What You Need To Know For #TNF & 4 More Things

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1991 Your Table Is Ready…

The last time the Lions won at Lambeau, the year was 1991 – The First Gulf War was over before the baseball season started, I’ve been to parties that lasted longer – Bill Clinton said he wanted to be President – Twins win the World Series – Magic has HIV – There was a shooting at Iowa University that 5 people lost their life – The Cold War officially ended when the Soviet Union dissolved after Gorbachev’s resignation – basically a lot of things.  The last time the Lions swept the Packers, was also in ’91.  So you begin to wonder about parrelels and destiny for a team that looked to go 0’fer in 2015 and are looking at an outside shot at the playoffs – if……..too many things fall their way.

Finally, the Football Gods have given us a reason to watch the #NFL on #TNF that doesn’t require a lineup.  Not that we won’t have one with guys playing tonight – but you do not need a lineup to enjoy this one.

Look, it’s hard enough to believe the Lions can sweep the Packers, but there is something about this new offense from Jim-Bob Cooter, or the emergence of Ziggy Ansah, or something seems weird about Aaron Rodgers lately, that the Lions DO have a chance at home tonight – either way here is DC*3PO’s top 5 for tonight, and make mine nostalgia for a Detroit victory +3:

Guys to watch on #DraftKings for Tonight’s game, according to DC*3PO

  • Aaron Rodgers $7,200 – 20.3 – 63%
  • Matt Stafford $6,100 – 18.8 – 68.1%
  • Calvin Johnson $7,600 – 17.4 – 68.1%
  • Randall Cobb $6,600 – 14 – 52.1%
  • Golden Tate $4,800 – 12.4 – 70.4%

2.

F.U.E.S.P.N

That is Keenan Reynolds.  The best Navy quarterback since some dodger named Roger won the Heisman, back in ’63.  Why should you care? Well for 1) he is the all time rushing-TD leader in the history of college football and 2) He WAS the leading vote-getter in the ESPN/Nissan Fan Poll – but ESPN removed him from the ballot.  Why?  Because, ESPN doesn’t show the Army/Navy game – CBS does – and the WorldWide Leader does not want to promote someone they do not feature…see last Heisman rant re: Baker Mayfield.  ESPN has tried to explain it to Deadspin – but let’s face it, it’s sh*tty politics and smells as bad.  Maybe if he wore a dress he could get some recognition from ESPN – until then you can at least go here: and vote for Keenan to at least be on the FAN poll – just search for “American” under conference, “Navy” under team and then Reynolds.


3.

Pistol – ShaQ – Ben

That is Ben Simmons and hopefully he never has to play for the 76ers and will just trade in his amateur Purple+Gold for professional Purple+Gold.  He leads the nation in rebounds per game and just had a 43 pt game – without making a 3.  That’s Pistol-Pete territory, who never averaged below 43pts/game in all 3 years he played for the Tigers (no 3pt arc nor shot clock – Insanity).

Oh, and Steph Curry had 28pts last night……in the third quarter.  Even Kobe scored 31 on 10-24 shooting…….just sharing the rock of love.


4.

Kirby & Richt 

Both men prove you can go home again – Kirby back to Georgia and Richt back to the U.  Can Kirby bring with him the PROCESS and make Georgia more relevant than they have been?  It’s a tall order because, like Les Miles, championships will be what matters at UGA – If in 5yrs there is still no SEC title, then what?  The real issue will be who Kirby takes with him from Alabama and to me it will be enough for Saban to leave ‘Bama and get back into the NFL – Colts?

For Richt, it’s more about culture building at the U.  He was Jim Kelly’s backup when the U was beginning to create its legacy.  For awhile now, Miami has been irrelevant and has no foundation.  Richt is a great coach and the media and people who know him say he’s an even better guy.  If he does for Miami, what he did for Athens and can re-fashion that secret sauce, Miami will become important again.


5.

