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How was your week

Posted: May 16, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in Auto Racing, football, NASCAR, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

As we hopefully get closer to having sports to watch again I’m interested to now how you spent your time during this pandemic.

I’ve noticed that every television station that shows sports; even the stations that just air sports on he weekend have been showing replays of old events. They’ve shown some kind of game, matches, tournaments or in some cases tournament matches. Have you been watching these?

There’s no real reason for it, but I just don’t enjoy these at all. I’ll stop on one for a few minutes here and there, but they just don’t hold my attention. I’ll try to catch a great play or something of importance that happened in that game, but if I don’t find that play or series it’s just fine. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I know the outcome of the game or what, but I just haven’t enjoyed watching these games.

Now if you’re watching these I’d like to know what you’ve found interesting or what makes you continue to watch. Maybe it’s just one sport that you’re tuning into or maybe you’re someone who covers a large spectrum of sports. Either let me know what you’ve found of interest or maybe you’ve noticed something that you didn’t see the first time you watched the event.

With everything sports wise kind of being shutdown and with me not paying a ton of attention I was kind of caught off guard when I realized that Dak Prescott still hasn’t signed his franchise tag contract with the Dallas Cowboys.

With the franchise tag Prescot would make a little over $31 million dollars this season and then would have the opportunity to go back on the free agent market at the end of this coming season. Now of course the Cowboys could use another franchise tag on him and hold onto him for another season as they try to work out a long term contract.

As of now there’s still plenty of time for these two sides to work out a deal to keep Prescott in a Cowboys uniform for a long time, but can they get that done. It seems as though the two sides have been far apart salary wise and right now it doesn’t seem like Prescott isn’t give anything back on his side.

As negotiations go on Prescott will have another option. He can hold out. Now we’ve seen multiple players go this route, but so far Le’Von Bell is the only one that’s held out for an entire season. Could a hold out by Prescott get the Cowboys to move their salary offer higher than what it is now?

Don’t forget the Cowboys just dealt with one of their top skill position players holding out. Ezekial Elliott didn’t report to Cowboys camp last July as he wanted a new contract even though he had two years remaining on the contract he had. Elliott’s hold out lasted about five weeks, but it worked. Dallas signed him to a new 6 year $90 million dollar deal on September 4th.

Even though the Cowboys went 8-8 last season and missed the playoffs Prescott had what was probably his best season. Prescott threw for 4902 yards and 30 touchdowns; both career highs. He also attempted more passes 596 and completed more passes 388 than any other season.

Prescott may have a good case for expecting the Cowboys to give him a big contract. In four seasons with the Cowboys Prescott has never missed a start and the team hasn’t had a losing record with him as their starting quarterback.

Dallas made a coaching change after last season; so this will be the first time in his career that he’ll have to learn a new offense, but he’s going into an offense of a head coach that has a proven track record of having a quality offense in Mike McCarthy. If last season showed that Prescott was on the upswing in his career his numbers might improve even more than they did last season under McCarthy.

It’s difficult to determine what the value of a quarterback is because there’s so much around them that decides if they’re going to be successful or not. Somehow the Cowboys are going to have to try and figure out where Prescott fits salary wise among those quarterbacks.

With Prescott’s situation in flux this may explain why the Cowboys went out and signed veteran Andy Dalton to be Prescott’s back up. If Prescott does make the decision to hold out Dalton gives them a proven NFL quarterback who has started in the NFL. If the Cowboys wouldn’t of signed Dalton they’d be looking at Cooper Rush as their starting quarterback.

Weigh in here. What do you think happens between Prescott and the Cowboys. Does he get a new contract? Does he end up playing this coming season under the franchise tag? Or does he hold out?

The Cowboys should be a contender in the NFC East and some people may see them as the favorite to win that division. The Cowboys are looked at as a 20-1 gamble to win the Super Bowl. That gives them the 6th best odds to win the Super Bowl overall and they’re the 4th best pick in the NFC.

The New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers are the teams that are ahead of the Cowboys odds wise. All three of those teams odds are set at 12-1.

The starting line up for tomorrow’s NASCAR race The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway has been set.

Brad Keslowski will start on the pole. He’ll be joined by Alex Bowman on the front row. Matt DiBenedetto and Kyle Busch will start in the second row.

Now NASCAR didn’t hold qualifying for this race. The line up for this race was done by random draw. The draw aired live on Fox Sports 1 Race Hub show. Here’s how the draw was structured. Positions 1 thru 12 where determined by a random draw from charter teams in those positions in team owner points. Positions 13 thru 24 where done by a random draw among charter teams in those positions in owner points. Positions 25 thru 36 where done by a random draw among charter teams in those positions in owner points. While positions 37, 38, 39 and 40 will be filled out by open; non-chartered teams in order of owner points.

This will be the first Monster Energy Series NASCAR race since March 8th. If you’re interested in watching this race it will air live on Fox at 2:30 p.m. Central time.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: May 6, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one who was surprised that when the NFL draft was over Andy Dalton was still a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s been clear since the Bengals ended up with the #1 pick in the draft that Dalton’s career with the Bengals was over.

