A-Train is in Las Vegas to Watch (bet) the NFL Draft and Playoff Basketball.

A-Train Corp has taken a company retreat to Las Vegas to watch the NFL Draft. Here at A-Train Corp we take the NFL Draft very seriously and we have all hands on deck for some very mediocre draft analysis and prop betting.

Our Props 2018.

Under 19.5 Sec players drafted in rounds 1-2.

I love the SEC but this seems like a tall order.

Under 8 Sec players drafted round 1.

Over 15.5 defensive players drafted round 1.

I just think in this draft the defensive side isn’t getting the attention it deserves, on draft day I expect more defensive players drafted than offense.

Over 1.5 running backs drafted in round 1.

Barkley is a first round lock, to win this bet you need just one more back to get picked…not great odds on this pick but I still think this side of the bets pays.

We would have more props but you need to get your bets in well before the draft, something of which I was unaware. I guess the rest of that cash will have to go to betting playoff basketball….Warriors are even money to win the title. Sounds good to me.

Bears Colored Draft Glasses:

I watch every draft through my orange and navy glasses but this year there are a lot of intriguing teams to follow this year. I’d like to highlight a couple.

Seattle Seahawks: The defense that won a title in Seattle has been dismantled, Bobby Wagner is still around and as of this moment so is Earl Thomas…but the rest is mostly gone. The Seahawks are serial traders down and honestly I think it has hurt them. They need this draft to resupply that defensive unit and better protect Wilson. A good draft gets Seattle back to the post season, a bad one means they have an even higher pick next year.

Buffalo Bills: The Bills were in the playoffs last season, blink and you missed it. With two first round picks and no QB this is a make or break draft for an up and coming franchise. Tyrod Taylor is a Brown, who is this teams starting QB next year? Is it really AJ McCarron? Do they move up or see if anyone falls to them at 12. My prediction is that they don’t get a QB early and roll with McCarron for a year.

San Fransisco: This is going to be a lot of people’s “sleeper” team next season. They solved the QB issue and have a top 10 pick. If they hit on an immediate impact player then the sleeper talk might becoming out of my mouth as well. This is a prime spot for that 2nd RB to come off the board. I don’t like the current 49ers backfield and they traded a round 2 pick for Jimmy G. If they don’t get a back in the first, then I gotta believe that they target someone in rounds 3-4.

Jacksonville: I bet nobody is predicting this team to go back to the AFC championship, but I don’t see why not. They play great D and they run the rock, that’s a solid formula for winning. If you keep Bortles clean, he has shown the ability to make plays when he has too. I expect Jags to bolster the O-line be it guard, tackle, or tight end. You never know, they might just shock everyone and take a QB. (unlikely)

DA BEARS: I truly in my heart of heart believe that this Bears team is one great draft from contending for the Superbowl THIS season. I know everyone will call me crazy and a homer, but I am usually down on the Bears. This year is different and here is why.

  1. Great Defense. The Bears play D again. Mel Tucker is long gone, Vic Fangio stayed here despite losing the head coach who hired him. That’s a good thing because I loved how the D fought hard in every single game.
  2. Trubisky is an actual franchise QB. I’ve seen enough to believe in Mitch. He has poise and is accurate, he just had nobody to throw to last season.
  3. Added Weapons. I did not want the Bears to try and solve the WR issues in the Draft. This team can be good now and WRs can often take a few years to develop. I wanted to add WRs in free agency and that is exactly what Chicago did.
  4. Added Offensive minded coach. Nagy will have this team scoring points, using Cohen and Burton in unconventional ways. After-all they are unconventional players.

So what do the Bears really need? They need to protect Trubisky better and they need a very good defense to step up and be great. That means OL or LB most likely given where the Bears are picking. Leonard Floyd was a great pick out of Georgia for the Bears, could they get another Georgia LB in Smith? They also hired ND’s O-line coach…meaning that one of the two ND O-line prospects could end up in Chicago. Hopefully it’s Quentin Nelson.

For my part, I’d really like to see it be either Q. Nelson, R. Smith, or Tremaine Edmunds the LB from VaTech. If the Bears move down it had better be because those guys got picked or all three are still there and they just move back a spot or two. I don’t think either situation will be the case and hope the Bears stand pat at 8.

