2015 M.L.B. Trade Deadline Trade Reviews




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2015 N.H.L. Mock Draft

Let's do this:
  1. Edmonton - Connor McDavid Center O.H.L.
  2. Buffalo - Jack Eichel Center N.C.A.A.
  3. Arizona - Mitch Marner Center O.H.L.
  4. Toronto - Dylan Strome Center O.H.L.
  5. Carolina - Noah Hanifin Defenseman N.C.A.A.
  6. New Jersey - Mikko Rantanen R.W. Liiga
  7. Philadelphia - Matthew Barzal Center W.H.L.
  8. Columbus - Lawson Crouse L.W. O.H.L.
  9. San Jose - Zach Werenski Defenseman N.C.A.A.
  10. Colorado - Evgeni Svechnikov L.W. Q.M.J.H.L.
  11. Florida - Daniel Sprong R.W. Q.M.J.H.L.
  12. Dallas - Ivan Provorov Defenseman W.H.L.
  13. Boston - Travis Konecny Center O.H.L.
  14. Boston - Kyle Connor L.W. U.S.H.L.
  15. Boston - Jeremy Bracco R.W. U.S.H.L.
  16. Edmonton - Oliver Kylington Defenseman S.H.L.
  17. Winnipeg - Nick Merkley R.W. W.H.L.
  18. Ottawa - Jeremy Roy Defenseman Q.M.J.H.L.
  19. Detroit - Pavel Zacha Center O.H.L.
  20. Minnesota - Sebastian Aho L.W. Liiga
  21. Ottawa - Anthony Beauvillier Center Q.M.J.H.L.
  22. Washington - Erik Cernak Defenseman Extraliga
  23. Vancouver - Timo Meier R.W. Q.M.J.H.L.
  24. Toronto - Jake DeBrusk L.W. W.H.L.
  25. Winnipeg - Roope Hintz L.W. Liiga
  26. Montreal - Colin White Center U.S.H.L.
  27. Anaheim - Mitchell Vande Sompel Defenseman O.H.L.
  28. Tampa Bay - Mitchell Stephens Center O.H.L.
  29. Philadelphia - Brock Boeser R.W. U.S.H.L.
  30. Arizona - Denis Guryanov R.W. M.H.L.
I also have the Islanders drafting Ilya Samsonov with the 72nd overall pick, a goalie from the M.H.L.


2015 N.B.A. Mock Draft

Let's go:
  1. Minnesota - Karl-Anthony Towns Center Kentucky
  2. Los Angeles - Jahlil Okafor Center Duke
  3. Philadelphia - D'Angelo Russell P.G. O.S.U.
  4. New York - Emmanuel Mudiay P.G. China
  5. Orlando - Kristaps Porzingis P.F. Latvia
  6. Sacramento - Justise Winslow S.F. Duke
  7. Denver - Mario Hezonja S.F. Croatia
  8. Detroit - Stanley Johnson S.F. Arizona 
  9. Charlotte - Kelly Oubre S.F. Kansas
  10. Miami - Devin Booker S.G. Kentucky
  11. Indiana - Willie Cauley-Stein Center Kentucky
  12. Utah - Myles Turner P.F. Texas
  13. Phoenix - Frank Kaminsky Center Wisconsin
  14. Oklahoma City - Cameron Payne P.G. Murray State
  15. Atlanta - Sam Dekker S.F. Wisconsin
  16. Boston - R.J. Hunter S.G. G.S.U.
  17. Milwaukee - Trey Lyles P.F. Kentucky
  18. Houston - Jerian Grant P.G. Notre Dame 
  19. Washington - Bobby Portis P.F. Arkansas
  20. Toronto - Kevon Looney P.F. U.C.L.A.
  21. Dallas - Tyus Jones P.G. Duke
  22. Chicago - Rashad Vaughn S.G. U.N.L.V.
  23. Portland - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson S.F. Arizona 
  24. Cleveland - Delon Wright P.G. Utah
  25. Memphis - Montrezl Harrell P.F. Louisville
  26. San Antonio - Dakari Johnson Center Kentucky
  27. Los Angeles - Justin Anderson S.F. Virginia
  28. Boston - Terry Rozier P.G. Louisville
  29. Brooklyn - Anthony Brown S.G. Stanford
  30. Golden State - Joseph Young S.G. Oregon
  31. Minnesota - Chris McCullough P.F. Syracuse
  32. Houston - Jarell Martin P.F. L.S.U.
  33. Boston - Rakeem Christmas Center Syracuse
  34. Los Angeles - Cedi Osman P.G. Macedonia
  35. Philadelphia - Olivier Hanlan S.G. B.C.
  36. Minnesota - Andrew Harrison P.G. Kentucky
  37. Philadelphia - Guillermo Hernangomez Center Spain
  38. Detroit - Mouhammadou Jaiteh Center France
  39. Charlotte - Josh Richardson S.G. Tennessee
  40. Miami - J.P. Tokoto S.F. U.N.C.
  41. Brooklyn - Robert Upshaw Center Washington
  42. Utah - Nikola Milutinov Center Serbia
  43. Indiana - Cliff Alexander P.F. Kansas
  44. Phoenix - Pat Connaughton S.F. Notre Dame
  45. Boston - Christian Wood P.F. U.N.L.V.
  46. Milwaukee - Arturas Gudaitis Center Lithuania
  47. Philadelphia - Vince Hunter S.F. U.T.E.P.
  48. Oklahoma City - Jonathan Holmes S.F. Texas
  49. Washington - Michael Frazier, Jr. S.G. Florida
  50. Atlanta - Jordan Mickey P.F. L.S.U.
  51. Orlando - Tyler Harvey S.G. Eastern Washington
  52. Dallas - Richaun Holmes P.F. Bowling Green
  53. Cleveland - Larry Nance, Jr. P.F. Wyoming
  54. Utah - Norman Powell S.G. U.C.L.A.
  55. San Antonio - Alan Williams P.F. U.C.S.B.
  56. New Orleans - Branden Dawson S.F. M.S.U.
  57. Denver - Terran Petteway S.G. Nebraska
  58. Philadelphia - Aaron White P.F. Iowa
  59. Atlanta - Quinn Cook P.G. Duke
  60. Philadelphia - Sir'Dominic Pointer S.F. St. John's


The Brooklyn Nets' 2015 Offseason Plan

This is what I would do if I was this man.
  1. Fire Billy King and name Bryan Colangelo the general manager... I know that since King hasn't been fired yet, he's not going to be fired, but seeing as though this is what I would do if I was Mikhail Prokhorov, I'd have fired King right after the Nets were eliminated by the Hawks, so better late than never. I've been very supportive of King for a long time. I supported him after the Gerald Wallace trade, after the Gerald Wallace signing, and after the Paul Pierce trade, but I just can't support him anymore. He's been terrible with the salary cap, and he made it so we don't have our own first round pick until 2019! His final nail in the coffin to me was his failure to trade Brook Lopez at the trade deadline this year for Reggie Jackson. I know that Lopez is the sole reason that the Nets made the playoffs this year, but it would've been nice to see what Plumlee could've done without Lopez. It also would've been nice to have had Reggie Jackson as a point guard of the future, but evidently King knew better. Now with the rumors that the Nets are looking to trade Plumlee, I'd fire King before he has the chance to trade him. Colangelo's been a very good G.M. wherever he's been. He's a former executive of the year and I think that he'd be able to steer the Nets out of this deep, dark hole that King has dug us into.
  2. Get rid of the following players: Clark, Jordan, Lopez, Morris... There's no room for Clark. Jordan sucks. I want to give Plumlee the chance to start, and with Young in the fold, there's no room for Lopez. Morris sucks. The players that I didn't mention did a good job and deserve to stay.
  3. Trade Sergey Karasev, Deron Williams, and our 2015 second round pick to the Denver Nuggets for Darrell Arthur, Randy Foye, and Ty Lawson... The only reason Arthur's in the deal is to make the salaries work, so this trade is basically Karasev, Williams, and the pick for Foye and Lawson. Karasev didn't make an impact on the Nets and Williams is a shell of his former self. There are a bunch of rumors that says that Lawson wants out of Denver, and the Nets need shooting guard depth, so it only makes sense to do this deal. Also, I know that this trade isn't approved by Fantasy S.P.'s trade analyzer, but I'm making an exception because of all the rumors that Lawson wants out, and because this is the only trade that I could come up with that made sense for both teams.
  4. Draft Dakari Johnson... With Plumlee transitioning to a starting role, the Nets are going to need a new backup center. Johnson's a good defender and a good rebounder, so that's why I'd draft him.


The New York Islanders' 2015 Offseason Plan

This is what I would do if I was this man.
  1. Get rid of the following players: Boulton, Carkner, Donovan, Kennedy, and Visnovsky... Boulton and Carkner suck. There's no room for Donovan or Kennedy. Visnovsky's going to retire. The players that I didn't mention did a good job and deserve to stay.
  2. Fire Jack Capuano and name Ron Wilson the head coach... I know that since Capuano hasn't been fired yet, he's not going to be fired, but seeing as though this is what I would do if I was Garth Snow, I'd have fired Capuano right after the Islanders were eliminated by the Capitals, so better late than never. The best coaches get that little extra something out of their players to push their team to the next level. Capuano couldn't get that little extra something out of his players, and that's why the Islanders closed out the Coliseum with another first round exit. I'm absolutely stunned that Wilson hasn't been hired yet. I think that Ron Hextall and Lou Lamoriello made a big mistake in hiring Dave Hakstol and John Hynes over Wilson. It's nothing against Hakstol and Hynes, I just think that Wilson would've been a better hire. He has the ninth most wins in N.H.L. history for a coach and I think that he'd be able to finally get the Islanders deep into the playoffs.
  3. Draft Ilya Samsonov... The Islanders need a goalie of the future. Halak's only signed for three more years, and God only knows what we're going to get out of Neuvirth. I think that Samsonov will be the best goalie available when the Islanders finally make their first pick. It's a little tough to predict because their first pick is in the third round, but I'm willing to say that Samsonov will be there, and the Islanders should take him.
  4. Trade Calvin de Haan, Michael Grabner, Travis Hamonic, Anders Lee, and Brian Strait to the Edmonton Oilers for Andrew Ference and Taylor Hall... The Islanders lacked a first line left winger all of last year. Josh Bailey failed, Cory Conacher failed, and a bunch of other players failed also. This is another reason why the Islanders couldn't beat the Capitals in the playoffs. There's a rumor that Taylor Hall's available, so I'd do everything in my power to get him, because he'd be perfect with Tavares and Okposo.
  5. Sign Mike Green... Green's the best defenseman available, and he'd be fantastic on the second line, so that's why I'd bring him in.


