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Elton’s Weekly Wrestling High Spots and Botches: May 23-30

This is your boy El here trying something new for the wrestling crowd. Every week, I’ll be taking a look at the big goings-on that take place inside and outside the squared circle. The wrestling landscape is always rife with massive triumphs and devastating losses that get chat rooms all across the internet talking. This is why I figured it’d be cool to cover all the madness (shout out to the “Macho Man”) that transpires on all the big shows and even the international ones. I’m here to remind you of (or make you aware of) the memorable high spots and cringe-inducing botches of the week in wrestling.

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High Spots: Let me drop a statement in here that shouldn’t shock a single soul – WWE Raw is a complete chore to sit through and usually takes the “honor” of being the worst wrestling show on a weekly basis. Funny how the one week I tune in to get ready for this wrap-up, I get treated to a halfway decent episode for once. Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre was a fun time until it got disrupted by run-in shenanigans, Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka was unsurprisingly good, Shelton Benjamin vs. Cedric Alexander was solid, and Matt Riddle vs. Xavier Woods got the extended time it needed to deliver a notable gem.

We’re getting Drew vs. Kofi again next week. And this time it’s going to be for the #1 Contender’s spot against WWE Champion Bobby Lashley at Hell in a Cell. If that match is half as good as what we got on this episode of Raw, then we’re in for a special treat. Here’s hoping Kofi ekes out the win and gets another chance to showcase his excellence at the top of the card. Oh, and before I forget, Nikki Cross reappeared and actually got a win! It was because the Beat the Clock Challenge’s time ran out, but still…CRAZY NIKKI IS BACK!

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Botches: Is Jaxson Ryker truly capable of putting on a watchable match? I say no since he couldn’t even look halfway decent in a match against the incomparable AJ Styles. AJ can practically have a good match with anyone, but he just can’t get anything out of the walking bore that is Jaxson Ryder. How that man managed to dodge the previous week’s round of releases is beyond me.

I really want to enjoy what’s going on between Sheamus and Humberto Carrillo, but their matches haven’t really hit like I figured they would. The match they had on this edition of Raw was super meh and pretty insignificant. As for the Women’s Tag Team Championship main event, you couldn’t pay me to care about any of the four women that were a part of it. And as someone that used to care immensely about Shayna’s NXT Women’s Championship run, that statement pains me to say out loud. Nia Jax is straight NyQuil, plus Tamina & Natalya have been around so long that it’s hard to garner any interest from me whenever they’re involved in anything.

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High Spots: Ay that Franky Monet theme kinda slaps, doesn’t it? She made quite the first impression with her dominant victory over Cora Jade. NXT has the best women’s division in all of wrestling right now and it just got even stronger with the welcome addition of the woman formerly known as Taya Valkyrie. Speaking of the NXT women’s division, props go out to Shotzi Blackheart, Ember Moon, Dakota Kai, and Raquel Gonzalez for putting on a spirited tag team contest at the start of the show. Plus I was happy to see Mercedes Martinez maintain her spot as one of the most dangerous members of the NXT roster via her easy win. While I despise Eli Drake’s name change, the prospect of him linking up with Ted DiBiase excites me.

Pete Dunne and Bobby Fish went out of their way to beat the ever-loving you know what out of each other to my delight. And I definitely have to send a shout to Finn Balor and Karrion Kross for ending this episode on a high note with their brutal NXT Championship match. If I’m a betting man, I’m banking on Kyle O’Reilly winning next week’s #1 contender match and getting the chance to square up with Kross at NXT TakeOver: In Your House. Kyle always goes out of his way to put on a banger, so I’m hoping he prevails and pulls up on Kross with pure destruction on his mind. As for who I think will win next week’s NXT Tag Team Championship match, I’m going all-in on MSK. NXT rarely disappoints and that was surely the case here.

Botches: None to speak of, honestly…

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Impact Wrestling

High Spots: Kenny Omega and Moose are on a collision course as far as the Impact World Championship is concerned. And judging by both men’s past performances as of late, that match is most likely going to pure heat. It was pretty wild seeing Moose link up with Sami Callihan as they’re the farthest from each other in terms of looks and personality. But it made sense since they decided to enter into their short-lived alliance to clash with the Good Brothers. That was a nice piece of work from everyone involved there. The man formerly known as Big Cass dropped off an impassioned promo, which was cool to see. Rich Swann made sure to stop by and drop off some Sweet Chin Music on the big guy, so they’re obviously beefing for the time being.

Josh Alexander’s X-Division Championship run has been a joy to watch thus far – that trend looks to continue as he’s going to take on TJP in an Iron Man Match for the title next week. The tag match that led to that big contest getting booked was pretty solid in its own right. Shout out to NJPW’s unabashed lover of all things bread and lariats, Satoshi Kojima. My man popped up way earlier than expected to put the fear of God into Violent by Design. Kojima vs. Joe Doering is now official for Against All Odds and I’m totally here for it.

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Botches: Okay so I rock with Taurus. But I could care less about the rest of the Decay lineup. Johnny Swinger’s act is pure cornball material and Hernandez hasn’t mattered to me since his short run in Lucha Underground. So you can probably tell I was bored to tears during the tag team match those four men had in the middle of the show (you looked good as always though, Taurus!). The Knockouts Division is loaded, for sure. But I really only care about Jordynne Grace and…well damn, that’s about it! So I definitely sat on my hands during that multi-women ten-women tag. My complete apathy for a few of the Impact Wrestling’s roster members really hurts my enjoyment of the show most of the time…

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WWE SmackDown

High Spots: The Uso Penitentiary has officially reopened! Jimmy and Jey Uso commemorated that special occasion by having a pretty solid comeback match with the Street Profits. I never knew I wanted to see that match until now. Hoping to see it go down again at some point. Seth Rollins’ promo didn’t do a whole lot for me, but I continue to be one of the few people that appreciate his eccentric choices in fashion. 

Shinsuke Nakamura entering the ring to Rick Boogs’ custom theme song rendition is something I can totally get down with. And watching Nakamura engage in a quick sprint with Chad Gable was pretty cool, too. The main event was buns, but we got a tease for The Usos locking up with the Mysterio clan at some point. And you know what? That definitely excites me. And finally, Roman Reigns offered another one of his weekly “Tribal Chief” sermons, which is always a plus.

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Botches: WWE is still trying to make Natalya and Tamina a thing. And frankly, I’m just not buying any of it. They’ve been around forever and amount to nothing more than old hat at this point. I would have loved to have seen The Riott Squad trip them up for the Women’s Tag Team titles, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Bianca Belair’s my girl, but I’m really not tryna see her have any more matches with Carmella. And based on what we got from the SmackDown Women’s Champion and Bayley at last month’s PPV, I feel the exact same way about the rematch between them that was teased on this episode. 

Apollo Crews vs. Kevin Owens being related to nothing more than some short angle advancement was quite lame. And the main event between Dominik Mysterio and the Dirty Dawgs was pretty lackluster – turning the original tag team contest it was supposed to be into a Handicap match and having it end on a dumb distraction finish was just…ugh.

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High Spots: Friday Night Dynamite was totally a thing last week (it’s also going to happen this week too due to the NBA taking over its Wednesday time slot once again). And man was it nice to see and hear a full crowd of wrestling fans in the house! The fans in attendance came alive for the usual suspects – Darby Allin, Sting, a bloodied Adam Page, the Dark Order, and Britt Baker got the best reactions of the night. The match quality on this show got an extra jolt in the arm thanks to the rabid crowd (they especially added a lot of life to Miro’s destruction of Dante Martin).

Three cheers for Hikaru Shida looking luxurious, the unveiling of the new AEW Women’s Championship, and Britt Baker’s powerful promo. The Dark Order looked pretty damn good against Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page. And I damn sure got a good laugh out of Sting pulling off his old gimmick of wearing his own mask just to surprise his opponent by revealing it’s him underneath it. Closing the show with some strong words from the Inner Circle, a Dean Malenko kidnapping, and dual piledrivers through tables on a football field was pretty hype.

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Botches: Yo that weigh-in segment was completely unnecessary and didn’t really amount to much. The same can be said about the feud between Cody Rhodes and Anthony Ogogo, to be quite honest. And what was up with all the technical errors on this episode? A commercial break skipped an excellent Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston promo (which was thankfully shown in full when the show came back from break), Miro’s mic didn’t work at first, Paul Wight took forever and a day to pull off a weigh-in, and Tony Schiavone looked like he had some difficulty getting that women’s belt around Shida. TIGHTEN UP, AEW!

