The Baseball Writers Association of America announced their awards this week with the final award being handed out was the M.V.P. Since the awards are now formatted for television they narrow the race down to three finalist before they announce the winner. In the National League it was Paul Goldschmidt, Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Votto. In the American League the finalist where Jose Altuve, Aaron Judge and Jose Ramirez. This year there was going to be a first time winner in both leagues no matter which player won.

In the National League Stanton was named M.V.P. over Votto by just two points with Goldschmidt finishing a distant 3rd. Stanton ended up with 302 points. He got 10 1st place votes, 10 2nd place votes, 5 3rd place votes, 3 4th place votes, 1 5th place vote and 1 6th place vote. Votto ended up with 300 points as he also got 10 1st place votes. Votto also received 9 2nd place votes, 4 3rd place votes, 5 4th places votes and 2 5th place votes.

Believe it or not this wasn’t the closest M.V.P. voting ever. In 1944 St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Marty Marion beat Chicago Cubs outfielder Bill Nicholson 190-189. Then in 1947 Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees edged out Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox 202-201. Then in 1979 there was actually a tie for the National League M.V.P. award. Keith Hernandez who was with the Cardinals and Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates each ended up with 216 points.

I’m always interested to see what other players picked up some votes as writers put 10 names on their ballot. Goldschmidt received 4 1st place votes, Charlie Blackmon picked up 3 1st place votes his teammate Nolan Arenado got 2 1st place votes and last years winner Kris Bryant received 1 1st place vote.

Now in the American League Altuve was the run away winner as he received 27 1st place votes and totaled 405 points. Judge got 2 1st place votes and racked up 279 points while Ramirez received the other 1st place vote and totaled 237 points. Interestingly even though he only played in 114 games last season Mike Trout ended up with 197 points and finished 4th in the voting.

This really should’ve been Altuve’s 2nd M.V.P. as he easily was the top player in the American League, but the voters love for Trout took the award away from him. You have to wonder if Trout had played an entire season if they would’ve given him the award again.

Altuve is the 11th second baseman to win the M.V.P. and the first since Dustin Pedroia won it in 2008. Altuve is listed as being 5’6 and this ties him  with Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto, the 1950 winner and Athletics pitcher Bobby Shantz, the 1952 winner as the shortest MVPs in history.

I think that the voters got this right, but what do you think? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

Danica Patrick is 35 years old and has made the decision that her full time racing career is over.

NASCAR’s final race of the season is at Homestead-Miami Speedway this Sunday and Patrick used one of their media rooms on Friday afternoon to let everyone know that she was retiring. During her press conference Patrick announced that she’s going to run two races next season. She’ll run in the Daytona 500 to kick off the NASCAR season in 2018 and then she’ll race in the Indianapolis 500 in May 2018 as her final race.

Patrick did have one season left on her contract with Stewart/Haas racing, but they decided to part company when they couldn’t find a sponsor for Patrick for the 2018 season. Aric Almirola will replace her at Stewart/Haas next season.

There where some questions if Patrick would look for another ride for 2018 and then if she wanted to continue to drive would she be able to find a new team. In the end there just wasn’t a seat out there for her.

Patrick finished a disappointing 27th in points this season. Her best finish in the NASCAR series was 24th in points. In 189 NASCAR races Patrick finished in the Top 10 seven times, but she also never found her way to victory lane as a NASCAR driver. Patrick did win in an Indy car back in 2008 at a race in Japan. She also finished third in the 2009 Indianapolis 500.

Even though Patrick didn’t have great success as a driver she was always one of the most popular. For quite a while her primary sponsor was GoDaddy. They built and entire advertising campaign around her including Super Bowl ads which where humorous and racy by nature.

In the comments, please let me know how you think Patrick will be remembered as a driver.

With Patrick’s announcement as well as the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr plus the fact that Matt Kenseth hasn’t found a ride for 2018 it’s almost difficult to remember that the Monster Energy Series will crown a champion Sunday.

The final four drivers looking for a title are Martin Truex Jr. who’s starting 2nd on Sunday. Kyle Busch who starts right behind Truex in 3rd. Brad Keslowski starts the race in the 5th position and the final championship driver Kevin Harvick starts 9th.

Earnhardt Jr. starts 25th with Patrick right behind him starting 26th while Kenseth is starting 4th for the Ford Eco-Boost 400 on Sunday.

Do you think with a title on the line and three big name drivers leaving the sports that the ratings will go up for the final race of the 2017 season?

I’m sure just about every sports fan heard about the three UCLA basketball players that where arrested in China for shoplifting. As we know the players have returned to the United States and the school announced that the players where suspended indefinitely.

Now I’ve heard lots of sportswriters and others on television talk about how long these suspensions should be. I’ve heard everything from the entire season to just a couple of games. I’ve been trying to come up with a number of games myself and I just can’t seem to come to a conclusion. I’d be very interested to know what you think. Would you like to see them get a long suspension, a short suspension or are you somewhere in the middle? Again please leave your thoughts in the comments for me.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 15, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

On Monday night the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from 23 points down and picked up a 104-101 win over the New York Knicks. While making  comeback from down 23 is impressive that’s not really the story of this game.

Now this all starts off with a tweet LeBron James sent out about how the Knicks should’ve drafted Dennis Smith Jr. with the 8th pick. Now according to everyone this was suppose to be a shot at Phil Jackson not Frank Ntilikina who the Knicks took with that 8th pick. You have to guess that the shot at Jackson comes from last season when Jackson used the word “posse” and James felt that the word was being used as a racial slur. Like everyone else I’ve seen James do interviews on television hundreds of times and he seems like a relatively intelligent person. Being that he’d have to know that Jackson no longer works for the Knicks and that his tweet would be interpreted as a shot at Ntilikina.

Now you knew sooner or later these two would meet up on the court. After James dunked he refused to move out of the way to allow Ntilikina to take the basketball out of bounds to inbound it. Ntilikina pushed James multiple times to get him out of the way. Now James is 6’8 and about 260 pounds while Ntilikina is listed at 6’5 and 190 pounds; so it was easy for James to play the bully against a much smaller opponent. As it became clear that James was trying to intimidate Ntilikina his teammate Enes Kanter came over and got in James face. Now Kanter is 6’11 and 250 pounds; so he’s a little more of an even match up for James. Kanter and James where both accessed technical fouls as their face to face confrontation ended.

