How was your week

Posted: September 9, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

On the Sports Time Radio podcast we make picks for the NFL games like a lot of other shows do. There are four of us who make picks, myself, Dan the Man, Schaumburg Stu and of course Mr. Fantasy. We’ve now develop this thing called the Sports Time Radio jinx. It seems as that when the four of us agree that a team is going to win a game we jinx that team and they end up losing. Now this doesn’t happen 100% of the time with our picks, but it’s happen enough for us to notice it. So as you know Week 1 of the NFL season kicked off Thursday night with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. On the podcast we all selected the Patriots to win this game. As you know the Chiefs scored 21 4th quarter points to pick up a 42-27 victory. So I looks like it’s happening again. On this Sunday’s podcast Mr. Fantasy and I will announce the rest of our selections for Week 1 and will have to see how many picks we agree on and how many of them go the other way. You should probably be hoping that we don’t all agree that your favorite team will win it’s game.

When Kansas City used the 10th pick in the draft to take quarterback Patrick Mahomes out of Texas Tech a lot of people thought Alex Smith’s job was in jeopardy. Smith is in his 13th NFL season after being the #1 overall pick of the San Francisco 49ers in the 2005 draft. Smith has always completed a high percentage of his passes; 61.9% for his career and an even higher 64.8% in his five seasons with the Chiefs, but he’s never been seen as a downfield passer. Smith has been know to make the smart play and take the dump off pass instead of trying to force something downfield. In his career Smith has 161 touchdown passes to just 91 interceptions and since being with Kansas City Smith has never thrown more than 8 interceptions in a season. Now Smith may not be flashy, but he wins games. For his career Smith has a 80-56-1 record as a starter and since being with Kansas City Smith is 42-20 as their starter. You have to wonder with the numbers he put up against what was thought to be a good Patriots defense if Smith will be cut some slack.

On Thursday night Smith went 28 of 35 for 368 yards and 4 touchdowns. Kansas City’s rookie running back Kareem Hunt caught two of Smith’s touchdown passes. Hunt caught a 3 yard touchdown pass and a 78 yard touchdown pass. Smith’s other two touchdown passes where a 7-yarder to Demetrius Harris and a 75 yard pass to Tyrek Hill. Are the two 70 plus yard touchdown passes enough for Smith to lose his reputation; I doubt it, but he did average 10.5 yards per passing attempt.

Rookie running back Hunt was another Chiefs player who really announced his presentence to the NFL. Hunt took over as the Chiefs #1 running back after Spencer Ware was ruled out for the season after tearing knee ligaments. Hunt averaged 8.7 yards per carry on 17 carries Thursday night. He ran for a total of 148 yards and a touchdown. Hunt also added 5 receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Add to this the fact that Hunt fumble on his first carry and it turned out to be quite a debut. Hunt actually set the record for most yards from scrimmage in a debut. Hunt combined for 246 yards to set the record.

Of course it’s just one game in a 16 game NFL season, but it sure  started the right way for Kansas City. Playing opening night gives the teams a little extra time to prepare for Week 2. The Chiefs return home to host the Philadelphia Eagles while the Patriots head out on the road to face the New Orleans Saints.

Two years ago Aaron Altherr of the Philadelphia Phillies hit an inside the park grand slam when Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor misplayed a fly ball. Well last night it was Taylor who was rounding the bases for an inside the park grand slam when Phillies centerfielder Odubel Herrera misplayed the line drive Taylor hit. The inside the park grand slam helped Taylor’s Nationals pick up an 11-10 win over the Phillies Friday night.

According to MLB’s record there have only been 28 inside the park grand slams since baseball expanded in 1961. An even odder stat is that it’s only happen twice this millennium and Taylor has been involved in both of them. After a reporter reminded Taylor of his involvement in Altherr’s inside the park grand slam Taylor said “feels better to be on this side of it”.

The Cleveland Indians extended their winning streak to 16 games last night with a 5-0 night over the Baltimore Orioles.

Edwin Encarnacion got the Indians off on the right foot as he hit a three run home run in the bottom of the 1st inning to start Cleveland on their 5-0 victory. Encarnacion’s home run was to dead centerfield and landed in the trees next to Heritage Park. That’s the area where past Indians stars are immortalized.

With their 16th win the Indians extended the longest winning streak in franchise history. This is also the longest winning streak in the past 15 years of baseball. Cleveland is now four wins away from tie the 2002 “Moneyball” Oakland A’s at 20 in a row and with five more wins the Indians would tie the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the longest winning streak in baseball history at 21 games. To be fair the 1916 New York Giants did win 26 straight games, but there was a tie in that streak.

The Indians haven’t lost since August 23rd when the Boston Red Sox beat them 6-1. On this streak the Indians have beaten the Red Sox and Orioles one time each. The Kansas City Royals and the New York Yankees three times each and they’ve beaten the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers four times each.

Now to get those five more wins and tie the 1935 Cubs the Indians will have to beat the Orioles two more times this weekend and then sweep the Tigers in a 3 game series Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at home. Do you think the Indians can do it?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 6, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Yesterday arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the six game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. Now even though Elliott is suspended he’ll be allowed to play in the Cowboys Week 1 game against the New York Giants. NFL attorneys explained that due to the timing of Henderson’s decision Elliott will be allowed to play Week 1. I think this is the first time I’ve seen a player who is actually suspended being allowed to play.

Now Elliott’s situation is still up in the air as the NFLPA is trying to get a temporary restraining order that would allow Elliott to continue to play. If the temporary restraining order is not granted by the court and Elliott and his attorneys don’t take the case any farther he would be out until November 5th when the Cowboys face the Kansas City Chiefs.

Elliott’s attorneys have said that they intend to take the case to federal court if need. They said that “Mr. Elliott is looking forward to having his day in federal court where the playing field will be level and the NFL will have to answer for its unfair and unjust practices.”

Of course the NFL has filed a lawsuit. In New York federal court the NFL filed asking to have the league’s punishment be enforced.

Elliott took part in Tuesday’s meetings and walk-through at the Cowboys’ practice facility, The Star, in Frisco, Texas, before heading to Paul Brown District Court, roughly 50 minutes away, in time for the hearing. He is expected to be at the Cowboys’ full pads practice Wednesday.

