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So the NFL regular season is finally here. We have had a long off-season to wait but more than anything else, we have missed fantasy football. Many people have already got their picks ready, their teams are set, now its time to see what fan made the right picks. I will be giving my own personal picks and a brief summary of how the teams looking going into each game. The order is by the time of date and schedule so these teams will be done in order.

 

Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots: Winner – Patriots

 

This a very interesting match-up considering how much importance will be on special teams. Tyreek Hill (Chiefs WR) was a very low draft pick due to domestic abuse charges and he ended up becoming a lethal weapon for the Chiefs on special teams. The Patriots’ secondary will be tested to see how well they can manage the Chiefs offense since Alex Smith is the perfect example of a game manager. However, the Patriots have the advantage in terms of offense though that will be tested with the Chiefs defense having the highest paid safety in the league (Eric Berry) and one of the emerging corners in Marcus Peters, and a Top 10 Linebacker in Derrick Johnson. However, I feel more confident with the Patriots ability to score points than I am with the Chiefs.

 

New York Jets @ Buffalo Bills: Winner – Bills

 

Oh boy, by far the ugliest match-up of Week 1. Both teams are currently fighting for the #1 overall pick rather than compete in the playoffs. These teams are in-division rivals but sadly one of them is going to win, and everybody will likely hate. Right now, the Buffalo Bills haven’t completely lost all of their talent like with LeSean McCoy and with Tyrod Taylor coming back off concussion protocol, I have more confidence in the Bills ability to score points then the Jets who don’t really have a #1 QB on their team. They have sold all of their talent for a full on rebuild for the #1 overall pick and it’s painfully clear.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Texans: Winner – Texans

 

Right now, The Jags are still a young team that has a talented overall defense but their offense needs a franchise QB and Blake Bortles is CERTAINLY not the answer they want. The Houston Texans are in a similar situation with Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson as their QBs but nonetheless, they can manage their situation better than the Jags simply because they have a Super Bowl-caliber pass rush. With J.J Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus on the defensive line, I would not want to be the QB, I will say that much. Right now, Texans have at best average QB-play, high-level defense and are already a playoff capable team but aren’t quite there yet. The Jags on the other hand, still need pieces at several key positions (especially QB). And the situation with Hurricane Harvey, I feel like the Texans will have the full home crowd advantage in this case, so it adds further to my choice here.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cleveland Browns: Winner – Steelers

 

It hurts me to say this considering how much improved the Browns are compared to their go awful 2016 season, they still aren’t ready yet to make a legitimate attempt at the division title. That honor is still with the Steelers, who have the Killer Bs in Big Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. The Steelers still have a killer offense and their defense is looking more promising with the addition of a young talent like T.J Watt. However, the Browns seemingly will be a surprise team for this year as I doubt they could go 1-15 with this current roster, but them losing Myles Garret to an ankle injury will hurt their chances in this game. Browns will be Browns.

 

Arizona Cardinals @ Detroit Lions: Winner – Cardinals

 

Currently, The Detroit Lions were a shock to see in the playoffs last year, it’s just too bad they had to go against the Packers. As of now, the Arizona Cardinals were a team that got hit with injuries on several key players like Safety, Tyrann Mathieu, completely changed the team once he was off the field. While Detroit has just paid Matthew Stafford the highest QB contract of all time, they are still in a situation where the demand to put pressure on Stafford is on since he isn’t getting any younger now. (He will 30 by next year) An underrated matchup will be how Detroit’s offensive line will be able to protect their QB against a very deep Cardinals’ defense that has Chandler Jones as the main pass rusher, Patrick Peterson as #1 Cornerback and Tyrann Mathieu as the safety. There is no doubt, this is a defense that can handle any offense and I feel more confident with betting on the Cardinals on making a comeback year performance.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Miami Dolphins: POSTPONED

 

Due to the effects of Hurricane Irma, the Bucs vs. Dolphins game will be postponed until further notice (which means that none who has these teams in their fantasy this week are going to have a bad time).

 

Atlanta Falcons @ Chicago Bears: Winner – Falcons

 

The Bears are currently in a rebuild mode right now, and though they have an elite interior offensive line and Jordan Howard is one of the latest in a long line of elite Bears’ running backs, the Falcons have a huge amount of talent. Despite the losses of Offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons have an elite offense across the board and their defense is still young but talented nonetheless. The Bear’s defense I can’t trust to contain playmakers like Devonta Freeman or Julio Jones especially with their secondary.

