For an Xfinity race that was set to commence on Tuesday night, it would take two more days due to the heavy rainfalls at Darlington Raceway. Thursday would also suffer a four-hour rain delay, but would eventually get rolling.
Sam Schneider | May 24th, 2020
Memories are short among NFL fans. Many do not even recall that the Houston Texans finished the 2019 season with a division championship at 10-6 and beat an upstart Buffalo Bills team in the first round of the playoffs. Following that, they went up by 21 points in the divisional round before the eventual SBLIV Champion Kansas City Chiefs went on a rampage and sent them packing. A tumultuous offseason then erased those memories for fans outside of Texas.
Mason Thompson | May 24th, 2020
Since 2017, the Packers have completely remade their secondary. This includes two first-round selections on Jaire Alexander in 2018 and Darnell Savage in 2019, as well as Josh Jackson in the second round in 2018. Let’s talk about another second-round selection though from 2017, and no, it’s not Josh Jones who the Packers cut before the 2019 season. Let’s talk about Kevin King and examine what his contract extension could amount to this upcoming offseason. Continue reading
Chris Gallagher | May 23rd, 2020
The expectations surrounding the Denver Broncos are very high, heading into the 2020 season. After an offseason that saw them add A.J. Bouye, Jurrell Casey, and Melvin Gordon along with wide receivers Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler in the draft, the Broncos are a team to watch. The 2019 season was a forgetful one for the Broncos as they finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Most of this was due to the ongoing quarterback carousel. Joe Flacco started the first eight games before getting injured and replaced by Brandon Allen. Ultimately, the Broncos would end the season winning four of their last five games under Drew Lock after he came off injured reserve and injected life into the Denver offense.
Dom Lunardo | May 23rd, 2020
To date, only eight players of Austrian descent have played in the National Hockey League. Superstar centerman, Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s will be the ninth. Born and raised in Feldkirch, Austria, Rossi is as raw a talent as they come and poised for greatness. A shoo-in top-10 pick, there’s lots to love about his approach to games and how he conducts himself. Let’s take a closer look at Marco Rossi, one of the most interesting talents at the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. Continue reading
Euan Leith | May 23rd, 2020
The Arizona Diamondbacks are one of the newest teams to baseball after being founded in 1998. They have only been around 22 years, but have already added one World Series title in 2001. They have made the playoffs six times and won their division on five occasions.
Byron Jewell | May 23rd, 2020
The Colts 2019 season was a wild one of sorts. From replacing Andrew Luck two weeks before the season, to starting 5-2 out the gate with Jacoby Brissett, to eventually miss the playoffs at 7-9 overall. Now with a new makeup on offense, along with some key players added on defense as well, this team is ready to make a strong push in the third-year under head coach Frank Reich.
Steve Seufert | May 22nd, 2020
The Carolina Panthers are going to be a fun team to watch moving forward. They took the risky route and hired Baylor head coach Matt Rhule away from the collegiate scene. One that he is most familiar with, Rhule doubled that down by hiring a 31-year-old coordinator to manage the offense. Let’s not forget they almost immediately signed Teddy Bridgewater to a $63 million dollar deal to become the starting quarterback of an NFL franchise. That is something he hasn’t done since 2015 when he suffered a gruesome knee injury while playing for the Minnesota Vikings. Needless to say, this will be fun.
Nickolas Loza | May 22nd, 2020
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason have improved by a wide margin, which they needed to do after a disappointing season with a record of 7-9 under Head Coach Bruce Arians. They went out and released their troubled Quarterback Jameis Winston, who despite throwing for 5,000 yards and 30 touchdowns, had one of the weirdest seasons ever. Winston became the first player in NFL history to throw for 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions, truly a statistical anomaly.
John Lepore | May 22nd, 2020
The Florida/ Miami Marlins came into the league in 1993. Despite the short history, the Marlins have two World Series Championships (1997, 2003). They’ve also had some pretty good players come through their franchise. But who makes the Florida/Miami Marlins Mount Rushmore?
MJ Hurley | May 22nd, 2020
After dominating the NFC West division in 2017 and 2018, the Los Angeles Rams took a step back in 2019 with a 9-7 record, finishing third in the division. Although the Rams lost in disappointing fashion to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, they had high hopes for 2019 and beyond. Unfortunately, those hopes spiraled into a lackluster offense and a dysfunctional defense. After letting fan favorites Clay Matthews III and Todd Gurley walk in free agency, the Rams look to re-tool and reload for a return to the top of the NFC West. With this in mind, let’s check out five bold predictions for the Rams in the 2020 NFL Season.
