If you’re a fan of American football and has been updated with the latest happenings in the industry, it is virtually impossible to miss that Tom Brady once again proved how legendary he is of a player by bringing home another Super Bowl with his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the hype of the closing of the most recent Super Bowl still hot, talks about the upcoming season are already starting, especially with the question of who would be the next MVP.
The talks are already hot, even though the new season does not start until September this year. You can now read things talking about NFL mock draft 2021, predictions for trades and retentions, and of course, odds and lines. There are the usual early odds for each team for future bettors, but how do the odds for the 2021 season MVP look like right now? Here is what you should know.
Do take note that, as always, these numbers and standing in the odds are current as of the time of writing and may change anytime.
Russell Wilson (+1300)
Remember the time when Russel was the surefire MVP for the season? The hype was strong around him, but it faded quickly. Wilson had good numbers early in the season, but he failed to show further impressive stats throughout.
Although there is the possibility of him playing his last game for the Seahawks, it is still a fact that Wilson is a powerhouse on his own and when paired with the right team, may prove to be one of the top contenders.
Matthew Stafford (+1500)
Although Stafford always had impressive numbers during his games, his win record is not that as impressive. However, it is expected that people would get to see what he has to offer this time.
The reason why he was pushed so high on the odds board was that this time was because he is set to play along with a more formidable team–Los Angeles Rams–with the likes of Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee, and Josh Reynolds.
Tom Brady (+1600)
You may expect the current MVP on the top, but the current odds do not think so–for now, at least.
With the kind of player that Brady is, it won’t be a huge shock if he bags the MPV for the next seasons as well, bringing in another win for Tampa Bay. This would become even more possible if he and the team would be able to pick up on the high note that they left for the recent seasons and find the room for improvement that would make their overall game better.
Deshaun Watson (+1700)
Although he is still under contract to play for Houston, Watson had been very vocal about his dissatisfaction and the fact that he already wants out of the team. The team, in turn, has two options: to refuse to trade him for now or to sell him to other teams while he is still considered a hot property.
Although his odds of becoming MVP is quite promising, it still lies in a big line of uncertainty.
Lamar Jackson (+1700)
Lamar Jackson once made the headlines for winning the MVP by a landslide. However, the spotlight seemed to have a hard time finding him again, and he was not even as close to being in the list of most people for MVP last season.
Still, he is surely one of the best contenders for the title should he be able to bounce back for the upcoming season. This is also one of the reasons why he is currently the top favorite for future betting. If he managed to improve his numbers and helped the Ravens get more wins, he is no doubt on his way to becoming MVP again.
The Greatest Players at The Masters
The Masters is one of the most revered sporting tournaments on the planet, mythologised by players, pundits and fans alike. History and legend seeps out from every hole, helping to add to the allure of a tournament that brings together the world’s greatest players at one course each year.
The most common 2021 odds to win Masters has been for the 2020 champion Dustin Johnson to retain the Green Jacket, however as history proves, that may be a difficult feat for the current world number 1.
However, instead of concerning ourselves with whether or not Dustin Johnson can win the 2021 Masters, in this article we look back at some of the greatest players to have ever graced the tournament. The players that have written themselves into the long and illustrious history of the Augusta course.
Green Jackets: 0
It might appear odd to see an entry on this list from a player that never won The Masters, but without Bobby Jones there would not be a tournament to discuss. Born in 1902 in Atlanta, Georgia Jones would go on to become one of the greatest amateur players of all-time – winning a unique single year Grand Slam in 1930.
His place in history wasn’t sealed by his exploits on the golf course however, it was sealed by his creation of The Masters tournament. Along with private financier Clifford Roberts, Jones founded The Masters in 1933, using his well-earned reputation to attract the biggest names in the sport to the tournament.
Sadly for Jones though, his best finish in his own tournament was 13th in 1934 although it was perhaps only fair that he gave someone else a chance after dominating the sport for much of the 1920s.
Green Jackets: 4
It’s hard to think of golf’s greatest players without calling Arnold Palmer to mind, the legendary player who recorded 12 top 10 finishes and 4 wins at Augusta in a 12 year period.
In 1958 heavy rains at Augusta prompted a local rule which allowed for a lift, clean and drop for an embedded ball. When Palmer took to the 12th tee his ball was embedded on the soft ground, but rules officials insisted that he play the ball as it lay.
He did and made a five, officials then told him he could play a second ball and await a final ruling. With the second ball he made a three which officials later ruled to be proper, leading to his first ever Masters victory.
Sports Illustrated writer Herbert Warren Wind who was covering the tournament later christened the 11th, 12th and 13th holes as ‘Amen Corner’ for the miraculous way in which Palmer excelled on them. Throughout the decades the name has stuck with yells of ‘Amen’ coming from the crowd whenever the ball approaches the hole.
ESPN pay tribute to Arnold Palmer’s Masters Legacy
Green Jackets: 5
Arnold Palmer’s performance at Augusta may have spawned a new name for a corner of the course, but Tiger Wood’s exploits at the course in the early 2000s led to a complete course redesign.
Such was the power of Tiger that in the late 1990s and early 2000s he was turning the Par 5’s at Augusta into Par 4’s. In response, officials added an extra 500 yards to the length of course and added trees alongside the fairways at the 11th and 15th holes.
Despite this Tiger went on to win the 2005 tournament before a fallow period at Augusta began which coincided with his off the course personal problems. However, in 2019 Tiger rolled back the years, winning his fifth Green Jacket and cementing his name in the course’s folklore.
He is also the youngest ever winner of the tournament, picking up his first Green Jacket at the age of 21 years and 104 days in 1997.
Green Jackets: 3
Born in Ashwood, Virginia Sam Snead is one of the greatest players to have ever played the game, racking up a series of tournament victories in his illustrious career. In 1949 he became the first Masters winner to be awarded the ceremonial Green Jacket.
Prior to then, the Green Jacket was worn by players to distinguish themselves from members of the public. However, in 1949 it was decided that a jacket would be awarded to the winner which they could keep for a year before returning it and placing it on the back of the next winner.
Snead went on to win the Green Jacket in 1952 and 1954 and was chosen to hit the honorary starting tee shot at the Masters Tournament from 1984 to 2002.
Green Jackets: 6
No player in history has won as many Masters Tournaments as Jack Nicklaus who placed first in 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975 and 1986. His 18 Major championship wins mean that he is widely considered by many to have been the greatest player that has ever lived.
His consistency is what separates him from his peers, which is illustrated by his Masters top 5 finishes (15), top 10 finishes (22) and top 25 finishes (29).
He is also the oldest player to have ever won The Masters, romping to victory in 1986 at the age of 46 years and 82 days.
Green Jackets: 3
63-year-old Brit Nick Faldo has 6 Major championships to his name with 3 of them coming at Augusta in 1989, 1990 and 1996. By becoming a back-to-back winner in 1990 he cemented his name in the legend of Augusta.
Nationality: South African
Green Jackets: 3
With 3 Green Jackets Gary Player is joint with Nick Faldo for the most Masters wins by a foreigners after winning in 1961, 1974 and 1978. After finishing his professional career, Player went on to make a name for himself as one of the world’s leading golf course design architects.
Green Jackets: 3
For some players Augusta holds a special place in their hearts and that is certainly true for Jimmy Demaret who’s 3 Major championships all came at The Masters. In 1983 his golfing talent was recognised as he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
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