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.
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
Dale Money | May 14th, 2020
Considered by many observers, as arguably the greatest American goaltender to don a pair of pads, Mike Richter is one of the special players who was able to stay with one NHL team his entire career. A native of Abington, Pennsylvania, Richter grew up a fan of former Philadelphia Flyers goalie Bernie Parent. Due to his mesmerizing playing style, Richter would blossom into a popular player among young hockey fans during his prime NHL years. His Statue of Liberty mask is still one of the most iconic designs.
Another week, another Pro Invitational win for William Byron. This win at Dover is Byron’s third in the past four weeks, throwing out the sixth-place finish at virtual Talladega. A pass on the inside with eight laps to go gave Byron the lead. Christopher Bell would manage to move himself up to the second position, and with just one lap left to go Bell was pressing hard. He was able to get to within a quarter of a second on Byron, before the No. 24 car captured another hard fought eNASCAR victory.
Dale Money | May 5th, 2020
Valeri Kamensky has a very full and fascinating Ice Hockey story. Born and bred in the town of Voskresensk Russia. It’s a town in which several former NHL players were born, including Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav Kozlov, and Andrei Markov. Known as one of the more dynamic players during his generation, he was a fluid skater along with being an adept passer and skills man. Kamensky’s infamous mid-air spinning goal on John Vanbiesbrouck, would, in fact, be added as the intro to the EA video game NHL 98. Continue reading
Dale Money | April 29th, 2020
In the next draft review, we head to Houston. The Houston Texans came into the NFL Draft without a first-round selection, after trading it away to the Miami Dolphins for Offensive Tackle Laremy Tunsil. The Texans would have just five selections in the Draft but would manage to fill some of their glaring weaknesses. Adding both Ross Blacklock and Jonathan Greenard with their first couple of selections should help in solidifying a pass rush that was severely lacking a season ago. Continue reading
Dale Money | April 26th, 2020
Everyone is trying to make do as the Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on our lives. In the past handful of weeks, MotoGP has followed the lead of NASCAR by hosting a virtual series of their own. This was all done through the MotoGP 2019 video game. Nine riders were involved including six-time champion Marc Marquez, Alex Marquez, Fabio Quartararo, and Francesco Bagnaia.
William Byron made it back to back wins last Sunday at Richmond. After Ryan Preece led the first 59 laps, Byron would eventually forge ahead of the No. 37 car and lead the rest of the way. He would, however, need to beat off one late challenge from Timmy Hill, before coming home with the victory. Byron would have a huge points performance, having led by far the most laps with 94.
Dale Money | April 18th, 2020
After suffering another early playoff exit at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings, the New Orleans Saints decided to still put their faith into Drew Brees this offseason. Brees will stick around for at least two more years at a cost of $50 million dollars, making him the 12th highest paid quarterback. In deciding to take a discount, Brees will be doing the Saints an enormous favor as far as cap space is concerned, with running back Alvin Kamara looking for a new deal after the 2020 season.
Dale Money | April 7th, 2020
After suffering such a rise and fall last season, how will Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens respond? With Ben Roethlisberger now back from last seasons injury, and Baker Mayfield looking to rebound with his Cleveland Browns, It’s certainly going to be interesting to see where this AFC North division takes us.
DraftKings came through in the clutch and finally added paid iRacing contests. It was a little less than a month ago that we were getting into the swing of things for NASCAR DFS. Then COVID-19 stepped in and forced the season to be put on hold, yet here we are already into the third week of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.
Dale Money | April 1st, 2020
The speculation on whether Green Bay would payout for Blake Martinez and/or Bryan Bulaga was answered, as both players would sign on with new clubs at the beginning of free agency. In order to try and best make up for those two big losses, the Packers would make some of their own additions. But after last season’s $182 million dollar spending spree, GM Brian Gutekunst was very strategic in how he used the team’s limited funds.
