How was your week

Posted: January 16, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Baseball fans have been patiently waiting for the free agent market to heat up and this week there where two signings that might get the market started as it’s just a little over a month before pitcher and catchers report to spring training.

Earlier this week the Chicago White Sox signed the top closer on the free agent market Liam Hendricks to a three year $54 million dollar deal with an option for a fourth year. Alex Colome had been handling the closing duties for the White Sox the last two seasons, but Chicago allowed him to go into free agency this off season; so they needed someone to fill that role and they signed the best available player on the free agent market to do that.

Hendricks will turn 32 years old next month and is new to the closing role, but seems to have taken to it well. After eight seasons as a starter/long reliever Hendricks stepped into the closers role for the Oakland A’s in 2019 and posted 25 saves. Last season Hendricks appeared in 24 games with an ERA of 1.78 and 14 saves. Since Hendricks is a former starter he can also give a team saves of multiple innings which isn’t always the case in bullpens today. It will be interesting to see if new White Sox manager Tony LaRussa will utilize Hendricks for more than one inning at a time this coming season.

While Hendricks found himself a new team on the free agent market the other free agent signing went back to the team he spent the last couple of seasons with.

There appeared to be a lot of interest in D.J. LeMahieu this off season, but in the end he decided to return to the New York Yankees. Yesterday LeMahieu and the Yankees agreed on a six year $90 million dollar deal that should keep LeMahieu in Yankee pinstripes for the remainder of his playing career.

LeMahieu joined the Yankees as a free agent before the 2019 season and has posted two quality seasons for them. LeMahieu finished 4th in the MVP voting in 2019 and last season he moved up to 3rd in the MVP voting. LeMahieu won the American League batting title last season and while analytics have de-emphasize batting average LeMahieu is still the first player to win a batting title in each league during the modern era of baseball.

The modern era of baseball begins in 1900 and Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty won the batting title in each league at that time. In 1899 Delahanty won the NL batting title with the Philadelphia Phillies and then in 1902 Delahanty won the AL batting title with the Washington Senators, but there are some questions about the 1899 batting title; so it’s unclear if Delahanty actually accomplished this feat.

Now according to research Pete Browning won the 1882 and 1885 batting titles with the Louisville Eclipse of the American Association. Then Browning went on to win the batting title in 1890 with the Cleveland Infants who where part of the Players’ League.

It’s also being reported that the Yankees have agreed to a one year $11 million dollar deal with free agent pitcher Cory Kluber.

Kluber had a showcase to show that he was healthy and about 25 MLB teams showed up to watch him and be all reports he was impressive.

The Yankees where in need of some starting pitching; so Kluber will help them with that as long as he’s healthy. Kluber made one start last season for the Texas Rangers and lasted just one innings before and arm injury ended his 2020 season. in 2019 Kluber made just seven starts for the Cleveland Indians before his first arm injury shut him down. If Kluber can return to the form that won him two Cy Young awards the Yankees might have gotten a steal with this signing.

There was another what you’d call under the radar signing this week as the Phillies added another piece to their bullpen that gave them so much trouble last season. Philadelphia added Archie Bradley to their bullpen on a one year $6 million dollar deal.

Bradley becomes the third reliever the Phillies have added to their bullpen this season either by trade or by free agent signing. Bradley joins the other new acquisitions Jose Alvarado and Sam Coonrod. It’s unclear if Bradley will sub plant Hector Neris as Philadelphia’s closer or if he’ll become the main set up main out of their bullpen. Bradley has done both roles in his pitching career; so will have to see how Philadelphia’s new manager Joe Girardi will handle him.

What do you think of these free agent signings?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

It’s possible there could be two young starting NFL quarterbacks available on the trade market this off season. Both Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles and Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans seem dissatisfied with their current teams.

Wentz started 12 games for the Eagles and they went 3-8-1 with him as that starting quarterback before being replaced by rookie Jalen Hurts. He threw for 2620 yards with 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Wentz is just 28 years old, but the biggest issue if the Eagles decided to trade him will be his contract. Wentz has four years left on his contract and has a cap hit of $30 plus million dollars in each of those four seasons. That would be asking a team to take on a lot of cap money for a quarterback who has had some injury issues and really struggled last season. Also the Eagles just fired their head coach Doug Pedersen and you have to wonder if part of the process of bringing in a new head coach could be to find someone who can get Wentz back on track.