There weren’t a ton of quarterback openings this off season, but it seemed like Dalton might be able to find himself a starting job somewhere, but what would the Bengals want for him. It didn’t seem that there where any real serious rumors about where Dalton might end up, but there was some talk here and there.

In the end you have to wonder if the Bengals held out for too much or if they seriously considered hanging onto Dalton as a back up and to maybe show Joe Burrow the ropes. I guess will never know what Cincinnati was thinking when it came to Dalton.

In the end it turned out that the Bengals ended up getting nothing for Dalton and they just ended up releasing him.

Not surprisingly it didn’t take Dalton to long to find work. The Dallas cowboys signed Dalton to a reported one year $3 million dollar deal. It’s been reported that with incentives Dalton’s deal could reach $7 million dollars.

Obviously it’s clear that Dak Prescott is the Cowboys starting quarterback, but remember Prescott has only been offered the franchise tag; so could the signing of Dalton be looked at as a kind of leverage play by the Cowboys. A lot of people don’t see this as the case. To them it’s just seen as the Cowboys trying to get themselves a highly experience quarterback to back up Prescott. With all of their pieces Dallas looks like a Super Bowl contender; so it wouldn’t be a bad idea if they had what would be looked at as a high quality back up quarterback just in case Prescott was to get injured or in the event that he might possibly hold out.

It appears at least in the media that the talks between Prescott and the Cowboys are going well on a new contract, but as you know that could change rather quickly. Not everyone is sold on Prescott being able to lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl, but to be fair Prescott has started all 64 games since being drafted by the Cowboys in 2016. Dallas is 40-24 with Prescott as their starting quarterback and they’ve never had a losing season with him under center, but they where 8-8 last season.

Since Prescott is a mobile quarterback and not afraid to run the football when he has to it won’t hurt the Cowboys to have a back up quarterback that has made 133 starts in the NFL and has played in 4 playoff games.

The Cowboys also have Cooper Rush who’s been Prescott’s back up for the last three seasons, but hasn’t had to play much. Rush has appeared in 5 games over those three seasons and hasn’t thrown a pass in an NFL regular season game since 2017.

Rush is due to make $2.1 million dollars this season and even though the Cowboys are close to the salary cap they should be able to keep Rush on their roster as the #3 quarterback.

I’m sure you’ve heard at some point and time that the life span of an NFL running backs career is very short. While there are quarterbacks out there that are talking about playing until they’re 45 years old if  running back can get four or five quality seasons in it’s looked at as a successful career. I guess Frank Gore is the exception to this rule.

Gore will be entering his 16th season as an NFL running back as a member of the New York Jets.

Gore will join the Jets as Le’Veon Bell’s back up and will be reunited with Jets head coach Adam Gase. Gore played for Gase in 2018 with the Miami Dolphins and Gase was also with the San Francisco 49ers as an offensive assistant when Gore played there. Apparently Gase tried to get Gore to sign with the Jets last off season, but instead Gore ended up signing with the Buffalo Bills.

Gore played in all 16 games for the Bills last season; starting 8 of them. Gore ran for a career low 599 yards and averaged a career low 3.6 yards per carry, but he still played a significant role in the Bills offense.

Gore is currently 3rd on the all time rushing list with 15,347 yards. Gore is 1379 yards behind Walter Payton for the #2 spot on the all time rushing leaders list; so it’s doubtful he’ll be catching him this season. Gore is also 3rd on the all time list for rushing attempts. He’s carried the football 3548 times in his NFL career so far and while he’ll add to that total this season it’s doubtful that he’ll get the 291 carries required to pass Payton on that list either.

At the end of the 2019 season Gore had indicated that he wanted to play this coming  season, but at 36 soon to be 37 years old it was unclear if a team would have any interest in Gore. It looks like Gore will get his wish to play in 2020, but is it possible that Gore continues to defy logic and comes back for the 2021 season?

As long as Bell stays healthy Gore will have a very limited role with the Jets, but it’s good that he’s getting a chance to play next season. Bell did miss one game last season; so maybe Gore will get an opportunity here and there to put up some solid rushing numbers with the Jets.

How do you think Gore will end up doing with the Jets this coming season?

We’re still putting up episode of the Sports Time Radio podcast, but unfortunately we’ve had to skip a few here and there due to my illness. Hopefully soon will be back to doing the podcast five days a week. Checkout BlogTalkRadio.com for the podcast and don’t forget that the podcast is also available for you to listen to whenever you want at TuneIn.com.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 29, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I asked you on Saturday if you watched the NFL draft and apparently you did. On Thursday the draft won all three hours of the television time it was on. It did slowly decline through the hours, but that was to be expected. Don’t forget that this was just the 1st round of the draft.

Friday night of the draft didn’t do as well as Thursday night, but that’s to be expected since there are a lot of people who just want to know who their favorite team is picking in the 1st round. While the draft didn’t dominate the television ratings like it did on Thursday it still posted solid numbers and finished second for the night. CBS was the network that beat out the draft and to be fair they didn’t beat it by that much.

