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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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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 27, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

To say that Week 3 in the NFL was not good to us and your picks would be an understatement. I guess you can say that myself, Schaumburg Stu and Mr. Fantasy tied for the win in Week 3. Sadly we where all 7-9 while Dan the Man finished at 6-10. Overall Schaumburg Stu is leading at 29-18. Dan the Man and I are one game behind at 28-19 while Mr. Fantasy is at the bottom of the pile at 27-20.

If you’ve listened to the Sports Time Radio podcast you’ve heard us joke about us jinxing a team when the four of us agree that they’ll win. We last Sunday we agreed on 11 games. Seven of those 11 teams that we all agreed would win lost. Now through a couple of weeks it can be tough to tell what a teams identity is, but some of the teams that lost where clearly upsets. I’d say if you’re a fan of a certain team the worst thing that could happen to them is for the four of us to agree that they’re going to win a game.

Well Week 4 will get rolling Thursday night with the Green Bay Packers hosting the Chicago Bears. Hopefully will have a better week of picks than we did last week.

I always flip around to the different sports networks to see what their talking about. Now yesterday when I was bouncing around from channel to channel there where a couple of them that had breaking news on their crawler and I was waiting for it. When I final got to see what these couple of networks where trying to pass off as breaking news made me chuckle. Their big huge breaking news was that Dwayne Wade was planning to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers after he clears waivers. How is that breaking news? Now I understand that one of the networks playing this off as breaking news paid way too much money to televise the NBA and they have to play any basketball story up as bigger than it is to justify their own stupidity, but anyone else calling it breaking news just hasn’t been paying attention.

On Sunday Wade agreed to a buyout with the Chicago Bulls after playing just one season with them. Wade played in 60 games last season averaging 18.3 points per game while playing an average of 29.9 minutes per game. Wade shoot 43.4% from the field, but just 31% from behind the 3-point line.

Once Wade was bought out it was pretty clear where he would end up signing and even though there where some other teams mentioned I think everyone knew that Wade would end up in Cleveland with LeBron James. While playing together for the Miami Heat Wade and James won back to back NBA titles in 2012 and 2013. Wade also won an NBA title with Miami in 2006. Wade was the series M.V.P. in 2006.

Wade will be entering his 15 seasons and he didn’t play in back to back games last season. Now there are reports that guard Isaiah Thomas is going to be out until January with a hip injury; so it looks as though the Cavaliers starting back court will be Wade and former M.V.P. Derrick Rose. On their training camp roster the Cavaliers have Jose Calderon, Kay Fedler, J.R. Smith , Iman Shumpert and John Holland to go along with Rose and Wade at the guard position. Even when Thomas returns from injury does this look like a good enough back court to win an NBA title or get into the NBA finals?

When Wade clears waivers and signs with the cavaliers it will be for their veteran’s minimum of $2.3 million dollars. Wade could’ve signed for more money with another team, but it’s clear that he wanted to team back up with James again.

With the NHL season lurking just around the corner it’s time for fantasy players to make sure they’re ready for their upcoming fantasy drafts. There are some quality players that are going to start the season on injured reserve, but should be worth taking a chance in and stashing on your bench until they return.

Ryan Kesler of the Anaheim Ducks had hip surgery and looks to be out until the New Year. Kesler played in all 82 games regular season games for the Ducks in 2016-17. He totaled 58 points on 22 goals and 38 assists. Kesler also played in 17 playoffs games last season scoring 8 points on 1 goal and 7 assists. Keep an eye on Kesler’s status as he could be a good add towards the end of your season.

Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils has been an under rated fantasy player and that will really be true this season as it appears he’ll be out four to six more weeks after having pectoral surgery in August. Zajac played in 80 games for New Jersey last season. He totaling 45 points on 14 goals and 31 assists. Depending on your leagues depth Zajac will be a good centerman to bring on when he’s healthy.

Ryan Ellis of the Nashville Predators is recovering from off season knee surgery and it’s being reported that he’s still about three months away from returning. Ellis played in 71 games last season totaling 38 points on 16 goals and 22 assists while be a +17. In 22 playoff games Ellis scored 13 points, 5 goals and 8 assists while being a +4. The Predators look to be a team on the rise; so you’ll have to analyze the situation very carefully to see if there will be minutes for Ellis when he returns from injury.

Anther defenseman on the mend is Andrej Sekera of the Edmonton Oilers. Sekera torn his ACL in the post season and it looks like he’ll miss a minimum of half the season. Sekera played in 80 games last season. He ended up scoring 35 points on 8 goals and 27 assists while posting a +14. Sekera played in 11 post season games. He scored 1 goal and assisted on 2 others for a total of 3 points, but was a -1 for the playoffs. Sekera did have his second best scoring season in 2016-17 and has put up 30 points or more in both of his seasons with Edmonton half a season is a long time to wait. Maybe the timing will be right and Sekera will return just as you’re looking for a guy, but I don’t think it’s worth holding a roster spot for him.

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How was your week

Posted: September 23, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I think that we’re all use to bad Thursday night football games, but so far this season the NFL has delivered two out of the three weeks of this season. Honestly though who thought that the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers would keep that streak going this past Thursday, but they did.

Now the game looked like it was just going to be a blow out as the Rams had a 34-20 lead heading into the 4th quarter, but the 49ers got themselves back in the game and ended up being just an unconverted 2-point conversion away from possibly sending the game into overtime.

In the end the Rams ended up with a 41-39 victory and improved their record to 2-1 while the 49ers fell to 0-3 even though they’ve played three close games to start the season.

I’m not sure if fantasy owners where expecting this, but the game provided them with some very good numbers to start off Week 3.

