Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 30, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The American League playoffs kicked off yesterday with the Houston Astros, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees all picking up wins in Game 1 of their series.

Now today not only does the National get their wild card series started, but the American League will play their Game 2’s today. That means there is going to be a ton of baseball on television to watch, but how are you going to watch it all?

The games today have scheduled start times of 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 1:00 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Obviously there’s going to be quite a bit of over run in these games and that’s going to make them difficult to keep up with.

Now while I do have multiple televisions and a couple of other devices that I can stream on, but I don’t have nowhere near enough screens to watch all of these games at the same time. If you have the ability to watch all of these games at the same time I’m very jealous of you.

Let me know if you’re going to try and keep up with all of the games that are going to over run each other or if you just have one or maybe two games that you’re going to focus on.

Humorously we had some technical difficulties yesterday while doing the Sports Time Radio podcast. We where about halfway through the podcast when I got dropped off the line and I was unable to reestablish a connection; so we only about 30 minutes into the podcast.

Now we had covered the American League games that had been played and we where getting ready to move onto the Cleveland Indians/New York Yankees match up when I dropped off. In what was a funny turn of events dropping off may have been the best thing for me.

As we where getting ready to preview Game 1 of the Indians/Yankees series I was going to talk about how I thought that Cleveland was in a good position to beat the Yankees in this short series because of there pitching. I had planned to talk about how Shane Bieber will easily win the American League Cy Young and should be able to handle the Yankees line up in Game 1. Well Bieber had what has to be his worst outing of the 2020 season. He pitched 4 2/3rd inning; he gave up 9 hits and 7 runs while walking 2 and striking out 7. When Bieber exited the game the Indians found themselves down 7-2. That’s not exactly where I thought they’d be with Bieber starting, but it was another case of what do I know.

Facing Bieber was Gerrit Cole and he showed why the Yankees gave him that 9 years $324 million dollar free agent deal this past off season. Cole pitched 7 innings; he gave up 6 hits and 2 runs while striking out 13.

Bieber may have shown during the regular season that he was the dominant starting pitcher in baseball, but come playoff time Cole step up and staked the Yankees to a 1-0 lead and set them up to just have to win one of the final two games to move on to the next playoff round.

Today the Yankees will send out Masahiro Tanaka to try and get them to the next round. The Indians are countering with veteran Carlos Carrasco to try and stave off elimination.

So what do you think; do the Yankees eliminate the Indians today? While you’re at it do you see the Rays, Astros or White Sox finishing off their series today?

I’d also be interested to know what surprised you about any of the Game 1’s that where played yesterday. I think it’s clear that I was very surprised by how easily the Yankees knocked Bieber around and cruised to a Game 1 victory. What surprised you?

While we’re on baseball the Boston Red Sox have decided to make a change at manager after a disappointing season. The Red Sox where 24-36 and finished last in the AL East and while I didn’t expect them to finish in last place I didn’t think they where a playoff contend in any way.

Once the Red Sox lost Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez for the season you knew they where in trouble. There’s no team in baseball that can survive losing their top two starters and still contend.

Now you have to ask yourself; was Ron Roenicke given a fair chance to manage the Red Sox properly or was this the plan all along. I know you’re wondering what plan. Well remember Alex Cora was let go by the Red Sox before the 2020 season for his part in their cheating scandal. Now only was Cora fired by the Red Sox, but he was suspended for one year by Major League Baseball. Well that year is now over and the Red Sox need a manager. I fully expect for the Red Sox to name Cora as their manager again and Roenicke will go back into his role as bench coach. So basically Boston is making a mockery out of Rob Manfred and baseballs rulings.

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How was your week

Posted: September 26, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Now I’ve been told and I’ve always thought of myself as a big sports fan, but I’m starting to wonder if there are just too many sports on for this time of the year?

Just last night we had Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals, Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NBA, there where 17 MLB games played last night. There where 18 games scheduled, but one got rained out. There was also a college football game and don’t forget that sports like tennis and golf have their own channels devoted to them; so fans of those sports can watch at any time. I also forgot to mention that they show horse racing from around the country as well as a NASCAR truck series race and even though it’s called sports entertainment WWE had their show Smackdown on last night.

That’s a lot of channel flipping for a sports fan to do or with so many different sports on it makes it hard for that sports fan to choose what he or she is going to watch. Now this has never happened before since normally the NBA and the NHL are done with their seasons by this point of the year, but 2020 is like no other year.

Unfortunately with all of these choices out there one or more of these sports is going to have a reduction of viewers and in this case it seems to be the NBA that is the sport people are not watching. Now I’ve been wondering why people have chosen to turn off the NBA and while I don’t know for sure I have some ideas.

After the NBA signed their deal with ESPN to televise their games the NBA immediately became the main topic of ESPN’s coverage over ever other sport. Now that should’ve been a good thing, but for whatever reason ESPN focuses that coverage on a limited number of players and it takes an extraordinary performance for someone to even get a mention on Sportscenter.

Unless you’re Lebron James then you’re mentioned on ever and any show that covers the NBA. Even the commercials ESPN runs for the NBA seem to place James over every other player in the league and while he’s one of the best players to ever play in the NBA this isn’t good for business.

After a couple of stops with the Cleveland Cavaliers and one with the Miami Heat James landed with one of the NBA marquee teams in the Los Angeles Lakers a few seasons ago. While media focused on this move they seemed to forget that not everyone is a Lakers fan and they want to hear about their favorite team.