What I found odd about this situation is there where people in the media who praised James for what he did. Now if you’re a Cavaliers fan or a media member who covers them for a local Cleveland paper I understand that they’re going to side with James no matter what he does. What baffled me was the national media that seemed to think what James did was okay. So what I’m guessing here is we’re against bullying unless it’s done by one of the top players in the NBA. What made less sense was if James’ original tweet was intended as a shot at Phil Jackson why didn’t he allow Ntilikina to take the ball out of bounds? It was an embarrassing action by one of the best players in the NBA and instead of trying to be a funny guy and respond to the comments Kanter made after the game he should’ve of been more concerned about the example he just set on the court.

Instead of talking about NBA players acting like morons let’s talk about what should be the top story in the league, the Boston Celtics.

Kyrie Irving returned last night for the Celtics wearing a mask to cover his facial fracture and led Boston in scoring with 25 points as the Celtics won their 13th game in a row 109-102 over the Brooklyn Nets.

Irving only missed one game officially, but he played just two minutes in the game where he suffered the facial fracture; so let’s call it two games. He messed around with the mask frequently, but it didn’t appear to affect his play too much.

Irving actually posted his career high at that time on December 15th of 2012 with 41 points against the New York Knicks. Irving was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers the last time he had to wear a mask.

The Celtics lost their first two games to start this season before going on this 13 game winning streak. It’s actually the most wins in a row by a team that lost it’s first two games of the season. I wonder who keeps track of those stats. The Celtics will put their winning streak on the line Thursday night as they host the 11-3 Golden State Warriors.

As we head into Week 11 of the NFL season it’s time for some teams to start looking ahead to the 2018 season. The question for those teams is, will they have a new coach next season? Which coaches could be out of work at the end of this season?

Could we see big changes in the AFC North? Would the Baltimore Ravens more on from John Harbaugh if they finished under .500? You have to think that it’s time for the Cincinnati Bengals to make a change at head coach. Marvin Lewis has been with the Bengals since 2003 and has a career record of 121-111-3, but is 0-7 in the playoffs. The Bengals sit at 3-6 currently and they would probably need to win the remainder of their games to make the playoffs. Oddly the Cleveland Browns are 0-9 this season, but Hue Jackson seems to be the coach they want and it would almost be a surprise to see him let go, but you never know when you have a losing team. Even though he’s had to coach without his starting quarterback you have to think that this might be Chuck Pagano’s final season with the Indianapolis Colts. Pagano is in his 6th season as Indianapolis’s head coach, but the team hasn’t made the playoffs since 2014 and with a 3-6 record it doesn’t look like they’ll make it this season. With the New York Giants sitting at 1-8 you have to figure this will be the end for Ben McAdoo. McAdoo led the Giants to an 11-5 record and a wild card spot last season, but this seasons team looks nothing like that team and you have to wonder if he’ll be given another season to see if he can get the team back on track. Will the Chicago Bears decide to move on from John Fox after this season? Fox is in his 4th season with the Bears, but hasn’t had much success in Chicago. The Bears are currently 3-5 this season and under Fox are 12-27. It appears that the Bears feel they have their franchise quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky, but is Fox the coach that they want to try and develop him. Chicago is Fox’s 3rd stop as a head coach and it also just happens to be the only team he’s had a losing record with. 2017 is Fox’s 16th season, but has he done enough with the Bears to warrant coaching a 17th for the Bears.

Feel free to let me know in the comments if there’s a coach that I didn’t mention that you think might be losing his job at the end of this NFL season.

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How was your week

Posted: November 11, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

We are very early in the NBA season, but the Boston Celtics deserve credit for the start they’ve gotten off to. The Celtics lost their first two games of the season and in the first game of the season they lost their big off season free agent signing Gordon Heyward for the season. After a horrible injury like that a team can struggle and take time to figure out who’s going to fill the role of the injury player. Now the Celtics did lose that first game Heyward was out, but after that they’ve run off 11 straight wins n a row with a 90-87 victory over the Charlotte Hornets last night.

Now not only did the Celtics land the big off season free agent they also pulled off a big time trade and acquired Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving has shown himself to be a more all around player with the Celtics, but last night the Celtics had to find a way to win without Irving. 2 minutes into last nights game Irving caught an elbow to the face from his own teammate. Aron Baynes ended up hitting Irving in the face while he was trying to help out on defense. The shot to the face bloody Irving’s nose and he ended up leaving the game with a possible concussion. Luckily for Irving and the Celtics further tests ruled out a concussion and Irving should ne available for Boston’s next game Sunday afternoon against the Toronto Raptors.

With Irving basically being out for the entire game rookie Jayson Tatum and Shane Larkin (off the bench) tied for the team lead in scoring with 16 points each. Terry Rozier added 15 points coming off the Celtics bench, but had a tough shooting night going just 3 for 12 from the field. Jaylon Brown grabbed a game high 13 rebounds while adding 10 points. Marcus Morris also scored in double digits for the Celtics with 14 points.

Now besides just finding a way to replace Irving’s scoring the Celtics had to cover the other things he’s been doing to help them win. Marcus Smart didn’t have a very good night shooting the basketball as he went 3 for 16 from the field and 0 for 7 from behind the 3-point line, he did play 34 minutes and led the team in assists with 4 and steals with 2.

The Celtics defense was solid as Charlotte shot 38.8% from the field and 27.3% from behind the 3-point line. The Hornets where also their own worst enemy as the went 19 of 33 from the free throw line.

Who knows how long the Celtics winning streak will go. Sunday’s match up is against a winning team as the Raptors are 7-4 on the season and if they get by Toronto they’ll face the 5-7 Brooklyn Nets on November 14th in Brooklyn. If the streak stays in tact they’d put it on the line again November 16th as they host the 9-3 Golden State Warriors.

Now we all know that sooner or later the winning streak will end, but the Celtics should receive some credit for being able to put it together following the loss of Heyward and then covering for Irving’s injury last night.

Big time Japanese baseball star Shohei Otani made it official as he announced that he wants to make the move and play Major League Baseball next season. Otani plays for the Nippon Ham Fighters in the Japanese league. The team came out on Friday and announced that they would allow Otani to use the posting system this off season. This should allow Otani to join a major league team next season.

