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How was your week

Posted: April 9, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The Major League Baseball season got up and running without too many games being delayed. Each team has played at least one game and there are four teams that have played two games. I think through the first two days of the season there have only been three games postponed and with the way the weather can be this time of the year in the East and the MIdwest having just three games that need to be rescheduled isn’t too bad.

Obviously, it’s difficult to make any type of judgement after the season has just started, but there are always a few people who will try and do that. I think the most important thing for every team is to get through these opening series without any serious injuries.

There were some fireworks last night during the second game of the New York Mets Washington Nationals series after Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor was hit in the head or to be more precise, he was hit in the C-flap of his helmet and the baseball deflected off that flap and hit Lindor in the face.

Lindor was the fourth Mets batter that has been hit in the first two games of this series and as you can guess the Mets weren’t too happy about it.

After Lindor was hit Mets manager Buck Showalter came out of the Mets dugout screaming. Not only was Lindor the fourth Mets player hit in the series, but three of the four hit batters have been on pitches up and in.

Steve Cishek was the Nationals pitcher that hit Lindor, and he ended up being ejected for what crew chief Mark Carlson called “continued to escalate the situation by coming toward the melee.”

Fortunately for the Mets and Lindor he wasn’t seriously injured, but he did end up with the inside of his mouth was bloodied and the outside cut and swollen. Lindor was hit by an 88 mile per hour fastball thrown by Cishek.

Lindor did leave the game after being hit by that pitch as the Mets went on to win the game 7-3 in what was Max Scherzer’s first start after signing with the Mets as a free agent this past off season.

The teams are scheduled to play today at 6:05 p.m. Joan Adon is making the start for the Nationals, and it will be interesting to see if he ends up hitting a Mets batter. As for the Mets it’s Chris Bassitt who gets his first start for New York since being acquired in a trade with the Oakland A’s this past off season. You have to wonder if Bassitt tries to get a little bit of revenge and possibly hits one of Washington’s hitters today.

The Mets haven’t released their lineup for today’s game since it’s a later start and there was no mention after the game last night if Lindor would miss any time. Lindor didn’t want to come out of the game last night and was heard on a field microphone saying something to the effect of, you’re not taking me out of the game. You have to figure Lindor will be a little sore, but if he’s able he’ll probably play tonight.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 6, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Even though it’s starting a little late the Major League Baseball season gets up and rolling tomorrow. Now sine it is still early April it should come as no surprise that there are already two games that have been postponed.

Earlier today the Minnesota Twins announced that they have postponed their opening day game tomorrow against the Seattle Mariners and then not long after that it was announced that the game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox has also been postponed.

As of right now both the Twins and the Yankees will have their home openers on Friday and don’t be surprised if there are a few more of tomorrow’s games end up getting cancelled.

With the expanded playoffs and the fact that there are still going to be 162 games this season it can be difficult for Major League Baseball to get a fair schedule to open the season with. The obvious answer is to start the season in the warmer areas of the country or play in domed stadiums, but that’s not exactly fair to those teams since that would load up the front half of their schedule with home games.

The schedule makers try to be fair, but when you have games scheduled for places like Minnesota and New York as well as Chicago and Detroit there’s a chance that you’ll encounter some bad weather this time of the year.

The Chicago Cubs are scheduled to open their season at home tomorrow against the Milwaukee Brewers, but there’s rain in the forecast for most of the day in Chicago tomorrow. The Detroit Tigers don’t open their season until Friday when they host the Chicago White Sox, but their last spring training game today against the Baltimore Orioles was cancelled and that was to be played in Detroit today.

I guess will have to wait and see how many games end up being played tomorrow, but as of now we know that two of them won’t be.

Do you have any ideas for Major League Baseball on how to avoid these early season postponements that don’t involve loading a teams scheduled up with a bunch of home games because they play out West or in a domed stadium? If you have a good idea, I’m sure Major League Baseball would be very interested in it.

Now, we don’t talk too much about golf on the Sports Time Radio podcast, but it’s worth noting that Tiger Woods is going to try to play in the Masters tournament starting tomorrow.

This will be the first tournament that Woods has played in since his automobile accident 14 months ago. Woods did play in an event with hhis son, but this will be his first competitive tournament since that accident.