Jared Goff was 22 of 28 for 292 yards and 3 touchdowns. Goff was credited with 1 rushing attempt for -1 yards as well. Brian Hoyer went 23 of 37 in the game for 337 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interceptions. Hoyer also ran the football 1 time for 9 yards and a touchdown. Did you start either of these guys?

As for running backs Todd Gurley put up some big fantasy numbers. Gurley carried the football 28 times for 113 yards and scored 2 rushing touchdowns. He also caught 5 passes for 36 yards and had a receiving touchdown as well. Who had Gurley having a 3 touchdown night? Carlos Hyde did well for the 49ers as well. Hyde carried the football 25 times for 84 yards and scored 2 rushing touchdowns. Hyde also added 3 receptions for 10 yards. I’m sure Gurley was in everyone’s starting line up, but I wonder how many people used Hyde this week.

The Rams had two receivers go over the 100 yard mark in the game. Robert Woods had the most yards for them with 108 on 6 receptions, but Sammy Watkins was the Los Angeles receiver to have in this game. Watkins also had 6 receptions and went for 106 yards, but he had 2 touchdowns. Pierre Garcon had good numbers as well as he went for 142 yards on 7 receptions, but it was Trent Taylor and Garrett Celek who caught the 49ers touchdowns in this game. I actually had Garcon starting in one of my leagues, but I wonder how many line up Watkins and Woods where in.

I don’t think that either teams Defense/Special teams will be much help to you in fantasy this week as they both let up quite a few points. The Rams did have 4 sacks to go with 1 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery while totaling 83 return yards. The 49ers had 2 fumble recoveries to go with 65 return yards.

The win improved the Rams record to 2-1 while the 49ers fell to 0-3. Both team are on the road for Week 4 as the Rams will take on the Dallas Cowboys in AT&T Stadium while the 49ers will face the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.

We’ve haven’t heard much about this lately, but as we get closer to NBA training camps opening Carmelo Anthony is still a member of the New York Knicks.

Now Anthony has a full no-trade cause in his contract; so he’ll be able to pick which team he ends up on if a deal is worked out. Anthony had agreed to go to the Houston Rockets, but the teams where unable to work out a deal for him. There are reports now that Anthony has added the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder as two more teams he’d be willing to accept a trade to. Now it’s no surprise at all that Anthony would be willing to go to the Cavaliers. He and LeBron James are friends off the court and James has mentioned being interested in playing with Anthony before. Now you have to wonder if either of these teams would have the assets required to make a deal for Anthony. The Knicks aren’t looking for any long term veteran type contacts in a deal and draft picks are only going to get you so far. Cleveland is still the best team in the Eastern Conference, but would the addition of Anthony to go along with their earlier acquisition of Paul George give Oklahoma City enough to challenge the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference?

Now don’t forget that the Portland Trailblazers still remain interested in acquiring Anthony, but as of now he hasn’t said that he’d accept a trade to Portland. Portland’s top two players guards Damon Lillard and C.J. McCollum have been trying to convince Anthony to join the Trailblazers if a deal could be worked out, but so far no word out of Anthony on if he’d go to Portland. Could Portland emerge as the front runner for Anthony if deals with the Cleveland and Oklahoma City can’t be worked out?

The Knicks open camp on Monday and you can just how awkward it’s going to be as Anthony plans on reporting to camp. You’d have to expect a ton of tension between the two sides and Anthony has been encouraging the Knicks to show urgency in their pursuit of a trade before the season.

Anthony has two years and $54 million dollars left on his contract, but he has an option year for the 2018-19 season that would pay him $27.9 million dollars for that season if he chooses to opt into that.

Do you remember Anthony Bennett? I’m not surprised at all if you don’t, but he was the #1 overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft. After playing just one season at UNLV the Cleveland cavaliers made Bennett the top pick in that 2013 draft.

Bennett was with the Cavaliers for one season before he was dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Andrew Wiggins in the deal that landed the Cavaliers Kevin Love. Bennett also stayed just one season in Minnesota before being waived and signing with the Toronto Raptors. Bennett played just 19 games for the Raptors as he spent most of his time in the D-League before being waived. The Brooklyn Nets signed Bennett next and again he spent most of his time on their D-League team playing just 23 games for the Nets before they released him. Bennett them found his way to the Euro League where he played with the Turkish team Fenerbache.

So it’s looking like Bennett is going to end up being another 1st round NBA bust, but maybe not. The Phoenix Suns have signed Bennett to a non-guaranteed contract and he’ll be joining them for training camp this week. It appears that it may be another trip to what is now called the G-League for Bennett, but at least he’s going to get another chance to prove himself in the NBA.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 30, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins is having an M.V.P. type of season. He hit his 51st home run last night and has 110 RBI”s already this season. The Marlins have improved to one games above the .500 mark at 66-65 and are in contention for a National league wild card spot. Miami is currently 5 1/2 games behind the Colorado Rockies for the 2nd National League wild card spot. Now that’s a lot of ground to make up, but it’s been interesting to see how the Marlins have found a way to turn their season around.

I guess what’s disappointing to me in this culture of baseball is with the season Stanton is having there is now talk that he’s using a performance enhancing drug. Stanton stands 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs around 250 pounds. Do people really believe that he needs assistance to hit home runs? Maybe it’s the fact that Stanton has been healthy this season. Stanton has played in 129 of the Marlins 131 games. Last season he played in 119 games and in 2015 he played in just 74 games. You would think an increase in games played and more at bats would equal more home runs for a power hitter. Now the 51 home runs is more than Stanton has hit in any season, but if you’ve spent any time watching baseball this season you know that the balls are flying farther than last season and that should account for the rise in home runs. The baseballs have actually been tested; so this is a fact. Who knows maybe I’m way off here and Stanton is some type of drug, but I don’t think I am. It’s just very sad to me that this is where we go when I guy is having the breakout type of season that people have been waiting for him to have. I guess that’s just how baseball is now.

