Here’s what you need to know today: The Buffalo Bills were seen as favourites heading into the 2021 NFL season. Most people focus on the Bills high powered offense, however, it’s Buffalo’s defense that may be the ultimate difference maker. It’s college bowl season, and football fans spent their holliday’s taking in some NCAA football. However, some athletes have opted to worry about their future. ESPN and it’s parent company Disney aren’t happy about players opting out of games, and sent one of their out of touch analysts on air to let the amatuer athletes have it.
Are The Buffalo Bills Super Bowl Bound?
The Buffalo Bills identity has been their offense. More to the point, the Bills quarterback Josh Allen has been Buffalo’s identity. However, the stats and the eye test would tell you that Buffalo is more than their offense. Buffalo’s defense sits at the top of some pretty important statistical categories. History tells us that this increases the Bills odds of reaching the Super Bowl.
We’ve now entered that point of the season where experts and analysts look at stats and compare them to past championship teams. Because the Bills are such a true contender, those experts are finding those stats in Buffalo. Buffalo currently leads the NFL in total defense and passing defense. The last three of four Super representatives have also led in those two statistical categories.
Stats ultimately aren’t going to determine whether or not Buffalo goes to the Super Bowl. However, the Bills have one of the best offences, defenses, and special teams in the NFL. So the Bills should be confident heading down the stretch. If the Bills stay focused, there’s no reason they can’t go all the way to the Super Bowl.
Checkout the clip below where I give further analysis and opinion about the Bills and their Super Bowl chances.
Out of Touch ESPN Analyst Takes A Shot At College Players Who Opted Out of Bowl Games
Over the last couple of seasons we’ve seen more and more college athletes opt out of playing in Bowl games to start their preparation for the NFL. That has caused a conflict between new school and old school fans of the game. However, what everybody is forgetting is, the game of football is now a business.
Institutions like the NFL, NCAA, and broadcast networks like ESPN have made the product of football very profitable. The NFL and the NCAA have made billions of dollars from the game. ESPN, NBC, and CBS have made millions broadcasting the games. So they shouldn’t be surprised that players have now gone into business for themselves.
Professional and amateur athletes are no longer allowing themselves to be treated like assets for rich corporations. Players are now protecting their personal brand, and doing what they can to protect their financial future.
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit isn’t happy with the young men who have decided to put their future ahead of ESPN’s broadcast rights. Herbstreit accused modern day players of not loving football. Clearly Disney’s sports channel ESPN has a lot to lose with college stars not playing. ESPN has the rights to every single bowl game this season except for one. So Herbstreit’s ignorant comment makes total sense to anybody who gives a shit about ESPN’s financial health.
If a player is considered a first round prospect and decides to play in a bowl game, what happens if he gets hurt? There’s a big difference between first round money and second round money. There’s an even bigger discrepancy when a guy falls out of the Draft and gets picked up as an Undrafted Free Agent. ESPN won’t be footing the bill to secure the kids future. So this has nothing to do with a player not loving football. This is all about a kid trying to secure his future.
I also have to wonder if Herbstreit waved his pay for his work on the Rose Bowl on Saturday. Clearly he and ESPN are broadcasting the games because of their love of football. Perhaps ESPN should show the games commercial free, and Herbstreit should have considered his time in the booth as volunteer work… You know, for the love of the game.
Checkout the clip below where I give some further analysis and opinion on Herbstreit’s idiotic take. I also touch on the business of the NFL and why I support players who are standing up to the owners and focusing on their own personal brand, and not the NFL shield.
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