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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: May 27, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well it looks like the National Hockey League has got it’s plan in place to finish their 2019-20 season. Now all we need to know is the official start date and where they’ll be playing.

This news came out last week and not much of anything has changed. It’s going to be a 24-team playoff format. The top four seeds in each division will get byes and play each other in a round robin tournament while the remaining teams will face off in best of five game series.

Here’s how this shakes out:

In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins (44-14-12, 100 points), Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6, 92 points), Washington Capitals (41-20-8, 90 points) and Philadelphia Flyers (41-21-7, 89 points) will each have a bye and play each other once to determine the order of the top four seeds for the first round of the playoffs.

In the Western Conference, the St. Louis Blues (42-19-10, 94 points), Colorado Avalanche (42-20-8, 92 points), Vegas Golden Knights (39-24-8, 86 points) and Dallas Stars (37-24-8, 82 points) will each have a bye and play round-robin to determine their seeding order.

Back into the Eastern Conference. The Qualifying Round will have four best-of-5 series: the Pittsburgh Penguins (40-23-6, 86 points) vs. the Montreal Canadiens (31-31-9, 71 points); the Carolina Hurricanes (38-25-5, 81 points) vs. the New York Rangers (37-28-5, 79 points); the New York Islanders (35-23-10, 80 points) vs. the Florida Panthers (35-26-8, 78 points); and the Toronto Maple Leafs (36-25-9, 81 points) vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets (33-22-15, 81 points).

While over in the Western Conference best-of-5 qualifying round series are: the Edmonton Oilers (37-25-9, 83 points) vs. the Chicago Blackhawks (32-30-8, 72 points); the Nashville Predators (35-26-8, 78 points) vs. the Arizona Coyotes (33-29-8, 74 points); the Vancouver Canucks (36-27-6, 78 points) vs. the Minnesota Wild (35-27-7, 77 points); and the Calgary Flames (36-27-7, 79 points) vs. the Winnipeg Jets (37-28-6, 80 points).

It seems like the NHL would like to get this started by July 1st, but that hasn’t been made official just yet. It also appears as there will be a two to three week training camp for teams to prepare for this playoff format.

The plan is for these games to be played in two cities which are still undecided. In a perfect world these two cities would be in different time zones to help out the television broadcast, but that’s not a priority according to the NHL. The NHL’s commissioner Gary Bettman has said the decision on the hub cities and when play will begin will depend on COVID-19 conditions, testing ability and government regulations. A comprehensive system for testing will be in place in each hub city, and each team will be permitted to travel a maximum of 50 personnel, including players, coaches and staff.

While it’s still unclear where these games ight be played it does look like the NHL has narrowed it’s choices to 10 cities. Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver are all in the running to host.

If the NHL can get this up and running it will put them in a very interesting position. While we have soccer, NASCAR and the Korean Baseball Organization to watch none of the four what are considered major sports have had a plan in place until this one. Now to be fair the NFL season is still months away and they haven’t missed any games because of this pandemic.

I would be very interested to know if non-NHL fans would tune into these games to get a sports watching fix; so to speak. If they did it could be a big, big opportunity for the NHL to get some new fans.

Major League Baseball ha stated that they’d like to start their season on July 4th weekend and if they did that would hurt the NHL’s drawing power, but with the trouble that the MLB owners are having trying to get a agreement done with the players union it’s looking less and less like they’ll make that July 4th start date.

The other question of course is; what will the National Basketball Association do?

The NBA has announced that they where looking at a two city plan like the NHL is going with, but they knew that they’d be playing games in Orlando Florida and Las Vegas Nevada. It makes sense for the NBA to do this because they play summer league games in these cities.

Unfortunately this is all we know about what the NBA might do. The National Basketball Players Association executive director Michelle Roberts used the term “overwhelming” when discussing if the players wanted to finish the 2019-20 season.

It’s been reported that a joint task force between the NBA and the NBPA has been working together to negotiate the plans for a possible return to action. They reportedly hope to issue guidelines about a return to play before June 1. Roberts does not believe the union will need to vote on these plans because of the collective bargaining that has already taken place through the joint task force and the calls she is making with every team.

It looks like will have to wait and see if we get some news on what the NBA is going to do come June 1st. Will they use a playoff format similar to what the NHL is doing? Or will they actually try and finish the regular season? Hopefully will find out soon.

Let’s say the NHL gets it’s plan off the ground and they start playing on July 1st and maybe the NBA isn’t too far behind. The biggest question of course is; will you be watching? I think right out of the gate it’s almost not going to matter what sport is on just a long as it’s a sport that draws decent interest. Don’t forget that when NASCAR had it’s first race it had over 6.3 million people watch it. Do you think a returning NHL game would do as well or better than that?

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How was your week

Posted: May 23, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

It seems as though the NHL and the NBA have similar plans to restart their seasons. Both leagues are looking into playing their games in just two cities which they’re “hub cities” and while the NHL’s plan has is slowly starting to take shape there is less of an idea on what the NBA might do.

The NHL is going with what would be described as a 24 team conference based playoff format. The top four team in each conference would get first round byes. These top teams would be determined by the standings points percentage of each team when the regular season was stopped on March 12th.

The 5th through 12th seeds would face off in a best of five series to narrow the field down to the traditional 16 team playoff field the NHL normally uses. From there it would be the usual Stanley Cup playoff set up with those 16 teams.

On Monday the NHL’s Commissioner Gary Bettman said that they’ve found 8 or 9 cities that they’d consider using as “hub cities”. The original plan was for the NHL to use just two “hub cities”, but Bettman mentioned the possibility that the NHL could use up to four “hub cities”. It’s unclear which cities are in the running to host these NHL games, but it’s apparent that Las Vegas is a heavy favorite to be one of those cities.

