Socrates, the classical Greek philosopher, is credited with a lot of really insightful quotes, like “an unexamined life is not worth living,” and “the only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.” And let’s not forget his classic, “be suspicious of combining two good things.” Okay, that wasn’t Socrates, that was actually my childhood friend Damian, but it’s as wise as anything the founder of western philosophy said. Growing up, we would go see the Allman Brothers every Fourth of July and Damian couldn’t understand why the Brothers insisted on playing on the holiday every year. The Fourth is already guaranteed to be a killer party, why throw another killer party on top of it? Why not play a show on the fifth and then we’d all have two awesome days in a row instead of jamming everything into a single day. It’s solid logic that I think even Socrates would appreciate. Christmas is great, and while it might be tempting to combine Christmas and Easter into the same day, with maybe a live broadcast of the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus going at it Greco-Roman style, I think we can all agree that it’s best to spread those two holidays out. There’s only so much fun you can have on a single day before it just becomes white noise. I tend to apply that same philosophy when it comes to beer, too. Beer is great and so are things like chocolate and bananas and Christmas trees, so it might be tempting to combine two or more great things into a single package. That’s how you get Jelly Bean IPAs and Old Bay Lagers. These beers sound like a great idea, but they rarely work out and I usually find myself wishing I could separate all of the ingredients so that I could enjoy a bowl of Jelly Beans next to my IPA. So I was suspicious when Sweetwater released Pulled Porter, a bacon smoked flavored beer that, at first glance, feels a little bit like watching Santa and the Easter Bunny wrestle. Too much of a good thing, maybe even a little sacrilegious. But this beer works. The Atlanta-based brewery partnered with Fox Brothers, arguably the best barbecue joint in the city to create the smoky, pork profile. Over three days, Fox Brothers smoked one ton of malt along with racks of bacon on their wood-burning smoker. Sweetwater used that malt to give this porter a smoky, bacony element that’s strong without being overwhelming. You get a hint of bacon, but it’s not like you’re drinking a bacon milkshake. Look for the beer in four packs this winter. And in case you’re wondering, I already applied for a trademark on the term “bacon milkshake.”Related:
Report: Pomee settles on the trojansFour-star wide receiver/tight end Junior Pomee (Moreno Valley, Calif.) has committed to USC, according to Lya Wodraska of the Salt Lake Tribune.Pomee gave a verbal commitment to the Trojans just days after visiting the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.“We are glad to finally get it over with,” his father, Kapelieli Pomee, told Wodraska on Monday night. “Mainly he wanted to stay close to his family.”Pomee’s decision could likely result in three-star cornerback Ryan Henderson (Moreno Valley, Calif.) signing with USC on National Signing Day, as well. Henderson, a long-time Utah commit and teammate of Pomee, had recently said he was split 50-50 between the Utes and Trojans.Many have speculated, however, that if Pomee signs with USC, Henderson will quickly follow suit.— Joey Kaufmanfour-star recruit Grimble decommitsJalen Grimble (Las Vegas), who is rated as the No. 7 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com, withdrew his verbal commitment to play for USC, according to the Las Vegas Sun.The 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive lineman from Bishop Gorman High School verbally committed to USC last May but is no longer being recruited by the Trojans, according to the report.According to a press release from his high school promoting the school’s signing day event, Grimble will choose to play for either Miami (Fla.) or UCLA on Wednesday.Rivals.com also lists Nebraska as a possible destination for the highest-rated recruit from Nevada.Verbal commitments, such as the one Grimble gave to USC in May, are non-binding. Commitments only become official when an athlete signs his letter of intent.— Will LawsRoberson to sign with florida or uscFour-star cornerback Marcus Roberson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) will sign a letter of intent Wednesday to play college football at either Florida or USC, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.Roberson committed to Auburn on Monday, but withdrew his verbal commitment approximately 24 hours after.This marked the second time the St. Thomas Aquinas High cornerback has rescinded a commitment.Prior to committing to Auburn on Friday, Roberson had committed to Texas Tech Jan. 18, just days after visiting USC.“I’m trying to do what’s best for me,” Roberson told the Sun-Sentinel. “The decision with Auburn was between me and the coaches there.”— Joey Kaufman
The Rams and Seahawks form the new premier rivalry in the NFC West — until either team plays the surprisingly undefeated division-leading 49ers. That makes the “Thursday Night Football” game in Seattle (8:20 pm. ET, Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video) a critical Week 5 matchup for the division race.Not much separates the playoff contenders as the Rams are coming off a bad loss at home and the Seahawks were upset last time at home. Pete Carroll and Sean McVay makes from a great coaching battle, and the quarterback duel between Russell Wilson and Jared Goff is also marque. Stat that mattersThe Seahawks have struggled to run the ball as well as they would like this season because of inconsistent line play and their defensive issues causing a flip in the desired game script. They were able to rush well against the Cardinals last week, finally, with Chris Carson pounding out 104 yards on 22 carries. The Rams, however, are much improved against the run from last season, ranking No. 9 Rams vs. Seahawks predictionThe Rams will correct some of the big problems they had against the pass vs. the Buccaneers to contain Wilson’s downfield passing game just enough. Goff will have better matchups to consistently exploit with Kupp, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. Gurley will have a better game than Carson, and the Rams also will win the battle of special teams to take the expected close one on the road.Rams 33, Seahawks 30 Here’s a breakdown of how their latest meeting might play out, including updated odds, betting trends and our prediction.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook ReviewBetting odds for Rams vs. SeahawksSpread: Seahawks by 1.5Point total: 49.5Odds: Rams -105, Seahawks -105The Rams were favored by 1.5 before the results of Week 4, when the Seahawks routed the Cardinals and the Rams were upset by the Buccaneers in big fashion. Vegas sees this as an essential tossup game.Rams vs. Seahawks all-time seriesThe Seahawks lead this rivalry with a 23-19 record. The Rams, however, have won three consecutive games in the series, six of the past eight and seven of the past 10. Before then, the Seahawks had won 16 of 18 in the teams’ early days as NFC West division opponents.Three trends to know— Bettors have been split half and half on the spread but 57 percent are going with the Rams on the moneyline with 55 percent liking the game to go over the point total after each team scored 30 points in both meetings last season.— The Seahawks have gone 7-1 when playing Thursday games during the Wilson-Carroll era.— The Seahawks are 4-2 against the spread vs. the Rams over three seasons, but they are only 2-4 straight up.Three things to watchMr. Kupp comes back to WashingtonRams wide receiver Cooper Kupp grew up in Yakima, Wash., and went to Eastern Washington before being drafted by the Rams in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft. He comes into the game with three consecutive 100-yard receiving outings. He’s fourth in the NFL with 32 receptions and second with 388 receiving yards. He’s tied for second with many players with 3 TDs. The Seahawks have been leaky in slot coverage so this game sets up Kupp to stay hot.Lockett it inTyler Lockett is the slot nightmare the Seahawks present the Rams. He scored in each of the games against the Rams last season, totaling 165 yards from 8 catches on 10 targets. His big-play threat will be key after the Rams couldn’t cover the Buccaneers’ Chris Godwin anywhere on the field in Week 4.Todd Gurley’s volumeGurley got only five carries in the blowout loss to the Buccaneers, but he had two TDs off his 5 carries and 7 catches for 54 yards. The Seahawks won’t be sleeping on him after he burned them for 273 yards and 4 TDs on 45 touches in two games last season.