Giants Win the Odell Beckham Jr. Trade – NFL Free Agency (So far)

I am going to start with the Odell Beckham trade and then go in order of teams.

Giants trade Olivier Vernon and Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns for Kevin Zeitler, Jabrill Peppers, as well as, a first and third round pick in this year’s draft.

Let me start off by saying I love Odell Beckham Jr’s talent. I picked him up off of waivers in week 3 of his rookie year and him and Julio led me to back 2 back titles in my older brother’s fantasy keeper league. I know no one cares about my fantasy league, but I just say that to say I don’t hate Odell. I love him. He has made me a lot of money. This play below won me the fantasy championship. I still have chills watching it. He jukes Mark Barron (#26) on the Rams so bad I prayed for Barron that night.. and I ain’t even that religious.

 

Odell is amazing, but I don’t think he is a great leader. I know him and Giants’ owner John Mara don’t get along. I know he ate a pepperoni pizza while a stripper did cocaine in his room during the offseason. He prolly did the sex that night. I know he went on a boat and had a good time the week before his only playoff game, a 38-16 loss to the Packers. He had 11 targets, 4 catches, and 28 receiving yards in that game. That’s bad. I know he had an interview with Lil Wayne that aired on a Sunday gameday where he called Eli “slow”, New York “cold”, and blamed the coaching staff for not calling aggressive enough plays. That could not have helped the locker room. He says he tried to bring energy to the locker room. Now in 2016, Ben McAdoo was his coach, so I don’t blame him at all for his multiple fines and ridiculous antics that season. If Ben McAdoo was my coach, I may have quit football.

So Giants fans are pissed they lost one of the best wideouts in the game, which is reasonable. Where has Odell taken you is my question? Yes his catches against the Cowboys and R-words will be remembered forever, but it’s not like those catches led to postseason success. Hell Mario Manningham has a better playoff resume than Odell. Olivier Vernon is a great defensive end, but he has history of dirty play (See hits on Dak and Mariota). When him and Suh were on the Dolphins I hated him. In my opinion, Vernon and Beckham are some of the best NFL players, but they are not great locker rooms guys and that is why they have had hardly any playoff success. Football is a team sport, and these players seem bigger than the team.

I hope Odell gets his act together and he seems to be doing that. Watching him, his college buddy Jarvis Landry, Baker, Njoku, and Chubb is going to be fun. His interview after the Giants’ MNF win over the 49ers showed a lot of maturity, which was refreshing as an Odell supporter.

The Giants needed a locker room change to make way for Saquon Barkley and whichever young QB they draft (I think Kyler Murray is the best one available) to be their leaders. Obviously, they have to move on from Eli. Jabrill Peppers will fill the void Landon Collins left and Zeitler adds much needed offensive line talent. I have not even mentioned Odell’s injury history either. The Steelers got a 3rd and a 5th for AB. I know AB is older and he wanted out, but I am not so sure Odell wanted to be in NY either.

I compare this trade to the Boogie Cousins/Pelicans trade. When that trade happened, it seems like everyone said the Pelicans won the trade. Achilles injury aside, the Kings won that trade. Draft picks and Buddy are worth more than Cousins is now. The Kings changed their locker room and got better because of it. They have won more games this season than they have in any season with Boogie. Mark my words, Giants will go further in the playoffs over the next 4 years than they ever did with Odell over the past 4 years. Finally, the Cowboys won the division last year with a good defense and a great running game. The Giants can do the same without Odell.

49ers trade a 2019 second round pick to the Chiefs for Dee Ford. I like this trade for both teams. San Francisco adds a needed pass rusher and the Chiefs were not going to pay him anyway. Good business. Also, the 49ers have signed LB Kwon Alexander.

DeSean Jackson has been traded back to the Eagles from the Buccaneers. Wentz can throw the ball further than Uncle Rio and DeSean Jackson can still go get it. Can Mahomes, JaMarcus Russell on his knees, or Wentz throw the ball the furthest you think?

Patriots trade a 2020 5th round pick for a 2020 7th and Michael Bennett. Coach Bill wins another trade.