The Unionization of Baseball

Marvin Miller advised Curt Flood not to sue. It would end his career, he told him. Even if he won, the court would never award damages. Flood had nothing to gain by taking baseball to court.

“But if we win,” Flood replied, “it would help my teammates, wouldn’t it? And it would help all the players in both leagues? It would help all of the players coming up in the future?” That, as Miller would later say, was Curt Flood.

Flood was one of a long line of players who worked to bring down the reserve clause. He eventually would lose his case before the Supreme Court, but his actions helped spur changes that would topple the clause within a few years. On April 10, 1976, Andy Messersmith signed as a free agent with Atlanta, and the reserve clause that had bound players indefinitely to their owners for nearly a century finally was defeated……(continue reading)

Source: The Unionization of Baseball – The Hardball Times

Getting Smart With: The Best DiRT – 10-28-15

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I asked for weird baseball, and Game 1 of the World Series delivered. On Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets played an epic marathon that ended in a Royals victory after 14 inni…

Source: Game 1 Of The World Series Was 14 Innings Of Weird | FiveThirtyEi


 

Right as Joe Buck was in the middle of reading a promo for a new show on Fox, the network’s World Series broadcast cut out Tuesday night, depriving audiences at home of a complete description of The Grinder.

Source: Relive Fox’s World Series Broadcast As Everything Went To Hell


It is still fun to watch the Warriors play basketball, plus three other things we learned on the NBA’s opening night.

Source: NBA scores 2015: Stephen Curry rips off 40 points on opening night and 3 other things we learned – SBNation.com


The 76ers are paying $26 million in dead salary just to hit the NBA’s salary floor. By doing so, they don’t have to pay the difference to players on the team.

Source: Philadelphia 76ers are paying $26 million in dead salary to hit salary floor – Business Insider


DeAngelo Williams and William Gay received fines for not raising cancer and domestic violence awareness in the league-mandated ways.

Source: The NFL is fining players for raising awareness about breast cancer and domestic violence – SBNation.com


About $4 million per year is donated to help former NFL players with medical expenses and financial hardship.

Source: Where does the money from NFL fines go? – SBNation.com


Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, who has dealt with the effects of epilepsy since 2005, has retired, effective immediately. Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys will take over as interim coach.

Source: Jerry Kill retires as Minnesota Golden Gophers football coach


The East and West might appear to each have a veritable division championship, but remember when the Rebels beat Alabama? That still comes into play.

Source: Florida-UGA should decide the SEC East. The West has LSU-Bama, but don’t forget Ole Miss – SBNation.com


Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin were the perfect pair to bring the NHL to new levels of popularity, but the rivalry between the two greatest players of their generation dissolved over time.

Source: 10 years of Crosby and Ovechkin: Bad bounces derailed the rivalry | NHL | Sporting News


The prospects for the more than 300 employees laid off are bleak in a sports media industry riven by cutbacks, ageism and shrinking cable TV audiences.

Source: Soulful to soulless: Former ESPN employees blame overspending, Disney for layoffs


 

Source: Fantasy sports group aims to stem regulation by fixing self

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Ray Lewis Explains ‘How He Did It’ In New Book

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1. No Weapon

Ray Lewis has a new book and ESPN is Car-Washing their own employee.  If you watch Ray Lewis, you’re surprised he wrote a book, clearly it was dictated more than written, with some fancy editor doing the spit-shine into the wee hours to make it presentable/readable.  It is still surprising how he has a job and has avoided any criticism in the deaths of two men, when people are being fired at ESPNThis Is Sportscenter.

Never forget that “No Weapon”-Ray has as many Superbowl rings as murder indictments.  He was there, he knows what happened and maybe he never actually killed anyone, but maybe he was just the mob boss in the crime – still guilty.  Hearing how he explains it all in his book, makes it more a “crime of passion” with no real explanation of what happened – he was just straight pimpin yo.

