How was your week

Posted: October 29, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The NBA season has just gotten started and yet it seems that the team that is getting the most attention is the 0-5 Los Angeles Lakers. Now the Lakers have always gotten a lot of attention from the media, but do they really need this much attention when they haven’t won a game? The Sacramento Kings haven’t won a game either and I don’t think anyone has mentioned that.

The Lakers lost their 5th game of the season last night to the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-102. With the exception of a 2-point loss to the Portland Trailblazers the Lakers have been beaten by an average of almost 10 points in those other four losses. Any way you look at it they’ve only really had one chance to get a win this season.

I guess what could be confusing to some people might be the idea that this team was going to contend for the NBA title. I’m not sure why anyone would’ve thought that, but I guess there are always people who think that the Lakers can win a title because they still have LeBron James on the team.

Of course, the problem with that is the fact that James is now 37 years old and will turn 38 in December. While he’ll go down as one of the greatest players in NBA history, he’s no longer the type of player that can carry a team to a championship by himself.

Through the years the lakers have tried to get him some help, but that hasn’t really worked out. They added Anthony Davis a few years ago and while Davis has the talent to be one of the top players in the NBA his inability to stay healthy has hurt the Lakers chances of winning a title. Los Angeles also added Russell Westbrook to the mix last season and that was another move that just didn’t work out for them. Starting with last night’s game Westbrook will be coming off the bench as the 6th man to lead the second unit. Since joining the Lakers Westbrook has been more of a scapegoat for the Lakers troubles than anything else.

So, you see the names James, Davis and Westbrook and it’s possible that this Lakers team could find their way into the playoffs, but there’s very little chance that they’d be able to put a playoff run together and win the title.

One of the biggest issues that the Lakers had coming into the season was the only other recognizable name on the roster was Patrick Beverly. Even with Westbrook coming off the bench the Lakers need more than just Beverly to help out and win games.

The Lakers next game is Sunday at home against the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets are off to a 4-2 start this season and are looked at as one of the better teams in the Western conference. Now it’s possible that the Lakers could get their first win tomorrow night, but they’re probably going to be an underdog in that game.

The game against the Nuggets is the start of a four game homestand for the Lakers, so you have to figure that they’ll find a way to get a win or two during that short stretch of games. If they don’t, I can only imagine what the media uproar would be.

The NBA season is long and as of now no team has played more than 6 games, but it is a little surprising that there is only one unbeaten team left.

The Milwaukee Bucks are off to a 4-0 start this season. Milwaukee will put their undefeated record on the line tonight as they host the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks coming into the game with a record of 4-1 this season, so they could give the Bucks a test tonight.

Besides the Bucks hosting the Hawks there are six other NBA games on the schedule tonight. The marquee matchup looks like it will be the Philadelphia 76ers visiting Chicago to take on the Bulls. If you don’t live in the Philadelphia or Chicago area the game is going to be televised on NBA-TV if you’re interested in watching it.

This is the second of back-to-back games for both teams. Philadelphia beat the Toronto Raptors 112-90 with Tyrese Maxey scoring 44 points. The Bulls dropped their game last night 129-124 to the San Antoine Spurs. DeMar DeRozan did score 33 points in a losing effort for the Bulls.

The 76ers played last night without Joel Embiid while the Bulls played without Zack Lavine. It’s unclear if either player will suit up tonight, but Lavine has already missed three of the Bulls six games this season due to a knee issue.

Philadelphia struggled right out of the gate this season and are 2-4 coming into tonight’s game. The Bulls are one game ahead of Philadelphia as they’ve started out the season 3-3.

As you know since I’ve mentioned it a few times on here that I’m not a huge fan of the NBA. Since I live in the Chicago area, I do check out a little bit of the Bulls game when they’re on, so I’ll check in on their game against Philadelphia tonight and see how that goes. Other than that, it’s still difficult for me to sit down and watch a lot of an NBA game.

Let me know if you’re an NBA fan or if you’re more like me and you just check in on your local team when they play. If you are a big fan, please feel free to let me know what draws you to the game and maybe that will help interest me in watching more NBA games.

Don’t forget that you can find me on Twitter, I’m @Burketime.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

Quarterbacks are always the focus of their football team no matter if they’re playing good or bad. Unfortunately, it seems as there’s more attention paid to bad quarterback play than there is good and this season there are three name quarterbacks that are really struggling.

Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers seem to be having some trouble adjusting to the new personal that is around now. Both of their teams are currently 3-4, but luckily for Brady even with a sub .500 record the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still at the top of the NFC South. As for Rodgers his Green Bay Packers are trailing the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. The Vikings are off to a 5-1 start and currently lead the division.

Now if one or both teams continue to struggle, we’re going to start to hear talk about if this will be the last season for either Brady or Rodgers. Now Brady is 45 years old, and you do have to wonder how long he’ll be interested in continuing to play football. Rodgers is seven years younger than Brady at 38 years old, but he’s already made some cryptic statements that have led people to believe that this will be his last season.

Obviously will have to see how the remainder of this season plays out and then will have a little better idea of what these two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks might do for the 2023 season. Now there is one more Super Bowl winning quarterback that might be having the worst season of any NFL quarterback this season.

The Denver Broncos realized this past off season that they needed an upgrade at the quarterback position of they were going to compete in the AFC West. That division features Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert and Derek Carr as the quarterbacks that the Broncos would have to face twice a season.

Denver decided to make a move at quarterback before this season and they sent five draft picks and three players to the Seattle Seahawks for quarterback Russell Wilson and a draft pick. Even though the Broncos gave up a lot for Wilson it seemed as though everyone was on board with the deal and there were quite a few people who thought that Denver would be a playoff team and might even win their division. Sadly, it hasn’t started off well for Wilson in Denver.

Wilson has started six games for the Broncos this season. The Broncos are 2-4 in those six games. He missed last week’s 16-9 loss to the New York Jets due to injury, but it appears as though Wilson will be on track to play this week against the Jacksonville Jaquars.

Wilson is completing 58.6% of his passes, which is a career low for him. He has thrown 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Wilson has also been sacked 20 times in his six games. In two of Wilson’s six starts he’s thrown for under 200 yards.

The Broncos made a coaching change this past off season. They hired Nathaniel Hackett who they plucked from the Packers coaching staff where he was Aaron Rodgers offensive coordinator. Interestingly with the start that the Broncos have gotten off to there’s talk that if the team doesn’t play better the remainder of the season that Hackett could be fired after this one season.

It’s always difficult to say just what the problem is. Was Wilson just a better quarterback for the system his former team the Seattle Seahawks ran? Or is it possible that he’s just on a downward slope at this point in his career. Wilson is 34 years old, and this is his 11th season in the NFL. There’s also a possibility that Hackett is the issue. There have been some issues that Hackett has admitted to, but that’s one of those things a coach will do so we don’t know if it’s really him or something else.

If Wilson is healthy will have to see how the rest of the season goes not only for him, but for the Broncos. Right now, it doesn’t look like they’re going to live up to the hype coming into this season.

You have to wonder what the possibility is of the 2023 season starting without Brady, Rodgers or Wilson playing.

Remember that you can also find me on Twitter, I’m @Burketime.

How was your week

Posted: October 22, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Coming into this NFL season there were a few people who thought that the Carolina Panthers could be an under the radar pick to make the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Panthers and their fans that doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case this season.

Carolina plays in the NFC South with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons. Now the Falcons appeared as though this would be another step in their rebuild. The Saints have a new head coach and just can’t seem to keep their skill position players healthy. As for the Buccaneers, well they lost quite a few of their offensive lineman from last season. These were just a few of the reason that people thought Carolina would compete in their division.

The Panthers season didn’t get off to a very good start as they dropped their first two games before getting a win in Week 3. Then after a Week 4 loss the Panthers became the first team to fire their head coach as Matt Rhule was relieved of his duties.

Stev Wilks took over as Panthers head coach on an interim basis and while Carolina lost his first game as their new head coach there was another interesting thing that happened.

Carolina’s top wide receiver Robbie Anderson had multiple confrontation with one of the Panthers offensive assistant coaches and ended up being sent to the locker room by Wilks before halftime and didn’t return to the field for the remainder of Carolina’s Week 5 game.

Anderson was subsequentially traded to the Arizona Cardinals for two draft picks, a 6th round pick in the 2024 draft and a 7th round pick in the 2025 draft.

After a 1-5 start to the season there were some questions about what direction the Panthers were headed, and it appears as though those questions were answered with the trade, they made earlier this week.

