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Hometown Hank’s 2019 MLB Predictions

Posted: March 28, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Here’s how Hank see’s the divisions playing out.

AL East

1st Red Sox 2nd Yankees 3rd Orioles 4th Rays 5th Blue Jays

AL Central

1st Indians 2nd Twins 3rd Royals 4th Tigers 5th White Sox

AL West

1st Astros 2nd A’s 3rd Mariners 4th Angels 5th Rangers

AL Wild Cards

Yankees & Twins

NL East

1st Nationals 2nd Braves 3rd Phillies 4th Mets 5th Marlins

NL Central

1st Cardinals 2nd Cubs 3rd Reds 4th Brewers 5th Pirates

NL West

1st Rockies 2nd Dodgers 3rd Diamondbacks 4th Padres 5th Giants

NL Wild Cards

Braves & Cubs

World Series

Astros over Nationals

Individual awards:

MVP AL J.D. Martinez NL Paul Goldschmidt

CY Young

AL Gerrit Cole NL Max Scherzer

Rookie of the Year

AL Nate Lowe NL Pete Alonso

Manager of the Year

AL Rocco Baldelli NL Brian Snitker

Comeback Player of the Year

AL Miguel Cabrera NL Josh Donaldson

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Schaumburg Stu’s 2019 MLB Predictions

Posted: March 28, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Here’s how Stu see’s the divisions playing out

AL East

1st Yankees 2nd Red Sox 3rd Rays 4th Blue Jays 5th Orioles

AL Central

1st Indians 2nd Twins 3rd Tigers 4th White Sox 5th Royals

AL West

1st Astros 2nd Angels 3rd A’s 4th Mariners 5th Rangers

AL Wild Cards Red Sox & Angels

NL East

1st Phillies 2nd Nationals 3rd Mets 4th Braves 5th Marlins

NL Central

1st Cardinals 2nd Brewers 3rd Reds 4th Cubs 5th Pirates

NL West

1st Dodgers 2nd Rockies 3rd Diamondbacks 4th Padres 5th Giants

NL Wild Cards

Rockies & Brewers

World Series

Yankees over Dodgers

Individual awards:

MVP

AL Alex Bregman NL Anthony Rendon

CY Young

AL Gerrit Cole NL Aaron Nola

Rookie of the Year

AL Vlad Guerrero Jr. NL Nick Senzel

Manager of the Year

AL Aaron Boone NL Gabe Kapler

Comeback Player of the Year

AL Miguel Cabrera NL Yu Darvish

 

Dan the Man’s 2019 MLB Predictions

Posted: March 28, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Here’s how Dan see’s the divisions playing out.

AL East

1st Red Sox 2nd Yankees 3rd Rays 4th Blue Jays 5th Orioles

AL Central

1st Indians 2nd Twins 3rd Tigers 4th White Sox 5th Royals

AL West

1st Astros 2nd Angels 3rd A’s 4th Mariners 5th Rangers

AL Wild Cards

Yankees & Angels

NL East

1st Nationals 2nd Phillies 3rd Mets 4th Braves 5th Marlins

NL Central

1st Cubs 2nd Cardinals 3rd Brewers 4th Reds 5th Pirates

NL West

1st Dodgers 2nd Rockies 3rd Giants 4th Padres 5th Diamondbacks

NL Wild Cards

Phillies & Cubs

World Series

Yankees over Cubs

Dan’s individual awards.

MVP

AL Mike Trout NL Ronald Acuna Jr.

Cy Young

AL Chris Sale NL Max Scherzer

Rookie of the Year

AL Eloy Jimenez NL Victor Robles

Manager of the Year

AL Alex Cora NL Gabe Kapler

Comeback Player of the Year

AL Carlos Santana NL Kris Bryant

Let’s call it Wednesday

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

We’re just one day away from the Major League Baseball season starting. I know, I know there where two games that counted, but we’ve been over this before and you know how I feel about that. Tomorrow all 30 teams are in action and that’s opening day!

Now I’ve seen a lot of predictions for the upcoming season and at Sports Time Radio we have made our picks as well. I decided that I’m going to do something different with our picks this season. Instead of building one giant blog just our picks I’m going to do individual posting of our picks. We had five different people make predictions for the upcoming baseball season and we would have or might have six people if Mr. Fantasy’s predictions show up before I get everything posted. I’m going to try and get them all up here by this weekend; so you’ll be able to see what we think will happen this coming season.

If you’ve made any predictions that you feel like sharing go ahead and leave them in the comment section and I’ll add them in with our predictions.

I saw a couple of interesting or some people might say surprise moves as teams finalized their rosters for the start of the season. Instead of sending their top prospect down to the minors to push back that players arbitration clock both the Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres decided to start the season off with their best prospects o the major league roster.