The NHL looks at expanding the playoffs to 24 teams for this season as the best solution for the teams that where near the bottom of the playoff race when the season was stopped. For example the Arizona Coyotes get the 11th seed, but they where just four points out of a wild card spot and they had 12 regular season games left to play.

The National Hockey League Players Association executive board voted to approve a 24 team conference based playoff format presented by the owners for a potential restart of the 2019-20 NHL season sometime this summer.

It does appear that they may be a few items to work out though. One of the issues will be if there will be reseeding in the playoffs. The NHL released just a straight bracket format for this playoff set up, but the players would prefer to see reseeding done after each round.

I’m sure you’re wondering what the Top 4 teams in each conference would do while the other 16 teams are playing in the opening round. Well these teams would face off against each other in a round robin style tournament to stay sharp. It was a concern of the players about what these four teams would do and this round robin tournament would answer that question.

The NHLPA does have some reservations about expanding the playoffs to 24 teams and they’ve said they’d like to see a more traditional 16 team playoff format. With so many teams bunched at the bottom of the standings it seems as though allowing then all to get into the playoffs makes sense since each team had enough regular season games left to make a run into the playoffs.

Do you like the idea the NHL is going with here? I think the more important question is if and when the NHL restarts; will you be watching?

Now the NBA’s plan is much, much less clear, but they’ve also mentioned using the “hub city” style set up like the NHL. Now unlike the NHL the NBA has more or less decided that they’ll play their games in Orlando and Las Vegas; so it would be very similar to their summer league program.

Even though nothing has been decided by the NBA one of the points of contention seems to be if the players will be allowed to leave what was described as the “bubble” locations the teams would be playing in.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Jared Dudley told reporters that “You will be allowed to leave.” This situation was apparently discussed during the conference call the players had with Commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts. Dudley did add “Now just because you leave, if we’re going to give you that leeway, if you come back with corona, you can’t play.”

It’s been mentioned that the primary places players will spend their time would  include hotels, gymnasiums and dining areas. While they’re in this “bubble” locations. Commissioner Silver referred to it as a “campus” like environment. Dudley mentioned that “there will be rigorous testing inside the bubble”.

How do you think the NBA players would handle this situation. Do you see some of them leaving the “bubble” location for whatever reason? We’re looking at 30 teams with a minimum of 12 players per team; so that’s going to be a lot of players in the same location looking for something to possibly do.

If a player was to leave the “bubble” location and then tested positive for the Covid-19 virus after returning how would his teammates feel about that player?

Dudley said that it would be “somewhat selfish” for a player to do this, but he believes that the NBA’s frequent testing would show it rather quickly. I myself would be more interested to see how that players teammates handle the situation and how that player ended up being treated.

While it’s been said that players would be allowed to leave the NBA’s “bubble” location you have to wonder if the superstar players like LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kawhi Leonard or another player at that level would be allowed to leave. Obviously there’s no way they could stop those players for leaving, but these are the type of players that hold their teams future in their hands and a positive Covid-19 test would not only be bad for that player, but could end that players team season.

I’m sure will learn more about what the NHL and the NBA are going to do, but it appears as both leagues are set on finishing their seasons in some way.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: May 9, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

As cities and states try to get the way of life people are use to back up and running all sports organizations are trying t get their league up and running. Some states have started to reopen businesses that had been closed down due to the pandemic and along with those businesses reopening the NBA has decided to open up it’s facilities to it’s players.

Now there are some new guidelines put in place by the NBA that players and team employees will have to follow. No more than four players would be permitted at a facility at any one time. No head or assistant coaches could participate. Players remain prohibited from using non-team facilities such as public health clubs, fitness centers or gyms. Group activity remains prohibited, including practices or scrimmages. Also lifting weights with a spotter will be prohibited if it forces the player to be within 12 feet of a staffer. Players in team facilities must wear facemasks at all times except during physical activity. Team staffers must also stay 12 feet away from them. The NBA will allow a total of six assistant or player development coaches to supervise these works. Head coaches will not be allowed.

The NBA’s decision to reopen practice facilities was based on Georgia’s plan to slowly reopen its economy. It seemed as players where considered traveling there to facilitate workouts in ways the NBA considered unsafe. The Atlanta Hawks are Georgia’s only NBA team, but they’ve decided to not open their facilities on May 1st.

There was an National Basketball Players Association phone call with it’s players and they invited commissioner Adam Silver to join the call and address the players. There was an audio taped of the one hour long call released.

The NBPA’s executive director Michele Roberts and NBPA president Chris Paul as well as several players asked commissioner Silver questions during the conversation.

The players asked commissioner some difficult questions including how future seasons would be affected and the financial realities of future salary caps and basketball related income. Commissioner Silver also had to handle some difficult questions about how the league would handle players safety.

It was mentioned that returning to play this season at one or two potential sites including Orlando and Las Vegas made the most sense. There was also no mention on if fans would be in attendance for these games.

The commissioner expressed a desire that the NBA complete its season with a traditional playoff structure that includes seven-game series in each round, but he left open the possibility of play in tournaments to accommodate more teams in resumption of a shortened season. Silver also told players that the start of next season could be pushed until December, regardless of whether this season was completed.

Commissioner Silver discussed how the CBA wasn’t built for a pandemic and were issues that needed to be collectively bargained with the NBPA. Among those issues Silver mentioned how future basketball related income and salary caps would be affected by massive decreases in revenue.

As for returning to play this season; Silver indicated discussions around training camp length in the resumption of the season centered on a minimum of three weeks. Silver said the NBA’s hope would be that players who test positive for Covid-19 won’t require shutting down a team or season, but only the removal of a player amid persistent testing of those who had come into contact with him.

