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Over Under and All Around

The NFL season is just 26 long gutt wrenching days away. In the interim we’ll have some NFL pre-season action (which is like watching Goodfellas on network television, watered down, unrealistic, and not nearly as satisfying as the real thing), some baseball, a little Quail Hollow PGA Championship action (Jason Day is taking it this weekend), and can we possibly get Carmelo and Kyrie traded? I’m getting tired of the will they-won’t they-you know they’re gonna action from the Knicks and Cavs, its like watching Ross and Rachel without getting to watch Jennifer Aniston. In the meantime you should take…

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FANTASY FORECAST RAP UP

This marks the wrap up article for our Fantasy Forecast series. We’ve reviewed the quarterback situation (pre-Tannehill injury), taken a look at what running backs you may be looking at, gone long with some wide receivers, pounded some brews with Gronk and the tight ends, and got a bit defensive. Quarterback Fantasy Preview Running Back Fantasy Preview Wide Receiver Fantasy Preview Tight End Fantasy Preview Team Defense Fantasy Preview We’re gonna send you off, ready for your fantasy football season with a little advice, and our final positional rankings…. your top 10 fantasy kickers! The advice is simple. You may…

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FANTASY FORECAST – TEAM DEFENSE

Yaaaaawwwwwnnnnn, well, after trudging through the boring Quarterbacks, and skill position guys we now get to the fun stuff. Team Defense! Woo Hoo!!!! Its like a party for your eyes. We’re going to give you the top 10 fantasy defenses for this upcoming season. Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean these are the top 10 defenses in the NFL, but rather the top in fantasy. What’s the difference you may ask? Well, if the Vikings defense gives up 25 points to the Patriots, and the Jaguars defense gives up 15 points to the Browns you could easily make the argument that…

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FANTASY FORECAST – TIGHT ENDS

We’ve done quarterbacks, we’ve done running backs, wide receivers, and now its all about tight ends. Wow, without context that statement makes us seem a bit slutty, which would just be… well, never mind. After a brief delay in the content machine, we’re back to review the fantasy potential of the tight end position in 2017. And not like the fantasies y’all have had about former Gronk “friend” and porn starlet Bibi Jones. We’ve got 30 tight ends to keep an eye on this year, and the next few years. GROUP ONE: (This is a large group, so try and…

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THE BEST THING TO HIT L.A. SINCE…EVER?

There is a juggernaut being assembled in California. A team absolutely tearing through opponents like Trump goes through Press Secretaries. Piling up wins faster than Vin Diesel can rack up Fast n Furious sequels. The Golden State Warriors and all their fanfare? No, your Los Angeles Dodgers. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been very good of late, reaching the playoffs every year since 2013, but never making it passed the National League Championship Series. Their last World Series championship occurred in 1988. That is 29 seasons ago. (Does that make anyone else feel really old? Like I can vividly remember…

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ONE TIME AT BBALL CAMP….

No, there was no flute usage, it was not stuck, played, or used in any capacity. And if you haven’t seen American Pie, that will make no sense. Go back and watch it, it was hilarious, way back before Tara Reid became emaciated. In a previous life I coached basketball for a living. Granted, I didn’t make a good living, but its what I did. As part of the gig of being an underpaid, overworked, (but always appreciated, my head coach was awesome, you’re not gonna catch me saying anything derogatory about him) young assistant basketball coach, I worked basketball…

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FANTASY FORECAST – WIDE RECEIVERS

This is part three of a five part series where we review positions for the upcoming fantasy football season. This segment focuses on the league’s prima donna position, left handed starters for the Boston Red Sox with names that rhyme with Rice…. oh sorry, wrong article, this segment is about NFL wide receivers. The expected schedule of release for each fantasy relevant position is found below: Quarterbacks: July 20th Running Backs: July 23rd Wide Receivers: July 26th Tight Ends: July 29th Team Defense: August 1st Kickers: Why do yall keep asking about kickers? In spite of #PuntersArePeopleToo , I will…

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IS THE TIME RIGHT FOR NBA EXPANSION?

