The   Fallout Could Lead to A Breakout   …

So  we’re  now  at a  point  in the  sporting  calendar  where  there’s  a  vast  array  of sports’   activities   taking  center-stage  and  usual  the  non-stop   cycle   of the  NFL  (National  Football  League) continues  with  activity.   Reigning  Superbowl  champions  have  all  of their  ducks  lined  up  in a  row   , having  signed  several  players  from their  championship  winning  roster  to  new  deals  ,  with  their  Superbowl  MVP  ,    Tom  Brady  also  agreeing to  a new  deal at an almost  bargain  basement  price   by  his  own standard s  .    Brady  will  head  into the upcoming season seeking  an unprecedented  eighth  Superbowl  ring , having  won  six  with the  New  England  Patriots  and  his  seventh  with  the  Tampa  Bay  Buccaneers    , for the  franchise’s  second  Lombardi  Trophy  in their history.

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Tom Brady, currently a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers .

Beyond what has been taking place by way of the league and the teams seeking to position themselves for the upcoming NFL Draft and salary cap issues , we have seen the retirements of Alex Smith , Philip Rivers and Drew Brees, with all three veteran quarterbacks having varying degrees of success for their respective teams . One team looking to take advantage of this all will likely be the New York Jets after their recent foray with the trading away of quarterback Sam Darnold . More likely than not the Jets will seek to draft a quarterback to replace Darnold who simply did not meet the expectations of the franchise during his stay .

Trevor Lawrence could very well be taken as the number one overall player and most certainly be among the top quarterbacks taken by the end of the first two rounds of this upcoming Draft.

JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after his teams 44-16 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Things have become testy since the All Star Game with their being a plethora of uneven results . One thing is certain no envisioned that the Los Angles Lakers would be struggling to remain among the top-five teams within the Western Conference . With LeBron James by far the best player in their lineup , it will be interesting to see how the team fares over the remainder of their schedule . Next up for this Frank Vogel coached team will be two games on the road against the Dallas Mavericks . The first of the duo of contests will take place on the 22nd April , 2021 .

The Lakers’ in division rivals the Los Angeles Clippers are vying for one to the top three seeds within the Western Conference , but it has been the resilient play of the Phoenix Suns which has been a great surprise to everyone over the past ten days. Led by Kawhi Leonard the Clippers will be in action themselves with several games of note . An upcoming contest against the Houston Rockets should tell us a great deal about this Clippers’ roster .

Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors .

Can Steph Curry lead the Golden State Warriors back into postseason contention ? That’s an intriguing answer for a team without one of it’s best players in Klay Thompson. The Warriors can make into the NBA Playoffs by way of the play-in factor , a new addition to the playoffs due to a shortened regular season schedule brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic . Golden State for it’s part will be looking to play with the real consistency . In their next game the Warriors are due to meet the Denver Nuggets at home on Friday , 23rd April .

Far be it for me to suggest , but I get the feeling that while the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers are seen as the teams to beat within the Eastern Conference , one team which is being overlooked just happens to be the Milwaukee Bucks , but given their recent failures in the postseason it would be easy to write them off once again . Yet for all sense and purpose the Bucks led by two time League MVP , Giannis Antetokounmpou seems to have his teammates playing the way Head Coach Mike Budenholzer has sought . This team is quite capable of overcoming the deficit within the conference and ending up as the top seed . Next up for the Bucks will be a game against the 76ers as par of their regular season series. The contest should tell us a great about the intentions of both teams and the directions they’re said to be heading .

LeBron James has been playing with the level of someone who belies his age James and the Los Angeles Lakers as the reigning NBA champions are having an extremely tough season . It seems unaccustomed for this team to be having issues within the league at present , but injuries as well as inconsistency has played it’s part in the Frank Vogel coached roster . James and the Lakers have an upcoming game against the Dallas Mavericks , having lost to Dallas previously in their most recent match-up on the 22nd April .

Time may well be running out for both the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers to really prove their credibility within the NBA and their championship aspirations. High payrolls notwithstanding it is becoming pretty clear that there’s not a great deal of real consistency needed .

Alex Rodriguez having not been able to make a successful attempt to become a MLB team owner, but the former New York Yankees’ player has joined a consortium with a view to buying the Minnesota Timberwolves , where owner , Glen Taylor is seeking to sell the franchise , but under which retains control while the new ownership group acclimatizes to their fiduciary responsibilities . Rodriguez and his partner , Marc Lore an e-Commerce executive and CEO of Walmart’s e-commerce operations, purchased the Timberwolves for a reputed $1.5 billion .

