Monday, November 4, 2019

Whats Wrong With The Browns Comes Down To 3 Things

After another loss for the Browns this time in Denver there are 3 things they must do to turn their season around. The question is will the Browns make these three changes to right the ship. Let's look at the three things that must be done right away.

1. Freddie Kitchens must be willing to change and adapt. Now, this might be the hardest thing to do. Kitchens is a proud coach and is stubborn. He does not seem to like change and getting him to change and adapt could be a tough one. Kitchens needs to go back and make things simple for the team. He is trying to be too cute and fancy and it shows on the field of play. It seems he tries to make it tougher then it has to be. Sometimes when we talk football simple is better.

2. Tackle, Tackle, Tackle. The Browns have had a real issue this season with tackling their opponents. This is an area that really needs a lot of improvement. Last year the Browns were a lot better at tackling. I'm wondering how much losing Greg Williams as defensive coordinator had to do with the bad tackling now. The best part is this can be worked on at practice until it gets better.

3. Lastly, culture change must happen in the locker room. Watching the Browns play they look like a team divided. Most teams compete as one, but I do not see that in the Browns. It seems everyone has there own agenda and it seems winning is not one of them.

For Cleveland to get back on track these three things are a good place start. Will it happen I doubt it. Unless some kind of change is made it will continue to be a free fall for the Cleveland Browns and their season.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Baker Mayfield Walks Out Of Press Conference Say It Isn't So

It seems it just keeps getting worse for Baker Mayfield this season. He walked out of his press conference after he was not happy with some questions a reporter asked him. Baker has butt heads with this reporter before it seems. This is really no surprise as the season for Baker and the Browns continue to spiral out of control. Now one thing Mayfield has not learned yet is he cannot let reporters get under his skin. It just does not look good on him no matter if he is right. Reporters have a job and answering the questions no matter how dumb you think they may be is just part of your job.

Baker Mayfield is a young man that has a lot to learn and over time he will learn from this encounter with this reporter. Winning is what cures problems with the media. When you win they have less opportunity to ask you dumb questions. Right now the Browns are struggling and until they consistently start winning this will be an every week occurrence it seems.

Cleveland has a tough game in Denver and his single focus should be on them not a reporters questioning. Hopefully, Mayfield will learn that sometimes you have to play nice with reporters, but knowing Baker that's just not possible.


Friday, October 18, 2019

When The Hype Stops The Real Cleveland Browns Appear It Seems

The Cleveland Browns were given plenty of hype in the off-season and it seems the hype train has derailed already for Browns fans. Now the season is still early, but there was so much promise for the 2019-20 edition of the Cleveland Browns. What has gone wrong for the Browns this season? It can be narrowed down to a few things, and we will look at some of those things.

It all starts with the quarterback and Baker Mayfield has struggled with consistency and stays upright in the pocket. The offensive line has struggled and that has not helped Mayfield in his second year which was supposed to be his breakout season. When you have a young quarterback you must have every piece work together or they will struggle.

Cleveland has one of the best receiver group in the whole NFL, but they have not lived up to the hype as well. Why is that? Simply put it takes time to gel as a group and it may take a season together before you see any real success. OBJ, Jarvis Laundry are two of the best in the league and will be fine once they get more playing time together.

Out of everything so far this season the defense, in my opinion, has been the most disappointing unit of them all. They have had some injuries, but they are such a talented group. There is no excuse for giving up as many points and yards they have this season. They must get better if the Browns are going to improve this season.

Overall the Browns should be okay after next week's Patriots game. The schedule gets a lot easier which should help them out a lot. The bottom line is they must continue to improve every week if they want to be a playoff team.



Friday, October 4, 2019

Can Michigan State Keep It Close Against Buckeyes?

The Michigan State Spartans have won three of the last eight meetings between these two teams, but will that help them this time around. The Buckeyes are favorite by 20 and that could increase before kickoff. Ohio State could very well be the most complete college football team this year. They have destroyed everyone that has been in their way. Does Sparty even have a chance against this Buckeye juggernaut?

Mark Dantonio is a coach who seems to get the most out of his players in this game. He will need to devise a game plan to keep the Buckeye's powerful offense off the field as much as possible. Even if he does that Ohio State has a great defense as well Dantonio will also have to deal with. No matter how you look at it this could be an uphill struggle all game for the Spartans.

