Sports Strength

Against The Spread: Sheasby’s Week 8 NFL Best Bets

Week 8, the halfway mark. If you’re profitable on the season at this point, you’re most likely far better at betting than all your homies. I thankfully, too, am profitable so far, putting up numbers that are the equivalent of shooting say, a 92 in golf. Better than the masses, but not quite good enough yet.

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It hasn’t been easy grinding to +7.23 units, but no one said it would be. Let’s dive into the Week 8 board.

Detroit Lions +3 vs Indianapolis Colts
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I’ll admit I’m a bit of a homer with these Detroit Lions, as I did lock in the OVER on their wins this season. After a rocky start, Stafford has seemingly righted the ship (1-2 followed by 2-1 to get us to 3-3 on the season), and this is a team that, for the first time really in a decade, is FIGHTING for wins. 

Just last week, as Todd Gurley mistakenly took a garbage time TD in for the score rather than going down after getting the first down  to win the game, what did Matt Stafford do? Marched down the field in 60 seconds with no timeouts to score the game winning TD. That is GRIT, baby!

Enter the Colts. The Colts on paper boast an impressive resume: they’re 4-2, one game back of the division lead, with a defense ranked 4th in DVOA (defensive efficiency), 4th in opponent points per game, and 2nd in opponent yards per play. Not bad, especially when comparing it to this Lions team: 18th in DVOA, 20th in opponent points per game, and 20th in opponent yards per play. 

So what gives? Why is the line so small, at +3? Naturally, that small line showcases Vegas’s belief in this Lions team, and is a strength indicator for the Detroit Lions.

The first red flag for the Colts is their strength of schedule. Yes, their defense has been great. No, their offense has not been, but according to Power Ratings, this Colts defense is 32 of 32 in strength of schedule. Such a poor SOS means we must deflate the elite defensive rankings, and further downgrade their subpar offense. 

Where does that leave us? I’m taking a Lions team with the 13th rated SOS and looking at yards per play and points per play both offensively and defensively on the season, and then juxtaposing that against the same stats from their last 3 games (reminder: games in which the Lions played good football):

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  • Very similar stats on the season offensively; downgrade the Colts due to SOS.
  • Defensive advantage for the Colts; downgrade the Colts due to SOS, and very similar.

Last 3 games defensively, we see a VERY similar opponent yards/play as well as opponent points/play:

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Offensively, we actually see the Lions outperforming the Colts: 

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Don’t sleep on the Colts lack-of-production in the red zone (50% vs. 76.92% TD rate) either. 

Lions +3, lock and load.

Las Vegas Raiders @ Cleveland Browns OVER 49.5
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As the great Patrick Henry said, “GIVE ME POINTS OR GIVE ME DEATH”, and points are for sure what I need this week. The bad news first: the Raiders are 6-0 towards the OVER this year, and Vegas of course is aware of that; a number that glaring generally should regress. Vegas has taken a step to curb that trend: the total of this week opened at 55.5 the highest total of the week, but has since moved SIX points lower to 49.5. The good news? The Raiders are loaded on offense and can’t stop anyone on defense, so naturally their game script is that of a shootout, and with that in mind, the six points of movement is enough for me to back the over once again.

There’s more good news when it comes to the over here, statistically, and that stems from the data surrounding these two defensive units. In short: they both blow. More specifically, the Raiders rank 31st in DVOA (defensive efficiency), 31st in opponent points per game, and 30th in opponent yards per play. The Browns are right there with them: 24th in DVOA, 29th in opponent points per play, and (a slightly better) 16th in opponent yards per play. Those numbers across the board scream POINTS, POINTS, POINTS.

Offensively, we have good things across the board. The Raiders: 9th in offensive efficiency, 11th in points per game, 9th in yards per play. The Browns: 15th in offensive efficiency, 10th in points per game, 15th in yards per play (still a solid 5.8 YPP). 

Is OBJ out? Yes. Is that what’s driving this total down? Perhaps. Perhaps it’s the sharp money saying that the Raiders simply cannot keep up this over streak. Nonetheless, 6 points of movement (which has happened ZERO times) since 2017) is too much for me not to act on.

Raiders/Browns, OVER 49.5, straight to the bank.

As always, thanks for reading. Good luck this week. For all my last minute adds, follow me on Twitter here – I’m sure we’ll have a few more plays before kickoff.

Sneakers Style

The 20 Best Adidas Basketball Shoes That Need to be On Your Radar

Having been around for nearly 100 years, Adidas has been a staple of our sneaker collections for many decades. Collaborations with superstars like Beyoncé, Pharrell, Donovan Mitchell, and Kanye West have played a huge role in the brand popularity surge over the past few years as well. Known for their flair, versatility, and comfort, Adidas has shoes for just about every setting you can think of. 

With Fall in full effect and the holiday season just around the corner, you may have your sights set on updating your sneaker collection (or maybe it’s just time for a new pair of kicks). Here are the 20 best Adidas shoes on the market now with a few upcoming releases sprinkled in. 

1. The Ultraboost LTD Shoes

2. Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Natural

3.  The ZX 2K Boost Gradient Midsole

4. Women’s NMD_R1

5. Pharrell and Adidas Originals Human Race Sneakers

6. Adidas Samba OG Shoes

7. Toy Story Adidas Kids Collection

8. Adidas Futurecraft/Ultra 4D

9. Adidas Adizero Boston 7

10. Ninja’s Adidas Time In Nite Jogger

11. Adidas Gazelle OG Fall

12. Adidas Superstar Stan Smith

13. Adidas Continental 80

14.  Adidas LXCON 94 Shoes

15. Adidas Supernova Shoes

16. Adidas AlphaBounce

17. Adidas Handball Spezial Shoes

18. Adidas Nizza France

19. Adidas Tyshawn Original Shoe

20. Beyoncé IVY PARK Nite Jogger 

1. The Ultraboost LTD Shoes
Adidas UltraBoost LTD

Release Date: Sept 2, 2020

During this quarantine period, many have turned to both morning and evening runs as a part of their daily exercise routine. The ‘Ultraboost LTD’ is a running shoe designed to give cushioned support and balance while running. The shoe gives you a comfortable fit while giving you some wiggle room as well. The sneaker comes in the color ‘Core Black’ and can be purchased on the Adidas website for $180. 

Price: $180

2. Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Natural
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350

Release Date: Oct 24, 2020

Since 2015 the ‘Yeezys’ have been an integral part of Adidas’ boost in popularity. The ‘Natural’ is a neutral gray that can go with just about anything in your wardrobe. The ‘Natural’ style is considered to be one of the coldest ‘Yeezys’ on the market and will be available on Adidas for $220. 

Price: $220

3. The ZX 2K Boost Gradient Midsole
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The ZX 2K Boost Gradient Midsole

Release Date: Oct 1, 2020

Since 1984, the ‘ZX’ has become one of Adidas’ signature sneakers. Released on Oct 1st, this version of the ‘Boost’ model is an eye-catching sneaker complete with a “gradient” effect. The shoe also provides comfort with a TPU heel clip and a soft mesh and comes in six different colors. The sneakers retail for $150 and can be found via Adidas.

Price: $150

4. Women’s NMD_R1
Women’s NMD_R1

Release Date: Oct 19, 2020

The ‘NMD_R1’ is a metallic sneaker complete with cushioning. Since its debut in 2015, the ‘NMD_R1’ has become one of the best-selling women’s shoes for Adidas over the past five years. The latest Fall lineup released on October 19th, and comes in ‘Core Black.’ The price is currently set at $140 and can be found on the Adidas website.

Price: $140

5. Pharrell and Adidas Originals Human Race Sneakers
Pharrell and Adidas Originals Human Race Sneakers

Release Date: Oct 25, 2020

Recently released, the ‘Human Race’ is a set of three different colors/styles. Each pair showcases Korean or Chinese text that translates to the phrase “Human Race.” All three sneakers have a ‘Boost’ insole complete with inner mesh, and a comfortable fit. The gray pair can be found on the official Adidas confirmed app, while the blue-green sneakers will be available globally. The white pair, however, will be exclusive to the Asian Pacific territories. All three will be priced at $220.

Price: $220

6. Adidas Samba OG Shoes
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Adidas Samba OG Shoes

Release Date: Jun 1, 2018

The ‘Samba’ shoes go all the way back to 1950. The original ‘Sambas’ were created as a good protective soccer shoe. In June 2018, Adidas decided it was time to run it back again. While the ‘Sambas’ can still be used for Soccer, many also wear the sneaks for streetwear style now too. The ‘OG’s’ can be purchased through Adidas for $90.

Price: $90

7. Toy Story Adidas Kids Collection
Toy Story Adidas Kids Collection

Release Date: Oct 15th, 2020

We all know how hard it can be to find a good pair of sneakers for kids. However, Adidas made the experience much more enjoyable by teaming up with NBA superstars Damian Lillard and Donovan Mitchell for the ‘Toy Story’ Collection. Toy Story has been able to live through different generations, and the collection is an exciting one for both kids and the parents that enjoyed the original Toy Story in their younger years. The collection comes in a variety of colors and can be purchased via Adidas with the prices ranging from $60 to $120.

Price: $60 to $120

8. Adidas Futurecraft/Ultra 4D
Adidas Futurecraft/Ultra 4D

Release Date: January 18, 2018

One of the best running shoes out there, the ‘Futurecraft 4D’ sneakers has been a hot seller since January 2018. The ‘4D’ is a performance sneaker complete with a lattice midsole, and the shoe is designed to keep your feet comfortable in all different weather types. The ‘Futurecraft’ model has since merged with the ‘Adidas Ultra’ models to create the ‘Ultra 4D,’ bringing Adidas fans a new experience.

