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How was your week

Posted: September 11, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Upset are an exciting part of sports. Well unless you happen to be rooting for the team that just got upset. Now we’ve all seen fans go running onto the court or field after a big upset, but there is one sport where upsets happen so much that no one makes a big deal out of them. Since they play 162 games when an upset happens in Major League baseball it’s not always looked at like when we get an upset in another sport.

Just take last night for instance. The Toronto Blue Jays went into Baltimore to start a four game series with the Orioles. Coming into last nights game the Blue Jays where on an 8 game winning streak and had won 11 of their last 12 games. This winning streak included taking four straight games from the New York Yankees in New York. This stretch of games also moved the Blue Jays to just 1/2 game out of the second American League wild card spot.

As for the Orioles who seem to have been rebuilding for quite a few years now they had been on there own hot streak winning 4 of their last 6 games, but with a record of 45-94 and facing the Blue Jays it looked like Toronto would be in a good position to extend that winning streak even though the game was being played in Baltimore.

To add to the idea that the Blue Jays would win this game last night Robbie Ray was making the start for Toronto while the Orioles where countering with Chris Ellis. Ray has pitched so well this season that his name has come up as a possible Cy Young award winner while Ellis was making just his 4th start for Baltimore and pitching in jut his 6th career major league game.

Well this is just one of those things that happen in baseball. Even though every was stacked in the favor of the Blue Jays the Orioles went out and won the game 6-3 last night. Ray last just 4 1/3rd innings giving up 3 runs on 8 hits and while he did strikeout 8 he walked 2 while allowing 2 home runs and racking a a pitch total of 98 in a short outing. Ellis wasn’t around much linger than Ray as he pitched 5 innings for Baltimore. Ellis gave up 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 4 and walking 4 throwing 91 pitches in his start.

This was Ray’s shortest start since June 18th when oddly he also pitched 4 1/3rd innings against the Orioles. Ellis who the Orioles picked up off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays gave them 5 innings for the second consecutive start in a row.

Neither starter factor in the decision last night, but the Orioles got 3 runs off of Toronto reliever Julian Merryweather in the 6th inning to break a 3-3 tie. Connor Greene picked up his first win of the season for the Orioles by pitching 1 2/3rds giving up 2 hits and striking out 3 in his appearance. Cole Sulser picked up the 2 inning save his 7th of the season for Baltimore while Merryweather was tagged with the loss.

One of the good things in baseball is if you’re upset one day there’s usually a quick turn around for the next game and that’s no exception here. The Orioles and the Blue Jays will play a split doubleheader today and even though the games are split they’ll be those stupid 7 inning games.

Keegan Akin is the scheduled starter for the Orioles in Game 1 while the Blue Jays are scheduled to go with Hyun Jin Ryu. Baltimore is currently undecided as to who will make the start for them in Game 2, but the Blue Jays are scheduled to go with Ross Stripling as their starter.

While last nights loss stopped the Blue Jays momentum the American League wild card race is really up for grabs. Right now the Boston Red Sox hold the first wild card spot, but they are just 1 game ahead of the Yankees who are currently sitting in that second wild card spot. The Blue Jays find themselves just a 1/2 game behind the Yankees for that second wild card spot while the Seattle Marines and the Oakland A’s are still in the race for a wild card spot. Both the Mariners and the A’s are just 1 game out of that second wild card spot.

So we’re looking at five teams playing for just two playoff spot with three of those teams being from the American League East and the other two coming out of the American League West. So let me know; which two of these teams do you think will end up facing off in that one game wild card game?

Last weekend Schaumburg Stu went 3-1, but he didn’t get off to a very good start this weekend. Schaumburg Stu had the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox combining to go over the run total of 8 1/2. Unfortunately for Schaumburg Stu the White Sox beat the Red Sox 4-3; so he’s 0-1 heading into today’s pick. For today Schaumburg Stu likes the White Sox to beat the Red Sox and then on Sunday Schaumburg Stu has the Los Angels Rams beating the Chicago Bears in the Sunday night football game in Week 1 of NFL action. Then to wrap up his weekend Schaumburg Stu has the San Francisco Giants winning their finally two games against the Chicago Cubs. That’s right Schaumburg Stu has the Giants winning Saturday and Sunday against the Cubs.

Schaumburg Stu makes his picks live every Friday on the Sports Time Radio podcast, but you should also listen to the podcast the rest of the week as well. The Sports Time Radio podcast airs live on BlogTalkRadio.com, but if for some reason you miss the podcast live all you have to do is head over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want to.

You can also find me on Twitter @Burketime if you’re interested in looking me up.

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 8, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Well ready or not the NFL season is going to kickoff tomorrow night when the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Dallas Cowboys.

Now not only does tomorrow kickoff the NFL’s regular season, but it’s also the start of fantasy football season as well. No I’m in multiple leagues this season, but only one of them is for money. I enjoy playing fantasy football, but I’m not confident enough to spend a lot of money doing it.

Two of the leagues I’m in are 20 team leagues; so as you can guess those drafts can take some time especially when they’re done in the auction style format. Humorously the league that I actually pay for is a smaller league with 15 teams and out of all of the drafts I did that one was far and away the longest of them all and there’s really no reason for it.

This league has been around for quite a while and I share a team with Mr. Fantasy; if you remember him from early on in the Sports Time Radio podcast days. He actually got us involved through someone who was in the league that he was working with at the time.

