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How was your week

Posted: May 11, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, MMA, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

According to most of the people who cover and report on the NBA the championship was decided last night. Now it was just a Western Conference semi-finals Game 6, but they feel that these where the best two teams and the winner of this series would go on to win the NBA title. So who won this series and the title last night?

Well it was the Golden State Warriors who beat the Houston Rockets 118-113 last night. Now not only did Golden State win Game 6 on Houston’s home court the Toyota Center but they did it without Kevin Durant.

Durant is consider to be the best or one of the best players in the NBA, bt he was scheduled to miss the rest of the series against the Rockets when he strained a calf in Game 5. As it turned out the Warriors didn’t need him.

Now if you’ve read any of the blog I’ve written here when I talk about the NBA that I don’t enjoy the style of play; so there was no way I was going to sit through an entire game.

I turned the game on just as Klay Thompson hit a 3-pointer to give Golden State a 110-104 lead with 36.1 seconds left in the game.

To be honest I think it took about 20 minutes to play the final 36.1 seconds of this game and I was quite bored, but I managed to stick with it. The Rockets where just throwing up 3-pointers and then fouling; so they where trying to trade 3 points for 2 points and with 3.6 seconds left they had cut the Warriors lead to 3 points at 116-113.

Once Steph Curry got his hands on the basketball and the Rockets had to foul him with just 2.3 seconds left you knew this game was over. Curry didn’t disappoint as he nailed those two free throws to put the game away and end Houston’s season again.

This is the second season in a row that the Warriors have knocked the Rockets out of the playoffs. This was also the 4th time in 5 seasons that the Warriors have eliminated the Rockets from the playoffs.

At this point the Rockets probably have to decided if the combination of James Harden and Chris Paul will ever be able to gte past the Warriors in a playoff series. Especially since last night looked like Houston’s best chance with Durant sidelined.

Curry ended up being the Warriors leading score with 33 points even though he went scoreless in the fist half of the game. Curry went 9 of 20 from the field including 4 of 11 from behid the 3-point line, but he made all 14 of the free throws he shot to get him to that 33 number.

Klay Thompson added 27 points while Andre Iguadala was the other Golden State starter to score in double digits with 17 points. Kevin Looney and Shaun Livingston helped pick up the score void in Durant’s absence. Looney went for 14 points while Livingston added 11 points. Draymond Green grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 7 assists to lead the Warriors in those categories.

In a losing effort James Harden led the Rockets with a game high 35 points. Harden added 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals, but it just wasn’t enough to get the Rockets a Game 6 win.

Chris Paul and Clint Capela each had double-doubles as Paul went for 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Capela had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Paul also handed out a team high 6 assists. P.J. Tucker was the other Rockets starter to reach double figures in scoring with 15 points.

The Rockets bench didn’t have much affect on the outcome of this game. Houston got 17 points in 50 total minutes from the four players who came in off the bench.

Golden State will get some time off to rest and hopefully Durant will be healthy for the Western Conference finals which start on Tuesday. Who will Golden State be playing in those Western Conference finals? Well they’re going to have to wait until Sunday to find that out.

We actually have not one, but two Game 7’s on Sunday. The Portland Trail Blazers are at the Denver Nuggets on Sunday afternoon to start the NBA action. Then the Toronto Raptors will host the Philadelphia 76ers in a Game 7 with the winner going to the Eastern Conference finals to face the Milwaukee Bucks.

Milwaukee advanced to the Eastern Conference finals this past Wednesday when they eliminated the Boston Celtics in five Games. Milwaukee won Game 5 116-91 on Wednesday.

So who do you have n these two game 7’s? Are you going with Toronto or Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference? What about the Western Conference; do you like the Trail Blazers or the Nuggets to advance?

Anderson Silva is fighting tonight on UFC’s 237 card. Silva will fight Jared Cannonier tonight.

Silva is 44 years old and has three fights left on the current contract he has with the UFC. Obviously he’ll have two fights left after tonight. Apparently it doesn’t matter how many fights Silva has left on any contract because according to his manager Jorge Guimaraes; Silva and the UFC are in talks about a contract extension.

Silva is 34-9-1 with one no-contest in his UFC career. He’s coming into tonight’s fight off of a loss. Silva dropped an unanimous decision to Israel Adesanya on UFC 234 February 10th in Melbourne Australia.

This is the quickest turnaround for Silva in his UFC career. Before the fight with Adesanya he had almost a two year lay off.

Silva held the UFC middleweight title from 2006 to 2013 which covered 10 fights; a UFC record at the time. Silva still holds the UFC record for most consecutive victories with 16. Silva is considered one of the greatest UFC fighters of all-time and a sure Hall of Fame selection when he final does decide to retire.

Silva is looking to turn around the struggles he’s had. He has only one fight since 2012; a span of 7 fights. The win came against Derek Brunson on February 11th 2017.

Silva has also had two suspensions in that time frame after testing positive for a prohibited substance. Now the USADA; which is the UFC’s anti-doping partner did over turn Silva’s suspensions saying they where caused by a contaminated dietary supplement.

Do you have Silva getting a win tonight?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: May 8, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized


For the 300th time in baseball history there was a no-hitter thrown. Mike Fiers of the Oakland A’s accomplished the feat last night against the Cincinnati Reds. This is the second time in Fiers career that he’s thrown a no-hitter. Fiers no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers when he was a member of the Houston Astros in 2015.

Fiers was making his ninth start of the season last night and was having a rough start to his season. Coming into last night Fiers was 2-3 with an ERA of 6.81. It makes perfect sense that he goes out and no-hit one of if not the hottest hitting team in baseball. Baseball is an odd game.

Adding to the oddity of this game is the fact that it almost wasn’t played at all last night. There was an issue with some of the lights in leftfield. There was a meeting at home plate with the umpires, each teams manager and general manager with Major League Baseball on stand by trying to decide if the game would be played. After an hour and 38 minute delay the game was ready to start. Apparently this game was only 15 minutes away from being cancelled.