Price: $160-$180

9. Adidas Adizero Boston 9
Adidas Adizero Boston 9

Release Date: July 2020

With a ‘Boost Sole,’ the ‘Adizero Boston 7’ is a classic shoe that both men and women can wear. Originally designed for racing, the shoes do have a snug fit. However, the snug fit also allows for good ankle support (especially while doing long-distance running). The sneaker comes in a neutral ‘Cloud White’ color and runs for $84 on Adidas.

Price: $84

10. Ninja’s Adidas Time In Nite Jogger
Ninja’s Adidas Time In Nite Jogger

Release Date: October 14, 2020

Expanding upon the partnership with streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the ‘Time In’ release is the latest installment of the beloved ‘Nite Jogger’ series. The shoes have all of the classic ‘Nite Jogger’ elements that Adidas fans are used to, but this round is a tad bit more colorful. Simply put, the sneakers look like one designed by a gamer. The ‘Time In Nite Joggers’ are the perfect Fall addition and can be purchased through Adidas for $150.

Price: $150

11. Adidas Gazelle OG Fall
Adidas Gazelle OG Fall

Release Date: Sept 1, 2020

The ‘Gazelle’s’ are another household Adidas Staple. The classic sneaker was first released in 1968 as a football training sneaker. Through the decades the shoe has gone through many different reinventions, and the latest was released on Sept 1st. This ‘O.G Fall Edition’ pays homage to the classic 1991 version and retails for $80 on Adidas.

Price: $80

12. Adidas Superstar Stan Smith
Adidas Superstar Stan Smith

Release Date: Oct 14, 2020

For over fifty years, the ‘Superstar’ collection was originally created as a Basketball shoe in the 1970s and crossed over into Hip-Hop territory in the 1980s. The shoe was seen on entertainers like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the iconic Hip-Hop group Run DMC, and more. The latest ‘Superstar’ rendition pays homage to Tennis Legend Stan Smith and goes for $64 on the Adidas website.

Price: $64

13. Adidas Continental 80
Adidas Continental 80

Release Date: Jun 21, 2018

Released in 2018, the ‘Continentals’ are a must-have in any sneaker collection. An all Vegan product, the shoes are bright and colorful and comfy with an Algae-Based EVA foam midsole. The ‘Continental’ shoes remain an Adidas bestseller and are available for $72 on the Adidas website.

Price: $72

14. Adidas LXCON 94 Shoes
Adidas LXCON 94 Shoes

Release Date: Feb 2019

A rework of the original 1994 ‘Adidas Lexicon’s’, the ‘LXCON’ sneakers are the very definition of a vintage sneaker. This new rendition of the ‘LXCON’s’ keep a lot of the original components from the 94 edition, and remains a supportive running shoe. The sneakers are priced at $104 and can be purchased on Adidas.

Price: $104

15. Adidas Supernova Shoes
Adidas Supernova Shoes

Release Date: June 2020

With cushioning in both the forefront and heel areas, plus ankle support, these shoes are effective for running while being environmentally friendly with 50 percent of the material being recycled. The shoe also helps to increase flexibility and endurance while running. The ‘Supernova’ shoes retail for $100 and can be purchased via Adidas. 

Price: $100

16. Adidas AlphaBounce
Adidas AlphaBounce

Release Date: 2016

A performance shoe, the ‘AlphaBounce’ sneakers first hit the market in 2016. Since then, they’ve become known for the versatility and support that they provide to competitive athletes in all different types of sports. The ‘AlphaBounce’ is reasonably priced at $100 and is available via Adidas.

Price: $100

17. Adidas Handball Spezial Shoes
Adidas Handball Spezial Shoes

Release Date: 1979

First released in 1979, the ‘Adidas Handball Spezial Shoes’ are a beloved Adidas classic. With a lace closure and a rubber outsole, the shoe is extremely comfortable. However, you have to be careful because the outside is Suede, meaning the shoe can be ruined if you are caught in the wrong weather conditions. At $100, the sneakers can be purchased on Adidas.

Price: $100

18. Adidas Nizza France
Adidas Nizza France

Release Date: August 24, 2020

With a 1970s retro theme, the ‘Nizza’ shoes are the definition of a laid back look. The sneakers are good for casual everyday wear, and the colors can be coordinated with just about any outfit for any occasion. The ‘Nizza’ shoes can be purchased through Adidas for $65. 

Price: $65

19. Adidas Tyshawn Original Shoe
Adidas Tyshawn Original Shoe

Release Date: 2019

A hooping shoe complete with a little skateboarding effect, the ‘Tyshawn’ sneakers have been a heavy hitter since Tyshawn Jones announced his collaboration with the Three Stripes. A comfortable shoe, the sneakers are filled with swag, and diverse in the sense that they can be paired with anything. The sneakers are priced at $85 and are available on Adidas.

Price: $85

20. Beyonce Ivy Park Nite Jogger
Beyonce Ivy Park Nite Jogger

In January of this year, Beyoncé released her Adidas Ivy Park collection. With the next phase entitled ‘DRIP 2’ dropping this week, the Beyonce Ivy Park Nite Jogger is definitely a good addition to the new collection. The price ranges from $130 to $180, and has all the classic ‘Nite Jogger’ features that Adidas fans know and love.


While there are certainly plenty more all-time great sneakers in the Adidas lineup, these are the ones that we felt were the classics. However, any Adidas sneaker you choose is sure to take your drip to the next level. Be sure to treat yourself to a new pair this holiday season, and always remember to never crease the kicks.

Consoles Gaming

The 15 Best Pokémon Games, Ranked

Do you know what the best Pokémon video games ever made are? Are you looking to get an old Nintendo console and become a Pokémon Master? You’re in the right place.

We put together a list of the 15 best games to help you dive back in, compiled of some of the most influential Pokémon games from the last 23 years. Which one was your favorite? Which generation did you enjoy the most? We’re certain to have the games that will enable you to recreate your fondest Pokémon memories. Also, get ready to search eBay for that game you cherished most. Let’s “catch ’em all”!

15. ‘Pokémon Black & White’ Versions (2010)
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Available on Nintendo DS, Black and White received high praise upon release. Located in the Unova Region, and boasting 156 new Pokémon to catch, the original Generation V games have more than enough to pique your inner gamer. Black & White boasts updated graphics, wireless features for Internet connection, and the ability to access Pokémon Dream World. Pokémon Dream World is an online mode that allows players to send their Pokémon into a game where they could meet up with other Pokémon or send back available items. Through Pokémon Transfer, you can receive Pokémon from previous games such as Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver. Pokémon Black and White are solid entries in the franchise.

Buy Now, $97.99
14. ‘Pokémon Sun & Moon’ (2016)
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The fastest-selling games in Pokémon history, Sun & Moon are our favorite recent games. Available via Nintendo 3DS, Sun & Moon is the first of the Gen. VII games. Located in the Alola region, there are 81 new Pokémon to catch. You can partake in Battle Royals, where four opponents battle each other until one is eliminated. Whoever has the highest total of knockouts and Pokémon remaining is the winner. Another cool feature: the games are 12 hours apart. So Sun would be during the daytime and Moon at night and vice versa.  Compatible games for Pokémon transfers are Pokémon X and Y and Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. You can also utilize the Pokémon Bank, which is an online storage system capable of holding up to 3,000 Pokémon per player. Instead of Gyms, you have Island Challenges where you complete numerous challenges before gaining permission to advance in the game. If you have a Nintendo 3DS or prefer a newer console, Sun and Moon is a solid choice.

Buy Now, $39.98
13. ‘Pokémon Black 2 & White 2’ (2012)
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One of the best sequels in the franchise, Black 2 and White 2 are available on Nintendo DS. The Gen V games take place in the Unova Region, two years after the original games, offering 5 new areas for you to explore. Game options such as Challenge or Easy Mode are available, and you can see flashbacks from the original Black & White game via the Memory Link. There’s a good amount of Legendary Pokémon available after beating the game. If you re-enter a region and walk past a Pokémon Breeder you previously defeated, they will challenge you again. Pokémon World Tournament is a new addition, where you can battle almost every Gym Leader and champion from the main games. With an expanded Pokédex for original Pokémon and 301 total to catch, these entries will certainly provide a great challenge.

Buy Now, $167.99
12. ‘Pokémon X & Y’ (2013)
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Would you prefer to play a newer game with 3D elements? The first Pokémon games to make the advancements are X and Y. They even improved upon the effects when a Pokémon is attacked. Situated in the Kalos Region, there are 72 new Pokémon in X and Y. The first Generation VI games added Fairy-type Pokémon to the realm, which improved battling against Dragon-type Pokémon. Pokémon-Amie was a new element to the games, allowing players to train, feed, and pet their Pokémon in an effort to provide a closer relationship. Another new feature was Horde Encounters; where up to five wild Pokémon can battle your Pokémon. Although it’s a great way to increase your own Pokémon, for every strike, each wild healthy Pokémon get to strike back.

Buy Now, $39.99
11. ‘Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! & Let’s Go, Eevee!’ (2018)
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The seventh generation of the storied Pokémon legacy is marked by this remake of the original 1998 Game Boy Color game, Pokémon Yellow. These Nintendo Switch games are a nostalgic victory lap that has tons of charm and harkens back to the best themes from the handheld games & cartoon series. All the original 151 Pokémon make their welcome return here, plus their respective Mega Evolved forms from Pokémon XYOmega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, and their Alolan Forms from Pokémon Sun & Moon pop up as well. The fact that you can actually see the wild Pokémon you set out to battle and capture is such a great quality-of-life improvement for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!

