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Adam Gold
It's easy to pick the Warriors and Celtics, right? I'm interested in where Jimmy Butler winds up. Does he end up going to a contender during the year and does that make a difference. Utah and Milwaukee are two really interesting teams to watch.
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Julianne Viani
Easy pick for the Warriors having the upper hand once again especially if Boogie Cousins comes back for post season which is highly possible but he’ll miss the entire regular season for the most part with that Achilles injury. But if he’s even 75% by then he will help them even more. I do think the Celtics will win the east too they are absolutely loaded once Hayward and Irving get their rhythm back. But the east to me is up for grabs now that Lebron went to the Lakers and he’s in the western conference. I think it will be a dog fight for sure but Celtics and Warriors are my pick for the finals also!
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Rj Choppy
Hey everyone! RJ Choppy here from 1053 The Fan in Dallas/FW. Good to be here! I'd love to give some hard hitting take that it won't be GSW in 5 vs whoever they play... But it'll be GSW in 5 vs the field.
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Richmond Weaver
Welcome in RJ! Very easy to pick Warriors and the Jimmy Butler situation is interesting. I'm also really intrigued to see how the Kawhi rental experiment works out in Toronto. That continues to fly under the radar. Sixers have the most upside with young talent regardless of what happened last night and I'll take a fully healthy Celtics squad to take down the Warriors. That's a big if though for the Celtics to remain healthy the entire season.
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Rj Choppy
Philly is so intriguing. I can see the Winning the east... Or being a distant 3 behind Boston and Toronto
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John Good
Big news today with the G-League set to offer $125k to elite HS grads as an alternative to the current college one-and-done system. Is this a good fix for NCAA basketball, the NBA and the G-League, or just a band-aid on a system that needs an overhaul?
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Rj Choppy
I worked in the G League for 7 years doing play by play, and I couldn't be more against this. For starters, I'm a huge college fan and don't want the game to be ruined more than it is. But beyond that, it is criminal how poorly prepared most of these kids are coming in because they had poor coaching in HS/AAU. Think the G League is loaded with great coaches at those salaries? I could go on but I'm getting heated. This might be the worst idea ever for the player...money included
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Richmond Weaver
Only thing new to this is the G-League connection to the NBA & the so-called contract dollar amount. One-and-done started in 2006 and players have always had the opportunity to bypass college for a year before being eligible for the NBA Draft. They could go overseas if they wanted but only a handful made that choice. As RJ pointed out regarding coaching, there is value to being coached by elite level college coaches even if it's for a year or 6 months. At the end of the day this will be for a very small % of players.
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John Good
Who does everyone like in the World Series? Will Boston continue their rule, or is it time for the Dodgers?
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Adam Gold
I think it’s kind of cool that we’re headed for a World Series without a scheduled “bullpen day”! Wait, you mean BOTH teams are going to use actual STARTING PITCHERS? What year is this? Key to this series, for me, is did David Price unlock good David Price with that great Game 5 start in Houston. I think Boston has a slight edge in SP and certainly on defense. What happens in LA when Alex Cora can’t DH J.D. Martinez? Mookie Betts to 2b? Betts is an elite RF. I’d be more inclined to have JD at first base unless he’s a complete mess there. If LA wins, I like Yasiel Puig for MVP. If it’s Boston, give me Mookie Betts. Boston in 5
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John Good
What do the Dodgers need to do to get back on track in LA?
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Adam Gold
If I was the Dodgers organization I’d strongly consider having Boston’s plane rerouted to Paris — not Texas. Boston is better in every phase and Dave Roberts’ curious decisions (keeping best players on the bench in favor of RH bats, pulling Baez in Game 1 for Alex Wood) have made it even more difficult to overcome the Red Sox. As I said the other day, Boston didn’t win 108 by accident. And if David Price and the bullpen are going to do THAT work the Dodgers are sunk. LA needs to hope Boston’s defense suffers when JD Martinez is forced into the field and someone (likely CF Jackie Bradley) has to come out. Dodgers better take advantage of the Sox’ game 3 and 4 starters, Rick Porcello and Nate Eovaldi.