Random Rumblings Around the Squared Circle

High Spots: You know what shocked the hell outta me? That Dark Side of the Ring episode about the Ultimate Warrior. It wasn’t the total hit piece I figured it would be. That episode definitely delved into some of the more negative aspects of the big guy, but it also showcased the more positive moments he shared with his wife and detailed his heartfelt comeback to WWE in 2014. Great episode as always. That whole WWE/NJPW working relationship rumor is wild, isn’t it? If that deal ever comes to pass, I’d pay top dollar to watch Roman Reigns test his luck against Tomohiro Ishii and R-Truth do his best to out-funny Toru Yano.

AEW Double or Nothing 2021 was a damn good show, by the way. Stadium Stampede was a fun thrill ride, the Three-Way Match for the AEW World Championship had me on the edge of my seat, Britt Baker finally won the Women’s title, and Jungle Boy surprisingly prevailed during the Casino Battle Royale. Plus we got surprise appearances from Lio Rush and Mark Henry. The live crowd added so much life to the show and damn did it feel good to see them have a ball for close to four hours.

Botches: Tom Phillips getting released sucks. And by the looks and sounds of it, a whole lot of other WWE personnel got their walking papers right alongside him. Good luck to Tom and everyone else that lost their jobs last week.

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The Top 20 NFL Free Agent Quarterbacks and Where They’re Going Next

The second that the final whistle blows on any team’s season, whether that come during week 17 or the Super Bowl, coaches and executives immediately begin thinking about what comes next. Where can this team improve? Who should we draft? Many important questions linger, maybe none more so than who will be under center as the quarterback. Some teams like the Kansas City Chiefs don’t have that problem, but other teams must look at who the free-agent quarterbacks and if they are worth pursuing.

Several free-agent quarterbacks were on the market this past offseason, and some were scooped up relatively quickly. Players like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Andy Dalton were signed to be starters (although Dalton has since likely lost that job after the Bears drafted Justin Fields), while others such as Mitchell Trubisky will play the backup role.

Who were the biggest free-agent quarterback signings this year? Let’s take a look at the top 20 biggest moves from 2021.

1. Ryan Fitzpatrick-Washington Football Team
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Signed with Washington Football Team for $10 million, $6 million guaranteed

Perhaps the most well-known journeyman in NFL history, Ryan Fitzpatrick is entering his 17th season. And much like Omni-Man from Amazon’s Invincible, the man only seems to be getting better as he ages. After playing the past two seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Fitzpatrick signed a one-year contract with the Washington Football Team to likely be its new starting quarterback following the retirement of Alex Smith.

2. Andy Dalton-Chicago Bears
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Signed with the Chicago Bears for $10 million, $6 million guaranteed

Andy Dalton, aka the Red Rocket or Red Rifle, spent most of his career as the franchise QB for the Cincinnati Bengals but spent last season with the Dallas Cowboys. He was forced into the starting role when Dak Prescott got injured and was having an okay season until he, too, was injured.

He was signed by the Chicago Bears this offseason in a move that people assumed would make him the starting QB. The Bears even confirmed this right after he was signed in a tweet that was promptly roasted when the team went on to draft Justin Fields.

3. Dak Prescott-Dallas Cowboys
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Signed extension with Dallas Cowboys for a four-year deal worth $160 million with $126 million guaranteed.

While technically not a free agent, there was a real possibility that Dak Prescott would not be suiting up as a Cowboy again, unless the two sides could reach an extension. Despite his brutal injury that took him out of the 2020 season, Prescott got his money when he signed an absolutely massive extension with the Cowboys, worth $160 million, complete with a $66 million signing bonus, the highest in NFL history.

4. Cam Newton-New England Patriots
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Re-signed with the New England Patriots for a one-year deal worth up to $13.6 million

The former NFL MVP had an up and down debut season with the Patriots, starting out hot but following a COVID-19 diagnosis in the middle of the year, quickly began to fade. He would see himself benched at points for backup QB Jarrett Stidham and many questioned whether the Patriots would bring him back for another year.

The Patriots ended up giving Newton another one-year deal and it will see Cam battling new draft pick Mac Jones for the starting job in 2021.

5. Jameis Winston-New Orleans Saints
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Re-signed with the New Orleans Saints on a one-year deal worth $12 million

Ah yes, famous Jameis, the player who shows that he deserves to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, while at the same time puts on performances that would make Nate Peterman blush.

He spent this year as the backup to Drew Brees but was surprisingly skipped over for Taysom Hill when Brees got injured. He did see some playing time throughout the year but never started as the quarterback. On his best day, Winston is probably the best backup quarterback in the league and the Saints were smart to re-sign him.

6. Tyrod Taylor-Houston Texans
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Signed with the Houston Texans for a one-year deal worth $5.5 million.

Taylor began last season as the Los Angeles Chargers starting quarterback but was injured during pre-game warmups before their week 3 contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. To make matters worse, his lung was accidentally punctured by a Chargers team doctor causing him to miss more time. Justin Herbert took over the starting job and went on to have an incredible rookie season and Taylor served as his backup.

Taylor went on to sign with the Houston Texans on a one-year deal, where he may serve as the team’s starter, given DeShaun Watson’s recent sexual assault allegations.

7. Mitchell Trubisky-Buffalo Bills
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Signed with the Buffalo Bills on a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.

Mitchell Trubisky may always have the unfortunate luck of being “the guy the Bears passed up on Patrick Mahomes for.” Trubisky had an up and down career with the Bears but after leading the team to the playoffs last season it looked like Chicago was ready to move on.

The Bears elected to not pick up Trubisky’s fifth-year option and he signed with the Bills to backup Josh Allen in Buffalo.

8. Jacoby Brissett-Miami Dolphins
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Signed with the Miami Dolphins on a one-year contract worth $5 million.

Originally serving as Tom Brady’s backup in New England, Brissett was then brought to Indianapolis to backup Andrew Luck. Following Luck’s abrupt retirement in 2019, Brissett stepped into the starting role where he put up a stat line of 2,942 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, and six interceptions to go along with 228 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns across 15 games.

The Colts signed Philip Rivers in 2020 and Brissett served as his backup and following that season, he signed with Miami.

9. Joe Flacco-Philadelphia Eagles
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Signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Is Joe Flacco elite? It’s a question that has plagues mankind for centuries and will be debated by scholars for centuries to come.

Serving as Sam Darnold’s backup in New York for 2020, Flacco was forced to step in as the starter for four games after Darnold injured his shoulder. In the games that he played, Flacco proved that he can still sling it, often looking better than Darnold in his games. At the end of the year, the Jets elected to not re-sign him and Flacco signed a contract with the Eagles.

10. Mike Glennon-New York Giants
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Signed with the New York Giants on a one-year deal worth $1.35 million.

Following an incredibly strange year in Jacksonville, which saw Glennon enter and exit the starting position multiple times, the quarterback found himself as a free agent.

The Giants, needing someone to back up starting QB Daniel Jones, found a prime target in Glennon, who signed the quarterback on a one-year deal.

11. C.J. Beathard-Jacksonville Jaguars
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Signed with the Jaguars on a two-year, $5 million contract.

C.J. Beathard is a backup-level quarterback who spent the majority of last splitting reps with Nick Mullens after starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo was injured. Beathard was definitely a benefactor of Kyle Shanahan’s offensive scheme but is certainly a capable backup Quarterback. He signed with Jacksonville where he will serve as rookie Trevor Lawrence’s backup.

12. Blake Bortles-Green Bay Packers
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Signed a one-year contract with the Green Bay Packers for $1.1 million.

Once thought to be Jacksonville’s franchise quarterback, Bortles has bounced around the league since 2018, playing with the Los Angeles Rams twice and Denver, now landing in Green Bay. Along with Jordan Love, he will serve as Aaron Rodgers’s backup, that is, unless, Rodgers’s conflict with the front office forces him to another team.

13. Brian Hoyer-New England Patriiots
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Re-signed with the Patriots on a one-year contract

The Patriots signed journeyman quarterback Brian Hoyer for a third time prior to the 2020 season, where he served as Cam Newton’s backup. When Newton was diagnosed with COVID-19 and sidelined, Hoyer stepped in as the starter but struggled immensely and was replaced by Jarret Stidham.

14. Alex Smith-Retired
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One of the all-time great NFL comeback stories, Alex Smith returned to the field in 2020 after a devastating injury in 2018 that nearly resulted in him getting his leg amputated.

He returned in 2020 and had an average season, playing in eight games, and following the end of the year, he was released by the Washington Football Team. A month later, and after a 15-year NFL career, Smith elected to retire.

15. A.J. McCarron-Atlanta Falcons
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Signed with the Atlanta Falcons on a one-year deal worth $1.2 million.

Drafted in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, McCarron has spent much of his career as a backup and has not received much playing time. Last year with the Texans he entered the week 14 game when DeShaun Watson was briefly injured, but was sacked on his lone play.