Buy Now, $53.98
10. ‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ (2022)
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For those of you diehard Pokémon fanatics out there that have been waiting for a true open-world evolution of the series, this Nintendo Switch adventure fulfilled that dream scenario. Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes place in a pre-Sinnoh region era that’s known as Hisui. Taking place long before the events of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl and their remakes, this prequel journey lets you traverse a vast land filled with all sorts of varied biomes that host all sorts of different Pokémon species. Interacting with those familiar creatures allows for seamless gameplay where you can throw a Poké Ball at a Pokémon while out exploring, enter battles without having to wait to load another screen, and even get attacked directly by the wandering Pokémon you’ll encounter.

Buy Now, $59.99
9. ‘Pokémon Sword & Shield’ (2019)
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Pokémon Sword and Shield mark the very first time a brand new mainline game in the long-running series launched on the Nintendo Switch. The game’s locales exist within the Galar region, which is modeled after the recognizable settings UK denizens will instantly be familiar with. On a graphical level, Pokémon Sword and Shield look great and help push the series forward on Nintendo’s hybrid console. 81 new Pokémon marked their debut here, plus 13 regional forms of past Pocket Monsters. This game introduced fans to the following new mechanics that added an extra wrinkle to the series’ ongoing formula: “Dynamaxing,” “Gigantamaxing,” and the “Wild Area.” Pokémon Sword and Shield‘s difficulty level might not be high enough, but their fun factor certainly is.

Buy Now, $109.95
8. ‘Pokémon Diamond & Pearl’ (2007)
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The first Pokémon games on Nintendo DS, Diamond and Pearl take place in the Sinnoh Region. The DS system allows you to take advantage of the touch screen, such as selecting options in battles and while playing mini-games. The graphics, colors, and experience are all improved. This is the first game to allow battles and trades with people over the Internet. You could also voice chat with opponents. Unfortunately, the online features ended on May 14, 2020.  The type of Pokémon you use in battle is more important than past games, with strengths and weaknesses getting much more attention. The introduction of a new battle system was a major change. Having a physical or special attack depending on how specific moves function changed battling. The Generation IV games Diamond and Pearl have 107 new Pokémon, and 151 total to catch.  

Buy Now, $79.50
7. ‘Pokémon Platinum’ (2009)
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The updated version of Diamond & Pearl, Platinum is a new area located in the Sinnoh Region. This Generation IV game is situated in an alternate universe, with 59 new Pokémon and 210 total in Gen. IV along with all the non-Legendary Pokémon in the previous Gen. IV games. There’s the Global Trade System, which allowed you to complete trades via email. You can also connect to multiple games, such as Diamond and Pearl along with HeartGold and SoulSilver. Battle Park provides great challenges and allows you to earn Battle Points. The Points can be traded or utilized at the Exchange Service Corner. Try your luck at the Battle Tower and see if you indeed are the very best. 

Buy Now, $28.99
6. ‘Pokémon Fire Red & Leaf Green’ (2004)
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Thanks to the upgrades available with Game Boy Advance, Fire Red and Leaf Green improved upon the original games and added the 100 Pokémon from the Johto Region to the Kanto Region. Having 251 Pokémon to catch, trade, and breed in one region is staggering. You also could explore the Sevii Islands, which have Pokémon specific to the region. Pokémon have different genders in this game and they can hold items. Compatible games for trading are Ruby, Sapphire, and Pokémon Colosseum. You can also choose between Male and Female when creating your character.

Buy Now, $141.99
5. ‘Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire + Emerald’ (2002 & 2005)
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The 3rd Generation, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald holds the title as the best-selling Game Boy Advance games ever. The Hoenn Region has 135 new types and 386 total Pokémon to collect and trade for. For the first time, you could battle with two of your Pokémon at once. Multi Battles with up to 4 players were also added. The game also included Pokémon Contests, which is a pageant of sorts where the Pokémon exhibit their abilities and character in front of judges. They introduced Abilities, such as flying type Pokémon taking no damage from ground-type Pokémon. This improved gameplay by creating more opportunities to outsmart your opponent.

Buy Now, $67.99
4. ‘Pokémon Blue & Red’ Versions
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Back in 1998, deciding between Pokémon Red or Blue was a tough choice. Due to limitations of which Pokémon characters were available in each game, trades for certain Pokémon dominated conversations with friends at school. Without a trade, you couldn’t evolve Kadabra into Alakazam. Red and Blue were the introductions, from choosing one of Charmander, Bulbasaur, or Squirtle, to catching Pokémon, battling, trading, and eventually becoming the Pokémon Champion.  With all 151 original Pokémon technically available, it’s a great challenge. Make sure to have a friend get the other version or just buy both so you can complete the quest to catch ’em all. 

Buy Now, $52.99
3. ‘Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver’ (2010)
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Bigger than their predecessors, HeartGold and SoulSilver are a thorough expansion. The sequels to Gold and Silver are considered masterpieces. You can have one of 493 Pokémon follow you and you can battle gym leaders multiple times. In Pal Park, you can transfer Pokémon from multiple games: Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Fire Red, and Leaf Green. You can also connect the Nintendo DS to a Nintendo Wii to play the Pokémon Battle Revolution. Battle Revolution was the first Pokémon game for the Wii console. With improved graphics, larger regions, and the addition of Battle Frontier, this could be your go-to set to play and is certainly entrenched in the top three all-time Pokémon games.

Buy Now, $168.99
2. ‘Pokémon Yellow Version’ (1999)
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The Third Generation I game, Pokémon Yellow, was a strong update to Red and Blue. Modeled after the original show, you begin the game receiving Pikachu from Professor Oak. The most famous Pokémon, Pikachu had to have his own game. Pokémon Yellow gives the most authentic feel for Gen. I players. The improvements on Red and Blue are noticeable as well. Some trainers and the front artwork of Pokémon when battling are improved to resemble the commercial artworks previously released by artist Ken Sugimori. Since Pikachu was the only Pokémon that could follow you, it became a must to train and keep him on you at all times. Pikachu can’t evolve or be released and will cry at times. Facing off with Team Rocket Villains Jesse & James is another reason to choose Yellow over Red or Blue. Original Game Boy Color players will definitely get nostalgic playing Yellow

Buy Now, $64.99
1. ‘Pokémon Gold/Silver Version/Crystal’ (2000-2001)
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The 2nd series of Pokémon games, Gold, Silver & Crystal get top billing. The original Generation II games did not disappoint; with full-color graphics, 100 new Pokémon to catch plus the original 151 characters, and 16 gyms, it was sprawling. Introducing the Jhoto Region while being able to go to the Kanto Region, later on, was unprecedented. Gold and Silver were the first games to have breeding, introduced Shiny Pokémon, and were originally intended to be the final Pokémon Games. You will certainly be busy trying to complete this masterpiece. The opportunity to Catch ‘Em All is right here.

Buy Now, $59.99

If you think you’re going to make the dive back into Pokémon, make sure to tag @137pm on Twitter when you start playing! And keep your eye on our social channels for a lot more Pokémon content. 

Consoles Gaming

16 Games Like ‘Persona 5’

Persona 5, contrary to what its name implies, is the sixth main entry in the Persona series following Revelations: Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, Persona 3, and Persona 4. The series by Atlus began in 1996 with Persona 5 dropping a full two decades later in 2016 and loyal fans with them the entire way.

Persona 5 received some of the best reviews of the series and is a fan favorite. It follows the theme of previous games, taking place in the same universe, and even got itself an upgrade like Persona 3 and 4 got with Persona 5 Royal.

There are many reasons to love the game – an immersive JRPG, the intriguing silent protagonist, the idea of Personas themselves, how it encourages you to build relationships with others, etc. If you’ve finished with Persona 5 and are looking for something similar to pass your time with, we’ve made a list of 15 games like Persona 5. And no, the other iterations of Persona 5 and previous games in the series don’t take up any spots!

In alphabetical order, here they are.

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1. ‘Attack On Titan 2: Final Battle’

If you’re a fan of the Attack On Titan anime and/or manga series, then you might already know of this game which is developed by Omega Force. Just like in the series, here you’ll be taking down titans that try to kill and eat humans. Like many games on this list, where this game is most similar to Persona 5 is how you bond and build relationships with other characters. The mechanics are focused around this and it shows.

Buy, $59.99
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2. ‘Bravely Default’

Many of the games on this list are RPGs, which is only natural, and this is one of them. A Japanese game by Silicon Studio, Bravely Default came out in 2013 and if you feel like elements of it are similar to the Final Fantasy series, then you’re spot on. It was initially made to be a sequel to Final Fantasy: The Heroes Of Light but then took on a life of its own with its own gameplay elements. Set in Luxendarc, the aim of the game is to retain the four crystals that keep the world in the balance after they are consumed by darkness. This one is only available on 3DS.

Buy, $45.70
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3. ‘Bully’

Bully is the popular game from gaming giants Rockstar that came in 2006. It’s so popular in fact, that even in the era of classic games like Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto, fans are clamoring for a sequel to it or even just a remastered version. If you know anything about it, then it might surprise you to see it on this list. While it’s not quite an RPG, fans of Persona 5 might appreciate it for the school setting and all of the complex emotions and social implications that come with that – relationships, social hierarchies, and cliques, to name a few. Take on the role of Jimmy and navigate your way through the crazy world.

Buy, $14.99
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4. ‘Catherine’

Just like Persona 5, this game was developed by Atlus. In it, you play Vincent Brooks, a 32-year-old systems engineer whose life happens in two parts: his daytime and his nightmares. In the daytime, you’ll interact with people at the Stray Sheep bar. The interactions there are cool, but where the real magic happens is at night, wherewith Vincent’s nightmares come puzzles that you’ll have to solve. The problem solving here will appeal to fans of Persona 5. Your actions have consequences too, with multiple endings possible, giving incentive for replays.

Buy, $19.99
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5. ‘Danganronpa’

In Danganronpa, a group of high school students who attend Hope’s Peak Academy who are forced into a game where they must kill. It’s essentially a high school murder mystery which will appeal to fans of Persona 5 who liked that aspect of that game. The best part of this is if Danganronpa appeals to you, there’s a lot more where it came from as this is an entire series.

