College Football/ NFL Best Bets

So, I slept in and missed the opportunity to pick the 11am games.  With the slate we have today that doesn’t matter at all because we have, yet again, a plethora of games to pick for the rest of today and tomorrow.

Saturday

Georgia @ Auburn (Dawgs -3) COVER

nick-chubbThe Bulldogs will have to travel to Auburn to play the Tigers this afternoon.  The Tiger’s defense has sputtered, giving up 24 points per game in their last four (none of their opponents were ranked).  Georgia is blowing the hinges off the door as they are 8th in the country in rushing and second in the country in points against.  The Dawgs should handle the Tigers and cover that spread.

TCU @ Oklahoma (O/U 62) OVER

The top two teams in the Big 12 clash as Baker Mayfield and company look to keep theirBaker Mayfield playoff hopes alive as they host the #6 TCU Horned Frogs.  TCU takes a Top 10 scoring defense into Norman to face arguably the best offense in college football.  Oklahoma averages 45 points per game and are known for getting into shootouts.  62 seems really low for the O/U and there’s no doubt that tonight will be yet another shootout.

Sunday

Disclaimer, the NFL is not fun to watch right now.  There’s stars going down every week and there is so much politics it’s getting annoying as FUCK.  This week’s slate of matchups are just pitiful.  Can it be next year already?

Cleveland @ Detroit (Lions -11) COVER

A lame matchup, I get it but any time the Browns are favored to lose by less than two

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touchdowns it’s a damn good bet.  The Lions balled out against Green Bay this past Monday and they’ll look to continue their winning ways.  I have a good feeling about the Lions offense as they are riding high after last week.  Also, again, the Browns are the Browns.

 

Houston @ LA (48 O/U) OVER

The Rams are the best team in football it seems like.  Okay maybe not in football but definitely top 3 in the NFC.  LA averages a staggering 33 points per game and Houston

Goffis going to struggle after a tough loss last week.  Look for a high scoring game for LA and all you need is a touchdown or two out of the Texans and this should be a good bet for the over.

 

 

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If you didn’t know where in the hell Montee Ball went, don’t worry, because he’s back baby.

If you were lucky enough to grow up in Wisconsin around football, you’ve had the luxury to watch a handful of players do things on the gridiron everybody else can’t even imagine.  Obviously, Aaron Rodgers could throw a ball over the mountains and hit Lincoln’s nose on a penny waiting on the other side, Joe Thomas could pass protect a freshly cooked steak from a pack of starving wolves, and JJ Watt could sack Trump through the secret service and White House walls without a problem.  Wisconsin football has always been a beauty to watch and guys like the ones listed above as well as other legends like Brett Favre, Ron Dayne, Lee Evans, Reggie White, Charles Woodson, Melvin Gordon, Bart Starr, and a bunch more were the main reasons why we’ve been blessed to watch Wisconsin football.

However, besides Aaron Rodgers, I’d argue none of those players were more dominant in their respective fields than Montee Ball was as a touchdown scoring running back in college football.  He left Madison with 77 rushing TDs, the most for a RB in FBS history, 18 or more TDs in 3 straight seasons, and 33 TDs in his junior season, the second most in FBS history for one season.  The guy was an absolute monster.  He ate up more defenses on the football field than guys are eating up asses in 2017.  If he was within sniffing distance of the endzone, and you were in front of him, your obituary would be front page news the next day for the horrible things he did to you, guaranteed.  Just look at him…

After all the success, he was drafted to the Denver Broncos in the second round, played parts of a season, lost in the Super Bowl, and was never heard from again after being cut the next year.  Ball went from one of the most prolific running backs in college football history to fallen off the face of the Earth is less than a year.  What the hell happened?

Source: Alex Marves of Sporting News:

While breaking rushing records for the Badgers, Ball was setting himself up for failure to come. The heavy partying that began during his 2011 junior season didn’t stop after he became a Denver Broncos second-round draft pick two years later.  The boozing continued throughout his time in Denver and after his 2015 release.  A domestic violence arrest in February 2016 left him watching his former Denver teammates win Super Bowl 50 from jail. New England, which had signed Ball to its practice squad, unceremoniously dumped him. Another domestic violence arrest followed after claims made to police by a girl he dated several years earlier; claims that Ball adamantly denies.  Ball still had not yet hit rock bottom.  That moment came last April. One week following the birth of a son he didn’t know was his until just three months prior, Ball was arrested for violating terms of his bond when spotted drinking inside a Whitewater, Wis., bar.

