We are the Champions

16 first round picks. Way more talent. Way tougher and more physical team. Didn’t the US just almost lose to Finland?

Noise….that’s all it was. We heard it over and over again, and we hear it every year. No one is beating Canada. Well….suck it aye? These kids went in there and reminded the Canadian hockey club and the world, who the bigger brother is in this relationship. In an epic 2-0 showdown they came out and dominated the game right of the rip. After seeing Trevor Zegras warm up, I knew USA had it in the bag. Kid is something special and will be an absolute menace in the show for a very long time.

It just goes to show how just because you have a team of first round picks, that doesn’t secure you a gold medal. I think in the end it actually hurt Canada having that many top prospects on their team. In a tight game, you usually throw in you best line or top players, (watch any NHL game ever…Mcdavid goes in, or Crosby, Or McKinnon) and Canada just had too many of those guys, and when they went down 1-0 in the first it was a wrap. They moved away from a team sport and tried to do it on their own each shift and that will never get it done.

At the end of the day those kids on team Canada will be just fine and all of them will end up making millions upon millions of dollars in the NHL, and more than half will win at least one Stanley Cup. That being said, we won the gold, our money is worth way more, I think Aunt Jemima is an elite syrup, and will always be the dominating older brother of the Canadians.

Fuck the Jets

Didn’t get it done. Sam took a bad sack after a false start penalty and with adam gase as your coach why wouldn’t you run 2 plays under 4 yards and then punt. Fuckin nasty 🤮🤮 will be looking for a play in either the late afternoon slate or the night game. Stay tuned. Has the fade already started?? Let me know!

YTD 0-1 -1Unit

Creds Best Bet of the Day. (Sunday)

New segment here as I like to occasionally throw a couple bucks down on a sports game when I see value that really sticks out to me. Let me just get out in front of the noise early as this is not a heart bet or a homer bet. Over the last few weeks this bet has hit and it is a type of bet that his hit at a great clip across the league this season. Tomorrow afternoon I am on the New York Jets OVER .5 points in the first quarter. Yes I know its the Jets. Yes I Know they are the worst sports organization in the history of sports. Yes I know they just did the most Jets like thing possible by ruining their shot at Trevor. Yes I know they are a train wreck inside a dumpster fire. That being said the Pats aren’t much better this year… The over .5 1st quarter bets across the whole league have been hitting at a very high clip this year and I think the jets have value here in this spot tomorrow against a shaky New England defense.

THIS IS NOT A PLAY I AM HAMMERING OR BETTING THE FARM ON. I don’t do that. In fact every bet I make is usually the same dollar amount. But as of Saturday night this is my favorite bet on the board so far. I will be doing more research and looking for some more value throughout the night and tomorrow morning so stay tuned to the Bota page for any updates! Play it or Fade it. Either way I’m going to get absolutely roasted by my co-workers and you the readers but frankly my dear, I dont give a Damn!

#TakeFlight #ByeByeGase

Adopt the 1-16 Playoff Format Across the Board

At just under 26 years old, this is still a concept that absolutely baffles me. Year in and year out a team gets snubbed in just about every league that deserves to get into the playoffs. This year, the Cleveland Browns could potentially miss the playoffs with a far superior record then any of the teams that will emerge from the NFC East. Now I get it. One of teams will win their division but I mean come on. No one wants to see any team from the NFC East in the playoffs, not even the fans of these teams. At the end of the day it just kills the competition level and excitement of the playoffs. Whichever team comes out of that division will not make a run in the playoffs. They won’t even make it past the first round. The Cleveland Browns, contrary to popular belief, are in fact a good team and they are a team that could actually make some waves in the playoffs this year. Yet we will be subjected to watching the Giants Cowboys or Washington football team play in week 18. It’s just so ass backwards.

There needs to be more parody across all sports and the best teams need to be rewarded. Eliminate the divisions and go to East and West. Just tone it down and keep it simple. The NFL and NHL need to get on this because I’m sick of seeing teams that have no business being in the playoffs play in them and I’m sick of seeing marquee matchups in the NHL fall to the wayside due to the bullshit division breakdowns.

Fix it please.