I did watch all of the first two days of draft coverage and while I did tune in for quite a bit of the Saturdays coverage I found myself flipping channels. Since I’m not a huge college football fan by the time they got into the later rounds I didn’t know who most of the player being picked where and that contributed to me losing interest.

Humorously the one thing I forgot that I don’t like about the NFL draft is the actual coverage itself. Now this year was a completely different animal with it being a virtual draft, but the coverage ESPN provide was sub-par at best. I got the impression that they try to stretch every pick out because they have so much television time to fill and it becomes tedious to watch.

I also did notice this year more than any other year that ESPN really seemed to play up any type of tragedy or other type of event like that the drafted player had to over come. I’m not sure if they where trying to get sympathy for that player or if they where just trying to show that they overcame some type of hardship in their life. It just seemed odd to me that this was the part of certain players life that they decided to highlight.

They other thing that  heard over and over before the draft was how many problems that could come up since this was a virtual draft and everything was going to be done with computers. Oddly it seemed that the only people who had issues with this set up was the ESPN personalities themselves. It seemed like time after time there was a delay as we waited for an ESPN personality to start talking. It was clear that the teams didn’t have any issues making their picks and the commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t appear to have any trouble announcing the picks, but when they went back to the ESPN desk it seemed like there was always a delay before they started talking. I would’ve thought that the network covering the event would’ve been better equipped to televise it.

How did you feel about the virtual draft and it’s coverage? There’s been talk of the NFL involving a virtual aspect to every draft; of course we don’t know what that would be just yet. Would this be something you’d like to see the NFL do?

Now days after the draft everyone looks back an tries to figure out who had the best draft even though it’s really not possible to do that. You just never know how a college player is going to do as he moves up to the next level. Of course there are a lot of people who get paid a lot of money to do that, but I’m not one of them; so I’m not going to try to tell you who had the best draft.

The one thing I can share with you about the draft is what surprised me in the draft. The New England Patriots made 10 picks in this past draft and none of them was a quarterback. New England used their first three draft picks on defensive players. They used their 4th and 5th draft picks on tight ends before taking a kicker with that 6th pick. Their 7th and 8th picks where used on offensive lineman. The 9th picks the patriots made was back on the defensive side before they wrapped up their draft by picking a Center.

Now since we’re not inside the Patriots draft process we don’t know if they where ever planning on drafting a quarterback or if the draft just possibly didn’t fall their way and they missed out on a quarterback they wanted. We also don’t know if New England tried to move up in the draft to try and select a quarterback. All we know is when the draft was all said and done the Patriots didn’t end up drafting a quarterback.

That meant that after the draft the Patriots had two quarterbacks on their roster; Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer. Now after the draft the New England did sign two undrafted free agent quarterbacks.

J’Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke where the two quarterbacks the Patriots signed. Smith played at Louisiana Tech while Lewerke played at Michigan State. Smith  threw for 2,977 yards; 18 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions in last season at Louisiana Tech with a 64.3 completion percentage. Lewerke threw for 3,079 yards and 17 TDs in at Michigan State, but he also tossed 13 interceptions.

Smith is a multi-sport athlete and was actually drafted by the San Diego Padres out of high school in the 2015 MLB Draft. However, he decided not to sign but played both baseball and football at Lousiana Tech. Interestingly his father Kenny also played for the Patriots. He was a defensive lineman in the 2000s, but never played a game for New England.

Lewerke is the only player in Michigan State history to throw for 8,000-plus yards and to also rush for 1,000-plus yards, finishing with 8,293 passing and 1,255 rushing yards in his collegiate career.

Will one of these quarterback end up making the Patriots roster as the 3rd quarterback? I guess will have to wait and see.

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How was your week

Posted: April 25, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well we’re three rounds into the NFL Draft. Are you watching? If you are watching or just keeping up with the picks; how do you think you’re favorite team is doing?

Honestly I think the best way to describe the way this draft has went would be uneventful. A lot of the possible trade talk that went on before the draft didn’t happen for whatever reason and that may have taken some of the out of the early picks.

Coming into the draft there where a lot of reports that the Detroit Lions who had the 3rd pick in the draft and the New York Giants who had the 4th pick in the draft where both very interested in trading out of those spots to acquire more draft picks. Now obviously it takes two teams to make a trade; so you’d have to think that they couldn’t get what they thought was enough value for those picks or there just wasn’t a player out that a team thought was worth moving up to get.

In the end both teams ended up keeping and using there picks. The lions selected Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah while the Giants used their pick on offensive tackle Andrew Thomas.

Once Joe Burrow officially went #1 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals I’m sure that the Lions and the Giants where hoping there was a team interested in Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. It appeared as though the Miami Dolphins who had the 5th pick in the draft and the Los Angeles Chargers who had the 6th pick in the draft where the two top teams that where thought might be interested in moving up to draft Tagovailoa.

It seems that both the Dolphins ad the Chargers where interested in taking a quarterback with their 1st round draft picks and in the end they both did select quarterbacks and neither team moved up to do it. In the end it was Miami who end up drafting Tagovailoa at #5 while the Chargers stayed at #6 and selected Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert.

