In a supporters life, you get players you fall in love with, whether it be because of their skills, attitude, goals, saves, their trophy cabinet or for the genuine passion and love they show for your club. Ryan Mason is that man. Every time someone asked me who my favorite Spurs players are I always said two names, Mousa Dembélé and Ryan Mason. When that second name came up, most people gave me a look of confusion and thought I was joking, but I wasn't. In a time in sports where you see players leave for self-greed and glory, it was a pleasure seeing someone who wasn't just a player for my club but a genuine supporter. Granted, he wasn't the fastest; he wasn't the most skilled, and he didn't score the most goals. But there is something poetic and beautiful about seeing a man who is just like me, and just like every Tottenham fan in the universe but the difference is he got to live all of our dreams and play for the club we all love. We have all seen this man loaned out, benched and injured and it has never stopped his drive to succeed and play for the club's badge. I could go on for days about this man, but as he leaves us for Hull City all I want to say is thank you. In the past, we have seen players at our club with the utmost skill and flare and wouldn't dare give the amount you have for the club. And no matter where and when it was time for you to be on the pitch we always knew what we were getting from you and for that, you will always be a Tottenham legend.
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Now that the month of August is coming to a close and the International Break is sadly here I thought I would put out the first ever Degenerate Sports Talk awards for the month of August. There will be some takes; some will be hot so strap in and enjoy the show.
Manager of the Month
I could have went with the obvious choices of Pep Guardiola, José Mourinho or Antonio Conte but we don't take the easy way out here. So the winner is....starting the season with two wins and loss it is Mike Phelan of Hull City!
Hull City came into the season favorites to come in the last place. People (even myself) thought they would be one of the worst teams in Premier League history and this month they beat the Champions, a good Swansea team and lost a narrow match to Manchester United. The job was thrown at him after Steve Bruce left the club in the middle of preseason. Phelan has been given no money by the owners even though they have the smallest squad in the whole league, and it has already seen injuries to the main players like Michael Dawson. With this league at an all time high with big money transfers, it's great to see someone defy all the odds and win matches.
The Signing Out of the Summer....So Far
For me there is only one player. He arrived to the Manchester City this year from Celta de Vigo for 13.8m it is Nolito!
Nolito is tied for second in the Premier League with goals (2) and with one assist he seems like he will be a great player for Manchester City. Since his arrival, it has also spurred Raheem Sterling to step up his game. Everyone in the squad has been linking up great with him, and he is bound to have ten goals at least this campaign.
Dumb Fuck of the Month
There is ONLY one person for this award and it's Andre Gray.
In 2012 he tweeted out some horrible and homophobic tweets that were retweeted by "football twitter" during their 2-0 win against Liverpool. What he said was terrible, and how stupid does he have to be to think one day this wasn't going to bite him in the ass. Even though he released an apology statement, I don't believe him. He had FOUR years to delete these tweets (like any athlete should) and didn't. I don't know how ANYONE is going to top this for the up and coming months of this award.
Player of the Month
And now it's time for the award EVERYONE has been waiting for, and IT'S PLAYER OF THE MONTH! The nominees are Zlatan Ibrahimović, Sergio Agüero, and Eden Hazard. But there is only one winner, and he is from Manchester City, Sergio Agüero.
Sergio has started the season with three goals in three Premier League matches. His runs and movement in the box have also helped players like Raheem Sterling and Nolito get into spaces so they can get goals as well. Many people will say Zlatan, but no is better than Sergio Agüero. You can't hate the best. If he stays fit, he will get at least 25 goals this season.
Well, here are the first ever DST monthly Premier League awards, if there are any other categories you want for next month leave a comment or email us at Degeneratesportstalk@gmail.com
One step forward two steps back for the people here at DST as we lose a parlay due to Sunderland actually being good and Spurs not being to string together more than five passes. As we now look at the international break I think this comes at a perfect time as a lot of parlay usuals need to hit the training ground and get some chemistry with their players.
Tottenham Hotspur V Liverpool
Prediction: 3-2 Spurs
Actual Score: 1-1
This match is why Tottenham makes me want to drink, cry and take drugs. Liverpool was garbage at the start of the game, but our midfielders completely let Harry Kane down with terrible service into the box. All of Tottenham had a terrible first half besides Michael Vorm who made a couple of world class plays to keep Spurs in it. After Lamela's clumsy foul on Roberto Firmino in the box which let James Milner score a penalty goal. Tottenham seemed like they were going to lose. Even though Danny Rose tied it up for us and some would say we stole a point I leave the game feeling like we lost. Oh and lastly, FA...sort out your fucking officials they are TERRIBLE.
