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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 6, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Carolina Panthers placed quarterback Cam Newton on Injured Reserve ending his 2019 season after playing in just 2 games. Now the question is; has Newton played his last game for the Panthers?

Newton is suffering from a Lisfranc injury and at first he was expected back this season, but with the move to IR yesterday it’s apparent the injury is going to take longer to heal then first thought. This is the largest amount of games that Newton has missed in a season ad this is a quarterback that has taken a lot of hits in his career.

Newton was the #1 overall pick in the 2011 draft and has been Carolina’s starting quarterback ever since. In his nine seasons as the Panthers starting quarterback he has a record of 68-55-1. Newton has taken the Panthers to four playoff appearances and made the Super Bowl in 2015. Newton was also voted league MVP in 2015.

Now Newton missed the final two games of the 2018 season with a shoulder injury that required off season surgery. In the two games he played this season the Panthers went 0-2 and Newton completed 56.2% of his passes. He threw interception, but no touchdowns before going down with his current injury.

Now you have to wonder if the Panthers could actually let Newton go this off season. It would save them about $20 million dollars against the salary cap. What may make this move a little easier for Carolina to make is the fact that Kyle Allen has went 5-1 in his six starts since taking over as the starting quarterback.

Luckily for the Panthers they have the final eight games of the season while Newton is out to look at Allen and make that decision. Now Allen has had his struggles his last couple of games. In his only loss so far as a starting quarterback Allen completed just 19 of his 37 attempts for 158 yards while throwing 3 interceptions in a 51-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8. Now the Panthers bounced back with a 30-20 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 9, but Allen’s numbers weren’t that good. Aleen went 17 of 32 for 232 yards. He did throw 2 touchdowns to just 1 interception, but his completion percentage has been way down these last two weeks.

The Panthers currently trail the New Orleans Saints by two games in the NFC South; so it might be difficult for the Panthers to win their division, but they are just on game behind in the in column for a wild card spot. The schedule will begin to even out with all the teams having their bye weeks, but the Panthers have a tough schedule these final 8 weeks. This week they face the Green Bay Packers. They have two games left against the Atlanta Falcons one in Week 11 and then they’ll play them again in Week 14. They also have two games against the division leading New Orleans Saints. The first game is Week 12 and then they wrap up the season at home against the Saints in Week 17. Week 13 has the Panthers hosting the Washington Redskins, Week 15 has them hosting the Seattle Seahawks, but for Week 16 they’re on the road against the Indianapolis Colts.

Five of Carolina’s final eight games will be against teams that will also be playing for a spot in the playoffs. There division might come down to how they do in those two games against New Orleans, but Seattle will also be one of the teams it looks like the Panthers would have to beat out if they end up as a wild card team. The Packers appear to be the best team in the NFC North while the Colts are battling it out with the Houston Texans in the AFC South.

If Kyle Allen makes it through this schedule and gets the Panthers into the playoffs would that make it easier for Carolina to allow Newton to walk away?

If Newton happens to be released by Carolina after this season; how many teams would be interested in him?

No team in the NBA has played more than 8 games this season; so I find it kind of odd that players are already taking games off for “load management”. This seems kind of ridiculous to me that players need games off this early in the season unless they actually injured.

Now one of the marquee games on the schedule tonight has the Los Angeles Clippers hosting the Milwaukee Bucks. It’s already been announced that for the second time already this season Kawhi Leonard will be sitting out for “load management” purposes. This is the first game of a back to back for the Clippers; so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Leonard is going to take one of these games off, but why is he skipping a match up against the Bucks and MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and playing tomorrow night against the against the Portland Trailblazers.

What makes this a little more interesting is the fact that both of these games will be on national television. Tonight’s Bucks/Clippers game is the second game on ESPN tonight. While Thursday’s Trailblazers/Clippers game is the second game that TNT will show tomorrow night.

Now NBA ratings where way down last season and ESPN paid quite a bit of money to air these games. It’ to bad that there’s no way we could ever find out how they feel about this, but you’ve got to think that it’s going to become an issue. I’m not sure how may more years the NBA has on that big contract with ESPN, but with the drop in the ratings and the fact that you just never know if you’re going to see a top player when you turn a game on I doubt there will be a network that will be willing to pay what ESPN did on this last contract.

Do you feel that the “load management” of players has hurt the NBA? Has your NBA viewership changed because of it?

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How was your week

Posted: October 26, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

It seems as though no matter what is going on in the Chicago area once the NFL season starts all that any sports talk show talks about is the Bears. Of course with the Cubs and the White Sox not in the baseball playoffs and the Blackhawks and the Bulls not looking like contenders I guess the hope was that the Bears would make a trip to the playoffs like last season and maybe even find their way into the Super Bowl.

I was a little surprised with all of the talk about the Bears actually making it to the Super Bowl, but that was how it was going. I found it a little odd since the defense did things that where going to be difficult to repeat. They had also traded away their top running back from last season and didn’t really replace him. It also seemed like their young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was on the right track after taking a big step forward from his rookie year.

Things haven’t quite went the way the Bears or their fans had hoped and as I’m sure you as you can guess the talk isn’t as positive as it was during the pre-season. The Bears are off to a 3-3 start which isn’t terrible, but the rest of the division is playing well and the Bears find themselves behind the 6-1 Green Bay Packers and the 6-2 Minnesota Vikings and they’re just ahead of the 2-3-1 Detroit Lions.

Now when an NFL team struggles what’s the first thing that anyone and everyone looks at; the quarterback. Trubisky was hurt in Week 4 and missed the Bears Week 5 game. He returned last week and struggled a little bit in the Bears loss to the New Orleans Saints. Overall Trubisky’s numbers aren’t terrible. He’s completing 64.4% of his passes this season and has thrown more touchdowns 5 than interceptions 2, but his average yards per attempt is way down from last season.