Before Elliott was cleared to play in Week 1. The Cowboys were 3.5 point favorites over the Giants at the majority of Las Vegas sportsbooks. The line ticked up to Dallas being a 4 point favorite after the news was announced.

There’s already been a change to the Week 1 schedule. With it looking more and more that hurricane Irma will impact Florida this weekend the NFL has postpone the Miami Dolphins/Tampa Bay Buccaneers game. As it turned out both teams had their bye week scheduled for Week 11. Now Miami will host Tampa Bay on November 19th.

With the postponement the Dolphins and the Buccaneers will have to play  straight weeks, which isn’t great for either team. The Miami players made it pretty clear that they wanted to play Week 1 and keep the bye week no matter what the circumstances where.

There where only really two choices for the NFL to make. Either find a neutral site and have the teams play or go with the postponement. I think that the NFL made the correct choices as now the players will have time to prepare for the hurricane.

It was confirmed yesterday by the MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred that the Boston Red Sox used what was described as electronic communication to steal signs and rely them to their players during the game.

It was the New York Yankees and their General Manager Brian Cashman who filed the complaint with MLB back on July 18th. The investigation was first reported by the New York Times.

Commissioner Manfred was at Fenway Park yesterday and said that he expects the investigation to be completed before the end of the regular season. Now Commissioner Manfred also mentioned that baseball doesn’t have a rule against stealing signs, per se. It’s the use of the electronic device by the Red Sox that violated the rule.

MLB’s investigation is being conducted by Bryan Seeley. He’s a former assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. attorneys office in Washington D.C. Seeley is now the head of MLB’s department of investigations.

What do you think the Red Sox punishment be?

Speaking of the Red Sox they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 last night in a game that went 19 innings and lasted 6 hours and 19 minutes.

The Blue Jays scored a run in the 2nd inning and then a run in the 6th inning off of Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriquez and it looked like those two runs where going to hold up. Marco Estrada pitched 7 scoreless inning for Toronto giving up just 3 hits along the way. Dominic Leone worked a 1,2,3 8th inning before turning the ball over to closer Roberto Osuna.

Andrew Benintendi started the bottom of the 9th inning with a walk. Mookie Betts followed with a double putting the tying runs on base. Hanley Ramirez grounded out to 3rdfor the first out. Benintendi scored on the ground out and Betts moved up to 3rd base. Mitch Moreland was the next Red Sox hitter and he grounded out to 2nd as Betts scored the game tying run on the ground out. Xander Bogaerts got an infield single and stole 2nd base, but Rafael Devers stuck out to end the inning.

The Blue Jays managed to get a runner to 3rd base in the top of the 17th inning, but that was the only real scoring threat either team had until the bottom of the 19th inning.

Betts led off the bottom of the 19th with a double to leftfield. Ramirez followed with a single to centerfield scoring Betts and ending the game and giving Boston a 3-2 win.

There where 19 pitchers used in the game, 12 of them by the Red Sox. Those 12 Red Sox pitchers recorded 23 strikeouts in the game while the Blue Jays pitchers racked up just 12 strikeouts.

Ezequiel Carrera and Kevin Pillar had two hits each for the Blue Jays while Darwin Barney picked up three hits in the game. Mookie Betts had three hits for the Red Sox while Eduardo Nunez, Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez each had two hits for the Red Sox. Nunez and Ramirez here the only two players in the game with eight official at bats. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mitch Moreland where the only two Red Sox starters without a hit as they both went 0 for 7 in the game. Steve Pearce and Josh Donaldson both went 0 for 6 for the Blue Jays. Toronto catcher Luke Maile was 0 for 4 in the game, but drew 4 walks.

These two teams meet again tonight and luckily there are expanded roster for September; so the fact that 19 pitchers where used shouldn’t affect either bullpen. Joe Biagini (3-9) makes the start for Toronto while Doug Fister (4-7) will start for Boston.

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How was your week

Posted: September 2, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

As we approached the non-waiver trade deadline it appeared as the last deal that we’d see was Justin Upton going from the Detroit Tigers to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but as we got closer and closer to the deadline there where four last minute trades.

In a minor deal the Chicago Cubs acquired outfielder Leonys Martin and cash from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later or cash. Martin has played just 34 games in the majors this season as he’s spent the majority of his year at Triple-A Tacoma. Martin is a solid defender. he’ll give the Cubs a left handed bat off the bench and he can steal a base for the Cubs, but I wouldn’t expect to see him on the Cubs playoff roster.

Believe it or not the Chicago White Sox actually made another deal. In their continued rebuild the White Sox sent veteran pitcher Miguel Gonzalez to the Texas Rangers for minor league infielder Ti’Quan Forbes.

Gonzalez is 7-10 with a 4.31 E.R.A, in 22 starts this season, but in his last five starts Gonzalez is 2-0 with an E.R.A. of 1.85. Gonzalez should be a solid veteran starter at the back of the Rangers rotation as they try to find their way into a wild card spot.

Forbes is 21 years old and has spent four years in the Rangers minor league system. He’s split his season between Class-A and high Class-A for the Rangers. Forbes has played in 131 games this season, he’s hitting .236 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI’s. Forbes has played the majority of his games at 3rd base this season, but has also spent a little time at 1st base and shortstop.

The Angels where busy again at the deadline as they addressed their need at 2nd base by  picking up Brandon Phillips from the Atlanta Braves for catcher Tony Sanchez. Phillips became deal able for the Braves as they have prospect Ozzie Albies playing most of the time at 2nd base. Phillips had actually been playing quite a bit of 3rd base before being traded. It’s believe he’ll move back to 2nd base for the Angels.

Phillips was hitting .291 with the Braves. He has 11 home runs and 52 RBI’s this season. Phillips isn’t quite the stolen base threat he use to be, but he does have double digit steals this season. With the Angels being another team in that American League wild card race Phillips should solve their 2nd base problem for the rest of this season.