 

Oakland Raider @ Tennessee Titans: Winner – Titans

 

I am predicting a lot of wins on the road this week but this ain’t one of them. The Raiders last year were on a huge resurgence and the fact that they have signed Derek Carr long-term shows they are already set with their rebuilding and can focus more on their defense as the offense has many play makers like Amari Cooper (who had limited participation) and newly signed Marshawn ‘Beast Mode’ Lynch in the backfield. The Titans are currently one of my sleeper teams this season that could sneak into the playoffs, they have one of the best offensive lines in the league and can potentially torch the Raiders’ secondary. None of the Titans’ wide receivers are 100% for this game (Eric Decker is still questionable, but Corey Davis and Rishard Matthews who is likely the 4th on the depth chart) but with the news of Khali Mack not being a participate at Wednesday practice means he will likely not be 100% for Sunday’s game which is bad for the Raiders. Mack is a complete difference maker and he was Defensive Player of the Year last season but the Raiders are hit with injuries and the Titans are much healthier going into this game.

 

Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals: Winner –  Bengals

 

You just need to see the injury reports on the Ravens’ secondary to know they are playing with effectively bench warmers for defensive backs. I would normally say that the Ravens are the better team especially from a  defensive standpoint especially with news about Bengals’ defensive back Adam Jones and linebacker Vontaze Burfict both suspended. However, the Bengals still have a decent offensive powerhouse in receiver A.J. Green who should have a solid game this week. Despite the fact the Bengals have their share of injuries as well, its easier to handle then what the Ravens have lost. Joe Flacco just coming back from IR and he already looks to being having a rough start to his season.

 

Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins: Winner – Eagles

 

This is going to be one of the closer games coming into Week 1. However, the Eagles have a much better Front 7 that can compete with anybody in the league especially with players like Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham leading them. I feel that Kirk Cousins is possibly the better QB compared to Carson Wentz but even with the addition of Terrelle Pryor from the Cleveland Browns, I feel that the Redskins’ offense has a lot of potential problems if they don’t click. I expect both teams to play decent but I will trust the better defense in this case. The Eagles still have some difference makers on offense like Alshon Jeffery or LeGarrette Blount (who came from the Patriots), they still might not be able to get through the secondary with players like Josh Norman.

 

Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Rams: Winner – Rams

 

This game would go straight to the Colts if Andrew Luck was healthy. Sadly, the Colts QB has been reported to not likely return to possibly the beginning of October. I would choice to believe that Colts’ backup QB Scott Tolzien or newly acquired backup Jacoby Brissett could handle the offense, but its very evident that this team is night and day without help. Jared Goff is currently on the hot seat right now as expectations for the former No.1 overall pick in the 2016 draft are still there. Even without DT Aaron Donald likely to attend practices due to contract negotiations, this team still has some good play makers especially with Todd Gurley trying to make a comeback after his terrible 2016 season. I feel terrible for T.Y Hilton since he likely will be struggling more trying to get the ball from his QB than trying to avoid the defensive backs.

 

Carolina Panthers @ San Fransisco 49ers: Winner – Panthers

 

This is an interesting game, on paper, the 49ers match up really well with the Panthers. However, Kyle Shanahan is a new head coach and though he has a familiarity with the Panthers defense, I feel that based on the fact the 49ers in terms of overall talent don’t match up quite with the Panthers, but defensively they have a good set up with players like NaVarro Bowman with the additions of Reuben Foster and Soloman Thomas. Although none of them are on the same level with a defensive player like Luke Kuechley, they can mean trouble for rookie running back Christian McCaffery. Cam Newton has reported his shoulder injury but showed full participation in practice so he will likely return. The Panthers secondary is still suffering growing pains as they try to move on from Josh Norman like last year. However, I think that players like Marcquis Goodwin and Carols Hyde will have a shocking game and this will be a much closer game than analysts realize. Brian Hoyer will be limited to a game manager for this and if he handles the pressure could have a surprising night.

