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The NFL playoffs kick off today with wild card weekend. The first game we’ll see today has the (12-4) Oakland Raiders at the (9-7) Houston Texans.

Both of these teams are dealing with what you could call interesting quarterback situations. The Raiders where 12-3 with Derek Carr as there starting quarterback, but in Week 16 Carr went down with a broken leg and is done for the season. Oakland turned to back up Matt McGloin for the final game of the season and then hopefully into the playoffs. Then in what has to be looked at as just bad luck McGloin got hurt in the Week 17 game against the Denver Broncos. McGloin has been limited in practice all week and is listed as “Questionable” on the injury report. While most reports are saying McGloin won’t play we won’t actually know until inactive list for the game is released. So the Raiders are down to there 3rd string quarterback. That is Connor Cook who was the Raiders 2016 4th round draft pick. Cook will actually ne the first quarterback in NFL history to make his first career start in a playoff game. Cook did go 14 of 21 for 150 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception in relief of McGloin against the Broncos. The Raiders did sign Garrett Gilbert to the practice squad to serve as a back up quarterback.

The Texans quarterback situation was affected by injury in Week 17 as well. Tom Savage had taken over as the Texans starting quarterback when he replaced Brock Osweiler in Week 15’s game against the Jacksonville Jaquars. Savage made starts in Week 16 and Week 17, but Savage suffered a concussion in Week 17 against the Tennessee Titans and has not cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol. That means Osweiler gets the job back as Houston’s starting quarterback for today’s playoff game. Osweiler was 8-6 as the Texans starter this season. He completed 59% of his passes and threw 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. After taking over for Savage against the Titans Osweiler went 21 for 40 for 253 yards and a touchdown. It was the most passing yards Osweiler had thrown for sine Week 6. The other injury the Texans are dealing with is to leading rusher Lamar Miller. Miller has been inactive the last two weeks, but wasn’t on the Texans final injury report for the playoff game. Miller ran for 104 yards in the Texans 27-20 loss to the Raiders in Week 11.

Here’s how we’re picking this game. Schaumburg Stu, Mr. Fantasy and I are all going with the Houston Texans. That means Dan the Man is the only one picking the Raiders.

The second playoff game today has the (9-7) Detroit Lions at the (10-5-1) Seattle Seahawks. The injury situation isn’t as bad for either of these teams entering the playoffs, but there is some concern with the way they both played down the stretch. The Lions come into this game on a 3-game losing streak that dropped into a wild card spot. Now the Seahawks did win there final regular season game of the season, but it was just a 2-point (25-23) win over the 2-14 San Francisco 49ers. Luckily for the Seahawks they are the home team and they’ve never lost a playoff game at CenturyLink Field. The Lions have also never won a game in Seattle. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will still be wearing a glove on his throwing hand to protect his injured finger. Detroit has made only two playoff appearances since 1999 and has not won a postseason game since 1991. The Lions have also trailed in the fourth quarter of every game during the regular season, and they overcame nine fourth quarter deficits while getting out to a 9-4 record before falling back to earth in December and early January. The Seahawks ate just 2-2 since Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas was injured and some sideline squabbles only added to the idea that Seattle is a team in turmoil. The Seahawks are also missing wide receiver/return man Tyler Lockett who broke his leg in the game against the Arizona Cardinals on December 24th. To fill the void Lockett leaves in the return game Seattle signed veteran return man Devin Hester. Hester has an NFL record 20 returns for touchdowns, including a record 14 on punts, 5 on kickoffs and 1 on a missed field goal attempt return. Hester played in 12 games for the Baltimore Ravens this season. Hester returned 25 punts averaging 7.2 yards per return. He also returned 19 kickoffs averaging 24.5 yards per return.

We’re all in agreement with our pick for this game as we all have the Seahawks getting the win.

You can kind of add this to the list of it happens to everybody. Last night the Golden State Warriors blew a 24 point lead and ended up losing to the Memphis Grizzlies 128-119 in overtime. The loss took place at Oracle Arena where Golden State was 16-2 coming into last nights game. Golden State entered the 4th quarter up by 19 points which normally leads to victory. The Warriors came out “lethargically” at the start of the 4th quarter and Memphis went on a 23-6 run. It took the Warriors offense 7 minutes to score those 6 points. Down the stretch the Warriors used there “Super Death Line Up” of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala and it looked as though they would hang on for a win. Then, the end of regulation was ugliest of all for Golden State. Tony Allen muscled home a follow-up to a key offensive rebound. With the Warriors up two, the Warriors delivered what might have been their most awkward sequence of the season. As Curry dribbled it appeared that Durant did not know where to be, as Green gesticulated. The play led to a Curry miss, salvaged by a Thompson rebound. From there Durant and Curry deliberated over what was supposed to happen, until Curry finally gave up the rock. Then Curry set a less than forceful screen and Durant, facing Zach Randolph’s closeout, missed an off the dribble 3. Green sauntered to the bench looking less than pleased, before exchanging heated words with Durant. The Warriors continued their struggles into overtime and after Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer the Grizzlies where up 6 points. It looked as though Durant had a chance to pull the Warriors within three as it appeared he scored and was fouled, but after a review of the play the called was changed and a foul was called on Durant. It seemed as though the Warriors couldn’t get back on track and after Mike Conley hit a step back jumper Memphis had the game in hand. After the game Draymond Green had some pointed comments, but pretty much blamed everyone for the loss. This is the kind of loss that doesn’t happen to a team like Golden State. In the end it won’t affect much as they’re still looked at as the best team in the Western Conference and any issue they might be having; they’ll have 45 regular season games to work out.

