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.
When Wisconsin running back Montee Ball decided not to enter the 2012 NFL Draft in order to remain with the Badgers for one more season, there was not a single NFL analyst that agreed the move would be a good thing for his career at the professional level. Not only would it be nearly impossible for him to match his numbers from the previous season, but there is a prime put on the age of running backs when they reach the NFL picks level, and on the wear and tear that they have been through by the time that they get there. At the running back position more than any other in the NFL, players are cycled through and then let go when they reach their 30’s, in favor of younger and fresher legs coming up. That is why age is such an important factor at the running back position, with so many sports betting teams afraid to commit to veteran players.
A situation like that may be unfolding with the Chicago Bears right now, where running back Matt Forte is upset that he didn’t get a contract extension from a team that he has helped carry on offense, even though the team went out and signed free agent running back Michael Bush in the offseason. Teams are also shying away from using high picks on running backs as well, using those picks instead on talents from other positions that can contribute longer at a high level. Veteran running backs are becoming an extinct breed at the NFL level, so pay attention to age and how a franchise treats its top runners with the season approaching.
When the New York Giants finished the regular season with the 27th-ranked defense overall, there were significant question marks about whether or not it would be able to hold up in the playoffs against some of the top offenses in the NFL. While it was true that the Giants suffered a ton of injuries during the regular season and were getting as healthy as they would be all year just in time for the postseason, the fact of the matter was that although they gave up a ton of yards, they were also one of the league’s best as far as generating turnovers was concerned. New York’s defense finished the regular season ranked fifth in interceptions with 20, and fourth in forced fumbles with 11 for a total of 31 turnovers. The ability to pressure opposing offense’s and generate turnovers turned out to be clutch throughout the postseason, as the Giants made up for the yards they allowed by forcing turnovers at crucial points in those games, making an even stronger case for interceptions and fumbles to factor in to the Super bowl betting odds.
While a strong secondary capable of making plays is always crucial to creating turnovers, so is having a strong defensive line that can provide pressure up front and force the opponent to make tough per head decisions. While the Giants weren’t known for having a particularly elite secondary, they did have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL, and that helped them make plays up front and force mistakes. New York went on to win the Super Bowl, its second championship in five seasons, and there is no denying that the ability to force turnovers was among the biggest keys to the team’s sportsbook success.