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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…

WHICH WAY DO I GO NOW?

Like the Hindenburg, the Boston Celtics season went down in a ball of flames. While all the focus has been on Kyrie Irving, and yes aside from Game 1, Kyrie certainly didn’t produce as anyone thought he would in the second round of the playoffs, including Kyrie. All the blame can’t be placed upon him. Tatum didn’t provide the scoring punch that one would hope he would to take pressure off Kyrie. Hayward, who had played very well the last few months of the season reverted back to his early season form, at least results wise. Smart couldn’t provide the…

NBA DRAFT LOTTERY KNEE JERK REACTION

So the ping pongs balls did their thing, and we now know where Zion Williamson will be calling home in the near future. I have no doubt the city of New Orleans is partying like its Mardi Gras part deux right now. The franchise can now reasonably show Anthony Davis a reason not to leave. If they can retain Davis, Julius Randle, AND add Zion Williamson, that forms a very, very dynamic front court. That being said, we’ve got some posts being worked on, division by division review of the NFL, NBA final 4 thoughts, the meltdown of the Celtics,…

DEBUNKING THE PATRIOTS NEED TO DRAFT A QB NARRATIVE

……This year.  Certainly the Patriots have to replace Tom Brady at some point. We’ve seen him in the sun, so we know he isn’t a vampire. So unless what Ponce de Leon was really looking for was avocado ice cream, then we can expect to see the end Brady’s career in the next few seasons. And while we could see the Patriots select a quarterback on the 3rd day of the draft, and there are some interesting prospects; Clayton Thorson – Northwestern Jarrett Stidham – Auburn Ryan Finley – NC State Kyle Shurmur – Vanderbilt Tyree Jackson – Buffalo Brett…

DRAFT TAKES PART DEUX

Two days down, one to go. The NFL draft’s first three rounds have come and gone, and there were some significant moves. The biggest of which is the symmetry of the AFC East continues. Friday saw the evening end with each of the 3 also rans in the division adding defensive tackles in an attempt to apply pressure up the middle against the G.O.A.T, and greatest living American, Tom Brady. Friday saw the Dolphins trade a second rounder to Arizona for last year’s #10 overall pick, QB Josh Rosen. So not only do the Dolphins (Christian Wilkins), Jets (Quinnen Williams),…

NFL DRAFT TAKES

Day 1 of the 2019 NFL draft is in the books. There were some surprises (I’m looking at you Mike Mayock, Clelin Ferrell at 4? Really liked Ferrell at Clemson, lets see how he fits in the league) There were some disappointments (I’m sure Jawaan Taylor has had better days). And there was a lot of bad cover band music. After watching four hours of draft excitement its done nothing to dampen my enthusiasm as the weekend kick offs with 2 rounds of drafting tonight. My own real disappointment was that Wilkins didn’t knock Goodell over with his celebration. THAT…

Mock If You Must

Less than 24 hours until Roger Goodell takes time away from torturing small animals and picking on the elderly to announce the first selection in the 2019 NFL draft. After much talk… so much talk, we’re finally at a point where the rubber meets the road. In honor of this, we’re going to take one final stab at projecting the first round. This time we’re going to give it a go with trades. Seven of them to be precise. Call me psycho, but I’m really looking forward to the next few days. The NFL draft, Avengers: End Game, and the…

The End is Upon Us

There were 14,000,605 ways this could end, and we’re on the verge of seeing the only one that counts. We’re in the End Game now. For decades the comic book movie landscape had been dominated by DC comic characters. Christopher Reeves’ Superman. Michael Keaton’s Batman. Val Kilmer’s Batman. George Clooney’s Batman. Christian Bale’s Batman. Sure Marvel had the Blade Trinity, but how many of you even knew Blade was a Marvel character? DC comics was where it was at. They had the marquee names that were deeply ingrained in American pop culture. Superman was as American as apple pie. Batman…

CHAMPIONCENTRIC DRAFT PREVIEW

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is almost upon us. Months of film reviews, speculation, drama, heartache, and Strange happenings, and it all comes to its conclusion this weekend. But while the world will be filling movie theatres to watch Avengers: End Game, the sports world will turn its eyes to the 2019 NFL Draft. A multitude of tweets, and articles have shot forth from You’re Ducking Right regarding the festivities in Nashville, but lets take a few minutes and give a state of the union address regarding the current, pre-draft state, of the SuperBowl champion New England Patriots.…

DEFINITIVE 7 ROUND MOCK NFL DRAFT

Just over a week from now the NFL’s powers that be will converge upon Nashville. And while the music will certainly be enjoyed by some, for those in the scouting trenches, this is where the rubber meets the road. The 2019 NFL draft is upon us. Lets get right into this, a 7 round Mock draft. No trades involved, here. Though I expect to see at least 4 trades in the first round alone. Between the draft, the NBA playoffs, AND Avengers: End Game coming out next weekend, its time to geek the hell out! So lets see how it’ll…

LET ME RE-INTRODUCE YOU TO THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS

For the second year in a row, Las Vegas has been inflicted with playoff fever. Two years of existence, two years of playoff beards in the city of sin. The Vegas Golden Knights shocked the world last season, when in their first season of existence they went all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals before being ousted by the Washington Capitals. It was unexpected, a band of misfit toys that captured the hearts and imaginations of an entire city following a tragedy. This season though presented a new challenge, expectations. After losing names like James Neal, David Perron, and…