Well Week 2 of the National Football League season is over and our picks for the week weren’t great. Dan the Man was the only one to end the week over .500 at 9-7 and he’s 18-14 on the season. Schaumburg Stu was 7-9 in Week 2 and is 16-16 so far this season. Mr. Fantasy and I where a horrible 6-10 for Week 2 and are 2 games under .500 at 15-17 through two weeks. Luckily it’s earlier in the season and there’s time to make up some ground.

At the end of the show on Sunday’s, this football season I have Mr. Fantasy pick which players will be the highest scorer at their positions. He didn’t get any picks right last week; so let’s see how his picks for Week 2 went. At quarterback Mr. Fantasy choose Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos for the second week in a row. Manning ended up as the 4th highest scoring quarterback as Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was the top scorer. Mr. Fantasy went with a Chicago Bears player at running; he choose Matt Forte Week 2’s highest scoring running back was Giovani Bernard of the Cincinnati Bengals. Forte finished the week in 35th for running backs. Mr. Fantasy had Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green as his pick, but the highest scoring wide receiver was the Green Bay Packers Jordy Nelson. Green got injured during Cincinnati’s game and didn’t score in Week 2. Mr. Fantasy’s tight end pick for Week 2 was Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers. Sure enough with 7 catches for 96 yards and 3 touchdowns Gates was the highest scoring tight end for Week 2. At kicker Mr. Fantasy went with Cairo Santos of the Kansas City Chiefs. Dan Bailey of the Dallas Cowboys was the highest scoring kicker in Week 2. In Week 2 Santos finished 20th among kickers. Mr. Fantasy’s sleeper of the week was Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata. Asiata had 13 rushing attempts for 36 yards and caught 5 passes for 48 yards and a touchdown and he was worth 21.40 points.

Two divisions were clinched last night in major league baseball. The Washington Nationals won the National League for the second time in three years and for the first time since 1997 the Baltimore Orioles won the American League East. There where a lot of people picking the Nationals to win their division this season including myself and Schaumburg Stu. The Orioles on the other hand have to be considered a bit of a surprise division winner. The Nationals have 2 number 1 overall picks on their roster in Steven Strasburg and Bryce Harper and at the trading deadline added Asdrubal Cabrera to solidify the 2nd base position. The Orioles on the other hand lost All-Stars; catcher Matt Wieters and 3rd baseman Manny Machado for the season with injuries and then slugger Chris Davis was suspended 25 games for failing a drug test. So how did the Orioles win the division? Well it starts with the best free agent signing on the off-season Nelson Cruz. Cruz has provided the power that Davis didn’t this season with 39 home runs and 103 RBI’s while hitting .264 so far this season. Adam Jones is hitting .286 with 25 home runs and 87 RBI’s. While Chris Tillman appears to be the ace of the Orioles pitching staff leading them in ERA at 3.29 and in strikeouts with 139. Wei-Yin Chen is leading the Orioles staff in wins with 16. Bud Norris has 13 wins and Tillman has added 12 wins. After an early season injury to Tommy hunter Zach Britton stepped in and picked up 35 saves in 39 attempts. Andrew Miller was added to the bullpen at the trading deadline and the left-handed specialist posted a 1.04 ERA in 19 games. Darren O’Day was 5-1 with 23 holds and an ERA of 1.53 as Baltimore’s main set up guy. For the Orioles to have playoff success the pitching staff will have to continue throwing the way they have this season. While it looks like Tillman, Chen and Norris will be the top three starting pitchers in the playoffs if the Orioles decide to use a 4th starter they’ll have to pick between Ubaldo Jiménez, Miguel González or Kevin Gausman for that spot. For the Nationals it looks more and more like Denard Span will be the key to Washington’s post season success. Span is hitting . 299 and has 31 stolen bases in the lead off spot. Anthony Rendon bounced between 2nd and 3rd base this season, but has hit .285 with 20 home runs and 80 R.B.I.s. Adam LaRoche is leading the Nationals in home runs right now with 24, but Ian Desmond is just 1 home run behind at 23 and Desmond also leads the Nationals in RBI’s with 88. If Ryan Zimmerman can get healthy he’ll add one more bat to the Nationals line up either playing everyday or coming off the bench in the post season. Tanner Roark leads the Nationals pitching staff with 14 wins while Strasburg and Jordan Zimmerman have 12 wins apiece. Zimmerman leads the staff in ERA. at 2,83 and Strasburg has the most strikeouts on the staff with 230. Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez round out the Nationals starting five and you have to wonder which one would head to the bullpen for the playoffs. Drew Storen has stepped into the closer role as Rafael Soriano has struggled down the stretch. getting Soriano right may be another key to playoff success for Washington. Was it just an odd fact that these two teams who aren’t located that far apart clinched their divisions on the same night. Let’s see who’s next to wrap up one of baseballs playoff spots.

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On Thursday night the Baltimore Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6. With the way the game started it didn’t look like it would end in a 20 Ravens victory, but every time the Steelers got a drive going there would be a turnover that ended that drive. On the opening drive of the game Pittsburgh was moving the ball well and looked like they would end up with some type of points out of the drive. That drive ended when wide receiver Justin Brown fumbled. It seemed like that turnover really set the tone for the game. Owen Daniels caught a 2 yard touchdown pass with .27 seconds left in the 1st quarter. Baltimore never trailed in the game. Justin Tucker got his 1st of 4 field goals in the 2nd quarter to give the Ravens a 10-0 lead. Shawn Suisham hit 2 field goals to cut the Baltimore lead to 10-6 and it looked like the Steelers where back in the game, but those where the last points the Steelers would score for the night. Owen Daniels added a 2nd receiving touchdown; this time 1 yarder from Joe Flacco. In the 4th quarter Tucker made 3 field goals from 23, 22 and 20 yards to cap off the Ravens scoring night.

Flacco was 21 for 29 on the night for 166 and those 2 touchdowns for the Ravens. Bernard Pierce ran the ball 22 times for 96 yards to lead the Baltimore rushing attack. Steve Smith Sr. had 6 catches for 71 yards as the top Ravens receiver. Daniels only had 28 yards receiving on 5 catches, but he added those 2 touchdowns. On defense Elvis Dumervil had both of the Baltimore sacks of Ben Roethlisberger. C.J. Mosley recovered 1 of the Steelers fumbles and added 9 tackles. DeAngelo Tyson recovered the other Steelers fumble. Haloti Ngata ended the Steelers night by picking off Roethlisberger late in the game. For the Steelers Roethlisberger went 22 for 37 for 217 yards and that 1 interception. Le’Veon Bell was the Steelers leading rusher with 59 yards on 11 carries. Bell also added 5 catches for 48 yards. Antonio Brown was the Steelers leading receiver with 7 catches for 90 yards. Lawrence Timmons was the Steelers leading tacklers with 12 while Ryan Shazier was right behind him with 11 tackles. Both teams are now 1-1 in the AFC North. In Week 3 Pittsburgh stays on the road to play the Carolina panthers on Sunday night while the Ravens play their 3rd division opponent as they head to Cleveland to play the Browns.

The National Hockey League season is less than a month away from starting and the NHL has made some rule changes for the coming season.