Mark These The Fuck Down…

With 2021 finally here and the sports world doing everything they can to get back to some sort of new normal; let’s take a look at some big events that will be can’t miss TV in the sporting world.

As we all know, unless you live under a complete cement foundation or some sort of “Covid Bunker” (Patent Pending) the NBA is back in full swing. Each team (baring any hiccups) will play 72 games and the playoffs are currently set to begin on May 22. They have worked in a play in Tournament for teams in the hunt currently set to run from May 17th to May 21. The All-Star break is set for March 5th to March 10th (although it’s a complete clown show every year but then again the whole league is complete shit show with over payed divas). Trade deadline is March 25th.

The MLB (the worst sport to watch on TV) is set to begin with opening day on April 1st. I’m literally falling asleep while writing about this sport. That’s how boring it is. Apparently they draft players as well which goes down on July 11th-13th? News to me…and apparently you can buy the first draft pick or it’s bid out or some shit? What the fuck?? The All-Star break will take place July 13th which is the only bright spot of this boring sport. If the Home Run Derby wasn’t a thing I would be completely detached from the game I once loved to play long ago. The Yankees have a game in the middle of bumblefuck Iowa this year to….seems like a pretty far trip from the Bronx for 9 innings of strikeouts, but I digress. Playoffs are set for October 5th, so tune in if you want to but I wouldn’t recommend it…

The NFL regular season is coming to a close and while the Jets won’t be in it, at least they have the first overall pick….oh…right… Adam Gase will be fired on Monday. Wild Card Games start next Saturday and will finish up on Sunday. Divisional round starting on January 16th, Conference Finals January 24th and the Superbowl will be on February 7th; with the Weeknd lip-synching at the halftime show. I’m pullin for either a Mahomie repeat or a Rodgers Ring but as far as this Sunday I am a full fledged Steelers fan! Black and Yellow babyyyyy!!!!

The NHL! My bread and butter!! For the teams that didn’t make it to the NHL bubble last year, training camp opened yesterday. (Yes my hockey team is part of that group, and yes I know all of my teams suck at their respective sports….) The rest of the teams training camps are set to start on January 3rd. Come January 13th we are at full steam ahead and have at least one game every night for the next 150 someodd days. LETS FUCKING GOOOOO!! Each team is currently scheduled for 56 games and they will all be divisional play with the realignment of the divisions do to travel restrictions. Every game now matters that much more in a shortened season while every game will be played against a team that you will need to beat out for a playoff spot. The NHL today has announced that the Flyers and Bruins as well as the Golden Knights and Avalanche will play each other, *hold please* Lake-Fucking-Tahoe in Nevada on February 20th and 21st. Both of these games will be broadcast on NBC and will be must watch TV. The trade deadline is April 12th, with the last regular season game being played on May 8th. Playoffs start right after that on May 11th and the last possible date for the Stanley Cup Finals is July 9th. Expansion Draft for The Seattle Kraken will take place on July 21st and the hope is to start the 2021-2022 season at the normal start time in October. Also, due to the restructured divisions, we will get to experience the heated and hated “Battle of Alberta” 10 times. If you don’t know what this is or how truly great this current situation is, look it up right now……no like right the fuck now. Keep an eye out on Tapingtheshaft on IG and all podcast streaming apps for more info as the season gets underway!

In the UFC world we have one key event set in stone at the moment which is the McGregor vs Poirier rematch. Set to take place on January 23 on fight island. This is something that UFC fans have waited for for a minute now and ot is now fast approaching. McGregor has now come out of retirement like 4 times and his last fight opponent, while an all time legend in Cowboy Cerrone, it was someone that McGregor was always going to handle soundly. Now he’s set to square off in the cage against a very worthy opponent and if you don’t watch it, well then we are not friends anymore. Rumors and rumblings have also started to kick tires that the infamous Khabib wants the winner of this match. Khabib is coming off a sound win in November over Justin Gaethje while maintaining his perfect record and immediately retiring after the match. I think Khabib has a lot left to offer the sport and I think his retirement was premature but I’m no expert. It could just be possible that he already spent the cool 10 mil he made of his last fight on mink coats. However I will do a further write up as more news develops around that story. But for now, ESPN+ January 23, 8pm. Just order it. It will honestly change your life.