Even though he hasn’t played Woods is still the biggest name in golf and their where reports that once he announced that he was going to play there were quite a few bets placed on him to either win the tournament or miss the cut. No matter how Woods actually play the one thing it will do for the Masters is improve their television ratings especially if Woods makes the cut and plays on Saturday and Sunday. Just imagine what the television ratings will be if he’s actually in contention to win the tournament on Sunday.

If you were going to put your hard earned money down on Woods would you be betting on him to win the tournament? Or would you be betting on him to miss the cut?

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How was your week

Posted: April 2, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

With the Major League Baseball season finally starting next week you have to wonder if the New York Mets just saw their playoff chances go out the window before the first pitch was even thrown.

The Mets had a big off season adding free agents. They signed the top starter o the free agent market in Max Scherzer as well as outfielders Starling Marte and Mark Canha, plus infielder Eduardo Escobar who will be the Mets everyday 3rd baseman and then they traded for starting pitcher Chris Bassitt.

Just as it was looking like the Mets would be contenders in the National League East the worse possible news for them hit.

As Jacob deGroom was warming up to make a spring training start he felt something in his throwing shoulder. An MRI on his shoulder revealed a stress reaction in his right scapula.

Yesterday the Mets announced that deGroom won’t throw for four weeks and will then have the shoulder reevaluated.

Now, in 2014 Michael Wacha who was with the St. Louis Cardinals at the time had this same injury and he ended missing almost three months. If deGroom is out for the first three months of the season, can the Mets stay in contention until he returns? And how long will it take deGroom to give the team meaningful innings?

The scapula, or shoulder blade as it turns out is a vital bone in the pitching process. Stress reactions, which are injuries to bones typically brought on by repeated movement, are rare in pitchers’ shoulders. Typically, stress reactions are healed through rest.

Fortunately for the Mets and deGroom the shoulder looked clean on his MRI but, the bone prompted enough concern to shut down deGrom for the start of what could be his final season with the Mets. He has said he plans to opt out of his contract following this season, during which he’ll be paid $33.5 million, but added that he “love[s] being a Met” and that “it would be really cool to be one for my entire career.”

Now just to add to the Mets issues Scherzer just had to skip his start in a simulated game because of hamstring tightness.

Scherzer told reporters that the hamstring tightness started a few days ago and it flared up as he was preparing to throw that simulated game Saturday.

Obviously with deGroom already out to start the season Scherzer was the logical choice to start opening day for the Mets against the Washington Nationals on Thursday, but it’s unclear now if Scherzer will be able to make that start. If Scherzer is unable to make the opening day start you’d think the Mets would give that start to Bassitt.

Since it’s just hamstring tightness keeping Scherzer out he shouldn’t end up on the Injury List were deGroom will start the season. Hopefully Scherzer won’t miss more than that first start and may even be able to pitch later in the series against his former team.

So let me know if you think the Mets can stay in contention in the National League East as their top two starting pitcher recover from injuries?

The Mets are in a tough division with the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves. The Philadelphia Phillies also added some big bats to their line up and could possibly contend and there are some experts who think that the Miami Marlins could find themselves in contention for a playoff spot this season. If the Mets get into too big of a hole at the start of the season, will they be able to chase down what could possibly be three teams in front of them?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 30, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

With the NBA regular season winding there are still some stories that have to play out before the playoffs get started.

Right now the Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers are all 1 1/2 games out of the top spot in the Eastern conference. The Heat are currently holding the #1 seed in the conference. Miami has struggled as of late as they are 1-4 in their last five games and with a game against Milwaukee tonight Miami could slip out of that #1 seed.

Boston has been the biggest mover in the standings since the All-Star break, but they just suffered a big loss when Robert Williams torn his meniscus ligament and will need surgery. Williams will be out four to six weeks and if the Celtics can get through the 1st round of the playoffs without him Williams could return in the 2nd round.

The 76ers have dropped their last two games and even Joel Embiid has cooled off a little down the stretch, but the important thing for Philadelphia isn’t getting that #1 seed, it’s making sure that Embiid and James Harden are both 100% when the playoffs start. Harden has taken a game off here and there to rest his hamstring, but he should be full go by the time the playoffs come around.

Of course, the Bucks are the defending NBA champions, and they appear to be picking up their game at the right time of the season. Milwaukee got a 118-116 win over Philadelphia to move to just a 1/2 game of that #1 seed. Milwaukee has won three of their last four games as they get ready to face the Brooklyn Nets tomorrow night.

