Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: October 13, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The NBA regular season starts next week. As you know I’m not the biggest fan of the NBA, but there are always some odd stories that deserve some attention and this whole issue with Kyrie Irving is one of them.

Irving is looked at as one of the top players in the NBA, but he’s had some injuries though his career and then last season he seemed to miss quite a few games for personal. Now it looks like he’ll be missing games because of a choice he’s making.

Irving has decided to not get vaccinated for Covid-19. Now there are some states that have instituted laws about unvaccinated people in areas where there are a large number of people gathered. New York is one of those states and Irving plays for the Brooklyn Nets who are located in New York.

What does that mean? Well right off the bat Irving would automatically miss the 41 home games the Nets will have this season. After that it would depend on what state the Nets would be playing in on if Irving would be available for that game or not.

In the end Irving would play very few games this season; so yesterday Nets general manager Sean Marks came out and said that Irving won’t play or practice for the Nets until he’s fully eligible to. While I’m sure this was a difficult decision for the Nets to make in the end this is the best choice because it will end the circus of if Irving will be able to play or not.

While I’d like to see everyone get vaccinated I fully support people being able to make their own choice, but in this case Irving refusing to not get vaccinated hurts other people who depend on him; his teammates. The Nets should be a contender for the NBA title and with Kevin Durant and James Harden ready to go they still might be, but if Irving was vaccinated and playing it would give the Nets an even better chance to win a title.

Now I’m not close enough to this situation to know, but if seems as though Irving is being selfish and I don’t believe he’s even mentioned his reason for not want to get vaccinated. I’m also a little surprised with how well his teammates seem to be taking this. I thought for sure that we’d get a couple of players come out and try to get him to change his mind through the media, but so far that hasn’t happened.

Irving is due to make just a little under $35 million dollars this season, but I don’t believe that the Nets will have to pay him if he misses games because of not being vaccinated. It wouldn’t be like he was injured and couldn’t play; he’d be missing games by choice.

Now there was a similar situation with Andrew Wiggins who plays for the Golden State Warriors. Wiggins asked the NBA for a medical exception for religious reason, but was turned down. As far as I know Irving hasn’t asked the NBA for any kind of an exception, but I don’t think he has grounds to ask for one. I doubt they’d grant him an exception because he didn’t want to get vaccinated. Now as it turned out Wiggins got vaccinated; so he’ll be able to play this season, but I have a feeling we won’t see Irving play in a game this season do to him being unvaccinated.

Now the Nets will still be a very formidable team and should still be one of the favorites to win the NBA title, but those odds would be better if they had Irving in uniform, but as of now that’s not going to happen.

Brooklyn opens it’s season on the road for the first two games this season. They play the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks to open their season On Tuesday October 19th. Then the Nets head to Philadelphia for a game on Friday October 22nd against the 76ers. Brooklyn’s first home game will be Sunday October 24th and they’ll host the Charlotte Hornets.

Now it’s your turn to tell me what you think will happen with Irving and the Nets as well. Do you see Irving actually getting the vaccination and coming back to play games? Or do you think he’ll sit out the entire season in protest? I’m also interested to know how you think the Nets will do this season. Do you see them winning the Eastern conference and an NBA title? Or do you think that they’ll fall short this season?

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How was your week

Posted: October 9, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

On Thursday night the Los Angeles Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 26-17. With the win the Rams improved their record to 4-1 while the loss knocked the Seahawks down to 2-3 on the season, but there was a bigger story to this game than just who won.

On a pass attempt in the middle of the 3rd quarter Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson injured the middle finger on his throwing hand when he made contact with Aaron Donald on his follow through. Wilson left the game and was never able to return in the Seahawks loss.

As it turned out Wilson suffered a ruptured tendon and a comminuted fracture-dislocation to his finger. He had surgery on Friday to repair the finger and is expected to miss between four and eight weeks of the season.

That should mean that Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback for the Seahawks going forward. Smith replaced Wilson after the injury on Thursday night and completed 10 of his 17 pass attempts. Smith threw for 131 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

This is Smith’s second season serving as Wilson’s back up and Thursday night was just the second time he has seen in game action with the Seahawks.

I’m sure many people remember Smith as the starter for the New York Jets, but that was back in 2013 and the 2014 seasons. Smith hasn’t started an NFL game since 2017 when he was a member of the New York Giants.

Now the NFC West is turning out to be a tough division and may actually be the best division in the NFL; so Smith is going to have to find a way to keep the Seahawks playoffs hopes alive as Wilson recovers from his injury.

Smith will make his first start next Sunday on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then if Wilson only misses the minimum four weeks Smith will face the New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaquars at home before going back on the road to play the Green Bay Packers.

It looks like these could be winnable games for the Seahawks with Smith under center, but you never know how someone is going to play until they’re actually on the field.

With the injury to Wilson, Smith is the only quarterback on the Seahawks roster; so they’ll obviously need someone to come in and back Smith up. I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I heard multiple media members clamoring for the Seahawks to sign Colin Kaepernick as their back up, but dos that really make sense?

