Aaron Rodgers is a Terrible Bettor

aaron-rodgers-bet-2If you’ve been following the 2014 NFL futures at GTBets.eu, you may know that the Green Bay Packers are being given fairly solid odds to win the Super Bowl next year. Currently, the Packers are being spotted 15-to-1 odds of capturing the Lombardi Trophy.

It’s certainly a good thing that Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t allowed to bet on his own team. After all, the three-time Pro Bowler has proven to be a terrible bettor recently. And what’s worse is that he doesn’t pay up on his debts either!

The latest failed wager by the Packers signal caller involved his friend, Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun. The left fielder has dominated MLB news lately for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs scandal. Braun was one of 20 players listed on documents linking him to the Miami-based clinic.

Undeterred, Rodgers made a very large and unconfirmed bet with a fan named Todd Sutton over Braun’s innocence. Their twitter exchange went like this:

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As many people now know, Braun recently admitted to using steroids provided by the Biogenesis clinic. Now he’ll serve a well-deserved 65-game suspension after making his buddy Rodgers look like an idiot.

So how much is the 2011 NFL MVP supposedly on the hook for after losing this twitter wager/boast? Well back in April, Rodgers signed a big contract extension that includes a $35 million signing bonus. With his $4.5 million base salary, that means he’ll be earning almost $40 million next season.

Of course, we could probably take Rodgers’ twitter comment to mean that he was only “wagering” his $4.5 million. Either way, it’s highly doubtful that Sutton will ever see anything out of this quasi-bet, other than the 15 minutes of fame he’s gotten lately.

He did recently told USA Today that he’d accept one of Rodgers’ game checks, rather than the entire base salary. NFL players get paid every week for the 17-week season. So doing the math ($4,500,000/17 games), that would be a $264,706 check.

aaron-rodgers-bet-3Even still, so we can reasonably assume that Rodgers isn’t really going to give Sutton the $264.7k either. This is especially the case when you figure that the California product once lost a less expensive wager to Boyz II Men and refused to ante up.

Rodgers, who’s a big fan of the R&B group, asked them to sing the national anthem before Green Bay’s season opener last year. In exchange, they made a bet that if Rodgers lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the opener, he’d have to wear a 49ers jersey for an entire week.

This turned out to be another losing bet for him as San Francisco went on to win 30-22. So was Rodgers donning an Alex Smith jersey in the aftermath of the loss? Not quite. In fact, he seemed pretty annoyed when TMZ did a story on the matter later.

“There’s nothing to that. That got blown way out of proportion,” said Rodgers. “It was at best a joke between friends, and, unfortunately, the great reporting of TMZ blew another one.”

Apparently, this thought wasn’t shared by all parties involved. In fact, Boyz II Men was celebrating shortly after the game with the following tweet:

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We can understand not paying up on the 2013 base salary wager with Todd Sutton. But how about at least humoring the football world by wearing the Niners jersey for a few days.

NFL Power Rankings for Nov. 29th, 2012

One thing that we’ve been preaching about with the Houston Texans all year is how good they could be if Matt Schaub came alive. And the 31-year-old QB has done just that after throwing for 842 yards and six touchdowns in the last two games. He’s a big reason why the Texas are now firmly-entrenched as our number one team. As for where all the other top teams rank, check out this week’s NFL power rankings.

1. Houston Texans (10-1) – With Arian Foster heading a strong running attack, Andre Johnson showing a late-season burst, and Schaub getting unhinged, the Texas offense is finally looking as good as the defense. Houston gives the AFC a strong chance to end the NFC’s reign atop the league.

Last Game: 34-31 (OT) win over Detroit
Next Game: at Tennessee Titans

2. Atlanta Falcons (10-1) – For most of the season, Atlanta has headed our power rankings. However, the recent struggles by Matt Ryan – who has thrown six picks in the past two games – are somewhat alarming. It looks like Jacquizz Rodgers is finally overtaking Michael Turner in the Falcons’ backfield. Could make for an interesting twist in the offense moving forward.

Last Game: 24-23 win over Tampa Bay
Next Game: vs. New Orleans Saints

3. New England Patriots (8-3) – Is this the same team that lost a home game to the Arizona Cardinals earlier this year? Sure doesn’t look like it as Brady is dominating (like usual), and the Pats have two strong running backs in Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley. The defense has done a solid job at forcing turnovers too.

Last Game: 49-19 win over New York Jets
Next Game: at Miami Dolphins

4. San Francisco 49ers (8-2) – With Colin Kaepernick now named the starter for the second week in a row, it looks like he’s officially replaced a now-healthy Alex Smith at quarterback. He has just as good of an arm as Smith – if not better – along with decidedly-faster wheels.

Last Game: 31-21 win over New Orleans
Next Game: at St. Louis Rams

5. Baltimore Ravens (9-2) – Despite a number of key injuries on defense, the Ravens continue to find ways to win. Last week was a perfect example as Baltimore was down 13-10 and facing 4th-and-29 with under two minutes left in regulation. Joe Flacco found Ray Rice for a short pass, which Rice turned into a 29-yard play. Justin Tucker’s following field goal sent the game into overtime, where the Ravens pulled out the victory.

Last Game: 16-13 (OT) win over Cleveland
Next Game: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

6. Chicago Bears (8-3) – After an incredible start, the Bears hit a stumbling block after losing in Week 10 and 11. However, they were able to right the ship after a big win over division rival Minnesota. But with RB Matt Forte out with an injury now, things won’t get easier for Chicago. Much like he did in Oakland, Michael Bush will now be carrying the running workload thanks to the starter being out.

Last Game: 28-10 win over Minnesota
Next Game: vs. Seattle Seahawks

7. Denver Broncos (8-3) – Despite facing one of the league’s toughest early season schedules, the Broncos have looked fantastic. Peyton Manning is his old self while both Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker have become star receivers.

Last Game: 17-9 win over Kansas City
Next Game: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. New York Giants (7-4) – It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see the Giants in the Super Bowl again this year – especially after what they did to Aaron Rdogers and the Packers last week. Rodgers had absolutely no time to throw thanks to a terrorizing New York pass rush. Depending on which Giants show up in the playoffs, they could make another big run.

Last Game: 38-17 win over Green Bay
Next Game: at Washington Redskins

9. Green Bay Packers (7-4) – While we want to rank the Pack lower after last game, it’s important to realize that it’s just one week. Before facing the Giants, Green Bay was rolling along on a hot streak. We still expect to see them fighting the Bears for the NFC North title moving forward.

Last Game: 38-10 loss to New York Giants
Next Game: vs. Minnesota Vikings

10. Indianapolis Colts (7-4) – The Colts make their first appearance in our top 10 after winning five out of their last six games. Can Indianapolis really run with the league’s best teams? The jury is out on this after a 59-24 loss to the Patriots two weeks ago, but they are still playing like a playoff-caliber team overall.