 

Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay Packers: Winner – Packers

 

Quite possibly the biggest game in Week 1 is taking place at Lambeau Field. This is in Green Bay’s territory, but the Seahawks based on defense are superior but the two biggest names in the NFC in Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers are going to be having a crazy night.  Rodgers is the superior QB, but the Seahawks secondary will give him plenty of headaches, even with Ty Montgomery in the backfield and Martellus Bennet at tight end and Jordy Nelson fully healthy. Green Bay wins thanks to having the home field advantage (the Packers are incredibly difficult at home) but the Seahawks could pull a big upset but it’s very big if when it comes to facing Mike McCarthy. The two teams have very similar match ups, but the Packers are capable of holding the Seahawks offensive line down (especially with how little they still have done to fully address that issue).

 

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys: Winner – Cowboys

 

The second game to look out for is most defiantly, Giants vs. Cowboys. Right now, if Odell Beckham Jr. was healthy, I would chalk this one straight to the Giants simply because they had the Cowboys number last season, but Ezekiel Elliot’s case has been pushed back to have his suspension start Week 2. This means that the Cowboys will have their full starting offensive lineup. That will be tough for the Giants to handle and while the Cowboys had a difficult time handling the Giants’ the majority of that was due to ODB staying on the field. He may be a drama queen but he is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL. Newly acquired receiver Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard are going to have a long night. If Elliot was out this week, I would give it to the Giants, but his suspension being pushed back changes this pick over to the Cowboys because of how critical he can be to that running game.

 

New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings: Winner – Vikings

 

We will have two Monday night games starting with the Saints against the Vikings. I call this the grudge match of the week with the Saints and Adrian Peterson going against his former team. Despite how much we like this story line, this news is that the Saints who had the No.1 offense last year, are without no.1 receiver Willie Snead due to suspension. In addition, this has suffered a list of injuries this summer including the latest being  WR Tommylee Lewis. Despite, AP still being a strong back, I doubt he can recapture his 2015 performance and with the Vikings defense being fully healthy, and a new stadium all set up for this season’s Super Bowl, I doubt the Saints will be to squeeze a win out of this. I ain’t sleeping on the Saints though, but I doubt the team’s defense is ready even with the strong showing they have had this preseason.

 

Las Angeles Chargers @ Denver Broncos: Winner – Chargers

 

Right now, I would normally give this game straight to the Broncos because Mile High is quite possibly the most difficult field to play in. However, the injuries coming out of the Broncos camp have been relatively good with the returns of Demaryius Thomas coming back. However, the Chargers are currently all healthy (shocked!) yet the team is relatively good with their current roster and based on how familiar this team is with their in-division rivals, they will be competitive against the Broncos. I have a feeling with Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa showing up big last season, they will have more to show now that they have further experience under each others’ belts. Siemian for the Broncos is still their best option at quarterback and right now, I wouldn’t be certain how much he has progressed but still, it is clear he isn’t the long-term answer at QB but he is definitely capable as a game manager. But for the new Los Angeles Chargers, it is evident they need to make a strong showing this year with how bad the team’s move has been received.

Stephen is a Contributing Editor for Trifecta Sports Network and covers the New England Patriots and the NFL.

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Patriots Have A Two-Headed Monster In BackField

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Following an embarrassing week 1 loss, the Patriots returned to the field seeking redemption. They trounced the New Orleans Saints 36-20, this past Sunday. Ah, sweet misplaced aggression. From Bill Belichick’s offense, we saw a multi-faceted passing attack that was redolent of the good ol’ days.

Tom Brady stood immovably strong in the pocket, going through his progressions with laser-like precision. We saw him make crafty check-downs to receivers manifold. An unleashed Rob Gronkowski ran crossing routes like a human-boulder, tearing the Saints secondary to shreds. It all made for a beautiful sight to see.

As prolifically as Tom Brady threw the football, it was the effectiveness of our running backs that was most surprising. In this department, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels hit the Saints with a dual-pronged weapon. Power runner Mike Gillislee scored his 4th rushing TD of the season, while finesse halfback James White pulled in 8 receptions for 85 yards. In tandem, they were absolutely dynamic. And with all our injuries, we’re going to need them to be just that going forwards.

