all of that. You might as well win. Well, nope.
They didn't wanna do that.
Mike Glennon decided on a en route to open receiver.
I'm gonna overthrow it.
If you throw it to him, he's gonna catch it.
Uh, he is tied for fourth or fifth in the league in picks.
So he's top five picks.
He's gonna catch it, and you throw it right to him.
He called it like I just said he would, and, you know that Was that? So over time, Vikings kicked field goal in the game.
Um, Vikings kind of tried to blow it to Dan Bailey.
I don't know what's gotten into him, but he looked like Greg Zuerlein.
They both missing a lot of kicks.
You guys already know this, so I don't really need to spend much time, but just trying to get that number one pick, and they're like, Yeah, we go ahead, go ahead and bring the house wasn't on purpose.
You know, that's another, like discussion for another time if you think it was on purpose.
But I'll tell you this.
It was in typical jets fashion, right? And then, like Adam gates after the game was like, I wasn't even paying attention.
And then by the time I realized that they were gonna all out blitz, I couldn't go call time out.
It was too late, and my thought was Greg Williams being your defensive coordinator, who is not fired by the way it like.
You got to kind of know that's coming.
Besides, like let alone the not being in tune with your players, you got to kind of know like who your defensive coordinator is.
He wants the blitz.
He's one of those guys that feels like nothing can't be solved by just turning up the heat.
And that's what he likes to do all.
We can't stop the run.
Let's just blitz.
Oh, we can't stop the past.
We need to get more blitz, then get more pressure.
That's great, Williams for you.
So, Jess and Jaguars, I appreciate y'all making this interesting.
Keep it up because you keep playing these close games.
Like acting like you wanna win.
When really you don't. I see what you're doing.
I am mad at you, Baker Mayfield.
I am one to kind of be I'm hesitant on being like Oh this This guy, this quarterbacks the guy.
He's the next best thing.
And I've been really iffy on Baker because I do feel like the Browns haven't really found their quarterback. But I'll tell you one thing.
Baker, Mayfield place a football on Sunday, The Titans had no answer for him.
He had himself a date 334 yards, four touchdowns.
No picks, Pretty much a I mean absolute shellacking of the Titans.
The score was not his clothes as what the score shows.
It was 38 7 at halftime.
Come on, fam. Like Baker.
Mayfield. I mean, he threw.
They had a play of his touchdown and Jarvis in the back of the end zone in from behind camera, he threw a dart like from where the ball left his hand toe where it hit.
Jarvis's hand was just like a straight bullet line.
Like it was it was beautiful.
Baker Mayfield, man, shout out to you, dog.
Good stuff. Keep it up, man.
It's not about how you, you know, respond toe losses.
Everybody knows everyone's gonna play hard.
They're gonna go through the film.
It's how you respond. Toe wins.
So let's see what you do. Moving forward.
Brown's You've got a really good chance here and good job. Baker. Mayfield.
You made the all bottom line team.
Devante Smith, wide receiver for Alabama.
First of all, remember when Alabama used to be, um, a team that was, like all about the running back, like they're just they're gonna produce running backs, right? They're gonna be strong.
They're gonna be kind of fast, you know, Just like boom, boom, boom, boom.
Well, now it's a receiver for them.
Like they just have receiver after receiver after receiver.
And it's like, Good Lord, you know, don't say Adams.
Eight catches, 231 yards and three touchdowns for Alabama against L S U.
He got really disrespectful on them and I mean a That's video game number.
Smith shout Devante Smith.
You made the all bottom line team this week.
And last but not least, Paul George.
You made the all bottom line team this week, but he won't tell why, because somehow, after all of the embarrassment you have already caused yourself in the last few months from the Clippers debacle in the bubble, you have decided and you have somehow made it worse for yourself.
Somehow you you somehow found a way to make it even worse for yourself than you already made it.
Okay, so let's start with this.
He decided to claim Doc Rivers is using him like a J.