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The Kansas City Royals are headed to the World Series for the second year in a row with a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.

I had heard someone say the game would greatly favor the Royals since they where playing at home in Kaufman Stadium and there wouldn’t be as many home runs. Of course with that being said there where 4 home runs in the game; 2 for each team. The Royals used 2 solo home runs; 1 by Ben Zobrist in the 1st inning and then a controversial home run by Mike Moustakas in the 2nd. It appeared that a fan reached out over the wall for Mike Moustakas’ home run, prompting the Blue Jays to challenge the call. The play was upheld after a review. Jose Bautista cut the Royals lead in half with the first of his two home runs a bomb to left field that was listed as traveling 431 feet. It took until the bottom of the 7th inning before the Royals where able to put another run on the board. Moustakas led the inning off with a single. Salvador Perez flied out for the 1st out. Alex Gordon grounded out to 2nd, but Moustakas moved to 2nd base. That was the end of the night for David Price as Aaron Sanchez was brought in from the Toronto bullpen to face Alex Rios. Rios went down in the count 0-2. He took the 3rd pitch for a ball and on the 4th pitch of the at bat he singled t left field to score Moustakas giving the Royals a 3-1 lead. Now I thought with a 3-1 lead and the way the Kansas City bullpen has pitched in this series that the game was over it was just a matter of them getting the last 6 outs. As you know I was wrong. Ryan Madson took over on the mound in the top of the 8th inning. Ben Revere led off with an infield single and after Josh Donaldson struck out for the 1st out of the inning Jose Bautista came to the plate. Bautista fouled the first pitch off and then hit the second pitch into the left field seats and with Revere scoring ahead of him the game was tied 3-3. After a 45 minute rain delay Lorenzo Cain led off the bottom of the 8th inning by drawing a walk off of Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna. Eric Hosmer followed Cain’s walk by singling to right field. Bautista fielded the ball cleanly in right, but rather than hit the cut off man Bautista threw to second base. That gave Cain, running full speed and waved home by third-base coach Mike Jirschele, just enough time to beat the relay throw from second base sliding in safely to give the Royals a 4-3 lead. Wade Davis had been brought in to get the final 2 outs of the 8th inning and had to sit trough the rain delay before going out to pitch the top of the 9th. There had to be some concern that the delay and then having to sit through the Kansas City at bat would affect Davis and after a lead off single by Russell Martin and then a walk to Kevin Pillar you had to wonder if that was the case. Adding to things Dalton Pompey was sent in to pinch run for Martin and stole 2nd and 3rd during Pillar’s at bat. With the tying run 90 feet away and the go ahead run on 1st base Dioner Navarro was inserted as a pinch hitter for Ryan Goins. Navarro struck out swinging, but on the strikeout Pillar stole 2nd. Wit one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd it was back to the top of the order for the Blue Jays. Ben Revere stuck out for the 2nd out of the inning and that left the Blue Jays season in the hands of their MVP candidate Josh Donaldson. Donaldson worked the count to 2-1 before grounding out to 3rd to end the game.

David Price made the start for the Blue Jays and pitched pretty well. Price worked 6 2/3rd innings; he gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, he walked 1 while striking out 8. Aaron Sanchez followed Price, but only pitched 1/3rd of an inning giving up 2 hits. The run Sanchez gave up was charged to Price. Roberto Osuna pitched an inning giving up 1 run on 2 hits and did walk a batter. Yordano Ventura made the Game 6 start for the Royals. Ventura pitched 5 1/3 rd innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5. As usual Kelvin Herrera was the first guy out of the Royals bullpen. Herrera pitched an 1 2/3rd; he gave up no hits and struck out 2. Ryan Madson was next out of the Royals bullpen, but lasted just 1/3rd of an inning giving up 2 runs on 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 1. Then it was Wade Davis; turn. Davis worked an 1 2/3rd he gave up 1 hit, walked 1 and struck out 3 and didn’t give up a run.

The World Series starts Tuesday night in Kansas City as the Royals will host the New York Mets. Remember the American League won the All-Star game; so they’re the home team in the series.

I understand that the NFL schedule comes out way in advance of the season; so you don’t know what the teams will actual be playing like when the games happen. There’s also no flex scheduling for the Thursday night games like there is with the Sunday night games. I’m sure on paper this looked like a great match up. An NFC West battle featuring a team (Seattle Seahawks) that has been to back to back Super Bowls against a team (San Francisco 49ers) who went to a Super Bowl the season before the Seahawks started going and a playoff contender was what we thought we might be getting when the schedule was released. What we got was a struggling Seahawks team that was having issues holding 4th quarter leads against a 49ers team that doesn’t look anywhere near what it did last season. San Francisco went through a much publicized coaching changed and also had multiple top players retire in the off season. Instead of what might’ve been a marquee match up a season or two ago we got a pretty boring 20-3 Seattle victory.

Of course even in bad games there are people who have fantasy players going and Marshawn Lynch was the guy to have in this game. Lynch carried the ball 27 times for 122 yards and a touchdown. Besides Lynch the only other touchdown went to was a Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett 43 yard connection in the 2nd quarter. Wilson was 18/24 for 235 yards with that 1 touchdown, but he threw 2 interceptions and was sacked 5 times for 23 yards. Wilson did pick up 20 yards rushing on 7 carries. If you had Lockett in your line up he was the Seahawks leading receiver with 5 receptions for 79 yards and that touchdown. The other fantasy relative might’ve been Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka. Hauschka made both of his extra point attempts in the game and hit 2 field goals a 46 and a 49 yarder. The San Francisco player who may give you the most fantasy help this week might be tight end Vernon Davis; if he was in your line up. Davis hasn’t produced for his fantasy owners this season and has missed some games with injuries, but if you had him in line line up for Week 7 he caught 4 passes for 61 yards. Davis could be a big help in a league where you have to start 2 tight ends.

