Running Twitter Feed – Chiefs vs Rams

 

Let’s do this.  We finally made it.  It’s time for the biggest regular season game of the year.  It’s a Super Bowl preview.  I hope we’re not disappointed.

8:00 pm (EST) – I just texted my buddy who’s at the game:

Me:  “What’s the atmosphere like?”

Him:  “I just got here…it’s wild.”

I’m so upset that I’m not at the game.

8:03 –  My 75lb dog decided to sit on my lap.  He’s going to have to find a new spot or I might die.  Or if the Rams lose, he might die.  Your choice, buddy.

8:06 – Why is everyone taking the Chiefs this game?  I’m confused.  Is it because the Rams lost to the Saints on the road?  Is it because they barely beat a tough Seattle team?  Seriously, I’m just curious.  Do people know this game is in LA?

8:08 – I cant believe I didn’t fly home for this game.

8:10 – It’s really disappointing that the Chiefs didn’t go with their all red uniforms.  Especially after the Patrick Mahomes ketchup on his mac n cheese crap.  That’s how I know Goff > Mahomes.  This could’ve been a classic mustard vs ketchup game.  I don’t know if my eyes could have handled that. 

8:12 – My dog finally got off my lap.  I was two minutes away from suffocating and dying.  He doesn’t know how big he is

8:14 – Time to crack open my first beer.  This running diary is brought to you by Stella.  I don’t even like Stella, but thats the only beer we have in the fridge.

8:15 – I just walked my ass to the fridge and we’re out of fuckin beer.  Unbelievable.  I’m pissed off and the game  hasn’t even started.

8:17 – HERE WE GO!!!!  Rams on offense first; the yellow uniform looks beautiful.  Let’s get Gurley rolling early.  Knowing Sean McVay they’ll throw the ball every play this drive

8:23 – Rams Touchdown!!!  Goff to Woods for a 7 yard touchdown.  Serious question, how many yards/touchdowns does Robert Woods have at the Coliseum.  That was too easy.  This is going to be an absolute shootout.  This Chiefs defense looks AWFUL.  Oh what the hell Greg……… he just missed a PAT.  Shouldn’t matter in this game.  6-0  Rams.

8:25 – I’m surprised the refs gave the Rams those two flags.  I’m not going to lie, those were soft ass calls.  You know the NFL wants a shootout…. hmmmmm conspiracy theory time.  The NFL replaced the original referee group with this “highly qualified” group.  I wonder why?  Maybe a little extra bag from Roger Goodell?  Keep the games close and let the teams run up the scores.  Hmmmmmmmm, just a thought.

8:30 – Wade Phillips in a LAFD hat.  GILF.  This feels like a playoff game.  The atmosphere is intense.  I can feel it through my TV.  Inject it into my veins!  Five flags in the first five minutes of the game.  Not a good start for the Chiefs.

8:32 – Text from a friend that’s at the game, “Peters getting burned by Kelce is ridiculous.”  Mahomes just missed a wide open Kelce.  Peters on Kelce to start the game, intresting.  I don’t hate it.  I BELIEVE IN YOU MARCUS PETERS.  Marcus Peters is going to make a play this game.

8:40 – Another penalty on the Chiefs..  6 flags for the Chiefs- that has to be some kind of record.

8:43 – ANOTHER PENALTY ON THE CHIEFS!  WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?!?

8:44 –  Touchdown Rams.  I like Josh Reynolds, he’s going to do well filling in for Cooper Kupp.  What a start for Jared Goff.  ARE WE SURE THIS IS GOING TO BE A GOOD GAME?!?!?  13 – 0 Rams.  I want a back breaking pick six right here.  Let’s break the Chiefs early.  I SMELL BLOOD!

8:50 – Rams defense still can’t stop the run.  Shocker.  Chiefs touchdown.  4 plays, 75 yards, 2:10.  Tyreke Hill is FAST.  Not sure why he was one-on-one vs Sam Shields there.  Oh well.  Game on.  This is going to be fun.  14-6 Rams.

8:56 – Malcon Brown in at RB to start this series…. ummmmm where’s Todd Gurley?  Is he hurt?  Josh Reynolds over/under for yards was 36 yards this game.  That’s 4 catches for 44 yards for Reynolds in the 1st quarter.  $$$$$$$$.  PAY ME.

9:00 – 13 – 6 Rams after the 1st quarter.  That wasn’t too bad.  I’m chilling.  Not worried at all. 

9:03 – Andy Reid just yelled at Jared Goff to “get the fuck out of here.”  Big Red was fuming hahahha.  Rams can’t convert in the red zone after the PI flag is picked up.  I think it’s such bullshit you can challenge that the ball got tipped.  16-7 Rams.

9:14 – Sam Shields can’t run with Tyreke Hill.  I mean no one can, but can we get Sam Shield some help over the top, please?

9:20 – HUUUUUUGE stop by the Rams on 3rd and Goal to force a FG.  I’m not sure why the Chiefs decided to kick it there?  The Rams can’t stop the Chiefs right now.  I know McVay is happy that the Chiefs just kicked a FG.  16-10 Rams with 8:04 left in the half.  I don’t think the Rams will be able to stop Kansas City at all tonight.  I don’t think Kansas City will be able to stop the Rams at all tonight.  Whoever gets the ball last is going to win this game.  This is a Madden game with the settings set to All-Rookie.  Buckle your seat-belts. 

9:24 – Curious to see if the Rams get the run going this drive.  Who the hell makes these corny graphics for ESPN?  They’re awful.  What the hell was that Sean Mcvay/castle/Harry Potter crap?

9:27:  Oh no fuck me – Goff fumbled on the 20…..Mahomes to Hunt for a Chiefs touchdown.  How the hell are the Chiefs up right now?  This isn’t good.  17-16 Chiefs.  Rams defense is going to need to make a play and I also need half a Valium.

9:35 – Cheifs D just forced the Rams to punt.  Chiefs getting the ball back with 4 minutes left AND the Chiefs get the ball to start the second half…. Need the Rams defense to make a big play here or they’re in trouble.  GULP.

9:44 – BALL BALL BALL!!!!!!  AARON DONALD.  BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER IN THE LEAGUE.  HOLY CRAP.  WHAT A PLAY.  DONALD STRIP SACK AND TOUCHDOWN RETURN BY THE RAMS. It’s unreal what he can do out there.  Aaron Donald deserves $250 million.  RAMS NEEEEEDED THAT PLAY SO BAD.  23-17 Rams. 

9:51 – Chiefs touchdown.  7 plays, 69 yards, 1:37.  CHIEFS kicker just missed the PAT.  Are you kidding me?  I am going to have a heart attack.  This is the best half of football I’ve ever seen.  This is football porn.  I need halftime to be two hours long so I can calm down.  I don’t even smoke, but I think I need a cigarette.  23-23 at the half.  I’m going to go outside and scream, ” I LOVE FOOTBALL!!!!!!”  Be right back.

9:57 – OK RANT TIME – WHAT THE HELL WERE THE RAMS DOING GETTING THE CHAINSMOKERS FOR THIS SHIT.  YOU’RE TELLING ME THEY COULDN’T GET MOTHEREFFIN YG?!?  LIKE WHAT THE FUCK????? SERIOUSLY?  THAT WAS THE LAMEST SHIT I’VE EVER SEEN.  UNREAL.  People in LA don’t give a fuck about the Chainsmokers.  They were cool six years ago.  Whoever suggested the Chainsmokers needs to be fired.  Best Chainsmoker song of all time?  Roses.  Fight me. 

10:12 – BALL BALL BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAARON FUCKIN DONALD!!!  Holy shit pay him more, pay him more!!!!    That ball was on the ground for 20 seconds HAHAH.  I just screamed BALL BALL BALL for twenty seconds.  That ball kept rolling and rolling.  Thought that thing was going to roll all the way to San Diego.  Patrick Mahomes is soft.  Can’t take the hits!!!!!  Can’t hang on to the football!!!!  I can’t believe the Rams picked up that ball.  Imagine this defense without Aaron Donald.

10:17 – Cooks just dropped a 50-yard touchdown bomb.  It was honestly a great play by the DB, but Cooks needs to hang on to that.  Cooks to the locker room now?

10:22 – I can’t handle this game.  7 yard TD run from Jared Goff and a BEAUTIFUL finger roll over the goal post.  What an athlete!  30-23 Rams.  I still can’t get over Aaron Donald.  14 points off of two Donald plays.

10:33 – Ughhh Marcus Peters just gave up a 32-yard reception to Travis Kelce.  Peters is going to the locker room?  Chiefs touchdown.  How do you stop this offense?  Is it possible?  30-30 tied up.

10:36 – Burger King’s chicken nuggets look so good.  This commercial has been teasing me for about two weeks now.  I know you know what I’m talking about.

10:39 – I really need to know who makes these graphics for ESPN.  They’re horrible.

10:42 – Is Todd Gurley ok?  He doesn’t look 100%.  I’m kind of worried.  If he’s hurt, they need to shut him down.

10:44 – What was that play call?  Halfback draw on 3rd and 9?  I’ll never question Sean McVay, but what was that call?  Not sure what a Field Goal does there.  Oh well.  33-30 Rams. 

10:46 – Seriously who does the graphics for ESPN?

10:47 – WHAT?!?!?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME!  BANG BANG BANG! Another play from the defense.  Pick 6!!!!!!  21 points off turnovers.  I am in shock right now.  IN SHOCK.  Defense is coming up huge for the Rams.  Who said the Rams defense sucks?!?  40-30 Rams. 

10:52 – WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?!?!  TOUCHDOWN RAMS DEFENSE after EVERYONE STOPPED PLAYING.  My dog is going bonkers. I am going bonkers.  Mahomes is SOFT!!! He can’t hang on to the ball. He looks like he’s about to cry on the sideline.  Update: Incomplete pass – it’s the right call.  Oh man that would’ve been insane.  CHIEFS ARE SOFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!  They don’t want this!  They look tired.

10:57 – There’s Gurley.  Time to feed him.  40-30 Rams at the end of the 3rd quarter.  I’m not nervous (yes I am).

11:01 – Goff just took a shot.  That was scary.  Just missed a throw and he’s probably concussed.  I don’t know how the Rams got to 3rd and 30 here and now they’re forced to punt.  Looks like the defense will have to make another play.  Marcus Peters pick 6???????

11:09 – What the fuck.  Mahomes just bombed one to Hill for a 75-yard touchdown.  I am speechless.  3 plays, 91 yards, in 1:08 seconds.  GULP.  This game is going to kill me.  Is there a safe lead vs this Chiefs team?  28 points?  40-37 Rams….

11:13 – I don’t like this.  I’m officially nervous.  Goff has been amazing tonight, but he’s missed a couple of easy throws.  Are we sure he’s not concussed?

11:15 – Fuck,  what the fuck just happened.  Chiefs touchdown on a strip fumble.  3rd and long is killing the Rams this second half.  I’m speechless.  35 combined points off turnovers.  This is an absolute emotional roller coaster.  44-40 Chiefs.

11:21 – Rams touchdown – I’m going to fuckin pass out.  I need a shot. I need a joint. I need a Xanax. I need something.  47-44 Rams with 10 minutes left.

11:29 – “Let’s see if one of the QBs can pull a rabbit out of their head” – Jason Witten. LOLOLZLOLOLZ.  That was funny.

11:31 – 47-44 Rams with 6:33 left in the game.  If the Chiefs score here, the Rams will get the ball back for one more drive.  Should the Rams just let the Chiefs score?

11:36 – Seriously, should the Rams just let the Chiefs score here?  2:55 left with zero timeouts remaining… I want to throw up.  Personal foul on the Rams; ball is on the 10 yard line now.  Chiefs touchdown.  51 – 47 Chiefs with 2:47 left.  Show me what you got Jared Goff.  It’s your time to shine.

11:47 – I just poured a shot.  What a throw from Jared Goff.  BIG BALLS. What a fuckin drive.  6 plays, 75 yards, 58 seconds.  1:49 left 54-51 Rams.  Too much time left on the clock?  MARCUS PETERS IT’S YOUR TIME!!!!!!!

