Royce’s Choices: Mock Draft 2.0

  1. Bengals: QB, Joe Burrow 
  2. Redskins: Edge, Chase Young
  3. Lions: CB, Jeff Okudah (Best CB in the draft to match up alongside Slay)
  4. Giants: OT, Jedrick Wills 
  5. Dolphins: QB, Tua Tagovailoa
  6. Chargers: QB, Justin Herbert (Rivers will not be coming back to it is time to get their next QB)
  7. Panthers: LB, Isaiah Simmons (Kuechly replacement) 
  8. Cardinals: OT, Tristan Wirfs
  9. Jaguars: WR, Jerry Jeudy (Minshew needs another weapon)
  10. Browns: OT, Andrew Thomas 
  11. Jets: OT, Mekhi Becton 
  12. Raiders: WR, CeeDee Lamb (Carr has no one to throw to, he needs a playmaker) 
  13. Colts: QB: Jordan Love (Brissett is not the future and rumors are flying in that the Colts love Love)
  14. Buccaneers:  IDL, Derrick Brown (Bucs don’t know how he fell but fill a huge need on the d-line)
  15. Broncos: WR, Henry Ruggs (With adding Ruggs, Lock gets a burner and another young piece for a potentially dangerous offense) 
  16. Falcons: Edge, AJ Epenesa
  17. Cowboys: WR, Tee Higgins (Assuming they franchise tag Dak but let Cooper go. As well as sign Jones. This pick will be up in the air until we know exactly who the Cowboys re-sign)
  18. Dolphins: Edge, K’Lavon Chaisson
  19. Raiders: CB, Kristian Fulton (Raiders need secondary help)
  20. Jaguars: CB Trevon Diggs (He is no Jalen Ramsey but he will be a big help to a weak secondary) 
  21. Eagles: CB, Jeff Gladney
  22. Bills: Edge, Yetur Gross-Matos 
  23. Patriots: TE, Brycen Hopkins (This is assuming Brady stays. He needs a reliable TE. This is a reach but I see it possible they trade back and take Hopkins in the early 2nd)
  24. Saints: QB, Jake Fromm (Assuming Drew Brees retires) 
  25. Vikings: S, Grant Delpit 
  26. Dolphins: RB, Jonathan Taylor (Start to piece together that offense. You get your franchise QB and RB in 1 draft) 
  27. Seahawks: LB, Patrick Queen
  28. Ravens: IDL, Javon Kinlaw 
  29. Titans: QB, Jacob Eason (Tannehill will not be your QB forever. Start developing your true franchise QB) 
  30. Packers: WR, Laviska Shenault (Aaron Rodgers needs more than just Adams if they want to win another Super Bowl) 
  31. 49ers: S, Xavier McKinney
  32. Chiefs: CB, Damon Arnette (We all saw in the Super Bowl how their CBs could not cover anyone. If they want to make it back to back, they need a good CB) 

Rivers Is Out: Where Does He Go From Here?

Today, the Chargers announced that they would be parting ways with their veteran QB, Philip Rivers, after a 16 year run with the team. In his time with the team, Rivers became their most prolific passer in the teams history and was the face of the franchise through good and bad.

In his time in San Diego and L.A. he worked his way to 6th all time in passing yards and passing touch downs. This would translate to 6 career playoff appearances in 16 years. None of which, translated to a Super Bowl.

That being said, ​what does he do next? Rivers is currently 38 and showed a strong decline the past couple of seasons. Should he follow the money? Or should he chase a ring and cement his legacy? Well, as reported earlier this year, he moved his family to Florida permanently this off-season, so he clearly has roots there. I honestly don’t see a contender in the sunshine state. 

Tampa Bay is his most likely destination. They are faced with the decision to keep or cut former first overall pick Jameis Winston. If they decide to part ways, which looks more likely now, I see them replacing him with Rivers. They could offer Rivers a decent contract to allow a young QB to develop and eventually replace Rivers at the helm. I can’t see him playing for more than two more years. Philip will finish his career the same way that most people do, in Florida

Cass Money Chronicles: Follow-Up On Mookie Trade

Why hello BOTA World, didn’t see you there. Just me doing my thang gonna reiterate how bad of a trade the Mookie deal was with the Red Sox. I hated this since the start of talks but knew Bloom came in for this reason and to get the team back on the right salary and back into contention in a few years. Couldn’t get much worse than this. The Sox got some decent prospects, Outfielder Alex Verdugo and a pitcher from the Twins for Mookie and Price, which, from my perspective, is a big fucking joke.