Source: Ray Lewis discusses Atlanta murder trial in new autobiography – CBSSports.com


 

2. Are We There Yet?

The 20-year saga of the NFL’s absence from the nation’s second-largest market, Los Angeles, appears poised to come to an end.

The lack of a team in L.A. has not been for lack of effort or attention. I remember my first NFL owners’ meetings, when I joined the Packers in 1999; a key agenda item of the meetings was—you guessed it—Los Angeles. At that time, the brief momentum for L.A. fizzled as an expansion team was placed in Houston, with the $700 million expansion fee paid by Texans owner Robert McNair.

Since the Rams and Raiders left L.A. in 1995……

Source: The Race for L.A. Heats Up

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7 Things You Should Read Before Lunch

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courtesy of mmc-news.com

1. Score-onto

The Blue Jays, comfortable and eager to get back to the Homer-Dome, did so in electric fashion.  Tulo and Donaldson both hit bombs in a 6-run 3rd inning to blow the game open, and KC made the final score look closer than it was and actually out-hit Toronto.  Aside from the explosion of runs, someone tell me how a player gets ejected BEFORE the top of an inning as Tulo did in the start of the 8th?  When will MLB crack down on these clowns who think they are just as important as the players – NEWSFLASH, you don’t like it when players argue balls and strikes – then call the damn strikezone correctly and stop having different variations per umpire on what bottom of the letters to knees means.

2. 3-3 #SetYourGoals

At one point the Giants had 8:19 left in the game and that was enough time for them to get 3 more 3-and-outs.  This game was so terrible to watch that I began to count the penalties and turnovers – I stopped at 18 and 6.  If you are a Cowboys fan ,you can not be happy, because your while your team has no running back and is beset with injuries – you feel that until Romo comes back you’ll just keep sliding – meanwhile the Eggles are tied for 1st, and that’s really sad.

3. Invictus

We have 5 undefeated teams and at no time has this many teams been unbeaten, this long into a season.  So it got Rob Maaddi thinking over there at the Associated Press and he came up with the idea that Superbowl 50 could feature two undefeated teams.  We should all “friend” Rob in hopes he shares with us, whatever it is he has, because I’d like to see a sky like that in my world just once.

  • GET READY FOR A PAIR OF 18-0 TEAMS IN THE SUPER BOWL – Five teams are undefeated after six weeks so we just might see a team in each conference go 16-0, win two playoff games and face off for the NFL championship in February with history on the line.  You guessed it, it’s overreaction time.  The Patriots (5-0), Bengals (6-0) and Broncos (6-0) are the AFC’s undefeated teams and the Packers (6-0) and Panthers (5-0) are the NFC’s undefeated clubs.  Can one of them run the table……(continue reading)

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4. Deadline Deals

You forget that the NFL changed the NFL trade deadline so more teams might make mid-season trades to dominate more and more of the news cycle and make it as exciting as it does for baseball.  Not sure if it has caught on, because until Jason Hirschorn brought it up on Sports On Earth, I had forgot all about it being a possibility.

  • NFL PRE-DEADLINE TRADE CANDIDATES – With more time for teams to figure out whether or not they can contend this season, the prospect of significant deadline trading has increased. According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, “Several NFL executives believe this could be a more fertile trade deadline than normal, with clubs now adjusted to the later deadline and with there being a growing delineation between the haves and the have nots.”……(continue reading)

5. It’s A Matter Of Anti-Trust

TV programming will change – how it is consumed, how it is watched, and how it is paid for.  The reason?  You should not have to pay for things you do not want or will not watch.  I do not care about the Kardashians, or Honey Boo Boo, or any other nonsense that was being paid for in satellite/cable bill – so I dropped it, and until the day arrives where I can pay for what I want to watch then it will be a good day.  Maybe that’s all these guys are complaining about in their lawsuit against the NFL, DIrecTV, CBS, etc…