11:52 MARCUS PETERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I BELIEVED IN YOU!!!!!!!!!

I BELIEVED IN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

I BELIEVED IN YOU, MARCUS PETERS!!!!!!!!!!

MARCUS PETERS GAME-ENDING Interception!!!!!! 

ITS OVER!!!!

11:55 – Ok Sean Mcvay.  Wtf was that drive?  Did I just jinx the Rams?  Hekker just booted the punt to Ventrua.  What a fuckin punt.  What is T. Hill doing fielding that punt?

12:02 – That was the best football game ever.  Football porn. Rams win.  Never a doubt to be honest. 

FINAL: Chiefs 51 – Rams 54

 

Mood

NFL Week 10 Picks: Ten Top-10 Lists of Random Things

Week 10 is here.  Here are 10 top-10 lists of random things:

10 Questions for the Rest of the NFL Season

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  1. Who’s the best team in the NFL?  Is it the Rams?  Yes?  Is it the Saints? Probably?  Is it the Chiefs? Possibly?  Is it the Patriots? Maybe?
  2. Which teams are we sleeping on?  It’s the Panthers, Vikings, Steelers, and Eagles.  They CAN all win the Super Bowl.  They’re the four teams that can do it besides the Rams, Saints, Chiefs, and Patriots.  Am I missing anyone else?
  3. Is Le’veon Bell coming back this season?  Why hasn’t Le’veon fired his agent?  How the hell does he still have a job?  They couldn’t have played this any worse.  Remember when Elvis Dumerville’s agent fucked up?  This is about 1000000 times worse.  Do the Steelers even want him back?  I’m sure they would like to have him back on the field, but at this point you just have to say, “Fuck you, Le’veon. We’re in first place without you, and we love James Connor.”
  4. Why hasn’t Jason Garrett been fired?  Seriously, what else does he need to do to get fired?  What does he have on Jerry Jones?  Maybe a possible sex tape?  It doesn’t pass the smell test.
  5. Who’s going to win the NFC East?  The Redskins are 5-3 and in first place of the division.  The Eagles are just a game back and the Cowboys traded a possible top ten pick for Amari Cooper.  Fly Eagles, fly.
  6. Who’s the MVP?  The top three odds according to BetOnline are:
    1. Patrick Mahomes
    2. Todd Gurley
    3. Drew Brees
  7. What team is going to suffer a crucial injury?  Will they be able to survive it?  Hopefully no one, but it’s football and it happens every year.  The Eagles lost Carson Wentz last year, but Big D*** Nick came in and slapped his balls on the table and took the Eagles to the Super Bowl.
  8. Who’s going to get the first pick in the draft?  The tanks are starting to roll, but what are teams in need of a QB going to do?  The 2019 QB Draft Class looks worse than the 2007 NFL QB Draft Class.
  9. Which trade deadline player will have the biggest impact?  Golden Tate?  Dante Fowler?  Demayrius Thomas?  None of the above?
  10. Fake first half teams?  Who flames out for the second half of the season?  The Chargers?  The Texans?  The Packers?

Top 10 WRs in the League

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. Julio Jones
  3. Deandre Hopkins
  4. Odell Beckham
  5. Michael Thomas (you can honestly shuffle these TOP 5 guys in any order right now)
  6. AJ Green
  7. Adam Theilen (feels too low)
  8. Mike Evans (feels too high)
  9. Devante Adams
  10. Tyreke Hill

Top 10 NFL Coaches to Get Fired

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  1. Hue Jackson-  I refuse to believe he’s actually fired.
  2. Jason Garrett-  He has a SEX TAPE on Jerry Jones.
  3. Mike McCarthy-  If he doesn’t get fired this off-season, I will eat dog food.
  4. Vance Joseph- 100% getting fired at the end of the season.  John Elway should get fired too.
  5. Dirk Koetter-  Not sure how he’s still a NFL coach.
  6. Sean McDermott- Why do people even take the Bills job?  It’s a death sentence.
  7. John Harbaugh-  Somehow on the hot seat?
  8. Todd Bowles- What’s he supposed to do with that roster?
  9. Jon Gruden-  I’m actually loving Part II of the Gruden run.
  10. Doug Marrone-  My SNEAAAAAKY coach to get fired pick.

Top 10 Future Bets

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  1. Duke Basketball to win the Final Four +500.  They have the first three picks in next year’s NBA Draft on their roster right now.  I feel comfortable with this pick.  It’s too good to be true.  If they lose, I won’t even be upset about it.  The most talented team lost, oh well.  It comes down to this:  would you be more upset with yourself if you lost this bet or if you didn’t make this bet and Duke won?  Exactly.  Just take Duke at +500; it’s honestly too good to pass up.  By the way, the last time I put in a Duke future bet, I cashed in on the 2015 National Championship Team.
  2. Boston Celtics to win the Eastern Conference +150.  They’re still the best team in the East and they have the best coach in the East.  It’s early, but they’ll figure everything out.  It’s your chance to jump on it now.  I’m also very tempted to take Kyrie MVP odds at +4000.
  3. Warriors to win the NBA Championship -165.  $165 to win $100.  Shouldn’t we all take this bet?  The Warriors are going to win this year unless something CRAZY happens, as in DURANT AND CURRY get hurt.  Risk $1650 to win $1000?
  4. Kyler Murray to win the Heisman +600.  Tua pretty much has the Heisman wrapped up at -1000 BUUUUUUUUUUUUT look at Alabama’s schedule: home vs (18) MS State, home vs Auburn, AT (6) Georgia, and probably the SEC Championship game.  Let’s say Alabama drops one of those games OR Tua struggles in two of those games OR *knock on wood* he gets hurt.  Remember Dennis Dixon?  It happened to him; he had that Heisman wrapped up and under his Christmas tree before he got hurt.  Murray’s going to put up MONSTER numbers in the next three weeks in the BIG12.  He has a perfect Heisman moment opportunity vs West Virgina in the last regular season game.  And if they win that game and Oklahoma wins the BIG 12 to make it to the College Playoffs….I can totally see all this happening.
  5. Lakers to win the NBA Championship +3200. HAHAH I KNOW BUT HEAR ME OUT.  Let’s say Durant or Steph gets hurt. They’ve had tremendous luck for the past four-five years. Maybe they’re due?  Or let’s say Draymond gets hurt or two of their big four get hurt?  Or Boogie destroys the team mojo when he gets back.  And let’s say the Lakers swap Lonzo, KCP, and a couple of future firsts for Damian Lillard at the deadline.  OR the Pelicans completely fall apart and AD forces his way to Los Angeles.  IT’S CRAZY BUT IT CAN FUCKIN HAPPEN.  THERE’S A CHANCE HERE THE LAKERS CAN WIN THE FINALS (don’t take this bet)!!!!
  6. Panthers to win the Super Bowl +2000 AND Cam Newton to win MVP +2500.  I just don’t understand.  Those seem WAY off, right?  Can I parlay these two together?  Wait a minute………hold that thought.  ***UPDATE:  JUST KIDDING!!!! WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE PANTHERS LAST NIGHT?!?!***
  7. Clemson to win the National Championship +400.  Clemson has a chance to knock off Alabama.  Right now, it’s Alabama/Clemson and the entire NCAA.  Let’s say you don’t think they can.  You think there’s no way this Alabama team loses.  Why not sprinkle some money on Clemson here and hedge your bet vs Clemson?  I don’t believe in hedging; I think it’s a cop out.  I think you should always RIDE YOUR FUTURES OUT, but you have options here.  I can totally see Clemson’s line causing havoc and Trevor Lawrence balling out vs Bama.  That Clemson team isn’t scared of Alabama, and DABO knows he can beat Bama.  Alright before you read on, take a deep breath…you might pass out and we might become millionaires.  CAN WE PARLAY PANTHERS SUPER BOWL – CAM MVP – CLEMSON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP?!?!  Hold on, I just did the math- it’s $100 to win $272,900?!?!?!  Be right back, I need to call my financial adviser.
  8. Tiger Woods -220 vs Phil Mickelson.  Tiger’s not losing this matchup, just no fuckin way.  Full Alpha Mode Tiger Woods would kill Phil before he loses to him.
  9. Harry and Meghan weight of first child at birth over 8.5 lbs +130.  This is an actual bet offered on Bovada right now.  The average baby weighs 7.8 lbs at birth.  The new royal babies were born weighing 8.6 lbs, 8.3 lbs, and 8.7 lbs.  The newest addition to the family is also the heaviest royal baby to be born in recent years.  Prince William was only 7.2 lbs and Harry was only 6.14 lbs.  You don’t think little bro Harry wants his baby to weigh more than his brother’s babies?!?  That baby is going to be EATING. I’m going with the over. C’mon you fat f***!!!!!!!
  10. Lavar – Kanye 2020 +500.  +500?!?!?! We are all screwed.  Just kidding, totally made that up, but you believed it huh?

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Top 10 NBA City Jerseys (as of November 7)

  1. Miami Heat

2. Denver Nuggets

3. Brooklyn Nets

4. Chicago Bulls

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

6. Washington Wizards

7. Milwuakee Bucks

8. Charlotte Hornets

9. Philadelphia 76ers

10. Detroit Pistons

UPDATE:  I HATE THE LAKERS JERSEY.


Top 10 Fast Food Items

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  1. In-N-Out Double Double with Grilled Onion (whole)
  2. Chick-Fil-A Spicy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich
  3. Chick-Fil- A Spicy Chicken Strips
  4. Chipotle Bowl
  5. Canes Box Combo
  6. Del Taco Chicken Soft Tacos
  7. Popeyes Spicy Chicken
  8. Subway Chocolate Chip Cookies
  9. McFlurry with Extra Oreos
  10. Wendy’s Chili

Top 10 Underrated Things in Life, in No Particular Order

  1. Waking up without a hangover.  This one might be a little over hyped now, but seriously, is there a better feeling?  This feeling will always be underrated and under-appreciated.  You never appreciate these mornings like you really should.
  2. Not going out on Friday night.  I just worked a full work week and all I want to do on Friday night is go to sleep.  I’m getting way too old.
  3. Rita Ora.  Seriously so underrated.  My top 5 Rita Ora songs:
    1. Your Song
    2. I Will Never Let You Down
    3. Let You Love Me
    4. Anywhere
    5. How We Do (Party)
  4. Chili from Wendy’s.  Don’t knock it til you try it.
  5. Hitting a sports bet EARLY.  Hitting a bet early in the 2nd quarter is an amazing feeling.  There’s no one smarter than you at that moment.
  6. Twitter. I don’t know how people live without Twitter.
  7. Uber.  Can you imagine life without Uber right now?
  8. Venmo. How did people split bills before Venmo?
  9. Wireless headphones. We’re so God damn spoiled.
  10. Devastating sports losses.  It sucks, but everyone needs to go through it.  You need to go through a couple of devastating losses in order to truly appreciate the championships.

Top 10 Overrated Things in Life, in No Particular Order

  1. Marcus Peters.  I’M KIDDING!  I BELIEVE IN YOU MARCUS!
  2. Avocados.  They’re good, but they’re not THAT GOOD.
  3. Instagram.
  4. Fantasy football “experts”.  Anyone that watches football can be a fantasy football expert.  I could be a damn fantasy football expert if I wanted to.  It’s really not that hard.
  5. New Year’s Eve.  Just another night out with 10 times the expectation.  NYE is always over-hyped for no damn reason.
  6. Turkey.  Ham > turkey.
  7. PAC 12.  I shouldn’t even include them in this because the PAC12 isn’t even rated.  The last PAC12 NCAAF Championship? 2004.  The last PAC12 NCAAB Championship?  1997.  I AM EMBARRASSED.
  8. Game of Thrones. Sucks.  Overrated.  Nerds
  9. Tom Brady “Super Bowl/Clutch Performance” talk.”  What is Brady’s Super Bowl moment?  Here’s what jumps out at me from Brady’s Super Bowl wins:
    • 2002: Tuck rule. Shouldn’t have made the Super Bowl.  16/27 for 145 yards and 1 TD…ok? Vinateri winning FG.
    • 2004: Vinateri winning FG.
    • 2005: Deion Branch game and TO coming back from a broken leg game.
    • 2015:  Seahawks blew it.
    • 2017:  Falcons blew it.