Otani has played nine seasons with Nippon Ham. This has allowed them to retain his rights and why he must use the posting system to leave.

If MLB, the MLB Players Association and Nippon Professional Baseball agree to a deal that would extend the expired posting agreement through this offseason, the team that Otani signs with would pay the Fighters $20 million. Under MLB’s labor contract, his signing bonus is restricted and remaining pool money is limited to a high of $3,535,000.

Under baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement, Otani can only agree to a minor league contract that is subject to signing bonus pools. If added to a big league roster, he would have a salary for about the minimum $545,000 next season and not be eligible for salary arbitration until 2020 at the earliest.

If he was to wait until he is 25 to enter MLB, there would be no restrictions and he likely would get a deal. Otani is 23 years old, but has repeatedly said that he’d prefer not to wait until he’s 25 and would like to go now.

Otani did have ankle surgery last month and is currently rehabbing from that surgery. Apparently the ankle injury occurred while running the bases not this season, but last season in the Japan Series.

Now Otani was a pitcher and an outfield for Nippon Ham and has said that he hopes to be able to continue to do both for whichever team he ends up playing for in next season.

It’s unclear right now if a major league team would allow him to do both or try to do both. You’d have to think that if he ends up in the American League his chances might be better as he could be used as a designated hitter when not pitching. Would you like to see him try to pitch and play the outfield at the big league level?

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 22-16 this week on Thursday Night Football. The win improved the Seahawks record to 6-3 this season, but they’ll have to play the rest of the season without cornerback Richard Sherman.

Sherman exited the game in the 3rd quarter and was diagnosed with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Sherman said that he expects to undergo surgery on the Achilles as soon as the swelling goes down.

Sherman has been a constant in the Seahawks defensive backfield as he hasn’t missed a game since joining the team in 2011.

Now it’s impossible to replace a player of Sherman’s caliber, but the job looks like it’ going to fall to Jeremy Lane. If that name sounds familiar it’s because two weeks ago Seattle traded Lane to the Houston Texans, but Lane failed his physical and the deal had to be reworked. In the end that failed physical may be a blessing in disguise for the as Lane has experience playing the outside where Sherman plays. It also saves the Seahawks from having to put nickel cornerback Justin Coleman in an unfamiliar position.

Lane was the starting cornerback opposite Sherman to begin the season for the Seahawks, but rookie Shaquill Griffin moved into that spot. That was part of the reason the Seahawks thought it would be safe to deal Lane.

It will fall to Lane, Griffin and Coleman to man the cornerback position for Seattle the rest of the season.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 8, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Phoenix Suns finally found n acceptable deal for disgruntled guard Eric Bledsoe. The Suns sent Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks for Center Greg Monroe, a 2018 1st round draft pick and a 2018 2nd round draft pick. Both picks are protected.

Bledsoe played 3 games for the Suns this seasons before he sent out that infamous tweet about not wanting to be with the Suns anymore.

Bledsoe is joining a 4-6 Milwaukee team that has dropped 4 straight games. The Bucks have a true superstar in Giannis Antetokounmpo who’s averaging 31.9 points per game. Antetokounmpo has been doing a lot of the ball handing for Milwaukee, but with the acquisition of Bledsoe he’ll be able to help handle the basketball as well.

Milwaukee lost last night 124-119 to the Cleveland Cavaliers without Bledsoe. Bledsoe should make his Milwaukee debut on Friday on the road against the San Antonio Spurs.

While the Suns did get Monroe back in the deal it doesn’t appear that he’ll play for them. At first there was talk of buying out the remainder of his contract, but now it appears as though the Suns want to see if there’s any type of trade market for him. Monroe has an expiring contract which should be attractive to some teams. It’s not clear what the Suns would want in return for Monroe, but at 27 he’s doesn’t appear to be part of their rebuilding process.

The Detroit Pistons took Monroe with the 7th pick of the 2010 draft. Monroe spent 5 seasons with the Pistons before signing with the Bucks as a free agent before the 2015-16 season. Monroe averages 14 points a game in his career and shoots 51.1% from the field. His playing time had been cut to under 16 minutes a game this season.

Even though these two teams seem to be going in different directions they both currently have 4 wins on the season. Milwaukee was supposed to be a threat to the Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference while the Suns are looking to play their way into the draft lottery. You’d think that this trade will help both teams reach their goals.

Now it’s way. way too early in the season for anyone to be concerned, but when LeBron James is on your team and you get off to a 5-6 start to the season the experts are going to talk about it. The Cavaliers have lost 5 of their last 7 games, but did get a win last night over the Bucks 124-119.

James is averaging 28.9 points per game, but is playing 37.8 minutes a game. James is also the team’s leader in assists with 9.1 per game, steals at 1.45 per game, blocks at 1.18 per game and is the teams second leading rebounder with 7.3 a game. James has played in all 11 of the Cavaliers games this season, but you know down the road he’s going to need time off. James can clearly carry a team, but to have to do that for 82 regular season games and then into the playoffs isn’t going to be good for the Cavaliers.

Kevin Love (17.6), Derrick Rose (14.3) and Kyle Korver (10.5) are averaging in double figures for the Cavaliers. Love is also the Cavaliers leader in rebounds per game with 10.8. There’s plenty of help for James on this team; so getting him the rest he needs and being ready for the playoffs down the road shouldn’t be to big of an issue. Even if the Cavaliers aren’t the top seed in the Eastern Conference when the playoffs start they should still be considered as one of the favorites to go to the NBA finals again.

Nine players where given qualifying offers from their teams and if they choose to take them they would play for $17.4 million dollars next season.

The Kansas City Royals gave qualifying to 1st baseman Eric Hosmer, 3rd baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain. The Chicago Cubs gave qualifying offers to pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis. The Tampa Bay Rays gave a qualifying offer to pitcher Alex Cobb. The Colorado Rockies extended a qualifying offer to closer Greg Holand. The St. Louis Cardinals gave a qualifying offer to pitcher Lance Lynn and the Cleveland Indians gave a qualifying offer to 1st baseman Carlos Santana.

Now you wouldn’t expect any of these players to accept the qualifying offer, but by giving them the offer the team will get compensation if their player signs with another team. A club signing one of the players who didn’t accept would lose a draft selection, but no longer a first-round pick and possibly part of its international bonus pool allocation for 2018-19. Right now there are 166 free agent on the market who can start negotiating with teams starting Monday evening.

