How was your week

Posted: November 27, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

We’re at the time of the year in the baseball off season when there isn’t very much going on. I guess you could call it a dead period or something like that. It’s not really a surprise that this is happening because it goes on pretty much every year and while we might get a few minor trades and some what would be considered lower tier free agents might find new teams the bigger name free agent won’t sign with anybody until closer to spring training.

Of course, writers still have columns that they have to produce, and the MLB Network has television time to fill, so we’re going to hear a lot of reports about how this team or that team is interested in a top free agent. Now everyone one of these reports have to be taken with a grain of salt because when they say this team is interested in a free agent well of course they are he’s the top player or pitcher on the free agent market.

It makes complete sense that every team would be interested in a Aaron Judge coming off the season he just had. Justin Verlander is another player who’ll be linked to every team and that makes sense since he just won his 3rd career Cy Young award.

Now the first thing you have to look at is which team or teams are they saying are interested in said free agent. Very rarely a top tier free agent signs with a non-contender, so when you hear that a team that just finished at the bottom of their division wants to sign the best free agent on the market you have to think if that player would actually go there.

Now I’m not saying that a top free agent won’t sign with a team that was under .500 last season, but it’s doubtful that will happen. Remember just last off-season Kris Bryant signed with the Colorado Rockies, but it took a 7-year $182 million dollar deal to get him to join the Rockies.

Unless that certain player grew up in that set area or the team that is pursuing him offers way over market value and way more years than any other team was willing to it’s very unlikely will see a major free agent sign with one of those teams.

Now that doesn’t mean those teams can’t get better and eventually sign a top free agent. All it means is that they’re going to have to add those lower tier free agent and develop their young players to become surprise contenders very much like the way the Baltimore Orioles did last season.

There were some interesting players added to the free agent pool when their current team decided to non-tender them. Basically, non-tender means that the team didn’t choose to offer that player a contract and they won’t go to arbitration to settle the issue. Once a player is non-tendered that player is free to sign with any team.

The biggest name that was non-tendered was Cody Bellinger by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bellinger is a former Rookie of the Year and MVP award winner but has struggled since winning that MVP award in 2019. Bellinger played in 144 games last season and did hit 27 home runs, but his batting average was just .210 and he struck out 150 times.

Bellinger wasn’t the only player that was non-tendered that will draw some interest as a free agent. Some other non-tendered players were Alex Reyes by the St, Louis Cardinals, Brian Anderson by the Miami Marlins, Luke Voit by the Washington Nationals, Dominic Smith by the New York Mets, Jeimer Candelario by the Detroit Tigers as well as Adam Engel by the Chicago White Sox just to name a few.

I’m sure that any team who signs one of these non-tendered players hopes that they have the same kind of success that Kyle Schwarber has had since he was non-tender by the Chicago Cubs after the season.

For whatever reason the Cubs decided that Schwarber couldn’t play against left-handed pitching, but given a chance by the Nationals, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies Schwarber has hit 78 home runs over the past two seasons.

So, let me know if there’s a non-tendered player that you’d like to see your favorite team take a chance on? Feel free to find a player that I didn’t list or maybe one of those players is the one you’d like to see signed.

As always don’t forget to look me up on Twitter while you can, I’m @Burketime.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 23, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The National Hockey League season is only about 20 games old, so there’s still a long way to go, but three teams got the season off to a good start.

The Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are hot right out of the gate. The Bruins have the best record in the NHL at 17-2 and are currently on a 7-game winning streak. The Devils are currently the hottest team in the NHL as they are on a 13-game winning streak and have a record of 16-3. The Golden Knights are right there with them as their record is 15-4.

Now most of the people making NHL playoff prediction had the Bruins and the Golden Knights in the playoffs, but the Devils have really been an early season surprise. Of course, it’s unclear if any or all of these teams will be a factor once the playoffs roll around, but they’re on the right track to start the season.

Boston has been led by David Pasternak who has 29 points while Patrice Bergeron and Hampus Lindholm each have 18 points. The Devils have three players that have scored over 20 points this season. Jesper Bratt leads the way with 24 points, Nico Hischier has 22 points and Jack Hughes has 21 points. Las Vegas is led in scoring by Jack Eichel with 24 points while Alex Pietrangelo has 20 points.

It might come as a surprise to you, but the only player out of the seven leading the way for their teams’ hot start that leads the NHL in a statistic is Lindholm who leads the NHL in plus/minus at +20.

Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers leads the NHL in goals with 16 and points with 35 while Nathan MacKinnon of the defending champion Colorado Avalanche leads the league in assists with 21.

New Jersey will try to extend its winning streak tonight as they face off against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Devils beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime six days ago. During their 13-game winning streak New Jersey has won three overtime games. Extending their winning streak won’t be easy for the Devils as the maple Leafs bring a record of 10-5 into tonight’s game. It should help the Devils that they’re playing at home.

The Bruins also have a chance to extend their winning streak tonight as they are on the road against the Florida Panthers. This is Boston second seven game winning streak of the young season. Coming into tonight’s game the Bruins have won 14 of their last 15 games and that one loss was to the Maple Leafs on November 5th. Florida has a 9-8 record on the season.

As for the Golden Knights they’re on ice as well tonight facing off against the Ottawa Senators. The Golden Knights have struggled as of late as they are 2-3 in their last five games but are coming off of a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks two days ago. Before these five games the Golden Knights had won 9 games in a row. Ottawa comes into tonight’s game with a record of 6-11.

Well, what do you think. Will Boston and New Jersey continue their winning streaks tonight? Alos let me know if you think that the Golden Knights get a win over the Senators tonight.

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving that means that Week 12 of the National Football League season get started with three games. The first game has the Detroit Lions hosting the Buffalo Bills. Oddly this will be the second week in a row that the Bills have played in Detroit. Their game last week was moved from Buffalo to Detroit due to weather issues. The second Thanksgiving game has the Dallas Cowboys hosting the New York Giants in an NFC East battle. Thanksgiving football wraps up with the Minnesota Vikings hosting the New England Patriots.

With Week 12 kicking off tomorrow there have already been two quarterback changes announced by teams that don’t play their game until Sunday.

After quite a bit of talk about it in the media this week the New York Jets have benched Zack Wilson and will start Mike White against the Chicago Bears. Not only was Wilson benched, but he will be the Jets 3rd quarterback as Joe Flacco will back up White on Sunday. The Jets where 4 1/2-point favorites in this game, but you have to wonder if a change at quarterback will make that betting line move.

The other team that is making a change at the starting quarterback position are the Houston Texans. Kyle Allen will take over as their starting quarterback this week against the Miami Dolphins in place of David Mills. Texans head coach Lovie Smith declined to name a starting quarterback at his press conference today, but the NFL Network is reporting that Allen will get the start on Sunday.

Alright I hope that you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and as always don’t forget to look me up on Twitter @Burketime.

How was your week

Posted: November 20, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Now like a lot of sports fans I also play fantasy sports. I play in season long leagues for Baseball, Basketball, Football and Hockey. As well as those leagues I also play daily fantasy on FanDuel. I’m sure a lot of you do the same thing as I do, and I’d like to know if you’re involved like I am.

Now in general I do very well in my season long fantasy leagues, but for some reason when it comes to FanDuel I’m just not as competitive and I’m not sure why. I’m much better in baseball and oddly NASCAR than I am in any of the other sports. To be fair I’m not a big enough fan of the NBA to play daily fantasy too often, but every once in a while, I put a line up in.

Like a lot of you I’m an avid sports fan and I follow along with everything that’s going on. I’ve tried watching the fantasy shows and checking out the fantasy websites, but when it comes to football, nothing seems to make me competitive.

We’re in Week 11 of the NFL season and in the first ten weeks I don’t think that any line up that I’ve entered on FanDuel has even won my money back. To be fair I never bet more than $1 or $2 on a line up, so it’s not like I’m betting everything I have on NFL games, but it would be nice to see some kind of a return or at least get my money back, I’m to the point where whatever I win in the other daily fantasy sports I play gets me through the football season and I’d like to change that.

Humorously one of the worst seasons I ever had not only in my yearly leagues, but on FanDuel was when I was listening to the fantasy Sports channel on Sirius XM on a regular basis. I followed along with a lot of what they said, and it sure didn’t work out for me. I knew I was in trouble with that station when I heard one of the host completely deny some advice, he had given the week before to a caller. That’s when I knew it was time to move on and find someone else to listen to when it came to fantasy sports.

I guess I’ll try again this week and see if I can manage to get my investment back, but I’d be willing to listen to any advice if you have some for me.

We’re headed to the end of the college football season and there’s a lot of talk about what teams are going to make it into the college football playoffs.

