Is Tom Brady the GOAT?

Is Tom Brady the GOAT?

At Tom Bradys age, you would usually have the saying “as one door closes, another opens.” Well, not in his case. After winning his seventh, yes seventh, career Super Bowl it’s time to ask the question that people don’t want to bring up, but it must be asked. Is Tom Brady the greatest QB in NFL history? A lot of factors can put into play in this conversation.

The first is how good statistically does, he match-up against the argument that of course has always been discussed which is Joe Montana. Well, Brady has more championships then Joe, seven to four, but let’s be realistic, both have done plenty in the big game. Montana is undefeated in his games, in which he dominated every single one, but have won plenty. Brady has lost some tough one sin the process such as twice against the 2007 Giants, the Nick Foles led Eagles going seven and three in the process.

But what about diving deeper into the numbers? Of course Brady is going to lead Montana in every category because he’s played longer. But when I say deeper, I’m talking still doing it at an elite level. Now people will say well look at the Buccaneers, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette, and Antonio Brown, not to mention OJ Howard before he got hurt. You ask is this fair? Look, Brady didn’t really have a choice.

He wanted the 49ers, but they passed. The Chargers didn’t have as deep a roster offensively as Tampa and those were really it for Tom. Teams passed on him. People thought he was done, including myself. Everyone said he’s a system of Bill Belichick and the Patriots. But what if Brady is the system? What if he’s that good where he has his own system? I mean look at the Patriots this past year missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. We also dream playoff matchups for Brady. He didn’t play well vs Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers, but those guys, and a Matt LaFleur blunder, didn’t play particularly well either. The key is he made the key plays when he had to, even at age 43. That’s right 43 years young.

Patrick Mahomes was overwhelmed in the game. Look, he will be back, but people were wondering if Mahomes would get the torched pass from Brady. And of course Tampa’s defense was extremely dominant, but Brady was unbelievable in the game. I will say this, is he the most athletic skilled QB I’ve ever seen, that belongs to Aaron Rodgers, but what Brady does is have a clutch gene. No mater franchise he’s on he will bring whatever he needs to succeed regardless. That’s why he will go down as the greatest of all time.

New Japan pro wrestling Signs TV Deal With Roku

New Japan pro wrestling Signs TV Deal With Roku

Recently New Japan pro wrestling and Roku made a deal to have a one hour show on a channel starting February 11th. This comes as huge news for Fans of wrestling in the United States, Canada, And The United Kingdom. For the first time ever fans of wrestling will have access to a variety of Content in New Japans own Roku library. This partnership opens the door to many possibilities including New Japan world going on Roku. NJPW will be available on demand for free with Ads. Many Wrestling fans in the United States have been asking for this to happen for a long time. For awhile these fans had no access to NJPW programming. Now that this has changed it will be interesting to see what New Japan adds to this library.
#RunItBack You Say?

#RunItBack You Say?

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Super Bowl LV is upon us, as the Chiefs are looking to win back-to-back titles. With a win on Sunday night, the Chiefs would become the first team to win two straight championships since the Patriots won Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX. To fire up the fanbase, the Chiefs have started the rallying cry on social media #RunItBack. Even these days when I hear #RunItBack, I do not think of the Chiefs or any other team. I think of Devin Hester.

Retired since 2017, some people might not remember just how explosive Hester was returning kicks. Originally drafted as a cornerback out of Miami by the Bears in the 2006 NFL Draft, Hester was in Chicago’s plans to be used as a kick returner right from the start. And boy were the Bears on to something.

In his rookie season, Hester lit the league on fire, returning 47 punts for 600 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 12.8 yards per return. Hester’s brilliance did not stop there, as he brought back 20 kickoffs for 528 yards and two touchdowns with an average of 26.4 yards per return. These numbers are simply on a level of their own. Not only is a stat line of 67 returns for 1,128 yards and five touchdowns ridiculous, Hester averaged first down yardage on each of his punt and kickoff returns. A whole first down gained every time Hester touched the football on punt returns. Two first downs every time Hester touched the football on kickoff returns. Astronomical.

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This elite level of kick returning boded well for the Bears’ offense, who on average started drives on their own 33-yard line throughout the season. An offense led by Rex Grossman and Thomas Jones averaged 26.7 points per game as the Bears finished 13-3 record as the NFC’s top seed with the NFL’s second-ranked offense.

After silencing the Seahawks and Saints in the playoffs, the Bears had a Super Bowl XLI date with Peyton Manning and the Colts in the city where Hester played collegiately: Miami.

Super Bowl XLI was truly a rhapsody in the rain, but the Bears would be singing in the rain early thanks to who else, their rookie returner.