Dale Money | March 20th, 2020
Last Sunday was meant to be an exciting day of NASCAR at Atlanta, however, due to the Coronavirus scare that was not to be. All of the race events would be suspended at Atlanta Motor Speedway and also the following weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Instead, a replacement race of sorts was assembled by both iRacing and NASCAR to fill the void left by the missed action. It would be broadcast live by Podium eSports on the popular streaming service Twitch. Continue reading
Dale Money | March 7th, 2020
Once again the Atlanta Falcons’ season was derailed by injuries and inconsistent play. The Falcons started the season 1-7, with their only win in week two against the Philadelphia Eagles. During their week nine bye, the Falcons made changes to the coaching staff, amid speculation that head coach Dan Quinn would be fired at the end of the season. However, during the second half of the season, the Falcons rallied behind Quinn and finished 6-2 over their last eight games, including impressive wins over the Saints in New Orleans and the 49ers in San Francisco. They finished the season 7-9, landing them the 16th pick in the first round.
Dale Money | March 4th, 2020
Don’t expect the Vikings to be much of a player in free agency, as they are currently $700 thousand dollars over the cap, this according to Spotrac. With certain players they are going to want to re-sign and not a ton of cap space to spend, it’s going to take a lot of number crunching in order to get this all figured out.
Dale Money | March 2nd, 2020
After starting the season 2-2, Lamar Jackson would lead the Ravens on an incredible tear, winning their next 12 games. They would finish the regular season with their best record in club history, along with a first-round bye. Coming into the playoffs Baltimore was already being dubbed as a Super Bowl favorite, which is to be expected. However, they would not be prepared for the Cinderella story, that was the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee, in fact, would have a 28-6 lead after three quarters, before finally putting the Ravens away by the tune of 28-12.
Dale Money | February 28th, 2020
They would only manage to finish 50 of the 200 laps, last Saturday at the Las Vegas race. Before a heavy rain delay would push the event back to Sunday, and they would resume it an hour after the finish of the Cup race. Stewart Haas driver, Chase Briscoe would put on a great effort at the bull ring. Not only would he beat out Austin Cindric for the victory by three seconds, but Briscoe would also dominate in laps led with 89. Which was 25 more than the next closest driver.
Dale Money | February 25th, 2020
What a turn around in just a year, the addition of Matt LaFleur as the replacement for Mike McCarthy seemed to be a surprise hire on its face. However, it would prove to be a genius move. LaFleur would lead the Packers to an incredible 13-3 regular season and a first-round bye, eventually getting them a shot at a Super Bowl. A big lack of run defense would end up costing them plenty in the game against San Francisco, as they would allow four rushing touchdowns to Raheem Mostert in the 37-20 loss.
Dale Money | February 22nd, 2020
It was a Daytona 500 that offered plenty of memories, including a photo-finish victory by Denny Hamlin, along with a visit by President Trump to kick the new season off. Good news on the Ryan Newman front. Two days after being involved in that scary wreck on Monday, with people waiting for any good news. Newman was walking out of the hospital hand in hand with his two children. It was announced this week, Ross Chastain will fill in for Newman while he completes his recovery.
Dale Money | February 22nd, 2020
The Detroit Lions began the season off with plenty of promise, starting out the season 2-1-1. After the controversial week five loss to divisional rival Green Bay, they were not able to recover. They would only be able to muster up just the one lone victory after that in week eight, finishing the season 3-13.
Dale Money | February 18th, 2020
Denny Hamlin’s second straight Daytona 500 win, would come down to a photo finish, between both himself and Ryan Blaney. This was the second closest finish in Daytona history, the closest, in fact, being in 2016 when Hamlin would beat out Martin Truex Jr. by 0.010 seconds. Chris Buescher, David Ragan, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Brendan Gaughan, Corey Lajoie, Ryan Newman, and Kyle Larson would fill out the top 10.Continue reading
Dale Money | February 14th, 2020
After a wreck-filled Busch Clash last weekend, in which Erik Jones would manage to push his torn up Camry to victory thanks to an assist from teammate Denny Hamlin. It is now time to kick off a brand spanking new season with the Super Bowl of Nascar events the Daytona 500. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start on pole, opposite Alex Bowman, as they were the two lone drivers to have qualified early.
So without further ado, let’s delve into the driver options for this upcoming Daytona. I’ve broken down, the selections between high salary drivers and value plays. Continue reading
Dale Money | February 5th, 2020
It continues to be the case with the NFL, which is it’s all about the moment. A team can be in the Super Bowl one year and out of the playoffs the next. You can also have a situation like the San Francisco 49ers. Consider just a season ago the Niners would lose franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a torn ACL, in week three against the Kansas City Chiefs and finish a dismal 4-12.
