On today’s show, Triple H officially joins the show while Pat records from his hotel room in Orlando as the guys battle a couple of technical issues to get the everything up and running. They discuss everything Pat has done on his trip in Orlando so far including exploring Pandora at Universal Studios and Pat gives his overall assessment of Disney World as he spent the entire day there earlier this week. They also do a deep dive into all the chaos of NFL free agency so far including AB to Raiders and what Jon Gruden’s thoughts on the entire matter are, Lev Bell landing in New York and whether or not that makes the Jets a contender at all, and OBJ being shipped from the Giants to Cleveland and how the Browns might finally be ready to take over the AFC North with all the acquisitions that they’ve made so far this offseason. To close out the show, lead commentator for Smackdown Live and all around electric human being, Tom Phillips, joins the show live from the WWE performance center. They discuss everything pertaining to the NFL draft as Tom is an NFL nut who enjoys the draft process. He gives out a couple of his picks for where he thinks certain players will wind up, and gives his thoughts on AQ Shipley, as well as the cult of Penn State football. Also included are some special appearances by Triple H and Michael Cole (1:22:59-1:56:38). It’s a great one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.
Move over Lombardi, Heisman, Nagurski, Thorpe or any other football human that has an award named after them. There is officially a new king in the football awards community. I introduce to you the Clausen, Tebow, Gabbert, Sanchez, Schaub, Osweiler, Leaf, Russell, Dilfer, Boller, Leinart, Weinke, Harrington, Carr, Couch, Peterman award. Each week I will be handing out this award to the QB that displayed an extreme proficiency in being terrible.
This weeks nominees are:
- Baker Mayfield and all 3 of those pesky interceptions, one of them being a pick 6.
The NFL is SOOOO good at keeping people humble. Last week everyone was riding so high on Baker because he bitched Hue Jackson and had a good game against the worst pass defense in the League. Oh how the mighty have fallen. This week the game was over by half largely because of Baker’s 3 first half interceptions. Thats too bad. Hate when that happens to the Browns. Here are the highlights:
2. Cam Newton and his 4 Interceptions against the Buccaneers
Cam is really good, or is he bad, or I don’t know. He’s an anomaly. He’s really good one week, he’s terrible the next. He’s an MVP one year, he sucks the next. I love Cam’s outfit but maybe not after a 4 INT loss to the Buccaneers. My one real constant issue with Cam is that no matter if he is throwing the ball 6 yards or 60 yards he always points that front shoulder to the sky to make it look like he’s throwing a bomb. I could not even imagine how frustrating that would be to watch each week as a Panthers fan. To the highlights we go:
AND THE WINNER IS….. CAM.
Going to give Baker a break because he is a rookie going against a good defense while Cam has won an MVP award and is going against the Buccaneers. Do better Cam, do better.
Each week on Sunday’s I am glued to the NFL and the internet so I might as well put it to good use and bring to you the best videos of the weekend from the NFL. These are not just highlights and good plays because you can get those from anywhere. These will be different. These are the videos that the big corporate shows are not going to show you. I mean some of the videos might be but you get the point. I’m also going to miss some videos because I’m human, the internet is a big place, and I’m lazy so understand that as well. Lets get this started.
LOLOLOL you do not have to be a Browns fan or a Dragon Ball Z fan to appreciate the genius of this video. I got a nice healthy laugh out of this. It couldn’t be more spot on.
Love you Baker. Never Change. Nothing greater than waking up and feeling dangerous. Especially since you’re on the Browns and it won’t happen oftern.
Aaron Donald is an animal. There is not an ounce of fat on that man. He might be the last human in the league that I would want to see putting his helmet on and rushing the field to fight me. He just dapped up a few guys, strapped up his helmet, and calmly went to pick a fight with another ginormous human.
Quenton Nelson is real life Juggernaut. Barry Church had no idea what he was getting into on this play. He honestly might retire after this season strictly because of this.
Something about Matt Ryan being mad is SO funny. Like look in the mirror guy. No one is going to pay attention to or take you being mad seriously. The voice in the video is exactly what you’d think Matt Ryan’s voice sounds like when he’s mad.
Welcome back Khalil Mack. Thank god you got out of Oakland.
Why does Floyd Mayweather need TWO NFL game balls? The fucking rich get richer. Guy has a horse shoe shoved up his ass. I probably would’ve given it to the 5th grader who doesn’t have a bazillion dollars and who knows how to read like 10 seats down but that’s just me.
Tyreek Hill scores a TD and films his teammates celebrating said TD. Absolute Genius. You should not be flagged if the celebration is that well thought out.
Can only imagine how well she took the loss. Some Golden Corral waitress did not deserve the tongue lashing she received later that night.
Poor Tom. I’m starting to think that Belichick only runs this play for future evidence of why he cut Tom.
This fucking guy. No words for this fucking guy. Or maybe I have a lot of words for him here: https://www.patmcafeeshow.com/nfl/former-steelers-rb-26-failing-rap-artist-is-done-in-pittsburgh/1217
Oh and this video has nothing to do with the NFL but it’s phenomenal.