Coming into this week’s games there were four undefeated teams occupying the top four spots in the polls. Georgia was #1, Ohio State was #2, Michigan was #3 and TCU was #4. Michigan and TCU had very close games, but both ended up winning on late game field goals. It will be interesting to see if that affects their rankings even though both teams did win their games.

I know people have their favorite teams be it where you went to college or if it’s the college that’s in your local area, but the one thing you have to remember when it comes down to the college football playoff is it’s about money and only about money. It doesn’t really matter what team or teams deserve to be in the playoffs it’s all about what teams can deliver the television ratings and bring in the most money.

More or less what this is leading up to is the fact that the selection committee is trying as hard as they can to justify getting a two loss Alabama team into the college football playoffs. With the way Notre Dame is playing recently if they didn’t have three losses, you’d probably hear their name mentioned in the college football playoff conversation.

The playoffs start on New Year’s Eve with the semi-final games. They’re still considered bowl games, so one will be the Peach bowl and the other will be the Fiesta Bowl. The championship game will be played on January 9th, 2023.

At this point we just have to wait and see who the committee ends up voting in and if they’ll take a team with a loss or two over a team that is undefeated. No matter who gets into the college football playoffs there’s always a lot of discussion about who should and shouldn’t be there.

Don’t forget to look for me on Twitter while it’s still there, I’m @Burketime.

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 16, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

There where 14 players offered qualifying offers by their teams to start the Major League Baseball off season. yesterday was the deadline for those players to make their decision on if they’d accept or turn down the $19.65 million-dollar qualifying offer and try their luck on the free agent market.

Out of those 14 players 12 of them decided to turn down the qualifying offer. Joc Pedersen decided to accept the qualifying offer from the San Francisco Giants and Martin Perez accepted the qualifying offer from the Texas Rangers.

The 12 players that turned down qualifying offers where Aaron Judge, Willson Contreras, Xander Bogaerts, Dansby Swanson, Jacob deGroom, Carlos Rodon, Brandon Nimmo, Anthony Rizzo, Chris Bassitt, Nathan Eovadi and Tyler Anderson.

With maybe the exception of maybe Nimmo and Anderson it’s no surprise that the qualifying offers were turned down. Now, Anderson has already signed a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Anderson will receive $39 million dollars over those three years.

Rizzo was another player who turned down the qualifying offer, but he has already re-signed with the New York Yankees. Rizzo signed a two-year $40 million dollar deal to remain with the Yankees and the contract also has a third-year option.

Now if one of these players signs with a different team than the one that extended them the qualifying offer their former team stand to receive draft compensation if that player signs elsewhere. The value of the compensatory pick depends on a team’s status as a revenue sharing recipient and/or whether they paid the luxury tax in 2022.

So, as it sits right now the Los Angeles Dodgers will receive some type of compensation for Anderson signing with the Angels, but it’s unclear as of right now what they’ll receive.

Yesterday we also saw Teoscar Hernandez traded by the Toronto Blue Jays. Hernandez is headed to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed reliever Erik Swanson and pitching prospect Adam Macko who’s left-handed. There were some rumors that the mariners had been shopping outfielder Jesse Winker and you have to wonder with the acquisition of Hernandez if will now see Winker dealt.

With the winter meetings going on it will be interesting to see if we have any more trades get done or if it will just be some groundwork being laid for moves that will happen a little later.

Now the Los Angeles Rams are the defending Super Bowl champions, but currently with a 3-6 record the Rams find themselves in the cellar of the NFC West and there’s a very good chance that they won’t make to playoffs and have a chance to defend their Super Bowl title.

Injuries have been part of the Rams struggles as Matthew Stafford just missed last week’s game and it was announced yesterday that their top wide receiver Cooper Kupp would need surgery on his ankle that he injured in Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals 27-10 and will be placed on Injured Reserve.

It seems as though the Rams’ running game has just disappeared and even their head coach Sean McVay has said that he feels like it’s a waste for him to call a running play, but there are a lot of other teams that are having success running the football.

Los Angeles’ leading rusher is Darrell Henderson with 274 yards in 9 games. Coming into the season it appeared as though Cam Akers would have a bigger role running the football, but there were quite a few rumors that the Rams wanted to trade him at the deadline, and he sat out two games as they tried to find a deal. In the 7 games he’s played Akers has gained 176 yards, but averages just 2.8 yards per rushing attempt.