Dale Money | January 30th, 2020
After taking over from an injured Joe Flacco late in the 2018 season and not relinquishing the job after that, Lamar Jackson showed enough in his minimal time as the starter. In a sign of good faith, Baltimore would make the decision to trade their long-time starter that offseason. This led the path wide open for Jackson, he would come out like gangbusters in the opening week, throwing for 324 yards and 5 touchdowns on 17 competitions against the Miami Dolphins.
Dale Money | January 14th, 2020
I don’t think there was one person that follows the NFL, who wasn’t caught off guard by the sudden news of Andrew Luck‘s early retirement. With the announcement coming the last week of August, the Colts were left scrambling with only a handful of weeks to find a starting quarterback before the opening of the regular season. With so few options available, backup Jacoby Brissett became the most logical choice at that point. Brissett would be signed to a two year $30 million dollar contract, just a week after Luck’s retirement.
Dale Money | January 9th, 2020
The Detroit Lions started the season off with plenty of promise, starting out the season 2-1-1. That one loss being a 34-30 nail biter against the Kansas City Chiefs, in which Matthew Stafford would put together a touchdown drive to push Detroit ahead with two minutes to left. Chiefs running back Darrell Williams would take back the lead for the last time, with 23 seconds left to spare.
Dale Money | January 4th, 2020
It was a season of two tales for the Atlanta Falcons after the first eight games in which would result in a 1-7 record, things looked to be in complete shambles. However, it was week nine when their fortunes would begin to pick up. They would knock off the division-leading New Orleans Saints by a commanding 26-9 result, in what must have felt like a real shot in the arm. After getting that surprising win against the Saints under their belt, the Falcons would continue to play a much more steady blend of Football and finish the year out 6-2.
Dale Money | December 27th, 2019
It was 2003 in the Orange Bowl, the last time Iowa and USC faced one another. In which Carson Palmer would lead the Trojans past Brandon Banks and the Hawkeyes in a decisive 38-17 win. Kirk Ferentz was the head coach for Iowa in that game and continues to be a mainstay with the team. Continue reading
Dale Money | December 20th, 2019
Entering the New Mexico Bowl, Central Michigan is looking for a big pick me up. The 8-5 Chippewas are coming off a tough 26-21 loss in the MAC title, to Miami-Ohio two weeks prior. Former Gator head coach Jim McElwain has done a bang job since being hired on at Central Michigan. It was only one year ago this Central Michigan club sported a dismal 1-11 record and missed its first bowl game since 2013. Along with winning the MAC West division title, McElwain would be rewarded with the MAC coach of the year.
Dale Money | December 16th, 2019
The question of where Taylor Hall will land next continues, with a strong belief among many that Hall will be dealt to another club before the Christmas roster freeze. So far this season he has posted very adequate numbers, collecting 25 points in 30 games played which leads the New Jersey Devils.
Dale Money | December 6th, 2019
Boise State hosts the Mountain West title for the third year in a row, having gone 1-1 against Fresno State on the past two occasions. After an 11-1 season, Boise currently sits 19th in the CFP Rankings. They come into this game not only looking to correct their failures of last year but also greatly improve their current Bowl chances.
Dale Money | November 22nd, 2019
Its been 35 years since both the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Ticats, met in a title game. Looking towards the present, these are now the only two teams without a Grey Cup win in this century. Hamilton’s last one being in 1999 when they won 33-21 over the Calgary Stampeders. For the Blue Bombers, you need to go all the way back to 1990 when they knocked off the Edmonton Eskimos in dominating fashion 50-11. Their last finals appearance being in 2011 when they lost to the B.C. Lions in Vancouver. Continue reading
Dale Money | November 11th, 2019
Needing to get one of the last two spots, Denny Hamlin would put on a very decisive performance in Phoenix. Earning himself the victory along with a seat at the Final Four table in Homestead. Hamlin had one of the quickest cars all day, topping most laps led with 143.