Rule 1.8 – Rink – Goalkeeper’s Restricted Area. What it should mean. The trapezoid will be expanded by two feet from the goal post on both sides of the net.

Rule 23 – Game Misconduct Penalties. A new Game Misconduct category will be created. Clipping, charging, elbowing, interference, kneeing, head-butting and butt-ending move from the general category into the same category as boarding and checking from behind (“Physical Fouls”), whereby a player who incurs two such game misconducts in this category would now be automatically suspended for one game.

Rule 24 – Penalty Shot; The ‘Spin-O-Rama’ move, as described in Section 24.2 of the 2013-14 NHL Rule Book, will no longer be permitted either in Penalty Shot situations or in the Shootout.

Rule 38 – Video Goal Judge; Video review will be expanded in the following areas: Rule 38.4 (viii) has been modified to allow broader discretion to Hockey Operations to assist the referees in determining the legitimacy of all potential goals (e.g., to ensure they are “good hockey goals”). The revised Rule will allow Hockey Operations to correct a broader array of situations where video review clearly establishes that a “goal” or “no goal” call on the ice has been made in error. The new expanded rule will also allow Hockey Operations to provide guidance to referees on goal and potential goal plays where the referee has blown his whistle (or intended to blow his whistle) after having lost sight of the puck. In reviewing “Kicked in Goals,” Hockey Operations will require more demonstrable video evidence of a “distinct kicking motion” in order to overrule a “goal” call on the ice, or to uphold a “no goal” call on the ice.

Rule 57 – Tripping: The rule relating to “Tripping” will be revised to specifically provide that a two-minute minor penalty will be assessed when a defending player “dives” and trips an attacking player with his body/arm/shoulder, regardless of whether the defending player is able to make initial contact with the puck. But, in situations where a penalty shot might otherwise be appropriate, if the defending player “dives” and touches the puck first (before the trip), no penalty shot will be awarded. (In such cases, the resulting penalty will be limited to a two-minute minor penalty for tripping.)

Rule 64 – Diving / Embellishment: The supplementary discipline penalties associated with Rule 64.3 (Diving/Embellishment) will be revised to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines will be assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below.

Incident # Player Fine(s) Head Coach Fine(s)
1 Warning N/A
2 $2,000 N/A
3 $3,000 N/A
4 $4,000 $2,000
5 $5,000 $3,000
6 $5,000 $4,000
7 $5,000 $5,000
8 $5,000 $5,000

Rule 76 – Face-offs: To curb delay tactics on face-offs after icing infractions, in situations where the defending team is guilty of a face-off violation, following an icing, the defending player who is initially lined up for the face-off will be given a warning, but will be required to remain in the circle to take the face-off. A second face-off violation by the defending team in such situation will result in a two-minute minor bench penalty.

Rule 84 – Overtime: Teams will switch ends prior to the start of overtime in the regular season. The entire ice surface will undergo a “dry scrape” prior to the start of overtime in the regular season. The procedure requiring the head coach to submit a list of the first three shooters in the shoot-out has been eliminated.

Rule 85 – Puck Out of Bounds: There have been further rule changes made relating to face-off location to avoid penalizing teams for plays intended to create bona fide scoring opportunities. Specifically, the following are “categories of plays” where face-offs will remain in the attacking zone despite the fact that the attacking team was technically responsible for the stoppage in play: Shots at the net by a player on the attacking team where: (i) the shot breaks the glass; (ii) the shot goes off the side of the net and deflects out of play; (iii) the shot goes off the dasher boards or glass and deflects out of play; (iv) the shot is tipped or deflected out of play by a teammate; and (v) the shot becomes wedged in or on the exterior of the goal net.

In addition, the following rule change will be enacted for the 2014 preseason and may be continued for the 2014/15 regular season if approved by the League and the NHLPA.

Rule 1.9 – Rink – Face-off Spots and Circles – Ice Markings/Hash Marks The hash marks at the end zone circles will be moved from three feet apart to five feet, seven inches apart (international markings).

I definitely have to thank http://www.NHL.com for explaining these rule changes to me in a way I could understand them, but I will miss the spin -o- rama move in a shoot out.

Last night the Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 87-82 to sweep the WNBA championship series and win the league title. Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree led the Mercury with 24 points apiece as Phoenix played without star center Brittney Griner. Taurasi scored 14 of her 24 points in the fourth quarter and hit a tie breaking 16-foot jumper and was fouled with 14.3 seconds left and made the ensuing free throw to put Phoenix up 85-82. DeWanna Bonner had 12 points and Penny Taylor added 11 for the Mercury. Elena Delle Donne, who battled a back injury during the series, scored 23 points, Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and Allie Quigley had 19 for the Sky.

So how was your week?

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Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books. If you’re a regular listener to Sports Time Radio you know that Dan the Man, Mr. Fantasy and I picked the winners of the games. This season we classed it up a little bit by adding Schaumburg Stu to the list of people picking games. I do have to warn you not to bet your hard-earned money on any choices we make. As you’ll be able to tell by our records we don’t bet our own money on our picks. For Week 1 we all ended up taking different roads, but everyone got to 9-7 for the 1st week. We’ll pick the Thursday night game on Thursday’s show 5:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m. and will announce the rest of our picks on the Sunday morning show 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

On last Sunday’s show I made Mr. Fantasy pick one player at each position who would be the highest scoring player for fantasy in Week 1. Now I’m using the scoring system we use in our Yahoo fantasy league to get my point totals; so your league may use a different scoring system. Mr. Fantasy was a little Denver Bronco heavy for his Week 1 picks; so let’s see how that worked out for him. At quarterback Mr. Fantasy said Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos. Manning ended up being the 3rd highest scoring quarterback as Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons and Matt Stafford of the Detroit Lions scored more points. At running back Mr. Fantasy went with Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson finished 23rd among running backs as Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Von Bell was the highest scoring running back in Week 1. The next Denver Broncos player Mr. Fantasy went with was wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Thomas finished Week 1 54th out of the wide receivers. Calvin Johnson “Megatron” was the top wide receiver in Week 1 action. At tight end for Week 1 Mr. Fantasy went with Dallas Cowboys veteran Jason Witten. Witten was the 34th tight end from Week 1. This is where Mr. Fantasy should’ve went with a Denver Broncos player as Julius Thomas was the highest scoring tight end for Week 1. I even made Mr. Fantasy pick a kicker for Week 1. Again he went to the Denver Broncos for his pick. Brandon McManus is the Broncos kicker filling in for the suspended Matt Prater. McManus ended Week 1 in 16th place among kickers. Matt Bryant of the Atlanta Falcons took the top spot for kickers in Week 1. To be fair to Mr. Fantasy I didn’t give him any time to prepare for this segment of the show and I just dropped these questions. Now he’ll know every week that they’re coming.

