How to watch the Orange Bowl online for free

6 months, 8 days ago

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Cancel your plans and hog the remote, this showcase between Heisman trophy winner Kyler Murray and runner-up Tua Tagovailoa has all the makings of a classic. Can Alabama’s dominant season reach its logical conclusion? Can Nick Saban out-scheme a mobile quarterback? Watch the Orange Bowl live stream to see how the Oklahoma Sooners fare against the perennially dominant Crimson Tide.

Orange Bowl

Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
Date: Dec. 29, 8pm ET
Streaming: ESPN

Orange Bowl: How to watch online for free
1) Hulu with Live TV

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Cost: $40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)

Hulu with Live TV is a one-stop shop for streaming entertainment. Every subscription comes with free access to Hulu’s deep catalog of on-demand TV shows, 2018 new releases, funny movies, and Hulu original series. That’s in addition to 50-plus channels that include everything you need to stream college bowl games: ESPN and ESPN 2, FS1 and FS2, ABC, Fox, and CBS Sports Network, not to mention SEC Network and Big Ten Network. (Here’s a complete guide to Hulu Live TV channels.)

2) Sling TV

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Sling TV

Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, and iOS and Android devices
Local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here.)

On paper, Sling TV is your cheapest bet for streaming the 2018 college bowl games. At just $25 per month, Sling Orange offers a suite of ESPN channels, but FS1 and FS2, local channels, and regional sports networks are frustratingly locked behind Sling Blue, also $25 per month. The good news: You can combine the two (Sling Orange + Blue) for just $40 per month. While Sling TV doesn’t carry ABC or CBS Sports Network, new subscribers are eligible to receive a free HD antenna. If you really want to go all-in, be sure to add the Sling Blue Sports Extra pack. It costs an extra $10 per month but gets you Pac-12 Network, NFL RedZone, and specialty channels like NBA TV, beIN Sports, and NHL Network. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)

3) YouTube TV

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YouTube TV

Cost: $40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
Devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

YouTube TV offers a comprehensive streaming package for sports fans that’s close to what you’ll find on Hulu with Live TV. One notable difference in YouTube’s favor is the addition of specialty channels like NBA TV and MLB Network. But it’s unlimited cloud DVR and the ability to split each account with six other people that makes YouTube TV worth considering. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)

4) DirecTV Now

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Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW (enter your zip code here to check local availability)

If you want to go big, you want DirecTV Now. In fact, one of DirecTV Now’s five channel packages is actually called Go Big, and it’s no joke. The service tops out at more than 125 channels, including everything you need to stream college football bowl games (and a whole lot more you don’t). If you happen to be an AT&T Unlimited customer, you’ll save $25 per month on whichever package you choose. (You can view the full DirecTV Now channels list here.)

5) PlayStation Vue

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Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
Devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a PlayStation to use PlayStation Vue. The streaming service works with Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, and even Kodi. It’s a tad more expensive than other options, but it offers four different tiers of channels that provide plenty of variety. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)

Cotton Bowl: Why it matters

Tagovailoa has the Crimson Tide playing open, aerial offensive ball. The kind that can score 50 on a Saturday and break open games. This isn’t your older sister’s Bama that would find 21-17 results in Death Valley.

Tagovailoa’s Alabama will need every touchdown on Saturday.

It’s the year of the Big 12 breakout: From Texas Tech young gun Pat Mahomes leading the MVP race in the NFL to No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield using his accuracy to dice up cover 2 looks in an era where stripped-down schemes, space, angles, and timing can eat any defense alive. Enter Big 12 champ Murray, a devastating, dual-threat QB1.  

The Crimson Tide under Saban struggles with wide-open gunslingers who can run: from that opening Colt McCoy TD drive in the 2010 national championship to Johnny Manziel, Trevor Knight, Dak Prescott, Cardale Jones, and Deshaun Watson. Murray will prove to be Saban’s biggest challenge yet because he’s simply the fastest and most accurate signal-caller that Saban has ever prepared for.

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NFL Betting in Week 16 – Early Lines and Odds with Predictions and Picks

6 months, 22 days ago

As a whole, week 15 in the NFL was rather tame compared to the previous two weeks of pro football action. That’s the case for sports bettors, at least, as week 15 felt a lot more predictable on the surface.

Keyword being felt.

While things looked pretty straightforward at first, I got tripped up by a few lines early in the week and struggled to a pedestrian 6-7-2 mark through the week’s first 15 games.

Yes, that included two weird pushes and a few upsets I didn’t see coming.