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Kevin Turner
HI
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John Good
Welcome Kevin! Since you are a DFW sports radio guy it is only right for us to ask what everyone thinks of the Cowboys adding Amari Cooper. Is he the missing piece for this team?
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Kevin Turner
It’s a great question and something we’ve been wrestling with here in DFW. On one hand, it’s a great talent acquisition and you wouldn’t get a better WR in free agency next year or in the draft. The cowboys scouting has been really good and they determined there aren’t any top flight WRs in the 2019 draft. So basically they are approaching the 2019 draft as our first round pick is Amari Cooper. The passing attack has been horrid. Is it Dak? Is it the scheme? The play calling? The Travis Frederick injury? It’s a little bit of all these things. I think he helps, but maybe not statistically like a WR1 should help. I think he will open up the field for Beasley, Gallup, and most importantly Zeke and the running game. So while our expectations for Cooper should be something...I’m not sure they should be first round worthy and I hope fans realize that when evaluating him for these final 9 games. He will be a dude. Labeling him as a WR1 though is kind of dangerous due to the circumstances.
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John Good
What does everyone think about the NFL’s QB protection penalties this season? Is it the best way to keep players safe? Or is it hurting the game with so much grey area around whether or not it is roughing the passer?
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Kevin Turner
This is always a tough one. You have to protect your players at all costs, especially your most important players. The league would be unwatchable if each team started their backup QB. I think asking a 250-300 pound person to instinctually shift their body weight is a difficult thing to do but you do have to start somewhere I guess. I just think in general I would like the league to have less penalties. Less illegal contact, less pass interference, even less holding calls. I know you have to call it when you see it but the refs have seemed kind of flag happy this year. I also have a problem with the number of replays. There’s just so many reviews, I think they should get rid of the booth review under two minutes and leave all replays up to coach challenges. If you get screwed on a call but you were out of challenges, well that’s your fault. I feel the league, especially college, needs to be careful with their time of game problem. College games are 4 hours long. 20 Minute halftime and the clock stops on every first down. Like why does that need to happen? Sorry I went off on a tangent there, but I do feel there’s a penalty/rules problem right now in general.
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John Good
The Browns fire Hue Jackson with a 2-5-1 season to date and 3 losses by a FG. They have a rookie QB, have had a tough schedule and are a FG kicker away from 4 wins. Was this a little too reactionary by the Browns?
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Kevin Turner
Absolutely not, Hue Jackson’s game management are an embarrassment to the league. It was time for him to go before the year started. Now the question is, would Lincoln Riley leave Oklahoma to take a pro HC job like Cleveland or potentially Dallas
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Richmond Weaver
He should have never been the coach to start the season.
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John Good
#1 Alabama is going to #4 LSU and they are favored by 14 points! Do you remember a Top 5 team being a 14 point underdog...at home!? Is Alabama just that good?
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Kevin Turner
As much as I hate to say it, yeah I think they are that good. This year’s Alabama team has a “best ever” type of vibe. That being said, Clemson is rounding into form and I think we’re on a crash course for another Bama/Clemson national title game.
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John Good
With the NFL trade deadline behind us, what teams got better yesterday?
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Adam Gold
Philly got better. Golden Tate will be great in their offense. I'd make the argument that Green Bay got better by subtraction, but I don't get trading Clinton-Dix. Bigger question for me is why didn't Tampa trade Jameis Winston? Why didn't Oakland unload more players? Same with Denver.
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Richmond Weaver
Philly did get better even though they need a RB but Tate can be used almost like a RB. Packers trading Dix makes no sense and it seems to me that something is just off in Green Bay. Would anyone want Jameis?