With an injury to Jon Jay the White decided that Eloy Jimenez would be on the opening day roster. Of course now that the White Sox have Jimenez signed to a contract and they know he’ll be with the team for the next 8 years I’m sure this decision became much easier for them. Jimenez hit .250 in spring training with 2 home runs. Jimenez is just 22 years old and it will be very interesting to see how he’ll do as an everyday major leaguer.

In San Diego the Padres decided that 20 year old Fernando Tatis Jr. will be the opening day shortstop. I’m sure that it helped Tatis’ cause that Manny Machado has lobbied for him to be on the opening day roster. Tatis had a solid spring hitting .265 with 2 home runs.

It will be a big step as a 20 year old for Tatis to be the everyday shortstop, but he has a lot of veteran support in the Padres infield. Not only will Tatis have Machado next to him at 3rd base, but Ian Kinsler will be at 2nd base and Eric Hosmer will be the 1st baseman. All of these players have won Gold Gloves and will be able to help Tatis.

As big of a surprise as it was that Tatis will be on the San Diego’s opening day roster the fact that Luis Urias was the player who was sent to Triple-A to make room for Tatis.

Urias struggled in spring training hitting .213 with 2 home runs. Urias also struck out 16 times in 47 at bats. Urias played in 12 games at the end of 2018 for the Padres. He hit .208 with 2 home runs, but in 48 at bats he struck out 10 times.

There was some questions on why the Padres kept Jose Pirela and Greg Garcia on the roster instead of Urias. You’d have to think that’s it’s better for Urias to be getting full time at bat at the Triple-A level than sitting on the bench in the majors behind Kinsler.

Urias is just 22; so if he figures things out at Triple-A it probably won’t be long before he’s back in the major leagues.

Here’s a list of ever opening day starting pitcher in the order of the games start times.

Andrew Cashner-Orioles, Masahiro Tanaka-Yankees, Jacob deGrom-Mets, Max Scherzer-Nationals, Miles Mikolas-Cardinals, Jhoulys Chacin-Brewers, Julio Teheran-Braves, Aaron Nola-Phillies, Jordan Zimmerman-Tigers, Marcus Stroman-Blue Jays, Zack Greinke-Diamondbacks, Hyun-Jin Ryu-Dodgers, Justin Verlander-Astros, Blake Snell-Rays, Jon Lester-Cubs, Mike Minor-Rangers, Trevor Cahill-Angles, Mike Fiers-A’s, Madison Bumgarner-Giants, Eric Lauer-Padres, Corey Kluber-Indians, Jose Berrios-Twins, Kyle Freeland-Rockies, Jose Urena-Marlins, Jameson Taillon-Pirates, Luis Castillo-Reds, Carlos Rodon-White Sox, Brad Keller-Royals, Chris Sale-Red Sox, Marco Gonzales-Mariners.

Don’t forget to adjust your fantasy line ups for your weekly leagues and you’ll have to start doing your breakdowns for who you’ll start in daily fantasy tomorrow.

Clem Daniels passed away yesterday at the age of 83. Now that name might not mean a lot to people, but if you take the time to look into Daniels you’ll find out that he was the all-time leading rusher in the AFL.

In shot the AFL was the American Football League that was founded in 1959 and went head to head with the National Football League from he 1960 season until the 1970 season before he leagues merged.

Daniels played 9 season in the AFL. He started with the Dallas Texans in 1960, but had just 1 carry that season for -2 yards. In 1961 he joined the Oakland Raiders and sent the next seven seasons in a Raiders uniform. Daniels wrapped up his career after the 1968 season as a member of the San Francisco 49ers after one season with them.

Daniels best season was in 1963 when he rushed for 1099 with the Raiders. Now remember they only played 14 games in a season then.

In his career Daniels had 5138 career rushing yards on 1146 carries; so he averaged 4.5 yards per carry in his career. He played in 110 games in his 9 year career and scored 30 rushing touchdowns. Oddly out of those 110 games Daniels only started in 29 of them. Daniels was also a solid receiver as he caught 203 career passes for 3314 yards an average of 16.3 yards per receptions and he had 24 career touchdown receptions. Daniels also spent some time as a return man. He returned 57 kickoffs for 1206 yards and 8 punt for 103 yards. Daniels retired at the age of 33 after the 1968 season.

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How was your week

Posted: March 23, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, College Basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Major League Baseball season opened this week in Japan with the Seattle Mariners taking both games of a two game series against the Oakland A’s.

Of course the biggest news to co out of this series was that they ended up being the final two games of Ichiro Suzuki’s 19 year career in Major League Baseball.

Ichiro played in both games in Japan getting 5 at bats, but sadly he didn’t record a hit to add to his career total of 3089 in Major League Baseball. Ichiro spent 9 seasons playing in front of the Japanese fans as a member of the Orix Blue Wave; so it gave him a chance to walk away from the game in home country.