Once the game started it took Fiers 2 hours and 25 minutes to throw his second no-hitter. Fiers is the 35th pitcher in baseball history to have thrown multiple no-hitters. He is also one of just five active pitchers who have pulled this off. Fiers is also the 8th pitcher in baseball history to throw his two no-hitters with different teams.

Interestingly, you have to wonder how many managers would’ve left their pitcher in as Fiers threw 131 pitches last night. With the way pitchers are handled in today’s game once they hit that 100 pitch mark the bullpen is up and warming, but A’s manager Bob Melvin stayed with Fiers and allowed him to get his no-hitter.

Fiers had thrown 109 pitches through 7 innings and it was reported that Melvin told him if he allowed anyone to get on base he’d be coming out of the game. The A’s did have someone warming up in the bullpen the final two innings of the game.

Melvin was quoted as saying “I broke every rule in the book”. “It was no fun for me once he got past 120 pitches; I promise you that, but he deserved it”.

Now it a 1-0 game going into the bottom of the 7th, so Melvin wasn’t only managing a no-hitter he was trying to win a tight game.

Jurickson Profar gave Fiers and the A’s an extra run to work with when he hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 7th inning to make it a 2-0 game.

Now as with any no-hitter there seems to be a defensive play that stands out and the A’s made two last night both in the top of the 6th inning.

Joey Votto looked like he not only would break up the no-hitter, but the shutout as well, when he connected on a deep flyball to centerfield. Ramon Laureano went back to the fence timed his jump just right and caught what looked like it was going to be a Votto home rune to keep the no-hitter in going. Profar also added defensive gem to preserve the no-hitter. Kyle Farmer hit a shallow flyball to rightfield that looked like it was going to drop between A’s fielders, but Profar made a diving catch to rob Farmer of a hit.

The only what you might call controversial call happened in the top of the 4th inning. Jesse Winker hit a ball that went off of Matt Chapman’s glove. It would’ve been a tough play for Chapman to make and the call could’ve went either way. It took the official scorer quite a while to make a ruling, but in the end they called it an error on Chapman. It may have been a tough error to assign, but Chapman is a top defender and it was a play that he normally makes.

With the win Fiers improves his record on the season to 3-3. He struck out 6 and walked 2 and his ERA came down to 5.48.

Another rarity for pitchers these days is the complete game, but there was one of those last night.

Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw a complete game against the Atlanta Braves last night. Ryu gave up 4 hits while striking out 6 and he threw just 94 pitches in his complete game.

The Dodgers cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Braves as Justin Turner backed Ryu’s effort by hitting three home runs and driving in 6 of the Dodgers 9 runs.

This was Ryu’s 3rd career complete game, but it’s his first since 2013 his rookie season when he had 2. With the win Ryu improved his record to 4-1 on the season. He also lowered his ERA to 2.03.

Coming into last night, there had been just 6 complete games in baseball this season. So to have two in one night is special and then add the fact that one of them was a no-hitter and it was a great baseball night.


There is just one spot left in the NHL Conference finals and it will take a Game 7 tonight to decide who gets that spot.

The Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes have claimed their spots in the Eastern Conference finals and that series starts tomorrow night. The St. Louis Blues grabbed one of the spots in the Western Conference finals with a 2-1 double overtime win over the Dallas Stars last night.

So there’s only room for one more team. Who will it be?

The San Jose Sharks are hosting the Colorado Avalanche tonight to see who claims that last Conference finals spot. No team has won two games in a row in this series, does that mean that Colorado is on trouble since they won Game 6? It does look as though San Jose might have a slight advantage coming into this game but as we know with the way these NHL playoffs have went; you just never know.

Who do you have winning Game 7 tonight, the Sharks or the Avalanche?

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How was your week

Posted: May 4, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in fantasy, horse racing, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I’ve been a daily fantasy player for a few years now. I play all my games through the FanDuel website and luckily I can say that I’ve managed to win more money than I’ve lost, but not by a very wide margin. I doubt that I would ever be able to play fantasy sports for a living as I’ve never bet more than $2 any fantasy line up I’ve ever done and that’s nerve racking for me. I couldn’t imagine betting a large some on one of my fantasy line ups. My blood pressure is high now with a lot of money on the line that would probably be the end of it for me.

Baseball is the daily fantasy game I’ve played the most with football being the next for me. I’m sure I would’ve spent more money on football, but there aren’t as many options to put line ups in as their is for baseball. I’ve spent a little bit of money on hockey and basketball and every once in a while I’ll get into a NASCAR tournament. I don’t know enough about golf or soccer to wend money on them, but if the website sends me a free entry like they do from time to time I always fill it out. You never know when you might just fall into a winning entry.

Now I wouldn’t call myself a very good player. As a matter of fact I’d have to say I’m well below average as a daily fantasy player, but I enjoy it and I know not to get too crazy with how much money I spend. I could however see it getting out of control for a player very easily.

About a month ago I had a situation in daily fantasy that had never happened to me before. I actually went on a hot streak. It seemed as every daily fantasy baseball line up I entered into a contest won money. Now to be fair I never won more than $3 and their where multiple times when my line landed tied for the finally paid out spot and I won less money than it cost me to enter the contest, but I’m always happy to win something.

My hot streak lasted for about two weeks, but the sad thing is I wasn’t doing anything different with my line ups than I normally did and now that’s it’s been over for a few week now I have no idea what to change or how to change my line up to get it back. I guess that just the price I pay for being a daily fantasy payer and who knows maybe one day I’ll manage to win one of these leagues I enter.

