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How was your week

Posted: April 25, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well we’re three rounds into the NFL Draft. Are you watching? If you are watching or just keeping up with the picks; how do you think you’re favorite team is doing?

Honestly I think the best way to describe the way this draft has went would be uneventful. A lot of the possible trade talk that went on before the draft didn’t happen for whatever reason and that may have taken some of the out of the early picks.

Coming into the draft there where a lot of reports that the Detroit Lions who had the 3rd pick in the draft and the New York Giants who had the 4th pick in the draft where both very interested in trading out of those spots to acquire more draft picks. Now obviously it takes two teams to make a trade; so you’d have to think that they couldn’t get what they thought was enough value for those picks or there just wasn’t a player out that a team thought was worth moving up to get.

In the end both teams ended up keeping and using there picks. The lions selected Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah while the Giants used their pick on offensive tackle Andrew Thomas.

Once Joe Burrow officially went #1 overall to the Cincinnati Bengals I’m sure that the Lions and the Giants where hoping there was a team interested in Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. It appeared as though the Miami Dolphins who had the 5th pick in the draft and the Los Angeles Chargers who had the 6th pick in the draft where the two top teams that where thought might be interested in moving up to draft Tagovailoa.

It seems that both the Dolphins ad the Chargers where interested in taking a quarterback with their 1st round draft picks and in the end they both did select quarterbacks and neither team moved up to do it. In the end it was Miami who end up drafting Tagovailoa at #5 while the Chargers stayed at #6 and selected Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert.

In the end there was only one team that moved up in the 1st round to draft a quarterback and it turned out to be a bit of a surprise on which team it was. The Green Bay Packers ended up moving into the 26th spot in the draft to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love.

It’s clear that Love won’t be stepping in as the Packers starter like Burrow, Tagovailoa and Herbert might for their teams, but it’s interesting to see the Packers moving up to take what might be their future quarterback.

Aaron Rodgers is currently the Packers starting quarterback. Rodgers will turn 37 next season and is signed through 2023 season. So it looks like Love will have four seasons to learn under Rodgers before the Packers have to make a decision at quarterback. Oddly if Rodgers does decide to leave Green Bay after the 2023 season the Packers will have to pick up the 5th year option on Love’s contract if he’s going to take over as their starting quarterback in 2023.

This may be the most controversial draft pick of the 1st round. It seemed that the Packers where trading back into the 1st round to possible get Rodgers a wide receiver to throw to. This has been looked at as a wide receiver heavy draft and five of them went in the 1st round before the Packers traded back in to take Love.

What do you think of the Packers moving back into the 1st round to take a quarterback?

Now the team that everyone thought would draft a quarterback at some point in these first couple of days the New England Patriots didn’t. In a way it shouldn’t be that big of a surprise that the Patriots didn’t do what everyone seemed to think they where going to do, but you do have to wonder what their plan at quarterback is.

Now remember Cam Newton and Jameis Winston are both still on the free agent market and as of right now Andy Dalton is still on the Bengals roster. It’s possible that one of these three quarterback could end up being the Patriots starter. It’s also just as possible that Jarrett Stidham or Brian Hoyer who are the current quarterbacks on the Patriots roster could be their starting quarterback.

Of course it’s still possible that the Patriots use one of their remaining draft picks to select a quarterback. Could Jake Fromme, Jacob Eason or Anthony Gordon end up with the Patriots?

New England has six picks left in this draft. Could they use one of those picks to select a quarterback? Or will they package a couple of these picks together to move up in the draft and select a quarterback?

What the Patriots decide to do at quarterback in this draft may be the biggest story still out there.

While we wait to see if the Patriots draft a quarterback I also thought they had the funniest moment of the draft. I thought it was very funny when they switched to the camera that was set up to watch head coach Bill Belichick during the draft and his dog was sitting in the chair. There’s a lot going on during the draft and while I’m sure a lot of fans think that the coaches and other staff sit at the computer and don’t move during the draft I’m sure they have to get up and stretch their legs or other things that just kind of happen in life. I did love the way it appeared as though the dog was watching the computer screen like he was updating Belichick on what picks where being made.

Rounds 4 through 7 wrap up today starting at 11:00 a.m. cst. Will you be watching today? How much of the draft have you watched?

I just wanted to drop you a quick update before I go. We’re planning on broadcasting this Monday. The Sports Time Radio podcast has been off for a little bit as I found myself not feeling well and ended up under quarantine. I’m hoping to be feeling well enough to get the podcast up and running on Monday; so look for us on BlogTalkRadio.com. As always the podcast will also be available on TuneIn.com.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 22, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the NFL Draft just a day away there was a little focus taken off of the draft as there was a surprising trade made yesterday.

As we all know the big off season NFL story was Tom Brady leaving the New England Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent. In New England Brady’s favorite target was tight end Rob Gronkowski and yesterday the Buccaneers reunited the two.

Now it is true that Gronkowski announced his retirement last year and didn’t play, but apparently he was interested in joining Brady in Tampa Bay and the Buccaneers got the trade done. Tampa Bay sent a 4th round pick #139 overall to the Patriots for Gronkowski and a 7th round pick #241 overall.

Gronkowski turns 31 years old next month and he has one year remaining on his contract at $9 million dollars.

Gronkowski is represented by  Drew Rosenhaus and he said on ESPN Sportscenter that the five-time Pro Bowler has been “really invigorated” physically since he retired from football nearly 13 months ago. Rosenhaus also added that “He tells me he feels fantastic, the best he’s ever felt”. “His weight’s back up to 260. He passed his physical with flying colors today. He’s just really excited about playing football again, and being in Florida is exciting for him.”