Here’s hoping the rest of the games in Week 7 of the NFL are better than this one. Don’t forget that Week 7 gets an early start as the Buffalo Bills play the Jacksonville Jaquars in London. This is the NFL’s first attempt at live streaming a game; so don’t forget that it’s an 8:30 a.m. start time and you can watch it online.

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Right before their first training camp practice the Seattle Seahawks announced they had signed quarterback Russell Wilson to a 4 year, $87.5 million dollar contract. Wilson was entering the final year of his four-year, $3 million rookie contract. Wilson’s rookie contract did not include a fifth-year option because he wasn’t a first-round pick. Because of that, Seattle would have had to use the franchise tag on him in 2016 currently projected at more than $25 million; if no extension had been signed by then. $31 million in Wilson’s new deal s a signing bonus and $60 million is guaranteed. In 2014, Wilson completed 285 of 452 passes (63.1 percent) for 3,475 yards with 20 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He also rushed for 849 yards and six more touchdowns. The Seahawks have a 36-12 record through three seasons with Wilson at the helm, no quarterback in NFL history has helped his team win more games. Wilson’s career numbers match up very well with the best quarterbacks in the NFL over the last three years. He’s one of six quarterbacks with at least 9,000 passing yards, 60 touchdowns and 500 rushing yards during that time frame. Now that Wilson is signing and being paid well; the Seahawks may have to deal with the issues of trying to pay all their other key players enough to keep the team a championship contender. In some cases these issues may have already started on the defensive side of the football of the Seahawks. Kam Chancellor was a no show for the opening of camp. Chancellor’s holdout is due to him being unhappy with the compensation in his contract signed before the 2013 season that will pay him $4.5 million in 2015. There was some reports that 2 other Seattle defensive players might skip the start of training camp, but both defensive lineman Michael Bennett and linebacker Bobby Wagner were there for the opening of camp. Bennett has been the most vocal about his contract. Bennett is hoping his versatility along the defensive line will merit a pay raise from the Seahawks. Bennett has lined up at both defensive end positions and defensive tackle at various times during his two seasons with the Seahawks. It looks like both Chancellor and Bennett will have to wait until Wagner is signed to a new deal before they can get one. All reports seem to point to Wagner being the next in line. He was an All-Pro last season despite missing five games with a painful toe injury and has been Seattle’s starting middle linebacker since being a second-round pick in 2012. After back to back Super Bowl appearances it looks like it’s time for Seattle’s top players to get paid.

With NFL training camps open it’s time to start looking forward to your fantasy football draft. Now last season all the experts had 2014 pegged as the year of the running back, but that didn’t really came to pass. What will this season be called? Now there are still top running backs out there, but will it be suggested that you need to grab one in the 1st round to be competitive in our league. How many running backs will be considered elite heading into your draft? 6, 7 or maybe 8 at the most. There are your Jamaal Charles (Chiefs). LeShon McCoy (Bills) Matt Forte (Bears), Eddie Lacy (Packers) and even though he’ll be suspended to start the season I think you have to count Le’Von Bell (Steelers) and I can’t forget Marshawn Lynch (Seahawks). After that you’ll have to make some choices. Will DeMarco Murray repeat his success with Philadelphia? Does Arian Foster have another good fantasy season in him with Houston? Of course the biggest running back question may be; what will Adrian Peterson give you after missing almost the entire 2014 season? Now there may be some new running backs moving up that you’ll be able to find a little later in your draft. Players like Carlos Hyde (49ers), will C.J. Anderson (Broncos) take over the #1 role in Denver. Todd Gurley (Rams) and Melvin Gordon (Chargers) were both 1st round picks and are expected to take lead backfield roles for their teams. Latavius Murray (Raiders) showed some potential last season and it looks like Mark Ingram (Saints) is the lead running back; finally. One of the bigger surprises a fantasy owner may get this season if he can actually find a way to stay healthy is  Darren McFadden (Cowboys). McFadden looks like he’ll get to line up behind the best offensive line in the NFL, but that big if will him has always been can he play 16 games. Fantasy owners should have a little over a month to figure this out before the season gets rolling along. Of course will have the pre-season to look at guys and try to find sleepers, but what I want to know is are you taking a running back in the 1st round this season?

I’ve been trying to stay away from discussing the Tom Brady suspension, but I do have some questions that I’m guessing will never be answered. How does deflating footballs get you suspended for more games than getting arrested for smoking pot? Brady got 4 games and Le’Von Bell had his suspension reduce to 2 games for his arrest. I think the biggest oddity is the fact that Greg Hardy was convicted; appealed that conviction and was found innocent when the victim couldn’t be found to testify and reports came out that her and Hardy reached a monetary settlement. Sadly I’m drawing a blank on what the original conviction was, but I believe it was a pretty violent encounter. Hardy was on the exempt list for all but 1 game last season and he was then suspended for 10 games this coming season. After his appeal; was by the NFL that suspension was reduce to 2 games. After reading all of that remember that Brady got 4 games for deflating footballs.

I want to remind everyone that tomorrow (Sunday) on Sports Time Radio Chris Olmstead from BeyondtheFlag.com will join me on the podcast to preview the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Speedway. Brad Keselowski had the fastest practice time yesterday, but will that be enough for Chris to pick him as one of his three drivers who might end up in victory lane?

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How was your Week?

