Are the Boston Celtics for real?

The Boston Celtics have done a great job at beating inferior teams. At this point in the season only The Philadelphia Sixers, Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs are the teams that the Celtics beat who are above .500. The Celtics lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks. The Celtics did beat the Bucks in their second meeting.

The Toronto Raptors versus the Celtics is a statement game even though there are 70 games left in the season. The Raptors are 2.5 games behind the Eastern Conference leading Celtics. The Cavs struggles is giving an opportunity to a new team to take charge and replace them. The Celtics great start despite Gordon Hayward injury has surprised many. A victory over the Raptors would send an important message.

The Celtics Brad Stevens has proven that he can run a ball movement offense and balance scoring. Kyrie Irving is the only player who scores more than 20 points a game, Celtics have four players who score between 13 and 14.8 points a game and two player who score slightly above 9 points a game. It is impressive that the Celtics have 7 players who score over 9 points a game; that is something many NBA teams don’t have those type of numbers.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have 5 players who score more than 10 and 1 player slightly above 9. They are the closest to the Celtics balance scoring. The health of Irving is the key for the continued success and balance scoring for the Celtics. It is the same formula they used last year with Isiah Thomas.

The Celtics have taken advantage of a soft schedule to accumulate many wins early. A 50 win season will guarantee home court in the first round of the playoffs. Coach Stevens’ team hasn’t had a West Coast trip against some of the toughest opponents on the road will confirm what they are?

Will the Celtics remain the top team in the Eastern Conference?

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NFL teams rather throw season away than sign Kaepernick

The NFL owners, who own teams that have injured starting quarterbacks rather throw away a season than sign the original protester Colin Kaepernick. The Green Bay Packers (Brett Hundley) and Houston Texans (Tom Savage and T.J. Yates) and Arizona Cardinals (Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert). The season ticket holders, die-hard fans and players for each organization is furious with their team’s stubbornness.

Hundley is a 24 years old third year professional who head Coach Mike McCarthy believes in now and the Packers Coach wants nothing to do with Kaepernick. Hundley is 0 – 3 as a starter and the Packers weren’t competitive in any of the games. Aaron Rodgers was 4 – 1 as a starter. The 4 – 4 Packers are two losses from being eliminated from the playoffs.

The Texans lost Deshaun Watson to a devastating knee injury in practice. The Texans have Tom Savage the quarterback head coach Bill O’Brien wanted to play this season, while the rookie Watson learned. Savage got his job back; he is 0 – 2 as a starter this season and 1 – 3 in his career. T.J. Yates is 4 – 3 in his seven career starts is the back-up. The Texans are two games behind division leaders with 3 – 5 record.

The Cardinals lost Carson Palmer for the season and Stanton is the starter. The new Cardinals starting quarterback has a 9 – 5 career record.  The back-up Gabbert is 9 – 31 career and 1 – 4 last season as a starter for the San Francisco 49ers. He beat out Kaepernick for the starting quarterback. The Cardinals are 4 – 4 with Bruce Arians will play half the season without Palmer.

All three of the teams mentioned have made it easy for Kaepernick’s lawyer to have the required information to sue the NFL for collusion. The three teams new starters are 1 – 6 as starters this season with the only win coming against the Indianapolis Colts with Andrew Luck.  None of the quarterbacks mentioned will finish the season with a winning record and all three teams will likely miss the playoffs this season.

Will Kaepernick will his lawsuit?

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Free NFL Week 9 point spread picks 2017

I’m 21 – 19 after Week 7 and above .500 for a fifth consecutive weeks with a 3 – 2 record. The Chargers lost by 8 and Saints won by 8 fell short for me last week. The pressure to keep the winning total more than the losing column is on. Another tough series of games to pick from this weekend.

Baltimore Ravens versus the Tennessee Titans – 4.5

The Ravens defense and Joe Flacco playing will keep the game close. The Ravens don’t have to win just cover. Are the Titans that better than the Ravens to beat them by almost a TD?

Take the Ravens + 4.5

Los Angeles Rams against the New York Giants + 3.5

The Rams are 3 – 0 on the road, have won two in a row and have the better defense. Gurley is the best offensive player in the game. The Giants team chemistry isn’t good and head coach Bob McAdoo lose his job at the end of the season.

