered for a long time. Highlights here:

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-KJ

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Knicks (Almost) Mid-Season Review

The 2015-2016 Knicks are without a doubt one of the NBA’s most inconsistent and perplexing teams. Big wins this week against likely playoff contenders Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks (twice) have Knicks fans thinking of the possibilities of moving into playoff contention. However, fans who have been keeping up with the team know that with zero draft picks in the upcoming draft and the dominance of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, this season is all about developing young talent while trying to make at least of bit of noise in the postseason. For the Knicks, some things have gone right (KP), some things have gone wrong (losing to the Bulls by 27 points), and many things can be improved (more games against the Nets) over the next 45 games. With the NBA season rapidly approaching its midway point, I thought it would be fitting to dive into some midseason awards and predictions for the squad.

Most Important Player

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Aaron Afflalo

Aaron Afflalo has always been an extremely consistent two guard, shooting an eFG% of 51.8% over his eight year NBA career. However, this year he is shooting a near career-high 48% from the field and 37% from 3-point range. In addition, Afflalo is on pace to set a career high in rebounding, which has shown itself in recent games. Most importantly, Afflalo has been a significant piece of the Triangle Offense system and its improvement over the coarse of the year. Phil has not been shy in saying that the offense takes time to learn, so maybe it is just coincidence that Afflalo’s recent successes have aligned with the recent successes of the offense as a whole. Nonetheless, the team has been feasting as of late. Melo and Porzingis will continue to get theirs, but for the Knicks to contend Afflalo will have to continue to distribute, rebound, and dominate smaller guards.

Best Dunk of the Year

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Kristaps Porzingis over LaMarcus Aldridge

Godzingis (the nickname is good for Tshirt sales I guess?) has been tearing up the NBA over the first half of the season, winning the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Year Award in both November and December. I was in attendance for the Knicks Draft Party this summer, and although most were harsh, even the pundits that saw the talent the kid had could not predict the type of impact the big man would have from day one. The 7’3” Latvian has taken over the airwaves, the blogosphere, and the NBA world with his impressive dunking and three-point abilities. One of the best putback attempts he has had this season (there are a few) in my opinion was the one over LMA on November 2nd. Not only did Porzingis send LaMarcus about three feet to the right, but he also threw it down one-handed with authority against he guy that turned the Knicks down almost immediately in free agency. Maybe he will think twice about his decision next time (He won’t as the Spurs are a top three team in the NBA and the Knicks are the Knicks..Manhattan is cool though I guess).

Biggest Improvement Needed in the Second Half

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Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher was a perplexing hire for the new Knicks President Phil Jackson when he stepped on board last year. Analyst’s opinions on the coach have ranged from atrocious, to at least he’s better than Fred Hoidberg and Billy Donovan, to decent throughout this season. Many times, Derek Fisher looks lost on the court and often costs his team points with the third most coach’s technicals in the league. However, recently Fisher has begun to command his team more in timeouts and draw up unique ATO-plays. The most recent games against the Hawks and Bulls have shown that the team is beginning to flourish in the triangle. Provided the team continues to get amazing production from Aaron “Double A” Afflalo, Derek Fisher will make Phil’s decision to keep the coach less and less problematic.

Most Likely To Get Robbed Next

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Sasha Vujacic

Sasha Vujacic flat out does not deserve a spot on the Knicks roster. The veteran (?) can’t shoot the ball, turns the ball over at the worst times, and has been riding the bench for much of the last few weeks. However, the one thing the man can do is run a Triangle Offense, and that is what is stopping the Knicks from calling up JimerTime from the Westchester Knicks squad. With the string of recent Knicks players getting robbed (Cleanthony Early via a Uber hostage crisis at 4am in Queens NY and Derek Williams via bringing three lovely ladies he met in the strip club back to his house), the rest of the Knicks squad should be on their heels. Vujacic is a total wild card, and with his diminishing playing time and lack of proper ball-handling skills he will be a prime candidate for the next attack. My money is on Yugoslavian backpage escorts on the Minnesota roadtrip.

