Bryant and Howard beef is childish

The Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard are still angry with each other on the circumstances of Howard’s departure after his one disastrous season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are headed towards another non-playoff season and lottery draft selection. The Lakers already lost Julius Randle for the season. The only good thing that will happen for Kobe during this NBA season will be passing his idol Michael Jordan on the NBA All-time scoring list. Bryant needs 574 points to move into third spot all-time. Until he reaches his next statistical milestone, Kobe will keep himself relevant by talking about his dislike and Howard’s poor attitude.
Kobe has won NBA Championships with seven footers: Shaquille O’Neal, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom. Kobe desperately wants to make another title run before he considers retirement. The presence of Dwight Howard was supposed to be the center piece to Kobe’s next title run. Get over it Kobe and move on.
The Houston Rockets organization should speak to Howard on how to handle question about Kobe, the Lakers and why he left? Dwight’s answer should be I’m a Rocket now and concentrating on bringing a championship to Houston. Any questions pertaining to the Lakers should be answered as such. He is beginning his 2nd season as a Rocket; therefore anything to do with the Lakers is a distant memory. Howard can also say if the Rockets play the Lakers in the playoffs then he will worry about them until then there is no reason to answer questions about Los Angeles.
How Howard is handling this back and forth shows that he hasn’t matured yet. Howard and James Harden are the face of the Rockets franchise and are expecting to be leaders on the team with title aspirations. I don’t believe they can make a serious run after losing Chandler Parsons to free agency.
The big question that the media should ask Kobe: will he resign with the Lakers next year? Or Will Kobe sign with the New York Knicks to join Carmelo Anthony, Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson? Two straight losing seasons will convince Kobe to move from Los Angeles his only home or he may take a pay cut to play with the Clippers?
Where will Kobe play next season? Will Howard win a title in Houston?
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Week 9 free NFL point spread picks

My Week 8 was a .500 one with a 1 – 4 record. I’m 22 – 20 after 8 weeks still above .500 and in need of a great week. The Arizona Cardinals versus Dallas Cowboys game has no line. May 5 picks this week:
The Minnesota Vikings versus the Washington Football team
The Vikings at home, didn’t play Monday, have the better defense and quarterback. Washington played over their head on Monday night. The Vikings need to win to cover the spread.
Take the Vikings PK
The San Diego Chargers against the Miami Dolphins
This game is also a pick’em. The Chargers have a great start to the season, while the Dolphins have been up and down. I believe this is a statement game for the Dolphins their physical defense and power running game should be able to upset the Chargers.
Take the Dolphins PK
The New York Jets versus the Kansas City Chiefs
The Jets were embarrassed last week because of the turnover prone offense. The Chiefs are a good team, but not a great one. The Jets defense and conservative running attack will keep the game close.
Take the Jets + 9.5
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers against Cleveland Browns
I lost last week when the Browns covered against the Los Angeles Raiders. The bad teams meet with better than average defenses. I will take the points. The Browns will win at home, but no cover this week. The Browns are playing the Bengals in Cincinnati the following maybe looking ahead. The Bucs will cover.
Take the Bucs + 6.5
The St. Louis Rams against the San Francisco 49ers
I’m don’t like taking blowouts. I will make an exception this week and take the 49ers. The Rams have too many injuries and the 49ers will be ready for any gimmick plays the Rams attempt.
Take the 49ers – 10.5
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African-American teammates back-stabbing Black QB’s

