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Japanese Television is Always the Answer

Last night, I came across this gem:

That’s correct, loyal BTB readers. That’s possibly the greatest hitter of any generation (if you count the steroids) stepping up to the plate against a man jumping on a trampoline.

Note: I’m not sure what type of trampolines they have in Japan, but this guy has to be over 30 feet in the air. It’s like it’s an American trampoline on roids, which I guess would make it a fair match against Bonds #lmao

I also wonder how much they had to pay Barry Bonds to do this. If I remember correctly, he would not even be in video games. I had to play against some “Reggie Stocker” in MLB 2006 that somehow hit .345 with 54 home runs, until I finally figured out it was him.

My point being, Japanese television fucks.

If you don’t believe me, here’s more proof:

and fuck it, one more:

I don’t know what’s in the water over in Japan, but there is something electric about their energy. They are absolutely fearless. I think we can all learn something from them, and maybe it’s time to take a page out of their playbook instead of starting another season of American Idol that nobody will be watching.

Is Playing Pokemon Over Thanksgiving Break in College Weird?

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Ladies and gentlemen, Pokemon is forever cool and don’t you ever second guess that. Anyone who says otherwise is probably a Team Rocket empathizer, wears socks to bed, or punts in Madden (4th & 34 is the perfect time for a HB Blast to the left with DeAngelo Williams).

Me and my roommate discussed this the other night, and quickly arrived at the conclusion that the main purpose of Thanksgiving break in college is to indeed…catch them all.

Whether it be the classics in Pokemon Blue, Red, or Yellow, played on a random Nintendo SP that you found in a drawer while tearing your house apart looking for free booze, or the newer versions in Pokemon Pearl/Diamond that you saw crawling through the attic to find your old DS.

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I, personally, will be entering the world of Pokemon SoulSilver for the first time with the likes of Totodile by my side.

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My point is, when you have the days off from work, school, sports, clubs, frats, sororities, and so on, what can you possibly do with your time? You can’t be with your friends every second of the day, your family can only be tolerated to a certain extent, and sports aren’t on at all times of the day. Therefore, your only option, assuming you did not bring your preferred game console home for the break, is to reach back into the depths of your childhood and start a new journey on your way to defeating the Elite Four.

Trust me, this is a major time killer. I never believe it when I look at the top of the screen and see the “23:42”, indicating I’ve actually used a full day playing Pokemon (Notice I did not say “wasted”). Time flies in this game, and when you’re trying to avoid responsibility and loved ones, this is the perfect way to do it!

Bottom line, whipping out the old Nintendo is not the worst thing you can do this break, it’s actually the best. Don’t be ashamed, own up to your nostalgia, and be the best Pokemon trainer you can be. A new adventure awaits.

The 10 Funniest Athletes

Sports are really, really serious at time. And even recently, they have tried to become involved in the justices and protesting in the social world (which I actually don’t have a problem with, but that’s a story for another day). Fortunately, there are a few select athletes that among all the madness just give you a good laugh. Whether it be they’re actually good at being funny or they are just a little crazy, their humor is thoroughly enjoyed nonetheless. In no particular order, here are the funniest athletes around:

Peyton Manning

“Chicken parm you taste so good” will forever be ingrained into my mind. Peyton Manning is easily, in my opinion, the funniest athlete in the world, and his Saturday Night Live United Way P.S.A. is quite possibly the hardest I have ever laughed at one of their skits.

LeBron James

When LeBron hosted SNL a long time ago, a ton of the cast members explained how he seemed to have a natural ability to be funny, and had a great sense for timing and what not. In Trainwreck, he was hilarious, and a long time ago, before LeBron wanted to make a “difference in the world” he was producing funny commercials like it was his job. We want the Old LeBron back.

Shaquille O’Neal

“You know you don’t fit in that Buick” will forever be my favorite Celebrity Mean Tweets. Other than being made fun of, Shaq is a really funny guy himself, and nobody will ever know how he got so many q’s.

Brian Wilson

This guy was just fucking weird, but nobody cared. He coined the iconic “Got Heeeem”, and describes it as only he can above.

Chad Johnson

For starter’s, he changed his name to his number. Like in real life. You really didn’t care if he scored in terms of the game since the Bengals sucked eggs, but you wanted to make sure you were watching if he did because he had some of the best touchdown celebrations of all-time.