Now this has brought up a lot of questions. Trubisky was the #2 pick in the 2017 draft and the Bears traded up to get him. This of course has started the bust talk and it’ made me wonder if you really need to be drafting a quarterback as high as some teams do.

Coming into this season it already seemed clear that the Miami Dolphins where going to “tank” this season so they could get the 1st pick in the draft and select what they believe will be their quarterback of the future. We’ve seen plenty of teams “tank” to try and get a better draft spot, but does it work? and is it the right thing to do?

Let’s take a look at the other starting quarterbacks starting in the Bears division. Aaron Rodgers was a 1st round draft pick, but not what you’d consider a high one. Rodgers actually wasn’t selected until the 24th pick of the 1st round in 2005. Only one team took  quarterback ahead of Rodgers. That was Alex Smith who was the 1st pick in the draft by the San Francisco 49ers. The Detroit Lions used the #1 pick in the 2009 draft to select Matthew Stafford. He’s been the Lions starting quarterback for the last 11 seasons and while his numbers have been good throughout his career the Lions haven’t been to the playoffs with Stafford as their starting quarterback. When the Minnesota Vikings where looking for a quarterback they went out on the free agent market and signed Kirk Cousins. In 2012 Cousins was the 2nd quarterback selected by the Washington Redskins and it took three years before Cousins became their full time starter.

As you can see there’s a mixed bag of choices and results right there. I’m sure that you could go through every division and find a wide variety of where a quarterback was taken and by which team.

The obvious choice for success by a power round quarterback would be Tom Brady who was a 6th round draft pick and is considered by many as the best quarterback to ever play the game.

Just as Brady may be the biggest selection of a late round quarterback there are the ones that just haven’t worked out. Marcus Mariota was the #2 overall pick in the 2015 draft and just recently lost his starting job to another former 1st round pick Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins selected Tannehill with the 8th overall pick in the 2012 draft. While the questions about Trubisky have started Baker Mayfield is also going through the same kind of issues in Cleveland. The Browns used the 1st overall pick in the 2018 draft to select Mayfield with limited results.

Will we see Trubisky and Mayfield turn things around and become the quarterback that their teams projected them to be when they drafted them or are they headed down a path similar to the one Mariota went down. It’s difficult to say and of course the players that are put around them are extremely important to the success of the quarterback.

If the Dolphins end up with the #1 pick in the next draft which quarterback would they select? It seems like Tua Tagovailoa is the leading choice right now, but Joe Burrows is starting to make a case to be the first quarterback picked.

Even if the Dolphins don’t end up with the 1st pick in the draft and they might not. There are a few other teams still in the running to have the wort record in the NFL. It’s still expected that Miami will select a quarterback with their 1st pick. When the Dolphins make that selection will they be getting the guys that will lead them back into contention or will they get a player that they’ll look to be replacing in a few seasons.

It’s clear that there are no guarantees when it comes to drafting quarterbacks; so everything is a wait and see type of situation.

If you where making the 1st selection in the next draft and your team needed a quarterback; who would you choose?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: October 23, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Last night we had the World Series start in Houston and the NBA tipped off it’s season with two games on opening night. Sadly for me I didn’t get to see any of these games as I managed to come down with the flu and I was in bed before any of them eve started. Here’s hoping I’m feeling better tonight; so I can watch  what’s on tonight.

This past Saturday we had our NBA fantasy draft. It was an auction style draft which isn’t my favorite, but it seems like most people prefer this format; so it’s what we go with. Oddly I always seem to end up nominating first in these drafts. I guess it’s just luck of the draw since the nomination order is done at random.

I’ve had my struggles with NBA fantasy, but I had a plan and I stuck with it in this draft and I think I did okay. I’ll be the first to admit that I overpaid for Giannis Antetokounmpo, but in the long run he’ll be worth that money.

Now as the draft was going along I had one player in mind that I wanted to save a little money for and try to grab at the end of the draft. Well I needed one more player and it was my turn to nominate. I had saved a solid amount of money; so I nominated the player I wanted; Klay Thompson and sure enough I did everything right and I was able to get him.

Now I understood that Thompson was injured and that he probably wouldn’t be back until late January or even some time in February, but as the last player on my roster he was worth the risk. That was until a couple of days ago.

As I’m sure just about everyone knows Thompson was hurt in last seasons NBA Finals. He tore the ACL ligament in his knee and had to have surgery. Now this is where it gets confusing for me and I hope there’s someone out there who can help me out. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gave an interview to I believe one of the local San Francisco television stations. During this interview Kerr mentioned that he didn’t think  that Thompson would play at all this season. This information would’ve been great to have before our fantasy draft, but these things happen.

This is where I get lost on these things. Thompson is a professional athlete; so he’s in great shape. He is also a member of a NBA franchise that has a top notch training and therapy staff; at least I hope they do. So how does it take what would be 16 months to recover from ACL surgery?

Now I’m not a professional athlete, but to be fair at one time I was a professional wrestler; so take that for what it’s worth. I’ve had five knee surgeries in my life. They’ve repaired every ligament in my knee that they possibly could. Some of the surgeries where just to reattach a ligament or two and in other cases the entire knee had to be reconstructed. Now after these surgeries there is a recovery time, but I never miss more than 8 weeks or 2 months of work.

I’m not sure what the difference would be between playing NBA basketball and having a wrestling match, but you’d think there are some similarities on the pounding a knee takes. Now Thompson would be taller and faster than I am or I should say was since I’m no longer wrestling, but I’m willing to bet that I was just as strong if not stronger and I definitely weight quite a bit more than he does.

