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How was your week

Posted: December 14, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

In Thursday nights 42-21 victory over the New York Jets Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson pretty much secured the NFL MVP award for himself. Jackson only threw the football 23 times, but completed 15 of those passes for 212 yards. You might not think those are very impressive number until you see that he didn’t throw an interception and oh yeah also threw 5 touchdown passes. Jackson was also the Ravens leading rusher in the game. He ran the football 8 times for 86 yards and in the process of gaining those yards surpassed Michael Vick’s record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season. The victory also put the Ravens record at 12-2 and clinched the AFC North division title. That 12-2 record also put the Ravens in the drivers seat for the #1 seed in the playoffs. Which means they wouldn’t have to leave M&T Bank stadium until the Super Bowl. Baltimore is currently 6-1 at home this season. They’ll play their final home game next week as they host the Cleveland Browns.

What makes Jackson’s numbers from Thursday night even more interesting is that he was battling a quad injury. Once the injury news broke there where quite a few pundits on the television talking about how they knew this was going to happen with a running quarterback and the Ravens needed to sit Jackson against the Jets. It’s odd, but it almost seems like these people want Jackson to get injured so they can prove their point. I don’t understand that at all, but I guess they need to be right that badly.

Jackson is the clear cut MVP frontrunner and I believe even if he did get injured he’d still win the award. Now besides having an MVP season Jackson still has something to prove come playoff time. I’m sure that will begin to hear quite a bit about Jackson’s dismal performance against the San Diego Chargers in last seasons playoffs and yes they where still the Chargers.

Jackson did throw 2 touchdowns to 1 interception in that playoff game, but he complete just 14 of the 29 passes he threw for 194 yards as the Ravens where beaten 23-17 in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. The Chargers even did a decent job of slowing down Jackson’s running ability. In that game he ran the football 9 times for 54 yards and had 3 fumbles in that game.

There where a lot of people who didn’t understand why Ravens head coach John Harbaugh didn’t make a quarterback change in that game and go to Joe Flacco, but he choose to stay with Jackson and it sure has paid off for him this season. Of course we don’t know if Jackson would’ve played any different this season had he been pulled from that playoff game, but you’d have to imagine it would shake his confidence a little. Plus he had already replaced Flacco as the Ravens starter and it was clear that Flacco’s days with Baltimore where numbered. Can you just imagine the uproar had he led them to a comeback win and then they let him go.

Now that Jackson has pretty much locked down the MVP award the question that came up is will he be a unanimous selection for the award. In 2010 Tom Brady of the New England Patriots was a unanimous selection, but I believe he’s the only one. Could Jackson be the second?

Now there are some other candidates for the MVP award and with the way the voting is done there’s a good chance that one of them will pick up a 1st place vote.

While I do believe Jackson will win in a landslide expect Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks to probably finish 2nd. You have to think that the other quarterback from the playoff teams will get votes. So expect to see Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kurt Cousins of the Minnesota Vikings and maybe even Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys get some votes. Prescott may seem like an odd choice with the Cowboys hanging around at .500, he’s currently leading the NFL in passing yards and well he is a Cowboy.

I know you’re saying to yourself that I only listed quarterbacks. Well the NFL is a quarterback driven league and while there are some running backs that may pop up o an MVP ballot hear or there they don’t have enough backing to be a contender for this award. The same goes for any receiver even though I did hear someone try to bring Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints into the MVP conversation. I just don’t see that happening Jackson is going to win the MVP award and his closest competition will be another quarterback.

Is Jackson your choice for NFL MVP? Or do you have someone else in mind that you think you’d vote for?

Vic Fangio is in his first season as the Denver Broncos head coach. Actually he in his first season as a head coach anywhere, but he had an interesting idea for the NFL scheduling wise.

Fangio mentioned that the NFL should get rid of the division and just have two conferences. Now this would give each conference 15 teams. As for the scheduling Fangio said that you could play each team in your division one time which would give you 15 games and then if the NFL and their owners wanted to stay with a 16 game schedule that 16th game could be against a natural rival.