Major League Baseball started handing out awards starting with the Gold Glove.

In the American League Marcus Stroman (Pitcher) of the Toronto Blue Jays, Martin Maldonado (Catcher) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim along with Brian Dozier (2nd base) and his teammate Byron Buxton (Centerfield) all won their 1st Gold Glove. Mookie Betts (Rightifeld) of the Boston Red Sox won his 2nd Gold Glove. Evan Longoria (3rd base) of the Tampa Bay Rays and Andrelton Simmons (Shortstop) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won their 3rd Gold Gloves. Eric Hosmer (1st base) of the Kansas City Royals won his 4th Gold Glove while his teammate Alex Gordon (Leftfield) won his 5th Gold Glove.

In the National League Tucker Barnhart (Catcher) of the Cincinnati Reds and Marcell Ozuna (Leftfield) of the Miami Marlins each won their 1st Gold Glove. D.J. LeMahieu (2nd base) of the Colorado Rockies and Ender Inciarte (Centerfield) of the Atlanta Braves won their 2nd Gold Gloves. Paul Goldschmidt (1st base) of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Brandon Crawford (Shortstop) of the San Francisco Giants each won their 3rd Gold Gloves. Zach Greinke (Pitcher) of the Arizona Diamondbacks won his 4th Gold Glove while Jason Heyward (Rightfield) of the Chicago Cubs and Nolan Arrenado (3rd base) of the Colorado Rockies each won their 5th Gold Gloves.

Do you think they got these awards right? Is there someone else you think should’ve won a Gold Glove? Feel free to leave your comments.

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How was your week

Posted: November 4, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I think that every fan of an NFL team understands that injuries are going to be part of the game. There’s not a team in the league that goes through a season injury free, but the Houston Texans have really suffered from the injury bug this season.

In their 5th game of the season the Texans lost their top two defensive players J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus to season ending injuries. Even with those losses there was a bit of light for the Texans as they have seemed to have found a franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson. Well at practice on Thursday during a non-contact drill Watson went down. Now he got right back up and there didn’t appear t be anything majorly wrong with him. He was carted off the practice field to be checked out just to be safe since he is the teams starting quarterback. After his examination it was learned that Watson torn the ACL in his left knee and will be out for the remainder of the season.

Even with Watson the Texans where a game under .500 at 3-4, but in the AFC South that put them just one game out of 1st place.

Even though it was a loss Watson is coming off his best game as a pro. In Week 8 Watson threw for 402 yards and 4 touchdowns and added 67 rushing yards against the Seattle Seahawks. It’s the third time in Watson’s short career that he’s thrown for 4 or more touchdowns in a game, but it was the first time that he broke the 400 yard barrier.

With Watson out Tom Savage returns to the starting quarterback role for the Texans. Savage was the starter to open the season, but lasted just a half before Watson came into the game. Savage was 7 for 13 for 62 yards, but was sacked 6 times in the Texans opening night 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaquars.

Now this is one of the quarterback opens that is very interesting. Watson skill set in the read option offense the Texans are running is very, very similar to Colin Kaepernick’s. With the Texans in playoff contention you’d think they’d be the team that would be interested in taking a look at Kaepernick. Now it appeared that earlier in the week the Texans coaching staff may have been interested in bringing Kaepernick in for a try out, but Texans owner Bob McNair didn’t give permission for them to bring Kaepernick in. Will the Texans be the team that would put a playoff chance ahead of the distraction, if any at this point that might come with bringing Kaepernick in.

McNair has found his name in the headlines quite a it lately. First he made the stupid “inmate” comment that caused some of the Houston players to actually leave the teams facility and consider not playing in last Sunday’s game. Then we find out that he didn’t give his coaching staff permission to try out Kaepernick. Now he’s linked with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft as the first three owners to be asked to turn over their cell phone and e-mail records in Kaepernick’s collusion suit against the NFL. San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll where also on the deposition list. Other owners, team officials, and league officials may also be deposed, but those are the individuals confirmed for now.

Instead of taking a look at Kaepernick the Texans signed Matt McGloin and T.J. Yates as back up quarterbacks.

While we’re talking about players who’s season are over the Indianapolis Colts have finally decided to put quarterback Andrew Luck on season ended IR. Luck hasn’t played a down for the Colts this season after having shoulder surgery in the off season. Luck did use the term “very optimistic” when he was asked about his future. The Colts decided to finally shut Luck down after multiple doctors recommended it to the team.

Another player who’s season is over is 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Garcon suffered a neck injury in the second half of the 49ers Week 8 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Garcon signed with the 49ers in March as a free agent so he could be with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Garcon had a 1000 yard season for the Washington Redskins in 2016 with Shanahan as the offensive coordinator. The 49ers gave Garcon a 3 year $23 million dollar deal and in order to save their salary cap space Garcon got $17 million dollars in guaranteed money.

Garcon was the 49ers leader in receptions with 40 and yards with 500. While Garcon hadn’t found the end zone this season to be fair the only 49ers wide receiver to score a touchdown is Aldrick Robinson.

With baseball officially in the off season now teams are making decisions on which plyers contract options they’ll pick up and which players they’ll decline options on and allow them to go into free agency. Now there will be a lot of players that will be involved in these type of contact decisions, but the name that jumped out at me was Ichiro Suzuki.

It’s no real surprise that the Miami Marlins made this move. With a new ownership group taking over and quite a few reports that they’re looking to cut payroll Ichiro may be the first of many players Miami gets rid of. The question now is at 44 years of age will another team sign Ichiro.

Ichiro appeared in 136 games for the Marlins last season playing all three outfield positions for them. He hit .255, but is a career .312 hitter.

Ichiro is a sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer. He currently has 3080 career hits. Ichiro has won the Rookie of the Year award and the M.V.P. in the same season, 2001. He’s a 10-time All-Star, a 10-time Gold Glove winner. He’s won 2 batting title and 3 Silver Sluggers and was named All-Star game M.V.P. in 2007.

Ichiro has made it clear that he’d like to continue his major league career, but will a team take a chance on him. He could be a good fit for a contending team as 4th or 5th outfield. Now the Marlins only paid Ichiro $2 million dollars a season while he was with them; so he may be a value for the right team. Would you like to see your favorite team sign Ichiro?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 1, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

So we’ve got a Game 7 tonight. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 3-1 last night in Game 6 to even the series at 3-3 and take the series into a Game 7. The game will be played at Dodger Stadium since Los Angles had the better regular season record and is estimated to start at 7:20 p.m. cst.