While the baseball season is headed to a close the experts are starting to throw out their picks for the top awards. The debate that always seems to come up is who is the National League MVP? Many of these experts are picking Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw as MVP While Kershaw is far and away the best pitcher in major league baseball I don’t think he should be the NL MVP As of this writing Kershaw has made 24 starts for the Dodgers. It doesn’t look like Kershaw will get to 30 starts this season. A baseball team will play 162 games in a season; should a guy that plays in less than 30 games be the M.V.P. Kershaw will easily win the Cy Young award for the NL this season. Kershaw is 18-3 with a 1.67 ERA in his 24 starts. While Kershaw has had a great season and has great numbers I again have to ask; is a guy who plays in less than 30 games the MVP? No one in the NL has stepped up to claim this award as their own, but we still have some time left this season. San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has been one of the hottest players in baseball and if he can continue will be in the running for MVP The Miami Marlins have hung around the wild card race even after losing their #1 pitcher (Jose Fernandez) to injury. Will that get their star player Giancarlo Stanton some MVP consideration. The Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves back in the wild card chase. Defending MVP Andrew McCutchen is their star, but would the Pirates be where they are without the play of Josh Harrison? While I don’t think that McCutchen or Harrison will win the NL MVP they both should pick up some votes. Just to put it out on the table; st the beginning of the baseball season we selected who would win awards this season. For NL MVP, Dan the Man picked Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mr. Fantasy went with Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers. Schaumburg Stu selected Bryce Harper of the Washington nationals and I went with Yader Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Did you know that the WNBA is playing their championship right now. The Phoenix Mercury have a 2 games to 0 lead over the Chicago Sky. The Mercury won Game 1 83-62 and last night won Game 2 97-68. The series is set for a best 3 out of 5 games. Phoenix will try to close out the series Friday night in Chicago. Phoenix set a record in Game 1 by shooting 58% and added some more records in Game 2. The Mercury set a WNBA Finals record margin of 29 points. Tonight was another record-setting night for the Mercury all around with Diana Taurasi surpassing Katie Smith for second on the WNBA Finals all-time scorers list and tying her for the most 3-pointers made in WNBA Finals history. I’m betting you weren’t expecting any WNBA in this blog.

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It’s opening day for the NFL and as I sit here watching the Bears vs Bills at Soldier Field. it takes me way back for a throwback thursday if you will, to just a couple weeks ago, when I was able to go to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs Da Bears. Yes that is grammatically correct, anytime you put da in front of bears, they are automatically capitalized like so, Da Bears! Now, just because I know a season ticket holder but that doesn’t mean he just throws me the tickets all season long, I wish, but he did give me a set of preseaon tickets that had a face value of approximately $100 per ticket. For Preason! Sadly seeing what it costs to go to a Bears game, I will probably never go to regular season game. Something the Big Jack and I have discussed numerous times on Sports Time Radio. When I looked online, the seats I sat in two rows higher were going for about $350 a piece. If I were to have purchased these tickets, it would be more than my mortgage for the month. The Big Jack and I have talked about today and it being so much easier and cheaper to just stay home and watch on your big screen tv. I have a 55in. Its not a 70in but it still a great view. I have a bathroom close by and theres almost always never a line. I can buy a six pack for the price of one beer. Although I enjoy all the conveniences of home, there still is nothing like go to a live sporting event. Look at this view.


I had four tickets, one for me and of course my wife, she could care less what we are going to see as long as there is some good food. She prefers the live version than sitting on the couch. She loves a Super Bowl party, where I would rather watch the game at home. Two more tickets left but its a no brainer, I called my dad and my sister, to ask if my nephew could go? Check and Check. First thing you must know when going to a Bears game, is where to park. It’s the NFL, its not the MLB, so don’t drive down and look for parking. Be prepared, go to http://soldierfieldparking.comand buy your parking in advance. My seats were by the North Gate and there is a north gate parking lot which was $50 but it was sold out. Parking by the Planetarium was $100, I’m sure this is where the serious tailgaters are set up. There was a parking lot south of Mc Cormick Place for about $40. You could tailgate there and bring alcohol. There are shuttles to take you to the tunnel that goes under Lake Shore Drive and brings you to the South Gate. I chose the $50 family parking, which was a parking lot near 18th street. The parking lot allows tailgating but no alcohol but no shuttle bus needed because the lot is where the shuttle bus drops off and picks up. Either way your going to do some walking. My suggestion when you’ve decided on parking no which way to go. If you picked the Planetarium, North lot or 18th street, take Lake Shore Drive North. If your going to the south lots. Go south and follow the signs.

My wife works in the loop of downtown Chicago, and she came to the game with a few co-workers and even received free drinks at the bar before the game. Our seats were great, on the aisle and only four rows from the tunnel to the seats. My dad and my nephew went down to the field seats but were unable to snag any autographs. My wife arrived just before the national anthem. It was exiting to be apart of the ceremonial introductions. It seems to go by much quicker when you are there. Before you know it, it’s kickoff and the game is on. It’s very hard to get a whole lot out of a preseason game. Cutler and his offense were out there for a little bit and to be honest, it was the Cutler we’ve seen year after year. It was all about the experience of being at Soldier Field and watching the game. We got a good look at back up running back, Shaun Draughn. Also, Blake Bortles was pretty impressive against the second string defense. Through out the game my wife, father and I had to take my nephew to tour Soldier Field. My nephew surprisingly didn’t want anything from the gift shops. My father, on the other hand, came back from his turn with a t-shirt for my mom. All I went home with was the souvenir cup that went with my hot dog, which my dad bought. Thanks Dad.

Even though it was pre season, it was still a great experience. My dad hadn’t been to game in over 10 years, and it was the first game for my wife, nephew and I. One day, I may have throw away income to spend thousands of dollars for one day watching Da Bears live. That or I will be the proud buyer of season tickets to the Chicago Bears. Which I still have trouble deciding weather or not to sell the whole season as a package or try to sell all but one game to make enough money to pay for the game I attend. Either way, it will be a while before This Old Stub documents my experience at Soldier Field. Unless of course, I am given these tickets again next year.

Thursday night the NFL season kicked off in Seattle. The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers 36-16. It was a tight game going into the 2nd half. Seattle was ahead 17-10 at halftime, but was able to pull away in the second half. The Seahawks added a field goal and a safety in the 3rd quarter while holding Green Bay scoreless to make the score 22-10 after three quarters. While the Packers where able to put up a touchdown in the 4th quarter the Seahawks scored 2 touchdowns to get the score to where it ended 36-16.

The Seahawks were led by quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch and wide receiver Percy Harvin, Wilson was 19/28 for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wilson also ran the ball 7 times for 29 yards. Lynch handle the load on the ground for the Seahawks carrying the football 20 timed for 110 yards and scoring twice. Harvin led the Seahawks in receptions with 7 and receiving yards with 59. Ricardo Lockette and Derrick Coleman where the two players Wilson threw his touchdown passes to. On the defensive side the Seahawks had 3 sacks and 1 interception. Cliff Avril, O’Brien Schofield and Michael Bennett where the Seahawks getting sacks. Bennett’s sack led to the Seattle safety which was credited to Tony McDaniel. Byron Maxwell got the interception for Seattle. Bobby Wagner led the team with 14 tackles and Kam Chancellor had 11 tackles. For the Packers Aaron Rodgers was 23/33 for 189 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. James Starks gained the most yards rushing for the Packers. Carrying the ball 7 times for 37 yards. John Kuhn had the Packers rushing touchdown. Jordy Nelson was the Packers leading receiver with 9 catches for 83 yards. Randall Cobb caught the touchdown pass from Rodgers. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had the Packers only sack of the game while Morgan Burnett and A.J. Hawk where the teams leading tacklers with 8 tackles apiece.