Gronkowski himself reached out to Fox Sports in a text message saying.  “I’m back. I always said when I have that feeling and it feels right, I will be ready to take the field again. And I have that feeling. I’m ready.”

When talk of Gronkowski’s return came up it quickly became clear that the only way he’d end his retirement was if he could play with Brady again in Tampa Bay. There where also reports that Gronkowski reached out to Brady himself about joining hi former quarterback in Tampa Bay.

Gronkowski joins a pretty impressive group of receivers in Tampa Bay. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are Pro Bowlers while tight end O.J. Howard is a former 1st round draft pick and Cameron Brate has been very solid at tight end for the Buccaneers.

Obviously a healthy Gronkowski takes over as the starting tight end n the Buccaneers offense and it will be interesting to see wat kind of affect Gronkowski’s presence has on the Tampa Bay offense. Godwin led the Buccaneers with 121 targets and 86 receptions while Evans was targeted 118 times. Brate and Howard had 55 and 53 targets respectively.  Gronkowski had a career high 131 targets in 2014 and in his last season 2018 he had 72 targets while playing in 13 games.

This may be the most talented group of receivers Brady has every been surrounded by in his career, but there’s only one football to be thrown around. Will there be enough targets in this offense to keep all of these receivers happy?

Don’t forget that Jameis Winston tied with Jared Goff for the NFL lead in passing attempts last season with 626. He also led in passing yards with 5109. You’d have to think with the receivers on the Buccaneers roster that Brady will throw the football at least as much as Winston did last season and possibly more than he did last season.

It’s clear that the biggest question facing the Tampa Bay offense is will they be able to run the football well enough to keep defensives from just pinning their ears back and coming after Brady with everything they’ve got.

Ronald Jones was the Buccaneers leading rusher last season with 724 yards on 172 carries. Jones added 6 rushing touchdowns last season and if he can continue his 4.2 yards per carry average from last season it might be enough to keep defenses honest.

Is it possible that the Buccaneers are looking to make another trade? They do have three NFL tight ends on their roster; so it’s possible that either Howard or Brate could be traded for a draft pick.

Howard was the 19th overall pick in the 2017 draft and I don’t think he’s reached the level the buccaneers thought he would when they picked him. He’s never played in more than 14 games in a season due to injuries and he’s never had more than 34 receptions in a season. Now those reception numbers where expected to go up once Brady signed with Tampa Bay, but now that Gronkowski has joined the team is it possible that Howard could be traded?

Brate has always been looked at as a second tight end on a roster and maybe that plays to his advantage as he finds ways to produce. Brate has 27 career touchdown receptions with a career high of 8 coming in 2016. Brate has also stayed healthy as he’s played in all, but one game the past our seasons.

If the Buccaneers are looking to trade one of these tight ends you’d have to think that Howard would have the most value on the trade market. Howard will be 26 next season while Brate will be 29. It’s possible a team could look at Howard and think they could get the potential out of him that he hadn’t shown in Tampa Bay while Brate has kind of shown what he’s got.

So what do you think the Buccaneers will do with their tight end position? Will all three Gronkowski, Howard and Brate be on the roster when the season starts? Or will one of them be traded? If you think one of them will be traded; which one o you think will be dealt?

Are you looking forward to the NFL Draft? Since I haven’t watched a sporting event in what seems like forever I’m very much looking forward to the draft. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I’ll be tuned in. This may be the year that I end up watching every draft pick.

Round 1 of the NFL Draft starts at 7:00 p.m. cst and for me it’s on ESPN. I’m sure that the NFL Network is also covering the draft live, but thanks to AT&T I no longer get the NFL Network. On Friday Rounds 2 & 3 start at 6:00 p.m. cst. On Saturday the draft starts at 11:00 a.m. cst as they go through rounds 4 thru 7.

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How was your week

Posted: April 18, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Unfortunately we still don’t have any actual sporting events to watch yet, but at least this week we’ll get to see the NFL draft. There where three things that I heard this week leading into the draft that I was interested on getting your opinion on; so let’s go over them.

Do you think the Cleveland Browns will trade Odell Beckham Jr.? There have been rumors that since the Minnesota Vikings traded away Stephon Diggs that they’ve been looking for a wide receiver to fill the void and Beckham’s name has came up quite bit.

Beckham played in all 16 games for the Browns last season; starting 15 of them. He ended up with 74 receptions for 1035 yards and 4 touchdowns. That’s a solid season for a wide receiver, but you’d like to see someone with the talent that Beckham has shown to find the end zone more than four times. Of course some of his numbers are due to the offense the Browns where running and it also didn’t help that Cleveland’s quarterback Baker Mayfield had a down year, but will Beckham put up better numbers this year with Kevin Stefanski taking over as Browns head coach.

As odd as this may seem for a team that has Beckham on it, but he wasn’t the leading receiver. Jarvis Landry had 83 receptions for 1174 yards and 6 touchdowns. What may even be more interesting is the fact that Landry was targeted more times by Mayfield than Beckham was. Even though it was just 5 more targets you’d think  that Beckham would easily be the most targeted receiver on whatever team he’s playing for.

Now the Browns have come out and said that they’re not trading Beckham to the Vikings or any other team and according to sources the Browns sources in Cleveland “literally laughed” when asked about the prospect of dealing the wide receiver.

Now there is a bit of a circus atmosphere that seems to surround Beckham, but despite that he is one of if not the most talented wide receiver in the NFL. It is a little odd that even though Beckham is talented that trade rumors have seem to be floating around him for months now even though the Browns have denied them all.

Beckham himself has made no mention of wanting to leave the Browns and hasn’t made any waves with the team like he did when he wanted to be traded by his former team the New York Giants.