  • NFL, Networks Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over TV Rights – Five plaintiffs who have purchased Sunday Ticket from DirecTV have filed a class action lawsuit against the NFL and its teams, as well as DirecTV, CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC, claiming that exclusive distribution agreements have driven up the cost of pro football telecasts in violation of antitrust law.  The lawsuit, filed on Friday in U.S. District Court in New York, takes aim at NFL Sunday Ticket, calling the distribution agreement “unique among American sports” and claiming that it has enabled the defendants to charge “exorbitant prices,” as much as $359 per season……(continue reading)

6. Moving Day

An interesting point was brought up by Nick Wagoner at ESPN – What if the Rams were denied Los Angeles, would they still move?  Sounds a lot like if a tree falls in the woods.  For the NFL, the are letting the fans of St.Louis, San Diego and Oakland speak at the end of the month – like the NFL gives a damn, but they’ll placate you anyway.  If a team wants to move let them and make them build whatever diaphragm looking structure they want on their own dime.  watching the NFL on TV is better at home anyway and if you’re a fan you can watch YOUR team from any city, so….


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Big Boss Snake

I was head coach of the Raiders the entire time Kenny was there and he led us to a whole bunch of victories including one in Super Bowl XI,” Madden said. “I’ve often said, If I had one drive to win a game to this day, and I had a quarterback to pick, I would pick Kenny. Snake was a lot cooler than I was. He was a perfect quarterback and a perfect Raider.

“When you think about the Raiders you think about Ken Stabler. Kenny loved life. It is a sad day for all Raiders.” – John Madden

The original renegade.  If you were lucky enough in the 70’s, then you knew that each Sunday afternoon from Oakland was like a Western – you knew who the bad guys were and you may have rooted for them anyway.  One of the best football players not in the Hall of Fame. He was the fastest quarterback to 100 wins (in only 150 starts, a mark that has since been topped by Tom Brady, Joe Montana, and Terry Bradshaw), and was named to the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team as he led the Raiders to a winning record every year from 1973 to 1979.

Critics will argue that “The Snake” was a solid-to-very good quarterback but not as good as his 11 Raiders teammates from the 1970s who are in the Hall of Fame, or another guy who isn’t, but would be a more worthy selection (wide receiver Cliff Branch).

Stabler had a propensity for turnovers. After Stabler won the passing title and a championship-winning 1976 season, he went thru a four year period throwing a combined 100 interceptions. He finished with 222 compared to 194 touchdown passes in a 15-year NFL career.

Today, Stabler never would have gotten the chance to keep slinging it time and time again after turnovers. He would’ve gotten benched. Even Brett Favre, never hurled more than 20 interceptions in consecutive seasons during what will be a Hall of Fame career.

He is beloved in Oakland and rightfully so, but as a Saints fan, it can be complicated.

In 1983, “The Snake”, playing for New Orleans lost 21-20 to the Cowboys in Texas Stadium. They were up 20-19 very late in the 4th quarter and Stabler was sacked in the end zone for a safety and they lost by one – snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. It might be the first game in NFL history that the game winning play was a safety. The Saints missed their first winning season and first ever playoff berth by one game.  Knowing the Saints, they would never have had the chance without him.

Stabler, though, was not about mistake-free fotball or gaudy statistics – sure, Namath was the flashier ‘Bama QB – The Snake was about coming thru in the clutch and just winning baby – which is something no QB did more of, at the time.  He WAS the Raiders, the general – a no-sh!t, renegade who never cared what anyone outside the Oakland locker-room thought.


He was part of historically classic games – the Holy Roller


The Ghost to the Post


…and the sea of hands! Curt Gowdy called it the greatest game he had ever seen and along with the 50,000 fans in attendance and the 40 million that watched on tv – pre-cable, pre-internet – clearly agreed.


Kenny didn’t care how it looked – he cared about one thing:

Just Win Baby!