Now Watson is coming off of a career year. Watson threw for 4823 yards with 33 touchdowns and just 7 interceptions. He also ran for 444 yards. Even with Watson having his best season the Texans still went 4-12. The Texans where the first team to fire their head coach who also happened to be their general manager as well; so Watson new he’d be playing for a new audience. During the season Watson didn’t say much about the Texans situation, but as soon as the Texans hired their new general manager Watson started complaining. Apparently Watson was upset that he wasn’t included in the Texans general manager search. Now the Texans still need a head coach and Watson has complained the they didn’t have any interest in interviewing Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for that vacancy. Will have to see how this plays out as Watson has a no trade clause that he’d have to waive if he tries to force his way out of Houston, but just like Wentz he has a large contract that a team would have to take on. Watson has five years left on his contract and any team taking him in a deal would be picking up a cap hit of over $40 million dollars for a couple of seasons.

Even though there are plenty of NFL teams that would be much improved with a quarterback like Watson I’m not sure how many of them can take on his contract.

As for Wentz he’s going to have to find a team that thinks he still become the player Philadelphia saw when they used the 2nd pick in the 2016 draft to get him.

Now I’m not sure where or how this rumor got started, but there are a lot of people talking about how the Miami Dolphins will be the team to step up and trade for Watson. Now Miami does have the #3 pick in the upcoming NFL draft and this is a pick they actually got from the Texans from a trade made last season. I know that the Dolphins just missed the playoffs this season, but they’d have to give up a lot to get a quarterback like Watson including their what appears to be franchise quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Miami has a lot of draft capital and appears to be in a good spot to add a lot of quality young players to their mix. While having Watson at quarterback would be an upgrade from Tagovailoa I’m not sure it’s the best move for them.

What do you think the Dolphins should do? Do they use those draft picks and Tagovailoa to try and acquire from the Texans? Or should they use those draft picks to add to the young core of players they have now?

Unfortunately for Wentz his name hasn’t come up in any trade rumors as of yet and that may not happen until the Eagles hire a new head coach.

Where do you think Watson and Wentz will be playing next season?

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How was your week

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

It’s NFL wild card weekend. Now remember there where two extra teams added to the playoffs this season; so instead of four wild card games there are six games to kickoff wild card weekend.

Adding the extra playoff games means some extra television money for the NFL, but in a season where some teams had no fans in attendance and some teams had just a limited number of fans in the stands some extra television money wouldn’t hurt.

Let’s have a quick look at this weekends games.

The first game is scheduled to kickoff today at 12:05 p.m. on CBS as the Indianapolis Colts visit the Buffalo Bills.

The second game is scheduled to kickoff at 3:40 p.m. on Fox as the Los Angeles Rams visit the Seattle Seahawks.

The final Saturday game is scheduled for a 7:15 p.m. kickoff on NBC and it has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveling to Washington to face the Football Team.

On Sunday the first game is scheduled to kickoff at 12:05 p.m. and it will be on ABC and ESPN. This game features the Baltimore Ravens at the Tennessee Titans.

The second game has a scheduled kickoff time of 3:40 p.m. and is on CBS. It has the Chicago Bears visiting the New Orleans Saints.

The final wild card game of the weekend is on NBC and it has a scheduled kickoff time of 7:15 p.m. This game has the Pittsburgh Steelers hosting the Cleveland Browns.

Now yesterday on the Sports Time Radio podcast Schaumburg Stu made his picks for these games and here’s who he’s going with. In today’s games he likes the Buffalo Bills, the Seattle Seahawks and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In tomorrow’s games Schaumburg Stu is going with the Baltimore Ravens the New Orleans Saints and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now since we live in the Chicago area I added an extra pick for Schaumburg Stu. The line for the Bears/Saints game had New Orleans favored by as much as 10 points; so I had Schaumburg Stu make a pick just like he was betting on the game. Even though they’re a 10 point favorite Schaumburg Stu still likes the Saints. That means he has the Saints beating the Bears by more than 10 points tomorrow.

