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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: December 6, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The last team any team wants to deal with is an injury to one of their top players, but the Golden State Warriors are going to have to find a way to fill the void created by the injury to Stephen Curry. Curry will miss at least two weeks with a sprained ankle. An MRI was done on the ankle and there was no structural damage. After the two week time frame Curry’s ankle will be re-evaluated. There where also X-rays taken after the game which where negative, but Curry left the arena in a walking boot and using crutches.

The injury occurred in the final minute of Golden State’s 125-115 road win against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night. As Curry was going for a steal on Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore he stepped on Moore’s foot and turned the ankle.

Golden State is currently 19-6 and just a 1/2 a game behind the Houston Rockets for the best record in the Western Conference.

Golden State didn’t announce who would step into the starting line up in place of Curry, but you’d have to expect that Shaun Livingston would be that guy. Livingston has played in 22 of the Warriors 25 games this season and has made one start. He’s averaging 4.7 points and 2 assists per game while playing just over 15 minutes per game. There should also be an increase in playing time for guards Nick Young and Patrick McCaw. Young and McCaw have been playing about 13 minutes a game this season.

Filling Curry’s minutes won’t be the problem for Golden State. What’s going to be a bigger issue for them is making up the 26.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.74 steals per game that Curry has given them this season.

If Curry is out just the two weeks that have been mentioned he’ll miss games against the Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons, Portland Trailblazers, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers. He would return on December 20th at home against the Memphis Grizzlies.

That of course would be the best case scenario for Curry’s return, but there’s no rush at all for Golden State to bring them back. It’s still very early in the season and the worst thing that could happen is they don’t get the #1 playoff seed in the Western Conference. Of course the Warriors don’t need home court advantage through the playoffs to reach the NBA Finals or win the NBA title.

The NFL handed out three one game suspensions after Week 13.

The first suspension was given to New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski for his late hit on Tre’Davious White in New England’s game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. White was laying face down on the ground after making an interception when Gronkowski jumped on him driving his elbow and forearm into White’s head and neck area.

Gronkowski was penalized on the play but not ejected from the game. While White was placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol.

The other two suspensions came after the Pittsburgh Steelers/Cincinnati Bengals Monday night game.

Steelers wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster was given a one game suspension for his block on Vontaze Burfict. It was ruled that Burfict was in a defenseless posture was laid out by Smith-Schuster and had to be carted off the field. Smith-Schuster stood over Burfict as he lay motionless on the field.

The other suspension from the Monday night game was given to Bengals safety George Iloka. Iloka received his suspension for his hit on Steelers wide receiver Antoine Brown on Brown’s game tying touchdown reception. It was ruled that Brown was in a defenseless position when Iloka hit him. Even after the big hit by Iloka, Brown some how held onto the football.

Both Gronkowski and Smith-Schuster have had there hearings and their suspensions where upheld. Iloka did have his hearing on Tuesday evening and the verdict from that hearing isn’t expected to be announced until some time today.

As we’re waiting for the baseball winter meetings to get started and some of the bigger names to sign as free agents or get moved in a trade there have been some minor moves by teams.

A signing that a lot of people thought could be big had the St. Louis Cardinals signing Miles Mikolas to a two year $15.5 million dollar deal. Mikolas has pitched 37 games in the major leagues; starting 10 of them, but hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2014. For the last three seasons Mikolas has been pitching for the Yomiuri Giants in the Japan Central League. Mikolas made 62 starts going 31-13 over 424 2/3rd innings with an E.R.A. of 2.19. His numbers playing in Japan where much better than the numbers he posted in his first major league stint. Mikolas was 4-6 with an E.R.A. of 5.32 over 91 1/3rd innings in those three major league seasons.

Mikolas is being added into the starting rotation mix for the Cardinals, but we’ll have to see if the improvement he made playing in Japan will carry over to St. Louis next season.