Buy, $12.22
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6. ‘Dragon Quest XI’

Dragon Quest XI is the latest in a long series of Dragon Quest releases that began way back in 1986 with the first game. Since then, there have been 10 main releases, including this one. Many consider it the best in the series and one of the better Japanese role-playing games of all time. Set in Erdrea, XI follows the theme of the previous games and players will control a sort of chosen one who seeks to defeat evil. The combat system is turn-based here, just like Persona 5’s is.

Buy, $59.99
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7. ‘Final Fantasy XV’

Final Fantasy XV was unique for the series in that it strayed away from the structure of the previous games and went full-on being an action RPG. This was hit or miss generally, but most were fans. This game is set in Eos which is described as a “fantasy based on reality”. Players control Noctis who must retrieve the Crystal after it was stolen by Lucis. Where this one is similar to Persona 5 is in that it tells the story of a protagonist with bonds that pay off in the end. There are a few spin-offs to this game which are all part of the Final Fantasy XV Universe.

Buy, $34.99
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8. ‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’

Bully made this list because it’s set in a school and there are similarities there with Persona 5. If you’re looking for something set in a school but with a twist, then this might be right up your alley. Fire Emblem: Three Houses differs slightly because instead of playing a student, here you’ll play a professor and whether you play a man or a woman is up to you entirely. Developing relationships with those around you is also encouraged and rewarded here. The only drawback here is that this game is a Nintendo Switch exclusive.

Buy, $45.99
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9. ‘I Am Setsuna’

Released in 2016, I Am Setsuna is a quintessential JRPG developed by the aptly named Japanese RPG Factory that features elements of all of your favorites in the same genre, including the beloved Persona series. Setsuna is a woman who is made to sacrifice herself to appease demons that descend upon her homeland. It’s a sad game, so be prepared for that in advance. If you were a fan of the early Final Fantasy games, you’ll be able to appreciate the Active Time Battle System that was also prominent in Chrono Trigger.

Buy, $39.99
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10. ‘Octopath Traveler’

This is one of the best-selling games on the Nintendo Switch, moving more than 2 million units, and it’s clear to see why. It’s an RPG with a graphical aesthetic that the developers describe as HD-2D, which is “a combination of retro Super NES-style character sprites and textures with polygonal environments and HD effects”. If that’s gibberish to you, all you need to know is that this game looks phenomenal. The gameplay mechanics are similar to Persona in that the combat is turn-based and requires genuine strategy and the exploitation of an enemy’s weakness. The only downside is that Octopath Traveler is only available on Switch, Windows, and Stadia.

Buy, $59.99
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11. ‘Tales Of Berseria’

Tales is a great series and Tales Of Berseria is a standout. You’ll control Velvet who seeks revenge after the death of her younger brother Laphicet. The enemies in this game are called Daemons and they’re created by Daemonblight, which is caused by the negative emotions of humanity. Though it’s not a turn-based combat system here, the game boasts the Liberation-LMBS (Linear Motion Battle System) where players can move freely around the arena and rotate the camera as they please.

Buy, $49.99
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12. ‘The World Ends With You’

An action RPG with some fantasy elements, 2007’s The World Ends With You is set in Shibuya which has a whacky concept. Some chosen dead people have the opportunity to play in the Reapers’ Game where the winner will be brought back to life or ascended to some form of higher existence. Neku Sakuraba takes part in the games and just like you are in Persona 5, here you’ll be shaped by the people you meet and benefit from the bonds you form with people as you head onto this incredible journey.

Buy, $39.99
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13. ‘Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE’

This game is a famous crossover between the aforementioned Fire Emblem series and Shin Megami Tensei. Nintendo published this game but just like the Persona series and Catherine (which appeared earlier on this list), it was developed by Atlus. Just like Persona, it’s set in modern-day Tokyo. A group of teens fights the Mirages who want to steal people’s energy from them. It’s an interesting story that some critique as being too predictable but playing it through doesn’t feel tiresome. On the plus side, the combat system here is nearly identical to the one in Persona 5.

Buy, $42.98
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14. ‘Tokyo Xanadu eX+’

Developed by Nihon Falcon, Tokyo Xanadu is an action RPG that was first released in 2015. Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is an enhanced version of the original game. Once again, this game is set in the common environment of a school where a group of high schoolers battles through swarms of monstrous enemies. Though the school is set in modern-day Tokyo, it’s a sort of warped version of it in some alternate universe. Each character has an opportunity to shine in different chapters of the game and bonding events will make you appreciate each and every character even more.

Buy, $59.99
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15. ‘Xenoblade Chronicles’

This is the name of the first game in a longer series but realistically, all of the games in the Xenoblade Chronicles series work for this list, including this year’s Definitive Edition rather than the original version of the first game (as it’s a revamped version of it). These games are some of the best Japanese role-playing games that you’ll ever play, with elements of sci-fi and fantasy prevalent in them too. This one features a bunch of great things that many on this list and Persona 5 do, including a bonding system that boost’s the main character’s affinity with other NPCs.

Buy, $35.00
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16. ‘Ys: Memories Of Celceta’

Another one of Nihon Falcon’s games, Ys: Memories Of Celceta was originally made for the PlayStation Vita but has since been released on Microsoft Windows and the PlayStation 4 (which of course means that it’s playable on the upcoming PlayStation 5 as well). Just like the other Ys games, you’ll control Adol Christin. In Memories Of Celceta, he finds himself with amnesia and he wakes up in a town where he meets a few people who all claim to know him. Navigating your way through this is an incredible task. If you were a fan of Persona 5’s crafting system, you’ll like this game because the items you earn in battle will help you make weapons.

Buy, $24.99
Sneakers Style

The 15 Best Sneaker Cleaners to Keep Your Kicks Fresh

With Fall now in full swing it’s time to think about protecting your kicks against the elements. With nubuck, suede, leather, and other materials to consider, picking a product is no easy thing. There’s plenty of solutions, scrubs, wipes, and other tools for keeping your kicks as deadstock as possible and we’re here to try and make sense of the fury of brands jockeying to clean your kicks. 

From popular products to some OG shoe cleaners, and some other not-so-well-known products, we’ve rounded up the 12 best sneaker cleaners to keep you fresh throughout the season and after. Check out our curated selection below, picked just for your sneaker rotation.

  1. Reshoevn8r
  2. Jason Markk
  3. EB Kicks
  4. Crep Protect
  5. Sneaker Labs
  6. Angelus Foam Tex
  7. G-Star Raw
  8. Rufus Styles
  9. Kiwi
  10. Liquid Proof
  11. SneakersER
  12. Pink Miracle
1. Reshoevn8r 8 oz. Cleaning Solution

Reshoevn8r has been a bastion of sneaker cleaning with 10 years in the game and they have a plethora of products to choose from. Their basic entry-level product is their 8 oz. premium sneaker cleaner. It can be applied with a brush or cloth. The brand also offers a discount when you subscribe, a good deal for anyone finding themselves cleaning their kicks often. Shop their other products or a whole kit here, for all your sneaker cleaning needs.

BUY NOW, $18
2. Jason Markk Premium Bundle
Jason Markk

Jason Markk is another name in the sneaker cleaning arena that carries a lot of weight. From celeb endorsements to deals with major retailers, the double K moniker is a highly trusted name for getting those sneakers restored to their former glory. The premium bundle is just about all you’ll need with their repel spray, RTU foam, microfiber towel, and suede cleaning kit. Their premium products are effective and reliable, also it makes a great gift for the sneakerhead in your life, even if that’s you!

BUY NOW, $65
3. EB Kicks Cleaner and Conditioner Kit
EB Kicks

EB Kicks’ cleaner and conditioner kit comes fully stocked with an 8 oz. cleaning solution of their own, wooden brush, and sponge to carefully scrub both leathers and suedes. The brand advertises that their product lasts for 60 washes and can even be used on other things besides sneakers. You might have seen EB Kicks products at your local FootAction store but check out their website for their cleaner and conditioner kit as well as a fury of other related products. E-mail subscribers get 10% off their first order so make sure you get that code before you click checkout.

BUY NOW, $19
4. Crep Protect Bundle

Crep Protect is another big name in the sneaker cleaning world and for good reason. The brand offers a wide variety of products like the Pill shoe freshener, wipes, insoles, solution, and even pretreated laces. The best bang for your buck is their “Bundle” which includes some of the aforementioned products in an “all you need” type of packaging that includes their well-known spray.

BUY NOW, $50
5. Sneaker Labs Wipes
Sneaker Lab

For most sneakerheads, wipes are the easiest and most handy item to have and Sneaker Labs is one of the many brands doing it right. With their cool packaging and modern design, they’re one of the top-selling sneaker cleaning products. Their all-purpose sneaker wipes are suitable for any sneaker material and are good in a quick pinch to combat a spill or misstep. Also, they’re biodegradable. Watch this video for the official how-to applying process.

6. Angelus Foam Tex Cleaning Kit

Angelus Foam Tex cleaning kit takes a simple, no-frills, approach to sneaker cleaning. Their simple but comprehensive cleaning kit comes equipped with a wooden brush, microfiber cloth, and 5.7 fl. oz. of their foaming cleaning solution. The foam route is one to go if you’re tired of filling a bowl with hot water and making a mess while you try and clean. With foam tex, the warm water is practically built-in, featuring a no dry mess. Apply the foam directly to your sneakers and start scrubbing until clean.

BUY NOW, $15
7. G-Star Raw Footwear Cleaning Kit

While you might not know G-Star Raw for their footwear cleaning products, but their cleaning kit is one of their better accessories. The kit features some top-notch products like a leather cleaner conditioner, water repellent spray, multi brush, and microfiber cloth. The highlight here is that brush, handle, and all separate it from the handheld bristle brushes that come with other kits. This heavy-duty tool comes in suede with both plastic and brass bristles for a tough or gentle clean.