Ichiro joined the Seattle Mariners in 2001 and won the MVP and Rookie of the Year award as well as a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. That was the first of the 10 Gold Gloves Ichiro would win; all in a row. He picked up 3 Silver Sluggers in his career and was named to 10 consecutive All-Star teams while with Seattle.

It’s not much of a stretch to say that Ichiro will be a first Ballot Hall of Famer when his name gets on the ballot. I’ve even heard some baseball people say that he should be a unanimous selection.

In his 19 year career Ichiro posted 3089 hits. He set the records for most hits in a season with 262 in 2004. He had 10 seasons all in a row with 200 or more hits. That’s tied with Pete Rose for the most consecutive. Ichiro won two batting title and has a career batting average of .311. While not a big time home run hitter even though there where people who reported that if he wanted to Ichiro could be a 20 plus home run guy. Ichiro hit 117 home runs in his career with a career high of 15 in 2005. Ichiro spent most of his career hitting at the top of the batting order; so he didn’t have as many RBI opportunities as some players might. He drove in 780 runs in his career, but as a player who was at the top of the batting order he scored 1420 runs in his career. It hasn’t even came up that he had 509 career stolen bases or the fact that he had 123 assists in his career. Ichiro had a career fielding percentage of .993. He assisted on 28 double plays in his career and made just 28 errors in a career that covered 20,030 1/3rd innings in the outfield. Remember this was all after he had out up 1278 hits in the Japanese League where he had a .353 batting average in 9 seasons.

Is there any question that Ichiro is a first ballot Hall of Famer? Do you thinkĀ  he’ll be unanimous selection?

The other news coming out of the opening series in Japan wasn’t good for the A’s.

A’s first baseman and Gold Glove winner Matt Olson has under gone surgery on his right hand the team announced. The surgical procedure involved a right hamate excision.

As of the announcement there was no timetable for Olson’s return, but there are some comparable cases and the typical return time is between six to eight weeks.

It seems like there have been quite a few of these surgeries in baseball lately. The Hamate bone is an irregularly shaped bone located in the hand close to the wrist. The Hamate bone is wedged shaped that is curved; the curve is described as a hook. Since several players have had the Hamate bone removed the procedure actually has a name; it’s called “Wilson’s wrist”.

It’s unclear right now how the A’s will handle the 1st base spot with Olson injured. Mark Cahna is the only other player on Oakland’s 40 man roster that has extensive experience at 1st base. With opening day just 5 days away for every other team they’ll be trimming down their rosters; so the A’s may be able to find someone to help fill the void Olson’s injury has caused. The A’s could also choose to sign Danny Valencia or Logan Morrison who are still available free agents. Of course neither players has went through spring training and you’d have to wonder how long it would take them to get ready for game action.

Olson may be tough for the A’s to replace. Not only was he a Gold Glove winner last season he played in all 162 games. He’s a middle of the order bat for Oakland and last season he hit 29 home runs and drove in 84 runs while hitting .247.

We should see very quickly what kind of move the A’s will make to replace Olson as they play their next game at home on March 28th against the Los Angeles Angels.

I’m sure that you’ve heard or have been asked the question this time of year; so “how’s your bracket”?

I can tell you that through the first set of games this weekend I lost 8 games. To be honest I don’t know if that’s good, but for me it is. More importantly I didn’t lose any of the teams I picked to advance to the Final Four like last season. I think I mentioned that last season after the first weekend I had two of the teams I had picked to make the final four knocked out. Now of course that can still happen to me this time as there are another set of games to be player Saturday and Sunday. Let’s hope my luck is better this year.

Luckily for my the 8 teams that I had get knocked out I didn’t have getting past this weekend; so there’s a chance that my bracket can get back on track if I picked well. Of course since I hadn’t followed much college basketball coming into this tournament I wouldn’t count on that. Of course some people might say that it’s a good thing I didn’t know too much about college basketball before making my picks.

So let me know in the comments how your bracket held up.

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Technically the Major League Baseball seasons has started, but to be honest I think the idea of these two games being played in Japan counting as regular season games is stupid.

It’s the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland A’s that are opening their season in Japan with a two games series. Now after this series wraps up the teams will head back to spring training for about a week before they play another game that’s going to count in the standings.

I know that you’ll hear the term grow the game a lot when it comes to playing these games, but that’s complete b.s. Baseball is already a pretty well established sport in Japan as we see players not only come over form Japan to play in the majors, but players from here go over there all the time to play in their professional baseball league. So how does this grow the game?

Now I think when the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox head over to England for a series later this season that will be more inclined to grow the game. It will be the first time that Major League Baseball has played a regular season game in England; so it should be a real attraction. Unlike a game in Japan where Major League Baseball has played regular season games before and they just toured Japan this off season with a traveling group of what they called All-Stars.

