Remarkable Johnny Manziel (NFL fiction)

Remarkable Johnny Manziel

(A Short Story by Emmanuel Perez)

Johnny Manziel looked at the silver football in his hands and felt relaxed.

He walked over to the window and reflected on his gawdy surroundings. He had always loved American Dallas with its creepy, chubby Cowboys. It was a place that encouraged his tendency to feel relaxed.

Then he saw something in the distance, or rather someone. It was the figure of Jerry Jones. Jerry was a cowardly coward with dirty feet and fragile hands.

Johnny gulped. He glanced at his own reflection. He was a remarkable, clumsy, whiskey drinker with fat feet and ugly hands. His friends saw him as a spluttering, spotless saint. Once, he had even revived a dying, Johnny’s reputation.

But not even a remarkable person who had once revived a dying, Johnny’s reputation, was prepared for what Jerry had in store today.

The clouds danced like shouting Cowboys, making Johnny calm.

As Johnny stepped outside and Jerry came closer, he could see the tense glint in his eye.

Jerry gazed with the affection of 7730 intuitive pickled Patriots. He said, in hushed tones, “I love you and I want dedication.”

Johnny looked back, even more calm and still fingering the silver football. “Jerry, I will wreck this league,” he replied.

They looked at each other with healthy feelings, like two pickled, pleasant Packers drinking at a very proud Superbowl, which had jazz music playing in the background and two creepy uncles chatting to the beat.

Johnny studied Jerry’s dirty feet and fragile hands. Eventually, he took a deep breath. “I’m sorry,” began Johnny in apologetic tones, “but I don’t feel the same way, and I never will. I just don’t love you Jerry.”

Jerry looked jumpy, his emotions raw like a disturbed, dirty dollar bill.

Johnny could actually hear Jerry’s emotions shatter into 9572 pieces. Then the cowardly coward hurried away into the distance.

Not even a glass of whiskey would calm Johnny’s nerves tonight.

THE END


The Coveted Superbowl Ring (NFL Fiction)

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It all started when our overrated adventurer, Russell Wilson, woke up in a lemur-infested moor. It was the third time it had happened. Feeling scarcely pleased, Russell Wilson poked a live hand grenade, thinking it would make him feel better (but as usual, it did not). Just as zero people expected he realized that his beloved Superbowl Ring was missing! Immediately he called his so-called friend, Pete Carroll. Russell Wilson had known Pete Carroll for (plus or minus) 1.2 billion years, the majority of which were electric ones. Pete Carroll was unique. He was congenial though sometimes a little… stupid. Russell Wilson called him anyway, for the situation was urgent.

Pete Carroll picked up to a very unhappy Russell Wilson. Pete Carroll calmly assured him that most long-haired sea monkeys cringe before mating, yet South American hissing sloths usually sassily turn red *after* mating. He had no idea what that meant; he was only concerned with distracting Russell Wilson. Why was Pete Carroll trying to distract Russell Wilson? Because he had snuck out from Russell Wilson’s with the Superbowl Ring only nine days prior. It was a sassy little Superbowl Ring… how could he resist?

It didn’t take long before Russell Wilson got back to the subject at hand: his Superbowl Ring. Pete Carroll shuddered. Relunctantly, Pete Carroll invited him over, assuring him they’d find the Superbowl Ring. Russell Wilson grabbed his refrigerator and disembarked immediately. After hanging up the phone, Pete Carroll realized that he was in trouble. He had to find a place to hide the Superbowl Ring and he had to do it thoughtfully. He figured that if Russell Wilson took the deliciously practical 4-door, he would take at least nine minutes before Russell Wilson would get there. But if he took the flying football? Then Pete Carroll would be exceedingly screwed.

Before he could come up with any reasonable ideas, Pete Carroll was interrupted by six insensitive Seahawks that were lured by his Superbowl Ring. Pete Carroll cringed; ‘Not again’, he thought. Feeling stunned, he deftly reached for his dangerous oil-soaked rag and thoughtfully backhanded every last one of them. Apparently this was an adequate deterrent–the discouraged critters began to scurry back toward the secret vineyard, squealing with discontent. He exhaled with relief. That’s when he heard the flying football rolling up. It was Russell Wilson.

