10 Things You Didn’t Know About the New England Patriots

Weird, Interesting, and Cool Facts About The Patriots 

Love them or hate them, the New England Patriots have been the most talked-about NFL team this century. 

 

They have been involved in multiple scandals, won 6 Super Bowls, and set multiple NFL records along the way. 

 

If you follow the NFL, then you probably know a lot about the Patriots already, so today, we thought we’d share with you 10 facts you probably didn’t know about them. 

 

You can find the NFL betting odds on them winning the Super Bowl next year, here. 

 

#1 – Their Leader Scorer Is… 

While Tom Brady holds the league’s all-time record in most categories, he didn’t actually break the franchise scoring record while with the Patriots. 

 

That honor is held by Stephen Gostkowski. 

 

Stephen Gostkowski played for the New England Patriots between 2006 and 2019. He scored a total of 1,775 points for the Patriots. 

 

He also holds the league record for most seasons as lead scorer – 5 seasons. 

 

#2 – Least Yards Allowed… 

In a game against the Chargers in 1961, the Patriots set their least yards allowed record. 

 

In this game, which ended 41-0 to the Patriots, they only allowed the Chargers to rush for a total of 2 yards. 

 

Can you imagine seeing a team doing that these days? We can’t… 

 

#3 – Spy-Gate Was Way Worse Than Deflate-Gate 

In the last 20 years, the Patriots have been involved in two major scandals – Spy-Gate and Deflate-Gate. 

 

People were horrified by Deflate-Gate, but the actions carried out by the Patriots during Spy-Gate still shock us. 

 

During Spy-Gate, the Patriots secretly filmed the New York Jets coaches and tapped into their team coms to try and get an advantage over them. 

 

This happened just before the 2008 Super Bowl. The team was fined $250,000 and the coach was fined $500,000. 

 

#4 – They Won The First Ever AFL Pre-Season Game 

Let’s roll back the clock to the formation of the AFL. 

 

The very first match staged by the league was a pre-season match between the Patriots and the Buffalos. 

 

Both teams had been created for the league, so this was a premiere game for both of them. The Boston Patriots (this was their name at the time) went on to win the match 28-7. 

 

#5 – They Were Almost Known As… 

After the AFL was absorbed into the NFL, many teams had to change their names. The Patriots had to drop their Boston title and find something new. 

 

They went through many ideas before almost settling on the Bay State Patriots. Until someone pointed out what it would be abbreviated to. 

 

The B.S. Patriots… 

 

It was probably best for everyone that they went with New England instead. 

 

#6 – Prisoner Saves The Day In 1982 

Patriots fans will remember the day when the groundskeeper and snowplow operator Mark Henderson cleared part of the pitch during the game for Patriots kicker John Smith. 

This kick won the team the match. 

 

What many people might not know about Mark Henderson is that at the time he was a prisoner on work leave from the local prison. 

 

Clearly, the Patriots have always had the urge to bend the rules. 

 

#7 – They Hold The Longest NFL Winning Streak 

You may be surprised to learn that despite being the only team to record a perfect season (regular season through to Super Bowl), the Dolphins do not have the longest regular season winning streak in the NFL. 

 

The Patriots hold that. 

 

Between 2002 and 2004, they won 21 regular season games in a row. No other team has come close to this level of dominance since. 

 

Just in case you’re wondering, it was the 49ers who broke this streak. 

 

#8 – Putin Stole What From Robert Kraft?! 

Bear with us on this one. 

 

During a meeting with the Super Bowl champion, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin told Robert Kraft that he would “kill someone” to own a Super Bowl ring. 

 

Kraft then said that Putin laughed and then put the ring in his jacket pocket. 

 

Putin claims to have never met Kraft and that he knows nothing about what happened to his missing ring while he was in Russia. 

 

#9 – A Lannister Always Pays His Debts 

Any fantasy fans will know that instead of writing the next book in his Song Of Ice And Fire series (the book series Game Of Thrones was “based” on), writer G. R. R. Martin has been looking for a million ways to procrastinate. 

 

This started by helping the TV show write the Game of Thrones, then he started writing short stories, and eventually, he turned his hand to sports journalism. 

 

In an article where he compared the NFL teams to houses, he said that the Patriots were most definitely the Lannisters.  

 

#10 – They Are The Most Penalized Team In Draft History 

Finally, the Patriots are the only team to be subject to 4 Draft forfeitures. 

