A Humble Farewell

Whether his last game or not, it doesn’t change the fact that Drew Brees didn’t have the best game of his career. But that’s okay, because in the eyes of many, Brees will go down in history as one of the greats to play the game of football.

Drew Brees holding the Lombardi trophy after winning Super Bowl XLIV

With an insane stat line, Drew Brees will easily be remembered as New Orleans’ best quarterback of all time, but his stats aren’t the only thing that makes this man incredible. From immensely helping out charities and the State of Louisiana throughout his time in New Orleans, to being apart of the teams that helped New Orleans overcome tragedy on MULTIPLE occasions, this man has done it all. And none of that would’ve been possible without an injury in 2005 which changed Brees life forever.

In 2005, Brees was the quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. A fumble in week 17 had caused Brees to be injured during a year where his contract expired. The Saints took the gamble on free agent Brees, and the gamble paid off. Brees quickly became the star of the Saints. Bringing in superior talent, Brees was able to overcome obstacles throughout his career like any other. From ridiculous injuries to bringing his team championships, Brees was and will forever be a star of the Saints.

What this man did in New Orleans is just phenomenal. From donating over $25,000,000 to his community through his charity “ The Brees Dream Foundation”, to holding records never thought possible, Brees is just outstanding at many, many tasks. To name a few accolades, Brees currently holds the NFL’s all-time passing leader at 80,492 yards. Second most passing touchdowns ever at 572. A 13 time pro bowler. Super Bowl XLIV Champion and MVP. 7 time leader in NFL passing yards. And so much more.

Whether Drew Brees has played his last snap as an NFL quarterback, he will be remembered as a legend by many fans who have witnessed the greatness he attributed. Thank you for everything and what a hell of a career.

Jameis and His Eyes

Jameis Winston somehow managed to simultaneously have the best and worst season last year in the NFL. He threw 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. Famous Jameis defined 50/50 ball.

This offseason, he underwent Lasik to fix his broken little eyes. It wasn’t enough for Bruce Arians. They moved on to the GOAT and Jameis found a home in New Orleans.

This is all well and good and I hope for a great future in the black and gold, but there’s something that bugs me.

“I can read license plates. I can read street signs…”

I’m sorry, what?

This dude made it through 25 years of life, was a number one pick, and played 5 NFL seasons… and he couldn’t read street signs?

How did this go under everyone’s radar in the draft? No one gave him contacts? The man was just throwing up balls and hoping Evans or Godwin were there. He was a younger version of Eli Manning!

Jameis, I love you as a player. You were amazing at FSU and you feed me content, but please don’t let quotes like this come out.

A Soggi Perspective: What the Hell Happened this Week?

Did I wake up in an alternate reality, or did all of the NFL’s so called “Elite Teams” lose this week? Listen, I really pay attention to football this week every year, because I like to see what the Patriots are working against. What I saw (besides from the Packers and the Ravens) was pitiful. The Saints had an off game, although Michael Thomas had a quiet 153 yards on 13 catches. Couldn’t quite find the end-zone. The Falcons’ defense was surprisingly stingy, giving up less than 300 yards to a stagnant Saints offense. The Falcons combined for 6 sacks on Drew Brees, and didn’t give up a single touchdown. They definitely flipped the script of this season, as their defense has been nothing less than putrid.

Moving on from the NFC South, the Bills and Browns played in Cleveland, and that game was just as weird. Kareem Hunt returned, Baker Mayfield didn’t throw a pick, and the Browns had touchdowns in the red-zone!! *Cough JEMZ Cough* Now, I will never give the Bills credit, because at the end of the day, they are the freaking BILLS. The defense is the only thing that I will say that I have been impressed with this season. 19 points to a team that has so much offensive talents is honestly pretty great. But that offense sucks. Josh Allen is the most effect running back, scoring twice on the ground. He’s not the answer guys. He has some decent pieces around him, but I just don’t think the is going to be the one to get the job done for the Bills. Also, I think Frank Gore will play until he’s 85. Quote me.

Will the real Slim Shady Please stand up? I repeat, will the real Slim Shady PLEASE stand up? We have a problem here. Shady and the Chiefs are in disarray. Sitting at 6-4, the Chiefs are only one game ahead of the RAIDERS. Yes ladies and gentlemen, the Raiders, who traded their best player last offseason, and now are right on the heels of the divisional leaders from last year. I think Kansas City might have the worst defense in the league. They have looked awful this year. On the year they are averaging 24.2 points against per game, but over their last 3 games, they’ve averaged 30 points against. That’s abysmal. Patrick Mahomes can’t be expected to carry this team forever. It is not sustainable. Also, Ryan Tannehill is a completely different quarterback with the Titans.