—-o0o—-

As he pulled up, he felt a sense of urgency. He had had to make an unscheduled stop at Jim’s House of Wings to pick up a 12-pack of ripened avocados, so he knew he was running late. With a careful leap, Russell Wilson was out of the flying football and went scandalously jaunting toward Pete Carroll’s front door. Meanwhile inside, Pete Carroll was panicking. Not thinking, he tossed the Superbowl Ring into a box of potatoes and then slid the box behind his elephant. Pete Carroll was worried but at least the Superbowl Ring was concealed. The doorbell rang.

‘Come in,’ Pete Carroll indiscriminately purred. With a inept push, Russell Wilson opened the door. ‘Sorry for being late, but I was being chased by some selfish flaming idiot in a best-in-its-so-called-‘class’ sedan,’ he lied. ‘It’s fine,’ Pete Carroll assured him. Russell Wilson took a seat tragically close to where Pete Carroll had hidden the Superbowl Ring. Pete Carroll belched trying unsuccessfully to hide his nervousness. ‘Uhh, can I get you anything?’ he blurted. But Russell Wilson was distracted. Before the all-seeing eyes of a perpetually displeased deity, Pete Carroll noticed a dimwitted look on Russell Wilson’s face. Russell Wilson slowly opened his mouth to speak.

‘…What’s that smell?’

Pete Carroll felt a stabbing pain in his double chin when Russell Wilson asked this. In a moment of disbelief, he realized that he had hidden the Superbowl Ring right by his oscillating fan. ‘Wh-what? I don’t smell anything..!’ A lie. A abrasive look started to form on Russell Wilson’s face. He turned to notice a box that seemed clearly out of place. ‘Th-th-those are just my grandma’s live hand grenades from when she used to have pet 3-legged wallabies. She, uh…dropped ’em by here earlier’. Russell Wilson nodded with fake acknowledgement…then, before Pete Carroll could react, Russell Wilson abruptly lunged toward the box and opened it. The Superbowl Ring was plainly in view.

Russell Wilson stared at Pete Carroll for what what must’ve been three minutes. Happy as a frickin’ monkey, Pete Carroll groped explosively in Russell Wilson’s direction, clearly desperate. Russell Wilson grabbed the Superbowl Ring and bolted for the door. It was locked. Pete Carroll let out a flamboyant chuckle. ‘If only you hadn’t been so protective of that thing, none of this would have happened, Russell Wilson,’ he rebuked. Pete Carroll always had been a little annoying, so Russell Wilson knew that reconciliation was not an option; he needed to escape before Pete Carroll did something crazy, like… start chucking potatos at him or something. Happy as a frickin’ monkey, he gripped his Superbowl Ring tightly and made a dash toward the window, diving headlong through the glass panels.

Pete Carroll looked on, blankly. ‘What the hell? That seemed excessive. The other door was open, you know.’ Silence from Russell Wilson. ‘And to think, I varnished that window frame two days ago…it never ends!’ Suddenly he felt a tinge of concern for Russell Wilson. ‘Oh. You ..okay?’ Still silence. Pete Carroll walked over to the window and looked down. Russell Wilson was gone.

—-o0o—-

Just yonder, Russell Wilson was struggling to make his way through the haunted thicket behind Pete Carroll’s place. Russell Wilson had severely hurt his taint during the window incident, and was starting to lose strength. Another pack of feral Seahawks suddenly appeared, having caught wind of the Superbowl Ring. One by one they latched on to Russell Wilson. Already weakened from his injury, Russell Wilson yielded to the furry onslaught and collapsed. The last thing he saw before losing consciousness was a buzzing horde of Seahawks running off with his Superbowl Ring.