Going from setting all time records to two counts of domestic abuse and severe alcoholism is the definition of a rough rock bottom.  I’ve always said that you can’t be an alcoholic in college.  It only counts if you continue your multi-weekly binge drinking episodes after your handed the diploma or fail out.  Whatever your lucky enough to get first.  But, I’m rethinking that after reading Montee Ball’s stories because he’s always been one of my favorite athletes, and he even says himself that it could’ve been avoided.  As a fan I’m just glad he’s back on track to what he wants in life.  Since getting clean, he’s had multiple job offers, potential tryouts, and other opportunities.  No matter what happens, I and the rest of the Tap Down Sports brand will always support you.  Here’s Montee’s future plans, from the same source.

He is anxious to resume work on his old campus, finishing a sociology degree before pursuing a master’s program. Fiercely loyal to his alma mater, Ball is taking advantage of a Wisconsin reentry program that allows former athletes to finish their degrees.  “I’m really focused on improving my image and relationships that I destroyed,” he said. “I let down the fans, the entire University of Wisconsin and my family. I want people to know I am deeply sorry.  “I feel way better now. I feel like I’m free.”  And determined to stay that way.

Monday Night Football: Packers versus Lions: Our lives can finally return to normal after a bye week.

Whoever’s idea it was to put the Packers on Monday Night Football after a bye week is either a saint of the highest, highest regards that should have a holiday named after them or a real life devil pouring battery acid into the already very open, bloody, and painful wound that is the first half of Green Bay’s 2017 season.  On one hand, a Packer Monday Night Football game gives the Wisconsin faithful an actual reason to booze on calm November weeknight rather than the typical excuse of “fuck it,” which is an ethical win in itself.  On the other hand, they’ve held the Pack from us for over 15 days, 4 hours, and 30 minutes by the time game time rolls around causing severe withdrawals and taking away any sense of a routine that we had in our crazy lives.  School, school, school, school, drink, drink, Packers, repeat.  Bye week throws that whole schedule right threw the fucking wall and turns our whole two week period upside down.  If the Packers aren’t playing, lefts turn into rights, a.m.’s turn into p.m.’s, and nobody knows what to do with themselves.  Luckily, its all over, most of us made it through, and we can plop on the couch tonight, crack a cold one, and catch our Packers in action against the division rival Detroit Lions.

Even though it turned our lives into spin cycles, hopefully the bye week did some wonders for our spiraling downward Packers.  More time for Hundley to mesh and perfect elements of the offense.  More time for the injury report to look more like a long, grueling season rather than a nuclear bomb went off on the Packer sidelines.  Montgomery should be all healed up, DeVante Adams might actually know where he is this week, the offensive line could feature all five starters for once, and the secondary should have more than just Haha by himself back there.  Lastly, there’s more time for the staff to figure out ways to get Hundley going, while Capers can come up with a plan to stop the Lions.

Luckily for the Packers, but unfortunate for our eyes, this might be one of the ugliest football games played all season.  The Packers and Lions both come into this game in the bottom 3rd of the league in every offensive category, while their defenses are, surprisingly, some of the best in the league.  Picks, sacks, fumbles, among other gross offensive plays could fill this game from start to end, but I think that actually plays into the Packers favor.  To be honest, I don’t think the Packers could win a shootout with their offense right now.  Jordy and DeVante our showing to be too Rodgers dependent, even though they have the abilities to be top wide outs in the league without the best QB in the league.  I’m taking our chances to win in a grit fest, and just hope Stafford’s inevitable 4th quarter come back will come up short this time.  We gotta stay above 500 to have any hopes of the playoffs.  If we sink to 4-4, we might never make it out of the hole.  I know were all counting down the minutes to see what our Packers are made of, so I’ll leave you with this to make the time fly faster.

 

WHAT?!?!?! THE PACKERS TRIED MAKING A MOVE AT THE TRADE DEADLINE?!?!?!

Oop.  Sorrey there.  Had to click bait your guys with the headline a little bit, but the Packers actually did try to make a move at the deadline, and it was a little unsettling.

