Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Predicting on Dec 08, 2013
Please rise from your fetal position, and assume a proper thinking posture. That means something different for everyone, as some might sit straight, while others will remain in that fetal position. Either way, it’s a few hours before kickoff on the first Sunday of fantasy playoffs. So embrace the fear, and let’s walk out on some limbs together.
Specifically, let’s strut out onto the Ryan Fitzpatrick limb, which is always a dangerous and horrible thing. Just maybe not today(?).
Posted by Drew Fairservice under Trades And Signings, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Mike Napoli, Carlos Beltran on Dec 06, 2013
The Yankees don’t have fun beards and don’t have sexy blue chip prospects lining their rotation like some teams. Instead, the Yankees pay top dollar for established stars and known commodities.
In signing Carlos Beltran to a thre-year, $45 million contract, the Yankees now have a glut of aging outfielders who are mostly DHs. The difference between Carlos Beltran and Vernon Wells or Ichiro or Alfonso Soriano is Carlos Beltran remains very, very productive. While his body might betray him, he can still provide value in right field.
The former center fielder showcased some defensive chops during the World Series and the RF job at Yankee Stadium is not the most challenging place to play. More so thanks to Ellsbury & Gardner gobbling up fly balls in left and center.
Beltran put very nice numbers for the Cardinals in 2013 and should take advantage of the short porch in the Bronx when hitting left-handed. The Yanks can pay somebody like Soriano to play for someone else or trade Brett Gardner for a starter if they so desire.
Posted by Justin Bourne under Morning Regroup on Dec 06, 2013
* Brad Richards had a goal and an assist. I always root for that guy, so I approve.
* Leafy goodness: my old ECHL linemate Trevor Smith scored the OT winner, while Kadri grabbed a pair and Bernier stopped 48 of 50 shots. Nahbad.
* The Sharks got owned, which was weird. Kunitz had two, which means Crosby had a quiet three assist night.
* Okay, Marty St. Louis, we’re all soooo impressed. You’re older and good at hockey, we get it. Two goals last night gives him 12 and 14 in 28 games this year. Jebus.
* Jeff Skinner had a hat-trick vs. Nashville. I feel bad that this kid gets hurt all the time.
Totally under-rated scorer.
* Jeff Skinner AND Taylor Hall had hat-tricks? It’s a fantasy hockey miracle for Bourne (not if you’re playing me, I guess).
Posted by Dustin Parkes under College Sports, NCAA Football, Jameis Winston, Florida State on Dec 05, 2013
The offensive coordinator appears complacent. It’s a rare sight. He’s smiling. Peacock postured, and certain. His pride is so pronounced that even the defensive coordinator – whose affinity for humanity seldom prompts insight – is able to immediately understand that something good has happened to his colleague.
“You’re in a good mood.”
The offensive coordinator doesn’t hear him.
“I said, ‘You’re in a good mood.’”
“What’s that? Sorry.”
“You look like you’re feelin’ good. What’s goin’ on?”
“Oh, yeah. I think I did it.”
“I invented the perfect play.”
The seeming lunacy of the statement doesn’t escape the defensive coordinator. He doesn’t know how to respond. He respects his colleague, but his claim is ridiculous.
“Oh yeah? Let me see it.”
Still dreamy, as though something mesmerizing is occurring in the distance, the offensive coordinator hands over his playbook. The defensive coordinator takes it, looks at the page, rests his finger on his mouth, twice stops himself from speaking and proceeds to not do anything for several seconds. The offensive coordinator continues his gaze toward the horizon.
“This is incredible.” The defensive coordinator can hardly believe what he’s seeing. “We have to run it. All the time.”
The two coaches call their players together. They line up. Even though the defensive coordinator knows exactly what the play will be, he can’t stop it. The offense scores a touchdown. It’s perfect.
“We have to try this again.”
They do, but a funny thing happens. As the ball is hiked, the right tackle slips and the defensive tackle is able to break through his block and sack the quarterback.
As some of you may be aware, I recently started a new gig here at theScore that sees me write/talk about the NBA as a whole on a full-time basis, so while I won’t be able to provide RaptorBlog posts and general Raptors commentary with nearly the same regularity, I hope you’ll continue to read/listen along with me this season (You can read my season preview here and my predictions here).
As for the Raptors, what I’m going to try to do is take some time every weekend to post my wide ranging thoughts on the week that was in Raps Land, in a similar fashion to how I usually wrote my “Thoughts On the Game” posts. Again, I’m hoping you’ll stop by on weekends to get the little bit of Raptors ranting I’m still able to do on a regular basis.
Other than, most of my Raptors thoughts and observations can be found through twitter, where I’m prone to my fair share of passionate Raps-related tirades.
As for the coming season, I’m predicting a 40-42 season for Toronto that results in a No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, though if Cathal Kelly’s Toronto Star report proves correct, Masai Ujiri and MLSE may blow things up before such a mediocre finish is allowed to fully take rot.
For what it’s worth, Kelly’s source indicates a 45-day deadline for the Raptors, which would take us to December 13. The Raps play Philadelphia in the 21st game of the season that night, and I’ve got them as a 10-11 (7-14 worst case scenario, 12-9 best case scenario) team at that point, so the question is really what will Ujiri find acceptable to continue with, and what’s his line in the sand of ‘we can’t go on like this’?
I also feel like with the Honeymoon period that exists between Raptors fans and Ujiri, he wouldn’t have lost any support had he decided to blow things up as soon as he got here to put this team in a better position to properly take a strategic step backwards this season, so I don’t quite understand the point of now reportedly setting a hard deadline on whether to tank or not if that’s they’ve wanted all along.
In any event, a Raptors season opener wouldn’t feel quite right without at least a little drama (last year it was DeRozan’s extension), so let’s get this intriguing season of questions under way, shall we?
For the first time ever in a UFC video game, EA Sports’ upcoming UFC title will feature playable female characters, headlined by UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and top bantamweight contender Miesha Tate.
“This is a great moment for videogames and for Mixed Martial Arts,” said Dean Richards, General Manager, EA SPORTS UFC. “In our commitment to delivering the most realistic fighting experience ever achieved, we wanted to represent the full spectrum of talent and diversity of all the fighters in the sport, including women who have become an undeniable force to be reckoned with.”
I’m not one for long goodbyes, but as previously mentioned in our last show, TBJ and theScore are going in separate directions, meaning this post marks the end of our tenure here.
Thank you to theScore for the opportunity to make something that shows just how much fun the NBA can be. And thank you most of all to anyone who’s listened, watched, read, commented, emailed or in any other way been even a small part of TBJ over the past three years. It has been awesome.
Bye for now.