In the 2nd inning of the game between the Boston red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays Red Sox lefty Chris Sale stuck out Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar. Now it was just one of 11 strikeouts Sale had in the game, but this one was his 1500th career strikeout. This was also the fastest that any pitcher in major league history has reached 1500 strikeouts. It took Sale 255 games and 1290 innings to amass that total and don’t forget that he was a reliever his first two big league seasons. It was former Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood who held the record. Wood reached 1500 strikeouts in 1300 innings.

Sale appears to be the front runner for the American League Cy Young award. With the won last night Sale is now 15-6 with an E.R.A. of 2.77. Right now Sale leads the American league in wins (15), innings pitched (185 1/3rd), and strikeouts (264). The only starting pitcher with a better E.R.A. than Sale is Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians who’s at 2.63. Sale has made 27 starts this season and will probably make five of six more starts this season depending on how the pennant race goes for the Red Sox. You’d have to think right now though Sale is at the top of just about everyone’s Cy Young ballot.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this, but there’s a company called Rep The Squad that is selling monthly subscriptions that allow fans to pick what jerseys they want to wear and have it shipped to them. Now I know this is done with video games and movies, but jerseys. When a subscriber returns a jersey the next in his queue or “locker” as  Rep The Squad calls it will be sent to them. By the way the jersey will be returned in prepaid envelopes. A monthly subscription costs $19.95 for adults and $16.95 for children.

Brian Watkins is the person behind this idea. Watkins hopes to eventually go into all major pro sports teams, but at launch; which is Wednesday, the company will only have jerseys for fans of the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. The company has acquired thousands of jerseys, including every look in every size for these teams.

Now I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing that I’m thinking. What happens when a jersey comes back dirty. Watkins is expecting jerseys to be returned dirty and he said that “the jerseys are immediately dry cleaned at no cost to the customer”. Now Watkins did mentioned that “There will be a charge, however, if a jersey were to come back all cut up”.

The Seattle based company is backed by Madrona Venture Group, which was one of the earliest Amazon investors and Maveron, which is was co-founded by Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz. Now there are some NFL players that are investors in this company. The NFL players invested in this company include Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin along with two former Seahawks. Golden Tate now a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions and offensive tackle Russell Okung now with the Los Angeles Chargers.

I’m very interested to know if you’d be interested in renting a jersey? I mentioned that they do this with video games and movies, but it’s also done with clothing and jewelry. I understand that jerseys are expensive to buy, but I’m just not sure about a rented jersey even if it’s been dry cleaned.

The Golden State Warriors have been to the last three NBA Finals and they’ve won two titles. With all of their superstars returning for the 2017-18 season you have to think that the Warriors are a lock to make the playoffs and if you do you can bet on it.

The Westgate Superbook is offering 1-1000odds that the Warriors make the playoffs. What does that mean? It means if you where to bet $100,000 on the Warriors making the playoffs you’d win $100. On the flipside if you bet $100 dollars on Golden State missing the playoffs and they actually did you’d win $10,000 dollars, but good luck with that bet.

If you don’t like that bet Westgate has set Golden State’s win total for the 2017-18 season at 67.5 games. The Warriors are projected to win 11 more regular season games than any other NBA team. The Boston Celtics are actually projected to have the second highest regular season win total at 56.5.

Are you laying your money down on any of these bets or is there a wager you like that’s out there?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 23, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

this season. T,he Cleveland cavaliers granted Kyrie Irving’s wish and traded him to the Boston Celtics in Tuesday. All in all it looks like Cleveland got a pretty good deal for Irving. In return for Irving the Celtics sent point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets 2018 1st round pick that the Celtics owned. It’s an unprotected 1st round pick; so the Cavaliers will receive the pick no matter where the Nets finish.

It was back in July when Irving met with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and said he’d like to be traded. In the meeting Irving mentioned that he’d like to go to a team where he could be the focal point and that he no longer wanted to play along LeBron James.

Irving is 25 years old and this will be his 7th NBA season. Irving has had some injury issues in his career, but he played in 72 games last season and posted his highest scoring average at 25.2 points per game while averaging just over 35 minutes a game.

Thomas is 28 years old, but is also heading into his 7th NBA season. The Celtics had the best record in the Eastern Conference last season at 53-29 as Thomas posted a career high scoring average of 28.9 points per game. Thomas also handed out 5.9 assists per game while playing just shy of 34 minutes a game. Now Thomas did have a hip injury that caused him to miss the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals series against the Cavaliers. Thomas has spent the off season rehabbing the injury as he opted not to have surgery. Interestingly the Cavaliers still acquired Thomas even though they don’t know when he’ll be able to return to the court.

Jae Crowder is 27 years old and is entering his 6th NBA season. Crowder averaged 13.9 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game and 1 steal per game for the Celtics last season in 72 games. Crowder has averaged scoring in double digits the last two seasons with Boston.

Ante Zizic was the Celtics 1st round pick in the 2016 draft, He was the 23rd pick in that draft, but he hasn’t played a game in the NBA since being drafted. Zizic played 20 games for Darussafaka in the European League. Zizic averaged 9 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. Zizic started 17 of the 20 games he played in and averaged playing just under 22 minutes per game.

