35 Burst results for "Midseason"
The MLB, the Atlantic League and Moving the Mound Experiment
"I wrote about moving back in mid march and that was before it was officially announced that the atlantic could be doing that this year. I think that announcement came. I don't know maybe th in the weeks or months after that article came out and this was something that they had talked about doing in twenty nineteen that they were going to implement a two foot move in the mound and the atlantic league at midseason. And that didn't end up happening in the sense that i got when i was working on my piece earlier. This year is that basically. They were worried about players. You know having workman's comp concerns or or having injuries occur and basically that players would not be happy with this change and that there would be a lot of objections and so they didn't end up doing it that year and then they did this year but only half of the distance just a one foot move and even so hit did not go over well so tell us a little bit about what you learned about how players responded to this both when it was announced if they were even aware of it at that time and since it went into effect earlier this month. Yes so it's more than a handful of players. Mostly pitchers are a feel for what it's like to be in this league. Vins experimenting in a way. That in run countermeasure you. Your career aspirations your individual performance and also your health because there's a lot of sixty one foot now and we don't know about regarded to where it goes to your body and your arm health whatnot. And i think it's fair to say that the players are not overly pleased with how the week has shifted when it comes to the sixty one foot mount self. All the pictures basically agree that had been able to adjust and it wasn't a big deal anymore. Now you know. They did mention like similar. Soffer tossing teammates have issues like there are actual effects on each quality men quality. And what have you so. I don't wanna make it sound like there's no difference whatsoever. Just they were overcome those despite some let's say less than i he'll scheduling and logistical aspects to it but what players are really stressed about. Is that yes. The weakest mobis
"midseason" Discussed on Around the Rim
"Necessarily even in the usa pool. Well that is a very very significant array of talent to be able to draw from and so she that combination seen there the extra bits of motivation that go into it. It is something. I'm offering intrigued to see how it goes and this is usa basketball team. Let's not forget that even lost to. Sabrina esters oregon sometime back. So it's not as if this is a team that has never ever tasted defeat either inside to sadly was on. That team has an all-star now on the opposition she knows how to get it done and well know many tangents single off on your ideal to say that i- mooting for the all stars only because passed up after three olympic cycles and being on tour a last exhibitions were with team usa. I'm still bitter i. That's all i'm going to say. And i'm just gonna leave it there but i'm really rooting for the all stars. Because i think the drama is so ethically sexy all right. We've got tons of talent everywhere. Let's talk about some midseason awards racial. I'll start with you. who's your mvp right at. It's gotta be between brennan stewart. John john's right. I think for me. I give stewart the edge at this point Not just because of the standings. But i think jonquil is right there. She's right there. I mean i'm telling you it's going to happen at some point whether it's this year next year whatever might be i give the not brand stewart right now simply because of the level that she continues to play out right and in west. Seattle's been deal. I think jonquil jones. She can't miss anymore games. That's that's a key part for me In order to kind of make that push depending on how the second half the season goes. Connecticut ends up finishing never neck and neck. But i give stewart the not. Just because of the standings about you howard. I think it's those two asia wilson. I think it is a three person race at this point. But it's a rachel sport. I think that's exactly ed. John full missing that time. Essentially when jonquil jones left.
"midseason" Discussed on Around the Rim
"Being an rachel retrograde point but you know not just losing a natasha howard but losing lisa clark as well Who is arguably a top five player in the league last year but to me it does go back to if you have brand steward especially and sue bird. Obviously as well and jewell loyd. It's very hard for me. Not to think of. That team is a title contender. I did have questions. About how asia. Wilson enlist him. Bauge would operate together. there was a little bit of a bumpy ri- mowing toback in twenty nineteen. They have dramatically improved. What they've been able to do together so those to connecticut with chocolate jones by at an mvp level those look like contenders to me to me. That was the top tier. So i can't say i was surprised about that recently. For me with seattle. It was a question mark. I wasn't sure to lose them. Any key. pieces from a defensive standpoint. What clark brought to the teams even sammy. What come in which the energy she would ring to seattle. I mean then you lose. Natasha howard is someone to such a dominant force as a rim-protector wasn't sure. So that was kind of just a question. Martine obviously i knew they'd be being the top three. I'm not surprised that i am. And i i am and i'm not i think for me. I really saw the acis being at the top. Which obviously i mean right now. Flip a coin between those two as to. Who's the best team in the league at this point I saw chicago being a little bit better than what there where they stand right now at ten nine. I think we have to attribute that to the seven game losing streak. I'm not concerned. I think that could be right there. In the end of the order injured as a part of that seven game. Losing allie quigley. So so i. I saw chicago las vegas connecticut all right there at the top. Seattle obviously is in there as well but it was still. I wasn't sure how this team would respond with the losses and to howard's point. Obviously a team with with jewell loyd greta stewart super crazy. We don't have them in the top three so to answer your question. I i definitely felt like chicago would be a little bit higher at this point where they are. That doesn't mean i'm worried though. All right about rachel's latest article. Because i was in lockstep with it. Check it out when you get an opportunity. Rachel who it's out there that when we get to the all star break that the wnba all stars have more than a fighting chance against team usa. Rachel make your case. Just think i think this is a year that that is unprecedented in what this game means. We've seen this match. Before they were considered exhibitions. Which is which is really interesting to me. This year. it's new. The stakes are a little bit different right him. Usa has to truly be tested and prepared to win a gold medal in before we see all star games. It's time time right. People are kind of having fun. We're not really playing defense. Got flightless cam bayrak the run the point. It's it's a fun experience that's lighthearted here. We have a situation where you've got some players on all star team the the wbz all star team. You have a little bit of a chip on their shoulder. And i think that the most unique part about the all star team is the first timers right there. Seven first timers on the offensive firepower alone with the rega- i mean honestly you could go down the entire line williams. This is going to be such a high scoring game on both fronts. And you've got to wonder like which team whatever team decides to actually play defense and compete. And i think they will because there are actually steaks on this game. There's responsibility to compete. I really think if there was a year where we see team. Usa kinda get knocked off in this all star situation because in the past and the exhibitions. That didn't count cumulus. I won pretty convincingly. I think this could be the year i. I really think that you've got with chip on their shoulder. And you have the offensive firepower. Do it about our what are you. I agree with rachel and to me. There's another element to play here. And you just have a talent pool. And i think this is responsible for why there were so many hard feelings around the selection for usa basketball was we have in this country many more than twelve players who have built olympic resumes. And who are capable and should be chosen to be on an olympic team so the net result is that. If you're building a team that goes beyond those twelve. You're going to build a team that absolutely can compete with the very best and so to see that opportunity before you even get into the fact that there can be players on the wnba ulster team in our who aren't.
"midseason" Discussed on Around the Rim
"Podcast. So without further ado. Let's get into the show right around the rim fan so as mentioned we have a guest driver of our show today and i'm super excited. I'm always happy every time we have her on the show but even more so when she is active as our fearless leader. So please show some love for play by play in women's basketball analysts cindy brunson. Hey cindy thanks so much for having me t i really appreciate it and thank you china for being so freaking busy that i get to run the on. This wonderful podcast. We'd like to welcome in rachel galligan and howard medical. You guys know these people really well. Rachel of women's basketball analyst with winds cider and just of these sports and of course howard founder and editor of the nine newsletter. And the next tube. So let's get to a guys as we approach the midway point in the olympic. Rake in the w nba. Which team has impressed you. The most to this point howard. I'll start with you to me. I do think it's the new york liberty and a team that was to in twenty last year. Historically bad offense. They obviously made a lot of changes so far over the off season. We haven't seen those business changes manifest themselves and tasha allergies and played. Much and sabrina national has been at less than one hundred percent. But it's those secondary change that node into into some of those players as well that maybe people weren't talking about as much You know whether it's lane you whether it's semi whitcomb and you see those players making a difference in this team is absolutely making a playoff push And expect natasha howard back pretty soon of course rookie of the year teenage mccain way helping drag us as well. How about for you rachel. No i don't wanna be. Maybe this'll be controversial. But i feel like it's just expected the seattle is going to be at the top of the standings but for me it's seattle. This is a team that lost key players or what they've been able to do. Yeah you could argue that. We still have a stories still have a lawyer. You still have super but make really key pieces last year and it's like the haven't even missed a beat. I think what what they're doing on the court from offensive and honestly defensive standpoint continued to get better throughout the season For me it's seattle. And if i had to say a second one just to kind of throw it in there i think the wreck the record should be better than what it is. It's analysis. ooh i love that. You said the dallas wings. I am really on that team and as pacific northwest native. I have no problem with you going with at all if they were to win back to back. Titles that's eight okay with me. Even though i live in the desert and i am of edicts mercury season ticket holder. I really love what the sar have done. I thought when they lost howard that that was it that the run would be done and like you said they have just been absolutely phenomenal. Okay so those are teams that have really jumped out with us Are these the teams that you both predicted with. Perhaps the in the wnba finals are your predictions at the start of the season. Where you thought they'd be right now. I see seattle being an rachel retrograde point but you know not just losing a natasha howard but losing lisa clark as well Who is arguably a top five player in the league last year but to me it does go back to if you have brand steward especially and sue bird. Obviously as well.
"midseason" Discussed on Around the Rim
"Basketball fans and welcome to a new episode your favorite. espn's women's basketball podcast around the rim. I am to rica foster. Bradsby you our producer and i guess you can say host. I i mean like i kinda do that from time to time so i'll take that i'll own that title for today but i'm excited to be here with you guys and excited to kick off this show if i am introducing the podcast that i'm sure you have assumed that china robinson our host in fearless leader won't be joining us today. But do not fret because she has given the reins over to someone who we absolutely love who is more than capable and who we are going to enjoy sitting in the driver's seat today and that is none other than women's basketball analyst and play by play you may may have heard her on the pac twelve network and i'm sure you have seen her across social media representing for the pacific northwest. Cindy brunson super excited to have her acting as guest host today and she's going to be joined by two panelists who we know. Bring the absolute best to women's basketball. And that is rachel. Gallaghen of wind cider and the nine newsletter's founder and editor chief howard meg dole la- china is one of those amazing a women's basketball voices in analysts whose coverage goes beyond just our podcast and so and certain moments she needs to take a break Not necessarily because he's resting but because she's continually working to spread our game. It's a cover women's basketball so we're going to allow her an opportunity to take on some other endeavors and while she is out we are going to have some other voices on our podcast over the next couple of weeks. Some you may know some. Maybe you don't know In across all spectrums so espn voices. Non espn voices but we just wanna make sure that we provide an array of all types of analysis to help us as we head into the second half of the season just a couple of quick things to note before we get into the podcast. And i know the china usually has. It's her clipboard. Where she talks about some things that are very important to her. But i don't have a clipboard. I have a tablet. So we're gonna call this to reestablish tablet so just a couple of things on my tablet. I we want to most certainly give a congrats to ty young tamra young. She retired from the wnba this week after twelve years. You have seen her with the dream you've seen her with the aces you've seen her with seattle but most notably. I'm sure you remember her stint which chicago twelve years in this league and she announced via a video in a message on instagram. Why she decided to walk away from the courts. Or if you're interested in seeing her why you can definitely had overturn instagram and check that out but listen tie. Young has most certainly been one of the best in our game She spent the two thousand nine to two thousand seventeen season in chicago appearing in two hundred sixteen games. She was drafted Eighth overall in the two thousand eight draft by the atlanta dream and listen. She's played overseas She's just been one who has most certainly made her mark in the wnba. And so we just want to congratulate her and wish her well on whatever she chooses to endeavor post a basketball career. Also want to give a shout out to my colleague here at espn. Chennai go mckay as well as her sisters. Neka in erica. As they have been listed on nigeria's provisional roster which means they could all play together for the nigerian national team which is something that we have not seen before. We've never seen three siblings. All play in the olympics together in that way and so that would be super fears for them to do so. I know that there has been lots of controversy. Recently surrounding neka mckay's emission from team usa. And so this is most certainly something that i know would be very special to her as well as to chennai and erica day. Come from nigerian ancestry. Their mom and dad or nigerian-born and they themselves hold dual citizenship between nigeria. And the united states. So i know the pride that they have in their nigerian routes. I know the love and pride that they have in in for the game of basketball so just want to give a shout out to them. There has not been an official naming of them to the twelve persons roster just yet but just the fact that you know they have been named to the provisional roster and have the opportunity to represent nigeria in the olympics as a family is just something to be commended. So kudos to you. Ladies before we get into the show we just want to share with you. An opportunity for you to relive one of the greatest icons and most successful teams in sports history michael jordan in the nineteen ninety seven. Ninety eight chicago bulls..