Carolina traded what many people thought was their most valuable asset in running back Christian McCaffery to the San Francisco 49ers. In return for McCaffery the Panthers received four draft choices a 2nd, 3rd and 4th round draft pick in the 2023 draft as well as a 5th round pick in the 2024 draft.

While four draft picks is a good return for any player it is a bit of a surprise that the Panthers didn’t end up with a 1st round draft choice in a deal for McCaffery.

Now the 49ers are getting a duel threat running back in McCaffery, but the biggest question will be can he stay healthy? McCaffery has played in all six of Carolina’s games this season, but over the last two seasons he has only appeared in 10 games.

When healthy McCaffery could be the best running back in the NFL. Don’t forget that in 2019 McCaffery went over 1000 rushing and receiving in the same season. That made him one of only three players to do that in a season. The other two are Roger Craig who did it with the 49ers in 1985 and Marshall Faulk who accomplished the feat with the then St. Louis Rams in 1999.

With two trades under their belt and the NFL trade deadline just around the corner it will be interesting to see if the Panthers make any other moves as it looks as though the team might be headed for a compete tear down.

With McCaffery gone from a fantasy football perspective it will be interesting to see who Carolina gives the majority of the carries to at the running back position. D’Onta Foreman and Chubba Hubbard will be the two top running backs, but combined they only have 18 carries this season. It is also possible that Raheem Blackshear sees some time in the backfield. So far this season Blackshear has only been used as a kick returner.

The Panthers are at home this week as they host the Buccaneers and it’s possible that quarterback Baker Mayfield will be back from injury and will start tomorrow’s game. Mayfield missed last week’s game due to an ankle injury and was limited in practice this week. Mayfield is listed as doubtful on the Panthers injury report. If Mayfield isn’t ready to go it’s quite Possible that Sam Darnold will see his first action of this season. Darnold had been sidelined with an ankle injury of his own but was activated off of the injury list earlier this week.

It’s looking as though it may be a long season for Panthers fans, and they might end up being the team that lands that #1 draft pick in the 2023 draft. If Carolina ended up in that spot you’d have to wonder if they’d go after a quarterback to rebuild their franchise around.

Don’t forget to look me up on Twitter, I’m @Burketime.

Let’s call it Wednesday

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

This season Major League Baseball restructured their playoff format. They added a three-game series featuring extra wild card teams. Now that meant that two of the division winners would receive byes and have some days off. It seems as though everybody liked this new format as it allowed more teams to compete for playoff spots, but apparently things didn’t go as planned.

After receiving byes and having multiple days off the 111-win National League West winning Los Angeles Dodgers and the defending World Series champion and National League East winning Atlanta Braves were knocked out of the playoffs in the National League Division Series, which wasn’t supposed to happen. Plus, the New York Yankees who also received a bye where stretch to five games in their American League Division Series with the Cleveland Guardians.

Now that all of this has taken place for the first time, I’ve actually heard people starting to complain about the way Major League Baseball changed the playoff format, but I think that they’re a little off base.

Upset happen in Major League Baseball and the team that wins the most games in the regular season doesn’t always represent its league in the World Series. It seems as though people have already forgotten that out of the five teams that made the playoff from the National League in 2021 the Braves had the worst record out of all five of those teams. As we know the Braves went on to win the World Series.

Of course, the question that’s being brought up is did the bye affect the Dodgers and the Braves. Well, the Houston Astros also had a bye, and they swept their American League Division Series against the Seattle Mariners. Like I mentioned early it did take them five games, but the Yankees moved on to the American League Championship Series.

Now it is possible that the bye may have had a little bit of an affect, but I doubt it would’ve lasted past the first game.

If a professional baseball player can’t get themselves back into the groove for a playoff run because they had a few days off that seems to be on them. It’s not the San Diego Padres or the Philadelphia Phillies fault that they played better than the Dodgers and Braves respectively and advanced in the playoffs.

I get that it’s not the outcome that the media or the television providers wanted, but that’s how it goes sometimes. Obviously, they wanted to see the Braves match up with the Dodgers and then the Dodgers advance to face the Yankees in the World Series, but that’s not going to happen.

It will be interesting to see if Major League Baseball makes changes to the playoff format or if they stay with what they did this season. There is one thing that I would like to see them do and that’s reseed after the wild card round. If you’re the team with the best record in your league you should hypothetically have the easiest road to the World Series. That should be your reward from the regular season.