Now I’d like to know your picks for these games. Let me know who you think will win these wild card weekend games and just like Schaumburg Stu let me know how you feel about the Saints Bears game and if you’d be willing to bet on the Saints and give those 10 points or if you’d take the Bears in that game with those 10 points.

After a 6-10 season the Dallas Cowboys have decided that they needed to make some coaching changes to their defense that ranked 28th in scoring this season.

It has been reported that defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula have been fired. There’s no word yet on who might be the frontrunners to file these two coaching vacancies.

Through the first six games of the season Nolan’s defense gave up 218 points. That  tied for the third-worst mark in NFL history. For the season Nolan’s defense gave up 473 points which was the most in the history of the Cowboys. Nolan’s defense ranked 31st against the run and against the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens the Cowboys defense gave up over 290 rushing yards.

Looking at the numbers you can see why the Cowboys are making a change. Now will just have to wait and see who Jerry Jones and Mike McCarthy hire for these coaching openings.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

It seems like we’re just sitting around waiting for a Major League Baseball team to make a major free agent signing. There have been some rumors about George Springer talking to teams, but there have been no real attempts made to sign him that we know of. Other than that you’d have to say the biggest free agent signing so far has been James McCann going to the New York Mets on a 4 year $40 million dollar deal.

Now yesterday we did have Robbie Grossman leaving the Oakland A’s to sign with the Detroit Tigers. Grossman signed a 2 year $10 million dollar deal with the Tigers. Blake Treinen decided to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on a two year deal. Treinen will get $17.5 million dollars guarantee that includes an $8 million dollars club option or a $1.5 million dollar buyout for 2023.

Now these are the type of signings that teams make to round out their rosters, but Grossman and Treinen are hardly big names. Now it does look like will at least have a decision on one of the bigger free agent names out their in a day or two.

Teams are going to have to make a decision on if they’re interested in Japanese pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano. Now there have been multiple teams linked to Sugano, but as far as we know there have been no contract numbers exchanged. It has been reported that Sugano arrived in the United States this week; so you’d think that would point to a signing with an MLB team, but no one seems to be sure what’s going on. Sugano does have a 4 year contract offer from his Japanese League team the Yomiuri Giants waiting for him if there are no MLB teams willing to sign him.

Just about every team who could use some help in there starting rotation has been linked to Sugano. There where some reports that the New York Mets might be the frontrunner to sign Sugano, but the Mets have came out and said that they’re no longer in the bidding for Sugano and it appears as though they’re turning their focus on signing reliever Brad Hand. Even if the Mets are truly out on Sugano there are still plenty of MLB teams that could use some help in their starting rotation.

Sugano is a 31 year old right handed pitcher who is coming off a great season in the Japanese League. Sugano went 14-2 with an ERA of 1.97. He made 20 starts covering 137 1/3rd innings with 3 complete game shutouts. Sugano struck out 131 batters while walking 25 and he allowed just 8 home runs last season.

Do you have Sugano signing with an MLB team? Or do you see him returning to Japan for the upcoming season?

Another player who seems to be generating quite a bit of interest lately has been Yasiel Puig. Last season Puig had an agreement to join the Atlanta Braves, but he tested positive for Covid-19 and the offer was rescinded. Puig ended not playing in the shorten 2020 season, but that hasn’t stopped teams from kicking the tires on him for the 2021 season.

As of now there are at least five teams that have expressed some type of interest in Puig. The Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros, the Miami Marlins and the Baltimore Orioles have all shown varying degrees of interest in Puig and there could be more teams that we don’t know about.

It makes sense for teams to look at Puig. He has 20 plus home run power and has one of if not the best outfield arm in MLB. Also he’ll be a much cheaper option than a free agent like George Springer who is asking for between $25 and $30 million dollars a season.

Do you see Puig signing with one of the five teams that have been reported to have interest in him? Or do you see another team coming in and signing Puig? Let me know who you think Puig will end up signing with.