As far as salaries go Irving has 3 years left on his deal. He’ll make $18,868,625 next season. It goes up to $20,009,188 in 2018-19 and then in the 2019-20 season he’ll make $21,329,750. Thomas is in the final year of his contract and will make $6,261,395 before becoming a free agent. Crowder has three seasons on his contract. He’ll make $6,796,117 this season. In 2018-19 he’ll make $7,305,825 and then in the final year of his contract his salary will be $7,815,533. Zizic signed a two year deal that totals $3,597,960. Zizic’s contract has two options years for the 2019-20 and 2020-2021 seasons.

This is an interesting deal especially since it was made by the two teams that net in the Eastern Conference finals last season. The Celtics have added Gordon Hayward as a free agent and they used the #3 pick in the draft to take Jayson Tatum all in an effort to get past the Cavaliers and into the NBA Finals. Will the addition of Irving be enough for them to do that? Or do you still have the Cavaliers as the favorite in the Eastern Conference?

If you’re a Cavaliers fan the question you have to be asking is; how does this trade effect LeBron James status. James is in the final year of his contract and most people think he’ll leave the Cavaliers as a free agent after the season. Now getting that Nets 1st round pick that should be a lottery pick, but they’re not going to get someone the caliber of James with that draft pick. Of course James can get more money from the Cavaliers than he can from any other team, but it appears in all likely hood he’ll be moving on after the 2017-18 season. With James the Cavaliers are a threat to win the NBA title, but if he decides to move on where does that leave the Cavaliers?

Professional athletes use social media for quite a few things and it appears that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Von Bell used his Twitter account to imply he’ll return to the Steelers the day after the teams final pre-season game. Bell simply tweeted out 9-1-17 and the a tweet that said you’re welcome.

Bell was given the franchise tag by the Steelers and is scheduled to make $12.1 million this season. Bell skipped training camp and hasn’t signed his franchise tender yet as he tries to get a new contract done with the Steelers. You’d have to expect that when Bell and the Steelers agree to a contract he’ll be the highest paid running back in the NFL. Devonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons is currently the highest paid running back in the NFL. Freeman’s new contract pays him an average of $8.25 million per season; so look for a number above that in Bell’s new contract.

The Steelers open the season on the road as they’ll travel to Cleveland to face the Browns on September 10th.

Now this is the third week of pre-season games for NFL teams and that means that the starters will play more than in any other pre-season game.

Now this will give the fans and of course fantasy players a good look at the starters. The first thing that jumped out at me was the fact that the Browns have decided to start rookie DeShone Kizer over Brock Osweiler at quarterback. Now does this mean that Kizer will be the Browns starting quarterback in Week 1; who knows, but remember when Kizer was drafted the Browns mentioned that the plan was to bring him along slowly and they even went so far as to say that he might not play in a 2017 regular season game. Of course this is Cleveland; so you never know what they’re going to do, but it’s something to watch.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: July 26, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

On Tuesday the Boston Red Sox called up another one of their top prospects in 3rd baseman Rafael Devers. Now Devers didn’t play on Tuesday night, but he made his major league debut on Wednesday night against the Seattle Mariners. Devers didn’t get a hit in four official at bats. Devers struck out one time, walked twice and scored a run in the Red Sox 6-5 loss to the Mariners in 13 innings.

Now the thought was that the Red Sox would be the team to go out and get Todd Frazier from the Chicago White Sox and allow Devers to play the full season at Triple-A. Instead Frazier ended going to the Red Sox rival the New York Yankees. After the release of Pablo Sandoval it appeared that the would use Frazier to hold down the 3rd base job until 2018 and then turn things over to Devers, but after the trade wasn’t completed it looked like the job would be Devers a little earlier than planned.

Now it appears that the Red Sox may be back to their original plan as they acquired 3rd baseman Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants. Nunez was a trade deadline pick up for the Giants last season and helped them get into the playoffs and now the Red Sox will look for Nunez to help get them into the playoffs this season.

The Red Sox sent two right handed pitchers to the Giants for Nunez. San Francisco will receive Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos in the deal. Anderson is 22 tears old and was a 3rd round pick of the Red Sox in 2016. He has split this season between Class-A and High-A. Anderson has made 18 starts this season covering 97 1/3rd innings. He is 6-3 with an E.R.A. of 3.42 this season. Santos is 17 years old and was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2016. Santos has spent two seasons playing in the Red Sox Rookie League. Santos has made 7 starts this season covering 30 innings. He is 2-0 with an E.R.A. of 0.90.

Even though Nunez is called a 3rd baseman though his career he has played multiple positions. Besides 3rd base Nunez has seen time at 2nd base, shortstop as well as left and rightfield. Nunez was hitting .308 in 76 games for the Giants this season. He had 4 home runs and 31 RBI’s, but has stolen 18 bases this season.

Nunez will be a free agent after this season; so he’ll probably be a rent a type player for the Red Sox as the plan still appears to be to turn the 3rd base job over to Devers starting in 2018.

To get Nunez on their 40 man roster the Red Sox designated left handed pitcher Luis Ysla for assignment. The Red Sox also swapped a couple of guys on the disabled list. Right handed pitcher Ben Taylor goes on the 10 day disabled list while another right hander Blaine Boyer comes off the disabled list.

The Milwaukee Brewers added an arm to their bullpen yesterday as they picked up Anthony Swarzak from the Chicago White Sox for minor leaguer Ryan Cordell.

Swarzak is in his 8th major league season and has put up good numbers out of the White Sox bullpen. Swarzak actually just picked up the first save of his career on Tuesday before being traded. Swarzak has pitched in 41 games this season. He is 4-3 with an E.R.A. of 2.23. Swarzak looks to be the main set up guy for the Brewers closer Corey Knebel, but if needed he can work more than one inning. It had been reported that the Brewers where looking to add arms; so are they done? or will they find another pitcher to deal for?