Anyway since the game counted in the standings; here’s what happened. The Mariners beat the A’s 9-7; so at least the crowd which was announced at 45,787 got to see some offense.

Steven Piscotty got the A’s on the board in the bottom of the 1st with a 2 out solo home run. Oakland took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd when Marcus Semien singled to left to drive in the A’s 2nd run. The Mariners got their offense rolling in the top of the 3rd inning. Gordon Beckham led off with a single and advanced to 2nd base on a wild pitch. After an out Dee Gordon drove Beckham in with a single to right to make it a 2-1 game. After the second out was made Jay Bruce was hit by a pitch and Edwin Encarnacion drew a walk to load the bases. Carlos Santana unloaded the bases with a grand slam to right to give the Mariners a 5-2 lead. In the bottom of the 3rd Matt Chapman doubled for Oakland with 1 out. After the second out was made Khris Davis hit a 2-run home run center to cut the Seattle lead to 5-4. Seattle added a run back to it’s lead in the top of the 4th. Beckham and Ichiro Suzuki drew back to back walks. Gordon sacrificed the runners to 2nd and 3rd; then Mitch Haniger drove Beckham home with a sacrifice fly to right field to make it a 6-4 game. In the top of the 5th Encarnacion led of with a walk before the next two batters made outs with Encarnacion going to 2nd on a ground out. Ryon Healy doubled to left to score Encarnacion making it a 7-4 game. Beckham then hit a 2-run home run to center to make it a 9-4 game. In the bottom of the 7th Semien led off with a walk for Oakland. Robbie Grossman reached safely on an infield single as Semien moved up the 2nd. After a strikeout Chapman hit a 3-run home run to right to cut the Mariners lead to two at 9-7. That was it for the scoring though as the Mariners held on forĀ  9-7 win.

Marco Gonzales went 6 innings to pick up the win for Seattle. Gonzales gave up 7 hits, 4 runs with 3 of them being earned. He also struck out 4 while walking 1.

Mike Fiers lasted just 3 innings for Oakland and took the loss. Fiers gave up 5 runs; all earned on 4 hits. He struck out 3 while walking 2.

Hunter Strickland worked a perfect 9th inning striking out 2 as he picked up the save for the Mariners.

The teams will wrap up their international series tomorrow. Yusei Kikuchi will make his debut for the Mariners on the mound while Marco Estrada gets the start for Oakland. The game will be carried live in ESPN and has a 4:30 a.m. start time if you’re interested in watching or just happen to be awake. As for me I’ll be at work at that time; so I’m out.

The NCAA tournament officially started last night as there where two play-in games. In the opener Fairleigh-Dickinson beat Prairie View A&M 82-76 to advance. While in the night cap Belmont oved on by beating Temple 80-71.

There are two more play-in games tonight. North Carolina Central will play North Dakota State for the right to move forward while the other game has St. John’s taking Arizona State with the winner advancing.

With their win Fairleigh-Dickinson becomes the 16th seed in the West regional and they’ll face Gonzaga. Belmont moves into the 11th seed in the East regional and they’ll play Maryland. Both these game will take place on Thursday.

Now if you’ve listened to the Sports Time Radio podcast you know that I’m not the biggest college basketball fan or basketball fan in general, but like just about everyone else I enjoy filling out a tournament bracket. To be honest my bracket never does very well and if I remember correctly I had two of the teams I had going to the final four last year get knocked out in the first round, but that doesn’t stop me from trying.

As I was putting my bracket together this year I ended up with a lot of the top seeds advancing; so I guess I’m not big on the upsets this year. Anyway; here’s who I have in the final four. I have Duke out of the East regional. I have Michigan out of the West Regional. I have Virginia out of the out of the South regional and I went with Houston out of the Midwest regional. I have Duke and Virginia meeting in the championship game with Duke winning the NCAA title. Let’s see if I have better luck this year. What’s your final four look like?

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How was your week

Posted: March 16, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in fantasy, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

There hasn’t even been a Major League Baseball game that counts for this season and my fantasy year is already a disaster. Here’s how things went for me.

If you’ve listen to the Sports Time Radio podcast on a Sunday during baseball season you may have heard Mr. Fantasy and I talk about what we call our “money” league team. It’s a fantasy team that we co-manage in a league he got us into with some people he knows. This year they couldn’t find a date that worked for everyone to sit down and do a draft. So they decided we’d do the draft online but without time limits to make picks. We started the draft about a week ago as it takes a while to get things done this way as you have to work around everyone’s schedule. Well apparently except mine.

As you can imagine, this draft moves very slowly working around work schedules and then if someone has children they might have school events that might also have to be worked around. We’ve done this style draft before and luckily this season it was moving along at a good pace. We where down to the final six picks for our team and that was where things started to go down the drain for me.