The African-American players have been back stabbing their African-American quarterbacks in the media calling them out for various reasons such as: they are not black enough, salary, commercials and media attention. The Black quarterbacks that were affected by the enemy within are Donovan McNabb, Robert Griffin III and now Russell Wilson.
Donovan McNabb ( I believe a Hall of Fame career) took a turn for the worst after February 6, 2005 Super Bowl lost when Terrell Owens called him out for being out of shape. McNabb was seen puking in the huddle and the beginning of the last drive for the Philadelphia Eagles. The New England Patriots beat the Eagles 24 – 21. Owens went at McNabb in the media and it split the Eagles locker-room until Owens left after his second season in Philadelphia.
McNabb overcame Rush Limbaugh’s racist comments about an African-American in 2003 to finally in the biggest game of life to be attacked by his Black teammate.
Owens later was on national television crying because the media and fans were attacking Tony Romo who is white. No one reminded Mr. Owens that his only Super Bowl appearance during his 15 year career was with the African American Quarterback, McNabb.
The Eagles organization let DeSean Jackson bad mouth McNabb and he said that Michael Vick is better than McNabb. It was the end of McNabb as an Eagle; a player who should have retired with the team that drafted him.
RG III was called out by teammates Pierre Garcon who said in 2013 that his quarterback wasn’t as fast as 2012. A teammate should never make comments like that about their quarterback. A coach and the player decide if he is playing not Garcon. Griffin III challenged Garcon to a race to prove he was healthy. A white quarterback who plays hurt no one comes out and say he is not healthy or say he is not as good as last year. RG III was also called out by former ESPN Rob Parker for not being a Corn ball brother.
The Seattle Seahawks after trading Percy Harvin there is rumours Russell Wilson’s teammates were split about their quarterback because of Harvin. The list of complaints includes he is too close to the front office, doesn’t take blame when things don’t work and is not Black enough. The Seahawks have asked Wilson to cut down of his commercial opportunities. Yes, the Seahawks mainly won their Super Bowl because of defense, Marshawn Lynch hard running and Harvin’s play-making ability when healthy. Wilson is half way through his third year in the NFL has a Super Bowl ring as a starter.
No African-American player would call out a white quarterback: Tony Romo, Jay Cutler or Matthew Stafford.
The NFL owners on most of the teams pay their quarterbacks the most money and it used to be a mainly white position. The media gives QBs’ too much credit for wins and too much blame for losses. Quarterbacks get the most commercial opportunities because they are the face of the franchises. The African-American quarterbacks are slowly getting these opportunities and now their Black teammates are jealous and are not giving them the same respect they would give to white quarterbacks.
This House Negro versus Field Negro is rearing its head in the NFL; it maybe fuel for owners who don’t believe African-American quarterbacks can lead their teams to victory and lead to limited opportunities for Black talented, leaders to play the most prestigious position in the NFL.
Will Black on Black crime will affect the number of African-American quarterbacks in the NFL?
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Blue Jays need to make 2 moves to improve dramatically

The Toronto Blue Jays Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager could make 2 moves that could move his team from middle of the pack to a playoff team. He should start with making a strong offer for Tampa Bay Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon and then move Jose Reyes’ 22 million dollar contract.
The Blue Jays hasn’t had a quality manager since Cito Gaston left the organization. The present one John Gibbon is a .500 manager with a career record 462 – 472 (.495) who can’t lead the Jays to excellence. He has managed for seven years and his best record was an 87 win season.
A strong move for Maddon would make the Blue Jays contenders. He has won more than 90 games 5 times with 4 of those seasons were consecutive. Toronto has the talent to entice Maddon and they would need to add a financial incentive. The Blue Jays has Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion as the three and four hitters. There is still a possibility to Melky Cabrera, which give Toronto the best 2 – 3 – 4 in the Major League Baseball. Maddon strongest quality is his ability to use role players by platooning them or giving player specific roles. He puts his players in situations that they would excel in. The players who benefit most of a manager like Maddon are Anthony Gose and Ryan Goins who are excellent defenders, but weak hitters.
The second maneuver would be to move shortstop Reyes to the New York Yankees for some young prospects. The Yankees would love a big name player to replace departed Captain Derek Jeter and Reyes who had his best years with the New York Mets could be that player. Reyes will be making 22 million dollars the next few years could be booed by the Jays fans who will not be happy the ticket prices went up to help pay for his salary. Reyes hasn’t been an MVP candidate since he left New York. Alex Anthopoulos should do his best to convince the Yankees his shortstop could be viable replacement until the Yankees find their next great one. The Blue Jays would be better off without Reyes.
These two moves would move the Blue Jays from middle of the pack to playoff contenders. AA could sign one of the best managers in the MLB and move an overpriced player who is not known to be a leader. AA should not be a lifetime General Manager with winning a playoff round.
Could these moves hep the Blue Jays win more than 90 games?
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The Raptors over under for wins is 48.5

The Las Vegas odd for the Toronto Raptors over/under for wins is 48.5 in 2014 -15 season, which is high for a team that over achieved last year. Kyle Lowry played for hard for his next contract now that he has a 4 years for $48 million dollars will he revert to the old Lowry who was traded multiple times?
DeMar DeRozan will have another great season and has gain a lot of confidence after playing in the FIBA World Championships. Lou Williams adds another player who can handle the ball and score.
Coach Dwayne Casey expectation for a 49 win season will depend on his two third year players. Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross must score consistently every night. Valanciunas must take the next step by averaging over 30 minutes, 15 points and at least 10 rebounds a night. Coach Casey must play Jonas more minutes and call a few more offensive plays for him. Ross despite his inconsistencies still averaged 10.9 points a game. Williams’ presence may cut into Ross’ minutes, which can affect his progression.
Patrick Patterson and Tyler Hansbrough on the second unit as the two big men are too small handle the defensive rebounding responsibilities. Coach Casey loves to play with a smaller line-up. He won’t be able to get away with it as much this year.
The Raptors do have good team chemistry that can help them get through tough times and keep them out of long losing streaks. It will be interesting to see if Coach Casey will adjust to his opponents on occasion.
Many teams have improved their rosters, changed coaches and won’t be surprised by the Raptors when they play them. It is totally different this year because now the Raptors opponents will play them harder. The Dallas Mavericks sat Dirk Nowitzki when they played in Toronto and Raptors won. It won’t happen again this year.
The Raptors should finish in top 4 of the East with a 45 wins. The improved teams in the East will reduce every teams win total. The Cleveland Cavaliers won 33 last year will win more than that with some teams’ records dropping.
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NBA Western Conference playoff teams

