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Your (Last Minute) 2011 NFL Draft Prop Bet Guide

April 28, 2011

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2011 NFL Draft Prop BetsAssuming you can do it legally, what better way to spice up the 1st Round of the 2011 NFL Draft tonight than with some prop bets, right? I mean, if it works for Super Bowl parties, why not the NFL Draft?

Best of all, unlike your average prop, most of these have been analyzed and discussed (albeit indirectly) by countless “Draft Experts” for months now — so you’ve actually got a wealth of supposedly reliable, predictive information to work with.

Let’s take a look at what’s arguably tonight’s marquee prop, for instance:

Cam Newton’s Draft Position: Over/Under 1.5 (+250/-400)

Carolina Panthers will likely select Cam NewtonOr, in other words: Will Cam Newton go #1 Overall, or not?

Now, if you’re at all interested in this year’s NFL Draft, you’ve probably read no less than 10 articles in the past 72 hours on what the Carolina Panthers are gonna do with the #1 pick.  The overwhelming consensus: They’re going to draft Cam Newton (but aren’t necessarily over the moon about it).

Carolina is certainly in an unenviable position. Newton, despite how high his ceiling may be, is still almost certainly somewhat of  a project, at best.  Gus Malzahn’s “One Read and Go” offense  at Auburn — however misconstrued it may be — probably didn’t prepare Cam for the complexities of an NFL passing attack as much as it could, amongst other red flags .

It also appears the Panthers, in desperate need of QB help regardless, may not be able to find a viable trading partner for the #1 pick, and Newton — at -400 — is the clear favorite to be selected first overall (Marcell Dareus is the next favorite at a distant +300).

All that said, roll the dice on Newton Under 1.5, and — particularly if you’re a Panthers fan — make sure your fingers are firmly crossed….

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Somewhat Serious Question: Is Peyton Hillis a Top 3 Running Back in the NFL right now?

November 29, 2010

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Define “right now” however you like, but, if only during the very moment “The Other Peyton” was bulldozing Charles Godfrey for his 3rd rushing touchdown (of the half),  I think the answer might be a resounding “yes.”

If nothing else, as Torry Holt alluded to during his brilliant color work for Fox’s Panthers-Browns broadcast, Peyton’s certainly the best back in the league that grew up wrestling wild hogs.

That’s right, America. Wild hogs. Peyton Hillis wrestled them. I’m guessing Peyton Hillis won, too.

Merciless punishing of livestock and unassuming defensive backs aside, however, is this former Arkansas Razorback really amongst the NFL’s elite at his position?   Top 5? Top 3? Hell, maybe even Top 2?

It’s certainly reasonable to suggest as much, and Frump offers some interesting statistical tidbits to stoke up the debate…after the jump.

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Fisticuffs between Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan probably didn’t win NFL any converts…

November 28, 2010

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Frump’s been frumping about boxing and MMA-related subjects quite a bit lately, so how could we pass up the chance to log a quick post on the NFL’s recent foray into that growing market?

Now, as I’ve chronicled before, I’m certainly no expert on the “fighting” sports, hockey included. However, notwithstanding the apparent beatdown delivered by Johnson here, my gut tells me that the uproar amongst NFL fans is related more to the relative novelty of the event itself rather than any observed skill.

After all, I imagine most hockey fans would jeer such an outburst — and not out of distaste for the utter lack of sportsmanship displayed. No, they’d probably just be expecting more. More than what they might expect from a tiff between the cast of Disney on Ice, at least, and certainly to not see the players, let alone officials, break it up.

All that said, I’m not suggesting an NFL season already infused with the controversy associated with something like helmet-to-helmet collisions is losing any popularity contest amongst fans of “violent” sports. Far from it.

But if some of the hottest stories around the league — in back-to-back weeks — are going to be Cortland Finnegan’s tap-out and Richard Seymour’s devastating right hook, well, why not capitalize on the trend?

Then again, perhaps they already are.

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David Garrard to Mike Thomas Hail Mary — Tecmo Bowl Style!

November 15, 2010

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If you’re a football fan and haven’t yet seen the manner of the Jaguars’ epic win over the Texans yesterday, well, this post isn’t for you — The range of reasonable excuses for that is so remote that we refuse to enable the apathy exhibited by your football fandom (or lack thereof).

That said, however, we have no qualms about throwing this bone out there: A lovely reenactment of yesterday’s sensational finale via one of the greatest — if not the greatest — football video game of all time. Complete with the call from Gus Johnson (my god, can you imagine what Tecmo Bowl would’ve been like with Gus Johnson play-by-play?!?!?!?).

Ahhhh, the memories…

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