In the end there was only one team that moved up in the 1st round to draft a quarterback and it turned out to be a bit of a surprise on which team it was. The Green Bay Packers ended up moving into the 26th spot in the draft to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love.

It’s clear that Love won’t be stepping in as the Packers starter like Burrow, Tagovailoa and Herbert might for their teams, but it’s interesting to see the Packers moving up to take what might be their future quarterback.

Aaron Rodgers is currently the Packers starting quarterback. Rodgers will turn 37 next season and is signed through 2023 season. So it looks like Love will have four seasons to learn under Rodgers before the Packers have to make a decision at quarterback. Oddly if Rodgers does decide to leave Green Bay after the 2023 season the Packers will have to pick up the 5th year option on Love’s contract if he’s going to take over as their starting quarterback in 2023.

This may be the most controversial draft pick of the 1st round. It seemed that the Packers where trading back into the 1st round to possible get Rodgers a wide receiver to throw to. This has been looked at as a wide receiver heavy draft and five of them went in the 1st round before the Packers traded back in to take Love.

What do you think of the Packers moving back into the 1st round to take a quarterback?

Now the team that everyone thought would draft a quarterback at some point in these first couple of days the New England Patriots didn’t. In a way it shouldn’t be that big of a surprise that the Patriots didn’t do what everyone seemed to think they where going to do, but you do have to wonder what their plan at quarterback is.

Now remember Cam Newton and Jameis Winston are both still on the free agent market and as of right now Andy Dalton is still on the Bengals roster. It’s possible that one of these three quarterback could end up being the Patriots starter. It’s also just as possible that Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer who are the current quarterbacks on the Patriots roster could be their starting quarterback.

Of course it’s still possible that the Patriots use one of their remaining draft picks to select a quarterback. Could Jake Fromme, Jacob Eason or Anthony Gordon end up with the Patriots?

New England has six picks left in this draft. Could they use one of those picks to select a quarterback? Or will they package a couple of these picks together to move up in the draft and select a quarterback?

What the Patriots decide to do at quarterback in this draft may be the biggest story still out there.

While we wait to see if the Patriots draft a quarterback I also thought they had the funniest moment of the draft. I thought it was very funny when they switched to the camera that was set up to watch head coach Bill Belichick during the draft and his dog was sitting in the chair. There’s a lot going on during the draft and while I’m sure a lot of fans think that the coaches and other staff sit at the computer and don’t move during the draft I’m sure they have to get up and stretch their legs or other things that just kind of happen in life. I did love the way it appeared as though the dog was watching the computer screen like he was updating Belichick on what picks where being made.

Rounds 4 through 7 wrap up today starting at 11:00 a.m. cst. Will you be watching today? How much of the draft have you watched?

I just wanted to drop you a quick update before I go. We’re planning on broadcasting this Monday. The Sports Time Radio podcast has been off for a little bit as I found myself not feeling well and ended up under quarantine. I’m hoping to be feeling well enough to get the podcast up and running on Monday; so look for us on BlogTalkRadio.com. As always the podcast will also be available on TuneIn.com.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 22, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the NFL Draft just a day away there was a little focus taken off of the draft as there was a surprising trade made yesterday.

As we all know the big off season NFL story was Tom Brady leaving the New England Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent. In New England Brady’s favorite target was tight end Rob Gronkowski and yesterday the Buccaneers reunited the two.

Now it is true that Gronkowski announced his retirement last year and didn’t play, but apparently he was interested in joining Brady in Tampa Bay and the Buccaneers got the trade done. Tampa Bay sent a 4th round pick #139 overall to the Patriots for Gronkowski and a 7th round pick #241 overall.

Gronkowski turns 31 years old next month and he has one year remaining on his contract at $9 million dollars.

Gronkowski is represented by  Drew Rosenhaus and he said on ESPN Sportscenter that the five-time Pro Bowler has been “really invigorated” physically since he retired from football nearly 13 months ago. Rosenhaus also added that “He tells me he feels fantastic, the best he’s ever felt”. “His weight’s back up to 260. He passed his physical with flying colors today. He’s just really excited about playing football again, and being in Florida is exciting for him.”

Gronkowski himself reached out to Fox Sports in a text message saying.  “I’m back. I always said when I have that feeling and it feels right, I will be ready to take the field again. And I have that feeling. I’m ready.”

When talk of Gronkowski’s return came up it quickly became clear that the only way he’d end his retirement was if he could play with Brady again in Tampa Bay. There where also reports that Gronkowski reached out to Brady himself about joining hi former quarterback in Tampa Bay.

Gronkowski joins a pretty impressive group of receivers in Tampa Bay. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are Pro Bowlers while tight end O.J. Howard is a former 1st round draft pick and Cameron Brate has been very solid at tight end for the Buccaneers.

Obviously a healthy Gronkowski takes over as the starting tight end n the Buccaneers offense and it will be interesting to see wat kind of affect Gronkowski’s presence has on the Tampa Bay offense. Godwin led the Buccaneers with 121 targets and 86 receptions while Evans was targeted 118 times. Brate and Howard had 55 and 53 targets respectively.  Gronkowski had a career high 131 targets in 2014 and in his last season 2018 he had 72 targets while playing in 13 games.