It doesn’t look like the Angels gave up much to get Phillips. Sanchez is a former 1st round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates, #4 overall in 2009. Sanchez played small parts of three seasons with the Pirates. He’s appeared in 51 major league games, but the Braves added him to their 40-man roster and with September call ups that total may increase for Sanchez.

In what was probably the biggest deal at the deadline the Tigers dealt another veteran as they finally traded pitcher Justin Verlander. After Verlander agreed to waiver his no-trade clause the Tigers sent him to the Houston Astros for three minor league prospects.

While the Astros still have the best record in the American League they haven’t played well as of late. Houston is 4-6 over their last 10 games and 11-17 since August 1st. It hasn’t helped that star shortstop Carlos Correa has been out since July 17th, but he is scheduled to return tomorrow for the Astros.

Can Verlander provide some much need lift and veteran leadership to the Astros rotation? Verlander is 10-8 with an E.R.A. of 3.82 in 28 starts this season. Verlander has had a bit of a career revival after an injury plagued 2015 season where he made just 20 starts.

Of course in acquiring a pitcher like Verlander the Astros also pick up a big contract. The Tigers sent $16 million dollars along with Verlander in the deal, but the Astros will be paying him $28 million dollars in each of the next two seasons and there’s a $22 million dollar vesting option for 2020 if Verlander hits certain performance standards.

On the plus side for Astros fans with every thing they’re dealing with now it should be a positive for them to see the Astros going for it this season.

To get Verlander the Astros gave up three of their prospects, two of which are ranked in the Top 100. Pitcher Franklin Perez, outfielder Daz Cameron and catcher Jake Rogers are now member of the Tigers.

Perez is a 19 year old right handed pitcher who is ranked #54 by Baseball America and #84 by Baseball Prospectus. Perez started the 2017 season in high Class-A, but was moved up to Double-A. Combined he has pitched in 19 games, 16 of which where starts. He is 6-3 with an E.R.A. of 3.02 with one complete game and three saves.

Cameron is a 20 year old outfielder who is ranked #74 by Baseball America, #85 by Baseball Prospectus and #75 by Major League Baseball. Cameron has played in 120 games for Quad Cities in Class-A this season. He is hitting .271 with 14 home runs and 73 RBI’s. Cameron also has 12 stolen bases this season.

Rogers is a 22 year old catcher, but isn’t currently shown in any of the Top 100 rankings. Rogers has split this season between Class-A and high Class-A this season. Combined Rogers has played in 110 games. He’s hitting .263 with 18 home runs and 70 RBI’s. Rogers has also thrown out 46% of runners trying to steal against him. Interestingly Rogers also has 14 stolen bases this season, not bad for a catcher.

Those where the last four deal made before the trade deadline expired. How do you think these teams did with these trades? Did the Rangers and Angels find the guys that can get them into the wild card game? With the addition of Verlander are the Astros a serious World Series contender? Did the White Sox another prospect to add to their growing collection of young players? Last, but not least; are the Tigers going into rebuilding mode?

I’d love to know what you think about these deals or anything else sports related. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 30, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins is having an M.V.P. type of season. He hit his 51st home run last night and has 110 RBI”s already this season. The Marlins have improved to one games above the .500 mark at 66-65 and are in contention for a National league wild card spot. Miami is currently 5 1/2 games behind the Colorado Rockies for the 2nd National League wild card spot. Now that’s a lot of ground to make up, but it’s been interesting to see how the Marlins have found a way to turn their season around.

I guess what’s disappointing to me in this culture of baseball is with the season Stanton is having there is now talk that he’s using a performance enhancing drug. Stanton stands 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs around 250 pounds. Do people really believe that he needs assistance to hit home runs? Maybe it’s the fact that Stanton has been healthy this season. Stanton has played in 129 of the Marlins 131 games. Last season he played in 119 games and in 2015 he played in just 74 games. You would think an increase in games played and more at bats would equal more home runs for a power hitter. Now the 51 home runs is more than Stanton has hit in any season, but if you’ve spent any time watching baseball this season you know that the balls are flying farther than last season and that should account for the rise in home runs. The baseballs have actually been tested; so this is a fact. Who knows maybe I’m way off here and Stanton is some type of drug, but I don’t think I am. It’s just very sad to me that this is where we go when I guy is having the breakout type of season that people have been waiting for him to have. I guess that’s just how baseball is now.

In the 2nd inning of the game between the Boston red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays Red Sox lefty Chris Sale stuck out Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar. Now it was just one of 11 strikeouts Sale had in the game, but this one was his 1500th career strikeout. This was also the fastest that any pitcher in major league history has reached 1500 strikeouts. It took Sale 255 games and 1290 innings to amass that total and don’t forget that he was a reliever his first two big league seasons. It was former Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood who held the record. Wood reached 1500 strikeouts in 1300 innings.

Sale appears to be the front runner for the American League Cy Young award. With the won last night Sale is now 15-6 with an E.R.A. of 2.77. Right now Sale leads the American league in wins (15), innings pitched (185 1/3rd), and strikeouts (264). The only starting pitcher with a better E.R.A. than Sale is Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians who’s at 2.63. Sale has made 27 starts this season and will probably make five of six more starts this season depending on how the pennant race goes for the Red Sox. You’d have to think right now though Sale is at the top of just about everyone’s Cy Young ballot.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this, but there’s a company called Rep The Squad that is selling monthly subscriptions that allow fans to pick what jerseys they want to wear and have it shipped to them. Now I know this is done with video games and movies, but jerseys. When a subscriber returns a jersey the next in his queue or “locker” as  Rep The Squad calls it will be sent to them. By the way the jersey will be returned in prepaid envelopes. A monthly subscription costs $19.95 for adults and $16.95 for children.

Brian Watkins is the person behind this idea. Watkins hopes to eventually go into all major pro sports teams, but at launch; which is Wednesday, the company will only have jerseys for fans of the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. The company has acquired thousands of jerseys, including every look in every size for these teams.

Now I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing that I’m thinking. What happens when a jersey comes back dirty. Watkins is expecting jerseys to be returned dirty and he said that “the jerseys are immediately dry cleaned at no cost to the customer”. Now Watkins did mentioned that “There will be a charge, however, if a jersey were to come back all cut up”.