Marshawn Lynch

Let’s just talk about last week…

He has become an icon in sports media ever since his “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” debacle. He now has his own show called “No Script” where he literally just does what he wants for a little while…what could go wrong, right?

Blake Griffin

His comedic talents have been on display since his rookie year, and most predominantly in all of the commercials he does.

Dan Haren

I mostly based this on his Twitter, and he wasn’t noticeably funny until after his career. But, he seems like a nice guy, fun sense of humor. Put him on the list.

Joel Embiid

The best is yet to come with this guy, but he has definitely delivered a promising start to his comedic career.  Not only does he go directly at opposing players…

But is funny when he makes mistakes unlike Super Bitch Kevin Durant

Mike Tyson

Idk, is this irony, or personification? I don’t know, but it’s some type of figurative language, and Tyson abused it. His rant essentially makes zero sense, but it’s hilarious to listen to:


Think of any athletes you say are funnier? Comment below and throw in some videos to prove it.

McGon’s Picks: NFL Week 7

Weeks like Week 6 make me wonder why I even waste my time writing these blogs every week…

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… because after last week, it’s clear that you don’t know what’s coming on any given Sunday this season.

With the amount of upsets that took place last week, I’m grateful that I was busy and I didn’t place action on any of these games. Underdogs went 9-5… STRAIGHT UP. That’s right, 9 underdogs not only covered their spreads, but won the game as well. 7 of these 9 underdogs were also road teams. Also, of the 5 favorites to win, only 3 of them covered. That means favorites were 5-9 straight up, and an abysmal 3-11 against the spread.

As you can imagine… I did not do too hot. But then again, did anyone? Everywhere I looked after the game, expert’s predictions were wrong. I went 5-9, both straight up and against the spread. In all 14 games, I was either right about the spread and cover, or wrong about both, no 1-1. I’ve decided I will now look back on my picks from the week before and make comments on where I went wrong, or simply, why the NFL was unpredictable last week. Here’s a look back at the picks I made (winning team in red, spread winner in red):

Eagles at Panthers (-3.5) 

  • Eagles 28, Panthers 23- Maybe the Eagles are the team I thought the Panthers would be this year? Not writing off the Panthers because of a close loss to a good team. But the Eagles could be for real this year, and I don’t like the look of that. The Cowboys will still see them twice late in the year (I’ll be in Dallas Nov. 19), so it should be an exciting division race if the Cowboys can edge out wins in these high scoring games.

Dolphins at Falcons (-11.5)

  • Dolphins 20, Falcons 17- Don’t even get me started, because this one makes no sense. The Falcons have won a couple of games this year that they could have easily lost, but by no means is it panic time in Atlanta. As for the Dolphins, they came in as arguably one of the worst 2-2 teams of all time. They only scored 6 against the Jets, got shutout by the Saints, yes the Saints, defense, and hardly edged out wins against Young Hoe Koo and Matt Cassel. The Falcons also were up 17-0, so I think there is only one explanation here: the 2017 NFL season (or as PFT said, the Dolphins paid tribute to Chris Foerster by having a nose for the goal line).

Packers (-3) at Vikings

  • Vikings 23, Packers 10 Two words. Aaron. Rodgers. I feel bad for those who bet Packers, but then again, not really because if they picked them the week before as well, then they ruined my Sunday. The Packers are in for a long and frustrating 2017 season.

Lions (+5) at Saints

  • Saints 52, Lions 38- Was this the trap I said it could be? I’ll say no, I don’t want to make excuses. This game was an absolute shootout, and the Lions D did their best impression of the Saints D to let New Orleans cover easily.

Patriots at Jets (+9.5)

49ers (+10) at Redskins

Bears at Ravens (-6.5)

  • Bears 27, Ravens 24 F/OT- The Ravens are clearly not reliable this year, especially since they got off to a 2-0 start. The Bears have looked awful on the road this year, but finally edged one out thanks to Jordan Howard.

Browns at Texans (-9.5)

Buccaneers (-2.5) at Cardinals

  • Cardinals 38, Buccaneers 33- Okay, maybe AP is here to come to the rescue. While their once stellar defense looked horrible in the 4th quarter, the Cardinals offense finally looked like what I thought they could be capable of coming into the year. One game is not enough to say what AP is going to bring, but the Cardinals are only a game out of first, and if they can keep this up, they are a real threat in the NFC West.