Steelers trade LT Marcus Gilbert to the Cardinals for a 2019 6th. Arizona had the worst offensive line ever seen in the NFL last season due to injuries. They get depth here. Good business. Cardinals also have added LB Jordan Hicks, LB Terrell Suggs, QB Brett Hundley, and OG J.R. Sweezy. Arizona need LBs and O-linemen so great work for them. It is going to be weird seeing Suggs not in a Ravens’ uniform.

Broncos get a 2020 6th round pick from the Redskins for Case Keenum. The R-words didn’t sign Kirk Cousins and now they have, not 1, but 2 Qbs that a eerily similar to him in Keenum and Alex Smith. LOL. John Elway gets another tall Qb in Joe Flacco for a 2019 4th round pick. Ravens move on from their Super Bowl winner and Elway continues to suck at evaluating QB talent.

The Falcons have signed two guards in Jamon Brown and James Carpenter. Atlanta has talent on both sides of the ball, if they can stay healthy, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them make another deep playoff run. Can’t go wrong with proven offensive linemen.

The Buffalo Bills have been busy. They signed veteran wideouts John Brown and Cole Beasley. Both are short, fast, and have good hands. Bruce Arians likes John Brown so that’s enough for me. Beasley played well with Dak, so he will play well as the security blanket for Josh Allen. Also, Bills signed former Texans’ corner Kevin Johnson (not the same Kevin Johnson that worked Allen Iverson and became Mayor of Sacramento for clarification), former Bengals’ tight end Tyler Kroft (he can’t have more drops than Clay had last year), and offensive linemen Mitch Morse and Ty Nsekhe.

The Carolina Panthers have signed one of the best centers in the league in Matt Paradis. Denver fans have told me he is great in the running game, that is music to my ears as a Cam fan. Colin Cowherd can take all his Cam hate and shove it.

The Chicago Bears have signed RB Mike Davis, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, and CB Buster Skrine. Nothing earth-shattering here like Khalil Mack last season, but all solid role players.

The Browns have added DT Sheldon Richardson along with the guys mentioned above. The Browns might have the best defensive line in football now (Broncos are neck and neck with them).

The Cowboys have signed Jason Witten. Their offense didn’t feel the same without the slow big guy. Witten was not good in the MNF booth, so this is a good move for him… for Dallas I’m not so sure. He has to help the locker room though so that’s a plus.

The Broncos have signed SS Kareem Jackson from the Texans and OT Ja’Wuan James from the Dolphins. Both of these players fill a need.

The Ravens have signed Mark Ingram and Earl Thomas. C.J. Mosley and Terrell Suggs are big losses, but Earl Thomas is one of the best safeties in the league when healthy.

The Lions have signed WR Danny Amendola. Wow a former Patriots coach adds a former Patriots player. Never seen that before. Lions also add former Seahawks CB Justin Coleman and former Patriot DL Trey Flowers. Wow a former Patriots coach adds a former Patriots player. Never seen that before. Former Steelers tight end Jesse James also signed with the Lions. I am not sure these signings make the Lions any better, but Stafford gets some weapons to keep building his hall of fame resume. The Hall is going to have a real problem keeping Stafford out when he holds every passing record.

The Packers add much needed pass rushers in Za’Darius and Preston Smith. Adrian Amos fills in nicely for HAHA. Also, they signed OL Billy Turner.

The Texans have added S Tashaun Gibson from the Jags and Bradley Roby from the Broncos. I don’t think these guys are enough to make Houston’s awful secondary better, but I’ve been wrong before.

The Colts sign WR Devin Funchess. Funchess had a lot of drops last season for Carolina and had trouble even seeing the field toward the end. He is still young and tall though.

The Jags sign Super Bowl Winner Big Dick Nick Foles.

The Chiefs sign Carlos Hyde, Tyrann Mathieu, and LB Damien Wilson. I love the honey badger. Hyde fills a need and adds depth. Good business.

The Rams sign veteran safety Eric Weddle. Weddle gets to go back to SoCal and LA gets more veteran leadership. Weddle is older than Sean McVay.

The Dolphins have signed TE Dwayne Allen and former Patriots CB Eric Rowe. Wow a former Patriots coach adds a former Patriots player. Never seen that before. I miss the days when their offensive line coach was doin cocaine on camera. Bold strategy Cotton, it didn’t pay off for him (yet).

The Vikings have signed former Seahawks DL Shamar Stephen. Cool. Kirk “can’t beat a team with a winning record” Cousins is still their QB.

