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Tandler and JP make 11 Super Bowl Prop Bets: Lady Gaga, extra points, lacrosse, and Trump

Tandler and JP make 11 Super Bowl Prop Bets: Lady Gaga, extra points, lacrosse, and Trump

Enjoying the Super Bowl is about much more than the game. The food, certainly, but goofy prop bets are a big part of the experience as well. With the big game set for Sunday night,​ I came up with a random list of prop bets for me and Rich Tandler to pick. Enjoy.

1) Coin toss - Heads or Tails?

  • Finlay - Always bet this, and always take tails. Tails, you see, never fails. 
  • Tandler - Always use your head. Heads 

2) Length of the National Anthem - Over/Under 2 minutes, 9 seconds

  • Finlay - My wife likes country music, and in turn, I listen to a decent amount of it. That said, I have no idea who Luke Bryan is and how long to expect him to sing the Star Spangled Banner. I do like a good sweat. I'm going under. 
  • Tandler - I'm a little familiar with Bryan. Anyone who has a CD called Tailgates and Tanlines is going to be in a hurry to get to his suite and start the party. Under. 

3) How many times will "Trump" be said on TV during broadcast? Over/Under 1.5

  • Finlay - Serious question, will Trump be at the game? Is there any way to know that? Regardless, it seems impossible to avoid the name Trump in any capacity for more than 20 minutes. Gimme the over.
  • Tandler - Trump won't be there, he's talking to Bill O'Reilly of FOX at halftime. So the promos for that alone will push this way over the mark. Sounds like whoever set this line didn't check this out. 

4) Will LeGarrette Blount score a touchdown in the first half? Yes +160, No -180

  • Finlay - I love this. Yes. A lot of times yes. 
  • Tandler - If JP likes something so much, something's wrong. I'll go with no. 

5) Total gross passing yards by Matt Ryan? Over/Under 325.5

  • Finlay - My official prediction comes out Sunday, but I think this game will be lower scoring than many expect. In fact, I think the run game leads the way for both teams. That's a long way of saying I'll take the under.
  • Tandler - I think the Falcons will either win the game through the air or Ryan will rack up some garbage time yards late in a rout. Either way, that's the over. 

​6) Will a roughing-the-passer penalty be called in the game? Yes +120, No -150

  • Finlay - I was in Vegas for the Broncos-Seahawks Super Bowl a few years back, and while I made a decent chunk on the game (LOVED Seattle) I lost some cash on this dumb prop. I thought for sure the refs would protect Peyton Manning and there would be one, maybe two, roughing calls on the aggresive Seahawks D. There wasn't. Logic might point to both Tom Brady and Matt Ryan being pocket passers, and the odds of a roughing call going up. Forget logic. Out of spite, I say no.
  • Tandler - Well, Cam Newton isn't playing so the odds are much better. But the stripes tend to keep their flags in their pockets in The Big Game, as evidenced by JP's Vegas experience. I'll also say no. 

7) Odds to have the most receiving yards: Julio Jones: 2/1, Chris Hogan: 5/1, Julian Edelman: 5/1, Mohamed Sanu: 8/1, Martellus Bennett: 10/1, Taylor Gabriel: 10/1, FIELD: 14/1

  • Finlay - My guess is the Pats will look to bracket Julio with safety help over the top. And the Hogan success story seems due to slow down. I'll take Edelman, and if you want a player from each team, I would take Gabriel too. When the safeties are worried about Julio, Gabriel can get deep.
  • Tandler - I don't think they will shut down Jones regardless of what they do. In a vacuum I might go with Jones but you can't make much money betting on him at 2/1. Give me Sanu, who will benefit from extra attention given to Jones. 

8) Odds a kicker misses an extra point: 7/3

  • Finlay - This is the year. It's gonna happen. Get on the cash train.
  • Tandler - In a dome on a carpet? No. 

9) Will the word "Lacrosse" be said on TV during live broadcast? Yes 1/3, No 2/1

  • Finlay - Lock of the century. Hogan's first catch Joe Buck will be talking about Penn State lacrosse. 
  • Tandler - I'm going to try to make some money here. If Hogan has zero or one reception, like he did six times this year, his background might not get mentioned. Can't make money with the yes, I'll go no. 

