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How was your week

Posted: March 13, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

I look forward to the NFL draft and I’m one of the few people who will end up watching all three days. All I want now is for the draft to get here so I can stop seeing and hearing about these mock drafts. Let’s face it very few of the people who put these out every get any of the picks correct and now that they’re all putting out about 100 mock drafts each there seems to be a new one everyday. I just need it to be over; please.

Here’s what I’m finding humorous about these mock drafts. If you remember just last season both the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills needed to draft new quarterbacks because Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen weren’t what these teams needed. Now I understand that I’m getting older and my memory isn’t what it used to be, but didn’t the Browns and the Bills not only make the playoffs last season didn’t each team also win a playoff game? Would they have done that if they had listened to the draft experts and started over with a new quarterback? I doubt it.

The Bills tied for the second best record in the NFL at 13-3 and Josh Allen’s name was mentioned in the MVP conversation. The Browns went 11-5 in a division where they were the third team to win 11 games or more. Again I ask; would either team have done this if they had listened to the draft experts and started over with a new quarterback?

So we get to this upcoming draft. Now it makes perfect sense for the Jacksonville Jaquars to select a quarterback with the #1 pick. I believe every mock draft I’ve seen has them taking Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with that pick and it will probably be the only selection a lot of those mock drafts get right. Oddly the majority of the mock drafts I’ve seen has the next three draft picks also being quarterbacks with a fourth quarterback going in the Top 10. Does this make sense?

After the Jaquars the New York Jets have the 2nd pick and a lot of the draft experts think it’s time for them to move on from Sam Darnold. Does this sound familiar? Now Darnold was the 3rd pick in the 2018 draft. Mayfield was the 1st pick in that draft while Allen was the 7th selection. I’m not sure if the Jets are in the same position talent wise as the Browns and the Bills where last season, but should they give up on Darnold after just three seasons?

The 3rd pick in this draft belongs to the Miami Dolphins. Now the Dolphins used the 5th pick in last years draft to take Tua Tagovailoa, but there are draft experts out there that have suggested the Dolphins need to move on from a quarterback that only played in 10 games last season. The Dolphins might be better off trading this pick as they have another 1st rounder as it is. If they acquire more draft capital they can surround Tagovailoa with the weapons he needs to be successful. Who gives up on a quarterback 10 games into his career?

Now at #4 it would be just fine if the Atlanta Falcons selected a quarterback. Matt Ryan will be 36 years old at the start of next season. Would it be terrible for the Falcons to draft a quarterback to learn under Ryan for a year or more? Ryan is signed through the 2023 season. Now that may be a long time to have a young highly drafted quarterback to have to sit and wait for the starting job, but I believe Aaron Rodgers sat for a number of years and he turned out just fine. I’d like to see the Falcons hang onto Ryan for at lest one season to work with whoever their possible draft pick could be, but you know how teams are now everybody wants to see that young quarterback even if he’s not ready.

Now obviously there could be trades as teams that actually need or think they need a quarterback try to move up in the draft to get a guy. It appears as though the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking for someone to take over after Ben Rothlisberger retires. The Chicago Bears only have Nick Foles under contract; so I’m sure they’d like to land a young quarterback. There’s been talk that the Carolina Panthers are interested in trading up to get one of those quarterbacks even though they have Teddy Bridgewater. The New England Patriots resigned Cam Newton yesterday, but his deal was only for one year; so I’m sure they also have some interest in a quarterback to take that spot. Don’t forget that the Washington Football Team is also probably in the market for a quarterback after they agreed to release Alex Smith.

Of course you’re going to hear a lot of these teams names mentioned in the Deshaun Watson Russell Wilson situation, but don’t believe those rumors. Eventually Watson may be traded if he doesn’t report to the Houston Texans, but it’s highly doubtful that Wilson will be playing anywhere except Seattle next season.

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 10, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Well it took more or less two years, but Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys finally came to a contract agreement that will keep Prescott in signed for the next four seasons.

Prescott ended up getting a four year deal worth $160 million dollars. As part of the deal Prescott will receive a signing bonus of $66 million dollars which is the largest ever given to a player.

The signing bonus will be paid out in $13.2 million dollar increments over the next five years. Yes even if Prescott signs to play somewhere else in the year 2025 the Cowboys would still owe him one more signing bonus payment of $13.2 million dollars.

As for Prescott’ yearly salary he’ll receive $9 million next season. His salary jumps to $20 million dollars in 2022. Then it moves up to $31 million dollars in 2023 before it drops a couple million dollars to $29 million dollars for the final year of his deal.

Now the question will become; will the Cowboys be able to surround Prescott with what he’ll need to win? The Cowboys already have some pretty big money tied up in long term deals with other players; so it’s going to become more and more difficult to add players to help the team as the current roster gets older. The Cowboys already have eight players that make an average of $10 million dollars or more a season: so will see how they handle what would be considered the bottom of their roster when it comes time to fill that out.

