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Week 10 in the NFL was not good to us pick wise. I believe we actually had the worse week we’ve ever had since we started making picks. Mr. Fantasy set a record for the worst week anyone has ever had going 3-1. Dan the Man, Schaumburg Stu and I where all under .500 as well finishing 6-8. Dan the Man has the overall lead with a record of 85-61. I have moved into 2nd place with a record of 80-66. Mr. Fantasy;s poor showing dropped him to 3rd a game behind me at 79-69 while Schaumburg Stu still finds himself in the cellar with a record of 77-69. We’ll see how Week 11 goes for us, but how could it be worse.

Major League Baseball started handing out awards starting with Rookie of the Year. Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs won the award for the National League. Bryant was a unanimous choice getting all 30 1st place votes. Matt Duffy of the San Francisco Giants finished 2nd getting 22 2nd place votes and 4 3rd place votes. Jung Ho Kang of the Pittsburgh Pirates finished 3rd getting 4 3rd place votes and 16 3rd place votes. New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard came in 4th picking up 3 2nd place votes and 4 3rd place votes. Miami Marlins 1st baseman Justin Bour picked up 1 2nd and 1 3rd place vote while Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Steven Piscotty of the St. Louis cardinals each received 1 3rd place vote.

The American League Rookie of the Year voting was much closer, but in the end Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros took home the award.  Correa received 17 1st place votes and 13 2nd place votes just beating out Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians who received 13 1st place votes and 14 2nd place votes. Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins finished 3rd picked up 20 3rd place votes, Toronto Blue Jays closer Robert Osuna received 2 2nd and 2 3rd place votes to finish 4th. Billy Burns of the Oakland A’s received 1 2nd place and 3 3rd place votes. A second Twins played Eddie Rosario received 2 3rd place votes and Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields received 1 3rd place vote.

MLB also handed out their Manager of the Year award. The Cubs made it 2 for 2 as Joe Maddon picked up the manager of the Year award in the National League. Maddon received 18 1st place votes 11 2nd place votes and 1 3rd place vote. Mike Matheny of the St. Louis cardinals finished 2nd getting 9 1st place votes 12 2nd place votes and 6 3rd place votes. Terry Collins pf the New York Mets finished 3rd in the voting getting 3 1st place votes 7 2nd place votes and 13 3rd place votes. Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up 8 3rd place votes while Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants and Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers each received 1 3rd place vote.

In the American League 1st year skipper Jeff Bannister of the Texas Rangers took home the American League Manager of the Year award, Bannister received 17 1st place votes 8 2nd place votes and 3 3rd place votes. A.J. Hinch of the Houston Astros finished 2nd in the voting getting 8 1st place votes 13 2nd place votes and 3 3rd place votes. Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor finished 3rd in the voting picking up 2 1st place votes 3 2nd place votes and 14 3rd place votes. John Gibbons of the Toronto Blue Jays received 1 1st place vote 5 2nd place votes and 2 3rd place votes. New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi received 2 1st place and 2 3rd place votes. Ned Yost the manager of the World Series champion Kansas City Royals received 1 2nd place vote and 5 3rd place votes while Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim got 1 3rd place vote.

Today MLB will announce the Cy Young award winners. In the National League the Chicago Cubs will try to go 3 for 3 as Jake Arrieta is up for the award. Arrieta is going up against two pitchers from the Los Angeles Dodgers as Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are both up for the award. Over in the American League Sonny Gray of the Oakland A’s, David Price of the Toronto Blue Jays and Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros are the 3 finalist for the award.