Last but not least…as much as I hate OU, I am a big Baker Mayfield guy. I just like his swag and personality. He’s not Johnny Football. He’s Baker Mayfield and THAT is an NFL QB name if I’ve ever heard one. I’d like to see him on the Jets but people are saying that he is gonna go #1 to Cleveland. I also like Darnold, and haven’t watched enough Josh Allen. Rosen is the guy I have no clue about. My gut says he is a bust, but my gut said that about Mitch Trubisky and now I’m his #1 fan. My gut says a lot of things, mostly FEED ME, sometimes its better to ignore it.

Shout-out to all my boys who are former St. Louis Rams fans who used to get really hyped for the draft and now just don’t give a fuck. Especially you B-Wak. I feel for you guys.

 

Deadly Class is Coming to Television.

Deadly Class is the comic book that got me back into comic books. On a friend’s recommendation, I starting reading it and right away I was hooked. In no time I had blazed through every issue and now I count down the days until the next cycle gets released.

Set in 1980’s San Fransisco Deadly Class follows the students at King’s Dominion. A high school for training killers and other criminals types either sent by their families or recruited by the school. Think Hogwarts for assassins with a lot of 80’s pop culture references and teenage angst. The excellent narrative created by Rick Remender is buttressed by the drawings of Wes Craig and colorist Lee Loughridge.

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The SyFy Network and the Russo Brother’s (Captain America Winter Soldier) undertook the shooting of a deadly class pilot, and yesterday that pilot was picked up. We are getting at least one season of Deadly Class and my fingers are crossed. Will it do justice to the dark and gritty comic that I love or will it be a watered down PG-13 show for preteens?

Working in the show’s favor is the Russo Brother’s. Winter Soldier was a very well done Captain America movie, the fact that these guys are on the project are one of two reasons that I’m optimistic. My other reason for optimism is the casting of Benedict Wong as Master Lin. I have been a fan of his since watching him portray Kubla Khan in Netflix’s Marco Polo. Wong has the kind of acting chops a show like this needs or it will fall apart.

Link to the Full Cast Here

 

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Get on board with Deadly Class now and you can be the person who was into it before the show.

 

Rampage is Stupid, Fun, and I’m glad I saw it in Theaters.

Another Edition of “A-Train Watches.” This time A-Train watches “Rampage”

Rampage, just like Kong Skull Island is a movie meant for the big screen. If you wait for it on dvd/streaming you are going to be disappointed. Side Note: Do films even come out on DVD anymore? I honestly can’t remember the last time I physically put a DVD in a DVD player. Go see Rampage in the theater if big summer blockbuster type movie is your thing. Don’t expect any good dialogue, there isn’t any save a couple charisma drops from The Rock. Every non-action scene in this film (not featuring the villains I’ll get to them) is pretty terrible. Luckily this movie is mostly action and is not terribly long.

Brief Plot Synopsis: Evil Corporation Energyne conducts illegal genetic experiments in space, three canisters jettisoned from space land in three different places in the US. Each Cannister is found by a different animal, and three giant monsters come out of it. Chaos ensues when the CEO of Energyne activates a radio frequency that draws all three animals towards Chicago. The Rock plays an ex-army primatologist (lol) who’s albino gorilla friend George is one of the infected animals. Aided by an ex-corporate scientist who tried to blow the whistle on the experiments, the two follow the path of destruction to try and save George as well as the city of Chicago.

Energyne, the corporate villain of the film is headed up by a brother and sister, Claire and Brett Wyden. Claire (played by Malin Ackerman) is the “brains” of the operation while Brett (played by Jake Lacy) is her not-so-bright little brother who dresses like he’s still in prep school. Brett’s dumb ass was lowkey my favorite part of the movie. Every scene in this movie without action was terrible save the scenes with the over-the-top campy performances of the Wyden Siblings. Come to think of it, they may have been eerie caricatures of the Trump kids.

I don’t think anyone but The Rock could have starred in this movie, he was great. He did the best he could with a shitty script, without The Rock this movie goes from a solid (B) to a barely passing grade (D) in the blink of an eye.