"midseason" Discussed on Star Wars Sessions
"We have an idea of where we can get it and we were kind of left hanging. The question is well. are they talking about amiga. And they want to now based clones of her. But that's like a copy of a copy says that good idea you know. She's a clone herself. I don't know but but he was kind of making that connection and seeing is that. Actually what's going on here. I don't know what do you think re good and thought about it like that. Because overseeing hates we think who could be the next host temporary for the client army which we know over the next clones patrick language which we assume cannot actually never happens. Because they're all no cones are in the original trilogy era or tom before that. So but amiga is that was that why they want her back so much because they believe they've created the perfect clone if we were when she's going to be the template that's that's interesting plus it clone of a clone jonjo materials degrading. So what's to say that megan's would lost on but that's a good point. Look mike sunny mind yen knows actually going to say that is really good point. Because that's what the common ovens are really desperate for. They were looking at lot right effectively. What is the next product to sell to the empire and we know that will die foods like a long time ago. We know that talking was on camino reviewing the troopers reviewing that processes and deciding who is going to be the armed forces of the empire. The future impact on the common ovens probably thing Options here because i probably want an upgrade from the classic django clones. So what next. So maybe there's a good chance of that. Because i i got the impression the the start of the season that was gun. Speed actually Theme of the show. But it seems like since i may maybe episode three or thereabouts. It hasn't been pick up again. No sign. I have to pick it off anytime soon. But you know that would be nice to kind of find out what it What what's going on there Yeah that's just my thoughts. A woman like this amiga and all of this talk i. It just reminds me of the point of star wars. And i just want to go back to shoot gone my you you you..
"midseason" Discussed on Star Wars Sessions
"Not a million miles away from brown lil further. No for not much hiding from telford. We have stewart's sticky pows himself shula. How are you might very well. Thank you good to hear my. Keenness obviously a lovely patron. I saw both of you in fact you both patriots so firstly thanks support on the show and we've been meaning to get you on for wall on wanted to get you on so i want to say no pressure pressure toll. That big big part of the kosovo. Really happy to be here. Yeah no pressure dies is. It's not like we're in all of discussion points on new guys this week so wait a minute talk stewart. A joking right. So you guys. It's obviously been episodes of bad batch. Over the course of is eight weeks right. Yes or is it seven two. That's right so seven weeks. That first and foremost that is a long time for a stall will series. It had that kind of duration over a series and we're only halfway pfizer. Not had that since a while. Right since rebels ed. It's not right. This resistance is word. I'm forgetting all known that one. Yes we are fully said. My boy would won't bring an assistant. We all doing episode one day. We promise you watch how we going to tie. And risa skywalker to this discussion. I don't know but we're going to do. We love it right okay. So guys to put it simply. How are you just enjoying the overall series. Right now undressed. You want to kick us off my. Yeah sure well like everyone else. I i didn't really know what to expect when i when the announcement came. I was not super intrigued. By the idea. I remember you know the the clunkers episodes with With a bad bachelor okay. Not the highlight of the season for me but you know it was okay but a whole show with these guys. I wasn't really sure so going into it. I didn't have. I didn't have really high expectations. I loved the the era that it takes place in so i was excited about that. So you know going into it. I was you know this is going to be that. Nice transitional period ride from the from the republic to the empire. Stuff that we haven't seen before and really in canon haven't really heard much about so. That was super intriguing but it was still but the bad batch. I mean you know. I felt like a cartoonish eighteen kind of you know i wasn't really. I wasn't really sold on that concept but boy i have been proven wrong because i'm i'm it well. It's time to niche. Eighteen concepts does sound spot on listeners. That's kind of not either claim to that wonderful phrase book that's got up our it was. I just was going to be a conn of saturday morning. Fun kind of mission of the week rump. Which it would really account to too much but my must stop making judgments on things..
Antonio Brown Re-Signing With Buccaneers on One-Year Deal
"Antonio brown is good. The case could be made over a six year period before he left pittsburgh he was the best receiver. Sense jerry. rice and the thing about receivers are randy. Moss might have this amazing year or two and his talent was you know. Maybe the best avenue randy moss. Another guy might have a year or two but these receivers tend to come and go fast. Now they stick around they might be like. Julio jones is he won the top three receivers. now he's not today but he certainly had times. Wise brown was very consistent very consistent and in just eight games. He had forty five catches as the number three option and what really stood out is his yards after catch or the best on the team so this is not a guy going out of bounds. This is a guy taken the ball and head up the field. I agree very productive. And if you think about it then that's awesome great. Why well obviously there's the author field questions but if you look at the time before the off the field were the questions. This was as productive receivers. We've seen since jerry rice and that's saying something that means maybe the second most productive six year period ever ever. Now he's hitting the wall when it comes to his age Four receivers typically again jerry. Rice was the exception to that even if he drops off a little bit a little bit. 'cause age antonio brown i believe will be at least as good if not better this year. Well how could he drop off and be better. The other circumstances remember he joined the team midseason right as much as he is a pro's pro in a way that in browns able to get acclimated and get integrated. He was paying much better coming into the playoffs now. He did get hurt but to me. His last three or four games were better than his first three or four which is a trend line. I think they continues with a more robust offseason into having the whole time with the team. So net net. I think browns more of a factor
Philadelphia Eagles sign linebacker Eric Wilson
"Eagles have made some news over the last couple of days that we should pass along. The birds have made a couple of free agent signings Over the last couple of days and will run those down for you here. You can tell. It's a totally new eagles regime by the way when they go out and prioritize adding a linebacker in free agency although the eljay fort fiasco tells us not to count our chickens before they're hatched. The eagles signed former vikings linebacker. Eric wilson to a one year deal this week worth up to three and a quarter million dollars. There is a connection to the eagles. Here with wilson a linebackers coach. Nick rally spent time as wilson's assistant position coach for the last three years in minnesota. So you know so much time when you're adding free agents who your trading for players. There's always some kind of coaching connection especially here with the eagles over the last few years and that continues to be the case. Now wilson turns just twenty years old in september so he's a younger player and became a full time starter for the vikings last year. How do you really solid season for them to record it. One hundred twenty two tackles eight passes defended three interceptions in one forced fumble clearly. He's the number one linebacker on the roster. Right now. he'll be atop the depth chart he'll be the guy starting at middle linebacker unless something totally unforeseen happens. And i'm still kind of trying to figure out how the eagles got their hands on them at this stage in the off season for it for as little as they did and considering the salary cap situation that they're in and we know that this is not a position. The eagles have prioritized a whole lot. In recent off seasons they did again. Like i mentioned a sign eljay for contract very early in the offseason. Two years ago when it seemed like their third free agent off the board and they gave him a lot of guaranteed money. And then jim schwartz never played them and they cut him in midseason in the baltimore. Ravens picked him up in a hurry and he played great for them in the second half of the two thousand nine hundred and season to the point where they signed him to a contract extension before the season was out and eljay ford would have been a very big help in the eagles on the eagles. Defense these last couple of years and so we're kind of. I don't think this is going to go that way Eric wilson has has has a little bit more to his resume than eljay ford did when the eagles picked him up
Seattle Seahawks: Dunbar out, Dunlap in
"Quinton Dunbar was a Seahawk for one injury plagued season. He won't be back. He'll play for the Lions next season. Dunbar's agreed to a one year deal. Carlos Dunlap is coming back with with defensive defensive lineman lineman came came the the Seahawks Seahawks in in a a midseason midseason trade. trade. Last Last year, year, he he was was cutting cutting a a salary salary cap cap move move that that brought brought back back with with a a different different contract, contract, and and now now he's he's ready ready to to be be a a mainstay. mainstay. With With Seahawks Seahawks pass pass
Why Did Cloud9 Just Pull Out of CS:GO?
"Heartbreaking news out of the Counter-Strike seen a cloud 9 announced that they would be pausing their involvement with csgo as well as disbanding their current team noting the difficulties in remote training for the team as well as the inability to physically assemble as a group for Thursday at training all the reports indicate that after the team's failure to qualify for the EPL season, 13 playoffs. The organization was more inclined to quote unquote stopped their csgo project Counter-Strike new site Rush of minutes to get an exclusive interview with Cloud 9 founder and CEO Jack Etienne where he stated that Global events of drag on longer than the US based organisation expected and was causing undue stress is a difficult is in providing boot camps housing and mental health for the players. Although the writing was on the wall. The news still comes as a shock for an organization. That was really a few years removed from winning half a million dollars at the Boston game. Etsy and emphasize that this would only be a temporary pause or the organization but that the iteration of the next scene would unfortunately had to look very different from the current glasses in their official announcement Cloud me confirms. They remain passionate about competing in csgo, but that they can't return to compete until conditions allow us to work and train the ways we know help teams be successful. Of course what happens to the players correct on the roster will be unknown. Although rumors abound they tweets from the players may head towards a jump to another team or a jump to a competing seen in Valor n't Riot games announcing a new champagne today while also continuing to disable another through Pro play the champion and known as Gwen was T's on a trailer on their website earlier today, but one of their Champions remains literally unplayable for five patches now and will soon be unplayable for a sixth-straight patch the head of the EU LCS Maximilian peterschmidt confirmed at VA go a champion released three months ago will continue to be disabled through the League of Legends midseason Invitational wage. Too persistent bug issues. MSI is set to begin on May 6th. Lumbago was released mid-January.
LCS Pro's Frustred with League Decisions
"Day for Ride Games dispatch 11.7 going live for League of Legends. And with it comes a bevy of changes. Although the pros on the LCS circuit will continue playing on patch 11.5 almost two patches back throughout the remainder of the spring split playoff Cloud. Nine's newest Superstar mid laner perks has voiced his frustrations with the LCS being the only region still on 11.5 while almost all major regions have already moved on to 11.6 in an interview with Travis Gafford at the twenty-two-year-old Phenom said, it doesn't make a lot of sense. The league is playing a patch behind since this will delay their ability to improve and prepare for the upcoming 20-21 midseason Invitational has a result purse notes a temporary solution may be to avoid solo que games all together, which is exactly the reason I avoid playing solo que. That's obviously why it off. Obvious that whatever team comes out on top of the LCS spring split playoffs will be at a disadvantage the LCS midseason Showdown resumes this weekend commencing with TSM vs. Evil Geniuses at 3 p.m. Central Standard Time. Meanwhile out of Rainbow Six Siege Esports organization and Mirage the only Canadian organization to play in the North American League has just signed a partnership deal with Under Armour Under Armour will provide the kit and she closed for the squad's under mirages umbrella as well as merchandising on there online stores. The two companies will team up to building new Esports arena in Montreal that they promised will see the light of day.
2021 Lottery NBA Mock Draft
"Tony. And i are going to do our first lottery. Mock draft of the year today. We're going to go back and forth. Selecting picks to put a draft order together. Midseason is really difficult. Especially if you've looked at the standings anytime lately and seen how bunch together so many of these teams are so i went to espn's basketball power index That list teams projected records to the season through a number of statistical factors. I think it's it's probably a better look. At where teams are going to be at the end of the season then necessarily their records right now and then based off of that we put together a draft order that obviously is going to change and obviously will be affected by the nba draft lottery where the top top three teams each have a fourteen percent chance of getting the top pick and so on as you know how the draft lottery works and so doing a mock draft. This time of season tough until really until the draft lotteries over. We don't really know the order but but we have some guesses now based off of where teams what teams have played. And what's going on right now and we're going to do our best to give you a are mock draft For the twenty twenty one season. First one we're just gonna cover the lottery and we're going to let tony how the first pick in the draft and based off of that. Espn bpi has the minnesota timberwolves projected to have the worst record in the league. Which is actually pretty good news for minnesota timberwolves fans because the timber wolves have to trade pick to the golden state warriors if this is pick four thirty and so the only way minnesota keeps this pick is if they fall into top three right now. If the season were tomorrow they'd have about a forty point. Seven percent chance of keeping this year's draft pick a falling the top three in the draft. So this is no guarantee from minnesota that they'll have the number one pick they all said the number one pick last year. Tony you're on the board. Who do you select if you're the timber. Wolves with the number one. Pick in the twenty twenty one nba draft. I select the I will not need three minutes to make the selection I'm selecting k. Cunningham six hundred seventy one hundred twenty point guard out of oklahoma state and so when you When you make your draft selections you do to you draft for two things you draft For value and you draft for need and this is both in pick antibi- you pick for for for the minnesota timberwolves number one. K cunningham is the best player draft You know. I think the gap is actually close Because you know. I think jonathan coachman gain in jalen green. You know both of those guys you look at them and they have some real special tools But that being said you know k. Cunningham is is still am. I is the most shore Most short superstar player in his draft. In and i think that's a compliment to how good distract is going to be especially in the top five But you know cunningham can score at all three levels. No he's sick. He's all seven all twenty. He's he's a natural point guard You know if you're minnesota you're trying to trace the ngelo russell Like as soon as possible In you know you put k. cunningham in the backcourt with anthony edwards who i think both of us can safely say it's better than we thought he would And i think that. That's obviously a backward for the future for the minnesota timberwolves in a really nice triumvirate with karl anthony towns so Definitely you know we all rights won't always talk about. We need some some of these number. One picks the go out east but you get the number one pick in another kind of generational prospect that comes to the western conference. I'm totaling till the agreement with you. Tony i think look. I don't think. I think there's five guys that can make a claim to the number one pick in this draft and so it's not like cunningham is a lock here but because of that i would put all of these players in the same tier and then when you look at what minnesota actually needs on their basketball team. Right now i think cunningham is just the right fit for this team as well and i i see him as a really nice compliment to karl anthony towns and to ant man right now and i think that this is this will be a huge boon for minnesota. If they get this pick and you know look everybody in minnesota has got gotta be crossing their fingers at this point Like you said if they fall out of the top three golden state gets this pick. And i think golden state already one that andrew wiggins dangelo russell trade as it is but if they end up getting you know the fourth or fifth pick in the draft does as as well. It's going to be an absolute massacre on that trade.