On Thursday MLB will announce the Most Valuable Player winners from each league. In the National League the 3 finalist are Bryce harper of the Washington Nationals, Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds and Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The American League finalist are Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays, Lorenzo Cain of the Kansas City Royals and Mike Tout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

It’s down to 1 race and 4 drivers in the NASCAR season. Sunday afternoon NASCAR runs the Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami speedway where they will crown the 2015 Sprint Cup champion. Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon and defending champion Kevin Harvick are in the running to take home the title. Each driver has a story to go with his shot at winning. Harvick’s is obvious as he tries to go back to back with titles. Truex Jr. is a single car team competing with the larger multiple car teams. Busch missed 11 races after crashing during the first Xfinity race of the season. Gordon may be the sentimental favorite as this is the final race of a great career for Gordon in the #24 car. I’m not sure if NASCAR could’ve gotten four better stories for the championship race. Who are you rooting for?

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Let’s call it Wednesday.

Posted: February 18, 2015 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, sports
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2/18/15

Since the NBA is on its extended LeBron James All-Star break let’s take a peak at what might be. Each team has under 30 games left and as the playoff match ups get clearer imagine a #1 seeded Golden State Warriors taking on a #8 seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the 1st round. How would the Warriors season be looked at if the lost in the 1st round of the playoffs even if it was to a team with the talent level of Oklahoma City. It could be a potentially great series with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson leading the way for the Warriors against Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for the Thunder. Now Oklahoma City still has some work to do though as the Phoenix Suns are the #8 seed in the Western conference right now. Phoenix is 29-25 while Oklahoma City is 28-25; so that #8 seed may come down to the wire. There are a couple of other possible Western conference playoff match ups that we could see. How about the #2 seeded Memphis Grizzlies against the #7 seeded and defending champion San Antonio Spurs. You have to figure the veteran Spurs team isn’t worried about their seeding and just want to be in the playoffs. Memphis would be a tough match up for any team in the Western conference, but this would be another great 1st round match up. We could also see the #3 seeded Portland Trailblazers against the #6 seeded Los Angeles Clippers. LaMarcus Aldridge has put off thumb surgery until the end of the season and it doesn’t seem to be affecting him too much. The Clippers of course are the “Lob City” team in the NBA. Just another great match up we could get in the 1st round. In the Eastern conference how interesting would it be to see the #5 seeded Cleveland Cavaliers go against the #4 seed Washington Wizards. It seems like the Cavaliers have worked out a lot of their issues, but Washington matches up well against anyone in the Eastern conference. The Chicago Bulls would be the #3 seed and they would face the upstart #6 seed Milwaukee Bucks. Now the Bulls are playoff tested and Derrick Rose looks healthy, but the Bucks are young and haven’t been in the playoffs in a few seasons; so they might be loose and ready to play. Could you imagine a scenario where we see the #!, #2 and #3 seeds go out in the 1st round of the Western conference playoffs. How about in the Eastern conference where the Bulls could go out in round 1 along with LeBron  James and the Cavaliers. These type of scenarios should make the end of the season interesting to see who gets what seed and who’s on the outside looking into the playoffs.

Now the Atlanta Hawks are 43-11 at the All-Star break and have the best record in the Eastern conference by 7 games over the Toronto Raptors, but even with a #1 seed ill they be the favorites to go to the NBA Finals. Interestingly the Raptors play in Atlanta the first game out of the break this Friday, February 20th. Could this be an Eastern conference finals preview? After Friday’s game the Hawks will face to more potential playoff teams. They’ll play the Milwaukee Bucks on February 22nd and then the Dallas Mavericks on February 25th. There still seems to be quite a few talking heads on the television who aren’t sold on the Hawks. In a way I can see this as no one had the Hawks playing like this at the start of the season and they’ll need to prove they belong with the elite clubs come playoff time. Jeff Teague is the Hawks leader in scoring with 17 Points Per Game (PPG) and 7.5 Assists Per Game (APG), but is he considered a superstar in the NBA. The Hawks reflect a team concept that I’m not sure a lot of fans are used to in the NBA where most teams are refered to by one or two top players on that team. How would the NBA handle the Hawks in the NBA finals against the Spurs. We’d get to see Mike Budenholzer coach against his mentor Gregg Popovich, but lets not get to far ahead of ourselves.