WHERE IS Brady’s Super Bowl/career iconic MOMENT?!?!  Is it the comeback vs the Falcons?  That’s more of a Falcons moment than a Brady moment, right?

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10. Boston Celtics.  ONE title in the last 31 years.


Top 10 Pieces of Advice from How to Be a Man, in No Particular Order

  1. Never stay out after midnight three nights in a row … unless something really good comes up on the third night.
  2. Join Twitter; become your own curator of information.
  3. Never date an ex of your friend.
  4. When the bartender asks, you should already know what you want to drink.
  5. People are tired of you being the funny, drunk guy.
  6. You probably use your cell phone too often and at the wrong moments.
  7. Staying angry is a waste of energy.
  8. Ignore the boos. They usually come from the cheap seats.
  9. Don’t gamble if losing $100 is going to piss you off.
  10. Start every cell conversation with ‘my phone’s about to die’ so people don’t waste your time.
  11. You don’t have to like baseball, but you should understand the concept of what a pitcher’s ERA means. Approach life similarly.

Top 10 Instagram Girls to Follow, According to @nolanimamura

  1. Helen Owen
  2. Sofia Jamora
  3. Dominique Elissa
  4. Hailey Baldwin
  5. Camila Morrone
  6. Anna Herrin
  7. Hannah Palmer
  8. Roosmarijn de Kok
  9. Olivia Culpo
  10. Danielle Grace

Whew, that was tough.  My picks for Week 10 in bold:

Lions (+6) at Bears

Taking the Bears here is a sucker’s pick and I”ll tell you why.

Reason 1:  Look at the Bears’ wins this season:  Seahawks, Cardinals, Bucs, Jets, and Bills!  They have a combined record of 14-28.

Reason 2:  IF the Bears do take care of business, this has all the makings for a back-door cover game.

Reason 3:  Mitchell Trubisky.  I’m taking the Lions +6.

Saints at Bengals (+4.5)

Ooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh this is my upset alert pick of the week.  Cincinnati has a high of 46 degrees on Sunday.  That’s not COLD, but for a dome team from New Orleans, that’s pretty cold.  The Saints are also coming off a big win vs the Rams last weekend and they just signed Dez Bryant.  My Dez Bryant odds for this weekend:

  • Dez Bryant TD +110
  • Over 100 yards +5000
  • Meltdown -250
  • Dropped pass -500
  • Comes out in a Cowboys uniform -800

PS:  That Michael Thomas TD celebration was fantastic. 10/10.

Falcons (-3.5) at Browns

Why is this line only Falcons -3.5??  Let’s take a deep dive.  Queue the Inspector Gadget music!  Ok, I’m done. I can’t figure out why the Falcons are only -3.5!!  I know the Browns are at home and you never want to bet against the home dogs, but these are the Browns we’re talking about!  Am I a sucker for taking the Falcons -3.5??  Yes, but the Falcons need to win this game.  They can’t afford to drop games they’re supposed to win anymore.

Patriots (-6) at Titans

I have one rule when I gamble: never bet against Alabama and never bet against the Patriots.  I just don’t do it. I’ve been burned way too many times.  Am I confident the Patriots will cover this spread vs the Titans?  No, because the last time Belichick went against one of his former coaches, the Patriots got burned.  Vrabel vs Belicheck.  Brady vs Mariota.  I’m taking the Patriots for those reasons.

Jaguars (+3) at Colts

The Jaguars are coming off a bye week they DESPERATELY needed.  The Jaguars are 3-5, but look at the rest of their schedule:

  • at Colts
  • home vs Steelers
  • at Bills
  • home vs Colts
  • at Titans
  • home vs Redskins
  • at Miami
  • at Houston

The Jaguars can be the second half team of this season, rip through that schedule, and go 6-2 to finish the season at 9-7.  9-7 might be enough to win the division.  Can you name another Colts WR besides TY Hilton?   I can’t.  Can you name a single Colts defensive player?  I can’t.

Cardinals at Chiefs (-17)

-17?!?!?!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team in the NFL lay 17 points.  I need to double check this because there’s no way an NFL team is favored by 17 points.  Ok I lied, it’s Chiefs -16.  Can we really take the Chiefs -16 effin points here?  We have to right?  Especially since it’s at home.  Especially since it’s vs the Cardinals.

Bills (+8) at Jets

Oh God, what a game.  If the Bills and Jets combined teams and we called them the New York Bills, what would their record be?  They would be a playoff team right?  I don’t think the Jets are 8 points better than the Bills, but fuckin Nate Peterman is their starting QB.  Darnold is going to miss this game with a foot injury which mean that the Jets are firing up a 69-year-old Josh McCown this week.  I can’t believe I’m doing this, but 8 points is too much.  Take the points when you don’t know.  I’ll take the Bills, gulp.  Is this the worst game in NFL history?

Redskins at Buccaneers (PK)

Bucs at home for the following reason:

Chargers (-10) at Raiders

Feels like one of these types of games – 1st Quarter Summary:

  • Melvin Gordon to the left for 12 yard TOUCHDOWN run
  • Derek Carr 14 yard pass -INTERCEPTED
  • Melvin Gordon to the right for 6 yard TOUCHDOWN run
  • Derek Carr 7 yard pass – INTERCEPTED
  • Melvin Gordon up the middle for 4 yard TOUCHDOWN run

Dolphins at Packers (-7.5)

If you’re a Packers fan, aren’t you QUIETLY kind of worried about this team?  Your three wins are against the Bears, Bills, and 49ers.  If the Packers lose this game, Mike McCarthy is fired.  But there’s just no way an Aaron Rodgers team loses to a Brock Osweiler team.  Just no way A-Rodg lets that happen.  This might be the game Packers fans go from, “Should we fire Mike McCarthy” to “We need to fire Mike McCarthy”.

Seahawks at Rams (-9.5)

I BELEIEVE IN YOU MARCUS PETERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  MARCUS PETERS GAME WINNING/SAVING INTERCEPTION IN THE PLAYOFFS.

Cowboys at Eagles (-6)

It’s unbelievable how badly the Cowboys fucked this up.  It’s no secret that underpaid quarterbacks on rookie contracts have become the most important building block in the NFL.  The Cowboys had that and more in Dak Prescott who earned roughly half of what the Cowboys were paying their punter.  The Cowboys Super Bowl window looked MASSIVE after their 13-3 season in 2016.  They had the best line in football and two of the youngest stars at the QB and RB positions.  But the 2016 Cowboys team couldn’t feel farther away.  They failed to surround Dak with anybody who could be considered a weapon in the passing game, Jason Garrett remains the Cowboys’ coach,  and Jerry Jones continues to treat the Cowboys like they’re Super Bowl contenders.

What’s next for the Cowboys?  Will they get rid of Jason Garrett?  What will they do with Prescott, who is eligible for an extension after this season?  What about their defense?  What about that potential top 10 draft pick they traded away for Amari Cooper?  Will Jerry Jones get out of the way?  The Cowboys are a dumpster fire right now.

Eagles -6?!?!?!  I don’t like this bet, I FUCKIN LOVE IT.  Here’s the thing- Vegas set this odd at 6 to sucker all the stupid Cowboys fans into this bet.  “Hey we’re getting six points vs the Eagles?  We always play the Eagles TOUGH!  We’re Division rivals!”  That’s what every Cowboys fan thinks of this line.  Sean Lee is out for the Cowboys this weekend, shocker I know.  Ezekiel Elliiot only has THREE rushing touchdowns this year, including ONE in the past six weeks.  Jason Garrett is still the Cowboys’ coach.  Jerry Jones is still the Cowboys’ owner.  What else do you need?  I think the Eagles win by at least two touchdowns at home on Sunday Night Football.

Giants at 49ers (-2.5)

Coin flip: heads I go Giants, tails I go Niners.  It’s heads, alright Niners it is.

Last week: 5-5 (12-11 overall)

NFL Week 8 Picks: How I Won the Mega Millions Last Night

5 – 28 – 62 – 65 – 70 – 5

Those five numbers fucked me last night.  Six stupid ping pong balls just changed someone’s life FOREVER.  I’ll admit, I’m a sucker.  My friends and I fell for the trap.  We’re balls deep, and the lottery has us by our balls.  I might as well be a ping pong ball now.  We went and bought Mega Million tickets this past week.  What a bunch of suckers.  But c’mon, it was stupid not to.  1 BILLION DOLLARS?!?! The odds of winning the jackpot?  1 in 302,575,250.  The Bills, Cardinals, and 49ers all have 5000 – 1 odds to win the Super bowl this year.  5000 – 1!!!!!  You literally have no shot at winning the lottery.

Am I a sucker?  Yes.  Will I win?  Probably not (more on this later), but it’s the best $10 investment out there.  It’s worth every dollar.  Hell, I would pay $10 for one ticket.  $10 for a SHOT at $1 billion?!  Are you kidding me? Get out of town.  I get what you are thinking, 1 in 302,575,250. I’m literally throwing money away.  But I wasn’t raised that way.  I wasn’t raised to quit before I tried.  I was raised to be bold, raised to take chances-  I was raised to take risks!  I have a CHANCE at $1 billion effin dollars?  Are you kidding me?!?!  Sign me the eff up.  Seriously, why wouldn’t I try?!  You have to at least give it a shot.  I’m not going to lie,  I was COCKY going into the lottery.  I was feeling it.  I thought we were going to win last night.  I thought my life was going to change.  I even googled “what to do after you win the lottery.”  I WAS FEELING COCKY AND CONFIDENT.  I legit thought I was going to win 1 BILLION DOLLARS LAST NIGHT.

Obviously, I didn’t win because I’m here writing this stupid blog.

The $10 investment is worth every dollar and I’ll tell you why.  Four of my closest friends and I split a ticket.  $2 each.  At one point, we all believed that we were going to win.  That high was worth $2.  We legit thought we had it in the bag.  We were all pumped up.  For about six hours we all thought, “this is going to fuckin happen, we’re gonna be fuckin millionaires tonight.  These are our last hours as PEASANTS.  WHY NOT US!?”  Someone has to win, so we kept asking ourselves, “WHY NOT US?!?!”  We also talked about what we would do if we won a BILLION DOLLARS. Here’s a couple of the best PG-rated texts:


Person A:  What are we doing tonight if we win?

Person B:  I’m flying out.

Person C: We’ll meet in Miami.

Person D:  We going straight to Ibiza gonna drop like 25K easy, real quick.


Person B:  I would become the younger, taller Dan Bilzerian.


Person C: Do you remember when I was pumped to get a job at ______.  We were in the BMW on the way to Westwood or Northridge.  I was hype as fuck for like 11 bucks an hour.  Crazy.


Person D:  I just saw Sinbad at the airport, we are definitely winning.


Person A:  What chicks DM you sliding in after we win?

Person B:  You want my top 3 or top 5?

Person B: 

1. Sofia Jamora

2.  Kara Jewell

3. Katya Elise Henry

4. Summer Ray

5. Helen Owen

6. Kendall Jenner

No particular order.


Person B:  I did the math and it’s like 180-190 million each.

Person A:  See, you’re thinking about it!

Person B:  I know fuck lol.

Person C:  Same odds of getting your dick bitten off by a shark in a lake.

Person E:  WHY NOT US?!


Person A:  What’s your first purchase?

Person C: Flights.

Person E:  Yeah, flight then I’m buying some toys on the way back home.

Person B: Four-day trip to Ibiza.  First class.

Person E: Actually fuck it, I’m never going back home.  4 days?!?! How about 14?

Person B:  I go hard enough, 4 days is plenty.


Person C:  It’s why the lottery exists, it’s a scam.

Person A:  Don’t bring that negative energy to the ping pong balls.

Person C:  Yo, don’t blame me. I have bad luck and you know this.  I couldn’t even win a three-man lottery for first pick in fantasy football this year.