NFL television ratings see 6% decline at midseason point
"NFL TV ratings are down but the numbers aren't as bad as originally feared games are averaging fifteen point one million television and digital viewers according to the league and Nielsen that's a six percent decline from last year however all but four of the top thirty rated show since the season began happen NFL games as former CBS sports president Neal Pilson said quote it hasn't been a great year for ratings considering everything that has happened but they aren't in the toilet either Major League Baseball had record low ratings for the just completed World Series I'm Dave Ferrie
LCS to Drop Spring and Summer Splits in Favor of One Long Season
"After covering the winners of worlds and the new look. elsie k. we learned. Thanks to reporting for travis stafford that the lcs is taking on a new structure as well as eastport has driven by two separate splits for years. The spring split has its own schedule and playoffs leading into msi and then the summer split starts over with a new record. A new regional playoffs at worlds for a long time. The league of legends community has critiqued. The spring split really doesn't matter that much and it looks like riot might agree frankly. It's also a little bit confusing to people who aren't in the league of legends world. The have two regular seasons with one world so rights changing instead of spring and summer it will be one long season a link travis's video underneath this episode. Here's a lot more information. I won't be able to fit into these two minutes. Midseason invitational or msi will still exist for the lcs. They'll just do a random spring tournament in the middle of the season to figure out which teams qualified as every other region is keeping the spring and summer splits. At least as far as we know right now it stands to reason that riot would test out this new structure with the lcs before making it a permanent structure of other regions in the future. They did something similar with a long term partnership franchising model as well. One thing we do know about this season according to travis is that teams will play more in the previous format teams. Play each other twice in summer twice spring but now they will play five matches against every other team that makes for forty five game season not counting the mid season tournament or playoffs. There's also apparently a preseason tournament according to travis but he didn't have any more details. I believe they're also revitalizing the amateur system with an upcoming third tier below in kademi level. In fact if you saw the cloud nine signing of a young player c nine. Ceo alluded to a new structure for underneath the lcs. Although wasn't entirely clear what he was talking about while fourteen year olds like the one cloud nine side can't compete in the lcs they may create special provisions for these amateur circuits and see just jumped the gun a bit to try and snatch up a young talent again all info in this podcast is source from travis and i encourage you to watch his video
Breaking Down Valve's Response to DPC
"So I wasn't sure how to approach US exactly but this may seem a little weird. We're going to read off the entire post that vowed made. We're going to split it up so that people don't get sick on my voice, of course. It's essentially read it in your normal voice or you're going to read it in your dramatic voice because if you read it a new dramatic voice, people get sick of it after one minute I what I was not planning on doing anything in my normal voice. But now that you brought it up, it would annoy people it makes me want to do it more now but regardless how you are. Valve has responded Holy Shit in valve has finally responded. To the community regarding the season that is to come. We've kind of split up between that and the Doda TV slash streaming. News. So let let's talk about the first thing which is the DPC's. So again, it's going to be a bit of a along read. We've heard a lot of the complaints re recently about the state of the DP and we agree that there's more that we should do. We want it to use this blog to walk you through what happened before what our thoughts were and what we will do going forward. Spring Twenty twenty. Once the extent of the covid nineteen pandemic became clear. We posted our plans to delay the international started pre-booking arenas for various alternative dates and countries around the world. We then began researching how to execute the international based on how different, how the different pandemic scenarios could play with the hope that we'd be able to host it as soon as possible since the spring DPC events could no longer operate anymore we started reaching out to the organizers to see what they wanted to do going forward. Some of these organizers shared their desires to run third party events to cover the period march through the end of summer. Summer Twenty twenty twenty one split this up between you and You keep going. I'll do the summer twenty, twenty, do the rest. Sorry Twenty twenty as we approached the middle of the summer, the volatility of the pandemic had grown significantly. We became very concerned about the impact it would have on future deep-sea events and the International. The global situation meant that cross regional play would be unlikely for a period of time and we have since seen scenarios globally and other competitions where teams from certain countries had to be excluded after qualifying do abrupt travel restrictions and complications. Americans can't go anywhere syndrome unless it's Ukraine Hanley while we had that was not part of the quote just to let you guys. Inter and you're. Not The competent then I would love under sprinkle in a little couple things like that just to spice it up you know but anyway. While we had already assumed that having a cry for the events was not in the cars we wanted to at least have confidence able to bring all teams together across region competition. We felt that was a very important component of how we allocate DC points for the International. We were also unsure of when the international itself would happen and given the significant lead time needed. The increase spread and the virus made harder to model out a timeframe with confidence. The potential of the season as narrative feeling to detach from the path towards the international was negative for us doing that would also necessitate a DP point decay system, which in and of itself isn't a bad thing but having to abruptly introduced decay midseason if the landscape changes has some additional downsides. Furthermore, we had also received some feedback from a couple of or that were either worried about the quality of the broadcast being lower or reluctant to want to operate GPC events in the fall altogether while neither the Cross region competition nor the relative distance to the international or absolute requirements. We felt the DPC as both the function of the international, and also as a coherent product for fans would be better served by holding off on them for. Now given that our plan was that we'd make the upcoming months open and clear for other leagues and Events to operate. Our approach historically has been to want third party tournus be able to exist outside of the international though the degree of that has been fluid over the years demands from fans and players for more structured circuits to lead to increased. Our hope was that we could both achieve a better and more coherent relationship between DC and TI. By approaching it this way as well as still along for third party events to have an impact with the overall Anders Zolt for fans still being that, there would be entertaining content to watch. In the fall. I'll give you this parrot this last section center in the you're not paying attention or you want me to read everything still you don't want them finish talking about this one I mean, do you want to break it up that way? That's fine as well as I guess, we should read the next. Okay. Moving forward. Soon. After we announced that there were not immediately proceeding that we were not immediately proceeding with GPS planned we received a lot of negative feedback from fans. We think that a lot of the points that were raised were reasonable criticisms toward us especially because we did not communicate what our intentions were and what they could expect in the future. that it doesn't say there guys. For this upcoming competitive season, there are going to be at least four third party events and leaks in the EU CIS, three in China and a few others that are still in the preliminary planning stages and are not able to commit at this time. However, there is still going to be a lot of teams, Casas organizers and fans around the world that are not going to be meaningfully served based on the current trajectory, and that is our fault for not pushing on those and supporting them enough. With that in mind, we started reaching out to many more tournament organizers to offer help and financial support in order to be able to create increased coverage globally for the remainder of the year we expect that these eventually gradually announced over the remaining season as they as soon as they are ready to communicate to fans and teams. And other feedback we got from players as well as fans was wanting more clarity in what we were thinking where the likely dates for deep-sea and tied to resume. Our look right now is that we're anticipating the start of the in the first month or two of twenty twenty one. Our hope is that by the end by the time, the first deep-sea leak concludes travel limitations will be more predictable. Spontaneous restrictions will be less likely this allowing for majors with Cross region competition happen where also operating under the assumption that the most likely outcome is for the International to happen in Stockholm in August twenty, twenty one. while. We have other countries backups. We recognize that fans would be upset if we moved to another location if the time savings
Call of Duty's Gunsii Talks Change from 5v5 to 4v4 and RosterMania
"Less than twenty four hours after everyone Chaffetz activision blizzard announced the. Four for the next season, which changed from five five to forty four. Now, this is a bit of returned to its roots colored duties sports a four before was how everything used to run but what that change happening gear with no expansion beyond the twelve ts CDL suddenly, twelve spots for pros have disappeared at the highest level the change to forty four reserve the controversial. So players Ford Southern gutsy. Where do you say that change? honestly it's a, it's a very huge change I. Remember growing up being younger watching for before and then seeing the expansion five and an amateur scene that kind of got everyone's hopes up because they it being bobby five there's more spots there's more opportunities there's just there's just more to it. Now going back to forty four it's just a lot of competition. I thought I thought last year in the amateur scene. There was a lot of good talent out there and a lot of good anyone can be picked up this next upcoming year. But how it went back to forty four, it's going to be gladiator. Definitely, it seemed like a lot of teams defaulted to who some of the old guns veterans who've been call of duty for quite a long time this I hear the CDL but we also saw a lot of rookies. You saw the empire shots Utah Mac for the New York subletters really turnaround that team belt midseason, Y- There's value in having some of these young players you know people might recognize some of the big names but having young players having that young energy has shown to be really successful for a lot of teams. Yeah I agree one hundred percent I see a lot of the older people, all the people that commute competed saying how people always forget but I think there's just a lot of talent emceeing that you just have to take a chance like. There's just so much talent out there. There's so many people unknown people that don't get that chance. It don't have the connections to get to the next level, but they have that potential night just feel like if more professional teams take a chance on the obscene or brought more spotlight that it can just show like the potential we have in here. Absolutely you know previous success is not necessarily an indicator that you're going to continue being graded a game call of duty is just a game that changes each year at East sports in in all people just fall off at a certain point you gotta be make sure you're bringing in the young players, the people that could really source the seen few like the teams that are having the most success because if you could just grab a guy that was great on optic for years ago, dot com out any particular. Maybe. But that's not necessarily going to be great CDL. So you have to make sure that you're up-to-date with WHO IS THE BEST Of the youngest of the upcoming right now, I mean it has been a while since we've had new players like into the scene lake. I personally feel I. Don't personally feel but I, think it's time for like a new generation of that would make sense like I'm not calling them old but. I don't know I don't know where I'm going with this. No I. Think you're right. I talked about this a little bit with Mac on the show is that there's sort of a changing of guard first of all word the CD L. wherein entirely new eastward structure we've already seen. J.. Cap Who is one of those guys who's long time success retire we saw Karma retire we saw you know. Empire wins the championship at its. cloister that they drop waster. I can kramer clay for a second but yeah, they drop Claes who's now a three time world champion at keep the rookies keep some of the the other guys that. So it's feels like there is a bit of a changing of the guard. It's just up to some of those team managers to be like, okay we're gonNA take the chance on somebody who maybe doesn't have the pedigree but has the skill, and then they could start just you saw with Mac is hey, does it take long? If you start having success, you can start building your own brand. quickly.
Is MLB's Wave Of Injuries About To Get Even Worse?
"So you know heading into this sixty game, just sprint of a season, what was the expectation around baseball as far as pitcher injuries were concerned, they're definitely wasn't expectation that injuries would be up this year. We had trainers inside baseball and outside baseball pitchers being worried about the start and stop nature of shutting down and then starting back up again when they would normally be midseason form and then just not knowing how much the pictures were doing in their own time and there's There's even a question of liability of how much you can tell a pitcher to do because what if you tell them, they have to do since we're throwing program and then they contract the virus while they're doing that. So there was this weird dance of like we want you to stay on top of things, but do only as much as you can and please do something, but we're not telling you to do something. So everyone's sort of saw this coming well, so now. Two and a half weeks into the season what has been the reality pitcher injury people might think be up over time. It's been fairly steady for the last ten years except for this year. Basically right now, three times more pitchers have been injured than the average year and twice the worst year on record in the last ten years. So we're talking about the second day of the season until the eleventh day of the season, and it's up three times. We saw the closure in Toronto Giles, the starting. Starting, pitcher in Chicago Lopez. Ver- lander, we're starting to see more and more injuries plus we all the payroll he wants to say, it's just kind of the ramp up and the slowdown, and the fact that we didn't have a real spring training. Those things are true and that's probably a part of it. But the other thing is also true I. Think the pictures, some of them are throwing harder because it's a shorter season. You see jake degrom who already through really hard now sitting like ninety nine. News after the fastball away and quickly it's. Ninety, nine miles now, some serious fair. From the ground when we started tracking velocity in a real way of and around two thousand and two, the average starters. fastball was eighty nine miles an hour flash forward to. The average fastball for starting pitcher right now is ninety, three eight and the party. You throw the closer you throw to your maximum personal maximum more stress. You put on your elbow on top of that. There's a reliever usage problem right now, relievers are getting half the winds in baseball. They're pitching half the innings. They're pitching more innings than they've ever pitched starters are coming. Coming out in the fourth inning now, and that's putting more onus on the relievers who the short ramp-up wouldn't have meant as much relievers. But Twenty relievers are now on the deal right now, that weren't on day two. So I think the relievers shouldering the burden is part of the problem too.