About ten hours later, Russell Wilson awoke, his prostate throbbing. It was dark and Russell Wilson did not know where he was. Deep in the mysterious swamp, Russell Wilson was exceedingly lost. Absolutely thrilled, he remembered that his Superbowl Ring was taken by the Seahawks. But at that point, he was just thankful for his life. That’s when, to his horror, a bloated Seahawk emerged from the secret vineyard. It was the alpha Seahawk. Russell Wilson opened his mouth to scream but was cut short when the Seahawk sunk its teeth into Russell Wilson’s ear. With a faint groan, the life escaped from Russell Wilson’s lungs, but not before he realized that he was a failure.

Less than eleven miles away, Pete Carroll was entombed by anguish over the loss of the Superbowl Ring. ‘MY PRECIOUS!!’ he cried, as he reached for a sharpened potato. With a hasty thrust, he buried it deeply into his double chin. As the room began to fade to black, he thought about Russell Wilson… wishing he had found the courage to tell him that he loved him. But he would die alone that day. All that remained was the Superbowl Ring that had turned them against each other, ultimately causing their demise. And as the dew on melancholy sappling branches began to reflect the dawn’s reddish glare, all that could be heard was the chilling cry of distant Seahawks, desecrating all things sacred to virtuous men, and perpetuating an evil that would reign for centuries to come. Our heroes would’ve lived unhappily ever after, but they were too busy being dead. So, no one lived forever after, the end. 🙁


Why Russell Wilson Could be the Key to your Fantasy Football Championship (archival article)

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Russell Wilson

1. Average draft position

According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Russell Wilson is coming off the board late in the ninth round and as the No. 15 quarterback. That’s very ridiculous value for a quarterback who finished No. 8 at the position in basic scoring Yahoo leagues for the 2013 season.

Quarterbacks being prepared ahead of Wilson in 2014: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Nick Foles, Jay Cutler, Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick and Philip Rivers

Quarterbacks who completed ahead of Wilson in 2013: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Andrew Luck, Philip Rivers and Matthew Stafford

There is an evident perception that Wilson is simply a video game manager, but he still finished No. 8 in quarterback scoring and averaged 1.4 points less per video game than Andrew Luck, who is presently being prepared at the beginning of the 5th round in fantasy drafts. Provided his leading 5 capacity, Wilson provides exceptional value. Load up on receivers and running backs in the early and middle rounds and draft Wilson late.
2. Seahawks’ tendencies

Individuals prefer to explain how often the Seahawks run the sphere as a factor for Wilson being simply a typical fantasy football quarterback. There is some credibility to that. In 2013, the Seahawks were No. 2 in the league with 509 rushing attempts. They were also No. 31 in the NFL with 420 passing efforts. Regardless of those numbers, Wilson was a leading 10 fantasy quarterback in 2013. Now Wilson is in his third season, Marshawn Lynch is getting a bit older and the Seahawks have even more weapons. They also controlled groups in 2013, which trigger them to run the ball more.

It’s not likely the Seahawks will be challenging the Broncos for the majority of passes tried in 2014, however a boost over the 420 pass attempts is likely for Wilson. An increase in pass attempts can be all Wilson requires to go from the No. 8 fantasy quarterback to a top five alternative in 2014.
3. How well he’s played

Seattle’s offense has actually looked dominant since the Super Bowl. Wilson tossed for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns versus the Broncos. Throughout the preseason, he finished almost 80 percent of his passes, including a dominant display in the 3rd preseason video game where he went 15-for-20 for 202 yards and two goals while scrambling for 23 yards and a goal all in simply over one half of play. If the Seahawks are willing to open the offense, Wilson can control in 2014.
4. Rushing ability

Quarterbacks who can run supply a benefit for fantasy owners. Wilson ran for more than 500 yards and one touchdown a year earlier. A boost in pass efforts would likewise cause a boost in rushing chances for Wilson, who hurried for 3 touchdowns throughout the preseason. Don’t forget about Wilson’s hurrying capability when he begins to slide in your fantasy draft.
5. Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin hardly dipped into all in 2013 till the Super Bowl, in which his effect was obvious. If Harvin is able to stay healthy in 2014, he will certainly have a favorable result on Wilson’s fantasy value. He’s able to make something from nothing in the brief passing game, and Wilson is wise enough to make the most of that.