We did see some really good games as a result of the top teams losing their footing. The three before mentioned games good, especially the Chiefs-Titans game. That combined with the Packers-Panthers and Cowboys-Vikings, Sunday Football was must watch T.V. That doesn’t change for tonight either, as we see two NFC heavyweights go head to head. 49ers and Seahawks, round 1. FIGHT!

Russ vs his old teammate. Watch it tonight. Or don’t. Whatever you guys want.

Week 6 Predictions and Games to Watch

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The theme of Week 5 was, “I can’t believe I didn’t start ____”. The Texas were a fantasy unit with two players combining for over 100 points. Aaron Jones owns the city of Dallas and The Pats are still really good. All of that is behind us. Lets look forward to another week of beautiful football.

UK Game of the week: Panthers vs. Bucs

I misspoke last week when I thought that we would wake up with football. This week is the time for that though, 9 am here we go. I love me some CMC, but they don’t have the range to compete with a very competitive Bucs defense.

Prediction: Bucs defense leads them to a big win

TANK BOWL ALERT!!!!! Redskins vs. Dolphins

Here it is folks. Both teams are god awful. One of them has to leave with a win….or a 0-0 tie. I want to bet against the Redskins, I really do, but there’s just no way. There are no winners, only trash.

TANK BOWL CHAMPION? Not the viewers, but the Redskins win the game.

Saints vs. Jags

This is a classic battle of a high powered offense (Saints) and a Crushing defense (Jags). That is not to take away from Minshew Mania, but you can’t forget about what Josh Allen is doing on the edge. Teddy Bridgewater, Michael Thomas, and Alvin Kamara look like they’ll be too much for them to handle.

Prediction: The Saints keep marching as the team that was counted out

Bengals vs. Ravens

I don’t need a summary. I all I need to say is, put in every Ravens player you have on your fantasy team.

Prediction: Ravens steam roll the Bengals

Seahawks vs. Browns

I want to say the Browns will upset the Hawks, I just can’t. They have too many issues. I really hope I’m wrong about this one.

Prediction: Seahawks crush the Browns. James falls deeper into misery

Eagles vs. Vikings

The eagles defense is pretty good, but Kirk Cousins is really bad. This has been an awesome NFC match up in recent years, but Carson hasn’t seemed the same. Like I said, I have no faith in Kirk

Prediction: Eagles win

GAME OF THE WEEK: Texans vs. Chiefs

This has all the pieces to be an offensive shoot out. Pat has been flat recently and is set for a big bounce back game. Deshaun Watson is coming off a huge performance. I think the Texans defense is the deciding factor.

Prediction: Texans win by a couple scores

Falcons vs. Cards

Battle of the Bad Birds. Under performing Falcons battling an underwhelming coach (Looking at you Kliff bar). I really think the young Cardinals have a chance to really show what they’re made of.

Prediction: Cards win.

49ers vs. Rams

This game is a statement game. Not for the 49ers. The Rams need this win. Right now, they might be in the toughest division in football this year. The 49ers defense is a beast. Their offense… ehhhhh.

Prediction: 49ers pull off a huge divisional win.

Titans vs. Broncos

Titans are inconsistent, the Broncos suck.

Prediction: Titans win. Mariota is still boring.

Cowboys vs. Jets

Man we are really scraping the bottom of the barrel for these games.

Prediction: The Cowboys win and we hear ” We Dem Boys” until they play the eagles next week.

Steelers vs. Chargers

This is another game that has been awesome in recent years. It is also another game that I think will fall flat. The chargers will bounce back.

Prediction: Chargers offense outweighs the Steelers defense

MONDAY NIGHT: Packers vs. Lions

This game was close to being my game of the week. The Lions are a fun team to watch this year. The Packers defense is legit good. This will be another classic Monday night battle.

Prediction: Packers get a big win

BOTA Reacts: First Quarter of the NFL Season is in the Books

Who do you think won the first quarter of the NFL Season?

We here at BOTA are dedicated to bringing you sizzling takes and sports info that you probably never wanted in the first place. From the genius of the one and only #thesoggione, we give you the BOTA Reacts series. This will be all three of the writers here at BOTA contributing to season long posts. Our first one here is for the NFL.

Alright BOTA Bois, how do you think the first quarter of the NFL went?

#thesoggione – I thought it was a pretty eventful first 5 weeks. I would say that there have been a couple of surprises as far as standings go. First off, the Pack is back! Aaron Rodgers finally has a defense ladies and gentlemen. Jaire Alexander is an absolute STUD at corner, and they seem to be doing just fine without Mike Daniels. At 4-1, they lead the hotly contested NFC North. The Lions are doing way better than I gave them credit for, hell, they were soooooo close at handing the Chiefs their first loss. The Bears offense is putrid. Mitch who? And don’t get me started on Kirk. He sucks. You like that?