Person E:  Fuck, that’s the best thing going for us. 28 years of bad luck.

Person C:  Saved it up for one moment.


Person E: Yo if we win, we’re not telling anybody.  We’ll just bounce and live the good life for two weeks, then maybe start telling people.  I get so excited thinking about winning.

Person A:  WHY NOT US!?


Person C:  Ey we gotta make sure no one goes off the rails once we win.

Person E:  Fuck dude, let’s fuckin win.

Person C: I literally can’t focus at work.

E: Speak it into existence.

Person C: Yo everyone chill, I was so worked up and I finally just relaxed.  I almost walked out of work; I was legit pregame hype.


You’re telling me you read that and didn’t think, oh these m-fers are going to win tonight.  We seriously thought we had it in the bag.  We thought it was our lottery.  Don’t even draw the balls.  Draw five ping pong balls with our faces printed on them.  That’s how confident I felt going into the draw last night.

We didn’t win (smh – still pissed), but for half a day we got to think like MILLIONAIRES.  Honestly, just thinking about the chance of becoming millionaires was worth the game ticket.  Pay $2 and you get to DREAM BIG and you have a CHANCE at a billion dollars.  What a fuckin deal.  Only in America- I love this country.  And guess what else? You can bet your ass I will be playing the lottery for the rest of life.  And you should too. It only takes ONE time.  Six stupid ping pongs balls can change your life forever.  Seriously,  WHY NOT US?!?!?!

PS:  I also don’t know why my friends are so addicted to the idea of Ibiza.  We would all be dead after day two.


Here are my picks for Week 8:

Eagles vs Jaguars (+3)

Blake Bortles in London.  You know what that means- it’s time to believe in Blake and the Jaguars.  LONDON BORTLES IS ABOUT TO GO OFF.

Bortles last 3 seasons in London:

W-L: 3-0

Team PPG: 36.0

TD-INT: 8-1

I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I am going with London Bortles and the Jags!!!!  How can you pick against him?  Does he become the best QB in the league if the Jaguars move to London?  Stay woke on UK Bortles.

Ravens vs Panthers (+2)

Joe Flacco buying a mattress from Sean Payton’s brother is an all-time head scratcher.  The Panthers are coming off a great win vs the Eagles, and the Ravens are coming off a tough loss vs the Saints.  I’m taking the Panthers at home.  Always take the home dog.

Broncos vs Chiefs (-10)

The Chiefs are 7-0 ATS this season, and the Broncos stink.  This line should be closer to 14.  I STILL can’t believe the Broncos paid Case Keenum $36 million.  I’m rolling with Andy Reid even though he fucked me last week.  It was such a classic Andy Reid move that I can’t even be mad about it.

Browns (+8) vs Steelers

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How many games does Coach Hue have left in him?  I used to hate on Hue Jackson, but I’m in love with the guy.  I honestly feel bad that I put money on him to be the first NFL coach fired; I don’t even want the money if I win.  He is my favorite coach right now to be honest.  It’s going to be a sad day for Cleveland when he gets fired, almost as sad as the day Lebron left.  It breaks my heart to think about it.  AND FOR THAT REASON I’M TAKING HUEY AND THE BROWNS THIS WEEKEND vs the Steelers.  I know the Steelers are coming off a bye week, but I believe in Hue!  His job is on the line and his players know it!  I hope he gets so fired up that he rips the play calling duties from Hayley in the second quarter of the game.  We deserve one more Huey moment before he’s forced out of town.  I know someone brought this up, but why couldn’t Hard Knocks follow the Browns for the entire season?

Close your eyes and imagine this scene: John Dorsey walks into Hue’s office wearing his classic outfit with the Browns’ dog trailing right behind him.  Dorsey fires Hue on the spot, and they both start crying.  Dorsey hugs Hue and says, “I’m sorry man, I love you.  I’m here for you no matter what.”  The cameras go black then cut to Hue leaving the office with Anna Kendrick (*”Cups- When I’m Gone” playing in the background.*)

I’ve got my ticket for the long way round.  Two bottle whiskey for the way and I sure would like some sweet company and I’m leaving tomorrow what’d you say?  When I’m gone, when I’m gone you’re gonna miss me when I’m gone you’re gonna miss me by my hair you’re gonna miss me everywhere oh you’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.

I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING.

Seahawks (+3) vs Lions

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Lions wins this season:  Patriots, Packers, and Dolphins.

Lions losses this season:  Jets, Cowboys, and 49ers.

I’ve never been so confused in my life.  I don’t like to bet against Russell Wilson so I’m taking the points here.  The real story-line of this game is Russell Wilson vs Golden Tate.  Don’t forget that Russell Wilson’s ex-wife cheated on him with Golden Tate.  Talk about the ultimate revenge game!

Buccaneers (+4.5) vs Bengals

The Bengals are my “fake good team” for this season.  People keep hyping this Bengals team, but we see this from them every year.  They got murdered on Sunday night by the Chiefs.  This has “classic upset trap game” written all over it.  Coming off an embarrassing loss sandwiched between a big game vs the Saints next weekend-  classic trap game recipe.  Tastes like an upset.  WHAT DOES A W TASTE LIKE JAMEIS?!?!?!?!

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Jets (+7) vs Bears

I will never bet on Mitchell Trubisky ever again.  I have learned my lesson.  That is a promise to myself and that is a promise to you, America.  Let’s get #Trubiskytrap trending.  Let’s make it real a thing.  I will never bet on the Bears as long as Trubisky is their QB.  Trubisky -7?!?!  I have ZERO faith.

Redskins (-1)  vs Giants

The Giants are GARBAGE.  They’re obviously in full tank mode.  I can’t believe some people thought this team was going to go .500 this year.  That was the easiest $100 bet of my life.  Thank you Mike Chere.

Colts (-3) vs Raiders

COLTS – 3 LOCK IT UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEYS.  THE RAIDERS’ PLAYERS ARE GOING TO THROW THIS GAME!  I guarantee you.  The locker room hates Derek Carr because he cried last weekend.  They also hate Jon Gruden.  Why wouldn’t the Raiders’ players throw this game to make a statement?  It makes too much sense.

49ers vs Cardinals (+1)

Serious question:  would you go to this game if someone offered you free tickets?  I don’t think I would.  I swear to God these teams just played two weeks ago… I just checked and they played three weeks ago.  WINNER of this game gets the first pick in next year’s draft?  Now that would be fun.  Deal?  Deal.

Packers vs Rams (-9.5)

The Packers stink.  They STINK.  I know, I read all about it.  I read the “Packers vs Rams Spread Features Aaron Rodgers’ Biggest Underdog Odds of Career” headlines, but I don’t give a fooooook.  Donald, Suh, and Brockers are going to destroy Rodgers this weekend.  I can’t wait for this game.  I’ve been looking forward to this game all season.  I already have a W next to this game on the Rams’ schedule posted at my desk.  Rams 40-10. It’s going to get UGLY…..

Saints vs Vikings

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What a treat on Sunday night before Halloween.  We’re going to have to set up two TVs in the living room this weekend because I need to watch this game and Game 5 of the World Series.  People are acting like the World Series is over.  Give me a break, I’m not scared of this Boston team at all.  They got lucky in Game 1.  They caught every break that game.  Fuckin Joe Buck comparing them to the Warriors last night was classic Joe Buck.  Get the fuck out of here.  I was terrified of the Astros last year but c’mon, you want me to be scared of this Sox team?  I have never felt more confident about a series.  Dodgers in 7.

Back to football. Everyone remembers last year’s game.  Everyone remembers last year’s play.  I also remember Saints fans feeling sorry for Marcus Williams after he missed that tackle on Diggs. I don’t care if he’s a rookie, that’s what he gets paid to do.  You cannot miss a tackle like that in the playoffs.  There were no excuses for that play- he fucked up.  The Vikings are rolling right now and that stadium is going to be rocking on Sunday night.  I’m honestly surprised that this is a pick em.  Feels like it should be closer to Vikings -3.

Patriots (-14) vs Bills

I don’t care if it’s Derek Anderson or Nate Pederman this weekend.  I honestly feel disrespected by the NFL.  How dare they put a game like this on Monday Night Football.  How dare they waste a Monday Night game for this.  They should have at least scheduled the Rams vs Packers game for Monday night.  It would have been amazing to embarrass Aaron Rodgers on national television. Who thought this was going to be a good game when they made the schedule?  Seriously, who the fuck did this??  I am on a man hunt to find this person.  No one gives a crap about the Bills and Bills Mafia.  Bills Mafia was funny for about two days.

I have to bring up something from last Monday’s game.  Jason Witten is awful.  He literally said Cole Beasely stretches the field for the Cowboys.  Am I missing something?  What the hell is he talking about???

CBB Cinderella Watch

 

Blue bloods will headline the 2019 college basketball season. However, we all know the main source of excitement and heartache in March will come from random schools beating these powerhouses.

Keep an eye on these mid-majors in the tournament this year.

  1. Buffalo- Coming off an impressive campaign in 2018 the Bison return 5 of their 6 leading scorers from last year. They wrecked the Arizona Wildcats in the NCAA tournament and could be poised for an even deeper run this year. C.J. Massinburg is a stud and their frenetic style of play will continue to wreak havoc on opponents.
  2. Illinois State- This team features a great coach in Dan Mullen and an impressive lead forward in Milik Yarbrough. A senior, Mailik, had an impressive junior campaign averaging 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists a game. The Redbirds boast an experienced roster that will compete with Loyola-Chicago and Sister Jean for the MVC title.
  3. South Dakota State- Jackrabbits should have an electric offense led by Mike Daum. If you didn’t see him last year this dude can hoop. Averaging 21.5 points and lighting it up from deep making nearly 43% from 3. Look for the Jackrabbits with a better roster and Daum with the greenest light to average over 25 points a night.
  4. Western Kentucky- The Hilltoppers have potential to make some noise in the tournament this year. 5 Star stud freshman Charles Bassey headlines a talented young core. A good litmus test for this team will be an early November match-up against a good PAC12 team in Washington.
  5. Marshall- The combo of C.J. Burks and Jon Elmore should strike fear in not only conference USA opponents but all of NCAA. An early season clash with Maryland should give insight on their potential. Not even favored in their own conference, this team has a  back-court that will come in handy come NCAA tournament time.

Three Contract-Year Players from the 2015 NBA Draft That Have the Most Money on the Line this Season

It’s officially contract year for the class of 2015.  Time for your close up.  Players can forget about everything that happened in the past three years- the spotlight is on you this year.  Show up and perform at a high level in your contract year?  Let’s get you that brand new Bentley you dreamed of.  Get injured or disappoint?  Kiss your money goodbye.  Just look at what happened to Isaiah Thomas this past summer.  He went from “bring the Brink truck” to signing the Veteran’s minimum deal.

Let’s take a look at three players from the 2015 class that literally have millions of dollars on the line this year.


Terry Rozier

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Roziers playoff battle vs Eric Bledsoe was the most entertaining storyline of the first round last year.  Quick recap for those that didn’t follow:  Rozier “accidentally” called Eric Bledsoe “Drew Bledsoe” in a post-game conference when asked about Eric Bledsoe.  Yes, Drew Bledsoe, the former quarterback of the New England Patriots.  Drew Eric Bledsoe didn’t find it funny, and when asked about Roziers play in Game 1 the next day, he responded, “Who?  I don’t even know who the fuck that is.”  Rozier and the Celtics eventually took care of Bledsoe and the Bucks, but the petty war wasn’t over.  Rozier decided to show up to Game 1 of the Celtics second round playoff matchup against the 76ers rocking a Drew Bledsoe jersey.  What a fuckin troll.

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Oh the pettiness. You have to love the NBA.  Guess what?  That’s not even the BEST part of this beef.  The funniest part is that Jalen Rose compared Rozier to Eric Bledsoe at the 2015 NBA Draft!!!!  Are you not entertained?!?!?!