The NBA trade deadline is tomorrow February 19th. Goran Dragic has been the hot name rumored to be dealt, but where will he end up. Dragic will be a free agent at the end of the season; so he’s looking like a rent a player type of pick up. There have been a lot of playoff teams associated with Dragic’s name, but one non-playoff team that has come up is the Boston Celtics. While I don’t understand why the Celtics would be interested in Dragic or if he would consider stay with Boston after this season their name has come up. With  Amar’e Stoudemire being bought out by the New York Knicks and signing with the Dallas Mavericks you have to wonder if any other big men will be changing teams. Could someone like the Los Angeles Lakers Jordan Hill help a playoff contender. I heard a couple of interesting names pop up in trade talk; David Lee of the Warriors and Jamal Crawford of the Clippers, but I’d be very, very surprised if either of those players were traded.

Jeff Gordon started off his final full-time season in NASCAR by winning the pole for this Sunday’s Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway. The Budweiser Duel races will be run tomorrow (Thursday) to set the rest of the field. The Duel races are two 60 lap, 150 mile races. Jimmie Johnson qualified 2nd for the 500 and will start next to his teammate Gordon on Sunday. The Daytona 500 is NASCAR’s biggest race of the season and it always seems a little odd that it’s the first race of the year, but it works for them. NASCAR didn’t make any changes to their Chase format; so they must’ve liked it. We’ll see if we get the same excitement we got last season where winners automatically move into the Chase and the rest of the field is filled in by the drivers with the highest point totals for the season. Gordon will lead the field for Sunday’s race and maybe in his last full-time season he leaves as the Sprint Cup champion.

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How was your Week?

Posted: January 24, 2015 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, football, sports
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1/24/15

Sad news last night for Chicago Cubs fans as “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks passed away at the age of 83. Banks’ catch phrase “Let’s play two” suggesting a doubleheader was always better than just a single game in one day; showed his love for the game of baseball. Banks started his career in the Negro League playing with the Kansas City Monarchs before being signed by the Cubs as a free agent in 1953. Banks got into 10 games for the Cubs in that 1953 season and after that spent the next 18 seasons in a Cubs uniform. Banks won the National League MVP award in back to back season, 1958 and 1959. He also finished in the Top 10 of M.V.P. voting in three other seasons. Banks was also an 11 time All-Star and won the Gold Glove at shortstop for the 1960 season. Banks is a member of the 500 home run club; with 512 home runs for his career. He led the N.L. in home runs with 47 in 1958 and then again with 41 in 1960. Banks had a career batting average of .274 with an on base percentage of .330 and a .500 slugging percentage. Banks totaled 2583 hits in his career with 407 doubles, 90 triples and added 50 stolen bases all with the Cubs. Banks ended his 19 year Cubs career on September 26th 1971 going 1 for 3 against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 5-1 Cubs loss. In 1977 Banks received 83.8% of the votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America and was enshrined in the baseball Hall of Fame. In 1982, Banks had his No. 14 jersey retired, the first Cubs player to receive such an honor. In 2008, the Cubs unveiled a statue outside Wrigley Field that honored him. Then in November 2013, Banks was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, joining the likes of Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Stan Musial in gaining this honor. With his out going personality and the obvious love for baseball that Banks had he became an ambassador for the Cubs fans and the game of baseball itself after his playing career ended. While it may be January in Chicagoland, but “Let’s play two”.

While I’m looking forward to the Super Bowl featuring the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots I’m already tired of the side stories coming into the game. It’s to the point here I don’t care if New England deflated the football in their game against the Indianapolis Colts. Would a fully inflated football have changed the outcome of the game; I seriously doubt it. Even if the Patriots are guilty of this do you think Tom Brady or Bill Belichick where the guys taking the air out of the football. On the Seattle side is there any chance the mainstream media will leave Marshawn Lynch alone this week. Everyone knows that Lynch isn’t a big fan of talking to the media which will put a huge target on his back for every moron who’ll want to be the one that thinks they can get a quote from Lynch. Believe it or not there are players that don’t want to be media superstars; I know that’s hard to believe, but Lynch seems to be one of these guys. While I fully agree with Lynch being fined for his crotch grab end zone celebration I don’t think he should be forced to speak to the media. I’m not a big fan if what the NFL calls media week and the game can’t get here soon enough for me.

