Help Wanted…

      Over the last 15 games, the Boston Celtics are 8-7 while averaging 102.4 ppg and giving up 101.06 ppg. In that span, the Celtics are giving up over 4 points per game more than their season average. Does this point to the beginning of a slump? I believe it is just that time of the season where the players are worn down from the schedule. Up to this point, the Celtics played the most games to begin the season, with playing 43 games in the first 82 days of the season, while they have one of the easiest remaining schedules of the whole league.

      With the season over halfway done, the Celtics need to sign a free agent or two to come off the bench and help the second unit with scoring. With the trade deadline passing, and the Celtics not making a move surprisingly, the team should look to the droseplayers that are being bought out of their contracts and are available. A potential target for them includes Derrick Rose, who was traded from the Cavs to the Jazz and was waived by Utah following the trade. Since his glory days with the Bulls, he is averaging 16.4 points in 80 games with the Knicks and Cavaliers while shooting 46.7% from the field and shooting only 22.6% from 3. For his career though, he is averaging 19.2 points on 45% from the field and 30% from 3. The problem with this would be that he has left the Cavs and Knicks during the season without much of a warning and stayed away sessionsfor a few days. Another target for the Celtics could be Ramon Sessions. The 10-year vet has shown that he is a good scorer off the bench with averaging over double digits 7 times throughout his career and for his career, he averages 10.4 points a game on 43.5% shooting from the field and 31.4% from 3.

      They did manage to help with rebounding when they signed Greg Monroe for the rest of the season following his buyout from the Suns. Monroe averages 8.7 rebounds for his career. This was a good signing, as monroeMonroe can fill in for Horford or Baynes throughout the game so that there is always a big on the court to protect the paint. In the three games that Monroe has played for the Celtics, he is averaging 4 points on 33% shooting and 5 rebounds per game.

      The Celtics need to add one more scoring option to come off the bench, especially since they do not have Gordan Haywards scoring ability this year and most likely won’t have it until next season with the leg injury. The team needs to show that they can still keep up with the top teams in the league even with how young and inexperienced most of the players are.

      If the Celtics want to be able to get deep through the playoffs, they will need to smarthave capable scorers to come off the bench. They will also benefit from the return of Marcus Smart, one of the teams best defensive players, who has been out with a lacerated hand for the last 10 games. In those 10 games, the Celtics are 6-4 while averaging 104 points but also giving up 103 points. With two of those losses coming by at least 20 points and have fallen behind the Raptors for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. To help with the defense, they could sign a familiar face in Tony Allen now that he is a free agent following his release from the Bulls following his trade from the Pelicans.


For Sale….In basically good condition

      In the NBA, during the season there is no moment busier with trades than the trade deadline. This year, the deadline is Thursday, February 8th, so at the time of writing this, its two days away. Almost like clockwork, rumors start circulating a few days before the deadline on who could get moved and who won’t get moved.

      One of the biggest names during this trade season has been LA Clippers star Deandre Jordan. The Clippers overall have been one of the busiest organizations this chrispaul tradeseason and prior to the season starting. Prior to the season starting, the Clippers sent star point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets for 7 players including, Patrick Beverley, a protected first round pick, and cash considerations. They then followed that up by sending their former #1 overall pick, Blake Griffin, to Detroit for Tobias Harris, blakegriffinAvery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and a 2018 first round pick and a 2019 second round pick. It is safe to say that no one on the Clippers roster is safe right now with them towards the bottom of a tough Western Conference at 27-25 and sitting in 9th place a half game behind the New Orleans Pelicans for the last spot.

      Several teams have been linked to the star Center like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards. Other trade news around the league would be that Tyreke Evans of the Memphis Grizzlies deandre jordancould be on the move as well, teams like the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Denver Nuggets are the top 3 trade partners looking to acquire Evans. As of right now, Evans averages 19.5 points a game to go along with 5 assists and 5 rebounds a game. He would contribute right away coming off the bench in my opinion if he gets traded to one of those teams. It is safe to say that this could be one of the most eventful trade deadlines in the last few years.