Is this what you price Mookie at for what he’s done for the Red Sox? I understand the Price salary dump, it was a good idea at the time to lock up a pitcher like Price. But now? Mookie too? And all we get is some prospects, Verdugo, and a pitcher who’s arm DOESN’T EVEN WORK!?

So frustrated with the Red Sox that they even attempted at this and went through with it to be fine with. But now the pitcher, Brusdar Graterol, shows through his medical screening that he is injured!

The Red Sox fucked themselves hardcore here and look what’s come of it, a shit end of the stick. Now the Sox are lost, begging for more out of the deal, and trying to cover their tracks for realizing they might be the dumbest organization for committing possibly one of the worst trade deals this decade.

I’m done this is utterly ridiculous and I can’t do this right now. Please bare with me while I attempt to get over this atrocity.

Soggi Boi Presents: The XFL Diaries

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Here. We. Go. This Saturday, 2 pm. Be there or be square boiiiiiis.

Hey y’all. Sogger here. Just coming at you with a new segment of writing I wanted to start with the inaugural season of the XFL about to kick off. We are about to witness HISTORY as Vince McMahon and the geniuses behind the WWE decided that they felt left out of the professional sports world, and wanted to start their own little football league. How adorable! This will be one of the best things to come from a McMahon since Jimbo’s (no relation) ’85 season with Da Bears. I know every NFL fan, myself included, is foaming at the mouth for more high quality, NFL level football. I mean, how could you pass us what is going to be such a refined product?

For those of you that have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about, let me break it down for you. The XFL is an off brand reboot of the AAF, which was another professional league that started back in February of 2019. It lasted a grand total of 50 days. 50 DAYS. That doesn’t bode well for the newly formed XFL. Like the AAF, the XFL will include players that were not able to stick around in the NFL or CFB (Canadian Football League). I hope you guys are ready for these rosters, because boy, do they have some STAR POWER! Pay extra attention to the names that are bold!

Dallas Renegades

NAMENUMBERPOSITIONCOLLEGE
Jazz Ferguson1WRNorthwestern State
Drew Galitz2PBaylor
Flynn Nagel3WRNorthwestern
Eric Dungey7QBSyracuse
Austin MacGinnis8KKentucky
Philip Nelson9QBEast Carolina
Joshua Crockett11WRCentral Oklahoma
Landry Jones12QBOklahoma
Jeff Badet13WROklahoma
Jerrod Heard16WRTexas
Freddie Martino18WRNorth Greenville
Tenny Adewusi20SDelaware
Micah Abernathy21STennessee
Marquis Young22RBMassachusetts
Josh Thornton23CBSouthern Utah
Treston Decoud24CBOregon State
Lance Dunbar25RBNorth Texas
Donatello Brown26CBValdosta Sate
Austin Walter27RBRice
Josh Hawkins28CBEast Carolina
Derron Smith31SFresno State
Cameron Artis-Payne34RBAuburn
Tre Watson40LBMaryland
Dashaun Phillips41CBTarleton State
Christian Kuntz43LBDuquesne
Hau’oli Kikaha44LBWashington
Doyin Jibowu45SFort Hays State
Tegray Scales46LBIndiana
Tobenna Okeke47LBFresno State
Greer Martini48LBNotre Dame
Donald Parham49TEStetson
Reshard Cliett50LBSouth Florida
Ray Ray Davison51LBCalifornia
John Keenoy52OGWestern Michigan
James Folston55LBPittsburgh
Frank Alexander57DEOklahoma
Asantay Brown58LBWestern Michigan
Johnathan Calvin59LBMississippi State
Maurquice Shakir61OGMiddle Tennessee
Darius James62OTAuburn
Salesi Uhatafe64OGUtah
Alex Balducci65COregon
Josh Allen66OGUL Monroe
Willie Beavers70OTWestern Michigan
Justin Evans71OTSouth Carolina State
Pace Murphy77OTNorthwestern State
Sean Price80TESouth Florida
Julian Allen86TESouthern Mississippi
Tomasi Laulile91DTBYU
Tony Guerad93DTUCF
Winston Craig96DERichmond
Gelen Robinson98DEPurdue