I really hope you’ve been listening to the Sports Time Radio podcast. Just last night (Friday) alone we had three interviews. Now these aren’t the type of interviews you’ll hear on your radio where the person is on for five minutes and they answer two or three questions. We keep guys up to 30 minutes; so they can answer all of the questions that need to be answered. Starting off the Friday night show we had Ian St. Clair from PredominatlyOrange.com to talk Denver Broncos football. After that it was Nick Hjeltness from GoldenGateSports.com joining us to discuss the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. We ended the podcast by having Mike Marteny from FantasyCPR.com to talk about early fantasy baseball rankings along with who to look out for this upcoming season. Next week is shaping up as another big interview week for Sports Time Radio as will have guest on every show and even three more interviews on Friday the 30th show. Starting off with the January 26th show (Monday) we’ll have Eric Huysman from ClimbingTalsHill.com to talk about what the Houston Astros will look like in the 2015 baseball season.

Jeff Gordon’s 23rd season in NASCAR will be his last full-time season. Gordon is 3rd all time with 92 wins, has made 689 consecutive starts and is a four-time champion, but at 43 he’ll step away from his full-time ride #24 with Hendrick Motorsports. Gordon won’t use the word retire as he plans to stay involved with NASCAR and may even get behind the wheel at selected races; just not full-time. Hendrick Motorsports hasn’t made any announcements on who might take over Gordon’s ride for the 2016 NASCAR season, but it appears that Chase Elliot will be their choice.

You could say Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors had a night with 52 points in 126-101 victory over the Sacramento Kings, but to be more specific he had a quarter. In the 3rd quarter alone Thompson went 13 for 13 from the floor including a NBA record nine 3-point shots in the quarter. The 37 points Thompson ut up in the quarter was an NBA record as well. Thompson surpassed the 33-point mark set by George Gervin in 1978 and matched by Carmelo Anthony in 2008 for the most points in a quarter. Michael Redd and Joe Johnson shared the previous mark for most 3-point shots made in a quarter with eight. Thompson scored 19 consecutive points during one stretch, which ended with him making a left-handed pass to Draymond Green for a lay up. Thompson helped make sure the Warriors equaled the franchise’s highest win total before the All-Star game. The defending champion 1975-76 Warriors went 35-13 before the break and finished with a team-best record of 59-23.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 5, 2014 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports
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11/5/14