Now the other players in this league are some of the most knowledgeable fantasy sports players out there, but I’m surprised by how well they do when they seem to be distracted when we’re doing the draft. We used to get together to draft and that made things go quicker, but with Covid-19 happening we started doing the draft online and that really and I mean really slows things down. Two years ago we had one of the guys n the league go to brunch while we where drafting and it took him 34 minutes to make a pick. This season we had someone who was actually on the golf course while the draft was going on. As you can imagine it took him a lot longer to make his picks than it did any other team. Now the thing that baffles me is even with all of the distractions that these other people in the league have going on while drafting they still end up with quality competitive teams. I really just don’t understand how they do it.

Now it won’t come as much of a surprise that in all of the leagues I’m in there where a large amount of Tampa Bay players drafted. You expect players like Tom Brady, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin to go and they all did rather early. No two other Buccaneers wide receiver where drafted as someone took Antonio Brown while another team drafted Scotty Miller. There where three Tampa Bay running backs drafted as Leonard Founette, Ronald Jones and Giovanni Bernard will be in my leagues. Rob Gronkowski ended up being drafted towards the end of the draft, but I was a little surprised to see someone draft another Tampa Bay tight end picking up O.J. Howard. With 10 players being drafted in all Tampa Bay had more players selected than ay other team.

Remember that a couple of these leagues have 20 teams in them; so you do have to go pretty deep into positions, but 10 players from one team is a lot. Now Tampa Bay has a good offense, but you’d think that a like the Kansas City Chiefs would have a large number of players taken, but there where only five or six players from the Chiefs offense drafted.

Now I think that all of my drafts went well and hopefully my teams will be good, but as you know there are a lot of factors that go into having a good fantasy season. Injuries are always the biggest key to a fantasy season. Last season we had the #1 overall pick in the league we pay for draft and we went with Christian McCaffrey like most people with the #1 pick did. Do to injury McCaffrey played in just three games last season and while he did score six touchdowns in those three games obviously you’d like your 1st round draft pick to play in more than three games.

If you had a fantasy football draft I’d be interested to know how you think it went for you and how you think your team is going to do this season. Hopefully you and I will have some good luck this season and then I can write about how we won our leagues at the end of the season.

Now Tampa Bay is the trendy pick to go back to the Super Bowl out of the NFC while the Chiefs seem to be most people’s pick to go to the Super Bowl out of the AFC. That means for the first time since 1993 we’d have the same Super Bowl math up two years in a row. Back in 1993 it was the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills who met in the Super Bowl in 1992 and 1993. In case you’re wondering Dallas won both of those Super Bowl match ups.

Speaking of Buffalo it’s expected that the Bills could be the team that will challenge Kansas City in the AFC. There are some other teams that may be able to step up and challenge for a chance to go to the Super Bowl out of the AFC, but it appears as though Kansas City and Buffalo are the two favorites coming into the season.

Now in the NFC the Buccaneers should get some competition from the Green Bay Packers in what looks like Aaron Rodgers last season playing for them. It’s also possible that whichever team manages to survive the NFC West might be a challenger to the Buccaneers. The question is will it be the Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers or possibly the Arizona Cardinals that might be the team to come out of the NFC West.

Well there are always a lot of questions coming into an NFL season and will start getting some of those answers starting tomorrow night and will get some more answers this weekend as Week 1 starts.

Now I’d like to see two different teams in the Super Bowl this season; so I’m going with the Seahawks beating the Cleveland Browns in the Super Bowl this season. Now I’m interested to know who you think will not only be in the Super Bowl, but who you have winning it.

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You can also find me on Twitter @Burketime

How was your week

Posted: September 4, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Back in 1994 when Major League Baseball added one wild card team to the playoffs there where quite a few people that didn’t like the idea. Then when there was a second wild card team added in 2012 here where still plenty of people who didn’t like the idea. Well I’m not sure how those same people feel about the wild card now, but you have to admit that it’s keep quite a few teams in the playoff race and it’s give fans of those teams a reason to continue to go to games and root them on.

Let’s face it barring a huge run from a team four out of the six division are pretty much decided. It seems as though the only divisions still up for grabs are the National League East and the National League West. No matter who ends up winning the National League west they’re going to get at least two teams into the playoffs this season.

Now when it comes to the two teams that are going to get those wild card spots; well three of those four spots are still more or less up for grabs. In the National League the Los Angeles Dodgers or the San Francisco Giants will get one of the wild card spots. The Giants are currently leading the National League West by one game after beating the Dodgers last night. That loss put the Dodgers in the wild card spot where they have a 13 1/2 game lead on the team that would claim the second wild card spot. That’s why I think it’s I’m comfortable saying that either the Giants or the Dodgers will be playing in the wild card game. Now who they end up play is still in question.

Currently the Cincinnati Reds are holding onto that second wild card spot, but they have just a 1/2 game lead on the San Diego Padres. Besides the Padres the St. Louis Cardinals are just 1 1/2 games out of that wild card spot while the Philadelphia Phillies are 2 games out of a wild card spot and you can’t count out the New York Mets who currently have the longest wining streak in baseball with 5 win is in a row. That winning streak has moved the Mets to within 4 games of that second wild card spot.

So we have five teams competing for just one playoff spot. That should make for a pretty interesting stretch run and hopefully this keeps the fans of these teams going to games.

Now over in the American League there are also five teams competing for the wild card spots, but in this case you could say that both of those wild card spots are still up for grabs.

