Is Shaq In Deep Waters?

Shaq (left) posing with Joe Exotic

Hello BOTA World! Coming at you live from a small little town that SHOULD BE A GHOST-TOWN but yet still seems to be quite busy. Anyways, as I am immunosuppressed from a kidney transplant, I’ve been stuck in my house for what feels like too long now.

But enough about me! This quarantine has given me some time to reflect on the good things in life, like not hoarding 277 big cats and threatening to kill everyone around you while shooting at their feet. This got me thinking though (for those that have watched Tiger King. For those that haven’t I haven’t decided whether this will be a spoiler or not so good luck) about a sports icon. Shaquille O’Neal May be in some deep, deep waters after this quarantine subsides.

Now Shaq made an appearance on the show for “buying” two tiger cubs. What the show is based off of consists of the illegal activities that took place upon these rescues, sanctuaries, and zoos. This instantly lands Shaq in some trouble when the document finally comes out. However, Shaq claims that he never “bought” the cubs, he “sponsored” them instead.

Still the point resides that Shaq was at one point, friendly with one of the most psychotic gay-redneck-gun-toting-mullet-wearing-big-cat-savin’ man TJ ever walk the planet. So that in itself begs the question to me; how is Shaq not being eaten alive for this?

Personally, I love Shaq, but this is not a good look for the man. Not that he really needs to care what people think of him, but after this documentary, he had to land in some trouble by someone for a bit. Right? The police, his job, his wife? SOMEONE!

Anyways if you’re looking for the most crazy documentary to get through your quarantine I highly suggest watching Tiger King. And to Shaq and the BOTA fans out there, as always, stay safe and away from big cats and there psychotic owners.

Dumb Brain: Low Number WRs

It is time to be honest, Low Number Receivers> High number Receivers. The future is now old man! The days of Receivers wearing numbers in the 80s are over. It is all about the teens. Think about how cool Mike Evans looks. He’s got the tattoos, He’s a star WR, and the number 13 looks so fucking cool on his jersey.

Receivers with numbers in the teens look faster. It’s a new age thing for the players. That might be why I commit to them so easily. If I looked at two receivers, one with a number 10 and one with the number 83. I automatically think that the low number is going to be the athletic fast play maker. The other is just some tall dude who can catch.

I guess neither of those things are wrong, but low number receivers look like Created madden players. Look at OBJ or Mike Evans. They have the ink and the ability to make it look cool. Then think about OBJ’s team mate Jarvis Landry. He reminds me of a Civic. He is reliable and can be fast, but isn’t there for flash. Low numbers are the future of NFL Talent.

The State of Football in the State of Florida

Florida is a fucking mess, and this time it’s not because of the citizens. Florida football is in a god awful state. I feel weird commenting on high school kids, so I wont be mentioning that for legal purposes. From college football up to the pros, it is horrendous. We will start with the north.

Jacksonville:

I was planning this blog all day and was thinking of how Jalen Ramsey was going to ask for a release. I was almost right. Jalen wants out. Bad. He fought with Doug Marrone this weekend on a hard loss to the Texans. the Monday after, he demands to be traded. I thought they were turning around with Gardener leading their offense in the absence of Nick Foles. I mean the dude has a sweet mustache and does weird workouts in a jockstrap. If that isn’t QB 1 material. I don’t know what is.

FSU:

A little further south and I don’t know where to start. Blackman looks like trash. Willie Taggert is likely to finish this year without a job. I could spend this whole blog talking about them, but, short and simple, FSU has a ton of familiar issues with no way to solve them. They need better coaching and better defensive discipline.

University of Florida Gators:

Gator nation. Get over Filipe Frank, he was not that good. He looked better this year, but he is just not that good. His injury is not the end of the world.

UCF:

UCF looks really good. Not undefeated good, but good. They are the fastest team in the NCAA. That makes them hard to keep up with which makes them an interesting matchup every week. Not ‘National Champions’ good, but very good.

USF:

They have been on a roller coaster year. They came in with the Iron-Sharpens-Iron approach. They had a hard loss opening week to Wisconsin and won’t face a challenge until they play BYU and then again at the end of the year with UCF. I don’t know if this approach is going to work for the Bulls.

Buccaneers:

Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Jameis sucks. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Crab legs. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank. Tank.

The U:

I had full faith in the return of the U after the Florida, Week 0 opener. They destroyed Cookman, Wow. They lost by one to an underrated UNC. They haven’t been consistent at all. They need to be better to get better recruits to return to their old form.