Manchester United v Hull City
Prediction: 4-0 Manchester United
Actual Score: 1-0 Manchester United
I'm going to start this summary by just saying huge props to Hull City, they have a terrible owner, depleted squad and no manager and they are playing lights out this season even though they fell short today. Everyone wrote them off to be beaten badly today, and they stood their ground and probably deserved to get the point out of this match. Sadly, in sports sometimes you deserve more than what you get, and Marcus Rashford scored a 92-minute tap in to break Hull's hearts and to keep Manchester United at the top of the Premier League (for now).
Southampton V Sunderland
Prediction: 2-0 Southampton
Actual Score: 1-1
This match was a very typical mid-table meeting in that it was very boring and not much skill until 15 minutes left to play. The main highlight for me was seeing Jay Rodriguez of Southampton scoring after being practically two years out with countless of injuries. I truly apologize if you sat through this entire match.
Leicester City v Swansea
Prediction: 1-0 Leicester
Actual Score: 2-1 Leicester
Leicester City finally won their first match of the year in traditional Leicester fashion: throwing the ball up to Jamie Vardy and a headed goal by a defender. The game looked stale until out of nowhere the ball flies to Jamie Vardy, and he does what Jamie Vardy does which is smack it into the back of the net and mock the away section. After that, Wes Morgan tallied another for the champions and even Leroy Fer's strike wasn't enough to get Swansea a point.
We will be redeemed in two weeks. That's a guarantee. If you need any help getting through the next two weeks of no Premier League email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to vent to us about your withdrawals.
Coming off last week's victorious bet, we go into this weekend looking to keep the momentum going before the two weeks off for the dreaded international break. We will be looking at four games this week instead of three and even though this parlay might look too risky, you guys know by now you just need to trust me
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool: (+140)
Tottenham is riding high on a fantastic week as they beat Crystal Palace and got the perfect group in the Champions League and now look to build on it with their biggest challenge yet as they host Liverpool. Liverpool is coming come off a terrible loss to Burnley. I think Liverpool have enough fire power to get at the Tottenham back line and score, but the main reason why I'm picking Spurs is that Liverpool has an awful back four. Also, their keeper hasn't made a save all season which means they will not be able to stop the golden boot winner, Harry Kane.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Vorm, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Lamela, Dier, Alli, Eriksen, Kane, Janssen
Predicted Liverpool XI:
Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mané, Firmino, Coutinho
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Liverpool
Manchester United V Hull City: (-215)
Manchester United look to start off their Premier League campaign with three wins on the trot as they visit Hull City. The biggest factor in this game is class. Manchester United have boatloads of class whereas Hull doesn't. I don't think Hull have the power to stop midfielders like Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera, and they 100% don't have enough at the back to stop Anthony Martial, Zlatan, and Wayne Rooney. This could get ugly for Hull City.
Predicted Hull City XI:
Jakupovic, Robertson, Davies, Livermore, Elmohamady, Clucas, Huddlestone, Meyler, Diomande, Hernandez, Snodgrass
Predicted Manchester United XI:
De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw, Fellaini, Pogba, Martial, Rooney, Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic
Prediction: Manchester United 4-0 Hull City
Sunderland V Southampton: (-170)
Both Sunderland and Southampton come off losses as they meet at St.Marys (Southampton's stadium) this weekend, and the first thing that pops out at me is that Sunderland's manager already said they are in a relegation battle. TWO GAMES IN. This can't be good for his already shit players to hear and to go up against a strong Southampton side who have good defenders and equally good forwards I can see an easy Southampton win here.
Predicted Southampton XI:
Forster; Soares, van Dijk, Fonte, Targett; Romeu; Hojbjerg, Davis; Tadic; Long, Redmond
Predicted Sunderland XI:
Mannone Love, O'Shea, Djilobodji, van Aanholt; Rodwell, McNair; Januzaj, Gooch, Watmore, Defoe
Prediction: Southampton 2-0 Sunderland
Leicester City v Swansea: (-135)
Leicester City tries to look for their first win as they play Swansea City. Every parlay has a risky bet, and this is ours this week. Leicester have looked pretty bad, and now teams are starting to see how they play (sit back and throw up the ball) which is killing their element of surprise. But the reason I am choosing Leicester is that I think when the clock hits 70-80 minutes they have more class which SHOULD get them over the line.
Predicted Leicester City XI:
Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Mendy, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy
Predicted Swansea City XI:
Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley; Cork, Fer; Barrow, Sigurdsson, Routledge; Llorente
Prediction: Leicester City 1-0 Swansea
Well, another week. another parlay. Be sure to check out all the games and not just these because we are in for some great footy this weekend.