Cordell is a 25 year old outfielder who has also played some 3rd base. He’s spent this season in Triple-A where he’s hitting .284 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI’s in 68 games. Cordell was an 11th round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2013 and was the Brewers 17th ranked prospect.

Injuries are always a factor in a pennant race and a couple of contenders maybe be without one of their top of the rotation starters for a period of time due to injury. It does appear as both will be back and ready for the playoffs though.

The Los Angels Dodgers will have to play on without what many consider the best starting pitcher in baseball as Clayton Kershaw will miss 4 to 6 weeks with a back injury. In 2016 Kershaw missed a little over two months with a herniated disc in his back, but the Dodgers are saying that this injury doesn’t appear to be related to that. Given Kershaw’s past history with back problems; one can’t fault the team for being as careful as possible. With a 10 1/2 game lead in the National League West the Dodgers should be able to afford to give Kershaw the time off he needs to get right foe a playoff run.

Steven Strasburg of the Washington Nationals exited his last start after just 2 innings when he had some pain in his right arm. Strasburg was diagnosed with a nerve impingement. Oddly there was no MRI done on Strasburg’s arm, but the Nationals have said that the nerve impingement has been “alleviated”. Strasburg mentioned that he had some of the same issues in his start before, but pitched through it. That would’ve been July 17th when he pitched 7 innings while giving up 1 run and 4 hits while striking out 11 and walking 1.

Strasburg threw off flat ground on Tuesday and it looks like he’s going to make his next start on Saturday against the Colorado Rockies. Will have to wait and see if there’s a pitch count for Strasburg or if everything is fine and Strasburg can just pitch.

With all of the Kyrie Irving drama surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers you have to wonder if the signing of Derrick Rose will turn out to be a need.

Rose the former M.V.P. agreed to join the Cavaliers on a one year $2.1 million dollar deal after one season with the New York Knicks.

Rose had a solid season with the Knicks, but did play in just 64 games due to injuries. Rose averaged 18 points a game and handed out 4.4 assists per game. In this new style NBA Rose is definitely the slash and pass type of guy as he shot 21.7% from behind the 3-point line last season.

Rose is no longer the same player who won that M.V.P. award and the Cavaliers would be better if they had both Rose and Irving on their roster, but if Irving gets his wish and is traded by Cleveland Rose could be a solid fill in guy with experience.

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How was your week

Posted: July 15, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Major League Baseball returned to action Friday after the All-Star break with every team having a game. The New York Mets (14) and the Houston Astros (10) scored double digit runs in their returns to the diamond while the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians failed to score in there first game back. Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers each hit two home runs in their games to help there team to victory. The Boston Red Sox picked up a win against the New York Yankees on a walk off walk in the bottom of the 9th inning. The Chicago Cubs needed a solo home run from Addison Russell to pull out a 9-8 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The Cubs had an 8-0 lead in the game after 3 innings, but the Orioles battle back into the game and Russell had to some through to give the Cubs a win. Then Finally the best player in the game return to action on Friday night as Mike Trout came off the disabled list for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Trout was 1 for 5 in his return to the line up as the Angels dropped a 2-1 decision in a game that went 10 innings. Trout had a chance to keep the game going with 2 outs and no one on in the bottom of the 10th inning, but Tampa Bay Rays closer Alex Colome struck Trout out to end the game.

During the All-Star break we had our first major trade of the season as the Chicago White Sox sent pitcher Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs for four minor leaguers. The White Sox received top prospects Eloy Jimenez an outfielder, Dylan Cease a starting pitcher, Matt Rose a 1st baseman and Bryant Flete a 2nd baseman. Jimenez and Cease are ranked in the Top 100 prospects according to just about every ranking.

Quintana will make his first start for the Cubs on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. Quintana has made 18 starts this season covering 104 1/3rd innings. He is 4-8 with an E.R.A. of 4.49. Quintana was looked at as the best available starting pitcher on the trading block as he’s started 30 plus games and has pitched 200 or more innings the last 4 seasons. If his E.R.A. is closer to his career number of 3.51 Quintana should be the top of the rotation pitcher the Cubs need.

Jimenez, Rose and Flete where all playing in High Class-A at the time of the trade while Cease was pitching for the South Bend Cubs in Class-A.

Jimenez was hitting .272 in 44 games with 8 home runs and 34 RBI’s. Rose was hitting .224 in 67 games with 14 home runs and 40 RBI’s while Flete was hitting .307 in 72 games with 6 home runs and 38 RBI’s. Cease had made 13 starts covering 51 2/3rd innings. He had a 1-2 record with an E.R.A. of 2.79.

While it’s tough to judge any trade it does appear that in this situation both teams got what they where looking for and in the Cubs case what they needed. The Cubs needed to find some kind of help for their starting rotation and Quintana should fit nicely into that role. The White Sox are rebuilding and they where looking for quality prospects. They picked up a couple of highly rated prospects in this deal and a couple of guys that you just don’t know how they’ll develop.

There where a lot of teams interested in Quintana and one of them was reportedly the Milwaukee Brewers who the Cubs are trying to catch in the National League Central. The Minnesota Twins where also a team who’s name came up quite a bit in Quintana trade talks. Now the Brewers and the Twins along with all of the other teams looking for starting pitcher will have to find another target, but who will that be?

With Quintana off the board it appears that Sonny Gray of the Oakland A’s is the top starting pitcher that could be traded. Gray helped his cause out last night as he pitched 6 scoreless innings for Oakland last night against the Cleveland Indians. Oakland won the game 5-0 with Gray picking up the win to make his record 5-4 this season. It was Gray’s 14th start of the season covering 84 2/3rd innings. Gray has struck out 79 batters while walking just 26 this season and his E.R.A. is 3.72.