The Seattle based company is backed by Madrona Venture Group, which was one of the earliest Amazon investors and Maveron, which is was co-founded by Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz. Now there are some NFL players that are investors in this company. The NFL players invested in this company include Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin along with two former Seahawks. Golden Tate now a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions and offensive tackle Russell Okung now with the Los Angeles Chargers.

I’m very interested to know if you’d be interested in renting a jersey? I mentioned that they do this with video games and movies, but it’s also done with clothing and jewelry. I understand that jerseys are expensive to buy, but I’m just not sure about a rented jersey even if it’s been dry cleaned.

The Golden State Warriors have been to the last three NBA Finals and they’ve won two titles. With all of their superstars returning for the 2017-18 season you have to think that the Warriors are a lock to make the playoffs and if you do you can bet on it.

The Westgate Superbook is offering 1-1000odds that the Warriors make the playoffs. What does that mean? It means if you where to bet $100,000 on the Warriors making the playoffs you’d win $100. On the flipside if you bet $100 dollars on Golden State missing the playoffs and they actually did you’d win $10,000 dollars, but good luck with that bet.

If you don’t like that bet Westgate has set Golden State’s win total for the 2017-18 season at 67.5 games. The Warriors are projected to win 11 more regular season games than any other NBA team. The Boston Celtics are actually projected to have the second highest regular season win total at 56.5.

Are you laying your money down on any of these bets or is there a wager you like that’s out there?

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How was your week

Posted: August 26, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in Boxing, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

It’s Week 3 of the NFL pre=season and for most if not all teams that means the starters will play more than in any other pre-season game. Of course with more playing time there’s more chance of an injury happening and last night two playoff contenders lost a couple pf important offensive pieces.

Now we’re waiting on confirmation of his actually injury, but early reports are that New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman torn his ACL in Friday nights game against the Detroit Lions. The Patriots have an MRI scheduled for Edelman today to find out the extent of the injury.

The oddest thing about Edelman’s injury was that it was a non-contact injury. About two minutes into the game last night Edelman ran what’s called an “in-break: route. Edelman beat Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis and caught the football at the Detroit 29 yard-line. Edelman turned up field and planted his right foot into the ground or I guess turf would be a better word to avoid Lions safety Tavon Wilson and lunged forward for extra yardage like we’ve seen many receivers do at the end of a reception. As Edelman hit the ground he almost immediately grab the back of his right knee. Now Edelman was able to walk off the field under his own power, but was noticeably limping. After a few minutes of being looked at by the Patriots medical staff on the sidelines Edelman was carted to the locker room.

If Edelman is lost for the season the Patriots will have to find a way to replace his 98 catches and 1106 receiving yards from last season.

Just this off season Edelman signed a two year extension $6.5 million dollar extension to stay with the Patriots until though 2019.

No matter if Edelman miss the entire season or just a few games the Patriots will look to the newly acquired Bradin Cooks as well as Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell to fill his role.

The other injury Friday night was to Kansas City Chiefs starting running back Spencer Ware, but reports are it’s not as serious as first thought. Ware went down in the Chiefs first offensive series of their game last night against the Seattle Seahawks as he was fighting for extra yards on a swing pass.

As the played end Ware tried to get up, but ended up going back down to the ground grabbing his right knee. Ware was unable to put any weight on his injured knee and ended up having to be carted off of the field.

The original report was that Ware had torn the PCL ligament in his right knee, but Kansas City head coach Andy Reid said that Ware’s X-rays where negative. The Chiefs have scheduled an MRI for Ware on Saturday.

Ware took over as Kansas City’s #1 running back last season. He carried the football 214 times for 921 yards last season. Ware is also a big factor in the Chiefs passing offense. Ware added 33 receptions for 446 yards last season.

In the pre-season Ware has been splitting carries with rookie 3rd round pick Kareem Hunt and you have to think that if Ware is going to miss any time that Hunt would take over as the #1 running back for Kansas City. The Chiefs do have a couple of veteran running backs on their roster in Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller to turn to if needed.

Now earlier in the week Jacksonville Jaquars head coach Doug Marrone made it a point to say that the teams starting quarterback position was “up for grabs”.

After Chad Henne made the start in the Jaquars Week 3 pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers it looked like he’d be the guy under center on September 10th for Jacksonville’s Week 1 game against the Houston Texans. After Thursday nights pre-season game Marrone said he wasn’t ready to name a starter, but neither quarterback looked great in the game. Henne went 8 for 14 for 73 yards in the five series he played and Blake Bortles went 12 for 16 for 125 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception in the seven series he played. So after not being ready to announce a starter after the game Marrone turned right around on Friday and said that Bortles will be the starter for Jacksonville Week 1.

According to the team’s announcement, Bortles has only been named the starter for the  season opener and was not declaratively named the Jaquars’  starting quarterback for the entire season.

As it seems as though the Jaquars have no confidence in their quarterbacks it brings to mind the one burning quarterback question that’s floating around the NFL. Would the Jaquars sign Colin Kaepernick? Now in a radio interview before Thursday’s pre-season game Jacksonville’s owner Shad Kahn said that he would “absolutely” be OK with signing Kaepernick if recommended by Tom Coughlin and the teams coaching staff.

Now Kaepernick has met with a couple of other NFL teams, but has yet to receive a contract offer. Khan’s comments at least provide a possible opening for Kaepernick to return to an NFL team, but that move appears to be a long way off from happening.

Well I guess tonight is the big night if you’ve been drawn into the circus that was the set up to the Floyd Mayweather Colin McGregor fight.

The weigh-in was yesterday and both fighters came in under the 154 pound weight limit. In believe that earlier in the week there was some talk and it may have been started by Mayweather that McGregor wasn’t going to make weight. but he did. McGregor weighed in at 153 pounds and I found it interesting that his trainer said he’d be back up to almost 170 pounds by the time of the fight.