The Dolphins:

Honestly, give Rosen the time under center. Let him get the experience he deserves. The Dolphins need to sell a bunch of players high and get a new start, but keep Rosen, he is the future.

I could write a whole paragraph summarizing this, but I want to keep it short and simple. Florida, from North to South, is a shit show. There are clearly teams that break the mold, but the rest are utter garbage. We need a return to Glory in the Sunshine State, but that won’t happen for another five years minimum between drafting and scouting. I guess we will have to just sit back and watch what happens.

A view of the Dolphins Week 2 From Instagram: A Collection

Okay. I need to get some serious sports views before we get into this. I want to agree with the Miami fans, and say that it’s time for Rosen to start. He came out and looked really good! His receivers looked awful and dropped beautiful chances. Then he almost tore his knee and was throwing like garbage, but in his defense, his O-line gave up. It’s time for Miami to tank and rebuild. Change the culture.

Now, one of my favorite things to do is go on Instagram and look at the comments under a post from a big loss. For today’s Common Man Comments (working tittle) I bring you a selection from this post.

We start with the top comments here.

The usual clickbait, “like if” comes after Tyler….. “ not going to try your last name because I might become racist” would like to pull the Frank Reynolds.

Now we see a hot take. You are going to call your team the worst in football history after week 2? You might be right.
-signed,
A Browns fan
Is this a humble brag? It sounds like a humble brag….
Another hot week 2 take. They already want Brian Flores out. That’s ludacris. Give your coach a chance to build even if no one wants to play there.
-signed once again,
A Browns fan who supported Hue Jackson
Last but not least, the clear solution to your problems. Draft another young QB, after trading for a young QB, so you can build a chain of unsuccessful young QBs that get eaten up by the league.

I don’t know what the answer to Miami’s awful team is, but I know what they’re going through. I had to live in New England when the browns went 0-16. I at least had hope they would win a game. I really don’t see any wins in Miami’s future.

BOLD Prediction Monday(9.15.19)

For a while, we have had a group chat topic called Bold Prediction Monday. We all decided to bring this to you all. We want to hear your hot takes in the comments and we want to hear what you think of our takes as well. Let’s get started.

James:

Miami is going 0-16 which isn’t an insane take, but the Giants will be in the same boat. They looked better this week, but you can only do so much with what you have. Especially, when you still have faith in Eli and his dumb face. I’ll do my too early draft spot predictions, #1 Miami #2 NY Giants #3 Washington #4 Tampa #5 Arizona.

Zack:

What the hell is going on with kicking in the NFL right now? Vinny is missing left and right, Gostkowski is, well just plain missing. And the BEARS, the team who lost in the wildcard round to the Eagles won their past game to the Broncos on, you guessed it, a field goal. I think most people will be surprised when the kicking landscape changes drastically within the next 2-3 weeks. At least Justin Tucker is still doing his thing. I think Vinny is done this season. And Gostkowski is in his last season with the Pats. He’s been given a huge leash over the past couple of seasons, but there have been games where he has almost lost it for the Pats, including TWO Superbowls.

Chris:

Cam Newton will be benched. Coming off yet another unimpressive performances so far, the Panthers don’t have much options other than looking to Kyle Allen to maybe bring life to this offense.

Ben Roethlisberger retires after the season. With two star players lost over two years for the Steelers, Big Ben remaining injury prone, and Mike Tomlin still running the team, I don’t see how this team can remain a success for this season. Big Ben is done… he was done 3 years ago but still feels he has something left in the tank. That has to be gone by now. The Steelers are 0-2, Their top receiver Juju Smith-Schuster had an injury scare last week, and now James Conner with a possible knee injury, this team is crashing, hard.

Jameis Winston’s Time is Almost Up in the Bay

Jameis, what happened to you. You were an All American in 2013. The Heisman and National Championship were all yours in 2013-14. Then you went on to be the number one overall pick in 2015, and you won rookie of the year that same year, because that’s how rookies work.

Now, what are Tampa fans Left with? A crab shell of a man (that’s a crab leg joke for those of you who missed it). He has had constant character issues off the field. Usually, fans can look past that if that player performs on game day. Jameis hasn’t been able to perform at all though. I previously mentioned how in week one he looked like when you play Madden with your brother and he just throws it up and prays. Thursday night, he looked awful in the first half. He made dumb throws and looked awful in the pocket. He showed glimmers of hope in the second half, but the Bucs defense really won the game for them in the end.