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Kevin Turner
As loyal as GB has been to McCarthy, you have to wonder if serious changes aren’t coming down the pike? I’m not saying he gets canned, but maybe playcalling duties get taken away or something and new innocatjve OC comes into the mix. The GB offense is outdated, and getting by because of Rodgers. The NFC North fascinating because all teams are in it, and GB/DET sell major parts, the Bears lose their starting guard for 8 weeks, and the Vikings stand pat. Kind of makes me feel like I know who will win the division now.
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Bob Nightengale
Hi
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Kevin Turner
New Number Bob?
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John Good
Welcome To the panel Bob. Glad you can join us!
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Kevin Turner
My bad! Bob!!
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John Good
Please welcome Bob Nightengale, USA Today Sports MLB columnist and MLB Network Insider.
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Adam Gold
Well, we just raised the bar! Welcome Bob. Let's talk baseball!
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Kevin Turner
Bob, gut feeling on who the Rangers are looking at for their new manager?
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Bob Nightengale
Thank you. Well, the Rangers wanted Michael Young and then Mark DeRosa but each declined
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Kevin Turner
Estimated Manny Machado contract? Did he lose value w his playoff antics?
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Bob Nightengale
He'll still get at least $300 million
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John Good
UCF won their 21st game in a row last night...up there with Boise St's streaks in the early '00s. If they win out, is there any chance they make it into the CFP? Should they have a chance?
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Adam Gold
13-0 would be a fantastic year. It will get the Knights into another New Years 6 bowl game against a Power 5 opponent. But, the reality is that they’d need to be competing with a bunch of 2-loss teams (or worse) to have ANY chance of being selected. Their best non-conference win is Pitt. And while non-conference schedules don’t matter a flip for Alabama or Clemson (though the Tigers have played a good one this year), it’s the ONLY way a team like UCF has a chance. Oh, and allowing 40 to Temple in a game that it appeared to get the benefit of some questionable calls, eliminates the “eye test” for UCF.
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Richmond Weaver
Under the current system there's no chance UCF gets a shot. Too much bias for the Power 5 schools. They've had 2 games (Georgia Tech & UNC) in the past 2 seasons cancelled which would have at least helped build a story with wins but to be taken seriously they will need to be in a Power 5 conference or the playoffs are expanded.
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Kevin Turner
The hope is that the playoffs get expanded right? Needs to happen. Looks like UCF will be kind of a sacrificial lamb, and we will look back on these two years (if they finish the job) as a team who should have received playoff consideration but didn’t because of a lame 4 team playoff system. The 4 team system is stupid and needs to be done with. 8 or 16 makes all the sense in the world, and would make the product something that could actually compete w the nfl
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Adam Gold
The cancelled games for UCF we’re both against teams that would not have helped them at all. So, at most it gives them two more wins. I think the current system is the best one. Musical chairs and it doesn’t guarantee any conference — except for the SEC — anything. Conversation has always driven college football. 4 teams is constant conversation.
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Richmond Weaver
That's right. Those 2 teams wouldn't help & GT would have beaten them. UCF would have been baffled by Paul Johnson's offense. As a Clemson grad, it's the game each year I dread and fortunately the 5-Stars on defense in the past few years has finally been able to counter balance that quirky offense. I guess Deshaun Watson helped as well. College football will also be conversations about the usual suspects and that won't change.
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John Good
A follower, Brendan, just sent in a question...
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Question from brendan
Thoughts on Brodie and the Mets?
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Adam Gold
This sounds like a great one for Bob, but as the resident Mets fan let me just say that I have no EARTHLY IDEA. Let me credit the Wilson’s for thinking outside the box in hiring a former agent, but is THAT the guy who can build up their player development? Who can truly bring the Mets a closer relationship with analytics? Maybe the fact that he was the agent for Jacob de Grom AND Noah Syndergaard will help them keep both pitchers. The jury is going to be out on this hire for a while.
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John Good
Midway through the NFL season: What have been the biggest surprises? Biggest disappointments?