 

Did Schefty do anything illegal? No.  Whomever gave him the medical files of JPP sure did.  From that, the question becomes one of ethics and whether or not Adam Schefter SHOULD have.  the decision he made is open for debate.

Media entities often publish leaked or otherwise confidential information.  The New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize for publishing the Pentagon Papers – Top-Secret-Classified documents.

JPP’s finger is not Vietnam.  The public interest is far less significant.  So we should consider that a factor on evaluating the ethical responsibility of serial-tweeter who works for ESPN.  If Schefter had the information and verified the source – it is not, necessarily an ethical violation to publish it.

Does it make him look bad? Yes.  Publishing images of medical records is unheard of and seems more of an invasion of JPP’s privacy, further outweighing the newsworthiness of the information.  So, Schefter now balances his ethical footing as a reporter – who has to continue to seek out sources, and keep the trust of the players he reports on – probably not worth it when he looks back on it all.

Monday Dreg

Is this Kentucky? – andersiano.deviantart.com

Ball 1:

The Karmic-Wheel of Justice has two games remaining to rip out the hearts of big blue’s die-hard fans.  We told you how to beat Kentucky and Notre Dame gave it a shot, but something happened when Jerian Grant decided to not pass the ball on ND’s last 3 possessions.  Does it make a difference?  Who knows, but there is a case to be made for that kind of hero-ball costing a team a chance at victory.  Of course, maybe it’s just the (bad) luck of the Irish this year.  That’s twice, in two sports, the Fightin’ Irish have taken the number 1 team in the land to the wire, only to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Now, we have the Final Four set and to be played in Indianapolis.  It will be interesting to see what kind of controversy is made or mentioned with Indiana’s new law.

For Kentucky to lose to Wisconsin, LSU gave you the formula:  Athletic big men who can rebound and start fast break points.  Wisconsin is averaging 80+ points per game and Wisconsin has to continue to make buckets from downtown.  Kaminsky gets the press, but Dekker has been the guy in the tournament and he has to continue to light it up.

When it comes to ‘Tucky, everyone has a plan until your punched in the mouth.  In this rematch it is size versus experience because both teams have talent.

What is it about Izzo‘s teams that seem to peak in the tournament.  If you saw them before the tournament, against quality opponents you would never believe they’d be in this position, and yet…

So how does Sparty beat Duke – they have to keep drinking whatever kool-aid they have been and hope the “magic” lasts.  Michigan State is the least talented team left, but might be the team that play together best.

For Duke they have to focus on Mich.St’s guards and shut them down.  Duke plays the most uptempo of anyone left and needs Winslow to keep doing what he’s doing, averaging: 14pts, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, plus 1 block and 1 steal a game.

It’s been a long time, it seems that we have three really talented teams in the Final Four that all would be worthy champions – Saturday we shall see.


Ball 2:

Leave it to the sycophantic media, angry they don’t get enough of the jock-strap tea to slurp.  Dennis Dodd, member of the media, takes to twitter to flame Rodgers because…He has seats better than he does at the game?  Is allowed on the court?  Dating Olivia Munn?  Has hair?  Probably all of it and he brought up most of it in his twitter rant, only when Rodgers declined to be interviewed – as it was about Wisconsin making their second trip to the Final Four, in as many years, to play Kentucky again.  As you will see below – Dennis Dodd acted like a petulent child.  Aaron Rodgers does not need any more help in justifying his place on the court or in the stands, he did just fine by himself.  But why the outcry?  Where was it last year when he was in the stands, in the locker-room?  So what if he never went to Wisconsin (he went to Cal), he has worked in the state for over a decade.  Does that not earn him the right to support the local school they same way they support him?  As for Dodd, the irony is thick, coming from an entitled reporter who gets press passes to any event he wants – complaining on how Rodgers gets special treatment.  Dodd, He’s a NFL-MVP Quarterback and is dating an actress – welcome to ‘Murica!  Besides, how does Dodd justify himself being there – he’s a football writer and never went to Wisconsin either.

