Recent staff defections at WikiLeaks have brought to light the release of another Nostradamus sports pick, this time seeming to indicate a high-scoring victory for the Texas Rangers in World Series Game 3, this Saturday, October 22, in Arlington, Tex.
This new prophecy is believed to have been leaked by a former staffer, although the email which contained the quatrain initially gave the impression it was sent by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange directly. While gamblers will no doubt wager heavily on the roughly 465-year old pick, the leak itself highlights a growing suspicion that WikiLeaks may be splintering or weakening, allegations Assange labels as “nonsense.”
WikiLeaks has released several highly profitable Nostradamus sports picks over the last 18 months though the betting public has questioned Assange’s timing, most often after the event has taken place. The March release of The Prophecies of the Express Written Consent of Major League Baseball was unique in that the quatrain was made public nearly two months in advance — the result a correctly predicted win by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, by the exact score suggested by the 16th century French prophet and astrologer.
On Monday, Assange denied reports of staff defections, while failing to comment on the World Series, the possible identity of the leaker or the prophesized money line play on the Rangers at home. Assange has never publicly discussed these gambling assertions and calls demanding he release all remaining prophecies in his possession have largely been ignored.
Nostradamus, meanwhile, has proven from the grave a keen ability to handicap modern-day sporting events that failed to exist during his lifetime, notably the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the signing of LeBron James by the Miami Heat. The March release tipped the Angels to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays on May 1 by a score of either 6-5 or 6-1, then travel to Boston and split a four-game series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
While Nostradamus quatrains are historically the subject of wide-ranging interpretation, most handicappers agree this latest release pertains to the 2011 Fall Classic, specifically Saturday’s Game 3:
The brawny prince hath a ring of keys,sets sail in a witch’s brew, tied to a line.An express south wind lends a steadier cruise,resting sure over bristles of Holland— The 2011 World Series Prophecies
“With the exception of picking the Brewers to represent the NL, it looks like a clear call for the Rangers here. Not bad for five centuries ago,” said Cal Stanton of Treasure Island Sports Book in Las Vegas. “You’ve got Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and the Brew Crew — series is tied, one game a piece — heading south for Game 3. Nelson Cruz has been more than steady, he’s on fire. It’s even got (Derek) Holland in there. I got a text from a colleague who pointed out “ring of keys” could be (Brewers manager Ron) Roenicke or maybe a World Series ring.
Holland will, in fact, take the mound for the Rangers in Game 3 and as for bristles, Stanton notes, “have you seen that kid’s mustache?”
Matt Reed of Shark Handicapping suggests no actual pick is stated and the references to Milwaukee cast doubt on the entire prophecy.
“Resting sure on Derek Holland doesn’t guarantee me he gets a win,” Reed said. “Home team, series tied, first home game in Texas, that’s the consensus pick — I’m not that impressed, even if it is 500 years old. This is all providing the Rangers win Game 2 and tie the series. One step at a time.
“You’re already laying the heavy favorite,” he added. “If the sharps hammer it, you’re gonna eat a lot of chalk.”
**UPDATE** — October 20:
**UPDATE** — October 20:
“I’m liking this play a bit more now,” says Reed. “You’ve got the wrong opponent, wrong starting pitcher, but he said the Brewers were tied to a line. If you’re sailing and tied to a line, you’re not going anywhere. He never picked Milwaukee. It’s about Texas — Nolan Ryan, the Ryan ‘Express.’
“I’m with him on the over (+/- 9.5 runs) and the Rangers did take Game 2, not bad. Maybe you follow Holland in Game 4 but then again the series wouldn’t be tied — it has to be Game 3. (Rangers manager) Ron Washington changed the pitching match-up, so what? Nostradamus could never have predicted that.”
**UPDATE** — October 22:
“If you took the over, you were safely tucked in by the 5th. The side was another story,” Reed says regrettably. “Should have followed Holland in Game 4, which is the obvious play tonight. The Texas win will collect on the series tie Nostradamus was calling for.”
**UPDATE** — October 23:
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