Devin Hester became the first and to date only player in NFL history to return the Super Bowl’s opening kickoff for a touchdown. Hester may have run it back 92 yards, but the Colts ran the Bears out of the stadium from that point on. Indianapolis outscored Chicago 29-10 the rest of the way to capture the Super Bowl XLI title 29-17 and caused Hester’s remarkable rookie campaign to fall one win short of glory.

While Hester never got a chance to follow up his act in the Super Bowl, the dynamic returner kept lighting up the stat sheet. Hester earned his second Pro Bowl nod in as many years in 2007 after compiling 1.585 return yards and six touchdowns between 85 punt and kickoff returns. Numbers like these are simply unimaginable.

As Hester’s career in the Windy City rolled along, so did his punt return game. Hester continued his other-worldly play by averaging 10.25 yards per punt return in his final six years in Chicago. Hester’s six-year average does not do his success justice. In 2010 and 2011, Hester ran it back five total times and averaged 17.1 and 16.2 yards per punt return respectively.

In the kickoff department, Hester averaged 25.9 yards per return in those final six seasons with the Bears. 25.9 yards. That is over one quarter of the football field gained in kickoff returns. Hester’s season high for average yardage came in 2010 with a mind-blowing 35.6 yards per kickoff return. Devin Hester was something extra special in 2010. Too bad the Bears fell short to the rival Packers in the NFC Championship Game. Although third-stringer Caleb Hanie did almost bring the Bears back after starter Jay Cutler went down injured and second-stringer Todd Collins was ineffective.

As the Bears’ success slowed down, Hester wanted to keep speeding along. Prior to the 2014 season, Hester signed with the Falcons. Only three games into his Falcons career, Hester made history again.

Hester’s 62-yard scamper to the house was the 20th kick return touchdown of his career, putting him past Deion Sanders for the most all-time. Hester blew by Sanders’ record just as he did to his opponents on the field.

Not to be forgotten is the success Hester had in that 2014 season. Used primarily as a kickoff specialist, Hester was the deep man 45 times and accumulated 1,128 return yards as a 32-year old.

Sadly, 2014 was the final eye-popping year for Hester, as injuries began to ravage the returner. With his final two seasons split between Atlanta, Baltimore, and Seattle, Hester appeared in only 17 games.

Devin Hester finished his 11-year career as a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro with 3,695 punt return yards which is third all-time. Mixed in with those yards are 14 punt return touchdowns, an NFL record. For kickoff returns, Hester racked up 7,333 yards to put himself in 11th on the all-time list. Hester ran kickoffs back five times and his six total return touchdowns in 2007 is tied for the NFL single-season record.

Now 38 years old, Devin Hester will look for one more run, but not on the field. Eligible for the Hall of Fame next year, Hester is beyond deserving of votes that would run him straight into Canton. And in typical Devin Hester fashion, he will probably blow right by and take it to the Hall with ease.

A Layaway Program For Sports Bettors

A Layaway Program For Sports Bettors

Normally you’re only reading about a layaway program during the holiday season. 

However, heading into this Sunday, the Super Bowl wagering menu stumbled upon a successful (so far anyway) technique for locking in some early wagers for the “Big Game”!

Okay, so maybe not WallStreetBets type rewards but still enough of an effort (a combined unit total of +4166) to be in a rather good spot still four days out from kickoff.

We’ve had a nice run the last 3 weeks on Sports Betting Weekly. That’s probably the best part about doing the show live on WWSRN, having video evidence of the winners. Plus, we’re not only hitting some of our #LiveAction bets but cashing them before the show even ends. This year’s 7th Annual “AFC/NFC Bet Away Weekend” trip to the Westgate for a visit with Jay Kornegay’s crew at the Superbook was another Pandemic cancellation. (Please Note: Sponsorship opportunities for next year’s event are still available) 

It all started last Sunday night. Normally, in a 14-point win, a field goal with 54 seconds left in the game isn’t a big play. Unless you bet Team Totals. Right after the Bills season came to an end, the Aztecs were about to tip off H2 as one of the late West Coast games so rather than placing the last straight bet of what was a long day of wagering, SDSU got added to a parlay. The only other lines out on JoinJazzSports.com were for the NCAAB Games on Monday and the early lines for Super Bowl LV. Normally, betting H1 or H2 is easier than wagering on the entire game and you can win twice as many bets. Virginia, technically still the reigning NCAA champion, was playing Monday so that side was added. Since no other game was jumping off the board, we added the 3rd leg to the parlay from the early lines on the Super Bowl with the OV 56.5. (+600)