You’ll get our full picks for Week 1 of the NFL season on Sunday’s show, but on every Thursday show will let you know who we’re picking for that night’s game. On the show we all had Seattle winning this game; so going into Sunday’s game we’re all 1-0. This season Schaumburg Stu is joining myself, Mr. Fantasy and Dan the Man in picking the week’s NFL games.

It seemed like at one point in time everyone had expected the St. Louis cardinals to pass the Milwaukee Brewers for 1st place in the National League (N.L.) Central and it finally happened. Milwaukee ended a nine game losing streak last night (Friday) with a 6-2 win over St. Louis. They’re playing a four game series against each other this weekend. St. Louis won Thursday nights game; so the series is 1 game apiece right now. The Brewers are 3 games out of 1st place and really need to win the two remaining games in this series to tighten the division race. Milwaukee does hold 1 of the 3 N.L. wild card spots, but any team would prefer to win the division than go into that one game wild card playoff. Tonight’s game is a 6:10 p.m. (CST) start in Miller Park features Lance Lynn (14-8) on the mound for the Cardinals against Kyle Lohse (12-8) for the Brewers. Lynn is the pitcher St. Louis likes to see on the mound in Milwaukee. Lynn is 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings in nine games; five starts at Milwaukee, including three relief appearances in the 2011 N.L. championship series.
He fanned 11 Brewers while scattering three hits in seven innings of a 4-0 win in his most recent visit to Miller Park on April 14. Lohse is in a six-start stretch in which he’s gone 1-4 with a 6.46 ERA while opponents have batted .322. He was roughed up for seven runs Sunday and pulled with two outs in the sixth of a 15-5 defeat at San Francisco. While there are a couple of other close pennant races these are the only two top teams playing each other this week. The other tight races have the Loa Angeles Dodgers with a 2 game lead in the N.L. West over the San Francisco Giants. The Kansas City Royals also have a 2 game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the American League (A.L.) Central. I mentioned earlier that teams would much, much rather win their division than be a wild card team. Not that a team wouldn’t take a spot in the playoffs as a wild card team, but you’d much rather win your division than go into the winner take all wild card game.

Team USA has moved into the next round of play in the FIBA World Cup. The international basketball tournament is borrowing the name from soccer. Team USA’s average margin of victory is 33.2 Points Per Game (PPG) through its first five games. While I’m not all that interested in this tournament the National Basketball Association (NBA) news that came out was when NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that he believes expanded legalized sports betting in the United States is what he called “inevitable,” and the league is open to participating in it. Silver is the first professional sports commissioner who has come out and address gambling and their league. It’s a change in tune for the NBA, which in 2012 joined the NCAA, NFL, MLB and NHL in suing New Jersey over its efforts to bring legalized sports betting to its casinos and race tracks. The sports leagues, which were joined by the Department of Justice, ultimately prevailed over New Jersey with a majority decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. New Jersey, however, is continuing its pursuit of sports betting. More than $3.6 billion was wagered on sports at Nevada sports books in 2013. The American Gaming Association, citing the National Gambling Impact Study, estimates that as much as $380 billion is wagered illegally in the U.S. annually. I’d be interested to know where the other major sports stand on this topic, but I doubt will hear much from them on gambling. This is a story that I’ll be interested to see play out.

So how was your week?

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The NFL season starts tomorrow in Seattle as the defending champion Seattle Seahawks take on the Green Bay Packers. There have been a ton of suspensions this off seasons; some injuries here and there and it looks like only one rookie quarterback starting Week 1. Everybody has their predictions of how the season is going to go; so here are ours. Let’s see how we do. If you see a (WC) next to a team’s name that means they where that person wild card choice.

Let’s start with the AFC.

How Dan the Man see’s the AFC East. 1st New England Patriots, 2nd New York Jets, 3rd Miami Dolphins and 4th Buffalo Bills.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st New England Patriots, 2nd New York Jets, 3rd Miami Dolphins and 4th Buffalo Bills.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st New England Patriots, 2nd New York Jets, 3rd Miami Dolphins and 4th Buffalo Bills.
Here’s how I have it; 1st New England Patriots, 2nd Miami Dolphins, 3rd Buffalo Bills and 4th New York Jets.

How Dan the Man see’s the AFC North. 1st Baltimore Ravens, 2nd Cincinnati Bengals (WC), 3rd Pittsburgh Steelers and 4th Cleveland Browns.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st Baltimore Ravens, 2nd Cincinnati Bengals (WC), 3rd Pittsburgh Steelers and 4th Cleveland Browns.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st Pittsburgh Steelers, 2nd Cincinnati Bengals (WC), 3rd Baltimore Ravens and 4th Cleveland Browns.
Here’s how I have it. 1st Pittsburgh Steelers, 2nd Baltimore Ravens (WC), 3rd Cincinnati Bengals and 4th Cleveland Browns.

How Dan the Man see’s the AFC South. 1st Indianapolis Colts, 2nd Jacksonville Jaquars, 3rd Houston Texans and 4th Tennessee Titans.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st Indianapolis Colts. 2nd Houston Texans, 3rd Jacksonville Jaquars and 4th Tennessee Titans.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st Indianapolis Colts, 2nd Jacksonville Jaquars, 3rd Tennessee Titans and 4th Houston Texans.
Here’s how I have it 1st Indianapolis Colts, 2nd Jacksonville Jaquars, 3rd Tennessee Titans and 4th Houston Texans.

How Dan the Man see’s the AFC West. 1st Denver Broncos, 2nd Kansas City Chiefs (WC), 3rd San Diego Chargers and 4th Oakland Raiders.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st Denver Broncos, 2nd Kansas City Chiefs (WC), 3rd San Diego Chargers and 4th Oakland Raiders.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st Denver Broncos, 2nd San Diego Chargers (WC), 3rd Kansas City Chiefs and 4th Oakland Raiders.
Here’s how I have it. 1st Denver Broncos, 2nd San Diego Chargers (WC), 3rd Oakland Raiders and 4th Kansas City Chiefs.

Now let’s go through our NFC picks.

How Dan the Man see’s the NFC East. 1st Washington Redskins, 2nd Philadelphia Eagles, 3rd Dallas Cowboys and 4th New York Giants.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st Philadelphia Eagles, 2nd New York Giants, 3rd Dallas Cowboys and 4th Washington Redskins.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st Philadelphia Eagles, 2nd Washington Redskins, 3rd New York giants and 4th Dallas Cowboys.
Here’s how I have it. 1st Philadelphia Eagles, 2nd New York Giants, 3rd Dallas Cowboys and 4th Washington Redskins.

How Dan the Man see’s the NFC North. 1st Chicago Bears, 2nd Green Bay Packers (WC), 3rd Detroit Lions and 4th Minnesota Vikings.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st Green Bay Packers, 2nd Detroit Lions (WC), 3rd Chicago Bears and 4th Minnesota Vikings.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st Green Bay Packers, 2nd Chicago Bears (WC), 3rd Detroit Lions and 4th Minnesota Vikings.
Here’s how I have it. 1st Green Bay Packers, 2nd Chicago Bears, 3rd Detroit Lions and 4th Minnesota Vikings.