The Saints are signing Latavius Murray, who will try to fill the void left by Mark Ingram.

The Giants have also signed veteran S Antoine Bethea to help fill the void Collins left.

The Buccaneers have signed OLB Deone Bucannon to a one year prove it deal. He is reunited with Bruce Arians.

The Jets have had the best free agency period in their history. Le’Veon Bell is the best running back the Jets have had since Curtis Martin had 7 1,000 yards seasons for the Jets. Martin ran for 1,697 yards in 2004. Martin and the big shoulder pads were fun to watch in the early 2000s. Jets also signed one of the best linebackers in the NFL in C.J. Mosley. Josh Bellamy and Jamison Crowder add some much needed Wideout depth as well. diddukewin.com

The Raiders have added 3 of the best players at their positions in the league in WR Antonio Brown, OT Trent Brown, and S Lamarcus Joyner.

The Eagles have signed DT Malik Jackson. Jackson is scary good at getting penetration from the DL position. He has averaged more than 5 sacks over the past 4 years for the Jags and Broncos.

The Steelers have signed one of the few bright spots in the KC secondary from last season, CB Steven Nelson.

The Titans have signed a WR in Adam Humphries who adds some much needed consistency. They also signed OG Roger Saffold and edge rusher Cameron Wake.

The Redskins have signed pro bowl S Landon Collins away from their rival Giants to a 6 year, 84 million dollar deal. Wow.

Posting my record here so it is easier for me to find when I bet too much money on my Panthers’ 1st preseason game.

69-58-5 on the NFL last season up 26.36 units

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Robert Kraft – Prostitution Sting

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft has been charged with soliciting prostitution through a Florida Day Spa. Day Spa. Day. D-A-I-Y-E. Okay?Image result for day spa zoolander gif

The 8-month investigation has garnered charges against over 100 different men and women. The big one is Robert Kraft. Sex slavery is a terrible thing to still be happening in 2019 America. How would building a wall stop Hua Zhang from importing prostitutes for Robert Kraft to use Donald? is a question I’d like to ask Trump. They are unwilling illegal immigrants.

TC Palm reports “the NFL owner was charged with paying for sexual services”. I don’t think this is enough to force Kraft to sell his beloved New England Revolution Patriots franchise, but I’ll let the NFL “can’t decide what is right and wrong unless there is a video” morality police decide on that one.

The TC Palm went on to say: “The owner of that spa, Hua Zhang, 58, of Winter Garden, was arrested and charged with deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution, keeping and frequenting a house of prostitution and 26 counts of procuring for prostitution.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder believe women in the spas were supplied by human traffickers with ties to China and New York.

Millions began to be seized and about 300 arrest warrants were issued this week in connection with the 10 spas.”

Cue the deflated balls jokes…

Super Bowl LIII – Patriots/Rams in Atlanta

68-56-5 on the NFL up 27.53 units

Went ahead and put my season long bets into my record. There were 3 of them.. Saints to win NFC, Panthers to win NFC, and Patriots to win AFC. The Patriots won at +200. The Panthers and Saints bets lost but I still won 2 units. Woohoo. People were telling me I was dumb to bet on Patriots AFC at +200 instead of Super Bowl at +375, but the Super Bowl odds for the Pats went up to +750 after the Dolphins or Titans loss. Can’t remember which one. Anyway, onto the Super Bowl.

Patriots -1 at -120 for 7 units. The Rams allowed the most yards per carry in the NFL this season (5.1), and were a bottom ten rush defense. I want to bet against the Patriots, but I keep seeing Goff’s 4 interceptions against the Bears every time I try to. Bill Belichick has been sending Sean McVay flowers. Mind games go to the Pats. Also, Wade Phillips is really going to out-scheme Tom Brady? McVay is really going to out-scheme Belichick? It could happen, but I sincerely doubt it. New England’s playoff rushing offense will be too much for the Rams rushing defense. Gronk is healthy and will empty the chamber as it could be his last game. Patriots will be ready for everything after losing to the Philly Special last season.

Tom Brady to win Super Bowl MVP at -110 for 3 units. If the Patriots win (they will), then Tom will win MVP.

