How was your week

Posted: April 8, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Now I’m never going to try and claim to be a golf experts, but The Masters in the one tournament that I will actually watch. I didn’t catch much of the first two days of play, but I kept up with the leaderboard. On Friday I had some bad luck trying to catch some action as every time I turned it on they where either at commercial or talking to each other in the clubhouse. Today (Saturday) is called “moving day” so will see if there’s someone outside of the Top 5 that can make a run at or to the top of the leaderboard.

Now going into today’s round there’s a four way tie for 1st place. Charley Hoffman, Sergio Garcia, Thomas Pieters and Rickie Fowler are all -4 under par and tie for the lead. There where some other names I recognized. Justin Rose is -1 under par and tied for 3rd place. Fred Couples is also in that group at -1 under in 3rd place. Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson are all Even par and tied for 4th place. I have to admit when there are names I know on the leaderboard I’m a little more interested.

Now I have no idea who will end up winning the tournament, but I know there will be a new champion. Last years winner Danny Willett missed the cut after the first two rounds. Willett is the first defending champion not to make the cut since 2004 (Mike Weir), but he has quite a bit of company. Besides Willett 10 former Masters champions missed the cut and won’t be teeing off this weekend.

Now we’re just a few games into the 2017 baseball season; so there’s no need to panic. While it’s always better to see your favorite team get out of the gate quickly. Sometimes it just doesn’t happen for your team. So if you root for the San Francisco Giants (1-4) or the Seattle Mariners (1-4) don’t panic, but also if you’re a fame of the 4-0 Minnesota Twins or the 3-0 Baltimore Orioles don’t start buying our playoff tickets just yet. While wins and losses don’t concern me at all this early in the season what I do worry about are the players getting off to a slow start.

Now I don’t think that a player like Jose Altuve will hit .143 this season there is a little concern on when he will start to hit. If you took a shot with Albert Pujols as a late fantasy pick he’s hitting .050 to start the season. The 2016 National League M.V.P. is hitting .063 to start the season. Now all these players are just about 20 at bats or so into the season and while there’s no chance at all that any of these players will end up hitting what they’re hitting right now the longer they take to get going the more their fans are going to be concerned and if they take too long to get going the panic will start.  Of course with the bad there’s the good, but the same thing applies. Don’t get caught up with what these guys are hitting because they’re not going to hit .500 for the season. Nomar Mazara (.588) the Texas Rangers young outfield, J. T. Realmuto (.583) the Miami Marlins catcher, Zach Cozart (.538) the Cincinnati Reds shortstop and Matt Kemp (.500) the Atlanta Braves outfielder are all hitting .500 or better to start off the season. While this is great for that players team and of course the fans that root for them. None of these guys have more than 17 at bats this season; so don’t expect them to stay at or above .500 for a long period of time.

Luckily there haven’t been any serious injuries to start the season off, but there have been some pitchers who made their first start of the season and then headed to the disabled list. Junior Guerra who was the opening day starter for the Milwaukee Brewers made his start and then went to the disabled list with strained right calf. After Garret Richards made his start for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim he headed to the disabled list with a right bicep strain. After getting a big free agent contract this off season it took Rich Hill of the Los Angeles Dodgers just one start to make his way onto the disabled list. Hill was put on baseballs new 10-day disabled list with a blister on his left middle finger. With these type of injuries it looks as though will see all of these top of the rotation starters return after their 10 days on the disable list is up. If you own Richards or Hill in your fantasy league make sure to keep an eye on them because the injuries they have can reoccur very easily.

Sunday is the final day of the NHL regular season and barring any major shake ups here are the 1st round playoff series we’ll see.

In the Eastern Conference the Montreal Canadiens against the New York Rangers. Montreal won two of the three games these teams played this season, but one of them was in a shootout. The Rangers actually have 100+ points on the season, but are going to get into the playoffs as a wild card. The Ottawa Senators face the Boston Bruins. These teams met four times during the regular season with Ottawa winning all four games. The Washington Capitals take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Washington won the President’s trophy, but Toronto did manage to win one of the three games in the regular season series. Toronto hasn’t been in the playoffs in 12 years. The Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. These teams split their regular season series 2-2 with two of the games going into overtime. Both of these teams are 100 point teams on the season and one of them will be out after one round.

Over in the Western Conference will see.

The Anaheim Ducks against the Calgary Flames. Anaheim won four of the five match ups between these two teams in the regular season. The Edmonton Oilers face the San Jose Sharks. Edmonton took three of the five games these two teams played this season and one of the Sharks win was in overtime. The Chicago Blackhawks face the Nashville Predators. The Blackhawks are the highest scoring team in the Western Conference with 108 points. Nashville managed one win in the five match ups these teams played this season. The Minnesota Wild face off against the St. Louis Blues. While Minnesota was the better team in the regular season point wise the Blues won the season series three games to two, but one of the St. Louis wins was in a shootout.