James himself hasn’t done the NBA or himself any favors lately. After the Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks was named the NBA’s MVP James went on an interview after a Lakers playoff victory and instead of talking about the game and winning an championship James complained about not being named MVP. That’s not a good look for the player that the television networks are focusing their coverage on.

Then after Game 3 of the Western Conference finals which is the only game the Denver Nuggets have won in this series against the Lakers James and his teammates complained that he wasn’t getting enough foul calls. James only shot two free throws, but in Game 4 of the series James went to the free throw line 14 times as the Lakers took a 3 games to 1 lead in the series by winning Game 4 by 6 points 114-108. Again this is not a good look for someone who is considered the best player in the game today.

The way James has acted probably isn’t the only reason why the NBA’s ratings are way down; 17% at the last report. It’s also the way that ESPN has presented the game. Have the featured anyone else besides James in a commercial for the league or playoffs? It has to be difficult for the league of 30 teams to be of interest when the focus is on just one player in the league.

To be fair ESPN did their best to try and elevate Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans, but he was injured quite often this season and that hurt any promotions that he was featured in. The NBA did everything they could to get Williamson and the Pelicans into the playoffs, but the Pelicans decided to limit their future stars minutes instead of making a playoff run which probably would’ve only lasted one round.

I’m sure it hasn’t helped the NBA and their television providers that it’s been quite clear that it’s been set up for the Lakers to win the NBA title from the start of the season. From the point where they magically moved up in the draft to have enough assets to acquire Anthony Davis from the Pelicans it was clear that the Lakers where being positioned as the front runner for the NBA title. Is it ay fun to watch a sport where you know who’s gong to win? Unless you’re a fan of that team I’d have to say no.

Once you start adding these things up and then you add in that it was as down of a year for the Golden State Warriors as it could’ve been there became no real reason to watch the NBA. If it was Stephen Curry and Golden State challenging the the Lakers in the Western Conference finals NBA ratings might actually be up instead of dropping like they have. Unfortunately injuries derailed the Warriors season early on, but they did get the #1 pick in the draft and I don’t think anyone would be surprised if they where challenging the Lakers next season, but that’s not going to help this seasons ratings.

So the Lakers will cruise into the NBA finals and wait for the winner of the Miami Heat/Boston Celtics series to join them in the finals. I doubt it matters which Eastern Conference team gets into the finals as it’s been clear since before this season started that ESPN and the NBA wanted the Lakers to win the NBA title. Now that they’re going to get their wish the question becomes; will anyone watch them win the title?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 23, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The NFL has played just two weeks of their season and it seems like there have been a large amount of injuries. Now I’ve heard multiple experts who have tried to come up with a reason for this rash of injuries, but there doesn’t seem to be a consensus on why this is happening.

It seems like that most of the experts believe that the lack of preseason is the cause of these injuries, but last week San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan mentioned the turf at Met Life stadium where the 49ers played and beat the New Yok Jets on Sunday. Hopefully Shanahan was wrong about the turf being an issues as his 49ers will be playing their second game in a row on that turf at Met Life field as the 49ers take on the New York Giants this Sunday.

As it’s far and away more important for NFL teams to deal with these injuries fantasy football owners also have to find a way to replace these injured players and just my luck I happen to be one of these fantasy football owners.

We have two fantasy football league that we run in accordance with the Sports Time Radio podcast. We do one auction style league while the other league is a standard snake style league draft. In our snake style league I was lucky enough to get the #1 pick and I took running back Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers with that pick. As you know McCaffrey was one of those players wo got injured last Sunday; so I’ve been out on the waiver wire looking for someone to pick up, but it’s very difficult in our league since it’s 20-teams.

Now since McCaffrey is going to be out about a month I tried to get the player who looks likely to replace him Mike Davis, but someone had a higher waiver wire priority on him than I did; so I missed out. After going through what seemed to be every roster in the NFL I settled on Jordan Wilkins of the Indianapolis Colts. Some of my other choices where David Ogunbowale of the Jacksonville Jaquars, Lynn Bowden Jr. of the Miami Dolphins, Travis Homer of the Seattle Seahawks and Ito Smith of the Atlanta Falcons. Do you like one of those running backs over Wilkins who I picked up?

In our 20-team snake style league we start two running backs. I used that first pick on McCaffrey and then I picked up Le’Veon Bell of the Jets who is also hurt and currently on Injured Reserve. I also added Carlos Hyde of the Seattle Seahawks and Giovani Bernard of the Cincinnati Bengals; so it looks like they’ll have to handle my the running back duties until McCaffrey and Bell return.

While both McCaffrey and Bell are top tier running backs who are currently injured they’re both expected back this season. Unfortunately for the Giants and any fantasy owner who picked Saquon Barkley his season is over. Barkley torn the ACL in his knee early in the Giants game Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Barkley had gotten off to a rough start in Week1 as he carried 15 times for just 6 yards as the Pittsburgh Steelers defense keyed on him and was able to shut him down. On Sunday Barkley looked better before he got injured as he had 4 carries for 28 yards and appeared to be on his way to having a good day running the football.

While I mentioned that it looks like Mike Davis will get the bulk of the carries for the Panthers while McCaffrey is out the Giants will turn to veteran Dion Lewis who they signed as a free agent this off season.