Now it was obvious that Prescott was the quarterback that the Cowboys wanted under center, but is it possible that they overpaid for him? Of course if they would’ve had to use the franchise tag on him again for this coming season his salary would’ve been much higher than what they ended up signing him for. I guess will just have to wait and see how this plays out.

I believe that Dallas is the favorite right now to win the NFC East, but what does being the best team in the weakest division mean? Do you think that the Cowboys are Super Bowl contenders?

There were nine players that where franchised by their teams yesterday. Here they are.

The New Orleans Saints used their franchise tag on safety Marcus Williams. The Denver Broncos also franchised tagged a safety as they used their franchise tag on Justin Williams. The New York Jets used their franchise tag on a safety as well as they tagged Marcus Maye. There were three offensive lineman who where franchised tagged by their teams; two tackles and a guard. The Jacksonville Jaquars franchise tagged tackle Cam Robinson: the Carolina Panthers used their franchise tag on tackle Taylor Morton while the Washington Football Team franchised tagged guard Brandon Scherff. The New York Giants franchised tagged defensive tackle Leonard Williams. The other two franchise tags were used on wide receivers as the Chicago Bears used their franchise tag on Allen Robinson and the World Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers used their franchise tag on Chris Godwin.

Franchise tags were used on all of these players and that means are essentially signed to one-year contract offers that come in two forms: exclusive and non-exclusive.

There are three other forms of tags that NFL teams can use; Exclusive Tags, Non-Exclusive Tags and Transition Tags. Here’s what they mean if a player is designated with one.

An Exclusive tag restrict negotiating rights to the tagging team and pay out an average of the top five salaries at the player’s position in the current year, or 120% of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater.

A Non-Exclusive tag means a pay out an average of the top five tag amounts at the player’s position from the previous five years (applied to the current cap), or 120% of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater. Players who receive this tag can negotiate with other teams, but the tagging team has the right to match any offer — and would also receive two first-round draft picks in the event the player signs elsewhere. These are the more commonly used tags by teams.

A Transition Tag are also one-year contract offers. They pay out an average of the top 10 salaries at the player’s position. Players who receive this tag can negotiate with other teams, but the tagging team has the right to match any offer. If the tagging team declines to match, it would not receive any compensation in return.

The new league year in the NFL starts on March 17th, but the deadline to use a tag on a player was yesterday. If a team didn’t use a tag on a player that player is now a free agent.

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How was your week

Posted: March 6, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

We’re still waiting the final word, but it looks like the Houston Astros may have suffered the first significant injury of spring training.

In his first start of spring training Framber Valdez was hit with a comebacker and ended up fracturing his left ring finger. Oddly Valdez pitched another inning before coming out of the game, but this injury could be more serious than thought. As of now the only recommended treatment for Valdez is to have surgery. If this is Valdez only option there’s actually a chance he could miss the entire season with this injury.

If this is the case it would be a huge blow to an Astros starting rotation that was already going to be without Justin Verlander for the entire 2021 season.

Valdez appeared in 11 regular season games last season with 10 of those being starts. He pitched 70 2/3rds innings going 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA while striking out 76 batters. Then in the post season Valdez really stepped up for the Astros. He made 4 appearances; 3 of which where starts. He pitched 24 innings over three post season series. He went 3-1 with an ERA of 1.88 while striking out 26 batters.

There where some who thought that with Verlander out this season Valdez would turn out to be the Astros top starting pitcher, but as of now his status is in limbo and to be safe the Astros are going to look for a way to replace him in case they lose him for the season.

How could the Astros fill Valdez’s rotation spot? Well they have quite a few internal options if that’s the way they want to go. Brandon Bielak, Luis Garcia and Bryan Abreu may get the first look, but none of them have a ton of experience at the big league level. Tyler Ivey and Nivaldo Rodriquez are both on the Astros 40 man roster, but neither has pitched full time above the Double-A level. Rodriguez did pitch 8 innings of relief for the Astros last season, but Ivey has yet to pitch in the major leagues. The Astros did add former Boston Red Sox pitcher Hector Velazquez this off season, but he’s always been used as more of a fill in starter. The Astros aren’t known for bringing in non-roster invitees like Velazquez, but with the injury to Valdez it’s a route they might have to look at.

Now I’m sure that there where a few people who thought that the Astros would turn to Austin Pruitt or Josh James. While that would make this decision much easier for the Astros unfortunately both of those pitchers will start the season on the IL. Pruitt had elbow surgery in September of last year and isn’t expected to be ready for opening day. James had hip surgery in October of last season and his recovery time was expected to be six to eight months; so the earliest he could be back is possibly April, but then he’ll have to get ready to pitch.

What you have to wonder is if it’s time for the Astros to take a look at their top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley as a candidate for this spot in the starting rotation.

Whitley isn’t looked at as the top prospect he was at one point in time, but he’s just 23 years old; so he’s still very young. Whitley only has 8 appearances at the Triple-A level and has never pitched in the major leagues, but sooner or later the Astros are going to have to find out what they have in Whitley and if he can show in spring training that he could fill in for Valdez maybe this could be his spot.