So here’s my question. How does a professional athlete with the best doctors, physical therapist and rehab a equipment take what would be 16 months if Thompson doesn’t play this season, but yet some smuck who’s working within the parameters of his insurance coverage is back at it in 2 months?

Of course this doesn’t just go for Thompson’s injury. It seems as any injury that an NBA player seems to keep them out longer than anyone would expect. I’m not sure if this is done as part of the new “load management” NBA, but it just seems odd.

Now this is going to be a fun story to follow and see how it develops.

Tom Brady is in the final year of his contract with the New England Patriots and will become a free agent after this season ends. Now interestingly there are reports that he’ll leave the Patriots and sign with another team. I have to say that this is very hard for me to believe, but Brady will have that option if he chooses.

This is Brady’s 20th season in the NFL all with the Patriots. His individual awards are numerous, but what stands out is the fact that he’s a 6-time Super Bowl champion.

Brady turned 42 in August and it’s just difficult to see him in another NFL uniform. Now we’ve seen quarterbacks switch teams after having just great success, but I believe that Peyton Manning is the only one that has won a Super Bowl with that second team.

There would be so many questions if Brady left New England and signed with another team. Would he have the same success with another team? How would he do in an offensive scheme without Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels?

There’s a bit of an aura that comes with the Patriots and if Brady was to leave it might usher in some change in New England. Is it possible that McDaniels could become the head coach of the team Brady would sign with? Would Belichick retire if Brady signed somewhere else? How would the Patriots do if Brady leaves?

Brady does have a very good relationship with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and I think this will play the biggest factor in him staying in New England. While I seriously doubt Brady would have success in another uniform I don’t think the Patriots want to see him go as they’re still having success in their system with him as their quarterback. Who knows maybe this is just a ploy to get one last big contract.

Where do you see Brady playing next season?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: October 16, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

On this past Friday edition of the Sports Time Radio podcast I said that I thought the St. Louis Cardinals needed to win Game 1 of their National League Championship Series against the Washington Nationals. I felt that if the Cardinals didn’t win Game 1 there would be a very good chance that they’d get swept.

Well Game 1 ended up being won by the Nationals 2-0 and the rest of the series went as I said and with last nights 7-4 Washington victory the Cardinals where swept out of the playoffs.

There’s an old baseball adage that says good pitching will beat good hitting and the Nationals used very good pitching to lock down their first ever trip to the World Series.

Patrick Corbin made the starts for the Nationals last night and while he wasn’t as dominant as the other Washington starters where in this series he got the job done. Corbin pitched 5 innings giving 4 runs on 4 hits while walking 3 and striking out 12. Even though Corbin gave up those 4 runs the Nationals had already posted the 7 runs they needed to win this game.

Washington scored all of there runs in the first inning off of Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson. Officially Hudson pitched just 1/3rd of an inning. He was charged with 7 runs; 4 of which where earned on 5 hits and 1 walk.

As the Nationals head to their first World Series a major contributor to their offense was 36 year old veteran Howie Kendrick who was name MVP of the NLCS. Kendrick is in his 14th season, but just like the Nationals he’ll be making his first trip to the World Series. Kendrick went 5 for 15 in the series against the Cardinals with 4 doubles and 4 RBI’s. Kendrick’s big game was Game 3 when he went 3 of 4 with 3 RBI’s. All 3 of Kendrick’s hits in that game where doubles. Kendrick became the fourth player in LCS history to have three doubles in a game.

With the Nationals locked into a World Series spot the question becomes; who will they play?

Last night the Houston Astros took a two games to one lead on the New York Yankees with a 4-1 win in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

Gerrit Cole made the start for the Astros and while he wasn’t as dominating as he was against the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Division Series; he made it through 7 innings without giving up any runs. Cole threw 112 pitches in his seven inning outing. He gave up 4 hits while walking 5 and striking out 7. Cole picked up the win for the Astros.

Luis Severino made the start for the Yankees and pitched 4 2/3rds innings. Severino gave up 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 6. Severino ended up throwing 97 pitches in his outing.

Both starters had to sit through a 16 minute delay as there was a change in home plate umpires.

Jeff Nelson was behind the plate for Game 3, but after getting hit by a foul tip off the bat of Yuli Gurriel in the 3rd inning and then in the 4th inning another foul tip this time off the bat of Martin Maldonado caught Nelson; he exited the game after the 4th inning with a concussion.

Houston was leading 2-0 when the delay occurred as Kerwin Danely who was umpiring at 2nd base went back to the umpires locker room to change into his gear to work behind home plate.

Mark Carlson went from 3rd base to 2nd base while Marvin Hudson came in from leftfield to umpire 3rd base. There are 6-man umpiring crews in the post season instead of the 4-man crews that work regular season games. The two extra umpires are positioned down the left and right field lines.

Since there was a delay and it was the Yankees that where in the field Severino was given additional time to warm up.

Game 4 is scheduled to be played tonight in New York, but there has been a lot of talk about what the weather will be like tonight as there is rain in the forecast. If the game does end up being rained out tonight it would just be pushed back one day to tomorrow and it would eliminate the off day the teams would have.

I’m not sure if this is because of the weather or if the teams have or had another season for doing it, but either team has announced their starter for Game 4. I guess if it is played tonight will have to wait and see who each team goes with.

There aren’t a ton of trades made in the NFL during the regular season. It’s not only tough to switch teams, but then you have to learn a new playbook as well as everything else that goes along with being traded. Even with all of this in mind it didn’t stop the Los Angeles Rams from making three deals yesterday.