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Kevin Turner
I thought Patrick Mahomes would be good, I didn’t think it would come this easy for him. I think the biggest disappointment is a Packers team at 3-4-1 and just kind of seems like another wasted year of elite level play from Rodgers. The NFC is a bloodbath, teams just beating up on each other. Should be fun.
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Richmond Weaver
Can it be a surprise to see the Patriots continue their run? It's crazy to think that they're still playing at a such a high level. It's almost unheard of in the NFL to have a run like this.
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Bob Nightengale
It's certainly out of the box and we will see what happens here
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John Good
Kevin and RJ, what is going on with the Cowboys? People are calling for Garrett and Dak to go, are either of those realistic options?
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Kevin Turner
Garrett getting canned after the season is super realistic, but I truly don’t think Jerry wants to fire him. These last 8 games will kind of determine his fate. New scheme next year is likely, and it’s Dak’s final year on the rookie deal. Dak is the QB next year. This was never a make or break deal for him, it’s always been next year.
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Bob Nightengale
It's Manny Machado, Bryce Harper,Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel
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Question from Billy Cooper
Where are the LA Angels going to move when the lease is up on the Big A? Vegas???
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Bob Nightengale
No the Angels will stay put. They draw great there
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John Good
Carmelo is officially out in Houston. Where do you think he is most likely to end up?
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Kevin Turner
Personally, I would put good money on Philly
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Richmond Weaver
The best option would be retirement
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Adam Gold
Philly is apparently interested, but unless he can be instant offense off the bench in 6-minute spurts, he’s useless. For the record, the data suggests he can’t. And if that’s true then he hurts, rather than helps. Tracy McGrady is right, Melo should retire.
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John Good
Rams v. Chiefs tonight. Is this a preview of the Super Bowl?
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Adam Gold
I guess it could be, we do have a pair of 9-1 teams. But, as I said before the season, I think the two best teams are going to end up being the Saints and Steelers. What New Orleans has done to the league the last 6 weeks is staggering — essentially beating them by an average of 40-20. And, now that the soap opera (For Whom Will the Bell Toll) is over, I think we’ll see Pittsburgh continue to take the shape of a post season killer. Can’t wait to see the Patriots in Pittsburgh in week 15.
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John Good
What impact will Josh Donaldson have on the Braves? They have a lot of young talent, and made a great run last year. Will he be a difference maker?
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Bob Nightengale
Donaldson has a lot to prove and should provide great tenacity to that young clubhouse
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Richmond Weaver
Should definitely help in the clubhouse as a veteran but at 33 and coming back from injuries he might not be providing a big bat at this point in his career.
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John Good
Who do you think will get left out of the CFP? Is it setting up for another controversy?
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John Good
What happens if Georgia upsets Alabama? 2 SEC schools in?
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Richmond Weaver
Seems automatic that Bama gets in with one loss because it's all we've heard all season long that they are the most dominant team in the country. Not sure if they get in this year if Ohio St. and Oklahoma are sitting there as conference champions with only one loss. Last year Bama got in over Ohio St. even though they won the Big 10 because the Buckeyes had 2 losses.
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Adam Gold
Assuming chalk.... The debate will be Oklahoma v Ohio State...that's it. But if Georgia beats Alabama (possible though unlikely) the SEC gets 2 for the second straight year. Hard to imagine undefeated Notre Dame being passed by Georgia and one of Ohio State or Oklahoma. However, if that were to happen, I'd be tickled. My prediction is.... Alabama Clemson Notre Dame Oklahoma
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Question from Ben Trenda
What games should we watch this weekend?
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Kevin Turner
Obviously the Big 12 championship game at Noon eastern, SEC Champ at 4 eastern, and the Big 10 and ACC championship at 8 eastern could all have playoff ramifications. As for Sunday, the Big game for me is the Vikings/Patriots in the afternoon and Steelers/Chargers on Sunday night. And a good one on MNF with Wash/Philly. Overall an uninspiring NFL slate this weekend, but the college schedule is legit!