Infinity Ward has removed the controversial 'OK' gesture from Modern Warfare - Gamasutra
"Call of duty, modern warfare has removed the okay symbol. This is Wesleyan Pool at euro game. Infinity Ward has quietly removed the okay gesture from call of duty, modern warfare and warzone. The developer has yet explained the decision and publisher. activision has so far failed to comment. After euro game got in touch last week, but it seems likely. The gesture was pulled due to its status as a symbol. In call of duty, modern warfare and war zone, you're able to assign hand gestures to your character for use out on the battlefield, the okay gesture, which was added to the game and was used by some as a trick shot of sorts, the players, the player character, doing the okay sign with their left hand while firing the gun with right called UB social media. Would often carry clips players during the okay sign as they ended a multiplayer match or a game of warzone with the final kill, but the okay sign is no longer in the game pulled. Pulled on the quiet by Infinity Award as part of modern warfare midseason update and replaced by a new gesture called crush. There is no mention of the change in the official passionate, but of course it didn't take players long spot the difference. In September Twenty nineteen, the anti-defamation League out of the okay signed to its list of hate symbols, after it was found to be used by some as sincere expression of white supremacy. I? Its use in this context owes its origins to users on four Chan. Who pretended? There was a hidden meaning behind the okay sign in a bid. Trick the media into a reaction. However, the this ploy ended up with the okay signs us. By the far right and now many believe it's meaning has changed while board has yet to comment. The removal of call of duty is okay. Gesture probably has to do with the ongoing black lives matter movement. The developer has issued strong statements in recent weeks pledging to crack down on racism, call of duty, modern warfare, and even inserting a black lives message into the game or black lives matter message into the game. This isn't the first time video game. Industry has taken action over the case on back in April. Twenty nineteen blizzard reportedly told the fan in the overwatch a league arena. They were not allowed to use the okay sign after it was spotted on a stream and a complaint was made.
Roger Bennett (Men In Blazers) on the Return of the Premier League
"We Win Stadium you will be at home. I can promise you will feel you support. Stay safe. We are still with you and. You'll never walk alone. That was liberal F. C manager Jergen KLOPP in a message released yesterday. That will bring a tear, not just the eyes of his supporters. The dare I say anyone who cares about the most popular sports league in the world. That's right folks. After a three-month hiatus. The English Premier League is back today. Roger Bennett from men in blazers fills us in on these frantic few remaining weeks. So grab a pint and US as sub optimal tour of English soccer. I'm sorry, English football. I mean it comes. It's Wednesday. June seventeenth. This is ESPN daily. Presented by marathon. Roger! Kim's. Are you relieved? Your any skin daily and not my NFL pod, talking about your beloved quarterback Mitch Trubisky You Know God Love Mitch. trubisky is an incredible pressure to be knowing that your whole life is just destined to pan out to become the answer to a trivia question in about ten years, who was taken ahead of Deshaun Watson Patrick Mahomes. Roger Bennett is suffering bears fan. He's also the CO host of men in Blazers on the NBC. Sports Network and the men in Blazers podcast by just braced for him to end up with the green. Bay Packers, leading them on a fourth quarter drive two feet, my beloved Chicago Bears, and I can't wait for that movement. They'll probably deserve it. And we're not talking about bears football today. The wait is over the English premier league. The most Popular Sports League in the world is back after a one hundred day hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic Roger I'm sure you've been getting your fix from Bundesliga but I have to imagine the return of English. Soccer is hitting a little different for you. One hundred days feels like one hundred years to be candid. I've been staring at squirrels running up trees in the park, and feeling the adrenaline burst of a run through midfield, watching raindrops charge down my window and feeling just an incredible wing-play into play of missed from the primarily, but yes, it's back today with its global ratings I mean in Britain for much of Europe for much of the rest of the world outside of the United States, it's kind of a seismic as the NFL and the NBA rolled into with the Pantheon of heroes and villains to moments of glorious ecstasy, searing dispath fuse with dodgy haircuts snack tattoos. One hundred days off. When are going to have ninety two games scattered almost daily over the next couple of weeks. It's coming back because we love it because we miss it. It's coming back for. Hard news commercial reasons ultimately to an economic decision. It's going to come back and ghost game situation where it's fabulous. It's going to be different. The lack of an audience will have an impact on the football. We watched, but most importantly it is going to be good enough. It's GonNa. Be Great enough to connect us to a ruling global conversation and that's ultimately I think. Think we will miss about sports as our calling them. Ghost Games I hadn't heard that got left the Germans. They have a name for everything. Lay. They Call Them Guy Bela. And that is what they will be. Sam Darnold knows a thing or two about those back to English premier league, so we hit positive with most of the season done with exception of Liverpool they're. They're still to be decided. The top half of the table. Seven teams vying for five spots determine who will qualify for Champions League and Europa League which for those who don't know are the midseason European tournaments to be held next year. Roger Liverpool have clinched Champions League. Spot Manchester City has of course been banned from Champions League for Breaking Financial Fair play rules so that. That spot remains open despite city being second in the League. Right now. Arsenal wolves Chelsea Menu Lester Tottenham Sheffield all in the mix. What are you expecting to see from the top of the table? When the race for Champions League qualification, which is a bit like football's march madness, it's big tournament in which the best teams in the world. You're rail, Madrid, your boss Alana's. Para Sanjay Man's by Munich's compete all. Big English teams won't be in that for brand reasons for competitive reasons for commercial reasons and is. And completely wide open at the bottom of the table. All say English football has some Incorr- ellegation, which is if you watch game of thrones? It's a bit like the moon door. Teams get flung through that in baseball, the worst teams every year like the Orioles in the mall in which is flung out of the major leagues, the mooted, and in that place. We had the Tulsa drillers around rook. Rook Express and that is, it's a searing. It is a haunting. It is a savage palm of the global football tradition, and you have six teams at the bottom who are fighting to avoid what can be economically devastating their revenue roughly hauls flung out. The Premier League is savage for the fan base. One Minute. You are watching your team. Take to the glamorous fields, Manchester United and Arsenal the next. Round Brentford Luton Barnsley barring a miracle the Jewish using Norwich canaries will disappear, but there's five teams Aston. Villa Bouma th what furred and West Ham amongst them, two of which will go with them for the big story line. Meena is Liverpool Football Club. American owned little football. Club owned by the Boston Red SOx owners, F S J and their yearning. They're dreaming of a return to greatness that was once titletown by when I was a kid growing up in Liverpool. Just six points away from lending the title that they have dreamed of then. That is the great storyline of the season. On that note. This Sunday. The team that you root for I'm sorry. I'm getting a producer this side you support. Everton, we'll be squaring off against Liverpool. They are twenty five points clear off the other teams in the League, and there's possibility they can clinch the title at Goodison Park Against Your beloved Everton on Sunday
San Felipe, Santa Anita Handicap
"All right here we go. We're back on racing down today. Episode Number Fifty. We got a lot of stuff to get to today. Three fifty three fifty point preparations on the docket for this week. In one hundred Fifty Kentucky Derby points up for grabs three more horses will be on their way to Churchill. Downs weekend. There's also a bunch of other stakes around the country this weekend most notably the grade. Santa Anita Handicap. So we'll get to all those book. I we gotta get to the action from this past weekend in Saudi Arabia and the conversation is coming up at. I've seen it come up in multiple different areas is about the winner of the Saudi. Maximum Security You know that is probably the most the Kentucky Derby incident and you know. I'M NOT GONNA come on here and you know say that the Saudi Cup has anything to do with the decision that was made at Churchill. Downs or anything like that or argue that the disqualification now because he's one twenty million dollars. Saudi Cup shouldn't happen I I am not gonNA come on here. Make that argument I just off you know really looking at it. It's unfortunate that happened because maximum security is really just such a tough horse. And you know there's not enough good things you can say about maximum security and you know that raise really showed that maximum security is one of the best horses in the world and obviously right now. The leader of the pack in the United States for older horse. Right now and be really cool to see this horse competing for your old year and you know depending on where he goes from here. Obviously you know. They already mentioned that. He's not going to Dubai. But just where MAC security goes from. Here I'm excited to see that. And what he has in store you know. I'm sure Eric will have some of his things. Say about maximum security. But that's something not lost museum. Fortunate -ness of the disqualification at the Kentucky Derby. Because you know this is a really really fantastic horse for sure. I mean he's slowly and steadily starting to shed that tag of being the Horse Sector disqualified from the Kentucky Derby even though it will always remember that way. If you were to continue what you did last weekend easily going to be more remembered as one of the better horses heading into this decade in this early part of the century the obviously he's now ten million dollars in earnings in at this stage career. It's only getting go go higher. It'll be interesting to see where he gets brought back. I met in. Saratoga is kind of the midseason point. Four the connections there But honestly I think he's already cemented. His legacy added great horse. Just you know like cigar did way back when of when he won the inaugural Dubai World Cup. Maximum security is going to be able to say the same thing for the Saudi Cup where he'd be a really good group of Horses. I might add Definitely was not lighten any sense I think every horse for the most part Ranta form in the Saudi Cub ibew. Probably the biggest surprise people contend but definitely not be By a quarter of a lengthy Iran. Huge She's also in so many other horses from the race but maximum security Kind of a rough trip was definitely a target especially for teas on Mutual Gustavo. Louisa has had to get created down the stretch. But you work down in that. Horses has tons and tons of heart. I don't really know I've seen a horse. Who Does Not WanNa let him worse by like maximum security does. It's quite impressive. How this works bears down to every time he races and I just think I I I think we all know. He's in pre twenty twenty if he stays healthy yeah. That was another thing that I didn't quite get that opening. Bid Is the fact that you know. Maximum security did all that won the race while Iran Ortiz was basically writing interference. I made the comment to Eric Baxter. Excuse jokers still out there kind of looked like a NASCAR and now you can say all you want about. How you know. Probably wasn't the best rider. You didn't have good character of Iraqis. I thought it was a good strategy on his part to do what he could to be. Maximum security obviously probably definitely in this country If he would probably would have been disqualified but I thought it was good on his part to do his best to win. Win The race. And try to keep maximum-security away because I don't think I if you run that race normally maximum-security just goes by with the rules over there. They run category One rules which unlike in America the disqualification rules are if you preventing a worse from running their best race. You get disqualified. There is. That's worse when when you run interference or not so if mutual Gustavo Iraqis does dat but the horse wins by Lincoln half. It's not a problem. Give what was within the rules so it was a good ride? Bhai Iran It was definitely a little malicious. I certainly Jason Service not lease with IRA. Teaser was on the first things. He made a comment about after the race. In the in an interview shortly after On national television I might add But at the same time that's I mean the races aren't one you know like a track meet where you can necessarily go between the lane. This horse racing and that kind of stuff can fly to an extent maybe a little over the edge. I think especially when acting security job inside. I really started to hurt an inside but I was happy that I read never intentionally drew contact although he was doing some blocking like you said NASCAR ask He never intended to make contact which I think was probably the safest thing and when he when he knew the horses about to go by he kind of backed off on trying to get through so are running more interference so while maybe was maybe a little militias It definitely was good race riding on his part all right so that. That's it for this stuff with the Saudi Cup Stripping back over Cross sees out before we get to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks preparations that you want to highlight a Horse Zulu al folk who is turning into his own. You know I will highlight at about this point last year. This is were bricks and more bricks and mortar was not not saying that Zulu Alpha is going to be the next bricks mortar. Or anything like that. But you know he could do similar things to where it's very likely he's going to do similar things to what bricks and mortar didn't very likely that this is probably the top tier force in the United States. This year. You know at this point last year. Bricks and mortar was a great one Winnipeg World Cup turf and and then he had a great to race. I believe it was either at fairgrounds are one of the tracks Louisiana so to this point Zulu Alpha grade one winner Pegasus World Cup turf now. He's agreed to winner The Mac Ramadan down at Gulfstream. This past weekend. I think Zulu Alpha's in for a really strong really really strong two thousand twenty Keep your eye on him. Come for race like the turf classic the Kentucky Derby Undercard. That's where I would him go but not saying Zulu Alpha is an expert in order. But I'm not saying that he isn't either into Rena. Bricks and mortar was able to have consistent success last year is because all the worst is behind him weren't consistent. I mentioned on the show last week. That Group of forces that Zulu Alpa was facing. He actually used to be a part of that group they never were able to consistently put together strong back. That rates it's bricks. Mortar took it to a new level. Easily able to string together back Multiple consecutive good races in a row. And that's what God in his horse of the year title. And if these keep going the weather going is do. The wealth is going to be able to do the same thing last year Even though I was Kinda surprised after neier introduced the Turks Trinity Series that no horse really emerged from that as premier career force and to be chair. I mean we see that with Dirt horses as well on the on the Derby trail. They don't always shape out after the triple crown trail to be good and that kind of creates inconsistencies in the handicapped division like we saw maybe back Towards the end of maybe before the end of two thousand seventeen that you're got stronger as it went on but nevertheless China look into Alpa. Maybe like an expert in order. I wouldn't be surprised because once again the turf division isn't strong and If I'm going to throw one out there vitality is probably the best grass three year old male out there And I know. The connections are keen. Distract him out so he could be wanted content we know. He has loads talent. So at this point Zulu Alpha is primed at least stay home maleter force because so far. There are no challengers within a mile oven.