BUY NOW, $17.50
8. Rufus Styles Sneaker Cleaning Kit

Rufus Styles sneaker cleaning kit features the usual suspects of a sneaker cleaning kit with their own solution, cleaning brush, and cloth. Rufus Styles boasts their own long-lasting clean scent after a wash and is available on Amazon for quick and easy shipping. The spray and other products come with a tidy kit for keeping everything together and it’s safe for any sneaker material like nubuck, suede, leather, and mesh.

BUY NOW, $19.95
9. Kiwi Sneaker and Shoe Cleaner

Kiwi has a solid reputation for footwear products and their sneaker and shoe cleaner seems to be up to par. The site has a variety of sneaker accessories including a three-step sneaker cleaning product lineup. If you’re not interested in taking all three home, just getting the sneaker and shoe cleaner should be good enough for a base clean. It’s available on Amazon in a three-pack of 2.5 fl. Oz. size. The pack comes with a sponge applicator to help you out.

BUY NOW, $16.71
10. Liquiproof LABS Cleaning Kit, $19.95
Liquid Proof

The Liquid Proof LABS cleaning kit comes equipped with all your sneaker cleaning necessities and it’s environmentally friendly. Their eco-cleaner even comes with a vegan brush and microfiber cloth. The 50ml solution is safe to use and scrub on leather, suede, and it’s great for removing stains. Pick up the non-toxic formula today.

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11. Sneaker ER “Dopper” 7-Piece Luxury Kit
Sneaker ER

Sneaker ER has plenty of basic tools and products but they separate themselves from the competition with the “Dopper”, a 7-piece luxury kit that comes with just about everything the site has to offer, plus a leather Dopp kit to keep it all together. The kit is comprehensive, with different types of brushes, solutions, and other products. It’s the complete on-the-go kit for any sneakerhead looking to stay clean while traveling.

buy now, $78.62
12. Pink Miracle Shoe Cleaner
Pink Miracle

The OG sneaker cleaner, Pink Miracle has been around since 1985, a convenient year to market your product as the first cleaner to scrub the Air Jordan 1. Pink Miracle comes in an 8 oz. bottle and is made from a combination of concentrate with saddle soap, gentle oils, and conditioners. A little goes a long way with this concentrate-based product so be conservative with how much you apply to your brush or cloth. Check out their how-to video for the best possible practice on bringing your dirty sneakers back to their deadstock glory.

BUY NOW, $20
13. ShoeAnew Shoe Cleaner

Many people have benefited from using ShoeAnew over the years. While the company puts a disclaimer out that the product “can’t fix a broken shoe,” ShoeAnew can help to remove scuff marks as well as dirt and build up. The cleaner also automatically comes with a nylon brush and microfiber cloth that are made to protect your shoes while cleaning them, and can be used on every fabric except Suede. Amazon prime members can also take advantage of getting the sneaker cleaner shipped free. 

BUY NOW, $15.99
14. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Most people associate the Mr. Clean brand with household cleaning items, but in actuality, the product can also be used as a shoe cleaner. The process of cleaning your sneakers is pretty much the same as cleaning your kitchen. Simply grab a sponge and use the cleaner to wipe down your shoes. The product has no harsh chemicals added to it, making it safe to use on your sneakers.

15. New Balance Suede Cleaner
New Balance

Suede is a tricky product. One wrong move and your suede item (whatever it is) can be ruined forever. It is extremely important to have a suede cleaner in your household, as shoes can get dirty pretty easily. The New Balance Suede Cleaner helps to renew and restore suede items, and can also work on leather, synthetic, and nubuck items as well. The Suede Cleaner is definitely an affordable and handy item to have at hand.

Gaming Interviews

Meet Apazo: The Man Behind the Scenes Making it Happen

Life is about perseverance. It’s also about taking the things that could be considered a “negative” and turning it into a positive. That mindset is one that Apazo has had for his entire seventeen years on this planet. Now the editor/channel manager for Bugha, Clix, and the Sentinels, Apazo already has quite the resume and spoke with ONE37pm’s Aaron “Don” Dukes about navigating the other side of esports.

Apazo’s Home Set Up

“I’ve always been a fan of video games. For those that don’t know, I have a disability—I’m in a wheelchair, and I always wanted to play sports. So I realized video games were something I could do. I used to make Minecraft videos, and at first it was really bad. I continued on with editing videos separately, and a friend of mine suggested I combine my edits with gameplay videos. I didn’t really know you could do that. So I went on Twitch and found a random person, and worked with him for about six months.”

“After that, I worked for free because I was really trying to find what I was looking for and what I wanted. I met Bugha who was this really talented player. At the time he only had about 10,000 followers. So after we talked, I was waiting to hear back from him, and I just ended up making a video and sending it to him. He liked it and we started working together.”

Bugha’s popularity started exploding soon after, and so did Apazo’s. This popularity surge was a turning point in his young career. 

“After I started working with Bugha, all of his stuff just blew up. At the time I was also running his Instagram and Twitter. Eventually, he got a team and they stepped in, but Bugha still wanted me to be a part of his team. So we kept working together, and now of course he is with VaynerGaming. I’m actually a freelance editor for Vayner now too.”

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In addition to Bugha, Apazo works heavily with Clix, another esports heavyweight, and also does media work for the Sentinels.

“So my two biggest clients are Bugha and Clix—Clix is popping on every platform and he’s doing big numbers as well. I also work as an editor for the Sentinels, and now I’m starting my own media company.”

That media company is named Motional, and Apazo plans on making it one of the world’s premier media companies.

“Around March I launched Motional, which is a media development company that I am currently running for Fortnite and Valorant. I’m doing more than just editing, and my goal is for Motional to be more than just a media company. I wanted it to be focused on business strategies, and I want it to be a brand where we can also combine and focus on music and apparel. Sort of like with 100 Thieves where they also have their apparel on the side. I would like for Motional to blend.”

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Apazo was dealt a hand that could have been considered a challenge, but instead, he flipped his experience and used it to create something positive. Now he is on his way to becoming a power figure for esports, and he wants you to know that everybody else can do the same thing too, no matter what obstacles life throws your way.

Use your disadvantages and turn them into your strength. Look at your obstacles in a different way. Learn and create content, and always try to take the positives from things.

Solid advice from a pro. Be sure to follow Apazo on his Instagram and Twitter for more cool content.

Sports Strength

The 25 Best College Football Teams of All-Time

In sports, there will always be a debate surrounding who is considered to be the greatest of all-time. This topic can range from individual players to teams, and even coaches. In this edition of the “great debate,” we are talking about the top college football teams to ever be assembled. While historically there have been many great teams in college football, these particular teams changed the course of the league with their dominance. Here is a ranking of who we consider to be the top 25 college football teams to ever do it.

25. The 1997 Michigan Wolverines
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The 1997 Michigan Wolverines

Coached by Lloyd Carr and led on the defensive end by Heisman winner Charles Woodson, the 97 Wolverines were the definition of dominant, winning all 12 of their regular-season games. The Wolverines went on to be crowned the Big Ten champions and eventually defeated the Washington State Cougars 21-16 in a come from behind victory, being declared the national champions by the Associated Press

24. The 1991 Washington Huskies
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The 1991 Washington Huskies

Representing the University of Washington, this 1991 Huskies squad went the entire year without a team beating them. Led by head coach Don James (who was in his 17th season), the 91 team is considered to be among the best in the program’s history. Team leader Steve Emtman set the tone on defense, winning both the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy. A total of eleven Huskies players ended up being selected in the 1992 NFL draft. The team defeated the number 4 ranked Michigan in the 1992 Rose Bowl, sharing the championship with the Miami Hurricanes. 

23. The 1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers
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The 1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers

With a perfect 13-0 record, the Cornhuskers made sure to send head coach Tom Osbourne off in style for his last season before retirement. Nebraska was incredibly efficient throughout the year, winning most of their games by at least ten points or more. The team’s 1997 Championship was their third in four years, and they were declared co-champions with Michigan, still making it one of the all-time great debates in the history of sports. The group was spearheaded by offensive lineman Aaron Taylor and defensive menace Grant Winstrom. The team is considered among the best in Cornhusker history. 

22. The 1996 Florida Gators
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The 1996 Florida Gators

While this Florida Gators team did suffer a loss, the team was still a powerful force outscoring their opponents 612-228. Coached by Steve Spurrier, the Gators compiled a 12-1 record that included victories against the Tennessee Volunteers, the Kentucky Wildcats, and the LSU Tigers. Their only loss was against the number 2 ranked Florida State Seminoles in a close 24-21 matchup. The Gators, however, were able to get their revenge against the Seminoles beating them 52-20 in the Sugar Bowl to win their first championship.

21. The 1992 Alabama Crimson Tide
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The 1992 Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama has been one of the most dominant football programs over the past 30 years. While there are many all-time great Alabama teams, the 1992 Team makes the list for their underdog status. Known for their defense, the Crimson Tide led the nation in defense. Coached by Gene Stallings, the team went 13-0, beating Florida 28-21 in the SEC Championship Game. The Tide then went on to win the 1993 National Football Championship beating the Miami Hurricanes 34-13 in the 1993 Sugar Bowl, putting the cap on their 100th anniversary of Alabama Football.

20. The 1976 Pittsburgh Panthers
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The 1976 Pittsburgh Panthers

With victories against powerhouse teams such as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Georgia Bulldogs, the Pittsburgh Panthers pretty much pummeled all of their opponents to win their first championship in over 40 years. Coached by Johnny Majors, and led by Heisman winner Tony Dorsett, the team was equally balanced on both offense and defensive. The Panthers defeated the Bulldogs pretty easily in their Sugar Bowl Championship matchup (with the Bulldogs only scoring a field goal), and were ranked number 1 nationally.