Take the Rams – 3.5

Atlanta Falcons versus the Carolina Panthers – 2

The inter-division battle are tough to choose. The Falcons are 3 – 1 on the road and Panthers 1 – 2 at home. I believe the trading of Kelvin Benjamin will help the Panthers offense by incorporating more speed at WR. The Panthers defense is better. Cam Newton wants to show that he is better than Matt Ryan.

Take the Panthers – 2

Washington Football Club against the Seattle Seahawks – 7.5

I dislike taking a team to cover more than a TD because I usually lose ie Saints last week won by 8 spread was 9.5. The Seahawks defense at home and offense line is getting better with LT Duane Brown. Seahawks 3 – 0 at home, won four in a row and have the better defense.

Take Seahawks – 7.5

Oakland Raiders versus the Miami Dolphins + 3

My favourite games to bet: two average teams, home team is plus a field goal and home team has better defense. Take the points. The Dolphins defense will keep this close and the Raiders aren’t the same team as last year.

Take the Dolphins + 3

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Only Blue Jays Cito Gaston…

An African-American have managed in six World Series Championship series. Dusty Baker San Francisco Giants (2002), Cito Gaston Toronto Blue Jays (1992 – 93) and Dave Roberts Los Angeles Dodgers (2017), Ron Washington Texas Rangers 2011 and 2012 . African-American lead their teams to the World Series 5 times since 2002 despite being only a few managers.

The only African-American Major League Baseball Manager to win a World Series Title? It is Toronto Blue Jays Cito Gaston and he was able to carry out the feat in back-to-back seasons 1992 and 1993. African-American managers Roberts, Baker and Washington lost.

Gaston deserves more credit for his back-to-back World Series Championships. Only 7 teams have won back-to-back (Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees (6 times), Oakland Athletics (3 times), San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays. The majority of the back-to-back World Series Titles were won before MLB integration.

Next season MLB will only have three minority mangers: Los Angeles Dodgers Dave Roberts (African-American and Japanese-American decent), Dave Martinez (Washington Nationals) and Joey Cora (Boston Red Sox) are Puerto Rican decent. All three are managers have excellent teams who may take part in the World Series next season.

The New York Yankees job is still available.

The MLB have 30 managerial positions available and only three minority managers. It is progress since the past two seasons only Baker and Roberts were the only minorities. Roberts and Baker led their teams to the playoffs two years in a row. Only Roberts left to try to make it three in a row.

Baker lost his job despite winning 95 and 97 his last two seasons with the Washington Nationals. Baker last two seasons with the Cincinnati Reds his team won 97 and 90 games. Baker’s last four seasons as a manager he won 90 or more games an incredible statistic. His playoff coaching was his downfall.

The fact minority managers taking over talented teams is major upgrade. The MLB owners are slow to realize minority managers can lead successful franchises that can make the playoffs. Martinez and Cora hopefully can continue tradition of successful minority hires. A World Series Title by another minority manger could help change increase the amount of minority managers.

Is Cito Gaston a Hall of Fame manager?

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NFL biggest trade impact 2017 Dareus to Jags

The NFL trade deadline saw many good deals for multiple teams who are playoff contenders who need immediate help. Many in the NFL media believe Miami Dolphins trading Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles is best the best deal of the day. I believe Marcell Dareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars defense is the best move at the trade deadline.

Ajayi gives the Eagles a talented running back who do more than run between the tackles. The football fans who loves fantasy football love the move because it is about improving offensive numbers. LaGarrette Blount and Ajayi gives the Eagles two powerful backs who will gain yards in bad weather and the playoffs. The Eagles 7 – 1 record and Carson Wentz play makes this an excellent move.

Kelvin Benjamin is now a Buffalo Bills. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s team is 5 – 2 with an excellent chance to make the playoffs for the first time in 17 years. Benjamin is a big target who has very good speed. He is a talented WR, but I don’t believe he is elite. He will make some big plays, drop easy catches and many times not physical enough to fight for the ball. Bills improved their WR unit since Benjamin personal statistics are better than the Bills WR group.

