Five Things: Super Bowl LIII

Joe Nicely discusses his ‘Five Things’ for Super Bowl LIII

Welcome to the Super Bowl LIII edition of Five Things! You can probably guess from the title that I’m going to discuss five things worth keeping an eye on during Sunday’s big game. The wait for the Super Bowl has been long enough, so let’s dive in!

 

1. Bill Belichick’s Genius vs. Sean McVay’s Genius

What we’ve got ourselves here is a real “genius off” between these two coaches. There’s a definite Darth Vader (Belichick) vs. Luke Skywalker (McVay) vibe going on with these two football Jedi masters. Belichick is 66-years-old and has won five Super Bowls as the head coach of the Patriots, while McVay is only 33 and appearing in his first Super Bowl in just his second season as the Rams head coach. There’s a real “circle of life” feel to this matchup and it’s absolutely perfect. Belichick is the old grizzled veteran trying to win one last championship (though he’d probably tell you he’s nowhere close to finished) and McVay is the insultingly young prodigy that’s trying to prove that he’s ready to take his rightful place as the best. Belichick is a defensive genius, McVay is an offensive genius…it’s all straight from a Hollywood script.

 

2. Tom Brady vs. Aaron Donald & Ndamukong Suh

Speaking of Hollywood, let’s talk about the QB that looks like he walked straight out of central casting. Tom Brady has already cemented his legacy as one of, if not the best, quarterback of all time. Brady will face one his biggest Super Bowl challenges yet in the form of L.A.’s menacing duo; Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh. Donald is the most dominant defensive player in the NFL, he logged 20.5 sacks this season and wreaks havoc on opposing offenses. We know that Bill Belichick is terrific at scheming an opposing team’s best player out of the game…enter Ndamukong Suh. Once considered “the next great defensive linemen”, Suh has gradually turned into a mercenary, that’s really good instead of great, and willing to play for the highest bidder from year-to-year. If Belichick takes one of these guys out of the game, Brady will still have his hands full with the other one.

 

3. Maroon 5 vs. Cultural Backlash

We are in an age where who isn’t doing the Super Bowl halftime show is cause for an uproar*. The performance has somehow turned into a referendum on who does or doesn’t support Colin Kaepernick’s case against the NFL**. In this current political and cultural climate that is so highly influenced by race, the NFL made the absolutely tone-deaf decision to hire perhaps the whitest band ever to perform the halftime show…in Atlanta, the hip-hop capital of the south. So now we have a Maroon 5 backlash brewing, which is a really strange sentence to type when talking about an extremely inoffensive rock band. Adam Levine seems like a decent dude (especially for a celebrity) and probably just wanted to play the Super Bowl because Prince did it once. Should the NFL have went a different direction on the halftime show? Probably. Is it something to get all worked up about? Hell no!

*Give me a fuckin’ break.

**Seriously…give me a fuckin’ break.

 

4. Todd Gurley vs. C.J. Anderson

Yeah, I’m aware that Gurley and Anderson are on the same team, but this is one of the most fascinating situations that I’ve seen in a long time. Gurley was arguably the MVP of the league this year. The dude ran for 1,251 yard, logged 59 catches for 580 yards, and scored 21 touchdowns…a pretty nice little season. During the course of the year, Gurley understandably got nicked up and was rested by the Rams for the last two games of the regular season. L.A. signed free agent RB C.J. Anderson off the street and he’s been a revelation. The human Teddy Ruxpin racked up 297 yards rushing and 2 TDs while filling in for Gurley in the Rams last two regular season games and a funny thing happened on the way to the Super Bowl…the Rams have basically stuck with Anderson over their franchise player. The castaway back has outsnapped, and frankly, outplayed the MVP candidate in the playoffs and it’s not been particularly close: Anderson has 39 carries to Gurley’s 20. The interesting question is will Sean McVay be willing to continue riding Anderson and keep Gurley off the field in the biggest game of the year?