The Rams started there trading frenzy by dealing their top cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens. In return for Peters the Rams received linebacker Kenny Young and an undisclosed draft pick which is believed to be a 5th rounder.

After dealing away one cornerback the Rams went out and acquired another cornerback. The Rams sent a 1st round pick in 2020, a 1st round pick in 2021 and a 4th round pick in 2021 for Jalen Ramsey.

Ramsey has been disgruntled as a member of the Jacksonville Jaquars and hasn’t played since Week 3. He had been demanding a trade, but Jacksonville’s owner Shahid Kahn had been hoping to work thing out with Ramsey and get him to say. Reports say that Khan had a heart to heart with Ramsey yesterday and after that meeting Khan agreed to trading Ramsey and now he’s with the Rams.

In their final deal of the day the Rams added some offensive line depth acquiring Austin Corbett from the Cleveland Browns for and undisclosed 2021 draft pick. Corbett has played in three games for the Browns this season mostly on special teams.

If Peters and Ramsey can get up to speed expect both of them to either be I the starting line up or play a significant amount of snaps for their new teams.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 25, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Now I had been a fantasy sports person long before the daily fantasy betting websites came along. I’ve always been more of a fam of the week to week year long fantasy type set up, but I’ve jumped in and played my share of daily fantasy. I’d love to be able to tell you that I win every time I play and tat it’s become easy for me, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I use restraint as I’ve never bet more than $2 on a contest; which is smart for me, but I know other people spend a lot more. The majority of the time I play baseball and football, but I’ve also spent some time playing Basket ball and hockey and if the website sends me a free entry I’ll take a shot enter a golf or WNBA contest. I enjoy playing even though at times it’s quite frustrating like it was this Sunday. Here’s how my entry went.

I was looking at the NFL schedule and like everyone else I saw that the Dallas Cowboys were playing the Miami Dolphins. Now the Dolphins had been giving up plus points a game and appear to be the worse team in the NFL. Then I saw that the New England Patriots where at home against the New York Jets. The Jets where without their starting quarterback and their best defensive player because of injuries and that was just where the Jets injury list started as they where going to be missing quite a few players against New England. 

Now after seeing these two match ups it made all the sense in the world to load up my line up with players from the Cowboys and Patriots. Now on the website I play daily fantasy on you’re only allowed to use a maximum of four players from one team and there are nine roster slots you have to fill; so I was going to have to find one more player to wrap up my guaranteed winning line up. At least that’s what I thought it would be. 

After working things out here’s the line up I ended up going with. From the Cowboys I went with Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Devin Smith and Jason Witten. From the Patriots I went with Rex Burkhead, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett and their defense. Now after putting this line up together I didn’t even think I’d need another player, but rules are rules and since I had quite a bit of my salary cap money left I was able to add Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants. After entering this line up I just sat back and waited for the money to roll in; man was I wrong.

Prescott had only thrown 11 incompletions in the first two games of the season combined. Against the Dolphins he had 13 incompletions and didn’t light the scoreboard up anywhere near like I thought he might. Elliott had 19 carries for 125 yards which are very good numbers, but he didn’t get into the end zone; so he under performed. I thought that Smith might be an under the radar type of play, but he managed just 2 receptions for 39 yards. While Witten who I thought might actually catch a touchdown pass or two managed just 3 receptions for 54 yards.

So my Cowboys where pretty much all busts which meant I was in big trouble and my four Patriots player and Barkley needed to have big days. Well two of my Patriots players Burkhead and Dorsett scored above what was expected of them, but neither had a breakout game. Gordon did catch 6 passes, but only put up 83 yards and didn’t score; so he was disappointing. New England’s defense did out up 14 points for me which is good for a defense, but I was hoping that they’d really have a high point scoring game.

So with the exception of Gordon my Patriots where solid for me. I knew that I was in real trouble and I probably wasn’t going to win any money, but I did have Barkley left to play and there was a chance that he could put up some big numbers.

The Giants had made the switch at quarterback going with rookie Daniel Jones against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and I thought that they would rely on Barkley heavily not only in the run game, but as a receiver as well. Well I might’ve been right had Barkley not injured his ankle limiting him to 8 carries for 10 yards. He also caught 4 passes for 27 yards. 

So as you can see Barkley was a bust as was pretty much the majority of my line up as I didn’t get anywhere near winning all that money that I thought it was going to.

I’m not a fan of the stacking technique, but I thought that this made a lot of sense and I thought that I’d give it a shot. Now I have to tell you I’m not sure if I’ll try the stacking technique again unless there’s someone out there that can convince me it works.

I’d be interested to know how you did if you played daily fantasy this past Sunday. If you’re willing I’d also be interested to know what type of system you use; if you’re willing to share. I know that most people hold their systems like family secrets and if you don’t want to share the entire way you build a line up maybe just pass along a tip or two and will see how similar what you do is to what I do. To be honest I hope you had a lot better luck than I did this past Sunday. I guess I’ll have to come up with another plan for Week 4 in the NFL.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 18, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

We’re two weeks into the NFL season and the games have looked more like pre-season games than actual regular season football, but there are a couple of things that we’ve learned from these first two weeks.

The Miami Dolphins are the worse team in the NFL by a wide margin. It’s quite clear that the Dolphins are tanking this season and they’re doing such a good job of it they may go 0-16 when it’s all said and done.

It will be interesting to see how this rebuild goes for Miami. After the trade of Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers this week the Dolphins have five 1st round pick in the next two drafts. It also looks like the Dolphins will have quite a bit of cap room to try and signed free agents. Is it possible that this could be a quick turn around for the Dolphins?

