Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas everyone! I know it’s been awhile since my last post. I hope everyone is spending today with their families and love ones. 

We have 5 NBA games and 2 NFL games today.

(Times are Central Standard Time)

NFL Christmas Games

NBA Christmas Games

Make sure to catch at least part of the action today!

JGOOD

Hall Of Fame Debate: Michael Vick


Growing up, there were only a few NFL players that really caught my attention because of their impact on the game. Deion Sanders is my favorite cornerback to ever lace ’em up. Randy Moss is my favorite wide receiver to step foot on the gridiron. My love for the quarterback position started with Steve Young and Brett Farve. All of them have inspired me and are now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (except Randy Moss).

Since the dawn of time, quarterbacks have been known to stay in the pocket and deliver the ball to their targets. Until the impact of Warren Moon, the quarterback position has been predominately caucasian. Over the last 25 years, we’ve seen more diversity at the quarterback position. Also in that course of time, we have witnessed the evolution of dual-threat quarterbacks. We went from a few like Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, and Dante Culpepper to the likes of Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Colin Kaepernick, Dak Prescott, Alex Smith, Tyrod Taylor, and more.

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The pivotal reason for the surge of dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL today was the emergence of Michael Vick in 2001. The former Virgina Tech star was the most electrifying quarterback in the history of the NFL. The number one overall pick, who ran a 4.25 40-yard dash time at the NFL Draft Combine, was embarrassing opposing defenses with his legs with his speed, agility, acceleration, and elusive juke moves. Also, he is the greatest video game athlete of all-time (if you played Madden 2004, you know what I’m talking about).

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Michael Vick finished his career with 21,503 passing yards, 131 passing TDs, 6,109 rushing yards (most ever for a quarterback), 36 rushing touchdowns, and went to 4 Pro Bowls. The Atlanta Falcons lead the league in rushing from 2004-2006, spearheaded by Vick, Warrick Dunn, and T.J. Duckett. Michael Vick had his best success as an overall quarterback under Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles, especially in 2010 (3,018 passing yards, 21 passing TDs, 6 INT, 676 rushing yards, 9 rushing TDs). Also, he had the greatest performance of his career that season in December against the New York Giants.

I’m not going to get into the dog fighting allegations again because it’s irrelevant at the moment (CLICK HERE to check it out), and he has had injuries that have derailed some of his progress as a player. However, I believe he deserves to be in the Hall Of Fame. His statistics as a quarterback are probably not Hall Of Fame worthy, but his impact and legacy, to me, are enough credentials to get him in. Do you think Michael Vick should get in?

JGOOD

NFL Week 8: Tips and Fantasy Picks


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

13 New England
12 Denver
11 Houston
10 New York Jets
9 Minnesota
8 Carolina
7 Washington
6 Jacksonville
5 Dallas
4 Atlanta
3 Kansas City
2 Oakland
1 Seattle

D.Reed (Blue)

13 New England
12 Tennessee
11 New York Jets
10 Seattle
9 Minnesota
8 Cincinnati
7 Oakland
6 Dallas
5 Denver
4 Carolina
3 Detroit
2 Kansas City
1 Atlanta

Week 7 Points and Results
JGood: 81 pts (8-6) record; Overall: 475 pts (53-53)
D.Reed: 78 pts (9-5) record;  Overall: 533 pts (61-44)