As for the Nets they are in the 8th spot in the Eastern conference right now and they are 3 1/2 games out of the 6th spot which would get the out of the play-in tournament, but that’s a big hill to find with so few games left in the regular season.

The team right in front of the Nets are the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers are just one game out of the 6th spot, so they have a chance to get themselves out of the play-in tournament. Evan Mobley will miss the Cavaliers game tonight against the Dallas Mavericks and there still is no timetable for Jarrett Allen to return from his finger injury. Mobley is only expected to miss tonight’s game and should return t for tomorrow night’s match up against the Atlanta Hawks who are holding down the 10th and final spot in the play-in tournament.

Right now it looks like the Nets, Hawks and Charlotte Hornets will be in the play-in tournament. Now will just have to which team ends up in that 7th spot and joins them.

Now over in the Western conference it looks like the only thing left to decide is which teams will fill the final two spots in the play-in tournament.

As of right now the New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs are sitting in the 9th and 10th spots in the Western conference.

The Spurs are tied record wise with the Los Angeles Lakers at 31-44, but San Antonio owns the tiebreaker with the Lakers, so they have that 10th spot right now.

It looks like the other eight Western conference playoff teams are set and the only thing that there is to watch is if the Minnesota Timberwolves can get out of the 7th spot in the conference and pass either the Denver Nuggets or Utah Jazz who they trail by two games.

Coming down the stretch there are some compelling games to keep an eye on and see which teams end up in which spots for the playoffs.

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How was your week

Posted: March 26, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

It almost seems like a little bit of a surprise that there hasn’t been a big trade or free agent signing in the National Football League or Major League Baseball, but there hasn’t been since Wednesday.

On Wednesday the Kansas City Chiefs traded wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins for five draft picks.

While Miami gets one of the top wide receivers in football the Chiefs receive a 1st a 2nd and a 4th round draft pick in the upcoming draft as well as a 4th and a 6th round pick in the 2023 draft.

Kansas City now has back-to-back picks in the upcoming draft. They have their own draft pick which was #30 and then they acquired the 29th pick from the Dolphins as part of the Hill trade. it’s possible that we’ll see the Chiefs package those picks to move up in the draft or maybe they’ll just hold onto them and use them. Either way it will be something that will be followed right up until the draft comes around.

You never know how a trade is going to turn out especially when there are draft picks involved, but this is one of those trades that look like it could work out for both teams.

Miami adds a wide receiver to team with Jaylon Waddle as well as an explosive offensive play to help them compete in the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills. While Kansas City has the opportunity to retool their team a little bit with a large haul of draft picks. It’s clear that in the end the Dolphins probably received the best player in this deal, but if the Chiefs can hit on a couple of the draft picks, they acquired it will be a good deal on their end.

Like always I’d like you to chime in on this trade and let me know what you think. Did you like this trade? And who do you think will end up getting the better end of this trade?

With spring training up and running and the top free agent signed and in camp it has slowed down the baseball news cycle. It’s also too early for teams to go out and make major trades as they don’t really know what their rosters will looks like heading into the regular season.

Now there is one name left on the free agent market and while he wasn’t grouped in with the top guys, he wasn’t all that far behind them. There was a lot of talk about him before the lockout happened, but his name hasn’t come up much and you have to wonder why.

Michael Conforto is still currently a free agent. Conforto is the most attractive free agent left on the market and there was a lot of talk that the San Diego Padres had interest in him, but that was before the lockout happened and Conforto hasn’t really been linked to a team since.

Conforto has spent his entire seven-year major league career with the New York Mets but is coming off a down year last year. Conforto played in 125 games last season and hit .232 with 14 home runs. While the batting average is no longer important to teams 14 home runs for a corner outfielder isn’t enough in today’s game. It’s quite possible that last year was just an off year for Conforto since he’s shown that he has power. Conforto hit a career high 33 home runs in 2019 and was close to 30 home runs the two seasons before that.

Conforto did miss some time last season with injuries and there is a possibility that those injuries where the cause for Conforto’s drop in power numbers.

Since we’re only two weeks away from opening day you have to start to wonder if Conforto will be on any teams opening day roster when that date rolls around.

It’s possible that a team like the Cleveland Guardians may offer Conforto a one-year deal since the Guardians only have a $56 million dollar payroll for the 2022 season and could easily add Conforto on a what they see as a reasonable contract.