Now it also makes sense that the Astros have looked outside their organization for a starter to fill Valdez’s role. It’s been reported that the Astros reached out to Jake Odorizzi after Valdez was injured and since he’s the top starting pitcher left on the free agent market this makes all the sense in the world, but the Astros aren’t the only team that has been in touch with Odorizzi.

So far only the Toronto Blue Jays name has come up as contacting Odorizzi, but apparently there are other teams that have also reached out to him. As of now there have been no reported contract offers for Odorizzi, but if Valdez is going to end up missing the entire 2021 season it might be smart for the Astros to get and offer on the table and try to get the veteran starter into their spring training camp.

What do you see the Astros doing to fil this spot in their starting rotation? Do you think they’ll stay within their organization? Or do you think they’ll sign Odorizzi to fill that role?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 3, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

There seems to be a lot of discussion this week on who should be the MVP in the NBA this season; so I thought we could take a look and see who the frontrunners are and if we can find an under the radar guy or two.

It seemed right from the start of the season that everyone was giving the MVP award to LeBron James. After all he is still one of the best players in the NBA; so winning this wouldn’t be a huge surprise, but they may have given him the award too early. Oddly people act like James has never won this award, but he actually has four different times and each time it was in back to back seasons. James won his first two MVP’s in 2008/09 & 2009/10. He then won the award again in the 2011/12 & 2012/13 seasons. James is having a good season and should be considered for this award for his play on the court not the fact that the mainstream media think he should’ve won this award more times than he has.

In the NBA like in every other major sport the winner of this award will be from a winning team; so even though Bradley Beal may be having the best season of any other NBA player this season he unfortunately plays for a terrible Washington Wizards team and while he’ll gets some votes for MVP he won’t receive enough to be a serious threat to win it. Beal is currently the league leading scorer. He is averaging 32.9 points per game for the 13-20 Wizards. It’s doubtful that Beal will even get to show his skills in the playoffs as the Wizards are currently 13th in the Eastern conference standings, but they are only 2 1/2 games out of the 8th spot; so maybe they’ll find a way into the playoffs, but it’s doubtful.

Joel Embiid is another name that’s gotten a lot of MVP buzz this season and rightfully so. The key for Embiid is staying healthy and so far this season he’s played in 29 of the Philadelphia 76ers 35 games this season; which by NBA standards is good. Embiid is currently 2nd in the league in scoring as he’s averaging 29.8 points per game and he’s 8th in the league in rebounding as he’s grabbing 11.3 rebounds per game. Philadelphia also has the best record in the Eastern conference at the moment at 23-12 and there’s no doubt that Embiid is a big part of that. If Embiid can continue to stay on the court this season he could be the leagues MVP.

Now a new name that’s appeared in the MVP conversation just this week is James Harden. After playing 8 games with the Houston Rockets Harden got his wish and was traded ending up with the Brooklyn Nets where he’s played more to the level that people where used to seeing Harden play at. Now it wasn’t expected that Harden would have to carry the load in Brooklyn like he did in Houston for so many seasons, but with the injury to Kevin Durant and the fact that game to game you just don’t know if Kyrie Irving will suit up Harden has had to really step up as the got to guy for Brooklyn. Harden has always been looked at as a scorer and he has led the NBA in scoring three times, but this season he’s averaging 11 assists per game and he’s also grabbing 8.7 rebounds per game. Harden seems to have inserted himself into the MVP conversation, but if and when Durant and Irving start to play regularly will Harden’s numbers take a hit?

Now generally when you’re the best team in the NBA your top player is in the conversation for the MVP award, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case this season. The Utah Jazz have the best record in the NBA at 27-8, but have you heard any of their players mentioned as a possible MVP candidate? Is it because they play in Utah? Is it because they don’t play with the flash of some of the other NBA teams? Or is it because the people who report on the NBA don’t take them as serious title contenders? There has to be something going on that we haven’t heard Donavan Mitchell’s name mentioned in the MVP conversation. If the Los Angeles Lakers had the best record in the NBA every show on ESPN would lead with LeBron James’ candidacy for MVP even if it wasn’t a NBA show, but you hardly hear anything about Mitchell.

Now I want to be fair here. I don’t think that Mitchell is the NBA’s MVP, but he should get the same consideration that other top players get if or when their team has had the best record in the league. I think if the Jazz finish with the best regular season record this season at best Mitchell will finish Top 5 in the MVP voting.

Could it be possible that Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers could find a way t sneak in and win the MVP? Lillard is quietly the leagues 3rd leading scorer averaging 29.6 points per game and the Trail Blazers 19-14 and should find their way into the Western conference playoffs. Lillard has had three 40 point games this season with his season high being 44 and he’s a threat to hit that number in any game. Of course being that Lillard plays in the Western conference he’s over shadowed by the bigger names like James or Kawhi Leonard, but when you look at his numbers it wouldn’t be a surprise if he picks up a large number of MVP votes, but I’m not sure he could get enough to win the award.