The Texas Rangers also came to an agreement with a pitcher. The Rangers signed pitcher Mike Minor to a contract, but he has to be able to pass a physical before the deal becomes official. There where no contract terms announced between the Rangers and Minor, but reports are his contract will be 4 year and $28 million dollars of he passes that physical.

Minor missed both the 2015 and 2016 seasons because of arm and shoulder injuries, He returned last season with the Kansas City Royals and had success out of their bullpen. Minor pitched in 65 games for Kansas City last season. Minor was 6-6 with an E.R.A. of 2.55 while picking up 6 saves.

Before last season Minor was a starter. In 5 seasons with the Atlanta Braves Minor made 110 starts. He was 38-36 as a starter with an E.R.A. of 4.10. He made 30 or more starts twice for the Braves and had one complete game in those 110 starts.

Interestingly the Rangers would like to use Minor as a starter again, but as part of a six man rotation. While no team has officially went to a six man rotation for an entire season it appears as though this is the way baseball is headed.

Would you like to see teams go to a six man starting rotation?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 29, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The New York Giants where 11-5 last season and got into the playoffs as a wild card team. This season through 12 weeks the Giants are 2-9 and won’t be getting into the playoffs. Since the Giants season is more or less over they have decided that they are going to use the final 5 games of the season to evaluate their back up quarterbacks Geno Smith and rookie Davis Webb. This move means that Eli Manning’s steak of starting being the Giants starting quarterback will be coming to an end at 210. The Giants did offer Manning the opportunity to start this Sunday to keep the streak alive, but he turned the start down.

Manning hasn’t had a terrible season as he’s completing 62.5% of his passes and he’s thrown 14 touchdowns to 7 interceptions. Don’t forget that Manning doesn’t have his best receiver as Odell Beckham Jr. played in just 4 games this season due to injury. The Giants also signed Brandon Marshall to help out their passing game this past off season, but Marshall played in just 5 games due to injury. Sterling Shepard who’s now the Giants top wide receiver also missed time and has played in just 7 games this season. Rookie tight end Evan Engram is the Giants leader in receptions with 44 and receiving touchdowns with 5.

The Giants don’t have much of a running game to speak of either. They had hoped that Paul Perkins would step up and become that #1 running back, but that didn’t happen. Perkins was the starter for 4 games, but is averaging just 1.9 yards per carry this season. Wayne Gallman has been solid as a guy who can spell the starter, but it’s not clear of he can be the guy that can carry the load at running back. Orleans Darkwa has taken over as the starting running back and is the teams leading rusher with 519 yards. Darkwa has out up one 100 yard game this season. He is averaging a very good 4.6 yards per carry and is getting about 14 carries a game since becoming the starter.

Now Manning is going to get the majority of the blame for the teams struggles, but that’s how it is when you’re the quarterback. They get too much credit when a win is winning and too much blame when a team is losing. You just have to hope that before people start pointing the finger at Manning they look at the whole picture of the season.

Now the question becomes, what do the Giants do with Manning going forward. He’s signed through 2019 and it would be a big salary cap hit if the Giants just cut him. Could they trade him? Don’t forget that Manning’s former head coach Tom Coughlin is now in the front off with the Jacksonville Jaquars and while the Jaquars are doing well this season it’s clear that they’d like to move on from quarterback Blake Bortles. Remember Jacksonville took the starting job away from Bortles before the last pre-season game only to go right back to him in Week 1 when they realized that Chad Henne wasn’t the answer either. Now Jacksonville isn’t the only team that could use Manning.

He could be s fit for the other New York team the Jets. Josh McCown is having a good season for the Jets, but is only signed through this season.

Could he follow is his brother Peyton’s footsteps and finish his career with the Denver Broncos? Denver is 3-8 this season and has used three different quarterbacks.

Now you never know what the Cleveland Browns might do, but you’d have to think that Manning would be a big upgrade over whatever they’re thinking about doing at the quarterback position. It would also give DeShone Kizer a veteran to learn from for a couple of seasons.