What else needs to be said about the Los Angeles Dodgers at this juncture ? This weekend there will be a full cluster of games to be played . Dave Robert’s has a team playing with a great deal of aplomb with his coaching staff being at the top of their game . Roberts will have his team ready for a fairly tough weekend schedule where they will be playing the San Diego Padres . On the mound as opposing pitchers will be Yu Darvish of the Padres against Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers .

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels is off to another terrific season for his team . It will be interesting to see what transpires this weekend as the Dodgers face the Houston Astros .It will be Andrew Heaney facing off against Zack Greinke . .

There are several great games scheduled for both Saturday , 24th April , as well as Sunday , 25th . One of the contests for today (Saturday) pits the Boston Red Sox against the Seattle Mariners with these two AL teams seeking to position themselves within their respective divisions and league . On the mound for the Mariners will be Chris Flexen as he faces Nathan Eovaldi of the Red Sox . While the Boston Red Sox are riding high their divisional rivals the New York Yankees are struggling to to make their presence felt having posted an 8-11 record as of the 23rd April . Manager Brett Boone and his team of his priced stars will be looking to placate themselves of their inauspicious start to the season . To round out their current series the Yankees will be in action today when they face the Cleveland Indians on the road . The opposing pitchers will be Gerrit Cole of the Yankees facing off against Shane Bieber of the Indians .

Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves and reigning NL MVP .

Early leaders in various statistics provides us with something special to expect over this season within baseball . I would like to think that the major awards for this season will go to credible candidates .

What if anything are you hoping to bear witness to this season within the world of sports ?

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  1. So the weekend results within NBA were as follows with no real movement of note within the divisions . Several players stepped up to the plate to lead their teams to some very good results . This week there should be some very good games scheduled . The New York Knicks will be looking to see of they can carry on their impressive run of late . They will face the Phoenix Suns in a game of vital importance for both teams .

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  2. In what could be the foretelling of a NLCS , the San Diego Padres upended the Los Angeles Dodgers to take the best of their three game series over this past weekend with Fernando Tatis Jr playing an excellent part in the Padres’ dominance over the Dodgers. The NL West remains a highly competitive division with it still being the Dodgers to lose . Several of the teams within the division will be in action today , Monday 26th April , 2021 .

    The Los Angeles Dodgers will be facing the Cincinnati Reds at Dodgers Stadium , while the San Diego Padres’ next game will see them facing the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday , 27th April , 2021 .

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  3. It’s becoming clear that the San Francisco 49ers will have a tough year ahead, with the front office in a sense of dismay concerning it’s roster , cap space , free agents and the issue of their starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppollo . The team’s Head Coach Kyle Shanahan cannot say whether or not he can commit to the player and neither has General Manager , John Lynch . Lynch is committed to bolstering this roster by way of the NFL Draft and available free agents who can add something to the team . There are several needs for this 49ers’ roster based on their play from this past season and finish within the NFC West , NFC and league overall . It’s clear that the 49ers are in need of a quarterback , given the issues which Jimmy Garoppolo has in remaining healthy for a sixteen game schedule during the regular season . ,

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  4. Here’s my biggest hope as it relates to the Atlanta Braves for this season and it is that they can advance beyond the wildcard round of the MLB Postseason and make it to the World Series . I believe that this roster if they play to their full strengths then they are quite capable of pulling off that feat . In Freddie Freeman they have a legitimate All Stat who is capable of leading and being an inspiration to the younger players on this team . Manager Brian Snitker has proven his worth along with a very good managerial staff and front office .

    The Atlanta Braves will be in action for much of this week with a number of games on their schedule . They’re in the midst of a series against the Chicago Cubs .

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  5. Ears will be pricked up when the first three days of the NFL Draft begins as of Thursday . 29th April , 2021 . If this Draft is anything like last year’s , then it could be a very interesting event .

    Dallas Cowboys’ owner , Jerry Jones has stated that he’s not enamored with the draft prospects and that of the team’s likely choices from this selection of players this year .. Given the cap availability and that of the Cowboys’ own resources , it will be interesting to see the route taking by the Cowboys and Head Coach Mike McCarthy .

    Projected rookie draft contracts for this year . Likely commitment made by the Dallas Cowboys to the players signed .

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  6. Russell Westbroook of the Washington Wizard have been on a tear over . their last six games in the NBA . Westbrook has played his part in placing the Wizards in a position to be in a position within their division and conference to be challenging to for a playoff berth . Up next for the Wizards will be a game against the Milwaukee Bucks in a match-up of two Eastern Conference with Playoffs ambitions . .

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  7. Of late within the AL , both the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox are seeking to make their presence felt within baseball . Yankees’ player Giancarlo Stanton with his salary and play is one of the main reason why the New York Yankees are now challenging the Boston Red Sox within the AL East division. Tony La Russa with his immense background within baseball is now working within the front office of the White Sox , but his main role is that of manager of the team . Both the Yankees and White Sox will be in action over the next few days .