Joel Dorcas | May 22nd, 2020
Get your popcorn ready if you like quick, agile, shifty, fast hockey. That’s what Swedish born Lucas Raymond will be bringing to the table once he gets to the NHL. We already know this style has worked for the likes of Mitch Marner and Mathew Barzal. This is what we have to look forward to in a few years if everything goes to plan for this elite talent from Gothenburg Sweden. Let’s break it down and find out more! Continue reading
Mike Fanelli | May 21st, 2020
The 2019 NFL season was one of two halves for the Atlanta Falcons. After starting the season 1-7, many thought the Falcons were heading towards a top-five pick in the 2020 draft. However, after their week nine bye, the Falcons turned it around, going 6-2 over their last eight games and finished second in the NFC South with a 7-9 record. The second half turnaround saved head coach Dan Quinn’s job. No one believed the team could turn their season around last year, so here are my five bold predictions for the Falcons in 2020.
Josh Livi | May 21st, 2020
For the people that do dynasty fantasy football, we have no offseason. For the people that do redraft, switch to dynasty leagues! The NFL has also released the schedule for the 2020 season so we are all pumped and ready! I am going to tell you my five favorite wide receivers to buy low in dynasty fantasy football! Continue reading
Daniel Corrigan | May 21st, 2020
Welcome back to the last installment of the Team USA Dream Team roster draft. We have covered the infield and outfield and all that remains is the pitching staff. Once again, this is a combination of the best players and those that have some personality.
Jacob Dunne | May 21st, 2020
With the NFL Draft and free agency officially in the books, it’s time for a way-too-early 53-man roster projection on who will make the Denver Broncos. There will be no shortage of competition at every position this summer. The Broncos coaching staff will have their work cut out for them when deciding on who to keep heading into the 2020 season. Continue reading
Dom Lunardo | May 21th, 2020
15 years ago, the Pittsburgh Penguins called “The Next One” to the draft floor first overall. That player was Sidney Crosby from the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (OHL). Need we say any more? Fast forward to 2020, and it looks as though yet another Oceanic player is poised for prime-time (and super-stardom). Enter Alexis Lafreniere, the consensus number one pick at the upcoming 2020 NHL Entry Draft. Lets’s dive in and examine just how special Lafreniere is and how he’s ready to take the NHL by storm. Continue reading
Joe Heller | May 21st, 2020
After another stellar season, Russell Wilson, where if not for Lamar Jackson‘s lights out season, could’ve easily walked away with the MVP award. Another successful double-digit season that featured a pair of epic matchups with division rival and ultimate NFC Champions, the San Francisco 49ers. Continue reading
Ethan Hewett | May 20th, 2020
The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a Super Bowl season where they came back from a deficit of at least 10 points in all three playoff games. Most notable was the Divisional Round, where the Houston Texans gained a 24-0 lead early, only for the Chiefs to storm back and win 51-31 in a historic comeback. Talk about craziness. Speaking of craziness, here are five bold but somewhat realistic predictions for the Chiefs this season.
Brady Podloski | May 20th, 2020
The Arizona Cardinals are a young team that improved each game last year. With second-year quarterback Kyler Murray entering the season with an arsenal of weapons, the offense could be one of the best in the league. While it doesn’t seem bold in hindsight, the boldest move of the last offseason was drafting Murray first overall in the 2019 draft, despite drafting Josh Rosen in the 2018 draft. After just one year of play, Murray has shown unique qualities that can make him a viable part of the franchise moving forward. To this point, this is an article about five bold predictions for the Cardinals for the 2020 season.
Justin Bonhard | May 20th, 2020
The first overall selection in the 2002 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets is our topic of conversation, left winger Rick Nash. What came after that selection, would be a marvelous career, stretching 15 NHL seasons for three franchises. Continue reading
Sam Schneider | May 20th, 2020
The Cincinnati Bengals hit it out of the park during the draft, beginning with Joe Burrow and continuing round-by-round to fill needs on the roster to pair with an active free agency and seem to have immediately changed their fortunes headed into 2020. With the scheduled offseason workout programs and post-draft rookie minicamps canceled, Zac Taylor’s vision of adding free agent veterans seems savvy, but it takes a lot to flip a franchise. The dominoes must fall the right way and here is how it happens, and this is how they will.
