Published on Monday, 12/14/15, at 1:18 p.m. Eastern.
Jumping around hitting on multiple sports…
-So Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche gets hospitalized for basically going AWOL a few weeks ago, right? The story was odd and my spies on the ground in Oxford tell me the word on the street is that Denzel just smoked too much weed and sort of lost his marbles/sanity for a few days. Hey, it happens. We were all in college once and remember those cats that couldn’t handle a buzz and shouldn’t have been catching one to begin with. Well, apparently that’s the case with Denzel’s brother, too, except Robert took it to another level. I’m perusing twitter during the NFL games yesterday and come across a tweet stating, “Police confirm that Robert Nkemdiche fell out of a fourth-floor window in Atlanta, but he only suffered multiple cuts.” I immediately had two theories. First, The Too-Much Partying Theory, though partying probably isn’t the right word as it pertains to these guys. Second Theory: Nkemdiche was with another man’s woman. The dude walked in, pulled a gun and Robert had no other choice. Well, as we found out later Sunday, Atlanta police found seven rolled joints in the fourth-floor room from which Nkemdiche decided to jump. And now today we get word that Nkemdiche has been charged with possession of marijuana. Several lessons to be learned here: When you’re a guaranteed Top-10 pick in an NFL Draft looming in the next four months, don’t jump out of any windows. If you do, throw the joints into the toilet and flush before taking the plunge. If you walk into a party where the Nkemdiche Brothers are present, you should turn around and leave immediately. If you stay, don’t hit any of the joints offered or bring your own. If you’re an NFL team, don’t draft Nkemdiche unless he lasts until the fifth round at which point, what the hell? He’s talented and if he starts causing trouble, just send him packing.
–How much money did this episode cost Robert? At least $5 million, probably upwards of 10, maybe more.
–Prediction: If Nkemdiche goes in Round 1 or 2, it’ll be to one of three teams: Raiders, Patriots or Cowgirls.
–Bad Beat (Or Push) of the Weekend: Boise St. led by nine with 1:49 remaining laying 2.5 or two points at home to Oregon at Taco Bell Arena late Saturday afternoon. The Broncos proceeded to commit three turnovers, including two by star senior guard Anthony Drmic, and won by only two. In fact, Leon Rice’s team was fortunate the Ducks didn’t get a call in the final seconds on a missed shot in the paint.
–I thought we might have a new Bad Beat to add to the All-Timers after watching the 30 for 30 on the Buffalo Bills last night (via DVR, think it first aired Saturday). Former Bills WR Don Beebe (the same dude that landed on his head in a game at Cleveland once) was discussing all the fan mail he received after hustling down and shaming Leon Lett by forcing a fumble while he hot-dogged his way (almost) into the end zone. Beebe revealed he only received one negative piece of mail and it came from a gambler who wrote something to the effect of “F-U.” Therefore, we checked the box score thinking Beebe probably prevented the prop bet for a defensive touchdown, which could’ve had very long odds. Not the case, however, as there were two other defensive TDs in that game. Also, the ‘over/under’ was 44.5 points, so I can’t imagine there have being an adjusted total as high as ‘over’ 70-something points at super-generous odds (the final score was 52-17 for 69 points). Any guesses, folks? I’m thinking some d-bag just sent that mail for no reason and the play didn’t cost him a penny. Anyway…
–My Falcons suck! They took their first bagel in 12 years at Carolina yesterday. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff did a great job early in his GM tenure, but he’s almost certainly going to get punted by owner Arthur Blank.
–If you haven’t heard of Sage Northcutt yet, that’s what google is for.
–UFC 196 has a new co-main event: Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson vs. Johny Hendricks. Thompson is riding a five-fight winning streak and enters the title-shot conversation with a win over Hendricks, who missed weight for his last fight against Tyron Woodley.
–The Seahawks are on fire and look very dangerous. Can’t wait to see how Johnny Football plays at Seattle next week.
–Did the Steelers completely send the Bengals’ dream season into the toilet with one play yesterday? Maybe. Andy Dalton is out for the rest of the regular season with a broken thumb on his throwing hand. We’ll find out what A.J. McCarron is all about as an NFL starter now. Dalton might be back for the playoffs. Whether that’s a good thing or not is up to Marvin Lewis. Remember, Dalton is winless in January.
–Katherine Webb, A.J.’s wife, announced that she’s pregnant this weekend.
–Props to my buddy J.J. who told me last week that Allyson’s new baby is Cole’s, not Noah’s. (The Affair on Showtime) I think she’s right after last night. Cole’s brother should party with the Nkemdiche’s.
–I knew Luke Rockhold had the tools to beat Chris Weidman, but I never dreamed he’d deliver that sort of assbeating to ‘The All-American.’ Wow!
–5Dimes currently has Ronda Rousey listed as a -130 favorite vs. Holly Holm (+110) for a potential rematch that might happen at UFC 200 at the new Las Vegas Arena this summer. In another potential bout, Conor McGregor is installed as a -195 ‘chalk’ vs. Frankie Edgar (+160) at 5Dimes.
–If you would’ve told me the Gators would get beat by 11 on the boards, get only seven minutes of playing time, zero points and just two rebounds from starting center John Egbunu and make only 10-of-18 at the free-throw line and 4-of-18 from 3-point land at Breslin Center against Michigan St., I would say there’s no way they didn’t get beat by 20. But UF only lost by six and led by three with less than 10 minutes left. That’s because Mike White’s team plays really good defense, though it can’t shoot at all. The ‘under’ improved to 6-2 for UF and I suspect there are many more ‘unders’ on the way for this team.
–The ‘under’ is 17-5 overall for the Miami Heat, 7-0 in their road assignments. They’re on the road tonight to face the Hawks, who have seen the ‘under’ hit in six straight games. Atlanta is favored by 6.5 and the total is 191.
—My New Year’s Day Primer over at VegasInsider.com.