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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…

NFL POWER RANKINGS

Did someone say Power Rangers?! No, no they didn’t. We’re talking NFL Power Rankings, not the Power Rangers, sorry to disappoint. With two weeks in the books we’re starting to get some tangible evidence of where these teams stack. Some deeper conversations can occur. No, we’re not talking about discovering Kepler-1658 deep, more like Saturday night, 11:30 PM at the bar after 4 shots of whiskey and some beers deep. But still, its more in depth than the convo we were able to have after week one, which was like a conversation between Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. We’re only…

NFL POWER RANKINGS

After not even a full week one slate in the books (The Broncos-Raiders game is still going on) it feels completely irresponsible to post a power ranking after just a single week. Well duck it, lets be rebels. Welcome to the week 1 knee jerk reaction power rankings. Before we get into the knee jerk rankings, lets give a quick shout out to a friend of the Ducking Right family, Coco, who was mocked for selecting Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins as early as he did in his fantasy draft with the last pick in the 4th round. He must…

SPRING 2020 – SEASON OF CHANGE

With the NFL season about to kick off, after college football wet our beaks on Thursday, its an opportune time to think about how the two will converge next spring. Next off season could see a wave of change at the quarterback position throughout the leage. A change so sweeping that the league has never seen it before. Consider for a moment all the starting quarterbacks who have contracts set to expire at the end of the league year: Phillip Rivers Dak Prescott Jacoby Brissett Tom Brady Drew Brees Jameis Winston Marcus Mariota A few more quarterbacks could be cut…

WELCOME TO THE NFL – SEASON PREVIEW

BEFORE YOU GET TOO FAR, TAKE A MOMENT AND CONSIDER A CHARITABLE DONATION: PUTTING THE FUN IN FUNDRAISING   Eight days from now the NFL will kick off the 100th season of pro football as the Green Bay Packers will be traveling to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears. The league opted to forgo the usual practice of the reigning champs opening the league year in favor of bringing us one of the league’s premier rivalries. So when the league kicks off next Thursday night, what can we expect from its 32 members? A little bit from every team:…

TRADE BAIT

The Patriots completed week 3 of the pre-season with a hollow victory over the Carolina Panthers. During the game linebacker and special teams standout Brandon King was lost for the season. Its not likely that you’ll see too many, if any starters play any significant minutes next Thursday when they play the Giants in the pre-season finale. The real question now is who will be on the sidelines when the season opens September 8th versus the Steelers. We’ve taken one swing as camp opened on what that roster may look like. But we’re baseball fans around here, and the at…

COMPACT FANTASY CHEAT SHEET

All right, I know what you pervs are thinking. A fantasy article? Is this where we all discuss being rubbed down by Mila Kunis on a tropical island? No, but feel free to start that discussion in the comment section. Bonus points to those of you that worked Julianne Hough into the fantasy. But seriously though, we’re gonna do a quick review for those of you cramming for your fantasy football drafts who did absolutely no work. Paid no attention to off season news, and don’t want to comb through the zillions of magazines out there to help you. We’re…

PUTTING THE FUN IN FUNDRAISING

I’m just a duck Typing for a reader Asking them for money This year FREEDOM RIDE 2019 has been changed up a little. When last reviewed in the PSA #7 – HEROES AMONG US article in July we thought the ride would be kicking off just before noon on September 10th. But its been adjusted to fit the theme for the charity that we’ll be riding for, the Ray Pfiefer Foundation. Some info on the ride: Start time: 5:46a Wed September 11th (the time the first tower was hit) End time: 11:29a Wed Sept 11th (343 minutes later) Location: EOS Fitness…

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS ROSTER PROJECTION: Camp Try 1.0

With training camp well under way its time to pause, because seemingly everyone is, and put out a roster projection for the reigning world champion New England Patriots. We won’t spend a whole lot of time on explanations here, but the nuts and bolts of how we expect it to break down. Of course injuries are going to happen and that will effect the end result, plus Nick Caserio and Bill Belichick continually churn the bottom of the roster, from now through the superbowl, but in spite of knowing this exercise is like pissing in the wind, we’re going unzip…

THE NBA’S WORST CONTRACT

Following the trade that sent Russell Westbrook to Houston and saw Chris Paul’s return to Oklahoma City (recall he spent a year in OKC as a Hornet following hurricane Katrina) the public opinion seemingly went overboard in their negative assessment of Chris Paul. Certainly his production has declined as he’s gotten older, and he hasn’t played a full season since 2014-2015. In his 2 seasons as a Rocket he managed to be on the floor for 58 games each season, not including playoffs. His per game scoring average was the lowest of his career at 15.6 ppg. But he is…

TEAM PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Team: Philadelphia Eagles 2018 Record: 9-7 Notable Off-Season Moves: Lost Jay Ajayi, Jordan Hicks, Jordan Matthews, Golden Tate, Chris Long, and Michael Bennett. Saw the return of former Eagles: Desean Jackson, and Vinny Curry from Tampon Bay. Added linebackers L.J. Fort, and Zach Brown Traded for Jordan Howard, and added veterans Malik Jackson and Andrew Sendejo. Had their Carson Wentz insurance policy lapse, aka, Nick Foles headed south for the winter. Offensive Outlook:  In a word, good. In another word, precarious. Granted the Eagles precarious position is not one where they’re alone. Many, if not all NFL teams would experience a…