Tanner Elliott | May 19th, 2020
The Minnesota Vikings are no stranger to unpredictable moments, especially in the playoffs. Last season it was the controversial pass interference call against the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card Round. Two seasons ago it was the famous “Minnesota Miracle”. Here we will look at five bold predictions that could happen this season in Minnesota.
Brandon Braasch | May 19th, 2020
Don’t worry, we didn’t have to wait too long for some more NASCAR DFS. NASCAR’s new schedule due to COVID-19 has allowed them to experiment with some mid-week races. The cars and drivers are right back to Darlington for the second cup race in four days. Sunday’s race was great and we saw Kevin Harvick ultimately end up winning the race. Just like Sunday’s race, there will be no practice or qualifying. Instead, the lineup will be set by having drivers who finished 1-20 in Sunday’s race inverted. Followed by drivers 21-40 who will start where they finished Sunday. Let’s dive right into my top drivers for Wednesday night’s race.
Steve Seufert | May 19th, 2020
Matt Patricia seems like a lost cause as a head coach. Former star Damon “Snacks” Harrison has stated in the past that he couldn’t wait to just get out of Detroit because of Patricia. Darius Slay shared the same sentiment after he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. If it wasn’t for Patricia, I’d pick this team to take a huge next step.
Dom Lunardo | May 19th, 2020
Every once in awhile a top-tier, talented blue-liner comes along and takes junior hockey by storm. Whether it’s his skill set, charisma, or propensity for the big moment, these players are few and far between. That defenceman leading up to this summer’s 2020 NHL Entry Draft, is Jamie Drysdale. Let’s take a deep dive and examine one of hockey’s most coveted prospects. Continue reading
Jacob Harris | May 18th, 2020
I’ve most likely just made a lot of you mad. Don’t get me wrong, Dak Prescott is a solid leader and I’m sure he has some elite quality that I can actually see on the field. This isn’t a joke and it isn’t something I’m taking lightly. I’ve actually been thinking about this a while now and it’s time to say it; the Dallas Cowboys need to move on.
Alex Kielar | May 18th, 2020
We are now through two weeks of the KBO season and can get a better idea of who these teams are. The team at the top of these rankings is on an absolute tear right now, while the cellar dwellers are reeling. Then you got your middle of the pack teams just trying to keep pace with the leaders and avoid the cellar. Let’s get into it.
10. SK Wyverns (1-10)
They have lost nine games in a row after picking up their first win, but they have run into two walls in the LG Twins and NC Dinos this week, two of the top-tier teams in the KBO. They lost two of the games, one versus each of them, by just one run but the other four were fairly convincing, losing by four runs or more. There really isn’t anything positive to see with this team for the future, they currently have a league-worst -37 run differential. Their lone bright spot is outfielder Dong-min Kim who is tied for the league lead with five home runs and is slashing .351/.429/.811.
9. Samsung Lions (4-8)
After a promising start to the week, taking two out of three from the Heroes, the Lions fell flat on their face and got swept in convincing fashion, 14-6, 10-4, 9-2, by the KT Wiz. That puts the Lions in the spot the Wiz were in last week. Former Philadelphia Phillies and Tokyo Yakult Swallows (Nippon Pro Baseball) pitcher David Buchanan was masterful in his start against the Heroes on Wednesday, going seven shutout innings, surrendering just two hits and one walk, and striking out eight. They don’t have too consistent hitting, with just three hitters with at least 20 plate appearances slugging at least .400, and two hitting .300 or higher. Sang-su Kim went 8-for-18 this past week and is slashing .324/.477/.412. Dong-yeop Kim has the highest slugging on the team at .460, which is 31st in the league.
8. Kia Tigers (5-7)
Despite winning one more game than they did last week, the Tigers had a -3 run differential this week and went 3-3. Foreign-born players Aaron Brooks and Preston Tucker have continued to dominate for them. Tucker hit two more home runs to tie for the league lead with five and went 10-for-24. He is now slashing .444/.510/.911 in 51 plate appearances. Brooks did struggle a bit in his most recent start on Sunday, giving up four earned runs and 11 over 5 1/3 innings, taking his first loss in his only decision so far. In his first start on Tuesday, however, he went seven innings and surrendered just one earned run. He currently holds a 3.00 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 17 strikeouts.