Another huge surprise, the freaking BUFFALO BILLS. Are they for real? They are tied for the second best record in the NFL at 4-1, with the Chiefs. Josh Allen is definitely not their guy, but their defense is balling out right now. They haven’t played great competition, so I expect their record to even out, but I definitely think they make a push for a Wildcard spot.

Last thought here before I let you guys off the hook. If you had to choose one team in this year to lead you in the Suck Bowl, who would it be? Personally, I would choose the Bengals. Man do they suuuuuuck. I mean, even without their purebred Marvin Lewis at the helm, they haven’t found any success. They have some pretty good pieces there, but have failed to produce anything if substance over the past 20 years. Andy Dalton is a scrub. Fight me if you don’t agree.

Anyways, here is my quarter NFL Playoff Prediction Bracket. Take note of the superior craftsmanship of said bracket. I definitely did NOT make this with an image editor at work this morning.

#Pop – These first few weeks have been my personal hell. My Browns went into this season with all of the hype and have been a monumental flop. Baker has looked off, the offensive line is garbage, obj hasn’t been able to get anything going, and Freddie kitchens is calling plays from a fucking coloring book. They made the Titans look good. Marcus Mariota is someone I always want to do well, but is just so boring to watch.

I’ll be the first to admit, I thought Lamar Jackson was going to have an MVP year after the first few weeks. He has sizzled out since then, but the ravens have a bunch of young talent that makes me worried to be in the AFC North.

Father Time has caught up with some of the classic QBs. Big Ben and Brees both fell to injuries. You can’t attribute both to age, but at their age, injuries take more recovery time. Phillip Rivers should count his lucky stars like he has to count his children at home, for Keenan Allen. This is the year I’m officially over the Chargers. I don’t think they have it anymore.

Speaking of not having it. Dan Quinn and the Falcons organization, what the fuck is going on? You have so much talent on offense and you still can’t produce? I have been very vocal about my concerns with them, but it’s serious. The Falcons might be a bigger flop than the Browns…please agree….

The 2017 running backs are really the big time players this year. I mean Christian McCaffery, Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, Alvin Kamara, Aaron Jones, Tarik Cohen, and Chris Carson. They have all had stellar years that make their fantasy owners get the football equivalent of meat sweats.

I hate. Hate. Hate. Hate. Hate that I have to say this, but my pick for the Super Bowl is the New England Patriots. I don’t see any way they don’t make another big run. I predict they will meet a familiar foe, and play the Seahawks.

#Cass – Certainly a great season thus far with some crazy upsets and a lot of action left and right. I’m more impressed with myself however how all my predictions are still coming true. I might be psychic and if so I’ll see you all when I’m a millionaire from sports gambling. A few key points have stuck with me so far both surprising and expected.

First off, I’m so disappointed with the Browns. I’m not a huge fan by any means like some of us here at BOTA *cough* jemz *cough* but the Browns show the perfect example that how a team looks on paper means nothing. I want them to succeed so bad because they do deserve it, but with the offensive line and Kitchens it seems like they’re going nowhere. Hopefully they can pick it up but we’ll see what happens with this lack-of chemistry between the team.

Unsurprisingly surprising is the Patriots with their undefeated record. Before the season began when I predicted them going undefeated. I never, ever would’ve thought it would be the defense running the whole team. The offense is playing sloppy lately and with injuries left and right, a 10 day break for the Pats will be much needed. Once the offense finds their rhythm the whole league is done for. With one of the scariest defenses in the league, it’s no wonder they call themselves “the boogeymen”. The Patriots are still a dynasty, and will be a whole lot of fun to continue watching.

Very shocking to me is the Chiefs. What the utter fuck happened??? I know it must be extremely hard without the same team and chemistry as last year, injuries lingering the squad, and other drama, but I never would’ve saw them barely beat the Lions and then actually lose to the Colts! Mahomes has been in some sort of slump and has dropped drastically in stats from the first 3 weeks and it’s showing. Still a massive threat in the league but interesting to see if this slump continues.

Lastly, New Orleans came bringing a HUGE surprise with Teddy Bridgewater. Seeing Brees going down was a shocker to me, and I thought for sure the Saints were a lost cause after. But was I wrong! The Saints still look like an impressive team and seem to have no issues still winning games.

Who’s gonna win the Super Bowl? Easy question because I’ve already answered it. The New England Patriots win the Super Bowl against the New Orleans Saints with an undefeated record. You heard it here first.

Week 5: Predictions, Games to Watch and the Sad Realization That We Are a Quarter of the way Through

Last week’s slate of football turned out to be better than I predicted. The Ravens looked flat, while the Browns ran with a full Chubb. The Lions almost upset the Chiefs. The Bucs might actually be a real threat, or the Rams are sputtering. FINally, The dolphins still suck. A lot of teams need a bounce back win this week.