 

Once for using their injury reserve list illegally, once for Spy-Gate, and twice for Deflate-Gate-related issues. 

 

They are the most punished team in NFL history. 

 

A Few Incredible Facts about Poker

The game of poker has become very popular nowadays. That is not only for traditional land-based casinos but also for virtual ones. Some of the best players are so skilled that they have become legends, and you can learn about some of them at
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It is worthwhile to look at some of the interesting facts about this game:

There was once a game in Arizona that lasted over eight years.

It took place in 1881 in The Bird Cage Theater. It lasted eight years and a half and a minimum of 1000 dollars was needed to buy in.

Wood, ivory, bone, and clay were the first materials used for making chips.

The first bets were made with gold bars, nuggets, and gold dust. However, they soon realized that it was hard to assign value to the rounds, so they started making chips symbolizing certain values. They were able to exchange them as they wished.

1998 was the year when the first online real money game was launched.

In the past, no real money was involved in online poker games; that situation changed on January 1st, 1998. An industry worth several billion dollars was thus born.

Four kings have meaning in this deck.

The four Kings depicted in the poker deck are, according to some sources, real kings: Alexander the Great, Roman Caesar Augustus, King Charlemagne of France, and King David of Israel.

There was a 20-card deck used to play poker.

It is likely that you have heard that poker players began playing the game with 52 cards in the 1830s.

There are not many people who are aware that players used only 20 cards before that, while the number of players was four. As a result, each person received five cards, and the betting phase began with whose hand was the best.

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What the Pros Know about Betting on Wildcard Games. Especially Today’s

 By Josh Appelbaum  (VSiN.com)

January 4, 2020 12:04 AM

Welcome to Wild-Card Weekend. After starting out with 32 teams we are now down to 12. The NFL Playoffs and the quest for the Lombardi Trophy are officially upon us.

Betting on the NFL playoffs is much different than betting on the regular season. The teams are much better. The stakes are much higher. But most importantly for bettors, betting against the public increases because there are fewer games to bet on and each one is incredibly heavily bet. The market is flooded with recreational money, more so than any other time of year. As a result, savvy bettors willing to back unpopular teams see an increase in contrarian value due to public bias and shaded or inflated lines.

The betting public is biased toward favorites. Average Joes want to back the “better” team, especially this time of year. This provides more value to bet on underdogs. Since 2003, playoff underdogs have gone 95-76 ATS (55.6%) according to Bet Labs Sports. Regular season dogs are 50.5% ATS. So we see a 5.1% increase in the cover rate for playoff dogs versus regular season dogs.

Dogs that see line movement in their favor (think sharp action pushing a dog from plus 6 to plus 5.5) are even betting, going 36-12 ATS (75%) since 2003.

Experience also matters in the playoffs. Teams who made the playoffs the previous season have gone 99-85 ATS (53.8%) since 2003. If they are facing an inexperienced team who missed the playoffs the previous year they improve to 48-34 ATS (58.5%).

Also, unders have great value in the wild-card round. The public is biased toward overs, which creates more value to take advantage of inflated unders. wild-card unders have gone 40-24 (62.5%) since 2003.

Let’s discuss where the sharp money is flowing for today’s games.

4:35 p.m. ET: Buffalo Bills (10-6, 5th seed) at Houston Texans (10-6, 4th seed)

Public bettors are having a hard time picking this game. Both teams have identical 10-6 records so how can you not take the team getting points? Buffalo is 6-2 on the road this season (including 6-1-1 ATS) and also enjoys a plus 55 point differential. Houston is 5-3 at home but just 2-6 ATS. The Texans are -7 in point differential. However, Average Joes also love backing favorites, home teams and star quarterbacks–especially when they’re laying short spreads. Deshaun Watson and company fit the bill.

Spread bets are split down the middle with a slight lean to the Texans, yet we’ve seen this line fall from Texans -3 to -2.5. In a vacuum, a line shouldn’t move at all aside from a slight juice adjustment if the tickets are even. This half-point drop signals sharp action on the Bills with wiseguys grabbing Buffalo at the key number of plus 3. The Bills went 9-6-1 ATS during the regular season while Houston was 7-8-1 ATS. The Bills have value as a playoff dog (55.6% ATS since 2003) and a playoff dog with a line move in their favor (75% ATS).