2015 M.L.B. Mock Draft

Here goes nothing:
  1. Arizona - Ian Happ OF. Cincinnati
  2. Houston - Garrett Whitley OF. Niskayuna High School (New York)
  3. Colorado - Kyle Tucker OF. Plant High School (Florida)
  4. Texas - Daz Cameron OF. Eagle's Landing Christian Academy (Georgia)
  5. Houston - Brendan Rodgers SS. Lake Mary High School (Florida)
  6. Minnesota - Nick Plummer OF. Brother Rice High School (Michigan)
  7. Boston - Dillon Tate R.H.P. U.C.S.B.
  8. C.W.S. - Tyler Stephenson Catcher Kennesaw Mountain High School (Georgia)
  9. C.H.C. - Dansby Swanson SS. Vanderbilt
  10. Philadelphia - Walker Buehler R.H.P. Vanderbilt
  11. Cincinnati - Kevin Newman SS. Arizona
  12. Miami - Trenton Clark OF. Richland High School (Texas)
  13. Tampa Bay - Kolby Allard L.H.P. San Clemente High School (California)
  14. Atlanta - Tyler Jay L.H.P. Illinois
  15. Milwaukee - Chris Betts Catcher Wilson High School (California)
  16. New York - Kyle Funkhouser R.H.P. Louisville
  17. Cleveland - Mike Nikorak R.H.P. Stroudsburg High School (Pennsylvania)
  18. San Francisco - Alex Bregman SS. L.S.U.
  19. Pittsburgh - Brady Aiken L.H.P. I.M.G. Academy (Florida)
  20. Oakland - Carson Fulmer R.H.P. Vanderbilt
  21. Kansas City - Donny Everett R.H.P. Clarksville High School (Tennessee)
  22. Detroit - Juan Hillman L.H.P. Olympia High School (Florida)
  23. St. Louis - Ke'Bryan Hayes 3B. Concordia Lutheran High School (Texas)
  24. L.A.D. - Scott Kingery 2B. Arizona
  25. Baltimore - Nate Kirby L.H.P. Virginia
  26. L.A.A. - Mitchell Hansen OF. Plano High School (Texas)


2014-15 N.H.L. Award Predictions

Let's do this:
Calder Memorial Trophy - Johnny Gaudreau Calgary
Hart Memorial Trophy - John Tavares N.Y.I.
Jack Adams Award - Alain Vigneault N.Y.R.
James Norris Memorial Trophy - Erik Karlsson Ottawa
N.H.L. General Manager of the Year Award - Bob Murray Anaheim
Vezina Trophy - Carey Price Montreal


2015 N.F.L. Mock Draft

Here we go:
  1. Tampa Bay - Jameis Winston QB. F.S.U.
  2. Tennessee - Marcus Mariota QB. Oregon
  3. Jacksonville - Leonard Williams D.E. U.S.C.
  4. Oakland - Amari Cooper W.R. Alabama
  5. Washington - Brandon Scherff O.T. Iowa
  6. N.Y.J. - Vic Beasley O.L.B. Clemson
  7. Chicago - Kevin White W.R. W.V.U.
  8. Atlanta - Andrus Peat O.T. Stanford
  9. N.Y.G. - Ereck Flowers O.T. Miami
  10. St. Louis - Cameron Erving Center F.S.U.
  11. Minnesota - Trae Waynes CB. M.S.U.
  12. Cleveland - DeVante Parker W.R. Louisville
  13. New Orleans - Randy Gregory O.L.B. Nebraska
  14. Miami - Breshad Perriman W.R. U.C.F.
  15. San Francisco - Dante Fowler, Jr. D.E. Florida
  16. Houston - Melvin Gordon R.B. Wisconsin
  17. San Diego - Arik Armstead D.E. Oregon
  18. Kansas City - Jaelen Strong W.R. A.S.U.
  19. Cleveland - La'el Collins O.T. L.S.U.
  20. Philadelphia - Landon Collins Safety Alabama
  21. Cincinnati - Shane Ray O.L.B. Missouri
  22. Pittsburgh - Marcus Peters CB. Washington
  23. Detroit - T.J. Clemmings O.T. Pittsburgh
  24. Arizona - Todd Gurley R.B. Georgia
  25. Carolina - Cedric Ogbuehi O.T. Texas A&M
  26. Baltimore - Kevin Johnson CB. Wake Forest
  27. Dallas - Jalen Collins CB. L.S.U.
  28. Denver - D.J. Humphries O.T. Florida
  29. Indianapolis - Danny Shelton D.T. Washington
  30. Green Bay - Eric Kendricks I.L.B. U.C.L.A.
  31. New Orleans - Nelson Agholor W.R. U.S.C.
  32. New England - Malcom Brown D.T. Texas


2014-15 N.B.A. Award Predictions

Let's go:
N.B.A. Coach of the Year - Mike Budenholzer Atlanta
N.B.A. Executive of the Year - David Griffin Cleveland
N.B.A. M.V.P. - James Harden Houston
N.B.A. R.O.Y. - Andrew Wiggins Minnesota


2015 N.B.A. Playoff Predictions

Let's go:
Conference Quarterfinals:
Atlanta over Brooklyn in 4
Washington over Toronto in 6
Chicago over Milwaukee in 5
Cleveland over Boston in 4
Golden State over New Orleans in 4
Portland over Memphis in 5
Los Angeles over San Antonio in 6
Houston over Dallas in 4

Conference Semifinals:
Washington over Atlanta in 7
Cleveland over Chicago in 6
Golden State over Portland in 6
Los Angeles over Houston in 6

Conference Finals:
Cleveland over Washington in 7
Golden State over Los Angeles in 7

N.B.A. Finals:
Golden State over Cleveland in 6


2015 N.H.L. Playoff Predictions

Let's do this:
Conference Quarterfinals:
Montreal over Ottawa in 6
Tampa Bay over Detroit in 6
N.Y.R. over Pittsburgh in 5
N.Y.I. over Washington in 6
St. Louis over Minnesota in 6
Chicago over Nashville in 6
Anaheim over Winnipeg in 4
Vancouver over Calgary in 7

Conference Semifinals:
Montreal over Tampa Bay in 5
N.Y.R. over N.Y.I. in 6
Chicago over St. Louis in 7
Anaheim over Vancouver in 5

Conference Finals:
New York over Montreal in 6
Chicago over Anaheim in 6

Stanley Cup Finals:
Chicago over New York in 5


The New York Jets' 2015 Offseason Plan

This is what I would do if I was this man.

  1. Put the franchise tag on Harris... One of the elder statesmen of the Jets showed last year that he can still play at an effective level. However, he's 31 years old and isn't getting any younger, so that's why I'd give him the tag.
  2. Get rid of the following players: Adams, Bellore, Colon, Conner, Cunningham, Landry, Bilal Powell, Smith, Vick, Wilson, and Winters... There's no room for Adams. Bellore didn't make an impact on the Jets. Colon sucks. There's no room for Conner. Cunningham didn't make an impact on the Jets. There's no room for Landry or Powell. Smith sucks. Vick can't stay healthy. Wilson and Winters suck. The players that I didn't mention did a good job and deserve to stay.
  3. Trade our 2015 third and fifth round picks to the Chicago Bears for Jay Cutler... The way I see it, the Jets have six options to fill their starting quarterback vacancy: Cutler, Nick Foles, Mike Glennon, Brian Hoyer, Marcus Mariota, and Jameis Winston, allow me to debunk every other option. There's no way that the Eagles will trade Foles even if they bring back Mark Sanchez. I think that the Buccaneers know something about Glennon that no one else does. There's no reason why they wouldn't have given him the starting quarterback job if they don't. I'd rather have Cutler than Hoyer. I'm not willing to give up what it would take to trade up for Mariota or Winston. That's why Cutler's the best option.
  4. Sign Orlando Franklin... Franklin's one of the most underrated players in the game today. He's one of the best offensive linemen today so that's why I'd get him in green.
  5. Sign Kareem Jackson... If Darrelle Revis becomes available, then obviously I'd bring him in. That being said, I don't think that he'll leave New England. Jackson's burst onto the scene as one of the best cornerbacks in the game today, and he's also not that far behind Revis in terms of skill, so that's why I'd bring him in.
  6. Sign Ryan Mallett... I've always liked Mallett. From when he was a Razorback to a Patriot, I've wanted him in a Jet uniform. The Jets need a backup quarterback anyway, so it makes perfect sense.
  7. Trade our 2015 first round pick to the New Orleans Saints for their 2015 first and third round picks and use their first round pick to draft Marcus Peters... If I'm Maccagnan, I'm not releasing Harvin. If the Jets keep Harvin, there's no need for them to draft Amari Cooper, who I've seen mocked to the Jets a lot. There's also no one who I'd pick at six who'll be available. That's why I'd trade down and take the best cornerback in the draft in Marcus Peters.


2014-15 N.F.L. Award Predictions

Here we go:
N.F.L. Coach of the Year - Bruce Arians Arizona
N.F.L. Defensive Player of the Year - J.J. Watt Houston
N.F.L. Defensive Rookie of the Year - C.J. Mosley Baltimore
N.F.L. M.V.P. - Andrew Luck Indianapolis
N.F.L. Offensive Player of the Year - DeMarco Murray Dallas
N.F.L. Offensive Rookie of the Year - Odell Beckham, Jr. N.Y.G.