D.C. Defenders

NAMENUMBERPOSITIONCOLLEGE
DeAndre Thompkins1WRPenn State
Ty Rausa2KBoise State
Tyree Jackson3QBBuffalo
Eli Rogers4WRLouisville
Hunter Niswander7PNorthwestern
Jalen Rowell9WRAir Force
Simmie Cobbs10WRIndiana
Cardale Jones12QBOhio State
Rashad Ross15WRArizona State
Tyler Palka16WRGannon
Malachi Dupre19WRLouisiana State
Carlos Merritt20SCampbell
Doran Grant21CBOhio State
Matt Elam22SFlorida
Jalen Myrick23CBMinnesota
Donnel Pumphrey24RBSan Diego State
Desmond Lawrence25CBNorth Carolina
Jhurell Pressley26RBNew Mexico
Elijah Campbell28CBNorthern Iowa
Tyree Kinnel29SMichigan
Bradley Sylve30CBAlabama
Nick Brossette31RBLouisiana State
Khalid Abdullah32RBJames Madison
Shamarko Thomas38SSyracuse
Brian Khoury42DECarnegie Mellon
Dorian Johnson51OGPittsburgh
Jonathan Celestin52LBMinnesota
Jameer Thurman53LBIndiana State
Jonathan Massaquoi54LBTroy
Antwione Williams55LBGeorgia Southern
KeShun Freeman56DEGeorgia Tech
Scooby Wright58LBArizona
A.J. Tarpley59LBStanford
Jon Toth64CKentucky
Cole Boozer69OTTemple
Logan Tuley-Tillman72OTTexas El-Paso
Rishard Cook74OGUAB
Chris Brown75OGSouthern California
James O’Hagan77CBuffalo
Malcolm Bunche78OTUCLA
De’Ondre Wesley79OTBYU
Donnie Ernsberger80TEWestern Michigan
Derrick Hayward85TEMaryland
Khari Lee86TEBowie State
Siupeli Anau90DTNorthern Arizona
Tavaris Barnes91DEClemson
Elijah Qualls92DTWashington
Tracy Sprinkle93DTOhio State
Kalani Vakameilalo94DTOregon State
Kenny Bigelow95DTWest Virginia
Jay Bromley96DTSyracuse
Sam Montgomery99DELouisiana State

Houston Roughnecks

NAMENUMBERPOSITIONCOLLEGE
Kahlil Lewis1WRCincinnati
Sam Mobley3WRCatawba
Austin Rehkow5PIdaho
Sergio Castillo7KWest Texas A&M
Sammie Coates10WRAuburn
P.J. Walker11QBTemple
Ray Bolden13WRStony Brook
Cam Phillips14WRVirginia Tech
Ryheem Malone15WRLouisiana-Lafayette
Blake Jackson17WRMary Hardin-Baylor
Connor Cook18QBMichigan State
Marqueston Huff20SWyoming
Charles James21CBCharleston Southern
Corrian Ballard22SUtah
Trae Elston 23SMississippi
Cody Brown 25SArkansas State
Saivion Smith26CBAlabama
Ajene Harris27CBUSC
James Butler28RBNevada/Iowa
De’Angelo Henderson 29RBCoastal Carolina
Deji Olatoye30CBNorth Carolina A&T
Deatrick Nichols32CBSouth Carolina
Nick Holley33RBKent State
Ty Schwab40LBBoston College
Jeremiah Johnson41CBConcord
Beniquez Brown 42LBMississippi State
Carl Bradford43LBArizona State
Andre Williams44RBBoston College
DeMarquis Gates47LBMississippi
Kaelin Burnett50LBNevada
Edmond Robinson51LBNewberry
Drew Williams53LBColorado
LaTroy Lewis54LBTennessee
Tejan Koroma 56OLBrigham Young
Colton Taylor58LSVirginia Tech
Vantrell McMillian59DLChattanooga
Toby Weathersby60OLLSU
Demetrius Rhaney 65OLTennessee State
Marquez Taylor66OLSouthern Utah
Isame Faciane69OLFlorida International
Sebastian Tretola73OLArkansas 
Avery Gennesy74OLTexas A&M
Juwann Bushell-Beatty76OLMichigan
Kevin Palmer77OLBaylor
Terry Poole79OLSan Diego State
Johnny Maxey90DEMars Hill
Caushaud Lyons91DLTusculum
Corey Crawford93DEClemson
Kony Ealy94DEMissouri
Walter Palmore96DLMissouri
Gabe Wright97DLAuburn
Nick James98DLMississippi State