Lewis has never had more than 150 rushing attempts in a season, but he should surpass that total this season. Lewis has always been looked at as a change of pace type running back who catches a lot of passes. Lewis had a career high 59 receptions two seasons ago. While it’s impossible to replace a running back the caliber of Barkley the Giants have a capable replacement in Lewis. It also looks like Wayne Gallman Jr. will get some carries for the Giants as well. It’s also being reported that the Giants will be signing free agent Devonta Freeman the former Atlanta Falcons running back. It’s unclear if Freeman will be up to speed to get some carries on Sunday for the Giants, but he’ll be a quick pick up in large fantasy leagues like ours.

I mentioned the 49ers early here and it looks like their quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will be out of action for their Week 3 game against the Giants. It hasn’t been reported yet on what running back Raheem Mostert status will be for Sunday’s game. Mostert injured his knee in Sunday’s game. The 49ers also lost two big defensive players as Solomon Thomas and Nick Bosa where both injured on Sunday and while it does appear Thomas will be available this Sunday Bosa’s season is over as he has a torn ACL.

Here are some more injuries that will affect fantasy owners. Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers has a rib injury and as of right now is expected to miss this Sunday’s game. Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock has been placed on Injured Reserve; so he’ll be out for a period of time. Lock injured his throwing shoulder in Sunday’s game and was replaced by Jeff Driskel. Denver has also signed Blake Bortles to add some quarterback depth to their roster. Also Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell was carted off the field with an apparent knee injury on Sunday and there has been no update on his injury. Campbell was looked at as one of the top sleeper wide receivers coming into this season.

So I’d be interested to know if your fantasy football season has been affect by any of these early season injuries and if they have what are you doing to replace your injured players? I’ve already let you know what I’ve done to try and fill McCaffrey’s spot on my roster, but I wat to know what you had to do to fill your injuries.

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How was your week

Posted: September 19, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Well this odd 60 game baseball season is in the home stretch; so I thought we’d take a look at who might win the American League MVP award when this is all said and done.

Let’s start with the American MVP.

There seem to be two guys who have been moved to the front of the pack for this award, but I think there might be more players in the running for this award than that. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Lately Luke Voit of the New York Yankees has been the hot name. Voit is leading Major League Baseball in home runs with 20. Not that’s a huge number, but it’s quite obvious that the baseball is juiced up; so how much do home runs mean? What I also find interesting in this case is Jorge Soler led the American League in home runs last season he only managed to get one 10th place vote for MVP. Now Soler wasn’t playing for a team that was competing for a playoff spot, but if you listen to the MLB Network that’s not supposed to matter. Now in Voit’s case the Yankees are in the hunt for a playoff spot and where where the pre-season favorites to got to the World Series out of the American League. It’s not that Voit hasn’t had a fantastic season and he’s one of the few Yankees that’s stayed healthy, but I think he’s getting this attention because of the team he plays for.

Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox is the other player that has surfaced as an MVP candidate with good reason. Abreu is second to Voit in home runs with 17 while hitting .327 and leading the American League in RBI’s with 51. While Voit was on a team that was suppose to win this season Abreu is leading a team that has been in the process of rebuilding and now is competing to the best record in the American League. Don’t be fooled by the MLB Network on Abreu since they’ll tell you that batting average doesn’t mean anything and RBI’s are lucky, but they’re tow main components of baseball. Don’t you need guys to get on base? And then don’t you need someone to drive them in? I’d say yes to those questions and that’s exactly what Abreu does. The question with Abreu is; will the voters see his numbers as important?

Now Voit and Abreu have been moved to the front of the American League MVP race, but they’re not the only players that are having MVP type seasons. The difficult part for these players is that once the MLB Network has focused on a candidate they constantly remind people that this player could be the MVP and sooner or later that resonates with voters. Let take a look at some of these other candidates and see if they can break through before the regular season ends.

Nelson Cruz of the Minnesota Twins is 40 years old and may be having his best or at least one of his best seasons. Cruz is third in the home run race with 16 while hitting .314. Of course baseball has turned into an offensive game the first thing people are going to say about Cruz is that he’s a Designated Hitter. I don’t believe that a full-time DH has ever won the American League MVP award. Frank Thomas did win back to back MVP awards in 1993 & 1994, but I believe he was still playing the majority f his games at 1st base then. I think being a DH will hurt Cruz’s MVP run, but he still deserves to be considered for the award and hopefully he’ll get some votes unlike Soler last season.

You might be surprised to learn that Voit and Abreu both have a teammate that should get consideration for the MVP award.

D.J. LeMahieu of the Yankees is having another very productive season wearing pinstripes. LeMahieu is currently leading the American League in batting average at .367, He also has 10 home runs and has driven in 24 runs. LeMahieu is also one of the few players in baseball today that walks as much as he strikes out. He has walked 15 times while striking out 17 times this season. LeMahieu is also 4th in the American League in runs scored with 37. LeMahieu has also been a versatile player for the Yankees this season. While he played the majority of his games at 2nd base LeMahieu has also played in 10 games at 1st and 3rd base this season. I’m not sure how many people consider LeMahieu an MVP candidate, but he’s another player who should get some votes.