Now I believe I’m the only one in this league that has an odd work schedule, but things where working out alright for Mr. Fantasy and I. We had even managed to work around the test I had to do at the hospital. Then for some reason he just decided to leave me out of our draft process.

We where picking 16th in a league of 16 teams; so we got back to back picks since it was a serpentine style draft.

I knew we where getting close to making a up but when I had gotten home from work and it wasn’t quite our turn, I headed to bed figuring we make our picks when I woke up in a few hours. Now this would mean that the draft would slow down and the other players would have to wait but it’s not the first time this has happened for one reason or another. To my surprise when I woke up we had made our two picks as Mr. Fantasy just grabbed two guys without speaking to me. Now this wasn’t a huge deal as he selected two players that we had talked about the round before and while I felt left out it wasn’t any big deal. Since it was early, I figured that we’d get another pick that day and I guess everyone wanted to get the draft over with, as things seem to move much faster than early. I don’t remember what time the pick came back to us but for some reason I was left out of our next two picks and this time it was two players that I didn’t have an interest in. I was completely lost here and didn’t understand why Mr. Fantasy didn’t wait for me to make these two picks but he didn’t.

Now after a string of text messages that weren’t answered it was time for me to go to bed and wouldn’t you know it my phone rang. I didn’t answer it but it ended up waking me up, so I got up and returned Mr. Fantasy’s call. As it turned out we where up for our final two picks. After having missed the last four picks I don’t understand why my input matter now. I just told him to take whatever two player he wanted and went back to bed. I just wasn’t going to get out of bed bring the website up online and try to find a couple of guys I was interested in at that point.

Then last night I had another fun issue. On the podcast we’ve talked about the two 20 league teams we play in and last night it was time for the first of those drafts to happen.

This was our serpentine style draft and I was set up in the 17th spot to draft. It’s actually a spot that I like to draft in. I prefer to be at the top or the bottom of these type of drafts and not stuck in the middle.

I get my self signed in and as the draft is just getting ready to start I notice that the clock isn’t counting down for me. It started counting down again after a few seconds but it skipped. I didn’t think much of this until the draft itself started. As soon as the draft started I got a message saying that I couldn’t stay in the draft because I had a slow or unreliable Internet connection.

Now I’ve lived in my current residence for coming up on 6 years and I’ve done fantasy sports drafts since I moved in here without any issues until last night.

I tried to sign back in a couple of times and every time it looked like it was going to work for me either my draft room would freeze up or I’d get that message again. Now I’m not the most computer literate person out there but I knew enough to try and reset the modem. Again it looked like that had fixed my problem until it was my turn to draft and I couldn’t select the player I wanted.

After having issues with this on my laptop I tried to use my tablet but had the same issues. By now I had missed four or five picks and I wasn’t happy about it.

I final gave up trying to repair it myself and I called AT&T who is my service provider. They are the 3rd service provider we’ve had since I’ve lived here and far and away they are the worst when it comes to service.

When I finally reach someone in customer service it’s clear that AT&T farms this overseas as I had a difficult time understanding the woman who answered my call. It wasn’t her fault at all, her accent was just very, very thick. I had to have her repeat herself quite a few times and I could tell that she was becoming frustrated with me but no more so than I was with the poor service I got from my AT&T Internet. After going through and trying a couple of things that she suggested which included re-booting the modem again I gave up. Then she told me that for $10 more dollars a month she could increase my Internet speed for me and that might be my best bet in fixing the issue I was having.

Now our Internet and television service is in my roommates name as she has lived here a very long time but when she switched our service to AT&T one of the reasons we made the move is they promised us the fastest Internet service on the market. I was a little confused by this as I didn’t understand why we need to pay that $10 extra dollars a month for faster Internet service when we had already been promise this service. The customer service lady on the phone couldn’t explain it to me but maybe there’s someone out there who can. If you can please feel free to do so in the comments as I’m lost.

To make things even worse for me. I have two drafts that I have to try to do again online. I’m guessing I’m going to have quite a bit of trouble again. Looks like I won’t be winning anything in fantasy baseball this season.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 13, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well NFL free agency is going strong, but wat might’ve come as a bit of a surprise was the trade that was made later in the day.

The New York Giants traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. In return the Giants will receive a 2019 1st round pick, a 2019 3rd round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers. It’s clear that the Giants got much, much more that the Pittsburgh Steelers did when they traded Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders, but I guess the question still is; did they get enough in return for Beckham?

Beckham has missed some games with injuries the last two seasons, but he’s still considered one of the best if not the best wide receiver in the NFL. In 12 games last season Beckham put up 1052 yards on 77 catches with 6 touchdowns. With the exception of the last two seasons when injuries cost him a few games Beckham had been putting up 1300 plus yards and 10 plus touchdowns in his first three seasons.