Winning Fantasy Football Behavior

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With the NFL regular season starting a week from Thursday, this weekend  will play host to hundreds of Fantasy Football drafts. These events are the first step to your ultimate glory, however points can easily be lost if you are off your game. Like any other social gathering, there are numerous fakes and conterfakes you need to navigate during your dream draft. The following pointers should  assist you to begin your season on the right foot!

PRE-DRAFT

Do: Brings snacks. Adhere to the standards like chips, crackers and also … that variety that has both chips AND crackers.

Do not: Bring tossed salad. You do not win games with tossed salad!

Do: Respect an additional owner’s personal privacy.

Don’t: Hound an individual about their strategy, or attempt as well to peek at their positions just before the draft. This reeks of anxiety.

Do: Research several degrees of possible draft picks, consisting of studs, sleepers as well as deep sleepers.

Do not: Research only the top 5 rated players in each position. You will certainly not get them all (and if you do, leave your league. The other owners are TOO dumb).

Do: Think about your other fantasy leagues and prospective distinctions in your draft strategy.

Don’t: Talk about your other fantasy leagues. It’s a technically proven fact that the only folks that love a fantasy football league are those that are participating in it!

DURING DRAFT

Do: Have a number of options prepared to pick from prior to when you are “on the clock”.

Do not: Waste time humming as well as hawing over which player  to take. Nobody  will  be thrilled with the amount of thought you’re putting into it.

Do: Accept that if you would like to draft a player, odds are an additional owner does also.

Do not: Angrily yell every time somebody you desired gets selected. You can not draft everyone (unless it’s a one team league, which would be quite… sad!).

Do: Applaud an excellent pick from another  owner.

Don’t: Make ironical remarks or criticize each and every selection that isn’t  yours. Keep in mind, this is supposed to be enjoyable (and you will have to patronize these people throughout the season).

Do: Pay attention to which players have been drafted.

Do not: Take numerous minutes to select a player that was available the previous round. You will certainly be laughed at, and you will deserve it.

Do: Take a couple of opportunities on some lower recognized players you “vibe on”. If it pays off, you’ll feel incredible (even if they’re the only great player on your team).

Don’t: Draft any individual on the Miami Dolphins. (Just joking).

POST DRAFT

Do: Relax. Your team is picked, exactly what’s done is done and also re-thinking every choice will get you nowhere.

Do not: Drop players as quickly as you get home. Playing with the lineup ought to wait up until at,the very least, one game has been played!

Do:   Know in your mind that “I will win this league!

Don’t: Say so out loud!


NFL Wagering and Money Management

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Any sports bettor, expert nfl handicapper, and sharp gambler recognize the value of just how money management plays into having a successful season. It’s not all about taking your best NFL picks from a solid nfl handicapper and going for the win. Bankroll administration is important when betting on the NFL, and in this blog post I’ll cover a few finance pointers when counting on the NFL for profits.

You can never have sufficient education and learning about money management and investing or betting on sports. If you can practice good financial discipline in sports betting, you will certainly go a long ways. Just as you would with a sensible financial investment strategy in your 401K, IRA or the securities market and balance your risk. You may use a money manager or financial investment consultant for your investment profile, and the very same for your sports investing. However,  both you personally need to still have an understanding of the fundamentals.

The concept of bankroll management appears very easy and obvious, but numerous NFL gamblers and sports bettors do not get it. Here we cover basic principles to help you.
Even the best market nfl handicapper can enter a rough stretch. Recognizing your limits and recognizing when to take a break will always help.

Rough Patches

If the cash you’re losing is earmarked for buying sports or social sports betting, cash you could afford to lose, then you will not be ruining your finances. Conversely, putting money aside for investing in sporting activities that you can afford to lose will keep you from difficult and awkward financial circumstances.

Just what is your bankroll?