Gray is 27 years old and is in his 5th major league season, but he’s had some injury issues through his career. Gray made just 22 starts last season due to injuries. Any team interested in making a deal for Gray will have to take that into consideration. If Gray is traded I’m sure the A’s will be looking for a deal similar to what the White Sox got for Quintana.

Will Gray be the next top starting pitcher to be traded or will we someone else get dealt before him?

The New York Knicks found their replacement for Phil Jackson as they signed Scott Perry to a 5 year deal to be the teams General Manager. Perry was formerly the Sacramento Kings vice president of basketball operations; Perry will report to Steve Mills. The Knicks are planning to sign Mills to a new multiyear deal as president; promoting him from General Manager. As part of signing Perry the Knicks will send the Kings a future 2nd round draft pick and cash considerations.

One of if not Perry’s first job with the Knicks will be to figure out what to do with Carmelo Anthony. Anthony had said that he would waive the no-trade clause in his contract if he was traded to the Houston Rockets or the Cleveland Cavaliers. Reports earlier this week where that the Knicks and the Rockets where close to a four team deal that would have Anthony end up in Houston, but the deal hasn’t happened. There was also a report that the Knicks have asked Anthony to expand the number of teams that he would be willing to be traded to, but the latest report is saying the Knicks just might bring Anthony back and reincorporating him into the organization. This is clearly the biggest hurdle Perry will have to jump as a new GM and with the Eastern Conference looking to be weaker than last season could a Carmelo Anthony led Knicks team sneak into a playoff spot?

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With Major League Baseball on their All-Star break, NFL training camps not open yet and the NHL and NBA seasons coming to an end last month I’ve heard this described as the worst week in professional sports. If you’re a fan of the big four sports there hasn’t been a whole lot for you to tune in for. On Monday you have the home run derby to watch and then last you had the actual MLB All-Star game to watch, but you’ll have to come up with something for yourself tonight.

I think the only sporting event that you could watch right now is Wimbledon, but those matches are played in the morning; so you’d have to watch them at night on tape delay. If you are able to watch right now #1 seed Andy Murray is on the court, Murray is facing #24 seeded Sam Querrey. Currently each player has won a set and Murray is up in the third set four games to two.

Last night for the 5th season in a row the American League beat the National League 2-1 in the All-Star game. The game showed fans that as I’m sure you’ve heard before; good pitching beats good hitting. We got an extra inning out of the game as it went 10; so combined over those 20 innings there where 23 strikeouts. The National League pitchers struck out 14 batters while American League pitchers struck out 9. Carlos Martinez of the St. Louis Cardinals struck out 4 batters and was the only National League pitcher to throw two innings. Kenley Jansen of the Los Angels Dodgers pitched one inning and all three outs he recorded where strikeouts. On the American League side Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel of the Boston Red Sox and Dellin Betances of the New York Yankees each struck out 2 batters. Sale was the only American League pitcher to throw more than one inning.

The American League got on the board first in the top of the 5th inning. With two outs on the innings Jonathan Schoop of the Baltimore Orioles doubled. Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins followed that with a single to drive Schoop in to give the American League a 1-0 lead.

The National League tied the game up in the bottom of the 6th inning. After a ground out to start the inning Yader Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals hit a solo home run to right centerfield to make it a 1-1 game.

With the game still tied at 1-1 after the 9th inning was completed I’m sure fans where wondering if we where going to see another tie in the All-Star game. Luckily they didn’t go that route and they played a 10th inning.

In the top of that 10th inning Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners led it off with a solo home run to rightfield to give the American League a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the 10th inning the first two National League batters made outs before Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds drew a walk, but with the game tying run on and the winning run in the batters box it was fittingly a strikeout to end the game.

Cano was named M.V.P. of the game for hitting the game winning home run.

Kimbrel picked up the win in the game and Andrew Miller of the Cleveland Indians got the save. Wade Davis of the Chicago Cubs took the loss as he gave up the home run to Cano.

With the All-Star game in the books there are a couple of days with no games before the regular season get s going again on Friday.

It had been reported that the Los Angeles Lakers where interested in adding a point guard to their roster and there where quite a few rumors out there. In the end the Lakers gave Kentavious Caldwell-Pope a 1 year $18 million dollar deal to join them. Caldwell-Pope is 24 years old and is expected to have a significant role in the Lakers back court. It appears that Caldwell-Pope will be the mentor for #2 overall pick Lonzo Ball.

Caldwell-Pope had a one year $4.9 million dollar qualifying offer that he could’ve taken with the Detroit Pistons, but the Pistons decided to renounce his rights last week.

This deal makes Caldwell-Pope one of the Top 10 highest paid shooting guards and also allows him to go back into free agency after next season.

The Lakers made it a priority to land a player like Caldwell-Pope and still have the salary cap flexibility for next season. There is a chance that the Lakers aren’t done signing players. They met with point guard Rajon Rondo yesterday and they may add him to their back court as well.

Besides the Lakers signing of Caldwell-Pope there where a couple of other players who signed free agent deals. DeWayne Dedmon is leaving the San Antonio Spurs as he signed a two year $14 million dollar deal with the Atlanta Hawks. The New York Knicks also made a singing as they agreed on a two year $8.9 million dollar deal with guard Ron Baker. Baker played in 52 games for the Knicks last season.