I know that I’m way in the minority here, but I like this idea. I remember how much I enjoyed inter-league play in Major League Baseball until they started doing it every week. It would be a throwback to the days when the AFL champion use to meet the NFL champion in the Super Bowl. Not that the NFL needs another reason to build up the Super Bowl anymore than it is imagine what they could do if they knew this was the only time in a season that these two teams would meet.

Now I do see the negatives here, but imagine if the only time Tom Brady played Aaron Rodgers it was in the Super Bowl. Or how about if Lamar Jackson only faced the top defense in the NFC in the Super Bowl. I think it would make the game mean even more than it does now.

I don’t expect anyone to actually consider this, but I have to day that I liked it.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

It seems that every week there’s an NFL coach on the hot seat. Well for the last few weeks that head coach has been Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers. Most people expected the Panthers to make a coaching change since they have new ownership and normally that includes a coaching change, but they thought the change would happen after the regular season. Panthers owner David Tepper decided not to wait until the off season and fired Rivera after Carolina lost 29-21 to the Washington Redskins.

Rivera was in his 9th year as the Panthers head coach and had just coached his 140th regular season game. Rivera had a 76-63-1 in the regular season. Carolina made the playoffs four times under Rivera and the Panthers went to the Super Bowl under Rivera in 2015. Carolina played 7 playoff games under Rivera and went 3-4.

The Panthers are 5-7 this season, but have had their starting quarterback Cam Newton for just two games. Rivera has been dealing with Newton and his injuries for a couple of seasons now and will have to wait and see what Tepper decides to do in the off season with Newton.

Carolina got off to a rough start with Newton as their starting quarterback going 0-2. Kyle Allen took over at quarterback and the Panthers ran off 4 straight wins. Carolina split their next 2 games before dropping 4 in a row and ending Rivera’s coaching stint with the team.

Perry Fewell is taking over as Panthers interim head coach. This is Fewell’s second stint as an interim head coach. In 2009 Fewell went 3-4 after taking over the Buffalo Bills. Fewell is in his 10h year as an NFL coach. He was the Bills defensive coordinator for 4 seasons. He then spent 5 seasons as the New York Giants defensive coordinator. This was his first season on the Carolina coaching staff as defensive backs coach.

With the firing of Rivera Carolina has the first coaching opening in the NFL and they’ll have  the first chance to interview whichever hot college coach they might be interested in hiring. There are yet to be any names linked to the Carolina job, but I’m sure it won’t be too long before we hear a few come up.

With Fewell taking over there are some other changes that Carolina is making to the coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner is now the special assistant to the head coach. Quarterbacks coach Scott Turner will move to offensive coordinator. When it comes to the front office it appears as General Manager Marty Hurney will keep his job. Tepper has said that he’ll search for a assistant general manager or a vice president of football operations.

Who do you think the Panthers will hire as their next head coach?

The NFL draft isn’t until April 23rd, but there have already been seven under classmen who have declared for the draft.

There are three wide receivers who’ve declared. Jalen Reagor of TCU, Isaiah Hodgins of Oregon State and Laviska Shenault Jr. of Colorado. Also declaring are Maryland running back Anthony McFarland Jr. along with three players from Missouri defensive lineman Jordan Elliott, offensive lineman Trystan Colon-Castillo and tight end Albert Okwuegbunam

The one player most of not everyone expects to declare for the NFL draft is Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama, but in an interview Tagovailoa has said that he’s unsure if he’ll enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama for his senior season.

Tagovailoa is rehabbing from a hip injury and it’s unclear right now what his health situation will be by the time the draft rolls around or when teams want to work him out and you have to wonder if this will affect his decision. Tagovailoa has a chance to be the first player taken in the draft, but with his hip injury there’s also a chance that he’ll slide down the draft board.

The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin made official what seemed pretty clear after Sunday’s 20-13 win over the Cleveland Browns. Devlin “Duck” Hodges will continue to be the Steelers starting quarterback this week. The Steelers travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals in Week 14.

Hodges was solid in his start against the Browns going 14 of 21 for 212 yards with one touchdown and one interception. This will be Hodges third start this season; the Steelers are 2-0 in his first two starts.