Of course the Dolphins still have 14 more games to go this season and you have to wonder if there are other players that would be interested in being traded. It’s possible the Dolphins could add even more draft capital before the end of the season.

The other thing that I think we’ve learned in these first two weeks is that the New York Jets are going to have no luck this season.

It looked like the Jets where on their way to getting a win in Week 1 and then C.J. Mosley got injured. After Mosley went out the Buffalo Bills where able to come back and get a win in Week 1.

Then after that Week 1 game it was announced that Jet starting quarterback Sam Darnold would be out multiple weeks as he recovers from mononucleosis. That target week for his return is Week 5.

With Darnold out Trevor Siemian took over as starting quarterback for Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns. Siemian started 14 games for the Denver Broncos over the last two seasons and while he’s not really looked at as a starter anymore he has to be considered a quality back up.

Well Siemian’s time as the Jets starting quarterback didn’t last very long. On his 6th pass attempt against the Browns Siemian suffered a ankle injury that will cost hi the rest of this season.

So who did the Jets turn to at quarterback? Well that would be Luke Falk who was signed to the active roster just hours before the Monday night game against Cleveland.

If Darnold does make it back in time for Week 5 Falk will only have to make one start; this week in New England against the Patriots. The Jets have a Week 4 Bye and then they’ll on the road for Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mosley missed Monday nights game with a groin injury and we’ll have to see if he’ll be available to lead the Jets defense against the Patriots this Sunday. Jets rookie defensive lineman Quinnen Williams also missed Monday nights game with an ankle injury; so we’ll have to see if he’ll be ready to play against the Patriots.

Now we already know that the Jets are headed to New England and it looks like they’ll be starting the season 0-3. Miami is on the road as well this week. The Dolphins take on the Dallas Cowboys; so it looks like they’ll be 0-3 as well.

Coming out of Week 2 we also had a couple of big quarterback injuries and one team made a change at quarterback. Let’s start with the injuries.

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a season ending elbow injury. This was a non-contact injury as Roethlisberger injured his elbow throwing the football. The original report was that he torn the UCL ligament in his right elbow.

There where some reports that mentioned it was possible that Roethlisberger might just retire instead of going through surgery and rehabilitation, but Roethlisberger has said that he is planning to comeback next season.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was also injured in Week 2. Brees has a torn ligament in the right thumb and Brees is right handed. Surgery is required to repair his thumb ligament and it looks as though Brees will be out 6 to 8 weeks.

Brees was injured when he hit his hand on Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald’s hand during their Week 2 game.

If you’re looking for a fantasy pick up at quarterback Mason Rudolph will be taking over as Steelers starting quarterback. In New Orleans Teddy Bridgewater will get the first shot at filling in for Brees, but there has already been some talk that at the first sign of struggle by Bridgewater they’ll go to Taysom Hill.

After an 0-2 start the New York Giants have decided to make a change at quarterback. Eli Manning is out and 1st round draft pick Daniel Jones will be taking over.

Manning had completed 62.9% of his passes for 556 yards. He had thrown 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

You have to wonder if this is the last we’ve seen of Manning as the Giants starting quarterback. Once Jones gets into the starting line up you’d have to think that the only reason to not start him would be an injury. Manning does have a no trade clause, but even if he did agree to allow a trade is there a team out there that he’d be an upgrade for at the quarterback position?

It’s possible if Rudolph doesn’t look good as the Steelers starter and if they think they’re a playoff contender maybe Manning fits there. He’d be an upgrade for the Jets, but with Darnold a few weeks away from returning does it make sense for the Jets to trade for Manning. With Manning’s connection to Tom Coughlan you would’ve thought that the Jacksonville Jaquars would be a good landing spot for him, but Gardner Minshew has played well in Nick Foles absence; so I don’t know if they’d be interested in acquiring Manning.

What do you think happens with Manning this season? Does he get traded or even possibly released and end up with a new team or will he just end up being Jones’ back up for the rest of this season.

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How was your week

Posted: September 14, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well this week’s Thursday night NFL game had more offense than the first game of the season did, but I still don’t think you could call it good football.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers where able to even their early season record at 1-1 with a 20-14 win over the now 0-2 Carolina Panthers.

It does look like there where some decent fantasy players for your weekly league though. Jameis Winston didn’t throw for a lot of yards 208, but he did throw a touchdown pass and picked up 9 yards running the football. Cam Newton did manage to throw for a decent amount of yards 333, but that was the extent of his stats. Newton did run the football 2 times, but didn’t get any yards. Depending on how your league is score will be the determining factor o of either of these quarterbacks where useable, there could be some help here.

Running back wise Christian McCaffrey is going to be a let down this week for his fantasy owner. McCaffery racked up just 37 rushing yards on 16 carries. He also caught 2 passes for 16 yards, but was unable to find his way into the end zone. Peyton Barber averaged just 3.6 yards per carry, but that doesn’t matter to fantasy owners. What is important to them is that Barber had 23 carries for 82 yards and scored a rushing touchdown. H also had 1 reception for 7 yards to add a couple of fantasy points to his total.

If you own Chris Godwin in fantasy this season I hope you started him this week. Godwin had the best game of his career catching 8 passes for 121 yards with a receiving touchdown. Mike Evans had a below average game this week as he caught 4 passes for 61 yards. Tight end wise even though Greg Olson didn’t find his way into the end zone his 6 receptions for 110 yards will put him up towards the top of the tight end scoring in fantasy this week. If your in a league that score more for yardage Curtis Samuel had 91 yards on 5 receptions, but if you’re in a PPR league D.J. Moore would’ve been the better play as he had 9 receptions for 89 yards.