I have to say that so far my experience with daily fantasy has been an enjoyable one, but again I don’t bet very much money on any tournament I enter. While I have entered more than one tournament in a day I don’t do that very often and I don’t bet a lot of money on any line up that I do. I just remind myself that this is just a hobby for me and I don’t have the tie or the ability to compete with the people who play daily fantasy for a living.

Are you a daily fantasy player? If so; which website do you play on? I’d be interested to know what type of player you are. Are you like me where you only spend small amounts on a line up or do you bet big to win big? Please let  me know in the comment section as I’d be very interested to know.

Today is the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby or as it’s been called the greatest two minutes in sports. Now horse racing falls into one of those sports that I know nothing about, but like everyone else I like to pick a horse to win.

I have decided to go with Cutting Humor as my pick. Cutting Humor is currently a 30-1 shot to win, but what made me think that this was a good bet was that they made a jockey change and veteran Mike Smith will ride Cutting Humor in the Derby.

Smith was originally going to ride one of the favorites Omaha Beach, but that horse was scratched and actually underwent successful surgery for a breathing condition after being diagnosed with entrapped epiglottis. This situation left Smith without a ride for the Derby.

Then on Friday morning Cutting Humor’s trainer Todd Pletcher told reporters that Smith would ride the horse in the Derby replacing Corey Lanerie. I thought that the jockey change would make Cutting Humor an interesting pick to win the Kentucky Derby; so that’s who I’m going with.

It appears as Bob Baffert may have the best chance to win today’s Kentucky Derby. If that happens it will be the 6th time that a horse trained by Baffert has won at Churchill Downs.

Baffert has three horses entered in today’s Derby and they all have a good chance to win. Improbable will start in the 6th position while Baffert’s other two horses Game Winner and Roadster will start 15th and 16th respectively.

Now not only was Omaha Beach scratched from this race, but another favorite Haikal was also scratched. Haikal was scratched due to a foot infection.

Omaha Beach was replaced in the field by Bodexpress, but Haikal spot in the Derby was left open for today’s race.

Because of these two horses absences; the post positions have changed a little bit. The horses in the #1 through #10 gates have moved one position to their left; so there will be no horse in the #1 starting gate.

Then since the post positions where already drawn when Omaha Beach was scratched the horses in the #11 through #20 gates moved one spot to their right with Bodexpress taking over the #20 gate for today’s race.

Now besides Baffert’s horses there are a couple of other that I’ve heard have a good chance to win. Both Maximum Security and Tacitus have both beeen talked about as horses to watch today. Both horses have good starting positions as Maximum Security is satrting 8th while Tacitus is starting right next to him in the 9th gate. If it’s a faster pace raced like my pick Cutting Hunor might set it could benefit both of these horses.

That’s probably all I know about the Kentucky Derby today; so please let me know which horse you’re putting your had earned money on. Just one last small tip; it’s always best to stay way from the horse I picked.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: May 1, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Now if you’ve ever listened to the Sports Time Radio podcast or just kept up with the blogs here you know that the NBA is my least favorite of the four major sports. I would check in on games from time to time to get the score and watch a few minutes of whatever game as on, but after Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors I may be done with the sport as a whole.

Golden State won Game 1 104-100 and after the game I think that the Rockets complained more than any other team in NBA history. Now I’ve played enough basketball to understand that ever time you miss a shot you think you where fouled, but the Rockets really took it to another level.

James Harden took the Rockets final shot of Game 1 and like he always does he brought his legs forward to make contact with the defender. It’s clear that the contact had no impact on if Harden’s shot was going to go in, but he hit the floor like he had been checked into the boards in an NHL game. Now Harden gets a lot of these calls as evidenced by the fact that he shot more free throws than any other player in the NBA this regular season, but he didn’t get this call and that set the Rockets off.

Now after the complaining from the Game  loss had slowed down just a little bit the Rockets came out with some information on Game 7 of the Western Conference finals that they also lost to the Warriors.

Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey said that they had audited that Game 7 and the referees missed 81 calls that the Rockets should’ve gotten. At first I thought this was some kind of joke, but when I went back and looked at the article he actually said 81 missed calls. If the referees would’ve made all 81 of those calls; how long would that game of lasted?

Now of course Morey didn’t say how the game was audited, but obviously since he’s the Rockets General manager I could imagine the ticky-tac foul calls that he would’ve wanted the referees to make.

At first I thought all of this was a joke as I’m use to hearing players, coaches and just about everyone from the losing team complaining about the referee during the playoffs. This of course is done to work the referees a little bit and hopefully get some more calls in the next game, but it seems as though the Rockets where quite serious about their audit of that Game 7 and all their complaining from Game 1. This has led to the Rockets now becoming my least favorite professional sports organization in the entire sporting world and I hope they never win a championship.

All this led up to Game 2 which was played last night in Oracle Arena since the Warriors have home court advantage on this series and hosted games 1 and 2. There was drama right away for this game as Scott Foster was announced as one of the referees along with Ed Mallory and Eric Lewis.

Foster refereed a Rockets game back in February and James Harden complained so much about the way Foster called the game that he was given a fine by the league. Now Harden wasn’t the only Rockets player to complain about Foster officiating that game, but I believe he was the only one that was fined for his comments.

With Foster as one of the officials you’d had to wonder how this game would go. Would he end up inciting the Rockets with calls he made or would he unintentionally favor the Rockets so it wouldn’t look bad. In the end neither scenario really took place.

The Warriors ended up being called for 23 fouls in the game while the Rockets where called for 21 fouls. As things turned out there was much more interest in the injures to Harden and Stephen Curry than what foul calls the referees made.

As for the game the Warriors built a 14 point lead midway through the 3rd quarter and it appeared as Golden State might cruise to an easy Game 2 victory, but the Rockets came back and cut the Warriors lead to just 3 points with just under seven minutes left to play, but that was as close as they get. Golden State ran off 9 straight points to stretch their lead back out and in the end picked up their second win in the series 115-109.