Kaepernick hasn’t taken a snap in the NFL in over five years now; so why would it make any kind of sense for the Seahawks to sign him as their back up quarterback. For the first time in a few seasons Kaepernick’s name didn’t come up to start a season, but I guess the media saw this as a chance to throw his name out there and see what happens with it. I think the media has to come to terms with the fact that Kaepernick’s NFL career is probably over no matter how much they bring his name up.

When thinking about a back up quarterback I think it’s going to come down to what the outlook on Wilson is. If it looks like he’ll be able to return in that four week time period they Seahawks can bring in a younger quarterback to look at as their back up. Now if that timeframe is going to be closer to the eight weeks we’ve heard Seattle may want a veteran back up quarterback.

Now it’s possible that the Seahawks may make a trade to acquire a back up quarterback, but the first name that came to mind for me was Cam Newton.

Newton, Wilson and Smith are al mobile quarterbacks; so you think that might help Newton transition into the Seahawks offensive system.

I haven’t heard any rumors on who the Seahawks might be looking at to bring in as a back up quarterback, but like I said Newton was the first name that popped into my head. I did hear that teams where checking in on Josh McCown, but I don’t know if Seattle was one of those teams.

Who do you think the Seahawks will sign as a back up quarterback for Smith?

Now unfortunately Schaumburg Stu had a rough week with his picks last week as he went 0-4. Now this week he’s already off to a better start as he had the Chicago Bulls winning their pre-season games last night against the New Orleans Pelicans and they did 121-85.

Now the rest of Schaumburg Stu’s picks are on Sunday. Schaumburg Stu likes the Houston Astros to sweep the Chicago White Sox in Game 3 of their American League Division series. Then Schaumburg Stu has the Las Vegas Raiders covering the 5 1/2 point spread against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Also in that game Schaumburg Stu is going with the point total for both team to be under 45.

You can check in every Friday to hear Schaumburg Stu’s picks live on Sports Time Radio podcast. Of course you should also listen to the podcast the other days of the week live on BlogTalkradio.com. Now if you miss the live edition of the podcast all you have to do is head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want to.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: October 6, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The Major League Baseball playoffs started last night with the American League wild card game. Surprisingly it didn’t turn out to be a very competitive game as the Boston red Sox easily handled the New York Yankees 6-2.

Xander Bogaerts gave the Red Sox a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning with a 2-run home run to centerfield. In the bottom of the 3rd inning Kyle Schwarber added a run to that Red Sox lead with a solo home run to to rightfield. Anthony Rizzo was finally able to get the Yankees on the board with a solo home run in the top of the 6th inning. Alex Verdugo then drove in the next three runs for the Red Sox. In the bottom of the 6th inning Verdugo got the run back by doubling home Bogaerts and then in the bottom of the 7th a single by Verdugo drove in the final two runs of the game for the Red Sox. It was a 6-1 game heading into the top of the 9th inning when Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo home run for the Yankees, but it was too little too late s the Red Sox bullpen closed out the Yankees for a 6-2 win.

The Yankees looked to have a slight advantage when it came to starting pitching in this wild card game, but Gerrit Cole was terrible and couldn’t even get out of the 3rd inning. Cole line on the night was 2 innings pitched; he gave up 3 runs on four hits two of which where home runs; he walked 2 and struck out 3. Not the kind of outing the Yankees needed from a player who is considered on of the better starting pitchers in baseball.

Even though the Yankees seem to have a slight edge in starting pitching it wasn’t much of one as Nathan Eovaldi has been very good for the Red Sox this season. The issue you’re always going to have with Eovaldi is he’s not going to give you a lot of length when he starts. Even last night Eovaldi threw just 71 pitches, but only lasted 5 1/3rd innings. I get that this is the new way starting pitchers are handled, but this is the playoffs and you need a starter who can stay into the game through that dreaded third time through an opponents line up.

Now the only run Eovaldi gave up was the solo home run to Rizzo, but that was enough for Red Sox manager Alex Cora to turn to his bullpen; which let’s face it has had it’s issues this season. Luckily last night Boston’s bullpen was right on. The Red Sox bullpen covered 3 2/3rds innings giving up just the solo home run by Stanton. They also allowed just one other hit while striking out 3 and not walking anyone.

You never know; maybe it was the fact that the Red Sox relievers knew they had some runs to play with or if they have found their roles in the bullpen, but it’s the kind of relief work they’re going to need as they head in the American League Division Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Eovaldi’s official pitching line saw him throw 5 1/3rd innings; he gave up just 1 run on 4 hits and he struck out 8 without walking anyone. He also picked up the win for Boston.

With the win the Red Sox advance to the ALDS which is schedule to Start on Thursday night in Tampa Bay.

Tonight we get the National League wild card game which has the Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. Max Scherzer makes the start for the Dodgers while the Cardinals will start Adam Wainwright.