7. Hanwha Eagles (5-7)
They lost two out of three against the Tigers, but the losses were only but one run each and then took two of three from the 6-2, now 7-4, Giants. Min-woo Kim pitched a dominant seven innings in both of his starts this week while giving up just one run and striking out 14. Woo-ram Jung picked up his second and third saves on Thursday and Friday. Ju-suk Ha went 7-for-23 this week to put his slashline at .333/.349/.405.
6. KT Wiz (4-7)
They started the week getting swept by the hands of the Dinos, but all three games were one run games, and then swept the Lions. The Wiz definitely aren’t as bad as they looked last week, which is what merits them a move up three spots. They scored 14, 10, and 9 runs in their wins over the Lions, while Mel Rojas Jr. continued to rake, going 10-for-25 with one homer. Rojas Jr. is now slashing .426/.460/.660 in 50 PAs. Jeong-dae Bae has also hit well, going 8-for-21 and is slashing .361/.410/.500. Baek-ho Kang is leading the team in homers with four as he hit two this week and is slashing .333/.400/.756.
5. Kiwoom Heroes (7-5)
The Heroes lost four games in a row this week, making them fall two spots. Jung-hoo Lee went 7-for-21 and one homer and is the leading hitter right now, with a .372/.449/.721 slashline. Eric Jokisch, who previously pitched for the Chicago Cubs, was masterful in his two starts, pitched through six innings in both games. He gave up just one unearned run and five hits and struck out ten batters. His ERA is now sitting at 0.53 after three starts so far this season.
4. Lotte Giants (7-4)
After being the only undefeated team remaining after week one, the Giants only won four games this past week. They had a -9 run differential and are not looking as dominant as they did last week when I had said it could be them and the Dinos on a crash course. Right-hander Dan Straily continued to strike batters out, as he struck out 11 more in his first start of the week and four more in his second to put his total at 19. This is tied for the league lead and he is averaging over 10 strikeouts per nine. He pitched a seven-inning, three-hit shutout in the first start; his ERA is now 2.12. Jun-woo Jeon his two homers to up his total to four, while Ah-seop Son is slashing .405/.532/.541 through 49 PAs.
3. Doosan Bears (7-4)
They won both of their series and went 4-2 this week, using their solid hitting to boost them. They have six hitters with over 35 PAs still hitting over .300, while José Miguel Fernández continues to rake with a .479/.519/.729 slashline and two homers. Jae-il Oh is also hitting over .400 with a .404 batting average. Their pitching hasn’t been too consistent, but their hitting has been able to bail them out.
2. LG Twins (7-4)
The Twins were on a roll, winning six games in a row before losing their latest game on Sunday versus the Heroes. Their winning streak started when they handed the top team in these rankings, the Dinos, their first loss last week. Roberto Ramos hit two more homers to get to four on the season, as he slashes .378/.477/.784, Hyun-soo Kim is slashing .400/.438/.644 and Chun-woong Lee is slashing .333/.391/.429.
1. NC Dinos (10-1)
Their only loss this season was to Twins, who are certainly a legitimate team, and they have a +31 run differential. The Dinos have had a great combination of pitching and hitting. They have three pitchers who still haven’t surrendered a single run, including Chang-mo Koo who has pitched 14 innings while surrounding only six hits and three walks, and striking out 18 batters. Sung-bum Na hit three homers this week to increase his total to four, and Min-woo Park is slashing .432/.479/.636. They have two hitters, Jin-sung Kang and Min-suk Park, who have three homers in addition to Na’s four.
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The NASCAR Cup series made its return on Sunday and now its time for the Xfinity series to come back. The Xfinity drivers head to Darlington for some Tuesday Night racing. The starting lineup was set by a random draw so there will be no qualifying or practice. This race will be a bit of a wild card with most of the drivers not participating in any NASCAR events in the last couple of months. Now let’s jump into our top drivers for Tuesday Nights race as we provided you with some of our top high and mid salary drivers.
Welcome to the second episode of the “Mile High Salute” Denver Broncos podcast! Beat writers Zach Gotlieb and Jacob Dunne have joined forces to discuss all things Broncos. In today’s episode, we give you an in-depth breakdown of each position on the Denver Broncos roster. Does this roster have what it takes to make the playoffs? If you haven’t already, check out last week’s episode!
