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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…

NBA TRADING AT ITS FINEST

The NBA trade season is revving up. The deadline for trades this year falls on February 7th, just a few days after the Superbowl, and 10 days before the NBA’s All Star game. We’ve already seen some big trades this fall. Jimmy Butler to Philly for Dario Saric and Robert Covington. Kelly Oubre to Phoenix for Trevor Ariza. Or George Hill to Milwaukee for John Henson and Matthew Dellavedova jump to mind. In past years it was a forgone conclusion that the Cavaliers and Warriors would meet in the finals (allright, maybe not forgone, I mean the conference finals each…

T.G.I.F. DUCKERS!!!

Welp, we did it. We reached Friday my friends. With that New Years holiday stuck in the middle it made for a long work week. Tough to get any sort of flow working with the herky jerky schedule, but that is all behind us now. Now I don’t know about you, but when I was a young duckling (never an ugly duckling) we used to look forward to the ABC Friday night primetime line up, aka, T.G.I.F. The glory days of the T.G.I.F. line up ran from 1988-2000. They’ve tried to reinvent it a few times since then with such…

BRACKET BUSTERS: NFL EDITION

The NFL’s second season is upon us. 20 teams are booking their tee times for this weekend, but another 12 still remain. Is this the year of upsets? Or are we going Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk?! Some teams started out hotter than fish grease, I’m looking at you Rams and Chiefs, and rode that early success to some first round byes. Others like the Colts and Eagles made some second half pushes to snag the last playoff spots. It wasn’t all Luck though, the Colts were 9-1 in their last 10 games after starting out 1-5. The return of the Mack…

NBA FUTURE FAMERS

Let me look into my crystal ball. The year is 2032. Tom Brady is president of the United States. Gronk is the Secretary of Spring Break. Keith Richards has gone solo and is the top earning tour in the country. Maggie Simpson is finally talking, and gas is up to $325 a gallon. Basketball enthusiasts will look back on the 2018-2019 NBA season with awe as a slew of hall of famers litter the rosters of NBA teams. As we look at the NBA in modern times though, circa December 2018, who is looking like they’ll take up residence in…

AND NOW, THE TIME HAS COME, THE END IS NEAR

For 20 NFL teams, their season comes to and end Sunday. Which means that Black Monday is upon us. The day where pink slips are more common than a Bird Box meme on Twitter. Two teams have already jumpstarted the process by ousting their head coach and finishing the season with interim guys. Some guys are all but a certainty to return, safe from getting the axe; Bill Belichick, Frank Reich, Mike Vrabel, Bill O’Brien, Mike Tomlin, John Harbaugh, Andy Reid, Jon Gruden, Anthony Lynn, Doug Pederson, Sean Payton, Mike Zimmer, Matt Nagy, Kyle Shanahan, Pete Carroll, and Sean McVay…

NFL POWER RANKINGS- MERRY CHRISTMAS EDITION

Its a holly jolly Christmas, and a bunch of time has passed since the last set of power rankings. Way back then Khalil Mack was a Raider, Patrick Mahomes was untested, and Adrian Peterson was a has been. Fast forward 4 months and the season is winding down. With just 1 and 1/16th of a season left on the regular schedule, lets take stock of where teams currently sit. This is not a direct reflection of where they are in the standings, but rather how they’re looking going into the playoffs. These rankings don’t care about your record, but it…

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: LeANNA MARCHESE

Take a moment and picture in your head the classic version of Santa Clause. A chubby, cheerful, old guy? Lush fluffy white beard, rosy red cheeks, and a deep jolly laugh? A big fan of cookies and milk? A leader of a vast array of minions willing to put in work to answer the Christmas…

SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO NOW?

I intended to wait until the offseason had hit before punching this up, but circumstances this week have made the Patriots’ season look dire. I mean, the horrors of going 11-5?! After back to back losses though, some cracks have started to show. I still believe that the Patriots can get some stuff done, but either way, the end of the season is in sight. In that vein, lets review the roster, more specifically, who will be around for the 2019 season. Some guys will leave in free agency, some will be cap casualties, and some are all but guaranteed…