It’s always tough to judge how a team defense scored, but since there where no interceptions in this game and just one lost fumble with each team record just 3 sacks apiece I don’t think that either of these defenses will be much help in fantasy this week. If your league gives you enough points for it Carolina did record a safety, but I think that asking a lot.

If you did happened to pick up Carolina’s kicker Joey Slye he had a good night for you. Slye went 4 for 4 hitting field goals from 32 yards, 37 yards, 51 yards and 54 yards. That should score out to be an above average night for a kicker. Matt Gay of Tampa Bay hit 2 of his 3 field goal attempts. Gay hit from 323 yards and 40 yards while making both of his extra point attempts.

Hopefully you where able to make the right chpices and you had the players in you line up that will help you out of this game.

We’re at the point of the baseball season where it’s time to start debating who should win what award. Now I’ve talked about the MVP awards here before; so today let’s talk about Rookie of the Year.

While it seems that with his 47 home runs and 109 RBI’s that Pete Alonso will win the National League Rookie of the Year award, but I think this is a closer vote than everyone else.

Mike Soroka of the Atlanta Braves has put up some good numbers, but for some reason hasn’t really been mentioned as a Rookie of the Year candidate. Soroka has made 27 starts with a 12-4 record and a 2.57 ERA. He has thrown 164 2/3rd innings so far tis season. He’s struck out 130 hitters while walking just 39.

Danial Hudson of the St. Louis Cardinals is also haveing a season that worth consideration for Rookie of the Year. Hudson has appeared in 30 games this season making 29 starts for St. Louis. He is 15-7 with an ERA of 3.38 over 159 2/3rd innings.

While I don;t think either of these players have a chance to win the Rookie of the Year award I believe that both Bryan Reynolds and Kevin Newman of the Pittsburgh Pirates should be on every voters ballot. Reynolds has been battling for the National League batting title and is currently hitting .323. Newman has just had a solid all around season for the Pirates and is hitting .315 right now.

Even with his injury that ended his season I’m sure that Fernando Tatis Jr. will get some votes for Rookie of the Year and you have to wonder if he hadn’t gotten hurt where he’d fit into this race.

Unfortunately it appears that it’s been decided that Alonso will win this award and when you add in the fact that he plays in New York it’s probably a lock. I just wish the voters would take a close look at some of these other candidates before casting their vote.

There are quite a few pplayers that should be considered for the American League Rookie of the Year award, but sadly it looks like the media has settled on one player and when they do that it’s difficult to knock that payer out of that spot.

It seems that the award has already been giving to Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros. Alvarez has played in 75 games and has hit 24 home runs with a .316 batting average and 72 RBI’s.

I’m not sold that the award should be handed to Alvarez, but I don’t have a vote. Either way I think we should look at some other candidates.

In 79 games Luis Arraez of the Minnesota Twins is hitting .347 and has 17 doubles. Arraez doesn’t have Alvarez’s power and that hurts him in the voters eyes, but he’s been a quality player for the Twins since they called him up.

While Alvarez seems to grab all of the headlines it’s actually Eloy Jimenez that leads all American League rookies in home runs with 27 and is scond in RBI’s with 68. Jimenez has also played in the second most games 110.

I think that the only pitcher that win get any Rookie of the Year votes is John Means of the Baltimore Orioles. Means was the Orioles All-Star this season and has managed to win 10 games on a bad team. Means has made 24 starts and has pitched in 28 total games this season. He has an ERA of 3.47 over 137 1/3rd innings.

I think you’ll also see player like Vlad Guerrero Jr. Oscar Mercado, Bo Bichette and Zach Plesac get some votes, but like I said it looks like they’ve already given this award to Alvarez.

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How was your week

Posted: September 7, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

When the Oakland Raiders acquired wide receiver Antonio Brown it could’ve been a deal that really changed the Raiders fortunes. All it took for Oakland to get a 7 time Pro Bowler with seven 1000 yard receiving seasons; six in a row. Six seasons of 100 or more receptions and 10 or more touchdowns in four of the last five seasons was a 3rd and a 5th round pick in last years draft. You wonder if the Raiders would do it all over again if given the chance.

The issues with Brown started when he tried cryotherapy and didn’t wear the proper footwear protection and ended up with frostbite on his feet.

Then Brown wanted to wear an old helmet that was no longer approved by the NFL. After losing a grievance hearing it looked like the helmet issue was behind Brown and the Raiders. Well wouldn’t you know it Brown found another older helmet that he wanted to wear, but again it didn’t meet the new safety standards; so he had and lost another grievance hearing.

Now that it appeared that those issues where behind Brown maybe it was time to get ready to play football; sadly it wasn’t.

Earlier in the week Brown released a video to social media with details of a letter he received from the Raiders. The letter was from Raiders general manager Mike Mayock explain in detail the two fines Brown was being accessed for missing activities he was required to be at. These letters are usually a private matter between a player and his team, but Brown has always had a big presence on social media; so it’s not a huge surprise that he pulled a stunt like this.

Then just two days ago Brown had a confrontation with GM Mayock about those fines. During the altercation which didn’t run physical Brown threatened to punch Mayock in the face. Brown also called Mayock a “cracker” and used profane language during this argument.

After this incident Mayock said that the Raiders would be suspending Brown. He didn’t give any details on how long of a suspension it would be just that it was going to happen.

Then apparently yesterday Brown stood up in front of his teammates with the team captains by side and gave an emotional apology that included him crying. Raiders had coach Jon Gruden bought Brown’s act hook line and sinker as he came out and said that Brown would now be playing Monday night against the Denver Broncos.

You might of thought that this was the end of the situation, but it was not. The Raiders fined Brown for his altercation with Mayock and brown responded by of course turning to social media. Brown posted a two minute video to his YouTube page of a conversation that he had with Gruden. Interestingly it’s being reported that Gruden didn’t have an issue with the video being posted and actually used the word “awesome” when told about it.