Posted: February 21, 2015 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports
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On Thursday at work Greg from our fantasy football challenge asked me who my Top 10 all-time Seattle Seahawks where. It took me a couple of days to compile a list, but here are my Top 10 all-time Seahawks.

#1 Steve Largent, He is the Seahawks leader in career receptions with 819, yards with 13,089 and receiving touchdowns with 100. He played 200 games in a Seahawks uniform over 14 seasons was a 7 time Pro Bowler and was voted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1995.

#2 Walter Jones, He was Seattle’s 1st round draft pick in 1997; 6th overall. He played He played in 180 games over 12 seasons starting all of them. Jones was a 9 time Pro Bowl selection and made the All-Pro team on 4 occasions. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

#3 Cortez Kennedy, in 11 seasons with the Seahawks, Kennedy was selected to the Pro Bowl 8 times and made 3 All-Pro teams. In 2012 he was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He made 568 tackles, assisted on 100 tackles with 58 sacks and added 3 interceptions.

#4 Jim Zorn, I have to admit that Zorn is my favorite Seattle player and I may have higher on this list than most people would, but it’s my list. In 9 years with Seattle Zorn made 100 starts, playing in 126 games total for Seattle. He’s 3rd all time in passing yards with 20,122 yards, 3rd in passing touchdowns with 107 and 3rd in completions with 1593. He also had 1491 career rushing yards with 17 touchdowns.

#5 Dave Brown, he played defensive back for 11 seasons with Seattle and is the career leader in interceptions with 50 scoring 5 touchdowns. He played in and started 159 games for Seattle. He was voted into the Pro Bowl just 1 time; in 1984 when he had 8 interceptions and returned 2 of them for touchdowns.

#6 Shaun Alexander, he’s the all time leading rusher in Seahawks history with 9429 yards. He scored 100 rushing touchdowns and added 12 receiving touchdowns. He was a 3 time Pro-Bowl selection and made the All-Pro team 1 time. In 2005 he led the National Football League in rushing with 1880 yards and 27 touchdowns. He spent 8 season with Seattle playing in 119 games starting 96 of them. He was Seattle’s 1st round pick in 2000; #19 overall.

#7 Dave Krieg, he’s the all time leader in passing touchdowns with 195. He played 12 seasons with Seattle getting into 129 games making 119 starts. He threw for 26,132 career yards with Seattle. He made the Pro-Bowl 3 times and also rushed for 1090 yards and 10 touchdowns.

#8 Kenny Easley, he was Seattle’s 1st round draft pick in 1981 and 4th overall. He made the Pro Bowl 5 times and 3 All-Pro teams in his 7 year career. Shortened by injury he played 89 career games making 87 starts. He has 32 career interceptions returning 3 for touchdowns and led the league with 10 interceptions in 1984.

#9 Matt Hasselback, he’s the career leader in passing yards with 29,434, completions with 2559 and is 2nd in passing touchdowns with 174. He spent 10 seasons with the Seahawks appearing in 138 games, starting 131. He added 1129 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns with Seattle. On a side note he was still active in 2014 as the Indianapolis Colts back up.

#10 Curt Warner, I know when people hear that name they think of the quarterback, but this Warner is the 3rd leading rusher in Seahawks history with 6705 yards. Chris Warren has 1 more rushing yard than Warner. He made 3 Pro-Bowl teams and put up 4, 1000 yards rushing seasons in 7 years with Seattle. His 55 rushing touchdowns puts him 2nd all time; right now as Marshawn Lynch has 54 rushing touchdowns coming into 2015.

Well there it is and I know there are some current players left out. Lynch was very close to making my list. Players like Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman should have quite a few years left to play and should make this list when they’re done playing. I did leave off the all time leading scorer in Seahawks history; Norm Johnson. Do you think he should be on this list and is there anyone you think I might’ve missed.

So May 2nd 2015 is the date that it will finally happen. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will finally meet in the ring. It’s being reported that the fight may make upwards of $400 million and will cost fans $90 to watch on pay per view. Now if they could’ve agreed on this fight two or three years ago I’d be a lot more excited about it. I’m convinced that Mayweather only agreed to the fight because he’s now convinced that he’ll win. Mayweather is 47-0 and staying undefeated is important to him; he’ll also turn 38 in 3 days while Pacquiao will be 36 when the fight happens. Pacquiao is 57-5-2 coming into this fight. In November of 2014 Pacquiao beat  Chris Algieri by unanimous decision. Mayweather’s last fight was also a unanimous decision victory over  Marcos Maidana in September of 2014. I’m sure this fight will make a ton of money for everyone involved, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a disappointment when we finally get to see these two in the ring together.

So the NBA trade deadline was Thursday and 11 teams dealt 37 players between them. Did your favorite team make a move to improve themselves for the playoffs or are the headed into the draft lottery. I thought that the Miami Heat had made a good move getting what was considered the top player who would be traded in Goran Dragic. it was actually a three team deal with the New Orleans Pelicans involved; here’s what it officially was. Miami got Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic from Phoenix for Justin Hamilton, Danny Granger and first-round draft picks in 2017 and 2021. Traded Norris Cole, Shawne Williams and Justin Hamilton to New Orleans for John Salmons. Now that it’s being reported that Chris Bosh may miss the rest of the season because of a medical issue you wonder if the Heat would’ve made this trade had they known. The Suns also dealt one of their other point guards as Isaiah Thomas went to the Boston Celtics for a 2016 1st round pick and Marcus Thornton. I’ve heard a lot of experts say that they like what the Oklahoma City Thunder did at the deadline. The Thunder added D.J. Augustin, Enes Kanter, Kyle Singler and Steve Novak. I was a little surprised to see Kevin Garnett being dealt back to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Thaddeus Young. Garnett does bring veteran leadership and an expiring contract, but he doesn’t seem to have a whole lot left on the basketball court. I thought that maybe this was his farewell tour, but it’s being reported that Garnett would like to continue to play next season. Now we have to wait and see how these players affect their new teams and if they’ll be able to contribute in the playoffs.