Thursday Night: Rams vs. Seahawks

This is an important game for the Rams. The Seahawks are starting to form together and become a real playoff threat. I don’t believe that the 49ers are a real threat to their division, so these two teams can really set the tone for the rest of their season with a win Thursday night. Jared Goff looks awful under center and after seeing them try to handle the Bucs defense last week, I think Seattle’s defense wins them this game.

Prediction: Seattle wins. Rams Start to collapse down. 31-18

Falcons vs. Texans

Every week I talk myself into saying that the Falcons are going to finally show up on offense. To say they have under performed and underwhelmed, are generous. Houston’s defense and Desean Watson are going to be too much for the broken wing falcons.

Prediction: Huston wins 23-17

UK GAME ALERT: Bears vs. Raiders

It really is fantastic waking up to football on Sunday. Especially after a big college football Saturday. We are finally gifted with that with this game. That being said, the Raiders are hot garbage the Bears defense is fantastic.

Prediction: Bears win 28-10

Giants vs. Vikings

This is a battle of a WR that wants to be there ( Golden Tate) versus a WR that clearly wants out (Stefon Diggs). Also, Kirk Cousins is trash. I’ll take Daniel Jones in this match up.

Prediction: Giants win narrowly 21-18

Bucs vs. Saints

The Bucs defense is real. They are good. They also seem complacent. It really looked like they sat back and let the Rams come back. They need to show up all game to manage the Split QB set.

Prediction: Bucs win fire the cannons 21-7

Pats vs. Redskins

Pats win. They end up with Diggs or Aj Green by the end of the year. Whatever.

Prediction: Pats win 42-7

Steelers vs Ravens

The steelers are on the upswing while the Ravens are starting to trend down. Lamar needs to get his form back to make sure they still contend through the year.

Prediction: Ravens win 24-21

Colts vs. Chiefs

Pat Mahomes put up less than 20 fantasy points last week. Oh no. Spoiler alert. He’ll be fine. The Chiefs potentially have Hill back this week. If they’re smart they will sit him and give their star the rest he needs. Jacoby Brissett has shown that he is a starter and a damn good one.

Prediction: This game becomes a shootout 38-27 Colts

Monday Night Football: Browns vs. 49ers

So far, Monday Night Football has not disappointed. This shouldn’t be any different. The 49ers want to prove that they are a real threat in the NFc and remain undefeated. The Browns are surging after a big win against the Ravens. The Browns have the potential to push further into first with a big win Monday night.

Prediction: Browns win 32-24

NFL Week 4: Games I’m Watching or Making Fun Of

This Week has a really good early window, an eh evening window, and some great prime time games. A ton of tests for teams are coming this week.

Packers vs. Eagles

Let’s get right into Thursday Night Football. Aaron Rodgers vs. Carson Wentz, both QB’s don’t look like they’re at 100%, but Philly has a solid offense and Green Bay has a surprisingly good defense. This has the potential to be a stalemate game where both sides can’t find a hole and one play changes everything.

Prediction: The eagles win by a touchdown. This is a pure gut pick, no stats, no backing, just a mix of indigestion and bold predictions.

Redskins vs. Giants

There’s nothing super interesting, but I think we will see a battle of first rounders this week. THAT’S RIGHT. This week, Redskin fans will see the first of Dwayne Haskins. It won’t live up to the hype because their line is awful, but it will hopefully be the beginning of a new era.

Prediction: Giants get another win in the Jones Dynasty

Chiefs vs. Lions

This game is an Are They Good? game for the Lions. This will be a real test for their offense, as Pat Mahomes has made the entire league look like Pop Warner kids. The Lions might have to lean on their offense which has had a good showing so far. The scary part is having to rely on Matthew Stafford. Never trust a guy who wont shorten his name.

Prediction: Cheifs win again. duh.

Titans vs. Falcons

This is a battle of teams that should be better. Atlanta should be a top offense. They aren’t. The Titans should be a much better team all around. They aren’t. This will be a game of who decides to show up this current week.

Prediction: Falcons put it together for a week and win

Browns vs. Ravens

This is my game of the week. This is an important game for both teams, but mostly the Browns. They have had a lot of criticism for not living up to the hype. All of it, totally deserved. They need to get their act together in a pivotal early match up. They played well against the Ravens last year, but this isn’t the same Ravens team.

Prediction: The Browns barely win. 28-24

Cowboys Vs. Saints

This match up is always fun to watch. It is always an offensive battle and this year is no different. Zeke is the best back in the league right now. @ me haters. Amari Cooper has route running that makes him look like a video game character lagging. For some ungodly reason , Dak is good this year. The Saints come in with no Brees, but Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill splitting time. I’m very excited to see Hill in action for more time, the kid is exciting. Plus they have Kamara and Thomas, so they aren’t lacking in offense either.

Prediction: Saints win by two scores. I’ll say 32-22