The continued performance of this two-headed monster will arguably be the most critical thing to the Patriots’ success this year. White and Gillislee, early on, have mirrored each other in a productive manner. But beware: The utilization of this duo could become rather calculable. Our one-two punch is going to have to learn to play outside of their respective comfort-zones.

A Tale of Two Tailbacks

When appraising the Patriots backfield, Mike Gillislee and James White should be viewed as a single entity. There’s a mutually beneficial marriage between these two players. They are polar-opposites, who collaborate to produce a formidable rushing attack.

Disclaimer: Some may say that I am negligent to not mention the contributions from Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead. But if this backfield was a cheeseburger, Lewis and Burkhead would merely be the condiments that make it taste just a tad better. There’s no doubt that Gillislee and White are the featured athletes here.

As many Patriots fans would admit, calling James White a “running back” is sort of inappropriate. This is his formal title, yes, but it’s a misnomer of a title. Go back and watch last year’s Super Bowl. White should just be listed as a wide receiver on the depth chart. That’s what we’ve always used him as. In the absence of Julian Edelman, he may be our most dependable option on passing 3rd-downs.

This year, White is on track to haul in 88 receptions for 920 yards, while racking up an additional 392 rushing yards. That type of production would be invaluable. His hands are immeasurably better than any other RB’s on this Patriots team. Opposing defenses cannot commit to defending one facet of his game or the other, at least so far. But on Sunday afternoon, we saw a pattern being established.

Chances are, if White’s on the field, Tom Brady is going to be throwing the football. It’s no secret. James White has only 12 rushing attempts, this season. Here is where Mike Gillislee comes in. He’s the jelly to White’s peanut butter; the ying to his yang.

Gillislee is off to a fast start, with his new team. He is a virtual inversion of James White. Gillislee is a durable smashmouth back, who acts as a battering ram on the goal line and on rushing downs. Currently, he’s on track for 912 rushing yards and 32 rushing TD’s.

But again there is an appreciable formula, in regards to how Mike Gillislee is leveraged. This is something that will not be overlooked by our future opponents. Since the start of last year, Gillislee has 0 receptions. That’s right, a big fat goose egg. When Gillislee is on the field, 99% of the time he’s going to be hitting his holes as the running play is designed.

Variety is the Spice of Life

It’s odd that both White and Gillislee play such singular roles, because they are physically comparable. James White is slightly more compact, at 5’9” 204 lbs. Mike Gillislee is a rugged 5’11” 208 lbs. But concerning their speed, they’re almost interchangeable. Just look at their 40-yard dash times. White runs a 4.57, while Gillislee runs a 4.55. This is encouraging: They should be able to learn how to imitate each other.

Bill Belichick doesn’t allow any of his players to become complacent. Such comfort could compromise the Patriots playbook. In the coming weeks, look for Mike Gillislee to be a part of more passing formations, and for James White to run the ball more frequently. The Pats have to keep their opponents honest and unprepared.

A live-action attrition has been induced in the Patriots’ leading receivers. Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, and Rob Gronkowski are currently banged-up. Whether these guys are sidelined or active, the Patriots will be using them minimally. Hence the importance of the running game. Our backfield, with James White and Mike Gillislee at the helm, will certainly be carrying more of the load than anyone expected.

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Patriots Talk: The Rivalry of Tom Brady and Drew Brees

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It’s amazing how long ago it feels when we’re all talking about Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning being the top two Quarterbacks in the NFL. Now with Peyton happily enjoying his life in retirement, it seems unavoidable that Brady will get brought up in the retirement category as well. Same could be said of Saints QB, Drew Brees who Brady has shared much history with. In fact, Brady and Brees have known each other before either entered the NFL.

Brees after high school only received two scholarships, despite being a stellar high school QB for Westlake High. He wanted to originally be recruited by The Texas Longhorns or Texas A&M ‘Aggies’ but sadly neither gave Brees a recommendation. Instead, Bress found himself stuck between either Purdue University or University of Kentucky. He ultimately, chose to go with Purdue where he would play for from 1997-2000.

