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How was your Week? 11/1/14

Posted: November 1, 2014 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, football, hockey, sports, Uncategorized
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The San Francisco Giants won their 3rd World Series title in 5 tears with a 3-2 Game 7 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Jeremy Affeldt came out of the Giants bullpen first and had the longest outing of the season pitching 2 1/3rd innings before turning it over to Madison Bumgarner who pitched the final 5 innings of the game. Affeldt was credited with the win while Bumgarner picked up a save. Bumgarner threw 21 innings in 2 starts and 1 relief appearance with an Earned Run Average (E.R.A.) of 0.43. He allowed 9 hits and 1 walk while striking out 17. While Bumgarner dominated on the mound and was awarded the World Series Most Valuable Player (M.V.P.) Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval led the Giants hitting attack. Pence hit .444 getting 12 hits with 1 home run and 5 Runs Batted In (R.B.I.) adding 3 doubles. Sandoval also had 12 hits in the World Series batting .429 with 3 doubles and 4 R.B.I.’s. As the question start for the Giants on if the can repeat on the Royals side the questions become can they get back. The Royals had a big playoff run; not losing a game until the World Series and while the Royals may not be here next season their future is bright. Under the bright World Series lights rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura came through and looks like he’ll turn into a quality starting pitcher. Ventura threw 12 innings in the World Series in his 2 starts. While he did give up 11 hits and walked 5 matters in those 12 innings his E.R.A. was just 1.46; so he was able to get himself out of trouble. Ventura added 6 strikeouts as well. At the plate Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez led the team with a .333 batting average. Perez totaled 8 hits with a double and a home run for the Royals.

With the World Series over the baseball off-season begins and the Chicago Cubs didn’t waste any time getting their off-season started. The Cubs fired manager Rich Rentaria after just one season and on Monday will officially announce Joe Maddon formerly of the Tampa Bay Rays as their new manager. While there haven’t been any terms to Maddon’s deal released yet there is a report that the Rays are either going to or have asked Major League Baseball (MLB) to investigate the Cubs for tampering with Maddon. There was a report out that the reason Maddon opted out of his Rays contract was because he had contact with the Cubs and he knew he had a job waiting. The report is also saying that the Rays would look for player compensation in the form of Addison Russell or Javier Baez.

If you’re a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder or just a fantasy basketball player you have to start thinking this team is cursed. They start the season with their best player Kevin Durant out with a foot injury and then in the 2nd game of the season their other star player Russell Westbrook goes out with what turns out to be a broken hand. Westbrook should miss about 4-6 weeks for the Thunder. Westbrook did out up 38 points in the Thunder’s opening game 106-89 loss to the Portland Trailblazers. On Thursday night the Thunder dropped their 2nd game of the season to the Los Angeles Clippers 93-90. It looks like Serge Ibaka will have to try to keep the Thunder hanging around in the Western conference until Durant and Westbrook can return. Another National Basketball Association injury that happened last night was Derrick Rose spraining his ankle and having to leave the Chicago Bulls 114-108 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night. Rose finished with 20 points, four rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes of action and the injury is being reported as minor.

Dan the Man and I have gotten off to good starts in the Sports Time Radio fantasy hockey league. It’s early in the season, but Dan;s team is the #1 rated team in our league which is 18 teams. Dan’s team has four 4 goal scorers leading his team; Tyler Bozak of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Nick Bonino of the Vancouver Canucks, Damon Severson of the New Jersey Devils and Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks. Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lighting has 11 assists to lead Dan’s team. Besides Goals and assists we have some interesting categories for our league. Plus/minus, penalty minutes, power play points, short-handed points, game winning goals, shots on goal, faceoffs won, hits and blocks. Of course you must have goaltenders on out team and Dan has a good one in Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks who is off to a 7-1 start and a Goals Against Average (G.A.A) of 1.60. Besides wins, losses and goals against the other two goalie categories are save percentage and shutouts. There are times a hot start can propel a team through the season, but since I’m in this league against Dan I’m hoping his team comes back to the pack.