He heads to Atlanta now to, presumably, back up Matt Ryan.

16. Geno Smith-Seattle Seahawks
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Re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year deal worth $1.2 million.

Serving as Russell Wilson’s backup quarterback since 2019, the former second-round draft pick played in one game in 2020, replacing Wilson in a blowout victory over the team that drafted him, the New York Jets.

He re-signed with Seattle upon completion of the 2020 season.

17. Blaine Gabbert-Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Re-signed with Tampa Bay on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.

Another journeyman quarterback, Gabbert served as the backup to the GOAT himself, Tom Brady. Given the success that Tampa Bay had, Gabbert saw playing time in four different games and earning himself a second contract with the Buccaneers.

18. Tim Boyle-Detriot Lions
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Signed with the Detroit Lions on a one-year deal worth $2.4 million.

Originally signing with Green Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2018, Boyle has served as the Packers’ third-string quarterback since then. He backed up Aaron Rodgers, DeShone Kizer, and Jordan Love during his time there, and was made an unrestricted free agent in March 2021.

He proceeded to sign a one-year deal with the Packers’ rival Detriot Lions.

19. Colt McCoy-Arizona Cardinals
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Signed with the Arizona Cardinals on a one-year deal worth $1.2 million.

Colt McCoy has bounced around the NFL since first entering the league in 2010. Since then he has earned a reputation as one of the league’s more reliable backup quarterbacks.

This offseason, he signed a contract to back up Kyler Murray with the Arizona Cardinals.

20. Nick Mullens-Free Agent
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Currently a free agent.

Along with C.J. Beathard, Nick Mullens served as the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback for much of the 2020 season when Jimmy Garropolo was injured. He had an up and down year, finishing the season with 2,437 yards passing, 12 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

The 49ers elected not to re-sign him and he is currently a free agent.

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The 13 Best Microphones For Gaming

As streaming grows in popularity and the average person becomes more likely to want to have an actual setup to game with, the need for better quality equipment also increases. It’s all well and good having a basic headset with a microphone that plugs into your controller or PC and they’ll certainly do the job well enough for most, but for those that want premium sound quality not only into their headphones but into other people’s, the options for a gaming microphone can feel endless.

This is a good problem to have though, especially when you have an idea of what each one offers. To help you out, below we’ve compiled an alphabetical list of just over a dozen of some of the best gaming microphones on the market today. But first, just to bring you up to speed on what features a microphone has and what differentiates one microphone from another, here’s a little crash course on some terminology.


A pair of terms that you’ll come across a lot in your quest for the perfect gaming microphone are USB and XLR. We all pretty much know about the former, but what is XLR?

XLR (external line return) microphones capture an analog signal and their connectors look different to USB ports. Essentially, more high-end microphones will be XLR mics. There are advantages and disadvantages to anything though, and to balance out the better quality and flexibility that comes with an XLR mic, you will need other equipment to support it. They’re also a little more expensive. There are just two XLR microphones on the list.

Polar pattern

When you’re searching for different microphones, you might have come across these strange diagrams that look like random, irregular shapes inside of circles. These are called polar patterns, or pickup patterns. What they’re showing you is basically a top-down view of where exactly the microphone is going to pick sound up from. A standard cardioid polar pattern is the most common and is going to work well in most cases, but depending on the environment around you, perhaps you’ll need something different. Every single one of the microphones on our list offers cardioid, with some offering two or three more options, just in case you need them at any point.

Dynamic vs. Condenser

One last thing to consider is whether your microphone is a dynamic mic or a condenser mic. A dynamic mic is basically used to pick up louder sounds as it can handle those frequencies better. As a result, it’s not as sensitive to quieter sounds. Condenser mics are a little more expensive, but they pick up quieter and more complex sounds much better. Of course, unless you’re constantly screaming into the mic, you don’t need a dynamic mic, which is why condenser mics take up the vast majority of this list.

1. Audio-Technica AT2020
Best feature: Advanced but simple

Type: Condenser

Connector: XLR

Polar pattern: Cardioid

The Audio-Technica AT2020 is a great choice for someone that wants something that’s somewhat entry level, while still being advanced and premium quality. It picks up audio very well with a warm sound. Of course, it is an XLR microphone so you will need to get an XLR cable and a mixer to go along with it. If you’re interested in this mic but want a USB connector to avoid the extra hassle and expenses that come with an XLR, the Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ is definitely worth checking out.

Buy now, $99
2. Beyerdynamic FOX
Best feature: Great vocal tone
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Type: Condenser

Connector: USB

Polar pattern: Cardioid

Beyerdynamic is a name known to audiophiles for their great product selection. One of their headphones even made our list for the best options under $200. You can check that out here. The Beyerdynamic FOX is a great option for incredible quality from a USB microphone, arguably the best on the market. The FOX has been applauded for having the same quality as what you can expect from a studio level microphone and its 96 KHz/24-bit quality means it can even be used for recording music. That means it’ll handle you while gaming perfectly fine.

Buy now, $129
3. Blue Snowball iCE
Best feature: Good value for money

Type: Condenser

Connector: USB

Polar pattern: Cardioid

The Blue Snowball iCE is widely considered to be the best microphone that comes at the cross section of being cheap and having good enough audio for the money you’re paying. No, you won’t get much glamour for the money. – the Snowball iCE doesn’t come with any any added features or physical controls – but that’s the sacrifice you’re making for such a low price point. This is one of the easiest mics out there to use because it’s plug and play and it comes with its own tripod that you can simply prop up on a desk. It’s also portable, weighing just 460 grams.

Buy now, $70
4. Blue Yeti X
Best feature: Options for different polar patterns
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Type: Condenser

Connector: USB

Polar pattern: Cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, stereo

As its name suggests, the Blue Yeti X is a sort of upgrade from the Blue Yeti. By all accounts, if you already have the original, there’s no real need to upgrade. But if you’re in the market for a first time buy, it’s tough to go wrong here. The Yeti X’s best feature is that it has a dial which allows you to switch between different polar patterns and this could come in handy depending on how many different environments you game in. The front panel is also LED-lit which gives it a slick look. Blue’s Blue Vo!ce software allows you to adjust the tone. There’s more features here than most casual users will ever need.

Buy now, $149
5. eBerry Plug And Play
Best feature: Cheap and easy to use

Connector: USB

This microphone really does what it says on the tin. In this extremely low price range, there isn’t a better option on the market. The eBerry Plug And Play is good enough if all you need covered are the absolute basics, but for anything more than that you will need to spend a little bit more money. It will provide listenable audio for people you’re gaming with just like any microphone that comes with a decent headset.

Buy now, $8
6. Elgato Wave:3
Best feature: Great software comes integrated

Type: Condenser

Connector: USB

Polar pattern: Cardioid

A lot of this list is going to be great entry level options that are good purchases for people who want a microphone even though they only game casually or are new to it. Some of those might even act as premium level mics. But the Elgato Wave:3 is one of the most premium mics on the market. It’s easy to use, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks in many departments. The Wave:3’s digital audio mixer supports up to 8 channels of audio and it integrates with the popular Elgato stream deck, if that’s your thing. All of this means it’s great for streaming, but if you’re just someone who needs a mic to game with but want to spend a little more because you get what you pay for, you can’t go wrong here either. If you want to spend a little less but like the look of this, try the Wave:1.

Buy now, $209
7. FIFINE K668
Best feature: Good budget microphone

Type: Condenser

Connector: USB

Polar pattern: Cardioid

Another good budget option is the FIFINE K668. It comes with a tripod and not a lot of extra equipment or software for you to fuss over. It should be mentioned that while the microphone is labelled as having the standard cardioid polar pattern, it acts more like an omnidirectional because it can pick up some background noise here and there. It’s also worth noting though that this microphone is not compatible with Xbox, but it does support Windows, Mac and PlayStation.

Buy now
8. HyperX Quadcast
Best feature: Perfect for streaming

Type: Condenser

Connector: USB

Polar pattern: Cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, stereo

It’s impossible to do research on the best microphones on the market for gaming and not come across the HyperX Quadcast or some variation of it. It’s either in first or second place when you talk about USB microphones for gaming and if all you want to do with it is talk through it with friends while you game, in all honesty, it’s likely overqualified. For those gamers that want to get into streaming though, the Quadcast is perfect. It has a great design, multiple polar patterns, an internal pop filter and a good mute button.

Buy now, $167
9. JLab Talk
Best feature: Budget microphone that still offers multiple polar patterns

Type: Condenser

Connector: USB

Polar pattern: Cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, stereo

The JLab Talk is far from the most expensive microphone on this list, but it’s not the cheapest either. For that mid-range price though, it does offer multiple polar patterns with its three condenser capsules. With that being said, it’s unlikely you’ll ever need more than one polar pattern in your setup, so think twice if you’re considering paying a little more than you would for a cheaper microphone for something you won’t use anyway. If you want some of the cool extra features that this offers and some more, you could splurge a little more too.