Now Abreu also has a teammate that can be looked at for MVP consideration; that would be Tim Anderson. Now Anderson has grabbed some attention for his bat flips and other actions on the baseball diamond, but I hope that his play isn’t being overlooked because of that. Anderson is currently 2nd in the American League in batting average at .365. If he found a way to win the batting title this season it would be the second season in a row that he’s done that. Anderson is also the American League leader in runs scored with 41; who do you think Abreu is driving in? Anderson has added 8 home runs and 11 doubles to go along with 5 stolen bases and while that doesn’t sound like a large amount of stolen bases remember that it’s a shortened season and Anderson is in the Top 20 for steals. Anderson is the catalyst for the White Sox offense, but it would be difficult for me to vote him ahead of Abreu in the MVP race.

Now you can’t talk about the American league MVP award without adding Mike Trout’s name to the list; so here we go.

Trout isn’t having the kind of year that we’re use to seeing him have and his team the Los Angeles Angels have been a disappointment again he’s still putting numbers that should garner him some MVP votes.

Trout is hitting .294 with 16 home runs and 42 RBI’s. Trout is also 2nd in the American League in runs scored with 40 just one behind Anderson for the league lead. Trout has the 17th most hits in the American League with 52 and he’s also 5th in walks with 31. Now there’s nothing wrong with any of these numbers, but Trout is held to a higher performance level and you have to wonder when the MVP ballots are casted if they’ll look at Trout as a serious candidate. It’s also not going to help him that the Angels aren’t anywhere close to getting into the playoffs even though they’ve been expanded. In Trout’s first eight seasons he has won 3 MVP awards while finishing 2nd four times; in that other season he finished 4th in the MVP voting. You have to wonder if this is the first season he finishes out of the Top 5 in MVP voting.

Now there is one more serious MVP candidate and that would be Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians. Now I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Starting pitchers don’t appear in enough games and shouldn’t be consider for the MVP award unless they win 30 games and have an ERA under 1.00, but that’s not going to stop people from voting for Bieber and he has an outside shot at winning the MVP. To be fair Bieber has been great this season and should be the unanimous choice for the American League Cy Young award. Now I’ve always looked at the Cy Young as the MVP of pitching; so there’s his MVP award and he deserves that.

In case you’re wondering Bieber is 8-1 in 11 starts this season with an ERA of 1.74 over 72 1/3rd innings this season. He has given up just 44 hits while striking out 112 and walking just 18 hitters this season. Bieber has been flat out dominant and will easily win the CY Young award, but he shouldn’t be the MVP!

Alright now it’s your turn. Who do you have winning the American League MVP award?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 16, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in sports

I believe most people and the NBA as well had hoped to see the battle of L.A. in the Western Conference finals. Unfortunately the Denver Nuggets had other plans on Tuesday night.

In Game 7the Nuggets pulled off the upset over the Los Angeles Clippers and they did it in surprisingly easy fashion 104-89.

Denver was down 56-54 gong into halftime, but outscored the Clippers 50-33in the second half to pull away for the victory and advance to the Western Conference finals to face the other Los Angeles team the Lakers.

This past off season the Clippers signed the biggest free agent on the market in Kawhi Leonard and then they made a big trade to acquire Paul George as they tried to give themselves a chance to go to the NBA finals out of the Western Conference.

Sadly for the Clippers Leonard and George combined to go 10 for 38 from the field including going 4 of 18 from behind the 3-point line. Not exactly the formula for success the Clippers had hoped for. It wasn’t just Leonard and George who struggled shooting. Lou Williams has provided a spark off the bench all season for the Clippers went 3 of 11 from the field including going 1 of 4 from behind the 3-point line. As a team the Clippers shot 37.8% from the field in Game 7 going 34 of 90 and 9 of 35 from the 3-point line.

While the Clippers where having their issues shooting the basketball Jamal Murray made another case for himself to be looked at as one of the better players in the NBA. Murray played 45 minutes in Game 7 and dropped 40 points on the Clippers. Murray went 15 of 26 from the field and hit 6 of the 13 3-pointers he attempted.

As a team the Nuggets shot 49.4% from the field going 38 of 77. Denver also shot 35.1% from the 3-point line going 13of 37 and they also hit 15 of the 16 free throws they attempted.

No you can see why it’s Denver moving on to the western Conference finals to face the Lakers while the Clippers are headed home. The question now becomes; what do the Clippers do?

Like pretty much every coach does Doc Rivers the Clippers head coach took the blame for the Game 7 loss, but he wasn’t the one shooting the basketball. While you can’t blame Rivers for the Clippers shooting woes his team was up 3 games to 1 in this series and couldn’t close it out. The Clippers also had leads of 16,19 and 12 points in the final three games of the series and couldn’t hold the lead. This was Rivers 21st season as an NBA head coach and while he no longer holds the title President of basketball operations for the Clippers he is very involved with the construction of the teams roster, but of course the idea of moving on from Rivers is going to come up.

If the Clippers actually do decide to replace Rivers as their head coach which I don’t think they will he wouldn’t be out of work long if he wanted to continue to coach in the NBA. Rivers has 943 wins and one NBA title on his resume as an NBA head coach.

What do you think the Clippers will do. Will they keep Rivers as their head coach? Or will the let him go?

While the Western Conference was still trying to figure out who the Lakers would play the Eastern Conference tipped off Game 1 of their Conference finals and the Miami Heat stayed hot grabbing Game 1 117-114 over the Boston Celtics in overtime.

