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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a partial schedule released by Golf Digest:

▪ RBC Heritage: June 18-21

▪ Travelers Championship: June 25-28

▪ Rocket Mortgage Classic: July 2-5

▪ John Deere Classic: July 9-12

▪ The Memorial Tournament: July 16-19

▪ 3M Open: July 23-26

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

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

What are your thoughts on the PGA returning?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How was your week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How was your week

Posted: October 5, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, post season, pro wrestling, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I was interested to see how much mainstream media talk there was about the WWE moving their Smackdown show to Fox. Obviously it was a big topic of conversation on Fox itself and FS1, but I heard people talking about it on ESPN and the MLB Network. There was so much talk about this that I even tuned in for the start of the show.

Now I use to watch every minute of wrestling that I could. As a child I was introduced to wrestling by my father. My father worked two jobs and his second job was overnight on Friday and Saturday night as a security guard. He’d work from 11:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. and then on Sunday’s when he got home he’d make a big breakfast for my mother and I. After that he’d sit down to read the Sunday newspaper and turn on the television. We’d watch AWA which was a professional wrestling company owned by Verne Gagne. After that wrestling show there was another one on from time to time that I believe was called Bob Luce wrestling. I don’t remember the name of the federation that wrestled on that show, but I do remember the wrestlers doing some of the local commercials on that show and they where classic.

That’s how I got started as a wrestling fan and I just continued to watch wrestling after that. Believe it or not I actually spent some time as an independent pro wrestler, but sadly I’ve lost most of my interest in wrestling over these last few years.

Last night I turned on the pre-show on Fox, but I quickly became bored and turned it off. I just didn’t enjoy what they where doing on the pre-show, but I was interested to see who got to open the show and who was in the first match. I thought it would be a pretty big deal to open the show or get to be in the first match. I was figuring that it would be a wrestler that WWE was high on and that they’d have some type of interaction with one of the many special guest that had been advertised for the show and I guess I was kind of right.

Becky Lynch was the first wrestler out to start Smackdown. As Lynch was doing her promo she was interrupted by Baron Corbin. as the banter was going o between these two they where interrupted by Dwayne Johnson who WWE fans know as “The Rock”. If you’ve seen “The Rock” perform in the WWE before you kind of knew what you where in for. He did his usual shtick, but he was very entertaining and the fans loved him. After “The Rock” with some help from Lynch made fun of Corbin the segment ended with Corbin being beaten down by “The Rock” and Lynch which the crowd again loved.

I flipped over to check the score of the New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins game; so I didn’t see the introduction for the first match, but I got back to Smackdown before the first match started.

I was a little surprised to see that Lynch not only got to do the opening segment, but was also in the first match. Lynch teamed with Charlotte Flair against the team of Sasha Banks and Bayley. In the end Lynch and Flair picked up the win as Flair was able to make Bayley tap out to her figure eight finisher.

Now I was done with the WWE and Smackdown after this match; so I don’t know how the rest of the show went, but there are some very interesting take a ways just from these two opening segments.

While Lynch her “The Man” persona started on Smackdown she is currently the RAW women’s champion, but she was chosen to open this show. Corbin just won WWE’s King of the Ring tournament, but he is also a RAW wrestler. Now I know that it’s typical for wrestlers from one of WWE’s show to show up on another show even though I believe this is going to end by Fox’s choice. It’s interesting that the first two wrestlers to make appearances on Fox’s new show where wrestled that are prominently featured on WWE’s other show.

Maybe it’s just me and I’m reading too much into it, but I would’ve thought that a new show would’ve wanted to feature a performer from it’s show to start off.

If you watched Smackdown let me know what you thought of it and let me know fi I missed anything of note since I turned away after the first match.

We had four MLB playoffs games last night as every playoff team was in action.

The first game of the day saw the Houston Astros win the first game of their series with the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2. Justin Verlander went 7 shutout innings striking out 8 as he got the win for Houston.

The next game saw the Atlanta Braves even up their series with the St. Louis Cardinals at one game apiece as the Braves picked up a 3-0 win in Game 2.

Mike Foltynewicz pitched 7 shutout inning for the Braves while Adam Duvall came up with a big pinch hit 2-run homer in the bottom of the 7th to make it a 3-0 game. After getting knocked around in Game 1 Mark Melancon picked up a save. Melancon did give up 2 hits, but also stuck out two in his inning of work.

There where five home runs hit in Game 1 of the New York Yankees/Minnesota Twins series and even though the Twins out homered the Yankees three to two the Yankees picked up the win in Game 1 10-4.

Neither starting pitcher made it into the 5th inning, but James Paxson the Yankees starter got close pitching 4 2/3rds. Jose Berrios the Twins starter pitched 4 innings. The Yankees put the game away by scoring 2 runs in the 5th and 6th inning and 3 runs in the 7th inning. Even though Tommy Kahnle gave up a run in the 2/3rd of an inning he worked he still got credit for the win.

The day of baseball wrapped up with the Washington Nationals evening up their series with the Los Angels Dodgers by getting a 4-2 in in Game 2 if that series.

Coming off his first career relief appearance in the Nationals wild card victory Steven Strasburg return to his role as a starter and picked up the win going 6 inning and striking out 10. Clayton Kershaw was solid for the Dodgers, but his bad luck in the post season continued as he took the loss despite pitching 6 solid innings.

The National League teams are off today, but we’ll get Game 2 in each of the American League series today.

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