Thursday, July 27, 2017

WWE: Why Watch Everything?

For the first time in a very long time, the WWE product is definitely worth watching. The wait for lifelong wrestling fans to watch their favorite wrestlers in the same promotion has become a reality with WWE's signings over the past few years. Have you ever dreamed of watching John Cena go one on one with Shinsuke Nakamura? You're now able to see that happen. How about Kevin (Steen) Owens continue his long running feud with Sami (El Generico) Zayn on the grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania? You're wish will come true in due time. And have you ever dreamed of seeing the Demon (Finn Balor/Prince Devitt) go one on one with the Deadman (The Undertaker)? Well, that might be a long shot but it's still possible. Then why are the ratings getting even lower?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The City of One Year Deals

The past off-season for three of the four major sports franchises in Philadelphia (Phillies, Eagles and 76ers) has seen their biggest transactions made through one year deals. The Phillies had signed Michael Saunders, outfielder, to a $9 million, one year deal and Joaquin Benoit, relief pitcher, to a $7.5 million, one year deal. The Eagles had signed Alshon Jeffery, wide receiver, to a $14 million, one year deal and LeGarrette Blount, running back, to a $2.8 million, one year deal. And the 76ers signed J.J. Redick, shooting guard, to a $23 million, one year deal and Amir Johnson, power forward, to a $11 million, one year deal.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Predicting the Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup

The recent signing of J.J. Redick has brought even more attention and intrigue to the Philadelphia 76ers. Not only does this give them a veteran presence but it also gives them the shooting threat that they desperately needed. Another thing that this does is put into question exactly what the starting lineup will look like for the Season Opener. Assuming that Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are locked in as starters, which is a safe bet as long as they are healthy, who fills in the other 3 spots? Looking at the roster the way it is currently constructed (and it is pretty much set the way it will be minus another veteran signing or two), there is 3 starting spots open for 5 players to potentially fill them holes. These 5 players are Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Markelle Fultz, J.J. Redick and Jerryd Bayless. All 5 of these guys have strong cases for them to start as well as reasons why they should be coming off the bench.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Started From the Bottom, Now They’re Here…

A few years ago, the Philadelphia 76ers was stuck with above average talent and in the middle of paying them all to the point to having no cap space to get better. With new ownership, they took a big swing with making a deal for a young dominant big man, Andrew Bynum. For those of you who do not know how that worked out, Bynum, never played a single game for the 76ers. Even so, Andrew Bynum's acquisition showed how excited this town can be about basketball. His presence brought hope, it brought excitement, and it brought fans to fill the stadium. Philadelphia will always be a football town but it is truly a sports town when their teams are putting an exciting product out there.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Portland Needs a History Lesson

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us as the NBA trade deadline is only a mere few hours away as rumors run rampant and trades are a plenty. In honor of the NBA trade deadline, we can take some time to take a look at history that seems to repeating itself with a franchise making the mistake of not trading away one of their two very similar players that is holding them down from being what they should be. Question time! Can you name a team on the ride with a 6'3" ball dominant scoring guard that drafted another 6'3" ball dominant scoring guard to play along side of him in the past 10 years and the year associated with when they drafted that 2nd guard? If your response is the 2013 Portland Trail Blazers, you would be correct. BUT you would also be correct if you answered the 2009 Golden State Warriors.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Opie and Friends: Favorite Presidents in Cinema

Join me and my buddies Frank & Roy as we discuss all things presidential in regards to film and television.

10 NBA Trade Deadline Deal Ideas

With the NBA trade deadline right around the corner, on February 23rd, here are 10 trades that I could personally either see happening, want to see happen or just plain makes sense that it could happen. Keep in mind that these trades are all independent of one another, so there are multiple trades that include some of the same trade pieces.

Trade #1: Lou Williams Returns To The Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Hawks receive Lou Williams
Los Angeles Lakers receive Tiago Splitter and 2018 1st Round 1-14 Protected Pick (Minnesota)

Why This Makes Sense For Atlanta: The Hawks have went from a team who were considered to be blowing things up when they traded Kyle Korver to the Cavaliers, to a team who is looking to add on to their playoff push toward becoming a top 4 team in the East. Lou Williams would seem to fit perfectly as some fire power off the bench as well as a veteran presence to keep the young guards in check and he also fits due to his familiarity with the organization as he played for Atlanta for 2 seasons from 2012 to 2014.

Why This Makes Sense For Los Angeles: The Lakers are going with a youth movement that obviously does not include Lou Williams. Trading Williams will not only free up more playing time for their young backcourt in Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell but it also adds some much needed pressure in not having Lou Williams as a crutch in crunch time. Another plus to trading Lou Williams for the sake of the Lakers future is the fact that he recently spoke out against tanking due to not wanting to lose his job to a rookie, which if the Lakers want to lose on purpose, that attitude has to scare the Lakers brass a little bit.

Why This Trade Will Not Happen: If Lou Williams is traded, he will likely go to the highest bidder. Los Angeles may want to trade him to a contender and a team that he has history with but if Atlanta's offer is not the best, I am doubting that the Lakers have too much loyalty to him to not just trade him anywhere. The future of their franchise is more important to them than making Lou Williams feel good about where he is being dealt. Also Atlanta trading 1st round pick in 2018, no matter how protected, may be too steep a price for the Hawks to pay for a guy that may not be on the team past that draft.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Opie and Friends: New Year New Movies

Join me and my buddies Frank & Roy as we show and discuss our favorite New Years films as well as the films we are looking forward to in 2017.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Joel, Noel and Jahlil Conundrum

Over the past few seasons, the Philadelphia 76ers have been a headline story in the NBA for a laundry list of the wrong reasons. This all started with the hiring of Sam Hinkie from a Houston Rockets organization that turned years of mediocrity and back end lottery picks into James Harden. Sam Hinkie brought his analytical team building to the organization that believed that drafting the best player available over team need was the best way to put a championship team together.

Going into the 2013 draft, without even a coach hired, Sam Hinkie turned Jrue Holiday into an already injured Nerlens Noel and what ended up becoming foreign-born Dario Saric and his fingerprint was quickly put on this team. In 2014, Hinkie went on to draft another injured big man in Joel Embiid and the next year, in 2015, saw him drafting a healthy big man for a change in Jahlil Okafor. Although these three men, when healthy, would all be considered to be a starting center, especially in today's NBA of the stretch fours, Sam Hinkie stuck to his theory of best player available. With the pre-existing injuries to Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid, it was no guarantee that either player would come back to have a long healthy career. This is where this season becomes so frustrating for Philadelphia 76ers fans.