Stafford is currently in the NFL’s concussion protocol, but reports are that he’ll be cleared to play this week in the Rams game against the New Orleans Saints. Even if Stafford does return you have to wonder if it’s too late for the Rams. After the game against the Saints, they have a tough match up against the Kansas City Chiefs and then a division match up against the surprising Seattle Seahawks.

So, jump in here and let me know what you think. First off is there a player who didn’t accept the qualifying offer that you think should’ve? Then let me know if you think that the Rams can somehow find a way to get into the playoffs and have a chance to defend their Super Bowl title.

As always remember to look me up on Twitter @Burketime.

How was your week

Posted: November 13, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

I’m sure that you noticed there was no blog posted yesterday, so we’re going to start this week’s blog off with an announcement. Starting today the weekend blog is going to be posted on Sunday morning. Due to my work schedule being changed it will be easier for me to sit down and write on Sunday morning rather than Saturday morning like in the past. I know this isn’t a huge change, but I wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of it in case you were wondering why there wasn’t anything posted yesterday.

Now it is Sunday and we’re still waiting on word if Josh Allen will start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills today in their game against the Minnesota Vikings. Bills officials, however, have been tight-lipped all week and have declined to reveal who is starting and want to keep it secret until after Sunday’s NFL actives/inactives list is released. The list has to be released by 10:30 a.m. CST, so it won’t be too much longer until we find out if Allen will be active against Minnesota today.

Bills officials spent intensive time this past week leaning on and listening to their doctors and other arm specialists, and the team was reassured that Allen is not at any added risk to make the injury worse if he plays Sunday against the Vikings, sources said. With this in mind, the sources say the belief is that Allen will start Sunday, but the team has declined to confirm any final decisions and insists it is taking it “minute by minute” and doesn’t want to give the Vikings any competitive advantage by naming a starting quarterback.

Allen is dealing with a right elbow injury to the ulnar collateral ligament and related nerves. Allen has not missed a game since 2018, when he missed four games with a UCL injury in his right elbow.

We do have a Week 10 game already under way. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks are playing first ever regular season National Football League game in Germany. The game is currently in the 1st quarter and there is no score as of yet.

Yesterday the National Hockey League announced that Washington Capitals forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel has been suspended for three games.

Aube-Kubel suspension is a result of an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Callan Foote.

The hit in question happened partway through last night’s game between the Capitals and Lightning in Washington. As Foote received a pass and dumped it in near center ice, Aube-Kubel, who was skating parallel to Foote, cut to his right, skating across and in front of Foote, where he delivered the hit. Aube-Kubel was assessed a match penalty.

The three-game suspension is interesting, considering Aube-Kubel’s prior discipline history consists of just two fines over 178 career games, this constituting a substantial jump up in punishment. Worth noting though, beyond the nature of the hit, is the fact that Foote was injured on the play.

Matthew Tkachek of the Florida Panthers was the last NHL suspension. Tkachek suspension happened about a week ago and it was a two-game suspension for a high stick on Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.

The incident happened at 19:22 of the third period during Florida’s 5-4 loss to the Kings. As Quick froze the puck, Tkachuk stuck his stick blade inside the goaltender’s mask. Tkachuk was assessed a two-minute penalty and a misconduct on the play.

Well good luck with your fantasy football games this week and don’t forget to look me up on Twitter, I’m @Burketime.

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 9, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

You have to think that just about every fan of the Buffalo Bills is holding their breath right now as they wait to see if quarterback Josh Allen practices today or if there’s any other news on his injury.

Allen was injured in the Bills loss last Sunday to the New York Jets. Allen was diagnosed with an ulnar collateral ligament injury. Now if he was a pitcher, he’d probably need surgery and miss an entire season, but it’s unclear what will happen with Allen as of now.

There was some talk yesterday that it’s possible that Allen would miss the next four Bills games. Now Buffalo has already had their bye week, so if this were the case Allen would miss this week’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Allen would also miss week 11’s game against the Cleveland Browns, week 12’s game against the Detroit Lions and week 13’s game against the New England Patriots. If Allen were to miss these four games, there are people who believe that the Bills could go 3-1 or 2-2 without Allen.

If Allen does end up missing some games Buffalo would turn to reliable veteran Case Keenum at quarterback.

Keenum is in his 10th season and Buffalo is his 7th team. He’s played in two games this season for the Bills, but neither of those have been starts. In his career Keenum has made 64 starts at quarterback and has a record of 29-35 in those starts. Keenum has thrown for 78 touchdowns in his career and has been intercepted 48 times. Keenum has a career completion percentage of 62.3%.