Another player that got a lot of MVP talk early in the season was Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, but I don’t know why people stopped mentioning him as an MVP candidate. Jokic averages a double-double a game as he’s scoring 27.3 points per game and grabbing 11 rebounds per game. Jokic is also handing out 8.6 assists per game which is good for 6th in the league. Two nights ago Jokic had 39 points and 9 rebounds in the Nuggets win over the Chicago Bulls and then last night Jokic had a triple-double in a win against the Milwaukee Bucks. Jokic had 37 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the Nuggets win against Milwaukee. Why did he fall out of the MVP conversation?

Unfortunately if the mainstream media wants LeBron James to win this award; well he’s going to win this award, but there are some other candidates to consider.

As always I’d like to know what you think. Who’s going to win the NBA MVP award?

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How was your week

Posted: February 27, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Now I think we all understand that the NFL is a quarterback driven league, but I think things are getting a little ridiculous. Now any idiot can do a mock draft and I’ve even tried my hand at a couple, but the last few I’ve seen have been a complete joke. Apparently the first four picks in the upcoming NFL draft are all going to be quarterbacks as these mock drafts have a couple of teams trading up into the top of the draft to take one of these quarterbacks.

In reality it would be really stupid for certain teams to trade up in the draft to take one of these quarterbacks. If you’re a non-playoff team; is adding a quarterback going to make you not only a playoff team, but a Super Bowl contender? In almost every case the answer is no. Now your favorite decides to move u in the draft and take that quarterback. Well look what they’ll have to give away. It’s doubtful that any team holding one of those first four draft picks are going to take any of the players on your current roster with the exception of a Deshaun Watson or a Russell Wilson; so what’s your team giving away? That’s right draft picks. Great; so now you have that quarterback you’ve always wanted and you have no way to put any players around him because you gave away all of your draft capital to get him. How’d that work out for you?

The new thing that also seems to be happening with just about everyone who reports on the NFL is wanting teams t give up on a young quarterback very quickly. Unfortunately not every quarterback is going to step into the NFL and be successful and in some cases it takes a few seasons for them to get comfortable. In other cases it’s the system or coaching staff they end up with, but just because a team made a coaching change doesn’t mean that new head coach needs his team to draft another young quarterback and start all over at that position. There are two cases I can think of right off the top of my head.

The New York Jets hold the second pick in the upcoming draft and apparently they’re supposed to trade Sam Darnold and start all over again with whoever they decide is worthy of that #2 pick.

Darnold was the 3rd pick in the 2018 draft ad has started 38 games over three seasons for the Jets. Now the Jets are just 13-25 in the 38 starts that Darnold has made for them, but can you tell me what weapons he had to work with in that offense in all three of those seasons; yeah I didn’t think so.

Here I’ll help you. In 2018 the Jets leading receiver was Robby Anderson while their leading rusher was Isaiah Crowell; neither player went over 1000 yards. In 2019 the Jets leading receiver was Jamison Crowder while their leading rusher was Le’Veon Bell and again neither player went over 1000 yards. Last season the Jets leading receiver was Crowder again and believe it or not 37 year old Frank Gore was the teams leading rusher. Do you think those are high quality weapons for a young quarterback to work with?

Don’t forget that the same people that are saying it’s time for the Jets to move on from Darnold are the same people that said the Cleveland Browns needed to move on from Baker Mayfield before last season. Well the Browns stuck with their young quarterback and not only made the playoffs, but won a playoff game. Would they have done that with a young inexperienced quarterback?

The other team that I can’t seem to figure out why they think they need to make a change at quarterback is the Miami Dolphins. Last year at this time all of the talk was would the Dolphins have to trade up to get their franchise quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. As it turned out the Dolphins where able to stay at #5 and still land Tagovailoa.

Now it was understood that Tagovailoa had just had hip surgery and it was unclear if he’d be ready to start the regular season. The Dolphins where prepared for that as they had veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick on their roster. As it turned out Fitzpatrick was needed, but Tagovailoa did play in 10 games last season started 9 of those games. The Dolphins went 6-3 in the games that Tagovailoa, but Fitzpatrick did come into a couple of those wins.

Now after seeing Tagovailoa play in just 10 NFL games it’s clear to a lot of people who report on the NFL that the Dolphins need to find another quarterback. Why didn’t they know this last season when they wanted the Dolphins to draft Tagovailoa? Do they not do their do-diligence and watch these guys either in college or at the NFL combine? It seems very odd that they’re ready to give up on Tagovailoa after just 10 NFL games.

The other thing with all of the excitement about teams drafting quarterbacks at the top of the draft and moving up to draft quarterbacks at the top of the draft is; do they really need to?