This may be the most talented group of receivers Brady has every been surrounded by in his career, but there’s only one football to be thrown around. Will there be enough targets in this offense to keep all of these receivers happy?

Don’t forget that Jameis Winston tied with Jared Goff for the NFL lead in passing attempts last season with 626. He also led in passing yards with 5109. You’d have to think with the receivers on the Buccaneers roster that Brady will throw the football at least as much as Winston did last season and possibly more than he did last season.

It’s clear that the biggest question facing the Tampa Bay offense is will they be able to run the football well enough to keep defensives from just pinning their ears back and coming after Brady with everything they’ve got.

Ronald Jones was the Buccaneers leading rusher last season with 724 yards on 172 carries. Jones added 6 rushing touchdowns last season and if he can continue his 4.2 yards per carry average from last season it might be enough to keep defenses honest.

Is it possible that the Buccaneers are looking to make another trade? They do have three NFL tight ends on their roster; so it’s possible that either Howard or Brate could be traded for a draft pick.

Howard was the 19th overall pick in the 2017 draft and I don’t think he’s reached the level the buccaneers thought he would when they picked him. He’s never played in more than 14 games in a season due to injuries and he’s never had more than 34 receptions in a season. Now those reception numbers where expected to go up once Brady signed with Tampa Bay, but now that Gronkowski has joined the team is it possible that Howard could be traded?

Brate has always been looked at as a second tight end on a roster and maybe that plays to his advantage as he finds ways to produce. Brate has 27 career touchdown receptions with a career high of 8 coming in 2016. Brate has also stayed healthy as he’s played in all, but one game the past our seasons.

If the Buccaneers are looking to trade one of these tight ends you’d have to think that Howard would have the most value on the trade market. Howard will be 26 next season while Brate will be 29. It’s possible a team could look at Howard and think they could get the potential out of him that he hadn’t shown in Tampa Bay while Brate has kind of shown what he’s got.

So what do you think the Buccaneers will do with their tight end position? Will all three Gronkowski, Howard and Brate be on the roster when the season starts? Or will one of them be traded? If you think one of them will be traded; which one o you think will be dealt?

Are you looking forward to the NFL Draft? Since I haven’t watched a sporting event in what seems like forever I’m very much looking forward to the draft. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I’ll be tuned in. This may be the year that I end up watching every draft pick.

Round 1 of the NFL Draft starts at 7:00 p.m. cst and for me it’s on ESPN. I’m sure that the NFL Network is also covering the draft live, but thanks to AT&T I no longer get the NFL Network. On Friday Rounds 2 & 3 start at 6:00 p.m. cst. On Saturday the draft starts at 11:00 a.m. cst as they go through rounds 4 thru 7.

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How was your week

Posted: April 18, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Unfortunately we still don’t have any actual sporting events to watch yet, but at least this week we’ll get to see the NFL draft. There where three things that I heard this week leading into the draft that I was interested on getting your opinion on; so let’s go over them.

Do you think the Cleveland Browns will trade Odell Beckham Jr.? There have been rumors that since the Minnesota Vikings traded away Stephon Diggs that they’ve been looking for a wide receiver to fill the void and Beckham’s name has came up quite bit.

Beckham played in all 16 games for the Browns last season; starting 15 of them. He ended up with 74 receptions for 1035 yards and 4 touchdowns. That’s a solid season for a wide receiver, but you’d like to see someone with the talent that Beckham has shown to find the end zone more than four times. Of course some of his numbers are due to the offense the Browns where running and it also didn’t help that Cleveland’s quarterback Baker Mayfield had a down year, but will Beckham put up better numbers this year with Kevin Stefanski taking over as Browns head coach.

As odd as this may seem for a team that has Beckham on it, but he wasn’t the leading receiver. Jarvis Landry had 83 receptions for 1174 yards and 6 touchdowns. What may even be more interesting is the fact that Landry was targeted more times by Mayfield than Beckham was. Even though it was just 5 more targets you’d think  that Beckham would easily be the most targeted receiver on whatever team he’s playing for.

Now the Browns have come out and said that they’re not trading Beckham to the Vikings or any other team and according to sources the Browns sources in Cleveland “literally laughed” when asked about the prospect of dealing the wide receiver.

Now there is a bit of a circus atmosphere that seems to surround Beckham, but despite that he is one of if not the most talented wide receiver in the NFL. It is a little odd that even though Beckham is talented that trade rumors have seem to be floating around him for months now even though the Browns have denied them all.

Beckham himself has made no mention of wanting to leave the Browns and hasn’t made any waves with the team like he did when he wanted to be traded by his former team the New York Giants.

You also have to wonder if the Browns did decide to deal Beckham; could they get anywhere close to what they gave up for him? Cleveland sent  1st and 3rd round 2019 draft picks along with Jabril Peppers and Kevin Zeitler to the Giants for Beckham and Olivier Vernon. I’m not sure they’d get that type of value if they sent Beckham to another team.

What do you think; will Beckham be with the Browns at the start of 2020 NFL season?