With 12 seconds left in overtime Jimmy Butler hit a jump shot and was fouled on the play. After Butler hit his free throw Miami took the lead for the final time in the game at 116-114. Bam Adebayo split a pair of free throw for Miami’s final point and when Jayson Tatum’s 29 foot jumper ended up off the mark Miami had a Game 1 win and a 1-0 lead in the series.

Goren Dragic led the Heat with 29 points with 29 points while Jae Crowder added points and Butler scored points. Adebayo handed out a team high 9 assists and scored 18 points while Tyler Herro came off the Miami bench to put up a double-double with 12 points and a team high 11 rebounds. Herro also handed out 9 assists to tie Adebayo for the team lead.

Boston was led in scoring by with a game high 30 points. Tatum also grabbed a game high 14 rebounds. Marcus Smart added 26 points while Kemba Walker scored 19 points and Jaylon Brown added 17 points. Brad Wanamaker came off the Celtics bench to score 11 points. Walker and Wanamaker tied for the team lead in assists with 6.

There are no NBA playoff games tonight, but on Thursday the Heat and the Celtics will play Game 2 of their series while the Nuggets will have to wait until Friday to start their Western Conference final series with the Lakers.

Who do you have meeting the the NBA finals?

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How was your week

Posted: September 12, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The NFL season kicked off Thursday night with the Kansas City Chiefs beating the Houston Texans 34-20. The game wasn’t as close as the final score indicated it might have been as the Chiefs got out to a 34-7 lead and the game was pretty much over after that. I’m sure the NFL was hoping for a more competitive game and I bet they where even more displeased when they found out that ratings where down 13% from last years opening game.

Now historically and I’m not sure why this is, but NFL ratings are always down in an election year, but 13% is a big number and I don’t think the election can account for that.

Now there was a lot of competition on Thursday night, but the NFL is the #1 sport in America and normally that doesn’t matter, but you have to wonder if there was just too many sporting events on.

Besides the NFL on Thursday night there was the NHL and NBA playoffs going on. They’re in the stretch run in Major League Baseball and there are quite a few teams with a chance to make their expended playoffs. The WNBA was in action and there was also a NASCAR series truck race on Thursday night. Did you watch one of these sports over the opening night of the NFL?

I watched the start of the NFL game, but I became bored very quickly and switched over the the U.S. Open to watch Serena Williams play Victoria Azarenka. I’m not sure why the NFL game didn’t hold my interest and to be honest I’m not a huge tennis fan, but I like watching Williams play.

Now unfortunately I brought Williams bad luck as she ended up losing 6-1, 3-6, 3-6 and may have gotten injured.

After a point in the third set Williams was bent over after a point and stayed like that for a while holding the lower part of her left leg. The trainer came out and took a look at her leg as the match was stopped for a medical timeout. Williams leg was taped up and she was able to finish the match, but Azarenka easily won after the stoppage.

After the match Williams said that she believes that it was her Achilles that was giving her trouble. She went on to mention that she thinks she hurt her Achilles during one of the long baseline rallies during the match, but didn’t use that as an excuse for losing.

After the match Williams said “I don’t think that had anything to do with it” she also added “Ultimately, it didn’t affect my play at all.”

Williams was seeking her 24th Grand Slam singles title and since her 39th birthday is a couple of weeks away the question started about if she’ll win another Grand Slam title.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much or anything about tennis, but I’d find it difficult to bet against Williams in any tournament she’s entered in.

Now since I didn’t see much of the Thursday night NFL game I had to look at the stats to see how things went fantasy football wise. Now there where a couple of things that stuck out, but I’m not sure if it’s an indicator on how the season will go.

Going into ever fantasy draft Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the hot running back name. Now remember there was no pre-season; so it was all guess work about how he’d fit into the Chiefs offense and for one week he did well, but I’m not sold that it will be this way every week.

Now Edwards-Helaire is Kansas City’s #1 running back; so he’s going to get the bulk of the carries in the running game and that means he’ll score fantasy points for his owners, but don’t expect him to get 25 carries like he did Thursday night.

What I noticed was that Patrick Mahomes only threw for 211 yards. That may be his lowest total for the season. What also stuck out was the fact that Edwars-Helaire didn’t have a reception and as a whole Chiefs running backs only caught 2 passes in the game.

So while Edwards-Helaire showed that he could run the football one of the reasons fantasy players where so high on him was because of the contributions he was going to make in the Chiefs passing game.

Now I think that Edwards-Helaire will be a good fantasy player. I just don’t expect him to continue to run the football as much as he did on Thursday night. Now hopefully he’ll be more involved in the Chiefs passing game as the season goes on and that will help make up for the lower number of carries he’ll probably get down the line.

Now obviously I’m not saying that if you own Edwards-Helaire that you should cut him or anything like that. All I’m saying is it’s just Week 1; so don’t try and tell the other players in your fantasy league that you’re the smartest guy in the room just yet. just remember there’s a lot of football left to be played and I’m sure there will be some other oddities coming out of Week 1 of the NFL.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 9, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in sports

We had our first upset in the NBA playoffs as the 5th seeded Miami Heat beat the Eastern Conference’s #1 seed the Milwaukee Bucks four games to one in the conference semi-final match up.

Now I don’t think anyone ended up being surprised by the Heat winning this series. Since they took a three games to none lead it seemed pretty clear that they’d end up sending Milwaukee home. What might be the surprising part of this series win was just how easy the Heat made it look.

