9/10/14 Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 10, 2014 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, football, sports, Uncategorized
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Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books. If you’re a regular listener to Sports Time Radio you know that Dan the Man, Mr. Fantasy and I picked the winners of the games. This season we classed it up a little bit by adding Schaumburg Stu to the list of people picking games. I do have to warn you not to bet your hard-earned money on any choices we make. As you’ll be able to tell by our records we don’t bet our own money on our picks. For Week 1 we all ended up taking different roads, but everyone got to 9-7 for the 1st week. We’ll pick the Thursday night game on Thursday’s show 5:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m. and will announce the rest of our picks on the Sunday morning show 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

On last Sunday’s show I made Mr. Fantasy pick one player at each position who would be the highest scoring player for fantasy in Week 1. Now I’m using the scoring system we use in our Yahoo fantasy league to get my point totals; so your league may use a different scoring system. Mr. Fantasy was a little Denver Bronco heavy for his Week 1 picks; so let’s see how that worked out for him. At quarterback Mr. Fantasy said Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos. Manning ended up being the 3rd highest scoring quarterback as Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons and Matt Stafford of the Detroit Lions scored more points. At running back Mr. Fantasy went with Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson finished 23rd among running backs as Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Von Bell was the highest scoring running back in Week 1. The next Denver Broncos player Mr. Fantasy went with was wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Thomas finished Week 1 54th out of the wide receivers. Calvin Johnson “Megatron” was the top wide receiver in Week 1 action. At tight end for Week 1 Mr. Fantasy went with Dallas Cowboys veteran Jason Witten. Witten was the 34th tight end from Week 1. This is where Mr. Fantasy should’ve went with a Denver Broncos player as Julius Thomas was the highest scoring tight end for Week 1. I even made Mr. Fantasy pick a kicker for Week 1. Again he went to the Denver Broncos for his pick. Brandon McManus is the Broncos kicker filling in for the suspended Matt Prater. McManus ended Week 1 in 16th place among kickers. Matt Bryant of the Atlanta Falcons took the top spot for kickers in Week 1. To be fair to Mr. Fantasy I didn’t give him any time to prepare for this segment of the show and I just dropped these questions. Now he’ll know every week that they’re coming.

While the baseball season is headed to a close the experts are starting to throw out their picks for the top awards. The debate that always seems to come up is who is the National League MVP? Many of these experts are picking Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw as MVP While Kershaw is far and away the best pitcher in major league baseball I don’t think he should be the NL MVP As of this writing Kershaw has made 24 starts for the Dodgers. It doesn’t look like Kershaw will get to 30 starts this season. A baseball team will play 162 games in a season; should a guy that plays in less than 30 games be the M.V.P. Kershaw will easily win the Cy Young award for the NL this season. Kershaw is 18-3 with a 1.67 ERA in his 24 starts. While Kershaw has had a great season and has great numbers I again have to ask; is a guy who plays in less than 30 games the MVP? No one in the NL has stepped up to claim this award as their own, but we still have some time left this season. San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has been one of the hottest players in baseball and if he can continue will be in the running for MVP The Miami Marlins have hung around the wild card race even after losing their #1 pitcher (Jose Fernandez) to injury. Will that get their star player Giancarlo Stanton some MVP consideration. The Pittsburgh Pirates find themselves back in the wild card chase. Defending MVP Andrew McCutchen is their star, but would the Pirates be where they are without the play of Josh Harrison? While I don’t think that McCutchen or Harrison will win the NL MVP they both should pick up some votes. Just to put it out on the table; st the beginning of the baseball season we selected who would win awards this season. For NL MVP, Dan the Man picked Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mr. Fantasy went with Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers. Schaumburg Stu selected Bryce Harper of the Washington nationals and I went with Yader Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Did you know that the WNBA is playing their championship right now. The Phoenix Mercury have a 2 games to 0 lead over the Chicago Sky. The Mercury won Game 1 83-62 and last night won Game 2 97-68. The series is set for a best 3 out of 5 games. Phoenix will try to close out the series Friday night in Chicago. Phoenix set a record in Game 1 by shooting 58% and added some more records in Game 2. The Mercury set a WNBA Finals record margin of 29 points. Tonight was another record-setting night for the Mercury all around with Diana Taurasi surpassing Katie Smith for second on the WNBA Finals all-time scorers list and tying her for the most 3-pointers made in WNBA Finals history. I’m betting you weren’t expecting any WNBA in this blog.

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