The Miami Heat have been one of the surprising NBA teams this season. Solid contribution from their rookies is a major reason why. Kendrick Nunn went from being undrafted to becoming the team’s starting point guard. Tyler Herro has been huge in the crunch time for the Heat this season. Chris Silva was the team’s backup center in the beginning of the season before falling out of the rotation.
The Chicago Cubs franchise, which began in 1876 as the Chicago White Stockings, has a long, tremendous amount of history. After winning two straight World Series titles in 1907 and 1908, the Cubs went through the longest drought in the history of North American sports, not winning another title, until the unthinkable happened and they won it all in 2016. A 108-year drought snapped. Because a lot of those players are still playing, and their stories are still being told, I decided to leave out anyone who could potentially make this list from that team. Continue reading →
The MLB season is looking in doubt at the moment as the owners and the MLBPA cannot reach an agreement; it’s the billionaires versus the millionaires. We will be getting the MLB Draft with the shortened five rounds on June 10, but for now, all we have to fill the void is the KBO. There isn’t much movement in these rankings this week. Let’s get into this week’s rankings. Continue reading →
The Xfinity Series next stop is Bristol Motor Speedway in the thunder valley. The race was originally scheduled for Saturday but due to rain in Charlotte, it is now Monday night. This will be the third Xfinity race since returning to action. Chase Briscoe won the first race at Darlington and Kyle Busch won the second race at Charlotte.
This year is a big year for most players drafted in the 2017 draft class. For those not drafted in the first round, this is the final year of their rookie contracts. The top 12 picks of the draft had three monumental trades, two star running backs, three receivers, and three quarterbacks in Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and, well, Mitchell Trubisky. Three tight ends were selected in the first round, while there was plenty of depth at running back and receiver in the later rounds.
Goaltender lovers rejoice, we’re finally doing a prospect profile on a netminder. The man in question is Russian phenom, Jaroslav Askarov. Not since fellow goalie, countryman, Andre Vasilevsky has there been so much fanfare for the last line of defense. So what’s the buzz all about for the one-and-only player wearing pillows expected to go in the first round? Join me as we breakdown Jaroslav Askarov! Continue reading →
It finally came up trumps for Hendricks driver Chase Elliott on Thursday night. After his hopes of victory were quickly dashed in the previous Cup Series race. Elliot was able to close the deal, only a week later. Again rain would not cooperate, pushing the race back another day. Joey Logano would lead the first portion of the event, capturing the first stage and 33 of the laps. Alex Bowman took the stage two win but would finish in 31st place. Continue reading →
The Texas Rangers have been battling with the heat in the Lone Star state since 1972. After relocating from the nation’s capital, they went 25 years before experiencing their first taste of the postseason and 39 years until they won their first series in the postseason. However, the 2010s have been a lot kinder to the franchise. Back-to-back World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011 brought them two American League pennants, and they made the postseason five times in the last decade, making it the most successful period in the team’s history. Continue reading →
For the past three seasons, the Saints have been so close to making it to the big game. This year they are again picked to be one of the top teams in the NFL. Aside from getting to Super Bowl LV, let’s take a look at my five bold predictions for the New Orleans Saints.
After a season that saw them advance to the Super Bowl, the expectations for the San Francisco 49ers are sky-high heading into 2020. Leading for most of the game in that Super Bowl, the 49ers were unable to make the key plays down the stretch, allowing the opposing Kansas City Chiefs to come roaring back and ultimately win the game.
Brian Flores and the ageless Ryan Fitzpatrick dragged this team to a 5-4 record after starting the season 0-7. Personally, I think that says a lot about Flores and the way some of these guys respond to his coaching style. Although I wasn’t a big fan of their draft, it looks like they’re headed in the right direction, and Flores is the man to right the ship. Continue reading →
Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Denver Broncos long snapper Jacob Bobenmoyer. The Broncos signed Bobenmeyer over the offseason to replace former starting long snapper Casey Kreiter. He was a four-year starter at the University of Northern Colorado playing both long snapper and linebacker. Continue reading →
Speed, raw skill, high-hockey IQ, and on-ice intelligence are all hallmarks of Cole Perfetti’s game. Over the last two seasons, Perfetti has taken the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) by storm with high-level performance after high-level performance. Nicknamed “Goal Perfetti”, this is a player with tremendous upside and a shoo-in top-10 pick at this summer’s NHL Draft. Teams will be closely monitoring the draft floor with hopes of securing his services. Let’s dive in and take a look at Cole Perfetti, one of the most intriguing prospects descending on the NHL landscape.