Here’s how Dan the Man see’s the NFC South. 1st New Orleans Saints, 2nd Atlanta Falcons, 3rd Tampa bay Buccaneers and 4th Carolina Panthers.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st New Orleans Saints, 2nd Carolina Panthers, 3rd Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 4th Atlanta Falcons.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st New Orleans Saints, 2nd Atlanta Falcons, 3rd Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 4th Carolina Panthers.
Here’s how I have it. 1st New Orleans Saints, 2nd Carolina Panthers, 3rd Atlanta Falcons and 4th Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Here;s how Dan the Man see’s the NFC West. 1st San Francisco 49ers, 2nd Seattle Seahawks (WC), 3rd Arizona Cardinals and 4th St. Louis Rams.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st Seattle Seahawks, 2nd San Francisco 49ers (WC), 3rd Arizona Cardinals and 4th St. Louis Rams.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st Seattle Seahawks, 2nd Arizona Cardinals (WC), 3rd San Francisco 49ers and 4th St. Louis Rams.
Here’s how I have it. 1st Seattle Seahawks, 2nd Arizona Cardinals (WC), 3rd San Francisco 49ers (WC) and 4th St. Louis Rams.

Let’s review our playoff teams starting in the AFC.
Dan the Man has New England, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Denver as division winners with Cincinnati and Kansas City as wild card teams.
Schaumburg Stu has New England, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Denver as division winners with Cincinnati and Kansas City as wild card teams.
Mr. Fantasy has New England, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Denver as division winners with Cincinnati and San Diego as wild card teams.
Here’s what I have. New England, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Denver as division winners with Baltimore and San Diego as wild card teams.

In the NFC here’s what we ended up with.
Dan the Man has Washington, Chicago, New Orleans and San Francisco as division winners with Green Bay and Seattle as wild card teams.
Schaumburg Stu has Philadelphia, Green Bay, New Orleans and Seattle as division winners with Detroit and San Francisco as wild card teams.
Mr. Fantasy has Philadelphia, Green Bay, New Orleans and Seattle as division winners with Chicago and Arizona as wild card teams.
Here’s what I have. Philadelphia, Green Bay, New Orleans and Seattle as division winners with Arizona and San Francisco as wild card teams.

Finally here are our Super Bowl picks.

Dan the Man has New England vs. New Orleans with New Orleans winning.
Schaumburg Stu has New England vs. Seattle with New England winning.
Mr. Fantasy has a rematch from last season. Denver vs. Seattle, but with Denver winning this time.
I have Indianapolis vs. Seattle with Seattle repeating as Super Bowl champions.

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With the Major League Baseball pennant races heating up in a big way, the NFL getting ready to start and the Team USA keeping the NBA in the news people have a tendency to forget about the NHL in their off-season. The NHL did find a way to grab some headlines when a rumor came out that they where looking to add 4 expansion teams by the year 2017. The cities rumored to get expansion franchises are Las Vegas, Seattle, Quebec City and a second team in Toronto. NHL spokesman Gary Meagher has said that there’s no talk of adding teams and expansion isn’t on the Board of Governor’s agenda. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed as much in an interview with TVA Sports that expansion was “Not in our plans,” he said. “Nothing new to report on expansion.” Any time you add teams to your league there’s a chance that it will water down your product but I like the idea of adding teams to the NHL. I think the cities that were mentioned would be good choices for NHL teams. Seattle has been looking for and deserves another professional sports team since the NBA’s Seattle Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. If you remember Quebec has had an NHL team before the Nordiques. The Nordiques started in the World Hockey League before moving to the NHL in 1979. They played in Quebec until the end of the 1995 season, after that season the team moved to Colorado and became the Avalanche. The Nordiques hold the distinction of being the only major professional sports team to have been based in Quebec City in the modern era, and one of only two ever; the other, the Quebec Bulldogs, played one season in the NHL in 1919–20. If you’re a Toronto Maple Leaf fan you might not like the idea of adding a 2nd team to the city there but it would be a good place for the NHL to add a team. The Maple Leafs are always among the best drawing teams in the NHL and as long as the 2nd team had an up to date stadium to play in and it wasn’t to close to where the Maple Leaf Gardens the team should do well. The interesting choice of cities would be the rumored team in Las Vegas. The first question that came to my mind was how would a professional hockey player handle the lifestyle of living in Las Vegas. A team in Vegas always raises the question if corruption might be an issue but players make so much money now; could someone actually buy an athlete off? I think at one point in time every major professional sports league has been rumored to be looking into having a team in Las Vegas and it looks like the NHL may be the first one to do it. How about you, are you for or against NHL expansion?

WE had our 1st of two fantasy football drafts last night. It was our traditional snake style draft. Snake style means you select #1 through #20 and then the team with the 20th pick gets the 21st pick and the draft heads back down to #1. I ended up with the 3rd pick in the draft. Dan the Man was picking 8th and Mr. Fantasy was way down at pick #17. At #3 I went with Philadelphia Eagles running back LeShon McCoy. Dan the Man also went running back in the 1st round taking Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers. Being the homer that he is at #17 Mr. Fantasy selected Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Picking 4th in the 2nd round Mr. Fantasy took running back Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins. With the 13th pick of the 2nd round Dan the Man went running back again taking C.J. Spiller of the Buffalo Bills. My next selection was the 18th pick of the 2nd round and I took another running back like Dan the Man did. I went with Toby Gerhart of the Jacksonville Jaquars. I don’t want to go over every selection we made, but I’d like to go through two more rounds with you; so you can get an idea how we try to build our teams. In the 3rd round I took Percy Harvin; wide receiver Seattle Seahawks. Dan the Man took New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Mr. Fantasy’s 3rd round pick was Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron. Working the other way for the 4th round Mr. Fantasy selected another Cleveland Browns player. This time he went with running back Ben Tate. I know you where hoping I was going to type Johnny Manziel, but the 4th round would be way, way early to take Johnny “Football” that would be really early. In the 4th round Dan the Man selected Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. When it got to my pick in the 4th round I took Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. The Mr. irrelevant pick in our draft was New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro. Vaccaro was the 20th pick in the 22nd round to end our draft last night. Our auction league draft is tonight and that has an entirely different strategy that the draft we had last night does. There are many. many theories on how to put your auction league teams together and I haven’t found one that works for me yet. I’ve always looked for players I thought would put up good numbers and tried to land them at a value price. Or I’ll take a player who seems to be a good value at the price he’s at when his name is on the board. The example I’ll give you from last season that blew up in my face was the quarterback position. I ended up with Eli manning and Matt Schaub at the quarterback position last season and I paid less that $15 dollars for them. I thought I was in a good position with 2 choices at quarterback that may not have been spectacular but very solid players. Not to go into too much detail, but you know how those 2 picks worked out for me. I have to find a way to either spend my money better or just get better performance out of the guys I pay for.

On the Thursday edition of Sports Time Radio we had on a guest. Al Yellon of www.bleedcubbieblue.com joined the show to talk a little Cubs baseball. We’re always looking for guest on Sports Time Radio; so if you know someone we should have on to talk any sport, contact us Sportstimeradio@hotmail.com

So how was your week?

