Baltimore at Denver kicks off NFL season tonight
The NFL kicks off tonight with the playoff rematch between the Ravens and the Broncos. With the Orioles not relinquishing their parking rights at Camden Yards, the Raven become the first defending Super Bowl champs to open on the road since the 2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Broncos are currently -7.5 point favorites with the total 49 1/2. Weather will be almost perfect with the temperature an unseasonably warm 87.
Both teams underwent significant roster overalls in the off-season. The Ravens went through the usual post Super Bowl attrition where everyone including quarterback Joe Flacco needed to get paid. The Broncos have been hammered with training camp injuries and will be without their top two defensive players (Von Miller suspended, Champ Bailey sprained foot) tonight.
The Ravens are 5-2 ATS in their L7 road openers. Including last year’s playoff run, Baltimore is 14-6 in their L20 as road dogs. Denver is 12-1 (9-4 ATS) in their L13 home openers. Under Manning, the Broncos were 6-1 as home favorites last year after a run of 5-24-2 the previous five years.
MLB News and Notes
The Boston Red Sox hit a franchise record tying eight home runs in Wednesday’s 20-4 rout of the Detroit Tigers. David “Big Papi” Ortiz homered twice and had a double. Ortiz collected his 2000th hit in the game and his second dinger was the 427th of his career.
Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval hit three homers Wednesday night as the San Francisco Giants pounded San Diego 13-5. Sandoval’s only other three homer game came in Game I of last year’s World Series where Sandoval ultimately won the MVP>
Jason Kidd to buy Jay Z’s piece of the Brooklyn Nets
Now that Jay Z in a licensed player agent, he is required to divest his partial ownership in the New Jersey Nets. It looks like he has a partial buyer in new head coach Jason Kidd. The rapper’s piece of the Nets is very small, about 1/15 of one percent. Kidd is said to be buying half of that piece for a reported $500,000. Jay Z bought his shared in 2003 at the suggestion of Kidd who was then the team’s point guard. The Nets are valued at $600 million and are owned (80%) by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.
Money May breaking the bank vs. Canelo
Floyd Mayweather will bank a record $41.5 million for his September 14th fight with Canelo Alvarez. The record purse shatters the previous record of $32 million Mayweather made for beating Roberto Guerero in May. Mayweather will also get his piece of the $74.95 pay-for-view which is expected to generate 2.6 million buys. It’s good to be Money May these days.
Teixeira KO’s Bader quick on UFC Fight Night
Not many fighters have entered the UFC with the hype of Brazilian light-heavyweight Glover Teixeira. To this point, he’s lived up to the advanced billing after winning his 20th straight fight after knocking out Ryan Bader in the first round last night on Fox Fight Night. Bader came out winging and dropped Teixeira early but was unable to finish. Teixeira scored with his own left cross which floored Bader. The Brazilian jumped right in with some ground and pound which prompted referee Herb Dean to jump in and make the save on the defenseless Bader.
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