You also have to wonder if the Browns did decide to deal Beckham; could they get anywhere close to what they gave up for him? Cleveland sent  1st and 3rd round 2019 draft picks along with Jabril Peppers and Kevin Zeitler to the Giants for Beckham and Olivier Vernon. I’m not sure they’d get that type of value if they sent Beckham to another team.

What do you think; will Beckham be with the Browns at the start of 2020 NFL season?

As we head into the draft you also have to wonder; what the Cincinnati Bengals are going to do with Andy Dalton?

It appears as though the NFL off season quarterback market was a little more oversaturated than the Bengals thought it would be and therefore Dalton is still on their roster. Even now there are quarterbacks like Jameis Winston and Cam Newton who are looking for jobs. Is Dalton a better option for a team than ether of those two quarterbacks?

There has been some rumors of the Jacksonville Jaquars showing some interest in Dalton. Last off season Jacksonville gave free agent quarterback Nick Foles a big contract, but that didn’t work out. Due to injury Foles played in just 4 games for the Jaquars last season and when Gardner Minshew III showed that he could run the Jacksonville offense last season Foles found himself dealt to the Chicago Bears this off season. Joshua Dobbs is currently the only other quarterback on the Jacksonville roster; so you’d think they’d be interested in adding a veteran back up quarterback. That may be where Dalton has an advantage on Winston and Newton; he may be more excepting of a back up role than they would be.

Dalton played i and started 13 games for the Bengals last season, but once it was clear that Cincinnati would have the #1 pick in the draft it was clear that they’d be moving on from Dalton at quarterback.

Dalton spent 9 seasons with the Bengals and took them to the playoffs four times; the last time being in 2014. Dalton holds the Bengals all-time record with 204 career passing touchdowns.

Now it’s possible that Cincinnati could hang on to Dalton since he is under contract for next season. Of course if that happens it appears as though Dalton would have to re-work his contract. He is due $17.5 million dollars next season on his current contract.

What do you think will happen to Dalton heading into next season. Will he be the Bengals back up quarterback? Or do you see him being another teams back up quarterback?

The Denver Broncos have the 15th pick in the 1st round of this weeks draft, but there are a few reports out their saying the Broncos would like to find a way to move up in the 1st round to select a wide receiver.

There is a chance that if the Broncos stay at #15 one of the top three wide receivers will fall to them. I’ve seen quite a few mock drafts that project Henry Ruggs III being selected at #15 by Denver.

If the Broncos would like a shot at either CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy how far would they have to move up? Jeudy seems to be going right around the 10th pick in most mock drafts with Lamb going a couple of picks after him. It seems as if the Broncos would like to try to move up to get  either lamb or Jeudy they should be able to do that.

Wat would it take for the Broncos to move up to the 8th spot in the draft where the Arizona cardinals currently sit. Would the 15th pick and one of the Broncos 10 other draft picks do the trick?

Do you see the Broncos moving up in the 1st round? If you have them moving up; what do you think they’d have to give up to move up?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 15, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, golf, pro wrestling, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the Corona virus having just about everything shutdown most if not all sports fans are wondering when will get to watch sports again and which league will be the first to get back up and running. It looks like we might have some answers to our questions.

PGA Tour Officials are expected to announce this week that the season will resume on June 11th at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth Texas. If this is the case the the PGA gets up and running their will be no fans in attendance at this tournament.

The Tour looks to follow health and safety guidelines put in place by government. Other early tournaments that where postponed also are expected to be played without spectators.

There was a memo sent out by the Tour late last week saying they where looking at returning at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, but the memo also said that the Tour was looking at options to  “preserve the maximum number of events we can while giving us more time as the crisis evolves.”

Now originally the RBC Canadian Open was scheduled to be played June 11th through the 14th, but that event ended up being cancelled; so the date became available. The Charles Schwab Challenge was originally scheduled to be played in May, but that wasn’t going to be possible. Luckily enough this date opened up and it looks like they’ll be able to play it that June weekend.

The PGA hasn’t played an event since March. The first round of The Players Championship was played before the event was cancelled and that was the last we saw of the PGA.

After the cancellation of The Players Championship their where more major tournaments either cancelled or moved for this upcoming PGA season.

First it was The Master’s that announced they where postponing their tournament until November. It was then announced that since the first time since 1945 The British Open would be cancelled. In the case of the Senior British Open the organizers have postponed the event and they hope to still be able to play it in the 2020 calendar year.

Here is a partial schedule released by Golf Digest:

▪ RBC Heritage: June 18-21

▪ Travelers Championship: June 25-28

▪ Rocket Mortgage Classic: July 2-5

▪ John Deere Classic: July 9-12

▪ The Memorial Tournament: July 16-19

▪ 3M Open: July 23-26

▪ WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational: July 29 – Aug. 2

If your a fan of golf or not it has to be looked at as a step in the right direction that will have some type of sporting event played. Of course with no fans in attendance it won’t seem the same, but at least will be able to watch it on live television and hope fully it won’t be long after this tournament that fans will be allowed to attend events again.

What are your thoughts on the PGA returning?

Did you watch the NBA’s H-O-R-S-E Challenge? I didn’t see any of the event, but I read that their where quite a few people that didn’t like the camera work for the event. If you did watch; please let me know what you thought.

Here are the results from the first round of the H-O-R-S-E challenge.

Group 1 saw Chauncey Billups defeat Trae Young and Mike Conley defeat Tamika Catchings.

Group 2 saw Zach LaVine defeat Paul Pierce and  Allie Quigley defeat Chris Paul.

