Don’t Be a Zero Be a Hero

Don’t Be a Zero Be a Hero ….

Well the world of sports is still turning and the stories are coming in thick and fast. Tiger Woods is back on the PGA Tour , confident enough , but still
far away from his peak form when he was in his prime . He came
within one shot of taking the Valspar Championship this past weekend , losing to eventual winner Paul Casey of England. Had Woods won the tournament, he would be an automatic qualifier for the first Grand Slam Major of the season, the Masters Tournament , April 5th to 8th held at the Augusta National CC in Augusta, Georgia. Woods as a previous winner of the tournament will be in the field and it will be interesting to see how he fares in the first Major of the season. Next up on the Tour schedule will be the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Bay Hill, a suburb of Orlando.


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The Arnold Palmer Invitational is one of the most popular tournaments on the Florida swing of the PGA Tour schedule with official prize money of over $8,000,000 with the winner of the event taking home the first prize winner’s check of $1.7 million ($1,700,000). There are also 500 FedEx Cup points going to the winner of the tournament , with the points adding their accrued totals in FedEx Cup points’ standings ,which is currently being led by Justin Thomas with 1573 points , closely followed Patton Kizzire some 259 points drift of Thomas in the FedEx Cup standings.

Tiger Woods for his part , with all of the health issues and personal problems of the past three years , we do know he is not the player he once was. If anything he lacks confidence , while many of his younger contemporaries are playing with such confidence that they’re no longer intimidated by Woods’ once powerful game. As confident as the former world number one golfer might be , I now feel that Tiger Woods’ best days are now behind him and not ahead of him. I could very well be wrong with my assumptions as all it would take for him to get his complete confidence back. Yet given his psyche and lack of confidence in his game prior to and coming off his most recent injuries and personal issues, as I alluded to earlier , Woods remains a long way off from where he needs to be providing a great deal of confidence for the likes of Dustin Johnson , Rory McIlroy , Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

This PGA season should make for a very interesting year in the world of golf.

So Mommy didn’t kiss the boo-boo and you’re still bitching and whining ? Well ,that’s the way it now appears to be at this time of the year within the NFL as the players in free agency seek to get paid , while there are players with a no more than one or two years left on their respective contracts also looking for a larger piece of an ever increasing pie .

With the relationship between Commissioner Roger Goodell and Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones now at an all-time low. There appears to be a great deal of dissension now taking place within the league and the ruling hierarchy . Goodell has set another precedent in terms of his autocratic rule , stating that the Cowboys and in particular the owner (Jones) will be hit with a hefty multi-million fine , believed to be in excess of $2 million for conduct detrimental to the league . Much of this stems from Roger Goodell’s punishment of Dallas’ running back Ezekiel Elliot who had been hit with a multi-game suspension during the regular season for the Dallas Cowboys.

Another troubled player on the Dallas Cowboys’ roster happens to be their wide receiver Dez Bryant . The receiver wants to be paid
like a superstar , but injuries and lack of productivity suggests he is not worth the money he is looking for, in spite of his claims that he is far better than Mike Evans whose contract is up for negotiation with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . Evans for his part has proven to be a consistent performer for a franchise which has failed to live up to expectations over the past two seasons at least . It has been almost a decade since the Buccaneers made an appearance in the postseason , with that appearance coming in 2007 with a loss to the New York Giants in the wildcard round within the NFC . . .Say what you will about the Buccaneers , but I don’t believe that they aim to please !!!

The Dallas Cowboys won’t be cash-strapped by the cap , but I certainly don’t believe that Jerry Jones will be willing to overpay for Dez Bryant when there are far better options for him by way of free agency or during the NFL Draft where there will be a glut of wide receivers.

Tyrann Mathieu is out with the Arizona Cardinals after the front office decided to release the defensive back rather than provide
him with a new contract . So too was the veteran running back and Mathieu’s teammate Adrian Peterson who was shown the door by the franchise. It’s pretty much safe to say, the Cardinals are turning over a new leaf , but I don’t believe they’re at all done with their in-house roster changes . I also believe that Carson Palmer’s days with Arizona are numbered . He has never been able to lead the franchise to a deep postseason run while with the Arizona Cardinals . His retirement did not come as a surprise, given the length of his career and what he was able to accomplish during that time, having been a Heisman Trophy winner . With a new coaching staff in place the franchise will be starting afresh with a slew of new faces and expectations.