Los Angeles Wildcats

NAMENUMBERPOSITIONCOLLEGE
Jalan McClendon2QBBaylor
Chad Kanoff3QBPrinceton
Colton Schmidt6PCalifornia-Davis
Josh Johnson8QBSan Diego
Nick Novak9KMaryland
Kermit Whitfield10WRFlorida State
Nelson Spruce11WRColorado
Tre McBride15WRWilliam & Mary
Jalen Greene17WRUtah State
Adonis Jennings18WRTemple
Jaylen Dunlap20CBIllinois
Mar’Sean Diggs21SAlabama-Birmingham
Jerome Couplin22SWilliam & Mary
Mike Stevens23CBNorth Carolina State
Larry Rose24RBNew Mexico State
Roman Tatum25CBSouthern Illinois
Arrion Springs26CBOregon
Harlan Miller27CBSoutheast Louisiana
Martez Carter28RBGrambling State
Jack Tocho29SNorth Carolina State
LaDarius Wiley32SVanderbilt
Dujuan Harris33RBTroy
Elijah Hood34RBNorth Carolina
Ahmad Dixon36SBaylor
Willie Mays44LBTiffin
Ryan Navarro45LSOregon State
Quentin Gause50LBRutgers
Tre’ Williams52LBAuburn
Taiwan Jones54LBMichigan State
Nico Siragusa56OGSan Diego State
Will Smith57LBTexas Tech
Fred Lauina59OGOregon State
Dwayne Wallace62OTKansas
Patrick Vahe66OGTexas
Kahlil McKenzie70OGTennessee
Storm Norton72OTToledo
Jaelin Robinson73OTTemple
Tyler Roemer74OTSan Diego State
Lene Maiava75OTArizona
Shawn Oakman77DEBaylor
Saeed Blacknall80WRPenn State
Brandon Barnes82TEAlabama State
Jordan Smallwood84WROklahoma
De’Quan Hampton88WRSouthern California
Roderick Henderson90DEBaylor
Boogie Roberts91DTSan Jose State
Trevon Sanders93DTTroy
Cedric Reed94DETexas
Montori Hughes95DTTennessee-Martin
Anthony Johnson96LBLouisiana State
Devi Taylor98DESouth Carolina
Latarius Brady99DTMemphis

New York Guardians

NAMENUMBERPOSITIONCOLLEGE
Mekale McKay1WRCincinnati
Joe Horn2WRMissouri Western
Colby Pearson3WRBrigham Young
Luis Perez7QBTexas A&M Commerce
Justin Vogel8PMiami (FL)
Teo Redding9WRBowling Green
Austin Duke10WRCharlotte
Marquise Williams12QBNorth Carolina
Matt McGloin14QBPenn State
Matthew McCrane16KKansas State
Justice Liggins17WRStephen F. Austin
Tim Cook III20RBOregon State
Jamar Summers21CBConnecticut
Dravon Askew-Henry 22SWest Virginia
Justin Stockton23RBTexas Tech
Ranthony Taxada II24CBTexas Christian 
DeJuan Neal 26CBShephard
Darius Victor27RBTowson
Wesley Sutton28SNorthern Arizona
Bryce Jones29CBAkron 
Andrew Soroh30SFlorida Atlantic 
Terrence Alexander 31CBLouisiana State
A.J. Hendy33SMaryland
Matthew Cobern II34RBWake Forest 
Demetrious Cox36SMichigan State
Scott Daly42LSNotre Dame
Ryan Mueller44LBKansas State
D’Juan Hines45LBHouston
Frank Ginda47LBSan Jose State
Jawuan Johnson48LBTexas Christian 
Nick DeLuca49LBNorth Dakota State
Charles Wright55DEVanderbilt
Ben Heeney56LBKansas
Bunmi Rotimi Jr. 58DEOld Dominion 
Garret Dooley59LBWisconsin
Garrett Brumfield68CLouisiana State
Ian Silberman 69CBoston College
John Kling IV70TBuffalo
Brant Weiss71TToledo
Avery Young73OLAuburn
Jarron Jones74TNotre Dame
Damien Mama77GUSC
Anthony Coyle78GFordham
Jake Sutherland83TEMorehead State
Keenen Brown 85TETexas State
Jake Powell87TEMonmouth (NJ)
EJ Bibbs88TEIowa State
Jarrell Owens 91DEOklahoma State
TJ Barnes93DTGeorgia State
Joey Mbu94DTHouston 
Toby Johnson Jr. 95DTGeorgia 
Cavon Walker99DTMaryland 