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This is a big week for the Draft Kings Player Spotlight; it's the last weekend of matches before our first international break of the season. So we will have to cope without two weeks of winning money with the Premier League. This week we will pick the players that you need in your Saturday Draft Kings lineup.
Warning: Includes every game on Saturday BESIDES Tottenham v Liverpool
David de Gea: Manchester United - 5,600
David de Gea is a guaranteed clean sheet this weekend as Manchester United visit Hull City. Even though Hull has had a great start to the season, I can't see José Mourinho setting up his team in a way where they would concede to Hull, and I see them winning very comfortably. If you don't have de Gea in your team this weekend, you are doing it wrong.
Nathan Redmond: Southampton F.C. - 5,900
Nathan Redmond's Southampton take on Sunderland at home this weekend in which should be a very easy match. Both teams are coming off defeats, but Southampton have looked very good in their first two games of the season, and I think with that terrible Sunderland defense Redmond will have a field day with scoring or assisting to players like Shane Long, Dušan Tadić, and Jay Rodriguez. He is due to get some points and for less than 6k, he is a true bargain.
Zlatan Ibrahimović: Manchester United - 9,600
What do I always say? "Goals get you money" and Zlatan is shitting goals at the moment as he has three in his first two Premier League games. Now they go to a bad Hull side where they will get chances against a sub-par keeper, and I can't see Hull being able to stop Zlatan, Pogba, and Rooney. Manchester United supporters get excited because you will win again.
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THANK THE LORD! Tottenham comes out of the Champions League draw with by far the easiest group in the competition. Even in the Champions League, we get a Europa League-ish group. But, let's try to stop hyperventilating and preview the group without bias (or at least try).
CSKA Moscow: Russian Premier League (Pot 1)
CSKA Moscow is coming off their 2015-16 Russian Premier League title win but even though they are champions, they are still by far the worst out of the Pot 1 clubs. This is the squad that has no expectation on them to do well. In saying this, Russia is known for two things: awful winters and terrible supporters which could be tough for any team to come in and get a result.
Notable Players: Igor Akinfeev (GK), Alan Dzagoev (M) and Lacina Traoré (F).
Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Bundesliga (Pot 2)
Bayer finished the 2015-16 Bundesliga campaign in third place behind Dortmund and Bayern Munich. They are known for their attacking flair and fantastic supporters. This is one squad no one wants to play; they have so many attacking players who can score at any moment and with a young manager in Roger Schmidt they are a team who can surprise a few in this year's Champions League.
Notable Players: Javier Hernández (F), Hakan Çalhanoğlu (M), Karim Bellarabi (M/F) and Bernd Leno (GK)
Tottenham Hotspur: Barclays Premier League (Pot 3)
Tottenham Hotspur are back in the Champions League! Tottenham comes into this season on the back of a fantastic third place finish. Tottenham is an exciting young squad that will be eager to make their stamp in all competitions they play in. The only thing that scares me about Spurs is their inexperience in the Champions League so they must look for Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen, and Son Heung-min to help the youngsters like Dele Alli and Eric Dier who haven't played in the competition. To recap, if I were to bet on this group, I would have to make Tottenham favorites due to their amazing defense and constant scoring threat.
Notable Players: Harry Kane (F), Hugo Lloris (GK), Toby Alderweireld (D) and Christian Eriksen (M).
AS Monaco FC: France Ligue 1 (Pot 4)
Monaco goes into their Champions League campaign after coming in third in Ligue 1 and also coming off the back of a bad showing in the UEFA Europa League last year. Monaco has some flashy players like Radamel Falcao and João Moutinho but, to be honest; I wouldn't expect too much of this team as a lot of these players came to the club for the insane weekly wages and low taxes. I think this is a team who will either come in third or fourth in the group but if Falcao can finally find his form they could be a bit of danger for the other clubs in this group
Notable Players: Radamel Falcao (F), João Moutinho (M) and Bernardo Silva (M).
1. Tottenham Hotspur
2. Bayer 04 Leverkusen
3. CSKA (Europa League Bound)
After their disappointing 0-0 draw against Leicester City the Arsenal away section in unity sang "We Want Wenger out." This was just a week after Wenger was attacked in the media for not signing a striker or central defender after their 4-3 loss to Liverpool. So this begs the question, does Wenger deserve this? Or are Arsenal fans wrong?
Why All The Frustration?
Arsenal's last Premier League title was over a decade ago in the season of 2003-04 where they didn't lose a single match. Now, at the start of every season, Arsenal fan have proclaimed "It's time for us to win the league again". And yet it has not happened since. Coming off last season where they came in second behind shock title winners Leicester City, Arsenal fans and pundits said: "Arsenal are one top class striker away to winning the league." They have been linked with Alexandre Lacazette, Gonzalo Higuaín, Karim Benzema and Mauro Icardi. With just over a week until the transfer deadline they are STILL to get any of these players but instead spent 30+ million on ANOTHER midfielder, which gave Arsenal fans hope the money that Arsene Wenger always talks about is finally getting put into the team but it still hasn't.