19. 2000 Oklahoma Sooners
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The 2000 Oklahoma Sooners

Representing the University of Oklahoma, the Sooners were another underdog team that caught the college football world by storm. Certainly, nobody expected the team to be champions after a 7-5 record the previous season. Coached by Bob Stoops (who was only in his second season with the team), the Sooners finished the regular season a perfect 12-0. The offense was led by Mark Mangino, while the defense was led by Torrance Marshall (who was selected in the third round of the 2001 NFL draft), and Rocky Calmus. After winning the Big 12 against Kansas State, the Sooners defeated the Florida State Seminoles in the 2001 Orange Bowl.

18. The 1969 Texas Longhorns
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18. The 1969 Texas Longhorns

Considered one of the best college football teams of all time, the 1969 Texas Longhorns Team powered their way to an 11-0 record. Along the way, the Longhorns beat the number 4 ranked Texas Tech Raiders, the number 8 ranked Oklahoma Sooners, and the number 2 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in what was considered the “game of the century.” The Longhorns were coached by Darrell Royal and led by team captain Bob McKay. Following their victory against the Razorbacks, the Longhorns then defeated the number 9 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

17. The 1947 Michigan Wolverines
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17. The 1947 Michigan Wolverines

Selected as the nation’s number one team at the end of the season, the 1947 Michigan Wolverines cruised to a perfect 10-0 record under head coach Fritz Crisler, outscoring their opponents 394-53, making it one of the widest scoring margins in collegiate football history. After easily securing the Big Ten, the Wolverines went on to absolutely destroy the USC Trojans in the 1948 Rose Bowl game, winning 49-0. The 1947 Wolverines team has since gone on to be considered the best team in Michigan Football History.

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16. The 1968 Ohio State Buckeyes

Considered to be among the best in OSU history, the 1968 Buckeyes were a force to be reckoned with. With players such as Jack Tatum, Rex Kern, and Jim Otis, the team was 10-0 under head coach Woody Hayes. The Buckeyes closed out the season with a win against their arch-nemesis Michigan, and defeated USC in the Rose Bowl, making it their last championship until 2002. 

15. The 1938 TCU Horned Frogs
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The 1938 TCU Horned Frogs

Led by Heisman quarterback Davey O’Brien, TCU produced one of the best seasons in the school’s history during the 1938 campaign. Coached by Dutch Meyer in his fifth year, the team went 11-0 during the regular season. O’Brien is considered one of the greatest college football players ever, and under his leadership, the Horned Frogs defeated the 6th ranked Carnegie Tech Tartans for the Sugar Bowl Championship.

14. The 2008 Florida Gators
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The 2008 Florida Gators

Led by head coach Urban Meyer, the 2008 Florida Gators team is recognized as another all-time great college football team. The Gators were led by one of the greatest college quarterbacks in CFB history in Tim Tebow and only lost one game the entire season. Some of their biggest regular-season victories came against LSU and Georgia, and the Gators went on to defeat Alabama in the Georgia Dome for the SEC Championship. After that, Florida defeated the number 2 ranked Oklahoma Sooners for the title in the BCS National Championship Game. 

13. The 2004 USC Trojans
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The 2004 USC Trojans

While the 2004-2005 title technically doesn’t exist in USC history anymore, the 2004 squad was still one of the best to take the college football field. Led by Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, the team went 11-0 under head coach Pete Carroll (who is now the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks). The season included victories against the California Golden Bears and the Arizona State Devils, and the Trojans went on to beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the BCS National Championship game making them one of the most talented teams on paper for the Sooners.

12. The 1924 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
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The 1924 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

You can call this team the “Luck of the Irish.” Featuring the Four Horsemen backfield (Jim Crowley, Harry Stuhldreher, Don Miller, and Elmer Layden), the team certainly made their mark on defense and finished the season with a 10-0 record under coach Knute Rockne. Their 10th victory was a Rose Bowl win over the Stanford Football Team making it their last bowl appearance until the 1969 season.

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11. The 1902 Michigan Wolverines

Going all the way back to 1902, the Michigan Wolverines went undefeated with an 11-0 record winning the Big Nine Championship. Coached by Fielding H. Yost, the team was an unstoppable offensive machine outscoring their opponents a whopping 644 to 12. The Wolverines scored more than 100 points on offense on two different occasions and averaged roughly 59 points per game. The offense was led by quarterback Boss Weeks, while halfback Albert E. Herrnstein was the team’s leading scorer. The Wolverines are recognized by many outlets as being the national champions for that 1902 season.

10. The 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions
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The 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions

This team is different from the others included in this list due to the fact that they didn’t actually win a championship. However, the 1994 Nittany Lions are considered one of if not the best team to not win a title. Coached by Joe Paterno, the Lions had a perfect 12-0 record. The team concluded their season with a win over the Oregon Ducks. Back then, however, the college football system was different in terms of how championships were awarded, and the championship was instead given by vote to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a now-controversial decision. Many still believe that the Lions should have at least been co-champions. Nevertheless, with a perfect record, and 3 players drafted in the NFL (Kyle Brady, Ki-Jana Carter, and Kerry Collins), the team is one of the best in school history.

9. The 1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers
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The 1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers

The 1971 Cornhuskers had no problems handling business during the 1971 Campaign. Under the tutelage of Bob Devaney, the Cornhuskers went 13-0 beating two teams in the top 10 rankings (The Colorado Buffaloes and the Oklahoma Sooners) and finished the year pummeling Alabama in the Orange Bowl 38-6. Nearly all of their wins were blowouts (with their biggest one coming against Kansas with a 55-0 defeat), and the team is one of the few to actually repeat as college football champions.

8. The 1972 USC Trojans
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The 1972 USC Trojans

Coached by John Mckay, the 72 Trojans were also very efficient in their offense, easily beating opponents Ohio State, Notre Dame, Washington, and UCLA (all of whom were ranked). That dominance led them to a perfect 12-0 record defeating the Buckeyes in the 1973 Rose Bowl 42-17. This Trojans team is also one of the all-time greats in team history, and produced an All-American in the tight end, Charlie Young.

7. 1956 Oklahoma Sooners
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1956 Oklahoma Sooners

Led by future hall of fame head coach Bud Wilkinson and standout quarterback Jim Harris, the Oklahoma Sooners put together one of the most cohesive seasons in team history during their 1956 Campaign. The Sooners were a perfect 10-0 and defeated the number 18 ranked Colorado Buffaloes. Oklahoma sealed the deal on December 1st, 1956, against Oklahoma A&M 53-0, repeating as national champions. 

6. 1979 Alabama Crimson Tide
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1979 Alabama Crimson Tide

Having had 6 championships to their name in 1979, many were wondering how the Crimson Tide could top themselves. The Tide found a way to do it during their 1979-1980 Season. Under the guidance of head coach Bear Bryant, Alabama cruised to a 12-0 record (with five of those wins being shutouts). Alabama finished the season as SEC Champions and went on to become national champions beating the Arkansas Razorbacks 24-9 en route to their 7th championship as an organization.

5. 2018 Clemson Tigers
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2018 Clemson Tigers

Coached by Dabo Swinney and led by star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the Clemson Tigers delivered one of the best seasons in the program’s history. After winning the quarterback battle against team veteran Kelly Bryant, Lawrence proved himself leading the Tigers to a 15-0 record (most of which were easy wins). The Tigers routed Alabama in the 2019 CFP National Championship beating them 44-16.

4. 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers
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1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers

Ranked number 1 nationally, the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers marched to a 12-0 record under head coach Tom Osborne. Looking to follow their 1994 success, the team beat the Kansas State Wildcats, the Colorado Buffaloes, and the Kansas Jayhawks (all of whom were ranked) during their season. The Cornhuskers closed the season by beating the number 2 ranked Florida Gators 62-24, earning them the 1995 NCAA Division I-A championship.

3. 2019 LSU Tigers
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2019 LSU Tigers

A perfect 15-0, the Tigers finished the season not only as the number one ranked team in the nation but also as the national champions. Coached by Ed Orgeron and led by Heisman winner Joe Burrow, the Tigers defeated Auburn, Alabama, and Georgia along the way, and found themselves in the college football playoffs where they beat the number 4 ranked Oklahoma, and the number 3 ranked Clemson for the championship. Offensively, the team set tons of records, and Burrow won the Heisman by the largest margin ever in history.

2. The 2005 Texas Longhorns
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The 2005 Texas Longhorns

With quarterback Vince Young leading the offense, the 2005 Texas Longhorns team remains one of the greatest. Coached by Mack Brown, the Longhorns went undefeated in a 13-0 campaign. Those wins included a beatdown versus the Colorado Buffaloes where the Longhorns won the Big Ten title 70-3 and a classic Rose Bowl showdown against USC where they defeated the Trojans 41-38.

1. The 2001 Miami Hurricanes
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The 2001 Miami Hurricanes

Most universally agree that the 2001 Miami Hurricanes team is the best college football team in college football history. Not only that, but the team had one of the best pools of talent ever seen. Led by head coach Larry Coker, the Hurricanes went 12-0 during the season. From there, they defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 37-14 to win the national championship. The Hurricanes are considered one of the most explosive collegiate teams ever, with 17 players being selected in the first round of future NFL drafts.

That concludes our list of the top greatest college football teams, while there are plenty of other honorable mentions, these are the teams we believe are in the top 25. With plenty more college football ahead, we could easily see more teams filling these slots in the future.