James White over 5.5 receptions at -167 for 4 units. This number could be 10.5 and I would still bet the over. No Ragrets. Not even a single letter.

NFL Sunday – Chargers at Patriots and Eagles at Saints

67-53-5 on the NFL up 30.53 units

Colts had a chance to backdoor cover but they found another penalty. I have never seen a team with so many costly 5 yard penalties in a playoff game. That is pre-season shit. C’Mon Man to every Colt that committed a penalty. The scoreline looked like a big win for the Chiefs, but that game was close. Indy has a bright future, especially if they sign Bell…

The Rams pushed the over with their big 17 point second quarter. A healthy Gurley is fun to watch, but CJ Anderson has been great over the past few weeks as well. I’m not mad at my Panthers for releasing him. We have Christian McCaffrey. I’m not mad. I’m not mad. Anderson was just my fill-in for Mike Tolbert in my love life and now I realize how much I miss Mike Tolbert. 

Los Angeles Chargers +4 (+6.5) and New Orleans Saints -8 (+6.5) 2 Team (6.5 point) Teaser – risking 5 units to win 4 units. I haven’t lost a NFL teaser all season…. this is my second one. Let’s go down memory road, I bet the Chargers on the road as underdogs against the Seahawks and Browns earlier this year and won. Then, I bet on the Steelers at home against the Chargers, Chargers came back from down 2 touchdowns. Then, I bet on the Chiefs at home against the Chargers, Chargers came back from down 2 touchdowns and then they complete the 2-point conversion. Needless to say, I am done betting against the Chargers. Bill Belichick is 6-1 against coaches in their first postseason, but I am not betting against the Chargers. San Diego will keep it within double digits and possibly win.

Are the Saints the team to end Big Dick Nick’s amazing playoff run? Yes. New Orleans has allowed 17 points a game and has 16 takeaways since week 10. That’s good. Drew Brees has never lost a home playoff game. Kamara and Thomas have been relatively quiet towards the end of the season… they eat today.

NFL Saturday – Colts at Chiefs and Cowboys at Rams

66-52-5 on the NFL up 31.36 units

The Bears losing on a double doink shows the full power of Nick Foles. Unreal.

Colts +6 at -120 for 5 units. Chiefs went 2-4 against playoff teams this season. 10-0 against non-playoff teams. Colts are the hottest team in the NFL. Eric Ebron has 11 RedZone Tds this season. The Chiefs lead the league in touchdowns allowed to TEs. T.Y. Hilton will feast on this KC secondary, like he actually might get 220 yards. I’m not exaggerating. Colts will win the battle at the line of scrimmage. Indy has allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL this season. Luck with a clean pocket against the KC secondary should scare the shit out of KC fans. Mahomes is good, but Andy Reid’s clock management issues, Indy’s O-line, T.Y. Hilton, and Indy’s ability to stop the run win them this game.

Rams/Cowboys over 48 at -115 for 5 units. Sean McVay likes points. You need more info? The Rams scored 30+ points in 12 games this season (T-most in NFL). LA’s home games average over 65 points a game this season. Dallas does have a good defense, but life is too short to bet unders.

The National Championship – Bama/Clemson

55-39 on College Football in 2018 up 44.85 units

16-10 on Bowls up 15.48 units

Alabama -5 at -120 for 5 units. Bama’s defensive line has an advantage over the Clemson offensive line. Tua should be able to find some gaps in Clemson’s secondary as well. Clemson’s defensive line is great, but so is Mississippi State’s, who Alabama dominated earlier this season. Bama has great players at every level on both sides of the ball. Josh Jacobs has turned it on for Bama here at the end of the year. Clemson hasn’t had a tough game since they came back against Syracuse in September. Bama is too much of a step up for them tonight.

Alabama/Clemson under 57 for 2 units. Hot take : A redzone turnover and quite a few punts push the under.

 

NFL Sunday – Playoff Edition

66-50-5 on the NFL up 37.36 units

Ravens at -147 for 3 units. Phil Rivers has 6 interceptions in his last 3 games. Lamar Jackson averages 80 yards rushing a game as a starter. Ravens are great at covering receivers that like to line up out wide like Keenan Allen. Chargers ended the season poorly, while Baltimore ended the season trending up. Ravens beat the Chargers 22-10 in California. I don’t see how the Chargers just get better at stopping the run a few weeks later and a few time zones over. Gus Edwards and Lamar Jackson are tough to stop. Ravens D steps up and gets the win.