    The New York Yankees will be in action where they’re due to meet the Houston Astros . Tony La Russa and the Chicago White Sox will face off against the against the Kansas City Royals .

    Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels is having another terrific season and could be on his way to another ALMVP Award , which would be his fourth or the Angels since his being n drafted by the organization in , 2011 . Trout has excelled in such a way that he will soon surpass several club records . Over the weekend the Angels will be in action against the Los Angeles Dodgers for a three game series . .

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  8. So after a twenty-one career Albert Pujols’ tenure in Major League Baseball is about to come to an abrupt end after it was announced that the Los Angeles Angels would be cutting ties to the perennial All Star . . Pujols is the current active hits’ leader and home run leader in the game . Albert Pujols’ productivity this season for the Angels can be best described as mediocre and among the worst since his arrival as a rookie in 2001 . A two-time World Series’ champion , Pujols is a Hall of Fame bound player .

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  9. It looks all the more improbable that the Los Angeles Lakers will end up being top five seed within the Western Conference much less successfully defend their divisional title from last season. Injuries have plagued the team for much of the season with both Anthony Davis and LeBron James having missed several significant games , Head Coach Frank Vogel and his coaching staff have shuffled their lineup over the last month and a half . With the regular season winding down and their being a mere handful of games to be played before the NBA Playoffs begin with their play-in round .. It will be interesting to see how the Lakers will fare over those final games . Next up for the Lakers will be a game against the Phoenix Suns , where Devin Booker and Chris Paul have led the team to one of the best records in the league .

    With the Brooklyn Nets having among the largest payrolls in the league . GM Sean Marks and the front office clearly are gambling on structuring their lineup around three stars who are among the highest paid players in the NBA. The likes of James Harden , Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant being the trio , with their being paid on average more than $32 million a year . Up next for the Brooklyn Nets will be a match-up against the Denver Nuggets in what should prove to be a very good contest .

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  10. Aaron Rodgers has now let it be known that he has no intention of returning to the Green Bay Packers , in spite of the front office’s decision to improve the roster by way of the Draft and the acquisition of free agents during this off season . Rodgers a perennial Pro Bowl player with the Packers , has been a League MVP and Superbowl MVP as well as one of the most accurate passers in NFL history. Though Rodgers is not a free agent ,. he can demand a trade given his veteran status or opt out of his current contact . Yet that would be highly unlikely . given the sentiment within the front office and that of Head Coach Matt LaFleur .. .

    Green Bay’s postseason failures clearly stemmed from the lack of consistency shown by the players during the playoffs when they fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the NFC championship game . ., One can only assume that should the Packers seek to trade Aaron Rodgers the desire of the team will be to get something of equal value , by way of future draft picks . A trade of this magnitude would send seismic shock waves across the league .

    Rodgers is a sixteen year veteran of the NFL was drafted by the Packers in the 2005 NFL Draft and was one of the last quarterbacks taken during that year .

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  11. If there’s one thing that can be learned from this season within the NBA and its that the teams and players have striven to give the best of themselves . Today , Mother’s Day , 9th May , 2021 , will be no exception with a full schedule of games taking place . One such contest will pit the Miami Heat against the Boston Celtics , , with both teams in search of an NBA Playoff berth .

    One game which will be of vital importance will 3e the match-up between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers, with the Lakers having slipped gradually down the conference rankings within the Western Conference over the last six weeks with injuries on the Lakers in particular .

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  12. We’ve seen some impressive play over the last month within the world of Major League Baseball as the teams begin to find their rhythm . Equally impressive have been the players, notably the the offense . Several teams have put together some very good streaks .

    Currently it’s the Boston Red Sox with the best record in the Majors and they’re due to play the Baltimore Orioles on the road as part of their divisional series this season . On the mound as the opposing pitchers will be Nick Pivetta f the Red Sox against Dean Kremer of the Orioles .

    Hard to believe at this stage of the season it would be the St Louis Cardinals leading the NL with the best record , while former player Albert Pujols has been jettisoned by the Los Angeles Angels . St Louis will be in action against the Colorado Rockies at home . The Rockies’ German Marquez will be on the mound as he faces Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals .

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  13. It’s becoming extremely difficult to understand the mindset of the New England Patriots by way of the mindset of the coaching staff and front office . Six Superbowl titles have come by way of Head Coach Bill Belichick and with the ownership of Robert Kraft the billionaire businessman . With the departure of Tom Brady , in 2019 with his joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers . The signing of Cam Newton , notwithstanding , but his coming back for a second season , gives credence that the franchise has yet to find a replacement for Brady , Jarrett Stidham has proven that he’s not accomplished to be seen as the heir apparent to Brady. Newton in his first season , showed very little consistency which would show that he was accomplished enough .

