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Florida Man Destroys Camera in Fit of Rage

Perhaps the least talked about aspect of Antonio Brown signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was the fact that he perfectly embodies the “Florida Man” meme.  Manic, unstable, predictably unpredictable and immensely entertaining.  AB’s “Florida Man” moment has quickly arrived.

“Antonio Brown, the superstar wide receiver who recently returned to the NFL after a slew of off-the-field troubles, was accused last month of angrily destroying a surveillance camera at the gated community in Hollywood where he lives and throwing his bicycle at a security-guard shack, according to a police report obtained by the Herald. Hollywood police determined there was probable cause to charge Brown with misdemeanor criminal mischief for the Oct. 15 incident, the report said. But the homeowners association president declined to press charges, according to the report, saying she feared Brown “may retaliate against her employees.”

David Ovalle, Miami Herrald

So, who had “20 days” in the When-will-Antonio-Brown-go-crazy-again Pool?  To be fair, this most recent incident happened before he signed with the Bucs.  But you get the point. I’m not sure what it is about this guy that Tom Brady loves, but it’s pretty clear that he is the reason why Antonio Brown was ever signed.  Bruce Arians has had a couple of quotes that makes you think he wants no part of AB:

Will this be enough to get him suspended or released from the team? Definitely not. However, it’s hard to imagine that this will be the last time we hear about Antonio Brown losing his cool and that begs the question of “when is enough, enough?” He was without a doubt the best receiver in the league just a few seasons ago, I’m just not sure he can stay out of his own way and get back to the AB we used to know. I guess now it’s just the most terrifying waiting game of all time. Watch out Tampa Bay, there’s a new Florida Man in town.

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Thrive Fantasy TNF Lineup (ATLvsCAR)

If you didn’t know I am a lifelong Carolina Panthers fan, so I’m pumped to have this Thursday Night Thrive Fantasy Lineup going. 

Thrive Fantasy is where Prop Bets meet Daily Fantasy Sports.  Basically, you pick the “over” or “under” in 10 out of 20 possible player props. Then, points are awarded based on correct picks.  In my contest this week, 1st-13th place takes home some cash and there’s a maximum of only 56 participants.

Use promo code “VIG” when signing up and Thrive will match your deposit up to $50 ($20 minimum).

Here’s my lineup for tonight!  #KeepPounding

Thrive Fantasy NFL TNF Rush

Matt RyanUnder 27.5 Completions = 90 PTS
Todd Gurley IIOver 67.5 Rush Yards = 100 PTS
Todd Gurley IIOver 0.5 Rush TDs = 110 PTS
Julio JonesOver 4.5 Receptions = 80 PTS
Calvin RidleyOver 0.5 Receiving TDs = 115 PTS
Teddy BridgewaterUnder 2.5 Pass TDs + INTs = 85 PTS
Mike DavisOver 0.5 Rush TDs + Rec. TDs = 100 PTS
Robby AndersonOver 71.5 Receiving Yards = 85 PTS
Robby AndersonOver 6.5 Receptions = 110 PTS
Joey SlyeOver 7.5 Points = 100 PTS

Yes, I know. EIGHT overs. Life is too short to take the under and of course I’m going to root for the Panthers to have themselves a night.

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Nobody Cares About Your Fantasy Football Team

It’s that time of year again, folks. Fantasy Football is back and I couldn’t be more excited for it. For a while, it was looking like football probably wasn’t going to happen but I think we’re in the clear. We’re all excited to be back, but it is time to tackle the epidemic that has been sweeping the nation since the dawn of time.

You need to stop telling people how awesome your fantasy football team is.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being obsessed with your lineup and thinking you’re an absolute mastermind. I’m guilty of rosterbating just as much as the next guy. All of the fun of fantasy is thinking you know football way more than any of your buddies and getting to rub it in their faces at the end of the year. Just please spare everyone in your life who is not in your league and keep it to yourself. I’m not talking about the guys asking you for lineup advice, that’s fine. Just don’t show me your squad because your ego needs a boost.

Oh, you’re in four leagues and you want to show me how stacked your team in each one of them is? Hang on a second while I drill out my ear drums so I don’t have to listen to this. I don’t care that Adam Thielen fell to the fifth-round so you “just had to scoop him up”. Congratulations. I don’t care that you purchased every Fantasy Football for Dummies handbook and did 39 mock drafts in preparation. I promise you that no one cares about your fantasy lineup even one-tenth as much as you do.

The worst part about people who do this, is when they show you their team and follow it up with, “so what do you think?” Uh, I don’t care, guy. I think that you have a fantasy football team like the rest of America. If you want my genuine opinion, then I’ll have to look at everyone else’s rosters and probably have to start doing some sort of math, which is where I clock out.

Don’t be an Andre.