So while the Seattle Seahawks couldn’t come to a concrete decision concerning corner-back Richard Sherman as to whether or not they would retain him. Somehow within the front office and probably much to the chagrin of Pete Carroll , it was decided he would be allowed to become a free agent. No sooner was that decision made , the San Francisco 49ers swooped in to sign the Pro Bowl player to a very lucrative contract . Immediately , San Francisco becomes better , with a player who’s likely to provide a great deal of leadership and maturity , while also proving to be a legitimate threat within the NFC West this upcoming season. Add in the fact the offense of the Forty Niners was one of the hottest teams in the league over the final five games of the regular season 2017 . There is every reason to believe not only will they become better , but Jimmy Garopollo might just be the best quarterback in the division and certainly one of the top-ten in the league based on that five-game stretch for the team.

It’s getting to that stage where not everything written will make a great deal of commonsense concerning the NBA . If the rumors are to be believed then LeBron James will have played his last season in Cleveland if the Cleveland Cavaliers were to make it to the NBA Playoffs. Such has been the almost near dissolution of his relationship with team owner Dan Gilbert , I am not so James’ personal friend , confidant and also a minority stake holder in the franchise , Usher (Usher Raymond IV) will be able to persuade James to remain with the franchise. The four-time League MVP is the biggest asset on a young roster , but the fourteen-year veteran is at a stage in his career , where it seems his wish to attain further glory at the team level is beyond his reach with the Cavaliers. is support at best can be described as adequate, but in all honesty against the top-five teams in the Western Conference , I seriously doubt this current roster would be able to hold their own in an NBA Finals’ series much less at this point during the regular season.

For the moment the Cleveland Cavaliers find themselves in something of a tenuous position within the Central Division and clearly facing an obstacle within the Eastern Conference where they were favored to be dominant at the start of the season. These are now troubling times for the Cavaliers and specifically for the coaching staff as well as the front office . They face a dilemma with not only LeBron James , but also several of the players who are also impending free agents. LeBron can opt-out of the final year of his deal, then either choose to re-sign with Cleveland or opt for a more lucrative contract elsewhere. There would likely be at least eight to ten teams interested in signing the player to a five-year deal paying him on average $30 to $40 million a year.

Over their next ten games I expect the Cleveland Cavaliers to be truly tested as too will LeBron James as he seeks to press his claim for a fifth League MVP Award . Next up for the Cleveland Cavaliers will be a game against the Portland Traiblazers , where James will get to go up against Portland’s Damian Lillard in what should prove to be an intriguing contest.

Reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warrior are on pace to have a sixty-win season, but the loss of Klay Thompson could prove to be worrisome for the team and particular for Steve Kerr and his coaching staff . Thompson is expected to miss the remainder of the Warriors’ regular season schedule and quite possibly the early rounds of the NBA Playoffs. GM Bob Myers might feel it necessary not to risk further injury to their All Star and have him sit out the entire postseason. However, I feel it would be best to have Klay on the sidelines , especially in wake of the recent dominance shown by the Houston Rockets who have proven to be almost unstoppable of their last fifteen games. The Rockets will be back on court when they are due to face the Los Angeles Clippers .

Say what you will , but there will be some major disappointments this upcoming season within the world of baseball. Derek Jeter has already alienated the fans of the Miami Marlins with his imploding of the team’s roster. On Opening Day it will be hard to recognize several of the names donned in a Marlins’ uniform.

As a co-owner of the Miami Marlins Derek Jeter has gutted the roster to such an extent that its payroll barely seems acceptable much less plausible and while I understand the ball-club has been hemorrhaging red ink for the past three seasons. I do believe the sacrifices made are no guarantee of future success. A $70 million payroll in this day and age is not going to cut it when you’re going up against the big boys of Major League Baseball . . It will be interesting to see how the Marlins fare through their first twenty-five games of this upcoming season in baseball. Martin Prado will be asked to lead this Marlins’ team and as quite possibly the best player on the roster it will be down to him to lead by example. Manager Don Mattingly and his managerial staff will have their work cut out for them in 2018 as I don’t expect
the Miami Marlins to be that competitive in what will likely be a very good NL East division. Miami will open their regular season schedule on Opening Day with a game against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Ballpark in Miami, Florida. .


 


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52 thoughts on “Don’t Be a Zero Be a Hero”

  1. Some great basketball has been played within the NBA over the past six days as teams begin to settle themselves in for the final few weeks of the regular season.

    It should tell you something when the Toronto Raptors have become not only one of the hottest teams in the East but also the best team in the conference after their most recent run , a ten-game winning streak with DeMar DeRozan playing like an elite player and All Star .

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  2. So it looks as if the only players in town seemingly interested in the services of Kirk Cousins might well be the Minnesota Vikings . If the rumors are to be believed, the quarterback is on the verge of signing what could be a three or four-year deal , averaging $28,5 million a year , topping out at between $85 million and $114 million with possibly as much as $60 million in guaranteed money .

    Kirk Cousins , free agent quarterback

    Can someone remind me why it is that a bit player such as Sam Bradford can still be considered a player worthy of being paid top dollar ? It looks as if the Arizona Cardinals are going to sign the veteran to a one-year deal with the franchise. From my own perspective, I am not so sure the front office knows what they’ve got themselves into ! Over the past three seasons Bradford hasn’t set the world alight with his play .

