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

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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 5: Tips and Fantasy Picks


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CONFIDENCE PICKS

JGood (Green) 

14 Philadelphia
13 New England
12 Minnesota
11 San Francisco
10 Denver
9 Cincinnati
8 Pittsburgh
7 New York Giants
6 Oakland
5 Los Angeles
4 Washington
3 Chicago
2 Carolina
1 Miami

D.Reed (Blue)

14 New England
13 Pittsburgh
12 Green Bay
11 Minnesota
10 Cincinnati
9 Carolina
8 Philadelphia
7 Baltimore
6 Oakland
5 Denver
4 Arizona
3 Miami
2 Indianapolis
1 Los Angeles

Week 4 Points and Results
JGood: 74 pts (9-6) record; Overall: 275 pts (31-32)
D.Reed: 67 pts (11-4) record;  Overall: 342 pts (38-25)

HOT OR NOT 🔥❄️ (D.Reed)

What’s Hot🔥
QB
Carson Wentz (Philadelphia @ Detroit)
The rookie signal caller has been nothing short of spectacular leading his team to a 3-0 record this season!!! In his first 3 NFL starts, the rookie has thrown 5 TDs and not a single INT!!! It looks like Wentz is without a doubt the Offensive Rookie of the Year front-runner throughout the first quarter of the season!! Wentz is fresh off of a bye, and draws an exploitable Lions defense this week. I foresee Wentz continuing his hot streak as Philly and company travels to the Motor City!!!

Brian Hoyer (Chicago @ Indianapolis)
It seems that the veteran Hoyer has done all but lock up the Bears’ starting QB job, even when Jay Cutler becomes healthy again!!! Hoyer has been pretty efficient over his past two starts, throwing over 300 yards per game and 4 TDs and 1 INT combined!! This week, Hoyer has a matchup against a Colts defense that has given up a ton of yards through the air this season. I expect a very solid outing for the savvy veteran. If you have a QB on bye this weekm Hoyer would be a pretty solid fill in!!!

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DeMarco Murray (Tennessee @ Miami)
DeMarco Murray has gotten off to a scorching hot start this year!!! At week 5, Murray is fantasy football’s number one running back!!! Coming into the 2016 season, many people didn’t know what to expect from Murray. Murray’s expectations were low after coming off of a short, but disastrous stint, in Philly, and with the Titans drafting the super talented rookie Derrick Henry. I think many people expected some sort of running back by committee, but that clearly hasn’t been the case!!! As of right now, Murray is the clear cut number one guy in the Titans’ backfield!!! If you own Murraym you’ll definitely want to start him this week against a Dolphins defense that has allowed the fifth-most rushing yards to opposing backs this season.

Jordan Howard (Chicago @ Indianapolis)
With injuries to both Jeremy Langford and Ka’Deem Carey, Howard made the best of his time in the starting role by gaining 111 yards on 23 carries in a win over Detroit!!! Howard looked pretty darn good ripping off a couple big runs and catching the ball out the backfield!!! Even when Langford was healthy, he still didn’t make the same impact that Howard made last week. I expect for the Bears to ride the Howard wave, even when Langford and Carey are able to go. Howard gets a great matchup @ Indy this week, and I can see a repeat of the Detroit game all over again!!!

WR
Julian Edelman (New England @ Cleveland)
Edelman hasn’t been terrible this season, but he hasn’t been the PPR monster that we are used to seeing. However, with Tom Brady making his return from his four-game suspension, I think that will change!! Edelman will see a significant uptick in targets and overall usage once number 12 is back under center!!! Edelman is soon to become the WR that we are all accustomed to seeing and with a week 5 matchup against a very shaky Cleveland defense, he’ll be in rare form sooner than later!! No one is happier right now than Julian Edelman and all of his fantasy owners!!!!

Micheal Crabtree (San Diego @ Oakland)
Crabtree is one of the hottest WRs in fantasy football!!! He’s off to one heck of a start with 26 catches for 308 yards and 4 TDs in his 4 games!!! Derek Carr has found great chemistry with Crabtree, especially in the red zone where he does most of his damage!!! So far this season, Crabtree has even outplayed his counterpart Amari Cooper. I expect Crabtree to stay on a roll this week as he’s up against a shaky San Diego secondary!!!

TE
Kyle Rudolph (Houston @ Minnesota)
Scoring a TD in three straight games, Kyle Rudolph is quickly becoming Sam Bradford’s number one target! In all four games this season, Rudolph had at least 7 targets or more and with that type of volume, Rudolph is looking like a true number 1 TE with Houston coming into town this week!!

D/ST (New England @ Cleveland)
The Patriots defense isn’t particularly the cream of the crop, but I love their matchup against a winless Cleveland Browns team!!! The Patriots have fun at making uncomfortable situations for rookie quarterbacks!! I expect the Pats to build up a large lead and force Cody Kessler into plenty of mistakes trying to play “catch up”!! I think the New England defense is “licking their chops” at this matchup!!!

What’s Not❄
QB
Brock Osweiler (Houston @ Minnesota)
Minnesota has quietly become one of the top defenses in the league and has been shutting down star quarterbacks in the process!!! Top tier quarterbacks such as Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton couldn’t even escape “Purple Reigns” wrath!!! Osweiler has thrown more INTS than TDs this season, and that is not a recipe for success against such a stout defense!!! If you own Osweiler please do yourself a favor and keep him on the bench this week!!!