Still, the mediocre record was an improvement on last week’s ghastly numbers, and if you’ve been rolling with me on the year (100-87-4), you should be in the green.

Let’s get a jump on week 16 as the 2018 NFL regular season starts to wind down. Here’s a complete breakdown of all the early week 16 betting odds and lines currently available, with a short preview of each game and my betting picks.

Washington Redskins (+10) @ Tennessee Titans (-10) Total: 37

There appear to be two fine bets in this one. Josh Johnson gives the Redskins hope under center, as he’s looked competent for 5.5 quarters of play and even kept Washington’s playoff hopes alive with a big win last week.

Suddenly, the Redskins aren’t so easy to bet against. That doesn’t mean you should blindly back them on the road against a team with playoff aspirations of their own, but this 10-point spread feels rather ambitious.

Of course, as tempting as the spread is, this 37 total is also just too low.

Anytime you see a total so weak, you need to consider the upside in the over. Neither offense is close to elite, but I think they can muster up enough strength to get you close to 40 points.

PICKOver 37-105

Baltimore Ravens (+4.5) @ Los Angeles Chargers (-4.5) Total: 45

This is a huge game for all parties involved, as the Bolts host a Ravens team desperate to hold onto a wild card spot. The Chargers, meanwhile, are coming off of a clutch win over the Chiefs and have huge hopes on the lines.

Los Angeles declared themselves to be an elite team last week, so dropping a winnable home game immediately after would qualify as a massive disappointment. I do see Baltimore’s balance and drive to claim a playoff spot, however, so don’t be shocked if this one goes down to the wire.

PICKBaltimore Ravens (+4.5)-112

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+7) @ Dallas Cowboys (-7) Total: 45.5

The Cowboys got roasted in Indianapolis last week, experiencing their first shutout in 15 years. They were facing a desperate Colts team, but I’m not sure going scoreless can really be excused.

As bad as Dallas looked last week, they’re back home with a chance to wrap up the NFC East. They welcome a dangerous Buccaneers offense to town, but they have the ability to shut them down defensively and control the tempo of this game.

This spread is tricky, though, so I’d shoot for a Dallas win or bust.

PICKDallas Cowboys to WinN/A

Buffalo Bills (+13) @ New England Patriots (-13) Total: 45.5

The Patriots fell flat in Pittsburgh last week to drop their second game in a row, an occurrence that has happened twice now on the year. You could bet on New England collapsing here, but that just isn’t their style.

Instead, I’m rolling with the Patriots to refocus at home and trounce the Bills. Buffalo has been in a lot of games this year and played New England well earlier in the season, but there’s nothing to combat an angry Patriots team looking to secure the AFC East title.

PICKNew England Patriots (-13)+100

Jacksonville Jaguars (+5) @ Miami Dolphins (-5) Total: 39.5

Miami clings to faint playoff hope in the AFC, where they need to win out and get some help. They certainly didn’t help themselves last week when they got absolutely thrashed (41-17) in Minnesota.

The Dolphins are still a dangerous team, and bettors get them at home. That being said, Jacksonville’s previously elite defense has been better in the second half of the year, and they’ve stayed in a lot of games. Don’t be shocked if they do that again this week.

PICKJacksonville Jaguars (+5)-110

New York Giants (+9) @ Indianapolis Colts (-9) Total: 46.5

The G-Men got blasted by the Titans at home in week 15, getting shut out in embarrassing fashion. That was surprising to see, especially since New York had looked so competitive over the previous five weeks.

Eli Manning and co. will try to lick their wounds in Indy, where the Colts have tunnel vision for the playoffs. I anticipate a Colts win, but this spread feels dicey. Instead, expect some points in this one.

Chasing a 46.5 total isn’t overly ambitious, not when Indy’s offense is part of the equation.

PICKOver 46.5-105

Minnesota Vikings (-4.5) @ Detroit Lions (+4.5) Total: 43.5

The Vikings held onto the last playoff seed in the NFC with a dominant home win over the Dolphins last week, and they’ll try to punch their ticket with two more wins to cap the season.

Scoring a win over the lifeless Lions doesn’t seem like asking a lot, especially with so much at stake. The Lions are at home in a divisional showdown, though, so I’d rather take the Vikings straight up instead of assuming they’ll coast to getting the points.

PICKMinnesota Vikings to WinN/A

Green Bay Packers (-3) @ New York Jets (+3) Total: 45

The Packers dropped to 0-7 on the road with a loss to the Bears last week, which also eliminated them from playoff contention. Now they travel to New York to face Sam Darnold and the Jets, and I’m not exactly sure why they’re pegged as favorites.