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    1. The Bradford signing was an attempt to rid guilt feelings and to appease the Native American population. LOL The guy is too brittle to play in the NFL.

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  3. There is no one who can convince me that Derek Jeter knows what the fuck he’s doing as an owner of the Miami Marlins . While I understand the franchise is losing money , he still remains big enough of a draw to entice some major South Florida companies to perhaps come in with some lucrative sponsorship deals. He and majority owner Bruce Sherman are going to make the days when H D Wayne Huizenga and Jeffrey Loria owned the Marlins seem like happy days. I will be truly surprised if Miami win more than 65 games this season.

    Derek Jeter on SNL and also seen below with NFL great Peyton Manning , (right).

    Jeter and Manning .

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    1. Tophat,
      For FL’s sake, let’s hope let’s hope Jeter treats the fans HALF as good as the one night stand women he’d pick up. He’s have an all night romp and in the a.m. he’d provide them with a gift basket of memorabilia(baseballs/caps/etc) and send them on their way in a limo. He was an all-time Yankee great, but selfishly wouldn’t relinquish the short-stop position to ARod. It was obvious to all in the organization that ARod had much better range than him.

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      1. The fans already want to run Jeter out of town. There’s no way in hell the
        Miami Marlins can compete this season with a threadbare roster and a $75 million payroll , if that .

        Derek Jeter and the Marlins’ front office are doing things on the cheap. Theyre doomed to fail because there’s not enough insight there and Don Mattingly isn’t good enough to motivate this team to get the best out of them. I’ll be presently surprised if they win more than seventy games this season.

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  4. There were some exciting games played over the last two days of the Men’s NCAA Tournament and the competition is now now down to the Sweet Sixteen . Top-ranked Virginia succumbed in the first round in a historical loss when they fell to University of Maryland Baltimore . There have been more shocks in the tournament since that historical defeat of Virginia .

    Several games are scheduled for today , Monday , 19th March .

    In the Women’s NCAA Tournament , in what can only be described as a nightmare , the historic Tennessee Volunteers’ program suffered a humiliating second-round loss to Oregon State .

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    1. Tophat,
      The NBA is coming to a point where most games being unwatchable unless you have a few Shillings invested in the outcome. Referring to the multiple regular season games, and the brashness of “respectable” coaches like Popovich resting players when John Q pays mucho dinero for tickets only to see the end of the bench for 30-40 minutes. College is King, not LeBron.

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  5. Weekend games within the NBA and the play of the players and teams over that period led to no major shake-ups within the divisions . Monday night will see several games on tap as the season winds down . There will be a great deal to play for . With the majority of teams having no more than twelve games to play it will be interesting to see how they fare as the regular season schedule winds down .

    On the court tonight we will have the Cleveland Cavaliers playing host to the Milwaukee Bucks , while the Los Angeles Lakers face off against the Indiana Pacers with perhaps the most interesting of the eight games scheduled being the match-up between the Golden State Warriors facing conference rivals the San Antonio Spurs .

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    1. Tophat,

      This Northern Ireland kid is special. Nerves of steel and attitude. Who else would shitcan their fiance via telephone and then go out and win a tourney a couple of years ago. But there is a caveat here. He picked up a virus while in China and must live with it.

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  6. So Teddy Bridgewater is out as the starting quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings . After injuries and an indifferent eighteen months, Bridgewater can now settle in with the New York Jets whose problems last season were manifested with poor quarterback play and overall offense as well as defense . The Jets never put themselves in a position to win more than a handful of games , as reflected with their year-end record of 5-11 .

    During the off-season the New York Jets will be looking to bolster their roster by way of free agency and the NFL Draft as well as looking to resign several of their less expensive but more productive players from 2017. Their regular season schedule should prove to be very interesting once again as they look to compete with their divisional foes .

    Teddy Bridgewater’s deal with the New York Jets is a one-year $6 million contract making him among the lowest paid quarterbacks in the NFL for the upcoming season.

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  7. Bridgewater is somewhat similar to Bradford………..too brittle to compete against these quick and muscular defensive players. The CFL might be a better fit. There’s a reason he went to Louisville not Louisiana State.

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  8. It was certainly another disastrous season for the Miami Dolphins in 2017. Having lured Jay Cutler out of retirement , the front office and coaching staff of Adam Gase somehow believed Cutler could lead the team to something special . Woefully inept on both sides there was nothing to suggest that the Dolphins were ever in within a chance of challenging within the their division much less the AFC or league overall . .