Does Arsene Wenger Deserve This Treatment?
As a Tottenham fan, I LOVE seeing the turmoil, arguments and even fights between Arsenal fans over the last couple of months. Looking at it in a non-biased way I am shocked to see Arsenal fans treating a man so poorly when he has practically made Arsenal the club they are today. Nowadays in English Football where managers usually stay for three years then move on or get sacked, Wenger should be praised for staying this long. Having a manager who has been with the same team since 1996 is incredible and very impressive to see. He has made players like Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Robin Van Persie to have amazing careers at the club. He's a manager who does it the right way, is loyal, tries to use the youth system (which is very rare for top clubs) and plays an attractive and attacking style of football that many managers don't.
Who would Replace Him?
Arsenal supporters bring up names like Diego Simeone, Joachim Löw, and even Carlo Ancelotti to replace the French man. But let's be honest: Why would ANY of these managers leave their jobs to join Arsenal? Diego Simeone is the God of Athletico Madrid and is a frequent Champions League favorite. Joachim Löw gets paid millions of dollars to work four months a year with the best International team in the world (Germany). And Carlo Ancelotti just moved to Bayern Munich and even though he doesn't usually stay long at a club, moving to Arsenal would be a step down for him.
To wrap up, Arsenal fans need to remember what happened to Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson left them, and they replaced him with a good manager in David Moyes. No matter how good the new manager is losing a club icon and legend who has been at the club 20+ years is a huge transition and will take time. If the last few seasons show anything, Arsenal fans don't have the patience to wait, and now especially since their biggest rival Tottenham has a younger and better squad than them and with a new 60,000 seat stadium coming. It really seems like Arsenal is in danger of being dethroned as North London's largest club.
After a tough parlay last week, only one out of four teams I put in my parlay won. I knew the masses were looking for me to bounce back with a heroic performance this week and I didn't disappoint.
Manchester City V Stoke
Out of the three games that were in my parlay this was the easiest one to predict. From start to finish Manchester City were levels above Stoke as Sergio Aguero got on the scoresheet twice in the first half with a penalty (27') and headed goal (36'). After Bojan had got one back for Stoke in the second half, new Manchester City signing Nolito puts the nail in the coffin with two as the match ended 4-1 to the away side.
Tottenham V Crystal Palace
Tottenham left it very late (in traditional fashion) to beat a poor Crystal Palace side 1-0. The players who shined were goal scorer Victor Wanyama and other Tottenham new boy Vincent Janssen. Tottenham missed multiple opportunities to score in the first half with none greater than Vincent Janssen having a chance 5 yards out that was parried away by a sprawling Wayne Hennessey. Tottenham's forward movement looked great at times even without scoring and their leading assist man Christian Eriksen was having another off day. Hopefully, they can build on this win as next week as they welcome Liverpool.
Everton V West Bromwich Albion
Going into this match I was very nervous how Everton would perform against a defensively strong side like West Brom. They needed a strong start to have a real chance in this match. These fears doubled as Everton did the complete opposite of this as they conceded early to a Gareth McAuley goal. I thought the game was pretty much over since I couldn't see a Tony Pulis side conceding two but then Everton equalized with a Kevin Mirallas goal on the stroke of halftime, then took the lead with a Gareth Barry header in the 60th minute. It was another impressive performance by Ronald Koeman's side as they seemed to have forgotten their bad habits under old boss Roberto Martínez.
With my parlay victory, Tottenham winning, Arsenal having an early season meltdown, and of course the New York Rangers getting Jimmy Vessey, it's been a pretty exhilarating 24 hours for ya boy and hopefully next weekend will be even better (but it probably won't).
The New York Rangers have won the Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes! The NEW YORK RANGERS! Thank god! We have had such a fantastic offseason with getting players like Mika Zibanejad and bringing exciting prospect Pavel Buchnevich from Russia and this is the icing on the cake. The Rangers have shown with this signing we are rebuilding the right way and not spending money on a player that we will need to buy out three years later (Brad Richards). Also, it's such an amazing feeling seeing your beloved team beat out other NHL teams and especially your rivals. Now with another exciting player, this can also help take the load off of JT Miller, Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, and even Rick Nash. I can see Vesey playing with his fellow mass-holes Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider which is sure to be a big and scary line for any team in the NHL to face.
Left Wing — shoots Left
Born May 26 1993 — North Reading, MA
Height 6’1 — Weight 195 lbs [185 cm / 88 kg]