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Dan the Man actually requested this blog. I’ve never had a blog requested before; so I figured I better write it.

We’re going to go back 5 years and look at the 1st round of the 2009 National Football League (NFL) draft. Any time the general manager or coach of your favorite team talks about the draft that team had they say something close to; it takes 5 years to really see how good or bad this draft was.

With the 1st pick of the draft the Detroit Lions picked Matthew Stafford quarterback (QB) from the University of Georgia. Stafford has had some injuries during his career, but he’s pretty much been the franchise QB the Lions where looking for. Stafford has played every game the last 3 seasons and had a career high 5038 yards and 41 touchdowns in 2011.

With the 2nd pick the St. Louis Rams selected offensive tackle Jason Smith from Baylor University. Smith never really worked out with the Rams. He played in 29 games for them starting 26 in the 3 seasons he was there. In August of 2012, the Rams traded Smith to the New York Jets for offensive tackle Wayne Hunter. Smith played in all 16 games for the Jets in 2012, but didn’t start any games for them. Smith didn’t play in 2013.

The Kansas City Chiefs had the 3rd pick and selected defensive end Tyson Jackson from LSU. Jackson has played in 74 games for the Chiefs starting 55 of those games. Jackson has 9 career sacks with a high of 4 last season. Jackson also has 137 tackles and 62 assists through his 5 years with Kansas City.

The Seattle Seahawks had the 4th pick and took linebacker Aaron Curry from Wake Forest. Curry spent 3 seasons with the Seahawks playing in 35 games starting 30 of them. Curry totaled 5 1/2 sacks for the Seahawks before they traded him to the Oakland Raiders for 2012 7th round pick and a 2013 5th round pick. Curry played in 13 games for the Raiders starting 9, but is currently out of the NFL.

The New York Jets traded up to the 5th pick; so they could take QB Mark Sanchez from USC. Things started well for Sanchez with the Jets as he quarterbacked them to back to back playoff appearances in 2009 and 2010 in his first 2 seasons there. Sanchez started 62 games for the Jets before missing all of the 2013 season with an injury. Sanchez was sacked 126 times in 4 seasons as the Jets starter. Sanchez is currently a back up QB for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Cincinnati Bengals had the 6th pick and they took Andre Smith offensive tackle from Alabama. Smith has played in 59 games since being drafted starting 50 of them. In the last 2 seasons Smith has started 31 of a possible 32 games for the Bengals.

With the 7th pick the Oakland raiders took Darrius Heyward-Bay a wide receiver from Maryland. Heyward-Bay spent 4 seasons with the Raiders playing in 56 games while starting 53 games. He had 140 catches for 2071 yards and 11 touchdowns. Last season Heyward-Bay was with the Indianapolis Colts. He started 11 games for the Colts, but played in all 16 games. Heyward-Bay caught 29 passes for 309 yards and 1 touchdown.

The Jacksonville Jaquars had the 8th pick and selected Eugene Monroe offensive tackle from Virginia. Monroe was with the Jaquars for 4 seasons playing in 65 games; starting 62 of those games. Jacksonville traded Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens for a 4th and 5th round picks in the 2014 draft. Last season in Baltimore, Monroe played in and started 11 games for the Ravens.

The Green Bay Packers where picking 9th and took B.J. Raji defensive tackle out of Boston College. In 5 seasons with the Packers Raji has played in 76 games and has started 63 of those games. He has 10 1/2 career sacks with a season high of 6 1/2 sacks in 2010. Raji has made 91 career tackles and has assisted on 42 other. In 2011 Raji rushed 1 time for 1 yard scoring a touchdown.

The San Francisco 49ers had the 10th pick and took Michael Crabtree wide receiver from Texas Tech. Crabtree has been injury plagued during his career playing only one full season for the 49ers in 2012. Crabtree has 279 career receptions for 3629 yards and 22 touchdowns. His best year was 2012 with 85 catches for 1105 yards and 9 touchdowns.

The Buffalo Bills had the 11th pick and selected Aaron Maybin defensive end from Penn State. Maybin spent just 2 seasons with the Bills. He played in 27 games, but only started 1. He made 14 tackles and assisted on 9 others in his two seasons with Buffalo, but never got a sack. Maybin spent the next two seasons with the New York Jets. Maybin played 21 games for the Jets, but didn’t start any. He did however record his only career sacks with the Jets in 2011 when he got 4 of them.

The Denver Broncos had the 12th pick and they selected Knowshon Moreno running back out of the University of Georgia. Moreno has battled injuries while with Denver, but played in every game last season putting up 1038 yards; his 1st 100 yard season and 10 touchdowns, both career highs. Moreno has rushed for 3468 yards and scored 26 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 157 passes with Denver for 1401 yards and 9 more touchdowns. Moreno left Denver for the Miami Dolphins as a free agent this off-season.

With the 13th pick the Washington redskins pick Brian Orakpo a defensive end from the University of Texas. Orakpo has played in and started 64 games for the Redskins. Injury forced him to miss 14 games in 2012. Orakpo has 39 1/2 career sacks with his career high coming in his rookie season when he got 11 sacks. He has 157 career tackles and 75 career assists and last season he had his 1st career interception which he returned 29 yards for a touchdown.

At 14 the New Orleans Saints took cornerback Malcolm Jenkins from Ohio State. Jenkins has played in 71 games for the Saints starting 63 of those games. Jenkins has 6 career interceptions and has returned 2 of those for touchdowns. He also has 4 1/2 career sacks with a high of 2 1/2 coming last season. Jenkins has also returned a fumble for a touchdown.

The Houston Texans had the 15th pick and selected Brian Cushing linebacker from USC. Cushing has had an injury plagued career, but when healthy he’s a good player. He’s played 56 games starting all of them for the Texans in five seasons. He has 11 career sacks getting season highs of 4 in his rookie season 2009 and then again in 2011. He also has 8 career interceptions and has return 1 of them for a touchdown. Cushing has 278 career tackle and 133 assists with 1 of those tackles going for a safety.

The San Diego Chargers had the 16th pick and took Larry English a defensive end from Northern Illinois. English didn’t become the pass rusher the Chargers had hoped he would. He did record 11 sacks while with the Chargers. His season high was 3 sacks in 2010. English played in 52 games, but started just 9 of them. English signed with the Tampa bat Buccaneers in the off-season.

Speaking of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They had the next pick, #17 and they took QB Josh Freeman from Kansas State. Freeman played 4 plus season with the Buccaneers before they cut him last season. Freeman played 60 games starting 59 of them for Tampa Bay. He had a record of 24-35 as the starter. He threw for 13,534 yards and 80 touchdowns for Tampa Bay. The Minnesota Vikings picked him up last season and he started 1 game for them. The New York Giants signed him in the off-season, but he was released before the pre-season started. Currently Freeman isn’t on a NFL roster.

The Denver Broncos have there second 1st round pick at #18 and they selected Robert Ayers defensive end from the University of Tennessee. Ayers has played in 72 games for the Broncos, but has started just 27 of them. Ayers is used mostly on passing downs and has 12 career sacks with a high of 5 1/2 coming last season. Ayers does have 1 fumble return for a touchdown that came during his rookie season.