Golden State won the first two games at home; so they have a 2-0 lead in the series. The teams get a bit of an extended break as the series shifts to Houston for Game 3, but that game won’t be played until Saturday night.

C.C. Sabathia made his 4th start of the season for the New York Yankees last night and while Sabathia ended up taking the loss 3-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks he did join some pretty elite company.

Sabathia pitched 5 1/3rd innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5 and it’s those 5 strikeouts that are important here.

Coming into this game Sabathia was just 3 strikeouts short of reaching 3000 career strikeouts. Sabathia struck out Arizona’s John Ryan Murphy to end the 2nd inning and record his 3000th strikeout last night. Sabathia is now the 17th player in Major League Baseball history to strikeout 3000 batters. He is also just the third left handed pitcher to reach that total following Steve Carlton and Randy Johnson.

Sabathia announced that 2019 would be his final season, but if he stays healthy and can make his starts he has a chance to move up the all-time strikeout list. Sabathia finds himself 82 strikeouts behind John Smoltz; so he has a good chance to catch him. Sabathia is also 114 strikeouts behind Curt Schilling and 115 strikeouts behind Bob Gibson; so he also has a chance to pass both of them as well.

One thins is clear; no matter where Sabathia ends up on the all-time strikeout list it appears as his next stop after the 2019 season will be Cooperstown when he’s inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

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How was your week

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

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but it seems as though no matter who or what the New York Giants do in the NFL draft they’re destine to get criticized.

If you can go back to last years draft just about ever expect said that the Giants had to take a quarterback. Well they had the second pick in that draft and instead of taking that quarterback of the future they went with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and they got crushed for it.

Even though Barkley rushed for 1307 yards with 11 touchdowns and added 91 receptions and 4 more touchdowns he was a bad draft pick. Really?

Barkley was even chosen Rookie of the Year over the five quarterbacks that where taken in the 1st round with him, but he was a bad pick for the Giants. I guess in the pass happy NFL having a running back that doesn’t have to come off the field in passing situations and is a dangerous any time he has the football in his hands isn’t better than having a young quarterback to sit behind Eli Manning.

Now coming into this years draft the Giants had two 1st round picks #6 and #17 and it appeared as though one of these picks would be used to find that successor to Manning. As it turned out the Giants did end up using the 6th pick on a quarterback and they still got killed for it by the experts.

It seemed as tough everyone was under the impression that the Giants would be taking Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins with that 6th pick. Instead they used that pick to take quarterback Daniel Jones from Duke. I did see a few mock drafts that had the Giants taking Jones, but the majority and it was a big majority of mock drafts had them going with Haskins.

Obviously the Giants had Jones rated as a better prospect than Haskins; so they went with the guy they liked better and it seems as though they made the wrong choice. Did they?

It was clear that no matter who the Giants drafted had very little chance to play this coming season unless Manning got injured; so Jones now has an entire year to develop. Which is how quarterbacks use to be handled before everyone that was drafted was going to revolutionize the quarterback position.

Now what I can’t figure out is how right now this very minute everyone seems to know that Haskins is going to be the better quarterback than Jones when everything is said and done. How do we know that Drew Lock who was the only quarterback taken in the 2nd round by the Denver Broncos or Will Grier who was the only quarterback taken I the 3rd round by the Carolina Panthers won’t turn out to be the best quarterback taken in this draft. It’s completely possible that a quarterback that hasn’t even been draft yet could be the best one selected in this draft; how do we know? Plain and simple we don’t.

After looking and considering all of this; how do we know that the Giants made the wrong pick in Jones.

By the way Haskins only stayed on the draft board until the 15th pick. He’s now a member of the Washington Redskins.

The other interesting story coming into this draft was what would the Arizona Cardinals do with last years #1 pick Josh Rosen who went 10th overall after the Cardinals gave a quite a bit to move up to take him.

It had been reported that the Cardinals where looking for a 1st round pick in any deal they made involving Rosen, but they weren’t gong to get that especially when they used the 1st pick in this draft to take quarterback Kyler Murray.

Any team looking for a quarterback pretty much had the Cardinals over a barrel as there was no way they’d go into camp with both Rosen and Murray on the roster.

In the end the Cardinals got more for Rosen than I thought they would. Rosen was sent to the Miami Dolphins for a 2nd round pick #62 overall and a 5th round pick in the 2020 draft. Arizona used that 62nd pick to select wide receiver Andy Isabella from the University of Massachusetts.

I was a little surprised to see that it was the Dolphins who ended up being the team that dealt for Rosen. Remember Miami signed veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two year deal this off season and he looked as though he’d be the starting quarterback.

There had been some reports that the Dolphins would go with Fitzpatrick under center and just take their lumps this coming season. With the pan being that Miami would find their quarterback in the 2020 draft when it’s suppose to be a better quarterback daft than this one.

So was Miami the team you saw Rosen going to? and do you think he’ll be the Dolphins starter in Week 1?

Now the draft isn’t over as we still have three rounds to get through today starting at Noon. Arizona will start things off with pick #103 and the Cardinals will also end the draft as they hold the final draft selection #254 as well.

We’ve only seen the four quarterbacks selected; so where will guys like Ryan Finley, Jarrett Stidham and Tyree Jackson end up. There are also players like Florida safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love and Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley who are some of the best players available and should get their names called in this draft.

There are always a lot of players found in these rounds of the draft that turn into Hall of Fame players; so you just never know what a player drafted in these rounds will end up turning into. That’s one of the things that makes the NFL draft so interesting. Can your favorite team find that late round gem to fill out their roster this year?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 24, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I hope you’re ready for the NFL draft because it kicks off tomorrow with Round 1.

Now there are a lot of ways to watch the draft if you aren’t in Nashville to see it live. ABC along with ESPN and ESPN Deportes will be covering all three days for Disney while the NFL Network as you’d expect will also cover all three days of the NFL draft.