Source: CBS Sports:

But first there’s this: apparently the Packers tried to steal Hoyer away, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

That angle is fascinating, because the Packers have previously explained very loudly and very clearly that they are perfectly fine with Brett Hundley, their backup for the last three years, filling in for Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a broken collarbone and could miss the rest of the season.

Our Packers going out and trying to get a quarterback at the deadline is the most opposite, unimaginable, anti-Ted Thompson move any loyal Packer faithful could ever imagine.  I have to say I was dumbfounded and at a loss for words when I saw the headline that the Packers tried to sign a quarterback.  Not necessarily that it was a bad thing to do with a back-up starting and D3 hero Joe Callahan on the roster, but so surprising knowing the Packer’s front office experiences about as much excitement as a nursing home during bingo night…mild fun but the same old fun every week.  Then I saw it was Brain Hoyer, the least exciting QB player to ever step foot on the NFL gridiron, and everything made sense again.  To even further prove that Teddy T is still his old self, he didn’t even get a deal done either, letting Hoyer go back to the Patriots who drafted him.  I’m not a betting man, but I would bet that Ted Thompson only gambles on -1000 lines with no more than $5 at a time.

However, there’s something to be said about the Packers still attempting to go get a QB, especially Brian Hoyer.  Maybe they thought he would be cheap and a better option than Joe in case Hundley goes down, which would make sense.  But maybe, they thought Brian could come in and manage better than Hundley, which is a very scary thought.  I hope its the prior, and I hope Hundley can prove it this week.

 

P.S. Who has two thumbs up and their definition of a crazy Saturday night is a 5 hour game of monopoly with the wife and kids, while drinking not one but two O’Douls.

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Did Martavis Bryant Punch Out JuJu Smith-Schuster?

Source: Sports Illustrated:

Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant missed mandatory team meetings Monday, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Guard Ramon Foster told Bouchette that he thinks Bryant called out sick, but he wasn’t sure what happened with him.

This comes after Bryant mentioned teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster in a since-deleted Instagram comment. In response to someone writing to Bryant that, “JuJu’s better,” Bryant wrote, “Juju is no where near better than me fool all they need to do is give me what I want and y’all can have juju and who ever else.” In another comment, Bryant called Smith-Schuster the “future” and said he wanted to see him succeed, but that he also wants his own personal success. 

Maybe JuJu got hit really hard in the head by a defensive back trying to make a tackle, or maybe, he got smashed in the head by Martavis Bryant after being triggered by an Instagram troll.  I think the facts point to the latter.  JuJu was minding his own business catching more passes, getting more yards, and scoring more TDs than Bryant on Sunday, while a Steelers fan watching the game decided to dive deep into the Instagram comments of a JuJu TD video.  As most sports fans do, he became attached to the unusual named, Dragonball Z lovin’ Steelers wide receiver, and decided to let everyone know his thoughts on JuJu being better than Martavis, unknowingly changing the fate of the Steelers locker room and Bryant’s career forever.  Martavis saw the comment, a flipped switched in his brain and all bets were off.  He walked over to JuJu’s locker and gave him some sweet chin music giving the man a concussion and getting himself sent to the scout team.  You tell me that’s not what happened.  All the information’s out there, just needed someone to solve the puzzle.  The lesson here is the internet always wins.

P.S. Martavis must’ve made pretty good contact…

We Found a LEGIT Way to Make Free Money on Sports Without Losing Your Own

So I was eating dinner, by myself, scrolling through the Instagram, throwing out some likes and tossing around some views, while shoving enchiladas into my mouth, when one of those annoying Instagram App Ads actually caught my eye.  Instead of scrolling right past it to watch the next videos of college students proving they need to find Jesus by bonging a four loko or making out with multiple people at once, I stopped to give the piece of advertisement a look.  It was for an app called WinView, and it’s basically a professional sports interactive experience app based on winning money from making correct predictions of the game in real time.

I almost didn’t download it because I was certain that it was just an easier to use gambling app that just updated the spreads and money lines faster than the rest of them, and also had a pretty good live betting option as well.  I wasn’t really interested in a way to lose all my money faster.  If I was going to gamble, I would want it to be by the natural way of a long painful death throughout the game where everything goes exactly opposite of how I betted on it, not minor shots to the bank account every few minutes.  However, the advertisement for the WinView app said it was 100% free to win real cash, so I thought might as well and clicked on it, thinking it was going to cost like $5.00 to download once the App Store loaded.  The little box read “Get” meaning it was free so I tapped it and gave it a download.