      As teams go into the trade deadline, everyone is trying to not pull a dud. Whether it’s by trading for someone who doesn’t fit or trading away someone who is getting better. Like what happened with the Phoenix Suns a few years ago when they traded isaiahtIsaiah Thomas to the Celtics for Marcus Thorton and a first-round pick. Following the trade, the Suns would finish out the year with a record of 10-18 through their last 28 games, and since then have gone through two coaching changes, whereas the Celtics would go 20-11 following the trade and IT would lead the team to the Eastern Conference Finals in his last season in Boston while averaging just under 30 points a game.

      Of course, there will be teams that regret trading a player during this year’s deadline. The question is, who will it be this time.

Welcome to the adult table Eagles

     As the clock struck 00, the NFL gained a new champion and a first-time champion. As many people around the country know, the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl 52 against the all mighty New England Patriots for their first Super Bowl in franchise history and their first overall title in 56 years. With that Super Bowl win, the Eagles superbowl winscan finally join the list of teams who have won a Super Bowl in their franchise history. Doug Pederson is the first head coach to win the Super Bowl within the first two years of his HC career since Mike Tomlin in Super Bowl 43 against the Cardinals.

     The list of teams who have not won a Super Bowl drops down to 12 teams now that consist of the Browns, Jaguars, Lions, Texans, Vikings, Bengals, Bills, Panthers, Cardinals, Chargers, Titans, and Falcons. It will be interesting to see who will end their Super Bowl drought next. Most of the teams on that list have the talent to win a championship.

     Going into halftime, the Eagles led 22-12 after dabbling in trickeration by having Tret Burton, a backup Tight End, throw a touchdown to QB Nick Foles, who only started three games all year after star young QB Carson Wentz went down with an ACL tear against the Rams back in week 13. Sadly for the Patriots, Tom “Terrific” Brady did not have the same magic that he had last year when he led the Patriots grahamback from 28-3 to win in OverTime, losing this year 41-33 after a missed hail mary attempt to the end the game for the Patriots. The game was effectively over when Brandon Graham, a DE for the Eagles, got the only sack of the game and forced Tom Brady to fumble the ball deep in the Patriots territory, which led to an Eagles field goal to put them up 41-33.

     Both QB’s had a tremendous game, but only one could come out victorious and folesNick Foles not only led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl win, he also won the MVP after he would go 28 for 43 for 373 yards 3 touchdowns and 1 interceptions and have 1 reception for 1 yard and 1 touchdown.

     As it stands today, the Eagles have the third-best odds for the Super Bowl next year at 17-2 just behind the Patriots who sit at 7-2 odds and the Packers of Greenbay who sit at 8-1 odds. It will be interesting to see how the Eagles do following their championship win. With this loss, the Patriots are tied for the most Super Bowl loses with the Denver Broncos with 5 Super Bowl loses.


 Here is to the 31 other teams trying to deny the Eagles of their second straight championship, but no matter what the Eagles earned this championship and had a great year.



Revisiting the biggest trade from this past NBA offseason.

     As we grow closer to the All-Star break in the NBA, I want to take a look back at isaiah introthe trade that shocked the league. As many fans of the NBA know, Kyrie Irving was traded from the Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the last first round pick that the Celtics received through the Garnett-Pierce trade with the Nets.

     With more than half of the season over, it seems as if the Celtics have won the trade and by a wide margin. kyrie has been playing at an MVP level with leading to kyrievsisaiahthe team to the top spot in the Eastern Conference while averaging 24.9 points a game, which ranks 10th in the league, 5 assists a game and just under 4 rebounds a game.

     In comparison, the players that the Cavs received, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic, average a combined to score 25.2 points a game, 5.4 assists a game and 6.5 rebounds a game. The highest scorer out of the three is Isaiah Thomas with 15.4, but that average is only from Thomas appearing in 12 games this season after he was recovering from the hip injury he suffered in the playoffs last year for the Celtics.

     I strongly believe that the Celtics won this trade since Kyrie has been able to lead the team to the best record in the Eastern Conference. Since Isaiah Thomas made his standingsdebut against Portland, the Cavs are 5-7 and scoring 108.6 points a game, but giving up 116.1 points in that span. Meanwhile, Boston is 7-5 in that same span and scoring 101.75 points, but holding teams to just 97.5 points in that span.