The 1st round of the NHL playoffs always seems to produce an upset or two; so will have to see which higher seeded team may be headed home after one round.

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If you’re a Chicago Bulls fans you know that Thursday nights game are the type of games that have been giving the Bulls trouble all season. For some reason the Bulls struggle against teams under .500 and on Tuesday night they where beaten easily by the sub-.500 New York Knicks and in their last game against the Philadelphia 76ers the 76ers won easily 117-107. This time none of those Bulls issues came up as they look to lock down an Eastern Conference playoff spot with a 102-90 win over Philadelphia.

There where a couple of ties early in the 1sy quarter before the Bulls where able to take a bit of a lead. Chicago built a five point lead on two occasions , but Philadelphia was able to come back and cut the lead to one point with 5:03 left in the quarter. An 8 to 3 run pushed the Bulls lead to six points, but again the 76ers fought back cutting the lead to two points with 2:34 left in the quarter. Philadelphia didn’t score the rest of the 1st quarter as the Bulls finished on an 8 to 0 run to take a 27-17 lead after one quarter.

The teams traded baskets early in the 2nd quarter, but the Bulls did manage to add four points to their lead and with 8:11 left in the quarter Chicago was ahead 40-26. Philadelphia went on a 17 to 7 run to cut the Bulls lead to four points 47-43 with 2:49 left in the quarter. The Bulls did manage to add a couple of points to their lead before halftime as they went into the locker room with a 53-47 lead.

The Bulls really established their lead in the 3rd quarter. Right from the start the Bulls scored 7 of the first 10 points to push the lead into double digits at 60-50 with 10:27 left in the quarter. Philadelphia was only able to knock the lead under double digits three times in the quarter and the Bulls led at one time by 16 points. At the end of the quarter Chicago added seven points to it’s halftime lead as they took a 13 point lead 80-67 heading into the final quarter.

Philadelphia was never able to get closer than 10 points. With 7:52 left in the game Chicago was ahead 84-74, but the 76ers where never able to get the lead under double digits and even though they did outscored the Bulls in the final quarter (23-22) it didn’t make enough of a difference as Chicago was able to cruise to a 102-90 victory.

Nikola Mirotic led all scorers with 22 points for the Bulls while Jimmy Butler posted a triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Butler assists total was a game high. Jerain Grant scored 15 points while Joffrey Lauvergne added 14 points off the bench. Bobby Portis also came off the Bulls bench to post a double-double with 12 points and a game high 11 rebounds.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot was the 76ers leading scorer with 18 points. Justin Anderson added 17 points while Richaun Holmes added 10 points and tied for the team lead in rebounds with 10. Nik Stauskas added 13 points off of the 76ers bench. T.J. McConnell led the 76ers in assists with 8 assists while Dario Saric tied for the team lead in rebounds with 10.

With the win the Bulls improve to 39-40 on the season and they are still holding onto 7th place in the Eastern Conference. Chicago gets a day off before they face the team with the worst record in the NBA; the 19-60 Brooklyn Nets in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon. Philadelphia falls to 28-51 with the loss. The 76ers also get a day off before they host the 40-39 Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night.

The Chicago Bulls four game winning streak came to a screeching halt last night in a manner you’d expect as they dropped a 100-91 decision to the New York Knicks. If you’ve spent any time watching the Bulls this season this is exactly the type of game they have lost. The Knicks have been eliminated from the eastern Conference playoffs race and where 19 games under .500 coming into this game. Add all that up and they had no trouble at all ending the Bulls winning streak.

The 1st quarter was played pretty evenly as there where six ties between the two teams in the quarter. The biggest lead either team had in the quarter was five points. New York had two five point leads in the quarter at 19-14 and the other at the end of the 1st quarter at 29-24. The biggest lead the Bulls could build in the quarter was four points and that was very early in the game when they where ahead 8-4.

The Knicks immediately built their lead to 17 points in the 2nd quarter. New York went on a 15 to 3 run to start the quarter and take a 44-27 lead. Shortly after their run the Knicks lead reached 20 points at 49-29 with 3:42 left to play. The Bulls spent the rest of the quarter trying to cut into the Knicks lead. The Bulls did knock six points off of the New York lead as they went in at halftime down 14 points 54-40.

The quarter started off pretty even with the Knicks holding their 14 point lead at 60-46 with 8:06 left in the quarter. The Knicks then scored the next nine points in the game and took a 23 point lead at 69-46 with 6:03 left to play. The Knicks where able to keep their lead at 20 points 76-56 with 2:14 left in the quarter. Chicago finished the quarter on a 8 to 4 run to get the Knicks lead down to 16 points at 80-64.

