MLB: First day of the playoffs
Houston Astros (Zach Greinke) at Minnesota Twins (Kenta Maeda)
Chicago White Sox (Lucas Giolito) at Oakland Athletics (Jesus Luzardo)
Toronto Blue Jays (Matt Shoemaker) at Tampa Bay Rays (Blake Snell)
New York Yankees (Gerrit Cole) at Cleveland Indians (Shane Bieber)
Astros: 2 Twins: 4
White Sox: 6 Athletics: 3
Blue Jays: 1 Rays: 2
Yankees: 4 Indians: 0
NFL: Kansas City Chiefs def Baltimore Ravens 34-20
In one of the most highly anticipated Monday Night Football games in recent memory, 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs outdueled 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in a game that wasn’t as close as the score would indicate. Mahomes was on fire from the get-go, ending the night with 385 yards and 4 touchdowns. Jackson, on the other hand, struggled all night, only passing for 97 yards while picking up another 83 on the ground. Jackson has made huge strides as a passer, but seemed to revert back to his rookie year form missing easy throws and reads throughout the game. Given how talented both teams are, there might be a rematch in the playoffs if these teams live up to their expectations.
NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football
In a potential AFC Championship Game preview, the Baltimore Ravens welcome the Kansas City Chiefs to M&T Bank Stadium in a must-watch Monday Night Football matchup. With arguably the two best quarterbacks in the NFL, 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes leads the high octane Chiefs against 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson and the high octane Ravens. Although both teams have defensive talent, this game will likely be won by the team that gets the best play from their superstar signal caller.
Chiefs: 40 Ravens: 37
Mahomes and the Chiefs haven’t been as consistent in the early parts of this season as they’ve been in the past two seasons, but I’m expecting that to change Monday. Both teams will score a lot of points, but I’m expecting Mahomes to get the last laugh with a late score to secure a 40-37 victory.
NFL: Week 3 scores
NBA: Miami Heat defeat Boston Celtics 125-113 in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals – Heat win series 4-2
The Miami Heat secured their spot in the NBA Finals with a 125-113 win over the Boston Celtics in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Bam Adebayo scored a game-high 32 points, to go along with 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Jayson Tatum had a very inefficient 24 points, which was not nearly enough to keep his team’s season alive. The Heat will face off against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. Game one is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th at 6 PM PT on ABC.
NFL: Week 3 of the regular season!
NBA: Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals – Heat lead series 3-2
The Miami Heat look to finish off the Boston Celtics in their second attempt to clinch an NBA Finals berth. The Celtics roared back in game five to keep their season alive, they cannot afford to play with fire again. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown led the charge, and will need to keep playing at a high level to force a game seven. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic have led the Heat throughout their postseason run, they’ll look to put together another stellar performance to finish off the Celtics.
Celtics: 117 Heat: 115
These two teams are evenly matched, why not predict a Celtics victory to force a game seven? The Celtics were my pick before the series started and I will not abandon them yet.
UFC: UFC 253 Adesanya def Costa (Second round TKO)
Dana White’s fight of the year prediction could not have been further from the truth. Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya made easy work of contender Paulo Costa with a dominant TKO victory in the second round of their championship fight. Costa’s claim to fame has been his relentless aggression and lack of fear, but he seemed to overthink things playing into the hands of Adesanya. Instead of being aggressive, Costa was overly cautious and decided to fight Adesanya, a former kickboxing star, at his own game allowing Adesanya to pick him apart with timely leg kicks and jabs. Costa’s biggest issue in the past has been his gas tank, so it was understandable that he wouldn’t be overly aggressive in order to preserve energy in his first five round fight. But he took that strategy too far, spending more time mocking Adesanya than throwing his powerful overhand right. Still a relatively young fighter, Costa will still be a middleweight contender for years to come. Adesanya is climbing the ranks of all time greats with another dominant performance. He’ll likely face the winner of Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier for his next title defense. In all likelihood, the loser of that fight will face Costa with a championship opportunity on the line.
UFC: UFC 253 Adesanya vs. Costa
For over a year undefeated middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and undefeated middleweight contender Paulo Costa have been trash talking leading up to today’s superfight for the UFC middleweight championship. As UFC promoter Dana White eloquently put it, “this fight is gonna be ridiculous.” In an ultimate clash of styles, the walk-you-down striker in Costa vs. the pick-your-spots counter striker in Adesanya, this fight has the potential to be fight of the year, which was the prediction of Dana White. Costa has been labeled as a reckless and wild striker with insane power, but many think he lacks the precision to keep up with Adesanya. There’s no doubt that Adesanya is the more technical fighter, but that should be more of a compliment to Adesanya and not a slight on Costa. These two fighters do not like each other, and hopefully the fight will live up to the hype.