It was reported by ESPN that the NBA estimates it would need in the neighborhood of 15,000 tests to resume and complete its season.

Now I’ve said all along that the NBA and the NHL should either end these seasons as is or come back when it’s safe and go right into the playoffs. Something commissioner Silver said that caught my attention and I believe it’s the biggest reason these leagues don’t want to give up these regular season games. Commissioner Silver mentioned that 40% of the NBA’s revenue comes from money built around regular season and playoff games being played in the arenas.

That would be a large chunk of money for the NBA to walk away from and you know they’re going to do everything in their power to not have to let that cash go.

What would you like to see? Are you interested in the NBA coming back and finishing the regular season? Or would you like to see them go right into some type of playoff format?

With no games being played and as of right now there are none on the schedule it’s no surprise that these leagues are trying to find a way to save money.

Major League Baseball is going to save itself a little bit of money by cutting the MLB Draft from 40 rounds to 5 rounds.

MLB an the Major League Baseball Players Association have been in discussion about shorten the draft for weeks. The MLBPA had agreed to the 5 round draft, but they where pushing for MLB to do a 10 round draft. The draft usually consists of 40 rounds, but the owners wanted to limit the number of rounds to help cut down on spending during the coronavirus shutdown.

This move will save each team a little less than $1 million dollars and apparently there are quite a few people unhappy about this move. Of course none of these people are paying the bills for these teams and with everything going on it helps each team to save where they can even if it’s looked at as a small amount by people.

While it has to be disappointing for those players who would’ve been drafted in those later rounds it might turn out to be a better situation for them.

Once a player goes undrafted he’ll be allowed to sign with any team instead of just the one team that drafted him. Now while it might not be ideal it will give that player the right to try and sign with a team where he think he fits the best. This may give those players a chance to find a team where they might develop quicker instead of being drafted by a team that might have a long term solution at the position that drafted player plays.

Please let me know how you feel about MLB making this change to the draft. Also let me know if you feel this is good or bad for those players that won’t get drafted.

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Since there aren’t any sports being played right now I like to flip through article titles online and see if anything catches my attention. This kind of helps me keep up with what’s going on in sports without having to read every single article out there.

While flipping through articles yesterday I ran into one that caught my attention and while I didn’t go through and read the entire thing I  enough of it to get the idea of the article and wonder why.

This article went on to explain that the NHL is planning on returning and finish it’s regular season and playoff for this season. This didn’t make ay sense to me, but as I continued looking into this it was also said that the NHL would be willing to push back the start of next season to finish this one. This article also mentioned that the NHL would have no problems playing games in July or August if they had to. Now I know that the playoffs don’t generally end into early June, but imagine regular season games in July or August.

Once I saw the story in the NHL I went through to see if I could find any new on what the NBA might be planning. I didn’t see anything new on how the NBA might try and finish out it’s regular season and playoffs, but I did see that the NBA has decided to postpone the draft lottery and scouting combine. The actually draft itself had already been moved back until late June.

With the NBA making these moves and postponements it makes me think that the NBA is planning to do the same thing that the NHL is going to do and they’ll try to play the rest of their regular season games as well the playoffs.

Now I don’t think I would have any issues if the NHL and the NBA came back and went right into the playoffs. I could fully understand each league wanting to be able to crown a champion, but at first I didn’t understand why they’d want to come back and play regular season games.

Then it hit me; there’s only one reason that the NHL and the NBA would want to come back and play regular season games; they want that television money. Remember the NBA has a very lucrative deal with ESPN and TNT to televise their regular season and playoff games and while I’m sure that the NHL’s deal with NBA isn’t quite as lucrative I’m sure they’d like to get whatever money they have coming in that contract.

You could also throw Major League Baseball into this mix as they’ve already said that they’re planning on playing as many regular season games as possible. Why would they want to do that: television money.

At least when they start playing MLB games again it will actually be baseball season, but how many people are going to be interested in watching NHL and NBA games in the summer or possibly even in the fall.

To be fair if you’re the first league to come back and start playing games you’d probably draw huge ratings. With as hard up as people are to watch sports I’m sure they’d take anything new to watch. Just look at how well the NFL draft just did in the ratings. Now imagine how well and actually live sporting event would do in the ratings. To be honest I’d probably even tune into an NBA game just to watch sports.

I would really like to get your opinion on this. Would you watch an NHL or NBA regular season game if they came back to play them in July or August? Would it make you more interested to watch these games if your favorite team was in the running to possibly win the title?

Do you like the idea of the NHL and NBA coming back to play regular season games? Or would you like to see them come back and go directly into the playoffs? Or at this point would you like to see hem just end their seasons with no champions and move onto next season?

I would be very interested in what you’d like to see the NHL and NBA do. As I mentioned before I wouldn’t have any issues if they came back and went straight into the playoffs, but I have no interest in any NHL or NBA regular games being played.

As we’re talking about sports returning it looks as though NASCAR will be back on May 17th. NASCAR is planning on running this 400 mile race at Darlington Speedway in South Carolina with no fans.

What may be even more interesting about this is NASCAR is planning on this being the first race of 11 races that they’ll run in seven days. Yes, you read that right; 11 races in seven days.

These races will take place at two different tracks. Darlington Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

NASCAR has decided to run races here because South Carolina has relaxed coronavirus restrictions and Charlotte, North Carolina; is following suit.