Buy now, $40
10. Mackie EM-91CU
Best feature: Great large condenser mic

Type: Condenser

Connector: XLR

Polar pattern: Cardioid

One of the few XLR microphones on this list, Mackie’s 91CU from their EleMent series is one of the better large diaphragm condenser mics on the market at this price point. There’s really not so much to say about it other than the fact that it performs considerably well in pretty much all areas. It’s tough to pay what you’re paying here and be disappointed.

Buy now, $80
11. MAONO AU-A04
Best feature: Great starter kit for first time buyers

Type: Condenser

Connector: USB

Polar pattern: Cardioid

The MAONO AU-A04 comes with a shock mount, a boom arm, a foam windscreen and a pop filter, a very impressive range accessories for a microphone that doesn’t ask for too much from your wallet. There’s no need to go and buy any additional pieces of equipment here, even items that some would consider luxury are already standard with this package. Another surprise is that the design is made of metal, although there are no onboard controls. Also, the extended frequency doesn’t work as well as you’d like, although sticking to 48kHz should do the job for you.

Buy now, $45
12. Razer Seiren Elite
Best feature: Cancels background noise well

Type: Dynamic

Connector: USB

Polar pattern: Cardioid

If you’re into gaming, then you already know the respect that the name Razer has in the community. The Seiren Elite is considered one of the best USB microphones on the market and it’s one of the few dynamic mics we would still recommend for gaming, which is why it’s the only one on this list. The high-pass filter works great to cancel out background noise and another great touch is the LED peaking indicator which warns you if you’re being too loud. Just like the HyperX Quadcast and some of the other more expensive options on this list, it’s probably best suited for streaming, but if your budget allows for it, you won’t regret Razer’s Seiren Elite. If it doesn’t, try another option on the list or the Seiren Mini.

Buy now, $269
13. Samson G-Track PRO
Best feature: Supports a second audio source

Type: Condenser

Connector: USB

Polar pattern: Cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional

Arguably one of the best USB microphones around, the Samson G-Track PRO feels like a studio microphone with its heavy, premium build. It weighs 1.6KG and is made of diecast zinc. It’s going to cover gaming perfectly, but if you want the option of being able to record a podcast while sitting across from someone, the bidirectional polar pattern is perfect. If you ever feel like you might record a song, it does also support vocals and instrument tracks being recorded at the same time. You don’t have to pay a ton for having those options down the line either.

Buy now, $130
NFT Sports

LaMelo Ball Announces Dynamic NFT Project Tied to His NBA Accomplishments

If you watched the Charlotte Hornets at all this year, you know LaMelo Ball is going to be around for the long haul. The electrifying newcomer to the NBA is one of the finalists for Rookie of the Year; couple that with his family’s already prominent position in NBA culture and it’s clear that Ball will be a mainstay of the basketball landscape for years to come.

With numerous artists and athletes getting into the NFT game over the past few months, creators have to be thoughtful about how they can create a project that builds community and will continue to evolve, rather than just being a one-off event. LaMelo is doing just that; he announced his project today, but the actual drop won’t occur until next Friday, June 4th. As of now, Ball and his team are building a community in the player’s discord channel so that, by the time of the drop, there’s already an involved community surrounding his foray into the space.

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Let’s get into the actual project. Ball’s first NFT capsule was created by Playground, in partnership with Ether Cards and Chainlink. What makes it so cool is how dynamic the NFTs are and the means by which each asset can evolve depending on what happens in the young player’s career. LaMelo is launching a collection of 10,000 NFTs, consisting of 9,500 Standard NFTs with three classes of rarity, as well as 500 Evolve Edition NFTs. Each of these NFTs will contain unique artwork, attributes and perks, such as special artist renditions, exciting highlight-reels, random fan rewards, and opportunities to interact with LaMelo himself.

The Evolve tokens are so sick. Powered by Chainlink’s VRF and Oracle Network technology, holders of the Evolve Edition NFTs will be entered into verifiably random lotteries for highly-curated memorabilia—including in-game shoes, custom arm-sleeves, and his high school championship ring. As far as the token evolution goes, if LaMelo Ball is selected as the NBA Rookie of the Year, for example, the Evolve Edition token will update itself to reflect the accomplishment.

This drop separates itself from other similar drops because of how the evolution component gamifies one’s ownership of their NFT. We spoke with Sher Chaudhary, co-founder of Playground Studios, who said of the drop: “Ultimately, this lets fans place a blockchain-based bet on LaMelo’s potential awards. Those who guess correctly receive an ultra-scarce digital asset worth money; but if you’re wrong, you’ve still earned a highly-coveted spot in LaMelo’s community — with direct access to Melo himself.” Sergey Nazarov, the co-founder of Chainlink, echoed the sentiment, saying: “The linking of what LaMelo does on the court back to his on-chain NFT enables an entirely new relationship between him and his many fans.”

That’s precisely what makes this drop so cool. You don’t just buy the NFT and watch it sit in your wallet; everything that happens in LaMelo’s career will be reflected in the token. This is such a cool evolution for the NFT space generally and it’s coming from one of the most promising players in the game. Personally, I can’t wait to follow along. Hop in the discord here to get excited for next week.

Culture News

This Week in Comic Collecting: Hollywood Announcements Galore

Between the Eternals first look and some big-time casting announcements, this was a crazy week for Hollywood news impacting the comics market. We’ve got a lot to cover, so let’s dive in.

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Eternals Teaser Drops

This week began with a bang as we saw the debut of the long awaited Eternals Teaser trailer from Marvel. Fans have been clamoring for the opportunity to get a glimpse of this God-like super team with some very famous faces in key roles. The teaser achieved its desired affect, with the MCU faithful and the comic community at large talking Eternals throughout the early part of the week. 

Trailer drops always have an effect on the comic market and none more than big MCU releases. There are currently no 9.8 copies of Eternals #1 on the open market and sellers are charging above market for their 9.6 copies. There seems to be a growing sentiment in the hobby that investors are afraid nowadays to underbelly a book, so I expect there to be premium prices paid for this Jack Kirby classic #1 issue.

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There are still huge ROI opportunities if you are interested in investing in the Eternals film. Issue #11 is the first appearance of Kibgo, who will be played by the extremely popular actor Kumail Nanjiani. He is seen front and center in teaser shots as well as on promotional art. This tells me his character will be at the forefront of the Eternals saga and makes me increasingly interested in #11’s potential, especially since the issue underperforms compared to other Eternals keys. Dealers are charging $500 for 9.6 copies and just under $1000 for 9.8. 

The issue that stands out to me is issue #3 . This issue boasts the first appearance of Sersi. Sersi is a main female lead in the Eternals team and will be played by Gemma Chan. I am particularly interested in this issue because, in the comics, Sersi is the love interest of The Black Knight, whom we know is going to be portrayed by Kit Harrington. The Black Knight and Sersi are Avengers members and part of some of the biggest comic events of the 80s and 90s. There is a huge price difference with #3s slabbed copies as a 9.6 trades for around $550 while a 9.8 will run you at least $1,300. I like this book long term in any condition.

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Todd Phillips Returns to Deliver Joker 2

Not to be left out, DC Comics dropped some news that Todd Phillips will be back in the director’s chair for Joker 2. This news I felt actually fell a bit under the radar within the Comic community. The Joker film, while critically successful, did little for the comic market being that it was a largely Elseworld (not in continuity) story. I expect more of the same from this film. 

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Having said that, I am extremely bullish on the opportunity surrounding the Clown Prince of Gotham. Between the Joker sequel, The Batman with Robert Pattinson, and rumors about an Affleck vs Leto future film, I feel like The Joker will remain one of the most prominent villains in comics lore and in pop culture as a whole. Joker #1 from 1975 features Joker’s first solo title and is criminally underpriced in my opinion. 9.6 copies can be had for $600-700 and a 9.8 will run you about $1500-1800. I just don’t see Joker going anywhere for a long time and a play on the Joker seems like a play on the comic market as a whole, or at the very least DC Comics. 

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Sandman Full Cast Revealed For The Upcoming DC Comics x Netflix Series

While the Joker news is cool enough, DC also unveiled the entire principle cast for the upcoming Sandman Netflix live action series. This Neil Gaiman classic has always been one of the most esteemed and respected pieces in graphic novel history and die hard fans are so excited to see the beloved property make its streaming debut. 

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While this news reinvigorated sales of classic Issues like #1 and #8 (first appearance of Death), what was interesting was seeing all of the minor keys that now came into play due to more roles being revealed via the casting announcement. Sandman is one of those properties that has a legit chance to break out and be popular with a wider mainstream audience than traditional comics from the Big 2, all while having the ability to feature and cross over with characters people are familiar with like Swamp Thing and Constantine. 