The Western Conference top 3 will be the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Spurs looking to repeat as Champions, Clippers are a great regular season team and the Thunder will be fine without the league MVP Kevin Durant.
The remaining five playoff spots will be interesting because there are many teams on the cups of being title contenders. The Portland Trailblazers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans are the group of seven that will challenge for the final 5 spots.
The Trailblazers core group have remained intact they will absolutely be in the playoffs. The Nuggets and Pelicans are young hungry and have made great additions. The Nuggets are getting a healthy JaVale McGee, Danilo Gallinari and the return of Aaron Afflalo with Kenneth Faried makes them a playoff team. The Pelicans have added Omer Asik, who can play big minutes at center, which will permit Anthony Davis to play his natural position power forward. Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon will provide long range shooting. Holiday, Evans and Gordon should be able to play together after a full season together. The Mavericks with Dirk Nowitzki with the help of Chandler Parsons and the return of Tyson Chandler should put them back in the playoffs.
The Warriors despite losing their popular head Coach Mark Jackson they should finish ahead of the Rockets and Grizzlies. The Splash Brothers: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will score enough to get them in the playoffs.
The eight seed will be a jump ball between the Rockets and Grizzlies. The Rockets have lost their third scorer Parsons to Dallas. James Harden and Dwight Howard will need to show that they can be leaders not just statistics machines. The Grizzlies may trade Marc Gasol if they are not in the top 4 in the standings by the trade deadline.
The teams that don’t have any hope for the playoffs are: Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves. These teams will be eliminated from the playoffs by their 30th game of the season.
Who are your Western Conference playoff teams?
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NBA Eastern Conference playoff teams

There 15 teams in the Eastern Conference with 8 playoff spots available. The Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers will fight for the number one seed, which leave 6 spots for everybody else.
The question is who will get the third and fourth spot for home court advantage in the first round? The Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards are teams that had great seasons and have most of their successful line-ups from last year back for another season. The Lou Williams (Raptors) and Paul Pierce (Wizards) will help each team with late game scoring.
The last four spots will be harder to decipher with 6 teams fighting them. The Charlotte Hornets and New York Knicks have the best scorers of the remaining group with Al Jefferson and Carmelo Anthony. They will get the fifth and sixth spots if their stars stay healthy with a good, but not great supporting players.
The Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and Detroit Pistons will battle for the two remaining spots. The Atlanta Hawks had a good playoff run without Al Horford and many believe they will get a spot. The Hawks big three Horford, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague with additions of Adreian Payne and Thabo Sefolosha should be enough to win a playoff spot. The Heat playoff spot rest with the knees of Danny Granger and Dwayne Wade because if they can’t play over 75 games they won’t make the playoffs. The Nets can’t seem to get a full season out of Brook Lopez who is the key to their playoff chances.
The Pistons is once again my pick to get the last playoff spot. New Coach Stan Van Gundy will be to maximize the athletic ability, height and get them to play better defense.
The five remaining teams: Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia Sixers absolutely have no chance to make the playoffs. They are one great lottery players away from a playoff spot.
Who will get the 8 playoff spots in the Eastern Conference?
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Week 8 free NFL point spread picks

My Week 7 was a .500 one with a 3 – 3 record. I’m 21 – 16 after 7 weeks and looking to climb my way to a 70% winning percentage right now I’m at 57%. I will give you 5 picks this week:
The Indianapolis Colts are of the hottest teams in the NFL and play great football in any stadium. The Colts – 3 in Pittsburgh against a Steelers team that needed the Houston Texans collapse in the second quarter to win.
The Steelers are an overvalued and is no longer a 10 win team.
Take the Colts – 3
The Baltimore Ravens have a very good defense again and the offense is formidable with the addition of Steve Smith. The spread started at Ravens + 2.5 and has dropped to + 1. The Cincinnati Bengals are not the same team with injured middle linebackers and A.J. Green.
Take the Ravens + 1
The Green Bay Packers + 2 against the New Orleans Saints has now dropped to + 1. The Packers are playing much better than the Saints who are not the same offense without Darren Sproles. Ignore the fact the Saints are playing at home.
Take the Packers + 1
The Oakland Raiders + 7 against a Cleveland Browns team that let the Jacksonville Jaguars win their first game last week. Could the Browns let 2 teams win their first game of the season? The Raiders are close to winning and a one touchdown spread to tempting. Who are the Browns with Brian Hoyer as quarterback to be favoured by 7?
Take the Raiders + 7
The Houston Texans were good for 1 quarter last Monday Night before getting destroyed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. This week could be Jadeveon Clowney’s first game, which would boost the good Texans defence from good to very good. J.J. Watt would finally get some help along the defensive line. The Tennessee Titans have Charlie Whitehurst as quarterback enough said.
Take the Texans – 1
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Seahawks Harvin trade doesn’t make sense