There have been quite a few quarterbacks that weren’t taking at the top of the draft that have led their teams to Super Bowl victories. Tom Brady is the obvious name here, but don’t forget that Russell Wilson was a 3rd round pick. Aaron Rodgers slipped all the way to the 24th pick of the 2005 NFL draft and not only has he won a Super Bowl, but he was just named league MVP. Don’t forget Nick Foles who was a 3rd round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Now these are just four quarterbacks that are starting in the NFL right now, but if you look at the history of teams that won a Super Bowl you’ll find quarterbacks who where drafted in rounds that don’t even exist anymore as well as at least one quarterback who wasn’t even drafted. So ask yourself; is your favorite teams just that quarterback away from going to the Super Bowl? If the answer is no like it is for most of the teams that the experts want to see trade up to get. Would it be worth it to give away what you’d have to give away to get that quarterback? If they did make that trade would they be back in this position in a few years with a new head coach looking for another quarterback?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 24, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Even though quite a few players where upset the NBA has decided to have their All-Star game. Even if you’re a huge fan of the NBA I’m sure you understand that the All-Star game is a complete joke. Does anyone remember the last time someone tried to play defense in this game? The only real question heading into the game; is will a team finally hit the 200 point mark?

Like in just about every other sport the starters are voted in by the fans, but yesterday the NBA announced the All-Star reserves and just like every year there are players that should’ve been named to the All-Star team, but weren’t. This year however there where two glaring omissions; one in each conference.

In the Eastern conference the reserves are Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics, James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets, Julius Randle of the New York Knicks, Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls and Nikola Vucevic of the Orlando Magic.

In the Western Conference the reserves are Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Donavan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers, Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns, Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Since Davis is injured and won’t be ready to play by the time the All-Star game rolls around he’ll be replaced on the team. Which begs the question. why even name him to the team?

Now just like every year there are players that should be on the All-Star team that for one reason or another weren’t name, but this year in particular there are two glaring omissions; one in each conference.

Some how in putting the Eastern conference reserves together they forgot that Domantas Sabonis of the Indiana Pacers is having an All-Star caliber season. Sabonis is averaging 21.5 points per game, 11.5 rebounds per game and 5.7 assists per game. Sabonis is one of just for player to average 20 points a game or more and grab more than 10 rebounds a game, but that wasn’t good enough to be even be an All-Star reserve. The Pacers currently hold the 4th spot in the Eastern conference and Sabonis’ play is the reason they are there.

In the Western conference they again didn’t find a spot on the All-Star team for Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns. Booker is averaging 24.7 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game and 4.3 assists per game. Just two days ago Booker went for 34 points as his Suns blew out the Portland Trail Blazers 132-100, but I guess Booker’s performance didn’t catch anyone’s eye and he’s on the outside look in for the All-Star game again.

Now there’s always a chance that Sabonis and Booker could end up in the All-Star game due to injuries, but they shouldn’t be stuck waiting to be a replacement for an injured player; they should’ve been named to the team from the outset.

Kevin Mather resigned this week as President/CEO of the Seattle Mariners. Mather made some rather stupid comments about players who’s first language isn’t English and it cost him his job. Now Mather did make one comment that I’m sure Major League Baseball and every other team wish he didn’t say.

The Mariners are in the middle of their rebuild and it looks like a couple of their top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Logan Gilbert have an opportunity to make the big league club this spring. Mather mentioned no matter what neither of these players would start the season with the Major League team and would start in the minors so the team could push these players arbitration clock back a season.

Now this is nothing new to anybody and we knew teams where doing it all along, but they always had some kind of excuse for that top prospect starting the season in the minor leagues. If I remember correctly Kris Bryant and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had to work on their defense at the minor league level just long enough for that year of arbitration to go back one more season. Unfortunately Mather let the cat out of the bag and admitted that teams do this.

Now the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the owners and the players expires after the 2021 season and if this rule isn’t high on the players list of demands to be changed they need new leadership.

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How was your week

Posted: February 20, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Now as you know I’m not a big fan of the NBA, but I’m trying to be more excepting of what the game has turned into. It’s taking some time, but hopefully I’ll get to the point where I’ll be able to watch more of the games again.

While we’re on the NBA it might be difficult to believe, but the regular season is just about halfway over. Now remember there are only 72 regular season games this season; so I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that they’re as far along in the regular season as they are.

In general when you reach this point of a regular season there starts to be talk about which team might be the best. Now in the NBA I thought this was pretty obvious, but it’s possible there might be some other teams in that discussion even though I’m not buying that. I think we should take a look just in case there is.

If you where to go just by record the Utah Jazz immediately jump out as the best team. The Jazz are 24-6 which is the best record in the NBA right now, but they’re only two games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers and just two and a half games ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers who just beat the Jazz last night 116-112. These three teams currently have the best three records n the NBA, but this is jut the regular season.

When I heard this question I thought that the answer was the Lakers and I know I’m not alone in thinking that. Any team that has Lebron James on it has to be considered one of the best if not the best, but the Lakers have had their issues with injuries this season as they’re currently playing without their number two star Anthony Davis.