Now I’m in the group that doesn’t care about this fight at all. Where do you stand? Will you be buying the pay per view and watching at home either by yourself or maybe you’re having a viewing party? Will you be going out to watch the fight? Maybe your local watering hole is showing the fight. You might also be one of the people going to watch it on the closed circuit television broadcast. Who knows maybe you’re in Las Vegas right now and you’re going to be going to the fight tonight. Any way you watch it this fight is going to make a ton of money, but in the end will it be worth it. I never bought into the hype and I can’t justify pay the price to get it on pay per view, but if you are going to watch the fight let me know in the comments below how you’ll be viewing it.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 23, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

this season. T,he Cleveland cavaliers granted Kyrie Irving’s wish and traded him to the Boston Celtics in Tuesday. All in all it looks like Cleveland got a pretty good deal for Irving. In return for Irving the Celtics sent point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets 2018 1st round pick that the Celtics owned. It’s an unprotected 1st round pick; so the Cavaliers will receive the pick no matter where the Nets finish.

It was back in July when Irving met with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and said he’d like to be traded. In the meeting Irving mentioned that he’d like to go to a team where he could be the focal point and that he no longer wanted to play along LeBron James.

Irving is 25 years old and this will be his 7th NBA season. Irving has had some injury issues in his career, but he played in 72 games last season and posted his highest scoring average at 25.2 points per game while averaging just over 35 minutes a game.

Thomas is 28 years old, but is also heading into his 7th NBA season. The Celtics had the best record in the Eastern Conference last season at 53-29 as Thomas posted a career high scoring average of 28.9 points per game. Thomas also handed out 5.9 assists per game while playing just shy of 34 minutes a game. Now Thomas did have a hip injury that caused him to miss the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals series against the Cavaliers. Thomas has spent the off season rehabbing the injury as he opted not to have surgery. Interestingly the Cavaliers still acquired Thomas even though they don’t know when he’ll be able to return to the court.

Jae Crowder is 27 years old and is entering his 6th NBA season. Crowder averaged 13.9 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game and 1 steal per game for the Celtics last season in 72 games. Crowder has averaged scoring in double digits the last two seasons with Boston.

Ante Zizic was the Celtics 1st round pick in the 2016 draft, He was the 23rd pick in that draft, but he hasn’t played a game in the NBA since being drafted. Zizic played 20 games for Darussafaka in the European League. Zizic averaged 9 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. Zizic started 17 of the 20 games he played in and averaged playing just under 22 minutes per game.

As far as salaries go Irving has 3 years left on his deal. He’ll make $18,868,625 next season. It goes up to $20,009,188 in 2018-19 and then in the 2019-20 season he’ll make $21,329,750. Thomas is in the final year of his contract and will make $6,261,395 before becoming a free agent. Crowder has three seasons on his contract. He’ll make $6,796,117 this season. In 2018-19 he’ll make $7,305,825 and then in the final year of his contract his salary will be $7,815,533. Zizic signed a two year deal that totals $3,597,960. Zizic’s contract has two options years for the 2019-20 and 2020-2021 seasons.

This is an interesting deal especially since it was made by the two teams that net in the Eastern Conference finals last season. The Celtics have added Gordon Hayward as a free agent and they used the #3 pick in the draft to take Jayson Tatum all in an effort to get past the Cavaliers and into the NBA Finals. Will the addition of Irving be enough for them to do that? Or do you still have the Cavaliers as the favorite in the Eastern Conference?

If you’re a Cavaliers fan the question you have to be asking is; how does this trade effect LeBron James status. James is in the final year of his contract and most people think he’ll leave the Cavaliers as a free agent after the season. Now getting that Nets 1st round pick that should be a lottery pick, but they’re not going to get someone the caliber of James with that draft pick. Of course James can get more money from the Cavaliers than he can from any other team, but it appears in all likely hood he’ll be moving on after the 2017-18 season. With James the Cavaliers are a threat to win the NBA title, but if he decides to move on where does that leave the Cavaliers?

Professional athletes use social media for quite a few things and it appears that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Von Bell used his Twitter account to imply he’ll return to the Steelers the day after the teams final pre-season game. Bell simply tweeted out 9-1-17 and the a tweet that said you’re welcome.

Bell was given the franchise tag by the Steelers and is scheduled to make $12.1 million this season. Bell skipped training camp and hasn’t signed his franchise tender yet as he tries to get a new contract done with the Steelers. You’d have to expect that when Bell and the Steelers agree to a contract he’ll be the highest paid running back in the NFL. Devonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons is currently the highest paid running back in the NFL. Freeman’s new contract pays him an average of $8.25 million per season; so look for a number above that in Bell’s new contract.

The Steelers open the season on the road as they’ll travel to Cleveland to face the Browns on September 10th.

Now this is the third week of pre-season games for NFL teams and that means that the starters will play more than in any other pre-season game.

Now this will give the fans and of course fantasy players a good look at the starters. The first thing that jumped out at me was the fact that the Browns have decided to start rookie DeShone Kizer over Brock Osweiler at quarterback. Now does this mean that Kizer will be the Browns starting quarterback in Week 1; who knows, but remember when Kizer was drafted the Browns mentioned that the plan was to bring him along slowly and they even went so far as to say that he might not play in a 2017 regular season game. Of course this is Cleveland; so you never know what they’re going to do, but it’s something to watch.

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How was your week

Posted: August 19, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

It seems as though just in the last few days some of the top contenders in the National league have lost some of the best pitchers to injury. Now I’m not sure if it’s the new shorter 10-day disabled list that makes teams quicker to put players on it or if there have just been a rash of injuries. Will any of these recent injuries help decide which team will represent the National League in the World Series?

The Washington Nationals have a 14 games lead in the N.L. East heading into play today. It looked as though the Nationals where going to get their starting rotation back in order as Steven Strasburg is scheduled to come off the 10-day disabled list to start Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres.

Then before last nights game Max Schrezer was scratched from his scheduled start and was placed on the 10-day DL with neck inflammation. If you remember back on August 1st Scherzer pitched one inning against the Miami Marlins before having to come out of the game for the same injury. Now it’s being reported that Scherzer has the same injury, but that it’s on the opposite side of his neck.

Now when the Nationals placed Scherzer on the DL they made it retroactive to August 15th; so it appears as though Scherzer’s next start will be August 24th against the New York Mets.

