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.

You can also find me on Twitter @Burketimie

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.

Feel free to look me up on Twitter @Burketime

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.

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 8, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Well ready or not the NFL season is going to kickoff tomorrow night when the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys.

Now not only does tomorrow kickoff the NFL’s regular season, but it’s also the start of fantasy football season as well. No I’m in multiple leagues this season, but only one of them is for money. I enjoy playing fantasy football, but I’m not confident enough to spend a lot of money doing it.

Two of the leagues I’m in are 20 team leagues; so as you can guess those drafts can take some time especially when they’re done in the auction style format. Humorously the league that I actually pay for is a smaller league with 15 teams and out of all of the drafts I did that one was far and away the longest of them all and there’s really no reason for it.

This league has been around for quite a while and I share a team with Mr. Fantasy; if you remember him from early on in the Sports Time Radio podcast days. He actually got us involved through someone who was in the league that he was working with at the time.

Now the other players in this league are some of the most knowledgeable fantasy sports players out there, but I’m surprised by how well they do when they seem to be distracted when we’re doing the draft. We used to get together to draft and that made things go quicker, but with Covid-19 happening we started doing the draft online and that really and I mean really slows things down. Two years ago we had one of the guys n the league go to brunch while we where drafting and it took him 34 minutes to make a pick. This season we had someone who was actually on the golf course while the draft was going on. As you can imagine it took him a lot longer to make his picks than it did any other team. Now the thing that baffles me is even with all of the distractions that these other people in the league have going on while drafting they still end up with quality competitive teams. I really just don’t understand how they do it.

Now it won’t come as much of a surprise that in all of the leagues I’m in there where a large amount of Tampa Bay players drafted. You expect players like Tom Brady, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin to go and they all did rather early. No two other Buccaneers wide receiver where drafted as someone took Antonio Brown while another team drafted Scotty Miller. There where three Tampa Bay running backs drafted as Leonard Founette, Ronald Jones and Giovanni Bernard will be in my leagues. Rob Gronkowski ended up being drafted towards the end of the draft, but I was a little surprised to see someone draft another Tampa Bay tight end picking up O.J. Howard. With 10 players being drafted in all Tampa Bay had more players selected than ay other team.

Remember that a couple of these leagues have 20 teams in them; so you do have to go pretty deep into positions, but 10 players from one team is a lot. Now Tampa Bay has a good offense, but you’d think that a like the Kansas City Chiefs would have a large number of players taken, but there where only five or six players from the Chiefs offense drafted.

Now I think that all of my drafts went well and hopefully my teams will be good, but as you know there are a lot of factors that go into having a good fantasy season. Injuries are always the biggest key to a fantasy season. Last season we had the #1 overall pick in the league we pay for draft and we went with Christian McCaffrey like most people with the #1 pick did. Do to injury McCaffrey played in just three games last season and while he did score six touchdowns in those three games obviously you’d like your 1st round draft pick to play in more than three games.

If you had a fantasy football draft I’d be interested to know how you think it went for you and how you think your team is going to do this season. Hopefully you and I will have some good luck this season and then I can write about how we won our leagues at the end of the season.

Now Tampa Bay is the trendy pick to go back to the Super Bowl out of the NFC while the Chiefs seem to be most people’s pick to go to the Super Bowl out of the AFC. That means for the first time since 1993 we’d have the same Super Bowl math up two years in a row. Back in 1993 it was the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills who met in the Super Bowl in 1992 and 1993. In case you’re wondering Dallas won both of those Super Bowl match ups.

Speaking of Buffalo it’s expected that the Bills could be the team that will challenge Kansas City in the AFC. There are some other teams that may be able to step up and challenge for a chance to go to the Super Bowl out of the AFC, but it appears as though Kansas City and Buffalo are the two favorites coming into the season.

Now in the NFC the Buccaneers should get some competition from the Green Bay Packers in what looks like Aaron Rodgers last season playing for them. It’s also possible that whichever team manages to survive the NFC West might be a challenger to the Buccaneers. The question is will it be the Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers or possibly the Arizona Cardinals that might be the team to come out of the NFC West.

Well there are always a lot of questions coming into an NFL season and will start getting some of those answers starting tomorrow night and will get some more answers this weekend as Week 1 starts.