 

5. Tony Romo’s First Super Bowl

With the NFL’s broadcast partners rotating the Super Bowl from year to year, who’s calling the game is usually a minor story. This year is a little different, as we are in the midst of “Romo-Mania”. The former Cowboys QB gave the best playoff performance of his career (on or off the field) in the AFC Championship game. Romo’s enthusiasm for the KC vs. NE game was infectious and he was up to his old “calling out plays before they are ran” tricks. While a cardboard cutout would have been an upgrade over Phil Simms (Well Jeeemmm), Romo has massively exceeded anyone’s expectations. He’s been so sharp when it comes to playcalling, that there are whispers that teams have legitimate interest in him as a coach or coordinator. With Romo’s CBS contract up soon, the popular ex-QB appears to be in a position to command John Madden-type money and a great Super Bowl performance will cement his place as the best in the booth going forward.

FanDuel NBA DFS 2/1/19 Value Plays

@TheCombineJosh gives his best value plays for the day

There are 5 games on the NBA DFS main slate for Friday, February 1st and here are The Combine Presidente’s value picks for the day.  I typically play one or two lineups per night on FanDuel for fun and you can check my results from the previous night at the bottom of the article.  Follow @TheCombineSports and @TheCombineJosh on Twitter for updated information.

Value Plays:

PG Kadeem Allen ($3500)

  • Who? … the only PG really on the roster for NYK tonight. Follow me on twitter for where I’m putting those extra dollars tonight.
  • Bonus Pick : Jeremy Lin ($3900)

SG Allonzo Trier ($4000)

  • This is a lock for most people tonight with the trade going through and none of the new players suiting up tonight.  It should be an easy 6-7x tonight.

SF Kevin Knox ($5000)

  • Knox should have a heavy workload offensively tonight with no Burke and Courtney Lee on the roster.
  • Bonus Pick : Mario Hezonja ($4400)

PF John Collins ($7200)

  • The guy hasn’t been under $8k since early December… at $7200, he is a MUST START in my opinion.

C Nikola Jokic ($11,500)

  • Weird to have the most expensive C as my “value”, but I think he wrecks the boards vs an undersized C in Faried.
  • Bonus Pick : If you want to spend elsewhere, go Aron Baynes tonight ($3500)

 

Presidente’s Lock of the Night:

PF John Collins ($7200)

 

Previous Night’s Results:

PG Darren Collison ($6600)

  • 36.8 FD Points (5.6x)

SG Klay Thompson ($6900)

  • DNP – Scratch

SF DeMarre Carroll ($4600)

  • 26 FD Points (5.7x)

PF Aaron Gordon ($7200) * My lock of the night

  • 15.1 FD Points (2.1x)

C DeMarcus Cousins ($7500)

  • 32.2 FD Points (4.3x)

Bonus pick: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($4600)

  • 22.9 FD Points (5x)

Bonus pick: Wilson Chandler ($4000)

  • 15.9 FD Points (4x)

Bonus pick: Martin Gortat tonight ($3500)

  • 13.8 FD Points (3.9x)

FanDuel NBA DFS 1/31/19 Value Plays

@TheCombineJosh gives his best value plays for the day

There are 6 games on the NBA DFS main slate for Thursday, January 31st and here are The Combine Presidente’s value picks for the day.  I typically play one or two lineups per night on FanDuel for fun and you can check my results from the previous night at the bottom of the article.  Follow @TheCombineSports and @TheCombineJosh on Twitter for updated information.

Value Plays:

PG Darren Collison ($6600)

  • Collison fucked over me last night, so I will let him try and redeem himself tonight
  • Bonus Pick : Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($4600)

SG Klay Thompson ($6900)

  • It is going to be a very high scoring game tonight and I think Klay could pop off for 40-50 FD points tonight.