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John Good
What are everyone’s Heisman predictions? If Kyler Murray wins is there any chance he could be swayed to the NFL, or is he set to join the A’s?
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Kevin Turner
I think Tua edges Kyler, but I also think Kyler creates the most important recommendation the NFL Draft Advisory board has ever made. Will be interesting to see if they give him a first round grade. A 5 hour bus ride to games is a reality check for these kids sometimes, I’m sure he won’t want to be hanging in the minors too long with the NFL looming in the distance.
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Adam Gold
As a Heisman voter, I'm not allowed to reveal my choice. But, we'll know soon(er) enough anyway. As for Murray and the NFL... Only way he's in the NFL is if football is the sport he really loves. Maybe he's a late first round pick. Maybe. But there's roughly $10 million waiting for him with the A's and if baseball doesn't pan out you can always go back to football.
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John Good
Looking at the NFC East and the remaining schedules, did last night’s game essentially decide the division? And yes, a month ago we were talking about Jason Garrett on the hot seat, and now they are a few weeks away from the Playoffs!
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Kevin Turner
Garrett will be on the hot seat until the end of time because he’s boring and the media creates those hot seat narratives, and because he is not really great at time and game management. He deserves credit. This team has never quit on him and he’s been here for over 10 years in some capacity. To keep his message from going stale is really impressive. The Cowboys beating the Saints and Bears beating the Rams really shows you how up for grabs the NFC truly is.
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Richmond Weaver
Problem for Garrett and the Cowboys is that they're not going on the road and beating anybody in the playoffs.
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John Good
What does everyone think about Adam Ottavino’s comment saying he would strike Babe Ruth out every time?
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Adam Gold
First, who is Adam Ottavino? I think you'd have to be in a 20-team fantasy league to have ever heard of him before. Next, I guess he just thinks Ruth and other players of that era were so stupid that they wouldn't adjust to the changing time. Sure, if Ruth tried to swing a 42-oz (or whatever it was) bat, he'd struggle against upper 90's heat. But, all he'd have to do would be to put down his between innings hot dog and grab a lighter bat and light Ottavino on fire. This stuff just makes him sound ignorant.
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John Good
What do you think of the Ravens starting Jackson over a healthy Flacco? Should they stick with the hot hand or the proven vet?
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Adam Gold
Hate to be brief, but Joe Flacco kind of stinks, so this is a pretty easy call. Jackson is the future and he's dynamic. Flacco is not, and he's the past.
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John Good
The Raptors beat the Warriors by 20 in Oakland last night without Kawhi Leonard and are off to a hot 23-7 start. Are they the team to beat this year?
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Kevin Turner
I still think the Celtics come out of the east, and the Warriors are still the team to beat. I would imagine it’s become more difficult for them to take the regular season seriously. They can just play with their food until the playoffs. While the Raptors are impressive, they get overlooked, nobody talks about them being a 59 win team last year, and 3 years in a row over 55 regular season wins.
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Richmond Weaver
Agreed. It's still the Warriors. Cavs were the 4th seed this past year but did anyone really think that LeBron & the Cavs wouldn't take the east. Only thing to derail the Warriors is injuries but they're not going to dominate like they have in the past.
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Jason Romano
I think the Warriors are vulnerable. They’ve still got their BIG FOUR but the rest of their team is suspect. They SHOULD win the West, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t. Remember they were down 3-2 to Houston in the West Finals last year.
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Jason Romano
The Raptors need to prove themselves in the postseason. The regular season doesn’t matter for them. They have to win in May and June. But man do they look good right now.
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John Good
Tomorrow #1589c3'>#1589c3'>#17 Villanova faces #1 Kansas. After Nova’s loss to Penn earlier this week, how important is this game for them before heading into conference play? Do they have a chance of pulling off the upset at #1?
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Jason Romano
Nova needs to play well. They don’t need to win the game, but they need to play well against a great team to set the tempo for what the next few months will look like.