Red**** or Ray Allen type with nothing but down screen, even though when you go look at the metrics, they don't support it.
Um, he also talked about how the Clippers never really made adjustments.
Um, against the Nuggets, they were up 31 We lost.
We'll just win the next one we lost.
We'll just win the next one.
Like the Nuggets were a good team.
They never made adjustments.
They never went, looked at what they weren't doing well.
And what it sounds to me is like the Clippers had the mindset we all have, which pretty much no matter how much they struggle, we know it's gonna be Lakers and Clippers.
That's what we thought and we were wrong and they were wrong and they got bounced.
So Paul George, because that's comical to me, like, I don't know how you continue to make this worse for you.
You got the last spot on the all bottom line team this week.
Very interesting to see who, um, gets it next week, but yeah.
Paul, George man, shout out to you, my friend.
Shout out to you.
So that's are all bottom line team for the week.
Well, and obviously like, Yeah, this is Ah, Wednesday.
So this is kind of out on Wednesday.
I get it, but yeah, I know what I mean.
When I say for the week, I'm talking about, you know, from the last time I did the all bottom line team to this time.
So I want to get into something else here.
That is interesting in and of itself.
Um, I want to talk about something that ah, lot of people may not understand.
So I want to get into it, and I'll try it to sports in a second.
But I want to talk about empowerment.
I want to talk about, like, what is empowerment? Okay, so I looked up.
Dictionary definition to empower is to give someone authority or power, right? Like if I empower you, I've given you authority or given you power to do something.
Where? Something eat something.
Whatever it is right.
So there are multiple ways you can empower somebody whether you do it intentionally or you don't.
So, um, negative ways of empowering, you know? Yeah, I spoiled kids, right? You tell a kid like, Oh, you're not getting that candy bar And the kid cries and you end up getting them that candy bar to get them to be quiet.
Which I'm sure, every parent, while I'm not a parent, I'm sure every parent has done at one point or another.
Like, Look, I really just need you, Thio Hush.
So take it here. Here, take it.
So, you know, maybe that that, like, you know, But that's fine, right? It's nothing.
Is that so? Um, that's you've now told that kid.
Hey, if you do this cry, you're gonna get the candy bar.
And now I have empowered you, or they have empowered their child son or daughter or whatever to cry to get a candy bar.
They didn't mean to do that, But they did, um, work promotions.
Those are intentional.
You've done a great job.
I wanna promote you now to a management position.
I've now empowered you to manage other staff because of the job you've done.
That's Ah, positive way.
And that is an intentional way, right? And then you got relationships The way you react, the way you go about certain things empower the significant others or friends and best friends to do certain things.
Okay, if if every time.
You know, if every time I go, go play basketball and you throw a fit and you get upset and I say Okay, number, I'm not going to go.
I've now empowered you, Thio think that every single time I wanna go play basketball or any time I want to do anything.
If you don't want me to do it, you're gonna throw a fit and I'm just gonna stop.
And now you're gonna keep throwing a fit right? And I'm not really gonna get into like that stuff, because relations, that's just an example.
But they can also be positive too, You know, like every time I go play basketball, you I'm like, Okay, cool, right? You end up like cleaning the house.
So you you know, you do something that I come back and it's like, dang or every time I could go do something to just, like, clear my head.
You're cool with it.
That makes me, like, realize and not We're not gonna argue.
I'm not gonna, And that's positive.
So every time you do that and I always come back with flowers, or I always come back with your favorite candy, then that's positive empowerment, like you.
OK, every time I want to do this.
Like every time I do this, I'm getting candy.
Like, if that was just an example.
You know, kids, same thing, friendships, same thing.
So, in other words, empowerment is also a way to reinforce behavior positive and negative reinforcement.
So there's a situation going on in Houston.
Um, James Harden wants out.
Okay, where it's coming from.
I couldn't tell you why is still kind of up in the air, but James Harden no longer want to be a Houston rocket.