After Irving’s season ended last year, Rozier stepped into Kyrie’s shoes (literally) and emerged as a more than reliable starting point guard for the Celtics.  Prior to Irving’s injury, the third-year guard was averaging an impressive 11.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 25.8 minutes.  Post-Kyrie injury, his numbers increased significantly to 15.2 points, 6 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 32 minutes without Irving.  In the playoffs Rozier averaged 16.5 points a game, 5.7 assists, and 5.3 rebounds per game (WHOA!).    Rozier finished 19th in RPM wins last year for all point guards, finishing just a shade under Kyrie and higher than All-Stars Goran Dragic and John Wall.  The Celtics were also +21 with Rozier on the floor in the playoffs- the third best, only trailing Horford and Tatum.

Does Rozier deserve more playing time?  Probably,  but he’s not going to get the minutes he thinks he deserves on this loaded Celtics team.  Scary Terry (awesome nickname by the way) showed that he’s capable of handling the ball and running the offense for the Celtics last year.  Unfortunately, his opportunities will significantly decrease with the return of Irving and Hayward.  It’s hard to see Rozier having the same impact on the offensive end for the Celtics this year.  The Celtics will likely have two of either Irving, Hayward, Tatum, or Horford on the floor at all times and they will serve as the primary ball handlers/playmakers.  Rozier will have his spots, but he’ll have to take full advantage of those moments to maximize his value.  Rozier was an effective (44.9%) catch-and-shoot shooter from 3-point range in the playoffs so he can be an effective player for the Celtics even without the ball in his hands.

The Celtics will be in a tricky spot this summer with Rozier, especially after the extension of Marcus Smart last year.  The Celtics would obviously like to keep Rozier, but its unlikely they’ll be able to match the offers Rozier will field next summer.  Will Rozier have the opportunity this year to further prove that he can be a starting point guard in the league?  Probably not, but last year’s performance was enough for teams to offer Rozier a long-term contract next summer (hello Phoenix!!!!!!).  For Rozier, the most important thing is to stay healthy heading into free agency.  By the way, Terry Rozier is my starting PG on my All Dark Alley NBA team.


D’Angelo Russell

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Coming out of the draft, Russell was over-hyped as the next Manu Giobli/James Harden, but those comparisons tapered quickly.  Remember this?  I can’t believe Kobe agreed to this.  This might be worse than the “this is going to be fun” Dwight Howard/Steve Nash cover.

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I have to admit, Russell was handed an unfair deck during his time in Lakerland, most of which he brought upon himself.  The Snapchat debacle was an absolute train wreck.  We’ll never know what he was thinking, but he was never able to recover from that.  Guess what else?  If you think about it, Iggy Azalea is responsible for PG not signing with the Lakers (George and Russell share the same agent).  There were always concerns about his immaturity and Snapgate was the tipping point for the Lakers.

In his first move as president, Magic Johnson used  D’angelo Russell to get rid of Timofey Mozgov’s contract.  When asked about the Russell trade, Magic didn’t hold back either.  “D’Angelo is an excellent player, he has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us. But what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody also that can make the other players better and also [somebody] that players want to play with.”  Geez, that’s probably something you don’t want to hear from the greatest point guard of all time.  Unfortunately for Russell,  Johnson wasn’t the only Laker to bash Russell.  Lakers former coach, Byron Scott, consistently spoke negatively about the young player.  Things this past summer didn’t get much better for him either.  He saw two of his best friends, KAT and Booker, get maxed by their respective teams.

Russell is a gifted scorer and he has the size/stroke to become an impact player in the league.  He’s demonstrated the ability to average 20 PPG in the league.  For a young point guard, he takes care of the basketball and he’s effective in the pick n roll.  Unfortunately for Russell, his lack of explosiveness makes it difficult for him to get to the rim and finish.  He also struggles often times on the defensive end, but that’s mainly due to his lack of effort.

By year three we usually know if a player has the POTENTIAL to become a special player.  Russell hasn’t showed us much, but I’m not ready to label him off yet.  What’s Russell’s ceiling?  Best case scenario, can he be the second best player on a championship team?  Ehhhhh maybe, but probably not. Or is he going to be a “bad team, good stats” guy his entire career?  It sure feels like he’s headed down that road, doesn’t it?  But guess what?  You can make the All Star team that way- just look at Stephon Marbury!  With Kenny Atkinson at the helm, Russell will all have the tools, resources, and opportunities to blossom and prove he can become a valuable piece for the Nets.

In year four, can D’Angelo show that he’s matured on and off the court?  Can he demonstrate the leadership ability at the point guard position that the Nets desperately need?  Can he stay healthy (he’s missed over 50 games the past two years)?  Is D’Angelo someone we will look back on in fifteen years and ask, “why wasn’t be better?” There’s so many questions, but he’s only 22 years old.  Unfortunately for the Nets, they’ll have to make a decision by next summer.  Time is ticking……


Kelly Oubre Jr.

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Kelly Oubre aka “Wave Papi” is entering the final year of his rookie contract.  “That’s my alter ego,” Oubre explained.  “Wave Papi is all about good vibes.  He’s about staying cool, calm, and collected.”  Doesn’t that sound like something you would hear come out of Swaggy P’s mouth?  Oubre has made a bigger name for himself through social media vs on court performance which is never a good sign.  UPDATE – Oubre just evolved into TSUNAMI PAPI.  Oh no Kelly, what are you doing?

The 6’8” small forward averaged 12 points and 4 rebounds for the Wizards in 28 minutes last year.  Oubre playing 28 minutes a night tells you all that you need to know about the Wizards roster.  Tsunami Papi has improved in each of his first three years in the league, but he hasn’t developed into the valuable 3 and D player the Wizards were hoping for when they selected him with the 15th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

This past summer, Oubre worked with Drew Hanlen who has become a go-to trainer for NBA players.  Oubre knows what is at stake this year.  His next contract can help him evolve into Megatsunami Papi or dry him up like Southern California.  To maximize his value, he’ll have to prove to teams he can defend and hit three pointers at a consistent rate.  Oubre will be counted on as one of the Wizards’ go-to players off the bench.  Whether he can answer or not will be the question.  If Oubre can stay consistent  this year, he’s looking at a nice pay raise this upcoming summer from a team in need of a 3 and D player.

NBA Roundtable: 2019 Season Preview Edition

The NBA season is finally here!  Who will exceed expectations?  Who will fall short?  Who will win this years Finals?

Our “NBA experts” answer the big questions.

1. What are you looking forward to most this NBA season?

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Killian: Drama: Is drama not the best part to every NBA season? There is no team sport in which we believe we actually know the players more than the NBA. LeBron is in LA, Jimmy Butler is bullying his teammates, Golden State is trying to make a permanent stamp in history, and that is just surface level. The NBA has the greatest grasp on its fans, of course the NFL has more viewers but the engagement NBA twitter is second to none. It is the easiest to follow each storyline, with fans being the content generators.

Arnold: The trade deadline/blow it up teams.  Does Jimmy Butler make it to the trade deadline ( I hope so)?  Where does he end up?  Does Portland finally blow it up and break up their Lillard – CJ backcourt?  What about Washington?  Do they breakup their Wall – Beal backcourt?  Does Charlotte finally trade Kemba Walker?  Do the Lakers say “eff it” and trade their young pieces for a star at the deadline (Hello Lillard)?  What about Detroit?  They can’t ride with a Blake – Drummond duo right?  You know what’s fun?  A Blake Griffin for CJ or Lillard trade.  Or what about a Beal for Blake trade?  SO MANY FUN POSSIBILITIES.

Tom: This season will be dominated by the chaos in LA with Lebron and dynastic talks of Golden State, but what we all should be focusing on is the Eastern conference. The 76ers stayed pat this off-season while the Celtics got stronger with two starters from injury. The burgeoning rivalry in theEast between the Celtics and 76ers but sprinkling in the Raptors who just need to go all in and trade for another star. Will Kyrie stay with the Celtics? Did the 76ers mess up by not adding another star? Can Kawhi still play at an elite level?

Coach Red: Without question a Post LeBron Eastern Conference is what I can’t wait to see. There are so many grown men who have had their lives ruined or caveated due to LeBron and now that he is no longer in the Eastern Conference coaches like Dwane Casey, Brad Stevens and Tyron Lue have no excuse. Dwane Casey was for years stifled at the hands of LeBron led teams and while his situation has changed as he is no longer in Toronto there should be a quick turn around in the next few years up in Detroit. Brad Stevens now has the ability to out basketball opposing teams now that the best in the league is no longer impeding his path to the Finals. If the Celtics don’t make it to the Finals there will definitely be dissention in the Stevens fan boy section as to whether he is the chosen one who will bring balance to the league. And Lue, Lue like every other coach who started with LeBron James on his roster will have this year to prove whether or not he can actually be considered a good coach. Brown and Blatt failed miserably but Spoelstra proved he was legit and now it is time for Lue to do the same. Is he truly a savant with in game adjustments and X’s and O’s or was it all just a façade with LeBron doing all the work behind a little red curtain? We gon see!!


2. Which team will exceed expectations?

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Killian: I know I always sound like a homer, I will not say that they will make the playoffs but I believe the Cavs will beat their over/under by more games than  any team in the O/U range of 32-40. Not a smoking hot take in my opinion. They have experienced guys, that that experience winning. Of course, Bron not being there makes a massive difference (last time he left, they ended up with the #1 pick). I just believe that the shambles he left behind this time would kill the previous shambles.

Arnold: Toronto Raptors: Lebron is finally out of the Eastern Conference and no team is happier than the Raptors.  Toronto has won 50 plus games in three straight seasons and they just replaced Demar Derozan with Kawhi Leonard.  People  (including me) forget that Kawhi Leonard was a top-three player TWO years ago.  Toronto is DEEP, they have 10 guys that can give them quality minutes in the playoffs.  Most people are predicting a Sixers – Celtics ECF matchup.  I’m riding with the 6 and predicting a Celtics vs Raptors match-up  (Celtics in 7).  But don’t be surprised if you see Drake sitting court side at the 2019 NBA finals yelling at Kevin Durant.

Tom: The team most likely to exceed expectations will be the Washington Wiz… joking. The team will be the Thunder. Russ, PG13, Shroder, Roberson and Adams. OKC has the talent to play with anyone in the league. If Russ can keep himself from pounding the ball all game long OKC can make a jump. With a competent PG in Shroder playing beside him, Russ needs to play off of the ball. If Russ can control himself OKC can beat the Rockets and end the Golden State dynasty.

Coach Red: The Dallas Mavericks are going to be the team that catches everyone off guard. I think Vegas has them around 35 wins for the season and I think there is significant underestimation of their roster. Everyone is on board that the team will be fun to watch with Doncic and DSJ along with it being Dirk’s final year (most likely), but I believe with the versatility that we are going to be seeing from the way Carlisle uses Doncic at multiple positions to DSJ being used more off the ball as opposed to dribbling the leather off of it like last season they could easily finish in the top half of the Southwest.


3. Which team will fall short?

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Killian: Sixers: Health will always be a question with this group of guys. Who is Fultz? There are too many questions with this team. I think that the Sixers fans believe this to be a 60 win team, but with health concerns, the loss of free agents, and the lack of additions, I can see things being delayed ANOTHER year.

Arnold: Philadelphia 76ers:  I just don’t trust that medical team.  Three (if you count Fultz) of their best players have suffered season ending injuries.  Embiid, Simmons, and Fultz all sat out their rookie year due to injury/who knows what.  And guess what, they just added another player in Zahier Smith to that list.  I just don’t trust or see Embiid/Simmons staying healthy enough.  Injures suck, hopefully Embiid and Simmons can stay healthy this year because I am officially done trusting the process.

Tom: By mid-season the Lakers will be floating around 20-18 and this is when Lebron will start having back-issues. He didn’t come to the Lakers to compete this season, but to see which young players were worth keeping until the Lakers go all in next season. Lebron will return to help salvage the Lakers season, but they will get bounced in the first round by OKC or the Rockets.