In Cleveland Beckham will reunite with his former college teammate Jarvis Landry who was the Browns leading receiver last season. Landry had 81 receptions, 976 yards and 4 touchdowns. By adding Beckham it should draw coverage away from Landry and up and coming tight end David Njoku; who where Cleveland’s top two receivers last season.

The Browns have added two top offensive weapons in Beckham and running back Kareem Hunt. Of course will have to see what kind of suspension the NFL gives Hunt for his issue last season that the Kansas City Chiefs cut him for. Even without Hunt the Browns will still have Nick Chubb. Chubb took over as the #1 running back when Carlos Hyde was traded to the Jacksonville Jaquars and ended up leading the team in rushing with 996 yards. He also led Cleveland in rushing touchdowns with 8.

It looks like the Browns are set up for success after years of being the laughingstock of the NFL. If Baker Mayfield makes positive strides in his second year under center the Browns might even dare to say make the playoffs. If that does happen for Cleveland it will be the first time in 16 seasons that they’ll be in the post season.

It might be a little early for you to make a prediction, but with the Moves the Browns have made; do you think they’re a playoff team right now?

If you’re a fan of the New York Jets you woke up this morning to the news that the Jets have signed Le’Von Bell to a 4 year $52.5 million dollar deal. The deal includes $35 million dollars in guaranteed money.

As I’m sure everyone knows by now Bell sat out all of last season rather than sign the franchise tag which would’ve pad him $14.4 million dollar. It was the second straight year that bell had the franchise tag placed on him by is now former team the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bell will be an interesting case study. There haven’t been a lot of players who have taken a year off and came back and played well, but Bell has some things going for him. Bell is jut 27 years old and while he did miss 10 games in 2015 due to injury; which I believe was a recurring hamstring injury. So Bell hasn’t suffered a serious injury.

Bell is definitely a workhorse type of running back and with his receiving skills he doesn’t have to be replaced in passing situations. Bell has three 1200 plus yard rushing seasons with 35 career rushing touchdowns and an average of 4.3 yards per carry in his career. Bell has caught over 80 passes twice in his career and has 312 career receptions for 2660 yards and 7 touchdowns.

With the addition of Bell the Jets backfield is quite crowded. Bilal Powell is a free agent; so you have to think the Jets will just let him sign elsewhere, but that leaves Isaiah Crowell, Trent Cannon and Elijah McGuire on the roster. You’d have to think that Crowell is probably the odd man out here and that he’ll end up being released. Cannon and McGuire are both 24 years old and should be able to contribute on special teams either as return men or just cover guys. At this point in his career I’m not sure if Crowell sees himself as a special teams player.

The Jets have been busy this off season. They re-sign two of their own players defensive end Henry Anderson and cornerback Darryl Roberts. They’ve added two free agent wide receivers Josh Bellamy and Jamison Crowder as well as signing linebacker C.J. Mosley. The Jets also acquired guard Kelechi Osemele from the Oakland Raiders in a trade over the weekend.

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has been very busy, but will have to see if these moves pay off and if the Jets have improved enough to compete with the New England Patriots in the AFC East.

How vastly different are the NFL off season and the MLB off season. The new NFL season hasn’t even officially started, but teams are allowed to negotiate with players and agreed to deal; so things more very quickly. Now in the MLB it’s a very, very different story. Free agency drags and drags to the point where I was sick and tired of hearing about it. Even right now with the season 15 days away; not counting those two games in Japan there are two top players Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrell that are still unsigned. I think the Major League Baseball could really learn something from the way the NFL off season is handle and bring some excitement to there off season instead of everyone just sitting around for months at a time with nothing to report. I seriously doubt that baseball will do anything or try to do anything about it, but if you’re a fan of both sports you can’t tell me that you enjoyed the MLB off season more than you’ve enjoyed this NFL off season. Don’t forget tat the NFL still has the draft coming up as well.

Please MLB learn something!

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How was your week?

Posted: March 9, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the baseball season not quite started and the NHL and NBA seasons winding down the NFL should have a chance to really dominant the media’s attention this week.

The new NFL league year starts on Monday, so all of the trades that where agreed upon will become official. Then on Wednesday free agency starts and even though teams haven’t been allowed to negotiate with players there always seem to be a lot of signings right off the bat. Let’s take a look at some free agents and possible landing spots.

Let’s start with Le’Veon Bell. He sat out all of last season and wants a big contract that would be precedent setting at the running back position. Bell brings wide receiver skills to the running back position and while I doubt he gets the contract he’s looking for, he’ll still end up with a deal that will put him in the upper echelon of running back contracts.