I do like Ohio State in this game, but I think it will be a lot closer then many people think it will be. Dantonio is a miracle worker when the odds are stacked against him. He has the knack to get his players to play their best game when it is needed. If Sparty can get a few breaks you never know what could happen. I do like the Buckeyes in a close one 27-24.




Sunday, August 18, 2019

NFL Preseason Scores Week3

Thursday, Aug. 15

Philadelphia Eagles 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 10
New York Jets 22, Atlanta Falcons 10
Baltimore Ravens 26, Green Bay Packers 13
Cincinnati Bengals 23, Washington Redskins 13
Oakland Raiders 33, Arizona Cardinals 26

Friday, Aug. 16

Buffalo Bills 27, Carolina Panthers 14
New York Giants 32, Chicago Bears 13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16, Miami Dolphins 14

Saturday, Aug. 17

Cleveland Browns 21, Indianapolis Colt 18
New England Patriots 22, Tennessee Titans 17
Houston Texans 30, Detroit Lions 23
Pittsburgh Steelers 17, Kansas City Chiefs 7
Dallas Cowboys 14, Los Angeles Rams 10

Saturday, August 17, 2019

NFL Preseason Schedule August 17, 2019

Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts4 p.m.
New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans7 p.m.
Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers7:30 p.m.
Detroit Lions at Houston Texans8 p.m.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams (at Honolulu)10 p.m.

Is It Time For DeMarcus Cousins To Think About Life After Basketball?

DeMarcus Cousins has had a rough time lately with injuries and this off-season is no exception. This time it is a torn ACL and he could miss the whole upcoming season with the Lakers. Cousins recently came back from a torn quad with the Golden State Warriors. You hate to see this happening to a player who is out there giving it his all to help the team. DeMarcus Cousins has to seriously look at maybe hanging his sneakers up after this latest injury.
When injuries start to mount up there comes a time where you must say to yourself is it worth it anymore. Fighting back from injury after injury is tough and many times it also weakens other parts of your body as well. Training has to become an all-out desire or you will never get back to where you wanna be. The question I have is will DeMarcus have the desire to make it back or will he decide to hang it up.
My personal opinion is DeMarcus Cousins will give it one more try, if another injury pops up he will call it a career. I think that is the right decision for Cousins at this point in his career.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Is Draymond Green Worth 100 Million Dollars?

Many people wonder if the Golden State Warriors were going to pay Draymond Green and they did to a tune of a 100 million dollar extension. Draymond Green is the kind of player that you love if he is on your team, but you hate him if you play against him. The real question is he really worth 100 million dollar extension that he got. Let's dig a little deeper into this extension and if the Warriors were smart to do this right now.

The Warriors are a team that needs a guy like Draymond Green and they knew it. Green gives them the tough defensive-minded guy who does not mind doing the dirty work down low. He can also take his man out of the key and to the wing or three-point line. It's tough to find a player that can do those things on a consistent basis. Draymond is also a guy who does not mind telling teammates when they are not doing their job. Case in point when he got into it with superstar Kevin Durant.

Draymond Green's stats really do not jump out at you, but he is a consistent player you can count on night after night. The only real drawback to Green is something he loses his cool and will get technical fouls. This can be an issue when the playoffs roll around. You need him on the floor and his technical fouls have been an issue in the past.

Overall I think the extension was warranted and a good move by the Warriors. The things Draymond to the team is invaluable. Finding a guy like him in free agency just doesn't happen these days.





Sunday, July 14, 2019

MLB Schedule July 14, 2019

1:05 pm Tampa Bay Rays @ Baltimore Orioles    

1:05 pm Washington Nationals @ Philadelphia Phillies 
    
1:05 pm Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees     

1:10 pm New York Mets @ Miami Marlins     

1:10 pm Minnesota Twins @ Cleveland Indians   
  
2:10 pm San Francisco Giants @ Milwaukee Brewers     

2:15 pm Arizona D'Backs @ St. Louis Cardinals     

2:15 pm Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals    

2:20 pm Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs   
  
3:05 pm Houston Astros @ Texas Rangers     

3:10 pm Cincinnati Reds @ Colorado Rockies    

4:07 pm Chicago White Sox @ Oakland Athletics    

4:07 pm Seattle Mariners @ Los Angeles Angels     

4:10 pm Atlanta Braves @ San Diego Padres     

7:05 pm Los Angeles Dodgers @ Boston Red Sox 

Can Lebron And A.D. Bring Back Showtime To Lakers?