Now the National League Championship started last night, and the Phillies won the first game 2-0. Philadelphia scored their runs on two solo home runs. One by Bryce Harper in the 4th inning and one by Kyle Schwarber in the 6th inning. Zack Wheeler along with Seranthony Dominquez and Jose Alvarado limited the Padres to just 1 hit, a single by Will Myers in the bottom of the 5th inning off Wheeler. Now the Phillies themselves only managed 3 hits, but with two of them being solo home runs it was enough to win game 1 and take the lead in the series.

Game 2 of the national League Championship Series is this afternoon. The Padres will send Blake Snell to the mound to start as they look to even the series. Philadelphia is starting Aaron Nola in Game 2.

The American League Championship series gets started tonight in Houston. The Astros are going with Justin Verlander as their starting pitcher while the Yankees will go with Jameson Taillon as their starter.

Before I go let me know if you think there are any changes Major League Baseball should make to their playoff format.

You can also find me on Twitter, @Burketime

How was your week

Posted: October 15, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

On Thursday nights the National Football League has a deal with Amazon to show a game. Now according to the set-up of that deal every team has to appear on Thursday night football. This past Thursday we may have gotten the worst game possible.

Thursday’s game had the Chicago Bears hosting the Washington Commanders. Somehow the Bears had stumbled into 2 wins this season while the Commanders came into the game with just 1 win.

Both teams played like someone had to win this game and neither team really wanted to find a way to win. In the end Washington got the victory 12-7 over Chicago. Washington only manages to score their game winning touchdown because Velus Jones Jr. muffed a punt inside the red zone and Washington ended up recovering that fumble on the 6-yardline.

Even though Washington won the game their quarterback Carson Wentz only threw for 99 yards. Wentz went 12 of 22 on passes in the game and ended up with a quarterback rating of 22.5. Wentz didn’t throw a touchdown pass, but at least he didn’t throw any interceptions.

Now Justin Fields wasn’t much better for the Bears. Fields went 14 for 27 on his passing attempts for 190 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Fields did end up as the Bears leading rusher in the game. Fields ran the football 12 times for 88 yards.

Now each of these teams has 2 wins while there are five teams with just 1 win as the rest of Week 6 gets ready to roll tomorrow. The reason this could be interesting is that both the Bears and the Commanders may be in the market for a new quarterback, so their draft position would be important as well as which teams would be picking in front of them.

Would Washington or Chicago be interested in one of the quarterbacks that could be in the 2023 draft? C.J. Stroud of Ohio State, Will Levis of Kentucky, Bryce Young of Alabama, Anthony Richardson of Florida, Hendon Hooker of Tennessee and D.J. Uiagalelei of Clemson could all be 1st round quarterbacks in the 2023 draft. Would either the Bears or the Commanders be looking at one of these young quarterbacks to take over under center for them next season?

Of course, we have no idea how these quarterbacks will be ranked coming into the draft or how they’ll actually be drafted. One team might like one quarterback more than another quarterback and move up in the draft to take him even though his ranking didn’t have him being drafted that high. As we’ve seen with quarterbacks before it doesn’t always matter where you’re drafted, but which team drafts you. If a player falls into a system that he fits into well he might find success right away, but if he ends up in a system that doesn’t work for him, or he goes to a rebuilding team there might be some struggles early in his career.

The question the Bears have to answer with Fields will be if his struggles are because he’s with a rebuilding team and he’s their franchise quarterback or if they were wrong when they traded up to take Fields with the 11th pick of the 2021 draft.

As for Wentz, Washington is his third stop as a starting quarterback and if it doesn’t work out with the Commanders it would be doubtful that another team would bring him in as their starter.

Wentz was the 2nd pick in the 2016 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and his career got off to a decent start. The Eagles went 7-9 in 2016 with Wentz as their starter, but in 2017 Philadelphia went 11-2 in their first 13 games with Wentz under center. Unfortunately, Wentz got injured, but as for the Eagles they went on to win the Super Bowl.

Wentz spent five seasons with the Eagles before he was traded to the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts went 9-8 with Wentz as their starter last season. He was much maligned in Indianapolis and ended up being traded again this time to his current team the Commanders.

Now no one thought that Washington or Chicago would be playoff teams this season as both are rebuilding. Washington appeared to have started their rebuild last season while the Bears just got there’s underway this past off season. Who knows if or how long it will take either of these teams to be considered contenders again, but they’ll each need a quarterback to build around and both of these teams will have to decide if their current starting quarterback is the one, they’re going to build around.