Now you’d think that the Dodgers would win this game and advance easily since they had 106 wins in the regular season and the Cardinals only had 90, but don’t forget how well St. Louis has played down the stretch. The Cardinals went 19-3 to close out the season and two of those three loss where after they had clinched a wild card spot. Let’s hope that this makes for an interesting game tonight.

Tonight’s game is scheduled for a 7:10 p.m. start on TBS. With multiple networks carrying playoff game they can be hard to find from time to time; so now you know where you can watch it.

Now before the wild card game starts tonight why not listen to Sports Time Radio podcast and hear what Dan the Man and The Big Jack think about tonight’s game. You can listen to Sports Time Radio podcast live on BlogTalkRadio.com, but if you miss the live edition of the podcast all you have to do is head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want to.

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How was your week

Posted: October 2, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The San Francisco Giants have been one of the biggest surprises in Major League Baseball this season. Now the Giants are guaranteed a playoff spot, but they still need either one more win or one loss by the Los Angeles Dodgers to clinch the National League West division. Now with just two games left in the regular season it appears as though the Giants will go into the playoffs as a division winner and will have home field advantage for as long a they’re in the playoffs.

As for the Dodgers they are also guaranteed a playoff spot, but will have to go into the playoffs as a wild card team. That could mean that even though the Dodgers won over 100 games in the regular season they could out of the playoffs after just one game. I that actually happens the media will be in a complete uproar; so I’ll let them deal with that if it does happen.

What may actual be the bigger question for the Dodgers right now is how they’ll set up their pitching rotation for the playoffs after the wild card game. The Dodgers have always been looked at as a team with deep pitching, but did they just take a serious hit to that depth last night?

Clayton Kershaw left his start last night against the Milwaukee Brewers after a recurrence of a  left forearm injury kept him out for nearly three months. Kershaw was making his fourth start since July 3rd, but lasted just 1 2/3rds innings against the Brewers last night.

Now since his return the Dodgers have been monitoring Kershaw’s innings. Kershaw hasn’t pitched more than 5 innings since returning from the IL. He’s 1-1 in those four starts, but he’s struggled in his last couple of starts. He gave up 3 run last night in his shortened outing and 4 runs in the start before last nights.

Now obviously when you look at the Dodgers record they’ve managed to do pretty well even with Kershaw missing a chunk of the season, but will that carry over into the playoffs? Even though Kershaw has had his ups and downs in the playoffs we’re still talking about a pitcher who went 2-0 with an ERA of 2.31 in his two World Series starts last year. Kershaw has made 30 post season starts and has appeared in 37 post season games. That’s a lot of experience that the Dodgers look like they’re going to be missing come playoff time.

The Dodgers made the big trade for Max Scherzer at this years trade deadline adding him to a playoff rotation that will also have Walker Buehler and Julio Urias in it for sure, but who do the Dodgers turn to after those three?

Now there was a time when teams would go through the playoffs with just three starting pitchers, but that’s no longer done; so it appears the Dodgers will need at least one more starting pitcher if they get past the wild card game.

The Dodgers do have a couple of options. Tony Gonsolin made two post season starts for the Dodgers last season, but he has also had some injuries issues this season. Gonsolin missed about a month and a half of the season with an injury, but has made five consecutive starts for the Dodgers. Just like Kershaw the Dodgers seem to be monitoring Gonsolin’s innings. Gonsolin has pitched just 20 innings in those five starts since returning from the Il. That makes you wonder if Gonsolin is stretched out enough to give the Dodgers quality playoff innings.

The Dodgers also have former Cy Young award winner David Price who has made 11 starts for them this season as an option. Now Price hasn’t started a game since August 22nd and hasn’t pitched more than 1 2/3rds innings in his last five appearances. That would beg the question on if Price could go more than just a couple of innings if he was called upon tp start.

The Dodgers have had 12 other pitchers start at least one game for them this season, but none of them have made more than five starts for them.

So what do you think the Dodgers do if they can get past the St. Louis Cardinals in that wild card game? It seems to make sense that they go with a four man rotation in the playoffs and just watch Gonsolin’s innings as they go along. Or do you think they have a fifth starter in mind? and if so who do you think that would be?

The only other question we have as baseball’s regular season comes to a close this Sunday is; who’s going to end up playing in the American League wild card game?

Going into today the New York Yankees hold the first wild card spot while the Boston Red Sox are in the second wild card spot. The Yankees have a one game lead on the Red Sox while the Red Sox have a one game lead over the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays. Unfortunately none of these teams are playing each other this weekend, but it will make this weekends games quite interesting.

The Yankees have the toughest match up this weekend as they are playing the Tampa Bay Rays. It seems as though the Red Sox and the Blue Jays have the easiest match ups as Boston is playing the Washington nationals and Toronto faces the Baltimore Orioles. The Mariners match up is kind of middle of the road as they are facing the Los Angeles Angels.