The New York Yankees are currently in possession of the top wild card spot while the Boston Red Sox have the second wild card spot and are just 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees. The Oakland A’s have had their struggles lately and those may cost them a chance to win the American League West, but he A’s still find themselves just 3 games out of a wild card spot. Right behind the A’s in the wild card race are the surprising Seattle Mariners who are just 4 games out of that second wild card spot. You also can’t count out the Toronto Blue Jays who are 5 games out of that second wild card spot.

It’s to the point in the baseball season where ever win and loss matters to these teams as they try and get into the playoffs. A long winning streak by any one of these teams could solidify a playoff spot and give them he chance they need.

Of course the problem with getting a wild card spot is it’s just one game. If you just so happen to have a bad day or your starting pitcher is a little off the next thing you know you’re out of the playoffs. At the beginning of the season he Yankees and the Dodgers where trendy picks to meet in the World Series. Right now they would both be playing in the wild card game in their respective leagues. Imagine if both the Yankees and the Dodgers where knocked out of the playoffs after just one game; it could actually happen.

Now once you get into the playoffs anything can happen. There have been six teams that have made the playoffs as a wild card team and went on to win the World Series. The first was the Florida Marlins in 1997. The Anaheim Angels did it in 2002 while the Marlins managed to do it again as a wild card team in 2003. The Boston Red Sox did it in 2004 while the St. Louis Cardinals won it all as a wild card team in 2011 and the San Francisco Giants did it in 2014. The last team to win the World Series as a wild card entry was the Washington nationals who won it all just two years ago in 2019.

Is it possible will see a wild card team accomplish this feat this season? Let me know which of the teams that are currently competing for the wild card spots that you think has the best chance to win the World Series. Please feel free to give me one team from each league.

Schaumburg Stu is coming off a 3-1 weekend last weekend and he got off to a good start with his picks for this weekend. Schaumburg Stu correctly had the Kansas City Royals beating the Chicago White Sox last night. As for today Schaumburg Stu has the Chicago Cubs beating the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then on Sunday Schaumburg Stu has the Cubs and the White Sox combining to get more than 11 1/2 hits in their games. Also on Sunday Schaumburg Stu has the Los Angeles Dodgers beating the San Francisco Giants on ESPN Sunday night baseball.

Don’t forget to listen to the Sports Time Radio podcast. The podcast airs live on BlogTalkRadio.com and on Friday’s you can hear Schaumburg Stu make his picks. Now if you somehow miss the live edition of the podcast don’t worry; all you have to do is head over to TuneIn.com and you cam listen any time you want to.

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Let’s call Wednesday

Posted: September 1, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Yesterday NFL teams made a ton of cuts as they whittle their roster down to the 53 players they’ll keep when the season opens a week from tomorrow.

No there are always a couple of players that get cut that are surprises, but yesterday the biggest surprise was Cam Newton being cut by the New England Patriots. The Patriots also cut quarterback Brian Hoyer; so as of right now rookie Mac Jones is the only quarterback on New England’s roster. There are reports that Hoyer will be brought back as Jones’ back up, but it’s possible the Patriots go in a different direction. I think the only thing we know for sure is that New England will add a quarterback at some point in time before the season starts.

Humorously I heard some NFL analyst say they weren’t surprised that the Patriots decided to cut Newton. This is just a flat out lie. There was no one out there that had any inkling that the Patriots would be cutting Newton. It’s easy to say that you knew this is going to happen, but no one went on television or wrote that this was going to actually happen. All these statements are is a way for whoever is trying to sell this to gain some credibility with either the people watching their television show or reading their article.

Newton had a solid pre-season. He played in all three of New England’s pre-season games and went 14 of 21 for 162 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. It looked like Newton was being considered as a possible starter for the Patriots with the way he was handle during the pre-season.

Now the question becomes what happens to Newton now. Obviously he’s not going to be starting for any team Week 1, but you’d have to think that there are a few teams that will have interest in bringing him in as a back up.

There where repots that the Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins contacted the Houston Texans about possibly trading or Deshaun Watson. Apparently the Texans asked the eagles for three 1st round picks and two 2nd round picks. No surprise that Philadelphia said no to that type of a deal. No one really knows how far talks between the Dolphins and the Texans went, but as of now Watson is on the Texans roster.

Now instead of having to give away multiple draft picks for a quarterback with multiple sexual assault charges hanging over his head the Eagle or Dolphins could get a similar quarterback in Newton and they wouldn’t need to part with any draft picks.

Both the Eagles and the Dolphins have young quarterbacks. Jalen Hurts is the starting quarterback for Philadelphia while Tua Tagovailoa is the Dolphins starting quarterback. The Eagles did bring in veteran quarterback Joe Flacco to back up Hurts, but Newton would be an upgrade over Flacco and is much more similar in his quarterback style to Hurts. Miami has another former Patriots quarterback on their roster in Jacoby Brissett to back up Tagovailoa, but it’s still possible they could be interested in bringing Newton on board.

Now after this season who knows where Newton will end up or if he’ll even want to continue to play football. Newton has played seasons in the NFL. He’s started 139 games at quarterback. He’s won an MVP award and even though his didn’t win it he’s played in a Super Bowl. Newton has accomplished a lot in his career with the exception of that Super Bowl win. It’s possible that Newton may just want to walk away from football and start another career.