    Bill Belichick made the decision to draft Mac Jones with his now being part of the depth chart for the Patriots at the quarterback position . Jones proved his worth at Alabama this past season guiding the team to another national title under Nick Saban ,

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  14. As impressive as the San Francisco Giants have been with the reigning World Series champions , the Los Angles Dodgers struggling in late innings’ games because of their bullpen . It should be noted that is the mere difference between these two teams within the NL West and their records overall within the National League (NL) . With the managerial staff of Gabe Kapler having his team play with a great deal of aggression led by their perennial All Star catcher Buster Posey , it will be interesting to see what the Giants are capable of doing this season under the current ownership group . of Lawrence Bear .

    The Giants had a weekend series against the San Diego Padres . On the mound for Sunday’s game for the Padres will be Chris Paddack against Johnny Cueto of the Giants .

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  15. There are few franchises in the NFL where the death of an owner can have a resounding effect on the organization and that has clearly been the case with the Denver Broncos with the passing of Pat Bowlen . With the Broncos’ last appearance in the Superbowl which ended with the triumphant success and retirement of Peyton Manning as the starting quarterback of the team which hoisted the Lombardi Trophy . In the five years since that victory over the Carolina Panthers , things have not been pleasant for the Broncos at all with their being more misses than hits by way of their draft classes .

    The real struggles for the Denver Broncos come on the offensive side of the ball and not having an effective quarterback in the subsequent years since winning their last Superbowl . Brock Osweiler has struggled over the course of his tenure with Denver and subsequently with every other franchise he’s since played for. The Broncos’ draft class from this most recent NFL Draft , saw the Broncos acquire players who would complement their roster , notably on the defensive side of the ball , but a quarterback was not taken . Drew Lock , Brett Rypien and Jeff Driskel are the three players vying for the starting position for this upcoming season .

    Given the Denver Broncos’ cap commitment for the upcoming year , it will be interesting to see if the franchise is still interested in pursuing Aaron Rodgers or any free agent quarterback available .

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  16. As we converge in on to the end of the regular season schedule with their merely less than a dozen games left to the schedule . It will be interesting to see how the teams will fare.

    Luca Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks has certainly been playing at an exceptional level to put the Mavericks in a familiar position of being considered a playoff contender and a viable alternative for the conference champion in the Western Conference . Doncic and the Mavericks will be in action throughout this week with the first of those games being against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night

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  17. So as the MLB season progresses there’s a great deal of expectation for the Atlanta Braves and their possible season within the NL and league overall , Atlanta has several games scheduled for this week and it will be interesting to see how the team will fare against those opponents . On Tuesday night the Braves will be in action against the Toronto Blue Jays . On the mound for the Braves will likely be either Max Fried or Drew Smyly .

    The NL East could end up being one of the most competitive divisions in all of baseball as well as the league overall .

    For current NLMVP , Freddie Freeman , it will be interesting to see if the player can reproduce the form seen in 2020 when took top honors within the NL as League MVP .

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  18. The retirement of Drew Brees brings about the end on of the most astonishing careers of any quarterback in the NFL over the last eighteen seasons not named Tom Brady , Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers . For the New Orleans Saints and their front office and the coaching staff of Sean Payton , has the Saints now looking to move ahead without Brees helming the team for the first time since he became a starting quarterback with this franchise in fifteen years .

    Taysom Hill and Jameies Winston are the two passers seeking to replace the veteran starting quarterback , Drew Brees . Neither Hill or Winston acquitted themselves well enough to suggest they’re worthy of being deemed successors of the now retired veterans .

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  19. Steph Curry and Bradley Beal are both making strong claims in the race for the NBA scoring title for this season , with both players having performed extraordinary feats over the course of this season . With both the Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards looking to end their respective seasons on a high note , it will be interesting to see how they fare over the next two weeks . The Washington Wizards’ next game will see them matched up against the Atlanta Hawks . Meanwhile the Golden State Warriors will be pitted against the Phoenix Suns in a game which was played on Tuesday night , 11th May , 2021 .

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  20. This early in the MLB season and the players are performing well , Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers is one of six five game winners in the Majors at this point of the season .

    Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets will be in action today , 12th May , when the team faces the Baltimore Orioles in an intra-league game . On the mound for the Mets will be their starting Marcus Stroman who’ll face John Means of the Orioles .

    John Fisher , principal owner of the Oakland A’s and the other partners as part of the ownership group are now considering relocating the franchise from the O Coliseum in Oakland , to a new venue pending league approval and the financing made available . The A’s will be in action over the course of this week with a pair of games beginning today , Wednesday , 12th May against the Boston Red Sox . This will be part of their regular season series against the Red Sox . Today’s game will pit opposing pitchers James Kaprielian of the A’s against Eduardo Rodriguez of the Red Sox.