Rams (+2.5) at Jaguars

Steelers at Chiefs (-4.5)

  • Steelers 19, Chiefs 13- Once again, talk about a tail of two weeks. The Steelers go from getting crushed at home by the Jaguars to beating the NFL’s last unbeaten team on the road. This Chiefs have been the best team in the AFC this year, but the Steelers proved that come late in the season, they will still be a tough out.

Chargers at Raiders

  • Chargers 17, Raiders 16-This game had not had a spread yet, so I took the Raiders as if they were even (changes to that coming, keep reading). Despite Derek Carr playing, it’s clear he is not 100 percent healthy yet. There’s a clear difference in a Raiders team with a healthy Carr vs. one without him. The Chargers continue to look like last years Chargers, losing heart breakers and getting gritty wins on the road.

Giants at Broncos (-11.5)

  • Giants 23, Broncos 10-You thought the Falcons loss made no sense? Well, this was 10x worse. The Giants came in 0-5, with minimal offensive damage (especially in the run game) done this year. They then lose their top three receivers. Now they are playing in one of the toughest road venues against a defense that held last year’s rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott to 8 yards. Everything pointed towards a Broncos win, even if it was low scoring. And quite frankly, I don’t think there is any explanation.

Colts at Titans

Enough for last weeks losses, time for an unpredictable Week 7.

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Note: While there are no games like this in Week 7, for games whose spreads have not been released yet, I will no longer be making this picks in this blog, and instead will closer to gametime and mention whether I won or lost the following week. Don’t worry, I ain’t a liar. 

Buccaneers at Bills (-1)

  • It will be interesting to see if the Bills, a historically disappointing team, look as strong as they did before their bye week came up. The Bucs have looked awful on the road this year (besides last week’s 4th  quarter), and Jameis may not be 100 percent, so I think the Bills come out looking like they did before their bye week and beat the Bucs at home.

Panthers (-3) at Bears

  • While the Panthers have had their ups and downs en route to their 4-2 record, they are 3-0 away from Carolina. At the same time, the Bears have been a very competitive team at home this year. I think this spread is perfect, and if I had to predict score, I would say Panthers by 3 as well. But I gotta choose one, so I’ll take the Panthers to cover in their close victory.

Titans at Browns (+6)

  • Even though it only lasted a game and a half, there was such a sense of relief when Tony Romo returned in 2015 and took over for Matt Cassel. Therefore, I know how Titans fans are feeling right now. The Titans look back on track and I think they will win, but the Browns need a home win, and a non-dominant AFC team is the perfect one to come in and let the Browns cover, but still beat Cleveland in the end.

Saints (+4) at Packers

  • They may not be this bad, but a good equivalent of what this Packers team could look is what the Raiders have looked like without Derek Carr. The Saints offense has exploded over their last three games, so I expect them to go in and cover against a banged up Packers team.

Jaguars (-3.5) at Colts

  • The odd week Jags are back! The even week Jaguars played like we all knew they would, but they are back for Week 7 to show us what they are capable of. The Jaguars D and Leonard Fournette will take over again, and the Jags will win and cover in Indy.

Cardinals at Rams (-3.5) (London)

  • The game is a hard one to pick, because as great as the Cardinals looked last week, we all know trends like these mean nothing this season. That being said, I think Peterson and the Cardinals come back down to Earth, and the Rams offensive explodes on the Cardinals defense to get the win and cover in London.

Jets at Dolphins (-3)

  • The Jets have shown over the past four weeks that they are better than bad. That being said, a few losses in a row could send them on a trend that most projected them to be on this year. I think the Dolphins build off of their impressive win in Atlanta, and they win a close, low scoring game in Miami, but enough to cover.

Ravens at Vikings (-5.5)

  • What a mess the Ravens have been since starting the season 2-0. The Vikings have also been playing some pretty good football lately, even with Case Keenum at QB. With the Vikings playing at home in a battle of the Purple People Eaters, I think both of these trends continue, and the Vikings easily win at home. (Note: Watch the video. Easily one of the greatest games I have ever watched.)