I’m sure will hear Newton’s name come up with a few teams this off season. Since this is Aaron Rodgers last season with the Green Bay Packers I’m sure Newton’s name will come up there. Most people have Rodgers linked to the Denver Broncos, but if Rodgers retires that would make Newton a viable option for Denver. It’s also possible a team like the New Orleans Saints would be interested in bringing Newton there. The Saints decided on Jameis Winston as their starting quarterback while Taysom Hill will continue getting snaps here and there as well as other gadgets plays. If Winston and Hill are unable to fill the void at quarterback left by Drew Brees retiring you have to think it’s possible that the Saints might look to Newton as an option at quarterback.

So what do you think will happen with Newton? Does he play this season? If you think he’s going to play this season; what team do you see him ending up with? Then moving on to next season. What does Newton do? Do you have him retiring? Or do you have him playing and if so with which team?

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How was your week

Posted: August 28, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Tonight at the Daytona International Speedway the NASCAR Monster Energy Series will have their regular season finale. It’s the Coke Zero Sugar 400 and since it’s at Daytona we should see cars going 200 plus miles an hour and probably “the big one” at some point.

Now after tonight’s race will know the 16 drivers that will advance into the playoffs. There are 14 different drivers that have won a race and have an automatic entry into the playoffs, but as of right now the other two playoff spots will be determined by points.

Kevin Harvick is currently sitting in the 15th spot and looks like he’ll be a lock to get into the playoffs, but what about that last spot. Heading into tonight’s race Tyler Reddick is currently in that 16th and final playoff spot, but he’s just 25 points ahead of his teammate Austin Dillion. That final playoff spot could also go to a driver that hasn’t won a race just yet this season. Would that be a huge surprise if that happens at Daytona?

If we do happen to get a new winner tonight then Harvick would be the driver to get tat final playoff spot and Reddick as well as Dillion would be on the outside looking in unless they where the driver would ended up in victory lane tonight.

There are going to be a lot of drivers with just one way to get into the playoffs tonight; so they’ll have nothing to lose. That should make for an interesting race and I’m sure some hurt feelings during the race. It might also have drivers taking more chances than they normally would and could lead to more accidents than we’re used to seeing at Daytona; if that’s possible.

Points leader Kyle Larson starts on the pole tonight and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Bryon will be starting next to him in the 2nd spot. They followed by two drivers from Joe Gibbs Racing as Denny Hamlin will start 3rd and Kyle Busch will be starting 4th. There’s a third Hendrick Motorsports river starting i the Top 5 as Chase Elliott will start tonight’s race in the 5th position.

All five of those drivers have won at least one race this season; so they’re all locked into the playoffs. The first driver without a win is Matt DiBenedetto who drivers the Wood Brothers Racing #21 car and is starting 9th tonight. DiBenedetto is not only driving tonight to try and get into the playoffs, but he currently doesn’t have a ride for next season; so if he can find a way to win tonight he might be able to resolve both of those problems.

There are actually two races scheduled at the Daytona International Speedway today. NASCAR’s Xfinity series is schedule to run the Wawa 250 first. The Xfinity race has a scheduled start time of 11:30 a.m. Then the Monster Energy Series takes the track for their race which has a scheduled start time of 6:00 p.m. The Xfinity race will be airing live on the NBC Sports Network while the live broadcast of NASCAR’s Monster Energy Series will move over to air live on NBC.

Let me know how this race is going to go and who you think is going to win. Do you think will see one of the drivers who already has a win get another one tonight? Or will we see some find a way to get themselves and their team into the playoffs with a bit of a surprising win tonight?

Yesterday on the Sports Time Radio podcast Schaumburg Stu made his predictions for the weekend and he got off to a good start last night. Schaumburg Stu had the Chicago White Sox beating the Chicago Cubs and even though the Cubs got out to a very quick 6-0 lead the White Sox rebounded for a 17-13 win. Yasmani Grandal returned from the IL for the White Sox last night and hit two home runs and had 8 RBI’s in last nights game.

So with a win already under his belt here’s what Schaumburg Stu went with for the rest of this weekend. Today Schaumburg Stu has the Tennessee Titans beating the Chicago Bears in Week 3 NFL pre-season action. Tonight he also has Lance Lynn getting more combined innings pitched and strikeout tonight for the White Sox than Alec Mills does for the Cubs. Then on Sunday Schaumburg Stu has the White Sox and the Cubs combining to score more than 7 1/2 runs in their game.

Last week Schaumburg Stu went 2-2 o his picks and since we started doing this on the Sports Time Radio Podcast Schaumburg Stu has a overall record of 58-51 heading into this weekend.

Now if you’d like to listen to the Sports Time Radio podcast it airs live on the BlogTalkRadio.com network. If for some reason you miss the live edition of the podcast don’t worry. All you have to do is head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen to the podcast any time you want to.

The podcast airs live multiple times during the week, but Schaumburg Stu makes his picks on the Friday podcast; so you’ll have to tune in then to hear them live.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 25, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Now I know some of you have already had their fantasy football drafts or in some cases drafts, but I have mine coming up in a couple of weeks. If you did have yours already I hope it went well for you, but drafting this early can always be difficult; at least for me it is.

Fantasy football is oddly different than actual football. In the NFL there is a high priority put on the quarterback, but in fantasy football it’s more important to find that top tier running back. Unfortunately with the shift in the way running backs are used that’s getting harder and harder for fantasy football owners to do.