2015 N.F.L. Playoff Predictions

Here we go:
Wild Card Playoffs
Carolina over Arizona
Baltimore over Pittsburgh
Cincinnati over Indianapolis
Dallas over Detroit

Divisional Playoffs:
New England over Baltimore
Seattle over Carolina
Green Bay over Dallas
Denver over Cincinnati

Conference Championships:
Green Bay over Seattle
Denver over New England

Super Bowl XLIX:
Denver over Green Bay


The New York Yankees' 2014-15 Offseason Plan

This is what I would do if I was this man.
  1. Get rid of the following players: Bailey, Capuano, Drew, Kuroda, Phelps, Rogers, Sizemore, and Suzuki... There's no room for Capuano. Drew sucks. Kuroda's going to either retire or go back to Japan. There's no room for Phelps. Rogers sucks. There's no room for Sizemore or Suzuki. The players that I didn't mention did a good job and deserve to stay.
  2. Hire Dave Magadan as hitting coach, move Rob Thomson to first base coach, and hire Luis Rivera as third base coach... Magadan to the Yankees has been mentioned ever since Kevin Long got fired, but I'm thinking outside the box when it comes to the first base coach vacancy. You all know how much I hate Thomson as the third base coach, but since he hasn't been fired yet, he's not going anywhere. That's why I'd slide him over to be the first base coach, and hire Rivera as the third base coach.
  3. Release Alex Rodriguez... I know it's a lot of money, but I'm not prepared to undergo another season of his media drama, and his never staying on the field.
  4. Sign Mike Aviles... I'm not a big Ryan fan, but there's no reason to get rid of him. By signing Aviles, Ryan can be used only for his defense, which is his only strength.
  5. Sign Nyjer Morgan... I like Young, but I want a substitute if he struggles. Morgan can be a good substitute, and he can come in in pinch running situations.
  6. Sign Hanley Ramirez... This is a match made in Heaven. Derek Jeter, the best shortstop in baseball history retired, so if you replace him with one of the best shortstops in baseball today in Ramirez, you've lessened the sting of not seeing Jeter play anymore.


2014 M.L.B. Award Predictions

Here goes nothing:
A.L. Cy Young Award - Corey Kluber Cleveland
A.L. Manager of the Year - Ned Yost Kansas City
A.L. M.V.P. - Mike Trout L.A.A.
A.L. R.O.Y. - Jose Abreu C.W.S.
N.L. Cy Young Award - Clayton Kershaw L.A.D.
N.L. Manager of the Year - Bruce Bochy San Francisco
N.L. M.V.P. - Clayton Kershaw L.A.D.
N.L. R.O.Y. - Billy Hamilton Cincinnati


2014 M.L.B. Playoff Predictions

Here goes nothing:
Wild Card Games:
Kansas City over Oakland
San Francisco over Pittsburgh

Division Series:
L.A.A. over Kansas City in 4
Detroit over Baltimore in 4
Washington over San Francisco in 3
L.A.D. over St. Louis in 5

Championship Series:
Detroit over L.A.A. in 7
L.A.D. over Washington in 6

World Series:
L.A.D. over Detroit in 7


2014 M.L.B. Trade Deadline Trade Reviews

Here goes nothing:
The Boston Red Sox traded Jonny Gomes and Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics for Yoenis Cespedes and a competitive balance draft pick... If you had told me before the season started that the Red Sox were going to trade Jon Lester, I'd have called you crazy. That being said, this is an interesting trade. Usually teams get prospects back in trades like this, but the Red Sox got one of the better outfielders in the game today. As for the Athletics, they just made their pitching staff a lot better for the playoffs.
Edge - Even

The Minnesota Twins traded Sam Fuld to the Oakland Athletics for Tommy Milone... Milone was displaced in the A's rotation with all the new guys they brought in, so Billy Beane was right to trade him. That being said, I'm sure he could've gotten something better than a backup outfielder.
Edge - Minnesota Twins

The Boston Red Sox traded John Lackey, Corey Littrell, and cash to the St. Louis Cardinals for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly... What I said about Lester above applies to Lackey also, but I like this haul a lot better for the Sox. I realize Craig and Kelly aren't having the greatest years, but they're young and have a lot of upside.
Edge - Boston Red Sox

The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Gerardo Parra to the Milwaukee Brewers for Anthony Banda and Mitch Haniger... This is too much to give up for a defensive specialist with an O.K. bat. With the Brewers' weak farm system, you don't give up one of their better prospects in Haniger and someone who gets a lot of movement on his pitches in Banda.
Edge - Arizona Diamondbacks

The San Diego Padres traded Chris Denorfia to the Seattle Mariners for Abraham Almonte and Stephen Kohlscheen... When you get a good backup outfielder in Denorfia for practically nothing, you're going to get the edge.
Edge - Seattle Mariners

The Cleveland Indians traded Asdrubal Cabrera to the Washington Nationals for Zach Walters and cash... This is an equal trade for both teams.
Edge - Even

The Baltimore Orioles traded Eduardo Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox for Andrew Miller... I don't care if Miller was the best left handed reliever available, no one should trade one of their best prospects for a set up guy.
Edge - Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox traded Stephen Drew to the New York Yankees for Kelly Johnson... This is a swap of two underperforming players. I actually like Johnson, but there's no excuse to be batting .219.
Edge - Even

The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Martin Prado to the New York Yankees for Peter O'Brien and a P.T.B.N.L. or cash... Yet another reason why Brian Cashman should be fired. The Yankees needed starting pitching, but instead they got a shortstop who's going to play second base in Drew, and a super utility player in Prado. While I like Prado, the Yankees lost this trade because they should've traded O'Brien for starting pitching.
Edge - Arizona Diamondbacks

The Atlanta Braves traded Victor Caratini to the Chicago Cubs for Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell... This is an equal trade for both teams.
Edge - Even

The Houston Astros traded Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez, and Austin Wates to the Miami Marlins for Jake Marisnick, Francis Martes, Colin Moran, and a competitive balance draft pick... I don't know much about Hernandez, Martes, and Wates, so I can only review this trade off of Cosart, Marisnick, and Moran. Cosart and Marisnick are two young guns who've struggled in the majors this year, but still have a lot of potential. Moran is a former first round pick who I think is going to be a very good player.
Edge - Houston Astros

The Detroit Tigers traded Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners and Drew Smyly and Willy Adames to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Seattle Mariners traded Nick Franklin to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Tampa Bay Rays traded David Price to the Detroit Tigers... Andrew Friedman is one of the best G.M.'s in baseball, but this is a terrible haul for Price. I like Smyly, but I'm not that high on Adames and Franklin. The Mariners did a good job of trading someone who was blocked in Franklin for one of the most underrated players in the game in Jackson. The Tigers got one of the best pitchers in baseball for virtually nothing.
Edge - Detroit Tigers


2014 N.H.L. Mock Draft

Let's do this:
  1. Florida - Aaron Ekblad Defenseman O.H.L.
  2. Buffalo - William Nylander R.W. S.H.L.
  3. Edmonton - Sam Bennett Center O.H.L.
  4. Calgary - Kasperi Kapanen R.W. Liiga
  5. New York - Nikolaj Ehlers L.W. Q.M.J.H.L.
  6. Vancouver - Thatcher Demko Goalie N.C.A.A.
  7. Carolina - Sam Reinhart Center W.H.L.
  8. Toronto - Michael Dal Colle L.W. O.H.L.
  9. Winnipeg - Kevin Fiala L.W. S.H.L.
  10. Anaheim - Leon Draisaitl Center W.H.L.
  11. Nashville - Robby Fabbri Center O.H.L.
  12. Arizona - Jake Virtanen R.W. W.H.L.
  13. Washington - Haydn Fleury Defenseman W.H.L.
  14. Dallas - Roland McKeown Defenseman O.H.L.
  15. Detroit - Sonny Milano L.W. U.S.H.L.
  16. Columbus - Jakub Vrana R.W. S.H.L.
  17. Philadelphia - Brendan Perlini L.W. O.H.L.
  18. Minnesota - David Pastrnak R.W. Allsvenskan
  19. Tampa Bay - Ivan Barbashev Center Q.M.J.H.L.
  20. San Jose - Nick Ritchie L.W. O.H.L.
  21. St. Louis - Jared McCann Center O.H.L.
  22. Pittsburgh - Joshua Ho-Sang R.W. O.H.L.
  23. Colorado - Alex Tuch R.W. U.S.H.L.
  24. Vancouver - Adrian Kempe L.W. S.H.L.
  25. Boston - Nikita Scherbak R.W. W.H.L.
  26. Montreal - Brayden Point Center W.H.L.
  27. Chicago - Nikolai Goldobin R.W. O.H.L.
  28. Tampa Bay - Julius Honka Defenseman W.H.L.
  29. Los Angeles - Dylan Larkin Center U.S.H.L.
  30. New Jersey - Spencer Watson R.W. O.H.L.


2014 N.B.A. Mock Draft

Let's go:
  1. Cleveland - Jabari Parker S.F. Duke 
  2. Milwaukee - Andrew Wiggins S.G. Kansas
  3. Philadelphia - Gary Harris S.G. M.S.U.
  4. Orlando - Dante Exum P.G. Australia
  5. Utah - Marcus Smart P.G. Oklahoma State University
  6. Boston - Joel Embiid Center Kansas
  7. L.A.L. - Elfrid Payton P.G. Louisiana Lafayette
  8. Sacramento - Zach LaVine P.G. U.C.L.A.
  9. Charlotte - Nik Stauskas S.G. Michigan
  10. Philadelphia - Doug McDermott S.F. Creighton
  11. Denver - Tyler Ennis P.G. Syracuse
  12. Orlando - Julius Randle P.F. Kentucky
  13. Minnesota - Noah Vonleh P.F. Indiana
  14. Phoenix - Aaron Gordon P.F. Arizona
  15. Atlanta - James Young S.F. Kentucky
  16. Chicago - Rodney Hood S.G. Duke
  17. Boston - Dario Saric P.F. Croatia
  18. Phoenix - Jusuf Nurkic Center Bosnia
  19. Chicago - Shabazz Napier P.G. UConn
  20. Toronto - Adreian Payne P.F. M.S.U.
  21. Oklahoma City - Jordan Clarkson P.G. Missouri
  22. Memphis - P.J. Hairston S.G. U.N.C.
  23. Utah - Jordan Adams S.G. U.C.L.A.
  24. Charlotte - T.J. Warren S.F. N.C. State
  25. Houston - Kyle Anderson P.F. U.C.L.A.
  26. Miami - K.J. McDaniels S.F. Clemson
  27. Phoenix - Cleanthony Early S.F. Wichita State University
  28. L.A.C. - Jarnell Stokes P.F. Tennessee
  29. Oklahoma City - Clint Capela P.F. Switzerland
  30. San Antonio - Glenn Robinson III S.F. Michigan
  31. Milwaukee - Mitch McGary P.F. Michigan
  32. Philadelphia - Nikola Jokic P.F. Serbia
  33. Cleveland - Patric Young Center Florida
  34. New York - Artem Klimenko Center Russia
  35. Utah - Jerami Grant S.F. Syracuse
  36. Milwaukee - Damien Inglis S.F. France
  37. Toronto - Walter Tavares Center Spain
  38. Detroit - C.J. Wilcox S.G. Washington
  39. Philadelphia - Spencer Dinwiddie P.G. Colorado
  40. Minnesota - Joe Harris S.G. Virginia
  41. Denver - Bogdan Bogdanovic S.G. Serbia
  42. Houston - Vasilije Micic P.G. Serbia
  43. Atlanta - Nemanja Dangubic S.G. Serbia
  44. Minnesota - Semaj Christon P.G. Xavier
  45. Charlotte - Khem Birch P.F. U.N.L.V.
  46. Washington - Johnny O'Bryant P.F. L.S.U.
  47. Philadelphia - Jordan Bachynski Center A.S.U.
  48. Milwaukee - Bryce Cotton P.G. Providence
  49. Chicago - Thanasis Antetokounmpo S.F. N.B.D.L.
  50. Phoenix - Jordan McRae S.G. Tennessee
  51. New York - James Michael McAdoo P.F. U.N.C.
  52. Philadelphia - DeAndre Daniels S.F. UConn
  53. Minnesota - Alessandro Gentile S.F. Italy
  54. Philadelphia - Dwight Powell P.F. Stanford
  55. Miami - Deonte Burton P.G. Nevada
  56. Orlando - C.J. Fair S.F. Syracuse
  57. Indiana - Mike Moser P.F. Oregon
  58. San Antonio - Russ Smith S.G. Louisville
  59. Toronto - Jahii Carson P.G. A.S.U.
  60. San Antonio - Javon McCrea P.F. Buffalo


