Players Weigh in on Front Office and Coaching Staff Changes

The time has come! NBA Training Camps have opened, and the 2020–21 season is almost underway. The free agency dust has settled and NBA fans will get our first taste of the new-look franchises around the league.

Some teams went through major roster overhauls like the Oklahoma City Thunder, and others remained relatively intact like the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, you could argue that the team that made the most significant changes actually retained 13 or 15 players from last season.

That team would be the Chicago Bulls. While the roster looks familiar, the front office experienced some major renovations. During the NBA hiatus and subsequent ‘Bubble’ that Chicago and 7 other teams were not included in, the Bulls made long-overdue organizational changes. …


Predicting Which Rookies Will Have the Largest Impact in Year one

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NBA training camps open today. Soon, we will get to see how each franchise operates under the ‘New Normal’ circumstances. It will also be our first opportunity to see the 2020 NBA Draft class in action. Whether they were a top pick or undrafted, they are all about to live out their NBA dreams.

Every year, there are players who perform well above expectations in their rookie campaign. On the flip side, there are players who struggle to find their footing in the NBA.

I am going to evaluate which NBA rookies will have the most significant impact on their respective teams and those that could be in for a long, tumultuous rookie season. …


Bears Brass on the Hot Seat after Sunday Night Meltdown

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Chicago Bears Head Coach, Matt Nagy and General Manager, Ryan Pace.

The Chicago Bears suffered yet another embarrassing loss on National Television last night. This time it was at the hands of their division rival, Green Bay Packers. A final score of 41–25 does not reflect how lopsided this game was from start to finish.

An utterly demoralizing and humiliating loss for the Bears. Aaron Rodgers diced up the Bears defense like he was playing against the Little Giants. In fact, I think the Little Giants would have put up a better fight than the Bears. Chicago showed no sense of heart, pride, or urgency until the game was out of reach. …


Evaluating the NFL Landscape

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The NFL season has flown by. It feels like yesterday we were watching the Chiefs and Texans kick off the 2020 NFL season. All the graphics about each team who passed up on Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson… Particularly the Chicago Bears… but that is beside the point.

With Thanksgiving football in the rear-view mirror, now is a great time to evaluate all 32 franchises and whether they should fight for a playoff spot or lose as much as they can to get a better draft pick. …


Bears Hand the Job Back to Trubisky

The Chicago Bears started the season 5–1. Right at the top of the NFC North and entire NFC. This was after they had made a quarterback change at halftime of week 3. Nick Foles took the keys to the offense and Trubisky was relegated to bench duties. Everything was looking up. The offense was just good enough to get the job done, and the defense was your typical Chicago Bears defense.

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Since then, the Bears are 0–4. The offense has been a complete train wreck, and questions surrounding the play-calling and starting quarterback started to arise. Luckily for the Bears, they still hold the #2 seed in the NFC North. …


Week 11 of the NFL season boasted some of the highest Over/Under totals of the season. I live by the motto that many gamblers do… ‘Life is too short to bet the under.’ So naturally, the under hit in most of the week 11 slate. Especially in the early games.

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That was reflected in my week 11 results… Not the best, but not the worst week of results in my short career predicting NFL Spreads and Over/Unders.

13 Games (Not including Thursday Night)

Point Spreads — 5/13 (38%)

Over/ Under — 5/13 (38%)

Both Spread & O/U — 1/13 (8%)

Thanksgiving Day came and went with two games that were close through 3rd quarter but ended up two score games or more. The Houston Texans took it to the Detroit Lions by a score of 41–25. …


Premature Predictions for NBA Superlatives

NBA Training Camps open on December 1st. Preseason games will begin on the 11th, followed by the regular season tip-off on the 22nd of December. A quick turnaround from the NBA Bubble that just finished in Mid-October. An abbreviated offseason for teams that qualified for the NBA Bubble, but an extended offseason for those who did not.

This should make for an interesting 2020–21 season, especially for the eight teams who have not played an NBA game since March. …


NFL Pick ’Em — Thanksgiving Special

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The NFL Season is flying by. Thanksgiving football is upon us. Three wonderful football games on the slate for Thanksgiving on Thursday. However, due to multiple positive Covid-19 tests on the Baltimore Ravens, their night-cap game against their division rival, Pittsburgh Steelers is in jeopardy.

If that game does get postponed, we will still get to watch Thanksgiving Day staple teams, Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys. The Lions will kick off Thanksgiving football at home against the Texans while the Cowboys draw the afternoon game hosting the Washington Football Team. …


Joe Burrow Suffers Season Ending Knee Injury

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The Cincinnati Bengals will be without their #1 overall pick for the rest of this season and possibly into next season. Joe Burrow suffered a gruesome knee injury this past Sunday when he got sandwiched in between two Washington defenders.

Burrow will finish his rookie season throwing for 2,688 and 13 Touchdowns on 264/404 pass attempts. Going into Sunday’s game against the Washington Football Team, Burrow was 2nd in the NFL in pass attempts and 3rd in completions with only 5 interceptions. …


Evaluating the Free Agent Frenzy After the Dust has Settled

NBA Free Agency opened on Friday, November 20th at 5pm CST. Soon after, all of Twitter became an ‘NBA Insider’ claiming their ‘Sources’ and racing to be the first to report breaking news. Actual NBA Insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania were racing against one another to see who could type the quickest without making any grammatical errors.

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Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania. The mentor and his protégé go head-to head with their ‘Twitter Fingers’ throughout NBA Free Agency.

In all seriousness, NBA Free Agency is the most exciting part about the NBA offseason along with the draft. …

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