By Marc Lawrence — With the NFL playoff field bigger than ever, the staff at MMQB.com reminds us that we have six games on wild-card weekend and 13 total, including Super Bowl LV. The NFL remains determined to play each game as scheduled, as was made clear throughout a regular season played amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There is, unfortunately, the possibility that positive tests will wipe out practices and make key players unavailable. In choosing this year’s Super Bowl winner, despite the unpredictability, or maybe because of that potential chaos, they gravitated heavily toward the top seeds and favorites in their staff picks. Kansas City received the most votes (5), followed by Green Bay (4) and New Orleans (3). One surprise choice was Green Bay over Tennessee, with the belief that the Titans will be in the same position they were last year – visiting the Chiefs in Kansas City, but this time will not let their lead evaporate. To see a synopsis on each of the other projected Super Bowl matchups click here.
First it was the Curse of Rocky Colavito. And now it’s Francisco Lindor who is moving to a new city and team that is willing to meet his salary demands. The four-time All-Star shortstop – and one of baseball’s best all-around players – was traded Thursday by the Cleveland Indians along with pitcher Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets, who have a new owner in hedge guru Steven Cohen willing to spend at baseball’s highest levels. In return the Tribe received infielders Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario, right-hander Josh Wolf and outfielder Isaiah Greene – a move Cleveland hopes will keep it competitive and capable of ending baseball’s longest World Series title drought. Indians fans have grieved in past years watching homegrown stars traded away in their prime – re: Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome. Being a homegrown fan of the Indians, I only hope this doesn’t prove to be the Lament of Franciso Lindor.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s Playbook Midweek Alert Football Newsletter: Tampa Bay QB Tom Brady is 30-11 all-time in the NFL postseason, but only 1-3 SU and 0-4 ATS against NFC East opponents (all in the Super Bowl). To that we say, “buyer beware”.