No Super Bowl hangover in the NBA, that’s for sure! A full helping of action with 11 games on the slate, starting with a phenomenal national game on TNT to kick off the next 2 months, where there’s nothing but NBA going on. Well, hockey too, sorry Viz! And college basketball! Dammit, well, basketball isn’t competing with NFL or MLB for a bit, and the face of the NBA let everyone know, with a preposterous buzzer-beater to get the Cavs in OT and eventually beat the Wiz (snapping their 17-game home winning streak):

That Wizards fan says it all! Who says LeBron James is old?! 32/7/17/2/2 in an unreal performance on national TV, in a game the NBA couldn’t have scripted to go any better the night after the NFL got their best game ever played. Well, maybe a little hyperbole, but it was OK… Along with that line, he hit 6 treys and 12-18 from the field, but only 2-5 FT!? Wouldn’t have needed that buzzer beater if he could just hit his damned FT!!! He actually fouled out early in OT too, but Kyrie Irving then took over as the alpha, scoring 11 of his 23 in OT in an otherwise disappointing game. Then there’s of course Kevin Love, who went OFF for 39/12/3/3/0 with 6 treys and 11-11 FT. Needed every bit outta the big 3 to beat a hot Wizards team on the road! During the game, Frank Isola (who you may know from Around the Horn and ish) reported LeBron is pushing the Cavs management to trade Love for Carmelo Anthony. LeBron then went all Trump on his ass in postgame. “Fake News!” But ya know, fighting the rumors off in a less dictatory-way, even as The King… Here’s what else went down last night in a busy Monday of hoops action:

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The Super Bowl is done, baseball is a bit away, it’s hoops’ time to shine baby! On today’s show, we discuss the Yogi Ferrell breakout, Zach LaVine‘s injury, and the Bucks’ shituation at C. We then play a terrible edition of Can We Make Slim Look Stupid and wrap the show with a preview of tonight’s games and our 30-point challenge picks.

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We’re back, RCLlers, with another update in the best fan leagues around!  So yesterday, I ate an obscene amount of food, and the only other time recently I’ve felt this awful the next day (after being an absolute fatty), was when I did the 15-16 eating challenge!  Yes, Nick is Razzy, the challenge has been completed, we’re just in post-production.  Which isn’t a euphemism for digestion, FYI!  So keep a lookout for that video to be out soon.

For our current season, everyone is now allowed to throw garbage at Slim and I!  We’ve been unable to curtail the epic year thus far from Big Baby’s Lovechild in our JB vs. Slim league, who has moved to 93-41-1 good for 187 RCL points.  Stupid Glen Davis Jr., go back to being a middling role player!  Hopefully we can squash this egregious outrage and disallow someone from one of our leagues from winning this thing!

Check out how your teams stacked up after weeks 14-15 in the 2016-17 RCL Master Standings Table table, and here’s some notable takeaways from the past two regular season weeks across our 23 RCL Leagues:

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REL Basketball1What would I rather win…  My 5th Super Bowl or the REL…? Yeah, that’s not close at all, I want a Gold Jersey dammit!

Big jostle at the top of the standings, as the #2 and #3 seeds both took losses, opening the door for the bye week push.  It looks like we have 8 teams now competing for a playoff spot, that is, unless someone goes all Packers and can win out for a while.  C’mon Olivia Munn black magic, work for us!

We had a few interesting buys on the wire this week, as a few new situations bubbled up.  Still awaitin’ the big Trade Deadline splash though!  Here’s how week fifteen in the 2016-17 REL went down, and how we’re looking heading into week sixteen:

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Even Tom Brady would agree it’s time to do some hot Yogi!

Since getting to the Mavs on a 10-day deal, all Yogi Ferrell has done is play 37:29 MPG (which would be 3rd highest in the NBA) and lead Dallas to 4-straight wins. Break up the red hot Cubans! And the Mavericks were straight dealing in Portland Friday night – especially early – hitting their first 7 shots and building a big lead, which was just enough to hold Portland off. No one was hotter than Hot Yogi either! I think we have a new nickname! Shot an absurd 11-17 FG, including tying a rookie record (!!!!!) 9-11 3PTM, for a 32/2/5 line.

I do have to wonder on that huge last one though, what in the world is Al-Farouq Aminu doing?! He just stands there deer-in-the-headlights as the dude who hit 8 treys in the game has the ball wide open, and just lets him take the open shot! God, I hate Aminu, he’s always a craw in my fantasy side! Or something like that… Anyway, you’re of course adding Ferrell where you can if he’s somehow survived on your wire over the weekend, but let’s not expect the second coming of Steph Curry or anything. They already have a Curry on this team! Side note – anyone see Seth Curry‘s awful muttonchops this game?!