Okay, um, as soon as Daryl Morey found himself in Philly, then the reports came out like that.
Harden wanted to be at a Houston.
And then, of course, um, they were talking about Philly and Brooklyn, which is the Nets and the Sixers.
Jane, Uh, James Russell Westbrook wanted out as well.
He's already been traded to the Wizards.
You know that for drowned.
While on the first we're not going to get into that.
He wanted to go to Philly or Brooklyn.
Now you already know how I feel about the Nets move.
That's probably the dumbest like thing for basketball reasons, let alone like drama.
Right? That's probably the dumbest move I've ever heard.
You know, you got guys on here like saying you got to do this and that, Like, got to make it happen there. Too. Good.
They're James Harden's in Brooklyn there, my championship favorite like, No, you all know how I feel about that.
Like but Philly? I really talked about how I feel about that and really same thing I don't I'm not really feeling that either, mainly because with Philly, they don't have enough pieces to get James Harden and keep in beating Simmons.
One of them is gonna have to go.
And I think that's the mist ake.
On top of that, if you choose one, the trend seems like people would choose to move Simmons and I also think that's the mistake.
Um, but That's just me.
Now, here's where this gets tricky.
Okay? The Houston Rockets are in no rush to move James Harden as they shouldn't be.
There is no reason that the Rockets, with three years left on his deal, should be like, Oh, he wants out.
Oh, gosh, I gotta Oh, man, I gotta get about.
There's no reason for that because you got three years left in your deal, man.
Like, where you going? Where you going? You're not going anywhere.
Like you're not gonna force my hand.
Not with not with three years left. You're not gonna do it.
So on top of that, there isn't a team in the league who because, uh, to make the James Harden thing work as faras trading him or trading for him.
You gotta have one.
You gotta have assets.
You gotta have pieces.
Like what? Um, you know, young players who are good and picks in this that in the third.
Well, Harden also wants to be traded to a contender.
So a lot of teams that just have a bunch of young pieces, they're not contending.
Okay, so that's number one.
Gotta have pieces in picks.
Number two you got a If you're contending, you probably gonna have a couple superstars, but they gotta want to play with James Harden.
You're gonna remember James Harden spent the better of the last four years.
Plan is a ball, right? Like, well, you play with James Harden.
You become a specialist either a defensive specialist or three point shooting special.
Same thing with, like, LeBron.
You start you When you play with LeBron, you become a specialist.
The reason why he was able to win with Kyrie because Kyrie was able to be great alongside.
But Kevin Love became a specialist.
You're shooting corner.
Chris Bosch became a specialist, but he went with Dwyane Wade because Dwyane Wade could be great alongside.
So Ray Allen was kind of became a specialist already.
But Ray Allen, that's why he fits so well.
Mike Miller, Shane Battier.
That's why these guys fit with LeBron because you kind of have to.
You become a specialist, and so now he's winning with Anthony Davis because Anthony Davis is able to be great beside him.
But, you know, Rondo is a specialist.
Avery Bradley is a specialist, Kuzma.
They want him to be the third guy, but I mean consistently enough.
He's not really expecting that.
People don't really know what he his real true role in future is in L.
A Kentavious Caldwell Pope, specialist, right.
And got on this.
Do I, Howard Rail ****ey Specialists.
Okay, so you gotta have pieces.
You gotta have stars who are willing to step back and a lot of stars when it's like I'm in a situation that works for me.
I'm not really trying.
Okay, So who you left with? Who is there that you can sit here and say I have enough pieces to still contend once we get him.
And I've got stars who fit his game is like, I don't see like, New Orleans while they have pieces, right? Like, do you Do you really stunt? Like, Are you gonna make silent a specialist? No.
Um, if you trade Lonzo on Ingram and heart and like, you know pics.
Are you now a contender? I doubt it. Right.
A man is James Harden.
Makes you a playoff contender, but he wants to win a ring.