Sports Strength

UPNXT: Best Week 8 NFL Waiver Wire Pickups and Trading Card Moves

And then, there was one! Only one undefeated team remains in the NFL after seven weeks of football, as the Pittsburgh Steelers won the battle of the undefeated teams, narrowly knocking off the Tennessee Titans, 27-24. It’s difficult not to consider Pittsburgh as legitimate Super Bowl favorites with their strong play on both sides of the ball.

Another storied NFL franchise is experiencing the opposite fortune this season, as the Dallas Cowboys were blown out by the Washington Football Team, 25-3. The fact that Dallas couldn’t muster one touchdown with the likes of Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb on the roster, is alarming. And last, as if losing Dak Prescott for the season wasn’t bad enough, Andy Dalton exited the game early after a nasty hit to the head while sliding. This can’t be the way Cowboys’ fans saw the season playing out after inking head coach Mike McCarthy to a big contract.

Finally, we can’t talk about Week 7 without mentioning the explosive showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. Watching this game reminded me of the pointing Spider-Man meme, as Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray both passed for over 350 yards, attempted 45 or more passes, threw 3 TDs, and rushed for 60 or more yards. Murray out-dueled Wilson, handing the ‘Hawks their first loss of the season thanks to an overtime field goal by Zane Gonzalez. But the real star of the show was wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who posted an incredible line of 15 receptions, 200 yards, and three touchdowns! Oh, and DK Metcalf is fast…really fast.

This week, we have the start of a dolphin’s tale in Miami, a wide receiver with some bite in Cleveland, and a running back with a golden opportunity in San Francisco. Here’s who’s UPNXT in Week 8!

BONUS: Hang around until the end for a quick recap of last week’s picks!

NFL Week 8
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins
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In a sudden changing of the guard in Miami, veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick’s magic has run out. “The Beard” had been playing well for the Dolphins, so the news of Tua Tagovailoa taking over was a bit of a surprise. The vote of confidence from Miami’s coaching staff says a lot about how they feel about Tua’s progress as a pro. With fellow rookies Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert playing lights out this season, it’ll be interesting to see how Tua compares to his draft classmates.

Fantasy Ownership: At just 28% rostered, Tua is widely available in most fantasy leagues. He makes for a solid speculative addition to fantasy rosters if you can afford to clear out a spot on your bench. His next three opponents are the Rams, Cardinals, and a head-to-head matchup with fellow rookie Justin Herbert’s Chargers.

DFS: (DraftKings: $5,600, FanDuel: $6,800) vs. Rams Tua makes his first start against a stout and stingy Los Angeles Rams’ defense. The implied game total and spread aren’t available yet for this contest, but I can assure you that there are much better options at quarterback in DFS this week. I would completely fade Tua until he gets a couple of games under his belt.

Card Market Rating: Buy, however… This is such a polarizing buy, so proceed with caution. Tua’s prices are already sky-high in anticipation of what he COULD be. However, let’s all remember that he is coming off of a major injury and seems to always be banged up. IF he can stay healthy, he is going to be an absolute star. But that is a MAJOR if. He scares me. Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow seem to be the safer two quarterbacks in this class. However, if his injury issues are behind him, he may have the higher upside of the three. That excites me. 

Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns
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The injuries continue to pile up for some of the league’s best and brightest stars. Odell Beckham Jr. is the latest in what’s becoming a long list of players who have suffered season-ending injuries. In OBJ’s absence, Higgins proved himself more than capable as a fill-in, posting six catches for 110 yards. Higgins boasts adequate size at 6’1 and could soak up some of the red zone looks with both Beckham Jr. and Austin Hooper out for the Browns.

Fantasy Ownership: 0%. That’s it. That’s the number. Higgins is available in every league, so go get him and hope that Baker Mayfield continues playing as he did on Sunday.

DFS: (DraftKings: $4,200 FanDuel: $5,500) vs. Raiders The Browns host the Raiders in Week 8 in what is shaping up to be one of the highest-scoring games on the slate. With an implied game total of 54.5, with the Browns as underdogs, Higgins is squarely in play this weekend. I could see rostering David Carr, Nelson Agholor, then running it back with Rashard Higgins in a game stack. I prefer him on DraftKings slightly more thanks to the $1,300 discount.

Card Market Rating: Sell. It isn’t likely that you are a big owner of Higgins cards unless you are related to him, went to high school with him or you are a Colorado State fan, but a 26-year-old receiver who is getting extended playing time because of injury is not somebody to invest in. 

JaMycal Hasty, RB, San Francisco 49ers
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An undrafted rookie, JaMycal Hasty isn’t a household name…yet. Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, and Jeff Wilson are all banged up right now, which means the oft-injured Jerrick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty will need to shoulder the load for the Niners backfield. What catches my eye about Hasty, is for a guy who is just 5’8 and barely 200 pounds, he runs with physicality and looks for contact. He hits the hole with a noticeable burst, changes direction effortlessly with well-timed jump cuts, and plays bigger than his measurables would indicate. With San Francisco unable to stay healthy this year, adding Hasty to your squad makes a lot of sense.

Fantasy Ownership: Sticking with our 30% and below theme, Hasty is rostered in just 12% of fantasy leagues right now. He’s not a home run add by any means, but with running back being such a thin position in fantasy, he should be added this week as a dart throw.

DFS: (DraftKings: $5,000, FanDuel: $5,600) @ Seahawks I know the Seahawks were just lit up by the Cardinals, but Hasty is probably best left out of your daily fantasy lineups this week. If you’re playing in a 150 max entry tournament, it may be ok to have a small percentage of Hasty on your teams. Otherwise, he’s probably someone we should fade for now.

Card Market Rating: BUY! BUY! BUY! Hasty was an absolute beast at Baylor and is playing in one of the best offensive systems in the league. He is going to have a real opportunity to earn the #1 spot for years to come, and when you combine that with the extremely low entry point on his rookie cards, this is one of my favorite buys since we began this article. 

BONUS: Week 7 Recap
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Tim Patrick, WR, Denver Broncos

THE LINE: Receiving: 4 TGTS, 3 REC, 44 YDS

THE SCOOP: Broncos’ quarterback Drew Lock spread the ball around in this game, finding ten different receivers on the day. Denver’s tight ends were the most targeted pass catchers on the day, mostly limiting Patrick from repeating his recent success.

UPNXT vs Chargers: Tim Patrick gets a chance at redemption as the Broncos host Los Angeles this week. I view him as a low end WR3/FLEX option in this matchup.

Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

THE LINE: Rushing: 12 CAR, 46 YDS Receiving: 3 REC, 46 YDS, 1 TD

THE SCOOP: After a mostly quiet game, Scott managed to haul in a highlight reel TD catch to put the Eagles ahead late versus the Giants. If you started Scott, you’re probably a happy camper.

UPNXT vs Cowboys: With starter Miles Sanders expected to miss this game, Scott should find himself starting once again. If you’ve been paying attention, Dallas’ defense is terrible, so Scott makes for a solid RB3/FLEX play.

Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

THE LINE: Receiving: 2 TGTS, 1 REC, 12 YDS

THE SCOOP: This week was more of a sideline story for Cole. The Jaguars passing game has started to taper off recently, meaning Cole might be better off riding the pine than in your lineup.

UPNXT BYE Week: After the bye, Cole gets a soft matchup versus a very beatable Texans team that just allowed Devante Adams to catch 13 balls for 196 yards, and two tuddies.

Entrepreneurs Grind

Open Dialogue With the Co-Founder of Jupiter, Robbie Salter

As you all know, hair care can sometimes be a challenging process to nail down, and like other things in relation to the human body, sometimes issues can arise out of nowhere. One of those issues is, unfortunately, dandruff. According to SingleCare, nearly 50 million people in the United States suffer from some form of scalp discomfort, meaning it’s a lot more common than we think. That’s where Robbie Salter comes into play with Jupiter. The entrepreneur spoke with ONE37pm’s Phil Toronto about how he is navigating through the world of business.

To understand how Salter got to where he is today, you have to go all the way back to his undergrad years at the University of Michigan where he graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. That path led him to working behind the scenes as a digital media executive.

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So out of college, I spent six years working in the television and film industry. The first couple were for Jerry Bruckheimer, then the next few years were for another production company now called Whalerock.

Getting a Master’s Degree in Business is not a requirement to become a “Master of Business,” but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Salter received his Master’s degree from Northwestern University in 2013. Since then, Salter has served in various business roles for various companies, which has led him to starting his own business ventures. Salter is now the co-founder of Jupiter; a company determined to help its consumers beat scalp discomfort for good.

“Jupiter is the first elevated brand that targets discomfort, meaning irritation, scaling, and itchiness of the scalp. We are the first brand that looks good, smells good, and works really well. We are the new brand company on the scene trying to take down the perception that a dandruff shampoo needs to smell bad.”

It takes two to make a thing go right, and Salter joined forces with Jupiter co-founder Ross Goodhart to help bring his vision to light after his own personal struggles with finding a good dandruff product.

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“Once I started putting it out there in the world that I was thinking about my next chapter, I just had friends telling me about other people working on interesting things. A mutual friend connected me with Ross, and we just knew we had complementary skills. After a year of kicking around some ideas, we decided to go ahead with Jupiter. I think people really underestimated the importance of having a good business partner. It’s like a marriage. In some cases, it’s even more intense than getting married because with your marriage partner; you don’t see them until the end of the day, unfortunately. With your business partner, you are spending the bulk of the day with them in the trenches.”

Jupiter’s mission isn’t just to create nicely scented scalp relief products but also to destigmatize the narrative and embarrassment around scalp conditions.

“I started doing a bit of research and actually discovered that this is something that is super common. 50-70 percent of the world gets dandruff at some point in their lives, and 20 percent gets it chronically. I realized that if I’m having this problem and frustration with the products on the market, then other people must be as well. I looked into who owns the market share of this category, and low and behold there was a Goliath in Head and Shoulders, but I wasn’t afraid of being a David.”