How was your week

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

The college football playoff kicked off yesterday with Alabama beating Notre Dame 31-14. Now this result kicked off all the talk about if Notre Dame should’ve been in the college football playoff, but in all honesty; did anybody really think they where going to beat Alabama?

Believe it or not 31 points is the lowest point total that Alabama has scored in a game this season. There was a lot of complaining that a team like Texas A&M should’ve moved up to the 4th spot in the polls and then they would’ve faced off against Alabama. Well that match up already happened this season. On October 3rd 2020 Alabama beat Texas A&M 52-24. Do you really think there would be a different outcome had they met again yesterday? There was also some talk that Cincinnati should’ve been ranked higher in the polls since they where undefeated. However yesterday they lost to an SEC team (Georgia) and I know it took a long field goal with time running out to beat Cincinnati, but a loss is still a loss no matter how it happens. Do you really think Cincinnati had a chance to stay with a team like Alabama?

Now the second college football playoff game had some intrigue coming into it. Clemson coach Dabo Sweeney ranked Ohio State 11th in his final coaches poll ballot and you had to wonder if this would provide some motivation for the #3 ranked Buckeyes as they faced Sweeney and the #2 ranked Clemson Tigers.

Apparently Sweeney’s lower ranking did help Ohio State as they easily beat the Tigers to move on to the college football championship game with a 49-28 win.

It looked like it was going to be a close game to start as at the end of the 1st quarter we had a 14-14 tie, but Ohio State took off after that. Clemson was unable to score in the 2nd quarter while Ohio State put the football in the end zone three times and went in at halftime with a 35-14 lead. Clemson needed to find a way to get back in the game, but all they did in the second half was trade touchdown with Ohio State. Each team scored a touchdown in the 3rd quarter and a touchdown in the 4th quarter. That meant Clemson was unable to make up any ground and Ohio State would be the team moving on to face Alabama in the college football championship game.

Now there was some complaining about Ohio State being in the Top 4 because they only played five regular season games, but they seemed to prove they belonged here with tis win over Clemson. Now there wasn’t as much complaining about Ohio State as there was about Notre Dame, but there are always going to be people who are unhappy about which four teams get into the college football playoff. Unfortunately there’s probably no solution for that.

I understand that when you’re favorite college football team has a great year you want to see them given a chance to win a championship, but you have to remember that they do this playoffs for television ratings and money. As fun as it would be to see a Cincinnati or a Coastal Carolina; how many people would tune in to watch them play a team like Alabama? Also which team is going to get more support; one of those teams or a team like Notre Dame? I get it, but it’s just the way it works. It’s really not about who the best college football teams are; it’s about which teams can get people to turn that game on with all the other viewing options out there.

I know there are some people out there who think that expanded the field to eight teams would solve a lot of these issues, but would they? Just imagine if you’re the 9th ranked team in the polls. How much complaining is there going to be that you belong in the field instead of one of the teams that got in the Top 8? It’s just the way it goes. Don’t forget that even though the NCAA basketball tournament takes 68 teams into it’s field there is always some complaining about a team or two that doesn’t get into the tournament.

I’m sure a lot of the complaints have to do with just general fandom and that’s a good thing. It’s good to see fans that root hard for their favorite team and want to see them get rewarded for a good season and it’s difficult to deal with it when they’re not given what you think they deserve. Hopefully it doesn’t stop anyone from rooting for their favorite team and they’ll stay passionate about those teams and continue to complain when they feel their team has been wronged.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

While the Major League Baseball off season is still moving along slowly we did get some action these last few days and it was all because of one team. The San Diego Padres made two trades and one signing that looks like it could make them World Series contenders in 2021.

The Padres added two frontline starting pitchers and they used their very well stocked farm system to make these deals.

First the Padres went out and acquired former Cy Young award winner Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays for three prospects and catcher Francisco Mejia. The Padres did give up their top pitching prospect Luis Patino in this deal along with catcher Blake Hunt and right handed pitcher Cole Wilcox. Then the Padres sent four prospects and right hander Zach Davies to the Chicago Cubs for starting pitcher Yu Darvish and catcher Victor Caratini. The Cubs will get 17 year old shortstop Reginald Preciado, 18 year old outfielders Owen Caissie and Ismael Mena and 20 year old shortstop Yeison Santana. None of the four prospects the Cubs received in this deal where ranked in the Padres Top 10.