Near this time, a young Tom Brady was struggling with gaining recognition outside of the state of California. In terms of where he would be rated by today, he was a 4-star recruit out of Junípero Serra High School. Brady was a multi-sport prospect, as he was considered by many to be a better baseball player than he was a football player. Despite Brady being offered high money by the Montreal Expos in 1995, Brady was more passionate about football and when he was given an opportunity, he took it. Brady narrowed his list of options for college to only five: Cal-Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Michigan, and Illinois; Michigan was the one that won out. Brady was sadly hardly given any time to start, as he was 7th on the depth chart by the time he arrived at the University of Michigan in 1995.

While both Brady and Brees moved onto the NFL, they were both in the Big Ten (the division that both Purdue and Michigan played in at the time). It was not known when exactly Brady and Brees came to know each other, but the schedule and time of their first meeting would point to 1999, where the Purdue Boilmakers faced The Michigan Wolverines in Week 5 of the 1999 season. Brady was the starting QB ultimately having won the starting job over Drew Henson. Brady and the Wolverine beat Brees and the Boilmakers 38-12. It would be only one of many meetings that two would have down the road.

This same game was talked about between the two QBs last year during the Week 1 of the 2016 preseason when both teams were having joint practices. That day was rain-soaked and both QBs remember the first time they played against each other. According to Brees:

“So Tom actually threw it out there. He said, ‘Hey, remember that game, Michigan-Purdue in the Big House?’ He said, ‘This is just like it.’

Shows that even after so many years pass, people remember the small details that others sometimes forget. Brady and Brees have known each other only during briefly but their respect for each other is real. Considering what either have accomplished is all that needs to be said (Brady will go down as the greatest of all time and Brees will likely have all the passing records under his name when all is said and done). In fact, Brees went as far to say this:

“I’ve got a ton of respect for Tom and what he’s accomplished. I don’t know if there is a guy in this game that has been more disciplined, more mentally tough and is just so consistent, so, so consistent. A lot to be respected. I have a ton of respect for him, his approach and his accomplishments.”

Both Brady and Brees combined have the most passing yards and passing touchdowns out of any QB currently in the league. With Brady already at 40 and Brees slowly getting there as well, both of them will be by far the oldest on their respective rosters. The Patriots and Saints will be facing off on Sunday at 1:00 PM at the Mercedes-Benz Super dome in New Orleans, Louisiana. this will be the first time they have faced each other since 2013. The game will be broadcast on CBS and will be announced with new CBS commentator Tony Romo (former QB of the Dallas Cowboys). This will be quite the sight to see that much is certain as both teams start the season 0-1, and only one of them is walking away a winner.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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It has been a nonplussing and extremely long week, for Boston sports fans. During this part of September, we all start to experience the perennial football jitters. Over the summer we’ve become accustomed to watching the Sox play practically every single day. So when the Patriots start up again, the 7+ days wait between games can feel torturous. Especially after a depressing loss, like the one that we saw last Thursday night.

But rejoice New England! It’s Friday. Week 2 in the NFL is officially underway. The Pats can start their redemption campaign with a win against the Saints on Sunday. It’s time for another highly anticipated edition of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Let’s kick it off!

The Good

A player very dear to Boston has returned from a lengthy stint on the “10-day DL”. Somehow what was supposed to be a quick rest, for general soreness, has been protracted into what feels like months. That’s right folks, David Price, the pride of the Red Sox, is back. But he’s not going to be pitching, in his normal capacity, as a starter. Nope, this time around our Cy Young winning southpaw will head to the bullpen.

Putting Price in the pen was being talked about, as we approached the threshold of his return. It was cemented just a couple of days ago, when manager John Farrell announced that David Price would be coming back to the Red Sox in a “multi-inning role” as a reliever.

Following the announcement, Price publically embraced his new responsibilities. In a recent press conference, he essentially said that he is willing to help this team in any way possible.

Price has pitched out of the bullpen before, even in the playoffs, and he has had success doing so. In the 2008 postseason, Price had a 1.58 ERA in 5.2 innings. Given his apparent compliance and willingness to serve, this seems like a win-win move.

Since the day that the Red Sox acquired him, David Price has had a tough go of it, both politically and statistically. Although he is one of the more loquacious pitchers in the game, and also a thinker, Price hasn’t exactly ingratiated himself to the Boston fan-base. So, of course, Sox fans are a little jaded to the pandering we hear in press conferences.

