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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: December 28, 2016 by Sports Time Radio in sports
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The Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks 123-107. You might’ve figured that’s how the game would go since the Rockets 24-9 while the Mavericks are 9-23, but the score of this game wasn’t the interesting part of it.

There where 8 technical fouls in the game; 5 on the Rockets and 3 on the Mavericks. The Mavericks where also called for 2 flagrant fouls. Trevor Ariza of the Rockets was one of the players who received 2 of those 8 technical fouls and was ejected from the game. After the game Ariza waited outside of the Mavericks locker room looking to confront Salah Mejri of the Mavericks. Reports are Mejri made a derogatory comment to Ariza about Ariza’s wife and children between the third and fourth quarters. Ariza became so upset that he exchanged words with Mejri, which prompted the referees to give Ariza a technical, his second of the game, leading to an ejection. Ariza was joined outside the Dallas locker room by teammates James Harden, Patrick Beverly and Eric Gordon. Dallas police officers where present outside the Dallas locker room as part of their regular detail monitored the situation to make sure it did not escalate. At one point Mavericks guard Deron Williams came out of the locker room to talk with Ariza and try to calm him down. Ariza, who didn’t speak with reporters after the game, eventually left without further incident. Mejri denied to reporters that he said anything to Ariza about his family. Beverly who didn’t play in the game because of a bruised quad had a one sided run in the with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. After Carlisle had wrapped up his post game press conference he passed Beverly who was sitting on a cart. Beverly began screaming comments to Carlisle. There was no respond from Carlisle; who just kept walking. Will have to wait and see how the NBA reacts to this incident. Will there be fines or suspensions involved with this situation.

Luckily for the Los Angeles Clippers and DeAndre Jordan fantasy owners that Jordan was okay after being involved in a car accident on Tuesday in Playa del Rey, California, while on his way to the airport in advance of the team’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Jordan flew with the team to New Orleans ahead of Wednesday night’s game. Chris Paul was seen at the accident site, but the Clippers said he was not involved. Rather, Paul was close by when the accident occurred and arrived with team staff to give Jordan a ride to the airport.

Week 16 was a tough week for a couple of young franchise quarterbacks. Both Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders and Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans both suffered broken legs in their teams games. No surprise that both are done for the season.

The Raiders are 12-3 and are headed to the playoffs without Carr. It will be Matt McGloin who will take over under center for the Carr. McGloin is in his 4th season and has played in 13 career games. McGloin did start 6 games as a rookie in 2013. McGloin has 11 career touchdown passes as well as 11 career interceptions. With Carr under center the Raiders where a Super Bowl contender. I’m not sure you can say the same thing with McGloin at quarterback. McGloin will make his first start of the season on New Year’s day as the Raiders wrap up the regular season on the road against the Denver Broncos. It should be a good test for McGloin against Denver’s defense.

Tennessee not only saw the starting quarterback go down. They also saw there playoffs chances disappear in their 38-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaquars. The Titans wrap up the regular season by hosting the AFC South leading Houston Texans. Matt Cassel will get the start at quarterback for Tennessee against Houston. Cassel is in his 12th NFL season, but his first with the Titans. Cassel has made 79 career starts. Cassel has thrown 102 career touchdowns to 79 career interceptions. A win against the Texans on Sunday and the Titans will finish over .500 for the first time since 2011.

Now I didn’t forget about the Sports Time Radio pick contest. Schaumburg Stu and I tied for the top spot for Week 16 by going 10-6. Mr. Fantasy took the 2nd spot with an 8-8 record while Dan the Man had a rough week going 6-10. For the season Schaumburg Stu looks to be headed to a victory as he is 158-82 overall. Mr. Fantasy has moved into 2nd place with a overall record of 148-92. Dan the Man has fallen into 3rd place, but he’s just a game behind Mr. Fantasy at 147-93. Sadly it looks as though I’ll be in the cellar this season as I am 142-98 overall. It looks like the battle here is for 2nd place and whoever has the best record in Week 17 should take it.

