The Titans snag Golden Tate in free agency, though the defense lacks the star power to take the team to the next level.
Another 10-6 season for the Titans ends in quick postseason failure and the narrative that Manning is a playoff choker is perpetuated.
The Broncos are stuck in neutral too, but instead of a defense holding back the offense, it’s the Denver offense that can’t produce consistently enough to help out a top defense. The Chiefs defend their AFC West title, holding off the San Diego Chargers, while the Broncos finish 7-9 with more mixed results from Geno Smith.
I bet you are going to see books right at the games, Wolohan says. I bet you’re going to be able to walk into Yankee Stadium and they’ll have a book right there in the concourse where you can place money on the game that day. ‘Give me whatever the runs are, the Yankees are gonna win. Also, give me a prop bet on the first inning that there’ll be two hits’, or something like that. I have little doubt that that’s gonna happen within a relatively short period of time.
If Orlovsky was given one more chance to drive the field with more than two minutes left on the clock, the Colts could have improved to 3-13 — and fallen to No. 2 in the draft order that spring. Then, they may have never had the chance to draft quarterback Andrew Luck.
Instead, the Colts parted ways with Peyton Manning after the 2-14 season, selected Luck with the No. 1 pick of the 2012 NFL Draft and earned a spot in the postseason in the next three years.
Not only would a win for the Colts in Week 17 have dropped Indianapolis from No. 1 in the draft order, but it also would’ve dropped the Jaguars to 4-12 and No. 4 in the draft order. The new top-eight picks of the 2012 NFL Draft would be as follows:
Suddenly the draft fortunes of a few teams look different.
I understand that there is a need for some heightened integrity, says Dan Etna, the co-chair of the sports law practice at Herrick Feinstein LLP, an international firm with offices in New Jersey and New York. But on the other hand, let’s not kid ourselves. This is just a new, fertile revenue source for them to tap into. You can’t convince me otherwise.