Last year in one of my leagues my partner and I had the 1st overall pick and we took Christian McCaffery of the Carolina Panthers. Well due to injury McCaffery was more or less a total bust for anyone who selected him, but he’s back at the top of the running back list this season. Now it makes sense because if he’s healthy he’s true double threat as he’ll not only get those rushing yards for you, but he’s used as a receiver in the Panthers offense. You’d have to think that McCaffery will be the top pick in most drafts.

With McCaffery off the board there are still a few other running backs that get a high number of carries for their teams. Derrick Henry comes to mind right away, but there’s also players like Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, Aaron Jones and Ezekiel Elliot.

Even once you get past this group of running backs there are still some other running backs that should get the majority of the carries for their team, but there are questions with all of them.

Saquon Barkley is coming back from a serious injury and there are no plans for him to get any carries this pre-season; so you have to wonder how that will carry over into the regular season. Barkley could be a very good pick if he’s given the football, but the New York Giants have been so careful with him you have to wonder how they’ll handle him.

I know there are a lot of people who have Nick Chubb very high on their running backs lists, but don’t forget that Kareem Hunt is still on the Cleveland Browns roster and could take away not only carries from Chubb, but receptions as well. Chubb had more rushing yards 1067 yards to 841 yards for Hunt, but Hunt had 38 receptions to Chubb’s 16 receptions. You just never know when Hunt is going to get the hot hand in the backfield and that would take away from what Chubb will produce.

Jonathan Taylor is another running back that I’ve seen very high on most people’s list coming into this season. Now Taylor is coming off very good rookie season and you would think that he would be the clear cut #1 running back on the Indianapolis Colts, but they always seem to find a way to mix in other running backs. You have to wonder if Marlon Mack is and can stay healthy this season if he’ll take carries away from Taylor. The Colts also still have Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins on their roster and they always find ways to get them carries as well. You’d think that Taylor should be a good fantasy pick, but there are some questions that come along with drafting him.

There’s a solid group of running backs that should be their teams #1 guy, but the teams they’re on probably won’t be playoffs contenders and in a lot of cases could have losing records. That could mean that these teams may be throwing the football more than giving to their top running back. These running backs should all be 1st round picks, but there will be questions with there team more than the running backs themselves.

I’m talking about running backs like Antonio Gibson, David Montgomery, Austin Ekler, Joe Mixon and Josh Jacobs. All of these running backs should get the bulk of the carries for their team, but those teams ight not be very good and you have to wonder how much of an affect that will have on there production.

Then there are the two running backs that will be taking over as their teams #1 running back do to injury. James Robinson with the Jacksonville Jaquars and Darrell Henderson with the Los Angeles Rams. Now the Jaquars are coming off a 1-15 season and while they might be improved this season they’re not going to be a Super Bowl Contender any time soon. That means there’s a chance they’ll look at other running backs and Robinson carries may fluctuate from week to week. Henderson may be one of the sneaky later 1st round picks as running backs have had success in the Rams offensive system. It should also help Henderson’s value that the other running backs on the Rams roster have never carried the football in a regular season game.

The top rookie running back in fantasy this season is Najee Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers. People believe that the Steelers are a run first team, but Ben Rothlisberger does throw the football as much as anybody else. Harris however should get the majority of the carries this season; so that could equal some nice numbers for any fantasy owner that has him.

Then there’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Chris Carson. Both of these running backs play on teams that are quarterback dominated and they’re also both coming off of injuries from last season. Obviously both of these players are 1st round running back picks, but there’s risk involved with taking either of them. If you take one and he stays healthy he could put up big number for you in the offenses they play in. Of course you could take one of these running backs and they could get hurt Week 1 and then you’re scrambling the rest of the season, but they’re both worth the gamble.

J.K. Dobbins has become an interesting name coming into this season as most people believe he’ll be the Baltimore Ravens #1 running back this season. The Ravens still have Gus Edwards on their roster; so there’s a chance that they’ll use each running back equally.

There are still a few running backs out there that I haven’t mentioned that will go early in fantasy drafts, but it will be hit or miss with those guys. Hopefully it will work out for you if you take one of those running backs, but if your luck is anything like mine it won’t.

If you’ve had your fantasy draft please let me know how you think it went and if you like drafting that early or not. If you have a draft coming up feel free to share you thoughts on these running backs and if there was one that you would’ve liked me to mention or went into more detail on.

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How was your week

Posted: August 21, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

As a sports fan I start to get excited when the start of a new season is getting close to starting up, but the one thing I don’t do is get to excited about the stats a player puts up in exhibition or pre-season games. Obviously if you’re a fan of that team or that player you want them to do well even in games that don’t count, but you have to take into consideration who they’re laying against.

Now we’re in Week 2 of the NFL pre-season and on Thursday night the New England Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles 35-0. I didn’t watch this game as my cable provider no longer carries the NFL Network, but I heard a lot of commentary on it. The on thing everyone kept mentioning over and over was how great Mac Jones looked.

Now Jones completed 13 of his 19 pass attempts for 146 yards and even ran once for 3 yards. Really solid pre-season numbers, but what they forget to mention is that Jones put up these numbers against the Eagles second and third string. Cam Newton started the game for New England and only threw one incompletion against the Eagles first team defense. Would Jones of played well against Philadelphia’s first string defense? Will never know, but how much can you read into what a quarterback does against players that in some cases won’t even make the team.

