Podcast: Who should be the Super Bowl favorites?
The odds are out and Vegas loves the Buffalo Bills. But if anyone can defy history when it comes to Super Bowl losers, it's Joe Burrow. That, and a lot more, on the Go Long Podcast with Jim Monos.
Back on the Green Bay Packers beat, ahead of the 2012 season, tight end D.J. Williams sat at his locker and did what every red-blooded American football player does before a new football season.
He broke down his offseason regiment.
You know the drill, right? We’re seeing it right now. Every player is in “the best shape of my life.” New diets and new biceps tend to rev the hype train to new speeds. This week, Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne said Mac Jones’ “stomach is gone” and a beefed-up Justin Herbert assured all he is “getting after it” in the weight room.
And there was Williams, exactly 10 years ago, declaring after two strong days of training camp that he wrestled cows in Arkansas during the offseason. Several times over Williams insisted to us reporters that he was being serious and, naturally, his story got picked up by the national media.
A few of Williams’ gems that day…
"I wrestle cows everyday. Back home in Arkansas, we don't have anything else to do."
"You just try not to get hurt or die. Do whatever you can to stay alive."
"It's very difficult to put him on the ground. If you can wrap the hind leg with the front leg, you have a good chance. If you get enough push.”
"I guess it's three things: for a good time, for football, obviously, and it's a good way to impress a girl," he said. "It's very impressive. Usually, you say, 'Let's go cow tipping' and they feel it's a good rush when the cows start chasing you and stuff. They think it's to impress them, but I'm really working on my football stuff at the same time. Two birds, one stone."
Later that 2012 season, one of Williams’ fellow tight ends told me he was screwing with everybody. The (hilarious) Williams knew all of us in the media chase the same tired best-shape-of-my-life storylines like flies on manure and figured he’d have some fun.
Ah, it’s that time of year.
And since it’s that time of year, we pause to take a look at the Super Bowl odds on the Go Long Podcast. Vegas sees the Buffalo Bills as Super Bowl favorites. Are the bettors correct? The defending AFC champs may have something to say about it. I feel like we’re forgetting just how good Joe Burrow was last season. My co-host, longtime personnel man Jim Monos, also has a fantastic idea. Each team, he says, should employ a pair of scouts who only scout quarterbacks year ‘round. The position is just too valuable as the Super Bowl odds again reveal.
We finish up the podcast with a new segment, too. Each episode, we want your most ridiculous questions. You all did not disappoint, either, with questions on those who do not return their shopping carts, escaping a bear vs. a shark, and more.
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