It’s definitely possible that when this weekend is over we could see a game 163 or even a game 164 having to be played before we even get to a wild card game.

Let me know what you think. Which two teams do you see actually getting into the American League wild card game? Two teams get in and two teams miss out; so who do you have getting in?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 29, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

We’re three weeks into the NFL season and is there anybody out there who had the Kansas City Chiefs starting the season 1-2? I’m going to say no to that one. Now there’s no reason to panic as there are 14 weeks left in this season and the Chiefs will get their ship righted and be a contender by the end of the season.

With the Chiefs getting off to a slow start it seems that most if not all of the experts have turned to the Buffalo Bills as being the best team in the AFC, but even the Bills have lost a game this season and sit at 2-1.

Now for me it’s too early to try and figure out who the best team is right now since by the time the season ends it could be a completely different team, but the consensus seems to be that the Los Angeles Rams are the best team in the NFL.

On Sunday the Rams had a match up with the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and looked great. The Rams won the game 34-24 as their new quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 343 yards and four touchdowns.

Everyone seems to be in agreement that a top tier quarterback was the piece the Rams where missing and Stafford seems to have filled that void through three weeks. I haven’t heard anybody go so far as to say that the Rams will go 17-0 this season and that would be difficult to accomplish since they’re probably in the toughest division in the NFL, but they’re definitely a playoff team and that’s where will have to see how Stafford plays.

After spending 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions Stafford was traded to the Rams. Los Angeles sent their quarterback Jared Goff along with two 1st round picks and a 3rd round pick to Detroit to get Stafford. Now in those 12 seasons with Detroit Stafford has only been to the playoffs three times 2011, 2014 and 2016. Stafford doesn’t have a playoff win in his career as the Lions lost all three of the playoff games they got into while Stafford was with them.

While it’s obvious that you need to win your games in the regular season it’s the playoffs that are really going to matter and we haven’t seen a lot of Stafford in the playoffs; so do we know what the Rams are going to get out of him when it comes to those games?

After Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay the Rams are now the betting favorite to win the Super Bowl which shouldn’t come as a surprise, but like I said earlier; there are fourteen weeks left in the regular season.

Through three weeks there are five undefeated teams and there are five teams that are looking for that first win. Now I’m not sure if anyone had the Las Vegas Raiders and the Denver Broncos starting 3-0, but here they are, They’re joined by the Carolina Panthers, the Arizona Cardinals and the Rams. While the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaquars, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants and the Lions still trying to get that first win.

Now sooner or later the Raiders or the Broncos and the Rams and the Cardinals will lose a game while the Jaquars or the Colts will win a game since they play in the same division and will have to face each other twice this season. I guess there is the possibility they could tie those games, but has there ever been six tie games in an NFL season?

After Sunday’s loss to the Rams Tampa Bay went looking for help in their secondary. Yesterday the Buccaneers add a cornerback who should end up in the Hall of Fame when his playing career is over in Richard Sherman.

Sherman spent his fist seven seasons in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks. After Seattle released him Sherman signed with the San Francisco 49ers and played the last three seasons there.

Seattle and San Francisco along with Carolina where all in the running to sign Sherman, but he chose to sign a one year deal with Tampa Bay. About signing with Tampa Bay Sherman said “I went with the best offer I had, the best opportunity to go out there and put some great tape on, to lead another group”, “I feel comfortable and confident in my abilities to go out there and execute and help that team win.”

Sherman is 33 years old and has 36 career interceptions, but only played in five games last season due to injury. It appears as though it will take Sherman a week or two to get ready to play in a game and hopefully he’s completely healthy after being limited last season.

There have been some people who don’t believe Sherman will help the Buccaneers. What I’d like t know is where do you stand on his signing. At one time he was the best cornerback in the NFL, but injuries and age have slowed him down some. Do you like this signing?

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How was your week

Posted: September 25, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3 last night in Fenway Park. This was the first of a three game series between these two teams this weekend and it’s looking like this may also be the match up in the American League wild card game.

Even with the loss the Red Sox are still in possession of the top wild card spot in the American League. The Red Sox currently have a one game lead on the Yankees for that first wild card spot. The Yankees are sitting in that second wild card spot heading into this afternoons game with the Red Sox. The Yankees are two games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners for that second wild card spot. The Oakland A’s are four games out of that second wild card spot, but with just eight games left on their schedule it’s going to be very difficult for the A’s to pass three games in the standings and getting into the wild card game.

Scheduling will probably have a lot to do with who ends up with those two wild card spots in the American League.

The Yankees have those two Games left with the Red Sox before they go to Toronto for a three game series against the Blue Jays. The Yankees finish the season at home with a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

After this series with the Yankees the schedule really seems to favor the Red Sox even though they’ll be on the road. After this series the Red Sox head to Baltimore for three games against the Orioles and then they finish the season with a three game series against the Washington Nationals.