Now just last night Shane Buechele completed 9 of his 11 pass attempts for 115 yards and 1 touchdown as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Arizona Cardinals 17-10. I don’t think anyone will be talking about how well Buechele played in that game. If they mention anything at all about Buechele it will be that his father Steve is a former major league baseball player.

Do the conversations go that way because Buechele is an undrafted free agent and Jones was a 1st round pick? Or is it because it’s clear that the Chiefs will be starting Patrick Mahomes at quarterback Week 1 no matter how anybody else plays in the pre-season and while it looks like Newton will be the Patriots starter for Week 1 everyone wants to see Jones unseat him before the season starts.

The contrast is very interesting and there are a few teams who are in this situation. Where I live in Chicago Justin Fields looked good in his his NFL pre-season action, but Andy Dalton appears to be the starter come Week 1. In San Francisco the 49ers used the #3 pick to take Trey Lance, but it appears as though Jimmy Garoppolo will be their starting quarterback when there season starts.

I understand that Patriots fans and the mainstream media are looking for them to replace Tom Brady and it’s clear that Newton isn’t that quarterback, but rushing Jones into a starting role isn’t going to turn him into Brady.

In Chicago the Bears have managed to find their way into the playoffs a couple of times under head coach Matt Nagy, but they where never series Super Bowl contenders. I’m sure a lot of fans would also like to get past the Mitchell Trubisky quarterback era, but even if Fields is the starting quarterback; are the Bears a legitimate Super Bowl contender? Don’t forget 49ers fans that Garoppolo¬†took that team to a Super Bowl just a couple of seasons ago.

It’s kind of a rebirth when a team drafts a young quarterback early in the draft, but remember that a rookie quarterback has never won a Super Bowl. I don’t know what Patriots, Bears or 49ers fans are thinking, but that’s an interesting stat for three teams who’s fans really want to see that 1st round pick take over as the teams quarterback.

While I don’t think that Jones, Fields or Lance start the season as there teams starting quarterback I wouldn’t be surprised to see them take over that role at some point during the season.

Now there are a couple of rookie quarterbacks that should be under center Week 1 for their teams. Trevor Lawrence should be the Jacksonville Jaquars starter and Zach Wilson should be the New York Jets starter. There is an outside chance will see a third rookie get a start in Week 1. If Sam Ehlinger wins the Indianapolis Colts quarterback competition and Carson Wentz isn’t ready to go he could get the nod as their quarterback come Week 1.

Now I don’t know anybody who has either the Jaquars or the Jets making the playoffs this season, but the Colts looked like a playoff team with Wentz as their starting quarterback. Would those expectations change if Ehlinger is the starter?

We should slowly start to get the answers to some of these quarterback question as we draw closer to the start of the regular season. As it is now we’re less than three weeks away from the opening Thursday night game which features the defending Super Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting the Dallas Cowboys.

Well Schaumburg Stu had a rough week with his predictions as he went 1-3 last weekend and this weekend didn’t get off to a good start for him either. Schaumburg Stu had the Tampa Bay Rays beating the Chicago White Sox on Friday night, but the White Sox pulled out a 7-5 win in 11 innings. Now for Tomorrow Schaumburg Stu has the Kansas City Royals beating the Chicago Cubs and he has the Chicago Bears beating the Buffalo Bills in their pre-season game. Then on Sunday Schaumburg Stu has the Cubs and the White Sox combining to score under 8 1/2 runs total between the two teams.

You can listen to Schaumburg Stu make his predictions live on the Friday Edition of the Sports Time Radio podcast. You can listen to the podcast live not only on Friday’s, but any other day of the week on BlogTalkRadio.com. Now if you miss the live version of the podcast all you have to do is head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen to the podcast any time you want to.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 18, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

I know most of the experts who gave up on the New York Yankees, wrote them off for this season and called them disappointing will never admit to it, but I’m sure it’s out there on tape somewhere. Well after yesterday’s doubleheader sweep of the Boston Red Sox the Yankees have actually moved ahead of the Red Sox in the American League wild card race. Now before you go crazy and jump on the other side and start backing the Yankees they are just .001 percentage points ahead of the Red Sox in the standings and that because the Yankees have played two less game so far this season. The Red Sox could just as easily move back in front of the Yankees in the standings if they win the final game of their series tonight.

Now just how did the Yankees get back into the playoff race? After dropping a second straight game to the New York Mets the Yankees where sitting at 41-41 on July 4th and where given up on by just about everyone especially the New York media.

The Yankees then went on to win their next four series including taking two of three from the Red Sox, but then they ran into Boston again and the Red Sox took three of four in that series. After that series with the Red Sox the Yankees have won their next seven series including the one currently going on the Red Sox right now. While winning these seven series in a row the Yankees had one five game winning streak and are currently on another five game winning streak.

Obviously winning series is a way to get yourself, but that’s not all the Yankees have done. The additions of Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo have helped as well as getting some of their players back from injury. Don’t forget the Yankees are still waiting for Gleybar Torres, Gio Urshela, Corey Kluber, Aroldis Chapman, Domingo German and Rizzo to return from their various injuries or Covid-19 related absences. So it looks like there’s more help on the way for New York.

Now the question becomes can the Yankees find a way to get themselves into the playoffs as was predicted by just about everybody at the start of the season. Continuing to win series will help, but there are some other things that they’ll need to have go their way.