So that’s what we are looking at right now in the sports world. Pretty exciting time with some hugeeee events to kick off 2021. Excited to break it all down as it unfolds for you guys and let me know what I missed!

Cred out!

2021

To start off this post I would like to first take a couple lines to thank everyone from Bota for letting me be a part of an amazing team. Growing up it was always my dream to get involved in the sports world (the ultimate goal being to play in the NHL) but when that was ripped from my clutches when I stopped growing in the 6th grade I turned my focus to the covering the teams I’m passionate about. I never had the outlet or platform to promote my blogs and James, Zach, and Chris gave me the opportunity to do so and I am forever grateful for that opportunity.

I would also love to thank each and every one of you who reads the blogs, and interacts with us on social media. You all allow us to do what we love and make it such an incredible experience every day. I greatly enjoy roasting each and every one of you who attacks my teams daily.

At the beginning of December I started a new job out in Pennsylvania and have been working on getting adjusted to the new commute and building a new routine. On top of that I just finished moving late last night so its been a hectic end of the year for me. My main goal (no it’s not a resolution…goals motivate me way more) is dive head first into creating a lot content for you all and continue to help growing the Bota faithful. I am super excited and have some cool ideas floating around in my washed up brain that I cant wait to run with. With that being said, I would love to hear what you guys would love to see, read, interact with. My main focuses up until this point have been the NHL, UFC and the shitty Jets…just about the most underwhelming line up there is haha but would love to get start up a new project that you guys would truly be interested in. Let me know what, if anything, you guys have in mind. Here’s to 2021 and making it an absolute banger. Love you all!

First Look at the Reverse Retros

Some look insane, and some didn’t change at all. I knew the potential was there from the start but these types of projects always seem to come out looking like shit. While a couple teams were given a subpar sweater (yes I’m talking about the devils…) that being said, there are some absolute fire threads in here.

Calgary for starters completely overtook their old logo with this absolutely masterpiece. I mean come on, its a fucking horse with fire coming out of it’s nose, What 9 year old would want to rock that at a game or anywhere for that matter. I may have just become a Calgary fan and I’m completely ok with that. The Yotes also got a sick setup. I’m a sucker for the small detail and the strip of the desert on the bottom of the jersey came out in a major way. The two tone Kachina also looks super sick up against the purple. The Ducks hit gold as well with there design, it’s just a shame that they are such a weak team now sporting a “jacked up” duck but I digress. I had higher hopes for the Av’s jersey when I saw the tease pictures but it still falls in the top third out of all of them. The King’s remind me of the Lakers so that sucks. Vegas adding the red absolutely floored me but I dig them. Think it’ll look really good on a snapback. The Capitals and Blue Jackets came out buzzing. All I can think about is the Ovi goal from his back. It’s great to see the Whalers logo back in the league for sure.

The rest didn’t even try. They are all like that kid in eleventh grade who just complete forgot about the assignment and just handed in a rough draft he put together as the teacher is walking up and down the aisles collecting the assignment. A grand total of zero difference in the Flyers, Oilers, Nashville, Toronto and Islanders. The blues changes one main color to red. The Devils went back to the green (FUCK). Jets changed one color, and all the other teams aren’t worth mentioning. Not super thrilled with the outcome as there was just about endless possibilities to make these absolutely insane. Kind of underwhelmed by the finished product just like all my teachers were with my homework but whatever. It is what it is. What do you guys think of your teams jersey?

Top Three Sports Moments This Year.

This is strictly a matter of opinion and would love to see what your top three sports moments this year are as well. You have nothing to worry about in this being a biased article because my teams (not only this year) but over the past decade have been complete dog shit…So without further prolonged, shitty, non-comical poorly constructed, weak intro, here we go.