10) How many times will "deflate" or "deflategate" be said on TV during live broadcast? Over/Under 1.5

  • Finlay - The NFL doesn't want this to be a story line. Sure it is a story line, and it will get mentioned, but not twice. Under. 
  • Tandler - I'll go with one actual use of "Deflategate" and another mention or two of the whole mess without using the word, like talking about Brady's suspension. So that's the under by the rules. 

11) Which song will Lady Gaga play first during the halftime show?
        "Born this Way" 9/4
        "Bad Romance" 5/2
        "Edge of Glory" 6/1
        "Poker Face" 10/1
        "Just Dance" 10/1
        "Any other song" 11/10

  • Finlay - I have no idea the answer here. I feel like Just Dance is a good way to get the crowd into the performance. To tell the truth, I only put this prop on here to see if Tandler was familiar with any of the Lady Gaga catalog. Be honest Rich. 
  • Tandler - Odds that Tandler will be able to name that tune when she is on stage--1,000 to 1. But I can do a little research. When she was on Saturday Night Live a few months ago she performed "Million Reasons." It's on the slow side so I can see the opening with everything totally dark with a spotlight on Lady Gaga and her singing that for about a minute before breaking into something like "Just Dance" as the lights come on and the show really gets started. So even though I don't like the low odds that means I'll take "Any Other Song".


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Contract makes Adrian Peterson a no-risk acquisition for the Redskins

Contract makes Adrian Peterson a no-risk acquisition for the Redskins

Adrian Peterson is truly a no-risk acquisition for the Redskins. 

The 33-year-old running back signed with the Redskins on Monday afternoon, for one year at the NFL minimum salary of $1.015 million according to Field Yates of ESPN

The contract structure means that the Redskins can have him practice for the next week and a half, play in the two remaining preseason games, and then let him go prior to Week 1 and walk away owing him nothing. 

If they do keep him for Week 1 against the Cardinals, his salary for the season will become guaranteed. But if they decide to let him go at some point in the season the payout of the remainder of his salary will be a drop in the bucket of a $176 million salary cap. There is no signing bonus, roster bonus, or other guaranteed salary. 

One more team friendly aspect of this deal is that Peterson will cost less against the cap than the Redskins are paying him. The NFL has something called the veteran minimum benefit, designed to encourage teams to keep older players rather than the younger and cheaper one. Under this benefit, Peterson will count just $630,000 in cap space. That is the same cap charge as Byron Marshall carries. So, if it comes down to choosing between the Marshall and Peterson for a roster spot, the salary cap will not be a factor. 

Apparently, Peterson is anxious to play football and after spending the entire offseason as a free agent who wasn’t drawing much interest, a player who received $11 million guaranteed from the Vikings two years ago will go to work for a fraction of that. 



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Fantasy Football: Top 200 rankings with tiers


Fantasy Football: Top 200 rankings with tiers

Rankings are cool, tiers are better. Here we have nine of them separating the top 200 fantasy football players for 2018. Dive in.

Tier 1

1.  Todd Gurley, LAR RB
2.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT RB
3.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL RB
4.  David Johnson, ARI RB
5.  Antonio Brown, PIT WR

Notes: There's a temptation to make this a two-man tier as some concern exists with situations for Elliott (Will the Cowboys have a balanced offense?) and Johnson (Will he thrive as Cardinals transition?), but ultimately these are the main building blocks for any fantasy team. Order isn't locked and even less so in PPR.
Tier 2

6.  Alvin Kamara, NO RB
7.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU WR
8.  Saquon Barkley, NYG RB
9.  Leonard Fournette, JAC RB
10.  Melvin Gordon, LAC RB
11.  Kareem Hunt, KC RB
12.  Julio Jones, ATL WR
13.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG WR

Notes: Interesting dilemma starts here. Take the always needed running backs or grab one of the elite in a year in which there aren't many elite receivers?
Tier 3

14.  Dalvin Cook, MIN RB
15.  Michael Thomas, NO WR
16.  Keenan Allen, LAC WR
17.  Devonta Freeman, ATL RB
18.  A.J. Green, CIN WR
19.  Davante Adams, GB WR
20.  Rob Gronkowski, NE TE