Cowboys at 49ers (+6)

  • You have to feel for these Niners. Coming into the year projected to be one of the worst teams in the league, the standings reflect that. But they have now lost their last five by 3, 2, 3, 3, and 2, respectively. Combine that with their historic rivalry against the Cowboys, and the close game they played last year, I like them to cover. However, I definitely think the Cowboys will win. The Boys never looked back last year after going down 14-0 in Week 4 in SF, so I’m hoping for the same this season.

“How bout the kid, Dak Prescott?”

Bengals (+5.5) at Steelers

  • Another loss like one to the Jaguars against the Chiefs could have really put a damper on the Steelers season. Their defense is clearly improved this season. I like them to win, but the Bengals played three straight great games before their bye week, so I think they will cover in this division rivalry game.

Broncos at Chargers (-1)

  • With the way the NFL season has gone, I’m gonna consider the Broncos game last week a fluke. That being said, these Chargers look so much like last year’s Chargers, a team who started 0-4 and then hit their peak in the middle of the season. The Chargers have won two in a row on the road, so I think they come back home and win over a Broncos team that struggles on the road.

Seahawks (-4.5) at Giants

  • Don’t let the Giants fool you after last weeks performance. They are still missing so many weapons that gave them chances to win in a few of their games. The Seahawks are coming off their bye, looking to turn their season around to be the more dominant team they are capable of. The Seahawks have had great success at MetLife, including winning Super Bowl XLVIII, and I think they will win and cover on the road.

Falcons (+3) at Patriots

  • Coming into the season, I had the Falcons winning this game, as they had something to prove after dominating the NFL’s best team for 3 quarters in last years Super Bowl. While the Falcons have lost two in a row, the Patriots are very close to being 0-3 at home this season. I think this trend continues, and the Falcons gets revenge in Foxborough.

Redskins (+5) at Eagles

  • The Redskins have had an impressive start to the season, with their only bad performance coming in Week 1 at home to the Eagles. Expect a Redskins team much more ready to play Philly this time. That being said, the Eagles looked great last week, and got an extra few days of rest. The Redskins will keep this one close and cover, but the Eagles will pull it out on Monday night.

That’s all for Week 7, come back for Week 8 when every game went as predicted, of course. Will the Falcons get their revenge?

McGon’s Picks: NFL Week 6

After the Ravens-Jaguars game in London, I tweeted this.

And after last Sunday, I have the same reaction. Will the real Jacksonville Jaguars please stand up?

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The odd week Jaguars have been incredible with blowout wins away from Jacksonville against the Texans, Steelers, and Ravens, who are a combined 8-4 in games not against the Jaguars. The even week Jaguars have been a different story. They got crushed by the Titans at home and lost to the Jets on the road, and these two teams are a combined 3-5 in games not against the Jaguars. This makes the Jaguars a very tough team not only to bet for, but bet against as well. Will the even week Jaguars be back this week? Keep reading to find out.

Week 5 was much better for me than Week 4, but still not nearly as strong as my first two weeks. I went 8-6 straight up, and 7-7 against the spread. Here’s a look back at the picks I made (winning team in red, spread winner in red):

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Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Hate On Aaron Judge Just Because He’s a Good Guy and a Young Star in the MLB

Note: Granted this blog was started by three Yankee fans, but we need some more Yankee hate on this blog. Everyone knows you can’t have a great sports blog without hating on/making fun of teams like the Yankees, Cowboys (unfortunately), Patriots, Warriors, etc.

All Rise, and let me paint a hypothetical for you to start this out. Say you are a standard Yankees fan who lives in the tri-state area. If you are my age, you grew up watching the Red Sox send out David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, and other players who were on their championship teams in 2004 and/or 2007. Naturally, you hated these guys and those teams, for the most part simply because they were all Boston Red Sox and you hated that team. Flash forward to the last couple of seasons, the Red Sox have brought in young talent such as Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Andrew Benintendi, just to name a few. All of these guys have been good guys on and off the field, and of course are loved by Red Sox fans. If you are a Yankee fan, you may not hate these guys as much as you hated the 2000s Red Sox (yet), but you naturally root against these guys and hate on them because as good as they may be, they play for the Boston Red Sox.

My point? As a Mets fan, don’t tell me I can’t root hard against Aaron Judge and the rest of the Baby Bombers just because they’re great players.

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