Hopefully Price can let go of the October troubles of his past, and start a new. For $30 million a year, I’m positive that the Sox would be more than happy with the lefty mutating into the next Andrew Miller. As we’ve been saying for the past couple years: It’s time to put up or shut, for David Price.

The Bad

At some point or another, almost all have us have been “the new kid in school”. An uncomfortable situation like that will certainly stimulate the fight or flight instincts in an individual. It can get ugly. Just ask, New Orleans Saints running back, Adrian Peterson.

This past Monday was the season premiere of Monday Night Football on ESPN. The first game, of the special double-header, featured the Minnesota Vikings versus the New Orleans Saints. Adrian Peterson was returning to the twin cities, for the first time in his new black and gold uniform. Not only was his performance underwhelming on the field, but he was visibly disgruntled and downtrodden on the sidelines. This was not the AP that America is used to seeing.

Now, I lived in Minnesota for quite some time; I watched Peterson play for years. I was in attendance for the game against the Chargers, when he broke the single-game rushing record. This dude’s an indefatigable worker and an absolute beast.

Peterson’s behavior during Monday night’s game was uncharacteristic, to say the least. The circumstances of his Saints debut, against the Vikings, represented the perfect storm for this veteran RB.

Think about it: He’s returning to the NFL, after a year that was saturated with domestic abuse controversy. Not to rekindle the past, but many people don’t even believe that he should be allowed to play football. Peterson is also on a new team, working with a new coach and a new playbook. Oh yeah, and his Vikings replacement, Dalvin Cook, set a rookie record for rushing yards, in that MNF game.

Adrian Peterson was involved in just 9 snaps, on Monday night. He had 6 carries, while only racking up 18 yards. This is a guy who has had a 2,000-yard season, and he has over 11,000 career rushing yards. Quite the dichotomy between his past and his present; hence the veteran’s frustration.

A video of Peterson dogging Saints head coach Sean Payton, on the sidelines, has gone viral. Payton is seen walking away, with his back turned, as his new RB chews him out roundly. Watching the game, you would presume that Peterson was complaining of a lack of involvement in the offense.

Since the incident, Adrian Peterson has come out and addressed the media. He clarified that he is fine with coach Payton. But he also mentioned that he “didn’t sign up for 9 snaps”. Let’s hope his troubles continue, just for week 2, as the Patriots are facing the Saints this Sunday.

Only time will tell, but if I was a betting man I would say that Peterson will eventuality prosper in New Orleans. This is a guy who has won the comeback player of the year award, after recovering from a torn ACL. For now it’s sad to watch a veteran, who was once regarded as one of the greatest ever, spiral out of control like this. It’s bad for fans and it’s bad for the sport.

The Ugly

Give Sergio Dipp another chance! We all know it was cringeworthy, inappropriately bombastic and downright awkward. But come on ESPN, cut the newbie some slack!

If you managed to stay awake Monday night, after the scintillating Vikings-Saints game, you saw a piece of pop culture history. Holy cow! Stretched thin, ESPN threw together a motley crew of neophytes for the broadcast of the second MNF game. One of these rookies was bright-eyed sideline reporter Sergio Dipp.

This dude was coming over from the ESPN Deportes section of the sports media company. On Monday, Dipp made his first report from the sidelines of a nationally telecasted NFL game. He seized the opportunity. Go and watch the video, because his performance was unspeakably bad.

Dipp’s commentary focused mainly on the new head coach of the Denver Broncos, Vance Joseph. It’s clear that Sergio Dipp felt a deep psychological connection with this kindred spirit, who was also making an important debut. “Here he is, having the time of his life.” Dipp exclaimed as the camera panned over to, a cool and calm, Vance Joseph inspecting his playbook. In actuality, it was Sergio Dipp, not Joseph, who was having the time of his life.

That was Dipp’s first, and only appearance as a sideline reporter. He bombed. The video propagated Twitter like meme wildfire. Sergio tried to salvage some honor by releasing an apology video. It was even more cringeworthy.

I implore you to stop Mr. Dipp. Embrace your quirks and pretend like nothing happened. Sometimes the more you speak, after an embarrassing moment, the worse you make it. Any publicity is good publicity. Get back to the sidelines and report like you’re having the time of your life. I don’t think you could even pretend to do anything else.

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