A year later, Jupiter is building a reputation as one of the go-to scalp and dandruff companies. Its main objective is to educate consumers while providing them with a product that makes treatment easy and appealing. With a strong 2020, Salter is looking forward to an even better 2021. For more information on Salter’s journey and Jupiter, be sure to tune in to the full episode of Open Dialogue above, and be sure to use the promo code ONE37pm at the checkout for 10% off your next  purchase on the official Jupiter website.

Culture Trading Cards

‘Data Debates’: Russell Wilson 2012 Prizm vs. Lamar Jackson 2018 Prizm

Welcome back to our “Data Debates” series, in which we aim to help newcomers understand the process of evaluating supply and demand and identify which cards are overvalued vs undervalued. In our third installment, we will compare reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson’s 2018 Panini Prizm base rookie card against Russell Wilson’s 2012 Panini Prizm “Towel Down” base rookie card. 

(Note: All values and statistics are valid as of date of publishing. The opinions expressed in this article are that of the authors. Always do your own research before purchasing.)

The Case For Russell Wilson
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  • Super Bowl Champion (XLVIII)
  • Two Super Bowl Appearances
  • Second Team All-Pro (2019)
  • 7x Pro Bowler
  • NFL Rookie of the Year (2012)
  • TD/Int Ratio 246-71
  • Career Passer Rating 102.4
  • Most wins ever by an NFL QB through 7 seasons (75)

Russell Wilson was famously the 6th QB selected in the 2012 NFL draft, finally coming off the board in the 3rd round (75th overall). In his first training camp, Wilson beat out the newly acquired and high-priced veteran Matt Flynn for the starting job. He went on to win NFL Rookie of the Year after tying Peyton Manning’s record for most touchdowns thrown by a rookie. 

In 2013, Wilson led the Seahawks to their first Championship, routing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. 

As an encore, Wilson led the Seahawks back to the Super Bowl in 2014. With 25 seconds left in the game and Seattle only 1 yard away from winning their second straight trophy, head coach Pete Carroll decided to throw the ball instead of handing it to Marshawn Lynch, and Wilson was famously intercepted by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. 

The Seahawks haven’t been back to the big game since. However, Wilson has solidified himself as a top QB in the NFL, earning his first AP All-Pro selection after the 2019 season. 

Off the field, Wilson is married to singer Ciara and has had endorsement deals with companies such as Nike, Pepsi, Microsoft, Levi’s, Durcell, United Way and Bose, just to name a few. 

The Case For Lamar Jackson
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  • #1 on NFL Network “Top 100 Players of 2020” List
  • NFL 2019 MVP
  • First Team All-Pro (2019)
  • Pro Bowl (2019)
  • NFL Passing TD’s Leader 2019 (36)
  • Most Ever Rushing Yards in a Season (1,206)
  • Heisman Trophy (2016)
  • Maxwell Award (2016)
  • Walter Camp Award (2016)
  • AP College Player of the Year (2016)
  • Career Passer Rating 110.8

Lamar Jackson was selected by Baltimore with the 32nd overall pick, the final selection in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. He began his rookie season as Joe Flacco’s backup, but was elevated to starter after Flacco went down with a hip injury in week 9. Jackson went on to lead the Ravens to a 6-1 record down the stretch and clinch a wild-card spot, ultimately losing in the opening round to the San Diego Chargers. 

In 2019, Lamar took the league by storm, becoming only the second unanimous MVP selection in NFL history. The Ravens finished the season 14-2 and earned the #1 seed in the playoffs. However, in the Divisional Round, they were knocked out by the Tennessee Titans, and Lamar Jackson’s postseason record dropped to 0-2. 

Off the field, Jackson launched his own sportswear line named Era 8, and because of that has refused to sign any apparel endorsement deals (except with Oakley eyewear).

Examining the Data
Russell Wilson 2012 Panini Prizm Base (Towel Down)

PSA Population Report:

PSA 10 (264) PSA 9 (122) PSA 8 (7)

Current Value: 

PSA 10: $1775.00

PSA 10 Pop: 2615

Market Cap: $470,375


PSA 9: $677.94

PSA 9 Pop: 125

Market Cap: $84,742.50

Lamar Jackson 2018 Panini Prizm Base

PSA Population Report:

PSA 10 (496) PSA 9 (1827) PSA 8 (588)

Current Value: 

PSA 10: $1085

PSA 10 Pop: 499 

Market Cap: $541,415


PSA 9: $211.35

PSA 9 Pop: 1843

Market Cap: $389,518.05

What It All Means
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Lamar Jackson:

As the numbers above illustrate, the value of Lamar Jackson PSA 10 Prizm Base rookies have taken a huge 61.94% dip in the last 3 months. There are many factors in play that have led to this, most notably his 0-2 playoff record and (relatively) slow statistical start to the 2020 season. Also, the overall market is down since that August high. 

However, there are reasons for extreme optimism that Lamar’s value could be in line for a huge bounce back. 

  1. Lamar Jackson’s first full season was last year. He took his team to the playoffs and was named NFL MVP. By comparison, Russell Wilson has never even received a single 1st place MVP vote.
  2. The Ravens are currently 5-1 and very likely to be back in the playoffs, giving Jackson another opportunity to shine on the big stage in a couple of months.
  3. The Ravens skill position players are improved around Lamar, with rookies like JK Dobbins and Devin Duvernay flashing huge potential, while emerging players such as WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and TE Mark Andrews at the core of what should be an explosive offense for years to come.

Russell Wilson:

While Lamar Jackson’s card value has taken a dip, Russell Wilson’s is currently trending up. In the last 3 months, Wilson’s PSA 10 Base Prizm Rookie has seen a 17.16% rise despite the overall market being down a bit. 

Simply put, Russell Wilson is an absolute stud and one of the safest investments in the game. You know what you are getting with him year in and year out, and there is still plenty of meat on the bone. Why?

  1. As I previously mentioned, Wilson has never received a single MVP vote. One would imagine that he will eventually win one.
  2. On that MVP note, Wilson has thrown 22 TDs and only 6 INT’s so far this year. He is the favorite to win the award this year.
  3. The Seahawks are one of the favorites to make the Super Bowl this year. What happens to Wilson’s value if he adds another ring to his resume, and even greater if he wins a Super Bowl MVP and NFL MVP in the same season?
  4. The emergence of DK Metcalf gives Russell Wilson one of the most unique weapons in the game. Combine that with the sure hands of Tyler Lockett and Wilson has the best weapons to throw the ball to in his career.
Why the 2012 Prizm “Towel Down” Base Card?
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It is also important to note why I chose WIlson’s 2012 “Towel Down” Prizm instead of his more common Topps Chrome 2012 “Stands in the Background” Rookie Card.

2012 was the first year of Prizm Football and Panini produced a relatively small number of cards in this set. With the upcoming release of Panini Prizm 2020 Football and hobby boxes pre-selling for over $1000/each, it’s my opinion that the buzz surrounding the release will further stamp Prizm as “the product” to collect in the football market. Combine that with such low population of these cards, collectors could very well be stumbling over each other to purchase any and all that are on the market. This is a game of supply and demand. There are 760 PSA 10’s and 632 PSA 9’s of the Topps Chrome rookie compared to 264 PSA 10’s and 122 PSA 9’s of his Prizm rookie.

There is also a Russell Wilson “Towel Up” variation (pictured above) in the 2012 Prizm set, but the population is extremely low, with only 36 PSA 10’s and 39 PSA 9’s on the market. That said, this is also a very interesting card to look out for if you can find one. The most recent PSA 10 sold for only $2000, giving a market cap on this card of only $72,000. In addition, there is a “Towel Down” Silver variation with a PSA population of only 12. The most recent sale of this card as a PSA 10 closed at $11,600.  

Who Is The Better Investment?
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

This is actually a tough one because I really like investing in BOTH of these quarterbacks. It truly depends on what your strategy is. If you want to make a safe play, there should be very little downside to Russell Wilson in the coming years. He already has a Super Bowl ring. He has little-to-no risk of any sort of off the field drama. He plays for one of the most stable organizations in professional sports. 

When deciding who to invest in, the question should always be “who is more undervalued?” and not, “who is the better player?”. 

With Lamar Jackson currently selling at such a dip, if you are a believer that Lamar Jackson can win playoff games not just this year, but in the coming years, he is a solid buy. If you think that Russell Wilson is primed to potentially win another Super Bowl and get his first MVP this year, he is also a solid buy. 

To further illustrate why I love both quarterbacks at their current value, 2017 PSA 10 Patrick Mahomes Silver Prizm rookies currently sell for $5600 with a PSA population of 831. The PSA 9’s sell for $1299.36 with a PSA population of 1574. That sets the market cap for his PSA 10’s at $4.6 million and PSA 9’s at $2.045 million. 

Should Patrick Mahomes market cap for his PSA 10’s be 10x Russell Wilson’s and over 7x what Lamar Jackson is? Probably not, but we will dive more into that debate in a future article.   

With all of that said, my favorite play here is actually Russell Wilson “Towel Down” Prizm PSA 9‘s. If you examine the total PSA populations and their values, the numbers are much closer on the PSA 10’s where Wilson has a market cap of $470,375 while Jackson’s is $541.415. However, on the PSA 9’s, Wilson has a market cap of only $84,742.50, while Jackson’s is $389,518.05. It seems that with such a low population of PSA 9 Wilson’s (125) compared to Jackson’s (1843), that these cards are extremely undervalued.

Patrick Mahomes PSA 9 market cap is about half of his PSA 10 cap. Lamar’s PSA 9 market cap is actually a little more than half. So why exactly is Russell Wilson’s PSA 9 market cap less than 20% of his PSA 10 cap, especially with such a low population?

It makes no sense to me either.