After the May 17th race the NASCAR’s schedule includes a 200-mile Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway on May 19 and a 500 kilometer contest at the South Carolina track the following night. NASCAR will then shift to Charlotte for a 600 mile Cup Series race on May 24; with a 300 mile Xfinity Series competition the following day. A 200 mile Gander Trucks race on May 26 and a 500 kilometer race at Charlotte Motor Speedway the next night.

NASCAR, which did not announce any dates past May 27, but it intends to run a full 36 race NASCAR Cup Series slate this year. It also plans to keep its 10 race postseason format and tracks involved unchanged.

Do you like this idea NASCAR has come up with? I guess more importantly; will you be watching any or all of these races?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 15, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, golf, pro wrestling, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the Corona virus having just about everything shutdown most if not all sports fans are wondering when will get to watch sports again and which league will be the first to get back up and running. It looks like we might have some answers to our questions.

PGA Tour Officials are expected to announce this week that the season will resume on June 11th at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth Texas. If this is the case the the PGA gets up and running their will be no fans in attendance at this tournament.

The Tour looks to follow health and safety guidelines put in place by government. Other early tournaments that where postponed also are expected to be played without spectators.

There was a memo sent out by the Tour late last week saying they where looking at returning at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, but the memo also said that the Tour was looking at options to  “preserve the maximum number of events we can while giving us more time as the crisis evolves.”

Now originally the RBC Canadian Open was scheduled to be played June 11th through the 14th, but that event ended up being cancelled; so the date became available. The Charles Schwab Challenge was originally scheduled to be played in May, but that wasn’t going to be possible. Luckily enough this date opened up and it looks like they’ll be able to play it that June weekend.

The PGA hasn’t played an event since March. The first round of The Players Championship was played before the event was cancelled and that was the last we saw of the PGA.

After the cancellation of The Players Championship their where more major tournaments either cancelled or moved for this upcoming PGA season.

First it was The Master’s that announced they where postponing their tournament until November. It was then announced that since the first time since 1945 The British Open would be cancelled. In the case of the Senior British Open the organizers have postponed the event and they hope to still be able to play it in the 2020 calendar year.

Here is a partial schedule released by Golf Digest:

▪ RBC Heritage: June 18-21

▪ Travelers Championship: June 25-28

▪ Rocket Mortgage Classic: July 2-5

▪ John Deere Classic: July 9-12

▪ The Memorial Tournament: July 16-19

▪ 3M Open: July 23-26

▪ WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational: July 29 – Aug. 2

If your a fan of golf or not it has to be looked at as a step in the right direction that will have some type of sporting event played. Of course with no fans in attendance it won’t seem the same, but at least will be able to watch it on live television and hope fully it won’t be long after this tournament that fans will be allowed to attend events again.

What are your thoughts on the PGA returning?

Did you watch the NBA’s H-O-R-S-E Challenge? I didn’t see any of the event, but I read that their where quite a few people that didn’t like the camera work for the event. If you did watch; please let me know what you thought.

Here are the results from the first round of the H-O-R-S-E challenge.

Group 1 saw Chauncey Billups defeat Trae Young and Mike Conley defeat Tamika Catchings.

Group 2 saw Zach LaVine defeat Paul Pierce and  Allie Quigley defeat Chris Paul.

It’s interesting that both Young and Paul where eliminated in the first round. They where the first two names announced for this event and a lot of people expected them to meet in the finals.

The semi-finals and the finals will be tomorrow night on ESPN starting at 8:00 p.m. cst. It appears as though there are two hours blocked off for this event.

It looks like the first match up will see will be Billups vs. Conley. That will of course be followed by LaVine vs. Quigley. The finals will feature the winners of these two contest and should appear shortly after the conclusion of the LaVine/Quigley match up.

Quigley was the biggest underdog heading into this contest at +1000. Billups was set at +800 while Conley is +450. LaVine should be the current favorite to win this competition as he was a +350 coming into the event.

It had to be difficult to put odds on this since it’s very much a game of chance and creativity. Most players should be able to hit the normal shots that would be taken in a game; so you have to come up with some innovative trick shots in this type of contest. I did see one highlight where Quigley took a page out of Pete Maravich’s play book and took and made a shot while she was sitting down. Hopefully will see more creative shots like this in the second round and the finals.

Are you planning on watching the second round and the H-O-R-S-E finals tomorrow? If you read this before it takes place let me know who you think is going to win.

I was surprised to hear that the state of Florida has deemed that the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is considered essential. I’m not sure how this decision was made, but it will allow the WWE to continue to put on live events on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday nights. Of course there are no fans in attendance at these events, but there are a number of wrestlers, backstage employees and television crew on site. There was one report that a WWE on-air talent tested positive for the Corona virus, but there was no name released. Hopefully that will be the only case that the WWE will have to deal with as they continue to produce their product.

I do wonder if wrestlers where presented with the option of not participating in these events due to the Corona virus. We do know that one of the WWE’s top star Roman Reigns didn’t compete at Wrestlemania due to the Corona virus and it’s being reported that he won’t return to the WWE until the outbreak is over. Reigns has had two battles with leukemia and would be considered high risk; so it makes perfect sense for him to step away for a while.

Do you watch WWE? If so how do you like these shows with no fans in attendance?

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How was your week

Posted: April 11, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Since it’s been awhile since we’ve had any sports played people might not remember how Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz had what would easily be described as a lackadaisical attitude to the spread of the Coronavirus. You might remember the way Gobert acted at a press conference before the NBA shutdown. He made sure to touch every microphone at that press conference.

Gobert’s actions put not only himself, but pretty much the entire Jazz organization at risk. Now by this point NBA teams had been informed of the Coronavirus and teams had started to take preventative measures to try to keep players and team employees safe.

As it turned out Gobert’s action turned out to be stupid as he was the first NBA player to be diagnosed with the Coronavirus.