    From my own standpoint I believe the Miami Dolphins must move on from Jay Cutler and simply hope that yan Tannehill can return to semblance of consistency. Money being what it is , I am not so sure Jay Cutler is worth another $10 million being blown on a quarterback whose teammates have no confidence in him whatsoever . It would be best to rid themselves of the veteran, because his best years are behind him.

    With the Dolphins not seeking to have Jay Cutler back in the fold , it all comes down to whether or not Ryan Tannehill can show some resilience during the upcoming regular season . If not , then either David Fales or Matt Moore and it was Moore who guided the Dolphins to their last postseason appearance might well be the starting quarterback for this team.

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  9. So the fallout has begun within the playing staff of the New England Patriots after their highly riveting Superbowl contest to eventual winners the Philadelphia Eagles . The game-day heroics of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was one thing, but New England’s defense once again let them down . Sweeping changes are expected to take place as GM Nick Caserio and Bill Belichick began their annual house-cleaning project.

    Among the players to have found a new home after not being resigned by the New England Patriots are Danny Amendola who signed a deal with the Miami Dolphins . A new-look Patriots’ roster should prove interesting as Bill Belichick looks to rebuild the lineup through free agency as well as through the upcoming NFL Draft . Over the last ten years Belichick has been successful with a number of his draft picks .

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  10. Not long before the end of the regular season schedule within the NBA . With the vast majority of the teams having no more than fourteen games left it will be interesting to see how they traverse that particular terrain. There are some very good games on tap for today and it will be interesting to see how the players will fare . The Cleveland Cavaliers will have an extremely tough game on their hands as they face the red-hot Toronto Raptors .

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  11. A week from today and the Opening Day Schedule for Major League Baseball will take place as the Houston Astros seek to make a successful defense of the World Series’ title they won with ease in 2017. Pretty much in keeping their roster in tact there have been very few changes made to their lineup overall . With just a few games left to the exhibition season the Astros will be looking to parlay that form into a fast start to the regular season. Their opening game for the 2018 season will seem them facing the Texas Rangers with Cole Hamels being on the mound for the Rangers as he faces Justin Verlander of the Astros .

    Brett Boone in his first season in charge as the team manager for the New York Yankees is expected to see his team challenge for the AL East crown . With a fiery offense led by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton , this should a lineup able to fire on all cylinders.

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  12. There were some great games played last night within the NBA . The Cleveland Cavaliers (42-29) were able to eke out an impressive victory over the Eastern Conference leading Toronto Raptors (53-19) on Wednesday night. Up next for the Cavaliers will be a game against the Phoenix Suns at the Quicken Loans Arena , in Cleveland , Ohio ,.

    Two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and a Finals MVP for the San Antonio Spurs’ , player Kawhi Leonard has been missing from the team’s lineup since mid January having only appeared in nine games for the team. This season has been underwhelming for the Spurs as they sit mid-conference and likely to make the NBA Playoffs for the twenty-second consecutive season , an NBA record. In the absence of Kawhi Leonard it has been left to the likes of Kyle Anders, LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay to step up to the plate for the Spurs. Over their last eleven games the San Antonio Spurs have gone 6-5 . The team’s next two games will see them facing the Utah Jazz at home and then the Milwaukee Bucks on the road.

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      Change was needed !!!! Some great games have taken place in both the Men's and Women’s NCAA Tournament .

      The NBA is not as clear cut at the start of the season as it appears to be now . I don’t think that the Cleveland Cavaliers have what it takes to win out within their conference during the NBA Playoffs.

      These idiots within the Tampa Bay Rays’ front office as well as the coaching staff need to stop with this shit about the Rays being competitive for this upcoming season . This team is not even good enough to wipe shit up off the ground much less win the AL East. The executives continue to blow smoke up everyone’s fucking ass and the idiot fans who come to Tropicana Field remain as dumb and as optimistic as ever.

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  13. Over the past two months the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have sought to save themselves money by way the NFL salary cap . Former New York Giants defensive player Jason Pierre-Paul has now joined the Buccaneers clearing cap space for the Giants and providing Tampa with some added defensive presence among their lineup for this upcoming season.

    From my own perspective I don’t believe that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be good enough to win the NFC South , much less make a deep postseason run. The team in its present guise just isn’t good enough . Buccaneers’ quarterback Jameis Winston isn’t good enough , nor does he possess the leadership skills to make that a reality .

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  14. We now have the Final Four of the Men’s NCCA Tournament after some exhilarating games over the past few days. The biggest surprise among the Four might well be Loyola-Illinois ascension to join the Big Boys. Theirs has been an extraordinary journey not just during the regular season but also during this tournament. Next up for Loyola will be a game in the Final Four against the highly favored Michigan a number-three seed in the Tournament .

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  15. Well we’re almost there as the regular season winds down in the NBA . The last five games to date have been highly entertaining for the teams , players and fans in particular. There still remains a great deal to play for within the divisions as well as the conferences themselves.