Seattle Dragons

NAMENUMBERPOSITIONCOLLEGE
Kasen Williams2WRWashington
B.J. Daniels7QBSouth Florida
Brock Miller9PSouthern Utah
John Santiago10WRNorth Dakota
Sergio Bailey11WREastern Michigan
Brandon Silvers12QBTroy
Austin Proehl13WRNorth Carolina
Alonzo Moore14WRNebraska
Dontez Byrd16WRTennessee Tech
Keenan Reynolds19WRNavy
Kenneth Farrow20RBHouston
Mohammed Seisay21CBNebraska
Trey Williams23RBTexasA&M
Marko Myers24CBSoutheastern
Steve Williams25CBCal
Johnathan Alston27CBNC State
Channing Stribling30CBMichigan
Ja’Quan Gardner31RBHumboldt State
Tyson Graham32SSouth Dakota
Jordan Martin33SSyracuse
Jeremy Clark34CBMichigan
Godwin Igwebuike35SNorthwestern
Santos Ramirez39SArkansas
Noah Borden41LSHawaii
Dillon Day50CMississippi State
Praise Martin-Oguike51DETemple
Kyle Queiro52LBNorthwestern
Nick Temple55LBCincinnati
Nyles Morgan56LBNotre Dame
Marcel Frazier57DEMissouri
Steven Johnson59LBKanssas
Cyril Richardson68GBaylor
William Campbell69GMichigan
Anthony Moten72DT Miami (FL)
Kirk Barron73CPurdue
Venzell Boulware75GTennessee
Michael Dunn76TMaryland
Quinterrius Eatmon77TSouth Florida
Isaiah Battle79TClemson
Colin Jeter81TELSU
Ben Johnson84TEKansas
Cam Clear85TETexas A&M
Evan Rodriguez88TETemple
Connor Hamlett89TEOregon State
Stansly Maponga90DETCU
Anthony Johnson91DEFIU
Durrant Miles92DEBoise State
Will Sutton93DTArizona State
Pasoni Tasini94DTUtah
Jacquies Smith97DEMissouri
Jordan Thompson99DTNorthwestern

St. Louis BattleHawks

NAMENUMBERPOSITIONCOLLEGE
Jake Payne0DTShenandoah
L’Damian Washington2WRMissouri
Nick Fitzgerald4QBMississippi
Taylor Russolino5KMillsaps
Taylor Heinicke6QBOld Dominion
Marquette King7PFort Valley State
Jordan Ta’amu10QBOle Miss
Carlton 14WRRutgers
De’Mornay Pierson-El15WRIndiana
Keith Mumphery17WRMichigan State
Lenard Tillery20RBSouthern
Harold Jones-Quartey21DBFindlay
Kenny Robinson23SWest Virginia
Ryan White22CBAuburn
Matt Jones24RBFlorida
Will Hill25SFlorida
Dexter McCoil26STulsa
Robert Nelson28CBArizona State
David Rivers29CBYoungstown State
Tre Caldwell31CBLouisiana-Monroe
Christine Michael33RBTexas A&M
D’Montre Wade35CBMurray State
Keith Ford36RBTexas A&M
Darius Hillary41DBWisconsin
Shaq Jones42DEUAB
Joe Powell44DBGlobe Tech
Tanner Carew48LSOregon
Gimel President53DEIllinois
Dewayne Hendrix54DLPitt
Andrew Ankrah55DEJames Madison
Ro’Derrick Hoskins56LBFlorida State
Terence Garvin57LBWest Virginia
Steve Beauharnais 58LBRutgers
Bruno Reagan 61TVanderbilt
Michael Miller64GWashburn
Dejon Allen66GHawaii
Brian Folkerts67GWashburn
Andrew McDonald69TIndiana
Jake Campos72GIowa State
Matt McCants73TUAB
Brian Wallace75OL Arkansas
Kent Perkins76TTexas
Cole Hunt82TETCU
Wes Saxton83TESouth Alabama
Alonzo Russell84WRToledo
Marcus Lucas85WRMissouri
Brandon Reilly87WRNebraska
Casey Sayles90DTOhio
Kellen Soulek94DTSouth Dakota State
Channing Ward95DTOle Miss
Davonte Lambert96DTAuburn

Tampa Bay Vipers

NAMENUMBERPOSITIONCOLLEGE
Andrew Franks3KRensselaer Polytechnic
Taylor Cornelius4QBOklahoma State
Chase Litton8QBMarshall
Quinton Flowers9QB/RBSouth Florida
Jake Schum10PBuffalo
Aaron Murray11QBGeorgia
Donteea Dye13WRHeidelberg
Stacy Coley14WRMIami (FL)
Seantavius Jones15WRValdosta State
Jalen Tolliver17WRArkansas-Monticello
Reece Horn18WRIndianapolis
Tanner McEvoy19WRWisconsin
Tarvarus McFadden20DBFlorida State
Robert Priester21SWyoming
Rannell Hall22DBUCF
Anthoula Kelly23DBFresno State
De’Veon Smith24RBMichigan
Micah Hannemann27SBYU
Bryce Canady28CBFIU
Jacques Patrick29RBFlorida State
Demontre Hurst30CBOklahoma
Corey Moore31DBGeorgia
Jalen Collins32CBLSU
Shelton Lewis33CBFAU
Mack Brown34RBFlorida
Marcelis Branch35SRobert Morris
Terrance Plummer41LBUCF
Nick Moore42LSGeorgia
Emmanuel Beal43LBOklahoma
Lucas Wacha45LBWyoming
Nikita Whitlock49DTWake Forest
John Yarbrough50CRichmond
Deiontrez Mount53DELouisville
Ike Spearman56LBEastern Michigan
Jordan McCray63CUCF
Jerald Foster67GNebraska
Isaiah Williams71TAkron
Martez Ivey73TFlorida
Andrew Tiller75GSyracuse
Daronte Bouldin76GOle Miss
Marquis Lucas78TWest Virginia
DeAndre Goolsby80TEFlorida
Daniel Williams81WRJackson State
Ryan Davis83WRAuburn
Nick Truesdell85TEGrand Rapids JUCO
Colin Thompson86TETemple
Bobby Richardson91DEIndiana
Josh Banks92DTWake Forest
CeCe Jefferson95DEFlorida
Jason Neill96DEUTSA
Ricky Walker97DTVirginia Tech