Last season much was expected of the Los Angeles Lakers with Lebron James leading them. For a while, it looked like they were going to be a playoff team, but injuries took a toll on the Lakers. Fast forward into the offseason the Lakers have added a lot of pieces to the equation. Rajon Rondo came back and Boogie Cousins was also added to the mix with a lot of role players.
Maybe the biggest addition was adding Anthony Davis in a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans. Davis is a top player in the league and should help out James immensely. The only real drawback I see to Davis is he has been prone to injury. He has missed a number of games in his career, but besides that, he is a top-notch player in this league. Will this new addition bring back Showtime? Let's take a closer look.
I like the roster and we should see glimpses of showtime, but I have one fear and that is the injury bug. Many of these players have logged a good number of minutes during their careers and that could be a problem. If they can stay healthy this should be a very competitive team to watch, but if the injury bug hits this team will struggle to be a playoff team.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Kevin Durant A Go For Game 5 No Real Shock!

Kevin Durant has been out of action for a month, but he is a go for Game 5 in Toronto. Did anyone really think he would not show up sometime in the series? Durant is a player that can make a huge difference when healthy. The real question is what can Durant give the Warriors at this point down 3-1.

Many people think he won't make much of a difference, but I'm not of that thinking at all. I think Kevin Durant will play alot better then people think. Is he enough to make a difference tonight? I say yes as the Warriors need one more scorer and we all know Durant can fill it up.

Playing in Toronto is perfect for Durant as he loves being the villain and hearing the boos. All that does is fuel his desire. Toss in Drake and this has to be a much-watched game tonight. No matter what happens the ratings should be sky high for Durant's return.


Monday, May 13, 2019

Kyrie Irving And Big Brother King James Back Together Again?

Rumors are always a fun past time and one of the hottest right now is Kyrie Irving considering joining the Lakers and teaming up with Lebron James again. Can Kyrie really be considering this after the first breakup with James? Yes, it's possible from what I hear from various sources. Would this work a second time around? Let's take a look at what this could look like in Los Angeles.

Over time people get to look at things differently and I think both Irving and James do that now. James knows if he wants to win in Los Angeles he needs some help. Irving has realized he cannot carry a team by himself and is better as a sidekick. Both James and Irving have probably learned they are better as a team than apart.

If the Lakers want to win then they need to try and sign Kyrie Irving. When paired with James they make a lethal duo. Right now the Lakers are in flux and need talent and Irving fits the bill. If Irving and James can co-exist they may be able to bring back some of that old magic that dethroned the Warriors just a few years ago.



Sunday, April 14, 2019

Orlando and Brooklyn Make Early Statements In NBA Playoffs

The Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets were just supposed to be here for the fun of the NBA Playoffs, but apparently, neither team got the memo. The Magic stopped the Toronto Raptors 104-101 and The Nets beat Philadelphia by a score of 111-102. San Antonio stop the Denver Nuggets 101-96 as well which many people thought was an upset. Anytime you play San Antonio they can beat you. It's just the nature of the beast.

Now all three teams did come up with big wins, but the odds of them winning the series is still remote at best. Out of all three teams, Orlando has the best shot of pulling the upset. Why Orlando? Since the All-Star break, they have been playing very well. We all know how Toronto seems to shrink in the playoffs so I give Orlando the best shot.


Sunday, April 7, 2019

Texas Tech vs Virginia Did Anyone Have This In There Final Bracket?

Virginia was a team many had to make to the Final Four, but when the season started who knew about the Texas Tech Red Raiders. I will admit I was not one of the people. Give Texas Tech a lot of credit for making it to the big game.

After The Cavaliers was disappointed in last years tournament performance they came back and showed why they got a No.1 seed. Of course Auburn may disagree with that as they could be playing for all the marbles as well. Auburn had an unfortunate call go against them and lost it in the final seconds.

No matter who wins this tournament shows that anyone can get to the championship game. The key is playing well at the right time and get on a roll. Both Texas Tech and Virginia will get a chance to showcase what got them to this point on Monday Night!


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Bryce Harper Is Not Worth 330 Million What Are The Phillies Thinking

No matter what anyone thinks Bryce Harper is not worth 330 Million dollars. His contract is worth more then what the Boston Red Sox spend to win the World Series last season. The Milwaukee Brewers only spent 108 million to make the playoffs. I just think the Philadelphia Phillies could have spent money more wisely than on Harper.