    In what has been a great season for the Philadelphia 76ers , Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have led the team to the cusp of making their first NBA Playoff appearance in just over four years . If the Sixers are to have any chance against a conference foe during the Playoffs , then the level of their game will have to be raised greatly . Next up for the Sixers will be a game against the Denver Nuggets at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania on 26th March , 2018.

    Consider the following for the reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors who have been without their two-time League MVP , Steph Curry who has been missing from the team’s lineup for the past three weeks due to a sever knee sprain. Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr has stated that he is willing to keep Curry out of the lineup for the first round of the upcoming NBA Playoffs. Currently Golden State sits 5 1/2 games behind the Houston Rockets (60-14), who are the only team in the NBA this season with sixty wins to their tally .

    James Harden and the Houston Rockets will end the season with the best record in the league , as well as being the number-one seed in the Western Conference. The team’s remaining eight games will pit them against several formidable opponents. Houston’s next game will see them take the court against the Chicago Bulls at the Toyota Center in Houston , Texas on the 27th March .

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  16. Just three more days before the Opening Day of the 2018 MLB regular season in baseball . There will be a great deal of interest to see which team can have the best start to the first month of the season. believe the
    Houston Astros are quite capable of repeating as AL Pennant champions as well as making a successful defense of the World Series’ title they won last year with ease. As good as the Los Angeles Dodgers are hoping to be , I am beginning to believe that the ball-club is simply not good enough when it matters most . Each of their last four appearances in the postseason is proof of that fact.

    The Houston Astros will be facing the Los Angeles Dodgers just three times over the course of this regular season .

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  17. So it was too much to believe that Tim Tebow would be given his chance to shine with the New York Mets and actually gain a roster spot for the start of the regular season with the team . Instead , Mets’ senior front office executive Sandy Alderson has seen fit to send the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback down to one of their Minor League Affiliates where he can further hone his game.

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    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Sandy Alderson vowed to be aggressive with Tim Tebow’s development, and the Mets’ general manager is sticking to his word. The team plans to announce next week that it will assign Tebow to Double-A Binghamton, according to a source, vaulting the former football star up the Minor League ladder despite a lack of on-field success.

    Tebow, 30, hit just .056 in his first big league camp, though he spent most of it playing through a sprained left ankle.

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    “Unfortunately, I couldn’t do as much as I wanted to with my ankle, which is kind of disappointing,” Tebow said after the Mets demoted him to Minor League camp earlier this month. “But I got to put in a lot of good work, and feel like I’m improving. So that’s good.”

    In his first professional season last summer, Tebow batted .226 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 126 games split between Class A Columbia and Class A Advanced St. Lucie. The Mets could have reassigned Tebow to St. Lucie to begin the year, but decided instead to send him to Binghamton, where he will face stiffer competition from more refined prospects.
    Tebow himself has refined his game since the Mets signed him to a Minor League deal in September 2016, working with hitting coach Pat Roessler, fellow Jacksonville native Daniel Murphy and others to transition to a sport he hadn’t previously played since high school. In big league camp this year, Tebow showcased a more compact swing, as a well as a lighter, more athletic body.

    It was enough for Alderson to say he expects Tebow to play in the Majors at some point.

    “We’ve been pushing him,” the GM said. “There is a finite period of time for this to work. His commitment to the game has been exceptional, so we’re pushing him a little bit.”

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    From my own perspective , I don’t believe that Tim Tebow can make it as a Big League player in the Majors, not based on his statistics this season . If he is to make any sort of contribution to this ball-club then it might come from his merits in the field from a defensive standpoint and not much else. As to the merits of the team under a new manager, Mike Callaway . It will be interesting to see what Callaway is cable of achieving from a team whose pitching was said to be one of its greatest strengths . That wasn’t the case in 2017 in which the Mets suffered injuries up and down the roster.

    With Opening Day set for the 29th March , the New York Mets will begin their regular season schedule with a game against the St Louis Cardinals which will be part of a three-game series to open their schedule. These two teams will meet six times over the course of this season.

    Yoenis Cespedes the New York Mets’ big power-hitter will be looking to have another great season for the ball-club and it will be interesting to see how he fares over the course of this year. He is among the highest paid players on the roster with a $22.5 million salary in 2018.

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  18. This chips have begun to fall and unfortunately , for the Miami Dolphins and their Pro Bowl defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh , his time with the franchise has come to an abrupt end. Suh has joined the Los Angeles Rams with a one-year deal for $14 million . We all witnessed the problems seen with the Miami Dolphins during 2017 , with the team suffering a litany of issues , the erratic play of Jay Cutler and the offense repeatedly stumbling while the defense wasn’t that much better.