I recommend seeing it in the theater or don’t see it at all, it goes pretty quick, I didn’t even finish my soda before it was done.

My Long Held Belief that Hand Dryers are the Worst Invention Ever, Substanciated by Science.

The Headline Reads: “Hand dryers spray human waste particles all over you, study finds.”  A-Train chimes in: “And it doesn’t even dry your fucking hands!”

I have long held the position that the electrical hand dryers in public bathrooms are one of the worst inventions of all time. What makes an invention bad?

  1. Doesn’t improve on an existing technology.
  2. Doesn’t do what’s intended.
  3. Is dangerous or a health concern.

Electric Hand Dryer can now officially check all three boxes. Does it improve on the towel? No. Does it do a good job drying your hands? Fuck no. Does it spray fecal matter onto your just washed hands negating all the washing that you just did? Yes, yes it does. Ever had pink eye? You can probably trace it back to one of these infernal machines that never should have existed in the first place. Life Pro Tip: Just use paper towels and avoid spraying the last guys’ diarrhea all over your hands.

In the movie, Opportunity Knocks Dana Carvey’s character cons his way into a hand dryer company. I think it’s been a while since I saw the movie. I always remember this clip and it infuriates me because it’s the worst kind of fake news…

Johnny Roast Beef: You Come at the Queen, You Best Not Miss.

I was as upset as anyone when Deadspin decided to attack barstool yet again. But I wasn’t surprised. Deadspin makes a living by calling Barstool a misogynistic website for because it caters to a male audience. The only way anyone clicks on a Deadspin article is if it’s bashing barstool, most of those clicks are fans of barstool wondering what the issue is now. What did surprise me was the target of the latest Deadspin attack, Erika Nardini the CEO of Barstool. Shocking revelation Erika is a woman. (gasp)

You can read the drivel here, it has all the Deadspin buzzwords when talking about Barstool.

The author of this article comes off as a real salty and jealous person. I don’t really get what the point of the article is, it seems to be to call her parent company stupid and to bring down a fellow woman in her industry. Nardini is portrayed as a manipulator whos only purpose is to launder the image of Barstool. That’s pretty disrespectful to a woman who works her butt off in a male-dominated industry and has thrived.

Johnny Roast Beef is still in town and he had his own take on the situation.

Amen Johnny, I’ll get you the capicola.

Look if you “get” Barstool you understand it’s not anti-women, Women have been mocked and made fun of…so have men. Sure some blogs have been problematic, but they churn out so much content, it is bound to offend some people. The mainstream media when talking about Barstool always highlight the same few things that happened years ago. Dave Portnoy made a remark that Sam Ponder should “slut it up” in like 2014 and that’s all anyone want to talk about. How about talking about how hilarious Pardon My Take is? Talk about its massive success, not a quote from 4 years ago. Whatever, the haters are gonna hate regardless.

Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about how Dave got to the Bottom of the “Case of the Pirated Pirate Porn”

Johnny Roast Beef Stops by the ATrainSports Office to Give His Take on Donte DiVincenzo.

Johnny Roast Beef stopped by the A-Train Sports HQ to deliver some capicola and other fine deli meat from his deli/pizza place back east. Johhny don’t know a lot, but the man know’s his meats. He also loves to watch College Basketball and since he would not shut up about Donte DiVincenzo’s performance last night, I told him to say it into the camera maybe I get a little bit of content out of it capisce?

Johnny gets a little excited when he talks Italians, his brother Paulie is worse. Paulie Capicola we call him on account that he always smells like sliced capicola. I don’t know why we call Johnny Roast Beef. I think it’s because his brother already had a meat-related nickname. I always joke those two together on some nice Italian bread with a little hot giardiniera would make for a helluva sandwich.

 

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You eat one of these and it’s like pass the Briosci!

 

Johnny Roast Beef had to head back east but he’ll be out here again sometime to deliver the meats. Let me tell you if you think that fucking Arby’s guy has the meats, you are dead-wrong buddy, Johnny and Paulie got the meats for real. Try their capicola, marone! is it good.