They don't have the players that the stars that like it messes.
Well basketball Waas.
They got the pieces and then the Clippers.
They kind of have the pieces.
They don't got the players toe play with James Harden.
So who and don't tell me about like picks? Oh, we got a lot of picks.
Picks don't win rings. Players do.
Ask the King's how all those pigs were working for one of the draft.
They got like five blue bloods.
They got Harry Jobs.
Uh, Frank May is a Frank Mason.
Yeah, Frank Mason. Justin Jackson.
Like where they at now Justin Jackson doesn't play.
Dear Fox is a stud, but like where they have, they made the playoffs since.
No, that's standing in the Celtics.
How many championships those all those picks picks that they acquired.
How many championships has it one for? Nope.
They're still trying to get, you know, Anthony Davis's and signed Gordon Hayward's and Kyrie Irving's and Kimball Walker's.
Why? Because it ain't the picks that are gonna win in these rings.
It's the players.
Go ask Atlanta Hawks how all these young pieces that they got, how how it's doing for So don't tell me about picks.
And so with that being said? What does what incentive does Houston have to trade James Harden right now? Okay, if we don't want to trade him, what's he gonna do? Not show up? Okay? You don't show up. You don't get paid.
We keep it moving, like, you know, I'm gonna force her hand.
So And it's weird, because now the MBA has turned into this thing where I started this with empowerment.
So now we're talking about player empowerment.
These players are in this mode where it's, like, all right, when I want something, what doe I do to get what I want.
All right? Usually it's what I don't want to be here.
Players no longer are interested in plan out their contracts to the fullest.
And I mean, I guess you know a lot can happen in a year.
But the real reason why they don't want to play these contracts out is because this isn't the real reason why, but the real reason why they're okay, would not playing these out is because NBA contracts are fully guaranteed.
If I signed for five years, $125 million I'm getting $125 million.
1 way or the other.
Even if I retire in two, I'm not gonna be on the payroll even for the next 10 if they gotta spread out how they pay me.
But, you know, like Deron Williams, I think we haven't seen Deron Williams in a long time.
But he got that big contract with the Nets.
Yeah, um, he was still getting paid up till, like, last year.
I'm pretty sure he was still on the payroll, right.
Like that's that's how that goes.
So, um yeah, like they now it's like Okay, well, I signed the contract I signed on the dotted line.
You get so many times where players like they're like, Oh, they're no longer happy.
And I'm like, No, no, no, no, no.
That's why I like I'm glad I haven't heard any of this really had a brother bill.
But that's why I'm kind of glad Bradley Bill hasn't said nothing like, oh, I want out of Washington because I'm like, All right, well know you signed that big deal.
I got no sympathy for you.
Now you sign that you didn't have to sign.
Okay, so these contracts are fully guaranteed.
So when they get happy, they just say they're unhappy.
They say they wanna leave.
And, of course, when it goes public now, teams were kind of stuck when it goes public, a player's trade value then goes down because teams know you're gonna try to get him out of here.
I don't need to push for him now.
Also, I'm interested.
And then you'll probably say, You want Mawr and I'm going to say, Okay, we're not gonna give you more because eventually you're gonna have to give him up because he's gonna become a, you know, a cancer in the locker room.
And this that and the third So they say it out loud, and then they let the team do the rest.
The player empowerment.
How does how does way See it all the time? Russell Westbrook.
I don't wanna be in Houston.
They trade him over the Washington Anthony Davis.
I don't wanna be in New Orleans last year of his deal last year and a half, I guess, of his deal.
He did it to get out of Indianapolis, Indiana.
He did to get out of Oklahoma City.
You know he might do it to get out of the l A.
Now, Carrier Irving is a very, uh, particular case.
You know, the last thing Paul George that brings it full circle from the all bottom line team.
Um, but anyway, carry Irving.
Now he is a very, very particular case.