"midseason" Discussed on The Free Agents
"They they started off pretty hot ended up seven and four was their best record occurred and they've been bad ever since then but but they had nineteen wins last season. They've already got sixteen this year. The first time since Devon Booker has been in Phoenix that the team is actually improving. They went from twenty three wins to twenty four wins after his rookie season but after that it was twenty one nineteen. And now they're gonNA finish. No No thirtysomething wins if they get into the thirty S. That's a good season. Exactly what we said in the season did we not we were talking about this other. Yeah exactly that would be a great benchmarked for them to hit and it seems like they have an identity. You know Monty Williams has plan hard has them at least trying on defense that the team makes sense. Now that they have a real appoint garden Ricky Rubio de Andrea Eight and miss the big chunk with his suspension. Perhaps the record would be even a little bit better if he were around but the sun's at least finally seemed seemed to be pointing in the right direction. They have a direction which is huge. They made smart moves. It looked like during the off season with even busy Kaminski Sqi who's also injury now and Rubio and during last year with the Kelly oubre. Yeah you're right. I I love it as a Devon Booker Fan like like to see him at least planning a somewhat more competent team which they are. They're not they're not elite yet but hopefully step in the right direction. That's basically what you said moving upwards. It's a good one. I thought that was stupid. I said rising rising Sun Rewind rewind it my word is rising like Assad Assad just actually A little little news breaking here story going up on the athletic Thursday afternoon here. We just talked about the wolves looking to try and acquire point guard. Intensifying talks according to Shams four Diangelo. Russel Oh oh I mean a lot of people after that team move. You're right thought there's something to be. There's another move here. They're not just doing that. They're not just getting Allen Crab in here Shooting okay ooh that would call for an emergency. podcast log the Ngelo Russell That's pretty cool. It's raining all star. Yeah that's that's pretty close all right. We'll keep an eye on that one. More teams left. Not many. I got the Blazers Blazers with the phrase not just a straight upward. When it rains it pours? Okay a fitting term probably for the not so sunny Portland. They've just been ravaged by injuries. Nerkez yet to play. I mean who knows if he's even coming back and what hell even look like when he does return and they think he well but what will it look like that call okay than we were except for him. He's GonNa get a chance to play three games. He dislocated his left shoulder. rahood had been actually somewhat solar for them. He played half at the half the year so far. Twenty one games in these for the rest. Torn Achilles You know happens. It sucks it's a real. Bummer too because it it feels like it's sort of a wasted Lillard in his prime season. That's the part that really stinks. He's still been really for the most part but the this he's right in the middle of his prime and they're you know they just get killed. The injuries like mellow turns out to be like literally one of their state and he's been all right as a thirty five year old guy who couldn't even get on any other roster for a year and he's asked being asked to play a ton of minutes to be clutch guy. It's just it is what it is. It's a bummer. They might make a second can have pusher. I would not be shocked especially the Lillard as a leader. Maybe they do. I don't see them winning a first round series regardless even with Lillard antics. And what we know we can do in a series like that or anaplastic. But it's a bummer. Is just like they. They've sort of just because of these injuries are sheldon yourself. Yeah exactly right. There have been so many times when and they haven't even really been able to run a center out there and it's like isn't there just Zeller or plumlee. We can give him for tonight. There's got to be a spare went around somewhere. Who can just be tall in the middle of the for but yeah I mean mccollum turned around? He had a slow start to the season. Lillard is obviously producing. Mellow has been fine. But that's not enough to compete. And too bad ED. Because Damian Lillard is getting older and I mean I don't think he's in a hurry to leave I think he's going to be blaze for life but e- would you could lock it in that. He's going to be a glazer for life if he continued to put competitive teams around right. Yeah if you're sort of just a casual fan of the league. You just would see the blazers outside the picture after making a conference finals and say Damian Damian Lillard wouldn't enter your brain really that he is performing to this same level or even a tiny bit a better. He's been great. I mean it's just kind of flying under the radar because the story is that they're bad but it's odd for a conference finals to turn over so much of their roster and then the injuries hit and I think finally finally those two thousand sixteen contracts that they handed out or kind of starting to bite them in the butt with their depth lacking what it is so so They have to turn that around somehow. Maybe it's just let bays more whiteside expire find other ways to use your cap space or maybe it's a trade or maybe it's they are team so they could turn this thing. They have been traditionally historically a team. That's decent in the second half Sacramento Kings. There are a jigsaw puzzle with pieces from other puzzles in that same box. There's too many parts in that box. It start putting the puzzle together and then you get this thing from from another puzzle and it's just you try and jam not GonNa Work Flick. It away They have too many good players for this team to be great and they don't fit all together and it's it's been a strange experiment to see young and old Guys coming in at the end of their careers trying to propel a young team to be a better team but it's they're also taking away minutes from guys who need to evolve evolve like Bugden Bogdonovich and Marvin Bagley and even even their their guards to a to a certain extent and buddy healed and Darren Fox so so it's strange. It's just a strange combination of pieces that they put together. It's obviously not working. And I don't think it's any anything to do with Darrin. Fox who is probably the brightest star. I think he's been working his butt off and he's been playing through injury and he was injured for a good chunk of the season and injuries of hurt them but Yeah Locker has been great. Scott Fall in. Luke Walton to some degree sitting at fifteen in twenty-six not being able to bring those parts together it does and the way they play to the that they played super fast last year and it worked. It was better than this now. They're one of the slowest teams in the League. The twenty eighth and pace they were fifth last year. What's better than this? I mean they they should they should. That's how all these should be playing. I mean yeah okay. Fox wasn't there and he's an instrument part of that but him there the that's exactly how they should play and I do think that falls on a little bit along with the not to get all the pieces fit together there another disappointing team the other team I love. Yeah Love Fox. That's why I'd like to see him. Have a successful specialty similar to the trailblazers. Just a stalled season like they haven't been able to get healed Fox and Bagley on the court together and that's your nucleus. That's the the guys who were successful hustle for you last year. That would theoretically have been the same guys doing it this year. If they're playing fast but they haven't even bamboo together. So bummer for them all right. We got two teams left. The Spurs trae flipflops. Excuse me everything you think he knew about the Spurs. You don't know it anymore. They used to always make the playoffs they might not this year. They used to be really good defense. They're not anymore they used to be. They used to shoot a lot of threes. Now they don't but they're still good on offense the but they're doing it with these outdated dated modes of scoring. They don't shoot a lot of threes but they make him they're letting lamarcus Aldridge has decided. Hey somebody's gotta shoot threes around here. I'm going to do it. So that has been helping ice I S- still hesitate to pick against the spurs not making like how can you do you have any confidence in the teams below them. Compared to the spurs despite the fact that this is not the spurs that we are used to Edita. They're just they're very likely said meat and potatoes and then he didn't really explain explain. Why don't just meat and potatoes? They're they're just meat and potatoes. It's it's like they're playing literally just to keep the streak that what would be what twenty three consecutive playoff appearances. That's what it's that's what it is this and maybe that will be enough to to get in there to keep it alive. You don't WanNa be the team that has it snapped. I'll tell you that right a lot of these these guys were on a lot of those teams anyway that were already in some of the vet. So yeah it's I think it's weird with them is. There was a lot of hype around some of their young guys. Heading heading into the season. And there's been the odd flash of brilliance from from your Murray's and stuff like that and forums like but walker like all these guys everybody got very excited about some of these young guys and maybe they will pan out but then it's just not there consistently a guy who has has been consistent recently Demar Derozan which is yeah. It's odd to see him like really thriving and really being great when you know. We're all sort of ready to be like okay. Damore might fall off a little bit but here in a year number eleven. He's been bombed twenty seven points on sixty five percent shooting over his last twelve games. So Boring podcast Trivia for you he is the just the fourth player over the last twenty seasons to average twenty five on sixty five plus percent shooting over a twelve game span. Who are the other three play over? The last how many seasons went twenty five on sixty five percent durant no shack no kinda surprising. Sixty five percents a huge percentage. So you think you're staying with the big save for a couple of them. Two of the three players are timeframe ever now. Twenty two thousand stretch Lebron ended. Yep Yep okay to in twenty thirteen. He had a good. I remember that goes crazy. Field goal percentage. One Guy has done it a lot and one guy did at once. What's wrong guys don't allow? I'm GonNa this big man twenty-five again bake man said that. Very hesitantly yeah. I didn't think it was going to be and then this guy did it a lot. No I did a lot. Last guy is people compare him to a young young player in the association. Who is nowhere near this guy? This guy not going to get to the hall of fame but injuries set him back Aw brand new quite athletic. Derrick rose no no no no no no neither of those guys very athletic very large man. athletically it on one of the The twentieth or twenty first century's most favorite teams darling teams Shawn Kemp.
"midseason" Discussed on The Free Agents
"Was something a little bit more of the the dramatic The you know like the sort of the kind of this kind of tabloid sometimes these Philadelphia Seventy sixers Joel embiid. It's it's not fun. It's not fun. I don't think it was supposed to be a team that took another sort of professional staff and it just really hasn't happened even though they got more talented did this year also another word could be ugly. Sometimes the the offense is it just getting each other's way but then it's so weird with them every time my watch them I go. I could see this team going to finals in the east. They are bad match up to some extent for the bucks. I mean they're. They're good man. If I mean for the sixers serves against them I feel it but it's like Tobias. Harris has one awesome game. He's going for thirty and then it's like okay. Two Games later. It's Oh it's it's Richardson. That's his well Simmons for a half of course when embiid's air it's like oh he's a monster but it's very it's like it. Is that weird puzzle thing it's like does this. We'll does this. Damn thing fit together. I mean it looks like it does make sense here sort of but I'm trying to jam this one in here and it's not working. It's tough to figure if it's IT'S GONNA be exacerbated in the playoffs or if it's going to be okay in the playoffs because they've got a very good defense. There are number six and defense right now as expected you know. They've got a lot of size everywhere. Aware and embiid is a huge impact guy. When he's on the court so when the game slows down they're going to be able to play? That's GONNA show up no doubt about it. But how will will they combat the team's attacking them all on the offense event right like embodied. He's not going to be able to get the ball every he's not gonNA. There are games where he's going to be taken out of of it and then it's going to be imperative on Richardson and Harris to show up every single night. And that's a question mark so I don't know. I think that they could make it to the finals. No doubt about it but I wouldn't be happy betting on that's for sure. Yeah what is more likely with the Philadelphia sixers at the halfway point of the season right now. Is it more likely lose a first round series or they go to the finals. I don't know I was just checking the splits against the Orlando Magic. Oh hopefully though it's a weird team and your tabloid is a great one. They're actually because it's it's it's it's fun for us to all play sort of you know armchair chair coach and try and go. Oh maybe your armchair. GM even like trade one of these guys. I don't know if Simmons Abe's going to work or or Horford you gotta move him. I don't know if that's GonNa work with which well embiid there. Those two guys in the middle. It's like everybody's got an answer but I don't know maybe maybe it is enough with what they have we'll see and the other part of it is the the other really strange part of it is their nineteen into at home. That's awesome and seven. Fourteen on the road doesn't speak to a team that gets by on talent and isn't altogether on the same page. I know that's your those are just numbers. But if you're going to get something it's definitely something if you were GonNa say if you if you had to answer that question about making the final sure it's possible but I think the first round upset is wouldn't even be upset because they're in the sixth seat they'd be going on the road somewhere right and that's not going to be easy for them. Yeah and and and one more point to that for you move on here. That whole terrible road record. That is a big differentiating differentiating marker between the really really really good teams and maybe the pretenders right contenders in the pretenders. Because it's it's nuggets like in years past really at home but then they go on the road and you're like they they can't get it done and it's tough to always take those teams struggling the road to go. Oh Yeah I could see them going into somebody's Barn in a playoff series and picking up a big winner to win a series. It's just the way it is. That doesn't I mean there are bad team but you gotta win on the road. The the elite teams do and they're not there right now and that's crazy. They're in the sixth seat. As of today. Wow Wow and I don't I don't see them you know with the Pacers above them in the raptors above them. Those teams aren't GonNa Fault or anytime soon either or the Celtics or the heat. So so if you're a batman sounds like you would put that money on. It's more likely they would lose in the first would be betting on them as a final team has as its riskiest. trae said the odds. Would it'd be a lot juicier. I think to make the finals rather than be a first round loser. Well then and then if the losing a first round I mean what happens. What does Elton Brandon? Sixers front office do things. And then you'd almost have no choice but to make it you've got to go a different direction in training probably one a year. Sort of a leak guys. I would think it's keep them moving here. Toronto Raptors my word for the Toronto Raptors honorable with you because this is a good defending champion for a team that lost their best S. player would have been easy for them to say all right. We're GONNA shift these guys out. We WanNA title. It was awesome. Everybody had a good time but they didn't they never give up. They never give in this despite the the fact that their entire starting lineup from opening night has missed at least ten games each and they're still able to be putting up a twenty six fourteen record fourth in the East right now. They got the number two defense in the league. Everybody they play is good. It's amazing how good basically one through twelve and then there Stanley Johnson the raptors. You gotta you gotta tip too because you know. It's a question now. Should they. Trade Kyle lowry. Should they trademark assault should they trade Serge Ibaka and you know it could have gone the other way. They could have easily been celebrating the championship and say we did it. And that's all it's going to. That is clearly not all it's GonNa be for the Raptors. You can never underestimate the heart of a chance. It's like it's so cliche but it is semi true like like this idea of like they're using that everybody thinking they're gonNa Stink after Colli leaves their use. There's no doubt they're using that as motivation. No we're we're also good we. He helped him get a championship just as much as he helped us. And we're going to try and prove that and you know. Obviously they're well coached. We talked about in comparison to the heat. Yeah it's been a a- actually I think a Lotta Raptors fans despite all the injuries which have been weird Very oddly enjoyable season so far. Just with with all of this sort of this new blood. Be Terri- Davis or Boucher stuff like that playing well. And still racking up the wins and putting up fights even in losses it's been extremely dreamily enjoyable especially to shoot down the the haters and the Naysayers for Toronto Raptors fans people not picking them in their playoffs elections So the right yeah. They're doing extremely well. If they can finish top four which. I don't see why they shouldn't it's a it's a win for for them and I think I think that championship kinship swagger is real. I think it's dripping off. Kyle lowry and Fred van lead. Big Time in their backcourt and Yeah I think the surprise has been there sort of their G. G. League monsters coming off the bench and and and supporting everybody and like even the Norman Powell. It's dripping off of those are the questions. Yeah it's been great. Those are the questions if they can and if Pascal CEAC and can be a superstar in the playoffs if Fred Vanfleet can be a lead guard in the playoffs really you know that. He wasn't last year and then all these bench guys can be real but but wraps fans won't really even care like if they were to lose in the first round four or five series or so. Let me they would. Yeah it's like that would be big time. Found money for them but I think the wraps fans are going to. They're going to be feeling it. They're going to feel like they can win. And that's A. It's a nice feeling final team here in the east Washington Wizards ongoing Taco Bell. No dunks fan. Johnny unknowingly. I sent this in on the last beat. podcast described the wizards Taco Bell. That's what they are. They're all offense no defense. They're great tasting on one end terrible on the other end. boop shoot the wizards won thirteen games with the League's tenth best offense. They play fast. They take care of the ball they they do a fairly average job of hitting shots and getting to the line. Even you got bill scoring twenty eight game. They got eight other wizards like chicken in over ten a game. But it's on on the other end they just don't stop anyone. It's glorified pickup game. The dead last in defensive efficiency it's looks optional. At times if you WANNA play here yeah So yeah there are Taco Bell. Keep that I do like the garrison. Matthews to me sort of turned into the new. Tim Legler got another Legler here with Matthews. But they are. They're a fun watch because it is like watching pickup ball So then they're always one of those weird early starts to and it's at least scoring. Yeah the most likable wizards team in ages. I would say and you know now. We're seeing clips of John Wall in practice while still looks bad practice. Could he return the season. Another shot in the arm for a playoff. Push from the wizards. I don't think so but at least it'll be interesting. Yeah John Wall goes with that Taco bell comparison to in Taco Bell's got to be one of the fastest fast foods coming to you very quickly wrapping those Tortilla. Can't get your wallet in your pocket Hockett before you got to pick up trays already. Being thrown out we'll get you had to reach more has been an incredible story for them too although although he's been injured he's he's part of the superfund club plays hard. He's a I guess he plays too hard to be wanted to be working at Taco bell though he plays plays a little bit on the defensive end. He's the one guy he's the one. I Guess Bong is also plays a little defense. But yeah you got a bunch of water bugs and Ish Smith and Isaiah Thomas and they.