Notes: These are the last running backs that can help owners desiring an RB1 sleep better at night. Cook dropped from Tier 2 to 3 because Minnesota's offensive line is a true MASH unit. ...The "Gronk" upside vs. injuy risk is, always, in play.
Tier 4

21.  Joe Mixon, CIN RB
22.  T.Y. Hilton, IND WR
23.  Mike Evans, TB WR
24.  Jerick McKinnon, SF RB
25.  Jordan Howard, CHI RB
26.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR RB
27.  Stefon Diggs, MIN WR
28.  Adam Thielen, MIN WR
29.  Doug Baldwin, SEA WR
30.  Tyreek Hill, KC WR
31.  Alex Collins, BAL RB
32.  Amari Cooper, OAK WR
33.  Travis Kelce, KC TE
34.  Derrick Henry, TEN RB
35.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN WR
36.  Lamar Miller, HOU RB
37.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI WR
38.  Allen Robinson, CHI WR
39.  Aaron Rodgers, GB QB
40.  Kenyan Drake, MIA RB

Notes:  Fun group of running backs here for any owner who went receiver-receiver at the start. Mixon, Collins and Henry are particularly interesting, though all have some form of a stat-stealing pest in their respective backfields. ... Rodgers likely goes higher in most leagues. Considering the impressive QB depth this season, it's surely better to let someone else jump in while you fortify depth elsewhere. 
Tier 5

41.  Marvin Jones, DET WR
42.  Jay Ajayi, PHI RB
43.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT WR
44.  Zach Ertz, PHI TE
45.  Royce Freeman, DEN RB
46.  LeSean McCoy, BUF RB
47.  Chris Hogan, NE WR
48.  Josh Gordon, CLE WR
49.  Golden Tate, DET WR
50.  Brandin Cooks, LAR WR
51.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI WR
52.  Mark Ingram, NO RB
53.  Tom Brady, NE QB
54.  Jarvis Landry, CLE WR
55.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK RB

Notes: Derrius Guice would have been the first rookie running back off the board after Saquon Barkley. Alas, that's not happening after his season-ending knee injury. Instead that honor goes to Freeman, who should pass Devontae Booker on the Broncos depth chart before long.
Tier 6

56.  Corey Davis, TEN WR
57.  Rex Burkhead, NE RB
58.  Rashaad Penny, SEA RB
59.  Ronald Jones II, TB RB
60.  Russell Wilson, SEA QB
61.  Dion Lewis, TEN RB
62.  Cam Newton, CAR QB
63.  Tevin Coleman, ATL RB
64.  Michael Crabtree, BAL WR
65.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN WR
66.  Deshaun Watson, HOU QB
67.  Sammy Watkins, KC WR
68.  Robert Woods, LAR WR
69.  Marquise Goodwin, SF WR
70.  Randall Cobb, GB WR
71.  Robby Anderson, NYJ WR
72.  Sony Michel, NE RB
73.  Kenny Stills, MIA WR
74.  Pierre Garcon, SF WR
75.  Devin Funchess, CAR WR
76.  Greg Olsen, CAR TE
77.  Jamison Crowder, WAS WR
78.  Isaiah Crowell, NYJ RB
79.  Will Fuller, HOU WR
80.  Jimmy Graham, GB TE
81.  Kerryon Johnson, DET RB
82.  Cooper Kupp, LAR WR
Tier 7

83.  Jamaal Williams, GB RB
84.  Marlon Mack, IND RB
85.  Delanie Walker, TEN TE
86.  Drew Brees, NO QB
87.  Nelson Agholor, PHI WR
88.  Julian Edelman, NE WR
89.  Evan Engram, NYG TE
90.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN TE
91.  Paul Richardson, WAS WR
92.  Carson Wentz, PHI QB
93.  Carlos Hyde, CLE RB
94.  Andrew Luck, IND QB
Tier 8