We have another head coaching vacancy in the NFL as the Buffalo Bills have fired Rex Ryan. Ryan was in his 2nd season as Bills head coach. In 2015 the Bills went 8-8 under Ryan. This season the Bills are currently 7-8 headed into the final week of the season. Ryan’s coaching career started off hot as he took the New York Jets to back to back AFC Championship Games in 2009 and 2010. Ryan hasn’t had a winning season since that 2010 season, but he has been .500 on three occasions. For his career Ryan is 61-66 overall, but does have a 4-2 playoff record. The Bills also relieved assistant head coach Rob Ryan of his duties. Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as interim coach for the Bills’ finale on Sunday against the New York Jets. The Bills have also announced that E.J. Manuel will start at quarterback instead of Tyrod Taylor who started the previous 15 games this season. You have to wonder if Ryan has seen his last coaching position. He might have to take a coordinators job and try to work his way back into a head coaching position if he’s looking to be a head coach again. Would you like to see your favorite team hire Ryan if they had a coaching vacancy?

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S.T.R. 1st round grades.

Posted: May 1, 2015 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports
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#1 Jameis Winston, Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Is Winston a franchise quarterback? and will he be under center for the Buccaneers for the next 10-15 seasons? Off field issues are there as well; a lot of questions with this pick. C-

#2 Marcus Mariota, Quarterback, Tennessee Titans. A bit of a surprise here especially after seeing what they where offered to trade out of this spot. Hasn’t taken a snap from under center in quite a few years. He’ll need some time to adjust to the pro game. C

#3 Dante Fowler Jr. Defensive Line, Jacksonville Jaquars. They needed help rushing the quarterback and Fowler should help in that area. He’s a high motor guy who’ll have to be better against the run at the pro level. B

#4 Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver, Oakland Raiders. Derek Carr needs weapons and Cooper was the best receiver in the draft. He can be the #1 receiver the Raiders don’t currently have on their roster. B+

#5 Brandon Scherff, Offensive Line, Washington Redskins. They needed to protect their quarterback; so they drafted the best offensive lineman. A pick like this might help keep Robert Griffin III healthy and that’s a key for this team. B

#6 Leonard Williams, Defensive Line, New York Jets. I doubt the Jets would’ve believed that the best defensive player would be their for them with this pick. While it wasn’t the biggest need they had’ he was to good to pass up. Maybe they’ll deal one of their veteran defensive lineman. B

#7 Kevin White, Wide Receiver, Chicago Bears. A team with one of the worst defenses in the NFL took a receiver; interesting. White was a big hit at the scouting combine, but that doesn’t always translate to the pro level. D

#8 Vic Beasley, Defensive Line, Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta did just what they needed to do. They looked at their draft board and took the best defensive player they had on it. They’ll have to decide if Beasley will be a linebacker or a pass rush end in the pros. B-

#9 Ereck Flowers, Offensive Line, New York Giants. The Giants have weapons on offense; so it was a good move on their part to try and find a guy to help protect Eli Manning. Some experts had Flowers as the top offensive lineman in this draft. B

#10 Todd Gurley, Running Back, St. Louis Rams. This was the first real surprise for me. I thought Tre Mason had proved himself last season, but the Rams felt different. Gurley was injury prone in college and will have to hope that trend doesn’t follow him into the NFL. C-

#11 Tre Waynes, Defensive Back, Minnesota Vikings. This was the only cornerback compared to Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman. He was left in man to man situations in college against the other teams best receiver. To good of a player to pass up on here. A

#12 Danny Shelton, Defensive Line, Cleveland Browns. Cleveland hung on to their two 1st round picks and used this one to address their defensive line. Shelton is a big, big man and should fit well as a nose tackle in a 3-4 system. B-

#13 Andrus Peat, Offensive Line. New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees is getting older and it’s never a bad pick to get him more protection. Peat could develop into a left tackle for the Saints for many, many years. B

#14 DeVante Parker, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have revamped their receiving core this off season and Parker is the next piece to that. Parker did miss some time last season with a knee injury, but was a good choice here for Miami. B

#15 Melvin Gordon, Running Back, San Diego Chargers. San Diego gave up the #17 pick along with the #117th pick (4th round) along with a 2016 5th round pick to move up 2 spots to draft Gordon. With Gurley gone San Diego felt the need to move up and get their guy, but they gave up quite a bit to do that. C

#16 Kevin Johnson, Cornerback, Houston Texans. Johnson is a taller defensive back and that’s a trend NFL teams look for. A solid cover guy with good speed and it fit the Texans need with some rumor that they may be looking to deal one of their veteran defensive backs. C+

#17 Arik Armstead, Defensive Line, San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers moved back two spots and still got the defensive lineman they wanted. It was a good deal for the 49ers and this pick should add to their defense that was weakened by retirements. B+