Now just a week ago the St, Louis Cardinals where on and 8-game winning streak and appeared to back in contention for the N.L. Central title. The Cardinals have a 2-3 record since the winning streak, but are still just 1 1/2 games out of 1st place. Now the Cardinals will have to deal with injuries to not one, but two if their key pitchers.

First in Thursday the Cardinals placed closer Trevor Rosenthal on the 10-day DL with what they described as right posterior elbow irritation. Then after some medical tests on Friday the Cardinals placed starter Adam Wainwright on the 10-day DL with a right elbow impingement.

Rosenthal recently regained the closers role with the Cardinals and had saved 7 consecutive games until August 16th when he gave up 2 runs while not recording an out in the Cardinals 5-4 loss t the Boston Red Sox.

Rosenthal is going to seek a 2nd opinion next week before it’s decided if he’ll need surgery to repair the ligament.

Adam Wainwright made his scheduled start on Thursday, but threw just 55 pitches and lasted just 3 innings while giving up 5 runs. The Cardinals are hoping that rest not surgery will allow Wainwright to recover, but there is no timetable for his return.

Thursday continued to be a bad day for pitchers as Cubs starter Jon Lester lasted just 1 2/3rds innings in his start and threw just 46pitches. At the time it was reported that Lester left the game due to tightness in his left lat. On Friday the Cubs placed Lester on the DL with left shoulder fatigue. This is another situation where the Cubs believe that Lester simply needs a rest.

The same day Lester went on the DL the Cubs also placed reliever Justin Grimm om the DL. Grimm has an infection in his right index finger.

Is it odd that we seem to be seeing more and more injuries to pitchers when they throw less and less? It’s rare that a pitcher throws 200 innings in a season and as soon as a starter gets to the 100 pitch mark in a game the announcers start talking about him coming out of the game soon. How many pitchers even male more than 30 starts in a season? Even with things like innings limits and pitch counts in place teams just can’t seem to keep their pitchers healthy. Remember when Nolan Ryan took over as President of the Texas Rangers he talked about allowing pitchers to go out and throwing innings and the new style sabermetrics community killed him for that. Was Ryan on the right track? Would pitcher being stronger and throwing more innings in the minors not less help them develop into major league pitchers that could handle the grind of a 162 season.

If you’ve played baseball or just watched enough of it you’ve probably heard someone use the term “have a day”. Well last night Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles had a day.

Machado went 3 for 5 with all three hits being home runs and he also drove in 7 runs in the Orioles 9-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Machado’s night started off with a ground out in the bottom of the 1st inning, but he came back in the bottom of the with a 2-run home run to centerfield off of Angels starter Andrew Heaney. Machado then led off the bottom of the 5th inning with his second home run and second off of Heaney. This one was a solo shot to leftfield. In the bottom of the 7th inning Machado made the final out of the inning as he flew out to rightfield against Angels reliever Blake Parker. Machado’s 5th and final at bat of the night came in the bottom of the 9th innings with the Orioles down by two (7-5) and the bases loaded. Of course since Machado had a 3 homer night he hit a game winning grand slam to centerfield off of Angels reliever Keynan Middleton to give the Orioles a 9-7 win in walk off fashion.

Machado has had his struggles this season, but looks to be starting to get back in his groove. Going into the All-Star break Machado was hitting just .230. Machado had such a poor first half that he failed to make the American League All-Star team after making it the previous two seasons. Now after the All-Star break Machado has really picked it up as he’s hitting .343 and it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the better Machado played the closer the Orioles got to a playoff spot.

Baltimore is still an under .500 team at 60-62, but with Machado’s resurgence the Orioles now find themselves just two games out of the final American League wild card spot. Can Machado stay hot and lead the Orioles to one of those wild card spots? Who knows; there are currently 8 teams battling for just one playoff spot. The New York Yankees have one of the wild card spots and they have a 3 1/2 game lead over the Minnesota Twins and the Angels who are currently tied for the second wild card spot. The Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners are 1/2 games out of that second spot while the Texas Rangers are 1 1/2 games out of a wild card spot followed by the Orioles. Right behind Baltimore you’ll find the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay rays who are 3 games out of a wild card spot.

Can you believe there where people who didn’t want to see baseball add these wild card spots. I enjoy tradition as much as the next guy, but by adding the wild card spots baseball has found a way to keep more team in a playoff race and that has to help keep their fans engaged with football season just around the corner.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 16, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Now we’ve mentioned it a few times here that teams can still make trades as long as their player clears waivers. Now there have been some bigger name players that have cleared waivers. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays both made it through the waiver process, but neither player has been traded yet. Now a new name that I head for the first time yesterday that made it through waivers was Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.

Stanton has a full no-trade clause on his contract; so he’d have to approve any deal that the Marlins tried to make. Of course Stanton would come along with a huge contract. He is signed through the year 2027 with an option for the 2028 season. Stanton still has $285 million left ion his contract and the option year is for $25 million or there’s a $10 million dollar buy out. Now Stanton does have an opt out clause after the year 2020, but I don’t know why he would take that. Stanton also has some incentives built into the contract. He’ll receive $50,000 for every Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and All-Star appearance he makes. He gets $100,000 for every M.V.P. award he wins. He gets a $250,000 bonus if he was to win a League Championship Series M.V.P. and then he’d get a $500,000 bonus if he was to be named M.V.P. of the World Series.

Now with the monetary value of Stanton’s contract you could eliminate any small market team from acquiring him, but there are some big time contenders that wouldn’t have an issue adding a player like Stanton and that salary to their roster. If a team was picking up all of the money left on Stanton’s contract you’d have to think they wouldn’t have to give up as much in trade for him. Just imagine how he’d look in the middle of a contenders line up. Let’s take a look at the teams that could be a landing spot for Stanton.

How about the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox home run numbers have been down this season, but Stanton would fix that in a hurry. Now the Red Sox would have to move one of their outfielders in this type of deal. So maybe they package a Jackie Bradley Jr. and maybe a top prospect in a Stanton deal. I’m not sure if the Red Sox would really be willing to move Mookie Betts or Andrew Benintendi, but for a player of Stanton’s caliber they might.