I don’t have a transition so here is fat Jameis

Jameis has to turn this season around. Bruce Arians is a fantastic coach and the Bucs front office has done a good job building a strong team, but you are only as strong as your weakest link. Please see picture above for the weakest link. At his worst, he is the 32nd best starter in the NFL. At his best, he is an above average QB that can bring you to a .500 record every year.

Jameis is on the direct path to become the next Journeyman back up QB. If the Bucs are smart, they will draft another Qb in this years draft and move on from this inconsistent mess. #TankforTua

Boston Needs A Championship

With the Bruins loss of the Stanley Cup Finals still lingering, the embarrassing Red Sox season winding down, and the Patriots finally back, I’m thinking to myself it’s been a rough few months and Boston deserves another championship.

For those of you who don’t know, it’s EXCEPTIONALLY hard being a Boston sports fan. You know the possibility of making the playoffs in every major sport is imminent, so the hope stays throughout the entire season, usually down to the last few games, that a team has or hasn’t made the playoffs. This is EXHAUSTING. We can only take so much as fans. We put our expectations for teams so high, that when playoffs are out of the question, we, as fans, are just brutally broken.

Furthermore, the off-season is almost always miserable. The thought of losing a star player always sits in the back of your mind because you never, ever, EVER, know what might happen in the City of Champions. I’ll give you the perfect example too; rumors are currently flooding the Red Sox clubhouse and its fan base that Mookie Betts or J.D. Martinez could be traded this offseason to undercut the luxury tax. Am I supposed to just sit here aimlessly throughout the offseason and pray it doesn’t happen??? Reminisce on the amazing abilities these players brought to the Red Sox? This is unjust and unfair for fans.

Point is, we as fans can’t and don’t deserve to wait until February every year for a possibility at another championship. The Patriots can’t do all the work. The Bruins were close, but not close enough. The last time they won was 2011, way too long. The Celtics are even worse at over 10 years now. The Red Sox are still a great time just not lucky this year.

Us Boston sports fans are SPOILED, and all the success of our teams has most definitely gone to all of our heads. I’ll be the first to admit that. But, we’ve also been lucky enough to experience teams that are contenders in whatever league 99.9% of the time. We’ve been so lucky, in fact, that our expectations have risen this high, where we expect our teams to make playoffs. With this knowledge though, we know that when one of our teams don’t win a championship, make playoffs, whatever, we know next year that team will come back stronger and wiser than previous years. Sometimes a loss hurts, but in Boston, it only means the downhill slope before reaching the peak. We as fans must keep strong and get ready for the rise.

College Football Bullet Points. What to Watch For

I am never going to pretend that I am a college football writer. I am an average guy who went to a D3 school and enjoyed watching football on Saturdays. I have no bias. I have no team. That being said, let me give you my bullet points for what I am excited to see on Saturday.

#2 Alabama Vs. University of South Carolina

USC started off the year in a bad way with a hard loss to UNC. They then went on to play Charleston Southern and kick their dicks in with their freshmen Quarterback, Ryan Hilinski leading the way. It was a good game to boost the confidence of this kid. Now he has to go in and face Alabama. The key to this game is playing perfect football. I know that sounds dumb, but that what you have to do to beat Saban and his boys. One turnover can turn the tides for or against you. I’m not ready to put Bama on upset watch, but I will always root for them to collapse.

Kansas Vs. Boston College

The Eagles have looked like a different team this year. Aj Dillon is healthy and Anthony Brown has looked amazing under center. They both are making a case for BC to be ranked and appreciated in the ACC. The Jayhawks don’t seem confident in the QB, Carter Stanley. He is going to have to do better than last week where he threw for 107 yards, no touchdowns, and two interceptions. BC is going to be looking for the big play and the Kansas defense has to be ready to defend against that or they will end up like Virginia Tech.

Florida State Vs. #25 Virginia

Florida State what happened to you? You Barely beat out ULM last week, then the week before that you collapsed and lost to Boise State. You have the talent to win you just aren’t producing. Virginia is out to prove that their hype is fitting. This game means more to FSU. For a program of their caliber, they cannot afford to spend three years un-ranked. My take, it’s time to put Hornibrook in and let him lead you to a win.

Hawaii Vs. #23 Washington

If you have read my previous post *cough cough* here *cough cough* You know how high I am on Hawaii this year. They have a chance to capitalize on a falling Washington team that lost to Cal last week. Washington is going to look to take advantage of the above average defense of the Rainbow Warriors. I still think my boy Cole McDonald (had a farm) will burn through Washington.