Are you watching the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup? They started with 16 drivers in the Challenger round. After 3 races they cut 4 drivers and entered the Contender round. 3 more races and 4 more drivers eliminated to get to the Eliminator round which comes to an end this Sunday in at Phoenix International Raceway. Then 4 drivers will advance to the final race and the Championship round of the Chase on November 16th at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin are tied at the top of the Chase standings going into Phoenix while Ryan Newman sits in 3rd. Right now Jeff Gordon has the 4th spot in the Chase, but he holds just a 1 point lead over Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards a 5 point lead over Brad Keslowski and a 6 point lead over Kevin Harvick. None of these 8 drivers have gotten a win in the Eliminator round that would automatically advance them to the Championship. This new Chase set up seems to have made winning more important, but it also seems to have brought out a lot of anger in these drivers. Keslowski seems to be the guy that has taken that bad boy role as he’s had issues with Kenseth earlier in the Chase and then just last week after the race Keslowski and his crew had a large brawl with Gordon and his crew. Late in the race after a caution Gordon was starting on the front row with teammate Jimmy Johnson to his inside while Keslowski was lined up right behind Johnson. In the 1st turn after the restart Gordon’s car went up the track a little and Keslowski was able to move into that opening. As Gordon went back down to block Keslowski and get his car back in line, Keslowski had his car to far in the opening and the touched. The incident caused Gordon to have a tire go down and end up finishing 29th and dropping 3 spots in the Chase standings. This is what got the altercation started on pit road after the race. While the drivers avoided penalties from NASCAR their crew chiefs and crew members weren’t. Here’s the penalties from NASCAR. Three Hendrick crew members for six races for being “involved in a post-race physical altercation” and fined them each $25,000. A fourth Hendrick crew member was fined $10,000 and suspended for three races for the same offense. Gordon’s crew chief Alan Gustafson and Kasey Kahne crew chief Kenny Francis were each fined $50,000 and placed on probation for six races because “the crew chief assumes responsibility for the actions of his team members.” according to NASCAR. Also suspended for six races and fined $25,000 were: Jeremy Fuller, the Kahne crew member who came from behind the scrum and threw several punches toward Keselowski, as well as Gordon crew members Dwayne Doucette and Jason Ingle; Dean Mozingo, another Gordon crew member, was fined $10,000 and suspended three races. Hendrick Motorsports said it would not appeal, and the punished team members would not face further sanctions from the organization. There’s still a couple of races left in the NASCAR season; so maybe you should start watching.

In our picks for Week 9 in the NFL I was able to come out on top with a 10-3 record. Mr. Fantasy finished 2nd with a record of 8-5 while Dan the Man and Schaumburg Stu both ended the week at 7-6. For the season I am hanging onto the lead with a record of 86-46-1. Schaumburg Stu is 4 games behind with a record of 82-50-1. Mr. Fantasy is in 3rd with a record of 81-51-1 while Dan the Man is a game behind him with an overall record of 80-52-1. You can hear our picks on the Sunday morning podcast of Sports Time Radio from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. .

We’re in the 3rd week of our players challenge with Mr. Fantasy and Greg. The first two weeks where pretty even; so let’s see how the 3rd week went. At quarterback Mr. Fantasy went with Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson while Greg went with Denver Bronco Peyton Manning. Wilson was 22nd among quarterbacks with 8.18 points while Manning was 7th with 18.06 points. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was the high point scorer for Week 9 with 39.90 points. At running back both guys went with Arian Foster of the Houston Texans. Foster finished with 23.15 points and 8th place among running backs. Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks was the highest scoring running back for Week 9 with 35.30 points. At wide receiver Mr. Fantasy took Jeremy Maclin of the Philadelphia Eagles while Greg selected Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos. Maclin finished as the #1 scoring wide receiver of Week 9 with 32.55. Sanders scored 24.36 points and was in 7th place among wide receiver’s. At tight end Mr. Fantasy went with Rob Gronkowski (again) of the New England Patriots while Greg choose Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers. Gronkowski was the #1 scoring tight end for Week 9 with 23.50 points. Gates scored 5.05 points and finished in 20th place among tight ends for Week 9. At kicker Mr. Fantasy picked Chandler Catanzaro of the Arizona Cardinals while Greg went with Phil Dawson of the San Francisco 49ers. Both kickers scored 4 points and finished tied for 11th place for Week 9 among kickers. For their Week 9 sleeper picks Mr. Fantasy went with running back Charles Sims of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while Greg selected Oakland raiders wide receiver Brice Butler. Sims scored 0 points in Week 9 and for the season as well while Butler scored 9.50 points for the Raiders in Week 9. This match up may be to close to call. Who do you think got the players challenge win this week?