SF DeMarre Carroll ($4600)

  • Carroll has quietly been putting up a solid 5x/night lately and should continue to see minutes with the injuries to BKN. Follow me on twitter for where I’m putting those extra dollars tonight.
  • Bonus Pick : Wilson Chandler ($4000)

PF Aaron Gordon ($7200)

  • The guy has been over 5.5x/game over his last 3 and I don’t see that stopping vs IND tonight.  Not the cheapest, but a safe play for standard games.

C DeMarcus Cousins ($7500)

  • Not a ton of value tonight at C, but Cousins got 25 mins last game and will be on 3 days rest.  Embiid isn’t 100% and Cousins should score well in a game with a 240 O/U.
  • Bonus Pick : If you want to spend elsewhere, go Martin Gortat tonight ($3500)

 

Presidente’s Lock of the Night:

PF Aaron Gordon ($7200)

 

Previous Night’s Results:

PG Darren Collison ($6500)

  • 9.4 FD Points (1.4x)

SG Jaylen Brown ($4700)

  • 40 FD Points (8.5x)

SF Jabari Parker ($4000)

  • 1.4 FD Points (0.3x)

PF Paul Millsap ($5000) * My lock of the night

  • 30.6 FD Points (6.1x)

C Myles Turner ($7300)

  • 21.7 FD Points (3x)

Bonus pick: De’Aaron Fox ($7800) *I suggested on twitter 

  • 24.3 FD Points (3.1x)

Bonus pick: Dewayne Dedmon ($6300)

  • 21.3 FD Points (3.4x)

FanDuel NBA DFS 1/30/19 Value Plays

@TheCombineJosh gives his best value plays for the day

There are 8 games on the NBA DFS main slate for Wednesday, January 30th and here are The Combine Presidente’s value picks for the day.  I typically play one or two lineups per night on FanDuel for fun and you can check my results from the previous night at the bottom of the article.  Follow @TheCombineSports and @TheCombineJosh on Twitter for updated information.

Value Plays:

PG Darren Collison ($6500)

  • Collison is seeing extra minutes due to injuries and he has been a 5x+ player in 7 of his last 10 contests.
  • Bonus Pick : I’m all in on De’Aaron Fox tonight ($7800)

SG Jaylen Brown ($4700)

  • I see him getting solid minutes vs CHA tonight and the potential is always there for a big game.  I like him for 6x tonight.

SF Jabari Parker ($4000)

  • With the injuries to Carter and Hutchinson, he will see some extra minutes and hopefully contribute a solid 6x+ tonight for cheap. Follow me on twitter for where I’m putting those extra dollars tonight.

PF Paul Millsap ($5000)

  • I have to imagine Milsap vs a depleted NO frontcourt results in a solid 6x night at minimum.

C Myles Turner ($7300)

  • Turner has been hovering around an average of 5x over his last 4 games and WAS is a weak team right now.  Not a ton of value tonight at C.
  • Bonus Pick : If you want to spend elsewhere, go Dewayne Dedmon tonight ($6300)

 

Presidente’s Lock of the Night:

PF Paul Millsap ($5000)

 

Previous Night’s Results:

PG Shabazz Napier ($5100)

  • 41.6 FD Points (8.2x)

SG Luke Kennard ($3700) 

  • 27.4 FD Points (7.4x)

SF Michael Beasley ($4200) * My lock of the night

  • 12 FD Points (2.9x)

PF Richaun Holmes ($5000)

  • 24.3 FD Points (4.9x)

C Jahlil Okafor ($7200)

  • 46.4 FD Points (6.4x)

Bonus pick: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson ($4400) *I suggested on twitter 

  • 22.8 FD Points (5.2x)

FanDuel NBA DFS 1/29/19 Value Plays

@TheCombineJosh gives his best value plays for the day

There are 7 games on the NBA DFS main slate for Tuesday, January 29th and here are The Combine Presidente’s value picks for the day.  I typically play one or two lineups per night on FanDuel for fun and you can check my results from the previous night at the bottom of the article.  Follow @TheCombineSports and @TheCombineJosh on Twitter for updated information.