I’ll do better next week.
There’s nothing like gambling on an NFL Sunday. It can bring you the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. All of your bets can be looking amazing at 3PM only to have your heart ripped out by 4PM. NFL gambling is a fickle bitch and is not for the faint of heart. With that being said lets get into todays picks.
FALCONS -7 @ BROWNS, O/U 51
Falcons have won 3 in a row and are starting to get hot at the right time while the Browns are still the Browns even though they got rid of the worst coach of all time. I liked the line much better at 5 but I would still roll with the Falcons who have much more to play for than the Browns. Oh and Julio remembered how to score TD’s again.
LIONS +7.5 @ BEARS, O/U 44.5
This one is pretty simple for me. The public is HIGH on the Bears while the Lions have fallen off in the public eye the last 2 weeks. The Bears offense is not good enough to be a 7 point favorite against the Lions. This line should’ve been more like 3-4 points so I am rolling with the LIONS all day especially with that pesky little hook at the end.
JAGUARS +3 @ COLTS, O/U 48
If there is a bet that’s going to fuck me today it’s going to be this one. I am banking on he Jaguars remembering how to play football with them coming off a bye and getting Fournette back. I know the Colts O line is better than it has been the last few years but they are young and I’m thinking the Jags D line causes fits all day long. Give me the Jags and the points.
EAGLES -8 vs COWBOYS, O/U 45
Eagles and Doug Pederson coming off a bye facing the Jason Garrett led Cowboys. Thats a mismatch if i’ve ever seen one. The Cowboys can’t score and will continue to not score against the Eagles. As long as the eagles get to 24 points this one shouldn’t be an issue. Eagles -8 at home on Sunday Night
And just like every other day. Make sure you parlay those. Nothing worse than going 4-0 and realizing if you parlayed you would’ve won so much more.
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I’m a Colts fan but when Peyton Manning went to Denver, I also became a Broncos fan until the day he left. I loved that dude, so my fandom would follow him wherever he played. The same principle applies here. If these two guys pair back up to coach the Browns…I’m all in!
Bruce Arians provided color commentary for CBS in the Chiefs win over the Browns last Sunday. During a break Arians was asked by the Canton Repository if he would consider being a head coach again. His response was “Cleveland is the only job I would consider.” Then he went on to say that if he got that job, Chuck Pagano would be his choice for Defensive Coordinator. Holy Shit!!! Is this possible?!
I have to think as soon as GM John Dorsey read this, phone calls were made. Colts fans loved these guys when they were together here. I think the only problem was, most of us would’ve preferred Arians as the head coach and Pagano as defensive coordinator. In 2012, this duo led the Colts, who were 2-14 the year before, to a record of 11-5. That’s the year Pagano was battling Leukemia and had to turn the reins over to Arians in week 5. We were 2-2 at that point and under Arians, went 9-3. Many of us think Chuck Pagano was a bit conservative and that Arians’ “let it eat” attitude better suited an offense led by Andrew Luck.
The Ravens defense was 3rd overall when Pagano was there and after the Colts fired him, it looked like the Ravens were very interested in bringing Pagano back.
Obviously, he didn’t become the defensive coordinator for the Ravens. I couldn’t find a report that explained why. Maybe it’s because the Colts’ defense finished 30th in the last two years that Pagano was head coach. But the Ravens knew that before they reached out to him so I’m going to put my detective hat back on say it’s more likely that he told them he wasn’t interested. If that’s the case, it’s possible he just wasn’t ready to jump back in the game yet and wanted to take some time off to spend with his family.
But what if he and Bruce Arians, who had just retired as head coach of the Cardinals, met for drinks and discussed what the future would hold for each of them? Neither of these guys are starving, so if they wanted to return to coaching they could each afford to wait for the right opportunity to come along. Even a schmuck like me was aware that if Cleveland didn’t turn things around this year, Hue Jackson was getting the boot. So, let’s assume both these former head coaches were aware of that as well.
So, when you add that to the fact that Bruce Arians just announced his desire to take over as head coach at Cleveland and to bring Pagano with him…it’s not unreasonable to assume that he had communicated that information to Pagano before he leaked it to the press.
Now, Hue Jackson is gone and the Browns will have to make a decision for next year. If they decide to go with an experienced head coach that has a proven track record and a talent for getting the most out of a quarterbacks that are #1 draft picks…I’d say Bruce Arians and Chuck Pagano are in a pretty good spot.
In his first television interview since the hilarious breakup with the Browns, Hue Jackson answered questions about his relationship with Todd Haley. He mentioned that he didn’t think that Baker was playing that well. He also took a little bit of ownership about “not getting enough wins at the end of the day.” His interview was a standard just got fired conversation. Congrats to “First Take” for making that happen. That’s cool, we all knew the coaching chemistry was going to be god awful since literally episode 1 of “Hard Knocks.” BUT… What is Hue hiding under this cot damn paper? It’s not a hard fold. He’s clearly holding it down on purpose. Phones are very welcomed on a TV set.