I mentioned Anaheim earlier and behind Andersen play they have the best record in the National Hockey League (NHL) at 9-3 and 18 points. The Montreal Canadiens are right behind then at 8-2-1 with 17 points. On the other end of the standings the Carolina Hurricanes are still looking for their first win of the season. Through 8 games the Hurricanes are 0-6-2 with just 2 points so far this season. Anaheim’s Corey Perry leads the NHL with 10 goals while the New York Rangers Rick Nash is one goal behind at 9. Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers leads the league in assists with 12 while Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings, Tyler Johnson of the Tampa bay Lighting and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers all have 11 assists. Voracek is tied for the league lead in points with Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Each guy has 15 points for the season.

I know, I know there was a Thursday night football game. Schaumburg Stu was the only one of us smart enough to pick the New Orleans Saints to beat the Carolina Panthers. The Saints (4-4) piled up 375 yards to snap a seven-game losing streak on the road that dated back to last November. Brees finished 24 of 34 for 297 yards and Mark Ingram turned in another solid performance with 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Brees threw an interception and fumbled in the first quarter before settling down late in the second quarter and leading touchdown drives on four out of five possessions. The Saints’ defense sacked Cam Newton four times and forced two turnovers. Newton, who spent much of the night under heavy duress playing behind an offensive line without three of its regular starters, was limited to 151 yards passing. The Saints won 28-10 to take the lead in the NFC South division.

So how was your week?

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I want to start out this week by apologizing for last night’s (Friday’s) show. We had a ton of technical difficulties and ended up having the show get cut off five minutes early then we where suppose to. We didn’t get to our 9:00 p.m. live show ending and didn’t get to do our fifteen minute over run. I don’t know if it was the weather or the web site that where causing our issues but it was a rough night and I want to apologize to our listeners.

Schaumburg Stu filled in for Dan the Man on Wednesday night and we ended up talking quite a bit about professional wrestling. I started watching professional wrestling in the 1970’s and Schaumburg Stu started watching before I did. I think he’s been a wrestling fan since the late 1940’s or early 1950’s. Sadly neither of us are big fans of the new style of pro wrestling. Through the years Stu and I have seen some of the greatest pro wrestlers to ever step foot in the ring and the crop of guys wrestling right now don’t seem to be in that class. I don’t know if it’s the style they’re taught or how they’re booked but the sport just doesn’t seem the same to me. It seems like every time I turn on a wrestling show, I seem to end up watching a lot of promos and backstage skits instead of actually in ring wrestling. Stu and I have talked about if wrestling will ever go back to the style he and I used to really enjoy. Sadly, neither of us see this happening.

On Friday’s show, Mr. Fantasy filled in for Dan the Man. Dan went to the Kid Rock/ZZ Top concert, so I let him have the night off. We where trying to cover as many fantasy football topics as we could. We have fantasy drafts tonight (Saturday) and another one tomorrow night (Sunday); so we’re going to be busy. Adrian Petersen seems to be the consensus #1 pick but pretty much after that it’s wide open. Every expert seems to say that running backs will go early and often and that you can wait on a picking a quarterback. I guess we’ll see who I end up with this season. Either way, it’s always fun.

The NCAA wrapped up their investigation of Johnny Manziel and suspended him. Manziel won’t play the first half of Texas A & M’s game today (Saturday) against Rice. It doesn’t seem like much of a punishment and Manziel lawyer released a statement saying Manziel only took the suspension to “get back on the field”. When this story first broke I caught part of an interview a legal expert gave one of the many sports shows out there. He mentioned that the NCAA was going to have a difficult time proving that Manziel did what he was accused of. I’m sorry that I can’t remember this legal experts name because he was right on the money with his statement. I’ve had a lot of my Facebook friends cry about the fact that Manziel will only miss half of a game. They seem to forget that you can’t suspend him for what you think he did but what you can prove. Would I be surprised if Johnny Manziel took money for his autograph; no I wouldn’t be. Can the NCAA prove that he took money for his autograph; NO they can’t. Manziel is an exciting college football player and hopefully his name will just be associated with Texas A & M football for the rest of the season.

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates have back to back weekend series. Pittsburgh won the first game last night (Friday) 5 – 0. Francisco Lirano pitched eight shutout inning for the Pirates in last nights victory. Today’s pitching match up Lance Lynn for St. Louis against A. J. Burnett for Pittsburgh. If either team can take advantage of these series they could win the National League central. As long as neither team collapses they should both make the playoffs but you’d rather win the division than have to play the one game wild card playoff game.