The Arizona cardinals have the first pick in the draft and even though they selected what they thought was their franchise quarterback last season it appears that with the coaching change they made in the off season they’ll also bring in a new franchise quarterback as it appears as though Arizona will select Kyler Murray with the first pick. There where some rumors earlier this week that the Cardinals where considering going with another player at #1, but I’m sure that was just  smoke screen to try and draw some interest in Josh Rosen; who was the quarterback they took in the first round last year.

There are a couple of teams out their where Rosen would be a nice fit, but I don’t think that they’re willing to give the Cardinals what they’d want in a trade for him. Rosen was the 10th pick in last years draft; so you’d have to think that Arizona would like to get a late 1st or early 2nd round pick in return for him, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.

Rosen played in 14 games last season and started 13 of those games. He completed 55.2% of his passes while throwing for 2278 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Arizona went 3-10 in the games Rosen started. Rosen also rushed for 123 yards, but was sacked 45 times. Rosen also fumbled the football 10 times losing 7 of those fumbles. Now Rosen’s numbers weren’t great, but remember the Cardinals are picking first because they had the worst record in the NFL; so he wasn’t playing for a very good team.

Including Murray most experts expect three to four quarterbacks to be selected in Round 1 of the NFL draft. Is it possible that one of those teams that is expected or interested in drafting a quarterback would make a trade for Rosen?

The New York Giants have two 1st round picks #6 and #17 and everyone expects them to select the quarterback they see as the successor to Eli Manning. Is it possible the Giants would trade a later round pick for Rosen and let him sit behind Manning for a year before taking over as the starter?

The Washington Redskins are sitting with the 15th pick in the 1st round and with the terrible injury to Alex Smith last season that could be career ending the Redskins look like they might take a quarterback in Round 1. Maybe the Redskins are the team that deals for Rosen.

The Denver Broncos could be a bit of a wild card in all this. Denver has the 10th pick in the 1st round and there are some mock drafts that have them taking a quarterback with that pick. Now Denver did bring Joe Flacco in to be the starter, but they’d like a young guy behind him. Could that young guy be Rosen?

There has also been some speculation that with a new head coach the Cincinnati Bengals will draft a quarterback. The Bengals have the 11th pick; so there will be somewhere there when they pick, but it might make more sense for then to fill another need with that pick and see if they could acquire Rosen for a 2nd or maybe even a 3rd round pick.

All signs point to the Miami Dolphins needing a young quarterback to develop, but it seems as though they’re fine with going though this season with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter and finding that young quarterback in the 2020 draft.

Ben Rothlisberger is 37 years old and entering his 16th season. Not so much last season, but the couple of seasons before last Rothlisberger had talked about retirement; so maybe that crops up again. Even though there are reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Rothlisberger are trying to work out a contract extension he is only officially signed though the 2019 season.

Pittsburgh has the 20th pick in the 1st round and depending on how long they think Rothlisberger is going to play; could they draft a quarterback? Or are they a possible trading partner with Arizona for Rosen?

I even heard some talk that the New England Patriots might be interested in dealing for Rosen. Now Tom Brady is planning on playing until he’s 45 years old; so Rosen would have to sit behind him for a while, but could New England make this deal?

I fully expect the Patriots to trade their 1st round pick which is the final pick in the 1st round #32, but I don’t think it will be for Rosen. My guess is they’ll more down and acquire more draft picks like they’ve doe so many times in the draft.

Where do you see Josh Rosen ended up? and what do you think the Cardinals get for him?

Prior to tomorrow’s draft the Seattle Seahawks added some draft picks by trading their top pass rusher from last season Frank Clark for the Kansas City Chiefs.

In return for Clark the Seahawks will receive the Chiefs 2019 1st round draft pick which is 29th overall. The teams will also swap 3rd round picks in this draft and the Seahawks will also receive the lower of Kansas City’s 2nd round picks in the 2020 draft.

The Seahawks had placed the franchised tag on Clark, but he had yet to sign the $17.128 million dollar tag. With being traded to the Chiefs Clark also agreed to a five year $105.5 million dollar deal with 63.5 million dollars in guaranteed money.

In four season with Seattle Clark had 35 sacks with the 13 sacks he posted last season being a career high. Clark also made 33 solo tackles assisted on 8 other tackles had 10 tackles for loss and 27 quarterback hits last season. Clark recovered 2 fumbles last season while forcing 3 fumbles and he also snagged his first career interception last season.

Clark should help the Chiefs replace Justin Houston who was released by Kansas City in March and is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

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How was your week

Posted: April 20, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, hockey, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Since he NHL and NBA seasons run at the same time it’s inevitable that the leagues get compared to one another. In most of those comparisons, the NBA comes out ahead. They’re clearly the more popular league as well as being better marketed and having a better television deal but when it comes to the playoffs the NHL is far and away better than the NBA.

Now both leagues have 16 teams make the playoffs; 8 teams from the Eastern Conference and 8 teams from the Western Conference. That’s where the similarities stop.

Just look at the first round of the playoffs for example. In the NHL, we saw the #1 overall seed the Tampa Bay Lighting get swept out of the Eastern Conference playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Then last night the #1 seed in the Western Conference the Calgary Flames where also eliminated in the 1st round of the playoffs by the Colorado Avalanche in 5 games.

This is the first time in NHL history that both #1 seeds have been eliminated in the 1st round of the playoffs. Now this is something that we’d never seen happen in the NBA.

Over in the NBA there was a lot of noise when the #1 seed in the Western Conference the Golden State Warriors blew a 30 plus point lead to lose the second game of their opening round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Of course the Warriors turned around and beat the Clippers by 27 points in Game 3 to take a two games to one lead in the series. I’d actually be surprised to see the Clippers win another game in this series.