Now the first round playoff match ups rarely have series upsets. Sure ever now and then and 8th seed will win a game in a series against the #1 seed, but then thing get back to how it should be and that #1 seed rolls though the 8th seed. Now in the second round then have been more upsets, but it’s been since a 5th seed has beaten a #1 seed in a playoff series.

Miami used a balanced attack last night as six players scored in double figures in their 103-94 win. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic each scored 17 points to lead Miami in scoring. Jae Crowder added 16 points and Bam Adebayo was the other starter in double figures with 13 points. Tyler Herro added 14 points off the bench while Kelly Olynyk chipped in 12 points while also coming off the bench. Butler also grabbed 10 rebounds to make his night a double-double. Butler and Herro each handed out 6 assists to tie for the team lead there.

Now the Bucks where in a hole to start as they where playing without one of the best players in the NBA in Giannis Antetokounmpo who was out with an ankle injury.

Without Antetokounmpo it was Kris Middleton who led the Bucks in scoring with 23 points. Donte DiVincenzo scored 17 points while Brook Lopez scored 15 points and grabbed a game high 14 rebounds. Wes Matthews scored 11 points and Marvin Williams came off the bench to score 11 points while Eric Bledsoe handed out a game high 9 assists.

Now as soon as this game was over the talk immediately turned to what Antetokounmpo’s future will be. Now the Bucks can offer Antetokounmpo the super max deal which would be a contract for a total of $220 million dollars. That’s $80 more million dollars more than any other team can offer him. It’s doubtful that he’ turn down a contract of that size to enter free agency, but Antetokounmpo has made it clear that he wants to win and even though the Bucks have been one of the better teams in the eastern Conference the last two seasons they haven’t made it into the NBA Finals. Milwaukee has said that they won’t trade Antetokounmpo, but is it possible that he could force a sign and trade.

While Antetokounmpo has had his struggles in the playoffs during the regular season he’s one of the best players in the NBA. Last season may have been Antetokounmpo’s best; well at least statistically. He averaged 29.5 points per game, 13.6 rebounds per game and 5.6 assists per game while playing just over 30 minutes a game.

Now you’ll hear a lot of talk about the things Antetokounmpo needs to improve on like his free throw shooting and his 3-point shooting, but there isn’t a team in the NBA that wouldn’t want him if the Bucks decide to trade him.

If Milwaukee can’t resign Antetokounmpo and they give in and decide to trade him the questions then become; what could they get for him? and were would he end up?

Right off the bat there was talk that the Golden State Warriors would be the first team n line if Antetokounmpo is made available. Golden State did end up with the 1st pick in the upcoming draft, but could a package including that pick be enough to sway the Bucks to deal one of the best players in the game? I’m not sure if there’s enough on that Golden State roster to get this deal done, but you never know what a team will do with a player that can just walk away in free agency. Would Milwaukee take less in a deal instead of watching Antetokounmpo leave and get nothing in return.

What happens with Antetokounmpo will be the top story heading into the NBA’s off season.

Where do you have Antetokounmpo playing next season? Do you think he’ll take that big money contract and stay in Milwaukee? Or do you have another landing spot in mind for him?

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How was your week

Posted: September 5, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Now if you’ve listen to the Sports Time Radio podcast or I’m sure I mentioned it here a time or to, but I’m not a big NBA fan. Normally I’ll flip over to see a score or watch a minute or two of a game, but until last night I hadn’t seen a minute of the NBA since they’ve returned. However last night I wanted to watch a little of the Miami Heat’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks and now I just watched a little here and there. There was no way I was going to try and sit through the entire game. I have to say I was surprised with the outcome.

Now Milwaukee hadn’t won a game in the series and if they lost last night they’d be just one game away from being eliminated from the playoffs. this would be a big upset since Milwaukee was the best team in the Eastern Conference this season and where an easy pick to go to the NBA Finals.

Well unfortunately for the Bucks the Heat had their number again and beat Milwaukee 115-100 in Game 3 and now have a commanding lead in the series.

At first it looked like Milwaukee would find a way to get their first win in the series. They had a 1 point lead after the 1st quarter and then going into halftime they had increased that lead to 7 points. The 3rd quarter also went the Bucks way as they where able to add 5 point to their lead and heading into the 4th quarter they had a 87-75 lead. Too bad they had to play the 4th quarter.

When Jimmy Butler hit the first of two free throws with 6:16 left to play the Heat had fought it’s way back and tied the game at 93 all. Butler than gave the Heat their first lead by making his second free throw.

Now I thought that the Bucks might fold right there and Miami would cruise to another victory, but Milwaukee hung tough for a short period of time and regained the lead at 99-98 when Giannis Antetokounmpo dunked with 4:41 left in the game.

Who would have known that would be the last lead the Bucks would have in the game as Miami went on a 17 to 1 run including going six of six from the free throw line in the closing minutes to win Game 3 115-100.

Butler was the Heat’s and the game top scorer with 30 points. Bam Adebayo added a double-double with 20 points and tied for the game high in rebounds with 16. Two of the other three Miami starters got into double figures as Jae Crowder scored 17 points and Goran Dragic added 15 points. Tyler Herro was the only other Miami player to score in double figures as he added 13 points coming in off the bench.