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Is Wytches Coming To TV?

This week, we also saw the power of a tweet as former Batman writer and current creator of the hit Image Comics series Nocterra, Scott Snyder, tweeted that he finally finished his pilot script for Wytches from Image Comics. Wytches was Snyder’s first big Image success, seeing almost immediate option rumors dating all the way back to its release in 2014. This property even had Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attached as a couple, which gives you an idea of just how long this book has been in play with Hollywood. 

Copies of #1 shot up in price as most were sitting stagnant at sub $100 prices and saw demand shoot the value up to a current level of $300. I think Wytches is an awesome book with great potential. I will say though, if you are looking to invest in this one, I would wait a bit and avoid FOMO. The process from pilot script to final production can be a long one and buyer interest will wane. I expect to see prices come down in the coming weeks and make this book even more of a buy.

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Kraven Is Here

And finally, Sony has their own corner of the Marvel Universe with the rights to produce films in the Spider Man Universe, and this week saw the casting of a long awaited and heavily rumored Kraven The Hunter solo film. Sony tapped Aaron Taylor Johnson to play the titular role. Kraven is a popular Spider Man villain whose comic storyline “Kraven’s Hunt” is one of the most iconic in modern comic history.

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This is a character that was rumored to be played by a slew of A list actors including Keanu Reeves, but don’t sleep on A.T.J. Aaron Taylor Johnson is no rookie to comic book films, having played both Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Image Comic’s Kick Ass as the titular character in that feature and its sequel. Kraven first appears in Amazing Spider Man #15, which is an absolute Silver Age Key. To give an idea of the heat behind this key, an .5 (that’s right, an .5, as in below a 1.0), from CBCS sold for over $500. A 3.0 in this book can run you upwards of $2000. This has a lot of people turning to 80s Kraven’s Hunt cross over series as a potential alternative investment in Kraven rather than the largely out of reach first appearance.  

Well that was one action packed week in comics! Hollywood went heavy this week as a return to normalcy in how we live means a return to theaters and film production. I expect to see more weeks like this where the news is fast and plentiful.  I will be right here with the team at ONE37pm to break it all down for you as the comic market continues to grow. Are you jumping on board yet? 

Sports Strength

The 20 Best NFL Free Agent Wide Receivers

Every offseason in the NFL, fans put their plans together for how they would spend their team’s available salary-cap space. Free agency is a great way to plug holes in a roster with veterans who have, for one reason or another, shaken loose from their old teams.

This year’s wide receiver class was not the strongest in recent years at the top, but it was deep. With most teams dealing with extremely limited finances and a reduced salary cap stemming from a loss in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were a flurry of short term contracts given out by general managers who were seeking depth and value at the position.

The list below ranks the best available free agent wide receivers heading in to the offseason, where they landed, and their outlook for the upcoming 2021 season.

1. Allen Robinson – Tagged by Chicago Bears
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Allen Robinson has been an absolute star in the NFL, even though he has been paired up with some of the worst starting quarterbacks since entering the league. 

Blake Bortles. Chad Henne. Chase Daniel. Mitch Trubisky. Nick Foles. 

Will the Bears drafting Justin Fields finally be exactly what Robinson has sorely needed to take the next step and get the respect he deserves? It should be fun to watch. He received the 5th best PFF ranking in the league in 2020 for all wide receivers (88.4) and almost never drops a pass. The Bears franchise tagged him, but they would be wise to lock him up long term sooner than later. 

2. Chris Godwin — Tagged by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Chris Godwin is one of the top receivers in the game, catching 65 balls for 840 yards and 7 touchdowns in just 12 games in 2020, while boasting a 90.7 PFF grade. In 2019, he had 1,333 yards and 9 touchdowns and has dropped only four passes in three seasons.

The Bucs franchise tagged him during the offseason, but much like Allen Robinson, they should look to give him the long term deal that he is looking for. 

3. Kenny Goladay – Signed by New York Giants
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Kenny Golladay signed a massive four-year, $72 million dollar contract ($40 million guaranteed) with the New York Giants, joining a returning Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram on what could be an explosive offense.

Golladay is known as one of the top deep threats in the game, ranking 4th in the NFL in deep receiving yards over the past three years. Giants young quarterback Daniel Jones throws a nice deep ball, so this signing should do wonders for his development.

4. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Signed by Pittsburgh Steelers
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JuJu is a polarizing player who seems to have taken a bit of a step backwards during the last two seasons. In 2018, he caught 111 balls for 1426 yards and 7 touchdowns and appeared to be on track to become one of the best wide receivers in the entire league.  An injury shortened 2019 season in which he only played in 12 games resulted in a massive dip in production (42 catches, 552 yards) and was followed by a relatively subpar 2020 campaign (97 catches 831 yards) that was more memorable for TikTok antics than big catches. 

With that said, he has all the tools and motivation to have a huge season in 2021, as the Steelers gave him just a one-year “prove-it” deal. Expect a renewed focus and big things from JuJu in 2021. 

5. Will Fuller IV – Signed by Miami Dolphins
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Fuller could not have possibly left the Houston Texans at a better time, with the Deshaun Watson mess taking center stage in his former city. He joins a Miami team on the rise, but he comes with quite a few question marks. 

Last season was Fuller’s best as a professional, putting up a career high eight touchdowns in just 11 games before being suspended for six games due to testing positive for PED’s. That suspension will carry over through week 1 of the 2021 season. Were the PED’s partially responsible for the breakout season? Only time will tell. 

Either way, Fuller is an emerging young wide receiver that should have a chance to flourish with the Dolphins young signal caller, Tua Tagovailoa. 

6. Corey Davis – Signed by New York Jets
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Corey Davis was selected 5th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft and never lived up to the pre-draft hype. However, in his final season in Tennessee, he had 65 catches for 984 yards and five touchdowns in what was his best season as a pro. 

During the offseason, he signed a 3 year, $37.5 million dollar deal with the New York Jets and looks to become a star under the bright lights of Broadway with Gotham’s newest “savior” quarterback Zach Wilson, who they drafted second overall in the 2021 draft. 

The Jets haven’t had a 1,000 yard receiver since 2015. Will Davis break that streak?

7. Antonio Brown – Signed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Brown resigned with the Bucs on a one-year $6.25 million dollar contract this offseason after a bizarre string of incidents that began with forcing his way out of Pittsburgh and being traded to the Raiders, forcing his way out of Las Vegas and signing with the Patriots–where he was released after just one game–and then signing with Tampa Bay, ultimately helping them win a Super Bowl. 

His talent on the field is undeniable, but he comes with so much baggage. I wouldn’t be shocked if he has a big year in Tampa this season, and would also not be shocked if he gets himself in trouble again and winds up playing just a handful of games. 

Brown is coming off of a procedure to repair a torn meniscus, so it’s not quite certain when he will get back on the field yet. 

8. Curtis Samuel – Signed by Washington Football Team
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Curtis Samuel joined the Washington Football Team in the offseason, signing a three-year $34.5 million dollar deal and joining fellow Ohio State alumni “Scary” Terry McLaurin to form quite a dangerous wide receiver room. 

Samuel caught 77 passes for Carolina last year for 851 yards including three touchdowns in what was a bit of a breakout season. He also carried the ball 41 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns, illustrating how versatile his skill set is. 

Newly signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will look to impart some “FitzMagic” in that Washington offense, and they could be one of the more improved teams in football. This will be a fun team to watch in 2021. 

9. John Brown – Signed by Las Vegas Raiders
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Brown signed a one-year $3.75 million dollar deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, his fourth team in five years, the last two of which he spent in Buffalo. Last season for the Bills, he played in just 9 games due to injury issues but in 2019 he had his best season as a pro, tallying 72 receptions for 1,060 yards.

In Las Vegas, Brown joins Henry Ruggs, Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller in what appears to have the makings of quite an explosive offense. 

“The biggest factor was, I had to think about my career,” Brown said shortly after his signing. “I actually turned down more money to come here. I felt like it was the best decision for my career, so I had to put everything else aside and had to try to decide what would make me happy at the end of the day.”

10. Marvin Jones Jr. – Signed by Jacksonville Jaguars
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Jones Jr. signed on to play with the up-and-coming Jacksonville Jaguars who will be led by mega-prospect Trevor Lawrence and coached by Urban Meyer. He joins a loaded offense, boasting emerging wide receivers DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault, a running backs room including star rookie running back Travis Etienne and James Robinson, as well as the intrigue of newly signed tight end Tim Tebow. 