Monday the first half lines opened up and since those UVA Cavs were on a ticket for the Game, they were added to a play with OV 27.5 H1 of the Chiefs/Bucs game. (+260) There were now tickets with both the H1 and Game OVERS were covered. (Editor’s Note: All the plays will eventually only include the Chiefs and the OVs) The Game line had gone up a point, but they were already in the 3-teamer so why not add a 2-teamer of their own on the Game and another H1 OV 27.5 play. (+270)  

Our “No Football This Weekend” show (available on the BellyUpPodcastNetwork) last Thursday night included a little bankroll bump when we hit live plays from both GMFSportsConsultants and 151SportsInvesting. Nothing better than ending the show with more money than you started. A few minutes after signing, off the Covers scoreboard showed Gonzaga hadn’t covered H1 again. Seemed like playing them again made sense. (They had cashed H2 the Thursday before as well) This time added to the Chief ML for the Game. (+220) That was the first action on the side for this year’s NFL championship game and would be the beginning of an 8-pack of plays that would include a leg with KC! While in the NM/Fresno game, they had combined for only 38 points in H1 so that H2 OV joined a KC H1 ML play (+200) so now both parts of the game were covered with Chiefs ML action.

Fridays are always busy getting the shows and podcasts edited for posting everywhere. Normally the only handicapping that day involves looking for games to hop in real time but the Boise State game was a late start allowing for a little pre-game capping and the OV looked good so H1 was coupled with another H1 OV play for the big game. (+270 ) The BSU Game OV got placed on a ticket with another KC H1 ML play. (+220) This little journey had now become more than just dabbling on the KC ML. Part of playing the ML side is knowing that the Chiefs haven’t covered all that much in the last two months. That 3.5 looks a lot bigger than 3.5 normally does.

Right about now this is becoming fun and an enjoyable little game. After every new play that stayed live to that Sunday, Charles would get a text of the screenshot with a quick note. The fact that he’s currently in Brazil probably caused him some middle of the night cell phone activity.

Saturday morning’s tickets were 100% a result of #BlackHawkWes. You won’t normally see a Sabres Game ML tied to KC Game ML (+160) on this computer. That goes the same for the OV in the Toronto game later that night which fixed to more H1 OV action. (+266) However, these were 2 of the EASIEST wins so far and another reason you’ll hear this on the DC’s show with Dan, Chris and Mikey; “You don’t have to be a great handicapper in every sport. You just need to know someone that is.” Check us out Saturday’s at 9:30pm ET!  

This past Saturday Dan actually ran solo on BellyUpFantasy and he was great as always. Thanks to T-Mobile there was still action to be had while attending a small socially distanced engagement party for a good friend.  Strong starts from another Gonzaga ticket involving H1 and the Chiefs giving 3.5 with the OV (now down to 56) a 3-Teamer worth +630 and the biggest number on any of the plays in this Super Bowl Layover game. SDSU also played well and their H1 was put together with H1 OV 27.5 (+270) Ironically that number on the early Total hadn’t moved in line with that for the Game.

The last 3 plays all came during the rest of the weekend while shopping around for H2 opportunities. (hence the nick name) It was Houston H2 and Game favorite -3.5. (+280) Then UAB H2 with KC -2.5 H1 (which is the 1st ticket giving points H1 but not the last) and Baylor H2 with that same -2.5 point spread. (+260) 

Understand that H2 plays don’t always go this well. You can also have a DD favorite at home down by 4 at the break, giving 7 or 8 for H2 and they end up losing the game by those same DDs. These plays were all straight bets as well. There’s another “Commandment” if you have it in a parlay, you’d better have it straight too!

So, you take what you can get. That’s a decent portfolio of plays as layover selections go! 

The total is 14 plays. A couple 3-teamers with the rest all involving two teams. The average payoff is +298 per ticket. They have a combined odds value of +4166. 

Just like that old saying goes, really does beat a stick in the eye. Hopefully, next week we’ll be talking about Back-to-Back Super Bowl Championships and discussing what a high scoring affair it was.

Then it’ll be Christmas in February.

Did WWE get the Royal Rumble matches right?

Did WWE get the Royal Rumble matches right?

Many are feeling excited because you can make the argument it’s the best time of the year to be a wrestling fan. We just had “Wrestle Kingdom” from New Japan. You have AEW “Double Or Nothing” around the corner in a few months, and the biggest one as the “Road to Wrestlemania” officially has begun.

Now, people will be asking did WWE get the “Royal Rumble” matches correct? Many different opinions will be heard and said. But I will explain why one was the right way to go while the other went backwards? Yes when I say backwards I mean it. I also want to give my congratulation to Bianca Belair and Edge on their Rumble wins.