Now the second player who tested positive for the Coronavirus ended up being Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell and it appears as though Mitchell is upset with Gobert’s actions and there is an issue with their relationship.

Now there’s no way to tell if Gobert was the person who passed the Coronavirus onto Mitchell, but it’s possible that just Gobert’s actions as the outbreak was starting might be enough to cause tension between the two players. There are some reports out their that the relationship between Mitchell and Gobert might be permanently damaged because of this situation.

Since there’s no basketball on the schedule for the foreseeable future; so the Jazz will have time to try and repair the relationship between Gobert and Mitchell. Unfortunately it appears as though Mitchell has no interest in fixing the relationship between the two players. We’ll have to see if time and distance apart will help smooth things over in this relationship, but there was a quote from someone with knowledge of this situation that said “It doesn’t appear salvageable” meaning the relationship between Mitchell and Gobert.

If the situation between Mitchell and Gobert can’t be worked out it would be a very sad situation for the Jazz. Utah has spent many years putting their team together and Mitchell and Gobert are their top two players. How would having to trade one of them affect the team? Which player would be traded? And what could they get for him?

Now luckily for Mitchell he ended up getting through his Coronavirus situation without too much trouble, but that was only by chance. Now will have to see if Mitchell and Gobert can get through their situation.

The NBA has already had their players compete in a NBA 2k20 tournament to try to keep fans interest in basketball and now the NBA has put together a H-O-R-S-E competition which will be televised by ESPN. The competition will feature current and past NBA players along with players from the WNBA.

All games will be filmed while competing at home locations on indoor or outdoor courts and it will be a traditional shot for shot H-O-R-S-E competition like you and your friends use to have on the playground.

A coin toss will decided which player gets to shoot first with the senior player getting to call the coin toss. Dunking is prohibited and players must describe each of their shots attempts such as a bank shot or if the player is going for a swish which are pretty much standard H-O-R-S-E rules and just like in a regular game of H-O-R-S-E- the first player to miss five shots and spell out H-O-R-S-E will be eliminated.

Here are the first round match ups.

Trae Young vs. Chauncey Billups

Tamika Catchings vs. Mike Conley

Zach LaVine vs. Paul Pierce

Chris Paul vs. Allie Quigley

ESPN will show their entire tournament with the first round airing on ESPN April 12th at 6:00 p.m. cst. The semi-finals and the finals will both air on April 16th. The semi-final will air on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. cst on the 16th with the finals following at 10:00 p.m. cst.

I’m actually thinking that this could be fun to watch depending on how it’s film. If they can keep the show moving at a quick pace and there isn’t a lot of down time between shots it might be something decent to watch, but my fear is there will be a lot of standing around and talking between shots to fill time.

Do you think this is something you’d enjoy watching? While we’re at it; who do think will win this H-O-R-S-E competition?

I was sad to hear that the XFL has suspended operations and have laid off nearly all of their employees. Just a handful of executives remain employed with the XFL, but the league has no plans right now to play in 2021.

The XFL is owed by WWE CEO/ President Vince McMahon and Alpha Entertainment and they released a statement saying “Given the uncertainty of the current environment, the XFL has suspended operations and is evaluating next steps.”

The XFL canceled its season last month after five games as part of a nationwide shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, pledging to return next year, but XFL CEO Jeffrey Pollack changed course Friday, conducting a 10 minute conference call to inform employees of the news.

One of the XFL staffer that was on the conference call with Pollack mentioned that it wasn’t said that the league was going out of business, but this staffer was quoted as saying “It’s done” and “It’s not coming back.”

The XFL wouldn’t made no immediate comment not only on these two quotes, but on any kind of return.

I would be disappointed to see the go away again after just a 5 game season. Remember this is the second time McMahon has attempted to get a professional football league up and running. Of course the first version of the XFL was much, much different than what we saw last season; which honestly was a much better version.

How do you feel about what looks to be the end of the XFL?

With the failure AAF and now what appears to be the end of the XFL; will we see another professional football league any time soon?

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How was your week

Posted: April 4, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, hockey, pro wrestling, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well sports fans it appears as tough we still have no idea on when will see a live sporting event. With the announcement by President Trump that he’s extending the stay at home order through the end of this month it looks like any hope of us seeing something as early as May 1st is out the window. Now I know they where hoping to see the country start recovering by Easter, but I think just about everyone though that was too soon. Hopefully if there right this time around and things can start to return to normal at the end of the month then will have a better idea about when some type of sporting event might return.

I don’t believe that either the National Basketball Association or the National Hockey League has said anything about what they’re planning to do with what’s left of their regular season and their playoffs. I’ve mentioned here before that if they do decide to comeback and at this point I don’t think they should, but if they do they should just head right into the playoffs. I think the bigger question with both the NBA and the NHL is how long will it take the players to get ready to start playing games again. They’ll have to allow the teams some type of shorten training camp to get ready.

As for Major League Baseball; well they’ve already told us how they plan on handling things. It appears that once things are up and running will get a two to three week extension of spring training and then they’ll start the regular season. Now there’s still no number of games that has been set, but that would be difficult to do right now. Of course the owners did come out and say that they’d like to play as close to 162 games as possible. Let’s hope that things work out as planned and at the end of this month players will be able to report back to spring training. Does that mean we could see the MLB season starting a early as May 22nd. Now I don’t think that’s going to happen, but that would be close to MLB’s own timetable. To be honest I’d like to see them wait until Sunday May 31st and kick everything off then. At this point I guess will just continue to wait and see how this month plays out.

Now I’m not sure how many people consider professional wrestling a sport. While you do have to be athletic to be a professional wrestler a lot of people don’t put it in the sporting category because the outcome of the matches are predetermined. I’d be interested to get your views on professional wrestling as a sport or not.