Is Bryce Harper a supreme talent? The truth is he is very talented, but he also has his drawbacks as a player. He sometimes is all about himself and not the team. Yes, Harper is talented, but you have to outweigh the negatives as well. The Phillies were willing to bet on Harper, but I think 330 million is way too much for a player who can be a problem sometimes.

I guess only time will tell if Harper was worth that kind of money. He will need to produce quickly and often to justify his huge contract. I just do not see it happening, but I have been wrong before so only time will tell.


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Kentucky Dominates Tennessee But Are They For Real?

Everyone wanted to see how good Tennessee was, or if they were just a poll team that has gotten lucky most of the season. The truth is Tennessee is a good basketball team, but last night Kentucky was better. The game was in Rupp Arena before a prime time audience and Kentucky, in reality, had more on the line then the Vols. Kentucky is trying to catch Tennessee in the standings so a loss would have ended that for them.
PJ Washington had a huge game for the Wildcats, but it was Kentucky's defense that showed up big. They scrambled for the loose balls and did not give The Vols a chance to make deep runs at them. Kentucky showed that they can beat anyone if they come to play as a team. The real issue for the Wildcats is they do not give the same play game after game. They have been inconsistent at times during the season and that has hurt them.
Give the Wildcats credit as they played well for most of the game, but if they want to cut down the nets they must play like this all the time. Coach Cal knows if you want to be National Champions you cannot play inconsistent basketball. It will be interesting to see how Kentucky plays rest of the season. This was a great win, but they must build on it and play like this every game.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Do You Really Want Antonio Brown On Your Team?

It looks like Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to have a messy break-up, didn't we all really expect that to happen anyways. Pittsburgh stands to get a good haul for a trade, but what team is willing to take on Brown and his baggage. I'm sure there will be a long list of teams who want him, but many who will stay far away.

Brown is a player that when on the field is one of the best wide receivers in the league. With that also comes the other issues such as a diva on and off the field as well. There will be times where he will publicly cause a scene and could divide the locker room. This is something that most teams will not want no matter the talent level.

The team that trades for Antonio Brown will have a solid locker room where they will not let Brown drive a wedge between them. The quarterback also will need to have a thick skin as Brown will point fingers if the ball does not come his way a lot. Brown is super talented, but in the end, is it worth the added headaches. I think lot's of teams will pass on Brown, but some will jump at the chance to trade for him.


Monday, January 14, 2019

Kyler Murray Declares For Draft Is Baseball Or Football His Real Future

Kyler Murray declared for the NFL Draft which should not come as a shock to anyone. Murry is a two sports star and must decide between football and baseball. The Oakland A's have the right to Murray and will try to persuade him to play baseball instead of football. Will Oakland have any luck persuading Murray to just stick to baseball?

Now Murray is a great athlete and will do well at whichever sport he chooses. Looking over his college baseball stats and he was a good player. Nothing super really stands out to you from the first look. Over time he will become a better player, but becoming a superstar in baseball could be a stretch, but you never know.

Now football it seems to be more suited to his talents. He is a quarterback and he feels nature in that position it seems. He has had great numbers at Oklahoma and showed why many people believe he has a future in the NFL. The only real knock on him is his height. He is not real talent and some talent scouts think that could hinder him at the next level. I like Murray as an NFL quarterback and I think he will be very good if put in the right system. Only time will tell what he decides, but I'm leaning towards football.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Browns Officially Name Freddie Kitchens Head Coach


The Cleveland Browns could have gone in many different directions, but they chose to stay in house and hire offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens as their next head coach. Was this a good move? Or is it a gamble they hope will pay off big time for them? The answer to those questions we will find down the line as the seasons progress under Kitchens watch. Let's look at what we know and why this hired went down like it did.
Freddie Kitchens made the offense more innovative in a very short time and he won games and scored points. Maybe the No.1 thing he did was put Baker Mayfield in position to make plays and help win games. Baker Mayfield probably also lobbied for him to be the head coach as well. Now I really do not mind the hire, but I think he will need to hire some really good assistant coaches. Kitchens knows the offense, but they will need to hire a good defensive mind. The Browns defense is loaded with studs, but they need a good coach to get them even better.
I think Kitchens as an offensive coordinator was great, but as a head coach, only time will tell if that is a good fit. No matter what happens the Browns have got their man and the fans and the media will have to deal with it. Give John Dorsey credit so far in his tenure he has made very few mistakes. This could be a great hire if everything works out for him.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

North Dakota State Runs The Table On Way To Another Championship!