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Alex Kielar | May 17th, 2020
I know what you’re thinking, this year has been crazy and weird enough without a hypothetical meeting between the greatest basketball player of all time (sit down LeBron riders) and a crazy tiger zoo owner. It’s May 2020 and I thought I would be writing about the Yankees being already at least ten games ahead in the AL East, not whatever this is. But here we are. “The Last Dance” and “Tiger King” have been the two most-watched shows during this quarantine, making this only right.
Jacob Harris | May 17th, 2020
There are no doubt some potentially great fantasy football finds in this rookie class. From all of the quarterbacks and receivers to the running backs taken in the first and early second round. But some of the truest talent in any draft are those who can produce when drafted in the later rounds. That is why today, I will be telling you about three late-round (third or later) talents that could make an impact on your fantasy football season. Some of these guys could be the next Terry McLaurin. Continue reading
Frank Ammirante | May 17th, 2020
Entering the 2019 season, the Cleveland Browns were one of the most hyped teams in football. The acquisition of star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and the continued development of promising quarterback Baker Mayfield created high expectations for the team. The Browns finished the season as the biggest disappointment in the league – poor coaching, porous offensive line play, and regression from Mayfield resulted in a 6-10 record. Fresh off a strong offseason, the Browns look poised to deliver on last year’s expectations in 2020. Here are five bold, but attainable predictions for the Cleveland Browns.
Sam Schneider | May 16th, 2020
After a 2019 season that saw the Los Angeles Chargers finish 5-11 and in the basement of the AFC West, they hit the ground running in free agency. The Chargers don’t have to look far into the rear-view mirror to see a 2018 season where they went 12-4 under Anthony Lynn and made the playoffs. In 2020 they open the brand new SoFi Stadium in Southern California (a joint venture with the LA Rams) and are ready to christen their new digs with a winning season. What does 2020 hold for the Bolts? Here are some (very) bold takes for this season’s Chargers. Let’s get crazy! Continue reading
Garrett Brooks | May 16th, 2020
The Bulls (finally) brought in a new front office to turn the franchise around, hiring Arturas Karnisovas to lead the charge. This offers a much needed fresh look in the front office, and the sky is the limit moving forward. The Bulls 2019-20 season has had glimpses of a bright future. It has also been frustrating to watch at times. Many things can be taken away from this season, and here we are going to break down the good, the bad, and the ugly. Continue reading
Tom Greene | May 16th, 2020
The new Soundboard for the Podcast is here, and hopefully, the show is sounding a lot better!
I brought in MJ Hurley, (@mjhurley47) from the Next Man Up with MJ Podcast, to break down the schedule, some draft thoughts, and as well as what a possible return to sports with fans may look like. Continue reading
Dale Money | May 15th, 2020
It’s been almost two full months since we had a real NASCAR race. The Pro Invitational Series did a suitable job of filling the hole left by the absence. However, I am very much looking forward to seeing real NASCAR events again and perhaps this can be a good first step towards getting major Sports back. As is to be expected, the races will all be empty-seat events. These next four races are to be split among Darlington and Charlotte, to keep the teams from traveling too far out of their home bases of North Carolina. Continue reading
Craig Petter | May 15th, 2020
“My dad always said: ‘a centreman’s job is to disperse the puck, share it…’”
High school physics teachers usually deploy the word ‘dispersion’ in reference to refracting light through a prism, where a single beam scatters into multicolored spurts. The process projects a rainbow because dispersion shows the individual wavelengths swirling within the single white light so they gleam and glitter on their own.
Steve Seufert | May 15th, 2020
The third UFC card in seven days and this never gets old. This card has some sleeper potential with a lot of young fighters. Rodrigo Nascimento, Dan Ige, Anthony Hernandez, and Marlon Vera all stand out. There’s a lot of fights with close lines, tipping us off to what should be a really competitive night. You may not recognize all the names but we are in for a good one.
Alex Kielar | May 15th, 2020
The Dodgers have had a very storied history, they were founded in 1883 as the Brooklyn Atlantics. They moved to the National League in 1890. The Dodgers played in Brooklyn until 1957 when they moved to Los Angeles. They won an American Association Pennant in 1889, 23 National League Pennants, and won six World Series titles, one while in Brooklyn and five while in Los Angeles. With all this history, they have had a lot of legendary players, so it will be hard to limit their Mount Rushmore to just four. Nevertheless, here we go. Continue reading