Anyway this weekend is World Wrestling Entertainments biggest show of the year. Or what would be their biggest show of the year had there not been an outbreak of Covid-19. With everything going on WWE had to make changes to Wrestlemania. For the first time the event won’t be live as the matches have already been taped, but they’ve split the event into two nights. Part one airs tomorrow night with the second half of the show airing Sunday night. It hasn’t been announced which matches will be feature on which night, but obviously after tomorrow nights broadcast you’ll know what matches will be left to air on Sunday night. The show was also filmed with no audience; so it’s going to look just like their television shows have lately.

There was also some interesting news television wise for WWE. There have been some reports that after Wrestlemania airs this weekend the company will shutdown until they can begin having crowds at their shows. What makes this big news is the fact that RAW has aired every Monday night since January 11th 1993. If you think about that it’s an amazing feat. That’s over 27 years showing a different show every week as there are no reruns of RAW.

Now not only does WWE show RAW every Monday night on the USA Network, but there is a second WWE program called NXT that airs Wednesday nights also on the USA Network. WWE also has a third brand called Smackdown which airs every Friday night on Fox. Raw is a three hour program while NXT and Smackdown each have a two hour run time. I’m not sure how WWE or the networks they’re on would fill 7 hours of programming and as of right now none of this is has been confirmed; it’s just something WWE is considering.

Apparently the talk of this possible shutdown for WWE came about because they’ve been filming there shows in Florida at a facility they call the performance center, but Florida has recently issued a stay at home order which could possibly affect the WWE’s ability to get some of their wrestlers to the taping.

I’m not as big of a fan of the WWE product as I use to be, but the shows are still very popular and do solid ratings for the network they’re on. I’m not sure if showing old matches or even old pay per views would fill the void for fans. The WWE’s ratings have struggled since they started running shows with no audience and you’d have to think not having new matches would hurt those ratings even more.

Again nothing has been decided on what WWE will do after Wrestlemania airs this weekend, but I’m under the impression they’ve already made a decision. As usual RAW is scheduled to air Monday and you’d think if WWE had decided to shutdown production some kind of announcement would’ve been made. Of course I guess they could always make that announcement during the Wrestlemania pay per view either Saturday or Sunday night.

What do you see WWE doing? Do you think that they’ll close up shop for a while? Or do you think that they’ll continue to record matches for RAW, NXT and Smackdown?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 1, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

As us sports fans meander around with just the breadcrumbs that the NFL leaves for us to devour it’s time to make some decisions on the big two sports that currently have their seasons postponed.

It feels like an eternity since the National Hockey League or the National Basketball Association have played a game. At this point unless you’re a hardcore fan of either league do you even care if they comeback? Or is it time for them to just let this season go and move on to next season?

Just off the top of your head; who had the best record in the NHL? Did you know that it was the Boston Bruins with 100 points? Did you get that right?

Okay then we move on. Who has the best record in the NBA? This one might’ve been a little easier for you since the NBA receives more high level media coverage than the NHL does. So did you get this right? It’s the Milwaukee Bucks with a record of 53-12.

Originally the NBA had it’s teams looking into arena availability for as late as August, but lately the biggest news in the NBA is the fact that Shaquille O’Neal had visited the Tiger King zoo. Is this what the NBA has come to.

The NBA, National Basketball Players Association and 2K have partnered to produce an NBA 2K tournament that will air on ESPN and ESPN2 starting Friday, it was announced.

The NBA 2K20 Player Tournament will run through April 11, according to a statement, and will begin airing on ESPN on Friday with a half-hour pre-show at 7 p.m. ET. The tournament will run on ESPN until 8:30 p.m. and then is scheduled to transition to ESPN2 until 11:30 p.m.

The winner of the event will receive $100,000 to give to a charity in support of the Covid-19 relief efforts.

Sixteen NBA players will compete in this event with five of them already being announced. Kevin Durant, Trae Young, Hassan Whiteside, Donovan Mitchell and Devin Booker are the five that have been announced.

Players were seeded based on their player rating in NBA 2K20, with Durant, a 96 overall in the game, as the No. 1 seed. Players who were tied in overall rating were seeded based on tenure in the league.

Here’s the list of the other players that will be competing. Andre Drummond, Zach LaVine, Montrezl Harrell, Domantas Sabonis, Deandre Ayton, DeMarcus Cousins, Michael Porter Jr., Rui Hachimura, Patrick Beverly, Harrison Barnes and Derrick Jones Jr.

Is this something that you’re interested in? I can tell you this won;t be something that I’ll be watching. I’m not a big fan of the NBA as it is; so watching players play a video game isn’t going to draw my attention. If you do watch this please let me know what you think of this event.

The National Hockey League Players Association surveyed nearly 600 players before the 2019-20 season was put on hold. Here are the results they ended up with.

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins was selected the most complete player. Crosby had 47 points in in 41 games; 16 goals and 31 assists and his 30 points; 11 goals and 19 assists since January 14th are tied for 5th in the NHL.

Crosby received 45.56% of the votes beating out Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins who received 25.44 % of the vote. Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers (7.50%) and Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues (5.33%) rounded out the four players receiving votes.

Crosby’s career track record which includes two Hart Trophy awards as NHL most valuable player (2007, 2014) and three Stanley Cup championships (2009, 2016, 2017) also made him the top choice as the player among any position you’d most want if you needed to win one game. Crosby received 44.03% of the votes in that category beating out Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers who received 30.53% of the vote.