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John Good
A number of NFL surprises this weekend...Chargers over Chiefs, Colts shutting out the Cowboys, and Nick Foles taking down the Rams. What was the biggest surprise and what team do you think is best suited for a January run?
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Jason Romano
Biggest surprise to me was Philadelphia going to LA and beating the Rams. The Eagles were pretty much left for dead after losing to Dallas last week in OT and then go on the road to a place where the Rams haven’t lost all season and dominate the game in trenches and playing the role of bully.
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The team best suited for a run in January is the Saints. If they get home field throughout, they’re practically unstoppable at the Superdome. The one team to watch out for is the Bears because they have a dominant defense that can win anywhere.
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John Good
With Machado and Harper still on the market, what teams are most likely to pick up these all-stars?
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Bob Nightengale
The Yankees are the favorites to land Machado with Phillies and White Sox in mix. The Phillies remain favorites for Harper with Dodgers and White Sox still involved
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Richmond Weaver
Honestly no real surprises in the NFL because what happened this weekend happens every year in the NFL. Average teams get overhyped like the Cowboys, we say the sky is falling for other teams and they somehow win.
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John Good
Thinking ahead to the NFL MVP...is it down to Mahomes, Brees or Rivers? Or is there another candidate to emerge in the final 2 weeks? Did last night hurt Brees’ chances?
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Jason Romano
I think its down to Mahomes, Brees, Rivers and Aaron Donald. Whomever steps up these last few weeks and plays the best wins it. I have my money on Brees, who is playing his final 2 games at home, and I believe will get that offense back on track.
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Richmond Weaver
Has to be Brees. Look at what he's doing at 39 yeas old and he hardly has any help outside of Kamara. I know Michael Thomas is having a good year but Brees doesn't have many weapons around him although Sean Payton could be considered a weapon from a coaching perspective.
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John Good
Huge trade between the Dodgers and Reds just now. What is everyone’s initial reaction? Is this a sign the Dodgers are making room for another announcement soon?
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Jason Romano
I think it definitely sets them up to make a big signing.
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Richmond Weaver
Initial reaction is that you have to love America... Homer Bailey, went 1-14 last year and posted a 6.25 ERA in 46 starts over the past four years and will earn 23 million in 2019!
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Adam Gold
There are bad contracts all over sports. Matt Kemp is at the end of one just like Homer Bailey. The Dodgers just freed up a spot for Bryce Harper — who stands a chance to fall into that category over time. Is LA going to go 10 years and $350+ million? Meanwhile, the Reds get Puig, who might end up being great for them. At the very least, he’s an asset they can move for prospects. Same with Alex Wood.
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Any CFP predictions for tonight's games?
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Clemson by 17 Alabama by 10 in a really fun and mostly close game
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Notre Dame gets their biggest win in a long time and prevails by 6 Bama by 20 and it won't be close.
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I think Machado and Harper each get over $275 but LA Dodgers won't be involved. Still believe Machado goes to Yankees and Harper to Phillies
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What is your most memorable 2018 sports moment?
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The one that jumps out the most is the entire crowd running into the fairway and mobbing Tiger Woods while he walked up the 18th at the players. JR Smith. Also, Stefon Diggs over Marcus Williams in the playoffs.
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My most memorable moment was when 16 seed UMBC beating number one overall seed Virginia in the NCAA tournament. I never thought there'd be a day that a 16 seed would win a tourney game but it happened. And they didn't just win, they dominated the game winning by 20.
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Tiger Woods, UMBC over UVA, an incredible Red Sox performance, the Warriors third title in four years... For me, however, 2018 will be remembered for exposing the pain and humiliation dozens of gymnasts and other athletes felt due to the actions of Larry Nassar. His repeated sexual assault, as Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics buried their heads in the sand (at best) will define 2018 for me. It’s just more of the pattern that proves how the industry of sports disrespects women. Happy New Year anyway.
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Is the amount of time it is taking for Harper and Machado to sign affecting the overall free agent market?
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When do we think either of them will make a decision?
