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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 16, 2016 by Sports Time Radio in sports
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Week 10 just wrapped up in the NFL and here’s how we did with our picks. Schaumburg Stu and Mr. Fantasy tied for the lead in Week 10 at 9-4 while Dan the Man and I stumbled under .500 at 6-8. Schaumburg Stu is beginning to pull away on the season with a 92-55 overall record. Dan the Man is holding onto 2nd place at 85-62, but Mr. Fantasy has cut his lead down to 4 games as Mr. Fantasy is 81-66 overall. Sadly I’m at the rear of the pack after 1o weeks at 78-69. Hopefully Week 11 will be my week.

If you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan do you want to see them stay with Dak Prescott at quarterback or would you like to see them turn the job back over to a healthy Tony Romo? Romo met with the media yesterday and said of Prescott “He’s earned the right to be our quarterback”. Under Prescott the Cowboys have the best record in the NFL at 8-1. Prescott has thrown for 2339 yards and is completing 66.8% of his passes. Prescott has thrown 14 touchdown passes and just 2 interceptions. The only starting quarterback with less interceptions this season is Tom Brady and he missed the first 4 games of the season. Sam Bradford and Russell Wilson each have 2 interceptions as well. While Prescott has been sacked 13 times he also averages 4.0 yards per carry and has scored 4 rushing touchdowns. Romo hasn’t played a game this season and only played in 4 games last season because of injury. The Cowboys where 12-4 back in 2014 when Romo started all 16 games that season. Romo is in his 12th season with the Cowboys. Romo has 34,154 career yards, 247 career touchdowns and 117 career interceptions in 149 games. It can be a tough decision especially since it’s a plyer who’s had success in his career and lost his job due to an injury, but it looks as though it’s Prescott’s job. Cowboys owner and General Manager Jerry Jones even said that Prescott “won’t be looking over his shoulder”. Which pretty gave the stamp of approval for Prescott to stay in the starting role. Prescott and the Cowboys put there 8-game winning streak on the line this week as they host the AFC North leading Baltimore Ravens Sunday. This appears to be the first game that Romo will be active for as the back up quarterback.

NASCAR is down to it’s final race of the season. On Sunday they’ll run the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. There are four drivers left in The Chase for the Sprint Cup. It will be Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch racing for the championship. Johnson has 6 Sprint Cup championship on his record while Kyle Busch is the defending Sprint Cup champion; his only championship. Edwards and Logano are looking for there first Sprint Cup title. Johnson, Edwards and Logano all won their way into the championship race while Busch got in a points. On the season Johnson and Busch won 4 races while Logano and Edwards won 3 races. Logano got the won last week at Phoenix International Raceway, but will that give him some momentum coming into the final race. Johnson has the championship experience to rely on. Busch was here last season and got the win to take the title. Edwards was close to winning the title in 2011. He lost a tiebreaker to Tony Stewart for the championship. Does it look as though one driver has an advantage coming into Sunday’s race? We’ll find out on Sunday if Kyle Busch defends his title, if Jimmie Johnson picks up his 7th title or if Joey Logano or Carl Edwards can pick up there first Sprint Cup championship.

Steven Stamkos the captain of the Tampa Bay Lighting and one of the top players in the NHL may miss some time with a low body injury. Stamkos scored early in the Lightings 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings last night before exiting the game. Stamkos left the game in the 1st period after he collided with Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist along the boards. After the collision Stamkos didn’t return to the game. Tampa Bay’s head coach said Stamkos “will be evaluated tomorrow”. Stamkos is a 6-time All-Star and was off to a good start to the 2016-17 season. Stamkos’ goal was his 9th of the season and he has 20 points in 17 games. The Lighting have had to play without Stamkos before as he played in just one of Tampa Bay’s playoff games last season after having surgery for a blood clot on April 4th.

While Stamkos did get a goal in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 win last night. Nikita Kucherov scored 2 goals and an assisted on another while defenseman Nikita Nesterov scored the other goal and had an assist. Vladislav Namestnikov also had 2 assists for the Lighting. Ben Bishop stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced last night. Frans Nielsen, Ryan Sproul and Henrik Zetterberg had the Red Wings goals in the loss. Petr Mrazek stopped 18 of the 22 shots he faced in the game.

The Los Angeles Clippers are off to the best start in the Western Conference at 10-1 while the Cleveland Cavaliers are leading the eastern Conference at 9-1.

While it is very early in the season DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is off to a hot start averaging 33.2 points per game (PPG). Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder is averaging 32 PPG. Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans is averaging 30.5 PPG. James Harden of the Houston Rockets is averaging 30.3 PPG and Damien Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers rounds out the Top 5 scores with 29.8 PPG.

Hasan Whiteside of the Miami Heat leads the NBA in rebounding grabbing 15.9 rebounds per game (RPG). Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons is next with 14.3 RPG. Marcin Gortat of the Washington Wizards and DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers are each getting 12.4 RPG while Dwight Howard now with the Atlanta Hawks grabs 12.3 RPG.

Harden tops all players in assists with 12.6 assists per game (APG). Westbrook is next on the list handing out 9.9 APG. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers is at 9.6 APG. Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers is giving out 8.5 APG while John Wall of the Washington Wizards is handing out 8.3 APG.

Hopefully some of these guys are on either your favorite NBA team or your fantasy team.

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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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