McDavid did dominant the category for best forward. McDavid who is the Oilers captain scored 97 points; 34 goals and 63 assists during the season. McDavid picked up 68.35% of the vote in the best forward category. McDavid’s teammate Leon Draisaitl finished second in the voting. Draisaitl had 110 points; 43 goals and 67 assists during the season.

Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lighting was selected as the best defenseman for the second season in a row. Hedman received 37.88% of the vote beating John Carlson of the Washington Capitals who picked up 21.35% of the vote. Carlson is the front runner for the Norris trophy which is given to the best defenseman in the league, but he lost this vote to Hedman.

Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens became the repeat winner of the best goaltender award by beating out Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lighting. Price received  41.55% of the vote while Vasilevskiy got 17.09% of the vote.

Marie-Philip Poulin edged out Hilary Knight and was named best female hockey player. Poulin won with 39.92% of the vote while Knight ended up with 36.29% of the vote. Poulin was a forward on the two-time Olympic gold medal winning teams in 2010 and 2014. Poulin also scored the game winning goal in each of the championship games against the United States.

Do you agree with the way the players voted or would you have given these awards to other players? Please let me know who you would’ve voted for in the comment section.

Did either of these things that the NBA and NHL make you interested in them returning and finishing out the season. If you’d like to see either or both leagues return I’d be very interested in knowing how you think the leagues should finish out their season. Would you like to see the NHL and the NBA finish out their regular seasons or would you like to see them just go right into the playoffs?

While we went through what the NBA and the NHL have been up to recently I’d be curious to know how you’re passing the time without sports. Also I could use some tip to get through this time myself.

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How was your week

Posted: February 29, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

In February the Houston Rockets made a four team deal with the key piece of that deal being Clint Capela. At 6-10 Capela was the Rockets only real legitimate big man and was getting 13.8 rebounds per game for Houston. Now the Rockets do have a couple of seven footers on their roster in Tyson Chandler and Isaiah Hartenstein, but they don’t exactly play a ton of minutes for the Rockets. That means when the Rockets take the floor their biggest player is normally 6-5 P.J. Tucker. Now they did just sign 6-8 forward Jeff Green for the rest of the season; so they did get a little bigger. This was a big change for the NBA, but it seems to be working for the Rockets.

Since Capela was traded the Rockets have went 6-2 and while they got out of the gate slow with their new style losing 2 of their first 3 they’ve now won 5 straight games. The Rockets are currently 38-20 and in 4th place in the Western Conference. Houston finds itself just 2 wins behind the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers; so they have a chance to move up in the standings.

Now the biggest thing with the Rockets version of small ball is; will it work in the playoffs?

Now we know that the Rockets are going to score with James Harden and Russell Westbrook on the court, but will they be able to stop the bigger stronger players when the game slows down in the playoffs.

There’s really no reason the Rockets shouldn’t try something different if they didn’t believe they where going to contend for the NBA title starting what would be a true NBA style center. Houston has made the playoffs the last seven seasons and while they haven’t made it to the NBA Finals they have lost twice in the Western Conference Finals. Last season the Rockets got knocked out of the playoffs in the conference semi-finals by the Golden State Warriors. Golden State has actually knocked Houston out of the playoffs in four of the last seven seasons they’ve made it. Now the Rockets shouldn’t have to worry about the Warriors in the playoffs this season.

The Rockets are the second highest scoring team in the NBA per game at 118.9 points, but they also give up 114.1 points per game which ranks 21st in the league. With the playoff struggles the Rockets have had you have to wonder if Houston will be able to out score teams with the playoff style that’s played.

The Rockets have 24 regular season game to try and work out any glitches that might be in their new system. Can the Rockets use this new system to win an NBA title? I guess will find out soon.

Since the Philadelphia 76ers went through there “process” we’ve been waiting for them to contend or win an NBA title. To be fair they where close last season as they where knocked out of the playoffs by a last second Kawhi Leonard corner jumper. If Leonard would’ve missed it’s possible the 76ers would’ve won that game in overtime and moved on to the NBA Finals. Of course it did go that way for Philadelphia and that means there are still questions.

Philadelphia hasn’t been at the top of there game this season. The 76ers are 37-23 which is good for 5th in the Eastern Conference right now. They are just 1/2 game out of the 4th spot currently held by the Miami Heat. I’m sure the 76ers would like to have home court advantage at least in the 1st round of the playoffs, but right now they need to focus on getting there top players healthy.

Ben Simmons hasn’t played since February 22nd and even when he played them he was only in the game for 4 minutes and 44 seconds. Simmons is dealing with a back injury that is being described as a nerve impingement and he won’t be re-evaluated for two weeks.

Oddly the 76ers are 3-1 with Simmons out, but that may just be an anomaly as they’ve beaten the Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks without Simmons. That one loss though was to another under .500 team the Cleveland Cavaliers.

I don’t think that anyone believes that Philadelphia will have any type of playoff success without a healthy Simmons, but it’s unclear right now if he’ll be back by then.

It looked like the 76ers took another big hit as in that loss to the Cavaliers on Wedsneday night center Joel Embiid left after playing just 7 minutes and 36 seconds. Embiid suffered a shoulder injury, but luckily it doesn’t appear to be a serious injury.

Embiid suffered the injury when he collided with Cleveland’s Ante Zizic late in the 1st quarter. Embiid stayed in the game to shoot two free throws, but was removed from te game at the next stoppage and didn’t return. Tests on Embiid’s shoulder showed no structural damage and he’s been diagnosed with a sprain. Embiid’s progress will be handled basically on how he feels which was described as symptom base and will be re-evaluated in a week.

Even without Embiid and Simmons the 76ers still beat the Knicks 115-106. Tobias Harris led Philadelphia in scoring that night with 34 points. The 76ers had four other players score in double digits against the Knicks. Kyle O’Quinn pulled down 10 rebounds while Al Horford handed out 9 assists.