Just for reference the last time that Washington was in the Super Bowl was when they won it in 1991. As for the Bears they last went to the Super Bowl in 2006, but they haven’t won a Super Bowl since 1985.

Here’s a couple of interesting question for you. Which of these teams do you think will make the Super Bowl first? And how far off do you think that Super Bowl appearance is?

You can also find me on Twitter, I’m @Burketime.

Let’s call it Wednesday

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

The division series kicked off in the baseball playoffs and I was wondering if the teams that received the byes would have any trouble getting back into the swing of things. There were some interesting finishes to the opening games of these series, but in the end only one of the teams that received the bye ended up losing.

The Atlanta Braves were the only team that had a bye into the division series that lost game 1 yesterday and they made the game interesting late. Atlanta trailed right from the get-go as Philadelphia scored two runs in their first at bat. It seemed as though the Braves were never really in the game until the 9th inning. Atlanta started the inning off with a couple of singles before the first outs was made. Matt Olson came up and hit a 3-run home run to cut the Phillies lead to one run at 7-6, but after the Olson home run the Braves couldn’t get another player on base and they ended up dropping game 1.

Now the other team that had a bye coming into this round that looked as though they were going to lose game 1 was the Houston Astros. The Mariners led the game for 8 2/3rds innings and at one point had a 7-3 lead and looked as though they’d cruise to a game 1 win. The Astros picked up two runs in their half of the 8th inning to cut the Seattle lead to two runs, but that’s still a tough hill to climb. The Mariners were unable to add to their lead in their half of the 9th inning, so Houston came to bat needing two runs to tie and three runs to win. The Astros went ground out, hit by pitch, strikeout, single to put runners on first and second with two outs. Seattle’s manager Scott Servais came to the mound to make a pitching change and he brought in lefthander Robbie Ray who’s normally a starting pitcher to face Houston best player in the regular season Yordan Alvarez. Ray only threw two pitches to Alvarez the first one he fouled off and the second one he crushed to rightfield for a game winning three-run home run to win the game for the Astros 8-7.

The other two division series games didn’t provide as much drama. The New York Yankees used a quality pitching performance from Gerit Cole to take game 1 of their series with the Cleveland Guardians 4-1. Cole pitched 6 1/3rd innings giving up 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 8 and walking 1. Both teams scored in the 3rd inning and then the Yankees added a run in the 5th inning plus 2 runs in the 6th inning on an Anthony Rizzo home run to put the game away.

In the final division series game of the day the Los Angeles Dodgers continued their winning ways beating the San Diego Padres 5-3 in the first game of their series. The Dodgers got their runs early as they scored 2 runs in the 1st inning and then added three runs in the 3rd inning. San Diego cut into the Dodgers lead scoring 3 runs in top of the 5th inning, but that was it for the scoring in this game as the Dodgers picked up the victory.

Today’s schedule has just the National League teams playing. Game 2 between the Braves and the Phillies has a 3:35 p.m. start time on Fox. Kyle Wright gets the start for the Braves while Zack Wheeler will start for the Phillies. The second game has a 7:37 p.m. listed start time and is on FS1. The Dodgers will start Clayton Kershaw while the Padres will counter with Yu Darvish.

The American League series resume on Wednesday with both games being on TBS. The first game has the Astros hosting the Mariners. Houston will start Framber Valdez while the Mariners will go with Luis Castillo. The game has a listed start time of 2:37 p.m.

The second game is scheduled to start at 6:37 p.m. as the Yankees host the Guardians. New York will start Nestor Cortes in game 2 while the Guardians are going with Shane Bieber as their starter.

Well, if you get here in time let me know if you think either National League team will take a 2-0 lead in their series.

I’d also like to know how you think game 2 in the American League series will go. Do you see one or both teams taking a 2-0 series lead?

Remember that I’m on Twitter, @Burketime.

How was your week

Posted: October 8, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

The Major League Baseball wild card round started yesterday under their new three-game series format. The one thing that kind of stuck out to me yesterday was a saying that I used to hear quite a while ago and maybe you’ve heard people say it as well. “Good pitching beats good hitting” and that seemed to be the case yesterday.