As we head into the draft you also have to wonder; what the Cincinnati Bengals are going to do with Andy Dalton?

It appears as though the NFL off season quarterback market was a little more oversaturated than the Bengals thought it would be and therefore Dalton is still on their roster. Even now there are quarterbacks like Jameis Winston and Cam Newton who are looking for jobs. Is Dalton a better option for a team than ether of those two quarterbacks?

There has been some rumors of the Jacksonville Jaquars showing some interest in Dalton. Last off season Jacksonville gave free agent quarterback Nick Foles a big contract, but that didn’t work out. Due to injury Foles played in just 4 games for the Jaquars last season and when Gardner Minshew III showed that he could run the Jacksonville offense last season Foles found himself dealt to the Chicago Bears this off season. Joshua Dobbs is currently the only other quarterback on the Jacksonville roster; so you’d think they’d be interested in adding a veteran back up quarterback. That may be where Dalton has an advantage on Winston and Newton; he may be more excepting of a back up role than they would be.

Dalton played i and started 13 games for the Bengals last season, but once it was clear that Cincinnati would have the #1 pick in the draft it was clear that they’d be moving on from Dalton at quarterback.

Dalton spent 9 seasons with the Bengals and took them to the playoffs four times; the last time being in 2014. Dalton holds the Bengals all-time record with 204 career passing touchdowns.

Now it’s possible that Cincinnati could hang on to Dalton since he is under contract for next season. Of course if that happens it appears as though Dalton would have to re-work his contract. He is due $17.5 million dollars next season on his current contract.

What do you think will happen to Dalton heading into next season. Will he be the Bengals back up quarterback? Or do you see him being another teams back up quarterback?

The Denver Broncos have the 15th pick in the 1st round of this weeks draft, but there are a few reports out their saying the Broncos would like to find a way to move up in the 1st round to select a wide receiver.

There is a chance that if the Broncos stay at #15 one of the top three wide receivers will fall to them. I’ve seen quite a few mock drafts that project Henry Ruggs III being selected at #15 by Denver.

If the Broncos would like a shot at either CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy how far would they have to move up? Jeudy seems to be going right around the 10th pick in most mock drafts with Lamb going a couple of picks after him. It seems as if the Broncos would like to try to move up to get  either lamb or Jeudy they should be able to do that.

Wat would it take for the Broncos to move up to the 8th spot in the draft where the Arizona cardinals currently sit. Would the 15th pick and one of the Broncos 10 other draft picks do the trick?

Do you see the Broncos moving up in the 1st round? If you have them moving up; what do you think they’d have to give up to move up?

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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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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 8, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, hockey, NFL picks, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Now the NFL draft is right around the corner and this year for the first time it’s going to be a virtual draft. With everything going on in the world right now this makes perfect sense, but of course there where people in the media who complained about it. I guess that’s just what the media does any time the NFL makes a decision.

If you’re a fan of the NFL I’m sure you’ve looked at one or more mock drafts to see who they have your favorite team picking. I’ve noticed a new trend when it comes to these drafts. It seems that someone wants every team with an early 1st round pick to trade down in the draft to acquire more picks. I’m not sure why or how they think this would work and I’m sure there are a few teams looking to trade down, but not every team with a Top 10 pick can do that like it’s been suggested.

The Cincinnati Bengals hold the first pick in the draft and they appear to need a lot of help, but what they really need is a franchise quarterback to build around and it seems that the Bengals are sold on Joe Burrow being that guy. If the Bengals have done their research and they’re convinced that Burrow has a chance to be their starting quarterback for the next 10 years or more why would they want to trade that pick?

You can apply the exact same logic to the Washington Redskins who have the #2 pick in the draft. There are a lot of people who think that Chase Young is the best player on this draft and the Redskins have a chance to take him and start to rebuild their defense around him. Why should they give up the opportunity a once in a lifetime defense lineman to get a few extra picks down the road in the draft?

This seems to make very little sense, but there are quite a few people out there trying to sell this. Is it really smart to give up player who are at the top of the draft for a reason to try and find players later in the draft to fill the roles that these top players would fill.

Now as always there will be teams trying to trade up in the draft and to be fair if one of these teams in the Top 5 or Top 10 are blown out of the water by a deal when then they should make it. Of course that’s not going to happen to often; so you have to ask yourself if moving down to get possibly swap 1st round picks this year with a team and then pick up maybe that teams 1st or 2nd round pick next year; is it worth that wait?

Now remember you’ll have no idea where that draft pick the following year might fall; so that would be part of the gamble in a deal like this. It seems like it would be better to stick with what looks like a quality player than move down and take a chance, but it could happen.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a team like the Detroit Lions trade out of the #3 spot in the draft and acquire some more draft picks. There’s a good possibility that a team like the Miami Dolphins who have the 5th pick in the 1st round or the Los Angeles Chargers who have the 6th pick in the 1st round might be looking to move up to try and draft Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Remember the Dolphins have three picks in the 1st round #5, #18 and #26. Would they possibly give up two of these picks to move into the 3rd spot and draft Tagovailoa? There is no team that can match what the Dolphins could give up to move up in this draft; so they seem to be the team to watch.