Coach Red: When looking at who isn’t going to live up to expectations I am definitely going with the Bucks. I am not sold on Giannis having the offensive tools to be a true superstar this year as it is till pretty clear that he does not have a jumper. Budenholzer can make the offense as pretty and up tempo as he wants but that isn’t going to change the fact that The Greek Freak is not a threat outside the paint, this man couldn’t hit the side of a house if he was in the family room. It is not hard to gameplan for a team whose biggest offensive threat needs to be inside the paint to be effective. The front office has done a weak sauce attempt to surround him with a collective perimeter threat to compliment his deficiencies and we will have another year in the books where we are saying “once he gets a jumpshot he will be unstoppable”. This is the year that more people jump off the Giannis MVP train and get a ticket on the Giannis Is a Solid #2 train.


4. One bold prediction:

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Killian: Trae Young will be ROY. He by no means has the most talent in the class, and we can probably say that he has the lowest floor of anyone in the lottery. He will be able to shoot whatever he wants (this may end up being a weapon against his campaign) and he will be the primary ball-handler, so he will get all of the counting stats. I would imagine he will have low efficiency, but he will put up numbers

Arnold: This will be the last year of the Golden State Warriors dynasty.  More to come in a future column….

Tom: Deandre Ayton will easily be a top 5 center this year and the unanimous rookie of the year. Follow me here name 5 better centers…. Ill give you Embiid, Towns, Jokic.. who is next? (Davis is a PF) Ayton doesn’t even have to have a good game and he is consistently getting double-doubles. Booker and Ayton are already the best Guard/Center combo in the league.

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Deandre Ayton tearing up Pre-Season

Coach Red: This is a little far out on the calendar but I believe the Laker roster we see at the start of this season is going to be almost identical to the one we see at the start of next season. I think after a year in LA and making the playoffs as an 8th seed (best case scenario). LA falls short of many of the top free agents that they are hoping to sign in the offseason. LeBron is still the best player in the NBA but the appeal to play with him is a currency that has shown to be progressively diminishing. The guys around LeBron will get better over the course of the year but LeBron is going to find himself stuck in a legitimate rebuild as opposed to the “just wait till my homies get here” phase everyone believes them to be in.


5. You’re 2019 NBA Champions….

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Killian:  Golden State: Do I want it? No. Am I rooting for it? No. But there is no one that believes they are remotely knowledgeable on the workings of the NBA can make any other pick. There is a world in which someone else wins the title, but please lead me to the person that is willing to bet a significant amount of money so I can drag the clown to the poor house.

Arnold: Golden State Warriors.  I know, it’s a boring pick but does anyone expect anything else?  They’ll sleep walk through the regular season/first round, coast through the second round, and wake up for the WCF vs Lebron and the Lakers.  The Finals will be close between the Warriors and Celtics but the Warriors experience will be too much for the young Celtics.    I’m going with the Warriors in six.  If it wasn’t for Draymond’s technical in 2016 the Warriors would be shooting for a five-peat…….a five–peat.  What the hell.  I can’t even spell my name right five times in a row.

Tom: OKC will win it all this year. Add Roberson, subtract Melo and a competent guard (Shroder). OKC and Russ will find a way to down his usage, make open shots off the ball and improve those around him. The Golden State dynasty will end when Boogie messes up the Warriors juju and Durant will go to the New York Knicks.

Coach Red: Golden State without question is going to win this year, the only real question is will they do it in 16 games. The Warriors have cultivated a system within their system which involves getting stars of varying levels to join their roster to keep things fresh as they roll to another championship. Warriors players have said it themselves, they’ve been there before and the feeling (while great) isn’t the same level of excitement and euphoria as it was the first time they won the title. Now what gets them going and prevents them from having a year where they look to be dreading the regular season like they have in the past is by living vicariously through the ringless stars that join their team. This year it is Cousins and while he brings a scary presence in the paint he also oddly enough gives the Warriors something to work towards as they have won so much the only way they can stay locked in is through the possibility of watching someone on their team get their first ring.

2018 NFL QB Trade Value Part II

If you missed Part 1 from last month, or need a detailed refresher regarding the rules:

2018 NFL QB Trade Value Part I

Here we go with Part II.  Enjoy.

Group C:  “No, BUT we can talk about it as long as no one hears about it.”

17.  Alex Smith: $18 million

Former #1 overall pick Alex Smith.  On his third team in 14 seasons.  I know what you’re thinking,  “Alex Smith is a bust.  Alex Smith is average at best.  He’s just a game manager.”  But guys, Alex Smith is really good.  He’s 90-63-1 as a starting QB, and since 2010 he’s 70-32 as a starting QB!  He hasn’t had a losing record since 2010.  He has a better winning percentage than Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, Cam Newton, and Matt Stafford!

I feel bad for Alex Smith.  In 2012, Jim Harbaugh decided to roll with Kaepernick and he took that team to the Super Bowl.  This year, the Chiefs decided to move on with Mahomes (for obvious reasons) and he’s taken that team to ANOTHER LEVEL.  Poor Alex Smith.  I feel like this storyline has the potential to be a Netflix Original.

Did you know he holds the record for most passes to start a season without throwing an interception?  287 passes without throwing an interception in 2017.

16.  Philip Rivers: $22 million

Pop quiz:  Does Philip Rivers have more Pro Bowl appearances or kids?  Answer:  Kids- he has 8 kids compared to 7 Pro Bowl appearances.  8 kids… shooters shoot, I guess.  He’s only 6 kids away from tying Antonio Cromartie’s all-time NFL Record for kids!

After being drafted 4th overall by the Giants and being traded to San Diego (thinking about that Eli draft moment still makes me cringe) he sat (and probably bitched) behind Drew Brees for two years.  After Brees signed with Miami New Orleans, Rivers led the Chargers to a 14-2 record in his first season as a starter.  Since being named the starter, Philip Rivers has never missed a game for the Chargers (no wonder he has 8 kids).  196 straight games without missing a game and has never thrown for at least 20 touchdowns in every season.  I know Eli has two Super Bowls, but can we all agree that Philip Rivers has had a better career numbers wise?

Eli Manning:  112-106 record, 60% completion percentage, 52,482 yards, 342 TDs, 229 INTs, 83.7 passer rating.

Philip Rivers:  108-88 record, 64.3% completion percentage, 51,504 yards, 353 TDs, 168 INTs, 95.2 passer rating.

In 2007, Rivers played six days after a knee scope on a torn ACL against the Pats in the AFC Championship game.  He played with a torn ACL.  I’ll never forget that game; I’ll also think of Ladaian Tomlinson every time I think of that game. LT sat on the sidelines the entire game with his helmet and hood on because his knee was fucked up.  It was the worst body language display from an athlete I’ve ever seen.  He looked like he was warming up to be an extra in the next Star Wars movie.

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15.  Matt Stafford: $26.5 million

I love this clip of Matt Stafford –  it’s maybe one of my favorite clips ever.  Matt Stafford will have my respect forever for this.

But did you know Matt Stafford has zero playoff wins as a starting QB?  I didn’t.  There’s no excuse for that.  Stafford is good enough to get his team to the playoffs and win a playoff game for them.  Still only 30 years old, Stafford will win a playoff game before his career is over.  If not, at least he can have the title of best QB without a playoff win.

Crazy Matt Stafford records:

  • He was the first player in NFL History to complete 60% or more of all passes in each game in a season.  Whoa.
  • Fastest player to reach 15,000/20,000/25,000/30,000 career passing yards.
  • Fastest player to reach 3,000 completions.

I guess it’s easy to break those records when you have Calvin Johnson on your team.

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14.  Kirk Cousins: $27 million

$27 million a year for Kirk Cousins.  There’s nothing wrong with Kirk Cousins, but $27 million… eeeeek!  Is Captain Kirk a top-10 QB right now?  I think so.  But The Vikings are paying him a fully-guaranteed $84 million over three years.  That’s going ALL in with your team.  People talk about the Rams window, but what about the Vikings?  You know what’s weird?  The Redskins drafted RGIII with the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Then with the 102nd pick, they drafted Kirk Cousins.  What do you think RGIII was thinking?   Has that ever happened before?  Poor Redskin fans ; they thought they had a franchise QB in RGIII after his rookie year.  NOPE.  Then they thought they had a franchise QB in Cousins after he took over.  NOPE.

Kirk is 26-30-1 as a starting QB in the NFL.  However, he’s led his team to 20-plus points in 32 of a possible 48 games in Washington and held a 22-9-1 record as a starter in those 32 games.  But for some reason Washington didn’t want to pay Kirk over $25 million a year.  They said, “Hey Kirk, thanks for the past couple of years but we’d rather pay Alex Smith $18 million a year and win one or two less games. ”  That’s essentially what Washington did right?  And the Vikings decided to go the total opposite way.  They said “fuck it – let’s pay the guy and make him our franchise QB and hope he can take us to the Super Bowl.”

Kirk seems like a super corny dude.  I don’t think Kirk and I would be friends.

https://sports.yahoo.com/kirk-cousins-files-trademark-vike-effort-keep-cheesy-phrase-alive-minnesota-183938832.html

Yup – confirmed. Kirk is corny as fuck.

13.  Matt Ryan: $17 million

I have a theory: Falcon fans hate Matt Ryan.  I don’t have any valid reasons, but I just have this weird feeling that most Falcon fans are sick and annoyed of Matt Ryan.  After their Super Bowl meltdown, it seems as if that feeling has multiplied by 1000.  The reason Matt Ryan will forever be under appreciated in Atlanta?  The ghost of Mike Vick.  It’s impossible to replace Mike Vick in Atlanta; he’s the most popular Atlanta athlete of all time.  That’s why Matt Ryan will never get the respect he deserves unless he wins a Super Bowl.

Since Matt Ryan entered the league, the Falcons have made the playoffs six times and won the Super Bowl once.  From 2008 -2018, there’s only four quarterbacks who have thrown more touchdowns than Matt Ryan:  Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers, and Tom Brady.  He holds the franchise record for most career wins, he’s a former league MVP, and he’s only 31! But for some weird reason I just have that feeling Falcon fans hate Matt Ryan.  I’m not the only one that feels that way right?  And I have a feeling Atlanta rappers, like Migos, 21 Savage, TI, etc., hate Matt Ryan even more.  I would have included Donald Glover, but there’s no way that dude likes sports.

And I might be TOTALLY WRONG here – it’s just what I think.  I have no proof of this at all.  Atlanta fans might LOVE Matt Ryan like they love Paper Boi.  But I guarantee you half of Atlanta would rather have Quavo as their starting QB.  I am actually dead serious about that.

12.  Andrew Luck: $24.4 million

Andrew Luck was considered one of the best QB’s in the league after the 2014-2015 season.  That feels like a lifetime ago.  But there was no other QB you would have taken over Andrew Luck to build your team around after the 2014 season.  He was only 24 years old and he lead the Colts to the playoffs in the first three years of his career.  In 2014, he threw for over 4,500 yards, 40 touchdowns, and took his team to the AFC Championship game before losing to Brady and the Pats.

And then he just disappeared…. He was the Kawhi Leonard of the NFL before Kawhi Leonard.  We don’t really know what the fuck happened to these guys.  We all know Andrew Luck had shoulder surgery but the whole situation was handled weirdly, just like the whole Kawhi saga.  Why did the recovery process take so long?  Why did it take longer than they expected?  Was it really caused by a snowboarding accident?  Or was it from the hits he took because the Colts said fuck it we don’t need to protect Andrew Luck?  It’s really not that hard.  Protect the most valuable guy on your team. The guy who took you to playoffs each of his first three years in the league and you’re paying $25 million a year.  That would be like owning a Maserati and parking it in the middle of the street during a Hail Storm.

11.  Jimmy Garoppolo: $37 million!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

$37 million. I mean what the hell.  Has anyone done less to earn $37 million than Jimmy GQ?  He spent the first three years living his best life in New England as Tom Brady’s backup, started a whopping TWO games in three years, then got traded to San Francisco where the 49ers made him the highest paid player in the NFL after FIVE GAMES!!!!

