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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

Welcome to your first 2021 NFL Power Rankings. We’re certainly glad we waited an extra few days as the signing of Cam Newton by the New England Patriots certainly sent shock waves through the football community. And in an effort to make this work obsolete as quickly as possible, I expect that Antonio Brown and Jadaveon Clowney will find landing spots as soon as that publish button is clicked. Even still, can’t let the fear of failure slow us down. We’ll drive forward and bring you a look into how the NFL landscape currently looks. 32. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS This ought…

WAY TO EARLY, INSANE, 2021 NFL MOCK DRAFT

We haven’t even hit training camps yet and its time to pump out our first 2021 NFL mock draft. Normally right now it’d be all about analyzing the NBA draft results and prepping for NBA free agency. Instead we’re all anxiously awaiting the return of baseball, basketball, and hockey at the end of next month, as well as watching to see how NFL training camps will open. We’re also rapidly approaching NFL Fantasy Football draft season. The season kicks off 11 weeks from yesterday, which puts the draft season 9-10 weeks away (depending on when your league drafts). That is…

PROJECTING THE PATRIOTS ROSTER

Well, it looks like we’re actually going to get baseball, basketball, and hockey back by the end of next month. Right when those seasons are ramping up to re-start, we’ll also (knock on wood), be entering into NFL training camp season. We’re just a hair over 11 weeks until the Texans get destroyed by the Chiefs on Thursday night football. In that honor, and since I’ve been meaning to post this for like 3 weeks, and in that time it seems like everyone else is posting their versions, we’re gonna go ahead and take a look at what the New…

NFL DAY 2 MOCK DRAFT- REMIX TO IGNITION EDITION

Well round one of the NFL draft was wild. It took forever for the first trade to go down, but once we got to the mid twenties it felt like every pick was on the move. You can find a running commentary of the thoughts and reactions we had as the round unfolded here: 2020 NFL DRAFT THOUGHTS AND REACTIONS – DAY ONE But now its time to turn our attention to day two of the draft. The second and third rounds will occur this evening. Each team will have 7 minutes to make their selection in round two, and…

2020 NFL DRAFT THOUGHTS AND REACTIONS – DAY ONE

Coming to you live from the living room in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas that was tabbed to host the 2020 NFL draft, today and this weekend should have been a party unlike any the NFL has seen before. Instead we’re regulated to our homes and man caves (I wish I had a man cave) to watch the draft. League executives have rigged up make shift war rooms, zoom chats, and facetime calls to aid in their decision making process, and the commish, Roger Goodell is making pick announcements from his den. Hopefully this eliminates the usual “where the…

DEFINITIVE 2020 NFL MOCK DRAFT

We did it, we’re on the cusp of the 2020 NFL draft. All the presents are wrapped and under the tree, we’ve put cookies and whiskey out for Santa Commish. I’ve read numerous pundits and their “info”, I poured over mock drafts from others, and the ones I’ve created. I’ve played around with The Draft Network Mock Draft Tools.  All that info can be bit of an overload though, especially when about 90% of info out there is a smoke screen sent out by NFL staffers. So I blocked out all the noise, sat down, and created a 7 round…

DRAFT DAY OPTIMISM

Sometimes hope just springs eternal. Every year the cliché is tossed around in baseball’s spring training, that every team is undefeated, and for every team, THIS is going to be their year. Most NFL team’s don’t harbor that excitement around labor day. Sure, there is the adage of “any given sunday”, but nobody seriously thought the Bengals or Dolphins seriously had any chance of making real waves last season. The NFL does have it’s glass is half full season though, and that’s the NFL draft season. Every year fans and pundits pour over scouting reports, fall in love with youtube…

MJ’s TOP TWENTY TEAM MATES

With ESPN’s documentary debuting this weekend, The Last Dance will once again put the sports spotlight right on the Chicago Bulls, and their iconic franchise star, Michael Jordan. With no other sports to compete with the limelight ESPN moved up the documentary’s opening from June to April. So with the spotlight on MJ, lets take a few minutes to review the top 20 players Jordan played with over his NBA career. The key phrasing here is the best PLAYERS over his NBA career. This isn’t including playing with James Worthy and Sam Perkins at UNC, or his teammates on the…

DRAFT PREVIEW: PATRIOTS EDITION

A bit of fair warning as this is written, I’ve taken to dictating my thoughts to paper much in the same manner as Ernest Hemingway, or under the same influence that led Bill O’Brien to trade away DeAndre Hopkins, which is to say I’ve spent the better part of the day drinking. In all fairness, the content outline was completed before I sipped my first taste of bubbly this morning. The review here will be a very quick synopsis of each of the Patriots’ position groups, followed by potential draft targets for each group. A potential target on day 1…

FREE AGENCY POST FIRST WAVE MOCK DRAFT

With just under 5 weeks until the NFL draft kicks off, the world has shut down. That hasn’t really dampened the rush to sign NFL free agents though. Not much anyways. Certainly the guys with a tad bit more medical uncertainty (looking at you Mr. Clowney) have lagged behind as teams aren’t able to get guys into the building for a medical review. Regardless, the NFL landscape has certainly been altered in the last week. Tom Brady is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Philip Rivers is a Colt. DeAndre Hopkins is officially a member of the Cardinals’ Air Raid offense, and…