Then there’s the New York Yankees. For years the Yankees have signed player to large contracts; so adding this type of a contract would be no issue for them at all. The Yankees would also have to move a starting outfielder in a deal for Stanton, but I don’t think they’d be interested in giving up Aaron Judge and would the Marlins have any interest at all in Brett Gardner or Jacoby Ellsbury. Adding a prospect or two in two sweeten a deal wouldn’t be an issue for the Yankees as they’ve built up their farm system the last few seasons.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are another team who’d have no trouble carrying the salary that comes along with Stanton. The Dodgers also have one of the top farm systems in baseball; so they’d have the prospects to add into a deal. Now who could headline a deal for the Stanton for the Dodgers; how about Yasiel Puig. The Marlins play in a highly Cuban populated area of Miami and Puig is Cuban born. If Puig was sent to the Marlins in this type of deal he could be the new face of the franchise for the new Miami ownership group.

The Chicago Cubs also fit into this category. The Cubs would have no problems with Stanton’s salary, but what could they send the Marlins back in return. The Cubs had traded pretty much every prospect in their minor league system, but what about someone off the major league roster. Would the Marlins be interested in someone like Kyle Schwarber and whatever minor leaguers the Cubs could find to make this deal. Imagine a Cubs batting order featuring Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo hitting in front of Stanton with a healthy Willson Contreras behind Stanton in the order.

Oddly the first team I heard that had express interest at the trade deadline where the Philadelphia Phillies. Philadelphia is having a down year and are currently 31 games under .500 and 28 games out of 1st place in the N.L. East. Now the Phillies have a young team and Stanton would be a great add in the middle of that line up, but do they have the pieces to get a Stanton deal done and then would the Marlins be interested in trading him within the division.

Stanton would be a good fit for any team that would deal for him, but you have to wonder if this is a move the new ownership group would want to make. If you where to trade a player of Stanton status; would you alienate your fan base right as you’re taking over ownership of the team? Stanton is clearly the face of the Marlins franchise and could be on his way to winning his first M.V.P. award.

Stanton is a great player who has had some injury issues, but we’re seeing what he can do this season when he’s healthy. He’s owed a lot of money and there are a lot of years left in his contract, but just start to imagine what he’d look like in your favorite teams line up. Stanton has never been to the playoffs in his eight years with the Marlins, but how good would he look on a line up card hitting at the top of the order for a World Series contender.

I’m not sure if there’s another player who’s going to make it through waivers that could be the kind of difference maker that Stanton could be. Would you like to see your favorite team make a deal for Stanton with the money he’s owed and the years left in his contract? Please leave your comments.

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How was your week

Posted: August 12, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

As we enter the dog days of August there are still three division races up for grabs and of course those four wild card spots are making things very interesting. At this time of the baseball season one good hot streak can get you back in the playoff hunt and there are a couple of teams that have used hot streaks to get back into contention.

The Baltimore Orioles recently went on a streak where they won eight out of ten games and out themselves back into the conversation for a wild card spot. Remember the Orioles took a lot of heat for being buyers at the non-waive trade deadline instead of sellers. Now a west coast trip has kind of slowed the Orioles momentum down, but they are still just two games out of a wild card spot.

Then there’s a team like the Minnesota Twins who actually did trade a starting pitcher and their closer at the non-waiver traded deadline. The Twins now find themselves with the longest active winning streak in the American League at six games and have came back to grab the second wild card spot. You have to wonder if they regret dealing those pitchers now.

The hottest team in baseball right now is the St. Louis Cardinals who have won seven straight games and not only got themselves back into the race for a wild card spot, but have mixed into 2nd place in the National League Central and are just one game behind the division leading Chicago Cubs.

Staying in the National League Central the Pittsburgh Pirates have won seven of their last ten games and have jumped back into the conversation of being a playoff team. Pittsburgh just like St. Louis finds themselves closer to the top of their division (3 1/2 games) than they do in the wild card race where they’re 6 1/2 games out of a wild card spot.

A hot streak at the right time can also help a division leader get a little breathing room at the top. The Boston Red Sox eight game winning streak just came to an end last night, but that streak helped the Red Sox to a 3 1/2 game lead in the American League East.

The Cleveland Indians used a none game winning streak at the end of July to try and separate themselves at the top of the American League Central. Cleveland has played a little under .500 baseball since the winning streak ended, but they currently have a 3 1/2 game lead in their division.

Of course on the flip side of this a badly time losing streak or just playing .500 baseball at the wrong time can cost you games in the standings and a playoff berth.

The Kansas City Royals had a nine game winning streak towards the end of July that them right back into the division race and a wild card spot. Now the Royals have lost five games in a row and seven of their last eight games. The losing streak has dropped the Royals to 3rd in their division and while they’re just 1 1/2 games out of a wild card spot there are three teams ahead of them in the wild card race.

Then there’s the case of the Milwaukee Brewers who where probably the best story from the first half of the season. Milwaukee is 9-18 since the All-Star break and are currently on a six game losing streak. After leading the National League Central for most of not all of the first half of the season Milwaukee is now tired for 3rd place with Pittsburgh and are three games out of 1st place.

Now if you’re going to make the playoffs out of the National League Central you’re going to half to win the division because there’s virtually no chance that a wild card team will come from that division.

Of course the amazing thing about baseball is the fact that any team on a losing streak can quickly turn things around and go on a long winning streak. Just look at the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox are tied with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the second longest winning streak in the American League at four games. Interestingly the first three wins in the White Sox current four game winning streak came against the team with the best record in the American League the Houston Astros.

While the Chicago Cubs showed some power last night hitting a couple of home runs and getting a 8-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks you have to wonder if they suffered an injury this week that will be difficult for them to over come.

Before Friday’s win over the Diamondbacks they placed their starting catcher Willson Contreras on the disabled list. It appears as though Contreras will miss four to six weeks with a right hamstring strain. Contreras had been the best player on the Cubs this season and joined the conversation as one of the best two-way catchers in baseball as well as an M.V.P. candidate.