Now I’d like to see two different teams in the Super Bowl this season; so I’m going with the Seahawks beating the Cleveland Browns in the Super Bowl this season. Now I’m interested to know who you think will not only be in the Super Bowl, but who you have winning it.

Don’t forget to listen to the Sports Time Radio podcast live on BlogTalkRadio.com, but if you miss the podcast live just head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want to.

You can also find me on Twitter @Burketime

How was your week

Posted: September 4, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Back in 1994 when Major League Baseball added one wild card team to the playoffs there where quite a few people that didn’t like the idea. Then when there was a second wild card team added in 2012 here where still plenty of people who didn’t like the idea. Well I’m not sure how those same people feel about the wild card now, but you have to admit that it’s keep quite a few teams in the playoff race and it’s give fans of those teams a reason to continue to go to games and root them on.

Let’s face it barring a huge run from a team four out of the six division are pretty much decided. It seems as though the only divisions still up for grabs are the National League East and the National League West. No matter who ends up winning the National League west they’re going to get at least two teams into the playoffs this season.

Now when it comes to the two teams that are going to get those wild card spots; well three of those four spots are still more or less up for grabs. In the National League the Los Angeles Dodgers or the San Francisco Giants will get one of the wild card spots. The Giants are currently leading the National League West by one game after beating the Dodgers last night. That loss put the Dodgers in the wild card spot where they have a 13 1/2 game lead on the team that would claim the second wild card spot. That’s why I think it’s I’m comfortable saying that either the Giants or the Dodgers will be playing in the wild card game. Now who they end up play is still in question.

Currently the Cincinnati Reds are holding onto that second wild card spot, but they have just a 1/2 game lead on the San Diego Padres. Besides the Padres the St. Louis Cardinals are just 1 1/2 games out of that wild card spot while the Philadelphia Phillies are 2 games out of a wild card spot and you can’t count out the New York Mets who currently have the longest wining streak in baseball with 5 win is in a row. That winning streak has moved the Mets to within 4 games of that second wild card spot.

So we have five teams competing for just one playoff spot. That should make for a pretty interesting stretch run and hopefully this keeps the fans of these teams going to games.

Now over in the American League there are also five teams competing for the wild card spots, but in this case you could say that both of those wild card spots are still up for grabs.

The New York Yankees are currently in possession of the top wild card spot while the Boston Red Sox have the second wild card spot and are just 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees. The Oakland A’s have had their struggles lately and those may cost them a chance to win the American League West, but he A’s still find themselves just 3 games out of a wild card spot. Right behind the A’s in the wild card race are the surprising Seattle Mariners who are just 4 games out of that second wild card spot. You also can’t count out the Toronto Blue Jays who are 5 games out of that second wild card spot.

It’s to the point in the baseball season where ever win and loss matters to these teams as they try and get into the playoffs. A long winning streak by any one of these teams could solidify a playoff spot and give them he chance they need.

Of course the problem with getting a wild card spot is it’s just one game. If you just so happen to have a bad day or your starting pitcher is a little off the next thing you know you’re out of the playoffs. At the beginning of the season he Yankees and the Dodgers where trendy picks to meet in the World Series. Right now they would both be playing in the wild card game in their respective leagues. Imagine if both the Yankees and the Dodgers where knocked out of the playoffs after just one game; it could actually happen.

Now once you get into the playoffs anything can happen. There have been six teams that have made the playoffs as a wild card team and went on to win the World Series. The first was the Florida Marlins in 1997. The Anaheim Angels did it in 2002 while the Marlins managed to do it again as a wild card team in 2003. The Boston Red Sox did it in 2004 while the St. Louis Cardinals won it all as a wild card team in 2011 and the San Francisco Giants did it in 2014. The last team to win the World Series as a wild card entry was the Washington nationals who won it all just two years ago in 2019.

Is it possible will see a wild card team accomplish this feat this season? Let me know which of the teams that are currently competing for the wild card spots that you think has the best chance to win the World Series. Please feel free to give me one team from each league.

Schaumburg Stu is coming off a 3-1 weekend last weekend and he got off to a good start with his picks for this weekend. Schaumburg Stu correctly had the Kansas City Royals beating the Chicago White Sox last night. As for today Schaumburg Stu has the Chicago Cubs beating the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then on Sunday Schaumburg Stu has the Cubs and the White Sox combining to get more than 11 1/2 hits in their games. Also on Sunday Schaumburg Stu has the Los Angeles Dodgers beating the San Francisco Giants on ESPN Sunday night baseball.