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Machado should make his choice within 7-10 days, and Harper may not be until end of Month. Machado still expected to go to Yankees and Harper to Phillies
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We are 48 hours away from the NFL playoffs. Who are the hottest teams heading into the post season? Who are your SB picks?
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Jason Romano
I picked the Rams in the preseason so I’m sticking with them (although I think the Saints have the best shot at making it ———  Super Bowl prediction — Chiefs over Rams in a shootout 45-40
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The hottest teams going into the postseason though are Dallas and the Ravens — Baltimore is playing great defense and the Cowboys have won 7 of 8 and know how to win close games now. Interestingly enough, both teams could be eliminated by Sunday night.
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Not sure the Cowboys can be labeled a hot team. Only team they beat of any meaning during that run is New Orleans. You can't be a true playoff contender if you get shut out and this is coming from a Cowboys fan. They're an average team and average teams show signs of brilliance and then signs of ineptness. In the NFL, not sure it means anything coming into the playoffs as a hot team. Now you can get hot a have a run like we've seen with the Giants or Packers in the past. Saints over the Chargers.
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I picked the Saints And Steelers at the beginning of the year. So...I'll stay with New Orleans. But the AFC is wide open. I think the Colts and Chargers are the two best teams right now. New Orleans over the LAC in the Super Bowl
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The Chargers to win 3 road games to get to the Super Bowl? I find that tough to believe. I think they will lose to Baltimore on Sunday.
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Can’t see anybody beating the Saints at home now that their defense is playing well. Honestly can’t see anybody beating KC at home besides maybe NE. For now I’ll just do this weekend’s games (the first truly great full wildcard slate in years) Colts over Texans Seahawks over Cowboys 23-20 Ravens over Chargers due to this being a 9am game for the Chargers Eagles over Bears
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A wild weekend in the NFL...3 road teams win! What is everyone’s biggest takeaway from Wild Card weekend?
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My biggest takeaway is not to overreact to these wild card teams winning. The teams with a bye, the division winners, they have that bye for a reason. However, I do think that each team that did have a BYE is vulnerable. I think the Colts might be the hottest team in football and a team nobody wants to face right now. Will be tough to go outside on the road and beat Kansas City but I think they have a good shot at winning.
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To me, this weekend reaffirms why NFL is still better than college football. So much intriguing action in 48 hours, meanwhile the CFP was pretty weak and hopefully we get a good game tonight, but overall college football just win a full month with mostly meaningless football, meanwhile the NFL crushed it with amazing games and narratives.
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The Colts and Chargers are still playing better than anybody else in the AFC. While everyone has been drooling over the young QBs, maybe we’ve forgotten that Andrew Luck was supposed to be a generational talent. This just in, he still is. Colts run it really well. They have a GREAT o-line. They have a very good defense. Don’t be fooled by the last 5 minutes vs Baltimore, the Chargers are the most complete team in the AFC. They have better players than the Patriots. Can they overcome the Pats mystique? It’s lazy to use west coast team playing at 10:00 am body clock narrative. This isn’t a regular season game. Colts and Chargers move on. Dallas still has a great defense. And THAT will give them a chance at LA. But I think the Rams will simply score too much for Dallas to keep up. I do think this is a 4th quarter game, though and one good break might be enough for the Cowboys. Philly certainly is living a charmed life with Nick Foles at QB. He was largely trash in Chicago but they got away with it. Don’t think that’s working in the Big Easy. Saints are the best team in the NFC. I guess I didn’t really answer the question. But I don’t think there’s a big takeaway because I wasn’t surprised by anything. Luck is great. Philip Rivers in on a mission. Dallas is sneaky dangerous, especially if Sean McVay calls plays like Brian Schottenheimer. And The Eagles got away with a trash Nick Foles because the Bears weren’t ready for prime time. Good?
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Any weekend NFL predictions? Can the Colts and Cowboys keep their momentum, or will the home teams all win?