The Jaguars had a terrific 2017 NFL season which ended in an AFC championship game loss to the New England Patriots. Blake Bortles led the Jaguars to a 10-6 record and was heavily assisted by breakout rookie running back Leonard Fournette. In 2018 and 2019, the Jaguars were exceedingly below average, disappointing the NFL with the talented roster that they had. Bortles left Jacksonville, and Nick Foles was unable to save football there, which led to the emergence of Gardner Minshew III at the end of 2019. With that in mind, let’s check out 5 bold predictions for the Jaguars in 2020. Continue reading →
The White Sox are a long and historic franchise. Their origins go back to when they were known as the Sioux City Cornhuskers of the Western League, a minor league under the parameters of The National Agreement with the National League. Charles Comiskey would purchase the team in 1894, move to St. Paul Minnesota, and would rename them the Saints. Continue reading →
In a move that surprised absolutely no one, Major League Baseball owners proposed a return-to-play plan that the players effectively scoffed at, putting fans’ hopes for a baseball return in question. Continue reading →
Talks of resuming the NBA season are heating up. And the potential financial consequences are also being discussed. Before the season was suspended, the league was already expected to lose revenue due to issues with China. Now, with fans not allowed until 2021, this year’s salary cap is expected to be even lower. Continue reading →
This KBO season seems to be flying by as we hit the three-week mark for these rankings. We are getting closer to hopefully having an MLB season, but in the meantime let’s continue to fill the baseball void.
Welcome to the third 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 highlight key games in the Broncos 2020 schedule and give our predictions on how they’ll finish the season. If you haven’t already, check out last week’s episode! Continue reading →
Jake Sanderson enters the 2020 NHL Draft as the number four North American prospect. He is widely considered the second-best defenseman of the entire Draft. His father, a former NHL veteran of 1,104 games, Geoff Sanderson, has paved the way for the youngster to succeed and excel at the next level. Let’s dig in and take a closer look at the 6’2′, 182-pound product from the U.S. National Development program Jake Sanderson. Continue reading →
The NASCAR Cup Series schedule is starting to pick up. This will be the fourth Cup Race since returning on May 17th. They will once again be at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Wednesday nights race will be only 500 km and just like last Wednesday, there will be no qualifying or practice. They will invert the field just like last week as well so, 1-20 will be flipped and 21-40 will start were they finished Sunday. Continue reading →
Every offseason we get reports of more and more notable players on the trade block. This year is no different. Even though the NFL offseason may look different due to the coronavirus, that does not mean that high profile players will not get traded. Here are six players that could possibly change jerseys this offseason.
Size, speed, strength, and skill. No that’s not an interesting piece of alliteration. Rather, these are just some of the adjectives which best describe draft-eligible centerman, and top prospect, Quinton Byfield. As draft day approaches, many NHL general managers are vigorously checking boxes and having their comprehensive data sheets ready to roll. With this being said, Byfield quite deservedly remains near the top of many pro scouts’ lists. So just how good is Quinton Byfield and what impact can we expect him to have at the NHL level?Continue reading →
The Philadelphia Eagles severely needed to upgrade their wide receiver corp going into the NFL Draft after Carson Wentz was throwing to nobodies and guys with butter over their hands all season last year. They definitely did that and more, focusing on speed, speed, and more speed, which plays very well to the strong arm of Wentz. They drafted three receivers and traded for Marquise Goodwin from San Francisco. Let’s dive deeper into the new additions and what the wide receiver depth chart could look like heading into the season. Continue reading →
The Detroit Pistons currently sit at a record of 20-46, which puts them near the top of the lottery if the season were to end today. Given the circumstances, it’s very possible the Pistons have played their final game of the season.
The 2020 NFL draft is a little more than a month behind us and rookie drafts are wrapping up. With everyone in love with their new shiny rookie players, now is the time to buy low on players coming off a bad year, veterans with something left in the tank, or cheap long shots. For quarterbacks it’s hard to gauge their trade value, whether you play in a single quarterback league or a super flex league. However, we all know playing in a one quarterback league is lame and super flex is the new standard. With that said, I’ve put together 12 quarterbacks who fit into five categories that dynasty fantasy owners should look into trading for, especially if you are hurting at the position.
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.
Hello, welcome to the first installment of what will most definitely be the most time-consuming series I have ever done. I will be rebuilding baseball teams through MLB The Show 20’s franchise simulation.
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.
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 →
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.
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 →
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.
After the Xfinity race was postponed the day before due to a torrential down pour, rain would indeed prove to be the decider in Wednesday’s Cup Series event. Until the last thirty or so laps, it did look as though the weather would indeed holdup.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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 →
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.
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 →
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.