There’s also a chance that a team like the Texas Rangers could show some interest in Conforto. The Rangers did add two big free agents in Corey Seager and Marcus Semien they also missed out on signing Clayton Kershaw and trading for Matt Olson. Conforto could add one more bat to the Rangers line up if they bring him in.

Do you see Conforto signing with a team before the start of the regular season? If so, what team do you think he’ll end up signing with?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 23, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

It’s been quite an off season for the NFL and it’s nowhere close to being over. I don’t remember another time when so many big-name players have changed teams and that may not be done either. There are reports that the Kansas City Chiefs have had serious discussions with the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets about possibly trading wide receiver Tyreek Hill. If this deal happens Hill would join quite a long list of players that will be on new teams to start next season.

We’ve already seen who many experts think is the best wide receiver in football in Davante Adams traded, so maybe it shouldn’t be a big surprise if a wide receiver the caliber of Hill is dealt.

Now wide receivers aren’t the only players being moved. Quarterbacks are a hot topic as well and there was another name quarterback traded earlier this week when the Atlanta Falcons deal their long-time quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts for a 3rd round pick in the upcoming draft.

Ryan joins Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz, Mitchell Trubisky, Deshaun Watson, Drew Lock and Marcus Mariota as starters for new teams this coming season. Add in the recently unretired Tom Brady and the resigned Jameis Winston and you’d think that the quarterback position would be settled for almost every team, but there are still a couple of quarterbacks that could still be available. The question is, where would they go?

The Cleveland Browns already had Baker Mayfield on their roster when they traded for Watson. Mayfield has asked for a trade, but the Browns haven’t seemed interested in moving him just yet. With the allegations against Watson, you have to wonder if the Browns will hold onto Mayfield until the NFL renders a decision on Watson’s case. With Mayfield in the last year of his rookie contract he’s not a big hit to the Browns salary cap, so holding onto him isn’t an issue. The issue might be will Mayfield report if he’s still with Cleveland.

The other quarterback that we always hear is going to be traded is Jimmy Garoppolo, but so far, the San Francisco 49ers have held onto him. Garoppolo is recovering from shoulder surgery. so, teams are going to want to make sure he’s completely healthy before they trade for him. You have to wonder how interested the 49ers are in trading Garoppolo. San Francisco drafted Trey Lance with the 3rd overall pick in last year’s draft, but it’s possibly Lance isn’t quite ready to take over as San Francisco’s starting quarterback. If the 49ers think that Lance isn’t ready, they might hang onto Garoppolo and let him be their starting quarterback.

Now if Mayfield and Garoppolo are available is there a team out there that is still looking for a quarterback. It seems as though most experts think that teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions will use 1st round picks in the draft to add a young quarterback, so they’re probably not interested in trading for Mayfield or Garoppolo.

Now there is a chance that the Carolina Panthers might be in the market for a quarterback. The Panthers inquired about Watson and their where some reports that they were interested in some of the other quarterbacks that have been moved.

Carolina has the 6th pick in the 1st round of the upcoming draft, but it’s doubtful they’d use that pick on a quarterback when they quite a few other needs. There’s always a possibility that they could trade back in the 1st round and get take a quarterback with a later pick they acquired, but that’s a lot of speculation there.

The Panthers have San Darnold penciled in as their starting quarterback and the question they have to answer is would a quarterback like Mayfield or Garoppolo be an upgrade. Mayfield has had his issues as the starter in Cleveland and while Garoppolo has taken a team to the Super Bowl he doesn’t seem to get a lot of credit for doing that. Would a move from Darnold to Mayfield or Garoppolo make Carolina a playoff contender?

Here’s where you jump in and let me know what you think. What do you think of the way the NFL off season has gone? I’m also interested to know where you think quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo will end up at the start of the 2022 season.

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How was your week

Posted: March 19, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

It looks like Deshaun Watson has a new team. The now former Houston Texans quarterback was traded to the Cleveland Browns along with a 2024 5th round draft pick. I return the Texans will receive 1st round picks in 2022, 2023 and 2024 plus a 3rd round pick in 2023 and a 4th round pick in 2024. That’s a lot for give up, but it’s clear that Cleveland sees Watson as their long-term franchise quarterback as after this deal is all said and done Watson received a new 5-year contract for $230 million dollars from the Browns.