If you ask most people they have never heard of the North Dakota State Bison football program or should we say dynasty. They just completed another 15-0 season and another National Championship. This makes there 15th overall as a program in various Divisions they have played in. This season they started as the Pre-Season No.1 and they never moved from that spot. They ran the table and ended up with another National Championship after there 38-24 win over Eastern Washington.

How impressive is this program? Many people scoff at what they have done since they are not Division I, but the numbers speak for themselves. The Bison own a 112-8 over the last 8 seasons. That is a number that is very impressive. They even send players to the NFL on a regular basis. Carson Wentz played at North Dakota State so don't look down at these smaller schools as they also have talent. As people in North Dakota would say FEAR THE BISON!


Friday, January 4, 2019

Saying Goodbye To Mean Gene Okerlund

Over the years I have been a wrestling fan off and on, but the one guy that I never forgot or missed was a guy named Mean Gene Okerlund. Was he a wrestler? Nope! Was he someone that people missed when he was not on television? Yes, he was. Then who was this guy they called Mean Gene?

Mean Gene was nothing more than an announcer and topnotch interviewer. What set him apart from the others is he was a star at what he did. In fact, many times he was more popular than the guy who he was interviewing. That is rare in this business. Many people will tell Mean Gene was one of the most genuine guys in front of the camera and also behind the scenes.

Saying goodbye to a legend is tough. Mean Gene was 76 years old, but he gave us so many great memories. Mean Gene might be gone, but his memory will live forever. Below is a clip and from it, you can gather how great of an on-camera figure he actually was. RIP Mean Gene.





Thursday, January 3, 2019

Clay Matthews Once Again Snubbed By The Hall

It seems year after year Clay Matthews does not get any love from the Hall Of Fame football committee, but it's really no shock. When the committee announced the 15 finalists Clay Matthews name was nowhere to be found. Now the real question is what does the committee want or is there something Clay did wrong. Is his resume not good enough? Or is it a Cleveland thing that is holding him back.

Matthews is third on the all-time list with 1,561 tackles and played 19 years. I guess two of the things they do not look at is durability and making plays. This is what Clay Matthews was all about. You got a guy who showed up every Sunday to play and gave it his all. Isn't that what a Hall Of Famer is about being the best on and off the field of play.

The committee can give all the excuses they want but the reality is Clay Matthews should have at least made the list. Yes, there are other players who got snubbed as well but Clay Matthews has waited long enough. It's time he gets into the Hall Of Fame where he rightly belongs.



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Should The Steelers Consider Parting Ways With Antonio Brown?

When does the time come when no matter how good a player is you must part ways with them. The Pittsburgh Steelers might have reached that point with Antonio Brown. In recent years Brown has been a locker room problem and now this season there have been a few times where the diva has come out in Brown. Now his talent cannot be questioned at all. He is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL without a doubt, but when do problems outweigh talent.

Pittsburgh is at a crossroad with Antonio Brown and it seems a disconnect between Brown and some teammates have happened. The Steelers though have other talented receivers on the team which make it easier to get rid of Brown. On the open market, Brown should command some top talent in return. If I was the Steelers trading him is something I would consider. They can rebuild a team in many areas with the value they could get for him. Sometimes the headaches are not worth it and I think Brown was worn out his welcome in Pittsburgh.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

What Did We Learn From UCF After 40-32 Loss To LSU In Fiesta Bowl

UCF for the longest time has said they deserved to be in the College Football Playoffs, and with this loss, they have shown a great desire, but still not up to elite competition. I'm not saying that UCF played badly today, but they left a lot of plays on the field. To beat a team like LSU you must make those plays when given the opportunity. Better scheduling is something that UCF needs to do which will make them an even tougher team to handle.

LSU did show why they are an elite program by ending UCF winning streak and doing it with a depleted secondary. When it looked like UCF was going to make it close give LSU credit they did enough to keep them at bay. LSU is a program that will only get better and this Fiesta Bowl win can't hurt recruiting either. This was an entertaining game and both teams showed that they both belong in this type of game. On this day though LSU was just the better team right now.


Whats Wrong With The Browns Comes Down To 3 Things

After another loss for the Browns this time in Denver there are 3 things they must do to turn their season around. The question is will the ...