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) made it official when they announced that Erik Jones will take over the #20 car from Matt Kenseth for the 2018 season. Jones is currently driving the #77 car as a satellite driver for Furniture Row Racing. Jones is currently 14th in the NASCAR Cup standings as a rookie. Jones has one Top 5 and five Top 10s in his 18 starts and sits 52 points out of the current playoff cutoff.

Having eight wins (including two this year) in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the 21-year-old Jones is considered one of the sport’s potential stars. He also has seven wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he has seven career wins.

Jones’ departure from Furniture Row Racing leaves that organization considering returning to a one-car operation. It expanded to two cars for 2017 with Jones and sponsor 5-Hr Energy. Furniture Row Racing has two charters — it purchased a charter from Premium Motorsports prior to the 2017 season — so it would have to sell or lease the No. 77 team charter if it doesn’t field a car in 2018 or else NASCAR could then revoke it and sell it.

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How was your week

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

On Friday night the 1st place Milwaukee Brewers started a three game series in the Bronx, New York against the New York Yankees. Now before last nights game there was a lot of talk about how this series was a big test for Milwaukee and that this would be their opportunity to prove that they’re a contender. Interestingly it was the Yankees that had lost their last two games and four of their last five games coming into this series, but the Brewers are the team being tested here. I get it though it feeds into that east coast bias and the Yankees have had a good season up to this point; so let’s play along.

If this is truly a test for the Brewers they passed there first one as they won Game one of the series 9-4. The Yankees grabbed a 1-0 lead in the Bottom of the 2nd, Didi Gregorius singled to rightfield and when Domingo Santana had trouble handle the baseball Gregorious went al the way to 3rd base. Clint Frazier brought Gregorius home with a sacrifice fly to rightfield. In the top of the 4th the Brewers took the lead. Ryan Braun led the inning off with a double. Braun advanced the 3rd base on a ground out and then Jesus Aguilar brought them both home as he homered to rightfield to give Milwaukee a 2-1 lead. The Yankees took the lead right back in the bottom of the 4th inning. Gregorious reached 1st base safely on a Jonathan Villar error and after a strikeout Ji-man Choi gave the Yankees the lead back at 3=2 when he hit a home run into the rightfield bleachers. The Yankees added a run to their lead in the bottom of the 5th inning when Aaron Judge lead the inning off with a solo home run to centerfield to make it a 4-2 lead. The home run was Judge’s 30th of the season which breaks the home run record for the Yankees which was held by Joe DiMaggio. Milwaukee got the game even at 4 all in the top of the 6th. Braun led the inning off with a walk; Travis Shaw followed that with a double to put Brewers on 2nd and 3rd. After a pitching change a wild pitch saw Braun score and moved Shaw up to 3rd. Aguilar then hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Shaw and make it a 4-4 game. The Brewers then out the game away in the top of the 7th. Orlando Arcia flew out to lead off the inning, but Santana and Villar drew back to back walks. Ryan then flew out to centerfield, but it was deep enough for both runners to advance. Shaw was intentionally walked to load the bases for Aguilar who hit a grand slam to centerfield to make it a 5-4 Brewers lead. After the Yankees made a pitching change Hernan Perez doubled and Manny Pina drove him home with a single to get the game to it’s final score of 9-4.

Junior Guerra (Milwaukee) and Jordan Montgomery (New York) where the starting pitchers in this game, but neither of them factored into the decision. Guerra pitched 3 1/3rd innings. He gave up 3 runs on 2 hits, but only 1 of them was earned while walking 3 and striking out 3. Montgomery pitched 4 1/3rd innings. He gave up 2 runs; both earned on 7 hits while striking out 4.

Josh Hader (1-0) picked up the win for Milwaukee pitching 3 innings in relief. Hader gave up 1 run on 1 hit while striking out 7 and walking 1. Hader was followed by Jared Hughes who pitched a clean 2/3rds of an inning. Oliver Drake then came in for an inning. He gave up 1 hit and struck out a batter. Jacob Barnes pitched the final inning for the Brewers and he walked 1 and struck out 1.

The Yankees bullpen wasn’t as good. Tyler Webb was the first reliever out of that Yankees bullpen. He pitched 2/3rds of an inning giving up 2 runs on 1 hit and walking a batter. Tyler Clippard pitched 1 2/3rds innings giving up 4 runs on just 1 hit while walking 3 and striking out 1. Clippard (1-5) took the loss and also threw the wild pitch that helped the Brewers get back into the game. Chasen Shreve pitched 1/3rd of an inning giving up 1 run on 2 hits while walking a batter. Luis Cessa pitched the final 2 inning in relief for New York and turned out to be the only reliever that didn’t allow a run. Cessa pitched 2 innings and gave up 3 hits, but no runs.

Game 2 is scheduled for a 12:05 p.m. (cst) start. Brent Suter will start for the Brewers and Luis Severino is the Yankees starter.

Suter (1-1) will be making his second start of the season. In his first start in July 3rd he held the Baltimore Orioles to 4 huts and 1 unearned run over 6 innings. Suter also had 8 strikeouts to go with just 1 walk as he threw 97 pitches.

Severino (5-4) has been a solid starter for the Yankees, but has taken losses in his last two starts and he’s coming off what was probably his worst start of the season. On July 2nd Severino faced the Houston Astros. He lasted 5 1/3rd inning giving up 6 runs on 9 hits, He did strikeout 7 Astros while walking just 1 in a 87 pitch outing.

How do you think Milwaukee will do in their second test?

In what is clearly going to be the overhyped sports story of the day Lonzo Ball the #2 pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the recent draft struggled in his first summer league game. Ball is always going to be a story because of his father Lavar’s antics and he just didn’t get off to a good start.