The other #1 seed in the NBA was the Milwaukee Bucks and in their first round Eastern Conference playoff series they’ve had no problems beating the Detroit Pistons and taking a 2-0 lead. The Bucks won Game 1 by 35 points and Game 2 by 21 points. Do you see Detroit winning a game in this series?

Now the NHL did have one higher seeded team dominate a 1st round series. The 2nd seeded New York Islanders swept the 3rd seeded Pittsburgh Penuins oout of the playoffs in their 1st round match up, but the other series could go either way.

The Toronto Maple Leafs won Game 5 of their series 2-1 last night to take a three games to two lead in their series with the Boston Bruins. Toronto has a chance to close out the series at home on Sunday.

The defending champion Washington Capitals are tied two games a piece in their first round series with the Carolina Hurricanes. Game 5 is tonight in Washington.

Over in the Western Conference the #1 seeded Nashville Predators are tied 2-2 in their opening round series against the Dallas Stars. Game 5 is this afternoon in Nashville.

The 3rd seeded St. Louis Blues currently hold a three games to two lead over the 2nd seeded Winnipeg Jets. In Blues will have a chance to close out the series tonight in St. Louis.

After dropping the first game in this series, the Las Vegas Golden Knights ran off three straight wins against the San Jose Sharks but San Jose bounced back to win Game 5. Las Vegas is at home for Game 6 tonight with a chance to close out the series.

While some of these series may end tonight each team in these series has won multiple games. That’s something that’s not going to happen in the opening round NBA playoff series.

We’ve already mentioned that Golden State and Milwaukee are leading their series and the Bucks look like they’ll have a good chane to sweep. How about the other series?

The Toronto Raptors have a history of struggling in the playoffs and when they lost Game 1 of their opening round playoff series to the Orlando Magic there was a lot of talk that we’d see the Raptors make another surprise playoff exit. Well the Raptors bounced back and won the next two games and now hold a two to one lead in this series.

The Philadelphia 76ers had the same trouble as the Raptors did dropping Game 1 of there playoff series to the Brooklyn Nets but the 76ers came back and won the next two games including a Game 3 win without Joel Embiid to take a two games to one series lead. Even if Embiid is out the 76ers should be able to win this series

The Boston Celtics look like they  might be on their way to a 1st round sweep of their opening round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers as the Celtics have taken all three game in this series so far. The Pacers host the Celtics for Game 4 tomorrow; so will see if Boston sweeps or if the Pacers can get a game.

Now the one NBA playoff series where we might actually see a 1st round upset is in the Western Conference. The 7th seeded San Antonio Spurs currently hold a two games to one lead over the 2nd seeded Denver Nuggets. Th teams split the first two games in Denver and San Antonio picked up in win in Game 3 at home. The Spurs are hosting Game 4 this evening looking to take a commanding lead in this series.

The Portland Trail Blazers held home court as they won the first two games in their playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Last night Oklahoma was at home and they picked up their first win of this series. This may be the most evenly matched payoff series and we’ll see if the Thunder can even things up at home tomorrow night.

So far the Houston Rockets have been the most dominate team in the Western Conference playoffs. They won Game 1 against the Utah Jazz by 32 points and in Game 2 they beat the Jazz by 20 points. The series shifts to Utah for Game 3 tonight and will have to see if Utah can slow down the Rockets and find a way to get a win in this series.

Now when you go through and you look at these series it’s quite clear that the NHL has the more interesting playoffs series going on right now. Does that means more people will watch. Probably not but maybe they should.

What have you watched more of, the NBA or the NHL playoffs?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 17, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in hockey, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

For the first time in NHL history a President’s trophy winner was swept out of the 1st round of the playoffs.

It was the Columbus Blue Jackets who sent the President trophy winning Tampa Bay Lighting home with a 7-3 win last night in Game 4 of their opening round series. Not only was this the first time a President trophy winner had been swept in the 1st round of the playoffs it was also the first playoff series win in Blue Jackets history.

If you go all the way back to Game 1 it started off looking like it would be the Lighting that would be the team that would be sweeping this series. Tampa Bay scored 3 goals in the 1st period of Game 1 and looked like they’d take that game easily. Maybe there was a hint of how this series would go when Columbus scored he next four goals and took Game 1 4-3.

In Game 2 it was the Blue Jackets that rattled off the first three goals in the game, but there was no comeback by the Lighting as Columbus was able to cruise to a 5-1 Game 2 win.

Now believe it or not this wasn’t the first time that the Blue Jackets won the first two games of an opening round playoff series on the road. Just last season they took the first two games in Washington, but then the Capitals won the next four games to eliminate Columbus. I’m sure that Lighting fans where hoping for the same thing to happen as the series shifted to Columbus for Game 3 & 4.

In the 1st period of Game 3 neither offense could put the puck in the net, but the Blue Jackets where able to wipe away some of those memories from last season as they scored the only two goals of the 3nd period which was enough as they picked up a Game 3 win 3-1.

I’m not really sure if it would’ve made a difference, but you have to ask yourself if Nikita Kucherov wasn’t suspended for this game if Tampa Bay might’ve been able to pull this one out.

Facing elimination last night it looked like the Lighting was in trouble as Columbus jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Tampa Bay was able to get one of those goals back in the 1st period and was down just 2-1 after the opening period.

The Blue Jackets struck first in the 2nd period to make it a 3-1 game, but this time it was the Lighting that came right back. Tampa Bay scored the next two goals to even the game at 3-3 and it appeared as though they might be able to force a Game 5.

The Blue Jackets picked up a goal at the end of the 2nd period to make it a 4-3 game, but Tampa Bay had to be feeling a little better than they had in the first three games.

Both defenses came up big in the 3rd period as it wasn’t until Tampa Bay pulled it’s goalie before anyone was able to score. Unfortunately for the Lighting it was the Blue Jackets who picked up an empty net goal to make it a 5-3 game.