Now remember the Padres will be without starting pitcher Mike Clevenger this season due to Tommy John surgery, but with the additions of Snell and Darvish it will help make up for the loss of Clevenger.

The Padres add Snell and Darvish to a rotation that has Dinelson Lamet and Chris Paddock in it. It looks like the 5th spot in the Padres starting rotation will go to one of their young pitching prospects. You have to think that MacKenzie Gore and Adrian Morejon will be two of the pitchers competing for that 5th spot in the starting rotation.

San Diego wasn’t done after adding Snell and Darvish. The Padres also signed Korean second baseman Ha-Seong Kim to a 4 year $25 million dollar deal. The Padres will also have to pay a $5 million dollar release fee to the Kiwoon Heroes; Kim’s Korean Baseball Organization team.

Kim spent the last two years of his seven year KBO career with the Heroes. Last season he hit .306 with 30 home runs and 109 RBI’s. Kim also stole 23 bases and walked more times 75 than he struck out 68.

The Padres are hoping that Kim will take over as the full time second baseman. If Kim can fill that role for San Diego it would allow the Padres to use Jake Cronenworth as a utility player. Cronenworth has shown the ability to play all four infield position as well as both corner outfield positions. Second base seemed to be the Padres only hole in their line up and if Kim can nail down the position for them it would give manager Jayce Tingler a lot more options off his bench.

Now the Rays weren’t done making moves after the trade of Snell either. Tampa Bay was involved in a three team trade that saw them send left handed reliever Jose Alvarado to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Rays will receive minor league first baseman Dillion Paulson and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers in return will get left handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger from the Phillies.

Now the Phillies bullpen seemed to be their downfall last season; so the addition of Alvarado should help. Alvarado only pitched in 9 regular season games and 2 post season last season due to injury, but Alvarado should give the Phillies a pitcher who can get left handed hitters out in tight spots.

It was nice to see the Major League Baseball off season market get a bit of a jump, but you have to wonder when will see another move. Also while these moves where nice to see and fun to talk and write about there still haven’t been any major free agent signings or even anything suggesting that we’re close to a big time signing. Hopefully it won’t be too long before there’s something else to talk about.

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How was your week

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

Out of the four major sports it has to be Major League Baseball that has the worst off season. There is very little activity and it makes things very boring to check on everyday. To be fair there are signings almost everyday, but it’s players that the average fan hasn’t heard of. Finally at the end of the week we got some movement involving players fans would know.

The big move this past week saw the Washington Nationals send two minor league pitchers to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for 1st baseman Josh Bell.

Humorously I saw a lot of people taking shots at Bell for his 2020 season and while he did hit just .226 he’s not the only player to have what can only be described as an odd 2020 season. When I’m looking at player I don’t even count the 2020 season even if they had what would be looked at as a good year. I’d rather base things on a full season; so you look at 2019 and Bell had a breakout year. Bell had 37 home runs to go along with 37 doubles, 116 RBI’s and he hit .277. I’m sure that’s the player the Nationals are hoping they’re getting.

Bell fills a big hole for the Nationals at 1st base. Howie Kendrick just announced his retirement after 15 seasons and it was unclear if Ryan Zimmerman would try to play again; so this locks down the 1st base position and it gives the Nationals a solid switch hitter to put in their line up behind Juan Soto. Plus they didn’t give up a ton to get a player that who doesn’t reach free agency until after the 2023 season.

In return for Bell Pittsburgh gets Eddy Yean a 19 year old right handed pitcher who went 2-3 with a 3.50 ERA in 10 starts combined in Rookie League and low Class A in 2019. The Pirates also received 26 year old right hander Wil Crowne. Crowne made his first appearance in the major leagues last season. He appeared in 3 games covering 8 1/3rd innings. Crowne went 0-2 with an 11.88 ERA. Crowne had been a starter in the minors; so maybe the Pirates will look at him as a possible piece of their rotation.

How do you think both teams made out in this deal?