Dale Money | November 8th, 2019
Where will Cole Custer be in 2020? It’s a dilemma that is still up in the air as another season inches further and further to a close. There has been a lot of debate on whether he should stay in Xfinity another year, driving the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas or the second option. Which would be making the leap to Monster Energy Series full time and taking over the No. 41 ride currently held by one Daniel Suarez.
Dale Money | November 1st, 2019
After six weeks of exciting World Cup Rugby, it comes down to a Saturday finale between two familiar foes in England and South Africa. These two national sides have quite an interesting past history, which dates far back as 1906 during what was the South African rugby tour of Europe. It was the first international tour by a team from South Africa and came just four years after the Boer war. The game was played in Crystal Palace ending in a 3-3 standstill. Since that time they have battled amongst each other in 41 test matches, with the Springboks leading the all-time series 25-15-2. Continue reading
Dale Money | October 28th, 2019
It was a very convincing showing for Martin Truex Jr., taking over the lead from Denny Hamlin during the first wave of pit stops and not relinquishing it from there on out. In dominating fashion, Truex would lead 464 of the race’s 500 laps, if there was one driver that had at least a little something for the nineteen it would be William Byron.
Dale Money | October 21st, 2019
It took two overtime restarts to get finished, but Denny Hamlin would manage to come through with a toughly fought win edging out Chase Elliot. Hamlin would get a nice assist from teammate Kyle Busch to get him the lead he needed in the final green white. Busch, Kurt Busch, William Byron, Martin Truex Jr, Eric Jones, Clint Bowyer, Harvick, and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top 10. Elliot manages to qualify for the round of eight after just managing to beat out Brad Keselowski by three points.
Dale Money | October 15th, 2019
Ryan Blaney would need every bit of that front bumper, in beating out fellow Ford driver Ryan Newman by 0.007 seconds in the sixth closest finish in Monster Energy history. Blaney would lead the front of the pack with a two-lap restart, and with drafting support from Aric Almirola it was enough to get him that gap he needed on the field. Continue reading
Dale Money | September 30th, 2019
Chase Elliott would need to beat out Hendricks teammate Alex Bowman to get his third victory of the season and second on a road course. His other road course win being at Watkins Glen back in early August. Elliott had arguably the best car most of the day, managing to just beat out Harvick for most laps led with 35 and the stage two win. Four cautions over the final 20 laps would help scratch his way back to the front of the pack, eventually getting by Harvick with less than seven laps remaining. Continue reading
Dale Money | September 25th, 2019
Fittingly enough the Americans will kick off their World Cup Tournament against their most historical rival in England. However, these two countries have a rather young Rugby history, only having played one another on five separate occasions. Interesting enough the first time they played was during the inaugural World Cup back in 1987 which was also a group match that England was victorious 34-6.
Dale Money | August 22nd, 2019
There is no question the New York Islanders exceeded all expectations, with the loss of cornerstone forward John Tavares. A good reason for that surprise success can be attributed to the direction of both Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz. Trotz’s 48 wins were the most he has achieved, in his first season with any one team. Helping lead the Islanders to a first-round home-ice berth, they’re first since 1988. They would have a terrific opening round where they knocked off the Pittsburgh Penguins in four, before bowing out to the Carolina Hurricanes.
Dale Money Aug 19th, 2019
The Carolina Hurricanes were finally able to crack that decade long playoff drought. First-year head coach Rod Brind’Amour led them to a 99 point season, good enough for the 7th seed. Once in the playoffs, the Hurricanes were able to knock off both the defending Cup winner Washington Capitals as well as the New York Islanders, before eventually succumbing to the Boston Bruins in the Conference Finals. Can they manage to carry the success further next season, or will they end going a step backward in their progression? Continue reading
Dale Money August 13th, 2019
The Tennessee Titans would overcome early struggles on offense and several injuries to make a late push. It all came come down to the final week of the season, for a win or go home playoff opportunity against the rival Indianapolis Colts. They ended up losing out to the Colts and finishing the year with a respectable record of 9-7.
The team made a number of well-thought-out moves over the course of the offseason, that should help strengthen them on both sides of the ball. Most notable was the signing of highly sought after guard Rodger Saffold, to bolster that leaky offensive line. The unit, in fact, showed quite a bit of decline allowing 12 more sacks in 2018, as opposed to the season previous. Saffold has managed to stay healthy, only missing two games in the last three seasons.