#1 Clemson Vs. Syracuse

Syracuse is going into this as a four touchdown underdog. If you’re shocked raise your hand….nope…no one? Okay. HOWEVER, Syracuse fans still have the memory of 2017 when they upset #2 Clemson. This is not that team. Trevor Lawrence is equal parts good at football and good at getting mistaken for a girl at a bar. The Tigers defense looks really good so far this year and I don’t expect that to change. For Syracuse to pull another upset, the key will be pressing the young defensive line and testing out the ability of their Linebackers. Even with all that, I still believe Clemson leaves here with a win.

Jonathan Abram Might be the Toughest MF’er in the NFL

Jonathan Abram loves two things, hitting people and being in the spotlight. For those of you that don’t know this kid, He was the 27th overall pick by the Raiders in this years draft. During his time at Mississippi State, he impressed NFL scouts with his tight coverage and 170 total tackles in two years.

Post draft, he became the star of HBO’s Hard Knocks. He made it very clear that he likes to hit people the first episode and then won the crowd over with his charm.

Fast forward to week one of the 2019 season. He played a total of 53 snaps before he tore his rotator cuff. A hard loss for fans of the Silver and Black. Do you know what he said? DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS YOUNG MAN SAID??

“Yeah, I just started hitting people with my other shoulder.’ And that right there shows you what kind of man he is.”

THIS YOUNG MAN KEPT PLAYING AND DECIDED TO HIT PEOPLE WITH HIS OTHER SHOULDER. HE DEFINES GRIT AND TOUGHNESS.

He is honestly a true warrior. This kid decided to wear the same number as the Hall of Fame defensive back Charles Woodson, so he knew he had big shoes to fill. That quote instantly makes me think of the old school RRRRRRRRRAAAAAAIDDDERRRSSSSS. My bold prediction, This kid defines the Las Vegas Raiders next year and becomes a leader on their offense.

NFL Week 2: What to Expect

Week one is over and done with. The story of week one was the young players making their mark, however, this week is going to be a different story. There were some high profile names that have new homes and didn’t make much of an impact.. This week is a mix bag of divisional rivalries and trash games. I’ll run down the games that I’m keeping an eye on this week.

Thursday Night Football: Carolina vs. Tampa Bay

Carolina played smash mouth football and barely lost to the Rams. Christian McCaffery looked like a white wild cat that took over the offensive side of the ball for Carolina, when Cam Newton looked below average. Below average Qbs are going to be the story of this game. Carolina has done a good job surround Cam with young talent in recent drafts, but he just hasn’t looked the same since his 2015 self. Tampa has taken a same path with Jameis, but he just loves throwing the ball to the wrong team in recent years. This man has one of the most underrated players in the NFL in Mike Evans and still can’t do shit, even in a contract year.

Prediction: Jameis falls further. Christian tears them apart. Carolina walks out victorious

Baltimore vs. Arizona

Lamar Jackson Fantasy owners enjoy these first two weeks. There is no way that Lamar comes out and doesn’t have another powerful performance. It’ll be interesting to see Kyler in this match up. He is facing a much better team in Baltimore. I’m not taking anything away from Detroit, but I doubt Kyler will be able to put up 27 against the Baltimore defense.

Prediction: Baltimore steam rolls through Arizona

Lions vs. Chargers

I’m keeping an eye on this game soley because of the Lions. They are my sleeper team this year. Matthew Stafford finally has some weapons like Hockenson make their offense scary. The only concern I have for the offense is the Chargers powerful pass rush. The Lions O-line has to be mentally and physically ready for them to put their foot down on the gas and drive. On the other side of the ball, Austin Ekeler will have an increased workload with Hunter Henry out.

Prediction: Lions get close but fall short. Chargers win

Monday Night: Browns vs. Jets

This series has produced some awesome games the past few match ups despite the quality of the teams out there. I think the Browns underrated defense will finally show up and send a ton of pressure towards Darnold.

Prediction: The Browns win by two touchdowns

Game of the week: Steelers vs. Seahawks

My game of the week comes down to fat face big Ben and the Steelers playing against Russel, the former celibate, Wilson. I fully expect Clowney to return to his full form and break through the Steelers line and pressure Ben. I have less faith in the Seahawks secondary, so I expect JuJu to have a big game. This game will reveal a lot about who is legit and who is set for a disappointing season.

Prediction: Seahawks win a close game

You can miss it, Game of the week: Patriots vs. Miami

I get the fact that the Miami miracle gave dolphins fans a glimmer of hope last year, but this is a different Patriots team. Antonio Brown will be back, but Brady spreads the ball so well, I don’t expect him to have a big game.

Prediction: The Pats run away with it and the entire 53 man Dolphins roster demands a trade.