Tampa Bay decided to keep it’s goaltender on the bench and that allowed the Blue Jackets to add a couple of more empty net goals to make the final score 7-3.

As the Lighting head home to try to figure out what went wrong the Blue Jackets advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs where they’ll face the winner of the Boston Bruins/Toronto Maple Leafs series. The Maple Leafs currently lead that series 2 games to 1 with Game 4 being played tonight in Toronto.

While the Lighting may have the distinction of being the first President’s trophy winner to get swept in the 1st round they are far from the first President’s trophy winner to be a disappointment in the playoffs.

It’s been six seasons since a President’s trophy winner went on to win the Stanley Cup. That was the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012-13. Besides the Blackhawks only the Detroit Red Wings have managed to win the President’s trophy and the Stanley Cup in the past 16 NHL seasons. Out of those 14 President’s trophy winning teams only one of them even made it to the Stanley Cup finals.

I guess you have to start to wonder if it better for your favorite NHL team to just get into the playoffs instead of having the most points in the regular season and winning the President’s trophy.

While Tampa Bay will get most of the attention for the way they where swept out of the payoffs they weren’t the only team to get swept out of the 1st round.

With a 3-1 win in Game 4 of their playoff series the New York Islanders swept the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the 1st round of the NHL playoffs.

Even though they Islanders had the better regular season record the Penguins had won two of the last three Stanley Cup title coming into this playoff series and any time you have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel your team is a threat to win it all. So this has to come as a bit of a surprise that the Penguins couldn’t win a game in this series.

I’ve always heard people say that a hot goaltender can carry a team in the playoffs and it looks like that’s that the Islanders have right now.

Robin Lehner posted a 1.47 Goals Against Average with a .956 Save Percentage in the Islanders opening round series against the Penguins. Lehner gave up three goals in Game 1, but after that he allowed just one in each in Games 2, 3 & 4. This was against a Penguins team that scored the 6th most goals in the NHL this season, so it was an impressive performance by Lehner.

The Islanders will get some time off as they wait for the winner of the series between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Washington Capitals. The Capitals currently lead that series 2 games to 1 with Game 4 being played tomorrow in Carolina.

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How was your week

Posted: April 13, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, hockey, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Tampa Bay Lighting where the best team in the NHL this season. They ended the regular season with 128 points easily claiming the President’s trophy. Tampa Bay was 21 points better than any other team during the regular season. Both the Boston Bruins and the Calgary Flames had 107 points during the regular season. Tampa Bay headed into the Stanley Cup playoffs as the favorite, but as we’ve seen time and time again winning the President’s trophy doesn’t always equal playoff success and the Lighting have started off in a hole.

Tampa Bay opened their opening round playoff series hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Lighting got off to a fast start in Game 1 putting up 3 goals in the 1st period, but what looked like an solid Game 1 win didn’t quite turn out that way. The Blue Jackets scored 4 straight goals; 1 in the 2nd period and 3 in the 3rd period including the game winner by Seth Jones at 14:05 of the period to take the win for Columbus.

Game 2 was last night as the Lighting looked to even up the series. This time it was Columbus that got off to the fast start scoring 2 goals in the 1st period. Of course you had to wonder if the team that got off to the fast start would be able to hold on in this game and the Blue Jackets did.

Columbus was the only team to score in the 2nd period and had a 3-0 lead heading into the 3rd period before the Lighting got on the scoreboard. While the Blue Jackets came back from being down 3 goals in Game 1 the Lighting was unable to make that kind of comeback. The Blue Jackets added 2 more goals in the 3rd period as they pulled away for a 5-1 win in Game 2.

Now this was just the third time this season that the Lighting have lost back to back games, but even down 2-0 there is some hope for Tampa Bay. Last season the Blue Jackets took their first two games against the Washington Capitals in that 1st round series last season and then proceeded to lose four straight games. After that series the Capitals went on to win the Stanley Cup. Can the Lighting repeat that scenario? or will they just end up being another President’s trophy winner that doesn’t win the Stanley Cup?

Now there is a chance that the Lighting will have to go into Game 3 without their leading scorer Nikita Kucherov. In the 2nd period of last nights loss a clearly frustrated Kucherov tripped Blue Jackets Defenseman Markus Nutivaara. Then while Nutivaara was on his knees Kucherov checked him into the boards. It was clearly a dangerous hit and Kucherov received a 5 minute major penalty and a game misconduct for that series of events.

Kucherov is scheduled to have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety about that boarding penalty on Nutivaara.

With Tampa Bay already down 2 games to 0 in the series they can’t afford to lose their leading scorer for length of time in this series.

Kucherov was the leagues leading scorer with 128 points. In 82 games he had 41 goals and 87 assists was a +24 for Tampa Bay this season. With those 128 points Kucherov claimed the Art Ross trophy and with the season he’s had you have to think he’s a front runner for the Hart Memorial trophy.

How will the Lighting do if they have to play without Kucherov?

Now we’ve mentioned the injury situation the New York Yankees have been going through this season and believe it or not they lost another starter to injury.

This time it was Gary Sanchez who landed on the 10-day Injury List. Sanchez was placed on the Injury List retroactive to April 11th with a left calf strain. Sanchez becomes the 12th Yankees player to land o the Injury List this season.

Sanchez had a rough 2018 as he played in just 89 games due to injuries and hit .186, but he got off to a good start this season. In 11 games Sanchez was hitting .268 with 6 home runs.

There’s no timetable for Sanchez’s return. The Yankees have called up catcher Kyle Higashioka from Triple-A to take Sanchez’s roster spot. Higashioka is expected to split time with Austin Romine behind the plate until Sanchez returns.

The Yankees did get some good news on the injury front as left handed starting pitching C.C. Sabathia will be activated from the Injury List to make his first start of the season today against the Chicago White Sox.