Maybe there’s a chance that Manning could stay in the NFC East with say the Washington Redskins. The Redskins current quarterback Kurt Cousins is playing under the franchise tag for the second season in a row and the two sides don’t seem to be close to a contract agreement.

Now the San Francisco 49ers appear to have acquired a possible franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garapalo, but he’s in the last year of his contract and if the 49ers can’t re-sign him they’d need someone at quarterback. On a side note Garapalo will make his for start for San Francisco this Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

A dark horse team that could be interested in Manning might be the Arizona Cardinals. There have been rumors that 2017 could be Carson Palmer’s last season and they don’t have a young quarterback that they’re developing. A veteran like Manning could come in and fill the quarterback spot while the Cardinals look for that next guy.

It’s rare in the NFL that a quarterback of Manning’s caliber could be available. He is a two time Super Bowl winner and he was named M.V.P. in both of those Super Bowl wins. As the season winds down will have to see if the Giants find what they’re looking for in Geno Smith or Davis Webb or if maybe they’ll be looking to go back to Manning for the 2018 season.

There was a first in LeBron James’ career last night. For the first time in his 15 year career that covered 1082 games James was ejected with just about 2 minutes left to play in the 3rd quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers game against the Miami Heat.

James made a steal, but missed the lay up and like every NBA player thought he had been fouled. James argued with referee Kane Fitzgerald who accessed James a technical and ejected him.

Fitzgerald even explained his actions to reporters after the game. “It was a culmination of a couple different acts,” Fitzgerald said. “Immediately after the no-call, he turned and threw an air punch directly at me, and then he aggressively charged at me, and then he used vulgarity in my ear a few times.”

James played 28 minutes before being ejected. He scored 21 points grabbed 12 rebounds while handing out 6 assists and getting 5 steals. Even with James missing the final quarter of the game the Cavaliers picked up an 11 point win over the Heat 108-97.

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How was your week

Posted: November 25, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

It was reported yesterday that Derrick Rose had left the Cleveland Cavaliers and is going to contemplating his future not only with the team, but as a basketball player. As of right now it’s unclear when or if Rose will rejoin the Cavaliers.

Rose was the #1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls. Rose is a Chicago native and it seemed like a perfect fit for him and his career started off well. Rose won the Rookie of the Year award in 2008-09 and played in all 81 games that season. Rose played 78 games in his second season, his scoring averaged improved by 4 points per game and made his first All-Star team. 2010-11 was Rose’s breakout season. His scoring average jumped to 25 points per game and he was handing out 7.7 assists per game while playing in and starting all 81 games for the Bulls. Rose had such a good season he was name NBA M.V.P. for the 2010-11 season. After that season injuries really seem to get the best of Rose. He played 39 games in the 2011-12 season due to injuries and then had to sit out the entire 2012-13 season because he was hurt. Rose returned to the Bulls for the 2013-14 season, but played just 10 games and didn’t look like the same player that won an M.V.P. award. Hoping for a bounce back 2014-15 season Rose again lost games to injury as he played in 51 games that season. Rose was able to play in more games 66 in the 2015-16 season, but put up just 16.4 points per game in what turned out to be his last season with the Bulls.

In June of 2016 the Bulls traded what at one time was their home town hero Rose to the New York Knicks along with Justin Holiday and a 2017 2nd round pick for Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant and Robin Lopez. To complete the deal the Knicks selected Damyean Dotson with the draft pick they received.

Rose started off playing well for the Knicks, but again an injury limited him to 64 games in what turned out to be his one season with the Knicks. Rose’s scoring average did increase with the Knicks to 18 points a game which was his highest since the 2011-12 season when he first got hurt.

Rose went into free agency for the first time in his career after the 2017-18 season. At first his name came up quite a bit and was linked to multiple teams, but that slowly faded. At one point it was starting to look like Rose wouldn’t be able to find a team for this season, but then the Cavaliers came along.