Hodges has completed 67.2% of his passes this season going 41 of 61. He’s thrown for 530 yards with 3 touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Steelers are 7-5 on the season and are currently tied with the Tennessee Titans for the final AFC wild card spot. Pittsburgh currently holds the tiebreaker over Tennessee as they have the better winning percentage in conference games.

Including this weeks games against Arizona the Steelers played three of their final four game on the road. The Steelers only home game left this season is Week 15 when they host the Buffalo Bills. Week 16 Pittsburgh is on the road against the New York Jets before they wrap up the season against their division rival and AFC North leading Baltimore Ravens in Week 17.

The New York Jets finally decided to place linebacker C.J. Mosley on injured reserve and officially end his season.

Mosley signed a 5-year $85 million dollar deal this past off season with the Jets, but played in just two games this season due to his injury.

There has been some talk for a while now that Mosley would under go surgery for his injury which is listed as groin/abdomen. It now appears as though Mosley is going to have the surgery even though he’s done everything he can to try and avoid it.

In his two games his season Mosley made 4 tackles and assisted on 5 others. He also had one interception which he return for a touchdown; he also had one fumble recovery.

To take Mosley’s place on the roster the Jets signed another former Raven defensive back Bennett Jackson.

Jackson was drafted in 2014, but just made his NFL debut this season with Baltimore. The Ravens just waived Jackson this week.

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How was your week

Posted: November 30, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

It’s not a huge surprise that the Golden State Warriors are off to a terrible start this season, but after going to five consecutive NBA Finals and winning three title a 4-16 start to this season might be worse than people thought.

Now the Warriors issues started more or less last season when all the talk was what Kevin Durant would do as a free agent. Of course none of that mattered after Durant went down in the NBA finals with an injury that is going to keep him out the entire 2019-20 season. Klay Thompson also picked up an injury in the NBA finals and while it was first announced that he’d be returning after the All-Star break Golden State’s head coach Steve Kerr has said earlier this season that Thompson wouldn’t be returning this season. Then you add in the fact that Stephen Curry has only played four games this season. Curry broke his hand and is currently rehabbing and should be returning soon. Plus free agent signing D’Angelo Russell is also out with a thumb injury. Then Draymond Green injured his right heel and just returned to action after missing eight days and three games.

Now the Warriors have been watching Green’s minutes all season, but now it looks like there going to be watching his minutes even more carefully. In his return game Green played 24 minutes as the Bulls beat the Chicago Bulls 104-90. Last night Green was limited to just 19 minutes as the Warriors where beat easily by the Miami Heat 122-105.

Don’t forget that while it was the heel injury that caused Green to miss three games he has been dealing with injuries to his finger, back and elbow though the first month of the season.

Green signed a four year $100 million dollar contract extension this summer that will take him through the age of 33. With all of the injuries that Golden State has suffered this season; so it’s more important now then ever for the Warriors to consider Green’s long term health.

It’s really looking like Golden State will end up in the draft lottery even if Curry, Thompson and Russell return fully healthy this season. I don’t think that there will be enough games left for them to make any type of playoff run. It would be very interesting if the Warriors somehow found a way to move up in the draft lottery and added a high draft pick to a healthy roster that included Curry, Thompson, Green and Russell.

While it’s difficult to take anything positive away from a 4-16 start Eric Paschall has been given the opportunity to show his skill set. Paschall is playing 31.3 minutes per game and is averaging 17 points per game which is leading the team in scoring for the currently healthy players.

The Los Angeles Lakers won their 10th consecutive game last night with a 125-103 win over the Washington Wizards.

Anthony Davis led the Lakers in scoring with 26 points while LeBron James added 23 points in the win. Davis also grabbed a team high 13 rebounds while James handed out a team high 11 assists.

Last nights win improved the Lakers season record to 17-2. This is the best start for the Lakers since 2008-09. The Lakers also started 17-2 in 1985-86. That 1985-86 team went on to post the best two loss start of any Lakers team in history as they went 19-2.

This is the first time since 2009-10 that a Lakers team has put together a double digit winning streak. That 2009-10 Lakers team won 11 straight games. This Lakers team will have a chance to get that 11th victory Sunday as they host the Dallas Mavericks.