The San Francisco 49ers also have two picks in the 1st round #13 and #31, but it doesn’t appear as San Francisco is looking to trade up and would that be enough to get them into the 3rd spot of the draft.

What do you see happening at the top of the draft? Will the Bengals and the Redskins keep their picks? What do you think the Lions will do with the 3rd pick? Keep it or trade it?

We’ve been wondering what the NBA and the NHL might do when it’s clear to begin playing games again. Now the NBA has made a couple of statements and there have been some idea floated around, but for the most part the NHL has stayed mostly quiet until yesterday.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman came out and made some statements on what may happen with what’s left of the NHL regular season and where games might be played.

Bettman mentioned that the NHL make skip the rest of the regular season to allow more time for the Stanley Cup playoffs. The NHL last played on March 12th; so there are 189 regular season games remaining.

Bettman also acknowledge that the NHL has looked into possibly having games played in neutral site arenas. Now this has to be done just in case a NHL team can’t get back into their own building because it’s booked for another event. It’s not like these arenas just sit empty when the NHL isn’t playing games; so it may actually be difficult for certain teams to book their own building for games.

Bettman also mentioned that these are just a few of the options that the NHL is looking at and it appears as though the NHL is hoping like a lot of us that they’ll have a clearer picture of how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting the 31 NHL markets.

Would you be okay with the NHL not playing anymore regular season games and moving right into the playoffs when play resumes?

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How was your week

Posted: March 28, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Major League Baseball season was scheduled to start this past Thursday, but with everything going on not only in the United States, but around the world that didn’t happen. Now unfortunately we knew that this was going to take place, but we did get some news from MLB on what we hope will be the upcoming season.

I don;t know if this was an official statement from the owners or if it was just something a reporter picked up, but it came out a few days ago that the owners want to play close to the 162 game regular season schedule as possible. Now I haven’t heard how many games they’re actually going to try to play, but there have been some numbers thrown out. For almost a month now that 81 game season has been out there, but after the report about what the owner want to do I heard closer to 120 game season with someone actually going as high as 140 games. Now I think it would be next to impossible to get 140 games in, but if they get started soon enough they could be able to get 120 game regular season in.

Now to get any kind of decent umber of games in there would have to be multiple doubleheader played by every team and the owners and the Major League Baseball Players Association got together to come up with a plan. I was actually surprised to hear that they seem to have come to an agreement on some things.

As of right now there is no schedule; so we don;t know when the season would actually start, but the Commissioner’s office will put together a schedule at the appropriate time and the players association will have input before it’s finalized.

The biggest issue for the players association was how service time was going to be handle if the season was shorten or not played at all and they where able to come to an agreement on that.

A regular year of service time is considered to be 172 days. For this season if a player is on the roster or IL for the entire season he will accrue those 172 days of service time no matter how many games they play in the 2020 season.

In what would be the worst case scenario for baseball fans if there is no season players will be credited with the same amount of service time they had for the 2019 season. That means players who are one year away from free agency would become free agents next fall no matter what.

Here are some of the other things they agreed on.

As of yesterday March 27th all transactions are frozen. A date will be decided upon by the players association and MLB on when roster moves can start being made again. Roster expansion was not agreed upon, but it was discussed. There where some reports that roster would expand to 29 players for the 2020 season, but that’s not going to happen right now. It’s possible the issue may be revisited later; so we may see change in roster size.

The MLB draft is currently scheduled for June 10th, but MLB has the option to move that date. Is was set that the draft has to take place before July 20th. The draft can also be reduced to 5 rounds, but MLB has the option to have the draft go anywhere between 5 and 40 rounds.

MLB has also reserved the right to run a combine for amateur players in 2020 and 2021 if the league decides it makes sense to do so.

Drafted players will receive no more than $100,000 of their signing bonuses up front, receiving 50 percent of the remainder by July 1, 2021, and the other 50 percent by July 1, 2022. Undrafted players will be able to receive no more than $20,000 as a signing bonus. Signing bonus values will remain at their 2019 level in both 2020 and 2021, according to terms of the new deal. MLB can also reduce the 2021 Draft to as few as 20 rounds.

There is also a chance that the international signing period will be pushed back. it was schedule for a July 2nd 2020 start, but may be pushed back as far as January 15th 2021. Next years international signing period can also be pushed back if needed. It was also decided that teams will not be allowed to trade draft picks or international bonus slots in 2020 or 2021.

I have to say it was nice to see the owner and the players association actually work together so quickly to get some type of agreement in place for when the 2020 season starts. Of course there will still be a few things to deal with when we finally get a start date for the season, but it’s much better to see them working together than at odds over every little thing.

There was a push by the general managers in the NFL to delay the upcoming draft, but commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee discussed the issues on Thursday and decided that unanimously that the draft will take place as scheduled April 23rd through April 25th.

I believe this was a good choice by the NFL. The NFL was able to conduct free agency while dealing with the Covid-19 virus and the draft should be no different. Now to no one’s surprise all of the fan events and meet and greets that where schedule to take place in Las Vegas at the draft have been canceled. That is just good common sense for the NFL to do that, but that draft can happen without people actually having to get together.