The total opened at 41.5– the lowest of any Wild Card Weekend Game. Pro money has pounded the over, driving the line up to 43.5. Both teams have been profitable to the under this season (BUF 12-4, HOU 9-7) and Tony Corrente, the lead ref, has historically favored unders as well (56.5%). However, playoff overs in domes or closed roof stadiums have gone 29-13 (69%) since 2003.

8:15 p.m. ET: Tennessee Titans (9-7, 6th seed) at New England Patriots (12-4, 3rd seed)

This wild-card showdown kicks off in primetime Saturday night and features the love ’em or hate ’em Patriots, meaning it will be incredibly heavily bet. The Titans started the season 2-4 with Marcus Mariota, but then went 7-3 after making the switch to Ryan Tannehill. Tennessee played meaningful games down the stretch, defeating the Texans in Week 17 to secure the final playoff spot. Meanwhile, the Patriots looked very un-Patriot in the second half of the season. New England went 2-3 in their final five games, including a shocking loss to Miami in Week 17 as a 17-point favorite, which forced them to play on wild-card weekend instead of securing a first-round bye. Tom Brady finished with his worst QB rating (88.0) since 2013. Rumors are swirling that this could be Brady’s last game with the Pats.

The Patriots opened as 5.5-point home favorites. Early sharp money pounced on the Titans getting the points, which dropped the line down to 4.5. But then we saw wiseguys buy low on New England at a deflated -4.5, driving the number back up to -5 where it rests now. The Titans have value as a playoff road dog with a line move in their favor. Also, Brady and Belichick are 27-10 straight up (73%) in the playoffs since 2003 but just 19-18 ATS (52.4%). However, the Patriots look vulnerable and the media narrative all week is pounding the idea that the dynasty is coming to an end. This is usually when New England is at it’s best- when they’re underestimated and counted out. This is also a revenge game for the Pats, who lost to the Titans 34-10 in Week 11 last season.

The total has ticked up slightly from 43.5 to 44.5. Weather could play a big role here. The forecast calls for mid-30s, rain, 10 MPH winds and possibly some snow. John Hussey, the head official, historically favors home teams (55.4% ATS) and unders (56%). The Pats went 9-7 to the under this season but Tennessee went 10-6 to the over. Wild Card Weekend unders are 40-24 (62%) since 2003.


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3 Facts about Gambling Online for Beginners

There are so many things you need to learn about gambling online. You may spend a lot of time looking for information relating to Bitcasino and all other types of casinos online. But basic information from a team of experts will help you to get started. Gambling is addictive. You may make or lose money in the process. But knowing a few facts about gambling can help you mitigate the risks involved. Some important information about gambling may also help you to make the right decisions. Remember you also need to be careful on the gambling sites and opt to visit genuine and secure sites. With a few tips, you can easily identify such sites online.

Here are 3 facts about gambling online for beginners:

  1. Betting systems

You should not follow betting systems blindly. Most games have an independent event and mostly, it all depends on luck and skills gained over the years. As a beginner, it is important to start small. You should only bet an amount of money that you can afford to lose. With time, you can take higher risks. But relying on past events or betting systems to make money through gambling may not work for you. Raising or lowering your stakes in gambling due to certain situations should not be your guiding principle in gambling. With time, you will learn more about what works and what doesn’t. Learn patiently instead of relying on betting systems that may not work and that may lead to huge financial losses.

  1. Gambling currencies

It is good to know the type of currency you can use in online gambling. Most people are aware of payment through dollars or any other currency. Payment in online gaming may be done through the use of credit cards. Bitcoins are becoming more popular these days. You may also gamble online using bitcoins at genuine bitcoin casino sites. To play in a bitcoin casino, you will need to get a bitcoin wallet, mint bitcoins and anonymously play online at any of the best bitcoin casinos in the world. 

  1. Mitigating risks

Some people believe that online casino gambling is riskier than normal casinos. This is not true.One fun selection may be judi online. 

If you identify reputable casinos online, you will enjoy and maybe win on your bets. It is important to identify genuine casinos that offer genuine gambling chances. Though in most cases, casinos have an edge in betting, some casinos play by the rules and in such cases, your chances of winning are very high. There are various casino player forums online that can help you get some tips on gambling. You may learn a few things that may help you avoid the risks involved in gambling. Through social media and networking, you can also learn additional tips on online on risk mitigation.  

 

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