Davis is out with a achilles injury as well as having some issues with his calf. It appears as though Davis will be out for about a month. Davis hasn’t played since February 14th when he got hurt in the Lakers game against the Denver Nuggets. Davis has missed the last two Lakers games and the team has split them without him. They beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-104, but remember the Timberwolves have the worst record in the NBA at 7-23. Then the Lakers lost to the Brooklyn Nets without Davis 109-98. Will have to see how the Lakers do against their NBA finals opponent from the bubble last season as they take on the Miami Heat this afternoon on ABC.

The Clippers have also had their share of injuries this season as both of their top stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George have missed games this season. Leonard returned last night from his injury in time for the Clippers to beat the Jazz.

Leonard played 38 minutes in his first game back from injury last night. Leonard scored 29 points last night and was the Clippers leading scorer. George played 27 minutes and added 15 points in the Clippers win over the Jazz. Without Leonard on Wednesday night the Jazz where able to get past the Clippers 114-96; so the Clippers got a little bit of a revenge win last night.

The Clippers have won five out of their last six games and now they’ll get a day off before they face off against a team that many people think might be the best team in the NBA the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

Now these three teams look like they’re the best teams in the Western Conference, but what about the Nets and possibly some other Eastern Conference teams.

The Nets fit into a category that the Lakers and the Clippers fit into; if they’re healthy they could be dangerous. You’re looking at a team that starts James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, but you never know when Durant and especially Irving are actually going to play.

The Nets have played 31 games this season. Irving has played in 21 of those games while Durant has played in just 19 of those games. Now you have to wonder if the Nets can win a seven game series against a quality team if they have to play it without Durant or Irving or maybe even both. We’ve seen Harden carry the playoff load for the Houston Rockets and those runs always seemed to end in the conference championship; so he’ll need the help of Durant and Irving if the Nets are going to get to the NBA Finals.

The Nets seem to get all the buzz in the Eastern Conference and with the trade for Harden and the fact that they’re on a five game winning streak it’s understandable that they’re the team the media wants t talk about, but they don’t even have the best record in the Eastern Conference. Right now it’s the Philadelphia 76ers that have that best Eastern Conference record at 20-10 which puts them a game and a half ahead of the Nets.

I understand that everyone has already decided that Lebron James is the MVP of the league, but shouldn’t Joel Embiid be given some consideration? Embiid is averaging a double-double this season. He’s scoring 29.7 points per game and grabbing 10.8 rebounds per game. Embiid is currently the fourth highest scorer this season and don’t forget he also blocks 1.2 shots per game. Now we know that Embiid has had his injury issues throughout his career, but he only missed seven of the Philadelphia’s 30 games this season.

Embiid is not only an MVP candidate, but his team should also be considered as one of the teams that might end up in the NBA Finals. One of the hang ups with picking the 76ers is that they where supposed to be going to the finals for the last few season and just haven’t been able to get passed something. Could this final be the season that Philadelphia gets to the NBA Finals led by MVP candidate Embiid?

Any time you talk about the Eastern Conference you have to talk about the Milwaukee Bucks. Now the Bucks broke a five game losing streak last night when they beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-85. Even with the losing streak the Bucks are still 17-13 on the season and they’ll easily be a playoff team; so could they be a finals contender?

Milwaukee has one of the best players in the NBA in Giannis Antetokoumpo, but the question with the Bucks still seems to be; do they have enough around Antetokoumpo to win it all?

Krhis Middleton is still with the Bucks and he’ll contribute, but I’m not sure if Milwaukee is getting everything they expected out of Jrue Holiday. Holiday is averaging 16.4 points per game and 5.4 assists per game, but if the Bucks are going to get by the other top teams in the Eastern Conference they’re going to need more out of Holiday, but can he give it to them?

So if these are the Top 6 teams in the NBA; which one is your pick right now as not only the best team, but the one that you like to win the NBA title?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 17, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The Major League Baseball owners made a couple of offers to the Player’s Association that would’ve delayed the start of spring training and cut the regular season schedule to 154 games. Now the Player’s Association turned down those offers; so believe it or not spring training actually opens today.

Like always it’s just pitchers and catchers that have reported to Arizona and Florida respectively, but it won’t be long before the position players report and before you know it baseball season will be upon us.

It was a bit of an odd off season free agent market and there are still a few starting pitchers available that could really help a teams rotation. It will be interesting to see if and or when these pitchers find a team to pitch for.

I’m a little surprised that Jake Odorizzi, Taijuan Walker and Julio Teheran didn’t sign with a team before spring training camps opened, but there didn’t.

Odorizzi will turn 31 years old next month and while he only made 4 starts last season do to injury he’s coming off of a 2019 season where he went 15-7 with an ERA of 3.51. With the exception of last season Odorizzi has made his starts for whichever team he was pitching for. Odorizzi has made 28 or more starts every season from 2014 to 2019 in that same timeframe he has pitched anywhere from 143 1/3rd innings to 187 2/3rd innings. It’s difficult for me to believe that there’s not a team out there that can’t use Odorizzi as their third starter, but as of right now he’s still a free agnet.