The Blue Jays have lost four of their last five games and have to right the ship in these final two games of there series against the Minnesota Twins this weekend. The Blue Jays will host the Yankees for a three game series starting on Tuesday before they wrap up their season with a three game series against the Orioles.

The Mariners have been the biggest surprise in the American League this season and are currently on a six game winning streak. They’re going to have to keep winning games if they’re going to get into the wild card game though. Seattle has two more games left in this current series with the Los Angeles Angels before they return home to host the A’s for three games. The season wraps up for the Mariners at home with three games against the Angels.

The A’s will probably have to win their final eight games if they’re going to have any chance at a wild card spot. That means the A’s will need to beat the Houston Astros in the final two games of their weekend series. Oakland then finishes the season on the road with three games against the Mariners in Seattle before they finish the season with three more games against the Astros in Houston.

So who ends up as the two American League wild card teams? Do you have two teams from the American League East getting into the wild card game? Or do you see a team like the Mariners or maybe even the A’s finding a way to get into that game?

Over in the National League we already know that either the San Francisco Giants or the Los Angeles Dodgers will be one of the wild card teams and it looks like the St. Louis Cardinals will be the other wild card team.

The Cardinals are currently on a 14-game winning streak and have opened up a five game lead in the wild card race. The Philadelphia Phillies are the team that is five game back while the Cincinnati Reds are six games back and the San Diego Padres have slipped to seven games back in the race for that second wild card spot.

Now even though it looks like five of the six playoffs spots are wrapped up in the National League there still is some intrigue on who might won the National League East.

The Phillies are in second place, but are just a 1 1/2 behind the first place Atlanta Braves and while the National League West division winner is still up in the air we know that both the Giants and the Dodgers will be in the playoffs. That race is just a matter of who ends up where while either the Braves or the Phillies won’t make it into the playoffs.

The Phillies are currently on a four game winning streak as they head into their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon. Philadelphia has today and tomorrow against the Pirates before they head to Atlanta for a three game series that might decide the division. The Phillies then wrap up their season with a three game series against the Miami Marlins in Miami.

The Braves are wrapping up a west coast trip where they’ve won five of their last six games. Atlanta has two more games against the Padres before they return home to finish the season with those three games against the Phillies before the New York Mets come into Atlanta for the final three games of the season.

In the National League West we’re waiting to see which team wins that division and which team gets stuck in the one game wild card; the Giants or the Dodgers.

The Giants are currently leading the National League West by one game over the Dodgers.

San Francisco has won three of it’s last four game and six out of their last eight games. The Giants are currently finishing up a series against the Colorado Rockies in Colorado. The Giants return home after this series to finish the season with a three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks and then a three game series against the Padres.

The Dodgers keep winning games to as they’ve won five of their last six games. Los Angeles is wrapping up a three game series against the Diamondbacks in Arizona before they also return home like the Giants to finish out the season. Los Angeles will host the Padres for a three game series starting on Tuesday before the Milwaukee Brewers head in town to for a three game series to end the regular season.

Alight; so what do you have happening in the National League. Do you see the Phillies being able to pass the Braves in the East? Then who do have winning the West? Do you have the Giants or the Dodgers?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 22, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Yesterday Ben Simmons announced that he won’t be reporting to the Philadelphia76ers training camp when it opens and tat he’s played their last game for them. Now there have been a lot of rumors about Philadelphia trying to trade Simmons, but nothing ever came to fruition and he’s still on their roster. So now what do they do with him?

Simmons was the #1 pick in the 2016 draft, but he didn’t play that first season do to injury. When Simmons took the court for the 2017-18 season he played in all 81 games and had a very solid season for the 76ers, but there was something noticeable about his game.

While Simmons has a very well rounded game he is missing the one thing that the new style of NBA play almost requires out of all of their players; the ability to shoot the 3-pointer. In his first two NBA seasons Simmons was 0 for 17 from the 3-point line in his next two NBA seasons Simmons is 5 for 17 from the 3-point line; so in his career he’s 5 for 34 as a 3-point shooter. Not the kind of number you want to see out of a guard.

It’s also become noticeable that while Simmons is a solid shooter from the field as he makes just under 60% of his shots he struggles from the free throw line. Simmons shot 61.3% from the free throw line last season and for his career he’s shooting 59.7%. Those aren’t the kind of numbers you want to see out of a player who’s going to have the basketball in his hands at the end of games.

Simmons has been a Rookie of the Year. He’s made the All-NBA team been to the All-Star game and has been named to the All-Defensive team, but in this new style NBA it’s about offense and 3-point shooting and those seem to be the weak spots in Simmons game.

Simmons is just 25 years old and is under contract through the 2024-2025 season; so whoever acquires him will have him on their team for multiple seasons if they choose to. The question becomes; which team might that be.

It seems as though just about every team has been involved in some type of Ben Simmons trade rumor and while some have shot these rumors down others have stayed quiet.