The Los Angeles Dodgers add a power arm to their bullpen, but it’s unclear if he’ll be available to pitch for them next season.

The Dodgers signed Tommy Kahnle to a two year deal. It’s been reported that the deal will pay Kahnle $4.75 million dollars over the two seasons with a chance to earn $750,000 in incentives. The deal is structured to pay Kahnle $750,000 in 2021, but his salary jumps to $3.45 million dollars for the 2022 season. Obviously this makes good financial sense for the Dodgers since it’s unclear if Kahnle will be able to pitch at all in 2021.

Kahnle is a power arm who has had some control issues in his career, but those seem to be getting better as he matures as a pitcher. In 2019 Kahnle struck out 88 batters in 61 1/3rd innings. The only question right now is will he be the same pitcher once he returns from Tommy John surgery.

The Texas Rangers have been one of if not the most active team so far this off season and they made another move this morning.

It’s being reported that the Rangers have signed Japanese pitcher Kohei Arihara to a two year deal. The Rangers paid a posting fee of $1.24 million dollars and Arihara contact will pay him $6.2 million dollars over the two years.

Arihara is 28 years old and has pitched for 6 seasons for the Nippon Ham Fighters in the Japanese League. Over those 6 seasons Arihara has appeared in 140 games covering 882 innings. For his career he’s 61-53 with a 3.65 ERA and 12 career complete games. Arihara also has 2 saves in his career.

While Arihara isn’t known for having overpowering stuff; he throws in the low 90’s. He’ll use his fastball along with his curveball and change up to keep hitters off balance. Arihara is known as a strike thrower and it’s also been said that he has seven variations of pitches that he’ll use.

After the Lance Lynn trade the Rangers appear to be looking for some help in the starting rotation; so you’d think that Arihara will get every chance to take one of those rotation spots.

It was nice to finally see some actual major league players either get dealt or get signed, but it would be nice if there was a little more movement in the off season market for baseball. How do you feel about baseball’s off season? More importantly if you do think it’s too slow moving; how would you try and fix it?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

The NBA season tipped off with two games last night. The Brooklyn Nets hosted the Golden State Warriors while the Los Angeles Lakers opened their season against the Los Angeles Clippers. Did you watch?

In the opener Stephen Curry scored the first two points of the season by making two free throws, but after that it was all Nets. Brooklyn got out to a 40-25 lead after the 1st quarter. The Nets went into halftime with a 63-45 lead and the game was more or less over by then. Brooklyn outscored Golden State 36-26 in the 3rd quarter and had a lead so big that Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving got the 4th quarter off. Even with Durant and Irving on the bench the Warriors could only knock two points off of the Nets lead as the game end 125-99 in favor of Brooklyn.

Durant and Irving both played 25 minutes in the opener. Irving was the games high scorer with 26 points while Durant added 22 points. Joe Harris was the other Nets starter to score in double figures with 10 points while Caris LeVert came off the bench to add 20 points and a team high 5 assists. DeAndre Jordan grabbed a game high 11 rebounds for the Nets.

Curry led the Warriors in scoring with 20 points, but he struggled from behind the 3-point line going 2 for 10. Curry also handed out a game high 10 assists. In his first NBA game rookie James Wiseman put up 19 points for Golden State. Andrew Wiggins was the only other Golden State player to reach double figures in scoring as he had 13 points, but shot just 4 of 16 from the field. Marquese Chriss was the Warriors leading rebounder as he grabbed 8 rebounds in just 12 minutes of action.

Each team will get a couple of days off before they head back out onto the court as part of the NBA’s Christmas day schedule. The warriors head to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks while the Nets go on the road as well to face the Boston Celtics.

The second game on the NBA’s opening night turned out to be a much closer contest even though it didn’t start out like that.

The Clippers got out fast and took a 20 point lead 39-19 after the 1st quarter. This seems to happen a lot to teams in their first game when they’re the defending champions. The Lakers did bounce back in the 2nd quarter as they outscored the Clippers 35-17 and they went into halftime down just two points 56-54. the Clippers where able to extend their lead in the 3rd quarter y outscoring the Lakers 33-24 and even though it was the Lakers who outscored the Clippers in the 4th quarter it wasn’t enough as the Clippers held on for a 116-109 victory on opening night.