Because my man, I'm not saying this in a sense of oh, his player empowerment.
He's getting out of places, right? Like he got traded to Boston, and then it was a free agent and went to Brooklyn, but carried the player empowerment he's got going on.
It's a little bit different.
Okay, So Carrie Irving has decided he's not talking to the media this season, right? Even though every player in the league is contractually obligated to talk to the media, that is a requirement.
You you don't get to not talk to the media, okay? Like you just don't And Kyrie has decided I'm not talking to him.
Right? So I'm going to read you the statement from Kyrie Irving regarding you know how he's not gonna talk to the media no more.
Just gotta pull it up.
All right? I'm reading this word forward.
Cova 19, has impacted us all in many ways.
So I pray for the safety and health of our communities domestically and abroad.
I'm truly excited for the season to start.
And I'm also praying that everyone remains safe and healthy throughout this journey.
Instead of speaking to the media today, I'm issuing a statement to ensure that my message is conveyed properly.
I am committed to show up to work every day, ready to have fun compete, performing won championships alongside my team mates and colleagues and the Nets organization.
My goal is my goal this season. Toe.
Let my work on and off the court speak for itself.
Life hit differently this year, and it requires us.
It requires me to move differently.
So this is the beginning of that change.
All right, let's break this down a bit.
Okay? Um, all right.
First thing we know how Kyrie feels about the media when it comes to, um, like, how the media portrays stuff.
So, you know, the way he worded this was very much Kyrie esque. Okay.
I want to make sure my message is conveyed properly.
All right, so it's clear that you carry decided.
All right, I'm gonna take a little shot here at the media by saying the media likes to misconstrue my message.
Granted, the reason why talking on the phone or talking in person is more effective than than texting when it comes to important conversations is because when you get people's tone, you really know what they mean by what they say, right? So it's a lot easier to miss convey a message that is written instead of a message that is said right.
So you sat there and you try to take this subtle little shot at the media as if the media was the problem.
Little do you realize, which is kind of something that fits Kyrie, Semo, right? Like you say stuff and you just don't really realize how, like stupid it actually makes you look right.
So, um, but he he thinks that the media is the problem, right? He went on, you know Kevin Durant's podcast and said, Yeah, Katie, man, you're the first time that I've ever had that I feel comfortable letting take the last shot.
But it's the media's fault that that came off like a shot toe.
LeBron James, you know, like, and it's like, did he say I never felt LeBron He didn't say that.
Maybe it wasn't like a direct shot, but come on, man.
Like, what are you saying? Like, what do you mean, Like, Oh, I was saying that, but I wasn't talking about LeBron.
He's all about we're talking about like, you didn't just play in Boston and just playing Brooklyn.
You played in Cleveland to with LeBron James.
Wait, what we're doing, right.
Um remember the whole thing where Katie and Kyrie were saw in the tunnel talking and people were like, Oh, they're both gonna be afraid.
And so they're gonna team up in.
Kyrie was like, Oh, the media, the media, the media, Y'all are just tryingto.
But then on Katie's podcast, what he say, he said, Yeah, yeah, way were in the tunnel.
That's kind of when we decided, like, yo, let's link up.
But it's the media's fault.
His comments about his time in Boston, the shots he takes at everyone in Boston.
But it's the media's fault, right? Like everything is the media, You know, if you're if you're if you guys are familiar with Twitter.
There's this thing called sub tweeting, right? So that's when you tweet.
You're tweeting at someone without adding someone.
Okay, let's say I see two people on the street.
I know one of them and I used to know both of them.
I don't really like them anymore because of the clothes they wear. That's very superficial.
That's not the case.
I'm just using this as an example.
Then I go on the twitters and I'm like, God, some people just wear the craziest things.
I can't stand it.
I'm sub tweeting because I'm talking about them.
And if they were on Twitter, they would know I'm talking about them.
It's a way to get your message across without having to literally say, Hey, you, this is what I have to say, because when you say something to someone directly, you have to then confront them or they confront you.