Vegas seems to prop up the Packers because of the presence of Aaron Rodgers, yet he’s only been good for five wins on the year. This feels like a fun opportunity to back a home dog, while the Jets have played spirited football since Darnold returned from injury.

PICKNew York Jets to WinN/A

Cincinnati Bengals (+6.5) @ Cleveland Browns (-6.5) Total: 46

The Bengals surprised me last week, as they didn’t just end their losing streak, but they also easily beat the Raiders. That’s no tall feat, but their defense actually looked respectable for a change.

If you’re betting on the outcome here, the Bengals against a +6.5 spread feels inviting. However, the more logical play is the over in a game with some suspect defense and capable offense.

PICKOver 46-105

Chicago Bears (-3.5) @ San Francisco 49ers (+3.5) Total: 42.5

The Bears clinched the NFC North last week and now have a chance to move toward a first-round bye in the playoffs. They just need to win out and hope the Rams drop one more game.

Chicago has a fairly easy path to that right now, while the 49ers are going to be riding high after beating the rival Seahawks. That, or they’ll be easy prey and primed for a letdown. Given Chicago’s nasty defense, I’d bet on the latter.

PICKChicago Bears (-3.5)-109

Houston Texans @ Philadelphia Eagles

The Texans got back on track with a tight win in New York on Saturday and are back in the driver’s seat to securing the AFC South title. They can’t afford to trip up, however, as both the Colts and Titans are currently nipping at their heels.

Philly shocked with a clutch win over the Rams in week 15, so it’s tough to say the Eagles are dead in the water even with Carson Wentz (back) ailing. The Nick Foles story is a fun one, but he’s had his ride. Look for Houston to inch closer to a division title with another crucial victory.

PICKHouston Texans to WinN/A

Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers

The Falcons surprised with a huge blowout win at home this past week, ending a nasty losing skid and reminding everyone of their potential. They’ll have to take it to the road in week 16, though, where they’ll hope to add to an abhorrent 1-5 road mark.

Carolina is flat-out reeling these days and will probably lose to the Saints on Monday Night Football, but every skid ends eventually. I like the Panthers to finally get their footing in week 16, regardless of what happens against New Orleans.

PICKCarolina Panthers to WinN/A

Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona Cardinals

The Rams are in a weird spot right now. Jared Goff once again looked pedestrian in another loss, and suddenly they’re at risk of losing their hold on a first-round bye.

The good news is the Rams get to face a bad Cardinals team and should be able to get back on track. The spread isn’t out for this one, but assuming it’s not utterly egregious, you can target LA to cover.

PICKLos Angeles Rams to CoverN/A

Pittsburgh Steelers (+6) @ New Orleans Saints (-6)

The Steelers nailed a clutch win at home against the Patriots last week, which ended an ugly three-game skid and helped them hold onto the AFC North. They can’t really afford to get tripped up again down the stretch, but week 16 offers an impossible task of out-scoring the Saints in New Orleans.

Pittsburgh has a chance due to their offensive upside and need for a win here, but the Saints are the superior team and are a blistering 5-1 on the road. They also have their own ambitions of securing the top seed in the NFC, so I’m not about to bet against them.

Still, +6 is pretty steep for a talented team that needs a win. Expect a closer game than is pricing.

PICKPittsburgh Steelers (+6)-110

Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) @ Seattle Seahawks (+2.5) Total: 53.5

The Chiefs got burned by some clutch decision-making last week but otherwise remain a very tough out. They still have quite the challenge in trying to get a win in Seattle, but it’s awfully hard to go against them in any fashion right now.

Seattle, meanwhile, fell victim to a trap game in San Francisco. There’s little doubt they’ll bounce back and get up for an intense showdown with the Chiefs, but it’ll be obvious they’re not the better team here.

PICKKansas City Chiefs (-2.5)-115

Denver Broncos (-2.5) @ Oakland Raiders (+2.5) Total: 45

Lastly, the Broncos and Raiders give us a tense rivalry clash to cap week 16. The last time these two teams met, we got a game that went down to the wire, and surely that’s what fans should enjoy again.

Oakland is very tough to trust in any regard, but consider they’re at home and have been fairly competitive over the past few weeks. The Broncos are the better team and will be hoping to finish the season strong, however. Look for Case Keenum and co. to complete the sweep.