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥
QB
Jameis Winston (Oakland @ Tampa Bay)
“Famous Jameis” is fresh off of a solid outing on the road against San Francisco, tossing 3 scores and 1 INT!! I expect for Winston to duplicate his solid performance this week against a very exploitable Oakland secondary. The Oakland defense has allowed 13 touchdown passes this season, therefore, the “Winston to Evans” connection will be in full effect!!! In a week where a total of 6 teams are on bye, Winston is a great streaming option at QB!!!
Matt Ryan (Green Bay @ Atlanta)
Last week against San Diego, Ryan posted a subpar stat line of 273 yards through the air for 1 TD and also threw 1 INT, but I expect for Ryan to bounce back against Green Bay at home. “Matty Ice” has been one of the most consistent and productive fantasy QBs this season, and I expect that production to continue against an injury-ridden Packers secondary!!! If this game turns out to be the shootout, and I think it will be, Ryan may very well be in for one of his best games of the year!!!
RB
Jacquizz Rodgers (Tampa Bay @ Oakland)
In the two games since taking over the starting backfield in Tampa, “Quizz” has a whopping 62 total touches for 292 total yards (255 rushing, 37 receiving)!!! With that type of usage, Rodgers is a must-start this week against an Oakland defense allowing 5 yards a carry to opposing running backs!! With Doug Martin listed as doubtful for yet another week due to hamstring injury, all signs are pointing to another solid outing for Rodgers!!!
Christine Michael (Seattle @ New Orleans)
Christine Michael was in an old-fashioned defensive battle on the road last week against Arizona where he managed only 52 yards on 16 carries!!! It was a tough week not only for Michael, but majority of the Seahawk offense!! This week Michael is matched up against a Saints defense that has been awful against the run this season. With such a favorable matchup this week, Michael could be in for a very productive day!!!
WR
Brandon Marshall (New York Jets @ Cleveland)
What’s not to love about Marshall’s week 8 matchup against an 0-7 Browns team!!!?? For the past two weeks, Marshall has been in a mini slump, but with Ryan Fitzpatrick back under center, I expect Marshall’s production, or lack thereof, to make a full recovery!! Plug Marshall in at the WR1 spot this week with confidence!!!
Randall Cobb (Green Bay @ Atlanta)
Cobb is coming off of his best fantasy game of the season with 11 grabs for 95 yards and a score! Cobb also tallied 5 rushes for 21 yards!! Cobb gets an Atlanta defense who has been far from stellar this year, therefore, I predict that Cobb will have a very productive day on the road in week 8!! All receivers in the Packers’ receiving corp could be in for a fantastic outing, but I believe that Cobb will be the most productive since he does most of his damage out of the slot!!!
TE
Jimmy Graham (Seattle @ New Orleans)
Jimmy Graham has been targeted at least 8 times in four games, and with Russell Wilson looking his way early and often, Graham could be in for a productive day on the road against the Saints. I’m thinking that Jimmy Graham would love nothing more than to get into the end zone against his former team and do his signature slam dunk on the goal posts!!! Graham could be in for his best game of the season!!!
D/ST
New York Jets (vs Cleveland)
Last week, the Jets defense posted their best defensive game of the season against Baltimore, forcing 2 INTS and forcing a fumble!!! Five D/ST units have scored at least 10 fantasy points against the Browns this year, therefore, I expect for the Jets defense to build off their performance from last week and log in another solid defensive outing!!!

What’s Not❄
QB
Tyrod Taylor (New England @ Buffalo)
Even though Taylor faired well (17 pts) against the Pats in Foxborough, I expect it to be different this time around! With injuries to his top play makers LeSean McCoy and Sammy Watkins, that could lead to New England putting all the pressure on Taylor and his group of unproven skilled position players (not to mention Tom Brady off suspension this time around)!!! Taylor looks to be in for a rough day against the Pats who looks to avenge their week 4 loss!!!
RB
T.J. Yeldon (Jacksonville @ Tennessee)
The Jacksonville backfield has been in disarray as both T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory failed to make a fantasy impact over to the last few weeks. It’s tough to start a player on a team that uses the dreaded “running back by committee”, and to add more insult to injury, the Jags have a tough matchup on the road against a tough Tennessee Titans defense that’s been stingy against opposing RBs. If you can help it, stay away from both RBs in the Jags backfield this
week!!!
WR
Alshon Jeffery (Minnesota @ Chicago)
Alshon Jeffery is having a very disappointing fantasy season so far, and things don’t seem to lighten up for him as he gets a brutal week 8 matchup against a Vikings defense that has held every WR they’ve faced in check this year!!! Jeffery may get a slight bump if Cutler plays this week, but I don’t believe it will be enough to overcome such a stout defense!!! Temper your expectations with Alshon this week!!!
TE 
Coby Fleener (Seattle @ New Orleans)
This week, Fleener gets a Seattle defense that currently allows only five fantasy points per game to opposing TEs and has yielded just one TD all season!!! Fleener put up a stinker last week (4 pts) against Kansas City and could be in for the same, as he looks to rebound against a top notch defense. Fleener should be avoided if possible!!!
D/ST
Buffalo (vs New England)
The last time Buffalo played New England in week 4, the Bills scored 15 fantasy points, but they played against a Tom Brady-less Patriots team!!! With Brady back under center, it will be a long day for the Buffalo Bills defense as Brady will look to keep his hot streak alive in this divisional showdown!!! I’m sure you can find better options at D/ST this week!!!