"midseason" Discussed on The Free Agents
"Th and three point percentage and this is a team that is built built around shooting a lot of threes and making a decent number of them not a bad number of them. So Yeah Kyrie Kerris stay on the court Kevin Durant. You'll be there next year and then and then we'll see what happens and then Kyrie's complaining then. That's a serious problem right task Word Association Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets. I think it's found money because the expectations expectations very very low at this team. I thought I didn't have a lot of expectations Like the nets built around around three point shooting and then a Guy Devante Graham comes along who he played for them last year all of a sudden he turns his four point. Seven points a game in two eighteen point. Seven points per game that came out of nowhere and maybe a few Charlotte fans looked at that bench and said that guy is going to be something next year in his second year. But I I had no idea. And he's taking monster shots monsters three after monstrous three. And if you developed star from within even though he's sort of a an older star is GonNa be twenty five years old soon and you got to be extremely pumped to go along with. Pj Washington as a rook. I think ah where they are right now. Those two young stars I think can call. PG Awash Sur. Sure everybody's a star these days That's found money and that's a great start for the Charlotte Hornets as a baseline at this point. Even though you know they're sitting down at whatever they are fourteen point nine. Fifteen twenty nine That's a good year. It's crazy to say that but finding a guy like tomorrow. DEGROM is a good year for them. And anytime there's an eastern conference team particularly on the eastern seaboard of the country. You gotta be happy that they're watchable. 'CAUSE YOU'RE GONNA tune into a lot of those games just because they're early on the night and like the wizards for a long time. The only team that played at seven o'clock and they were just just dull to watch. At least the Hornets are fun to watch. I got DEVANTE GRANDMA AND PJ Washington pretty high on my list of NBA. Jam Does that I play. They came out with a twenty twenty game. Pj Washington I think is going to be a really good player for the rest of his career. He can shoot threes. He can post up. That's what you need to do if you're going to be playing in the pick and roll as a big four man. Yeah even though expectations were low. It's still disappointing. A fifteen to twenty nine record. But they're lumped with a lot of those teams in the east that are in exact same boat be- at the Pistons or the balls. Also you know the nets nets not that much better than them but It's just they're just all their you know not playing up to their capabilities or at least maybe some of the expectations expectations. We had coming in. But you're right I mean even Terry Rozier who you know we knock the deal that he got the money that they threw them at the point. Guard position He's played yeah well he actually has again. Not a ton of people are watching Hornets Games night in night out but him and Graham and then like you said watchable they are they are and he's even I. I'm not a huge zero zero fan house. Sure had the Bible or Reggie Jackson like deal to me. But he's been good he has. I have to admit that he's turned her A. You'd think thank after. He backed up Kyrie Irving wanted his own starring role going to Charlotte. He may be a little upset. That Davonte Graham came and joined him in the starting lineup but he's handled like a champ and miles bridges as well. You said that it's disappointing for them. In two thousand nine. It's just that's a that's a really bad record. It also. Coming into the season people would pick the Hornets as the worst team in the league. They were in the next for one of the worst teams in the League has not had any idea who devante grandma's yeah doesn't he's on the map now all right next one trae. Wow it was meant to be you. Got The Chicago Bulls Go. Boston can through a lot of words. Disappointing blown a a lot of fourth. Quarter leads infuriating. Also blonde fourth quarter leads hampered by their coach lurking in the playoff picture but ultimately I think the word is inconclusive. Because now now I look at every bulls player and I have no idea if they're actually any good. Jim Boylan is a terrible head coach. He is gonNA survive the season but he has the players in in positions. That don't make sense so now you look at the two guys who were potential first-time all-stars coming into the season. Zach Levine Lauri Markkanen. Are they any good. Could they play for a a winning team. I don't know at this point. The only guys I feel comfortable saying are going to be winning basketball. Players are window Carter and maybe Kobe white other than that. It's just really hard to say. Lauri Markkanen is having his worst season of his career scoring less than he scored as a rookie shooting worse the big not to have a decent December. He's just so up up and down up and down and that's just how it is with the balls. They can't seem to figure out how to put a team away. When it comes the fourth quarter which is the mark of a young team but this this is not that young of a team anymore? Yeah and then classic auto porter injured. I was very excited for the Bulls. Look coming into the season you and I were talking about the Bulls we loved. I like to. We saw like boiling for coach of the year. But it's like because I was excited about Saturday thaddeus young being added team I was especially thinking Larry Marketing. It would go to the next level. You Know Zach Levine could be all-star waiting and he's played great. He really has. He's he's in. The three with unbelievable consists the window. Carter I was excited Kobe. But it's just like yeah. It's like they get leads and they can't take care of them. They have lost a ton of games where they were leading in the fourth quarter and could have a very you know very very decent record. Had they pulled out half of those and then you look at the defense are like Whoa. You're eleventh you've been top ten for most of the season forcing turnovers in the league. But that's because the Bulls play other bad teams half the time. The bad teams can't handle it when the Bulls are pressing and trapping the pick and roll. They make bad passes just like the Bulls do on offense but then you play against the team. That's in the upper half of the league. They know all we have to do is make passes and we're getting one of the most efficient shots in basketball a wide open corner three or a dunk at the rim. As what it feels like the Bulls can beat up on the bad teams in sort of or can at least hold their own against bad teams and then it gets the good teams. It's a disaster. You always are joking that the Bulls are going to make the playoffs playoffs. Do you really truly believe they will. Do you really do those. Four Games out man. So you think I guess. In theory there are going to be a better second team than the nets while the voting as we've we've seen out. Hey maybe maybe I think the nine through fifteen. They can still make the playoffs in these regards. I think it's starting it's starting in a separate. It's it's weird to say that the Eastern Conference play a picture might be starting to get set but I think everybody. I think everybody Bulls Pistons Wizards Necks Hawks. Not Everybody. Because I've got the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here they are not making the playoffs. I'll whatever you want but my one my one word or my my phrase I mean I'll keep it simple I'll just go slug. Life should be lying there at look really it's in shambles. This has been a disaster of a season. The twenty nine hundred twenty calves here. It's it's wild to think they started four and five. Oh yeah they beat the Pacers in their second game. The cavs did they beat the Bulls. They beat the wizards. They beat the Knicks early. There were four or five scrappy. Little Bunch here and you you know it's it's gone els. Then Kevin love interest in Thompson. We're just waiting for them. To get traded one. Both of them may be. Am you see and really what they could get in return. I will say calling sexton and Darius Garlan have slowly started to improve a little bit over the last couple of weeks the sex land back court slowly slowly but really will be lined be there to start next season something. We debated after those after the thug slash lashawn comments that he made in a practice session. I who knows the sixty six year old man the guy that's GonNa lead them back into the playoffs us and have some success for the first time and send some ageism. Yeah baby there was maybe there. Well it's it's I get what they were trying to do. They're like well. We're basically clear college team with some guys. So maybe a college coach is best suited to You know build them up but then the problem was the whole time was well. No they have these. He's vets I mean there are these loves and there's Tristan Thompsons and there was the JR Smith and it's like what are we doing here. What's the game plan? Our some guys being told. Oh we're going to go for the Peter. Some saint like no no. It's all about building for the future and he's not maximizing those young players. He's not getting. He's not coaching them in a way where they are playing like a college team. I mean they're they're playing a lot isobel right right. That's not. That's not conducive to getting along with the Veterans Number One. It's not conducive to winning games and it's It's so heavy you know it's like it's I. I watched on Saxon. It's Kinda like watching. Zach Levine in a weird way like they just WanNa make it happen themselves and numbers are put on the board But the offense is terrible overall and You know trae young in that category too. There's there's unfortunately there's not executing all the world trade got an excuse But the calves really don't Because they have a guy who's made a billion all star teams in Kevin Love. They have talented garlanded guys. That should be winning more basketball games. I think with better coaching. At least they have a guy named Dean weighed. At least. That's the one call all part of the cavs season again. You're just hoping some of these guys get treated. I hope not Tristan Thompson. Though I don't think I I think it should be a CAV for life..