Number 3: We have the Joe Kelly (Dodgers 4 eyed pitcher) just absolutely abusing the Astros after the they we granted complete immunity in return for information on cheating their way to a World Series last year. This series of events takes place after the MLB commission came out and backed the Houston Astros players saying that if they were thrown at, suspensions would be handed out. Does not make sense to me either but hey, there’s a reason I’m writing a blog right now and not running the MLB… To set the scene, Joe Kelly comes into the game with a three-run lead against the Astros and immediately begins struggling to find the zone. He’s got Bregman at the plate (one of the suspected ringleaders of this whole cheating scandal). Now with a 3-0 count its very typical that the pitcher comes in with a fast ball right down the middle of the plate. Joe Kelly on the other handed, rips a 96MPH fastball about two inches behind Bregman’s head. Fucking legendary move in my opinion. The fear that came across Bregman’s face was something that every fan, player, and coach across the country needed to see on this warm night at the end of July. We all needed some sort of justice to take place and Joe was not done delivering it. So now with Bregman on first thank God that he wasn’t at the plate anymore, Kelly proceeds to “attempt” to pick him off. Now I have been around the sport for the last 20 years and I have never in my life seen someone continue to pitch at a batter he just walked, and that’s exactly what he was doing. With each pickoff attempt (at least 3 in total) he was clearly aiming at Bregman’s ribcage keeping throws intentionally off the bag and aimed directly at him.

He gets the ground ball he was hoping for, unfortunately not the double play ball though as the throw back to first was a half-step to slow and as Kelly begins walking back to the mound a hot mic picked up a whiny little bitch from the Astros bench say “Just get on the mound little fucker” Absolutely incredible how much headspace Joe Kelly acquired in the Dodgers head in about four minutes lol. He proceeds to walk Gurriel on four pitches (yes he absolutely brought a fastball up and inside) and now Alex Correa (another suspected ringleader of the trash can scandal) walks gingerly into Joe Kelly’s office. First pitch thrown: Off speed directly at the head of Correa who narrowly avoids a concussion by dropping to the dirt. Second pitch: fast ball up and inside and Correa, who was visibly rattled after the first pitch, has had to have lost all sense of focus. Kelly proceeds to get Correa to strike out swinging to end the inning and as he’s walking off the mound turns and says, “nice swing bitch” and continues the big dick energy by throwing severe faces at Correa. I’ve always hated the dodgers but since this I have been the biggest Joe Kelly supporter on the planet. (He was in fact suspended 8 games for this, but God was it worth it.)

Number 2: The Lakers putting on an absolute shit kicking the NBA bubble for the late great Kobe. Will my hate for Lebron, and the Lakers is still very prominent and always will be, I think what they brought to every Laker fan and more importantly every Kobe fan was exactly the kind of storybook ending that just doesn’t happen anymore, yet they did it. This weird ass year started off with TMZ breaking the Kobe Bryant news back in January and ever since then its just been one thing after another. Kobe had been the backbone of LA for as long as I can remember, and this was one incredible way to honor him one final time. While he may not be here physical, he lives on in every fade away jumper, every classroom paper tossed into a trash can while mumbling “Kobe”, and every jersey with the numbers 8 or 24 on them. Mamba out but never will it be Mamba gone…

Number 3: The double cheeseburger feen himself Mr. Reid, and the billion-dollar boy Mahomes leading the chiefs to their first Super Bowl in 50 years. In a 10-10 game going into the half it was just about anyone’s game. As the whole world watch the halftime show, which was the first thing to divide the country this year, as females thought it was highly inappropriate and males thought it was the best halftime show they had ever seen. With both parties turning to twitter to become keyboard warriors and defend their opinion, the 49ers came out and gained a 10-point lead before anyone new what had happened. While I was deciding how I was going to spend my winning bet money on the 49ers and the commentators began calling Mahomes to young, and that the game was all but over going into the fourth quarter. Now if you blinked you missed it, as the Chiefs extremely bullied the 49ers. Mahomes rejuvenated his team and earned himself an insane contract during that performance all while bringing Kansas City the Lombardi trophy. After Mahomes achieved the most sought-after goal in every football player dreams, he then bought a piece of the Kansas City Royals. There is absolutely nothing this kid can’t do both on and off the field. I learned an unbelievably valuable lesson that night which is I will never, under and circumstance, bet against the Chiefs and Mahomes again…