RB
Ryan Mathews (Philadelphia @ Detroit)
Mathews was off to a pretty good start the first few weeks until he injured his ankle in a week 3 matchup with Pittsburgh. In Mathews’ absence, both Wendell Smallwood and Darren Sproles performed beautifully!!! Even when Mathews gets back to full strength, I still believe he will cede some carries to Smallwood. I’m not saying all hope is lost for Mathews, but the emergence of Smallwood puts a damper in Mathews’ production plans.

WR
John Brown (Arizona @ San Francisco)
Carson Palmer has been ruled out as he goes through the NFLs concussion protocol, therefore, Drew Stanton will get the nod Thursday at San Francisco!! What was sure to be a great matchup for Brown has quickly downgraded!! You can’t be too certain of any Cardinals receiver this week with Stanton under center!! Brown does have the potential of putting up solid numbers in this week’s matchup, but without Palmer, it’ll be a bit of a risky play!!!

TE
Jason Witten (Cincinnati @ Dallas)
What was once a big name, surefire TE1 is now a TE3 at best!! It seems as if Witten’s days as an elite pass-catching option are behind him! Aside from a few grabs here and there, don’t expect Witten to give you too much of anything from a fantasy perspective. Witten has yet to find the end zone this year, and I can see that trend continuing this week against a strong Cincinnati defense!!! I hope you have better options because you have to sit the future Hall of Famer until further notice!!!

D/ST
Atlanta (@ Denver)
I don’t think that Atlanta has enough firepower on defense to put out a red-hot Denver offense who has been clicking on all cylinders as of late!!! Atlanta’s secondary is also susceptible to giving up the big play to opposing wideouts so I expect both Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to have a field day!!! Expect a rough day from the “dirty bird” D!!!

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

Hall Of Fame Debate: Terrell Owens


This shouldn’t even be a debate. The fact that he’s not a first ballot hall of famer is blasphemy. This is a case where everyone wants to remember the negative aspects of a person instead of his contributions.

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He’s sixth all time in receptions, third in receiving touchdowns, and second in receiving yards. Terrell Owens broke the record for most receptions (20) in one game against the Chicago Bears (sad face) while being a member of the San Francisco 49’ers (until Brandon Marshall set the record in 2009). Let’s not forget about his star stellar performance in the Superbowl on a severely sprained ankle. Besides the above-average drops, he was everything you wanted in a wide receiver. His work ethic is off the charts. He’s ambitious and always motivated. He could probably still play in the NFL today, truthfully speaking.

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I’m not here to defend his antics because what he has done in the past was inexcusable at times. Bashing your quarterbacks and making demands doesn’t equal a good teammate. However, what I am aiming at is that what does any other that has to do with his productivity on the field? The media and journalists are the ones in charge of who enters the hall. I know T.O. wasn’t their favorite person by any means, but to deny him a ticket into Canton on his first try because he rubbed you the wrong way or to “humble him” instead of his resume is unacceptable.

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The guy came to play football and he was definitely one of the best to ever do it. What’s your opinion?

JGOOD

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.

Leave Vick Alone


It has been 8 years since Michael Vick has went to jail (yes 8 years already), and some people are still trying to backlash his occupation. There’s a petition going around in Pittsburgh with over 15,000 signatures in hopes for Vick’s new team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, to release him.

Michael Vick first arrived in the NFL in 2001 and made an impact since day one. The have been few quarterbacks that scrambling ability such as Randal Cunningham, Steve Young, and few others. However, Vick revolutionized the QB position forever with is off the charts speed, agility, and acceleration. The NFL has never seen a player that can throw the ball approximately 60 yards with a 4.25 40 yard dash time.

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Vick spent his first 6 years in Atlanta demolishing defenses like a wrecking ball. In case you forgot how explosive he was, he’s some highlights below:

Michael Vick Career Highlights

The link shows his highlights in Atlanta, the allegations, and his time in Philadelphia. Vick served 23 months in prison and 2 more in a halfway house for his infamous involvement in dogfighting. Ever since being released, Michael Vick has been ridiculed for his part in harming of the dogs. People have protested and signed petitions to keep him out the league. Even though he’s still employed by the NFL, how long does Michael Vick have to deal with this? What else does he have to do to be okay in the court of public opinion?

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Michael Vick has served his punishment in the court of law, rightfully so. We all understand the severity of his actions but how come he’s constantly getting harassed? He’s made speeches about his changes, and he’s one of the few athletes who is serious about the changes he has made in his life.

How come majority of people didn’t backlash Plaxico Burress when he became the “Cheddar Bob” of the NFL? Even though the incident was self-inflicted, he still had a firearm on him and went to jail for nearly 2 years. He played in the NFL 2 more years after that.

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What about Donte Stallworth committing vehicular manslaughter in 2009. He was suspended for the 2009 season and spent 30 days in jail. He ended up playing 3 more years afterward. How come “the people” aren’t at his throat for taking somebody’s life (yes, he KILLED a human)?

Better yet, what about his current teammate “Big Ben” Roethlisberger. “Big Ben” was accused of raping a woman back in 2008. He was found guilty, but a settlement was made to dismiss the case. How often do you see people holding up signs or signing petitions to remove him as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers? Same thing that be said about Kobe Bryant and his Colorado scandal. He took some heat for a while, losing sponsors and endorsements, but eventually, the majority of people have forgotten that even occurred.

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How come we can’t let go of what Michael Vick has done? In my eyes, he’s done more than enough. This country loves to give second chances, and who are we to judge for his actions… he did the crime and did the time. He’s made motivational speeches and had done community service. Other players have done worse and don’t get this much treatment from “fans”. It’s 2015, let it go.

JGood