Game 6 wasn’t anywhere near the home run derby Game 5 was as there where just two home runs hit in Game 6. George Springer hit the first home run of the game to account for the Astros only run in the Top of the 3rd inning giving Houston an early 1-0 lead.

Justin Verlander was holding the Dodgers in check until the Top of the 6th inning. Austin Barnes led off with a single and then Chase Utley was hit by a pitch to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no one out. Chris Taylor hit a bloop double to rightfield scoring Barnes and sending Utley to 3rd. Corey Seager followed with a sacrifice fly ball to centerfield. Utley scored on the fly ball and Taylor moved up to 3rd base. Justin Turner fouled out and Cody Bellinger struck out to end the inning, but with those 2 runs the Dodgers grabbed the lead 2-1.

Verlander was pinch hit for in the Top of the 7th inning; so Joe Musgrove took over on the mound for the Bottom of the 7th inning. Yasiel Puig popped up to shortstop for the 1st out of the inning. Joc Pedersen then out the Dodgers up 3-1 with a solo home run to leftfield off of Musgrove.

Kenley Jansen came out of the Dodgers bullpen to get the final 6 outs, not allowing anyone to get on base and save the Dodgers 3-1 win.

While Verlander did tale the loss he had another good outing for the Astros. Verlander pitched 6 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 9. Musgrove worked just the 1 inning giving up the 1 run with that solo home run being the only hit he gave up and he struck out 1. Luke Gregerson pitched 2/3rds of an inning giving up a hit, a walk and striking out 1. Francisco Liriano made his first World Series appearance  getting the final out of the 8th inning on a strikeout.

Rich Hill had another short outing for the Dodgers as he pitched just 4 2/3rd innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Brandon Morrow pitched an inning giving up 1 hit and getting  strikeout. Tony Watson pitched just a 1/3rd of an inning walking 1 batter, but picked up the win for the Dodgers. Kenta Maeda pitched an inning giving up 1 hit before Jansen came in to pitch the final 2 innings recording 3 strikeouts and a save.

On a side note. If Morrow pitches in tonight’s Game 7 he’ll tie Darold Knowles of the 1973 Oakland A’s as the only two pitchers to appear in all seven games of a World Series.

For Game 7 the Astros are going with Lance McCullers Jr. as their starter while the Dodgers are going back to Yu Darvish as their Game 7 starter. McCullers Jr. pitched 5 1/3rd innings in the Astros 5-3 Game 3 victory. Darvish started opposite of McCullers Jr, in that Game 3, but lasted just 1 2/3rd innings. How long will the leash be for either pitcher tonight?

Believe it or not we all had another good week of making NFL picks. Maybe it was the fact that there where quite a few teams on Bye’s or what, but we’ll take it. Dan the Man Schaumburg Stu and Mr. Fantasy all had 11-2 records while I lost one more game than they did and ended up 10-3. For the season Dan the Man is leading with a record of 77-62. Schaumburg Stu is in 2nd with a record of 73-46. Mr. Fantasy is 3rd at 72-47 while I’m holding down the last place spot at 70-49. Let’s see if we can keep the run of good picks going into Week 9.

If you’re interested in hearing the picks live Mr. Fantasy and I make our picks on the Sunday morning Sports Time Radio podcast. It’s starts at 10:00 a.m. cst. and we always start by making the picks and we’ll also let you know who Dan the Man and Schaumburg Stu are picking as well.

For a change there was quite a bit of activity at the NFL trade deadline. What was different this season is we actually saw some bigger named players get dealt.

We saw Kelvin Benjamin go to the Buffalo Bills for a couple of draft picks. Jay Ajayi went to the Philadelphia Eagles for a draft pick. Duane Brown was acquired by the Seattle Seahawks originally for Jeremy Lane and a couple of draft picks, but after Lane failed his physical the deal was amended to a couple of draft picks. Jimmy Garoppolo looks like he’s finally going to get his chance to be a starting quarterback in the NFL as the San Francisco 49ers traded a 2nd round draft pick in the 2018 draft for him. The Jacksonville Jaquars acquired defensive tackle Marcell Dareus who was the 3rd pick in the 2011 NFL draft for a 2018 6th round draft pick. The 49ers did make a couple of other moves. They received a undisclosed 2018 draft pick for cornerback Rashad Robinson and since they picked up a quarterback in a trade they released quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Now the big questions that everyone tries to figure out is who won and who lost in these deals. Now in the NFL this is always difficult to tell. It’s going to be tough for a quarterback to step in with the way NFL offenses are and perform well. The same can be said for a wide receiver as he has to learn a new route tree. A running back can fit into a system easier as the only problem he might have is learning his pass blocking assignments. While they may go under the radar I’m guessing that the lineman will be the guys to have the best performances to start off from these trades. In the end if a team just acquired a franchise quarterback or a #1 wide receiver then they’ll have won at this trade deadline, but I think to start the lineman will get off to the best start.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me who you thought where the biggest winners and losers at the trade deadline.

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How was your week

Posted: October 28, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Houston Astros have yet to lose at home during this playoff season and as that streak continued last night it allowed them to take a 2 games to 1 lead in the World Series as they won Game 3 by a 5-3 score over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Astros got up early on Dodgers starter Yu Darvish as they scored 4 runs in the Top of the 2nd inning. Yuri Gurriel led off the inning with a solo home run to leftfield to put the Astros up 1-0. Josh Reddick then hit a double to leftfield. Evan Gattis drew a walk to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Marwin Gonzalez hit a long single that Reddick scored on to make it 2-0, but Gattis only moved up to 2nd base. Brian McCann who was hitless through the first two games then singled to rightfield as Gattis scored and Gonzalez went to 3rd base. George Springer lined out to 2nd base for the 1st out of the inning. While Alex Bregman did make the 2nd out of the inning his fly ball to centerfield was deep enough to score Gonzalez and put the Astros up 4-0. It looked like the Astros might add some more runs off Darvish as Jose Altuve doubled putting runners on 2nd and 3rd, but Carlos Correa flied out to rightfield to end the inning.