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Once she finished, I opened her up and, surprisingly, I just signed up with Facebook and was not asked, in any way, to give the app credit or debit card information.  I was good to go, and the app just brought me right into a tutorial of how to play and win cold hard cash.  The way it works is that you join a lobby of 19 other players for either a quarter of football or basketball, or an inning of baseball at a time and make predictions to win points to beat everyone else in the lobby by gaining the most points throughout the quarter or inning.  The app will give you prediction situations, such as will the Lakers make their next shot or will the Chiefs get a first down on this drive, where you pick yes or no.  That’s basically all you have to do.  Obviously, it’s a little more complicated with some predictions have multipliers if they’re more likely not to happen, you have to win tickets in free lobbies to join money lobbies, most of the payouts for winning are under $8 bucks, and other things like that.

But the point is and the jist of the situation is, I’ve been doing this for 4 days and have made over $40 bucks.  All you need to do is set up a pay pal account with a secure email address to cash out; it’s that easy.  It’s 100% legit as well because WinView is sponsored by professional teams like the Wizards, Capitals, and others because again the hope is that people watch more professional sports games and drive the ratings up while they make predictions.  If you’re watching the game anyway, you might as well hop on WinView and make some cash while you’re at it.

P.S. WinView, if you’re reading this, maybe you could wet our noses a little bit for all this free advertising we so generously gave you.

 

Next Man Up: Brett Hundley

For all of those Packers fans out there, I am with you.  When Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone against the Minnesota Vikings, my aspirations of the Packers reaching the Super Bowl, winning the NFC North, and having a possible MVP season with Aaron Rodgers flashed before my eyes.  After watching the rest of the game with Brett Hundley in at quarterback, my hope definitely wavered a little bit.  But, before all of us Packers fans lose hope and say that this season is a lost season, lets just hold up a little bit.  Now I understand, every news source out there doesn’t really give us a chance at making the playoffs, or winning the NFC North without Aaron Rodgers.  Without Aaron, it’s going to be a lot harder, but let’s not forget, the Packers have had to do this before in 2013, and with a little bit of luck and timely wins, were able to win the NFC North.  Now once upon a time, Aaron Rodgers backed up another quarterback with the name Brett, who was a pretty damn good quarterback.  Just like Hundley has done behind Rodgers, Aaron backed up Brett Favre for three years before becoming the starting quarterback.  So even though an injury is the reason why Hundley is starting now, he is in the same boat as Aaron Rodgers once was, and look how Aaron Rodgers has turned out, the GOA.  Being behind Aaron for three years, Hundley has definitely became a better quarterback, and head coach Mike McCarthy has a track record of grooming quarterbacks, like Matt Hasselbeck with the Packers, Aaron Brooks with the Saints, and you could even say Alex Smith with the 49ers.  Mike McCarthy knows what he is doing, and he is definitely going to simplify the game plan for Brett Hundley.  Brett isn’t going to have the same type of control as Aaron had running the offense, but that doesn’t mean our offense can’t be successful.  Even though Brett has never started in a regular season game, I really love his moxy.  As Brett Hundley said to reporters,” I’ve been doing this my whole life,” “Aaron’s a Hall of Famer, and I want to be a Hall of Famer one day. I will lead this team. We’re all going to have fun, we’re all going to go out there and play football. It’s still football at the end of the day, and our goals are still in front of us.”  Like, who doesn’t love that?!  Hundley deserves to be this confident and he isn’t just saying this because it’s the right thing to say.  Hundley has succeeded wherever he has been.  At UCLA, when he became the starting quarterback against Rice, his first play at quarterback resulted in a 72 yard TD run.  He then led UCLA to 3 straight nine plus win seasons.  Even though us Packer fans have been spoiled with longevity at quarterback, there’s no need to panic, because Brett Hundley is going to do just fine, and the Packers are going to find a way to win the North!  This Sunday, with a weeks worth of preparation, Hundley is going to have a coming out performance like Dak Prescott did against the Giants last year, and is going to solidify his hold as a very good starting NFL quarterback, and get the Packers a 1st round draft pick next year because the Jets, Browns, 49ers, or some other crappy team that really needs a quarterback is going to trade for him.  Packers will get the dub this week against the Saints, 31-21, and Hundley is going to throw for 335 yards and 3 TD’s.  GO PACK GO!