With the outcome of the game pretty much determined the Bulls had their best offensive quarter of the game scoring 27 points. It was the only quarter in this game where the Bulls actually outscored the Knicks. New York scored 20 points in the 4th quarter. The closest the Bulls got was with :07 seconds left in the game at 98-91, but the Knicks scored the final two points of the game to get it to it’s final of 100-91.

Carmelo Anthony was the Knicks leading scorer with 23 points. Courtney Lee had 14 points while Maurice Ndour added 13 points and tied for the game high in rebounds with 12. Coming off the Knicks bench Justin Holiday scored 12 points while Mindaugas Kuzminskas added 11 points. Kyle O’Quinn also grabbed 12 rebounds to tie Ndour for the game lead in rebounds.

Jimmy Butler was the games high scorer with 26 points. Nikola Mirotic added 21 points and grabbed a team high 10 rebounds. Robin Lopez added 11 points and Anthony Morrow came off the Bulls bench to contribute 15 points. Rajon Rondo handed out a game high 9 assists for the Bulls.

Chicago drops to 38-40 with the loss, but they are still holding onto 7th place in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls get a day off before they head to Philadelphia to face the 28-50 76ers on Thursday night. The win makes the Knicks 30-48 on the season. New York also gets a day off before they host the 47-31 Washington Wizards Thursday night.

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 5, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Major League Baseball season started on Sunday with three games, but I’m a little confused if that was considered opening day or not. It seems as though it’s open to your interpretation, but I’m not sure if the fans, the experts and the reporters should be allowed to make that choice. It use to be very simple; there was a parade in Cincinnati and the Reds played the first game of the season. It was also a school holiday ion Cincinnati; which I’m sure the kids miss. So we had the three games on Sunday and then I saw an article about a writers take from opening day and all he talked about was the Monday games. Now it was the first game of the season on Monday for the teams that where playing; so it was their opening day, but it wasn’t baseballs opening day like this writer said it was. Now the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers game got delayed; so they didn’t start the season until Tuesday and while that was opening day for those teams no one implied that it was the opening day of the season. I was always under the impression that opening day was the day that the first games of the season was played. Now maybe it’s just me being picky about the wording they use for this, but it bothered me that they where trying to stretch out opening day to try to make it seem special. Now this isn’t necessary as a teams first home game is always special no matter if it’s played on the first day of the season or if they have to wait a day to get started. As you know I’m not a professional reporter or a television personality, but it almost seems like they’re trying to get something past you by trying to describe everything as opening day. Maybe this is just another situation where it’s just me.

Now I’ve been under the weather this week and I’ve been having trouble sleeping; so I’m up in the middle of the night trying to find something to watch on television. Naturally I gravitate to the sports channels and since baseball started I look for baseball highlights. Now what would’ve technically been early Tuesday morning I was watching some highlights and the game with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Oakland A’s came up. Now I get it this isn’t a marquee game; so I didn’t expect a ton of highlights. Now this was a game that the A’s won 4-2, but the highlight they chose to show was a Mike Trout home run. Interestingly in the game Khris Davis of Oakland hit two home runs, but I didn’t get to see either of them in the highlight package. I only found out Davis hit two home runs when I looked at the box score. This make absolutely no sense to me at all. I understand that everyone loves Mike Trout and they’ll be looking for ways to give him the M.V.P. award no matter what kind of a season anyone else in the American League has, but really you couldn’t mention a player who hit two home runs. When you think about it; it’s kind of sad. It seems as though networks will push their own agenda over showing what went on in a baseball game. Now I’ve said this and have wrote this a million times Mike Trout is the best player on baseball, but he wasn’t the M.V.P. last season. Trout had a very good 2016, but it wasn’t better than the season Mookie Betts or Jose Altuve had and both of their teams made the playoffs. Now how many times have you heard someone dissuade a great season a player is having because he’s on a losing team. I guarantee that you didn’t hear that one time last season even though the Angels where under .500 and nowhere close to being a playoff team. In a sense it cheapens the game of baseball, but sadly this is another one of those situations where I’m the only one on this bandwagon and I just don’t have the platform to get my point across. Even if I did I’m sure they would just make up another sabermetric stat to disprove me.

We’ve already had two games cancelled today. The White Sox and the Tigers are cancelled for the second time in their three game series and the other Chicago team the Cubs have been cancelled as well. The Cubs where suppose to wrap up a three game series against the St, Louis Cardinals this afternoon. The Kansas City Royals at the New York Yankees is the only game now with a Noon start time; so we’ll have to wait and see if they get all of the night games in.