Value Plays:

PG Shabazz Napier ($5100)

  • Chicago is a bad team and Napier is a starter thanks to injuries.  Let’s hope for the best and see what we can get from him.

SG Luke Kennard ($3700)

  • Lots of injuries should get Kennard close to 30 minutes tonight.  Cheap enough to take the risk IMO. Follow me on twitter for where I’m putting those extra dollars tonight.

SF Michael Beasley ($4200)

  • B-Easy is looking at some quality minutes with Kuzma out.  Let’s see if he can give us 6-7x tonight.

PF Richaun Holmes ($5000)

  • I’m hoping his return and Ayton likely missing another game, results in a solid 6x night at minimum.

C Jahlil Okafor ($7200)

  • No Randle or Davis = big minutes for Okafor and he should do very well on the boards.

 

Presidente’s Lock of the Night:

SF Michael Beasley ($4200)

 

Previous Night’s Results:

PG Patrick Beverley ($4600)

  • 43 FD Points

SG Andre Iguodala ($4300) * My lock of the night

  • 36.2 FD Points

SF Gary Harris ($4800)

  • 18.3 FD Points

PF Rodions Kurucs ($4100)

  • 10.4 FD Points

C Al Horford ($6900)

  • 53.7 FD Points

Bonus pick: Trey Burke ($4500)

  • 17.9 FD Points

FanDuel NBA DFS 1/28/19 Value Plays

@TheCombineJosh gives his best value plays for the day

There are 5 games on the NBA DFS main slate for Monday, January 28th and here are The Combine Presidente’s value picks for the day.  I typically play one lineup per night on FanDuel for fun and you can check my results from the previous night at the bottom of the article.  Follow @TheCombineSports and @TheCombineJosh on Twitter for updated information.

Games:

NYK @ CHA (CHA -12, O/U 219)

GS @ IND (GS -9, O/U 226)

BKN @ BOS (BOS -10.5, O/U 222)

DEN @ MEM (DEN -6, O/U 208.5)

ATL @ LAC (LAC -6.5, O/U 231.5)

 

Value Plays:

PG Patrick Beverley ($4600)

  • The Hawks just got wrecked by Seth Curry the other night… look for Beverley to do the same. A near triple double like Curry?
  • (Bonus pick: Trey Burke ($4500), he will see some minutes if Frank Ntilikina is out).

SG Andre Iguodala ($4300)

  • I think this game could get out of hand early and then extra garbage time for Iggy.  Cheap enough to take the risk IMO.

SF Gary Harris ($4800)

  • With DEN missing Murray, there will be more opportunities for Harris tonight.  Easy 5xer tonight.

PF Rodions Kurucs ($4100)

  • I’m going cheap here so I can afford some big names tonight.  My gut says RHJ sits tonight and allows Kurucs to get some extra minutes.  Follow me on twitter for where I’m putting those extra dollars tonight.

C Al Horford ($6900)

  • Horford should dominate a banged up BKN team that is terrible.  I anticipate a 20/10 games out of him tonight and a 5x minimum.

 

Presidente’s Lock of the Night:

SF Gary Harris ($4800)

 

Previous Night’s Results:

PG Rajon Rondo ($6700)

  • 29.3 FD Points

SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($4200) * My lock of the night

  • 34.22 FD Points

SF Rudy Gay ($5800) * I pulled him out of my lineups on Twitter

  • 26.2 FD Points

PF James Johnson ($3700)

  • 23.9 FD Points

C Hassan Whiteside ($7100)

  • 44.2 FD Points

Bonus pick: Kelly Oubre ($6000)

  • 30 FD Points

Bonus pick: Aaron Gordon ($6700) 

  • 37 FD Points

Bonus pick: JaVale McGee ($4400) 

  • 6.6 FD Points (Garbage performance, but allowed me to snag Giannis)

Bonus pick: Jarrod Bayless ($4200) * Said I was all-in on Bayless tonight

  • 27.6 FD Points

FanDuel NBA DFS 1/27/19 Value Plays

@TheCombineJosh gives his best value plays for the day

There are 7 games on the NBA DFS main slate for Sunday, January 27th and here are The Combine Presidente’s value picks for the day.  I typically play one lineup per night on FanDuel for fun and you can check my results from the previous night at the bottom of the article.  Follow @TheCombineSports and @TheCombineJosh on Twitter for updated information.