Even Dirk Nowitzki is like, “Ewwwwwww! You look like the Fall Out Boy singer!”

After the game, news broke that he’s going to sign a 2-year before his first 10-day expires (I’m not sure how much is guaranteed, but still is cool to see him get paid!). Time to crack open the scotch and smoke a fatty! And by fatty, I mean a Cuban! Wait, not Marc Cuban, ahhhh! While it’s a fun story for Hot Yogi, in 18 D-League games he averaged only 2.7 treys, and he only hit 8 treys in 10 games for Brooklyn. Sure, he wasn’t getting this kind of run, but he had an opportunity on a worse team and didn’t find the trigger like this… So enjoy this ride while it lasts if you nabbed him, but beware minutes crunches – when you hear Deron Williams‘ knee crunches – as he limps his way back onto the court. Until then, Hot Yogi!

Here’s what else went down over the weekend in Fantasy Basketball action:

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Fun night for JB last night! I was driving down a desert road, opened up my suitcase, did… something with a lot of things… and next thing I know I’m raging next to Benicio Del Toro and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in a hotel bathroom! KCP was absolutely unconscious last night, hitting 12-18 from the field (8-11 3PTM 6-8 FT) for a career-high 38/4/1/4/0.

Somebody call the ThrAGNOF police, we’ve found a face! As Slim noted on the Pod, KCP has some of the wildest game-to-game variance with his scoring, but as we saw last night, when he hot, he hot! The big changes for this year is he’s taking and making career-high treys (2.3 for 5.6), and making them at fantastic 40.3% clip. Even though he’s at a career-high scoring, he’s actually taking less shots per game than last year. And you know I’m an addict for AST:TO – 1.8:1.4 last year to 2.9:1.3 this season. So much to get addicted to! Let’s just hope the good times keep rollin’, and John Travolta won’t have to stab a foot-long needle in my heart if things go sour! Here’s what else went down on a busy night of basketball last night:

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JB’s reign of terror of feeling great is now over! Not only do I have a case of the sniffies, but stupid Courtney Lee decided to take a dump on the court right when I needed him not to! On today’s show, we recap the stash-ability of Marquese Chriss, DeMar DeRozan‘s kankle, and how Ivica Zubac is going to save the world. We then preview tonight’s games with our 30-point challenge picks and wrap up the week at the movies.

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Ya know, I really liked that movie Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Pretty quotable, Robert Downey Jr. right as he was completely taking off, an always lovable Val Kilmer. “Who taught you math?!” is a fun line when there’s a botched Russian roulette attempt…

Which kinda feels like Marquese Chriss right now! 20% of the time, he’s this dynamic, toolsy rookie every time! Wait, that’s a different movie… Big night from Chriss against the Grizz, going 20/6/0/2/1 with 2 treys on 8-12 shooting.

Throwing down highlight reel dunks, and bangin’ treys! While the D stats have actually been there (1.5 STL 0.7 BLK over the past 11), he hadn’t scored over 5 points in the previous 4 games. Joakim Noah‘s jump shot, woof! The minutes remain waffle-y as well, going 17, 12, 8, 17, 34 the past 5 games. I don’t see any reason why the bumpy ride would all the sudden be smoother, but it’s lines like these that make him a tantalizing stash if you’re locked into a high seed for the fantasy playoffs. Of course, when I recommend stashing some certain forwards, it doesn’t always go well. Sometimes I feel like when I look up the word “idiot”, I’ll see a picture of my face! Instead I’ll find:

Too many GIFs in the intro today? I guess 5 GIFs can be a lot! Wait, who taught me math?! Here’s what else went down last night in fantasy hoops action:

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JB is on cloud 9 for the Podcast today! I feel a little weird talking about myself in the third person, but it’s hard not to sometimes in the Podcast descriptions! On today’s show, we recap big weekends from Eric Bledsoe, Joel EMBIIIIIID and Darren Collison. After a drama/fisticuffs edition of Can We Make Slim Look Stupid, we then preview tonight’s games with our 30-point challenge picks.

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REL Basketball1Another big week for the rich up top in the RCL, as we stare down our perch on an NYC tower and wag our fingers at the dissidents below.  Shame, you underachievers, shame!  Hah, just kidding of course, as the league is still wide open for playoff runs and postseason upsets.  We need some New York Giants to break up the undefeated New England Patriots out here!  Well, for now the Falcons will have to do…

Nothing too crazy on the wire this week, but we had a few decent signings as we move into our final third of the regular season.  Here’s how week fourteen in the 2016-17 REL went down, and how we’re looking heading into week fifteen:

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