It’s interesting that both Young and Paul where eliminated in the first round. They where the first two names announced for this event and a lot of people expected them to meet in the finals.

The semi-finals and the finals will be tomorrow night on ESPN starting at 8:00 p.m. cst. It appears as though there are two hours blocked off for this event.

It looks like the first match up will see will be Billups vs. Conley. That will of course be followed by LaVine vs. Quigley. The finals will feature the winners of these two contest and should appear shortly after the conclusion of the LaVine/Quigley match up.

Quigley was the biggest underdog heading into this contest at +1000. Billups was set at +800 while Conley is +450. LaVine should be the current favorite to win this competition as he was a +350 coming into the event.

It had to be difficult to put odds on this since it’s very much a game of chance and creativity. Most players should be able to hit the normal shots that would be taken in a game; so you have to come up with some innovative trick shots in this type of contest. I did see one highlight where Quigley took a page out of Pete Maravich’s play book and took and made a shot while she was sitting down. Hopefully will see more creative shots like this in the second round and the finals.

Are you planning on watching the second round and the H-O-R-S-E finals tomorrow? If you read this before it takes place let me know who you think is going to win.

I was surprised to hear that the state of Florida has deemed that the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is considered essential. I’m not sure how this decision was made, but it will allow the WWE to continue to put on live events on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday nights. Of course there are no fans in attendance at these events, but there are a number of wrestlers, backstage employees and television crew on site. There was one report that a WWE on-air talent tested positive for the Corona virus, but there was no name released. Hopefully that will be the only case that the WWE will have to deal with as they continue to produce their product.

I do wonder if wrestlers where presented with the option of not participating in these events due to the Corona virus. We do know that one of the WWE’s top star Roman Reigns didn’t compete at Wrestlemania due to the Corona virus and it’s being reported that he won’t return to the WWE until the outbreak is over. Reigns has had two battles with leukemia and would be considered high risk; so it makes perfect sense for him to step away for a while.

Do you watch WWE? If so how do you like these shows with no fans in attendance?

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How was your week

Posted: April 11, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Since it’s been awhile since we’ve had any sports played people might not remember how Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz had what would easily be described as a lackadaisical attitude to the spread of the Coronavirus. You might remember the way Gobert acted at a press conference before the NBA shutdown. He made sure to touch every microphone at that press conference.

Gobert’s actions put not only himself, but pretty much the entire Jazz organization at risk. Now by this point NBA teams had been informed of the Coronavirus and teams had started to take preventative measures to try to keep players and team employees safe.

As it turned out Gobert’s action turned out to be stupid as he was the first NBA player to be diagnosed with the Coronavirus.

Now the second player who tested positive for the Coronavirus ended up being Gobert’s teammate Donovan Mitchell and it appears as though Mitchell is upset with Gobert’s actions and there is an issue with their relationship.

Now there’s no way to tell if Gobert was the person who passed the Coronavirus onto Mitchell, but it’s possible that just Gobert’s actions as the outbreak was starting might be enough to cause tension between the two players. There are some reports out their that the relationship between Mitchell and Gobert might be permanently damaged because of this situation.

Since there’s no basketball on the schedule for the foreseeable future; so the Jazz will have time to try and repair the relationship between Gobert and Mitchell. Unfortunately it appears as though Mitchell has no interest in fixing the relationship between the two players. We’ll have to see if time and distance apart will help smooth things over in this relationship, but there was a quote from someone with knowledge of this situation that said “It doesn’t appear salvageable” meaning the relationship between Mitchell and Gobert.

If the situation between Mitchell and Gobert can’t be worked out it would be a very sad situation for the Jazz. Utah has spent many years putting their team together and Mitchell and Gobert are their top two players. How would having to trade one of them affect the team? Which player would be traded? And what could they get for him?

Now luckily for Mitchell he ended up getting through his Coronavirus situation without too much trouble, but that was only by chance. Now will have to see if Mitchell and Gobert can get through their situation.

The NBA has already had their players compete in a NBA 2k20 tournament to try to keep fans interest in basketball and now the NBA has put together a H-O-R-S-E competition which will be televised by ESPN. The competition will feature current and past NBA players along with players from the WNBA.

All games will be filmed while competing at home locations on indoor or outdoor courts and it will be a traditional shot for shot H-O-R-S-E competition like you and your friends use to have on the playground.

A coin toss will decided which player gets to shoot first with the senior player getting to call the coin toss. Dunking is prohibited and players must describe each of their shots attempts such as a bank shot or if the player is going for a swish which are pretty much standard H-O-R-S-E rules and just like in a regular game of H-O-R-S-E- the first player to miss five shots and spell out H-O-R-S-E will be eliminated.

Here are the first round match ups.

Trae Young vs. Chauncey Billups

Tamika Catchings vs. Mike Conley

Zach LaVine vs. Paul Pierce

Chris Paul vs. Allie Quigley

ESPN will show their entire tournament with the first round airing on ESPN April 12th at 6:00 p.m. cst. The semi-finals and the finals will both air on April 16th. The semi-final will air on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. cst on the 16th with the finals following at 10:00 p.m. cst.

I’m actually thinking that this could be fun to watch depending on how it’s film. If they can keep the show moving at a quick pace and there isn’t a lot of down time between shots it might be something decent to watch, but my fear is there will be a lot of standing around and talking between shots to fill time.

Do you think this is something you’d enjoy watching? While we’re at it; who do think will win this H-O-R-S-E competition?

I was sad to hear that the XFL has suspended operations and have laid off nearly all of their employees. Just a handful of executives remain employed with the XFL, but the league has no plans right now to play in 2021.