If Allen is going to miss some games the Bills would have to sign another quarterback as only Allen and Keenum are currently on the Bills roster.

Buffalo is 6-2 and is in 1st place in the AFC East, but the division is very close. The Jets and the Miami Dolphins trail the Bills by just a half of a game as both of those teams are 6-3 while the Patriots are in the division race as well with a 5-4 record.

The Bills were looked at as one of the favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl this season, but if Allen misses time or if he tries to play with this injury and struggles will it hurt the Bills chances at making the Super Bowl?

Buffalo is seemingly keeping tight lipped about what is going on with Allen and his injury status, but we hopefully will know a little more after their practice today. Will have to see if Allen practices at all or if he does practice and is limited. That might tell us either how he is or which the that the Bills are leaning at the quarterback position for this week’s game against Minnesota.

Now obviously Allen’s injury would affect the Bills chances to make the Super Bowl, but what it might also have an effect on is if the Bills could get home field advantage through the playoffs.

Buffalo is currently tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the best record in the AFC, but like I mentioned before the Jets and Dolphins are just a half of a game behind plus the Baltimore Ravens are in the mix as they have a 6-3 record as well.

Having to make the trip to Bufalo for a playoff game in the winter would probably be a whole different experience than it would be having to play in one of those other cities.

We also had our first coaching change of this NFL season as the Indianapolis Colts fired Frank Reich after a 3-5-1 start to this season.

Now it may not have been a big surprise that the Colts decided to move on from Reich, but the interim head coaching hire they made seems to have surprised everyone. Indianapolis decided to hire one of their former players as Jeff Saturday will be the Colts new interim head coach.

The 47-year-old Saturday spent all but the final season of his 14-year playing career in Indianapolis, earning a total of six Pro Bowl nods. A member of the team’s Ring of Honor, he has since worked as a consultant with them, along with a role as an ESPN analyst.

Saturday’s only head coaching experience is at the high school level, so it will be interesting to see how the remainder of the season plays out for Indianapolis and if Saturday will stick around for more than just the remainder of this season. I guess Saturday has a nine-game tryout as a head coach before Colts owner Jim Irsay would have to make a decision on if Saturday would stay on as head coach or if Indianapolis will look for another head coach this coming off season.

Don’t forget that you can find me on Twitter, I’m @Burketime.

How was your week

Posted: November 5, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

There’s a chance that the Major League Baseball season comes to an end tonight and if it doesn’t happen tonight, it will definitely end tomorrow night.

The Houston Astros are one win away from winning the World Series and I’m always surprised when they mention that this will be the first time that their manager Dusty Baker has won a World Series. Baker has had a very successful managerial career, but this is just the third time that a team he’s managed has made it to the World Series.

Baker led the San Francisco Giants to the World Series in 2002, but they lost that series to the Anaheim Angels. Baker didn’t return to the World Series until last season when the Astros lost to the Atlanta Braves. Counting this season this is the 12th time that Baker has managed a team into the playoffs out of the 25 seasons he’s managed. I think that’s one of the reasons I’m surprised that he’s never managed a World Series winner.

Baker has taken all five teams he managed to the playoffs and has a regular season managerial record of 2093-1790. Now Baker has a 17-12 record in the playoffs but is still looking for that first World series win.

Now, to be fair Baker has won a World Series, but as a player. Baker was a member of the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers who won the World Series that season. As a player Baker appeared in three World Series 1977,1978 and 1981 all while with the Dodgers. In 1977 Baker was voted the Most Valuable Player of the National League Championship Series. Baker hit .357 with 2 home runs and 8 RBIs on his way to winning that award.

The World Series returns to Houston giving the Astros to wrap up the championship at home. Game 6 is tonight and Framber Valdez is the Astros starting pitcher. On the brink of elimination, the Philadelphia Phillies are turning to Zack Wheeler to help get them to a Game 7.

Valdez was the starter in Game 2 and pitched very well as the Astros picked up a win 5-2. Valdez pitched 6 1/3rd innings, he gave up 4 hits and 1 run while walking 3 and striking out 9. I’m sure that the Astros would be very happy if they could get a repeat pitching performance like that from Valdez.