As for fit and who can afford Bell. Well the Indianapolis Colts have the most salary cap space and Bell would be an upgrade in the backfield for them. The New York Jets are right behind the Colts in free cap space, so maybe they’ll take a shot at signing Bell. The Jets went after quite a few top free agents last off  season but didn’t have any luck signing them. Maybe Bell changes that for them. It’s difficult to find a place where Bell wouldn’t fit but it’s just a matter of who has the cap space to sign him. About the only team with a lot of available cap space that might not have an interest in Bell could be the Cleveland Browns. Otherwise I’d look for a lot of teams to talk contract with him.

I was a little surprised to see the New York Giants let Landon Collins go into free agency. To be fair there are a lot of veteran safeties on the free agent market this off season but Collins is the youngest of that group. He should draw quite bit of attention.

This is a spot where a team like the Browns could jump in but also expect the Green Bay Packers to show some interest in Collins. He should also get some interest from the Cincinnati Bengals and possibly the Dallas Cowboys. The question here may be, would a team play top dollar for Collins when you might be able to get an Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu for a little less.

The quarterback market should be an interesting place this week. There really isn’t a franchise changing type of quarterback on the market but there are three solid veteran guys and one of them has won a Super Bowl.

There have been a lot of reports out there that when free agency opens on Wednesday Nick Foles will sign with the Jacksonville Jaquars. This makes sense as Jacksonville’s offensive coordinator is John DeFlippo, who was Foles quarterback coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. Foles isn’t a fit for every NFL offense and landing in a comfortable spot would be the best thing for him.

If reports are true and Foles signs with Jacksonville, where might we see Teddy Bridgewater ad Tyrod Taylor end up?

It appeared that Bridgewater landed in a good spot with the New Orleans Saints but in his one start last season he didn’t look very good. To be fair though it was the last week of the season and the Saints sat some starters. Before he got injured Bridgewater looked like he’d be the Minnesota Vikings franchise quarterback. Maybe there’s a team out there that still sees him as that.

Taylor started the first 3 games of last season for the Cleveland Browns. Of course when the team your with spends a #1 draft pick on a quarterback you know your time is short. Taylor threw for 473 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions bu t completed just 49.4% of his passes. Taylor is a threat as a runner as he averaged 7.8 yards per run last season and scored a touchdown.

It looks like there might be just one starting spot open after Foles fills that role with Jacksonville. The Miami Dolphins could be in the market for a starting quarterback. If you’re the Dolphins would you go with Bridgewater or Taylor?

There aren’t a lot of top pass rusher on the free agent market this season; so teams may have to decide between Trey Flowers and Ezekiel Ansah.

Flowers posted a career high 7 1/2 sacks last season in 15 games while Ansah played in just 7 games last season and recorded 4 sacks. Flowers is just 25 years old and may have his best football ahead of him. Ansah is 29 and did have 14 1/2 sacks in 2015.

If a team isn’t willing to pay Flowers or Ansah maybe they’d be willing to take a chance on Dante Fowler Jr. He’s just and was the #3 pick in the 2015 draft. Fowler Jr. hasn’t really lived up to his draft hype though; so a team would have to hope that he’d reach his potential with them.

Without that top pass rusher on the free agent market this off season we might see teams try to find one on the trade market. There have been some reports that the Kansas City Chiefs might be willing to trade either Dee Ford or Justin Houston.

If your team is looking for wide receivers there are a couple available in free agency. Tyrell Williams seems to be the one getting the most attention, but Devin Funchess and veteran Golden Tate are also free agents.

Williams caught 41 passes and scored 5 touchdowns for the San Diego Chargers last season. Williams did have a 1059 yards in 2016, but was never a #1 receiver for San Diego.

Funchess was in a bit of a crowded receiving corp with the Carolina Panthers. He caught 44 passes for 4  touchdowns after having a career year in 2017 where he had 63 receptions. 840 yards and 8 touchdowns. Could more targets equal more production?

Tate will be entering his 10th season in 2019, but he has four seasons where he’s caught 90 plus passes. Last season he played 7 games with the Detroit Lions and 8 games with the Philadelphia eagles. He caught 74 passes and scored 4 touchdowns combined last season. Tate might not be that #1 receiver that he use to be, but there’s a team out there that he’ll be able to help.

After Bell the running back market seems a little thin, but there are a couple of players that can help a team.

Mark Ingram was a solid contributor to the New Orleans Saints offense for 8 seasons. He had back to back 1000 yard seasons in 2016 and 2017, but last season he ran for 645 yards and 6 touchdowns. Ingram is 29 and could probably be able to carry a teams rushing workload for a couple of seasons if that’s what they need. A team that misses out on signing Bell could benefit from bringing Ingram in.