The Seattle Seahawks have traded the one player on their roster who can score as a kickoff returner, pass receiver or as a running back. There is no one else on the Seahawks roster that can score a touchdown in so many ways. The offense has struggled lately and the 3 – 2 record has put doubt in the effectiveness of the offense.
The Seahawks wide receivers are average and only seem to get open after Russell Wilson scrambles to give them extra time. The team has only one explosive player and he was traded for a conditional pick. The Harvin trade affects the Seahawks so many areas that they will need multiple players to fill his shoes.
It is clear the trade was done to clear up salary cap space for next year. Wilson and Marshawn Lynch are due for a huge salary increase. It would have made sense to trade Harvin during the summer after another Super Bowl run.
The Seahawks have scored 133 points after 6 games, which gives them a reasonable 26.6 points a game average. If we take away the 36 points scored in week one against the Green Bay Packers it leaves the Seahawks with 97 points in 5 games and the average drops to 19.4. The offense is struggling to complete drives and score more than 27 points a game. The Seahawks defense is not as dominating in terms of creating turnovers to give the offense short drives.
What are the New York Jets thinking completing this trade? Harvin brings a player with great pass success, but he can’t stay healthy. He can’t save the Jets who are 1 – 6 and make them a playoff contender. Geno Smith has another player who should make plays that doesn’t mean it will lead to success.
The Jets have to do what they did against the New England Patriots and run the ball between the tackles to give themselves a chance. Smith will be happy; I’m not sure he can get the ball into Eric Decker and Harvin’s hands consistently. Coach Rex Ryan knows how to build a great defense; he just can’t seem to find himself an offensive coordinator who can call a good game every week.
The Seahawks won because they created salary cap space to pay Wilson and Lynch next season and they will use the pick to select a talented player who will help them win games immediately. The Jets got another big name offensive talent that they won’t be able to get the ball in his hands often enough.
Who in your opinion won the Harvin trade?
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MLB players’ union ecstatic about World Series match-up

The World Series match-up is between two wild card teams that are small market teams. The Major League Baseball players’ union is extremely happy that the San Francisco Giants are ranked 7th and the Kansas City Royals are ranked 19th in the 30 team league.
The players union don’t have to worry about the owners trying to convince fans or players their needs to be a salary cap to curb the spending and level the playing field. The playoff success of the small market teams will prevent the salary cap. The Oakland Athletics (25th) and Pittsburgh Pirates (27th) also played in playoffs.
The Royals have won 8 games in a row and are 4 wins away from being a World Series Champion.
The Royals have done a fabulous job drafting and developing their players: Billy Butler (2004 first round with the 14th pick), Alex Gordon (2005 first round 2nd pick overall), Jarrod Dyson (2006 50th round pick), Eric Hosmer (2008 1st round with the 3rd pick), Mike Moustakas (2007 first round 2nd pick overall), Greg Holland (2007 10th round pick) and Brandon Finnegan (2014 1st round with the 17th pick). The cores of the team grew up through the bad times and are now reaping the benefits as a team.
The Giants are 8 – 2 en route to their World Series participation. They are going for their 3rd championship in the last five years (2010, 2012). The Giants may only have 2 Hall of Fame players on their roster with Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum and a bunch of clutch players. Giants Manager Bruce Bochy will be a first ballot Hall of Fame for leading his team to a third World Series participation.
The World Series champion will be a team that could do all the little things well such as bunting, defense, clutch hits and great defensive plays. The Giants and Royals have players who understand their roles and don’t complain about being pinch hitters, late game substitution to run or play defence, great bull pens and players who play for each other.
It will be a great a World Series will be fun to watch and hope the Royals can continue their undefeated playoffs. I want to see Hosmer, Cain and Moustakas continue to dominate their opponents.
Who is your World Series Champion?
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Sources:

http://deadspin.com/2014-payrolls-and-salaries-for-every-mlb-team-1551868969

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