With names like Cardale Jones, Tyree Jackson, Cameron Artis-Payne, Kenneth Farrow, Marquette King, and Kony Ealy, eager fans should be excited. Big time names produce big time results. How could this league ever fail with star power like that? My way too early prediction for this wonderful new league is that it will fall flat on it’s face. How can anyone actually think that this is going to take off? If you are Vince McMahon, which players would you even be able to market as “star players”. Easy answer: NONE OF THEM! I don’t see this lasting over a season. I do think they make it a full season, unlike their lowly predecessor whom only last the aforementioned 50 days. This could have devastating financial effects on the WWE as McMahon is slated to lose about 8 billion dollars on this endeavor.

Folks, don’t expect too much from the XFL. It’s only going to let you down as another poor replacement for the NFL. Yes, the NFL has its problems, but it will be chump change compared to the issues that will befall the XFL. Don’t get your hopes up ladies and gentlefish. The XFL is only going to break your beautiful hearts.

Good Night Sweet Prince

Today, unexpectedly, the city of Cleveland lost a hero, an icon, and a damn good boy all in one foul swoop. This post is my memorial for our champion.

Swagger, the Browns mascot, passed away today at the age of 6 from a stroke.

Swagger was the browns mascot for the past 6 seasons before leaving the title to his son Swagger Jr. Swagger gave Browns fans something to smile at when all our hope was gone.

As Browns fans, we know that Swaggers spirit will be with Jr. and us all for the upcoming seasons. So, I would like to be the first to unofficially officially announce that this season is devoted to the best boy Cleveland could ask for. #superbowlforswagger

R.I.P. sweet prince

Pack your bags!/Class is in session.

It’s the first week of February, we got W2’s, A Super Bowl parade, and trades coming out!

These trades have me speechless, thinking, and wondering. So let’s dive into it. Welcome to NBA Trades 101!

Atlanta Hawks: B

The Hawks have been really busy towards the trade deadline with great pickups. The hawks picked up Clint Capela, and Nene from the Rockets while giving away Evan Turner. It’s been clear the Hawks are developing their young talent. Not to mention the addition of Jeff Teague , Dwayne Dedmon, Skal Labissiere, Derrick Walton. With those additions and the subtractions Jabari Parker and Alex Len. The Hawks have done well to move some money around , get draft picks, develop their younger talent, have a stockpile or draft assets.

Cleveland Cavaliers: A

How have the Cavaliers been ever since the Lebron break up? Well, they have seen better days. But Cleveland still has a team with or without them. Cavs had an excess of guards and perimeter players most of them young that needed to develop. So trades to move Jordan Clarkson

Memphis Grizzlies: B-

I like what the Memphis Grizzlies did. They added a young piece in Justice Winslow and some veterans to the roster as the Memphis Grizzlies are looking to make the playoffs. While keeping their young core intact. The Grizzlies wasn’t swinging for homeruns but did get a hit.

LA Clippers: A

When you’re one of the top teams in the NBA with a roster that’s deep ,talented ,and young; there’s nothing really much out there for you to go trade for or to go acquire. You look at what’s ahead of you and we can stop you from accomplishing your goals. With the addition of Marcus Morris Sr. , LA roster just got deeper and grittier. Not only is Marcus a player that can score but he has a history of guarding elite players and has a reputation of being a solid defender. Just when the Clippers looked scary before , now they look even scarier.

Golden State Warriors: D+

Well the Golden State Warriors are somewhere where they haven’t been before in a while. With the dynamic duo of Klay and Curry still injured it seems like the Warriors have entered tank mode. Getting rid of their off-season pickup D’angelo Russell and a third of their offense and picking up draft picks and Andrew Wiggins, it seems like the Warriors are building for a strong 2021 season.