With the 19th pick the Philadelphia Eagles selected Jeremy Macklin wide receiver from Missouri. Macklin has missed some time due to injuries including all of last season. He has played in 59 games for Philadelphia starting 57 of those games. He has 258 career receptions for 3453 yards and 26 touchdowns in his career. Macklin has also handle some of the punt and kick return duties for the Eagles.

At #20 the Detroit Lions took Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Pettigrew has missed a couple of games with injuries the last two seasons, but has played 71 games starting 68 of them for the Lions. He has 284 career receptions for 2828 yards and 16 touchdowns. Pettigrew never really solved the Lions issues at tight end as they spent this years 1st round draft pick on Eric Ebron.

With the 21st pick in the draft the Cleveland Browns took center Alex Mack from the University of California. Mack has started all 80 games for the Browns since he was drafted. On April 9, 2014, it was announced that the Jacksonville Jaguars had offered Mack a five-year contract, worth reportedly $42 million. The Browns had a maximum of five days to match Jacksonville’s offer, which they did on April 11. Mack had been previously assigned the transition tag, nullifying his free agency unless a team signed Mack to an offer sheet.

With the 22nd pick the Minnesota Vikings selected wide receiver Percy Harvin from the University of Florida. Harvin spent four seasons with the Vikings missing quite a few games do to migraine headaches. Harvin played in 54 games starting 43 games for the Vikings. He caught 280 passes for 3302 yards and 20 touchdowns in Minnesota. Harvin made his mark as a kickoff returner. He had 5 kickoff returns for touchdowns and averaged 27.9 yards per return for Minnesota. Harvin was traded to the Seattle Seahawks before the 2013 season for a 2013 1st round, a 2013 7th and a 2014 3rd round draft pick. Do to injuries Harvin played in just 1 regular season game for Seattle last season.

The Baltimore Ravens had the 23rd pick and they took offensive tackle Michael Oher out of Ole Miss. A lot of people know Oher from the movie the Blind Side. They might not know that Oher has played in and started all 80 games for the Ravens since they drafted him. Oher is versatile and has played both tackle spots along the Ravens offensive line.

At #24 the Atlanta falcons took defensive tackle Peria Jerry from Ole Miss. Jerry has played up and down the Falcons defensive line. He’s played 64 games, but has only started 29 of them. Jerry has 5 1/2 career sacks with his season high coming last season when he recorded 3 1/2 sacks. Jerry also had a career high in tackles last season with 25.

The 25th pick belonged to the Miami Dolphins and they selected cornerback Vontae Davis out of the University of Illinois. Davis played 3 seasons for the Dolphins before being traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2013 2nd round draft pick. Davis played 44 games with the Dolphins starting 36 of those games. He had 1 sack and 9 interceptions while playing for Miami and returned 1 of those interceptions for a touchdown. In 2 seasons with the Colts Davis has played in 26 games; all starts. He has 1 sack and 4 interceptions playing with Indianapolis.

With the 26th pick the Green Bay packers took USC linebacker Clay Matthews. Matthews has had some injuries, but has been a 4 time Pro Bowl player for the Packers. He has 50 career sacks with a season high of 13 1/2 sacks in 2010. Matthews has played in 69 games starting 66 of those games. Matthews is a pass rush specialist at linebacker, but does have 4 Career interceptions. He’s returned 2 of those interceptions for touchdowns and also has a fumble return for a touchdown.

At #27 the Indianapolis Colts selected running back Donald Brown from the University of Connecticut. Brown played in 66 games for the Colts starting 20 of them. Brown scored 17 touchdowns and rushed for 2377 yards. He also caught 83 passes for 767 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brown signed with the San Diego chargers as a free agent this off-season.

The Buffalo Bills had the 28th pick and selected Eric Wood a center from Louisville. Wood has played in 63 games for the Bills starting all of them including every game last season. Wood has spent some time at right guard as well as center for Buffalo.

The New York Giants where next at #29 and selected wide receiver Hakeem Nicks out of UNC. Nicks struggled with some injuries while playing for the Giants. He played in 70 games and started 59 of them for New York. He caught 311 passes for 4622 yards and 27 touchdowns. Nicks had back to back 100 yard seasons in 2010 and 2011. Nicks signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent in the off-season.

With the 30th pick the Tennessee Titans selected Kenny Britt a wide receiver from Rutgers. Britt was a problem child for the Titans. He played in 57 games, but started only 30 of those games. He caught 157 passes for 2450 yards and 19 touchdowns. Britt was Tennessee’s many kick returner in 2009. He returned 24 kickoffs for an average return of 21.8 yards. Britt is now with the St. Louis Rams being reunited with Jeff Fischer.

At #31 the Arizona cardinals selected Ohio State running back Chris “Beanie” Wells. Wells battled injuries through out his career. He played in 51 games for Arizona starting 23 of those games. He rushed for 2471 yards in his career and broke the 1000 yard mark in 2011 with 1047 yards. Wells had 24 career rushing touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 293 yards in his career. On October 9th 2013, Wells tore his ACL during a work out with the Baltimore Ravens.

With the last pick of the 1st round #32 the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Missouri defensive tackle Evander “Ziggy” Hood. Hood has played all three spots along the Steelers defensive line. He’s appeared in 80 games starting 46 of them for Pittsburgh. Hood has 11 1/2 career sacks with a season high of 3 in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Hood set a career high in tackles last season with 26.

That was the 2009 1st round. How did your teams pick turn out? Did they even have a pick?

Just a couple of other picks for you. In the 5th round pick the Saints got Pro Bowl punter Thomas Morstead. In the 7th round the Jaquars drafted running back Rashad Jennings; who may be the Giants #1 back this season. The Chiefs had the last pick in the draft and selected kicker Ryan Succop with pick #256. Succop is still the Chiefs kicker.

How about some guys that weren’t even drafted that might be familiar to you. How about running back Arian Foster of the Houston Texans. Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. 49ers hold out offensive lineman Alex Boone and Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett all went undrafted in 2009.

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Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Where arrested along with a female 3rd passenger and will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon. Bell was also charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of marijuana A traffic officer pulled over Bell’s Camaro when he noticed a strong odor coming from the vehicle. The officer found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. Bell, Blount and a female passenger all claimed ownership of the marijuana according to police. Blount and the female passenger were arrested and released while Bell was taken to a local hospital to have blood drawn before being released. The Steelers had a game Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles and while both Blount and Bell played Bell missed the team flight due to the arrest and had to buy a ticket on a commuter flight to make the game in Philadelphia. There was a little media uproar over the fact that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin allow Bell and Blount to play in the game. Blount carried the ball 7 times for 32 yards while Bell ran the football 9 times for 23 yards. Last season Bell set a franchise record for total yards by a rookie running back last season, smashing the mark set by Hall of Famer Franco Harris. The second-round pick out of Michigan State ran for 860 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 45 passes for 399 yards despite missing the first three games of the season with a foot injury. Blount was in the mix in the New England Patriots backfield last season and signed with the Steelers as a free agent this off-season. Blount rushed for four touchdowns setting the Patriots record for most rushing touchdowns in a playoff game last season against the Indianapolis Colts. Blount finished the day with 166 rushing yards on 24 carries. Since these arrests just took place this week the National Football League (NFL) hasn’t made any type of ruling or suspension for Bell and Blount. Bell should be a fairly high draft pick in most fantasy drafts this season and if your league is big enough you’d like to have Blount as a handcuff for Bell. A looming suspension for either player may make fantasy owners look another direction for running backs.