Brook Lopez was the Bucks leading scorer with 22 points. Antetokounmpo scored 21 points; he also ended up tied for the game high with 16 rebounds and also handed out a game high 9 assists. Khris Middleton scored 18 while George Hill and Donte DiVincenzo each reached double figurs in points off the bench. Hill scored 13 point while DiVincenzo added 10 points.

So the Bucks who won 56 games during the regular season and where the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference are just one game away from being sent home by a Miami team that won 44 regular season games and came into these playoffs as the 5th seeded Eastern Conference team.

Game 4 will be played on Sunday and is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start time on ABC. Will Milwaukee be going home after that game? Or will they find a way to extend the series and hand the Heat their first loss in these playoffs?

As always I’m interested to know what you think will happen. Do you have Milwaukee gong home? Or will there be at least a Game 5 in this series?

Now I haven’t watched any of the other NBA playoff series, but here what I know.

The Houston Rockets beat the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of their series last night 112-97 last night. At 5:30 p.m. today on TNT the Boston Celtics face the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference series. Boston is leading this series 2 games to 1. Then at 8:00 p.m. also on TNT the Denver Nuggets take on the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 2 of their Western Conference series. The Clippers took Game 1; so they’ve got a 1 game to none lead in this series.

Are you going to be watching the NBA on TNT tonight?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 2, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Monday was the trade deadline in Major League Baseball and there was a lot more activity than everybody thought there would be. Where you surprised by all the deals at the trade deadline?

Now it seems as the San Diego Padres have won the award for trade deadline winners, but there where a lot of teams that made moves and some where surprising.

The Cleveland Indians did decide to part way with Mike Clevinger and he was dealt to San Diego in a trade that had nine player in it. The Arizona Diamondbacks dealt a couple of what would’ve been their upcoming free agents as they sent left hander Robbie Ray to the Toronto Blue Jays. They also traded outfielder Starling Marte to the Miami Marlins. Humorously earlier on Monday everyone thought the Marlins where going to be sellers because they sent Jonathan Villar to the Blue Jays, but then they surprised everyone by turning around and acquiring Marte. These where just a few of the players that ended up changing teams on Monday, but I’m not going to go through every deal because I’m sure there have been plenty of other people who have already done that.

Now while there are winners at the trade deadline there are also losers. Even though the Los Angeles Dodgers have looked like the best teams in baseball they where added into the loser slot because the only deal they made had them sending Ross Stripling to Toronto for two players to be named later. The New York Yankees where also looked at as trade deadline loser since they didn’t make a deal. Now I want to look at who where the trade deadline losers, but in another way.

In a weird way I think the biggest losers at the trade deadline where the fans. Now maybe you where happy that your favorite team picked up what could be a key piece in a playoff run r maybe you’re happy with what you’re favorite team did in working towards rebuilding their franchise and that’s not where the fans lose out.

So why do I think the fans came out as losers in this trade deadline? Well for the 8th time in 9 seasons it looks like the best player in baseball Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels will be at home during the playoffs and that’s sad.

Trout has made just one playoff appearance in his career and that lasted just three games. In 2014 the Angels where swept by the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS and this is the only time Trout has seen playoff baseball. Not including this season which looks like it will be their 5th the Angels have been an under .500 team and it doesn’t seem they’re on their way to changing that.

The Angels are currently 12-24 and in last place in the AL West. They are 11 games behind the division leading Oakland A’s. And while they weren’t really huge sellers at the trade deadline they didn’t go out looking to add anyone either.

At the trade deadline the Angels sent catcher Jason Castro to the Padres for right handed pitcher Gerardo Reyes who was immediately sent to their alternative training site. The other deal the Angels made saw them sending outfielder Brian Goodwin to the Cincinnati Reds for left handed pitcher Packy Naughton and either a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Reyes pitched in 27 games for the Padres last season and while he did go 4-0 while striking out 38 batters over 26 innings, but he had an ERA of 7.62. Reyes will probably fill a relief role if he’s used by the Angels. As for Naughton he was picked by the Reds in the 9th round of the 2019 draft and hasn’t pitched in the majors. He split 2019 between high Class A and Double A where he went 11-12 with an ERA of 3.32 in 28 starts covering 157 innings. Naughton is 24 years old; so maybe he’ll develop into a starting pitcher for the Angels, but will have to wait and see.

While the Angels have always had a good offense it’s been pitching that’s been holding them back and while they added some depth to the starting rotation this past off season they never really address the bullpen. The Angels came into the 2020 shortened season with Hansel Robles as their closer. In 2019 Robles looked like he might be able to handle to closing role as he picked up 23 saves after taking over the closers role, but unfortunately Robles was unable to continue that success into the 2020 season. Robles has appeared in 12 games pitching 11 innings. He managed to pick up just 1 save and his ERA is 10.64 not exactly the kind of numbers you’re looking for out of a closer. Ty Buttrey has taken over as the Angels closer and has done a solid job posting 4 saves and an ERA of 3.00 in 16 games this season.

Trout has been in the majors for 9 full seasons and he’s signed with the Angels until the 2030 season; so he’s not going anywhere unless the frustration of not making the playoffs gets to him and he forces a trade. So it brings up the question of; when will we see Trout back in the playoffs? Or maybe the question should be; will we see Trout back in the playoffs?