Games:

MIL @ OKC (MIL -1, O/U 234.5)

TOR @ DAL (TOR -5, O/U 219)

ORL @ HOU (HOU -8, O/U 221)

UTAH @ MIN (UTAH -4, O/U 219)

WAS @ SA (SA -4.5, O/U 221)

MIA @ NYK (MIA -5, O/U 210.5)

PHO @ LAL (LAL -7, O/U 224.5)

 

Value Plays:

PG Rajon Rondo ($6700)

  • Not the cheapest… but Rondo should do well against a weak PHO team that is weak at PG. Triple double?

SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($4200)

  • I’ve chosen him a few times lately and gotten a solid 4-5x most times… he could do even better with some expected garbage minutes and a short bench tonight.

SF Rudy Gay ($5800)

  • My gut is telling me SA sits Derozan again tonight in a winnable game vs WAS… which as long as Gay is good to go, makes him a must play at that price.
  • (Bonus pick: Kelly Oubre ($6000), barring update on Derozan/Gay, I’m playing both tonight).

PF James Johnson ($3700)

  • I’m going cheap here so I can afford some big names tonight. Follow me on twitter for where I’m putting those extra dollars tonight.
  • (Bonus pick: Aaron Gordon ($6700), if you aren’t relying on superstars and want a balanced lineup)

C Hassan Whiteside ($7100)

  • This is a risky one since Whiteside can just as easily get ejected as he can put up 20 rebounds and 5 blocks tonight… not much value at C tonight.
  • (Bonus pick: JaVale McGee($4400), needed if you want multiple superstars tonight)

 

Presidente’s Lock of the Night:

SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($4200)

 

Previous Night’s Results:

PG Steph Curry ($9800)

  • 31.1 FD Points

SG Justin Holiday ($4800)

  • 25.2 FD Points

SF Corey Brewer ($4000) * My lock of the night

  • 41.2 FD Points

PF Jonah Bolden ($3800) 

  • 6.6 FD Points

C Mike Muscala ($3500)

  • 15.7 FD Points

Bonus pick: Tareaun Prince ($4700)

  • 27.2 FD Points

Bonus pick: Seth Curry ($3700) * Said he was a MUST START on Twitter

  • 36.6 FD Points

FanDuel NBA DFS 1/26/19 Value Plays

@TheCombineJosh gives his best value plays for the day

There are 4 games on the NBA DFS main slate for Saturday, January 26th and here are The Combine Presidente’s value picks for the day.  I typically play one lineup per night on FanDuel for fun and you can check my results from the previous night at the bottom of the article.  Follow @TheCombineSports and @TheCombineJosh on Twitter for updated information.

Games:

IND@ MEM (IND -5, O/U 203)

GS @ BOS (GS -3.5, O/U 232.5)

PHI @ DEN (DEN -9.5, O/U 228.5)

ATL @ POR (POR -11, O/U 228)

 

Value Plays:

PG Steph Curry ($9800)

  • Not the cheapest… but Curry under $10k is always a steal.

SG Justin Holiday ($4800)

  • With Kyle Anderson out for MEM, Holiday will see a spike in minutes… and hopefully output.

SF Corey Brewer ($4000)

  • With Jimmy Butler out again tonight, Brewer is a safe play at his salary.  Should be an easy 5x-er tonight with Embiid out too.  More opportunities on offense for everyone in PHI.
  • (Bonus pick: Tareaun Prince ($4700), I’m playing both tonight). Follow me on twitter for where I’m putting those extra dollars tonight.