Don’t forget to listen to the Sports Time Radio podcast. The podcast airs live on BlogTalkRadio.com and on Friday’s you can hear Schaumburg Stu make his picks. Now if you somehow miss the live edition of the podcast don’t worry; all you have to do is head over to TuneIn.com and you cam listen any time you want to.

You can also find me Twitter @Burketime if you want to look me up.

Let’s call Wednesday

Posted: September 1, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Yesterday NFL teams made a ton of cuts as they whittle their roster down to the 53 players they’ll keep when the season opens a week from tomorrow.

No there are always a couple of players that get cut that are surprises, but yesterday the biggest surprise was Cam Newton being cut by the New England Patriots. The Patriots also cut quarterback Brian Hoyer; so as of right now rookie Mac Jones is the only quarterback on New England’s roster. There are reports that Hoyer will be brought back as Jones’ back up, but it’s possible the Patriots go in a different direction. I think the only thing we know for sure is that New England will add a quarterback at some point in time before the season starts.

Humorously I heard some NFL analyst say they weren’t surprised that the Patriots decided to cut Newton. This is just a flat out lie. There was no one out there that had any inkling that the Patriots would be cutting Newton. It’s easy to say that you knew this is going to happen, but no one went on television or wrote that this was going to actually happen. All these statements are is a way for whoever is trying to sell this to gain some credibility with either the people watching their television show or reading their article.

Newton had a solid pre-season. He played in all three of New England’s pre-season games and went 14 of 21 for 162 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. It looked like Newton was being considered as a possible starter for the Patriots with the way he was handle during the pre-season.

Now the question becomes what happens to Newton now. Obviously he’s not going to be starting for any team Week 1, but you’d have to think that there are a few teams that will have interest in bringing him in as a back up.

There where repots that the Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins contacted the Houston Texans about possibly trading or Deshaun Watson. Apparently the Texans asked the eagles for three 1st round picks and two 2nd round picks. No surprise that Philadelphia said no to that type of a deal. No one really knows how far talks between the Dolphins and the Texans went, but as of now Watson is on the Texans roster.

Now instead of having to give away multiple draft picks for a quarterback with multiple sexual assault charges hanging over his head the Eagle or Dolphins could get a similar quarterback in Newton and they wouldn’t need to part with any draft picks.

Both the Eagles and the Dolphins have young quarterbacks. Jalen Hurts is the starting quarterback for Philadelphia while Tua Tagovailoa is the Dolphins starting quarterback. The Eagles did bring in veteran quarterback Joe Flacco to back up Hurts, but Newton would be an upgrade over Flacco and is much more similar in his quarterback style to Hurts. Miami has another former Patriots quarterback on their roster in Jacoby Brissett to back up Tagovailoa, but it’s still possible they could be interested in bringing Newton on board.

Now after this season who knows where Newton will end up or if he’ll even want to continue to play football. Newton has played seasons in the NFL. He’s started 139 games at quarterback. He’s won an MVP award and even though his didn’t win it he’s played in a Super Bowl. Newton has accomplished a lot in his career with the exception of that Super Bowl win. It’s possible that Newton may just want to walk away from football and start another career.

I’m sure will hear Newton’s name come up with a few teams this off season. Since this is Aaron Rodgers last season with the Green Bay Packers I’m sure Newton’s name will come up there. Most people have Rodgers linked to the Denver Broncos, but if Rodgers retires that would make Newton a viable option for Denver. It’s also possible a team like the New Orleans Saints would be interested in bringing Newton there. The Saints decided on Jameis Winston as their starting quarterback while Taysom Hill will continue getting snaps here and there as well as other gadgets plays. If Winston and Hill are unable to fill the void at quarterback left by Drew Brees retiring you have to think it’s possible that the Saints might look to Newton as an option at quarterback.

So what do you think will happen with Newton? Does he play this season? If you think he’s going to play this season; what team do you see him ending up with? Then moving on to next season. What does Newton do? Do you have him retiring? Or do you have him playing and if so with which team?

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How was your week

Posted: August 28, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Tonight at the Daytona International Speedway the NASCAR Monster Energy Series will have their regular season finale. It’s the Coke Zero Sugar 400 and since it’s at Daytona we should see cars going 200 plus miles an hour and probably “the big one” at some point.