The XFL is owed by WWE CEO/ President Vince McMahon and Alpha Entertainment and they released a statement saying “Given the uncertainty of the current environment, the XFL has suspended operations and is evaluating next steps.”

The XFL canceled its season last month after five games as part of a nationwide shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, pledging to return next year, but XFL CEO Jeffrey Pollack changed course Friday, conducting a 10 minute conference call to inform employees of the news.

One of the XFL staffer that was on the conference call with Pollack mentioned that it wasn’t said that the league was going out of business, but this staffer was quoted as saying “It’s done” and “It’s not coming back.”

The XFL wouldn’t made no immediate comment not only on these two quotes, but on any kind of return.

I would be disappointed to see the go away again after just a 5 game season. Remember this is the second time McMahon has attempted to get a professional football league up and running. Of course the first version of the XFL was much, much different than what we saw last season; which honestly was a much better version.

How do you feel about what looks to be the end of the XFL?

With the failure AAF and now what appears to be the end of the XFL; will we see another professional football league any time soon?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 8, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, hockey, NFL picks, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Now the NFL draft is right around the corner and this year for the first time it’s going to be a virtual draft. With everything going on in the world right now this makes perfect sense, but of course there where people in the media who complained about it. I guess that’s just what the media does any time the NFL makes a decision.

If you’re a fan of the NFL I’m sure you’ve looked at one or more mock drafts to see who they have your favorite team picking. I’ve noticed a new trend when it comes to these drafts. It seems that someone wants every team with an early 1st round pick to trade down in the draft to acquire more picks. I’m not sure why or how they think this would work and I’m sure there are a few teams looking to trade down, but not every team with a Top 10 pick can do that like it’s been suggested.

The Cincinnati Bengals hold the first pick in the draft and they appear to need a lot of help, but what they really need is a franchise quarterback to build around and it seems that the Bengals are sold on Joe Burrow being that guy. If the Bengals have done their research and they’re convinced that Burrow has a chance to be their starting quarterback for the next 10 years or more why would they want to trade that pick?

You can apply the exact same logic to the Washington Redskins who have the #2 pick in the draft. There are a lot of people who think that Chase Young is the best player on this draft and the Redskins have a chance to take him and start to rebuild their defense around him. Why should they give up the opportunity a once in a lifetime defense lineman to get a few extra picks down the road in the draft?

This seems to make very little sense, but there are quite a few people out there trying to sell this. Is it really smart to give up player who are at the top of the draft for a reason to try and find players later in the draft to fill the roles that these top players would fill.

Now as always there will be teams trying to trade up in the draft and to be fair if one of these teams in the Top 5 or Top 10 are blown out of the water by a deal when then they should make it. Of course that’s not going to happen to often; so you have to ask yourself if moving down to get possibly swap 1st round picks this year with a team and then pick up maybe that teams 1st or 2nd round pick next year; is it worth that wait?

Now remember you’ll have no idea where that draft pick the following year might fall; so that would be part of the gamble in a deal like this. It seems like it would be better to stick with what looks like a quality player than move down and take a chance, but it could happen.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see a team like the Detroit Lions trade out of the #3 spot in the draft and acquire some more draft picks. There’s a good possibility that a team like the Miami Dolphins who have the 5th pick in the 1st round or the Los Angeles Chargers who have the 6th pick in the 1st round might be looking to move up to try and draft Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

Remember the Dolphins have three picks in the 1st round #5, #18 and #26. Would they possibly give up two of these picks to move into the 3rd spot and draft Tagovailoa? There is no team that can match what the Dolphins could give up to move up in this draft; so they seem to be the team to watch.

The San Francisco 49ers also have two picks in the 1st round #13 and #31, but it doesn’t appear as San Francisco is looking to trade up and would that be enough to get them into the 3rd spot of the draft.

What do you see happening at the top of the draft? Will the Bengals and the Redskins keep their picks? What do you think the Lions will do with the 3rd pick? Keep it or trade it?

We’ve been wondering what the NBA and the NHL might do when it’s clear to begin playing games again. Now the NBA has made a couple of statements and there have been some idea floated around, but for the most part the NHL has stayed mostly quiet until yesterday.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman came out and made some statements on what may happen with what’s left of the NHL regular season and where games might be played.

Bettman mentioned that the NHL make skip the rest of the regular season to allow more time for the Stanley Cup playoffs. The NHL last played on March 12th; so there are 189 regular season games remaining.

Bettman also acknowledge that the NHL has looked into possibly having games played in neutral site arenas. Now this has to be done just in case a NHL team can’t get back into their own building because it’s booked for another event. It’s not like these arenas just sit empty when the NHL isn’t playing games; so it may actually be difficult for certain teams to book their own building for games.

Bettman also mentioned that these are just a few of the options that the NHL is looking at and it appears as though the NHL is hoping like a lot of us that they’ll have a clearer picture of how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting the 31 NHL markets.

Would you be okay with the NHL not playing anymore regular season games and moving right into the playoffs when play resumes?

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How was your week

Posted: April 4, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, hockey, pro wrestling, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well sports fans it appears as tough we still have no idea on when will see a live sporting event. With the announcement by President Trump that he’s extending the stay at home order through the end of this month it looks like any hope of us seeing something as early as May 1st is out the window. Now I know they where hoping to see the country start recovering by Easter, but I think just about everyone though that was too soon. Hopefully if there right this time around and things can start to return to normal at the end of the month then will have a better idea about when some type of sporting event might return.

I don’t believe that either the National Basketball Association or the National Hockey League has said anything about what they’re planning to do with what’s left of their regular season and their playoffs. I’ve mentioned here before that if they do decide to comeback and at this point I don’t think they should, but if they do they should just head right into the playoffs. I think the bigger question with both the NBA and the NHL is how long will it take the players to get ready to start playing games again. They’ll have to allow the teams some type of shorten training camp to get ready.

