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By Marc Lawrence – It’s been said that aliens were searching for signs of intelligent life on earth but got the hell outta here after seeing the Packers draft. Ouch. It started when, rather than trading UP to get help for future Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers, they traded UP in the first round to get Rodgers’ replacement in Jordan Love. What makes the move even more curious is that Rodgers signed a monster four-year extension in December 2019 and is under contract until 2023. Even if Love becomes a succession plan to Rodgers down the road, the Packers will have burned most, if not the entire rookie contract that would have made him such a huge advantage. The other issue is that Love is a massive gamble, even in a vacuum in the first round. Pro Football Focus insists he simply wasn’t worth the gamble of a first-round pick and that the volatility and downside to his game is too great to justify chasing his big-play ability. Worse, the Packers spent six of their first seven picks on offensive players, and it’s possible none of them will play in 2020. And nary a one was a wide receiver – in a class that was as deep as any in memory with wide receivers. That was shameful … Meanwhile, Boston College RB A.J. Dillon did not rank inside the top-250 on PFF’s draft board. He ranked outside the top-110 on the consensus board. And he was selected at pick No. 62 … For more on the Packers’ questionable draft and a composite review of their grade from 4 of the nation’s leading football authorities, click here.
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Like you and I, ESPN asked when will the 2019-20 NBA season resume, and what will the playoffs look like? What we do know is the NBA is planning a Thursday vote of the league’s board of governors – with owners expected to approve commissioner Adam Silver’s recommendation on a format to restart the season in Orlando. After examining several options the NBA has yet to endorse a plan but numerous members of the board of governors told ESPN that there’s growing support for a plan to bring 22 teams to Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports in July. Let’s hope Tuesday’s vote opens the door and gets the league back on track real soon. 
Grinding Out The Profits
2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine exclusive report:: After closely examining Tom Brady’s achievements with New England, perhaps what impressed me the most was his ability to step up in games against opponents that owned the better record, going 39-13 SU and 37-11-4 ATS, including 20-2 SU and 19-2-1 ATS when the Pats were coming off a loss, as well as 9-2 SUATS in the playoffs against foes with a superior record. Now that is the stuff of which GOATS are made of. 
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