If you establish a $1000 account , assigning a wagering approach based on your comfort level and the number of systems you’ll spend, will aid in maintaining a consistent strategy. Don’t just go for one shot to win big, or lose big. That’s gambling! Diversifying your money on the systems you’ll invest on various wagering or investing possibilities, will help you in the long run. We generally advise using a conventional 1 % money management philosophy, even though others may be much wilder ; just as those Wall Street investors who could invest smaller sized allocations into mutual fund into equities gradually, vs. the recreational investor who might go crazy and go full into an huge investment in the gold futures market.

Bankroll accessibility

You likewise need to have the bankroll where it is available. If you are wagering online, you need to be funding your account prior to betting, making the cash readily available when you need it. And not simply at one sportsbook , a number of sportsbooks. Sportsbooks will offer different lines on games, and searching those possibilities to obtain even more return with one sportsbook over another. Having your money spread at a few reliable online sportsbooks will allow you to spend and play at anytime.

Sorts of sporting activities spending or wager types

Understanding the various type of sporting activities wagers and sports investments is essential. Never ever simply opt for the one time shot. Know the wagers rules and the appropriate bankroll for that.

Betting longshots indicates having deeper pockets considering that you will have a lower winning percentage with statistical certainty. Other gamblers will need a smaller bankroll given that they can expect a higher winning percentage.

For instance, understanding the basic NFL bet types as spread (ATS), cash lines and totals (over/under), teasers, parlays etc.

Portfolio track record

Treat your NFL betting activities spending as managing an equity financial investment collection (stocks,  401K, and so on), and keep a document of each bet or financial investment in addition to the most essential variables.

With time you’ll find situations where you executed flawlessly, and other areas you did not. For instance, you might discover you made the very best ROI or yield in the NFL preseason versus regular season. Or perhaps better performance with a particular NFL handicapper over another NFL handicapper, or at specific odds and bet sizes.
Keep a track record of your performance. Record-keeping is as crucial in sports wagering as the bet itself.
You need to keep your documents up to date date with all the pertinent information such as bet dimension, condition of your money in the past and after the game, and wager types (ATS, money line, total amounts, etc.). Recording these crucial portfolio metrics will assist you in identifying the precise size and type of your future bets and assist you in making incremental profits over time!

Bankroll money management and applying it can be tiresome initially, but once you begin doing it, you will know the value it produces in your NFL portfolio, and boost your profits! 🙂


Start Thinking Like a Professional NFL Bettor Now!

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Being an expert handicapper needs full dedication. It’s generally a full time task. It’s not for everyone. Yet that does not indicate that even the casual bettor wouldn’t gain from adopting some qualities that are shared by the best in the business. You may not need to match their proficiency, devotion, and abilities, however knowing how they act and doing the same will improve your bottom line!
One thing the pros do is play the value game. There are point-spreads and total amounts and a lot of folks attempt to ride winners and that’s it. The pros are definitely handicapping the games, but they’re just as obsessed with the movement of lines. One attribute discussed by all leading pros is that they have better value on bets compared to everyone else. You have the Patriots -14 and they have it at -12. You have under 47 and they have under 49.5.

It’s vital to be discerning the winning sides and total amounts– make no mistake. However the pros understand that when they are constantly getting the best value on a wager, they will have an edge that reaps huge returns over time. In order to regularly extract the finest value out of a wager, you have to become expert at knowing line movement.

You additionally have to be aggressive! The huge dogs pull the trigger without concern. They see a team they like at -2, they don’t hang around for it to head to -3. Or if they pick up a total that will certainly be bet up and they like the over, they catch it. They’ll be resting there with over 41 besides bettors in the publi with over 43. Over the long run, that amounts to additional success.

Pros do not emphasize unimportant information. Every little thing they take into accounts applies directly to what a spread or total could be based on. They do not pour over stats and play the quant game. They examine specific match-ups, take into consideration emotional parts of the game, and other things that do not show up in the normal statistics.