How will all of those pieces fit together? It will be interesting to watch. Jones nearly topped 1000 yards in Detroit last season. If he can replicate those numbers in Jacksonville, they have a really good chance of surprising some people. 

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11. TY Hilton – Signed by Indianapolis Colts
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TY Hilton is a Hall of Famer. Many people will try and argue with that statement, but take a look at the man’s numbers! He has 608 catches for 9360 yards and 50 touchdowns in his nine year career. He signed a one-year, $10 million dollar deal to remain in Indianapolis this offseason, and will likely crack the list of top 50 most receiving yards of all-time at some point this season, passing A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker in the process. 

12. Nelson Agholor – Signed by New England Patriots
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Agholor had a sneaky good season for the Raiders last year, totaling 48 catches for 896 yards and five touchdowns, boasting the highest yards-per-catch in the entire league. He is projected to be the Patriots number one receiver this season, which is not exactly a positive for New England. They could be an absolute mess this year, with an unsettled quarterback situation and a lack of talent at the skill positions. Bill Belichick has his work cut out for him.

13. Larry Fitzgerald – FREE AGENT
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Larry Fitzgerald is a sure-fire Hall of Famer and one of the greatest to ever play the game. He remains unsigned, but there have been rumblings that he may consider playing his final season in his hometown of Minnesota for the Vikings. That would be bizarre, to say the least. It would be a shame if Fitz were to suit up for another team after 17 years in Arizona, but Tom Brady was the quarterback of the Bucs last season, so I suppose anything is possible.

14. Keelan Cole – Signed by New York Jets
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Keelan Cole sign a one-year $5.5 million dollar deal with the New York Jets, joining fellow free agent wide receiver Corey Davis to completely revamp a wide receiver room in dire need of some fresh talent. Known as a solid route runner and for his versatility, he will be a welcomed addition to Gang Green as they look to surround new quarterback Zach Wilson with some weapons. 

15. Sammy Watkins – Signed by Baltimore Ravens
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Watkins signed a one-year $5 million dollar deal with the Baltimore Ravens and will give another speedy weapon for former NFL MVP Lamar Jackson to utilize in what appears to be a scary offense that is headlined by another speedster in “Hollywood” Brown and young star running back J.K. Dobbins. Can he stay healthy though? Watkins has played in fewer than ten games in three of the last five seasons. 

16. Emmanuel Sanders – Signed by Buffalo Bills
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Sanders has been a part of some prolific offenses in his 11 year NFL career, including the Ben Roethlisberger led Steelers (2010-2013) and the record breaking Peyton Manning led Broncos, and now steps in to Buffalo to catch passes from emerging star quarterback Josh Allen after signing a one-year $2.8 million dollar contract. However, he won’t be asked to carry the load, as Buffalo has Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis already in the mix. You can never have too many weapons, and Sanders will be a veteran addition capable of making big plays in big games. 

17. Adam Humphries – Signed by Washington Football Team
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Humphries joins fellow wide receiver Curtis Samuel as another addition to the Washington offense, signing a one-year contract in March. The oft-injured former-Titan gets a fresh start with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was his quarterback for two years in Tampa Bay, where he posted his best season as a pro (76 catches, 816 yards, 5 touchdowns). 

18. Alshon Jeffrey – FREE AGENT
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Jeffrey remains unsigned after four injury plagued and underwhelming seasons in Philadelphia. He played in only seven games last season for the Eagles, catching just six passes. With only 12 combined starts the last two seasons, Jeffrey will likely have to accept a one-year prove it deal just to get on a roster. 

19. Danny Amendola – FREE AGENT
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Amendola, like Jeffrey, remains unsigned and is fighting an uphill battle just to get on an NFL roster after catching just 46 passes for 602 yards last season for Detroit. The odds are high that we have likely seen the last of Amendola in the league, but with an expanded season and injuries, you never know. 

20. Tyrell Williams – Signed by Detroit Lions
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Williams signed a one-year $6.2 million dollar contract with the Detroit Lions, pairing with new quarterback Jared Goff after the Lions traded franchise signal caller Matthew Stafford to the Rams earlier this offseason. The former Raider missed the entire 2020 season due to a shoulder injury, but had a promising 2019 campaign in which he caught 42 passes for 651 yards and six touchdowns. He is somehow currently number one on the Lions depth chart at wide receiver, a group that also starts Breshad Perriman and Kalif Raymond, which is underwhelming to say the least. The Lions are going to be historically bad this season.

Sports Strength

2021 Champions League Breakdown: Chelsea Battles Manchester City

For the third time in UEFA Champions League history, two English sides will battle it out for the chance to hoist the trophy on Saturday when Chelsea and Manchester City take the pitch in Portugal.

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea shoot for their second UCL crown in the past decade after defeating Bayern Munich in 2011/12, while Man City will look to lift their first trophy in the competition.

The Citizens ran away with the Premier League this season, beating out Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea in the top four. 

Pep Guardiola’s side dispatched two talented sides in Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain en route to the final, while Chelsea beat out Porto and Real Madrid to qualify for their third UCL final.

Let’s take a closer look at Chelsea and Manchester City as they prepare for their semi final matchup.

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Top Goalscorers (UCL)

Chelsea: Olivier Giroud (6)

Manchester City: Riyad Mahrez/Ferran Torres (4)

Key Injuries/Suspensions

Chelsea: N/A

Manchester City: N/A


Chelsea and Manchester United have met three times this season, including earlier this month in the Premier League when the Blues came out on top.

In the all-time head-to-head meetings, Chelsea leads 70 victories to the Citizens’ 59. The two English giants have never met in the Champions League though, setting up another interesting layer for the final.


The beauty of having two sides from the Premier League in the final is that each team knows the other quite well and it’ll be a battle to break through either’s tactics.

Pep Guardiola is as experienced as they come for a manager and the Spaniard looks to win another UCL crown with his third team (Barcelona and Bayern Munich). 

Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel’s revitalization of Chelsea this season after Frank Lampard’s sacking makes the Blues tough to write off despite City’s clear depth and talent at almost every position.

Chelsea have managed to knock off City twice this season through their strong defensive effort and quick counterattacking nature, and that will likely be the game plan once again so long as two key members, Eduoard Mendy and N’Golo Kante, are available to play.

City’s attack runs through Kevin De Bruyne, who has been a menace throughout this season. The Belgium international will be a focal point for Chelsea defensively if they are to keep Man City at bay.

The emergence of Phil Foden has also lifted the Citizens into another gear with his creative play down the wings and when he slots inside. He’s quickly becoming one of the best young attackers in global football.

Prediction: 2-0 Manchester City

Sports Strength

Muhammed Ali’s 10 Best Fights, Ranked

61 pro fights. 56 wins. One unforgettable career. Out of all those incredible fights, it’s hard to pick which may be the best, but we took a crack at it. Let’s look back at Muhammed Ali’s 10 Best Fights. 

10) Muhammed Ali vs Henry Cooper 2
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May 21, 1966

Arsenal Stadium, London, England 

One thing you have to admire about Ali was his willingness to perform anywhere, anytime. There are a ton of variables that need to be accounted for when fighting out of the country. And Ali took every single one of those fights in stride. 

I had a hard time deciding what would take the final spot on this list. I ultimately decided on a fight in the first half of Ali’s career, because that’s where I believe the magic was. Every description you have heard of Ali’s style was true. He did float. He did sting. 

When Ali rematched against the British champion, Henry Cooper, the crowd was backing Cooper hard. With every thrown punch by Cooper, the crowd roared. But Ali remained laser-focused. After a few rounds of effective jabbing, Ali started to land on the courageous Cooper. In round six, Ali landed a nasty right hand that cut open the left eye of the Brit. It was graphic. The fight was called off shortly after.

9) Muhammed Ali vs Jerry Quarry 1
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October 26, 1970

Municipal Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia 

This fight meant more than just a win or loss. Ali hadn’t fought in three years due to his stance on the Vietnam war. People were wildly curious about how Ali would look after the long layoff. Would he be the same fighter? Would he experience ring rust? 

No. He looked sharp as ever. The snapping jab was still there, and it did the damage. By the end of the third round, Quarry’s right eye was busted up, and the fight was stopped. 

This proved… Ali was back.

8) Muhammed Ali vs Brian London
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August 6, 1966

Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England

I have tons of respect for anyone who enters the ring. The possibility of humiliation and severe physical damage is daunting. 

However, Brian London brought nothing to the table for Ali. While he was game and tough, Ali proved there are levels to this profession. It is also commonly known that taking on a fighter on their home turf can be costly if the fight goes to a decision. 

Well, Ali didn’t let it go that far. In round three, Ali provided one of his most sensational moments in the boxing ring. After hurting London and pressuring him into a corner, Ali threw a barrage of punches all in a matter of seconds. It is a combination straight out of a movie. London went down and couldn’t recover.