The Golden State Warriors have been one of the teams front and center lately in these trade rumors and yesterday their owner Joe Lacob came out and address them. Now Lacob was careful to not use Simmons name as he could be fined for that; so he called him “Defensive Player of the Year candidate in Philadelphia.” He added that the Warriors will always explore avenues to upgrade the roster, but strongly hinted that a trade for Simmons is unlikely.

If Lacob is being truthful and Golden State isn’t a serious candidate to try and land Simmons Philadelphia has had discussions with at least five other teams about a Simmons trade. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings have all been mentioned as having talks with Philadelphia about a Simmons deal.

The reports this off season indicated that Philadelphia had a pretty high asking price for Simmons. That makes sense as he’s very young, but has a solid resume and is under contract for four more years. You have to wonder if Simmons not reporting to training camp and refusing to play with the 76ers this season will bring down that asking price. There was also quite a bit of talk saying that Philadelphia could get a deal done for Simmons any time they want to if they would accept a package of young players and draft picks for him. So far Philadelphia has been steadfast on making a deal that won’t compromise their ability to contend for a title in 2022.

Now that Simmons has come out and said that he’s planning on not reporting to training camp if he was to change his mind and report; how would his teammates react to him coming back? Joel Embiid even came out in support of Simmons this off season, but there where some who thought that was a ploy to increase Simmons trade value.

Will just have to wait and see if this saga plays out until the regular season starts or if Philadelphia can find a deal they like and moved Simmons on to his next team. How do you see this playing out? Will Simmons be in a new uniform when the regular season tips off on October 19th? Or will he sit be sitting out when that time comes?

How was your week

Posted: September 18, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

This week the NASCAR races are being held at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol Tennessee. Now on Thursday the Camping World Truck Series had a wild finish which unfortunately do to my work schedule I was unable to see. Last night the Xfinity race ended with the winner actually coming across the finish line sideways. Who knows what’s going to happen tonight when the Monster Energy Series drivers take to the track tonight, but it will probably be interesting.

Bristol is one of if not NASCAR’s most popular race among fans and is actually the third largest sports venue in America and the seventh largest in the world. When you get 162,000 NASCAR fans in the stadium type seating Bristol is NASCAR’s loudest track.

Bristol is just a 1/2 mile long short track and while the speeds the drivers reach won’t get anywhere near what they would be on a super speedway Bristol is the fastest short track on the NASCAR schedule. The track also has some distinct features. Bristol has two pit roads along with an all concrete racing surface plus banking that is between 24 and 30 degrees.

The track itself opened in 1961 and was called Bristol International Speedway from 1961 to 1977. From 1978 to 1995 it was called Bristol International Raceway, but since 1995 the track has been called Bristol Motor Speedway.

Bristol has also hosted three football game. One back in 1961 and two in 2016. The 1961 game was an NFL pre-season game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins now the Washington Football team. The other two games played their where college football games. One featured the Tennessee Volunteers and the Virginia Tech Hokies while the game game had the East Tennessee State Buccaneers and the Western Carolina Catamounts.

Obviously Bristol is a racing venue and hopefully you got to see at least the end of the Xfinity race last night. The race went into overtime meaning there would be a Green, White, Checked finish. Austin Cindric was the leader heading into overtime and with this being a “choose rule” race Cindric decided to start in the outside lane. Justin Allgaier was in 2nd place going into overtime, but decide to start behind Cindric in the outside lane. A.J. Allmendinger jumped at the chance to move into the front row and took the inside lane starting next to Cindric. Adding to the end of this race Cindric was holding a 1 point lead over Allmendinger for the regular season points championship.

in overtime Allmendinger drove hard into Turn 3 and Turn 4 and slid up into Cindric’s car. The move knocked Allemndinger back into 3rd place as Allgaier was able to get past him into 2nd place and it looked like Allmendinger wouldn’t be a factor in who would win this race.

Well then Allgaier who seemed to have contact with every car in the race last night made contact with Cindric which gave Allmendiger the opportunity he was looking for. Allmendinger went to the bottom of the race track to make it three-wide and got into the lead, but this race wasn’t quite over.

Coming off the final corner Cindric had a run and just slammed into Allmendinger turning both cars sideways as they slid across the finish line. Since Allmendinger’s car turned in front of Cindric’s Allmendinger got the win by just .082 seconds.

After the finish of the race Allmendinger’s car slid into the inside wall and headed back up the race track into traffic where he had a huge collision with of all drivers his Kaulig Racing teammate Justin Haley. Fortunately neither driver was injured, but per NASCAR rules since Allmendinger’s car wasn’t running he had to go to the infield care center before he could go to victory lane and celebrate not only his race win, but his regular season points championship.

Since this was the final regular season race the Xfinity playoffs start next week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Allmendinger, Cindric, Allgaier and Haley will be joined by Noah Gragson, Daniel Hemric, Jeb Burton, Harrison Burton, Myatt Snider, Brandon Jones, Riley Herbst and Jeremy Clements.

