By Marc Lawrence — Warning: I’m going try my best to limit your morning coffee with less Super Bowl LV caffeine. After all, we’ll be ingesting two full overload weeks of media blitz on the big game. Let’s set the table by looking at the winners and losers of Sunday’s AFC and NFC title games. As John Breech of CBS Sports called out, the biggest winners were CBS on its Patrick Mahomes versus Tom Brady pairing. And then there is Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, former disgruntled ex-Steelers, two pouters and quitters who somehow are rewarded with the opportunity to add another Super Bowl ring to their collection (God doesn’t always reward just good people) … And you can put Packers’ head coach Matt LaFluer at the very top of the losers list who, when trailing by 8 points with less the 2:30 remaining in the game, opted to not give league MVP Aaron Rodgers the chance to tie the game on 4th down inside the 10-yard line, but instead put the ball back in Brady’s hands – and as a result never saw the ball again. WTF. Take your analytics and stuff them where the sun does not shine … To read more winners and losers from these title games click here.
From the Playbook Midweek Alert Super Bowl Newsletter: It has been 13 years since Kansas City defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and his New York Giants’ defense beat the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Ironically, since the NFL added a 5th seed to the playoffs in 1978, only two No. 5 seeds have made it to the Super Bowl. The first occurred in 1985 when the 5th-seeded Patriots were annihilated, 46-10, by the Bears. The aforementioned Giants were the only other No. 5 seed to reach the Super Bowl when they beat the Pats, 17-14, to ruin New England’s 18-0 perfect season. Ironically, Spagnuolo just happened to be the Giants’ DC.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the Playbook Basketball Newsletter: Before jumping on the Duke bandwagon tonight you need to know the slumping Blue Devils are 0-7 ATS at home this season, as well as 1-6 ATS as conference chalk of 10 or fewer points. Just sayin’.