So to avoid doing that, you sub tweet.
And that's what Carrie, that's what that you know, comment about the last shot thing was that was a sub tweet at LeBron James toe, where if LeBron James, here's what I'm saying, he knows what I'm saying.
He knows that I'm trying to throw shade because Carrie's been I mean, at the end of the day, Kyrie Katie is the same way sensitive and they want with LeBron's got they wanna be the guy.
They wanna be the man.
Um, they want all like me, Just like the credit lee to get that the credit LeBron gets for the things for him, for him being him, which is, by the way, 100% deserved, like, 100%.
That's what they want.
And they're not gonna have that.
So, you know, he's sub tweet.
And this comment of I want this to be conveyed properly is him sub tweeting at the media.
Hey, if I come out here, I know you are going to take my words the wrong way, so I'm gonna write it down.
All right? Come on, man.
Like we're not I'm not stupid.
Like I know what you're doing.
Stop like you like you're so petty.
Like stop, Stop.
What else did he say? He said I'm committed to show up to work every day Ready to have fun, compete, perform and win championships.
Well, part of showing up to work is your media obligations, my friend.
I don't know if you if you just if you just didn't didn't think that this was part of it, but yeah, this is part of it, right? So whatever.
Then he said the goal was to let his work on and off the court do talk.
All right, so now what he's done is he's planning to see like, Oh, we got a look at what Kyrie is doing on the court and off the court now, Right? Like, what is Qari doing now? We gotta pay attention, because that's what he wants to do.
But he decided, Hey, I only want you to pay attention to these things.
These things that I normally wouldn't put in the media right, Because he doesn't wanna be the guy who's like, every time I go to charity, I gotta I gotta recorded so people can see I'm doing good things.
He wants you to notice it while he's not having to tell you.
So what he did was he directed you here like all right, let's pay attention to carry a little more closely off the court because obviously there's stuff he's doing that we need to see.
That's what that is.
He planted that seed and everybody's heads, all right? And then he said life hit differently, so I have to move different.
And here's the beginning of that change.
You know what that sounds like to me? This gives me those New year new me vibes, right? Like, you know, every January 1st New year new me, I'm gonna work out New Year's revolution.
I'm gonna do this.
I'm gonna change it.
Yeah. You're gonna do that for the first couple weeks.
Maybe in the first couple of months.
But let's be honest.
Like when it comes time, Like when you get down to the nitty gritty, like when you gotta You're like, I'm gonna run every morning.
But you're doing that in 25 degree weather at four.
In the morning, five in the morning before you go to work.
Let's see how long you keep that up, right.
And that's what this feels like.
Like, Oh, I'm making a change.
And I want everybody to know that I'm making a change, so I'm gonna announce it.
Hey, I'm doing this different.
Everybody who's on instagram New Year, New me stuff.
You know, if you're trying to be a new person, just go be a new person.
You don't gotta announce that you wanna be a new person.
That's kind of my group of people on instagram like that.
Yeah, I guess what I'm gonna do this year, but I don't need to know that, right? Just just go do it like people just do this New year new me stuff just because they know that's just kind of the trend.
I don't need to know that could do that, right? You remember the conversation with Applegate, Emily Applegate when I was like, look like I don't post a Mother's Day photo every mother's day of my mother on instagram because one it doesn't really matter whether you know, if I love my mom or not, but to instagram showing love to my mama Instagram doesn't mean anything in the grand scheme of things, right? Like, I don't just show you.
Look at me loving my mother. No, I just need to go love my mother.
The same thing you wanna be a new person is gonna be a new person.
You don't get to announce it to me.
You're gonna tell the world.
Hey, this is this is I'm moving differently.
No, just just go move Different.
Right? But this is what you get.
Everything I've talked about Kyrie.
But Paul, George, James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
This is what you get.
This is the dangers of player empowerment.