Lance McCullers Jr. came out for the Top of the 3rd with that 4 run lead and got himself into trouble right away. Joc Pederson, Kiki Hernandez and Chris Taylor all drew walks; so the bases where loaded for Corey Seager. Seager was the Dodgers best hitter through the first two World Series games and he had a chance to get the Dodgers right back in the game. Seager however hit into a double play as Pederson scored to make it a 4-1 game. Justin Turner followed Seager with a ground out to end the inning as McCullers Jr. dodged a bullet.

Darvish lasted just an 1 2/3rds innings as Kenta Maeda came in to pitch 2 2/3rds innings before being relieved by Tony Watson in the Bottom of the 5th inning. Watson got the first batter he faced for the second out of the inning. Josh Reddick then singled and he was followed by Evan Gattis who reached on an infield hit back to Watson. On the play Watson committed a throwing error that allowed Reddick to score all the way from 1st base with Gattis ending up on 2nd. Watson struck out Marwin Gonzalez to end the inning as the Astros took a 5-1 lead.

The Dodgers started off the Top of the 6th inning with a walk to Corey Seager and then a double by Justin Turner before the struggling Cody Bellinger struck out for the 1st out of the inning. That ended McCullers Jr. night after 5 1/3rd inning of work. Brad Peacock came out of the Astros bullpen and got Yasiel Puig to ground out for the 2nd out of the inning, but on the play Seager scored the Dodgers 2nd run of the game with Turner moving up to 3rd base. Peacock then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Turner to score to make it a 5-3 game. Peacock got pinch hitter Chase Utley to foul out to end the inning.

The closest any team came to scoring in the final 3 innings was when the Astros had the bases loaded and 2 outs in the Bottom of the 7th inning, but Ross Stripling got George Springer to fly out to centerfield to end the threat.

McCullers Jr. picked up the win for the Astros. Peacock pitched the final 3 2/3rds inning to get the save. Darvish was tagged with the loss for the Dodgers.

Game 4 is tonight in Houston. The Astros will send Charlie Morton to the mound to start Game 4 while the Dodgers will turn to Alex Wood to try and get the series back to even and hand the Astros their first post season loss at home.

Morton has made 3 post season starts for the Astros. He’s pitched 13 total innings and has a 1-1 record, but his E.R.A. is 6.23. Morton hasn’t lasted any longer than 5 innings in any of his 3 post season starts.

Tonight is just Wood’s second post season start for the Dodgers for 2017. In his only outing Wood pitched 4 2/3rds innings while giving up 3 runs, all on solo home runs against the Chicago Cubs on October 18th. Wood did strikeout 7 in that outing. How will the 10 day layoff affect Wood? and can he get the series back to even for the Dodgers?

The Golden State Warriors beat the Washington Wizards 120-117 last night at Oracle Arena. Now it was just a regular season NBA game; so it was the altercation that makes this game stand out.

Draymond Green of Golden State and Bradley Beal of the Wizards got to know each other a little better as they had a disagreement in the 2nd quarter of last nights game that resulted in both players being ejected.

It all started with just 23 seconds left in the 2nd quarter. Beal drove to the basket and Green blocked his shot out of bounds; so the Wizards retained possession. As the Wizards set up to inbound the basketball both players where trying to get position in the lane. After some jostling between player Beal slapped Green in the face from behind. To noone’s surprise Green didn’t take that lightly and he grabbed Beal and the two players got locked up. While tied up the players headed towards the fans ion the front row underneath the Wizards basket, but ended up going to the floor before they made it into the crowd.

Teammates and officials tried to break up the melee and even a fan got involved trying to break the players up. Now two Wizards players Markieff Morris and Carrick Felix left the Wizards bench during the scuffle to help break things up, but this is against NBA rules; so there may be suspensions for those two players. Morris by the way was inactive as he’s recovering from hernia surgery.

Green emerged from the altercation with a ripped jersey as he and Beal continued to bark at each other after being separated. Beal also got into a verbal confrontation with a Warriors fan as he was exiting the court.

We’re waiting to see if either or both players will draw a suspension from the NBA for this incident or if the election will be considered punishment enough.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: October 25, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

games in leftfield  games in centerfield and The World Series kicked off last night with the Los Angeles Dodgers taking Game 1 over the Houston Astros 3-1.

After the Astros went down 1,2,3 in the Top of the 1st inning Chris Taylor stepped up to lead off for the Dodgers. Taylor has been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season and his highlights continued. Taylor hit the first pitch he saw 447 feet to leftfield to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Taylor was a 5th round pick in the 2012 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners out of the University of Virginia. Taylor had a pretty quick rise through the Mariners minor league system as he made his major league debut on July 24th 2014. Taylor appeared in 47 games for the Mariners in 2014. He hit .347, but didn’t homer. Taylor started the 2015 season in the minors for Seattle, but again got a call up. Taylor played in 37 games for the Mariners, but hit just .170. Again at the start of the 2016 season Taylor found himself back in Triple-A. Taylor did play 2 games with the Mariners before he was traded to the Dodgers on June 19th for right handed pitcher Zach Lee. Taylor did play in 34 games for the Dodgers in 2016, but again struggled at the plate hitting .207. Taylor did start the 2017 season in the minors again, but he only played in 10 games before being called up. Taylor played in 140 games for the Dodgers this season. He hit .288 with 21 home runs and 72 RBI’s, Taylor had 1 career home run coming into this season. Taylor had spent time at the various infield positions, but played mostly as a short stop. This season Taylor found himself in the outfield for the first time in his major league career. Taylor played 49 games in centerfield and 47 games in leftfield this season. He acquitted himself well on defense as he had 7 outfield assists and a fielding percentage of .989.

Taylor’s success has continued into the post season. Taylor did scuffle in the Dodgers sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS as he hit .231. Taylor bounced back nicely though as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 4 games to 1 in the NLCS. Taylor hit .316 with a double, triple, 2 home runs while scoring 5 runs in the series. Taylor was named M.V.P. of the NLCS. Will Taylor’s success continue against the Astros in the World Series? He was 1 for 3 last night with that lead off home run he also drew a walk and scored a second run in the game. Will have a few more games to find out.

The other World Series question that looks like it was answered last night was; did Clayton Kershaw get that playoff monkey off his back?