7) Muhammed Ali vs Joe Frazier 3
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October 1, 1975

Philippine Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines

It might not have been one of his “best” performances, but this fight is a landmark moment in Ali’s career. Until October of 1975, Frazier gave Ali trouble. After losing the first fight, and only edging out Frazier in a close decision in the rematch—Ali still needed to prove that he was the better man.

 One of the most fun dynamics of rematches and trilogies are the adjustments made by the fighters. In the second fight, Ali lessened the number of straight right hands thrown. For Ali, he wanted two things in this fight. The first thing was a larger ring size. This allowed Ali to dance and use his supreme footwork. The second thing was to capitalize on Frazier’s notoriously slow starts. 

Again, this was not Ali’s most dominant performance. But it may have been his most impressive. This match was violent, bloody, and brutal. Ali said it was the closest to death he’d ever felt. After a grueling 14 rounds, Frazier’s corner called off the fight. And although Ali had asked his corner to do the same, they ignored his wish. This was a fight of mythological proportions.

6) Muhammed Ali vs Zora Folley
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March 22, 1967 

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York 

The biggest bummer about Ali’s career was that we most likely missed the prime years of his career. So this bout is interesting because it was the final fight before he served time in prison. At 25 years of age, and a few years of experience as the champion of the heavyweight division, it is possible that this was the fight in which Ali was at his peak. 

And it showed. Ali’s speed was as prominent as ever. He was developing a savviness in the ring. In round four, Ali delivered one of his patented over-the-top counter right hands. Folley hit the canvas as Ali stood over him. Folley made it back to his feet for the ten counts, but Ali knew he could hurt him. In the seventh round, he would deliver a similar punch that would put Folley out for good. 

Aside from the fight itself, this is a really cool match because of the high-quality footage available online.

5) Muhammed Ali vs Cleveland Williams
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November 14, 1966

Astrodome, Houston, Texas 

There are a few things that standout in this fight. 

Like the last entry, this could have been Ali’s physical prime. He looked in incredible shape for this bout. He had defended his belt a few times by this point and was now gathering experience in the ring. 

From round one, this was a matchup nightmare for Williams. Ali’s footwork and speed was almost unfair. Williams appeared stiff as stone, missing almost every punch that he threw. For most of round one, Ali spent his energy processing Williams’ timing and habits. By round two, the story was already written. Ali peppered jabs and left hooks until Williams dropped. The Ali shuffle was on display on multiple occasions and Ali appeared to be enjoying himself in the ring. With just seconds remaining in the second round, Ali landed a sensational blow that hurt Williams badly. He was saved by the bell, but was finished shortly after in the third round. 

Many people recall the image of Ali standing over Sonny Liston as the most iconic photo in his career… but this fight may have given us the runner-up.

4) Muhammed Ali vs Floyd Patterson 1
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November 22, 1965

Las Vegas Convention Center, Winchester, Nevada 

Ali was coming off of back-to-back, career-defining performances against Sonny Liston. You know what they say, right? “It is easy to get to the top. It is harder to stay there.” And this fight proved Ali wanted to stay.

Some of the footage from these fights aren’t great. Most of it is in black and white, but even then, Ali’s flair and style is undeniable. His footwork was so ahead of its time, it is mind boggling. 

These old-school, 15 round affairs were no joke. And Ali knew that. He took his time and waited for the perfect opportunity. In round 12, it was nothing but cruel and unusual punishment. Ali’s speed stayed with him, while Patterson faded. To my surprise, the referee actually did the right thing and stopped the bout after Patterson ate numerous unanswered punches. 

3) Muhammed Ali vs Sonny Liston 2
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May 25, 1965 

Civic Center, Lewiston, Maine

Oh yeah. It’s *THAT* fight. 

You know… the one. 

Sure, there is plenty of controversy surrounding the fight. It is called the “phantom” punch for a reason. Do I think it landed? Yes. But you can’t watch that round one and not have some suspicion. 

The results are the results. Ali delivered an iconic first round knockout in the rematch against Liston. 

Hell yeah, I am putting it in my top five.

2) Muhammed Ali vs Sonny Liston 1
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February 26, 1964

Convention Center, Miami Beach

Sometimes in fighting, there is a feeling-out process in the first couple of rounds. Sometimes, a fighter’s strategy is hidden until they feel their opponent let their guard down. However, during the first bout between Ali and Liston, the two strategies were obvious from the get-go. 

In round one, Liston pressed forward. Ali did as he often did… dance. And oh, was it beautiful. Liston continuously missed on big, looping left hooks. Ali’s head movement was next level. 

In round three, Ali cut Liston. From that moment on, the great one took complete control. It really did look like fighters from different generations. Liston was trying to grit his teeth and swing wildly. Ali peppered Liston with a snapping jab for every attempted punch. Ali had trouble in the middle rounds with his eyesight, which was attributed to a substance placed on Liston’s gloves. 

Ali was 22 years old. He won his first heavyweight championship. He delivered an iconic performance. Considering all of those dynamics, it would be hard to not to consider this to be one of the greatest performances in Ali’s history.

1) Muhammed Ali vs George Foreman
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October 30, 1974

Stade du 20 Mai, Kinshasa, Zaire

This fight is full of great mythology. 

Ali disobeyed his corner. 

He did the opposite of what people thought he should do. 

He trash talked Foreman for the duration of the bout, asking the power puncher if that was all he got. 

And… although it may have existed before this fight, this bout was THE textbook example of the “rope-a-dope.” For most of the fight, Ali welcomed the power puncher to lead the dance. He would lean against the ropes, hoping Foreman would punch himself out. And it worked. By the sixth, seventh, and eight rounds, Foreman was gassed. After a few wild punches from Foreman, Ali fired back a series of punches from off the ropes and Foreman collapsed. Too tired to get up, the fight was over. 

There are many great performances in his history but this stands out among the rest.

Consoles Gaming

The Biggest Games Releasing in June 2021

The June-pocalypse is officially upon us. If you have a ton of gamer bucks and the allotted time needed to spend with all the major games on this list, then you’re clearly a God. This is one of the most stacked months of the year – we’re going to be treated to some classic IP comebacks, entirely new games, and a few major ports of some quality throwbacks. Here are all the games that are set to dominate June and the rest of the summer months.

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Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown – June 1 (PS4)

VIRTUA FIGHTER IS BACK! Thank the high heavens because it looked as if we’d never see Sega give it another go in the fighting game department. Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown is an even more refined version of the last iteration that features cleaner visuals, a stronger online competitive suite, and the same classic battle mechanics that fans hold in high regard. The fact that it’s a PlayStation Plus free game means millions of players will most likely play Virtua Fighter for the very first time.

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Necromunda: Hired Gun – June 1 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

The expanded Warhammer 40,000 universe is moving away from chainsaws and orcs to focus on some fast-paced running and gunning in Necromunda: Hired Gun. You take on the role of an infamous bounty hunter that’s tasked with taking out the most notorious individuals within the darkest corners of a hive city. The gunplay is fast and furious, plus there are bucketloads of blood and gore to bask in. Oh, and you have a dog companion, too! Now you’re totally going to cop this one, right?

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Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 – June 4 (Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

Picking off your enemies from afar and watching your bullets enter their intended targets is the sort of satisfying element that the Sniper: Ghost Warrior IP lives by. This sequel to the spinoff series brings that mechanic back as you step into the boots of a Contract Sniper Assassin named Raven. You’ll need to take down a huge variety of targets during a heated campaign within the Middle East. It’s time to get tactical and become the best sniper there ever was.

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Chivalry 2 – June 8 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

Medieval warfare has never looked so good. Chivalry 2 lets you dismember everyone that has the misfortune of testing your mettle in battle. And you can do it all from a first-person viewpoint that lets you get up close and personal with the opposition. You and your fellow armored warriors will be blessed with a nice assortment of melee weaponry during some super-heated clashes. Chivalry 2 is looking like the multiplayer experience of the summer.

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Guilty Gear Strive – June 8/11 (PS5, PS4, PC – Steam)

Arc System Works is ready to take over the fighting game genre and dominate the FGC with the latest entry in the Guilty Gear series. Guilty Gear Strive has a ton of things going for it – it has a gorgeous anime art sheen, a strong cast of legacy characters, two extremely likable combatants, supreme fighting game mechanics, etc. The reliance on rollback netcode means you’ll get to clash with players from across the globe with little to no lag to worry about. Guilty Gear Strive is most certainly the biggest fighting game of the year.