Jimmy Garoppollo to the San Francisco 49ers will give Head Coach Kyle Shanahan seven weeks to test if Garoppollo is a leader in the huddle, understand the offense and make the throws. Personally I think the New England Patriots won the trade with a possible 33rd or 34th pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

The Jacksonville Jaguars defense is one of the best and now they add a Pro Bowl type interior player Dareus to the mix. The Jags defensive line have Calais Campbell with 10, Yannick Ngakoue 6.5 and Dante Fowler Jr. 5.5 sacks in seven games. They also have interior lineman Malik Jackson former Super Bowl Champion with 3 sacks. The team have two excellent man-to-man cover defensive backs. Move pressure on the opposing quarterback means more sacks and interceptions for the Jaguars defense. The Jags great defensive season just got better.

Which player will make the biggest impact this season?

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Free NFL Week 8 point spread picks 2017

I’m 18 – 17 after Week 7 and above .500 for a fourth consecutive weeks with a 4 – 1 record. The pressure to stay keep the winning total more than the losing column. Another tough series of games to pick from this weekend.

Carolina Panthers versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 1.5

Both teams are in the middle of losing streaks. Who would you pick at QB Cam Newton or Jamies Winston? The Panthers are the better team and I’m getting points.

Take the Panthers + 1.5

Los Angeles Chargers against the New England Patriots – 7.5

The Patriots lost their best defender in Don’t’a Hightower, which makes an average defense worst. The Chargers are the masters of close games because of their defense. Philip Rivers always plays well when facing a top QB and this week it is Tom Brady.

Take the Chargers + 7.5

Dallas Cowboys versus the Washington Football club + 3

The Cowboys are the better team and must win key division game before Ezekiel Elliot is suspended. I should if he will every serve the suspension.

Take the Cowboys – 3

Oakland Raiders against the Buffalo Bills – 3

The Raiders defense is average and offense will struggle if the weather is bad without Marshawn Lynch. The Bills defense is improved and offense does just enough to win.

Take the Bills -3

Chicago Bears versus the New Orleans Saints – 9.5

The Bears won a football game with their starting quarterback throwing only 7 passes and completed four passes. They win because of the defense and turnovers. The Saints Drew Brees will score against any defense and their defense is playing excellent.

Take Saints – 9.5

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Texans Owner McNair comment unacceptable

The Houston Texans owners Bob McNair comment, “we can’t have inmates running the prison” during last week’s owners meeting. McNair can apologize, but he can’t take those comments back. Only 10 players had the courage to walk out and the players who did work were convinced by the coaching staff to practice.

The African-American players need to make a stand. The problem with football there are too many players on a roster. The solidarity is not strong enough. Every player should boycott one practice to send a clear message it was unacceptable. The Trump atmosphere of division and hatred towards another race is spreading.

McNair will not have to sell him team like former NBA owner Donald Sterling did over the comments he made during a secretly recorded conversation. The Texans owner is a powerful one and as long as the player show up for their paycheques he has nothing to worry about. The whole team won’t boycott a game. DeAndre Hopkins can boycott and affect the outcome by not being there to catch ten passes a game. Will this affect the Texans ability to sign prominent free agents?

There are a few owners who do believe the comments are right because they view their players as property that they are bought, traded or cut. The player’s contracts aren’t guaranteed and risk career ending injuries every time they step on the field. The NFL players aren’t allowed to be one and done NCAA players. Many play two years in College turn professional with no degree as safety net.

The African-American players who don’t tell their owner how they feel about the comments that makes many wonder how many owners think this way about their employees? The African-American player must convince their White colleagues that they stand with them against the 1%?

The quote that is usually used is, “the inmates running the asylum not prison’.Colin Kaepernick original protest was due to the fact African-Americans were dying at the hands of Police officers despite being unarmed.

Will McNair apology be enough to keep his lead?

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When will Cowboys Elliott serve his suspension?

The Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott will play again this weekend despite the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell six game suspension. Elliott’s appeals keep on delaying the inevitable. The NFL must show that a video (Ray Rice punching his wife) or a written confession (Josh Brown calling himself a monster) aren’t the only way a suspension will occur for a player.