Paul George was the games leading scorer with 33 points. Kawhi Leonard added 26 points for the Clippers while Patrick Beverly was the other Clippers starter in double figures with 10 points. Lou Williams and Ivica Zubac each scored 11 points off of the Clippers bench. Nicolas Batum was the Clippers leader in assists with 6 and he along with four other Clippers; George, Beverly, Zubac and Serge Ibaka each grabbed 6 rebounds.

LeBron James played 28 minutes in the game and was the Lakers leading scorer with 22 points. Anthony Davis added 18 points while Dennis Schroder filled up the box score as a starter. He scored 14 points handed out a game high 8 assists and also grabbed a game high 12 rebounds. Montrezl Harrell came off the Lakers bench to put up a double-double against his former team as he had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma who just signed a new contract with the Lakers right before the season started came off their bench to score 15 points.

You’ll get a chance to see both of these teams play again on Christmas day. The Lakers will be hosting the Dallas Mavericks while the Clippers are going on the road to play the Denver Nuggets.

If you didn’t see any of the NBA action last night you have a chance to see it tonight as their are 13 games on the schedule. Nationally TNT has the Milwaukee Bucks at the Boston Celtics tonight. ESPN is showing the late game as they’ll have the Dallas Mavericks at the Phoenix Suns.

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How was your week

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

We’ve been waiting for some news from the National Hockey League on what their season might look like and when they may actually start. Well it looks like they have a plan in place and they’re just waiting for the proper approvals.

It looks like the NHL and it’s players have agreed to a 56 game season that would start on January 13th 2021. Now they’re waiting for the approval of each side’s executive board and Canadian health officials. The latter may be difficult to get.

The NHL’s Players Association had a “call” on Friday night where they supported moving forward with the agreed upon terms. It looks like the NHL Board of Governors could hold their vote on this plan sometime this weekend. Then all the NHL is waiting for is approval from health officials in the five Canadian provinces that have teams. Once the NHL gets these approvals they can go ahead with their season as they have planned.

Training camps for the seven teams that did not participate in last season’s playoff bubbles would open December 31st; while camps for everyone one else would open January 3rd.

The NHL has yet to say if teams will be in their home arenas or in “hub” cities. It is expected that an all divisional schedule will be played.

The biggest issue with any kind of agreement that the NHL and their players come to is where the seven Canada based teams will play. The original plan was to put them in the same division, but tougher pandemic restrictions in Canada put this plan in limbo this week.

“The resumption of sports events in Canada must be undertaken in adherence to Canada’s measures to mitigate the importation and spread of COVID-19,” the Public Health Agency of Canada said in a statement Thursday night. “NHL teams and other professional sports must operate within the rules of their provincial jurisdictions for sports or sporting events.”

Remember the Toronto Blue Jays played last season in Buffalo, New York while the Toronto Raptors have relocated to Tampa, Florida for the upcoming NBA season. If this is the case in the NHL they’ll have to find new homes for seven teams not just one like MLB and the NBA did.

The owners and the players agreed to a long term extension of the collective bargaining agreement in the NHL before the 2019-20 season resumed. That agreement was just financial as it deferred 10% of players salaries as well as putting a cap on money they pay into escrow along with a flat $81.5 million dollar salary cap. Unfortunately they didn’t agree on what to do if a team isn’t allowed to play games in it’s home country.

So it looks like we’re going to get an NHL season even though it’s going to be shortened, but that’s understandable with everything going on with the Covid-19 virus.

Are you ready for the NBA regular season to starts? I hope so because it’s just three days away. We’re getting two games to open the season. The first game has the Brooklyn Nets hosting the Golden State Warriors. The second game features the Los Angeles Clippers at the Los Angeles Lakers.

I know that one team has to be listed as the home team, but that always get a chuckle out of me since the Lakers and the Clippers play in the same building.

