On the final night of the NFL preseason, Johnny Manziel was scrambling around and leading the Cleveland Browns to a victory. But his exhibition was mostly meaningless, and his replacement stole the show.
It is the time of year for bold predictions, and several will be made Friday, when “SuperContest Weekend” kicks off at the LVH with a seminar featuring some of the top football handicappers in their field.
It’s not always easy being famous. The curious case of Jameis Winston, the Florida State quarterback and controversial face of college football, is another example.
Horse racing and football provide adrenaline rushes of different kinds. The races can present instant gratification, with bets decided in two minutes. A football game can be a three-hour grind. Wagering on regular-season win totals is a totally different story, a roller-coaster ride extending for four months. Yet, sometimes, the payoff is worth the wait.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown, and Pete Carroll is wearing it now. But if Carroll is worried, he never shows it. This is not about the Seattle Seahawks’ quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions, not yet anyway. Before he won the biggest game of the season, Carroll was king of the NFL preseason.