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  21. So Russell Westbrook has now surpassed Oscar Robertson a Hall of Fame inductee , with his notching of his one hundred and eighty-second triple double of his career . Westbrook and the Washington Wizards have played themselves into playoff contention within the East and look like a serious contender to the major teams in the conference. As the season winds down for the Wizards with Russell Westbrook carrying the team on his shoulders under the coaching acumen of Scott Brooks . The final games on the Wizards’ schedule should prove to be interesting . Russell Westbrook and the Washington Wizards fell tonight in a game against the Atlanta Hawks .

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  22. Trevor Lawrence was taken as the number one overall pick and the top quarterback taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars sought to bolster their roster by way of the NFL Draft and seeking free agent acquisitions . If the rumors are to be believed then former quarterback Tim Tebow will be given a second bite of the apple with his having been tried out as a tight end with the Jaguars , where former college coach Urban Meyer is seeking to possible bring Tebow back to the NFL after several unsuccessful years of mediocre productivity . From my own personal standpoint this has more to do with a gimmick, than the legitimacy of Tebow being a talented player . He failed in trying to make it as a player with the New York Mets as a Major Leaguer . I can’t see Tim Tebow being an overriding success , but I do believe that Urban Meyer is looking to tug at the hear strings of Gator faithful fans ,

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  23. Teddy Bridgewater of the Carolina Panthers now seems to be at odds with the franchise , most notably with the coaching staff of Matt Rhule , the front office and billionaire team owner David Tepper who made his money as a venture capitalist . The hiring of Rhule to a six-year , $60 million contract seems absolutely ridiculous given his lack of NFL experience . He inherited a team short on experience , success as well as a commitment to play to the best of their ability , as exhibited through much of last season ..

    The needs of the Carolina Panthers were well known along with the initiative concerning their impending free agents . It will be interesting to see how this Matt Rhule team will fare , especially within the NFC South where the reigning Superbowl champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently reside. The two teams will meet during week sixteen and eighteen of the regular season schedule .

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  24. It’s been more than four decades and counting since the New York Knicks last won an NBA title and it has been several years since the franchise was truly relevant within the league. This season however, the Knicks have managed to turn things around while Head Coach Tom Thibodeau has been able to get the best out of this team . Players Julius Randle and Derrick Rose have been pivotal in the team’s success this season . Next up for the Knicks will be a game against the Charlotte Hornets .

    While the Knicks have guaranteed themselves a playoff berth the real fight is between the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers as to the top seeds in the Eastern Conference . One game separates the two teams within the conference with less than a handful games left to the season schedule .

    Both the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers will be in action over the course of this weekend, with the Knicks facing the Boston Celtics on Sunday , 16th May , while the Philadelphia 76ers will steer down the Orlando Magic . Meanwhile the Brooklyn Nets will seek to gain their one game disadvantage to the Sixers for the top seed in the East when they tip off against the Cleveland Cavaliers .

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  25. In spite of the salary cap of such teams as the Los Angeles Lakers , Brooklyn Nets , Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers , it has me wondering if a low market mid range franchise could end up winning it all by becoming the 2021 NBA champions ? It’s clear that the teams such as the Lakers , Nets , Sixers , Clippers and Golden State Warriors are built around their highly paid stars , with the exception the rule being that in recent years , the Lakers and Warriors have won the NBA title .

    It would be fair to suggest that the front offices of both the Clippers , Nets and Sixers are gambling large this season . With the cap being what it is , it is now a make or break season for several teams given the current economic climate , due to the pandemic and the lack of revenue by way of game attendance and operating income decline .

    The Brooklyn Nets appear to be the franchise with the most to lose along with the Los Angeles Clippers , highlighted by several players on the two respective teams earning more than $35 million a year .

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  26. The Hall of Fame induction classes for both 2020 and 2021 , were both inducted into the Naismith Hall of Basketball Hall of Fame . Among the enshrined were Kobe Bryant , posthumously , Kevin Garnett , Chris Webber , Chris Bosh and Tim Duncan . When looking upon the recipients , one would have to say that it might be one of the most impressive class of inductees in the Hall over the past fifteen years.

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  27. The results of this weekend’s games should indicate some movement within the divisions of Major League Baseball , with the players and teams performing greatly during the time frame in question. Kevin Cash as the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays will be hoping that the team can perform while seeking to remain in close reach of their divisional rivals , wherein the AL East remains as competitive as ever . Tampa was in the midst of a three-game series against the New York Mets with this being the sixth meeting between the two teams over the past two years . On the mound as the opposing pitchers for today’s game , Josh Fleming of the Rays against Marcus Stroman of the Mets .