The Brooklyn Nets' 2014 Offseason Plan

This is what I would do if I was this man.
  1. Get rid of the following players: Blatche, Collins, and Gutierrez... There's no room for Blatche. The only reason I want to get rid of Collins is because he didn't make an impact on the Nets on the court. There's no room for Gutierrez. The players that I didn't mention did a good job and deserve to stay.


The New York Islanders' 2014 Offseason Plan

Besides thanking my lucky stars that I was able to sign Halak, this is what I would do if I was this man.
  1. Get rid of the following players: Johnson, Martinek, and Nilsson... Johnson and Martinek didn't make an impact on the Islanders. Nilsson sucks. The players that I didn't mention did a good job and deserve to stay.
  2. Buy out Hamonic... I know it's a lot of money, but for all the money Hamonic's making, he should've had more than 18 points this year.
  3. Demote Boulton and Carkner... I like my goons to do more than just get into fights. That's why I like Matt Martin. Boulton and Carkner can't do anything except get into fights so that's why I'd send them down to Bridgeport.
  4. Draft William Nylander... Going through all the positions and comparing it to the players available, right wing is the position the Islanders should target during the first round. Nylander's the best right winger in the draft, so that's why I'd draft him.
  5. Trade Dan Boyle's rights to the Toronto Maple Leafs for exactly what the Islanders gave up to get his rights in the first place... All the reports are saying that Boyle's not going to sign with the Islanders and that Boyle wants to be a Leaf so that's why I'd do this deal.
  6. Sign Jussi Jokinen... When the Islanders traded Vanek, they lacked a top line left winger. Since Vanek's a scumbag and won't sign with us, I'd sign Jokinen to fill this void.
  7. Sign Matt Niskanen... The Islanders haven't had a top two defenseman since Mark Streit. Niskanen's 27 years old and is the best defenseman available so that's why I'd sign him.


2014 M.L.B. Mock Draft

Here goes nothing:
  1. Houston - Carlos Rodon L.H.P. N.C. State
  2. Miami - Bradley Zimmer OF. U.S.F.
  3. C.W.S. - Brady Aiken L.H.P. Cathedral Catholic High School (California)
  4. C.H.C. - Alex Jackson Catcher Rancho Bernardo High School (California)
  5. Minnesota - Sean Newcomb L.H.P. Hartford
  6. Seattle - Derek Hill OF. Elk Grove High School (California)
  7. Philadelphia - Michael Conforto OF. Oregon State University
  8. Colorado - Braxton Davidson OF. T.C. Robertson High School (North Carolina)
  9. Toronto - Derek Fisher OF. Virginia
  10. New York - Brandon Finnegan L.H.P. T.C.U.
  11. Toronto - Nick Gordon SS. Olympia High School (Florida)
  12. Milwaukee - Trea Turner SS. N.C. State
  13. San Diego - Jacob Gatewood SS. Clovis High School (California)
  14. San Francisco - Max Pentecost Catcher Kennesaw State University
  15. L.A.A. - Monte Harrison OF. Lee's Summit West High School (Missouri)
  16. Arizona - Kyle Freeland L.H.P. Evansville
  17. Kansas City - Kyle Schwarber Catcher Indiana
  18. Washington - Michael Chavis 3B. Sprayberry High School (Georgia)
  19. Cincinnati - Marcus Wilson OF. Junipero Serra High School (California)
  20. Tampa Bay - Tyler Kolek R.H.P. Shepherd High School (Texas)
  21. Cleveland - Michael Gettys OF. Gainesville High School (Georgia)
  22. L.A.D. - Foster Griffin L.H.P. First Academy (Florida)
  23. Detroit - Chase Vallot Catcher St. Thomas More High School (Louisiana)
  24. Pittsburgh - Justus Sheffield L.H.P. Tullahoma High School (Tennessee)
  25. Oakland - Grant Holmes R.H.P. Conway High School (South Carolina)
  26. Boston - Aaron Nola R.H.P. L.S.U.
  27. St. Louis - A.J. Reed 1B. Kentucky
I also have the Yankees drafting Zech Lemond with the 55th overall pick, a right-handed pitcher from Rice.


2013-14 N.H.L. Award Predictions

Let's do this:
Calder Memorial Trophy - Nathan MacKinnon Colorado
Hart Memorial Trophy - Claude Giroux Philadelphia
Jack Adams Award - Jon Cooper Tampa Bay
James Norris Memorial Trophy - Duncan Keith Chicago
N.H.L. General Manager of the Year Award - Bob Murray Anaheim
Vezina Trophy - Tuukka Rask Boston


2014 N.F.L. Mock Draft

Here we go:
  1. Houston - Jadeveon Clowney D.E. South Carolina
  2. St. Louis - Greg Robinson O.T. Auburn
  3. Jacksonville - Teddy Bridgewater QB. Louisville
  4. Cleveland - Johnny Manziel QB. Texas A&M
  5. Oakland - Jake Matthews O.T. Texas A&M
  6. Atlanta - Khalil Mack O.L.B. Buffalo
  7. Tampa Bay - Sammy Watkins W.R. Clemson
  8. Minnesota - Darqueze Dennard CB. M.S.U.
  9. Buffalo - Taylor Lewan O.T. Michigan
  10. Detroit - Justin Gilbert CB. Oklahoma State University
  11. Tennessee - Kyle Fuller CB. V.T.
  12. N.Y.G. - Eric Ebron T.E. U.N.C.
  13. St. Louis - Mike Evans W.R. Texas A&M
  14. Chicago - Aaron Donald D.T. Pittsburgh
  15. Pittsburgh - Odell Beckham, Jr. W.R. L.S.U.
  16. Dallas - Ra'Shede Hageman D.T. Minnesota
  17. Baltimore - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Safety Alabama
  18. N.Y.J. - Jason Verrett CB. T.C.U.
  19. Miami - Morgan Moses O.T. Virginia
  20. Arizona - Calvin Pryor Safety Louisville
  21. Green Bay - C.J. Mosley I.L.B. Alabama
  22. Philadelphia - Brandin Cooks W.R. Oregon State University
  23. Kansas City - Marqise Lee W.R. U.S.C.
  24. Cincinnati - Bradley Roby CB. O.S.U.
  25. San Diego - Timmy Jernigan D.T. F.S.U.
  26. Cleveland - Cody Latimer W.R. Indiana
  27. New Orleans - Anthony Barr O.L.B. U.C.L.A.
  28. Carolina - Zack Martin O.T. Notre Dame
  29. New England - Kony Ealy D.E. Missouri
  30. San Francisco - Stephon Tuitt D.E. Notre Dame
  31. Denver - Chris Borland I.L.B. Wisconsin
  32. Seattle - Kelvin Benjamin W.R. F.S.U.


2013-14 N.B.A. Award Predictions

Let's go:
N.B.A. Coach of the Year - Terry Stotts Portland
N.B.A. Executive of the Year - Larry Bird Indiana
N.B.A. M.V.P. - Kevin Durant Oklahoma City
N.B.A. R.O.Y. - Michael Carter-Williams Philadelphia


2014 N.B.A. Playoff Predictions

Let's go:
Conference Quarterfinals:
Indiana over Atlanta in 4
Chicago over Washington in 6
Brooklyn over Toronto in 6
Miami over Charlotte in 4
San Antonio over Dallas in 6
Houston over Portland in 5
Los Angeles over Golden State in 7
Memphis over Oklahoma City in 6

Conference Semifinals:
Indiana over Chicago in 5
Brooklyn over Miami in 6
Houston over San Antonio in 6
Los Angeles over Memphis in 6

Conference Finals:
Indiana over Brooklyn in 5
Houston over Los Angeles in 7

N.B.A. Finals:
Indiana over Houston in 6


2014 N.H.L. Playoff Predictions

Let's do this:
Conference Quarterfinals:
Boston over Detroit in 4
Montreal over Tampa Bay in 6
Pittsburgh over Columbus in 5
New York over Philadelphia in 7
Colorado over Minnesota in 6
St. Louis over Chicago in 5
Dallas over Anaheim in 7
San Jose over Los Angeles in 6

Conference Semifinals:
Boston over Montreal in 7
Pittsburgh over New York in 7
St. Louis over Colorado in 6
Dallas over San Jose in 6

Conference Finals:
Pittsburgh over Boston in 7
St. Louis over Dallas in 5

Stanley Cup Finals:
St. Louis over Pittsburgh in 6


The New York Jets' 2014 Offseason Plan

This is what I would do if I was this man.
  1. Put the franchise tag on Howard... Howard took a big leap forward this year and he's only 26 years old so I want to keep him around. That being said however, I don't have enough faith in him to give him a multiyear deal which is why I'd only tag him.
  2. Get rid of the following players: Cromartie, Douzable, Ducasse, Garrard, Goodson, Hill, Hilliard, Holmes, Lankster, Mauga, Reed, Reynaud, Sanchez, Wilson, and Winslow... Cromartie sucks. Douzable didn't make an impact on the Jets. Ducasse sucks. Garrard's old. Goodson's in jail. Hill sucks. I hate Hilliard. Holmes sucks. Lankster and Mauga didn't make an impact on the Jets. Reed's old. There's no room for Reynaud. Sanchez sucks. I hate Wilson. There's no room for Winslow. The players that I didn't mention did a good job and deserve to stay.
  3. Sign Matt Flynn... I think I'm the biggest Matt Flynn fan outside of his family. He's never been given a starting job wherever he's played and whenever he's played, he's looked really good. I'm not ready to give up on Smith, but I would go into training camp with Flynn and Smith fighting for the starting job.
  4. Sign Alterraun Verner... When Revis left, the Jets needed Cromartie to step up and become the number one cornerback, but he failed miserably! Milliner came on late in the season so I wouldn't replace him, but I would sign Verner because he tied for fifth in interceptions last year.
  5. Draft Mike Evans... The Jets went through a whole mish-mosh of wide receivers last year. Hopefully Evans can bring some stability to the position.