Cam Newton disrespecting a female reporter drew a lot of negative press. Goodell’s stance and refusal to reduce the suspension from six to four is important for the NFL image with their female fans.

Elliott refusal to serve his suspension is affecting the Cowboys season. They are 2 – 3 after five games. The suspension will happen; it is only a question of when will it begin. The Cowboys would like to make the playoffs and having Elliott playing is a key to their success.

The on-going appeal process is damaging to everybody involved: NFL brand, commissioner, Elliott, the Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones. The NFLPA (National Football League Player Association) fighting for their client is their right until they run out of options. It doesn’t make it right.

The Cowboys play the San Francisco 49ers this weekend and hoping for a victory. The longer Elliott appeals his suspension now he may miss games seven to twelve. He could miss the two games against Washington and one game versus the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys leading rusher missing three intra-divisional games is blow to their playoff hopes.

Elliott deserves suspension for his poor behavior off the field. He is trying to get sympathy by stating the process isn’t fair. The Cowboys won’t make the playoffs this season with a 9 – 7 or 8 – 8 record. Too many teams will be above .500 for a Wild Card spot and Eagles 5 – 1 start means nine wins won’t be enough to win the division.

Can the Cowboys be above .500 without Elliott?

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Free NFL Week 7 point spread picks 2017

I’m 14 – 16 after Week 6 and above .500 for a three consecutive weeks with a 3 – 2 record. The underdog has covered 60% of the time this season. Another tough series of games to chose from this week.

Tennessee Titans versus the Cleveland Browns + 6

Tians quarterback Marcus Mariota has limited mobility. Browns number one pick Garrett will have a few sacks and pressures. The Browns defense is better than people think. DeShone Kizer hopefully is better in the Red Zone.

Take Browns + 6

Cincinnati Bengals against the Pittsburgh Steelers – 5

The intra-divisional battle usually means a close game when these two teams are playing each other. The Steelers offense looks better when they give the ball to La’Veon Bell. The Bengals aren’t afraid playing in Pittsburgh.

Take the Bengals + 5

New York Jets versus the Miami Dolphins – 3.5

The Jets have battled every game and Jay Cutler hasn’t shown anything. The game is a field goal type final score. The average teams take the points.

Take the Jets + 3.5

Jacksonville Jaguars against the Indianapolis Colts + 3

The Jaguars play one good game and follow that with a terrible one. This week is time for a good game. Jags defense will dominate the weak Colts offense.

Take the Jags – 3

Seattle Seahawks versus the New York Giants – 5

The Giants played their best game of the year last week against the Denver Broncos. The Seahawks offense struggles to score, but their defense will shut down the Giants offense.  Special teams may decide the point spread.

Take the Seahawks – 5

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Kaepernick law suit bad timing

Colin Kaepernick’s law suit to challenge why he hasn’t received an offer this season despite the many injuries to starting quarterbacks. The timing is poor because Green Bay Packers lost Aaron Rodgers for the rest of the season due to a broken collar-bone. I don’t believe the Packers will give him an offer after the lawsuit.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was on the sideline when the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Kaepernick ran for a playoff record 181 yards rushing against the Packers. McCarthy’s team still hope to make the playoffs this season with a 4 – 2 start.

Brett Hundley the three-year back-up quarterback is a talented back-up. The former UCLA Bruins starter will finally have the opportunity to start multiple straight games. He can make some plays and turn it into a huge contract because many teams don’t have a talented starting quarterback. The only other quarterback on the roster is Joe Callahan, which means the Packers must sign an experience back-up.

Kaepernick not waiting until the season was over is an error. The Tennessee Titans Brandon Wedden signing was a slap in the face earlier this season. The quarterback signed by Packers opportunity is a great one because it was for the rest of the season. Kaepernick missed a chance to get a serious offer or add ammunition to his law suit. The NFL owners aren’t trying to sign the best quarterback available to improve their roster instead they won’t sign Kaepernick no matter what happens in terms of injuries.

The NFL will use their high-powered lawyers and mostly win against Kaepernick lawsuit. The former starting quarterback in Super Bowl XLVII NFL career will end early. Next stop the CFL next season. We will never know if Kaepernick waited and Rodgers injury may have open the door for him.

Will the Packers sign Kaepernick?

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