Now after tonight’s race will know the 16 drivers that will advance into the playoffs. There are 14 different drivers that have won a race and have an automatic entry into the playoffs, but as of right now the other two playoff spots will be determined by points.

Kevin Harvick is currently sitting in the 15th spot and looks like he’ll be a lock to get into the playoffs, but what about that last spot. Heading into tonight’s race Tyler Reddick is currently in that 16th and final playoff spot, but he’s just 25 points ahead of his teammate Austin Dillion. That final playoff spot could also go to a driver that hasn’t won a race just yet this season. Would that be a huge surprise if that happens at Daytona?

If we do happen to get a new winner tonight then Harvick would be the driver to get tat final playoff spot and Reddick as well as Dillion would be on the outside looking in unless they where the driver would ended up in victory lane tonight.

There are going to be a lot of drivers with just one way to get into the playoffs tonight; so they’ll have nothing to lose. That should make for an interesting race and I’m sure some hurt feelings during the race. It might also have drivers taking more chances than they normally would and could lead to more accidents than we’re used to seeing at Daytona; if that’s possible.

Points leader Kyle Larson starts on the pole tonight and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Bryon will be starting next to him in the 2nd spot. They followed by two drivers from Joe Gibbs Racing as Denny Hamlin will start 3rd and Kyle Busch will be starting 4th. There’s a third Hendrick Motorsports river starting i the Top 5 as Chase Elliott will start tonight’s race in the 5th position.

All five of those drivers have won at least one race this season; so they’re all locked into the playoffs. The first driver without a win is Matt DiBenedetto who drivers the Wood Brothers Racing #21 car and is starting 9th tonight. DiBenedetto is not only driving tonight to try and get into the playoffs, but he currently doesn’t have a ride for next season; so if he can find a way to win tonight he might be able to resolve both of those problems.

There are actually two races scheduled at the Daytona International Speedway today. NASCAR’s Xfinity series is schedule to run the Wawa 250 first. The Xfinity race has a scheduled start time of 11:30 a.m. Then the Monster Energy Series takes the track for their race which has a scheduled start time of 6:00 p.m. The Xfinity race will be airing live on the NBC Sports Network while the live broadcast of NASCAR’s Monster Energy Series will move over to air live on NBC.

Let me know how this race is going to go and who you think is going to win. Do you think will see one of the drivers who already has a win get another one tonight? Or will we see some find a way to get themselves and their team into the playoffs with a bit of a surprising win tonight?

Yesterday on the Sports Time Radio podcast Schaumburg Stu made his predictions for the weekend and he got off to a good start last night. Schaumburg Stu had the Chicago White Sox beating the Chicago Cubs and even though the Cubs got out to a very quick 6-0 lead the White Sox rebounded for a 17-13 win. Yasmani Grandal returned from the IL for the White Sox last night and hit two home runs and had 8 RBI’s in last nights game.

So with a win already under his belt here’s what Schaumburg Stu went with for the rest of this weekend. Today Schaumburg Stu has the Tennessee Titans beating the Chicago Bears in Week 3 NFL pre-season action. Tonight he also has Lance Lynn getting more combined innings pitched and strikeout tonight for the White Sox than Alec Mills does for the Cubs. Then on Sunday Schaumburg Stu has the White Sox and the Cubs combining to score more than 7 1/2 runs in their game.

Last week Schaumburg Stu went 2-2 o his picks and since we started doing this on the Sports Time Radio Podcast Schaumburg Stu has a overall record of 58-51 heading into this weekend.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

Now I know some of you have already had their fantasy football drafts or in some cases drafts, but I have mine coming up in a couple of weeks. If you did have yours already I hope it went well for you, but drafting this early can always be difficult; at least for me it is.

Fantasy football is oddly different than actual football. In the NFL there is a high priority put on the quarterback, but in fantasy football it’s more important to find that top tier running back. Unfortunately with the shift in the way running backs are used that’s getting harder and harder for fantasy football owners to do.

Last year in one of my leagues my partner and I had the 1st overall pick and we took Christian McCaffery of the Carolina Panthers. Well due to injury McCaffery was more or less a total bust for anyone who selected him, but he’s back at the top of the running back list this season. Now it makes sense because if he’s healthy he’s true double threat as he’ll not only get those rushing yards for you, but he’s used as a receiver in the Panthers offense. You’d have to think that McCaffery will be the top pick in most drafts.

