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

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Week 7 free NFL point spread picks

My Week 6 was a bad one with a 2 – 3 record what was I thinking taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the bad Atlanta Falcons and the San Diego Chargers who didn’t respect their opponent . I’m 18 – 13 after 6 weeks and looking for consistency. I will take 6 picks because I couldn’t decide on which game to drop.
My 6 picks this week will be:
The Carolina Panthers + 7 in Green Bay against the Packers will be a close game. The Panthers are a confident team and have a good defense. The Packers are not a team that blows opponents out.
Take the Panthers + 7
The Seattle Seahawks were embarrassed by the Dallas Cowboys display of power football. The Seahawks defense should dominate a weak Saint-Louis Rams offense led by a rookie quarterback.
Take the Seahawks – 6.5
The 4 -1 Arizona Cardinals are in a great position to keep their NFC West division lead with a victory against the young Oakland Raiders. The – 4 point spread is not a ridiculous amount. The Raiders played over their head against the Chargers last week.
Take the Cards – 4
The Miami Dolphins + 3 against the Chicago Bears will be a close game. The Dolphins power running game and very good defense might win the game. The Bears Jay Cutler looked great against no pressure Falcons defense. The Dolphins will put pressure on Cutler and create a few turnovers.
Take the Dolphins + 3
The Cleveland Browns are 3 – 2 and facing the 0 – 6 Jacksonville Jaguars. It will be interesting to see how the Browns handle being the favourite. The Jaguars offense is non-existent; therefore the Browns defense should keep them off the score board.
Take the Browns – 4
The Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills will be a close game with minimal points. I believe Teddy Bridgewater will make enough plays to keep the score close. Both teams struggle offensively and depend on their defense to win games.
Take the Vikings + 4 .5
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Coach Tomlin job might be on the line

The Pittsburgh Steelers organization doesn’t like mediocrity and a 3 – 3 start after two 8 – 8 seasons is bad news. Head Coach Mike Tomlin will have to take the play calling away from offensive coordinator Todd Haley to get the Steelers back on the right track.
Le’Veon Bell and LaGarrette Blount are the type of power backs that the old Steelers would send at their opponents regularly throughout a game. Bell is second in the NFL in rushing yards with 542. Bell and DeMarco Murray have each played 6 games so far with the latter having 54 more carries than Bell. The Dallas Cowboys number one back has 9 more carries per game than the Steelers’ number one.
Bell leads the NFL in average per carry with a minimum 100 attempts with a 5.2. Why don’t they run the ball more with Bell and Blount to help their offense with ball possession, the old defense would be on the field less and force their opponents to start deep in their territory.
Ben Roethlisberger has the sixth most pass attempts in the NFL with 219 compare that to the Philadelphia Eagles Nick Foles who has 237 is second. Big Ben has been sacked 17 times, lost 2 fumbles and threw 3 interceptions. The Steelers receiver corps lost Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders in the last few years without replacing them with the same talent level.
Bruce Arians was let go as offensive coordinator to bring in Haley. Now Arians is having success with the Arizona Cardinals as a head coach after one year as associate head coach for the Indianapolis Colts.
The sack leader for the Steelers Cameron Hayward has only 3 sacks after 6 games. The Buffalo Bills on the other hand have 3 players with more than 4 sacks. The Steelers defense can longer create pressure and turnovers to impact the game.
Coach Tomlin will have to decide is his team a smash mouth football team or a finesse one? The Steelers don’t have enough talent at the skilled positions to be a finesse offense.
Will the Steelers miss the playoffs again this year?
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NFC East is relevant again

The winner of the NFC East will have a shot at the Super Bowl title this year. The Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles are as good as anybody right now in the conference. The first order of business is who will win the division and get a home playoff game.
The Cowboys are looking like a Super Bowl contender after their victory over the Seahawks in Seattle. The Cowboys overall improvement comes down to their new found commitment to the running game. The offense ran the ball more than they threw it against a very tough defense.
Tony Romo finally understood that his team can win games without him throwing over 40 times and 300 yards. DeMarco Murray tied a record by rushing over 100 yards for the first 6 games of the regular season. The offensive line deserves credit: Tryon Smith, Ronald Leary, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin and Doug Free. The Cowboys have 3 offensive linemen who are 23 years old and 1 who is 25 in their dominating starting line-up.
The defense has dramatically improved because of the Cowboys ability to run the ball and increase the time of possession, which in turn reduces the amount of time they are on the field. The improved offensive line play and Murray running the ball also reduced Romo turnovers.
The Eagles vaunted offense has not produced points this year with any type of consistency. Darren Sporles has replaced the dynamite plays that DeSean Jackson used to provide the offensive unit. He has scored a punt return, rushing and receiving touchdown.
LeSean McCoy finally had a big game with a 22 rushing attempts and 149 yards against the New York Giants. His total for the year is 422 yards with almost forty percent coming in last night’s victory.
Nick Foles has been good not great with his 10 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
The Eagles special teams with block punts and return touchdowns have stepped in to score points while the offense has been struggling. The defense is very fast aggressive, but not very big.
The New York Giants and Washington will be left with the spoiler roles due to injuries.
The Cowboys right now are the best team in the NFC East and their big physical offensive line with a power back will give them the edge. The Cowboys will win the Division and Romo could have playoff success as long as he doesn’t audible out of run for a pass.
Who do you believe will win the NFC East Division?
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OKC will be fine without Durant