#18 Marcus Peters, Defensive Back, Kansas City Chiefs. Was this pick some insurance if Eric Berry isn;t ready to go at the start of the season. I think everyone had the Chiefs taking a wide receiver here, but instead the shore up the defensive backfield. C

#19 Cameron Erving, Offensive Line, Cleveland Browns. It was the defensive line help with the first #1 now the Browns add to the offensive line here. Erving is the utility man of offensive lineman as he can play any position along the line. B-

#20 Nelson Agholor, Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles. Since the Eagles couldn’t trade up to get Mariota they selected a replacement for the wide receiver they lost in free agency. They could’ve went defense here, but this pick fits a need for them. C

#21 Cedric Ogbuehi, Offensive Line, Cincinnati Bengals. Another team that was thought to be going wide receiver, but instead decided to help protect their quarterback. Ogbuehi had a knee injury last season and as long as he’s over that he has a chance to be  in the NFL a long time. C+

#22 Bud Dupree, Linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers. Some experts had Dupree as the best pass rushing linebacker in this draft and I bet the Steelers where thrilled when he was there when their pick came up. They need defensive help and they found it. A

#23 Shane Ray, Linebacker, Denver Broncos. Denver traded the 28th pick, the 143rd pick (5th round) in this draft. A 5th round pick in 2016 and veteran offensive lineman Manny Ramirez to move up 5 spots to draft Ray. I’ve heard Ray being compared to Von Miller, but remember he couldn’t get on the field in college as a junior because of Michael Sam. C

#24 D.J. Humphries, Offensive Line, Arizona Cardinals. Arizona’s downward spiral stared when Carson Palmer got hurt. They added a player to help protect him, but there is some question if they took the best offensive lineman on the board. D+

#25 Shaq Thompson, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers. This may have been the first reach in the 1st round. Thompson has shown to be a great athlete, but could Carolina have gotten him in the 2nd round. He does however fit their defensive system. C-

#26 Breshad Perriman, Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens. With Torrey Smith gone in free agency this was the pick a lot of experts expected Baltimore to make. Perriman did have some issues with dropped balls last season, but he’ll get to work with Steve Smith as he develops. C

#27 Byron Jones, Defensive Back, Dallas Cowboys. You have to think the Cowboys were hoping that one of the running backs would fall to this pick, but they did a smart thing and filled a need here. The Cowboys defense was better than expected last season and Jones will have to help them continue that this season. C+

#28 Laken Tomlinson, Offensive Line, Detroit Lions. The Lions may have been another team looking for a running back to fall and it was a bit of a surprise they took a offensive lineman after they got one in the deal to move back to this pick. There was a lot of talk they would take a defensive lineman here, but they didn’t. B

#29 Phillip Dorsett, Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts. I’m guessing no one had this pick right. Dorsett will factor into the return game right away and if he struggles as a receiver the Colts can give him time to learn. He is a true speed, stretch the field receiver. C-

#30 Damarious Randall, Defensive Back, Green Bay Packers. You could almost call Randall a cover safety. He was left to play quite a bit of man to man in college and that will be a big plus at the pro level. The Packers lost a lot in the defensive backfield this off season; so this was a logical pick. B

#31 Stephone Anthony, Linebacker, New Orleans Saints. This was the first inside linebacker to come off the board. This was also the Saints second 1st round pick. This is the pick they acquired in the Jimmy Graham trade. Anthony is a faster then most players at his position and should help the Saints defense right out of the gate. B

#32 Malcom Brown, Defensive Line, New England Patriots. I’m always surprised when the Patriots keep a 1st round pick; especially when it’s the last one of the round. They have to find a way to replace Vince Wolfork and Brown has the size New England likes to play that spot. B+

#1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jameis Winston, Quarterback, Florida State.

With the release of Josh McNown this week; Mike Glennon is the other quarterback on the roster with NFL experience. Head coach Lovie Smith needs a guy he can call his own. Winston has all the tools to be an NFL quarterback, but his off the field issues make this a very risky pick for Tampa Bay.

#2 Tennessee Titans: Leonard Williams,  Defensive Lineman, USC.

Tennessee needs quite a bit of help and Williams looks like the best defensive lineman in the draft. It’s a good a place as any for them to start building. With all the needs the Titans have a trade for extra picks wouldn’t be the worst move either.