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  28. If the situation now involving Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers is beyond repair with the player , allegedly having made a list of demands as to a preferred destination of choice by way of a trade with the Denver Broncos seen as a possible destination with Broncos’ Head Office Executive John Elway having made overtures . It remains to be seen whether or not the Packers’ front office might acquiesce and fulfill the wish of Rodgers by way of a trade . Aaron Rodgers is not due to become a free agent until 2024 .

    If the rumors are to believe then Brian Gutekunst , general manager of the Packers is said to be so damaged that there’s barely an act of cordiality between he and Aaron Rodgers. With the franchise having picked Jordan Love in the 2020 NFL Draft as a first round draft pick . This decision might well have brought things to the boil between Rodgers and Gutekunst . How things move forward could now be dependent upon the decision taken by the Executive Board Members of the Green Bay Packers and that of the front office executives who will ultimately have to make a decision , do they back Brian Gutekunst or Aaron Rodgers ?

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  29. With what was apparently seen as the end of an era with the Los Angeles Angels , the Los Angeles Dodgers picked up veteran slugger Albert Pujols . The player joins an All Star studded roster of highly paid players looking to make a successful defense of their World Series title . The season to date the Dodgers have performed admirably . In their next game the Dodgers will be in action against the Arizona Diamondbacks .

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  30. It has been an interesting week in the world of baseball with Tony La Russa , manager offering up his comments after a number of incidents, notably batters being hit by a fast ball and their being a belief that players should have more respect for the game . From my own perspective I believe the issue doesn’t lie with the pitching but with the fact batters aren’t being properly protected . For the Chicago White Sox over their last ten games and the team itself has been playing with a zeal . The White Sox will be in action on , Friday , 21st May , when they face the New York Yankees on the road . This will be part of a three-game weekend series over the weekend . On the mound for Friday’s game the opposing pitchers will be Carlos Rodon of the White Sox against a Yankees’ player to be named later . This should be a very good match up between two very competitive AL teams .

    Elsewhere around Major League Baseball we have the New York Mets , Atlanta Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies are vying to be dominant within the NL . All three teams will be in action over the coming days . The Mets now lead the NL East with their having a game against the Miami Marlins .

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  31. With the signing of Jeff Driskell by the Houston Texans , with their being no clear outright solving of the DeShaun Watston situation and with now several of the plaintiffs having filed reports with the Houston Police Department with regard to the sexual misconduct of the player . It will be very interesting to see what now lies ahead and how the NFL league hierarchy and the Houston Texans’ front office may well seek to deal with this matter.

    Cal McNair , current owner of the Houston Texans has been very limited in offering up any commentary on the situation which befell DeShaun Watson , but I find it rather ironic , that the executive somehow saw this situation arise with the player having demanded a trade to leave the Texans . Even more disconcerting was the very fact, the very plaintiffs who made these claims did nothing by way of filing a complaint with the Houston Police Department when these incidents first arose .

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  32. Results from the play in round of the NBA Playoffs . With the playoffs now in motion we’re seeing the teams .

    The New York Knicks (0-1) and Atlanta Hawks (1-0) have their series ongoing , with New York having lost game one of their opening round series within the Eastern Conference

    On schedule for Tuesday , 25th May , there are several series which will be a continuation of this postseason . LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers (0-1) currently find themselves down 0-1 in their series against the Phoenix Suns , a team led by Devin Booker and Chris Paul . Game two of their series will take place tonight , Tuesday 25th May with the Suns hosting the Lakers . LeBron James and his teammates will have to summon up the best of themselves if they are to hold off the Suns from taking a 2-0 lead in this series .

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  33. Games played over the weekend and as of Monday within Major League Baseball have proven to be eventful to say the very least with the divisional standings being something of a reflection of the teams’ play .

    The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres of the NL are the two best teams in baseball by way of their respective records with both NL West teams vying for divisional prominence . The most impressive team however might well be the Tampa Bay Rays who have an impressive 10 game win streak which they would no doubt like to extend with their next game being against the Kansas City Royals

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  34. Far be it for me to suggest , but when a high ranking baseball manager or an assistant gets caught up in a sexual impropriety and the league’s top officials are not prepared to take immediate action much less their being any real action by the Los Angeles Angels against Micky Callaway an assistant on the coaching staff of the team . Callaway has now been suspended by the league hierarchy after allegations of sexual misconduct and impropriety . Within the last two days , it was left to the league to make the decision to suspend Micky Callaway for one year while there’s a pending investigation ongoing along with the legal ramifications for the Angeles’ assistant. I would dare say that team owner Arte Moreno and the front office of the Angels may well make the decision to fire Callaway rather than have remain an assistant under the coaching staff of Joe Maddon . It was widely known that, while a manager with the New York Mets , Callaway ran afoul of senior executives and players .