On Thursday, the Chicago White Sox traded 2nd baseman Gordon Beckham to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Beckham was the White Sox 1st round draft pick in 2008 and was #8 overall. Beckham spent a little over a year in the minors for the White Sox making his major league debut on June 4, 2009. I bring up Beckham because he’s one in a long, long line of 1st round major league baseball draft pick that never reached the heights in his career that scouts and other experts thought he would. While a very good defender Beckham never really hit in the majors; his career average is .244. While I don’t think you could say Beckham is a bust there have been some throughout baseball. Do you remember Danny Goodwin? He was selected #1 overall twice. Once by the White Sox in 1971 and then again in 1975 by the California Angels. Goodwin’s career lasted 6 seasons. He played in 252 games with a career batting average of .236 with 13 home runs. How about Brien Taylor? He was the #1 overall pick of the New York Yankees in 1991 and never made it to the majors. In 1993 Taylor suffered a dislocated left shoulder and torn labrum while defending his brother in a fist fight. Following surgery, he was never the same pitcher and ended up spending most of the rest of his professional career struggling in Class A. He was done for good-by 2000. What about Matt Bush the 2004 #1 overall draft pick by the San Diego Padres. Bush received a $3.15 million signing bonus, but he was arrested a few weeks later. After a few more arrests and a few more teams Bush is out of baseball having never played in the major leagues. How about the #1 overall pick in 1966 Steve Chilcott. The Mets took Chilcott over Reggie Jackson; who went 2nd to the Oakland A’s. Chilcott played 7 seasons in the minor leagues, but was plagued by injuries and never made it to the major leagues. In 1979 the Seattle Mariners selected outfielder Al Chambers with the 1st pick in the draft. Chambers played 57 games in parts of 3 seasons for the Mariners. Let’s find one more. Remember Bryan Bullington? in 2002 he was taken #1 overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Ball State University. Bullington spent parts of 4 seasons in the majors. 2007 with the Pirates, 2008 with the Cleveland Indians, 2009 with the Toronto Blue Jays and 2010 with the Kansas City Royals. Bullington pitched in 26 major league games and was 1 – 9 with an ERA of 5.62 over 81 2/3 innings. Now I could go on and on with draft picks that didn’t work out, but there’s 5 for you to look at.

So how was your week?

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What I’ve noticed when I turn on a highlight show no matter what network it is they have three stories that are always on the show. They mention Tony Stewart and the incident he had about three weeks ago. There’s a story in the show on little league player Mo’ne Davis. They also have an update on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. So here’s pretty much my take on these three stories.

On August 8th at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Tony Stewart was racing in the Empire Super Sprints series in upstate New York. As you all know during the race Stewart’s car collided with a car being driven by Kevin Ward Jr. Ward’s car was forced into the wall and he was out of the race. Ward Jr. proceeded to get out of his wrecked race car and started walking in the on coming cars looking for Stewart. I’m sure you’ve seen and or heard what happens from here. Stewart’s car hits Ward Jr. killing him. Stewart hasn’t raced in a NASCAR or any event since the incident. At first Stewart was going to race two weeks ago on the road course at Watkins Glen, but put out a statement on what happen with Ward Jr. and decided not to race. Stewart also missed Sunday’s NASCAR race in Michigan and there’s no time-table as to when he may return to the track. A lot of reports are really going after Stewart for not coming out and doing an interview or making a full statement. Let’s tell the truth here; they don’t care about Stewart or anything like that they’re just looking for a story. They seem to forget that this is an actual ongoing legal investigation and Stewart make have been advised by a lawyer to not comment until the investigation is over. While this is a horrible situation it’s in Stewart’s best interest to wait to talk about the incident. I think what’s worse than anything is that reporter have hounded the Ward family to get them to comment on the accident. I’ve seen comments from Ward Jr’s father and sister and it’s sad that they weren’t even given time to grieve before they were accosted by reporters looking for a quote. The investigation is close to being wrapped up and will see what they find and if Stewart will make a statement. I know the other thing that reporters are going after Stewart for is racing at Canandaigua Motorsports Park that night or at any non NASCAR event. NASCAR is a sport where guys don’t forget where they started off at and a lot of drivers go back to these tracks where they cut their teeth at. It’s also a big deal for whoever owns that certain track a NASCAR guy is going to race at. How many extra fans went out that night just to see Stewart. Of course hindsight is 20/20.

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t watched much of the Little League World Series. There is a local team in the tournament still; so I’ve been checking in on them from time to time, but that’s really about it for me. Of course by the coverage it’s gotten you wouldn’t realize that there is more than one team even playing in this tournament. It seems that all of the attention has been focused on a 13-year-old pitcher from Philadelphia Mo’ne Davis. For whatever reason the first thing that popped into my mind was if she’s 13 years old why is she even in this tournament. The division she is playing in is for ages 10-12, but I know if you turn 13 after a certain date you play at the lower level. It’s weird that I remember that, but when I played in Little League I had to play with the ids a year older than me because I have a July birthday. Since they’re pushing the fact that she’s 13 I’m guessing her age is fine. There are so many issues with this story it’s not even funny and it was announce yesterday that Davis will be on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. As the competition gets tougher what happens if she goes out and has a bad outing on the mound. It’s not like they can go out there and rip her performance; she’s just a kid. Is she the first girl to play in the Little League World Series? A girl being a talented little league player isn’t new to me at all. When I was playing one of the top players every year I played was a girl by the name of Cathy Wold. It’s been a long time and I hope I got her last name correct. Davis herself has handled all of this new-found fame well. She’s even said that she’d like to play college basketball at the University of Connecticut and play point guard for Geno Auriemma. I believe Davis and her team the Taney Dragons of Philadelphia who represent the Mid-Atlantic region in this tournament play tonight (Wednesday) against the Las Vegas team.

The player who dominates the sports news every time you turn on a major sports only network is Johnny Manziel. If Manziel isn’t living it up and posting photos of himself and some other famous person to his Instagram account he might be flipping off the team he’s playing. With all the so-called outside distractions that reporters love to comment on when it comes to Manziel he’s shown on the field that he’s as good if not better than any other quarterback that was drafted in May. Even though the Cleveland Browns named Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback for Week 1 Manziel made his case on the field and the Browns could’ve easily went with Johnny Football. Manziel completed 63.6 % of his passes this pre-season and rushed for 27 yards on 6 carries and his quarterback rating was a 79. If you look at the stats Manziel outplayed Hoyer, but remember these stats were put up against 2nd team players. Right now Hoyer is the best choice as starting quarterback for the Browns. Cleveland’s first three games would be rough for a player like Manziel and Hoyer’s experience should help them. The Browns open Week 1 in Pittsburgh against the Steelers. They’re home Week 2 and Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints and then the Baltimore Ravens before they get a Bye in Week 4. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if come Week 5 in Tennessee that Manziel isn’t under center against the Titans.

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