Tevin Coleman had always been looked at as a 3rd down change of pace back, but when Devonta Freeman went down with an injury last season Coleman was able to step in as the #1 running back for the Atlanta Falcons. Coleman had a career high 167 carries last season; he rushed for 800 yards and 4 touchdowns while averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Coleman has always been a threat in the passing game and last season he caught a career high 32 passes for 276 yards and 5 touchdowns. Could Coleman be more than a change of pace back if given the chance?

Well there’s a look at some of the free agents available right now. Who do you think will sign where?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 6, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I’m trying to figure out how much blame LeBron James should get for this Los Angeles Lakers season. While I don’t think they where going to be a championship team just by signing him. I’m not sure how much he helped their cause this season.

It seems pretty clear that James doesn’t enjoy playing with young talent; so the Lakers brought in some veteran on one year deals to play with James. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was re-signed. While veterans Rajon Rondo, Lance Stevenson and JaVale McGee where signed to one year deals. The Lakers also added Tyson Chandler after he was waived by the Phoenix Suns. This may not of been the best group of players to sign, but James had won a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers with players similar to this group.

The issue may not have been bringing in veteran players, but the Lakers had some young players that appear like they had good futures ahead of them, but these signings made it tougher for them to get minutes.

Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball should’ve been allowed to develop alongside of James this season, but have had to share time with the veterans that James prefers to play with. To be fair Ball has been injured and has played in just 47 games this season. Kuzma is dealing with a mild ankle sprain that will cost him about a week, but he has played in 60 games this season. Ingram is listed as day to day with a shoulder injury and did sit out Monday nights loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Ingram has appeared in 52 games this season.

I’m not sure how much of an affect this had on these three young players, but it was made perfectly clear by James that he was willing to have the team deal all three of them to acquire Anthony Davis. It seems like the trade talks with the New Orleans Pelicans for Davis had some affect on the Lakers and James did nothing to stem the tide of that happening. You would’ve thought a leader like James should be would’ve stepped in and spoke with the young players, but he seemed more intent about complaining in his interviews about the younger players even though he didn’t use their names.

James is clearly one of the best players to ever play the game, but it might be time to start questioning what kind of a leader he actually is. It may seem like a daunting task, but the Lakers are just 5 1/2 games out of the 8th spot in the Western Conference.

The Lakers have 18 games left this season, but the start to get into the playoffs isn’t going to be easy. Tonight they play the Denver Nuggets, but at least it’s a home game. The Lakers next game after tonight is another home game, but this one is against the Boston Celtics Saturday night. After these two home games the Lakers head out on a five game road trip; so the path to the playoffs isn’t going to be an easy one for them.

So do you think that the Lakers will make the playoffs? With the way the Lakers season has gone. How much Blame should James get for it?

I believe the Boston Celtics where 7 point underdogs going into last nights game against the Golden State Warriors. It seemed like that line made sense. The Celtics where 38-26 coming into the game and holding down the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. They where also traveling across the country for this game and Boston had lost five of their last six games.

Golden State had some issues coming into this game at well, but being at home you can understand why they where the favorite. Golden State was 44-19 coming into last nights game and they had moved in the top spot in the Western Conference. After winning 16 of 17 games the Warriors have went 3-4 in their last 7 games. They where coming off of a win last Saturday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.

With everything set up for the game it looked like it might be a close contest that Golden State would end up winning. Well what actually happened? The Celtics ended up blowing out the Warriors by 33 points 128-95.

Gordon Hayward had what may of been his best game in a Celtics uniform. Heyward came off the bench to score a game high 30 points. Hayward went 12 of 16 from the floor going 4 of 6 from behind the 3-point line. Hayward also grabbed a team high 7 rebounds. Four other Celtics scored in double figures. Kyrie Irving had a double-double scoring 19 points and handing out 11 assists. Jaylen Brown had 18 points, Jayson Tatum had 17 points and Marcus Morris added 10 points.

Steph Curry led the Warriors with 23 points, but only two other Warriors reached double figures in points. Kevin Durant scored 18 points, but had a rough shooting night. Durant went 5 of 16 from the field and missed all 5 of the 3-point shots he took. DeMarcus Cousins was in the Warriors starting line up last night. Cousins scored 10 points and grabbed a game high 9 rebounds. Draymond Green led the Warriors in assists with 5.

Golden State played without Klay Thompson for the second consecutive game with a knee injury. Shaun Livingston was also held out of last nights game against the Celtics due to neck spasms.

The Warriors have a 1 1/2 game lead over the Denver Nuggets for the #1 seed in the Western Conference, but Golden State doesn’t seem to be as dominant as they have been the last few seasons.

Now the Warriors have been to the playoffs the last six seasons and have been all the way to the NBA Finals the last four seasons winning three of those. That’s a lot of extra games for a team to have to play even with the extra days off that have been added to the schedule. Are these extra games finally catching up to the Warriors? Or come playoff time will Golden State be able to find there groove and make it to another NBA Finals and win the title?

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