2013-14 N.F.L. Award Predictions

Here we go:
N.F.L. Coach of the Year - Ron Rivera Carolina
N.F.L. Defensive Player of the Year - Richard Sherman Seattle
N.F.L. Defensive Rookie of the Year - Ezekiel Ansah Detroit
N.F.L. M.V.P. - Peyton Manning Denver
N.F.L. Offensive Player of the Year - LeSean McCoy Philadelphia
N.F.L. Offensive Rookie of the Year - Eddie Lacy Green Bay


2014 N.F.L. Playoff Predictions

Here we go:
Wild Card Playoffs:
Indianapolis over Kansas City
New Orleans over Philadelphia
Cincinnati over San Diego
Green Bay over San Francisco

Divisional Playoffs:
Seattle over New Orleans
New England over Cincinnati
Green Bay over Carolina
Denver over Indianapolis

Conference Championships:
Denver over New England
Seattle over Green Bay

Super Bowl XLVIII:
Denver over Seattle



The New York Yankees' 2013-14 Offseason Plan

This is what I would do if I was this man.
  1. Get rid of the following players: Cervelli, Chamberlain, Granderson, Hafner, Hughes, Reynolds, Ryan, and Youkilis... There's no room for Cervelli. I hate Chamberlain and Granderson. Hafner and Hughes suck. I hate Reynolds. There's no room for Ryan or Youkilis. The players that I didn't mention did a good job and deserve to stay.
  2. Fire Rob Thomson and name Bobby Dickerson the third base coach... Thomson never holds baserunners. He's cost the Yankees a bunch of runs and it's time for a change. The Baltimore Orioles were fifth in runs last year and the man responsible for that was Dickerson. He's available and the Yankees should get him.
  3. Sign Jesse Crain... With Robertson moving to the closer role, the Yankees will need a new eighth inning guy. Crain posted an under one E.R.A. last year so that's why I would bring him in.
  4. Sign Travis Denker to a minor league contract... I'd sign Denker to backup Nix.
  5. Sign Josh Lowey to a minor league contract... I'd be willing to give Lowey a chance as the long reliever.
  6. Sign A.J. Pierzynski... The Yankees didn't have a good starting catcher all of last year, and with Pierzynski, they'll finally have one.
  7. Sign Corey Smith to a minor league contract... I'd sign Smith to backup Teixeira.


2013 M.L.B. Award Predictions

Here goes nothing:
A.L. Cy Young Award - Max Scherzer Detroit
A.L. Manager of the Year - Bob Melvin Oakland
A.L. M.V.P. - Miguel Cabrera Detroit
A.L. R.O.Y. - Wil Myers Tampa Bay
N.L. Cy Young Award - Clayton Kershaw L.A.D.
N.L. Manager of the Year - Clint Hurdle Pittsburgh
N.L. M.V.P. - Jay Bruce Cincinnati
N.L. R.O.Y. - Jim Henderson Milwaukee


2013 M.L.B. Playoff Predictions

Here goes nothing:
Wild Card Games:
Tampa Bay over Cleveland
Pittsburgh over Cincinnati

Division Series:
Boston over Tampa Bay in 5
Detroit over Oakland in 4
St. Louis over Pittsburgh in 4
Los Angeles over Atlanta in 4

Championship Series:
Detroit over Boston in 6
Los Angeles over St. Louis in 7

World Series:
Detroit over Los Angeles in 7


2013 M.L.B. Trade Deadline Trade Reviews

Here goes nothing:
The Arizona Diamondbacks traded Ian Kennedy to the San Diego Padres for Matt Stites, Joe Thatcher, and a competitive balance draft pick... People love this trade for the Padres but I don't. Josh Byrnes traded away a great lefty and a kid who in my opinion's going to be a good late inning reliever for a starter with an over 5 E.R.A. I know that'll go down because Petco Park is a pitcher's park, but if I was Byrnes, I wouldn't have done this deal.
Edge - Arizona Diamondbacks

The Houston Astros traded Justin Maxwell to the Kansas City Royals for Kyle Smith... This is a typical deal for a team in the playoff hunt. Maxwell will form a nice platoon with David Lough in right field.
Edge - Kansas City Royals

The Baltimore Orioles traded Josh Hader, L.J. Hoes, and a competitive balance draft pick to the Houston Astros for Bud Norris and an international draft slot... I like Bud Norris more than most people. I think he's a good starter and that he's been given a bum rap because he was an Astro. Hoes will be a good player, but I'm not convinced that Hader can keep up his velocity.
Edge - Baltimore Orioles

The Los Angeles Dodgers traded a P.T.B.N.L. or cash to the Minnesota Twins for Drew Butera... This trade's a wash.
Edge - Even

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded a P.T.B.N.L. to the Seattle Mariners for Robert Andino... This trade's a wash.
Edge - Even
Note: I'll only do this if I haven't blogged in July.


2013 N.H.L. Mock Draft

Let's do this:
  1. Colorado - Seth Jones Defenseman W.H.L.
  2. Florida - Nathan MacKinnon Center Q.M.J.H.L.
  3. Tampa Bay - Jonathan Drouin L.W. Q.M.J.H.L.
  4. Nashville - Aleksander Barkov Center Fin.
  5. Carolina - Sean Monahan Center O.H.L.
  6. Calgary - Elias Lindholm Center Swe.
  7. Edmonton - Nikita Zadorov Defenseman O.H.L.
  8. Buffalo - Valeri Nichushkin L.W. Rus.
  9. New Jersey - Rasmus Ristolainen Defenseman Fin.
  10. Dallas - Mirco Mueller Defenseman W.H.L.
  11. Philadelphia - Zachary Fucale Goalie Q.M.J.H.L.
  12. Phoenix - Max Domi Center O.H.L.
  13. Winnipeg - Alexander Wennberg Center Swe.
  14. Columbus - Adam Erne L.W. Q.M.J.H.L.
  15. New York - Curtis Lazar Center W.H.L.
  16. Buffalo - Ryan Pulock Defenseman W.H.L.
  17. Ottawa - Robert Hagg Defenseman Swe.
  18. Detroit - Anthony Mantha L.W. Q.M.J.H.L.
  19. Columbus - Bo Horvat Center O.H.L.
  20. San Jose - Darnell Nurse Defenseman O.H.L.
  21. Toronto - Kerby Rychel L.W. O.H.L.
  22. Calgary - Josh Morrissey Defenseman W.H.L.
  23. Washington - Samuel Morin Defenseman Q.M.J.H.L.
  24. Vancouver - Ryan Hartman R.W. O.H.L.
  25. Montreal - Valentine Zykov R.W. Q.M.J.H.L.
  26. Anaheim - Linus Arnesson Defenseman Swe.
  27. Columbus - Marcus Hogberg Goalie Swe.
  28. Calgary - Jacob de la Rose L.W. Swe.
  29. Dallas - Nicolas Petan Center W.H.L.
  30. Chicago - Hunter Shinkaruk Center W.H.L.


The New York Islanders' 2013 Offseason Plan

This is what I would do if I was this man.
  1. Get rid of the following players: Aucoin, Hamonic, Joensuu, Martinek, Poulin, and Reasoner... There's no room for Aucoin. Hamonic sucks. There's no room for Joensuu or Martinek. Poulin and Reasoner suck. The players that I didn't mention did a good job and deserve to stay.
  2. Buy out DiPietro... I know it's a lot of money, but DiPietro's probably the worst player to ever lace up a pair of skates.
  3. Draft Max Domi... Even though Domi's undersized, the fact that he comes from a sports family along with his great puck skills is why I'd draft him.
  4. Sign Ray Emery... The reason I want Emery isn't that the Blackhawks just won the Stanley Cup, it's because in my opinion, Emery's one of the best backups in the N.H.L. today.