Watson’s path leading up to this trade to Cleveland is very similar to the situation that Trevor Bauer of the Los Angeles Dodgers is in. Now Bauer hasn’t threatened to sit out or anything like Watson did, but off the field their situations were similar.

Bauer went through a situation where he was accused by a woman of sexual assaulting her while Watson has been accused by 22 different women that he committed sexual misconduct with them. To be fair to both men neither of them will be facing criminal charges from these accusations and I’m not a lawyer, so I’m not going to try and get into that part of these cases even though I’m sure there will be civil lawsuits against both men if there aren’t already. What I wanted to look at as how both of the leagues these men play in handled these situations.

Bauer made 17 starts for the Dodgers last season with the last of those starters being on June 28th before being placed on administrative leave by Major League Baseball. Watson didn’t play in a game for the Texans last season but wasn’t placed on any type of leave or even suspended by the National Football League. And yes, before you ask both men were paid while they sat out.

Now Bauer’s administrative leave has continued to be extended by Major League Baseball while Watson got his wish and was traded by the Texans and received a new big money contract. Bauer will be on administrative until at least the end of the month while the National Football League has not announced any type of discipline against Watson as of now.

Not to try and diminish what Bauer was accused of, but it was one woman who made accusations against Bauer while it was women that made their accusations against Watson. While both of these accusations are terrible it seems as though Bauer is paying the price at least professionally while Watson seems to be moving on with his playing career. Like I mentioned earlier neither man was nor will be charged with a crime, but it seems as though Watson has shown traits of a serial offender while Bauer may have had a rough sexual encounter that is being reported as consensual.

After looking at what both of these men are accused of doing, I can’t quite figure out how Bauer has been held out while as of now Watson will be the Browns starting quarterback in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season.

I’d like for you to jump in and comment on these situations. Maybe one of you who reads this blog is a lawyer or works for a lawyer and you can explain in greater detail the inner working of these cases to me. I’d greatly appreciate the assistance.

Before I went to bed last night, I was sad to see the report that ESPN’s long time NFL reporter John Clayton had passed away.

Clayton spent over 20 years working at ESPN as their NFL insider and garnered the nickname “The Professor” for his insights into what was going on in the NFL.

I’m sure just about everyone will remember Clayton’s Sportscenter commercial where he does his report and then crank the heavy metal music up and let’s his hair down. Then before the commercial ends he jumps into his bed grabs what appears to be a container of Chinese food from the nightstand and yells over the loud music “Mom I’m done with my segment”. It’s definitely one of the best Sportscenter commercial ESPN has ever produced.

Clayton was 67 years old, and it was said that he passed away after a brief illness.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 16, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

For a sports fan this has to be a fun time of the year. Tomorrow the NCAA tournament or “March Madness” as it’s called gets started. There’s a lot of player movement in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League while the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association are headed down the stretch of their regular seasons and amping up for the playoffs. Hopefully you have multiple televisions or computer screens, so you can try to keep up with everything going on.

With baseball teams getting ready for spring training and the regular season starting next month it’s interesting that one of the issues that came up multiple times during the negotiations while the players were locked out was teams tanking. It doesn’t seem that some teams didn’t take that message to seriously as there are a couple of teams that appear to be tearing things down and headed for a rebuild.

There was a of reports last season that the Cincinnati Reds were looking to move a lot of their higher salaried players and start to rebuild.

Well, it looks like they started doing that heading into this season. Just this past week Cincinnati has sent Sonny Gray to the Minesota Twins while Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez were traded to the Seattle Mariners. Before the lockout started Tucker Barnhardt was traded to the Detroit Tigers and Nicholas Castellanos is a free agent and it’s clear that Cincinnati won’t be trying to resign him.

Now it’s possible that the Reds aren’t done trying to move players before the season starts. Starting pitcher Luis Castillo’s name has come up quite a bit in trade reports and veterans Mike Moustakas and Joey Votto are still on the roster. Votto and Moustakas are each signed through 2023 with options for 2024 while Castillo has one more year of arbitration before hitting free agency after the 2023 season.

Besides the Reds the other team that is doing everything they can to dump salary is the Oakland A’s. Now the A’s haven’t moved as many name players as the Reds have, but there are reports that they’re willing to trade anyone on their roster.