That 2009-10 Lakers team went on to win the NBA title; something that Los Angeles hasn’t done since that season.

The Lakers are dealing with a couple of injuries. Kyle Kuzma suffered a ankle sprain in the second half of Friday nights game. Kuzma is listed as day to day, but x-rays take last night came up negative according to Lakers head coach Frank Vogel.

Guard Avery Bradley will be reevaluated this weekend to determine his availability. Bradley is recovering from a hairline fracture in his right leg. So far Bradley has missed eight games with this injury.

The Lakers schedule will get a little tougher starting Sunday with their game against the Mavericks. After Sunday the Lakers play three games on the road starting with a back to back set against the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz. The short road trip wraps up with a game Friday against the Portland Trailblazers.

The Philadelphia eagles announced yesterday that they signed left tackle Lane Johnson to a four year contract extension worth $72 million dollars. Johnson’s new contract runs though 2025 and includes $54 million dollars in guaranteed money.

Johnson’s contract now makes him the highest paid tackle in the NFL. Johnson new contract surpasses the deal Taylor Lewan of the Tennessee Titans who has a contract that guarantees him $50 million dollars.

Johnson was Philadelphia’s 1st round pick in 2013; the 4th overall selection in the draft. Johnson has played in 90 games and started all of them for Philadelphia. Johnson has made the Pro Bowl each of the past two season and was voted first team All-Pro in 2017.

Earlier this month the Eagles signed right guard Brandon Brooks to a four year $56 million dollar extension. The Eagles have also inked kicker Jake Elliott and long snapper Rick Lovato to new deals.

Philadelphia has now turned it’s attention get a new deal done with tight end Zac Ertz. The Eagles and Ertz where having preliminary contract talks, but those have seemed to have stalled according to reports.

What do you think of this signing spree the Eagles have been on? Do you like the players they’re locking into new deals? Or would you of like to have seen them spend their money elsewhere?

The Eagles are currently 5-6 heading into Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. A win on Sunday will put the Eagles in a tie for 1st place in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Eagles and Cowboys meet in Week 17, but besides that the Eagles have four very winnable games on their remaining schedule. The Eagles should beat Miami 2-9 Miami this Sunday. Then Philadelphia has two games remaining against the 2-9 New York Giants and a game against the 2-9 Washington Redskins.

It looks like Philadelphia will have to win the NFC East to get into the playoffs. If they go 4-1 over these final five games; will that be good enough to win their division?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 27, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Detroit Lions will be hosting a Thanksgiving day game tomorrow like they have for many, many years and at 3-7-1 it’s a not make or break type of game. There has however been some interest in the Lions quarterback situation for tomorrow’s game against the 5-6 Chicago Bears.

If healthy Matthew Stafford would no doubt be the Lions starting quarterback, but he’s been out the last 3 weeks with what’s being reported as broken bones in his back. The Lions haven’t placed Stafford on injured reserve and seem to be taking his injury week by week.

Jeff Driskell has started the last 3 games for the Lions at quarterback. Detroit is 0-3 with Driskell as their starting quarterback and he’s coming off of a 3 interception game last Sunday. It’s being reported that Driskell is suffering from a hamstring injury and his availability for tomorrow’s game is unclear.

Now if Driskell has to miss tomorrow’s game the Lions will turn to 3rd string quarterback David Blough. Blough is an undrafted rookie out of Purdue University who has yet to take a snap in an NFL regular season game.

Now as soon as this news broke and I’m sure you can guess this there where quite a few media members who wanted to know why the Lions didn’t go out and sign Colin Kaepernick.

Detroit was actually one of the six teams that stayed with the Kaepernick tryout and drove to that high school to watch him; so they at least wanted to see what he looked like in his workout.

Of course this opens the door to a ton of reasons why the Lions didn’t try to sign Kaepernick. It’s possible they didn’t like what they saw at his tryout even though reports are he looked good. Maybe there was something they saw that they didn’t think fit with what they do. Also remember that Blough has been with the Lions all season and even though he hasn’t played he’s been at the meetings and practices; so he should have a grasp of their offense. Kaepernick would be coming into a brand new system that he would know nothing about and have two or three days at most to be ready to play his first game in almost three full seasons.