In his 8 games with the 49ers, they have gone 6-2 and Jimmy GQ has thrown 12 TDs and 8 INTs (not good).  Every Niners fan will tell you that Jimmy is absolutely worth it.  They have their franchise quarterback and they have no problem paying the man.  But after tearing his ACL, they have to be nervous.  And if they say they’re not, they’re lying through their teeth.

Here’s how the Niners faired statistically before and after Jimmy GQ:

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Is that why they decided to pay him?  I guess they didn’t really have a choice but to pay him after they traded their second round pick for him.  Talk about going ALL IN.  By the way, in case you didn’t know, Jimmy G signed with Jordan Brand and went on a date with a Porn Star this past summer.  Seriously, tell me someone who’s done more with less than Jimmy GQ.  The guy is a THIEF!!!!!!!

10.  Dak Prescott: $725,848

$725,848… yes, you read that right.  Dallas is paying their QB a little over $700k.  I wanted to rank Dak higher because $700k is cheaper than what I pay for rent in New York City.  The five consecutive games with less than 200 passing yards streak was ridiculous.  Those are Tim Tebow numbers.*  Maybe it’s not his fault, maybe it’s Linehan and Garrett’s fault (probably), but less than 200 yards in 5 consecutive starts is insane.  Dak also has 11 games in the past two years in which he has thrown one or less touchdowns.  ONE or less touchdowns in 11 of his last 20 games!  That has to be some kind of record.  Take a look at Dak’s QB grid progression from 2016-2018.  I think it’s trending in the wrong direction…

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But Dak is only 25 years old and he’s shown he can be a quarterback in the league.  He still has time to figure the league out.  It’s crazy to give up on Dak right now.  With a legit offensive coordinator and system you don’t think Dak can be a  good quarterback in the league?  Imagine Dak in McVay’s system.  He probably cant make the same throws Goff can make but you don’t think he’d be a legit quarterback?  Paying your QB $725k is ridiculous.  What are the Cowboys doing right now?  Talk about wasting an opportunity.

The worst part of this?  We never got to witness an all time Dez moment.  Can you imagine Dez during the less than 200 yards in five consecutive games streak?  that would have been an all time classic meltdown.    Speaking of Dez – Why hasn’t Bleacher Report or Facebook created a mini doc series about his current situation?  Wouldn’t that be pretty interesting?  A mini 5-episode documentary following Dez around.  That would be excellent TV.

I have a really funny story about Dak.  We were out in Dallas and got a table at Klutch (#humblebrag).  Next thing I know, Dak is at our table in an awful Adidas hat and what looks to be a XXL Champion plain black sweater (you know, the classic plain hoodies that we all wore in middle school).  Anyways, he was at our table taking shots with us and drinking from OUR BOTTLE.  I remember thinking to myself…

  1. Why the hell does he dress like a fuckin scrub?
  2. What the fuck, you’re a NFL QB.  Why are you drinking from our bottle?!?!?!”

Now I know why.  I forgive you Dak.

*I’ll never understand how Tim Tebow was a starting quarterback in the league.  I mean look at that Chiefs game.  2/9 for 68 yards… they seriously only threw the ball NINE times and completed TWO passes.  Wtf were they doing?  Running the triple option?

Group B:  “Are you serious?  It’s Drew Brees/Tom Brady”

9.  Drew Brees:

NFL single season passing yard leaders since 2006:

2017 Tom Brady (40) 4,577
2016 Drew Brees (37) 5,208
2015 Drew Brees (36) 4,870
2014 Drew Brees (35) 4,952
2014 Ben Roethlisberger (32) 4,952
2013 Peyton Manning (37) 5,477
2012 Drew Brees (33) 5,177
2011 Drew Brees (32) 5,476
2010 Philip Rivers (28) 4,710
2009 Matt Schaub (28) 4,770 (WTF how did this happen)
2008 Drew Brees (29) 5,069
2007 Tom Brady (30) 4,806
2006 Drew Brees (27) 4,418

Drew Brees has lead the league in passing yards in seven of the past 13 seasons and three of the past four.  Brees had the second best odds (+500) this year to lead the league in passing yards.  Let’s say hypothetically that Drew Brees’ odds were +500 to lead the league in passing yards ever year since 2006.  If you bet $100 on Drew Brees every year,  you would have made $3000!!

Brees just broke the record for most career completions, and he’s on the verge of becoming the NFL’s all-time passing leader he just broke the record for all-time leader in passing yards.  Is Drew Brees underrated?   Seriously?   Why doesn’t Brees name come up in conversation when we talk about the best quarterbacks of all time?  I really have no idea.

But at age 39, how many years does Brees have left?  I’m guessing maybe 2-3 years at MAX?  That’s the only reason I have Brees this low on the list.  What would Brees’ career be like if the Dolphins weren’t effin idiots?  New Orleans forever owes Drew Brees. If it wasn’t for Drew Brees, they wouldn’t even have a football team right now.

Fake Trade Scenario – Brady for Brees…who says no right now?  I think the Saints?

8.  Tom Brady: $22 million

The Greatest QB of all time is number eight on my list.  I can only think of seven QBs the Pats would/could trade Tom Brady for.  Patriot fans won’t admit it, but Belichick would trade Brady right now for any of the seven QBs below.  Shit, if he could, Belichick would trade Tom Brady for Jimmy Garoppolo and a fresh new hoodie.

He’s 41 years old and I think this is his last year in the NFL.  What do the Patriots plan on doing after Tom Brady retires?  I don’t think the Patriots even know.  But I’m sick of Tom Brady so I’m not even going to waste my time writing about him.

This is the greatest QB of all time… smh.

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Group A:  “Completely untradeable – why are you even calling us.

7.  Cam Newton: $21 million

Ahhhh everyone’s favorite, Cam Newton.  You either love him or you hate him.

I’ll never understand this play from Cam in the Super Bowl.  I’ve been a Cam guy my whole life.  But I’m not sure why he didn’t dive for that ball.  I can’t defend him on this one.  He said he was worried about hurting himself.   But c’mon, it’s a 6 point game in the Super Bowl with 4 minutes left!  Is this why people hate Cam?

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Since entering the league, the Panthers have made the playoffs in four of his seven seasons, including four of the past five.  In 2015, Cam was the MVP of the league and took his team to the Super Bowl.  He was also ranked as the Top Player on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016 by his peers.  That was only three years ago.  You don’t think he’s a better QB now than he was three years ago?  He’s only 29 years old and it feels like people forgot about Cam.

Check out his numbers from the 2015 season:  15-1 record, 60% completion rate, 3,837 yards passing, 35 TDs, 10 INTs, 636 rushing yards, and 10 rushing TDs.

Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh! Hey Cam, people think you’re overrated!

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PS:  He should have never said this, but you have to admit it was funny as hell.

 

6.  Deshaun Watson: $3 million

$5 million a year for Deshaun Watson.  Deshaun was the 12th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Here’s a list of teams that passed on Watson (the ones that desperately needed a QB are in red):

  • Browns
  • Bears
  • 49ers
  • Jaguars
  • Titans
  • Jets
  • Chargers
  • Panthers
  • Bengals
  • Chiefs
  • Saints

How many of those teams need/needed QBs?!?!  Are you kidding me?  Every team that needed a QB that year should lose a future first round pick.  Everyone in the Bears front office should be fired for trading up to select Trubisky over Mahomes and Watson.   Everyone should be fired by Ari Gold.

What made you think he wasn’t going to be a legit QB in the league???   He showed up for the National Championship game- TWICE!  That’s all I need to fuckin know about Watson.  Not once, but TWICE.  Showed up, put his dick on the table and said, “I’m the baddest m-fer in this game.  I’m going to throw for 400 yards and 3 TDs.”

His two national championship games stats (both versus Alabama):

2015:  45-40 loss – 405 passing yards and 4 TDs.

2016:  35-31 win – 420 passing yards and 3 TDs.

You know Malcom Gladwell’s whole Blink Test about how spontaneous decisions are often times the best decisions?  Watson is the perfect example of this.  I guarantee you every scout that watched Watson play thought to themselves, “Wow, he’s pretty fuckin incredible.  He should be the number one pick in the draft.”  But instead, you know what they did?  They dug and dug til they found things about Watson they didn’t like.  You can’t tell me you watched those games and thought to yourself,  “Holy shit, the kid’s fuckin legit.”

And guess what?  He torched the league (omg shocker) and played like a MVP candidate before tearing his ACL.  His last game versus Seattle?  He became the first player in NFL history to pass for 400+ yards, 4+ TD passes, and rush for 50+ yards in a single game.  Remember when the Texans started Tom Savage over Watson?  Bill O’Brien should have gotten fired for that.  Coaches deserve to get fired for decisions like that.  That tells me a lot about a man.  Bill O’Brien would be the perfect guy to go to a bar with.  He would just pick the ugliest girl at the bar.

Look at this play against the Bengals.

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Ok, and then this play is just ridiculous.  Are you kidding me?!?

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5.  Russell Wilson: $24 million

I hate Russell Wilson.  He’s too nice.  But the dude makes plays and wins football games. He has a .647 win % (only second to Tom Brady) and makes plays like this:

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Wtf Play 2.  That’s a QB. wilson.gif

Wtf Play 3.

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HOW DOES HE MAKE THIS PLAY?!?!

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Ciara leaving Future for Russell Wilson is laugh out loud funny.  I can’t think of two dudes any more different.

4.  Aaron Rodgers: $21 million

Its simple.  He’s the best QB in the league right now and it’s not even close.  The Packers are legitimate Super Bowl contenders every year because of Aaron Rodgers.  It’s kind of ridiculous to be honest.  No team depends more on one player than Green Bay.  Without Rodgers, the Packers go from Super Bowl contenders to one of the worst teams in football.  That’s not an exaggeration.  They’re NSYNC without Justin Timberlake, they’re Destiny’s Child without Beyonce, they’re the Bulls without Michael Jordan.  Is Aaron Rodgers actually underrated? He’s the Lebron James of the NFL right?  He should be the MVP every year right?

I know what you’re thinking, Rodgers should be number one on this list.  But remember the rules.  Would you rather have Rodgers for the next four years at $21 million a year or Wentz/Mahomes/Goff for a third of the price.  Just look at the Packers roster compared to the Eagles, Rams, and Vikings.

Since Rodgers became the starting QB in 2008, the Packers have missed the Playoffs TWICE: once in 2008 (his first year as the starting QB) and last year (when he was forced out after nine games).

He’s the all-time Passer Rating Career Leader with a rating of 103.6 – no other QB in league history has a career passer rating higher than 100.  He’s thrown 320 TDs compared to only 79 interceptions, the best touchdown to interception ratio in NFL history (45 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions in 2011).  He’s completed at least 60% of his passes in every season.  Another cool little stat?  He hasn’t thrown a pick 6 since Week 9 of the 2009 season.  2009! Remember in 2013 when Matt Schaub threw a pick six in 4 straight games?

Rodgers is 34 years old and probably has about 4-5 more ELITE years left in him.  Will he win another Super Bowl?  He kind of has to, right?  Talent wise, there’s no doubt that Rodgers is one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, but to be considered one of the best, you need more than one Super Bowl ring.  Because at the end of the day, its all about the ringzzzz.

3. Carson Wentz: $7 million

2. Jared Goff: $7 million

1.  Patrick Mahomes: $4 million

WHAT A FUCKIN TRIO.  All three are in the under age 25 club.  It’s the three “I was supposed to be next but I’m here motherfucker” guys.  Watson is close, but I can’t include him in this group yet.  These three guys are literally untradeable right now.  You’re paying your STAR QB $4-7 million for the next two to three years.  It’s going to be interesting to see how their next contracts play out, especially for Goff and Wentz since they have the same agent.  Do they get the same exact contract?

Through Week 4, Mahomes and Goff have been two of the best QBs in the league (Wentz is still trying to find his juice).  Mahomes leads the league in touchdowns with 14 and Goff is second with 11.  Goff leads the league in QBR and Mahomes is a close second.  Goff is second in yards per attempt at 10.49 and Mahomes is 4th with 8.70.