Let’s start with the right decision. That is Belair, “The EST of WWE.” Remember you can’t spell Wrestlemania without EST. She has proven since she was signed by NXT that she has what it takes to be the face of the women’s division. But let’s add to this. How about the final two with her Rhea Ripley as the last two competitors in the match.

What WWE did was let the creative side of making new superstars on the main roster show in this match. You would’ve though Charlotte Flair, who is still arguably the top women’s competitor in the business winning it again, or Becky Lynch returning, or even a Ronda Rousey surprise, but no. WWE gave you a glimpse into the future of the division. It was a nice change for WWE to do this. We also saw Ripley have a match with Flair at Mania last year, so it seems they’re starting to get a changing of the guard. The women’s division in WWE, let’s face it, next to “IMPACT” has the best women’s division in the business. Kudos to them for making the right call, and for Belair for having her well deserved moment. And her post match interview was phenomenal. How can you not be happy for her.

Now we get to the backward part. And I had an argument with a certain someone about this, and I will give him his credit when the time is right. He knows who I’m talking about. I was so excited for Edge that I didn’t want to hear anyone say anything bad, but the truth is this. I had to take a step back and a night to ponder the match more, and the more I thought about it, the more I thought the person was right. This is going backwards, and it doesn’t make any sense of the matter unless it was Edge vs. Randy Orton for either the WWE or Universal Championship, which doesn’t seem to be the case.

This is a very different year for Mania because they won’t have full capacity due to the continuation of the Covid-19 pandemic. That one problem. The other problem is this.. I want to be very clear I grew up going with my family on vacations to Tampa, Florida. I love the city, the beaches, everything about it. The problem is it isn’t New York which has Manhattan, California which has Los Angeles or San Francisco, or Louisiana which has New Orleans. Those are marketable travel destinations. Tampa is still over an hour or so away from Orlando, nor does it have a huge popular place to go and visit.

Why do I say all this. I think I understand why WWE did what they did, but I don’t agree with it. They have two nights this year at “Raymond James Stadium” not at the Performance Center, so they’ll be selling tickets to fans who I’m sure have reservations of going due to the virus still all over this country. So, how do you sell tickets? Well you book a Hall of Famer in the main event of course. The Rock, I can guarantee they’re saving for Wrestlemania 39 in Los Angeles in front of a sold out packed “SoFi Stadium.” The Undertaker is retired, at least we think this time. Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels don’t wrestle anymore. Hulk Hogan is way to old. Triple H has taken a more backstage role. And who knows with John Cena’s hectic schedule if he’ll want to risk getting the virus while he’s doing his business in LA.

That’s what leads me to Edge winning. I wanted a new star to take it. Big E has earned it, Daniel Bryan, a great veteran, has earned it, Shinsuke Nakamura has earned it. They wanted the high profile guy to come and sell tickets. It’s that simple. Edge is a name that will draw to the fans. Do I agree with this decision, absolutely not. The problem is they’re trying to sell tickets in a non destination city in the middle of one of the worst pandemics this world has ever seen. I just feel like not giving a new superstar the opportunity such as a Big E wasn’t the right decision. WWE needs to start building for the future more, and it feels like they’re just spinning in circles all the time. Undertaker, Goldberg, now Edge. While I am a fan and respect those men, new blood needs to take the reigns, no pun intended, of this company. Again don’t get it twisted I’m glad Edge is back and want to see him at Wrestlemania, just not in the main event.

So I tell you this, you can draw any conclusions you want. You’re allowed to, it’s your right, but you have to ask yourself why did WWE give the future a chance in the women’s division, but not the men’s? The women’s rumble match was right, but sadly the men’s wasn’t.

The Journey Continues For The Rated R Superstar

The Journey Continues For The Rated R Superstar

For 11 time WWE world champion Edge, the rebirth of his wrestling career took place at the Royal Rumble last year. After Coming back from a career-ending injury in 2011 edge returned to the WWE after nine years. Fans believed that edge would not be able to make a comeback after the injury he sustained, but for Edge, there was still a glimpse of hope in the reality that he would be able to wrestle again one day, and now that reality has become real and has taken its course.

Edge has had many feel-good moments in his wrestling career that includes capturing the WWE tag team championships with Randy Orton in Rated RKO and with life long friend Christian as well as cashing in the money in the bank on the undertaker and winning the world heavyweight championship. This year is much more different and much more meaningful because the edge is going to WrestleMania after winning the 2021 Royal Rumble. For many wrestling fans, this is a moment in time people will remember for years to come and this could definitely be one of the biggest comeback stories in the WWE. For edge, it’s only the beginning and only time will tell what comes next.