Walker is another interesting case. He’s never seemed to reach the level that teams thought he might, but after being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays last season he seemed to find something. Walker went 2-1 with an ERA of 1.37 in 6 starts for the Blue Jays. Now Walker did pitched just 3 games in 2018 and just 1 game in 2019 as he was injured, but Walker is just 28 years old and won’t turn 29 until August; so he’s young enough to have been able to completely recover from those injuries. Walker would be a nice add as a back of the rotation starter for any team that needs a little pitching help and he’s still a free agent.

Teheran is another available starter that could help a team, but he might be hurt because he doesn’t light up the radar gun like most if not all pitchers do in today’s game. Teheran turned 30 years old last month and already has 8 major league seasons under his belt; so he’s definitely what you’d call a veteran starter. Teheran struggled badly with the Los Angeles Angels last last. He appeared in 10 games with 9 of those being starts. He posted an 0-4 record with an ERA of 10.04, but before that when he was with the Atlanta Braves he made no less than 30 starts from 2013 to 2019 and he threw no less than 174 2/3rd innings in that same timeframe. It’s hard to believe that one bad season in a tear that was just a mess anyway would keep teams away from looking at Teheran, but he’s still a free agent.

The other player that still out on the free agent market and I don’t think anyone knows why is Jackie Bradley Jr. After the New York Mets missed out on landing the two big free agents on the market it looked like they might turn to Bradley Jr. as their guy, but they went a different route.

A week ago the Mets added outfielder Albert Almora and then just two days ago the Mets came to a contract agreement with Kevin Pillar. Now both of those players are quality centerfielders and even though they might not be in Bradley’s league defensively they’re both top defenders. Since the Mets starting outfield looks set with Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimo and Domenic Smith set to start it looks like Almora and Pillar will be counted on for late inning defense and to give those three starters days off, but it also looks like a full outfield with no room for Bradley.

With it looking like the Mets out of the picture you have to wonder what other teams might have an interest in Bradley. A team would be getting a Gold Glove defender in centerfield and he’s also shown that he can hit for power, but he is just a .239 career hitter; so that might be keeping some teams away depending on what Bradley’s contract demands are.

So now it’s your turn. Where do you have Odorizzi, Walker, Teheran and Bradley signing? And what might be more important; do you have them signing with a team in time to get some spring training work in?

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How was your week

Posted: February 13, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

We’re not very far away from pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training and before you know it every player will be in spring training and will be close to the baseball regular season starting. With these dates quickly approaching teams are in the process of rounding out their rosters and just in these last few days we’ve seen some veterans who have been on the free agent market sign deals to join teams.

In a lot of these cases it’s teams hoping that at the trade deadline they might be able to move the players they signed for a low level prospect, but that’s not always the way it goes. While most of these payers signed with teams that don’t look like playoff contenders there was one signing that might play a big role in this teams

The San Diego Padres added reliever Mark Melancon to their bullpen mix. Before this signing it appeared as though the Padres would go into the season with a combination of Drew Pomeranz and Emilio Pagan closing games for them. Now that may still be the case in San Diego, but by signing Melancon the Padres have given them another option at the end of games and that’s not a bad thing for a contender to have.

Now Melancon is 36 years old and may not be the same closer that saved 51 games like he did for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015, but he did save 11 games for the Atlanta Braves last season while posting an ERA of 2.78 in 23 games. Now Melancon himself hasn’t been a full time closer in about four or five years, but if Pomeranz and Pagan can pitch in and close games here and there he won’t have to be in San Diego.

Another closer signed a deal this week as well. Ken Giles signed a two year deal to join the Seattle Mariners. Now Giles won’t be pitching during the 2021 season as he is recovering from Tommy John surgery, but if he returns healthy in 2022 he’ll slide right into the closers role for the Mariners.

Giles started closing games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015 and after being dealt to the Houston Astros he found his groove as a closer before hitting a rough patch. As Giles struggled the Astros traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays and it took the remainder of the 2018 season for Giles to straighten out his issues, but in 2019 he was a lights out closer for the Blue Jays. Giles saved 23 games for Toronto and posted an ERA of 1.87 in 53 games in 2019. Unfortunately he pitched in just four games for the Blue Jays last season before his arm trouble came up and it was decided that he needed to under go surgery.

A couple of other veteran pitchers signed yesterday, but in this case they where starters. Rich Hill will join the Cincinnati Reds on a one year deal worth $2.5 million dollars while Jake Arrieta will be returning to the Chicago Cubs on a one year deal where he’ll make $6 million dollars.

While the cubs needed some help in their starting rotation I’m not sure if Arrieta is it. He’s no longer the pitcher that went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA like he did for the Cubs in 2015. Arrieta left the Cubs after the 2017 season to sign with the Phillies as a free agent, but it didn’t go as well for him in Philadelphia. In his three seasons with the Phillies Arrieta went 22-23 with an ERA of 4.36 in 64 starts. Arrieta also missed the end of the 2020 season with an injury, but he should be 100% when he reports to spring training.