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So how was your week?

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What other question did you think we’d be starting with today. Why didn’t they run the football? The New England Patriots came back from 10 points down to beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. It looked like Seattle was on it’s way to a game winning touchdown with 2nd down and the ball on the one yard line, but for whatever reason the Seahawks decided to throw the football instead of hand it off to Marshawn Lynch and New England intercepted it to seal the victory. Lynch had scored earlier in the game on a three  yard run as part of his 24 carry, 102 yard rushing game. Now I’ve heard the argument that Lynch only scored once from the one yard line during the season on five carries. Lynch had 280 carries on the season; so those five carries are a very, very small sample size to use that as the reason. The Seahawks talked about clock management and wanting to get three plays while they where at the one yard line instead of two  rushing plays. Those are two of the stupidest reasons to not give the ball to one of the top running backs in the NFL with two chances from the one yard line to win the Super Bowl. If you’re into conspiracies there is the reason that the Seahawks and the NFL didn’t want Lynch to be the one to score because he’d be a top choice for MVP and they didn’t want him to win that award. I know that’s quite a reach for a reason, but I’ve heard that mentioned by more than a few people. Give Malcolm Butler credit; he took a big chance and it paid off for him. You also have to give quite a bit of credit to the Patriots offense as they where able to come back and take the lead against a defense that most people think is the best in the NFL. New England may have dinked and dunked it’s way to a win, but it was a Super Bowl win. I’m going to go on record right now and say that this loss affect the Seahawks through next season and I wouldn’t be surprised if they miss the playoffs next season or just sneak in as a wild card team, but I would be very surprised to see them in the Super Bowl after in 2016.

On the Sunday edition of Sports Time Radio I had Mr. Fantasy tell us where he would put his money if he was wagering on some of the Super Bowl prop bets. Here’s how he ended up doing. On Tom Brady’s prop bets where 262 1/2 passing yards; Mr. Fantasy took the under Brady had 328 passing yards, LOSS. Pass attempts over/under 35 1/2, Mr. Fantasy took the under Brady attempted 50 passes, LOSS. Passes completed over/under 24 1/2 Mr. Fantasy took the under, Brady completed 37 passes, LOSS. Rush yards over/under 5 1/2 Mr. Fantasy took the under Brady ran for -3 yards, WIN. Let’s look at his Rob Gronkowski prop bets. Receiving yards was set at over/under 74 1/2 yards, Mr. Fantasy took the over. Gronkowski went for 68 yards, LOSS. Catches was over/under 6 1/2, Mr. Fantasy took the over. Gronkowski caught 6 (six) passes in the game, LOSS. Longest catch was over/under 24 1/2 yards, Mr. Fantasy took the under. Gronkowski’s longest catch was for 22 yards, WIN. It’s a good thing Mr. Fantasy isn’t a betting man.

I caught just the end of a crawler report on television that said free agent pitcher James Shields would sign with a team by the end of the week, but I didn’t see which teams it is and looking for more information no team name has surfaced. Shields has said that he’d prefer to play on the West coast, but the San Francisco Giants passed on him earlier to bring back Jake Peavey. The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy this off-season. I know Anderson has been injury prone; so would the Dodgers sign Shields and use Anderson as insurance or a 6th starter. While the Arizona Dianmondbacks could use Shields I have a feeling they’re not going to make that move. They seem to be in more rebuilding mode than signing a top free agent type of mode. Maybe it’s the San Diego Padres who land Shields. The Padres have made big moves this off-season and adding a pitcher like Shields would be another big step towards contending in 2015. The Padres have a solid starting rotation, but would have no problem at all finding a spot for Shields in that rotation. It’s never been said if Shields preferred the American League or the National League; so maybe the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are the place Shields lands. While the Angels starting rotation looks solid it has three young pitchers in it; so a veteran like Shields might be a good fit their. It would be a big, big surprise if the Oakland A’s end up being the team that Shields signs with. The A’s have made quite a few moves this off-season and this would be an off the radar type of signing for them. Are the Seattle Mariners considered on the West coast? If they are this is also a good landing spot for Shields. Seattle is another team that is hoping for two young guys to come through in their rotation; so adding a Shields would push back some of the expectations on the younger guys.

I was a little surprised to see Kyle Kendrick end up signing with the Colorado Rockies. I thought Kendrick might be a good fit for a contender as a 4th or 5th starter, but he didn’t draw a lot of interest on the free agent market. Kendrick is just 30 years old and has proved to be an innings eater type of starting pitcher for today’s game. Kendrick has only been on the disabled list once in his eight year career. He’s won 10 or more games the last three  seasons for some bad Philadelphia Phillies teams. The Rockies got Kendrick for one year at $5.5 million dollars.

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Thursday night the NFL season kicked off in Seattle. The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers 36-16. It was a tight game going into the 2nd half. Seattle was ahead 17-10 at halftime, but was able to pull away in the second half. The Seahawks added a field goal and a safety in the 3rd quarter while holding Green Bay scoreless to make the score 22-10 after three quarters. While the Packers where able to put up a touchdown in the 4th quarter the Seahawks scored 2 touchdowns to get the score to where it ended 36-16.