If you’re wondering like a lot of people are how heartfelt Brown’s apology was remember that Brown has 30 million reasons to make that apology. When Brown was traded to the Raiders he also got a new a contract. Oakland signed Brown to a three year deal worth $50.125 million dollar with $30.125 of that money guaranteed. So you can pretty much guess that Brown’s apology was a calculated strategy by Brown and his agent to not lose any of that guaranteed money.

We can add one more tidbit to this story. It’s being reported that about 30 minutes ago Brown was back on social media. This time Brown was on their to tell the Raiders to release him. So much for that heartfelt apology that just happened yesterday.

At this point if you’re the Raiders don’t you grant Brown his release as long as you can get that $30 million dollar signing bonus back. I just can’t see a way that they can bring him back onto the team after all of this. The frightening thing is that if the Raiders do decide to release Brown there would be teams lining up to sign him.

If you’re Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock and the rest of the Oakland Raiders; what do you do with Antonio Brown?

It looks like the Philadelphia Eagles have some interest in running back Melvin Gordon. As we know Gordon is in the final year of his rookie contract and didn’t report to training camp with the Los Angeles Chargers because he was looking for a new contract. The holdout final go to the point where the Chargers said that Gordon and his representation could look for a trade, but the Chargers want any deal to include a 1st round pick coming back to them. That’s a lot to ask for a player like Gordon, but it could also just be a starting point of a deal for the Chargers.

The Eagles where the first team that reached out to the Chargers, Philadelphia offered running back Jordan Howard and a swap of mid-round draft picks for Gordon. The eagles also wanted the Chargers to eat a portion of Gordon’s salary; so it was no surprise when this deal was turned down quickly by the Chargers.

There was another report where the team that would be receiving Gordon would send three draft picks to the Chargers. Now this second team wasn’t made; so you have to question how much credibility there is to this report, but apparently Los Angels would receive two 2020 draft picks a 1st and a 5th round pick along with a 2021 1st round pick. If this deal was actual proposed to the Chargers they should jump on it before the team they’re dealing with is done offering it because there’s now ay they’ll get anything clos to or better than this for Gordon.

With Week 1 of the regular season getting underway for every team, but two on Sunday you have to wonder how long this situation with Gordon will last. How long do you have Gordon still being a member of the Chargers?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 4, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

It looks like the possible nightmare for the Dallas Cowboys their fans and any fantasy owner who drafted Ezekiel Elliott won’t come true. It’s being reported that early this morning the Cowboys and Elliott agreed to a 6 year $90 million dollar deal with $50 million dollars guaranteed.

Now I found this whole situations quite interesting especially the way the media covered it. I get that Cowboys fans like to call them “America’s team”. There was also the old question; why is there a whole in the roof of Texas Stadium. So God could watch the Cowboys.

It’s understandable that fans get like that about their favorite team, but it almost seemed like this was the only NFL story that the media was covering and the season opens tomorrow. I’m not sure why the media got so caught up in this story, but they not only ignored the opening of the season, but they glossed over another top running back who is holding out as well as a top defensive lineman who forced a trade.

I guess in the end the Cowboys will be the big story because any and everyone in the media knows that their owner Jerry Jones will always give them that quote they need. I don’t think there’s a microphone that Jones wouldn’t talk into and as not only the owner of the Cowboys, but there General Manager he has ample opportunity to talk to the media.

Now with Elliott signed sealed and delivered it will be interesting to see how the Cowboys handle there other two upcoming free agents; quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper. Will have to see if the media will continue to report on these two Cowboys, but I’m guessing since they’re in camp and prepared to play this Sunday against the New York Giants there’s probably no story there.

Let’s go back now and take a look at the two remaining stories that where buried by Elliott’s holdout and signing.

Jadeveon Clowney had refused to sign his franchise tag with the Houston Texans and had demanded a trade. It looked like the Miami Dolphins where the front runner when Clowney met with their head coach Brian Flores. After that meeting it came out that Clowney would like to go to the Seattle Seahawks or the Philadelphia Eagles.

When it was all said and done it was the Seahawks that stepped up and traded for Clowney. Seattle sent a 2020 3rd round pick and a pair of linebackers Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin.

It seems as most experts think that the Seahawks got the better end of this deal, but that may all depend o if they’ll be able to re-sign Clowney. Clowney had to sign the franchise tag before he could be traded and Seattle is unable to sign him until after the season; so they might have some teams competing for Clowney since he’ll be a free agent.

How would you feel about this trade if the Seahawks are only able to keep Clowney for just this season?

The other big holdout is Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon. I’m not sure why Gordon’s name was kept on the back burner with all of the focus going to Elliott, but now Gordon is front and center. The Chargers have told Gordon and his representation that they  can seek a trade, but right now the Chargers are asking for a #1 pick in return. That’s a lot to ask for a for a 26 year old running back who’s only played a full 16 games in one of his four seasons.

It appears that Gordon has no plans to play for the Chargers, but with teams just making final cuts they are pretty much set at their positions; so it may be a while before a trade is made unless there’s an early injury to a staring running back.

Gordon is definitely a top tier running back and you have to wonder which team he might fit with. The teams that are thought to be playoff contenders seem to be set at the running back position. Gordon is also in the final year of his contract; so you’d be asking a team to give up a 1st round draft pick for a player they may only have for one season. Of course if a trade is worked out I’m sure the team that would be acquiring Gordon would insist that he sign a contract extension before the deal is finalized.

I’m thinking of this and I can only come up with three possibly teams that might be interested in dealing for Gordon.