D.Reed @freshprynce23 (Twitter and Instagram)
JGood @jgoodwithsports (Twitter and Instagram)

NBA Preview Part 1: Atlantic Division


Atlantic Division

Boston Celtics
Key Additions: Amir Johnson, David Lee, Jonas Jerebko, Tony Rozier, R.J. Hunter, Jordan Mickey, Perry Jones
Key Subtractions: Brandon Bass, Gerald Wallace
Outlook: Nobody expected the Boston Celtics to win 40 games last season, let alone make the playoffs as the 7th seed. Brad Stevens deserves the majority of the credit for getting the best out of  his young core. Adding all-star caliber talent David Lee gives the Celtics a post presence along with Jared Sullinger, and he provides NBA Champion experience to a highly, young, inexperienced team. This team is far from the Boston Celtics teams from the late 2000’s. Only time will tell if this group will take a step forward in the right direction. They are certainly hungry enough to do so.

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Brooklyn Nets
Key Additions: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris McCullough, Steve Blake, Thomas Robinson
Key Subtractions: Deron Williams, Mason Plumlee, Mirza Teletovic
Outlook: The Brooklyn Nets have started the rebuilding process a year ago when Paul Pierce departed for Washington. They traded Kevin Garnett back to Minnesota at the trade deadline. The Nets bought out Deron Williams this summer and eventually signed with Dallas. Then they resigned Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young while keeping Joe Johnson. Brooklyn’s identity is as unknown as their roster. The roster is talented enough to make a playoff run, but it will all depend on their chemistry. Personally, I believe they should continue the rebuilding process. I don’t expect much from them this year, but they are still the best team from New York.

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New York Knicks
Key Additions: Robin Lopez, Kristaps Porzingas, Aaron Afflalo, Derrick Williams, Jerian Grant, Kevin Seraphin, Kyle O’Quinn
Key Subtractions: Tim Hardaway Jr., Cole Aldrich, Jason Smith, Shane Larkin, Quincy Acy
Outlook: And then you have the New York Knicks (shaking my head). As questionable as picking Kristaps Porzingas as their lottery pick back in June, I believe Phil Jackson has a plan. It remains to be seen if Carmelo Anthony is a part of that plan. The Knicks struck out in the past summer’s free agency while continuing to pay Anthony a huge chunk of their payroll. He claims he wants to win a title in New York but by the time the Knicks will become a legitimate contender again, Melo will be beyond his prime. The most you can expect out of the Knicks this upcoming season is for Carmelo Anthony to put fans in the seats and maybe a 50 point game down the line.

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Philadelphia 76’ers
Key Additions: Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry, Scottie Wilbekin, Gerald Wallace
Key Subtractions: Thomas Robinson, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Henry Sims, Ish Smith, Jason Richardson
Outlook: After the uncertainty of the future of Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76’ers have drafted a big man for their 3rd consecutive time in the lottery. Jahlil Okafor will make an impact out the gate. I believe he is the most NBA-ready player in the 2015 draft class. With that being said, the 76’ers are FAR from contending for the postseason. This season more than likely will be a wash but at least they unlimited draft picks in the new couple of drafts (okay maybe not unlimited draft picks but they do have quite a few).

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Toronto Raptors
Key Additions: DeMarre Carroll, Cory Joseph, Luis Scola, Bismack Biyombo, Delon Wright, Norman Powell
Key Subtractions: Amir Johnson, Greivis Vasquez, Tyler Hansbrough, Chuck Hayes
Outlook: After winning “back to back” division titles, the Toronto Raptors are poised to win a 3rd straight time. Even though Toronto swung and miss at pursuing LaMarcus Aldridge (that caught a lot of people off guard), they were able to add depth at every position. There are still uncertainties of who will be their consistent go-to player when the team needs to score in crunch time, and if they can advance past the first round of the playoffs. I wouldn’t put them in the top-tier class of the Eastern Conference, but they should definitely be around late April.