Oakland did make one big trade this week. The A’s sent Matt Olsen to the World Series champion Atlanta Braves for four prospects. The day after the trade Atlanta signed Olsen to an 8-year $168 million dollar contract.

As for Oakland there were reports overnight that they’re very close to completing a trade that would send 3rd baseman Matt Chapman to the Toronto Blue Jays. There are also reports that quite a few teams have inquired about starting pitchers Sean Manaea and Frankie Montas.

We can add the Reds and the A’s the teams like the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Miami Marlins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Cleveland Guardians and the Chicago Cubs all of these teams are in some state of rebuilding.

All of these teams are in some various state of rebuilding and in some cases, it seems as though some of these teams are always losing top players due to not being able to sign their best players to long term big money contracts. When these players get to the point where they’re almost out of arbitration years they generally get traded so the team can get something for them before they sign somewhere else as a free agent.

Now unfortunately for fans of these certain teams it’s just the nature of baseball. It is very much a case of the have and the have nots. Some teams are willing to push the limit and even pay the Collective Bargaining Tax to sign top players and other smaller market teams just can’t do that. The question becomes, is there a way to even this out?

There’s been talk for years about profit sharing, but obviously the teams that are making the money aren’t going to be interested at all in sharing that money with the smaller market teams. We’ve heard that a salary cap has been mentioned and there have been other suggestions, but so far nothing that seems to have struck the right chord with all of the owners and it may never actually happen.

Let me know if you have a solution to this issue. I’ll be very interested to see what kind of proposals you might have in mind.

I’m also very interested to know what and how you’re going to watch everything that’s going on in sports. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to watch as much as I can.

I hope you’re listening to the live edition of the Sports Time Radio podcast. The podcast airs live on BlogTalkradio.com, but if you miss the live version of the podcast, you can still listen. The podcast is available for you to listen to any time you want at TuneIn.com.

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How was your week

Posted: March 12, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Well, if you’re a sports fan there’s a lot going on for you. Let’s try to take a quick look at what is going on and hopefully we won’t miss anything.

Of course, will start with what’s closest to my fandom and that’s that we got baseball back this week. The Owners and the Players Union finally managed to get their heads out of their rear end’s and agreed on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Spring training camps are opening this weekend and the regular season is scheduled to start on April 7th.

I’m glad they were finally able to come to an agreement, but for me it’s too little too late as I won’t be watching games this season. If you keep up with the blog here you know that I wrote if the regular season started late, I wouldn’t be watching any games this season and sadly for me their starting the regular season later than planned, so I won’t be watching this season.

We’ve also had quite a bit of NFL news this week. We’ve seen some big-name players get traded. We’ve also seen some bigger name layers get released as teams try to either get under the salary cap or just make some extra salary cap room to try and sign free agents. NFL teams also had to decide if they were going to use their franchise tag on a player this week. NFL teams can officially sign free agents this coming Wednesday and of course there’s always the NFL draft to talk about.

As we stop by to check in with the NHL and the NBA you can see that their regular seasons are winding down and they’ll be headed into the playoffs soon. It’s always a little easier to pick a favorite in the NBA than it is in the NHL as there always seems to be upset in the NHL playoffs. Hopefully your favorite team is in the playoff race, and you’ll have a good reason to watch NHL or NBA games down the stretch and then into the playoffs.

If you’re not keeping up with the “Big 4” sports as they’re considered there are other sports out there for you to watch. The NASCAR season is up and running and they’ll be racing in Phoenix Arizona this weekend. There’s also the PGA Tour where play was suspended yesterday at the Players Championship with three players tied for the lead at 6 under par. The LPGA tour stop this week is in Thailand and as of now Nanna Koerstz Madsen has a one stroke lead over Celine Boutier and Xiyu Lin.

Plus, we have both the NCAA men’s and women’s conference basketball tournaments wrapping up as it “March Madness” time. Both the men’s and the women’s brackets will be released tomorrow and then you’ll be able to put your brackets together.

I don’t follow college basketball a lot during the regular season, but like most people I do fill out a bracket for both the men’s and the women’s tournament, but I never do very well. Every now and then I managed to pick the right team that wins it all or I get a few teams into the Final Four, but that’s about the extent of my luck.