Rodgers took notice of Dodd’s manbaby tantrum and responded:


Ball 3:

We have 6 days until the season starts and in honor of that, here is what some high heat looks like.  So go out there, win your beer-league and get a good pitch to hit.  Opening Day around here is treated as a National Holiday – all you have to do is say the words and the room airs out, the light pours in.  No other day represents endless possibilities like Opening Day.  No scores yet, no losses, no blame or disappointment and no hangovers, until at least the game is over.  It’s a signal that the world is waking up from it’s cold slumber, to give way to longer, warmer days, worries as light as the clothes we wear and even the best part of the worst day is knowing it’s all going to be ok.


Ball 4 – take your base:

Only because Sportscenter had to talk about Wrestlemania XXXI last night.  Not sure how that fits within the sporting narative of the world-wide leader when the they just as easily could have opened with the season finale of The Walking Dead – It’s the same thing.  Don’t get me wrong, I have friends, actual grown-ups who watch and follow – and I myself have dallied in the male soap-opera.  But ESPN deserves a C’mon man.  It is not a sport.  A Sport is defined by me as something that is athletic and requires some sort of defense, or prevention of your opponent from scoring.  Chess is game that has defense but no athleticism.  Golf has neither.  Cycling is the worst, it has athleticism but no defense and is nothing more than what any 5yr old can do – except for enduring more pain than the other guy – and they can’t do that very well with all the blood-doping+drug use.  Wrestling it’s fun, it is athletic, however knowing the ending is predetermined, eliminates it – None of this takes away the joy you can find in any non-sport-endeavor.

There seemed to be a lot of surprises dropped this year providing salvation to a crazy week leading up to it – or so I hear – Rousey shows up with the Rock, etc – it appears to have been a blockbuster – I never knew that a guy could lose in another match – bring a briefcase to “buy-in” and steal the heavyweight title from the two guys who wearing killing each other to win.  Looks like I’ve got to watch RAW tonight to find out the DiRT.

  • Full WWE WrestleMania 31 results and winners…
    Seth Rollins defeated Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns in a Triple Threat Match to win the  WWE World Heavyweight Title
    John Cena defeated Rusev to win the WWE United States Title
    Daniel Bryan defeated Dolph Ziggler, R-Truth, Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper, Stardust, and Bad News Barrett in a Ladder Match to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
    Triple H defeated Sting
    AJ Lee and Paige defeated The Bella Twins
    Randy Orton defeated Seth Rollins
    The Undertaker defeated Bray Wyatt
    The Big Show won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
    Cesaro and Tyson Kidd  defeated The Usos, Los Matadores, and Big E and Kofi Kingston in a Fatal 4 Way to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles

DiRTy Plays – ThREesDay

March 26th, 2015
***No Games on FanDuel tonight so we have posted a list of new info for Draftkings on our daily DiRTy Plays just click here to be taken right there.