It seems like every time a team passes on signing Kaepernick they’re indicted for passing up on him, but if you look at what could be the reasons the Lions didn’t bring him in it makes some sense. I’m also under the impression that Driskell is going to end up starting at quarterback tomorrow; so there would be no need to sign anyone.

The only real question about that might be out there about why the Lions didn’t take a look at Kaepernick is the fact that they wanted to sign Josh Johnson. Now Johnson did play in four games for the Washington Redskins last season and he started three of those games; so he’s not coming off of long term inactivity like Kaepernick is. It would be interesting to know why the Lions would look at Johnson first instead of Kaepernick, but of course there’s no way to find that out.

Now even though the Lions where very interested in signing Johnson he had already signed a deal with the XFL and they where unwilling to release him so he could sign with Detroit.

I am a little surprised that the XFL wouldn’t release Johnson from his contract. The XFL and the NFL aren’t going head to head and it seems as though they could’ve released Johnson and then just resigned him after the NFL season ended.

The XFL season starts in February; so if a player signed with a team that made a deep playoff run it could hurt his preparation for the upcoming XFL season, but the Lions aren’t even going to make the playoffs; so Johnson would be free to return to the XFL at the end of the NFL’s regular season.

I haven’t seen any quotes from Johnson on the situation, but by not being allowed to sign with Detroit he’s missing out on a chance to make more money than he will in the XFL. You have to wonder if this might affect players signing with the XFL in the future.

It appears as though the Atlanta Braves had a plan going into this off season and they’re making the moves they want happen early.

Yesterday they added another free agent when they signed catcher Travis d’Arnaud to a two year $16 million dollar deal.

d’Arnaud was a big time prospect when the New York Mets brought him up in 2013, but things never really clicked for him. He suffered a multitude of injuries when he was with the Mets and after playing in just 10 games for them last season he was released. He signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but played just 1 game in the majors for them before he was purchased by the Tampa Bay Rays.

I’m not sure what goes on in Tampa Bay, but d’Arnaud like so many players seem to have found himself in a Rays uniform and had his best season. He played in 92 games and tied his career high in home runs with 16. He also posted his second best season in RBI’s with 67 and batting average at .263. Of course the big question will be; can he put up similar numbers with the Braves?

d’Arnaud will share catching duties in Atlanta with Tyler Flowers, but I’m under the impression that d’Arnaud was signed to be the #1 catcher and Flowers will just spell him when needed. d’Arnaud has never caught more than 103 games in a season; so it makes a lot of sense for the Braves to have Flowers on the roster just in case.

There where three other catcher signed yesterday as well. The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Stephen Vogt while the Houston Astros signed Dustin Garneau. Mike Zunino also signed a one year deal to stay with Tampa Bay. Counting Flowers who’s contract was re-worked by the Braves there have been six catchers signed already this off season.

With d’Arnaud signing yesterday and Yasmani Grandal singing last week with the Chicago White Sox there aren’t really any top tier catchers left on the free agent market. There are quite a few veteran catchers available on the free agent market, but none of them are truly #1 type of catchers.

If your favorite team was looking for a catcher this off season they’re going to have to explore the trade market to get something done.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 20, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well Colin Kaepernick finally had his workout or tryout or whatever you want to call it this past Saturday and of course there was quite a bit of controversy that came along with it.

The NFL had Kaepernick’s workout scheduled to take place at the Atlanta Falcons facility and 25 teams where expected to attend. Kaepernick and his representatives had other ideas as they moved the workout 60 miles away to a high school.

There reasoning for this apparently was they wanted to tape the workout themselves and the NFL wasn’t going to allow them to tape it. Now I can understand that there is quite a bit of distrust between these two parties, but did Kaepernick and his group really think the NFL would edit is workout tape to make him look bad. There where going to be 25 teams there; would they all agree to what the NFL was going to say or alter about his workout?