     That is the main difference between the two teams, Boston has been able to play terrific defense throughout the year to help them win games. As of now, the Celtics are second in the league in points allowed per game at 98.3 points only behind the Spurs of San Antonio, and the offense is ranked 23rd with 103.1 points a game. In Cleveland, their offense is ranked 5th with scoring 109.6 points a game, but their defense gives up almost the same amount with giving up 109.3 points which is tied for 25th in league with the Bulls.

      It helps that the Celtics were able to mold their team around Irving, which is one reason why Irving has been able to get better on defense compared to how he was in Cleveland. The problem with the Cavs is that they mold everything to Lebron James and hope it works even if the players don’t work in the system.boston5

      This isn’t the first time that Danny Ainge, the Celtics GM, has been a part of a trade and come out the winner. Many NBA fans know the trades he made when the Danny Aingeteam got Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join up with Paul Pierce and went on to win the title in the ’07-’08 season, then there was the trade of Garnett and Pierce to the Nets for a few first round picks and that experiment failing for the Nets to the point that the Celtics had lottery picks with each of them leading to the team being able to draft Jaylen Brown out of Cal, and Jayson Tatum out of Duke.

     browntatum Unless something happens in the near future, Boston has this trade won hands down. Here is to more trades that the Celtics come out as winners of!


Franchise savior or same stupid front office mistake?

     Late Tuesday night, the Washington Redskins shocked the NFL with trading for Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith in exchange for a third-round pick and rising staralexsmith Cornerback Kendall Fuller.

     With the acquisition of Smith, it means that the era of Captain Kirk for the Redskins is over. It also means the end of a period of speculation among fans and sports reporters on is Cousins going to resign or not. Later that night, it was reported that Smith and the Redskins have agreed to a 4-year extension to go along with the 1 year left on his current contract.

     For his career, Alex has a 62.4% completion with 31,888 yards 183 touchdowns and 96 interceptions. Hopefully, he will be able to duplicate his success in Washington that he had in Kansas City. With this signaling the end of the Kirk Cousins era, “Captain” Kirk finishes his Redskins career with completing 65.5% of his passes to go along with 16,206 yards, 99 touchdowns, and 55 interceptions.

     As a Redskins fan myself, I have mixed emotions regarding this trade. I am happy that there is no question about our starting QB position and that we have a committed QB. I am upset about this trade, like many other Redskins fans, due to the fact that the Skins gave up a young talent cornerback in Kendall Fuller. Kendall isfuller coming off the best season of his young career when he led the team in interceptions with 4 picks.

     As many people around the league and the fans know, the defense of the Redskins is not good at all. Yes, the defense is below average. So it doesn’t make sense to me to trade one of your best young defensive players to get a QB that is about to turn 34 years old. Yes, the team needs a solid option at QB, but I believe that it shouldn’t cost you one of your best young players, especially when it comes on the side of the ball that has hurt your team for years.

     I will not be 100% sold on this trade until I see Smith lead this team past the Wild Card round of the playoffs and have continuous success. This isn’t the first timesadrg3 that the Redskins have traded for a QB. Before the 2010 season, they traded for rivalsadmcnabb QB Donovan Mcnabb from the Eagles, two years later, the Redskins traded the farm to get the second overall pick from the then St. Louis Rams to select RG3 out of Baylor. The only difference between Mcnabb’s time in Washington and RG3’s time in Washington is that RG3 got us to the playoffs, but after that, it went downhill fast. Hopefully, third time is the charm and Alex Smith can be what the Redskins were looking for.

     Let’s hope that the front office got this trade right and finally got the right QB, or it is going to be a long season next year and potentially a long few seasons.


Can the Eagles upend Tom Brady and the Mighty Patriots?

        On Sunday, as many fans know, the Eagles will face off against the Patriots for the Super Bowl in Minnesota, but many fans, including myself, did not see the Eagles making it to the big game at the beginning of the season since they had a second year QB and Head Coach.