Major League Baseball handed out it’s Gold Gloves for the 2014 baseball season. Here are the winners. Catcher: AL, Salvador Perez, Royals; NL, Yadier Molina, Cardinals. First base: AL, Eric Hosmer, Royals; NL, Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers. Second base: AL, Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox; NL, DJ LeMahieu, Rockies. Third base: AL, Kyle Seager, Mariners; NL, Nolan Arenado, Rockies. Shortstop: AL, J.J. Hardy, Orioles; NL, Andrelton Simmons, Braves. Left field: AL, Alex Gordon, Royals; NL, Christian Yelich, Marlins. Center field: AL, Adam Jones, Orioles; NL, Juan Lagares, Mets. Right field: AL, Nick Markakis, Orioles; NL, Jason Heyward, Braves. Pitcher: AL, Dallas Keuchel, Astros; NL, Zack Greinke, Dodgers. 3 Royals, 3 Orioles, 2 Dodgers and 2 Rockies claimed awards. Did they get it right? How did your favorite team do?

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9/14/13 How was your Week?

Posted: September 14, 2013 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Uncategorized
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The Chase for the Sprint Cup starts Sunday in Joliet Illinois. On a side note the track isn’t to far from where Dan the Man lives but sadly he’s not going to the race. NASCAR added Jeff Gordon as the 13th driver to the Chase; there are normally only 12. Gordon was added because of some controversies between Joey Logano and David Gilliland. It seems as if Gilliland was going to give Logano a position on the race track that would’ve allowed Logano to qualify for the Chase; knocking Gordon out. There was also the issue earlier in the week with Michael Waltrip Racing (M.R.I.). Clint Bowyer (Dan the Man’s favorite driver) spun towards the end of the race with Ryan Newman leading. The caution flag came out and after pit stops Bowyer’s teammate Martin Truex Jr. was ahead of Newman and at the end of the race was one of the 12 drivers who made the Chase for the Sprint Cup. After the race NASCAR reviewed the radio communication between Bowyer and his pit crew and it was decided that Bowyer’s spin was intentional; so Truex would have a chance to get into the Chase. All three M. R. I. drivers (Bowyer, Truex and Brian Vickers) were penalized 50 points and put on probation. The penalty knocked Truex out of the Chase and gave Newman the last spot in the Chase. Gordon was also in the running for a spot in the Chase when all this stuff went on and after a review of the Logano/Gilliland situation Gordon was added as the 13th driver in the Chase. I think NASCAR handled the situation correctly and Gordon should’ve been allowed to compete for the championship. Once the Chase gets started a lot of these issues will go away and they’ll be back to racing.

The National League wild card race seems to be heating up and every expert I’ve heard talk about it is on the Washington Nationals band wagon. I believe the Nationals where 5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds coming into play today (Saturday). 5 games are a lot to make up with just about 15 games to go, but they’ve been the hottest team all month and have given themselves a chance. The American League wild card is an even bigger mess. It looks like either the Texas Rangers or the Oakland A’s will take one of the wild card spots, but the second spot is up for grab. You could take 4 or 5 teams and throw their name in a hat for that second spot. The Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and even the Kansas City Royals are trying to find a way to take the second wild card spot. It should make the final couple of weeks of the baseball season fun to watch.

We’re doing an NFL preview show on Sunday mornings from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. central standard time. You can find it on Blog Talk Radio and the name of the show is NFL Preview Week 2. Just like last season we;re making picks on the games and last week went like this; Mr. Fantasy and I went 10 – 5 and Dan the Man was 9 – 6. Week 2 started Thursday night with the New England Patriots beating the New York Jets 13 – 10. If you want to know if we think your favorite team will win listen in. Will also talk about injuries, fantasy advise and anything else we think of that might affect the game.

We don’t talk a lot about the PGA tour on the show, but last night (Friday) I had to mentioned that Jim Furyk shot a 59 Friday at the BMW championship in Lake Forest Illinois. This is the 6th time in PGA history that a 59 has been carded. Furyk need a birdie on the 18th hole to get to 59 and he hit his second shot out of the fairway to just a few feet of the hole. Of course he made the putt to get around in 59. It’s not a huge sports topic but I thought it was something that deserves mentioning.

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