Being that the Angels are a west coast team Trout doesn’t get the exposure that some players do, but if he and the Angels could just find their way into the playoffs a tie or to he’d have the showcase he needs to truly become the face of baseball. To be honest I’m not sure that Trout would even want to be that as he really hasn’t looked for media attention with the exception of those Subway commercials a few years back, but it would be nice if baseball fans could see the best player in baseball perform on the biggest stage baseball has.

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How was your week

Posted: August 29, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in Auto Racing, NASCAR, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The NASCAR regular season ends tonight in Daytona Beach Florida with the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

14 of the 16 playoff spots have been filled. Matt DiBenedetto is currently in the 15th position and William Byron is currently in the final playoff spot. In his final season Jimmie Johnson is 17th in the standings, but he’s just 4 points out of a playoff spot. Will it be these three driver that take the last two playoff spots? Or will it be a driver outside of the playoff race that wins the race and automatically qualify for the playoffs?

If there’s a first time winner tonight DiBenedetto can clinch a playoff spot by picking 51 points in tonight’s race while Byron and Johnson would both need help to clinch a playoff spot. If there’s a repeat winner tonight then DiBenedetto 47 points to get into the playoffs while Byron would need 52 points to qualify for the playoffs.

There are also 17 drivers that could get into the playoffs with a win as well as an 18th driver who would get into the playoffs with a win and a good points day to get into the Top 30. While a driver automatically qualifies for a playoff spot he as to be in the Top 30 points to claim that playoff spot.

Johnson is the sentimental favorite since he’s retiring after this season. He’s a two time Daytona 500 winner with both of those wins coming when he swept both races at this track in 2013. Johnson is a seven time cup champion and tonight he is going to try and get into the playoffs for the 16th time they NASCAR started this format in 2004. Are you rooting for Johnson to win the race and make the playoffs?

Kevin Harvick starts on the poll for tonight’s race. Harvick was awarded the poll using the new formula NASCAR has. He’s how it breaks down: 50% of it comes from your finish in the last race. 35% comes from where you stand in owner pints and the final 15% comes from where your fastest lap from the last race ranked. Harvick just so happened to finish 1st in all of those categories.

Here’s what the rest of the Top 10 looks like. Martin Truex Jr. starts 2nd, Joey Logano starts 3rd, Brad Keselowski starts 4th, Aric Almirola starts 5th; William Byron starts 6th, Jimmie Johnson starts 7th, Alex Bowman starts 8th, Ryan Blaney will start 9th with Denny Hamlin starting 10th.

In last nights Xfinity race teammates worked together and had success doing it to a certain extent.

All three Kaulig racing drivers Justin Haley, Ross Chastain and A.J. Allmendinger where having great success working as a three car team in the draft and towards the end of the race they where sitting 1, 2 and 3. Haley was in the 3rd and was doing a solid job of blocking and holding off the oncome field. Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe managed to dislodge Haley from the 3rd spot and started to make their way to Chastain and Allmendinger. Since Chastain was in 2nd place it now became his responsibility to try to hold off the oncoming field. As Cindric and Briscoe closed in they ended up giving Chastain a big push and instead of protecting Allmendinger he decided that he was going to try and pass him and go for the win. Unfortunately for Kaulig Racing Allmendinger either decided to block Chastain or just pull back in front of him to get to the finish line for the win. In this case Chastain got their to quickly and ended up turning Allmendinger and wrecking both cars. Cindric was also caught up in this last lap crash. Through it all Haley who had been able to get himself back into the draft around 7th or 8th position after he was passed found his way to the finish line and ended up winning the race.

Haley and Chastain who ended up finishing 6th are full time drivers for Kaulig racing while Allmendinger races part time for the team. Chastain alluded to that in his post race comments. “It doesn‘t matter how many races each of us run,” Chastain said referring to Allmendinger‘s part-time schedule. “We‘re supposed to go for the win. Team rules are the last 10 laps and we all stay committed. I hate that Justin go shucked out there with five to go. “But coming to the checkered; what am I supposed to do? Finish second? Not this guy.”

Allmendinger ended up finishing 15th pretty much took the high road in his post race comments. “It‘s the way it is,” Allmendinger said. “I don‘t know. I try to take care of my teammates, but it is what it is and it was going for the win. Ross is going for the championship and going for the win there. I saw him get low and thought maybe he would take care of me a little bit considering I was there. But he‘s going for the win. It is what it is and just disappointing because we were going to have another one-two-three Kaulig finish at Daytona. “It‘s racing. And congratulations to Justin Haley for getting a Kaulig Racing Chevrolet into Victory Lane. That‘s the most important thing.”

It was still a good night for Kaulig Racing as they swept the all stages of last nights race. Haley won Stage 1; Allemendinger won Stage 2 while Haley won the race.

You have to wonder with the success teammates had working together last night if will see that in tonight’s NASCAR. Bryon, Johnson and Bowman start 6th, 7th and 8th; so they’ll have an opportunity to work together right at the start of the race. Of course Byron and Johnson are both racing for one of those two playoff open playoff spots; so you have to wonder how long they’ll work together.

It would seem that teammates like Logano and Keselowski would be interested in working together since they’ve had quite a bit of success do it, but to be fair when it comes down to the end of the race we could see some strange pairings working together.

If you come across this blog before the race starts let me know who you think wins the race. As for me I’ve always liked the underdog in these type of races; so I’m going with John Hunter Nemechek as my pick to win.

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