Every baseball fan knows that Kershaw is the best pitcher in the game right now, but he’s had his issues in the playoffs. I think everyone remember the home run Matt Adams hit off him back in 2014. I’m sure there where people who where a little concerned last night when Alex Bregman hit a solo home run off of Kershaw to tie the game at 1-1 in the Top of the 4th inning, but it didn’t go that way last night.

Kershaw only made 1 start in the opening NLDS series against the Diamondbacks and he struggled. Kershaw gave up 4 runs over 6 1/3rd innings, but the Dodgers gave him the run support he needed and he got the win. Kershaw was much better against the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS. Kershaw made 2 starts against the Cubs giving up 3 runs over 11 innings while picking up 1 win in that series. Then last night Kershaw pitched 7 innings giving up 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 11. Don’t forget that while Kershaw had 17 post season starts before last night in his career this was his first World Series start. So numbers wise it looks like Kershaw had his best post season start on the biggest possible stage. Kershaw is due to get at least one more start in this series; so will see if he stays hot.

Of course one game doesn’t make a series and Dallas Keuchel kept the Astros in the game, he just beat by the home run ball. We mentioned the lead off home run Taylor hit, but Justin Turner also hit a 2-run home run off Keuchel with 2 outs in the Bottom of the 6th inning to make it a 3-1 game. Keuchel went 6 2/3rd innings for the Astros last night, but what might turn out to be bigger pitching news for Houston is the bullpen didn’t have any issues. Brad Peacock did walk a batter, but got out of the 1/3rd of an inning he pitched cleanly. Chris Devenski also worked a clean inning striking out 2 batters.

The Astros will try to even up the series tonight as they have Justin Verlander starting for them. Verlander has 4 post season wins for the Astros this season, 3 as a starter and 1 as a reliever. He was also the M.V.P. of the ALCS as he posted a 0.56 E.R.A. in his 2 starts. The Dodgers will counter with Rich Hill as their Game 2 starter. Hull has made just 1 post season start for the Dodgers, he pitched 5 innings against the Cubs giving up 1 run on 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8. Will see if Verlander can stay on his post season roll and if Hill can keep the Dodgers in the game against the best post season pitcher.

Believe it or not our picks greatly improved for Week 7. Dan the Man and Mr. Fantasy tied for the weeks best record as they where both 13-2. I actually got into the double digit win column as well going 11-4. For the first time in a long time Schaumburg Stu finished last for the week with a record of 9-6. With his big week Dan the Man has taken over the season lead at 65-41. Schaumburg Stu is in 2nd place at 62-44 while Mr. Fantasy moved into 3rd place at 61-45; so that means I’m the guy in the cellar, but only by a game at 60-46. Will have to see if we can stay hot going into Week 8.

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How was your week

Posted: October 21, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Houston Astros picked up another win at home last night 7-1 over the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS. No home team has lost a game so far in this series and if the Yankees want to advance to the World Series they’ll have to find a way to win Game 7 on the road tonight.

Justin Verlander led the Astros into a Game 7 by dominating on the mound in Game 6. Verlander pitched 7 scoreless innings giving up 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8 on 99 pitches. Remember at the trade deadline when no one wanted Verlander because of his age the his contract status. Would the Astros still be in the playoffs with Verlander?

Luis Severino was good for the Yankees early on, but his walks caught up to him. In the bottom of the 5th Alex Bregman drew a lead off walk. Marwin Gonzalez grounded out as Bregman moved up to 2nd base. Evan Gattis drew a walk bring up Brian McCann with runners in 1st and 2nd. McCann hit a ground rule double to right-center scoring Bregman and making it 1-0 Astros. George Springer drew another walk to load the bases with just 1 out. Josh Reddick flew to centerfield, but it wasn’t deep enough to bring a run home and it look like Severino had a chance to get out of the inning with minimal damage, all he had to was get Jose Altuve out. Instead Altiuve ended Severeino’s night with a single to leftfield that scored 2 runs giving the Astros a 3-0 lead. Chad Green came out of the Yankees bullpen to get Carlos Correa pop up to end the inning.

The Astros went to their bullpen to start the 8th inning calling on Brad Peacock to face the top of the Yankees order. Peacock recorded the first out of the inning on a foul out to leftfield. Aaron Judge was up next for the Yankees and he got them on the scoreboard with a solo home run to centerfield to make it a 3-1 game. Peacock got the final 2 outs of the inning on a fly out and a strike out, but I’m sure Astros fans where worried that the bullpen had given up another run.

Green exited the game after pitching 2 1/3rd scoreless innings as David Robertson took over on the mound for the bottom of the 8th. Altuve lead off the inning for the Astros with a solo home run to leftfield to make it a 4-1 game. Correa them doubled and Yuri Gurriel singled to pout runners on 1st and 3rd. Bregman doubled to centerfield to score Correa and Gurriel as Bregman ended up on 3rd after an error on Didi Gregorius. Robertson was removed from the game without recording an out as the Yankees turned to Delin Betances. Gonzalez struck out for the 1st out of the inning, but Gattis managed to hit a fly ball to centerfield that was deep enough to score Bregman and put the Astros up 7-1. McCann singled before Springer grounded out to end the inning.

Ken Giles came in to pitch the top of the 9th and he’s had his issues. After recording the 1st out Starlin Castro singled and Aaron Hicks drew a walk, but that was the end of the Yankees threat as Todd Frasier flew out and Chase Headley struck out to end the game.

So we’ve got a Game 7 on our hands tonight. The Yankees are going with C.C. Sabathia while the Astros have announced that Charlie Morton will get the start for them. This pitching match up is a rematch of Game 3. Sabathia pitched 6 shutout innings as the Yankees won that game 8-1. Morton is looking to bounce back from that Game 3 outing. Morton was tagged for 7 of the 8 runs the Yankees scored in that game. He only lasted 3 2/3rd innings that start.

Now you might think that the Yankees would be the favorite with Sabathia facing Morton, but remember that no road team has found a way to win a game in this series. Will the Yankees find a way to get a road win tonight? and move on to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series or will the Astros hold serve at home and move along to face the Dodgers.