The opening game was a great example of quality pitching as both Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Guardians and Shane McClanahan of the Tampa Bay Rays both pitched very well.

Bieber went 7 2/3rd innings giving up just 1 run one 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8. McClanahan was almost as good as Bieber pitching 7 innings allowing 2 runs on 7 hits while not walking anyone and striking out 5.

In the end those were all the runs scored in the game which gave the Guardians the first win of the series 2-1 with Bieber picking up the win while McClanahan took the loss.

The second game of the day was between the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals and it was a close game until the Phillies final at bat.

Zach Wheeler made the start for Philadelphia and didn’t allow a run in the 6 1/3rd innings he pitched. Wheeler was matched by the Cardinals starter Jose Quintana who pitched 5 1/3rd shutout innings before being removed after throwing just 75 pitches.

The Cardinals were able to take a 2-0 lead in the Bottom of the 7th inning and it was looking like that was going to be enough runs to win the game.

After two St. Louis relievers kept the Phillies scoreless the Cardinals turned to their closer Ryan Helsley, but they were asking him to get 5 outs which is where the trouble started.

In Philadelphia’s half of the 9th inning Helsley got the first out of the inning with a strikeout, but a single and two walks had the bases loaded. Helsley hit the next batter to force in the first run of the game for the Phillies and cut the Cardinals lead in half. A Jean Segura single gave the Phillies their first lead of the game at 3-2. A fielder’s choice, another single and a sacrifice fly gave the Phillies a total of 6 runs in their half of the 9th inning as they went on to win 6-3.

The next game of the day had the Seattle Mariners at the Toronto Blue Jays and sure enough there was another quality pitching performance.

Luis Castillo who was acquired by the Mariners at the trade deadline started Game 1 for Seattle and showed why it was a good pick up for Seattle. Castillo pitched 7 1/3rd scoreless innings giving up 6 hits while striking out 5. Castillo’s numbers weren’t really flashy, but he was much more dominant than his stats show.

Alex Manoah made the start for the Blue Jays and after giving up 3 1st inning runs and another run in the 5th inning before he was removed from the game he didn’t pitch terribly. You have to wonder if the situation might have gotten to Manoah as he appeared to be throwing very hard in the 1st inning.

The night wrapped up with the New York Mets hosting the San Diego Padres and what might’ve been the pitching matchup everyone was looking forward to.

The Mets where starting Max Scherzer while San Diego was countering with Yu Darvish. This matchup seemed to favor the Mets, but it didn’t turn out that way.

Darvish pitched 7 innings and only gave up 1 run on a solo home run. Darvish struck out 4 and gave up 6 hits in his 7 innings of work.

Scherzer on the other hand had an off night as he gave up 7 runs over the 4 2/3rd innings that he pitched. Scherzer struck out 4 Padres but gave up 7 hits and 4 of those hits were home runs. It was a very un-Scherzer like start and there was a lot of talk on the broadcast about him possibly being injured.

With this new three game wild card series set up there are no days off, so all of these teams are back at it again. Will have to see if any of the teams that got a win yesterday can wrap up their series today or if will get a winner take all third game in any of these series.

Today starts off with the Ray at the Guardians on ESPN 2 starting at 11:00 a.m. The second game of the day has the Mariners at the Blue Jays on ESPN starting at 3:00 p.m. The third game today has the Padres at the Mets which is also on ESPN starting at 6:30 p.m. The nightcap has the Phillies at the Cardinals on ESPN 2 starting at 7:30 p.m.

So now I turn to you. Do you have any teams closing out their series today or tonight? If you think one or more of these series will end let me know which teams or teams, you think will close out their series and move on to the division round of the playoffs.

Don’t forget to look me up on Twitter, I’m @Burketime.

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: October 5, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

I’m sure that you’ve heard Major League Baseball and other sports use the term growing the game. Now what I’ve always thought they’ve meant was to try to reach people who can’t see games or show teams that don’t get the exposure that some of the teams do.

Now you would think that the MLB Network would be a big part of baseball trying to grow their game, but honestly with the way they’ve shown games this season I don’t think they are.

I don’t have the exact number, but it sure seems as though the MLB Network shows quite a few New York Yankees games and it got to the point this past week where I think they televised every Yankees game. Do the Yankees really need that exposure?