NBA Formally Proposes 78-Game Season, In-Season Tournament for 2021-22
"It has leaked out today. Brian both from Adrian margin asking and Shamsher Rania the NBA has sent teams proposal for the twenty one twenty two season so this is the one thousand nine hundred twenty season so this would be two seasons from now. I'm just going to go down the list. You tell me if it's a hard no something you would consider. Yes okay. Seventy eight game season down from eighty to absolutely yes. You're not worried I'm with you but you're not worried that it messes is with the integrity of the stats like that. I don't care okay. I don't care either. Baseball went basement. There's no gain that's more stat driven than baseball in terms of how we honor people in this. Whatever it's not always been one hundred sixty two games in baseball dave adjusted and the big worry is if you go to seventy eight games these well? What are you GonNa the revenue that you made from the other four games because all of us are paid based on an eighty two game season? Here's your answer. It's the second thing in in season tournament so roughly thirty five games into the season. You have a tournament and the players each get a million bucks if they win it in. The coach gets a million and a half in season tournament halfway through. What do you think stupid disagree? Here's why right now. All we're not even thirty five games in there are. How many games the Lakers your twenty-five before they played basically thirty twenty nine Would you agree with me that there are eight to ten teams that we already know. Aren't making the playoffs. Yes that are just dogs with fleas. Yes like the the Knicks. Yes okay. This gives their fans something a reason to watch something. Does it it though it does. I would want a game right until they are eliminated taking a step further. Bill Simmons wrote a proposal on the ringer where he said what you have to do with. This is because most players make so much money that a million dollars. They wouldn't even care about what you have to do. What they care about is making the playoffs and win the title? Let's say you win the tournament you should get credit for like five wins. That now makes it. Because here's the deal. The problem with it is win the tournament and you get a playoff spot instead of who the team that is. I don't like data. I need all because I'm just throwing that the that's you're you're basically getting the problem along with the only incentive incentives that you can really add our is money and that's what they're talking about basically the interest unless so you'd go the Simmons route and you say it helps you make the postseason. That's good for three games. Four games or whatever it might be and taking that at team and putting them into the playoffs over a team that gets you. You know that that that wins more over the entire sny seventieth season but you gotTa Watch Turnham. There's a wrinkle. That's coming where I could say. You combine idea to an idea three but the biggest problem right now is not that you can't get the players to care it's that you can't get the fans to care because okay great. The Lakers win the mid season tournament. So what like. Why do I care about at that? Mostly I'm concerned. I'm going to be watching this thing going. God I hope Anthony Davis doesn't get hurt. There is a way that you can maybe combined make this kind signed to work with the idea that you were saying before we get to idea three all right play in tournament for the seven and eight seeds in each conference this this I like I do too. I like this a lot. So maybe you take seven eight nine ten or seven eight nine. Make a round robin whatever might be right and you play that as a plan Dan. I love this idea because now you're talking about you know reason to care if you're an eighth seed or nine senior couple of games back like you know you still have a chainsaw. There's usually not much of a difference between eight and nine in terms of how good they are right and so I like the idea of extending it so those teams have report teams jockey to get to the six right and what. Oh you now want to do is if you wanted to say. It's a seven eight nine are part of this plan. Plus the winner of the Eh of mid season tournament. But what happens if it's not one of those teams like you know right. Well you'd have to play with it. I think you can take time. It's not going to matter and so I don't think I don't think it's a fan. I'M GONNA care about my team if it's good winning some pointless midseason tournament when really wanted to win a title and I'd be worried guys get hurt again matter. Well did he get hurt and practice. So here's what Adams's practicing to win the the thing at the end. Well here's what Adam silver is trying to duplicate. They do this in soccer all the time they play for a cup in the middle of the season and and it's fun fund. If you're a Laker fan what you want is you want to see your team play. So they're in this tournament. You're watching and you're GONNA watch and you're GONNA care but you're not going to be super deeply invested in the away to the playoffs and the differences if I'm not like a steep soccer guy but most of these things are are between leagues. It's like the Bundesliga team. Plays the Premier League team and Lalita. And it's like whatever you know. I forgot the name of these things. But like it's all of these great teams together playing against each other so you're the match ups that you wouldn't otherwise see. This is just another version of Lakers versus nuggets. I just I don't understand I don't think means more more though. It's just a regular season game if it's in the tournament I it unless you can incentivize it so it was actually has more meaning than that. I don't see. Yeah Simmons. Good are wondering about the last thing that the proposal that they sent to the teams final four when the teams get to the final four. You reseed in the play offs based based on regular season records. So if if the Lakers and the clippers battle for the Pacific Division. Let's say the Lakers went and the Lakers win. Sixty five games but the clippers finished second in one sixty four games. The Clippers then are not a division winner in that scenario. And let's say they have to play a a team from the Central Division that only one fifty five games right now. The reason the way it exists is the division winner. Has Home Court really. Yeah the clippers yet. The the clippers would would have to be the row team. This would reward you for a better regular season record regardless of your stand. Absolutely I agree. I'm Greg what do you think of all those. Are there. Any that jump out is good or bad to you. Know I'm good or bad. No I really liked the plane game to see love nothing. That's fantastic tastic I tend to actually agree with Brian on the NCAA tournament. Say like an like a weird is rising as many excellent points you know throughout my radio time right every once in a while but this is just one of those things like. Yeah I'm just because. Let's say the Lakers win win the mid season tournament right Willie no win the final. Like oh you're like Oh yeah. We won the midst. Congratulations on being the mid season tournament. Champion where the NBA finals champion. I mean anyth- so simmons the idea. Was You have a Russell Cup in a Chamberlain Cup okay. And in the Russell Cup you get the teams that have the fourteen best records okay Eh and in the Chamberlain Cup you have the
Cam Newton has likely played his last game for Panthers
"Today. We Distorting Carolina the panthers to Place Cam Newton on I r that effectively ends his season. Gm Marty Harney said today. The doctors agreed that Newton should continue to pass the scribes and by the team's medical staff and that likely will take significant time for his injury to fully heal in quarterback news elsewhere. The jags are going going back to nick. foles over rookie sensation Gardner. Men's shoe coach. Doug marrone made that announcement today saying polls is ready to return from a broken collarbone and we'll start next week against the Colts Jacksonville currently on a bi week that I think relatively expected given nick foles is finally healthy. I'm not sure that we thought. Cam Cam Newton would miss the entirety of the season. Although at some point you began to speculate obviously early on in this injury Cam. Newton said himself he wanted to be one hundred percent before he returned to playing football. And when you have cal plane the way he is just Carolina Panthers Teen actually excelling in his absence now. He can focus on being completely healthy when he gets back. But I know you always want to play as a player so if you can keep a guy like Cam Newton a competitor like that. It has to be serious injury and for his his future for his career. We're you hope he comes back as healthy as possible that you say use career as you were talking I was just thinking. Is His future going to be Carolina. You have to wonder now because we were having these conversations over the last few weeks. Yes it's CAM new team. This organization is behind Kyle Allen and obviously seem very comfortable with him being the starter have they given up. Hope that it cam is the answer. That Cam is the future there now especially now that he's GonNa miss the rest of the season this is about. I don't think it's about hope. I think it becomes about how L. is going to be a cheaper player. He's a player that but you can build around with money. And he's also one games in. This is the new. GOP This isn't the guy that drafted Cam Newton and we'll have an emotional title and let's be clear it's Thailand new GM. It's a new owner David in his second year of ownership. I think everything. And everyone is being evaluated Ron Rivera Kyle. Allen is the best to lead the seem to winds ends. That's what you'll see. You have a new owner right. WHO's GONNA eventually want his own guys in there all the way down general manager head coach all the way down quarterback? I think they're going to move in a direction. If they don't just start ripping off winds here I think they'll move in a big direction. Now the one thing about Cam to understand this liz frank injury okay. So that means there's a separation of the bones foot so it wasn't healing otherwise he would come back so he'll he'll he'll but he has to probably get screws put in there in order to really really locked down and then he and then people come back from those injuries. You have to wonder if Camden played his final game for the Carolina Panthers Time. We'll tell them that front. It certainly been his final game this
Giants Name Daniel Jones the Starter, Sending Eli Manning to the Bench
"Re hitting the top story of the day Daniel Jones going to start this week for the New York giants against the Tampa Bay buccaneers Eli Manning officially benched looks like his career with China's over as the starting quarterback well again and we'll see what Daniel Jones happened. I mean he could get blown up and then he lies back in there. Yes that's true I I mean but we haven't heard from Pat Shurmur and we will tomorrow and and what we will hear as I'm sure he's the quarterback and we're moving forward with him and Eli will do his best to mentor him in any. I don't think Eli wants to be traded on like he wants to go anywhere. People are wondering if he is traded spot track tweeted out while unlikely if the giants do trade Eli Manning. He'll cost his new team six hundred seventy six thousand dollars as per week ten point one million dollars to the rest of the season. The giants have already paid him six point eight million the jets are going to get Sam darnold back before or the midseason point okay. The Jaguars are going to get nick foles back around the midseason point. Drew brees is coming back around the midseason point. The steelers are not getting big ben back but it makes sense for them to see who they have in Wehr young guy a guy that Ben didn't want to mentor cantor when he was drafted last year he was definitely rankled by the drafting of Mason Rudolph the of that. I don't believe there's any doubt and he didn't say a mentor him like Rudolph said it's not Ben's Job to mentor me and he used that on his radio show which has since since been shuttered that just to put it all out there that I'll just point to the book and just say you know that's yours since he doesn't want me to mentor him even thought it was funny and and it landed with a thud but they have to see what they have in Mason Rudolph and at Mason Rudolph. Let's say performs like Dak where it's amazing and he's terrific traffic and the team makes the playoffs and gets a playoff start then. We're going to have an interesting thing on her hands right here. Ben will come back and come back saying I am ready to show up and it'll be like far like when Aaron Rodgers got there like oh I don't plan will be ready to garage. Come back in shape. He'll probably say ten fifteen rounds and it'll be ready to go and put the steelers and a tough bind but that is a high class problem and the steelers are going to find out if that's a high class problem that they can have because at some point Ben will be done and Mason Rudolph. We'll be sitting there and for Mason Rudolph he'll be able to just basically say to them because they don't have a fifth year option on him because he wasn't a first round draft pick nick franchise tag me Pittsburgh or trade me and someone also pay me like Jimmy Garoppolo. This is a big opportunity for him and whose his first quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo so we lies not going anywhere no one's going to be wanting to hire Eli manning and the giants the best backup quarterback and perfect mentor for for Daniel Jones perfect. Why would they trade him? who had taken are just told every? I just gave you the possibilities. Nobody needs him but you're you're. You're not like it's not like there's a Minnesota Vikings situation where they had to pull the trigger for Sam Bradford because they had a super bowl ready team that went poof because teddy bridgewater blew his knee up but if you take away his name. Ui Manning and you look on paper you're trying to acquire a guy is three and nineteen eighteen again his last starts and seven years old and I'll say this again do we have shown O'Hara's tweet and obviously he's biased. He won a super bowl with Eli. Put it up Shara so incredibly disappointed and frustrated with the giants right now. Defense gives up sixty three points in two games wide receiver group is depleted but let's change your. QB question marks Kurt said the same thing he sees the film you lie is not making poor decisions. He's making the right decisions. The only decisions decisions he has in front of him and he's being held to account now you can say that it's been a long time coming but it's not the only answer and Daniel Daniel Jones and again credit gettleman. He's putting it out there right now he could have sat there and say I take the rest of the year because the ownership is ready for you. Take the rest of the year and then I'll get more. I'll get more top five picks for Daniel Jones but he didn't do it. What if Daniel Jones comes out as three hundred yards and beats the bucks this week while then we're we're not talking about any more we
"midseason" Discussed on Box of Neutrals
"Year. I really interesting point here. Is that because daddy is. There's a lot of goodwill for that joe nazi state to become shoe casino not being because the juvenile deepest solo certainly has not really had a great season scored championship one point i think even here in this fake championships down and twelve the head of only the williams drivers which is not good but in hungary where it was a really great moment to sort of be there as well because he won his first race. It was a reverse gray so you didn't. It's very three hundred pass hunger. Don't wanna talk dan. He's first race win but it wasn't the let's say the most meritorious victories people were excited because of course the first weaned formative soup mix you macaroni or whatever but underneath all of that there's a really strong undercurrent of he has not had a good year and there's this prospect of him getting different the only because if he's name merit and what that does not only for formula one because he's never going to be good if he gets there and he's not good but then for the driver himself who might be be better off having a motorsport career way he can earn it more meritoriously without making it to one is perfectly several other perfectly good motorsports seiichi could occupy that uninformative for me to one the great legacy overall. I think we could have a little bit because i think arguably the biggest he gets the rifle was definitely the base in through which was quite apps given the ice in it was very good at it for about but still enhanced outstanding racing driver in his rod in sports car racing so it hasn't really affected his reputation in in that space is that a crack is not for everyone. Only a handful of drive is that can be within a single season. Let alone stand a long lasting korea area but for his portfolio. He's portfolio of work this little learn. Maybe the last few seasons isn't the mice convincing because yeah a little bit of it easier on win. You'll <hes> with arguably one of the best teams in the world yes and despite being argue. I'm by by that team. If you like still this was his first win and wearing a couple rounds away from the end of the formula two season he's not in contention really for the championship this season but as we we did say last year in formula three that first win as a little bit early than the season from memory but i really kick things off then he dominated and stormed onto the championship baked antique demand now has been dropped by the drive program scenes so all of a sudden he really came alive. I think dan ticked him as we said this time last thea- alluded to there being suspicious snus in these circumstances which no one has confirmed will deny and.