The question now is can or how will the Cubs replace Contreras? Now the Cubs did go out and acquired Alex Avila at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Detroit Tigers and you have to think that he’ll handle the bulk of the catching duties. Avila has played in just five games for the Cubs and is hitting .182 with two home runs and four RBI’s. Victor Caratini was brought back from Triple-A to catch some games as well, but he struggled in limited playing time the last time he was up. Caratini played just eleven games the last time he was brought up. He hit .192 with just one home run and two RBI’s. Caratini has shown he can hit at Triple-A. He was hitting .344 for the Iowa Cubs and you have to wonder if he’s given some regular playing time if he’ll hit at the major league level. Now there is an interesting option for the Cubs, but there’s just no way Kyle Schwarber can catch on an everyday basis. Schwarber caught in college and did a little bit of catching coming through the Cubs minor league system and with the Cubs as well. Maybe Schwarber could be use to spell Avila who has had some injury issues the last couple of seasons. Avila played just 57 games last season and 67 games in 2015 due to injuries and you have to wonder if he can handle being the everyday catcher.

Now besides Contreras’ hitting the Cubs will have to hope that one of there catchers will be able to step up and replace him o the defensive side. Contreras has thrown out 28% of runners those season and this is while handling a itching staff that has Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta on it. Those are two of the easier pitchers n baseball to steal on.  There where four successful stolen base attempts with no one being thrown against Caratini during his first call up. Avila hasn’t thrown out anyone out in the three attempts against him since joining the Cubs, but he was throwing out 33% of runners trying to steal when he was with the Detroit Tigers.

I think that this was the worst injury that the Cubs could’ve had and they way they replace Contreras will be the deciding factor on if they win the National League Central and go to the playoffs or if they’re at home watching another team win the World Series this season.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 9, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Depending on how big of a fan you are football season may be sneaking up and you along with your fantasy draft. Slowly but surely I’ve been trying to take a look at which players I should target and which players I can let go. Now I’m just getting started on this; there is something I’ve notice. We run our league through the Yahoo website and as I was looking at their player rankings the one thing that jumps out is that running backs are back. Last season the rankings featured the wide receiver, but coming into this season running backs take up six of the Top 10 spots in the rankings. They also hold the first two spots with David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals at #1 and Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers at #2. This is quite a change from last season.

Now it’s not like the wide receivers have went anywhere. The Top 20 spots are split evenly with 10 wide receivers and 10 running backs holding down those spots. In case your wondering the first quarterback comes in at #30 and that’s Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.

Now in our leagues where we actually start two running backs a week it can be tough to find guys and you normally have to hit your second running back to compete. Last season I was a big believer in LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills and he paid off big for me. Of course after the way he played last season I won’t be able to sneak him by anyone this season. So where do we go looking for running backs.

Maybe you’re buying one of the rookies and you’re going to try and land Leonard Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaquars or Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers. They should be the first two rookie running backs off the board. Then there’s Joe Mixon of the Cincinnati Bengals. I’ve really seen a lot of the fantasy experts high on Mixon, but he’s in a crowded backfield with Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard. Are there enough carries to go around? As we get closer to the regular season we might be able to add Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings into the conversation. Depending on how the Latavius Murray injury goes Cook could pick up some carries. Now one more rookie running back to check in on could be Samaje Perine of the Washington Redskins.

If you’re not sold on one of the rookie running backs maybe you’re looking for a veteran player who needs to bounce back. C.J. Anderson of the Denver Broncos was a solid running back going into last season, but was slowed by an injury. He could be a bounce back type of guy. Can the San Francisco 49ers be improved enough to make Carlos Hyde a fantasy value this season? Adrian Peterson is another guy coming back from an injury, but he’s with a new team that throws the football more than they run it. It’s going to be interesting to see how he fits in there.

Now there are some old faces in new places to take a look at besides Peterson. Marshawn Lynch has returned to the NFL and is now with the Oakland Raiders. Eddie Lacy is with the Seattle Seahawks. LeGarrette Blount is now with the Philadelphia Eagles while Mike Gillislee is with the New England Patriots and the oft injured Jamal Charles is a member of the Denver Broncos.

Now with all the movement at the running back position it looks like there are two guys who could really benefit from it and pay off for you in fantasy. Ty Montgomery looks to be the #1 running back in Green Bay and Spencer Ware appears to be the #1 running back in Kansas City. If they get the touches a #1 running back would get both of these guys could be good fantasy options.

Now I’m sure there’s a running back or two I left out here, but as we get closer to the regular season will take another look at the position and try to come up with some type of draft order for these guys. If there’s a running back you think should be included please leave their name in the comments.

While we’re on football it’s being reported that the Atlanta Falcons have signed running back Devonta Freeman to a 5 year contract extension worth $41.25 million dollars. The deal also includes a $15 million dollar signing bonus. On average Freeman will make $8.25 million dollars per season. The only running back who will make more this season is Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now Bell is under the franchise tag and will make $12.12 million dollars this season, but as far as running backs under multiyear deals Freeman is now the highest paid of them all. Freeman unseats LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills as the highest paid running back. McCoy will make $8.010 million dollars in 2017. Doug Martin of the Tampa  at Buccaneers is next on the list as he’ll make $7.15 million dollars for the 2017 season.

Freeman is a two time Pro Bowl player and has put up back to back season of over 1000 yards rushing. Freeman also scored 11 rushing touchdowns in each of the last two seasons. Freeman is also an asset in the passing game as he’s caught 157 passes in his three year career.

Out of all of the four major sports baseball has to be the toughest one to predict on a game to game basis. Here’s just one example for you.

The Houston Astros are considered the best team in the American League while the Chicago White Sox have the worst record in baseball since the All-Star break. The Astros sent a Cy Young award winner in Dallas Keuchel to the mound on Tuesday night while the White Sox countered with 5-11 Derek Holland. The Astros are 30 games over .500 while the White Sox are 24 games under .500. So with everything pointing to what should’ve been an easy Astros victory the White Sox go out and beat them 8-5. Now this is something that happens multiple times in baseball on a daily basis which makes it so much different than any other sport. It’s rare in the other three sports that a team that is at the bottom of the standings beats a team that’s at the top of the standings unless it’s the NBA and the better team is sitting it’s top guys out. Now it’s true that most of the time the better team wins the game, but a situation like this is one of the reasons that baseball is always interesting to watch.

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