Ever notice that near a listing of games at the sportsbook , they have statistics detailed there? You know they would never provide you with data that could possibly offer you a better opportunity to beat them. You could believe that’s wonderful of them to offer you those numbers. Yet that’s because they want you to be preoccupied with pointless stats and figures. The pros look behind the surface and obvious. The understanding they establish doesn’t arise from the stats the book gives you to make use of.

The pros have a situational feel for games. It’s not about having an encyclopedic understanding of team rosters or being able to state where a team ranks in passing defense. Additionally, they do not jump to quick verdicts of teams based on watching one or two games. A casual bettor may watch a game and believe he has a great understanding of both teams. However that game might have been a whole lot worse or far better than the productivity that team generally has.

A great bettor might view a team control a Monday Night Football game. Every person is yapping concerning about how good that team is. So the pro knows whoever they play next week, especially if it’s an ignored kind of team, will certainly have good wagering value. They watch the opening line move in their favor. So they strike late and nail down a great number. And the exact same applies to the team that may have lost a large televised game. Folks will undervalue them because that team’s failure is so fresh on everybody’s mind.

Professional handicappers have a keen understanding of the mental and psychological elements of a football game. They will keep in mind points like Buffalo passing into the endzone late in 4th quarter up 28 points on Cleveland, and then they figure that into their evaluation the next time they play. Cleveland might be pissed off and all set to dish out punishment. Or possibly a team is playing a weak team the week prior to a large game versus a long time competitor and will be emotionally distracted. The pros can notice the psychological assortment of a group, which is never a constant. The pro can anticipate the peaks and valleys.

So, if you can start thinking out of the stat box, and into the psychological and value boxes, you will
definitely improve your bottom line! Maybe one day you will even yourself turn pro!!


The Top 5 Online Casinos To Try This Year

2019-20 NFL Computer Predictions and Rankings Gambling Internet Services Promotions  online casinos   Since the innovation of online gaming, the gaming industry has evolved at a high pace. However, online gambling is still young and constantly changing. The legislation changes around the world and technological innovations have led to new sites, improvement of some online casinos, and closer of other gaming websites. These factors make it difficult for gamblers to stay up to date with which sites are the best and the ones to avoid. A leading online casino in one year could easily be overtaken by others in the next year. As a gambler, you need to update yourself on the rankings of online casinos. This article provides the top five online casinos to try this year.

1. Spin Palace Online Casino

The Spin Palace casino is your one-stop destination if you are looking for a site that has it all. The casino was launched in 2001 and has since gained popularity from gamblers all over the globe. The casino is fully licensed and approved by eCOGRA, a United Kingdom-based agency that specializes in certifying online gaming software and system. The casino offers a triple deposit bonus of up to $1000. With over 500 games, the casino has plenty of banking options and a full-time customer service. You can also access the site on your smartphone at any time of the day. The site also offers rewards to its regular players.

2. Jackpot City

With plenty of games to choose from, Jackpot City is among the best online casinos in 2019. The site offers its players with generous bonuses, regular promotions, lucky draws, and a variety of banking options. You will also receive the best customer support throughout the day. This online casino welcomes its new players with an offer of $1600.

3. 888 Online Casino

This site provides a wild celebration with its 270+ games. Since 1997, the casino continues to provide the best experience in Slot, Card, Table, and even Live Casino games. 888 casino has the highest safety and security measures. Players get a unique experience since the site develops its game from scratch. The customer support is available 24/7 and in 18 languages. 888 online casino is fully licensed and practices total transparency.

4. Gaming Club

Established in 1994, the casino is the first ever successfully launched online casino. About 23 years down the line, the casino is still among the best gaming destinations. This online casino has over 500 games, quick banking options, and a bonus of up to $350 for new members. The site is secure and has a 24/7 customer support team. Gaming club also offers you with an opportunity to win in any of their daily, weekly, and monthly promotions.

5. Ruby Fortune

This online site is a combination of the best online games, welcome bonuses, excellent security measures, and other player’s benefits. This global online casino was established in 2003, and it now has a user friendly mobile version. With its 24/7 customer support, you can enjoy a variety of games and wins.