"midseason" Discussed on Box of Neutrals
"Be reviewing that as well as the kazan bake rally championship super sixteen fifty class thrilling season they having you can rest the children's mutual always in asia within sped dragging it two realms beyond you'll even anyone's comprehension conway issued stop date. It's category listing for box of neutrals this way where i was young. The chaumet mcginley trail he he said f one is bullshit because just go round in circles. They don't go anywhere aw michael and james books of neutral during the midseason break yes halfway through halfway through the season halfway through twenty twenty-one ramsey's in twelve rounds in what more you want. What more can we give you. Nothing's being going on all the news you bring reading on the internet old news. Seoul south thirty happened exactly i'm onto my third team on the twenty nine hundred of defect after three races at haas of which i won the australian great. What are they complaining about the all these now i <unk>. I changed teams in the middle of the season because i was doing a gasoline house berated because i did it twice in the parade because it was writing and for whatever reason a super software the option of choice as opposed to maybe it's twice. I was berated by benjamin saying you need to you need to strike up young boy and a stop flowing right so well suffuses. I'm gonna go to read so just management berates. You either do performance yeah the place you as as well so you know you thought i built up enough so we're branding points to have one halo of rice wins arena <hes>. I wanted to become from the number two driver except somebody off kick. Then ricardo has at the tape and <hes> he's ended up at haas so sexy oh chew at asli using the ability to change teams the ultimate combination sort the moment of kicked kevin magnusson. He's up at williams and then <hes> <hes> upward with williams. Arguably ricardo is up at harvard making. I'll give it myself dot deal. <hes> um gave myself a very very <hes> the value of my contract. He's very lucky. Beta where i'm at right now go to very good deal steel so so i look forward to <hes> racing for s._p. Pessoa racing points by the singapore grown pray sergio perez rising point. I it's a great guy always obviously play the game has been apart from the sort of back pot of they say and has been one of the highlights of the two so fictional the world entirely of your own making yes which is just sacking highly accomplished for over two one moving draft you got the sack laced one because it doesn't happen very often. Where we have midseason driver changes. I mean if people frost over end-of-season bryk driver changes midseason the draft would absolut absolutely guy off wine institute some kind of draft system way by all contracts. This can be changed halfway through at this point in the this week in the year. All contracts are essentially annulled month contracts and you could draft in someone from the w._a._c. You say you're from any way you like some college of sating rankings system so promotion relegation all that sort of thing past nada would've been stuffed in that the system but maybe he would have come back as a wildcard william lava driver with a lot of money. Not venezuelans have that much money. They love to try. They'd love to find out out and you know rich. Energy would be ready made some kind of deal to pick it up. I think it could be very exciting. I think if one could learn from its own game and just some changes. Yes yes what i'm saying but finally i mean the biggest change of all would be great is if we actually just got rid of a whole bunch of teams and drivers. I think might be better outcome. If we got got rid of the front running teams kind of scandal because if we had say <hes> the proposed name of formula one bait which is like crime is a poppin but so it's always the whenever cry walks into uproarious applause chimes in the f. one n- bay we this gripe parallel universe where ferrari have been disgraced out of the sport after not just for their performances yes yes i saw the ferrari group were and obviously fit. Chrysler had dissolved so that means no more japes on the road which is a good thing falsely however the human trafficking charges that ferrari face much beautiful.
"midseason" Discussed on The Herd with Colin Cowherd
"Hurt NFL midseason award for my worst. Midseason prediction is the New York Giants who I called a dark horse Super Bowl contender. They're just dark darkhorse. Nobody wants to watch them. Nate solar has been exposed. They are one in seven. They don't do anything. Well, there are thirty. I in the NFL in rushing, and they are thirty first in the NFL in sacks Twenty-eight in points per game. And remember how shocked I was when Brian Cox came on my show. Oh and laughed at my darkhorse. Super Bowl prediction Johnson. No good. Now. That's a little strong. No good. No good. Nate solar Odell saquon Barkley. No good. No good. No good. What might win five-game? Oh, come on. That's my worst team prediction. So far the New York Giants join. All right. The next one is the best rookie quarterback prediction. The winner is all of them as Jordan. Palmer said earlier today they've been fairly predictable. Darnold has been hot and cold stoic and professional bakers been hot and cold nosy, but an accurate thrower. Josh rosen. Throws the prettiest ball, but already got hurt. And I cautioned his durability. Lamar Jackson's not ready to start but has been dynamic and Josh Allens, not ready to start and has at times been overwhelmed. My best rookie quarterback prediction. We're good on that. We're five for five on the quarterbacks all of them. All right. This is the coach that you bailed on two were totally wrong. The hurt NFL midseason awards the coach I bailed on and completely whiff was Pete Carroll. I said there's a lot of raw politics. A lot of nonsense not enough. Russell Wilson and not enough details. Seattle has rebooted and peach done an incredible job. They don't turn it over. They now are the most run Centric team in the NFL and all the pizza teams generally achieve at a high level defensively their fourth in pass defense fifth and total defense and since week four in the NFL joy the best running team in the best defense. I kind of bailed on Pete I said, I think it it's running out. I was totally wrong. And I'm giving myself and award for being completely wrong. All right here is the coach that you build on. You're totally right. The winner of this is easy. Jon Gruden out of the sport that's incredibly fluid to begin with Jon Gruden has been and you can watch him tonight has said the wrong thing has traded the wrong people they gave up Khalil Mack and their last in sacks thirty points. Thirty third down. I never really bought the quarterback whisper. Although I think he's a bright guy in a great TV guy. I didn't buy this coming in. And we've been right on that. So the words continue the most entertaining press conference moments. I think this is easy. Ryan Fitzpatrick dressing as Conor McGregor hands down.
"midseason" Discussed on Around the NFL
"All right. It's time for the around the NFL midseason a wo-. A little early for the Timothy I was thinking maybe music, welcome to the to the award show. Hey, Greg is still recovering from that address. Aren't you? Make me up like Rex not quite with us. There's something going on behind the scenes, Greg. Tell us about it just Eric, and I have been having so much drama in our personal relationship is really taking a toll on my profession. Oh. Didn't seem to bother Erica the latest out of the queue for the laugh track. All right Erica, maybe some late nights over on the Anthony Jesuit. Greg Roosevelt podcast. Subscribe. And now, you know, I just made that up as long as it chips away at this show perfect. All right. So what are we going to do? This is let's bring that music back because that was joking. Enjoy. We're going to go through a bunch of categories west got little bouncing stuff, and Johnny and we're going to. We're going to go through it and pick what who's who's really stood out. So far twenty eight thousand who is not was withered who who needs the sack up is. Greg says so often. So we'll get to the first category. And it's you know, we're going to go through a bunch of categories, but the first category is MVP. All right. But a little twist on it. We're marketing the throw to you on this one. Who is in the MVP race outside of the holy trinity of Patrick Mahomes. Drew reason Todd Gurley is there anyone else that is even in the hunt right now Joe off Jared Goff. Interesting. I mean if Jared Goff continues to do what he's done in the Rams go fifteen in one or sixteen or no he's a quarterback. He doesn't make mistakes. He put up p puts up big numbers as to who wouldn't be my vote. You're saying outside of those guys that would be someone who would be your vote period. For me. Drew Brees is my MVP pick without any questions at all. Wow. No question. And customs from the crowd. And basically just I have made my decision. It's not even close, Patrick, obviously, Patrick Mahomes is your offense player of the year. And I've I've discussed this thousand times they do they give one to one one to the other just an Oscar race thing. Just get you to spread out the award up to coordinate that though. It's fifty different people legal step in if they need to. I mean, it's also midseason it. I'm a little annoyed about like after week five getting tweets about like, what do you think this? You know did for Todd Gurley chances in the MVP race like they. P race hasn't started. Yeah. I would like it on mostly a December thing at this point. It would be shot reason Mahomes are clearly ahead of the pack. I think early curly's right there with him. I he's has the numbers in my mind. He's it's tricky. It's it's almost unfair to throw running backs in with any of those quarterbacks. Very true. All right. Chris west homes playing better than anyone ever seen just. Oh, come on. Stop. All right. So there you go the MVP is clearly drew Brees in there will be no question. That's my opinion the coach of the year. Chris Wesseling, it's got a little Tiffany drum for this one. You know, what you gotta do. Here was. Vamp if you have to wait for the coach. Weeks. I mean, you say eight weeks for the next decade, Sean McVeigh, oh. Oh. Just keep him every he's running circles around the league. Well, it hasn't worked for Bella chick. I wonder if sometimes these things are not it's another award, right? Don't love where the where it goes winner. While love late soy, though for a writers and everyone to be excited about people love like the over achieving foreign three team like, well, let's give it to Matt Nagy. No that come to Sean McVeigh like you're coaching also starts in the off season in everything that you do to prepare your team. There's no one better than Sean McVay, Sean Sean race. Sean Payton feels like he could be in this conversation, though, Sean Payton, Sean Payton, we'll throw it to the crowds. Sean payton. We're in LA that makes a lot of sense. Andy Reid in Bilbao. They ain't got a chance. They don't give coach of the years to Bill bell chick anywhere..
"midseason" Discussed on Open Floor
"Well that's that's a tough marketing slogan i've see their hashtag recently they're trying hard to get them to three point to as you got to respect the local teams doing that for their players but i'm with you on the josh richard richardsson stuff in a member before the season i kinda coin them the medium ten rather than the big three it sort of played out that way and so again it goes back to your point like how much credit to we give them when they have guys who are injured i mean that's their sort of built to sustained injuries midseason and keep going in a way that will a lot of teams with higher ceilings aren't quite i would say interchangeable in a bad way it's almost a criticism the other thing that's kind of surprise me about them as i really thought justise winslow is going to be like a key portion to all of this like i thought i was kind of in on him you know and people might be surprised because he's obviously clearly a non shooter buddies all those guys who makes up with it with everything else that he does on the court and you know he's kinda miss some time and stuff to it it does it really seemed like they miss him so i don't know where he's going you know i think that's one question for the heat in terms of like if they're going to be really fun if they are going to be a team you're going to talk me into making a deep postseason trip that matters here in the next couple of seasons i still view him as a major x factor and i was totally buying into him you know coming into the draft and now i'm kinda feel like i'm stuck with my stock yeah i mean coming into the draft people were talking about him a potentially growing into like a cool y role on the wing but that only happens if the jumper emerges and it hasn't so.
"midseason" Discussed on Nickel Package
"No one does pre midseason awards which is what we're doing this matter loosely we're we are going ahead of everybody on i'm reasonably worth and we have one names ones i can start my first awarded i'm handing out as the knight in shining armour award which goes to the player who was out here saving his coach's life from this year's damsel in distress bill o'brien which makes the shawn watson the knight in shining armour because they were looking baird and bill o'brien's hotseat was getting hotter and then the sean came and got them a win has been playing well ever since a now everyone's looking at them like all they are a legitimate super bowl contenders so congratulations to shawn watson on the night in shining armour award for a climbing up below bryant's hair and rescuing him out of the tower what are the bothers me about the bill brian narrative for whatever you know it did for a long time he was known as cuba grew and that was quickly undone i think by his lack of success quarterbacks in houston but i started hearing will he just didn't have the right quarterback and it's like it as a coach you should be able to create a competent offense around and an average quarterback i think and it's difficult but if you're a cuba girl you one would think that would be something you could do i guess the question about watson you know that we keep hearing is and you are talking about this a little bit before the show obviously you know they're running optioned a lot they're using sort of college style principles and.
"midseason" Discussed on Nickel Package
"However the raiders kind of have that back against the wall thing going for that which i know is like not a real but it doesn't hurt you don't you kind of feel hard betting as teams that are just like seeing the end of their season possibly yeah i mean i i don't know that i would say it is it's not real like that i made fun of my cell phone line on twitter a couple of days yoga because when a bread humbly went in for aaron rogers like he just looked so intense and i found myself thinking leo who's gonna be all right because he got a look at his odd so cuba eyes on that later to by and large are big all of that stuff is worthless hogwash not necessarily because it's not true but because we don't actually understand were saying i think what we're trying to do is like apply some psychology 2s and i think the psychology matters a lot in like your individual and team performance but the idea that we can look at someone's eyes in the idea that we can say the backs against the wall like i think that that is farcical that we think we can do those sorts of things but i think the psychology mattis oh hey if if you believe in oakland because they're desperate i'm with you may not go oakland well there's like i this is a long conversation but i do believe careers in plays a role in nfl game planning you know what coordinators are willing to do how much it a playbook they're willing to open up so he does there is a sense you know they're going to do everything right they're going to just throw everything against a wall and see what works but anyway i still picking at the city this is a move conversation so for this week you know we usually start with the big question and were kind of issuing that format we wanted to you awards everybody does midseason awards that like you know who's the mvp's of defensive player of the year whatever so we came up with our own awards.
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"The opportunity to have been given to the sec to i mean two teams right now in the top five are we surprised does that there are two no no because i mean you know you you knew that you already have one without obama so he's okay well they're gonna be a team that's going to be in the top five throughout the season but these you you try to figure out who the other team being i thought coming to see that georgia would be a strong contender you know the deep is they returned allows stars of deepest kirby smart of great deepest of mine but then you look at the office of side and that was one would they be able to perform up to expectations and surprisingly so they've outperformed expectations especially with the freshman quarterback from you knew we had a talented back backfield with silly michelle but now with from playing at a high level of a freshman then i'm not surprised that the sec has two teams the top four we we we right we know alabama we we put in there every year and as long as next savings there is apparently that's just going to happen which is mindblowing i don't know how aid how he does it but i think most people talked about all of her nbn that possibly that second team in so i think it's a little bit of a surprise to me that it was georgia all the experience but yet especially to deal with what they've dealt with i mean to have a backup quarterback come in and still be there the often have line a lot of new faces a brand new right tackle a true freshman and thomas that stepped in and been absolutely great upfront so to to their offense of to turn turnaround as well as they had their defense to be alabama like in nasty as been a surprise and now brings the sec and then that top heaviness 'cause we we used to say this is at all the debt and that's the reason they were the best coverage let's get a proven that debt this kind of gone away and now there's a couple of teams that have moved to the top of the forefront in georgia being one of them with kirby smart under a second season.