The Seahawks were led by quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch and wide receiver Percy Harvin, Wilson was 19/28 for 191 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wilson also ran the ball 7 times for 29 yards. Lynch handle the load on the ground for the Seahawks carrying the football 20 timed for 110 yards and scoring twice. Harvin led the Seahawks in receptions with 7 and receiving yards with 59. Ricardo Lockette and Derrick Coleman where the two players Wilson threw his touchdown passes to. On the defensive side the Seahawks had 3 sacks and 1 interception. Cliff Avril, O’Brien Schofield and Michael Bennett where the Seahawks getting sacks. Bennett’s sack led to the Seattle safety which was credited to Tony McDaniel. Byron Maxwell got the interception for Seattle. Bobby Wagner led the team with 14 tackles and Kam Chancellor had 11 tackles. For the Packers Aaron Rodgers was 23/33 for 189 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. James Starks gained the most yards rushing for the Packers. Carrying the ball 7 times for 37 yards. John Kuhn had the Packers rushing touchdown. Jordy Nelson was the Packers leading receiver with 9 catches for 83 yards. Randall Cobb caught the touchdown pass from Rodgers. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had the Packers only sack of the game while Morgan Burnett and A.J. Hawk where the teams leading tacklers with 8 tackles apiece.

You’ll get our full picks for Week 1 of the NFL season on Sunday’s show, but on every Thursday show will let you know who we’re picking for that night’s game. On the show we all had Seattle winning this game; so going into Sunday’s game we’re all 1-0. This season Schaumburg Stu is joining myself, Mr. Fantasy and Dan the Man in picking the week’s NFL games.

It seemed like at one point in time everyone had expected the St. Louis cardinals to pass the Milwaukee Brewers for 1st place in the National League (N.L.) Central and it finally happened. Milwaukee ended a nine game losing streak last night (Friday) with a 6-2 win over St. Louis. They’re playing a four game series against each other this weekend. St. Louis won Thursday nights game; so the series is 1 game apiece right now. The Brewers are 3 games out of 1st place and really need to win the two remaining games in this series to tighten the division race. Milwaukee does hold 1 of the 3 N.L. wild card spots, but any team would prefer to win the division than go into that one game wild card playoff. Tonight’s game is a 6:10 p.m. (CST) start in Miller Park features Lance Lynn (14-8) on the mound for the Cardinals against Kyle Lohse (12-8) for the Brewers. Lynn is the pitcher St. Louis likes to see on the mound in Milwaukee. Lynn is 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings in nine games; five starts at Milwaukee, including three relief appearances in the 2011 N.L. championship series.
He fanned 11 Brewers while scattering three hits in seven innings of a 4-0 win in his most recent visit to Miller Park on April 14. Lohse is in a six-start stretch in which he’s gone 1-4 with a 6.46 ERA while opponents have batted .322. He was roughed up for seven runs Sunday and pulled with two outs in the sixth of a 15-5 defeat at San Francisco. While there are a couple of other close pennant races these are the only two top teams playing each other this week. The other tight races have the Loa Angeles Dodgers with a 2 game lead in the N.L. West over the San Francisco Giants. The Kansas City Royals also have a 2 game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the American League (A.L.) Central. I mentioned earlier that teams would much, much rather win their division than be a wild card team. Not that a team wouldn’t take a spot in the playoffs as a wild card team, but you’d much rather win your division than go into the winner take all wild card game.

Team USA has moved into the next round of play in the FIBA World Cup. The international basketball tournament is borrowing the name from soccer. Team USA’s average margin of victory is 33.2 Points Per Game (PPG) through its first five games. While I’m not all that interested in this tournament the National Basketball Association (NBA) news that came out was when NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that he believes expanded legalized sports betting in the United States is what he called “inevitable,” and the league is open to participating in it. Silver is the first professional sports commissioner who has come out and address gambling and their league. It’s a change in tune for the NBA, which in 2012 joined the NCAA, NFL, MLB and NHL in suing New Jersey over its efforts to bring legalized sports betting to its casinos and race tracks. The sports leagues, which were joined by the Department of Justice, ultimately prevailed over New Jersey with a majority decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. New Jersey, however, is continuing its pursuit of sports betting. More than $3.6 billion was wagered on sports at Nevada sports books in 2013. The American Gaming Association, citing the National Gambling Impact Study, estimates that as much as $380 billion is wagered illegally in the U.S. annually. I’d be interested to know where the other major sports stand on this topic, but I doubt will hear much from them on gambling. This is a story that I’ll be interested to see play out.

So how was your week?

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The NFL season starts tomorrow in Seattle as the defending champion Seattle Seahawks take on the Green Bay Packers. There have been a ton of suspensions this off seasons; some injuries here and there and it looks like only one rookie quarterback starting Week 1. Everybody has their predictions of how the season is going to go; so here are ours. Let’s see how we do. If you see a (WC) next to a team’s name that means they where that person wild card choice.

Let’s start with the AFC.

How Dan the Man see’s the AFC East. 1st New England Patriots, 2nd New York Jets, 3rd Miami Dolphins and 4th Buffalo Bills.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st New England Patriots, 2nd New York Jets, 3rd Miami Dolphins and 4th Buffalo Bills.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st New England Patriots, 2nd New York Jets, 3rd Miami Dolphins and 4th Buffalo Bills.
Here’s how I have it; 1st New England Patriots, 2nd Miami Dolphins, 3rd Buffalo Bills and 4th New York Jets.