Cleveland appeared like it would be a good fit for Rose. If you remember last season LeBron James did quite a bit of complaining during the 2017-18 season that the Cavaliers needed at point guard and in signing Rose it looked like the Cavaliers had address that roster need.

While the Cavaliers got off to a slow start this season they’ve won their last 7 games in a row including a 100-99 win over the Charlotte Hornets Friday night. Cleveland is currently 12-7 early in this NBA season, but Rose has only played in 7 of those games for the Cavaliers.

Rose was playing just under 27 minutes a game for the Cavaliers and was averaging 14.3 points per game. For a point guard Rose was just handing out 1.7 assists per game, but that’s no surprise since James dominants the basketball.

Now the question is, will we see Rose play another game in the NBA? If Rose has played his last game or if he comes back to finish out the season with the Cavaliers it looks like we’re looking at a once promising career that was derailed by injuries.

Now yesterday on the podcast Schaumburg Stu filled in for Dan the Man who was out doing “Black” Friday shopping. Stu and I discussed the Chicago Bulls match up with the Golden State Warriors and Stu had them being beaten easily, but I’m not even sure if he thought they’d be beaten as badly as they where last night.

The Bulls actually had a lead after one quarter 32-29, but it was all Golden State after that. In the final three quarters the Warriors out scored the Bulls by 52 points 115 to 63 as they handed the Bulls their 3rd worst loss in team history 143-94.

Stephen Curry was the games high scorer with 33 points. Curry put up those points in just 27 minutes of game action as he was allowed to take some time off because of the blow out. Klay Thompson added 29 points for Golden State. Thompson also played limited minutes as he scored his points in 26 minutes of game action. No Golden State starter played more than 27 minutes and Kevin Durant didn’t even play because of his injured ankle. Of course against the terrible 3-14 Bulls it’s a good time to get your players some rest.

It was definitely a contrast of teams going in different direction. The Warriors a going to be a contender for the NBA title again while the Bulls are trying to play their way into the draft lottery and are hoping to land the #1 pick.

This seems to be the way that the NBA goes. Either you’re a team or you think you’re a team that can compete for the NBA title or you’re looking to rebuild with young players. I guess the question is how do you decide what type of team you are. Remember the Bulls where a playoff team last season and at first looked like they where going to upset the top seeded Boston Celtics last year. After the season the Bulls decided to send their best player Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves as well a buying out veteran Dwayne Wade and there you have it you’re a lottery team. How long will a Bull rebuild take? Remember the Philadelphia 76ers started their rebuild in 2013-14 and are just now starting to show signs of improvement.

With Thanksgiving having just came off the calendar we might see a little more talk about which MLB players might end up where. Most players like to know where they’re going to be playing the following season by the New Year. It makes sense as a lot of them have families to move and children to get situated. It should start to get active and it’s always fun to talk about who might go where and how it affects that team. Of course some of this movement might slow down as the Miami Marlins are still trying to trade Giancarlo Stanton.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 22, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Now I always try to work in how we did on our picks for the past week in the NFL. Now there are times I just forget or sometimes run out of space to work it in. Now last week was one of these weeks and wouldn’t you know it I got a telephone call from Mr. Fantasy to yell at me about the win/loss totals not being in the blog. So to avoid getting scream at on the telephone again I decided that I’d start the blog out with them.

Our Week 11 picks went like this Dan the Man and Mr. Fantasy both went 10-4. Schaumburg Stu and I ended up at 8-6. For the season Dan the Man is in the lead at 106-54. Mr. Fantasy is holding down the second spot three games out of the lead at 103-57. Schaumburg Stu and I are stuck at the bottom of the pile as we are both 96-64 on the season.

Since it is Thanksgiving tomorrow instead of one Thursday game we get three. Things start off with the Detroit Lions hosting the Minnesota Vikings. The middle game of the three has the Los Angeles Rams visiting the Dallas Cowboys. The NFL day wraps up with the Washington Redskins playing host to the New York Giants.