With all of this being said, Venmo me $10 and I will gladly rank your fantasy squad for you on an A-F scale. Also, my draft is Saturday, so in the meantime check out my squad from last year and let me know what you think, I think it was pretty stacked.

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Should Alvin Kamara be Traded?

Twitter is going absolutely nuts right now over rumors that the New Orleans Saints are reportedly open to trading RB Alvin Kamara.

This comes after news from Adam Schefter that Kamara may be holding out due to contract related reasons and has been absent from training camp for the past 3 days.

As a Carolina Panthers fan, this is great news to me. Alvin Kamara potentially out of the division and at the very least, perhaps some displeasure between Kamara and the Saints’ organization. It is reported that the Saints are willing to pay Alvin Kamara upwards of $12 million per year, making him a top 5 paid RB. However, Kamara is reportedly looking to get closer to McCaffrey’s $16 million extension he signed this past April. This is no surprise if you remember AK’s reaction to McCaffrey’s extension live on Twitch back in April.

$12 million and $16 million is quite a big discrepancy and I’m not sure how either sides of this negotiation will move forward. Also, the Saints are reportedly looking to win now considering that Brees could be admitted into assisted living by tomorrow, yet they pay Taysom Hill $21 million and can’t cough up a few more for a potentially top 5 back? If you want to win now, you make sure your star running back is happy. Should he be traded? Absolutely not. Do I want him to be traded? 100%. I actually really like the guy and would root for him every Sunday if he wasn’t in New Orleans.

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Leonard Fournette to the Patriots?

The Jacksonville Jaguars waived the former fourth-overall pick this morning which was something that was long coming. Jacksonville declined his fifth-year option months ago and Fournette has shown little to no interest in being a team player for the Jaguars. Leonard Fournette has been a streaky player; having injuries, off-the-field and on-the-field problems, he certainly isn’t the most reliable player ever. With that being said, he rushed for a career high 1,152 yards last season and caught 76 balls which was a career-high by a long shot. He is a dynamic player and will benefit whoever scoops him up this season. Let’s get into the odds for Fournette’s landing spot.

The Washington Redsk-Football Team (+300)

The odd-on favorite here and for pretty good reason. Adrian Peterson is a 35-year-old back with little depth behind him. I am a big fan of Bryce Love but there are injury concerns around him and after that you’re looking at J.D McKissic and Antonio Gibson (who?). AP showed he’s still got it the past two years after rushing for over 1,000 yards and 8 TTDs in 2018 followed by 940 all-purpose-yards and 5 TDs last season. He can’t run forever so maybe Fournette is a good option, but I personally don’t see it. I think AP has another year in the tank and I see Bryce Love taking it over from there.

New England Patriots (+350)

This seems too good to be true. Fournette was lobbying for Cam Newton to come to the Jaguars months ago. He said,

“I feel like, you know, Cam has the … Cam went to the Super Bowl, he is a great guy, I have been knowing Cam for a minute now. Like I told some people that talked to me and I talked to, it is no disrespect to Minshew. I am just trying to be getting into the best position as a team as we can win.”

Hysterical line by Fournette to follow “no disrespect to Minshew” with saying he just wants his team to win, so let’s bring Cam aboard. Now to New England. Sony Michel is a former first-round pick who is just now coming back from off-season foot surgery. That’s the problem with Michel; he’s been a well above average back when he’s able to be at 100%, but has battled injuries pretty consistently. Now, Michel is in a battle for the starting job against Damien Harris and why not make it more exciting by throwing Fournette in the mix? As New England transitions into either the Newton, Stidham or Hoyer-era, the best way to make that transition as seamless as possible would be to have one of the league’s best in your backfield. Fournette and Cam seem to already have some chemistry and I would expect Belichick to fix Fournette’s attitude and dedication to the team. This is my pick, but let’s look at another potential landing spot.

Chicago Bears (+400)

With David Montgomery’s groin injury, it’s not looking like he’ll be ready to go by Week 1. That leaves Chicago with Tarik Cohen, who is incredible to watch and has some insane speed and agility. He is a smaller back; however, and I cannot seem him being their every-down guy. Chicago has shown that they love to get their runningbacks involved in the passing game and Fournette has proven over his NFL career that the passing game is one of his primary strengths. Possible landing spot? Yes. Likely? No. David Montgomery will be back and will be the guy in Chicago, with Cohen making a great #2.

The Philadelphia Eagles (+400) and the Seattle Seahawks (+600) round out the Top 5 most likely landing spots for Fournette according to Vegas. I don’t see either of these teams picking him up as Miles Sanders is Philadelphia’s future and Fournette will not go somewhere to be a backup. Similarly in Seattle, they already have Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde. While Fournette could be fun to watch with Seattle’s run-first (unless you’re in the Super Bowl) offense, it seems highly unlikely.