With the bulk of the off season lifting completed, the remaining free agents are scrounging for whatever veteran minimum contracts can be found. While the narrative has been about the focusing of talent into an isolated amount of cities, and rosters, there are still plenty of NBA level athletes available on the market, and overseas. If you were to start an NBA franchise with the likes of Nerlens Noel, Michael Beasley, Shabazz Muhammed, Tony Allen, Monta Ellis, Andrew Bogut, Ian Clark, JaMychal Green, Gerald Henderson, Alex Len, Nikola Mirotic, and Rodney Stuckey, would you be a championship contender? No, of…

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FANTASY FORECAST – RUNNING BACKS

Bringing you the second part of a five part series where we review positions for the upcoming fantasy football season. This segment focuses on running backs, a position with more consistent upheaval than Taylor Swift’s love life. A reminder of the SCHEDULE OF EXPECTED RELEASES: Quarterbacks: July 20th Running Backs: July 23rd Wide Receivers: July 26th Tight End: July 29th Team Defense: August 1st Kickers: ….. I’ll give you  sneak preview of the top rated kickers right now So lets get right into this. This will catalog 68 of the top running backs in the NFL for this upcoming season.…

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Brocabulary Lesson

Well, I believe in the soul, The cock, the pussy, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrate crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft wet kisses that last three days, and I believe that no worthwhile conversation can take place without the use of…

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FANTASY FORECAST – QUARTERBACKS

Baseball has had its All Star game, the NBA free agent feeding frenzy has all but wrapped up, and seven weeks from tonight the sports world will be turning it attention to Foxborough, Massachusetts as the Kansas City Chiefs roll into Patriots Place to challenge the reigning NFL champions. But before all that happens, one of…

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In Honor of the Honorable

So please humor me for an article before I return you to your regularly scheduled commentary on the mundane. And I know what you’re thinking. I haven’t actually posted in a hot minute. Well, I’m sorry, give me this one, and maybe I’ll put together this content calendar I’ve been telling Slim Mex about (oh yeah, and I’ll even put together a write up on The Duckers. So far The Dude, and Slim Mex have been mentioned, but there are others). Let me tell you how I spent my morning. I sat at a table, soliciting money from people from…

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Dysfunction Junction

Two teams, two different cities. 450 miles apart on a map, light years from each other in terms of realistic immediate goals, and yet, closer than one would think. The Cleveland Cavaliers will go into the 2017-2018 with the knowledge that they’ve been in the NBA Finals the last 3 seasons, and have brought home…

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DID THE LAKERS DRAFT THE SECOND COMING?

….and with the second selection in the 2017 NBA draft the Los Angeles Lakers select Lonzo Ball of UCLA. Its been a whirlwind few months for the Lakers. The return of prodigal son Magic Johnson to the help turn the franchise’s fortunes around, coupled with the lottery ping pong balls bouncing their way leading to…

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FREE AGENCY DESTINATIONS

Is Kevin Durant destined to land in the big apple after his NBA Finals MVP performance? In one word, no. The two most surefire locks for free agent destinations are for the top two available NBA free agents. Both Steph Curry, and Kevin Durant will be returning to the bay area to defend their tittle.…

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THE 4 SHOWS TELEVISION ACTUALLY NEEDS TO BRING BACK

It seems fairly evident that television writers have lost the ability to come up with their own ideas. They’ve gotten lazy enough where they’re now not even making new shows that are just derivative of previous ones, but are just going for the re-boot of old shows. Some have slight twists on the old show;…

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THE ULTIMATE SITCOM BRO-SQUAD

What up brotha, bro-man, brochacho?! Our scientists went into the lab months ago. After strenuous hours of research, barrels of whiskey, and a herds worth of steaks, they’ve come up with the ultimate television sitcom bro-chain. This legend…wait for it, its so awesome everybody knows your name, even if you’ve been bamboozled 4077 times by…

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SURVEYING THE POST DRAFT LANDSCAPE – ATLANTIC DIVISION

The eye of the hurricane week for the NBA. The time in between the NBA draft and the start of free agency. A chance to catch our collective breath as NBA fans and take stock of where the teams are. By my count there were 12 draft night trades scuttling picks both present and future…

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SURVEYING THE POST DRAFT LANDSCAPE – CENTRAL DIVISION

The eye of the hurricane week for the NBA. The time in between the NBA draft and the start of free agency. A chance to catch our collective breath as NBA fans and take stock of where the teams are. By my count there were 12 draft night trades scuttling picks both present and future…

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SURVEYING THE POST DRAFT LANDSCAPE – SOUTHEAST DIVISION

The eye of the hurricane week for the NBA. The time in between the NBA draft and the start of free agency. A chance to catch our collective breath as NBA fans and take stock of where the teams are. By my count there were 12 draft night trades scuttling picks both present and future…