    Throughout the month of May the Angels have played some effective baseball . The team will be in action as they seek to close out the month of May with their next game against the Texas Rangers . On the pitchers’ mound for the Angels will be Griffin Canning against Dane Dunning .

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  35. So what should we make of the NBA Playoffs with the conference quarter finals’ match-ups ? Several players have already excelled at this stage of the Playoffs.

    On Wednesday night there will be several games of interest , with several of them being pivotal to their respective series . The Philadelphia 76ers (1-0) will be looking to increase their lead in their series against the Washington Wizards (0-1) in a match-up between Eastern Conference franchises .

    Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers (0-2) are heavily favored to win out their series against the Dallas Mavericks (2-0) . The team now find itself down 0-2 and in the fight of their very lives and it will be very interesting to see how the Clippers can seek to regain any type of momentum when the two teams meet for game three in their best of seven game series . Game three of the series will take place in Dallas, with the Mavericks’ Luca Doncic looking to show his continued prowess in the contest.

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  36. So things are now on the way out with Atlanta Falcons’ wide receiver and Julio Jones now at a crossroads with the player now seeking to be traded . Jones’ relationship with the front office and coaching staff has most certainly soured , but the relationship with the team’s longstanding quarterback Matt Ryan may well have a bearing on whether or he remains or stays with the team that drafted in 2011 , where the draft class of wide receivers drafted that year . Jones is among the leading offensive leaders on the Falcons’ franchise . With Jones not due to become a free agent until 2024 .

    It will be interesting to see which teams will vie for the Pro Bowl caliber wide receiver .

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  37. The NBA Playoff games are now in full swing and the players themselves are proving their very worth to their respective teams . Beginning as of tonight and throughout the weekend there will be several games of interest which will be pivotal in the respective conference quarter final series taking place . .

    The Brooklyn Nets have taken an 2-0 lead over the Boston Celtics and it looks now , that the series has become a foregone conclusion with the Nets likely tom come out on top. Game three of this series will be taking place on Friday , 28th May at TD Bank Gardens in Boston Massachusetts , home to the Celtics .

    The Milwaukee Bucks (3-0) have all but tied up their series , having taken a 3-0 lead against the Miami Heat . For Miami to avoid their first round exit , then regaining momentum , they will have to win game four in Miami which takes place on Saturday , 29th May .

    In the Western Conference , the defending NBA champions , the Los Angeles Lakers have come back to take home-court advantage having won game three of their series to take a 2-1 lead over the Phoenix Suns . The Suns will be looking to even the series by winning game four on 30th May

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  38. Major League Baseball has some great games on the schedule over the course of this weekend For Friday 28th May , we have a full lineup of games with all of the divisional leaders in action for today .

    For Derek Jeter as a stakeholder in the Miami Marlins , it will be interesting to see how the team fares over their next ten games , all of which will be of vital importance . On the mound for today’s game will be Cody Poteet , as they face the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston , Massachusetts whose starting pitcher will be Martin Perez .

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  39. So it looks as if Tim Tebow’s return to the NFL as a tight end with the Jacksonville Jaguars has spurred the possible un-retirement of Brandon Jacobs the two time winning Superbowl running back with the New York Giants . Jacobs believes that his return could be far more successful as a defensive player . As to his returning to the Giants would be something of an accomplishment .

    Brandon Jacobs could prove to be productive on Giants defense which wasn’t that effective last season . The team’s roster , draft , acquisitions and payroll could very well put them in a position to be challengers within the NFC East and NFC within the next two years . Their schedule for 2021 should also be one which has the fans excited if the coaching staff can get the players in sync .

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  40. Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics has been the team’s leading player on the team as they seek to ease the 2-1 lead built up by the Brooklyn Nets (2-1) . Game four will take place on 30th May .

    Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks (3-0) have built up what looks like an insurmountable lead over the Miami Heat (0-3) . It will be down to the Heat to see if they can pull back a game four victory in order to avoid being swept in this series.

    The leading scorer in the NBA Playoffs at present is Luca Doncic , averaging 38 points per game as the Dallas Mavericks (2-1) look to surprise the Los Angeles Clippers (1-2) in their conference quarter finals’ series

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  41. Let’s be realistic when you’re the New York Yankees and New York Knicks , you’re either synonymous with success or notoriety. For the Knicks you have to go back move than four plus decades when they were hailed as NBA champions while the Yankees haven’t tasted success of winning a World Series since 1970 . Knicks’ Head Coach Tom Thibodeau having guided the team to the NBA Playoffs now has to justify that his players are worthy of being there in their series against the Atlanta Hawks (2-1) who hold a 2-1 lead in their series’ contest against the Knicks , with game four due to be played on 30th May at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia , It will be interesting to see if this Knicks’ team can pull off the victory needed to get back into the series .