Bears at -270 for 3 units. Da Bears. Foles has the experience over Mitch, but Mitch can run. The Bears allowed the fewest rushing yards the ever have in a 16-game season this year. Since Week 15, Mitchell Trubisky has the highest completion % in the NFL. Bears have won 9 of their last 10. Chicago’s defense should control the game. I want to bet the spread, but Foles and the Alshon Jeffrey revenge game have me second guessing the Bears -7.

NFL PLAYOFFS ARE HERE AHHHHHHHH

65-47-5 on the NFL regular season up 41.77 units

Beer, chili, and winning bets on the NFL playoffs. It doesn’t get better!

Colts/Texans over 47 at -130 for 3 units. DeAndre Hopkins had 115 catches this season and no drops. Hopkins can’t be stopped. T.Y. Hilton averaged 157 yards a game against the Texans this season. The Texans have to focus on limiting Hilton, which could leave room for Ebron, Mack, and Hines to have big days. These two teams scored a total of 71 and 45 points in their two previous meetings this season.

Colts +1 at +103 for 3 units. Watson was sacked 62 times this season. Luck was only sacked 18 times. Indy completes a silly good 49% of their 3rd downs. Houston’s pass defense is the worst in the league. Indy’s ability to protect and let Luck find the gaps in that bad secondary will win Indy this game. Indy wins 31-21.

Seahawks at +117 for 3 units. You can bet on Dak and Jason Garrett… I’m not. Elliot is good, but Seattle actually has the best rushing attack in the league. Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett step up here as well. Dallas allows teams to complete over 40% of their 3rd downs. Seattle’s ability to run the ball will put them in good second and third down situations. Russell Wilson should be able to take advantage of the young Dallas linebackers with some QB runs.

Parlay all 3 risking 1.5 units to win 10.16 units. Feeling lucky.

FA Cup – Tottenham at Tranmere and La Liga

92-78-9 on Soccer in 2018 up 8.17 units

2-1 on Soccer in 2019 up 2.35 units 

Tottenham Hotspur -1.5 at -185 for 4 units. Tottenham has progressed 17 of 18 times against lower league competition in this tournament. Last time Tottenham played Tranmere they won 4-0. The time before… Tottenham won 4-0. Prenton Park is where the Liverpool Reserves play, but it is Tranmere’s home. Mauricio Pochettino has led his team to a 47-11 scoreline against lower league opponents in this competition since he was appointed Tottenham manager. Tottenham has scored first and in the first half of 5 of their past 6 matches. There could be some rotation for Tottenham, getting younger players some action, but if the game is still close after halftime… I expect Tottenham to play some super subs and put the game away.

Leganes ML at +331 for 1 unit. Leganes/Espanyol draw at +228 for 1 unit. Espanyol has lost 6 league games in a row, but are still ahead of Leganes in the table. Leganes has not lost in their past 7 La Liga matches. Ruben Perez is suspended again for cards for Leganes. El Zhar and Guido Carrillo have been solid for Leganes this season. Fading the coldest team in Europe.. if Espanyol does turn it around this game, I won’t be too mad.

New Year’s Day College Football

53-37 on College Football in 2018 up 44.48 units

14-8 on Bowls up 15.11 units

Mississippi St. -7 at -102 for 3 units. Iowa hasn’t beat a ranked opponent all year. Mississippi State allows only 12 points a game. Bulldog players opted to play instead of sit out for the draft. They will dominate this game.

LSU -7 at -132 for 2 units. I want UCF to win, but the numbers say they won’t.

Ohio State -7 at +112 for 2 units. Urban Meyer retirement game (again). He doesn’t want to be a distraction, but hey everyone I”m retiring after this game look at me. Haskins does enough in this one.

Georgia/Texas under 59 for 4 units. I think this game has a similar game-script to the Clemson-Notre Dame game. I just can’t see Texas getting many points against this Georgia defense. Texas has played in nine one-possession games this season.. Georgia does have some players skipping this game for the draft, like the Jim Thorpe Award winner, Deandre Baker. I want to bet Georgia -12, but Texas has the ability to keep games close. I think the under is the smart play here.