PF Jonah Bolden ($3800)

  • Bolden has gotten a lot of minutes as the backup C off the bench… with Embiid out, I’m going with two lineups tonight… one with Bolden and one with Muscala

C Mike Muscala ($3500)

  • With Embiid out tonight, Muscala should see 30 minutes for minimum salary.  Great deal if he can stay out of foul trouble.

 

Presidente’s Lock of the Night:

SF Corey Brewer ($4000)

 

Previous Night’s Results:

PG Shabazz Napier ($3800)

  • 24.4 FD Points

SG Justin Holiday ($4900) 

  • 17.6 FD Points

SF Gary Harris ($4400)

  • 20.1 FD Points

PF Paul Milsap ($5800) * My lock of the night

  • 40.8 FD Points

C Jarrett Allen ($6600)

  • 10.2 FD Points

Bonus pick: Josh Jackson ($5300)

  • 30.6 FD Points

Bonus pick: Ellie Okobo ($3600)

  • 15.6 FD Points

C Mason Plumelee ($4300) * Said he was a MUST START on Twitter

  • 32.4 FD Points

The Review Of Malibu Ken’s “Malibu Ken”

In the newest edition of Combine Culture, Sparky reviews “Malibu Ken” by Malibu Ken

Malibu Ken is a collaboration of rapper Aesop Rock and producer TOBACCO.  Aesop Rock isn’t a name that many are familiar with.  Aesop Rock is a hip-hop MC with incredible use of wordplay along with his tremendous vocabulary and figurative language in his verses has garnered him a very strong and faithful fanbase.  TOBACCO is an electronic musician is mostly known from his work with the rock band Black Moth Super Rainbow.  With this collaboration, both musicians perfectly blend their strengths to create a very unique listening experience.

When the album first starts you know that “Malibu Ken” is not your standard fare when it comes to hip-hop.  From the first track “Corn Maze” TOBACCO’s use of layered analog synth beats with additional melody overcomes you then you are floored by waves of crazy lyricism.  Aesop Rock just effortlessly flows over the beat and gives the listener so much to dissect that you want to listen with the lyrics to not just keep up but also unpack everything he says.  In fact, every track is like that where you just feel like line after line not just flows to the next so easily but also packs so much into his rhymes them that you’re left wondering how he does it.

Besides the skill that Aesop Rock exudes on “Malibu Ken” it is also his soul as well with many of the tracks.  On tracks like “Tuesday” he digs deep into his life and how disgusted he feels with himself and how the world perceives him.  Other songs like “Dog Years” and “1+1=13” further divulge his mental state and how he grew up.  But not every song on “Malibu Ken” is so deep and introspective with the song “Churro” having very funny and slightly tragic undertones that with a little digging may upset some but also displays a wonderful storytelling skill that is impressive to listen to.

The production on “Malibu Ken” is very unique.  With more and more musicians using modern technology to make music, it is surprising to hear older instruments used in the making of hip-hop.  TOBACCO uses analog synthesizers to creates layered dream-like beats in some tracks and very diminutive simple beats on other tracks.  Both Aesop Rock and TOBACCO feel like they share a singular mind as the lyrics and instrumentals rarely compete with one another but instead just enhance each other to glorious effects.  The only gripe I have with the music production is that it fades for too long at the end of some songs and it feels like the album as whole loses momentum at times.

To fully encapsulate “Malibu Ken” for potential listeners it is great to not just show the musical heights that hip-hop can achieve but also show the skill these musicians can possess.  If you want just your standard rap album with the same subject matter as normal you will definitely want to avoid “Malibu Ken” as it stretches the normal boundaries of writing and musicianship in hip-hop.  If you want to see what the art form of hip-hop can be by two artists that wanted to craft something that is truly special, please give this a listen.

 

 

Source:  https://www.genius.com

Five Things: What To Watch This Weekend

With the Super Bowl over a week away, The Combine’s Joe Nicely offers five ways to get your sports fix this weekend.