How Dan the Man see’s the AFC North. 1st Baltimore Ravens, 2nd Cincinnati Bengals (WC), 3rd Pittsburgh Steelers and 4th Cleveland Browns.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st Baltimore Ravens, 2nd Cincinnati Bengals (WC), 3rd Pittsburgh Steelers and 4th Cleveland Browns.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st Pittsburgh Steelers, 2nd Cincinnati Bengals (WC), 3rd Baltimore Ravens and 4th Cleveland Browns.
Here’s how I have it. 1st Pittsburgh Steelers, 2nd Baltimore Ravens (WC), 3rd Cincinnati Bengals and 4th Cleveland Browns.

How Dan the Man see’s the AFC South. 1st Indianapolis Colts, 2nd Jacksonville Jaquars, 3rd Houston Texans and 4th Tennessee Titans.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st Indianapolis Colts. 2nd Houston Texans, 3rd Jacksonville Jaquars and 4th Tennessee Titans.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st Indianapolis Colts, 2nd Jacksonville Jaquars, 3rd Tennessee Titans and 4th Houston Texans.
Here’s how I have it 1st Indianapolis Colts, 2nd Jacksonville Jaquars, 3rd Tennessee Titans and 4th Houston Texans.

How Dan the Man see’s the AFC West. 1st Denver Broncos, 2nd Kansas City Chiefs (WC), 3rd San Diego Chargers and 4th Oakland Raiders.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st Denver Broncos, 2nd Kansas City Chiefs (WC), 3rd San Diego Chargers and 4th Oakland Raiders.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st Denver Broncos, 2nd San Diego Chargers (WC), 3rd Kansas City Chiefs and 4th Oakland Raiders.
Here’s how I have it. 1st Denver Broncos, 2nd San Diego Chargers (WC), 3rd Oakland Raiders and 4th Kansas City Chiefs.

Now let’s go through our NFC picks.

How Dan the Man see’s the NFC East. 1st Washington Redskins, 2nd Philadelphia Eagles, 3rd Dallas Cowboys and 4th New York Giants.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st Philadelphia Eagles, 2nd New York Giants, 3rd Dallas Cowboys and 4th Washington Redskins.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st Philadelphia Eagles, 2nd Washington Redskins, 3rd New York giants and 4th Dallas Cowboys.
Here’s how I have it. 1st Philadelphia Eagles, 2nd New York Giants, 3rd Dallas Cowboys and 4th Washington Redskins.

How Dan the Man see’s the NFC North. 1st Chicago Bears, 2nd Green Bay Packers (WC), 3rd Detroit Lions and 4th Minnesota Vikings.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st Green Bay Packers, 2nd Detroit Lions (WC), 3rd Chicago Bears and 4th Minnesota Vikings.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st Green Bay Packers, 2nd Chicago Bears (WC), 3rd Detroit Lions and 4th Minnesota Vikings.
Here’s how I have it. 1st Green Bay Packers, 2nd Chicago Bears, 3rd Detroit Lions and 4th Minnesota Vikings.

Here’s how Dan the Man see’s the NFC South. 1st New Orleans Saints, 2nd Atlanta Falcons, 3rd Tampa bay Buccaneers and 4th Carolina Panthers.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st New Orleans Saints, 2nd Carolina Panthers, 3rd Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 4th Atlanta Falcons.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st New Orleans Saints, 2nd Atlanta Falcons, 3rd Tampa Bay Buccaneers and 4th Carolina Panthers.
Here’s how I have it. 1st New Orleans Saints, 2nd Carolina Panthers, 3rd Atlanta Falcons and 4th Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Here;s how Dan the Man see’s the NFC West. 1st San Francisco 49ers, 2nd Seattle Seahawks (WC), 3rd Arizona Cardinals and 4th St. Louis Rams.
Schaumburg Stu has 1st Seattle Seahawks, 2nd San Francisco 49ers (WC), 3rd Arizona Cardinals and 4th St. Louis Rams.
Mr. Fantasy has 1st Seattle Seahawks, 2nd Arizona Cardinals (WC), 3rd San Francisco 49ers and 4th St. Louis Rams.
Here’s how I have it. 1st Seattle Seahawks, 2nd Arizona Cardinals (WC), 3rd San Francisco 49ers (WC) and 4th St. Louis Rams.

Let’s review our playoff teams starting in the AFC.
Dan the Man has New England, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Denver as division winners with Cincinnati and Kansas City as wild card teams.
Schaumburg Stu has New England, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Denver as division winners with Cincinnati and Kansas City as wild card teams.
Mr. Fantasy has New England, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Denver as division winners with Cincinnati and San Diego as wild card teams.
Here’s what I have. New England, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Denver as division winners with Baltimore and San Diego as wild card teams.

In the NFC here’s what we ended up with.
Dan the Man has Washington, Chicago, New Orleans and San Francisco as division winners with Green Bay and Seattle as wild card teams.
Schaumburg Stu has Philadelphia, Green Bay, New Orleans and Seattle as division winners with Detroit and San Francisco as wild card teams.
Mr. Fantasy has Philadelphia, Green Bay, New Orleans and Seattle as division winners with Chicago and Arizona as wild card teams.
Here’s what I have. Philadelphia, Green Bay, New Orleans and Seattle as division winners with Arizona and San Francisco as wild card teams.

Finally here are our Super Bowl picks.

Dan the Man has New England vs. New Orleans with New Orleans winning.
Schaumburg Stu has New England vs. Seattle with New England winning.
Mr. Fantasy has a rematch from last season. Denver vs. Seattle, but with Denver winning this time.
I have Indianapolis vs. Seattle with Seattle repeating as Super Bowl champions.