2013 N.B.A. Mock Draft

Let's go:
  1. Cleveland - Otto Porter, Jr. S.F. Georgetown
  2. Orlando - Trey Burke P.G. Michigan
  3. Washington - Shabazz Muhammad S.F. U.C.L.A.
  4. Charlotte - Nerlens Noel Center Kentucky
  5. Phoenix - Victor Oladipo S.G. Indiana
  6. New Orleans - Giannis Antetokounmpo S.F. Greece
  7. Sacramento - Ben McLemore S.G. Kansas
  8. Detroit - Michael Carter-Williams P.G. Syracuse
  9. Minnesota - Anthony Bennett P.F. U.N.L.V.
  10. Portland - Alex Len Center Maryland
  11. Philadelphia - Steven Adams Center Pittsburgh
  12. Oklahoma City - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope S.G. Georgia
  13. Dallas - C.J. McCollum P.G. Lehigh
  14. Utah - Dennis Schroeder P.G. Germany
  15. Milwaukee - Shane Larkin P.G. Miami
  16. Boston - Lucas Nogueira Center Brazil
  17. Atlanta - Glen Rice, Jr. S.F. N.B.D.L.
  18. Atlanta - Cody Zeller P.F. Indiana
  19. Cleveland - Mason Plumlee Center Duke
  20. Chicago - Sergey Karasev S.G. Russia
  21. Utah - Jamaal Franklin S.G. S.D.S.U.
  22. Brooklyn - Isaiah Canaan P.G. Murray State
  23. Indiana - Kelly Olynyk P.F. Gonzaga
  24. New York - Reggie Bullock S.G. U.N.C.
  25. L.A.C. - Gorgui Dieng Center Louisville
  26. Minnesota - Tony Snell S.F. New Mexico
  27. Denver - Allen Crabbe S.G. California
  28. San Antonio - Tony Mitchell P.F. N. Texas
  29. Oklahoma City - Rudy Gobert Center France
  30. Phoenix - C.J. Leslie S.F. N.C. State
  31. Cleveland - Ricardo Ledo S.G. Providence
  32. Oklahoma City - Mike Muscala P.F. Bucknell
  33. Cleveland - Pierre Jackson P.G. Baylor
  34. Houston - James Southerland S.F. Syracuse
  35. Philadelphia - Tim Hardaway, Jr. S.G. Michigan
  36. Sacramento - Nate Wolters P.G. South Dakota State University
  37. Detroit - Alex Abrines S.G. Spain
  38. Washington - Grant Jerrett P.F. Arizona
  39. Portland - Jackie Carmichael P.F. Illinois State University
  40. Portland - Archie Goodwin S.G. Kentucky
  41. Philadelphia - Erick Green P.G. V.T.
  42. Memphis - Nemanja Nedovic S.G. Serbia
  43. Milwaukee - Andre Roberson S.F. Colorado
  44. Dallas - Jeff Withey Center Kansas
  45. Portland - Lorenzo Brown P.G. N.C. State
  46. Utah - Livio Jean-Charles P.F. France
  47. Atlanta - Ray McCallum P.G. Detroit
  48. Atlanta - Colton Iverson Center C.S.U.
  49. L.A.L. - Deshaun Thomas S.F. O.S.U.
  50. Chicago - B.J. Young P.G. Arkansas
  51. Orlando - Carrick Felix S.G. A.S.U.
  52. Minnesota - Phil Pressey P.G. Missouri
  53. Indiana - Myck Kabongo P.G. Texas
  54. Washington - D.J. Cooper P.G. Ohio
  55. Memphis - Trevor Mbakwe P.F. Minnesota
  56. Detroit - James Ennis S.F. L.B.S.U.
  57. Phoenix - Richard Howell P.F. N.C. State
  58. San Antonio - D.J. Stephens S.F. Memphis
  59. Minnesota - Vitalis Chikoko Center Germany
  60. Memphis - Marko Todorovic S.F. Serbia


The Brooklyn Nets' 2013 Offseason Plan

This is what I would do if I was this man.
  1. Get rid of the following players: Joseph, Stackhouse, and Watson... Joseph sucks. Stackhouse is old. Watson said he won't come back. The players that I didn't mention did a good job and deserve to stay.
  2. Draft Shane Larkin... Tyshawn Taylor didn't impress me a lot last year so we're going to need a new backup point guard. In my opinion, Larkin's one of the most N.B.A. ready players in the draft.
  3. Sign Corey Brewer... Tornike Shengelia didn't impress me a lot last year so we're going to need a new backup small forward. Brewer racked up the points last year and can give the Nets a good scoring presence off the bench.


2013 N.H.L. Award Predictions

Let's do this:
Calder Memorial Trophy - Jonathan Huberdeau Florida
Hart Memorial Trophy - Alex Ovechkin Washington
Jack Adams Award - Joel Quenneville Chicago
James Norris Memorial Trophy - Kris Letang Pittsburgh
N.H.L. General Manager of the Year Award - Ray Shero Pittsburgh
Vezina Trophy - Sergei Bobrovsky Columbus


2013 M.L.B. Mock Draft

Here goes nothing:
  1. Houston - Jonathan Gray R.H.P. Oklahoma
  2. C.H.C. - Mark Appel R.H.P. Stanford
  3. Colorado - Kris Bryant 3B. San Diego
  4. Minnesota - Sean Manaea L.H.P. Indiana State University
  5. Cleveland - Trey Ball L.H.P. New Castle High School (Indiana)
  6. Miami - Colin Moran 3B. U.N.C.
  7. Boston - Austin Meadows OF. Grayson High School (Georgia)
  8. Kansas City - Nick Ciuffo Catcher Lexington High School (South Carolina)
  9. Pittsburgh - Reese McGuire Catcher Kentwood High School (Washington)
  10. Toronto - Dominic Smith 1B. Serra High School (California)
  11. N.Y.M. - Clint Frazier OF. Loganville High School (Georgia)
  12. Seattle - Hunter Renfroe OF. Mississippi State University
  13. San Diego - Austin Wilson OF. Stanford
  14. Pittsburgh - J.P. Crawford SS. Lakewood High School (California)
  15. Arizona - Jon Denney Catcher Yukon High School (Oklahoma)
  16. Philadelphia - Aaron Judge OF. Fresno State University
  17. C.W.S. - Marco Gonzales L.H.P. Gonzaga
  18. Los Angeles - Eric Jagielo 3B. Notre Dame
  19. St. Louis - Billy McKinney OF. Plano West Senior High School (Texas)
  20. Detroit - Kohl Stewart R.H.P. St. Pius X High School (Texas)
  21. Tampa Bay - Braden Shipley R.H.P. Nevada
  22. Baltimore - Ryne Stanek R.H.P. Arkansas
  23. Texas - Jacob Brentz L.H.P. South High School (Missouri)
  24. Oakland - Alex Gonzalez R.H.P. Oral Roberts
  25. San Francisco - Matt Krook L.H.P. St. Ignatius Prep. (California) 
  26. N.Y.Y. - Dustin Peterson SS. Gilbert High School (Arizona)
  27. Cincinnati - Cody Reed L.H.P. N.W. MO. C.C.
  28. St. Louis - Rob Kaminsky L.H.P. St. Joseph's High School (New Jersey)
  29. Tampa Bay - Ryan Boldt OF. Red Wing High School (Minnesota)
  30. Texas - D.J. Peterson OF. New Mexico
  31. Atlanta - Blake Taylor L.H.P. Mission Viejo High School (California)
  32. N.Y.Y. - Devin Williams R.H.P. Hazelwood West High School (Missouri) 
  33. N.Y.Y. - Phil Ervin O.F. Samford


2013 N.H.L. Playoff Predictions

Let's do this:
Conference Quarterfinals:
Pittsburgh over N.Y.I. in 5
Montreal over Ottawa in 6
N.Y.R. over Washington in 6
Boston over Toronto in 7
Chicago over Minnesota in 7
Anaheim over Detroit in 6
San Jose over Vancouver in 6
St. Louis over Los Angeles in 7

Conference Semifinals:
Pittsburgh over New York in 5
Boston over Montreal in 7
San Jose over Chicago in 7
Anaheim over St. Louis in 5

Conference Finals:
Pittsburgh over Boston in 7
Anaheim over San Jose in 6

Stanley Cup Finals:
Anaheim over Pittsburgh in 7


2013 N.F.L. Mock Draft

Here we go:
  1. Kansas City - Luke Joeckel O.T. Texas A&M
  2. Jacksonville - Barkevious Mingo D.E. L.S.U.
  3. Oakland - Dee Milliner CB. Alabama
  4. Philadelphia - Eric Fisher O.T. Central Michigan
  5. Detroit - Lane Johnson O.T. Oklahoma
  6. Cleveland - Chance Warmack O.G. Alabama
  7. Arizona - Jonathan Cooper O.G. U.N.C.
  8. Buffalo - Keenan Allen W.R. California
  9. N.Y.J. - Desmond Trufant CB. Washington
  10. Tennessee - Bjoern Werner D.E. F.S.U.
  11. San Diego - D.J. Fluker O.T. Alabama
  12. Miami - Tyler Eifert T.E. Notre Dame
  13. N.Y.J. - Star Lotulelei D.T. Utah
  14. Carolina - Sharrif Floyd D.T. Florida
  15. New Orleans - D.J. Hayden CB. Houston
  16. St. Louis - Kenny Vaccaro Safety Texas
  17. Pittsburgh - Justin Pugh O.T. Syracuse
  18. Dallas - Menelik Watson O.T. F.S.U.
  19. N.Y.G. - Dion Jordan O.L.B. Oregon
  20. Chicago - Alec Ogletree I.L.B. Georgia
  21. Cincinnati - Jarvis Jones O.L.B. Georgia
  22. St. Louis - Justin Hunter W.R. Tennessee
  23. Minnesota - Manti Te'o I.L.B. Notre Dame
  24. Indianapolis - Kyle Long O.G. Oregon
  25. Minnesota - Cordarrelle Patterson W.R. Tennessee
  26. Green Bay - Sheldon Richardson D.T. Missouri
  27. Houston - Robert Woods W.R. U.S.C.
  28. Denver - Datone Jones D.E. U.C.L.A.
  29. New England - Jamar Taylor CB. B.S.U.
  30. Atlanta - Cornellius Carradine D.E. F.S.U.
  31. San Francisco - Sylvester Williams D.T. U.N.C.
  32. Baltimore - Tavon Austin W.R. W.V.U.


2012-13 N.B.A. Award Predictions

Let's go:
N.B.A. Coach of the Year - Mark Jackson Golden State
N.B.A. Executive of the Year - Pat Riley Miami
N.B.A. M.V.P. - LeBron James Miami
N.B.A. R.O.Y. - Damian Lillard Portland


2013 N.B.A. Playoff Predictions

Let's go:
Conference Quarterfinals:
Miami over Milwaukee in 4
Brooklyn over Chicago in 6
Indiana over Atlanta in 7
New York over Boston in 6
Oklahoma City over Houston in 6
L.A.C. over Memphis in 6
Golden State over Denver in 6
San Antonio over L.A.L. in 4

Conference Semifinals:
Miami over Brooklyn in 5
Indiana over New York in 6
Los Angeles over Oklahoma City in 7
San Antonio over Golden State in 5

Conference Finals:
Miami over Indiana in 6
San Antonio over Los Angeles in 6

N.B.A. Finals
Miami over San Antonio in 5


The New York Jets' 2013 Offseason Plan

This is what I would do if I was this man.
  1. Put the franchise tag on Moore... Moore was a standout this year on an anemic offensive line. However, he's 33 years old which is why I'd only tag him.
  2. Get rid of the following players: Bell, DeVito, Ducasse, Folk, Hilliard, Schilens, Slauson, Eric Smith, Jason Smith, Tebow, Thomas, Wilson... There's no room for Bell or DeVito. Ducasse, Folk, and Hilliard suck. There's no room for Schilens. Eric Smith sucks. There's no room for Jason Smith. Slauson hasn't shown much progression. Getting rid of Tebow is self explanatory. There's no room for Thomas. Wilson sucks. The players that I didn't mention did a good job and deserve to stay.
  3. Trade Mark Sanchez and our 2013 fifth round pick to the San Francisco 49ers for Alex Smith... Remember that complete and utter faith I had in Sanchez last year, well now it's all gone. That being said Sanchez still has some value in him which is why he and a fifth round pick will get you a good quarterback in Alex Smith.
  4. Sign James Casey... When given the chance, Casey's a good runner and he's already proven that he's a good receiver.
  5. Sign Phil Dawson... Dawson hasn't shown his age one bit. He went 13-13 from 40+ yards in 2012 and Folk went 8-11 from 40+ yards in 2012.
  6. Sign Andre Smith... Smith's one of the best offensive tackles in the game and he'll make Damien Woody seem like Wayne Hunter.
  7. Draft Jonathan Cooper... I'd love to get Chance Warmack if he's available, but he's not going to fall out of the top five. If Warmack wasn't in the draft, Cooper would be the best offensive guard in the draft.