The NBA is really giving us their best match ups to open the season. Will get to see Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant making their debuts for the Nets. Durant will also be facing his former team in the Warriors who themselves are returning multiple players from injuries. Then of course in the nightcap we get to see the defending champion Lakers with LeBron James and Anthony Davis take on Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

They seem to be pretty good match ups to start the season off, but the big question is; will anybody watch?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

Just about every professional sports off season can hectic. There are trade rumors, who’ signing with who and other things that are happening. Now since the NBA is a players run league the off season can really be insane and even though this off season was shorter than ever before it didn’t and hasn’t stopped things from being out of control.

Of course the biggest thing right now is that James Harden wants out of Houston and it appears he’s only interested in being traded to either the Brooklyn Nets or the Philadelphia 76ers. Since Harden has a couple of years left on his contract the Rockets are being smart and aren’t going to just give Harden away to meet his demands. Houston has said that they want a young player to build around and a lot of draft picks for Harden. Now with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons on their roster the 76ers have that young player that Houston would want in return for Harden, but do the Nets? Obviously we’re not going to see Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving going to Houston in a deal for Harden, but is a player like Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen or Spencer Dinwiddie enough of a trade piece for the Rockets to send Harden to Brooklyn?

LeVert is 26 years old and had what could be considered his best season in the shortened bubble season. Dinwiddie is 27 years old and is also coming off what appears to be his best season. He averaged 20.6 points per game last season and while that’s a career high it’s not quite the level of Harden’s scoring. Allen is the youngest of the three as he’s soon to be 23 years old, but he’s a big man and if the Rockets play the style of offense they did the last coupe of seasons he won’t really fit into the scheme very well.

I do wonder if the Nets where willing to part with all three of these players and a couple of draft picks if that might be enough to get a deal done for Harden.

A Harden to Philadelphia trade seems like it would be much easier to work out, but remember when this first started the only team Harden was willing to be traded to was the Nets; so you have to think he has his heart set on going their.

This off season the 76ers did make a coaching change as they brought in Doc Rivers who was fired by the Los Angeles Clippers after a disappointing 2019-2020 season, but don’t forget that Philadelphia also made another off season hire. The 76ers brought in Daryl Morey who was the general manager of the Rockets from 2007 until he announced his departure in October of this year. Morey signed on with the 76ers as the President of Basketball Operations November 2nd 2020.

Morey is the one who came up with the “small ball” style the Rockets have employed the last couple of seasons and Morey was also the one who made the trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire Harden. There hasn’t been much made of the relationship between Harden and Morey, but there also hasn’t been any reports of any negatives between the two. With Morey now in Philadelphia is it possible that Harden could wind up in a 76ers uniform when this is all said and done.

Now if Harden was to end up going to Philadelphia in a deal the question would be would it be Simmons or Embiid going to Houston to be the Rockets new young star.

Simmons is listed at 6’10, but has the skills of a point guard and is just 24 years old. There have however been some questions about Simmons shooting ability especially from behind the 3-point line which is a huge part of today’s NBA game. In his first two NBA seasons Simmons didn’t even attempt a 3-point shot and last season he shot 28.6% from behind the 3-point line which is well below the league average.

Now remember that Houston also has a new head coach in Stephen Silas and it’s unclear if they’ll play the same style they have the last couple of seasons, but with the addition of DeMarcus Cousins it appears they may be going a different route this season. With a change in offensive philosophy Simmons could be a very good fit for the Rockets.

Don’t forget about Embiid. While it might not look like it makes sense for the Rockets to have Embiid and Cousins on their roster don’t forget that both players have had their injury issues in their careers. Both players have also shown the ability to play on the perimeter; so it’s possible that they could co-exist on the same roster.

Embiid is a 7’0 footer who has shown he can score in the NBA. He has a career scoring average of 23.9 points per game while also grabbing an average of 11.5 rebounds per game. those could be some quality numbers for the Rockets to add to their line up in a Harden trade. Embiid will be turning 27 years old soon and the only real question about him is can he stay healthy. Embiid missed his first two seasons with injuries and has never played more than 64 games in a season. Would it be worth it for the Rockets to send Harden to Philadelphia for Embiid and a load of draft picks?

What do you think the Rockets should do with Harden? Should they trade him now? Or should they hold onto him until the season starts and see what the market looks like then?

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