PICKDenver Broncos to WinN/A


That does it for this week’s look at early NFL betting lines. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, things get very tricky down the stretch, as losing teams play for pride and to play spoiler, while the better teams in the league have a lot on the line.

This week, it’s important to consider that more than ever, especially with a few teams facing seemingly impossible situations.

Overall, the last two weeks have not gone as planned, but I think there’s a good chance to bounce back with a big run in week 16. Several playoff contenders are in favorable spots and can’t afford to lose, so don’t be too shocked if the way the NFL betting sites price things leans toward how things actually go.

The trick, of course, will be where to bet on the spread and where to avoid it. Hopefully, I’ve mapped out those spots successfully for this week. Either way, thanks for stopping by, and good luck with your week 16 wagers!

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I have autism & I turned my passion for sports into my dream job

11 months, 25 days ago

“I want to do more than share my story. I want to become an ambassador for the autism community and a mentor for aspiring sports professionals. I want to continue enduring obstacles and improve my interpersonal skills.”

This blog post is by Tyler Marcotte, I’m 24-years old from Plymouth, Massachusetts. At 9, I was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. Today, I’m a Member Experience Executive for the Boston Celtics.

Where It All Started: I was first introduced to basketball when I was seven. While I enjoyed the game, I have sensitive hearing so it was difficult to watch. When attending local games, I left the gym early each quarter and cover my ears before the buzzer sounded. Sometimes I watched the clocks more than the games themselves. The sound of the players’ sneakers squeaking the floor and referees blowing their whistles made me jump from my seat. When playing basketball, anytime the ball was in my hands and the buzzer about to sound, I passed it to a teammate in order to cover both my ears in-time. Growing up, basketball was tough for me as both a spectator and player, but I loved the game and appreciated it more as a teenager.

First Game, Lasting Memories: In 2006 my dad surprised me with tickets to my first Celtics game; I was excited but also skeptical. How will I handle watching the game in a larger venue with rambunctious fans? I had difficulty watching in a high school gym with just over 100 people. Despite a few dilemmas, it was an unforgettable day. Our seats were directly across from the Celtics bench. After the game, my Dad brought me to the Pro Shop and bought a Paul Pierce jersey that I still have today. Even though I covered my ears a few times and they lost, I loved every minute of that day and my love for basketball and the Celtics grew.

Welcome to Celtics Pride: In 2008, shortly after the Celtics won their 17th Championship, I received a call from my Dad informing me that he became a Season Ticket Member. I was very excited for him but had no idea what a season ticket member was. From 2008-2011 my Dad was a member and I’ll always remember attending games and events with him. Spending those few years with him will be something I will cherish forever.

The Final Quarter: I was starting my Freshmen year of college and my Dad became ill. He was constantly in the hospital and was physically impossible for him to attend any games. He usually gave me the tickets and suggested bringing somebody. I usually couldn’t find anyone to join me, so I either sold them or kept the tickets as souvenirs. My dad’s condition worsened and in the Spring of 2012 he passed away. My biggest regret was that I took everything for granted with him and never showed enough gratitude.

Dream Come True: I always dreamt about one day working for a team I grew up loving and idolizing. After graduating, I spent the next few years working in Minor League Baseball hoping to take my career to the next level. I applied for a job opening with the Celtics and in December received a call that changed my life forever. When I attained the Member Experience Executive position I called my family members and people who supported me throughout my sports career. However, there was one person I wanted to really thank for making this possible.

Everything Comes Full Circle: In 2010, my dad brought me to a College Job Fair hosted by the Celtics. After the event, I asked why he wanted me to attend being the only high school student there. He replied, “one day, you will understand.” He knew my passion for sports and saw potential to do something with it in my life; I didn’t realize it at the time. Four years later, I attended another networking and job fair hosted by the Celtics. After leaving the event, I knew a sports career was the path for me. It took eight years to recognize what my Dad saw in me. I mentioned earlier my biggest regret was taking the experiences I had with him for granted. I’m blessed with my role at the Celtics because I have the chance to help people create similar memories I had with my Dad. By having them cherish those moments, that’s how I express my gratitude towards him.

The Next Chapter: I want to do more than share my story. I want to become an ambassador for the autism community and a mentor for aspiring sports professionals. I want to continue enduring obstacles and improve my interpersonal skills. I said this back in 2016 but I truly believe individuals with Aspergers Syndrome and ASD will shatter glass ceilings creating more opportunities for others. As Kevin Garnett said after winning the 2008 NBA Championship, “Anything is possible!"

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