Excited to hear what you think it could be. Comment below, 1st response to make me actually laugh, will get some free merch.. Let’s GOOOO
On today’s show, Pat starts by interviewing The GOAT, and now most prolific point scorer in NFL history, Adam Vinatieri. They chat about his mindset during the game against the Raiders, how he’s feeling coming off an injury against Buffalo, and he looks back on his career in an incredible interview (0:00-13:10). Then, Pat and the guys dive into their Halloween weekends, look back on last week in the NFL including Pat’s experience when playing in London, the players from the Jaguars who were arrested for not paying a $64,000 bar tab, whether or not the league or any team has suspended a player for HGH, Digs’ bad quarterbacks of the week, and Pat reacts to Todd Haley and Hue Jackson getting fired from his hotel room in Connecticut. They also chat about the Red Sox winning the World Series, and Pat talks about his upcoming meetings at ESPN this week. It’s a good one, come and laugh with us. Cheers.
Scrolling through Twitter I saw a “Moment” (still not sure what even qualifies as a moment) with tweets discussing a so called Hard Knocks Curse.
Look at that list, this is not a curse. This is water finding it’s level. The Madden curse exists because good players with high expectations are hurt or perform poorly in the year they appear on the cover. These were bad head coaches with awful teams and mostly low expectations. Obviously in the wake of the Hue Jackson and Todd Haley firings (lol Cleveland) yesterday, everyone was reminded of this iconic moment from earlier this season…
We all knew it wasn’t if, but when Hue would get the axe. What we didn’t know is that Todd would be hitting the unemployment line for the second time in a calendar year. Turns out the Browns are BAD. A tale as old as time, but still rings true to this day. Hard Knocks is a fantastic series, but can also work as a phenomenal propaganda machine spreading misinformation even more powerful than any Russian hacker or North Korean dictator. A few slow motion shots of a spiraling ball, a killer beat in the background, some fiery coach speak dubbed over top, and as a fan you’re ready to run through a damn brick wall. The excitement around the Browns was palpable, #1 overall stud QB, two of the best WR’s in the game, a stable of productive and high quality RB’s, a promising rookie CB. This was the year… until it wasn’t.
To put it simply the thing about Hard Knocks is it’s a TV show. NFL Coaches, GMs, and owners absolutely HATE distractions. You can essentially pin reality TV show at the top of any certified list of distractions, it’s the poster boy. Teams DO NOT want to be a part of Hard Knocks, especially good teams. For years the only teams Hard Knocks was being “gifted” to were not great. Most of it is a collection of some the NFL’s most forlorn franchises. Let’s look at the list of teams and their records.
The first year is their previous record/The second is their record after appearing on the show:
Baltimore Ravens – 2000 record: 12-4 2001 record: 10-6
Dallas Cowboys – 2001 record: 5-11 2002 record: 5-11
Kansas City Chiefs – 2006 record: 9-7 2007 record: 4-12
Dallas Cowboys – 2007 record: 13-3 2008 record: 9-7
Cincinnati Bengals – 2008 record: 4-11-1 2009 record: 10-6
New York Jets – 2009 record: 9-7 2010 record: 11-5
Miami Dolphins – 2011 record: 6-10 2012 record: 7-9
Cincinnati Bengals – 2012 record: 10-6 2013 record: 11-5
Atlanta Falcons – 2013 record: 4-12 2014 record: 6-10
Houston Texans – 2014 record: 9-7 2015 record: 9-7
Los Angeles Rams – 2015 record: 7-9 2016 record: 4-12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 2016 record: 9-7 2017 record: 5-11
Cleveland Browns – 2017 record: 0-16 2018 record: 2-5-1
Outside of Baltimore in 2000 and Dallas in 2007 none of these are exactly powerhouses rolling out the red carpet for HBO cameras. The Ravens actually coming off of a SuperBowl win was a huge get in the premiere season, but let’s be honest they were bound to suffer a setback after letting go of Trent Dilfer… There’s a reason you don’t see the modern successful franchises on this show, the Steelers, the Patriots, the Packers. Great organizations do not want to deal with the distraction.
The argument there is some kind of curse seems silly. These are honestly just average to bad teams that are being featured. Expecting them to suddenly become playoff teams or post double digit wins is fairy tale stuff. The NFL and HBO know this and that’s why they changed the requirements for Hard Knocks a few years ago. Teams are now exempt from the all seeing eye of HBO if they meet any of the following requirements:
1) They have a first-year head coach in place
2) They have a playoff berth in the past two seasons
3) They have appeared on Hard Knocks in the past 10 years
While #2 hurts the chances of seeing great teams featured the other two rules certainly helps increase the odds of not seeing the bottom feeders every single year. If the show continues long enough eventually you will see a more storied and successful franchise featured, but until then any curse talk is misguided. No curse, just stink.