Ball started and played 32 minutes as his Lakers summer league team dropped an overtime opener 96-93 to the Los Angeles Clippers. Ball shot 2 for 15 from the field which included him going 1 of 11 from behind the 3-point line. He grabbed 4 rebounds handed out 5 assists added 2 steals and blocked a shot in the game, but the focus will be his poor shooting and the fact that he only scored 5 points.

Now it’s way, way too early to make an judgements on Ball’s game, but it’s not going to stop people from doing it and I’m sure there are people out there who want to see him fail because of the way his father acts. I’m no fan of Lavar; I think he’s a complete idiot, but in no way does that affect my opinion on Lonzo. It was just one game on a long line of games for him this summer league and coming NBA season. There’s going to be good ones and bad ones and this just happened to be a bad one. Who knows maybe he’ll go out and score 40 points in the next summer league game.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: July 5, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

NBA free agency is rolling along with what seems to be signing after signing. It was no shock at all when Kevin Durant resigned with the Golden State Warriors, but what was interesting was that he took less money so Golden State could also resign Andre Iguodala. Durant signed a two year deal worth $53 million dollars. At the start of free agency it looked like Iguodala would be finding a new team as he didn’t even have a meeting scheduled with the Warriors. First Golden State got Stephen Curry signed to the largest deal in NBA history five years at $201 million dollars. Then they got the Durant deal done. Then they had enough money left to bring Iguodala on a three year $48 million dollar deal.

The Utah Jazz saw a couple of their now former players sign contracts with new teams yesterday. George Hill who drew a lot of interest on the free agent market signed with the Sacramento Kings. Hill got a three year deal worth $57 million dollars. Scaramento also added Zach Randolph formerly of the Memphis Grizzlies.Randolph joins the Kings on a two year $24 million dollar deal. Gordon Hayward also found a new home. Hayward had also drawn a lot of interest from teams, but in the end he signed a four year $128 million dollar deal with the Boston Celtics. While the Celtics where able to land a big free agent in Hayward they did lose a player as well. Amir Johnson will be leaving the Celtics as he signed a one year $11 million dollar deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Paul Milsap signed a three year $90 million dollar deal with the Denver Nuggets and it looked like it was going to end up being part of a sign and trade, but it doesn’t appear that Milsap was included in the deal and he just signed with Denver. Here how the trade played out. The Los Angeles Clippers sent Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and a 2018 1st round pick that they got from the Houston Rockets along with cash to the Atlanta Hawks. The Clippers received Danilo Gallinari from the Nuggets and signed him to a three year $65 million dollar deal. The Hawks then sent a 2019 2nd round pick that they acquired from the Washington Wizards to the Nuggets to complete the trade.

Gallinari will join the Clippers front court that features All-Stars Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but will have to find a way to replace point guard Chris Paul. Gallinari will help fill the 3-point shooting void left by Crawford and J.J. Reddick. Reddick joined the 76ers as a free agent on a one year $23 million dollar deal. Interestingly Crawford is looking for either a buy out or to be waived by Atlanta and is interested in rejoining the Clippers.

So who’s the biggest name left on the free agent market? Looking at the list of players available it just might be Derrick Rose. Rose is a former league M.V.P. who just can’t seem to shake the injury bug. There where rumors that Rose’s former head coach Tom Thibodeau was interesting in adding Rose to the Minnesota Timberwolves roster, but nothing has happened yet. Rose played in 64 games for the New York Knicks. He averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists per game last season. Rose missed the end of the season with an injury, but reports are that he’ll be ready to go for training camp.

Now what I’m interested in is if someone will take a chance on 40 year old Vince Carter and give him a 20th NBA season. Carter has spent the last three seasons with Memphis. Carter played in 73 games while putting up per game averages of 8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists playing an average of 24.6 minutes a game. Carter is an 8-time All-Star and was Rookie of the Year way back in the 1998-99 season. Maybe it’s just me, but I hope that a team finds a spot for Carter on their bench and give him that 20th season.

I’m looking for some help here because this just kind of confused me. With the full schedule of baseball games yesterday I do my best to keep up with all of them, but sometimes I’ll get a little behind or just miss something. When I miss out on a game I like to try and catch the highlights while I’m channel surfing. Now ESPN isn’t my first choice for highlights of any kind, but they happen to be talking about the game I didn’t see yesterday and I wanted to catch up.

The game I just missed out on yesterday was the New York Yankees hosting the Toronto Blue Jays. Now I hadn’t heard a final score to this game or which players had done what. The highlights came on and as there turned out to be just one highlight from the game that ESPN bothered to show. I’m sure you know what the highlight was. It was Aaron Judge’s long home run. Now oddly when the host introduced the highlight they mentioned that the story of the game was Aaron Judge. They showed the home run and then cut to the final score. Now after listening to them introduce the highlight and talk only about Judge I thought he had hit multiple home runs or had driven in a ton of runs. As it turned out the Blue Jays actually won the game 4-1, but you wouldn’t of known that by listening to the host. Judge was 1 for four with that long home run, but struck out in his other three at bats. Now I get the whole East coast bias with ESPN and Judge is having an M.V.P. caliber type of season; so far, but I keep going back to the fact that Toronto won the damn game.

Maybe they could’ve shown Kendrys Morales driving in two runs to make it a 4-0 game and putting it away for Toronto. Maybe they could’ve shown one of the six strikeouts J.A. Happ recorded on his way to getting the win. Hell they could’ve shown Happ striking out Judge. Maybe they could’ve shown Roberto Osuna striking out two of the three batters he faced in the 9th inning on the way to his 20th save.

Again this is a situation where it might just be me, but maybe someone can explain it too me. Feel free to leave your comment for me. Thanks!

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