The 76ers are about to embark on a four game West coast road trip without Embiid and Simmons that starts with games against the Los Angeles Clippers tomorrow and then the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Philadelphia will face the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors to wrap up that road trip.

Do you think the 76ers can play .500 basketball on this road trip without Embiid and Simmons? Or do you see them doing better or worse on this road trip?

It’s not like Philadelphia will fall out of the playoffs while Embiid and Simmons get healthy, but they would at least like to tread water while their two best players recover from their injuries.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 19, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

John Beilein started his coaching career in Junior college with SUNY Erie. In four years there Beilein went 75-43 and never had a losing season. Beilein then moved up to NCAA Division III with the Nazareth Golden Flyers. In his one season there Beilein went 20-6. Beilein’s next stop was Le Moyne an NCAA Division II school. In nine years at Le Moyne Beilein went 163-94 and had just one losing season. Beilein got his first of what turned out to be the first of his four NCCA Division I jobs at Canisius. Beilein took Canisius to two NIT appearances and one trip to the NCAA tournament. After five years at Canisius Beilein compiled a record of 89-62 before moving on to the University of Richmond. In his first year at Richmond Beilein took the Spiders to the NCAA tournament; Richmond also made two NIT appearances with Beilein as head coach. Beilein compiled a 100-53 record in his five years at Richmond before heading to the West Virginia University. Beilein took the Mountaineers to two NCAA tournament appearances and two trips to the NIT. West Virginia won the NIT tournament in the 2006-07 season. Beilein spent five seasons at West Virginia with a record of 104-60. Beilein’s final stop as a college coach was at the University of Michigan. Beilein spent 12 years at Michigan and took the Wolverines 9 NCAA tournament appearances and finished as tournament runner up twice. Beilein out together a record of 278-150 while at Michigan.

Then on May 13th 2009 Beilein signed a five year deal to become the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

Beilein headed to Cleveland with an outstanding college coaching resume, but after just 54 games and a 14-40 record Beilein and the Cavaliers have agreed to part ways. The Cavaliers currently have the worst record in the Eastern Conference and the second worst record in the NBA.

Beilein has always been looked at as a coach that likes to run a constant motion offense with precision shooting. Is this a style that will work in the NBA? Apparently not in Cleveland. Now obviously it’s not just the fault of the offense the team was running. Remember that the Cavaliers where stuck with a couple of big contracts; Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson and the team is also still paying J.R. Smith. That’s why it was a bit of a surprise when the Cavaliers traded for Andre Drummond who’s on a max deal for this season and next season. Now Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova are in the last season of their contracts; so that will help the Cavaliers get some salary cap relief. Even with some salary cap room you have to wonder if there’s a free agent out their that would be interested in signing with Cleveland.

J.B. Bickerstaff will be taking over as the head coach of the Cavaliers. Bickerstaff has had two other head coaching stints. He coached the Houston Rockets for 71 games going 37-34 in 2015-16. Houston was eliminated in the 1st round of the playoffs that season. Bickerstaff took over the Memphis Grizzlies for the final 63 games in 2017-18 going 15-48. The Grizzlies decided to keep Bickerstaff as the head coach for the 2018-19 season, but was fired by the team after they went 33-49 and missed the playoffs.

Bickerstaff will make his debut as Cavaliers head coach on February 21st against the Washington Wizards. Bickerstaff’s career starts off with two back to back road games as the Cavaliers will play the Miami Heat on February 22nd.

Bickerstaff isn’t inheriting the best of coaching situations and it’s unclear right now if Cleveland is interested in keeping him around after these final 28 games of the season. Bickerstaff was the Cavaliers associate and assistant head coach; so he’ll just move a spot up on the bench.

Now with the changes the NBA made to the draft lottery there’s no guarantee that the Cavaliers will get the kind of player that can help them as a rookie. Can Cleveland land a game changing player in the draft? And if they do land that player; how much of a difference will that player make?

Greg Olsen is changing teams. On February 3rd the Carolina Panthers decided to release Olsen after nine seasons. After 13 seasons in the NFL there was some talk that Olsen might retire and move into a commentators role. Olsen has been a booth analyst for Fox Sports during this XFL season.

Well it looks like Olsen will be playing next season as he signed a one year $7 million dollar deal to join the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks do have two veteran tight ends on their roster; Ed Dickson and Will Dissly, but neither has the pass catching resume that Olsen does. Jacob Hollister was the Seahawks top tight end last season with 41 receptions and 3 touchdowns. You’d like to think that a healthy Olsen will be able to surpass those numbers easily.

Olsen has always been a viable offensive target when healthy. He has had to seasons of 80 plus receptions as well as three seasons where he put up 1000 yards receiving. Olsen posted a career high 7 touchdowns in 2015 with Carolina.

Olsen has dealt with his share of injuries the last three seasons, but last season was the healthiest one he’s had. In 14 games Olsen caught 52 passes for 597 yards and 2 touchdowns with a long receptions of 41 yards. The concern for the Seahawks is if Olsen has a repeat of 2017 where he played 7 games or 2018 where he played in 9 games. If Olsen can just repeat the numbers he put up last season or improve them just slightly it would be an upgrade for the Seahawks.

With Olsen off the free agent tight end board it looks like Eric Ebron and Hunter Henry will be the top free agents on the market. There are a lot of veteran tight ends available in free agency with Jason Witten heading up that group. Witten has said that he’d like to play next season even if it’s not for the Dallas Cowboys. Will see if the Olsen signing possibly gets the market started and will see some signings soon.

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