Wheeler was the Phillies starter in the Game 2 loss, and he didn’t have the best of outings. Wheeler pitched 5 innings and gave up all 5 of the Astros runs in that game on 6 hits while walking 3 and striking out 3. One of the runs Wheeler gave up was unearned. Obviously, Wheeler will need a better start for Philadelphia to get this series to a Game 7.

Well let me know what you think is going to happen tonight. Will the Astros close it out and win the World Series? Or do the Phillies take this series to a Game 7?

We made some preseason predictions coming into this baseball season and I don’t think that we did very well with them. It was myself, Schaumburg Stu and Dan the Man. None of us had the Astros or the Phillies making it into the World Series. We did at least have both teams making the playoffs. Like a lot of people coming into this season we all picked the Dodgers to win the World Series. Schaumburg Stu and Dan the Man had them beating the New York Yankees and I had them beating the Chicago White Sox.

We also made some predictions on who would win individual awards, but I’m going to wait until they’re announced until I reveal who we picked. It does look as though we have a chance to get a couple of those right, but not very many of them. We made picks for MVP, Cy Young, Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year.

I will let you in on one thing. Both of the managers I picked to win Manager of the Year were fired during the season. So, you can kind of see how my predictions went.

I know I haven’t written about it much this year, but the NASCAR championship will be decided tomorrow. The champion will be decided in Phoenix at the Phoenix Raceway.

There are four drivers competing for the NASCAR championship. Joey Logano, Christopher Bell, Ross Chastain or Chase Elliott will be the champion this season.

If you’re interested in watching or just checking in on the race it airs live tomorrow on NBC. The pre-race show starts at 12:30 p.m. while the race itself is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.

Don’t forget to set your clocks back and remember to look for me on Twitter @Burketime.

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 2, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Yesterday was the trade dealing in the National Football League. Now generally there’s not a ton of deals that happen, but yesterday there were more deals than there had been in over 25 years. Now the total number of trades still pales in comparison to the other three major American sports leagues, but it definitely was a change of pace for the NFL.

Now it’s always tough to say which trade will have the best outcome because there are always different factors that go into it. A defensive player should be able to have a quicker impact for their new team since they have a little less to learn in a new system. It may take an offensive player longer because they have to learn a whole new playbook and while the plays may be the same or look the same as what his old team did, they will be called something else, and they might be run out of a different formation. It has a be similar to learning a new language.

As we saw when Christian McCaffery was traded you shouldn’t expect too much out of any offensive players that were traded yesterday. If you look at the situation it’s pretty daunting for a player being traded. You’re preparing for an opponent on Wednesday and then you’re traded. You have to get what you can together and get to your new team. Now on top of learning the playbook of your new team you have to find someplace to live and make arrangements to get your stuff there. Then if the player is married with children they’ll have to figure out if the children are going to finish the school year where they are or if they’re going to be moving along with the player. It may actually be the off-field stuff that needs to be taken care of that might be more difficult to deal with than being traded to a new team.

There were 10 trades in total yesterday, but as we know there were more players dealt before we got to yesterday’s deadline. In this case let’s focus on yesterday’s moves.

The biggest name traded yesterday was probably Bradley Chubb who went from the Denver Broncos to the Miami Dolphins. Chubb came to the Dolphins with a 2025 5th round pick in exchange for running back Chase Edmonds a 2023 1st round pick and a 2024 4th round pick. Chubb has recorded 5 1/2 sacks with the Broncos this season and should fit nicely in Miami’s defense as the opposite end to Jaelan Phillips who leads the Dolphins with 3 sacks.

Edmonds was the Dolphins second leading rusher and with his trade it may have looked as though Miami was a little thin at running back. It’s possible that the Dolphins may have been concerned about that as well, so they sent a 2023 5th round draft pick to the San Francisco 49ers for running back Jeff Wilson Jr. He’ll join Miami’s leading rusher Raheem Mosert in the backfield which is now composed of former 49ers running backs.

We also saw a trade yesterday that we don’t see too often as two teams from the same division made a deal. The Detroit Lions sent tight end T.J. Hockenson along with a 2023 4th round draft pick and a conditional 2024 4th round draft pick to the Minnesota Vikings for 2023 2nd round draft pick and a 2024 3rd round draft pick.

I think what the most interesting trade of the day might’ve been saw the Atlanta Falcons move suspended wide receiver Calvin Ridley to the Jacksonville Jaquars. Ridley was suspended for the entire 2022 season for betting on games, but he can apply for reinstatement at the end of this season. In return for Ridley Jacksonville sent two draft picks to the Falcons. Atlanta will receive a 2023 5th round draft pick and a 2024 conditional 4th round draft pick.