Okay, listen again.
This is the danger.
This is what happens when you empower players.
Now, let me be clear.
I'm not saying that player empowerment a bad thing.
I'm not saying that players shouldn't be empowered or that we need to lower that or that they are owned by owners.
That's not what I'm saying.
So please, for those of you who think that way, that's not what I'm saying.
But what I am saying is this this is where it gets dangerous, right? Because now we're in a league for the guys who were just like all right? Yeah.
I don't like it no more. Hey, get me out.
And then and then it happens.
And then if it's like, if it doesn't happen, Okay, Well, maybe if I cry enough like the child with candy bar, they'll move me.
Because now I'm becoming an issue.
It's getting embarrassing.
This is the danger when you might have just a little too much player empowerment.
And you know where this all started.
This all started 10 years ago with LeBron James 10 years ago, when ESPN ran the special.
The decision, LeBron said, I'm going to take my talents to South Beach.
I'm going to take my career, put it in my own hands and do what I want to do.
He was a free agent, so it's different than these situations.
I understand that.
But what LeBron did there was he opened this door.
He opened this Pandora's box to show players.
Hey, your career is not dependent on who owns the team.
Your career can be 100% controlled by you.
You have to risk your reputation.
You have to risk what the fans think so that you could get what you want.
So James Harden, look, if you want what you want, that's cool.
But now you gotta look like this spoiled child.
You know you're at parties with little baby at a birthday party or something not masked up.
You look selfish, Kyrie.
You look selfish.
Paul. George, you look selfish.
Rust. You look selfish.
You have to be willing to risk that.
LeBron. He looked selfish.
You gotta be willing to risk the reputation in the optics.
It's not gonna look good.
People aren't gonna like it.
Especially that crowd is like, Oh, you're making $40 million and you have the nerve to complain.
All right? Even especially to that crowd, you have to understand if you want what you want.
If you want to get what you want, you have to risk the optics.
You have to risk being the guy everybody loves.
You're not gonna be that anymore.
But if that's okay with you, your whole career can be in your hands.
You can get wherever you wanna go.
If you're if you're good enough.
Obviously, if you're a star, I'm not talking about someone.
Barely make the rosters.
If you're a star, you can get wherever you wanna go.
If you're willing to risk the optics, if you're willing to overlook all the negative stuff you're gonna get, then you can go where you want to go.
And that all starts.
That all started when LeBron risk the optics and said I no longer care.
You know, if people think I'm selfish, which he cares now But he no longer care.
He did 10 years ago.
2010, 10 years ago, one decade ago is when all of that changed and we got to where we are now.
So I'm gonna finish this up.
Um, with are what are you missing? So basically, um, this year there have been a lot of story lines.
Okay, But one thing that nobody is really I mean, some people are paying attention because, I mean, it's been a It's like the the Vikings.
The Minnesota Vikings started one in five.
Okay, there's six and six now, which means they've won five of their last six and their won loss will say Cowboys.
They really should have one.
That should be 75 on 16 win streak.
In any other given year, we'll be saying the Vikings with the hottest team in the NFL, and nobody wants to play them.
And they got a match up with Tom Brady and the Bucks this week.
But they're being overshadowed, right? Why? Well one.
Let's talk about their own division.
Matt Nagy and the Bears.
Travis Key unfolds.
They can't figure it out.
Should Matt Nagy be fired? Matt Patricia getting fired? He should have been fired.
Aaron Rodgers doing Aaron Rodgers.
Things that's just in their division.
Let's keep going.
What else is over? Shadowing the Vikings? Tom Brady and the Bucks roller coaster of a season up and down Russell Wilson, even though he's kind of falling off the Rams.
They're eight and four, but we still don't know if they're actually good.
Kyler, Murray and the cards are they actually for riel like they're winning these games.
We can't figure them out, either.
The Steelers being undefeated even though they did just lose toe. Washington.