#3 Jacksonville Jaquars: Brandon Scheff, Offensive Lineman, Iowa.

The Jaquars appear to have their franchise quarterback in Blake Bortles; so you need to protect him. Scheff is the best offensive lineman in the draft; so this should be an easy choice for the Jaquars to make.

#4 Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver, Alabama.

The Raiders are another team that looks like it has its quarterback in Derek Carr. Here’s a chance for Oakland to give him a weapon and with the impact rookie wide outs made last season this could be the best pick of the 1st round.

#5 Washington Redskins: Shane Ray, Linebacker, Missouri.

Ray may be the best pass rusher in the draft as a 3-4 down lineman and with Brian Orakpo an unrestricted free agent the Redskins may need a replacement for him.

#6 New York Jets: Marcus Mariota, Quarterback, Oregon.

The Jets hired a new General Manager Mike Maccagnan and a new head coach Todd Bowles. This group didn’t draft Geno Smith and Smith has done nothing to prove he’s an NFL starting quarterback. There are some questions about Mariota’s ability to take snaps under center, but they can tailor the offense to his skills.

#7 Chicago Bears: Dante Fowler Jr. Linebacker, Florida.

The Bears are a team that should have an easy time making their pick. The defense was so bad last season all they have to do is look at their draft board and take the top defensive player on it. Another team with a new GM in Ryan Pace and a new head coach in John Fox.

#8 Atlanta Falcons, Landon Collins, Safety, Alabama.

The Falcons hired Dan Quinn the former Seattle Seahawks defensive Coordinator as their head coach. The Falcons defense can use some help. Collins may be the best player on the board at this point.

#9 New York Giants: Cedric Ogbuehi, Offensive Lineman, Texas A&M.

With quarterback Eli Manning getting older it’s always nice to have big bodies in front of him to protect him. Ogbuehi may not be a left tackle in the NFL, but he should be a solid choice for the Giants here.

#10 St. Louis Rams: Marcus Peters, Cornerback, Washington.

Peters was kicked off the Washington team, but he may be the best corner in the draft. The Rams may have been interested in one of the two quarterbacks, but with them off the board Peters helps the defense out.

#11 Minnesota Vikings: La’el Collins, Offensive Lineman, LSU.

The Vikings are another team that thinks they found their quarterback last season in Teddy Bridgewater; so now they need to protect him. Collins could become a long-term answer at left tackle for Bridgewater and the Vikings.

#12 Cleveland Browns: Bendrick McKinney, Linebacker, Mississippi State.

There are a few different ways the Browns could go with this pick, but the best choice would be to help out a defense that under performed last season. There is a rumor out there that the Browns may try to move up in the draft, but to take who?

#13 New Orleans Saints: Trae Waynes, Cornerback, Michigan State.

In 2013 the Saints took Kenny Vaccaro in the 1st round and he hasn’t help the defensive backs like they had hoped. I believe Vaccaro was even inactive for some games in 2014. Waynes would be a good addition to a defensive backfield that needs some help.

#14 Miami Dolphins: Vic Beasley, Linebacker, Clemson.

The Dolphins where close to a playoff spot last season and their biggest need appears to be at linebacker. Beasley should be the best linebacker on the board when they pick; so this makes sense for Miami.

#15: San Francisco 49ers: Arik Armstead, Defensive Lineman, Oregon.

Jim Tomsula takes over as 49ers head coach and his defense needs help up front. There are a couple of different defensive lineman the 49ers could select here, but I’m going with Armstead as their pick.

#16 Houston Texans: A.J. McCann, Offensive Lineman, South Carolina.

There is a chance that the Texans look for a wide receiver with this pick, but I think their best bet is to get some offensive line help. McCann played guard at South Carolina, but may have the versatility to play center as well.

#17 San Diego Chargers: Randy Gregory, Defensive Lineman, Nebraska.

The Chargers have a few needs and I think they would like to go running back, but #17 is too early for that. I wouldn’t be surprise if they try to trade down, but since I’m not guessing on trades Gregory is a good pick here to rebuild the defensive line.

#18 Kansas City Chiefs: DeVante Parker, Wide Receiver, Louisville.

The Chiefs wide receivers caught ZERO touchdown passes last season. Parker should be the best wide receiver on the board when the Chiefs draft. They should run the pick up to the podium and how he can help the worst receiving core in the NFL.