    With the departure of Ndamukong Suh , the defense of the Miami Dolphins just got a great deal more mundane , while it will be of complete benefit to the Los Angeles Rams , a young team most certainly on the move . Rams’ quarterback Jared Goff has proven himself to be a worthy player at his position in spite of his experience . Goff and the Rams could be very special this upcoming season given the possible regression with the Seattle Seahawks , I do believe the St Louis Rams could be team to beat within the NFC West in 2018.

    With running back Todd Gurley at the helm of the offense in conjunction with Jared Goff things will certainly get better for this franchise .

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  19. So what can Joel Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays do in 2018 to prove they’re one of the pre-eminent teams in the AL ? In what is likely to be a very competitive AL East division the Blue Jays will have their work cut out for them throughout much of this season. Bautista has been a mainstay of the Blue Jays since 2004 . Bautista and his Blue Jays’ teammates will have to go the full hog over the course of this season playing at a very high level in every aspect of their game.

    The Toronto Blue Jays’ managerial staff led by Josh Gibbons will be hoping for a fast start to the season especially through the first three months of their schedule. Toronto will open up their regular season when their opening game will be against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Thursday evening , 29th March, 2018.

    One of the top prospects in the Blue Jays’ farm system is Vladimir Guerrero Jr , son of the Hall of Fame player Vladimir Guerrero .

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  20. Well the NBA season is now winding down and there are less than a handful of games to be played . Looking to fortify their position in the conference standings are the Miami Heat who over their last eight games played have raised their expectations. The Heat will look to round-out their regular season on a winning streak and ride on into the NBA Playoffs with a great deal of confidence.

    With the return of Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat lineup after his being traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers , it’s hoped this will lead to a rejuvenation for the players as well as for the organization itself. Both head coach Erik Spoelstra and GM Pat Riley hope that Wade can reproduce the form which has made the veteran one of the best players of his generation and certainly one of the best players from perhaps the best Draft of the past two decades.

    Next up for the Miami Heat will be a game against the Chicago Bulls one of their conference rivals and whom they have faced three times this season . If the conference standings were to remain as they are in the East , then the Miami Heat would have to meet the second-seeded Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA Playoffs .

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  21. So Anthony Joshua faces New Zealander Joseph Parker in a world heavyweight title match as Joshua defends on Saturday 31st March , 2018 . The winner of this bout could be possibly be lined up for a unification match against America’s Deontay Wilder later on in the year , with both titlists earning a hefty payday to produce the division’s first undisputed champion in almost fifteen years.

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  22. Well everybody get out your caps , hats and whatever other baseball paraphernalia you have as today is the official Opening Day for the 2018 MLB season . There are several interesting games on the schedule and with the defending World Series champions the Houston Astros set to begin defense of their 2017 title , it will be interesting to see how good this team can really be. In their opening game the Houston Astros are set to face the Texas Rangers , fellow occupants of the AL West . This game will be played at Globe Life Ballpark in Arlingon, Texas. Cole Hamels of the Rangers will be facing Justin Verlander of the Astros .

    With Derek Jeter and his business partners having already alienated the fans in Miami , it will be interesting to see how the Miami Marlins will fare through the month of April and what the Marlins’ players can ultimately bring to the table for this organization and particular for the ownership group . The Marlins will begin their regular season play with an opening game against the Chicago Cubs .

    MLB news

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  23. So folks the NBA season is almost at a close with the final few games to be played . Several teams are still vying for a NBA Playoffs’ berth and it will be interesting to see how those teams fare as the schedule winds down with no more than seven games to be played.

    There are some interesting match-up’s for Thursday’s schedule with perhaps the most interesting contest being the game between the Oklahoma City Thunder taking on conference rivals the San Antonio Spurs . These two teams have met three times over the course of this season to date .

    Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat will certainly be looking to fortify their position when they face the Chicago Bulls at home .

    NBA news

    NBA schedule 29th March

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  24. So if the New York Giants cannot agree to a contract extension for their four-year starting wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr , they are prepared to listen to offers for their disgruntled star. Beckham like Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys wants to be paid commensurate to his own perceived talents. To my mind neither of these two players are deserving of any type of deal which pays them over $15 million a year or anywhere to what the contract happens to be a for wide receiver in the NFL . Among active receivers both Beckham and Bryant are not even among the top-ten in touchdowns , receptions or even yards after the catch. Last season among wide receivers their statistics were barely noticeable. Over the last ten years among the wide receivers taken in the NFL Draft there have been some very good players indeed. Among the current crop of free agent wide receivers there are also some very good prospect for the teams in search of a productive player.

    Odell Beckham Jr(13) and Eli Manning .