As for Major League Baseball; well they’ve already told us how they plan on handling things. It appears that once things are up and running will get a two to three week extension of spring training and then they’ll start the regular season. Now there’s still no number of games that has been set, but that would be difficult to do right now. Of course the owners did come out and say that they’d like to play as close to 162 games as possible. Let’s hope that things work out as planned and at the end of this month players will be able to report back to spring training. Does that mean we could see the MLB season starting a early as May 22nd. Now I don’t think that’s going to happen, but that would be close to MLB’s own timetable. To be honest I’d like to see them wait until Sunday May 31st and kick everything off then. At this point I guess will just continue to wait and see how this month plays out.

Now I’m not sure how many people consider professional wrestling a sport. While you do have to be athletic to be a professional wrestler a lot of people don’t put it in the sporting category because the outcome of the matches are predetermined. I’d be interested to get your views on professional wrestling as a sport or not.

Anyway this weekend is World Wrestling Entertainments biggest show of the year. Or what would be their biggest show of the year had there not been an outbreak of Covid-19. With everything going on WWE had to make changes to Wrestlemania. For the first time the event won’t be live as the matches have already been taped, but they’ve split the event into two nights. Part one airs tomorrow night with the second half of the show airing Sunday night. It hasn’t been announced which matches will be feature on which night, but obviously after tomorrow nights broadcast you’ll know what matches will be left to air on Sunday night. The show was also filmed with no audience; so it’s going to look just like their television shows have lately.

There was also some interesting news television wise for WWE. There have been some reports that after Wrestlemania airs this weekend the company will shutdown until they can begin having crowds at their shows. What makes this big news is the fact that RAW has aired every Monday night since January 11th 1993. If you think about that it’s an amazing feat. That’s over 27 years showing a different show every week as there are no reruns of RAW.

Now not only does WWE show RAW every Monday night on the USA Network, but there is a second WWE program called NXT that airs Wednesday nights also on the USA Network. WWE also has a third brand called Smackdown which airs every Friday night on Fox. Raw is a three hour program while NXT and Smackdown each have a two hour run time. I’m not sure how WWE or the networks they’re on would fill 7 hours of programming and as of right now none of this is has been confirmed; it’s just something WWE is considering.

Apparently the talk of this possible shutdown for WWE came about because they’ve been filming there shows in Florida at a facility they call the performance center, but Florida has recently issued a stay at home order which could possibly affect the WWE’s ability to get some of their wrestlers to the taping.

I’m not as big of a fan of the WWE product as I use to be, but the shows are still very popular and do solid ratings for the network they’re on. I’m not sure if showing old matches or even old pay per views would fill the void for fans. The WWE’s ratings have struggled since they started running shows with no audience and you’d have to think not having new matches would hurt those ratings even more.

Again nothing has been decided on what WWE will do after Wrestlemania airs this weekend, but I’m under the impression they’ve already made a decision. As usual RAW is scheduled to air Monday and you’d think if WWE had decided to shutdown production some kind of announcement would’ve been made. Of course I guess they could always make that announcement during the Wrestlemania pay per view either Saturday or Sunday night.

What do you see WWE doing? Do you think that they’ll close up shop for a while? Or do you think that they’ll continue to record matches for RAW, NXT and Smackdown?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 1, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

As us sports fans meander around with just the breadcrumbs that the NFL leaves for us to devour it’s time to make some decisions on the big two sports that currently have their seasons postponed.

It feels like an eternity since the National Hockey League or the National Basketball Association have played a game. At this point unless you’re a hardcore fan of either league do you even care if they comeback? Or is it time for them to just let this season go and move on to next season?

Just off the top of your head; who had the best record in the NHL? Did you know that it was the Boston Bruins with 100 points? Did you get that right?

Okay then we move on. Who has the best record in the NBA? This one might’ve been a little easier for you since the NBA receives more high level media coverage than the NHL does. So did you get this right? It’s the Milwaukee Bucks with a record of 53-12.

Originally the NBA had it’s teams looking into arena availability for as late as August, but lately the biggest news in the NBA is the fact that Shaquille O’Neal had visited the Tiger King zoo. Is this what the NBA has come to.

The NBA, National Basketball Players Association and 2K have partnered to produce an NBA 2K tournament that will air on ESPN and ESPN2 starting Friday, it was announced.

The NBA 2K20 Player Tournament will run through April 11, according to a statement, and will begin airing on ESPN on Friday with a half-hour pre-show at 7 p.m. ET. The tournament will run on ESPN until 8:30 p.m. and then is scheduled to transition to ESPN2 until 11:30 p.m.

The winner of the event will receive $100,000 to give to a charity in support of the Covid-19 relief efforts.

Sixteen NBA players will compete in this event with five of them already being announced. Kevin Durant, Trae Young, Hassan Whiteside, Donovan Mitchell and Devin Booker are the five that have been announced.

Players were seeded based on their player rating in NBA 2K20, with Durant, a 96 overall in the game, as the No. 1 seed. Players who were tied in overall rating were seeded based on tenure in the league.

Here’s the list of the other players that will be competing. Andre Drummond, Zach LaVine, Montrezl Harrell, Domantas Sabonis, Deandre Ayton, DeMarcus Cousins, Michael Porter Jr., Rui Hachimura, Patrick Beverly, Harrison Barnes and Derrick Jones Jr.

Is this something that you’re interested in? I can tell you this won;t be something that I’ll be watching. I’m not a big fan of the NBA as it is; so watching players play a video game isn’t going to draw my attention. If you do watch this please let me know what you think of this event.