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How was your Week? (8/3/13)

Posted: August 4, 2013 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, football
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So I’m actually a day behind getting this week’s How was your Week posted. I had another engagement yesterday that prevented me from getting it written, but I figure it gave you all one (1) more day to check out Mr. Fantasy’s first mock draft of the season.

It looks like the BioGenesis suspension are going to be announced on Monday. Of course, the big player in all this is Alex Rodriguez (A Rod) of the New York Yankees. While nothing has been officially announced yet the reports are that A Rod will receive a suspension that will not only last through this season but all of next season. There are twelve other players that will receive suspensions on Monday as well. The reports are that these twelve players have agreed to take fifty game suspensions. A Rod has denied any involvement in this and he made a statement that didn’t make major league baseball Commissioner Bud Selig happy. Selig was so upset with A Rod’s statement that he cut off all negotiations with A Rod’s camp on an agreement for a suspensions. I guess you have to wonder if this will close the Anthony Bosch, BioGenesis chapter in major league baseball.

The NFL exhibition season starts on Sunday. The Miami Dolphins take on the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame game. Reports are that Tony Romo won’t play in today’s game. Romo had off-season surgery and the Cowboys will hold him out of today’s game. Being that these two teams get an extra pre-season game you wonder how much we’ll see the starters play today. I’d guess that we’ll only see the starters for a series or two and that will be it. This means we’re just five weeks away from the NFL regular season starting. Hopefully you have your fantasy draft up and ready to go. Mr. Fantasy posted the first five rounds of his mock draft for you to take a look at. It’s a good guide to start you on your way this season. Of course these will change as we get closer to the regular season. There will be more injuries to deal with as we get closer to the regular season. Hopefully there won’t be to many more season ending injuries. It seems like we have had a few more than usual to start the season.

Something we didn’t really get to cover on the show this week was Greg Oden signing with the Miami Heat. Oden was the #1 overall pick by the Portland Trailblazers. I believe it was the 2007 NBA draft when Oden went #1; of course Kevin Durant was the 2nd player chosen in that draft. Miami is a good landing spot for Oden. He won’t be asked to try to carry a team and he’ll be able to just worry about rebounding and playing defense. Oden has had three microfracture surgeries on his knee to try to get it right. You’d have to think the Heat will monitor his minutes and not ask Oden to do too much.

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If you’ve listened to Sports Time Radio you know that we’re not a huge fan of the way the major league baseball All Star teams are selected. So I tried to have us put together our own All Star team. Dan the Man, Mr. Fantasy, Schaumburg Stu and I all made list of our All Stars. Here’s how we went about it. Each person ranked the top 3 players at 1st base, 2nd base, 3rd base, Shortstop and Catcher. We ranked 9 outfielders, 6 starting pitchers and 4 relievers. A player got 10 points for a 1st place vote. 8 points for a 2nd place vote. 6 points for a 3rd place vote and then 5 points, 4 points, 3 points, 2 points, 1 point and a half of a point for positions 4th through 9th. Here how are voting came out. The player’s point total is in parenthesis. Others getting votes will be listed.

National League

Catcher: Yader Molina (38)

Buster Posey (34) Wilin Rosario (12) Evan Gattis (12)

1st Baseman: Joey Votto (34) Paul Goldschimdt (34) Tie!

Adrian Gonzalez (16) Freddie Freeman (12)

2nd Baseman: Brandon Phillips (34) Matt Carpenter (34) Tie!

Marco Scutaro (16) Daniel Murphy (6) Jedd Gyroko (6)

Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki (36)

Jean Segura (34) Everth Cabrera (26)

3rd Baseman: David Wright (36)

Pablo Sandoval (26) Michael Young (16) Ryan Zimmerman (12) Pedro Alvarez (6)

Outfield: Carlos Gonzalez (28), Carlos Beltran (18) Andrew McCutchen (15)

Dominic Brown (14) Carlos Gomez (14) Dexter Fowler (13) Hunter Pence (11) Michael Cuddyer (11) Bryce Harper (8) Justin Upton (7) Shin Shoo Choo (6) Ryan Braun (5) Gerardo Parra (5) Jay Bruce (4) Norichika Aoki (2) Starling Marte (1) Matt Holiday (1/2) Alfonso Soriano (1/2)

Starting Pitcher: Patrick Corbin (30)