In a move that made very little sense yesterday the Bears acquire wide receiver Chase Claypool from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2023 2nd round draft pick. While Claypool could be an upgrade for the bears at wide receiver Chicago just dealt top linebacker Roquan Smith to the Baltimore Ravens the day before for draft picks. I understand that the Bears are searching for a #1 wide receiver, but Claypool hasn’t shown he can be that type of player and the Bears might’ve been able to find that type of wide receiver with the draft pick they traded for Claypool.

Some of the other moves we saw had the Buffalo Bills and the Indianapolis Colts swapping running backs. Buffalo picked up Nyheim Hines from the Colts and they sent Zack Moss and a 2023 conditional 6th round pick to Indianapolis. The Bills also added a defensive back as they acquired safety Dean Marlowe from the Atlanta Falcons.

Atlanta was busy yesterday as they also made a third trade that saw them acquire cornerback Rashad Fenton from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Denver added a defensive lineman in a trade with the New York Jets. The Broncos picked up Jacob Marton and a 2024 5th round draft pick from the Jets and in return New York received a 2024 4th round draft pick.

Then the final trade from yesterday saw the Pittsburgh Steelers acquire cornerback Willaim Jackson III and a 7th round draft pick in 2025 from the Washington Commanders for a 2024 6th round draft pick.

It was a busy trade deadline for the NFL, but I’d like to know what you think was the best trade and which team will benefit the most from this trade deadline?

Don’t forget that I am on Twitter @Burketime.

How was your week

Posted: October 29, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The NBA season has just gotten started and yet it seems that the team that is getting the most attention is the 0-5 Los Angeles Lakers. Now the Lakers have always gotten a lot of attention from the media, but do they really need this much attention when they haven’t won a game? The Sacramento Kings haven’t won a game either and I don’t think anyone has mentioned that.

The Lakers lost their 5th game of the season last night to the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-102. With the exception of a 2-point loss to the Portland Trailblazers the Lakers have been beaten by an average of almost 10 points in those other four losses. Any way you look at it they’ve only really had one chance to get a win this season.

I guess what could be confusing to some people might be the idea that this team was going to contend for the NBA title. I’m not sure why anyone would’ve thought that, but I guess there are always people who think that the Lakers can win a title because they still have LeBron James on the team.

Of course, the problem with that is the fact that James is now 37 years old and will turn 38 in December. While he’ll go down as one of the greatest players in NBA history, he’s no longer the type of player that can carry a team to a championship by himself.

Through the years the lakers have tried to get him some help, but that hasn’t really worked out. They added Anthony Davis a few years ago and while Davis has the talent to be one of the top players in the NBA his inability to stay healthy has hurt the Lakers chances of winning a title. Los Angeles also added Russell Westbrook to the mix last season and that was another move that just didn’t work out for them. Starting with last night’s game Westbrook will be coming off the bench as the 6th man to lead the second unit. Since joining the Lakers Westbrook has been more of a scapegoat for the Lakers troubles than anything else.

So, you see the names James, Davis and Westbrook and it’s possible that this Lakers team could find their way into the playoffs, but there’s very little chance that they’d be able to put a playoff run together and win the title.

One of the biggest issues that the Lakers had coming into the season was the only other recognizable name on the roster was Patrick Beverly. Even with Westbrook coming off the bench the Lakers need more than just Beverly to help out and win games.

The Lakers next game is Sunday at home against the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets are off to a 4-2 start this season and are looked at as one of the better teams in the Western conference. Now it’s possible that the Lakers could get their first win tomorrow night, but they’re probably going to be an underdog in that game.

The game against the Nuggets is the start of a four game homestand for the Lakers, so you have to figure that they’ll find a way to get a win or two during that short stretch of games. If they don’t, I can only imagine what the media uproar would be.

The NBA season is long and as of now no team has played more than 6 games, but it is a little surprising that there is only one unbeaten team left.

The Milwaukee Bucks are off to a 4-0 start this season. Milwaukee will put their undefeated record on the line tonight as they host the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks coming into the game with a record of 4-1 this season, so they could give the Bucks a test tonight.

Besides the Bucks hosting the Hawks there are six other NBA games on the schedule tonight. The marquee matchup looks like it will be the Philadelphia 76ers visiting Chicago to take on the Bulls. If you don’t live in the Philadelphia or Chicago area the game is going to be televised on NBA-TV if you’re interested in watching it.