Minnesota Timberwolves: C+

I’ll keep this paragraph short and sweet. I don’t know if Minnesota is tanking or making a playoff push. But with the addition of D’Angelo Russell , I think the Timberwolves are looking to create a Big Three for the future. Whoever that third piece is, I know DLo and Kat will have a blast and be a force in old cold Minnesota. I wonder if Devin Booker likes cold weather?

Houston Rockets: D+

When the Houston Rockets were shopping Clint Capela it was very odd. Yes, we live in a small ball era in the NBA but not having a solid starting center can seem very ballsy when it comes to playing good playoff teams. And I get it with Russell and Harden as your backcourt that’s a lot of money and trading Clint probably saves you a lot of money. But if your looking to make a run at a championship you might wanna find a replacement or enjoy early vacation.

Miami Heat: A

One of the biggest sweepstakes in the trade rumors was where will Andre Iguodala go? Well Miami Heat came out of the sweepstakes as the winner as they acquired Solomon Hill, Jae Crowder,and Andre Iguodala in the trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. Not only did they get veteran presence with Jae Crowder and Solomon they also kept their young core intact and gained championship experience to make a run at an NBA championship.

Philadelphia 76ers: C

Now with the 76ers in a bit of a slump with issues inside the locker room and on the court , any spark to the locker room would help them find the right direction. Before the deadline the 76ers acquired Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III. One of the 76ers problems is scoring off the bench, will this trade solve that I can’t see it, but the trade does bring more veterans to the locker room.

Detroit Pistons: D-

Look the trade for Andre Drummond was bad. It was highway robbery on the Cavaliers on what they gave up for Andre Drummond. Now Andre Drummond was gonna walk into free agency so they had to trade him for something. But the fact the Pistons could of gotten way more in the past for him and have to settle for peanuts and cracker jacks now. Is why they got a D-. Probably deserve an F but with Andre leaving they got something out of nothing.

A Shad Story For the Jaguars

The other day, it was announced that The Jaguars will only be playing 6 home games in Jacksonville. The other two “home” games will be played in London on consecutive weekends.

This just sets the ground work for the team to move to London and become the NFLs first team overseas. I get that the Jags are usually one of the teams that ends up playing in London, but if you actually look at polls, they are the 17th most popular team in the UK. It makes zero sense for them to split time from a fan perspective, but the owner doesn’t seem to care.

For the past few years, Shad Khan has seemed like he is trying to move the team away. While doing research for this article, I found out that he doesn’t even live in Jacksonville. During the season he parks a mega yacht in Jacksonville. He has put out comments lightly insulting the city for not having “a nice hotel.”

Jacksonville fans, you might have already prepared for this, but you’re in the endgame now. Shad Khan,without a doubt in my mind, is going to move the team to London the second that window opens up.

No part of this deal makes sense, the city wants a winning team and he doesn’t want to be in the city. He wants to move to a city that is indifferent about the team. Shad Khan, sir, sell the team.

CALM DOWN AND HAVE FAITH

Last night, Boston went into an uproar, most of you calling for Chaim’s head. I am here to tell you to take a breath and for once don’t overreact. I know I know, overreacting is what we do best as Boston fans and I know I’m a part time Dodger fan, but you have to have faith.

I lived in Tampa for almost two years hence the TA in BOTA. What this man did for The Rays has been amazing. He took a team of young prospects and made them playoff contenders.

If I can throw you back to last years playoffs, it took five games for the powerhouse Astros to beat the Rays. He also brought up a cut young winner in Black Snell and backed him up with some young guns and team rejects like Charlie Morton. Sounds a little like Bill Belichick doesn’t it?

There are plenty more names I could list off, but this isn’t a Rays post, this is a Sox post.

The Sox lost their MVP/ generational talent outfielder and an inconsistent pitcher in one foul swoop. In exchange they got Alex Verdugo a promising 23 year old from the Dodgers and Brusdar Graterol from the Twins. We got a player with a few years left on his contract and gave the Dodgers a rental. Mookie wants to be a free agent. This is Machado all over again.

That was a lot of jumble, but my point is, Chaim knows what he is doing. That’s why he’s in the position that he is in. He prioritized the salary cap over short term winning, but he has a plan. It might just be dumb faith but I believe.

Cass Money Chronicles: My Petition To Abolish Offseasons In Boston

I am mad, I am angry, I am sad, I’m hurt, but most importantly I’m disappointed. Disappointed in the Red Sox. Disappointed in Chaim Bloom. Disappointed that this caliber of an organization would even allow a trade of this magnitude. But worst of all, I’m disappointed in myself. Disappointed that I could count on my favorite team to make the right choice. Disappointed that I just first-hand witnessed one of the worst Red Sox trade deals since Babe Ruth. But worst of all, disappointed in the fact that it’s gonna take another 86 years before the Red Sox can prove themselves again. They’ve (the Red Sox organization) cursed themselves; there I said it. The worst part is they deserve it too.