Although Paulo Costa is my favorite fighter in the UFC, I don’t think he’s at the level of Adesanya. There’s a reason the champion is favored. I’m predicting a second round TKO victory for Israel Adesanya.
Vacation: was not around to write previews and reviews for these days. This will happen on occasion. Recap below:
9/21/20 – NFL: Las Vegas Raiders defeat New Orleans Saints 34-24 on Monday Night Football
9/22/20 – NBA: Denver Nuggets defeat Los Angeles Lakers 114-106 in game 3 of the Western Conference Finals – Lakers lead series 2-1
9/23/20 – NBA: Miami Heat defeat Boston Celtics 112-109 in game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals – Heat lead series 3-1
9/24/20 – NBA: Los Angeles Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 114-108 in game 4 of the Western Conference Finals – Lakers lead series 3-1
9/25/20 – NBA: Boston Celtics defeat Miami Heat 121-108 in game 5 of the Western Conference Finals – Heat lead series 3-2
NFL: Week 2 scores
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 105-103 in game 2 of the Western Conference Finals – Lakers lead series 2-0
What a game! What an ending! Anthony Davis hit a game-winning three at the buzzer to knock off the Denver Nuggets in game two of the Western Conference Finals. After a furious rally down the stretch led by one of the games’ clutchest players in Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis caught the baseline inbounds pass and rose up for an uncontested three. Mason Plumlee was on Davis, but ran himself into the pick set to get Davis open. It was a colossal mistake that Denver could not afford to make.
Game three of the Western Conference Finals will be on Tuesday at 6 PM PT on TNT.
NFL: Week 2 of the regular season!
NBA: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers in game 2 of the Western Conference Finals
After winning the first game of this best-of-seven Western Conference Finals series, the Lakers are looking to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the Denver Nuggets. The Lakers dominated in game one, looking like the fresher and more talented basketball team. The Nuggets will need to make adjustments and get contributions outside of their stars Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.
The Nuggets have been comfortable coming from behind in previous playoff series, but they have not faced a team as talented as the Los Angeles Lakers. They cannot afford to foul as carelessly as they did in game one, and will need to hope for a better whistle from the referees in order to have a chance of winning.
Lakers: 121 Nuggets: 118
The Lakers are just too talented. The Nuggets’ two best players are 25 and 23 years old respectively, and their potential third star in Michael Porter Jr. is 22 years old. This young trio should be around for years to come, but they are not ready to push this championship favorite Lakers team quite yet.
NBA: Boston Celtics defeat Miami Heat 117-106 in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals – Heat lead series 2-1
The Boston Celtics saved their season with a 117-106 victory of the Miami Heat to win their first game in the series. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 25 points. Four of the Celtics’ five starters scored over 20 points, giving the Heat defense fits all night. Gordon Hayward returned from his ankle injury scoring six points in 31 minutes. He looked rusty, but the Celtics were +1 when he was on the floor.
The Heat were led by Bam Adebayo with 27 points, 16 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks. He was a menace all game, but was not able to lead his team to victory. Rookie Tyler Herro has looked like a veteran all series, putting in 22 points in this game and looking like the moment was not too bright for him. Regardless of the outcome of this series, his playoff performance has to be encouraging for Heat fans.
Game four will be on Wednesday at 5:30 PM PT on ESPN.
NBA: Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals – Heat lead the series 2-0
After dropping the first two games in this best-of-seven series, the Boston Celtics are in a do-or-die game three against the Miami Heat. The Heat are on fire, dropping only one game so far this postseason. The Celtics are likely to get forward Gordon Hayward back, who has missed the last few weeks with an ankle injury. It’s to-be-determined how many minutes he’ll be able to play, but he might be able to provide the boost the Celtics will need to get over the hump after two tightly contested games.
The favored Celtics haven’t been able to solve the Heat’s zone defense. If they continue struggling against Coach Erik Spoelstra’s zone, this series is a wrap. Celtics Coach Brad Stevens is one of the best X’s and O’s coach in the NBA, so look for a few new wrinkles thrown the Heat’s direction in this chess match between elite coaching staffs. Ultimately this game is played on the court, so it won’t matter what the coaches conjure up if their players cannot execute.
Celtics: 111 Heat: 103
This is a must-win game for the Celtics. They are far too talented to lose this series without putting up a fight. If Gordon Hayward can give them quality minutes, the Celtics will win.
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers defeat Denver Nuggets 126-114 in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals – Lakers lead series 1-0
The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets 126-114 in the first game of this best-of-seven Western Conference Finals. This game was not as close as the score would indicate, the Lakers had a comfortable lead the entire second half. Both teams had their garbage time lineups in the fourth quarter, trying to get through this game without injury or tipping their hand to potential adjustments.