2012-13 N.F.L. Award Predictions

Here we go:
N.F.L. Coach of the Year - Mike Shanahan Washington
N.F.L. Defensive Player of the Year - J.J. Watt Houston
N.F.L. Defensive Rookie of the Year - Bruce Irvin Seattle
N.F.L. M.V.P. - Tom Brady New England
N.F.L. Offensive Player of the Year - Adrian Peterson Minnesota
N.F.L. Offensive Rookie of the Year - Andrew Luck Indianapolis


2013 N.F.L. Playoff Predictions

Here we go:
Wild Card Playoffs:
Houston over Cincinnati
Green Bay over Minnesota
Indianapolis over Baltimore
Washington over Seattle

Divisional Playoffs:
Denver over Indianapolis
Green Bay over San Francisco
Atlanta over Washington
New England over Houston

Conference Championships:
Atlanta over Green Bay
Denver over New England

Super Bowl XLVII:
Denver over Atlanta



The New York Yankees' 2012-13 Offseason Plan

This is what I would do if I was this man.
  1. Get rid of the following players: Cabral, Chamberlain, Chavez, Feliciano, Garcia, Granderson, Jones, Martin, McGehee, Pettitte, and Soriano... There's no room for Cabral. Chamberlain sucks. There's no room for Chavez or Feliciano. Garcia sucks. Granderson's turned into Dave Kingman with a glove. Jones, Martin, and McGehee suck. There's no room for Pettitte. Soriano's only good when he closes. The players that I didn't mention did a good job and deserve to stay.
  2. Fire Kevin Long and Rob Thomson and name John Valentin and Dave Anderson as their respective replacements. Long's the reason the Yankees got swept by the Tigers. He made the Yankees too reliable on the long ball and it hurt them in the A.L.C.S. The Albuquerque Isotopes were the best hitting team in Triple-A and Valentin's the man responsible. Thomson never holds baserunners. He's like Tim Bogar for God's sake. The Texas Rangers were first in runs last year, and the man responsible for that was Anderson. They're available and the Yankees should get them.
  3. Exercise the option on Cano... I know it's a lot of money, but Cano's the best second baseman in baseball today, so you can't risk having him leave.
  4. Sign A.J. Pierzynski... I've liked Pierzynski ever since he came up. I've always wanted him in a Yankee uniform and this is the year to bring him in.


2012 M.L.B. Award Predictions

Here goes nothing:
A.L. Cy Young Award - David Price Tampa Bay
A.L. Manager of the Year - Bob Melvin Oakland
A.L. M.V.P. - Miguel Cabrera Detroit
A.L. R.O.Y. - Mike Trout L.A.A.
N.L. Cy Young Award - Gio Gonzalez Washington
N.L. Manager of the Year - Davey Johnson Washington
N.L. M.V.P. - Buster Posey San Francisco
N.L. R.O.Y. - Wilin Rosario Colorado


2012 M.L.B. Playoff Predictions

I don't know why I didn't do this last year:
Wild Card Games:
Texas over Baltimore
St. Louis over Atlanta

Division Series:
Texas over New York in 5
Detroit over Oakland in 3
Washington over St. Louis in 4
San Francisco over Cincinnati in 5

Championship Series:
Detroit over Texas in 6
Washington over San Francisco in 6

World Series:
Detroit over Washington in 7


The New York Yankees' 2012 A.L.D.S. Roster Predictions

This is what I would do if I was this man.
Cody Eppley
Phil Hughes
Hiroki Kuroda
Boone Logan
Derek Lowe
Andy Pettitte
David Phelps
Clay Rapada
David Robertson
C.C. Sabathia
Rafael Soriano
Russell Martin
Chris Stewart
Robinson Cano
Eric Chavez
Derek Jeter
Jayson Nix
Alex Rodriguez
Mark Teixeira
Chris Dickerson
Brett Gardner
Curtis Granderson
Raul Ibanez
Ichiro Suzuki
Nick Swisher


How to End the N.H.L. Lockout

Before you read this, I want you to know that I'm siding with Gary Bettman and the N.H.L.
To quote the great Yogi Berra: "it's deja vu all over again". To prevent the length of this lockout from being "deja vu all over again", I've decided to end the N.H.L. lockout. I believe that the issues are hockey-related revenues, revenue sharing, the length of the new C.B.A., player contract length, and escrow payment. I'd give the players 50% of hockey-related revenues. I'd make teams pay $200,000,000 into revenue sharing. I'd make the length of the new C.B.A. five years with a mutual option for a sixth year. I'd make it so no G.M. could offer a contract for more than six years. I'd abolish the escrow account that a certain percentage of the players' salaries go into.


Why Sabermetrics is Wrong

I have absolutely no respect for these two men.
I've seen Moneyball many times, and it was a great movie, but the idea that Sabermetrics is great is so wrong, that I had to blog about how Sabermetrics is ruining baseball. Let me start this off by giving you a brief synopsis of Moneyball: it's about the 2002 Oakland Athletics and Billy Beane being able to get low cost players who got overlooked. One thing I've always found amusing is that the Athletics didn't have the lowest payroll in the M.L.B. even though the movie would give you that assumption. The movie also focuses heavily on Chad Bradford, David Justice, and Scott Hatteberg. Now while they did well that year, they were not the reason the Athletics made the playoffs. The reason the Athletics made the playoffs was due to the superior play of Barry Zito, Eric Chavez, Mark Ellis, Mark Mulder, Miguel Tejada, and Tim Hudson, and they're not mentioned in the movie once. This is not a criticism of the movie, this is a criticism of every Sabermetric supporter in the world. One thing that gets lost is that due to Sabermetrics, the Athletics traded Carlos Pena to let Hatteberg play. Now while Pena is hitting 30 home runs a year, Hatteberg is out of baseball. Another thing that gets lost is that under Beane, the Athletics have only won one playoff series. I know the Athletics are doing well this year, but mark my words, they're going to perform awfully in the playoffs assuming they get there. The 2004 and 2007 Boston Red Sox supposedly won World Series using Sabermetrics. This is wrong. Now while they did use a little bit of Sabermetrics, the reason they won was due to the superior play of Curt Schilling, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Varitek, Johnny Damon, Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett, Kevin Youkilis, Manny Ramirez, Mike Lowell, and Pedro Martinez. Now thanks to Sabermetrics, we have people worrying about a bunch of useless stats such as B.A.B.I.P., C.E.R.A., F.I.P., U.Z.R., W.A.R., w.O.B.A., and x.F.I.P. And who do we have to thank for this? You guessed it, Bill James. One thing that I hate about James is that when he published his first book in 1977, he was working as a security guard at the Stokely-Van Camp pork and beans cannery and had no prior baseball experience. That's right, James was trying to revolutionize a game he had never even played. James is so stupid, he supports the closer by committee approach. One other thing I hate about James is the effect he had on the M.L.B. Draft. He hates kids being picked out of high school and because of this, the Athletics have been a bad drafting team since Beane embraced Sabermetrics. It's only fitting that James has been working for the Red Sox for nine years. In conclusion, James and Beane are two glory hogs who have ruined baseball!


2012 N.B.A. Mock Draft

Let's go:
  1. New Orleans - Anthony Davis P.F. Kentucky
  2. Charlotte - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist S.F. Kentucky
  3. Washington - Bradley Beal S.G. Florida
  4. Cleveland - Thomas Robinson P.F. Kansas
  5. Sacramento - Andre Drummond Center UConn
  6. Portland - Harrison Barnes S.F. U.N.C.
  7. Golden State - Dion Waiters S.G. Syracuse
  8. Toronto - Terrence Ross S.G. Washington
  9. Detroit - John Henson P.F. U.N.C.
  10. New Orleans - Damian Lillard P.G. Weber State University
  11. Portland - Meyers Leonard Center Illinois
  12. Houston - Jeremy Lamb S.G. UConn
  13. Phoenix - Terrence Jones P.F. Kentucky
  14. Milwaukee - Jared Sullinger P.F. O.S.U.
  15. Philadelphia - Perry Jones III P.F. Baylor
  16. Houston - Kendall Marshall P.G. U.N.C.
  17. Dallas - Austin Rivers S.G. Duke
  18. Houston - Tyler Zeller Center U.N.C.
  19. Orlando - Royce White S.F. I.S.U.
  20. Denver - Arnett Moultrie P.F. Mississippi State University
  21. Boston - Quincy Miller S.F. Baylor
  22. Boston - Andrew Nicholson P.F. St. Bonaventure
  23. Atlanta - Marquis Teague P.G. Kentucky
  24. Cleveland - Draymond Green S.F. M.S.U.
  25. Memphis - Tony Wroten, Jr. P.G. Washington
  26. Indiana - Moe Harkless S.F. St. John's
  27. Miami - Fab Melo Center Syracuse
  28. Oklahoma City - Jeff Taylor S.F. Vanderbilt
  29. Chicago - Festus Ezeli Center Vanderbilt
  30. Golden State - Tyshawn Taylor P.G. Kansas
  31. Charlotte - Will Barton S.G. Memphis
  32. Washington - Furkan Aldemir P.F. Turkey
  33. Cleveland - Evan Fournier S.G. France
  34. Cleveland - Kyle O'Quinn Center N.S.U.
  35. Golden State - Robbie Hummel S.F. Purdue
  36. Sacramento - Scott Machado P.G. Iona
  37. Toronto - Kevin Murphy S.F. Tennessee Tech
  38. Denver - Doron Lamb S.G. Kentucky
  39. Detroit - Jared Cunningham S.G. Oregon State University
  40. Portland - Mike Scott P.F. Virginia
  41. Portland - John Jenkins S.G. Vanderbilt
  42. Milwaukee - Jae Crowder S.F. Marquette
  43. Atlanta - Kim English S.G. Missouri
  44. Detroit - Khris Middleton S.F. Texas A&M
  45. Philadelphia - Hollis Thompson S.F. Georgetown
  46. New Orleans - Darius Miller S.F. Kentucky
  47. Utah - Orlando Johnson S.G. U.C.S.B.
  48. New York - Miles Plumlee P.F. Duke
  49. Orlando - Henry Sims Center Georgetown
  50. Denver - Kostas Papanikolaou S.F. Greece
  51. Boston - Terrell Stoglin S.G. Maryland
  52. Golden State - Kevin Jones P.F. W.V.U.
  53. L.A.C. - Tornike Shengelia S.F. Georgia (country)
  54. Philadelphia - Garrett Stutz Center Wichita State University
  55. Dallas - Quincy Acy S.F. Baylor
  56. Toronto - Drew Gordon P.F. New Mexico
  57. Brooklyn - Robert Sacre Center Gonzaga
  58. Minnesota - Tomas Satoransky S.G. Czech Republic
  59. San Antonio - Eric Griffin P.F. Campbell
  60. L.A.L. - J'Covan Brown P.G. Texas