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SURVEYING THE POST DRAFT LANDSCAPE – PACIFIC DIVISION

The eye of the hurricane week for the NBA. The time in between the NBA draft and the start of free agency. A chance to catch our collective breath as NBA fans and take stock of where the teams are. By my count there were 12 draft night trades scuttling picks both present and future…

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SURVEYING THE POST DRAFT LANDSCAPE – NORTHWEST DIVISION

The eye of the hurricane week for the NBA. The time in between the NBA draft and the start of free agency. A chance to catch our collective breath as NBA fans and take stock of where the teams are. By my count there were 12 draft night trades scuttling picks both present and future…

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SURVEYING THE POST DRAFT LANDSCAPE – SOUTHWEST DIVISION

The eye of the hurricane week for the NBA. The time in between the NBA draft and the start of free agency. A chance to catch our collective breath as NBA fans and take stock of where the teams are. By my count there were 12 draft night trades scuttling picks both present and future…

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The Silent Round

With all the excitement surrounding the landscape shattering trade that saw the Celtics send the number one overall pick in this year’s NBA draft to the Philadelphia 76ers all the talk has focused upon who the Celtics will target now that Markelle Fultz isn’t about to don that Celtic Green. Will it be Josh Jackson,…

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2017 NBA DRAFT PREVIEW

With less than a week to go before 60 anxious young athletes find out the next stop on their basketball journey, the draft received a jolt with news that the Boston Celtics had sent the right to kick off the festivities a few hours south to Philadelphia in exchange for the #3 pick this year,…

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For Love or Money

In the post haze of a brilliant playoff run before running into the uber-talented Warriors the Cleveland Cavaliers must be left to ponder the question of how do they unseat the newly crowned NBA champions. That is easier said than done. Encumbered by the restraints of the NBA salary cap rules the Cavaliers are left with…

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Isaiah vs. Avery, who stays, who goes?

So the Golden State Warriors are the newly crowned champions of the NBA, something as seemingly inevitable as another Fast & Furious movie being made, or Taylor Swift breaking up with her next boyfriend. This of course means fans of teams around the league are now turning their attention to the offseason full of hope…

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5 Unpopular Trades to be made in the NBA

I’ve reviewed rosters, looked at salary cap implications, surveyed the NBA landscape and come up with 5 trades that would be very unpopular in at least 1 NBA city, but make enough sense that they’re not unfathomable. We’ve got 20 total players involved, plus 5 draft picks, and it involves 2 sign and trades (I’ll give you a hint…. bye bye lob city). We’ll start off with the least impactful, before moving onto bigger fish, and cap it off with a 3 team deal to create another “Big 3” super power. TRADE #1: Avoiding that dreaded luxury tax and getting some…

2017-2018 NBA’s TOP 100 PLAYERS (20-11)

Training camps are upon us, and with the newly shortened pre-season slates, we’re just about two and a half weeks from the real deal tip off. And if you’re not excited about opening night, Kyrie vs. Lebron, then you’re just not a real fan. TOP 100-91 PLAYERS TOP 90-81 PLAYERS TOP 80-71 PLAYERS TOP 70-61 PLAYERS TOP 60-51 PLAYERS TOP 50-41 PLAYERS TOP 40-31 PLAYERS TOP 30-21 PLAYERS 20. RUDY GOBERT – POST – UTAH JAZZ The evolution of Rudy Gobert continues this season. Last year saw Gobert crack the double-double average plateau with his scoring average creeping up above…

15 FANTASTICAL FANTASY FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS FOR THIS WEEKEND

I WOW, what a way to start NFL’s week 3. With a game that by all rights should have been uglier than that girl you hooked up with that one time on New Years at the Foundation Room (yeah I’m looking at you ____ ) on the schedule, the frog turned into a prince of a game. Jared Goff took steps to separate himself from the Blake Bortles dud crowd, and made the Rams feel much better about passing on Carson Wentz. It also initiated what I think is going to be a week known as the week of the…

2017-2018 NBA’s TOP 100 PLAYERS (30-21)