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Predictions —— Saints 30 - Eagles 24 …. Rams 34 - Cowboys 20 … Colts 40 - Chiefs 32 …. Patriots 27 - Chargers 17
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As I chimed in at the beginning of the week.... Eagles won’t be embarrassed, but I don’t see the Saints losing at home. There is something to the Nick Foles magic, but they’re a FG away from joining all of us on the couch. New Orleans, 34-24 Because of their defense the Cowboys will have a chance in L.A. Rams will throw to set up the run and score enough to keep Dallas chasing. But, if the Cowboys get one big break they can win this. Los Angeles, 27-24 Andrew Luck is back. The Colts have an offensive line and a running game to compliment the passing game. And they actually have a good defense. As great as Patrick Mahomes has been, I just think Indy is better right now. Indy, 38-35 Philip Rivers is on a mission. The Chargers are the most complete team in the AFC and the Patriots are a good team with a great team reputation. Brady, Belichick and Foxboro are the ultimate balancers, but L.A. is the better team. Los Angeles, 27-23
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But seriously... how bout them Chiefs. Regardless of today’s outcome,this has been a great year for team that’s been not great for a long time. A lot of weapons and youth that will only mature. Are we witnessing the first year of a decade long dynasty?
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Chiefs are a legitimate Super Bowl contender and appear to have the pieces to be successful beyond this season but way too early to use the word dynasty. You have to have championships first.
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Let them win next week and then 2 weeks later. Then you can use the "D" word
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What does everyone think of the As trip to visit Kyler Murray? Is he that important to the team’s success and MLB? Will he get the reported $15M and stay with baseball, or sign for the NFL draft today?
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He will sign up for NFL draft and delay decision. He won't be offered $15 million by Oakland. Remember he is just a raw prospect and no guarantee he would even make the big leagues
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But he should use his leverage now because I think we all know that’s something you rarely get with your employer
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John Good
I want to welcome our first primarily NBA voice, Josh Rodriguez, host of The Dime podcast
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He signs up for the draft. He’s playing a big time position in football, will see the field right away, and if he’s good he can get paid doing so. Baseball you can be stuck in a farm system for years and is a more difficult sport to make it in. Plus, if he’s a bust in football who says he can’t switch sports?
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Thanks John! Hello everyone
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Welcome Josh! Agreed that it might be a completely different situation for Kyler if he's playing another position other than QB. The limelight is an NFL QB.
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What does everyone think of this year’s MLB Hall of Fame class? Not surprising Rivera is in, but surprised he is the first unanimous decision? Will Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens ever get in...should they?
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Was a little surprised Mike Mussina got in. Never won a Cy Young award, never really considered an elite all-time great during his career. Longevity won out on this one. Really good career just never considered him a Hall of Famer.
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James Harden is in 4th place with 21 straight games with 30+ points, Wilt Chamberlain has the top 3 streaks with 25, 31 and 65 straight games! How long can Harden keep the streak alive? Is he the most prolific scorer in the NBA right now?
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Harden is the best iso-ball player but does that mean anything. Rockets will get bounced in the 1st round with this type of play and no one will touch Wilt's record of 65 straight.
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Big miss by the Rams not to capitalize on the early TO.
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Ok
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Amazing how the Patriots are so good on 3rd down conversions
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The AAF has a fairly successful opening weekend for a new league. Do you think it was just intrigue for the opening or can there be another successful football league?
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Intrigue at this point. I'm anxious to see the viewership come game 6. We know nothing is touching the NFL and success shouldn't be measured against the NFL.
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Flacco to the Broncos! What does everyone think of this trade? Is Flacco a good pick up for the Broncos?
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Jason Romano
Terrible trade for the Broncos. Is Flacco really that much better than Case Keenum? They need to rebuild and get their QB in the draft.
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How long do you think until Harper and Machado sign with a team? What is the overall affect on free-agency when the marquee free-agents remain unsigned in mid-February?
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They should be signed within 10-14 days
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