The biggest concern the Yankees have is if the back of their starting rotation can hold up. With Gerrit Cole at the top of the rotation and Jordan Montgomery and Jameson Taillon following him the Yankees are solid through three starters, but four and five is where it could get tricky. Even though German has struggled this season he has a track record as a starting pitcher, but it’s unclear when he’ll be back. Andrew Heaney was picked up at the trade deadline, but has a 9.00 E.R.A. in the three starts he’s made for the Yankees. We’ll see how Heaney does in his start today against the Red Sox.

The Yankees have used eight other starting pitchers besides the five that are listed above this season and none of those eight where Luis Severino who is looked at as a long term top of the rotation pitcher for New York. Those eight starters have had varying degrees of success for the Yankees.

Nelson Cortes Jr. and 23 year-old Luis Gil have been the best of the eight starters the Yankees have used and I believe that Cortes Jr. will be the first pitcher to try and fill out the starting rotation as he’s made four straight starts for the Yankees.

There was some hopes that Severino would be able to return this season, but it’s starting to look like that’s not going to happen. Severino is recovering from Tommy John surgery and just had to undergo an MRI after experiencing tightness in his pitching arm. The results of his MRI have not yet been released.

Severino had made two rehab starts before being shutdown Friday when he felt tightness in his pitching arm. Severino hasn’t pitched in the majors since the 2019 playoffs as he missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery in February of 2020.

It does appear as though barring any setbacks Corey Kluber may be close to returning from his injury. Kluber has made two minor league rehab appearances covering 4 1/3rd innings. Kluber will need to make a few more rehab appearances before being brought back by the Yankees, but there’s a chance that he could return to their starting rotation just in time for the stretch run.

So what do you think of the Yankees chances to get into the playoffs? Not only do they currently hold a wild card spot, but they’re just five games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East division race. Let me know where you see the Yankees ending up by the end of the regular season.

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How was your week

Posted: August 14, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Here’s a question for you. Which team is going to win the National League East? As long as you didn’t say the Washington Nationals or the Miami Marlins the team you picked has a chance to win this division.

Going into today’s games the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves are tied for the N.L. East lead. Both teams are 60-56 while the New York Mets are just 1/2 a game back with a record of 59-56. It’s by far the closest division race in Major League baseball.

Last night the Braves where the only one of these three teams to get a win as they beat the Nationals 4-2. The Phillies lost to the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 while the Mets drop a 6-5 extra inning contest to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The combination of the Braves win and the Phillies loss is what allowed the Braves to move into a tie at the top of the division.

Now scheduling will play a part in who may win this division. Starting last night the Mets play their next 13 games against the Dodgers or the San Francisco Giants. The Giants and the Dodgers have the two best records in the National League. Will the Mets be able to stay in the N.L. East race over these next couple of weeks? Over that same timeframe the Phillies have a couple more games with the Reds before heading out West to face the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres. Then the Phillies return home for a quick two game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s not an easy schedule for the Phillies, but I don’t know if it’s as tough as what the Mets have. As for the Braves; the schedule really favors them over this time period. After the series with the Nationals the Braves head to Miami for three games against the Marlins and then travel to Baltimore for three games with the Orioles before they return home to host the New York Yankees for two games.

Can the Braves get a little separation in the division since they have the easiest schedule out of these three teams or can either the Mets or the Phillies play well enough to hang with them at the top of the division?

Now it’s possible that injuries will play a big part in who wins the N.L. East. If that’s the case the Mets really have an uphill battle ahead of them. Just yesterday the Mets announced that Jacob deGroom was been shutdown for two more weeks and their big trade deadline acquisition Javier Baez was placed on the 10-day IL due to back spams. Add those two injuries to the fact that Francisco Lindor has been out since July with a strained oblique. Don’t forget that Noah Syndergaard hasn’t pitched all season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. There are reports that Syndergaard is close to returning, but will be used out of the bullpen.

The Phillies are waiting for Rhys Hoskins to return from a strained groin, but they’re also waiting for six pitchers; three starters and three relievers to return from the IL. Luckily for the Phillies it’s not their top starting pitchers that are out, but Zach Eflin, Chase Anderson and Vince Velasquez are definitely solid back of the rotation starters. Will see how much longer it is before the possible returns of Jose Alvarado and Sam Coonrod, but it’s doubtful Seranthony Dominquez will make it back this season as he’s recovering from Tommy John surgery.

While deGroom may be the best starting pitcher that’s on the IL right now don’t forget that the Braves have played the entire season with their #1 starter Mike Soroka not pitching an inning for them. Atlanta is also missing Ian Anderson from their starting rotation. While the Mets are missing the best pitcher right now there’s a chance he may be back. There’s no chance that the Braves will be getting Ronald Acuna Jr. back this season and he’s the best everyday player out right now. The Braves have also played most of the season without Marcell Ozuna who’s appeared in 48 games this season. Ozuna is out with dislocated fingers and may also have a domestic violence issue hanging over his head; so you have to wonder if he’ll return this season. The Braves did acquire Eddie Rosario from the Cleveland Indians at the trade deadline even though he was on the IL at the time of the trade. Rosario is yet to return to game action.

In some cases just being the hot team at the right time can come in handy when a division race is this close. Atlanta is 8-2 in their last 10 games while Philadelphia is 7-3 and the Mets are 4-6. It will be interesting to see if the Braves and the Phillies can continue to play well or if the Mets can get it going.