With the NBA season winding down it looks like there could be up to four teams with an under .500 record that will make the playoffs. It appears as though the final two teams that get into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference will be under .500 and the final team in the Western Conference will be under .500. There is an outside chance that the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference will be an under .500 as well. The Atlanta Hawks are currently that 6th seed and they’re 39-38 on the season; so it will be close.

Does it bother you to see teams with losing records make the playoffs? I don’t have too much of an issue with this as the first round of the NBA playoffs is pretty much a joke anyway. When was the last time we saw a first round upset that wasn’t a 5th seed beating a 4th seed. It’s not the ideal situation when these type of teams make the playoffs, but in the scheme of the playoffs does it matter? I think the bigger problem with the NBA playoff is the fact that all of these series are now seven games.

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The Chicago Bulls picked up their 5th win in a row Sunday afternoon with a 117-110 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. The Bulls have also won six of their last seven games and what might be even more impressive they won back to back games on the road. That’s one of the tougher things to do in the NBA.

Chicago scored six of the games first eight points, but New Orleans quickly came right back to tie the game at six all. The Bulls then went on an 11 to 2 to take a 17-8 lead with 5:50 left in the quarter. The Bulls where never able to push their lead into double digits and when Solomon Hill hit a lay up the Pelicans where within two at 23-21. The Bulls scored the final five points of the quarter to take a 28-21 lead after one quarter of play.

The Bulls started the 2nd quarter by scoring the first seven points and pushing their lead to 14 points 35-21. The closest the Pelicans could was five points at 45-40 with 5:05 left to play. The Bulls then scored 11 straight points to take a 16 point lead at 56-40. New Orleans was unable to cut down the Bulls lead and they needed a 3-pointer by Dante Cunningham just to bring the lead back down to 16 points (63-47) headed into halftime.

The 3rd quarter was the Pelicans best quarter of the game, but the Bulls did get out to a 19 point lead at 74-55 before New Orleans started to cut into it. The Pelicans spent the majority of the quarter trying to get the Bulls lead under 10 points and when former Bull E’Twaun Moore hit two free throws with 3:34 left in the quarter New Orleans was down eight points at 79-71. The Bulls did push their lead back into double digits on two occasions, but DeMarcus Cousins hit two free throws for the last two points of the quarter to make it an eight point game again 87-79 heading into the 4th.

Now Chicago has had issues all season beating teams with under .500 records, but when Bobby Portis hit a 3-pointer to give the Bulls a 19 point lead 100-81 with 8:36 left to play; this didn’t look like one of those games. First New Orleans went on a 10 to 2 run to cut the Bulls lead to 11 at 102-91 with 6:52 left to play. The Bulls built the lead back to 14 points with 4:43 left to play and it was looking like they might cruise to a victory. Not so fast; New Orleans went on a 16 to 7 run to make it a five point game with just :15 seconds left to play. Chicago added a couple of free throws to seal a victory 117-110 that ended up much closer than it looked to be.

Jimmy Butler was the games high scorer with 39 points while Rajon Rondo was the only other Bulls starter to reach double figures with 10 points. Rondo also handed out a game high 9 assists. Luckily for the Bulls Bobby Portis came in off the bench to score 21 points and grab a team high 11 rebounds. Joffrey Lauvergne also scored in double digits off the Bulls bench getting 15 points.

Anthony Davis was the Pelicans top scorer and posted a double-double. Davis had 30 points and 11 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins also had a double-double for New Orleans with 26 points and a game high 18 rebounds. Jrue Holiday had 17 points and a team high 6 assists while Jordan Crawford came off the New Orleans bench to add 15 points.

With the win the Bulls improve to 38-39. Chicago will get a day off before they play their second of four consecutive roads games. The Bulls travel to New York to take on the 29-48 Knicks on Tuesday night. The Loss drops New Orleans record to 33-44 on the season. The Pelicans will also get a day off before they host the 36-40 Denver Nuggets Tuesday night.

Chicago Bulls 106 Atlanta Hawks 104

Posted: April 2, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Jimmy Butler scored the final four points of the game including hitting two free throws with just :02 seconds left to give the Chicago Bulls a 106-104 win over the Atlanta Hawks. It was the Bulls 3rd win in a row and 4th in their last 5 games. The win also catapulted the Bulls into 7th place in the Eastern Conference.

Chicago took the lead in the 1st quarter and built a seven point lead at 17-10 on a Rajon Rondo lay up with 6:5 left in the quarter. Atlanta then went on a 9 to 2 run to tie the game at 19 all with 2:44 left to play. The Bulls did score four of the final six points of the quarter to take a 23-21 lead after one quarter.

While the Bulls where able to hold onto the lead for the entire 2nd quarter they cold never really get to big of a lead on Atlanta. The Biggest lead the Bulls could build was eight points at 52-44 very late in the quarter when Rajon Rondo scored with just :26 seconds left. Dwight Howard got a tip in for the Hawks just before the buzzer to make it a 52-46 game going into halftime.