Since Allmendinger was a repeat winner there where no new playoff qualifiers; so Jones, Herbst and Clements get into the Xfinity playoffs on points.

Now tonight instead of it being the last race of the regular season this is a playoff race for the Monster Energy series. That means a win automatically moves you into the next playoff round. Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. have won the first two playoff races and have already qualified for the next playoff round. Will we have a new driver join them tonight?

There will be four drivers eliminated after tonight’s race; so you have to think that any of those drivers who could be facing elimination will do just about anything to move into that next playoff round. If one of them is up front towards the end of the race it could give us our third exciting finish at Bristol this weekend.

As we check in on Schaumburg Stu’s picks; he went 2- last weekend and this weekend he got started off even as well. Schaumburg Stu had the Milwaukee Brewers beating the Chicago Cubs and the Brewers needed a comeback to get the win, but they ended up getting the win for Schaumburg Stu. then he went with what would be an upset as he had the Texas Rangers beating the Chicago White Sox last night and that didn’t go his ay as the White Sox won easily 8-0. Both of Schaumburg Stu’s other picks are on Sunday a he not only ha the Chicago Bears beating the Cincinnati Bengals, but he also has the Bears covering the 2 1/2 points they’re favored by.

The Sports Time Radio podcast airs live on BlogTalkRadio.com. On Friday’s podcast Schaumburg Stu makes his picks. Now if you miss the live edition of the podcast you can still listen by heading over to TuneIn.com.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 15, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Well Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books and it’s time for every fantasy football team owner to overreact after just one week. Now unless you suffered a serious injury to one of your top players in Week 1 there’s no real reason to panic just yet.

How many fantasy football owners are panicking right now about the way Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers player? Now there’s no questioning that Rodgers was terrible in Week 1. He went 15 of 28 for 133 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Now everyone is going to read into this because of the off season issues Rodgers had with the Packers, but again it’s just one week.

To be fair the New Orleans Saints have a pretty solid defense; so that contributed to Rodgers struggles. How many people think that Rodgers struggles are going to continue when he faces the Detroit Lions this Monday night?

Now Rodgers wasn’t the only big time fantasy pick that had some issues during Week 1. Throw Derrick Henry’s name into that mix. Henry carried the football 17 times for 58 yards averaging 3.4 yards per carry. Henry did add 3 receptions for 19 yards, but didn’t find his way into the end zone as his Tennessee Titans lost to the Arizona Cardinals 38-13.

Any time your team gets down early like the Titans did it can take carries away from a running back and even though he had 17 carries that’s a low number for Henry who usually carries the football 20 plus times a game. Tennessee does have a tough Week 2 match up as they have to travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks, but you have to think that Henry will have a better game running the football in Week 2.

Those are just a couple of names that popped into my head tat struggled in Week 1, but that list could go on and on if I wanted to keep it going. Like I mentioned early; it’s just Week one of a 17 game season. There shouldn’t be a need to panic with your fantasy team, but there’s always someone in every league that does.

I went 1-1 in my two Yahoo leagues and in the money I play in where I co-manage a team with Mr. Fantasy; well we got crushed. Not the best of starts for me and unfortunately for me

I had Raheem Mostert on one of my Yahoo teams. Sadly Mostert went down with an injury that ended his season after just 2 carries for 20 yards. What makes replacing him more difficult is that this is a 20 team league and there aren’t any running backs out there that will get the bulk of the carries for their team. I’m just going to have to keep an eye on the waiver wire and hope that the running back I took later in the draft produces for me.

In non-fantasy football dealings I thought it was humorous that every team in the AFC and NFC West divisions won their games while every team in the NFC North lost their games. I don’t know how often that happens in Week 1, but I got a chuckle out of it.

So how did your first week of fantasy football go? Or just let me know your thoughts on Week 1 of the NFL season in general. Did something jump out at you that you liked or didn’t like? I’ll be interested to hear what you thought.

Now when he season started last Thursday Ronald Jones Jr. of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fumbled in the 2nd quarter of their game against the Dallas Cowboys ad that was it for him in that game. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians benched Jones for the remained of that game. Well it doesn’t look like Arians is going to hold a grudge as he said that Jones will start in Tampa Bay’s game this week against the Atlanta Falcons.

Tampa Bay has a crowded backfield as Jones shares time with Leonard Fournette and Giovanni Bernard; so it’s a solid move by Arians to help Jones regain some confidence by naming him the starter. Just last Friday Arians said that Jones “struggled to regroup mentally after his mistake” and that’s why he went with Fournette and Bernard for the remainder of that game.

You do have to wonder if the Buccaneers would be going back to Jones as the starter if another running back had put up some numbers, but no one stepped up. Jones finished with 14 rushing yards on four carries. Fournette had 32 rushing yards on nine carries. Fournette also had five catches on seven targets for 27 yards while Bernard had two catches on three targets for 12 yards, both coming in the fourth quarter.