    If the New York Giants’ front office were to make the decision to shop Odell Beckham then there would be a long list of teams likely to show interest. I don’t believe GM Dave Gettleman would be afraid to pull the trigger if the right offer were to come along which could see the team get multiple draft picks. The Giants themselves are in need of players on both sides of the ball given their lack of real success last season . Veteran quarterback Eli Manning is
    now on his last legs with his best years being most certainly behind him . At best Manning has one more year before deciding to hang up his cleats.

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  25. A great win for the San Antonio Spurs as they took down conference rivals the Oklahoma City Thunder in a very exhilarating game. Led by veteran forward Pau Gasol the Spurs were never in any real trouble during the contest. The Spurs were without their best player two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year , Kawhi Leonard . Next up for the Spurs will be a game against divisional rivals the Houston Rockets .

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  26. Well , Anthony Joshua came away with a unanimous points’ victory over Joseph Parker in one of the most boring heavyweight title fights in recent history. The fact that fans paid for this nonsense and that it was promoted as bout as fight between two undefeated fighters representing the best that the division has to offer was even more embarrassing. Joshua can now possibly await a big-money fight against Deontay Wilder , as they seek to unify the heavyweight division and produce the first undisputed champion in fifteen years.

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  27. Just a few games into the MLB season and some teams are off to something of a woeful start. There are several games on today’s agenda with some of the top starting pitchers on the mound for their respective teams .

    The Tampa Bay Rays are already struggling within the AL East and have an upcoming game against divisional rivals the New York Yankees . Rays’ starting pitcher Chris Archer will be on the mound for Tuesday’s match-up when he faces Jordan Montgomery of the Yankees.

    Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are in for a tough season as a great deal is expected of this team . I am not so sure that team owner Arte Moreno can continue to subsidize the ball-club given his wealth and the overall economics of the organization. The Angels will be in action against the Cleveland Indians in a contest being played at Angels Ballpark in Anaheim , California on Monday evening, 2nd April ,2018.

    Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels need to have a successful season and by that I mean a prolonged run in the postseason. Trout has not been productive for the Angles during the postseason . Yet this is where there still remains a great deal of frustration for a player who might be the best all-round player in the AL over the past six years.

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  28. With the NBA season winding down fast there are just a few games to be played . The majority of the teams have no more than six games to be played , with the Philadelphia 76ers looking to play themselves into contention while getting a higher seed within the Eastern Conference. Being without their forward Joel Embiid will likely cause Philadelphia some problems , hampering their offensive productivity . The Sixers are due to face the Brooklyn Nets at home on Tuesday evening .

    As the situation now stands, it is unclear when Joel Embiid will be returning to play alongside his teammates . As a potential number four-seed the Philadelphia 76ers would have to face the Washington Wizards in the first round of the NBA Playoffs if the current standings were to hold through.

    OK , so something will have to be shaken out of the tree if the Cleveland Cavaliers (46-30) are to have a great chance of a prolonged NBA Playoff run. The team this season has fallen way short of where fans expected them to be. So much so that it’s no longer clear that they’ll have a smooth path to the Conference Finals , let alone the NBA Finals itself. The enormity of the Cavaliers’ struggles is not lost on LeBron James himself , his teammates as well as the coaching staff and front office . James can opt-out of the final year of his contract , become a free agent and then seek to go elsewhere or return to the franchise. From my own perspective , it’s now up in the air as I don’t believe the four-time League MVP is willing to undergo another year of rebuilding to put the right parts around him .

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  29. OK , so this is it , the remaining few games of the NBA season and teams on the outside looking in can only hope those ahead of them actually falter . It’s clear that things were not perfect for several teams with sub 500 records . At this point last season there wasn’t that much to play for other than the teams positioning themselves for the NBA Playoffs.

    There are some great games being played as the season winds down and several of them are of vital importance for the teams seeking to improve their chances of getting a Playoff berth. One game taking place today will feature a match-up between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors , the best team in the Eastern Conference this season. Meetings between the two teams this season have been very entertaining .

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  30. In what has turned out to be another bad season for the Charlotte Hornets , team owner Michael Jordan has decided to part ways with Rich Cho , the franchise’s general manager for the past several years. If the rumors are to believed , Jordan is pursuing Mitch Kupchak , former Los Angeles Lakers’ player and their general manager from 2000-2017. If a deal can be worked out Jordan would like to have Kupchak in place as quickly as possible in order to be ready in time for the off-season and the upcoming NBA Draft . The coaching staff will also have to deal with their impending free agents as well as creating enough cap-room to lure a marquee free agent acquisition during the off-season . Hornets’ head coach Steve Clifford has seen this team fail to meet expectations with several of the players falling short of what was expected of a contender.