The Bulls where able to push their lead to double digits twice in the 3rd quarter the last time was 9:17 left to play at 61-51. The Hawks then came back with a 21 to 10 run to take the lead at 72-71 with 2:47 lead in the quarter. There where five lead changes and three ties down the stretch of the 3rd quarter before Atlanta was able to take a five point lead 84-79 heading into the 4th quarter.

Atlanta scored the first five points of the 4th quarter to make their lead 10 points at 89-79. It took the Bulls almost the rest of the quarter to cut into the Atlanta lead and then when  Jimmy Butler hit a 3-pointer with 1:59 left to play the game was tied at 102. Dennis Schroder gave the Hawks the lead back at 104-102 when he hit a short jumper, but Butler evened the game again when he scored on a lay up with :32 seconds left. After an Atlanta time out Schroder lost the basketball out of bounds with :25 seconds left. As the Bulls where looking for the last shot Kent Bazemore fouled Butler with just :02 seconds left to play. Butler went to the line and made both free throw giving the Bulls a 106-104 lead and when Tim Hardaway Jr’s 3-point attempt missed the Bulls as time expired the Bulls had their 3rd win in a row and where back in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Jimmy Butler was the games high scorer with 33 points. Butler also handed out more assists than anyone else with 8. Rajon Rondo had 25 points and a team high 11 rebounds. Paul Zipser added 10 points while Denzel Valentine came off the Chicago bench to score 13 points.

Dennis Schroder was Atlanta’s top scorer with 29 points and he also handed out a team high 6 assists. Tim Hardaway Jr had 20 points while Dwight Howard and Ersan Ilyasova had had 13 points. Howard also grabbed a game high 12 rebounds.

Chicago improved to 37-39 on the season with the win and they’ll turn right around and try to keep their winning streak going as they head to New Orleans to face the 33-43 Pelicans at 5:00 p.m. c.s.t. Sunday. Atlanta is 39-37 after the loss and this was the first of back to back games for Atlanta as well. The Hawks travel to Brooklyn to face the team with the worst record in the NBA the 17-59 Nets Sunday afternoon.

Our 2017 MLB predictions

Posted: April 1, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Major League Baseball season opens tomorrow afternoon; so we’re going to take a look at our predictions for the 2017 season. I almost got all four of us to make predictions; so here’s what we came up with.

A.L. East

Schaumburg Stu has: 1) Boston Red Sox 2) Baltimore Orioles 3) Toronto Blue Jays 4) New York Yankees 5) Tampa Bay Bays.

Mr. Fantasy has; 1) Red Sox 2) Blue Jays 3) Orioles 4) Yankees 5) Rays

Dan the Man has: 1) Red Sox 2) Blue Jays 3) Yankees 4) Orioles 5) Rays

I have the A.L. East like this: 1) Red Sox 2) Yankees 3) Blue Jays 4) Orioles 5) Rays

A.L. Central

Schaumburg Stu has: 1) Cleveland Indians 2) Detroit Tigers 3) Kansas City Royals 4) Minnesota Twins 5) Chicago White Sox

Mr. Fantasy has 1) Indians 2) Tigers 3) Royals 4) White Sox 5) Twins

Dan the Man has 1) Indians 2) Tigers 3) Royals 4) White Sox 5) Twins

I have the A.L. Central like this: 1) Indians 2) Tigers 3) Royals 4) Twins 5) White Sox

A.L. West

Schaumburg Stu has 1) Houston Astros 2) Texas Rangers 3) Seattle Mariners $) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5) Oakland A’s

Mr. Fantasy has 1) Rangers 2) Astros 3) Mariners 4) Angels 5) A’s

Dan the Man has 1) Astros 2) Mariners 3) Rangers 4) Angles 5) A’s

I have the A.L. West like this 1) Mariners 2) Astros 3) Rangers 4) Angels 5) A’s

N.L. East

Schaumburg Stu has 1) Washington Nationals 2) New York Mets 3) Miami Marlins 4) Atlanta Braves 5) Philadelphia Phillies

Mr. Fantasy has 1) Nationals 2) Mets 3) Marlins 4) Braves 5) Phillies

Dan the Man has 1) Mets 2) Nationals 3) Braves 4) Phillies 5) Marlins

I have the N.L. East like this 1) Nationals 2) Mets 3) Phillies 4) Braves 5) Marlins

N.L. Central

Schaumburg Stu has 1) Chicago Cubs 2) Pittsburgh Pirates 3) St. Louis Cardinals 4) Milwaukee Brewers 5) Cincinnati Reds