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – June 11 (PS5)

INSOMNIAC GAMES DON’T MISS! They already gave PS5 owners an amazing superhero experience with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales at launch and now they’re ready to bring back its Lombax/robot buddy combo. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart utilizes the power of the PS5’s SSD to allow for seamless transitions whenever you get transported to different realms. And as expected, you’re going to be doing a whole lot of running, jumping, strafing, and shooting with Ratchet and his female counterpart Rivet.

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Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance – June 22 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

Adventuring around Icewind Dale usually entails hacking and slashing with a dedicated party of weapon-wielding heroes and heroines. Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance lets you command the combined power of a hammer user, a double-blade pro, an ax & shield master, and a bow & arrow wielder. This action-packed brawler offers four-player co-op, which means you’ll get to have a ton of fun wiping out enemy hordes together. Keep in mind that this game is coming to Xbox Game Pass day one, so you might as well take the plunge if you’re a current subscriber.

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Mario Golf: Super Rush – June 25 (Nintendo Switch)

The Mushroom Kingdom’s iconic inhabitants happen to be sports pros. They’ve participated in basketball, baseball, tennis, kart racing, and even golf. Speaking of golf, the Mario Golf series is making its grand return in a brand new entry for the Nintendo Switch. Mario Golf: Super Rush retains the colorful graphics and fun for everyone gameplay the franchise is known for. Plus there’s a new game type called Speed Golf that’s pretty much a race to complete one’s hole before everyone else. The Golf Adventure story mode even features some surprisingly deep RPG mechanics. Mario Golf: Super Rush is a definite cop for Switch owners everywhere.

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Scarlet Nexus – June 25 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

After checking out the demo for this game last month, I’m officially on board for this brand new action RPG IP from Bandai Namco. Scarlet Nexus gives you control over psychokinesis-powered OSF (Other Suppression Force) agents. As either Yuito or Kasane, you’ll venture out to a wide array of locales that have been taken over by hideous creatures and confront them with your fellow OSF members by your side. The combat is pretty dope since it lets you pull off flashy melee combos, utilize party member abilities, and use your immense brainpower to smash all sorts of objects against your beastly foes.

Console Ports

Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection – June 1 (PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

Evergate – June 4 (PS5)

The Persistence Enhanced – June 4 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC – Steam)

The Elder Scrolls Online – June 8 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S)

No More Heroes – June 9 (PC – Steam)

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle – June 9 (PC – Steam)

Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade – June 10 (PS5)

Ninja Gaiden: Master Collection – June 10 (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

Metro Exodus Complete Edition – June 18 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S)

Legend of Mana – June 24 (PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 – June 25 (Nintendo Switch)

Destroy All Humans! – June 29 (Nintendo Switch)

Nutrition Strength

The 10 Best Beer Fridges To Buy For The Summer

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and for many of us, this holiday is going to be our first time since the pandemic where we can safely celebrate in groups. Since we are likely going to be outside grilling and relaxing, we figured we would put together a list of the best beer fridges that you can purchase not just for Memorial Day, but for the entire summer.

Now you may be wondering why you should opt for a beer fridge as opposed to a standard cooler. Well, beer fridges aren’t “standard coolers.” Their overall design is similar to a vending machine as they are much easier to use, (you don’t have to dig through ice to find the beverage of your choice), and while technically labeled as a beer fridge, you can also substitute other canned beverages if you wish. Pretty cool huh? Now that we have your attention, here are ten different fridges that you should consider investing in this summer.

1. Kismile Beverage Refrigerator Cooler with 147 Can Capacity – Mini Bar Beer Fridge
Best Budget
Kismile Beer Fridge

A roomy refrigerator that can hold up to 147 cans, the Kismile beer fridge is worth the investment. The fridge can chill beverages down to 37 degrees, and comes with seven removable storage racks. The stainless steel design holds up well over time, and lessens the “sweat” that comes with chilled storage spaces. The rack structure means you can also hold other beverages such as soda, juice, wine, etc., and small enough to fit into your kitchen, dorm room, etc. A 35db compressor accompanies the fridge along with an adjustable thermostat that offers seven settings.

BUY NOW, $349
2. hOmeLabs Beverage Refrigerator and Cooler
Highest Ranked
hOmeLabs Beverage Refrigerator and Cooler

This electric beverage cooler features a white LED interior light that illuminates for easy, nighttime selection of your favorite chilled drink large capacity beer & wine chiller. It’s also equipped with three adjustable and removable chrome shelves to hold up to 120 standard sized soda or beer cans, or several bottles of wine advanced temperature controls. The memory function automatically restores the preset temperature of the cooler in case it becomes unplugged, or in the event of a power outage powerful cooling system. A whisper quiet compressor works with a small convection fan to cool quickly, and keep consistent air circulation inside.

BUY NOW, $349.97
3. Zephyr PRB24C01BG Presrv Series 24 Inch Stainless Steel
Best Luxury

This stainless steel beverage center offers just about everything you can think of. Equipped to hold 13 bottles, the fridge is accompanied with a three-color LED light system and carbon filter air filtration. The open-door alarms alerts you whenever the fridge is opened, and the electronic capacitive touch controls allow for easy drink selection and distribution.

BUY NOW, $1199
4. Antarctic Star Beverage Refrigerator
Great Design

This wine cooler is equipped with an advanced cooling system that will keep your beverages at the right temperature without making a noise. Equipped with movable black shelves, glass door and adjustable leveling legs. It can store up to 1.6 cubic feet of red or white wine bottles. The interior lighting not only beautifully showcases the wine but won’t damage the wine. With its reinforced glass door with air tight seal, this beverage refrigerator gives you a compact and modern design perfect for your living room. Blue soft led interior lighting not only beautifully showcases the wine but won’t damage the wine. Its working temperature range is 40F- 61F, and allows you to customize the temp (55F is often cited as close to perfect).

BUY NOW, $189.99
5. Ivation 126 Can Beverage Refrigerator
Great Storage
Ivation 126 Can Beverage Refrigerator

This refrigerator features eco-powered technology, and is easy to set up with no mounting. All you have to do is plug the fridge in, and you are ready to go. The Ivation has a reversible door with adjustable shelving, and is smart-powered, meaning the refrigerator does all of the work for you. The temperature and lighting settings can be adjusted with the touch of a button, and five different cooling points are available for your convenience. Like the other fridges, the operation is quiet, meaning you can store this fridge anywhere without worrying about it potentially causing a disturbance.

BUY NOW, $329.99
6. NewAir Beverage Refrigerator Cooler with 126 Can Capacity
Best Value
New Air Mini Fridge

This beer fridge features a split shelf configuration that maximizes storage space. The compressor cooling allows you to set the temperature all the way down to 32 degrees. It has 21 six-packs of standard cans in a compact footprint, which saves floor space. Stainless steel doors and led lighting add stylish finishing touches to the unique design room for a whopping 21 six-packs of standard cans.

BUY NOW, $299
7. Miroco Beverage Refrigerator Cooler Beer Fridge
Best Storage
Miroco Mini-Fridge

The Miroco has specific storage areas for beer, wine, and soda, making the fridge incredibly versatile. The fridge has a powerful cooling system that evenly distributes cool air, a 3-layer low-e glass cooler door that helps prevent fog, and a large storage space that can easily house various quantities of cans and bottles. The Miroco also has 3 removable shelves and 6 shelf slots, and temperature control between 34-50°F.

BUY NOW, $351.26
8. Wine and Beverage Refrigerator 24 Inch, Dual Zone Wine Beverage Cooler
Most Versatile
Wine and Beverage Refrigerator 24 Inch

While a little larger than some of the others, this wine and beverage refrigerator is a dual zone, which means that you have two independent cooling stations. Both stations are independently controlled, and can store up to 18 Bottles of standard Bordeaux 750ml wine and 57 standard 12oz/330ml can drinks. A touch screen and tempered glass door are just a few of the many great features this fridge offers, and both stations come with safety locks for protection.

BUY NOW, $899.99
9. Euhomy Beverage Refrigerator and Cooler, 130 Can Mini fridge with Glass Door
Best Capacity
Euhomy Beverage Refrigerator and Cooler

With the ability to hold up to 130 cans, the Euhomy Beverage Refrigerator features a black stainless steel frame, a quiet cooling system, and auto defrost with variable temperature selection ranging from (34°F to 50°F) to help meet your multiple storage options. The high-end design combined with the LED lights adds to the overall beauty of the fridge, and the three pane glass door helps to maintain an ideal humidity level to ensure the taste of drinks. 

BUY NOW, $304.99
10. Whynter BR-130SB Beverage Refrigerator with Internal Fan, Black/Stainless Steel
Top Quality
Whynter BR-130SB Beverage Refrigerator

Stainless steel trimmed glass door. Temperature range 30 to 60 degrees. Fan-forced circulation for even temperature distribution throughout the cabinet. Power is 85 watts and 1.3 amps. 

BUY NOW, $238

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