I’m flabbergasted and speechless at the moment that the Red Sox would even consider trading away by far the best overall player on the team. A leader, a die-hard, balls-to-the-wall player who has been nothing short of amazing for the Red Sox. And now it’s all gone.

Now I will throw out the fact that this isn’t entirely Bloom’s fault or decision. The man was placed in a failed team with a bunch of past contracts, extensions, etc. that were down right frightening. And it seems like the Red Sox didn’t even care! “Yeah just pay everyone small contract deals, we’ll win a title, and then shove this aside until it comes”, basically exactly how I assume this conversation went down. And now that it has become a reality, here we are, without our beloved right fielder, without our best hitter. Without our record holder. But thank god we signed JBJ and Moreland what necessities they are compared to Mookie.

So mad that the Red Sox were this dumb in the past to screw themselves so bad this year but it’s now over with and done. What moves can we take next? Easy question, we abolish all offseasons in Boston so nothing like this can happen again. I have had it with this bullshit every offseason. Every team obviously needs their odds and ends to pick up players needed and what not, but Boston sport teams biggest issue is always the possibility of letting go of superstars. And I have many examples too! Tom Brady this season, I am personally terrified just at the thought of him going somewhere else. Wes Welker back in the day. Adam Vinnatieri, Joe Thornton, Milan Lucic, and these are just a few in the past. Boston offseasons terrify me. You never know what is going to happen and if the return is ever going to be good enough. In this case with Mookie, I don’t see a situation where this benefits the Red Sox, other than the sole fact that the luxury tax is cleared. I’m done with offseasons in Boston and I need your vote to help abolish this nonsense and keep our top players from potentially leaving. No offseasons, no short term contracts for Star, producing players, no bullshit. Power to the people.

Goodbye Mookie, I will cherish the times we had with you and all the memories made. Goodbye Red Sox, it’s not you it’s just me, tired, of dealing with your shit. Goodbye cruel world, let me wallow in self-pity for a few days to recover from this tragic, tragic loss of heart, soul, cheers, and memories. Only bright side is the Dodgers still can’t win a World Series. Fuck you James don’t @ me.

A Soggi Perspective: Our Last Hope

Guys, I’m so good at Photoshop it hurts.

Waking up this morning as a Red Sox fan must have been tough. Losing a key piece in David Price was devastating to a team that desperately needed his physical and emotional prowess. Oh, and they lost, uh, (checks cue card) Mookie Betts, some outfielder. Not a big loss to be honest. I feel like it was an absolute win of a trade by the Red Sox, getting 2 stud prospects for two mediocre players at best. I mean, who would ever give a 12 year 470 million dollar contract to a player who won MVP, and finished top 6 in MVP voting every other full season he’s played? That’s asinine. Ludicrous. Absolutely ridiculous. If you haven’t picked up on the obvious sarcasm, you should brush up. Mookie was a top 3 player in the league, and trading him apparently seemed like the only thing the Red Sox could do at this point. As the resident Sogg-meister of BOTA, I declare we write a strongly worded letter to John Henry, telling him to lower the price of everything since he got rid of our best player. I know my BOTA peeps agree with me. Even though I don’t like baseball all that much, I loved Mookie and what he brought to the table as a player. I have made it a mission to not watch Red Sox baseball this year. I will try to watch baseball more, but just not the Red Sox. I have lost all faith in them as an organization after this “budget crunch” cop-out of a move.

Now that I have gotten this out of the way, we are down to our last hope. The Boston Bruins. The Patriots are losing a ton of talent, and possibly the best player of all time. As mentioned above, I have no faith in the Red Sox. The Celtics are good, I’ll give you that, but they are just a step behind other teams in the league, like Milwaukee, both L.A. teams, and Houston. As Boston sports fans, we should be jumping on the Bruins train, and rooting for them to set sail on the S.S. Stanley Cup this June. The boys are looking to make the push, one year after sputtering in Game 7 against the St. Louis Blues. This year could be their year, seeing as though Rask and Halak are playing out of their minds, and the top line is rolling again. If they pick up another top 6 forward before the trade deadline, they will have a legitimate chance to finish what they started last year, and put that ‘Ship out on the water.

Nostrasoggis is predicting that Boston sports will change drastically this year. With the loss of Betts, we are just on the verge of change that will come to our beloved sports teams. The Bruins are our legitimate last hope for a championship. Let’s hope they can pull it off.