        With an appearance in the Super Bowl, Doug Pederson is the 25th coach in league history to make it to the big game in his first 3 years of being a Head Coach. The last one to do it was Dan Quinn last year with the Falcons when they had the dougpedersonworst collapse in Super Bowl history. In the previous 24 times, the young coach is 10-14 with the last championship coming for Mike Tomlin, Steelers HC, in Super Bowl 43. Since Super Bowl 43 there have been 5 head coaches early in their careers who reached the big game. Including Tomlin and the coach he went against in Super Bowl 43, Ken Whisenhunt. So if history is a telling of how the game will go, then the Eagles have a small chance at victory.

        When it comes to how the teams stack up against each other numbers-wise eagles ocduring the regular season, they were fairly close to each other and towards the top of the league. The Eagles ranked 3rd in total offense with 395 ypg and the Patriots were right behind them ranking 4th in total offense with 391 ypg. Total defense numberspatricia for them are the same way, the Eagles rank one spot ahead of the Patriots. In total defense, the Eagles rank 2nd with 307 ypg and the Patriots ranked 3rd with 320.5 ypg.

        With losing star QB Carson Wentz to an ACL against the Rams, the Eagles had to carsonturn to a familiar face in Nick Foles. In the two games that Foles started, he went 2-0 while passing for 400 yards 5 touchdowns and 1 interception, but connecting on only 56.5% of his passes. It seems that the Nick Foles in the regular season is gone and replaced with a more accurate QB. In the two playoff games, he is connecting on 77.8% of his passes, while passing for 598 yards and 3 touchdowns, while going against two teams built on defense in the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings. We will have to see how he handles the power defense of the New England Patriots.

        When it comes to the Patriots, it seems like the only thing that really changes for them is that they get older. They are the prime example of winning and perfection in bradybelichick2the league. That’s how it goes for a team that is bound for their 8th Super Bowl appearance and looking for their 6th title. It helps for them that they have the greatest coach and one of the greatest QBs the game has ever seen. Tom Brady has not started showing signs of age which is incredible since he is in his early 40’s. This season he passed for 4577 yards with 32 touchdowns against 8 interceptions while connecting on 66.3% of his completions.

        If the Eagles can not slow Brady down, then that defense is going to be in for a long game. In his 5 Super Bowl wins, Brady has thrown for 305.8 ypg, in the 2 loses to brady3the Giants, he averages 271 ypg. So if the Eagles can slow Brady down, they have a good chance to win.

Prediction: 31-14 Patriots (even though I want to see them lose, I really believe that they just are just a better overall team and have more experience.)


Why football gods?!?!?

        Many NFL fans were not excited about this rematch since the Patriots have reached yet another Super Bowl, with them having an appearance in the Super Bowl in three of the last four years including this appearance and having won their two brady2previous appearances including the incredible comeback against the Falcons and Matt Ryan a year ago, but they have made it to the AFC conference title game seven straight years. Their string of seven consecutive conference appearances is an NFL record. No one else has more than four straight appearances.

        No matter if you hate or love the Patriots, all NFL fans can admit that what they have been able to do under Belichick and Brady is incredible. Over their time together, those two have led the Patriots to 5 Super Bowl wins in 7 attempts, not including this appearance, they have made it to the conference championship 12 times, and the worse record that they have is 9-7. They are too successful and it’s annoying!

        The Patriots in this century are like the Boston Celtics of the late 50’s to mid-late 60’s when the Celtics won 11 titles in 13 years. After a while, a dynasty has to end. bradyThe football gods need to hurry up and end this dynasty, which within the next three to four years it will end with either Brady, Belichick or both retiring from the game. But for now, they are the prime example of winning not just in the present day NFL, but throughout the history of the league as well.

        In the end, there is no arguing that Brady and Belichick are two of the greatest to ever roam an NFL sideline. They have the most Super Bowl wins of any coach-quarterback combo in league history. Every good thing has to come to an end bradybelichicksometime, and the finish line of this dynasty may be coming into sight with Brady turning 41 in August, and Belichick being in his 23rd season as a Head Coach. Not many coaches can last that long in the league and especially not into their mid-late 60’s.