The Brooklyn Nets' 2012 Offseason Plan

This is what I would do if I was this man.
  1. Get rid of the following players: Johnson and Stevenson... There's no room for Johnson. Stevenson sucks. The players that I didn't mention did a good job and deserve to stay.
  2. Trade Kris Humphries, Damion James, Brook Lopez, Anthony Morrow, and Johan Petro to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard... Howard has said he'll go to the Nets, and when one of the best players in the N.B.A. says he'll go to your team, you make it happen.
  3. Draft William Buford... With Morrow going to Orlando, the Nets are going to need a backup shooting guard. Buford will make Nets fans forget about Morrow.
  4. Sign Tim Duncan... With a front court of Howard and Duncan, there's no way the Nets can't go to the Eastern Conference Finals.
  5. Sign J.J. Hickson... Why the Kings got rid of him is a mystery to me.


2011-12 N.H.L. Award Predictions

Let's do this:
Calder Memorial Trophy - Gabriel Landeskog Colorado
Hart Memorial Trophy - Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay
Jack Adams Award - John Tortorella New York
James Norris Memorial Trophy - Erik Karlsson Ottawa
N.H.L. General Manager of the Year Award - Doug Armstrong St. Louis
Vezina Trophy - Jonathan Quick Los Angeles


2012 N.H.L. Mock Draft

Let's do this:
  1. Edmonton - Nail Yakupov R.W. O.H.L.
  2. Columbus - Teuvo Teravainen L.W. Fin.-Jr.
  3. Montreal - Filip Forsberg Center Swe.-2
  4. N.Y.I. - Mikhail Grigorenko Center Q.M.J.H.L.
  5. Toronto - Alex Galchenyuk Center O.H.L.
  6. Anaheim - Ryan Murray Defenseman W.H.L.
  7. Minnesota - Mathew Dumba Defenseman W.H.L.
  8. Carolina - Cody Ceci Defenseman O.H.L.
  9. Winnipeg - Griffin Reinhart Defenseman W.H.L.
  10. Tampa Bay - Morgan Rielly Defenseman W.H.L.
  11. Washington - Radek Faksa Center O.H.L.
  12. Buffalo - Zemgus Girgensons Center U.S.H.L.
  13. Dallas - Brendan Gaunce Center O.H.L.
  14. Calgary - Hampus Lindholm Defenseman Swe.-Jr.
  15. Ottawa - Olli Maatta Defenseman O.H.L.
  16. Washington - Ludvik Bystrom Defenseman Swe.-Jr.
  17. San Jose - Jacob Trouba Defenseman U.S.H.L.
  18. Chicago - Sebastian Collberg R.W. Swe.-Jr.
  19. Tampa Bay - Tomas Hertl Center Czech Republic
  20. Philadelphia - Brady Skjei Defenseman U.S.H.L.
  21. Buffalo - Pontus Aberg L.W. Sweden
  22. Pittsburgh - Stefan Matteau Center U.S.H.L.
  23. Florida - Derrick Pouliot Defenseman W.H.L.
  24. Boston - Matthew Finn Defenseman O.H.L.
  25. St. Louis - Thomas Wilson R.W. O.H.L.
  26. Vancouver - Michael Matheson Defenseman U.S.H.L.
  27. Phoenix - Nicolas Kerdiles L.W. U.S.H.L.
  28. N.Y.R. - Scott Laughton Center O.H.L.
  29. New Jersey - Andrei Vasilevski Goalie Rus.-Jr.
  30. Los Angeles - Colton Sissons Center W.H.L.


The New York Islanders' 2012 Offseason Plan

If there's an N.H.L. season, this is what I would do if I was this man.
  1. Get rid of the following players: Eaton, Grahame, Jurcina, Montoya, and Pandolfo... I hate Eaton. Grahame was just a filler. Jurcina and Montoya sucked this year. Pandolfo didn't make an impact on the Islanders. The players that I didn't mention did a good job and deserve to stay.
  2. Buy out Dipietro... I know it's a lot of money, but Dipietro's almost always hurt, and when he's healthy, he sucks.
  3. Draft Teuvo Teravainen... The Islanders have shaky left wing depth. We have Bailey, a born center playing there. We also have Niederreiter who in 55 games, only scored one point. Now even though I think that Bailey's a better left winger than a center and the fact that I'd give Niederreiter another year doesn't change the fact that the Islanders' left wing depth could use some stabilizing and I think that Teravainen could do just that.
  4. Trade Travis Hamonic to the Boston Bruins for Andrew Ference... I hate Hamonic. People anointed him as the next great Islander defenseman but all he does is get into fights. We have Matt Martin for that. Ference is a good defenseman who doesn't get into fights so I think he'd be a good Islander.
  5. Sign Shane Doan... I think that the Islanders need a superstar to become a playoff team. The Islanders also need a right winger. Signing Doan fills both needs.


How to End the N.F.L's Referees' Lockout

Before you read this, I want you to know that I'm siding with Scott Green and the N.F.L.R.A.
To celebrate my mom's birthday, I've decided to put an end to the N.F.L.'s referees' lockout. I believe that the issues are the referees' salaries and whether the referees are full time workers or not. I'd give each referee a 100% pay raise. I'd set up a school where N.F.L. referees could go and be given refreshers on film study, the rules, staying fit, and player safety, and for every hour that referees spent there, they'd be given $1,000.00.


2012 M.L.B. Mock Draft

Here goes nothing:
  1. Houston - Mike Zunino Catcher Florida
  2. Minnesota - Max Fried L.H.P. Harvard-Westlake High School (California)
  3. Seattle - Byron Buxton OF. Appling High School (Georgia)
  4. Baltimore - Andrew Heaney L.H.P. Oklahoma State University
  5. Kansas City - Albert Almora OF. Mater Academy Charter (Florida)
  6. C.H.C. - Courtney Hawkins OF. Carroll High School (Texas)
  7. San Diego - Carlos Correa SS. Puerto Rico Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico)
  8. Pittsburgh - Deven Marrero SS. A.S.U.
  9. Miami - Mark Appel R.H.P. Stanford
  10. Colorado - Kevin Gausman R.H.P. L.S.U.
  11. Oakland - Richie Shaffer 3B. Clemson
  12. N.Y.M. - Stephen Piscotty 3B. Stanford
  13. C.W.S. - David Dahl OF. Oak Mountain High School (Alabama)
  14. Cincinnati - Stryker Trahan Catcher Acadiana High School (Louisiana)
  15. Cleveland - Gavin Cecchini SS. Barbe High School (Louisiana)
  16. Washington - Addison Russell SS. Pace High School (Florida)
  17. Toronto - Corey Seager SS. Northwest Carrabus High School (North Carolina)
  18. Los Angeles - Joey Gallo 3B. Bishop Gorman High School (Nevada)
  19. St. Louis - Hunter Virant L.H.P. Camarillo High School (California)
  20. San Francisco - Brian Johnson L.H.P. Florida
  21. Atlanta - Matt Smoral L.H.P. Solon High School (Ohio)
  22. Toronto - Kyle Zimmer R.H.P U.S.F.
  23. St. Louis - Carson Kelly 3B. Westview High School (Oregon)
  24. Boston - Luc Giolito R.H.P. Harvard-Westlake High School (California)
  25. Tampa Bay - Clint Coulter Catcher Union High School (Washington)
  26. Arizona - Zach Eflin R.H.P. Hagerty High School (Florida)
  27. Milwaukee - Jeff Galalich OF. U.C.L.A.
  28. Milwaukee - Tanner Rahier SS. Palm Desert High School (California)
  29. Texas - Mitch Gueller OF. W.F. West High School (Washington)
  30. N.Y.Y. - Daniel Robertson SS. Upland High School (California)
  31. Boston - Wyatt Mathisen Catcher Calallen High School (Texas)


2011-12 N.B.A. Award Predictions

Let's go:
N.B.A. Coach of the Year - Tom Thibodeau Chicago
N.B.A. Executive of the Year - Larry Bird Indiana
N.B.A. M.V.P. - Kobe Bryant L.A.L.
N.B.A. R.O.Y. - Kyrie Irving Cleveland


2012 N.B.A. Playoff Predictions

I don't know why I didn't do this last year:
Conference Quarterfinals:
Chicago over Philadelphia in 4
Boston over Atlanta in 6
Orlando over Indiana in 7
Miami over New York in 5
San Antonio over Utah in 5
L.A.C. over Memphis in 6
Denver over L.A.L. in 6
Oklahoma City over Dallas in 6

Conference Semifinals:
Chicago over Boston in 6
Miami over Orlando in 5
Los Angeles over San Antonio in 7
Oklahoma City over Denver in 5

Conference Finals:
Miami over Chicago in 7
Oklahoma over Los Angeles in 6

N.B.A. Finals:
Miami over Oklahoma City in 7