Using your laptop or smartphone, you can access a variety of gambling site and test your luck. Make sure you play with the best casinos to prevent fraud and other security concerns.  

 

Vikings May Be Looking To Pay Adam Thielen What He Is Worth

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If you ever wanted proof that timing matters, look no further than the current contract situation for Minnesota Vikings Adam Thielen. The undrafted wide receiver proved his value over the first four years of his career. So, the Vikings rewarded him, on the following season of 2016, with an appropriate contract extension: four years for $19.246 million.

He responded the subsequent season, in 2017, as every team hopes a player responds after getting a new contract extension—he played even better.

Then last season he took his game a step further by having his first 100+ reception year, his second with 1000+ yards and nine touchdowns (both career records). Talk about earning his keep, right?

It is easy to say that he was and he is an absolute bargain for the Vikings. After one good season in 2016, his contract was more than fair. But considering how his game has progressed the last two seasons despite all the quarterback changes, do the Vikings owe him? Clearly, he has outplayed his contract.

However, the team is under no obligation to renegotiate. Thielen’s contract was fair at the time. But what pushes the ‘new contract’ narrative forward for Thielen is the contract Stefon Diggs signed the year after Thielen signed his.

Following the 2017 season, and his incredible catch against the Saints in the playoffs, Diggs signed a five-year extension for $72 million. To be fair, the three seasons before his extension were better than Thielen’s. But they were also nothing special (200 total catches for 2472 yards and 15 touchdowns).

By his numbers, he appeared to be more deserving of the kind of deal Thielen got than Thielen was. But coming after his big catch against the Saints in the playoffs, his name was hot. It was the perfect time to shoot for the stars, and it worked.

The only problem now is that his deal makes it look like the Vikings are not doing right by Thielen.

It would be well within the Vikings rights to just wait and pay Thielen accordingly in his next extension. But then they run the risk of him becoming disillusioned with the team and feeling underappreciated—which could lead to a desire to switch teams.

But, according to some recent media reports, it doesn’t sound like the Vikings are going to wait. They have extended players contracts in the past before they were due for an extension and it looks like Thielen could be getting an extension this year.

“This team has a lot of really good things in place for it, and I know they want to take care of Adam, and I know they want Adam there and I know they want to reward Adam,” his agent, Blake Baratz said during a recent media appearance.

He went on to say that he doesn’t know what the Vikings are going to offer, but that he is ‘cautiously optimistic’ the Vikings will give Thielen the kind of raise he deserves. If the offer isn’t good, he could just hold out, right?

Yes, he could. But Baratz told Courtney Cronin from ESPN that isn’t the kind of thing his client would do; he’s not that type of person.

Of course, the willingness to extend a player everyone deems worthy and actually doing so are two different things. The Vikings could just be talking the talk right now; that doesn’t mean they will absolutely walk it later. However, history tells us that they most likely will.

So, then the next question will be whether Thielen’s intensity and production slacks off after he gets paid. It is not an uncommon phenomenon among professional athletes. But it is more likely that his numbers will go up in his second season with Kirk Cousins rather than down.

What Does the Post-PASPA Gambling Landscape Hold for the United States?

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In May of 2018, the US Supreme Court overturned the earlier PASPA ruling that had effectively outlawed any form of sports betting in the country. While there had been some notable exceptions, mostly in illegal form, it was clear that the United States was entering a new era,

As we head towards the end of the year, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the decision and to assess the pros and cons of legal sports gambling across America.

Early Adopters

It’s fair to say that the PASPA ruling has led to a trickle of developments as opposed to a flood. When America got the go ahead on sports betting, some of the biggest names in the industry made an early move and we saw some gambling floors built in established Las Vegas casinos.

Betting operations also moved to the racetrack and some early sports sponsorship deals were struck between operators and clubs across America. A high profile merger also took place between a well known brand and a US Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) site so there were some early movements in the wake of the decision. To date, only a few states have adopted sports betting and the forecast for growth remains steady rather than spectacular.