Speaking of  the Dodgers they announced that Clayton Kershaw will be the starter for Game 1 of the World Series. Kershaw started Thursday nights NLCS clinching game against the Chicago Cubs. Kershaw pitched 6 innings throwing 89 pitches in that start, but with the ALCS going to a Game 7 it gives the Dodgers the opportunity to start the best pitcher in baseball in Game 1. Now the Dodgers are also expecting shortstop Corey Seager to be ready to go for Game 2 of the World series. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said is “doing everything to get healthy” and the Dodgers “expect him back for Game 1”.

Charlie Culberson filled in at shortstop for Seager during the NLCS. Culberson hit .455 going 5 for 11 with 2 doubles and a triple. Culberson had 10 total chances on defense and handled them all without committing an error. As well as Culberson played and with Seager trying to come back for injury you have to wonder if the Dodgers will find a spot for Culberson on their World Series roster.

The Detroit Tigers where the first team to fill their managerial vacancy as they signed Ron Gardenhire to a 3-year deal to manage the team.

Gardenhire is familiar to the American League Central as he managed the Minnesota Twins for 12 seasons 2002-2014. Gardenhire has a career record of 1068-1039 in the regular season, but is just 6-21 in the post season.

It appears as though Gardenhire will be taking over a rebuild Tigers team. As we know top players like Justin Verlander, J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton were traded during the season as was the general managers son Alex Avila. In what isn’t really a surprise move the Tigers announced that they won’t be picking up the $16 million dollar option on the contract of Anibal Sanchez making him a free agent.

Sanchez was a big acquisition for the Tigers in 2012 when they picked him up from the Miami Marlins. Sanchez went 14-8 in his first full season with the Tigers and finished 4th in the Cy Young voting in 2013, but he had his struggles after that season. Sanchez battled some injuries, lost his spot in the starting rotation and even did a stint in Triple-A last season; so it’s no surprise that the Tigers are willing to let him walk away. Now the question is will some team desperate for starting pitching take a chance on him.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: October 18, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports

The NBA season tipped off last night with two games. The opener featured the Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the Boston Celtics. While the night game had the defending champion Golden State Warriors vs. the Houston Rockets.

This off season the Celtics where able to land one of if not the top free agent on the market when they signed Gordon Hayward to a 4 year $128 million dollar deal. It was the first of a couple moves that the Celtics made that had many people thinking the could unseat the Cavaliers as the best team on the Eastern Conference. Sadly Heyward’s Celtics debut went horribly wrong.

Heyward went up for an alley-oop just about 5 minutes into the game. He collided with LeBron James on the play and his leg bent in a funny way and he collapsed under the basket. The players stayed away from Heyward as the doctors where checking him out, but eventually his teammates and the Cavaliers players came over to check on him as he was being stretchered off the court.

Heyward was taken into the Cavaliers locker room for his medical evaluation. Being that Cleveland was the home team their locker room is outfitted with more medical equipment than the visitors locker room is. Both Celtics and Cavaliers officials where in the locker room with Heyward along with doctors from each team. Heyward received X-rays in the Cavaliers locker room.

After the game Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Heyward had dislocated his ankle and fractured his tibia while the team announced the injury as a fractured ankle. No matter what his injury is Heyward was flown back to Boston last night and taken straight to New England Baptist Hospital according to reports. Heyward is scheduled to have surgery today.

Heyward’s teammate did rally and beat the Cavaliers 102-99 as Jaylen Brown led the way with 25 points. James just missed an opening night triple-double in the loss as he had 29 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists.

In the night cap it was ring night for Golden State and as I’m sure most of you know that normally spells trouble for a team. No one is sure if it’s the change of warm ups or the delays the ring ceremony causes, but most teams struggle when they are given their championship rings. The Warriors didn’t fall into that trap to start.

The Warriors out up 35 points in the 1st quarter to take a slim 1 point lead. After a 36 point 2nd quarter the Warriors had a 9 point lead at halftime. Golden State was able to push their lead to double digits at the end of the 3rd quarter as they lead by 13. As the 4th quarter rolled around it appeared as the Warriors would be able to get by the new look Rockets on opening night, but the final quarter didn’t go their way. Did the Warriors run out of gas? Or was it the opening ceremony just catching up to them? Golden State managed just 20 points in the 4th quarter as the Rockets where able to make up that 13 point deficit and pull out a 1 point win 122-121.

James Harden led the Rockets with 27 points. Harden also recorded 10 assists. The Rockets only used 8players in the game and all three of the players who came off the bench scored in double digits led by Eric Gordon with 24 points. If you would’ve bet that Nick Young would be the Warriors leading scorer on opening night you probably would’ve won a lot of money, but he was. Young came off the Golden State bench to score 23 points. Young made 8 of the 9 shots he took in the game and was 6 of 7 from behind the 3-point line. Draymond Green was a point short of a triple-double as he had 11 rebounds, 13 assists, but just 9 points in the loss.

If you’ve ever played on a team you know that there are arguments between teammates and sometimes these escalate into physical altercations. Luckily these fights are rare and they don’t often end in an injury, but that wasn’t the case for the Chicago Bulls at practice Tuesday.

Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis are battling each other for playing time at the power forward position. At practice on Tuesday it was reported that the two started by talking trash to each other which we see happen in ever NBA game.

In this case the incident between Mirotic and Portis sadly continued to escalate as it was reported that Mirotic charged Portis on a couple of occasions before Portis retaliated with a punch. Portis’ punch landed right in Mirotic’s face and he dropped to the floor.

Mirotic ended up being taken to the hospital and where he was diagnosed with a concussion and fractures to his upper jaw. The Bulls have said that surgery is a possibility for Mirotic.

Bulls general manager Gar Foreman was at practice and saw the altercation happen according to reports, but he didn’t comment on it. In a statement released by the team the Bulls said they are ” evaluating disciplinary action.”

The Bulls open the season Thursday night on the road against the Toronto Raptors.

Is there anyone out there who can figure out this NFL season? There seem to be quite a few upsets every week and as you’ll see it’s affecting our records when it comes to picking games.

For Week 6 Dan the Man was the only one who was able to get above .500 at 8-6. Schaumburg Stu was right at .500 with a 7-7 record. I was a game under .500 at 6-8 while Mr. Fantasy struggled to a 5-9 record for the week

On the season Schaumburg Stu is still in the lead with a record of 53-38, but Dan the Man has closed the gap to just one game as his record stanza at 52-39. I am hanging around in 3rd place with a record of 49-42 while Mr. Fantasy finds himself in the cellar, but he is just one game behind me at 48-43.

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