This is the second of back-to-back games for both teams. Philadelphia beat the Toronto Raptors 112-90 with Tyrese Maxey scoring 44 points. The Bulls dropped their game last night 129-124 to the San Antoine Spurs. DeMar DeRozan did score 33 points in a losing effort for the Bulls.

The 76ers played last night without Joel Embiid while the Bulls played without Zack Lavine. It’s unclear if either player will suit up tonight, but Lavine has already missed three of the Bulls six games this season due to a knee issue.

Philadelphia struggled right out of the gate this season and are 2-4 coming into tonight’s game. The Bulls are one game ahead of Philadelphia as they’ve started out the season 3-3.

As you know since I’ve mentioned it a few times on here that I’m not a huge fan of the NBA. Since I live in the Chicago area, I do check out a little bit of the Bulls game when they’re on, so I’ll check in on their game against Philadelphia tonight and see how that goes. Other than that, it’s still difficult for me to sit down and watch a lot of an NBA game.

Let me know if you’re an NBA fan or if you’re more like me and you just check in on your local team when they play. If you are a big fan, please feel free to let me know what draws you to the game and maybe that will help interest me in watching more NBA games.

Don’t forget that you can find me on Twitter, I’m @Burketime.

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: October 26, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Quarterbacks are always the focus of their football team no matter if they’re playing good or bad. Unfortunately, it seems as there’s more attention paid to bad quarterback play than there is good and this season there are three name quarterbacks that are really struggling.

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers seem to be having some trouble adjusting to the new personal that is around now. Both of their teams are currently 3-4, but luckily for Brady even with a sub .500 record the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still at the top of the NFC South. As for Rodgers his Green Bay Packers are trailing the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. The Vikings are off to a 5-1 start and currently lead the division.

Now if one or both teams continue to struggle, we’re going to start to hear talk about if this will be the last season for either Brady or Rodgers. Now Brady is 45 years old, and you do have to wonder how long he’ll be interested in continuing to play football. Rodgers is seven years younger than Brady at 38 years old, but he’s already made some cryptic statements that have led people to believe that this will be his last season.

Obviously will have to see how the remainder of this season plays out and then will have a little better idea of what these two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks might do for the 2023 season. Now there is one more Super Bowl winning quarterback that might be having the worst season of any NFL quarterback this season.

The Denver Broncos realized this past off season that they needed an upgrade at the quarterback position of they were going to compete in the AFC West. That division features Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Derek Carr as the quarterbacks that the Broncos would have to face twice a season.

Denver decided to make a move at quarterback before this season and they sent five draft picks and three players to the Seattle Seahawks for quarterback Russell Wilson and a draft pick. Even though the Broncos gave up a lot for Wilson it seemed as though everyone was on board with the deal and there were quite a few people who thought that Denver would be a playoff team and might even win their division. Sadly, it hasn’t started off well for Wilson in Denver.

Wilson has started six games for the Broncos this season. The Broncos are 2-4 in those six games. He missed last week’s 16-9 loss to the New York Jets due to injury, but it appears as though Wilson will be on track to play this week against the Jacksonville Jaquars.

Wilson is completing 58.6% of his passes, which is a career low for him. He has thrown 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Wilson has also been sacked 20 times in his six games. In two of Wilson’s six starts he’s thrown for under 200 yards.

The Broncos made a coaching change this past off season. They hired Nathaniel Hackett who they plucked from the Packers coaching staff where he was Aaron Rodgers offensive coordinator. Interestingly with the start that the Broncos have gotten off to there’s talk that if the team doesn’t play better the remainder of the season that Hackett could be fired after this one season.

It’s always difficult to say just what the problem is. Was Wilson just a better quarterback for the system his former team the Seattle Seahawks ran? Or is it possible that he’s just on a downward slope at this point in his career. Wilson is 34 years old, and this is his 11th season in the NFL. There’s also a possibility that Hackett is the issue. There have been some issues that Hackett has admitted to, but that’s one of those things a coach will do so we don’t know if it’s really him or something else.

If Wilson is healthy will have to see how the rest of the season goes not only for him, but for the Broncos. Right now, it doesn’t look like they’re going to live up to the hype coming into this season.

You have to wonder what the possibility is of the 2023 season starting without Brady, Rodgers or Wilson playing.

Remember that you can also find me on Twitter, I’m @Burketime.