Didn’t Even Watch …

Was out in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for the weekend running down trails on the mountain bike so for the first time in the past 25 years I didn’t watch a single snap of the Jets game. For the foreseeable future I will not be tuning in to this dumpster fire. I will make sure to have some sort of obligation to avoid flipping the channel to CBS. Bet the spread against the Jets every week. Don’t even buy the point…

A Much, Much Darker “Same Old Jets”

Well…Here we are again. Not three days since my last blog about the dreaded Jets. While the last topic on the Jets testing positive for Covid-19 and having the game against The Cardinals get postponed (Yes as stated in my last blog, I did in fact hammer the Cardinals -7) did not come to fruition, my team has still managed to take 48 steps backward yet again.

Before people jump down my throat saying “it’s your own fault for having you hopes up this year.” let me set the record straight. I knew full well that the jets were yet again going to produce another losing season. I knew that the offense would be in complete shambles again. I completely and fully comprehended the concept that the defense would get torn to shreds against the schedule that they were given this year. My hopes for this team, in this season being successful, were not up. That being said, I expected more. I thought there would be even the slightest sense of compete level. I had envisioned some sort of progression coming off of the tail end of last season’s glimmer of a competent football team. Yet here we are, headed into week 6 of the season, and not only have I come to terms with ending 0-16 (a statement I’ve been preaching since week one) but I have now lost all season of hope for this team long term. Understand me when I say long-term because we aren’t talking about the next 5-7 years. Long-term for the New York Jets is the next 5-7 decades.

I’m still working on wrapping my head around the Adam Gase hire that we are now a year and a half removed from. I am going to break down some of the absolutely incoherent moves after his job was secured as the Jets bench boss. I’m also going to lay out the success of those that were trapped on the dolphins with him as the coach because guys like Devante Parker and Ryan Tannehill are now having incredible break out years now that they are out form under Gase’s thumb. No it’s not a coincidence, and if that’s what came to mind for you, shut up. I am so tired of people defending this guy.

Since Gase took over, we have seen:

1) The loss of their best overall and defensive player in Jamal Adams, and don’t come back at me with the week argument “yea but they got an insane haul for him’ because they got draft picks… and the Jets have no fucking clue what to do with draft picks.

2) Three months later we watch the best offensive player on the Jets get dropped. Don’t tell me that anything that has happened this year is on Bell, just look at last season. One of Gase’s first comments when he joining the organization was that he was unhappy with with the Bell contract. Ever since that comment he has had it out for Bell. He benched him for over 50% of the snaps last year and while bell was in, non of the play calling was tailored to his skill set. When you have a generational talent in Bell who has an incredible sill set, you work your offense around that. You don’t try to change Bell’s style.

3) Robby Anderson was exactly what Sam needed in a wide receiver weapon. Is he on the Jets now? Nope

4) We’ve seen Gase absolutely destroy the career of Darnold long term. I still believe that Sam has all the potential in the world, and put in the right environment, with weapons in place and an offensive game plan in line with his abilities, he will succeed. There’s no question about it. Gase has continued to turn a blind eye toward the weapons and skill sets the Jets had, and tried to mold everyone into something completely different.

I honestly have no idea how this guy still has a job. If any of us fucked up half as much as he has we would have lost our jobs on the spot. It all goes back to the Johnsons. They just dont care, and for some reason they still believe they have “their guy” when in essence they have not only lost the majority of that talent that suited up every Sunday, but they’ve lost the interest of every person across the country who bleeds green and white. I’ve stopped watching, and i know many of you have to. You can have all the talent in the world on the field but if the guys in the suits up in the press box don’t give a fuck, the team will never be successful. I guess their goal now is to draft Lawrence first overall but at the end of the day that wont change anything for the Jets. They’ve lost all the talented supporting cast and veteran leadership, and have butchered any credible to have big name free agents sign here in New York based on how the organization treats the players. If you’re a Jets fan like me we are absolutely fucked long term and there’s no two ways about it. Buckle up for the next half century and spend time with your families on Sunday away from the tv during football season because it isn’t getting better and it wont until the Johnson brothers sell.