Author Archives: Sam Schneider

About Sam Schneider

Ohio native, LA resident. Go Bengals, Reds, Lake Show. Joey Votto is an international treasure.

Play Ball?

Play Ball?

Sam Schneider | May 27th, 2020

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

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Five Bold Predictions for the Houston Texans

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.

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Five Bold Predictions for the Cincinnati Bengals

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.

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Five Bold Predictions for the Los Angeles Chargers

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

Zac Taylor shows his stripes

Zac Taylor Shows His Stripes in 2020

Sam Schneider | May 12th, 2020

Forrest Gregg and Kenny Anderson. Sam Wyche and Boomer Esiason. Zac Taylor and Joe Burrow? The former pairs both went to the Super Bowl together and we will know reasonably soon if a trip to the promised land is in the cards for the latter. Cincinnati is buzzing.

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COVID-19 baseball

Who’s On First? Covid-19 Edition

Sam Schneider | May 5th, 2020

“Wel- uh um ttoo Ope ing-ing Day-ay ah twennnnnty-tee bayayseball eason!”.

More iconic words have probably never been spoken in the history of Major League Baseball. Even with less-than-stellar Wi-Fi, the announcer (sitting on his deck near the coast of South Carolina) is ushering in the first game of a season. It was delayed by a world pandemic and still with many restrictions in place. He is watching the same feed as you and me. Coming to us from a solitary camera perched in the stands. It is roughly seventy-five feet behind home plate and elevated for a full view of the field.

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Los Angeles Chargers Draft Review

Sam Schneider | May 1st, 2020

The Los Angeles Chargers started free agency like a shock-wave. The right side of the offensive line was fortified and they added key pieces to the defense that made it potentially one of the best in the league in a weaponized division. Coming off a 5-11 season that included three straight losses to close the campaign, that was only the start. Continue reading

Thaddeus Moss: 2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Sam Schneider | April 22nd, 2020 

Thaddeus Moss, TE, LSU, #81

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 249 lbs

Eligibility: Junior

Games Watched: Alabama (2019), Oklahoma (2019), Mississippi (2019), Clemson (championship game, 2020)

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Donovan Peoples-Jones: 2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Sam Schneider | April 22nd, 2020

Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan, #9

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 212 lbs

Eligibility: Junior

Games Watched: SMU (2018), WMU (2018), Indiana (2019), Wisconsin (2019), MSU (2019)

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Patrick Queen: 2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Sam Schneider | April 21st, 2020

Patrick Queen, LB, LSU, #8

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 227 lbs

Eligibility: Junior

Games Watched: UCF (Fiesta Bowl, 2019), Alabama (2019), Oklahoma (2019), Texas (2019), Clemson (CFP Championship 2019)

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Joe Burrow: 2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Sam Schneider | April 20th, 2020

Joe Burrow, QB, LSU, #9

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 216 lbs

Eligibility: Senior

Games Watched: 2019 season, including the postseason

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Los Angeles Chargers Post Free Agency Seven Round Mock Draft

Sam Schneider | April 10th, 2020

The Los Angeles Chargers started off free agency with a bang, establishing a defense and couple offensive line pieces that should help them transition into the post Philip Rivers era. After shoring up the right side of the line with Bryan Bulaga and trading for Trai Turner, the left side was largely untouched. That lends itself to taking the first southpaw drafted since Tim Tebow ten years ago.

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Cincinnati Bengals Post Free Agency Seven Round Mock Draft

Sam Schneider | April 7th, 2020 

The Cincinnati Bengals caught some people sleeping in the 2020 offseason, bucking the no-spend narrative that has permeated the national media when owner Mike Brown opened the coffers for Zac Taylor, Katie Blackburn, and Duke Tobin to go after big free-agents which you can read about here. That spending has filled many gaps in a defense that was tossed around like a rag doll last season and enables the Bengals to draft for the best player available scenario in the upcoming draft.

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Washington Nationals 2020 Season Preview

Sam Schneider  | April 2nd, 2020

It’s been a long offseason. Aside from the delay of baseball due to the ever-growing concern over Covid19, there were also a lot of developments with respect to the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Fines, bans, and firings that made for an eventful offseason but also lent itself to the feeling that it has been particularly drawn out. Continue reading

San Francisco Giants 2020 Season Preview

Sam Schneider | March 30th, 2020 

The San Francisco Giants finished 2019 with their third straight losing season. Although their win total increased each of the last two seasons, there’s not a lot of good to look forward to in 2020 as the rebuilding continues, but there are pieces in the organization that lend themselves some hope for the future. Continue reading

Chargers Bolting Up The Free Agency Leaderboard

Sam Schneider | March 22nd, 2020

A few weeks ago, I did a mock draft here on the Los Angeles Chargers based solely on the positional needs of the team. After several days of free agency, the Chargers instead have set themselves up to draft according to best player available due to several team-altering moves made during that time. They released two captains in Brandon Mebane and Thomas Davis, followed by placing the franchise tag on tight end Hunter Henry. Afterward, they found themselves with just over $50 million to spend in free agency before the draft, on their draft picks, and for any additional adds they need to make later this summer. Thus far, general manager Tom Telesco has delivered.

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The Scorecrow’s “Total B.S.” College Basketball Conference Predictions (Part 2)

Byron Jewell & Sam Schneider | March 11th, 2020

Welcome to part two of our Conference Championship predictions. Byron and Sam are getting you all set with the automatic bids taking you to Selection Sunday this weekend. Make sure to check back next week for our NCAA Tournament predictions featuring sleeper picks, upsets, and what team will be left standing when the dust settles.

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The Scorecrow’s “Total B.S.” College Basketball Conference Predictions (Part 1)

Byron Jewell & Sam Schneider | March 10th, 2020 

Byron and Sam are here to get you all set for this week’s Conference Championships leading up to this year’s Selection Sunday on March 15th. Don’t forget to check back in with The Scorecrow for next week’s coverage on everything March Madness, including matchups and bracket picks. Without further ado, let’s get to all of this week’s Total B.S. info! Continue reading

Los Angeles Chargers Pre Free Agency Seven Round Mock Draft

Sam Schneider | March 5th, 2020 

The Los Angeles Chargers lost eleven games in 2019, leading them to earn the sixth overall spot in the 2020 NFL Draft. Nine of those eleven games were by one score. That one score narrative (which had unfortunately plagued Philip Rivers his whole career) came to a head last year and resulted in the franchise deciding to move on and not offer him a new deal. Disgruntled back Melvin Gordon held out for the first three weeks of the season before reporting to the team. He is also headed for a new team. The Chargers’ record was a direct result of neither one of these things. The team also lost tight end, Hunter Henry, for four weeks and the offensive line was completely decimated for much of the year.

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(T)Rolling in the Deep: The Clippers front Office Has Set Up Shop in the Lakers’ Heads

Sam Schneider | March 1st, 2020

Eventually, your little brother grows up. Sometimes, he turns out to be bigger than you’d expected.

The old adage “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.” doesn’t hold nearly as much water in sports as “If you can’t join ‘em, beat ‘em.”. The Los Angeles Clippers seem to be bent on the latter as they’ve begun a pattern of trying to best their Staples’ Center counterparts, and in doing so, make themselves into a perennial contender.

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