- The 40 Yards of Gold taking place on Saturday, June 29, 2019 is a sprinting tournament for football players with some free time this weekend
- The event will pit 16 speedsters against each other in head-to-head matchups
- New Orleans Saints’ WR Ted Ginn Jr is the favorite on the offensive side of the ball, while unsigned corner Jalen Myrick leads the defense
Despite the skepticism of many, 40 Yards of Gold will, in fact, be going ahead this weekend on Saturday, June 29. Sure, the bracket to determine “pro football’s fastest man” only has half its participants currently on an NFL roster, but that doesn’t matter to us; all that matters is the betting possibilities.
When we last examined the odds, the field was reportedly 24 players. That number has shrunk to 16. Apparently some NFL teams weren’t too keen on risking their player’s health on what is essentially a playground race hosted by Chad Ochocinco (or is it Johnson now? I can’t keep track).
40 Yards of Gold Tournament Offense Winner Odds
|Ted Ginn Jr||+250|
*All odds taken as of 6/27/19
That smaller pool just means your odds of picking a winner have improved. And considering this event is $40 on Pay-Per-View, you’ll want to net some return if you’re watching. So let’s examine some odds.
— 40 Yards of Gold (@40YardsofGold) June 24, 2019
Shocked to see a 34-year-old man at the top of the leaderboard for a speed contest? I was too. But Ginn Jr.’s straight-line speed is the only reason we can still refer to him as a current NFLer. Still, this a wide-open field and betting a younger specimen is the way to go here.
Ginn Jr is a veteran and that means he knows he doesn’t need to be in tip top shape at this point of the calendar. I don’t like his chances of lasting three straight races in the middle of his offseason. Meanwhile, this is the kind of speed Marquise Goodwin showed up to camp with last year.
??? Marquise Goodwin shows off his Olympic speed on Richard Sherman pic.twitter.com/2e7SrqZu4N
— Fanatics View (@fanaticsview) August 2, 2018
Goodwin’s side of the bracket is the unknown or unproven kids. But while they’ll be eager for the chance to prove themselves, I’ll side with the former Olympian.
Pick: Goodwin (+500)
40 Yards of Gold Tournament Defense Winner Odds
|John Franklin III||+700|
|Charles James II||+1000|
The idea that this contest is for bragging rights is ultimately laughable when you look at this defensive field.
— 40 Yards of Gold (@40YardsofGold) May 29, 2019
If a guy like Jalen Myrick does win the defensive side of the bracket, can he really talk trash to a two-time Pro Bowler like DRC or a budding star like Donte Jackson? Teams already knew the Golden Gopher was fast after his blazing 4.28 40-time at the combine. It’s not like he’ll suddenly stick on an NFL roster after this.
OFFICIAL: Jalen Myrick (DB – @GopherFootball) ran a 4.28 40-yard dash.
— NFL (@NFL) March 6, 2017
So considering this figures to be his last chance at the spotlight and the fact that he is just two years removed from that 40-time, the kid with a chip on his shoulder is worth a play.
Pick: Myrick (+150)
First-Round Matchup Odds
|Ted Ginn Jr||-250|
It would be so Tedd Ginn to figuratively drop the ball here.
Pick: Ford (+170)
Highest drop % among 50 most-targeted WRs over the past 4 seasons:
Amari Cooper – 8.4%
Ted Ginn – 7.8%
Davante Adams – 7.5%
Dez Bryant – 7.4%
Michael Crabtree – 7.4% pic.twitter.com/wnd8yYfzUV
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) October 23, 2018
First-Round Matchup Odds
Let’s go with Trae Waynes here. He has excellent closing speed, ran a 4.31 at his combine and he needs to impress other teams, since he’s in every Vikings trade rumor this offseason.
Pick: Waynes (-120)
— #RebuildSZN? (@Sturdi1) April 24, 2019
Offense vs Defense Odds
|Who Will Win the 40 Yards of Gold Tournament?||Odds|
This has the feeling of the NBA Skills Contest when the bigs started going against the guards. Always go with the side of the ball that is getting slighted. Any level of motivation is helpful in a mid-summer screw around like this.
Pick: Defense (-110)
Odds Anyone Will Run Faster Than 4.29 Seconds?
While Myrick did break that mark at his combine, most players are prepping for months for that showcase. I’m guessing most of these players are in the same boat as me and just found out about this event this week.
Pick: No (-140)
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