The Oklahoma City Thunder found out that NBA MVP Kevin Durant will be out 6 to 8 weeks. The good news is the injury will not affect their playoff run. He will be healthy and ready to go after only missing 25% of the season.
Russell Westbrook will have an opportunity to show everybody in the NBA he is an MVP candidate who will lead his team to an excellent start. He will either show that he can handle the role of being the “Da Man” or a ball hog that only cares about his statistics. Westbrook will prove he is a top 10 player in the world and may lead the league in triple doubles.
The Thunder organization is one of the best teams in the NBA at evaluating, drafting and trading for talent. Durant’s scoring will not be replaced one person it will be a combination of players. Reggie Jackson scored more than 20 points 8 times last year; he won’t mind getting more shot attempts. He finished the season with 13.1 points a game average.
Jeremy Lamb (12th) and Perry Jones (28th) were picked in the first round in 2012. They will have an opportunity to show if they are ready to play heavy minutes and are in the third year of their entry level contracts.
Lamb scored more than 15 points 7 times and over 20 once last year during Westbrook’s absence. He finished the year with 8.5 points with an opportunity to get more minutes and shot attempts with Durant’s absence. He will score more than double digits a game.
Jones scored more than 10 points only 4 times last year. He was supposed to be the steal of the 2012 draft. This can be his opportunity to show he can play or be a journey man who should have stayed in the NCAA one more year. His 3.5 points a game average last year is not a reflection of his talent; Durant’s injury will guarantee Jones playing time.
Anthony Morrow three point shooting ability will also help during the MVP’s absence.
The 32 point a game which disappeared from the Thunder line-up will be replaced by committee of players. The Thunder will actually have to use an 8 to 9 man rotation to win games that could only make them better in the playoffs.
Will the Thunder struggle during Durant’s absence?
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Bosh is getting way too much attention

The Miami Heat organization is upset they lost the best basketball player on the planet. The print and social media is eating up the former teammate bad mouthing LeBron James. Pat Riley team President should speak to his players on focusing on winning basketball games and prove to the World that the player left were more than just back-up singers to King James. Chris Bosh is a major culprit with his advice for Kevin Love.
Bosh needs to be quiet until he is able to win a playoff series without James then he can work on winning a championship. His warning to Love about the drop in statistics falls on deaf ears because the former Minnesota Timberwolves wants to win a championship and will not care about his drop in statistics as long he wins a NBA Championship.
Bosh during his time with the Raptors from 2005 – 06 to 2009 – 10 scored more than 22 points a game and average just under 10 rebounds a game (9.2). His averaged  was 20.2 points and 9.4 rebounds a game without winning a playoff series during  his seven years in Toronto.
He will need to revert to being a down low scoring who could score, draw fouls and set-up three point shooters. This doesn’t guarantee Miami Heat will win 50 games nor be a threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.
Bosh seven years without LeBron James and Dwayne Wade; he lost in the first round of the playoffs twice, which means his team didn’t make the playoff for 5 years. The 4 years with the LeBron and Wade, Mr. Bosh made 4 straight NBA Finals and won 2 NBA Championships. Bosh’s numbers dropped personally and he was supposed to be all about winning. His Heat career average 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds game. He can work on improving his self-proclaimed Hall of Fame career now that he won 2 Championships and LeBron won’t be around anymore.
Wade hasn’t been healthy over the last few years; therefore Bosh will feel like his days with the Raptors. No playoff success and he will complain to the media that he needs help. The Heat will make the playoffs because the Eastern Conference is weak; they will lose in the first round.
Since Bosh won’t be able to prove he can win and be great without LeBron; he has decided it will be easier to bad mouth him rather than let their play show everybody what they can do on the court.
Can Bosh lead the Heat to playoff success without LeBron?
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Patriots will win their AFC East again