This passed off season Sabathia underwent minor knee surgery a well as having an angioplasty. This lead to the Yankees pacing Sabathia on the Injury List to allow him the time he needed to recover properly. Now Sabathia was technically on the Yankees active roster as he started the season off by serving a five game suspension for hitting Jesus Sucre with a pitch in a game late last season.

Sabathia; who’ll turn 39 in July signed a one year $8 million dollar deal with the Yankees this past off season; so he could play his 19th and final season in pinstripes.

Sabathia along with Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxson and J.A. Happ give the Yankees four solid starting pitchers in their rotation. What New York will have to decide is if Domingo German will continue to fill Luis Severio’s spot in the rotation while he works his way back from injury or if we’ll see Gio Gonzalez get a call up from Triple-A to fill that rotation spot.

The Yankees signed Gonzalez a little less than a month ago as some insurance for -A covering Severino’s injury. Gonzalez has made 2 starts in Triple-A covering 10 innings. With the late start to his season it might take Gonzalez another start or two before he’s ready to join the Yankees starting rotation.

With the Yankees off to a slow 5-8 start this season and with it looking like Severino is still going to be out for quite a while. Will the Yankees make a move for a starting pitcher? Or will they run with Gonzalez?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 10, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized


It’s been a strange year for the Los Angeles Lakers and some how it got even stranger for them.

The Lakers lost their final game of the season to the Portland Trail Blazers 104-101. The loss capped off a disappointing 37-45 season. While this was just another loss for the Lakers it was what came about afterwards that was quite a surprise.

Pretty much out of nowhere, Magic Johnson resigns as President of the Lakers. There were reports that the Lakers top brass was having a meeting and most if not everyone thought it was to decide the future of head coach Luke Walton. After that meeting broke up Johnson stepped up to the mic choking back tears as he announced his resignation.

I’m not sure if will ever know the real reason why Johnson decided to step down after just two seasons with the Lakers. Johnson said “I want to go back to having fun” and he also said that “he wants to go back to who I was before taking this job”.

What may be the most interesting thing about Johnson’s resignation was the fact that he went to the media first before informing Lakers owner Jeanie Buss or the team general manager Rob Pelinka. It was reported that Buss and Pelinka along with chief financial officer Joe McCormack, chief operating officer Tim Harris and manager of special projects Linda Rambis held an all hands on deck type of meeting in El Segundo California after Johnson’s announcement.

Johnson was the Lakers President for two years and even with the signing of LeBron James, the team improved by just two wins this season. The Lakers where unable to find their way into the playoffs in either of the seasons Johnson was President. The Lakers haven’t actually been to the playoffs since 2013.

Johnson is still the greatest player in Lakers history but he may not of been cut out to be President of an NBA team. It can be difficult for great players to transition into front office or coaching roles and this may just be another case of another player not knowing what he was getting himself into. Johnson is and will continue to be a very public figure and good will ambassador for the game of basketball but he may not of realized how many hours being a team President would require him to put in.

Do you think we’ll ever know the real reason Johnson resigned?


I’m not sure of it was last week or two weeks ago that I wrote about all the injuries the New York Yankees had been dealing with to tart the season off but some how with the news that came out yesterday, it got worse for them.

The Yankees top starter, Luis Severino went down right before the start of the season with an injury to his right shoulder. Severino was placed on the Injured List to start the season but reports were that he had begun throwing long toss.

Apparently, Severino was still having some discomfort after his long toss session. Severino had his shoulder examined yesterday and was diagnosed with a grade two lat strain and will be completely shutdown for six weeks.

Looking at that timetable Severino might be able to start throwing again right around June 1st.  Maybe it’s possible that Severino could be back before the All-Star break.

Severino is in the first year of a four year $40 million dollar contract. He won 19 games last season and was thought to be the Yankees #1 starter coming into this season. Severino is just 25. He has a lot of years ahead of him and just needs to get healthy.

Now Severino wasn’t the only starting pitcher that got some bad news injury wise the last couple of days. Both the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs had a starting pitcher get injured.

Mike Clevinger hasn’t given up a run in his two starts this season for the Indians but he had to come out of his second start this season due to an injury. At first it was thought to be just a minor injury but Clevinger ended up being diagnosed with a right upper back/Teres major muscle strain.  Clevinger will be shutdown for 6 to 8 weeks.

It’s unclear right now who the Indians will use to fill Clevinger’s spot in the rotation but they have some options. It actually looks like Cleveland is considering about six different pitchers for that spot. We could see Adam Plutko, Jefry Rodriguez, A.J. Cole Asher Wojciechowski or Cody Anderson. Ultimately, it might be Anderson who takes over that rotation spot until Clevinger returns but he’s still working his way back from missing the last two seasons with injuries.

Luckily for the Cubs it looks like Jon Lester suffered the most minor injury out of these three pitchers.

On Monday, Lester had to come out of his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates after two innings due to hamstring tightness.

After the game, Lester said that he planned on making his next start.  However, the Cubs aired on the side of caution and put Lester in the Injured List. This appears to be the right move and even though it might cost Lester a couple of starts.  It’s better to let him get back to 100% then make the injury worse trying to pitch though it.

The Cubs will turn to Tyler Chatwood to pick up those couple of starts that Lester will miss.

The Cubs signed Chatwood to a three year $38 million dollar deal in 2018, but he struggled with control and has started the 2019 season in the bullpen. Chatwood has appeared in three games as a reliever this season covering 5 innings but his control issues still appear to be there. Chatwood has walked 4 batters in the 5 innings he’s pitched and walks were the issue he had last season. Last season in 24 games (20 starts) over 103 2/3rd innings, Chatwood walked 95 batters.

With as poorly as the Cubs have gotten out of the gate this season they’re going to need Chatwood to be able to keep them in those games he starts for Lester. Can he find his control?

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