A report in November 2018 claimed that in two years, the number of American states allowing sports betting would grow to 24 but is this a good move or are there concerns about the developing situation?

Building the Coffers

One of the clear benefits of introducing sports betting would be the additional revenue that each individual state stands to earn. Back in August of 2018, a report carried out by Oxford University suggested that the industry could provide a $14 billion boost to the US GDP on an annual basis and the performance of the gambling sector in other countries indicates that this is no wild claim.

Over in the UK, reports show that the gambling industry there brings in close to £14 billion annually so, in a country as vast and as populous as the United States, there must be scope to hit the $14 billion mark.

Keeping it Clean

Legalised betting will also help to bring the practise out of the underground and away from the world of criminal activities. The US has its own problems and in other countries where sports betting is outlawed, the criminals find a way to carry on regardless.

Elsewhere, the PASPA ruling has also opened the door for official sports sponsorship and some brands have been quick to adopt this. The NBA and NHL have been lining up betting partners while soccer side the Las Vegas Lights secured a high profile sponsor to bring much needed funds into the club.

The Potential Downsides

When the announcement from the US Supreme Court was made in May, there were some dissenting voices and that’s to be expected. Among the concerns was the issue of gambling addiction which can be evident in other countries while some sports governing bodies felt that legalised sports betting could usher in the spectre of match fixing.

A further concern may be brought to life as the situation develops: As individual states in the US choose to adopt sports betting, there is a school of thought suggesting that those that delay or refuse to allow the practise may see a rise in illegal activities.

There are some points to consider but on the whole, the outlook for sports betting in the United States is a positive one and it will be fascinating to see the situation develop through 2019 and beyond.

Bears Growl and Lions Roar on America’s Thanksgiving Day 2018

It’s a skirmish of NFC North opponents in the Motor City to commence week 12 activity in the NFL on Thanksgiving. The Chicago Bears are out and about as they make the trek to confront the Detroit Lions Thursday evening. Chicago knocked off Minnesota 25-20 at home on Sunday night to keep their teeth on the division lead. Detroit held tight for a 20-19 win at home over Carolina Sunday evening in their last challenge. The Bears claim a 98-74-5 advantage in the history between the groups,including a 34-22 win at home in the first meeting this season on November 11.

CHICAGO BEARS

Chicago rung up their fourth straight victory as they stole the Vikings picnic basket in a clash of the top two teams in the NFC North race. The Bears currently hope to bring down another divisional enemy  in order to eat the Central Division’s lunch. Chicago led 14-3 after 3 quarters and did what’s needed scoring to hold off Minnesota’s final quarter test. The two groups turned the ball over  multiple times however the Bears had a picnic-six that helped them chomp the win. Chicago is 2-2 ATS on the road while they are 3-1 straight up on those camping trips.

DETROIT LIONS
Detroit snapped a three game losing slide as they figured out how to hold off the Panthers, to a limited extent because of luck and a couple unique team miscues via Carolina. The Lions hope to chomp consecutive wins with a goal of getting back to 0.500 on the season . Detroit was out gained 387-309 in the game: the two groups finished  with 20 first downs. The Lions controlled the clock 31:40 to 28:20. So, had Carolina not missed an extra  point, a short field goal and a two point try, things could have turned in an unexpected way. Detroit is 3-2 ATS at home this season while the UNDER is 3-2 in those games.

OUTLOOK
The two teams come into this with wins last week. The Bears have won four straight and have opened up breathing room in the NFC North race. Chicago needs to get wins where they can given that they have the Rams, Packers and Vikings ahead. The Lions ripped  their way to a victory over the Panthers yet that probably won’t help much. We saw the Bears growl past the Lions 11 days back in a game where Chicago was 26-7 at the half. Chicago could have set up more scores had Cody Parkey not banged the upright on two field goal attempts and a couple of point after attempts. It will be a tough test for the Lions, particularly if Kerryon Johnson’s knee damage that he sustained against Carolina Sunday is serious. Enjoy!

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