Shots Up

To recap Mega Slam Wednesday, it can be said in one word, Thriller!  There were 26 teams in action last night and there was no shortage of close games, game winning attempts, blowouts, playoffs implications and injuries.  It makes you wonder why we sit here on Thursday morning and there is only one game of action tonight.  For all of you avid NBA Fantasy players you get the day off today.  I don’t know about you but I was surely disappointed to find out that Milwaukee and Indiana is the only game I will get to see tonight.  Especially considering the games that went down last night.  We started off the night with the Bulls and Raptors and the Bulls showed why they are still in the hunt in the Eastern Conference and why the Raptors are looking at another first round exit.  raptors_fallingThe Raptors have been reeling of late and given the fact that Kyle Lowry can’t seem to stay on the court over a bruised back, it doesn’t surprise me that Raptors find themselves falling hard down the stretch.  The Bulls however are starting to get healthy and with Derrick Rose seemingly ready to return to action in two weeks, they are a team to look out for moving forward.  We quickly moved to the Miami Heat game and I fully expected them to tank that game given the fact that Dwayne Wade was (resting) and Whiteside had to get ten stitches in his hand the night before.  They unpredictably came out on fire and got huge contributions from Haslem and Dragic.  While they did let the game get close they were able to pull it out and remain on top of Boston, there was a moment with about three minutes left that I thought, are they going to lose on a buzzer beater again!  The Atlanta Hawks got back on track with a victory against the Magic last night.  For all you fantasy players, this was the game to watch.  If you had Millsap, Payton and Korver, then you kicked off the night with a great start.  If you added Carroll, Harris, Teague and Vucevic then you were sitting around 275 on Fan Duel with two guys to play. George Hill hit a shot late to secure victory over the Wizards, who just like the Raptors, are looking at falling into the playoffs.  What happened to this team that started out so hot?  The only thing I can tell you is I believe it all comes down to Gortat for the Wiz.  wizards_fallingI wrote an article three weeks ago, highlighting Gortat, where I was able to determine that if he plays 30 minutes in the game then the Wiz are 19 – 3. Unfortunately, it appears that they haven’t figured this out just yet and so he continues to play around 28 minutes and they continue to lose.  Some other thrilling games were the Nets against the Hornets and I can’t believe I am saying this, the Lakers versus the Timberwolves.  Brook Lopez continued his fantasy hot streak as he lit up the Hornets for 34 points and 10 rebounds, accumulating 54+ fantasy points for only the second time all year.  The Lakers pulled out an overtime victory against Minnesota and the star of the game was Chase Budinger.  If you follow our DiRTy Plays then you would have known, he was one of our key Sleepers last night and he did not disappoint.  What I took away from these games is that if Thad Young plays, Lopez is unstoppable, if Young misses time as he got injured last night, Lopez will be an over priced center for your daily lineup.  As for the Lakers and T-Wolves, what can you say, the T-Wolves give it all they have each night.  The Lakers are quietly tanking in hopes of top 3 draft pick this summer to make one last run with Kobe.  Nothing would please me more than to see the Lakers add Kevin Love this summer, get Randle back and add a strong small forward to the mix, who can shoot threes.  You keep Lin and Clarkson as your point guards and now the Lakers might compete for the 7th or 8th seed next year.  We finished the night with Rockets holding off a late surge by the Pelicans, 95 – 93.  What was crazy about this game was the fact that the Pelicans were up 16 early in the first half, only to relinquish it in the second half.  They were down 12 when Anthony Davis jumped up and stole a full court lob.  As he came down, he tapped shoulders with Cory Brewer and went to the ground.  I immediately thought to myself, there he goes again, he can’t stay on the court and will he be another tragedy of big men who can’t stay healthy.  He did return and almost lead a come back but clearly his shoulder is going to require surgery.  I welcome the thought of an NBA player, playing through the pain, attempting to make the playoffs.  We just don’t see that these days and instead we get a bunch of guys complaining about chartered flights, back to back games and an otherwise grueling schedule #INeedRest.  Don’t get me started on that again but thank you Anthony, you put a glimmer of hope back into my mind that not everyone is as soft as these guys are today. That said, I fully expect Davis to require surgery this summer and hope that he will be back at it next season because the Pelicans are not going to make the playoffs.  The last game was the Spurs and Thunder.  A marquee matchup, highlighted by ESPN, we got what the Thunder really are, HOPELESS!  They got blown off the court and no MVP that I can remember every took a beat down like that so good-bye to this notion that Westbrook deserves to be in the MVP race.  No one put Kevin Love in the MVP race last year, while he put up 26 points and 11 rebounds per game, every night. The reason for this is simple, they didn’t WIN and neither are the Thunder.  Good thing there is only 10 games left and they have a three game lead.