Best Clyde Suit of the First Half

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Easy. The suit just drips sex. This look  straight out of the 90’s, almost a carbon copy of the classic Solo cup logo:

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It doesn’t get much better than this, but knowing Clyde it most certainly does.

Second Half Predictions

The Knicks will need a strong second half of the season if they would like to salvage any postseason success. With no draft picks in the upcoming draft, the next year looks to be dull unless the Knicks do some damage in the playoffs. If the Knicks continue to push and blow past the Celtics and Pistons, they can set themselves up for a prime 3 vs 6 matchup against the Heat, Hawks, or Raptors. Having played well against these teams so far, I like the chances, although a second round matchup against the Cavs or Raptors would probably mark the end of the season. However, the season will not be lost with the continued development of Kristaps Prozingis, Jerian Grant, and Langston Galloway, the improvement of Coach Fisher and Aaron Afflalo, and the development of the triangle into next season. Let’s go Knicks.

-KJ

North Dakota Man Claims to be Jesus, Plots the Kidnapping of Obama’s Dog with Hundreds of Rounds of Ammunition

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NBC News Washington- A North Dakota man who allegedly claimed to be Jesus was arrested in D.C. this week after planning to kidnap one of the Obama family’s pets, authorities said.

Scott D. Stockert, 49, was arrested Wednesday night at a Hampton Inn near the Washington Convention Center after Secret Service agents found unregistered firearms in his truck, as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition, according to authorities.

Agents went to the hotel after getting a “be on the lookout” alert from the Secret Service’s Minnesota field office about the alleged kidnapping plan.

He allegedly told them, “You picked the wrong person to mess with. I will (expletive) your world up.

According to the Secret Service, Stockert, of Dickinson, North Dakota, allegedly planned to take Bo, the older of two Portuguese water dogs owned by the Obamas.

While being questioned by Secret Service agents, Stockert allegedly said he’d planned to go to the Capitol to advocate for $99-per-month health care and to announce he was running for president. 

He also told the agents his parents were John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, the court document said.

Agents found an unloaded 12-gauge pump shotgun and a bolt-action rifle in Stockert’s truck, which was parked in a lot around the corner at 5th and K streets NW, according to the document.

Man, I was starting to believe this guy up until the point where he said JFK and Marilyn Monroe were his parents. Sure, he could be Jesus carrying a 12-gauge pump shotgun and bolt-action rifle, or he could be running for president (no one crazy would ever run president), but when he said they were his parents I lost it. No way would JFK and Monroe ever had a kid, he was married to Jackie Kennedy remember? Nonetheless, bold move bringing loaded guns to the white house to advocate for cheap healthcare. I only wish we could get to hear his other presidential platforms. If he is that bold to go after Obama’s dog, he is the type of person I want on my side.

P.S.- The picture below was included in the middle of the article on NBC Washington. I have no idea what the picture is or where it came from. I present it without context.

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-KJ

Decent Amount of Sex Offenders for a Tampa Bay Neighborhood

10 News Tampa Bay Sarasota-Imagine making this discovery: hundreds of sex offenders living within walking distance of your house.

That’s the case for some neighbors in V-M Ybor off Nebraska Avenue in Tampa and Thursday they are determined to get Tampa City Council members to do something about it.

Most of the neighbors bought their homes in the VM Ybor neighborhood for their historic value and the proximity to downtown Tampa and while there have always been a few sex offenders and predators here and there, now, they say the amount is absolutely unacceptable.

When Kelly Grimsdale plugs her address into the FDLE sex offender database and chooses a 5 mile radius around her home, there are 839 sex offenders and predators.

Search here for sexual predators & offenders Within a quarter mile? There are 75. That’s within a 5 minute walk from her home.

