In Episode 4 we get into some serious sports movie discussions, talk about some NFL contract updates, discuss the many hats of Brandon Marshall, and ponder the many sports that steroid use would be completely useless in.
This week we talk about Alfred Morris and exacting his revenge on the Redskins, we discuss the gross misuse of the NBA D-League, and wish the best of luck to RGIII in the “Factory of Sadness”.
We will be on break this week from the show. When we come back next week though we will have plenty to discuss including March Madness. So far the Ducks are rolling, Yale broke some hearts and Michigan has already blown it…so much for your bracket eh? Pardon our week off. We’d love to chat Madness, Blazers, NFL and all that free agency info but, we are trying to make some moves that will hopefully be exciting to share in the near future. We will be returning next week with an update on that and of course, all of the sports news we can squeeze in. Keep in mind, at that point there will be even more to discuss as we will have an extra week in the mix.
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Our 1 microphone free agency special. We talk about getting 9 fingers on the fourth of July, Manziel’s dumpster fire demise, we predict the Denver / Fitzpatrick connection and discuss value / under value in free agent landing spots. Thanks for listening and enjoy!
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The NBA trade deadline has come and gone. There were winners and losers, of course. Among the most notables in the “winners” category was Portland today. The Blazers made some rather important and incredible strides with little effort and risk. At first glance, it doesn’t appear to be much. They acquired Anderson Varejao from the Cavaliers in a 3 team deal with the Orlando Magic.
It is reported that the Blazers intend to waive Varejao as well. If this is true, it is a telling sign of Neil Olshey’s intentions for the franchise. It’s clear at that point that opportunity to build in the future is ample with the cash and / or picks that the team will be afforded by these types of moves. In this instance, by waiving Varejao the team is attempting to secure a draft pick, or line it’s pockets with cash. Both options lend to more flexibility and power to call shots in the future.
Overall it’s the sort of strategic move that needs to be made as Portland was already in a very good spot salary wise. There is nothing wrong with taking something good and making it better. Another angle to look at this is that so far, Olshey has managed to draft fairly well. That being said, stocking up on draft assets seems like a great idea. These moves by Olshey seem very intentional and are indicative of a conviction to rebuild intelligently. After today the franchise is left in an even better position should the Varejao deal finish as speculated.
It needs to be said. If you’ve been paying attention to the Portland Trailblazers you probably came into this season with not so high of expectations. Through perseverance, will, and the coaching of Terry Stotts the Trailblazers team is sitting nice and pretty at .500 at the All-Star break with an up-trending style of play. Although that is hardly a San Antonio / Golden State stat line, it’s still very important for the Blazer franchise. The reason why is because they are starting to prove everyone wrong in relation to expectations. I know there are plenty in the crowd out there that think that the team should tank and get a lottery pick. The lottery pick in turn would leave the Blazers in a better situation going into next season by having the opportunity to bolster the work in progress roster. This would not be a guarantee, but it would be a helpful opportunity. It’s also important to note, that after the break they will be approaching a more difficult spread in the schedule.
Regardless, the team checks in with some money in the wallet as well heading to the break. That could be bonus help in going after some pieces that the team could use to improve it’s list. Neil Olshey has done an amazing job managing the team’s roster and saving the dollars. He has put together a team of players in Portland on a shoestring budget worth more than what they appear to be on paper. With some players coming into their own and the chemistry really starting to show results, it’s exciting to see what the outcome will be. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a move by Olshey here at the trade deadline, but I wouldn’t be surpised if he didn’t either. The patience appears to be paying off. With Olshey’s roster management and Stotts at the helm, if you haven’t been paying attention to the Blazers so far, now is a good time to start.