With McCaffery off the board there are still a few other running backs that get a high number of carries for their teams. Derrick Henry comes to mind right away, but there’s also players like Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, Aaron Jones and Ezekiel Elliot.

Even once you get past this group of running backs there are still some other running backs that should get the majority of the carries for their team, but there are questions with all of them.

Saquon Barkley is coming back from a serious injury and there are no plans for him to get any carries this pre-season; so you have to wonder how that will carry over into the regular season. Barkley could be a very good pick if he’s given the football, but the New York Giants have been so careful with him you have to wonder how they’ll handle him.

I know there are a lot of people who have Nick Chubb very high on their running backs lists, but don’t forget that Kareem Hunt is still on the Cleveland Browns roster and could take away not only carries from Chubb, but receptions as well. Chubb had more rushing yards 1067 yards to 841 yards for Hunt, but Hunt had 38 receptions to Chubb’s 16 receptions. You just never know when Hunt is going to get the hot hand in the backfield and that would take away from what Chubb will produce.

Jonathan Taylor is another running back that I’ve seen very high on most people’s list coming into this season. Now Taylor is coming off very good rookie season and you would think that he would be the clear cut #1 running back on the Indianapolis Colts, but they always seem to find a way to mix in other running backs. You have to wonder if Marlon Mack is and can stay healthy this season if he’ll take carries away from Taylor. The Colts also still have Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins on their roster and they always find ways to get them carries as well. You’d think that Taylor should be a good fantasy pick, but there are some questions that come along with drafting him.

There’s a solid group of running backs that should be their teams #1 guy, but the teams they’re on probably won’t be playoffs contenders and in a lot of cases could have losing records. That could mean that these teams may be throwing the football more than giving to their top running back. These running backs should all be 1st round picks, but there will be questions with there team more than the running backs themselves.

I’m talking about running backs like Antonio Gibson, David Montgomery, Austin Ekler, Joe Mixon and Josh Jacobs. All of these running backs should get the bulk of the carries for their team, but those teams ight not be very good and you have to wonder how much of an affect that will have on there production.

Then there are the two running backs that will be taking over as their teams #1 running back do to injury. James Robinson with the Jacksonville Jaquars and Darrell Henderson with the Los Angeles Rams. Now the Jaquars are coming off a 1-15 season and while they might be improved this season they’re not going to be a Super Bowl Contender any time soon. That means there’s a chance they’ll look at other running backs and Robinson carries may fluctuate from week to week. Henderson may be one of the sneaky later 1st round picks as running backs have had success in the Rams offensive system. It should also help Henderson’s value that the other running backs on the Rams roster have never carried the football in a regular season game.

The top rookie running back in fantasy this season is Najee Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers. People believe that the Steelers are a run first team, but Ben Rothlisberger does throw the football as much as anybody else. Harris however should get the majority of the carries this season; so that could equal some nice numbers for any fantasy owner that has him.

Then there’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Chris Carson. Both of these running backs play on teams that are quarterback dominated and they’re also both coming off of injuries from last season. Obviously both of these players are 1st round running back picks, but there’s risk involved with taking either of them. If you take one and he stays healthy he could put up big number for you in the offenses they play in. Of course you could take one of these running backs and they could get hurt Week 1 and then you’re scrambling the rest of the season, but they’re both worth the gamble.

J.K. Dobbins has become an interesting name coming into this season as most people believe he’ll be the Baltimore Ravens #1 running back this season. The Ravens still have Gus Edwards on their roster; so there’s a chance that they’ll use each running back equally.

There are still a few running backs out there that I haven’t mentioned that will go early in fantasy drafts, but it will be hit or miss with those guys. Hopefully it will work out for you if you take one of those running backs, but if your luck is anything like mine it won’t.

If you’ve had your fantasy draft please let me know how you think it went and if you like drafting that early or not. If you have a draft coming up feel free to share you thoughts on these running backs and if there was one that you would’ve liked me to mention or went into more detail on.

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How was your week

Posted: August 21, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

As a sports fan I start to get excited when the start of a new season is getting close to starting up, but the one thing I don’t do is get to excited about the stats a player puts up in exhibition or pre-season games. Obviously if you’re a fan of that team or that player you want them to do well even in games that don’t count, but you have to take into consideration who they’re laying against.