So now the Steelers lose in Washington is even a bigger story than the Vikings, the Browns.
They're making the playoffs.
They're gonna have a winning season.
They're nine and three.
Baker. Just do what Baker just did.
I started with him on the all bottom line team, as opposed to starting with Minnesota, because again, that's the bigger story, right? My homes doing Mahomes things he's probably gonna win.
You got the story of the rookies to it took about low.
Uh, Justin Herbert Joe Burrow, Joe Burrow getting hurt.
Herberts Overachieving into a Is he really good yet way? Don't know way Don't know.
And so all of that is over shadowing the fact that the Minnesota Vikings are six and six.
They are number seven in the NFC and a loaded NFC with four games for winnable games.
They got the Bears and the Lions again. That's two.
They definitely should win.
Then they got the Saints in the Bucks.
Split them, you know? I mean, they could win both but split them And that z nine and seven, that's playoffs.
But the real story about the Vikings is not that they're doing this, but how? Right? So usually when you go look at, like, the best teams in the league and you really, like, start looking at the stats, you start seeing things like, Oh, they're number one in red zone efficiency or oh, their turnover differential like you start seeing stuff like that, right? So here's some, like, cool little things.
I guess that you're like, Oh, I didn't notice that.
Start with, um Dalvin cook.
Okay, Player on the Vikings there the Vikings as a whole are extremely productive.
All right, Dalvin Cook.
He's second in rushing yards by less than 100 yards, and he's missed multiple games.
He's first in the n f L in touchdowns, so they're getting extreme production out of Dalvin Cook.
Justin Jefferson, rookie wide receiver.
He is fourth in receiving touchdowns.
By Sorry, he's fourth in receiving yards by less than 100 yards by less than 100 which, as in less than 100 from first.
So whoever's first receiving yards is less than 100 yards from him.
Adam feeling the other receiver.
He's third in receiver Eric Kendricks.
He might be the most underrated running back in foot.
I mean, run back.
He might be the most underrated, UM, linebacker in football, He's fourth in tackles, 15 tackles.
First place hasn't beat by 12, and Eric Kendrick didn't play last week.
You could just go ahead and assume he would have got at least 66 to 86 is a second.
Here's Smith, like I mentioned earlier, his top five interceptions, time for fourth.
I think he's fourth now because he got that pick against, um against whoever they just played the Jacks, right? Camp Dancer is a rookie corner of theirs, right? He started out the season struggling, but since their bye week pro football focus has him ranked as the number three overall corner in the entirely.
He's number two in coverage grade, and he's number one in passer rating when he's been targeted.
So that's a corner.
A linebacker are running back and two receivers.
You can assume the offensive line's gotta be playing, at least somewhat well, if the receivers of having all this production so they're getting massive production in so many levels in his overshadowed and there are five and one in their last six, it very easily could go beat Tampa Bay.
We don't know what Tampa Bay is gonna show up.
We don't know what Minnesota is gonna show up, either, but we don't know what Tampa Bay is going to show up.
It ain't gonna be no blowout.
I think Tampa Bay's a 6.
5 point favorite.
I would probably be pretty confident picking Minnesota to cover the spread if I decided to bet Then, like I said, they play the Bears, they play the Lions again and they're gonna play the Saints Another winnable game.
They could go for it.
No, in their season, nine out of 10 be 10 and six.
That's the team you don't want to see in the playoffs.
They're playing better than Seattle right now.
They're playing better than everybody, except in the NFC, except maybe the Saints and maybe the Packers.
They're playing better. The Rams.
They're playing better than the Seahawks.
They're playing better than the Cardinals.
They're playing better than the 40 Niners better than the Giants were playing well, but not as good as Minnesota playing better than Washington playing better.
The Bears and the Lions were both five and seven.
Like Minnesota is, is playing great football.
They're constantly improving and people just don't realize it.
And I mean, hey, if you don't realize it, you don't realize it and I get you.
But open your eyes.
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