The Buffalo Bills are playing at home this weekend against the New England Patriots for the AFC East number one spot. The only quarterback, who has played in the multiple playoffs games, won them and a Super Bowls is Tom Brady.
The New York Jets have Geno Smith and Michael (I don’t want to play) Vick who have been terrible so far. Vick seems ony interested in getting a pay cheque. Vick wasn’t ready to take over for Smith last week as it was obvious to everybody else knew Smith wouldn’t get a full 60 minutes last week.
The Buffalo Bills replaced E.J. Manuel for Kyle (I almost retired) Orton. The Bills won last week due to missed field goals and Stafford ineptitude, which helped Orton complete the comeback. Somehow the Bills won 3 games despite having an offense that hasn’t been good. Manuel will get his job back soon.
The Miami Dolphins are not sure if Ryan Tannehill is their franchise quarterback. The Dolphins are 2 – 2 and head Coach Joe Philbin was tempted to bench his starter to play Matt Moore. Coach Philbin came to his senses and left Tannehill as his starter.
The Patriots have the best combination quarterback and coach. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will make the playoffs again due to the lack of competition in the division. The Patriots loss to the Dolphins to start the season looked like the Brady Bunch might be dethroned.
There was hope early that there would be a new champion instead it will revert to the usual suspect winning while the other teams struggle to get a Wild Card spot. All the anti-Patriots fans will have to wait another year before they fall from the top of the division.
Who will win the AFC East this year?
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Lions and Bears won’t win the NFC North title again

The Detroit Lions have a way of losing games that will cost them the division title. The defense is playing at playoff level, but the offense was terrible against the Buffalo Bills without Calvin Johnson.
The great Matthew Stafford is making $15 820 000.00 this year because he is the franchise quarterback who will lead his team to the Super Bowl. Stafford without the best wide receiver in the NFL, Calvin Johnson should be a sign for the Lions organization that their quarterback might not be the one.
The Lions were up 14 – 3 in the third quarter were not able to score another point once Johnson went down. Their offense hasn’t been running on all cylinders since Johnson’s injury. Johnson’s salary this year is $13 058 000 dollars, which is much less than his quarterback.
Yes, Alex Henry the former Lions field goal kicker missed 3 field goals. He makes one we wouldn’t be having this discussion. The field goal attempts were not short ones: 44, 47 and 50. Stafford couldn’t get 1 more first down to make it chip shot.
The Chicago Bears have a turnover prone quarterback Jay Cutler with a weak defense is not a good combination. Cutler makes $18 500 000, which is twice as much as Brandon Marshall. The Bears lost to a struggling Carolina Panthers because Cutler’s inconsistencies.
Cutler threw 2 interceptions in the Bears 3 losses and none in the 2 wins. It is a clear indication how much the quarterback turnovers affect the Bears success. The Bears let go of Brian Urlacher and Julius Peppers to make room for Cutler’s salary.
The only team that doesn’t have to worry about their quarterback situation; Aaron Rodgers give the Green Bay Packers organization peace of mind. The Packers will win the NFC Division again this year. Rodgers makes $17 900 000, which is making almost 1 million less than a quarterback who can’t lead a team to the playoffs.
The NFL quarterbacks get too much credit for wins and not enough blame for losses, yet they are the highest player on most teams. Johnson should be the highest paid offensive player on the Lions team.
Do you believe either Stafford or Cutler can win the NFC North Division?
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Week 6 free NFL point spread picks

My Week 5 was tremendous with a 5 – 1 record my only loss was the Dallas Cowboys at home against Houston Texans. I’m 16 – 10 after 5 weeks with a difficult week 6coming up because 3 games have no lines due to injuries, which is limiting the list of that I can chose from this week.
My 5 picks this week will be:
The New England Patriots – 3 against the Buffalo Bills for the division lead. The Patriots have the much better quarterback and head coach, which will be the difference in the outcome. It is not a huge spread right now; therefore take advantage of it.
Take the Patriots – 3
The Atlanta Falcons coming home after 2 road losses. The Falcons’ opponent the Chicago Bears are struggling on defense due to their many injuries at the defensive back position. It will be a high scoring game with the Falcons winning big.
Take the Falcons – 3
The San Diego Chargers are the best team in the NFL right now and won’t look ahead in the schedule. They play the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos in the 2 following weeks. The Chargers will blowout the Oakland Raiders this weekend.
Take the Chargers – 8
I had to take at least one game where I get the points. The underdog Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home against the Baltimore Ravens will be the upset of the week. The Bucs defense will be able to keep the Ravens offense in check. Home dogs are fun to take because they often win the game.
Take the Bucs + 3
The Denver Broncos on the road – 8 against the struggling New York Jets. Geno Smith might giving the finger to another fan at the end another blowout at home with Manning lightning up the depleted Jets defense for a few touchdown passes. The Broncos should be able to cover the big spread.
Take the Broncos – 8
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