“I was trying to do an email search the other day and over the last four years I have received 97 notifications of a sexual predator moving to our neighborhood. It’s only a matter of time before someone in our neighborhood gets harmed,” Grimsdale explained.

Classic Tampa move here having 800 sex offenders located within a 5 mile radius of downtown Tampa, especially in a neighborhood known for its historic value. I truly did not even blink an eye when I read the headline. The idea that the city council has to “enforce a Hillsborough County ‘anti-clustering’ ordinance, which bans too many sex offenders living in a particular area like a home, condo or apartment complex” seems like a great idea, but it probably should have already been thought of before hundreds of sex offenders moved to within a 5 mile radius of each other.

Curious as to the sex offenders near my hometown for some reason, I did a search on the offender database. Although my town is relatively small, I did not expect to have 799 less listings than T.B. (actually, yes I did because I don’t live in Tampa). I also thought it was interesting that they separate ethnicity into Hispanic or not Hispanic, which is a nice touch.

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-KJ

Surprisingly, the Barclay’s Center is a Disaster 3 Years in

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The Village Voice-Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who already owned 80 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and 45 percent of the Barclays Center where they play, completed his full set by buying the remaining shares of those two items from developer Bruce Ratner over the holidays. Prokhorov paid $75 million in cash and $210 million in promised future payments for the purchase; that’s way less than you’d expect based on the Ratner press release’s insistence that “the transaction values the team at approximately $875 million and the arena at $825 million,” but apparently he also took on a pile of debt in the deal.

The interesting part of the transaction, though, as uncovered by indefatigable Atlantic Yards Reportblogger Norman Oder, is that the financial documents released then show that the Barclays Center is apparently continuing to lose money:

The Barclays Center had a terrible year financially in the fiscal year ending June 2015. Net revenues plummeted, to less than half the total once projected, and the arena lost some $9 million in what was (roughly) its third year in operation… The arena’s net operating income (NOI) fell well behind expectations, to $38 million, due to declines in event and related revenues, while operating expenses remained high.

Surprising to almost no one in the area, Barclay’s Center can be described so far as a train wreck in Brooklyn. Not helped by the terrible performance of the Nets and the obstructed view seats for the Islanders, the site is continuing to burn money in Prokhorov’s pockets. Anyone with a brain would realize that building a huge spaceship-looking arena in the middle of Brooklyn would cost more money that it would make in the short run, but this deal is looking to be a bust for the future as well. More hockey games in Brooklyn due to the Islanders move has caused the arena to lose out on concert sales, and if ticket sales continue to be slow the arena will lose money on its NHL product for the year.

Although I like to laugh at Prokhorov’s misfortunes, its pretty sad to see a new arena and team to go up in NYC and have it be a complete disaster. The Nets are going nowhere with their KG and Paul Pierce trade from the Celtics, and the Islanders can’t get over the postseason hump a la the New York Knicks (most likely because KFC hopped on the bandwagon). I guess that it what happens when you combine greedy sports owners with mismanaged county and city officials.

-KJ

Tech Talk of the Day: FitBit Blaze

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Engadget– The Fitbit Blaze is a new type of device for the company. It’s the first hardware Fitbit has made that could be classified as a smartwatch, albeit one with a major focus on fitness rather than the more flexible and relatively feature-packed approach that characterizes Android Wear and the Apple Watch. But just as with other smartwatches, the Fitbit Blaze aspires to be something you’ll want to wear on your wrist: Beyond the fluoroelastomer bands that resemble those found in other Fitbit devices, the company is also selling more-premium leather and metal straps. The question is whether the whole package is desirable enough to want to wear on your wrist every day.

Beyond the band, the odd metallic casing that fits around the main tracker unit similarly felt rather uninspired and kind of flimsy. When you put the whole package together, it’s just not a very compelling thing to wear from a looks and comfort perspective.