Mr. Fantasy has 1) Cubs 2) Pirates 3) Cardinals 4) Brewers 5) Reds

Dan the Man has 1) Cubs 2) Pirates 3) Cardinals 4) Brewers 5) Reds

I have the N.L. Central like this 1) Cubs 2) Cardinals 3) Pirates 4) Brewers 5) Reds

N.L. West

Schaumburg Stu has 1) San Francisco Giants 2) Los Angeles Dodgers 3) Arizona Diamondbacks 4) San Diego Padres 5) Colorado Rockies

Mr. Fantasy has 1) Giants 2) Dodgers 3) Diamondbacks 4) Padres 5) Rockies

Dan the Man has 1) Dodgers 2) Giants 3) Diamondbacks 4) Rockies 5) Padres

I have the N.L. West like this 1) Giants 2) Dodgers 3) Diamondbacks 4) Rockies 5) Padres

Wild Card teams

Schaumburg Stu has in the A.L. Baltimore Orioles & Detroit Tigers in the N.L. Los Angeles Dodgers & Pittsburgh Pirates

Mr. Fantasy has in the A.L. Toronto Blue Jays & Houston Astros in the N.L. Dodgers & New York Mets

Dan the Man has in the A.L. Blue Jays & Seattle Mariners and in the N.L. Washington Nationals & St. Louis Cardinals

My wild card teams in the A.L. are Tigers & Astros and in the N.L. Cardinals & Dodgers

In the World Series Schaumburg Stu has the Cubs and the Red Sox with the Cubs winning.

Mr. Fantasy has the Giants and the Indians with the Indians winning.

Dan the Man has the Dodgers and the Red Sox with the Dodgers winning

I have the Giants and the Red Sox in the World Series with the Red Sox winning.

As for the individual awards; here’s what we have.

MVP winners

Schaumburg Stu N.L. Anthony Rizzo A.L. Mike Trout

Mr. Fantasy N.L. Kris Bryant A.L. Jose Altuve

Dan the Man N.L. Kris Bryant A.L. Gary Sanchez

My MVP’s are N.L. Paul Goldschmidt A.L. Mookie Betts

Cy Young

Schaumburg Stu N.L. Kyle Hendricks A.L. Corey Kluber

Mr. Fantasy N.L. Noah Syndegaard A.L. Corey Kluber

Dan the Man N.L. Madison Bumgarner A.L. Chris Sale

My Cy Young winners are N.L. Johnny Cueto A.L. Justin Verlander

Rookie of the Year

Schaumburg Stu N.L. Dansby Swanson A.L. Yoan Moncada

Mr. Fantasy N.L. Hunter Renfroe A.L. Jharel Cotton

Dan the Man N.L. Dansby Swanson A.L. Andrew Benintendi

My Rookie of the Year’s are N.L. Manuel Margot A.L. Aaron Judge

Manager of the Year

Schaumburg Stu N.L. Joe Maddon A.L. John Farrell

Mr. Fantasy N.L. Bruce Bochy A.L. Terry Francona

Dan the Man N.L. Dave Roberts A.L. John Farrel

My Manager’s of the Year are N.L. Pete Mackanin A.L. Scott Servais

This season we’ve added Comeback Player of the Year.

Schaumburg Stu N.L. Bryce Harper A.L. Pablo Sandoval

Mr. Fantasy N.L. Matt Harvey A.L. Mike Moustakas

Dan the Man N.L. Andrew McCutchen A.L. Felix Hernandez

My Comeback Player of the Year’s are N.L. Clay Bucholtz A.L. Yu Darvish

There you go; that’s what we came up with for the 2017 season. Join in; e-mail us at SportsTimeRadio.com or just leave your picks in the comments.

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The Chicago Bulls kept their winning streak when they play a nationally televised game on TNT going with a 99-93 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is the 20th straight game that the Bulls have won when they’ve been shown on TNT.

As for the Cavaliers I’m sure they just want this month to end. The Cavaliers are 6-10 in the month of March. This was also the Cavaliers 3rd loss in a row and they are 4-6 in their last 10 games.

The Bulls got off to a quick start taking a six point lead by scoring eight of the games first 10 points. Chicago added a point to the lead at 11-4 before Cleveland went on a 12 to 3 run to take a 16-14 lead. From there the teams traded the lead five times and the game was tied twice before the Cavaliers where able to the final six points of the quarter to take a 28-22 lead after one quarter.

Kevin Love gave the Cavaliers a double digit lead at 34-24 early in the 2nd quarter when he hit a jumper with 10:52 left to play. Chicago was ale to cut the lead back into single digits, but the closest they could get in the quarter was four points at 38-34 with 6:46 left to play. Cleveland added five points to their lead before halftime and they went into the half ahead 50-41.

