In many ways, it seems ridiculous to be worrying about a 9-1 football team that is defending a Super Bowl championship. But as the Patriots head into Week 12, there seems to be an overall feeling of concern.
Re-drafts serve two main purposes: the opportunity to evaluate what teams would do differently if given the opportunity and to re-rank the players in each particular draft class. Unfortunately, team needs can’t be entirely ignored in re-drafts if they’re being done with logic in mind, but it only slightly impacts the exercise. To keep things simple, all the trades that happened on draft night will still happen even if it doesn’t make sense for the teams to execute the trade anymore. I don’t want to hear any “well, the Mavericks and Hawks would’ve never made that trade if Luka Doncic wasn’t available anymore.” That’s true, but it’s also trivial. Regardless of the means in which it happened, each team ultimately owned the picks they made and it will stay that way for this re-draft. Putting teams back in their original draft position is useless because even if those trades weren’t made anymore, some other unpredictable set of transactions would be. The order would still be wrong in this hypothetical alternate reality. With all that cleared up, here’s how the 2018 NBA Draft SHOULD’VE gone.
John Wall and Isaiah Thomas, now both on the Wizards, reminisce on facing off in their epic 7-game playoff series from 2017. The two point guards offer behind the scenes insight into the games and praise each other for their ridiculous performances. John Wall called it, "one of the best series in a long time".
For the first time in 25 days, the Celtics lost a game. Their brutal loss to the Sacramento Kings put an end to their 10-game win streak and moved them a half game behind the Lakers for the best record in the NBA. As the team boarded the plane to Phoenix last night, I'm sure Brad Stevens, Marcus Smart and the rest of the team were still thinking about what they could have done differently down the stretch. It may be for the best, however, that they don't have much time to second guess things before they take on the Suns tonight at 9pm.
We're onto another week of College Football. The season is dwindling down and the playoff picture is getting tighter and tighter. Another .500 week last week for me turns my record into 9-9. Once again, let's try and make some money.
The 2019 MLS Season will wrap up this Sunday when the 2019 Audi MLS Cup Final will kick off at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. In a rematch of the 2016 and 2017 MLS Cup, Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders will look to add to their trophy collections after a very convincing playoff run on both sides of the bracket. Neither side topped their conference’s standings with the Sounders entering as the two seed and Toronto at four. With both teams meeting for the third time in four seasons, and the series split 1-1, the contest is looking to be an instant classic when the two kick-off later this weekend.
Load management, or the practice of monitoring a player’s overall level of exertion on a day-to-day basis resulting in missed games, has turned the NBA world on its head. Everyone from sideline superstar Doris Burke to Celtics legend Kendrick Perkins are voicing their displeasure with this practice, while on the opposite side of the fence, fans are pointing to the decreased value of the regular season and the importance of the playoffs as reasons to why the league should permit this system of resting players.
On Saturday afternoon at 3:30 you could argue the two best teams in College Football will take the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium. It'll be the marquee game of the season to date as No. 2 LSU travels to Tuscaloosa to take on the No. 3 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. Let's dive into what should be a great game.
As the Celtics enter tonight's game in Charlotte, they sit atop the Eastern Conference as the lone 1-loss team, and only the Lakers have avoided a second loss out West. It's still early in the season, but this is as good a time as any for them to rack some wins up and position themselves well for the rest of the season. Two years ago they did just that when they went on a 16 game win-streak to open the season 16-2 -- a cushion that would help take some pressure off of them later on in the season when they lost Kyrie Irving.
Coming off my best week of the season, I should have seen this coming, my worst record of the season. I have a good feeling about this week based on matchups, but with some starting quarterbacks still down (Patrick Mahomes, Jacoby Brissett possibly), anything could happen. As a bonus, I’ll give you my pick for the #2 vs. #3 matchups in college football this weekend.