Now, yesterday on the Sports Time Radio podcast Schaumburg Stu talked about the difficulty of actually putting together a perfect NCAA bracket. Now I don’t believe this has ever happened and a I don’t know if they still do this, but there was a very big prize being awarded for anyone who could do that. I don’t remember the actual amount they were offering, but I believe the cash award was millions of dollars. I’m guessing at some point in time someone will nail a perfect bracket, but when it happens, I doubt it will be someone who’s looked at as a college basketball expert or someone who put together an algorithm to pick games. I have a feeling it will be a casual fan who just picks the name of the teams they like or the color of the jerseys they thought looked better. I think the one thing I know for sure is if and when a perfect bracket does happen there will be very little to almost no chance that it will be my bracket.

Well, we ran through a lot in this blog, but what I want to know from you is, what will you be watching? The other thing is, do you fill out an NCAA tournament bracket?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 9, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Yesterday was the day were NFL teams have to use their franchise tags on players they’d like to keep instead of allowing them to go into free agency. Now, there were some players where some players who received the franchise tag from their teams, but that was overshadowed by major news involving two of the leagues top quarterbacks.

Yesterday started with Aaron Rodgers finally announcing a decision on what he’d be doing next season and it looks like Rodgers will be finishing his career in a Green Bay Packers uniform. It was announced yesterday that Rodgers and the Packers have agreed to a 4-year $200 million dollar contract with $153 million dollars of that deal being guaranteed.

To be fair this deal has just been agreed upon so, nothing becomes official until Rodgers actually signs it so you never know what could happen between now and then like Rodgers changing his mind.

It looks as though this will be Rodgers last contract as he’ll be 42 years old by the end of it. Now Rodgers has talked about playing until he’s 45 years old, but with all the talk of him possibly retiring after this past season and last you have to wonder if he’ll be interested in playing after this contract expires.

So, after pretty much two years of Rodgers drama finally wrapped up there was another surprise involving a top tier quarterback.

If you remember last off season Russell Wilson’s agent presented the Seattle Seahawks with a list of teams that Wilson would waive the no trade clause in his contract if Seattle could work out a deal with one of them. Well, yesterday the Seahawks worked out a deal to trade Wilson to the Denver Broncos which Wilson has agreed to and he just needs to pass a physical to make the deal official.

The Broncos have had 11 different starting quarterbacks since Peyton Manning retired, so to get Wilson they traded two 1st round picks, two 2nd round picks, a 5th round pick along with Quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant and defensive lineman Shelby Harris. Denver will also receive a 4th round pick along with Wilson.

Wilson had spent his entire 10-year career with the Seahawks after Seattle selected him in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL draft. Wilson started every game for Seattle since he was drafted with the exception of the two, he missed this season due to injury.

Wilson helped lead the Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. The Seahawks won the Super Bowl in 2014 oddly enough beating the Denver Broncos 43-8. The Seahawks went back the next season but lost the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots 28-24.

We won’t know how his trade works out on the Seattle end until we see how those draft picks turn out or what they do with them. There was some talk yesterday that Seattle might try to package a couple of those draft picks to move up to the top part of this year upcoming draft. As we wait on that end of the trade on the Broncos side, they get the quarterback they’ve been looking for and with their defense a lot of the media thinks they’re now a playoff team. Of course, Denver plays in the AFC West which may now not only be the toughest division in the NFL but may also have the best group of starting quarterbacks in the league.

It seems as though Denver gave up a lot to get Wilson, but the Broncos have a couple of young wide receivers for Wilson to throw to in Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy. Wilson should also be helped out by Denver’s duo of running backs Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams both of whom rushed for over 900 yards last season. The Broncos should also be helped out by playing a last place schedule this upcoming season.

Let me know what you of this deal. Did Denver give up too much for Wilson? Or do you think it was the missing piece for them?

It appears as though the Seahawks may be going into a rebuild as this morning it was reported that the Seahawks plan to release linebacker Bobby Wagner.

Wagner just like Wilson has spent his entire 10-year career with the Seahawks. Wagner was actually selected one round ahead of Wilson by Seattle in the 2012 draft.

Wagner is one of the best tacklers in football and was the second leading tackler for Seattle last season with 93 solo tackles.

Wagner should be a pretty popular free agent once he’s officially released by the Seahawks as long as he wants to continue to play. If Wagner wants to continue his NFL playing career will have to wait and see, where he ends up next season, but my guess is it will be with a Super Bowl contender.

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