CES 2016 is wrapping up in Las Vegas, and many products have been shown which will be released in the upcoming years. One product that will be coming out this year is the new Fitbit Blaze. The new watch will be available in Late March, at a comfortable price point of $200. This watch is pegged to be a direct attack on the new Apple Watch, which will most likely be debuting in April of 2016.

The watch is Fitbit’s attempt to move into the smartwatch for fitness. It hooks up to your phone through bluetooth to establish a GPS signal, which in turn is used for turn-by-turn run tracking. The connection also allows calls, texts, and calendar appointments to come through. Absent is 3rd party apps or notifications, which Fitbit is looking to keep off the device. They are trying to make a simple device that will hopefully undersell the Apple watch, a strategic move for the company. Other features of the device include a heart rate tracker, step count, and calorie burn, which will hopefully help the masses improve their fitness techniques.

The design is interesting, octagon in shape with a touchscreen display. The watch mimics many of the new Pebble and Garmin watches currently on the market. The watch appears to target everyday use, and thus is looking to appeal in both form and function.

Overall, the watch should sell well and directly challenge the new Apple Watch. We will sit back and see what new features Apple bakes into their second model. Knowing Apple, they will not sit back and let Fitbit dominate the market.

-KJ

KJ joins VaperCupid: The Quest to Find Love Through Vape

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Gizmodo-No more, no more, no more will the vaping community be relegated to searching for love on ordinary dating sites populated with #vapelife virgins who don’t even know how to prime. 

Vapers were ignored by the makers of niche web-based dating services for too long—until a brave vaper named Octavian seized vape dating as his own, providing a service Big Dating refuses to offer.

So I stumbled upon this article out of Gizmodo (who?) regarding VaperCupid, a new dating site straight out of the 90’s “Where Vapers find Love”. Naturally, I had to pull a Smitty and sign up for the site. Now I don’t partake in the whole vape culture, but I am certainly intrigued as to what needs a vaping dating site could possibly serve (except to unite the modified Honda Civic crowds).

At first, I was a bit sketched out by the whole process.

Screenshot 2016-01-08 14.22.49The default function is to match from 22 to 86 years old, which seems to be the correct age I am looking for. I had to lie a bit in my profile so that I could attract some cunning vape girls, but who doesn’t lie on dating websites (I know through personal experience).

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Next, you pick a body type that you are looking for. I understand my demographic here, so I upped my desired body type a bit (Who am I kidding?). After a doctor-like laundry list of questions ranging from do you drink (Does 3 to 4 drinks a day count?) to what do you like to do in your spare time (Does 3 to 4 drinks a day count?), I was ready to begin soul-searching.

Alas, my foray into VaperCupid was short lived, because as soon as I signed up I realized they make you pay to send an sort of messages to anyone and I am poor. Without question, I learned a valuable life lesson in the entire ordeal, and that is that I need some sort of budget in order to do fun things in life. Duly noted.

-KJ

Good Idea: Present for Sheriff, Bad Idea: Grenade inside Present

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Huffington Post-BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — A grenade that led authorities to evacuate a Pennsylvania county courthouse was a gag gift intended for the newly elected sheriff.

Instead, Beaver County Sheriff Tony Guy ordered the evacuation as a precaution after the box was X-rayed as part of Wednesday’s incoming mail.

Authorities say the sender is friends with the sheriff and had clearly labeled the box with his return address. District Attorney David Lozier says the man was upset that the gift caused such problems and cooperated with investigators.

The grenade was harmless. It was mounted on a plaque with a sign reading, “Complaint department. Take a number.” A numbered plastic ticket was attached to the grenade’s pin.

The courthouse was evacuated for about 80 minutes

I can’t believe in this day and age that the Sheriff of Beaver County did not find this gag gift funny. I mean the guy is clearly a friend of the sheriff, no need to create such a commotion. In this P.C. friendly age I guess certain people can’t take jokes anymore.