Now we’re in Week 2 of the NFL pre-season and on Thursday night the New England Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles 35-0. I didn’t watch this game as my cable provider no longer carries the NFL Network, but I heard a lot of commentary on it. The on thing everyone kept mentioning over and over was how great Mac Jones looked.

Now Jones completed 13 of his 19 pass attempts for 146 yards and even ran once for 3 yards. Really solid pre-season numbers, but what they forget to mention is that Jones put up these numbers against the Eagles second and third string. Cam Newton started the game for New England and only threw one incompletion against the Eagles first team defense. Would Jones of played well against Philadelphia’s first string defense? Will never know, but how much can you read into what a quarterback does against players that in some cases won’t even make the team.

Now just last night Shane Buechele completed 9 of his 11 pass attempts for 115 yards and 1 touchdown as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Arizona Cardinals 17-10. I don’t think anyone will be talking about how well Buechele played in that game. If they mention anything at all about Buechele it will be that his father Steve is a former major league baseball player.

Do the conversations go that way because Buechele is an undrafted free agent and Jones was a 1st round pick? Or is it because it’s clear that the Chiefs will be starting Patrick Mahomes at quarterback Week 1 no matter how anybody else plays in the pre-season and while it looks like Newton will be the Patriots starter for Week 1 everyone wants to see Jones unseat him before the season starts.

The contrast is very interesting and there are a few teams who are in this situation. Where I live in Chicago Justin Fields looked good in his his NFL pre-season action, but Andy Dalton appears to be the starter come Week 1. In San Francisco the 49ers used the #3 pick to take Trey Lance, but it appears as though Jimmy Garoppolo will be their starting quarterback when there season starts.

I understand that Patriots fans and the mainstream media are looking for them to replace Tom Brady and it’s clear that Newton isn’t that quarterback, but rushing Jones into a starting role isn’t going to turn him into Brady.

In Chicago the Bears have managed to find their way into the playoffs a couple of times under head coach Matt Nagy, but they where never series Super Bowl contenders. I’m sure a lot of fans would also like to get past the Mitchell Trubisky quarterback era, but even if Fields is the starting quarterback; are the Bears a legitimate Super Bowl contender? Don’t forget 49ers fans that Garoppolo took that team to a Super Bowl just a couple of seasons ago.

It’s kind of a rebirth when a team drafts a young quarterback early in the draft, but remember that a rookie quarterback has never won a Super Bowl. I don’t know what Patriots, Bears or 49ers fans are thinking, but that’s an interesting stat for three teams who’s fans really want to see that 1st round pick take over as the teams quarterback.

While I don’t think that Jones, Fields or Lance start the season as there teams starting quarterback I wouldn’t be surprised to see them take over that role at some point during the season.

Now there are a couple of rookie quarterbacks that should be under center Week 1 for their teams. Trevor Lawrence should be the Jacksonville Jaquars starter and Zach Wilson should be the New York Jets starter. There is an outside chance will see a third rookie get a start in Week 1. If Sam Ehlinger wins the Indianapolis Colts quarterback competition and Carson Wentz isn’t ready to go he could get the nod as their quarterback come Week 1.

Now I don’t know anybody who has either the Jaquars or the Jets making the playoffs this season, but the Colts looked like a playoff team with Wentz as their starting quarterback. Would those expectations change if Ehlinger is the starter?

We should slowly start to get the answers to some of these quarterback question as we draw closer to the start of the regular season. As it is now we’re less than three weeks away from the opening Thursday night game which features the defending Super Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Dallas Cowboys.

Well Schaumburg Stu had a rough week with his predictions as he went 1-3 last weekend and this weekend didn’t get off to a good start for him either. Schaumburg Stu had the Tampa Bay Rays beating the Chicago White Sox on Friday night, but the White Sox pulled out a 7-5 win in 11 innings. Now for Tomorrow Schaumburg Stu has the Kansas City Royals beating the Chicago Cubs and he has the Chicago Bears beating the Buffalo Bills in their pre-season game. Then on Sunday Schaumburg Stu has the Cubs and the White Sox combining to score under 8 1/2 runs total between the two teams.

You can listen to Schaumburg Stu make his predictions live on the Friday Edition of the Sports Time Radio podcast. You can listen to the podcast live not only on Friday’s, but any other day of the week on BlogTalkRadio.com. Now if you miss the live version of the podcast all you have to do is head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen to the podcast any time you want to.

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