Do you like the move of Jones being named the starter? Or would you have liked to have seen Fournette being named the starter? I doubt Bernard was even considered as a starter as he’s always been looked at as a change of pace type of running back.

Don’t forget to listen to the Sports Time Radio podcast live on BlogTalkRadio.com. If you happen to miss the podcast live all you have to do is head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want to.

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How was your week

Posted: September 11, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Upset are an exciting part of sports. Well unless you happen to be rooting for the team that just got upset. Now we’ve all seen fans go running onto the court or field after a big upset, but there is one sport where upsets happen so much that no one makes a big deal out of them. Since they play 162 games when an upset happens in Major League baseball it’s not always looked at like when we get an upset in another sport.

Just take last night for instance. The Toronto Blue Jays went into Baltimore to start a four game series with the Orioles. Coming into last nights game the Blue Jays where on an 8 game winning streak and had won 11 of their last 12 games. This winning streak included taking four straight games from the New York Yankees in New York. This stretch of games also moved the Blue Jays to just 1/2 game out of the second American League wild card spot.

As for the Orioles who seem to have been rebuilding for quite a few years now they had been on there own hot streak winning 4 of their last 6 games, but with a record of 45-94 and facing the Blue Jays it looked like Toronto would be in a good position to extend that winning streak even though the game was being played in Baltimore.

To add to the idea that the Blue Jays would win this game last night Robbie Ray was making the start for Toronto while the Orioles where countering with Chris Ellis. Ray has pitched so well this season that his name has come up as a possible Cy Young award winner while Ellis was making just his 4th start for Baltimore and pitching in jut his 6th career major league game.

Well this is just one of those things that happen in baseball. Even though every was stacked in the favor of the Blue Jays the Orioles went out and won the game 6-3 last night. Ray last just 4 1/3rd innings giving up 3 runs on 8 hits and while he did strikeout 8 he walked 2 while allowing 2 home runs and racking a a pitch total of 98 in a short outing. Ellis wasn’t around much linger than Ray as he pitched 5 innings for Baltimore. Ellis gave up 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 4 and walking 4 throwing 91 pitches in his start.

This was Ray’s shortest start since June 18th when oddly he also pitched 4 1/3rd innings against the Orioles. Ellis who the Orioles picked up off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays gave them 5 innings for the second consecutive start in a row.

Neither starter factor in the decision last night, but the Orioles got 3 runs off of Toronto reliever Julian Merryweather in the 6th inning to break a 3-3 tie. Connor Greene picked up his first win of the season for the Orioles by pitching 1 2/3rds giving up 2 hits and striking out 3 in his appearance. Cole Sulser picked up the 2 inning save his 7th of the season for Baltimore while Merryweather was tagged with the loss.

One of the good things in baseball is if you’re upset one day there’s usually a quick turn around for the next game and that’s no exception here. The Orioles and the Blue Jays will play a split doubleheader today and even though the games are split they’ll be those stupid 7 inning games.

Keegan Akin is the scheduled starter for the Orioles in Game 1 while the Blue Jays are scheduled to go with Hyun Jin Ryu. Baltimore is currently undecided as to who will make the start for them in Game 2, but the Blue Jays are scheduled to go with Ross Stripling as their starter.

While last nights loss stopped the Blue Jays momentum the American League wild card race is really up for grabs. Right now the Boston Red Sox hold the first wild card spot, but they are just 1 game ahead of the Yankees who are currently sitting in that second wild card spot. The Blue Jays find themselves just a 1/2 game behind the Yankees for that second wild card spot while the Seattle Marines and the Oakland A’s are still in the race for a wild card spot. Both the Mariners and the A’s are just 1 game out of that second wild card spot.

So we’re looking at five teams playing for just two playoff spot with three of those teams being from the American League East and the other two coming out of the American League West. So let me know; which two of these teams do you think will end up facing off in that one game wild card game?

Last weekend Schaumburg Stu went 3-1, but he didn’t get off to a very good start this weekend. Schaumburg Stu had the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox combining to go over the run total of 8 1/2. Unfortunately for Schaumburg Stu the White Sox beat the Red Sox 4-3; so he’s 0-1 heading into today’s pick. For today Schaumburg Stu likes the White Sox to beat the Red Sox and then on Sunday Schaumburg Stu has the Los Angels Rams beating the Chicago Bears in the Sunday night football game in Week 1 of NFL action. Then to wrap up his weekend Schaumburg Stu has the San Francisco Giants winning their finally two games against the Chicago Cubs. That’s right Schaumburg Stu has the Giants winning Saturday and Sunday against the Cubs.

Schaumburg Stu makes his picks live every Friday on the Sports Time Radio podcast, but you should also listen to the podcast the rest of the week as well. The Sports Time Radio podcast airs live on BlogTalkRadio.com, but if for some reason you miss the podcast live all you have to do is head over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want to.

You can also find me on Twitter @Burketime if you’re interested in looking me up.