How dumb do you have to possibly be to send a fake grenade as a gift to a sheriff in the police department?  I’m all for pulling pranks on my friends, but this one appears to slightly tip-toe the line of reason. Labeling the box with a return address is a power move, although I would think that through next time. Maybe just show up with the fake grenade and deliver by hand. At least you’ll save on postage.

-KJ

Breaking: UFC 197 will feature Holly Holm and Connor McGregor

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MMA Junkie– Brace yourself, but UFC 197 looks like it might just be a blockbuster.

Bleacher Report on Thursday indicated that UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will out his belt on the line against featherweight champ Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 197, while women’s bantamweight champ Holly Holm will face Miesha Tate in the night’s co-feature.

Breaking news out of the MMA world tonight reports that UFC 197 will feature both Connor McGregor and Holly Holm in Las Vegas March 5th. While I’m not the biggest MMA fan in the game, I am a fan of what these two did to their last opponents. McGregor has become must-watch tv after slamming his little Irish fists into Aldo and knocking him out in 13 seconds. Holly Holm stepped up and knocked out Ronda Rousey (what ever happened to that girl?) in a second round knockout no one saw coming.

Connor McGregor is moving up weight classes to fight Dos Anjos, which would allow him to become one of three UFC fighters ever to hold titles in two different divisions. Although the fight lacks name recognition, the fight will be worth it for the theatrics alone.

Based on the announcement, Ronda will have to wait for her big rematch with Holm. Although Holm was +800 the first time around, is she beats Tate the rematch will certainly be close and contested. Ronda had no problem with Tate, so a potential rematch appears likely.

Dana White looks to be setting up some big rematches in the coming months, including Holm v Rousey 2, Aldo v McGregor 2, and Jones v Cormier 2. For some reason, UFC is banned from NY while the extremely safe sport of Boxing is legal, so New Yorkers who are looking to attend the April UFC 198 event may have to travel over to NJ to catch some UFC action. The telling months will be key for the growth of UFC’s popularity.

Tech Talk of the Day: Chevy Bolt

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WiredGENERAL MOTORS JUST BEAT Tesla Motors in the race to produce a truly affordable electric vehicle with triple-digit range.

Moments ago, GM CEO Mary Barra unveiled the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt at CES, providing the first look at what may be the most significant vehicle the automaker has built in decades. The little EV may look like just another five-door compact, but two figures make it an engineering masterstroke: 200 and 30,000.

That first number is its range: 200 miles on a fully charged battery. That’s a number exceeded only by Tesla, whose cheapest model starts north of $70,000. And that brings us to the second number. Chevy promises the Bolt will cost less than $30,000 after the $7,500 federal tax credit. Together, they make the Bolt the first EV that delivers excellent range at a great price. It is the electric car for the masses.

The Bolt, says Chevrolet chief Alan Batey, “is what we mean by leading, not following.”

What a time. For electric car enthusiasts like myself, 2016 will certainly be marked as the year EV cars move mainstream. The Consumer Electronic Show, or CES, was hosted this weekend in Las Vegas and was packed full of companies showing off the technology they have developed over the past year. All of the major companies were present (sans Apple) to show off a variety of different products. Without question, EV tended to dominate the show, with the new 2017 Chevy Bolt leading the way.

With Tesla set to announce their Model 3 electric vehicle for the masses this upcoming March, Chevy moved to undercut their sales with their own offering. For a measly $30,000 after tax credit (not the fuck you money you’ve been recently hearing more about), one can own an electric vehicle with nearly 200 miles or range. The blogging life doesn’t necessarily lend itself to putting miles on vehicles (or human bodies for that matter), but for the masses this seems like a great deal.

Without the dedicated Supercharger network that Tesla has created so far for its Model S vehicle, Chevy may have a tough time reaching all of its potential available market. Exploding Tesla batteries certainly don’t help. However, given its brand name, 17 cubic feet of available cargo space, and cheap price, I would expect the car to be a serious contender to the Tesla Model 3 in 2017.

-KJ