Locks NCAA Basketball – Texas Tech @ Baylor -8 (-110): 3:00 PM CT on ESPN I’m amazed to see this number at the exact same final margin of the first matchup between these teams. Baylor took down Tech 68-60 in that one, and I expect a big win for the Bears here. It hasn’t been easy for Baylor after three weeks off, but their 11-point win over a really tough Oklahoma State team on … [Read more...] about Tiny Nick’s Gambling Picks: 3/7
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Rick Spielman started his offseason press conference earlier this week by putting a stop to any questions marks regarding who the signal-caller would be for the Vikings next season. “Kirk Cousins is our quarterback,” said Spielman. “[We] look forward to him having another year in this system. Excited for him and what he’s going to bring to our team next year.” What stuck out to … [Read more...] about The Vikings STILL Haven’t Fully Bought Into Their Franchise Guy
For nearly all of Harrison Smith‘s career, the Minnesota Vikings have been unable to find a high-level safety to play alongside him. Up through 2018, the purple’s defensive backfield was littered with a long list of forgettable names that was somehow topped by Andrew Sendejo. Yikes. Then 2019 brought us Anthony Harris‘ breakout year. A should have been Pro Bowl campaign in … [Read more...] about Paris Ford Would Be a Great Complement to Harrison Smith
Locks NCAA Basketball – Indiana @ Purdue -7 (-110): 1:00 PM CT on ESPN These two teams are headed in polar opposite directions, and I think the market is yet to catch up with the value in this Purdue squad. The Boilermakers are off a big home win and cover against Wisconsin, part of a 7-3 ATS run and a 7-1 Big Ten home record straight up. As dominant as Purdue has been at home, … [Read more...] about Tiny Nick’s Gambling Picks: 3/6
The Green Bay Packers’ lack of wide-receiver depth was never more clear than in the NFC Championship game. Davante Adams is undoubtedly a top-three receiver, but Green Bay has no other pass-catchers to draw attention away from him. Every time they make it to the red zone they have to force the ball to Adams. It culminated in the playoffs when the Packers couldn’t get into the … [Read more...] about Could Kadarius Toney Be a WR2 Solution For the Packers?
J.A. Happ arrived in Fort Myers on Wednesday after missing the beginning of Spring Training. He and Matt Shoemaker were signed for a combined $10 million to fill the void left by Jake Odorizzi. While he might not be the sexiest signing of all time, he represents an emerging trend in the Minnesota Twins front office. When Derek Falvey and Thad Levine arrived in 2016, they … [Read more...] about J.A. Happ is the Latest Veteran the Twins are Trying to Revitalize
It’s a normal Tuesday in the Twin Cities. A group of Minnesota Vikings fans is waiting in line at the local post office when Rick Spielman and Kirk Cousins walk through the door. Cousins has his head down as he walks over to the change-of-address station, and Spielman has a giant smile on his face. “Nothing to see here,” Spielman announces to the crowd. “Kirk’s just taking care … [Read more...] about Spielman’s Endorsement of Cousins Might Be the Kiss of Death
Every year, every team’s fan base thinks their team has a chance at the best available free agents. This year is no different, but as a (somewhat) realistic Minnesota Vikings fan, I want them to get an affordable pass rusher to create a sack-filled rebound season. Minnesota was ranked 32nd in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus’s pass rush rating in 2020. But next season they’ll be … [Read more...] about 5 Sneaky Free Agents to Upgrade Minnesota’s Pass Rush
On Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings made Kyle Rudolph‘s release official. Among the nostalgia and teary-eyed farewells, the impact of cutting him on the Vikings can be quantified. They save about $5 million in cap space after accounting for dead cap penalties. But what if there was a way to increase those savings? The June 1st cut rule is complicated, but, in short: It’s probably … [Read more...] about What Is the June 1st Cut Rule and How Could It Affect the Vikings?