It’s On The Way

Let’s have a quick breakdown of the NBA playoff picture and highlight some key games coming up over the next few days.  In the East we have a crazy race to the 8th spot. It’s going to come down to who can win games against each other down the stretch.  EasternBoston, Indiana, Charlotte and Brooklyn will probably all finish 8 or 9 games under .500 and yet they will be rewarded with a first round playoff birth against the Atlanta Hawks.  Most might think that they would get blown off the court but come playoff time a team that I think can beat the Hawks is the Indiana Pacers. It appears that Paul George is going to return here shortly and if the Pacers can squeak in, while George gets game ready, they would be a team that has the ability to compete with the Hawks.  That said only one game separates these four teams, with the Heat and Bucks, only two and four games ahead.  If one of those teams hits a cold spell or catches the injury plague then we might get two of these bottom feeders in.  It does however, appear that we are going to get three teams under .500 to make the playoffs in the East and that makes me sick!

The Western Conference is an entirely different situation.  If you watch or listen to any sports radio or talk shows on ESPN, they are constantly talking about the WesternThunder and Warriors potential matchup.  I certainly hope that last night’s beat down of the Thunder will quiet these folks.  I don’t care how well Westbrook appears to be playing.  If you actually watch his games, like I do, then you would quickly see that he loses just as many games for his team as he wins.  Yes, he is playing lights out when you look at the stat sheet and for guys like me that are constantly after fantasy value, he is your guy.  If you want to win games in the West, you cannot afford to have a turnover machine and a guy that jacks up 15 foot jumpshots with a one on four break.  That team NEEDS Durant if they are going to have any shot and that has seemingly been shot down.  Look for the Suns to make a push down the stretch and squeak in this year and leave three All-Stars watching from home.  It’s not that I don’t like the Pelicans chances but as I continue to say, Davis is hurt, he is giving it everything he can but he is not enough. Tyreke Evans is not a point guard and until the Pelicans have one that can actually take the court.  I do believe that we will have ten, yes count them, ten teams that go over .500 in the West.


Teams like the Jazz, who have been playing very well during the back half of the season are going to finish a few games under .500 for the season with a bright future.  The talks of just taking the top sixteen teams to the NBA playoffs in the future is something that I embrace.  Embrace change and think outside of the box.  It is visionary people that lead our country, fortune 500 companies and I would like to think lead our major sports.  Do we really need to watch teams that can barely beat the Nuggets on a night in a night basis for a 7 game series?  I say NO!  Make this change while at the same time rewarding the team that makes the last spot in the draft with a top 5 lottery pick.  You reward the teams that want to win and take away from the teams that seemingly want ten centers on their team, Philadelphia.  I can’t even tell any of your players apart with the exception of Noel and Covington.  Noel is your big man and Covington should be your shooting guard.  The rest should be sent to the D-League along with your management team for building a team of centers in a league full of guards.

Score It

Let’s breakdown how we are doing in our daily NBA Fantasy leagues.  It has been a journey but after two months of full-time, NBA work, we are proud to produce a $2,840 profit on Fan Duel and almost $700 on DraftKingsWe have finalized our lineup analyzer, salary breakdown analysis and highlighted Must Haves, Sleepers and Notable players for each night.  While we do highlight some of these features, for one day only, I will be providing you the full breath of this offering tomorrow.  We get a return of 26 teams into action for a Friday night frenzy.  I will show you all the science and math it takes in order to truly be profitable on these sites, while providing you the end result you are after, winning. Come back tomorrow and check out my DiRTy Plays!

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  • Started with $100 deposit on January 16th, 2015.
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  • Profit for the week of March 23rd is a total of $223.50 as we have looked to increase our overall number of entries and entry fee contests to validate results on all levels of players.

Fan Duel Top Tournament Results:

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DraftKings Earnings:

  • Started with a $50 deposit on February 15th, 2015.
  • Earnings through March 25th, 2015 are $693.57
  • Profit for the week of March 23rd is $87.00

Results from Draftkings 

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