I think that Gordon might be of some interest to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Right now the Buccaneers are going with Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones; so Gordon would be an upgrade for them.

It seems that Leonard Fourette wasn’t going to be the Jacksonville Jaquars starting running back this season after all of the issues he had their last season, but we’re 5 days away from Jacksonville opening their season and Fournette is still their #1 running back. Would the Jaquars be interested in Gordon?

Maybe the Houston Texans would trade for one more running back. The Texans have acquired Duke Johnson Jr. and Carlos Hyde this pre-season, but neither has shown that they’re on the same level as Gordon. Would the Texans be willing to make one more deal for another running back?

You have to wonder if the Chargers and Gordon will be able to find a trading partner or will he end up taking the same route as Le’Von Bell and sit out an entire season and try his luck in free agency.

How do you have things playing out with Gordon. Will he end up being traded? Or will he end up sitting out the entire season?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 28, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the Andrew Luck retirement story covered from very angle possible, so I don’t want to beat you over the head with anything like that. I was surprised to hear about his retirement, but I don’t think he’s done playing professional football. Now you noticed that I said professional football not the NFL. I have a feeling that when Luck is healthy and he feels he’s ready to play that he’ll sign with an XFL team. Don’t forget that his father Oliver is the Commissioner and CEO of the XFL.

That’s all I’m going to go into on Luck’s retirement, but I did want to take some time at look at the other side of this or should I say who’ll be replacing him.

Jacoby Brissett will take over as the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. Brissett was a 3rd round draft pick of the New England Patriots. He played in 3 games as a rookie in New England starting 2 of them. Brissett went 1-1 in his two starts that season. Indianapolis acquired Brissett from New England for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett about a week before the start of the 2017 season.

Don’t forget that Luck ended up missing the entire 2017 season with an injury. Scott Tolzien actually started Week 1 for the Colts, but didn’t make it through the entire game. After coming in as the relief quarterback in Week 1 Brissett went on to start the final 15 games of the season. Brissett went 4-11 as the starting quarterback as the Colts finished the season 4-12.

For a second year quarterback being thrown in with a team that he was traded to just a week before the regular season started Brissett had solid numbers. He threw for 3098 yards and had more touchdowns 13 to interceptions 7. On the downside Brissett definitely needed to learn how to get rid of the football as he was sacked a league high 52 times. It’s a little surprising to see that sack total that high since Brissett is a mobile quarterback. Brissett averaged 4.1yards per rush and scored 4 rushing touchdowns in 2017.

With Luck back and healthy last season Brissett only appeared in 4 games last season throwing just 4 passes. Hopefully it was a chance for Brissett to learn behind Luck since he’ll be taking over as starting quarterback.

Now humorously there have been quite a few I guess you’d call them fantasy football experts really rushing Brissett from the 2017 season. I’m interested to know how these experts don’t seem to realize that this is an entirely new offensive system than the one he ran in 2017.

In 2017 when Brissett started 15 games and played in all 16 gams the head coach was Chuck Pagano and the offensive coordinator was Rob Chudzinski. After going 4-12 in 2017 Pagano was replaced by Frank Reich and he brought in Nick Sirianni as his offensive coordinator. So I found it interested that these experts where down on Brissett even though he’ll be running a different offensive system.

Now I’m not going to come out and say that Brissett is a better quarterback than Luck was because I don’t think he is and I’m not sure anybody does, but there’s no reason he can’t put up solid numbers in Reich’s offensive system. Luck threw for 4593 yards and 39 touchdowns in this system last season. It will be interesting to see how close to those numbers Brissett can get. The key will be keeping the sack numbers down. Luck was sacked 18 times last season and Brissett will have to be able use his running ability to make sure that number doesn’t go any higher.

I think there’s a chance that Brissett could end up being a Top 15 fantasy quarterback when things are all said and done; so he could be a nice find late in your fantasy drafts.

It looks like Jadeveon Clowney’s as a Houston Texan are numbered. The Texans applied the franchise tag to Clowney, but he has yet to sign the tag. Of course any time a player is franchised tagged there are trade rumors that go along with it, but now Clowney has said he wants out of Houston.

There where reports that Clowney was planning on reporting to the Texans after the 3rd pre-season game, but now that these trade rumors are so strong that now it’s unclear if or when Clowney will report to the Texans.

The Miami Dolphins seem to be the top team in pursuit of Clowney. Brian Flores the Dolphins new head coach recently met with Clowney which kind of made the reports of the Dolphins being the front runner to land Clowney.

What would a deal for Clowney look like? With the Texans just losing #1 running back Lamar Miller for the season after tearing his ACL it’s possible that they’d have some interest in either Kenyan Drake or Kalen Ballage as part of a Clowney deal. You’d have to think there would be some draft picks included in any deal and there have been reports that the Texans have interest in Dolphins offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, but the Dolphins have said that Tunsil won’t be included in any deal that’s made for Clowney.

Acquiring Clowney would be an interesting move for the Dolphins. I think most everyone thought that the Dolphins where going to be trying to rebuild. Would adding someone like Clowney be the best move for a team that might be rebuilding especially since they’d have to give up at least one high draft pick to get him.

While the Dolphins have actually met with Clowney there are reports that Clowney himself has said that he’d like to be traded to either the Philadelphia Eagles or the Seattle Seahawks.

Now neither the Eagles or the Seahawks have expressed any interest in acquiring Clowney, but maybe now that he’s expressed interest in playing for one of those two teams maybe will hear something from them.

Do you have a preferred destination for Clowney? Do you see him being traded to the Dolphins? the Eagles? or the Seahawks? Or do you think he’ll end up somewhere else.

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