    Kemba Walker and Dwight Howard were by far the best two players on the roster over the course of the season . With not a great deal to play for other than pride . It will be interesting to see how the Hornets fare over their final four games of the season. In their next game the Charlotte Hornets will face the Chicago Bulls . The duel between Zach LaVine of the Bulls and Kemba Walker of the Hornets should prove to be very entertaining as these two players go head to head. Walker for his part given , his contract and value to the Hornets , there is a growing believe the veteran point guard has become dissatisfied with the lack of success concerning the Charlotte Hornets. Kemba Walker could very well be on his way out by way of a trade .

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  31. We’re just a few games into the MLB season and while it’s too early to suggest that there’s been some real horror stories . There is every reason to believe before the month of June the game will have certain hit its stride.

    If this early in the season the Kevin Cash managed Tampa Bay Rays can look this bad , then there’s not going to be a great deal of hope left for them over the remainder of the season . Just a few games into their schedule and already they appear to be a beaten team in more ways than one. Bryan Auld , Matt Silverman and team owner Stuart Sternberg are kidding themselves if they believe this team in its present guise can be competitive. In a match-up AL East divisional rivals the New York Yankees , the Rays were simply torpedoed on their way to a humiliating loss.

    The Tampa Rays will be back in action today when they face the New York Yankees once again. These two teams will meet nineteen times over the course of 2018 as they seek divisional dominance as well as league dominance .

    Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners will be looking to provide his team with the leadership they desire as they seek supremacy within the AL West as well as the AL overall. The division will be a tough nut to crack as it looks as if the defending World Series champions the Houston Astros have not skipped a beat. Cano and the Mariners will be looking to gain the upper hand over the San Francisco Giants as they meet up for the second time this week .

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  32. So Fred Couples believes that Tiger Woods’ practice round prior to the start of The Masters at Augusta might be one of the most significant rounds of golf played by the former number one golfer in the world . This season Woods has a top-ten finish while playing moderately good golf on the greens in a number of tournaments. Yet in the first Major of the season where he is favored , it will be a true test of competitiveness if he can pull off a stunning victory in this tournament.

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  33. This NFL off-season is proving to be an interesting one with their being a shake up in the NFL Draft order with the event itself due to take place on the 28th April , 2018. With the league essentially becoming a year-round sport , not a moment can go can go by with without something being discussed by way of a top prospect or teams seeking to move up in the Draft Order.

    The Cleveland Browns having ended up with the worst record in the league during 2017 will have the first pick in this upcoming NFL Draft. It seems unlikely that they would be willing to trade down while giving up to the top pick for some premium first , second and third round choices . Hu Jackson the Browns’ head coach will likely keep his resolve and pick the best player available , an impact-player who can contribute to the team after such a bad season 2017. The failings of Johnny Manziel and Robert Griffin III are still fresh in the minds of Browns’ fans and the thought of this team heading into the season without an impact player remains a cause for concern. Griffin is one of a plethora of quarterbacks who are free agents 2018 , but with the advent of his signing with the Baltimore Ravens , it will be interesting to if he can play well enough to beat out their incumbent starting QB Joe Flacco .

    Baltimore Ravens agree to 1-year deal with Robert Griffin III

    BALTIMORE, Md. – The Baltimore Ravens have announced they have agreed to a one-year deal with former Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

    Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome made the announcement on Wednesday in a press conference.
    Newsome said Griffin worked out with the team last week, prior to the agreement.

    Griffin posted on Twitter Wednesday with the popular Ravens hashtag, #playlikearaven.

    The team says the terms were finalized late Tuesday night, and Newsome expects Griffin, also known as “RG3,” to sign the contract next week.

    Griffin would be back-up quarterback to Ravens 10-year league veteran QB Joe Flacco. The Baltimore Sun reports Ravens’ current backup quarterback Ryan Mallett is headed to free agency.

    “I felt like (Griffin) really wanted to be here. He really wanted to be a Raven,” said Ravens Coach John Harbaugh.

    “Obviously, his personality, he’s a confident guy. He’s a very talented quarterback,” he said.

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    The Baltimore Ravens for their part will hope that the AFC North will be their division for the taking having last won it in 2012 with a 10-6 record with Joe Flacco having a great season for the team overall . This season could very well be a pivotal one for the Baltimore Ravens as Joe Flacco and his teammates will be looking to get back on track while possibly making another postseason appearance with the franchise . Having already won a Superbowl title with the team , Flacco would like nothing better than to join the likes of Tom Brady , Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger as the only other quarterback to have won two titles over the past decade and a half.

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  34. So the first round of the The Masters seems to have gone off without any major hitches , though four-time Masters’ Green Jacket winner Tiger Woods did have a not too successful round finishing with a one over-par (73 +1) . Leading the tournament , the first Major of the Year is Jordan Spieth who obviously will be looking to add another Major to his already impressive career . Spieth has now fallen back, having dropped two shots, began his second round and is now at two under par (-2) . The current leader is Matt Kuchar at -3 (three under par .

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