Adam Wainwright (27) Jordan Zimmerman (23) Matt Harvey (22) Clayton Kershaw (13) Shelby Miller (11) Mike Minor (6) Cliff Lee (5) Jeff Locke (4) Travis Wood (3)

Relievers: Jason Grilli (40)

Edwin Mujica (22) Craig Kimbel (14) Rafael Sorinao (10) Aroldis Chapman (8) Sergio Romo (6) Mark Melancon (6)

American League

Catcher: Joe Mauer (40)

Carlos Santana (28) Jarrod Saltalamacchia (8) Matt Wieters (6) Salvador Perez (6)

1st Baseman: Chris Davis (40)

Prince Fielder (28) James Loney (14) Edwin Encarnacion (8) Adam Lind (6)

2nd Baseman: Dustin Pedroia (32)

Robinson Cano (28) Jose Altuve (16) Howie Kendrick (12) Jason Kipnis (8)

Shortstop: Jhonny Peralta (38)

J.J Hardy (32) Alexei Ramirez (8) Elvis Andrus (6) Jed Lowrie (6) Ben Zobrist (6)

3rd Baseman: Miguel Cabrera (40)

Adrian Beltre (16) Manny Machado (14) Josh Donaldson (14) Evan Longoria (12)

Outfielders: Mike Trout (33) Adam Jones (30) Tori Hunter (18)

Alex Rios (15) Coco Crisp (12) Jose Bautista (12) Nate McLouth (9 1/2) Alex Gordon (7) Brett Gardner (6 1/2) Jacoby Ellsbruy (6) Curtis Granderson (4) Nick Markakis (2) Melky Cabrera (1) Nelson Cruz (1) Mark Trumbo (1)

Starting Pitcher: Clay Buchholz (30)

Max Scherzer (27) Yu Darvish (23) Hisashi Iwakuma (16) Bartolo Colon (14) Justin Masterson (10) Justin Verlander (8) Felix Hernandez (7) Matt Moore (6) Chris Sale (3)

Relievers: Mariano Rivera (40)

Joe Nathan (24) Addison Reed (11) Aaron Crow (8) Tony Sipp (6) Jim Johnson (6) Andrew Bailey (6) Jessie Crain (5) Glen Perkins (5)

I’d like to think I’m an avid fantasy player and hopefully one of the better ones out there. I regularly play baseball, football and hockey. Now I did take this hockey season off because of the strike, but I’ll be back next season. I’ve even played basketball any kind of March madness pick’em, Nascar and even a PGA golf league. I don’t think I would call myself a fantasy expert, but I have a lot of experience in fantasy leagues. Now this actually all started when I bought myself a new car. If you’ve listen to the show you know I bought a 2013 Chevy Sonic LT. When I bought the car they gave me a free subscription to Sirius XM radio. Now I’ve enjoyed having this and have had a good time flipping channels. Well I found the Fantasy Sports channel. What has surprised me the most about this station is how many people play in very, very small fantasy leagues. The experts take calls and give advise and very, very rarely do they get a call from someone who’s league is bigger than 12 teams. Now for me these are way to small for baseball leagues and it takes the fun out of it for me. Most fantasy league rosters have 20 to 25 players on it. Now there are 30 teams in Major League baseball with 25 players on a roster. Now my math isn’t always the best, but I believe there are 750 players on major league rosters. Now you’re wondering about my league; well it’s 20 teams with 23 roster spots per team. I believe this really makes our league better. We do suffer from time to time with teams who stop changing line ups but every league has those type of problems. Trust me I understand the difficulty in researching baseball with everything going on and it’s easier to get into a small league. If you love baseball do the work get into a bigger league and have fun with it. Don’t jump up and down when you win your league and it has 10 or 12 teams in it; jump up and down when you win your league and it has 20 teams in it. Just like Mr. Fantasy does when he wins a league; I’ve known him long enough to know he does this. Anyway I’ll reach out to you guys who take the time to read this and by the way thank you for that. We have a 20 team league with some openings right now; so sign up and give it a try. It’s a free league we run through Yahoo. Here’s all the information you’ll need to sign up.

It’s Yahoo Fantasy baseball

The League name is Touch’em All

The league ID# is 33024

The league password is payup1

I hope to see you in the league and good luck.

The Big Jack