Adding Markelle Fultz would be big. Allowing IT to play without the ball more would make him even more dangerous. Although Marcus Smart has exceeded my expectations this year, sell high on him. I'm torn on Jaylen Brown. Love his athleticism, not sure if that jump shot is going to develop. Adding Fultz and someone who can shoot on the wing would make that team a legitimate title contender. But with all that being said, I'll wait and see what Golden State does with a healthy lineup in the playoffs. If they live up to the hype in the playoffs, the word "contender" might be irrelevant for some time.
Celtics fan here.
The other day, on a board ranting about Tyronn Lue, I made the comment that there still wasn't a team in the EC that could win four games against the Cavs in a playoff series. Last night proved it. The Celtics were outclassed in every facet of the game last night, but they're a lot better than what they showed. Regardless, Cleveland just has too many weapons, too many ways to hurt you. I still expect the C's to get to the ECF, and I think they can win a couple games in that series. But the Cavs are going back to the Finals, barring injuries.
Yeah, there are a lot of bandwagon LeBron fans in every arena he plays in.
I have been playing for years, with some success sprinkled in along the way. My leagues always included runs into the offensive scoring. With that being said, I load up on home run hitters. Every dinger impacts four of the five offensive categories. I can live with a guy hitting .245 if he is going to drop 35 bombs. And I would take that guy over a guy that might hit .300 but only hit 20 home runs. I'll concede steals for the most part. In a H2H format, which is what I'll always play, winning four of the five offensive categories is going to set me up with a matchup win in most weeks.
As far as pitching goes, I try to draft one or two solid starters, and then I just pay attention to the free agent list for good pitching matchups on a weekly basis. It's a little risky, because those players weren't drafted for a reason, and one terrible start by a starter can ruin WHIP and ERA for me in that week. But it's worked for me through the years.
In all seriousness, after the Cavs win the ECF in 6 games, I expect all of the '"sky is falling" Cavs fans to be on here talking about how it was just a matter of time before the Cavs quit playing around and flipped the switch. Maybe I am completely off base, but I feel like a lot of the Cavs fans I am around, or hear from on a daily basis, don't actually watch half of these games; they just see a final score and make their assumptions. Or they just regurgitate what they hear from the national media. Like the whole narrative about their defense. Cleveland was very engaged on defense last night, Chicago just made a lot of tough shots down the stretch. Chicago only shot 42 percent last night, hardly a back-breaking percentage to give up. The Bulls just made timely shots down the stretch.
In regards to Tyronn Lue, he is mostly irrelevant to that basketball team. It's no secret who runs that team in crunch time. When push comes to shove, Tyronn Lue is a mediator between egos. Yes, the Cavs' flow on offense is BAD at times. Do you really think that is Tyronn Lue forcing his team to run iso in critical spots? Or is that exactly what LeBron and Kyrie want to do, and he just facilitates it?
Regardless, there isn't a team in the EC that can win four games against them in a playoff series. They will be back in the Finals, against GS in all likely hood, and it should be another great battle.
The Celts have a great chance of stealing that top seed away from the Cavs. They are playing great at home right now, and they only have three games away from The Garden left on their schedule. If the Cavs can't rally tonight, and that lead shrinks to a single game, I will very good about the C's chances of getting the one seed.
I'm really excited about the balance the Sox have now. They're not going to fully replace Papi's production, but the depth of the rotation should more than make up for it. I'm also really excited to see what Andrew Benintendi (Ohio kid) does in his first full season. He should be right there in the AL Rookie of the Year conversation.
If both teams stay relatively healthy throughout the year, I fully expect a Sox/Tribe ALCS.
Simply saying no to this question just because Hooker and Lattimore came into last season without a start under their belt is pretty shortsighted. The odds of players taking time to settle into a starting role are far greater than them stepping in and being first round talents from their first snap as a starter. Obviously it helps when those players were some of the best at their position in high school, but I wouldn't bank on the secondary not missing a beat. With that being said, I'm not concerned with them. I think it will be a strength as the year progresses. We'll find out just a few weeks into the season how ready they are.
I think I saw it once, but Jamaal Berry was a guy I was very excited for. Another one for me would be Etienne Sabino. He contributed, not a complete bust. But I thought for sure he was going to be the next great linebacker at Ohio State.
I've seen a lot of Mike D'Andrea mentions. That's a good one. People forget that he was supposed to be the best of the three linebackers that committed in that class. The other two went on to have decent careers.
Part of the 2015 recruiting class. That's one year. He spent this season at a JUCO, that's two. And then this upcoming year will be his third year removed from high school, making him eligible to leave.
I'm heading to Piqua for the Pick Central game. I can't wait to see how the D1 shakes out. I'd love to see Liberty or PC make it, but St. X./St. Ignatius would be about as good as it gets in high school football here in Ohio.
Upvote for the Peanut Barrel.
I still don't get why everyone is stuck on this conference champion criteria. I've been saying it since Sunday, and then Herbie vindicated it last night on national television: conference champions have been the tiebreaker when the committee was "splitting hairs" as Herbstreit put it. When two teams have near identical resumes, a conference championship is going to be the biggest factor is separating those teams. We've seen that. That doesn't mean that being a conference champion is an absolute must. This system has been around for all of two years, and this is the first time the committee has had a mess like this to sort out. There is no precedent for this particular scenario. All of the momentum and credibility that this new system has built is on the line in just the third year of operating: will they pick the best four teams, which was the only goal from day one? Or will they pick the four most deserving teams, in which case why do we need a committee? A computer can check the boxes of all of the things that make a team "deserving."
I still don't get why everyone is stuck on this conference champion criteria. I've been saying it since Sunday, and then Herbie vindicated it last night on national television: conference champions have been the tiebreaker when the committee was "splitting hairs" as Herbstreit put it. When two teams have near identical resumes, a conference championship is going to be the biggest factor is separating those teams. We've seen that. That doesn't mean that being a conference champion is an absolute must. This system has been around for all of two years, and this is the first time the committee has had a mess like this to sort out. All of the momentum and credibility that this new system has built is on the line in just the third year of operating: will they pick the best four teams, which was the only goal from day one? Or will they pick the four most deserving teams, in which case why do we need a committee? A computer can check the boxes of all of the things that make a team "deserving."
That sale was not done this year, due to the complete debacle that it turned into two years ago. I can't imagine them doing something like that again, but if they do, I sure hope it will be better organized. I was one of the first 30 or so to get in there that day. Between the clowns at the front of the line who were grabbing as many as they could carry, and the people who were getting physical with them to try to get one away....that was insane. I got one though!
But....BG is orange and brown....
I think they'll go 11-2 in the non-conference slate. It's tough to predict how they will do in the Big Ten. I really can't see much better than 12-6. I'd be happy with a 23-win regular season.
Does Penn State have a site similar to 11W? I always enjoy reading what opposing fans say to each other about the game in the days leading up.
I will exclude championship and bowl games because those are easy to say. I would have to go with the 2001 trip to Ann Arbor. That was my first trip up there, and the game speaks for itself. The '98 trip to Morgantown to kick off the season was a great one, and the '99 trip to NYC/NJ for the kickoff classic was great as well, even though we lost the game. 2012 up in Madison was my first experience of Mad Town, and it was as advertised. I'm heading to Happy Valley for the first time this weekend, so maybe that will find a place towards the top of the list.
I am a little confused on the whole sweatshirt under the jersey thing. Is that not acceptable anymore? I'm heading to State College this weekend and it's going to be cold at kickoff. I was planning on wearing....a hoodie under my jersey.
I'm heading up on Friday for Game 2. But, uhh...Go Sox!