#19 Buffalo Bills: Shaq Thompson, Linebacker, Washington.

Rex Ryan is the Bills new head coach. It was a little bit of a surprise for the Bills to hire a defensive coach and I think the Bills will be pleasantly surprised to find Thompson still available when they draft. Even a good defense needs some help and Thompson adds youth to that side of the football.

#20 Philadelphia Eagles: Andrus Peat, Offensive Lineman, Stanford.

If the Eagles can’t resign Jeremy Maclin this pick may quickly turn to wide receiver. Nick Foles is a solid NFL quarterback, but not the most mobile. Peat can add some help up front for Foles and this quick pace offense.

#21 Cincinnati Bengals: Gerod Holliman, Safety, Louisville.

The Bengals can use some help in the defensive backfield and Holliman should be the best defensive back on the board; so you’d think this would be the pick. The Bengals could also go Linebacker or Defensive Line with this pick.

#22 Pittsburgh Steelers: Derron Smith, safety, Fresno State.

Smith and Holliman may come off the board the other way, but defensive back should be where the Steelers go. Dick LeBeau has moved on and Troy Polamalu is 33 years old. It’s time for the Steelers to get younger in the defensive backfield.

#23 Detroit Lions: Kevin Johnson, Cornerback, Wake Forest.

Cornerback is the Lions need right now, but if Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairly, C.J. Mosley and Andre Fluellen leave in free agency the need quickly becomes defensive line. The Lions are saying all the right things when it comes to resigning Suh. If they can cornerback should be the pick.

#24 Arizona Cardinals: Denzel Perryman, Linebacker, Miami (Florida)

A playoff team in 2014 with a strong defense and the addition of Perryman at the spot that needs it the most should keep them in the playoffs next season. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the cardinals take the first running back at this spot, but linebacker would be the best choice.

#25 Carolina Panthers: Reese Dismukes, Offensive Lineman, Auburn.

Under .500, but in the playoffs last season a ton of injuries along the offensive line hurt the Panthers. Dismukes add some depth that they badly need. Keeping Cam newton upright and untouched should be the #1 priority.

#26 Baltimore Ravens: Todd Gurley, Running Back, Georgia.

Justin Forsett had a great season for Baltimore, but he’s a free agent. Plus Gary Kubiak and his system has moved on and former Bears head coach Marc Trestman will try to run the Ravens offense. They’re saying they’ll keep some of the system, but a big young running back can help any system.

#27 Dallas Cowboys: Danny Shelton, Defensive Lineman, Washington.

If Dallas can resign Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray they’ll have to make some tough choices on the defensive side of the football. They’ll need to have players ready to set in for any salary cap causalities they might have. Shelton can help fill those openings.

#28 Denver Broncos: Devin Funchess, Tight End, Michigan.

The Broncos may have to choose between Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas because of salary cap reasons. With Funchess available the Broncos will have a player to take Julius Thomas’ spot if needed. Funchess also has the tools to play some wide receiver; so his game is a lot like Julius Thomas’

#29 Indianapolis Colts: T.J. Cummings, Offensive Lineman, Pittsburgh.

The best thing for the Colts is to protect Andrew Luck. The best way to do that is to build a offensive line around him. Cummings can be one of those pieces that protects Luck for a long time. There is the off chance the Colts look at a running back, but Luck is their man and he needs offensive line help; so Cummings is the pick.

#30 Green Bay Packers: Eric Kendricks, Linebacker, UCLA.

Kendricks can help shore up the Packers linebacking core and allow Clay Matthews to move inside or out where he seemed to play better towards the end of the season. If it looks like the Packers won’t be able to resign wide receiver Randall Cobb they might look for someone to fill his spot, but right now linebacker is the best choice.

#31 Seattle Seahawks: Nate Orchard, Defensive Lineman, Utah.

A quick, fast defense needs quick, fast players and Orchard fits in to the mold of the Seahawks defense. With speed to get to the quarterback he fits a Seahawks need. Of course if Marshawn Lynch decides to retire look for Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin to be the Seahawks pick.

#32 The Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots: Dorial Green-Beckham, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma.

I fully expect New England to trade this pick for more picks and I’m guessing a team that’s looking for a quarterback moves up to take UCLA’s Brett Hundley here. Even if the Patriots keep the pick who really knows what they’ll do with it. Why not give Tom Brady a weapon; so Green-Beckham is the pick.