The other complaint that Kaepernick and his group had was who he’d be throwing to. It seemed as though the NFL was just going to bring in more or less any available former receivers they could get. Kaepernick and his group wanted him to throw to receivers that he was use to working with. I don’t think this would’ve made much of a difference, but anything to complain about; I guess.

From all reports Kaepernick looked good in the workout. He showed good mobility and good arm strength during the workout, but with the late move of his workout the number of teams he ended up working out for dropped from 25 to 6.

As of now Kaepernick hasn’t been signed by an NFL team and I’d be surprised if he is. Right now there’s no real reason for a team to bring in what you have to remember is a back up quarterback unless there’s some kind of long term injury. I think if he’s going to be signed it will be in the off season when a team will have an easier time letting him adjust to their offense.

Now in my honest opinion I don’t think that Kaepernick is planning on signing with any NFL team. I just don’t think that he wants to play in the NFL. It seemed like this workout was more of a way for him to get his name back at the top of the news cycle and now if he’s not signed he can continue to play the role of the player who was black balled.

There was also a rumor out there that this was all doe for a Nike commercial. Now this rumor quickly came and went, but would you be surprised if you saw clips of this Kaepernick’s workout in a Nike commercial?

People seem to forget that we’re taking about a quarterback that just lost his starting job and that’s always going to make people wonder if that hadn’t happened would Kaepernick have went down this road.

I want to remind you that we’re taking about a guy who’d be a back up quarterback if he’s ever signed. It’s not like Kaepernick is going to sign with a team and take them to a Super Bowl championship. He’s a back up quarterback and it’s going to be difficult for a team to sign a back up quarterback that craves the spotlight.

Don’t get me wrong Kaepernick does have talent and would be one of the better back up quarterbacks in the NFL, but at 33 years old; he’ll turn that on November 3rd you have to wonder if he’s worth the gamble.

While teams look high and low for back up quarterbacks and that includes contacting former players who are now ESPN analysts, but will one of them take a chance on Kaepernick. So far the answer is no, but with this workout getting his name back into the mainstream media will have to see if it generates a buzz.

Would you like to see you favorite NFL team sign Colin Kaepernick?

With the exception of trying to re-sign Josh Donaldson everyone seems to think that the Atlanta Braves needed to address their bullpen this off season. It appears that the Braves where thinking the same thing as they’ve made their second signing of a reliever in two weeks.

Last week the Braves announced the signing of Will Smith to a 3 year $40 million dollar deal. Smith was the San Francisco Giants closer last season. He appeared in 63 games and posted a 6-0 record with an ERA of 2.76 while recording 34 saves.

Yesterday the Braves announced the signing of relief pitcher Chris Martin to a 2 year $14 million dollar deal. The Braves acquired Martin from the Texas Rangers on July 30th of last season for Kolby Allard a 22 year old left handed pitching prospect. Martin was solid with the Rangers, but had some struggles with Atlanta. He appeared in 38 games for the Rangers going 0-2 with an ERA of 3.08 and picking up 4 saves. For the Braves he appeared in 20 games going 1-1, but his ERA was a run higher at 4.08.

The Braves have also brought back veteran set up man Darren O’Day. Atlanta gave O’Day a 1 year $2.25 million dollar deal early in the signing period. O’Day is 37 years and spent 7 of his 12 major league seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. O’Day pitched in just 8 games for the Braves last season due to injury, but has good career numbers as a set up guy.

With these three signing and the additions of Shane Greene and Mark Melancon at last seasons trade deadline the Braves bullpen has a whole new look coming into spring training. With only a couple of bullpen spots open and a host of young pitching prospects it will be interesting to see how and who Atlanta fills out their bullpen with.

What do you think of the Braves early signings?

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How was your week

Posted: November 16, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

This week Major League Baseball handed out it’s awards for the regular season and while they rarely get all of these award winners right I don’t have to many issues with who won this season. I do have issues with how some of the voting went; so that’s where we’re headed.

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels beat out Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros for American League MVP. Now it’s no surprise Trout won since he is the best player in the game of baseball, but I don’t know if that makes him the most valuable.