The Lakers shot an absurd 24 free throws in the second quarter. Although they were being aggressive attacking the basket, the calls were all going the Lakers way in the second quarter after a 38-36 Nuggets first quarter. This seemed all too familiar to NBA conspiracy theorists, and although it’s unlikely a showing of intentional bias it was a showing of incompetence and favoritism towards the Lakers’ two superstars: LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Young teams like the Nuggets rarely get these type of calls in playoff games, and today was no exception with both Nuggets’ stars Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray having to sit large portions of the second quarter because of foul trouble. The Nuggets will get swept if they continue getting this tough whistle, but they cannot afford to worry about something out of their control given how poorly they played.
Game two of the Western Conference Finals will be on Sunday at 4:30 PM PT on TNT.
NBA: Denver Nuggets vs Los Angeles Lakers in game 1 of the Western Conference Finals
After a second consecutive 3-1 series deficit erased by the amazing play of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, the Denver Nuggets will face their toughest test in LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. The basketball world was looking forward to the battle of L.A. in the bubble between the Lakers and Clippers, but nobody let the Nuggets know they were supposed to step aside. Game one will be a pivotal game for both teams, given that the winner of game one wins the series roughly 64% of the time. But that may not matter to the Nuggets. On the contrary they might want to lose on purpose, since they seem to be most comfortable coming back from 3-1 series deficits and double-digit leads within games.
All joking aside, the Nuggets will have to find a way to keep Nikola Jokic dominating the way he has been throughout the playoffs. The Clippers didn’t have an athletic big to slow him down, but the Lakers do with first team all defender Anthony Davis. Davis has been reluctant to play center his entire career, but during these playoffs has made the switch which has allowed LeBron James to play power forward. This is their ideal positions, especially in the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how often Lakers Coach Frank Vogel will go to traditional bigs Dwight Howard and Javale McGee, two 7-footers that Jokic will likely dominate. Not that Jokic can’t dominate Davis, he’s the best offensive center in the game, but it will be more of a challenge to deal with Davis’ length and athleticism. This series will not be won in game one, but it could be an indicator of what’s to come during the rest of this series.
Lakers: 117 Nuggets: 111
Both the Lakers and Nuggets have been slow starters in past playoff series. They both take time to figure out their opponent before making game two adjustments. The Lakers will be the fresher team, having beaten the Rockets in five games in the second round. The Nuggets are coming off of back-to-back three games to one comebacks, being the only team to ever achieve that. Even with a few days off, they’ll still be tired and it’ll likely cost them a chance at game one.
NBA: Miami Heat defeat Boston Celtics 106-101 in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals – Heat lead series 2-0
The Miami Heat have jumped out to a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals with a stunning come-from-behind 106-101 victory. The Celtics had a 17 point lead before their stunning collapse. Down the stretch Jayson Tatum was nowhere to be found. Marcus Smart was making decisions that make his last name seem ironic. The Heat changed the flow of the game when Coach Erik Spoelstra decided to try a zone defense. The Celtics were rattled, having no answers for this zone. Jimmy Butler was a menace on defense and Goran Dragic put the team on his back offensively with 25 efficient points. Bam Adebayo played with excellent energy and poise on both ends of the floor. The Celtics are in a world of trouble. They cannot afford to fall behind three games, for all intents and purposes game three is a must win game if they want to keep their championship hopes alive. Game three will be on Saturday at 5:30 PM PT.
NBA: Miami Heat vs Boston Celtics in game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals Heat lead the series 1-0
After a thrilling first game in this series, the Celtics and Heat will square off again in game two in the Orlando bubble. These two battled into overtime in game one, expect more of the same tonight between these two evenly matched teams. Bam Adebayo’s block on Jayson Tatum was the play that stuck out in everyone’s mind from their overtime thriller, it’ll be up to Tatum to shrug off that play and move forward with the same confidence he’s shown throughout bubble play. The Celtics cannot win without him.
The Heat will need their star to show up too. Jimmy Butler’s jumper has seemingly returned since the beginning of bubble play, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for this gritty Heat team. He’s been the heartbeat of this team since arriving in Miami in the offseason. This team is full of confidence, shooting, and smart role players which has allowed Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to be versatile in their game plan
Celtics: 104 Heat: 96
The winner of this game will be in the driver’s seat to clinch an NBA Finals berth. Before the series I predicted the Celtics would win in six games. If they fall down 0-2 they’ll have a monumental climb against a soaring Heat team filled with confidence. I expect the Celtics to bounce back led by their trio of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker.
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2017 Fantasy Football Rankings
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This 2017 NBA mock draft is a collaborative mock between Rahim Merchant and myself. I took the odd picks and Rahim took the even picks.