    For Aaron Boone he has a great deal to live up to if he’s to match the accomplishments of celebrated Yankees’ managers such as Joe Torre . A team laden with All Stars at several positions while being highly paid . It has to be said that the Yankees are in need of becoming champions once again . It has been twelve years since the team last captured it’s twenty-seventh title having defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009 .

    If the Yankees are indeed to do anything over the course of this season then their efforts will have to be among the best in the league . Today the team will be in action against the Detroit Tigers in what should prove to be a very interesting contest . Deivi Garcia of the Yankees will be on the mound against Spencer Turnbull of the Tigers .

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  42. So the Miami Heat (0-4) , last season’s Eastern Conference champions and defeated finalists to the Los Angeles Lakers , managed to get themselves bounced from the first round of this season’s NBA Playoffs , succumbing to the play of two time NBA League MVP , the Milwaukee Bucks’ center Giannis Antetokounmpo . Suffice to say this series wasn’t even remotely close , no matter which way you choose to slice and dice the on-court play. Jimmy Butler and his teammates were clearly outmatched every step of the way during this entire series . For Heat front office executive Pat Riley and team owner Micky Arison , this had to have been a tremendous disappointment along with that of Head Coach Erik Spoelstra and his coaching staff .

    During this off-season I do believe that the front office will have to weigh up their options as it relates to the makeup of the roster from last season to this season . Clearly some changes will need to be made if this team is to make a serious challenge within the Eastern Conference much less against the rest of the NBA over the coming years .

    Antetokounmpo and his Bucks’ teammates simply outscored the Heat while playing some stellar defense when needed . Next up for the Bucks’ players will be a match-up against the winners of the series between the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards .

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  43. If Brad Stevens as the Head Coach of the Boston Celtics can’t get the best out of this team even with the play of Jayson Tatum then questions will need to be asked of GM Danny Ainge , rather than apportioning blame on the shoulders of Stevens and his coaching staff . From my own perspective the acquisitions made by the franchise and their drafting since 2019 has not been exemplary . Yet in all honesty , I truly believe what the team lacks is veteran leadership on the roster. It clearly wasn’t there with point guard Kyrie Irving , while he was there along with Gordon Hawyard . A great deal more was expected of the team then and now . The fact that the Celtics are being blown out off the court by the Brooklyn Nets should tell you all that you need to know . Game five , with the Nets leading the series 3-1 will prove to be very pivotal for both teams . Another first round defeat for the Celtics will lead many to believe that Brad Stevens is at fault , rather than the mistakes coming front office under the leadership of Danny Ainge .

    During the off-season the Celtics will have several issues to address by way of the makeup of the roster and how best to move forward .

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  44. We’ve entered the month of June within the world of Major League Baseball and the fans will be looking to see how the teams perform . It would be fair to suggest the divisional standings at this a point in comparison to last year might not yet give us a true reflection of how the season may well unfold .

    Wednesday 2nd June and there will be a great set of games to be played One game being played , will pit the New York Yankees against the Tampa Bay Rays in a rivalry which in recent years seems to have taken on a life of it’s very own.

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  45. So with the elimination of the defending NBA champions the Los Angeles Lakers losing in six games to the Phoenix Suns , Now questions are mounting with regard to the health of Anthony Davis , the lackluster play of point guard , Dennis Schroder and the inability of LeBron James to overcome the defensive prowess of the Suns . From a defensive standpoint, the Lakers simply couldn’t deal with the offensive prowess of the Phoenix Suns.

    LeBron James has now made a statement beyond having played in this series against the Suns , he played hurt in several of the games against Phoenix . In the Western Conference Semi Finals the Suns are now due to face the Denver Nuggets in game one of their conference semi finals’ match-up at home on 7th June , 2021 .

    One thing which could be in the offing will be the possible departure of Jason Kidd , with the Lakers’ assistant leaving to become the new Head Coach of the Boston Celtics . Kidd is seen as the favorite to succeed Brad Stevens who has since been promoted to become Head of Basketball Operations for the Celtics. Stevens’ predecessor Danny Ainge stepped down from the position.

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  46. The Los Angeles Dodgers are still looking to impress on us all why they won the World Series last season with their series’ victory . They have gotten off to a great start this season , defeating teams on average by four runs a game. This weekend the Dodgers are in action against the Atlanta Braves on the road . On the mound for the Dodgers in this contest for the Braves will be Max Fried against Trevor Bauer of the Dodgers . These two starting pitchers are among the best for their respective teams at the positions they play.

    For this upcoming week the Dodgers will be in action where they will play several rivals with the first of their games being against the Philadelphia Phillies .

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