Cleveland got their double digit lead back when Kyrie Irving hit a 3-pointer with 9:57 left in the 3rd quarter to put the Cavaliers up 55-45. Chicago then went on a 12 to 2 run to tie the game at 57 all. The score was tied one more time and the teams traded the lead three times before Cleveland built a six point lead with 4:13 left in the quarter. The Bulls finished the quarter on an 18 to 5 run to take a 78-71 lead going into the final quarter.

The Cavaliers where able to cut the Bulls lead to two points early in the 4th quarter, but the Bulls where able to push the lead back to 10 points at 88-78 with 6:48 left to play when Jimmy Butler hit a 3-pointer. The Cavaliers did cut the lead to five points with 1:02 left in the game, but that was as close as they could get as the Bulls where able to retain their lead and pick up a 99-93 victory.

Nikola Mirotic was the games top scorer with 28 points. Mirotic also grabbed 10 rebounds. Jimmy Butler added 25 points while Robin Lopez scored 10 points and grabbed a game high 11 rebounds. Denzel Valentine was the only Bulls bench player to reach double figures with 12 points. Rajon Rondo also handed out a game high 15 assists for the Bulls.

LeBron James posted a double-double as he scored 26 points; tied for his teams lead in rebounds with 10 and also handed out a team high 8 assists. Kyrie Irving added 20 points while Tristan Thompson (15 points) and J.R. Smith (12 points) both reached double figures. Kevin Love grabbed 10 rebounds to tie for the team lead.

The Bulls improved to 36-39 with the win, but are still a game out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Chicago has won three of their last four games and have won the last two in a row. The Bulls get a day off before they host the 39-36 Atlanta Hawks on Saturday afternoon. The loss keeps the Cavaliers 1/2 game out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Believe it or not the Cavaliers bad month isn’t over as they have to face the 28-47 Philadelphia 76ers tonight in Cleveland.

On a side note the Bulls are 4-0 against the Cavaliers this season.

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 29, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With nine games left in their regular season the Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Now the Cavaliers trail the Boston Celtics by just a 1/2 game for the #1 seed, but when was the last time a team with LeBron James hasn’t controlled the top spot. After winning last seasons championship and making the trip to the finals in 2015; the Cavaliers have played a lot of basketball. Also don’t forget that this is LeBron James’ 6th straight trip to the NBA finals. There are a lot of questions surrounding this Cleveland team and you have to wonder if this is the year that they don’t get out of the Eastern Conference and make the NBA Finals. Now even with all of the complaining he does you have to figure that James will find an extra gear and get the Cavaliers into the finals again, but you never know. Who could be the Cavaliers toughest challenger.

Right now the Cavaliers would get a 1st round match up against the Indiana Pacers. It would be difficult to see Indiana or any of the bottom tier teams who will make the Eastern Conference playoffs beating the Cavaliers in a 7 game series. Now if the Cavaliers are the #2 seed they could draw a very tough match up against the Washington Wizards in the 2nd round. Now even though the Celtics are the team with the better record I believe that the Wizards are the team that could be able to knock the Cavaliers off. Washington has one of the best back courts in the NBA with John Wall at point guard and Bradley Beal as the shooting guard. They have a couple of solid bug men in Center Marcin Gortat and Forward Markieff Morris. The Wizards other starter is Otto Porter Jr. who is currently the 3rd best 3-point shooter in the NBA; percentage wise. Now Wall can be that classic get to the basket type of point guard and it seems as though the Cavaliers haven’t found a rim protector to stop a driving point guard. Are the Wizards built to beat the Cavaliers and possible represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.

So say the Cavaliers get into the Eastern Conference finals where they meet the Boston Celtics. Could the Celtics be the team to knock the Cavaliers out of the playoffs? The biggest thing I’ve heard the expert say about the Celtics is they can’t win because their best player is their point guard Isaiah Thomas. Now Thomas is clearly the Celtics best player and averages 13 more points per game then any of player on the team, but there are some solid pieces around Thomas. The NBA has shifted away from dominant big men, but Al Horford is still a solid NBA player and has added a 3-point shot to his game. Horford makes 35.5% from behind the 3-point line. Now a healthy Avery Bradley would be a big, big plus for the Celtics not only against the Cavaliers, but for the entire playoffs. Bradley has played in just 49 games for the Celtics this season. Bradley did play 31 minutes on Sunday in the Celtics 112-108 win over the Miami Heat. The Celtics face the Milwaukee Bucks tonight, so we’ll have to see if or how many minutes Bradley plays tonight. Could you see the Celtics beating the Cavaliers ion a playoff series?