So looking at these three teams and the situations they’re in; who do you think ends up winning the N.L. East? Remember it looks like just the winner of the division will make it into the playoffs as the wild card will come out of the N.L. West or the N.L. Central; so there’s a lot on the line in this division.

No coming off last weekend where hit on all four of his predictions Schaumburg Stu didn’t get off to a good start for this weekend. Schaumburg Stu had the Chicago Cubs beating the Miami Marlins last night and well they lost 14-10. Schaumburg Stu has two predictions for today; he’s going with the Miami Dolphins to beat the Chicago Bears in NFL pre-season action and he also has the Chicago White Sox beating the New York Yankees today. On Sunday Schaumburg Stu has the White Sox and the Yankees combining for more hits in their game than the Cubs and the Marlins.

You can hear Schaumburg Stu make his predictions every Friday on the Sports Time Radio podcast, but you should also listen to the podcast the other days of the week as well. The Sports Time Radio podcast airs live on BlogTalkRadio.com, but if you miss the podcast live just head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 11, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Now I know that we’ve already had the Hall of Fame game that kicks off the NFL pre-season, but I honestly didn’t realize that starting tomorrow every team in the league will have a pre-season game this weekend.

Are you ready for the NFL to get up and going full tilt; because I’m not. I guess we don’t have much of a choice. There are two games tomorrow and three games on Friday. The bulk of the NFL action is on Saturday as there are 10 games on the schedule while the first full week of pre-season NFL football wraps up on Sunday.

I guess it is August and it’s the time of the year that the NFL gets started, but I guess I just wasn’t paying close enough attention. I guess it’s time to start getting ready for my fantasy drafts and I have some questions that need to be answered.

Last season I took a chance on Cam Newton and it started out like i had made a good choice, but we all know how it turned out. Well it looks like Newton will be the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots Week 1, but how long will he keep that job if he struggles again. Everyone seems to be onboard with Mac Jones taking over at some point this season; so if you end up with Newton on your fantasy roster; do you also draft Jones?

You could ask the exact same question about the San Francisco 49ers. It looks like Jimmy Garoppolo will be the starting quarterback when Week 1 of the regular season rolls around, but 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has already said he has a package of plays for rookie Trey Lance to run. Garoppolo is another quarterback who you have to wonder how long he’ll be the San Francisco starter.

There are a couple of other teams that have quarterback competitions going on and as of now we don’t know who seems the leader right now.

The New Orleans Saints have to replace Drew Brees at quarterback and it’s going to be either Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston. Now Winston has actually experience as a full time NFL starting quarterback while four starts as a quarterback all of them last season. Now this is Hill’s 4th season in head coach Sean Payton’s system; so you have to wonder if that will give him an advantage, but Winston is a former #1 overall pick. Winston is also just 26 years old while Hill is 30 years old. This will be a tough choice for fantasy owners to make as it wouldn’t surprise me if both players get time under center this season.

For a couple of seasons now the Denver Broncos have been trying to convince everybody and maybe themselves a little bit that Drew Lock is a NFL caliber starting quarterback. Lock was kind of the starter for the Broncos last season by default as there wasn’t another quarterback on the roster to challenge him. Well this season the Broncos brought in veteran Teddy Bridgewater to challenge for that #1 quarterback spot. Bridgewater looked like he was going to be a very good NFL quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings, but after a terrible knee injury caused him to miss the entire 2016 season Bridgewater has bounced around to what is now his third team in four seasons. This is another interesting choice for fantasy owners to make as it’s very unclear right now who the Broncos might go with.

Hopefully these quarterback situations will start to clear themselves up as fantasy owners get closer to their drafts, but there are some leagues out there that have already drafted and you have to wonder how those fantasy owners handled these situations.

The other interesting quarterback situation going on right now is with the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts traded for Carson Wentz this off season, but Wentz injured his foot and the timetable for his return is anywhere from 5 to 12 weeks. Now it looked and sounded like Jacob Eason would be the net in line for that open quarterback job, but it’s being reported that Eason is splitting first team reps at practice with rookie 6th round pick Sam Ehlinger.

Now obviously neither of these quarterbacks are the long term solution for Indianapolis, but it looks like one of them is going t be the Colts starter for Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks. There is an outside shot that Wentz will be back for Week 1, but I don’t know how many people are counting on that happening.

Eason was drafted by the Colts in the 4th round of the 2020 draft, but didn’t play in a regular season game last season. Eason was the Colts 3rd quarterback last season behind Jacoby Brissett and starter Philip Rivers. Ehlinger of course was just drafted in the 2021 draft and is in his very first NFL season.

The only plus here for fantasy owners is the fact that Wentz should be back early in the season unless he has a setback, but Wentz has had his injury issues in his career.

Well if you’ve already had your fantasy draft let me know how you handled these quarterback situations and if you’re fantasy draft is up coming left me know how you’re planning to handled these quarterback situations.

Now Schaumburg Stu had a 4-0 week with his predictions. He hit on Team USA winning a gold medal and then he stuck with the Chicago White Sox in their weekend series against the Chicago Cubs and hit on all those predictions. He had the White Sox winning both Saturday and Sunday’s games as well as the White Sox recording more hits than the Cubs in Sunday nights game.

Now if you want to hear Schaumburg Stu’s predictions live he makes them every Friday on the Sports Time radio podcast which airs on BlogTalkRadio.com. If you just can’t get over there to hear Schaumburg Stu’s picks live or any of the other podcasts just head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want to.

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