The National Hockey League Players Association surveyed nearly 600 players before the 2019-20 season was put on hold. Here are the results they ended up with.

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins was selected the most complete player. Crosby had 47 points in in 41 games; 16 goals and 31 assists and his 30 points; 11 goals and 19 assists since January 14th are tied for 5th in the NHL.

Crosby received 45.56% of the votes beating out Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins who received 25.44 % of the vote. Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers (7.50%) and Ryan O’Reilly of the St. Louis Blues (5.33%) rounded out the four players receiving votes.

Crosby’s career track record which includes two Hart Trophy awards as NHL most valuable player (2007, 2014) and three Stanley Cup championships (2009, 2016, 2017) also made him the top choice as the player among any position you’d most want if you needed to win one game. Crosby received 44.03% of the votes in that category beating out Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers who received 30.53% of the vote.

McDavid did dominant the category for best forward. McDavid who is the Oilers captain scored 97 points; 34 goals and 63 assists during the season. McDavid picked up 68.35% of the vote in the best forward category. McDavid’s teammate Leon Draisaitl finished second in the voting. Draisaitl had 110 points; 43 goals and 67 assists during the season.

Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lighting was selected as the best defenseman for the second season in a row. Hedman received 37.88% of the vote beating John Carlson of the Washington Capitals who picked up 21.35% of the vote. Carlson is the front runner for the Norris trophy which is given to the best defenseman in the league, but he lost this vote to Hedman.

Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens became the repeat winner of the best goaltender award by beating out Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lighting. Price received  41.55% of the vote while Vasilevskiy got 17.09% of the vote.

Marie-Philip Poulin edged out Hilary Knight and was named best female hockey player. Poulin won with 39.92% of the vote while Knight ended up with 36.29% of the vote. Poulin was a forward on the two-time Olympic gold medal winning teams in 2010 and 2014. Poulin also scored the game winning goal in each of the championship games against the United States.

Do you agree with the way the players voted or would you have given these awards to other players? Please let me know who you would’ve voted for in the comment section.

Did either of these things that the NBA and NHL make you interested in them returning and finishing out the season. If you’d like to see either or both leagues return I’d be very interested in knowing how you think the leagues should finish out their season. Would you like to see the NHL and the NBA finish out their regular seasons or would you like to see them just go right into the playoffs?

While we went through what the NBA and the NHL have been up to recently I’d be curious to know how you’re passing the time without sports. Also I could use some tip to get through this time myself.

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How was your week

Posted: March 28, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Major League Baseball season was scheduled to start this past Thursday, but with everything going on not only in the United States, but around the world that didn’t happen. Now unfortunately we knew that this was going to take place, but we did get some news from MLB on what we hope will be the upcoming season.

I don;t know if this was an official statement from the owners or if it was just something a reporter picked up, but it came out a few days ago that the owners want to play close to the 162 game regular season schedule as possible. Now I haven’t heard how many games they’re actually going to try to play, but there have been some numbers thrown out. For almost a month now that 81 game season has been out there, but after the report about what the owner want to do I heard closer to 120 game season with someone actually going as high as 140 games. Now I think it would be next to impossible to get 140 games in, but if they get started soon enough they could be able to get 120 game regular season in.

Now to get any kind of decent umber of games in there would have to be multiple doubleheader played by every team and the owners and the Major League Baseball Players Association got together to come up with a plan. I was actually surprised to hear that they seem to have come to an agreement on some things.

As of right now there is no schedule; so we don;t know when the season would actually start, but the Commissioner’s office will put together a schedule at the appropriate time and the players association will have input before it’s finalized.

The biggest issue for the players association was how service time was going to be handle if the season was shorten or not played at all and they where able to come to an agreement on that.

A regular year of service time is considered to be 172 days. For this season if a player is on the roster or IL for the entire season he will accrue those 172 days of service time no matter how many games they play in the 2020 season.

In what would be the worst case scenario for baseball fans if there is no season players will be credited with the same amount of service time they had for the 2019 season. That means players who are one year away from free agency would become free agents next fall no matter what.

Here are some of the other things they agreed on.

As of yesterday March 27th all transactions are frozen. A date will be decided upon by the players association and MLB on when roster moves can start being made again. Roster expansion was not agreed upon, but it was discussed. There where some reports that roster would expand to 29 players for the 2020 season, but that’s not going to happen right now. It’s possible the issue may be revisited later; so we may see change in roster size.

The MLB draft is currently scheduled for June 10th, but MLB has the option to move that date. Is was set that the draft has to take place before July 20th. The draft can also be reduced to 5 rounds, but MLB has the option to have the draft go anywhere between 5 and 40 rounds.

MLB has also reserved the right to run a combine for amateur players in 2020 and 2021 if the league decides it makes sense to do so.

Drafted players will receive no more than $100,000 of their signing bonuses up front, receiving 50 percent of the remainder by July 1, 2021, and the other 50 percent by July 1, 2022. Undrafted players will be able to receive no more than $20,000 as a signing bonus. Signing bonus values will remain at their 2019 level in both 2020 and 2021, according to terms of the new deal. MLB can also reduce the 2021 Draft to as few as 20 rounds.

There is also a chance that the international signing period will be pushed back. it was schedule for a July 2nd 2020 start, but may be pushed back as far as January 15th 2021. Next years international signing period can also be pushed back if needed. It was also decided that teams will not be allowed to trade draft picks or international bonus slots in 2020 or 2021.