I’m pretty sure that the scheduling for all four of the big sports is done by computer, but you have to wonder what the NBA was thinking when they saw that there was just one game scheduled for last night and it was the Chicago Bulls at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Now years ago this wouldn’t been a marquee match up and heck even last season the Bulls had Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade on their roster. This season there are very few recognizable names on either teams roster with the exception of Lonzo Ball.

Neither team was playing very well coming into the game as the Lakers where 7-10 while the Bulls have one of the worst records in the league at 3-11. The Lakers where a .500 team at home this season at 5-5 while the Bulls some how managed a road win and where 1-7 away from Chicago.

The game as a whole ended up being decent. the Bulls built a 14 point lead going into halftime at 56-42. The second half belonged to the Lakers as they scored 61 points while holding the Bulls to just 38 points as Los Angeles took a 103-94 victory.

Kyle Kuzma of the Lakers was the games high scorer with 22 points. His teammate Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 21 points. Lonzo Ball had another rough shooting night going 3 for 13 from the field in the game. Ball was also just 2 of 8 from behind the 3-point line. Ball did grab a team high 13 rebounds. Julius Randle came off the Lakers bench to post a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

All five Bulls starters scored in double figures led by Denzell Valentine with 17 points. Bulls 1st round pick Lauri Markkanen (13 points and 14 rebounds) and Justin Holiday (10 points and 10 rebounds) each posted double-doubles in the game. Antonio Blakeney came off the Bulls bench to score 15 points.

The win improved the Lakers record to 8-10. This was also the first of back to back games for Los Angeles as they go on the road to face the 4-13 Sacramento Kings tonight. The loss dropped the Bulls to 3-12 on the season. This was also the first of back to back games for the Bulls. Chicago travels to Utah tonight to face the 7-11 Jazz.

If you have Denver Nuggets forward Paul Milsap on your fantasy team it looks like you’re going to be without him for about three months. Milsap had surgery on his left wrist to repair torn ligaments.

Milsap was injured in the 2nd quarter of Denver’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. The Nuggets ended up losing that game without Milsap 127-109.

Milsap has played in 16 games this season. He is averaging 15.3 points per game. To go along with 6.2 rebounds per game and 3.1 assists per game.

Luckily for the Nuggets they have quite a few players who can take over for Milsap while he’s out. Look for Kenneth Faried, Trey Lyles, Tyler Lydon and even Darrell Arthur to fill Milsap’s minutes. Faried appears to be the player who will take over Milsap’s plac in the starting line up; so if you’re looking for a fantasy pick up Faried may be the guy to go with.

As we wait for the baseball off season to pick up some stream you have to wonder if things will be a little slow until there is some type of movement in where National League M.V.P. Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins might go.

Right now it appears as the two most talked about teams with interest in Stanton are the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Talks with the Giants have actually gotten to the point where there are now players names associated with the deal. San Francisco would not only acquire Stanton, but Marlins 2nd baseman Dee Gordon as well. In return the Marlins would receive a package of players led by Giants 2nd baseman Joe Panik and multiple prospects. Gordon is another of Miami’s veteran players that new ownership and CEO Derek Jeter has expressed interested in trading.

It’s always interesting when names start to come up in trade talks, but before everybody starts putting Stanton in a Giants uniform, don’t forget that he has a full no trade clause and can veto any trade.

Stanton was born in Panorama City California and according to reports grew up a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. Would he accept a trade to the Dodgers biggest rival?

The third team that has popped up lately in Stanton rumors are the Boston Red Sox. Now you knew sooner or later we’d start to hear about the bigger name teams wanting to get in on a Stanton deal and it’s no surprise that the Red Sox are the first name up. The Red Sox where last in the American League in home runs last season with 168 while Stanton himself hit 59 home runs.

We’re just at the start of these Stanton rumors and these are just the first three teams to come up. It appears as though Stanton will be traded at some point in time. Where do you have him playing baseball in 2018?

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How was your week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How was your week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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