When it comes to the most popular sports betting event in the world, there is no doubt that the pressure of both friends and the media play an important role in the decisions of casual players. From the fans, to the players, the media, and the hundreds of millions of dollars that are wagered, the Super Bowl is easily the biggest of them all. However, with so much pressure and varying opinions the Super Bowl is also where players make the biggest mistakes, when they find out that most of what they thought they knew is actually wrong after all.
The pressure of betting around so many people can lead to players making an emotional bet, whether on their own or in arguing against a friend’s opinion. Most people have a strong opinion on how the game will play out, but it’s important to remain impartial when actually playing the Betonline wager. With all of the excitement leading up to the big game, and the two-week layoff from the conference championships to the Super Bowl, another mistake that players make is when they bet too soon. Unless there is the potential for a big line swing there is no reason to get in on the odds early, so patience is usually the best idea. Another thing to avoid is getting in on prop bets, a big waste when considering how often they are overplayed. The Super Bowl offers more prop bets for one game then some sports do for a whole weeks worth of action, and with so much conversation set around the game it is easy to get too caught up in overplaying them. The Super Bowl is the perfect example of a situation where players can get caught playing too much of their bankroll simply because of the popularity of the per head event, and when it becomes too much it’s wise to back off entirely.
Being a referee in a major professional sport is not an easy job. In fact, most casual sports betting fans can’t name five referees in each of the four major sports leagues in North America, and there is an obvious reason for it. Doing an effective job officiating at any level usually means staying out of the spotlight, as the only time referees are usually noticed is when they make a mistake. However, Ed Hochuli has built a reputation as one of the most popular referees in the NFL over the past 21 years for mostly the right reasons. While he has certainly has had his share of blunders since he started calling games in 1990, Hochuli is still one of the most respected officials in the NFL, as illustrated when he tied Mike Carey for most “best referee” votes in a poll conducted by ESPN in 2008.
At 61-years old, Hochuli is still easily recognized on the football field for his athletic physique and build uncharacteristic of an NFL referee. Dressed with the No. 85 on the back of his striped shirt, Hochuli is one of the best in the game at explaining his calls, and helping 5Dimes fans to understand exactly what is happening on the football field on any given play. While Hochuli has made his share of mistakes, he has always put himself out there with his outgoing character and personality, and has been rewarded for it by being granted numerous playoff games and two Super Bowls to referee. Bookies will remember calls like, “there was no foul on the play. It was not a hold. The defender was just overpowered”. With calls like that, and the massive biceps that bulge out of his shirt, Hochuli is a natural fit to gain a strong following, but he has always ensured that his high level of officiating takes presence over anything else.
From Any Given Sunday to the Blind Side, Friday Night Lights all the way back to Rudy, football has given cinema some of the best sports betting movies of all-time. However, for every good football movie, there is at least one awful one to complete the rule of opposites. Here is our online betting list of the five worst football movies of all-time.
5. The Waterboy
It is somewhat difficult to harp on The Waterboy as being a bad football movie, since it is more of a comedic insult on some of the culture of the South, and the role the sport plays. Still, Adam Sandler should have stuck to golf.
Some people will argue this is sexist, but it just doesn’t seem right seeing a woman as the head coach of an inner city High School football team. Perhaps that is the point after all, since this movie is more about making that concept seem romantic than it is about the actual per head game.
3. The Best of Times
Robn Williams plays a football player. Robin. Williams.
2. Varsity Blues
An absolute disgrace to football in Texas, Varsity Blues isn’t just a bad football movie, it’s an awful movie period. Since when did it become cool to disguise another teen movie as being about football? It should come with a 5Dimes disclaimer.
1. The Replacements
There really isn’t any debate about this selection. From Keanu Reeves being cast as a quarterback, to the ridiculous dance scene where the “replacements” dance to “I Will Survive”, this movie takes the cake for worst football movie of all-time.
Chad Ocho Cinco has been a very busy man over the last few 5Dimes months. After running out of time with the New England Patriots, Ocho Cinco signed a new deal with their AFC East rival Miami Dolphins, where his name and perhaps even his talent are a perfect suit. The 34-year old wide receiver married his longtime fiancé, spent time getting in the best shape of his life, and pledged a commitment to play in the NFL until he is 40. However, coming off a season in which he registered 15 receptions for 276 yards, and just one touchdown, there are many that wonder whether Ocho Cinco has anything left to give, and what has happened to the former Pro Bowl talent that recorded over 1,000 reception yards in six-straight NFL betting seasons from 2002-2007.
According to Ocho Cinco, his experience in New England was humbling, but also very necessary in his development as a professional both on and off the field. Ocho Cinco was very limited in his role with the Patriots’ offense, and he handled it very well, doing everything that was asked of him and putting the team ahead of his individual ego. Ocho Cinco still has the hands and compete, so while he may have lost a step in terms of his overall speed, his desire should make him successful in Miami, where he will be given every opportunity to succeed. The Dolphins need Ocho Cinco to be a playmaker in their offense, and if he can live up to his word, us online NFL betting fans may very well find that Ocho Cinco is still capable of being a solid starting wide receiver in the NFL.
The Dallas Cowboys haven’t been around as long as some of the other popular online NFL betting franchises, but that hasn’t taken away from its illustrious history, which has included some of the best football players of all-time. Here is a quick look at the top-five players in Cowboys’ history.
5. Tony Dorsett
The second-best rusher in franchise history, Dorsett ran for eight 1,000-yard seasons during his 11 years in Dallas, and finished with 72 career touchdowns for the franchise.
4. Michael Irvin
Nicknamed “the Playmaker”, Irvin constantly came through in big moments for the Cowboys, carving his spot as the best wide receiver in Dallas football history. A three-time Super Bowl champion, five-time Pro Bowler, and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, there is no denying Irvin’s deservedness on this list.
3. Emmitt Smith
On top of his NFL rushing record, Smith will be remembered for his 168-uard performance against the New York Giants in 1993, a pay per head sportsbook number he put up with a dislocated shoulder.
2. Troy Aikman
The first overall pick in the 1989 draft, Aikman was regarded as one of the best players of his sports betting generation, and will undoubtedly one day join the man who holds the top spot on this list in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1. Roger Staubach
The Cowboys’ quarterback for five NFC championships and two Super Bowl titles, Staubach joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.