These guys are close.  Closer than Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley (they were way too close by the way).  Goff is my guy and I think he has the potential to be the best one out of that group.  Wentz is ranked third in this group because he’s two years older than Goff and Mahomes.  I have to admit, I had Mahomes at 10 when I first made this list, but I had to move him to the top spot after the first five games.  Am I going to look back at this in three years and think what the f*** was I smoking?  Maybe.  But right now I don’t think there’s a single QB you would rather start your team with.  The MNF game against Denver was a BIG TIME performance from Mahomes.  The Goff versus Wentz (2016 draft) and Watson versus Mahomes (2017 draft) storylines are going to be incredible for the next ten years.

Marvel Villains in the ACC by Jan Redmond

When it comes to super hero movies this year wasn’t a first in regards to the number of movies we saw released. We got the usual sequels and the annual “let’s get all the guys from the sequels together for a group sequel”. However we also got a pleasant surprise with Black Panther, this can be backed by the success the movie saw and still continues to see post release. Let’s be honest, Killmonger was the coolest bad guy in any super hero movie Marvel Studios has put out to date (there are many other categories to rate villains so stay the hate mail). While the style and swagger of Killmonger had our curiosity, his motives grabbed our attention. Here you have a guy who was outcast by his people, spending a decade honing his skills and waiting for the day when he could use those particular sets of skills to take his people’s throne; As king, he would liberate oppressed people all over the world with the resources his country possessed. Take out the super powers and this could pass as a story on CNN, there could easily be someone out there in the world who has seen the same struggles and worked to take the same course of action. Well guess what sports fans, there is, and this storyline has manifested itself in college basketball. The man exercising his “Blue Blood” right to challenge for the mantle of king is none other than the leader of the Pitt Panthers, Jeff Capel.

This all makes complete sense when the scene has been set. The ACC is Wakanda, advanced beyond their years and possibly the cream of the crop in the college basketball landscape. The ruler of this land and the one Capel looks to overthrow is none other than Mike Krzyzewski. The natural resource that Duke and a few others (located in the byzantine backwoods of Lexington) have been selfishly hoarding like a TLC two part special, is the nation’s high school talent, college basketball’s Vibranium. Now that the foundation of this ridiculously intricate and niche metaphor has been laid lets walk through the details that led to Jeff Capel becoming the biggest threat to the culture we have seen present in the ACC for so many years now.

In 2006 Capel landed his first big name head coaching job at Oklahoma University. Before that he was an assistant at Old Dominion and VCU where he eventually had a 4 year stint as head coach. While at OU we were able to see early on what he could do from a recruiting standpoint as he landed the future lottery pick Blake Griffin. While some might say that a nutless monkey could get the Oklahoma City native to commit to his hometown university where his older brother was already playing, it must be said he was still responsible for the team making a run in the tournament with not much more than the Griffin brothers and Willie Warren. The benefits of not being in Lawrence Kansas or Bloomington Indiana is that with runs like that you’ve got some wiggle room as a coach. Stay somewhere in and around .500 with your record and the athletic director sends you a nice Christmas card before the holidays. Capel should have been the gold standard of job security after going to an Elite Eight and losing to the eventual national champion. But everyone has that one friend, the one who doesn’t think things through and takes advice from the vaunted Good Idea Fairy who is infamous for leading even the brightest men and women astray. Yes that one friend for Jeff Capel was none other than assistant coach Oronde Taliaferro. Going into the 2010 season Taliaferro left the OU coaching staff with the rumor being that it was in relation to NCAA violations. This was the birth of the conspiracy theories that still plague Jeff Capel today which is that he isn’t the squeaky clean coach he lets on to be (that is another rant for another day). Even though an investigation proved Taliaferro’s misconduct and Capel’s innocence in regards to NCAA violations, Capel was fired at the end of the season.

Here is where Capel would be gifted the opportunity to hone his craft after being ostracized by programs across the nation. Just two months after being fired from OU he was hired on as an assistant with Coach Krzyzewski’s staff at Duke. It was within the ranks of this cultist like staff comprised entirely of what I like to call “Krzyzewski Youth”, that Capel became arguably one of the two greatest recruiters currently in the sport.

Of all the Blue Bloods Coach K was easily one of the last to jump on board with the idea of taking advantage of the “one and done” phenomenon. He dipped his toe in the water with commits like Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers and two year players like Seth Curry which would make the 2010 national championship team one of the last “traditional” Duke teams before the shift in his recruiting method. A shift that took full effect when Capel arrived. When Duke got into the one and done business they went all in like Tugg Speedman playing Simple Jack. What allowed them to be so successful was Capel and his seeming ability to stay on 5 Star recruits like white on rice with a glass of milk in a snow storm. During his tenure he was responsible for Duke signing Jahlil Okafor (Class of 14’ and ranked #1 in the nation), Tyus Jones (14’)(#8), Justise Winslow (14’)(#13), Brandon Ingram (15’)(#3), Harry Giles (16’)(#2), Marvin Bagley (17’)(#1) and Wendell Carter (17’)(#7). Of the Dukies mentioned five were lottery picks and all were taken in the first round of the NBA draft after one year at Duke (all still in the NBA). As impressive as this track record might seem it was all nothing more than preamble. Capel solidified himself as a one man recruiting powerhouse with his recruiting class for Duke University in 2018. With commitments from RJ Barrett, Cameron Reddish and Zion Williamson (the #1, 2 and 3 ranked players in the nation respectively) Capel had assembled one of the most impressive recruiting classes (on paper) ever. At this point no one is questioning his ability to recruit and it is hard to think Capel wasn’t starting to question if he could take his super human power and put it to use for his own gain as opposed to Coach K’s.

Enter Kevin Stallings and the University of Pittsburgh. In the classic Big East era their conference rosters were filled with quick and scrappy guards from the northeast and teams were captained by coaches that looked like made men from a Scorsese movie. Pitt was no different, with guards like Brad Wanamaker and bigs like Gary McGhee their roster fit the culture of Big East basketball to the letter. That being said nothing was more Big East than their head coach Jamie Dixon. Running a program that even Jake Shuttlesworth would be proud to send his son to. Making numerous tournament appearances and leaving the school with a 328-123 record over 13 years he left big shoes for their new head coach hired our of Vanderbilt, Kevin Stallings. The old Big East was extinct and Pitt with Stallings was a part of the ACC, and if you’re wondering how Stallings did after coming from the nation’s trap game capitol of the world in Memorial Gymnasium allow me to give you the rundown; imagine a dumpster, now fill that dumpster with mounds of garbage, take the now full dumpster and apply heat to it. So what was once a traditional mess is now a sort of heated mess which is even messier. Needless to say Stallings was out after a 24-21 record over just two seasons and Capel took this opportunity to give the whole head coaching thing another try.

So with everything how it is most are probably wondering how any of this screams coup in the ACC. It’s quite simple, Jeff Capel III during his time at Duke became a Demigod amongst mere mortals in the game of recruiting. Since taking the head coaching job at Pitt they have seen the best recruiting class in five years. Now it must be said we can’t expect too much this first year as Capel clearly used all his juice in the recruiting class we will see at Duke this upcoming year. Things won’t start to get interesting until you look to the 2019-2020 season for two major reasons. First, Capel hasn’t fully closed the door on the Monstar recruiting class coming into Duke this year and it is clear that they still have connection with him as well. After taking the job at Pitt Capel was reported as still having communication via text with the recruits at Duke as they prepared for the transition to D1 basketball in the ACC. On the surface this seems quite endearing but in all actuality this is a behind the scenes American Psycho level power move. Duke is no different than any other major program and they see their players transfer all the time when things aren’t going their way. There are plenty of questions as to how the incoming class will work out logistically due to their respective games and the positions they played previously. If for some reason it doesn’t work out Capel wants to make sure he is at the front of the list when they look to transfer. People forget there was a scare toward the end of the last recruiting season as Zion took forever to actually sign with Duke and the worry among the Duke faithful and the prayers of the Clemson and Pitt hopeful was that Zion was going to actually stay close to home or follow Coach Capel but that all was wishful thinking. The second reason his second year will be interesting is because of the actual recruiting class Pitt has for the 2019 season…its actually pretty good. To put things in perspective Duke currently is pursuing 5 top 15 players from the class of 19’. Of those 5, three of them are also being recruited by Pitt who has their eyes set on 4 players in the top 15 of the class of 19’.

Capel is doing all of the right things to set himself up for success. He has a decent sample size as a head coach from his time at OU to his stint as interim head coach for Duke when Coach K was out from injury. The question will be can he recruit with the same success in a division that has him facing Krzyzewski and Roy Williams twice a year? Can he steal some of those top recruits that back in the day were choosing Duke and get them up to Pittsburgh instead? Hearing this should highlight just how much Capel is the real life Killmonger as he has a history of mongering the nation’s top high school recruits. Outcast by his people? Check (thanks OU admin and Coach Taliaferro). Spend years gaining the skills necessary to challenge the king? Check. Finally making the move to openly challenge for supremacy and liberate all the oppressed? Check. For Killmonger it was Vibranium, for Capel it is the top basketball recruits, both with plans to see that commodity used for good and not horded allowing for all those around them to suffer. Now, spoiler alert, we all know that Killmonger’s reign of Wakanda was short lived and ended with him dying on the side of a mountain carved into the shape of a damn panther (irony). This storyline very well might play out the same  with 3 straight years of double digit home losses at the hands of K but I refuse to hedge my bets on this one. The more likely outcome and the one that I am getting behind is Pitt being the new program within the ACC that has a jump in success similar to what we have seen from Miami over the past few years. The conference as a whole is gearing up for a power shift and the moves by Capel along with his background have moved him up very high in the running for the number one spot.

Sideline Story Thursday: US Men’s 4×100 Freestyle at the 2008 Olympics

Introducing you to the first ever Sideline Story Thursday.  Every Thursday we’re going to come at you guys with an iconic moment from the past. Please don’t cry.

US Men’s 4×100 freestyle race at the 2008 Olympics

My first Sideline Story Thursday goes to the US Men’s 4×100 freestyle relay race team.  Yes, you read that right.  The 2008 Olympics in Beijing was FFFFFUUUUUEEEGOOOO.  Michael Phelps chasing the all-time gold medal record.  USA vs a cocky ass French Team.  The French lead the entire race.  The ENTIRE RACE.  No one believed the US would come back.  Just listen to the commentators!  But guess what m’fers, we did it.  Talk about a comeback!!!  Are you fuckin kidding me?!?!?  Goosebumps CITY!

Vikings vs Rams Preview

This was supposed to be a game between the two best teams in football.  When they released the schedule, I was pissed off that they scheduled this game for Thursday Night.  I didn’t want to hear the Thursday Night excuses.  I didn’t want to hear the Vikings are traveling to LA on a short week excuse.  I wanted this game on Sunday night on National Television.  I wanted the Rams to MURDER the Vikings on Sunday night for the world to see.  I honestly feel disrespected by the NFL.  The best team in football shouldn’t have to play on Thursday Night.

But you know what, I’m GLAD this game is on Thursday.  I’m glad we can just get this game over with.  The Vikings lost to the Bills last weekend.  I can’t believe I thought the Vikings were the best team in football.  I am such an idiot.  You know what good teams do?  They take care of business at home.  They don’t lose to shitty teams led by a rookie QB.  I don’t care who you’re playing.  Do you see the Rams losing to shitty teams? No, the Rams are MURDERING teams.  That’s just what good football teams do.

You know why I’m so confident?

1. I know, no Talib and no Peters tonight.  Am I worried about Diggs and Thielen?  No, why should I?  Suh, Donald, and Brockers are going to eat Corny Kirk alive.  He won’t even have time to get the football to them.  The Vikings line got hammered by the Bills last weekend.  What are they doing to do vs the best d-line in football?

2. The Rams are going to be rocking these fuckin bad boys tonight. The best uniform in football.  Under the lights in these uniforms in LA?!?!  Like my boy, Craig Cyer once told me, “Look good, feel good, play good.”  I can’t wait til the Rams go with these full time.  Look at these GQ mfers.

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3.  C’mon…who you rolling with?  Zimmer or McVay?

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Prediction:  Rams 31- 17.  EASY.