Now I know what they’re going to say. They’ll tell you that these games were shown because they wanted to cover Aaron Judge’s 62nd home run, but this doesn’t really hold up. Earlier this season Miguel Cabrera got his 3000th hit and all MLB did was cut into the game; we didn’t get a week’s worth of Detroit Tigers game. Then just recently Albert Pujols just hit the 700th home run of his career and again all we got from the MLB Network was a cut in.

Now what Judge did was incredible, but it quite possible that we may never see a player get to 3000 hits or 700 home runs again, so why wasn’t the MLB Network more interested in these player accomplishments.

Sadly, there is one very simple answer to this: RATINGS!

No matter what they try to sell you about growing the game or any of those kinds of things when it’s on television it’s all about ratings and being able to charge for commercial time. Now with the playoffs about to start they’ll be able to charge even more for that commercial time.

It’s sad, but that’s how it is. There are teams that always draw a good television rating and the Yankees are one of them. You’d think that the Cardinals would draw and audience, but you have to remember that accord to Major League Baseball they’re considered a small market team. As for the Tigers, well they’re almost 30 games under .500 and even a player trying to get his 3000th hit isn’t really going to up that all important rating that they want.

Speaking of Judge and what he just accomplished. While getting to 62 home runs is a great achievement it seems as though some people think that he just set the record for most home runs in a season, and he didn’t. Judge’s 62 home runs actually put him in the 7th slot for most home runs in a season and all of those spots ahead of him were set by three players.

Now since the three players that have hit more home runs in a season than Judge are Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa it’s possible that there are people who don’t believe that their numbers should count because of the performance enhancing drug accusations they’ve all dealt with. While I understand people questioning the numbers those three players put up and I am one of them to be fair none of them every failed a drug test and in McGwire’s case when they reported he was using a performance enhancing drug there were no rules in baseball against it.

So, while what Judge did is fantastic, and he should be the unanimous choice for American League Most Valuable Player 62 home runs is still 11 home runs behind the number that Bonds put up in 2001.

As we move forward into the MLB playoffs the match ups are set. In the American League the Cleveland Guardians will host the Tampa Bay Rays while the Toronto Blue Jays will host the Seattle Mariners. In the National League the St. Louis Cardinals will host the Philadelphia Phillies while the New York Mets will host the San Diego Padres.

In case you don’t remember these are the best of three game series with all of the games being played in one ballpark. In this case it’s Cleveland, Toronto, St. Louis and New York that will be hosting these series.

Four teams get 1st round byes. In the American League it’s the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros while in the National League it’s the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves getting the byes.

When we move into the division series. Over in the American League will see the Yankees take on the winner of the Cleveland/Tampa Bay series while the Astros will face off against the winner of the Blue Jays/Mariners series. Then in the National League the Dodgers will face the winner of the Padres/Mets series while the Braves face off against the winner of the Cardinals/Phillies series.

I’m not sure why MLB didn’t decide to reseed the playoffs after the wild card round, but they didn’t. That means the teams with the best records in their league the Dodgers and the Astros could face a division winner in the division series.

That doesn’t make a lot of sense to get what would appear to be the tougher match up when you had the best record, but without reseeding that’s how it’s set up.

Is there something that you’re looking forward to when the playoffs start on Friday?

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How was your week

Posted: October 1, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

We’re down to the final few games in the major League baseball regular season and while the American League playoffs are set there’s still some things to figure out over in the National League.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals are locked in as division winners, but we’re still waiting to see who wins the national League East. With their win last night, the Atlanta Braves moved into a tie for 1st place with the New York Mets. The teams have two more games left this weekend and will see who leaves that series as the division leader.

The Braves wrap up their season with a three-game series in Miami against the Marlins while the Mets head home to wrap up the season with a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. If the Mets and the Braves end up tied for the division Atlanta holds the tiebreaker and would win the division. Under the new MLB playoff format there is no more game 163 if needed.

So, with either the Braves or the Mets taking one of the National League wild card spots that leaves just two spots left with three teams in the running for them.

The San Diego Padres currently hold the second wild card spot as they have a 1 1/2 game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies. Philadelphia is currently in the third and final National League wild card spot, but they have just a 1/2 game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers.

San Diego lost their game last night to the Chicago White Sox, but the Phillies and the Brewers both won. Philadelphia was scheduled to play a doubleheader, but the second game was rained out.

Philadelphia will try to get a doubleheader in today against the Nationals while the Brewers face the Marlins, and the Padres square off with the White Sox.