I know there will still be complaints from some general managers, but if I’m a fan of one of the teams that are complaining I’d be stating to wonder why they’re not ready to draft. I guess there could be some physical concerns about a player and I’m not sure if they would be allowed to have him checked medically, but other than a possible unseen injury what else could general managers be concerned about?

Let me know if you think the NFL made the right call in keeping the draft where it is or do you think they should’ve postponed it?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 25, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Originally the XFL season was suppose to end with their championship game being played on April 26th. After that game on April 27th XFL players would’ve been able to sign with any NFL or CFL team that was interested in signing them. Now unfortunately with the issues we’re all dealing with the XFL season lasted just 5 games. Now instead of making their players sit around for over a month before they could sign with the NFL or CFL they did a really good thing for their players and allowed them to start signing with NFL or CFL teams this past Monday.

Honestly I thought there would be more signings once these players became eligible, but so far only six have singed with NFL teams. Let’s take a look at who went where so far.

I’m sure no one was really surprised when the first XFL player signed to an NFL contract was Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker. Walker was clearly the best player through those 5 XFL games and appeared to be on his way to winning the leagues MVP award.

Walker is now a member of the Carolina Panthers where he’ll be reunited with his former college coach Matt Rhule who is the Panthers new head coach.

The Panthers have made quite a few changes at quarterback this off season. They signed Teddy Bridgewater as a free agent and it appears as though he’ll be their starting quarterback. Kyle Allen who was the starting quarterback for most of last season was traded to the Washington Redskins and then just today the Panthers released Cam Newton. Will Grier who was a 3rd round draft pick last season is the only quarterback still on the roster from last season and it looks like him and Walker will compete to be Bridgewater’s back up.

Now Walker isn’t the only XFL quarterback that’s going to get to go to an NFL camp. Jordan Ta’amu who quarterbacked the St. Louis Battlehawks in the XFL will be staying close to where he played his XFL games as he signed a deal to join the Kansas City Chiefs.

Obviously it’s clear that Ta’amu isn’t going to be competing with Patrick Mahomes for the Chiefs starting quarterback job, but the only other quarterback Kansas City has on their roster in veteran Chad Henne; so it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if Ta’amu found his way onto the Chiefs roster.

Ta’amu has shown some of the same skill set Mahomes has displayed in the NFL and like I said no one expects Ta’amu to be the Chiefs starter this could be a great landing spot for Ta’amu to learn and possibly develop into an NFL quarterback.

Now Walker wasn’t the only Roughnecks player to sign with an NFL team. Two of his teammates from the defensive side of the football will be in NFL training camps when they open up.

Defensive back Deatrick Nichols who led the XFL in interceptions was signed by the New Orleans Saints. While linebacker DeMarquis Gates has signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Even though the Saints defense have improved there have always been question about their secondary. Can Nichols help shore that up? Nichols had 3 interceptions along with 17 tackles and 1 sack for Houston; so we’ll see if he can help the Saints.

Gates was second on the Roughnecks in tackles with 25 and tied for the team lead in sacks with 2 and also had an interception.

Minnesota has two quality linebackers in Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks; so it will be interesting to see how they use Gates in their defense.

The New York Giants add to their defensive backfield as they reached out to the XFL and signed Dravon Askew-Henry of the New York Guardians.

The Guardians where thought to be one of the better teams in the XFL coming into the season, but they had a bit of an up and down five games and finished 3-2. Askew-Henry totaled 12 tackles for the Guardians.

When it comes to interesting XFL signings the Los Angeles Chargers may have made the most interesting one. The Chargers have added Dallas Renegades tight end Donald Parham.

Parham had 24 receptions and 4 touchdowns for the Renegades in those 5 XFL games. If you watched the XFL I’m sure you remember the 6 feet 8 inch Parham running away from smaller defensive backs on his 65 yard touchdown reception.

Parham will be 23 years old when the NFL season starts and with Hunter Henry being signed to the franchise tag there may be some opportunities for Parham with the Chargers.

As of right now these are the six XFL players that have signed with NFL teams. Now I’m sure there will be more to come, but out of these six which one are you the most interested to see in the NFL?

With two quarterbacks from the XFL being brought into NFL training camp it brings up an interesting question. Is it possible the XFL could become a developmental league for the NFL? Especially at the quarterback position.

Think about it. There are very few quarterbacks drafted in the later rounds that become quality starting NFL quarterbacks. Now imagine if there was a league that they could go play in and have the chance to play against actually defenses going at full speed even if the competition wasn’t quite at an NFL level. Or maybe you’re not even a late round draft pick, but a free agent that has very little chance to catch on with an NFL team. The XFL could provide this kind of opportunity for quarterbacks especially.

With the XFL set to return next season it will be interesting to see if veteran guys like Landry Jones and Matt McGloin will be the type of quarterback XFL teams go with or if they’ll look at more of the duel threat quarterbacks like Walker and Ta’amu who could possibly turn into serviceable back up NFL quarterbacks or maybe ever starters.

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