95.  Tarik Cohen, CHI RB
96.  Kirk Cousins, MIN QB
97.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF WR
98.  Chris Thompson, WAS RB
99.  Jordy Nelson, OAK WR
100.  Marqise Lee, JAC WR
101.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT QB
102.  Devante Parker, MIA WR
103.  Jordan Reed, WAS TE
104.  Trey Burton, CHI TE
105.  Matthew Stafford, DET QB
106.  C.J. Anderson, CAR RB
107.  Sterling Shepard, NYG WR
108.  Kenny Golladay, DET WR
109.  Allen Hurns, DAL WR
110.  Rishard Matthews, TEN WR
111.  Duke Johnson, CLE RB
112.  Josh Doctson, WAS WR
113.  Philip Rivers, LAC QB
114.  Tyler Lockett, SEA WR
115.  Matt Ryan, ATL QB
116.  Mike Williams, LAC WR
117.  Devontae Booker, DEN RB
118.  Jack Doyle, IND TE
119.  Jimmy Garoppolo, SF QB
120.  Chris Carson, SEA RB
121.  D.J. Moore, CAR WR
122.  Patrick Mahomes, KC QB
123.  Giovani Bernard, CIN RB
124.  Anthony Miller, CHI WR
125.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL WR
126.  Ted Ginn, NO WR
127.  Matt Breida, SF RB
128.  George Kittle, SF TE
129.  David Njoku, CLE TE
130.  Cameron Meredith, NO WR
Tier 9

131.  Dez Bryant, FA WR
132.  Aaron Jones, GB RB
133.  Nick Chubb, CLE RB
134.  Chris Godwin, TB WR
135.  Tyrell Williams, LAC WR
136.  Ty Montgomery, GB RB
137.  Jared Goff, LAR QB
138.  DeSean Jackson, TB WR
139.  John Brown, BAL WR
140.  Alex Smith, WAS QB
141.  Michael Gallup, DAL WR
142.  Peyton Barber, TB RB
143.  Marcus Mariota, TEN QB
144.  Calvin Ridley, ATL WR
145.  James White, NE RB
146.  Keelan Cole, JAC WR
147.  Corey Clement, PHI RB
148.  Latavius Murray, MIN RB
149.  Mike Wallace, PHI WR
150.  O.J. Howard, TB TE
151.  Dak Prescott, DAL QB
152.  Bilal Powell, NYJ RB
153.  Martavis Bryant, OAK WR
154.  Quincy Enunwa, NYJ WR
155.  Nyheim Hines, IND RB
156.  Eric Ebron, IND TE
157.  Robert Kelley, WAS RB
158.  Tyler Eifert, CIN TE
159.  Charles Clay, BUF TE
160.  Austin Ekeler, LAC RB
161.  Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI TE
162.  Ryan Grant, IND WR
163.  Jordan Wilkins, IND RB
164.  Blake Bortles, JAC QB
165.  Samaje Perine, WAS RB
166.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI QB
167.  Theo Riddick, DET RB
168.  John Ross, CIN WR
169.  D'Onta Foreman, HOU RB
170.  Danny Amendola, MIA WR
171.  Cameron Brate, TB TE
172.  Doug Martin, OAK RB
173.  Vance McDonald, PIT TE
174.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ WR
175.  Geronimo Allison, GB WR
176.  Chris Ivory, BUF RB
177.  Donte Moncrief, JAC WR
178.  Taywan Taylor, TEN WR
179.  Eli Manning, NYG QB
180.  Frank Gore, MIA RB
181.  LeGarrette Blount, DET RB
182.  Derek Carr, OAK QB
183.  Albert Wilson, MIA WR
184.  Austin Hooper, ATL TE
185.  Benjamin Watson, NO TE
186.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, JAC TE
187.  Hayden Hurst, BAL TE
188.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC DST
189.  Courtland Sutton, DEN WR
190.  Christian Kirk, ARI WR
191.  Dante Pettis, SF WR
192.  Terrance Williams, DAL WR
193.  Travis Benjamin, LAC WR
194.  Jameis Winston, TB QB
195.  Mike Gesicki, MIA TE
196.  Spencer Ware, KC RB
197.  Andy Dalton, CIN QB
198.  Mark Andrews, BAL TE
199.  James Washington, PIT WR
200.  Greg Zuerlein, LAR