Thanks to the NFL’s constant attempt to make itself feel important, we don’t have a Super Bowl to watch until next weekend. Next week we’ll get the ridiculous “Media Day” and non-stop TV coverage of the upcoming big game…basically a week-long NFL commercial. So, what is a football-starved sports fan supposed to watch this weekend? Here are five things that will help tide you over until Super Bowl Sunday.

1. College Basketball: Kentucky vs. Kansas (Sat. 6:00 PM)

We all know that the NCAA basketball regular season is just about jockeying for postseason position. The big boys are trying to play their way into a high seed for the NCAA Tournament in order to make their championship road as easy as possible when March rolls around. The #9-ranked Kansas Jayhawks head to Rupp Arena to face the #8-ranked Kentucky Wildcats this Saturday for what may well be a Final Four preview. This game features two perennial national powerhouse programs that have championship aspirations this season. I really like that it’s at Rupp Arena instead of being one of those chickenshit “neutral court” games. The best thing about college sports is the amazing atmosphere and “Big Blue Nation” will be fired up for this one.

 

2. Men’s Tennis: Australian Open Final – Novak Djokovic vs. Rafa Nadal (Sun. 3:30 AM)

I’m not a big tennis fan, but this is a clash of the titans matchup between Djokovic and Nadal, two of the game’s all-time greats. We’ve been living in what is perhaps the “Golden Age” of the men’s game with these two players and the great Roger Federer constantly battling for supremacy over the last 10-plus years. This will be the 53rd career matchup between Djokovic and Nadal, but just their second meeting at the Australian Open, with their first duel, a five-set marathon in the finals, becoming an instant classic. They have 31(!) combined grand slam titles and Djokovic is trying to win his record-breaking seventh Australian Open title. Both men are still playing at a world-class level, but we have to wonder how many more of these Djokovic/Nadal/Federer grand slam final matchups we will have a chance to watch.

 

3. PGA Golf: Farmers Insurance Open (Sat. and Sun.)

While I don’t watch much tennis, I actually am a big golf fan and this should be a great tournament to watch this weekend. The Farmers has the best field of players we’ve seen in 2019 and is being held at a really fun Torrey Pines golf course that will host its second U.S. Open in a couple of years. Tiger Woods is making his 2019 debut and has won at Torrey eight times in his career. It’s always fun to see the best golfers in the world doing battle on a challenging golf course. Torrey Pines has an amazing par-5 finishing hole that has water in play and always makes for riveting TV. Jason Day won last year’s epic tournament on the SIXTH(!) playoff hole.

 

4. NBA Basketball: Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics (Sat. 8:30 PM)

After a couple of lackluster starts, both of these teams are coming into this possible NBA Finals preview in hot form. Golden State has ran off nine straight wins and is looking like the unbeatable juggernaut we all thought they would be. DeMarcus Cousins made his Warriors debut a few nights ago and makes their starting lineup look even more unfair than it already did. It seems like a different player leads the Warriors to victory every night. The Celtics got off to a sluggish start this season and the mediocre play lasted a lot longer than anyone thought possible. Boston appears to have things heading in the right direction, winning seven of their last 10 and five straight. Kyrie Irving is a one-man whirlwind and Boston is one of the few teams with roster talent that is in the same ballpark as the Warriors.

 

5. NFL Football: Pro Bowl (Sun. 3:00 PM)

I don’t watch the NFL Pro Bowl. It’s undoubtedly the worst All-Star game in any of the major sports, but yet the NFL refuses to let it die the death it deserves. Major League Baseball can give us amazing hitter vs. pitcher matchups and I’m always down to watch NBA players team up and do some awesome dunks…but football just isn’t a sport that lends itself to an exhibition game. NFL players don’t have guaranteed contracts and you can’t blame them for not wanting to play in this game. About the only thing that makes this farce watchable is the fact that you can bet on it. Do yourself a favor and take the Over…you have to be a little dead inside to bet the Under in the Pro Bowl.