Fall is here, it wasn’t the cooler temps that tipped me off, it wasn’t the calendar, it was the line around the block at Starbucks, aka, Basic Bitch central, where all the soccer moms were gathering for their pumpkin spice whatchamacallits. Shorter days, cooler temps, and more sports to watch. Myself, I’ll be making my own little Olive Garden tomorrow, homemade pasta sauce with meatballs, Zupa Tuscana Soup, and a nice lemon desert, all the while watching football. I hope wherever you are you’re able to do the same. Top 91-100 Players Top 81-90 Players Top 71-80 Players Top 61-70…

2017 NBA’s TOP 100 PLAYERS (40-31)

Less than a month away from tip off, we’re coming into the cream of the crop section of the rankings. You’ll see some “controversial” rankings, especially with concern to some of the fantastic point guards in the league. You’ll see more than 1 Raptor and more than a couple of Huskies, of all kinds. Players Ranked 100-91 Players Ranked 90-81 Players Ranked 80-71 Players Ranked 70-61 Players Ranked 60-51 Players Ranked 50-41   40. BRADLEY BEAL – WING – WASHINGTON WIZARDS Bradley Beal, number 40 with a bullet! Last season was the first of 5 seasons were Beal didn’t miss…

2017-2018 NBA’s TOP 100 PLAYERS (50-41)

The top 50, that’s nothing to sneeze at. On average each team should be represented 1.7 times in the final 50. Of course, not all teams are created equal. But consider saying that not even the top 2 players on each squad makes the top 50 and you start to realize how elite these players are. We’ve gone over the top 51-100 already, but if you need to review: Players 100-91 Players 90-81 Players 80-71 Players 70-61 Players 60-51   50. BROOK LOPEZ – POST – LOS ANGELES LAKERS One of the more underrated moves of the off season, the…

2017-2018 NBA’s TOP 100 PLAYERS (60-51)

Friday evening, fight weekend in Las Vegas, what wild shit are we gonna get into tonight? Well that’s easy, we’re going deep into the top 100 players in the NBA, specifically who falls into slots 51-60. It’ll be wet, it’ll be wild, and it’ll be oh so good. So double bag it, get the plan B ready for tomorrow morning, get some baby powder to help with the leather chaffing, its about to get hot, raw, and messy up in here. 100-91 Top Players 90-81 Top Players 80-71 Top Players 70-61 Top Players   60. DIRK NOWITZKI – POST –…

2017-2018 NBA’s TOP 100 PLAYERS (70-61)

As the NFL’s season kicked off tonight, its another reminder that the NBA season is just around the corner, its also a reminder that if your favorite NBA team made significant off season moves (I’m looking at you Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Oklahoma City, and Minnesota) that it may take a while for the potential returns on those moves to come to fruition. Patience is a virtue not often found in masses of sports fans, but if you can muster it, you’ll save yourself a lot of early season heart ache as chemistry and rotations aren’t exactly where you’d like them…

WELL THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY

The banner had been revealed, Roger Goodell had been booed off the field, and crazy train was still echoing around Foxborough when the Patriots systematically marched down the field to take a quick 7-0 lead to open the 2017 NFL season. On the ensuing Kansas City possession, third round pick Kareem Hunt out of Toledo coughed the ball up on his first touch. Those first few minutes were the film negative of how the remaining portion of the game unfurled. The end result of which was what felt like the 2014 pounding that jumpstarted the run for the Patriots’ 4 Lombardi Trophy.…

YOUR CLIFF NOTES NFL PREVIEW

ITS HERE! Today is the day the Patriots raise their 5th banner, and Stephen Gostkowski kicks off to D’Anthony Thomas to open the 2017 NFL season (because you know the Pats will defer if they win the toss). You’ll find here a quick run down of how the season will play out. So if you plan on canceling your television services for the next 5 months, or going into a medically induced coma and wont be able to catch the games this season, you’ve come to the right place! Lets take a look at the standings in the NFC: EAST New…

2017-2018 NBA’s TOP 100 PLAYERS (80-71)

Its a big week in sports, NFL’s opening week, the New York Times accusing the Red Sox of cheating, Roger Federer upset in U.S. Open action, and we move deeper into the You’re Ducking Right’s NBA top 100! Yeah, we’re not too excited about tennis either. We’ll get right into it, we know what you’re here for, the meat and potatoes. But first, in case you missed it, here are links to the prior installments: Players 100-91 Players 90-81   80. BEN SIMMONS – WING – PHILADELPHIA 76ers The former first round pick will look to shake off the rust…