By Marc Lawrence — Nate Davis of the USA TODAY contends that with no preseason, there are indeed some veteran players in the NFL that are likely disappointed. Granted, nobody likes going through the conditioning programs and the daily head-to-heads, but the fact of the matter is the preseason is also a chance for veterans to be vindicated and extend a career, while it also represents the only opportunity for rookies to get noticed and steal a roster spot. Davis goes on to point out the ‘winners and losers’ of those who stand to benefit before embarking on marathon camps heading into Week One. To mention a few from the “WINNERS” list– The Super Bowl teams, Kansas City and San Francisco. Both return largely in tact from the front office to coaching to player personnel … Drew Brees, who gets an extra month to patch up the riff from his black teammates caused by his comments by reviving the national anthem controversy following George Floyd’s death… The “LOSER’S” list – New coaches Mike McCarthy, Ron Rivers, Joe Judge, Kevin Stefanski and Matt Rhule would normally use the preseason to get the players and coaching staffs acquainted and comfortable with their new playbooks … Rookies being baptized into the league will have to depend largely on their college films and resumes to open new doors. And the list goes on and on. For a complete listing of this year’s ‘winners and losers’ be sure to click here.
The shiny NBA championship trophy has been sanitized and the boat is in the water. Last night’s games in Orlando tipped off the 2020 NBA re-do, as teams will use the next two weeks to cement qualifiers for the pending NBA playoffs. In the meantime, many of the normal dates for next season have already been temporarily re-scheduled, including the NBA Draft (Oct 16), and the 2020-21 season start (likely Dec 1). That is, the good Lord willing, this makeshift season goes off without glitches. Should that happen, rest assured the NBA front office will be popping champagne.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the PLAYBOOK ADVANTAGE for August: As you might expect, the pandemic has shifted odds on various NFL preseason props. The biggest movers to date have been the NFL MVP Award with Kirk Cousins from 40/1 to 80/1 … Comeback Player of the Year Award with Cam Newton from 30/1 to 5/1 … and Coach of the Year Awards with Jon Gruden from 40/1 to 60/1 and Zac Taylor from 50/1 to 30/1. Get your free PLAYBOOK ADVANTAGE here.