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Did the Super Bowl go the way you thought it would go? While I actually had the winner way back before the season started I had no clue the game would go the way it did. Most if not all of the experts I heard and even Dan the Man and Mr. Fantasy where picking Denver. Schaumburg Stu finally sided with me and we had the Seahawks against the world. As we all know by now it was a blowout in the Seahawks favorite and no one had that. By now you’ve heard the Super Bowl analyzed every possible way; so I’m not going to do a breakdown for you. Right now I’m just a happy fan who’s team won.

Football wise I will address this video that is trying to prove that the NFC championship game between the Seahawks and the 49ers was fixed. The easiest way to explain this is the video was made by a 49ers fan. I don’t know if you’ve seen this video but I was dumb enough to waste my time and watch the entire thing. Plain and simple it’s a video that any fan with a lot more computer skills than I, could have put together after any NFL game. I actually understand where this guy is coming from. His team lost and he’s upset and he had to find a way to explain why his team lost. I would’ve been just as upset as this fan was if the Seahawks had lost the game but I wouldn’t have made a video claiming the game was fixed. The 49ers are a young team just like the Seahawks are and they are in the toughest division in the NFL. Seattle won the division this season. San Francisco won the division last season. The Arizona Cardinals had a better record than some NFC teams that made the playoffs and the St. Louis Rams are a young up and coming team. If these teams can keep their players and this is a big if this division will be a battle for the next few seasons.

With football over the NHL on it’s Olympic break and the NBA in what some players have described as the “dog days” of the season it’s time for pitchers and catchers to report. The Chicago White Sox are the first team to report in our area (next Saturday) while the Cubs report later next week. Now we all can sit back and wait for Mr. Fantasy’s first mock draft for fantasy baseball.

We talked some baseball on the show this week and the two free agent pitchers I mentioned here a couple of weeks ago are still on the open market. Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez haven’t been signed and I have to wonder if Santana especially priced himself out of the market when he made salary demands when he entered free agency. Both guys also have draft pick compensation attached to them if a team signs them. After the last time I mentioned these two pitchers someone asked me where I thought these pitchers would end up. I really think it’s in Jimenez best interest to return to the Cleveland Indians. He had good success their last season and it would be a good fit for him. Santana on the other hand could end up almost any where at this point. I think at this point Santana will end up with the Texas Rangers or the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

In more baseball news. Yesterday Alex Rodriguez dropped his lawsuit against Major League baseball and the players union (MLBPA) and will sit out the 2014 season on suspension. I don’t think this was a case A-Rod could win and he just saved himself quite a bit of money by not following through with this lawsuit. A-Rod could refile the lawsuit at any time, but right now it looks like he has “exhaust(ed) all options” like he had said he would do. The Yankees will save $25 million if A-Rod doesn’t play in 2014 but he is owed a total of $61 million though the 2017 season. The question now becomes with the dropping of the lawsuit is A-Rod admitting some guilt and would this give the Yankees enough to void the remainder of his contract. I guess will have to wait and see where A-Rod goes next.

So; how was your week?

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As far as awards go this may be the toughest of all to pick a winner. There where so many good rookies in the NFL this season that even getting a ballot of five together meant leaving a couple of players out. The advantage to this is everyone has their opinion and this is how my ballot shakes out.

Andrew Luck is the NFL Rookie of the Year on my ballot. Luck led the Indianapolis Colts to a 10-5 record and a playoff spot. Luck threw for 21 touchdowns and 4183 yards; he also rushed for 5 touchdowns. There where a lot of expectations put on Luck being the #1 overall pick in the draft and he handled them well. The only negative to his rookie season where the 18 interceptions he threw. Since the Colts went to picking #1 in the draft with just a couple of wins to a playoffs spot this season that helps boost Luck to the NFL’s Rookie of the Year.

This is a close call but I put Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins second on my ballot. He could just as well be the Rookie of the Year but I went with Luck. Griffin threw for 3100 yards and 20 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions. Griffin has also ran for 752 yards and 6 touchdowns. If the Redskins can get a win in their last game of the season against the Dallas Cowboys they’ll make the playoffs. Griffin has led the Redskins to a 9-6 record this season but has missed a game and parts of a couple others due to injuries. Even with that Griffin would be a good choice as a Rookie of the Year.

Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks is third on my ballot. Wilson a third round draft pick is one of the biggest surprises this season. Most people thought he’d sit behind free agent singing Matt Flynn but Wilson went to camp and won the starting job. He led Seattle to a 10-5 record and a playoff birth. Wilson has thrown for 2868 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also added 3 rushing touchdowns this season. Wilson has played just as well as Luck or Griffin and I wouldn’t be surprised if he won Rookie of the Year.

Enough with the quarterbacks for now. Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins comes in at #4 on my ballot. Morris had to of been the steal of the draft. Morris was taken in the 6th round with the 173rd pick. Morris has carried the ball 302 times this season. Morris has rushed for 1413 and 10 touchdowns while averaging 4.7 yards per carry. Morris is the perfect to compliment to quarterback Robert Griffin III (#2 on my ballot). The Redskins are 9-6 with their make or break game coming up this Sunday against Dallas.

If he was good enough to be considered Defensive Player of the Year then Luke Kuechly Middle Linebacker of the Carolina Panthers should get consideration for Rookie of the Year. He leads the NFL on tackles with 151. Of course being a Middle Linebacker, he doesn’t put up huge sack numbers; he has 1. Kuechly has intercepted 2 passes this season to go along with all his tackles. In a down year for the Panthers (6-9) Kuechly is a bright spot for their defense.

There you go pick one of mine or come up with your own Rookie of the Year. You can follow me on Twitter @Burketime

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