I have to say it was nice to see the owner and the players association actually work together so quickly to get some type of agreement in place for when the 2020 season starts. Of course there will still be a few things to deal with when we finally get a start date for the season, but it’s much better to see them working together than at odds over every little thing.

There was a push by the general managers in the NFL to delay the upcoming draft, but commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee discussed the issues on Thursday and decided that unanimously that the draft will take place as scheduled April 23rd through April 25th.

I believe this was a good choice by the NFL. The NFL was able to conduct free agency while dealing with the Covid-19 virus and the draft should be no different. Now to no one’s surprise all of the fan events and meet and greets that where schedule to take place in Las Vegas at the draft have been canceled. That is just good common sense for the NFL to do that, but that draft can happen without people actually having to get together.

I know there will still be complaints from some general managers, but if I’m a fan of one of the teams that are complaining I’d be stating to wonder why they’re not ready to draft. I guess there could be some physical concerns about a player and I’m not sure if they would be allowed to have him checked medically, but other than a possible unseen injury what else could general managers be concerned about?

Let me know if you think the NFL made the right call in keeping the draft where it is or do you think they should’ve postponed it?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 25, 2020 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Originally the XFL season was suppose to end with their championship game being played on April 26th. After that game on April 27th XFL players would’ve been able to sign with any NFL or CFL team that was interested in signing them. Now unfortunately with the issues we’re all dealing with the XFL season lasted just 5 games. Now instead of making their players sit around for over a month before they could sign with the NFL or CFL they did a really good thing for their players and allowed them to start signing with NFL or CFL teams this past Monday.

Honestly I thought there would be more signings once these players became eligible, but so far only six have singed with NFL teams. Let’s take a look at who went where so far.

I’m sure no one was really surprised when the first XFL player signed to an NFL contract was Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker. Walker was clearly the best player through those 5 XFL games and appeared to be on his way to winning the leagues MVP award.

Walker is now a member of the Carolina Panthers where he’ll be reunited with his former college coach Matt Rhule who is the Panthers new head coach.

The Panthers have made quite a few changes at quarterback this off season. They signed Teddy Bridgewater as a free agent and it appears as though he’ll be their starting quarterback. Kyle Allen who was the starting quarterback for most of last season was traded to the Washington Redskins and then just today the Panthers released Cam Newton. Will Grier who was a 3rd round draft pick last season is the only quarterback still on the roster from last season and it looks like him and Walker will compete to be Bridgewater’s back up.

Now Walker isn’t the only XFL quarterback that’s going to get to go to an NFL camp. Jordan Ta’amu who quarterbacked the St. Louis Battlehawks in the XFL will be staying close to where he played his XFL games as he signed a deal to join the Kansas City Chiefs.

Obviously it’s clear that Ta’amu isn’t going to be competing with Patrick Mahomes for the Chiefs starting quarterback job, but the only other quarterback Kansas City has on their roster in veteran Chad Henne; so it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if Ta’amu found his way onto the Chiefs roster.

Ta’amu has shown some of the same skill set Mahomes has displayed in the NFL and like I said no one expects Ta’amu to be the Chiefs starter this could be a great landing spot for Ta’amu to learn and possibly develop into an NFL quarterback.

Now Walker wasn’t the only Roughnecks player to sign with an NFL team. Two of his teammates from the defensive side of the football will be in NFL training camps when they open up.

Defensive back Deatrick Nichols who led the XFL in interceptions was signed by the New Orleans Saints. While linebacker DeMarquis Gates has signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Even though the Saints defense have improved there have always been question about their secondary. Can Nichols help shore that up? Nichols had 3 interceptions along with 17 tackles and 1 sack for Houston; so we’ll see if he can help the Saints.

Gates was second on the Roughnecks in tackles with 25 and tied for the team lead in sacks with 2 and also had an interception.

Minnesota has two quality linebackers in Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks; so it will be interesting to see how they use Gates in their defense.

The New York Giants add to their defensive backfield as they reached out to the XFL and signed Dravon Askew-Henry of the New York Guardians.

The Guardians where thought to be one of the better teams in the XFL coming into the season, but they had a bit of an up and down five games and finished 3-2. Askew-Henry totaled 12 tackles for the Guardians.

When it comes to interesting XFL signings the Los Angeles Chargers may have made the most interesting one. The Chargers have added Dallas Renegades tight end Donald Parham.

Parham had 24 receptions and 4 touchdowns for the Renegades in those 5 XFL games. If you watched the XFL I’m sure you remember the 6 feet 8 inch Parham running away from smaller defensive backs on his 65 yard touchdown reception.

Parham will be 23 years old when the NFL season starts and with Hunter Henry being signed to the franchise tag there may be some opportunities for Parham with the Chargers.

As of right now these are the six XFL players that have signed with NFL teams. Now I’m sure there will be more to come, but out of these six which one are you the most interested to see in the NFL?

With two quarterbacks from the XFL being brought into NFL training camp it brings up an interesting question. Is it possible the XFL could become a developmental league for the NFL? Especially at the quarterback position.

Think about it. There are very few quarterbacks drafted in the later rounds that become quality starting NFL quarterbacks. Now imagine if there was a league that they could go play in and have the chance to play against actually defenses going at full speed even if the competition wasn’t quite at an NFL level. Or maybe you’re not even a late round draft pick, but a free agent that has very little chance to catch on with an NFL team. The XFL could provide this kind of opportunity for quarterbacks especially.

With the XFL set to return next season it will be interesting to see if veteran guys like Landry Jones and Matt McGloin will be the type of quarterback XFL teams go with or if they’ll look at more of the duel threat quarterbacks like Walker and Ta’amu who could possibly turn into serviceable back up NFL quarterbacks or maybe ever starters.

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