Hill turns 41 years old in March and Cincinnati with be the tenth major league team he’s pitch for. Last season Hill pitched for the Minnesota Twins where he went 2-2 in 9 starts while posting an ERA of 3.03. Hill isn’t the kind of starting pitcher who’s going to give a team 30 starts or take a team deep into games in his starts, but he can keep his team in games and help them gets wins which is what the objective in baseball. Hill has had injury issues throughout his career; so the Reds will have to watch him careful to make sure he can help them during the 2021 season.

Now the only non-pitcher signing in the last few days saw Marwin Gonzalez. He signed a one year 43 million dollar deal with the Boston Red Sox. There are also incentives in Gonzalez’s contract that can earn him another $1 million dollars. Gonzalez has spent his career as a utility player as he’s played all of the infield and outfield positions in his nine seasons in Major League Baseball. It appears as the Red Sox have the same plan for Gonzalez and he’ll provide them with quite a bit of flexibility on their bench. Gonzalez is the second career utility player the Red Sox have signed this off season. Just a few weeks ago the Red Sox added former Los Angeles Dodgers Kiki Hernandez to their roster, but it looks as though Hernandez is going to be given the opportunity to be the teams everyday second baseman.

Now none of these signings would be what you’d called a blockbuster signing, but there are quality veteran players that can help teams. The only question now is will they be helping the team that signed them or could that team use them in a deal to try and get a prospect or two down the road. Of course we won’t know that until we see how these veteran players perform for their new teams.

What do you think about these signings? And how many of them do you think finish the season with the team that just signed them?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 10, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their second Super Bowl in franchise history on Sunday and they did it in dominant fashion as the beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.

Now Tom Brady was named MVP of the Super Bowl, but did he really deserve to be? Brady went 21 of 29 for just 201 yards and he added three touchdowns. His quarterback rating was for the game was 81.8 and his Total Quarterback Rating for the game was 125.8. Brady put up solid numbers, but when you hold a team like Kansas City to just 9 points even though they where missing two starting offensive lineman someone from the Buccaneers defense should’ve been named MVP.

Patrick Mahomes was under pressure the entire game from that Buccaneers defense. If you’ve ever wondered what the term running for your life means just look at the tape of this game and watch Mahomes run. Somehow Tampa Bay only managed to sack Mahomes three times and that has to be attributed to Mahomes athletic ability. I’m sure will be seeing that throw Mahomes made while he was horizontal to the ground.

Ndamukong Suh had 1 1/2 of Tampa Bay’s three sacks, but didn’t contribute in stopping the run; so if not the teams sack leader who should’ve won the MVP on the Buccaneers defense? Well; how about Devin White? White was the Buccaneers leading tackler. He had 12 total tackles and 8 of them where solo tackles. He also had 2 tackles for loss and defended one pass along with getting an interception.

I don’t understand what the MVP voters where looking at except for the fact that they always seem to vote for the winning teams quarterback and in a lot of cases that’s the right choice, but in this game it wasn’t.

Actually Rob Gronkowski may have been a better choice for MVP then Brady. Gronkowski had 6 receptions for 67 yards and was the team leader in both of those categories. Gronkowski also caught 2 of the 3 touchdowns passes that Brady threw. I get that Gronkowski isn’t the poster boy that Brady is, but let’s face it he would’ve been a better choice.

Now as you know I had the Chiefs winning this game and I have to tell you I was very disappointed in their game plan. In general coming off of a week off Andy Reid’s teams play very well, but not this time. Reid and his offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy seemed to underestimate the Buccaneers pass rush and didn’t make the proper adjustments for having two of their starting offensive lineman being out injured. I guess Reid and Bienemy didn’t watch enough of the film from Tampa Bay’s game against the Green Bay Packers to understand that they could rush the passer against a quality offensive line; so imagine what they could do against an offensive line that missing two starters.

Now remember there was a lot of uproar when Bienemy wasn’t hiring for any of the coaching opening that where available this off season, but after this game you have to wonder if teams made the right choice by passing him up. It was easily the poorest performance from what has been described as “his” offense all even though Reid calls the plays.

I’m sure you can point out a lot of reasons that Kansas City didn’t win this game and I agree with you on that, but the first place I’m looking at is Reid and Bienemy. It was their responsibility to have this team ready to play and they sure didn’t look like they where ready to go.

Now I’m not saying Reid and his staff should be fired or anything like that. Kansas City is still a very good team and has already been put in place as the favorite to win next years Super Bowl. I just thought it was a very disappointing performance by Kansas City and even though I incorrectly predicted that they would win I would’ve settled for a good game and I didn’t get that either.

Oh well that’s it for this NFL season; so now we move on and get ready for the NFL draft. The draft will be virtual again and as it has been for the last few years will be done over a three day period of time. Round 1 is on April 23rd. Rounds 2 & 3 will be conducted on April 24th with Rounds 4 thru 7 being done on April 25th.

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