Now over in the Western Conference it appears to be a three team race to the NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors have the #1 seed with the San Antonio Spurs 2 1/2 games behind them in the standings; then there’s the Houston Rockets in 3rd nine games behind the Warriors. Golden State would get the Portland Trailblazers in the 1st round. San Antonio would face the Memphis Grizzlies in the 1st round while Houston would draw the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 1st round. Do you have an upset in one of these three possible opening round playoff series? If all three teams where to advance the Warriors would gat the Jazz or the Clippers in the 2nd round while the Spurs and the Rockets would face off against each other in the 2nd round. So who would be the better match up for Golden State in the Western Conference finals; the Spurs or the Rockets? It’s a tough call to make, but do you have either the Spurs or the Rockets getting past the Warriors in a Western Conference finals match up. The Warriors have also been to back to back NBA Finals; so they’ve played a lot of basketball. Remember though the Warriors are expecting Kevin Durant to return from his injury for the playoffs. Will Durant be the spark Golden State needs to return to a 3rd consecutive NBA Finals.

I have a feeling that the NBA wants to see Golden State against Cleveland for the third year in a row. Now I’m not going to say it, but I think we all know that the NBA has a way of getting the teams they want in the finals.

The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 last night in the NHL. Now most people might look at this and think it’s just another NHL game and maybe it was, but with this loss the Red Wings where eliminated from the playoffs with this loss. This will be the first time since the 1989-90 season that the Red Wings won’t be taking part in the NHL playoffs; ending a 25 year run. The 25 season streak had been the longest active playoff streak in sports. Now that the Red Wings streak is over the San Antonio Spurs have the longest active playoff streak at  seasons. The Boston Bruins hold the record for most consecutive seasons of making the playoffs at 29. The Bruins made the playoffs from 1967 to 1996. The Chicago Blackhawks had a streak of 28 consecutive seasons of making the playoffs from 1969 to 1997. The Red Wings streak of making the playoffs 25 seasons in a row in tied for 3rd best with the St Louis Blues. The Blues made the playoffs from 1979 to 2004. Will have to see if this is just a one year absence from the playoffs for the Red Wings or if will take them some time to return.

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Chicago Bulls 109 Milwaukee Bucks 94

Posted: March 26, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Coming into Sunday afternoons game against the Chicago Bulls the Milwaukee Bucks where two games over .500 on the season and four games over .500 at home. Of course with the way the Bulls season has went they should be favorite against any team over .500. Now the Bulls did get down 12 points early in the game to the Bucks, but they came all the way back to pick up a 15 point victory 109-94.

There where nine lead changes as well as nine ties in the 1st quarter. Milwaukee had the biggest lead of the quarter at four points. The biggest scoring run either team go on was when the Buck scored 5 of the first seven points in the game. As I’m sure you’ve guessed it was a very even 1st quarter that ended with Milwaukee ahead 31-29.

Milwaukee started the 2nd quarter on a 12 to 2 run that saw them take a 12 point lead 43-31 with 9:00 minutes left in the quarter. The Bulls struggled to get the Bucks lead under 10 points. With 4:35 left in the quarter Milwaukee still had a 10 point lead at 49-39. The Bulls finished the quarter on a 17 to 6 run to go into halftime with a one point lead 56-55.

Milwaukee went right back to the lead at the start of the 3rd quarter and while they where never able to extend that lead to more than three points they held it until Rajon Rondo put the Bulls back ahead 62-61 with 9:35 left in the quarter. Milwaukee was able to tie the game one more time, but never got the lead back. The Bulls slowly built their lead and with 2:35 left in the quarter they took their first double digit lead of the game at 87-76. Chicago added one more point to that lead and they headed into the 4th quarter ahead 91-79.

Both teams had offensive struggles in the 4th quarter as they combined to score 33 points in the quarter. The Bucks never reduced the Bulls lead to under 11 points and when Joffrey Lauvergne put back an offensive rebound the Bulls had a 20 point lead 104-84 with 6:58 left in the game. Milwaukee did manage to outscore the Bulls 10 to 5 from that point on, but all that did was make it a 15 point victory for the Bulls 109-94.

All five of the Bulls starters scored in double figures led by Nikola Mirotic who was the games high scorer with 28 points. Jimmy Butler had a double-double with 20 points and a game high 14 assists. Rajon Rondo and Robin Lopez each scored 18 points and Rondo grabbed a game high 9 rebounds. Paul Zipser was the other Bulls starter in double figures with 10 points.

Milwaukee was led by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 20 points; he also grabbed a team high 8 rebounds. Greg Monroe came off the Bucks bench to score 16 points while Khris Middleton and Malcom Brogdon each had 14 points. Antetokounmpo, Brogdon and Matthew Dellavedova all tied for the team lead in assists with 4 each.

The Bulls improve to 35-39 with the win and keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The Bulls will now get three days off before they host the Eastern Conference leading 47-25 Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. Milwaukee drops to 37-36 with the loss and will get a day off before they travel to Charlotte to face the 33-40 Hornets on Tuesday night.