Right now, the Phillies have that wild card spot, but they may have the toughest road because after their series with the Nationals they finish out the season on the road against the Houston Astros. The Brewers and the Padres wrap up their regular seasons at home. Milwaukee hosts the Arizona Diamondbacks while the San Francisco Giants visit the Padres to end their regular season.

It will be interesting to see how the Astros handle that series against the Phillies. Houston is going to end up being the #1 seed in the American League and won’t have much to play for against Philadelphia except to keep the Phillies out of the playoffs.

The Astros will get a bye, so you’d have to think that they would want to play their regulars and try to keep them shape since they’ll be getting time off, but you never know how a team is going to handle this since it’s the first time the playoffs have been done this way.

Last night the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland A’s to lock up the final American League wild card spot. It’s the first time in 20 years that the Mariners have made the playoffs.

Seattle will face the Cleveland Guardians in a three-game series for the first round of the playoffs. All games will be played in Cleveland.

The Toronto Blue Jays will host the other American League wild card series and they’ll face the Tampa Bay Rays with all of these games being played in Toronto.

Fortunately for Tampa Bay there are no longer any vaccination restrictions on players, so they’ll all be allowed to make the trip to Canada for the wild card series.

So, with the American League Playoffs set let’s shake out what you think is going to happen in the National League.

Who do you have winning the National League East, the Mets or the Braves?

Out of the Phillies, Padres and Brewers which two teams do you have getting those two remaining wild card spots?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 28, 2022 by Sports Time Radio in sports

On Monday the National Football League announced that they would no longer be playing the Pro Bowl. Now even though the game drew very good television ratings for some reason it wasn’t much of an actual football game.

Now the NFL is still going to hold an event and it will be called The Pro Bowl Games. These games will feature players from the AFC and the NFC showcasing their football and non-football skills in a variety of competitive events over several days.

The Pro Bowl Games will be held in Las Vegas and one of the events we know is going to take place is a flag football game. That game will be played on Sunday February 5th a week before the Super Bowl at Allegiant Stadium.

Peyton Manning and his Omaha Productions company will help shape programming and promote the event’s content throughout the week. Manning, a 14-time Pro Bowl pick during his Hall of Fame career, will provide his perspective and will also be a part of the coaching staff for flag game.

The Pro Bowl debuted in January 1951 in Los Angeles and stayed there for 21 seasons before the game moved to different cities from 1972-80. Hawaii hosted from 1980-2009, and the game has had several homes in the years since, including Miami, Phoenix, Orlando and Las Vegas.

Quality of play in the Pro Bowl has often been criticized. Players, understandably concerned about getting hurt, treat it as an exhibition more than competition. A flag football game could increase competition while avoiding potential injuries resulting from tackling, blocking and hitting.

The NFL has a major interest in flag football. The league partnered with the International Federation of American Football to bring flag football to The World Games in July with an eye on the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

As we look at the NFL one of the words, we always hear the league mention is parity. According to Merriam-Webster the definition of parity is the quality or state of being equal or equivalent and the NFL has managed to be pretty close to that through three weeks.

Now if you’re wondering what I mean by parity, well there are just two teams that are still unbeaten and one team that hasn’t managed to get a win this season.

The Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins are the two teams that are still perfect at 3-0 while the Las Vegas Raiders are the lone team looking for their first win of the season.

Now Miami will try to get off to a 4-0 start tomorrow as they are on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals. Now the Dolphins might have to face the Bengals without their starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa as he’s deal with back and ankle injuries. It appears as though Tagovailoa will be a game time decision for tomorrow’s game.

The Eagles are at home, and they’ll host the 2-1 Jacksonville Jaquars who are coming off an upset win over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3. Jacksonville has been a bit of a surprise through three weeks, so it might be easy for Philadelphia to get to 4-0.

As for the Raiders. Las Vegas will be at home as the 2-1 Denver Broncos come for a visit. Even though Denver is 2-1 they haven’t played as well as most people expected them to. The Broncos are coming off of an 11-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers, so it’s possible that the Raiders will pick up their first win of the season this Sunday.

So, what do you think happens this week. Will the Dolphins and the Eagles get to 4-0? And will the Raiders finally get that elusive first win?

I’d also be interested to know what you think of the NFL getting rid of the Pro Bowl and what you think of the replacement idea they have.

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