Now there are 30 “writers” who voted for American League MVP and they voted for 10 players apiece; so in total 300 votes for AL MVP where cast. First off I think that anyone who votes for a starting pitcher is coping out. While there are some great pitchers in today’s game they don’t have an affect on enough games to be considered an MVP. I believe there where some voters who filled their ballots with more than one pitcher and those voters should probably be replaced.

Now in baseball today with all of the analytics and sabermetrics it’s become that the home run is king. Now neither home run leader was a serious candidate for MVP, but the National League home run leader Pete Alonso was voted NL Rookie of the Year and managed to finish 7th in voting for MVP. Oddly in the American League the home run leader Jorge Soler got one 10th place vote for MVP and I just don’t understand that at all.

Soler played on all 162 games this season for the Kansas City Royals and while I understand that the Royals where just 59-103 last season Trout won the MVP award and the Angels finished under .500 at 72-90. Soler hit an American League leading 48 home runs while finishing 2nd in RBI’s with 117 while hitting a respectable .265 In no way shape and or form be I believe that Soler should’ve won the AL MVP award, but with the numbers he put up he should’ve received way, way more than one 10th place vote.

Now I’m not sure what these writers do to get a vote these awards, but I’d like to give props to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press for being the only voter smart enough to put Soler on his ballot. I’m not sure what the other voters where looking at or thinking about when they filled out their ballots, but they did a huge disservice to Soler.

If I would’ve had a vote my ballot would’ve looked like this. I would’ve had Bregman #1 with Trout at #2. D.J. LeMahieu would’ve been 3rd on my ballot with Marcus Semien 4th. Matt Chapman would be 5th on my ballot with Soler rolling in at 6th for me. Xander Bogaerts comes in 7th for me with Nelson Cruz 8th. My ballot would’ve wrapped up with Rafael Devers in 9th and Michael Brantley in the 10th and final spot on my ballot.

That’s what I would’ve turned in for AL MVP. What would your ballot for AL MVP look like?

While it’s understandable that most if not all of the talk about the NFL is focused on the horrible actions of Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns at the end of the Thursday night game. We discussed this a little on Friday’s Sports Time Radio podcast and I believe that the NFL is handling the situation correctly and I don’t really want to get into it much more.

I’d be interested to know if you think the NFL has handled this situation correctly. Where the suspensions enough? Should there have been more suspensions? Or should those suspensions have been longer? Please let me know what you think in the comments.

What came out of the game football wise was Browns got a much, much needed win. Cleveland improved their record to 4-6 and with the remaining schedule they have there’s an outside chance that they’ll actually be able to find themselves in the playoffs.

The Browns have three home and three road games remaining on their schedule and they should be favorite to win four or maybe even five of these games.

Next week the Browns host the Miami Dolphins which is a very winnable game even though the Dolphins have put together a two game wining streak. Cleveland then travels to Pittsburgh for a rematch with the Steelers. Cleveland was the favorite this past Thursday night, but that game was in Cleveland; so they might come into Pittsburgh as an underdog, but they’ll have a chance to win this game. The Browns return home to host the winless Cincinnati Bengals. This should be a win. Then Cleveland heads out to Arizona for their only non-division game left on the schedule as they face the Cardinals. Looking at this game you’d have to think that Cleveland should get a win here, but the Cardinals have played better than expected and sometimes that east to west travel affects a team. For the sake of our argument let’s say the Browns pull this one out. In Week 17 the Browns have their toughest game remaining on their schedule as they host the AFC North leading Baltimore Ravens. Cleveland may really need a win here, but I’m not sure they’ll be able to pull off the upset here unless the Ravens don’t have anything left to play for. The one big advantage the Browns have with their schedule is the fact that if they have a must win to get into the playoffs type of situation in the final week of the season they’re playing the Bengals again. The game is in Cincinnati, but eve being at home shouldn’t help the Bengals here as they should be in full tank mode.

If Cleveland goes 4-2 in there remaining games they’ll finish 8-8 and I don’t think that’s going to be good enough to get one of the AFC wild card spots. I think the Browns are going to have to find a way to go 5-1 or even 6-0 down the stretch to get themselves into the playoffs. They have the schedule to do it, but this team has been a mess more or less all season. Can they get it together over these final 6 games and claim a playoff spot?

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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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